10.01.2009 12:00 PM
Gray Regains NYSE Compliance
ATLANTA: Gray Television has received notice from the New York Stock Exchange that it’s now in compliance with listing rules. Gray (NYSE: GTN, GTN.A) was notified last Nov. 4 that the price of its common stock was trading beneath the Exchange’s required minimum. Shares must close at a minimum of $1 for 30 consecutive days to be in compliance. GTN shares fell below that last year and wound up on NYSE’s BC list.

“At the close of trading on Sept. 30, 2009, our average closing price of our common stock for the previous 30 trading days was above $1 per share. Accordingly, we have resumed compliance with all NYSE continued listing requirements and the .BC indicator following our stock symbol will be removed by the NYSE,” Gray said.

Gray’s recovery in September started after Wall Street reacted favorably to the news it would launch mobile DTV. After spending  much of the year between 75 cents and a dollar, A shares of GTN jumped to $3.45 Sept. 21 before settling back down at about $2.30, where it traded today.

Gray operates 36 television stations serving 30 markets.

Entravision received a similar notice from the Exchange today. See “Entravision Shares Come Into NYSE Compliance.”

More on Gray:
September 3, 2009: Gray Conducts Successful Mobile DTV Tests
Gray Television mobilized DTV in Omaha, the broadcast group announced today. Gray said it commenced its first successful mobile DTV signal at WOWT-TV, its NBC affiliate in Omaha, Nebr., on July 24.

August 10, 2009: Gray’s 2Q Reflects Off-political Year
Gray Television’s 36 TV stations beat the company’s own second-quarter estimates but fell short of analyst expectations. Gray (NYSE: GTN) posted a net loss of $6.6 million on revenues of $65 million for the three months ending June 30. Wachovia had GTN coming in with revenues of $66 million for the quarter.

July 22, 2009
: Gray Tapped to Run Reorganized Young Stations
Gray Television will run the 10 TV stations that went to senior lenders in the Young Broadcasting bankruptcy, pending court approval.

May 8, 2009: “Gray Television Revenues Drop 14 Percent
Gray Television’s 36 TV stations posted a net loss of $8.9 million for the first quarter, a 132 percent increase from a $3.95 million loss a year ago. Revenues were down 14 percent to $61.4 million compared to $71 million in 1Q08.

March 16, 2009: Gray Posts Loss on $339 Million Impairment
Revenues for Gray’s 36 TV stations ticked up in 2008 and 4Q08, but losses widened on impairment. Gray (NYSE: GTN) posted full-year revenues of $327 million, up 6 percent from 2007. Revenues for 4Q08 totaled $94.8 million, up 12 percent from the same period a year previous.

February 9, 2009: “Gray TV Stations Get Click-through Technology
Gray Television (NYSE: GTN) will launched interactive TV technology from Backchannelmedia, a Boston-based firm specializing in TV click-throughs.

December 30, 2008: Gray Expects $11 Million From Retrans in ’09
Gray Television announced that it has reached agreements “in principle” with 27 cable operators comprising 3.3 million subscribers. The deals on deck plus previous ones completed with EchoStar and Cox Cable are expected to generate $11 million in revenue next year, compared to $3 million in retrans revenue for 2008.

November 26, 2008: Gray TV Executes Repurchase
Gray Television has repurchased 883,200 shares of its own common stock at 20 cents per plus commission. The Atlanta broadcast group made the repurchase Nov. 21 on the open market. Gray’s board previously authorized the action, and Gray can buy another 279,200 shares of common or Class A stock under the same authorization.

July 16, 2008: Gray Television Issues $25 Million in Stock
Gray Television issued $25 million worth of Series D preferred stock in a private placement in order to make a voluntary prepayment on its outstanding term loan. Net proceeds from the placement totaled about $23 million, which reduced Gray’s term loan balance to $832.5 million.

July 2, 2008: “Gray Television Puts $65 Million Toward Debt
Gray Television made a voluntary $65 million payment on an outstanding loan on June 26. The payment left the Atlanta media company owing $858 million, compared to $925 million, on the outstanding term loan. A portion of the $69 million in proceeds from a previous $75 million Series D Stock liquidation was also used for a voluntary loan prepayment.
 


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