The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) announced today a 2012 second-quarter diluted loss per share from continuing operations of $.57 compared with diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $.05 in the same period of 2011. The loss resulted from an estimated non-cash charge of $.85 per share for the write-down of goodwill at the About Group. Excluding severance, the write-down and other special items discussed below, diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $.14 in the second quarter of 2012 compared with $.11 in the second quarter of 2011.
The Company had an operating loss of $143.6 million in the second quarter of 2012 compared with an operating profit of $31.5 million in the same period of 2011. Excluding depreciation, amortization, severance and special items, operating profit increased 6.5 percent to $78.1 million from $73.4 million in the second quarter of 2011.
“Our second-quarter results reflect our ongoing strides in repositioning the Times Company for an increasingly multiplatform future,” said Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, The New York Times Company. “The growth in operating profit, excluding depreciation, amortization, severance and special items, was largely driven by continued strength in circulation revenues, which offset advertising revenue declines and led to overall revenue growth of about 1 percent. Total Company circulation revenues rose 8 percent, led by the nearly 11 percent growth at The New York Times Media Group as we continued to expand our digital subscription base and grow our robust consumer revenue stream.
“At quarter end, total paid digital subscriptions across the Company were approximately 532,000, up 13 percent from 472,000 as of March 18, 2012, which was the one-year anniversary of NYTimes.com’s digital subscription launch. The growth in paid digital subscriptions benefited from our decision to move the gate on NYTimes.com from 20 to 10 free articles a month, and from a host of marketing and product initiatives that we have been rolling out this year.
“While the advertising market remains challenging, the rate of decline for the Company’s total advertising revenues moderated, due primarily to improved digital advertising revenue trends, compared with first-quarter 2012 levels."