Gannett Co., Inc. Reports Non-GAAP Earnings per Diluted Share of $0.66, Earnings per Diluted Share of $0.39 on GAAP basis

Feb 04, 2014, 08:45 ET from Gannett Co., Inc.

MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Highlights for the quarter on a comparable 13-week basis1 include the following:

  • Publishing Segment operating income on non-GAAP basis was slightly higher year-over-year
  • Television revenues 23 percent higher excluding record level of political advertising achieved in fourth quarter of 2012
  • Digital Segment revenue up 4 percent
  • Belo Corp. acquisition completed on December 23, 2013

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) reported non-GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.66 for the fourth quarter compared to $0.89 in the fourth quarter of 2012. Results in the quarter reflect revenue growth in the Digital and Broadcasting Segments, excluding the record level of political spending in the fourth quarter of 2012 and a solid performance in the Publishing Segment. The extra week in the fourth quarter in 2012 also contributed $0.03 of the $0.89 earnings per diluted share noted.

Gracia Martore, president and chief executive officer, said, "Our strong fourth quarter results cap off a highly productive, transformative year for Gannett. From our game-changing acquisition of Belo and the progress of G/O Digital, our digital marketing services business, to the ongoing enhancements we're making to our All Access Content Subscription Model, we have fundamentally changed the composition of our company and the way in which we interact with consumers and businesses in our communities. This enables us to strongly compete across a wide spectrum in today's digital media landscape. In addition, we are delighted that during the quarter, USA TODAY regained its position as the number one newspaper in total daily circulation in the nation, reflecting changing media consumption and increased engagement with our digital platforms.

"As a result, each of our segments was solidly profitable in the fourth quarter and we continue to generate substantial free cash flow. We continue to invest wisely and remain relentlessly focused on the execution of our strategic initiatives, raising the bar on operational excellence, and enhancing the strength of our balance sheet, which provides us with the flexibility to continue to invest in our businesses and explore promising new opportunities. These accomplishments - coupled with the increased advertising demand we are anticipating in connection with the Winter Olympics and elections - position us extremely well for a terrific 2014."

Certain amounts and comparisons included in the following discussion of GAAP results are supplemented by discussions which exclude the effect of special items. Details of these special items and their effect on GAAP results are included on the Non-GAAP Financial Information Tables 6 through 11 attached to this release. The company's basis for providing discussions of non-GAAP results is detailed below.

CONTINUING OPERATIONS

All of the company's Publishing and Broadcast Segment comparative results were impacted by an extra week in 2012, which did not recur in 2013. All of the comparative results detailed below exclude both the extra week in the fourth quarter and year as well as special items, unless otherwise noted.

Operating revenues for the company totaled $1.37 billion in the fourth quarter, 6.0 percent lower than the fourth quarter in 2012. The decline reflects higher Digital Segment revenues which were more than offset by lower revenues in the Publishing and Broadcast Segments. Broadcasting Segment revenues were impacted by the absence of significant political spending which reached record levels in 2012's fourth quarter. Excluding the incremental impact of political advertising, total company revenues would have been relatively unchanged.

The table below details fourth quarter results on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis:

In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts

GAAP Measure

Special Items

Non-GAAP Measure

Thirteen

weeks ended

Dec. 29, 2013

Workforce

restructuring

Transformation costs

Asset impairment charges

Thirteen

weeks ended

Dec. 29, 2013

Operating income

$

213,606

$

21,569

$

10,081

$

32,996

$

278,252

Total non-operating (expense) income

(66,898)

20,985

(45,913)

Income before income taxes

146,708

21,569

31,066

32,996

232,339

Provision for income taxes

41,500

6,400

4,200

13,300

65,400

Net income

105,208

15,169

26,866

19,696

166,939

Net income attributable to Gannett Co., Inc.

90,747

15,169

26,866

19,696

152,478

Net income per share - diluted

$

0.39

$

0.07

$

0.12

$

0.08

$

0.66

Net income attributable to Gannett on a non-GAAP basis was $152.5 million in the fourth quarter while non-GAAP operating income totaled $278.3 million. Operating cash flow in the quarter (a non-GAAP term defined as operating income plus special items, depreciation and amortization) was $325.7 million.

Special items in the fourth quarter of 2013 totaled $85.6 million ($61.7 million after tax or $0.27 per share) reflecting charges associated with facility consolidations, non-cash asset impairments, workforce restructuring and transaction-related fees. Results during the fourth quarter of 2012 included $118.4 million of special items ($104.2 million after tax or $0.45 per share).

Operating expenses including the special charges noted above totaled $1.15 billion in the quarter. Operating expenses on a non-GAAP basis totaled $1.09 billion, a decline of 3.9 percent compared to the fourth quarter in 2012. The decline primarily reflects lower expenses in the Publishing Segment due to continued efficiency efforts.

Total operating revenues for the full year totaled $5.16 billion, a decline of 2.4 percent compared to 2012. The decline was primarily due to the relative absence of a record $150 million in political advertising and $37 million associated with the Summer Olympic Games generated during 2012. Total company revenues excluding the incremental impact of political and Olympic advertising were up slightly. Broadcasting Segment revenues were 6.8 percent lower in 2013 as a significant increase in retransmission revenue was offset by significantly lower political advertising and the incremental impact of the absence of Olympic spending. Television revenues, excluding the incremental impact of political and Olympic advertising, were 14.3 percent higher. Digital Segment revenues were up 4.1 percent due to stronger results at CareerBuilder. Company-wide digital revenues totaled $1.47 billion, an increase of 16.8 percent compared to 2012. Publishing Segment revenues were down 2.6 percent as a 2.9 percent increase in circulation revenues partially offset a 5.4 percent decline in advertising revenue. The increase in circulation revenue represents the second consecutive year of higher circulation revenues and reflects the impact of the All Access Content Subscription Model.

Operating expenses in 2013 on a non-GAAP basis were 0.9 percent lower reflecting continued efficiency efforts. Operating cash flow totaled $1.04 billion in 2013. On a non-GAAP basis, operating income in 2013 was $855.4 million and net income attributable to Gannett totaled $473.4 million. Earnings per diluted share on the same basis were $2.02.

PUBLISHING

All of the comparative results detailed below exclude the extra week in the fourth quarter of 2012 and special items.

Operating revenues in the Publishing Segment were $944.3 million in the quarter, a 4.6 percent decline due to lower advertising demand and challenging circulation revenue comparisons which reflect the impact of the All Access Content Subscription Model.

Advertising revenues were 5.9 percent lower and totaled $589.6 million reflecting secular pressures as well as the relatively slow pace of the economic recovery. Retail and national category comparisons were in line with third quarter comparisons. Classified advertising comparisons in the quarter were slightly better than third quarter comparisons reflecting improved automotive and employment comparisons. A summary of the year-over-year percent change for the company's advertising categories can be found in Table 5.

Circulation revenues totaled $288.4 million in the quarter, a decline of 1.6 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. The decline reflects higher circulation revenue at Newsquest due to increases in cover prices as they continue to reposition their publications offset by lower circulation revenue at local domestic publishing operations.

Publishing Segment digital revenues were 10.8 percent higher in the quarter reflecting the impact of digital advertising and marketing solutions. Digital revenues at local domestic publishing operations were 8.8 percent higher, while at Newsquest in the UK they were up 18.7 percent, in pounds, and at USA TODAY and its associated businesses, they increased 8.9 percent.

Publishing Segment operating expenses were 5.5 percent lower than the fourth quarter in 2012 due primarily to continued efficiency efforts.

Non-GAAP operating income totaled $143.6 million in the quarter and operating cash flow was $170.6 million. Operating income was up slightly while operating cash flow was down 1.1 percent.

BROADCASTING

All of the comparative results for the Broadcasting Segment detailed below exclude the extra week in the fourth quarter of 2012, special items and Captivate's operating results in both years.

Revenues in the Broadcasting Segment totaled $228.2 million, down 15.7 percent from the fourth quarter in 2012. The decline was driven primarily by the absence of $85.8 million of incremental politically related advertising during the fourth quarter of 2012 partially offset by a substantial increase in retransmission revenue.

Retransmission revenues were $38.9 million in the quarter, an increase of 31.5 percent from the fourth quarter in 2012. Television station digital revenues were up 40.3 percent reflecting growth in digital marketing services. Excluding the incremental impact of political spending in the quarter, Broadcasting Segment revenues would have been 23.4 percent higher.

Based on current trends and including a full quarter of results for the former Belo stations, total television revenues are projected to increase almost 100 percent in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the first quarter of 2013. On a pro forma basis, the percentage increase in total television revenues in the first quarter of 2014 is projected to be in the high teens compared to the first quarter of 2013.

Broadcasting Segment operating expenses were down 1.1 percent compared to the fourth quarter in 2012. Non-GAAP operating income totaled $111.0 million while operating cash flow on the same basis was $118.7 million.

DIGITAL

Digital Segment operating revenues totaled $195.6 million, up 4.4 percent compared to $187.2 million in the fourth quarter in 2012. Strong revenue growth at CareerBuilder contributed to the increase. Digital Segment operating expenses were $168.2 million compared to $238.3 million in the fourth quarter in 2012. The decrease reflects a significantly reduced amount of special items in the fourth quarter compared to the fourth quarter a year ago. Digital Segment operating expenses excluding special items were 5.7 percent higher. On the same basis, operating income was $38.9 million, relatively unchanged from the fourth quarter in 2012, while operating cash flow was $46.9 million. Digital Segment results reflect revenue growth of 7.3 percent at CareerBuilder and a mid-single digit increase in their operating income as well as continued investment in the repositioning of our PointRoll business.

Digital revenues company-wide, which include the Digital Segment and all digital revenues generated by the other business segments, reached $390.6 million, 6.1 percent higher than the fourth quarter a year ago. Excluding the extra week in the fourth quarter of 2012, digital revenues company-wide were 8.3 percent higher. The increase was driven primarily by higher revenue associated with digital advertising and marketing solutions across all segments.

At the end of the quarter, Gannett had about 120 domestic web sites affiliated with its local publishing and television markets, USA TODAY, Gannett Government Media and Gannett Healthcare Group. In December, Gannett's consolidated domestic Internet audience share increased 19.7 percent from December of 2012 to 65.4 million unique visitors reaching 29.2 percent of the Internet audience, according to Comscore Media Metrix. USATODAY.com is one of the most popular news sites and the USA TODAY app is a top news app with 19.4 million downloads across iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows and Kindle Fire. USA TODAY mobile traffic continues to grow as total pages views in December were up 13 percent from December in 2012 to approximately 589 million while monthly visitors increased 89 percent to approximately 24 million. Newsquest is also an Internet leader in the UK where its network of web sites attracted 99.9 million monthly page impressions from approximately 15.3 million unique users in December 2013.

NON-OPERATING ITEMS

The company's equity earnings include its share of operating results from unconsolidated investees including the California Newspapers Partnership, Texas-New Mexico Newspapers Partnership, Tucson newspaper partnership and other online/digital businesses including Classified Ventures.

Equity income in unconsolidated investments was $14.9 million, an increase of $8.5 million from the fourth quarter in 2012. The increase was due, in part, to special items that impacted equity income in fourth quarter in 2012. Excluding special non-cash charges, equity income would have been $4.7 million higher reflecting improved results in our newspaper partnerships as well as Classified Ventures.

Interest expense was $62.9 million compared to $38.9 million in the fourth quarter in 2012. The increase reflects primarily the issuance of $1.85 billion in senior notes during the third and fourth quarters of 2013 primarily related to the Belo transaction. In July, the company issued $600 million in senior notes with a coupon of 5.125 percent with a 2020 maturity date. The company issued $1.25 billion in fixed rate debt in October comprised of $600 million maturing in 2019 with a coupon of 5.125 percent and $650 million maturing in 2023 with a coupon of 6.375 percent.

Other non-operating expense totaled $18.9 million for the quarter compared to income of $6.0 million in the fourth quarter in 2012. The decline is due primarily to special items in the fourth quarter of 2013 associated with transaction-related fees. Excluding special charges, other non-operating income was $4.0 million lower reflecting primarily investment gains in the fourth quarter in 2012.

Free cash flow (a non-GAAP measure) totaled $153.4 million in the quarter (see Table 11). The balance of long term debt at quarter end was $3.7 billion. Total cash at the end of the quarter was $469 million.

During the fourth quarter, the company repurchased approximately 1.4 million shares for $37.9 million. For the full year 2013, shares repurchased totaled 4.9 million shares for $116.6 million.

UPDATED ASSUMPTIONS

As noted, the company closed on its acquisition of Belo on December 23, 2013. As a result, several operating assumptions for 2014 have been updated to reflect the inclusion of all businesses.

  • Capital expenditures are expected to be $140 million to $150 million.
  • Depreciation is projected to be approximately $190 million.
  • Amortization will be approximately $50 million to $60 million.
  • The tax rate in 2014 is projected to be approximately 33 percent.
  • Retransmission revenue is expected to be $330 million to $340 million.

1Reported results reflect a 13-week fourth quarter in 2013 compared to a 14-week fourth quarter in 2012; full year results reflect 52 weeks in 2013 compared to 53 weeks in 2012.

USE OF NON-GAAP INFORMATION

The company uses non-GAAP financial performance and liquidity measures to supplement the financial information presented on a GAAP basis. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures, and should be read in conjunction with financial information presented on a GAAP basis.

In this earnings report, the company discusses non-GAAP financial performance measures that exclude from its reported GAAP results the impact of special items consisting of workforce restructuring charges, transformation costs, non-cash asset impairment charges, a non-cash charge related to a change in control and sale of interests in a business, non-cash charges related to certain investments accounted for under the equity method, a currency-related loss recognized in other non-operating items and certain credits to its income tax provision. The company believes that such expenses, charges and credits are not indicative of normal, ongoing operations and their inclusion in results makes for more difficult comparisons between periods and with peer group companies.

Workforce restructuring expenses primarily related to incremental expenses the company has incurred to consolidate or outsource production processes and centralize other functions. These expenses include payroll and related benefit costs. Transformation costs include incremental expenses incurred by the Company to execute on its transformation and growth plan, including those related to the Company's recently completed Belo acquisition and incremental expenses associated with optimizing the Company's real estate portfolio. Non-cash asset impairment charges were recorded to reduce the book value of certain intangible assets and investments accounted for under the equity method to fair value, as the businesses underlying these assets had experienced significant and sustained unfavorable operating results. Other non-operating charges include a non-cash charge related to the change in control and sale of interests in the Company's Captivate business and a currency loss in the first quarter of 2013 related to the weakening of the British pound associated with the downgrade of the U.K. sovereign credit rating. Full year results for 2013 included credits to the income tax provision related to reserve releases as a result of a federal exam resolution and lapse of a statute of limitation. Full year results for 2012 included a credit related primarily to tax settlements covering multiple years.

The company also discusses operating cash flow, a non-GAAP financial performance measure that it believes offers a useful view of the overall operation of its businesses. This non-GAAP measure is calculated by adding amounts associated with the special expense items described above, as well as depreciation and amortization, to operating income as reported on a GAAP basis. This earnings report also discusses free cash flow, a non-GAAP liquidity measure. Free cash flow is defined as "net cash flow from operating activities" as reported on the statement of cash flows reduced by "purchase of property, plant and equipment" as well as "payments for investments" and increased by "proceeds from investments." The company believes that free cash flow is a useful measure for management and investors to evaluate the level of cash generated by operations and the ability of its operations to fund investments in its businesses, repay indebtedness, add to the company's cash balance, or use in other discretionary activities. Management uses free cash flow to monitor cash available for repayment of indebtedness and in its discussions with the investment community.

Management uses non-GAAP financial performance measures for purposes of evaluating business unit and consolidated company performance. The company therefore believes that each of the non-GAAP measures presented provides useful information to investors by allowing them to view the company's businesses through the eyes of management and the Board of Directors, facilitating comparison of results across historical periods, and providing a focus on the underlying ongoing operating performance of its businesses. In addition, many of the company's peer group companies present similar non-GAAP measures to better facilitate industry comparisons.

Tabular reconciliations for the non-GAAP financial measures are contained in Tables 6 through 11 attached to this news release.

As previously announced, the company will hold an earnings conference call at 10:00 a.m. ET today. The call can be accessed via a live webcast through the company's web site, www.gannett.com, or listen-only conference lines. U.S. callers should dial 1-888-221-9542 and international callers should dial 913-312-1471 at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call. The confirmation code for the conference call is 1263292. To access the replay, dial 1-888-203-1112 in the U.S. International callers should use the number 719-457-0820. The confirmation code for the replay is 1263292. Materials related to the call will be available through the Investor Relations section of the company's web site Tuesday morning.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release may be forward looking in nature or "forward looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward looking statements contained in this press release are subject to a number of risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual performance to differ materially from these forward looking statements. A number of those risks, trends and uncertainties are discussed in the company's SEC reports, including their annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Any forward looking statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important risk factors.

Gannett is not responsible for updating the information contained in this press release beyond the published date, or for changes made to this press release by wire services, Internet service providers or other media.

About Gannett

Gannett Co., Inc. is an international media and marketing solutions company that informs and engages more than 110 million people every month through its powerful network of broadcast, digital, mobile and publishing properties. Our portfolio of trusted brands offers marketers unmatched local-to-national reach and customizable, innovative marketing solutions across any platform. Gannett is committed to connecting people - and the companies who want to reach them - with their interests and communities. For more information, visit www.gannett.com.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

Gannett Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited, in thousands (except per share amounts)

Table No. 1

Thirteen

weeks ended

Dec. 29, 2013

Fourteen

weeks ended

Dec. 30, 2012

% Increase

(Decrease)

Net operating revenues:

Publishing advertising

$

589,555

$

657,546

(10.3)

Publishing circulation

288,434

313,113

(7.9)

All other Publishing

66,272

72,890

(9.1)

Broadcasting

228,207

287,511

(20.6)

Digital

195,570

187,249

4.4

Total

1,368,038

1,518,309

(9.9)

Operating expenses:

Cost of sales and operating expenses, exclusive of depreciation

722,487

779,777

(7.3)

Selling, general and administrative expenses, exclusive of depreciation

341,451

360,422

(5.3)

Depreciation

37,615

40,426

(7.0)

Amortization of intangible assets

9,802

9,291

5.5

Facility consolidation and asset impairment charges

43,077

108,013

(60.1)

Total

1,154,432

1,297,929

(11.1)

Operating income

213,606

220,380

(3.1)

Non-operating (expense) income:

Equity income in unconsolidated investees, net

14,895

6,407

***

Interest expense

(62,857)

(38,927)

61.5

Other non-operating items

(18,936)

6,046

***

Total

(66,898)

(26,474)

***

Income before income taxes

146,708

193,906

(24.3)

Provision for income taxes

41,500

78,900

(47.4)

Net income

105,208

115,006

(8.5)

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(14,461)

(11,921)

21.3

Net income attributable to Gannett Co., Inc.

$

90,747

$

103,085

(12.0)

Net income per share - basic

$

0.40

$

0.45

(11.1)

Net income per share - diluted

$

0.39

$

0.44

(11.4)

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:

Basic

227,343

229,368

(0.9)

Diluted

232,585

233,980

(0.6)

Dividends declared per share

$

0.20

$

0.20

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

Gannett Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited, in thousands (except per share amounts)

Table No. 2

Fifty-two

weeks ended

Dec. 29, 2013

Fifty-three

weeks ended

Dec. 30, 2012

% Increase

(Decrease)

Net operating revenues:

Publishing advertising

$

2,198,719

$

2,355,922

(6.7)

Publishing circulation

1,129,060

1,117,042

1.1

All other Publishing

250,025

255,180

(2.0)

Broadcasting

835,113

906,104

(7.8)

Digital

748,445

718,949

4.1

Total

5,161,362

5,353,197

(3.6)

Operating expenses:

Cost of sales and operating expenses, exclusive of depreciation

2,882,449

2,943,847

(2.1)

Selling, general and administrative expenses, exclusive of depreciation

1,291,858

1,303,427

(0.9)

Depreciation

153,203

160,746

(4.7)

Amortization of intangible assets

36,369

33,293

9.2

Facility consolidation and asset impairment charges

58,240

122,129

(52.3)

Total

4,422,119

4,563,442

(3.1)

Operating income

739,243

789,755

(6.4)

Non-operating (expense) income:

Equity income in unconsolidated investees, net

43,824

22,387

95.8

Interest expense

(176,064)

(150,469)

17.0

Other non-operating items

(47,890)

8,734

***

Total

(180,130)

(119,348)

50.9

Income before income taxes

559,113

670,407

(16.6)

Provision for income taxes

113,200

195,400

(42.1)

Net income

445,913

475,007

(6.1)

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(57,233)

(50,727)

12.8

Net income attributable to Gannett Co., Inc.

$

388,680

$

424,280

(8.4)

Net income per share - basic

$

1.70

$

1.83

(7.1)

Net income per share - diluted

$

1.66

$

1.79

(7.3)

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:

Basic

228,541

232,327

(1.6)

Diluted

234,189

236,690

(1.1)

Dividends declared per share

$

0.80

$

0.80

 

BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION

Gannett Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited, in thousands of dollars

Table No. 3

Thirteen

weeks ended

Dec. 29, 2013

Fourteen

weeks ended

Dec. 30, 2012

% Increase

(Decrease)

Net operating revenues:

Publishing

$

944,261

$

1,043,549

(9.5)

Broadcasting

228,207

287,511

(20.6)

Digital

195,570

187,249

4.4

Total

$

1,368,038

$

1,518,309

(9.9)

Operating income (net of depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges):

Publishing

$

105,624

$

128,662

(17.9)

Broadcasting

96,337

157,935

(39.0)

Digital

27,333

(51,006)

***

Corporate

(15,688)

(15,211)

3.1

Total

$

213,606

$

220,380

(3.1)

Depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges:

Publishing

$

57,546

$

47,524

21.1

Broadcasting

8,657

6,894

25.6

Digital

19,616

99,364

(80.3)

Corporate

4,675

3,948

18.4

Total

$

90,494

$

157,730

(42.6)

Operating cash flow:

Publishing

$

163,170

$

176,186

(7.4)

Broadcasting

104,994

164,829

(36.3)

Digital

46,949

48,358

(2.9)

Corporate

(11,013)

(11,263)

(2.2)

Total

$

304,100

$

378,110

(19.6)

Operating cash flow represents operating income from each of the company's business segments plus related depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges. See Table No. 10 for reconciliation of amounts to the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income.

 

BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION

Gannett Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited, in thousands of dollars

Table No. 4

Fifty-two

weeks ended

Dec. 29, 2013

Fifty-three

weeks ended

Dec. 30, 2012

% Increase

(Decrease)

Net operating revenues:

Publishing

$

3,577,804

$

3,728,144

(4.0)

Broadcasting

835,113

906,104

(7.8)

Digital

748,445

718,949

4.1

Total

$

5,161,362

$

5,353,197

(3.6)

Operating income (net of depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges):

Publishing

$

313,697

$

368,644

(14.9)

Broadcasting

361,915

443,808

(18.5)

Digital

128,264

41,700

***

Corporate

(64,633)

(64,397)

0.4

Total

$

739,243

$

789,755

(6.4)

Depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges:

Publishing

$

153,380

$

147,750

3.8

Broadcasting

29,625

28,007

5.8

Digital

46,415

123,990

(62.6)

Corporate

18,392

16,421

12.0

Total

$

247,812

$

316,168

(21.6)

Operating cash flow:

Publishing

$

467,077

$

516,394

(9.6)

Broadcasting

391,540

471,815

(17.0)

Digital

174,679

165,690

5.4

Corporate

(46,241)

(47,976)

(3.6)

Total

$

987,055

$

1,105,923

(10.7)

Operating cash flow represents operating income from each of the company's business segments plus related depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges. See Table No. 10 for reconciliation of amounts to the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income.

 

PUBLISHING SEGMENT REVENUE COMPARISONS

Gannett Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited

Table No. 5

The percentage changes for the Publishing segment advertising and classified revenue categories excluding the extra week in the fourth quarter of 2012 were as follows:

Fourth quarter 2013 year-over-year advertising comparisons:

U.S.

Publishing

(including USA TODAY)

Newsquest

(in pounds)

Total

Publishing

segment

(constant currency)

Total

Publishing

segment

Retail

(4.6%)

(4.2%)

(4.6%)

(4.5%)

National

(10.4%)

(7.6%)

(10.2%)

(10.1%)

Classified

(5.2%)

(7.9%)

(5.9%)

(5.7%)

Total advertising

(5.9%)

(6.5%)

(6.0%)

(5.9%)

Year-to-date 2013 year-over-year advertising comparisons:

U.S.

Publishing

(including USA TODAY)

Newsquest

(in pounds)

Total

Publishing

segment

(constant currency)

Total

Publishing

segment

Retail

(4.5%)

(3.3%)

(4.4%)

(4.6%)

National

(6.0%)

(14.8%)

(6.7%)

(6.8%)

Classified

(5.2%)

(7.7%)

(5.9%)

(6.2%)

Total advertising

(5.0%)

(6.8%)

(5.3%)

(5.4%)

Fourth quarter 2013 year-over-year classified comparisons:

U.S.

Publishing

(including USA TODAY)

Newsquest

(in pounds)

Total

Publishing

segment

(constant currency)

Total

Publishing

segment

Automotive

2.5%

(7.0%)

1.4%

1.5%

Employment

(10.1%)

(1.2%)

(7.3%)

(7.2%)

Real Estate

(4.3%)

(12.0%)

(7.0%)

(6.8%)

Legal

(21.3%)

—%

(21.3%)

(21.3%)

Other

(6.3%)

(10.6%)

(7.7%)

(7.5%)

Total classified

(5.2%)

(7.9%)

(5.9%)

(5.7%)

Year-to-date 2013 year-over-year classified comparisons:

U.S.

Publishing

(including USA TODAY)

Newsquest

(in pounds)

Total

Publishing

segment

(constant currency)

Total

Publishing

segment

Automotive

(0.4%)

(9.1%)

(1.5%)

(1.6%)

Employment

(9.0%)

(3.9%)

(7.4%)

(7.9%)

Real Estate

(3.8%)

(9.3%)

(5.9%)

(6.4%)

Legal

(12.1%)

—%

(12.1%)

(12.1%)

Other

(5.8%)

(9.0%)

(6.9%)

(7.3%)

Total classified

(5.2%)

(7.7%)

(5.9%)

(6.2%)

 

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Gannett Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited, in thousands of dollars (except per share amounts)

The company uses non-GAAP financial performance and liquidity measures to supplement the financial information presented on a GAAP basis. These non-GAAP financial measures are not to be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures and should be read only in conjunction with financial information presented on a GAAP basis.

Tables No. 6 through No. 11 reconcile these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

Table No. 6

GAAP

Measure

Special Items

Non-GAAP

Measure

Thirteen

weeks ended

Dec. 29, 2013

Workforce

restructuring

Transformation costs

Asset impairment charges

Thirteen

weeks ended

Dec. 29, 2013

Cost of sales and operating expenses, exclusive of depreciation

$

722,487

$

(7,164)

$

$

$

715,323

Selling, general and administrative expenses, exclusive of depreciation

341,451

(14,405)

327,046

Facility consolidation and asset impairment charges

43,077

(10,081)

(32,996)

Operating expenses

1,154,432

(21,569)

(10,081)

(32,996)

1,089,786

Operating income

213,606

21,569

10,081

32,996

278,252

Other non-operating items

(18,936)

20,985

2,049

Total non-operating (expense) income

(66,898)

20,985

(45,913)

Income before income taxes

146,708

21,569

31,066

32,996

232,339

Provision for income taxes

41,500

6,400

4,200

13,300

65,400

Net income

105,208

15,169

26,866

19,696

166,939

Net income attributable to Gannett Co., Inc.

90,747

15,169

26,866

19,696

152,478

Net income per share - diluted

$

0.39

$

0.07

$

0.12

$

0.08

$

0.66

GAAP

Measure

Special Items

Non-GAAP

Measure

Fourteen

weeks ended

Dec. 30, 2012

Workforce

restructuring

Transformation costs

Asset impairment charges

Fourteen

weeks ended

Dec. 30, 2012

Cost of sales and operating expenses, exclusive of depreciation

$

779,777

$

(5,909)

$

$

$

773,868

Selling, general and administrative expenses, exclusive of depreciation

360,422

(686)

359,736

Facility consolidation and asset impairment charges

108,013

(17,960)

(90,053)

Operating expenses

1,297,929

(6,595)

(17,960)

(90,053)

1,183,321

Operating income

220,380

6,595

17,960

90,053

334,988

Equity income (loss) in unconsolidated investees, net

6,407

3,816

10,223

Total non-operating (expense) income

(26,474)

3,816

(22,658)

Income before income taxes

193,906

6,595

17,960

93,869

312,330

Provision for income taxes

78,900

2,400

6,800

5,000

93,100

Net income

115,006

4,195

11,160

88,869

219,230

Net income attributable to Gannett Co., Inc.

103,085

4,195

11,160

88,869

207,309

Net income per share - diluted

$

0.44

$

0.02

$

0.05

$

0.38

$

0.89

 

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Gannett Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited, in thousands of dollars (except per share amounts)

Table No. 7

GAAP

Measure

Special Items

Non-GAAP

Measure

Fifty-two

weeks ended

Dec. 29, 2013

Workforce

restructuring

Transformation costs

Asset impairment charges

Other non-operating items

Special tax

benefits

Fifty-two

weeks ended

Dec. 29, 2013

Cost of sales and operating expenses, exclusive of depreciation

$

2,882,449

$

(36,856)

$

$

$

$

$

2,845,593

Selling, general and administrative expenses, exclusive of depreciation

1,291,858

(21,052)

1,270,806

Facility consolidation and asset impairment charges

58,240

(25,244)

(32,996)

Operating expenses

4,422,119

(57,908)

(25,244)

(32,996)

4,305,971

Operating income

739,243

57,908

25,244

32,996

855,391

Equity income in unconsolidated investees, net

43,824

731

44,555

Other non-operating items

(47,890)

35,796

18,690

6,596

Total non-operating (expense) income

(180,130)

35,796

731

18,690

(124,913)

Income before income taxes

559,113

57,908

61,040

33,727

18,690

730,478

Provision for income taxes

113,200

20,700

16,100

13,600

8,400

27,800

199,800

Net income

445,913

37,208

44,940

20,127

10,290

(27,800)

530,678

Net income attributable to Gannett Co., Inc.

388,680

37,208

44,940

20,127

10,290

(27,800)

473,445

Net income per share - diluted

$

1.66

$

0.16

$

0.19

$

0.09

$

0.04

$

(0.12)

$

2.02

GAAP

Measure

Special Items

Non-GAAP

Measure

Fifty-three

weeks ended

Dec. 30, 2012

Workforce

restructuring

Transformation costs

Asset impairment charges

Special tax

benefits

Fifty-three

weeks ended

Dec. 30, 2012

Cost of sales and operating expenses, exclusive of depreciation

$

2,943,847

$

(34,679)

$

$

$

$

2,909,168

Selling, general and administrative expenses, exclusive of depreciation

1,303,427

(13,837)

1,289,590

Facility consolidation and asset impairment charges

122,129

(32,076)

(90,053)

Operating expenses

4,563,442

(48,516)

(32,076)

(90,053)

4,392,797

Operating income

789,755

48,516

32,076

90,053

960,400

Equity income in unconsolidated investees, net

22,387

7,036

29,423

Total non-operating (expense) income

(119,348)

7,036

(112,312)

Income before income taxes

670,407

48,516

32,076

97,089

848,088

Provision for income taxes

195,400

19,100

12,500

6,200

13,100

246,300

Net income

475,007

29,416

19,576

90,889

(13,100)

601,788

Net income attributable to Gannett Co., Inc.

424,280

29,416

19,576

90,889

(13,100)

551,061

Net income per share - diluted (a)

$

1.79

$

0.12

$

0.08

$

0.38

$

(0.06)

$

2.33

(a) Total per share amount does not sum due to rounding.

 

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Gannett Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited, in thousands of dollars

Table No. 8

GAAP

Measure

Special Items

Non-GAAP

Measure

Thirteen

weeks ended

Dec. 29, 2013

Workforce

restructuring

Transformation costs

Asset impairment charges

Thirteen

weeks ended

Dec. 29, 2013

Operating income:

Publishing

$

105,624

$

7,437

$

9,187

$

21,382

$

143,630

Broadcasting

96,337

13,729

894

110,960

Digital

27,333

11,614

38,947

Corporate

(15,688)

403

(15,285)

Total

$

213,606

$

21,569

$

10,081

$

32,996

$

278,252

Depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges:

Publishing

$

57,546

$

$

(9,187)

$

(21,382)

$

26,977

Broadcasting

8,657

(894)

7,763

Digital

19,616

(11,614)

8,002

Corporate

4,675

4,675

Total

$

90,494

$

$

(10,081)

$

(32,996)

$

47,417

Operating cash flow (a):

Publishing

$

163,170

$

7,437

$

$

$

170,607

Broadcasting

104,994

13,729

118,723

Digital

46,949

46,949

Corporate

(11,013)

403

(10,610)

Total

$

304,100

$

21,569

$

$

$

325,669

GAAP

Measure

Special Items

Non-GAAP

Measure

Fourteen

weeks ended

Dec. 30, 2012

Workforce

restructuring

Transformation costs

Asset impairment charges

Fourteen

weeks ended

Dec. 30, 2012

Operating income:

Publishing

$

128,662

$

6,595

$

17,960

$

$

153,217

Broadcasting

157,935

157,935

Digital

(51,006)

90,053

39,047

Corporate

(15,211)

(15,211)

Total

$

220,380

$

6,595

$

17,960

$

90,053

$

334,988

Depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges:

Publishing

$

47,524

$

$

(17,960)

$

$

29,564

Broadcasting

6,894

6,894

Digital

99,364

(90,053)

9,311

Corporate

3,948

3,948

Total

$

157,730

$

$

(17,960)

$

(90,053)

$

49,717

Operating cash flow (a):

Publishing

$

176,186

$

6,595

$

$

$

182,781

Broadcasting

164,829

164,829

Digital

48,358

48,358

Corporate

(11,263)

(11,263)

Total

$

378,110

$

6,595

$

$

$

384,705

(a) Refer to Table No. 10

 

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Gannett Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited, in thousands of dollars

Table No. 9

GAAP

Measure

Special Items

Non-GAAP

Measure

Fifty-two

weeks ended

Dec. 29, 2013

Workforce

restructuring

Transformation costs

Asset impairment charges

Fifty-two

weeks ended

Dec. 29, 2013

Operating income:

Publishing

$

313,697

$

43,137

$

24,211

$

21,382

$

402,427

Broadcasting

361,915

14,368

1,033

377,316

Digital

128,264

11,614

139,878

Corporate

(64,633)

403

(64,230)

Total

$

739,243

$

57,908

$

25,244

$

32,996

$

855,391

Depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges:

Publishing

$

153,380

$

$

(24,211)

$

(21,382)

$

107,787

Broadcasting

29,625

(1,033)

28,592

Digital

46,415

(11,614)

34,801

Corporate

18,392

18,392

Total

$

247,812

$

$

(25,244)

$

(32,996)

$

189,572

Operating cash flow (a):

Publishing

$

467,077

$

43,137

$

$

$

510,214

Broadcasting

391,540

14,368

405,908

Digital

174,679

174,679

Corporate

(46,241)

403

(45,838)

Total

$

987,055

$

57,908

$

$

$

1,044,963

GAAP

Measure

Special Items

Non-GAAP

Measure

Fifty-three

weeks ended

Dec. 30, 2012

Workforce

restructuring

Transformation costs

Asset impairment charges

Fifty-three

weeks ended

Dec. 30, 2012

Operating income:

Publishing

$

368,644

$

42,226

$

32,076

$

$

442,946

Broadcasting

443,808

443,808

Digital

41,700

90,053

131,753

Corporate

(64,397)

6,290

(58,107)

Total

$

789,755

$

48,516

$

32,076

$

90,053

$

960,400

Depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges:

Publishing

$

147,750

$

$

(32,076)

$

$

115,674

Broadcasting

28,007

28,007

Digital

123,990

(90,053)

33,937

Corporate

16,421

16,421

Total

$

316,168

$

$

(32,076)

$

(90,053)

$

194,039

Operating cash flow (a):

Publishing

$

516,394

$

42,226

$

$

$

558,620

Broadcasting

471,815

471,815

Digital

165,690

165,690

Corporate

(47,976)

6,290

(41,686)

Total

$

1,105,923

$

48,516

$

$

$

1,154,439

(a) Refer to Table No. 10

 

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Gannett Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited, in thousands of dollars

Table No. 10

"Operating cash flow", a non-GAAP measure, is defined as operating income plus depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges. Management believes that use of this measure allows investors and management to measure, analyze and compare the performance of its business segment operations at a more detailed level and in a meaningful and consistent manner.

Reconciliations of these non-GAAP amounts to the company's operating income, which the company believes is the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP on the company's condensed consolidated statements of income, follow:

Thirteen weeks ended Dec. 29, 2013:

Publishing

Broadcasting

Digital

Corporate

Consolidated

Total

Operating cash flow

$

163,170

$

104,994

$

46,949

$

(11,013)

$

304,100

Less:

Depreciation

(22,821)

(5,836)

(4,283)

(4,675)

(37,615)

Amortization

(4,156)

(1,927)

(3,719)

(9,802)

Facility consolidation and asset impairment charges

(30,569)

(894)

(11,614)

(43,077)

Operating income as reported (GAAP basis)

$

105,624

$

96,337

$

27,333

$

(15,688)

$

213,606

Fourteen weeks ended Dec. 30, 2012:

Publishing

Broadcasting

Digital

Corporate

Consolidated

Total

Operating cash flow

$

176,186

$

164,829

$

48,358

$

(11,263)

$

378,110

Less:

Depreciation

(25,324)

(6,713)

(4,441)

(3,948)

(40,426)

Amortization

(4,240)

(181)

(4,870)

(9,291)

Facility consolidation and asset impairment charges

(17,960)

(90,053)

(108,013)

Operating income as reported (GAAP basis)

$

128,662

$

157,935

$

(51,006)

$

(15,211)

$

220,380

Fifty-two weeks ended Dec. 29, 2013:

Publishing

Broadcasting

Digital

Corporate

Consolidated

Total

Operating cash flow

$

467,077

$

391,540

$

174,679

$

(46,241)

$

987,055

Less:

Depreciation

(91,122)

(26,130)

(17,559)

(18,392)

(153,203)

Amortization

(16,665)

(2,462)

(17,242)

(36,369)

Facility consolidation and asset impairment charges

(45,593)

(1,033)

(11,614)

(58,240)

Operating income as reported (GAAP basis)

$

313,697

$

361,915

$

128,264

$

(64,633)

$

739,243

Fifty-three weeks ended Dec. 30, 2012:

Publishing

Broadcasting

Digital

Corporate

Consolidated

Total

Operating cash flow

$

516,394

$

471,815

$

165,690

$

(47,976)

$

1,105,923

Less:

Depreciation

(100,109)

(27,282)

(16,934)

(16,421)

(160,746)

Amortization

(15,565)

(725)

(17,003)

(33,293)

Facility consolidation and asset impairment charges

(32,076)

(90,053)

(122,129)

Operating income as reported (GAAP basis)

$

368,644

$

443,808

$

41,700

$

(64,397)

$

789,755

 

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Gannett Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited, in thousands of dollars

Table No. 11

"Free cash flow" is a non-GAAP liquidity measure used in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP. Free cash flow should not be relied upon to the exclusion of GAAP financial measures.

Free cash flow is a non-GAAP liquidity measure that is defined as "Net cash flow from operating activities" as reported on the statement of cash flows reduced by "Purchase of property, plant and equipment" as well as "Payments for investments" and increased by "Proceeds from investments" and voluntary pension contributions, net of related tax benefit. The company believes that free cash flow is a useful measure for management and investors to evaluate the level of cash generated by operations and the ability of its operations to fund investments in new and existing businesses, return cash to shareholders under the company's capital program, repay indebtedness, add to the company's cash balance, or to use in other discretionary activities. Management uses free cash flow to monitor cash available for repayment of indebtedness and in its discussions with the investment community.

Thirteen

weeks ended

Dec. 29, 2013

Fifty-two

weeks ended

Dec. 29, 2013

Net cash flow from operating activities

$

162,530

$

511,488

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(37,739)

(110,407)

Voluntary pension employer contributions

15,507

Tax benefit for voluntary pension employer contributions

(6,125)

Payments for investments

(3,380)

Proceeds from investments

28,629

63,408

Free cash flow

$

153,420

$

470,491

 

TAX RATE CALCULATION

Gannett Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited, in thousands of dollars

Table No. 12

The calculations of the company's effective tax rate on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis are below:

GAAP

Non-GAAP

Thirteen weeks ended Dec. 29, 2013

Fourteen weeks ended Dec. 30, 2012

Thirteen weeks ended Dec. 29, 2013

Fourteen weeks ended Dec. 30, 2012

Income before taxes (per Table 6)

$

146,708

$

193,906

$

232,339

$

312,330

Noncontrolling interests (per Table 1)

(14,461)

(11,921)

(14,461)

(11,921)

Income before taxes attributable to Gannett Co., Inc.

$

132,247

$

181,985

$

217,878

$

300,409

Provision for income taxes (per Table 6)

$

41,500

$

78,900

$

65,400

$

93,100

Effective tax rate

31.4

%

43.4

%

30.0

%

31.0

%

GAAP

Non-GAAP

Fifty-two weeks ended Dec. 29, 2013

Fifty-three weeks ended Dec. 30, 2012

Fifty-two weeks ended Dec. 29, 2013

Fifty-three weeks ended Dec. 30, 2012

Income before taxes (per Table 7)

$

559,113

$

670,407

$

730,478

$

848,088

Noncontrolling interests (per Table 2)

(57,233)

(50,727)

(57,233)

(50,727)

Income before taxes attributable to Gannett Co., Inc.

$

501,880

$

619,680

$

673,245

$

797,361

Provision for income taxes (per Table 7)

$

113,200

$

195,400

$

199,800

$

246,300

Effective tax rate

22.6

%

31.5

%

29.7

%

30.9

%

 

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