Media General Reports Fourth-Quarter 2012 Results

-- Revenues of $108.7 million increased 40%

-- Operating income of $42.3 million increased more than 2.5 times from prior year

-- Net income was $17.6 million, or 62 cents per share

-- Broadcast Cash Flow totaled $50.4 million

Jan 31, 2013, 08:00 ET from Media General, Inc.

RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Media General, Inc. (NYSE: MEG), a broadcast television and digital media company, today reported fourth-quarter 2012 operating income of $42.3 million, more than 2.5 times greater than fourth-quarter 2011 operating income of $16.3 million. Net income in the fourth quarter was $17.6 million, or 62 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $3.3 million, or 15 cents per share, in the prior year.

George L. Mahoney, president and chief executive officer of Media General, said, "Media General had an exceptional fourth quarter, marked by 40% revenue growth.  Record Political advertising was $30 million.  Core Local and National advertising revenues, excluding Political, increased 4%.  Media General was particularly well positioned to maximize Political advertising opportunities, with six of our stations located in four of the key battleground states. Broadcast cash flow in the fourth quarter was $50.4 million, with a margin of 46%," said Mr. Mahoney.

Starting with the full-year 2013, Media General's fiscal year will be a conventional calendar year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31).  Previously, the company's fiscal year ended on the last Sunday in December, a newspaper industry practice.  Fiscal year 2012 began on December 26, 2011 and ended on December 31, 2012.  Fiscal year 2011 began on December 27, 2010 and ended on December 25, 2011.

Total revenues in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $108.7 million compared with $77.9 million in the prior year. Local gross time sales increased 5.3% to $50.7 million. National gross time sales grew 1.4% to $25.2 million. The largest advertising category, automotive, increased 21%. Other key categories with strong growth in the quarter included entertainment, home improvement and furniture.

Cable and satellite retransmission fees rose 84.3% to $9.9 million, as a result of contract renewals in late 2011 that included higher rates. Digital revenues increased 18.8% to $2.7 million, driven primarily by Local advertising, which grew 16%.

Higher station operating costs in the fourth quarter reflected an increase in commissions from the strong revenue performance, higher NBC affiliate fees, a five-day furlough repayment in December 2012, and prior-year savings of nearly $2 million from a companywide furlough program.

Corporate expense of $101,000 in the fourth quarter compared with $9.6 million last year, and included two large non-recurring gains in the current quarter.  The gains included a non-cash curtailment of more than $2 million resulting from former newspaper employees leaving the company's post-retirement plans, and a $5 million non-cash gain resulting from outsourcing disability coverage for substantially all Medicare eligible participants to a third party.   

Total interest expense in the fourth quarter was $21 million, compared with $14.6 million last year. In the current quarter, cash interest paid was $16.7 million, non-cash interest expense was $2.6 million, and accrued but not paid cash interest was $1.7 million.

Noncash tax expense was $3.4 million in the fourth quarter, compared with $6.2 million in the prior year. The lower tax expense was primarily due to the absence of an intraperiod tax allocation made between continuing operations and Other Comprehensive Income that was recorded in the fourth quarter of last year.

EBITDA from continuing operations (income before interest, debt modification and extinguishment costs, taxes, and depreciation and amortization) was $48.1 million, compared with $23.8 million in the 2011 period.

Media General provides the non-GAAP financial metrics: Broadcast cash flow, EBITDA from continuing operations, After-tax cash flow from continuing operations, and Free cash flow. The company believes these metrics are alternative measures used in peer comparison and by lenders, investors, financial analysts and rating agencies to evaluate a company's ability to service its debt requirements and to estimate the value of the company. A reconciliation of these metrics to amounts on the GAAP statements has been included in this news release.

Conference Call and Webcast

The company will hold a conference call with financial analysts today at 2:30 p.m. ET. To dial in to the call, listeners may call 866-831-6234 about 10 minutes prior to the 2:30 p.m. start. The participant passcode is "Media General."

Listeners may also access a live webcast by logging on to www.mediageneral.com and clicking on the "Live Webcast" link on the homepage about 10 minutes in advance. A replay of the webcast will be available online at www.mediageneral.com beginning at 3:30 p.m. today. A telephone replay will also be available, beginning at 1:00 p.m. on February 1, 2013, and ending at 11:59 p.m. on February 8, 2013, by dialing 888-286-8010 or 617-801-6888 and using the passcode 57846918.

2012 Financial Statements

Media General will issue its 2012 audited financial statements, including footnotes, on its website www.mediageneral.com, following the close of the stock market today. A link to the statements will be posted prominently on the website's home page.

About Media General Media General is a leading provider of news, information and entertainment across 18 network-affiliated broadcast television stations and their associated digital media and mobile platforms. The company's stations serve consumers and advertisers in strong local markets, primarily in the Southeast. Media General's network affiliates include eight NBC stations, eight CBS stations, one ABC station and one CW station. Six of the company's stations operate in the Top 40 markets in the United States. Media General's stations reach more than one-third of TV households in the Southeast and more than 8 percent of U.S. TV households. Media General entered the television business in 1955 when it launched WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida, as an NBC affiliate. Today, WFLA is the company's largest TV station, operating in the 14th largest DMA in the United States.

Contact Media General

Additional information about Media General is available on its website www.mediageneral.com or by contacting Lou Anne J. Nabhan, Vice President-Corporate Communications, at (804) 887-5120 or lnabhan@mediageneral.com.

Media General, Inc.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS 

Fourteen Weeks

 Ending

Thirteen Weeks

Ending

Fifty-Three Weeks

 Ending

Fifty-Two Weeks

Ending

December 31,

December 25,

December 31,

December 25,

(Unaudited, in thousands except per share amounts)

2012

2011

2012

2011

Station revenue (less agency commissions)

$            108,658

$              77,881

$                359,722

$             280,611

Operating costs:

Station production expenses

33,637

25,483

125,996

111,586

Station selling, general, and administrative expenses

24,762

19,618

88,235

80,472

Corporate and other expenses

101

9,581

31,705

33,651

Depreciation and software amortization

5,298

5,630

22,422

23,029

Amortization of intangible assets

441

1,313

2,637

5,253

Loss (gain) related to fixed assets, net

2,094

(23)

2,062

213

Total operating costs

66,333

61,602

273,057

254,204

Operating income

42,325

16,279

86,665

26,407

Other income (expense):

Interest expense

(10,155)

(14,616)

(51,566)

(64,403)

Interest expense - related party

(10,851)

---

(26,468)

---

Debt modification and extinguishment costs

---

---

(35,415)

---

Other, net

6

593

458

1,281

Total other expense

(21,000)

(14,023)

(112,991)

(63,122)

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

21,325

2,256

(26,326)

(36,715)

Income tax expense

3,408

6,217

13,631

12,218

Income (loss) from continuing operations

17,917

(3,961)

(39,957)

(48,933)

Discontinued operations:

Income (loss) from discontinued operations (net of tax)

(682)

657

(11,270)

(25,389)

Loss related to divestiture of discontinued operations (net of tax)

401

---

(142,190)

---

Net income (loss)

$              17,636

$               (3,304)

$               (193,417)

$              (74,322)

Net income (loss) per common share - basic and diluted (1):

Income (loss) from continuing operations

$                  0.63

$                 (0.18)

$                     (1.68)

$                  (2.18)

Discontinued operations

(0.01)

0.03

(6.47)

(1.13)

Net income (loss) per common share - basic and diluted

$                  0.62

$                 (0.15)

$                     (8.15)

$                  (3.31)

Weighted-average common shares outstanding:

Basic and diluted 

27,266

22,505

23,744

22,478

(1)

For earnings per share purposes, shares under the Performance Accelerated Restricted Stock (PARS) and Deferred Stock Units (DSU) plans are considered to participate equally with common shareholders in the Company's earnings.  For the fourteen weeks ending December 31, 2012, this reduced both the income from continuing operations per share and the net income per share by $0.03.

 

Media General, Inc.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

December 31,

December 25,

(Unaudited, in thousands)

2012

2011

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$            36,802

$             23,108

Accounts receivable - net

58,486

58,587

Other

18,493

17,424

Assets of discontinued operations

670

331,784

Total current assets 

114,451

430,903

Other assets

45,462

28,277

Property, plant and equipment - net

166,105

176,821

Goodwill  and other intangibles - net

447,403

450,040

Total assets

$          773,421

$        1,086,041

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIT)

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$            11,669

$             16,527

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

64,362

46,472

Liabilities of discontinued operations

467

38,716

Total current liabilities 

76,498

101,715

Long-term debt

295,721

658,199

Long-term debt - related party

257,466

-

Retirement, postretirement, and postemployment plans

242,309

223,132

Deferred income taxes

58,865

45,954

Other liabilities and deferred credits

18,786

23,088

Stockholders' equity (deficit)

(176,224)

33,953

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity (deficit)

$          773,421

$        1,086,041

 

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

Media General, Inc.

Selected Revenue Categories

Fourteen Weeks

Ending

Thirteen Weeks

 Ending

Fifty-Three Weeks

 Ending

Fifty-Two Weeks

 Ending

December  31,

December 25, 

December  31,

December 25, 

(Unaudited, in thousands)

2012

2011

% Change

2012

2011

% Change

Local (gross)

$              50,656

$           48,112

5.3 %

$                187,346

$            176,652

6.1 %

National (gross)

25,195

24,848

1.4 %

94,504

88,634

6.6 %

Political

30,474

3,607

---

63,698

5,714

---

Cable/Satellite (retransmission) fees

9,944

5,396

84.3 %

37,662

21,367

76.3 %

Digital (local website revenues)

2,721

2,290

18.8 %

9,899

8,361

18.4 %

Broadcast Cash Flow

Fourteen Weeks Ending

Thirteen Weeks Ending

Fifty-Three Weeks Ending

Fifty-Two Weeks Ending

December  31,

December 25, 

December  31,

December 25, 

(Unaudited, in thousands)

2012

2011

2012

2011

Operating income

$              42,325

$           16,279

$                  86,665

$              26,407

Add:  

  Corporate and other expenses

101

9,581

31,705

33,651

  Depreciation and software amortization

5,298

5,630

22,422

23,029

  Amortization of intangible assets

441

1,313

2,637

5,253

  Loss (gain) related to fixed assets, net

2,094

(23)

2,062

213

  Amortization of broadcast film rights

2,984

2,566

10,738

16,298

Less:  

  Payments for broadcast film rights

2,839

2,521

10,493

15,925

Broadcast cash flow

$              50,404

$           32,825

$                145,736

$              88,926

 

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

Media General, Inc.

EBITDA, After-tax Cash Flow, and Free Cash Flow 

Fourteen Weeks

 Ending

Thirteen Weeks

Ending

Fifty-Three Weeks

 Ending

Fifty-Two Weeks

 Ending

December 31, 

December 25,

December 31, 

December 25,

(Unaudited, in thousands)

2012

2011

2012

2011

Income (loss) from continuing operations

$           17,917

$          (3,961)

$             (39,957)

$         (48,933)

Interest

21,006

14,616

78,034

64,403

Debt modification and extinguishment costs

-

-

35,415

-

Depreciation and software amortization

5,298

5,630

22,422

23,029

Amortization of intangible assets

441

1,313

2,637

5,253

Taxes

3,408

6,217

13,631

12,218

EBITDA from continuing operations

$           48,070

$          23,815

$            112,182

$           55,970

Income (loss) from continuing operations

$           17,917

$          (3,961)

$             (39,957)

$         (48,933)

Taxes *

3,408

6,217

13,631

12,218

Depreciation and software amortization

5,298

5,630

22,422

23,029

Amortization of intangible assets

441

1,313

2,637

5,253

After-tax cash flow from continuing operations

$            27,064

$            9,199

$               (1,267)

$           (8,433)

After-tax cash flow from continuing operations

$            27,064

$            9,199

$               (1,267)

$           (8,433)

Capital expenditures

10,623

3,372

17,886

19,053

Free cash flow 

$            16,441

$            5,827

$              (19,153)

$         (27,486)

*

The Company's income taxes are non-cash in nature and have been added back accordingly.

See 2011 Form 10-K for further discussion.

Corporate and other expenses

Fourteen Weeks Ending

Thirteen Weeks Ending

Fifty-Three Weeks Ending

Fifty-Two Weeks Ending

December 31, 

December 25,

December 31, 

December 25,

(Unaudited, in thousands)

2012

2011

2012

2011

Corporate (excluding depreciation and amortization)

$                6,112

$                7,015

$                  28,211

$               29,909

Corporate severance 

(51)

176

3,394

254

Incentive compensation (including stations)

1,374

1,776

5,723

1,611

Postretirement benefits**

(2,337)

44

(2,222)

173

Postemployment benefits**

(4,975)

(115)

(4,828)

35

Other operating expenses

(22)

685

1,427

1,669

Corporate and other expenses

$                    101

$                9,581

$                  31,705

$               33,651

**

In the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company recorded gains related to postretirement and postemployment benefits. The postretirement gain resulted from former newspaper employees leaving certain of the Company's postretirement plans. The postemployment gain is due to outsourcing coverage for substantially all Medicare eligible participants to a third-party.

SOURCE Media General, Inc.



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