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Unaudited Preliminary Results for the year ended 28 February 2015

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc today announces results for the year ended 28 February 2015.

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Financial highlights

  • Revenues grew to £111.1 million (2014: £109.5 million) 
  • Profit before taxation and highlighted items** of £12.1 million (2014*: £12.0 million)
  • Profit before taxation £9.6 million (2014*: £9.5 million)
  • Final dividend of 5.08p per share (2014: 4.84p) making a total dividend of 6.10p per share for the year (2014: 5.82p per share)
  • Diluted earnings per share, excluding highlighted items, were 14.73p (2014*: 12.80p)
  • Diluted earnings per share were 11.90p (2014: 10.43p)

Operating highlights

  • Academic & Professional
    • Revenues for the year were up by 12% to £36.0 million (2014: £32.1 million)
    • Digital title sales grew by 35% year on year to £4.2 million, more than double overall industry growth
    • The division contributed to excellent Group rights and services sales compared to 2014, up to £14.1 million (2014: £8.5 million) more in line with previous years (2013: £11.5 million, 2012: £12.6 million)
    • Law publisher Hart, which was acquired in September 2013, contributed £3.7 million of revenue (2014: £1.8 million) and £1.2 million of operating profit (2014: £0.5 million) before central recharges and excluding highlighted items
    • Bloomsbury is established as the foremost global academic visual arts publisher with the launch of www.bloomsburyfashioncentral.com
  • Adult division
    • Revenue for the year was £44.7 million (2014: £49.9 million) reflecting the huge success of And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini in the prior year
    • Key titles in the year included Lucie Whitehouse’s Before We Met and Samantha Shannon’s The Mime Order
    • Acquisition of Osprey in December 2014 increased presence in the specialist niche areas
    • Cookery list continued to perform strongly with books by Tom Kerridge, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Heston Blumenthal, Raymond Blanc and Paul Hollywood among others
    • Launch of www.cooked.com, which complements successful cookery book publishing
    • Winner of numerous industry awards including the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the inaugural Folio Prize and the Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction
  • Children’s & Educational
    • Revenue for the year was £26.6 million (2014: £23.6 million)
    • Operating profit before highlighted items was £2.9 million (2014*: £1.9 million)
    • Sales of Harry Potter titles in the year grew by 29% due to the reissue of the Harry Potter novels by J. K. Rowling in August 2014 with new covers by Jonny Duddle
    • Picture books and Activity books sales grew by 15% year on year and now account for 13% of the division’s sales
    • Star performers were Paper Towns by John Green and The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
  • Bloomsbury Information
    • Operating profit before highlighted items was £1.1 million (2014*: £1.1 million)
    • Partnership with Lloyds Bank providing insight, business thought leadership and best practice to its SME business customers with more Bloomsbury content being provided in 2015
    • Management services agreement with Qatar Foundation was extended in 2014
    • IZA World of Labor launched in May 2014, has published 150 evidence-based articles on issues in labor economics, making it the ultimate resource for policy and decision makers in this field across the globe
  • Strong list for the year ahead
    • Sweet Caress by William Boyd
    • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
    • The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein
    • The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
    • Illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
    • New cookery titles from Tom Kerridge, Paul Hollywood, Frances Quinn, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Russell Norman amongst others
    • Books with TV tie-ins include Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke and the second Grantchester Mysteries novel, Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night by James Runcie
    • Paper Towns by John Green with film tie-in

Commenting on the results, Nigel Newton, Chief Executive, said:

“This has been a good year for Bloomsbury. It was characterised by a consistent development of the strategic aims of the business – in short, digital investment, a greater proportion of business generated from academic and professional publishing, a greater proportion of sales from non-traditional book retailers and a focus on marketing to discrete communities of interest.

Our focus remains on growing academic, professional, special interest and educational revenues to reduce the overall exposure of the business to the traditional book market. During the coming year we will also continue the building of our digital presence, launching the new online portals Bloomsbury Fashion Central and the Fashion Photography Archive.

We have started the new year well with some notable successes in our Adult and Children’s & Educational divisions, including this week’s New York Times Bestseller A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and the highly rated BBC1 tie-in to Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke.”

Notes:

** Highlighted items comprise amortisation of acquired intangible assets, acquisition related legal and other professional fees and restructuring costs.

* Results for 2013/14 year have been adjusted for the change in policy, announced in July 2014, for the treatment of amortisation of internally generated intangible assets.

Forward-looking statements

Statements contained in this Annual Results Announcement are based on the knowledge and information available to the Company's directors at the date it was prepared and therefore the facts stated and views expressed may change after that date. By their nature, the statements concerning the risks and uncertainties facing the Company in this Annual Results Announcement involve uncertainty since future events and circumstances can cause results and developments to differ materially from those anticipated. To the extent that this Annual Results Announcement contains any statement dealing with any time after the date of its preparation such statement is merely predictive and speculative as it relates to events and circumstances which are yet to occur. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

 

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Chief Executive's Review

It has been a good year for Bloomsbury and we are pleased with the Group’s performance. The spirit of intense focus on performance combined with entrepreneurial drive saw us deliver an impressive result against a backdrop of change in our industry.   

The year was characterised by the consistent development of the strategic aims of the business – in short, digital investment, a greater proportion of business generated from academic and professional publishing, a greater proportion of sales from non-traditional book retailers and a focus on marketing to discrete communities of interest.

Revenues grew 1.5% year on year to £111.1 million. Profit before tax and highlighted items** of £12.1 million was up 1% year on year* from £12.0 million. Profit before tax was £9.6 million (2014*: £9.5 million).

There were excellent performances in the Children’s & Educational division, including strong growth from Harry Potter titles, and in the Academic & Professional division, with strong digital and UK rights revenues mitigating lower print sales. In the Adult division revenues were reduced against a tough comparator which included Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed, butthis was a solid performance in a year with fewer major bestsellers. Bloomsbury Information revenues and profits were flat year on year.

The majority of our revenue comprises title sales, which dipped by 4% year on year to £97.0 million, with digital sales, within this total, reduced by 4% to £11.7 million. Digital sales make up 12.1% of title sales (2014: 12.1%). Higher margin rights and services revenues grew by £5.6 million to £14.1 million and formed 13% of total group revenues compared to last year’s weaker performance of 8%, and previous years of 12% in 2013 and 13% in 2012.

The operating profit margin before highlighted items for the Group was maintained year on year at 11%. Operating profits before tax and highlighted items in the UK business were up by 5% to £11.3 million. In the US profits fell by 7% to £0.7 million reflecting a reduction in academic print title sales. Australia saw another significant growth in profits by £0.2 million to £0.3 million. In its second full year of operation, our Indian publishing business generated revenues of £1.6 million and start-up losses of £0.2 million before the allocation of Group costs, with a particularly encouraging performance from local publishing.

In December 2014, Bloomsbury completed the acquisition of Osprey Publishing, the Oxford-based military, heritage and natural history publisher, which now operates within our Adult division. The consideration of £4.6 million was satisfied by the payment of £3.2 million in cash on completion and the issue of 869,054 new Bloomsbury Ordinary shares, which constitute approximately 1.2% of Bloomsbury's outstanding share capital. Osprey had approximately £0.3 million of cash at the time of acquisition. The acquisition, which was immediately earnings enhancing, contributed £1.2 million of revenue and £0.1 million of operating profit before highlighted items to Bloomsbury in the year ending 28 February 2015. This acquisition highlights our strategy of reducing our exposure to the traditional book market. Over the last few years many countries have seen retail bookshop closures and increasing discount pressure from retailers. Although, on the positive side, trade return levels from retailers continue to fall and we continue to see the benefits from reduced print costs and better service levels. Profits from the consumer book market made up 44% of total Bloomsbury operating profit in the 2015 year (2014: 53%).

In response to the evolving digital marketplace, the development of online knowledge hubs and intellectual property platforms have become a core part of our business. In light of this, our investment in online platforms, which was previously relatively small, has been increasing. In a statement in July 2014 we announced that we had therefore decided to change the treatment in our financial statements of the amortisation of product and systems development assets, our internally generated intangibles. Previously this amortisation was included within highlighted items, it is now included within profit before tax and highlighted items. The change has no effect on profit before tax or cash. The prior period results for the year ended 28 February 2014 have been represented accordingly, with profit before tax and highlighted items reduced by £1.1 million. In the current year there was £1.4 million of amortisation of internally generated intangibles.

The acquisition of Osprey Publishing, related restructuring and other strategic initiatives have resulted in £0.7 million of costs which, together with amortisation of acquired intangibles, are highlighted separately in the financial statements.

The effective rate of tax for the year was 8.9% compared to 18.7% for the year ended 28 February 2014. The rate reduction reflects the recognition of additional deferred tax assets, including more UK tax losses. 

Diluted earnings per share, excluding highlighted items, were 14.73p, up 15% from 12.80p in 2014, reflecting the reduction in effective rate of tax. Total diluted earnings per share for the year were 11.90p compared to 10.43p in 2014.

The Group’s cash balance net of borrowing drawdowns was £7.5 million at 28 February 2015 (2014: £10.0 million). Cash outflows in the year included £5.3 million for acquisition investment net of cash acquired.

During the year we published 2,415 new titles compared to 2,189 in 2014. 55% of these were in the Academic & Professional division (2014: 49%).

We continue to reduce costs in the business through volume-based tender processes. Having reviewed mono and colour print, prepress, image licensing and conversion costs over the past two years we will be assessing freight costs and editorial services in the forthcoming year.

There will be continued emphasis on our shift to an XML-based workflow which ensures that all Bloomsbury intellectual property has a standard underlying structure, ready for export to all known formats, including print, as well as providing a large degree of ‘future-proofing’ for any not-yet-known formats that the evolving digital marketplace may demand.  

Divisional Review

Academic and Professional

Revenues for the year were up by 12% to £36.0 million (2014: £32.1 million). Digital title sales grew by 35% year on year to £4.2 million, more than double the overall industry growth rate in 2014. They now represent 12% of total revenues in the division (2014: 10%). However, against the backdrop of a challenging market for print, total title sales were down 4% year on year to £29.7 million, and were down in each territory except India, which is still in its start-up phase. The print title sales decline was exacerbated by a higher level of returns following de-stocking decisions by some major distributors in the US. The growth in digital sales, together with strong rights sales in the UK, meant that the division’s revenues as a whole grew. Copyright licence revenues included two deals worth in excess of £1.5 million each. Licence revenue has above average margins.

Operating profit before highlighted items was £5.1 million (2014*: £3.9 million) and included a £0.5 million one-off stock write-down in Fairchild Books.

Hart Publishing, which was acquired in September 2013, contributed £3.7 million of revenue (2014: £1.8 million) and £1.2 million of operating profit (2014: £0.5 million) before central recharges and excluding highlighted items.

Following back-to-back wins of the Bookseller Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year Award in 2013 and 2014, the division was shortlisted again for this award in 2015. It is the first time that an academic publisher has won the award in two consecutive years. The division was also shortlisted for a third time in a row for the 2015 IPG Frankfurt Book Fair Academic Publisher of the Year and Ingram Digital Publisher of the Year.

Bloomsbury Academic’s digital strategy reflects the changing needs of scholars, students and librarians. In September 2014 we successfully launched a new e-book platform, Bloomsbury Collections, which delivers unique online collections of scholarly e-books for the institutional market on a subscription and perpetual-access basis. 54% of the orders to date have come from outside the UK, demonstrating the potential to grow international digital revenues. This new service will respond to the growing demand for e-books from academic libraries worldwide, offering them direct as an attractive alternative to e-book aggregators: smaller, subject-based collections at a lower cost per book, and a DRM-free, mobile-optimised interface designed around the content. It offers new opportunities for users which include scholars, students and researchers to discover more easily and make the most of the full wealth of Bloomsbury’s academic publishing portfolio. Already the site has approximately 4,000 titles, bringing together innovative current research publications alongside more than a century’s worth of authoritative scholarship from the backlists of imprints such as Hart, T&T Clark, Bristol Classical Press, Continuum, Berg and the Arden Shakespeare. New collections in further subject areas will follow in future releases, and all newly published academic monographs will go directly on to the Bloomsbury Collections site in digital form.

In February 2015, Bloomsbury launched the instructor part of its major new platform www.bloomsburyfashioncentral.com, which will cater for the needs of fashion educators, students and professionals. From July this year, more than 140 Fairchild Books fashion textbooks will be available in a digital library subscription, for instant e-rental, or to purchase in digital or print, along with online materials to complement courses. This product sits alongside The Fashion Photography Archive, which will include over 600,000 images, and the existing Berg Fashion Library. Fairchild Books continues to be the leader in higher education textbooks for Fashion and Interior Design. Its largest frontlist ever in 2014 included revisions of classic books such as Who’s Who in Fashion, Swatch Reference Guide for Fashion Fabrics, Textiles for Residential and Commercial Interiors, Design Management, The Layout Book, Shaping Interior Space,and new entries such as Design Genius, Surface Design for Fabric, Designing Sustainable Residential and Commercial Interiors, Apparel Quality and Designing: An Introduction. We are now the foremost global academic visual arts publisher.

Our partnership with Faber and Faber, www.dramaonlinelibrary.com, received a number of accolades in 2014: it was shortlisted for the IPG Digital Publishing Award 2014 and the Innovation Excellence Award from the Stationer's Livery Company. It has also received "Highly Commended" at the ALPSP Awards for Publishing Innovation.

Continuing the tradition of innovative partnerships, and venturing into multi-media, Drama Online announced 300 titles coming from Nick Hern Publishing and an audio collection from LA Theatre Works. Further collections are being added in 2015 and 2016 to make this the pre-eminent online worldwide collection for performing arts. These new collections will double the size of the resource.

In January 2015 we launched www.churchillcentral.com, the online offering for the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death. The website is a hub that allows Churchill-related organisations to collaborate by contributing and sharing content that will extend the Churchill world. Making 800,000 documents available digitally for the first time, the Churchill Archive stands as a digital library of modern international history. The Churchill Archive for Schools will be made available free for every secondary school in the UK, US and Canada from May 2015.

To support the growth in digital subscription products, in 2014 we invested in a worldwide in-house institutional sales team. This allows us to maintain control of the sales, customer service, marketing functions and data. It also affords opportunities in the cross-selling of other Bloomsbury products.

Bloomsbury Professional has 24 online services, with 191 titles included, and a further seven services in development for 2015. Online revenues grew by over 30% year on year. The continuing growth in online services is reflected in the increase in documents viewed online from 475,000 in 2012 to 1,400,000 in 2014. During 2014 Bloomsbury launched the first online services covering Scottish tax law. Our Financial Reporting and Irish online services both achieved 100% renewal rates in the year. PricewaterhouseCoopers extended its contract with us to publish its Financial Reporting information in both print and online.

Adult

Revenue for the year was £44.7 million (2014: £49.9 million). Operating profit before highlighted items was £3.0 million (2014*: £5.1 million). Year on year comparisons are distorted by the huge success of And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini in the prior year. His book sales this year continue strongly but naturally not at the same level.

We continue to develop our strategy of global publishing through the acquisition of global rights wherever possible. Many of our top-selling titles were successes in multiple markets, including Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? which won three prizes in the US, James Runcie’s wonderful ‘Grantchester’ series being shown on both BBC in the UK and PBS in the US, Simon Singh’s The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets and Charles Spencer’s Killers of the King.

Whilst e-book sales are down year on year, also reflecting the success of Khaled Hosseini’s books last year, opportunities for growth continue in many territories and the advent of new devices and new business models such as subscriptions will continue to expand the market. We are beginning to see material sales in India, parts of Europe and the Far East.

Apart from Khaled Hosseini, our fiction offering was led by Lucie Whitehouse’s Before We Met, Samantha Shannon’s The Mime Order and continuing sales of The Bone Season, Daniel Handler’s We Are Pirates, Stella Rimington’s Liz Carlyle titles, Sheila Hancock’s Miss Carter’s War, Kamila Shamsie’s A God in Every Stone – which has been shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015, Richard Ford’s Let Me Be Frank With You and Esther Freud’s Mr Mac and Me.

Non-fiction was dominated by our international chefs including Tom Kerridge, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Heston Blumenthal, Raymond Blanc, Paul Hollywood, Ollie Dabbous, Atul Kochar, Russell Norman and Jason Atherton. This list is now complemented by the launch in March of the cookery subscription site, www.cooked.com. Absolute Press, one of our cookery imprints, was awarded Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year 2014 at the Independent Publishing Guild Awards.

Literary prizes awarded to our adult titles in the year included the inaugural Folio Prize, awarded to Tenth of December by George Saunders, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, awarded to The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez (translated by Anne McLean) and a Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction, awarded to Aminatta Forna.

Two of our paperbacks, And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini and Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse, were selected for the Richard & Judy Summer Book Club, with And the Mountains Echoed being chosen by readers as their favourite of all the titles.

We had bestsellers in Sod 70, Muir Gray’s guide to living well in later life, as well as two titles shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award – Alone by Bill Jones and Floodlights and Touchlines, an all-encompassing history of spectator sport. The acquisition in September 2014 of the highly respected Conway list of over 200 titles from maritime and military history is a wonderful complement to our nautical and military publishing, and The Cutty Sark and The Wipers Times, the facsimile trench newspaper from the First World War, are already making their mark.

The launch of River Cottage Australia has boosted our sales and market position, confirming Bloomsbury Australia as a significant force there.

Bloomsbury India was delighted to continue the development of Shiv Khera’s self-improvement books and we sold nearly 200,000 copies in the year.

Our acquisition of Osprey in December 2014 increased our presence in niche special interest markets, including sport, natural history and cookery, as part of our strategy to reduce exposure to the traditional book trade. Its list is complementary to the existing Bloomsbury military and natural history lists. Osprey is the world's best known military history brand, publishing trademark series in both print and e-book formats, titles with international appeal, covering history from ancient times to the modern day. The Military division is the largest part of Osprey with a significant subscriber database. British Wildlife Publishing publishes high quality books and the British Wildlife magazine for lovers of the natural world. Over 50% of Osprey's revenue is generated outside the UK, principally in the US, thereby increasing Bloomsbury's exposure to the global book market.

Children’s & Educational

Revenue for the year was £26.6 million (2014: £23.6 million). Operating profit before highlighted items was £2.9 million (2014*: £1.9 million).  There was good revenue growth in each of our territories.

The excellent result in this division reflects the success of our three-year strategy and has reshaped the team with focused commercial acquisition, targeted and strategic marketing, brand management together with the launch of a new imprint Bloomsbury Activity Books and the Bloomsbury Picture Books list. Our strategy is working and our pipeline of titles is strong. Our UK educational strategy is to support our publishing imprints with digital innovation for today’s teachers and curriculum. Our publishing is high quality and our ambition is to sell our authors' and illustrators' books to as wide an audience as possible, while ensuring children learn to read and develop a love of reading for pleasure.

Our sales of Harry Potter titles in the year grew by 29% due to the reissue of our Harry Potter novels by J. K. Rowling in August 2014, with striking new covers by Jonny Duddle.

Other publishing highlights were Paper Towns by John Green, which was rejacketed in January and sold over 150,000 copies, The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell, which was published with exceptionally beautiful artwork, The Imaginary by A. F. Harrold, illustrated by Emily Gravett and The Wall by William Sutcliffe, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal with the judges calling it “an outstanding narrative adventure”. Paper Towns is due to be released as a film by 20th Century Fox in August 2015.

Picture books and Activity books sales grew by 15% year on year and now account for 13% of the division’s sales. Stars on the Picture Book list were There’s a Lion in my Cornflakes by Michelle Robinson and Jim Field which won the Sainsbury’s Picture Book Award and Yasmeen Ismail’s Time for Bed Fred which won the V&A Book Illustration Award and was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book.

The education team launched its first subscription product, Music Express Online. It is a dynamic, visually appealing website that enables primary classroom teachers to teach the music curriculum even if they cannot read or play music themselves. Our objective is to see this product used in every primary school in the UK – whether purchased by individuals, schools or music hubs. It was shortlisted for the Future-book Award for Best Consumer Facing Website, the BETT award for Best Whole Course Curriculum Content award and the Educational Resource Award for Whole Curriculum Resource.

Bloomsbury Spark, our digital first e-book list for the young adult market, celebrated its first anniversary. We have published 18 titles from a range of authors from debut to bestselling. Our Christmas e-novella Mistletoe and Mr Right by Lyra Payne will be the first title to move across into print.

Digital sales in the division moved from 4.9% of revenue in the UK last financial year to 4.5%, mainly reflecting the fact that sales of Harry Potter print titles made up a larger proportion of total sales and Bloomsbury does not sell Harry Potter e-books; and in the US digital sales moved from 16% to 14% of revenue mainly because the biggest selling title, I Love You Night and Day,was a picture book. The digital market for children’s titles is still predominantly led by young adult fiction.

Bloomsbury Information

The core activities of Bloomsbury Information are the development of IP-rich knowledge hubs in cooperation with external partners; the provision of publishing, management and consultancy services; and the publication of business, management, finance and reference titles in print and digital formats.

Revenue was flat year on year at £3.9 million with rights and services making up 90% of that total (2014: 89%). Operating profit before highlighted items was £1.1 million (2014*: £1.1 million).

Bloomsbury content went live on the Lloyds Bank website aimed at their SME business customers during the year, following our three year content licence agreement concluded in the last financial year. Lloyds will continue to launch more Bloomsbury content during 2015 which will provide business thought leadership, insight and best practice to its business customers.

Our management services agreement with Qatar Foundation has been extended on the same terms to December 2015, and the intention of the parties is to enter into a longer term renewal shortly. Both the book and journals sides of that operation performed well in the year. QScience.com, the Open Access journals publishing portal, grew strongly in the year with a joint marketing agreement reached with Nature Publishing Group. Titles published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing in the year included two English translations of novels which won the prestigious International Prize for Arabic Fiction, Throwing Sparks by Abdo Khal and The Arch and The Butterfly by Mohammed Achaari. The Hidden Light of Objects by Kuwaiti author Mai Al-Nakib, who was discovered by BQFP, won the 2014 First Book Award from the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

IZA World of Labor (wol.iza.org) went fully live on 1 May 2014, International Workers’ Day, with a launch in Washington DC which was followed by further events aimed at the site’s target market of policy-makers in labour economics in Lima, Peru, in London (in partnership with the LSE), and with the OECD in Paris. Visitors to the site have come from 189 countries. Press coverage included the Washington Post and the Daily Telegraph. The site publishes two articles per week on topics of current interest such as migration, minimum wage, development and education. One recent article, extolling the benefits of companies offering employee share schemes has been particularly well received.

On the books list, The Methodological School of Management was shortlisted for the Chartered Management Institute Management Book of the Year Awards. We concluded a joint publishing agreement with the Ashridge Business School and the first book, Capitalism’s Toxic Assumptions by Eve Poole, was published in the year.

New content licensing agreements concluded during the year included an arrangement with Stephens Inc. in the US to provide business and financial content for their website. After the end of the licence term to the QFCA, QFinance content is now available at financepractitioner.com.

The market for which Bloomsbury Information supplies solutions remains complex, but the division continues to be well positioned to exploit digital, management and publishing services and other innovative business opportunities for the Group.

Dividend

The Group has a progressive dividend policy with the aim of keeping dividend cover in excess of two times. In line with this policy the Directors are recommending a final dividend of 5.08p per share which, subject to shareholder approval at our Annual General Meeting on 23 July 2015, will be paid on 23 September 2015 to shareholders on the register at the close of business on 28 August 2015. Together with the interim dividend, this makes a total dividend for the year ended 28 February 2015 of 6.10p per share, a 4.8% increase on the 5.82p dividend for the year ended 28 February 2014. Over the past ten years the dividend has increased at a compound annual growth rate in excess of 7%.

Board

Ian Cormack stands down as a Non-Executive Director following the Annual General Meeting. Ian has chaired the Audit Committee with great authority and has made a major contribution to the operation of the Board. We will miss him. After an extensive search process, we are delighted to announce our intention for John Warren to join the Board following the Annual General Meeting.  He will succeed Ian Cormack as an Independent Non-executive Director and Audit Committee Chair.  John is a Chartered Accountant with a wealth of experience gained as audit committee chair of various businesses including Welsh Water, Greencore Group Plc, 4Imprint Plc, Bovis Homes Plc, Spectris Plc and others.  He also was Finance Director of WH Smith Plc and United Biscuits Plc.  We look forward to working with him.  We will announce further information in accordance with the listing rules upon John’s appointment.

Outlook

Since the year end, trading has been good across all divisions, with the UK and US showing particular strength, with such titles as Celia Imrie’s Not Quite Nice, Children of the Stone by Sandy Tolan, the Harry Potter box set and the re-jacketed Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling.Bloomsbury’s excellent publishing programme for 2015/16 includes Sweet Caress by William Boyd, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gibert, The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood, The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein, the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and new cookery titles from Tom Kerridge, Paul Hollywood, Frances Quinn, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Russell Norman among others. Books with TV tie-ins include Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke and the second Grantchester Mysteries novel, Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night by James Runcie.

Bloomsbury continues its strategy of growing academic, professional, special interest and educational revenues to reduce the overall exposure of the business to the traditional book market. During 2015/16 we will also continue our focus on digital publishing, launching the new online portals Bloomsbury Fashion Central and the Fashion Photography Archive.

We look forward to delivering continued success.

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UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT
for the year ended 28 February 2015

    Year ended Year ended
    28 February 28 February
    2015 2014
  Notes £’000 £’000
Revenue 3 111,125 109,496
Cost of sales   (47,800) (47,183)
Gross profit   63,325 62,313
Marketing and distribution costs   (15,519) (14,890)
Administrative expenses   (38,154) (37,913)
Operating profit before highlighted items   12,127 11,985
Highlighted items* 4 (2,475) (2,475)
Operating profit   9,652 9,510
Finance income   46 49
Finance costs   (94) (80)
Profit before taxation and highlighted items   12,079 11,954
Highlighted items* 4 (2,475) (2,475)
Profit before taxation   9,604 9,479
Taxation 5 (856) (1,776)
Profit for the year attributable to owners of the Company   8,748 7,703
       
       
Earnings per share attributable to owners of the Company      
Basic earnings per share 8 11.94p 10.57p
Diluted earnings per share 8 11.90p 10.43p

* See note 2

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UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
for the year ended 28 February 2015

  Year ended Year ended
  28 February 28 February
  2015 2014
  £’000 £’000
Profit for the year 8,748 7,703
Other comprehensive income    
Items that may be reclassified to the income statement:    
Currency translation differences on foreign operations 1,954 (3,169)
Items that may not be reclassified to the income statement:    
Remeasurements on the defined benefit pension scheme (106) (13)
Other comprehensive income/(expense) for the year net of tax 1,848 (3,182)
Total comprehensive income for the year attributable to the owners of the Company 10,596 4,521

 

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UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
as at 28 February 2015

    28 February 28 February
    2015 2014
  Notes £’000 £’000
Assets  

 

 

Goodwill   41,508 39,511
Other intangible assets   22,578 21,310
Property, plant and equipment   2,833 3,145
Deferred tax assets   3,607 2,095
Total non-current assets   70,526 66,061
       
Inventories   29,235 25,203
Trade and other receivables 9 61,700 56,783
Cash and cash equivalents   10,021 10,037
Total current assets   100,956 92,023
Total assets   171,482 158,084
       
Liabilities      
Retirement benefit obligations   227 124
Deferred tax liabilities   3,119 3,177
Other payables   886 566
Provisions   482 420
Total non-current liabilities   4,714 4,287
       
Trade and other payables   37,250 35,226
Loans and borrowing   2,500 -
Current tax liabilities   2,841 2,012
Provisions   23 523
Total current liabilities   42,614 37,761
Total liabilities   47,328 42,048
Net assets   124,154 116,036
       
Equity        
Share capital   938 924
Share premium   39,388 39,388
Translation reserve   3,829 1,875
Other reserves   6,056 3,402
Retained earnings   73,943 70,447
Total equity attributable to owners of the Company 124,154 116,036

 

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UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES
IN EQUITY

  Share capital Share premium Translation reserve  

Merger reserve
Capital redemption reserve Share-based payment reserve Own shares held by EBT Retained earnings Total equity
  £’000 £’000  £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000 £’000
At 28 February 2013 924 39,388 5,044 - 22 3,985 (1,693) 67,138 114,808
Profit for the year - - - - - - - 7,703 7,703
Other comprehensive income                  
Exchange differences on translating foreign operations - - (3,169) - - - - - (3,169)
Remeasurements on the defined benefit pension scheme - - - - - - - (13) (13)
Total comprehensive income for the year - - (3,169) - - - - 7,690 4,521
Transactions with owners                  
Dividends to equity holders of the Company - - - - - - - (4,041) (4,041)
Share options exercised - - - - - - 491 (491) -
Deferred tax on share-based payment transactions - - - - - - - 151 151
Share-based payment transactions - - - - - 597 - - 597
Total transactions with owners of the Company - - - - - 597 491 (4,381) (3,293)
At 28 February 2014 924 39,388 1,875 - 22 4,582 (1,202) 70,447 116,036
Profit for the year - - - - - - - 8,748 8,748
Other comprehensive income                  
Exchange differences on translating foreign operations - - 1,954 - - - - - 1,954
Remeasurements on the defined benefit pension scheme - - - - - - - (106) (106)
Total comprehensive income for the year - - 1,954 - - - - 8,642 10,596
Transactions with owners                  
Issue of shares 14 - - 1,386 - - - (3) 1,397
Dividends to equity holders of the Company - - - - - - - (4,276) (4,276)
Share options exercised - - - - - - 864 (749) 115
Deferred tax on share-based payment transactions - - - - - - - (118) (118)
Share-based payment transactions - - - - - 404 - - 404
Total transactions with owners of the Company 14 - - 1,386 - 404 864 (5,146) (2,478)
At 28 February 2015 938 39,388 3,829 1,386 22 4,986 (338) 73,943 124,154

 

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UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
for the year ended 28 February 2015

  Year ended Year ended
  28 February 28 February
  2015 2014
  £’000 £’000
Cash flows from operating activities    
     
Profit before taxation 9,604 9,479
Finance income (46) (49)
Finance costs 94 80
Operating profit 9,652 9,510
Adjustments for:    
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 660 624
Amortisation of intangible assets 3,259 2,764
Loss on sale of property, plant and equipment 8 39
Share-based payment charges 496 686
  14,075 13,623
Increase in inventories (2,443) (303)
(Decrease)/increase in trade and other receivables 272 (4,759)
(Decrease)/increase in trade and other payables (246) 4,815
Cash generated from operating activities 11,658 13,376
Income taxes paid (1,410) (2,264)
Net cash generated from operating activities 10,248 11,112
Cash flows from investing activities    
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (274) (839)
Purchase of businesses, net of cash acquired (5,325) (8,507)
Purchases of intangible assets (3,562) (1,684)
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment 6 -
Interest received 26 24
Net cash used in investing activities (9,129) (11,006)
Cash flows from financing activities    
Equity dividends paid (4,276) (4,041)
Proceeds from exercise of share options 115 -
Drawdown of borrowings 2,500 -
Interest paid (68) (55)
Net cash used in financing activities (1,729) (4,096)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (610) (3,990)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 10,037 14,625
Exchange gain/(loss) on cash and cash equivalents 594 (598)
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year 10,021 10,037

 

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NOTES

Notes to the Financial Statements are available in the printable PDF version