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The New York Times Company Reports 2014 Second-Quarter Results

August 16, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Investment Weekly News -- The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) announced second-quarter 2014 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $.06 compared with $.11 in the same period of 2013. Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations (defined below) were $.07 in the second quarter of 2014 compared with $.13 in the second quarter of 2013.

The Company had an operating profit of $16.5 million in the second quarter of 2014 compared with $46.2 million in the same period of 2013, with the decline mainly resulting from investment spending associated with the Company's strategic initiatives. Adjusted operating profit (defined below) was $55.7 million in the second quarter of 2014 compared with $70.7 million in the second quarter of 2013.

"We saw continued growth in digital advertising and circulation revenues during the quarter," said Mark Thompson, president and chief executive officer, "but know that we still have more work to do to transform our business and deliver long-term sustainable revenue growth for the Company. We grew our digital subscriber total by 32,000 in the quarter, 39 percent more additions than in the same quarter of 2013, with our newly released products - including NYT Now, NYT Opinion and Times Premier - contributing the majority of that total. We're encouraged by the reaction of users to the products, especially the high consumer satisfaction levels we're seeing with the NYT Now app. But, while we expected the portfolio to take time to build, we want to accelerate the rate of growth in subscription sales, so over the coming months, we will refine some of the offers and the way we market the portfolio to accomplish this.

"We also know that long-term digital revenue growth depends on the reach and depth of engagement of our digital audience. This was one of the key recommendations of our recently completed Innovation Report on the future of Times journalism. We plan to implement the recommendations of the report across the Company and believe that we can significantly grow our digital audience, which in turn will contribute to improved digital subscription and advertising monetization.

"We are very pleased to have delivered a second consecutive quarter of positive growth in our digital advertising revenue, which increased more than 3 percent in the quarter, ending the first half of the year on a solid note for this important long-term growth driver of our business. We are particularly encouraged by the growing success of Paid Posts, our native advertising solution, which we launched in January." ComparisonsUnless otherwise noted, all comparisons are for the second quarter of 2014 to the second quarter of 2013. The results of the New England Media Group (NEMG), which was sold at the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2013, are reported within discontinued operations in 2013 and 2014.

This release presents certain non-GAAP financial measures, including diluted earnings per share from continuing operations excluding severance, non-operating retirement costs and special items (or adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations); operating profit before depreciation, amortization, severance, non-operating retirement costs and special items (or adjusted operating profit); and operating costs before depreciation, amortization, severance and non-operating retirement costs (or adjusted operating costs). The exhibits include a discussion of management's reasons for the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP financial measures, as well as an explanation of non-operating retirement costs.

Keywords for this news article include: Finance, Advertising, The New York Times Company.

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