StockCall Scans McGraw-Hill and Meredith Corp.: Publishing Industry Looks to
LONDON, February 19, 2013
LONDON, February 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Over the last few years, the publishing industry has struggled due to
declining advertising revenue. The problems were exacerbated by the economic
recession of 2009 and the slow recovery thereafter. However, publishers have
been trying to make a comeback through cost-cutting measures and by boosting
their digital offerings. Recently, two major publishers, The McGraw-Hill
Companies Inc. (NYSE: MHP) and Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP), reported
their quarterly results, which reflected the improving fundamentals for the
publishing industry. StockCall has taken an interest in these companies and
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Looking to Boost Revenue
The biggest concern for publishers over the last few years has been declining
advertising revenue. Advertising revenue has fallen sharply due to increasing
competition from the Internet. While newspapers have been the worst hit,
magazine publishers have also suffered due to the shift to online content.
The economic recession of 2009 and the weak recovery thereafter also led to
cuts in advertising budget. This further had a negative impact on the
However, publishers have been making a comeback through cost-cutting measures,
including reducing workforce. In addition, a number of newspapers and
magazines have raised their subscription fees to offset the declining
advertising revenue. Publishers are also boosting their digital offering and
using new technology to reach a wider audience.
Meanwhile, an improving economic outlook also augurs well for the industry as
this should boost advertising budgets.
McGraw-Hill Reports Quarterly Results
Last week, McGraw-Hill, which provides information on the financial,
commodities and commercial markets globally, reported its financial results
for the fourth quarter of 2012. Sign up today to read the free research report
on The McGraw-Hill Companies Inc. at
The company's Financial division reported fourth quarter revenue of $1.226
billion, representing an increase of 22% over the same period in the previous
year. The division's net income for the quarter was $190 million, or $0.67 per
Harold McGraw III, Chairman, President and CEO of The McGraw-Hill Companies
Inc., last week said that in 2012, McGraw Hill Financial delivered 13% revenue
growth and 32% diluted adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations
growth and the performance demonstrates the growth potential of McGraw Hill
Financial, with its market leading positions providing essential intelligence
to its customers.
Meredith Posts Strong Q2 Fiscal 2013 Results
Last month, Meredith Corp. delivered strong second quarter fiscal 2013
results. For the quarter, the Des Moines, Iowa-based company reported earnings
per share of $0.79. Excluding one-time charges, earnings for the quarter rose
27% to a record $0.89 per share. Revenue for the quarter rose 10% to $361
million. Advertising revenue for the quarter rose an impressive 18% to $217
million. Register to download the free technical analysis on Meredith Corp. at
Stephen M. Lacy, Chairman and CEO of Meredith Corporation, said that the
company's Local Media Group delivered record-setting revenue and operating
profit performance for the second quarter and the first half of 2013. Lacy
further said that the company's digital business continued its rapid growth,
and its recent acquisitions again delivered strong contributions.
Meredith's Local Media Group reported a 30% increase in revenue to $198
million for the first half of fiscal 2013 which is a record for the period.
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