Press Release


EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ANNOUNCES
RECORD ANNUAL EARNINGS AND INCREASES DIVIDEND 25%
 
May 26, 2005
 
Educational Development Corporation (NASDAQ: EDUC) reported today record earnings for its fiscal year ended February 28, 2005.  The Company announced net revenues of $31,650,779 compared with $31,127,268 for the comparable period last year.  The Company reported net earnings of $2,406,074 compared with net earnings of $2,373,450 for the previous year and basic earnings per share of $0.62 a share versus $0.60 for the same period a year ago.

The Company has elected to early adopt Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123 (Revised 2004), "Share-Based Payment."  Early adoption is encouraged by the FASB.  The Company has decided to adopt Statement 123R on the modified retrospective application method to all prior years for which Statement 123 was effective.  For the Company, this begins with its fiscal year ended February 28, 1997.  As a result of the early adoption, the Company has applied for a fifteen-day extension in which to file its Form 10-K and will file the Form 10-K on or before June 13, 2005.

The Company announces that it will pay a $0.15 per share annual dividend on June 10, 2005 to shareholders of record June 3, 2005.  This represents a 25% increase over last year's dividend

Educational Development Corporation sells the Usborne line of children's books through its multi-level sales organization, through 5,100 retail stores and over the Internet.  The Company offers over 1,400 different titles for children of all ages.
February 28, 2005 February 29, 2004
Revenues
     Gross Sales $41,361,612 $40,940,822
     Less Discounts & Allowances ( 11,324,165 ) ( 11,424,127)
     Transportation Revenue 1,613,332 1,610,573
          Net Revenues $31,650,779 $31,127,268
Pretax earnings $3,885,074 $3,832,450
Income Taxes 1,479,000 1,459,000
Net Earnings $2,406,074 $2,373,450
Earnings Per Share:
Basic $0.62 $0.60
Diluted $0.59 $0.55
Weighted Average Number of Common and Common Equivalent Shares Outstanding:
Basic 3,902,075 3,948,193
Diluted 4,088,130 4,293,802