Shares of Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) closed the trading at a price of $40.74 with the negative change of -0.39 percent. In the past session approximately 84,956 shares were exchanged against the average daily trading volume of 110,614 shares. The stock market capitalization has now valued at $1.425B. The one year high of the company is $47.77 and the one year low is $33.51.
Scholastic Corporation (SCHL) recently stated financial results for the Company’s fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended May 31, 2018.
As predictable, the Company experienced lower revenues and operating income in the 2018 fiscal year, following a strong fiscal 2017 bolstered by sales of the best-selling new title, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two. The Company also continued to invest in technology and product development as part of its multi-year Scholastic 2020 margin improvement plan through fiscal 2021.
By GAAP measures, fiscal 2018 revenues reduced 6 percent to $1.63B and operating income reduced 38 percent to $55.6M in comparison to $89.2M in the previous fiscal year, which benefited from strong sales of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Loss per diluted share from continuing operations, which included a $57.3M non-cash charge from discontinuing the Company’s domestic defined benefit pension plan, as well as $11.2M in non-cash impairment charges primarily associated with the renovation of the New York City headquarters building, was $0.14 contrast to earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of $1.48 in the previous year period.
Not Including one-time items, fiscal 2018 full year earnings per diluted share from continuing operations were $1.43, within guidance, contrast to $1.83 in fiscal 2017. Operating income was $75.0M contrast to $109.4M a year ago.
In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, revenue was $496.2M contrast to $499.6M in fiscal 2017, and fourth quarter fiscal 2018 operating income was $73.9M, an raise of $9.6M, or 15 percent, contrast to $64.3M in the previous year period. GAAP earnings from continuing operations were $1.43 per diluted share, contrast to $1.11 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. Fourth quarter earnings per diluted share from continuing operations not including one-time items were $1.45 versus $1.31 in the previous year period, an raise of 11 percent.
“Strong fourth quarter results helped us reach the higher end of full-year guidance for earnings per share, not including one-time items. We continued to invest in new publishing and productivity-focused technologies under our Scholastic 2020 plan. The implementation of new finance and operating systems will bring us information much more quickly, enabling improved inventory and cost management, and is predictable to provide cost savings of $10M in fiscal 2019,” stated Richard Robinson, Scholastic Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “A new CRM system now accessible to book fairs and education is now enabling improved marketing effectiveness and reduced costs. We have also stepped down over half of our legacy systems and migrated 95 percent of our consumer-facing applications to the Cloud.”
The short ratio in the company’s stock is documented at 10.55 and the short float is around of 3.94 percent. The average true range of the stock is observed at 1.14 and the relative strength index of the stock is recorded at 34.69. The stock’s price switched up -3.47 percent 20-Days Simple Moving Average dropped -7.77 percent from 50-Days Simple Moving Average and rose 0.20 percent from 200 Days Simple Moving Average.