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20191231 10-K

 

UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

Form 10-K

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended: December 31, 2019

OR

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Commissions file no. 1-33741

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(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)





 

 

Texas

 

38-3765318

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)



 

 

P. O. Box 224866,  Dallas,  Texas 75222-4866

 

(214)  977-7342

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

 

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)



Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:





 

 

Title of each class

Trading Symbol

Name of each exchange on which registered

Series A Common Stock, $.01 par value

AHC

New York Stock Exchange



Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:

Series B Common Stock, $.01 par value (Title of class)



Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Act.     Yes      No 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act.     Yes     No 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.      Yes     No 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).      Yes     No 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.





 

 

 

Large accelerated filer:  

Accelerated filer:  

Non-accelerated filer:  

Smaller reporting company:  



 

 

Emerging growth company:  

 

 



If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.



Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).      Yes      No 

The aggregate market value of the registrant’s voting stock held by nonaffiliates on June 30, 2019, based on the closing price for the registrant’s Series A Common Stock on such date as reported on the New York Stock Exchange, was approximately $68,807,098.*

Shares of Common Stock outstanding at May 1, 2020: 21,410,423 shares  (consisting of 18,941,340 shares of Series A Common Stock and 2,469,083 shares of Series B Common Stock).

* For purposes of this calculation, the market value of a share of Series B Common Stock was assumed to be the same as a share of Series A Common Stock into which it is convertible.

Documents incorporated by reference:

Selected designated portions of the registrant’s definitive proxy statement, relating to the Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on June 2, 2020, are incorporated by reference into Parts II and III of this Annual Report.

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A. H. BELO CORPORATION

FORM 10-K

TABLE OF CONTENTS



 

 



 

 

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PART I

Item 1.

Business

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Item 1A.

Risk Factors

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Item 1B.

Unresolved Staff Comments

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Item 2.

Properties

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Item 3.

Legal Proceedings

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Item 4

Mine Safety Disclosures

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PART II

Item 5.

Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

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Item 6.

Selected Financial Data

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Item 7.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

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Item 7A.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

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Item 8.

Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

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Item 9.

Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

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Item 9A.

Controls and Procedures

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PART III

Item 10.

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

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Item 11.

Executive Compensation

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Item 12.

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

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Item 13.

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

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Item 14.

Principal Accountant Fees and Services

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PART IV

Item 15.

Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules

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Signatures

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INDEX TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

 

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

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Consolidated Statements of Operations for the Years Ended December 31, 2019 and 2018

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Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss) for the Years Ended December 31, 2019 and 2018

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Consolidated Balance Sheets as of December 31, 2019 and 2018

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Consolidated Statements of Shareholders’ Equity for the Years Ended December 31, 2019 and 2018

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Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Years Ended December 31, 2019 and 2018

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Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements

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PART I



RELIANCE ON SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION ORDER



A. H. Belo Corporation (the “Company”) is filing its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 (the “Report”) pursuant to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) Order dated March 4, 2020 (Release No. 34-88318) under Section 36 of the Exchange Act Granting Exemptions from Specified Provisions of the Exchange Act and Certain Rules Thereunder, as superseded by SEC Order Modifying Exemptions from the Reporting and Proxy Delivery Requirements for Public Companies dated March 25, 2020 (Release No. 34-88465) (together, the “Order”) to delay the filing of the Report due to circumstances related to the coronavirus epidemic (“COVID-19”). On March 16, 2020, the Company filed a Current Report on Form 8-K, as amended on April 1, 2020, stating that it is relying on the Order to delay the filing of the Report by up to 45 days. As result of the global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus and out of an abundance of caution, members of the Company’s newsroom and certain other employees, including financial reporting staff, began working remotely on or about March 10, 2020. On March 13, 2020, the Company’s independent public accounting firm, Grant Thornton LLP (“Grant Thornton”), advised the Company that its professional staff engaged in the review of the Company’s financial statements and preparation of the accompanying audit report would no longer be present at the Company’s facilities as a result of the COVID-19 virus. The Company has been working with its audit firm’s personnel remotely since that time. The Company has been following the recommendations of local government and health authorities to minimize exposure risk for its employees, including the temporary closures of some of its offices and having employees work remotely. The Company’s operations and business, as well as those of Grant Thornton, have experienced disruption due to the unprecedented conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic that has spread throughout the United States and the world. The Company’s business was abruptly and dramatically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as the Company’s headquarters, printing operations, and marketing services offices are located in Texas counties, which were under stay-at-home orders resulting in staffing and work-from-home challenges. These disruptions to the process of preparing the Company’s financial statements and accompanying audit report as a result of the COVID-19 virus, are causing the Company’s Form 10-K for the 2019 fiscal year which was due on March 16, 2020 to be delayed. Consequently, the Company was unable to timely file the Report without the extension provided for by the Order.



CAUTIONARY STATEMENT CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS



Statements in this Annual Report on Form 10-K concerning A. H. Belo Corporation’s business outlook or future economic performance, anticipated profitability, revenues, expenses, dividends, capital expenditures, investments, dispositions, impairments, business initiatives, acquisitions, pension plan contributions and obligations, real estate sales, working capital, future financings and other financial and non-financial items that are not historical facts, are “forward-looking statements” as the term is defined under applicable federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those statements. Such risks, trends and uncertainties are, in most instances, beyond the Company’s control, and include changes in advertising demand and other economic conditions; consumers’ tastes; newsprint prices; program costs; labor relations; cybersecurity incidents; technological obsolescence; and the current and future impacts of the COVID-19 public health crisis.  Among other risks, there can be no guarantee that the board of directors will approve a quarterly dividend in future quarters. Forward-looking statements, which are as of the date of this filing, are not updated to reflect events or circumstances after the date of the statement.



All dollar amounts presented herein the Annual Report on Form 10-K, except share and per share amounts, are presented in thousands, unless the context indicates otherwise.



Item 1. Business

A. H. Belo Corporation and subsidiaries are referred to collectively herein as “A. H. Belo” or the “Company.” The Company, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is the leading local news and information publishing company in Texas. The Company has commercial printing, distribution and direct mail capabilities, as well as a presence in emerging media and digital marketing. While focusing on extending the Company’s media platforms, A. H. Belo delivers news and information in innovative ways to a broad range of audiences with diverse interests and lifestyles.



A. H. Belo Corporation was formed in February 2008 through a spin-off from its former parent company and is registered on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE trading symbol: AHC). The Company publishes The Dallas Morning News  (www.dallasnews.com), Texas’ leading newspaper and winner of nine Pulitzer Prizes, and various niche publications targeting specific audiences. Its newspaper operations also provide commercial printing and distribution services to several large national newspapers. In addition, the Company has the capabilities of a full-service strategy, creative and media agency that focuses on strategic and digital marketing, and data intelligence that provide a measurable return on investment to its clients.

 

 

 

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Business Overview



The Company’s goal is to create value for investors by being the premier provider of relevant and original local journalism in North Texas so citizens can make informed choices about their lives and the life of the communities in which they live. This commitment to excellence in journalism attracts and retains subscribers to the print edition, the digital site, and applications. The Company redesigned and expanded its website platforms and mobile applications in 2019 to provide a better customer experience with its digital news and information reporting.



Since the Company’s spin-off in 2008, the print media industry has encountered continuous declines in revenue primarily due to the secular shift of readers and advertisers to digital platforms. The Company has sought to limit its exposure to these industry risks through greater development of its digital platforms for delivery of news and advertising, and leveraging its brand and personnel to enhance its media agency solutions. However, these improvements may not result in a sufficient increase in revenue to offset the declines the Company is experiencing in its traditional print media business.



In the third quarter of 2019, in conjunction with a strategic change to move to a single decision-making reporting structure and based on how the Company’s chief operating decision-maker makes decisions about allocating resources and assessing performance, the Company determined it has one reportable segment. Prior to the third quarter, the Company had two reportable segments, Publishing and Marketing Services, that each operated as a single reporting unit with all corporate expenses included in Publishing. With this reorganization, the Company enhanced its capabilities to provide customers with strategic, creative and media marketing solutions with a focus on strategic and digital marketing, and data intelligence that provide a measurable return on investment to its clients.



The Company operates The Dallas Morning News (www.dallasnews.com), Texas’ leading newspaper and winner of nine Pulitzer Prizes, and various niche publications targeting specific audiences. These operations generate revenue from sales of advertising within the Company’s newspaper and digital platforms, subscriptions and retail sales of its newspapers, commercial printing and distribution services primarily related to national newspapers, and preprint advertising.



The Dallas Morning News’ first edition was published on October 1, 1885. The News is one of the leading metropolitan newspapers in the United States. The newspaper is distributed primarily in Dallas County and 10 surrounding counties. This coverage area represents one of the most populous and fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country. The News has been awarded nine Pulitzer Prizes for news reporting, editorial writing and photography. The News also publishes Briefing, a newspaper distributed two days per week at no charge to nonsubscribers in select coverage areas, and Al Dia, an award-winning Spanish-language newspaper published on Wednesdays and distributed at no charge to households in select coverage areas. Unless otherwise noted, the financial and operating results of all publications are reported as The Dallas Morning News.



Businesses producing and providing services within the print and newspaper industry have encountered significant declines in revenue as a result of increasing use of the internet for delivery of information. These businesses have been challenged to find alternative solutions to offset the loss of revenue. The majority of revenues within the newspaper industry were historically generated from display and classified advertisements followed by revenues from subscriptions and retail sales of newspapers. Revenues from subscriptions and retail sales of newspapers have experienced greater resilience as readers have been willing to pay higher prices for the product, which has substantially offset lower circulation volumes. Since the spin-off from its former parent company in 2008, the Company has faced ongoing revenue declines primarily in print advertising and expects these trends to continue.

 

 

 

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In addition to traditional print advertising, the Company has the ability to provide full-service agency capabilities including strategy, creative and media management with a focus on strategic and digital marketing, and data intelligence that provide a measurable return on investment to its clients. Through the full-service capabilities, we are able to offer businesses comprehensive, strategic and creative marketing solutions which allow our clients to connect with their business, their brand and their audiences. The Company has aligned management and its sales teams to provide a cross-functional integrated approach to maximize the development of these businesses. Digital marketing services are provided through the following service offerings:



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Multi-channel marketing solutions through subscription sales of the Company’s cloud-based software, allowing customers to manage and individualize their marketing campaigns. In addition, multi-channel marketing services are provided to customers without access to the proprietary software.



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Digital and marketing analytics, search engine marketing and other marketing related services to businesses across the United States.



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Social media account management and content marketing services principally for businesses in the North Texas region.



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Multi-channel digital advertising and marketing services campaigns for customers, allowing them to target demographic audiences using data analytics and determine the delivery media such as email campaigns, banner impressions or video views on third-party websites.



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Marketing and promotional products for businesses to supply to employees and customers.



The following describes the Company’s various revenue streams.



Advertising and Marketing Services Revenue - Advertising and marketing services revenue accounted for approximately 52 percent of total revenue for 2019. The Company has a comprehensive portfolio of print and digital advertising products, which include display, classified, preprint and digital advertising. Display revenue results from sales of advertising space within the Company’s core newspapers and niche publications to local, regional or national businesses with local operations, affiliates or resellers. Classified revenue, which includes automotive, real estate, employment, obituaries and other, results from sales of advertising space in the classified and other sections of the Company’s newspapers. Preprint revenue results from sales of preprinted advertisements or circulars inserted into the Company’s core newspapers and niche publications, or distributed by mail or third-party distributors to households in targeted areas in order to provide total market coverage for advertisers. The Company’s capabilities allow its advertisers to target preprint distribution selectively at the sub-zip code level in order to optimize coverage for the advertisers’ locations.



The Company’s digital advertising and marketing services revenue consists of strategic marketing management, consulting, creative services, targeted and multi-channel (programmatic) advertising placed on third-party websites, digital sales of banner, classified and native advertisements on the Company’s news and entertainment-related websites and mobile apps, social media management, search optimization, direct mail and the sale of promotional materials. The Company’s auto sales division offered targeted advertising to auto dealerships primarily in the North Texas region desiring to advertise their inventory on the cars.com platform through September 30, 2019.



Circulation Revenue - Circulation revenue accounted for approximately 37 percent of total revenue for 2019 and includes subscriptions and single copy sales related to the Company’s core newspapers in print and digital formats. A. H. Belo’s steadfast commitment to producing superior, unduplicated local journalism enables the Company’s newspapers to charge premium subscription rates. The Dallas Morning News’ goal is to maximize the amount of recurring revenue from consumers of the Company’s print and digital products. The Company continuously assesses the journalism provided to subscribers and their willingness and ability to pay higher rates by geographic area. Each year since 2008, the Company has implemented effective rate increases to select subscribers or retailers. A digital replica version of The Dallas Morning News is offered on dallasnews.com for subscribers to purchase if they prefer to consume news through a digital device in a more traditional format. A. H. Belo’s newspapers and the newspaper industry as a whole are challenged to maintain and grow print circulation volume. To the extent circulation volume declines cannot be offset by rate increases, the Company will realize lower circulation revenue. Circulation volume declines could also result in lower rates and volumes for advertising revenue.



The Company’s news websites, including dallasnews.com and aldiadallas.com, are the leading English and Spanish news and entertainment digital platforms in the North Texas region. The news websites offer late-breaking and other up-to-date news coverage, user-generated content, advertising, e-commerce and other services. Readers can access news content across multiple digital platforms and obtain relevant local customized content and advertising. The Company’s journalists have expanded their reach and deepened their engagement with audiences by delivering news and content through social media platforms such as blogs, Facebook and Twitter, which direct traffic to the core websites. The Company’s success depends to a significant extent on its ability to develop and manage the digital business in response to the changes in consumers’ preferences and behaviors, as well as changes to advertising expenditures, as described above.

 

 

 

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Printing, Distribution and Other Revenue - Printing, distribution and other revenue accounted for approximately 11 percent of total revenue for 2019 and includes commercial printing, distribution, and shared mail packaging services. The Company’s commercial printing and distribution services leverage the capacity of its production and distribution assets. The Company believes the incremental revenue from these services allows a greater return from the Company’s operating assets.



Commercial printing and delivery services are provided for certain national newspapers. A shared mail packaging business is operated in Phoenix, Arizona, providing mailed advertisements for business customers.



Raw Materials and Distribution



The basic material used in publishing newspapers is newsprint. The Company entered into a three-year Paper Supply Agreement, effective as of August 5, 2019, with Gannett Supply Corporation (“Gannett”), a newsprint broker, which will be the Company’s sole supplier of newsprint from designated newsprint suppliers at market-based prices during the term of the agreement, except in certain specified instances. The agreement is renewable for successive one-year terms upon mutual agreement of the parties, and is terminable by either party on 180 days prior written notice. This agreement allows the Company access to multiple mills at competitive pricing. Prior to the Gannett agreement, the Company’s newsprint was obtained through a purchasing consortium. Management believes the Gannett agreement provides adequate sources of newsprint to meet the Company’s current needs. Significant increases in newsprint costs or the Company’s inability to obtain an adequate supply of newsprint in the future could adversely affect its financial condition and results of operations.



During 2019, Company operations consumed 11,619 metric tons of newsprint at an average cost of $751 per metric ton. Consumption of newsprint in 2018 was 19,255 metric tons at an average cost of $660 per metric ton.



The Company’s newspapers and other commercial print products are produced at its facility in Plano, Texas. Distribution of printed products to subscribers, retailers and newsstands is made under terms of agreements with third-party distributors. The Company believes a sufficient number of third-party distributors exist to allow uninterrupted distribution of the Company’s products. However, if third-party service providers face financial difficulties or terminate their relationship with the Company, this could adversely affect the Company’s ability to satisfy its customers or operate the business, and could affect results of operations.

Competitive Strengths and Challenges

The Company’s strengths include:

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the largest news-gathering operation in North Texas

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the opportunity to build valuable first-party data sets about consumers in North Texas due to the millions of unique visitors who come to the Company’s websites and mobile applications monthly

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the ability to develop innovative new product and service offerings which leverage the Company’s brand equity, existing content, distribution platforms, technologies and relationships

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the ability to provide clients with full-service agency capabilities including strategy, creative and media management which allow our clients to connect with their business, their brand and their audiences 

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sufficient liquidity to allow the Company to invest opportunistically in the Company’s business

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an affluent and educated demographic base in its market

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the ability to market print or digital products and services to large and targeted audiences at low marginal costs

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a large sales force with knowledge of the marketplaces in which the Company conducts its business, and relationships with current and potential print and digital advertising clients

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the ability to manage operating costs effectively according to market pressures

 

 

 

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The Company’s challenges include:

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timely growth of revenue and profits  related to the Company’s agency and digital services and digital subscriptions businesses that would provide for an offset to declines in revenue and profits related to the Company’s print advertising and print circulation

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operating in a competitive environment with increased competition from other media, particularly internet-based media

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effective monetization of locally-created online content on the Company’s websites while balancing the impact of potential lower traffic volumes with an established metered-based model



In response to the decline in print revenue, the Company has developed agency and digital advertising capabilities through multiple media channels. The Company leverages its news content to improve engagement on the Company’s digital platforms that results in increased digital subscriptions and associated revenue. The Company also continues to diversify its revenue base by leveraging the available capacity of its existing assets to provide print and distribution services for newspapers and other customers requiring these services, by introducing new advertising and marketing services products, and by increasing circulation prices.



Because of declining print circulation, the Company has developed broad digital strategies designed to provide readers with multiple platforms for obtaining online access to local news. The Company redesigned and expanded its website platforms and mobile applications in 2019 to provide a better customer experience with its digital news and information content.  The Company continues to obtain additional key demographic data from readers, which allows the Company to provide content desired by readers and to modify marketing and distribution strategies to target and reach audiences valued by advertisers. The Company has implemented a programmatic digital advertising platform that provides digital ad placement and targeting efficiencies and increases utilization of digital inventory within the Company’s websites and external websites.

Strategy



A. H. Belo is committed to producing quality journalism for its communities and providing innovative marketing and digital advertising solutions for its customers through its agency capabilities,  while creating value for shareholders over the long-term through stock price appreciation and dividends. The Company continuously evaluates its operations and investments against various economic factors to determine the appropriate current strategies.



The Company is committed to maintaining the leading digital and print platforms for delivering news of the highest quality and reliability in the North Texas area, as well as creating and developing innovative print and digital advertising marketing service capabilities that address the needs of clients and advertisers.



The Company seeks to achieve these objectives through the following strategies:

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produce quality local journalism at scale, distributed through digital platforms that improve user engagement and result in increased digital subscriptions and customer retention

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develop new ways to optimize advertising dollars on the Company’s digital platforms

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grow recurring advertising and digital marketing services revenue through a client-first approach and enhanced full-service agency capabilities

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improve print revenues and increase utilization of operating assets by maintaining profitable print and distribution services to third parties

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continue to align costs with revenue, maintain strong liquidity to support future business and product initiatives, and provide flexibility to meet strategic investment opportunities and other cash flow requirements



Competition



A. H. Belo’s newspapers, niche publications and related websites primarily serve audiences in the North Texas area. The Company competes for advertising revenue for its newspapers and websites with other print and agency companies. Advertising revenues for the Company’s newspapers and websites are responsive to circulation and traffic volumes, demographics of their subscriber bases, advertising results, rates and customer service. Advertising on digital platforms is highly competitive and largely dominated by large internet companies. As advertisers reallocate marketing expenditures from print to digital channels, the Company believes its strong local brand and its full-service agency capabilities will allow it to offer exclusive advertising and digital marketing solutions to local businesses on a competitive scale.



 

 

 

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The Dallas Morning News has the highest paid print circulation in the North Texas area while competing with one other metropolitan newspaper in parts of its geographic market. Print circulation revenues are challenged primarily due to free and readily-accessible news, entertainment, advertising and other content available through the internet. This secular shift from print to digital media continues as consumer lifestyles embrace technological advancements, particularly with mobile devices, which provide access to a wide variety of digital news and advertising alternatives, including news and social media websites, online advertising networks and exchanges, online classified services, and direct email advertising. Competition for readers is primarily based on mode of delivery, quality of the Company’s journalism, price, timeliness of interaction with audiences, and customer service. News and other digital content produced by the Company’s newspapers and niche publications are available via its websites, mobile applications and through email. The Company offers competitive technology for accessing digital content on mobile devices and via personal computers. Journalists engage online readers through blogs, Twitter and other social media posts.



Seasonality



A. H. Belo’s advertising revenues are subject to moderate seasonality, with print and digital advertising revenue typically higher in the fourth calendar quarter of each year because of the holiday shopping season. The level of print and digital advertising sales in any period may also be affected by advertisers’ decisions to increase or decrease their advertising expenditures in response to anticipated consumer demand and general economic conditions.

Employees

As of December 31, 2019, the Company had 830 employees.

Available Information

A. H. Belo maintains its corporate website at www.ahbelo.com, which makes available, free of charge, this Annual Report on Form 10-K, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, its Current Reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports, as filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”), as amended, as soon as reasonably practicable after the reports are electronically filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). 

 

 

 

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Item 1A. Risk Factors



The following risk factors are based on management’s current knowledge and estimates of factors affecting the Company’s operations, both known and unknown. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking information as actual results may differ materially from the possible risks and outcomes discussed herein. In addition, a number of other factors (those identified elsewhere in this document and others, both known and unknown) may cause actual results to differ materially from expectations.

Risks Relating to A. H. Belo’s Strategic Transformation

The Company’s primary strategy is to transition from a print-focused media company to a digital-first media company focused on growth in its digital subscriber base and growth in its full-service agency capabilities including strategy, creative and media management with a focus on strategic and digital marketing, and data intelligence that provide a measurable return on investment to its clients.



The Company’s ability to achieve its strategic transformation from a print-focused media company to a digital-first media company is subject to several risks, including:

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The transformation may require significant investment of financial resources, and these investments may result in lower margins and increased operating expenses and capital expenditures

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The transformation may require a significant amount of time to achieve, and the Company may not be able to increase digital revenues quickly enough to offset print revenue declines

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The Company operates in a highly competitive market for talent, and it may not be successful in recruiting and retaining the type of talent required to operate and grow its digital businesses



Even if the Company implements its strategic transformation successfully, it may not result in an increase in digital advertising and marketing services revenues and subscription revenue that sufficiently offsets the declines the Company is experiencing in its traditional print media business.  If the Company fails to implement its strategy effectively, or if its strategy ultimately does not result in a sufficient increase in digital advertising and marketing services revenues and subscription revenues, its business, financial condition, and results of operation may be adversely affected.



Risks Relating to A. H. Belo’s Overall Business

The Company operates in a highly competitive media market, and the Company’s ability to generate revenue depends on the effectiveness of the Company’s strategy to promote new and existing products.

Historically, newspaper publishing was viewed as a cost-effective method of delivery for various forms of advertising to a large audience. The continued development and deployment of new technologies and greater competition from digital media increase the challenge to provide competitive offerings that retain the Company’s print and digital advertisers. In addition, many national advertisers which place advertising in the Company’s newspaper have significantly reduced marketing budgets. These advertisers are centralizing purchasing functions and streamlining the buying and negotiating process. This could result in further commoditization of certain advertising products, which limits the Company’s ability to promote its position in the market, the customer service value of its relationship with advertisers, and the benefits of its suite of products, including the Company’s ability to upsell other products. This may also put the Company in competition with other advertising companies that are able to offer lower prices for a larger geographical area than the Company covers. Accordingly, the Company could experience a decline in pricing which could result in lower revenues and profitability.

 

 

 

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The Company has introduced new services and offerings designed to grow the Company’s full-service agency capabilities including strategy, creative and media management with a focus on strategic and digital marketing and data intelligence that provide a measurable return on investment to its clients. Full-service agency offerings are rapidly evolving as business customers seek quantifiable results to measure the effectiveness of advertising spending. The Company’s customers primarily represent mid-sized businesses with varying degrees of knowledge and familiarity with online marketing and advertising campaigns. The success of the Company is dependent on various factors, including the ability to:

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Increase the Company’s client base and achieve broader market acceptance of its suite of cross-channel, full-service agency capabilities 

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Overcome challenges related to the accuracy or perceived accuracy of metrics provided and the ability of the customer to properly interpret the effectiveness of advertising campaigns against benchmarks that may not be reliable

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Educate customers on the benefits of marketing services to their businesses

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Obtain new clients as well as sell additional products and services to existing clients

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Maintain or increase the rates on products

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Leverage existing print products, brands and technologies to distinguish products and services from those of competitors



A. H. Belo’s newspaper and the newspaper industry as a whole are challenged to maintain and grow print circulation volume. To the extent circulation volume declines cannot be offset by rate increases, the Company will realize lower circulation revenue. Circulation volume declines could also result in lower rates and volumes for advertising revenue.

The Company’s ability to stabilize circulation revenue through price increases and by growing its paid digital subscriber base may be affected by competition from other forms of media and other publications available in the Company’s markets, declining consumer spending on discretionary items such as newspapers, decreasing amounts of free time, and declining frequency of regular newspaper buying among certain demographic groups. The Company may also incur higher costs competing for paid circulation. If the Company is not able to compete effectively, revenue may decline and the Company’s financial condition and results of operations may be adversely affected.



The Company competes for advertising and circulation revenue with other newspapers, websites, digital applications, magazines, television, radio, direct mail and other media. The continued expansion of digital media and communications, particularly social media, mobile applications and the proliferation of tablet and mobile devices, has increased some consumers’ preference to receive all or part of their news and information digitally. Websites such as craigslist.org,  monster.com and cars.com provide a cost-efficient platform for reaching wide but targeted audiences for classified advertising. Websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and Yahoo! are successful in gathering and making available national and local news and information from multiple sources and attracting a broad readership base.



The Company’s success depends on its ability to develop and manage the Company’s digital advertising and marketing services offerings and digital subscription business in response to the changes in consumers’ preferences and behaviors, as well as changes to advertising expenditures, as described above. To be successful, the Company must:

·

Attract advertisers to the Company’s full-service agency capabilities

·

Continue to increase digital audiences by providing consumers important and relevant news content regarding the North Texas market

·

Tailor products for mobile devices

·

Invest funds in digital technology software and platforms

·

Leverage existing print products, brands and technologies to distinguish digital products and services from those of competitors

·

Structure its sales force accordingly

·

Attract and retain employees with the skills and knowledge needed to support a successful full-service agency

 

 

 

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The Company’s potential inability to execute cost control measures successfully could result in total operating costs that are greater than expected.



The primary costs of the Company’s operations include employee compensation and benefits, followed by distribution costs, newsprint and other production materials and technology costs. The Company has taken steps to lower costs through selling or discontinuing unprofitable operations and products, reducing personnel, restructuring employee benefits, and implementing general cost control measures. Although the Company continues its cost control efforts, it may be unable to continue to match revenue declines with offsetting cost reductions.



Certain operating costs may not fluctuate directly with changes in revenue, which could result in lower margins if advertising and circulation volumes decline. The Company could experience inflationary pressures from newsprint and other suppliers and be unable to generate additional revenue or additional cost reductions to offset these pressures. The Company utilizes outside service providers to distribute its newspaper and certain preprint advertising through the mail. Higher fuel costs and/or postage rates or an increase in rates from outside service providers could result in higher direct costs incurred by the Company.



Increasing costs of healthcare benefits offered to employees requires the Company to evaluate the scope of benefits offered and the method by which health care benefits are delivered. Competition for qualified personnel may require the Company to spend more on compensation costs, including employee benefits, to attract and retain its workforce. There may be other factors outside of the Company’s control that could increase employee compensation costs, including, but not limited to, an increase in the minimum wage.



The Company may not be able to pass on to customers these potential cost increases given the significant competition for advertising dollars and the ability of customers to obtain news from other media at a low cost. If the Company does not achieve expected savings or if operating costs increase due to the creation and development of new products, total operating costs may be greater than anticipated.



The Company believes appropriate steps are being taken to control costs. However, if the Company is not successful in matching revenue declines with corresponding cost reductions, the Company’s ability to generate future profits could be affected.



The success of the Company is dependent on the Company’s ability to attract, hire, motivate and retain employees with the skills and technical knowledge required to successfully sell and implement its services and offerings. 



There is intense competition for scarce talent with skills in new digital technologies, and the Company may be unable to cost-effectively hire new employees with these skills, which may incur increased costs. The ability to achieve significant future digital and marketing services revenue growth will depend on the Company’s success in recruiting, training and retaining sufficient numbers of direct sales and implementation professionals. New and planned hires require significant training and time before sales and implementation teams become fully productive. The Company’s growth could be hindered if these sales and implementation professionals are not successful in generating a corresponding significant increase in revenue.

Newsprint prices are volatile and may increase in the future, and newsprint supply may become increasingly scarce as paper mills exit the market.



The basic raw material for newspapers is newsprint, the cost of which for the last two years has represented between 5.0 percent and 6.0 percent of A. H. Belo’s revenues. The Company’s publishing operations depend significantly upon the continuing availability of newsprint and the Company’s results of operations may be impacted significantly by changes in newsprint prices. The price of newsprint historically has been volatile. Consolidation in the North American newsprint industry has reduced the number of suppliers and has led to paper mill closures and conversions to other grades of paper, which in turn has decreased overall newsprint capacity and increased the likelihood of higher prices. Other factors that may increase prices for newsprint include:

·

The imposition of tariffs or other restrictions on non-U.S. suppliers of paper

·

Increases in supplier operating expenses due to rising raw material or energy costs or other factors

·

Decreases in the Company’s current consumption levels

·

The Company’s inability to maintain existing relationships with its newsprint suppliers

 

 

 

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In addition, the Company’s ability to supply its publishing operation with newsprint has been and may continue to be disrupted by such factors as:

·

The Company’s suppliers may be unable to deliver newsprint due to labor unrest

·

Trucks or other means of transporting newsprint may become unavailable

·

Paper mills may close at a faster rate than declines in the demand for paper



The Company currently purchases its newsprint under a paper supply agreement with a newsprint broker, which is the Company’s sole supplier of newsprint from designated newsprint suppliers at market-based prices during the term of the agreement. The agreement is renewable for successive one-year terms upon mutual agreement of the parties, and is terminable by either party on 180 days prior written notice. If this paper supply agreement is terminated or expires without renewal, significant increases in newsprint costs or the Company’s inability to obtain an adequate supply of newsprint from other sources in the future could adversely affect its financial condition and results of operations. Significant increases in newsprint costs or the Company’s inability to obtain an adequate supply of newsprint in the future could adversely affect its financial condition and results of operations.

The Company’s reputation and brands are key assets and negative perceptions or publicity could adversely affect the business, financial condition and results of operations.



The Company has a reputation for producing reliable, high-quality journalism and content. The Company’s reputation and brands are key assets and must be preserved and leveraged for the Company to continue to be successful. If the Company’s reputation is damaged or if consumers perceive the Company’s products to be less reliable, the business, financial condition or results of operations may be adversely affected.

The Company is susceptible to general economic conditions, natural catastrophic events and public health crises, and a downturn in advertising and marketing spending by advertisers could adversely affect its operating results.

The Company’s operating results will be subject to fluctuations based on general economic conditions, in particular those conditions that impact advertiser-consumer transactions. Deterioration in economic conditions could cause decreases in or delays in advertising spending and reduce and/or negatively impact the Company’s short-term ability to grow our revenues. Further, any decreased collectability of accounts receivable or early termination of agreements due to deterioration in economic conditions could negatively impact results of operations.

Furthermore, the business is subject to the impact of natural catastrophic events such as earthquakes, floods or power outages, political crises such as terrorism or war, and public health crises, such as disease outbreaks, epidemics, or pandemics in the U.S. and global economies, its markets and business locations.

Currently, the rapid spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) globally has resulted in increased travel restrictions and disruption and shutdown of businesses. The Company has experienced, and may continue to experience, impacts from quarantines, market downturns and changes in customer behavior related to the pandemic and impacts on its workforce if the spread of the virus widens and becomes of longer duration. The Company has been following the recommendations of local government and health authorities to minimize exposure risk for employees, including the temporary closure of some of the Company’s offices and having employees work remotely. Employees, including financial reporting staff, have been working remotely since on or about March 10, 2020. If the virus were to affect a significant number of the workforce employed in printing operations, the Company may experience delays or be unable to produce, print and deliver its and third-party print publications on a timely basis. In addition, one or more printing customers, distribution partners, service providers or suppliers may experience financial distress, file for bankruptcy protection, go out of business, or suffer disruptions in its business due to the coronavirus outbreak. The extent to which the coronavirus impacts the Company’s results will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and will include emerging information concerning the severity and length of the coronavirus pandemic and the actions taken by governments and private businesses to contain the coronavirus.  The coronavirus is likely to have an adverse impact on the Company’s business, results of operations and financial condition at least for the near term.



The full impact of COVID-19 is not yet known and is rapidly evolving. The outbreak and any preventative or protective actions that the Company has taken and may continue to take, or may be imposed on the Company by governmental intervention, in respect of this virus may result in a period of disruption to the Company’s financial reporting capabilities, its printing operations, and its operations generally. COVID-19 is impacting, and may continue to impact, the Company’s customers, distribution partners, advertisers, production facilities, and third parties, and could result in a loss of advertising revenue or supply chain disruption.

 

 

 

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Data security breaches, other security threats and information technology system disruptions could negatively impact A. H. Belo’s businesses, reputation and results of operations.



The Company’s information technology systems are critically important to operating its businesses efficiently and effectively. Information systems may be affected by cybersecurity incidents that can result from deliberate attacks or system failures. Maintaining network security is critical. Threats include, but are not limited to, ransomware attacks, computer viruses, computer hackings, disruptive software, error or malfeasance by an employee, or other malicious activities. Information systems may also be compromised by natural disasters, fire, power outages, terrorism or other similar events.  The Company experienced a ransomware attack in November 2019, but did not experience any data breaches. The Company was able to successfully remediate, implement additional monitoring software and services, and continue operations without significant interruption to its operations. 



The Company depends on the security of its third-party service providers. Unauthorized use of or inappropriate access to the third-party service providers’ networks, computer systems and services could potentially jeopardize the security of the Company’s systems and confidential information.



There can be no assurance that the actions and controls implemented by the Company, or its third-party service providers will be sufficient to prevent unauthorized access to the Company’s data, release of confidential information, disruptions to critical systems or corruption of data. Cyber-attacks evolve quickly and often are not recognized until after they are launched, and the Company may be unable to anticipate them or implement adequate measures to prevent a breach or attack.



Cyber-attacks, disruptions or failures could result in processing inefficiencies, late or missed publications, loss of sales and customers, and transaction errors, any of which could negatively affect the business or results of operations. The coverage and limits of the Company’s insurance policies may not be adequate to reimburse the Company for all losses caused by security breaches and business interruptions.



A. H. Belo relies on third-party service providers for various services.



The Company relies on third-party providers for various technology and services including, but not limited to, network and infrastructure services, email, news content management, customer relationship management, circulation distribution, benefits and payroll processing, and financial management systems. The Company does not control the operations of these service providers, which are subject to similar security threats that the Company could experience, such as malicious activities or natural disasters. The continued and uninterrupted performance of third-party systems and services is critical to the Company’s operations and any significant interruption due to system failures could be disruptive to the business. In addition, if third-party service providers face financial difficulties or terminate their relationship with the Company, this could adversely affect the Company’s ability to satisfy its customers or operate the business, and could affect results of operations.



The sufficiency of the Company’s liquidity is dependent upon meeting future financial goals.



Although the Company’s cash holdings are sufficient to meet foreseeable operating needs, the Company must achieve expected financial goals. Unplanned events such as tax obligations, significant loss of revenue, unprofitable operations, deterioration of collections of receivables or mandatory pension plan contributions, could accelerate the use of the Company’s cash balances. These factors may impact the Company’s ability to pay dividends or to raise financial capital for investments or acquisitions necessary for the Company’s long-term growth.



Significant turnover of key employees could expose the Company to loss.



A. H. Belo relies on the efforts of its senior executive officers and other members of management. The Company is located in a vibrant economic region of the United States with low unemployment and strong competition for senior management personnel. The success of the Company’s businesses depends heavily on its ability to execute the required responsibilities of these roles as well as the Company’s ability to retain current management and to attract and retain qualified personnel in the future. The loss of key personnel would result in additional recruiting and training costs to the Company, and the potential delay of operations until the hires have sufficient knowledge commensurate with their assigned duties.



Market conditions could increase the funding requirements associated with the Company’s pension plans.



The Company is the sole sponsor of A. H. Belo Pension Plans I and II (collectively, the “A. H. Belo Pension Plans”) and is required to meet certain pension funding requirements as established under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”). Instability in global and domestic capital markets may result in low returns on the assets contributed to the A. H. Belo Pension Plans. Additionally, low yields on corporate bonds may decrease the discount rate, resulting in a higher funding obligation. Although legislation was enacted into law in 2012 which provided limited funding relief, market conditions could materially increase the funding requirements associated with the A. H. Belo Pension Plans, with an adverse effect on the Company’s liquidity and financial condition.

 

 

 

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Adverse results from new litigation or governmental proceedings or investigations could adversely affect A. H. Belo’s business, financial condition and results of operations.



A. H. Belo and its subsidiaries may be subject to litigation, including matters relating to alleged libel or defamation, governmental proceedings and investigations. Adverse determinations in any such matters could require A. H. Belo to make monetary payments or result in other sanctions or findings that could adversely affect the Company’s business, financial condition and results of operations. Insurance coverage, if any, may not be adequate to cover all costs and/or losses. In some instances, the Company may have a contractual obligation from a third-party to indemnify liabilities related to litigation or governmental investigation, but if the third-party fails to indemnify us, the Company would be responsible for monetary damages.

Risks Relating to A. H. Belo’s Stock

The market price of A. H. Belo’s common stock may be volatile.

Many factors could cause the trading price of the Company’s common stock to rise and fall, including, but not limited to, declining newspaper print circulation, gain or loss of significant print and digital advertising or marketing services customers or other customers, acquisitions or investments, low stock trading volume, changes in recommendations by securities analysts who elect to follow the Company’s stock, and changes in market conditions of the media industry or the economy as a whole, including the recent effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the stock markets generally, and specifically on the Company’s stock price. 



The Company cannot guarantee the timing, declaration, amount, or payment of dividends on the Company’s common stock.



The timing, declaration, amount and payment of future dividends to stockholders falls within the discretion of the board of directors. The board’s decision regarding the payment of dividends will depend on many factors such as the Company’s financial condition, earnings, capital requirements, potential future mandatory pension contributions and other factors the board deems relevant.



A. H. Belo’s directors and executive officers have significant combined voting power and significant influence over its management and affairs.



A. H. Belo directors and executive officers hold approximately 53 percent of the voting power of the Company’s outstanding voting stock as of December 31, 2019. A. H. Belo’s Series A common stock has one vote per share and Series B common stock has 10 votes per share. Accordingly, A. H. Belo’s directors and executive officers will have significant influence over the Company’s management and affairs and over all matters requiring shareholder approval, including the election of directors, amendment of the Company’s Certificate of Formation and Bylaws, and significant corporate transactions and transactions with or benefitting certain “Interested Shareholders,” as defined in the Company’s Certificate of Formation.



Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments



None.



Item 2. Properties





 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

Operations

 

Ownership

 

Location

Corporate and The Dallas Morning News

 

Leased

 

Dallas, Texas

Printing facilities

 

Owned

 

Plano, Texas

AHC Dallas Properties, LLC

 

Leased

 

Denton, Texas

Sales operations

 

Leased

 

Dallas, Texas

Shared mail packaging office and warehouse

 

Leased

 

Phoenix, Arizona



In addition to the properties above, the Company has various leased locations it uses for news reporting and the distribution of the Company’s publications, and it leases property in Tulsa, Oklahoma used for Cubic Creative, Inc. offices. As of December 31, 2019, in aggregate, the Company leased facilities for current use consisting of approximately 332,000 square feet and owns property that includes land and a  building consisting of approximately 1,258,000 square feet. 

 

 

 

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Item 3. Legal Proceedings



A number of legal proceedings are pending against A. H. Belo. In the opinion of management, liabilities, if any, arising from these legal proceedings would not have a material adverse effect on A. H. Belo’s results of operations, liquidity or financial condition. A. H. Belo and its subsidiaries may be subject to litigation, including matters relating to alleged libel or defamation, governmental proceedings and investigations. Adverse determinations in any such matters could require A. H. Belo to make monetary payments or result in other sanctions or findings that could adversely affect the Company’s business, financial condition and results of operations. Insurance coverage, if any, may not be adequate to cover all costs and/or losses. In some instances, the Company may have a contractual obligation from a third-party to indemnify liabilities related to litigation or governmental investigation, but if the third-party fails to indemnify us, the Company would be responsible for monetary damages.



Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures



None.

 

 

 

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PART II



Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

The Company’s authorized common equity consists of 125,000,000 shares of common stock, par value $.01 per share. The Company has two series of common stock outstanding, Series A and Series B. Shares of the two series are identical in all respects except as noted herein. Shares of Series B common stock are entitled to 10 votes per share on all matters submitted to a vote of shareholders, and shares of Series A common stock are entitled to one vote per share. Transferability of the Series B common stock is limited to family members and affiliated entities of the holder. Shares of Series B common stock are convertible at any time on a one-for-one basis into shares of Series A common stock and upon a transfer, other than as described above, shares of Series B common stock automatically convert into Series A common stock. Shares of the Company’s Series A common stock are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE trading symbol: AHC) and began trading on February 11, 2008. There is no established public trading market for shares of Series B common stock.



The declaration of dividends is subject to the discretion of A. H. Belo’s board of directors. The determination as to the amount declared and its timing depends on, among other things, A. H. Belo’s results of operations and financial condition, capital requirements, other contractual restrictions, prospects, applicable law, general economic and business conditions and other future factors that are deemed relevant. The board of directors generally declares dividends during the quarter preceding its stated measurement and payment dates. A. H. Belo cannot provide any assurance that future dividends will be declared and paid due to the factors discussed in “Item 1A. Risk Factors” and elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. The table below sets forth the high and low sales prices reported on the New York Stock Exchange for a share of the Company’s common stock and the recorded cash dividends per share declared for the past two years.











 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Stock Price

 

 

Dividends



 

High

 

Low

 

Close

 

 

Declared

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth quarter

 

$

3.83 

 

$

2.75 

 

$

2.80 

 

$

0.08 

Third quarter

 

 

3.78 

 

 

3.35 

 

 

3.64 

 

 

0.08 

Second quarter

 

 

4.08 

 

 

3.50 

 

 

3.69 

 

 

0.08 

First quarter

 

 

4.47 

 

 

3.36 

 

 

3.72 

 

 

0.08 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth quarter

 

$

4.80 

 

$

3.35 

 

$

3.37 

 

$

0.08 

Third quarter

 

 

4.70 

 

 

4.25 

 

 

4.60 

 

 

0.08 

Second quarter

 

 

5.80 

 

 

4.50 

 

 

4.70 

 

 

0.08 

First quarter

 

 

5.25 

 

 

4.70 

 

 

5.15 

 

 

0.08 



The closing price of the Company’s Series A common stock as reported on the New York Stock Exchange on May 1, 2020, was $1.47. The approximate number of shareholders of record of the Company’s Series A and Series B common stock at the close of business on May 1, 2020, was 348 and 145, respectively.



Equity Compensation Plan Information



The information set forth under the heading “Equity Compensation Plan Information” contained in the definitive Proxy Statement for the Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders, to be held on June 2, 2020, is incorporated herein by reference.



Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities



The Company repurchased shares of its common stock pursuant to a publicly announced share repurchase program authorized by the Company’s board of directors. During 2019,  the Company purchased 216,490 shares of its Series A common stock at a total cost of $842.  The agreement to repurchase the Company’s stock expired in the fourth quarter of 2019 and was not renewed. During 2018, the Company purchased 266,409 shares of its Series A common stock at a total cost of $1,299. All purchases were made through open market transactions and were recorded as treasury stock.

 

 

 

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The following table contains information for shares repurchased during the fourth quarter of 2019. None of the shares in this table were repurchased directly from any of the Company’s officers or directors.









 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Period

 

Total Number
of Shares
Purchased

 

Average Price
Paid per Share

 

Total Number of
Shares Purchased as
Part of Publicly
Announced Plans
or Programs

 

Maximum Number of
Shares that May Yet
Be Purchased Under
the Plans or Programs

October 2019

 

33,032 

 

$

3.72 

 

1,913,860 

 

2,086,140 

November 2019

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

1,913,860 

 

2,086,140 

December 2019

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

1,913,860 

 

2,086,140 



Sales of Unregistered Securities



During 2019 and 2018, shares of the Company’s Series B common stock in the amounts of 247 and 200, respectively, were converted, on a one-for-one basis, into shares of Series A common stock. The Company did not register the issuance of these securities under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) in reliance upon the exemption under Section 3(a)(9) of the Securities Act.



Item 6. Selected Financial Data



The Company is a smaller reporting company as defined by Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act and is not required to provide the information under this Item.



 

 

 

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Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations



A. H. Belo intends for the discussion of its financial condition and results of operations that follows to provide information that will assist in understanding its financial statements, the changes in certain key items in those statements from period to period, and the primary factors that accounted for those changes, as well as how certain accounting principles, policies and estimates affect its financial statements. The following information should be read in conjunction with the Company’s consolidated financial statements and related notes filed as part of this report. All dollar amounts presented herein, except share and per share amounts, are in thousands, unless the context indicates otherwise. 



This section and other parts of this Annual Report on Form 10-K contain certain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those statements. See the Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements and Item 1A. Risk Factors of this Annual Report for further discussion.



OVERVIEW



A. H. Belo Corporation (“A. H. Belo” or the “Company”), headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is the leading local news and information publishing company in Texas. The Company has commercial printing, distribution and direct mail capabilities, as well as a presence in emerging media and digital marketing. While focusing on extending the Company’s media platforms, A. H. Belo delivers news and information in innovative ways to a broad range of audiences with diverse interests and lifestyles. The Company publishes The Dallas Morning News  (www.dallasnews.com), Texas’ leading newspaper and winner of nine Pulitzer Prizes, and various niche publications targeting specific audiences. Its newspaper operations also provide commercial printing and distribution services to several large national newspapers. In addition, the Company has the capabilities of a full-service strategy, creative and media agency that focuses on strategic and digital marketing, and data intelligence that provide a measurable return on investment to its clients.



In the third quarter of 2019, in conjunction with a strategic change to move to a single decision-making reporting structure and based on how the Company’s chief operating decision-maker makes decisions about allocating resources and assessing performance, the Company determined it has one reportable segment. Prior to the third quarter, the Company had two reportable segments, Publishing and Marketing Services, that each operated as a single reporting unit with all corporate expenses included in Publishing. With this reorganization, the Company has focused on enhancing its capabilities to provide customers with strategic, creative and media marketing solutions with a focus on strategic and digital marketing, and data intelligence that provide a measurable return on investment to its clients.



Overview of Significant Transactions



Operating results for 2019 reflect continued challenges in print advertising revenue trends, primarily due to volume and rate declines, partially offset by an increase in the Company’s digital-only subscriptions revenue. The Company continues its efforts to diversify revenues through greater development of its digital platforms for delivery of news and advertising, and leveraging its brand and personnel to enhance its media agency solutions. However, there is no guarantee the Company will be able to generate enough digital revenue or margin to offset the loss of print advertising and circulation revenue and margin.



On April 1, 2019, the Company completed an asset acquisition. The new entity Cubic Creative, Inc. (“Cubic Creative”) is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has approximately 25 employees. This acquisition adds creative strategy services, which complement service offerings currently available to A. H. Belo clients. The expected benefit from providing these additional services was attributed to goodwill, all of which is expected to be deductible for tax purposes. In the second quarter of 2019, in connection with the Cubic Creative acquisition, the Company recorded $1,593 of goodwill and $510 of intangible assets. Cubic Creative is a component within the Marketing Services reporting unit. Operating results of the businesses acquired have been included in the Consolidated Statements of Operations from the initial acquisition date forward.



On May 17, 2019, the Company completed the sale of the real estate assets in downtown Dallas, Texas, previously used as the Company’s headquarters for a sale price of $28,000. The sale price consisted of $4,597 cash received, after selling costs of approximately $1,000, and a two-year seller-financed promissory note of $22,400,  secured by a first lien deed of trust covering the property. In the second quarter of 2019, the Company recorded a pretax gain of $25,908. Due to the offset by existing net operating loss carryforwards, the Company did not record any current tax expense related to the sale transaction. As a direct result of COVID-19 uncertainties, on April 3, 2020, the Company entered into a board approved amendment to the two-year seller-financed promissory note. The second promissory note in the principal amount of $375 is secured by a second lien deed of trust covering the property and due June 30, 2021. The second promissory note includes a deferred interest payment that was due April 1, 2020, and a 2019 real property tax reconciliation payment due from the Purchaser. While it is anticipated that future interest payments will be made on a timely basis there is not a guarantee.

 

 

 

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In the third quarter of 2019, in conjunction with a strategic change to move to a single decision-making reporting structure that resulted in one reportable segment and a significant decrease in the Marketing Services forecast, the Company completed a goodwill impairment test for the Marketing Services reporting unit. Upon completion of the test, it was determined the Marketing Services reporting unit’s carrying value exceeded its estimated fair value. Accordingly, the Company recorded a noncash goodwill impairment charge of $1,593 in the third quarter of 2019, fully impairing goodwill. In connection with the goodwill impairment, the Company conducted a long-lived assets impairment test for Marketing Services. Upon completion of the test, it was determined the Marketing Services reporting unit’s long-lived assets’ estimated fair values were equal to or exceeded the carrying value and accordingly, no impairment was warranted.



In 2018, the Company conducted its annual goodwill impairment test as of December 31, 2018, for the Marketing Services reporting unit. The test indicated the Marketing Services reporting unit’s carrying value exceeded its estimated fair value. Accordingly, the Company recorded a noncash goodwill impairment charge of $13,973 in the fourth quarter of 2018, fully impairing goodwill. In connection with the goodwill impairment, the Company conducted a long-lived assets impairment test for  Marketing Services, resulting in an impairment charge of $2,970 in the fourth quarter of 2018, fully impairing intangible assets related to customer relationships.



An income tax refund of $4,095 was received in the third quarter of 2018, for a tax benefit recognized in 2017 related to a capital loss on the sale of the Denton Record-Chronicle in the fourth quarter of 2017, of which a portion was carried back against taxes paid in 2014. Tax benefits recognized in 2016 were carried back against taxes paid in 2014 for a refund of $3,210 received in the second quarter of 2018, which is the result of a tax benefit from the abandonment of the Company's ownership interest in Wanderful Media, LLC and the sale of the Company's equity investment in Homesnap, Inc. in the fourth quarter of 2016.



Quarterly dividends of $0.08 per share returned $6,876 and $7,116 to shareholders in 2019 and 2018, respectively. On December 6, 2018, the Company’s board of directors declared an $0.08 per share dividend to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 8, 2019, paid on March 1, 2019. On March 5, 2020, the Company’s board of directors declared an $0.08 per share dividend to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 15, 2020, which is payable on June 5, 2020. On April 6, 2020, in response to the financial impact of COVID-19, the Company announced its intent to reduce its cash dividend rate indefinitely following the second quarter 2020 dividend of $0.08 per share declared on March 5, 2020. Future dividends, if declared, are expected to be at the rate of $0.04 per share.



Additional capital was returned to shareholders through the board-authorized repurchase program. In 2019, the Company purchased 216,490 shares of its Series A common stock through open market transactions for $842. However, the agreement to repurchase the Company’s stock expired in the fourth quarter of 2019 and was not renewed. In 2018, the Company purchased 266,409 shares of its Series A common stock through open market transactions for $1,299. These purchases are recorded as treasury stock.



RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Consolidated Results of Operations



This section contains discussion and analysis of net operating revenue, operating costs and expense and other information relevant to an understanding of results of operations for 2019 and 2018. In the third quarter of 2019, in conjunction with the Companies organizational changes, the Company determined it has one reportable segment (see Note 2 – Segment Reporting). The Company determined that disaggregating revenue by print and digital products best aligned with the new Company structure. The 2018 amounts were recast for comparative purposes.



Traditionally, the Company’s primary revenues have been generated from advertising within its core newspapers, niche publications and related websites and from subscription and single copy sales of its printed newspapers. As a result of competitive and economic conditions, the newspaper industry has faced significant revenue declines for more than a decade. Therefore, the Company has sought to diversify its revenues through development and investment in new product offerings, increased circulation rates and leveraging of its existing assets, including offering cost efficient commercial printing and distribution services primarily to national newspapers. The Company continually evaluates the overall performance of its core products to ensure existing assets are deployed adequately to maximize return.



The Company’s advertising revenue from its core newspapers continues to be adversely affected by the shift of advertiser spending to other forms of media and the increased accessibility of free online news content, as well as news content from other sources, which resulted in declines in print advertising and paid print circulation volumes and revenue. The most significant decline in advertising revenue has been attributable to print display and classified categories. Decreases in print display and classified categories are indicative of continuing trends by advertisers towards digital platforms, which are widely available from many sources. In the current environment, companies are allocating more of their advertising spending towards programmatic channels that provide digital advertising on multiple platforms with enhanced technology for targeted delivery and measurement.

 

 

 

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In response to the decline in print revenue, the Company has agency and digital advertising capabilities through multiple media channels. The Company leverages its news content to improve engagement on the Company’s digital platforms that results in increased digital subscriptions and associated revenue. The Company also continues to diversify its revenue base by leveraging the available capacity of its existing assets to provide print and distribution services for newspapers and other customers requiring these services, by introducing new advertising and marketing services products, and by increasing circulation prices.



Because of declining print circulation, the Company has developed broad digital strategies designed to provide readers with multiple platforms for obtaining online access to local news. The Company redesigned and expanded its website platforms and mobile applications in 2019 to provide a better customer experience with its digital news and information content.  The Company continues to obtain additional key demographic data from readers, which allows the Company to provide content desired by readers and to modify marketing and distribution strategies to target and reach audiences valued by advertisers. The Company has implemented a programmatic digital advertising platform that provides digital ad placement and targeting efficiencies and increases utilization of digital inventory within the Company’s websites and external websites.



Advertising and marketing services revenue



Advertising and marketing services revenue was 52.2 percent and 52.1 percent of total revenue for 2019 and 2018, respectively.





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Years Ended December 31,



 

 

2019

 

Percentage
Change

 

2018



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Recast)

Print advertising

 

$

62,256 

 

(10.1)

%

 

$

69,218 

Digital advertising and marketing services

 

 

33,600 

 

(7.2)

%

 

 

36,210 

Advertising and Marketing Services

$

95,856 

 

(9.1)

%

 

$

105,428 



Print advertising



Print advertising is comprised of display, classified and preprint advertising revenue. 



Display and classified print revenue primarily represents sales of advertising space within the Company’s core and niche newspapers. As advertisers continue to diversify marketing budgets to incorporate more and varied avenues of reaching consumers, traditional display and classified advertising continues to decline. Display and classified print revenue decreased $3,635 and $10,753 in 2019 and 2018, respectively, primarily due to a revenue decline in all advertising categories, with the largest declines in the retail categories.



Preprint revenue primarily reflects preprinted advertisements inserted into the Company’s core newspapers and niche publications, or distributed to non-subscribers through the mail. Revenue decreased $3,327 and $8,924 in 2019 and 2018, respectively, primarily due to a volume decline in preprint newspaper inserts, consistent with the decline in circulation volumes discussed below.



Digital advertising and marketing services



Digital advertising and marketing services revenue consists of strategic marketing management, consulting, creative services, targeted and multi-channel (programmatic) advertising placed on third-party websites, digital sales of banner, classified and native advertisements on the Company’s news and entertainment-related websites and mobile apps, social media management, search optimization, direct mail and the sale of promotional materials. The Company’s auto sales division offered targeted advertising to auto dealerships primarily in the North Texas region desiring to advertise their inventory on the cars.com platform through September 30, 2019. Revenue decreased $2,610 in 2019 primarily due to the cars.com agreement ending, and a lower volume of programmatic sales placed on third-party websites and online advertisements on dallasnews.com.



In 2018, revenue decreased $12,714 primarily due to the adoption of the new revenue guidance. Under the new revenue guidance, digital advertising on third-party websites, where the Company acts as an agent, is recorded net. Prior to adoption on January 1, 2018, such revenue was generally recorded gross.

 

 

 

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Circulation revenue



Circulation revenue was 37.2 percent and 35.6 percent of total revenue for 2019 and 2018, respectively.





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Years Ended December 31,



 

 

2019

 

Percentage
Change

 

2018



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Recast)

Print circulation

 

$

63,321 

 

(6.9)

%

 

$

68,033 

Digital circulation

 

 

4,939 

 

27.1 

%

 

 

3,886 

Circulation

 

$

68,260 

 

(5.1)

%

 

$

71,919 



Print circulation



Revenue decreased in 2019 primarily due to a decline in home delivery revenue, driven by a volume decline of 28.2 percent. The volume declines were partially offset by rate increases. Single copy revenue also decreased compared to prior year, due to single copy paid print circulation volume declines of 22.1 percent. Circulation revenue from home delivery and single copy revenue is expected to continue to decline as audiences are shifting to subscribing for news from digital platforms.



In 2018, revenue decreased due to a decline in home delivery and single copy paid print circulation volumes of 14.0 percent and 25.2 percent, respectively, partially offset by rate increases. Also contributing to the decline was the adoption of the new revenue guidance. In 2018, revenue declined by $1,006 related to the grace period for home delivery subscriptions where the Company recorded revenue for newspapers delivered after a subscription expired. Prior to adoption of the new revenue standard, non-payment for the grace period was recorded as bad debt expense. However, under the new guidance revenue is directly reduced.



Digital circulation



Revenue increased in 2019 due to an increase in digital-only subscriptions of 29.0 percent when compared to December 31, 2018.



Printing, distribution and other revenue



Printing, distribution and other revenue was 10.6 percent and 12.3 percent of total revenue for 2019 and 2018, respectively.





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Years Ended December 31,



 

 

2019

 

Percentage
Change

 

2018

Printing, Distribution and Other

 

$

19,447 

 

(22.0)

%

 

$

24,940 



Revenue decreased in 2019 primarily due to the Company eliminating its brokered printing business, in the first quarter of 2019, in which it provided services direct to small business clients. Additionally, the Company reduced the number of local and national commercial print customers it serves from more than 30 to 5. This strategic decision to streamline operations was implemented to improve operating income.



In 2018, revenue decreased due to declines in event-related revenue and in commercial printing volumes associated with certain national newspapers.

 

 

 

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Operating Costs and Expense



The table below sets forth the components of the Company’s operating costs and expense.















 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Years Ended December 31,



 

2019

 

Percentage
Change

 

2018



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Recast)

Employee compensation and benefits

 

$

80,134 

 

(10.3)

%

 

$

89,304 

Other production, distribution and operating costs

 

 

90,673 

 

0.6 

%

 

 

90,167 

Newsprint, ink and other supplies

 

 

16,570 

 

(24.8)

%

 

 

22,026 

Depreciation

 

 

8,983 

 

(9.3)

%

 

 

9,902 

Amortization

 

 

495 

 

(38.0)

%

 

 

799 

Gain on sale/disposal of assets, net

 

 

(24,540)

 

         N/A

 

 

 

 —

Asset impairments

 

 

1,709 

 

(89.9)

%

 

 

16,921 

Total Operating Costs and Expense

 

$

174,024 

 

(24.0)

%

 

$

229,119 



Employee compensation and benefits –  The Company continues to implement measures to optimize its workforce and evaluate strategies to reduce risk associated with future obligations for employee benefit plans. Employee compensation and benefits decreased $9,170 and $12,963 in 2019 and 2018, respectively, primarily due to headcount reductions within the Company. Headcount decreased by 152 since December 31, 2018, primarily related to the Company’s strategic decision, in the first quarter of 2019, to eliminate its brokered printing business and reduce the number of local and national commercial print customers it serves. 



Other production, distribution and operating costsExpense remained flat in 2019 due to the management of discretionary spending, offset by $1,920 of expense related to a strategy review with an outside consulting firm in the second quarter of 2019. Expense decreased $8,835 in 2018 as a result of adopting the new revenue guidance that requires certain revenue to be recorded on a net basis. In addition, the Company managed discretionary spending and additional savings were generated by expense reductions in revenue-related expenses, advertising and promotion, temporary services and distribution expense related to delivery of the Company’s various publications and products.



Newsprint, ink and other supplies –  Expense decreased in 2019 due to reduced newsprint costs associated with lower circulation volumes and the elimination of brokered printing for small business clients. Newsprint consumption approximated 11,619 and 19,255 metric tons in 2019 and 2018, respectively, at an average cost per metric ton of $751 and $660, respectively. 



Depreciation – Expense decreased in 2019 and 2018 due to a lower depreciable asset base as a higher level of in-service assets were fully depreciated. The Company has reduced capital spending, but it is committed to investing the appropriate levels of capital to sustain existing operations.



Amortization – Expense decreased in 2019 due to the impairment of intangible assets in the fourth quarter of 2018 discussed below. In 2019, expense was related to intangible assets, comprised of developed technology, and customer relationships recorded in connection with the Cubic Creative acquisition in the second quarter of 2019.



Gain on sale/disposal of assets, net – In 2019, the Company completed the sale of real estate previously used as the Company’s headquarters for $28,000, resulting in a pretax gain of $25,908. In addition, the Company recorded a loss of $1,362 on the disposal of newspaper production assets  and publishing software that was replaced by a new digital content platform. The newspaper production assets were disposed as a result of the Company’s decision to eliminate its brokered printing business and reduce its number of local and national commercial print customers.



Asset impairments – In the third quarter of 2019, in conjunction with a strategic change to move to a single decision-making reporting structure that resulted in one reportable segment and a significant decrease in the Marketing Services forecast, the Company completed a goodwill impairment test for the Marketing Services reporting unit. Upon completion of the test, it was determined the Marketing Services reporting unit’s carrying value exceeded its estimated fair value. Accordingly, the Company recorded a noncash goodwill impairment charge of $1,593 in the third quarter of 2019, fully impairing goodwill. 



In 2018, the Company conducted its annual goodwill impairment test as of December 31, 2018, for the Marketing Services reporting unit. The test indicated the Marketing Services reporting unit’s carrying value exceeded its estimated fair value. Accordingly, the Company recorded a noncash goodwill impairment charge of $13,973 in the fourth quarter of 2018, fully impairing goodwill. In connection with the goodwill impairment, the Company conducted a long-lived assets impairment test for  Marketing Services, resulting in an impairment charge of $2,970 in the fourth quarter of 2018, fully impairing intangible assets related to customer relationships.



 

 

 

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Other



The table below sets forth the other components of the Company’s results of operations.







 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Years Ended December 31,



 

2019

 

Percentage
Change

 

2018

Other income, net

 

$

4,169 

 

7.1 

%

 

$

3,891 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax provision

 

$

4,416 

 

93.7 

%

 

$

2,280 



Other income, netOther income, net is primarily comprised of net periodic pension and other post-employment benefit of $3,259 and $3,818 for the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. Gain (loss) from investments and interest income (expense) are also included in other income, net.



Income tax provisionA tax provision of $4,416 was recorded in 2019. The provision was primarily due to annual income before income taxes, primarily a result of income generated from the sale of the Company’s former headquarters (see Note 15 – Disposal of Assets), the Texas margin tax and an increase in the valuation allowance due to a change in judgement as to the realization of the Company’s deferred tax assets.



A tax provision of $2,280 was recorded in 2018. The provision was primarily due to the Texas margin tax and an increase in the valuation allowance due to a change in judgment as to the realization of the Company’s deferred tax assets, the measurement of which was in part impacted by asset impairment charges recognized by the Company in 2018. The current state tax provision was partially reduced by a refund of the 2017 Texas margin tax and a partial release of the reserve for uncertain tax positions.



Legal proceedings – From time to time, the Company is involved in a variety of claims, lawsuits and other disputes arising in the ordinary course of business. Management routinely assesses the likelihood of adverse judgments or outcomes in these matters, as well as the ranges of probable losses to the extent losses are reasonably estimable. Accruals for contingencies are recorded when, in the judgment of management, adverse judgments or outcomes are probable and the financial impact, should an adverse outcome occur, is reasonably estimable. The determination of likely outcomes of litigation matters relates to factors that include, but are not limited to, past experience and other evidence, interpretation of relevant laws or regulations and the specifics and status of each matter. Predicting the outcome of claims and litigation and estimating related costs and financial exposure involves substantial uncertainties that could cause actual results to vary materially from estimates and accruals. In the opinion of management, liabilities, if any, arising from other currently existing claims against the Company would not have a material adverse effect on A. H. Belo’s results of operations, liquidity or financial condition.



Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates



A. H. Belo’s consolidated financial statements reflect the application of accounting policies that require management to make significant estimates and assumptions. The Company believes that the following are the critical accounting policies, estimates and assumptions currently affecting A. H. Belo’s financial position and results of operations. See the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements, Note 1 – Significant Accounting Policies and Recently Issued Accounting Standards, for additional information concerning significant accounting policies.



Revenue Recognition.   The Company’s principal sources of revenue are sales of advertising within its newspaper and digital platforms, subscription and retail sales of its newspapers, commercial printing and distribution services, primarily related to national newspapers, and preprint advertising. In addition, revenue includes strategic marketing management, consulting, creative services, targeted and multi-channel (programmatic) advertising placed on third-party websites, social media management, search optimization, direct mail and the sale of promotional materials.



Advertising and marketing services revenue is primarily recognized at a point in time when the ad or service is complete and delivered, based on the customers’ contract price. Barter advertising transactions are recognized at estimated fair value based on the negotiated contract price and the range of prices for similar advertising from customers unrelated to the barter transaction. The Company expenses barter costs as incurred, which is independent from the timing of revenue recognition. In addition, certain digital advertising revenue related to website access is recognized over time, based on the customers’ monthly rate.



For ads placed on certain third-party websites, the Company must evaluate whether it is acting as the principal, where revenue is reported on a gross basis, or acting as the agent, where revenue is reported on a net basis. Generally, the Company reports advertising revenue for ads placed on third-party websites on a net basis, meaning the amount recorded to revenue is the amount billed to the customer net of amounts paid to the publisher of the third-party website. The Company is acting as the agent because the publisher controls the advertising inventory.

 

 

 

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Circulation revenue is generated primarily by selling home delivery and digital subscriptions, as well as single copy sales to non-subscribers. Home delivery revenue is recognized over the subscription period based on the days of actual delivery over the total subscription days and single copy revenue is recognized at a point in time when the paper is purchased. Revenue is directly reduced for any non-payment for the grace period of home delivery subscriptions where the Company recorded revenue for newspapers delivered after a subscription expired. Digital-only subscription revenue is recognized over the subscription period based on daily or monthly access to the content in the subscription period.



Printing, distribution and other revenue is primarily generated from printing and distribution of other newspapers, as well as production of preprinted advertisements for other newspapers. Printing, distribution and other revenue is recognized at a point in time when the product or service is delivered.



Goodwill.   Goodwill is recorded at the reporting unit level based on the excess fair value of prior business acquisitions over the fair value of the assets and liabilities acquired. Reporting units of the Company are based on its internal reporting structure and represent a reporting level below an operating segment. Unless qualitative factors allow the Company to conclude it is more-likely-than-not that the fair value of the reporting unit exceeds its carrying value, goodwill is tested for impairment by estimating the fair value of the reporting unit. If the fair value of the reporting unit is less than its carrying value, the fair value for the reporting unit’s underlying assets and liabilities is determined and goodwill is adjusted accordingly. In determining the fair value for a reporting unit, the Company considers recent stock and sales transaction prices of peer group companies as well as the present value of expected future cash flows of the reporting unit. Significant assumptions include sales and expense growth rates, discount rates, capital expenditures and the impact of current market conditions. These estimates could be materially impacted by changes in market conditions. The Company performs the goodwill impairment test as of December 31 each fiscal year or when changes in circumstances indicate an impairment event may have occurred. Impairment charges represent noncash charges and do not affect the Company’s liquidity, cash flows from operating activities or have any effect on future operations.



In the third quarter of 2019, the Company made a strategic change to move to a single-decision making reporting structure. With this reorganization, the Company revised its financial forecast for the remainder of the year, which resulted in a significant decrease in operating income for the Marketing Services reporting unit. The reorganization to one operating segment coupled with the significant decrease in the Marketing Services forecast was determined to be a triggering event that required an impairment review of goodwill and long-lived assets. In the third quarter of 2019, the Company tested the Marketing Services reporting unit’s goodwill for impairment using a discounted cash flow methodology with a peer-based risk-adjusted weighted average cost of capital. The Company believes the use of a discounted cash flow approach is the most reliable indicator of the estimated fair value of the business. Upon completion of the test, it was determined the Marketing Services reporting unit’s carrying value exceeded its estimated fair value. Accordingly, the Company recorded a noncash goodwill impairment charge of $1,593 in the third quarter of 2019, fully impairing goodwill. See Note 6  Goodwill and Intangible Assets for additional information.



Pension.   The Company follows accounting guidance for single-employer defined benefit plans. Plan assets and the projected benefits obligation are measured each December 31, and the Company records as an asset or liability for the net funded position of the plans. Certain changes in actuarial valuations related to returns on plan assets and projected benefit obligations are recorded to accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and are amortized to net periodic pension expense (benefit) over the weighted average remaining life of plan participants, to the extent the cumulative balance in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) exceeds 10 percent of the greater of the respective plan’s (a) projected benefit obligation or (b) the market-related value of the plan’s assets. Net periodic pension expense (benefit) is recognized each period by accruing interest expense on the projected benefit obligation and accruing a return on assets associated with the plan assets. Participation in and accrual of new benefits to participants has been frozen since 2007 and, accordingly, on-going service costs are not a component of net periodic pension expense (benefit). From time to time, the Company-sponsored plans may settle pension obligations with certain plan participants through the plans’ master trust as part of its de-risking strategies. The gains or losses associated with settlements of plan obligations to participants are recognized to earnings if such settlements exceed the interest component of net periodic pension cost for the year. Otherwise, such amounts are included in actuarial gains (losses) in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss). Re-measurement of plan assets and liabilities upon a significant settlement or curtailment event is performed based on the values of the month-end closest to the event.

The projected benefit obligations of the A. H. Belo Pension Plans are estimated using the FTSE Pension Discount Curve, which is based upon a portfolio of high-quality corporate debt securities with maturities that correlate to the expected timing of estimated benefit payments to the Pension Plans’ participants. Future estimated benefit payments are discounted to their present value at the appropriate yield curve spot rate to determine the projected benefit obligation outstanding at each year end. The single equivalent discount rate as of December 31, 2019 was 2.9 percent and 4.0 percent for December 31, 2018.

Interest expense included in net periodic pension benefit is based on the FTSE Pension Discount Curve established at the beginning of the fiscal year. The discount rate for fiscal year 2019 and 2018 interest cost was 4.0 percent and 3.4 percent, respectively.



The Company assumed a 6.5 percent long-term return on the Pension Plans’ assets in 2019 and 2018. This return is based upon historical returns of similar investment pools having asset allocations consistent with the expected allocations of the A. H. Belo Pension Plans.

 

 

 

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Investment strategies for the Pension Plans’ assets are based upon factors such as the effective duration of the actuarial liabilities and market risks.



Income Taxes.   The Company uses the asset and liability method of accounting for income taxes and recognizes deferred tax assets and liabilities based on the difference between the financial statement and tax basis of assets and liabilities using enacted tax rates. The Company establishes a valuation allowance if it is more-likely-than-not that the deferred tax assets will not be realized. The factors used to assess the likelihood of realization of the deferred tax assets include future reversal of deferred tax liabilities, available tax planning strategies, future taxable income and taxable income in prior carryback years.

The Company evaluates any uncertain tax positions each reporting period by tax jurisdiction to determine if it is more-likely-than-not that the tax position will not be sustained on examination by the taxing authorities based on the technical merits of the position. The tax benefits recognized in the financial statements for such positions are measured based on the largest benefit that has a greater than 50 percent likelihood of being realized upon ultimate settlement. If a net operating loss or other tax credit carry forward exists, the Company records the unrecognized tax benefits for such tax positions as a reduction to a deferred tax asset. Otherwise, the unrecognized tax benefits are recorded as a liability. The Company records a liability for uncertain tax positions taken or expected to be taken in a tax return. Any change in judgment related to the expected ultimate resolution of uncertain tax positions is recognized in earnings in the period in which such change occurs. Interest and penalties, if any, related to unrecognized tax benefits are recorded in other income, net.



Recent Accounting Standards



See the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements, Note 1 - Significant Accounting Policies and Recently Issued Accounting Standards, regarding the impact of certain recent accounting pronouncements.



Liquidity and Capital Resources



The Company’s cash balances as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, were $48,626 and $55,313, respectively. The decrease in the cash balance during 2019 was primarily due to the return of capital to shareholders through dividends, capital expenditures, and the acquisition of Cubic Creative. These cash outflows were partially offset by cash proceeds received from the sale of real estate previously used as the Company’s headquarters.



The Company intends to hold existing cash for purposes of future investment opportunities, potential return of capital to shareholders and for contingency purposes. Although revenue is expected to continue to decline in future periods, cash flows and other cost cutting measures are expected to be sufficient to fund operating activities and capital spending of less than $1,000 in 2020.



The future approval of dividends is dependent upon available cash after considering future operating and investing requirements and cannot be guaranteed. The Company continues to have a board-authorized repurchase authority. However, the agreement to repurchase the Company’s stock expired in the fourth quarter of 2019 and was not renewed. Current holdings of treasury stock can be sold on the open market.



As a result of the recent COVID-19 outbreak that began in January 2020, the Company is experiencing an increase in digital subscriptions, which currently does not offset the loss of advertising revenue. On April 6, 2020, the Company announced that it is taking several actions to reduce cash outflow in response to the financial impact of COVID-19. The Company will reduce operating expenses, reduce capital expenditures to less than $1,000 in 2020,  and lower the quarterly dividend rate to $0.04 per share for future dividends declared, if any. In addition, employees’ base compensation will be reduced Company-wide, and the annual bonus tied to financial metrics for eligible employees may be reduced if financial results are adversely affected. Beginning with the 2020 annual meeting of shareholders, the board of directors’ compensation will be reduced and the board will be reduced in size by two. 



In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Donald Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act provides numerous tax provisions and other stimulus measures. The Company presently estimates it will benefit from some provisions within the CARES Act resulting in an estimated cash refund of $2,335. The benefits will be reflected in the first quarter of 2020, when the law was enacted. 



As a direct result of COVID-19 uncertainties, on April 3, 2020, the Company entered into a board approved amendment to the two-year seller-financed promissory note of $22,400, for the sale of the real estate assets previously used as the Company’s headquarters. The second promissory note, in the principal amount of $375, includes a deferred interest payment of $195 that was due April 1, 2020,  and a 2019 real property tax reconciliation payment due from the Purchaser. While it is anticipated that future interest payments will be made on a timely basis there is not a guarantee.



The Company is currently evaluating the impact of COVID-19 on its consolidated financial statements and has not yet quantified what material impacts to the financial statements and future cash flow may result from the actions taken by the Company and its customers in respect of this virus.

 

 

 

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The following discusses the changes in cash flows by operating, investing and financing activities in 2019 and 2018.

Operating Cash Flows

Net cash provided by operating activities was $1,205 and $11,718 in 2019 and 2018, respectively.



Cash flows from operating activities decreased in 2019, primarily due to federal income tax refunds of $7,305 received in 2018 (see Note 9 – Income Taxes) and changes in working capital and other operating assets and liabilities.



Cash flows from operating activities increased in 2018 compared to 2017, primarily due to the 2017 voluntary contribution of $20,000 to the A. H. Belo Pension Plans, the federal income tax refunds and changes in working capital and other operating assets and liabilities.

Investing Cash Flows



Net cash used for investing activities was $174 and $5,656 in 2019 and 2018, respectively.



Cash flows used for investing activities decreased in 2019, due to a reduction in capital spending of $3,241 and cash proceeds of $4,597 from the sale of real estate previously used as the Company’s headquarters, partially offset by the acquisition of Cubic Creative for $2,356.



Cash flows used for investing activities in 2018 was all attributable to capital spending.



Financing Cash Flows



Net cash used for financing activities was $7,718 and $8,409 in 2019 and 2018, respectively.



Cash used for financing activities included total dividends paid of $6,876 and $7,116 in 2019 and 2018, respectively.



In 2019,  the Company purchased 216,490 shares of its Series A common stock at a total cost of $842 under its board-authorized repurchase authority. However, the agreement to repurchase the Company’s stock expired in the fourth quarter of 2019 and was not renewed. In 2018, the Company purchased 266,409 shares of its Series A common stock at a total cost of $1,299.



Financing Arrangements



None.



Contractual Obligations



As of December 31, 2019, the Company had contractual obligations, in aggregate, of $16,225 for the next five years and $22,121 thereafter, for operating leases, primarily for office space and other distribution centers, some of which include escalating lease payments. See Note 5 – Leases for future lease payments by year. In addition, the Company had expected purchase obligations of $237 related to capital expenditures.



In December 2017, AHC Dallas Properties, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, assumed a 12-year lease agreement for office space that serves as the headquarters of the Denton Record-Chronicle. In connection with the sale of Denton Publishing Company, owner of the Denton Record-Chronicle, to Denton Media Company, Inc., the Company entered into a sublease with Denton Publishing Company for a term ending on July 30, 2023. While it is anticipated that lease payments will be made on a timely basis there is not a guarantee. If Denton Publishing Company is not able to meet the obligation, the Company may look to alternative sublease arrangements.



In December 2016, the Dallas Morning News, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, entered into a 16-year lease agreement for office space for the Company’s new corporate headquarters. The Company recognizes rent expense on a straight-line basis. Per the amended lease agreement, rent payments began in November 2018.



The Company currently does not expect to make contributions to the A. H. Belo Pension Plans in 2020 and no contributions are required to these plans in 2020 under the applicable tax and labor laws governing pension plan funding.



On December 5, 2019, the Company’s board of directors declared an $0.08 per share dividend to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 14, 2020, paid on March 6, 2020. On March 5, 2020, the Company’s board of directors declared an $0.08 per share dividend to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 15, 2020, which is payable on June 5, 2020.



 

 

 

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Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

A. H. Belo has exposure to changes in the price of newsprint. The Company does not engage in the purchase of derivative contracts to hedge against price fluctuations that may occur. See Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations for further discussion of this risk.

The investment assets and actuarial liabilities associated with the A. H. Belo Pension Plans are impacted by market factors such as interest rates, inflation and the overall economic environment. Changes in these risk factors could have a direct and material impact on the funded status of the A. H. Belo Pension Plans and the level of funding the Company is required to meet each year.

Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

The consolidated financial statements, together with the Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firms, are included herein starting on page 36 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

None.

Item 9A. Controls and Procedures

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

Disclosure controls and procedures, as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act, are controls that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in reports filed or submitted under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to management, including the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. In designing disclosure controls and procedures, management is required to apply its judgment in evaluating the cost-benefit relationship of possible disclosure controls and procedures. The design of any disclosure controls and procedures is also based, in part, upon certain assumptions about the likelihood of future events and there can be no assurance that any design will succeed in achieving its stated goals under all potential future conditions.

The Company’s management, with the participation of its Chief Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer, evaluated the effectiveness of the design and operation of its disclosure controls and procedures as of December 31, 2019. Based on that evaluation, management concluded that, as of such date, the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were not effective due to material weaknesses in its internal control over financial reporting described below.

Notwithstanding the material weaknesses, management believes the consolidated financial statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K present fairly, in all material respects, the Company’s financial condition, results of operations and cash flows at and for the periods presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

The management of A. H. Belo is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting as defined in Rule 13a-15(f) under the Exchange Act. The Company’s internal control system was designed to provide reasonable assurance to management and the board of directors regarding the preparation and fair presentation of published financial statements. Under the supervision and with the participation of management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer, an assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting was conducted as of December 31, 2019. In making this assessment, management used the criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (“COSO”) in Internal Control – Integrated Framework (2013).

During the second quarter of 2019, the Company acquired Cubic Creative. As permitted by SEC staff interpretive guidance for newly acquired businesses, the Company excluded Cubic Creative from management's assessment of the effectiveness of the Company's internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2019. There were no material changes in the Company's internal control over financial reporting due to the acquisition during fiscal year 2019. The Cubic Creative acquisition is not considered significant to the Company's consolidated financial statements. Cubic Creative’s total revenue recorded in 2019 was 1.3 percent of the Company’s total revenue and total assets were 1.1 percent of the Company's total assets as of December 31, 2019.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

 

 

 

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A material weakness is a deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, in internal control over financial reporting, such that there is a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement of the Company’s annual or interim financial statements will not be prevented or detected on a timely basis.

Based on this assessment, using the criteria set forth by COSO in Internal Control – Integrated Framework (2013), management concluded that the Company’s internal control over financial reporting was not effective as of December 31, 2019, due to material weaknesses that existed as of such date.  The Company did not effectively design or operate certain process-level controls over the accuracy or the occurrence of revenue. In addition, certain process-level controls that were implemented during 2019 to remediate the previously reported material weaknesses related to the occurrence of revenue were not operating for a sufficient period of time.

Remediation Plans

The Company’s management, with oversight from the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company, is actively engaged in remediation efforts to address the material weaknesses identified above. As of the date of filing this Form 10-K, management is in the process of evaluating alternatives for modifying the design of certain ineffective controls and to ensure the operating effectiveness. Management intends to continue these efforts to remediate the 2019 material weaknesses including the following:

·

Modify certain process-level controls over the accuracy and occurrence of revenue.

·

Review the design of all process-level revenue controls and improve, as needed.

·

In its efforts to remediate the 2018 material weaknesses noted below, the Company enhanced training provided to all personnel who have financial reporting or internal control responsibilities. The training included a review of individual roles and responsibilities related to internal controls, improvements in oversight responsibilities and reemphasized the importance of completing the control procedures. However, in light of the material weaknesses identified for 2019 noted above, the Company concluded that these efforts were not effective and will continue to increase training in conjunction with reviewing the design and operating effectiveness of all revenue controls.

These improvements are targeted at strengthening the Company’s internal control over financial reporting and remediating the 2019 material weaknesses. The Company remains committed to an effective internal control environment and management believes that these actions and the improvements management expects to achieve as a result, will effectively remediate the 2019 material weaknesses. However, the material weaknesses in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting will not be considered remediated until the controls operate for a sufficient period of time and management has concluded, through testing, that these controls operate effectively.

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

Except as related to the material weaknesses and mitigation activities described below, there have been no changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting identified in connection with the evaluation required by Rules 13a-15(d) and 15d-15(d) of the Exchange Act that occurred during the fourth fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2019, that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.



Remediation of Certain Prior Year Material Weaknesses

As disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2018, and in the quarterly reports on Form 10-Q/A for the first two quarters of 2019 and Form 10-Q for the third quarter of 2019, the Company’s management, with oversight from the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company, actively engaged in remediation efforts to address the material weaknesses identified below. Management has taken a number of actions to remediate the 2018 material weaknesses. Before the issuance of Form 8-K filed November 20, 2019, which concluded that the consolidated financial statements contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 should no longer be relied upon, these deficiencies were identified by management and remediation for most of them were well under way. The following are the material weaknesses that existed as of December 31, 2018, and the associated remediation:

Material Weaknesses Effectively Remediated



·

The Company did not have effective controls to ensure there was comprehensive analysis, documentation, and review over the preparation of the Company’s income tax provision. For 2019, the Company enhanced the existing controls to improve the level of precision of management’s review and analysis of work performed by management and third-party tax professionals and to capture detailed documentation of the execution of the controls over the preparation of the Company’s provision for income taxes.

 

 

 

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·

The Company did not design effective internal controls over its  processes used to conclude on and disclose the operating segments and reporting units of the Company, in addition to controls over identifying triggering events and the assumptions used in the valuation and impairment review of goodwill and long-lived assets. For 2019, the Company designed enhanced controls over impairment testing for both goodwill and the long-lived assets to ensure the controls are designed and operating effectively to include properly identifying triggering events along with enhancing controls around the reviews of assumptions used in impairment tests, with the assistance of a thirty-party valuation specialist. These enhanced controls were executed when performing asset impairment tests based on a triggering event that occurred in the third quarter of 2019 and when evaluating possible triggering events for the year-end 2019 impairment review.

·

The Company did not design and maintain effective monitoring controls over user access to, and the monitoring of elevated user access within, information technology (“IT”) systems and program change-management over certain IT systems that support the Company’s financial reporting processes. The Company’s process-level controls that are dependent on information from the affected IT systems were also deemed ineffective because reports used in the execution of the controls could have been adversely impacted. In early 2019, the Company identified improvements in the risk assessment and design of monitoring activities over change-management, the review of user access to the Company’s IT systems, the reviews of activities conducted by users with elevated access. The Company implemented enhanced controls for these areas prior to or during the fourth quarter of 2019.

Material Weaknesses Still Subject to Remediation

·

The Company did not design effective process-level controls over the assessment and application of revenue recognition and related accounts for new contracts with customers along with certain process-level controls over the occurrence of revenue. In the third quarter of 2019, the Company designed a new control to identify new contracts and determine appropriate revenue recognition. The Company also implemented additional process-level controls over the occurrence of revenue, but not all of these controls were operating for a sufficient period of time to fully remediate this material weakness, as noted above.

·

Throughout 2019, the Company developed and delivered further internal controls training to individuals associated with these control deficiencies and enhanced training provided to all personnel who have financial reporting or internal control responsibilities in these areas. However, in light of the material weaknesses identified for 2019 noted above, the Company concludes that these efforts were not effective and will increase training in conjunction with reviewing the design of all revenue controls noted above.

As a result of the remediation actions in 2019 discussed above, management has determined that certain, but not all, of the 2018 material weaknesses in internal controls over financial reporting have been remediated as of December 31, 2019.

Audit Opinion on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

The effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting was audited by Grant Thornton LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report,  which is included on page 37 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.





 

 

 

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PART III

Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

The information set forth under the headings “A. H. Belo Corporation Stock Ownership,” “Proposal One: Election of Directors,” “Corporate Governance – Committees of the Board – Audit Committee,” “Corporate Governance – Committees of the Board – Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee,” and “Information About Our Executive Officers” contained in the definitive Proxy Statement for the Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on June 2, 2020, is incorporated herein by reference.

A. H. Belo has adopted a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics that applies to all directors, officers and employees, which can be found at the Company’s website, www.ahbelo.com. The Company will post any amendments to the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, as well as any waivers that are required to be disclosed by the rules of either the SEC or the New York Stock Exchange, on the Company’s website. Information on A. H. Belo’s website is not incorporated by reference into this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

The Company’s board of directors adopted Corporate Governance Guidelines and charters for the Audit, Compensation and Nominating and Governance Committees of the Board of Directors. These documents can be found at the Company’s website, www.ahbelo.com.

Shareholders can also obtain, without charge, printed copies of any of the materials referred to above by contacting the Company at the following address:

A. H. Belo Corporation

P. O. Box 224866

Dallas, Texas 75222-4866

Attn: Investor Relations

Telephone: (214) 977-7342



Item 11. Executive Compensation



The information set forth under the headings “Corporate Governance – Committees of the Board – Compensation Committee,” “Executive Compensation – Summary Compensation Table, – Change in Control Arrangements and Other Agreements Upon Termination of Employment, – Potential Payments on Change in Control or Upon Termination of Employment at December 31, 2019,” “Corporate Governance – “Director Compensation” contained in the definitive Proxy Statement for the Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on June 2, 2020, is incorporated herein by reference.



Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters



The information set forth under the headings “A. H. Belo Corporation Stock Ownership of Directors and Executive Officers” and “Equity Compensation Plan Information”  contained in the definitive Proxy Statement for the Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on June 2, 2020, is incorporated herein by reference.



Information regarding the number of shares of common stock authorized for issuance under the Company’s equity compensation plans is included in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements, Note 8 - Long-term Incentive Plan.



Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence



The information set forth under the heading “Certain Relationships” and “Corporate Governance – Director Independence” contained in the definitive Proxy Statement for the Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on June 2, 2020, is incorporated herein by reference.



Item 14. Principal Accountant Fees and Services



The information set forth under the heading “Proposal Two: Ratification of the Appointment of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm” contained in the definitive Proxy Statement for the Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on June 2, 2020, is incorporated herein by reference.

 

 

 

 

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PART IV

Item 15. Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules



 



(1)    The consolidated financial statements listed in the Index to Consolidated Financial Statements included in the table of contents are filed as part of this report.



(2)    All financial statement schedules were omitted because they are not applicable, are not required, or the required information is shown in the consolidated financial statements or notes thereto.



(3)    Exhibits:



Exhibits marked with an asterisk (*) are incorporated by reference to documents previously filed by the Company with the SEC, as indicated. In accordance with Regulation S-T, the XBRL-related information marked with a double asterisk (**) in Exhibit No. 101 to this Annual Report on Form 10-K is deemed filed. All other documents are filed with this report. Exhibits marked with a tilde (~) are management contracts, compensatory plan contracts or arrangements filed pursuant to Item 601(b)(10)(iii)(A) of Regulation S-K.



 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 



 

Exhibit Number

Description

2.1

*

Agreement and Plan of Merger dated April 23, 2018 by and between A. H. Belo Corporation and A. H. Belo Texas, Inc. (Exhibit 2.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 23, 2018 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-33741) (the “April 23, 2018 Form 8-K”))

3.1

*

Certificate of Formation of A. H. Belo Corporation (successor to A. H. Belo Texas, Inc.) (Exhibit 3.1 to the April 23, 2018 Form 8-K)

3.2

*

Certificate of Merger (Delaware) of A. H. Belo Corporation with and into A. H. Belo Texas, Inc. (Exhibit 3.3 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 2, 2018 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-33741) (the “July 2, 2018 Form 8-K”))

3.3

*

Certificate of Merger (Texas) of A. H. Belo Corporation with and into A. H. Belo Texas, Inc. (Exhibit 3.4 to the July 2, 2018 Form 8-K)

3.4

*

Bylaws of A. H. Belo Corporation (successor to A. H. Belo Texas, Inc.) (Exhibit 3.2 to the April 23, 2018 Form 8-K)



 

(1)

*

Amendment No. 1 to the Amended and Restated Bylaws of A. H. Belo Corporation (Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 6, 2020 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-33741) (the “April 6, 2020 Form 8-K”))

4.1(a)

*

Certain rights of the holders of the Company’s Common Stock set forth in Exhibits 3.1‑3.4 above

4.1(b)

*

Description of Capital Stock (Exhibit 4.1 to the July 2, 2018 Form 8-K)

4.2

*

Specimen Form of Certificate representing shares of the Company’s Series A Common Stock (Exhibit 4.2 to the July 2, 2018 Form 8-K)

4.3

*

Specimen Form of Certificate representing shares of the Company’s Series B Common Stock (Exhibit 4.3 to the July 2, 2018 Form 8-K)

10.1

*

Material Contracts



 

(1)

*

Sublease Agreement for Old Dallas Library Building dated December 30, 2016 (Exhibit 10.1 to A. H. Belo Corporation’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 3, 2017 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001‑33741) (the “January 3, 2017 Form 8-K”))



 

(2)

*

Guaranty of Lease dated December 30, 2016 (Exhibit 10.2 to the January 3, 2017 Form 8-K)



 

(3)

*

Paper Supply Agreement effective as of August 5, 2019, by and between The Dallas Morning News, Inc. and Gannett Supply Corporation (Exhibit 10.1 to A. H. Belo Corporation’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 6, 2019 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-33741))



 

(4)

*

Purchase and Sale Agreement effective as of May 17, 2019, by and between The Dallas Morning News, Inc. and Charter DMN Holdings, LP, together with related Promissory Note dated May 17, 2019, in the original principal amount of $22.4 million made by Charter DMN Holdings, LP, payable to The Dallas Morning News, Inc. (Exhibit 10.1 to A. H. Belo Corporation’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 17, 2019 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-33741))



 

 

*

 

(a)

Modification Agreement effective April 1, 2020 to Promissory Note dated May 17, 2020 (Exhibit 10.1 to the April 6, 2020 Form 8-K)



 

 

*

 

(b)

Promissory Note (Interest and Property Tax Reconciliation) effective April 1, 2020 (Exhibit 10.2 to the April 6, 2020 Form 8-K)

 

 

 

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Exhibit Number

Description

10.2

*

Compensatory plans and arrangements:

 

 

~(1)

*

A. H. Belo Savings Plan as Amended and Restated Effective January 1, 2015 (Exhibit 10.2(1) to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 6, 2015 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-33741))



 

 

*

(a)

First Amendment to the A. H. Belo Savings Plan effective January 1, 2016 (Exhibit 10.2(1)(a) to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10‑Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 1, 2016 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-33741))



 

 

*

(b)

Second Amendment to the A. H. Belo Savings Plan effective September 8, 2016 (Exhibit 10.2(1)(b) to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10‑Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 1, 2016 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-33741))



 

 

*

(c)

Third Amendment to the A. H. Belo Savings Plan dated September 7, 2017 (Exhibit 10.3 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 8, 2017 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-33741)(the “September 8, 2017 Form 8-K”))



 

 

*

(d)

Fourth Amendment to the A. H. Belo Savings Plan (Exhibit 10.2 to the July 2, 2018 Form 8-K)



 

 

*

(e)

Fifth Amendment to the A. H. Belo Savings Plan dated November 27, 2018 (Exhibit 10.2(1)(E) to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 29, 2019 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-33741)(the “1st Quarter 2019 Form 10-Q”))



 

 

*

(f)

Sixth Amendment to the A. H. Belo Savings Plan dated April 1, 2019 (Exhibit 10.2(1)(F) to the 1st Quarter 2019 Form 10-Q)



 

 

*

(g)

Seventh Amendment to the A. H. Belo Savings Plan dated December 1, 2019 (Exhibit 10.2(1)(G) to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 14, 2020 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-33741))



 

~(2)

*

A. H. Belo 2017 Incentive Compensation Plan (Exhibit I to A. H. Belo Corporation’s Schedule 14A Proxy Statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 28, 2017)



 

 

*

(a)

First Amendment to the A. H. Belo 2017 Incentive Compensation Plan (Exhibit 10.1 to the July 2, 2018 Form 8-K)



 

 

*

(b)

Form of A. H. Belo 2017 Incentive Compensation Plan Evidence of Grant (for Non-Employee Directors) (Exhibit 10.1 to A. H. Belo Corporation’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 12, 2017 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-33741) (the “May 12, 2017 Form 8-K”))



 

 

*

(c)

Form of A. H. Belo 2017 Incentive Compensation Plan Evidence of Grant (for Employee Awards) (Exhibit 10.2 to the May 12, 2017 Form 8-K)



 

~(3)

*

Form of A. H. Belo Cash Long-Term Incentive Compensation Evidence of Grant (for Employee Awards) (Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10‑K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 14, 2019 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-33741))



 

~(4)

*

A. H. Belo Corporation Change In Control Severance Plan (Exhibit 10.7 to the February 12, 2008 Form 8‑K)



 

 

*

(a)

Amendment to the A. H. Belo Change in Control Severance Plan dated March 31, 2009 (Exhibit 10.3 to the April 2, 2009 Form 8‑K)



 

~(5)

*

Robert W. Decherd Compensation Arrangements dated June 19, 2013 (Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 19, 2013)



 

~(6)

*

Timothy M. Storer Amended and Restated Employment Agreement dated December 10, 2018 (Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 11, 2018 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-33741) (the “December 11, 2018 Form 8-K”))



 

 

*

(a)

Timothy M. Storer Severance Letter effective July 17, 2019 (Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 29, 2019 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-33741))



 

~(7)

*

James M. Moroney III Employment Agreement dated April 18, 2018 (Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s April 18, 2018 Form 8-K)



 

 

 

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Exhibit Number

Description

10.3

*

Agreements relating to the separation of A. H. Belo from its former parent company:

 

 

(1)

*

Pension Plan Transfer Agreement by and between Belo Corp. and A. H. Belo Corporation dated as of October 6, 2010 (Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s current Report on Form 8‑K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 8, 2010 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-33741))

 

 

(2)

*

Agreement among the Company, Belo Corp., and The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, effective March 9, 2011 (Exhibit 10.3(6) to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10‑K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 11, 2011 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001‑33741))

21

 

 

 

Subsidiaries of the Company

23.1

 

 

 

Consent of Grant Thornton LLP

24

 

 

 

Power of Attorney (set forth on the signature page(s) hereof)

31.1

 

 

 

Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes‑Oxley Act of 2002

31.2

 

 

 

Certification of principal financial officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes‑Oxley Act of 2002

32

 

 

Certifications of Chief Executive Officer and principal financial officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes‑Oxley Act of 2002

101.INS

 

 

**

XBRL Instance Document

101.SCH

 

 

**

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Scheme

101.CAL

 

 

**

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document

101.DEF

 

 

**

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document

101.LAB

 

 

**

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document

101.PRE

 

 

**

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document



 

 

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Company has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.





 

 

 





 

 

 

 

A. H. BELO CORPORATION

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/

Robert W. Decherd

 

 

 

Robert W. Decherd

 

 

 

Chairman of the Board, President and

 

 

 

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

Dated:

May  7, 2020



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

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Exhibit 24

POWER OF ATTORNEY

The undersigned hereby constitute and appoint Robert W. Decherd and Katy Murray, and each of them and their substitutes, our true and lawful attorneys-in-fact with full power to execute in our name and behalf in the capacities indicated below any and all amendments to this report and to file the same, with all exhibits thereto and other documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and hereby ratify and confirm all that such attorneys-in-fact, or any of them, or their substitutes shall lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue thereof.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the Company and in the capacities and on the dates indicated:





 

 

 

 



Signature

 

Title

 

Date

 

 

 

 

 

/s/  Robert W. Decherd

 

Chairman of the Board, President and

Chief Executive Officer

 

May 7, 2020

Robert W. Decherd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/  John A. Beckert

 

Director

 

May 7, 2020

John A. Beckert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/  Louis E. Caldera

 

Director

 

May 7, 2020

Louis E. Caldera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/  Ronald D. McCray

 

Director

 

May 7, 2020

Ronald D. McCray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/  Tyree B. Miller

 

Director

 

May 7, 2020

Tyree B. Miller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/  Nicole G. Small

 

Director

 

May 7, 2020

Nicole G. Small

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/  Katy Murray

 

 

Executive Vice President/

 

May 7, 2020

Katy Murray

 

Chief Financial Officer

(Principal Financial Officer)

 

 



 

 

 

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm



The Board of Directors and Shareholders

A. H. Belo Corporation

Opinion on the financial statements

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of A. H. Belo Corporation (a Texas corporation) and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, the related consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive income (loss), shareholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the two years in the period ended December 31, 2019, and the related notes (collectively referred to as the “financial statements”). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the two years in the period ended December 31, 2019, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.



We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (“PCAOB”), the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2019, based on criteria established in the 2013 Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (“COSO”), and our report dated May 7, 2020 expressed an adverse opinion.



Change in Accounting Principle

As discussed in Note 5 to the financial statements, the Company has changed its method of accounting for leases as of January 1, 2019 due to the adoption of Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842).



Basis for opinion

These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.



We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

/s/ Grant Thornton LLP



We have served as the Company’s auditor since 2018.

Dallas, Texas

May 7, 2020

 

 

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm



The Board of Directors and Shareholders

A. H. Belo Corporation

Opinion on internal control over financial reporting

We have audited the internal control over financial reporting of A. H. Belo Corporation (a Texas corporation) and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2019, based on criteria established in the 2013 Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (“COSO”). In our opinion, because of the effect of the material weaknesses described in the following paragraphs on the achievement of the objectives of the control criteria, the Company has not maintained effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2019, based on criteria established in the 2013 Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by COSO.



A material weakness is a deficiency, or combination of control deficiencies, in internal control over financial reporting, such that there is a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement of the company’s annual or interim financial statements will not be prevented or detected on a timely basis. The following material weaknesses have been identified and included in management’s assessment.



The Company did not effectively design or operate certain process-level controls over the accuracy or the occurrence of revenue. In addition, certain process-level controls that were implemented during 2019 to remediate the previously reported material weaknesses related to the occurrence of revenue were not operating for a sufficient period of time.



We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (“PCAOB”), the consolidated financial statements of the Company as of and for the year ended December 31, 2019. The material weaknesses identified above were considered in determining the nature, timing, and extent of audit tests applied in our audit of the 2019 consolidated financial statements, and this report does not affect our report dated May 7, 2020 which expressed an unqualified opinion on those financial statements.



Basis for opinion

The Company’s management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audit. We are a public accounting firm registered with the PCAOB and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.



We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audit included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk, and performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.



Our audit of, and opinion on, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting does not include the internal control over financial reporting of the business acquired from Cubic Creative, Inc. through an asset acquisition, which constitutes 1.1 percent of total assets and 1.3 percent of total revenues, respectively of the related consolidated financial statement amounts as of and for the year ended December 31, 2019.  As indicated in Management’s Report, the operations of Cubic Creative, Inc. were acquired during 2019.  Management’s assertion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting excluded internal control over financial reporting of the operations of Cubic Creative, Inc. 



Definition and limitations of internal control over financial reporting

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

 

 

 

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Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.



/s/ Grant Thornton LLP



Dallas, Texas

May 7, 2020

 

 

 

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A. H. Belo Corporation and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations





 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Years Ended December 31,

In thousands, except share and per share amounts

 

2019

 

2018

Net Operating Revenue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertising and marketing services

 

$

95,856 

 

$

105,428 

Circulation

 

 

68,260 

 

 

71,919 

Printing, distribution and other

 

 

19,447 

 

 

24,940 

Total net operating revenue

 

 

183,563 

 

 

202,287 

Operating Costs and Expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employee compensation and benefits

 

 

80,134 

 

 

89,304 

Other production, distribution and operating costs

 

 

90,673 

 

 

90,167 

Newsprint, ink and other supplies

 

 

16,570 

 

 

22,026 

Depreciation

 

 

8,983 

 

 

9,902 

Amortization

 

 

495 

 

 

799 

Gain on sale/disposal of assets, net

 

 

(24,540)

 

 

 —

Asset impairments

 

 

1,709 

 

 

16,921 

Total operating costs and expense

 

 

174,024 

 

 

229,119 

Operating income (loss)

 

 

9,539 

 

 

(26,832)

Other income, net

 

 

4,169 

 

 

3,891 

Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes

 

 

13,708 

 

 

(22,941)

Income tax provision

 

 

4,416 

 

 

2,280 

Net Income (Loss)

 

$

9,292 

 

$

(25,221)



 

 

 

 

 

 

Per Share Basis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted

 

$

0.43 

 

$

(1.17)

Number of common shares used in the per share calculation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted

 

 

21,546,257 

 

 

21,747,633 



See the accompanying Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

 

 

 

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Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)





 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Years Ended December 31,

In thousands

 

2019

 

2018

Net Income (Loss)

 

$

9,292 

 

$

(25,221)

Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Tax:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization of actuarial losses

 

 

247 

 

 

630 

Actuarial gains (losses)

 

 

5,100 

 

 

(13,339)

Total other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax

 

 

5,347 

 

 

(12,709)

Total Comprehensive Income (Loss)

 

$

14,639 

 

$

(37,930)



See the accompanying Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

 

 

 

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Consolidated Balance Sheets







 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

December 31,

 

December 31,

In thousands, except share amounts

 

2019

 

2018

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

48,626 

 

$

55,313 

Accounts receivable (net of allowance of $671 and $581 at December 31, 2019
and December 31, 2018, respectively)

 

 

18,441 

 

 

22,057 

Inventories

 

 

2,573 

 

 

3,912 

Prepaids and other current assets

 

 

5,164 

 

 

5,023 

Assets held for sale

 

 

 —

 

 

1,089 

Total current assets

 

 

74,804 

 

 

87,394 

Property, plant and equipment, at cost

 

 

343,893 

 

 

422,966 

Less accumulated depreciation

 

 

(325,440)

 

 

(396,705)

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

 

18,453 

 

 

26,261 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

 

21,371 

 

 

 —

Intangible assets, net

 

 

319 

 

 

304 

Deferred income taxes, net

 

 

50 

 

 

3,572 

Long-term note receivable

 

 

22,400 

 

 

 —

Other assets

 

 

3,648 

 

 

5,029 

Total assets

 

$

141,045 

 

$

122,560 

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

6,103 

 

$

6,334 

Accrued compensation and benefits

 

 

7,407 

 

 

8,294 

Other accrued expense

 

 

5,930 

 

 

5,586 

Contract liabilities

 

 

12,098 

 

 

11,449 

Total current liabilities

 

 

31,538 

 

 

31,663 

Long-term pension liabilities

 

 

23,039 

 

 

31,889 

Long-term operating lease liabilities

 

 

23,120 

 

 

 —

Other post-employment benefits

 

 

1,347 

 

 

1,165 

Other liabilities

 

 

4,264 

 

 

7,045 

Total liabilities

 

 

83,308 

 

 

71,762 

Shareholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock, $.01 par value; Authorized 2,000,000 shares; none issued

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

Common stock, $.01 par value; Authorized 125,000,000 shares

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series A: issued 20,854,975 and 20,854,728 shares at December 31, 2019
and December 31, 2018, respectively

 

 

209 

 

 

209 

Series B: issued 2,469,308 and 2,469,555 shares at December 31, 2019
and December 31, 2018, respectively

 

 

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