Friday, November 02, 2007

Simon & Schuster Reports

Jack Romanos' final year in charge at S&S continues to go well as the company posted third quarter revenues of $214.2 million up 9% from $197.4 million for the same period last year. Top-selling titles included Become A Better You by Joel Osteen and the continued success of The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. Operating income of $21.6 million was up 6% from $20.3 million versus last year, and which reflected the revenue increase and lower bad debt expense partially offset by higher royalty expenses, employee-related costs, volume-driven advertising and selling expenses and digital archive costs. Year to date company revenues are up 16% to $643.8mm and operating income is up a dramatic 73% to $67.7mm. A better than 10% margin is tremendous work in trade publishing.

Full CBS press release: Here

Seeking Alpha Transcript: Here

Comments from the earnings call:

The company has also made steady progress in the digital warehouse project. This is new storage distribution and transactional system that will digitize and house all Simon & Schuster content and manage license of our intellectual property. By year-end we expect to have 13,000 titles incorporated into the system.

During the quarter we also announced the promotion of Carolyn Reidy to the role of President and CEO of Simon & Schuster effective January 1, 2008, after Jack Romanos retires at year end. Carolyn previously ran Simon & Schuster's Dell publishing division which accounts for the lion share of the division's revenue and as you recall Simon & Schuster had its best year ever last year. Particularly gratifying when you have a deep management bench that allows you to replace one top tier executive with an internal candidate of Carolyn caliber. She is extremely well regarded not only in the industry but, also inside Simon & Schuster as well. We think she will do great things here.

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