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Graham Holdings Company Reports Second Quarter Earnings

Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) today reported income from continuing operations attributable to common shares of $369.7 million ($49.52 per share) for the second quarter of 2014, compared to $46.6 million ($6.28 per share) for the second quarter of 2013. Net income attributable to common shares was $750.1 million ($100.48 per share) for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014, compared to $44.7 million ($6.02 per share) for the second quarter of last year. Net income includes $380.5 million ($50.96 per share) in income and $2.0 million ($0.26 per share) in losses from discontinued operations for the second quarter of 2014 and 2013, respectively. (Refer to “Discontinued Operations” discussion below.)

On June 30, 2014, the Company and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. completed a previously announced transaction in which Berkshire acquired a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company that included, among other things, WPLG, a Miami-based television station, 2,107 Class A Berkshire shares and 1,278 Class B Berkshire shares owned by Graham Holdings and $327.7 million in cash, in exchange for 1,620,190 shares of Graham Holdings Class B common stock owned by Berkshire Hathaway (Berkshire exchange transaction). As a result, income from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2014 includes a $266.7 million gain from the exchange of the Berkshire Hathaway shares, and income from discontinued operations for the second quarter of 2014 includes a $375.0 million gain from the WPLG exchange. Also, income from continuing operations excludes the operating results of WPLG, which have been reclassified to discontinued operations, net of tax, for all periods presented.

The results for the second 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 $54.5 million ($7.31 per share) for the second quarter of 2014, compared to $58.7 million ($7.93 per share) for the second quarter of 2013. (Refer to the Non-GAAP Financial Information schedule at the end of this release for additional details.)

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