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[February 22, 2013]

The Washington Post Company Reports 2012 and Fourth Quarter Earnings

WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--

The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO) today reported net income attributable to common shares of $131.2 million ($17.39 per share) for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, compared to $116.2 million ($14.70 per share) for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011. Net income includes $83.2 million in income ($11.30 per share) and $28.5 million in losses ($3.60 per share) from discontinued operations for 2012 and 2011, respectively. Income from continuing operations attributable to common shares was $48.0 million ($6.09 per share) for 2012, compared to $144.7 million ($18.30 per share) for 2011. As a result of the Company's share repurchases, there were 6% fewer diluted average shares outstanding in 2012. For the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company reported a net loss attributable to common shares of $45.4 million ($6.57 per share), compared to net income of $61.7 million ($8.03 per share) for the same period of 2011. Net income includes $0.3 million ($0.03 per share) in income from discontinued operations for the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company reported a loss from continuing operations attributable to common shares of $45.4 million ($6.57 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to income from continuing operations of $61.4 million ($8.00 per share) for the same period of 2011.

The results for 2012 and 2011 were affected by a number of significant items as described in the following paragraphs. Excluding these items, income from continuing operations attributable to common shares was $181.0 million ($24.39 per share) for 2012, compared to $206.5 million ($26.08 per share) for 2011. Excluding these items, income from continuing operations attributable to common shares was $78.8 million ($10.61 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $68.4 million ($8.91 per share) for the fourth quarter of 2011. (Refer to the Non-GAAP Financial Information schedule attached to this release for additional details.)

Items included in the Company's income from continuing operations for 2012 are listed below, and fourth quarter activity, if any, is highlighted for each item:

  • a fourth quarter $111.6 million noncash goodwill and other long-lived assets impairment charge at Kaplan Test Preparation (KTP) (after-tax impact of $81.9 million, or $11.33 per share);
  • $63.7 million in early retirement, severance and other restructuring charges at the education and newspaper publishing divisions (after-tax impact of $45.5 million, or $6.18 per share); $41.2 million of these charges were recorded in the fourth quarter (after-tax impact of $31.1 million, or $4.31 per share);
  • a fourth quarter $18.0 million write-down of a marketable equity security (after-tax impact of $11.2 million, or $1.54 per share);
  • a $5.8 million gain on the sale of a cost method investment (after-tax impact of $3.7 million, or $0.48 per share); and
  • $3.1 million in non-operating unrealized foreign currency gains (after-tax impact of $2.0 million, or $0.27 per share).

Items included in the Company's income from continuing operations for 2011 are listed below, and fourth quarter activity, if any, is highlighted for each item:

  • $31.3 million in severance and other restructuring charges at the education and newspaper publishing divisions (after-tax impact of $19.4 million, or $2.46 per share); $11.7 million of these charges were recorded in the fourth quarter (after-tax impact of $7.3 million, or $0.94 per share);
  • a $9.2 million impairment charge at one of the Company's affiliates (after-tax impact of $5.7 million, or $0.72 per share);
  • a $53.8 million write-down of a marketable equity security (after-tax impact of $34.6 million, or $4.34 per share); and
  • $3.3 million in non-operating unrealized foreign currency losses (after-tax impact of $2.1 million, or $0.26 per share); $0.4 million in gains were recorded in the fourth quarter (after-tax impact of $0.3 million, or $0.03 per share).

Revenue for 2012 was $4,017.7 million, down 3% from $4,131.1 million in 2011. Revenues were down at the education and newspaper publishing divisions, partially offset by increases at the television broadcasting and cable television divisions. Operating income for 2012 decreased to $144.5 million, from $325.9 million in 2011. Operating results declined at all of the Company's divisions, except for the television broadcasting division.

For the fourth quarter of 2012, revenue was $1,050.1 million, up 1% from $1,040.4 million in 2011. The Company reported an operating loss of $14.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to operating income of $109.3 million in 2011. Revenues and operating results were down at the education and newspaper publishing divisions, while revenues and operating income increased at the television broadcasting and cable television divisions.

Division Results

Education

Education division revenue in 2012 totaled $2,196.5 million, a 9% decline from $2,404.5 million in 2011. Excluding revenue from acquired businesses, education division revenue declined 10% in 2012. For the fourth quarter of 2012, education division revenue totaled $544.4 million, a 6% decline from $580.8 million for the same period of 2011. Excluding revenue from acquired businesses, education division revenue declined 7% in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Kaplan reported an operating loss of $105.4 million for 2012, compared to operating income of $96.3 million in 2011; Kaplan reported an operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2012 of $111.9 million, compared to operating income of $30.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Kaplan's 2012 operating results were adversely impacted by a significant decline in Kaplan Higher Education (KHE) results; a $111.6 million noncash goodwill and other long-lived assets impairment charge related to KTP; and $45.2 million in restructuring costs. These were offset by improved results at KTP and Kaplan International.

In response to student demand levels, Kaplan has formulated and implemented restructuring plans at its various businesses that have resulted in significant costs in 2012 and 2011, with the objective of establishing lower cost levels in future periods. Across all businesses, restructuring costs totaled $45.2 million in 2012 and $28.9 million in 2011. Restructuring costs totaled $35.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 and $9.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. (Refer to the Education Division Information, Summary of Restructuring Charges schedule attached to this release for additional details.) Kaplan currently expects to incur approximately $25 million in additional restructuring costs in 2013 at KHE and Kaplan International in conjunction with completing these restructuring plans. Kaplan may also incur additional restructuring charges in 2013 as the Company continues to evaluate its cost structure.

A summary of Kaplan's operating results by division, including and excluding restructuring costs, for 2012 and the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to 2011, is as follows:




       
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
(in thousands)   2012   2011   % Change   2012   2011   % Change
Revenue    
Higher education $ 276,459 $ 323,532 (15 ) $ 1,149,407 $ 1,399,583 (18 )
Test preparation 60,485 66,901 (10 ) 284,252 303,093 (6 )
Kaplan international 208,285 190,821 9 764,184 704,581 8
Kaplan corporate 1,487 1,110 34 4,645 4,585 1
Intersegment elimination   (2,287 )     (1,601 ) ?   (5,992 )     (7,383 ) ?
$ 544,429     $ 580,763   (6 ) $ 2,196,496     $ 2,404,459   (9 )
Operating Income (Loss)
Restructuring Costs Included in Divisions
Higher education $ 10,916 $ 28,025 (61 ) $ 27,245 $ 148,915 (82 )
Test preparation (6,732 ) 520 ? (10,799 ) (28,498 ) 62
Kaplan international 15,733 22,771 (31 ) 49,069 41,506 18
Kaplan corporate (14,474 ) (16,202 ) 11 (42,617 ) (45,100 ) 6
Amortization of intangible assets (6,191 ) (4,394 ) (41 ) (17,719 ) (19,417 ) 9
Impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets (111,593 ) ? ? (111,593 ) ? ?
Intersegment elimination   467       173   ?   1,046       (1,120 ) ?
$ (111,874 )   $ 30,893   ? $ (105,368 )   $ 96,286   ?
Operating Income (Loss)
Restructuring Costs Excluded from Divisions
Higher education* $ 27,860 $ 34,137 (18 ) $ 50,640 $ 162,116 (69 )
Test preparation* (6,732 ) 1,009 ? (10,799 ) (15,959 ) 32
Kaplan international* 30,615 23,806 29 65,511 42,541 54
Kaplan corporate* (12,989 )     (14,507 ) 10 (39,807 )     (42,930 ) 7
38,754 44,445 (13 ) 65,545 145,768 (55 )
Restructuring costs* (35,906 ) (9,331 ) ? (45,242 ) (28,945 ) (56 )
Amortization of intangible assets* (3,596 ) (4,394 ) 18 (15,124 ) (19,417 ) 22
Impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets (111,593 ) ? ? (111,593 ) ? ?
Intersegment elimination   467       173   ?   1,046       (1,120 ) ?
$ (111,874 )   $ 30,893   ? $ (105,368 )   $ 96,286   ?
 
*Non-GAAP Measure
 

Kaplan sold Kidum in August 2012, EduNeering in April 2012 and Kaplan Learning Technologies in February 2012. Consequently, the education division's operating results exclude these businesses.

KHE includes Kaplan's domestic postsecondary education businesses, made up of fixed-facility colleges and online postsecondary and career programs. KHE also includes the domestic professional training and other continuing education businesses.

In September 2012, KHE announced a plan to consolidate its market presence at certain of its fixed-facility campuses. Under this plan, KHE has ceased new enrollments at nine ground campuses as it considers alternatives for these locations, and is in the process of consolidating operations of four other campuses into existing, nearby locations. Revenues at these campuses represent approximately 4% of KHE's total revenues. In the fourth quarter of 2012, KHE also began implementing plans to consolidate facilities and reduce workforce at its online programs. In connection with these and other plans, KHE incurred $23.4 million in restructuring costs from accelerated depreciation, and severance and lease obligations in 2012 ($16.9 million was recorded in the fourth quarter).

In 2012 and the fourth quarter of 2012, KHE revenue declined 18% and 15%, respectively, due largely to declines in average enrollments that reflect weaker market demand over the past year. Operating income decreased 82% and 61% for 2012 and the fourth quarter of 2012, respectively. These declines were due primarily to lower revenue, a decline in operating results from campuses planned for closure, and significant restructuring costs noted above that exceed similar charges in 2011. Offsetting the declines were expense reductions associated with lower enrollments and recent restructuring efforts.

New student enrollments at Kaplan University and KHE Campuses decreased 1% in 2012. Total students at December 31, 2012 were down 12% compared to December 31, 2011, and down 11% compared to September 30, 2012, as follows:

       
Students as of
December 31,   September 30,   December 31,
          2012   2012   2011
Kaplan University 44,371 49,132 50,190
KHE Campuses 21,099   24,129   24,360
65,470   73,261   74,550
 

Kaplan University students included 5,625, 6,822 and 5,799 campus-based students as of December 31, 2012, September 30, 2012, and December 31, 2011, respectively.

Kaplan University and KHE Campuses enrollments at December 31, 2012 and 2011, by degree and certificate programs, are as follows:

       
As of December 31,
          2012     2011
Certificate 23.2 %     23.6 %
Associate's 29.1 % 30.3 %
Bachelor's 33.8 % 34.6 %
Master's 13.9 %     11.5 %
100.0 %     100.0 %
 

KTP includes Kaplan's standardized test preparation and tutoring offerings. KTP revenue declined 6% in 2012 and 10% in the fourth quarter of 2012. Enrollment increased 5% and 11% for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012, respectively, driven by strength in pre-college, nursing and bar review programs. Enrollment increases were offset by competitive pricing pressure and a continued shift in demand to lower priced online test preparation offerings. The improvement in KTP operating results in 2012 is largely as a result of lower operating expenses due to restructuring activities in prior years, including $12.5 million in total KTP restructuring costs recorded in 2011. Fourth quarter 2012 results declined largely due to revenue reductions from a slowdown in enrollment growth in the fourth quarter of 2012.

While overall results improved at KTP in 2012, Kaplan recorded a $111.6 million noncash goodwill and other long-lived assets impairment charge in connection with KTP in the fourth quarter of 2012. This impairment charge was determined as part of the Company's annual goodwill and intangible assets impairment testing based on KTP operating losses for the past three years and a recent slowdown in enrollment growth. KTP produced positive cash flow from operations in 2012.

Kaplan International includes English-language programs, and postsecondary education and professional training businesses outside the United States. In May 2011, Kaplan Australia acquired Franklyn Scholar and Carrick Education Group, national providers of vocational training and higher education in Australia. In June 2011, Kaplan acquired Structuralia, a provider of e-learning for the engineering and infrastructure sector in Spain. Kaplan International revenue increased 8% and 9% in 2012 and the fourth quarter of 2012, respectively. Excluding revenue from acquired businesses, Kaplan International revenue increased 4% in 2012 due to enrollment growth in the English-language and Singapore higher education programs. Excluding revenue from acquired businesses, Kaplan International revenue increased 6% in the fourth quarter of 2012 due to enrollment growth in the pathways and Singapore higher education programs.

Kaplan International operating income increased in 2012 due largely to strong results in Singapore, offset by combined losses from businesses acquired in 2011. These losses occurred primarily at certain businesses in Australia where Kaplan has been consolidating and restructuring its businesses to optimize operations. Restructuring costs at Kaplan International totaled $16.4 million in 2012 ($14.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2012). These restructuring costs were largely in Australia and included lease obligations, accelerated depreciation and severance charges. The decline in Kaplan International operating income in the fourth quarter of 2012 is due to these restructuring costs.

Corporate represents unallocated expenses of Kaplan, Inc.'s corporate office and other minor shared activities.

In the fourth quarter of 2012, $2.6 million in restructuring costs is included in amortization of intangible assets, largely from accelerated intangible asset amortization associated with changes to business operations in Australia.

Cable Television

Cable television division revenue for 2012 increased 4% to $787.1 million, from $760.2 million in 2011; revenue totaled $201.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, a 6% increase from $190.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. The revenue results reflect continued growth of the division's Internet and telephone service revenues and rate increases for many subscribers in June 2012, offset by a decline in basic video subscribers.

Cable television division operating income in 2012 decreased 1% to $154.6 million, from $156.8 million in 2011; operating income for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased 4% to $43.4 million, from $41.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The cable television division's operating income for 2012 declined primarily due to increased programming and depreciation costs, offset partially by increased revenues. The division's operating income for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased primarily due to higher revenues, offset by increased programming and depreciation costs.

At December 31, 2012, Primary Service Units (PSUs) were down 1% from the prior year due to a decline in basic video subscribers, offset by growth in high-speed data and telephony subscribers. A summary of PSUs is as follows:

       
As of December 31,
          2012   2011
Basic video 593,615   621,423
High-speed data 459,235 451,082
Telephony 184,528   179,989
1,237,378   1,252,494
 

Newspaper Publishing

Newspaper publishing division revenue in 2012 declined 7% to $581.7 million, from $622.5 million in 2011; revenue totaled $162.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, a 6% decrease from $172.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. Print advertising revenue at The Washington Post in 2012 declined 14% to $228.2 million, from $264.5 million in 2011, and decreased 12% to $67.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, from $77.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. The decline is largely due to reductions in general and retail advertising. Revenue generated by the Company's online publishing activities, primarily washingtonpost.com and Slate, increased 5% to $110.6 million, from $105.8 million in 2011; revenue increased 5% to $33.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, versus $31.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. Display online advertising revenue increased 6% in 2012, and 7% for the fourth quarter of 2012. Online classified advertising revenue decreased 1% in 2012 and 2% for the fourth quarter of 2012.

In 2012, daily circulation at The Washington Post declined 8.6%, and Sunday circulation declined 6.2%; average daily circulation at The Washington Post totaled 471,800 and average Sunday circulation totaled 687,200.

The newspaper publishing division reported an operating loss of $53.7 million in 2012, compared to an operating loss of $21.2 million in 2011, after including pension expense of $42.4 million and $25.3 million, respectively. For the fourth quarter of 2012, the newspaper division reported operating income of $2.6 million, compared to operating income of $6.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, after including pension expense of $9.9 million and $8.1 million, respectively. Included in pension expense for 2012 was an $8.5 million Voluntary Retirement Incentive Program (VRIP) for certain employees and a $0.9 million fourth quarter charge at The Herald in connection with its withdrawal from a multiemployer pension plan. Included in pension expense in the fourth quarter of 2011 was a $2.4 million charge at The Herald in connection with its withdrawal from a multiemployer pension plan. In addition, voluntary severance and other early retirement expense of $9.0 million and $4.4 million was recorded at The Washington Post in 2012 and the fourth quarter of 2012, respectively.

The decline in operating results for 2012 and the fourth quarter of 2012 is primarily due to the revenue reductions discussed above and the increase in the combined early retirement, severance and multiemployer pension plan withdrawal expense, offset partially by a decline in other operating expenses. Newsprint expense was down 10% in 2012 and the fourth quarter of 2012 due to a decline in newsprint consumption.

In February 2013, the Company announced that it had signed an agreement to sell The Herald, a daily and Sunday newspaper headquartered in Everett, WA; the transaction is expected to close in March 2013.

Television Broadcasting

Revenue for the television broadcasting division increased 25% to $399.7 million in 2012, from $319.2 million in 2011; for the fourth quarter of 2012, revenue increased 32% to $116.2 million, from $88.3 million in 2011. Television broadcasting division operating income for 2012 increased 64% to $191.6 million, from $117.1 million in 2011. For the fourth quarter of 2012, operating income increased 54% to $62.8 million, from $40.9 million in 2011.

The increase in revenue and operating income for 2012 and the fourth quarter of 2012 reflects improved advertising demand across many product categories. These results include a $48.1 million and $25.9 million increase in political advertising revenue in 2012 and the fourth quarter of 2012, respectively; $10.8 million in incremental summer Olympics-related advertising at the Company's NBC affiliates in the third quarter of 2012; and increased retransmission revenues.

Other Businesses

Other businesses includes the operating results of Social Code, a marketing solutions provider helping companies with marketing on social-media platforms; WaPo Labs, a digital team focused on emerging technologies and new product development; and Celtic Healthcare, Inc., a provider of home healthcare and hospice services in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic regions that was acquired by The Washington Post Company in November 2012.

Corporate Office

Corporate office includes the expenses of the Company's corporate office as well as a net pension credit.

Equity in Earnings (Losses) of Affiliates

The Company holds a 16.5% interest in Classified Ventures, LLC, and interests in several other affiliates.

In the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company sold its 49% interest in Bowater Mersey Paper Company for a nominal amount; no gain or loss was recorded as the investment balance had previously been written-down to zero.

The Company's equity in earnings of affiliates, net, for 2012 was $14.1 million, compared to $5.9 million in 2011. For the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company's equity in earnings of affiliates totaled $2.8 million, compared to $0.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. In 2011, a $9.2 million impairment charge was recorded on the Company's interest in Bowater Mersey Paper Company.

Other Non-Operating (Expense) Income

The Company recorded other non-operating expense, net, of $5.5 million in 2012, compared to other non-operating expense, net, of $55.2 million in 2011. For the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company recorded other non-operating expense, net, of $17.6 million, compared to other non-operating income, net, of $1.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2011.

The 2012 non-operating expense, net, included an $18.0 million fourth quarter write-down of a marketable equity security, offset by $6.6 million in net gains from cost method investments, $3.1 million in unrealized foreign currency gains and other items. The 2011 non-operating expense, net, included a $53.8 million write-down of a marketable equity security, $3.3 million in unrealized foreign currency losses ($0.4 million in unrealized foreign currency gains in the fourth quarter) and other items.

During 2012, on an overall basis, the fair value of the Company's marketable securities appreciated by $32.5 million.

Net Interest Expense and Related Balances

The Company incurred net interest expense of $32.6 million in 2012, compared to $29.1 million in 2011; net interest expense totaled $8.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, versus $7.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. At December 31, 2012, the Company had $696.7 million in borrowings outstanding at an average interest rate of 5.1%, and cash, marketable securities and other investments of $959.9 million. At December 31, 2011, the Company had $565.2 million in borrowings outstanding at an average interest rate of 5.7%, and cash, marketable securities and other investments of $745.1 million.

Provision for Income Taxes

The effective tax rate for income from continuing operations in 2012 was 59.4%. This effective tax rate was adversely impacted by $12.5 million in state and non-U.S. valuation allowances provided against deferred income tax benefits where realization is doubtful, and $12.8 million from nondeductible goodwill in connection with an impairment charge recorded in 2012, offset by tax benefits from lower rates at jurisdictions outside the United States.

The effective tax rate for income from continuing operations in 2011 was 41.2%. This effective tax rate was adversely impacted by $17.8 million in state and non-U.S. valuation allowances provided against deferred income tax benefits where realization is doubtful, offset by tax benefits from lower rates at jurisdictions outside the United States.

Discontinued Operations

Kaplan sold Kidum in August 2012, EduNeering in April 2012 and Kaplan Learning Technologies in February 2012. The Company also divested its interest in Avenue100 Media Solutions on July 31, 2012. Consequently, the Company's income from continuing operations excludes these businesses, which have been reclassified to discontinued operations, net of tax.

The sale of Kaplan Learning Technologies resulted in a pre-tax loss of $3.1 million, which was recorded in the first quarter of 2012. The sale of EduNeering resulted in a pre-tax gain of $29.5 million, which was recorded in the second quarter of 2012. The sale of Kidum resulted in a pre-tax gain of $3.6 million, which was recorded in the third quarter of 2012.

In connection with each of the sales of the Company's stock in EduNeering and Kaplan Learning Technologies, in the first quarter of 2012, the Company recorded $23.2 million of income tax benefits related to the excess of the outside stock tax basis over the net book value of the net assets disposed.

In connection with the disposal of Avenue100 Media Solutions, Inc., the Company recorded a pre-tax loss of $5.7 million in the third quarter of 2012. An income tax benefit of $44.5 million was also recorded in the third quarter of 2012 as the Company determined that Avenue100 Media Solutions, Inc. had no value. The income tax benefit is due to the Company's tax basis in the stock of Avenue100 exceeding its net book value as a result of goodwill and other intangible asset impairment charges recorded in 2008, 2010 and 2011, for which no tax benefit was previously recorded.

Earnings (Loss) Per Share

The calculation of diluted earnings (loss) per share for 2012 and the fourth quarter of 2012 were based on 7,403,946 and 7,223,281 weighted average shares, respectively, compared to 7,904,983 and 7,681,799 weighted average shares, respectively, for 2011 and the fourth quarter of 2011. In 2012, the Company repurchased 301,231 shares of its Class B common stock at a cost of $103.2 million. At December 31, 2012, there were 7,427,501 shares outstanding and the Company had remaining authorization from the Board of Directors to purchase up to 192,243 shares of Class B common stock.

Forward-Looking Statements

This report contains certain forward-looking statements that are based largely on the Company's current expectations. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and achievements to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. For more information about these forward-looking statements and related risks, please refer to the section titled "Forward-Looking Statements" in Part I of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 
THE WASHINGTON POST COMPANY

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)
       
Three Months Ended
December 31, %
(in thousands, except per share amounts)  

2012

  2011     Change
Operating revenues $ 1,050,096 $ 1,040,421 1
Operating expenses (865,438 ) (863,184 ) 0
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment (79,880 ) (62,932 ) 27
Amortization of intangible assets (7,610 ) (5,042 ) 51
Impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets   (111,593 )     ?   ?
Operating (loss) income (14,425 ) 109,263 ?
Equity in earnings of affiliates, net 2,785 568 ?
Interest income 901 1,174 (23 )
Interest expense (9,064 ) (8,638 ) 5
Other (expense) income, net   (17,572 )     1,073   ?
(Loss) income from continuing operations before income taxes (37,375 ) 103,440 ?
Provision for income taxes   8,000       42,000   (81 )
(Loss) income from continuing operations (45,375 ) 61,440 ?
Income from discontinued operations, net of tax   ?       291   ?
Net (loss) income (45,375 ) 61,731 ?
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   (64 )     (17 ) ?
Net (loss) income attributable to The Washington Post Company (45,439 ) 61,714 ?
Redeemable preferred stock dividends   ?       ?   ?

Net (Loss) Income Attributable to The Washington Post Company Common Stockholders

$ (45,439 )   $ 61,714   ?
 

Amounts Attributable to The Washington Post Company Common Stockholders

(Loss) income from continuing operations $ (45,439 ) $ 61,423 ?
Income from discontinued operations, net of tax   ?       291   ?
Net (loss) income $ (45,439 )   $ 61,714   ?
 

Per Share Information Attributable to The Washington Post Company Common Stockholders

Basic (loss) income per common share from continuing operations $ (6.57 ) $ 8.00 ?
Basic income per common share from discontinued operations   ?       0.03   ?
Basic net (loss) income per common share $ (6.57 )   $ 8.03   ?
Basic average number of common shares outstanding   7,223       7,601  
 
Diluted (loss) income per common share from continuing operations $ (6.57 ) $ 8.00 ?
Diluted income per common share from discontinued operations   ?       0.03   ?
Diluted net (loss) income per common share $ (6.57 )   $ 8.03   ?
Diluted average number of common shares outstanding   7,223       7,682  
   
THE WASHINGTON POST COMPANY

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)
 
  Twelve Months Ended
December 31, %
(in thousands, except per share amounts)   2012   2011     Change
Operating revenues $ 4,017,653   $ 4,131,145 (3 )
Operating expenses (3,471,884 ) (3,533,887 ) (2 )
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment (268,643 ) (249,065 ) 8
Amortization of intangible assets (21,002 ) (22,335 ) (6 )
Impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets   (111,593 )     ?   ?
Operating income 144,531 325,858 (56 )
Equity in earnings of affiliates, net 14,086 5,949 ?
Interest income 3,393 4,147 (18 )
Interest expense (35,944 ) (33,226 ) 8
Other expense, net   (5,456 )     (55,200 ) (90 )
Income from continuing operations before income taxes 120,610 247,528 (51 )
Provision for income taxes   71,600       101,900   (30 )
Income from continuing operations 49,010 145,628 (66 )
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax   83,177       (28,471 ) ?
Net income 132,187 117,157 13
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   (74 )     (7 ) ?
Net income attributable to The Washington Post Company 132,113 117,150 13
Redeemable preferred stock dividends   (895 )     (917 ) (2 )

Net Income Attributable to The Washington Post Company Common Stockholders

$ 131,218     $ 116,233     13
 

Amounts Attributable to The Washington Post Company Common Stockholders

Income from continuing operations $ 48,041 $ 144,704 (67 )
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax   83,177       (28,471 ) ?
Net income $ 131,218     $ 116,233   13
 

Per Share Information Attributable to The Washington Post Company Common Stockholders

Basic income per common share from continuing operations $ 6.09 $ 18.30 (67 )
Basic income (loss) per common share from discontinued operations   11.30       (3.60 ) ?
Basic net income per common share $ 17.39     $ 14.70   18
Basic average number of common shares outstanding   7,360       7,826  
 
Diluted income per common share from continuing operations $ 6.09 $ 18.30 (67 )
Diluted income (loss) per common share from discontinued operations   11.30       (3.60 ) ?
Diluted net income per common share $ 17.39     $ 14.70   18
Diluted average number of common shares outstanding   7,404       7,905  
 
THE WASHINGTON POST COMPANY

BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION

(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended  
December 31, % December 31, %
(in thousands)   2012   2011   Change   2012   2011   Change
Operating Revenues    
Education $ 544,429 $ 580,763 (6 ) $ 2,196,496 $ 2,404,459 (9 )
Cable television 201,703 190,818 6 787,117 760,221 4
Newspaper publishing 162,136 172,121 (6 ) 581,686 622,532 (7 )
Television broadcasting 116,192 88,253 32 399,691 319,206 25
Other businesses 25,761 8,890 ? 53,540 25,507 ?
Corporate office ? ? ? ? ? ?
Intersegment elimination   (125 )     (424 ) ?   (877 )     (780 ) ?
$ 1,050,096     $ 1,040,421   1 $ 4,017,653     $ 4,131,145   (3 )
Operating Expenses
Education $ 656,303 $ 549,870 19 $ 2,301,864 $ 2,308,173 0
Cable television 158,258 148,901 6 632,536 603,377 5
Newspaper publishing 159,503 165,328 (4 ) 635,388 643,736 (1 )
Television broadcasting 53,359 47,399 13 208,049 202,117 3
Other businesses 32,339 11,954 ? 76,784 34,242 ?
Corporate office 4,884 8,130 (40 ) 19,378 14,422 34
Intersegment elimination   (125 )     (424 ) ?   (877 )     (780 ) ?
$ 1,064,521     $ 931,158   14 $ 3,873,122     $ 3,805,287   2
Operating Income (Loss)
Education $ (111,874 ) $ 30,893 ? $ (105,368 ) $ 96,286 ?
Cable television 43,445 41,917 4 154,581 156,844 (1 )
Newspaper publishing 2,633 6,793 (61 ) (53,702 ) (21,204 ) ?
Television broadcasting 62,833 40,854 54 191,642 117,089 64
Other businesses (6,578 ) (3,064 ) ? (23,244 ) (8,735 ) ?
Corporate office   (4,884 )     (8,130 ) 40   (19,378 )     (14,422 ) (34 )
$ (14,425 )   $ 109,263   ? $ 144,531     $ 325,858   (56 )
Depreciation
Education $ 37,431 $ 22,100 69 $ 101,183 $ 83,735 21
Cable television 32,366 31,322 3 129,107 126,302 2
Newspaper publishing 6,280 6,443 (3 ) 25,072 26,336 (5 )
Television broadcasting 3,545 3,067 16 13,018 12,448 5
Other businesses 258 ? ? 263 ? ?
Corporate office   ?       ?   ?   ?       244   ?
$ 79,880     $ 62,932   27 $ 268,643     $ 249,065   8

Amortization of Intangible Assets and Impairment of Goodwill and Other Long-Lived Assets

Education $ 117,784 $ 4,394 ? $ 129,312 $ 19,417 ?
Cable television 52 66 (21 ) 211 267 (21 )
Newspaper publishing 149 182 (18 ) 654 1,051 (38 )
Television broadcasting ? ? ? ? ? ?
Other businesses 1,218 400 ? 2,418 1,600 51
Corporate office   ?       ?   ?   ?       ?   ?
$ 119,203     $ 5,042   ? $ 132,595     $ 22,335   ?
Pension Expense (Credit)
Education $ 3,701 $ 1,486 ? $ 11,584 $ 6,345 83
Cable television 802 454 77 2,540 1,924 32
Newspaper publishing(1) 9,882 8,057 23 42,436 25,283 68
Television broadcasting 1,523 363 ? 4,970 1,669 ?
Other businesses 22 4 ? 60 17 ?
Corporate office   (8,982 )     (9,254 ) (3 )   (36,197 )     (36,983 ) (2 )
$ 6,948     $ 1,110   ? $ 25,393     $ (1,745 ) ?
 
(1)   Includes $0.9 million in charges for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 and $2.4 million in charges for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2011 related to the withdrawal from a multiemployer pension plan.
 
THE WASHINGTON POST COMPANY

EDUCATION DIVISION INFORMATION

(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended  
December 31, % December 31, %
(in thousands)   2012   2011   Change   2012   2011   Change
Operating Revenues    
Higher education $ 276,459 $ 323,532 (15 ) $ 1,149,407 $ 1,399,583 (18 )
Test preparation 60,485 66,901 (10 ) 284,252 303,093 (6 )
Kaplan international 208,285 190,821 9 764,184 704,581 8
Kaplan corporate 1,487 1,110 34 4,645 4,585 1
Intersegment elimination   (2,287 )     (1,601 ) ?   (5,992 )     (7,383 ) ?
$ 544,429     $ 580,763   (6 ) $ 2,196,496     $ 2,404,459   (9 )
Operating Expenses
Higher education $ 265,543 $ 295,507 (10 ) $ 1,122,162 $ 1,250,668 (10 )
Test preparation 67,217 66,381 1 295,051 331,591 (11 )
Kaplan international 192,552 168,050 15 715,115 663,075 8
Kaplan corporate 15,961 17,312 (8 ) 47,262 49,685 (5 )
Amortization of intangible assets 6,191 4,394 41 17,719 19,417 (9 )

Impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets

111,593 ? ? 111,593 ? ?
Intersegment elimination   (2,754 )     (1,774 ) ?   (7,038 )     (6,263 ) ?
$ 656,303     $ 549,870   19 $ 2,301,864     $ 2,308,173   0
Operating Income (Loss)
Higher education $ 10,916 $ 28,025 (61 ) $ 27,245 $ 148,915 (82 )
Test preparation (6,732 ) 520 ? (10,799 ) (28,498 ) 62
Kaplan international 15,733 22,771 (31 ) 49,069 41,506 18
Kaplan corporate (14,474 ) (16,202 ) 11 (42,617 ) (45,100 ) 6
Amortization of intangible assets (6,191 ) (4,394 ) (41 ) (17,719 ) (19,417 ) 9

Impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets

(111,593 ) ? ? (111,593 ) ? ?
Intersegment elimination   467       173   ?   1,046       (1,120 ) ?
$ (111,874 )   $ 30,893   ? $ (105,368 )   $ 96,286   ?
Depreciation:
Higher education $ 22,916 $ 13,416 71 $ 58,514 $ 48,379 21
Test preparation 5,410 3,799 42 19,718 15,489 27
Kaplan international 8,660 4,350 99 21,173 16,953 25
Kaplan corporate   445       535   (17 )   1,778       2,914   (39 )
$ 37,431     $ 22,100   69 $ 101,183     $ 83,735   21
Pension Expense (Credit):
Higher education $ 2,535 $ 1,046 ? $ 7,943 $ 4,249 87
Test preparation 626 322 94 2,007 1,288 56
Kaplan international 93 (58 ) ? 241 167 44
Kaplan corporate   447       176   ?   1,393       641   ?
$ 3,701     $ 1,486   ? $ 11,584     $ 6,345   83
 
THE WASHINGTON POST COMPANY
EDUCATION DIVISION INFORMATION

SUMMARY OF RESTRUCTURING CHARGES

(Unaudited)
           
Lease
Accelerated Obligation Accelerated
(in thousands)   Severance   Depreciation   Losses   Amortization   Other   Total
Three Months Ended December 31, 2012
Higher education $ 3,211 $ 12,291 $ 1,420 $ ? $ 22 $ 16,944
Test preparation ? ? ? ? ? ?
Kaplan international 1,172 4,294 8,374 ? 1,042 14,882
Kaplan corporate and amortization of intangible assets   1,485       ?       ?       2,595       ?       4,080
$ 5,868     $ 16,585     $ 9,794     $ 2,595     $ 1,064     $ 35,906
 
Three Months Ended December 31, 2011
Higher education $ 4,048 $ 1,219 $ 676 $ ? $ 169 $ 6,112
Test preparation 439 50 ? ? ? 489
Kaplan international 1,035 ? ? ? ? 1,035
Kaplan corporate and amortization of intangible assets   1,695       ?       ?       ?       ?       1,695
$ 7,217     $ 1,269     $ 676     $ ?     $ 169     $ 9,331
 
Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2012
Higher education $ 8,807 $ 12,936 $ 1,420 $ ? $ 232 $ 23,395
Test preparation ? ? ? ? ? ?
Kaplan international 2,732 4,294 8,374 ? 1,042 16,442
Kaplan corporate and amortization of intangible assets   2,810       ?       ?       2,595       ?       5,405
$ 14,349     $ 17,230     $ 9,794     $ 2,595     $ 1,274     $ 45,242
 
Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2011
Higher education $ 11,101 $ 1,219 $ 676 $ ? $ 205 $ 13,201
Test preparation 2,899 2,746 6,894 ? ? 12,539
Kaplan international 1,035 ? ? ? ? 1,035
Kaplan corporate and amortization of intangible assets   2,170       ?       ?       ?       ?       2,170
$ 17,205     $ 3,965     $ 7,570     $ ?     $ 205     $ 28,945

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
THE WASHINGTON POST COMPANY
(Unaudited)

In addition to the results reported in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP) included in this press release, the Company has provided information regarding income from continuing operations excluding certain items described below reconciled to the most directly comparable GAAP measures. Management believes that these non-GAAP measures, when read in conjunction with the Company's GAAP financials, provide useful information to investors by offering:

  • the ability to make meaningful period-to-period comparisons of the Company's ongoing results;
  • the ability to identify trends in the Company's underlying business; and
  • a better understanding of how management plans and measures the Company's underlying business.

Income from continuing operations excluding certain items should not be considered substitutes or alternatives to computations calculated in accordance with and required by GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures should be read only in conjunction with financial information presented on a GAAP basis.

The following table reconciles the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures:

   
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31,     December 31,
(in thousands, except per share amounts)     2012     2011     2012     2011

Amounts Attributable to The Washington Post Company Common Stockholders

   
(loss) income from continuing operations, as reported $ (45,439 )   $ 61,423     $ 48,041     $ 144,704
Adjustments:
Goodwill and other long-lived assets impairment charge 81,875 ? 81,875 ?
Early retirement and restructuring charges 31,126 7,263 45,510 19,415
Marketable equity securities write-down 11,159 ? 11,159 34,643
Gain on sale of a cost method investment ? ? (3,657 ) ?
Foreign currency (gain) loss 29 (261 ) (1,968 ) 2,062
Investment in affiliates impairment charge   ?       ?       ?       5,703
Income from continuing operations, adjusted (non-GAAP) $ 78,750     $ 68,425     $ 180,960     $ 206,527
 

Per Share Information Attributable to The Washington Post Company Common Stockholders

Diluted (loss) income per common share from continuing operations, as reported

$ (6.57 )   $ 8.00     $ 6.09     $ 18.30
Adjustments:
Goodwill and other long-lived assets impairment charge 11.33 ? 11.33 ?
Early retirement and restructuring charges 4.31 0.94 6.18 2.46
Marketable equity securities write-down 1.54 ? 1.54 4.34
Gain on sale of a cost method investment ? ? (0.48 ) ?
Foreign currency (gain) loss ? (0.03 ) (0.27 ) 0.26
Investment in affiliates impairment charge   ?       ?       ?       0.72

Diluted income per common share from continuing operations, adjusted (non-GAAP)

$ 10.61     $ 8.91     $ 24.39     $ 26.08
 
The adjusted diluted per share amounts may not compute due to rounding.


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