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Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP; meredith.com) announced today it has completed its acquisition of Time Inc., and that February 1, 2018, will be the first day of operations for the combined company. Time Inc. shareholders received $18.50 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $2.8 billion originally announced on November 26, 2017.
Meredith also announced fiscal 2018 second quarter and first half results today. The details are included later in this release.
“With this acquisition, we are creating a premier media and marketing company serving 200 million American consumers that’s positioned for growth across industry-leading digital, television, print, video, mobile, and social platforms,” said Meredith Corporation Chairman and CEO Stephen M. Lacy. “The combined portfolio joins the rich content-creation capabilities of many of the media industry’s strongest national brands with a powerful local television business that is generating record earnings.”
“I want to welcome our new employees to Meredith,” said Meredith President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Harty. “Together, we are eager to start serving consumers and advertisers alike with trusted, premium multi-platform content and innovative marketing solutions. Since our announcement, teams from Meredith and Time have been developing an integration plan that has positioned us to hit the ground running. We look forward to delivering on our pledge to achieve the identified synergies and grow shareholder value.”
Meredith today reported fiscal 2018 second quarter earnings per share were $3.49, compared to $1.58 per share in the prior-year period. Fiscal 2018 second quarter results included the following special items:
•A benefit of $2.92 per share related to changes to the U.S. corporate income tax rate
•Transaction expenses of $0.23 per share related to Meredith’s acquisition of Time Inc.
•A charge of $0.34 per share related to the impairment of a trademark and a realignment in Meredith’s National Media Group
Excluding these special items, fiscal 2018 second quarter earnings per share were $1.14. This compares to earnings per share excluding special items of $1.30 in the prior-year period. As expected in an off-election year, Meredith recorded $38 million, or $0.52 per share, less of high-margin incremental political advertising revenues in the second quarter of fiscal 2018 than in the prior year. (See Tables 1-4 for supplemental disclosures regarding non-GAAP financial measures.)
“We were quite pleased to report record earnings per share for a non-political second quarter and first half, driven by strong growth in non-political advertising revenue in our Local Media Group, along with record digital performance and solid expense discipline in our National Media Group,” said Lacy.
Looking more closely at Meredith’s fiscal 2018 second quarter results compared to the prior-year period:
•Local Media Group revenues were $170 million. Non-political advertising revenues grew 13 percent to $104 million, driven by strong performance in the Phoenix, Atlanta and Las Vegas markets. Other revenues increased 25 percent, primarily due to growth in retransmission revenues. Operating profit was $51 million, a record for a non-political second quarter.
•National Media Group revenues were $247 million. Operating profit was $12 million, compared to $47 million. Excluding special items in both periods, operating profit increased 2 percent to $35 million, driven primarily by lower operating expenses in Meredith’s magazine business, along with revenue growth from its digital and circulation activities.
•Total Company digital advertising revenues were a record for any fiscal quarter. Traffic across Meredith’s digital properties averaged 89 million monthly unique visitors. Digital advertising revenues accounted for 44 percent of the National Media Group’s advertising revenues.
•Total revenues were $418 million, compared to $443 million in the prior-year period, reflecting the absence of $38 million of political advertising revenue.
Fiscal 2018 first half earnings per share were $4.23, or $1.83 excluding special items. In comparison, prior-year earnings per share were $2.33, or $2.05 excluding special items. Meredith recorded $53 million, or $0.72 per share, less of high-margin incremental political advertising revenues in the first half of fiscal 2018 than in the prior year, as expected in an off-election year. Total company revenues were $810 million, compared to $843 million in the prior-year period.
more detail at: https://ir.meredith.com/news-releases/press-release-details/2018/Meredith-Corporation-Announces-Completion-Of-Time-Inc-Acquisition-And-Reports-Fiscal-2018-Second-Quarter-And-First-Half-Results/default.aspx