XNYS:BLC Quarterly Report 10-Q Filing - 3/31/2012

Effective Date 3/31/2012

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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

Form 10-Q

 

 

 

x QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended: March 31, 2012

OR

 

¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Commission File No. 1-8598

 

 

Belo Corp.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   75-0135890

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. employer

identification no.)

400 South Record Street   75202-4841
Dallas, Texas   (Zip code)
(Address of principal executive offices)  

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (214) 977-6606

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

None

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether 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 period 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 Web site, 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, or a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act:

 

Large accelerated filer   ¨   Accelerated filer    x
Non-accelerated filer   ¨   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 practicable date.

 

Class

   Outstanding at April 25, 2012

Common Stock, $1.67 par value

   104,049,519*

 

* Consisting of 94,245,978 shares of Series A Common Stock and 9,803,541 shares of Series B Common Stock.

 

 

 


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BELO CORP.

FORM 10-Q

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

          Page  

PART I

   FINANCIAL INFORMATION   

Item 1.

   Financial Statements      2   

Item 2.

   Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations      12   

Item 3.

   Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk      16   

Item 4.

   Controls and Procedures      16   

PART II

   OTHER INFORMATION   

Item 1.

   Legal Proceedings      17   

Item 1A.

   Risk Factors      17   

Item 2.

   Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds      17   

Item 3.

   Defaults Upon Senior Securities      17   

Item 4.

   Removed and Reserved      17   

Item 5.

   Other Information      17   

Item 6.

   Exhibits      17   
   Signatures      23   

 

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PART I.

Item 1. Financial Statements

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

Belo Corp. and Subsidiaries

 

     Three months ended March 31,  

In thousands, except per share amounts (unaudited)

   2012     2011  

Net Operating Revenues

   $ 155,898      $ 151,470   

Operating Costs and Expenses

    

Station salaries, wages and employee benefits

     55,699        53,836   

Station programming and other operating costs

     45,317        50,196   

Corporate operating costs

     7,732        6,299   

Pension settlement charge and contribution reimbursements

     —          20,466   

Depreciation

     7,462        7,924   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating costs and expenses

     116,210        138,721   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings from operations

     39,688        12,749   

Other Income and (Expense)

    

Interest expense

     (17,662     (17,983

Other income, net

     501        180   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other income and (expense)

     (17,161     (17,803

Earnings (loss) before income taxes

     22,527        (5,054

Income tax (benefit) expense

     8,235        (740
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net earnings (loss)

   $ 14,292      $ (4,314
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings (Loss) Per Share

    

Basic

   $ 0.14      $ (0.04

Diluted

   $ 0.14      $ (0.04

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

    

Basic

     103,934        103,403   

Diluted

     104,257        103,403   

Dividends declared per share

   $ 0.08      $      

Total comprehensive income (loss)

   $ 14,916      $ (3,872

See accompanying Notes to Consolidated Condensed Financial Statements.

 

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CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS

Belo Corp. and Subsidiaries

 

In thousands, except share and per share amounts (unaudited)

   March  31,
2012
    December  31,
2011
 

Assets

    

Current assets:

    

Cash and temporary cash investments

   $ 120,175      $ 61,118   

Accounts receivable, net

     133,485        149,584   

Income tax receivable

     14        31,629   

Other current assets

     17,743        16,692   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     271,417        259,023   

Property, plant and equipment, net

     153,540        157,115   

Intangible assets, net

     725,399        725,399   

Goodwill

     423,873        423,873   

Other assets

     40,958        46,195   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 1,615,187      $ 1,611,605   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

    

Current liabilities:

    

Accounts payable

   $ 16,615      $ 19,677   

Accrued expenses

     31,020        34,961   

Short-term pension obligation

     19,737        19,300   

Accrued interest payable

     18,100        10,378   

Income taxes payable

     5,909        12,922   

Dividends payable

     8,324        5,189   

Deferred revenue

     3,712        3,435   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     103,417        105,862   

Long-term debt

     887,226        887,003   

Deferred income taxes

     247,857        244,361   

Pension obligation

     88,546        93,012   

Other liabilities

     12,965        14,164   

Shareholders’ equity:

    

Preferred stock, $1.00 par value. Authorized 5,000,000 shares; none issued

    

Common stock, $1.67 par value. Authorized 450,000,000 shares

    

Series A: Issued 94,244,578 shares at March 31, 2012 and 93,672,489 shares at December 31, 2011

     157,388        156,433   

Series B: Issued 9,804,941 shares at March 31, 2012 and 10,115,193 shares at December 31, 2011

     16,374        16,892   

Additional paid-in capital

     919,182        918,226   

Accumulated deficit

     (731,051     (737,007

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (86,717     (87,341
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total shareholders’ equity

     275,176        267,203   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

   $ 1,615,187      $ 1,611,605   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying Notes to Consolidated Condensed Financial Statements.

 

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CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

Belo Corp. and Subsidiaries

 

     Three months ended March 31,  
In thousands (unaudited)    2012     2011  

Operations

    

Net earnings (loss)

   $ 14,292      $ (4,314

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operations:

    

Depreciation

     7,462        7,924   

Pension settlement charge

     —          28,699   

Pension contributions

     (3,751     (15,457

Deferred income taxes

     3,193        (6,106

Employee retirement benefit expense

     666        980   

Share-based compensation

     791        584   

Other non-cash items

     869        104   

Equity (income) loss from partnerships

     (360     (77

Other, net

     45        (616

Net change in operating assets and liabilities:

    

Accounts receivable

     15,499        13,862   

Income tax receivable

     31,615        —     

Other current assets and other assets

     3,356        3,101   

Accounts payable

     (2,606     (3,027

Accrued expenses

     (3,674     (15,571

Accrued interest payable

     7,722        8,007   

Income taxes payable

     (7,013     (709
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operations

     68,106        17,384   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Investments

    

Capital expenditures

     (3,932     (3,018

Other investments, net

     —          583   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used for investments

     (3,932     (2,435
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Financing

    

Net proceeds from revolving debt

     —          23,400   

Payments on revolving debt

     —          (34,400

Dividends paid on common stock

     (5,201     —     

Net proceeds from exercise of stock options

     40        58   

Excess tax benefit from option exercises

     44        67   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used for financing

     (5,117     (10,875
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and temporary cash investments

     59,057        4,074   

Cash and temporary cash investments at beginning of period

     61,118        8,309   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and temporary cash investments at end of period

   $ 120,175      $ 12,383   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying Notes to Consolidated Condensed Financial Statements.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Belo Corp. and Subsidiaries

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 

1 Business Organization, Consolidation and Significant Accounting Policies
(1) The accompanying unaudited consolidated condensed financial statements of Belo Corp. and subsidiaries (the Company or Belo) have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for interim financial information and in accordance with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements.

The Company’s operating segments are defined as its television stations and cable news channels within a given market. The Company has determined that all of its operating segments meet the criteria under Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 280-10 to be aggregated into one reporting segment.

Belo considers all highly liquid instruments purchased with a remaining maturity of three months or less to be temporary cash investments. Such temporary cash investments are carried at fair value on a recurring basis using Level 1 inputs.

In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring adjustments) considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included. Operating results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2012, are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending December 31, 2012. For further information, refer to the consolidated financial statements and footnotes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.

All amounts are in thousands, except share and per share amounts, unless otherwise indicated.

 

2 Recently Issued Accounting Standards
(2) In September 2011, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standard Update (ASU) No. 2011-08, Intangibles-Goodwill and Other (Topic 350): Testing Goodwill for Impairment. ASU 2011-08 is intended to simplify goodwill impairment testing by adding a qualitative review step to assess whether quantitative impairment analysis is necessary. Under the amended rule, a company is not required to calculate the fair value of a business that contains recorded goodwill unless it concludes, based on the qualitative assessment, that it is more likely than not that the fair value of that business is less than its book value. If such a decline in fair value is deemed more likely than not to have occurred, then the quantitative goodwill impairment test that exists under current GAAP must be completed; otherwise, goodwill is deemed to be not impaired and no further testing is required until the next annual test date (or sooner if conditions or events before that date raise concerns of potential impairment in the business). The amended goodwill impairment guidance does not affect the manner in which a company estimates fair value. The new standard is effective for annual and interim goodwill impairment tests performed for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2011. The value of that goodwill will not be affected by the adoption of this standard. The Company adopted the standard effective January 1, 2012.

In June 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-05, Comprehensive Income (Topic 220): Presentation of Comprehensive Income. This ASU requires companies to present the components of net income and other comprehensive income either as one continuous statement or as two consecutive statements. It eliminates the option to present components of other comprehensive income as part of the statement of changes in stockholders’ equity. The standard does not change the items that must be reported in other comprehensive income, how such items are measured or when they must be reclassified to net income. This standard is effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2011. The FASB subsequently deferred the effective date of certain provisions of this standard pertaining to the reclassification of items out of accumulated other comprehensive income. This ASU impacts presentation only and will have no effect on the Company’s financial condition, results of operations or cash flows. The Company adopted the standard effective January 1, 2012.

 

3 Related Party Transactions
(3)

Belo and A. H. Belo Corporation (A. H. Belo), who have two common directors, are considered related parties under accounting rules. The Company has no ownership interest in A. H. Belo or in any of A. H. Belo’s newspaper businesses or related assets, and A. H. Belo has no ownership interest in the Company or any of the Company’s television station businesses or related assets. Belo’s relationship with A. H. Belo is governed by certain agreements between the two companies or their respective subsidiaries. Although the services provided pursuant to these agreements generate continuing cash flows between Belo and A. H. Belo, the amounts are not significant to the ongoing operations of the Company. Under the services agreement, the Company and A. H. Belo (or their respective

 

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  subsidiaries) provide each other various services and/or support. Belo and A. H. Belo co-own certain investments in third party businesses which are recorded as either equity or cost method investments and are included in other assets. The amount of income from the third party investments included in the Company’s net earnings are immaterial. See Note 8 for disclosures related to the 2011 split of the pension plan by Belo and A. H. Belo.

 

4 Earning Per Share
(4) The following table sets forth the reconciliation between weighted average shares used for calculating basic and diluted earnings per share (EPS) for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011.

 

     2012     2011  

Income (loss) (Numerator)

    

Net earnings (loss)

   $ 14,292      $ (4,314

Less: Income to participating securities

     (188     —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) available to common stockholders

   $ 14,104      $ (4,314
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Shares (Denominator)

    

Weighted average shares outstanding (basic)

     103,934        103,403   

Dilutive effect of employee stock options

     323        —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted weighted average shares outstanding

     104,257        103,403   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) per share:

    

Basic

   $ 0.14      $ (0.04

Diluted

   $ 0.14      $ (0.04

In calculating diluted EPS for the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company excluded common stock options for 6,875,489 shares because to include them would be anti-dilutive. Additionally, for the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company excluded from the diluted EPS calculation restricted stock units (RSUs) of 718,275 because they are participating securities.

In calculating diluted loss per share for the three months ended March 31, 2011, potential dilutive common shares were not included as a result of the Company’s net loss during the period. As a result, basic weighted average shares were used in the calculations of basic loss per share and diluted loss per share.

 

5 Long Term Debt
(5)

At March 31, 2012, Belo had $887,226 in fixed-rate debt securities as follows: $175,779 of 6 3/4% Senior Notes due 2013, $271,447 of 8% Senior Notes due 2016, $200,000 of 7 3/4% Senior Debentures due 2027; and $240,000 of 7 1/4% Senior Debentures due 2027. The weighted average effective interest rate for the fixed-rate debt instruments is 7.5%.

At March 31, 2012, Belo also had variable-rate debt capacity of $200,000 under a credit agreement (2011 Credit Agreement). As of March 31, 2012, the Company did not have an outstanding balance under the 2011 Credit Agreement, and all unused borrowings were available for borrowing. The Company is required to maintain certain leverage and interest ratios specified in the 2011 Credit Agreement. The leverage ratio is generally defined as the ratio of debt to cash flow and the senior leverage ratio is generally defined as the ratio of the debt under the credit facility to cash flow. The interest coverage ratio is generally defined as the ratio of interest expense to cash flow. At March 31, 2012, the Company’s leverage ratio was 4.2, its interest coverage ratio was 3.0 and its senior leverage ratio was 0.0. At March 31, 2012, the Company was in compliance with all debt covenant requirements.

At March 31, 2012 and 2011, the fair value of Belo’s fixed-rate debt was estimated to be $904,700 and $878,746, respectively. The Company’s publicly held long-term debt is classified as Level 2, because the fair value for these instruments is determined utilizing observable inputs in non-active markets.

 

6 Schedule of Condensed Financial Statements
(6) The Company’s 8% Senior Notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by each of the Company’s 100%-owned subsidiaries as of the date of issuance. Accordingly, the following condensed consolidating financial statements present the consolidated balance sheets, consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive income (loss) and consolidated statements of cash flows of Belo as parent, the guarantor subsidiaries consisting of Belo’s 100%-owned subsidiaries as of the date of issuance, non-guarantor subsidiaries consisting of subsidiaries subsequent to the date of issuance, and eliminations necessary to arrive at the Company’s information on a consolidated basis. These statements are presented in accordance with the disclosure requirements under Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation S-X, Rule 3-10.

 

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Condensed Consolidating Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Income

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2012

(in thousands)(unaudited)

 

     Parent     Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Non Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Eliminations     Total  

Net Operating Revenues

   $ —        $ 155,898      $ —        $ —        $ 155,898   

Operating Costs and Expenses

          

Station salaries, wages and employee benefits

     —          55,699        —          —          55,699   

Station programming and other operating costs

     —          45,317        —          —          45,317   

Corporate operating costs

     6,701        798        233        —          7,732   

Depreciation

     277        6,978        207        —          7,462   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating costs and expenses

     6,978        108,792        440        —          116,210   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) from operations

     (6,978     47,106        (440     —          39,688   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other Income and (Expense)

          

Interest expense

     (17,648     (14     —          —          (17,662

Intercompany interest

     744        (744     —          —          —     

Other income, net

     97        404        —          —          501   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other income and (expense)

     (16,807     (354     —          —          (17,161
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) before income taxes

     (23,785     46,752        (440     —          22,527   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income tax benefit (expense)

     8,967        (17,363     161        —          (8,235

Equity in earnings (loss) of subsidiaries

     29,110        —          —          (29,110     —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net earnings (loss)

   $ 14,292      $ 29,389      $ (279   $ (29,110   $ 14,292   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income (loss)

   $ 14,916      $ 29,389      $ (279   $ (29,110   $ 14,916   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidating Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2011

(in thousands)(unaudited)

 

     Parent     Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Eliminations     Total  

Net Operating Revenues

   $ —        $ 151,470      $ —        $ 151,470   

Operating Costs and Expenses

        

Station salaries, wages and employee benefits

     —          53,836        —          53,836   

Station programming and other operating costs

     —          50,196        —          50,196   

Corporate operating costs

     5,704        595        —          6,299   

Pension settlement charge and contribution reimbursements

     20,466        —          —          20,466   

Depreciation

     306        7,618        —          7,924   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating costs and expenses

     26,476        112,245        —          138,721   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) from operations

     (26,476     39,225        —          12,749   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other Income and (Expense)

        

Interest expense

     (17,958     (25     —          (17,983

Intercompany interest

     1,684        (1,684     —          —     

Other income (expense), net

     (39     219        —          180   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other income and (expense)

     (16,313     (1,490     —          (17,803
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) before income taxes

     (42,789     37,735        —          (5,054
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income tax benefit (expense)

     6,510        (5,770     —          740   

Equity in earnings (loss) of subsidiaries

     31,965        —          (31,965     —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net earnings (loss)

   $ (4,314   $ 31,965      $ (31,965   $ (4,314
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total comprehensive income (loss)

   $ (3,872   $ 31,965      $ (31,965   $ (3,872
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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Condensed Consolidating Balance Sheet

As of March 31, 2012

(in thousands)(unaudited)

 

      Parent      Guarantor
Subsidiaries
     Non Guarantor
Subsidiaries
     Eliminations     Total  

Assets

             

Current assets:

             

Cash and temporary cash investments

   $ 118,288       $ 1,863       $ 24       $ —        $ 120,175   

Accounts receivable, net

     108         133,377         —           —          133,485   

Income tax receivable

     14         —           —           —          14   

Other current assets

     4,128         13,569         46         —          17,743   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     122,538         148,809         70         —          271,417   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

     3,981         134,946         14,613         —          153,540   

Intangible assets, net

     —           725,399         —           —          725,399   

Goodwill

     —           423,873         —           —          423,873   

Deferred income taxes

     46,054         —           —           (46,054     —     

Intercompany receivable

     638,574         —           192         (638,766     —     

Investment in subsidiaries

     492,689         —           —           (492,689     —     

Other assets

     19,956         20,935         67         —          40,958   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 1,323,792       $ 1,453,962       $ 14,942       $ (1,177,509   $ 1,615,187   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

             

Current liabilities:

             

Accounts payable

   $ 7,496       $ 9,058       $ 61       $ —        $ 16,615   

Accrued expenses

     9,987         20,935         98         —          31,020   

Short-term pension obligation

     19,737         —           —           —          19,737   

Income taxes payable

     5,909         —           —           —          5,909   

Deferred revenue

     —           3,712         —           —          3,712   

Dividends payable

     8,324         —           —           —          8,324   

Accrued interest payable

     18,100         —           —           —          18,100   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     69,553         33,705         159         —          103,417   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Long-term debt

     887,226         —           —           —          887,226   

Deferred income taxes

     —           293,013         898         (46,054     247,857   

Pension obligation

     88,546         —           —           —          88,546   

Intercompany payable

     —           638,766         —           (638,766     —     

Other liabilities

     3,291         9,674         —           —          12,965   

Total shareholders’ equity

     275,176         478,804         13,885         (492,689     275,176   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

   $ 1,323,792       $ 1,453,962       $ 14,942       $ (1,177,509   $
1,615,187
  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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Condensed Consolidating Balance Sheet

As of December 31, 2011

(in thousands)

 

     Parent      Guarantor
Subsidiaries
     Non Guarantor
Subsidiaries
     Eliminations     Total  

Assets

             

Current assets:

             

Cash and temporary cash investments

   $ 59,339       $ 1,755       $ 24       $ —        $ 61,118   

Accounts receivable, net

     166         149,418         —           —          149,584   

Income tax receivable

     31,629         —           —           —          31,629   

Other current assets

     4,621         12,071         —           —          16,692   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     95,755         163,244         24         —          259,023   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

     3,683         139,335         14,097         —          157,115   

Intangible assets, net

     —           725,399         —           —          725,399   

Goodwill

     —           423,873         —           —          423,873   

Deferred income taxes

     45,831         —           —           (45,831     —     

Intercompany receivable

     687,324         —           —           (687,324     —     

Investment in subsidiaries

     463,580         —           —           (463,580     —     

Other assets

     23,908         22,220         67         —          46,195   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 1,320,081       $ 1,474,071       $ 14,188       $ (1,196,735   $ 1,611,605   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

             

Current liabilities:

             

Accounts payable

   $ 8,387       $ 11,266       $ 24       $ —        $ 19,677   

Accrued expenses

     12,975         21,986         —           —          34,961   

Short-term pension obligation

     19,300         —           —           —          19,300   

Income taxes payable

     12,922         —           —           —          12,922   

Deferred revenue

     —           3,435         —           —          3,435   

Dividends payable

     5,189         —           —           —          5,189   

Accrued interest payable

     10,378         —           —           —          10,378   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     69,151         36,687         24         —          105,862   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Long-term debt

     887,003         —           —           —          887,003   

Deferred income taxes

     —           290,192         —           (45,831     244,361   

Pension obligation

     93,012         —           —           —          93,012   

Intercompany payable

     —           687,324         —           (687,324     —     

Other liabilities

     3,712         10,452         —           —          14,164   

Total shareholders’ equity

     267,203         449,416         14,164         (463,580     267,203   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

   $ 1,320,081       $ 1,474,071       $ 14,188       $ (1,196,735   $ 1,611,605   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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Condensed Consolidating Statement of Cash Flows

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2012

(in thousands)(unaudited)

 

     Parent     Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Non Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Total  

Operations

        

Net cash provided by (used for) operations

   $ 36,523      $ 31,862      $ (279   $ 68,106   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Investments

        

Capital expenditures

     (1,567     (2,365     —          (3,932
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used for investments

     (1,567     (2,365     —          (3,932
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Financing

        

Dividends paid

     (5,201     —          —          (5,201

Net proceeds from exercise of stock options

     40        —          —          40   

Excess tax benefit from option exercises

     44        —          —          44   

Intercompany activity

     29,110        (29,389     279        —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities

     23,993        (29,389     279        (5,117
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net increase in cash and temporary cash investments

     58,949        108        —          59,057   

Cash and temporary cash investments at beginning of period

     59,339        1,755        24        61,118   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and temporary cash investments at end of period

   $ 118,288      $ 1,863      $ 24      $ 120,175   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidating Statement of Cash Flows

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2011

(in thousands)(unaudited)

 

     Parent     Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Total  

Operations

      

Net cash provided by (used for) operations

   $ (14,452   $ 31,836      $ 17,384   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Investments

      

Capital expenditures

     (874     (2,144     (3,018

Other investments, net

     57        526        583   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used for investments

     (817     (1,618     (2,435
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Financing

      

Net proceeds from revolving debt

     23,400        —          23,400   

Payments on revolving debt

     (34,400     —          (34,400

Net proceeds from exercise of stock options

     58        —          58   

Excess tax benefit from option exercises

     67        —          67   

Intercompany activity

     31,965        (31,965     —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities

     21,090        (31,965     (10,875
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and temporary cash investments

     5,821        (1,747     4,074   

Cash and temporary cash investments at beginning of period

     5,290        3,019        8,309   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and temporary cash investments at end of period

   $ 11,111      $ 1,272      $ 12,383   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

7 Long-Term Incentive Plan
(7) Belo has a long-term incentive plan under which awards may be granted to employees and outside directors in the form of non-qualified stock options, incentive stock options, restricted shares, RSUs, performance shares, performance units and stock appreciation rights. In addition, options may be accompanied by stock appreciation rights and limited stock appreciation rights. Rights and limited rights may also be issued without accompanying options. Cash-based bonus awards are also available under the plan.

Share-based compensation cost for awards to Belo’s employees and non-employee directors was $2,695 and $2,430, for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively

 

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8 Defined Benefit Pension and Other Post Retirement Plans
(8) In February 2008, the Company spun-off its newspaper businesses and related assets to a separate company, A. H. Belo. Subsequent to the spin-off, Belo retained sponsorship of The G. B. Dealey Retirement Pension Plan (Pension Plan). As the sole plan sponsor for the Pension Plan, Belo continued to administer benefits for Belo and A. H. Belo current and former employees. In October 2010, Belo and A. H. Belo agreed to split the Pension Plan into separately-sponsored pension plans effective January 1, 2011. Under the agreement, participant benefit liabilities and assets allocable to approximately 5,100 current and former employees of A. H. Belo and its related newspaper businesses were transferred to two new defined benefit pension plans created, sponsored, and managed by or on behalf of A. H. Belo. Effective January 1, 2011, the new A. H. Belo plans were solely responsible for paying participant benefits for the current and former employees of A. H. Belo, and the Company is no longer responsible for those liabilities. The participant benefit liabilities and assets pertaining to current and former employees of Belo, and its related television businesses, continue to be held by the Pension Plan sponsored by and managed by or on behalf of Belo Corp.

For Belo, the pension split transaction was treated as a settlement under ASC 715. Under settlement accounting for pensions, the split of the Company’s Pension Plan resulted in the transfer of $238,833 in Pension Plan assets, and $339,799 in Pension Plan liabilities to the plans sponsored by A. H. Belo. This resulted in a reduction in the net unfunded liability of $100,966, which was recorded as a non-cash settlement gain, and recognition of actuarial losses of $129,665 previously recognized in accumulated other comprehensive loss, which was recorded as a non-cash settlement charge. This settlement gain and charge resulted in a net non-cash settlement charge of $28,699. This charge was partially offset by a final net pension contribution reimbursement of $8,233 received from A. H. Belo as discussed below. The combined result of all pension transactions in the first quarter 2011 is a net charge before taxes of $20,466. Additionally, the Company’s effective tax rate for the first quarter 2011 reflects the impact of deferred tax adjustments of $7,143 in pension settlement items.

Belo’s funding policy is to contribute annually to the Pension Plan amounts sufficient to meet minimum funding requirements as set forth in employee benefit and tax laws, but not in excess of the maximum tax-deductible contribution. For the three months ended March 31, 2012, the Company made contributions totaling $3,751 to the Pension Plan related to the 2011 plan year. During the remaining nine months of 2012, the Company expects to make contributions of approximately $15,446 to the Pension Plan. No plan assets are expected to be returned to the Company during the year ending December 31, 2012. For the three months ended March 31, 2011, the Company made contributions totaling $15,457 to the Pension Plan related to the 2010 plan year and A. H. Belo reimbursed the Company $8,233. A. H. Belo has no further obligation to reimburse the Company for any contributions after the 2010 plan year.

Net periodic pension cost includes the following components for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011:

 

     2012     2011  

Interest cost on projected benefit obligation

   $ 3,115      $ 3,415   

Expected return on assets

     (3,392     (3,019

Amortization of net loss

     960        680   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net periodic pension cost before settlement charge

     683        1,076   

Settlement charge

     —          28,699   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net periodic pension cost

   $ 683      $ 29,775   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

9 Commitment and Contingencies
(9) Under the terms of the separation and distribution agreement between the Company and A. H. Belo, A. H. Belo has agreed to indemnify the Company for any liability arising out of the lawsuit described in the following paragraph.

On October 24, 2006, 18 former employees of The Dallas Morning News filed a lawsuit against The Dallas Morning News, the Company, and others in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The plaintiffs’ lawsuit mainly consists of claims of unlawful discrimination and alleged ERISA violations. On March 28, 2011, the Court granted defendants summary judgment and dismissed all claims. On July 15, 2011, the plaintiffs appealed the decision to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Company believes the lawsuit is without merit and is vigorously defending against it.

In addition to the proceeding disclosed above, other legal proceedings are pending against the Company, including several actions for alleged libel and/or defamation. In the opinion of management, liabilities, if any, arising from these other legal proceedings would not have a material adverse effect on the consolidated results of operations and comprehensive income (loss), liquidity or financial position of the Company.

 

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

                             (dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

The following information should be read in conjunction with the Company’s Consolidated Condensed Financial Statements and related Notes filed as part of this report.

Overview

Belo Corp. (Belo or the Company), a Delaware corporation, began as a Texas newspaper company in 1842 and today is a publicly-traded pure-play television company. The Company owns 20 television stations (nine in the top 25 U.S. markets) that reach more than 14 percent of U.S. television households, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and MyNetwork TV (MNTV) affiliates, and their associated Web sites, in 15 markets across the United States. The Company owns two local and two regional cable news channels and holds an ownership interest in one other cable news channel.

The Company believes the success of its media franchises is built upon providing the highest quality local and regional news, entertainment programming and service to the communities in which they operate. These principles have built durable relationships with viewers, advertisers and online users and have guided Belo’s success.

The following table sets forth the Company’s major media assets as of March 31, 2012:

 

Market

   Market
Rank(1)
     Station/
News
Channel
     Year Belo
Acquired/
Started
     Network
Affiliation
     Number of
Commercial
Stations in
Market(2)
 

Dallas/Fort Worth

     5         WFAA         1950         ABC         16   

Dallas/Fort Worth

     5         TXCN         1999         N/A         N/A   

Houston

     10         KHOU         1984         CBS         15   

Seattle/Tacoma

     12         KING         1997         NBC         13   

Seattle/Tacoma

     12         KONG         2000         IND         13   

Seattle/Tacoma

     12         NWCN         1997         N/A         N/A   

Phoenix

     13         KTVK         1999         IND         13   

Phoenix

     13         KASW         2000         CW         13   

St. Louis

     21         KMOV         1997         CBS         8   

Portland(3)

     22         KGW         1997         NBC         8   

Charlotte

     25         WCNC         1997         NBC         8   

San Antonio

     36         KENS         1997         CBS         10   

Hampton/Norfolk

     43         WVEC         1984         ABC         8   

Austin

     47         KVUE         1999         ABC         7   

Louisville

     48         WHAS         1997         ABC         7   

New Orleans(4)

     52         WWL         1994         CBS         8   

New Orleans(5)

     52         WUPL         2007         MNTV         8   

Tucson

     70         KMSB         1997         FOX         9   

Tucson

     70         KTTU         2002         MNTV         9   

Spokane

     73         KREM         1997         CBS         7   

Spokane

     73         KSKN         2001         CW         7   

Boise(6)

     112         KTVB         1997         NBC         5   

 

(1) Market rank is based on the relative size of the television market Designated Market Area (DMA), among the 210 DMAs generally recognized in the United States, based on the September 2011 Nielsen Media Research report.
(2) Represents the number of commercial television stations (both VHF and UHF) broadcasting in the market, excluding public stations, low power broadcast stations and cable channels.
(3) The Company also owns KGWZ-LD, a low power television station in Portland, Oregon.
(4) WWL also produces “NewsWatch on Channel 15,” a 24-hour daily local news and weather cable channel.
(5) The Company also owns WBXN-CA, a Class A television station in New Orleans, Louisiana.
(6) The Company also owns KTFT-LP (NBC), a low power television station in Twin Falls, Idaho.

The Company intends for the discussion of its financial condition and results of operations that follows to provide information that will assist in understanding the Company’s financial statements, the changes in certain key items in those statements from period to period, and the primary factors that accounted for those changes, as well as how certain accounting principles, policies and estimates affect the Company’s financial statements.

 

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The Company has network affiliation agreements with ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and CW. The Company’s network affiliation agreements generally provide the station with the exclusive right to broadcast over the air in its local service area all programs transmitted by the network with which the station is affiliated. In return, the network has the right to sell most of the advertising time during such broadcasts. Through 2011, some of the Company’s affiliation agreements also included network compensation. As these affiliation agreements were renewed, network compensation was eliminated and the Company is required to make cash payments to the networks. Beginning in 2012, the Company no longer receives any network compensation payments.

The principal source of the Company’s revenue is the sale of airtime to local, regional and national advertisers. In even numbered years, the Company’s revenue also includes significant revenue from political advertising. Additional discussion, regarding the Company’s results of operations in the first quarter of 2012 as compared to the first quarter of 2011, is provided below.

Results of Operations

 

Three Months ended March 31,

   2012     Percentage
Change
    2011  

Net operating revenues

   $ 155,898        2.9   $ 151,470   

Pension settlement charge and contribution reimbursements

     —          NM        20,466   

Other operating costs and expenses

     116,210        (1.7 %)      118,255   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating costs and expenses

     116,210        (16.2 %)      138,721   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings from operations

     39,688        211.3     12,749   

Other income (expense)

     (17,161     (3.6 %)      (17,803
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) before income taxes

     22,527        NM        (5,054

Income tax benefit (expense)

     (8,235     NM        740   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net earnings (loss)

   $ 14,292        NM      $ (4,314
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
NM is not meaningful.       

Net Operating Revenues

      

Three Months ended March 31,

   2012     Percentage
Change
    2011  

Spot advertising revenue

   $ 125,224        2.0   $ 122,781   

Other revenue

     30,674        6.9     28,689   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net operating revenues

   $ 155,898        2.9   $ 151,470   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Spot advertising revenue increased $2,443, or 2.0 percent, in the first three months of 2012 as compared to the first three months of 2011. This increase is primarily due to a $1,224 increase in political spot revenues and a $1,219 increase in total local and national spot revenues. Political spot revenues are generally higher in even-numbered years than in odd-numbered years due to elections for various state and national offices. For local and national spot revenues, increases in the automotive, travel, retail, and financial services categories are partially offset by decreases in the grocery, telecommunications and entertainment categories. Other revenue increased primarily due to a 21.1 percent increase in retransmission revenue and an 11.7 percent increase in Internet revenue.

Operating Costs and Expenses

Station salaries, wages and employee benefits increased $1,863, or 3.5 percent, primarily due to annual merit increases and higher sales commissions totaling $1,526. Station programming and other operating costs decreased $4,879, or 9.7 percent, primarily related to decreases in programming costs of $7,011 based on savings in syndicated programming. These decreases were partially offset by higher interactive fees and an increase in bad debt expense.

Corporate operating costs increased $1,433 in the first quarter 2012, primarily related to compensation-related costs of $697 in the first quarter of 2012 and bonus adjustments in the first quarter of 2011.

 

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Effective January 1, 2011, Belo split The G. B. Dealey Pension Plan (Pension Plan), transferring the benefit liabilities and assets pertaining to the current and former employees of A. H. Belo Corporation (A. H. Belo) to plans sponsored and administered by A. H. Belo. The participant benefit liabilities and assets pertaining to current and former employees of Belo, and its related television businesses, continue to be held by the Pension Plan sponsored by and managed by or on behalf of Belo Corp. For Belo, the pension split transaction was treated as a settlement under ASC 715 which resulted in the transfer of $238,833 in Pension Plan assets and $339,799 in Pension Plan liabilities to the plans sponsored by A. H. Belo. These transfers resulted in a net non-cash settlement charge of $28,699. This charge was partially offset by a final net pension contribution reimbursement of $8,233 related to the 2010 plan year received from A. H. Belo. A. H. Belo has no further obligation to reimburse the Company for any contributions after the 2010 plan year. The combined result of all pension settlement transactions in the first quarter of 2011 is a net charge before taxes of $20,466.

Other Income (Expense)

Interest expense decreased $321, or 1.8 percent, due primarily to decreased amortization of financing costs associated with the variable rate debt related to the amendment of the Company’s credit facility in December 2011.

Income Tax (Benefit) Expense

Income taxes increased $8,975, for the three months ended March 31, 2012, compared with the three months ended March 31, 2011, primarily due to the $7,143 tax benefit in 2011 related to deferred tax adjustments for the pension settlement charge and higher pretax earnings in 2012.

Station Adjusted EBITDA

 

Three Months ended March 31,

   2012     Percentage
Change
    2011  

Station Adjusted EBITDA

   $ 54,882        15.7   $ 47,438   

Corporate operating costs

     (7,732     22.7     (6,299

Depreciation

     (7,462     (5.8 %)      (7,924

Pension settlement charge and contribution reimbursements

     —          NM        (20,466
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings from operations

   $ 39,688        211.3   $ 12,749   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

NM is not meaningful.

Belo’s management uses Station Adjusted EBITDA as the primary measure of profitability to evaluate operating performance and to allocate capital resources and bonuses to eligible operating company employees. Station Adjusted EBITDA represents the Company’s earnings from operations before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, impairment charges, pension settlement charge and contribution reimbursements and corporate operating costs. Other income (expense), net is not allocated to television station earnings from operations because it consists primarily of equity in earnings (losses) from investments in partnerships and joint ventures and other non-operating income (expense). Station Adjusted EBITDA is a common alternative measure of performance used by investors, financial analysts and rating agencies to evaluate financial performance.

For the three months ended March 31, 2012, Station Adjusted EBITDA increased $7,444, or 15.7 percent, compared with the three months ended March 31, 2011. This increase was due to higher revenues and a reduction in expenses, including a decrease in programming costs, all discussed above.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Net cash provided by operations, bank borrowings and long-term debt are Belo’s primary sources of liquidity.

Operating Cash Flows

Net cash provided by operations was $68,106 in the first quarter 2012 compared with $17,384 in the first quarter 2011. The 2012 operating cash flows were provided primarily by net earnings adjusted for non-cash items, receipt of a $31,615 income tax refund, and routine changes in working capital. The 2011 operating cash flows were primarily provided by the net loss adjusted for non-cash and pension-related items, and routine changes in working capital. The increase in net cash provided by operations is primarily due to higher earnings, related in large part to the net pension settlement charge in first quarter 2011, the receipt of the federal income tax refund, and lower pension contributions.

 

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The Company contributed $3,751 to its Pension Plan during the first quarter 2012 compared to contributions of $15,457 during the first quarter 2011. As previously discussed, A. H. Belo was obligated to reimburse the Company for its portion of contributions related to the 2010 plan year the Company made to the Pension Plan. Such reimbursements totaled $8,233 during the first quarter 2011. A. H. Belo has no further obligation to reimburse the Company for any contributions after the 2010 plan year.

Investing Cash Flows

Net cash flows used for investing activities were $3,932 in the first quarter 2012 compared to $2,435 in the first quarter 2011. The investing cash flows were used primarily for capital expenditures.

Capital Expenditures

Total capital expenditures were $3,932 in the first quarter 2012 compared with $3,018 in the first quarter 2011.

Financing Cash Flows

Net cash flows used for financing activities were $5,117 in the first quarter 2012 compared with $10,875 in the first quarter 2011. The 2012 financing activity cash flows consisted primarily of dividends paid. The 2011 financing activity cash flows consisted primarily of borrowings and repayments under the Company’s revolving credit facility.

Long-Term Debt

At March 31, 2012, Belo had $887,226 in fixed-rate debt securities as follows: $175,779 of 6 3/4% Senior Notes due 2013, $271,447 of 8% Senior Notes due 2016, $200,000 of 7 3/4% Senior Debentures due 2027; and $240,000 of 7 1/4% Senior Debentures due 2027. The weighted average effective interest rate for the fixed-rate debt instruments is 7.5%.

At March 31, 2012, Belo also had variable-rate debt capacity of $200,000 under a credit agreement (2011 Credit Agreement). As of March 31, 2012, the Company did not have an outstanding balance under the 2011 Credit Agreement, and all unused borrowings were available for borrowing. The Company is required to maintain certain leverage and interest ratios specified in the 2011 Credit Agreement. The leverage ratio is generally defined as the ratio of debt to cash flow and the senior leverage ratio is generally defined as the ratio of the debt under the credit facility to cash flow. The interest coverage ratio is generally defined as the ratio of interest expense to cash flow. At March 31, 2012, the Company’s leverage ratio was 4.2, its interest coverage ratio was 3.0 and its senior leverage ratio was 0.0. At March 31, 2012, the Company was in compliance with all debt covenant requirements.

Dividends

On March 2, 2012, the Company paid a quarterly dividend of $5,201, or five cents per share, on Series A and Series B common stock outstanding as of the record date of February 10, 2012.

On March 1, 2012, the Company declared a quarterly dividend of eight cents per share on Series A and Series B common stock outstanding, to be paid on June 1, 2012, to shareholders of record on May 11, 2012.

Share Repurchase Program

The Company has a stock repurchase program pursuant to authorization from Belo’s Board of Directors in December 2005. There is no expiration date for this repurchase program. The remaining authorization for the repurchase of shares as of March 31, 2012, under this authority was 13,030,716 shares. During the first quarter 2012, no shares were repurchased.

 

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Other

The Company has various sources available to meet its 2012 capital and operating commitments, including cash on hand, short-term investments, internally-generated funds and the $200,000 2011 Credit Agreement. The Company believes its resources are adequate to meet its foreseeable needs.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this Form 10-Q concerning Belo’s business outlook or future economic performance, anticipated profitability, revenues, expenses, capital expenditures, dividends, investments, future financings, impairments, pension matters, and other financial and non-financial items that are not historical facts, 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, uncertainties and factors include, but are not limited to, uncertainties regarding changes in capital market conditions and prospects, and other factors such as changes in advertising demand, interest and discount rates and programming and production costs; changes in viewership patterns and demography, and actions by Nielsen and its competitors; changes in the network-affiliate business model for broadcast television; technological changes, and the development of new systems and devices to distribute and consume television and other audio-visual content; changes in the ability to secure, and in the terms of, carriage of Belo programming on cable, satellite, telecommunications and other program distribution methods; development of Internet commerce; industry cycles; changes in pricing or other actions by competitors and suppliers; Federal Communications Commission and other regulatory, tax and legal changes, including changes regarding spectrum; adoption of new accounting standards or changes in existing accounting standards by the Financial Accounting Standards Board or other accounting standard-setting bodies or authorities; the effects of Company acquisitions, dispositions, co-owned ventures and investments; pension plan matters; general economic conditions; and significant armed conflict, as well as other risks detailed in Belo’s other public disclosures and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including Belo’s Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

Other than as disclosed, there have been no material changes in the Company’s exposure to market risk from the disclosure included in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

 

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

During the quarter ended March 31, 2012, there were no changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, Belo’s internal control over financial reporting.

The Company carried out an evaluation under the supervision and with the participation of the Company’s management, including the Company’s president and Chief Executive Officer and senior vice president/Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, of the effectiveness of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report. Based upon that evaluation, the president and Chief Executive Officer and senior vice president/Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer concluded that, as of the end of the period covered by this report, the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective such that information relating to the Company (including its consolidated subsidiaries) required to be disclosed in the Company’s SEC reports (i) is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC rules and forms and (ii) is accumulated and communicated to the Company’s management, including the president and Chief Executive Officer and senior vice president/Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

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PART II.

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

In addition to the proceeding previously described (see Note 8 to the Consolidated Condensed Financial Statements in Part I, Item 1) for which there are no material developments to report, other legal proceedings are pending against the Company, including several actions for alleged libel and/or defamation. In the opinion of management, liabilities, if any, arising from these other legal proceedings would not have a material adverse effect on the results of operations, liquidity or financial position of the Company.

Item 1A. Risk Factors

There have been no material changes in the Company’s risk factors from the disclosure included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form-10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

There have been no unregistered sales of equity securities in the last three years.

Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

None.

Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities

None.

Item 4. Removed and Reserved

Item 5. Other Information

None.

Item 6. Exhibits

Exhibits marked with an asterisk (*) are incorporated by reference to documents previously filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as indicated. All other documents are filed with this report. Exhibits marked with a tilde (~) are management contracts, compensatory plan contracts or arrangements filed pursuant to Item 601(b)(10)(iii)(A) of Regulation S-K.

 

Exhibit
Number

  

Description

2.1 *    Separation and Distribution Agreement by and between Belo Corp. and A. H. Belo Corporation dated as of February 8, 2008 (Exhibit 2.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 12, 2008 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-08598)(the “February 12, 2008 Form 8-K”))
3.1 *    Certificate of Incorporation of the Company (Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K dated March 15, 2000 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-08598) (the “1999 Form 10-K”))
3.2 *    Certificate of Correction to Certificate of Incorporation dated May 13, 1987 (Exhibit 3.2 to the 1999 Form 10-K)
3.3 *    Certificate of Designation of Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock of the Company dated April 16, 1987 (Exhibit 3.3 to the 1999 Form 10-K)

 

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3.4 *    Certificate of Amendment of Certificate of Incorporation of the Company dated May 4, 1988 (Exhibit 3.4 to the 1999 Form 10-K)
3.5 *    Certificate of Amendment of Certificate of Incorporation of the Company dated May 3, 1995 (Exhibit 3.5 to the 1999 Form 10-K)
3.6 *    Certificate of Amendment of Certificate of Incorporation of the Company dated May 13, 1998 (Exhibit 3.6 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 1998 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 002-74702)(the “2nd Quarter 1998 Form 10-Q”))
3.7 *    Certificate of Ownership and Merger, dated December 20, 2000, but effective as of 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2000 (Exhibit 99.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 29, 2000 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-08598))
3.8 *    Amended Certificate of Designation of Series A Junior Participating Preferred Stock of the Company dated May 4, 1988 (Exhibit 3.7 to the 1999 Form 10-K)
3.9 *    Certificate of Designation of Series B Common Stock of the Company dated May 4, 1988 (Exhibit 3.8 to the 1999 Form 10-K)
3.10 *    Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company, effective March 9, 2009 (Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 11, 2009 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-08598)(the “March 11, 2009 Form 8-K”))
3.11 *    Amendment No. 1 to the Bylaws of Belo Corp. (as amended and restated effective March 9, 2009) (Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 29, 2011 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No 001-08598))
3.12 *    Amendment No. 2 to the Bylaws of Belo Corp. (as amended and restated effective March 9, 2009)(Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 23, 2011 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-08598))
4.1    Certain rights of the holders of the Company’s Common Stock are set forth in Exhibits 3.1-3.12 above
4.2 *    Specimen Form of Certificate representing shares of the Company’s Series A Common Stock (Exhibit 4.2 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K dated March 13, 2001 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-08598)(the “2000 Form 10-K”))
4.3 *    Specimen Form of Certificate representing shares of the Company’s Series B Common Stock (Exhibit 4.3 to the 2000 Form 10-K)
4.4    Instruments defining rights of debt securities:
   (1) *    Indenture dated as of June 1, 1997 between the Company and The Chase Manhattan
      Bank, as Trustee (the “Indenture”)(Exhibit 4.6(1) to the Company’s Quarterly Report on
      Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 1997 (Securities and Exchange Commission
      File No. 002-74702)(the “2nd Quarter 1997 Form 10-Q”))
   (2) *    $200 million 7 3/4% Senior Debenture due 2027 (Exhibit 4.6(4) to the 2nd Quarter 1997
      Form 10-Q)
   (3) *    Officers’ Certificate dated June 13, 1997 establishing terms of debt securities pursuant to
      Section 3.1 of the Indenture (Exhibit 4.6(5) to the 2nd Quarter 1997 Form 10-Q)

 

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   (4) *    (a)    $200 million 7 1/4% Senior Debenture due 2027 (Exhibit 4.6(6)(a) to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 1997 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 002-74702)(the “3rd Quarter 1997 Form 10-Q”))
         *    (b)    $50 million 7 1/4% Senior Debenture due 2027 (Exhibit 4.6(6)(b) to the 3rd Quarter 1997 Form 10-Q)
   (5) *    Officers’ Certificate dated September 26, 1997 establishing terms of debt securities pursuant to Section 3.1 of the Indenture (Exhibit 4.6(7) to the 3rd Quarter 1997 Form 10-Q)
   (6) *    Form of Belo Corp. 6 3/4% Senior Notes due 2013 (Exhibit 4.3 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 26, 2006 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-08598)(the “May 26, 2006 Form 8-K”))
   (7) *    Officers’ Certificate dated May 26, 2006 establishing terms of debt securities pursuant to Section 3.1 of the Indenture (Exhibit 4.2 to the May 26, 2006 Form 8-K)
   (8) *    Underwriting Agreement Standard Provisions (Debt Securities), dated May 24, 2006 (Exhibit 1.1 to the May 26, 2006 Form 8-K)
   (9) *    Underwriting Agreement, dated May 24, 2006, between the Company, Banc of America Securities LLC and JPMorgan Securities, Inc. (Exhibit 1.2 to the May 26, 2006 Form 8-K)
   (10) *    Form of Belo Corp. 8% Senior Notes due 2016 (Exhibit 4.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 16, 2009 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-08598)(the “November 16, 2009 Form 8-K”))
   (11) *    Supplemental Indenture, dated November 16, 2009 among the Company, the Guarantors of the Notes and The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., as Trustee (Exhibit 4.1 to the November 16, 2009 Form 8-K)
   (12) *    Underwriting Agreement, dated November 10, 2009, between the Company, the Guarantors of the Notes and JPMorgan Securities, Inc. (Exhibit 1.1 to the November 16, 2009 Form 8-K)
10.1    Financing agreements:
   (1) *    Amendment and Restatement Agreement, dated as of November 16, 2009 to Amended and Restated Five-Year Competitive Advance and Revolving Credit Facility Agreement, dated as of February 26, 2009, among the Company, the Lenders party thereto, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as Administrative Agent, and the other parties thereto (Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 16, 2009 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-08598)(the “November 16, 2009 Form 8-K”))
   (2) *    Guarantee Agreement dated as of February 26, 2009, among Belo Corp., the Subsidiaries of Belo Corp. identified therein and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (Exhibit 10.1(4) to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K dated March 2, 2009 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-08598)
   (3) *    Form of Supplement, dated as of November 16, 2009, to the Guarantee Agreement dated as of February 26, 2009, among the Company, the Subsidiaries of the Company from time to time party thereto and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as Administrative Agent (Exhibit 10.2 to the November 16, 2009 Form 8-K)
   (4) *    First Amendment dated as of August 11, 2010, to its Amended and Restated Five-Year Competitive Advance and Revolving Credit Facility Agreement dated as of February 26, 2009, as further amended and restated as of November 16, 2009, among the Company, the Lenders party thereto, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as Administrative Agent, and the other parties thereto (Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 13, 2010 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-08598))
   (5) *    Amendment and Restated Revolving Credit Facility Agreement, dated as of December 21, 2011, among the Company, as Borrower; JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as Administrative Agent; JPMorgan Securities LLC, Suntrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., and RBC Capital Markets, as Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Bookrunners; Suntrust

 

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      Bank and Royal Bank of Canada as Co-Syndication agents, The Northern Trust Company and Capital One N.A. as Co-Documentation Agents (Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 22, 2011 (Securities and Exchange file No. 001-08598)(the “December 22, 2011 Form 8-K))
   (6) *    Guarantee Agreement dated as of December 21, 2011, among Belo Corp., the Subsidiaries of Belo Corp. identified therein and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (Exhibit 10.2 to the December 22, 2011 Form 8-K)
~10.2    Compensatory plans:
   ~(1)      Belo Savings Plan:
     *    (a)    Belo Savings Plan Amended and Restated effective January 1, 2008 (Exhibit 99.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 11, 2007 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-08598)(the “December 11, 2007 Form 8-K”))
     *    (b)    First Amendment to the Amended and Restated Belo Savings Plan effective as of January 1, 2008 (Exhibit 10.2(1)(b) to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2008 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-08598))
     *    (c)    Second Amendment to the Amended and Restated Belo Savings Plan effective as of January 1, 2009 (Exhibit 10.2(1)(c) to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K dated March 2, 2009 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No 001-08598)( the “2008 Form 10-K”))
     *    (d)    Third Amendment to the Amended and Restated Belo Savings Plan effective as of April 12, 2009 (Exhibit 10.1 to the March 11, 2009 Form 8-K)
     *    (e)    Fourth Amendment to the Amended and Restated Belo Savings Plan effective as of September 10, 2009 (Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 10, 2009 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No 001-08598))
     *    (f)    Fifth Amendment to the Amended and Restated Belo Savings Plan dated December 3, 2010 (Exhibit 10.2.1(f) to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K dated March 11, 2011 (Securities and Exchange Commission file No. 001-08598))
   ~(2)   *    Belo 1995 Executive Compensation Plan, as restated to incorporate amendments through December 4, 1997 (Exhibit 10.3(3) to the 1997 Form 10-K)
     *    (a)    Amendment to 1995 Executive Compensation Plan, dated July 21, 1998 (Exhibit 10.2(3)(a) to the 2nd Quarter 1998 Form 10-Q)
     *    (b)    Amendment to 1995 Executive Compensation Plan, dated December 16, 1999 (Exhibit 10.2(3)(b) to the 1999 Form 10-K)
     *    (c)    Amendment to 1995 Executive Compensation Plan, dated December 5, 2003 (Exhibit 10.3(3)(c) to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K dated March 4, 2004 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-08598)(the “2003 Form 10-K”))
     *    (d)    Form of Belo Executive Compensation Plan Award Notification for Employee Awards (Exhibit 10.2(3)(d) to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K dated March 6, 2006 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-08598)(the “2005 Form 10-K”))
   ~(3)   *    Management Security Plan (Exhibit 10.3(1) to the 1996 Form 10-K)
     *    (a)    Amendment to Management Security Plan of Belo Corp. and Affiliated Companies (as restated effective January 1, 1982)(Exhibit 10.2(4)(a) to the 1999 Form 10-K)
   ~(4)      Belo Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan
     *    (a)    Belo Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan As Amended and Restated Effective January 1, 2004 (Exhibit 10.2(5)(a) to the 2003 Form 10-K)
     *    (b)    Belo Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan As Amended and Restated Effective January 1, 2007 (Exhibit 99.6 to the December 11, 2007 Form 8-K)

 

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     *   

(c) Belo Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan As Amended and Restated Effective January 1, 2008 (Exhibit 10.2(5)(c) to the 2008 Form 10-K)

   ~(5)   *    Belo Pension Transition Supplement Restoration Plan effective April 1, 2007 (Exhibit 99.5 to the December 11, 2007 Form 8-K)
     *    (a)    First Amendment to the Belo Pension Transition Supplement Restoration Plan, dated May 12, 2009 (Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 14, 2009 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-08598))
     *    (b)    Second Amendment to the Belo Pension Transition Supplement Restoration Plan, dated March 5, 2010 (Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 8, 2010 (Securities and Exchange Commission file No. 001-08598))
   ~(6)   *    Belo 2000 Executive Compensation Plan (Exhibit 4.15 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-8 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 4, 2000 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 333-43056))
     *    (a)    First Amendment to Belo 2000 Executive Compensation Plan effective as of December 31, 2000 (Exhibit 10.2(6)(a) to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K dated March 12, 2003 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-08598 (the “2002 Form 10-K”))
     *    (b)    Second Amendment to Belo 2000 Executive Compensation Plan dated December 5, 2002 (Exhibit 10.2(6)(b) to the 2002 Form 10-K)
     *    (c)    Third Amendment to Belo 2000 Executive Compensation Plan dated December 5, 2003 (Exhibit 10.2(6)(c) to the 2003 Form 10-K)
     *    (d)    Form of Belo Executive Compensation Plan Award Notification for Employee Awards (Exhibit 10.2(6)(c) to the 2005 Form 10-K)
   ~(7)   *    Belo Amended and Restated 2004 Executive Compensation Plan (Exhibit 10.2(8) to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K dated March 12, 2010 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-08598)(the “2009 Form 10-K”))
     *    (a)    Form of Belo 2004 Executive Compensation Plan Award Notification for Employee Option Awards (Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 2, 2006 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-08598))
     *    (b)    Form of Belo 2004 Executive Compensation Plan Award Notification for Employee Time-Based Restricted Stock Unit Awards (Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 5, 2012 (Securities and Exchange Commission file No. 001-08598))
     *    (c)    Form of Award Notification under the Belo 2004 Executive Compensation Plan for Non-Employee Director Awards (Exhibit 10.2 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 12, 2005 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-08598))
   ~(8)   *    Summary of Non-Employee Director Compensation (Exhibit 10.2(9) to the 2009 Form 10-K)
   ~(9)   *    Belo Corp. Change In Control Severance Plan (Exhibit 10.2(10) to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2009 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-08598))
10.3    Agreements relating to the spin-off distribution of A. H. Belo:
   (1)   *    Tax Matters Agreement by and between Belo Corp. and A. H. Belo Corporation dated as of February 8, 2008 (Exhibit 10.1 to the February 12, 2008 Form 8-K)
     *    (a)    First Amendment to Tax Matters Agreement by and between Belo Corp. and A. H. Belo Corporation dated as of September 14, 2009 (Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s

 

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         Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 15, 2009 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-08598))
   (2)   

*

   Employee Matters Agreement by and between Belo Corp. and A. H. Belo Corporation dated as of February 8, 2008 (Exhibit 10.2 to the February 12, 2008 Form 8-K)
     

*

  

(a)    Amendment to Employee Matters Agreement as set forth in the Pension Plan Transfer Agreement dated as of October 6, 2010 (Exhibit 10.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 8, 2010 (Securities and Exchange Commission File No. 001-08598)(the “October 8, 2010 Form 8-K”))

   (3)    *    Services Agreement by and between Belo Corp. and A. H. Belo Corporation dated as of February 8, 2008 (Exhibit 10.3 to the February 12, 2008 Form 8-K)
   (4)    *    Pension Plan Transfer Agreement by and between Belo Corp. and A. H. Belo Corporation dated as of October 6, 2010 (Exhibit 10.1 to the October 8, 2010 Form 8-K)
31.1    Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
31.2    Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
32    Certification of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
¥101.INS    XBRL Instance Document
¥101.SCH    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
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SIGNATURES

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

  BELO CORP.

 

April 30, 2012

  By:  

/s/ Carey P. Hendrickson

    Carey P. Hendrickson
   

Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer and

Treasurer (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

 

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