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First Book Rating Summary


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First Book Rating Summary

  1. 1. NPI Evaluation of First Book NPI Rating: BUY Evaluation as of 10/10/2011 Analyst: Nadia Anggraini
  2. 2. NPI Rating: BUYFirst Book has a nontraditional business model thatdistinguishes it from other nonprofits in the bookdistribution space. This business model, combined withclear and ambitious management goals, will enable itto scale and become increasingly financiallysustainable.
  3. 3. First Book: Strengths▲ Innovative and scalable business model. First Book employs innovative methods to solve the traditionally challenging problem of providing book access to impoverished children. It creates incentives for publishers to donate or sell books to First Book at a deep discount. According to a New York Times piece, the Marketplace business model in particular has potential to be financially self-sustaining in several years, based on current sales trajectory.▲ Clearly stated goals and vision for future. Management publishes annual goals related to books distributed, number of community program partnerships, and other metrics. It has also kept an eye on trends in the book industry, e.g. move towards e-books, and considered the impact of these changes on their business model.
  4. 4. First Book: Cautions● Impact measurement insufficiently robust. While First Book has made record of impact available online, information and methodology is relatively limited. For example, while it publishes current and projected future figures for number of books distributed, other key metrics such as number of children impacted, number of books distributed in years prior to 2008 (as a measure of growth) are unavailable.● Potentially risky stream of cash flow contributions. >90% of cash contribution comes from public support vs. recurring revenue, and organization risks cash flow fluctuations in years with lower public support.
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