Gannett Anticipates Profit for 3Q09
September 29, 2009
McCLEAN, VA.: Gannett
said today it expects to post net income of between $93 million and $100
million, sans special charges, for the third quarter ending Sept. 27. After-tax
special charges are expected to come in between $26 million and $32 million.
Consolidated revenues are expected to come in at around $1.3 billion, down 18 percent
from last year and in line with the 2Q09 year-over-year decrease. Divisional
numbers weren’t broken out, but the broadcast segment is up against lucrative
events from last year.
“Our broadcast comparisons reflect the almost total absence of Olympics and
political advertising, which were approximately $50 million last year during
the third quarter, partially offset by the near tripling of retransmission fees
this year,” Gracia Martore, executive vice president and chief financial officer
Total debt at the end of the quarter is projected at $3.31 billion versus $3.51
billion at the end of 2Q. Since the end of last year, Gannett (NYSE: GCI) said
it’s debt has declined by around $504 million. It’s senior leverage ratio is
expected to be in the range of 3.04 to 3.07x, well under it’s ceiling of 3.5x.
The company anticipates its leverage ratio will remain beneath 3.5x for the
remainder of 2009.
The preliminary 3Q results are subject to finalization; those results will be
reported Oct. 19 before the markets open. Shares of Gannett gained 16 percent
on the news, up from around $10 yesterday to $11.60 this afternoon.
-- Deborah D. McAdams
More on Gannett’s operations:
July 15, 2009: “Gannett 2Q TV Revenues
Dip 20 Percent”
Gannett TV revenues fell 20 percent in the second quarter compared to last
year, with a similar slide expected for the third quarter, the company said
today. Gannett’s 23 TV stations generated $148.4 million in 2Q09 compared to
$184.8 million a year ago.
April 16, 2009 “Gannett TV Station
Revenues Drop 16 Percent”
Gannett’s 23 TV stations generated positive cash flow for the struggling media
company in 1Q09. Operating cash flow was $52.7 million in 1Q09 for the stations
and the company’s digital signage business combined. Broadcasting and DS
revenues totaled $143.5 million in the quarter compared to $170.2 million in
1Q08. The decline was attributed to weakness in the auto and retail ad
categories, and the disappearance of political advertising, which generated $5
million during the year-earlier period.
April 7, 2009 “Gannett Offers Higher
Interest in Debt Exchange”
Gannett said it has commenced a private exchange offer for $200 million in
notes due in 2011 and 2012. The media company is offering to swap $1,000 in new
10 percent senior notes due 2015 for an equal sum of 5.75 percent notes due
2011. For every $1,000 of its 6.375 percent notes due 2012, Gannett will issue
10 percent senior notes due 2016.
March 23, 2009 “Gannett Continues
Gannett is repeating the money-saving strategy of one-week furloughs in the
upcoming quarter. The company employs around 31,000 people, who were required
to take a week without pay during the first quarter of the year, saving the
company a reported $20 million.
January 30, 2009: “Gannett TV Station
Revenue Holds Steady”
Gannett’s 23 TV stations pulled in $205.6 million during 4Q08, the McLean, Va.,
multimedia company said this week in preliminary results for the period. The
stations edged out 4Q07 revenues by nearly 2 percent. Gannett nonetheless
warned that 1Q09 results would likely be down year-over-year by roughly 15
Jan. 15, 2009 “Gannett’s Game Plan”
Virginia-based media empire Gannett said it will send its entire workforce home
without pay for one week, and freeze wages for the year, to avoid cutting jobs.
The payless period is supposed take affect during the first quarter of this year.
Gannett (NYSE: GCI) has more than 31,000 employees; 3,000 cuts were announced
last August. Craig Dubow, chairman, president and CEO of Gannett, is taking the
furlough as well.