With sales up in all categories, unit sales of print books rose 9.5% in the week ended Oct. 31, 2020, over the comparable week in 2019, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The top-selling book was The Deep End (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #15) by Jeff Kinney, which sold more than 171,000 copies and helped to drive up sales in the juvenile fiction category by 15.5%. A second new release that landed high on the category list was Jimmy Fallon’s 5 More Sleeps ’til Christmas, which sold more than 21,000 copies. For most categories, sales increases over the week ended Nov. 2, 2019, weren’t driven by hot new bestsellers but by solid sales overall. The #1 title in the juvenile nonfiction category, for example, was Big Preschool Workbook, which sold a modest 7,200 copes. The YA fiction category, which had a 25.7% increase, was once again led by Stephenie Meyer’s Midnight Sun, which sold more than 17,000 copies.
Gannett Co., Inc. (“Gannett”, “we”, “us”, “our”, or the “Company”) (NYSE: GCI) today reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022.
“The Company continues to respond decisively to the ongoing macroeconomic volatility and inflationary pressures. We continue to execute on $200 million to $240 million in annualized cost savings through the implementation of temporary and permanent actions that are expected to give us near-term flexibility and allow us to continue forward towards the Company’s digital transformation,” said Michael Reed, Gannett Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “While these cost saving initiatives drove a sequential improvement to Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin in the third quarter, we expect to capture most of the benefits in the fourth quarter of 2022 and the full year of 2023.”
“The results in our Digital-only and Digital Marketing Solutions businesses in the third quarter are evidence that our digital transformation is progressing well. We finished the third quarter with 1.98 million digital-only paid subscribers, growing 28.5% year-over-year, and during October, we accomplished an important milestone by surpassing 2.0 million digital-only paid subscribers. Also, our Digital Marketing Solutions business achieved record high core platform revenue during the third quarter, while maintaining double-digit Adjusted EBITDA margins for the sixth consecutive quarter.”
Third Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights:
• Total revenues of $717.9 million decreased 10.3% compared to the third quarter of 2021
◦ Same store revenues(2) decreased 9.0% compared to the third quarter of 2021
• Total digital revenues were $256.4 million or 35.7% of total revenues, down 2.3% over the same period in the prior year on a same store(2) basis mainly as a result of weakness in digital media year-over-year
• Net loss attributable to Gannett of $54.1 million, a loss margin of 7.5%
• Adjusted net income attributable to Gannett(2) of $48.4 million
• Adjusted EBITDA(2) totaled $51.9 million, a decrease of 49.1% compared to the third quarter of 2021
◦ Sequential improvement of 2.1% compared to the second quarter of 2022
◦ Adjusted EBITDA margin(2) of 7.2%, representing sequential improvement of 40 basis points compared to the second quarter of 2022
• Cash provided by operating activities of $31.3 million
• Free cash flow(2) of $18.6 million
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