Daily Mail Warns of ‘Year of Transition’ for Its Business

Shares in Daily Mail & General Trust slumped the most since 2001 after giving investors news they didn’t want to hear: 2018 will essentially be a lost year.

The publisher of the Daily Mail newspaper said fiscal 2018 will be a “year of transition,” warning of weakness across its businesses, a higher tax rate and a hit from asset sales. The stock fell as much as 29 percent Thursday, the most since the Sept. 11 attacks, when the company’s trade publishing business suffered losses from canceled New York events.

The plunge shows some investors are losing patience with the company’s delays in delivering a turnaround, a little over a year after CEO Paul Zwillenberg took over. Panmure Gordon & Co. berated the company for what it called “arguably the fifth transitional year in a row,” highlighting how one of Britain’s biggest media brands is struggling to reinvent itself from a tabloid publisher to a diversified global media group.

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