November 1, 2016 Last Updated 8:23 am

Publisher of Dallas Morning News reports narrow loss, revenue falls 3.2%

DALLAS, Texas – November 1, 2016 — A. H. Belo Corporation today reported third quarter 2016 net loss attributable to A. H. Belo Corporation of $(0.5) million, or $(0.02) per share. For the same period in 2015, the Company reported net loss attributable to A. H. Belo Corporation of $(4.0) million, or $(0.18) per share.

In the third quarter of 2016, on a non-GAAP basis, the Company reported operating income excluding certain items (adjusted operating income) of $2.3 million, a decrease of $0.6 million, or 19.8 percent, over the third quarter of 2015.

Jim Moroney, chairman, president and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Our marketing services segment had a strong third quarter performance helping to mitigate the declines experienced in our publishing segment. Due to the positive financial results this year, along with our healthy cash balance, we feel we are well positioned operationally and financially. We look forward to delivering against our strategy for excellence in journalism, revenue diversification and profitability.”

Third Quarter Results from Continuing Operations

dmn-11-1-16-330Total revenue was $64.8 million in the third quarter of 2016, a decrease of $2.1 million, or 3.2 percent, when compared to the prior year period.

Revenue from advertising and marketing services, including print and digital revenues, was $38.3 million in the third quarter of 2016, a decrease of $0.9 million, or 2.2 percent, when compared to the $39.2 million reported in the third quarter of 2015. Within advertising and marketing services, total digital and marketing services revenue increased 18.7 percent to $14.0 million primarily due to organic growth associated with Speakeasy and DMV. DMV revenue increased $2.5 million, or 106.5 percent, compared to the prior year period. For the third quarter of 2016, total digital and marketing services revenue was 36.6 percent of total advertising and marketing services revenue, reflecting a 650 basis point increase when compared to the 30.1 percent reported in the third quarter of 2015. Total digital advertising and marketing services revenue was approximately 21.6 percent of total revenue, reflecting a 390 basis point increase when compared to the 17.7 percent reported in the third quarter of 2015. The growth in digital advertising and marketing services revenue partially offsets declines in print advertising revenue.

Circulation revenue was $19.6 million, a decrease of $0.6 million, or 3.2 percent, primarily due to lower home delivery and single copy volumes, partially offset by an increase in home delivery subscription rates.

Printing, distribution and other revenue decreased 8.1 percent to $6.8 million in the third quarter of 2016, primarily due to a decrease in commercial printing revenue of $0.2 million and a decrease of $0.2 million related to a CrowdSource event that occurred in the third quarter of 2015, which the Company will not host this year.

Total consolidated operating expense in the third quarter was $65.3 million, a decrease of $4.7 million, or 6.8 percent, compared to the prior year period, primarily due to a decrease in employee compensation and benefits of $3.4 million and a decrease in newsprint, ink and other supplies of $1.0 million.

The Company’s newsprint expense in the third quarter was $3.3 million, a decrease of 12.6 percent, compared to the prior year period. Newsprint consumption declined 11.8 percent to approximately 6,627 metric tons. Compared to the same period in 2015, newsprint cost per metric ton decreased 1.5 percent and the average purchase price per metric ton for newsprint increased 6.0 percent.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

A reconciliation of operating income (loss) to adjusted operating income is included in the exhibits to this release.

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