Zacks Investment Research Lowers John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (JW.A) to Hold
Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE:JW.A) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report released on Tuesday morning.
According to Zacks, “John Wiley & Sons, which has outpaced the industry in a year, is metamorphosing in to a more digital-service oriented company. Moreover, it is focusing on building a more favorable product mix as digital services/products generate higher margins and are likely to offset the waning print revenue. Recently, the company reported solid first-quarter fiscal 2018 results, wherein both the top and bottom line improved year over year and also beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Results were primarily driven by gains from Atypon’s buyout. Further, strength in the Research and Solutions divisions compensated for the softness in the Publishing division that stemmed from lower print book sales. In fiscal 2018, management continues to envision adjusted earnings at constant currency to decline by low-single digits. Both revenues and operating income is anticipated to be nearly flat year over year.”
Other research analysts have also recently issued research reports about the stock. TheStreet upgraded shares of John Wiley & Sons from a c+ rating to a b- rating in a report on Tuesday, July 25th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a hold rating and issued a $53.00 price target (down previously from $54.00) on shares of John Wiley & Sons in a report on Tuesday, August 22nd.
John Wiley & Sons (NYSE:JW.A) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, September 7th. The company reported $0.59 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.62 by ($0.03). The company had revenue of $411.40 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $406.41 million. John Wiley & Sons had a net margin of 5.32% and a return on equity of 17.78%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 1.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.52 EPS.
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About John Wiley & Sons
John Wiley & Sons, Inc provides knowledge and knowledge-enabled services in the areas of research, professional practice and education. The Company operates through three segments: Research, Professional Development 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.
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