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AGM Trading Update, Year-on-year revenue growth of 28%

21 July 2021

Bloomsbury announces its trading update for the four months ended 30 June 2021, ahead of the Company's Annual General Meeting ("AGM") at 12.00pm today.

Bloomsbury experienced strong trading for the first four months of its financial year, with year-on-year sales growth of 28%, maintaining momentum from the prior year's outstanding performance.

 

Trading

 

   Revenue by division

4 months to June 2021

4 months to June 2020

Growth

 

 

£'000

£'000

 

 

Consumer

 

 

 

 

Children's Trade

24,828

18,776

32%

 

Adult Trade

14,916

12,705

17%

 

Total Consumer

39,744

31,481

26%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Consumer

 

 

 

 

Academic and Professional

15,765

11,824

35%

 

Special Interest

7,608

6,189

23%

 

Total Non-Consumer

23,373

18,013

31%

 

Total

63,117

49,494

28%

Consumer division revenues were 26% ahead of last year, with strong print and e-book sales. Adult revenues grew by 17% and Children's revenues by 32%. Bestsellers included Tom Kerridge's Outdoor Cooking, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Silver Flames and Lisa Taddeo's Animal. UK Consumer print sales growth was ahead of the market.*

Non-Consumer division revenue was 31% higher than last year, with Academic and Professional growth of 35%, driven by continued strong demand for Bloomsbury Digital Resources, which was 41% ahead of last year. Special Interest revenue increased by 23%.

In June, our revenue benefitted from the two most recent strategic acquisitions: Head of Zeus delivered £859k, within Consumer Adult, and Red Globe Press delivered £478k, within Non-Consumer Academic and Professional.

 

Outlook

Bloomsbury is pleased with the performance of our business for the first four months of the year and the strong June sales of its two new acquisitions, Red Globe Press and Head of Zeus. We are actively targeting further acquisition opportunities in line with our long-term growth strategy. The Board expects the Group's performance for the year ending 28 February 2022 to be in line with market expectations.**

Summer weather is driving the success of two UK frontlist titles: Tom Kerridge's Outdoor Cooking as barbeques take off and Psycho by the Sea by Lynne Truss as the perfect holiday read.

The results for the six months ending 31 August 2021 will be announced on 27 October 2021.

*Nielsen reported print growth for the period 14 March 2021 to 3 July 2021, compared to 2019, of 8%. There was no 2020 data due to the first UK lockdown."

** The Board considers current consensus market expectation for the year ending 28 February 2022 to be revenue of £193.4 million and profit before taxation and highlighted items of £19.3 million.

For further information, please contact:

 

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

 

Nigel Newton, Chief Executive

Penny Scott-Bayfield, Group Finance Director

[email protected]

[email protected]

 

Hudson Sandler

 

+44 (0) 20 7796 4133

Dan de Belder / Rebekah Chapman

[email protected]

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