10-Q 1 ssp-2018930x10q.htm 10-Q Document


 
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-Q
þ
 
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2018     
OR
o
 
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 
 
For the transition period from                      to                     
Commission File Number 0-16914
THE E.W. SCRIPPS COMPANY
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Ohio
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 
31-1223339
(IRS Employer
Identification Number)
 
 
 
312 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, Ohio
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
45202
(Zip Code)
Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (513) 977-3000
Not applicable
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report.)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.     Yes þ No o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes þ No o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See definition of “large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company “in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer þ
 
Accelerated filer o 
 
Emerging growth company o 
Non-accelerated filer o 
(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
 
Smaller reporting company o
 
 
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act). Yes o No þ
Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer's classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date. As of September 30, 2018, there were 68,739,783 of the registrant’s Class A Common shares, $0.01 par value per share, outstanding and 11,932,722 of the registrant’s Common Voting shares, $0.01 par value per share, outstanding.
 



Index to The E.W. Scripps Company Quarterly Report
on Form 10-Q for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2018

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PART I

As used in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, the terms “Scripps,” “Company,” “we,” “our,” or “us” may, depending on the context, refer to The E.W. Scripps Company, to one or more of its consolidated subsidiary companies, or to all of them taken as a whole.

Item 1. Financial Statements

The information required by this item is filed as part of this Form 10-Q. See Index to Financial Information at page F-1 of this Form 10-Q.

Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

The information required by this item is filed as part of this Form 10-Q. See Index to Financial Information at page F-1 of this Form 10-Q.

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

The information required by this item is filed as part of this Form 10-Q. See Index to Financial Information at page F-1 of this Form 10-Q.

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

The information required by this item is filed as part of this Form 10-Q. See Index to Financial Information at page F-1 of this Form 10-Q.

PART II

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

We are involved in litigation arising in the ordinary course of business, such as defamation actions and governmental proceedings primarily relating to renewal of broadcast licenses, none of which is expected to result in material loss.

Item 1A. Risk Factors

There have been no material changes to the risk factors disclosed in Item 1A. Risk Factors in our 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

There were no sales of unregistered equity securities during the quarter ended September 30, 2018.
In November 2016, our Board of Directors authorized a repurchase program of up to $100 million of our Class A Common shares. The authorization currently expires on March 1, 2020. Shares can be repurchased under the authorization via open market purchases or privately negotiated transactions, including accelerated stock repurchase transactions, block trades, or pursuant to trades intending to comply with Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. At September 30, 2018, $52.3 million remained under the authorization.

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The following table provides information about Company purchases of Class A Common shares during the quarter ended September 30, 2018, and the remaining amount that may still be purchased under the program.
Period
 
Total number of shares purchased  
 
Average price paid per share
 
Total market value of shares purchased
 
Maximum value that may yet be purchased under the plans or programs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7/1/2018 — 7/31/2018
 

 

 
$

 
$
78,197,079

8/1/2018 — 8/31/2018 (1)
 
1,365,628

 
$
14.82

 
20,235,967

 
$
52,961,112

9/1/2018 — 9/30/2018
 
39,907

 
15.66

 
625,032

 
$
52,336,080

Total
 
1,405,535

 
$
14.84

 
$
20,860,999

 
 
(1) As part of the share repurchase program, the Company entered into an Accelerated Share Repurchase ("ASR") agreement with JP Morgan to repurchase $25 million of the Company's common stock and received an initial delivery of 1,349,528 shares, which represents 80% of the total shares the Company expects to receive based on the market price at the time of initial delivery. The final number of shares delivered upon settlement of the agreement will be determined with reference to the average price of the Company's common stock over the term of the ASR agreement.     

Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities
There were no defaults upon senior securities during the quarter ended September 30, 2018.

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures
None.

Item 5. Other Information
None.



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Item 6. Exhibits
Exhibit Number
 
Exhibit Description
31(a)
 
31(b)
 
32(a)
 
32(b)
 
101.INS
 
XBRL Instance Document (furnished herewith)
101.SCH
 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document (furnished herewith)
101.CAL
 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document (furnished herewith)
101.DEF
 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document (furnished herewith)
101.LAB
 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document (furnished herewith)
101.PRE
 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document (furnished herewith)


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Signatures
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 
THE E.W. SCRIPPS COMPANY
 
 
 
Dated: November 9, 2018
By:
/s/ Douglas F. Lyons 
 
 
Douglas F. Lyons
 
 
Senior Vice President, Controller and Treasurer
 
 
(Principal Accounting Officer)



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The E.W. Scripps Company
Index to Financial Information (Unaudited)



F-1



The E.W. Scripps Company
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

(in thousands, except share data)
 
As of 
 September 30, 
 2018
 
As of 
 December 31, 
 2017
 
 
 
 
 
Assets
 
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
129,743

 
$
148,699

Accounts receivable (less allowances— $2,779 and $1,949)
 
254,682

 
245,365

Programming
 
40,654

 
53,468

Miscellaneous
 
27,217

 
21,998

Assets held for sale
 
108,636

 
136,004

Total current assets
 
560,932

 
605,534

Investments
 
7,299

 
7,699

Property and equipment
 
223,629

 
209,995

Goodwill
 
760,098

 
755,949

Other intangible assets
 
411,419

 
425,975

Programming (less current portion)
 
69,381

 
85,269

Deferred income taxes
 
15,730

 
20,076

Miscellaneous
 
19,542

 
19,051

Total Assets
 
$
2,068,030

 
$
2,129,548

 
 
 
 
 
Liabilities and Equity
 
 
 
 
Current liabilities:
 
 
 
 
Accounts payable
 
$
38,213

 
$
23,647

Unearned revenue
 
17,692

 
7,353

Current portion of long-term debt
 
3,000

 
5,656

Accrued liabilities:
 
 
 
 
Employee compensation and benefits
 
29,093

 
41,939

Programming liability
 
38,703

 
58,176

Miscellaneous
 
50,783

 
44,396

Other current liabilities
 
10,536

 
10,085

Liabilities held for sale
 
22,173

 
19,536

Total current liabilities
 
210,193

 
210,788

Long-term debt (less current portion)
 
686,212

 
687,619

Other liabilities (less current portion)
 
265,973

 
293,656

Equity:
 
 
 
 
Preferred stock, $.01 par — authorized: 25,000,000 shares; none outstanding
 

 

Common stock, $.01 par:
 
 
 
 
Class A — authorized: 240,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding: 68,739,783 and 69,699,105 shares
 
687

 
697

Voting — authorized: 60,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding: 11,932,722 and 11,932,722 shares
 
119

 
119

Total
 
806

 
816

Additional paid-in capital
 
1,107,993

 
1,129,020

Accumulated deficit
 
(104,021
)
 
(90,061
)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of income taxes
 
(99,126
)
 
(102,922
)
Total The E.W. Scripps Company shareholders' equity
 
905,652

 
936,853

Noncontrolling interest
 

 
632

Total equity
 
905,652

 
937,485

Total Liabilities and Equity
 
$
2,068,030

 
$
2,129,548

See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

F-2



The E.W. Scripps Company
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
 
 
Three Months Ended 
 September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended 
 September 30,
(in thousands, except per share data)
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Advertising
 
$
205,605

 
$
124,925

 
$
568,918

 
$
382,323

Retransmission and carriage
 
79,673

 
63,733

 
225,391

 
196,003

Other
 
17,448

 
11,851

 
46,003

 
36,900

Total operating revenues
 
302,726

 
200,509

 
840,312

 
615,226

Costs and Expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Employee compensation and benefits
 
96,129

 
88,626

 
289,689

 
271,541

Programming
 
90,832

 
52,152

 
258,622

 
150,053

Other expenses
 
59,148

 
45,999

 
175,953

 
133,692

Acquisition and related integration costs
 
332

 

 
332

 

Restructuring costs
 
863

 
2,407

 
7,000

 
2,407

Total costs and expenses
 
247,304

 
189,184

 
731,596


557,693

Depreciation, Amortization, and (Gains) Losses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Depreciation
 
8,627

 
8,547

 
24,616

 
25,488

Amortization of intangible assets
 
6,971

 
5,228

 
21,784

 
15,929

Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets
 

 
35,732

 

 
35,732

(Gains) losses, net on disposal of property and equipment
 
(501
)
 
114

 
150

 
176

Net depreciation, amortization, and (gains) losses
 
15,097

 
49,621

 
46,550


77,325

Operating income (loss)
 
40,325

 
(38,296
)
 
62,166

 
(19,792
)
Interest expense
 
(9,003
)
 
(5,720
)
 
(27,041
)
 
(18,163
)
Defined benefit pension plan expense
 
(3,529
)
 
(3,551
)
 
(6,306
)
 
(10,485
)
Miscellaneous, net
 
(546
)
 
1,187

 
(535
)
 
5,411

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes
 
27,247

 
(46,380
)
 
28,284

 
(43,029
)
Provision (benefit) for income taxes
 
7,208

 
(18,776
)
 
8,160

 
(19,547
)
Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of tax
 
20,039

 
(27,604
)
 
20,124

 
(23,482
)
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax
 
(908
)
 
920

 
(22,354
)

3,404

Net income (loss)
 
19,131

 
(26,684
)
 
(2,230
)
 
(20,078
)
Loss attributable to noncontrolling interest
 

 

 
(632
)
 

Net income (loss) attributable to the shareholders of The E.W. Scripps Company
 
$
19,131

 
$
(26,684
)
 
$
(1,598
)
 
$
(20,078
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income (loss) per basic share of common stock attributable to the shareholders of
The E.W. Scripps Company:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income (loss) from continuing operations
 
$
0.24

 
$
(0.34
)
 
$
0.25


$
(0.29
)
Income (loss) from discontinued operations
 
(0.01
)
 
0.01

 
(0.27
)

0.04

Net income (loss) per basic share of common stock attributable to the shareholders of
The E.W. Scripps Company
 
$
0.23

 
$
(0.32
)
 
$
(0.02
)

$
(0.24
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income (loss) per diluted share of common stock attributable to the shareholders of
The E.W. Scripps Company:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income (loss) from continuing operations
 
$
0.24

 
$
(0.34
)
 
$
0.25

 
$
(0.29
)
Income (loss) from discontinued operations
 
(0.01
)
 
0.01

 
(0.27
)
 
0.04

Net income (loss) per diluted share of common stock attributable to the shareholders of
The E.W. Scripps Company
 
$
0.23

 
$
(0.32
)
 
$
(0.02
)
 
$
(0.24
)
See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.
Net income per share amounts may not foot since each is calculated independently.

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The E.W. Scripps Company
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss) (Unaudited)

 
 
Three Months Ended 
 September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended 
 September 30,
(in thousands)
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income (loss)
 
$
19,131

 
$
(26,684
)
 
$
(2,230
)
 
$
(20,078
)
Changes in defined benefit pension plans, net of tax of $777, $459, $1,274, and $1,325
 
2,316

 
734

 
3,796

 
2,124

Other
 

 
(15
)
 

 
(47
)
Total comprehensive income (loss)
 
21,447

 
(25,965
)

1,566

 
(18,001
)
Less comprehensive net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest
 

 

 
(632
)
 

Total comprehensive income (loss) attributable to the shareholders of The E.W. Scripps Company
 
$
21,447

 
$
(25,965
)
 
$
2,198

 
$
(18,001
)
See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

F-4



The E.W. Scripps Company
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

 
Nine Months Ended 
 September 30,
(in thousands)
 
2018

2017
 
 
 
 
 
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
 



Net income (loss)
 
$
(2,230
)
 
$
(20,078
)
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax
 
(22,354
)
 
3,404

Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of tax
 
20,124

 
(23,482
)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) from continuing operations to net cash flows from operating activities:
 



Depreciation and amortization
 
46,400

 
41,417

Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets
 

 
35,732

(Gain)/loss on sale of property and equipment
 
150

 
176

Programming assets and liabilities
 
(10,775
)
 
1,108

Deferred income taxes
 
3,072


(17,565
)
Stock and deferred compensation plans
 
10,128


14,323

Pension expense, net of contributions
 
(13,261
)

(8,875
)
Other changes in certain working capital accounts, net
 
10,240


(8,275
)
Miscellaneous, net
 
(1,168
)

(6,954
)
Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations
 
64,910

 
27,605

Net cash provided by operating activities from discontinued operations
 
8,878

 
5,229

Net operating activities
 
73,788

 
32,834

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
 



Acquisition of intangible assets
 
(7,229
)
 
(11,554
)
Additions to property and equipment
 
(39,279
)

(12,909
)
Purchase of investments
 
(79
)

(1,533
)
Proceeds from FCC repack
 
946

 

Miscellaneous, net
 
2,307

 
3,650

Net cash used in investing activities from continuing operations
 
(43,334
)
 
(22,346
)
Net cash used in investing activities from discontinued operations
 
(1,044
)
 
(1,140
)
Net investing activities
 
(44,378
)
 
(23,486
)
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
 



Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt
 

 
400,000

Payments on long-term debt
 
(4,906
)

(392,198
)
Deferred financing costs
 

 
(7,558
)
Dividends paid
 
(12,362
)
 

Repurchase of Class A Common shares
 
(30,270
)

(11,704
)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options
 
1,857


1,461

Tax payments related to shares withheld for RSU vesting
 
(2,520
)

(3,371
)
Miscellaneous, net
 
(165
)

(3,795
)
Net cash used in financing activities from continuing operations
 
(48,366
)

(17,165
)
Decrease in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash
 
(18,956
)

(7,817
)
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash:
 



Beginning of year
 
148,699


134,352

End of period
 
$
129,743


$
126,535

 
 
 
 
 
Supplemental Cash Flow Disclosures
 
 
 
 
Interest paid
 
$
19,683


$
4,917

Income taxes paid
 
$
934

 
$
1,068

Non-cash investing information
 
 
 
 
Capital expenditures included in accounts payable
 
$
698

 
$
200


See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

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The E.W. Scripps Company
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Equity (Unaudited)

(in thousands)
 
Common
Stock
 
Additional
Paid-in
Capital
 
Accumulated Deficit
 
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss
 
Noncontrolling
Interest
 
Total
Equity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As of December 31, 2016
 
$
819

 
$
1,132,540

 
$
(94,077
)
 
$
(93,347
)
 
$

 
$
945,935

Comprehensive income (loss)
 

 

 
(20,078
)
 
2,077

 

 
(18,001
)
Repurchase of 620,451 Class A Common shares
 
(6
)
 
(9,652
)
 
(2,047
)
 

 

 
(11,705
)
Compensation plans: 545,640 net shares issued *
 
6

 
10,596

 

 

 

 
10,602

Minority interest contribution to venture
 

 

 

 

 
2,143

 
2,143

As of September 30, 2017
 
$
819

 
$
1,133,484

 
$
(116,202
)
 
$
(91,270
)
 
$
2,143

 
$
928,974

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As of December 31, 2017
 
$
816

 
$
1,129,020

 
$
(90,061
)
 
$
(102,922
)
 
$
632

 
$
937,485

Comprehensive income (loss)
 

 

 
(1,598
)
 
3,796

 
(632
)
 
1,566

Cash dividend: declared and paid - $0.15 per share
 

 

 
(12,362
)
 

 

 
(12,362
)
Repurchase of 1,690,736 Class A Common shares
 
(17
)
 
(30,253
)
 

 

 

 
(30,270
)
Compensation plans: 731,414 net shares issued *
 
7

 
9,226

 

 

 

 
9,233

As of September 30, 2018
 
$
806

 
$
1,107,993

 
$
(104,021
)
 
$
(99,126
)
 
$

 
$
905,652

* Net of tax payments related to shares withheld for vested RSUs of $2,520 in 2018 and $3,371 in 2017.
See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.


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The E.W. Scripps Company
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
As used in the Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, the terms “Scripps,” “Company,” “we,” “our,” or “us” may, depending on the context, refer to The E.W. Scripps Company, to one or more of its consolidated subsidiary companies, or to all of them taken as a whole.
Basis of Presentation — The condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Rule 10-01 of Regulation S-X. The interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements, including the notes thereto included in our 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K. In management's opinion, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) necessary for a fair presentation of the interim periods have been made.
Results of operations are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for future interim periods or for the full year.
Nature of Operations — We are a diverse media enterprise, serving audiences and businesses through a portfolio of local and national media brands. All of our media businesses provide content and advertising services via digital platforms, including the Internet, smartphones and tablets. Our media businesses are organized into the following reportable business segments: Local Media, National Media and Other. Additional information for our business segments is presented in the Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
In the fourth quarter of 2017, we began the process to divest our radio business. As such, we have classified the radio segment as held for sale in our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets and reported its results as discontinued operations in our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations. For additional information on our radio business, see Note 16.

Use of Estimates — Preparing financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires us to make a variety of decisions that affect the reported amounts and the related disclosures. Such decisions include the selection of accounting principles that reflect the economic substance of the underlying transactions and the assumptions on which to base accounting estimates. In reaching such decisions, we apply judgment based on our understanding and analysis of the relevant circumstances, including our historical experience, actuarial studies and other assumptions.

Our financial statements include estimates and assumptions used in accounting for our defined benefit pension plans; the periods over which long-lived assets are depreciated or amortized; the fair value of long-lived assets, goodwill and indefinite lived assets; the liability for uncertain tax positions and valuation allowances against deferred income tax assets; the fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed in business combinations; and self-insured risks.
While we re-evaluate our estimates and assumptions on an ongoing basis, actual results could differ from those estimated at the time of preparation of the financial statements.
Nature of Products and Services — The following is a description of principal activities from which we generate revenue.
Core Advertising Core advertising is comprised of sales to local and national customers. The advertising includes a combination of broadcast air time, as well as digital advertising. Pricing of advertising time is based on audience size and share, the demographic of our audiences and the demand for our limited inventory of commercial time. Advertising time is sold through a combination of local sales staff and national sales representative firms. Digital revenues are primarily generated from the sale of advertising to local and national customers on our local television websites, smartphone apps, tablet apps and other platforms.
Political Advertising Political advertising is generally sold through our Washington D.C. sales office. Advertising is sold to presidential, gubernatorial, Senate and House of Representative candidates, as well as for state and local issues. It is also sold to political action groups (PACs) or other advocacy groups.
Retransmission Revenues We earn revenue from retransmission consent agreements with multi-channel video programming distributors (“MVPDs”) in our markets. The MVPDs are cable operators and satellite carriers who pay us to offer our programming to their customers. We also receive fees from over-the-top virtual MVPDs such as YouTubeTV, DirectTV Now

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and Sony Vue. The fees we receive are typically based on the number of subscribers in our local market and the contracted rate per subscriber.
Other Products and Services We derive revenue from sponsorships and community events through our Local Media segment. Our National Media segment offers subscription services for access to premium content to its customers. Our podcast business acts as a sales and marketing representative and earns commission for its work.
Refer to Note 12. Segment Information for further information, including revenue by significant product and service offering.
Revenue Recognition — Revenue is measured based on the consideration we expect to be entitled to in exchange for promised goods or services provided to customers, and excludes any amounts collected on behalf of third parties. Revenue is recognized upon transfer of control of promised products or services to customers.
Advertising revenue is recognized, net of agency commissions, over time primarily as ads are aired or impressions are delivered and any contracted audience guarantees are met. We apply the practical expedient to recognize revenue at the amount we have the right to invoice, which corresponds directly to the value a customer has received relative to our performance. For advertising sold based on audience guarantees, audience deficiency may result in an obligation to deliver additional advertisements to the customer. To the extent that we do not satisfy contracted audience ratings, we record deferred revenue until such time that the audience guarantee has been satisfied.
Retransmission revenues are considered licenses of functional intellectual property and are recognized at the point in time the content is transferred to the customer. MVPDs report their subscriber numbers to us generally on a 30- to 90-day lag. Prior to receiving the MVPD reporting, we record revenue based on estimates of the number of subscribers, utilizing historical levels and trends of subscribers for each MVPD.
Refer to Note 2. Recently Adopted and Issued Accounting Standards for further information on the adoption of the new revenue recognition standard.
Contract Balances — Timing of revenue recognition may differ from the timing of invoicing to customers. We record a receivable when revenue is recognized prior to invoicing, or unearned revenue when revenue is recognized subsequent to invoicing.
Payment terms may vary by contract type, although our terms generally include a requirement of payment within 30 to 90 days. In instances where the timing of revenue recognition differs from the timing of invoicing, we have determined our contracts do not include a significant financing component. The primary purpose of our invoicing terms is to provide customers with simplified and predictable ways of purchasing our products and services, not to receive financing from our customers.
The allowance for doubtful accounts reflects our best estimate of probable losses inherent in the accounts receivable balance. We determine the allowance based on known troubled accounts, historical experience and other currently available evidence. The allowance for doubtful accounts totaled $2.8 million at September 30, 2018 and $1.9 million December 31, 2017.
We record unearned revenue when cash payments are received in advance of our performance. We generally require amounts payable under advertising contracts with political advertising customers to be paid in advance. Unearned revenue totaled $17.7 million at September 30, 2018 and is expected to be recognized within revenue over the next 12 months. Unearned revenue totaled $7.4 million at December 31, 2017.
Assets Recognized from the Costs to Obtain a Contract with a Customer — We recognize an asset for the incremental costs of obtaining a contract with a customer if we expect the benefit of those costs to be longer than one year. We apply and use the practical expedient in the revenue guidance to expense costs as incurred for costs to obtain a contract when the amortization period is one year or less. This expedient applies to advertising sales commissions since advertising contracts are short-term in nature. In addition, we also may provide inducement payments to secure carriage agreements with distributors of our content. These inducement payments are capitalized and amortized to expense over the term of the distribution contract. Capitalized costs to obtain a contract with a customer totaled $10.1 million at September 30, 2018 and $8.0 million at December 31, 2017 and are included within miscellaneous assets on our condensed consolidated balance sheets. Amortization of these costs totaled $0.5 million for the year-to-date period of 2018.
Use of Other Practical Expedients — For our arrangements that have an original duration of one year or less, we use the practical expedient applicable to such arrangements and do not consider the time value of money. In addition, we do not disclose the value of unsatisfied performance obligations for (i) contracts with an original expected length of one year or less and (ii) contracts for which we recognize revenue at the amount to which we have the right to invoice for services performed.

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Share-Based Compensation — We have a Long-Term Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) which is described more fully in our 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K. The Plan provides for the award of incentive and nonqualified stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock units (RSUs) and unrestricted Class A Common shares and performance units to key employees and non-employee directors.
Share-based compensation costs totaled $2.6 million for the third quarter of 2018 and 2017, respectively. Year-to-date share-based compensation costs totaled $8.9 million and $11.3 million in 2018 and 2017, respectively.
Earnings Per Share (“EPS”) — Unvested awards of share-based payments with rights to receive dividends or dividend equivalents, such as our RSUs, are considered participating securities for purposes of calculating EPS. Under the two-class method, we allocate a portion of net income to these participating securities and, therefore, exclude that income from the calculation of EPS for common stock. We do not allocate losses to the participating securities.
The following table presents information about basic and diluted weighted-average shares outstanding:
 
 
Three Months Ended 
 September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended 
 September 30,
(in thousands)
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Numerator (for basic and diluted earnings per share)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of tax
 
$
20,039

 
$
(27,604
)
 
$
20,124

 
$
(23,482
)
Loss attributable to noncontrolling interest
 

 


632

 

Less income allocated to RSUs
 
(316
)


 
(338
)


Numerator for basic and diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to the shareholders of The E.W. Scripps Company
 
$
19,723

 
$
(27,604
)
 
$
20,418

 
$
(23,482
)
Denominator
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic weighted-average shares outstanding
 
81,452


82,039


81,606


82,140

Effect of dilutive securities:
 



 



Stock options and restricted stock units
 
632



 
491



Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding
 
82,084

 
82,039

 
82,097

 
82,140

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Anti-dilutive securities (1)
 

 
1,373

 

 
1,373

(1) 
Amount outstanding at balance sheet date, before application of the treasury stock method and not weighted for period outstanding.  
For the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2017, we incurred a net loss and the inclusion of RSUs and stock options would have been anti-dilutive, and accordingly the diluted EPS calculation for the period excludes those common share equivalents.

2. Recently Adopted and Issued Accounting Standards

Recently Adopted Accounting Standards — In August 2016, the FASB issued new guidance related to classification of certain cash receipts and payments in the statement of cash flows. This new guidance was issued with the objective of reducing diversity in practice around eight specific types of cash flows. The new guidance was effective for us January 1, 2018 and did not have an impact on our condensed consolidated statements of cash flows.

In January 2016, the FASB issued new guidance on the recognition and measurement of financial instruments. This guidance primarily affects the accounting for equity method investments, financial liabilities under the fair value option and the presentation and disclosure requirements for financial instruments. The new standard was effective for us on January 1, 2018 and did not have an impact on our condensed consolidated financial statements.

In May 2014, the FASB issued a new standard related to revenue recognition. Under this standard, revenue is recognized when a customer obtains control of promised goods or services in an amount that reflects the consideration the entity expects to be entitled to in exchange for those goods or services. The standard creates a five-step process that requires entities to exercise judgment when considering the terms of the contract(s) and all relevant facts and circumstances. In addition, the standard requires expanded footnote disclosure.

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We adopted this standard on January 1, 2018, using the full retrospective method. Regarding our advertising contracts, which comprised 65% of 2017 operating revenues, the contracts are short-term in nature with transaction price consideration agreed upon in advance. Revenue on broadcast advertising spots continue to be recognized when commercials are aired. Online advertising revenue earned through the display of digital advertisements across various digital platforms typically take the form of an impression-based contract, fixed fee time-based contract or transaction-based contract. Revenue continues to be recognized evenly over the contract term for fixed fee contracts where a minimum number of impressions or click-throughs is not guaranteed. Revenue is recognized as the service is delivered for impression and transaction-based contracts. Retransmission revenue, which comprised 30% of 2017 operating revenues, is recognized under the licensing of intellectual property guidance in the standard, which did not result in a change to our previous revenue recognition.

The only identified impacts of the standard were to record certain revenue transactions on a gross basis that were previously recorded on a net basis and to no longer recognize barter revenue and expense related to syndicated programming.

Adoption of this standard on January 1, 2018 using the full retrospective method required us to adjust certain previously reported results. The following tables present the impact of adoption of the standard on our condensed consolidated statements of operations:

 
 
Three Months Ended September 30, 2017
(in thousands)
 
As Previously Reported
 
Adjustments for Adoption of New Revenue Standard
 
As Adjusted
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Advertising
 
$
125,136

 
$
(211
)
 
$
124,925

Retransmission and carriage
 
63,733

 

 
63,733

Other
 
8,912

 
2,939

 
11,851

Total operating revenues
 
197,781

 
2,728

 
200,509

Costs and Expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Employee compensation and benefits
 
88,626

 

 
88,626

Programming
 
49,424

 
2,728

 
52,152

Other expenses
 
45,999

 

 
45,999

Restructuring costs
 
2,407

 

 
2,407

Total costs and expenses
 
$
186,456

 
$
2,728

 
$
189,184


 
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017
(in thousands)
 
As Previously Reported
 
Adjustments for Adoption of New Revenue Standard
 
As Adjusted
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating Revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Advertising
 
$
382,963

 
$
(640
)
 
$
382,323

Retransmission and carriage
 
196,003

 

 
196,003

Other
 
28,893

 
8,007

 
36,900

Total operating revenues
 
607,859

 
7,367

 
615,226

Costs and Expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Employee compensation and benefits
 
271,541

 

 
271,541

Programming
 
142,686

 
7,367

 
150,053

Other expenses
 
133,692

 

 
133,692

Restructuring costs
 
2,407

 

 
2,407

Total costs and expenses
 
$
550,326

 
$
7,367

 
$
557,693


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Adoption of the new revenue recognition standard had no impact on our condensed consolidated balance sheets, condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive income (loss), condensed consolidated statements of cash flows or condensed consolidated statements of equity.

In February 2018, the FASB issued new guidance that permits companies to reclassify the disproportionate tax effect in accumulated other comprehensive income ("AOCI") caused by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. We have adopted this guidance as of December 31, 2017. The impact of the adoption was to reclassify $19.4 million of tax effects related to our defined benefits plans from AOCI to retained earnings.

Recently Issued Accounting Standards — In August 2018, the FASB issued new guidance to address a customer's accounting for implementation costs incurred in a cloud computing arrangement ("CCA") that is a service contract. The new guidance aligns the accounting for costs incurred to implement a CCA that is a service arrangement with the guidance on capitalizing costs associated with developing or obtaining internal-use software. The guidance is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2019, with early adoption permitted. We are currently evaluating the impact of this guidance on our condensed consolidated financial statements, as well as the timing of adoption.

In August 2018, the FASB issued new guidance to add, remove and clarify annual disclosure requirements related to defined benefit pension and other postretirement plans. The guidance is effective for fiscal years ending after December 15, 2020 with early adoption permitted, and it should be applied on a retrospective basis. We believe the main impact of this guidance will be to no longer disclose the amount in accumulated other comprehensive income that is expected to be recognized as part of net periodic benefit cost over the next year. Additionally, we will have to add a narrative description for any significant gains and losses affecting the benefit obligation for the period. We are currently evaluating the impact of this guidance on our disclosures as well as the timing of adoption.

In June 2016, the FASB issued new guidance that changes the impairment model for most financial assets and certain other instruments. For trade and other receivables, held-to-maturity debt securities, loans and other instruments, entities will be required to use a new forward-looking “expected loss” model that will replace today’s “incurred loss” model, which generally will result in the earlier recognition of allowances for losses. For available-for-sale debt securities with unrealized losses, entities will measure credit losses in a manner similar to current practice, except that the losses will be recognized as an allowance. The guidance is effective in 2020 with early adoption permitted in 2019. We are currently evaluating the impact of this guidance on our condensed consolidated financial statements, as well as the timing of adoption.

In February 2016, the FASB issued new guidance on the accounting for leases. Under this guidance, lessees will be required to recognize a lease liability and a right-of-use asset for all leases (with the exception of short-term leases) at the commencement date. The new guidance is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2018. We have identified our lease population and have selected a third-party software program that will be used to track, store and analyze our leases. We are currently in the process of implementing the software program for our lease population. In July 2018, the FASB approved amendments to create an optional transition method. The amendments provide an option to implement the new leasing standard through a cumulative-effect adjustment in the period of adoption without having to restate the comparative periods presented. We will adopt the standard in the first quarter of 2019 and elect this transition method to apply the standard prospectively. We are continuing to evaluate the impact of this guidance on our condensed consolidated financial statements, but expect an increase in the assets and liabilities recorded on the condensed consolidated balance sheet.
 
3. Acquisitions

Katz

On October 2, 2017, we acquired the Katz networks for $292 million, which is net of a 5.33% noncontrolling interest we owned prior to the acquisition date. Katz owns and operates four national television networks — Bounce, Grit, Escape and Laff. The acquisition was funded through the issuance of a new term loan B. Katz is included as part of our National Media segment.


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The following table summarizes the fair values of the Katz assets acquired and liabilities assumed at the closing date.
(in thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
Assets:
 
 
Cash
 
$
21,372

Accounts receivable
 
44,306

Current portion of programming
 
36,218

Intangible assets
 
32,300

Goodwill
 
213,721

Programming (less current portion)
 
52,908

Other assets
 
1,395

Total assets acquired
 
402,220

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities
 
29,339

Current portion of programming liabilities
 
32,877

Programming liabilities
 
37,692

Net purchase price
 
$
302,312


The acquisition date fair value of goodwill was revised in the third quarter of 2018. Goodwill was increased by $4.1 million, due to revisions to the acquisition date fair value of program assets. Additionally, this change to the acquired value of program assets resulted in a decrease to previously reported programming costs of $0.3 million in 2018.

Of the $32 million allocated to intangible assets, $8 million was assigned to trade names with a life of 10 years and $24 million was assigned to advertiser relationships with a life of 5 years.

The goodwill of $214 million arises from being able to enter into the market for established over-the-air networks. The goodwill was allocated to our National Media segment. We treated the transaction as an asset acquisition for income tax purposes with a step-up in the assets acquired. The goodwill is deductible for income tax purposes.

Pro forma results of operations

Pro forma results of operations, assuming the Katz acquisition had taken place at the beginning of 2017, are presented in the following table. The pro forma information includes the historical results of operations of Scripps and Katz, as well as adjustments for additional depreciation and amortization of the assets acquired and additional interest expense related to the financing of the transaction. The pro forma information does not include efficiencies, cost reductions or synergies expected to result from the acquisition. The unaudited pro forma financial information is not necessarily indicative of the results that actually would have occurred had the acquisition been completed at the beginning of the period.
 
(in thousands, except per share data) (unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended 
 September 30, 2017
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating revenues
 
$
236,997

 
$
724,627

 
Loss from continuing operations, net of tax
 
(29,263
)
 
(23,937
)
 
Loss per share from continuing operations attributable to the shareholders of The E.W. Scripps Company:
 
 
 
 
 
          Basic
 
$
(0.36
)
 
$
(0.29
)
 
          Diluted
 
(0.36
)
 
(0.29
)


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Pending Acquisitions

On August 20, 2018, we entered into a definitive agreement to acquire two television stations owned by Raycom Media — Waco, Texas ABC affiliate KXXV/KRHD and Tallahassee, Florida ABC affiliate WTXL — for $55 million. These stations are being divested as part of Gray Television's acquisition of Raycom Media. The purchase is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018 in conjunction with the closing of the Gray-Raycom transaction. This transaction will be funded with cash on hand at time of closing.

On October 16, 2018, we entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Triton Digital Canada, Inc. ("Triton") for $150 million. This transaction will be funded with cash on hand at time of closing. Triton is a leading digital audio infrastructure and audience measurement services company. Triton’s infrastructure and ad-serving solutions deliver live and on-demand audio streams and insert advertisements into those streams. Triton’s data and measurement service is recognized as the currency by which publishers sell digital audio advertising. This acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018.

On October 27, 2018, we entered into a definitive agreement with Cordillera Communications, LLC to acquire 15 television stations, serving 10 markets, for $521 million in cash. We have obtained underwriting for financing the acquisition with incremental term loan B borrowings. Completion of the acquisition, which is anticipated to close in the first quarter of 2019, is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

4. Asset Write-Downs and Other Charges and Credits

Income (loss) from continuing operations includes the following:

2018 - In the third quarter, costs associated with our previously announced restructuring totaled $0.9 million. For the nine months ended September 30, 2018 these restructuring costs totaled $7.0 million.

Acquisition and related integration costs of $0.3 million in the third quarter reflect costs incurred for professional services related to the pending Triton acquisition.

2017 - In the second quarter, we sold our newspaper syndication business, resulting in a gain of $3.0 million.

In the third quarter, we recorded a $35.7 million non-cash charge to reduce the carrying value of goodwill and certain intangible assets related to Cracked.

Reductions to the earn out provision associated with the acquisition of Midroll Media resulted in increases to other income of $0.8 million in the third quarter and $3.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017.

In the third quarter, restructuring includes $1.9 million of severance associated with a change in senior management as well as outside consulting fees associated with changes in our management and operating structure.

5. Income Taxes

We file a consolidated federal income tax return, consolidated unitary tax returns in certain states and other separate state income tax returns for our subsidiary companies.

The income tax provision for interim periods is generally determined based upon the expected effective income tax rate for the full year and the tax rate applicable to certain discrete transactions in the interim period. To determine the annual effective income tax rate, we must estimate both the total income (loss) before income tax for the full year and the jurisdictions in which that income (loss) is subject to tax. The actual effective income tax rate for the full year may differ from these estimates if income (loss) before income tax is greater than or less than what was estimated or if the allocation of income (loss) to jurisdictions in which it is taxed is different from the estimated allocations. We review and adjust our estimated effective income tax rate for the full year each quarter based upon our most recent estimates of income (loss) before income tax for the full year and the jurisdictions in which we expect that income will be taxed.

The effective income tax rate for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 was 29% and 45%, respectively. On December 22, 2017, the U.S. government enacted comprehensive tax legislation referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Tax Act"). The Tax Act significantly revises the future ongoing U.S. corporate income tax by, among other things, lowering U.S. corporate income tax rates. The U.S. federal statutory rate was 21% in the third quarter 2018 and 35% in the third quarter 2017, impacting the comparability of the income tax provision between those periods. We made a preliminary

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estimate of the impact of the Tax Act on our deferred taxes in our 2017 consolidated financial statements. There were no changes to that provisional estimate during the third quarter of 2018.

Other differences between our effective income tax rate and the U.S. federal statutory rate are the impact of state taxes, non-deductible expenses, release of reserves for uncertain tax positions and excess tax benefits or expense on share-based compensation ($1.0 million expense and $3.6 million benefit in 2018 and 2017, respectively).

Deferred tax assets totaled $15.7 million at September 30, 2018, which includes the tax effect of state net operating loss carryforwards. We recognize state net operating loss carryforwards as deferred tax assets, subject to valuation allowances. At each balance sheet date, we estimate the amount of carryforwards that are not expected to be used prior to expiration of the carryforward period. The tax effect of the carryforwards that are not expected to be used prior to their expiration is included in the valuation allowance.

6. Restricted Cash

At September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, our cash and cash equivalents included $5.1 million held in a restricted cash account on deposit with our insurance carrier. This account serves as collateral, in place of an irrevocable stand-by letter of credit, to provide financial assurance that we will fulfill our obligations with respect to cash requirements associated with our workers' compensation self-insurance. This cash is to remain on deposit with the carrier until all claims have been paid or we provide a letter of credit in lieu of the cash deposit.

7. Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets
Goodwill consisted of the following:
(in thousands)
 
Local Media
 
National Media
 
Total
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gross balance as of December 31, 2017
 
$
708,133

 
$
315,133

 
$
1,023,266

Accumulated impairment losses
 
(216,914
)
 
(50,403
)
 
(267,317
)
Net balance as of December 31, 2017
 
$
491,219

 
$
264,730

 
$
755,949

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gross balance as of September 30, 2018
 
$
708,133

 
$
319,282

 
$
1,027,415

Accumulated impairment losses
 
(216,914
)
 
(50,403
)
 
(267,317
)
Net balance as of September 30, 2018
 
$
491,219

 
$
268,879

 
$
760,098



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Other intangible assets consisted of the following:
(in thousands)
 
As of 
 September 30, 
 2018
 
As of 
 December 31, 
 2017
 
 
 
 
 
Amortizable intangible assets:
 
 
 
 
Carrying amount:
 
 
 
 
Television network affiliation relationships
 
$
248,444

 
$
248,444

Customer lists and advertiser relationships
 
69,500

 
69,500

Other
 
44,298

 
37,069

Total carrying amount
 
362,242

 
355,013

Accumulated amortization:
 
 
 
 
Television network affiliation relationships
 
(58,925
)
 
(49,639
)
Customer lists and advertiser relationships
 
(34,010
)
 
(26,345
)
Other
 
(15,103
)
 
(10,269
)
Total accumulated amortization
 
(108,038
)
 
(86,253
)
Net amortizable intangible assets
 
254,204

 
268,760

Indefinite-lived intangible assets — FCC licenses
 
157,215

 
157,215

Total other intangible assets
 
$
411,419

 
$
425,975


Estimated amortization expense of intangible assets for each of the next five years is $6.9 million for the remainder of 2018, $27.7 million in 2019, $26.4 million in 2020, $24.1 million in 2021, $20.9 million in 2022, $15.9 million in 2023 and $132.3 million in later years.

In 2018, we recognized other intangible assets of $5.8 million related to the acquisition of cable and satellite carriage rights for our Newsy cable network. These rights will be amortized over the life of the respective MVPD agreements.

8. Long-Term Debt
Long-term debt consisted of the following:
(in thousands)
 
As of 
 September 30, 
 2018
 
As of 
 December 31, 
 2017
 
 
 
 
 
Variable rate credit facility
 
$

 
$

Senior unsecured notes
 
400,000

 
400,000

Term loan B
 
297,000

 
299,250

Unsecured subordinated notes
 

 
2,656

    Total outstanding principal
 
697,000

 
701,906

Less: Debt issuance costs
 
(7,788
)
 
(8,631
)
Less: Current portion
 
(3,000
)
 
(5,656
)
   Net carrying value of long-term debt
 
$
686,212

 
$
687,619

Fair value of long-term debt *
 
$
682,243

 
$
703,572

* Fair value of the Senior Notes and the term loan B were estimated based on quoted private market transactions and are classified as Level 1 in the fair value hierarchy. The fair value of the unsecured subordinated notes is determined based on a discounted cash flow analysis using current market interest rates of comparable instruments and is classified as Level 2 in the fair value hierarchy.

Senior Unsecured Notes

On April 28, 2017, we issued $400 million of senior unsecured notes ("the Senior Notes"), which bear interest at a rate of 5.125% per annum and mature on May 15, 2025. The proceeds of the Senior Notes were used to repay our term loan B, for the payment of the related issuance costs and for general corporate purposes. The Senior Notes were priced at 100% of par value and interest is payable semi-annually on May 15 and November 15. Prior to May 15, 2020, we may redeem the Senior Notes, in whole or in part, at any time, or from time to time, at a price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Senior Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of redemption, plus a “make-whole” premium, as set forth in the Senior Notes indenture. In addition, on or prior to May 15, 2020, we may redeem up to 40% of the Senior Notes, using proceeds of equity offerings. If we sell certain of our assets or have a change of control, the holders of the Senior Notes may require us to repurchase some or all of the notes. The Senior Notes are also guaranteed by us and the majority of our subsidiaries. The Senior Notes contain covenants with which we must comply that are typical for borrowing transactions of this nature. 

We incurred approximately $7.0 million of deferred financing costs in connection with the issuance of the Senior Notes, which are being amortized over the life of the Senior Notes. Additionally, we wrote off $2.4 million of deferred financing costs associated with our old term loan B to interest expense in the second quarter of 2017.

Term Loan B

On October 2, 2017, we issued a $300 million term loan B which matures in October 2024. We amended term loan B on April 4, 2018, reducing the interest rate by 25 basis points. Following the amendment, interest is payable on term loan B at a rate based on LIBOR, plus a fixed margin of 2.00%. Interest will reduce to a rate of LIBOR plus a fixed margin of 1.75% if the company’s total net leverage, as defined by the amended agreement, is below 2.75. Term loan B requires annual principal payments of $3 million.

Our Financing Agreement also includes a provision that in certain circumstances we must use a portion of excess cash flow to repay debt. As of September 30, 2018, we were not required to make any additional principal payments for excess cash flow.

Under a previous financing agreement, we had a $400 million term loan B that matured in November 2020. We repaid the term loan B in 2017 with the proceeds of our Senior Notes.
 
As of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, the interest rate on the term loan B was 4.24% and 3.82%, respectively. The weighted-average interest rate on the term loan B was 4.09% for the nine months ended September 30, 2018.

Revolving Credit Facility

On April 28, 2017, we amended and restated our $100 million revolving credit facility ("Revolving Credit Facility"), increasing its capacity to $125 million and extending the maturity to April 2022. Interest is payable on the Revolving Credit Facility at rates based on LIBOR, plus a margin based on our leverage ratio, ranging from 1.75% to 2.50%.

The Revolving Credit Facility includes maintaining a net leverage ratio when we have outstanding borrowings on the facility, as well as other restrictions on payments (dividends and share repurchases). Additionally, we can make acquisitions as long as the pro forma net leverage ratio is less than 5.5 to 1.0.

We granted the lenders pledges of our equity interests in our subsidiaries and security interests in substantially all other personal property including cash, accounts receivables, and equipment.

Commitment fees of 0.30% to 0.50% per annum, based on our leverage ratio, of the total unused commitment are payable under the Revolving Credit Facility.

Unsecured Subordinated Notes

The unsecured subordinated promissory notes bore interest at a rate of 7.25% per annum, payable quarterly. The last principal payment of $2.7 million was paid in the third quarter of 2018.


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9. Other Liabilities
Other liabilities consisted of the following:
(in thousands)
 
As of 
 September 30, 
 2018
 
As of 
 December 31, 
 2017
 
 
 
 
 
Employee compensation and benefits
 
$
21,043

 
$
18,520

Programming liability
 
38,786

 
54,641

Liability for pension benefits
 
193,905

 
207,406

Liabilities for uncertain tax positions
 
687

 
644

Other
 
11,552

 
12,445

Other liabilities (less current portion)
 
$
265,973

 
$
293,656


10. Supplemental Cash Flow Information
The following table presents additional information about the change in certain working capital accounts:
 
 
Nine Months Ended 
 September 30,
(in thousands)
 
2018
 
2017
 
 
 
 
 
Accounts receivable
 
$
(9,317
)
 
$
(4,170
)
Other current assets
 
(5,219
)
 
(7,968
)
Accounts payable
 
14,154

 
1,732

Accrued employee compensation and benefits
 
(6,320
)
 
(5,417
)
Other accrued liabilities
 
6,322

 
10,526

Unearned revenue
 
10,339

 
(554
)
Other, net
 
281

 
(2,424
)
Total
 
$
10,240

 
$
(8,275
)

11. Employee Benefit Plans

We sponsor noncontributory defined benefit pension plans and non-qualified Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans ("SERPs"). The accrual for future benefits has been frozen in our defined benefit pension plans and SERPs.

We sponsor a defined contribution plan covering substantially all non-union and certain union employees. We match a portion of employees' voluntary contributions to this plan.


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The components of the employee benefit plans expense consisted of the following:
 
 
Three Months Ended 
 September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended 
 September 30,
(in thousands)
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest cost
 
$
5,962

 
$
6,504

 
$
17,812

 
$
19,475

Expected return on plan assets, net of expenses
 
(5,734
)
 
(4,360
)
 
(17,199
)
 
(13,079
)
Amortization of actuarial loss
 
1,026

 
1,150

 
2,867

 
3,318

Total for defined benefit pension plans
 
1,254

 
3,294


3,480


9,714

Multi-employer plans
 
50

 
58

 
141

 
191

SERPs
 
2,275

 
257

 
2,826

 
771

Defined contribution plan
 
2,137

 
2,300

 
6,908

 
7,161

Net periodic benefit cost
 
5,716

 
5,909

 
13,355

 
17,837

Allocated to discontinued operations
 
(132
)
 
(179
)
 
(509
)
 
(547
)
Net periodic benefit cost — continuing operations
 
$
5,584


$
5,730


$
12,846


$
17,290


We contributed $5.8 million to fund current benefit payments for our SERPs and $13.7 million for our defined benefit pension plans during the nine months ended September 30, 2018. During the remainder of 2018, we anticipate contributing an additional $0.7 million to fund the SERPs' benefit payments and an additional $3.5 million to fund our qualified defined benefit pension plans.

In the third quarter of 2018, we recognized a $2.0 million settlement charge related to lump-sum distributions from our SERP. Settlement charges are recorded when total lump-sum distributions for a plan's year exceed the total projected service cost and interest cost for that plan year.

In November of 2018, we merged $306 million of pension assets and $419 million of pension obligations from our Scripps Pension Plan (”SPP”) into the Journal Communications, Inc. Plan (“JCI Plan”) that we also sponsor. The SPP retained pension assets and pension obligations totaling $9 million. Following the merger, we terminated the SPP and purchased a single premium group annuity contract from an insurance company in the amount of $53.5 million for the terminating SPP participants and certain participants in the newly merged JCI Plan. Upon issuance of the group annuity contract, the insurance company assumed all investment risk associated with the assets that were delivered as the annuity contract premium and assumed the obligation to make future annuity payments to approximately 600 remaining retirees receiving pension benefits in the SPP and approximately 1,500 remaining retirees receiving pension benefits in the newly merged JCI Plan. There was no change to the pension benefits for any plan participants as a result of these transactions and the purchase of the group annuity contract was funded directly by assets of the SPP and JCI Plan. In the fourth quarter of 2018, we expect to recognize a one-time non-cash settlement charge of $10 million to $12 million in connection with these transactions.
12. Segment Information
We determine our business segments based upon our management and internal reporting structures, as well as the basis that our chief operating decision maker makes resource allocation decisions.
Effective December 31, 2017, we realigned our businesses into a new internal organization and began reporting to reflect this new structure. Under the new structure, we have the following reportable segments: Local Media, National Media and Other. We have recast the operating results for all periods to reflect this change.
Our Local Media segment includes our local broadcast stations and their related digital operations. It is comprised of fifteen ABC affiliates, five NBC affiliates, two FOX affiliates and two CBS affiliates. We also have two MyTV affiliates, one CW affiliate, one independent station and three Azteca America Spanish-language affiliates. Our Local Media segment earns revenue primarily from the sale of advertising to local, national and political advertisers and retransmission fees received from cable operators, telecommunications companies and satellite carriers. We also receive retransmission fees from over-the-top virtual MVPDs such as YouTubeTV, DirectTV Now and Sony Vue.

Our National Media segment includes our collection of national brands. Our national brands include Katz, Stitcher and its advertising network Midroll Media, Newsy and other national brands. These operations earn revenue primarily through the sale of advertising.

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We allocate a portion of certain corporate costs and expenses, including information technology, certain employee benefits and shared services, to our business segments. The allocations are generally amounts agreed upon by management, which may differ from an arms-length amount. Corporate assets are primarily cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, property and equipment primarily used for corporate purposes and deferred income taxes.

Our chief operating decision maker evaluates the operating performance of our business segments and makes decisions about the allocation of resources to our business segments using a measure called segment profit. Segment profit excludes interest, defined benefit pension plan expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, impairment charges, divested operating units, restructuring activities, investment results and certain other items that are included in net income (loss) determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.


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Information regarding our business segments is as follows:
 
 
Three Months Ended 
 September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended 
 September 30,
(in thousands)
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Segment operating revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Local Media
 
$
230,734


$
187,505

 
$
636,041

 
$
575,999

National Media
 
71,761

 
12,504

 
200,708

 
35,207

Other
 
231


500

 
3,563

 
4,020

Total operating revenues
 
$
302,726

 
$
200,509

 
$
840,312

 
$
615,226

Segment profit (loss):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Local Media
 
$
67,416

 
$
30,372

 
$
152,403

 
$
111,459

National Media
 
2,838

 
(4,374
)
 
6,910

 
(11,927
)
Other
 
(1,267
)
 
(829
)
 
(3,161
)
 
(2,238
)
Shared services and corporate
 
(12,370
)
 
(11,437
)
 
(40,104
)
 
(37,354
)
Acquisition and related integration costs
 
(332
)
 

 
(332
)
 

Restructuring costs
 
(863
)
 
(2,407
)
 
(7,000
)
 
(2,407
)
Depreciation and amortization of intangible assets
 
(15,598
)
 
(13,775
)
 
(46,400
)
 
(41,417
)
Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets
 

 
(35,732
)
 

 
(35,732
)
Gains (losses), net on disposal of property and equipment
 
501

 
(114
)
 
(150
)
 
(176
)
Interest expense
 
(9,003
)
 
(5,720
)
 
(27,041
)
 
(18,163
)
Defined benefit pension plan expense
 
(3,529
)
 
(3,551
)
 
(6,306
)
 
(10,485
)
Miscellaneous, net
 
(546
)
 
1,187

 
(535
)
 
5,411

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes
 
$
27,247

 
$
(46,380
)
 
$
28,284

 
$
(43,029
)
Depreciation:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Local Media
 
$
8,004

 
$
8,018

 
$
22,891

 
$
23,855

National Media
 
273

 
18

 
503

 
40

Other
 
37

 
43

 
113

 
169

Shared services and corporate
 
313

 
468

 
1,109

 
1,424

Total depreciation
 
$
8,627

 
$
8,547

 
$
24,616

 
$
25,488

Amortization of intangible assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Local Media
 
$
3,706

 
$
3,633

 
$
11,116

 
$
11,219

National Media
 
2,927

 
1,257

 
9,653

 
3,695

Shared services and corporate
 
338

 
338

 
1,015

 
1,015

Total amortization of intangible assets
 
$
6,971

 
$
5,228

 
$
21,784

 
$
15,929

Additions to property and equipment:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Local Media
 
$
8,156

 
$
3,610

 
$
28,269

 
$
12,412

National Media
 
5,625

 
122

 
11,350

 
319

Shared services and corporate
 

 
155

 
73

 
276

Total additions to property and equipment
 
$
13,781

 
$
3,887

 
$
39,692

 
$
13,007



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A disaggregation of the principal activities from which we generate revenue is as follows:
 
 
Three Months Ended 
 September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended 
 September 30,
(in thousands)
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Core advertising
 
$
165,587

 
$
123,236

 
$
511,434

 
$
377,068

Political
 
40,018

 
1,689

 
57,484

 
5,255

Retransmission and carriage
 
79,673

 
63,733

 
225,391

 
196,003

Other
 
17,448

 
11,851

 
46,003

 
36,900

Total operating revenues
 
$
302,726

 
$
200,509

 
$
840,312

 
$
615,226


13. Capital Stock
Capital Stock — We have two classes of common shares, Common Voting shares and Class A Common shares. The Class A Common shares are only entitled to vote on the election of the greater of three or one-third of the directors and other matters as required by Ohio law.
Share Repurchase Plan — Shares may be repurchased from time to time at management's discretion. In November 2016, our Board of Directors authorized a repurchase program of up to $100 million of our Class A Common shares. The authorization currently expires on March 1, 2020. Shares can be repurchased under the authorization via open market purchases or privately negotiated transactions, including accelerated stock repurchase transactions, block trades, or pursuant to trades intending to comply with Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
As part of the share repurchase plan, the Company entered into an Accelerated Share Repurchase ("ASR") agreement with JP Morgan to repurchase $25 million of the Company’s common stock. Under the ASR agreement, the Company paid $25 million to JP Morgan and received an initial delivery of 1.3 million shares in the third quarter of 2018, which represents 80% of the total shares the Company expects to receive based on the market price at the time of the initial delivery. The final number of shares delivered upon settlement of the agreement will be determined with reference to the average price of the Company’s common stock over the term of the ASR agreement, which will end no later than February 2019. The transaction is accounted for as an equity transaction. The par value of shares received was recorded as a reduction to common stock with the remainder recorded as a reduction to additional paid-in capital and retained earnings. Upon initial receipt of the shares, there was an immediate reduction in the weighted average common shares calculation for basic and diluted earnings per share.
Excluding the shares repurchased under the ASR, during the nine months ended September 30, 2018, we repurchased $5.3 million of shares at prices ranging from $13.29 to $16.86 per share. During the nine months ended September 30, 2017, we repurchased $11.7 million of shares at prices ranging from $16.82 to $23.01 per share. At September 30, 2018, $52.3 million remained under this authorization.

14. Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)

Changes in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) ("AOCI") by component, including items reclassified out of AOCI, were as follows:
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30, 2018
(in thousands)
 
Defined Benefit Pension Items
 
Other
 
Total
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beginning balance, June 30, 2018
 
$
(101,475
)
 
$
33

 
$
(101,442
)
  Other comprehensive income before reclassifications
 

 

 

  Amounts reclassified from accumulated other
  comprehensive loss:
 
 
 
 
 
 
     Actuarial gain (loss), net of tax of $777 (a)
 
2,316

 

 
2,316

Net current-period other comprehensive income
 
2,316

 

 
2,316

Ending balance, September 30, 2018
 
$
(99,159
)
 
$
33

 
$
(99,126
)


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Three Months Ended September 30, 2017
(in thousands)
 
Defined Benefit Pension Items
 
Other
 
Total
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beginning balance, June 30, 2017
 
$
(92,286
)
 
$
297

 
$
(91,989
)
  Other comprehensive income before reclassifications
 

 

 

  Amounts reclassified from accumulated other
  comprehensive loss:
 
 
 
 
 
 
     Actuarial gain (loss), net of tax of $449 (a)
 
734

 
(15
)
 
719

Net current-period other comprehensive income (loss)
 
734

 
(15
)
 
719

Ending balance, September 30, 2017
 
$
(91,552
)
 
$
282

 
$
(91,270
)

 
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018
(in thousands)
 
Defined Benefit Pension Items
 
Other
 
Total
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beginning balance, December 31, 2017
 
$
(102,955
)
 
$
33

 
$
(102,922
)
  Other comprehensive income before reclassifications
 

 

 

  Amounts reclassified from accumulated other
  comprehensive loss:
 
 
 
 
 
 
     Actuarial gain (loss), net of tax of $1,274 (a)
 
3,796

 

 
3,796

Net current-period other comprehensive income (loss)
 
3,796

 

 
3,796

Ending balance, September 30, 2018