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The Washington Post Company Reports 2012 And Fourth Quarter Earnings

Stocks in this article: WPO

In the fourth quarter of 2012, $2.6 million in restructuring costs is included in amortization of intangible assets, largely from accelerated intangible asset amortization associated with changes to business operations in Australia.

Cable Television

Cable television division revenue for 2012 increased 4% to $787.1 million, from $760.2 million in 2011; revenue totaled $201.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, a 6% increase from $190.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. The revenue results reflect continued growth of the division’s Internet and telephone service revenues and rate increases for many subscribers in June 2012, offset by a decline in basic video subscribers.

Cable television division operating income in 2012 decreased 1% to $154.6 million, from $156.8 million in 2011; operating income for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased 4% to $43.4 million, from $41.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The cable television division’s operating income for 2012 declined primarily due to increased programming and depreciation costs, offset partially by increased revenues. The division’s operating income for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased primarily due to higher revenues, offset by increased programming and depreciation costs.

At December 31, 2012, Primary Service Units (PSUs) were down 1% from the prior year due to a decline in basic video subscribers, offset by growth in high-speed data and telephony subscribers. A summary of PSUs is as follows:

       
As of December 31,
          2012   2011
Basic video 593,615   621,423
High-speed data 459,235 451,082
Telephony 184,528   179,989
1,237,378   1,252,494
 

Newspaper Publishing

Newspaper publishing division revenue in 2012 declined 7% to $581.7 million, from $622.5 million in 2011; revenue totaled $162.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, a 6% decrease from $172.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. Print advertising revenue at The Washington Post in 2012 declined 14% to $228.2 million, from $264.5 million in 2011, and decreased 12% to $67.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, from $77.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. The decline is largely due to reductions in general and retail advertising. Revenue generated by the Company’s online publishing activities, primarily washingtonpost.com and Slate, increased 5% to $110.6 million, from $105.8 million in 2011; revenue increased 5% to $33.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, versus $31.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. Display online advertising revenue increased 6% in 2012, and 7% for the fourth quarter of 2012. Online classified advertising revenue decreased 1% in 2012 and 2% for the fourth quarter of 2012.

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