Educational Development Corporation Announces Record First Quarter Fiscal 2018 Revenues and Fifth Amendment Loan Agreement

TULSA, Okla., June 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Educational Development Corporation (“EDC”) (NASDAQ:EDUC) ( today reports record first quarter fiscal 2018 unaudited net revenues.

Randall White, CEO of Educational Development Corporation, announced that the Company has had record first quarter revenues of fiscal 2018, totaling approximately $27.8 million. This revenue level represents an increase of $5.0 million, or 22% over the first quarter fiscal 2017 revenues of approximately $22.8 million.

Per Mr. White, “Our first quarter double digit growth reflects continued strong demand for our products and the success of our sales teams. To ensure we are capable of handling our continued growth, our management team has recently approved a capital expansion project that will further automate to our Tulsa, OK distribution facility and expand our daily shipping capacity by as much as 100% over last year’s capacity levels.

We have also recently executed a new amendment with our existing lender which immediately expands our working capital facility from $7.0 million to $10.0M and allows us, upon lender approval, to grow this facility to $15M to support our continued growth in inventory and sales. This new amendment also includes a $3.0M Advancing Term Loan facility which will be used to finance our recent capital expansion project.

We continue to be grateful to all of our stakeholders that continue to support us during this very dynamic time in the Company’s history.”

About Educational Development Corporation

EDC is a publishing company specializing in books for children. EDC is the sole American distributor of the UK-based Usborne Books and owns Kane Miller Books, specializing in children’s literature from around the world. EDC’s current catalog contains over 2,300 titles, with new additions semi-annually. Both Usborne and Kane Miller products are sold via retail outlets and by direct sales consultants nationally.

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

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