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Time Inc Reports Better-Than-Expected Revenue but Misses on Profits

February 11, 2016

Time Inc. headquarters in New York CityTime Inc. headquarters in New York City
Time Inc. headquarters in New York CityPhotograph courtesy of Time Inc.

Magazine publisher Time Inc reported stronger-than-expected quarterly revenue, helped by a slowdown in the decline in income from print advertising, and forecast revenue growth between 1% and 5% in 2016.

Time (TIME), whose titles include Sports Illustrated, People and Time magazine, has been slashing costs, tapping revenue sources with higher margins and beefing up its digital offerings to cope with a relentless decline in the print industry.

Time, which has been spending heavily to build up its digital offerings, also said on Thursday it would buy the assets of Viant Technology, which helps advertisers target their ads.

Digital advertising revenue jumped 17.2% to $102 million in the three months ended Dec. 31.

Revenue in its print and other advertising category fell 6.6% to $382 million in the fourth quarter. The company had posted double-digit declines in the category in the previous four quarters.

On an adjusted basis, the company earned 58 cents per share, missing the average analyst estimate of 66 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Revenue fell 2% to $877 million, but came above the estimated $872.1 million.

The company, which was spun off from Time Warner Inc in 2014, said net income fell to $17 million, or 15 cents per share, from $145 million, or $1.32 per share.