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John Wiley & Sons Inc Class A JW.A

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Solid Second Quarter Showcases Wiley’s Research, Education Strength; Shares Trade Fairly

Zain Akbari, CFA Equity Analyst

Analyst Note

| Zain Akbari, CFA |

We do not expect to materially alter our $55 per share valuation of wide-moat Wiley after it announced second-quarter earnings that indicate the firm is on track to meet our full-year targets. Our long-term forecast remains in place (mid-single-digit percentage top-line growth and roughly 20% adjusted EBITDA margins long term). Despite our favorable view of the firm and its prospects, we suggest prospective investors seek a larger margin of safety.

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Business Description

John Wiley & Sons is one of the foremost global providers of academic journals, books, pre- and post-hire assessments and training, test preparation materials, and online education program management solutions. Wiley derived more than 80% of its total fiscal 2021 revenue from digital products and tech-enabled services, with just over half of the total top line coming from its research publishing and platforms segment, 33% from its academic and professional learning effort, and 15% from its education services unit. Around half of revenue recorded in fiscal 2021 was derived from customers in the United States. The company has a dual-class share ownership structure, with Wiley family members controlling about 60% of the voting power of the firm’s equity.

111 River Street
Hoboken, NJ, 07030
T +1 201 748-6000
Sector Communication Services
Industry Publishing
Most Recent Earnings Oct 31, 2021
Fiscal Year End Apr 30, 2022
Stock Type Cyclical
Employees 7,400