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Open
€19.07
Previous Close
€19.35
Day High
€19.70
Day Low
€19.07
52 Week High
02/27/15 - €19.90
52 Week Low
03/14/14 - €11.69
Market Cap
16.1B
Average Volume 10 Days
221.5
EPS TTM
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Shares Outstanding
820.3M
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Dividend
€54.90
Dividend Yield
3.40%
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pearson plc (PES) Details

Pearson plc operates as a media and education company in the United Kingdom, other European countries, the United States, Canada, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. It operates through North American Education, International Education, Professional, and FT Group segments. The company provides a range of products and services, such as curriculum textbooks and other learning materials; student assessments and testing services; and education technologies for educators and students from early education through elementary, middle and high schools, and higher education. It also publishes educational materials in local languages; English language teaching materials for children and adults; and online learning products, as well as offers testing, assessment, and qualification services. In addition, the company is involved in publishing, training, testing, and certification for professionals; publishes computer, information technology, and business titles; and offers electronic testing for regulatory and certification boards providing a suite of services from test development to test delivery and data management. Further, it offers a range of data, analysis, and services through various print, digital, and mobile channels to business people and financial institutions. The company publishes The Financial Times, an international daily business newspaper with five editions in the U.K., Continental Europe, the U.S., Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East; and operates FT.com, which sells content and advertising online, as well as publishes information on the retail, personal, and institutional finance industries. Additionally, it owns and operates schools. Pearson plc was founded in 1844 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Founded in 1844

pearson plc (PES) Top Compensated Officers

Chief Executive Officer, Director and Chief E...
Total Annual Compensation: 1.2M GBP
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Directo...
Total Annual Compensation: 886.0K GBP
Advisor
Total Annual Compensation: 908.0K GBP
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2013.

pearson plc (PES) Key Developments

Pearson plc Announces Committee Changes with Effect from 24 April 2015

Pearson announced that Tim Score, a non-executive director of the company and member of its audit and nomination committees, will be appointed as chairman of the audit committee with effect from 24 April 2015. The company further announced that Elizabeth Corley, a non-executive director of the Company and member of its remuneration and nomination committees, will be appointed as chairman of the remuneration committee, also with effect from 24 April 2015.

Pearson plc Announces Management Changes

Pearson plc announced the appointment of Coram Williams as its new chief financial officer. Coram is currently CFO of Penguin Random House. Coram will join Pearson as CFO designate on July 1, 2015, and succeed Robin Freestone as CFO on August 1,2015, when he will also replace Robin on the Pearson board as an executive director.

Pearson plc Proposes Final Dividend, Payable on May 1, 2015; Reports Unaudited Consolidated Earnings Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2014; provides earnings guidance for 2015

Pearson plc announced that its board of directors are proposing a final dividend of 34.0 pence per equity share, payable on May 1, 2015 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on April 7, 2015. The company reported unaudited consolidated earnings results for the year ended December 31, 2014. For the period, the company reported sales of GBP 4,874 million against GBP 5,069 million a year ago. Operating profit was GBP 398 million against GBP 458 million a year ago. Profit before tax was GBP 305 million against GBP 382 million a year ago. Profit from continuing operations was GBP 242 million or 29.9 pence per diluted share against GBP 295 million or 36.3 pence per diluted share a year ago. Profit attributable to equity holders of the company was GBP 471 million or 58.0 pence per diluted share against GBP 538 million or 66.5 pence per diluted share a year ago. Net cash generated from operating activities was GBP 704 million against GBP 684 million a year ago. Purchase of property, plant and equipment was GBP 75 million against GBP 118 million a year ago. Purchase of intangible assets was GBP 107 million against GBP 64 million a year ago. Total adjusted operating profit was GBP 722 million against GBP 736 million a year ago. Total adjusted profit before tax was GBP 658 million against GBP 664 million a year ago. Free cash flow was GBP 413 million against GBP 269 million a year ago. Net debt increased to GBP 1,639 million as at December 31, 2014 against GBP 1,379 million in 2013, primarily reflecting the strengthening of the US Dollar relative to Sterling and the acquisition of Grupo Multi partly offset by the disposal of Mergermarket, fewer restructuring charges, improved working capital, the growth in deferred revenue and an increased dividend from Penguin Random House. Sales up 2% at CER reflecting good growth in digital and services and the acquisition of Grupo Multi partly offset, as expected, by the impact of school curriculum change in the US and the UK, its two large markets, and a smaller school textbook adoption in South Africa. Adjusted EPS was 66.7 pence against 70.1 pence for 2013, reflecting exchange rate movements and a higher tax rate of 17.9% against 14.6% in 2013. Based on exchange rates at the time of its January 21, 2015 trading update, the company expects to report adjusted earnings per share of between 75 pence and 80 pence in 2015. The company expects interest charge to be higher than 2014, reflecting higher average net debt levels, primarily as a result of the strength of the US Dollar against Sterling. The company expects a tax rate of approximately 17% on its total profit before tax (which includes the post-tax contribution from Penguin Random House).

 

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