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LIN TV Corp. Announces Third Quarter 2012 Results

Business Outlook

The Company has provided historical quarterly financial information for its continuing operations on its web site. Interested parties should go to the Investor Relations section at

The Company expects that net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012 will increase in the range of 70% to 74% (or $77.5 million to $82.5 million), as compared to net revenues of $111.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.


3 comScore media metrics data; Average of July-September 2012. Overall engagement references comScore’s average minutes per visitor. The basis for comparison is calculated against the Company’s and local media competitors’ self-defined classification from within the comScore dictionary.

The Company expects that its direct operating and selling, general and administrative expenses, which include variable selling related expenses, will increase in the range of 44% to 47% (or $27.1 million to $29.1 million) in the fourth quarter of 2012 as compared to reported expenses of $61.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.

The Company’s current outlook for revenues, expenses and cash flow items for the fourth quarter of 2012, excluding special items and including the results of operations of New Vision since October 12, 2012, are anticipated to be in the following ranges:
          Fourth Quarter of 2012
Net broadcast advertising revenues         $174 to $177 million
Interactive revenues         $11 to $12 million
Network compensation/Barter/Other revenues         $4 to $5 million
Total net revenues         $189 to $194 million
Direct operating and selling, general and administrative expenses (a)         $89 to $91 million
Station non-cash stock-based compensation expense         $0.3 million
Amortization of program rights         $6.5 to $7.5 million
Cash payments for programming         $6.5 to $7.5 million
Corporate expense (a)         $8 to $9 million
Corporate non-cash stock-based compensation expense         $1.2 million
Depreciation and amortization of intangibles         $8.7 to $9.2 million
Cash capital expenditures         $5 to $7 million
Cash interest expense         $12.6 to $13.1 million
Principal amortization of term loans and finance lease obligations         $1 million
Cash taxes         $0.2 to $0.3 million
Effective tax rate         37% to 39%
(a) Includes non-cash stock-based compensation expense.          

For the full year, the Company expects cash capital expenditures of $24 to $26 million, cash interest expense of $39.9 to $40.4 million, cash taxes of $0.8 to $0.9 million and an effective tax rate of 37% to 39%.

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