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 Gray Reports Record Operating Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2018
   Tuesday, August 07, 2018 6:45:00 AM ET

ATLANTA, Aug. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Gray Television, Inc. ("Gray," "we," "us" or "our") (NYSE: GTN and GTN.A) today announces record results of operations for the three-months ended June 30, 2018, including record revenue and Broadcast Cash Flow (a non-GAAP financial measure, defined below). Our net income per diluted share for the second quarter of 2018 was $0.46.

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Financial Highlights, Selected Operating Data and Other Recent Developments:

  • Record Second Quarter Revenue and Broadcast Cash Flow - Our revenue for the second quarter of 2018 was an all-time record of $250.3 million, increasing $23.7 million, or 10%, from the second quarter of 2017. Our net income for the second quarter of 2018 was $40.7 million and our Broadcast Cash Flow was an all-time record of $108.3 million for the second quarter of 2018, increasing $15.2 million, or 16%, from the second quarter of 2017.
  • Political Revenue – Our second quarter of 2018 political advertising revenue was $18.1 million, exceeding the high-end of our guidance range of $15.0 million. After giving effect to stations acquired and divested since 2014, we earned $16.5 million of political advertising revenue in the second quarter of 2014 which was the most recent non-presidential election year. Our political advertising revenue for the second quarter of 2018 was 9% greater than that of the second quarter of 2014.
  • Retransmission Revenue, Expense and Net - Our second quarter of 2018 gross retransmission revenue was $85.3 million, and our second quarter 2018 retransmission expense was $39.2 million. Our retransmission revenue, net of retransmission expense, was $46.1 million for the second quarter of 2018, exceeding the high end of our guidance by approximately $0.6 million. We currently anticipate that for calendar year 2018, gross retransmission revenue will be approximately $350.0 million to $353.0 million and retransmission revenue, net of retransmission expense, will be approximately $182.0 million to $184.0 million.
  • Total Leverage Ratio, Net of all Cash - As of June 30, 2018, our total leverage ratio, as defined in our senior credit facility, was 3.91 times on a trailing eight-quarter basis, netting our total cash balance of $510.6 million.
  • Pending Merger with  Raycom Media - On June 23, 2018, we entered into a merger agreement with, among others, Raycom Media, Inc. Giving effect to the merger and prior to divestitures of stations due to market overlaps, we expect to own and/or operate 142 full-power television stations serving 92 markets. Upon completion, we expect to reach approximately 24 percent of U.S. television households through nearly 400 separate program streams including approximately 165 affiliates of the ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX networks, and over 100 affiliates of the CW, MyNetwork, and MeTV networks. These stations were ranked number-one in all day Nielsen ratings in 62 of the combined markets and number-one or number-two in 92% of the combined markets. In addition to high quality television stations, we also expect to acquire additional Raycom businesses that provide sports marketing, production and digital signage services, resulting in our becoming a more diversified media company. The consummation of the transaction is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain customary conditions, including, approval from the Federal Communications Commission, the expiration or early termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, the absence of any legal impediments to the merger, and customary third-party consents. We anticipate that the transaction will be completed during the fourth quarter of 2018.

 



























































































































































































































































































 

 
























































































 

Total revenue increased $23.7 million, or 10%, to $250.3 million for the second quarter of 2018 compared to the second quarter of 2017. Total revenue increased primarily as a result of increased retransmission consent revenue, due primarily to increased retransmission consent rates, and increased political advertising revenue due to 2018 being the "on-year" of the two-year election cycle.

Broadcast Operating Expenses.
Broadcast operating expenses (before depreciation, amortization and gain or loss on disposal of assets) increased $8.2 million, or 6%, to $141.9 million for the second quarter of 2018. The increase reflects, in part, the following:

  • Non-compensation expense increases of $6.5 million, or 10%, in the 2018 period primarily as the result of increased retransmission expense of $5.4 million, or 16%, to $39.2 million in the second quarter of 2018 and increases in professional fees.
  • Compensation expense increases of $1.7 million in 2018, primarily due to routine increases in compensation and severance costs. Including the effect of a $0.5 million adjustment related to forfeitures of equity incentive awards, we did not incur any non-cash stock-based compensation expenses in the second quarter of 2018. In the second quarter of 2017, our non-cash stock-based compensation expenses were $0.4 million.

Corporate and Administrative Operating Expenses.
Corporate and administrative expenses (before depreciation, amortization and gain or loss on disposal of assets) increased $2.4 million, or 28%, to $10.8 million in the second quarter of 2018. The increase reflects, in part, the following:

  • Non-compensation expense increases of $2.1 million, primarily due to an increase of $1.9 million of professional fees related to acquisition activities. Professional fees related to acquisition activities were $3.7 million in the second quarter of 2018.
  • Compensation expense increases of $0.3 million, primarily due to increases in incentive compensation costs. Non-cash stock-based amortization expenses were $1.2 million and $1.1 million in the second quarters of 2018 and 2017, respectively.

Taxes.
During the second quarter of 2018, we made aggregate federal and state income tax payments of approximately $3.6 million.

 











































































 

Total revenue increased $46.5 million, or 11%, to $476.6 million for the six-months ended June 30, 2018 compared to the six-months ended June 30, 2017. Total revenue increased primarily as a result of increased retransmission consent revenue, due primarily to increased retransmission consent rates, and increased political advertising revenue due to 2018 being the "on-year" of the two-year election cycle. Local and national advertising revenue decreased only slightly, in spite of the $2.3 million of revenue we earned from the broadcast of the 2018 Super Bowl on our NBC-affiliated stations, compared to $0.6 million that we earned from the broadcast of the 2017 Super Bowl on our FOX-affiliated stations. In addition, revenue from the broadcast of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games on our NBC-affiliated stations was approximately $5.5 million.  

Broadcast Operating Expenses.
Broadcast operating expenses (before depreciation, amortization and gain or loss on disposal of assets) increased $24.3 million, or 9%, to $291.6 million for the six-months ended June 30, 2018. The increase reflects, in part, the following:

  • Non-compensation expense increases of $19.6 million, or 15%, in the 2018 period, primarily as the result of increased retransmission expense of $14.9 million, or 23%, to $80.9 million in 2018 and net increases in several other expense categories including programming and other professional fees. Our programming costs related to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games were $1.5 million.
  • Compensation expense increases of $5.0 million in the 2018 period, primarily due to routine increases in compensation and severance costs. Including the effect of a $0.5 million adjustment related to forfeitures, our non-cash stock-based compensation expenses were $1.2 million and $0.7 million in the 2018 and 2017 periods, respectively.

Corporate and Administrative Operating Expenses.
Corporate and administrative expenses (before depreciation, amortization and gain or loss on disposal of assets) increased $3.0 million, or 18%, to $19.1 million for the 2018 period. The increase reflects, in part, the following:

  • Non-compensation expense increases of $2.4 million, primarily due to an increase of $2.0 million of professional fees related to acquisition activities. Professional fees related to acquisition activities were $3.8 million in the 2018 period.
  • Compensation expense increases of $0.6 million, primarily due to increased incentive compensation costs. Non-cash stock-based amortization expenses were $2.2 million and $2.1 million in the 2018 and 2017 periods, respectively.

(Gain) Loss on Disposal of Assets.
During the 2018 period, we reported gains on disposals of assets of $1.6 million compared to $76.8 million in the 2017 period. On June 1, 2017, we tendered two of our broadcast licenses and made other modifications to our broadcast spectrum related to our participation in the FCC's broadcast spectrum auction. Our proceeds from this auction were $90.8 million and the cost of the assets disposed was $13.1 million.

Loss from Early Extinguishment of Debt.
In the 2017 period, we recorded a loss from early extinguishment of debt of approximately $2.9 million related to the amendment and restatement of our senior credit facility.

Taxes.
During the 2018 period, we made aggregate federal and state income tax payments of approximately $12.0 million. During the remainder of 2018, we anticipate making income tax payments (net of refunds) of approximately $23.9 million.

 




























































































































































 






























 

 































































































































































 

Comments on Third Quarter of 2018 Guidance

Revenue.
Based on our current forecasts for the third quarter of 2018, we anticipate the following changes from the third quarter of 2017:

  • We believe our third quarter of 2018 local advertising revenue (including internet/digital/mobile) will change to be within a range of approximately $107.0 million to $110.0 million, representing a -3% to +0% change.
  • We believe our third quarter of 2018 national advertising revenue will change to be within a range of approximately $28.5 million to $29.5 million, representing a -8% to -5% change.
  • We believe our third quarter of 2018 political advertising revenue will be within a range of approximately $41.0 million to $45.0 million. After giving effect to stations acquired and divested since 2014, we earned $41.1 million of political advertising revenue in the third quarter of 2014 which was the most recent non-presidential election year. We estimate that our political advertising revenue for the third quarter of 2018 will be equal to or as much as +9% greater than that of the third quarter of 2014.
  • We anticipate that our gross retransmission revenue for calendar year 2018 will be within a range of approximately $350.0 million to $353.0 million and net retransmission revenue will be within a range of approximately $182.0 million to $184.0 million. We believe our third quarter of 2018 retransmission consent revenue will be within a range of approximately $90.0 million to $92.0 million.

Broadcast Operating Expenses (before depreciation, amortization and gain or loss on disposal of assets, net).
For the third quarter of 2018, we anticipate that our broadcast operating expenses will increase primarily due to retransmission expense which we expect to increase by a range of approximately $6.3 million to $7.3 million to within a range of approximately $41.0 million to $42.0 million.

Corporate and Administrative Operating Expenses (before depreciation, amortization and gain or loss on disposal of assets).
For the third quarter of 2018, we anticipate our corporate and administrative operating expense will increase to within a range of approximately $10.0 million to $11.0 million, primarily attributable to increases in professional services fees. We anticipate that costs related to our pending acquisitions, and in particular the Raycom merger, will be approximately $2.0 million to $3.0 million in the third quarter.

The Company

We are a television broadcast company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, that owns and operates over 100 television stations across 57 television markets that collectively broadcast over 200 program streams including over 100 channels affiliated with the CBS/NBC/ABC/FOX television networks. Our portfolio includes the number-one or number-two ranked television station for both overall audience and news audience in all 57 of our 57 markets, which collectively cover approximately 10.4% of total United States television households.

Cautionary Statements for Purposes of the "Safe Harbor" Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act

This press release contains statements that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the federal securities laws. These "forward-looking statements" are not statements of historical facts, and may include, among other things, statements regarding our current expectations and beliefs of operating results for the third quarter of 2018 or other periods, future income tax payments, pending transactions and other future events. Actual results are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties and may differ materially from the current expectations and beliefs discussed in this press release. All information set forth in this release is as of the date hereof. We do not intend, and undertake no duty, to update this information to reflect future events or circumstances. Information about certain potential factors that could affect our business and financial results and cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements are included under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and may be contained in reports subsequently filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and available at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov .

Conference Call Information
We will host a conference call to discuss our second quarter operating results on August 7, 2018. The call will begin at 10:00:00 A.M. Eastern Time. The live dial-in number is 1(855) 493-3489 and the confirmation code is 4239649. The call will be webcast live and available for replay at www.gray.tv . The taped replay of the conference call will be available at 1 (855) 859-2056, Confirmation Code: 4239649 until September 4, 2018.

Effects of Acquisitions and Divestitures on Our Results of Operations and Non-GAAP Terms
From January 1, 2016 (the beginning of the earliest period presented) through June 30, 2018, we completed eight acquisition transactions and one divestiture transaction. As more fully described in our 2017 Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and in our other prior disclosures, these transactions added a net total of 21 television stations to our operations. We refer to these transactions, collectively, as the "Acquisitions."

From time to time, Gray supplements its financial results prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP") by disclosing the non-GAAP financial measures Broadcast Cash Flow, Broadcast Cash Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses, Free Cash Flow, Operating Cash Flow as defined in the Senior Credit Agreement and Total Leverage Ratio and Net of All Cash. These non-GAAP amounts are used by us to approximate amounts used to calculate key financial performance covenants contained in our debt agreements and are used with our GAAP data to evaluate our results and liquidity.

We define Broadcast Cash Flow as net income plus loss from early extinguishment of debt, corporate and administrative expenses, non-cash stock based compensation, depreciation and amortization (including amortization of intangible assets and program broadcast rights), any loss on disposal of assets, any miscellaneous expense, interest expense, any income tax expense and non-cash 401(k) expense, less any gain on disposal of assets, any miscellaneous income, any income tax benefits and payments for program broadcast rights.

We define Broadcast Cash Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses as net income plus loss from early extinguishment of debt, non-cash stock based compensation, depreciation and amortization (including amortization of intangible assets and program broadcast rights), any loss on disposal of assets, any miscellaneous expense, interest expense, any income tax expense, and non-cash 401(k) expense, less any gain on disposal of assets, any miscellaneous income, any income tax benefits and any payments for program broadcast rights.

We define Free Cash Flow as net income plus loss from early extinguishment of debt, non-cash stock based compensation, depreciation and amortization (including amortization of intangible assets and program broadcast rights), any loss on disposal of assets, any miscellaneous expense, amortization of deferred financing costs, any income tax expense and non-cash 401(k) expense, less any gain on disposal of assets, any miscellaneous income, any income tax benefits, payments for program broadcast rights, contributions to pension plans, amortization of original issue premium on our debt, purchases of property and equipment (net of reimbursements) and the payment of income taxes (net of any refunds received).

We define Operating Cash Flow as defined in our Senior Credit Agreement as net income plus loss from early extinguishment of debt, non-cash stock based compensation, depreciation and amortization (including amortization of intangible assets and program broadcast rights), any loss on disposal of assets, interest expense, any income tax expense, non-cash 401(k) expense and trade expense less any gain on disposal of assets, any income tax benefits, payments for program broadcast rights, trade income, and contributions to pension plans. Operating Cash Flow as defined in our Senior Credit Agreement gives effect to the revenue and broadcast expenses of the Acquisitions as if they had been acquired or divested, respectively, on April 1, 2016. It also gives effect to certain operating synergies expected from the Acquisitions and related financings and adds back professional fees incurred in completing the Acquisitions. Certain of the financial information related to the Acquisitions has been derived from, and adjusted based on, unaudited, un-reviewed financial information prepared by other entities, which Gray cannot independently verify. We cannot assure you that such financial information would not be materially different if such information were audited or reviewed and no assurances can be provided as to the accuracy of such information, or that our actual results would not differ materially from this financial information if the Acquisitions had been completed at the stated date. In addition, the presentation of Operating Cash Flow as Defined in the Senior Credit Agreement and the adjustments to such information, including expected synergies resulting from such transactions, may not comply with GAAP or the requirements for pro forma financial information under Regulation S-X under the Securities Act.

Our Total Leverage Ratio, Net of All Cash is determined by dividing our Adjusted Total Indebtedness, Net of All Cash by our Operating Cash Flow as defined in our Senior Credit Agreement, divided by two. Our Adjusted Total Indebtedness, Net of All Cash represents the total outstanding principal of our long-term debt, plus certain other obligations as defined in our Senior Credit Agreement, less all cash. Our Operating Cash Flow as defined in our Senior Credit Agreement, divided by two, represents our average annual Operating Cash Flow as defined in our Senior Credit Agreement for the preceding eight quarters.

These non-GAAP terms are not defined in GAAP and our definitions may differ from, and therefore not be comparable to, similarly titled measures used by other companies, thereby limiting their usefulness. Such terms are used by management in addition to, and in conjunction with, results presented in accordance with GAAP and should be considered as supplements to, and not as substitutes for, net income and cash flows reported in accordance with GAAP.

 











































































































 











































































































 

 



















































 

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