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 Gray Reports Record Operating Results
   Wednesday, March 01, 2017 6:55:00 AM ET

Gray Television, Inc. ("Gray," "we," "us" or "our") (GTN AND GTN.A ) today announces record results of operations for the full year and three-months ended December 31, 2016 (the "fourth quarter of 2016"), including record revenue, political revenue, net income and Broadcast Cash Flow (a non-GAAP financial measure, defined below). Moreover, adjusting for the impact of acquisitions, financing transactions and related costs, Gray continues to post organic revenue growth while maintaining solid expense controls. Please see our Financial Highlights, As-Reported Basis provided below.

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Hilton H. Howell, Jr., Gray’s Chairman and CEO, commented, "We began 2016 with the successful acquisition of the Schurz television stations. Today we are pleased to announce that we continued to grow throughout 2016, setting all-time records for total revenue, political revenue, net income and Broadcast Cash Flow. We are pleased to have reached these milestones in 2016 despite a most unexpected and challenging political season that affected both our Company and our entire industry. We believe we are positioned for continued success in 2017 and beyond."

Financial Highlights

As-Reported Basis

Our record results were as follows:

-- Total revenue increased $68.1 million, or 40%, to $237.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 when compared to the three-months ended December 31, 2015 (the "fourth quarter of 2015").

-- Political revenue was $48.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, which tied our record from the fourth quarter of 2014 and was in line with revised guidance.

-- Net income increased $20.8 million, or 139%, to $35.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.

-- Broadcast Cash Flow was $109.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, which was a 61% increase from the fourth quarter of 2015.

-- Total revenue increased $215.1 million, or 36%, to $812.5 million for full year 2016 when compared to full year 2015.

-- Political revenue was $90.1 million for full year 2016 and in line with revised guidance.

-- Net income increased $23.0 million, or 58%, to $62.3 million for full year 2016 as compared to full year 2015.

-- Broadcast Cash Flow was $338.8 million for full year 2016, which was a 51% increase from full year 2015.

Combined Historical Basis

The results reported today also reflect organic revenue growth at Gray. On a Combined Historical Basis (as defined below), total revenue increased 19% and Broadcast Cash Flow increased 36% in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. In addition, on a Combined Historical Basis, our broadcast operating expenses, excluding network compensation fees, decreased in the fourth quarter of 2016 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.

The expected increases in network compensation fees were offset by increases in gross retransmission revenue. For the full year of 2016, when compared to the full year 2015 on a Combined Historical Basis, national sales commission expenses decreased by approximately $12.1 million as a result of our termination of substantially all of our national sales representation agreements at the beginning of 2016.

Other Highlights and Recent Developments

As of December 31, 2016, our Total Leverage Ratio Net of All Cash (as defined herein) was 5.06 times on a trailing eight-quarter basis.

In January 2017, we completed the acquisitions of the following television stations: WBAY (ABC) in Green Bay, Wisconsin (the "Green Bay Acquisition"); KWQC (NBC) in the Davenport, Iowa, Rock Island, Illinois, and Moline, Illinois (or "Quad Cities") television market (the "Davenport Acquisition"); and KTVF (NBC), KXDF (CBS) and KFXF (FOX) in Fairbanks, Alaska (the "Fairbanks Acquisition"). These acquisitions were completed with cash on hand.

On February 7, 2017, we amended and restated our senior credit facility to, among other things, reduce our interest rate under the term loan facility to LIBOR plus 250 basis points, increase our availability under the revolving credit facility from $60.0 million to $100.0 million, extend the maturity of the revolving credit facility to 2022 and to extend the maturity of the term loan facility to 2024. Related to the amendment and restatement of our senior credit facility, we will record a loss on extinguishment of debt of approximately $4.5 million, or $2.8 million after tax, in the first quarter of 2017.

On February 7, 2017, we announced that we anticipate receiving $90.8 million in proceeds from the FCC’s recently completed reverse auction for broadcast spectrum. We do not expect any material change in operations or revenue for us or for any individual market in which we operate. We anticipate that the proceeds will be received in the second or third quarter of 2017. Due to prior planning in connection with our recently completed acquisitions, we anticipate that we will be able to defer any related income tax payments on a long-term basis.

On February 16, 2017, we announced that we had reached an agreement with Diversified Communications, Inc. to acquire two television stations: WABI (CBS/CW) in the Bangor, Maine market and WCJB (ABC/CW) in the Gainesville, Florida market (together the "Diversified Acquisition"), for $85.0 million. Subject to receipt of regulatory and other approvals, we expect to complete this transaction in the second quarter of 2017, with the use of cash on hand and, if necessary, borrowings under our senior credit facility.

Effects of Acquisitions and Divestitures on Our Results of Operations

From October 31, 2013 through December 31, 2016, we completed 19 acquisition transactions and three divestiture transactions. As more fully described in our Form 10-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today and in our prior disclosures, these transactions added a net total of 43 television stations in 25 television markets, including 20 new television markets, to our operations.

We refer to the 13 stations acquired and retained in 2016, as well as two stations in the Clarksburg, West Virginia market that we commenced operating under a local programming and marketing agreement ("LMA") in June 2016 as the "2016 Acquired Stations." During 2015, we completed six acquisitions, which collectively added seven television stations in six markets (four new markets) to our operations, and we refer to those stations as the "2015 Acquired Stations." During 2014, we completed seven acquisitions, which collectively added 22 television stations in 12 markets (10 new markets) to our operations, and we refer to those stations as the "2014 Acquired Stations." Unless the context of the following discussion requires otherwise, we refer to the 2016 Acquired Stations, the 2015 Acquired Stations and the 2014 Acquired Stations, collectively, as the "Acquired Stations." We refer to the stations acquired in the Fairbanks Acquisition, Green Bay Acquisition and Davenport Acquisition as the "2017 Acquired Stations."

Due to the significant effect that our acquisitions and divestitures have had on our results of operations, and in order to provide more meaningful period over period comparisons, we present herein certain financial information on a "Combined Historical Basis." Unless otherwise defined, Combined Historical Basis reflects financial results that have been compiled by adding Gray’s historical revenue and broadcast expenses to the historical revenue and broadcast expenses of the Acquired Stations and removing the historical revenues and historical broadcast expenses of divested stations as if they had been acquired or divested, respectively, on January 1, 2014 (the beginning of the earliest period presented). In addition, our Combined Historical Basis non-GAAP terms "Broadcast Cash Flow," "Broadcast Cash Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses," "Operating Cash Flow as Defined in our Senior Credit Agreement," "Free Cash Flow" and "Total Leverage Ratio, Net of All Cash" give effect to the financings related to the acquisition of the Acquired Stations as if these financings occurred on January 1, 2014, and certain anticipated net expense savings resulting from the completed acquisitions. Free Cash Flow presented on a Combined Historical Basis also includes adjustments for the purchase of property and equipment and income taxes paid, net of refunds, as if the acquisition of the Acquired Stations occurred on January 1, 2014. Combined Historical Basis financial information does not reflect all purchase accounting and other adjustments required, and includes certain other amounts not included, in pro forma financial statements prepared in accordance with Regulation S-X.

Selected Operating Data on As-Reported Basis (unaudited):
                                   Three Months Ended December 31,
                                   2016             2015           % Change      2014           % Change
                                                                   2016 to                      2016 to
                                                                   2015                         2014
                                   (dollars in thousands)
Revenue (less agency commissions):
Total                              $     237,619    $   169,487    40 %          $   177,886    34 %
Political                          $       48,519   $       9,213  427 %         $     48,538   0 %
Operating expenses (1):
Broadcast                          $     128,511    $   101,969    26 %          $     86,386   49 %
Corporate and administrative       $         8,922  $     11,030   (19)%         $       7,585  18 %
Net income                         $       35,834   $     14,987   139 %         $     31,253   15 %
Non-GAAP Cash Flow (2):
Broadcast Cash Flow                $     109,469    $     67,849   61 %          $     91,399   20 %
Broadcast Cash Flow Less
Cash Corporate Expenses            $     101,515    $     57,609   76 %          $     84,540   20 %
Free Cash Flow                     $       68,486   $     28,996   136 %         $     53,596   28 %
                                   Year Ended December 31,
                                   2016             2015           % Change      2014           % Change
                                                                   2016 to                      2016 to
                                                                   2015                         2014
                                   (dollars in thousands)
Revenue (less agency commissions):
Total                              $     812,465    $   597,356    36 %          $   508,134    60 %
Political                          $       90,095   $     17,163   425 %         $     81,975   10 %
Operating expenses (1):
Broadcast                          $     475,131    $   374,182    27 %          $   285,990    66 %
Corporate and administrative       $       40,347   $     34,343   17 %          $     29,203   38 %
Net income                         $       62,273   $     39,301   58 %          $     48,061   30 %
Non-GAAP Cash Flow (2):
Broadcast Cash Flow                $     338,801    $   224,484    51 %          $   220,977    53 %
Broadcast Cash Flow Less
Cash Corporate Expenses            $     302,332    $   193,261    56 %          $   195,306    55 %
Free Cash Flow                     $     148,126    $     93,984   58 %          $     95,240   56 %
(1) Excludes depreciation, amortization, and loss (gain) on disposal of assets.
(2) See definition of non-GAAP terms and reconciliation of the non-GAAP amounts to net income included elsewhere herein.
Selected Operating Data on Combined Historical Basis (unaudited):
                                   Three Months Ended December 31,
                                   2016             2015           % Change      2014           % Change
                                                                   2016 to                      2016 to
                                                                   2015                         2014
                                   (dollars in thousands)
Revenue (less agency commissions):
Total                              $     237,619    $   199,357    19 %          $   232,953    2 %
Political                          $       48,519   $       9,667  402 %         $     65,169   (26)%
Operating expenses (1):
Broadcast                          $     128,511    $   123,084    4 %           $   114,411    12 %
Corporate and administrative       $         8,922  $     11,030   (19)%         $       7,585  18 %
Non-GAAP Cash Flow (2):
Broadcast Cash Flow                $     109,497    $     80,492   36 %          $   122,075    (10)%
Broadcast Cash Flow Less
Cash Corporate Expenses            $     101,543    $     70,252   45 %          $   115,216    (12)%
Operating Cash Flow as Defined in
our Senior Credit Agreement        $     102,287    $     70,785   45 %          $   115,150    (11)%
Free Cash Flow                     $       69,223   $     46,004   50 %          $     81,455   (15)%
                                   Year Ended December 31,
                                   2016             2015           % Change      2014           % Change
                                                                   2016 to                      2016 to
                                                                   2015                         2014
                                   (dollars in thousands)
Revenue (less agency commissions):
Total                              $     829,208    $   733,207    13 %          $   753,453    10 %
Political                          $       90,762   $     18,587   388 %         $   119,007    (24)%
Operating expenses (1):
Broadcast                          $     489,681    $   467,722    5 %           $   430,512    14 %
Corporate and administrative       $       40,347   $     34,343   17 %          $     29,203   38 %
Non-GAAP Cash Flow (2):
Broadcast Cash Flow                $     343,706    $   288,693    19 %          $   341,398    1 %
Broadcast Cash Flow Less
Cash Corporate Expenses            $     307,236    $   257,470    19 %          $   315,727    (3)%
Operating Cash Flow as Defined in
our Senior Credit Agreement        $     312,795    $   262,744    19 %          $   321,259    (3)%
Free Cash Flow                     $     159,312    $   139,436    14 %          $   189,035    (16)%
(1) Excludes depreciation, amortization, and loss (gain) on disposal of assets.
(2) See definition of non-GAAP terms and reconciliation of the non-GAAP amounts to net income included elsewhere herein.

Reclassification of Revenue

Through 2015, we reported our local television advertising revenues and our internet/digital/mobile advertising revenues separately. In 2016, we began reporting a single line item identified as "Local (including internet/digital/mobile)" that combines our local television advertising revenues and our internet/digital/mobile advertising revenues. Because this revenue primarily originates within each local market in which we operate and is sold by the same local sales force, we believe this classification is more consistent and more representative of our operating focus, to maximize all aspects of local revenue. Prior period amounts presented herein have been reclassified to reflect our current presentation.

Results of Operations for the Fourth Quarter of 2016:

Revenue (Less Agency Commissions) on As-Reported Basis.

The table below presents our revenue (less agency commissions) by type for the fourth quarter of 2016 and 2015 (dollars in thousands):

                                           Three Months Ended December 31,
                                           2016                     2015
                                                          Percent                  Percent
                                           Amount         of Total  Amount         of Total
Revenue (less agency commissions):
Local (including internet/digital/mobile)  $     107,083  45.1%     $      94,543  55.8%
National                                   24,776         10.4%     23,505         13.9%
Political                                  48,519         20.4%     9,213          5.4%
Retransmission consent                     51,965         21.9%     39,468         23.3%
Other                                      5,276          2.2%      2,758          1.6%
Total                                      $     237,619  100.0%    $    169,487   100.0%

Total revenue increased $68.1 million, or 40%, to $237.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. The 2016 Acquired Stations and 2015 Acquired Stations, collectively, accounted for approximately $59.6 million of our total revenue in the fourth quarter of 2016, and the 2015 Acquired Stations accounted for approximately $14.9 million of our total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015.

In addition to the total revenue contributed by the 2016 Acquired Stations and 2015 Acquired Stations, our total revenue increased in the fourth quarter of 2016, as compared to the fourth quarter of 2015, due to increases in retransmission consent revenue, resulting primarily from increased retransmission consent rates, and increases in political advertising revenue, resulting primarily from 2016 being the "on-year" of the two-year election cycle.

The changes in revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 were approximately as follows:

-- Local advertising revenue (including internet/digital/mobile) increased $12.5 million, or 13%, to $107.1 million.

-- National advertising revenue increased $1.3 million, or 5%, to $24.8 million.

-- Political advertising revenue increased $39.3 million, or 427%, to $48.5 million.

-- Retransmission consent revenue increased $12.5 million, or 32%, to $52.0 million.

-- Other revenue increased $2.5 million, or 91%, to $5.3 million.

Within our local and national advertising revenue categories, and excluding revenue from the 2016 Acquired Stations and 2015 Acquired Stations, our five largest customer categories exhibited the following approximate changes during the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015:

-- Automotive decreased less than 1%;

-- Medical decreased 6%;

-- Restaurant decreased 16%;

-- Furniture and appliances decreased 10%; and

-- Home improvement increased 2%.

Revenue (Less Agency Commissions) on Combined Historical Basis.

On a Combined Historical Basis, total revenue increased $38.3 million, or 19%, to $237.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. On a Combined Historical Basis, the changes in revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 were approximately as follows:

-- Local advertising revenue (including internet/digital/mobile) decreased $5.0 million, or 4%, to $107.1 million.

-- National advertising revenue decreased $3.6 million, or 13%, to $24.8 million.

-- Political advertising revenue increased $38.9 million, or 402%, to $48.5 million.

-- Retransmission consent revenue increased $7.7 million, or 17%, to $52.0 million.

-- Other revenue increased $0.3 million, or 7%, to $5.3 million.

Within our local and national advertising revenue types, and including revenue from the 2016 Acquired Stations and 2015 Acquired Stations, our five largest customer categories exhibited the following approximate changes in revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015:

-- Automotive decreased 1%;

-- Medical decreased 6%;

-- Restaurant decreased 13%;

-- Furniture and appliances decreased 9%; and

-- Home improvement decreased 4%.

Broadcast Operating Expenses on As-Reported Basis.

Broadcast operating expenses (before depreciation, amortization and loss (gain) on disposal of assets) increased $26.5 million, or 26%, to $128.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. The 2016 Acquired Stations and 2015 Acquired Stations, collectively, accounted for approximately $29.4 million of our broadcast operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2016, and the 2015 Acquired Stations accounted for approximately $7.9 million of our broadcast operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2015. Including the impact of the 2016 Acquired Stations and the 2015 Acquired Stations, total retransmission expense increased $8.0 million, or 43%, to $26.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.

Excluding the impact of the 2016 Acquired Stations and the 2015 Acquired Stations:

-- Non-compensation broadcast operating expenses increased $4.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. This increase was primarily the result of an increase of $4.3 million in network programming fees, reflecting increased fees payable to networks under our affiliation agreements consistent with the growth of retransmission consent revenue. This increase was partially offset by decreased national sales commissions of $1.3 million resulting from the termination of substantially all of our national sales representation agreements at the beginning of 2016.

-- Compensation expenses increased $1.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 primarily as a result of increases in employee benefit costs. Non-cash share based compensation expenses were $0.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to $0.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Broadcast Operating Expenses on Combined Historical Basis.

On a Combined Historical Basis, broadcast operating expenses (before depreciation, amortization and loss (gain) on disposal of assets) increased $5.4 million, or 4%, to $128.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. The increase reflects, in part, the following:

-- Network program fees increased in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 by $6.0 million to $26.3 million, consistent with the growth of retransmission consent revenue. This increase was partially offset by decreased national sales commissions of $2.1 million resulting from the termination of substantially all of our national sales representation agreements at the beginning of 2016.

-- Compensation expense increased by approximately $1.2 million, or 2%, in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. Non-cash share based compensation expenses were $0.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to $0.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Corporate and Administrative Operating Expenses on As-Reported Basis.

Corporate and administrative expenses (before depreciation, amortization and loss (gain) on disposal of assets) decreased $2.1 million, or 19%, to $8.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. The decrease reflects, in part, the following:

-- Non-compensation expense decreased $1.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 primarily due to decreased professional fees related to the timing of the acquisitions of the 2016 Acquired Stations, which were completed primarily in the first quarter of 2016, compared to the acquisitions of the 2015 Acquired Stations, which were acquired primarily in the fourth quarter of 2015.

-- Compensation expense decreased $0.9 million primarily due to decreases in incentive compensation costs. Non-cash share based compensation expenses were $1.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to $0.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Results of Operations for the Year Ended December 31, 2016:

Revenue (Less Agency Commissions) on As-Reported Basis.

The table below presents our revenue (less agency commissions) by type for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively (dollars in thousands):

                                           Year Ended December 31,
                                           2016                    2015
                                                         Percent                 Percent
                                           Amount        of Total  Amount        of Total
Revenue (less agency commissions):
Local (including internet/digital/mobile)  $    403,336  49.6%     $    336,471  56.3%
National                                   98,351        12.1%     81,110        13.6%
Political                                  90,095        11.1%     17,163        2.9%
Retransmission consent                     200,879       24.7%     151,957       25.4%
Other                                      19,804        2.5%      10,655        1.8%
Total                                      $    812,465  100.0%    $    597,356  100.0%

Total revenue increased $215.1 million, or 36%, to $812.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015. The 2016 Acquired Stations and 2015 Acquired Stations, collectively, accounted for approximately $187.8 million of our total revenue in the year ended December 31, 2016, and the 2015 Acquired Stations accounted for approximately $23.2 million of our total revenue for the year ended December 31, 2015.

In addition to the revenue contributed by the 2016 Acquired Stations and the 2015 Acquired Stations, our total revenue increased in the year ended December 31, 2016, as compared to the year ended December 31, 2015, primarily due to increases in retransmission consent revenue largely resulting from increased retransmission consent rates and increases in political advertising revenue. Local and national advertising revenue included approximately $1.6 million of revenue from the broadcast of the 2016 Super Bowl on our CBS channels, an increase of approximately $0.1 million from the $1.5 million of revenue from the broadcast of the 2015 Super Bowl on our NBC channels. The broadcast of the 2016 Olympic Games generated approximately $8.2 million of advertising revenue in 2016.

The changes in revenue for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015 were approximately as follows:

-- Local advertising revenue (including internet/digital/mobile) increased $66.9 million, or 20%, to $403.3 million.

-- National advertising revenue increased $17.2 million, or 21%, to $98.4 million.

-- Political advertising revenue increased $72.9 million, or 425%, to $90.1 million.

-- Retransmission consent revenue increased $48.9 million, or 32%, to $200.9 million.

-- Other revenue increased $9.1 million, or 86%, to $19.8 million.

Within our local and national advertising revenue categories, and excluding revenue from the 2016 Acquired Stations and 2015 Acquired Stations, our five largest customer categories exhibited the following approximate changes during the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015:

-- Automotive increased 2%;

-- Medical decreased 1%;

-- Restaurant decreased 9%;

-- Furniture and appliances increased 1%; and

-- Home improvement increased 6%.

Revenue (Less Agency Commissions) on Combined Historical Basis.

On a Combined Historical Basis, total revenue increased $96.0 million, or 13%, to $829.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015. The Combined Historical Basis components of revenue for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015 were approximately as follows:

-- Local advertising revenue (including internet/digital/mobile) decreased $1.3 million, or less than 1%, to $412.4 million.

-- National advertising revenue decreased $7.1 million, or 7%, to $100.7 million.

-- Political advertising revenue increased $72.2 million, or 388%, to $90.8 million.

-- Retransmission consent revenue increased $31.4 million, or 18%, to $204.6 million.

-- Other revenue increased $0.8 million, or 4%, to $20.7 million.

Within our local and national advertising revenue categories, and including revenue from the 2016 Acquired Stations and 2015 Acquired Stations, our five largest customer categories exhibited the following approximate changes in revenue during the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015:

-- Automotive increased 1%;

-- Medical decreased 1%;

-- Restaurant decreased 7%;

-- Furniture and appliances increased 4%; and

-- Home improvement increased 3%.

Broadcast Operating Expenses on As-Reported Basis.

Broadcast operating expenses (before depreciation, amortization and loss on disposal of assets) increased $100.9 million, or 27%, to $475.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015. The 2016 Acquired Stations and the 2015 Acquired Stations, collectively, accounted for approximately $103.9 million of our broadcast operating expenses in the year ended December 31, 2016, and the 2015 Acquired Stations accounted for approximately $12.5 million of our broadcast operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2015. Including the impact of the 2016 Acquired Stations and the 2015 Acquired Stations, total retransmission expense increased $27.4 million, or 39%, to $97.7 million in the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015.

Excluding the impact of the 2016 Acquired Stations and the 2015 Acquired Stations:

-- Non-compensation broadcast operating expense increased $8.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 primarily as a result of: network programming fee increases of approximately $12.5 million reflecting increased fees payable to networks under our affiliation agreements consistent with the growth of retransmission consent revenue; business and professional service fee increases of $2.3 million; software license fee increases of $1.1 million; syndicated programming expense increases of $1.2 million; and service, repair and maintenance expense increases of $1.3 million. These increases were offset in part by a decrease in national sales commissions of $10.2 million in the year ended December 31, 2016 primarily as a result of the termination of substantially all of our national sales representation agreements at the beginning of 2016.

-- Compensation expense increased $1.3 million in the year ended December 31, 2016, primarily as a result of increases in employee benefit costs. Non-cash share based compensation expenses were $1.2 million in the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to $0.9 million in the year ended December 31, 2015.

Broadcast Operating Expenses on Combined Historical Basis.

On a Combined Historical Basis, broadcast operating expenses (before depreciation, amortization and loss on disposal of assets) increased $22.0 million, or 5%, to $489.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015. This increase reflects, in part, the following:

-- Non-compensation expense in the year ended December 31, 2016 increased primarily as a result of network programming fees that increased $22.1 million to $99.8 million, consistent with the growth of the related retransmission consent revenue.

-- Non-compensation expense increases were offset, in-part, by a $12.1 million decrease in national sales commissions in the year ended December 31, 2016, as compared to the year ended December 31, 2015, resulting from our termination of substantially all of our national sales representation agreements at the beginning of 2016.

-- Compensation expense increased $6.9 million, or 3%, in the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015. Non-cash share based compensation expenses were $1.2 million in the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to $0.9 million in the year ended December 31, 2015.

Corporate and Administrative Operating Expenses on As-Reported Basis.

Corporate and administrative expenses (before depreciation, amortization and loss on disposal of assets) increased $6.0 million, or 17%, to $40.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015. This increase reflects in part the following:

-- Non-compensation expense increased $5.6 million in the year ended December 31, 2016 due to $15.2 million of professional fees, primarily related to the acquisition of the 2016 Acquired Stations compared to $10.1 million of professional fees incurred in the year ended December 31, 2015, primarily related to the acquisition of the 2015 Acquired Stations.

-- Compensation expense increased $0.4 million primarily due to routine increases in salaries and wages which were offset, in-part, by reductions in severance and relocation expenses. Non-cash share based compensation expenses were $3.9 million in the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to $3.1 million in the year ended December 31, 2015.

Taxes

During the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company made aggregate federal and state income tax payments totaling $14.6 million compared to $1.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. Based on our current forecasts, we do not expect to make significant federal and state income tax payments during 2017. However, we may make significant federal and state income tax payments beginning in 2018.

Detailed table of operating results on As-Reported Basis:

Gray Television, Inc.
Selected Operating Data (Unaudited)
(in thousands except for net income per share data)
                                                        Three Months Ended            Year Ended
                                                        December 31,                  December 31,
                                                        2016           2015           2016         2015
Revenue (less agency commissions)                       $ 237,619      $ 169,487      $ 812,465    $ 597,356
Operating expenses before depreciation, amortization
and loss (gain) on disposal of assets, net:
Broadcast                                               128,511        101,969        475,131      374,182
Corporate and administrative                            8,922          11,030         40,347       34,343
Depreciation                                            11,686         9,806          45,923       36,712
Amortization of intangible assets                       4,231          3,267          16,596       11,982
Loss (gain) on disposal of assets, net                  395            (482)          329          80
Operating expenses                                      153,745        125,590        578,326      457,299
Operating income                                        83,874         43,897         234,139      140,057
Other income (expense):
Miscellaneous income, net                               35             1              775          103
Interest expense                                        (23,766)       (18,649)       (97,236)     (74,411)
Loss from early extinguishment of debt                  -              -              (31,987)     -
Income before income tax                                60,143         25,249         105,691      65,749
Income tax expense                                      24,309         10,262         43,418       26,448
Net income                                              $   35,834     $   14,987     $   62,273   $   39,301
Basic per share information:
Net income                                              $      0.50    $      0.21    $      0.87  $      0.58
Weighted-average shares outstanding                     71,845         71,638         71,848       68,330
Diluted per share information:
Net income                                              $      0.49    $      0.21    $      0.86  $      0.57
Weighted-average shares outstanding                     72,889         72,439         72,764       68,987
Political advertising revenue (less agency commissions) $   48,519     $     9,213    $   90,095   $   17,163
Revenue related to Olympic broadcasts (less agency
commissions)                                            $           -  $           -  $     8,192  $           -

Other Financial Data:

                                                            December 31, 2016             December 31, 2015
                                                            (in thousands)
Cash                                                        $                   325,189   $                    97,318
Long-term debt including current portion                    $                1,756,747    $               1,220,084
Borrowing availability under our senior credit facility (1) $                     60,000  $                    50,000
                                                            Year Ended December 31,
                                                            2016                          2015
                                                            (in thousands)
Net cash provided by operating activities                   $                   206,633   $                  105,614
Net cash used in investing activities                       (479,334)                     (206,382)
Net cash provided by financing activities                   500,572                       167,317
Net increase in cash                                        $                   227,871   $                    66,549
(1) On February 7, 2017, we amended and restated our senior credit facility to, among other things, increase our
    availability under the revolving credit facility from $60.0 million to $100.0 million.

Guidance for the Quarter Ending March 31, 2017 (the "first quarter of 2017"):

Based on our current forecasts for the first quarter of 2017, we anticipate the changes from the three-months ended March 31, 2016 (the "first quarter of 2016") as outlined below. Our estimates for the first quarter of 2017 include approximately $10.7 million of revenue and $6.8 million of broadcast operating expense estimated to be contributed by the 2017 Acquired Stations.

                                      Low End        % Change      High End      % Change
                                      Guidance for   From          Guidance for  From          Actual
                                      the First      Actual First  the First     Actual First  First
                                      Quarter of     Quarter of    Quarter of    Quarter of    Quarter of
Selected operating data:              2017           2016          2017          2016          2016
                                      (dollars in thousands)
OPERATING REVENUE:
Revenue (less agency commissions)     $   192,000    11 %          $   196,000   13 %          $ 173,723
OPERATING EXPENSES
(before depreciation, amortization and
loss (gain) on disposals of assets):
Broadcast                             $   136,000    25 %          $   138,000   27 %          $ 108,568
Corporate and administrative          $      8,500   (46)%         $      9,500  (39)%         $  15,678
OTHER SELECTED DATA:
Political advertising revenue
(less agency commissions)             $         500  (95)%         $      1,000  (90)%         $    9,655

Comments on First Quarter 2017 Guidance:

First Quarter of 2017 on As-Reported Basis:

Revenue on As-Reported Basis.

Based on our current forecasts for the first quarter of 2017, we anticipate the changes from the first quarter of 2016 as outlined below:

-- We believe our first quarter of 2017 local advertising revenue, excluding political advertising revenue, will increase within a range of approximately 9% to 12%.

-- We expect our first quarter of 2017 national advertising revenue, excluding political advertising revenue, will increase within a range of approximately 6% to 8%.

-- We believe our first quarter of 2017 political revenue will be within a range of approximately $0.5 million to $1.0 million. Our first quarter of 2015 political revenue was approximately $1.2 million.

-- We believe our first quarter of 2017 retransmission consent revenue will be approximately $66.0 million.

We also anticipate that local and national advertising revenue from the broadcast of the 2017 Super Bowl on our FOX-affiliated stations will be approximately $0.6 million, compared to $1.6 million that we earned from the broadcast of the 2016 Super Bowl on our CBS-affiliated stations. Our portfolio of CBS-affiliated stations is much larger and these CBS-affiliated stations serve larger television markets than our portfolio of FOX-affiliated stations.

Broadcast Operating Expenses (before depreciation, amortization and loss (gain) on disposal of assets) on As-Reported Basis.

For the first quarter of 2017, we anticipate our broadcast operating expenses will increase from the first quarter of 2016, reflecting a $30.2 million incremental impact of the 2016 Acquired Stations and the 2017 Acquired Stations, as well as the anticipated increases in payroll and related employee benefits. We anticipate that our broadcast operating expenses will also reflect increases in network programming fees of approximately $9.8 million (to a total of approximately $32.1 million for the first quarter of 2017). Non-cash share based compensation expenses included in broadcast operating expenses are expected to be $0.3 million in the first quarter of 2017.

Corporate and Administrative Operating Expenses (before depreciation, amortization and loss (gain) on disposal of assets) on As-Reported Basis.

For the first quarter of 2017, we anticipate our corporate and administrative operating expense will decrease to within a range of approximately $8.5 million to $9.5 million, reflecting an anticipated decrease from the first quarter of 2016 of approximately $7.0 million as a result of higher acquisition related expenses in 2016. Non-cash share based compensation expenses included in corporate and administrative operating expenses are expected to be $1.1 million in the first quarter of 2017.

Loss on Extinguishment of Debt

We will record a loss on extinguishment of debt of approximately $4.5 million, or $2.8 million after tax, in the first quarter of 2017, related to the amendment and restatement of our senior credit facility.

First Quarter of 2017 on Combined Historical Basis:

Based on our current forecasts for the first quarter of 2017, we anticipate the changes from the first quarter of 2016 on a Combined Historical Basis, as outlined below. For the purposes hereof, our Combined Historical Basis for the first quarter of 2016 has been adjusted to give effect to the 2016 Acquired Stations and the 2017 Acquired Stations.

Revenue on Combined Historical Basis:

-- We believe our first quarter of 2017 total revenue will be within a range of approximately $194.0 million to $198.0 million (or approximately -4% to -6%).

-- We believe our first quarter of 2017 local advertising revenue, excluding political advertising revenue, will be within a range of approximately $98.5 million to $101.0 million (or approximately -4% to -6%).

-- We expect our first quarter of 2017 national advertising revenue, excluding political advertising revenue, will be within a range of approximately $23.5 million to $24.0 million (or approximately -11% to -13%).

-- We believe our first quarter of 2017 political advertising revenue will be within a range of approximately $0.5 million to $1.0 million compared to $13.7 million in the first quarter of 2016.

-- We believe our first quarter of 2017 retransmission consent revenue will be approximately $67.0 million (or approximately +23%).

We also anticipate that local and national advertising revenue from the broadcast of the 2017 Super Bowl on our FOX-affiliated stations will be approximately $0.6 million, compared to $2.1 million that we earned from the broadcast of the 2016 Super Bowl on our CBS-affiliated stations. Our portfolio of CBS-affiliated stations is much larger and these CBS-affiliated stations serve larger television markets than our portfolio of FOX-affiliated stations.

Broadcast Operating Expenses (before depreciation, amortization and loss (gain) on disposal of assets) on Combined Historical Basis:

Our total broadcast operating expenses for the first quarter of 2017 are anticipated to increase from the first quarter of 2016 on a Combined Historical Basis by approximately $6.1 million to $8.1 million to total approximately $137.0 million to $139.0 million. This increase reflects expected increases of $6.5 million in network programming fees to approximately $32.6 million in the first quarter of 2017. Consistent with our strategy, and the realization of our operating synergies, we believe that our Combined Historical Basis broadcast compensation costs will increase by approximately $1.0 million, or 1%, in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the first quarter of 2016.

Non-GAAP Terms

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, Operating Cash Flow as defined in Gray’s Senior Credit Agreement ("Operating Cash Flow"), Free Cash Flow and Total Leverage Ratio, Net of All Cash. These non-GAAP amounts are used by us to approximate the amount 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. These non-GAAP amounts may be provided on an As-Reported Basis as well as a Combined Historical Basis.

We define Broadcast Cash Flow as net income plus loss from early extinguishment of debt, corporate and administrative expenses, broadcast 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, non-cash 401(k) expense less any gain on disposal of assets, any miscellaneous income, any income tax benefits, payments for program broadcast obligations and network compensation revenue.

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, payments for program broadcast obligations and network compensation revenue.

We define Operating Cash Flow as Combined Historical Basis 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, non-cash 401(k) expense and pension expenses less any gain on disposal of assets, any miscellaneous income, any income tax benefits, payments for program broadcast obligations, network compensation revenue and cash contributions to pension plans.

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, non-cash 401(k) expense and pension expense, less any gain on disposal of assets, any miscellaneous income, any income tax benefits, payments for program broadcast obligations, network compensation revenue, contributions to pension plans, amortization of original issue discount on our debt, capital expenditures (net of any insurance proceeds) and the payment of income taxes (net of any refunds received).

Our Total Leverage Ratio, Net of All Cash is calculated as our Operating Cash Flow for the preceding eight quarters, divided by two, which is then divided by our long term debt, excluding net premiums and net deferred financing costs, but including any other debt, net of all cash.

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.

Reconciliation on As-Reported Basis - Quarter:

Reconciliation of net income to the non-GAAP terms, in thousands:

                                                      Three Months Ended
                                                      December 31,
                                                      2016          2015       2014
Net income                                            $     35,834  $  14,987  $  31,253
Adjustments to reconcile from net income to
Broadcast Cash Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses:
Depreciation                                          11,686        9,806      8,650
Amortization of intangible assets                     4,231         3,267      3,006
Non-cash stock based compensation                     1,274         1,009      980
Loss (gain) on disposal of assets, net                395           (482)      238
Miscellaneous income, net                             (36)          (1)        (9)
Interest expense                                      23,766        18,649     19,195
Loss from early extinguishment of debt                -             -          189
Income tax expense                                    24,309        10,262     21,393
Amortization of program broadcast rights              4,975         4,123      3,644
Common stock contributed to 401(k) plan
excluding corporate 401(k) contributions              8             7          7
Network compensation revenue recognized               -             -          (113)
Payments for program broadcast rights                 (4,927)       (4,018)    (3,893)
Corporate and administrative expenses excluding
depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and
non-cash stock based compensation                     7,954         10,240     6,859
Broadcast Cash Flow                                   109,469       67,849     91,399
Corporate and administrative expenses excluding
depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and
non-cash stock based compensation                     (7,954)       (10,240)   (6,859)
Broadcast Cash Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses      101,515       57,609     84,540
Pension expense                                       45            17         1,515
Contributions to pension plans                        (10)          (1,505)    (2,057)
Interest expense                                      (23,766)      (18,649)   (19,195)
Amortization of deferred financing costs              1,220         798        812
Net amortization of original issue (premium) discount
on senior notes                                       (153)         (216)      (216)
Purchase of property and equipment                    (10,366)      (8,972)    (11,763)
Income taxes received (paid), net of refunds          1             (86)       (40)
Free Cash Flow                                        $     68,486  $  28,996  $  53,596

Reconciliation on As-Reported Basis - Full Year:

Reconciliation of net income to the non-GAAP terms, in thousands:

                                                      Year Ended
                                                      December 31,
                                                      2016       2015       2014
Net income                                            $  62,273  $  39,301  $  48,061
Adjustments to reconcile from net income to
Broadcast Cash Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses:
Depreciation                                          45,923     36,712     30,248
Amortization of intangible assets                     16,596     11,982     8,297
Non-cash stock based compensation                     5,101      4,020      5,012
Loss on disposal of assets, net                       329        80         623
Miscellaneous income, net                             (775)      (103)      (23)
Interest expense                                      97,236     74,411     68,913
Loss from early extinguishment of debt                31,987     -          5,086
Income tax expense                                    43,418     26,448     31,736
Amortization of program broadcast rights              19,001     14,960     12,871
Common stock contributed to 401(k) plan
excluding corporate 401(k) contributions              29         26         25
Network compensation revenue recognized               -          -          (456)
Payments for program broadcast rights                 (18,786)   (14,576)   (15,087)
Corporate and administrative expenses excluding
depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and
non-cash stock based compensation                     36,469     31,223     25,671
Broadcast Cash Flow                                   338,801    224,484    220,977
Corporate and administrative expenses excluding
depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and
non-cash stock based compensation                     (36,469)   (31,223)   (25,671)
Broadcast Cash Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses      302,332    193,261    195,306
Pension expense                                       165        4,207      6,126
Contributions to pension plans                        (3,048)    (5,421)    (6,770)
Interest expense                                      (97,236)   (74,411)   (68,913)
Amortization of deferred financing costs              4,884      3,194      2,970
Net amortization of original issue (premium) discount
on senior notes                                       (779)      (863)      (863)
Purchase of property and equipment                    (43,604)   (24,222)   (32,215)
Income taxes paid, net of refunds                     (14,588)   (1,761)    (401)
Free Cash Flow                                        $148,126   $  93,984  $  95,240

Reconciliation on Combined Historical Basis - Quarter:

Reconciliation of net income to the non-GAAP terms, in thousands:

                                                           Three Months Ended
                                                           December 31,
                                                           2016               2015               2014
Net income                                                 $          35,834  $          17,138  $          49,896
Adjustments to reconcile from net income to Broadcast Cash
Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses:
Depreciation                                               11,686             11,912             9,707
Amortization of intangible assets                          4,231              4,983              4,812
Non-cash stock-based compensation                          1,274              1,009              980
Loss (gain) on disposal of assets, net                     395                (424)              126
Miscellaneous expense (income), net                        (36)               (40)               (3,445)
Interest expense                                           23,766             23,364             24,290
Loss from early extinguishment of debt                     -                  -                  189
Income tax expense                                         24,309             8,526              23,646
Amortization of program broadcast rights                   4,975              4,123              3,669
Common stock contributed to 401(k) plan
excluding corporate 401(k) contributions                   8                  7                  7
Network compensation revenue recognized                    -                  -                  (113)
Payments for program broadcast rights                      (4,927)            (4,018)            (3,914)
Corporate and administrative expenses excluding
depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and
non-cash stock-based compensation                          7,954              10,240             6,859
Other                                                      28                 3,672              5,366
Broadcast Cash Flow                                        109,497            80,492             122,075
Corporate and administrative expenses excluding
depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and
non-cash stock-based compensation                          (7,954)            (10,240)           (6,859)
Broadcast Cash Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses           101,543            70,252             115,216
Pension expense                                            45                 17                 1,515
Contributions to pension plans                             (10)               (1,505)            (2,057)
Other                                                      709                2,021              476
Operating Cash Flow as Defined in Senior Credit Facility   102,287            70,785             115,150
Interest expense                                           (23,766)           (23,364)           (24,290)
Amortization of deferred financing costs                   1,220              798                812
Net amortization of original issue (premium) discount      .
on senior notes                                            (153)              (215)              (217)
Purchase of property and equipment                         (10,366)           (750)              (8,750)
Income taxes received (paid), net of refunds               1                  (1,250)            (1,250)
Free Cash Flow                                             $          69,223  $          46,004  $          81,455

Reconciliation on Combined Historical Basis - Full Year:

Reconciliation of net income to the non-GAAP terms, in thousands:

                                                           Year Ended
                                                           December 31,
                                                           2016               2015               2014
Net income                                                 $          60,659  $          51,903  $        100,628
Adjustments to reconcile from net income to Broadcast Cash
Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses:
Depreciation                                               46,668             46,531             43,503
Amortization of intangible assets                          17,438             18,827             15,262
Non-cash stock-based compensation                          5,101              4,020              5,012
Loss on disposal of assets, net                            545                757                876
Miscellaneous expense (income), net                        (806)              (9)                (279)
Interest expense                                           99,396             93,639             94,331
Loss from early extinguishment of debt                     31,987             -                  5,086
Income tax expense                                         43,304             19,980             32,495
Amortization of program broadcast rights                   19,001             14,960             13,004
Common stock contributed to 401(k) plan
excluding corporate 401(k) contributions                   29                 26                 25
Network compensation revenue recognized                    -                  -                  (456)
Payments for program broadcast rights                      (18,786)           (14,576)           (15,153)
Corporate and administrative expenses excluding
depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and
non-cash stock-based compensation                          36,470             31,223             25,671
Other                                                      2,700              21,412             21,393
Broadcast Cash Flow                                        343,706            288,693            341,398
Corporate and administrative expenses excluding
depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and
non-cash stock-based compensation                          (36,470)           (31,223)           (25,671)
Broadcast Cash Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses           307,236            257,470            315,727
Pension expense                                            165                4,207              6,126
Contributions to pension plans                             (3,048)            (5,421)            (6,770)
Other                                                      8,442              6,488              6,176
Operating Cash Flow as Defined in Senior Credit Facility   312,795            262,744            321,259
Interest expense                                           (99,396)           (93,639)           (94,331)
Amortization of deferred financing costs                   4,884              3,194              2,970
Net amortization of original issue (premium) discount
on senior notes                                            (779)              (863)              (863)
Purchase of property and equipment                         (43,604)           (27,000)           (35,000)
Income taxes paid, net of refunds                          (14,588)           (5,000)            (5,000)
Free Cash Flow                                             $        159,312   $        139,436   $        189,035

Reconciliation of Total Leverage Ratio, Net of All Cash:

Reconciliation of net income to the non-GAAP term, in thousands except for ratio:

Combined Historical Basis Operating Cash Flow                            Eight Quarters
                                                                         Ended
as defined in the Senior Credit Agreement:                               December 31, 2016
Net income                                                               $                  112,562
Adjustments to reconcile from net income to Broadcast Cash
Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses:
Depreciation                                                             93,199
Amortization of intangible assets                                        36,265
Non-cash stock-based compensation                                        9,121
Loss on disposal of assets, net                                          1,302
Miscellaneous income, net                                                (815)
Interest expense                                                         193,035
Loss from early extinguishment of debt                                   31,987
Income tax expense                                                       63,284
Amortization of program broadcast rights                                 33,961
Common stock contributed to 401(k) plan
excluding corporate 401(k) contributions                                 55
Payments for program broadcast rights                                    (33,362)
Corporate and administrative expenses before depreciation, amortization
of intangible assets and non-cash stock-based compensation               67,693
Other                                                                    24,112
Broadcast Cash Flow                                                      632,399
Corporate and administrative expenses before depreciation, amortization
depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and
non-cash stock-based compensation                                        (67,693)
Broadcast Cash Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses                         564,706
Pension expense                                                          4,372
Contributions to pension plans                                           (8,469)
Other                                                                    14,930
Operating Cash Flow as defined in Senior Credit Agreement                $                575,539
Operating Cash Flow as defined in Senior Credit
Agreement, divided by two                                                $                287,770
                                                                         December 31, 2016
Adjusted Total Indebtedness:
Long term debt                                                           $               1,756,747
Capital leases and other debt                                            680
Total deferred financing costs, net                                      30,488
Premium on subordinated debt, net                                        (5,797)
Cash                                                                     (325,189)
Adjusted Total Indebtedness, Net of All Cash                             $             1,456,929
Total Leverage Ratio, Net of All Cash                                    5.06

The Company

We are a television broadcast company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, that owns and operates television stations and leading digital assets in markets throughout the United States. We own and/or operate television stations in 54 television markets that broadcast over 200 separate program streams, including 37 channels affiliated with CBS, 29 channels affiliated with NBC, 20 channels affiliated with ABC and 15 channels affiliated with FOX. We own the number-one or number-two ranked television station operations in 52 of those 54 markets. Our stations reach approximately 10.1 percent 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 first quarter of 2017 or other periods, the impact of recently completed transactions, future expenses 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 March 1, 2017. 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, 2016 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 fourth quarter operating results on March 1, 2017. The call will begin at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The live dial-in number is 1 (888) 684-1259 and the confirmation code is 4067229. 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 (888) 203-1112, Confirmation Code: 4067229 until March 31, 2017.

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