Gannett Announces First Quarter 2023 Results

First Quarter 2023 Financial Highlights:
• Total revenues of $668.9 million decreased 10.6% compared to the first quarter of 2022 ◦ Same store revenues(1) decreased 9.3% compared to the first quarter of 2022
• Total digital revenues were $247.5 million or 37.0% of total revenues, down 0.9% over the same period in the prior year on a same store(1) basis primarily as a result of declines in digital media year-over-year
• Net income attributable to Gannett of $10.3 million, representing an income margin of 1.5%, improved by $13.3 million versus the net loss attributable to Gannett of $3.0 million in the first quarter of 2022

“I’m excited to announce that our first quarter results reflect a solid start to the year. Despite facing what we believe will be the most challenging comparisons in 2023, Adjusted EBITDA remained relatively flat year-over-year, and we witnessed sequential improvement in same store revenue trends. As we anticipate further improvement in the second quarter, we are raising our 2023 full year outlook with respect to Adjusted EBITDA, Net Income, and cash flow. We made significant progress across the majority of our key financial measures, and we believe our results demonstrate the effectiveness of the measures we implemented in the latter half of 2022 to position the Company for long-term success”, said Michael Reed, Gannett Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“In the first quarter our digital-only businesses delivered solid results with 15% year-over-year growth in digital-only paid subscriptions and approximately 20% year-over-year growth in digital-only circulation revenues on a same store basis. Our Digital Marketing Solutions business also sustained a high level of performance, exhibited robust growth in core platform revenues compared to the prior year period, and achieved strong Adjusted EBITDA margins. Furthermore, we continued to make measurable progress in debt reduction, having repaid $37 million in the first quarter, while maintaining a healthy balance sheet and strong liquidity position.”

“We have created solid building blocks for 2023 and believe we are well positioned to capitalize on this momentum moving forward. We believe our trends are improving, our digital growth businesses remain strong, our first lien net leverage declined and is on track to achieve our year-end target of less than 2x, and we continue to optimize our capital structure. These results not only demonstrate our progress towards each of our key initiatives, but also illustrate our commitment to providing communities with trusted, impactful content and best-in-class marketing solutions.”
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