Educational Development Corporation Announces New Distribution Agreement with Usborne Publishing Limited

May 19, 2022 4:00 PM EDT | Source: Educational Development Corporation

Tulsa, Oklahoma--(Newsfile Corp. - May 19, 2022) - Educational Development Corporation (NASDAQ: EDUC) ("EDC," or the "Company") ( today reports a new Distribution Agreement with Usborne Publishing Limited effective May 16, 2022.

Under the terms of the new agreement, EDC's UBAM direct sales division will have continuous access to sell Usborne titles through its sales channels. UBAM will also continue to have non-exclusive rights to sell Usborne titles to individuals in the School and Library Market through book fair and "Reach for the Stars!!" programs, etc., however, EDC will no longer sell directly to Schools and Libraries.

Additionally, following a six-month continuation of service period, the Company will discontinue selling Usborne products through its Publishing division. The discontinuance of rights to sell Usborne products through the Publishing Division and direct to Schools and Libraries is not expected to have a material impact going forward and for the last five years represented less than 10% of net sales.

Craig White, EDC's President and Chief Executive Officer said "Usborne Publishing's products have been the cornerstone of EDC since we first became their distributor in the 1970s, and we have partnered with Usborne and distributed Usborne's products in the United States for over 40 years. This new agreement with Usborne Publishing replaces previous agreements that had terms that were no longer relevant or applicable. The agreement gives us an adequate transition period to discontinue the sale of Usborne products through our Publishing Division and a short-term exclusivity period for top selling Usborne products for our UBAM division. These transition and exclusivity periods will allow us to maintain our profit margins while we normalize our inventory levels of Usborne products. This new agreement opens opportunities for both EDC and Usborne to experience continued success. We appreciate Usborne's ongoing commitment and support, not only during this year's transition, but also for years to come."

Per Nicola Usborne, Deputy Managing Director of Usborne Publishing Limited, "We look forward to building on our long relationship with EDC - and its many, very experienced and committed direct selling consultants - to get books that inspire and educate to children and their families."

About Usborne Publishing Limited ("Usborne")

Usborne, headquartered in London, is one of the world's leading independent children's publishers. Named Children's Publisher of the year at the 2022 British Book Awards, it was founded in 1973 by the current Managing Director Peter Usborne. Usborne creates books which spark curiosity, for children of all ages from non-fiction titles which make knowledge irresistible, to an award-winning fiction list. 350 new titles are published each year and there are more than 12,000 books in print around the world, all published under the Usborne name and bearing the iconic Usborne hot air balloon. In addition, Usborne books have been translated into over 137 languages and dialects.

About Educational Development Corporation (EDC)

EDC is a publishing company specializing in books for children. EDC is the exclusive United States MLM distributor of the line of educational children's books produced in the United Kingdom by Usborne Publishing Limited ("Usborne") and we also exclusively publish books through our ownership of Kane Miller Book Publisher ("Kane Miller"); both international award-winning publishers of children's books. EDC's current catalog contains almost 2,000 titles, with new additions semi-annually. Products are sold via 4,000 retail outlets and by independent consultants, who hold book showings in individual homes, through social media, book fairs with school and public libraries, direct and internet sales.

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