Time Inc forecasts further declines in advertising revenue

Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:59am EST
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By Sai Sachin R and Lehar Maan

(Reuters) - Time Inc (TIME.N: Quote), the largest magazine publisher in the United States, reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit and warned sales would decline further this year as it grapples with falling circulation and advertising revenue.

Time's shares fell as much as 12 percent after the company also forecast declines in both advertising and subscription revenue for the current quarter.

The company, which was spun off from Time Warner Inc (TWX.N: Quote) last June, has been severely hit by declining circulation and advertising revenue as consumers shift to reading on smartphones and tablets.

Most publishers, including Time, have been cutting costs, slashing their workforce and beefing up digital services.

The publisher of the Sports Illustrated, Time and People said on a post-earnings conference call it expects revenue for the current quarter to decline in high-single digits on a percentage basis.

Advertising revenue is expected to fall about 10 percent and subscription revenue by mid-single digits on percentage terms in the quarter, the company said.

Some publishers have been more successful in the transition to an online-based business model but most are struggling to make money out of digital content.

New York Times Co (NYT.N: Quote) last week posted quarterly revenue that topped estimates as higher digital subscription and advertising sales largely balanced a fall in print ad revenue.   Continued...

Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp poses on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange after ringing the opening bell in New York June 9, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri