John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (JW.A) Stock Rating Upgraded by Zacks Investment Research

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE:JW.A) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Monday. The brokerage presently has a $59.00 target price on the stock.

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 analysts have also weighed in on JW.A. TheStreet lowered John Wiley & Sons from a “b-” rating to a “c” rating in a report on Thursday, September 7th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “hold” rating and issued a $53.00 price objective (down previously from $54.00) on shares of John Wiley & Sons in a report on Tuesday, August 22nd.

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

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John Wiley & Sons Company Profile

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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