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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-Q
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 or 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended June 29, 2014
Commission file number 1-5837
THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
NEW YORK
 
13-1102020
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
620 EIGHTH AVENUE, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
(Address of principal executive offices)
10018
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code 212-556-1234
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 x      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   x     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 definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer  x
 
Accelerated filer  o
 
Non-accelerated filer  o 
 
Smaller reporting company  o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).
Yes   o     No  x
Number of shares of each class of the registrant’s common stock outstanding as of August 1, 2014 (exclusive of treasury shares): 
Class A Common Stock
  
 
149,484,919

  shares
Class B Common Stock
  
 
816,835

  shares
 






THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY
INDEX

 
 
ITEM NO.
 
 
PART I
 
 
 
Financial Information
 
Item
1
 
Financial Statements
 
 
 
 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of June 29, 2014 (unaudited) and December 29, 2013
 
 
 
 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited) for the quarter and six months ended June 29, 2014 and June 30, 2013
 
 
 
 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income/(Loss) (unaudited) for the quarter and six months ended June 29, 2014 and June 30, 2013
 
 
 
 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited) for the six months ended June 29, 2014 and June 30, 2013
 
 
 
 
Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
 
Item
2
 
Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
 
Item
3
 
Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk
 
Item
4
 
Controls and Procedures
 
 
 
PART II
 
 
 
Other Information
 
Item
1
 
Legal Proceedings
 
Item
1A
 
Risk Factors
 
Item
2
 
Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds
 
Item
6
 
Exhibits
 





PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Financial Statements
THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
 
June 29,
2014
 
December 29,
2013
 
(Unaudited)
 
 
Assets
 
 
 
Current assets
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
374,626

 
$
482,745

Short-term marketable securities
383,227

 
364,880

Accounts receivable (net of allowances of $12,741 in 2014 and $14,252 in 2013)
159,694

 
202,303

Deferred income taxes
65,859

 
65,859

Prepaid expenses
25,284

 
20,250

Other current assets
35,598

 
36,230

Total current assets
1,044,288

 
1,172,267

Other assets
 
 
 
Long-term marketable securities
213,766

 
176,155

Investments in joint ventures
38,146

 
40,213

Property, plant and equipment (less accumulated depreciation and amortization of $901,189 in 2014 and $870,982 in 2013)
687,724

 
713,356

Goodwill
125,283

 
125,871

Deferred income taxes
163,067

 
179,989

Miscellaneous assets
192,218

 
164,701

Total assets
$
2,464,492

 
$
2,572,552

See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.


1



THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS-(Continued)
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
 
June 29,
2014
 
December 29,
2013
 
(Unaudited)
 
 
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity
 
 
 
Current liabilities
 
 
 
Accounts payable
$
83,818

 
$
90,982

Accrued payroll and other related liabilities
67,034

 
91,629

Unexpired subscriptions
58,998

 
58,007

Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations
244,074

 
21

Accrued expenses and other
97,698

 
107,872

Total current liabilities
551,622

 
348,511

Other liabilities
 
 
 
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations
442,396

 
684,142

Pension benefits obligation
406,319

 
444,328

Postretirement benefits obligation
87,711

 
90,602

Other
118,908

 
158,435

Total other liabilities
1,055,334

 
1,377,507

Stockholders’ equity
 
 
 
Common stock of $.10 par value:
 
 
 
Class A – authorized 300,000,000 shares; issued: 2014 – 151,662,423; 2013 – 151,289,625 (including treasury shares: 2014 – 2,180,442; 2013 – 2,180,471)
15,166

 
15,129

Class B – convertible – authorized and issued shares: 2014 – 816,835; 2013 – 818,061 (including treasury shares: 2014 – none; 2013 – none)
82

 
82

Additional paid-in capital
37,348

 
33,045

Retained earnings
1,282,327

 
1,283,518

Common stock held in treasury, at cost
(86,253
)
 
(86,253
)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of income taxes:
 
 
 
Foreign currency translation adjustments
12,343

 
12,674

Funded status of benefit plans
(407,083
)
 
(415,285
)
Total accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of income taxes
(394,740
)
 
(402,611
)
Total New York Times Company stockholders’ equity
853,930

 
842,910

Noncontrolling interest
3,606

 
3,624

Total stockholders’ equity
857,536

 
846,534

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
$
2,464,492

 
$
2,572,552

See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.


2



THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
 
For the Quarters Ended
 
For the Six Months Ended
 
 
June 29,
2014
 
June 30,
2013
 
June 29,
2014
 
June 30,
2013
 
 
(13 weeks)
 
(26 weeks)
Revenues
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Circulation
 
$
209,815

 
$
206,965

 
$
419,538

 
$
412,447

Advertising
 
156,348

 
163,039

 
315,075

 
316,577

Other
 
22,556

 
20,953

 
44,514

 
42,608

Total revenues
 
388,719

 
390,957

 
779,127

 
771,632

Operating costs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Production costs:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Raw materials
 
21,610

 
22,098

 
43,638

 
45,849

Wages and benefits
 
88,025

 
81,536

 
176,641

 
164,812

Other
 
48,309

 
49,435

 
96,648

 
99,142

Total production costs
 
157,944

 
153,069

 
316,927

 
309,803

Selling, general and administrative costs
 
185,584

 
172,914

 
372,308

 
349,786

Depreciation and amortization
 
19,169

 
18,750

 
39,261

 
37,688

Total operating costs
 
362,697

 
344,733

 
728,496

 
697,277

Early termination charge
 

 

 
2,550

 

Pension settlement charge
 
9,525

 

 
9,525

 

Operating profit
 
16,497

 
46,224

 
38,556

 
74,355

Income/(loss) from joint ventures
 
25

 
(405
)
 
(2,122
)
 
(3,275
)
Interest expense, net
 
13,205

 
14,644

 
26,506

 
28,715

Income from continuing operations before income taxes
 
3,317

 
31,175

 
9,928

 
42,365

Income tax (benefit)/expense
 
(5,743
)
 
13,813

 
(1,979
)
 
18,895

Income from continuing operations
 
9,060

 
17,362

 
11,907

 
23,470

Income/(loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes
 

 
2,775

 
(994
)
 
(10
)
Net income
 
9,060

 
20,137

 
10,913

 
23,460

Net loss/(income) attributable to the noncontrolling interest
 
128

 
(6
)
 
18

 
243

Net income attributable to The New York Times Company common stockholders
 
$
9,188

 
$
20,131

 
$
10,931


$
23,703

Amounts attributable to The New York Times Company common stockholders:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income from continuing operations
 
$
9,188

 
$
17,356

 
$
11,925

 
$
23,713

Income/(loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes
 

 
2,775

 
(994
)
 
(10
)
Net income
 
$
9,188

 
$
20,131

 
$
10,931

 
$
23,703

Average number of common shares outstanding:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
150,796

 
148,797

 
150,683

 
148,754

Diluted
 
161,868

 
156,511

 
161,962

 
156,101

Basic earnings/(loss) per share attributable to The New York Times Company common stockholders:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income from continuing operations
 
$
0.06

 
$
0.12

 
$
0.08

 
$
0.16

Income/(loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes
 

 
0.02

 
(0.01
)
 

Net income
 
$
0.06

 
$
0.14

 
$
0.07

 
$
0.16

Diluted earnings/(loss) per share attributable to The New York Times Company common stockholders:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income from continuing operations
 
$
0.06

 
$
0.11

 
$
0.07

 
$
0.15

Income/(loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes
 

 
0.02

 
(0.01
)
 

Net income
 
$
0.06

 
$
0.13

 
$
0.06

 
$
0.15

Dividends declared per share
 
$
0.04

 
$

 
$
0.08

 
$

See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

3



THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME/(LOSS)
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
 
For the Quarters Ended
 
For the Six Months Ended
 
 
June 29,
2014
 
June 30,
2013
 
June 29,
2014
 
June 30,
2013
 
 
(13 weeks)
 
(26 weeks)
Net income
 
$
9,060

 
$
20,137

 
$
10,913

 
$
23,460

Other comprehensive income/(loss), before tax:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Foreign currency translation adjustments
 
(427
)
 
713

 
(582
)
 
(1,764
)
Unrealized loss on available-for-sale security
 

 
1,260

 

 
(114
)
Pension and postretirement benefits obligation
 
6,844

 
6,598

 
13,594

 
14,857

Other comprehensive income, before tax
 
6,417

 
8,571

 
13,012

 
12,979

Income tax expense
 
2,440

 
3,672

 
5,141

 
5,452

Other comprehensive income, net of tax
 
3,977

 
4,899

 
7,871

 
7,527

Comprehensive income
 
13,037

 
25,036

 
18,784

 
30,987

Comprehensive loss/(income) attributable to the noncontrolling interest
 
128

 
(6
)
 
18

 
243

Comprehensive income attributable to The New York Times Company common stockholders
 
$
13,165

 
$
25,030

 
$
18,802

 
$
31,230

See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.


4



THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
For the Six Months Ended
 
June 29,
2014
 
June 30,
2013
 
(26 weeks)
Cash flows from operating activities
 
 
 
Net income
$
10,913

 
$
23,460

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities:
 
 
 
Loss on discontinued operations
1,559

 

Gain on insurance settlement
(1,421
)
 

Pension settlement charge
9,525

 

Early termination charge
2,550

 

Depreciation and amortization
39,261

 
43,408

Stock-based compensation expense
5,015

 
5,201

Undistributed loss of joint ventures
2,122

 
3,399

Long-term retirement benefit obligations
(36,173
)
 
(82,503
)
Uncertain tax positions
11,273

 
(520
)
Other–net
4,655

 
9,581

Changes in operating assets and liabilities–net of dispositions:
 
 
 
Accounts receivable–net
42,799

 
46,063

Other current assets
(4,773
)
 
3,128

Accounts payable and other liabilities
(80,198
)
 
(78,209
)
Unexpired subscriptions
991

 
430

Net cash provided by/(used) in operating activities
8,098

 
(26,562
)
Cash flows from investing activities
 
 
 
Purchases of marketable securities
(328,491
)
 
(584,600
)
Maturities of marketable securities
268,441

 
160,262

Repayment of borrowings against cash surrender value of corporate-owned life insurance
(26,005
)
 

Capital expenditures
(18,283
)
 
(6,983
)
Proceeds from insurance settlement
1,200

 

Change in restricted cash
(1,100
)
 
2,000

Other-net
(631
)
 
(541
)
Net cash used in investing activities
(104,869
)
 
(429,862
)
Cash flows from financing activities
 
 
 
Repayment of debt and capital lease obligations
(297
)
 
(5,925
)
Dividends paid
(12,106
)
 

Stock option exercises
1,120

 
611

Net cash used in financing activities
(11,283
)
 
(5,314
)
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents
(108,054
)
 
(461,738
)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
(65
)
 
(150
)
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year
482,745

 
820,489

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the quarter
$
374,626

 
$
358,601

See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

5

THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY
NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Unaudited)


NOTE 1. BASIS OF PRESENTATION

In the opinion of The New York Times Company’s (the “Company”) management, the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements present fairly the financial position of the Company as of June 29, 2014 and December 29, 2013, and the results of operations and cash flows of the Company for the periods ended June 29, 2014 and June 30, 2013. The Company and its consolidated subsidiaries are referred to collectively as “we,” “us” or “our.” All adjustments necessary for a fair presentation have been included and are of a normal and recurring nature. All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation. The financial statements were prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for interim reporting. As permitted under those rules, certain notes or other financial information that are normally required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America have been condensed or omitted from these interim financial statements. These financial statements, therefore, should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and related Notes included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 29, 2013. Due to the seasonal nature of our business, operating results for the interim periods are not necessarily indicative of a full year’s operations. The fiscal periods included herein comprise 13 weeks for the second-quarter periods and 26 weeks for the full six-month periods.

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in our Consolidated Financial Statements. Actual results could differ from these estimates.

NOTE 2. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

As of June 29, 2014, our significant accounting policies, which are detailed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 29, 2013, have not changed.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") 2014-09, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers,” which prescribes a single comprehensive model for entities to use in the accounting of revenue arising from contracts with customers. The new guidance will supersede virtually all existing revenue guidance under U.S. GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). There are two transition options available to entities: the full retrospective approach or the modified retrospective approach. Under the full retrospective approach, the Company would restate prior periods in compliance with Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 250, “Accounting Changes and Error Corrections”. Alternatively, the Company may elect the modified retrospective approach, which allows for the new revenue standard to be applied to existing contracts as of the effective date and record a cumulative catch-up adjustment to retained earnings. The new guidance becomes effective for the Company for fiscal years beginning January 2, 2017. Early application is prohibited.

We are currently in the process of evaluating the impact of the new revenue guidance; however, we do not expect that the adoption of the new accounting guidance will have a material impact on our financial condition and results of operations.

In April 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-08, “Amendment of Discontinued Operations,” which amends the definition of a discontinued operation in ASC 205-20, “Presentation of Financial Statements-Discontinued Operations,” and requires entities to provide expanded disclosures on all disposal transactions. The new guidance is effective for the Company for fiscal years beginning on or after December 29, 2014. Early adoption is permitted.

Additionally, recent accounting pronouncements not specifically identified in our disclosures are not expected to have a material effect on our financial condition and results of operations.

6

THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY
NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS-(Continued)
(Unaudited)

NOTE 3. MARKETABLE SECURITIES
  
Our marketable debt securities consisted of the following:

(In thousands)
 
June 29,
2014
 
December 29,
2013
Short-term marketable securities
 
 
 
 
Marketable debt securities
 
 
 
 
U.S Treasury securities
 
$
110,964

 
$
143,510

Corporate debt securities
 
123,070

 
78,991

U.S. agency securities
 
46,036

 
31,518

Municipal securities
 
43,587

 
48,035

Certificates of deposit
 
52,076

 
31,949

Commercial paper
 
7,494

 
30,877

Total short-term marketable securities
 
$
383,227

 
$
364,880

Long-term marketable securities
 
 
 
 
Marketable debt securities
 
 
 
 
Corporate debt securities
 
$
125,205

 
$
98,979

U.S. agency securities
 
83,095

 
73,697

Municipal securities
 
5,466

 
3,479

Total long-term marketable securities
 
$
213,766

 
$
176,155


As of June 29, 2014, our short-term and long-term marketable debt securities had remaining maturities of about 1 month to 12 months and 12 months to 36 months, respectively. See Note 8 for additional information regarding the fair value of our marketable securities.

NOTE 4. GOODWILL

The following table displays the carrying amount of goodwill as of June 29, 2014 and December 29, 2013:
(In thousands)
 
Total Company
Balance as of December 29, 2013
 
$
125,871

Foreign currency translation
 
(588
)
Balance as of June 29, 2014
 
$
125,283

    
The foreign currency translation line item reflects changes in goodwill resulting from fluctuating exchange rates related to the consolidation of certain international subsidiaries.
NOTE 5. INVESTMENTS

Equity Method Investments

As of June 29, 2014, our investments in joint ventures consisted of equity ownership interests in the following entities:

Company
 
Approximate %
Ownership
Donohue Malbaie Inc.
 
49
%
Madison Paper Industries
 
40
%


7

THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY
NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS-(Continued)
(Unaudited)

We have investments in Donohue Malbaie, Inc., a Canadian newsprint company, and Madison Paper Industries, a partnership operating a supercalendered paper mill in Maine (together, the “Paper Mills”).
We received no distributions from the Paper Mills as of June 29, 2014 and June 30, 2013, respectively.
We purchased newsprint and supercalendered paper from the Paper Mills at competitive prices. Such purchases aggregated approximately $10 million as of June 29, 2014 and June 30, 2013, respectively.
NOTE 6. DEBT OBLIGATIONS
As of June 29, 2014, our current indebtedness included senior notes and the repurchase option related to a sale-leaseback of a portion of our New York headquarters. Our total debt and capital lease obligations consisted of the following:
(In thousands)
 
Coupon Rate
 
June 29,
2014
 
December 29,
2013
Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations
 
 
 
 
 
 
Senior notes due 2015
 
5.0
%
 
$
244,074

 
$

Short-term capital lease obligations
 
 
 

 
21

Total current portion of debt and capital lease obligations
 
 
 
244,074

 
21

Long-term debt and capital lease obligations
 
 
 
 
 
 
Senior notes due 2015
 
5.0
%
 

 
244,057

Senior notes due 2016
 
6.625
%
 
205,495

 
205,111

Option to repurchase ownership interest in headquarters building in 2019
 
 
 
230,175

 
228,259

Long-term capital lease obligations
 
 
 
6,726

 
6,715

Total long-term debt and capital lease obligations
 
 
 
442,396

 
684,142

Total debt and capital lease obligations
 
 
 
$
686,470

 
$
684,163

See Note 8 for information regarding the fair value of our long-term debt.
During the second quarter of 2013, we repurchased approximately $5 million principal amount of our 6.625% senior unsecured notes due December 15, 2016 (“6.625% Notes”) and recorded a $0.6 million pre-tax charge in connection with the repurchase.
See Note 16 for further information on debt repurchases.
“Interest expense, net” in our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations was as follows:
 
 
For the Quarters Ended
 
For the Six Months Ended
(In thousands)
 
June 29,
2014
 
June 30,
2013
 
June 29,
2014
 
June 30,
2013
Cash interest expense
 
$
13,071

 
$
13,889

 
$
26,122

 
$
27,140

Non-cash amortization of discount on debt
 
1,128

 
1,103

 
2,318

 
2,267

Interest income
 
(994
)
 
(348
)
 
(1,934
)
 
(692
)
Total interest expense, net
 
$
13,205

 
$
14,644

 
$
26,506

 
$
28,715


NOTE 7. OTHER

Severance Costs

We recognized severance costs of $2.2 million in the second quarter of 2014 and $5.3 million in the first six months of 2014 compared to $2.9 million in the second quarter of 2013 and $7.8 million in the first six months of 2013. These costs are recorded in “Selling, general and administrative costs” in our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations. As of June 29, 2014, we had a severance liability of $8.5 million included in “Accrued expenses and other” in our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.


8

THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY
NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS-(Continued)
(Unaudited)

Early Termination Charge

In the first quarter of 2014, we recorded a $2.6 million charge for the early termination of a distribution agreement.

Pension Settlement Charge

In the second quarter of 2014, we recorded a $9.5 million pension settlement charge in connection with a one-time lump sum payment offer to certain former employees. See Note 9 for additional information regarding the pension settlement charge.

Reserve for Uncertain Tax Positions

In the second quarter of 2014, we recorded a $9.5 million income tax benefit primarily due to a reduction in the Company’s reserve for uncertain tax positions.

NOTE 8. FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS
Fair value is the price that would be received upon the sale of an asset or paid upon transfer of a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. The transaction would be in the principal or most advantageous market for the asset or liability, based on assumptions that a market participant would use in pricing the asset or liability.
The fair value hierarchy consists of three levels:
Level 1 – quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that the reporting entity has the ability to access at the measurement date;
Level 2 – inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly; and
Level 3 – unobservable inputs for the asset or liability.
Assets/Liabilities Measured and Recorded at Fair Value on a Recurring Basis
The following tables summarize our financial liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of June 29, 2014 and December 29, 2013:
(In thousands)
 
June 29, 2014
 
Total
 
Level 1
 
Level 2

Level 3
Liabilities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Deferred compensation
 
$
44,241

 
$
44,241

 
$

 
$

(In thousands)
 
December 29, 2013
 
Total
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
Liabilities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Deferred compensation
 
$
51,660

 
$
51,660

 
$

 
$

The deferred compensation liability, included in “Other liabilities – other” in our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets, consists of deferrals under our deferred executive compensation plan, which enables certain eligible executives to elect to defer a portion of their compensation on a pre-tax basis. The deferred amounts are invested at the executives’ option in various mutual funds. The fair value of deferred compensation is based on the mutual fund investments elected by the executives and on quoted prices in active markets for identical assets.
Financial Instruments Disclosed, But Not Recorded, at Fair Value
Our marketable debt securities, which include U.S. Treasury securities, corporate debt securities, U.S. government agency securities, municipal securities, certificates of deposit and commercial paper, are recorded at amortized cost (see Note

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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS-(Continued)
(Unaudited)

3). As of June 29, 2014 and December 29, 2013, the amortized cost approximated fair value. We classified these investments as Level 2 since the fair value estimates are based on market observable inputs for investments with similar terms and maturities.
The carrying value of our long-term debt was approximately $436 million as of June 29, 2014 and $677 million as of December 29, 2013. The fair value of our long-term debt was approximately $563 million as of June 29, 2014 and $819 million as of December 29, 2013. We estimate the fair value of our debt utilizing market quotations for debt that have quoted prices in active markets. Since our debt does not trade on a daily basis in an active market, the fair value estimates are based on market observable inputs based on borrowing rates currently available for debt with similar terms and average maturities (Level 2).
NOTE 9. PENSION AND OTHER POSTRETIREMENT BENEFITS

Pension

Single-Employer Plans

We sponsor several single-employer defined benefit pension plans, the majority of which have been frozen. We also participate in joint Company and Guild-sponsored plans covering employees of The New York Times Newspaper Guild, including The New York Times Newspaper Guild pension plan, which was frozen and replaced with a new defined benefit pension plan, The Guild-Times Adjustable Pension Plan. On June 18, 2014, the Board of Trustees of The Guild-Times Adjustable Pension Fund received a favorable determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) approving the new plan.

The components of net periodic pension cost/(income) were as follows:
 
 
For the Quarters Ended
 
 
June 29, 2014
 
June 30, 2013
(In thousands)
 
Qualified
Plans
 
Non-
Qualified
Plans
 
All Plans
 
Qualified
Plans
 
Non-
Qualified
Plans
 
All Plans
Service cost
 
$
2,385

 
$

 
$
2,385

 
$
2,323

 
$
256

 
$
2,579

Interest cost
 
21,112

 
2,711

 
23,823

 
19,284

 
2,643

 
21,927

Expected return on plan assets
 
(28,460
)
 

 
(28,460
)
 
(31,063
)
 

 
(31,063
)
Amortization of prior service credit
 
(484
)
 

 
(484
)
 
(486
)
 

 
(486
)
Amortization of actuarial loss
 
6,711

 
1,033

 
7,744

 
8,442

 
1,312

 
9,754

Effect of pension settlement
 

 
9,525

 
9,525

 

 

 

Net periodic pension cost/(income)
 
$
1,264

 
$
13,269

 
$
14,533

 
$
(1,500
)
 
$
4,211

 
$
2,711


 
 
For the Six Months Ended
 
 
June 29, 2014
 
June 30, 2013
(In thousands)
 
Qualified
Plans
 
Non-
Qualified
Plans
 
All Plans
 
Qualified
Plans
 
Non-
Qualified
Plans
 
All Plans
Service cost
 
$
4,772

 
$

 
$
4,772

 
$
4,645

 
$
512

 
$
5,157

Interest cost
 
42,224

 
5,586

 
47,810

 
38,568

 
5,286

 
43,854

Expected return on plan assets
 
(56,920
)
 

 
(56,920
)
 
(62,125
)
 

 
(62,125
)
Amortization of prior service credit
 
(970
)
 

 
(970
)
 
(972
)
 

 
(972
)
Amortization of actuarial loss
 
13,309

 
2,087

 
15,396

 
16,884

 
2,623

 
19,507

Effect of pension settlement
 

 
9,525

 
9,525

 

 

 

Net periodic pension cost/(income)
 
$
2,415

 
$
17,198

 
$
19,613

 
$
(3,000
)
 
$
8,421

 
$
5,421


In the first six months of 2014, we made pension contributions of approximately $9 million to certain qualified pension plans. Including the first six months of contributions, we expect to make total contributions of approximately $16 million in 2014 to our qualified pension plans to satisfy minimum funding requirements.

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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS-(Continued)
(Unaudited)


One-Time Lump-Sum Payment Offer
During the first quarter of 2014, we offered to certain former employees who participate in certain non-qualified pension plans the option to elect to receive a one-time lump-sum payment equal to the present value of the participant’s pension benefit. The election period for this voluntary offer closed on April 25, 2014. As a result, we recorded a pension settlement charge of $9.5 million during the second quarter in connection with the one-time lump-sum payment to certain former employees of approximately $24 million to reduce pension obligations by approximately $32 million.

Other Postretirement Benefits

The components of net periodic postretirement benefit cost/(income) were as follows:

 
 
For the Quarters Ended
 
For the Six Months Ended
(In thousands)
 
June 29,
2014
 
June 30,
2013
 
June 29,
2014
 
June 30,
2013
Service cost
 
$
147

 
$
285

 
$
294

 
$
570

Interest cost
 
1,010

 
1,009

 
2,020

 
2,018

Amortization of prior service credit
 
(1,600
)
 
(3,693
)
 
(3,200
)
 
(7,385
)
Amortization of actuarial loss
 
1,184

 
1,022

 
2,368

 
2,044

Net periodic postretirement benefit cost/(income)
 
$
741

 
$
(1,377
)
 
$
1,482

 
$
(2,753
)

Recent Developments

Recently, the Society of Actuaries (“SOA”) released proposed mortality tables, which increased life expectancy assumptions. Final updates to the mortality tables are expected to be issued by the end of 2014. However, the SOA has stated that if at any point it becomes apparent that this cannot be accomplished within the targeted timeframe, they will communicate the adjusted timeline. Based on this expected data, it is likely we would revise the mortality assumptions used in determining our pension and postretirement benefit obligations. We expect the adoption of new mortality assumptions for purposes of funding our plans will trail the adoption for accounting purposes. Our preliminary analysis of the impact of the revised mortality tables, when fully implemented for accounting and plan funding purposes, estimates an increase of approximately $150 million in pension and postretirement liabilities and approximately $10 million in annual pension and postretirement expense and may result in higher pension funding requirements in future periods depending upon the funded status of our pension plans. These expectations presume all other assumptions remain constant and there are no changes to applicable funding regulations.

NOTE 10. INCOME TAXES

The Company had an income tax benefit of $5.7 million and $2.0 million in the second quarter and first six months of 2014, respectively. The Company had income tax expense of $13.8 million (effective tax rate of 44.3%) and $18.9 million (effective tax rate of 44.6%) in the second quarter and first six months of 2013, respectively. The income tax benefit in the second quarter of 2014 was primarily due to a reduction in the Company’s reserve for uncertain tax positions.

It is reasonably possible that certain income tax examinations may be concluded, or statutes of limitation may lapse, during the next 12 months, which could result in a decrease in unrecognized tax benefits of approximately $15 million that would, if recognized, impact the effective tax rate.
    
On March 31, 2014, New York State enacted legislation amending the state’s corporate tax laws. The legislation generally applies to tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2015. The new legislation was adopted in the second quarter of 2014 and it did not have a material impact on the Company’s provision for income taxes.


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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS-(Continued)
(Unaudited)

NOTE 11. DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

New England Media Group

In the fourth quarter of 2013, we completed the sale of substantially all of the assets and operating liabilities of the New England Media Group - consisting of The Boston Globe, BostonGlobe.com, Boston.com, Worcester Telegram & Gazette (the “T&G”), Telegram.com and related properties - and our 49% equity interest in Metro Boston, for approximately $70 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments. The net after-tax proceeds from the sale, including a tax benefit, were approximately $74 million. In 2013, we recognized a pre-tax gain of $47.6 million on the sale ($28.1 million after tax), which was almost entirely comprised of a curtailment gain on postretirement benefit obligations. This curtailment gain is primarily related to an acceleration of prior service credits from plan amendments announced in prior years, and is due to a cessation of service for employees at the New England Media Group. In the first quarter of 2014, we recorded a working capital adjustment of $1.6 million. The results of operations of the New England Media Group have been classified as discontinued operations for all periods presented.

The results of operations for the New England Media Group presented as discontinued operations are summarized below.
 
 
For the Quarters Ended
 
For the Six Months Ended
(In thousands)
 
June 29,
2014
 
June 30,
2013
 
June 29,
2014
 
June 30,
2013
Revenues
 
$

 
$
94,406

 
$

 
$
179,664

Total operating costs
 

 
87,199

 

 
176,924

Loss from joint ventures
 

 
(54
)
 

 
(124
)
Interest expense, net
 

 
2

 

 
5

Pre-tax income
 

 
7,151

 

 
2,611

Income tax expense
 

 
4,376

 

 
2,621

Income/(loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes
 

 
2,775

 

 
(10
)
(Loss)/gain on sale, net of income taxes:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loss on sale
 

 

 
(1,559
)
 

Income tax benefit
 

 

 
(565
)
 

Loss on sale, net of income taxes
 

 

 
(994
)
 

Income/(loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes
 
$

 
$
2,775

 
$
(994
)
 
$
(10
)


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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS-(Continued)
(Unaudited)

NOTE 12. EARNINGS/(LOSS) PER SHARE

The two-class method is an earnings allocation method for computing earnings/(loss) per share when a company’s capital structure includes either two or more classes of common stock or common stock and participating securities. This method determines earnings/(loss) per share based on dividends declared on common stock and participating securities (i.e. distributed earnings), as well as participation rights of participating securities in any undistributed earnings.
Basic and diluted earnings/(loss) per share have been computed as follows:
 
 
For the Quarters Ended
 
For the Six Months Ended
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
June 29,
2014
 
June 30,
2013
 
June 29,
2014
 
June 30,
2013
Amounts attributable to The New York Times Company common stockholders:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income from continuing operations
 
$
9,188

 
$
17,356

 
$
11,925

 
$
23,713

Income/(loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes
 

 
2,775

 
(994
)
 
(10
)
Net income
 
$
9,188

 
$
20,131

 
$
10,931

 
$
23,703

Average number of common shares outstanding–Basic
 
150,796

 
148,797

 
150,683

 
148,754

Incremental shares for assumed exercise of securities
 
11,072

 
7,714

 
11,279

 
7,347

Average number of common shares outstanding–Diluted
 
161,868

 
156,511

 
161,962

 
156,101

Basic earnings/(loss) per share attributable to The New York Times Company common stockholders:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income from continuing operations
 
$
0.06

 
$
0.12

 
$
0.08

 
$
0.16

Income/(loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes
 

 
0.02

 
(0.01
)
 

Net income–Basic
 
$
0.06

 
$
0.14

 
$
0.07

 
$
0.16

Diluted earnings/(loss) per share attributable to The New York Times Company common stockholders:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income from continuing operations
 
$
0.06

 
$
0.11

 
$
0.07

 
$
0.15

Income/(loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes
 

 
0.02

 
(0.01
)
 

Net income–Diluted
 
$
0.06

 
$
0.13

 
$
0.06

 
$
0.15

The difference between basic and diluted shares is that diluted shares include the dilutive effect of the assumed exercise of outstanding securities. Our warrants, restricted stock units and stock options could have the most significant impact on diluted shares.
In January 2009, pursuant to a securities purchase agreement, we issued unsecured notes and detachable warrants to purchase 15.9 million shares of our Class A Common Stock at a price of $6.3572 per share. The warrants are exercisable at the holder’s option at any time and from time to time, in whole or in part, until January 15, 2015.
Securities that could potentially be dilutive are excluded from the computation of diluted earnings per share when a loss from continuing operations exists or when the exercise price exceeds the market value of our Class A Common Stock, because their inclusion would have an anti-dilutive effect on per share amounts.
The number of stock options that were excluded from the computation of diluted earnings per share, because they were anti-dilutive, was approximately 6 million in the second quarter and first six months of 2014 and approximately 11 million in the second quarter and first six months of 2013.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY
NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS-(Continued)
(Unaudited)

NOTE 13. SUPPLEMENTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY INFORMATION

Stockholders’ equity is summarized as follows:
 
(In thousands)
 
Total New York Times Company Stockholders’ Equity
 
Noncontrolling Interest
 
Total Stockholders’ Equity
Balance as of December 29, 2013
 
$
842,910

 
$
3,624

 
$
846,534

Net income/(loss)
 
10,931

 
(18
)
 
10,913

Other comprehensive income, net of tax
 
7,871

 

 
7,871

Effect of issuance of shares
 
(823
)
 

 
(823
)
Dividends declared
 
(12,119
)
 

 
(12,119
)
Stock-based compensation
 
5,160

 

 
5,160

Balance as of June 29, 2014
 
$
853,930

 
$
3,606

 
$
857,536

 
(In thousands)
 
Total New York Times Company Stockholders’ Equity
 
Noncontrolling Interest
 
Total Stockholders’ Equity
Balance as of December 30, 2012:
 
$
662,325

 
$
3,311

 
$
665,636

Net income/(loss)
 
23,703

 
(243
)
 
23,460

Other comprehensive income, net of tax
 
7,527

 

 
7,527

Effect of issuance of shares
 
2,307

 

 
2,307

Stock-based compensation
 
5,810

 

 
5,810

Balance as of June 30, 2013
 
$
701,672

 
$
3,068

 
$
704,740


The following table summarizes the changes in accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss) by component as of June 29, 2014:

(In thousands)
 
Foreign Currency Translation Adjustments
 
Funded Status of Benefit Plans
 
Total Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss
Balance as of December 29, 2013
 
$
12,674

 
$
(415,285
)
 
$
(402,611
)
Other comprehensive (loss)/income before reclassifications, before tax(1)
 
(582
)
 
1,660

 
1,078

Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss, before tax
 

 
11,934

 
11,934

Income tax (benefit)/expense
 
(251
)
 
5,392

 
5,141

Net current-period other comprehensive (loss)/income, net of tax
 
(331
)
 
8,202

 
7,871

Balance as of June 29, 2014
 
$
12,343

 
$
(407,083
)
 
$
(394,740
)
(1)
All amounts are shown net of noncontrolling interest.


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NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS-(Continued)
(Unaudited)

The following table summarizes the reclassifications from accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss) for the periods ended June 29, 2014:
(In thousands)
 
For the Quarter Ended June 29, 2014
 
For the Six Months Ended June 29, 2014
 
 
Detail about accumulated other comprehensive loss components
 
Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss
 
Affect line item in the statement where net income is presented
 
Funded status of benefit plans:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amortization of prior service credit(1)
 
$
(2,084
)
 
$
(4,170
)
 
Selling, general & administrative costs
Amortization of actuarial loss(1)
 
8,928

 
17,764

 
Selling, general & administrative costs
Total reclassification, before tax(2)
 
6,844

 
13,594

 
 
Income tax expense
 
2,440

 
5,141

 
Tax expense
Total reclassification, net of tax
 
$
4,404

 
$
8,453

 
 
(1)
These accumulated other comprehensive loss components are included in the computation of net periodic benefit cost for pension and other postretirement benefits. See Note 9 for additional information.
(2)
There were no reclassifications relating to noncontrolling interest for the quarter ended June 29, 2014.

NOTE 14. SEGMENT INFORMATION

We have one reportable segment that includes The New York Times, the International New York Times, NYTimes.com, international.nytimes.com and related businesses. Therefore, all required segment information can be found in the condensed consolidated financial statements.
In the fourth quarter of 2013, we completed the sale of substantially all of the assets and operating liabilities of the New England Media Group. The New England Media Group, which includes the Globe, BostonGlobe.com, Boston.com, the T&G, Telegram.com and related businesses, has been classified as a discontinued operation for all periods presented. See Note 11 for further information on the sale of the New England Media Group.
Our operating segment generated revenues principally from circulation and advertising. Other revenues primarily consisted of revenues from news services/syndication, digital archives, rental income and conferences/events.
NOTE 15. CONTINGENT LIABILITIES

Restricted Cash

We were required to maintain $29.2 million of restricted cash as of June 29, 2014 and $28.1 million as of December 29, 2013, respectively, primarily to collateralize obligations under our workers’ compensation programs. Restricted cash is included in “Miscellaneous assets” in our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.

Other
 
We are involved in various legal actions incidental to our business that are now pending against us. These actions are generally for amounts greatly in excess of the payments, if any, that may be required to be made. It is the opinion of management after reviewing these actions with our legal counsel that the ultimate liability that might result from these actions would not have a material adverse effect on our Consolidated Financial Statements.
Newspaper and Mail Deliverers – Publishers’ Pension Fund
On September 13, 2013, we received a notice and demand for payment in the amount of approximately $26.0 million from the Newspaper and Mail Deliverers - Publishers’ Pension Fund. We participate in the fund, which covers drivers employed by The New York Times. City & Suburban, a retail and newsstand distribution subsidiary and the largest contributor to the fund, ceased operations in 2009. The fund claims that the Company partially withdrew from the fund in the plan years ending May 31, 2013 and 2012, as a result of a more than 70% decline in contribution base units. We disagree with the plan determination and are disputing the claim vigorously. We do not believe that a loss is probable on this matter and have not recorded a loss contingency for the period ended June 29, 2014.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY
NOTES TO THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS-(Continued)
(Unaudited)

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
In February 2014, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”) notified us that it believed that the Company has had a triggering event under Section 4062(e) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”), with respect to The Boston Globe Retirement Plan for Employees Represented by the Boston Newspaper Guild (the “BNG” Plan) and The New York Times Companies Pension Plan on account of our sale of the New England Media Group. Under Section 4062(e), the PBGC may be entitled to protection if, as a result of a cessation of operations at a facility, more than 20% of the active participants in a plan are separated from employment. The Company, which retained all pension assets and liabilities related to New England Media Group employees, maintains that an asset sale is not a triggering event for purposes of Section 4062(e). Additionally, with respect to The New York Times Companies Pension Plan, we believe that the 20% threshold was not met.
In June 2014, the PBGC notified the Company that it had concluded there was no Section 4062(e) event with respect to The New York Times Companies Pension Plan as a result of the sale of the New England Media Group. In July 2014, the PBGC announced a moratorium until the end of 2014 on the enforcement of all Section 4062(e) cases. During this moratorium, the PBGC will cease all enforcement actions on pending matters, including the Company’s, while it engages in a reevaluation of its enforcement efforts under this provision.
If a triggering event under Section 4062(e) with respect to the BNG Plan is determined to have occurred, we would be required to place funds into an escrow account or to post a surety bond, with the escrowed funds or the bond proceeds available to the BNG Plan if it were to terminate in a distress or involuntary termination within five years of the date of the New England Media Group sale. We do not expect such a termination to occur. If the BNG Plan did not so terminate within the five-year period, any escrowed funds for that plan would be returned to the Company or the bond would be cancelled. The amount of any required escrow or bond would be based on a percentage of the BNG Plan’s unfunded benefit liabilities, computed under Section 4062(e) on a “termination basis,” which would be higher than that computed under GAAP. In lieu of establishing an escrow account with the PBGC or posting a bond, we and the PBGC can negotiate an alternate resolution of the liability, which could include making cash contributions to the BNG Plan in excess of minimum requirements.
At this time, we cannot predict the ultimate outcome of this matter, but we do not expect that the resolution of this matter will have a material adverse effect on our earnings or financial condition.
NOTE 16. SUBSEQUENT EVENT

On July 10, 2014 and August 5, 2014, we repurchased a total of approximately $14.2 million principal amount of our 6.625% Notes.

 





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

EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW
We are a global media organization that includes newspapers, digital businesses and investments in paper mills. Our current businesses include The New York Times (“The Times”), the International New York Times, NYTimes.com, international.nytimes.com and related businesses. We generate revenues principally from circulation and advertising. Other revenues primarily consist of revenues from news services/syndication, digital archives, rental income and conferences/events. Our main operating costs are employee-related costs and raw materials, primarily newsprint.
Joint venture investments accounted for under the equity method are currently as follows:
a 49% interest in a Canadian newsprint company, Donohue Malbaie Inc.; and
a 40% interest in a partnership, Madison Paper Industries, operating a supercalendered paper mill in Maine.
In the accompanying analysis of financial information, we present certain information derived from consolidated financial information but not presented in our financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. We are presenting in this report supplemental non-GAAP financial performance measures that exclude depreciation, amortization, severance, non-operating retirement costs (as discussed below) and certain identified special items, as applicable. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures, and should be read in conjunction with financial information presented on a GAAP basis. For further information and reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP items, respectively, diluted earnings per share, operating profit and operating costs, see “Results of Operations — Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”
Financial Highlights
For the second quarter of 2014, diluted earnings per share from continuing operations was $0.06 compared with $0.11 for the prior-year period. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations excluding severance, non-operating retirement costs and special items discussed below (or “adjusted diluted earnings per share,” a non-GAAP measure) for such periods was $0.07 and $0.13, respectively.
Operating profit in the second quarter of 2014 was $16.5 million compared with $46.2 million for the prior-year period. Operating profit before depreciation, amortization, severance, non-operating retirement costs and special items, discussed below, (or “adjusted operating profit,” a non-GAAP measure) for such periods was $55.7 million and $70.7 million, respectively. The decline was mainly due to an increase in operating costs, driven principally by investment spending associated with the Company’s strategic initiatives.
During the second quarter of 2014, total revenues decreased 0.6%, compared with the same prior-year period, driven by declines in advertising revenues. During the first six months of 2014, total revenues increased 1.0% compared with the same prior-year period, driven by growth in circulation revenues, partially offset by declines in advertising revenues.
Compared with the prior-year period, circulation revenues increased 1.4% in the second quarter of 2014 and 1.7% in the first six months of 2014, mainly as digital subscription initiatives and the 2014 home-delivery price increase at The Times more than offset a decline in print copies sold. Circulation revenues from our digital-only subscription packages, e-readers and replica editions increased 13.5% in the second quarter and first six months of 2014 compared with the prior-year periods. Paid subscribers to digital-only subscription packages, e-readers and replica editions totaled approximately 831,000 as of the end of the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 32,000 subscribers compared with the end of the first quarter and an increase of 19 percent compared with the end of the second quarter of 2013. This quarter, for the first time, the total digital-only count also includes paid subscribers to the Company’s newest digital products: NYT Now, Times Premier and NYT Opinion. These new products represented the majority of the growth in the number of digital subscribers.
Compared with the prior-year periods, total advertising revenues decreased 4.1% in the second quarter of 2014, as print advertising revenues decreased 6.6% and digital advertising revenues increased 3.4% compared with the same prior-year period. Total advertising revenues decreased 0.5% in the first six months of 2014, as print advertising revenues decreased 1.5% and digital advertising revenues increased 2.9% compared with the same prior-year period.
Compared with the prior-year period, other revenues increased 7.7% in the second quarter of 2014 and 4.5% in the first six months of 2014 driven by higher revenues from the online retail store, conferences and events and content licensing.

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Operating costs in the second quarter of 2014 increased 5.2% to $362.7 million compared with $344.7 million in the prior-year period. Operating costs increased 4.5% in the first six months of 2014 compared with the same prior-year period. The increase was primarily due to higher compensation, benefits expenses and marketing costs associated with the Company’s strategic initiatives and higher retirement costs, partially offset by efficiencies in customer care and print distribution. Operating costs before depreciation, amortization, severance and non-operating retirement costs discussed below (or “adjusted operating costs,” a non-GAAP measure) increased 4.0% to $333.0 million in the second quarter of 2014 compared with $320.3 million in the prior-year period.
For the remainder of 2014, we will continue to prioritize investing in achieving our long-term strategy but also intend to focus on cost structure issues as we get a better sense of the revenue potential associated with our new digital products and other strategic initiatives.
As of June 29, 2014, we had cash, cash equivalents and short- and long-term marketable securities of approximately $972 million and total debt and capital lease obligations of approximately $686 million. Accordingly, our cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities exceeded total debt and capital lease obligations by approximately $286 million. Our cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities decreased since the end of 2013, primarily due to the seasonal payment of approximately $44 million in variable compensation, the repayment of approximately $26 million of loans taken against the cash value of corporate-owned life insurance (“COLI”) policies and one-time lump-sum cash payment of approximately $24 million related to a pension settlement. We expect the repayment of the COLI loans to reduce net interest expense by approximately $1.5 million annually. Additionally, in the first six months of 2014, we contributed approximately $9 million to certain qualified pension plans and made income tax payments of approximately $8 million, offset by cash from our current operations.
On June 19, 2014, our board of directors approved a dividend of $0.04 per share on our Class A and Class B common stock that was paid on July 31, 2014, to all stockholders of record as of the close of business on July 17, 2014. This quarterly dividend has allowed us to return capital to our stockholders while also maintaining the financial flexibility necessary to continue to invest in our transformation and strategic initiatives. Given current conditions and the expectation of continued volatility in advertising revenue, as well as the early stage of our growth strategy, we believe it is in the best interests of the Company to maintain a conservative balance sheet and a prudent view of our cash flow going forward. Our board of directors will continue to evaluate the appropriate dividend level on an ongoing basis in light of our earnings, capital requirements, financial condition, restrictions in any existing indebtedness and other relevant factors.
Recent Developments
Digital Product Launches
In the second quarter of 2014, we introduced three new offerings to our digital subscription portfolio - NYT Now, NYT Opinion, and Times Premier - giving consumers a wider choice of products and services at a broader range of prices. We are assessing product performance and plan to refine some of the offers and our marketing initiatives in an effort to accelerate the rate of subscriber growth. We plan to continue to invest in our digital initiatives, largely in the areas of product development, subscriber acquisitions, product management, customer management and distribution. We anticipate that our costs in connection with our strategic initiatives will accelerate and increase by approximately $25 to $30 million in 2014 compared with 2013, totaling approximately $45 to $50 million for the full year 2014.
Non-Operating Retirement Costs
While we have made significant progress in our liability-driven investment strategy to reduce the funding volatility of our qualified pension plans, the size of our pension plan obligations relative to the size of our current operations will continue to have a significant impact on our reported financial results. We expect to continue to experience year-to-year volatility in our retirement-related costs, including pension, multiemployer pension and retiree medical costs. In 2014, we expect that our total retirement-related costs will increase to $37 million, or by approximately $19 million compared with 2013 (excluding a $6.2 million multiemployer pension plan withdrawal expense in 2013), due principally to a lower expected return on pension plan assets arising from a shift in asset mix from equity to bonds, higher interest costs, the impact of the acceleration of prior service costs due to the sale of the New England Media Group on retiree medical costs, and higher expenses associated with our multiemployer pension plan withdrawal obligations. See “Liquidity and Capital Resources” for additional information regarding our pension obligations and benefit expense.
Our retirement plan obligations have not declined proportionately with the relative size of our business over the years, since we have largely retained all pension liabilities following the sales of the New England and Regional Media Groups. As a result, volatility from year to year resulting from changes in what we refer to as our “non-operating retirement costs” may

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obscure trends in the financial performance of our operating business. Accordingly, we are presenting supplemental non-GAAP information to operating results, adjusted to exclude non-operating retirement costs.
Non-operating retirement costs include:
interest cost, expected return on plan assets and amortization of actuarial gain and loss components of pension expense;
interest cost and amortization of actuarial gain and loss components of retiree medical expense; and
all expenses associated with multiemployer pension plan withdrawal obligations.
These non-operating retirement costs are primarily tied to financial market performance and changes in market interest rates and investment performance. Non-operating retirement costs do not include service costs and amortization of prior service costs for pension and retiree medical benefits, which we believe reflect the ongoing service-related costs of providing pension benefits to our employees. We consider non-operating retirement costs to be outside the performance of our ongoing core business operations and believe that presenting operating results excluding the impact of non-operating retirement costs, in addition to our GAAP operating results, provides increased transparency and a better understanding of the underlying trends in our operating business performance. We believe this supplemental information helps clarify how the employee benefit costs of our principal plans affect our financial position and how they may affect future operating performance, allowing for a better long-term view of the business. See “Results of Operations — Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”
Outlook
We remain in a challenging business environment, reflecting an increasingly competitive and fragmented landscape, and visibility remains limited.
We expect circulation revenues to be flat in the third quarter of 2014 compared with the third quarter of 2013 as the benefit from our digital subscription initiatives and from the most recent home-delivery price increase is likely to be offset by print weakness.
We expect advertising revenue trends to remain challenging and subject to significant month-to-month volatility. In the third quarter of 2014, we expect advertising revenues to decrease in the mid-single digits compared with the third quarter of 2013, in part due to more challenging year-over-year comparisons, particularly in print. Digital advertising revenue is expected to maintain positive growth at similar levels to the first half of the year.
While we will continue to be diligent in reducing expenses and managing legacy costs going forward, we will also remain prepared to invest where appropriate, especially in light of our strategic initiatives. We expect operating costs and adjusted operating costs to each increase in the low- to mid-single digits in the third quarter of 2014 compared with the third quarter of 2013 due to continued investments associated with our strategic initiatives.
Based on assumptions made at the beginning of 2014, we expect non-operating retirement costs to be approximately $9 million in each of the third and fourth quarters of 2014.
Including the $9 million in contributions we made during the first six months of 2014, we expect to make contributions of approximately $16 million in total to our qualified pension plans in 2014 to satisfy minimum funding requirements.
We expect the following on a pre-tax basis in 2014:
Results from joint ventures: loss of $1 million to $3 million,
Depreciation and amortization: $75 to $80 million,
Interest expense, net: $53 to $57 million, and
Capital expenditures: $40 to $50 million.


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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

The following table presents our consolidated financial results.
 
 
 
For the Quarters Ended
 
For the Six Months Ended
(In thousands)
 
June 29, 2014
 
June 30, 2013
 
% Change
 
June 29, 2014
 
June 30, 2013
 
% Change
Revenues
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Circulation
 
$
209,815

 
$
206,965

 
1.4

 
$
419,538

 
$
412,447

 
1.7

Advertising
 
156,348

 
163,039

 
(4.1
)
 
315,075

 
316,577

 
(0.5
)
Other
 
22,556

 
20,953

 
7.7

 
44,514

 
42,608

 
4.5

Total revenues
 
388,719

 
390,957

 
(0.6
)
 
779,127

 
771,632

 
1.0

Operating costs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Production costs:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Raw materials
 
21,610

 
22,098

 
(2.2
)
 
43,638

 
45,849

 
(4.8
)
Wages and benefits
 
88,025

 
81,536

 
8.0

 
176,641

 
164,812

 
7.2

Other
 
48,309

 
49,435

 
(2.3
)
 
96,648

 
99,142

 
(2.5
)
Total production costs
 
157,944

 
153,069

 
3.2

 
316,927

 
309,803

 
2.3

Selling, general and administrative costs
 
185,584

 
172,914

 
7.3

 
372,308

 
349,786

 
6.4

Depreciation and amortization
 
19,169

 
18,750

 
2.2

 
39,261

 
37,688

 
4.2

Total operating costs
 
362,697

 
344,733

 
5.2

 
728,496

 
697,277

 
4.5

Early termination charge
 

 

 
N/A

 
2,550

 

 
N/A

Pension settlement charge
 
9,525

 

 
N/A

 
9,525

 

 
N/A

Operating profit
 
16,497

 
46,224

 
(64.3
)
 
38,556

 
74,355

 
(48.1
)
Income/(loss) from joint ventures
 
25

 
(405
)
 
*

 
(2,122
)
 
(3,275
)
 
(35.2
)
Interest expense, net
 
13,205

 
14,644

 
(9.8
)
 
26,506

 
28,715

 
(7.7
)
Income from continuing operations before income taxes
 
3,317

 
31,175

 
(89.4
)
 
9,928

 
42,365

 
(76.6
)
Income tax (benefit)/expense
 
(5,743
)
 
13,813

 
*

 
(1,979
)
 
18,895

 
*

Income from continuing operations
 
9,060

 
17,362

 
(47.8
)
 
11,907

 
23,470

 
(49.3
)
Income/(loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes
 

 
2,775

 
*

 
(994
)
 
(10
)
 
*

Net income
 
9,060

 
20,137

 
(55.0
)
 
10,913

 
23,460

 
(53.5
)
Net loss/(income) attributable to the noncontrolling interest
 
128

 
(6
)
 
*

 
18

 
243

 
(92.6
)
Net income attributable to The New York Times Company common stockholders
 
$
9,188

 
$
20,131

 
(54.4
)
 
$
10,931

 
$
23,703

 
(53.9
)
* Represents an increase or decrease in excess of 100%.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Revenues

Circulation Revenues

Circulation revenues are based on the number of copies of the printed newspaper (through home-delivery subscriptions and single-copy and bulk sales) and digital subscriptions sold and the rates charged to the respective customers. Total circulation revenues consist of revenues from our print and digital products, including digital-only subscription packages, e-readers and replica editions.

Circulation revenues increased in the second quarter and first six months of 2014 compared with the same prior-year periods mainly due to new and existing digital subscription initiatives and the 2014 increase in home-delivery prices at The Times, offset by a decline in print copies sold. Circulation revenues from our digital-only subscription packages, e-readers and replica editions were $41.7 million in the second quarter of 2014 and $82.0 million in the first six months of 2014, an increase of 13.5% in the second quarter and first six months of 2014, compared with prior-year periods.

Advertising Revenues
Advertising revenues are primarily determined by the volume, rate and mix of advertisements. Advertising spending, which drives a significant portion of revenues, is sensitive to economic conditions and affected by the continuing transformation of our industry.
Advertising revenues (print and digital) by category were as follows:
 
 
For the Quarters Ended
 
For the Six Months Ended
(In thousands)
 
June 29,
2014
 
June 30,
2013
 
% Change
 
June 29,
2014
 
June 30,
2013
 
% Change
National
 
$
120,675

 
$
129,056

 
(6.5
)
 
$
246,295

 
$
249,009

 
(1.1
)
Retail
 
20,276

 
18,776

 
8.0

 
39,358

 
37,426

 
5.2

Classified
 
15,397

 
15,207

 
1.2

 
29,422

 
30,142

 
(2.4
)
Total advertising
 
$
156,348

 
$
163,039

 
(4.1
)
 
$
315,075

 
$
316,577

 
(0.5
)
Below is a percentage breakdown of advertising revenues in the first six months of 2014 and 2013 (print and digital):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
First Six Months
 
National
 
Retail
 
Classified
 
Total
2014
 
78
%
 
13
%
 
9
%
 
100
%
2013
 
79
%
 
12
%
 
9
%
 
100
%
Total advertising revenues decreased 4.1% in the second quarter of 2014 and 0.5% in the first six months of 2014 compared with the same prior-year periods due to lower print advertising revenues partially offset by higher digital advertising revenues. Print advertising revenues, which represented approximately 74% of total advertising revenues, decreased 6.6% in the second quarter of 2014 and 1.5% in the first six months of 2014, mainly due to decreases in spending in the national display advertising category, partially offset by higher spending in the retail advertising category, compared with the same prior-year periods.
Digital advertising revenues increased 3.4% in the second quarter of 2014, primarily due to increases in the national display advertising category, offset by declines in the retail advertising category, compared with the same prior-year period. Digital advertising revenues increased 2.9% in the first six months of 2014, primarily due to increases in the national and retail advertising categories, offset by declines in the classified advertising category, compared with the same prior-year period.
In the second quarter of 2014, total national advertising revenues decreased mainly driven by declines in the technology, healthcare, telecommunications and entertainment categories.


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In the first six months of 2014, total national advertising revenues decreased mainly driven by declines in technology offset by increases in the telecommunications and transportation categories.

Other Revenues

Other revenues primarily consist of revenues from news services/syndication, digital archives, rental income and conferences/events. Other revenues increased 7.7% in the second quarter of 2014 and 4.5% in the first six months of 2014 compared with the same prior-year periods in 2013 driven by higher revenues from our online retail store, conferences and events and content licensing.

Operating Costs

Operating costs were as follows:
 
 
For the Quarters Ended
 
For the Six Months Ended
(In thousands)
 
June 29,
2014
 
June 30,
2013
 
% Change
 
June 29,
2014
 
June 30,
2013
 
% Change
Production costs:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Raw materials
 
$
21,610

 
$
22,098

 
(2.2
)
 
$
43,638

 
$
45,849

 
(4.8
)
Wages and benefits
 
88,025

 
81,536

 
8.0

 
176,641

 
164,812

 
7.2

Other
 
48,309

 
49,435

 
(2.3
)
 
96,648

 
99,142

 
(2.5
)
Total production costs
 
157,944

 
153,069

 
3.2

 
316,927

 
309,803

 
2.3

Selling, general and administrative costs
 
185,584

 
172,914

 
7.3

 
372,308

 
349,786

 
6.4

Depreciation and amortization
 
19,169

 
18,750

 
2.2

 
39,261

 
37,688

 
4.2

Total operating costs
 
$
362,697

 
$
344,733

 
5.2

 
$
728,496

 
$
697,277

 
4.5


Production Costs

Production costs increased in the second quarter of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013 mainly due to higher salaries and wages (approximately $5 million) and benefits expense (approximately $1 million).

Production costs increased in the first six months of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013 primarily due to higher salaries and wages (approximately $8 million) and benefits (approximately $3 million), offset in part by lower raw materials expense (approximately $2 million). Newsprint expense declined 6.0% in the first six months of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013, with 2.7% from lower consumption and 3.3% from lower pricing.


Selling, General and Administrative Costs
Selling, general and administrative costs increased in the second quarter of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013 primarily due to higher benefits (approximately $11 million) and salaries and wages (approximately $1 million). Benefits expense was higher mainly due to retirement costs.

Selling, general and administrative costs increased in the first six months of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013 primarily due to higher benefits (approximately $16 million), other compensation expense (approximately $3 million) and promotion costs (approximately $9 million), offset by lower distribution costs ($6 million). Benefits expense was higher mainly due to retirement costs. Promotion costs were higher mainly due to the launch of our new digital products and print circulation marketing. Lower distribution costs were mainly due to lower print copies sold and transportation efficiency.

Other Items

Early Termination Charge

In the first quarter of 2014, we recorded a $2.6 million charge for the early termination of a distribution agreement, which we expect will result in distribution cost savings for the Company in future periods.

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Pension Settlement Charge