TULSA, Okla., May 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Randall White, CEO, Educational Development Corporation ("EDC") (Nasdaq:EDUC) (http://www.edcpub.com) today reported record net results for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2015, along with their quarterly cash dividend.
For the fiscal year 2015, the Company reports record net revenue of $32,548,300, an increase of $6,451,300 (25%) when compared to $26,097,000 for the previous year and net earnings of $859,200 compared to $357,600 (an increase of 140%). Earnings per share were $0.21 compared to $0.09 the previous year (up 138%) on a fully diluted basis.
The increase in net revenues for the Company represents a significant turnaround in our history. The publishing division, EDC Publishing, registered its largest sales year in history, an increase of 5% despite eliminating 20% of its sales three years ago when sales to Amazon were discontinued. The sales increase came from existing and new customers who have enthusiastically supported this decision.
The home business division, Usborne Books & More, has also greatly benefited from that decision. The Usborne Books & More division responded by posting an annual net sales increase for the second consecutive year, reversing nine years of sales decline, and has now recorded 21 consecutive months of sales increases when compared to the same month in the previous year. Net revenue increased to $21,017,000 compared to $15,129,000 (39%) for the previous year, and recruitment of new sales associates increased 62% over last year. The improvement in net earnings is attributable to the significant increase in net revenue and an improvement in operations including negotiating more favorable shipping rates.
The Company continues to operate with minimal debt, has not had a losing quarter in 28 years, and fully expects to maintain its historical dividend.
The Board of Directors has authorized a $0.08 per share cash dividend. The dividend will be paid on June 19, 2015 to shareholders of record June 12, 2015.
|EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION|
|CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS|
|Twelve Months Ended February 28,|
|NET REVENUES||$ 32,548,300||$ 26,097,000|
|EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAXES||1,402,500||873,500|
|NET EARNINGS||$ 859,200||$ 357,600|
|BASIC AND DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE:|
|Basic||$ 0.21||$ 0.09|
|Diluted||$ 0.22||$ 0.09|
|WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON AND EQUIVALENT SHARES OUTSTANDING:|
|Basic and diluted||4,003,702||3,968,214|
About Educational Development Corporation
Educational Development Corporation sells children's books, including Usborne Books and the Kane/Miller line of international children's titles through a multi-level sales organization of independent consultants, through 5,000 retail stores and over the Internet. More than 1,600 different titles are available for children of all ages, with periodic new additions.
CONTACT: Educational Development Corporation Randall White, (918) 622-4522
Source:Educational Development Corporation