Bloomsbury Publishing announces results for the six months ended 31 August 2012

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc has announced its six month results for the period ended 31 August 2012.

Financial highlights

  • Turnover £43.5 million (2011: £42.4 million) +2%
  • Profit before taxation and highlighted items* £2.1 million (2011: £3.3 million) -37%
  • Profit before taxation £0.9 million (2011: £1.5 million)
  • Interim dividend 0.94 pence per share (2011: 0.89 pence) +6%
  • Basic earnings per share before highlighted items* 2.20 pence (2011: 3.27 pence)
  • Basic earnings per share of 0.87 pence (2011: 1.45 pence)

Note: All the above highlights are stated on a Continuing basis ie they exclude the results of Bloomsbury’s German subsidiary, Bloomsbury Verlag, which was treated as discontinued in the accounts last year, following its sale in February 2012.


Commenting on the results, Nigel Newton, Chief Executive, said:

“The Group continues to make good progress. We have acquired two new businesses further boosting our presence in the academic market, particularly in the USA, and have launched our own sales and publishing operation in India, a market which has the potential to become one of the largest English language book markets in the world.

Higher ebook sales and academic turnover continue to increase the weighting of our sales to the second half. In addition we have a strong second half list, including potential best sellers, and are targeting a significant number of rights and services contracts.  We remain well positioned for the future and results continue to show a positive trend over the longer term.”

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