Gray Television Cuts Losses in 2009
ATLANTA: After a rough month in which Gray Television narrowly
diverted default, the broadcast group posted reduced losses for the fourth
quarter of 2009 and the full year.
Gray’s full-year loss was $40.2 million, or 83 cents a share, compared to
$208.6 million or $4.32 a share in 2008. Full-year revenues were $270.4
million, down 17 percent on reduced local, national, political and Internet ad
revenues. Political alone was down 79 percent to $10 million.
For 4Q09, Gray posted a net loss of $6.5 million compared to $206 million in
4Q08, when it took a $338.7 million impairment charge on broadcast licenses.
The hefty impairment wasn’t the sole source of Gray’s reduced losses. The
company’s 4Q09 $6.5 million loss is down from a 3Q09 loss of nearly $10
million. Revenues for the fourth quarter totaled $77.5 million, down 18 percent
from a year earlier, though up from $66.4 million in the third quarter.
Details for 4Q09 include:
Local revenue up 5 percent to $47.1 million.
National revenue down 1 percent to $15.9 million.
Internet revenue flat at $3.2 million.
Political revenue down 82, percent to $5 million.
Retransmission revenue up 346 percent to $3.7 million.
Production and other revenue down 10 percent to $1.9 million.
Consulting revenue from the Young Broadcasting agreement totaled $600,000.
Details for the full year:
Local fell 8 percent to $170.8 million.
National fell 21 percent to $53.9 million.
Internet revenue dropped 4 percent to $11.4 million.
Political fell 79 percent to $10 million.
Retransmission grew fourfold to $15.6 million.
Production and other revenue fell 13 percent to $7.1 million.
Young Broadcasting yielded $900,000.
Gray ended the year with $16 million in cash and $791.8 million in long-term
debt. The company owns 36 TV stations and runs 10 Young Broadcasting stations that
ended up in the hands of that company’s senior lenders following a bankruptcy
Gray warned of default last month and then averted it by renegotiating terms on
its senior credit facility. The company issued guidance for the quarter just
ending March 31 of a 14 percent increase in revenues to $70 million, with
political contributing $2.8 million, up 178 percent from 1Q09. Local is
expected to be up 11 percent, and national, sans political, is tracking up by 9
percent. Retrans revenues are expected to total $4.5 million, up by $900,000.
Despite the increases, Gray missed estimates from Reuters analysts, who
anticipated first-quarter revenues of $72.3 million. The stock was unaffected
by the potential miss, however, jumping 10 percent to $2.71 in mid-afternoon
Deborah D. McAdams
31, 2010: “Gray Television Avoids
Among other parameters, the amendment resets the leverage ratio at 9x for
the quarter ending March 31. The previous ratio was 8.75x, set to drop today to
7x. Gray warned March 15 that it would likely default at that factor.
March 15, 2010: “Gray Warns
Gray Television today warned that it would likely fall out of leverage compliance
at the end of the month.
November 9, 2009: “Gray Swings to $10
Gray Television shares dropped 20 percent this
morning after the broadcaster reported a third-quarter loss of nearly $10
October 15, 2009 : “Gray Increases Guidance for 3Q”
Gray Television, expects third-quarter results
will be better than previously anticipated.
October 1, 2009 : “Gray Regains NYSE Compliance”
Gray was notified last Nov. 4 that the price of
its common stock was trading beneath the Exchange’s required minimum
September 3, 2009 : “Gray Conducts Successful Mobile DTV Tests”
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 posted a net loss of $6.6 million on revenues
of $65 million for the three months ending June 30.
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.
May 8, 2009 : “Gray Television Revenues Drop 14 Percent”
Revenues at Gray Television’s 36 TV stations were
down 14 percent to $61.4 million compared to $71 million in 1Q08.
March 16, 2009 : “Gray Posts Loss on $339 Million Impairment”
Gray 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 will launched interactive TV
technology from Backchannelmedia, a Boston-based firm specializing in TV
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
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.
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 to make a prepayment on its
outstanding term loan.
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.