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Daily Journal Corporation Announces Financial Results For The Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2011

Stocks in this article: DJCO

During the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011, consolidated pretax income of Daily Journal Corporation (NASDAQ:DJCO) decreased by $272,000 to $12,000,000 from $12,272,000 in the prior year. Consolidated revenues declined by $3,067,000, and costs and expenses decreased by $2,428,000. Dividends and interest income increased by $366,000. The Company’s traditional business segment pretax profit increased by $418,000 to $13,622,000 from $13,204,000 primarily because of a reduction in personnel costs. Total personnel costs decreased by $2,530,000 primarily due to savings from departmental reorganizations and a $1,810,000 reduction in expenses related to the Management Incentive Plan (the “Incentive Plan”), partially offset by annual salary adjustments. The reduction in Incentive Plan expenses consisted of a decrease of $500,000 in the Incentive Plan accrual during fiscal 2011 due to reduced consolidated pretax profits before this accrual versus an increase of $1,310,000 in the prior year. Sustain’s business segment had a pretax loss of $1,622,000 compared to $932,000 in the prior year primarily due to a decrease in consulting and support revenues from governmental agencies in part because of continuing governmental budget constraints.

Consolidated revenues were $34,513,000 and $37,580,000 for fiscal 2011 and 2010, respectively. This decrease of $3,067,000 was primarily from decreases of $2,135,000 in trustee sale notice and related service fee revenues, $196,000 in classified advertising revenues, $172,000 in Sustain consulting revenues and $304,000 in circulation revenues, partially offset by an increase of $47,000 in display advertising revenues. Although public notice advertising revenues were down compared to the prior year, the Company still continued to benefit from the large number of foreclosures in California and Arizona for which public notice advertising is required by law.

At September 30, 2011, the Company held marketable securities valued at $56,116,000, including unrealized gains of $24,532,000. It accrued a liability of $9,772,000 for income taxes due only upon the sales of the appreciated securities. The marketable securities consist of common stocks of two Fortune 200 companies and two foreign companies and certain bonds of a fifth, and most of the unrealized gains were in the common stocks.

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