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Gannett Co., Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results
Reported Earnings per Diluted Share of $0.49, Non-GAAP Earnings per Diluted Share of $0.72
Net Cash Flow from Operating Activities Totaled $211 million
Free Cash Flow Totaled $203 million
Company-Wide Digital Revenues Increased 7 percent Year-Over-Year

MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), a leading international media and marketing solutions company, today reported fourth quarter and full year 2011 financial results.  Highlights are summarized below:

  • Earnings per diluted share, on a GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) basis were $0.49 for the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to $0.72 for the fourth quarter last year.
  • Earnings per diluted share from continuing operations for the 2011 fiscal year were $1.89 compared to $2.35 for 2010.
  • Excluding special items in 2011 and 2010, fourth quarter earnings per diluted share were $0.72 compared to $0.83 for the same quarter in 2010.
  • Earnings per diluted share excluding special items for the 2011 fiscal year were $2.13.

Gracia Martore, president and chief executive officer, said, "During a period of weak economic growth, Gannett once again differentiated itself within the media industry by delivering solid profitability across each of our market-leading business segments – publishing, broadcast and digital – as well as free cash flow of $775 million in 2011. Gannett's strong balance sheet and cash generation give us the flexibility to execute our growth strategy and successfully compete in the digital era while paying down debt and returning capital to shareholders."

Martore continued, "In the fourth quarter, we continued to leverage our local media franchises and iconic national brands across multiple platforms, reinventing local journalism for the digital age and providing innovative marketing solutions for our advertisers. Revenue from our digital properties company-wide rose to 21 percent of total revenue in the quarter.  Excluding even-year political advertising, core broadcast revenues were up strongly in the 2011 fourth quarter.  We are positioning for growth in print and digital media through new subscription models delivered across platforms, capturing opportunities in adjacent businesses, and continuing to focus on operational efficiencies."

Results for the fourth quarter of 2011 include special efficiency driven charges affecting operating income related to workforce restructuring and facility consolidations which totaled $63.6 million ($40.1 million after-tax or $0.17 per share).  These charges involve properties in the U.S. and the UK, the largest of which relates to the transfer of production activities for The Cincinnati Enquirer to a third-party printer in Columbus, Ohio.  Incremental charges for the disability-related retirement of the company's former chairman and chief executive officer, which totaled $14.7 million ($8.8 million after-tax or $0.04 per share), were also recorded against operating income in the fourth quarter.  

In non-operating income, special charges related to the impairment of certain minority-owned investments totaled $28.4 million ($17.2 million after-tax or $0.07 per share) for the quarter. In addition, a special tax benefit of $10.7 million or $0.04 per share was recorded relating to prior year business impairment charges for which no tax benefit could have previously been taken.

Results for the 2011 fiscal year include special charges affecting operating income associated with workforce restructuring, facility consolidations and asset impairments as well as incremental charges for the disability-related retirement of the company's former chairman and chief executive officer totaling $115.9 million ($72.0 million after-tax or $0.30 per share).  Special charges related to the impairment of certain minority-owned investments affecting non-operating income totaled $30.3 million ($18.3 million after-tax or $0.08 per share).  The company realized special net tax benefits of $30.8 million ($0.13 per share) related to a tax settlement covering multiple years and a tax benefit for prior business impairment charges for which no tax benefit would have previously been taken.

Results for the fourth quarter of 2010 included $40.3 million of special charges associated with workforce restructuring, facility consolidations and asset impairments ($26.4 million after-tax or $0.11 per share). Results for the 2010 fiscal year included $71.4 million of special charges associated with workforce restructuring, facility consolidations and asset impairments ($49.7 million after-tax or $0.21 per share), a $28.7 million ($0.12 per share) net tax benefit due primarily to the expiration of statutes of limitations and the release of certain reserves related to the sale of a business in a prior year, and a $2.2 million ($0.01 per share) tax charge related to healthcare reform legislation.

Amounts reported in accordance with GAAP are contained in Tables 1 through 4. Certain amounts and comparisons included in the following discussion of GAAP results are supplemented by discussions which exclude the effect of special items. Details of these special items and their effect on GAAP results are included on the Non-GAAP Financial Information Tables 5 through 10 attached to this news release. The company's basis for providing discussions of non-GAAP results is noted below.

CONTINUING OPERATIONS

Net income attributable to Gannett was $116.9 million in the fourth quarter in 2011. Net income attributable to Gannett on a non-GAAP basis totaled $172.4 million.  Reported operating income was $212.3 million while non-GAAP operating income was $290.6 million. Operating cash flow (a non-GAAP term defined as operating income plus special items, depreciation and amortization) totaled $339.2 million in the quarter.

Reported operating revenues for the company totaled $1.39 billion in the fourth quarter compared with $1.46 billion in the fourth quarter last year, a decline of 5.1 percent, in part reflecting the virtual absence of $52.4 million of political advertising achieved in 2010's fourth quarter. Strong revenue results at CareerBuilder drove an increase in Digital segment revenue of over 9 percent. Higher retransmission revenue and non-political advertising in the Broadcasting segment partially offset significantly lower political advertising compared to the fourth quarter last year.  Publishing segment revenues were lower reflecting the impact on advertising demand of very slow economic growth.

Operating expenses including the special charges noted above totaled $1.18 billion in the fourth quarter this year compared to $1.15 billion in the fourth quarter last year. On a non-GAAP basis, operating expenses totaled $1.10 billion, a decline of 1.5 percent compared to the fourth quarter a year ago reflecting continuing company-wide cost control and efficiency efforts. Non-GAAP operating expenses in the Publishing and Broadcast segments declined while higher Digital segment expenses were triggered by sales incentives and bonus costs associated with significantly higher revenue at CareerBuilder and the cost of new initiatives and product development at other Digital segment businesses.    

Reported operating revenues for the full year totaled $5.24 billion compared to $5.44 billion a year ago, a decline of 3.7 percent. Digital segment revenues were 11.0 percent higher. Broadcast revenues were 6.1 percent lower reflecting primarily the near absence of $107 million of ad spending related to the elections and the Winter Olympic Games achieved in 2010. Publishing segment revenues were 5.4 percent lower reflecting the impact of the soft economy on advertising demand. Operating expenses on a non-GAAP basis were 1.8 percent lower reflecting company-wide efficiency efforts. Declines in Publishing and Broadcasting operating expenses were offset partially by an increase in Digital segment expenses related to revenue growth and new initiatives. On a non-GAAP basis, operating income in 2011 was $946.7 million and net income attributable to Gannett was $518.2 million.

On July 18, 2011, the company's Board of Directors authorized the resumption of share repurchases under the $1 billion share repurchase program originally approved on July 25, 2006. The purchase of approximately 2.3 million shares was completed during the quarter for $25 million. Current authority remaining under the program is approximately $756 million.

PUBLISHING

Publishing segment operating revenues totaled $1.01 billion for the quarter, a decline of 5.3 percent compared to the fourth quarter in 2010 reflecting the impact of continuing soft economies in the U.S. and UK on advertising demand. Digital revenues in the Publishing segment were up 6.9 percent in the quarter.  

Advertising revenues were $670.7 million in the quarter compared to $722.3 million in the fourth quarter last year. Advertising revenues in the U.S. declined 7.3 percent while at Newsquest, the company's operations in the UK, advertising revenues were 5.5 percent lower, in pounds. Year-over-year comparisons in the fourth quarter for U.S. operations were better relative to the third quarter comparisons including improvements in all major categories. Ad revenue percentage changes for these categories for the publishing segment for the quarter were as follows:

Fourth Quarter 2011 Year-over-Year Comparisons









U.S. Publishing

(including USA TODAY)




Newsquest

(in pounds)


Total

Publishing

Segment

(constant currency)



Total

Publishing

Segment

Retail

(5.8%)

(5.3%)

(5.8%)

(5.8%)

National

(10.1%)

7.1%

(9.1%)

(9.1%)

Classified

(8.4%)

(7.9%)

(8.3%)

(8.4%)


(7.3%)

(5.5%)

(7.1%)

(7.1%)




National advertising declined 9.1 percent in the quarter as soft advertising demand at USA TODAY was partially offset by higher national revenues at Newsquest. Fourth quarter national advertising comparisons were over 6 percentage points better than third quarter comparisons. At USA TODAY, increases in several categories including telecommunications, credit cards and automotive were offset by declines in the travel, entertainment and technology categories.

The company's cross platform sales efforts and its partnership with Yahoo! resulted in an increase of almost 7 percent in Publishing segment digital revenues (included in all of the categories above). Online revenues in domestic publishing operations were up almost 7 percent and were almost 11 percent higher (in pounds) at Newsquest.

Classified advertising at our domestic publishing operations declined 8.4 percent in the quarter due, in part, to the soft economy. Employment advertising in the U.S. was down less than a half percent compared to the fourth quarter last year and was positive in December. Automotive was 4.8 percent lower, a sequential improvement from the third quarter. Although the real estate category was 15.2 percent lower in the quarter reflecting national housing market issues, fourth quarter comparisons were almost 5 percentage points better than third quarter comparisons. Classified advertising comparisons, in pounds, at Newsquest were better relative to third quarter comparisons due primarily to a 7 percentage point improvement in employment advertising and a 4 percentage point improvement in real estate advertising.

The percentage changes in the classified categories for the fourth quarter of 2011 were as follows:

Fourth Quarter 2011 Year-over-Year Comparisons





U.S.

Publishing




Newsquest

(in pounds)


Total

Publishing

Segment

(constant currency)



Total

Publishing

Segment

Automotive

(4.8%)

(15.7%)

(6.3%)

(6.5%)

Employment

(0.4%)

(7.0%)

(2.4%)

(2.6%)

Real Estate

(15.2%)

(7.4%)

(12.6%)

(12.9%)

Legal

(17.2%)

---

(17.2%)

(17.2%)

Other

(10.4%)

(5.5%)

(8.8%)

(9.0%)


(8.4%)

(7.9%)

(8.3%)

(8.4%)




Reported Publishing segment operating expenses totaled $893.0 million in the quarter, relatively unchanged from $890.9 million in the fourth quarter last year. On a non-GAAP basis, Publishing segment operating expenses were $830.0 million, down 2.9 percent from $854.9 million in the same quarter last year. The decline was driven by the impact of operating efficiency efforts as well as facility consolidations in prior quarters. Newsprint expense was down 8.4 percent in the quarter as a 1.5 percent increase in newsprint usage prices was offset by a consumption decline of 9.8 percent. For the first quarter of 2012, the company expects its newsprint expense will again be below year ago levels.

Reported Publishing segment operating income totaled $113.4 million. On a non-GAAP basis, Publishing segment operating income was $176.4 million in the quarter and operating cash flow totaled $205.3 million.

BROADCASTING

Broadcasting revenues (which include Captivate) totaled $199.8 million in the quarter, a decline of $32.9 million compared to $232.8 million in the fourth quarter last year due primarily to significantly lower political advertising.

Television revenues were $192.4 million, $27.9 million lower compared to $220.2 million last year, reflecting a net decrease of $47.5 million in politically related advertising demand. Total adjusted television revenues, defined to exclude the incremental impact of the even year political ad demand, were up 11.3 percent. The increase was due, in part, to a significant increase in auto advertising in the quarter.

Retransmission revenues totaled $21.4 million, an increase of 30.3 percent while television station digital revenues were 19.3 percent higher. Based on current trends we expect the percentage increase in total television revenues for the first quarter of 2012 to be in the high single digits compared to the first quarter of 2011.  

Broadcasting segment operating expenses were $110.1 million in the quarter, down 5.9 percent. On a non-GAAP basis, operating expenses were 6.0 percent lower. Reported operating income was $89.7 million, a decline of 22.5 percent. Operating cash flow totaled $97.3 million, a decline of just $26.5 million despite significantly lower political advertising.  

DIGITAL

Digital segment operating revenues were 9.4 percent higher in the quarter and totaled $181.5 million due primarily to strong revenue growth at CareerBuilder. Digital Segment operating expenses increased 10.6 percent to $142.8 million reflecting significantly higher sales incentive and bonus costs associated with higher revenue levels for CareerBuilder.  Due to substantially higher year-over-year revenue as the quarter progressed, a significant number of sales personnel exceeded their annual sales goals very late in the quarter, and were therefore entitled to incremental commissions and bonuses.  There were also incremental costs for new initiatives and new product development by PointRoll and ShopLocal.  These incremental costs for CareerBuilder, PointRoll and ShopLocal together totaled approximately $9 million for the quarter. Digital segment operating income was 5.3 percent higher on a reported basis and was up 2.5 percent on a non-GAAP basis. Operating cash flow was $46.6 million, an increase of 3.2 percent.

Digital revenues company-wide, including the Digital segment and all digital revenues generated by the other business segments, totaled $290.3 million, an increase of 6.5 percent. Digital revenues for the 2011 fiscal year were up 10.1 percent and totaled $1.1 billion, about 21 percent of total operating revenues.

At the end of the quarter, Gannett had about 120 domestic web sites affiliated with its local publishing and television markets, USA TODAY, Gannett Government Media and Gannett Healthcare Group. USATODAY.com is one of the most popular newspaper sites on the Web and the USA TODAY app is now a top news app with more than 11 million downloads including those across iPad, iPhone, Android, and Windows. In December, Gannett's consolidated domestic Internet audience share was 50.8 million unique visitors reaching 23.0 percent of the Internet audience, according to Comscore Media Metrix. Newsquest is also an Internet leader in the UK where its network of web sites attracted 66.3 million monthly page impressions from approximately 8.7 million unique users in December 2011. CareerBuilder's unique visitors in the fourth quarter averaged 21.2 million.

NON-OPERATING ITEMS

The company's equity earnings include its share of operating results from unconsolidated investees including the California Newspapers Partnership, Texas-New Mexico Newspapers Partnership, Tucson newspaper partnership and other online/digital businesses including Classified Ventures.

The reported equity loss in unconsolidated investees totaled $5.8 million in the quarter compared to income of $4.1 million in the fourth quarter last year. The decline is principally due to non-cash impairment charges totaling $13.9 million ($8.5 million after tax or $0.04 per share) for certain equity method business ventures. Absent impairment charges, the company's equity earnings totaled $8.1 million, an increase of $1.3 million or 18.7 percent over last year on a comparable basis. Results for Classified Ventures were up about 63 percent for the quarter while newspaper partnership results were about 17 percent lower.

Interest expense totaled $40.8 million, an 11.8 percent decrease from $46.3 million for the fourth quarter last year.  The decline was due to the impact of lower average debt balances offset, in part, by higher average interest rates.

For "Other non-operating items," the company reported a loss of $14.9 million for the quarter, compared with income of $1.2 million last year.  Non-cash impairment charges for minority-owned, cost method businesses totaled $14.5 million in the quarter ($8.7 million after tax or $0.04 per share).  Absent these impairment charges, the non-operating loss would have been $325,000 for the quarter.

The company reported pre-tax income attributable to Gannett of $143.0 million for the fourth quarter, which includes the effects of the special operating and non-operating charges discussed above. Taxes provided on this income total $26.1 million, which represents an effective tax rate of 18.2 percent. This tax provision reflects the special benefit of $10.7 million relating to prior year business impairment charges for which no tax benefit could have previously been taken.  Excluding the effects of this special item as well as the other special charges discussed above, the effective tax rate on pre-tax income attributable to Gannett was 31.0 percent, compared to 33.0 percent for the fourth quarter of 2010.

Net cash flow from operating activities was $211 million while free cash flow (a non-GAAP measure) totaled $203 million in the quarter. The balance of long term debt at year end was $1.76 billion, a reduction of $158 million during the fourth quarter. Total cash at the end of the year was $167 million.

USE OF NON-GAAP INFORMATION

The company uses non-GAAP financial performance and liquidity measures to supplement the financial information presented on a GAAP basis.  These non-GAAP financial measures are not to be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures, and should be read only in conjunction with financial information presented on a GAAP basis.  

In this earnings report, the company discusses non-GAAP financial performance measures that exclude from its reported GAAP results the impact of special items consisting of workforce restructuring charges, facility consolidation expenses, non-cash asset impairment charges, incremental charges associated with the company's former chairman and chief executive officer's disability related retirement and certain charges and credits to its income tax provision. The company believes that such expenses and tax items are not indicative of normal, ongoing operations and their inclusion in results makes for more difficult comparisons between periods and with peer group companies.  Workforce restructuring and facility consolidation expenses primarily relate to incremental expenses the company has incurred to consolidate or outsource production processes and centralize other functions.  These expenses include payroll and related benefit costs (including certain union pension costs) and accelerated depreciation.  Non-cash asset impairment charges were recorded in 2011 and 2010 to reduce the book value of certain intangible assets and investments accounted for under the equity and cost methods to fair value, as the businesses underlying these assets had experienced significant and sustained unfavorable operating results.  In addition, the company recorded a $20.1 million net tax benefit in the second quarter of 2011 related primarily to a tax settlement covering multiple years. In the fourth quarter of 2011, the company recorded a special $10.7 million tax benefit for currently deductible stock basis relating to prior year business impairment charges for which no tax benefit could have previously been taken.

A special $28.7 million net tax benefit in the second quarter of 2010 was due primarily to the expiration of the statutes of limitations and the accompanying release of tax reserves related to the sale of a business in a prior year. The first quarter of 2010 included a special $2.2 million tax charge related to healthcare reform legislation.

The company also discusses operating cash flow, a non-GAAP financial performance measure that it believes offers a useful view of the overall operation of its businesses.  This non-GAAP measure is calculated by adding amounts associated with the special expense items described above, as well as depreciation and amortization, to operating income as reported on a GAAP basis.  This earnings report also discusses free cash flow, a non-GAAP liquidity measure.  Free cash flow is defined as "net cash flow from operating activities" as reported on the statement of cash flows reduced by "purchase of property, plant and equipment" as well as "payments for investments" and increased by "proceeds from investments."  The company believes that free cash flow is a useful measure for management and investors to evaluate the level of cash generated by operations and the ability of its operations to fund investments in its businesses, repay indebtedness, add to the company's cash balance, or use in other discretionary activities. Management uses free cash flow to monitor cash available for repayment of indebtedness and in its discussions with the investment community.

Management uses non-GAAP financial performance measures for purposes of evaluating business unit and consolidated company performance. The company therefore believes that each of the non-GAAP measures presented provides useful information to investors by allowing them to view the company's businesses through the eyes of management and the Board of Directors, facilitating comparison of results across historical periods, and providing a focus on the underlying ongoing operating performance of its businesses.  In addition, many of the company's peer group companies present similar non-GAAP measures so the presentation of such measures facilitates industry comparisons.

Tabular reconciliations for the non-GAAP financial measures are contained in Tables 5 through 10 attached to this news release.  

As previously announced, the company will hold an earnings conference call at 10:00 a.m. ET today.  The call can be accessed via a live webcast through the company's web site, www.gannett.com, or listen-only conference lines.  U.S. callers should dial 1-800-967-7138 and international callers should dial 719-325-2431 at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call.  The confirmation code for the conference call is 9051644. To access the replay, dial 1-888-203-1112 in the U.S. International callers should use the number 719-457-0820. The confirmation code for the replay is 9051644.  Materials related to the call will be available through the Investor Relations section of the company's web site Monday morning.

About Gannett

Gannett Co., Inc. is an international media and marketing solutions company that informs and engages more than 100 million people every month through its powerful network of broadcast, digital, mobile and publishing properties. Our portfolio of trusted brands offers marketers unmatched local-to-national reach and customizable, innovative marketing solutions across any platform. Gannett is committed to connecting people – and the companies who want to reach them – with their interests and communities. For more information, visit www.gannett.com.

Certain statements in this press release may be forward looking in nature or "forward looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  The forward looking statements contained in this press release are subject to a number of risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual performance to differ materially from these forward looking statements.  A number of those risks, trends and uncertainties are discussed in the company's SEC reports, including the company's annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.  Any forward looking statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important risk factors.

Gannett is not responsible for updating the information contained in this press release beyond the published date, or for changes made to this press release by wire services, Internet service providers or other media.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME  

Gannett Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited, in thousands (except per share amounts)








Table No. 1
















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Dec. 25, 2011


Dec. 26, 2010


(Dec)

Net Operating Revenues:







Publishing advertising


$                 670,749


$                 722,297


(7.1)

Publishing circulation


268,145


272,989


(1.8)

Digital


181,500


165,848


9.4

Broadcasting


199,835


232,779


(14.2)

All other


67,526


67,702


(0.3)

Total


1,387,755


1,461,615


(5.1)








Operating Expenses:







Cost of sales and operating expenses, exclusive of depreciation


782,040


755,451


3.5

Selling, general and administrative expenses, exclusive of depreciation


331,741


310,366


6.9

Depreciation


40,768


44,410


(8.2)

Amortization of intangible assets


7,753


7,656


1.3

Facility consolidation and asset impairment charges


13,193


33,964


(61.2)

Total


1,175,495


1,151,847


2.1

Operating income  


212,260


309,768


(31.5)








Non-operating (expense) income:







Equity income (loss) in unconsolidated investees, net


(5,797)


4,063


***

Interest expense


(40,831)


(46,308)


(11.8)

Other non-operating items


(14,854)


1,194


***

Total


(61,482)


(41,051)


49.8








Income before income taxes


150,778


268,717


(43.9)

Provision for income taxes


26,100


84,800


(69.2)

Net income


124,678


183,917


(32.2)

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest


(7,738)


(9,782)


(20.9)

Net income attributable to Gannett Co., Inc.


$                 116,940


$                 174,135


(32.8)






















Net income per share - basic


$                       0.49


$                       0.73


(32.9)








Net income per share - diluted


$                       0.49


$                       0.72


(31.9)















Weighted average number of common shares outstanding







Basic


237,219


238,883


(0.7)

Diluted


240,419


242,448


(0.8)















Dividends per share


$                       0.08


$                       0.04


100.0






















CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME  







Gannett Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries







Unaudited, in thousands (except per share amounts)














Table No. 2
















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Dec. 25, 2011


Dec. 26, 2010


(Dec)

Net Operating Revenues:







Publishing advertising


$              2,511,025


$              2,710,524


(7.4)

Publishing circulation


1,063,890


1,086,702


(2.1)

Digital


686,471


618,259


11.0

Broadcasting


722,410


769,580


(6.1)

All other


256,193


253,613


1.0

Total


5,239,989


5,438,678


(3.7)








Operating Expenses:







Cost of sales and operating expenses, exclusive of depreciation


2,961,097


2,980,465


(0.6)

Selling, general and administrative expenses, exclusive of depreciation


1,223,485


1,187,633


3.0

Depreciation


165,739


182,514


(9.2)

Amortization of intangible assets


31,634


31,362


0.9

Facility consolidation and asset impairment charges


27,243


57,009


(52.2)

Total


4,409,198


4,438,983


(0.7)

Operating income  


830,791


999,695


(16.9)








Non-operating (expense) income:







Equity income in unconsolidated investees, net


8,197


19,140


(57.2)

Interest expense


(173,140)


(172,986)


0.1

Other non-operating items


(12,921)


111


***

Total


(177,864)


(153,735)


15.7








Income before income taxes


652,927


845,960


(22.8)

Provision for income taxes


152,800


244,013


(37.4)

Income from continuing operations


500,127


601,947


(16.9)

Loss from the operation of discontinued operations, net of tax


-


(322)


***

Gain on disposal of publishing businesses, net of tax


-


21,195


***

Net income


500,127


622,820


(19.7)

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests


(41,379)


(34,619)


19.5

Net income attributable to Gannett Co., Inc.


$                 458,748


$                 588,201


(22.0)















Income from continuing operations attributable to Gannett Co., Inc.


$                 458,748


$                 567,328


(19.1)

Loss from the operation of discontinued operations, net of tax


-


(322)


***

Gain on disposal of publishing businesses, net of tax


-


21,195


***

Net income attributable to Gannett Co., Inc.


$                 458,748


$                 588,201


(22.0)















Earnings from continuing operations per share - basic


$                       1.92


$                       2.38


(19.3)

Earnings from discontinued operations







Discontinued operations per share - basic


-


-


***

Gain on disposal of publishing businesses per share - basic


-


0.09


***

Net income per share - basic


$                       1.92


$                       2.47


(22.3)








Earnings from continuing operations per share - diluted


$                       1.89


$                       2.35


(19.6)

Earnings from discontinued operations







Discontinued operations per share - diluted


-


-


***

Gain on disposal of publishing businesses per share - diluted


-


0.08


***

Net income per share - diluted


$                       1.89


$                       2.43


(22.2)















Weighted average number of common shares outstanding







Basic


239,228


238,230


0.4

Diluted


242,768


241,605


0.5















Dividends per share


$                       0.24


$                       0.16


50.0



BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION

Gannett Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited, in thousands of dollars






Table No. 3






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Dec. 25, 2011


Dec. 26, 2010

  (Dec)

Net Operating Revenues:





Publishing

$                           1,006,420


$                           1,062,988

(5.3)

Digital

181,500


165,848

9.4

Broadcasting

199,835


232,779

(14.2)

Total

$                           1,387,755


$                           1,461,615

(5.1)






Operating Income (net of depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges):





Publishing

$                              113,398


$                              172,092

(34.1)

Digital

38,732


36,784

5.3

Broadcasting

89,724


115,757

(22.5)

Corporate

(29,594)


(14,865)

99.1

Total

$                              212,260


$                              309,768

(31.5)






Depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges:





Publishing

$                                42,160


$                                65,657

(35.8)

Digital

7,892


7,389

6.8

Broadcasting

6,884


7,880

(12.6)

Corporate

4,778


5,104

(6.4)

Total

$                                61,714


$                                86,030

(28.3)






Operating Cash Flow:





Publishing

$                              155,558


$                              237,749

(34.6)

Digital

46,624


44,173

5.5

Broadcasting

96,608


123,637

(21.9)

Corporate

(24,816)


(9,761)

***

Total

$                              273,974


$                              395,798

(30.8)






Operating Cash Flow represents operating income for each of the company's business segments plus related depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges.  See Table No. 9 for reconciliation of amounts to the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income.



BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION

Gannett Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited, in thousands of dollars






Table No. 4






Fifty-two weeks ended


Fifty-two weeks ended

% Inc


Dec. 25, 2011


Dec. 26, 2010

 (Dec)

Net Operating Revenues:





Publishing

$                           3,831,108


$                           4,050,839

(5.4)

Digital

686,471


618,259

11.0

Broadcasting

722,410


769,580

(6.1)

Total

$                           5,239,989


$                           5,438,678

(3.7)






Operating Income (net of depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges):





Publishing

$                              477,583


$                              647,741

(26.3)

Digital

125,340


83,355

50.4

Broadcasting

302,140


329,245

(8.2)

Corporate

(74,272)


(60,646)

22.5

Total

$                              830,791


$                              999,695

(16.9)






Depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges:





Publishing

$                              148,537


$                              170,073

(12.7)

Digital

30,693


43,313

(29.1)

Broadcasting

28,926


40,460

(28.5)

Corporate

16,460


17,039

(3.4)

Total

$                              224,616


$                              270,885

(17.1)






Operating Cash Flow:





Publishing

$                              626,120


$                              817,814

(23.4)

Digital

156,033


126,668

23.2

Broadcasting

331,066


369,705

(10.5)

Corporate

(57,812)


(43,607)

32.6

Total

$                           1,055,407


$                           1,270,580

(16.9)






Operating Cash Flow represents operating income for each of the company's business segments plus related depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges.  See Table No. 9 for reconciliation of amounts to the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income.



NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Gannett Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited, in thousands of dollars (except per share amounts)
















The company uses non-GAAP financial performance and liquidity measures to supplement the financial information presented on a GAAP basis.  These non-GAAP financial measures are not to be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures, and should be read only in conjunction with financial information presented on a GAAP basis.


Tables No. 5 through No. 10 reconcile the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.
















Table No. 5



























Non-GAAP





GAAP Measure


Special Items


Measure











Former













Facility


Chairman













consolidation


and CEO









Thirteen




and asset


incremental


Tax benefit of


Thirteen





weeks ended


Workforce


impairment


retirement


business stock


weeks ended





Dec. 25, 2011


restructuring


charges


charges


deduction


Dec. 25, 2011

















Cost of sales and operating expenses,  















exclusive of depreciation


$                 782,040


$               (46,468)


$                        -


$                           -


$                           -


$               735,572


Selling, general and administrative expenses,















exclusive of depreciation


331,741


(3,984)


-


(14,738)


-


313,019


Facility consolidation and asset impairment  















charges


13,193


-


(13,193)


-


-


-


Operating expenses


1,175,495


(50,452)


(13,193)


(14,738)


-


1,097,112


Operating income  


212,260


50,452


13,193


14,738


-


290,643


Equity income (loss) in unconsolidated investees, net


(5,797)


-


13,862


-


-


8,065


Other non-operating items


(14,854)


-


14,529


-


-


(325)


Total non-operating (expense) income


(61,482)


-


28,391


-


-


(33,091)


Income before income taxes


150,778


50,452


41,584


14,738


-


257,552


Provision for income taxes


26,100


19,400


15,300


5,900


10,700


77,400


Net income


124,678


31,052


26,284


8,838


(10,700)


180,152


Net income attributable to Gannett Co., Inc.


116,940


31,052


26,284


8,838


(10,700)


172,414


Net income per share - diluted


$                       0.49


$                     0.13


$                     0.11


$                       0.04


$                      (0.04)


$                     0.72

(a)
















(a) Total per share amount does not sum due to rounding.








































Non-GAAP









GAAP Measure


Special Items


Measure













Facility















consolidation











Thirteen




and asset


Thirteen









weeks ended


Workforce


impairment


weeks ended









Dec. 26, 2010


restructuring


charges


Dec. 26, 2010





















Cost of sales and operating expenses,  















exclusive of depreciation


$                 755,451


$                 (2,333)


$                        -


$                 753,118






Selling, general and administrative expenses,















exclusive of depreciation


310,366


(1,235)


-


309,131






Facility consolidation and asset impairment  















charges


33,964


-


(33,964)


-






Operating expenses


1,151,847


(3,568)


(33,964)


1,114,315






Operating income  


309,768


3,568


33,964


347,300






Equity income in unconsolidated investees, net


4,063


-


2,731


6,794






Total non-operating (expense) income


(41,051)


-


2,731


(38,320)






Income before income taxes


268,717


3,568


36,695


308,980






Provision for income taxes


84,800


1,648


12,252


98,700






Net income


183,917


1,920


24,443


210,280






Net income attributable to Gannett Co., Inc.


174,135


1,920


24,443


200,498






Net income per share - diluted


$                       0.72


$                     0.01


$                     0.10


$                       0.83








NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Gannett Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited, in thousands of dollars (except per share amounts)


















Table No. 6































Non-GAAP





GAAP Measure


Special Items


Measure











Former















Facility


Chairman















consolidation


and CEO


Prior year









Fifty-two




and asset


incremental


tax reserve


Tax benefit of


Fifty-two





weeks ended


Workforce


impairment


retirement


adjustments,


business stock


weeks ended





Dec. 25, 2011


restructuring


charges


charges


net


deduction


Dec. 25, 2011



















Cost of sales and operating expenses,  

















exclusive of depreciation


$        2,961,097


$           (66,145)


$                    -


$                    -


$                    -


$                    -


$        2,894,952


Selling, general and administrative expenses,

















exclusive of depreciation


1,223,485


(7,751)


-


(14,738)


-


-


1,200,996


Facility consolidation and asset impairment  

















charges


27,243


-


(27,243)


-


-


-


-


Operating expenses


4,409,198


(73,896)


(27,243)


(14,738)


-


-


4,293,321


Operating income  


830,791


73,896


27,243


14,738


-


-


946,668


Equity income in unconsolidated investees, net


8,197


-


15,739


-


-


-


23,936


Other non-operating items


(12,921)


-


14,529


-


-


-


1,608


Total non-operating (expense) income


(177,864)


-


30,268


-


-


-


(147,596)


Income before income taxes


652,927


73,896


57,511


14,738


-


-


799,072


Provision for income taxes


152,800


28,300


21,700


5,900


20,100


10,700


239,500


Net income


500,127


45,596


35,811


8,838


(20,100)


(10,700)


559,572


Net income attributable to Gannett Co., Inc.


458,748


45,596


35,811


8,838


(20,100)


(10,700)


518,193


Net income per share - diluted


$                 1.89


$                 0.19


$                 0.15


$                 0.04


$               (0.08)


$               (0.04)


$                 2.13

(a)


















(a) Total per share amount does not sum due to rounding.





















































































Non-GAAP





GAAP Measure


Special Items


Measure









Facility

















consolidation













Fifty-two




and asset


Tax change


Prior year




Fifty-two





weeks ended


Workforce


impairment


for health care


tax reserve


Discontinued


weeks ended





Dec. 26, 2010


restructuring


charges


legislation


adjustments, net


operations


Dec. 26, 2010



















Cost of sales and operating expenses,  

















exclusive of depreciation


$        2,980,465


$             (9,480)


$                    -


$                    -


$                    -


$                    -


$        2,970,985


Selling, general and administrative expenses,

















exclusive of depreciation


1,187,633


(2,176)


-


-


-


-


1,185,457


Facility consolidation and asset impairment  

















charges


57,009


-


(57,009)


-


-


-


-


Operating expenses


4,438,983


(11,656)


(57,009)


-


-


-


4,370,318


Operating income  


999,695


11,656


57,009


-


-


-


1,068,360


Equity income in unconsolidated investees, net


19,140


-


2,731


-


-


-


21,871


Total non-operating (expense) income


(153,735)


-


2,731


-


-


-


(151,004)


Income before income taxes


845,960


11,656


59,740


-


-


-


917,356


Provision for income taxes


244,013


4,648


17,052


(2,200)


28,700


-


292,213


Net income


622,820


7,008


42,688


2,200


(28,700)


(20,873)


625,143


Net income attributable to Gannett Co., Inc.


588,201


7,008


42,688


2,200


(28,700)


(20,873)


590,524


Net income per share - diluted


$                 2.43


$                 0.03


$                 0.18


$                 0.01


$               (0.12)


$               (0.08)


$                 2.44

(a)


















(a) Total per share amount does not sum due to rounding.



NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Gannett Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited, in thousands of dollars












Table No. 7





















Non-GAAP



GAAP Measure


Special Items


Measure









Former











Chairman









Facility


and CEO





Thirteen




consolidation and


incremental


Thirteen



weeks ended


Workforce


asset impairment


retirement


weeks ended



Dec. 25, 2011


restructuring


charges


charges


Dec. 25, 2011

Operating Income











Publishing


$                 113,398


$                   49,785


$                   13,193


$                          -


$                 176,376

Digital


38,732


-


-


-


38,732

Broadcasting


89,724


667


-


-


90,391

Corporate


(29,594)


-


-


14,738


(14,856)

Total Operating Income


$                 212,260


$                   50,452


$                   13,193


$                   14,738


$                 290,643












Depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges











Publishing


$                   42,160


$                          -


$                 (13,193)


$                          -


$                   28,967

Digital


7,892


-


-


-


7,892

Broadcasting


6,884


-


-


-


6,884

Corporate


4,778


-


-


-


4,778

Total depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges


$                   61,714


$                          -


$                 (13,193)


$                          -


$                   48,521












Operating Cash Flow (a)











Publishing


$                 155,558


$                   49,785


$                          -


$                          -


$                 205,343

Digital


46,624


-


-


-


46,624

Broadcasting


96,608


667


-


-


97,275

Corporate


(24,816)


-


-


14,738


(10,078)

Total Operating Cash Flow


$                 273,974


$                   50,452


$                          -


$                   14,738


$                 339,164












(a) Refer to Table No. 9.






























Non-GAAP





GAAP Measure


Special Items


Measure









Facility







Thirteen




consolidation and


Thirteen





weeks ended


Workforce


asset impairment


weeks ended





Dec. 26, 2010


restructuring


charges


Dec. 26, 2010



Operating Income











Publishing


$                 172,092


$                     2,437


$                   33,532


$                 208,061



Digital


36,784


991


-


37,775



Broadcasting


115,757


140


432


116,329



Corporate


(14,865)


-


-


(14,865)



Total Operating Income


$                 309,768


$                     3,568


$                   33,964


$                 347,300














Depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges











Publishing


$                   65,657


$                          -


$                 (33,532)


$                   32,125



Digital


7,389


-


-


7,389



Broadcasting


7,880


-


(432)


7,448



Corporate


5,104


-


-


5,104



Total depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges


$                   86,030


$                          -


$                 (33,964)


$                   52,066














Operating Cash Flow (a)











Publishing


$                 237,749


$                     2,437


$                          -


$                 240,186



Digital


44,173


991


-


45,164



Broadcasting


123,637


140


-


123,777



Corporate


(9,761)


-


-


(9,761)



Total Operating Cash Flow


$                 395,798


$                     3,568


$                          -


$                 399,366














(a) Refer to Table No. 9.



NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Gannett Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited, in thousands of dollars












Table No. 8





















Non-GAAP



GAAP Measure


Special Items


Measure









Former











Chairman









Facility


and CEO





Fifty-two




consolidation and


incremental


Fifty-two



weeks ended


Workforce


asset impairment


retirement


weeks ended



Dec. 25, 2011


restructuring


charges


charges


Dec. 25, 2011

Operating Income











Publishing


$                 477,583


$                   73,229


$                   27,243


$                          -


$                 578,055

Digital


125,340


-


-


-


125,340

Broadcasting


302,140


667


-


-


302,807

Corporate


(74,272)


-


-


14,738


(59,534)

Total Operating Income


$                 830,791


$                   73,896


$                   27,243


$                   14,738


$                 946,668












Depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges











Publishing


$                 148,537


$                          -


$                 (27,243)


$                          -


$                 121,294

Digital


30,693


-


-


-


30,693

Broadcasting


28,926


-


-


-


28,926

Corporate


16,460


-


-


-


16,460

Total depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges


$                 224,616


$                          -


$                 (27,243)


$                          -


$                 197,373












Operating Cash Flow (a)











Publishing


$                 626,120


$                   73,229


$                          -


$                          -


$                 699,349

Digital


156,033


-


-


-


156,033

Broadcasting


331,066


667


-


-


331,733

Corporate


(57,812)


-


-


14,738


(43,074)

Total Operating Cash Flow


$              1,055,407


$                   73,896


$                          -


$                   14,738


$              1,144,041












(a) Refer to Table No. 9.






























Non-GAAP





GAAP Measure


Special Items


Measure









Facility







Fifty-two




consolidation and


Fifty-two





weeks ended


Workforce


asset impairment


weeks ended





Dec. 26, 2010


restructuring


charges


Dec. 26, 2010



Operating Income











Publishing


$                 647,741


$                     9,726


$                   35,720


$                 693,187



Digital


83,355


1,411


12,535


97,301



Broadcasting


329,245


519


8,754


338,518



Corporate


(60,646)


-


-


(60,646)



Total Operating Income


$                 999,695


$                   11,656


$                   57,009


$              1,068,360














Depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges











Publishing


$                 170,073


$                          -


$                 (35,720)


$                 134,353



Digital


43,313


-


(12,535)


30,778



Broadcasting


40,460


-


(8,754)


31,706



Corporate


17,039


-


-


17,039



Total depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges


$                 270,885


$                          -


$                 (57,009)


$                 213,876














Operating Cash Flow (a)











Publishing


$                 817,814


$                     9,726


$                          -


$                 827,540



Digital


126,668


1,411


-


128,079



Broadcasting


369,705


519


-


370,224



Corporate


(43,607)


-


-


(43,607)



Total Operating Cash Flow


$              1,270,580


$                   11,656


$                          -


$              1,282,236














(a) Refer to Table No. 9.



NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Gannett Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited, in thousands of dollars












Table No. 9






















"Operating cash flow," a non-GAAP measure, is defined as operating income plus depreciation, amortization and facility consolidation and asset impairment charges.  Management believes that use of this measure allows investors and management to measure, analyze and compare the performance of its business segment operations at a more detailed level and in a meaningful and consistent manner.


A reconciliation of these non-GAAP amounts to the company's operating income, which the company believes is the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP on the company's consolidated statements of income, follows:























Thirteen weeks ended Dec. 25, 2011
























Publishing


Digital


Broadcasting


Corporate


Consolidated Total












Operating cash flow


$        155,558


$          46,624


$                96,608


$        (24,816)


$           273,974

Less:











Depreciation


(25,325)


(3,962)


(6,703)


(4,778)


(40,768)

Amortization


(3,642)


(3,930)


(181)


-


(7,753)

Facility consolidation and asset impairment charges


(13,193)


-


-


-


(13,193)

Operating income as reported (GAAP basis)


$        113,398


$          38,732


$                89,724


$        (29,594)


$           212,260























Thirteen weeks ended Dec. 26, 2010
























Publishing


Digital


Broadcasting


Corporate


Consolidated Total












Operating cash flow


$        237,749


$          44,173


$              123,637


$          (9,761)


$           395,798

Less:











Depreciation


(28,634)


(3,438)


(7,234)


(5,104)


(44,410)

Amortization


(3,491)


(3,951)


(214)


-


(7,656)

Facility consolidation and asset impairment charges


(33,532)


-


(432)


-


(33,964)

Operating income as reported (GAAP basis)


$        172,092


$          36,784


$              115,757


$        (14,865)


$           309,768























Fifty-two weeks ended Dec. 25, 2011
























Publishing


Digital


Broadcasting


Corporate


Consolidated Total












Operating cash flow


$        626,120


$        156,033


$              331,066


$        (57,812)


$        1,055,407

Less:











Depreciation


(106,268)


(14,810)


(28,201)


(16,460)


(165,739)

Amortization


(15,026)


(15,883)


(725)


-


(31,634)

Facility consolidation and asset impairment charges


(27,243)


-


-


-


(27,243)

Operating income as reported (GAAP basis)


$        477,583


$        125,340


$              302,140


$        (74,272)


$           830,791























Fifty-two weeks ended Dec. 26, 2010
























Publishing


Digital


Broadcasting


Corporate


Consolidated Total












Operating cash flow


$        817,814


$        126,668


$              369,705


$        (43,607)


$        1,270,580

Less:











Depreciation


(120,209)


(14,417)


(30,849)


(17,039)


(182,514)

Amortization


(14,144)


(16,361)


(857)


-


(31,362)

Facility consolidation and asset impairment charges


(35,720)


(12,535)


(8,754)


-


(57,009)

Operating income as reported (GAAP basis)


$        647,741


$          83,355


$              329,245


$        (60,646)


$           999,695



NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Gannett Co., Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited, in thousands of dollars






Table No. 10










"Free cash flow" is a non-GAAP liquidity measure used in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP.  Free cash flow should not be relied upon to the exclusion of GAAP financial measures.  

Free cash flow is a non-GAAP liquidity measure that is defined as "Net cash flow from operating activities" as reported on the statement of cash flows reduced by "Purchase of property, plant and equipment" as well as "Payments for investments" and increased by "Proceeds from investments."  The company uses free cash flow because it believes this measure presents a useful business metric to evaluate the liquidity generated by its businesses.








Thirteen


Fifty-two



weeks ended


weeks ended



Dec. 25, 2011


Dec. 25, 2011






Net cash flow from operating activities


$             210,976


$            814,136

Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(26,072)


(72,451)

Payments for investments


(3,359)


(19,406)

Proceeds from investments


21,765


52,982

Free cash flow


$             203,310


$            775,261



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