Scholastic

Company Information & Key Figures

About

Scholastic was founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine. Today, the company is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and is the leading operator of school-based book clubs and school-based book fairs in the United States. It distributes its products and services through these proprietary channels, as well as directly to schools and libraries, through retail stores and through the internet. The company categorizes its businesses into three segments: Children’s Book Publishing and Distribution; Education (formerly titled Classroom and Supplemental Materials Publishing); and International. Furthermore, Scholastic and its subsidiaries compete in more than 145 countries and publish books in 47 languages.

Note: As a result of the sale of its educational technology and services business (formerly the Educational Technology and Services segment) and the restructuring of the businesses formerly included in the Media, Licensing and Advertising segment, the company since 2015 categorizes its businesses into three reportable segments, as previously described.

1. General information201720162015
Corporate name of mother companyScholasticScholasticScholastic
Corporate headquarter (country)USAUSAUSA
Corporate headquarter (city)New YorkNew YorkNew York
Legal status of the grouppublic (traded as NASDAQ: SCHL)public (traded as NASDAQ: SCHL)public (traded as NASDAQ: SCHL)
Key personnel
(Chairperson, CEO, publisher, et al. – name, title)
Richard Robinson (Chairman, President,
CEO)
Richard Robinson (Chairman, President, CEO)Richard Robinson (Chairman, President, CEO)
Total number of employees (group)9,0008,4008,900
Website (mother company / holding)www.scholastic.comwww.scholastic.comwww.scholastic.com
2. Financial information201720162015
Source for financial informationARARAR
Consolidated yes/noyesyesyes
Currency for financial informationmUSDmUSDmUSD
Total revenues
Corporate (million)
1,7421,6731,636
Operating income
corporate (million)
213175155
  
Publishing divisions 
Division 01: NameChildren’s Book Publishing and
Distribution
Children’s Book Publishing and DistributionChildren’s Book Publishing and Distribution
Main sector of activitiesChildren’s books, e-books, media and interactive
products in the US through its book club and fairs
and its school and trade channels
Children’s books, e-books, media and interactive
products in the US through its book club and fairs
and its school and trade channels
Children’s books, e-books, media and interactive
products in the US through its book club and fairs
and its school and trade channels
Revenues Publishing1,0521,001 (1,003)*958 (959)*
Operating income Publishing143121 (111)*95 (86)*
Division 02: NameInternationalInternationalInternational
Main sector of activitiesOperations outside the USOperations outside the USOperations outside the US
Revenues Publishing377372401
Operating income Publishing191121
Division 03: NameEducationEducationEducation
Main sector of activitiesChildren’s books, classroom magazines, supplemental
classroom materials etc. for grades pre-K to 12 in
the US
Children’s books, classroom magazines, supplemental
classroom materials etc. for grades pre-K to 12 in
the US
Children’s books, classroom magazines, supplemental
classroom materials etc. for grades pre-K to 12 in
the US
Revenues Publishing313300 (298)*277 (276)*
Operating income Publishing5143 (53)*39 (48)*
Notes *) restated*) restated
3. Activity & portfolio201720162015
Main bestselling authors / titlesHarry Potter and the
Cursed Child (Parts One and Two); the original
screenplay of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to
Find Them™ film; Ghosts; Dogman and Dogman
Unleashed; Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver
Eyes; and the Pokemon: Deluxe Essential Handbook;
as well as multiple series, including Harry
Potter; Captain Underpants; Wings of Fire; The
Baby-Sitters Club® Graphix; and Star Wars: Jedi
Academy
Harry Potter Series; the Minecraft handbook
series; I Survived; Spirit Animals; Wings of Fire;
Amulet; Whatever After; Star Wars: Jedi Academy;
The Baby-Sitters Club®; Captain Underpants; and
titles such as Pam Munoz Ryan’s Echo, Brian
Selnick’s The Marvels and Raina Telgemeier’s titles
Sisters, Drama and Smile.
Minecraft handbook series; Raina Telgemeier’s
titles Sisters , Drama and Smile;

Analysis & Key Developments

Update: For fiscal 2018, Scholastic reported decreasing revenues, 6%, to 1,63bUSD and operating income decreased 38% to 55,6mUSD in comparison to the prior fiscal year, which benefited from strong sales of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. (PR 19.07.2018)

Financial

Scholastic’s revenues for fiscal year ended May 31, 2017 increased by 4.1%, to 1,741.6mUSD, compared to 1,672.8mUSD in the prior fiscal year. According to the company, the performance was solid in 2017 with strong trade publishing and market share growth in education. Furthermore, Scholastic’s operating income in fiscal 2017, grew by 21.3mUSD. Furhtermore, the company’s revenues from fiscal 2017 were divided into: 18% from the Education segment, 21.6% from the International segment and 60.4% from the Children’s Book Publishing and Distribution segment. (AR 2017)

  • During 2017 the Children’s Book Publishing and Distribution segment generated the largest share of the company’s revenues. Therefore the segment’s revenues totaled in 1,052mUSD in 2017 (2016: 1,001mUSD), primarily driven on the strength of Harry Potter publishing, frontlist and backlist, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, as well as the screenplay of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film released in November 2016. (AR 2017)
  • The Education segment (previously Classroom and Supplemental Materials Publishing) revenues increased during fiscal 2017 by 13mUSD and amounted to 313mUSD, „driven by strong fiscal year fourth quarter sales of literacy initiatives, particularly family and community engagement and summer reading programs, as well as higher professional development and services revenue“. (AR 2017)
  • The International segment includes the publication and distribution of products and services outsides the U.S., by Scholastic’s international operations, and its exports and foreign rights businesses. The segment’s revenues were slightly up in 2017 and totaled in 377mUSD, compared to 372mUSD in 2016. Overall the segment’s revenues amounted to 21.6% of fiscal 2017. (AR 2017)

Internal organization

  • In 2017, the company has launched Scholastic 2020, a three-year plan to significantly improve operating income as the company approaches its 100th anniversary in October 2020. (AR 2017)
  • In May 2017, Scholastic announced the opening of a new branch in Bogota, Colombia. Due to this, the company expects to increase the reach of the literacy and mathematics solutions provided by Scholastic for students and educators in K–12 schools throughout Latin America. (company Information)
  • During April 2017 the company announced the launch of Leveled Bookroom 4.0, a comprehensive literacy resource for grades K–6 that combines high-quality, leveled books with print and digital instructional materials to support educators. (company Information)

Change in management

  • In November 2017, Scholastic appointed Ken Cleary as its new CFO, succeeding Maureen O’Connell, Scholastic’s long-time CFO and chief administrative officer. (PW 06.11.2017)

Acquisition and growth initiatives in publishing

  • In February 2018, Scholastic announced the launch of a new imprint named Scholastic Focus. (PW 01.02.2018) Starting with September 2018, the imprint will produce exclusively narrative nonfiction for middle grade and YA readers with topics ranging from history to identity, to wide-reaching cultural ideas. (PW 15.06.2018)
  • In fiscal 2017, the Scholastic purchased 100% of Ooka Island Inc., a Canadian-based digital phonics business. (AR 2017)
  • The Company also acquired the assets of a U.S.-based book fair business in fiscal 2017. The results of operations of this business subsequent to the acquisition are included in the Children’s Book Publishing and Distribution segment. (AR 2017)

International

Today Scholastic has operations in 13 countries throughout the Americas, the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as Asia, Australia and New Zealand, through its export business the company sells educational materials, digital educational resources and children’s books to schools, libraries, bookstores and other book distributors in more than 145 countries worldwide. Moreover Scholastic licenses the rights to selected own titles in 47 languages to other publishing companies around the world and partners with governments and nongovernmental agencies to create and distribute books to public schools in developing countries. (AR 2017)

Bestseller

Bestsellers during fiscal 2017 included Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Parts One and Two), the original screenplay of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them™ film, Ghosts, Dogman and Dogman Unleashed, Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes, and the Pokemon: Deluxe Essential Handbook, as well as multiple series, such as Harry Potter, Captain Underpants, Wings of Fire, The Baby-Sitters Club® Graphix, and Star Wars: Jedi Academy. (AR 2017)

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