As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 15, 1994
Registration No. 33-______
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
GANNETT CO., INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction of (I.R.S. Employer
Incorporation or Organization) Identification No.)
1100 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22234
(Address, Including Zip Code, and Telephone Number, Including
Area Code, of Registrant's Principal Executive Offices)
Thomas L. Chapple, Esq.
General Counsel and Secretary
Gannett Co., Inc.
1100 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22234
(Name, Address, Including Zip Code, and Telephone Number,
Including Area Code, of Agent For Service)
Joseph H. Reynolds, Esq.
Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle
One Thomas Circle, N.W., Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20005
Approximate date of commencement of proposed sale to the public:
From time to time after the effective date of this Registration Statement.
If the only securities being registered on this form are being
offered pursuant to dividend or interest reinvestment plans, please check
the following box. _____
If any of the securities being offered on this form are to be offered
on a delayed or continuous basis pursuant to Rule 415 under the Securities
Act of 1933, other than securities offered only in connection with
dividend or interest reinvestment plans, check the following box. __X__
CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE
Amount Proposed Maximum Proposed Maximum
Title of Shares to be Offering Price Aggregate Amount of
to be Registered Registered Per Share * Offering Price * Registration Fee
The Registrant hereby amends this Registration Statement on such date
or dates as may be necessary to delay its effective date until the
Registrant shall file a further amendment which specifically states that
this Registration Statement shall thereafter become effective in
accordance with Section 8(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 or until the
Registration Statement shall become effective on such date as the
Commission, acting pursuant to said Section 8(a), may determine.
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GANNETT CO., INC.
($1.00 Par Value)
This Prospectus covers shares of Common Stock, $1.00 par value
("Common Stock"), of Gannett Co., Inc. (the "Company") being offered from
time to time by the persons and entities named under the section entitled
Holders of the shares of Common Stock offered hereby (the "Shares")
may sell the Shares from time to time in transactions on the New York
Stock Exchange. See "Plan of Distribution." Sales of the Shares may be
effected by selling them to or through broker-dealers who may include
Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., and such broker-dealers may receive
compensation in the form of discounts, concessions or commissions from the
sellers thereof. Such sellers and any broker-dealer who acts in
connection with the sales of the Shares may be deemed to be "underwriters"
as that term is defined in the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the
"Securities Act"), and any commissions received by them and profit on any
resale of the Shares might be deemed to be underwriting discounts,
concessions or commissions under the Securities Act.
None of the proceeds from the sale of the Shares will be received by
the Company. The Company has agreed to bear all expenses (other than
underwriting discounts and concessions, selling commissions and fees and
expenses of counsel and other advisors to the Selling Stockholders) in
connection with the registration and sale of the Shares. See "Plan of
The Common Stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the
symbol "GCI." On April 12, 1994, the reported closing price of the Common
Stock on the New York Stock Exchange was $52.375 per share.
THESE SECURITIES HAVE NOT BEEN APPROVED OR DISAPPROVED BY THE
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION OR ANY STATE SECURITIES COMMISSION NOR
HAS THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION OR ANY STATE SECURITIES
COMMISSION PASSED UPON THE ACCURACY OR ADEQUACY OF THIS PROSPECTUS. ANY
REPRESENTATION TO THE CONTRARY IS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE.
No dealer, salesman or other person has been authorized to give any
information or to make any representations not contained or incorporated
by reference in this Prospectus, and, if given or made, such information
or representations must not be relied upon as having been authorized by
the Company or by any other person. All information contained in this
Prospectus is as of the date of this Prospectus. Neither the delivery of
this Prospectus nor any sale made hereunder shall, under any
circumstances, create any implication that there has been no change in the
affairs of the Company or in the facts herein set forth since the date
hereof. This Prospectus does not constitute an offer to sell or a
solicitation of any offer to buy any security other than the securities
covered by this Prospectus, nor does it constitute an offer to or
solicitation of any person in any jurisdiction in which such offer or
solicitation may not be lawfully made.
The date of this Prospectus is April 15, 1994.
GANNETT CO., INC.
The Company is a diversified information company with three principal
business segments: (i) newspaper publishing, (ii) broadcasting, and (iii)
outdoor advertising. Approximately 98 percent of the Company's revenue is
from domestic operations but it also has foreign operations in Canada and
certain European, Asian and other foreign markets. The Company was
incorporated in New York in 1923 and was reincorporated in Delaware in
The Company's newspapers make up the largest newspaper group in the
United States in circulation. The Company operates 83 daily newspapers
with a total average daily circulation of more than 6.3 million for 1993,
including USA TODAY. The Company also publishes USA Weekend, a weekend
newspaper magazine, and a number of non-daily publications.
On December 26, 1993, the Company's broadcasting division included
ten television stations in markets with more than 11 million households
and 11 radio stations in markets with a listening population of more than
The Company's outdoor division is the largest in North America with
operations in 11 states and Canada. It includes 12 outdoor advertising
companies and transit and transit shelter advertising operations and a
The Company also owns the following: Gannett News Service, which
provides news services; Gannett National Newspaper Sales, which markets
the Company's nationwide newspaper advertising resources; Gannett Offset,
which coordinates the sale, marketing and production of commercial offset
printing done for national and regional customers at many of the Company's
newspapers with offset presses and at the Company's offset printing
facilities at seven locations; Louis Harris & Associates, the
international opinion research firm; electronic information services,
including USA TODAY Hot Lines and USA TODAY Sports and Information Center;
USA TODAY Sky Radio, an audio news and entertainment service for
commercial airlines; Gannett Direct Marketing Services, a direct marketing
company with operations in Louisville, Ky.; Telematch, a telephone
database service; Gannett Community Directories of New Jersey,
yellow-pages publishing; The Add Sheet, a group of weekly advertising
shoppers; and Gannett TeleMarketing, a telephone sales and marketing
The Company's principal executive offices are located at 1100 Wilson
Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22234; telephone (703) 284-6000.
First Quarter Earnings Announcement
On April 12, 1994, the Company announced that earnings advanced 17
percent in the first quarter of 1994 to 54 cents per share, a new record.
In the year earlier period, earnings were 46 cents per share.
Net income increased 19 percent in the quarter to $78,711,000 from
$66,342,000 in the 1993 quarter. Operating revenues gained 4 percent to
$876,625,000 compared to $844,730,000 as accelerating economic growth
fueled stronger advertising demand. Operating income advanced 19 percent
to $142,456,000, because costs increased just over one percent.
Approximately 147 million shares were outstanding in the first
quarter of 1994, compared to almost 146 million shares in the 1993
In a statement, the Company said stronger demand for classified
advertising contributed significantly to newspaper revenue gains in the
quarter, while uniformly strong broadcasting results were buoyed by Winter
Olympics advertising on its two CBS-affiliated television stations.
Newspaper profits grew 9 percent to $142,660,000. Newspaper revenues
advanced 4 percent in the quarter to $745,697,000. Advertising revenues
gained 6 percent, including an 11 percent gain in classified revenues.
Help wanted classified gains were sequentially higher each month.
At USA TODAY, advertising revenues were even with the record 1993
level. Paid advertising pages totaled 931, down 4 percent from 1993's 970
Broadcasting profits jumped 134 percent to $21,173,000 from
$9,036,000 in the 1993 quarter. Pro forma television revenues advanced 9
percent and earnings improved significantly, reflecting revenue gains and
slightly lower costs. Radio revenues rose 8 percent, but on a pro forma
basis were up 27 percent. Radio costs were modestly higher and the group
reported a sharp rebound in profits from year-earlier results. Broadcast
earnings comparisons with 1993 were also favorably affected by the recent
sale of four radio stations and the Company's television station in
Outdoor advertising revenues declined 2 percent to $46,921,000 in the
quarter, and its seasonal loss was $4,729,000 compared to a loss of
$4,061,000 in the 1993 quarter.
The Company is subject to the informational requirements of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act") and in accordance
therewith files reports, proxy statements and other information with the
Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission"). Such reports,
proxy statements and other information can be inspected and copied at the
public reference facilities maintained by the Commission at 450 Fifth
Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20549 and at the following regional
offices: Citicorp Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1400, Chicago,
Illinois 60661; and Seven World Trade Center, Suite 1300, New York, New
York 10048. Copies of such material can be obtained from the Public
Reference Section of the Commission at 450 Fifth Street, N.W., Washington,
D.C. 20549 at prescribed rates. Such reports, proxy statements and other
information also may be inspected at the offices of the New York Stock
Exchange, Inc., 20 Broad Street, New York, New York 10005.
INCORPORATION OF CERTAIN DOCUMENTS BY REFERENCE
Incorporated herein by reference is the Company's Annual Report on
Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 26, 1993 and the description
of the Common Stock set forth on pages 16 and 17 of the prospectus
included in the Company's Registration Statement No. 33-28413 on Form S-8,
including any amendment or report filed for the purpose of updating such
description and including the description of the Rights Plan of Gannett,
included in the Company's Report on Form 8-K filed on May 23, 1990.
All documents filed by the Company pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c)
14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act after the date of this Prospectus and
prior to the termination of the offering of the Shares shall be deemed to
be incorporated by reference into this Prospectus and to be a part hereof
from the date of filing of such documents.
The Company undertakes to provide without charge to each person,
including any beneficial owner, to whom this Prospectus is delivered, on
the written or oral request of any such person, a copy of any or all of
the foregoing documents incorporated herein by reference (other than
exhibits to such documents). All requests should be directed to the
Secretary, Gannett Co., Inc., 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia
22234, telephone (703) 284-6961.
THE SELLING SHAREHOLDERS
All of the Shares are offered by the Selling Shareholders. Any sales
of the Shares will be for the account of such persons or entities and none
of the proceeds of such offering will be received by the Company.
The following table sets forth, with respect to the Selling
Shareholders, the number of shares of Common Stock owned by each Selling
Shareholder prior to this offering, the number of shares of Common Stock
offered for each Selling Shareholder's account and the number of shares of
Common Stock owned by each Selling Shareholder after completion of this
offering (which in each case represents less than 1% of the total
outstanding shares of Common Stock):
Common Stock, 134,653 $53.06 $7,144,688.18 $2,463.68
$1.00 Par Value Shares
* This calculation is made solely for the purpose of calculating the amount of the
registration fee pursuant to Rule 457(h) under the Securities Act of 1933 and is
based upon the average of the high and low reported sale prices of the registrant's
Common Stock on the New York Stock Exchange reported on April 12, 1994.
SELLING SHAREHOLDERS INFORMATION
Shares of Shares Owned
Common Stock Shares of After Completion
Owned Prior to Common Stock of This
This Offering Offered Offering
PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION
The Shares are being registered to permit public secondary sales of
the Shares by the Selling Shareholders from time to time after the date of
this Prospectus for a period of thirty (30) days. The Company has agreed,
among other things, to bear all expenses (other than underwriting
discounts and concessions, selling commissions and fees and expenses of
counsel and other advisors to the Selling Shareholders) in connection with
the registration and sale of the Shares. None of the proceeds from the
sale of the Shares will be received by the Company.
The Selling Shareholders have advised the Company that they may sell
all or a portion of the Shares from time to time in transactions executed
on the New York Stock Exchange, to or through one or more brokers or
dealers who may include Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., at prices prevailing
on such exchange at the times of such sales. The Selling Shareholders may
also make private sales directly or through such brokers or dealers,
including sales to such brokers or dealers. Brokers or dealers
participating in such transactions may receive customary brokerage
commissions or underwriting discounts or concessions from the Selling
Shareholders. In effecting sales, brokers or dealers engaged by the
Selling Shareholders may arrange for other brokers or dealers to
participate. In connection with such sales, the Selling Shareholders and
the brokers or dealers participating in such sales may be deemed to be
underwriters within the meaning of the Securities Act and may be deemed to
have received underwriting compensation under the Securities Act.
Certain legal matters with respect to the legality of the Shares have
been passed upon for the Company by Thomas L. Chapple, General Counsel and
Secretary of the Company.
The financial statements incorporated in this Prospectus by reference
to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December
26, 1993 have been so incorporated in reliance on the report of Price
Waterhouse, independent accountants, given on the authority of that firm
as experts in auditing and accounting.
INFORMATION NOT REQUIRED IN PROSPECTUS
Item 14. Other Expenses of Issuance and Distribution.
Registration Fee $ 2,463.68
Blue Sky Fees and Expenses 100.00
Accounting Fees and Expenses 1,000.00
Legal Fees and Expenses 8,000.00 *
Transfer Agent Fees and Expenses 100.00 *
Miscellaneous 336.32 *
Total $ 12,000.00
All of the above expenses will be borne by the Company.
Item 15. Indemnification of Directors and Officers.
The Delaware General Corporation Law provides that, under
certain circumstances, directors, officers, employees and agents of a
Delaware corporation may be indemnified against expenses, judgments, fines
and amounts paid in settlement actually and reasonably incurred by them in
connection with settling, or otherwise disposing of, suits or threatened
suits, to which they are a party or threatened to be named a party by
reason of acting in any of such capacities, if such person acted in a
manner such person believed in good faith to be in, or not opposed to, the
best interests of the corporation. The Company's By-Laws provide for
indemnification of officers and directors to the fullest extent permitted
by such Delaware law. The Company's Certificate of Incorporation limits
the potential personal monetary liability of the members of the Company's
Board of Directors to the Company or its stockholders for certain breaches
of their duty of care or other duty as a Director.
Item 16. Exhibits.
See Exhibit Index.
Item 17. Undertakings.
The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes:
(1) To file, during any period in which offers or sales are
being made, a post-effective amendment to this registration statement:
(i) To include any prospectus required by Section
10(a)(3) of the Securities Act of 1933;
(ii) To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events
arising after the effective date of the registration statement (or the
most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in
the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth
in the registration statement;
(iii) To include any material information with respect
to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the registration
statement or any material change to such information in the registration
Provided, however, that paragraphs (1)(i) and (1)(ii) do not
apply if the information required to be included in a
post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in
the periodic reports filed by the registrant pursuant to
Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934 that are incorporated by reference in this Registration
(2) That, for the purpose of determining any liability
under the Securities Act of 1933, each such post-effective amendment shall
be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities
offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be
deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
(3) To remove from registration by means of a
post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which
remain unsold at the termination of the offering.
(4) That, for purposes of determining any liability under
the Securities Act of 1933, each filing of the registrant's annual report
pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act
of 1934 (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan's
annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934) that is incorporated by reference in the registration statement
shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the
securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that
time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.
Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the
Securities Act of 1933 may be permitted to directors, officers and
controlling persons of the registrant pursuant to the foregoing
provisions, or otherwise, the registrant has been advised that in the
opinion of the Securities and Exchange Commission such indemnification is
against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is,
therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification
against such liabilities (other than the payment by the registrant of
expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of
the registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or
proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in
connection with the securities being registered, the registrant will,
unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by
controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the
question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as
expressed in the Securities Act of 1933 and will be governed by the final
adjudication of such issue.
SIGNATURES AND POWER OF ATTORNEY
Each person whose signature appears below hereby constitutes and
appoints John J. Curley, Douglas H. McCorkindale and Thomas L. Chapple, or
any one of them, acting alone, as his true and lawful attorney-in-fact,
with full power and authority to execute in the name, place and stead of
each such person in any and all capacities and to file, an amendment or
amendments to this Registration Statement (and all exhibits thereto) and
any documents relating thereto, which amendment may make such changes in
this Registration Statement as said officer or officers so acting deem(s)
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the
registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it
meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-3 and has duly caused
this Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned,
thereunto duly authorized, in the County of Arlington, Commonwealth of
Virginia, on April 15, 1994.
GANNETT CO., INC.
By: s/ Douglas H. McCorkindale
Douglas H. McCorkindale
Title: Vice Chairman and Chief Financial and
Administrative Officer, Director
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this
Registration Statement has been signed by the following persons in the
capacities and on the dates indicated.
Signatures Title Date
s/ John J. Curley Chairman, President and April 5, 1994
- --------------------------- Chief Executive Officer,
John J. Curley Director
s/ Douglas H. McCorkindale Vice Chairman and Chief April 6, 1994
- --------------------------- Financial and Admin-
Douglas H. McCorkindale istrative Officer, Director
s/ Larry F. Miller Senior Vice President, April 13, 1994
- --------------------------- Financial Planning and
Larry F. Miller Controller
s/ Andrew F. Brimmer
Andrew F. Brimmer Director April 8, 1994
s/ Meredith A. Brokaw
Meredith A. Brokaw Director April 13, 1994
s/ Rosalynn Carter
Rosalynn Carter Director April 9, 1994
s/ Peter B. Clark
Peter B. Clark Director April 10, 1994
s/ Stuart T. K. Ho
Stuart T. K. Ho Director April 8, 1994
s/ John J. Louis, Jr.
John J. Louis, Jr. Director April 8, 1994
s/ Rollan D. Melton
Rollan D. Melton Director April 8, 1994
s/ Thomas A. Reynolds, Jr.
Thomas A. Reynolds, Jr. Director April 13, 1994
s/ Carl T. Rowan
Carl T. Rowan Director April 8, 1994
s/ Dolores D. Wharton
Dolores D. Wharton Director April 8, 1994
Margaret Fivash 70,777 46,356 24,421
Scott Fivash 2,043 1,531 512
First Hawaiian Bank, Herbert 25,920 19,412 6,508
Grossman and Stuart T.K. Ho,
successor trustees of the Philip T.
Gialanella, Revocable Living Trust
dated 1/17/90 (1)
Paul I. deVille Revocable 6,623 4,961 1,662
Living Trust dated 7/28/89 (2)
William Jeffrey Pfeffer 19,950 1,200 18,750
H. Graham Salisbury (3) 60,816 10,000 50,816
Kenneth T. Uemura Revocable 581 428 153
Living Trust dated 12/29/87 (4)
American Trust Co. of HI Co. 67,213 50,337 16,876
Trustee for Twigg-Smith
Education Trust (5)
Gerald Keir 571 428 143
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254,494 134,653 119,841
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(1) The settlor of this trust, Philip T. Gialanella, now deceased, was an officer, director and
shareholder of Persis Corporation ("Persis") which merged with and into the Company pursuant
to an Agreement and Plan of Merger dated September 2, 1992.
(2) The settlor of this trust, Paul I. deVille, was an officer and shareholder of Persis.
(3) Mr. Salisbury was a director and shareholder of Persis.
(4) The settlor of this trust, Kenneth T. Uemura, was an officer and shareholder of Persis.
(5) The settlor of this trust, Thurston Twigg-Smith, was an officer, director and shareholder
Number Title or Description Location
4-1 Second Restated Certificate of Incorporated by reference to Exhibit
Incorporation of Gannett Co., Inc. 3-1 to the Company's Form 10-K for
the fiscal year ended December 26,
Certificate of Amendment of the Incorporated by reference to Exhibit
Second Restated Certificate of 3-1 to the Company's Form 10-K for
Incorporation of Gannett Co., Inc. the fiscal year ended December 26,
4-2 By-laws of Gannett Co., Inc. Incorporated by reference to Exhibit
3-2 to the Company's Form 10-K for
the fiscal year ended December 26,
5 Opinion of Thomas L. Chapple, Esq. Attached.
23-1 Consent of Thomas L. Chapple, Esq. Included in Exhibit 5.
23-2 Consent of Price Waterhouse Attached.
24 Power of Attorney Included in signature page.
[Letterhead of Thomas L. Chapple]
April 15, 1994
Gannett Co., Inc.
1100 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22234
RE: Filing of Registration Statement on Form S-3 in
Connection with the Secondary Offering of 134,653
Shares of the Common Stock of Gannett Co., Inc.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
The following opinion is furnished in connection with the filing of
a Registration Statement on Form S-3 (the "Registration Statement") by
Gannett Co., Inc. (the "Company") in connection with the registration of
a total of 134,653 shares of the Company's common stock, $1.00 par palue
(the "Shares"), held by certain shareholders of the Company listed in the
As General Counsel and Secretary of the Company, I am familiar with
the corporate affairs of the Company. In addition, I have examined such
corporate documents and other records as I have deemed necessary to
provide a basis for this opinion.
On the basis of the foregoing and other legal considerations deemed
relevant, I am of the opinion that the Shares are duly authorized, legally
issued, fully paid and non-assessable.
I hereby consent to the filing of this opinion as an exhibit to the
Registration Statement and to the reference to me in the Prospectus made
a part thereof.
Very truly yours,
s/ Thomas L. Chapple
Thomas L. Chapple,
General Counsel and
CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT ACCOUNTANTS
We hereby consent to the incorporation by reference in the Prospectus
constituting part of this Registration Statement on Form S-3 of our report
dated January 27, 1994, which appears on page 47 of the 1993 Annual Report
to Shareholders of Gannett Co., Inc., which is incorporated by reference
in Gannett Co., Inc.'s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year
ended December 26, 1993. We also consent to the incorporation by
reference of our report on the Financial Statement Schedules, which
appears on page 8 of such Annual Report on Form 10-K. We also consent to
the reference to us under the heading "Experts" in such Prospectus.
s/ Price Waterhouse
April 13, 1994