The Board of Directors of Barnes & Noble, Inc. announced the termination of its Chief Executive Officer, Demos Parneros, for violations of the Company’s policies. This action was taken by the Company’s Board of Directors who were advised by the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Mr. Parneros’ termination is not due to any disagreement with the Company regarding its financial reporting, policies or practices or any potential fraud relating thereto. Mr. Parneros will not receive any severance payment and he is no longer a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. In order to ensure continuity going forward, the Company has appointed a leadership group to share the duties of the office of the CEO until a new leader is named. Those appointed include: Allen Lindstrom, Chief Financial Officer, Tim Mantel, Chief Merchandising Officer and Carl Hauch, Vice President, Stores. Leonard Riggio remains Executive Chairman of the Company and will be involved in its management. Click Read More below for additional information.
Revenue Increased 5%; Excluding Foreign Exchange Impact, Revenue Increased 7%
Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations Increased 35% to $0.92
Adjusted Diluted EPS from Continuing Operations Increased 16% to $1.19
Operating Margin Increased 210 Basis Points to 31.0%
Adjusted Operating Margin Increased 230 Basis Points to 39.9%
2015 Adjusted Diluted EPS Guidance Increased to a Range of $4.45 to $4.50
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McGraw Hill Financial, Inc. (NYSE: MHFI) today reported third quarter 2015 results with revenue of $1.32 billion, an increase of 5% compared to the same period last year. Net income and diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $252 million and $0.92, respectively.
Adjusted net income from continuing operations increased 16% to $325 million and adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations increased 16% to $1.19. The adjustments in the third quarter of 2015 were associated with an estimated provision for potential legal settlements primarily in Australia, transaction costs related to the SNL acquisition, partially offset by insurance recoveries related to legal settlements.
“The performance in the quarter demonstrates the balance across the portfolio as the Company continued to deliver solid revenue growth, margin expansion and adjusted EPS growth during the third quarter despite a significant decline in global bond issuance,” said Douglas L. Peterson, President and Chief Executive Officer of McGraw Hill Financial. “This year’s margin expansion is the result of top-line growth and a concerted focus across the Company to deliver on our productivity targets. As we look to continue to build shareholder value, we are ever more excited with the addition of SNL and the synergy potential with S&P Capital IQ and Platts to create an offering that is distinctive and essential to the global financial markets. Lastly, we remain committed to actively repurchasing our shares – having repurchased 4.9 million shares in the last nine months.”