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TEGNA Inc. Reports Strong 2016 Third Quarter Results

Highlights for the third quarter include the following:

  • GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of $0.54 compared to $0.41 per diluted share in the third quarter last year. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of $0.65, an increase of 76 percent year-over-year
  • Total company revenues were 14 percent higher driven by strong Media Segment results
  • Media Segment revenues rose over 23 percent reflecting record advertising revenue related to the Summer Olympics and substantial increases in retransmission and political advertising revenues
  • Net income from continuing operations was $119 million; Adjusted EBITDA totaled $334 million, a 25 percent increase year-over-year
  • Net cash flow from operating activities totaled $226 million; Free cash flow was $197 million
  • On September 7, 2016, announced the spin-off of the Cars.com business unit which is expected to occur in the first half of 2017 and has commenced a strategic review of the CareerBuilder business unit

MCLEAN,Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 2, 2016-- TEGNA Inc. (NYSE:TGNA) today reported GAAP earnings per diluted share from continuing operations of $0.54 for the third quarter of 2016. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.65 for the third quarter of 2016 compared to $0.37 for the third quarter of 2015, an increase of 75.7 percent.

Gracia Martore, president and chief executive officer, said, “We are very proud of the significant progress we made on all fronts this quarter, which culminated in non-GAAP earnings per share growth of 76 percent, as each of our businesses continues to successfully execute its respective growth strategy. At TEGNA Media, our strong NBC footprint led to record Summer Olympic advertising revenue in the quarter. We also benefited from higher political revenue and a 32 percent increase in retransmission revenue, continuing the strong retransmission growth trajectory we’ve seen over the last several years. Advertising related to congressional and gubernatorial elections in the quarter was up substantially compared to past presidential election years. However, political advertising did not achieve expectations due primarily to substantially lower than anticipated spending in the presidential election. In our Digital Segment, strong results at Cars.com were driven by growth in direct channel revenue as well as the acquisition of DealerRater. CareerBuilder benefited from the acquisitions of Aurico and Workterra augmenting strong product sales as it continues its transition toward SaaS-focused products and services.”

Martore continued, “We continue to be on track to complete the spin-off of Cars.com in the first half of 2017, and we are making progress on the strategic review process for CareerBuilder, which is now well underway. As we continue down both of these paths, we remain as sharply focused as ever on growing and innovating across all of our businesses to ensure that we remain at the leading edge of the digital and media landscapes as we close out the year and enter 2017.”

THIRD QUARTER
CONTINUING OPERATIONS

The following table summarizes the year-over-year changes in continuing operations for both GAAP and non-GAAP measures (in thousands).

     
   
GAAP Non-GAAP
Third

Quarter Ended

Sept. 30, 2016

  Third

Quarter Ended

Sept. 27, 2015

Third

Quarter Ended

Sept. 30, 2016

  Third

Quarter Ended

Sept. 27, 2015

 
Operating revenue $ 860,265 $ 757,518 $ 860,265 $ 757,518
Operating expense 596,493   539,416   578,182   539,416
Operating income $ 263,772   $ 218,102   $ 282,083   $ 218,102
 
Net income from continuing operations attributable to TEGNA $ 118,683 $ 93,572 $ 141,367 $ 85,237
 
See Table 3 for reconciliations between non-GAAP measures and the most directly comparable GAAP reported numbers.
 

Total company revenues were 13.6 percent higher in the third quarter of 2016 compared to the third quarter of 2015 reflecting revenue growth in both the Media Segment and Digital Segment.

Operating expenses in the third quarter increased 10.6 percent compared to the third quarter of 2015. On a non-GAAP basis, operating expenses were up 7.2 percent reflecting primarily higher Media Segment expenses. Corporate expenses totaled $16.6 million in the third quarter of 2016. Excluding special items, corporate expenses were $15.0 million.

Operating income was 20.9 percent higher compared to the third quarter in 2015 while operating income on a non-GAAP basis grew 29.3 percent. Net income from continuing operations attributable to TEGNA was 26.8 percent higher compared to third quarter of 2015. Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure detailed in Table 4) increased 24.5 percent to $333.9 million compared to the same quarter in 2015. As a result, the Adjusted EBITDA margin was 3.4 percentage points higher and equaled 38.8 percent in the third quarter of 2016.

Special items in the third quarter of 2016 unfavorably impacted GAAP results by $0.11 per share due primarily to non-cash impairments and expenses related to acquisitions and dispositions (refer to Table 3 for a reconciliation of results on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis).

THIRD QUARTER
TEGNA MEDIA

The following table summarizes the year-over-year changes in select Media Segment revenue categories (in thousands).

 
    Third Quarter Ended  
Sept. 30, 2016   Sept. 27, 2015 Percentage Change
Core (Local & National) $ 282,676 $ 254,243 11.2 %
Political 38,060 6,061

****

Retransmission (a) 143,676 109,012 31.8 %
Online 33,008 29,415 12.2 %
Other 4,266   7,714   (44.7 %)
Total $ 501,686   $ 406,445   23.4 %
 
(a) Reverse compensation to networks is included as part of programming costs.
 

Media Segment revenues grew 23.4 percent driven by a record $55.9 million in advertising related to the Summer Olympic Games, substantially higher retransmission revenues, a $32.0 million increase in politically related advertising and the impact of growth initiatives.

Media Segment operating expenses totaled $280.6 million compared to $247.9 million in the third quarter of 2015. The increase was due primarily to higher programming fees and continued investment in growth initiatives. Operating income grew 39.4 percent from the third quarter in 2015 and totaled $221.0 million. On a non-GAAP basis, operating income in the quarter was up 40.2 percent to $222.4 million. Adjusted EBITDA was 35.9 percent higher and totaled $240.5 million for the quarter. The Adjusted EBITDA margin was 47.9 percent in the quarter, an increase of 4.4 percentage points from the third quarter in 2015.

Based on current trends, we expect Media Segment revenue growth of 12 to 15 percent for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 driven by retransmission revenue growth of approximately 20 to 22 percent and $88 million to $90 million of political advertising.

THIRD QUARTER
TEGNA DIGITAL

Digital Segment revenues were 2.1 percent higher in the third quarter reflecting $12.2 million in revenue growth at Cars.com and a $5.4 million revenue increase at CareerBuilder offset, in part, by the impact of the sale of our PointRoll business in November 2015.

Total revenues at Cars.com increased 8.1 percent in the third quarter. Cars.com revenues sold directly by the company were up 11.4 percent driven by an increase in display advertising purchases by auto manufacturers, a higher volume of subscription packages, product upsells, and the acquisition of DealerRater. Affiliate revenues were relatively unchanged in the quarter compared to the third quarter in 2015.

CareerBuilder revenues were 3.1 percent (3.8 percent on a constant currency basis) higher in the third quarter, a sequential improvement from the growth rate in the second quarter. CareerBuilder results reflect the acquisitions of Aurico and Workterra as well as continued growth in its resume database products and human capital software solutions.

Digital Segment operating expenses were up 7.4 percent and totaled $299.3 million in the quarter. The increase reflects primarily a $15.2 million non-cash goodwill impairment charge related to a small reporting unit, the acquisition of DealerRater at Cars.com and the acquisitions of Aurico and Workterra and investments in customer service headcount and technology at CareerBuilder, partially offset by the impact of the disposition of PointRoll. Excluding the goodwill impairment charge, Digital Segment operating expenses were approximately $284 million, an increase of 1.9 percent compared to the third quarter in 2015.

Digital Segment operating income was $59.3 million. Excluding special items, non-GAAP operating income was $74.7 million, an increase of 3.2 percent. Adjusted EBITDA totaled $108.4 million resulting in an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 30.2 percent.

THIRD QUARTER
NON-OPERATING AND CASH FLOW ITEMS

Interest expense was $57.6 million in the quarter, a decline of $9.3 million from $66.9 million in the third quarter of 2015, due to lower average debt outstanding and a lower average interest rate. On September 30, 2016, we gave notice of our intent to redeem on November 1, 2016, the remaining $70 million of 7.125 percent notes outstanding that mature September 2018 at par.

Other non-operating expenses totaled $11.1 million, an increase of $7.9 million from the third quarter of 2015 reflecting primarily expenses associated with the planned spin-off of Cars.com and acquisitions. Excluding spin-off and acquisition expenses, other non-operating income in the third quarter of 2016 was $3.1 million compared to other non-operating expense of $3.1 million in the third quarter of 2015.

Cash flow from operating activities for the third quarter of 2016 was $225.5 million. Free cash flow (a non-GAAP measure - Refer to Table 5) totaled $197.0 million for the quarter. Long-term debt outstanding was $4.2 billion and total cash was $107.3 million at the end of the quarter. Due to the previously announced spin-off of Cars.com, no company shares were repurchased in the quarter. Dividends paid in the quarter totaled $30.2 million. The effective tax rate in the quarter was 32.9 percent on a GAAP basis. On a non-GAAP basis, the effective tax rate was 33.1 percent.

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As previously announced, the company will hold an earnings conference call at 11:00 a.m. E.T. today. The call can be accessed via a live webcast through the company's Investors website, investors.TEGNA.com, or listen-only conference lines. U.S. callers should dial 1-800-768-6569 and international callers should dial 1-785-830-7992 at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call. The confirmation code for the conference call is 6857323. A replay of the conference call will be available under “Investor Relations” at www.TEGNA.com from Wednesday, November 2 at 3 p.m. (ET) to Wednesday, November 16 at 3 p.m. (ET). To access the replay, dial 888-203-1112 or 719-457-0820. The confirmation code for the replay is 6857323. Materials related to the call will be available through the Investor Relations section of the company's website Wednesday morning.

About TEGNA

TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is comprised of a dynamic portfolio of media and digital businesses that provide content that matters and brands that deliver. TEGNA reaches more than 90 million Americans and delivers highly relevant, useful and smart content, when and how people need it, to make the best decisions possible. TEGNA Media includes 46 television stations and is the largest independent station group of major network affiliates in the top 25 markets, reaching approximately one-third of all television households nationwide. TEGNA Digital is comprised of Cars.com, the leading online destination for automotive consumers, CareerBuilder, a global leader in human capital solutions, and other powerful brands such as G/O Digital and Cofactor. For more information, visit www.TEGNA.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.

TEGNA 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

Continuing Operations

TEGNA Inc.

Unaudited, in thousands (except per share amounts)

     
Table No. 1
Third
Quarter Ended
Sept. 30, 2016
Third
Quarter Ended
Sept. 27, 2015
% Increase
(Decrease)
 
 
Operating revenues:
Media $ 501,686 $ 406,445 23.4
Digital 358,579   351,073   2.1  
Total 860,265   757,518   13.6  
 
Operating expenses:
Cost of revenues and operating expenses, exclusive of depreciation 261,065 224,294 16.4
Selling, general and administrative expenses, exclusive of depreciation 268,415 265,102 1.2
Depreciation 22,634 21,518 5.2
Amortization of intangible assets 29,161 28,502 2.3
Asset impairment charges and facility consolidation 15,218     ****  
Total 596,493   539,416   10.6  
Operating income 263,772   218,102   20.9  
 
Non-operating expense:
Equity loss in unconsolidated investments, net (3,549 ) (1,012 )

****

Interest expense (57,607 ) (66,949 ) (14.0 )
Other non-operating expense, net (11,051 ) (3,115 ) ****  
Total (72,207 ) (71,076 ) 1.6  
 
Income before income taxes 191,565 147,026 30.3
Provision for income taxes 58,130   35,967   61.6  
Income from continuing operations 133,435 111,059 20.1
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (14,752 ) (17,487 ) (15.6 )
Net income from continuing operations attributable to TEGNA Inc. $ 118,683   $ 93,572   26.8  
 
Earnings from continuing operations per share:
Basic $ 0.55 $ 0.42 31.0
Diluted $ 0.54 $ 0.41 31.7
 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:
Basic 214,813 224,530 (4.3 )
Diluted 218,099 230,078 (5.2 )
 
Dividends declared per share $ 0.14 $ 0.14
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

Continuing Operations

TEGNA Inc.

Unaudited, in thousands (except per share amounts)

Table No. 1 (continued)      

Nine Months
Ended

Sept. 30, 2016

Nine Months
Ended

Sept. 27, 2015

% Increase
(Decrease)
 
 
Operating revenues:
Media $ 1,404,462 $ 1,219,911 15.1
Digital 1,049,320   1,025,770   2.3  
Total 2,453,782   2,245,681   9.3  
 
Operating expenses:
Cost of revenues and operating expenses, exclusive of depreciation 764,793 690,781 10.7
Selling, general and administrative expenses, exclusive of depreciation 824,561 794,650 3.8
Depreciation 67,494 70,752 (4.6 )
Amortization of intangible assets 85,703 86,156 (0.5 )
Asset impairment charges and facility consolidation 18,946   17,079   10.9  
Total 1,761,497   1,659,418   6.2  
Operating income 692,285   586,263   18.1  
 
Non-operating expense:
Equity loss in unconsolidated investments, net (6,530 ) (4,123 ) 58.4
Interest expense (175,461 ) (206,871 ) (15.2 )
Other non-operating expense, net (11,220 ) (5,346 )

****

 
Total (193,211 ) (216,340 ) (10.7 )
 
Income before income taxes 499,074 369,923 34.9
Provision for income taxes 147,844   120,706   22.5  
Income from continuing operations 351,230 249,217 40.9
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (40,178 ) (47,701 ) (15.8 )
Net income from continuing operations attributable to TEGNA Inc. $ 311,052   $ 201,516   54.4  
 
Earnings from continuing operations per share:
Basic $ 1.43 $ 0.89 60.7
Diluted $ 1.41 $ 0.87 62.1
 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:
Basic 216,865 226,053 (4.1 )
Diluted 220,511 231,310 (4.7 )
 
Dividends declared per share $ 0.42 $ 0.54 (22.2 )
 
BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION

TEGNA Inc.

Unaudited, in thousands of dollars

         
Table No. 2
Third
Quarter Ended
Sept. 30, 2016
Third
Quarter Ended
Sept. 27, 2015
% Increase

(Decrease)

 
Operating revenues:
Media $ 501,686 $ 406,445 23.4
Digital 358,579   351,073   2.1  
Total $ 860,265   $ 757,518   13.6  
 
Operating income (net of depreciation, amortization, asset impairment charges and facility consolidation):
Media $ 221,038 $ 158,595 39.4
Digital 59,296 72,446 (18.2 )
Corporate (16,562 ) (12,939 ) 28.0  
Total $ 263,772   $ 218,102   20.9  
 
Depreciation, amortization, asset impairment charges and facility consolidation:
Media $ 18,105 $ 18,406 (1.6 )
Digital 48,887 31,074 57.3
Corporate 21   540   (96.1 )
Total $ 67,013   $ 50,020   34.0  
 
Adjusted EBITDA (a):
Media $ 240,456 $ 177,001 35.9
Digital 108,406 103,520 4.7
Corporate (14,984 ) (12,399 ) 20.8  
Total $ 333,878   $ 268,122   24.5  
 

(a) "Adjusted EBITDA" is a non-GAAP measure used by 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. The definition of "Adjusted EBITDA" is provided in the section "Use of Non-GAAP Information" and Table No. 4 provides reconciliations to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP on the company's condensed consolidated statements of income.

BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION

TEGNA Inc.

Unaudited, in thousands of dollars

         
Table No. 2 (continued)
Nine Months Ended

Sept. 30, 2016

Nine Months Ended

Sept. 27, 2015

% Increase

(Decrease)

 
Operating revenues:
Media $ 1,404,462 $ 1,219,911 15.1
Digital 1,049,320   1,025,770   2.3  
Total $ 2,453,782   $ 2,245,681   9.3  
 
Operating income (net of depreciation, amortization, asset impairment charges and facility consolidation):
Media $ 569,888 $ 513,557 11.0
Digital 170,939 175,462 (2.6 )
Corporate (48,542 ) (50,817 ) (4.5 )
Unallocated costs (b)   (51,939 ) (100.0 )
Total $ 692,285   $ 586,263   18.1  
 
Depreciation, amortization, asset impairment and facility consolidation:
Media $ 58,377 $ 61,492 (5.1 )
Digital 110,728 106,050 4.4
Corporate 3,038   6,445   (52.9 )
Total $ 172,143   $ 173,987   (1.1 )
 
Adjusted EBITDA (a):
Media $ 646,826 $ 562,688 15.0
Digital 281,890 283,684 (0.6 )
Corporate (43,947 ) (44,372 ) (1.0 )
Unallocated costs (b)   (51,939 ) (100.0 )
Total $ 884,769   $ 750,061   18.0  
 

(a) "Adjusted EBITDA" is a non-GAAP measure used by 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. The definition of "Adjusted EBITDA" is provided in the section "Use of Non-GAAP Information" and Table No. 4 provides reconciliations to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP on the company's condensed consolidated statements of income.

(b) Unallocated costs in 2015 represent certain expenses that historically were allocated to the former Publishing Segment but that could not be allocated to discontinued operations because they were not clearly and specifically identifiable to the spun-off businesses, the accounting criteria for reclassification to discontinued operations.

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 should not be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures, nor should they be considered superior to the related GAAP measures, and should be read together with financial information presented on a GAAP basis. Also, our non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

Management and the company’s Board of Directors use the non-GAAP financial measures for purposes of evaluating business unit and consolidated company performance. Furthermore, the company’s Board of Director compensation committee uses non-GAAP measures such as Adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP EPS and free cash flow to evaluate management’s performance. The company, therefore, believes that each of the non-GAAP measures presented provides useful information to investors and other stakeholders by allowing them to view our business through the eyes of management and our Board of Directors, facilitating comparisons of results across historical periods and focus on the underlying ongoing operating performance of our business. The company discusses in this report non-GAAP financial performance measures that exclude from its reported GAAP results the impact of “special items” consisting of severance expense, impairment charges on operating assets and equity investments, facility consolidation charges, gains related to a building sale and a business disposal and expenses related to business acquisitions and the company’s spin-off transactions recognized in operating and non-operating categories and a credit to our income tax provision. The company believes that such expenses, charges and gains are not indicative of normal, ongoing operations. Such items vary from period to period and are significantly impacted by the timing and nature of these events. Therefore, while the company may incur or recognize these types of expenses, charges and gains in the future, management believes that removing these items for purposes of calculating the non-GAAP financial measures provides investors with a more focused presentation of the company's ongoing operating performance.

The company also discusses Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial performance measure that it believes offers a useful view of the overall operation of its businesses. The company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income from continuing operations attributable to TEGNA before (1) net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, (2) interest expense, (3) income taxes, (4) equity income (losses) in unconsolidated investees, net, (5) other non-operating items such as spin-off transaction expenses, investment income and currency gains and losses, (6) severance expense, (7) facility consolidation charges, (8) impairment charges, (9) depreciation and (10) amortization. When Adjusted EBITDA is discussed in reference to performance on a consolidated basis, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is Net income from continuing operations attributable to TEGNA. Management does not analyze non-operating items such as interest expense and income taxes on a segment level; therefore, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure to Adjusted EBITDA when performance is discussed on a segment level is Operating income. Users should consider the limitations of using Adjusted EBITDA, including the fact that this measure does not provide a complete measure of our operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to purport to be an alternative to net income as a measure of operating performance or to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. In particular, Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to be a measure of free cash flow available for management’s discretionary use, as this measure does not consider certain cash requirements, such as working capital needs, capital expenditures, contractual commitments, interest payments, tax payments and other debt service requirements.

This earnings release 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 and equipment”. 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 new and existing businesses, return cash to shareholders under the company’s capital program, 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. Like Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow is not intended to be a measure of cash flow available for management’s discretionary use.

Tabular reconciliations for all of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are presented in the following tables.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

TEGNA Inc.

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

             
Table No. 3
 
Reconciliations of certain line items impacted by special items to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP on the company's condensed consolidated statements of income follow:
 

GAAP
Measure

Special Items

Non-GAAP
Measure

Third
Quarter Ended
Sept. 30, 2016

Severance
expense

 

Goodwill
impairment

 

Equity
investment
impairment

 

Other
non-
operating
Items

Third
Quarter Ended
Sept. 30, 2016

 
Cost of revenues and operating expenses, exclusive of depreciation $ 261,065 $ (1,086 ) $ $ $ $ 259,979
Selling general and administrative expenses, exclusive of depreciation 268,415 (2,007 ) 266,408
Asset impairment charges and facility consolidation 15,218 (15,218 )
Operating expenses 596,493 (3,093 ) (15,218 ) 578,182
Operating income 263,772 3,093 15,218 282,083
Equity loss in unconsolidated investments, net (3,549 ) 2,030 (1,519 )
Other non-operating expense (11,051 ) 14,157 3,106
Total non-operating expense (72,207 ) 2,030 14,157 (56,020 )
Income before income taxes 191,565 3,093 15,218 2,030 14,157 226,063
Provision for income taxes 58,130 1,203 5,962 790 3,859 69,944
Net income from continuing operations attributable to TEGNA 118,683 1,890 9,256 1,240 10,298 141,367
Net income from continuing operations per share-diluted $ 0.54 $ 0.01 $ 0.04 $ 0.01 $ 0.05 $ 0.65
 
 
GAAP

Measure

Special Items Non-GAAP
Measure

Third
Quarter Ended
Sept. 27, 2015

Severance
expense

 

Operating
asset
impairments

 

Non-
operating
items

 

Special
tax credit

Third
Quarter Ended
Sept. 27, 2015
 
 
Cost of revenues and operating expenses, exclusive of depreciation $ 224,294 $ $ $ $ $ 224,294
Selling general and administrative expenses, exclusive of depreciation 265,102 265,102
Asset impairment charges and facility consolidation
Operating expenses 539,416 539,416
Operating income 218,102 218,102
Other non-operating expense (3,115 ) (3,115 )
Total non-operating expense (71,076 ) (71,076 )
Income before income taxes 147,026 147,026
Provision for income taxes 35,967 8,335 44,302
Net income from continuing operations attributable to TEGNA 93,572 (8,335 ) 85,237
Net income from continuing operations per share - diluted $ 0.41 $ $ $ $ (0.04 ) $ 0.37
 
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

TEGNA Inc.

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

               
Table No. 3 (continued)
 
Reconciliations of certain line items impacted by special items to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP on the company's condensed consolidated statements of income follow:
 
GAAP

Measure

Special Items Non-GAAP

Measure

Nine Months
Ended
Sept. 30, 2016

Severance
expense

 

Goodwill and
operating
asset
impairments

 

Equity
investment
impairments

 

Other
non-
operating items

Nine Months Ended
Sept. 30,
2016

 
Cost of revenues and operating expenses, exclusive of depreciation $ 764,793 $ (12,601 ) $ $ $ $ 752,192
Selling general and administrative expenses, exclusive of depreciation 824,561 (7,740 ) 816,821
Asset impairment charges and facility consolidation 18,946 (18,946 )
Operating expenses 1,761,497 (20,341 ) (18,946 ) 1,722,210
Operating income 692,285 20,341 18,946 731,572
Equity loss in unconsolidated investments, net (6,530 ) 3,899 (2,631 )
Other non-operating (expense) income (11,220 ) 17,995 6,775
Total non-operating expense (193,211 ) 3,899 17,995 (171,317 )
Income before income taxes 499,074 20,341 18,946 3,899 17,995 560,255
Provision for income taxes 147,844 7,875 7,412 1,517 4,936 169,584
Net income from continuing operations attributable to TEGNA 311,052 12,466 11,534 2,382 13,059 350,493
Net income from continuing operations per share - diluted $ 1.41 $ 0.06 $ 0.05 $ 0.01 $ 0.06 $ 1.59
 
 
GAAP

Measure

Special Items Non-GAAP
Measure

Nine Months
Ended
Sept. 27, 2015

Severance
expense

 

Operating
asset
impairments
and facility
consolidation

 

Building sale
gain

 

Non-
operating
items

 

Special tax
credit

Nine
Months
Ended
Sept. 27,
2015

 
 
Cost of revenues and operating expenses, exclusive of depreciation $ 690,781 $ (2,142 ) $ $ 12,709 $ $ $ 701,348
Selling general and administrative expenses, exclusive of depreciation 794,650 (378 ) 794,272
Asset impairment charges and facility consolidation 17,079 (17,079 )
Operating expenses 1,659,418 (2,520 ) (17,079 ) 12,709 1,652,528
Operating income 586,263 2,520 17,079 (12,709 ) 593,153
Other non-operating expense (5,346 ) 1,453 (3,893 )
Total non-operating expense (216,340 ) 1,453 (214,887 )
Income before income taxes 369,923 2,520 17,079 (12,709 ) 1,453 378,266
Provision for income taxes 120,706 937 6,352 (4,726 ) (5,737 ) 2,023 119,555
Net income from continuing operations attributable to TEGNA 201,516 1,583 10,727 (7,983 ) 7,190 (2,023 ) 211,010
Net income from continuing operations per share - diluted (a) $ 0.87 $ 0.01 $ 0.05 $ (0.03 ) $ 0.03 $ (0.01 ) $ 0.91
 

(a) - Per share amounts do not foot due to rounding

 
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

TEGNA Inc.

Unaudited, in thousands of dollars

         
Table No. 4
 
 
Reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP on the company's condensed consolidated statements of income follow:
 
Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2016:
Media Digital Corporate Consolidated

Total

 
Net income from continuing operations attributable to TEGNA Inc. (GAAP basis) $ 118,683
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 14,752
Provision for income taxes 58,130
Interest expense 57,607
Equity loss in unconsolidated investments, net 3,549
Other non-operating expense 11,051
Operating income (GAAP basis) $ 221,038 $ 59,296 $ (16,562 ) $ 263,772
Severance expense 1,313 223 1,557 3,093
Goodwill impairment   15,218     15,218
Adjusted operating income (non-GAAP basis) 222,351 74,737 (15,005 ) 282,083
Depreciation 12,658 9,955 21 22,634
Amortization 5,447   23,714     29,161
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP basis) $ 240,456   $ 108,406   $ (14,984 ) $ 333,878
 
Third Quarter Ended September 27, 2015:
Media Digital Corporate Consolidated

Total

 
Net income from continuing operations attributable to TEGNA Inc. (GAAP basis) $ 93,572
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 17,487
Provision for income taxes 35,967
Interest expense 66,949
Equity loss in unconsolidated investments, net 1,012
Other non-operating expense 3,115
Operating income (GAAP and non-GAAP basis) $ 158,595 $ 72,446 $ (12,939 ) $ 218,102
Depreciation 12,915 8,063 540 21,518
Amortization 5,491   23,011     28,502
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP basis) $ 177,001   $ 103,520   $ (12,399 ) $ 268,122
 
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

TEGNA Inc.

Unaudited, in thousands of dollars

           
Table No. 4 (continued)
 
 
Reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP on the company's condensed consolidated statements of income follow:
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016:
Media Digital Corporate Consolidated

Total

 
Net income from continuing operations attributable to TEGNA Inc. (GAAP basis) $ 311,052
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 40,178
Provision for income taxes 147,844
Interest expense 175,461
Equity loss in unconsolidated investments, net 6,530
Other non-operating expense 11,220  
Operating income (GAAP basis) $ 569,888 $ 170,939 $ (48,542 ) $ 692,285
Severance expense 18,561 223 1,557 20,341
Goodwill and operating asset impairments 1,864   15,218   1,864   18,946  
Adjusted operating income (non-GAAP basis) 590,313 186,380 (45,121 ) 731,572
Depreciation 39,926 26,394 1,174 67,494
Amortization 16,587   69,116     85,703  
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP basis) $ 646,826   $ 281,890   $ (43,947 ) $ 884,769  
 
Nine Months Ended September 27, 2015:
Media Digital Corporate Unallocated Costs Consolidated

Total

 
Net income from continuing operations attributable to TEGNA Inc. (GAAP basis) $ 201,516
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 47,701
Provision for income taxes 120,706
Interest expense 206,871
Equity loss in unconsolidated investments, net 4,123
Other non-operating expense 5,346  
Operating income (GAAP basis) $ 513,557 $ 175,462 $ (50,817 ) $ (51,939 ) $ 586,263
Severance expense 348 2,172 2,520
Asset impairment charges and facility consolidation 5,072 12,007 17,079
Building sale gain (12,709 )       (12,709 )
Adjusted operating income (non-GAAP basis) 506,268 189,641 (50,817 ) (51,939 ) 593,153
Depreciation 39,455 24,852 6,445 70,752
Amortization 16,965   69,191       86,156  
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP basis) $ 562,688   $ 283,684   $ (44,372 ) $ (51,939 ) $ 750,061  
 

Note: Starting in second quarter of 2016, the company revised the method for computing Adjusted EBITDA to no longer treat non-cash rent as a reconciling item. The first quarter 2016 number was updated to conform to this new method which resulted in a $1.6 million reduction to our previously reported first quarter 2016 Adjusted EBITDA. This change did not impact Adjusted EBITDA for the nine months ended September 27, 2015.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

TEGNA Inc.

Unaudited, in thousands of dollars

     
Table No. 5
 
"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 similar GAAP financial measures.
 
 

Third Quarter
Ended
September
30, 2016

Nine Months
Ended
September
30, 2016

 
Net cash flow from operating activities $ 225,519 $ 454,763
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (28,527 ) (68,577 )
Free cash flow $ 196,992   $ 386,186  
 
TAX RATE CALCULATION

TEGNA Inc.

Unaudited, in thousands of dollars

         
Table No. 6
 
The calculations of the company's effective tax rate on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis are below:
 
GAAP Non-GAAP

Third
Quarter Ended
Sept. 30, 2016

Third
Quarter Ended
Sept. 27, 2015
Third
Quarter Ended
Sept. 30, 2016
Third
Quarter Ended
Sept. 27, 2015
 
 
Income before taxes (per Table 3) $ 191,565 $ 147,026 $ 226,063 $ 147,026
Noncontrolling interests (per Table 1) (14,752 ) (17,487 ) (14,752 ) (17,487 )
Income before taxes attributable to TEGNA $ 176,813   $ 129,539   $ 211,311   $ 129,539  
 
Provision for income taxes (per Table 3) $ 58,130 $ 35,967 $ 69,944 $ 44,302
 
Effective tax rate 32.9 % 27.8 % 33.1 % 34.2 %
 
 
 
GAAP Non-GAAP
Nine Months Ended
Sept. 30, 2016
Nine Months Ended
Sept. 27, 2015
Nine Months Ended
Sept. 30, 2016
Nine Months Ended
Sept. 27, 2015
 
 
Income before taxes (per Table 3) $ 499,074 $ 369,923 $ 560,255 $ 378,266
Noncontrolling interests (per Table 1) (40,178 ) (47,701 ) (40,178 ) (47,701 )
Income before taxes attributable to TEGNA $ 458,896   $ 322,222   $ 520,077   $ 330,565  
 
Provision for income taxes (per Table 3) $ 147,844 $ 120,706 $ 169,584 $ 119,555
 
Effective tax rate 32.2 % 37.5 % 32.6 % 36.2 %
 

Source: TEGNA Inc.

For investor inquiries:
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Vice President, Investor Relations
jheinz@TEGNA.com
or
For media inquiries:
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Corporate Communications
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