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A. H. Belo Corporation Announces First Quarter 2018 Financial Results



   Digital subscriptions grew by 8,036 subscribers, or 44.2 percent, in 2018 compared to 2017

   Operating expense decreased $10.2 million, or 15.5 percent, in 2018 compared to 2017



DALLAS - A. H. Belo Corporation (NYSE: AHC) today reported first quarter 2018 net loss of $(4.0) million,  or $(0.19) per share. In the first quarter of 2017,  A. H. Belo Corporation (the “Company”) reported net loss of $(4.4) million, or $(0.21) per share.

In the first quarter of 2018, on a non-GAAP basis, the Company reported operating loss adjusted for certain items (adjusted operating loss)  of $(2.5) million, a  decrease of $1.7 million,  or 198.7 percent,  when compared to adjusted operating loss of $(0.8) million reported for the first quarter of 2017.

Jim Moroney, chairman, president and Chief Executive Officer, said, During the first quarter, we grew our paid digital subscriber base by 8,036 subscribers, or 44.2 percent, over the first quarter 2017, ending the first quarter 2018 with 26,206 paid digital subscribers. It is imperative that we continue to build our base of consumer revenue and our results in the first quarter show real progress. Also, we continued to decrease our dependence on print advertising revenue. For the first quarter, total digital and marketing services revenue, excluding the impact of the new revenue guidance, was 41.1 percent of total advertising and marketing services revenue, reflecting a 430 basis point increase when compared to the 36.8 percent reported in the first quarter of 2017. Total digital and marketing services revenue was 22.4 percent of total revenue, reflecting a 110 basis point increase when compared to the 21.3 percent reported in the first quarter of 2017. Fortunately, we had implemented strong cost reduction actions in 2017, which contributed to total adjusted operating expense being 10.8 percent lower than the first quarter in the prior year.




 

A. H. Belo Corporation Announces First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

May 2, 2018

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First Quarter Results





Total revenue was $49.5 million in the first quarter of 2018,  a  decrease of $11.4 million, or 18.8 percent,  when compared to the first quarter of 2017. 

Revenue from advertising and marketing services, including print and digital revenues, was $25.7 million in the  first quarter of 2018,  a  decrease of $9.5 million, or 26.9 percent, when compared to the first quarter of 2017. The Company adopted the new revenue guidance (Topic 606) as of January 1, 2018, which requires revenue to be recorded net for certain transactions where the Company acted as an agent. Prior to adoption, such revenue was generally recorded gross. As a result of adopting this new guidance, advertising and marketing services revenue was reduced by $2.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, with the offsetting change recorded as a reduction to operating expense.

Excluding the impact of the new revenue guidance, advertising and marketing services revenue decreased $6.6 million, or 18.8 percent, when compared to the prior year period. For the first quarter of 2018, total digital and marketing services revenue was 41.1 percent of total advertising and marketing services revenue, reflecting a 430 basis point increase when compared to the 36.8 percent reported in the first quarter of 2017. Total digital and marketing services revenue was 22.4 percent of total revenue, reflecting a 110 basis point increase when compared to the 21.3 percent reported in the first quarter of 2017.

Circulation revenue was $17.7 million, a decrease of $1.4 million, or 7.4 percent, when compared to the first quarter of 2017.  The decline was primarily due to a decrease in home delivery and single copy volume. In addition, circulation revenue was reduced by $0.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018, as a result of adopting the new revenue guidance, which requires revenue to be reduced by any non-payment for the grace period in which newspapers are delivered after a subscription expires. Prior to adoption, non-payment was recorded as bad debt to operating expense.


 

A. H. Belo Corporation Announces First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

May 2, 2018

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Printing, distribution and other revenue decreased $0.6 million, or 8.7 percent, to $6.0 million,  due to a  $0.3 million decrease in commercial printing revenue and a decrease of $0.2 million related to a discontinued product line.

Total consolidated operating expense in the first quarter of 2018, on a GAAP basis, was $55.7 million, a decrease of $10.2 million, or 15.5 percent, compared to the first quarter of 2017.  Excluding the expense decrease related to the adoption of the new revenue guidance, consolidated operating expense decreased $7.1 million, or 10.8 percent, when compared to the prior year period. The decline was primarily due to decreases of $4.1 million in employee compensation and benefits expense, $1.4 million in distribution expense,  $0.6 million in newsprint expense, $0.4 million in consulting expense and $0.4 million in temporary services expense.

In the first quarter of 2018, on a non-GAAP basis, total consolidated operating expense adjusted for certain items (adjusted operating expense”) was  $55.1 million, a decrease of $6.7 million, or 10.8 percent, compared to $61.7 million of adjusted operating expense reported in the first quarter of 2017. The decline is primarily due to decreases in employee compensation and benefits,  distribution,  newsprint, consulting and temporary services expense.

The Company’s newsprint expense in the first quarter of 2018 was $2.9 million, a decrease of 6.6 percent, compared to the first quarter of 2017, due to lower circulation volumes. Newsprint consumption declined 14.3 percent to 4,999 metric tons. Compared to the first quarter of 2017, newsprint cost per metric ton increased 8.0 percent and the average purchase price per metric ton for newsprint increased 9.8 percent.




 

A. H. Belo Corporation Announces First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

May 2, 2018

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Non-GAAP Financial Measures





Reconciliations of operating loss to adjusted operating loss, total net operating revenue to adjusted operating revenue and total operating costs and expense to adjusted operating expense are included in the exhibits to this release.

 


 

A. H. Belo Corporation Announces First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

May 2, 2018

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Financial Results Conference Call





A. H. Belo Corporation will conduct a conference call on Wednesday,  May 2, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. CDT to discuss financial results. The conference call will be available via webcast by accessing the Company’s website at www.ahbelo.com/invest. An archive of the webcast will be available at www.ahbelo.com in the Investor Relations section.

To access the listen-only conference call, dial 1-866-233-3843 (USA) or 651-224-7472 (International). A replay line will be available at 1-800-475-6701 (USA) or 320-365-3844 (International) from 11:00 a.m. CDT on May 2,  2018 until 11:59 p.m. CDT on May 9,  2018. The access code for the replay is 447524.



 


 

A. H. Belo Corporation Announces First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

May 2, 2018

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About A. H. Belo Corporation





A. H. Belo Corporation is a leading local news and information publishing company with commercial printing, distribution and direct mail capabilities, as well as expertise in emerging media and digital marketing. With a continued focus on extending the Company’s media platform, A. H. Belo Corporation delivers news and information in innovative ways to a broad spectrum of audiences with diverse interests and lifestyles. For additional information, visit www.ahbelo.com or email invest@ahbelo.com.



Statements in this communication concerning A. H. Belo Corporation’s business outlook or future economic performance, anticipated profitability, revenues, expenses, dividends, capital expenditures, investments, dispositions, impairments, business initiatives, acquisitions, pension plan contributions and obligations, real estate sales, working capital, future financings and other financial and non-financial items that are not historical facts, are “forward-looking statements” as the term is defined under applicable federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those statements. Such risks, trends and uncertainties are, in most instances, beyond the Company’s control, and include changes in advertising demand and other economic conditions; consumers’ tastes; newsprint prices; program costs; labor relations; technology obsolescence; as well as other risks described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and in the Company’s other public disclosures and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements, which are as of the date of this filing, are not updated to reflect events or circumstances after the date of the statement.



 


 

 





A. H. Belo Corporation and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations







 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Three Months Ended March 31,

In thousands, except share and per share amounts (unaudited)

 

2018

 

2017

Net Operating Revenue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertising and marketing services

 

$

25,741 

 

$

35,204 

Circulation

 

 

17,747 

 

 

19,166 

Printing, distribution and other

 

 

5,965 

 

 

6,531 

Total net operating revenue

 

 

49,453 

 

 

60,901 

Operating Costs and Expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employee compensation and benefits

 

 

24,672 

 

 

28,734 

Other production, distribution and operating costs

 

 

23,014 

 

 

28,326 

Newsprint, ink and other supplies

 

 

5,311 

 

 

5,901 

Depreciation

 

 

2,473 

 

 

2,506 

Amortization

 

 

200 

 

 

200 

Asset impairments

 

 

 —

 

 

228 

Total operating costs and expense

 

 

55,670 

 

 

65,895 

Operating loss

 

 

(6,217)

 

 

(4,994)

Other income, net

 

 

888 

 

 

522 

Loss Before Income Taxes

 

 

(5,329)

 

 

(4,472)

Income tax benefit

 

 

(1,315)

 

 

(42)

Net Loss

 

$

(4,014)

 

$

(4,430)



 

 

 

 

 

 

Per Share Basis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted

 

$

(0.19)

 

$

(0.21)

Number of common shares used in the per share calculation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted

 

 

21,716,419 

 

 

21,690,371 





 


 

 

A. H. Belo Corporation and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets





 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 



 

March 31,

 

December 31,

In thousands (unaudited)

 

2018

 

2017

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

53,975 

 

$

57,660 

Accounts receivable, net

 

 

20,450 

 

 

26,740 

Assets held for sale

 

 

1,089 

 

 

1,089 

Other current assets

 

 

18,383 

 

 

16,905 

Total current assets

 

 

93,897 

 

 

102,394 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

 

30,541 

 

 

31,706 

Intangible assets, net

 

 

3,873 

 

 

4,073 

Goodwill

 

 

13,973 

 

 

13,973 

Deferred income taxes, net

 

 

6,974 

 

 

5,355 

Other assets

 

 

4,575 

 

 

5,347 

Total assets

 

$

153,833 

 

$

162,848 

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

7,737 

 

$

10,303 

Accrued compensation and other current liabilities

 

 

12,685 

 

 

12,518 

Advance subscription payments

 

 

12,233 

 

 

11,670 

Total current liabilities

 

 

32,655 

 

 

34,491 

Long-term pension liabilities

 

 

21,941 

 

 

23,038 

Other liabilities

 

 

7,113 

 

 

7,620 

Total liabilities

 

 

61,709 

 

 

65,149 

Total shareholders' equity

 

 

92,124 

 

 

97,699 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

 

$

153,833 

 

$

162,848 











 

 

 

 

 

 







 


 

 





A. H. Belo Corporation - Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Reconciliation of Operating Loss to Adjusted Operating Loss







 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Three Months Ended March 31,

In thousands (unaudited)

 

2018

 

2017

Total net operating revenue

 

$

49,453 

 

$

60,901 

Total operating costs and expense

 

 

55,670 

 

 

65,895 

Operating Loss

 

$

(6,217)

 

$

(4,994)



 

 

 

 

 

 

Total net operating revenue

 

$

49,453 

 

$

60,901 

Addback:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertising contra revenue

 

 

2,853 

 

 

 —

Circulation contra revenue

 

 

258 

 

 

 —

Adjusted Operating Revenue

 

$

52,564 

 

$

60,901 



 

 

 

 

 

 

Total operating costs and expense

 

$

55,670 

 

$

65,895 

Addback:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertising contra expense

 

 

2,853 

 

 

 —

Circulation contra expense

 

 

258 

 

 

 —

Pension and post-employment benefit

 

 

(930)

 

 

(859)

Less:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

 

2,473 

 

 

2,506 

Amortization

 

 

200 

 

 

200 

Severance expense

 

 

123 

 

 

367 

Asset impairments

 

 

 —

 

 

228 

Adjusted Operating Expense

 

$

55,055 

 

$

61,735 



 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted operating revenue

 

$

52,564 

 

$

60,901 

Adjusted operating expense

 

 

55,055 

 

 

61,735 

Adjusted Operating Loss

 

$

(2,491)

 

$

(834)



The Company adopted the new revenue guidance (Topic 606)  using the modified retrospective approach as of January 1, 2018. Results for reporting periods beginning after January 1, 2018, are presented in accordance with the new guidance, while prior period amounts are not restated. While the Company adjusts operating revenue and expense, for comparative purposes, these adjustments have no effect on adjusted operating income (loss). In addition, the Company adopted the new retirement benefits guidance (Topic 715) as of January 1, 2018, which requires net periodic pension and other post-employment expense (benefit) to be included in non-operating income (expense). As a result of adopting this new guidance,  total operating costs and expense increased $930 and $859 for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

The Company calculates adjusted operating income (loss) by adjusting operating income (loss) to include pension and post-employment benefit and exclude depreciation,  amortization, severance expense and asset impairments (“adjusted operating income (loss)”). The Company believes that inclusion of certain noncash expenses and other items in the results makes for more difficult comparisons between years and with peer group companies. Adjusted operating income (loss) is not a measure of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Management uses adjusted operating income (loss) and similar measures in internal analyses as supplemental measures of the Company’s financial performance, and for performance comparisons against its peer group of companies. Management uses this non-GAAP financial measure for the purposes of evaluating consolidated Company performance. The Company therefore believes that the non-GAAP measure presented provides useful information to investors by allowing them to view the Company’s business 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 business. Adjusted operating income (loss) should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income (loss), cash flows provided by (used for) operating activities or other comparable measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Additionally, this non-GAAP measure may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other companies.

 


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