Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that first day sales of Go Set a Watchman at its bookstores nationwide have surpassed first day sales of all other adult trade fiction books in its Company history, including Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, the previous bestselling book, which was published in 2009. The Company reported that Lee’s first book, To Kill a Mockingbird, whose sales have doubled at Barnes & Noble since Go Set a Watchman was announced, jumped to the number 2 bestselling book. Go Set a Watchman surpassed E L James’ Grey as the number one bestseller. Based on current sales, the Company also said that it expects Go Set a Watchman to be its bestselling book of 2015.
InnerWorkings, Inc. (NASDAQ: INWK), the leading global marketing execution firm, today announced financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2017. For all non-GAAP references below, please refer to the non-GAAP reconciliation tables at the end of this release for more information.
“We had a strong finish to 2017 with a growth rate that exceeded our expectations. In addition, we’ve won several large new contracts in recent months, and we’re well down the path on a number of exciting sales pursuits,” said Chief Executive Officer Eric D. Belcher. “This combination sets us up for strong growth in 2018.”
Fourth Quarter 2017 Results
• Record gross revenue was $301.0 million in the fourth quarter, an increase of 11% compared with $270.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.
• Gross profit (net revenue) was $71.3 million, or 23.7% of gross revenue, in the fourth quarter, an increase of 4% compared to $68.7 million, or 25.4% of revenue, in the same period of 2016.
• Net income for the fourth quarter was $1.5 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, compared to $5.0 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, in the prior year period.
• Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA was $14.6 million in the fourth quarter, compared to $15.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.
• Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter was $0.06, compared to $0.12 in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Full-Year 2017 Results and Recent Highlights
• Gross revenue was $1,136.3 million in 2017, an increase of 4% compared with $1,090.7 million in 2016.
• Gross profit (net revenue) was $278.3 million, or 24.5% of gross revenue, in 2017, a 6% increase compared to $263.5 million, or 24.2% of revenue, in 2016.
• Net income in 2017 was $19.0 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, compared to $4.4 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in 2016.
• Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA was $62.3 million in 2017, reflecting growth of 5% compared to $59.2 million in 2016.
• Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share for 2017 was $0.41, compared to $0.38 in 2016.
• Cash flow from operations was $16.1 million in 2017, compared to $10.5 million in the year before.
• InnerWorkings signed new client contracts during 2017 totaling $130 million of annual revenue at full run-rate. This growth is a blend of expansions with existing accounts as well as the addition of a number of first time clients.
• In 2018 to date, InnerWorkings has already signed several new client contracts totaling $41 million of annual revenue at full run-rate.
“Our expected growth in 2018 will generate meaningful operating leverage and free cash flow in 2018, giving us the ability to reinvest in our business on behalf of our clients, employees and shareholders,” said Chip Hodgkins, Interim Chief Financial Officer of InnerWorkings.
Rich Stoddart, incoming Chief Executive Officer, added, “InnerWorkings has evolved its business over the past five years to be at the forefront of software, digital, and other growing components of marketing execution. I look forward to helping the company capitalize on its early lead in this emerging market.”
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