Harte-Hanks Posts First Quarter of Revenue Growth Since 2007

“Shoppers revenue decreased 4.2 percent in the third quarter compared to the third quarter of 2009. This is the fifth consecutive quarter of improvement in quarterly revenue comparisons to the prior year quarter. Operating income improved 58.4 percent to $5.3 million.”

Concluding, Franklin said, “We are pleased to have returned to revenue growth in direct marketing in the quarter, however we don’t expect to have the same rate of growth over the next few quarters. We are excited about the progress we are making with our digital and multichannel strategy. More importantly, we intend to continue our investments in the people, structure and products necessary to build our multichannel business, which we believe will lead to improved long-term results.

“Our Shoppers revenue performance will continue to reflect the California and Florida economies which are not improving, especially California. We are continuing our investments in our Shoppers digital products, which are already showing impressive growth.

“In the fourth quarter, the company expects to show slight operating income improvement compared to the 2009 fourth quarter which included a $6.9 million charge. This expectation reflects our anticipated Shoppers revenue and the investments we are making in our digital strategy in both businesses. Customer response in both businesses is confirming that our digital focus is working and will provide tremendous long term value.”

About Harte-Hanks:
Harte-Hanks is a worldwide direct and targeted marketing company that provides multichannel direct and digital marketing services and shopper advertising opportunities to a wide range of local, regional, national and international consumer and business-to-business marketers. Harte-Hanks Direct Marketing helps its clients obtain insight about their customers through database and marketing analytics. Based on that insight Harte-Hanks Direct Marketing designs, implements and executes multichannel marketing programs on behalf of its clients using direct and digital communications. Harte-Hanks Shoppers is North America’s largest owner, operator and distributor of shopper products which bring buyers and sellers together at a local level though its proven multichannel offerings, including targeted print, digital advertising, and classifieds.