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Friday, February 20, 2009

RBI Profits Collapse. Nobody Surprised!

The scale of the horror of traditional business media is in sharp relief today. Reed Elsevier has produced great results largely because its subs based business is so robust - but the profits from RBI across the globe have fallen to £55m. The report in the FT says this is down from £90m but at the time of the proposed sale the talk was of profits of £150m.

If we valued RBI on the same profit multiple as Centaur who gave a profit warning today, then its market value would be less than £200m! No wonder the sale deal couldn't get done.

Also announced is a £112m restructuring programme for RBI. The current strike ballot over 35 redundancies in the UK is now in sharp relief. There is worse to come.

Let's hope the restructuring programme has some innovation in it as well as cost cutting.

Reed says it has no plans to close any titles.

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At 10:18 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too right no-one's surprised. Despite the the model of paid-for info (often online) working so well at RE, RBI is still flailing around with community sites, blogs and twitter even in markets where they actually sell people info.

At 8:05 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whole online strategy for RBI is nuts. Blogging rather than charging.

But despite this they win online publisher of the year!


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