Simon & Schuster finished 2017 on a high note, posting a 12% increase in revenue in the fourth quarter over the comparable period in 2016. The publisher also saw a 22% jump in operating income. With the strong finish, sales for the full year rose 8% over 2016, to $830 million, while earnings increased 11%, to $132 million. S&S CEO Carolyn Reidy said 2017 was a year in which most of S&S's plans came to fruition. She noted that all four of the publisehr's major operating groups posted sales gains over the previous year. The audio group, led by sales of downloadable audio, saw the biggest gain, followed by the international group, the adult group, then the children's group.The company's distribution business also had higher sales in the year. Click Read More below for additional information.
Cabela’s Incorporated (NYSE:CAB) today reported financial results for first quarter fiscal 2015.
For the quarter, total revenue increased 14.0% to $827.1 million; Retail store revenue increased 18.9% to $524.4 million; Direct revenue decreased 3.3% to $173.5 million; and Financial Services revenue increased 24.7% to $122.9 million. During the period, consolidated comparable store sales decreased 1.3%.
For the quarter, adjusted for certain items, net income increased 6.9% to $27.5 million compared to $25.7 million in the year ago quarter, and earnings per diluted share were $0.38 compared to $0.36 in the year ago quarter. The Company reported GAAP net income of $26.8 million and earnings per diluted share of $0.37 as compared to GAAP net income of $25.7 million and earnings per diluted share of $0.36 in the year ago quarter. First quarter 2015 GAAP results include incremental expenses related to the relocation of our distribution center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, of $0.01 per diluted share. See the supporting schedules to this earnings release labeled “Reconciliation of GAAP Reported to Non-GAAP Adjusted Financial Measures” for a reconciliation of the GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures.
“We have started the year well and are pleased that the extreme volatility in firearms and ammunition over the past two years seems to have normalized,” said Tommy Millner, Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer. “We experienced strong growth in merchandise sales, sequential improvement in comparable store sales, and excellent performance from Cabela’s CLUB® and our new format stores. We were particularly pleased with the continued improvement in comparable store sales as hunting equipment, optics, camping, fishing, shooting, and powersports all comped positively in the quarter.”
“Our new format stores continue to significantly outperform our legacy stores in sales and profit per square foot,” Millner said. “As our business grows, we are excited as we accelerate the pace of our new store openings. During the first quarter, we opened two new stores and plan to open a total of five stores in the second quarter, four stores in the third quarter, and two stores in the fourth quarter.”
U.S. comparable store sales decreased 0.4%. Consolidated comparable store sales decreased 1.3% largely due to currency declines in Canada. U.S. comparable store sales increased in six of thirteen merchandise subcategories and benefited from a 2.2% increase in average ticket.