Reader's Digest Posts Q1 Loss
Revenue in the quarter rose 4 percent to $517.1 million from $497.5 million. The gain was driven largely by the May acquisition of Reiman Publications, which contributed $68 million in the first quarter. Excluding Reiman, first-quarter revenue declined 10 percent.
First-quarter results did not include $25 million in revenue and $16 million in operating profit from certain book-marketing programs at Reiman Publications that Reader's Digest decided to recognize in the second quarter instead of the first.
The North America Books and Home entertainment division had revenue of $115 million and operating profit of $3 million compared with a loss of $11 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2002.
The International business had revenue of $228 million and an operating loss of $2 million. The division had an operating profit of $13 million last year. Results were affected by mailing interruptions resulting from flooding in Europe, Reader's Digest said.