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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

 

o

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: 000-26076

 

SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC.

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Maryland

 

52-1494660

(State or other jurisdiction of
Incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

10706 Beaver Dam Road

Hunt Valley, Maryland 21030

(Address of principal executive office, zip code)

 

(410) 568-1500

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

None

(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 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 o

 

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 file). Yes x  No o

 

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 definitions of “large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (check one):

 

Large accelerated filer o

 

Accelerated filer x

 

 

 

Non-accelerated filer o

 

Smaller reporting company o

 

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

 

Indicate the number of share outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock as of the latest practicable date.

 

Title of each class

 

Number of shares outstanding as of
August 2, 2012

Class A Common Stock

 

52,303,808

Class B Common Stock

 

28,933,859

 

 

 



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SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC.

 

FORM 10-Q

FOR THE QUARTER ENDED JUNE 30, 2012

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PART 1.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

3

 

 

 

ITEM 1.

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

3

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

3

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

4

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

5

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF EQUITY (DEFICIT)

6

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

7

 

 

 

 

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

8

 

 

 

ITEM 2.

MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

28

 

 

 

ITEM 3.

QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

36

 

 

 

ITEM 4.

CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

37

 

 

 

PART II.

OTHER INFORMATION

38

 

 

 

ITEM 1.

LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

38

 

 

 

ITEM 1A.

RISK FACTORS

38

 

 

 

ITEM 2.

UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS

38

 

 

 

ITEM 3.

DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES

38

 

 

 

ITEM 4.

MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

38

 

 

 

ITEM 5.

OTHER INFORMATION

38

 

 

 

ITEM 6.

EXHIBITS

39

 

 

 

SIGNATURE

40

 

 

EXHIBIT INDEX

41

 

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PART 1. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1.  FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except share and per share data) (Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

As of June 30,
2012

 

As of December 31,
2011

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS:

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

31,078

 

$

12,967

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $3,332 and $3,008, respectively

 

159,842

 

132,915

 

Affiliate receivable

 

943

 

252

 

Income taxes receivable

 

 

225

 

Current portion of program contract costs

 

23,171

 

38,906

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

8,444

 

17,274

 

Deferred barter costs

 

3,500

 

2,238

 

Deferred tax assets

 

3,390

 

4,940

 

Total current assets

 

230,368

 

209,717

 

PROGRAM CONTRACT COSTS, less current portion

 

11,124

 

15,584

 

PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, net

 

372,049

 

281,521

 

RESTRICTED CASH, less current portion

 

223

 

58,726

 

GOODWILL

 

912,862

 

660,117

 

BROADCAST LICENSES

 

70,727

 

47,002

 

DEFINITE-LIVED INTANGIBLE ASSETS, net

 

391,890

 

175,341

 

OTHER ASSETS

 

170,998

 

123,409

 

Total assets (a)

 

$

2,160,241

 

$

1,571,417

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY (DEFICIT)

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

7,302

 

$

8,872

 

Accrued liabilities

 

115,061

 

79,698

 

Income taxes payable

 

9,963

 

 

Current portion of notes payable, capital leases and commercial bank financing

 

42,432

 

38,195

 

Current portion of notes and capital leases payable to affiliates

 

3,198

 

3,014

 

Current portion of program contracts payable

 

50,569

 

63,825

 

Deferred barter revenues

 

3,253

 

1,978

 

Total current liabilities

 

231,778

 

195,582

 

LONG-TERM LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

Notes payable, capital leases and commercial bank financing, less current portion

 

1,667,809

 

1,148,271

 

Notes payable and capital leases to affiliates, less current portion

 

14,892

 

16,545

 

Program contracts payable, less current portion

 

21,300

 

27,625

 

Deferred tax liabilities

 

243,513

 

247,552

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

47,231

 

47,204

 

Total liabilities (a)

 

2,226,523

 

1,682,779

 

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (See Note 3)

 

 

 

 

 

EQUITY (DEFICIT):

 

 

 

 

 

SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY (DEFICIT):

 

 

 

 

 

Class A Common Stock, $.01 par value, 500,000,000 shares authorized, 52,280,511 and 52,022,086 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

 

523

 

520

 

Class B Common Stock, $.01 par value, 140,000,000 shares authorized, 28,933,859 and 28,933,859 shares issued and outstanding, respectively, convertible into Class A Common Stock

 

289

 

289

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

621,556

 

617,375

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(694,296

)

(734,511

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(4,659

)

(4,848

)

Total Sinclair Broadcast Group shareholders’ deficit

 

(76,587

)

(121,175

)

Noncontrolling interests

 

10,305

 

9,813

 

Total deficit

 

(66,282

)

(111,362

)

Total liabilities and equity (deficit)

 

$

2,160,241

 

$

1,571,417

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited consolidated financial statements.

 


(a)          Our consolidated total assets as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 include total assets of variable interest entities (VIEs) of $44.9 million and $33.5 million, respectively, which can only be used to settle the obligations of the VIEs.  Our consolidated total liabilities as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 include total liabilities of the VIEs of $11.2 million and $14.4 million, respectively, for which the creditors of the VIEs have no recourse to us.  See Note 1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies.

 

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SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

 

 

2012

 

2011

 

2012

 

2011

 

REVENUES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Station broadcast revenues, net of agency commissions

 

$

220,014

 

$

159,370

 

$

412,218

 

$

315,331

 

Revenues realized from station barter arrangements

 

21,391

 

18,498

 

39,075

 

35,720

 

Other operating divisions revenues

 

12,149

 

10,992

 

26,097

 

20,418

 

Total revenues

 

253,554

 

188,860

 

477,390

 

371,469

 

OPERATING EXPENSES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Station production expenses

 

63,350

 

42,917

 

123,553

 

85,262

 

Station selling, general and administrative expenses

 

42,234

 

30,192

 

78,363

 

60,754

 

Expenses recognized from station barter arrangements

 

19,714

 

16,531

 

35,971

 

32,258

 

Amortization of program contract costs and net realizable value adjustments

 

15,467

 

12,666

 

29,747

 

25,284

 

Other operating divisions expenses

 

10,503

 

8,770

 

22,793

 

16,733

 

Depreciation of property and equipment

 

12,655

 

7,861

 

22,144

 

15,921

 

Corporate general and administrative expenses

 

7,513

 

7,073

 

16,880

 

15,737

 

Amortization of definite-lived intangible and other assets

 

10,126

 

4,614

 

16,025

 

9,808

 

Total operating expenses

 

181,562

 

130,624

 

345,476

 

261,757

 

Operating income

 

71,992

 

58,236

 

131,914

 

109,712

 

OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense and amortization of debt discount and deferred financing costs

 

(29,320

)

(24,934

)

(56,707

)

(54,101

)

Loss from extinguishment of debt

 

 

(3,478

)

(335

)

(4,402

)

Income from equity and cost method investments

 

5,148

 

815

 

6,424

 

826

 

Gain on insurance settlement

 

10

 

 

29

 

1,723

 

Other income, net

 

705

 

496

 

1,157

 

861

 

Total other expense

 

(23,457

)

(27,101

)

(49,432

)

(55,093

)

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

 

48,535

 

31,135

 

82,482

 

54,619

 

INCOME TAX PROVISION

 

(18,336

)

(12,576

)

(23,142

)

(20,826

)

Income from continuing operations

 

30,199

 

18,559

 

59,340

 

33,793

 

DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss from discontinued operations, includes income tax provision of $67, $82, $134 and $189, respectively

 

(67

)

(82

)

(134

)

(189

)

NET INCOME

 

30,132

 

18,477

 

59,206

 

33,604

 

Net (income) loss attributable to the noncontrolling interests

 

(72

)

102

 

213

 

254

 

NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP

 

$

30,060

 

$

18,579

 

$

59,419

 

$

33,858

 

Dividends declared per share

 

$

0.12

 

$

0.12

 

$

0.24

 

$

0.24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share from continuing operations

 

$

0.37

 

$

0.23

 

$

0.74

 

$

0.42

 

Basic earnings per share

 

$

0.37

 

$

0.23

 

$

0.73

 

$

0.42

 

Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations

 

$

0.37

 

$

0.23

 

$

0.73

 

$

0.42

 

Diluted earnings per share

 

$

0.37

 

$

0.23

 

$

0.73

 

$

0.42

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding

 

81,036

 

80,734

 

80,944

 

80,551

 

Weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding

 

81,294

 

81,028

 

81,211

 

80,860

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMOUNTS ATTRIBUTABLE TO SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP COMMON SHAREHOLDERS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations, net of tax

 

$

30,127

 

$

18,661

 

$

59,553

 

$

34,047

 

Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

 

(67

)

(82

)

(134

)

(189

)

Net income

 

$

30,060

 

$

18,579

 

$

59,419

 

$

33,858

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited consolidated financial statements.

 

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SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(In thousands) (Unaudited)

 

 

 

Three months ended
June 30,

 

Six months ended
June 30,

 

 

 

2012

 

2011

 

2012

 

2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

30,132

 

$

18,477

 

$

59,206

 

$

33,604

 

Amortization of net periodic pension benefit costs, net of taxes

 

85

 

40

 

189

 

81

 

Comprehensive income

 

30,217

 

18,517

 

59,395

 

33,685

 

Comprehensive (income) loss attributable to the noncontrolling interests

 

(72

)

102

 

213

 

254

 

Comprehensive income attributable to Sinclair Broadcast Group

 

$

30,145

 

$

18,619

 

$

59,608

 

$

33,939

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited consolidated financial statements.

 

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SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF EQUITY (DEFICIT)

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2012

(In thousands) (Unaudited)

 

 

 

Sinclair Broadcast Group Shareholders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A
Common Stock

 

Class B
Common Stock

 

Additional
Paid-In

 

Accumulated

 

Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive

 

Noncontrolling

 

Total Equity

 

 

 

Shares

 

Values

 

Shares

 

Values

 

Capital

 

Deficit

 

Loss

 

Interests

 

(Deficit)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BALANCE, December 31, 2011

 

52,022,086

 

$

520

 

28,933,859

 

$

289

 

$

617,375

 

$

(734,511

)

$

(4,848

)

$

9,813

 

$

(111,362

)

Dividends declared on Class A and Class B Common Stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

(19,204

)

 

 

(19,204

)

Class A Common Stock issued pursuant to employee benefit plans

 

258,425

 

3

 

 

 

3,990

 

 

 

 

3,993

 

Tax benefit on share based awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

191

 

 

 

 

191

 

Distributions to noncontrolling interests

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(462

)

(462

)

Issuance of subsidiary share awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

392

 

392

 

Consolidation of variable interest entity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

775

 

775

 

Amortization of net periodic pension benefit costs, net of taxes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

189

 

 

189

 

Net income (loss)

 

 

 

 

 

 

59,419

 

 

(213

)

59,206

 

BALANCE, June 30, 2012

 

52,280,511

 

$

523

 

28,933,859

 

$

289

 

$

621,556

 

$

(694,296

)

$

(4,659

)

$

10,305

 

$

66,282

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited consolidated financial statements.

 

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SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands) (Unaudited)

 

 

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

 

 

2012

 

2011

 

CASH FLOWS FROM (USED IN) OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

59,206

 

$

33,604

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation of property and equipment

 

22,356

 

16,052

 

Recognition of deferred revenue

 

(12,712

)

(8,398

)

Amortization of definite-lived intangible and other assets

 

16,025

 

9,808

 

Amortization of program contract costs and net realizable value adjustments

 

29,747

 

25,284

 

Original debt issuance discount paid

 

 

(13,606

)

Deferred tax (benefit) provision

 

(2,769

)

15,865

 

Change in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:

 

 

 

 

 

Decrease (increase) in accounts receivable, net

 

976

 

(729

)

Increase in prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

(10,483

)

(2,936

)

Increase in other assets

 

(25,255

)

(522

)

Increase in accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 

17,946

 

13,719

 

Increase in income taxes payable

 

9,963

 

4,165

 

Increase in other long-term liabilities

 

106

 

2,322

 

Payments on program contracts payable

 

(35,108

)

(36,911

)

Other, net

 

10,277

 

10,552

 

Net cash flows from operating activities

 

80,275

 

68,269

 

CASH FLOWS FROM (USED IN) INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

Acquisition of property and equipment

 

(18,473

)

(20,656

)

Payments for acquisition of television stations

 

(590,887

)

 

Payments for acquisition of assets of other operating divisions

 

 

(242

)

Purchase of alarm monitoring contracts

 

(5,627

)

(4,432

)

Decrease in restricted cash

 

58,500

 

5,058

 

Distributions from equity and cost method investees

 

5,992

 

1,348

 

Investments in equity and cost method investees

 

(5,748

)

(8,294

)

Proceeds from insurance settlement

 

23

 

1,736

 

Proceeds from the sale of assets

 

15

 

41

 

Loans to affiliates

 

(699

)

(87

)

Proceeds from loans to affiliates

 

508

 

117

 

Net cash flows used in investing activities

 

(556,396

)

(25,411

)

CASH FLOWS FROM (USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from notes payable, commercial bank financing and capital leases

 

555,134

 

132,951

 

Repayments of notes payable, commercial bank financing and capital leases

 

(33,344

)

(124,570

)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options, including excess tax benefits of share based payments of $0.2 million and $0.7 million, respectively

 

279

 

1,844

 

Dividends paid on Class A and Class B Common Stock

 

(19,204

)

(19,224

)

Payments for deferred financing costs

 

(6,702

)

(4,401

)

Proceeds from Class A Common Stock sold by variable interest entity

 

 

1,808

 

Noncontrolling interests distributions

 

(462

)

(242

)

Repayments of notes and capital leases to affiliates

 

(1,469

)

(1,706

)

Net cash flows from (used in) financing activities

 

494,232

 

(13,540

)

NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

 

18,111

 

29,318

 

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of period

 

12,967

 

21,974

 

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of period

 

$

31,078

 

$

51,292

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited consolidated financial statements.

 

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SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP, INC.

 

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

1.              SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES:

 

Principles of Consolidation

 

The consolidated financial statements include our accounts and those of our wholly-owned and majority-owned subsidiaries and VIEs for which we are the primary beneficiary.  Noncontrolling interests represents a minority owner’s proportionate share of the equity in certain of our consolidated entities.  All intercompany transactions and account balances have been eliminated in consolidation.

 

Interim Financial Statements

 

The consolidated financial statements for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 are unaudited.  In the opinion of management, such financial statements have been presented on the same basis as the audited consolidated financial statements and include all adjustments, consisting only of normal recurring adjustments necessary for a fair statement of the consolidated balance sheets, consolidated statements of operations, consolidated statements of comprehensive income and consolidated statements of cash flows for these periods as adjusted for the adoption of recent accounting pronouncements discussed below.

 

As permitted under the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the consolidated financial statements do not include all disclosures normally included with audited consolidated financial statements and, accordingly, should be read together with the audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 filed with the SEC.  The consolidated statements of operations presented in the accompanying consolidated financial statements are not necessarily representative of operations for an entire year.

 

Variable Interest Entities

 

In determining whether we are the primary beneficiary of a VIE for financial reporting purposes, we consider whether we have the power to direct the activities of the VIE that most significantly impact the economic performance of the VIE and whether we have the obligation to absorb losses or the right to receive returns that would be significant to the VIE.  We consolidate VIEs when we are the primary beneficiary.  The assets of each of our consolidated VIEs can only be used to settle the obligations of the VIE.  All the liabilities including debt held by our VIEs, are non-recourse to us.  However, our senior secured credit facility (Bank Credit Agreement) contains cross-default provisions with the VIE debt of Cunningham Broadcasting Corporation (Cunningham).  See Note 6, Related Person Transactions for more information.

 

We have entered into Local Marketing Agreements (LMAs) to provide programming, sales and managerial services for television stations of Cunningham, the license owner of seven television stations as of June 30, 2012.  We pay LMA fees to Cunningham and also reimburse all operating expenses.  We also have an acquisition agreement in which we have a purchase option to buy the license assets of the television stations which includes the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license and certain other assets used to operate the station (License Assets).  Our applications to acquire the FCC licenses are pending approval.  We own the majority of the non-license assets of the Cunningham stations and our Bank Credit Agreement contains certain cross-default provisions with Cunningham whereby a default by Cunningham caused by insolvency would cause an event of default under our Bank Credit Agreement.  We have determined that the Cunningham stations are VIEs and that based on the terms of the agreements, the significance of our investment in the stations and the cross-default provisions with our Bank Credit Agreement, we are the primary beneficiary of the variable interests because we have the power to direct the activities which significantly impact the economic performance of the VIE through the sales and managerial services we provide and we absorb losses and returns that would be considered significant to Cunningham.  See Note 6, Related Person Transactions for more information on our arrangements with Cunningham.  Included in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 are net broadcast revenues of $24.8 million and $22.6 million, respectively, that relate to LMAs with Cunningham.  For the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, Cunningham’s stations provided us with approximately $48.1 million and $45.9 million, respectively, of net broadcast revenues.

 

We have outsourcing agreements with certain other license owners, under which we provide certain non-programming related sales, operational and administrative services.  We pay a fee to the license owner based on a percentage of broadcast cash flow and we reimburse all operating expenses.  We also have a purchase option to buy the License Assets.  For the same reasons noted above regarding the LMAs with Cunningham, we have determined that these outsourced license station assets are VIEs and we are the primary beneficiary.  Included in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 are net broadcast revenues of $4.1 million and $2.9 million, respectively, that relate to these arrangements. For the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, are net broadcast revenues of $7.7 million and $6.1 million, respectively, that relate to these arrangements.

 

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As of the dates indicated, the carrying amounts and classification of the assets and liabilities of the VIEs mentioned above which have been included in our consolidated balance sheets for the periods presented (in thousands):

 

 

 

As of June 30,
2012

 

As of December 31,
2011

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS:

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

3,340

 

$

2,739

 

Accounts receivable

 

95

 

 

Income taxes receivable

 

131

 

142

 

Current portion of program contract costs

 

324

 

413

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

133

 

99

 

Total current asset

 

4,023

 

3,393

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM CONTRACT COSTS, less current portion

 

753

 

271

 

PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, net

 

6,308

 

6,658

 

GOODWILL

 

6,357

 

6,357

 

BROADCAST LICENSES

 

6,851

 

4,208

 

DEFINITE-LIVED INTANGIBLE ASSETS, net

 

8,660

 

6,601

 

OTHER ASSETS

 

11,918

 

5,980

 

Total assets

 

$

44,870

 

$

33,468

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

15

 

$

37

 

Accrued liabilities

 

156

 

315

 

Current portion of notes payable, capital leases and commercial bank financing

 

5,600

 

11,074

 

Current portion of program contracts payable

 

281

 

373

 

Total current liabilities

 

6,052

 

11,799

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LONG-TERM LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

Notes payable, capital leases and commercial bank financing, less current portion

 

2,351

 

2,411

 

Program contracts payable, less current portion

 

2,794

 

173

 

Total liabilities

 

$

11,197

 

$

14,383

 

 

The amounts above represent the consolidated assets and liabilities of the VIEs related to our LMAs with Cunningham and certain outsourcing agreements, for which we are the primary beneficiary, and have been aggregated as they all relate to our broadcast business.  Excluded from the amounts above are payments made to Cunningham under the LMA which are treated as a prepayment of the purchase price of the stations and capital leases between us and Cunningham which are eliminated in consolidation.  The total payments made under the LMA as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 which are excluded from liabilities above were $29.8 million and $22.7 million, respectively.  The total capital lease assets excluded from above for each of the three months ended June 30, 2012 and the year ended December 31, 2011 were $11.8 million.  The risk and reward characteristics of the VIEs are similar.

 

In the fourth quarter of 2011, we began providing sales, programming and management services to the eight stations owned by Freedom Communications (Freedom) pursuant to an LMA.  Effective April 1, 2012, we completed the acquisition of these stations and the LMA was terminated.  We determined that the Freedom stations were VIEs during the period of the LMA based on the terms of the agreement.  We were not the primary beneficiary because the owner of the stations had the power to direct the activities of the VIEs that most significantly impacted the economic performance of the VIEs.  In the consolidated statements of operations for the six months ended June 30, 2012 are net broadcast revenues of $10.0 million and station production expenses of $7.8 million related to the Freedom LMAs, during the period prior to the acquisition.

 

We have investments in other real estate ventures and investment companies which are considered VIEs.  However, we do not participate in the management of these entities including the day-to-day operating decisions or other decisions which would allow us to control the entity, and therefore, we are not considered the primary beneficiary of these VIEs.  We account for these entities using the equity or cost method of accounting.

 

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The carrying amounts of our investments in these VIEs for which we are not the primary beneficiary for the periods presented (in thousands):

 

 

 

As of June 30, 2012

 

As of December 31, 2011

 

 

 

Carrying
amount

 

Maximum
exposure

 

Carrying
amount

 

Maximum
exposure

 

Investments in real estate ventures

 

$

3,929

 

$

3,929

 

$

8,009

 

$

8,009

 

Investments in investment companies

 

25,217

 

25,217

 

26,276

 

26,276

 

Total

 

$

29,146

 

$

29,146

 

$

34,285

 

$

34,285

 

 

The carrying amounts above are included in other assets in the consolidated balance sheets.  The income and loss related to these investments are recorded in income from equity and cost method investments in the consolidated statement of operations.  We recorded income of $5.3 million and $0.9 million in the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.  We recorded income of $6.7 million and $0.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

 

Our maximum exposure is equal to the carrying value of our investments.  As of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, our unfunded commitments related to private equity investment funds totaled $10.9 million for each of the periods.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

In May 2011, the FASB issued new guidance for fair value measurements.  The purpose of the new guidance is to have a consistent definition of fair value between U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).  Many of the amendments to GAAP are not expected to have a significant impact on practice; however, the new guidance does require new and enhanced disclosure about fair value measurements.  The amendments are effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2011 and should be applied prospectively. This guidance did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements but we have included the additional quantitative and qualitative disclosures required for our Level 3 fair value measurements beginning with the quarter ended March 31, 2012.

 

In July 2012, the FASB issued new guidance for testing indefinite-lived intangible assets for impairment.  The new guidance allows companies to perform a qualitative assessment to determine whether further impairment testing of indefinite-lived intangible assets is necessary, similar to the approach now applied to goodwill.  Companies can first determine based on certain qualitative factors whether it is “more likely than not” (a likelihood of more than 50 percent) that an indefinite-lived intangible asset is impaired.  The new standard is intended to reduce the cost and complexity of testing indefinite-lived intangible assets for impairment.  The revised standard is effective for annual and interim impairment tests performed for fiscal years beginning after September 30, 2012 and early adoption is permitted. We plan to adopt this new guidance in the fourth quarter of 2012 when completing our annual impairment analysis.  This guidance will impact how we perform our annual impairment testing for indefinite-lived intangible assets and may change our related disclosures; however, we do not believe it will have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses in the consolidated financial statements and in the disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities.  Actual results could differ from those estimates.

 

Restricted Cash

 

Upon entering into definitive agreements to purchase assets of Four Points Media Group LLC (Four Points) and Freedom in September 2011 and November 2011, respectively, we were required to deposit 10% of the purchase price for each acquisition into an escrow account.  Effective January 1, 2012, we closed the asset acquisition of Four Points for $200.0 million and used $20.0 million of restricted cash towards the acquisition. Effective April 1, 2012, we closed the asset acquisition of Freedom for $385.0 million and used $38.5 million of restricted cash towards the acquisition.

 

Additionally, under the terms of certain lease agreements, as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, we were required to hold $0.2 million of restricted cash related to the removal of analog equipment from some of our leased towers.

 

Revenue Recognition

 

Total revenues include: (i) cash and barter advertising revenues, net of agency commissions; (ii) retransmission consent fees; (iii) network compensation; (iv) other broadcast revenues and (v) revenues from our other operating divisions.

 

Advertising revenues, net of agency commissions, are recognized in the period during which time spots are aired.

 

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Our retransmission consent agreements contain both advertising and retransmission consent elements.  We have determined that our retransmission consent agreements are revenue arrangements with multiple deliverables.  Advertising and retransmission consent deliverables sold under our agreements are separated into different units of accounting at fair value.   Revenue applicable to the advertising element of the arrangement is recognized similar to the advertising revenue policy noted above.  Revenue applicable to the retransmission consent element of the arrangement is recognized over the life of the agreement.

 

Income Taxes

 

Our income tax provision for all periods consists of federal and state income taxes.  The tax provision for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 is based on the estimated effective tax rate applicable for the full year after taking into account discrete tax items and the effects of the noncontrolling interests.

 

Our effective income tax rate for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 and six months ended June 30, 2011 approximated the statutory rate. Our effective income tax rate for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was lower than the statutory rate primarily due to a release of valuation allowance in the first quarter of $7.7 million related to certain deferred tax assets of Cunningham, one of our consolidated VIEs, as the weight of all available evidence supports full realization of those deferred tax assets.

 

Reclassifications

 

Certain reclassifications have been made to prior years’ consolidated financial statements to conform to the current year’s presentation.

 

Subsequent events

 

On July 19, 2012, we entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the broadcast assets of six television stations owned and/or operated by Newport Television (Newport) for $412.5 million.  The six stations are located in five markets and have the following network affiliation or program service arrangements: WKRC (CBS) in Cincinnati, OH; WOAI (NBC) in San Antonio, TX; WHP (CBS) in Harrisburg/Lancaster/Lebanon/York, PA; WPMI (NBC) and WJTC (IND) in Mobile, AL/Pensacola, FL; and KSAS (FOX) in Wichita/Hutchinson, KS.  We will also acquire Newport’s rights under the local marketing agreements with WLYH (CW) in Harrisburg, PA and KMTW (MNT) in Wichita, KS, as well as options to acquire the license assets. The purchase agreement includes other customary provisions, including representations and warranties, covenants and indemnification provisions.   Upon entering into the asset purchase agreement we deposited 10% of the purchase price, $41.3 million, into escrow.  Upon closing, we expect to finance the $412.5 million purchase price, less the $41.3 million in escrow, with available cash along with a bank loan and/or by assessing the capital markets. Additionally, we entered into agreements with Deerfield Media, Inc. (Deerfield) to sell Deerfield the license assets of one of our stations in San Antonio (KMYS CW) and our station in Cincinnati (WSTR MNT), subject to FTS’s purchase option with respect to WSTR when expires March 31, 2013, and assigned Deerfield the right to buy the license assets of WPMI and WJTC in the Mobile/Pensacola market, after which we intend to provide sales and other non-programming services to each of these four stations pursuant to shared services and joint sales agreements.  All of the aforementioned transactions are expected to close no earlier than December 2012, subject to closing conditions, including without limitation approval of the FCC and customary antitrust clearance.

 

On July 17, 2012, we entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of Bay Television, Inc. (Bay TV), which owns the television station WTTA-TV in the Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida market, for $40.0 million.  The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2012, subject to approval of the FCC.  Concurrent with the acquisition, our LMA with Bay TV to provide certain sales, programming and other management services will be terminated.  As disclosed in Note 6. Related Person Transactions, our controlling shareholders own a controlling interest in Bay TV, and as such our board of directors obtained a fairness opinion from a third party valuation firm.  As this will be a transaction between entities under common control, the acquisition method of accounting will not be applied and the assets acquired will be recorded at their historical cost basis, upon closing.  The difference between the purchase price and the historical cost basis of the assets will be recorded as a reduction in additional paid-in capital.

 

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2.              ACQUISITIONS

 

Four Points

 

Effective January 1, 2012, we completed the previously announced acquisition of the broadcast assets of Four Points Media Group LLC (Four Points), which we had previously operated pursuant to a LMA since October 1, 2011.  The acquired assets consist of the following seven stations in four markets along with the respective network affiliation or program service arrangements: KUTV (CBS) and KMYU (MNT / This TV) in Salt Lake City / St. George, UT; KEYE (CBS) in Austin, TX; WTVX (CW), WTCN (MNT) and WWHB (Azteca) in West Palm Beach / Fort Pierce / Stuart, FL; and WLWC (CW) in Providence, RI / New Bedford, MA.

 

We paid Four Points $200.0 million in cash, less a working capital adjustment of $0.9 million.  The acquisition was financed with a $180.0 million draw under an incremental Term B Loan commitment under our amended Bank Credit Agreement plus a $20.0 million cash escrow previously paid in September 2011.

 

Under the acquisition method of accounting, the results of the acquired operations are included in the financial statements of the Company beginning January 1, 2012.  The initial purchase price has been allocated to the acquired assets and assumed liabilities based on estimated fair values.  The purchase price allocation is preliminary pending a final determination of the fair values of the assets and liabilities.  The initial allocated fair value of acquired assets and assumed liabilities is summarized as follows (in thousands):

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

$

416

 

Program contract costs

 

3,711

 

Property and equipment

 

34,578

 

Broadcast licenses

 

10,658

 

Definite-lived intangible assets

 

90,099

 

Other assets

 

548

 

Accrued liabilities

 

(343

)

Program contracts payable

 

(5,117

)

Fair value of identifiable net assets acquired

 

134,550

 

Goodwill

 

64,526

 

Total

 

$

199,076

 

 

The preliminary allocation presented above is based upon management’s estimate of the fair values using valuation techniques including income, cost and market approaches.  In estimating the fair value of the acquired assets and assumed liabilities, the fair value estimates are based on, but not limited to, expected future revenue and cash flows, expected future growth rates, and estimated discount rates.  The amount allocated to definite-lived intangible assets represents the estimated fair values of network affiliations of $66.9 million, the decaying advertiser base of $9.4 million, and other intangible assets of $13.8 million. These intangible assets will be amortized over the estimated remaining useful lives of 15 years for network affiliations, 10 years for the decaying advertiser base and a weighted average of 14 years for the other intangible assets.  Acquired property and equipment will be depreciated on a straight-line basis over the respective estimated remaining useful lives.  Goodwill is calculated as the excess of the consideration transferred over the fair value of the identifiable net assets acquired and represents the future economic benefits expected to arise from other intangible assets acquired that do not qualify for separate recognition, including assembled workforce and noncontractual relationships, as well as expected future synergies.  We expect that goodwill will be deductible for tax purposes.  The initial purchase price allocation is based upon all information available to us at the present time and is subject to change, and such changes could be material.

 

Prior to the acquisition, since October 1, 2011, we provided sales, programming and management services to the stations pursuant to an LMA.  During that period, we funded the working capital needs of the stations, which totaled $8.1 million as of December 31, 2011 and was reflected as cash flows used in operating activities within the consolidated statement of cash flows for that period.  This working capital is not reflected in the purchase price allocation presented above.

 

The results of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 include the results of the Four Points stations since January 1, 2012.  Net broadcast revenues and operating income of the Four Points stations included in our consolidated statements of operations, were $18.1 million and $3.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012, respectively, and $35.9 million and $7.5 million for the six months ended June, 2012, respectively.

 

Freedom

 

Effective April 1, 2012, we completed the previously announced acquisition of the broadcast assets of Freedom Communications (Freedom), which we had previously operated pursuant to a LMA since December 1, 2011. The acquired assets consist of the following eight stations in seven markets along with the respective network affiliation or program service arrangements: WPEC (CBS) in West Palm Beach, FL; WWMT (CBS) in Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, MI;  WRGB (CBS) and WCWN (CW) in Albany, NY; WTVC (ABC) in Chattanooga, TN; WLAJ (ABC) in Lansing, MI; KTVL (CBS) in Medford-Klamath Falls, OR; and KFDM (CBS) in Beaumont/Port Arthur/Orange, TX.

 

We paid Freedom $385.0 million plus a working capital adjustment of $0.3 million.  The acquisition was financed with a draw under a $157.5 million incremental Term Loan A and a $192.5 million incremental Term B Loan commitment under our amended Bank Credit Agreement, plus a $38.5 million cash escrow previously paid in November 2011.

 

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Under the acquisition method of accounting, the results of the acquired operations are included in the financial statements of the Company beginning April 1, 2012.  The initial purchase price has been allocated to the acquired assets and assumed liabilities based on estimated fair values.  The purchase price allocation is preliminary pending a final determination of the fair values of the assets and liabilities.  The initial allocated fair value of acquired assets and assumed liabilities is summarized as follows (in thousands):

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

$

 375

 

Program contract costs

 

3,546

 

Property and equipment

 

54,109

 

Broadcast licenses

 

10,424

 

Definite-lived intangible assets

 

132,475

 

Other assets

 

278

 

Accrued liabilities

 

(633

)

Program contracts payable

 

(3,480

)

Fair value of identifiable net assets acquired

 

197,094

 

Goodwill

 

188,212

 

Total

 

$

385,306

 

 

The preliminary allocation presented above is based upon management’s estimate of the fair values using valuation techniques including income, cost and market approaches.  In estimating the fair value of the acquired assets and assumed liabilities, the fair value estimates are based on, but not limited to, expected future revenue and cash flows, expected future growth rates, and estimated discount rates.  The amount allocated to definite-lived intangible assets represents the estimated fair values of network affiliations of $93.1 million, the decaying advertiser base of $23.4 million, and other intangible assets of $16.0 million.  These intangible assets will be amortized over the estimated remaining useful lives of 15 years for network affiliations, 10 years for the decaying advertiser base and a weighted average life of 16 years for the other intangible assets.  Acquired property and equipment will be depreciated on a straight-line basis over the respective estimated remaining useful lives.  Goodwill is calculated as the excess of the consideration transferred over the fair value of the identifiable net assets acquired and represents the future economic benefits expected to arise from other intangible assets acquired that do not qualify for separate recognition, including assembled workforce and noncontractual relationships, as well as expected future synergies.  We expect that goodwill will be deductible for tax purposes.  The initial purchase price allocation is based upon all information available to us at the present time and is subject to change, and such changes could be material.

 

Prior to the acquisition, since December 1, 2011, we provided sales, programming and management services to the stations pursuant to an LMA.  During that period, we funded the working capital needs of the stations, which totaled $1.5 million as of December 31, 2011 and $9.6 million as of March 31, 2012 and was reflected as cash flows used in operating activities within the consolidated statement of cash flows for those periods.  This working capital is not reflected in the purchase price allocation presented above.

 

The results of operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 includes the results of the Freedom stations since April 1, 2012.  Net broadcast revenues and operating income of the Freedom stations included in our consolidated statements of operations for the three months ended June 30, 2012 were $26.7 million and $6.8 million, respectively.

 

Pro Forma Information

 

The following table sets forth unaudited pro forma results of operations, assuming that the above acquisitions, along with transactions necessary to finance the acquisitions, occurred on January 1, 2011 (in thousands, except per share data):

 

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

 

 

2012

 

2011

 

2012

 

2011

 

Total revenues

 

$

253,554

 

$

229,842

 

$

492,146

 

$

450,273

 

Net Income

 

$

30,231

 

$

19,355

 

$

60,759

 

$

32,607

 

Net Income attributable to Sinclair Broadcast Group

 

$

30,159

 

$

19,457

 

$

60,972

 

$

32,861

 

Basic and diluted earnings per share attributable to Sinclair Broadcast Group

 

$

0.37

 

$

0.24

 

$

0.75

 

$

0.41

 

 

This pro forma financial information is based on historical results of operations, adjusted for the allocation of the purchase price and other acquisition accounting adjustments, and is not necessarily indicative of what our results would have been had we operated the businesses since January 1, 2011.  The pro forma adjustments reflect depreciation expense, amortization of intangibles and amortization of program contract costs related to the fair value adjustments of the assets acquired, additional interest expense related to the financing of the transactions, exclusion of nonrecurring financing and transaction related costs and the related tax effects of the adjustments.

 

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In connection with these acquisitions, we incurred a total of $1.1 million of costs primarily related to legal and other professional services, which we expensed as incurred.  For the three and six months ended June 30, 2012, $0.2 million and $0.5 million, respectively, of such costs were incurred in corporate, general and administrative expenses in the consolidated statements of operations.  These costs were not included in the pro forma amounts above as they are nonrecurring in nature.

 

3.              COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES:

 

Litigation

 

We are party to lawsuits and claims from time to time in the ordinary course of business.  Actions currently pending are in various preliminary stages and no judgments or decisions have been rendered by hearing boards or courts in connection with such actions.  After reviewing developments to date with legal counsel, our management is of the opinion that the outcome of our pending and threatened matters will not have a material adverse effect on our consolidated balance sheets, consolidated statements of operations or consolidated statements of cash flows.

 

Various parties have filed petitions to deny our applications for the following stations’ license renewals:  WXLV-TV, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; WMYV-TV, Greensboro, North Carolina; WLFL-TV, Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; WRDC-TV, Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; WLOS-TV, Asheville, North Carolina, WMMP-TV, Charleston, South Carolina; WTAT-TV, Charleston, South Carolina; WMYA-TV, Anderson, South Carolina; WICS-TV and WICD-TV in Springfield/Champaign, Illinois and WCGV-TV and WVTV-TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The FCC is in the process of considering the renewal applications and we believe the petitions have no merit.

 

Network Affiliations

 

On May 14, 2012, the Company and the licensees of stations to which we provide services, representing 20 affiliates of Fox Broadcast Company (FOX) in total, extended the network affiliation agreements with FOX from the existing term of December 31, 2012 to December 31, 2017.  Concurrently, we entered into an assignable option agreement with Fox Television Stations, Inc. (FTS) giving us or our assignee the right to purchase substantially all the assets of the WUTB station (Baltimore, MD) owned by FTS, which has a program service arrangement with MyNetworkTV, and entered into an option agreement giving FTS the right to purchase our stations in up to three of the following four markets: Las Vegas, NV, Raleigh, NC, Norfolk, VA, and Cincinnati, OH. Our stations in these markets are affiliated with the following networks or program service providers: Las Vegas (The CW and MyNetworkTV), Raleigh (The CW and MyNetworkTV), Norfolk (MyNetworkTV) and Cincinnati (MyNetworkTV).  These options are exercisable between July 1, 2012 and March 30, 2013.  The maximum total potential payments associated with the affiliation agreement and the option agreements is $50.0 million, which excludes any proceeds from the sale of stations upon FTS exercising its option, the $2.7 million purchase price we would pay to FTS for WUTB pursuant to our option, and ordinary course programming payments that will be due to FOX under the terms of the Company’s affiliation agreements.  If FTS decides to exercise its option to purchase one or more of the aforementioned stations, the total payments will be reduced by $25.0 million.  In the second quarter of 2012, we paid $25.0 million to FOX pursuant to the agreements, which is reflected as cash flows used in operating activities within the consolidated statement of cash flows for the six month period ending June 30, 2012.  As of June 30, 2012, we have recorded $50.0 million in other assets and $25.0 million of other accrued liabilities within the consolidated balance sheet, representing the additional obligation due to FOX if FTS does not exercise its option to acquire any of our stations.  The $50.0 million asset will be amortized through the current term of the affiliation agreement ending on December 31, 2017.  Approximately $1.1 million of amortization expense has been recorded in the consolidated statement of operations during the three months ended June 30, 2012.

 

4.              NOTES PAYABLE AND COMMERCIAL BANK FINANCING

 

In January 2012, we drew $180.0 million of the incremental Term Loan B under our Bank Credit Agreement to fund the asset acquisition of Four Points, which closed January 1, 2012. In addition, in April 2012, we drew $157.5 million of the incremental Term Loan A and $192.5 million of the incremental Term Loan B under our Bank Credit Agreement to fund the asset acquisition of Freedom, which closed April 1, 2012.  During the three months ended June 30, 2012, we drew down $11.0 million on our revolver.  As of June 30, 2012, our revolver balance was $11.0 million.

 

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5.              EARNINGS PER SHARE

 

The following table reconciles income (numerator) and shares (denominator) used in our computations of diluted earnings per share for the periods presented (in thousands):

 

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

 

 

2012

 

2011

 

2012

 

2011

 

Income (Numerator)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations

 

$

30,199

 

$

18,559

 

$

59,340

 

$

33,793

 

Income impact of assumed conversion of the 4.875% Notes, net of taxes

 

45

 

42

 

90

 

83

 

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests included in continuing operations

 

(72

)

102

 

213

 

254

 

Numerator for diluted earnings per common share from continuing operations available to common shareholders

 

30,172

 

18,703

 

59,643

 

34,130

 

Loss from discontinued operations

 

(67

)

(82

)

(134

)

(189

)

Numerator for diluted earnings available to common shareholders

 

$

30,105

 

$

18,621

 

$

59,509

 

$

33,941

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares (Denominator)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average common shares outstanding

 

81,036

 

80,734

 

80,944

 

80,551

 

Dilutive effect of stock settled appreciation rights, restricted stock awards and outstanding stock options

 

4

 

40

 

13

 

55

 

Dilutive effect of 4.875% Notes

 

254

 

254

 

254

 

254

 

Weighted-average common and common equivalent shares outstanding

 

81,294

 

81,028

 

81,211

 

80,860

 

 

Approximately 1.5 million and 1.1 million shares of common stock for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and 1.5 million and 1.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, were excluded from the computation of diluted earnings per common share for these periods because their effect would have been antidilutive. The increase in potentially dilutive securities is primarily related to the issuance of new stock settled appreciation rights in March 2012.  The net income per share amounts are the same for Class A and Class B Common Stock because the holders of each class are legally entitled to equal per share distributions whether through dividends or in liquidation.

 

6.              RELATED PERSON TRANSACTIONS

 

David, Frederick, Duncan and Robert Smith (collectively, the controlling shareholders) are brothers and hold substantially all of the Class B Common Stock and some of our Class A Common Stock. We engaged in the following transactions with them and/or entities in which they have substantial interests.

 

Related Person Leases.  Certain assets used by us and our operating subsidiaries are leased from Cunningham Communications, Inc., Keyser Investment Group, Gerstell Development Limited Partnership and Beaver Dam, LLC (entities owned by the controlling shareholders).  Lease payments made to these entities were $1.1 million for each of the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 and $2.2 million for each of the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

 

Bay TV.  In January 1999, we entered into a LMA with Bay Television, Inc. (Bay TV), which owns the television station WTTA-TV in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida market.  Each of our controlling shareholders owns a substantial portion of the equity of Bay TV and collectively have controlling interests.  Payments made to Bay TV were $0.4 million for each of the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 and $2.2 million and $1.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.  See “Subsequent Events” in Note 1, Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, for further information.

 

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Cunningham Broadcasting Corporation.  We have options from trusts, for which the children of our controlling shareholders are beneficiaries, that will grant us the right to acquire, subject to applicable FCC rules and regulations, 100% of the capital stock of Cunningham Broadcasting Corporation (Cunningham) or 100% of the capital stock or assets of Cunningham’s individual subsidiaries.  As of June 30, 2012, Cunningham was the owner-operator and FCC licensee of: WNUV-TV Baltimore, Maryland; WRGT-TV Dayton, Ohio; WVAH-TV Charleston, West Virginia; WTAT-TV Charleston, South Carolina; WMYA-TV Anderson, South Carolina; WTTE-TV Columbus, Ohio; and WDBB-TV Birmingham, Alabama (collectively, the Cunningham Stations).

 

In addition to the option agreement, we entered into five-year LMAs (with five-year renewal terms at our option) with Cunningham pursuant to which we provide programming to Cunningham for airing on the Cunningham Stations.

 

Effective November 5, 2009, we entered into amendments and/or restatements of the following agreements between Cunningham and us: (i) the LMAs, (ii) option agreements to acquire Cunningham stock and (iii) certain acquisition or merger agreements relating to the Cunningham Stations.

 

Pursuant to the terms of the LMAs, options and other agreements, beginning on January 1, 2010 and ending on July 1, 2012, we are obligated to pay Cunningham the sum of approximately $29.1 million in 10 quarterly installments of $2.75 million and one quarterly payment of approximately $1.6 million, which amounts will be used to pay down Cunningham’s bank credit facility and which amounts will be credited toward the purchase price for each Cunningham station.  An additional $3.9 million will be paid in two installments on July 1, 2012 and October 1, 2012 as an additional LMA fee and will be used to pay off the remaining balance of Cunningham’s bank credit facility.  The aggregate purchase price of the television stations, which was originally $78.5 million pursuant to certain acquisition or merger agreements subject to 6% annual increases, will be decreased by each payment made by us to Cunningham up to $29.1 million in the aggregate, pursuant to the foregoing transactions with Cunningham as such payments are made.  Beginning on January 1, 2013, we will be obligated to pay Cunningham an annual LMA fee for the television stations equal to the greater of (i) 3% of each station’s annual net broadcast revenue and (ii) $5.0 million, of which a portion of this fee will be credited toward the purchase price to the extent of the annual 6% increase.  The remaining purchase price as of June 30, 2012 was approximately $58.7 million.

 

Additionally, we reimburse Cunningham for 100% of its operating costs, as well as pay Cunningham a monthly payment of $50,000 through December 2012 as an LMA fee.

 

We made payments to Cunningham under these LMAs and other agreements of $4.0 million and $4.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and $7.9 million and $8.4 million, for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.  For the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, Cunningham’s stations provided us with approximately $24.8 million and $22.6 million, respectively, and approximately $48.1 million and $45.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, of net broadcast revenues.  The financial statements for Cunningham are included in our consolidated financial statements for all periods presented.  Our Bank Credit Agreement contains certain cross-default provisions with certain material third-party licensees.  As of June 30, 2012, Cunningham was the sole material third-party licensee.

 

Atlantic Automotive.  We sold advertising time to and purchased vehicles and related vehicle services from Atlantic Automotive Corporation (Atlantic Automotive), a holding company which owns automobile dealerships and an automobile leasing company.  David D. Smith, our President and Chief Executive Officer, has a controlling interest in, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Atlantic Automotive. We received payments for advertising totaling less than $0.1 million for each of the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011. We received payments for advertising time of $0.1 million for each of the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. We paid $0.4 million for vehicles and related vehicle services from Atlantic Automotive during each of the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.  For the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, we paid fees of $0.6 million and $0.5 million, respectively, for vehicles and related vehicle services.

 

Thomas & Libowitz P.A.  Basil A. Thomas, a member of our Board of Directors, is the father of Steven A. Thomas, a partner and founder of Thomas & Libowitz, P.A. (Thomas & Libowitz), a law firm providing legal services to us on an ongoing basis.  We paid fees of $0.2 million to Thomas & Libowitz for each of the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011.  For the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, we paid fees of $0.5 million and $0.3 million, respectively, to Thomas & Libowitz.

 

Charter Aircraft.  From time to time, we charter aircraft owned by certain controlling shareholders.  We incurred $0.2 million and $0.3 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012, respectively. We did not incur such expenses in the three or six months ended June 30, 2011, related to these arrangements.

 

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7.             SEGMENT DATA

 

We measure segment performance based on operating income (loss).  Our broadcast segment includes stations in 45 markets located predominately in the eastern, mid-western and southern United States.  Our other operating divisions segment primarily earned revenues from sign design and fabrication; regional security alarm operating and bulk acquisitions and real estate ventures.  All of our other operating divisions are located within the United States.  Corporate costs primarily include our costs to operate as a public company and to operate our corporate headquarters location.  Corporate is not a reportable segment.  We had approximately $171.0 million and $168.9 million of intercompany loans between the broadcast segment, operating divisions segment and corporate as of June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.  We had $5.0 million and $4.9 million in intercompany interest expense related to intercompany loans between the broadcast segment, other operating divisions segment and corporate for the three months ended June 30, 2012, and 2011, respectively.  For the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, we had $9.9 million and $9.7 million, respectively, in intercompany interest expense.  Intercompany loans and interest expense are excluded from the tables below.  All other intercompany transactions are immaterial.

 

Financial information for our operating segments are included in the following tables for the periods presented (in thousands):

 

For the three months ended June 30, 2012

 

Broadcast

 

Other
Operating
Divisions

 

Corporate

 

Consolidated

 

Revenue

 

$

241,405

 

$

12,149

 

$

 

$

253,554

 

Depreciation of property and equipment

 

11,945

 

327

 

383

 

12,655

 

Amortization of definite-lived intangible assets and other assets

 

9,110

 

1,016

 

 

10,126

 

Amortization of program contract costs and net realizable value adjustments

 

15,467

 

 

 

15,467

 

General and administrative overhead expenses

 

6,704

 

304

 

505

 

7,513

 

Operating income (loss)

 

72,930

 

(37

)

(901

)

71,992

 

Interest expense

 

 

701

 

28,619

 

29,320

 

Income from equity and cost method investments

 

 

5,148

 

 

5,148

 

 

For the three months ended June 30, 2011

 

Broadcast

 

Other
Operating
Divisions

 

Corporate

 

Consolidated

 

Revenue

 

$

177,868

 

$

10,992

 

$

 

$

188,860

 

Depreciation of property and equipment

 

7,140

 

318

 

403

 

7,861

 

Amortization of definite-lived intangible assets and other assets

 

3,743

 

871

 

 

4,614

 

Amortization of program contract costs and net realizable value adjustments

 

12,666

 

 

 

12,666

 

General and administrative overhead expenses

 

6,197

 

306

 

570

 

7,073

 

Operating income (loss)

 

58,490

 

719

 

(973

)

58,236

 

Interest expense

 

 

632

 

24,302

 

24,934

 

Income from equity and cost method investments

 

 

815

 

 

815

 

 

For the six months ended June 30, 2012

 

Broadcast

 

Other
Operating
Divisions

 

Corporate

 

Consolidated

 

Revenue

 

$

451,293

 

$

26,097

 

$

 

$

477,390

 

Depreciation of property and equipment

 

20,643

 

735

 

766

 

22,144

 

Amortization of definite-lived intangible assets and other assets

 

13,677

 

2,348

 

 

16,025

 

Amortization of program contract costs and net realizable value adjustments

 

29,747

 

 

 

29,747

 

General and administrative overhead expenses

 

14,608

 

915

 

1,357

 

16,880

 

Operating income (loss)

 

134,761

 

(710

)

(2,137

)

131,914

 

Interest expense

 

 

1,555

 

55,152

 

56,707

 

Income from equity and cost method investments

 

 

6,424

 

 

6,424

 

Assets

 

1,878,802

 

274,854

 

6,585

 

2,160,241

 

 

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For the six months ended June 30, 2011

 

Broadcast

 

Other
Operating
Divisions

 

Corporate

 

Consolidated

 

Revenue

 

$

351,051

 

$

20,418

 

$

 

$

371,469

 

Depreciation of property and equipment

 

14,484

 

629

 

808

 

15,921

 

Amortization of definite-lived intangible assets and other assets

 

8,094

 

1,714

 

 

9,808

 

Amortization of program contract costs and net realizable value adjustments

 

25,284

 

 

 

25,284

 

General and administrative overhead expenses

 

13,818

 

598

 

1,321

 

15,737

 

Operating income (loss)

 

111,120

 

725

 

(2,133

)

109,712

 

Interest expense

 

 

1,259

 

52,842

 

54,101

 

Income from equity and cost method investments

 

 

826

 

 

826

 

 

8.              FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS:

 

Accounting guidance provides for valuation techniques, such as the market approach (comparable market prices), the income approach (present value of future income or cash flow), and the cost approach (cost to replace the service capacity of an asset or replacement cost).  A fair value hierarchy using three broad levels prioritizes the inputs to valuation techniques used to measure fair value.  The following is a brief description of those three levels:

 

·                  Level 1: Observable inputs such as quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

·                  Level 2: Inputs other than quoted prices that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly.  These include quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets and quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in markets that are not active.

·                  Level 3: Unobservable inputs that reflect the reporting entity’s own assumptions.

 

The carrying value and fair value of our notes, debentures, program contracts payable and non-cancelable commitments for the periods presented (in thousands):

 

 

 

As of June 30, 2012

 

As of December 31, 2011

 

 

 

Carrying Value

 

Fair Value

 

Carrying Value

 

Fair Value

 

Level 2:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.25% Senior Second Lien Notes due 2017

 

$

489,763

 

$

555,625

 

$

489,052

 

$

549,690

 

8.375% Senior Notes due 2018

 

234,678

 

259,501

 

234,512

 

246,884

 

Term Loan A

 

268,188

 

266,176

 

115,000

 

112,700

 

Term Loan B

 

583,533

 

591,169

 

217,002

 

221,700

 

Cunningham Bank Credit Facility

 

5,483

 

5,483

 

10,967

 

11,100

 

Level 3:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.875% Convertible Senior Notes due 2018

 

5,685

 

5,685

 

5,685

 

5,685

 

3.0% Convertible Senior Notes due 2027

 

5,400

 

5,400

 

5,400

 

5,400

 

Active program contracts payable

 

61,391

 

58,582

 

91,450

 

88,699

 

Future program liabilities (a)

 

166,407

 

139,294

 

125,075

 

105,166

 

 


(a)          Future program liabilities reflect a license agreement for program material that is not yet available for its first showing or telecast and is, therefore, not recorded as an asset or liability on our balance sheet.  The carrying value reflects the undiscounted future payments.

 

Our estimates of the fair value of active program contracts payable and future program liabilities were based on discounted cash flows using Level 3 inputs described above.  The discount rate represents an estimate of a market participants’ return and risk applicable to program contracts.  The discount rate used to determine the fair value of active and future program liabilities was 8.0% as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011. Significant increases (decreases) in the discount rate would result in a significantly lower (higher) fair value measurement.

 

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9.              CONDENSED CONSOLIDATING FINANCIAL STATEMENTS:

 

Sinclair Television Group, Inc. (STG), a wholly-owned subsidiary and the television operating subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (SBG), is the primary obligor under the Bank Credit Agreement, the 8.375% Notes and the 9.25% Notes. Our Class A Common Stock, Class B Common Stock, the 4.875% Notes and the 3.0% Notes, as of June 30, 2012, were obligations or securities of SBG and not obligations or securities of STG.  SBG was the obligor of the 6.0% Notes until they were fully redeemed in 2011.  SBG is a guarantor under the Bank Credit Agreement, the 9.25% Notes and the 8.375% Notes.  As of June 30, 2012 our consolidated total debt of $1,728.3 million included $1,636.7 million of debt related to STG and its subsidiaries of which SBG guaranteed $1,587.2 million.

 

SBG, KDSM, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SBG, and STG’s wholly-owned subsidiaries (guarantor subsidiaries), have fully and unconditionally guaranteed, subject to certain customary automatic release provisions, all of STG’s obligations.  Those guarantees are joint and several.  There are certain contractual restrictions on the ability of SBG, STG or KDSM, LLC to obtain funds from their subsidiaries in the form of dividends or loans.

 

The following condensed consolidating financial statements present the consolidating balance sheets, consolidating statements of operations and comprehensive income and consolidating statements of cash flows of SBG, STG, KDSM, LLC and the guarantor subsidiaries, the direct and indirect non-guarantor subsidiaries of SBG and the eliminations necessary to arrive at our information on a consolidated basis.  These statements are presented in accordance with the disclosure requirements under SEC Regulation S-X, Rule 3-10.

 

Certain revisions have been made to correct immaterial errors in the condensed consolidating balance sheet as of December 31, 2011 and the condensed consolidating statements of operations and comprehensive income for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011.  The revisions to the condensed consolidating balance sheet increased certain noncurrent assets by $17.3 million and noncontrolling interests in consolidated subsidiaries by $9.8 million and decreased additional paid-in capital by $1.6 million and accumulated deficit by $9.1 million of the Non-guarantor Subsidiaries, with corresponding offsetting adjustments to the same items in the Eliminations column.  The revisions to the condensed consolidating statements of operations and comprehensive income for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 increased depreciation, amortization and other operating expenses by $0.2 million and $0.3 million, respectively, and increased net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests for the Non-guarantor Subsidiaries by $0.1 million and $0.3 million, respectively, with corresponding offsetting adjustments to the same items in the Eliminations column.  These revisions had no effect on amounts presented for SBG, STG, the Guarantor Subsidiaries and KDSM, LLC or Sinclair Consolidated.

 

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATING BALANCE SHEET

AS OF JUNE 30, 2012

(in thousands) (unaudited)

 

 

 

Sinclair
Broadcast
Group, Inc.

 

Sinclair
Television
Group, Inc.

 

Guarantor
Subsidiaries
and KDSM,
LLC

 

Non-
Guarantor
Subsidiaries

 

Eliminations

 

Sinclair
Consolidated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash

 

$

 

$

4,105

 

$

232

 

$

26,741

 

$

 

$

31,078

 

Accounts and other receivables

 

83

 

708

 

154,772

 

5,490

 

(268

)

160,785

 

Other current assets

 

(524

)

3,591

 

32,109

 

3,613

 

(284

)

38,505

 

Total current assets

 

(441

)

8,404

 

187,113

 

35,844

 

(552

)

230,368

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property and equipment, net

 

7,468

 

9,307

 

260,712

 

105,360

 

(10,798

)

372,049

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment in consolidated subsidiaries

 

 

1,178,648

 

 

 

(1,178,648

)

 

Restricted cash — long-term

 

 

 

223

 

 

 

223

 

Other long-term assets

 

82,454

 

338,071

 

62,712

 

103,026

 

(404,141

)

182,122

 

Total other long-term assets

 

82,454

 

1,516,719

 

62,935

 

103,026

 

(1,582,789

)

182,345

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acquired intangible assets

 

 

 

1,317,825

 

90,256

 

(32,602

)

1,375,479

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

$

89,481

 

$

1,534,430

 

$

1,828,585

 

$

334,486

 

$

(1,626,741

)

$

2,160,241

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

 

$

480

 

$

45,495

 

$

71,818

 

$

7,729

 

$

(3,159

)

$

122,363

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

450

 

23,744

 

698

 

17,540

 

 

42,432

 

Current portion of affiliate long-term debt

 

1,067

 

 

2,131

 

185

 

(185

)

3,198

 

Other current liabilities

 

 

 

64,046

 

(261

)

 

63,785

 

Total current liabilities

 

1,997

 

69,239

 

138,693

 

25,193

 

(3,344

)

231,778

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt

 

12,662

 

1,564,970

 

37,124

 

53,053

 

 

1,667,809

 

Affiliate long-term debt

 

6,848

 

 

8,044

 

257,524

 

(257,524

)

14,892

 

Dividends in excess of investment in consolidated subsidiaries

 

130,997

 

 

 

 

(130,997

)

 

Other liabilities

 

13,564

 

2,105

 

466,686

 

66,802

 

(237,113

)

312,044

 

Total liabilities

 

166,068

 

1,636,314

 

650,547

 

402,572

 

(628,978

)

2,226,523

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock

 

812

 

 

10

 

 

(10

)

812

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

621,556

 

(7,953

)

769,043

 

57,077

 

(818,167

)

621,556

 

Accumulated (deficit) earnings

 

(694,296

)

(90,959

)

411,248

 

(135,117

)

(185,172

)

(694,296

)

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income

 

(4,659

)

(2,972

)

(2,263

)

(351

)

5,586

 

(4,659

)

Total Sinclair Broadcast Group (deficit) equity

 

(76,587

)

(101,884

)

1,178,038

 

(78,391

)

(997,763

)

(76,587

)

Noncontrolling interests in consolidated subsidiaries

 

 

 

 

10,305

 

 

10,305

 

Total liabilities and equity (deficit)

 

$

89,481

 

$

1,534,430

 

$

1,828,585

 

$

334,486

 

$

(1,626,741

)

$

2,160,241

 

 

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATING BALANCE SHEET

AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2011

(in thousands)

 

 

 

Sinclair
Broadcast
Group, Inc.

 

Sinclair
Television
Group, Inc.

 

Guarantor
Subsidiaries
and KDSM,
LLC

 

Non-
Guarantor
Subsidiaries

 

Eliminations

 

Sinclair
Consolidated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash

 

$

 

$

188

 

$

313

 

$

12,466

 

$

 

$

12,967

 

Accounts and other receivables

 

60

 

348

 

126,590

 

6,276

 

(107

)

133,167

 

Other current assets

 

2,430

 

2,561

 

55,855

 

3,021

 

(284

)

63,583

 

Total current assets

 

2,490

 

3,097

 

182,758

 

21,763

 

(391

)

209,717

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property and equipment, net

 

8,234

 

7,783

 

171,749

 

104,825

 

(11,070

)

281,521

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment in consolidated subsidiaries

 

 

575,848

 

 

 

(575,848

)

 

Restricted cash

 

 

58,503

 

223

 

 

 

58,726

 

Other long-term assets

 

86,186

 

353,929

 

17,209

 

99,630