Postmedia Network Reports First Quarter Results

TORONTO--()--Postmedia Network Canada Corp. (“Postmedia” or the “Company”) today released financial information for the three months ended November 30, 2012.

First Quarter Operating Results
Net earnings in the quarter ended November 30, 2012 were $8.3 million compared to net earnings of $28.3 million in the same period in the prior year. The decrease in net earnings is primarily due to lower revenue partially offset by operating cost reductions and the gain on sale of the Times Colonist in Victoria and British Columbia based community newspaper assets in the same period in the prior year.

Operating income of $26.7 million in the quarter decreased $7.5 million compared to operating income of $34.2 million in the same period in the prior year.

Operating income before depreciation, amortization and restructuring of $49.1 million in the quarter represents a decrease of $5.5 million, relative to the same period in the prior year.

Revenue for the quarter totaled $211.7 million, a decrease of $19.4 million (8.4%) relative to the same period in the prior year. This decrease was primarily due to a decrease in print advertising revenue of $16.6 million (11.1%) with declines occurring in classified, national, retail and insert advertising categories. Print circulation revenue decreased $5.0 million (9.2%) due to declines in circulation volumes. Digital revenue increased $2.2 million (9.7%) relative to the same period in the prior year.

Total operating expenses excluding depreciation, amortization and restructuring decreased $13.9 million (7.9%) relative to the same period in the prior year. Expense reductions occurred in all operating expense categories including compensation, newsprint, distribution and other operating expenses.

Business Transformation Initiatives
As previously announced, the Company is implementing a three-year transformation program that is targeted to result in operating cost savings of 15%-20%. As of November 30, 2012 the Company has implemented initiatives which will result in net annualized cost savings of approximately $42 million.

Redemption of Notes
On October 12, 2012, the Company completed the sale of 1450 Don Mills Road in Don Mills, Ontario for gross proceeds of approximately $24 million. On November 12, 2012, the net proceeds from the sale were used for a mandatory redemption of $23.2 million aggregate principal amount of 8.25% Senior Secured Notes due 2017 (“First-Lien Notes”) at par in accordance with the terms and conditions of the First-Lien Notes indenture.

Management Commentary
“We are pleased with the progress of our transformation program and continued cost reductions remain a top priority,” said Paul Godfrey, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our revenue outlook remains challenging; however, we are confident we can continue to evolve as an industry leader in multi-platform product and audience development and continue to deliver solid results and innovative programs for advertisers and marketers.”

Note: All dollar amounts are expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise specified.

Additional Information
Additional information, including financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis can be found on the Company’s website at www.postmedia.com/investors/financial-reports, on SEDAR at www.sedar.com or on the website maintained by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) at www.sec.gov.

About Postmedia Network Canada Corp.
Postmedia Network Canada Corp. (TSX:PNC.A, PNC.B), is the holding company that owns Postmedia Network Inc., the largest publisher by circulation of paid English-language daily newspapers in Canada, representing some of the country’s oldest and best known media brands. Reaching millions of Canadians every week, Postmedia engages readers and offers advertisers and marketers integrated solutions to effectively reach target audiences through a variety of print, online, digital, and mobile platforms.

Forward-Looking Information
This news release may include information that is “forward-looking information” under applicable Canadian securities laws and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. By their nature, forward-looking information and statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, statements regarding the implementation and results of the Company’s transformation initiatives, including the realization of anticipated cost savings; competition from other newspapers and alternative forms of media; the effect of economic conditions on advertising revenue; the ability of the Company to build out its digital media and online businesses; the failure to maintain current print and online newspaper readership and circulation levels; possible damage to the reputation of the Company’s brands or trademarks; possible labor disruptions; possible environmental liabilities, litigation and pension plan obligations; fluctuations in foreign exchange rates and the prices of newsprint and other commodities. For a complete list of our risk factors please refer to the section entitled “Risk Factors” contained in our annual management’s discussion and analysis for the years ended August 31, 2012 and 2011. Although the Company bases such information and statements on assumptions believed to be reasonable when made, they are not guarantees of future performance and actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and developments in the industry in which the Company operates, may differ materially from any such information and statements in this press release. Given these risks and uncertainties, undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking information or forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of such information or statements. Other than as required by law, the Company does not undertake, and specifically declines, any obligation to update such information or statements or to publicly announce the results of any revisions to any such information or statements.



Postmedia Network Canada Corp.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
For the three months ended November 30, 2012 and 2011
(UNAUDITED)

(In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)   2012   2011
 
Revenues
Print advertising 132,741 149,368
Print circulation 49,276 54,269
Digital 24,813 22,622
Other 4,842 4,831
Total revenues 211,672 231,090
Expenses
Compensation 82,948 87,121
Newsprint 12,108 14,634
Distribution 28,192 32,705
Other operating 39,318 41,983
Operating income before depreciation, amortization and restructuring
49,106 54,647
Depreciation 6,890 6,462
Amortization 10,734 11,021
Restructuring and other items 4,797 2,982
Operating income 26,685 34,182
Interest expense 16,167 16,837
Net financing expense related to employee benefit plans 383 975
Loss on disposal of property and equipment 268 -
(Gain) loss on derivative financial instruments 697 -10,040
Foreign currency exchange losses 866 12,132
Earnings before income taxes 8,304 14,278
Provision for income taxes - -
Net earnings from continuing operations 8,304 14,278
Net earnings from discontinued operations, net of tax of nil - 14,053
Net earnings attributable to equity holders of the Company 8,304 28,331
 
Earnings per share from continuing operations
Basic $0.21 $0.35
Diluted $0.20 $0.34
Earnings per share from discontinued operations
Basic $0.00 $0.35
Diluted $0.00 $0.34
Earnings per share attributable to equity holders of the Company
Basic $0.21 $0.70
Diluted $0.20 $0.70


Postmedia Network Canada Corp.
Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
(UNAUDITED)

(In thousands of Canadian dollars)   As at

November 30, 2012

  As at

August 31, 2012

 
Assets
Current Assets
Cash 33,233 22,189
Accounts receivable 112,902 90,923
Inventory 3,264 3,829
Prepaid expenses and other assets 9,745 10,258
Total current assets 159,144 127,199
Non-Current Assets
Property and equipment 261,007 267,491
Asset held-for-sale 410 23,139
Derivative financial instruments 23,411 24,108
Other assets 1,345 1,549
Intangible assets 368,084 377,862
Goodwill 223,500 223,500
Total assets 1,036,901 1,044,848
 
Liabilities and Equity
Current Liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 81,676 65,268
Provisions 25,890 29,888
Deferred revenue 24,655 25,915
Current portion of derivative financial instruments 2,671 6,069
Current portion of long-term debt 15,103 32,153
Total current liabilities 149,995 159,293
Non-Current Liabilities
Long-term debt 464,330 467,749
Derivative financial instruments 8,061 12,369
Other non-current liabilities 180,069 169,413
Provisions 970 1,588
Deferred income taxes 681 681
Total liabilities 804,106 811,093
 
Equity
Capital stock 371,132 371,132
Contributed surplus 8,242 7,888
Deficit (138,538) (139,357)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (8,041) (5,908)
Total equity 232,795 233,755
Total liabilities and equity 1,036,901 1,044,848



Postmedia Network Canada Corp.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For the three months ended November 30, 2012 and 2011
(UNAUDITED)

(In thousands of Canadian dollars)   2012   2011
 
Cash Generated (Utilized) by:
Operating Activities
Net earnings attributable to equity holders of the Company 8,304 28,331
Items not affecting cash:
Depreciation 6,890 6,625
Amortization 10,734 11,076
(Gain) loss on derivative financial instruments 697 -11,029
Non-cash interest 1,331 8,688
Loss on disposal of property and equipment 268 -
Non-cash foreign currency exchange losses 824 12,007
Gain on sale of discontinued operations - -17,109

Share-based compensation plans and other long-term incentive plan expense (recovery)

878 -1,250
Net financing expense relating to employee benefit plans 383 982
Non-cash compensation expense of employee benefit plans 1,909 -
Employee benefit funding in excess of compensation expense - -9,440

Settlement of foreign currency interest rate swap designated as a cash flow hedge

-8,976 -
Net change in non-cash operating accounts -10,014 -18,959
Cash flows from operating activities 13,228 9,922
 
Investing Activities
Net proceeds received on the sale of discontinued operations - 85,890

Net proceeds from the sale of property and equipment and asset held-for-sale

24,691 -
Additions to property and equipment -2,636 -1,499
Additions to intangible assets -956 -1,500
Cash flows from investing activities 21,099 82,891
 
Financing activities
Repayment of long-term debt -23,187 -90,825
Debt issuance costs -96 -37
Cash flows from financing activities -23,283 -90,862
 
Net change in cash 11,044 1,951
Cash at beginning of period 22,189 10,483
Cash at end of period 33,233 12,434
     
Supplemental disclosure of operating cash flows
Interest paid 1,222 5,879
Income taxes paid - -

Contacts

Media Contact
Phyllise Gelfand, (416) 442-2936
Vice President, Communications
pgelfand@postmedia.com
or
Investor Contact
Doug Lamb, (416) 383-2325
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
dlamb@postmedia.com

Contacts

Media Contact
Phyllise Gelfand, (416) 442-2936
Vice President, Communications
pgelfand@postmedia.com
or
Investor Contact
Doug Lamb, (416) 383-2325
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
dlamb@postmedia.com