Lucy Macdonald Long Bloomsbury Publishing: Sohn London Conference ~ market folly

Monday, December 9, 2019

Lucy Macdonald Long Bloomsbury Publishing: Sohn London Conference

We're posting up notes from the Sohn London investment conference.  Next up is Lucy Macdonald of Allianz Global Investors who presented a long of Bloomsbury Publishing (LON:BMY).

Lucy Macdonald's Sohn London Conference Presentation

Long: Bloomsbury Publishing (LON: BMY)

The UK market and publishing sector are loathed at the moment. Publishing is quite a way through the digitalization process and much further than most other industries. It will soon be entering the post-digital phase. Half of books sales go through Amazon. The publishing industry has survived.  Quality is king. Publishers have had to redefine their part in the eco-system.

Bloomsbury has a strong content back catalogue. The books they have are still popular and high quality e.g., they have all the rights to the Harry Potter books.

They have strong growth drivers, especially the rise of audio books. Initially audio books sold to preschool children and to the visually impaired but now Millennials are listening to them on their phones. Bloomsbury have been supplying audio books since 2005. Children’s books have been Bloomsbury’s mainstay, but they have been developing a new market in academic and professional publishing that have a higher margin.

Bloomsbury also has international growth in areas like India, again with Harry Potter leading the way. They have invested in digitization in the academic area by building online archives on: Winston Churchill, The National Theatre and Shakespeare.

Revenue growth is steady in single digits. Margins have been improving due to the contributions academic and international sales. The founder is still CEO and in his early 60s.

Be sure to check out the rest of the presentations from Sohn London conference 2019.

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