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A. H. Belo Corporation Q1 net loss $1.6 million

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 8, 2020
A. H. Belo Corporation reported a first quarter 2020 net loss of $1.6 million, or $(0.08) per share.
A. H. Belo Corporation
A. H. Belo Corporation   Total revenue was $40.3 million in the first quarter of 2020
In the first quarter of 2019, the Company reported a net loss of $2.1 million, or $(0.10) per share.

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For the first quarter of 2020, on a non-GAAP basis, A. H. Belo reported an operating loss adjusted for certain items (“adjusted operating loss”) of $2.8 million, a decline of $1.9 million when compared to an adjusted operating loss of $0.9 million reported in the first quarter of 2019.

Total revenue was $40.3 million in the first quarter of 2020, a decrease of $6.2 million or 13.4 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2019.

Revenue from advertising and marketing services, including print and digital revenues, was $19.3 million in the first quarter of 2020, a decrease of $4.7 million or 19.6 percent when compared to the $24.0 million reported for the first quarter of 2019.

Circulation revenue was $16.4 million, a decrease of $0.9 million or 5.0 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2019. The decline is primarily due to a decrease in home delivery and single copy volumes, partially offset by rate increases and an increase of $0.3 million or 28.3 percent in digital-only subscription revenue.

Printing, distribution and other revenue decreased $0.7 million, or 12.8 percent, to $4.6 million, primarily due to a reduction in brokered and commercial printing, partially offset by an increase in shared mail packaging revenue generated from mailed advertisements for business customers.

Total consolidated operating expense in the first quarter of 2020, on a GAAP basis, was $45.1 million, a decrease of $5.4 million or 10.7 percent compared to the first quarter of 2019. The improvement is primarily due to decreases of $2.1 million in employee compensation and benefits expense, $1.5 million in newsprint, ink and other supplies expense, and $0.9 million in outside services expenses.

In the first quarter of 2020, on a non-GAAP basis, adjusted operating expense was $44.6 million, an improvement of $5.7 million or 11.3 percent when compared to $50.3 million of adjusted operating expense in the first quarter of 2019. The improvement is primarily due to expense decreases in employee compensation and benefits, newsprint expense, and reductions from continued management of discretionary spending.

As of March 31, 2020, the Company had 788 employees, a decrease of 130 or 14.2 percent when compared to the prior year period. Cash and cash equivalents were $44.0 million and the Company had no debt.


 

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