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Gannett Announces Second Quarter 2022 Results & Updated Full Year Outlook

35% Digital-Only Paid Subscriber Growth Year-Over-Year to 1.87 million Paid Subscribers

Record High Digital Marketing Solutions Core Platform Revenues of $116.4 million, up 11.2% Year-over-Year

Total Digital Revenues of $261.8 million, or 35% of Total Revenues Grew 1.5% Over Prior Year Same Store

MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 4, 2022-- Gannett Co., Inc. ("Gannett", "we", "us", "our", or the "Company") (NYSE: GCI) today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022.

“Our second quarter results and updated full year outlook reflect industry-wide headwinds in digital advertising as well as rising costs and pressures on consumers which are impacting our near-term performance. During the quarter we experienced a rapidly tightening macroeconomic environment caused by rising inflation coupled with distribution labor shortages and price sensitive consumers which has affected our traditional print business. Despite these challenges, our investments in our key operating pillars are yielding impressive results. We continue to experience considerable progress in our digital transformation and finished the quarter with 1.87 million digital paid subscribers, growing 35% year-over-year. In addition, our Digital Marketing Solutions business generated its highest quarter of core platform revenue of $116 million, and its highest quarter of core platform customers of over 16 thousand, while maintaining double-digit Adjusted EBITDA margins,” said Michael Reed, Gannett Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“Our revised guidance reflects our outlook based on current economic conditions. We are not satisfied with our overall performance in the second quarter and have quickly responded to this rapidly deteriorating economic environment by implementing a significant cost reduction program that we believe will better position the Company to realize its long-term growth goals, with a lower and more variable cost structure. The changes and reductions to our cost structure are focused primarily on our legacy print business."

"Along with strategic reductions to our cost structure, we have identified additional non-strategic and real estate assets to bring to market. We remain focused on repaying $150 million to $200 million of debt in 2022."

"While the current operating environment is challenging, we believe we can achieve our longer-term transformational digital growth goals. This current downturn is pulling forward print revenue losses anticipated in future periods, and more quickly requiring changes to our operations and cost structure which we believe will benefit us over time."

"We believe our subscription-led business model, robust balance sheet, and experienced management team put us in a solid position to weather this economic downturn and deliver long-term value to shareholders."

Second Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights:

  • Total revenues of $748.7 million decreased 6.9% compared to the second quarter of 2021
    • Same store revenues(1) decreased 6.3% compared to the second quarter of 2021
  • Total digital revenues were $261.8 million or 35% of total revenues, up 1.5% over the same period in the prior year on a same store(1) basis
  • Net loss attributable to Gannett of $53.7 million, a margin loss of 7.2%
  • Adjusted net loss attributable to Gannett(1) of $26.9 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) totaled $50.9 million, a decrease of 56.1% compared to the second quarter of 2021, with declines driven by legacy print revenue declines and inflationary pressures on labor, newsprint, distribution and fuel costs
    • Adjusted EBITDA margin(1) of 6.8%
  • Cash used for operating activities of $30.7 million
  • Free cash flow(1) usage of $43.3 million, impacted by $34.4 million of cash interest, including the first interest payment on the 2026 Senior Notes, which is payable every six months on an ongoing basis

Additional Business Highlights:

  • Digital-only paid subscribers of 1.87 million at the end of the second quarter of 2022, up 35% compared to same period in the prior year
    • Digital-only circulation revenues of $32.5 million grew 35.3% year-over-year and increased 36.7% year-over-year on a same store basis(1)
  • 165 million average monthly unique visitors in the second quarter of 2022 with 126 million average monthly unique visitors coming from our USA TODAY NETWORK (based on June 2022 Comscore Media Metrix®) and 39 million average monthly unique visitors resulting from our U.K. digital properties
  • Digital Marketing Solutions segment revenues were $118.0 million, and on a same store basis(1) increased 8.2% in the second quarter of 2022 compared to the same period in the prior year
    • Total core platform revenues(2) experienced a record high of $116.4 million in the second quarter of 2022, up 11.2% compared to the same quarter in the prior year
    • Total core platform customers of 16,200 in the second quarter of 2022 was the highest customer count since core system integration and increased 6.2% compared to the second quarter of 2021
    • Average revenue per user was $2,393 in the second quarter of 2022, increasing 4.8% compared to the second quarter of 2021
    • Net income attributable to Gannett was $4.3 million in the second quarter and Net income attributable to Gannett margin within the segment was 3.6% in the second quarter of 2022 versus 4.5% in the same quarter of the prior year
    • Adjusted EBITDA(1) within the segment was $14.3 million in the second quarter of 2022, increasing 14.2% compared to the same period in the prior year
    • Adjusted EBITDA margin(1) within the segment increased to 12.1% in the second quarter of 2022 versus 11.4% in the same quarter of the prior year
  • Total principal amount of debt outstanding as of June 30, 2022 was $1.344 billion and comprised of $855.2 million in first lien debt, which resulted in a First Lien Net Leverage(3) of 2.31x
    • During the second quarter of 2022, the Company repaid $26.9 million of debt using the proceeds from real estate and other asset sales totaling $11.8 million and its scheduled quarterly amortization of $15.1 million
  • The Company repurchased 800 thousand shares of common stock under the stock repurchase program for approximately $3.1 million, excluding commissions, during the second quarter
  • As of June 30, 2022, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $87.3 million
(1)

See "Use of Non-GAAP Information" below for information about this non-GAAP measure.

(2)

Core platform revenues is defined as revenue derived from customers utilizing our proprietary digital marketing services platform that are sold by either our direct or local market teams.

(3)

As of June 30, 2022, the First Lien Net Leverage ratio was calculated by subtracting cash on the balance sheet from the sum of both our New Senior Secured Term Loan and 6% first lien notes due November 1, 2026 (the “2026 Senior Notes”) and dividing that by Q2 2022 LTM Adjusted EBITDA. Our 6% Senior Secured Convertible Notes due 2027 are second lien as of the completion of the New Senior Secured Term Loan refinancing in October 2021.

 

Financial Highlights

in thousands

Second Quarter
2022

Revenues

$

748,660

 

Net loss attributable to Gannett

 

(53,688

)

Adjusted EBITDA(4) (non-GAAP)

 

50,851

 

Adjusted Net loss attributable to Gannett(4) (non-GAAP)

 

(26,937

)

Cash used for operating activities

 

(30,741

)

Free cash flow(4) (non-GAAP)

 

(43,269

)

(4)

Refer to "Use of Non-GAAP Information" below for the Company’s definition of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett, and Free cash flow, as well as the reconciliation of such measures to the most comparable GAAP measure.

 

Business Outlook

Based on current economic conditions, the Company is revising its full year outlook. The Company's estimates do not factor in the impact of any future acquisitions or dispositions.

 

FY 2022 Outlook

Revenues

$2.95B to $3.0B

Same-store total revenues(5)(6) Year-Over-Year

(7)% to (6)%

Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett

$(70)M to $(60)M

Cash provided by operating activities

$45M to $65M

Free cash flow(5)(6)(7) (non-GAAP)

$0 to $20M

Adjusted EBITDA(5)(6) (non-GAAP)

$270M to $300M

Ending Digital-only subscribers

2.0M to 2.2M

(5)

Refer to "Use of Non-GAAP Information" below for the Company’s definition of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett, Same-store total revenues, and Free cash flow, as well as the reconciliation of such measures to the most comparable GAAP measure.

(6)

Refer to "Business Outlook" on Tables 11, 12 and 13 below for a reconciliation of non-GAAP outlook measures to corresponding GAAP measures.

(7)

Capital expenditures are assumed at $40 million to $45 million for full year 2022. Figure does not include asset disposition proceeds which we estimate will be approximately $60 million to $70 million in 2022.

 

Earnings Conference Call

Management will host a conference call on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time. A copy of the earnings release will be posted to the Investor Relations section of Gannett’s website, investors.gannett.com. The conference call may be accessed by dialing 1-877-451-6152 (from within the U.S.) or 1-201-389-0879 (from outside of the U.S.) ten minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call; please reference "Gannett Second Quarter Earnings Call" or access code "13724045". A simultaneous webcast of the conference call will be available to the public on a listen-only basis at investors.gannett.com. Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the website and download any necessary software required to listen to the internet broadcast. A telephonic replay of the conference call will also be available approximately two hours following the call’s completion through 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on Thursday, August 18, 2022 by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (from within the U.S.) or 1-412-317-6671 (from outside of the U.S.); please reference access code "13724045".

About Gannett

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is a subscription-led and digitally-focused media and marketing solutions company committed to empowering communities to thrive. With an unmatched reach at the national and local level, Gannett touches the lives of millions with our Pulitzer Prize-winning content, consumer experiences and benefits, and advertiser products and services. Our current portfolio of media assets includes USA TODAY, local media organizations in 45 states in the U.S., and Newsquest, a wholly owned subsidiary operating in the United Kingdom with more than 150 local news media brands. Gannett also owns digital marketing services companies branded LOCALiQ, and runs one of the largest media-owned events business in the U.S., USATODAY NETWORK Ventures. To connect with us, visit www.gannett.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain items in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, our Business Outlook, statements regarding our business outlook, digital revenue performance and growth, growth in our Digital Marketing Solutions segment, growth of and demand for our digital-only subscriptions and digital marketing and advertising services, any future share repurchases, including under our stock repurchase program, expectations regarding our free cash flows, revenues, income attributable to Gannett, same-store revenues and cash flows, expectations regarding our growth rate and inflection point, including growth in revenues and Adjusted EBITDA, our ability to create long-term stockholder value, our expectations, in terms of both amount and timing, with respect to debt repayment, our expected capital expenditures, expectations regarding real estate and other asset sales, our strategy, our ability to achieve our operating priorities, our long-term opportunities, economic impacts, our cost reduction programs, our cost structure and future revenue trends and our ability to influence trends. Words such as "expect(s)", believes(s)", "will", "outlook", "estimate(s)", "project(s)" and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. These and other risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, many of which are beyond our control. The Company can give no assurance its expectations will be attained. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements contained in this press release. For a discussion of some of the risks and important factors that could cause actual results to differ from such forward-looking statements, see the risks and other factors detailed from time to time in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Furthermore, new risks and uncertainties emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to predict or assess the impact of every factor that may cause its actual results to differ from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Except to the extent required by law, the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Company’s expectations with regard thereto or change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

 

GANNETT CO., INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

Table No. 1

 

 

 

In thousands, except share data

June 30, 2022

 

December 31, 2021

Assets

(Unaudited)

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

87,331

 

 

$

130,756

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $11,967 and $16,470 as of June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively

 

289,813

 

 

 

328,733

 

Inventories

 

34,981

 

 

 

37,662

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

75,392

 

 

 

80,110

 

Total current assets

 

487,517

 

 

 

577,261

 

Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $359,248 and $336,500 as of June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively

 

372,375

 

 

 

415,384

 

Operating lease assets

 

257,361

 

 

 

271,935

 

Goodwill

 

540,491

 

 

 

533,709

 

Intangible assets, net

 

666,678

 

 

 

713,153

 

Deferred tax assets

 

 

 

 

32,399

 

Pension and other assets

 

329,228

 

 

 

284,228

 

Total assets

$

2,653,650

 

 

$

2,828,069

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and equity

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

320,699

 

 

$

357,014

 

Deferred revenue

 

174,112

 

 

 

184,838

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

60,846

 

 

 

69,456

 

Other current liabilities

 

49,699

 

 

 

51,218

 

Total current liabilities

 

605,356

 

 

 

662,526

 

Long-term debt

 

760,954

 

 

 

769,446

 

Convertible debt

 

399,319

 

 

 

393,354

 

Deferred tax liabilities

 

10,702

 

 

 

28,812

 

Pension and other postretirement benefit obligations

 

67,554

 

 

 

71,937

 

Long-term operating lease liabilities

 

242,262

 

 

 

254,969

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

109,595

 

 

 

117,410

 

Total noncurrent liabilities

 

1,590,386

 

 

 

1,635,928

 

Total liabilities

 

2,195,742

 

 

 

2,298,454

 

Commitments and contingent liabilities

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

Preferred stock, $0.01 par value per share, 300,000 shares authorized, of which 150,000 shares are designated as Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock, none of which were issued and outstanding at June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock, $0.01 par value per share, 2,000,000,000 shares authorized, 152,597,534 shares issued and 146,787,563 shares outstanding at June 30, 2022; 144,667,389 shares issued and 142,299,399 shares outstanding at December 31, 2021

 

1,526

 

 

 

1,446

 

Treasury stock, at cost, 5,809,971 shares and 2,367,990 shares at June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively

 

(14,700

)

 

 

(8,151

)

Additional paid-in capital

 

1,402,652

 

 

 

1,400,206

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(978,054

)

 

 

(921,399

)

Accumulated other comprehensive income

 

46,747

 

 

 

59,998

 

Total Gannett stockholders equity

 

458,171

 

 

 

532,100

 

Noncontrolling interests

 

(263

)

 

 

(2,485

)

Total equity

 

457,908

 

 

 

529,615

 

Total liabilities and equity

$

2,653,650

 

 

$

2,828,069

 

 

GANNETT CO., INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)

 

Table No. 2

Three months ended June 30,

In thousands, except per share amounts

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

Advertising and marketing services

$

383,609

 

 

$

420,110

 

Circulation

 

274,624

 

 

 

310,259

 

Other

 

90,427

 

 

 

73,906

 

Total operating revenues

 

748,660

 

 

 

804,275

 

Operating costs

 

476,002

 

 

 

473,172

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

227,836

 

 

 

222,904

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

49,530

 

 

 

48,242

 

Integration and reorganization costs

 

15,745

 

 

 

8,444

 

Asset impairments

 

85

 

 

 

 

Loss on sale or disposal of assets, net

 

372

 

 

 

5,294

 

Other operating expenses

 

314

 

 

 

774

 

Total operating expenses

 

769,884

 

 

 

758,830

 

Operating income (loss)

 

(21,224

)

 

 

45,445

 

Interest expense

 

26,084

 

 

 

35,264

 

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

 

749

 

 

 

2,834

 

Non-operating pension income

 

(18,160

)

 

 

(23,906

)

Other non-operating expense (income), net

 

1,645

 

 

 

(1,148

)

Non-operating expenses

 

10,318

 

 

 

13,044

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

 

(31,542

)

 

 

32,401

 

Provision for income taxes

 

22,158

 

 

 

17,692

 

Net income (loss)

 

(53,700

)

 

 

14,709

 

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

(12

)

 

 

(406

)

Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett

$

(53,688

)

 

$

15,115

 

 

 

 

 

Interest adjustment to Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett to assumed conversions of the 2027 Notes, net of taxes

$

 

 

$

7,470

 

Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett for diluted earnings per share

$

(53,688

)

 

$

22,585

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) per share attributable to Gannett - basic

$

(0.39

)

 

$

0.11

 

Income (loss) per share attributable to Gannett - diluted

$

(0.39

)

 

$

0.10

 

 
GANNETT CO., INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
 

Table No. 3

Six months ended June 30,

In thousands

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

Operating activities

 

 

 

Net loss

$

(56,802

)

 

$

(127,992

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to operating cash flows:

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

97,313

 

 

 

106,345

 

Share-based compensation expense

 

8,778

 

 

 

9,202

 

Non-cash interest expense

 

10,641

 

 

 

11,531

 

Loss (gain) on sale or disposal of assets, net

 

(2,432

)

 

 

10,039

 

Loss on convertible notes derivative

 

 

 

 

126,600

 

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

 

3,492

 

 

 

22,235

 

Asset impairments

 

939

 

 

 

833

 

Pension and other postretirement benefit obligations

 

(51,353

)

 

 

(78,038

)

Change in other assets and liabilities, net

 

(8,888

)

 

 

11,832

 

Cash provided by operating activities

 

1,688

 

 

 

92,587

 

Investing activities

 

 

 

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

 

(15,432

)

 

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

(23,292

)

 

 

(15,821

)

Proceeds from sale of real estate and other assets

 

29,623

 

 

 

23,341

 

Change in other investing activities

 

(548

)

 

 

(335

)

Cash provided by (used for) investing activities

 

(9,649

)

 

 

7,185

 

Financing activities

 

 

 

Payments of deferred financing costs

 

(957

)

 

 

(33,921

)

Borrowings under term loans

 

80,000

 

 

 

1,045,000

 

Repayments under term loans

 

(74,879

)

 

 

(1,129,605

)

Repayments of long-term debt

 

(30,000

)

 

 

 

Acquisition of noncontrolling interests

 

(2,050

)

 

 

 

Treasury stock

 

(6,529

)

 

 

(2,030

)

Changes in other financing activities

 

(632

)

 

 

(423

)

Cash used for financing activities

 

(35,047

)

 

 

(120,979

)

Effect of currency exchange rate change on cash

 

(1,140

)

 

 

625

 

Decrease in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

(44,148

)

 

 

(20,582

)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

 

143,619

 

 

 

206,726

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

99,471

 

 

$

186,144

 

 

GANNETT CO., INC.
SEGMENT INFORMATION

(Unaudited)

 

Table No. 4

Three months ended June 30,

In thousands

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

Operating revenues:

 

 

 

Gannett Media

$

664,844

 

 

$

724,545

 

Digital Marketing Solutions

 

118,013

 

 

 

110,037

 

Corporate and Other

 

1,408

 

 

 

1,705

 

Intersegment eliminations

 

(35,605

)

 

 

(32,012

)

Total

$

748,660

 

 

$

804,275

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA:

 

 

 

Gannett Media

$

50,856

 

 

$

114,189

 

Digital Marketing Solutions

 

14,306

 

 

 

12,529

 

Corporate and Other

 

(14,311

)

 

 

(10,949

)

Total

$

50,851

 

 

$

115,769

 

 

USE OF NON-GAAP INFORMATION

The Company uses non-GAAP financial performance and liquidity measures to supplement the financial information presented on a U.S. GAAP basis. These non-GAAP financial measures, which may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies, should not be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for the related U.S. GAAP measures and should be read together with financial information presented on a U.S. GAAP basis.

The Company defines its non-GAAP measures as follows:

  • Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP performance measure the Company believes offers a useful view of the overall and segment operations of our business. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett before: (1) Income tax expense (benefit), (2) Interest expense, (3) Gains or losses on the early extinguishment of debt, (4) Non-operating pension income, (5) Loss on convertible notes derivative, (6) Depreciation and amortization, (7) Integration and reorganization costs, (8) Other operating expenses, including third-party debt expenses and acquisition costs, (9) Asset impairments, (10) Goodwill and intangible impairments, (11) Gains or losses on the sale or disposal of assets, (12) Share-based compensation, and (13) certain other non-recurring charges. The most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure is Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett.
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin is a non-GAAP performance measure the Company believes offers a useful view of the overall and segment operations of our business. Adjusted EBITDA margin is defined as Adjusted EBITDA divided by total Operating revenues.
  • Adjusted Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett is a non-GAAP performance measure the Company believes offers a useful view of the overall operations of our business and is useful to analysts and investors in evaluating the results of operations and operational trends. The Company defines Adjusted Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett before (1) Gains or losses on the early extinguishment of debt, (2) Loss on convertible notes derivative, (3) Integration and reorganization costs, (4) Other operating expenses, including third-party debt expenses and acquisition costs, (5) Asset impairments, (6) Goodwill and intangibles impairments, (7) Gains or losses on the sale or disposal of assets, (8) certain other non-recurring charges, and (9) the tax impact of the above items.
  • Free cash flow is a non-GAAP liquidity measure that adjusts our reported U.S. GAAP results for items we believe are critical to the ongoing success of our business. The Company defines Free cash flow as Cash provided by (used for) operating activities as reported on the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows less capital expenditures, which results in a figure representing Free cash flow available for use in operations, additional investments, debt obligations, and returns to stockholders. The most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure is Cash provided by (used for) operating activities.
  • Same store revenues is a non-GAAP performance measure based on GAAP revenues for Gannett for the current period, excluding (1) acquired revenues (2) currency impact, and (3) exited operations.

Management’s Use of Non-GAAP Measures

Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Adjusted Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett, Free cash flow and Same store revenues are not measurements of financial performance under U.S. GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to income from operations, net income (loss), margin, revenues, cash flow provided by (used for) operating activities, or any other measure of performance or liquidity derived in accordance with U.S. GAAP. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures, as we have defined them, are helpful in identifying trends in our day-to-day performance because the items excluded have little or no significance on our day-to-day operations. These measures provide an assessment of controllable expenses and afford management the ability to make decisions which are expected to facilitate meeting current financial goals as well as achieve optimal financial performance.

We use Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Adjusted Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett, Free cash flow and Same store revenues as measures of our day-to-day operating performance, which is evidenced by the publishing and delivery of news and other media and excludes certain expenses that may not be indicative of our day-to-day business operating results.

Limitations of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Adjusted Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett, Free cash flow and Same store revenues

Each of our non-GAAP measures have limitations as analytical tools. They should not be viewed in isolation or as a substitute for U.S. GAAP measures of earnings or cash flows. Material limitations in making the adjustments to our earnings to calculate Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett using these non-GAAP financial measures as compared to U.S. GAAP net income (loss) include: the cash portion of interest / financing expense, income tax (benefit) provision, and charges related to asset impairments, which may significantly affect our financial results.

Management believes these items are important in evaluating our performance, results of operations, and financial position. We use non-GAAP financial measures to supplement our U.S. GAAP results in order to provide a more complete understanding of the factors and trends affecting our business.

Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Adjusted Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett, Free cash flow and Same store revenues are not alternatives to net income, margin, income from operations, cash flows provided by (used for) operations or revenues as calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. As such, they should not be considered or relied upon as substitutes or alternatives for any such U.S. GAAP financial measure. We strongly urge you to review the reconciliations of Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett to Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett to Adjusted Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett, Cash provided by (used for) operations to Free cash flow and Revenues to Same Store revenues along with our Consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this report. We also strongly urge you not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our business. In addition, because Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Adjusted Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett, Free cash flow and Same store revenues are not measures of financial performance under U.S. GAAP and are susceptible to varying calculations, the Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Adjusted Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett, Free cash flow and Same store revenues measures as presented in this report may differ from and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

Non-GAAP Outlook

Our 2022 outlook included in this release includes certain non-GAAP measures, including Same store revenues, Adjusted EBITDA and Free cash flow. The outlook for these items assumes no substantial pandemic-related business continuity issues in 2022 and does not factor in the impact of any further acquisitions or dispositions within 2022. We have provided these non-GAAP measures for future guidance for the same reasons that were outlined above for historical non-GAAP measures.

We have not fully reconciled non-GAAP forward-looking Same store revenues, Adjusted EBITDA and Free cash flow to its most directly comparable GAAP measure because the Company is unable to predict with reasonable certainty those items that may affect such measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP without unreasonable effort. These reconciling items are uncertain, depend on various factors and could significantly impact, either individually or in the aggregate, our comparable GAAP measures. For forward-looking Adjusted EBITDA and Same store revenues, the reconciliation is unavailable because it would include forward-looking financial statements in accordance with GAAP that are unavailable without unreasonable effort. For these reasons, we use a projected range of the aggregate amount of certain items in order to calculate our projected non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA outlook (see Table 11 below), our projected non-GAAP Same Store revenues outlook (see Table 12 below) as well as our projected non-GAAP Free cash flow outlook (see Table 13 below). Accordingly, we are unable to provide a full reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures used in our outlook without unreasonable effort as certain information necessary to calculate such measures on a GAAP basis is unavailable, dependent on future events outside of our control and cannot be predicted without unreasonable efforts by the Company.

 

GANNETT CO., INC.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
ADJUSTED EBITDA
(Unaudited)

 

Table No. 5

Three months ended June 30, 2022

In thousands

Gannett Media

 

Digital
Marketing
Solutions

 

Corporate and
Other

 

Consolidated
Total

Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett

$

19,145

 

 

$

4,306

 

 

$

(77,139

)

 

$

(53,688

)

Provision for income taxes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22,158

 

 

 

22,158

 

Interest expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26,084

 

 

 

26,084

 

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

749

 

 

 

749

 

Non-operating pension income

 

(18,160

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(18,160

)

Depreciation and amortization

 

38,558

 

 

 

6,829

 

 

 

4,143

 

 

 

49,530

 

Integration and reorganization costs

 

11,041

 

 

 

293

 

 

 

4,411

 

 

 

15,745

 

Other operating expenses

 

34

 

 

 

 

 

 

280

 

 

 

314

 

Asset impairments

 

85

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

85

 

Loss on sale or disposal of assets, net

 

353

 

 

 

19

 

 

 

 

 

 

372

 

Share-based compensation expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,385

 

 

 

5,385

 

Other items

 

(200

)

 

 

2,859

 

 

 

(382

)

 

 

2,277

 

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP basis)

$

50,856

 

 

$

14,306

 

 

$

(14,311

)

 

$

50,851

 

Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett margin

 

2.9

%

 

 

3.6

%

 

 

NM

 

 

 

(7.2

) %

Adjusted EBITDA margin (non-GAAP basis)

 

7.6

%

 

 

12.1

%

 

 

NM

 

 

 

6.8

%

NM indicates not meaningful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended June 30, 2021

In thousands

Gannett Media

 

Digital
Marketing
Solutions

 

Corporate and
Other

 

Consolidated
Total

Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett

$

96,431

 

 

$

4,904

 

 

$

(86,220

)

 

$

15,115

 

Provision for income taxes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17,692

 

 

 

17,692

 

Interest expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35,264

 

 

 

35,264

 

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,834

 

 

 

2,834

 

Non-operating pension income

 

(23,906

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(23,906

)

Depreciation and amortization

 

36,416

 

 

 

7,850

 

 

 

3,976

 

 

 

48,242

 

Integration and reorganization costs

 

(197

)

 

 

204

 

 

 

8,437

 

 

 

8,444

 

Other operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

774

 

 

 

774

 

Loss (gain) on sale or disposal of assets, net

 

5,890

 

 

 

(527

)

 

 

(69

)

 

 

5,294

 

Share-based compensation expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,779

 

 

 

5,779

 

Other items

 

(445

)

 

 

98

 

 

 

584

 

 

 

237

 

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP basis)

$

114,189

 

 

$

12,529

 

 

$

(10,949

)

 

$

115,769

 

Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett margin

 

13.3

%

 

 

4.5

%

 

 

NM

 

 

 

1.9

%

Adjusted EBITDA margin (non-GAAP basis)

 

15.8

%

 

 

11.4

%

 

 

NM

 

 

 

14.4

%

NM indicates not meaningful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
GANNETT CO., INC.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
ADJUSTED NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO GANNETT
(Unaudited)
 

Table No. 6

Three months ended June 30,

In thousands

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett

$

(53,688

)

 

$

15,115

 

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

 

749

 

 

 

2,834

 

Integration and reorganization costs

 

15,745

 

 

 

8,444

 

Other operating expenses

 

314

 

 

 

774

 

Asset impairments

 

85

 

 

 

 

Loss on sale or disposal of assets, net

 

372

 

 

 

5,294

 

Subtotal

 

(36,423

)

 

 

32,461

 

Tax impact of above items

 

9,486

 

 

 

(2,403

)

Adjusted Net income (loss) attributable to Gannett (non-GAAP basis)

$

(26,937

)

 

$

30,058

 

GANNETT CO., INC.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
FREE CASH FLOW
(Unaudited)

 

Table No. 7

 

 

In thousands

Three months ended
June 30, 2022

Three months ended
June 30, 2021

Cash provided by (used for) operating activities (GAAP basis)

$

(30,741

)

$

31,271

 

Capital expenditures

 

(12,528

)

 

(8,214

)

Free cash flow (non-GAAP basis)(1)

$

(43,269

)

$

23,057

 

(1)

Free cash flow for the three months ended June 30, 2022 and 2021 was negatively impacted by integration and reorganization costs of $15.8 million and $17.8 million, respectively, and for both the three months ended June 30, 2022 and 2021 other costs of $1.2 million.

 

GANNETT CO., INC.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
SAME STORE REVENUES - CONSOLIDATED
(Unaudited)

 

Table No. 8

Three months ended June 30,

In thousands

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

% Change

Total revenues

$

748,660

 

$

804,275

 

(6.9) %

Acquired revenues

 

(14,565)

 

 

 

***

Currency impact

 

6,008

 

 

 

***

Exited operations(1)

 

 

 

(14,621)

 

***

Same store total revenues

$

740,103

 

$

789,654

 

(6.3) %

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertising and marketing services revenues

$

383,609

 

$

420,110

 

(8.7) %

Acquired revenues

 

(8,671)

 

 

 

***

Currency impact

 

3,716

 

 

 

***

Exited operations(1)

 

 

 

(12,506)

 

***

Same store advertising and marketing services revenues

$

378,654

 

$

407,604

 

(7.1) %

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circulation revenues

$

274,624

 

$

310,259

 

(11.5) %

Acquired revenues

 

(4,088)

 

 

 

***

Currency impact

 

1,652

 

 

 

***

Exited operations(1)

 

 

 

(1,894)

 

***

Same store circulation revenues

$

272,188

 

$

308,365

 

(11.7) %

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other revenues

$

90,427

 

$

73,906

 

22.4 %

Acquired revenues

 

(1,806)

 

 

 

***

Currency impact

 

640

 

 

 

***

Exited operations(1)

 

 

 

(221)

 

***

Same store other revenues

$

89,261

 

$

73,685

 

21.1 %

*** Indicates a percentage change greater than 100.

(1)

In 2022, exited operations include (i) businesses divested and (ii) the elimination of stand-alone print products discontinued within the publishing markets.

 

GANNETT CO., INC.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
SAME STORE REVENUES - DIGITAL REVENUES
(Unaudited)

 

Table No. 9

Three months ended June 30,

In thousands

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

% Change

Total Digital revenues

$

261,768

 

$

259,307

 

0.9 %

Acquired revenues

 

(2,352)

 

 

 

***

Currency impact

 

2,572

 

 

 

***

Exited operations(1)

 

 

 

(1,201)

 

***

Same store total digital revenues

$

261,988

 

$

258,106

 

1.5 %

*** Indicates a percentage change greater than 100.

(1)

In 2022, exited operations include (i) businesses divested and (ii) the elimination of stand-alone print products discontinued within the publishing markets.

 

GANNETT CO., INC.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
SAME STORE REVENUES - DIGITAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS SEGMENT
(Unaudited)

 

Table No. 10

Three months ended June 30,

In thousands

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

% Change

Total revenues - Digital Marketing Solutions

$

118,013

 

$

110,037

 

7.2 %

Currency impact

 

664

 

 

 

***

Exited operations

 

 

 

(314)

 

***

Same store total revenues - Digital Marketing Solutions

$

118,677

 

$

109,723

 

8.2 %

*** Indicates a percentage change greater than 100.

 

GANNETT CO., INC.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
BUSINESS OUTLOOK - 2022 GUIDANCE(1)(2)
ADJUSTED EBITDA
(Unaudited)

 

Table No. 11

Full Year 2022

Net loss attributable to Gannett

$(70)M to $(60)M

Provision for income taxes

$20M to $25M

Interest expense

$105M to 110M

Non-operating pension income

~$(70)M

Depreciation and amortization

~$190M

Integration and reorganization costs

$65M to $85M

Share-based compensation expense

$20M to $25M

Other items

~$5M

Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP basis)

$270M to $300M

(1)

Projections are based on Company estimates as of August 4, 2022 and are provided solely for illustrative purposes. Actual results may vary. The Company undertakes no obligation to update this information. Additionally, the Company's estimates do not factor in the impact of any future acquisitions or dispositions. The Company’s future financial results could differ materially from the Company’s current estimates.

(2)

For forward-looking Adjusted EBITDA, the reconciliation is unavailable without unreasonable effort. For this reason, we use a projected range of the aggregate amount of certain items in order to calculate our projected non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA outlook.

 

GANNETT CO., INC.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
BUSINESS OUTLOOK - 2022 GUIDANCE(1)(2)
SAME STORE REVENUES
(Unaudited)

 

 

Twelve months ended
December 31, 2021
(Est.)

 

Twelve months ended
December 31, 2022
(Est.)(3)

Table No. 12

 

Total revenues

$3,208M (4)

 

$2,950M to $3,000M

Acquired revenues

 

$(45)M to $(40)M

Currency impact

 

$20M to $25M

Exited operations

$(60)M to $(55)M(5)

 

Same store total revenues

$3,148M to $3,153M

 

$2,930M to $2,980M

(1)

Projections are based on Company estimates as of August 4, 2022 and are provided solely for illustrative purposes. Actual results may vary. The Company undertakes no obligation to update this information. Additionally, the Company's estimates do not factor in the impact of any future acquisitions or dispositions. The Company’s future financial results could differ materially from the Company’s current estimates.

(2)

For forward-looking Same store revenues, the reconciliation is unavailable without unreasonable effort. For this reason, we use a projected range of the aggregate amount of certain items in order to calculate our projected non-GAAP Same store revenues outlook.

(3)

In 2022, exited operations include (i) businesses divested and (ii) the elimination of stand-alone print products discontinued within the publishing markets.

(4)

Total revenues as reported.

(5)

Estimated to reflect adjustments for operations expected to be exited during the same period in fiscal 2022 based on current expectations regarding exit timing and specific products and operations to be exited.

 

GANNETT CO., INC.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
BUSINESS OUTLOOK - 2022 GUIDANCE(1)(2)
FREE CASH FLOW
(Unaudited)

 

Table No. 13

Full Year 2022

Cash provided by operating activities (GAAP basis)

$45M to $65M

Capital expenditures

~$45M

Free cash flow (non-GAAP basis)

$0 to $20M

(1)

Projections are based on Company estimates as of August 4, 2022 and are provided solely for illustrative purposes. Actual results may vary. The Company undertakes no obligation to update this information. Additionally, the Company's estimates do not factor in the impact of any future acquisitions or dispositions. The Company’s future financial results could differ materially from the Company’s current estimates.

(2)

For forward-looking Free cash flow, the reconciliation is unavailable without unreasonable effort. For this reason, we use a projected range of the aggregate amount of certain items in order to calculate our projected non-GAAP Free cash flow outlook.

 

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Source: Gannett Co., Inc.