Courier Swings from Loss to Net Income of $1.6 Million on Sales of $59 Million
“The sluggish economy continued to be a thorn in the side of many of our customers, and we felt it too,” said Courier Chairman and CEO James F. Conway III. “Yet our relationships with key customers are stronger than ever. While the traditional textbook ordering cycle has been pushed back closer to the start of the school year, we are working closely with customers to help them succeed, and we closed the quarter with a healthy run rate. Meanwhile, our specialty book publishing businesses continued to work through the effects of the past year’s channel turbulence with a sharper product focus, helped by an increasing ability to deliver award-winning content in both print and e-book form.
“Under our previously announced stock repurchase program, we purchased approximately 445,000 shares in the third quarter, for a total of $4.8 million. Since the start of the fiscal year, our strong cash flow has also enabled us to bring our debt down by $2.5 million. Given this performance and our solid financial condition, our Board of Directors has once again approved a regular quarterly dividend of $.21 per share. We head into our fourth quarter with every expectation of a strong close to the fiscal year in keeping with seasonal trends.”
Book manufacturing: adjusting to changes in seasonal textbook cycle
Courier’s book manufacturing segment had third-quarter sales of $52.4 million, down from $55.0 million for the same period last year. For fiscal 2012 to date, book manufacturing sales were $163.9 million, up slightly from $163.6 million in fiscal 2011.
As previously mentioned, the results for fiscal 2012 included restructuring costs for severance and post-retirement benefits, while last year’s second-quarter results included plant closing costs. Excluding these restructuring costs, the segment’s third-quarter operating income was $4.2 million, versus $5.1 million a year ago. On a year-to-date basis, operating income was $11.7 million, up 4 percent from $11.3 million for the first nine months of last year.