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UBM, RBI Report Growth in the First Quarter

UBM sees 7.5 percent growth in underlying revenue.



Stefanie Botelho By Stefanie Botelho
04/19/2011

United Business Media (UBM) shared its first quarter report today, with a 13.7 percent increase in total revenue, rising from 2010 first quarter’s $338.74 million to first quarter 2011’s $385.07 million. There was also a reported underlying revenue growth of 7.5 percent.

David Levin, CEO of UBM, says, “Overall we anticipate continued growth in profit largely driven by a full year of contribution from our acquisitions and continued momentum in our Events business tempted by targeted investment in Data Services, TD&M and Online.”

In online/marketing services revenue, UBM saw an uptick of 42.8 percent from first quarter 2010’s $22.36 million to 2011 first quarter’s $31.91 percent. On the flip side, print/magazine revenue fell ten percent from 2010’s first quarter to the first period of 2011, dropping from $56.54 million to $50.87 million. As of March 31, 2011, UBM had 114 titles in its print magazine portfolio.

UBM saw growth in its events sector, increasing 33.9 percent from first quarter 2010’s $101.74 million to 2011 first quarter’s $136.24.

In September 2010, UBM acquired Canon Communications for $287 million. Canon’s portfolio included 24 industry magazines and over 100 e-newsletters at time of purchase.

UBM’s operating profits for online marketing services dropped six percent, from first quarter 2010’s $21.55 million to 2011 first quarter’s $20.25 million. Print magazine operating profit fell 80 percent from 2010 first period’s $1.62 million to $324,000.

Reed Business Information Shares Interim Statement

Reed Business Information (RBI) also released their interim management statement today. According to the statement, “Underlying revenue returned to growth in the first quarter, reflecting improvement in RBI’s markets and the benefit of the portfolio actions taken.” In April 2010, RBI closed 23 magazine titles.

RBI also shared that, “The data services and online marketing solutions businesses grew particularly well.”

The statement says, “While leading brands have stabilized, other business magazines and services continue to be impacted by difficult print advertising markets, particularly in continental Europe.”

RBI dropped slightly in revenue from 2009 to 2010, decreasing from $9.84 billion to $9.81 billion.

Stefanie Botelho By Stefanie Botelho
04/19/2011







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