Skip to comments.Washington Post 1Q Net Tumbles 84% (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Posted on 05/03/2013 8:19:04 AM PDT by abb
Washington Post Co. (WPO) reported Friday an 84% drop in first-quarter profit amid one-time charges and a loss from discontinued operations.
Decreases in print advertising and circulation at its namesake paper have weighed on the newspaper and education companys earnings in recent years. Washington Post announced in March that it will begin charging readers for access to its papers website, after raising circulation prices in January.
The companys profit tumbled to $5.2 million, or 64 cents a share, from $31.5 million, or $4.07 a share, in the year-ago period. Revenue remained level at $959.1 million and operating expenses were also flat.
Discontinued operations, which posted a year-ago profit of $17.6 million, swung to a loss of $1.4 million.
The quarter also was weighed down by restructuring at Washington Posts Kaplan division, the largest top-line contributor. The company is merging some campuses and halting enrollments at others, moves that are expected to cost $18 million in restructuring charges in the second half of 2013.
In the latest period, the education division narrowed its operating loss but posted a 3% decline in revenue to $527.8 million. Enrollment slid 8.3% excluding closed campuses, or 12% overall.
Washington Post said its newspaper-publishing segment saw revenue fall 4%, as print advertising revenue from the namesake paper decreased 8% to $48.6 million. Daily and Sunday circulation fell 7.2% and 7.7%, respectively.
Online publishing revenue, which largely includes washingtonpost.com and Slate, rose about 8% to $25.8 million amid a 16% increase in display online advertising revenue. Online classified advertising revenue fell 6%.
The cable television business recorded revenue growth of 5.2%.
Shares were trading 1.15% lower at $447.30 in early morning trading.
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Wow, at first glance the lede appeared to read “Washington Post IQ tumbles 84%”...and my thought was...”that little?”
They are charging for access to their website?
Are any other papers having success getting readers to pay on the web? I ask because with literally millions of places on the web you can get news and info for free, why would someone pay for access for one specific newspaper online? Just wondering how viable a business model that is.
Good news indeed. I look forward to the day when Liberals can’t make a living in media.
Not very. The big money in newspapers is (or it was) in classified advertising. Craigslist has hollowed that out, but good. Also, other advertisers are migrating to online. There is no future in ink-on-paper, hand-delivered, day-old news.
Think clay tablets vs papyrus.
This is the devil's candy sold to and bought by every media company who eat up the laughable pie-in-the-sky revenue projections.
Meanwhile, their advertisers are being sold down the river as impressions and click-throughs drop like anvils because nobody can see the ads.
The very people they want to attract as subscribers and/or advertising targets are savvy tech types who can circumvent a paywall in seconds.
But I'm in a charitable mood. I would be happy to drive Eugene Robinson to the unemployment office.
Think clay tablets vs papyrus.
Clay tablets versus the telegraph, maybe? That's a heck of a good comparison, abb, but I have a hunch it needs to be pushed further. I think we're looking at a difference in kind, not mere degree.
I could be R-O-N-G, wrong, too.
I've mixed feelings on the Post, they do occasionally report news, unlike the NYT or LAT which are entirely propaganda machines.
Yeah, that's gonna work.../s
Maybe they should hire a reporter to go out and talk to former RANDOM readers about why they quit buying the paper. They might learn something their survey people aren't telling them.
The good news is our robust economy will absorb any Compost layoffs. Right?
Liberal, extremely biased media is dying...
Unfortunately, some of these liberal, extremely biased media is not dying fast enough before minds are poisoned and misled...
LOL, guess I wasn’t the only one.
I’m going to have a spring in my step all day long...
[Think clay tablets vs papyrus.]
Or papyrus versus movable type.
Yes, newspapers who deliver value to their customers.
Like say, oh, the Investor’s Business Daily, or the WSJ. The Financial Times out of London has had some success, I’ve read, but I don’t know their numbers like I do those of US papers.
Other papers... they don’t really deliver anything of value. What value is there in a newspaper that a) selectively reports news-worthy events, and b) puts every story into a predictable spin-machine? There’s nothing in most major US newspapers that surprises the readers with good, clear-cutting analysis any more. Everything has become a spin job for this administration and their party.
The hissy fit of the LA Times at the mere rumor that the Koch brothers might invest in the purchase of the paper is exemplary of their group-think.
The SOCIALIST DEMOCRATIC FOOLS running this paper are so ignorant they don’t realize putting forth their HIDE THE DECLINE journalism is like shooting themselves in the foot.
A little birdie told me they are putting their money into anything and everything EXCEPT newspapers. Staffing firms, health care, energy companies, etc. etc.
I read WaPo online and readers comments.
It is 80-90% leftist, some extremely so. Typical of the Washington DC bubble.
Cancel your subscription NOW.
I couldn’t help but read this as:
“Washington Post IQ Tumbles 84%”
GRRRRRREAT news! Thanks for the ping/post.
DEFUND socialist collectives, foreign and domestic.
I have a friend that makes his entire living off of publishing those freebee advertisement throw-aways (seen in laudromats) for the explicit purpose of publishing legal notices. He was able to legitimize the “newspapers” by inserting news stories that college newspapers get, along with one or two “original” news stories about something going on in the area.
Thos legal notices bring in a very pretty penny.
I grew up in a very beautiful but almost entirely rural county that has been hit pretty hard by trade policy. Twenty years ago, only the southern end of the county commuted out, it was a “bedroom community” for the urban area to the south. The remainder stayed in the county, but no longer.
There were three weekly newspapers then, one for every town, now there’s just one for the whole county. The majority of it is comprised of legal notices. My mother still subscribes but says it’s only good for the obituaries. She wants to know if an acquantance, former coworker or distant relation passes.
Nothing else worth reading in there anymore, she says.
Here in Louisiana, every time the Legislature puts a bill in to allow local governmental entities (towns, school boards, parishes, water districts, etc) to put their legal notices online, the Louisiana Press Association swings into action. Publishers and editors head to Baton Rouge to swarm the committee hearings and sting the proposed bills to death.
I need someone to tell me how a newspaper can objectively cover a school system or town government if the newspaper depends on that very agency for survival?
Here’s a story in North Carolina where such a bill is being heard in their legislature at this year’s session.
Press attorney: newspapers targeted by bill on legal ads