Share Name Share Symbol Market Type Share ISIN Share Description
Pearson Plc LSE:PSON London Ordinary Share GB0006776081 ORD 25P
  Price Change % Change Share Price Bid Price Offer Price High Price Low Price Open Price Shares Traded Last Trade
  -11.20p -1.38% 798.60p 796.00p 796.40p 808.40p 788.00p 808.40p 3,249,220 16:35:10
Industry Sector Turnover (m) Profit (m) EPS - Basic PE Ratio Market Cap (m)
Media 4,129.0 498.0 75.6 10.6 6,240.40

Pearson Backs Full Year Guidance; 1Q Underlying Revenue +2%

26/04/2019 7:53am

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By Anthony O. Goriainoff


Pearson PLC (PSON.LN) on Friday backed its full-year guidance and said that first quarter underlying revenue grew 2% and that its operating performance was on track.

The FTSE 100 education company said it expects to report adjusted operating profit--its preferred metric which strips out exceptional and other one-off items--of between 590 million pounds ($760.8 million) and GBP640 million for 2019 and adjusted earnings per share of 53.5 pence to 59.0 pence based on the exchange rates at Dec 31. This compares with adjusted operating profit of GBP546 million and adjusted EPS of 70.3 pence in 2018.

Pearson had guided for adjusted operating profit of GBP590 million to GBP640 million and adjusted EPS of 56.5 pence to 62.0 pence for 2019.

The company said its net debt at March 31 fell to GBP0.5 billion from GBP0.6 billion the year prior on a pre IFRS 16 basis. On a post IFRS 16 basis, net debt for the first quarter was around GBP1.2 billion.

Chief Executive John Fallon said the board expects sales to stabilize this year and to increase the company's underlying profit further.


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April 26, 2019 02:38 ET (06:38 GMT)

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