Tuesday, April 29, 2008

S&S Revenues Off 12%

Directly from the CBS press release on the performance of Simon & Schuster,
revenues for the first quarter of 2008 decreased 12% to$201.6 million from $229.3 million for the same prior-year period, as best-selling titles in the first quarter of 2008, including Duma Key by Stephen King, Where Are You Now? by Mary Higgins Clark and Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult, did not match contributions from prior year titles, which included The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. Publishing OIBDA and operating income decreased 28% to $17.1 million and 32% to $14.6 million, respectively, principally reflecting the decline in revenues partially offset by lower royalty expenses, production costs and selling and advertising expenses. Publishing results included stock-based compensation expense of $1.0 million and $.7 million for the first quarter of 2008 and 2007, respectively

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