John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

  • Adjusted revenue of $411 million, up 4% over prior year on a constant currency basis
  • Journal subscription revenue of $160 million, up 4% over prior year on a constant currency basis
  • Percent of revenue from digital knowledge and knowledge-enabled services increased to 52% from 45% a year earlier
  • Adjusted EPS of $0.51, up 2% over prior year on a constant currency basis
  • Full year financial outlook reaffirmed

HOBOKEN, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE:JWa and JWb), a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled services that improve outcomes in research, professional practice, and education, today announced the following results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2014.

                 

% Change

 
$ millions    FY14    FY13     Excluding FX   Including FX

Revenue:

Adjusted$411$3984%3%
US GAAP$411$4111%0%
EPS:
Adjusted$0.51$0.522%(2%)
US GAAP$0.61$0.604%2%
 
Please see the attached financial schedules for more detail    
 

Management Commentary


"Our transformation from print publisher to provider of digital knowledge and knowledge-enabled services continues," said Steve Smith, President and CEO of Wiley. "Today, 52% of our revenue comes from digital content and services, up from 45% a year ago, mainly reflecting gains achieved through the disposition of our consumer publishing business and our increased investment in digital research, online assessment, test preparation and educational services, including full-service online degree programs and advanced course management tools."

Mr. Smith continued: "Revenue growth this quarter was generally in line with our expectations. Research made significant progress in the quarter, with journal subscription revenue growing 4% vs. prior year on a constant currency basis. We are encouraged by our continuing success in winning new society business and achieving complementary growth in open access."

"Results were mixed in the Professional Development and Education segments," Mr. Smith said. "Print book declines continued in both segments, with additional pressure coming from university bookstores and other book retailers ordering less and later in response to limited visibility into demand, increased emphasis on inventory management, and a later start to the fall semester in the US. On the positive side, we continue to reshape the Professional Development portfolio and see significant opportunities for growth through investment and acquisition in the professional services area. Meanwhile, Education saw solid contribution from the online program management business (Deltak), which added two high profile university partners to bring the total number of schools under contract to 33. Finally, WileyPLUS subscription billings were encouraging, up 15% over the prior fiscal year."

"Given the results this quarter and our expectations for the remainder of the year, we are reiterating our guidance for low-single-digit adjusted revenue growth and adjusted EPS of $2.85 to $2.95."

Financial Highlights

  • First quarter adjusted revenue grew 4% to $411 million, excluding the prior year operating results of the divested consumer publishing programs ($12.4 million of revenue in Q1 2013) and foreign exchange (FX) impacts. Revenue was essentially flat on a US GAAP basis.
  • Adjusted revenue change by segment, excluding the divested consumer publishing programs and FX impacts:Research +5%, Professional Development -6%, and Education +13%. Research performance was driven by growth in journal subscriptions fueled by new society agreements, digital books, publication rights, and gold (funded) open access, offsetting a decline in print books and advertising. In Professional Development, lower print book sales offset modest growth in digital books and growth in online assessment and training. In Education, contribution from Deltak (+$14.7 million) more than offset a decline in print textbooks.
  • First quarter adjusted earnings per share (EPS) grew 2% to $0.51, which excludes the divested consumer publishing programs and FX impacts. Adjusted EPS excludes: (1) first quarter 2014 and 2013 restructuring charges of $7.8 million ($0.08/share) and $4.8 million ($0.06/share), respectively; (2) the prior year operating results of the divested consumer publishing programs ($0.01/share); and (3) deferred tax benefits, attributable to a reduction in the UK statutory income tax rate, in the first quarter of 2014 and 2013 of $10.6 million ($0.18/share) and $8.4 million ($0.14/share), respectively. Higher shared service and administrative costs offset higher gross margin percentages from each of the three segments. An increase in technology expense to support our transformation initiatives offset a decline in distribution spending. US GAAP EPS was $0.61 per share, up 4% excluding the unfavorable FX impact.
  • Free Cash Flow improved to a use of $79 million as compared to a use of $106 million in the prior year period mainly due to lower disputed income tax deposits paid to the German government. A tax deposit of $29.7 million for disputed taxes through fiscal year 2007 was paid in the prior year period, whereas $5.9 million for disputed taxes for 2011 was paid in the current period. Through July 31, 2013, the Company has paid tax deposits covering all years through fiscal year 2011. Adjusted for these deposits, which are required as part of the tax appeal process, free cash flow was $2.9 million better, or 4%. Note that free cash flow is typically negative for Wiley in the first half of a fiscal year due to the timing of journal subscription cash collections.
  • Restructuring Update: Wiley recorded a restructuring charge of $7.8 million this quarter related to its previously announced restructuring program. Including this charge, Wiley has recorded $32.3 million in restructuring costs since the program began in January 2013. Wiley expects to record additional restructuring charges for the remainder of the fiscal year. For the second quarter, Wiley anticipates an approximate restructuring charge of $8 million. As of July 31, Wiley had initiated actions to achieve $60 million of its $80 million FY15 run-rate savings goal, with more than half of the $80 million expected to improve earnings and the remainder reinvested into the business.
  • Share Repurchases: Wiley repurchased 350,100 shares this quarter at a cost of $14.6 million. In June, the Board of Directors authorized an additional 4,000,000 share repurchase program. As of July 31, 4,159,552 total shares remain in the program, including shares from a nearly completed program authorized in September 2010.
  • Dividend: In June, the Board ofDirectors increased Wiley's quarterly cash dividend to $0.25 per share on its Class A and Class B Common Stock, an increase of 4% over the previous quarterly dividend of $0.24 per share. It was the twentieth consecutive annual increase.

Adjusted Results

The Company provides financial measures referred to as "adjusted" revenue, contribution to profit and EPS, which exclude restructuring charges, operating results from divestitures, and the deferred tax benefits. Variances to adjusted revenue, contribution to profit and EPS exclude FX impacts unless otherwise noted. Management believes the exclusion of such items provides additional information to facilitate the analysis of results.These non-GAAP measures are not intended to replace the financial results reported in accordance with GAAP.

Foreign Exchange ("FX")

For fiscal year 2013, the weighted average rates for sterling and the euro were 1.58 and 1.29, respectively, against prior year on a U.S. dollar equivalent basis. Throughout this report, references are made to variances "excluding foreign exchange" or "on a constant currency basis;" such amounts exclude both currency translation effects and transactional gains and losses.

RESEARCH

  • Revenue: First quarter revenue excluding FX rose 5% to $245.8 million due to solid journal subscription growth (+4%), digital book sales (+28%) and open access sales, which contributed more than $2 million of incremental revenue over the prior year period. For calendar year 2013, journal subscriptions billings are up 3% over the prior calendar year with approximately 98% of expected subscription business closed as of the end of July.
  • Contribution to Profit: First quarter adjusted contribution to profit after allocated shared service and administrative costs grew 13% to $68 million due to revenue growth, higher gross margins and prudent expense management partially offset by investments in technology. Adjusted contribution to profit excludes first quarter restructuring charges of $2 million and $3 million in fiscal years 2014 and 2013, respectively. Contribution to profit on a US GAAP basis also rose 13%.
  • Society Business: Three new society journals were signed in the quarter with combined annual revenue of $1.1 million; six were renewed worth approximately $2.3 million in annual revenue; and three were not renewed, worth $1.6 million annually. Note that a few weeks after the quarter closed, Wiley signed a new, long-term agreement with the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) that is expected to generate approximately $7 million in annual revenue beginning in calendar year 2014.
  • Quality Index: In July, Wiley announced a continued increase in the proportion of its journal titles indexed in the Thomson Reuters® 2012 Journal Citation Reports (JCR), with 1,192 titles (approximately 77%) now indexed, up from 1,156 in the 2011 JCR. Wiley titles now account for the largest share of indexed journals in 50 categories. In addition, 20% of indexed Wiley journals are now ranked in the top 10 of their respective categories. The Thomson Reuters index is an important barometer of journal quality.

(Please see the attached tables for more information, including Segment Revenue Statistics by Product/Service and Subject Category)

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Revenue: First quarter adjusted revenue fell 6% to $84.1 million, excluding FX and revenue from the divested consumer publishing programs in the prior year period ($12.4 million). Revenue on a US GAAP basis fell 18%. Adjusted revenue performance was primarily due to a decline in print books (-10%), particularly in the technology category, where recent industry software releases have achieved limited commercial success. Also contributing to lower revenue performance was the impact of a non-recurring $1.1 million favorable adjustment to revenue in the year-ago period. Print book declines offset contribution from the ELS acquisition (+$2 million) and growth in digital books (21%).
  • Contribution to Profit: First quarter adjusted contribution to profit after allocated shared service and administrative costs fell $0.6 million to $1.7 million due to top line results partially offset by gross margin improvement and costs savings. Contribution to profit after allocated shared service and administrative costs on a US GAAP basis was a loss of $1.9 million.
  • Gross Margin Increase (US GAAP basis): Gross margin increased from 63.2% to 68.3% due to the divestiture of the low margin consumer business combined with the acquisition of ELS.

(Please see the attached tables for more information, including Segment Revenue Statistics by Product/Service and Subject Category)

EDUCATION

  • Revenue: First quarter revenue excluding FX grew 13% to $81.1 million, due to the contribution from Deltak (+$14.7 million) and growth in digital books (+7%), which collectively offset a 13% decline in print textbook revenue.
  • Contribution to Profit: First quarter adjusted contribution to profit after shared service and administrative costs fell 29% to $6.1 million, reflecting Deltak's investment in new university partner programs that are not yet generating revenue, as well as lower print textbook revenue and higher technology costs.
  • Online Program Management: Deltak accounted for 18% of total revenue in the quarter, or $14.7 million. The Company signed two high profile university partners during the quarter, bringing the total number of schools under contract to 33. Deltak's partnership with Syracuse University covers Masters Degrees in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Engineering Management. Deltak also added a MS in Finance at a Top 25 business school. As of July 31, Deltak had 101 programs generating revenue and 48 programs under contract and in development but not yet generating revenue.

(Please see the attached tables for more information, including Segment Revenue Statistics by Product/Service and Subject Category)

Earnings Conference Call

  • Scheduled for today, September 9, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT)
  • Access the webcast at www.wiley.com> Investor Relations> Events and Presentations, or http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-370238.html
  • U.S. callers, please dial (888) 576-4398 and enter the participant code 7535605#
  • International callers, please dial (719) 457-2627 and enter the participant code 7535605#
  • An archive of the webcast will be available for a period of up to 14 days

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This release contains certain forward-looking statements concerning the Company's operations, performance, and financial condition. Reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements, as actual results may differ materially from those in any forward-looking statements. Any such forward-looking statements are based upon a number of assumptions and estimates that are inherently subject to uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, and are subject to change based on many important factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to (i) the level of investment in new technologies and products; (ii) subscriber renewal rates for the Company's journals; (iii) the financial stability and liquidity of journal subscription agents; (iv) the consolidation of book wholesalers and retail accounts; (v) the market position and financial stability of key online retailers; (vi) the seasonal nature of the Company's educational business and the impact of the used book market; (vii) worldwide economic and political conditions; (viii) the Company's ability to protect its copyrights and other intellectual property worldwide (ix) the ability of the Company to successfully integrate acquired operations and realize expected opportunities and (x) other factors detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

About Wiley

Wiley is a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled services that improve outcomes in areas of research, professional practice and education. Through the Research segment, the Company provides digital and print scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, reference works, books, database services, and advertising. The Professional Development segment provides digital and print books, online assessment and training services, and test prep and certification. In Education, Wiley provides education solutions including online program management services for higher education institutions and course management tools for instructors and students, as well as print and digital content.

 
JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC.
UNAUDITED SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS
FOR THE FIRST QUARTER ENDED
JULY 31, 2013 AND 2012
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
                   

FIRST QUARTER ENDED JULY 31,

 
2013 2012 % Change
US GAAP  

Adjustments

(A,C)

  AdjustedUS GAAP  

Adjustments

(A-C)

  AdjustedUS GAAP

Adjusted

excl. FX

 
Revenue$411,020-411,020410,734(12,399)398,3350%4%
 
Costs and Expenses
Cost of Sales119,791-119,791127,244(8,156)119,088-6%2%
Operating and Administrative236,995-236,995229,986(5,044)224,9423%6%
Restructuring Charges (A)7,755(7,755)-4,841(4,841)-
Amortization of Intangibles10,915 - 10,915 9,668 (40)9,628 13%13%
 
Total Costs and Expenses375,456 (7,755)367,701 371,739 (18,081)353,658 1%5%
 
Operating Income35,5647,75543,31938,9955,68244,677-9%-1%
Operating Margin8.7%10.5%9.5%11.2%
 
Interest Expense(3,471)-(3,471)(2,827)-(2,827)23%23%
Foreign Exchange Gain881-8811,020-1,020-14%-4%
Interest Income and Other1,138 - 1,138 531 - 531 114%114%
 
Income Before Taxes34,1127,75541,86737,7195,68243,401-10%-1%
 
Provision (Benefit) for Income Taxes (A-C)(1,821)13,417 11,596 1,602 10,102 11,704 -214%2%
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