Fisher Logs Best Quarter in 10 Years
March 4, 2011
SEATTLE: Revenue at Fisher’s 20 TV stations increased 61
percent year-over-year for the fourth quarter of 2010, helping generate the
best quarter in a decade. Total TV revenues were $46.8 million compared to $29
million last year. Consolidated revenue for Fishers TV, radio and real estate
holdings totaled $57.6 million, up 49 percent from 4Q09. Net income was $8.3
million compared to $1.1 million a year earlier. The overall increase was
attributed to strong political advertising.
“We are very pleased with our fourth quarter results, which reflect Fisher’s
highest quarterly revenue during the past 10 years,” Fisher chief Colleen B.
Brown said. “The continued improvements within our traditional broadcast
business and digital portfolio contributed to a very strong year in terms of
operational performance, profitability and cash flow. We plan to leverage these
strengths as we continue to transform Fisher into a more highly diversified
local media company. In 2011, we are focused on using our multiplatform
offering to aggressively strengthen our position and pursue a larger share of
audience and local advertising in the markets we serve.”
Core TV advertising--local and national--increased 9 percent to $25 million.
Political grew by $14 million to $15.2 million for the quarter. Retransmission
revenue grew $569,000 to $3 million. The auto and retail categories grew 13 and
15 percent respectively. Professional services grew 3 percent. TV cash flow
increased by $15.3 million to $20.4 million. Income from operations increased
from $3.8 million to $17.1 million. Internet revenue more than doubled to $1.1
million, or 2.4 percent of TV revenue.
For the full fiscal year, Fisher had consolidated revenues of $175.9 million,
up 32 percent from 2009. Net income was $9.7 million compared to a loss of $9.3
million the year earlier. Net income included the $2.1 million pre-tax gain on
exchange of broadcast equipment and the $3.4 million pre-tax gain from net
insurance reimbursements received from the company's Fisher Plaza electrical
fire insurance claim.
Shares of Fisher (NASDAQ: FSCI) rose around 4 percent on its results to trade
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