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Scripps reports second-quarter 2020 results


CINCINNATI, Aug. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — 

(Note: During 2019, we acquired eight television stations being divested in the Nexstar/Tribune merger on Sept. 19 and 15 television stations from Cordillera on May 1. Results for the Local Media division are presented below both as reported and on an adjusted combined basis as though all of those station acquisitions had closed on Jan. 1, 2019.)

The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) today reported operating results for the second quarter of 2020. Unless otherwise indicated, all operating results comparisons are to the Scripps historical results for the second quarter of 2019.

At the end of the quarter, Scripps’ Stitcher business was classified as held for sale, and its results are included in discontinued operations. All periods have been adjusted to reflect this presentation.

During the second quarter, total revenue was $359 million compared to $320 million in second-quarter 2019.

Loss from continuing operations was $17.5 million or 22 cents per share. In the prior-year quarter, income from continuing operations was $5.8 million or 7 cents per share. Pre-tax costs for the prior-year quarter included $2.8 million of acquisition and related integration costs and $957,000 of restructuring charges that decreased income from continuing operations by $2.8 million, net of taxes, or 3 cents per share.

Business highlights

  • Second-quarter Local Media core advertising revenue came in as expected, improving sequentially over the quarter. National Media revenue for Q2 exceeded company expectations, down just 1%, excluding Stitcher results for both periods. In March, the pandemic began to significantly impact the U.S. economy, and the company’s second-quarter financial results have been affected by these conditions.
  • After a strategic review, Scripps entered into an agreement with SiriusXM to sell its podcast industry-leader, Stitcher, for $325 million including $60 million in earnouts. It is the largest transaction in the industry’s history and a return of more than double Scripps’ investment since it entered podcasting five years ago. Pending regulatory clearance, the sale is expected to close in the third quarter.
  • Nexstar Media Group informed Scripps that it had transferred its option to purchase the New York City CW affiliate WPIX to Mission Broadcasting Inc. Mission then exercised the option to purchase the station for $75 million plus about $5 million in interest that accrues by closing. Pending regulatory approval, that deal is expected to close by year end.
  • On July 25, the local television stations in Scripps’ 42 markets went dark for Dish customers after Dish failed to agree to a new contract with fair and reasonable terms for both parties. This is Scripps’ first blackout with a distributor.
  • Meanwhile, Scripps has completed two key distributor negotiations this year covering 30% of its subscriber households. Dish customers account for an additional 10% of Scripps subscribers. Scripps also reset its Comcast contract on Jan. 1.
  • Political advertising revenue for the second quarter outpaced company expectations, coming in at $13.4 million, and the company has raised its 2020 election-year expectations to more than $200 million.
  • Scripps’ workforce continues to operate remotely with minimal impact to business continuity.
  • Viewers in Scripps’ markets across the country joined the company, the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Scripps Family Impact Fund in contributing more than $2 million to food banks that are working to alleviate growing food insecurity across the U.S. during the pandemic.

Commenting on recent business highlights, Scripps President and CEO Adam Symson said:

“In early March, the onset of a global pandemic caused business disruptions that nearly brought the advertising marketplace to a halt. The death of George Floyd sparked historic levels of public protest and conversation about systemic racism and police conduct. Both of these events created opportunity and challenge for our local and national newsrooms and workforce as they navigated COVID-19 and unrest to deliver important stories to their communities.

“Even in the midst of the pandemic, we continued our work to transform Scripps into a higher performing company focused on shareholder value creation. In mid-July, we announced the sale of our thriving podcast business, Stitcher, as well as of WPIX in New York, we raised our expectations for political-year ad revenue, and we significantly improved our financial profile. We were pleased to deliver second-quarter core ad revenue performance in line with our peers at 37%, if you back out the results of WPIX and the loss of their baseball game revenue. And, most recently, we were forced to go dark on the Dish Network – Scripps’ first distributor blackout. But despite it all, we were well positioned to weather the challenging economic environment because of strategic decisions we had made many months before.

“The sale of Stitcher came after a strategic review process that began last winter as we evaluated the changing podcasting landscape. We came to realize that Stitcher and its employees would best succeed as part of a larger, audio-focused company. Our foresight and vision for Stitcher and the podcast industry resulted in a sale that returns double our total investment in podcasting. The successful sale of Stitcher also is a strong affirmation of our national media strategy, whose paths to value creation have always included organic growth, exits and spinoffs. We remain firmly committed to our National Media strategy, to the five Katz networks, Newsy and Triton, and to the promise that lies ahead in over-the-top and over-the-air television as well as digital audio.

“In addition, our financial durability has been bolstered by our commitment to improving the company’s short-term operating performance as we create long-term value. More than doubling the size of our Local Media portfolio last year means our station group today is more effective, more efficient and operating with greater strength. We expanded our portfolio ahead of the opportunity we knew we would have to renegotiate 40% of our pay TV subscriber households this year. While we have secured contracts with 30% now, our blackout with Dish came before we had even begun to negotiate household rates. Unfortunately, we were left with no recourse. Dish has insisted on replacing standard contract terms with new terms distinctly off-market and in their favor. These new lines in the sand are totally unacceptable, and we hope Dish will soon begin to show concern for its customers and adopt a more reasonable position.” 

Second-quarter operating results
Revenue was $359 million, an increase of 12% or $38.5 million from the prior-year quarter. That includes incremental revenue from the television stations acquired from Cordillera Communications on May 1 and from the Nexstar transaction with Tribune on Sept. 19, totaling $55.7 million. Political revenue in the quarter was $13.4 million.

Costs and expenses for segments, shared services and corporate were $329 million, up from $269 million in the year-ago quarter, reflecting the impact of the acquisitions, higher network programming fees and investment in programming at the Katz networks.

Second-quarter 2020 results by segment compared to prior-period amounts were:

Local Media – As Reported Basis
Revenue from Local Media was $277 million, up 17% from the prior-year quarter.

Retransmission revenue increased 56% to $142 million. During 2020, Scripps has renegotiated retransmission consent contracts covering more than 30% of its subscribers. In addition, on Dec. 31, 2019, the company’s agreement with Comcast reset, covering 5.5 million households.

Core advertising revenue decreased 17% to $117 million. Weakness in economic conditions that began toward the end of the first quarter, reflecting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, negatively affected spending from our advertisers. We began to see cancellations late in the first quarter. Second-quarter results were significantly impacted by the economic downturn, with the greatest impact in April. We saw improvements in advertising revenue from April to May and from May to June.

Second-quarter political revenue was $13.4 million during this election year, compared to $2.1 million in the prior-year quarter.

Total segment expenses increased 34% to $244 million, primarily driven by increases in programming fees tied to network affiliation agreements and the impact of the television stations acquired from Cordillera and Nexstar/Tribune.

Segment profit was $32.3 million, compared to $54.3 million in the year-ago quarter.

Local Media – Adjusted Combined Basis
In order to provide more meaningful year-over-year comparisons, we are providing non-GAAP supplemental information for Local Media revenues and expenses for the prior-year periods on an adjusted combined basis.

The adjusted combined revenue and expense information illustrates what the historical results of Scripps would have been, given the assumptions outlined in the supplemental materials and had the transactions been effective at the beginning of 2019. Refer to the “Supplemental Information” section that begins on page E-7 of the attached tables.

Adjusted combined revenue from Local Media was $277 million, down $35.9 million or 12% from the prior-year quarter. Political advertising revenue was $13.4 million in the second quarter.

Core advertising decreased 39%. Second-quarter results were significantly impacted by the economic downturn, reflecting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the greatest impact in April. We saw improvements in advertising revenue from April to May and from May to June.

Retransmission revenue was up 27%.

Total segment expenses on an adjusted combined basis decreased 3% and were down 10% when excluding programming expenses. In response to the weakened economic conditions created by COVID-19, the division implemented various cost-savings initiatives through reductions in capital expenses and other general expense reductions in areas of travel, entertainment and marketing.

Adjusted combined segment profit was $32.3 million, compared to $60.5 million in the year-ago quarter.

National Media – As Reported Basis
Revenue from National Media was $80.5 million, down from $81.4 million in the prior-year quarter.

Expenses for National Media were $70.2 million, up from $69.3 million in the prior-year quarter. In response to the weakened economic conditions created by COVID-19, the division implemented various general expense reductions, which is why expenses only increased 1.3% year over year.

Segment profit was $10.3 million, compared to $12.1 million in the 2019 quarter.

Financial condition
On June 30, cash and cash equivalents totaled $98.9 million while total debt was $2 billion.

The company made dividend payments totaling $8.3 million during the year and had previously indicated it is not buying back shares.

Scripps has suspended issuing new guidance because of the economic uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in an effort to provide insights that reflect the current state of affairs and the company’s financial outlook, the second-quarter 10-Q and the earnings call remarks include details about where the company stands operationally and financially, how it is responding to COVID-19 by protecting the well-being of its workforce, and how its operations and financial condition may change as efforts progress to fight COVID-19. In addition, the 10-Q, which will be filed on Aug. 7, includes disclosures related to the outbreak.

Year-to-date operating results
The following comparisons are for the period ending June 30, 2020:

In 2020, revenue was $773 million, which compares to revenue of $597 million in 2019. The 2020 period includes incremental revenue from the television stations acquired from Cordillera Communications on May 1 and from the Nexstar transaction with Tribune on Sept. 19, totaling $152 million. Political revenue was $32.1 million during this election year, compared to $3 million in the prior-year period.

Costs and expenses for segments, shared services and corporate were $689 million, up from $518 million in the year-ago period, reflecting the impact of the acquisitions, higher network programming fees and the annualization of affiliate fees tied to increased distribution of Court TV.

Loss from continuing operations was $24.7 million or 30 cents per share. Pre-tax costs for 2020 included $5.1 million of acquisition and related integration costs that increased the loss by $3.8 million, net of taxes, or 5 cents per share. In the prior-year period, income from continuing operations was $2.5 million or 3 cents per share. Pre-tax costs for the prior-year period included $6.3 million of acquisition and related integration costs and $1.9 million of restructuring charges that decreased income from continuing operations by $6.1 million, net of taxes, or 8 cents per share.

Conference call
The senior management of The E.W. Scripps Company will discuss the company’s second-quarter results during a telephone conference call at 9:30 a.m. Eastern today. To access the live webcast, visit http://ir.scripps.com and find the link under “upcoming events.”

To access the conference call by telephone, dial (877) 226-8216 (U.S.) or (409) 207-6983 (international) and give the access code 5646140 approximately five minutes before the start of the call. Investors and analysts will need the name of the call (“Scripps earnings call”) to be granted access. The public is granted access to the conference call on a listen-only basis.

A replay line will be open from 12:30 p.m. Eastern time Aug. 7 until midnight Aug. 21. The domestic number to access the replay is (866) 207-1041 and the international number is (402) 970-0847. The access code for both numbers is 3800602.

A replay of the conference call will be archived and available online for an extended period of time following the call. To access the audio replay, visit http://ir.scripps.com/ approximately four hours after the call, and the link can be found on that page under “audio/video links.”

Forward-looking statements
This document contains certain forward-looking statements related to the company’s businesses that are based on management’s current expectations. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties, including changes in advertising demand and other economic conditions that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this document and should be evaluated with the understanding of their inherent uncertainty. A detailed discussion of principal risks and uncertainties, including those engendered by the COVID-19 pandemic, that may cause actual results and events to differ materially from such forward-looking statements is included in the company’s Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, on file with the SEC, in the section titled “Risk Factors.” The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date such statements are made.

About Scripps
The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) advances understanding of the world through journalism. As the nation’s fourth-largest independent TV station owner, Scripps operates 60 television stations in 42 markets. Scripps empowers the next generation of news consumers with its multiplatform news network Newsy and reaches growing audiences through broadcast networks including Bounce and Court TV. Shaping the future of storytelling through digital audio, Scripps owns top podcast company Stitcher and Triton, the global leader in technology and measurement services. Scripps runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”

THE E.W. SCRIPPS COMPANY

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS




Three Months Ended 

June 30,


Six Months Ended 

June 30,

(in thousands, except per share data)


2020


2019


2020


2019










Operating revenues


$

358,883



$

320,428



$

773,106



$

597,487


Segment, shared services and corporate expenses


(329,160)



(268,606)



(688,771)



(518,493)


Acquisition and related integration costs


(221)



(2,788)



(5,131)



(6,268)


Restructuring costs




(957)





(1,895)


Depreciation and amortization of intangible assets


(26,645)



(19,532)



(53,990)



(36,538)


Gains (losses), net on disposal of property and equipment


(1,307)



(144)



(2,740)



(317)


Operating expenses


(357,333)



(292,027)



(750,632)



(563,511)


Operating income


1,550



28,401



22,474



33,976


Interest expense


(22,999)



(18,023)



(48,797)



(26,939)


Defined benefit pension plan expense


(1,026)



(1,564)



(2,052)



(3,136)


Miscellaneous, net


(1,552)



369



(438)



(431)


Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes


(24,027)



9,183



(28,813)



3,470


(Provision) benefit for income taxes


6,515



(3,385)



4,103



(992)


Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of tax


(17,512)



5,798



(24,710)



2,478


Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax


(4,531)



(6,164)



(9,142)



(9,658)


Net loss


$

(22,043)



$

(366)



$

(33,852)



$

(7,180)











Net income (loss) per diluted share of common stock:









Income (loss) from continuing operations


$

(0.22)



$

0.07



$

(0.30)



$

0.03


Loss from discontinued operations


(0.06)



(0.07)



(0.11)



(0.12)


Net loss per diluted share of common stock:


$

(0.27)



$

(0.01)



$

(0.42)



$

(0.09)











Weighted average diluted shares outstanding


81,418



81,196



81,248



81,148



See notes to results of operations.

Net income per share amounts may not foot since each is calculated independently.

Notes to Results of Operations

1. SEGMENT INFORMATION

We determine our business segments based upon our management and internal reporting structures, as well as the basis on which our chief operating decision maker makes resource-allocation decisions. We report our financial performance based on the following segments: Local Media, National Media, Other. 

Our Local Media segment includes our 60 local broadcast stations and their related digital operations. It is comprised of 18 ABC affiliates, 11 NBC affiliates, nine CBS affiliates and four FOX affiliates. We also have 13 CW affiliates – five on full power stations and eight on multicast; two MyNetworkTV affiliates; two independent stations and nine additional low power stations. Our Local Media segment earns revenue primarily from the sale of advertising to local, national and political advertisers and retransmission fees received from cable operators, telecommunications companies and satellite carriers. We also receive retransmission fees from over-the-top virtual MVPDs such as Hulu, YouTubeTV and AT&T Now.

Our National Media segment includes our collection of national brands. Our national brands include Katz, Newsy, Triton and other national brands. These operations earn revenue primarily through the sale of advertising.

We allocate a portion of certain corporate costs and expenses, including information technology, certain employee benefits and shared services, to our business segments. The allocations are generally amounts agreed upon by management, which may differ from an arms-length amount.

Our chief operating decision maker evaluates the operating performance of our business segments and makes decisions about the allocation of resources to our business segments using a measure called segment profit. Segment profit excludes interest, defined benefit pension plan expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, impairment charges, divested operating units, restructuring activities, investment results and certain other items that are included in net income (loss) determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

Information regarding the operating results of our business segments is as follows:



Three Months Ended 

June 30,




Six Months Ended 

June 30,



(in thousands)


2020


2019


Change


2020


2019


Change














Segment operating revenues:













Local Media


$

276,747



$

236,715



16.9

%


$

598,551



$

440,102



36.0

%

National Media


80,503



81,439



(1.1)

%


171,422



153,652



11.6

%

Other


1,633



2,274



(28.2)

%


3,133



3,733



(16.1)

%

Total operating revenues


$

358,883



$

320,428



12.0

%


$

773,106



$

597,487



29.4

%














Segment profit (loss):













Local Media


$

32,260



$

54,329



(40.6)

%


$

88,237



$

88,502



(0.3)

%

National Media


10,282



12,097



(15.0)

%


27,741



21,687



27.9

%

Other


104



(1,485)





(66)



(1,918)



(96.6)

%

Shared services and corporate


(12,923)



(13,119)



(1.5)

%


(31,577)



(29,277)



7.9

%

Acquisition and related integration costs


(221)



(2,788)





(5,131)



(6,268)




Restructuring costs




(957)







(1,895)




Depreciation and amortization of intangible assets


(26,645)



(19,532)





(53,990)



(36,538)




Gains (losses), net on disposal of property and equipment


(1,307)



(144)





(2,740)



(317)




Interest expense


(22,999)



(18,023)





(48,797)



(26,939)




Defined benefit pension plan expense


(1,026)



(1,564)





(2,052)



(3,136)




Miscellaneous, net


(1,552)



369





(438)



(431)




Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes


$

(24,027)



$

9,183





$

(28,813)



$

3,470




Operating results for our Local Media segment were as follows:



Three Months Ended 

June 30,




Six Months Ended 

June 30,



(in thousands)


2020


2019


Change


2020


2019


Change














Segment operating revenues:













Core advertising


$

116,749



$

139,738



(16.5)

%


$

277,271



$

253,142



9.5

%

Political


13,368



2,115





32,088



2,995




Retransmission


142,268



91,464



55.5

%


279,466



176,841



58.0

%

Other


4,362



3,398



28.4

%


9,726



7,124



36.5

%

Total operating revenues


276,747



236,715



16.9

%


598,551



440,102



36.0

%

Segment costs and expenses:













Employee compensation and benefits


102,924



82,790



24.3

%


214,520



157,701



36.0

%

Programming


101,250



61,756



64.0

%


203,523



122,473



66.2

%

Other expenses


40,313



37,840



6.5

%


92,271



71,426



29.2

%

Total costs and expenses


244,487



182,386



34.0

%


510,314



351,600



45.1

%

Segment profit


$

32,260



$

54,329



(40.6)

%


$

88,237



$

88,502



(0.3)

%

Operating results for our National Media segment were as follows:



Three Months Ended 

June 30,




Six Months Ended 

June 30,



(in thousands)


2020


2019


Change


2020


2019


Change














Segment operating revenues:













Katz


$

55,793



$

56,505



(1.3)

%


$

121,684



$

106,900



13.8

%

Newsy


10,859



11,395



(4.7)

%


21,723



19,773



9.9

%

Triton


10,455



9,902



5.6

%


20,802



20,364



2.2

%

Other


3,396



3,637



(6.6)

%


7,213



6,615



9.0

%

Total operating revenues


80,503



81,439



(1.1)

%


171,422



153,652



11.6

%

Segment costs and expenses:













Employee compensation and benefits


16,057



16,066



(0.1)

%


33,753



31,521



7.1

%

Programming


30,493



28,237



8.0

%


59,899



55,008



8.9

%

Other expenses


23,671



25,039



(5.5)

%


50,029



45,436



10.1

%

Total costs and expenses


70,221



69,342



1.3

%


143,681



131,965



8.9

%

Segment profit


$

10,282



$

12,097



(15.0)

%


$

27,741



$

21,687



27.9

%

2. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS


(in thousands)


As of 

June 30, 

2020


As of

December 31,

2019






ASSETS





Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$

98,933



$

32,968


Other current assets


421,609



509,683


Assets held for sale


96,035



101,266


Total current assets


616,577



643,917


Investments


13,357



8,375


Property and equipment


369,869



370,378


Operating lease right-of-use assets


122,721



128,192


Goodwill


1,226,222



1,224,679


Other intangible assets


1,033,334



1,060,675


Programming (less current portion)


133,077



96,256


Deferred income taxes


13,334



12,306


Miscellaneous


19,354



17,079


TOTAL ASSETS


$

3,547,845



$

3,561,857







LIABILITIES AND EQUITY





Current liabilities:





Accounts payable


$

49,053



$

28,441


Unearned revenue


9,371



10,704


Current portion of long-term debt


10,612



10,612


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities


203,484



239,548


Liabilities held for sale


19,082



22,727


Total current liabilities


291,602



312,032


Long-term debt (less current portion)


1,952,047



1,904,418


Other liabilities (less current portion)


440,582



447,472


Total equity


863,614



897,935


TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY


$

3,547,845



$

3,561,857


3. EARNINGS PER SHARE (“EPS”)

Unvested awards of share-based payments with rights to receive dividends or dividend equivalents, such as our RSUs, are considered participating securities for purposes of calculating EPS. Under the two-class method, we allocate a portion of net income to these participating securities and, therefore, exclude that income from the calculation of EPS for common stock. We do not allocate losses to the participating securities.

The following table presents information about basic and diluted weighted-average shares outstanding:



Three Months Ended 

June 30,


Six Months Ended 

June 30,

(in thousands)


2020


2019


2020


2019










Numerator (for basic and diluted earnings per share)









Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of tax


$

(17,512)



$

5,798



$

(24,710)



$

2,478


Less income allocated to RSUs




(98)





(37)


Numerator for basic and diluted earnings per share from continuing operations


$

(17,512)



$

5,700



$

(24,710)



$

2,441


Denominator









Basic weighted-average shares outstanding


81,418



80,822



81,248



80,748


Effective of dilutive securities:









Restricted stock units




374





400


Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding


81,418



81,196



81,248



81,148


ADJUSTED COMBINED SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

Due to the effect that the 2019 television station acquisitions have on our Local Media segment, and to provide meaningful period over period comparisons, we are providing this supplemental non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) information to present certain financial results on an adjusted combined basis. The adjusted combined financial results have been compiled by adding, as of the earliest period presented, the acquired Cordillera and Nexstar-Tribune television stations’ historical revenue, employee compensation and benefits, programming and other expenses to Scripps’ historical revenue, employee compensation and benefits, programming and other expenses captions historically reported within our Local Media segment. These historical results are adjusted for certain intercompany adjustments and other impacts that would result from the companies operating under the ownership of Scripps.

Management uses the adjusted combined non-GAAP supplemental information for purposes of evaluating the performance of the Local Media segment. The company therefore believes that the non-GAAP measure presented provides useful information to investors by allowing them to view the company’s businesses through the eyes of management, facilitating comparison of Local Media results across historical periods and providing a focus on the underlying ongoing operating performance of the segment.

The company uses the adjusted combined non-GAAP supplemental information to supplement the financial information presented on a GAAP historical basis. This non-GAAP supplemental information is not to be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, the related GAAP measures, and should be read only in conjunction with financial information presented on a GAAP basis.

The adjusted combined financial results contained in the following supplemental information is for informational purposes only. These results do not necessarily reflect what the historical results of Scripps would have been if the acquisitions of the Cordillera and Nexstar-Tribune broadcast operations had occurred on January 1, 2019. Nor is this information necessarily indicative of the future results of operations of the combined entities.

The adjusted combined financial information is not pro forma information prepared in accordance with Article 11 of SEC regulation S-X, and the preparation of information in accordance with Article 11 would result in a significantly different presentation.

Local Media adjusted combined segment profit



Three Months Ended 

June 30,




Six Months Ended 

June 30,



(in thousands)


2020


2019


Change


2020


2019


Change














Segment operating revenues:













Core advertising


$

116,749



$

192,570



(39.4)

%


$

277,271



$

367,290



(24.5)

%

Political


13,368



2,452





32,088



3,640




Retransmission


142,268



112,374



26.6

%


279,466



226,074



23.6

%

Other


4,362



5,278



(17.4)

%


9,726



10,919



(10.9)

%

Total operating revenues


276,747



312,674



(11.5)

%


598,551



607,923



(1.5)

%

Segment costs and expenses:













Employee compensation and benefits


102,924



107,305



(4.1)

%


214,520



216,892



(1.1)

%

Programming


101,250



92,879



9.0

%


203,523



178,440



14.1

%

Other expenses


40,313



51,980



(22.4)

%


92,271



103,031



(10.4)

%

Total costs and expenses


244,487



252,164



(3.0)

%


510,314



498,363



2.4

%

Segment profit


$

32,260



$

60,510



(46.7)

%


$

88,237



$

109,560



(19.5)

%

Non-GAAP reconciliation

Below is a reconciliation of Scripps historical reported revenue and segment profit for its Local Media segment to the adjusted combined revenue and adjusted combined segment profit for the Local Media segment with the 2019 television station acquisitions.



Three Months Ended 

June 30,


Six Months Ended 

June 30,

(in thousands)


2020


2019


2020


2019










Local Media operating revenues, as reported


$

276,747



$

236,715



$

598,551



$

440,102


Cordillera TV stations acquisition




12,412





47,952


Nexstar-Tribune stations acquisition




71,349





136,028


Other revenue adjustments (1)




(7,802)





(16,159)


Local Media adjusted combined operating revenues


$

276,747



$

312,674



$

598,551



$

607,923














Three Months Ended 

June 30,


Six Months Ended 

June 30,

(in thousands)


2020


2019


2020


2019










Local Media segment profit, as reported


$

32,260



$

54,329



$

88,237



$

88,502


Cordillera TV stations acquisition




2,828





10,753


Nexstar-Tribune stations acquisition




11,155





26,464


Other revenue adjustments (1)




(7,802)





(16,159)


Local Media adjusted combined segment profit


$

32,260



$

60,510



$

88,237



$

109,560



(1) Primarily reflects reduced retransmission revenue from CW affiliates under Scripps retransmission agreements in effect during each period.

DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS – STITCHER

On July 10, 2020, we entered into an agreement with SiriusXM to sell our Stitcher podcasting business. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2020. Beginning in the second quarter of 2020, Stitcher’s results of operations have been retrospectively presented as discontinued operations within our consolidated financial statements for all periods. The results of the Stitcher business are also excluded from National Media’s segment results for all periods presented.

Quarterly operating results excluding Stitcher from our National Media segment results are as follows:



2020


2019

(in thousands)


Q1


Q1


Q2


Q3


Q4


Total














Segment operating revenues:













Katz


$

65,891



$

50,395



$

56,505



$

55,546



$

64,589



$

227,035


Newsy


10,864



8,378



11,395



9,945



13,307



43,025


Triton


10,347



10,462



9,902



10,031



10,670



41,065


Other


3,817



2,978



3,637



2,763



3,171



12,549


Total operating revenues


90,919



72,213



81,439



78,285



91,737



323,674


Segment costs and expenses:













Employee compensation and benefits


17,696



15,455



16,066



16,424



16,316



64,261


Programming


29,406



26,771



28,237



30,198



36,463



121,669


Other expenses


26,358



20,397



25,039



21,936



27,206



94,578


Total costs and expenses


73,460



62,623



69,342



68,558



79,985



280,508


Segment profit


$

17,459



$

9,590



$

12,097



$

9,727



$

11,752



$

43,166


SOURCE The E.W. Scripps Company

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