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The New York Times Company Reports 2011 Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Results

Thursday, February 02, 2012

The New York Times Company Reports 2011 Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Results08:30 EST Thursday, February 02, 2012 NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) announced today 2011 fourth-quarter diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $.39 compared with $.44 in the same period of 2010. Excluding severance and the special items discussed below, diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $.45 in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared with $.46 in the fourth quarter of 2010. The Company had an operating profit of $106.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared with $111.6 million in the same period of 2010. Excluding depreciation, amortization, severance and the special items discussed below, operating profit increased 3.1 percent to $151.0 million from $146.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. “In 2011 we made significant strides in our strategy to transform and rebalance our Company,” said Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, The New York Times Company. “Our fourth-quarter results demonstrate the continued focus on building The Times's digital subscription base and developing a new robust consumer revenue stream, while maintaining its significant digital advertising business. “In the second half of the year, our digital initiatives also included the launch of the new pay site, BostonGlobe.com, and digital subscription packages at the International Herald Tribune. As of quarter end, paid subscribers to all of the Company's digital subscription packages, e-readers and replica editions totaled about 406,000. “While the economic environment remained challenging during the fourth quarter, the News Media Group saw print advertising trends improve modestly from third-quarter levels. In the fourth quarter, circulation revenues rose 5 percent for the total News Media Group and 8 percent at The New York Times Media Group led by growth in digital subscribers to NYTimes.com. “The About Group's fourth-quarter performance continued to reflect the competitive and cyclical challenges that it faced through much of 2011. The Group has made progress in its efforts to grow its content and traffic and to roll out its new display advertising sales plan. “Operating costs declined 4 percent as we remained diligent in managing our expenses even while we have invested in our digital operations and high-quality news and information across the Company. “We continued to manage our asset portfolio to maintain its alignment with our strategic initiatives, resulting in the sale of our Regional Media Group in early January 2012. This sale enables us to continue our transformation to a multiplatform media company and our pursuit of a strategy that focuses on the development and diversification of our brands on a global scale. We have also entered into agreements to sell 100 of our remaining units in Fenway Sports Group for an aggregate purchase price of $30 million, subject to receipt of approvals from Major League Baseball. “Looking ahead, we remain committed to maximizing shareholder value through the disciplined implementation of our digital strategy and our ongoing efforts to become an even more agile and competitive organization. These efforts include looking for new innovative approaches to expand our reach on new devices, in new markets and through social media.” Comparisons Unless otherwise noted all comparisons are for the fourth quarter of 2011 to the fourth quarter of 2010. This release includes non-GAAP financial measures, a discussion of management's reasons for the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP financial measures. The fourth-quarter 2011 results included the following special items: A $4.5 million ($2.6 million after tax or $.02 per share) charge for a retirement and consulting agreement in connection with the retirement of the Company's chief executive officer at the end of 2011. A $3.1 million ($1.9 million after tax or $.01 per share) non-cash charge for a write-down of an intangible asset at ConsumerSearch, Inc., which is part of the About Group. There were no special items in the fourth quarter of 2010. In addition to these special items, the Company had $7.9 million ($4.7 million after tax or $.03 per share) in severance costs in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared with $4.7 million ($2.8 million after tax or $.02 per share) in the fourth quarter of 2010. Sale of Regional Media Group On January 6, 2012, the Company completed the sale of its Regional Media Group, consisting of 16 regional newspapers, other print publications and related businesses, for $143 million in cash, subject to certain adjustments. It will record an after-tax gain estimated to be approximately $32 million on the sale in the first quarter of 2012. The Company estimates the net after-tax proceeds from the sale, including a tax benefit, will be approximately $150 million, which it intends to use for general corporate purposes. The results of the Regional Media Group for each quarter and annual period of 2011 and 2010 continue to be included in the News Media Group reportable segment and are summarized in the exhibits to this release. Beginning in 2012, the Regional Media Group will be reported as a discontinued operation. Fourth-Quarter Results from Continuing OperationsRevenues Total revenues decreased 2.8 percent to $643.0 million from $661.7 million. Advertising revenues decreased 7.1 percent, circulation revenues increased 4.7 percent and other revenues decreased 5.1 percent. Print advertising revenues decreased 7.8 percent. Digital advertising revenues decreased 4.9 percent as higher revenues at the News Media Group were more than offset by declines at the About Group. Circulation revenues rose as the addition of digital subscription offerings at The Times offset a decline in print copies sold across the News Media Group. Operating Costs Operating costs decreased 3.9 percent to $528.7 million from $550.0 million. Depreciation and amortization decreased to $28.9 million from $30.1 million. Excluding depreciation, amortization and severance, operating costs decreased 4.5 percent to $491.9 million from $515.2 million mainly due to lower variable compensation costs and newsprint expense. Newsprint expense decreased 6 percent primarily due to lower consumption. Fourth-Quarter Business Segment ResultsNews Media Group Total News Media Group revenues decreased 1.5 percent to $616.8 million from $626.5 million. Advertising revenues declined 5.3 percent, circulation revenues increased 4.7 percent and other revenues decreased 4.0 percent. Digital advertising revenues increased 5.3 percent but only partially offset a 7.8 percent decrease in print advertising revenues. Circulation revenues rose as the addition of digital subscription offerings at The Times offset a decline in print copies sold across the News Media Group. In addition, the rate of home-delivery circulation declines moderated at The Times due to an increase in new orders and improved retention following the launch of its digital subscriptions. Operating costs decreased 3.1 percent to $500.1 million from $516.1 million. Excluding depreciation, amortization and severance, operating costs decreased 3.9 percent to $465.7 million from $484.5 million mainly due to lower variable compensation costs and newsprint expense. Operating profit increased 5.9 percent to $116.8 million compared with $110.3 million. Excluding depreciation, amortization and severance, operating profit increased 6.5 percent to $151.2 million from $141.9 million due to lower costs. About Group About Group revenues decreased 25.9 percent to $26.1 million from $35.2 million mainly due to declines in both cost-per-click and display advertising. The declines in cost-per-click advertising were primarily due to lower click-through rates and cost-per-click advertising rates. About Group operating costs decreased 6.9 percent to $17.7 million from $19.1 million. Excluding depreciation, amortization and severance, operating costs decreased 4.6 percent to $15.4 million from $16.1 million mainly because of lower marketing expenses and compensation costs. Operating profit decreased 67.4 percent to $5.3 million from $16.2 million. Excluding depreciation, amortization, severance and a special item, operating profit decreased 43.8 percent to $10.7 million from $19.1 million, due to lower advertising revenues. Corporate Corporate operating costs decreased 26.6 percent to $10.9 million from $14.9 million primarily due to lower variable compensation costs. Other Financial DataDigital Digital businesses include NYTimes.com, BostonGlobe.com, Boston.com, About.com, other Company Web sites and related digital products. In the fourth quarter of 2011, total digital advertising revenues decreased 4.9 percent to $95.7 million from $100.6 million due primarily to declines in cost-per-click and display advertising at the About Group. Digital advertising revenues at the News Media Group increased 5.3 percent to $71.1 million from $67.5 million due to growth in national and retail display advertising. Digital advertising revenues as a percentage of total Company advertising revenues were 26.7 percent for the fourth quarter of 2011 compared with 26.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010. For 2011, the Company's total digital advertising revenues decreased 0.8 percent to $338.7 million from $341.4 million due primarily to declines in cost-per-click and display advertising at the About Group. Digital advertising revenues at the News Media Group increased 10.0 percent to $233.5 million from $212.2 million. Digital advertising revenues as a percentage of total Company advertising revenues were 27.7 percent in 2011 compared with 26.3 percent in 2010. Paid digital subscribers to digital subscription packages, e-readers and replica editions of The Times and the International Herald Tribune totaled approximately 390,000 as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2011, an increase of approximately 20 percent since the end of the third quarter of 2011. Paid digital subscribers to BostonGlobe.com and The Boston Globe's e-readers and replica editions totaled approximately 16,000 as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2011. Joint Ventures Income from joint ventures was $4.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared with a loss from joint ventures of $3.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. The improved joint venture results in the fourth quarter of 2011 were driven by the Company's investments in Fenway Sports Group and paper mills. Interest Expense, net Interest expense, net decreased to $15.5 million from $23.2 million mainly due to the prepayment of the Company's $250 million 14.053 percent senior notes in August 2011 offset in part by the interest expense for its $225 million 6.625 percent senior notes issued in November 2010. Income Taxes The Company had an effective tax rate of 38.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011. Income tax expense was reduced by approximately $8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 for the reversal of reserves for uncertain tax positions primarily due to the lapse of applicable statutes of limitations. The Company's effective tax rate for the 2011 full year is not meaningful because a portion of the non-cash charge in the second quarter of 2011 for the write-down of the Regional Media Group's goodwill was non-deductible. The Company had an effective tax rate of 21.2 percent in the fourth quarter and 38.7 percent for the full year of 2010. In the fourth quarter of 2010, income tax expense was reduced by approximately $19 million for the reversal of reserves for uncertain tax positions due to the closing of tax audits and the lapse of applicable statutes of limitations. The effective tax rate for the 2010 full year was unfavorably affected by a tax charge of approximately $11 million for the reduction in future tax benefits for retiree health benefits resulting from the federal health care legislation enacted in 2010. Liquidity The following table details the original maturities and carrying values of the Company's debt and capital lease obligations as of December 25, 2011. Net debt represents debt and capital lease obligations, net of cash and short-term investments. Cash in the table below excludes restricted cash of approximately $28 million that is subject to certain collateral requirements. (in thousands)       2012         4.610% senior notes   $ 75,000 2015 5.0% senior notes   250,000 2016 6.625% senior notes   225,000 2019         Option to repurchase ownership interest in headquarters building     250,000 Total $ 800,000 Less: Unamortized amounts     (33,561 ) Carrying value of debt $ 766,439 Capital lease obligations     6,701 Total debt and capital lease obligations $ 773,140 Less: Cash and short-term investments     (279,997 ) Net debt   $ 493,143 The Company believes net debt, a non-GAAP measure, provides a useful measure of the Company's liquidity and overall debt position. As of December 25, 2011, there were no outstanding borrowings under the Company's $125 million revolving credit facility. Capital Expenditures Capital expenditures totaled approximately $12 million in the fourth quarter and approximately $45 million for the full year. Pension Obligations The Company made contributions of approximately $80 million in the fourth quarter and approximately $151 million for the full year to certain qualified pension plans. The majority of these contributions were discretionary. The Company will make mandatory contributions, primarily for contractual contributions in connection with The New York Times Newspaper Guild pension plan, of approximately $44 million in 2012. The Company may make discretionary contributions in 2012 to its Company-sponsored qualified pension plans based on cash flows, pension asset performance, interest rates and other factors. For accounting purposes on a GAAP basis, based on preliminary results, the underfunded status of the Company's qualified pension plans as of December 25, 2011, was approximately $525 million. The funded status of the Company's qualified pension plans was negatively affected primarily by the decline in interest rates. Outlook Total advertising revenue trends in the first quarter of 2012 are expected to be similar to the level experienced in the fourth quarter of 2011. Total circulation revenues are projected to increase in the high-single digits in the first quarter of 2012 as the Company expects to benefit from its digital subscription initiatives, as well as from the print circulation price increase at The New York Times implemented in the first quarter of 2012. The Company expects operating costs to increase in the low-single digits in the first quarter of 2012. In addition, the Company expects the following on a pre-tax basis in 2012: Results from joint ventures: $8 to $10 million, Depreciation and amortization: $105 to $110 million, Interest expense, net: $60 to $65 million, and Capital expenditures: $50 to $60 million. Conference Call Information The Company's fourth-quarter 2011 earnings conference call will be held on Thursday, February 2, at 11:00 a.m. E.T. To access the call, dial 877-545-1414 (in the U.S.) and 719-325-4788 (international callers). Participants should dial into the conference call approximately 10 minutes before the start time. Online listeners can link to the live webcast at www.nytco.com/investors. An archive of the webcast will be available beginning two hours after the call at www.nytco.com/investors. The archive will be available for approximately three months. An audio replay will be available at 888-203-1112 (in the U.S.) and 719-457-0820 (international callers) beginning approximately two hours after the call until 5 p.m. E.T. on Friday, February 3. The access code is 6225477. Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include national and local conditions, as well as competition, that could influence the levels (rate and volume) of retail, national and classified advertising and circulation generated by our various markets, material increases in newsprint prices and the development of our digital businesses. They also include other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's publicly filed documents, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 26, 2010. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The New York Times Company, a leading global, multimedia news and information company with 2011 revenues of $2.3 billion, includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, NYTimes.com, BostonGlobe.com, Boston.com, About.com and related properties. The Company's core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news, information and entertainment. This press release can be downloaded from www.nytco.com. Exhibits:   Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations Segment Information News Media Group Revenues by Operating Segment Advertising Revenues by Category Footnotes Other Notes Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Information     THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANYCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(Dollars and shares in thousands, except per share data)                                         Fourth Quarter     Full Year2011     2010       % Change2011       2010       % Change   Revenues Advertising $ 358,543 $ 385,843 -7.1% $ 1,221,497 $ 1,300,361 -6.1% Circulation 241,570 230,674 4.7% 941,468 931,493 1.1% Other(a)   42,847   45,159   -5.1%   160,436     161,609   -0.7% Total revenues 642,960 661,676 -2.8% 2,323,401 2,393,463 -2.9% Operating costs Production costs 244,089 246,743 -1.1% 957,467 961,778 -0.4% Selling, general and administrative costs 255,733 273,155 -6.4% 1,019,611 1,054,199 -3.3% Depreciation and amortization   28,857   30,134   -4.2%   116,454     120,950   -3.7% Total operating costs 528,679 550,032 -3.9% 2,093,532 2,136,927 -2.0% Write-down of assets(b) 3,116 — N/A 164,434 16,148 * Other expense(c) 4,500 — N/A 4,500 — N/A Pension withdrawal expense(d)   —   —   N/A   4,228     6,268   -32.5% Operating profit 106,665 111,644 -4.5% 56,707 234,120 -75.8% Gain on sale of investments(e) — — N/A 71,171 9,128 * Income/(loss) from joint ventures(f) 4,054 (3,236 ) * 28 19,035 -99.9% Premium on debt redemption(g) — — N/A 46,381 — N/A Interest expense, net   15,461   23,237   -33.5%   85,243     85,062   0.2% Income/(loss) from continuing operations before income taxes 95,258 85,171 11.8% (3,718 ) 177,221 * Income tax expense(h)   36,353   18,072   *   36,506     68,516   -46.7% Income/(loss) from continuing operations 58,905 67,099 -12.2% (40,224 ) 108,705 * Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes(i)   —   —   N/A   —     13   N/A Net income/(loss) 58,905 67,099 -12.2% (40,224 ) 108,718 * Net loss/(income) attributable to the noncontrolling interest   40   40   0.0%   555     (1,014 ) * Net income/(loss) attributable to The New York Times Company common stockholders $ 58,945 $ 67,139   -12.2% $ (39,669 ) $ 107,704   *   Amounts attributable to The New York Times Company common stockholders: Income/(loss) from continuing operations $ 58,945 $ 67,139 -12.2% $ (39,669 ) $ 107,691 * Income from discontinued operations   —   —   N/A   —     13   N/A Net income/(loss) $ 58,945 $ 67,139   -12.2% $ (39,669 ) $ 107,704   *   Average number of common shares outstanding: Basic 147,451 145,947 1.0% 147,190 145,636 1.1% Diluted 149,887 151,048 -0.8% 147,190 152,600 -3.5%   Basic earnings/(loss) per share attributable to The New York Times Company common stockholders: Income/(loss) from continuing operations $ 0.40 $ 0.46 -13.0% $ (0.27 ) $ 0.74 * Income from discontinued operations   —   —   N/A   —     —   N/A Net income/(loss) $ 0.40 $ 0.46   -13.0% $ (0.27 ) $ 0.74   *   Diluted earnings/(loss) per share attributable to The New York Times Company common stockholders: Income/(loss) from continuing operations $ 0.39 $ 0.44 -11.4% $ (0.27 ) $ 0.71 * Income from discontinued operations   —   —   N/A   —     —   N/A Net income/(loss) $ 0.39 $ 0.44   -11.4% $ (0.27 ) $ 0.71   *   * Represents an increase or decrease in excess of 100%.See footnotes page for additional information.     THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANYSEGMENT INFORMATION(Dollars in thousands)                                         Fourth Quarter       Full Year2011     2010     % Change2011   2010     % ChangeRevenues News Media Group $ 616,844 $ 626,451 -1.5 % $ 2,212,575 $ 2,257,386 -2.0 % About Group   26,116     35,225   -25.9 %   110,826     136,077   -18.6 % Total $ 642,960   $ 661,676   -2.8 % $ 2,323,401   $ 2,393,463   -2.9 %   Operating Profit/(Loss) News Media Group $ 116,793 $ 110,328 5.9 % $ 60,853 $ 219,242 -72.2 % About Group 5,268 16,170 -67.4 % 40,674 61,952 -34.3 % Corporate   (15,396 )   (14,854 ) 3.6 %   (44,820 )   (47,074 ) -4.8 % Total $ 106,665   $ 111,644   -4.5 % $ 56,707   $ 234,120   -75.8 %   Operating Profit/(Loss) Before Depreciation & Amortization, Severance and Special Items(j) News Media Group $ 151,159 $ 141,938 6.5 % $ 345,354 $ 357,561 -3.4 % About Group 10,731 19,104 -43.8 % 54,771 73,561 -25.5 % Corporate   (10,868 )   (14,609 ) -25.6 %   (40,240 )   (46,826 ) -14.1 % Total $ 151,022   $ 146,433   3.1 % $ 359,885   $ 384,296   -6.4 %                                       See footnotes page for additional information.     THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANYNEWS MEDIA GROUP REVENUES BY OPERATING SEGMENT(Dollars in thousands)             2011Fourth Quarter     % Change vs.2010     Full Year     % Change vs.2010The New York Times Media Group     Advertising $ 234,660 -3.8% $ 756,148 -3.1% Circulation 183,032 7.9% 705,163 3.1% Other   25,260 -6.9%   93,263 0.6% Total $ 442,952 0.5% $ 1,554,574 -0.1%   New England Media Group Advertising $ 54,379 -10.8% $ 198,383 -7.2% Circulation 39,033 -5.4% 157,819 -5.7% Other   11,031 0.6%   41,854 -2.2% Total $ 104,443 -7.7% $ 398,056 -6.1%   Regional Media Group Advertising $ 44,858 -6.0% $ 161,831 -8.6% Circulation 19,505 -1.3% 78,486 -2.4% Other   5,086 1.8%   19,628 2.3% Total $ 69,449 -4.2% $ 259,945 -6.0%   Total News Media Group Advertising $ 333,897 -5.3% $ 1,116,362 -4.7% Circulation 241,570 4.7% 941,468 1.1% Other(a)   41,377 -4.0%   154,745 0.0% Total $ 616,844 -1.5% $ 2,212,575 -2.0%                           See footnotes page for additional information.     THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANYADVERTISING REVENUES BY CATEGORY(Dollars in thousands)                               2011Fourth Quarter     % Change vs.2010     Full Year     % Change vs.2010News Media Group   National $ 199,779 -4.0% $ 647,356 -2.6% Retail 82,894 -6.0% 257,115 -7.2% Classified: Help-Wanted 8,393 -3.7% 35,625 -4.9% Real Estate 12,970 -17.3% 56,645 -14.1% Automotive 8,463 -10.5% 36,186 -5.4% Other   11,024 -6.6%   45,373 -7.8% Total Classified 40,850 -10.5% 173,829 -8.9% Other   10,374 -3.6%   38,062 -1.7% Total News Media Group   333,897 -5.3%   1,116,362 -4.7%   About Group   24,646 -25.7%   105,135 -18.6%   Total Company $ 358,543 -7.1% $ 1,221,497 -6.1%     THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANYFOOTNOTES   (a) Other revenues consist primarily of revenues from news services/syndication, commercial printing, rental income, digital archives and direct mail advertising services.   (b) In the fourth quarter of 2011, the Company recorded a $3.1 million non-cash charge for a write-down of an intangible asset at ConsumerSearch, Inc., which is part of the About Group. In the second quarter of 2011, the Company recorded a $161.3 million non-cash charge for the write-down of assets at the News Media Group, primarily goodwill at the Regional Media Group. In the third quarter of 2010, the Company recorded a $16.1 million charge for the write-down of assets at The Boston Globe's printing facility in Billerica, Mass., which was consolidated into the Boston, Mass., printing facility in the second quarter of 2009.   (c) In the fourth quarter of 2011, the Company recorded a $4.5 million charge for a retirement and consulting agreement in connection with the retirement of the Company's chief executive officer at the end of 2011.   (d) In the second quarter of 2011, the Company recorded a $4.2 million charge for a pension withdrawal obligation under a multiemployer pension plan at The Boston Globe. In the third quarter of 2010, the Company recorded a $6.3 million charge for an adjustment to estimated pension withdrawal obligations under several multiemployer pension plans at The Boston Globe.   (e) In the third quarter of 2011, the Company recorded a $65.3 million gain on the sale of 390 of its units in Fenway Sports Group. In the second quarter of 2010, the Company recorded a $9.1 million gain on the sale of 50 of its original 750 units in Fenway Sports Group. In the first quarter of 2011, the Company recorded a $5.9 million gain on the sale of a portion of the Company's interest in Indeed.com, a job listing aggregator.   (f) In the first quarter of 2010, the Company recorded a $12.7 million gain from the sale of an asset at one of the paper mills in which the Company has an investment. The Company's share of the gain, after eliminating the noncontrolling interest portion, was $10.2 million.   (g) In the third quarter of 2011, the Company recorded a $46.4 million charge in connection with the prepayment of its $250 million 14.053% notes.   (h) In 2010, the Company recorded an $11.4 million tax charge for the reduction in future tax benefits for certain retiree health benefits resulting from the federal health care reform legislation enacted in March 2010.   (i) In 2009, the Company sold WQXR-FM, its New York City classical radio station. The results for WQXR-FM, which had previously been included in The New York Times Media Group, are classified as discontinued operations for all periods presented. In 2010, the Company's results included post-closing adjustments to the gain on sale recorded in 2009.   (j) See “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Information” for reconciliations of operating profit/(loss) to operating profit/(loss) before depreciation, amortization, severance and special items.     THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANYOTHER NOTES(Dollars in thousands)                   On January 6, 2012, the Company completed the sale of its Regional Media Group, consisting of 16 regional newspapers, other print publications and related businesses, for $143 million in cash, subject to certain adjustments. The results of the Regional Media Group for each quarter and annual period of 2011 and 2010 continue to be included in the News Media Group reportable segment and are summarized below. Beginning in 2012, the Regional Media Group will be reported as a discontinued operation.   2011FirstSecondThirdFourthQuarter   Quarter   Quarter   Quarter       Full YearRevenues Advertising $ 39,949 $ 40,191 $ 36,833 $ 44,858 $ 161,831 Circulation 21,112 19,506 18,363 19,505 78,486 Other   4,779     5,017     4,746     5,086     19,628   Total revenues 65,840 64,714 59,942 69,449 259,945 Operating costs Production costs & selling, general and administrative costs 57,710 55,243 54,468 55,946 223,367 Depreciation and amortization   2,975     2,947     2,900     2,843     11,665   Total operating costs 60,685 58,190 57,368 58,789 235,032 Write-down of assets   —     152,093     —     —     152,093   Pre-tax income/(loss) 5,155 (145,569 ) 2,574 10,660 (127,180 ) Income tax expense/(benefit)   2,002     (18,120 )   (697 )   5,936     (10,879 ) Net income/(loss) $ 3,153   $ (127,449 ) $ 3,271   $ 4,724   $ (116,301 )   2010FirstSecondThirdFourthQuarter   Quarter   Quarter   Quarter     Full YearRevenues Advertising $ 44,260 $ 44,272 $ 40,807 $ 47,717 $ 177,056 Circulation 22,154 19,844 18,651 19,767 80,416 Other   4,664     4,863     4,665     4,995     19,187   Total revenues 71,078 68,979 64,123 72,479 276,659 Operating costs Production costs & selling, general and administrative costs 59,518 58,237 58,420 60,524 236,699 Depreciation and amortization   3,223     3,034     3,269     3,129     12,655   Total operating costs   62,741     61,271     61,689     63,653     249,354   Pre-tax income 8,337 7,708 2,434 8,826 27,305 Income tax expense   3,309     3,054     1,490     2,930     10,783   Net income $ 5,028   $ 4,654   $ 944   $ 5,896   $ 16,522       THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANYRECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP INFORMATION                       In this release, the Company has included non-GAAP financial information with respect to diluted earnings per share from continuing operations excluding severance and special items (if any), operating profit/(loss) before depreciation, amortization, severance and special items (if any) and operating costs before depreciation, amortization, severance and raw materials. The Company has included these non-GAAP financial measures because management reviews them on a regular basis and uses them to evaluate and manage the performance of the operations. Management believes that, for the reasons outlined below, these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors as a supplement to reported diluted earnings per share from continuing operations, operating profit/(loss) and operating costs. However, these measures should be evaluated only in conjunction with the comparable GAAP financial measures and should not be viewed as alternative or superior measures of GAAP results. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations excluding severance and special items provide useful information in evaluating the Company's period-to-period performance because it eliminates items that the Company does not consider to be indicative of earnings from ongoing operating activities. Operating profit/(loss) before depreciation, amortization, severance and special items (if any) is useful in evaluating the Company's ongoing performance of its businesses as it excludes the significant non-cash impact of depreciation and amortization as well as items not indicative of ongoing operating activities. Total operating costs include depreciation, amortization, severance and raw materials. Total operating costs excluding these items provide investors with helpful supplemental information on the Company's underlying operating costs that is used by management in its financial and operational decision-making. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures from, respectively, diluted earnings/(loss) per share from continuing operations, operating profit/(loss) and operating costs, the most directly comparable GAAP items, are set out in the tables below.   Reconciliation of diluted earnings per share from continuing operations excluding severance and special items   Fourth QuarterFull Year   2011     2010   % Change   20112010% Change Diluted earnings/(loss) per share from continuing operations $ 0.39 $ 0.44 -11.4 % $ (0.27 ) $ 0.71 * Add: Severance 0.03 0.02 0.05 0.03 Special items: Write-down of assets 0.01 — 0.94 0.07 Other expense 0.02 — 0.02 — Pension withdrawal expense — — 0.02 0.03 Gain on sale of investments — — (0.28 ) (0.03 ) Gain on sale of joint venture asset — — — (0.04 ) Premium on debt redemption — — 0.19 — Tax expense - federal health care legislation   —     —       —     0.07     Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations excluding severance and special items $ 0.45   $ 0.46   -2.2 % $ 0.67   $ 0.84   -20.2 %   * Represents a decrease in excess of 100%.     THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANYRECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP INFORMATION (continued)(Dollars in thousands)                 Reconciliation of operating profit/(loss) before depreciation & amortization, severance and special items   Fourth Quarter 2011News Media Group   About Group   Corporate   Total Company Operating profit/(loss) $ 116,793 $ 5,268 $ (15,396 ) $ 106,665 Add: Depreciation & amortization 26,514 2,343 — 28,857 Severance 7,852 4 28 7,884 Special items: Write-down of assets — 3,116 — 3,116 Other expense   —     —     4,500     4,500   Operating profit/(loss) before depreciation & amortization, severance and special items $ 151,159   $ 10,731   $ (10,868 ) $ 151,022     Fourth Quarter 2010News Media Group   About Group   Corporate   Total Company Operating profit/(loss) $ 110,328 $ 16,170 $ (14,854 ) $ 111,644 Add: Depreciation & amortization 27,200 2,934 — 30,134 Severance   4,410     —     245     4,655   Operating profit/(loss) before depreciation & amortization and severance $ 141,938   $ 19,104   $ (14,609 ) $ 146,433     % ChangeNews Media Group   About Group   Corporate   Total Company Operating profit/(loss) 5.9 % -67.4 % 3.6 % -4.5 % Add: Depreciation & amortization -2.5 % -20.1 % N/A -4.2 % Severance 78.0 % N/A -88.6 % 69.4 % Special items: Write-down of assets N/A N/A N/A N/A Other expense   N/A     N/A     N/A     N/A   Operating profit/(loss) before depreciation & amortization, severance and special items   6.5 %   -43.8 %   -25.6 %   3.1 %     THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANYRECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP INFORMATION (continued)(Dollars in thousands)           Reconciliation of operating profit/(loss) before depreciation & amortization, severance and special items   Full Year 2011News Media Group   About GroupCorporateTotal Company   Operating profit/(loss) $ 60,853 $ 40,674 $ (44,820 ) $ 56,707 Add: Depreciation & amortization 105,934 10,520 — 116,454 Severance 13,021 461 80 13,562 Special items: Write-down of assets 161,318 3,116 — 164,434 Other expense — — 4,500 4,500 Pension withdrawal expense   4,228     —     —     4,228   Operating profit/(loss) before depreciation & amortization, severance and special items $ 345,354   $ 54,771   $ (40,240 ) $ 359,885     Full Year 2010News Media Group   About GroupCorporateTotal Company   Operating profit/(loss) $ 219,242 $ 61,952 $ (47,074 ) $ 234,120 Add: Depreciation & amortization 109,341 11,609 — 120,950 Severance 6,562 — 248 6,810 Special items: Write-down of assets 16,148 — — 16,148 Pension withdrawal expense   6,268     —     —     6,268   Operating profit/(loss) before depreciation & amortization, severance and special items $ 357,561   $ 73,561   $ (46,826 ) $ 384,296     % Change   News Media Group   About GroupCorporateTotal Company   Operating profit/(loss) -72.2 % -34.3 % -4.8 % -75.8 % Add: Depreciation & amortization -3.1 % -9.4 % N/A -3.7 % Severance 98.4 % N/A -67.7 % 99.1 % Special items: Write-down of assets * N/A N/A * Other expense N/A N/A N/A N/A Pension withdrawal expense   -32.5 % N/A N/A   -32.5 % Operating profit/(loss) before depreciation & amortization, severance and special items   -3.4 %   -25.5 %   -14.1 %   -6.4 %   * Represents an increase in excess of 100%.     THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANYRECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP INFORMATION (continued)(Dollars in thousands)                     Reconciliation of total Company operating costs before depreciation & amortization, severance and raw materials   Fourth QuarterFull YearTotal Company20112010% Change   20112010% Change Operating costs $ 528,679 $ 550,032 -3.9 % $ 2,093,532 $ 2,136,927 -2.0 % Less: Depreciation & amortization 28,857 30,134 116,454 120,950 Severance   7,884   4,655     13,562   6,810   Operating costs before depreciation & amortization and severance 491,938 515,243 -4.5 % 1,963,516 2,009,167 -2.3 % Less: Raw materials   43,651   45,460     161,691   160,422   Operating costs before depreciation & amortization, severance and raw materials $ 448,287 $ 469,783 -4.6 % $ 1,801,825 $ 1,848,745 -2.5 %   Reconciliation of News Media Group operating costs before depreciation & amortization and severance   Fourth QuarterFull YearNews Media Group20112010% Change   20112010% Change Operating costs $ 500,051 $ 516,123 -3.1 % $ 1,986,176 $ 2,015,728 -1.5 % Less: Depreciation & amortization 26,514 27,200 105,934 109,341 Severance   7,852   4,410     13,021   6,562   Operating costs before depreciation & amortization and severance $ 465,685 $ 484,513 -3.9 % $ 1,867,221 $ 1,899,825 -1.7 %   Reconciliation of About Group operating costs before depreciation & amortization and severance   Fourth QuarterFull YearAbout Group20112010% Change   20112010% Change Operating costs $ 17,732 $ 19,055 -6.9 % $ 67,036 $ 74,125 -9.6 % Less: Depreciation & amortization 2,343 2,934 10,520 11,609 Severance   4   —     461   —   Operating costs before depreciation & amortization and severance $ 15,385 $ 16,121 -4.6 % $ 56,055 $ 62,516 -10.3 % The New York Times CompanyFor Media:Abbe Serphos, 212-556-4425serphos@nytimes.comorFor Investors:Paula Schwartz, 212-556-5224paula.schwartz@nytimes.comorAndrea Passalacqua, 212-556-7354andrea.passalacqua@nytimes.com