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Media General, Inc. (NYSE: MEG), a local broadcast television and digital media company, today reported fourth-quarter and full-year 2013 results.
“The merger of Media General and Young Broadcasting on November 12, 2013, was a renaissance event for both companies. This business combination created a new, diversified broadcast and digital company with a strong balance sheet, generating robust cash flows. Indeed, our year-end 2013 net leverage was 4.27x, based on our credit agreement, even better than we’d anticipated,” said George L. Mahoney, president and chief executive officer of Media General.
“We expect a particularly strong year in 2014, when we benefit from advertising associated with the Winter Olympics and this year’s elections as well as growing revenue from the rising market for retransmission revenues. Additionally, our digital and mobile platforms are providing new, accelerating opportunities to generate higher revenues,” said Mr. Mahoney.
In accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the merger was accounted for as a reverse acquisition. While Media General, Inc. is the legal acquirer and the name of the combined entity, for financial reporting purposes, the historical financial statements of the accounting acquirer, Young, are now the historical financial statements of the new Media General. Consequently, the official consolidated financial statements reported in this press release include only the operating results for Young for the periods prior to November 12, 2013.
This release first discusses GAAP results for the fourth quarter of 2013; these results do not include most of legacy Media General’s results in 2013 or any in 2012. Because legacy Media General results represent more than half of the combined company’s net operating revenue and broadcast cash flow, the company has appended Supplemental Combined Company Information to this press release. The as adjusted results do not include the operating and finance synergies of the combined company. A discussion of these as adjusted fourth-quarter results follows the GAAP discussion.