DallasNews Corporation Announces Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

October 25, 2021 at 4:30 PM EDT

DALLAS, Oct. 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DallasNews Corporation (Nasdaq: DALN) today reported third quarter 2021 net income of $1.6 million, or $0.30 per share, and an operating loss of $2.6 million. In the third quarter of 2020, the Company reported a net loss of $0.1 million, or $(0.02) per share, and an operating loss of $2.4 million. Third quarter 2021 net income includes a tax benefit of $2.4 million primarily related to the release of a non-cash uncertain tax reserve whereby the federal statute of limitations lapsed.

For the third quarter of 2021, on a non-GAAP basis, DallasNews reported an operating loss adjusted for certain items (“adjusted operating loss”) of $1.2 million, a decline of $1.1 million when compared to an adjusted operating loss of $0.1 million reported in the third quarter of 2020. The decline is due to increases of $0.9 million in employee compensation and benefits expense and $0.7 million in revenue-related outside services expense, partially offset by an increase in total revenue of $0.6 million.

Robert W. Decherd, chairman, president and Chief Executive Officer, said, “While employment expense was adjusted back to pre-pandemic levels and there were some reserves released in the prior year third quarter, operating trends were generally positive. We are particularly pleased that total revenue was slightly higher than the prior year and that digital subscription growth continued at a positive pace. Adjusted operating income / loss will be under pressure for the next 15 months as The Dallas Morning News continues to invest in digital products and digital marketing initiatives. These investments have the highest potential for long-term returns for the Company and its shareholders.”

Third Quarter Results

Total revenue was $38.3 million in the third quarter of 2021, an increase of $0.6 million or 1.5 percent when compared to the third quarter of 2020.

Revenue from advertising and marketing services, including print and digital revenues, was $18.1 million in the third quarter of 2021, an increase of $0.6 million or 3.6 percent when compared to the $17.5 million reported for the third quarter of 2020. The improvement is primarily due to a $0.9 million increase in digital advertising revenue.

Circulation revenue was $16.2 million in the third quarter of 2021, a slight increase when compared to the $16.1 million reported for the third quarter of 2020. Digital-only subscription revenue increased $0.7 million or 42.5 percent, offset by a print circulation decline of $0.7 million or 4.9 percent.

Printing, distribution and other revenue decreased $0.1 million, or 2.5 percent, to $4.1 million, primarily due to a reduction in commercial printing revenue.

Total consolidated operating expense in the third quarter of 2021, on a GAAP basis, was $40.9 million, an increase of $0.7 million or 1.8 percent compared to the third quarter of 2020. The change is primarily due to increases of $0.7 million in revenue-related outside services expense and $0.6 million in employee compensation and benefits expense, partially offset by a decrease of $0.7 million in depreciation expense. The employee compensation and benefits expense increase is primarily due to medical cost savings in the third quarter of 2020 and restoring employees’ base salaries to pre-pandemic amounts.

In the third quarter of 2021, on a non-GAAP basis, adjusted operating expense was $46.2 million, an increase of $5.2 million or 12.7 percent when compared to $41.0 million of adjusted operating expense in the third quarter of 2020. The change is primarily due to increases of $3.6 million in contra expense, which includes items like certain cost of sales, $0.7 million in outside services expense, and $0.9 million in employee compensation and benefits expense.

As of September 30, 2021, the Company had 672 employees, a decrease of 78 full-time equivalents, or 10.4 percent, when compared to the prior year period. Cash and cash equivalents were $34.7 million and the Company had no debt.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Reconciliations of operating loss to adjusted operating loss, total net operating revenue to adjusted operating revenue, and total operating costs and expense to adjusted operating expense are included in the exhibits to this release.

Financial Results Conference Call

DallasNews Corporation will conduct a conference call on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. CDT to discuss financial results. The conference call will be available via webcast by accessing the Company’s website at investor.dallasnewscorporation.com/events. An archive of the webcast will be available at dallasnewscorporation.com in the Investor Relations section.

To access the listen-only conference call, dial 1-844-867-6169 and enter the following access code when prompted: 670105. A replay line will be available at 1-866-207-1041 from 12:00 p.m. CDT on October 26, 2021 until 11:59 p.m. CDT on November 1, 2021. The access code for the replay is 2131223.

About DallasNews Corporation

DallasNews Corporation is the leading local news and information publishing company in Texas. The Company has a growing presence in emerging media and digital marketing, and maintains capabilities related to commercial printing, distribution and direct mail. DallasNews delivers news and information in innovative ways to a broad range of audiences with diverse interests and lifestyles. For additional information, visit dallasnewscorporation.com or email invest@dallasnews.com.

Statements in this communication concerning DallasNews Corporation’s business outlook or future economic performance, revenues, expenses, and other financial and non-financial items that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company’s expectations relating to the reverse stock split, are “forward-looking statements” as the term is defined under applicable federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those statements. Such risks, trends and uncertainties are, in most instances, beyond the Company’s control, and include changes in advertising demand and other economic conditions; consumers’ tastes; newsprint prices; program costs; labor relations; cybersecurity incidents; technological obsolescence; and the current and future impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other risks, there can be no guarantee that the board of directors will approve a quarterly dividend in future quarters; as well as other risks described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and in the Company’s other public disclosures and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements, which are as of the date of this filing, are not updated to reflect events or circumstances after the date of the statement.


DallasNews Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations

                         
                         
    Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
In thousands, except share and per share amounts (unaudited)   2021     2020     2021     2020  
Net Operating Revenue:                        
Advertising and marketing services   $ 18,101     $ 17,474     $ 53,471     $ 52,392  
Circulation     16,157       16,111       48,272       48,248  
Printing, distribution and other     4,053       4,157       12,051       12,860  
Total net operating revenue     38,311       37,742       113,794       113,500  
Operating Costs and Expense:                        
Employee compensation and benefits     17,131       16,499       53,194       52,512  
Other production, distribution and operating costs     20,041       19,307       59,282       58,958  
Newsprint, ink and other supplies     2,439       2,476       7,158       8,018  
Depreciation     1,018       1,753       3,127       5,320  
Amortization           63       64       191  
Loss on sale/disposal of assets, net     30       61       29       56  
Asset impairments     232             232        
Total operating costs and expense     40,891       40,159       123,086       125,055  
Operating loss     (2,580 )     (2,417 )     (9,292 )     (11,555 )
Other income, net     1,827       2,095       4,694       4,778  
Loss Before Income Taxes     (753 )     (322 )     (4,598 )     (6,777 )
Income tax benefit     (2,384 )     (224 )     (1,982 )     (1,644 )
Net Income (Loss)   $ 1,631     $ (98 )   $ (2,616 )   $ (5,133 )
                         
Per Share Basis                        
Net income (loss)                        
Basic and diluted (1)   $ 0.30     $ (0.02 )   $ (0.49 )   $ (0.96 )
Number of common shares used in the per share calculation:                        
Basic and diluted (1)     5,352,490       5,352,490       5,352,490       5,352,490  

(1)   All share and per share amounts have been retroactively adjusted to reflect the one-for-four reverse stock split effective June 8, 2021. All fractional shares were settled in cash in connection with the reverse stock split.

DallasNews Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets

             
             
    September 30,   December 31,
In thousands (unaudited)   2021   2020
Assets            
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 34,659   $ 42,015
Accounts receivable, net     14,249     16,562
Notes receivable     22,400     22,775
Other current assets     7,417     6,754
Total current assets     78,725     88,106
Property, plant and equipment, net     9,208     11,959
Operating lease right-of-use assets     18,219     20,406
Intangible assets, net         64
Deferred income taxes, net     102     76
Other assets     2,203     2,604
Total assets   $ 108,457   $ 123,215
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity            
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable   $ 6,197   $ 7,759
Accrued compensation and other current liabilities     12,151     10,829
Contract liabilities     12,139     12,896
Total current liabilities     30,487     31,484
Long-term pension liabilities     14,317     18,520
Long-term operating lease liabilities     19,863     21,890
Other liabilities     1,487     4,913
Total liabilities     66,154     76,807
Total shareholders' equity     42,303     46,408
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity   $ 108,457   $ 123,215


DallasNews Corporation - Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Reconciliation of Operating Loss to Adjusted Operating Loss

                         
                         
    Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
In thousands (unaudited)   2021     2020     2021     2020  
Total net operating revenue   $ 38,311     $ 37,742     $ 113,794     $ 113,500  
Total operating costs and expense     40,891       40,159       123,086       125,055  
Operating Loss   $ (2,580 )   $ (2,417 )   $ (9,292 )   $ (11,555 )
                         
Total net operating revenue   $ 38,311     $ 37,742     $ 113,794     $ 113,500  
Addback:                        
Advertising contra revenue     6,596       3,012       18,908       5,400  
Circulation contra revenue     106       104       296       205  
Adjusted Operating Revenue   $ 45,013     $ 40,858     $ 132,998     $ 119,105  
                         
Total operating costs and expense   $ 40,891     $ 40,159     $ 123,086     $ 125,055  
Addback:                        
Advertising contra expense     6,596       3,012       18,908       5,400  
Circulation contra expense     106       104       296       205  
Less:                        
Depreciation     1,018       1,753       3,127       5,320  
Amortization           63       64       191  
Severance expense     115       418       1,721       621  
Loss on sale/disposal of assets, net     30       61       29       56  
Asset impairments     232             232        
Adjusted Operating Expense   $ 46,198     $ 40,980     $ 137,117     $ 124,472  
                         
Adjusted operating revenue   $ 45,013     $ 40,858     $ 132,998     $ 119,105  
Adjusted operating expense     46,198       40,980       137,117       124,472  
Adjusted Operating Loss   $ (1,185 )   $ (122 )   $ (4,119 )   $ (5,367 )

The Company calculates adjusted operating income (loss) by adjusting operating income (loss) to exclude depreciation, amortization, severance expense, (gain) loss on sale/disposal of assets, and asset impairments (“adjusted operating income (loss)”). The Company believes that inclusion of certain noncash expenses and other items in the results makes for more difficult comparisons between years and with peer group companies.

The Company adopted the new revenue guidance (Topic 606) using the modified retrospective approach as of January 1, 2018. While the Company adjusts operating revenue and expense for non-GAAP presentation, these adjustments have no effect on adjusted operating income (loss).

Adjusted operating income (loss) is not a measure of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Management uses adjusted operating income (loss) and similar measures in internal analyses as supplemental measures of the Company’s financial performance, and for performance comparisons versus its peer group of companies. Management uses this non-GAAP financial measure for the purposes of evaluating consolidated Company performance. The Company therefore believes that the non-GAAP measure presented provides useful information to investors by allowing them to view the Company’s business through the eyes of management and the Board of Directors, facilitating comparison of results across historical periods and providing a focus on the underlying ongoing operating performance of its business. Adjusted operating income (loss) should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income (loss), cash flows provided by (used for) operating activities or other comparable measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Additionally, this non-GAAP measure may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other companies.

Contact:
Katy Murray
214-977-8869


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Katy Murray
Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer
DallasNews Corporation
214-977-8869

invest@dallasnews.com

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