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The Washington Post Company Reports Third Quarter Earnings

The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO) today reported net income attributable to common shares of $93.8 million ($12.64 per share) for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012, compared to a net loss attributable to common shares of $6.2 million ($0.82 loss per share) for the third quarter of last year. However, net income includes $49.1 million ($6.61 per share) in income from discontinued operations and $18.8 million ($2.41 per share) in losses from discontinued operations for the third quarter of 2012 and 2011, respectively (refer to “Discontinued Operations” discussion below). Income from continuing operations attributable to common shares was $44.7 million ($6.03 per share) for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $12.6 million ($1.59 per share) for the third quarter of 2011.

Items included in the Company’s income from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2012:

  • $12.2 million in early retirement, severance and restructuring charges at the newspaper publishing division and Kaplan (after-tax impact of $7.6 million, or $1.02 per share); and
  • $3.1 million in non-operating unrealized foreign currency gains (after-tax impact of $1.9 million, or $0.26 per share).

Items included in the Company’s income from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2011:

  • $5.6 million in severance and restructuring charges at Kaplan (after-tax impact of $3.5 million, or $0.44 per share);
  • a $9.2 million impairment charge at one of the Company’s affiliates (after-tax impact of $5.7 million, or $0.72 per share);
  • a $23.1 million write-down of a marketable equity security (after-tax impact of $14.9 million, or $1.89 per share); and
  • $6.7 million in non-operating unrealized foreign currency losses (after-tax impact of $4.2 million, or $0.54 per share).

Excluding these items, income from continuing operations attributable to common shares was $50.4 million ($6.79 per share) for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $40.9 million ($5.18 per share) for the third quarter of 2011. (Non-GAAP measures are discussed below.)

Revenue for the third quarter of 2012 was $1,011.3 million, flat compared to $1,012.5 million in the third quarter of 2011. The Company reported operating income of $75.9 million in the third quarter of 2012, compared to operating income of $70.2 million in the third quarter of 2011. Revenues and operating income increased at the television broadcasting and cable television divisions, offset by declines at the education and newspaper publishing divisions.

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