MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 02/05/13 -- Yellow Media Limited (TSX: Y) released its fourth-quarter and full-year results today, ending 2012 with a stronger capital structure and continued progress on its business transformation.
On July 23, 2012, Yellow Media Limited proposed a recapitalization transaction (the "Recapitalization") aimed at significantly reducing the Company's debt and improving its maturity profile, with new debt first maturing in 2018. The Recapitalization aligns the Company's capital structure with its operating strategy, providing it with the necessary financial flexibility to invest in its digital transformation.
The Recapitalization was approved by the requisite majority of its debtholders and shareholders on September 6, 2012. A settlement was later reached with the lenders under the Company's senior unsecured credit facility on December 10, 2012.
The Quebec Superior Court issued its final order and approved the Recapitalization on December 14, 2012. Closing and implementation of the Recapitalization occurred on December 20, 2012.
"The completion of the Recapitalization allows us to accelerate our business transformation into an industry-leading, technology and digitally-focused marketing solutions company," said Marc P. Tellier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Yellow Media. "We plan to provide superior value to Canadian businesses by offering smarter, simpler ways to manage their digital marketing needs and grow their customer base."
Board of Directors
Pursuant to the implementation of the Recapitalization on December 20, 2012, a new Board of Directors of Yellow Media Limited was appointed and is comprised of Craig Forman, David A. Lazzarato, David G. Leith, Robert F. MacLellan, Judith A. McHale, Martin Nisenholtz, Kalpana Raina, Michael G. Sifton and Marc P. Tellier. Robert F. MacLellan will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
The new Board of Directors brings forth extensive expertise within the online, media and communications industries necessary to further accelerate the Company's digital transformation, alongside corporate finance, capital markets and corporate development.
Lenders under the Company's senior unsecured credit facility are currently in the process of proposing a nominee for the Board of Directors, who will also be a member of the Audit Committee. The nominee is subject to approval from the Board of Directors.
Full Year 2012 Results
Revenues in 2012 decreased 16.6% to $1.11 billion, compared to $1.33 billion last year. The decline is due principally to lower print revenues, the discontinuation of duplicate directories published by Canpages, the divestiture of LesPAC.com in November 2011, and the sale of Deal of the Day in August 2012. On a comparable basis, excluding the impact of the changes to the Canpages business, the LesPAC.com divestiture, the sale of Deal of the Day, and YPG USA, revenues decreased by 11.9% versus last year's results.
Online revenues in 2012 grew to $367.2 million compared to $346.1 million the year prior, representing growth of 6.1%. On a comparable basis, excluding the impact of the changes to the Canpages business, the LesPAC.com divestiture, the sale of Deal of the Day, and YPG USA, online revenues grew 15.7% versus the same period last year. Online revenues represented approximately 38% of total revenues during the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to 29% in 2011.
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