RESS RELEASE For Immediate Release
Date: August 10, 2005
Contact: Michael DeMarco, Chief Financial Officer
Peoples Educational Holdings, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Results
Saddle Brook, New Jersey, August 10, 2005 – Peoples Educational Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: PEDH) today reported revenue of $9.4 million for its second quarter ending June 30, 2005, up 10% from $8.6 million from the second quarter of 2004. Six-month year-to-date revenue of $14.4 million increased 4% as compared to $13.9 million for the comparable period in 2004. Net Income (Loss) for the three and six-month periods ended June 30, 2005 was $38,000, and ($846,000), compared to $426,000 and $321,000 in 2004. Earnings per share, on a diluted basis, were $0.01 for the quarter as compared to $0.11 in the second quarter of 2004. Six month year-to-date earnings per share on a diluted basis were ($0.22) as compared to $0.08 in the prior year.
“Revenue increased modestly for the first six months of the year, but we have begun to see some positive trends as we enter the 3 rd quarter, which is historically our largest revenue period. Earnings were down, as expenses increased as a result of our planned, broad scale, new product and product line launches. Overall, the first six months of 2005 was a period of strong investment in product development, marketing and infrastructure as we positioned ourselves for future growth in sales and profitability,” said Brian Beckwith, President and CEO.
Net income for the three-month period in 2005 was $38,000, compared to $426,000 in 2004. Six-month net loss in 2005 was $846,000 compared to a net income of $321,000 for the same period in 2004. The decrease is a result of higher cost of revenue, as a percent of revenue due to product mix, and higher selling, general and administrative expenses resulting primarily from planned new product line launches and increases in general corporate overhead.
Revenue results by product line were as follows.
Test Preparation and Assessment
The revenue fluctuation from 2004 to 2005 is due to several factors including the timing of a large order and changes in state learning standards and test formats. During the second quarter of 2004, a large district order of approximately $536,000 was received and billed; however, an equivalent order in 2005 is anticipated to be received in the third quarter. In addition, in late 2004 and early 2005, several states in which we have state customized product had or were in the process of changing their learning standards or test formats necessitating product revisions. Although this has had a short-term impact on revenue, it represents a long-term opportunity as we have responded quickly to changed market needs by publishing revised products to meet those changes. Many of these revised products were completed during the first six months of 2005, with the balance being completed during the third quarter. Sales of these revised products will begin to be received during the third and fourth quarters, historically the largest two revenue quarters for this product line. In addition, we continue to develop new products for existing states, including California and Georgia.
Gross Profit and Cost of Revenue
As we have previously indicated, we expect the majority of the full year 2005 revenue growth to occur in the latter part of 2005 due to the cycle of new product launches into existing markets and the introduction of the Company’s new product lines into the market. Historically, the majority of the Company’s full year profits occur in the third quarter and we expect this trend to continue in 2005.
Conference Call and Webcast Details:
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Wednesday, August 11, 2005, 11 a.m. Eastern
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About Peoples Educational Holdings, Inc.
Peoples Educational Holdings, Inc., is a publisher and marketer of print and electronic supplementary educational materials for the K-12 school market. The Company focuses its efforts in four market areas:
The Company’s proprietary products are supplemental in nature, meaning that they are predominately soft-cover, high gross profit margin titles that can be sold efficiently through the Company’s direct sales force, as well as through catalogs, direct mail, telemarketing, and independent commission sales representatives. Distributed products are both basal and supplemental in nature.
This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the Company and its markets as defined in section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including (1) demand from major customers, (2) effects of competition, (3) changes in product or customer mix or revenues and in the level of operating expenses, (4) rapidly changing technologies and the Company's ability to respond thereto, (5) the impact of competitive products and pricing, (6) local and state levels of educational spending, (7) ability to retain qualified personnel, (8) ability to retain its distribution agreements in the College Preparation market, (9) the sufficiency of the Company’s copyright protection, and (10) ability to continue to rely on the services of a third party warehouse, and other factors as discussed in the Company’s filings with the SEC. The actual results that the Company achieves may differ materially from any forward-looking statements due to such risks and uncertainties. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this report. Readers are urged to carefully review and consider the various disclosures made by the Company in this press release and the reports the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission that attempt to advise interested parties of the risks and factors that may affect the Company's business and results of operations.
Peoples Publishing Group, Inc., Saddle Brook, NJ
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