Barrington Posts Loss on Declining Revenues

HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILL.: Barrington Broadcasting Group finished the second quarter with a $5.8 million loss on revenues of $24.6 million, less agency commission. Gross revenues were nearly $29 million, down 16 percent from the same quarter a year ago.

The decline was attributed to a 35 percent drop in national revenues to $6 million, and a 15 percent decrease in local revenues to $18 million. Political revenues decreased by $500,000 to $100,000.

Operating expenses for the quarter ending June 30, 2009, excluding depreciation, amortization and impairment, fell nearly 14 percent to $18.8 million. The difference reflected layoffs, joint sales and service agreements and other renegotiated contracts, Barrington said. Broadcast cash flow fell 21 percent to $7.7 million from $9.8 million a year ago.

“Although we have seen positive results from both revenue and cost-saving initiatives we put in place earlier in the year, overall revenue continues to be impacted by weakness in the local and national economies,” said Jim Yager, Barrington CEO. “However, we will continue to benefit from our bond buybacks that occurred in the first half of the year as our annual interest payments to bondholders have been reduced by approximately $7 million.”

Barrington finished the quarter with cash and equivalents of $22 million, and long-term debt of $230.7 million.

Barrington has 21 TV stations in 15 markets reaching around 3.4 percent of U.S. households.
-- Deborah D. McAdams

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May 13, 2009: “Barrington Revenues Fall 17 Percent”
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April 27, 2009:“Barrington Broadcasting Defaults”
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