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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

(Mark one)

x Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the quarterly period ended June 30, 2012

or

 

¨ Transition report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the transition period from              to             .

Commission file number 1-13796

 

 

Gray Television, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Georgia   58-0285030

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)

4370 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, Georgia   30319
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip code)

(404) 504-9828

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Not Applicable

(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report.)

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter periods that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “small reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer   ¨    Accelerated filer   x
Non-accelerated filer   ¨  (do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller Reporting Company   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  ¨    No  x

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practical date.

 

Common Stock (No Par Value)

 

Class A Common Stock (No Par Value)

51,843,529 shares outstanding as of July 31, 2012   5,753,020 shares outstanding as of July 31, 2012

 

 

 


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INDEX

GRAY TELEVISION, INC.

 

          PAGE  

PART I.

  

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

  

Item 1.

  

Financial Statements

  
  

Condensed consolidated balance sheets (Unaudited) – June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011

     3   
  

Condensed consolidated statements of operations (Unaudited) – three months and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011

     5   
  

Condensed consolidated statement of stockholders’ equity (Unaudited) – six months ended June 30, 2012

     6   
  

Condensed consolidated statements of cash flows (Unaudited) – six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011

     7   
  

Notes to condensed consolidated financial statements (Unaudited) – June 30, 2012

     8   

Item 2.

  

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

     17   

Item 3.

  

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

     24   

Item 4.

  

Controls and Procedures

     24   

PART II.

  

OTHER INFORMATION

  

Item 1A.

  

Risk Factors

     25   

Item 6.

  

Exhibits

     25   

SIGNATURES

        26   

 

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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Financial Statements

GRAY TELEVISION, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

     June 30,      December 31,  
     2012      2011  

Assets:

     

Current assets:

     

Cash

   $ 28,041       $ 5,190   

Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $2,114 and $2,314, respectively

     60,723         62,085   

Current portion of program broadcast rights, net

     2,411         7,359   

Deferred tax asset

     2,762         2,762   

Prepaid and other current assets

     3,415         1,959   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total current assets

     97,352         79,355   

Property and equipment, net

     133,992         137,099   

Deferred loan costs, net

     8,589         10,115   

Broadcast licenses

     818,981         818,981   

Goodwill

     170,522         170,522   

Other intangible assets, net

     675         712   

Investment in broadcasting company

     13,599         13,599   

Other

     3,025         3,597   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 1,246,735       $ 1,233,980   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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GRAY TELEVISION, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

     June 30,     December 31,  
     2012     2011  

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity:

    

Current liabilities:

    

Accounts payable

   $ 2,389      $ 2,045   

Employee compensation and benefits

     12,462        11,619   

Accrued interest

     7,597        7,939   

Other accrued expenses

     8,417        6,725   

Federal and state income taxes

     2,475        2,794   

Current portion of program broadcast obligations

     5,126        10,124   

Deferred revenue

     5,447        3,468   

Current portion of long-term debt

     4,823        4,823   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     48,736        49,537   

Long-term debt, less current portion

     816,675        827,410   

Program broadcast obligations, less current portion

     629        1,036   

Deferred income taxes

     167,133        157,832   

Long-term deferred revenue

     751        1,061   

Long-term accrued dividends

     15,920        13,717   

Accrued pension costs

     35,656        34,417   

Other

     1,113        1,176   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     1,086,613        1,086,186   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (Note 7)

    

Series D perpetual preferred stock, no par value; cumulative; redeemable; designated 1.00 shares, issued and outstanding 0.259 shares ($25,921 aggregate liquidation value)

     24,996        24,841   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity:

    

Common stock, no par value; authorized 100,000 shares, issued 56,496 shares and 56,057 shares, respectively

     480,035        479,869   

Class A common stock, no par value; authorized 15,000 shares, issued 7,332 shares

     15,321        15,321   

Accumulated deficit

     (281,315     (293,322

Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of income tax benefit

     (16,402     (16,402
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
     197,639        185,466   

Treasury stock at cost, common stock, 4,655 shares

     (40,115     (40,115

Treasury stock at cost, Class A common stock, 1,579 shares

     (22,398     (22,398
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total stockholders’ equity

     135,126        122,953   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities, preferred stock and stockholders’ equity

   $ 1,246,735      $ 1,233,980   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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GRAY TELEVISION, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)

(in thousands except for per share data)

 

     Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
     June 30,     June 30,  
     2012     2011     2012     2011  

Revenue (less agency commissions)

   $ 94,691      $ 76,201      $ 175,365      $ 145,943   

Operating expenses before depreciation, amortization and gain on disposal of assets, net:

        

Broadcast

     52,829        47,930        103,601        96,109   

Corporate and administrative

     3,629        3,402        6,735        6,440   

Depreciation

     5,716        6,638        11,607        13,636   

Amortization of intangible assets

     18        34        37        68   

Gain on disposals of assets, net

     (547     (831     (482     (844
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
     61,645        57,173        121,498        115,409   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income

     33,046        19,028        53,867        30,534   

Other income (expense):

        

Miscellaneous income (expense), net

     —          3        2        3   

Interest expense

     (15,126     (15,343     (30,289     (31,343
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

     17,920        3,688        23,580        (806

Income tax expense (benefit)

     6,926        1,129        9,215        (282
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

     10,994        2,559        14,365        (524

Preferred stock dividends (includes accretion of issuance cost of $77, $118, $154, and $236, respectively)

     1,179        1,788        2,358        3,577   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders

   $ 9,815      $ 771      $ 12,007      $ (4,101
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Basic per share information:

        

Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders

   $ 0.17      $ 0.01      $ 0.21      $ (0.07
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted-average shares outstanding

     57,151        57,115        57,149        57,113   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted per share information:

        

Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders

   $ 0.17      $ 0.01      $ 0.21      $ (0.07
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted-average shares outstanding

     57,190        57,116        57,169        57,113   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Dividends declared per common share

   $ —        $ —        $ —        $ —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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GRAY TELEVISION, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (Unaudited)

(in thousands except for number of shares)

 

                                                          Accumulated        
    Class A                       Class A     Common     Other        
    Common Stock     Common Stock     Accumulated     Treasury Stock     Treasury Stock     Comprehensive        
    Shares     Amount     Shares     Amount     Deficit     Shares     Amount     Shares     Amount     Loss     Total  

Balance at December 31, 2011

    7,331,574      $ 15,321        56,057,070      $ 479,869      $ (293,322     (1,578,554   $ (22,398     (4,654,750   $ (40,115   $ (16,402   $ 122,953   

Net income

    —          —          —          —          14,365        —          —          —          —          —          14,365   

Preferred stock dividends (including accretion of original issuance costs)

    —          —          —          —          (2,358     —          —          —          —          —          (2,358

Issuance of common stock:

                     

401(k) plan

    —          —          6,794        12        —          —          —          —          —          —          12   

2007 Long Term Incentive Plan

    —          —          432,396        —          —          —          —          —          —          —          —     

Stock-based compensation

    —          —          —          154        —          —          —          —          —          —          154   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance at June 30, 2012

    7,331,574      $ 15,321        56,496,260      $ 480,035      $ (281,315     (1,578,554   $ (22,398     (4,654,750   $ (40,115   $ (16,402   $ 135,126   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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GRAY TELEVISION, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

     Six Months Ended  
     June 30,  
     2012     2011  

Operating activities

    

Net income (loss)

   $ 14,365      $ (524

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:

    

Depreciation

     11,607        13,636   

Amortization of intangible assets

     37        68   

Amortization of deferred loan costs

     1,506        1,437   

Amortization of original issue discount on 10 1/2% senior secured second lien notes due 2015

     676        676   

Amortization of restricted stock and stock option awards

     154        68   

Amortization of program broadcast rights

     5,477        7,414   

Payments on program broadcast obligations

     (5,596     (8,738

Deferred income taxes

     9,302        (282

Gain on disposal of assets, net

     (482     (844

Other

     815        1,094   

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

    

Receivables

     1,362        8,409   

Other current assets

     (1,207     (827

Accounts payable

     441        (2,661

Other current liabilities

     6,992        (1,603

Accrued interest

     (342     (61
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

     45,107        17,262   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Investing activities

    

Purchases of property and equipment

     (11,561     (16,652

Proceeds from asset sales

     775        1,027   

Payments on acquisition-related liabilities

     (42     (253

Other

     (17     (321
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (10,845     (16,199
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Financing activities

    

Proceeds from borrowings on long-term debt

     3,000        9,000   

Repayments of borrowings on long-term debt

     (14,411     (11,411

Deferred loan costs

     —          (626
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

     (11,411     (3,037
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash

     22,851        (1,974

Cash at beginning of period

     5,190        5,431   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash at end of period

   $ 28,041      $ 3,457   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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GRAY TELEVISION, INC.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Unaudited)

 

1. Basis of Presentation

The accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2011, which was derived from the audited financial statements as of December 31, 2011 of Gray Television, Inc. (“we”, “us”, “our”, “Gray” or the “Company”) and our accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements as of June 30, 2012 and for the periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”) for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, certain information and note disclosures normally included in annual financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP have been condensed or omitted pursuant to those rules and regulations, although we believe that the disclosures made are adequate to make the information not misleading. In our opinion, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) considered necessary for a fair statement have been included. Our operations consist of one reportable segment. For further information, refer to the consolidated financial statements and footnotes thereto included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 (the “2011 Form 10-K”). Our financial condition as of, and operating results for the three-month and six-month periods ended, June 30, 2012 are not necessarily indicative of the financial condition and results that may be expected for any future interim period or for the year ending December 31, 2012.

Seasonality and Cyclicality

Broadcast advertising revenue is generally highest in the second and fourth quarters each year. This seasonality results partly from increases in advertising in the spring and in the period leading up to and including the holiday season. Broadcast advertising revenue is also generally higher in even-numbered years due to spending by political candidates, political parties and special interest groups. This political spending typically is heaviest during the fourth quarter of such years.

Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires our management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and the notes to the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements. Our actual results could differ materially from these estimates. The most significant estimates we make relate to our allowance for doubtful accounts in receivables, valuation of goodwill and intangible assets, amortization of program broadcast rights and intangible assets, stock-based compensation, pension costs, income taxes, employee medical insurance claims, useful lives of property and equipment, contingencies and litigation.

 

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Earnings Per Share

We compute basic earnings per share by dividing net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding during the relevant period. The weighted-average number of common shares outstanding does not include restricted shares. These shares, although classified as issued and outstanding, are considered contingently returnable until the restrictions lapse and are not to be included in the basic earnings per share calculation until the shares vest. Diluted earnings per share is computed by including all potentially dilutive common shares, including restricted stock and shares underlying stock options, in the diluted weighted-average shares outstanding calculation, unless their inclusion would be antidilutive. The following table reconciles basic weighted-average shares outstanding to diluted weighted-average shares outstanding for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 (in thousands):

 

     Three Months Ended      Six Months Ended  
     June 30,      June 30,  
     2012      2011      2012      2011  

Weighted-average shares outstanding - basic

     57,151         57,115         57,149         57,113   

Shares underlying stock options and restricted stock

     39         1         20         —     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Weighted-average shares outstanding - diluted

     57,190         57,116         57,169         57,113   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

For periods in which we report a loss, all potentially dilutive common shares are excluded from the computation of diluted earnings per share, since their inclusion would be antidilutive. Securities that could potentially dilute earnings per share in the future, but which were not included in the calculation of diluted earnings per share because their inclusion would have been antidilutive for the periods presented are as follows (in thousands):

 

     Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
     June 30,     June 30,  
     2012     2011     2012     2011  

Potentially dilutive common shares outstanding at end of period:

        

Shares underlying employee stock options

     1,328        1,004        1,328        1,004   

Restricted stock

     442        33        442        33   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Subtotal

     1,770        1,037        1,770        1,037   

Less dilutive common shares included in weighted-average shares outstanding - diluted

     (39     (1     (20     —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Potentially dilutive common shares outstanding at end of period which were excluded from weighted-average shares outstanding - diluted

     1,731        1,036        1,750        1,037   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss

Our accumulated other comprehensive loss balances as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 consist of adjustments to our pension liability and income tax benefit as follows (in thousands):

 

     June 30,     December 31,  
     2012     2011  

Accumulated balances of items included in accumulated other comprehensive loss:

    

Increase in pension liability

   $ (26,889   $ (26,889

Income tax benefit

     (10,487     (10,487
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

   $ (16,402   $ (16,402
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Our comprehensive income (loss) for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 consists entirely of net income (loss). Therefore, a consolidated statement of comprehensive income (loss) is not presented for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011.

Property and Equipment

Property and equipment are carried at cost. Depreciation is computed principally by the straight-line method. Maintenance, repairs and minor replacements are charged to operations as incurred; major replacements and betterments are capitalized. The cost of any assets sold or retired and the related accumulated depreciation are removed from the accounts at the time of disposition, and any resulting profit or loss is reflected in income or expense for the period. The following table lists components of property and equipment by major category (in thousands):

 

     June 30,
2012
    December 31,
2011
    Estimated
Useful Lives

Property and equipment:

      

Land

   $ 23,478      $ 23,451     

Buildings and improvements

     53,785        53,322      7 to 40 years

Equipment

     312,907        308,454      3 to 20 years
  

 

 

   

 

 

   
     390,170        385,227     

Accumulated depreciation

     (256,178     (248,128  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

Total property and equipment, net

   $ 133,992      $ 137,099     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

Our allowance for doubtful accounts is equal to at least 85% of our receivable balances that are 120 days old or older. We may provide allowances for certain receivable balances that are less than 120 days old when warranted by specific facts and circumstances. We generally write-off accounts receivable balances when the customer files for bankruptcy or when all commonly used methods of collection have been exhausted.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

We have reviewed all recently issued accounting pronouncements. Of those pronouncements that have been issued but are not yet effective, we do not anticipate a material impact upon our financial statements upon our adoption of those pronouncements. None of the pronouncements that became effective and were adopted by us during the six months ended June 30, 2012 had a material effect upon our results of operations or financial position.

 

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Reclassifications

Certain reclassifications have been made in the current liability section of our condensed consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2011 in order to conform to the presentation as of June 30, 2012. The reclassifications did not change our total current liabilities as of December 31, 2011. Certain reclassifications have been made within the operating section of our condensed consolidated statement of cash flows for the six months ended June 30, 2011 in order to conform to the presentation for the six months ended June 30, 2012. The reclassifications did not change our net cash provided by operating activities for the six months ended June 30, 2011.

 

2. Long-term Debt

Long-term debt consists of our senior credit facility and 10 1/2% senior secured second lien notes due 2015 (the “Notes”) as follows (in thousands):

 

     June 30,
2012
    December 31,
2011
 

Long-term debt including current portion:

    

Senior credit facility

   $ 460,557      $ 471,968   

Notes at liquidation value

     365,000        365,000   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total long-term debt including current portion at liquidation value

     825,557        836,968   

Less unamortized discount on Notes

     (4,059     (4,735
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total long-term debt at recorded value

   $ 821,498      $ 832,233   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Borrowing availability under our senior credit facility

   $ 40,000      $ 31,000   

Our senior credit facility consists of a revolving loan, which matures March 19, 2014, and a term loan, which matures December 31, 2014. Excluding accrued interest, the amount outstanding under our senior credit facility as of June 30, 2012 was comprised solely of a term loan balance of $460.6 million. Excluding accrued interest, the amount outstanding under our senior credit facility as of December 31, 2011 was $472.0 million comprised of a term loan balance of $463.0 and a revolving loan balance of $9.0 million. Our maximum borrowing availability is limited by our required compliance with certain restrictive covenants, including a first lien net leverage ratio covenant. As of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, we were in compliance with all covenants required under our debt obligations.

As of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, we had $365.0 million of Notes outstanding. Our Notes mature on June 29, 2015.

As of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, the interest rate on the balance outstanding under the senior credit facility was 3.7% and 3.8%, respectively. As of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, the coupon interest rate and the yield on the Notes were 10.5% and 11.0%, respectively. The yield on the Notes exceeds the coupon interest rate because the Notes were issued with “original issue discount”.

As of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, we had a deferred loan cost balance, net of accumulated amortization, of $3.3 million and $4.0 million, respectively, related to our senior credit facility. As of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, we had a deferred loan cost balance, net of accumulated amortization, of $5.3 million and $6.1 million, respectively, related to our Notes.

The collateral for our debt obligations consists of substantially all of our and our subsidiaries’ assets. In addition, certain of our subsidiaries are joint and several guarantors of these obligations and our ownership interests in our subsidiaries are pledged to collateralize the obligations.

 

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3. Fair Value Measurement

We utilize market data or assumptions that market participants would use in pricing an asset or liability, including assumptions about risk and the risks inherent in the inputs to the valuation technique. These inputs can be readily observable, market corroborated or generally unobservable. We utilize valuation techniques that maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs. These inputs are prioritized into a hierarchy that gives the highest priority to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities (“Level 1”) and the lowest priority to unobservable inputs that require assumptions to measure fair value (“Level 3”). Level 2 inputs are those that are other than quoted prices on national exchanges included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability either directly or indirectly (“Level 2”).

Fair Value of Other Financial Instruments

The estimated fair value of other financial instruments is determined using market information and appropriate valuation methodologies. Interpreting market data to develop fair value estimates involves considerable judgment. The use of different market assumptions could have a material effect on the estimated fair value amounts. Accordingly, the estimates presented are not necessarily indicative of the amounts that we could realize in a current market exchange, or the value that ultimately will be realized upon maturity or disposition.

The carrying amounts of the following instruments approximate fair value due to their short term to maturity: (i) accounts receivable, (ii) prepaid and other current assets, (iii) accounts payable, (iv) accrued employee compensation and benefits, (v) accrued interest, (vi) other accrued expenses, (vii) acquisition-related liabilities and (viii) deferred revenue.

The carrying amount of our long-term debt was $821.5 million and $832.2 million, respectively, and the fair value was $834.4 million and $801.0 million, respectively as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011. We classify our long-term debt within Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy. Fair value of our long-term debt is based on observable estimates provided by third-party financial professionals as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011.

 

4. Preferred Stock

As of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, we had 259 shares of Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock outstanding. The Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock has a liquidation value of $100,000 per share, for a total liquidation value of $25.9 million as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011. The Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock had a recorded value of $25.0 million and $24.8 million as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. The difference between the liquidation values and the recorded values was the unaccreted portion of the original issuance discount and issuance cost. Our accrued Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock dividend balances as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 were $15.9 million and $13.7 million, respectively.

Except for the payment of dividends in connection with certain repurchases of portions of the Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock, we have deferred the cash payment of dividends on our Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock since October 1, 2008. While three consecutive cash dividend payments with respect to the Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock remain unfunded, the dividend rate will remain at 17.0% per annum.

While any Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock dividend payments are in arrears, we are prohibited from repurchasing, declaring and/or paying any cash dividend with respect to any equity securities having liquidation preferences equivalent to or junior in ranking to the liquidation preference of the Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock, including our common stock and Class A common stock. We can provide no assurances as to when any future cash payments will be made on any accumulated and unpaid Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock dividends presently in arrears or that become in arrears in the future. The Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock has no mandatory redemption date but, pursuant to its terms, is redeemable by the Company at any time and may be redeemed at the stockholders’ option on or after June 30, 2015. We have deferred cash dividends on our Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock and correspondingly suspended cash dividends on our common stock and Class A common stock to, among other things, reallocate cash resources and support our ability to pay interest costs and fees associated with our senior credit facility and Notes.

 

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5. Retirement Plans

The following table provides the components of net periodic benefit cost for our pension plans for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively (in thousands):

 

     Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
     June 30,     June 30,  
     2012     2011     2012     2011  

Service cost

   $ 1,147      $ 1,066      $ 2,295      $ 2,132   

Interest cost

     830        753        1,660        1,506   

Expected return on plan assets

     (682     (616     (1,365     (1,232

Loss amortization

     576        154        1,151        308   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net periodic benefit cost

   $ 1,871      $ 1,357      $ 3,741      $ 2,714   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

During the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, we contributed $2.3 million to our pension plans. During the remainder of the year ending December 31, 2012, we expect to contribute an additional $4.6 million to our pension plans.

 

6. Stock-based Compensation

We recognize compensation expense for stock-based payment awards made to our employees and directors, including stock options and restricted stock under our 2007 Long Term Incentive Plan and our Directors’ Restricted Stock Plan. We recognize the fair value of the stock options and restricted stock on the date of grant as compensation expense, and such expense is amortized over the vesting period of the stock option or restricted stock award.

The following table provides our stock-based compensation expense and related income tax benefit for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively (in thousands).

 

     Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
     June 30,     June 30,  
     2012     2011     2012     2011  

Stock-based compensation expense, gross

   $ 140      $ 34      $ 154      $ 68   

Income tax benefit at our statutory rate associated with stock-based compensation

     (55     (13     (60     (27
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation expense, net

   $ 85      $ 21      $ 94      $ 41   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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2007 Long Term Incentive Plan

The 2007 Long Term Incentive Plan, as amended, currently authorizes the grant of stock options, restricted stock awards and other equity-based incentive awards to our officers, non-employee directors and employees. During the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, we granted 432,396 shares of restricted common stock and we also granted options to acquire 359,568 shares of our common stock to certain executive officers. During the year ended December 31, 2011, we did not grant any stock-based awards under this plan. The fair value for each stock option granted during the six-month period ended June 30, 2012 was estimated at $1.62 per share at the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option pricing model, using for each grant respectively, the following assumptions:

 

     Six Months Ended  
     June 30, 2012  

Expected term (in years)

     6.3   

Volatility

     104.9

Risk-free interest rate

     1.0

Dividend yield

     0.0

Expected forfeitures

     0.0

A summary of award activity related to our common stock for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012 under our 2007 Long Term Incentive Plan is as follows (number of shares underlying options and number of restricted shares in thousands):

 

     Six Months Ended  
     June 30, 2012  
     Number of
Shares
Underlying
Options
    Weighted-
Average
Exercise
Price
 

Stock options - common stock:

    

Stock options outstanding - beginning of period

     1,002      $ 7.50   

Options granted

     360      $ 1.99   

Options expired

     (32   $ 8.61   

Options forfeited

     (2   $ 7.64   
  

 

 

   

Stock options outstanding - end of period

     1,328      $ 5.98   
  

 

 

   

Exercisable at end of period

     969      $ 7.47   

 

     Six Months Ended  
     June 30, 2012  
     Number of
Shares
     Weighted-
average
Grant Date
Fair Value
Per Share
 

Restricted stock - common stock:

     

Restricted stock, beginning of period

     —         $ —     

Granted

     432         1.65   

Vested

     —           —     
  

 

 

    

Restricted stock, end of period

     432       $ 1.65   
  

 

 

    

 

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During the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, we did not have any options outstanding for our Class A common stock. As of June 30, 2012, the market price of our common stock was less than the exercise prices for all of our outstanding stock options.

Directors’ Restricted Stock Plan

The Directors’ Restricted Stock Plan authorizes the grant of restricted stock awards to our non-employee directors. During the six-month period ended June 30, 2012 and the year ended December 31, 2011, we did not grant any shares of restricted stock to our non-employee directors under this plan.

The following table summarizes restricted share activity under our Directors’ Restricted Stock Plan during the six-month period ended June 30, 2012 and the weighted-average fair value per share granted thereunder as of the date of grant (shares in thousands):

 

     Six Months Ended  
     June 30, 2012  
     Number of
Shares
     Weighted-
average
Grant Date
Fair Value
Per Share
 

Restricted stock - common stock:

     

Restricted stock, beginning of period

     10       $ 4.94   

Granted

     —           —     

Vested

     —           —     
  

 

 

    

Restricted stock, end of period

     10       $ 4.94   
  

 

 

    

 

7. Commitments and Contingencies

Legal Proceedings and Claims

From time to time, we are or may become subject to legal proceedings and claims that arise in the normal course of our business. In our opinion, the amount of ultimate liability, if any, with respect to these actions, will not materially affect our financial position. However, the outcome of any one or more matters cannot be predicted with certainty, and the unfavorable resolution of any matter could have a material adverse effect on us.

Sports Marketing Agreement

On October 12, 2004, the University of Kentucky (“UK”) awarded a sports marketing agreement jointly to us and IMG Worldwide, Inc. (“IMG”) (the “UK Agreement”). The UK Agreement expires April 15, 2015.

The UK Agreement provides that we will share in profits in excess of certain amounts specified by the agreement, if any, but not losses. The agreement also provides that we will separately retain all local broadcast advertising revenue and pay all local broadcast expenses for activities under the agreement. Under the agreement, IMG agreed to make all license fee payments to UK. However, if IMG is unable to pay the license fee to UK, we will then be required to pay the unpaid portion of the license fee to UK. As of June 30, 2012, the aggregate license fee to be paid by IMG to UK over the remaining term of the agreement is approximately $25.8 million. If we make advances on behalf of IMG, IMG is required to reimburse us for the amount paid within 60 days after the close of each contract year, which ends on June 30th. IMG has also agreed to pay interest on any advance at a rate equal to the prime rate. During the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, we did not advance any amounts to UK on behalf of IMG under this agreement. As of June 30, 2012, we do not consider the risk of non-performance by IMG to be high.

 

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8. Goodwill and Intangible Assets

Our intangible assets are primarily comprised of network affiliations and broadcast licenses. We did not acquire any network affiliation agreements or material broadcast licenses during the six-month period ended June 30, 2012. Upon renewal of such intangible assets, we expense all related fees as incurred. There were no triggering events that required a test of impairment of our goodwill or intangible assets during the six-month period ended June 30, 2012.

 

9. Income Taxes

For the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, our income tax expense (benefit) and effective tax rates were as follows (dollars in thousands):

 

     Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
     June 30,     June 30,  
     2012     2011     2012     2011  

Income tax expense (benefit)

   $ 6,926      $ 1,129      $ 9,215      $ (282

Effective income tax rate

     38.6     30.6     39.1     35.0

We estimate our differences between taxable income or loss and recorded income or loss on an annual basis. Our tax provision for each quarter is based upon these full year projections which are revised each reporting period. These projections incorporate estimates of permanent differences between U.S. GAAP income or loss and taxable income or loss, state income taxes and adjustments to our liability for unrecognized tax benefits to adjust our statutory Federal income tax rate of 35.0% to our effective income tax rate.

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, these estimates increased or decreased our statutory Federal income tax rate of 35.0% to our effective income tax rate of 39.1% as follows: state income taxes added 4.9% and permanent differences between our U.S. GAAP income and taxable income added 0.6%, while adjustments to our reserve for uncertain tax positions resulted in a reduction of 1.4%.

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2011, these estimates increased or decreased our statutory Federal income tax rate of 35.0% to our effective income tax rate of 35.0% as follows: state income taxes added 7.5% and permanent differences between our U.S. GAAP loss and taxable loss added 4.6%, while adjustments to our reserve for uncertain tax positions resulted in a reduction of 12.1%.

 

10. Subsequent Event

On July 31, 2012, we repurchased 122.76 shares of our outstanding Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock at their liquidation value of $12.3 million and also paid $7.7 million in accrued dividends related thereto.

 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Executive Overview

Introduction

The following analysis of the financial condition and results of operations of Gray Television, Inc. (“we”, “us”, “our”, “Gray” or the “Company”) should be read in conjunction with our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and related notes contained in this report and our audited consolidated financial statements and related notes contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 (the “2011 Form 10-K”).

Overview

Currently, we own and operate television stations broadcasting 36 primary channels in 30 television markets. Seventeen of our primary channels are affiliated with the CBS Network owned by CBS Inc. (“CBS”), ten are affiliated with the NBC Network owned by National Broadcasting Company, Inc. (“NBC”), eight are affiliated with the ABC Network owned by American Broadcasting Company (“ABC”), and one is affiliated with the FOX Network owned by the FOX Broadcasting Company (“FOX”). Our 17 CBS-affiliated stations make us the largest independent owner of CBS affiliates in the United States. In addition to our primary channels that we broadcast from our television stations, we currently broadcast 41 secondary channels including one affiliated with ABC, four affiliated with FOX, eight affiliated with the CW Network or the CW Plus Network, both owned by The CW Network, LLC (collectively “CW”), 18 affiliated with Master Distribution Service, Inc. (an affiliate of Twentieth Television, Inc.) (“MyNetworkTV” or “MyNet.”), one affiliated with Untamed Sports Network (“USN”), one affiliated with The Country Network (“TCN”), one affiliated with MeTV Network and seven local news/weather channels in certain of our existing markets. In addition, we have entered into agreements to launch three additional CBS affiliated secondary channels in certain of our existing markets in the fall of 2012. We created our secondary channels to better utilize our excess broadcast spectrum. Our secondary channels are similar to our primary channels; however, our secondary channels are affiliated with networks different from those affiliated with our primary channels. Our combined TV station group reaches approximately 6.2% of total United States households.

Television Industry Background

The Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC”) grants broadcast licenses to television stations. Historically, there have been a limited number of channels available for broadcasting in any one geographic area.

Television station revenue is derived primarily from local, regional and national advertising. Television station revenue is derived to a much lesser extent from retransmission consent fees; network compensation; studio and tower space rental; and commercial production activities. “Advertising” refers primarily to advertisements broadcast by television stations, but it also includes advertisements placed on a television station’s website and sponsorships of television programming and off-line content (such as email messages, mobile applications, and other electronic content distributed by stations). Advertising rates are based upon: (i) the size of a station’s market, (ii) a station’s overall ratings, (iii) a program’s popularity among targeted viewers, (iv) the number of advertisers competing for available time, (v) the demographic makeup of the station’s market, (vi) the availability of alternative advertising media in the market, (vii) the presence of effective sales forces and (viii) the development of projects, features and programs that tie advertiser messages to programming. Rates can also be determined in part by a station’s overall ratings and in-market share, as well as the station’s ratings and market share among particular demographic groups that an advertiser may be targeting. The sizes of advertisers’ budgets, which can be affected by broad economic trends, can affect the broadcast industry in general and the revenues of individual broadcast television stations.

Revenues, Cyclicality and Seasonality

Because broadcast stations like ours rely on advertising revenues, they are sensitive to cyclical changes in the economy. As a result, our non-political advertising revenue was significantly negatively affected during the recent economic recession, but improved along with the general economic environment in 2011 and has continued to improve in 2012.

 

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Broadcast advertising revenues are generally highest in the second and fourth quarters each year. This seasonality results partly from increases in consumer advertising in the spring and retail advertising in the period leading up to and including the holiday season. Broadcast advertising revenues are also typically higher in even-numbered years due to spending by political candidates, political parties and special interest groups. This political spending typically is heaviest during the fourth quarter.

For the six month period ended June 30, 2012, our largest nonpolitical advertising customer categories were the automotive and medical categories. For the six month period ended June 30, 2012, we earned approximately 20% and 10% of our total broadcast advertising revenue from the automotive and medical categories, respectively. In the six month period ended June 30, 2011, we earned approximately 21% and 11% of our total broadcast advertising revenue from the automotive and medical categories, respectively. Our business and operating results could be materially adversely affected if automotive or medical-related advertising revenue decreases. Our business and operating results could also be materially adversely affected if revenue decreased from one or more other significant advertising categories, such as the restaurant, communications, furniture and appliances, entertainment, or financial services.

Please see our “Results of Operations” and “Liquidity and Capital Resources” sections below for further discussion of our operating results.

Revenue

Set forth below are the principal types of revenue, less agency commissions, earned by us for the periods indicated and the percentage contribution of each type of revenue to our total revenue (dollars in thousands):

 

     Three Months Ended June 30,     Six Months Ended June 30,  
     2012     2011     2012     2011  
     Amount      Percent
of Total
    Amount      Percent
of Total
    Amount      Percent
of Total
    Amount      Percent
of Total
 

Revenue:

                    

Local

   $ 48,417         51.1   $ 47,785         62.7   $ 94,292         53.8   $ 91,550         62.7

National

     14,321         15.1     13,428         17.6     27,327         15.6     26,403         18.1

Internet

     6,359         6.7     4,865         6.4     12,051         6.9     9,112         6.2

Political

     13,138         13.9     2,316         3.0     18,097         10.3     3,697         2.5

Retransmission consent

     8,279         8.7     5,055         6.6     16,757         9.6     10,102         6.9

Other

     3,627         3.8     2,202         3.0     5,496         3.1     3,979         2.8

Consulting

     550         0.7     550         0.7     1,345         0.7     1,100         0.8
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 94,691         100.0   $ 76,201         100.0   $ 175,365         100.0   $ 145,943         100.0
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Results of Operations

Three Months Ended June 30, 2012 (“2012 three-month period”) Compared to Three Months Ended June 30, 2011 (“2011 three-month period”)

Revenue. Total revenue increased $18.5 million, or 24%, to $94.7 million in the 2012 three-month period due primarily to increased political advertising, retransmission consent, local advertising, national advertising, internet advertising, and other revenue. Political advertising revenue increased $10.8 million, or 467%, to $13.1 million, reflecting increased advertising from political candidates and special interest groups during the “on year” of the two-year political advertising cycle. Our political advertising revenue also increased due to additional advertising related to a special election to recall the Governor of Wisconsin, where we have three television stations. Retransmission consent revenue increased $3.2 million, or 64%, to $8.3 million primarily due to the improved terms of our retransmission contracts compared to terms in effect during the 2011 three-month period. A significant portion of our retransmission consent contracts expired on December 31, 2011 and we were able to renew

 

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substantially all of these contracts under terms more favorable to Gray, which resulted in increased revenue in the 2012 three-month period compared to the 2011 three-month period. Local advertising revenue increased approximately $0.6 million, or 1%, to $48.4 million. National advertising revenue increased approximately $0.9 million, or 7%, to $14.3 million. Internet advertising revenue increased $1.5 million, or 31%, to $6.4 million. Local and national advertising increased due to increased spending by advertisers in a gradually improving economic environment. While our internet advertising revenue has also benefited from an improved economy, we continue to focus on and invest resources into our internet sales efforts, which have also resulted in increased internet revenue. Our five largest nonpolitical advertising categories on a combined local and national basis by customer type for the 2012 three-month period demonstrated the following changes in revenue during the 2012 three-month period compared to the 2011 three-month period: automotive increased 20%; medical increased 8%; restaurant decreased 5%; communications increased 2%; and furniture and appliances increased 3%. Other revenue increased $1.4 million, or 65%, to $3.6 million due primarily to the receipt of certain copyright royalty payments. If any similar copyright royalty payments are received in future periods, they are likely to recur in lower amounts. We earned consulting revenue of $0.6 million in the 2012 and 2011 three-month periods under our agreement with Young Broadcasting, Inc. (“Young”). This agreement expires on December 31, 2012.

Broadcast expenses. Broadcast expenses (before depreciation, amortization and gain on disposal of assets) increased $4.9 million, or 10%, to $52.8 million in the 2012 three-month period, due primarily to increases in compensation expense of $3.2 million and non-compensation expense of $1.7 million. Compensation expense increased primarily due to increases in salaries, incentive compensation, pension expenses and healthcare expenses. Non-compensation expense increased primarily due to an increase in programing costs and national sales commissions. As of June 30, 2012 and 2011, we employed 2,070 and 2,087 total employees, respectively, in our broadcast operations.

Corporate and administrative expenses. Corporate and administrative expenses (before depreciation, amortization and gain on disposal of assets) increased $0.2 million, or 7%, to $3.6 million in the 2012 three-month period. The increase was due primarily to increases in compensation expense of $0.3 million partially offset by a decrease in non-compensation expense of $0.1 million. Compensation expense increased primarily due to increases in salaries, incentive compensation and stock-based compensation expense. We recorded non-cash stock-based compensation expense during the three-month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 of $140,000 and $34,000, respectively. Non-cash stock-based compensation expense increased due to the grant of additional equity incentive awards during the 2012 three-month period.

Depreciation. Depreciation of property and equipment decreased $0.9 million, or 14%, to $5.7 million during the 2012 three-month period compared to the 2011 three-month period. Depreciation decreased due to a greater amount of property and equipment becoming fully depreciated compared to the amount of property and equipment being placed in service during the 2012 three-month period.

Gain on disposal of assets. Gain on disposal of assets decreased $0.3 million to $0.5 million during the 2012 three-month period as compared to the 2011 three-month period. On March 22, 2011, our primary broadcast tower for WEAU-TV, our station which serves the La Crosse – Eau Claire, Wisconsin market, collapsed during inclement weather. Our loss of property due to the tower collapse was covered by insurance. We recorded a gain on disposal on the old tower of $0.7 million and $0.8 million during the 2012 and 2011 three-month periods, respectively. The gains on the disposal of the WEAU-TV tower were partially offset by losses recorded upon the disposal of certain equipment in the ordinary course of business during the 2012 and 2011 three-month periods.

Interest expense. Interest expense decreased $0.2 million, or 1%, to $15.1 million for the 2012 three-month period. This decrease was attributable to a decrease in average principal outstanding. Our average debt balance was $827.4 million and $831.1 million during the 2012 and 2011 three-month periods, respectively. The average interest rate on our total debt balances was approximately 6.9% during each of the 2012 and 2011 three-month periods.

Income tax expense. We recognized income tax expense of $6.9 million and $1.1 million for the 2012 and 2011 three-month periods, respectively. For the 2012 and 2011 three-month periods, our effective income tax rate was 38.6% and 30.6%, respectively. We estimate our differences between taxable income and recorded income on an annual basis. Our tax provision for each quarter is based upon these full year projections which are revised each

 

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reporting period. These projections incorporate estimates of permanent differences between U.S. GAAP income and taxable income, state income taxes and adjustments to our liability for unrecognized tax benefits. Our effective income tax rate for the 2012 three-month period as compared to the 2011 three-month period increased primarily due to a larger reduction in our estimated liability for unrecognized tax benefits in the 2011 three-month period as compared to the 2012 three-month period.

Preferred stock dividends. Preferred stock dividends decreased $0.6 million, or 34%, to $1.2 million for the 2012 three-month period. The decrease in the dividend was due to fewer shares of our Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock being outstanding during the 2012 three-month period compared to the 2011 three-month period.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 (“2012 six-month period”) Compared to Six Months Ended June 30, 2011 (“2011 six-month period”)

Revenue. Total revenue increased $29.4 million, or 20%, to $175.4 million in the 2012 six-month period due primarily to increased political advertising, retransmission consent, local advertising, national advertising, internet advertising, and other revenue. Political advertising revenue increased $14.4 million, or 390%, to $18.1 million, reflecting increased advertising from political candidates and special interest groups during the “on year” of the two-year political advertising cycle. Our political advertising revenue also increased due to additional advertising related to a special election to recall the Governor of Wisconsin, where we have three television stations. Retransmission consent revenue increased $6.7 million, or 66%, to $16.8 million in the 2012 six-month period compared to the 2011 six-month period primarily due to the improved terms of our retransmission contracts compared to the terms in effect during the 2011 six-month period. A significant portion of our retransmission consent contracts expired on December 31, 2011 and we were able to renew substantially all of these contracts under terms more favorable to Gray, which resulted in increased revenue in the 2012 six-month period compared to the 2011 six-month period. Local advertising revenue increased approximately $2.7 million, or 3%, to $94.3 million. National advertising revenue increased approximately $0.9 million, or 3%, to $27.3 million. Internet advertising revenue increased $2.9 million, or 32%, to $12.1 million. Local and national advertising increased due to increased spending by advertisers in a gradually improving economic environment. While our internet advertising revenue has also benefited from an improved economy, we continue to focus on and invest resources into our internet sales efforts, which have also resulted in increased internet revenue. In addition, local and national net advertising revenue was positively influenced by the broadcast of the 2012 Super Bowl on our ten primary NBC channels, earning us approximately $0.8 million, an increase of approximately $0.6 million compared to the broadcast of the 2011 Super Bowl on our one primary FOX-affiliated channel and four secondary digital FOX-affiliated channels, which earned us approximately $0.2 million. Our five largest nonpolitical advertising categories on a combined local and national basis by customer type for the 2012 six-month period demonstrated the following changes in revenue during the 2012 six-month period compared to the 2011 six-month period: automotive increased 14%; medical increased 11%; restaurant increased 1%; communications increased 9%; and furniture and appliances increased 4%. Other revenue increased $1.5 million, or 38%, to $5.5 million in the 2012 six-month period compared to the 2011 six-month period due primarily to the receipt of certain copyright royalty payments. If any similar copyright royalty payments are received in future periods, they are likely to recur in lower amounts. We earned consulting revenue of $1.3 million and $1.1 million in the 2012 and 2011 six-month periods, respectively, from our agreement with Young.

Broadcast expenses. Broadcast expenses (before depreciation, amortization and gain on disposal of assets) increased $7.5 million, or 8%, to $103.6 million in the 2012 six-month period, due primarily to an increase in compensation expense of $3.9 million and non-compensation expense of $3.5 million. Compensation expense increased primarily due to increases in salaries, incentive compensation and pension expenses. Non-compensation expense increased primarily due to an increase in programing costs, other professional services and national sales commissions.

Corporate and administrative expenses. Corporate and administrative expenses (before depreciation, amortization and gain on disposal of assets) increased $0.3 million, or 5%, to $6.7 million for the 2012 six-month period. The increase was due primarily to an increase in compensation expense of $0.5 million, partially offset by a decrease in non-compensation expense of $0.2 million. Compensation expense increased primarily due to increases in salaries, incentive compensation and stock-based compensation expense. We recorded non-cash stock-based

 

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compensation expense during the six-month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 of $154,000 and $68,000, respectively. Non-cash stock based compensation expense increased due to the grant of additional equity incentive awards during the 2012 six-month period.

Depreciation. Depreciation of property and equipment decreased $2.0 million, or 15%, to $11.6 million for the 2012 six-month period. Depreciation decreased due to a greater amount of property and equipment becoming fully depreciated compared to the amount of property and equipment being placed in service during the 2012 six-month period.

Gain on disposal of assets. Gain on disposal of assets decreased $0.4 million to $0.5 million during the 2012 six-month period as compared to the 2011 six-month period. On March 22, 2011, our primary broadcast tower for WEAU-TV, our station which serves the La Crosse – Eau Claire, Wisconsin market, collapsed during inclement weather. Our loss of property due to the tower collapse was covered by insurance. We recorded a gain on disposal on the old tower of $0.7 million and $0.8 million during the 2012 and 2011 six-month periods, respectively. The gains on the disposal of the WEAU-TV tower were partially offset by losses recorded upon the disposal of certain equipment in the ordinary course of business during the 2012 and 2011 six-month periods.

Interest expense. Interest expense decreased $1.1 million, or 3%, to $30.3 million for the 2012 six-month period. This decrease was attributable to a decrease in average interest rates and average principal outstanding. Our average debt balance was $828.3 million and $831.8 million during the 2012 and 2011 six-month periods, respectively. The average interest rates on our total debt balances were 7.0% and 7.1% during the 2012 and 2011 six-month periods, respectively.

Income tax expense or benefit. We recognized an income tax expense of $9.2 million and an income tax benefit of $0.3 million in the 2012 and 2011 six-month periods, respectively. For the 2012 and 2011 six-month periods, our effective income tax rate was 39.1% and 35.0%, respectively. We estimate our differences between taxable income or loss and recorded income or loss on an annual basis. Our tax provision for each quarter is based upon these full year projections which are revised each reporting period. These projections incorporate estimates of permanent differences between U.S. GAAP income and taxable income, state income taxes and adjustments to our liability for unrecognized tax benefits. Our effective income tax rate for the 2012 six-month period as compared to the 2011 six-month period increased primarily due to a larger reduction in our estimated liability for unrecognized tax benefits in the 2011 six-month period as compared to the 2012 six-month period.

Preferred stock dividends. Preferred stock dividends decreased $1.2 million, or 34%, to $2.4 million for the 2012 six-month period. The decrease in the dividend was due to fewer shares of our Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock being outstanding during the 2012 six-month period compared to the 2011 six-month period.

 

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Liquidity and Capital Resources

General

The following table presents data that we believe is helpful in evaluating our liquidity and capital resources (dollars in thousands).

 

                                                             
     Six Months Ended June 30,  
     2012     2011  

Net cash provided by operating activities

   $ 45,107      $ 17,262   

Net cash used in investing activities

     (10,845     (16,199

Net cash used in financing activities

     (11,411     (3,037
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) in cash

   $ 22,851      $ (1,974
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

                                                             
     As of  
     June 30, 2012      December 31, 2011  

Cash

   $ 28,041       $ 5,190   

Long-term debt including current portion

   $ 821,498       $ 832,233   

Preferred stock, excluding unamortized original issue discount

   $ 24,996       $ 24,841   

Borrowing availability under our senior credit facility

   $ 40,000       $ 31,000   

Long-term Debt

Our senior credit facility consists of a revolving loan, which matures March 19, 2014, and a term loan, which matures December 31, 2014. Excluding accrued interest, the amount outstanding under our senior credit facility as of June 30, 2012 was comprised solely of a term loan balance of $460.6 million. Excluding accrued interest, the amount outstanding under our senior credit facility as of December 31, 2011 was $472.0 million comprised of a term loan balance of $463.0 and a revolving loan balance of $9.0 million. Our maximum borrowing availability is limited by our required compliance with certain restrictive covenants, including a first lien net leverage ratio covenant. As of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, we were in compliance with all covenants required under our debt obligations.

As of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, we had $365.0 million of our 10 1/2% senior secured second lien notes due 2015 (the “Notes”) outstanding. Our Notes mature on June 29, 2015.

As of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, the interest rate on the balance outstanding under the senior credit facility was 3.7% and 3.8%, respectively. As of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, the coupon interest rate and the yield on the Notes were 10.5% and 11.0%, respectively. The yield on the Notes exceeds the coupon interest rate because the Notes were issued with “original issue discount”.

As of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, we had a deferred loan cost balance, net of accumulated amortization, of $3.3 million and $4.0 million, respectively, related to our senior credit facility. As of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, we had a deferred loan cost balance, net of accumulated amortization, of $5.3 million and $6.1 million, respectively, related to our Notes.

Preferred Stock

As of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, we had 259 shares of Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock outstanding. The Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock has a liquidation value of $100,000 per share, for a total liquidation value of $25.9 million as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011. The Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock had a recorded value of $25.0 million and $24.8 million as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. The difference between the liquidation values and the recorded values was the unaccreted portion of the original issuance discount and issuance cost. Our accrued Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock dividend balances as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 were $15.9 million and $13.7 million, respectively.

 

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Except for the payment of dividends in connection with certain repurchases of portions of the Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock, we have deferred the cash payment of dividends on our Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock since October 1, 2008. While three consecutive cash dividend payments with respect to the Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock remain unfunded, the dividend rate will remain at 17.0% per annum.

While any Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock dividend payments are in arrears, we are prohibited from repurchasing, declaring and/or paying any cash dividend with respect to any equity securities having liquidation preferences equivalent to or junior in ranking to the liquidation preference of the Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock, including our common stock and Class A common stock. We can provide no assurances as to when any future cash payments will be made on any accumulated and unpaid Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock dividends presently in arrears or that become in arrears in the future. The Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock has no mandatory redemption date but, pursuant to its terms, is redeemable by the Company at any time and may be redeemed at the stockholders’ option on or after June 30, 2015. We have deferred cash dividends on our Series D Perpetual Preferred Stock and correspondingly suspended cash dividends on our common stock and Class A common stock to, among other things, reallocate cash resources and support our ability to pay interest costs and fees associated with our senior credit facility and Notes.

Net Cash Provided By (Used In) Operating, Investing and Financing Activities

Net cash provided by operating activities was $45.1 million in the 2012 six-month period compared to $17.3 million in the 2011 six-month period. The increase in cash provided by operations was due primarily to an increase in revenue, while partially offset by increases in broadcast and corporate and administrative expenses.

Net cash used in investing activities was $10.8 million in the 2012 six-month period compared to net cash used in investing activities of $16.2 million for the 2011 six-month period. The decrease in cash used in investing activities was largely due to decreased spending for equipment.

Net cash used in financing activities in the 2012 six-month period was $11.4 million compared to $3.0 million in the 2011 six-month period. This increase in cash used was due primarily to an increase in repayments and a decrease in borrowings of long-term debt in the 2012 six-month period compared to the 2011 six-month period.

Liquidity

As of June 30, 2012, we are required to make at least $4.8 million in debt principal payments during the twelve months immediately following June 30, 2012. As of June 30, 2012, we estimate that we will make approximately $54.9 million in debt interest payments and $23.0 million in capital expenditures during the twelve months immediately following June 30, 2012. Although our cash flows from operations are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, we anticipate that our cash on hand, future cash expected to be generated from operations, and borrowings from time to time under our senior credit facility (or any such other credit facility as may be in place at the appropriate time) will be sufficient to fund these debt service obligations and estimated capital expenditures. We also presently believe that our future cash expected to be generated from operations and borrowing availability under our senior credit facility (or any such other credit facility) will be sufficient to fund our future capital expenditures and long-term debt service obligations until at least December 31, 2014, which is the maturity date of our term loan.

Capital Expenditures

Capital expenditures in the 2012 and 2011 six-month periods were $11.6 million and $16.7 million, respectively. The 2011 six-month period included capital expenditures for high definition broadcast equipment for local programming including local news, while the 2012 six-month period did not contain as many comparable projects.

We anticipate that our capital expenditures for the remainder of 2012 will be approximately $11.4 million.

 

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Other

We file a consolidated federal income tax return and such state or local tax returns as are required. Although we may earn taxable operating income in future years, as of June 30, 2012, we anticipate that through the use of our available loss carryforwards we will not pay significant amounts of federal or state income taxes in the next several years.

We do not believe that inflation has had a significant impact on our results of operations nor is inflation expected to have a significant effect upon our business in the near future.

During the 2012 six-month period, we contributed $2.3 million to our pension plans. During the remainder of fiscal 2012, we expect to contribute an additional $4.6 million to our pension plans.

Critical Accounting Policies

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make judgments and estimations that affect the amounts reported in the financial statements and accompanying notes. Actual results could differ from those estimates. We consider our accounting policies relating to intangible assets and income taxes to be critical policies that require judgments or estimations in their application where variances in those judgments or estimations could make a significant difference to future reported results. These critical accounting policies and estimates are more fully disclosed in our 2011 Form 10-K.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (this “Quarterly Report”) contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21 E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are all statements other than those of historical fact. When used in this Quarterly Report, the words “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “will,” “may,” “should” and similar words and expressions are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. Among other things, statements that describe our expectations regarding our results of operations, general and industry-specific economic conditions, future pension plan contributions and capital expenditures are forward-looking statements. Readers of this Quarterly Report are cautioned that any forward-looking statements, including those regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of our management, are not guarantees of future performance, results or events and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results and events may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors including, but not limited to, those listed under the heading “Risk Factors” in our 2011 Form 10-K and as may be described in subsequently filed quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, as well as the other factors described from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. We undertake no obligation to update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

 

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosure About Market Risk

We believe that the market risk of our financial instruments as of June 30, 2012 has not materially changed since December 31, 2011. The market risk profile on December 31, 2011 is disclosed in our 2011 Form 10-K.

 

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

As of the end of the period covered by this Quarterly Report, an evaluation was carried out under the supervision and with the participation of management, including the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and the Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”), of the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures. Based on that evaluation, the CEO and the CFO have concluded that, as of the end of the period covered by this Quarterly Report, our disclosure controls and procedures are effective to ensure that information required to be disclosed by us in reports that we file or furnish under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in Securities and Exchange Commission rules and forms, and to ensure that such

 

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information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including the CEO and CFO, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosures. No system of controls, no matter how well designed and implemented, can provide absolute assurance that the objectives of the system of controls are met and no evaluation of controls can provide absolute assurance that all control issues and instances of fraud, if any, within a company have been detected.

There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the three-month period ended June 30, 2012 identified in connection with this evaluation that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors

Please refer to the information set out under the heading “Risk Factors” in Part I, Item 1A in our 2011 Form 10-K for a description of risk factors that we determined to be most material to our financial condition and results of operation. We do not believe there have been any material changes in these risk factors.

 

Item 6. Exhibits

 

  10.1    Gray Television, Inc. 2007 Long Term Incentive Plan, as amended.
  31.1    Rule 13(a) – 14(a) Certificate of Chief Executive Officer
  31.2    Rule 13(a) – 14(a) Certificate of Chief Financial Officer
  32.1    Section 1350 Certificate of Chief Executive Officer
  32.2    Section 1350 Certificate of Chief Financial Officer
101.INS    XBRL Instance Document
101.SCH    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
101.CAL    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
101.DEF    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
101.LAB    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document
101.PRE    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

      GRAY TELEVISION, INC.
      (Registrant)
Date: August 3, 2012     By:  

/s/ James C. Ryan

      James C. Ryan,
      Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

 

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