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8K 2020 AMS Results, Q3 Dividend and Earnings

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549  



FORM 8-K  

 

CURRENT REPORT



PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE

SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 2, 2020  

 

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(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)  

 

Commission file number: 1-33741



 

 

 

 

 

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)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:



Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)



Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)



Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))





 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))



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

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

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.   


 

 Item 2.02.  Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On June 5, 2020, A. H. Belo Corporation (the “Company” or “A. H. Belo”) announced its consolidated financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2020. A copy of the announcement press release is furnished with this report as Exhibit 99.2.

Item 5.07.  Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.

The 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of A. H. Belo Corporation was held on June 2, 2020.  The following are the final voting results and a brief description of each matter submitted to the Company's shareholders at that meeting.  Each proposal is described in more detail in the Company's 2020 Proxy Statement dated May 7, 2020.

Proposal 1:  Election of Directors.  The shareholders of the Company elected each of the director nominees nominated by the Company's Board of Directors, as follows: John A. Beckert, Louis E. Caldera, Robert W. Decherd, and Ronald D. McCray were elected as directors and are eligible to serve a one-year term until the 2021 annual meeting. 

The following is a tabulation of the voting results with respect to each director nominee:





 

 

 

Director

Votes For

Withheld

Broker Non-Votes

John A. Beckert

31,487,244

5,743,459

3,325,606

Louis E. Caldera

35,044,651

2,186,052

3,325,606

Robert W. Decherd

36,381,027

849,676

3,325,606

Ronald D. McCray

35,042,486

2,188,217

3,325,606



Proposal 2:  Ratification of the Appointment of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm. The Company's shareholders ratified the appointment of Grant Thornton LLP as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2020 by the following vote:



 

 

 

For

Against

Abstain

Broker Non-Votes

40,460,914

42,824

52,571

0



Proposal 3:  Approval of an Advisory resolution regarding executive compensation (say-on-pay). The Company's shareholders approved the following advisory resolution by the affirmative vote of a majority of the voting power represented at the annual meeting and entitled to vote:

“RESOLVED, that the shareholders of A. H. Belo Corporation (“A. H. Belo” or the “Company”) approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of A. H. Belo’s named executive officers as disclosed in the Summary Compensation Table and the related compensation tables, notes and narrative contained in the 2020 proxy statement.”

The shareholder vote was as follows:



 

 

 

For

Against

Abstain

Broker Non-Votes

35,417,074

1,648,880

164,749

3,325,606




 

Item 8.01. Other Events.

On June 2, 2020, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a third quarter 2020 dividend of $0.04 per share. The dividend will be payable on September 4, 2020 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 14, 2020. A copy of the announcement press release is furnished with this report as Exhibit 99.1.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.

99.1  Press Release issued by A. H. Belo Corporation on June 3, 2020

99.2  Press Release issued by A. H. Belo Corporation on June 5, 2020




 

SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: June 5, 2020

 

 

 

A. H. BELO CORPORATION



 

 

 



 

 

 

By:

 

/s/ Christine E. Larkin



 

 

 

 

 

Christine E. Larkin



 

 

 

 

 

Senior Vice President/General Counsel & Secretary




 

EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit No. 99.1   Press Release issued by A. H. Belo Corporation on June 3, 2020 

Exhibit No. 99.2   Press Release issued by A. H. Belo Corporation on June 5, 2020 



 


EX-991-Dividend Declared Q3 2020

 

Exhibit 99.1

 

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A. H. Belo Corporation Announces Third Quarter 2020  Dividend



DALLAS - A. H. Belo Corporation (NYSE: AHC) announced today that the Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.04 per share on June 2, 2020. The dividend will be payable on September 4, 2020 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 14, 2020.



About A. H. Belo Corporation





A. H. Belo Corporation 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. For additional information, visit www.ahbelo.com or email invest@ahbelo.com.



Statements in this communication concerning A. H. Belo Corporation’s business outlook or future economic performance, revenues, expenses, 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; as well as other risks described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and in the Company’s other public disclosures and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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.


EX 992-Q1 2020 Earnings Release

Exhibit 99.2

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A. H. Belo Corporation Announces First Quarter 2020 Financial Results



DALLAS –  A. H. Belo Corporation (NYSE: AHC) today reported a first quarter 2020 net loss of $1.6 million,  or $(0.08) per share.  In the first quarter of 2019,  the Company reported a  net loss of $2.1 million, or $(0.10) per share.

For the first quarter of 2020, on a non-GAAP basis, A. H. Belo reported an operating loss adjusted for certain items (adjusted operating loss) of $2.8 million, a decline of $1.9 million when compared to an adjusted operating loss of $0.9 million reported in the first quarter of 2019.

Robert W. Decherd, chairman, president and Chief Executive Officer, said, As noted in our investor call on May 12, A. H. Belo is making significant progress toward our goal of becoming a sustainably profitable digital newspaper company that plays a meaningful role in the communities served by The Dallas Morning News and the digital extensions of its content. While this will take time, the end result is potentially a valuable media franchise.

“Events surrounding the pandemic have stressed the systems that support A. H. Belo’s operations. And while digital subscription revenue grew in the first quarter, advertising revenue began to soften toward the end of the quarter. Our Board and management team have responded quickly to these pressures to ensure that The News is able to report essential and reliable information to its audiences in a timely manner. We recognize in such circumstances our journalists are asked to do their best work under duress and we are striving to keep our colleagues healthy and safe.

“As I outlined on our investor call, A. H. Belo has the financial flexibility to weather the pandemic’s effects in the months ahead.”


 

A. H. Belo Corporation Announces First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

June 5, 2020

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First Quarter Results





Total revenue was $40.3 million in the first quarter of 2020,  a decrease of $6.2 million or 13.4 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2019. 

Revenue from advertising and marketing services, including print and digital revenues, was $19.3 million in the  first quarter of 2020,  a  decrease of $4.7 million or 19.6 percent when compared to the $24.0 million reported for the first quarter of 2019.

Circulation revenue was $16.4 million, a decrease of $0.9 million or 5.0 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2019. The decline is primarily due to a decrease in home delivery and single copy volumes, partially offset by rate increases and an increase of $0.3 million or 28.3 percent in digital-only subscription revenue.

Printing, distribution and other revenue decreased $0.7 million, or 12.8 percent, to  $4.6 million, primarily due to a reduction in brokered and commercial printing, partially offset by an increase in shared mail packaging revenue generated from mailed advertisements for business customers.

Total consolidated operating expense in the first quarter of 2020, on a GAAP basis, was $45.1 million, a decrease of $5.4 million or 10.7 percent compared to the first quarter of 2019.  The improvement is primarily due to decreases of $2.1 million in employee compensation and benefits expense, $1.5 million in newsprint, ink and other supplies expense, and $0.9 million in outside services expenses.

In the first quarter of 2020, on a non-GAAP basis, adjusted operating expense was $44.6 million, an improvement of $5.7 million or 11.3 percent when compared to $50.3 million of adjusted operating expense in the first quarter of 2019. The improvement is primarily due to expense decreases in employee compensation and benefits,  newsprint expense, and reductions from continued management of discretionary spending.


 

A. H. Belo Corporation Announces First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

June 5, 2020

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As of March 31, 2020,  the Company had 788 employees, a decrease of 130 or 14.2 percent when compared to the prior year period. Cash and cash equivalents were $44.0 million and the Company had no debt.


 

A. H. Belo Corporation Announces First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

June 5, 2020

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Non-GAAP Financial Measures





Reconciliations of operating loss to adjusted operating loss, total net operating revenue to adjusted operating revenue, and total operating costs and expense to adjusted operating expense are included in the exhibits to this release.

 


 

A. H. Belo Corporation Announces First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

June 5, 2020

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About A. H. Belo Corporation





A. H. Belo Corporation 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. For additional information, visit www.ahbelo.com or email invest@ahbelo.com.



Statements in this communication concerning A. H. Belo Corporation’s business outlook or future economic performance, revenues, expenses, 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; as well as other risks described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and in the Company’s other public disclosures and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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.





 


 

 





A. H. Belo Corporation and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations





 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Three Months Ended March 31,

In thousands, except share and per share amounts (unaudited)

 

2020

 

2019

Net Operating Revenue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertising and marketing services

 

$

19,327 

 

$

24,041 

Circulation

 

 

16,414 

 

 

17,273 

Printing, distribution and other

 

 

4,602 

 

 

5,275 

Total net operating revenue

 

 

40,343 

 

 

46,589 

Operating Costs and Expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employee compensation and benefits

 

 

19,016 

 

 

21,124 

Other production, distribution and operating costs

 

 

20,992 

 

 

22,184 

Newsprint, ink and other supplies

 

 

3,271 

 

 

4,747 

Depreciation

 

 

1,765 

 

 

2,386 

Amortization

 

 

64 

 

 

76 

Gain on sale/disposal of assets, net

 

 

(5)

 

 

 —

Total operating costs and expense

 

 

45,103 

 

 

50,517 

Operating loss

 

 

(4,760)

 

 

(3,928)

Other income, net

 

 

1,352 

 

 

829 

Loss Before Income Taxes

 

 

(3,408)

 

 

(3,099)

Income tax benefit

 

 

(1,787)

 

 

(964)

Net Loss

 

$

(1,621)

 

$

(2,135)



 

 

 

 

 

 

Per Share Basis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted

 

$

(0.08)

 

$

(0.10)

Number of common shares used in the per share calculation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted

 

 

21,410,423 

 

 

21,594,262 

 


 

 

A. H. Belo Corporation and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets







 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 



 

March 31,

 

December 31,

In thousands (unaudited)

 

2020

 

2019

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

43,934 

 

$

48,626 

Accounts receivable, net

 

 

14,946 

 

 

18,441 

Other current assets

 

 

11,926 

 

 

7,737 

Total current assets

 

 

70,806 

 

 

74,804 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

 

16,841 

 

 

18,453 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

 

22,483 

 

 

21,371 

Intangible assets, net

 

 

255 

 

 

319 

Deferred income taxes, net

 

 

36 

 

 

50 

Long-term note receivable

 

 

22,400 

 

 

22,400 

Other assets

 

 

3,631 

 

 

3,648 

Total assets

 

$

136,452 

 

$

141,045 

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

4,989 

 

$

6,103 

Accrued compensation and other current liabilities

 

 

11,517 

 

 

13,337 

Contract liabilities

 

 

14,283 

 

 

12,098 

Total current liabilities

 

 

30,789 

 

 

31,538 

Long-term pension liabilities

 

 

21,657 

 

 

23,039 

Long-term operating lease liabilities

 

 

23,694 

 

 

23,120 

Other liabilities

 

 

5,690 

 

 

5,611 

Total liabilities

 

 

81,830 

 

 

83,308 

Total shareholders' equity

 

 

54,622 

 

 

57,737 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

 

$

136,452 

 

$

141,045 









 


 

 

A. H. Belo Corporation - Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Reconciliation of Operating Loss to Adjusted Operating Loss











 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Three Months Ended March 31,

In thousands (unaudited)

 

2020

 

2019

Total net operating revenue

 

$

40,343 

 

$

46,589 

Total operating costs and expense

 

 

45,103 

 

 

50,517 

Operating Loss

 

$

(4,760)

 

$

(3,928)



 

 

 

 

 

 

Total net operating revenue

 

$

40,343 

 

$

46,589 

Addback:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertising contra revenue

 

 

1,454 

 

 

2,652 

Circulation contra revenue

 

 

38 

 

 

175 

Adjusted Operating Revenue

 

$

41,835 

 

$

49,416 



 

 

 

 

 

 

Total operating costs and expense

 

$

45,103 

 

$

50,517 

Addback:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertising contra expense

 

 

1,454 

 

 

2,652 

Circulation contra expense

 

 

38 

 

 

175 

Less:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

 

1,765 

 

 

2,386 

Amortization

 

 

64 

 

 

76 

Severance expense

 

 

186 

 

 

601 

Gain on sale/disposal of assets, net

 

 

(5)

 

 

 —

Adjusted Operating Expense

 

$

44,585 

 

$

50,281 



 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted operating revenue

 

$

41,835 

 

$

49,416 

Adjusted operating expense

 

 

44,585 

 

 

50,281 

Adjusted Operating Loss

 

$

(2,750)

 

$

(865)



The Company calculates adjusted operating income (loss) by adjusting operating income (loss) to exclude depreciation, amortization, severance expense, (gain) loss on sale/disposal of assets, and asset impairments (“adjusted operating income (loss)”). The Company believes that inclusion of certain noncash expenses and other items in the results makes for more difficult comparisons between years and with peer group companies.

The Company adopted the new revenue guidance (Topic 606)  using the modified retrospective approach as of January 1, 2018. While the Company adjusts operating revenue and expense for non-GAAP presentation, these adjustments have no effect on adjusted operating income (loss).

Adjusted operating income (loss) is not a measure of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Management uses adjusted operating income (loss) and similar measures in internal analyses as supplemental measures of the Company’s financial performance, and for performance comparisons versus its peer group of companies. Management uses this non-GAAP financial measure for the purposes of evaluating consolidated Company performance. The Company therefore believes that the non-GAAP measure presented provides useful information to investors by allowing them to view the Company’s business through the eyes of management and the Board of Directors, facilitating comparison of results across historical periods and providing a focus on the underlying ongoing operating performance of its business. Adjusted operating income (loss) should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income (loss), cash flows provided by (used for) operating activities or other comparable measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Additionally, this non-GAAP measure may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other companies.