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August 5, 2014
08:58 EDTMNI, AHC, GCIGannett says 'time is now right' for publishing unit spin-off
Gannett (GCI) says all companies financially and strategically strong in their respective markets in regards to the A.H. Belo (AHC), McClatchy (MNI) deal. In regards to the spin-off of the company's publishing business, says "time is now right" to create two separate companies. Says company will maintain a strong balance sheet after the spin-off and the publishing company will be virtually debt free. Says each company will be able to pursue value enhancing acquisitions with fewer regulatory obstacles and unlock higher potential for growth after the spin-off. Says both companies will still collaborate with one another despite them being two independent entities. Says the company will be in optimum position to increase shareholder value thanks to the spin-off. Sees cars.com deal to be accretive to free cash flow by 43c per share and neutral to EPS in FY14. Says cars.com is a "strong" cash generator. Company plans to use that cash from the transaction towards value enhancing opportunities. Says until the cars.com transaction closes, the company will not buyback any shares. Comments made during the company's investor call.
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December 15, 2014
08:04 EDTAHCA.H. Belo announces sale of former South Plant, updates on pension, cash taxes
A. H. Belo Corporation closed on the sale of its former South Plant facility. Net proceeds were $6.7M and the company will record a gain on this sale in the fourth quarter of approximately $1.9M. The company also determined it will make a $20M voluntary payment to its pension plans prior to the end of 2014. This contribution will serve to continue to improve the unfunded position of the pension plans as well as to reduce the company’s 2014 cash taxes, as pension contributions are tax deductible. In other efforts to de-risk the pension plans, in the fourth quarter the company completed a second lump sum payment offer to certain pension plan participants. A total of 721 participants accepted this lump sum offer which is expected to reduce the pension benefit obligation by approximately $70M. The company estimates it will record approximately $7.6M of additional non-cash pension expense in the fourth quarter due to the recognition of prior year actuarial losses associated with the liquidated pension obligations. The pension plans will pay approximately $55M to those participants accepting the lump sum offer. As a result of both of these actions, the company does not expect to make any required pension contributions in 2015. Based on current projections, including the sale of the South Plant and the voluntary pension contribution, the company expects to pay approximately $6M-$8M in federal and state cash taxes for 2014. The estimated payments will be made in December 2014.
December 11, 2014
18:00 EDTAHCA.H. Belo announces special cash dividend of $2.25 per share
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December 10, 2014
11:41 EDTGCIGannett sees 2014 reported revenue up 16%, consensus $5.98B
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11:36 EDTGCIGannett sees Q4 EPS $1.00-$1.02, consensus $1.02
Gannett executives at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference provided an update on the company's ongoing strategy and gave guidance. CFO Victoria Harker said, "Based on the trends we currently see, we estimate fourth quarter EPS to be in the range of $1.00 to $1.02."
07:53 EDTGCIUBS to hold a conference
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December 9, 2014
07:32 EDTMNIUBS to hold a conference
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December 8, 2014
09:07 EDTMNIMcClatchy expects to have in excess of $200M in cash on hand at 2014 end
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