Wiley Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results

HOBOKEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE:JWA)(NYSE:JWB), a global leader in research and education, today announced results for the third quarter ended January 31, 2021.

THIRD QUARTER SUMMARY

  • GAAP Results: Revenue of $483 million (+3%) and EPS of $0.39 (-$0.24) due to restructuring charges of $0.28 primarily related to real estate capacity reduction
  • Adjusted Results at constant currency (cc): Revenue +2%, EBITDA +7%, and EPS +6%
  • Full Year Outlook raised for Revenue, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EPS and Free Cash Flow

MANAGEMENT COMMENTARY

“Wiley’s strategic focus and solid execution in open research and online education continue to yield strong results,” said Brian Napack, President and CEO. “During the quarter, we accelerated our Research growth strategy with the acquisition of Hindawi, a rapidly-growing leader in open access publishing, and we strengthened the Wiley network with new university and corporate partners for online degree and talent development services.”

THIRD QUARTER PERFORMANCE

GAAP Measures

Unaudited ($millions except for EPS)

Q3 2021

Q3 2020

Change

Revenue

$482.9

$467.1

3%

Diluted EPS

$0.39

$0.63

(38%)

Non-GAAP Measures

Q3 2021

Q3 2020

Change

Constant Currency

Revenue

$482.9

$467.1

2%

Adjusted EBITDA

$104.3

$95.5

7%

Adjusted EPS

$0.68

$0.68

6%

Excluding acquisitions and currency impact, revenue declined 1% for the quarter. Wiley recorded a favorable FX variance of $7.6 million in revenue and $2.1 million in Adjusted EBITDA, and an unfavorable FX variance of $0.04 per share in Adjusted EPS.

Revenue

  • Research Publishing & Platforms rose 3% as reported and 1% at constant currency, with strong growth in open access and inorganic contributions from acquisitions offsetting anticipated subscription revenue pressure.
  • Academic & Professional Learning declined 2% as reported and 4% at constant currency mainly due to COVID-19 impact on test prep and in-person corporate training, and a decline in print book revenue, which offset continued growth in digital content and courseware.
  • Education Services increased 25% as reported and 24% at constant currency, driven by organic revenue growth of 13% from strong online enrollment and new student starts, and the two-month inorganic contribution from mthree (+$8 million).

Adjusted EBITDA

  • Research Publishing & Platforms was even with the prior year at constant currency, as revenue growth, operational efficiencies, and COVID-related expense savings were offset by higher royalties and one-time charges associated with the Hindawi acquisition.
  • Academic & Professional Learning rose 2% at constant currency, reflecting business optimization gains and COVID-related expense savings.
  • Education Services rose $12 million to $13 million, driven by revenue growth and business optimization initiatives, notably sustained improvement in student acquisition costs. Adjusted EBITDA margin for the quarter was 19%, up from 2% in the prior year.
  • Adjusted Corporate Expenses rose 19% to $44 million mainly due to higher employment-related expenses.

EPS

  • GAAP EPS of $0.39 declined from $0.63 in the prior year, reflecting restructuring charges of $0.28 per share, primarily related to a previously disclosed reduction in Wiley’s real estate footprint.
  • Adjusted EPS of $0.68 compared to $0.68 in the prior year with operating income growth and lower interest expense partially offset by higher FX transaction losses mostly related to the funding of the Hindawi acquisition. In the quarter, the Hindawi acquisition was dilutive to EPS by approximately $0.12 per share.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

  • Net debt-to-EBITDA ratio (trailing twelve months) at quarter-end was 2.2 as compared to 1.8 at the end of the year-ago period.
  • Available liquidity was approximately $620 million at quarter-end, including $91 million of cash on hand and $529 million of undrawn credit capacity.

Cash Flow (YTD)

  • Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities was $155 million compared to $89 million in the prior year period, primarily driven by higher cash earnings.
  • Free Cash Flow less Product Development Spending was $80 million compared to $5 million in the prior year, reflecting the improvement in Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities and lower capital expenditures.
  • Share repurchases resumed in January following the announcement of the Hindawi acquisition. During the brief remaining trading period, Wiley spent approximately $7 million to acquire 146,852 shares at an average cost per share of $48.09.

FISCAL YEAR 2021 OUTLOOK

Based on performance through nine months, Wiley is raising its full year outlook for Revenue, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EPS, and Free Cash Flow. The updated outlook assumes that current foreign exchange rates prevail through the end of the fiscal year. The outlook also includes the projected fourth quarter impact of the Hindawi acquisition. For the full year, the Company continues to anticipate low-single digit revenue growth overall, which includes low-single digit growth in Research, a mid-single digit decline in Academic & Professional Learning, and double-digit growth in Education Services (mid-to-high single digit growth on an organic basis).

Updated projected performance ranges for consolidated Revenue, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EPS, and Free Cash Flow are as follows:

Metric

($millions, except EPS)

Fiscal 2020

Actual

Fiscal 2021

Previous Outlook

Fiscal 2021

Current Outlook

Revenue

$1,831

$1,865 – $1,885

Raised, $1,900 – $1,920

Adjusted EBITDA

$356

$380 – $395

Raised, $395 – $410

Adjusted EPS

$2.40

$2.50 – $2.70

Raised, $2.60 – $2.75

Free Cash Flow

$173

$175 – $200

Raised, $200 – $225

  • Current outlook reflects actual currency impact to date, current exchange rates sustained through Q4 (Euro at $1.18 and Pound Sterling at $1.32), and the approximate four-month impact of the Hindawi acquisition (Revenue +$10M, Adjusted EBITDA neutral, and Adjusted EPS -$0.15).

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ABOUT WILEY

Wiley drives the world forward with research and education. Through publishing, platforms, and services, we help researchers, professionals, students, universities, and corporations to achieve their goals in an ever-changing world. And for more than 200 years, we have delivered consistent performance to all our stakeholders. The Company’s website can be accessed at www.wiley.com.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

Wiley provides non-GAAP financial measures and performance results such as “Adjusted EPS,” “Adjusted Revenue,” “Adjusted Operating Income,” “Adjusted EBITDA,” “Adjusted CTP,” “Free Cash Flow less Product Development Spending,” “organic revenue,” and results on a Constant Currency basis to assess underlying business performance and trends. Management believes non-GAAP financial measures, which exclude the impact of restructuring charges and credits and certain other items, and the impact of acquisitions provide a useful comparable basis to analyze operating results and earnings. See the reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures and explanations of the uses of non-GAAP measures in the supplementary information.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This release contains certain forward-looking statements concerning the Company’s operations, performance, and financial condition. Reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements, as actual results may differ materially from those in any forward-looking statements. Any such forward-looking statements are based upon a number of assumptions and estimates that are inherently subject to uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the control of the Company and are subject to change based on many important factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to: (i) the level of investment in new technologies and products; (ii) subscriber renewal rates for the Company’s journals; (iii) the financial stability and liquidity of journal subscription agents; (iv) the consolidation of book wholesalers and retail accounts; (v) the market position and financial stability of key online retailers; (vi) the seasonal nature of the Company’s educational business and the impact of the used book market; (vii) worldwide economic and political conditions; (viii) the Company’s ability to protect its copyrights and other intellectual property worldwide (ix) the ability of the Company to successfully integrate acquired operations and realize expected opportunities; (x) the Company’s ability to realize operating savings over time and in fiscal year 2021 in connection with our multi-year Business Optimization Program; (xi) the impact of COVID-19 on our operations, performance, and financial condition; and (xii) other factors detailed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

Category: Earnings Releases

JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION (1)(2)

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

January 31,

January 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Revenue, net

$

482,912

$

467,131

$

1,405,249

$

1,356,866

Costs and expenses:
Cost of sales

157,636

153,924

457,298

440,433

Operating and administrative expenses

251,242

245,683

735,778

736,233

Restructuring and related charges

20,675

3,298

24,813

18,034

Amortization of intangibles

19,032

15,732

53,089

45,722

Total Costs and Expenses

448,585

418,637

1,270,978

1,240,422

Operating Income

34,327

48,494

134,271

116,444

As a % of revenue

7.1

%

10.4

%

9.6

%

8.6

%

Interest expense

(4,853

)

(6,309

)

(13,928

)

(19,173

)

Foreign exchange transaction losses

(5,694

)

(1,745

)

(6,473

)

(1,761

)

Other income

3,612

4,232

11,769

9,602

Income Before Taxes

27,392

44,672

125,639

105,112

Provision for income taxes

5,231

9,229

18,712

21,355

Effective tax rate

19.1

%

20.7

%

14.9

%

20.3

%

Net Income

$

22,161

$

35,443

$

106,927

$

83,757

As a % of revenue

4.6

%

7.6

%

7.6

%

6.2

%

Weighted Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding
Basic

55,984

56,073

55,967

56,312

Diluted

56,332

56,503

56,230

56,698

Earnings Per Share
Basic

$

0.40

$

0.63

$

1.91

$

1.49

Diluted

$

0.39

$

0.63

$

1.90

$

1.48

Notes:
(1) The supplementary information included in this press release for the three and nine months ended January 31, 2021 is preliminary and subject to change prior to the filing of our upcoming Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In the three months ended January 31, 2021, we completed the acquisition of Hindawi, which is included in our Research Publishing and Platforms segment results.

(2) All amounts are approximate due to rounding.

JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC.

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RECONCILIATION OF GAAP EPS to NON-GAAP ADJUSTED EPS – DILUTED

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

January 31,

January 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

GAAP Earnings Per Share – Diluted

$

0.39

$

0.63

$

1.90

$

1.48

Adjustments:
Restructuring and related charges (A)

0.28

0.04

0.33

0.24

Foreign exchange losses (gains) on intercompany transactions (A)

0.01

0.01

(0.01

)

0.02

Impact of increase in U.K. statutory rate on deferred tax balances (B)

0.12

Impact of U.S. CARES Act (C)

(0.25

)

Non-GAAP Adjusted Earnings Per Share – Diluted

$

0.68

$

0.68

$

2.09

$

1.74

Notes:
(A)The table below shows the net of tax impact of our adjustments to GAAP Earnings Per Share noted above.

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

January 31,

January 31,

(amounts in millions)

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net of tax, charges related to the Business Optimization Program

$

15.7

$

2.9

$

18.6

$

13.9

Net of tax, (credits) charges related to the Restructuring and Reinvestment Program

$

0.0

$

(0.4

)

$

(0.2

)

$

(0.2

)

Net of tax, foreign exchange transaction losses (gains)

$

0.2

$

0.6

$

(0.7

)

$

1.3

(B)During the first quarter of fiscal 2021, the U.K. officially enacted legislation that increased its statutory rate from 17% to 19%. This resulted in a $6.7 million non-cash deferred tax expense from the re-measurement of the Company’s applicable U.K. net deferred tax liabilities.
(C)In connection with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) and certain regulations issued in late July 2020, the Company elected to carry back its fiscal year 2020 loss for tax purposes (“NOL”) to its fiscal year 2015 and claimed a $20.7 million refund. The NOL carryback to a year when our corporate tax rate was 35%, including certain related benefits, resulted in a $14 million tax benefit. We received the refund in February 2021.
(1) See Explanation of Usage of Non-GAAP performance measures included in this supplementary information for additional details on the reasons why management believes presentation of each non-GAAP performance measure provides useful information to investors. The supplementary information included in this press release for the three and nine months ended January 31, 2021 is preliminary and subject to change prior to the filing of our upcoming Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC.
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RECONCILIATION OF GAAP NET INCOME to NON-GAAP EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA
(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

January 31,

January 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net Income

$

22,161

$

35,443

$

106,927

$

83,757

Interest expense

4,853

6,309

13,928

19,173

Provision for income taxes

5,231

9,229

18,712

21,355

Depreciation and amortization

49,316

43,681

147,253

128,538

Non-GAAP EBITDA

81,561

94,662

286,820

252,823

Restructuring and related charges

20,675

3,298

24,813

18,034

Foreign exchange transaction losses

5,694

1,745

6,473

1,761

Other income

(3,612

)

(4,232

)

(11,769

)

(9,602

)

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA

$

104,318

$

95,473

$

306,337

$

263,016

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

21.6

%

20.4

%

21.8

%

19.4

%

Notes:
(1) See Explanation of Usage of Non-GAAP performance measures included in this supplementary information for additional details on the reasons why management believes presentation of each non-GAAP performance measure provides useful information to investors. The supplementary information included in this press release for the three and nine months ended January 31, 2021 is preliminary and subject to change prior to the filing of our upcoming Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC.

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SEGMENT RESULTS

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

% Change

Three Months Ended January 31,

Favorable (Unfavorable)

2021

2020

Reported

Constant

Currency

Research Publishing & Platforms:
Revenue, net
Research Publishing

$

229,327

$

223,393

3%

1%

Research Platforms

10,523

10,163

4%

4%

Total Revenue, net

$

239,850

$

233,556

3%

1%

Contribution to Profit

$

60,782

$

63,861

-5%

-6%

Adjustments:
Restructuring charges

83

40

Non-GAAP Adjusted Contribution to Profit

$

60,865

$

63,901

-5%

-6%

Depreciation and amortization

20,997

17,056

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA

$

81,862

$

80,957

1%

0%

Adjusted EBITDA margin

34.1

%

34.7

%

Academic & Professional Learning:
Revenue, net
Education Publishing

$

98,160

$

100,982

-3%

-4%

Professional Learning

75,955

77,296

-2%

-4%

Total Revenue, net

$

174,115

$

178,278

-2%

-4%

Contribution to Profit

$

32,606

$

28,793

13%

11%

Adjustments:
Restructuring charges

328

1,541

Non-GAAP Adjusted Contribution to Profit

$

32,934

$

30,334

9%

6%

Depreciation and amortization

17,233

17,806

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA

$

50,167

$

48,140

4%

2%

Adjusted EBITDA margin

28.8

%

27.0

%

Education Services:
Revenue, net
Education Services OPM (2)

$

56,725

$

50,263

13%

13%

mthree (2)

12,222

5,034

#

#

Total Revenue, net

$

68,947

$

55,297

25%

24%

Contribution to Profit

$

5,427

$

(5,166

)

#

#

Adjustments:
Restructuring charges

71

4

Non-GAAP Adjusted Contribution to Profit

$

5,498

$

(5,162

)

#

#

Depreciation and amortization

7,493

5,987

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA

$

12,991

$

825

#

#

Adjusted EBITDA margin

18.8

%

1.5

%

Corporate Expenses:

$

(64,488

)

$

(38,994

)

-65%

-65%

Adjustments:
Restructuring charges

20,193

1,713

Non-GAAP Adjusted Corporate Expenses

$

(44,295

)

$

(37,281

)

-19%

-19%

Depreciation and amortization

3,593

2,832

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA

$

(40,702

)

$

(34,449

)

-18%

-18%

Consolidated Results:
Revenue, net

$

482,912

$

467,131

3%

2%

Operating Income

$

34,327

$

48,494

-29%

-32%

Adjustments:
Restructuring charges

20,675

3,298

Non-GAAP Adjusted Operating Income

$

55,002

$

51,792

6%

3%

Depreciation and amortization

49,316

43,681

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA

$

104,318

$

95,473

9%

7%

Adjusted EBITDA margin

21.6

%

20.4

%

(1) The supplementary information included in this press release for the three and nine months ended January 31, 2021 is preliminary and subject to change prior to the filing of our upcoming Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
(2) In May 2020, we moved the IT bootcamp business acquired as part of The Learning House acquisition from Education Services OPM to mthree. As a result, the prior period revenue related to the IT bootcamp business has been included in mthree. There were no changes to our total Education Services or our consolidated financial results. The inorganic revenue from mthree in the three and nine months ended January 31, 2021 was $7.7 million and $32.6 million, respectively.
# Variance greater than 100%
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SEGMENT RESULTS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
% Change

Nine Months Ended January 31,

Favorable (Unfavorable)

2021

2020

Reported

Constant

Currency

Research Publishing & Platforms:
Revenue, net
Research Publishing

$

700,482

$

668,405

5%

4%

Research Platforms

31,512

29,235

8%

8%

Total Revenue, net

$

731,994

$

697,640

5%

4%

Contribution to Profit

$

204,688

$

182,798

12%

11%

Adjustments:
Restructuring (credits) charges

(352

)

3,386

Non-GAAP Adjusted Contribution to Profit

$

204,336

$

186,184

10%

9%

Depreciation and amortization

60,463

51,246

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA

$

264,799

$

237,430

12%

11%

Adjusted EBITDA margin

36.2

%

34.0

%

Academic & Professional Learning:
Revenue, net
Education Publishing

$

265,349

$

268,246

-1%

-2%

Professional Learning

206,269

232,615

-11%

-12%

Total Revenue, net

$

471,618

$

500,861

-6%

-7%

Contribution to Profit

$

62,104

$

68,754

-10%

-12%

Adjustments:
Restructuring charges

1,902

5,146

Non-GAAP Adjusted Contribution to Profit

$

64,006

$

73,900

-13%

-15%

Depreciation and amortization

53,757

51,679

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA

$

117,763

$

125,579

-6%

-8%

Adjusted EBITDA margin

25.0

%

25.1

%

Education Services:
Revenue, net
Education Services OPM(2)

$

163,248

$

151,200

8%

8%

mthree (2)

38,389

7,165

#

#

Total Revenue, net

$

201,637

$

158,365

27%

27%

Contribution to Profit

$

13,410

$

(9,782

)

#

#

Adjustments:
Restructuring charges

294

1,618

Non-GAAP Adjusted Contribution to Profit

$

13,704

$

(8,164

)

#

#

Depreciation and amortization

21,982

17,007

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA

$

35,686

$

8,843

#

#

Adjusted EBITDA margin

17.7

%

5.6

%

Corporate Expenses:

$

(145,931

)

$

(125,326

)

-16%

-17%

Adjustments:
Restructuring charges

22,969

7,884

Non-GAAP Adjusted Corporate Expenses

$

(122,962

)

$

(117,442

)

-5%

-5%

Depreciation and amortization

11,051

8,606

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA

$

(111,911

)

$

(108,836

)

-3%

-3%

Consolidated Results:
Revenue, net

$

1,405,249

$

1,356,866

4%

3%

Operating Income

$

134,271

$

116,444

15%

12%

Adjustments:
Restructuring charges

24,813

18,034

Non-GAAP Adjusted Operating Income

$

159,084

$

134,478

18%

16%

Depreciation and amortization

147,253

128,538

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA

$

306,337

$

263,016

16%

15%

Adjusted EBITDA margin

21.8

%

19.4

%

# Variance greater than 100%

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

January 31,

April 30,

2021

2020

Assets:
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents

$

91,321

$

202,464

Accounts receivable, net

278,939

309,384

Inventories, net

40,685

43,614

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

84,765

59,465

Total Current Assets

495,710

614,927

Product Development Assets, net

48,528

53,643

Royalty Advances, net

43,755

36,710

Technology, Property and Equipment, net

284,638

298,005

Intangible Assets, net

1,024,887

807,405

Goodwill

1,297,059

1,116,790

Operating Lease Right-of-Use Assets

125,287

142,716

Other Non-Current Assets

106,501

98,598

Total Assets

$

3,426,365

$

3,168,794

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity:
Current Liabilities
Accounts payable

$

72,937

$

93,691

Accrued royalties

143,884

87,408

Short-term portion of long-term debt

12,500

9,375

Contract liabilities

398,477

520,214

Accrued employment costs

103,223

108,448

Accrued income taxes

9,168

13,728

Short-term portion of operating lease liabilities

20,965

21,810

Other accrued liabilities

80,922

72,595

Total Current Liabilities

842,076

927,269

Long-Term Debt

948,241

765,650

Accrued Pension Liability

167,881

187,969

Deferred Income Tax Liabilities

164,583

119,127

Operating Lease Liabilities

153,031

159,782

Other Long-Term Liabilities

86,751

75,373

Total Liabilities

2,362,563

2,235,170

Shareholders’ Equity

1,063,802

933,624

Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

$

3,426,365

$

3,168,794

(1) The supplementary information included in this press release for January 31, 2021 is preliminary and subject to change prior to the filing of our upcoming Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

Nine Months Ended

January 31,

2021

2020

Operating Activities:
Net income

$

106,927

$

83,757

Amortization of intangibles

53,089

45,722

Amortization of product development assets

25,323

26,653

Depreciation and amortization of technology, property, and equipment

68,841

56,163

Other non-cash charges and credits

83,995

51,436

Net change in operating assets and liabilities

(183,349

)

(174,844

)

Net Cash Provided By Operating Activities

154,826

88,887

Investing Activities:
Additions to technology, property, and equipment

(58,176

)

(65,924

)

Product development spending

(17,103

)

(17,770

)

Businesses acquired in purchase transactions, net of cash acquired

(298,590

)

(200,642

)

Acquisitions of publication rights and other

(18,524

)

(1,548

)

Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

(392,393

)

(285,884

)

Financing Activities:
Net debt borrowings

174,170

319,417

Cash dividends

(57,802

)

(57,632

)

Purchase of treasury shares

(7,063

)

(35,000

)

Other

6,538

(5,903

)

Net Cash Provided By Financing Activities

115,843

220,882

Effects of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash

10,631

530

Change in Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash for Period

(111,093

)

24,415

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash – Beginning

203,047

93,548

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash – Ending

$

91,954

$

117,963

CALCULATION OF NON-GAAP FREE CASH FLOW LESS PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT SPENDING

Nine Months Ended

January 31,

2021

2020

Net Cash Provided By Operating Activities

$

154,826

$

88,887

Less: Additions to technology, property, and equipment

(58,176

)

(65,924

)

Less: Product development spending

(17,103

)

(17,770

)

Free Cash Flow less Product Development Spending

$

79,547

$

5,193

See Explanation of Usage of Non-GAAP Measures included in this supplemental information.
(1) The supplementary information included in this press release for the nine months ended January 31, 2021 is preliminary and subject to change prior to the filing of our upcoming Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC.

Explanation of Usage of NON-GAAP Performance Measures

In this earnings release and supplemental information, management may present the following non-GAAP performance measures:
  • Adjusted Earnings Per Share (“Adjusted EPS”);
  • Free Cash Flow less Product Development Spending;
  • Adjusted Revenue;
  • Adjusted Operating Income and margin;
  • Adjusted Contribution to Profit and margin;
  • EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and margin;
  • Organic revenue; and
  • Results on a constant currency basis.
Management uses these non-GAAP performance measures as supplemental indicators of our operating performance and financial position as well for internal reporting and forecasting purposes, when publicly providing its outlook, to evaluate the Company’s performance and calculate incentive compensation. Non-GAAP performance measures do not have standardized meanings prescribed by U.S. GAAP and therefore may not be comparable to the calculation of similar measures used by other companies and should not be viewed as alternatives to measures of financial results under U.S. GAAP.
The Company presents these non-GAAP performance measures in addition to U.S. GAAP financial results because it believes that these non-GAAP performance measures provide useful information to investors and financial analysts for operational trends and comparisons over time. The use of these non-GAAP performance measures may also provide a consistent basis to evaluate operating profitability and performance trends by excluding items that we do not consider to be controllable activities for this purpose. For example:
  • Adjusted EPS, Adjusted Revenue, Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted Contribution to Profit, Adjusted EBITDA and organic revenue provide a more comparable basis to analyze operating results and earnings and are measures commonly used by shareholders to measure our performance.
  • Free Cash Flow less Product Development Spending helps assess our ability, over the long term, to create value for our shareholders as it represents cash available to repay debt, pay common stock dividends and fund share repurchases and acquisitions.
  • Results on a constant currency basis removes distortion from the effects of foreign currency movements to provide better comparability of our business trends from period to period. We measure our performance excluding the impact of foreign currency (or at “constant currency”), which means that we apply the same foreign currency exchange rates for the current and equivalent prior period.
In addition, the Company has historically provided these or similar non-GAAP performance measures and understand that some investors and financial analysts find this information helpful in analyzing the Company’s operating margins, and net income and comparing the Company’s financial performance to that of its peer companies and competitors. Based on interactions with investors, we also believe that the Company’s non-GAAP performance measures are regarded as useful to our investors as supplemental to our U.S. GAAP financial results, and that there is no confusion regarding the adjustments or our operating performance to our investors due to the comprehensive nature of our disclosures.

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