Journal Communications, Inc. (NYSE:JRN) today announced results for its third quarter ended September 25, 2011.

“Journal Communications remained focused on growing our local market revenue share in a soft economic environment in the third quarter,” said Steven Smith, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Journal Communications. “While total Broadcast revenue was down, core revenue, excluding political and issue advertising, was up. On the Publishing side, a challenging advertising revenue environment was offset by improved circulation revenue and a solid increase in commercial print and distribution revenue.

“Effective cost management remains a company-wide priority. We recorded a $1.3 million pre-tax workforce reduction charge to align our expenses in Publishing with lower revenue, while still reducing total company expenses this quarter.

“We continue to position Journal Communications for growth in our markets by expanding our relevant local content, investing in interactive media and providing an enhanced value proposition for our advertising customers.”

Third Quarter 2011 Results

Note that unless otherwise indicated, all comparisons are to the third quarter ended September 26, 2010.

For the third quarter, revenue of $87.8 million decreased 4.4% compared to $91.8 million. Operating earnings of $8.1 million, which included a $1.3 million pre-tax workforce reduction charge, decreased 26.9% compared to $11.1 million. Net earnings were $4.4 million compared to $6.3 million.

In the third quarter, basic and diluted net earnings per share of class A and B common stock were $0.07 compared to $0.11 in 2010. Excluding an after-tax workforce reduction charge of $0.8 million and an after-tax gain on the sale of the remaining Florida operations of $0.2 million, basic and diluted net earnings per share of class A and B common stock were $0.08.

The operating margin was 9.2% for the third quarter compared to 12.1%. EBITDA (net earnings (loss) excluding the earnings/loss from discontinued operations, net; total other expense, net; provision (benefit) for income taxes; depreciation; amortization; and, if any, non-cash impairment charges) was $14.0 million compared to $17.2 million, a decrease of 18.7%.

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