John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Reports Revenue and Earnings Growth Increases Guidance for the Blackwell Acquisition
Earnings per diluted share (EPS) for the third quarter and nine months of fiscal year 2008 were $0.67 and $2.00, respectively. The Blackwell acquisition was accretive to EPS by $0.09 in the quarter and $0.18 in the year-to-date period, excluding certain tax benefits. The United Kingdom and Germany passed new corporate income tax legislation that favorably affected Wiley┐s reported results for the nine months of fiscal year 2008. Excluding certain one-time tax benefits and Blackwell, adjusted EPS increased 7% to $0.59 in the third quarter and 9% to $1.50 for the nine months.
┐Wiley┐s top-line growth continues to be driven primarily by the acquisition of Blackwell. We have made significant progress with the integration. Book distribution and customer service have been fully integrated into Wiley┐s operations in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. Journal production is being transferred in phases to Blackwell┐s operations in Singapore. Finance has been consolidated in the U.S. and the U.K. We are implementing our plan to launch a new online platform to replace Wiley InterScience and Blackwell┐s Synergy,┐ said William J. Pesce, Wiley┐s President & CEO.Mr. Pesce continued, ┐As we consolidate systems and combine activities globally, we are eliminating expenses related to maintenance, support and licensing, while discontinuing some third party relationships. As expected, the integration process has resulted in redundancies that have affected Wiley and Blackwell colleagues around the world.┐
Mr. Pesce added, ┐Professional/Trade revenue increased in the quarter. Year-to-date results remain well ahead of prior year and industry performance. U.S. Scientific, Technical and Medical revenue increased slightly in the quarter, as modest journal top-line growth, was largely offset by softness in book sales. Globally, Scientific, Technical and Medical revenue advanced 5% in the quarter. Higher Education showed signs of a recovery in the quarter, bringing year-to-date revenue essentially on par with prior year.┐
Mr. Pesce concluded, ┐Based on year-to-date results, leading indicators and market conditions, we expect fiscal year 2008 revenue growth in the mid single digits and EPS growth in the low double digits, excluding the Blackwell acquisition and one-time tax benefits. We are currently projecting that Blackwell revenue will be approximately $470 million and that the acquisition will be accretive to EPS by at least $0.20, which represent improvements from our previous guidance.┐
In connection with the integration of Blackwell, we have realigned the reporting structure of certain accounts in our summary of operations and segment reporting and realigned certain product lines in segment reporting to correspond with management responsibility. All prior year periods have been restated for comparability. These changes had no impact on Wiley┐s net income and EPS.
Professional/ Trade (P/T)
Wiley┐s U.S. P/T revenue for the third quarter advanced 2% over the prior year to $103 million, mainly due to growth in the business and consumer programs, partially offset by softness in technology and higher sales returns. For the nine months, revenue increased 5% to $302 million. P/T┐s year-to date growth was driven by strong sales in business, consumer and technology, partially offset by higher sales returns. Licensing of rights worldwide and branded web site content continued to have a positive effect on results. Global P/T revenue advanced 6% for the quarter and 7% for the nine-month period.
Direct contribution to profit for the third quarter and nine-month period increased 8% and 14%, respectively. In addition to top-line growth, the improvement over the prior year periods was due to a $5 million bad debt provision recorded in the third quarter of fiscal year 2007 related to the bankruptcy of Advanced Marketing Services and a $2 million recovery of that bad debt in the second quarter of the current fiscal year. Excluding these items, the increase in direct contribution to profit for the nine months was consistent with revenue growth. On the same basis, third quarter direct contribution to profit declined, reflecting lower gross margins due to product mix and the timing of advertising costs.
Third quarter highlights include the publication of Trump Never Give Up: How I Turned My Biggest Challenges into Success by Donald Trump; Extraordinary Circumstances: The Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower by Cynthia Cooper; Leaders at All Levels: Deepening Your Talent Pool to Solve the Succession Crisis by Ram Charan; Ready, Fire, Aim: Zero to $100 Million in No Time Flat by Michael Masterson; PCs All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies, 4th edition by Mark Chambers; Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature by Doug Farr; Weight Watchers Start Living, Start Losing: Inspirational Stories That Will Motivate You Now byWeight Watchers; Garde Manger: The Art and Craft of the Cold Kitchen, 3rd edition and Techniques of Healthy Cooking, 3rd edition, both by The Culinary Institute of America; Handbook of Personality Assessment by Irving B. Weiner and Roger L. Greene; and Foundations of Counseling and Psychotherapy: Evidence-Based Practices for a Diverse Society by David Sue and Diane M. Sue.
Several P/T titles received considerable media and customer attention. Never Give Up: My Stroke, My Recovery, and My Return to the NFL by Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi received national and local media coverage, including USA Today, New York Daily News and the NFL Network. Pauline Frommer promoted her series by providing expert travel advice to national television, online and radio outlets. The Arthur Frommer blog was listed as one of the ┐10 top web sites for travelers in 2008┐ by The New York Post. National publicity for Weight Watchers┐ Start Living, Start Losing featured the appearance of Sarah, Duchess of York, on the TODAY Show and coverage in Publishers Weekly and Health Magazine.
The Financial Times included five Wiley titles on their list of holiday picks for investors, including: The Little Book Of Common Sense Investing by John C. Bogle; The Little Book That Makes You Rich by Louis Navellier; A Demon of Our Own Design: Markets, Hedge Funds, and the Perils of Financial Innovation by Richard Bookstaber; Capital Ideas Evolving by Peter L. Bernstein;and Inside the Investor┐s Brain by Richard L. Peterson. A Demon of Our Own Design was selected as a best investing book of 2007 by Bloomberg News, Kiplinger┐s Personal Finance and 800-CEO-READ, and was a holiday pick by Forbes.com.
The Webster┐s New World web site launched during the quarter, with a complete online catalog, ┐Word of the Year┐ information and archives, and radio interviews. Frommers.com introduced its first sponsored microsite, Family Vacations with Sheraton Hotels, as well as a custom site for Rail Europe. JKLasser.com, which was launched in the third quarter, offers content plus services and community features.
Scientific, Technical, and Medical (STM)
U.S. STM revenue for the third quarter and nine months increased 2% to $58 million and $169 million, respectively. Growth in journal revenue was partially offset by a lackluster performance in the book program. Global STM revenue advanced 5% for the quarter and nine-month period. Direct contribution to profit rose 3% for the quarter and was essentially flat for the nine months. Top-line growth for the year-to-date period was offset by increased content development costs associated with new journal titles.
An enhanced version of InfoPOEMs with InfoRetriever, our evidence-based medicine point-of-care resource, was launched under the new name of Essential Evidence Plus. During the quarter, STM signed an agreement to launch Archives of Drug Information, a resource for the pharmaceutical industry, which will provide a repository for clinical trials and similar projects that yield negative or inconclusive results. The Company also extended its partnership with the American Association of Anatomists to publish Anatomical Sciences Education, a bimonthly journal. Wiley already publishes two journals for the society, Anatomical Record and Developmental Dynamics.
STM renewed its agreement with The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases to publish two prestigious journals, Hepatology and Liver Transplantation. The first issue of the bimonthly IUBMB Life published during the quarter, on behalf of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB). Wiley already publishes Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for the IUBMB.
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Series, a new book series, was announced during the quarter. Notable titles published during the quarter included Nobel Prize laureate George Olah┐s latest book, Superelectrophiles and Their Chemistry and The Brain Atlas: A Visual Guide to the Human Nervous System, 3rd edition by Thomas A. Woolsey, Joseph Hanaway and Mokhtar H. Gado. In addition, 95 volumes of Chemistry of Heterocyclic Compounds launched online.
Dr. Richard P. Lifton, Chairman of the Department of Genetics and Sterling Professor of Genetics and Internal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, and Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is the recipient of the seventh annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Lifton is being recognized for his discovery of multiple genes that cause many forms of high and low blood pressure. His findings highlight the importance of dietary salt in hypertension.
Blackwell revenue and operating income for the third quarter was $115 million and $16 million, respectively. Operating income included $5 million of amortization charges for intangible assets related to the acquisition. Third quarter interest costs associated with the financing of the acquisition were approximately $17 million. The higher operating income, which included certain transition related costs, plus the previously mentioned foreign tax benefits were partially offset by acquisition financing costs. Blackwell┐s results were accretive to Wiley┐s third quarter EPS by $0.09.
Blackwell revenue and operating income for the nine months was $347 million and $45 million, respectively. Operating income included $17 million of amortization charges for intangible assets related to the acquisition. Year-to-date interest costs associated with the financing of the acquisition were approximately $50 million. Blackwell┐s results were accretive to Wiley┐s year-to-date EPS by $0.18, excluding one-time tax benefits. New tax legislation reduced the U.K. corporate income tax rate from 30% to 28%, resulting in a $0.26 per share deferred tax benefit, mainly attributable to the intellectual publishing assets acquired with Blackwell.
Blackwell continues to attract new and extend existing society relationships. New agreements were signed with the Cognitive Science Society for the journals Cognitive Science and Topics in Cognitive Science; the European Dialysis Technicians and European Renal Care Association for the Journal of Renal Care; the Voltaire Foundation for The Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies, the leading interdisciplinary journal in its field; and for Theoria, the flagship Scandinavian journal in European analytic philosophy.
Contract renewals and extensions included the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology; the Royal Entomological Society┐s six journals; Nephrology, the journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Nephrology; Journal of Sleep Research; Clinical and Experimental Optometry, the journal of the Optometrists Association of Australia, the New Zealand Association of Optometrists and the Hong Kong Society of Professional Optometrists; Journal of Evolutionary Biology for the European Society of Evolutionary Biology; Australian Occupational Therapy Journal; Child Development and Child Development Abstracts for the Society for Research in Child Development; Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Area and Geographical Journal, as well as a book series, for the Royal Geographical Society; Economic History Review for the Economic History Society; and Philosophical Quarterly on behalf of Edinburgh University and the Scots Philosophical Society.
A new magazine, Health for Women, was signed with the Association of Women┐s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, which is already a publishing partner. This controlled circulation publication will be distributed to a large audience of patients at clinics and extends the Company┐s growing presence in the U.S. nursing community. A new journal, Oral Surgery, was launched during the quarter.
During the quarter, Blackwell entered a partnership with MyiLibrary for an ebooks package based on the Lecture Notes series, to be sold to medical school and hospital libraries. A microsite for the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, with nearly 30 new and updated entries, launched in December. Sixteen new titles were added to Blackwell Reference Online. The Blackwell Compass journals began to offer new experimental features designed to facilitate pedagogical use of the review articles contained in these interdisciplinary journals. Every Compass journal now offers free teaching and learning guides to provide ideas for instructors regarding the use of articles in the classroom.
U.S. Higher Education revenue increased 3% over last year┐s third quarter to $50 million, bringing year-to-date revenue essentially on par with prior year. Improvement in accounting, engineering and the sale of content licenses were partially offset by lower sales in social sciences and mathematics and higher sales returns. For the nine-month period, increased sales of Microsoft Official Academic Course (MOAC) titles, the accounting program and reprint licenses were offset by lower sales in mathematics and social sciences.
For the quarter, direct contribution to profit improved 5% over prior year, but declined 8% for the nine-month period, principally due to lower planned margins from MOAC titles, higher deferred revenue from WileyPLUS and lower sales volume.
Reported revenue continues to be affected by the growth of WileyPLUS. WileyPLUS revenue is deferred and recognized over the course of one or two semesters, as opposed to textbook sales, which are recognized immediately upon sale. As more content is sold through the WileyPLUS format, a greater portion of revenue is deferred. The year-to-date deferral was approximately $2.5 million higher than prior year. WileyPLUS continued to gain momentum during the quarter. Higher Education introduced 21 WileyPLUS online guided tours to display major course content and illustrate key functionality to customers.
Wiley is taking advantage of its collaborative business relationships to benefit from the shift of bookstore sales to online channels. For the nine months, online sales directly to students grew significantly. Wiley continues to build on its successful relationships with online retailers by participating in a number of marketing promotions. Higher Education is also taking advantage of the new online platform, CourseSmart, to distribute complimentary copies to professors electronically.
Key revisions released this quarter include: Kieso/Intermediate Accounting 12th edition update; Weygandt/Managerial Accounting 4th edition; Dawson/Dicho 8th edition; deBlij/ Regions 13th edition, Hein/Introduction to General Organic Biochemistry 9th edition; and Gilat/MATLAB 3rd edition.
Wiley Europe┐s revenue for the third quarter and nine months increased 8% to $81 million and $246 million, respectively, or 3% excluding foreign exchange. Moderate growth in journal revenue and strong sales of indigenous P/T books were partially offset by lower controlled-circulation advertising revenue. Direct contribution to profit for the third quarter and nine months increased 5% to $26 million and $83 million, respectively, or 4% excluding foreign exchange.
Wiley and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) agreed to sponsor the Polymer International-IUPAC Prize for creativity in applied polymer science or polymer technology, a new award for young researchers. Wiley renewed its society contracts for The Cochrane Library and Journal of Pathology.
Online usage of products and services continues to grow. The online portal goProteomics (www.wiley-vch.de/goproteomics) was expanded to include all Wiley proteomics content, including journals, books, online books and major reference works. Controlled-circulation print publications, including Spectroscopy Europe, Spectroscopy Asia and Microscopy and Analysis, became available as Flash9-based e-books, with page-turning technology and clickable advertisements. Terms for Civil Engineers Online, the bilingual dictionary of more than 37,000 technical structural and civil engineering terms, was launched in January.
With the goal of providing more value to readers, Materials Views, a monthly news section in twenty Wiley materials science journals, was introduced. In addition, Chemistry-A European Journal now includes a new communications and reviews section. The ┐Einstein Lecture┐ by Nobel Prize laureate Peter GrŘnberg was published in Annalen der Physik, joining other papers by recent Nobel Prize winners in physics.
The German For Dummies program enjoyed a strong quarter, driven by robust sales through online retailers. A new For Dummies workbook format was successfully introduced in the U.K.
Asia, Australia and Canada
Wiley┐s third quarter revenue in Asia, Australia and Canada advanced 13% to $49 million, or 3% excluding favorable foreign exchange. For the nine months, revenue advanced 16% to $120 million, or 8% excluding foreign exchange. Strength in P/T and STM in Asia and indigenous Higher Education publishing in Canada was moderated by sluggish sales in Wiley Australia┐s School business and Wiley Canada┐s P/T business.
Direct contribution to profit in the third quarter improved $1 million over the prior year. Excluding favorable foreign exchange, direct contribution to profit in the third quarter declined $2 million, principally due to investment in indigenous publishing programs in Asia and Australia and the timing of promotional costs in Canada. For the nine months, direct contribution to profit was on par with the prior year period, excluding foreign currency.
Wiley Asia reported third quarter growth, with strength in STM, Blackwell and P/T. Higher Education performed particularly well in India, offsetting softness in other regions. P/T was strong in most regions. Business, finance and technology books continue to lead the way. The STM markets in Japan, Taiwan and Korea improved after a slow start to the year, while India and Southeast Asia continued to perform well as the Company takes advantage of sales opportunities for Blackwell books.
Third quarter results in Australia reflect lower than expected performance from the School frontlist and the timing of lower reprint revenue. STM books benefited from effective marketing campaigns to promote new titles.
Revenue growth in Canada was driven by indigenous Higher Education publications and STM books. WileyPLUS revenue continued to grow in Canada. Sales of P/T products were down due pricing pressure caused by the strengthening of the Canada dollar relative to the US dollar.
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