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Journal Communications Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Results; Records a Non-Cash Impairment Charge

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MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 12, 2009-- Journal Communications, Inc. (NYSE:JRN) today announced results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 28, 2008.

Note that unless otherwise indicated, all comparisons are to the fourth quarter ended December 30, 2007.

For the fourth quarter 2008, revenue of $134.3 million decreased 9.0% compared to $147.6 million. The net loss was $223.0 million, which included a $228.7 million after-tax non-cash impairment charge for goodwill and certain television and radio broadcast licenses and a $0.7 million after-tax charge for our workforce reductions. This compares to net earnings of $9.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2007, which included a $0.3 million after-tax non-cash impairment charge for goodwill, a $2.0 million after-tax charge for workforce reductions and a $0.8 million loss from discontinued operations. Excluding the impairment and workforce reduction charges, earnings from continuing operations were $6.4 million compared to $12.5 million, a decrease of 48.8%.

In the fourth quarter 2008, basic and diluted net loss per share of class A and B common stock were $4.46 for both. Excluding the non-cash impairment and workforce reduction charges, basic and diluted earnings per share of class A and B common stock were $0.12 for both. This compared to net earnings per share of $0.15 for both in 2007. Excluding the non-cash impairment and workforce reduction charges last year, basic and diluted earnings per share of class A and B common stock were $0.19 for both. Basic and diluted loss per share of class A and B common stock from continuing operations were $4.46 for both compared to earnings per share of $0.16 for both. Basic and diluted loss per share of class A and B common stock from discontinued operations were $0.00 for both compared to $0.01 for both.

For the full year 2008, revenue of $544.9 million decreased 6.5% compared to $582.7 million. The net loss was $224.4 million, which included a $253.0 million after-tax non-cash impairment charge for goodwill and various television and radio broadcast licenses and a $3.2 million after-tax charge for our workforce reductions. This compares to net earnings of $110.1 million in 2007, which included a $0.3 million after-tax non-cash impairment charge for goodwill, a $2.0 million after-tax charge for workforce reductions and a $67.1 million gain from discontinued operations. Excluding the impairment charges and the workforce reduction charge, earnings from continuing operations were $31.4 million compared to $45.3 million, a decrease of 30.7%.

For the full year 2008, basic and diluted net loss per share of class A and B common stock were $4.36 for both. This compared to net earnings per share of $1.67 and $1.65, respectively. Basic and diluted loss per share of class A and B common stock from continuing operations were $4.37 for both compared to earnings per share of $0.65 for both. Excluding the after-tax non-cash impairment and workforce reduction charges, basic and diluted earnings per share of class A and B common stock from continuing operations were $0.55 for both compared to $0.68 for both. Basic and diluted earnings per share of class A and B common stock from discontinued operations were $0.01 for both compared to $1.02 and $1.00, respectively.

“The overall economic environment and continued deterioration of advertising expenditures in Journal markets impacted our business in the fourth quarter causing lower revenue across all segments,” said Steven J. Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of Journal Communications. “Fourth quarter total publishing revenue was off just over 10% and total broadcast revenue was off just over 6%. Overall Journal Communications revenue decreased 9.0% in the quarter and 6.5% in 2008. To date in the first quarter, we continue to see revenue declines across all of our businesses.

“While economic challenges compound the ongoing changes in our industry, we remain focused on building audiences and serving our customers in our local markets. At the same time, we are looking at all expenditures in our business, reducing expenses wherever feasible. We are leaner as we reduced our cost platforms to better align all of our costs with our revenues. We have more work to do. Going forward in 2009, our priorities will include maximization of cash generation and identification of new sources of revenue. We will continue to focus on expense reduction and cost control and we expect to use our cash to further reduce debt.

“We are optimistic that advertisers see the value in our local market products and services and will continue to value our strong brands.”

Consolidated

For the fourth quarter, revenue of $134.3 million decreased 9.0% compared to $147.6 million. The operating loss was $324.9 million compared to operating earnings of $18.0 million. The following unusual charges were recorded during the fourth quarter:

Fourth quarter 2008

  • Pre-tax non-cash impairment of goodwill and broadcast licenses - $336.3 million ($228.7 million after-tax),
  • Pre-tax workforce reduction charge recorded at all segments - $1.2 million ($0.7 million after-tax),
  • Excluding these charges, operating earnings were $12.6 million.
  • Negative impact of these charges on basic and diluted earnings per share of class A and B common stock - $4.58 for both,

Fourth quarter 2007

  • Pre-tax non-cash impairment of goodwill - $0.4 million ($0.3 million after-tax),
  • Pre-tax workforce reduction charge recorded at publishing - $3.1 million ($2.0 million after-tax),
  • Excluding these charges, operating earnings were $21.5 million.
  • Negative impact of these charges on basic and diluted earnings per share of class A and B common stock - $0.04 for both

Excluding these charges in both years, operating earnings decreased 41.5%. Operating earnings margin, excluding the impairment and workforce reduction charges, was 9.3% compared to 14.5%. Adjusted EBITDA (net earnings (loss) excluding the gain/loss from discontinued operations, net; total other expense, net; provision (benefit) for income taxes; depreciation; amortization; and the non-cash impairment charge) of $18.8 million decreased 25.6% compared to $25.3 million.

For the full year, revenue of $544.9 million decreased 6.5% compared to $582.7 million. The operating loss was $322.7 million compared to operating earnings of $78.8 million. The following unusual charges were recorded during the full year:

Full year 2008

  • Pre-tax non-cash impairment of goodwill and broadcast licenses - $375.1 million ($253.0 million after-tax)
  • Pre-tax workforce reduction charge recorded at all segments - $5.3 million ($3.2 million after-tax)
  • Excluding these charges, operating earnings were $57.7 million.
  • Negative impact of these charges on basic and diluted earnings per share of class A and B common stock - $4.92 for both,

Full year 2007

  • Pre-tax non-cash impairment of goodwill - $0.4 million ($0.3 million after-tax),
  • Pre-tax workforce reduction charge recorded at publishing - $3.1 million ($2.0 million after-tax),
  • Excluding these charges, operating earnings were $82.3 million.
  • Negative impact of these charges on basic and diluted earnings per share of class A and B common stock - $0.03 for both

Excluding these charges in both years, operating earnings decreased 29.9%. Operating earnings margin, excluding the impairment and workforce reduction charges, was 10.6% compared to 14.1%. Adjusted EBITDA (net earnings (loss) excluding the gain/loss from discontinued operations, net; total other expense, net; provision (benefit) for income taxes; depreciation; amortization; and the non-cash impairment charge) of $81.8 million decreased 24.3% compared to $108.2 million.

Publishing

For the fourth quarter, publishing revenue decreased 10.4% to $60.0 million compared to $66.9 million, largely due to continued weakness across all advertising categories. Interactive advertising revenue at the daily newspaper decreased 3.4% to $3.6 million compared to $3.7 million.

Operating loss from publishing of $13.9 million included a $16.7 million charge for goodwill impairment and $0.8 million for workforce reduction. Excluding these charges, publishing operating earnings were $3.6 million. Last year, operating earnings were $6.2 million. Excluding the workforce reduction charges of $3.1 million, operating earnings were $9.4 million.

For the full year, publishing revenue decreased 9.1% to $242.0 million compared to $266.1 million, largely due to continued weakness across all advertising categories. Interactive advertising revenue at the daily newspaper increased 9.3% to $14.7 million compared to $13.4 million.

Operating loss from publishing of $2.8 million included a $16.7 million charge for goodwill impairment and $4.5 million for workforce reductions. Excluding these charges, publishing operating earnings were $18.5 million. Last year, operating earnings were $31.0 million. Excluding the workforce reduction charges of $3.1 million, operating earnings were $34.1 million.

Broadcasting

For the fourth quarter, broadcasting revenue decreased 6.4% to $53.1 million compared to $56.7 million. Total broadcast political and issue advertising revenue was $6.7 million compared to $0.6 million. Broadcasting operating loss of $310.4 million included a $229.2 million pre-tax non-cash impairment charge for goodwill, a $90.4 million pre-tax impairment charge for all television and 24 radio broadcast licenses and $0.1 million for workforce reductions. Excluding these charges, operating earnings of $9.2 million were down 10.6% compared to $10.3 million.

For the fourth quarter, revenue from television stations decreased 5.5% to $33.4 million compared to $35.3 million. Television political and issue advertising revenue was $6.1 million compared to $0.4 million. Operating loss from television stations of $51.9 million included a $56.9 million pre-tax non-cash impairment charge for all television broadcast licenses. Excluding the non-cash impairment charge, operating earnings were essentially flat at $5.0 million. Television operating expenses (excluding the non-cash impairment charge but including KPSE-LP that was acquired in January 2008 and KWBA-TV that was acquired in July 2008) are down 6.5% compared to last year.

For the fourth quarter, revenue from radio stations of $19.7 million was down 7.8% compared to $21.4 million. Operating loss from radio stations of $29.4 million included a $33.6 million pre-tax impairment charge for 24 radio broadcast licenses and $0.1 million for workforce reductions. Excluding these charges, operating earnings of $4.3 million decreased 20.7% compared to $5.4 million, largely reflecting the declines in revenue partially offset by a 3.4% decrease in radio operating expenses.

For the full year, broadcasting revenue decreased 3.8% to $209.9 million compared to $218.1 million. Total broadcast political and issue advertising revenue was $12.8 million compared to $2.1 million. Broadcasting operating loss of $322.7 million included a $229.2 million pre-tax non-cash impairment charge for goodwill, a $129.2 million impairment for all television and 24 radio broadcast licenses and $0.5 million for workforce reductions. Excluding these charges, operating earnings of $36.1 million were down 12.6% compared to $41.3 million.

For the full year, revenue from television stations decreased 2.6% to $130.6 million compared to $134.1 million. Television political and issue advertising revenue was $11.6 million compared to $1.3 million. Revenue from Olympics advertising on our NBC stations was $2.3 million. Operating loss from television stations of $60.8 million included a $77.9 million pre-tax non-cash impairment charge for television broadcast licenses and $0.1 million for workforce reductions. Excluding these charges, operating earnings decreased 15.8% to $17.3 million compared to $20.5 million. The decrease in operating earnings, excluding these charges, largely reflects the decreases in revenue. Overall, television operating expenses (excluding the non-cash impairment charge but including KPSE-LP that was acquired in January 2008 and KWBA-TV that was acquired in July 2008) were essentially flat compared to last year.

For the full year, revenue from radio stations of $79.3 million was down 5.6% compared to $84.1 million. Operating loss from radio stations of $32.8 million included a $51.3 million pre-tax impairment charge for radio broadcast licenses and $0.4 million in workforce reduction charges. Excluding these charges, operating earnings of $18.8 million decreased 9.5% compared to $20.8 million, largely reflecting the declines in revenue partially offset by a 4.3% decrease in radio operating expenses.

Printing Services

For the fourth quarter, revenue from printing services decreased 10.4% to $15.8 million compared to $17.6 million due to a decline in printing for original equipment manufacturers and computer-related customers. Operating earnings from printing services decreased 97.9% to $32,000 compared to $1.5 million, primarily due to the decline in revenue. In the fourth quarter, due to the changing mix and volume of business, full time employees were reduced by 10%. The charge for this workforce reduction was $0.1 million.

For the full year, revenue from printing services decreased 6.0% to $65.2 million compared to $69.4 million due to a decline in printing for original equipment manufacturers and computer-related customers. Operating earnings from printing services decreased 59.1% to $2.4 million compared to $5.9 million, primarily due to the decline in revenue.

Other (Direct Marketing and Corporate)

For the fourth quarter, revenue for “Other” of $5.4 million decreased 14.2% compared to revenue of $6.3 million due to a decrease in our mailing services business partially offset by an increase in offset and laser printing. “Other” operating loss of $0.6 million included $0.2 million in workforce reduction charges compared to a loss of $0.2 million.

For the full year, revenue for “Other” of $27.8 million decreased 4.0% compared to revenue of $29.0 million due to a decrease in our mailing services business partially offset by an increase in offset and laser printing. “Other” operating earnings were $0.4 million compared to $0.5 million.

Discontinued Operations

There were no results from discontinued operations in the fourth quarter 2008. For the fourth quarter 2007, the loss from the discontinued operations of NorthStar Print Group and Journal Community Publishing Group was $0.8 million.

For the full year, the gain from discontinued operations was $0.4 million compared to $67.1 million. Included within discontinued operations in 2007 is a $62.0 million gain on the sale of Norlight Telecommunications.

Non-Operating Items

For the fourth quarter, other expense, which primarily consists of interest expense, was $2.1 million compared to $2.3 million. The decrease in the interest rate on borrowings was partially offset by an increase in average debt outstanding due to acquisitions and share repurchases.

For the full year, other expense, which primarily consists of interest expense, was $8.2 million compared to $9.2 million. The decrease in attributed to the same reasons mentioned for the fourth quarter variance.

Stock Repurchase Program

During the fourth quarter and year-to-date 2008, the Company repurchased 8,300 and 6,757,100, respectively, of its class A shares. From the time the Company started repurchasing its common stock in March 2005 through December 28, 2008, the Company has repurchased a total of 22,629,500 shares of common stock, of which 19,429,500 were class A shares.

First Quarter 2009 Outlook

For the first quarter of 2009, Journal Communications currently anticipates that its publishing, television and radio revenues will be down compared to the prior year period, reflecting continued challenges in all advertising categories.

Conference Call and Webcast

The company will hold an earnings conference call today at 10:00 a.m. Central Time (11:00 a.m. ET, 8:00 a.m. PT). To access the call, dial (888) 680-0890 (domestic) or (617) 213-4857 (international) at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call. The access code for the conference call is 77115177. A live webcast of the fourth quarter conference call will be accessible through the Journal Communications’ website at www.journalcommunications.com/investors, also beginning at 10:00 a.m. CT this morning. An archive of the webcast will be available on this site today through February 26, 2009. Replays of the conference call will be available February 12 through February 14. To hear the replay, dial (888) 286-8010 (domestic) or (617) 801-6888 (international) at least one hour after the completion of the call. The access code for the replay is 72462234. Pre-registration for the conference call is now available at www.journalcommunications.com/investors.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements related to our businesses that are based on our current expectations. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties, including changes in advertising demand and other economic conditions that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements should be evaluated with the understanding of their inherent uncertainty. Our written policy on forward-looking statements can be found on page 1 of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and on page 20 of our most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, each as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Journal Communications

Journal Communications, Inc., headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was founded in 1882. We are a diversified media company with operations in publishing, radio and television broadcasting, interactive media and printing services. We publish the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which serves as the only major daily newspaper for the Milwaukee metropolitan area, and more than 50 community newspapers and shoppers in Wisconsin and Florida. We own and operate 35 radio stations and 12 television stations in 12 states and operate an additional television station under a local marketing agreement. Our interactive media assets include about 120 online enterprises that are associated with our daily and community newspapers and television and radio stations. We also provide a wide range of commercial printing services – including printing of publications, professional journals and documentation material – and operate a direct marketing services business.

Tables Follow

           
Journal Communications, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Earnings (unaudited)
(dollars in thousands, except for shares and per-share amounts)
 
 
Fourth Quarter (A) Four Quarters (B)

2008

2007

% Change

2008

2007

% Change

 
Continuing Operations:
Revenue:
Publishing $ 59,975 $ 66,937 (10.4 ) $ 241,972 $ 266,142 (9.1 )
Broadcasting 53,124 56,739 (6.4 ) 209,914 218,118 (3.8 )
Printing services 15,806 17,647 (10.4 ) 65,201 69,377 (6.0 )
Other   5,401     6,294   (14.2 )   27,844     29,017   (4.0 )
Total revenue 134,306 147,617 (9.0 ) 544,931 582,654 (6.5 )
 
Operating costs and expenses:
Publishing 35,128 36,439 (3.6 ) 138,582 142,441 (2.7 )
Broadcasting 25,449 26,065 (2.4 ) 100,904 99,706 1.2
Printing services 13,509 13,982 (3.4 ) 54,536 55,313 (1.4 )
Other   5,051     5,787   (12.7 )   24,022     25,539   (5.9 )
Total operating costs and expenses 79,137 82,273 (3.8 ) 318,044 322,999 (1.5 )
 
Selling and administrative expenses 43,780 47,393 (7.6 ) 174,480 180,867 (3.5 )
Goodwill and broadcast license impairment   336,324     -   N/A   375,086     -   N/A
Total operating costs and expenses
and selling and administrative
expenses   459,241     129,666   254.2   867,610     503,866   72.2
 
Operating earnings (loss) (324,935 ) 17,951 N/A (322,679 ) 78,788 N/A
 
Other income and (expense):
Interest income - 10 2 36
Interest expense   (2,063 )   (2,261 )   (8,166 )   (9,180 )
Total other income and (expense) (2,063 ) (2,251 ) (8.4 ) (8,164 ) (9,144 ) (10.7 )
 
Earnings (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes (326,998 ) 15,700 N/A (330,843 ) 69,644 N/A
 
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   (104,002 )   5,459   N/A   (106,040 )   26,626   N/A
 
Earnings (loss) from continuing operations (222,996 ) 10,241 N/A (224,803 ) 43,018 N/A
 
Gain (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax   -     (772 ) N/A   400     67,060   (99.4 )
 
Net earnings (loss) $ (222,996 ) $ 9,469   N/A $ (224,403 ) $ 110,078   N/A
 
Weighted average number of shares-Class A and B common stock:
Basic 50,161,546 58,138,113 51,917,175 62,275,709
Diluted 50,178,224 62,652,022 51,979,807 66,808,796
 
Weighted average number of shares-Class C common stock 3,264,000 3,264,000 3,264,000 3,264,000
 
Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic - Class A and B common stock:
Continuing operations $ (4.46 ) $ 0.16 $ (4.37 ) $ 0.65
Discontinued operations   -     (0.01 )   0.01     1.02  
Net earnings (loss) $ (4.46 ) $ 0.15   $ (4.36 ) $ 1.67  
 
Diluted - Class A and B common stock:
Continuing operations $

(4.46

) $ 0.16 $

(4.37

) $ 0.65
Discontinued operations   -     (0.01 )   0.01     1.00  
Net earnings (loss) $

(4.46

) $ 0.15   $

(4.36

) $ 1.65  
 
Basic and diluted - Class C common stock:
Continuing operations $ 0.14 $ 0.23 $ 0.57 $ 0.92
Discontinued operations   -     (0.01 )   0.01     1.02  
Net earnings $ 0.14   $ 0.22   $ 0.58   $ 1.94  
 
 
(A) 2008 fourth quarter: September 29, 2008 to December 28, 2008.
2007 fourth quarter: October 1, 2007 to December 30, 2007.
(B) 2008 four quarters: December 31, 2007 to December 28, 2008.
2007 four quarters: January 1, 2007 to December 30, 2007.

         
Journal Communications, Inc.
Segment Information (unaudited)
(dollars in thousands)
 
 
Fourth Quarter (A) Four Quarters (B)
2008 2007 % Change 2008 2007 % Change

Revenue

Publishing $ 59,975 $ 66,937 (10.4 ) $ 241,972 $ 266,142 (9.1 )
Broadcasting 53,124 56,739 (6.4 ) 209,914 218,118 (3.8 )
Printing services 15,806 17,647 (10.4 ) 65,201 69,377 (6.0 )
Other   5,401     6,294   (14.2 )   27,844     29,017 (4.0 )
$ 134,306   $ 147,617   (9.0 ) $ 544,931   $ 582,654 (6.5 )
 

Operating earnings (loss)

Publishing $ (13,924 ) $ 6,248 N/A $ (2,792 ) $ 31,040 N/A
Broadcasting (310,442 ) 10,334 N/A (322,706 ) 41,349 N/A
Printing services 32 1,510 (97.9 ) 2,424 5,932 (59.1 )
Other   (601 )   (141 ) N/A   395     467 (15.4 )
$ (324,935 ) $ 17,951   N/A $ (322,679 ) $ 78,788 N/A
 

Depreciation and amortization

Publishing $ 3,295 $ 3,272 0.7 $ 12,859 $ 13,379 (3.9 )
Broadcasting 3,386 3,306 2.4 13,436 12,930 3.9
Printing services 519 548 (5.3 ) 2,249 2,109 6.6
Other   243     230   5.7   892     950 (6.1 )
$ 7,443   $ 7,356   1.2 $ 29,436   $ 29,368 0.2
 
 
(A) 2008 fourth quarter: September 29, 2008 to December 28, 2008.
2007 fourth quarter: October 1, 2007 to December 30, 2007.
(B) 2008 four quarters: December 31, 2007 to December 28, 2008.
2007 four quarters: January 1, 2007 to December 30, 2007.

                   
Journal Communications, Inc.
Publishing Segment Information (unaudited)
(dollars in thousands)
 

Publishing revenue by category:

 
Fourth Quarter of 2008 (A) Fourth Quarter of 2007 (B)
 
Community Community
Daily Newspapers Daily Newspapers % Change % Change % Change
Newspaper & Shoppers Total Newspaper & Shoppers Total Daily CN&S Total
 
Advertising revenue:
Retail $ 22,273 $ 7,073 $ 29,346 $ 25,211 $ 7,327 $ 32,538 (11.7 ) (3.5 ) (9.8 )
Classified 7,975 1,378 9,353 12,112 1,266 13,378 (34.2 ) 8.8 (30.1 )
National 2,302 -- 2,302 2,461 -- 2,461 (6.5 ) N/A (6.5 )
Direct Marketing 1,030 -- 1,030 1,481 -- 1,481 (30.5 ) N/A (30.5 )
Other   --   101   101   --   68   68 N/A 48.5 48.5
Total advertising revenue 33,580 8,552 42,132 41,265 8,661 49,926 (18.6 ) (1.3 ) (15.6 )
Circulation revenue 12,794 455 13,249 12,759 262 13,021 0.3 73.7 1.8
Other revenue   3,623   971   4,594   3,242   748   3,990 11.8 29.8 15.1
Total revenue $ 49,997 $ 9,978 $ 59,975 $ 57,266 $ 9,671 $ 66,937 (12.7 ) 3.2 (10.4 )
 
Four Quarters of 2008 (C) Four Quarters of 2007 (D)
 
Community Community
Daily Newspapers Daily Newspapers % Change % Change % Change
Newspaper & Shoppers Total Newspaper & Shoppers Total Daily CN&S Total
 
Advertising revenue:
Retail $ 83,632 $ 27,741 $ 111,373 $ 90,235 $ 29,318 $ 119,553 (7.3 ) (5.4 ) (6.8 )
Classified 43,438 5,664 49,102 58,152 5,994 64,146 (25.3 ) (5.5 ) (23.5 )
National 7,559 -- 7,559 9,227 -- 9,227 (18.1 ) N/A (18.1 )
Direct Marketing 3,365 -- 3,365 4,477 -- 4,477 (24.8 ) N/A (24.8 )
Other   --   384   384   --   386   386 N/A (0.5 ) (0.5 )
Total advertising revenue 137,994 33,789 171,783 162,091 35,698 197,789 (14.9 ) (5.3 ) (13.1 )
Circulation revenue 50,514 1,266 51,780 51,174 1,082 52,256 (1.3 ) 17.0 (0.9 )
Other revenue   14,878   3,531   18,409   12,234   3,863   16,097 21.6 (8.6 ) 14.4
Total revenue $ 203,386 $ 38,586 $ 241,972 $ 225,499 $ 40,643 $ 266,142 (9.8 ) (5.1 ) (9.1 )
 
 
(A) 2008 fourth quarter: September 29, 2008 to December 28, 2008.
(B) 2007 fourth quarter: October 1, 2007 to December 30, 2007.
(C) 2008 four quarters: December 31, 2007 to December 28, 2008.
(D) 2007 four quarters: January 1, 2007 to December 30, 2007.
 
 
NOTE:
Publishing segment information is provided to facilitate comparison of our publishing segment results with those
of other publishing companies and is not representative of the overall business of Journal Communications or its operating results.

     
Journal Communications, Inc.
Reconciliation of consolidated net earnings to consolidated adjusted EBITDA (unaudited)
(dollars in thousands)
 
Fourth Quarter (A) Four Quarters (B)
2008 2007 2008 2007
 
Net earnings (loss) $ (222,996 ) $ 9,469 $ (224,403 ) $ 110,078
(Gain)/loss from discontinued operations, net - 772 (400 ) (67,060 )
Provision (benefit) for income taxes (104,002 ) 5,459 (106,040 ) 26,626
Total other expense, net 2,063 2,251 8,164 9,144
Depreciation 6,961 6,843 27,438 27,407
Amortization 482 513 1,998 1,961
Goodwill and broadcast license impairment   336,324     -   375,086     -  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 18,832   $ 25,307 $ 81,843   $ 108,156  
 
 
(A) 2008 fourth quarter: September 29, 2008 to December 28, 2008.
2007 fourth quarter: October 1, 2007 to December 30, 2007.
(B) 2008 four quarters: December 31, 2007 to December 28, 2008.
2007 four quarters: January 1, 2007 to December 30, 2007.
 
 

We define adjusted EBITDA as net earnings (loss) excluding gain/loss from discontinued operations, net, provision (benefit) for income taxes, total other expense (which is entirely comprised of interest income and expense), depreciation, amortization and non-cash impairment charges. Our management uses adjusted EBITDA, among other things, to evaluate our operating performance, and to value prospective acquisitions. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, net earnings as an indicator of operating performance or cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA, as we calculate it, may not be comparable to EBITDA reported by other companies.

   
Journal Communications, Inc.
Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets
(dollars in thousands)
 

 

December 28,
2008
(unaudited)

 

December 30,
2007

ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 4,040 $ 6,256
Receivables, net 79,418 86,197
Inventories, net 5,935 6,367
Prepaid expenses 15,560 13,066
Deferred income taxes   4,869   6,821
Total current assets 109,822 118,707
Property and equipment, net 221,158 224,691
Goodwill 4,285 232,538
Broadcast licenses 101,120 223,529
Other intangible assets, net 26,706 25,702
Prepaid pension costs - 15,298
Deferred income taxes 64,420 -
Other assets   15,088   16,502
Total assets $ 542,599 $ 856,967
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 26,929 $ 30,026
Accrued compensation 15,046 16,871
Accrued employee benefits 7,214 10,390
Deferred revenue 15,001 14,936
Accrued income taxes 43 219
Other current liabilities 6,668 7,757
Current portion of long-term liabilities   10,610   4,508
Total current liabilities 81,511 84,707
Accrued employee benefits 64,620 25,157
Long-term notes payable to banks 215,090 178,885
Deferred income taxes - 67,664
Other long-term liabilities 13,316 12,992
Shareholders' equity   168,062   487,562
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 542,599 $ 856,967

Source: Journal Communications, Inc.

Journal Communications, Inc.
Andre Fernandez
Executive Vice President, Finance & Strategy
and Chief Financial Officer
414-224-2884