29. Wolters Kluwer
Business information, Netherlands (Public)
Last year’s rank: N/A
Digital Content Revenue
$1,474,125,000 (35% of total)
Wolters Kluwer is a Thomson Reuters competitor that provides information to professionals in fields like law, health, tax and finance. It is moving away from print and software to seek out higher-margin electronic revenues.
Nothing flashy. Cost management, share buybacks and ongoing push to renew existing subscriptions. Customers continue to adopt online platforms, meaning higher margins – though the company is still exposed to the underlying vulnerabilities of the industries they serve, especially law and finance.
Wolters breaks down digital revenue percentages for categories like “Legal” (33% digital), “Tax and Accounting” (27% digital) and “Finance” (37% digital).
Source: 2011 Annual report
– Jeff Roberts