Gannett Co., Inc. ("Gannett", "we", "us", "our", or the "Company") (NYSE: GCI) announced today that subsequent to June 30, 2022, the Company repurchased approximately $24.8 million of 6.00% first lien notes due November 1, 2026 (the "2026 Senior Notes") for approximately $19.9 million representing a discount to par. During the third quarter of 2022, the Company received a waiver from certain of its lenders to apply up to $20 million of the net cash proceeds from certain real estate sales to the repurchase of outstanding 2026 Senior Notes, with the balance of the net cash proceeds to be used to repay amounts under the Company’s five-year senior secured term loan facility in accordance with the credit agreement.
Subsequent to June 30, 2022, the Company repaid $55.0 million of debt using the proceeds from real estate and other asset sales totaling $34.7 million and including its scheduled quarterly amortization of $15.1 million. Of the $55.0 million of debt repayment, $24.3 million was repaid in the third quarter of 2022. The Company now expects its real estate and other asset sales for the full year of 2022 to be in the range of $65 million to $75 million, and currently has approximately $80 million of real estate assets in the sales pipeline.
"Since the acquisition of legacy Gannett in November 2019, we have repaid over $585 million of debt, with $130 million repaid year to date in 2022. We expect to continue optimizing our real estate and asset portfolio as we continue to aggressively pay down debt. Gannett has a proven track record of strong fiscal management, and we are committed to unlocking value for shareholders while sustaining local journalism,” said Michael Reed, Gannett Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
“We are pleased that our incredibly supportive lenders continue to provide us the flexibility and opportunity to take advantage of the current macro environment opportunities.”
Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is a subscription-led and digitally-focused media and marketing solutions company committed to empowering communities to thrive. With an unmatched reach at the national and local level, Gannett touches the lives of millions with our Pulitzer Prize-winning content, consumer experiences and benefits, and advertiser products and services. Our current portfolio of media assets includes USA TODAY, local media organizations in 45 states in the U.S., and Newsquest, a wholly owned subsidiary operating in the United Kingdom with more than 120 local news media brands. Gannett also owns digital marketing services companies branded LocaliQ, and runs one of the largest media-owned events business in the U.S., USA TODAY NETWORK Ventures. To connect with us, visit www.gannett.com.
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