Educational Development Corporation Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2018 Results

TULSA, Okla., Jan. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Educational Development Corporation (“EDC”, or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:EDUC) (http://www.edcpub.com) today reports record net sales and earnings per share results for the third quarter ended November 30, 2017.

Randall White, CEO of Educational Development Corporation, announced that for the fiscal third quarter ended November 30, 2017, the Company reports net revenues of $38,908,000, an increase of $8,210,400, or 26.7%, when compared to $30,697,600 for the third quarter of the previous year.  Net earnings totaled $2,128,400 for quarter ended November 30, 2017, compared to $1,274, 200 for the quarter ended November 30, 2016, an increase of 67.0%.   Earnings per share for the quarter were $0.52 compared to $0.31 for the same quarter in the previous year, up 67.7% on a fully diluted basis.

Our direct sales division, Usborne Books & More (“UBAM”), continues to be the largest operating segment of the Company.  Net revenues of this division for the third quarter ending November 30, 2017 were $36,468,400, an increase of 32.0% from $27,622,600 reported in the third quarter ended November 30, 2016.  The average number of active direct sales consultants increased 3,000, or 11.0%, to 31,100 for the quarter ended November 30, 2017, over our average active consultant count in the third quarter of last year.

Our Publishing’s division net revenues for the quarter ended November 30, 2017 were $2,439,700, a decrease of $635,300, or 20.7% from the revenues reported in the third quarter of last year totaling $3,075,000.

The Company’s year to date net revenues in the first three quarters of the fiscal year totaled $90,020,100, an increase of $10,645,300, or 13.4%, from $79,374,800 reported in the same period last year.  Net earnings totaled $4,390,600 for nine months ended November 30, 2017, compared to $2,212,900 for the nine months ended November 30, 2016, an increase of 98.4%.   Year to date earnings per share increased $0.53, or 98.1%, from $0.54 for the nine months ended November 30, 2016 to $1.07 for the nine months ended November 30, 2017, on a fully diluted basis.

Per Mr. White, “As we previously announced, our Company had record net revenues in our fiscal third quarter.  These revenues were made possible through the technology and operational improvements that were made this year which increased our daily shipping volumes.   Shipments during the quarter were able to keep up with incoming orders without creating a large backlog, which increased revenues and greatly improved customer satisfaction over prior year levels.  This also resulted in minimal deferred revenue at the end of the quarter.

"We are also reporting record profits for the quarter.  These profits result from increased volumes and operational improvements that were made during the last two years.  We are very pleased to see trends in reduced handling, packaging and shipping costs and are excited to see these trends continue in the future.”

Mr. White continued, “We are also continuing to make additional investments in cost reducing technologies.  During the fiscal fourth quarter, we will be investing approximately $1,000,000 to bring additional automation into our packaging and fulfilment processes, which will further increase our daily shipping capacity and efficiency.”

 Three Months Ended November 30 Nine Months Ended November 30
  2017  2016  2017  2016
NET REVENUES   38,908,000    30,697,600    90,020,100    79,374,800
EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAXES   3,432,800   2,040,100     7,097,700     3,565,400
INCOME TAXES   1,304,400    765,900    2,707,100    1,352,500
NET EARNINGS$    2,128,400 $    1,274,200 $    4,390,600 $    2,212,900
  PER SHARE:     
  Basic$    0.52 $    0.31 $     1.07  $    0.54
  Diluted$  0.52  $  0.31 $    1.07 $    0.54
DIVIDENDS PER SHARE$    0.00 $    0.09 $    0.00 $    0.27
  Basic   4,087,268    4,079,916    4,087,686    4,074,355
  Diluted   4,090,011    4,084,863    4,090,053    4,079,833

EDC will host its third quarter fiscal 2018 results Investor Call including a live Q&A webcast on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 2 PM CT (3 PM ET).  Randall White, the Company’s CEO and President, Craig White, VP of IT, Heather Cobb, VP of UBAM and Dan O’Keefe, CFO and Secretary, will present the annual results and be available for questions following the presentation.  Phone lines for participants will be available at (844) 395-9253 (International callers can use (478) 219-0506).  The conference passcode is 5167249.

The weblink to the call is https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/iqzodkjw.

The link to the webcast, including replays will be available following the event at www.edcpub.com/investors.aspx.

About Educational Development Corporation (EDC)
EDC is a publishing company specializing in books for children. EDC is the exclusive United States distributor of the UK-based Usborne Books and owns Kane Miller Publishers; award-winning publishers of international children’s books. EDC’s current catalog contains over 2,000 titles, with new additions semi-annually. Both Usborne and Kane Miller products are sold via 5,000 retail outlets and by independent consultants, who hold book showings in individual homes, through social media, book fairs with school and public libraries, direct and internet sales.

Educational Development Corporation
Randall White, (918) 622-4522

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The following information was filed by Educational Development Corp (EDUC) on Friday, January 12, 2018 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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