Friday, May 23, 2008

Indigo (Canada) Reports

Speaking of parties potentially interested in Borders, Indigo Books and Music reported their full fiscal 2008 results after the close of the TSE yesterday. In a challenging year the company reported earnings of $52.8 million or $2.08 per diluted share on $922.9 million in revenue. This performance compares with a profit of $30 million or $1.19 per diluted share on $875 million in sales a year earlier. Company CEO Heather Reisman commented the following:
"It was a demanding year for many retailers as a result of the significant increase in the Canadian dollar. Booksellers in particular saw a meaningful decrease in book prices. Despite this downward pressure on our top line we are pleased with our
At the end of 2007, Indigo operated 249 stores including 88 superstores under the banners Indigo, Chapters and the World's Biggest Bookstore, and 161 small format stores under the banners Coles, Indigo, Indigospirit, SmithBooks and The Book Company. Over the past year the company's share price has fallen from a high of $16 to its current $13. It had been below $12, but the company announced a buy-back program that may have aided its recent up tick.

From the press release:
Total revenue for the quarter increased 2.1% to $206.2 million. On a comparable store basis,Indigo and Chapters superstores posted 3.4% growth, while Coles small format stores were up 2.4%. Sales from Indigo's online channel,,grew 1.0% to $24.7 million. The Company's net earnings for the fourth quarter were $3.1 million, up$7.3 million from the same quarter last year. Pre-tax earnings rose$6.1 million to $1.9 million. For the full year, total revenue increased 5.5% to $922.9 million while net earnings were up 76.0% to $52.8 million. Included in this year's results was a $8.8 million non-cash tax recovery. Pre-tax earnings rose $14.1 million to $44.1 million.

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