Meredith Claims “Strongest Competitive Position in History” After Time Inc. Merger

President and CEO Tom Harty opened Meredith Corp.'s quarterly earnings call Thursday morning by declaring the integration of the now two-year-old Time Inc. acquisition "largely complete," leaving the company in "the strongest competitive position in its history." Performance in Meredith's magazine and digital media business, known as its National Media Group, "significantly exceeded our expectations," in its fiscal Q2 (which ended on December 31), he said, driven by a second consecutive quarter of growth in its combined print and digital advertising business. While overall National Media Group revenue was down 3.1% compared to the same period last year, Meredith attributed those declines to numerous changes it made to its portfolio in recent months (outlined below), including the closure of Family Circle, which CFO Joe Ceryanec implied had been losing money but still had an impact on the group's top line revenue when it was shut down. Excluding these special items, Harty said, the National Media Group's operating profit was $92 million and adjusted EBITDA was $141 million, nothing that both figures were second-quarter records for the company. "If you look at calendar 2019 in its entirety, total comparable National Media Group advertising was up, meaning we achieved the inflection point of digital advertising revenue gains more than off-setting print advertising declines," he added. Harty summarized the changes the company has made to its magazine portfolio in greater... Continue reading at 'Folio Magazine'

[ Folio Magazine | 2020-02-06 19:40:45 UTC ]
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