DallasNews Corporation Announces First quarter 2023 Financial Results

April 24, 2023 at 4:30 PM EDT

DALLAS, April 24, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DallasNews Corporation (Nasdaq: DALN) today reported a first quarter 2023 net loss of $2.6 million, or $(0.49) per share, and an operating loss of $2.8 million. In the first quarter of 2022, the Company reported a net loss of $2.6 million, or $(0.49) per share, and an operating loss of $2.5 million.

For the first quarter of 2023, on a non-GAAP basis, DallasNews reported an operating loss adjusted for certain items (“adjusted operating loss”) of $2.2 million, a $0.5 million greater loss when compared to an adjusted operating loss of $1.6 million reported in the first quarter of 2022. The decrease is primarily due to a total revenue decline of $1.1 million, partially offset by expense savings of $0.6 million.

Grant Moise, Chief Executive Officer, said, “We conducted a nationwide search to find someone to lead Medium Giant who has a wealth of experience in the full service agency space, and we feel confident we have found the right person. An announcement will be made before mid-May. In addition, The Dallas Morning News team is focused on improving audience engagement on our digital platforms. That focus has resulted in an increase in unique visitors and page views in the first quarter which are two important metrics that contribute to our growth in digital membership and advertising.”

First Quarter Results

Total revenue was $35.2 million in the first quarter of 2023, a decrease of $1.1 million or 3.0 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2022.

Revenue from advertising and marketing services, including print and digital revenues, was $15.3 million in the first quarter of 2023, a decrease of $1.0 million or 5.9 percent when compared to the $16.3 million reported for the first quarter of 2022. The decline is due to a $1.3 million or 12.3 percent decrease in print advertising revenue, partially offset by a $0.3 million or 6.1 percent increase in digital advertising and marketing services revenue.

Circulation revenue was $16.0 million in the first quarter of 2023, a decrease of less than $0.1 million when compared to the first quarter of 2022. The print circulation revenue decline of $0.7 million or 5.6 percent was offset by the digital-only subscription revenue increase of $0.7 million or 21.9 percent.

Printing, distribution and other revenue was $3.9 million, flat when compared to the first quarter of 2022.

Total consolidated operating expense in the first quarter of 2023, on a GAAP basis, was $38.0 million, an improvement of $0.8 million or 2.1 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2022. The improvement is primarily due to expense savings of $1.0 million in distribution, $0.3 million in depreciation and $0.2 million in newsprint, partially offset by an increase of $1.0 million in employee compensation and benefits expense.

On a non-GAAP basis, adjusted operating expense was $37.4 million, an improvement of $0.6 million or 1.5 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2022.

As of March 31, 2023, the Company had 652 employees, a decrease of 10 full-time equivalents, or 1.5 percent, when compared to the prior year period. Cash and cash equivalents along with short-term investments were $25.8 million and the Company had no debt.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Reconciliations of operating loss to adjusted operating loss and total operating costs and expense to adjusted operating expense are included in the exhibits to this release.

Financial Results Conference Call

DallasNews Corporation will conduct a conference call on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. CDT to discuss financial results. The conference call will be available via webcast by accessing the Company’s website at investor.dallasnewscorporation.com/events. An archive of the webcast will be available at dallasnewscorporation.com in the Investor Relations section.

To access the listen-only conference call, dial 1-877-226-8196 and enter the following access code when prompted: 5560218. A replay line will be available at 1-866-207-1041 from 12:00 p.m. CDT on April 25, 2023 until 11:59 p.m. CDT on May 1, 2023. The access code for the replay is 8273961.

About DallasNews Corporation

DallasNews Corporation is the Dallas-based holding company of The Dallas Morning News and Medium Giant. The Dallas Morning News is Texas’ leading daily newspaper with a strong journalistic reputation, intense regional focus and close community ties. Medium Giant is a media and marketing agency of divergent thinkers who devise strategies that deepen connections, expand influence, and scale success for clients nationwide. For additional information, visit dallasnewscorporation.com or email invest@dallasnews.com

Statements in this communication concerning DallasNews Corporation’s (the “Company”) business outlook or future economic performance, revenues, expenses, cash balance, investments and other financial and non-financial items that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” as the term is defined under applicable federal securities laws. Words such as “anticipate,” “assume,” “believe,” “can,” “could,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “intend,” “expect,” “may,” “project,” “plan,” “seek,” “should,” “target,” “will,” “would” and their opposites and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those statements. Such risks, trends and uncertainties are, in most instances, beyond the Company’s control, and include changes in advertising demand and other economic conditions; consumers’ tastes; newsprint and distribution prices; program costs; the success of the Company’s digital strategy; labor relations; cybersecurity incidents; and technological obsolescence. Among other risks, there can be no guarantee that the board of directors will approve a quarterly dividend in future quarters or that our financial projections are accurate, as well as other risks described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and in the Company’s other public disclosures and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements, which are as of the date of this filing, are not updated to reflect events or circumstances after the date of the statement.

Katy Murray

DallasNews Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
    Three Months Ended March 31,
In thousands, except share and per share amounts (unaudited)   2023
Net Operating Revenue:            
Advertising and marketing services   $ 15,309     $ 16,264  
Circulation     16,011       16,096  
Printing, distribution and other     3,882       3,927  
Total net operating revenue     35,202       36,287  
Operating Costs and Expense:            
Employee compensation and benefits     17,373       16,410  
Other production, distribution and operating costs     18,028       19,249  
Newsprint, ink and other supplies     2,184       2,394  
Depreciation     373       712  
Total operating costs and expense     37,958       38,765  
Operating loss     (2,756 )     (2,478 )
Other income, net     362       18  
Loss Before Income Taxes     (2,394 )     (2,460 )
Income tax provision     232       184  
Net Loss   $ (2,626 )   $ (2,644 )
Per Share Basis(1)            
Net loss            
Basic   $ (0.49 )   $ (0.49 )
Number of common shares used in the per share calculation:            
Basic     5,352,490       5,352,490  

(1)   The Company’s Series A and Series B common stock equally share in the distributed and undistributed earnings. There were no options or RSUs outstanding as of March 31, 2023 and 2022, that would result in dilution of shares or the calculation of EPS under the two-class method as prescribed under ASC 260 – Earnings Per Share.

DallasNews Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
      March 31,   December 31,
In thousands (unaudited)   2023   2022
  Current assets:                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 15,258     $ 27,825  
  Short-term investments     10,500        
  Accounts receivable, net     11,604       14,023  
  Other current assets     7,713       6,077  
  Total current assets     45,075       47,925  
  Property, plant and equipment, net     7,301       7,438  
  Operating lease right-of-use assets     14,991       14,811  
  Deferred income taxes, net     293       282  
  Other assets     1,805       1,809  
  Total assets   $ 69,465     $ 72,265  
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity                
  Current liabilities:                
  Accounts payable   $ 4,318     $ 5,041  
  Accrued compensation and other current liabilities     8,173       8,214  
  Contract liabilities     10,932       9,504  
  Total current liabilities     23,423       22,759  
  Long-term pension liabilities     19,229       19,455  
  Long-term operating lease liabilities     16,802       16,546  
  Other liabilities     1,140       1,142  
  Total liabilities     60,594       59,902  
  Total shareholders' equity     8,871       12,363  
  Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity   $ 69,465     $ 72,265  

DallasNews Corporation - Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Reconciliation of Operating Loss to Adjusted Operating Loss
    Three Months Ended March 31,
In thousands (unaudited)   2023
Total net operating revenue   $ 35,202     $ 36,287  
Total operating costs and expense     37,958       38,765  
Operating Loss   $ (2,756 )   $ (2,478 )
Total operating costs and expense   $ 37,958     $ 38,765  
Depreciation     373       712  
Severance expense     217       132  
Adjusted Operating Expense   $ 37,368     $ 37,921  
Total net operating revenue   $ 35,202     $ 36,287  
Adjusted operating expense     37,368       37,921  
Adjusted Operating Loss   $ (2,166 )   $ (1,634 )

The Company calculates adjusted operating income (loss) by adjusting operating income (loss) to exclude depreciation, amortization, severance expense, (gain) loss on sale/disposal of assets, and asset impairments (“adjusted operating income (loss)”). The Company believes that inclusion of certain noncash expenses and other items in the results makes for more difficult comparisons between years and with peer group companies.

Adjusted operating income (loss) is not a measure of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Management uses adjusted operating income (loss) and similar measures in internal analyses as supplemental measures of the Company’s financial performance, and for performance comparisons versus its peer group of companies. Management uses this non-GAAP financial measure for the purposes of evaluating consolidated Company performance. The Company therefore believes that the non-GAAP measure presented provides useful information to investors by allowing them to view the Company’s business through the eyes of management and the Board of Directors, facilitating comparison of results across historical periods and providing a focus on the underlying ongoing operating performance of its business. Adjusted operating income (loss) should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income (loss), cash flows provided by (used for) operating activities or other comparable measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Additionally, this non-GAAP measure may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other companies.

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Katy Murray
President / Chief Financial Officer
DallasNews Corporation


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