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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): April 26, 2021

 

A. H. BELO CORPORATION

(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

 

(214977-7342

(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, $0.01 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 April 26, 2021, A. H. Belo Corporation announced its consolidated financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2021. 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.

Exhibit Number

Description

99.1

 

Press Release issued by A. H. Belo Corporation on April 26, 2021

104

 

Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)

 

 



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: April 26, 2021

 

 

A. H. BELO CORPORATION

 

 

By:

 

/s/ Katy Murray

 

 

 

Katy Murray

 

 

 

Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer

EX 991-Q1 2021 Earnings Release

Exhibit 99.1

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A. H. Belo Corporation Announces First Quarter 2021 Financial Results



DALLAS –  A. H. Belo Corporation (NYSE: AHC) today reported a  first quarter 2021 net loss of $2.8 million, or $(0.13) per share, and an operating loss of $3.7 million.  In the first quarter of 2020,  the Company reported a net loss of  $1.6 million, or $(0.08) per share, and an operating loss of $4.8 million. The 2020 net loss included a federal tax refund of $2.3 million permitted under the CARES Act.

For the first quarter of 2021, on a non-GAAP basis, A. H. Belo reported an operating loss adjusted for certain items (adjusted operating loss) of $2.4 million, an improvement of $0.4 million or 14.4 percent when compared to an adjusted operating loss of $2.8 million reported in the first quarter of 2020.

Robert W. Decherd, chairman, president and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are encouraged that operating conditions have settled to some extent during the first part of 2021. However, it is obviously important to remain focused on revenue generation across all platforms while shaping the Company’s expense structure to reflect the smaller enterprise A. H. Belo has become. On April 15 we announced a voluntary severance offer (VSO) for eligible employees in select departments, which is an important step in this process. The VSO should help accelerate the realignment of administrative, back office and production activities, and result in meaningful ongoing savings.

The Dallas Morning News continues to provide superior, unduplicated local and regional news, information and commentary. The impact is seen in The News’ growth in digital memberships and the relative stability of its print member base. The Board’s commitment to investing in this growth is the best pathway to becoming a sustainably profitable digital newspaper enterprise.”




 

A. H. Belo Corporation Announces First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

April 26, 2021

Page 2

 

 

First Quarter Results





Total revenue was $36.8 million in the first quarter of 2021,  a decrease of $3.5 million or 8.7 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2020.

Revenue from advertising and marketing services, including print and digital revenues, was $16.8 million in the  first quarter of 2021,  a decrease of $2.6 million or 13.2 percent when compared to the $19.3 million reported for the first quarter of 2020. The decline is primarily due to a  $1.6 million reduction in print advertising revenue, which has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Circulation revenue was $16.0 million, a decrease of $0.4 million or 2.4 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2020. Home delivery revenue decreased 4.3 percent and single copy revenue decreased 27.1 percent, primarily due to the significantly reduced number of locations selling newspapers as a result of the pandemic, partially offset by an increase of $0.6 million or 46.5 percent in digital-only subscription revenue.

Printing, distribution and other revenue decreased $0.6 million, or 12.6 percent, to $4.0 million,  primarily due to reductions in commercial printing and distribution revenue.

Total consolidated operating expense in the first quarter of 2021, on a GAAP basis, was $40.5 million, an improvement of $4.6 million or 10.2 percent compared to the first quarter of 2020.  The improvement is primarily due to expense decreases of $1.1 million in employee compensation and benefits, $0.9 million in newsprint, ink and other supplies, $0.9 million in outside services, $0.7 million in depreciation, $0.4 million in distribution, and $0.3 million in travel and entertainment.


 

A. H. Belo Corporation Announces First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

April 26, 2021

Page 3

 

 

In the first quarter of 2021, on a non-GAAP basis, adjusted operating expense was $45.3 million, an increase of $0.8 million or 1.7 percent when compared to $44.6 million of adjusted operating expense in the first quarter of 2020. The increase is primarily due to an increase of $4.7 million in contra expense, partially offset by expense decreases in employee compensation and benefits, newsprint, distribution, and reductions from continued management of discretionary spending.

As of March 31,  2021,  the Company had 713 employees, a decrease of 75 or 9.5 percent when compared to the prior year period. Cash and cash equivalents were $38.1 million and the Company had no debt.


 

A. H. Belo Corporation Announces First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

April 26, 2021

Page 4

 

 

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 2021 Financial Results

April 26, 2021

Page 5

 

 

Financial Results Conference Call





A. H. Belo Corporation will conduct a conference call on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. CDT to discuss financial results. The conference call will be available via webcast by accessing the Company’s website at www.ahbelo.com/invest.  An archive of the webcast will be available at www.ahbelo.com in the Investor Relations section.

To access the listen-only conference call, dial 1-877-226-8189 and enter the following access code when prompted: 5840199.  A replay line will be available at 1-866-207-1041 from 12:00 p.m. CDT on April 27, 2021 until 11:59 p.m. CDT on May 3, 2021.  The access code for the replay is 8305657.


 

A. H. Belo Corporation Announces First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

April 26, 2021

Page 6

 

 

About A. H. Belo Corporation





A. H. Belo Corporation is the leading local news and information publishing company in Texas. The Company has a growing presence in emerging media and digital marketing, and maintains capabilities related to commercial printing, distribution and direct mail. 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, including statements of the Company’s expectations relating to its plans to regain NYSE compliance, 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)

 

2021

 

2020

Net Operating Revenue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertising and marketing services

 

$

16,769 

 

$

19,327 

Circulation

 

 

16,022 

 

 

16,414 

Printing, distribution and other

 

 

4,024 

 

 

4,602 

Total net operating revenue

 

 

36,815 

 

 

40,343 

Operating Costs and Expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employee compensation and benefits

 

 

17,947 

 

 

19,016 

Other production, distribution and operating costs

 

 

19,090 

 

 

20,992 

Newsprint, ink and other supplies

 

 

2,341 

 

 

3,271 

Depreciation

 

 

1,074 

 

 

1,765 

Amortization

 

 

64 

 

 

64 

Gain on sale/disposal of assets, net

 

 

(1)

 

 

(5)

Total operating costs and expense

 

 

40,515 

 

 

45,103 

Operating loss

 

 

(3,700)

 

 

(4,760)

Other income, net

 

 

1,254 

 

 

1,352 

Loss Before Income Taxes

 

 

(2,446)

 

 

(3,408)

Income tax provision (benefit)

 

 

319 

 

 

(1,787)

Net Loss

 

$

(2,765)

 

$

(1,621)



 

 

 

 

 

 

Per Share Basis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted

 

$

(0.13)

 

$

(0.08)

Number of common shares used in the per share calculation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted

 

 

21,410,423 

 

 

21,410,423 



 


 

 

A. H. Belo Corporation and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets





 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 



 

March 31,

 

December 31,

In thousands (unaudited)

 

2021

 

2020

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

38,132 

 

$

42,015 

Accounts receivable, net

 

 

15,503 

 

 

16,562 

Notes receivable

 

 

22,775 

 

 

22,775 

Other current assets

 

 

8,678 

 

 

6,754 

Total current assets

 

 

85,088 

 

 

88,106 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

 

10,932 

 

 

11,959 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

 

19,764 

 

 

20,406 

Intangible assets, net

 

 

 —

 

 

64 

Deferred income taxes, net

 

 

91 

 

 

76 

Other assets

 

 

2,213 

 

 

2,604 

Total assets

 

$

118,088 

 

$

123,215 

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

7,381 

 

$

7,759 

Accrued compensation and other current liabilities

 

 

10,524 

 

 

10,829 

Contract liabilities

 

 

13,760 

 

 

12,896 

Total current liabilities

 

 

31,665 

 

 

31,484 

Long-term pension liabilities

 

 

17,119 

 

 

18,520 

Long-term operating lease liabilities

 

 

21,216 

 

 

21,890 

Other liabilities

 

 

4,941 

 

 

4,913 

Total liabilities

 

 

74,941 

 

 

76,807 

Total shareholders' equity

 

 

43,147 

 

 

46,408 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

 

$

118,088 

 

$

123,215 

 


 

 

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

Reconciliation of Operating Loss to Adjusted Operating Loss







 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Three Months Ended March 31,

In thousands (unaudited)

 

2021

 

2020

Total net operating revenue

 

$

36,815 

 

$

40,343 

Total operating costs and expense

 

 

40,515 

 

 

45,103 

Operating Loss

 

$

(3,700)

 

$

(4,760)



 

 

 

 

 

 

Total net operating revenue

 

$

36,815 

 

$

40,343 

Addback:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertising contra revenue

 

 

6,078 

 

 

1,454 

Circulation contra revenue

 

 

95 

 

 

38 

Adjusted Operating Revenue

 

$

42,988 

 

$

41,835 



 

 

 

 

 

 

Total operating costs and expense

 

$

40,515 

 

$

45,103 

Addback:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertising contra expense

 

 

6,078 

 

 

1,454 

Circulation contra expense

 

 

95 

 

 

38 

Less:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

 

1,074 

 

 

1,765 

Amortization

 

 

64 

 

 

64 

Severance expense

 

 

208 

 

 

186 

Gain on sale/disposal of assets, net

 

 

(1)

 

 

(5)

Adjusted Operating Expense

 

$

45,343 

 

$

44,585 



 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted operating revenue

 

$

42,988 

 

$

41,835 

Adjusted operating expense

 

 

45,343 

 

 

44,585 

Adjusted Operating Loss

 

$

(2,355)

 

$

(2,750)



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.