Washington, D.C. 20549


Date of Report (date of earliest event reported):
May 25, 2023
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)(Commission File Number) (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
8350 Broad Street, Suite 2000, Tysons, Virginia
(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip Code)
(703) 873-6600
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Not Applicable
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Item 7.01     Regulation FD Disclosure.

On May 22, 2023, TEGNA Inc. (“TEGNA” or the “Company”) announced that it will be holding an investor conference call on May 25, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. to discuss its first quarter 2023 earnings results and its recent return of capital announcement. During the investor update call, the Company will also discuss the financial guidance relating to the second quarter of 2023 and full-year 2023. A copy of guidance to be discussed is furnished with this report as Exhibit 99.1.

The information contained in Item 7.01 of this Current Report, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

Item 9.01     Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)    Exhibits.
Exhibit No.Description
104Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).


This communication includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including, without limitation, statements regarding TEGNA’s performance on a standalone basis and the terms, timing and implementation of TEGNA’s ASR program and future dividend payments. These forward-looking statements are based on current assumptions, expectations, beliefs and information available to us. Any forward-looking statements contained herein should not be regarded as guarantees of future performance and are subject to a number of risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause TEGNA’s actual results or actions to differ materially from what is expressed or implied by such statements, including, without limitation, risks and uncertainties related to: changes in the market price of TEGNA’s shares, general market conditions, access to credit or debt capital markets, applicable securities laws and alternative uses of capital; constraints, volatility, or disruptions in the capital markets or other factors affecting share repurchases; legal proceedings, judgments or settlements; the response of customers, suppliers and business partners to the termination of the merger agreement, including impacts on and modifications to TEGNA’s plans, operations and business relating thereto; difficulties in employee retention due to the termination of the merger agreement; TEGNA’s ability to re-price or renew subscribers and execute on its capital allocation strategy; and economic, competitive, governmental, technological and other factors and risks that may affect TEGNA’s operations or financial results, which are discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Any forward-looking statements in this communication should be evaluated in light of these important risk factors. TEGNA is not responsible for updating the information contained in this communication beyond the published date, or for changes made to this communication by wire services, Internet service providers or other media.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: May 25, 2023By:/s/ Clifton A. McClelland III
 Clifton A. McClelland III
Senior Vice President and Controller


Second Quarter 2023 Key Guidance Metrics
Reflects expectations relative to second quarter
Total Company GAAP RevenueDown Mid-to-High-Single Digit percent
Total Non-GAAP Operating ExpensesUp Low-Single Digit percent
Non-GAAP Operating Expenses (excluding programming)Flat-to-Down Slightly
Full-Year 2023 Key Guidance Metrics
Corporate$40 - 45 million
Depreciation$60 - 65 million
Amortization$53 - 54 million
Interest Expense$170 - 175 million
Capital Expenditures$55 - 60 million
Effective Tax Rate23.5 - 24.5%
Net Leverage RatioMid 2x's




The company uses non-GAAP financial performance 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 non-GAAP financial measures for purposes of evaluating company performance. Furthermore, the Leadership Development and Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors 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 also believes these non-GAAP measures are frequently used by investors, securities analysts and other interested parties in their evaluation of our business and other companies in the broadcast industry.

The company is furnishing in this report non-gaap operating expenses (both including and excluding programming expenses) that exclude from its reported GAAP results the impact of “special items” consisting of spectrum repacking reimbursements and other, net, and M&A-related costs.

The company believes that such expenses and credits are not indicative of normal, ongoing operations. While these items should not be disregarded in evaluation of our earnings performance, it is useful to exclude such items when analyzing current results and trends compared to other periods as these items can vary significantly from period to period depending on specific underlying transactions or events that may occur. Therefore, while we may incur or recognize these types of expenses and gains in the future, the company believes that removing these items for purposes of calculating the non-GAAP financial measures provides investors with a more focused presentation of our ongoing operating performance.

The Company is not able to reconcile these amounts to their comparable GAAP financial measures without unreasonable efforts because certain information necessary to calculate such measures on a GAAP basis is unavailable, dependent on future events outside of our control and cannot be predicted. Examples of such information include (1) the receipt of a $136 million merger termination fee from Standard General and (2) share based compensation, which is impacted by future share price movement in the Company’s stock price and also dependent on future hiring and attrition. In addition, the Company believes such reconciliations could imply a degree of precision that might be confusing or misleading to investors. The actual effect of the reconciling items that the Company may exclude from these non-GAAP expense numbers, when determined, may be significant to the calculation of the comparable GAAP measures.