Simon & Schuster

Company Information & Key Figures

About

Simon & Schuster was founded in New York City in 1924 by Richard L. Simon and M. Lincoln („Max“) Schuster. Since 2006, Simon & Schuster is the trade publishing division of the CBS Corporation, and publishes and distributes consumer books under imprints such as Simon & Schuster, Scribner, Atria, Touchstone, Gallery Books, Pocket Books, Howard Books, Threshold Editions, Free Press. Major children’s imprints include Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Simon Pulse, Aladdin, Little Simon, Beach Lane Books, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Paula Wiseman Books, Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, and Simon Spotlight.

The group publishes over 2,000 titles annually under 35 different imprints. It has publishing and distribution capabilities in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia, as well as an international sales presence in every major market. A new international company, Simon & Schuster India, was launched in 2011.

1. General information201720162015
Corporate name of mother companyCBS CorporationCBS CorporationCBS Corporation
Corporate headquarter (country)USAUSAUSA
Corporate headquarter (city)New YorkNew YorkNew York
Legal status of the grouppublic (traded as Class A NYSE: CBS.A
Class B NYSE: CBS
S&P 500 Component (CBS))
public (traded as Class A NYSE: CBS.A
Class B NYSE: CBS
S&P 500 Component (CBS))
public (Traded as Class A NYSE: CBS.A
Class B NYSE: CBS
S&P 500 Component (CBS))
Key personnel
(Chairperson, CEO, publisher, et al. – name, title)
Carolyn Kroll Reidy (President & CEO S&S),
Ian Chapman (Chief Executive and Publisher, S&S
UK and International), Jon Anderson (President and
Publisher, S&S Children’s Publishing
Division)
Jon Karp (President and Publisher, S&S
Publishing Group)
Carolyn Kroll Reidy (President & CEO S&S),
Ian Chapman (Chief Executive and Publisher, S&S
UK and International), Jon Anderson (President and
Publisher, S&S Children’s Publishing
Division)
Jon Karp (President and Publisher, S&S
Publishing Group)
Carolyn Kroll Reidy (President & CEO S&S),
Ian Chapman (Chief Executive and Publisher, S&S
UK and International), Jon Anderson (President and
Publisher, S&S Children’s Publishing
Division)
Jon Karp (President and Publisher, S&S
Publishing Group)
Total number of employees (group)12,70015,55016,260
Website (mother company / holding)www.cbscorporation.comwww.cbscorporation.comwww.cbscorporation.com
Name of the publishing divisionSimon & SchusterSimon & SchusterSimon & Schuster
Publishers‘ headquarter countryUSAUSAUSA
Publishers‘ headquarter cityNew YorkNew YorkNew York
Total number of employees (publishing group)1,3001,3001,300
Website (publishing group)www.simonandschuster.bizwww.simonandschuster.bizwww.simonandschuster.biz
2. Financial information201720162015
Source for financial informationARARAR
Consolidated yes/noyesyesyes
Currency for financial informationmUSDmUSDmUSD
Total revenues
Corporate (million)
13,69213,16613,886 (12,671)*
Operating income
corporate (million)
2,4232,6212,417 (2,658)*
Total revenues
from publishing (million)
830767780
Operating income
from publishing (million)
132119114
Share of revenues from digital (%)22%23%25%
Notes  *) restated (CBS Radio has been presented as a
discontinued operation in the consolidated
financial statements for all periods presented.)

 

Analysis & Key Developments

Financial

During 2017, the CBS Corporation’s publishing segment, Simon & Schuster, contributed 6% to consolidated revenues. Overall the publishing segment generated revenues of 830mUSD in 2017 (2016: 767mUSD). The 8% increase in revenues reflects higher print book sales and 39% growth in digital audio sales. Moreover, Simon & Schuster generated 132mUSD in operating income, the 11% increase reflects the revenue growth. (AR 2017) Carolyn Reidy (President & CEO) stated that 2017 was a great and satisfying year for the company. “For the full year every single division was up,” Reidy said, with everything but the children’s division “up significantly.” (PL 15.02.2017)

Internal organization

  • In November 2017, Simon & Schuster announced a new leadership team for its sales division, promoting longtime sales executives Gary Urda to Senior Vice President, Sales, and Colin Shields to Vice President, Executive Director of Global Digital and International Sales. (PR 14.11.2017)
  • Also in November 2017, Michael Perlman has been named Vice President, General Manager of Simon & Schuster Publisher Services. In this position, Perlman will be responsible for directing all services for existing publisher clients of Simon & Schuster and for identifying and developing relationships with new clients. (PR 14.11.2017)

Acquisitions and growth initiatives in publishing

  • In December 2017, Simon & Schuster entered into a sales and distribution agreement with Galvanized Media, a lifestyle brand founded by author, fitness and health expert, editor, television personality and media entrepreneur David Zinczenko. (PR 04.12.2017)
  • In October 2017, the company entered into a new sales and distribution agreement with Printers Row Publishing Group, a division of Readerlink Distribution Services, LLC (“PRPG”), expanding upon a previous relationship to distribute additional PRPG imprints within the United States and Canada. (PR 20.10.2017)
  • Also in October 2017, Simon & Schuster signed into a sales and distribution agreement with Oni Press, a comic book and graphic novel publisher based in Portland, Oregon. (PR 02.10.2017)
  • In July 2017, Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., and Skybound Entertainment, the multi-platform entertainment company responsible for such television hits as The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead and Outcast have announced a new co-publishing imprint, Skybound Books, which will focus on science fiction, fantasy and horror properties. (PR 24.07.2017)
  • Also in July 2017, Simon & Schuster entered into a sales and distribution agreement with IglooBooks, a recently launched division of Bonnier Publishing USA. (PR 13.07.2017)

International

Simon & Schuster has publishing and distribution capabilities in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and India. Moreover the company is able to distribute its titles in physical and digital editions in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. (company information)

Digital

In 2017, the sale of digital content represented approximately 22%, or 186mUSD, of Simon & Schuster’s revenues . (AR 2017) According to Carolyn Reidy (President & CEO) digital revenues were driven by audio, while e-book sales dropped, she further stated that the company is expecting them to stabilize in 2017 and that they „were surprised to see a decline in ebook sales“. (BS 16.02.2017 & PL 15.02.2017)

Bestseller

In 2017, Simon & Schuster published 195 New York Times bestsellers in hardcover, paperback and electronic formats, collectively, including 30 New York Times #1 bestsellers. Best-selling titles in 2017 include What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King, and Leonardo DaVinci by Walter Isaacson. Best-selling children’s titles include Dork Diaries 12: Tales from a Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe by Rachel Renée Russell, Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, and It Takes a Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AR 2017)

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