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29. Wolters Kluwer

Business information, Netherlands (Public)

Last year’s rank: N/A

Digital Content Revenue

$1,474,125,000 (35% of total)


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Digital Snapshot

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.

Key Move

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.

Our Methodology

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

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