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Graham Holdings Company Reports First Quarter Earnings

Stocks in this article: GHC

Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) today reported income from continuing operations attributable to common shares of $131.0 million ($17.65 per share) for the first quarter of 2014, compared to $21.7 million ($2.92 per share) for the first quarter of 2013. Net income attributable to common shares was $132.1 million ($17.79 per share) for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014, compared to $4.7 million ($0.64 per share) for the first quarter of last year. Net income includes $1.1 million ($0.14 per share) in income and $17.0 million ($2.28 per share) in losses from discontinued operations for the first quarter of 2014 and 2013, respectively. (Refer to “Discontinued Operations” discussion below.)

On April 11, 2014, the Company and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. announced that they have signed an agreement for Berkshire to acquire a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company that includes, among other things, WPLG, the Company's Miami-based television station. The transaction is expected to close in the second or third quarter of 2014. As a result, income from continuing operations excludes WPLG, which has been reclassified to discontinued operations, net of tax, for all periods presented.

The results for the first quarter of 2014 and 2013 were affected by a number of items as described in the following paragraphs. Excluding these items, income from continuing operations attributable to common shares was $48.8 million ($6.47 per share) for the first quarter of 2014, compared to $30.8 million ($4.18 per share) for the first quarter of 2013. (Refer to the Non-GAAP Financial Information schedule at the end of this release for additional details.)

Items included in the Company’s income from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2014:

  • $4.5 million in early retirement program expense at the corporate office (after-tax impact of $2.9 million, or $0.39 per share);
  • $127.7 million gain on the sale of the corporate headquarters building (after-tax impact of $81.8 million, or $11.13 per share); and
  • $5.0 million in non-operating unrealized foreign currency gains (after-tax impact of $3.2 million, or $0.44 per share).

Items included in the Company’s income from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2013:

  • $9.4 million in severance and restructuring charges at the education division (after-tax impact of $6.1 million, or $0.85 per share); and
  • $4.6 million in non-operating unrealized foreign currency losses (after-tax impact of $3.0 million, or $0.41 per share).

Revenue for the first quarter of 2014 was $840.6 million, up 2% from $820.6 million in the first quarter of 2013. The Company reported operating income of $79.5 million in the first quarter of 2014, compared to $47.1 million in the first quarter of 2013. Revenues increased at the television broadcasting and cable divisions, while revenues at the education division were flat. Operating results improved in the first quarter at the television broadcasting, cable and education divisions.

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