John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (JW.A) Downgraded to Hold at Zacks Investment Research

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE:JW.A) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report issued on Tuesday.

According to Zacks, “John Wiley & Sons, which has outpaced the industry in the past six months, is metamorphosing in to a more digital-service oriented company. Moreover, it is focusing on building a more favorable product mix as digital services/products generate higher margins and are likely to offset the waning print revenue. Recently, the company reported solid first-quarter fiscal 2018 results, wherein both the top and bottom line improved year over year and also beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Results were primarily driven by gains from Atypon’s buyout. Further, strength in the Research and Solutions divisions compensated for the softness in the Publishing division that stemmed from lower print book sales. In fiscal 2018, management continues to envision adjusted earnings at constant currency to decline by low-single digits. Both revenues and operating income is anticipated to be nearly flat year over year.”

Several other research analysts have also recently issued reports on JW.A. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $54.00 price objective on shares of John Wiley & Sons in a research report on Wednesday, July 19th. TheStreet raised John Wiley & Sons from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 25th.

John Wiley & Sons (NYSE:JW.A) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, September 7th. The company reported $0.59 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.62 by ($0.03). John Wiley & Sons had a net margin of 5.32% and a return on equity of 17.78%. The firm had revenue of $411.40 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $406.41 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.52 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 1.8% compared to the same quarter last year.

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About John Wiley & Sons

John Wiley & Sons, Inc provides knowledge and knowledge-enabled services in the areas of research, professional practice and education. The Company operates through three segments: Research, Professional Development and Education. Through the Research segment, the Company provides digital and print scientific, technical, medical and scholarly journals, reference works, books, database services and advertising.

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