|TEGNA INC filed this Form 10-Q on 11/08/2018|
A majority of our capital expenditures for the FCC spectrum repacking project will occur in 2018 and 2019, and we estimate that in total we will spend approximately $42.0 million on the project. During the nine months ended September 30, 2018, we spent approximately $6.6 million in capital expenditures on the spectrum repacking project and this is reflected in the line Purchase of property and equipment within the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows. We received FCC reimbursements during the first nine months of 2018 of $5.1 million, which were reflected in the line Reimbursement from spectrum repacking. We believe that the FCC will reimburse us for substantially all of our expenditures related to the repack project.
Financing Activities - Cash flow used by financing activities was $84.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, compared to $197.2 million for the same period in 2017. The change was primarily due to activity on our revolving credit facility and dividend payments. Activity on our revolving credit facility in the first nine months of 2018 resulted in a net inflow of $72.0 million, which includes an inflow of $220.0 million to partially fund our acquisition of KFMB, offset by repayments made subsequent to acquisition. With regards to 2017 debt activity, prior to the completion of the spin-off, Cars.com borrowed approximately $675.0 million under a revolving credit facility agreement, while incurring $6.2 million of debt issuance costs. The proceeds were used to make a one time tax-free cash distribution of $650.0 million from Cars.com to TEGNA. We used most of the cash received to pay down our then outstanding revolving credit balance of $609.9 million. Total net payments on the revolving credit facility in the first nine months of 2017 were $635.0 million.
Also contributing to the fluctuation were dividend payments which resulted in cash outflows of $45.2 million in the first nine months of 2018 as compared to $75.1 million in the same period in 2017 and a one time cash transfer of $20.1 million to Cars.com in connection with the spin-off in 2017.
Certain Factors Affecting Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q contain forward-looking statements regarding business strategies, market potential, future financial performance and other matters. The words “believe,” “expect,” “estimate,” “could,” “should,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “project” and similar expressions, among others, generally identify “forward-looking statements”. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, including those described under Item 1A. “Risk Factors” in our 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Our actual financial results may be different from those projected due to the inherent nature of projections. Given these uncertainties, forward-looking statements should not be relied on in making investment decisions. The forward-looking statements contained in this Form 10-Q speak only as of the date of its filing. Except where required by applicable law, we expressly disclaim a duty to provide updates to forward-looking statements after the date of this Form 10-Q to reflect subsequent events, changed circumstances, changes in expectations, or the estimates and assumptions associated with them. The forward-looking statements in this Form 10-Q are intended to be subject to the safe harbor protection provided by the federal securities laws.
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk
For quantitative and qualitative disclosures about market risk, refer to the following section of our 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K: “Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk.” Our exposures to market risk have not changed materially since December 31, 2017.
As of September 30, 2018, approximately $2.69 billion of our debt has a fixed interest rate (which represents approximately 90% of our total principal debt obligation). Our remaining debt obligation of $322.2 million has floating interest rates. These obligations fluctuate with market interest rates. By way of comparison, a 50 basis points increase or decrease in the average interest rate for these obligations would result in a change in annualized interest expense of approximately $1.6 million. The fair value of our total debt, based on bid and ask quotes for the related debt, totaled $3.06 billion as of September 30, 2018 and $3.16 billion as of December 31, 2017.
Item 4. Controls and Procedures
Our management, with the participation of our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, has evaluated the effectiveness of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures as of September 30, 2018. Based on that evaluation, our principal executive officer and principal financial officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures are effective, as of September 30, 2018, to ensure that information required to be disclosed in the reports that we file or submit under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 are recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules and forms.
There have been no material changes in our internal controls or in other factors during the fiscal quarter that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal controls over financial reporting.