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Stock Research and Analysis

by R.J. Hottovy, CFA

Bulls Say

Despite some industry headwinds in the higher-education business, Wiley is well positioned among its peers due to its strong digital presence. Wiley has a strong track record of adapting its business to changes in technology.
Deltak is a growth business in a rapidly developing industry, online education courses from respected traditional universities. If Wiley can gain enough market share, this business will contribute materially to earnings growth.
The company has a solid track record of balancing capital allocation between share repurchases, dividends, and acquisitions. Read more 

Bears Say

Some scholarly journal customers, such as the University of California system, have taken a stand against the prices charged by publishers for content. As a result, publishers like Wiley might have to take smaller price increases from academic libraries.
Profitable growth in new markets, such as India and China, could be more difficult than the company expects.
All three of Wiley's business lines would be negatively affected if another economic slowdown were to occur, especially the professional/trade segment, given its direct consumer exposure. Read more 


Wiley's management has proved to be exemplary stewards of shareholder capital, in our view. We base our opinion on a long history of shareholder-friendly decisions during the past decade. Stephen Smith took the reins as CEO in May 2011 from William   Read more 


John Wiley & Sons is a worldwide publisher of print and electronic products, with about half of its sales coming from outside the United States. The STMS segment, which   Read more 

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