Gray Reports Record Operating Results

Date : 03/01/2017 @ 6:55AM
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ATLANTA, March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Gray Television, Inc. ("Gray," "we," "us" or "our") (NYSE: GTN and GTN.A) today announces record results of operations for the full year and three-months ended December 31, 2016 (the "fourth quarter of 2016"), including record revenue, political revenue, net income and Broadcast Cash Flow (a non-GAAP financial measure, defined below). Moreover, adjusting for the impact of acquisitions, financing transactions and related costs, Gray continues to post organic revenue growth while maintaining solid expense controls. Please see our Financial Highlights, As-Reported Basis provided below.

Hilton H. Howell, Jr., Gray's Chairman and CEO, commented, "We began 2016 with the successful acquisition of the Schurz television stations. Today we are pleased to announce that we continued to grow throughout 2016, setting all-time records for total revenue, political revenue, net income and Broadcast Cash Flow. We are pleased to have reached these milestones in 2016 despite a most unexpected and challenging political season that affected both our Company and our entire industry. We believe we are positioned for continued success in 2017 and beyond."

Financial Highlights

As-Reported Basis

Our record results were as follows:

  • Total revenue increased $68.1 million, or 40%, to $237.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 when compared to the three-months ended December 31, 2015 (the "fourth quarter of 2015").
  • Political revenue was $48.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, which tied our record from the fourth quarter of 2014 and was in line with revised guidance.
  • Net income increased $20.8 million, or 139%, to $35.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Broadcast Cash Flow was $109.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, which was a 61% increase from the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Total revenue increased $215.1 million, or 36%, to $812.5 million for full year 2016 when compared to full year 2015.
  • Political revenue was $90.1 million for full year 2016 and in line with revised guidance.
  • Net income increased $23.0 million, or 58%, to $62.3 million for full year 2016 as compared to full year 2015.
  • Broadcast Cash Flow was $338.8 million for full year 2016, which was a 51% increase from full year 2015.

Combined Historical Basis

The results reported today also reflect organic revenue growth at Gray. On a Combined Historical Basis (as defined below), total revenue increased 19% and Broadcast Cash Flow increased 36% in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. In addition, on a Combined Historical Basis, our broadcast operating expenses, excluding network compensation fees, decreased in the fourth quarter of 2016 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.

The expected increases in network compensation fees were offset by increases in gross retransmission revenue. For the full year of 2016, when compared to the full year 2015 on a Combined Historical Basis, national sales commission expenses decreased by approximately $12.1 million as a result of our termination of substantially all of our national sales representation agreements at the beginning of 2016.

Other Highlights and Recent Developments

As of December 31, 2016, our Total Leverage Ratio Net of All Cash (as defined herein) was 5.06 times on a trailing eight-quarter basis.

In January 2017, we completed the acquisitions of the following television stations: WBAY (ABC) in Green Bay, Wisconsin (the "Green Bay Acquisition"); KWQC (NBC) in the Davenport, Iowa, Rock Island, Illinois, and Moline, Illinois (or "Quad Cities") television market (the "Davenport Acquisition"); and KTVF (NBC), KXDF (CBS) and KFXF (FOX) in Fairbanks, Alaska (the "Fairbanks Acquisition"). These acquisitions were completed with cash on hand.

On February 7, 2017, we amended and restated our senior credit facility to, among other things, reduce our interest rate under the term loan facility to LIBOR plus 250 basis points, increase our availability under the revolving credit facility from $60.0 million to $100.0 million, extend the maturity of the revolving credit facility to 2022 and to extend the maturity of the term loan facility to 2024. Related to the amendment and restatement of our senior credit facility, we will record a loss on extinguishment of debt of approximately $4.5 million, or $2.8 million after tax, in the first quarter of 2017.

On February 7, 2017, we announced that we anticipate receiving $90.8 million in proceeds from the FCC's recently completed reverse auction for broadcast spectrum. We do not expect any material change in operations or revenue for us or for any individual market in which we operate. We anticipate that the proceeds will be received in the second or third quarter of 2017. Due to prior planning in connection with our recently completed acquisitions, we anticipate that we will be able to defer any related income tax payments on a long-term basis.

On February 16, 2017, we announced that we had reached an agreement with Diversified Communications, Inc. to acquire two television stations: WABI (CBS/CW) in the Bangor, Maine market and WCJB (ABC/CW) in the Gainesville, Florida market (together the "Diversified Acquisition"), for $85.0 million. Subject to receipt of regulatory and other approvals, we expect to complete this transaction in the second quarter of 2017, with the use of cash on hand and, if necessary, borrowings under our senior credit facility.

Effects of Acquisitions and Divestitures on Our Results of Operations

From October 31, 2013 through December 31, 2016, we completed 19 acquisition transactions and three divestiture transactions. As more fully described in our Form 10-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today and in our prior disclosures, these transactions added a net total of 43 television stations in 25 television markets, including 20 new television markets, to our operations.

We refer to the 13 stations acquired and retained in 2016, as well as two stations in the Clarksburg, West Virginia market that we commenced operating under a local programming and marketing agreement ("LMA") in June 2016 as the "2016 Acquired Stations." During 2015, we completed six acquisitions, which collectively added seven television stations in six markets (four new markets) to our operations, and we refer to those stations as the "2015 Acquired Stations." During 2014, we completed seven acquisitions, which collectively added 22 television stations in 12 markets (10 new markets) to our operations, and we refer to those stations as the "2014 Acquired Stations." Unless the context of the following discussion requires otherwise, we refer to the 2016 Acquired Stations, the 2015 Acquired Stations and the 2014 Acquired Stations, collectively, as the "Acquired Stations." We refer to the stations acquired in the Fairbanks Acquisition, Green Bay Acquisition and Davenport Acquisition as the "2017 Acquired Stations."

Due to the significant effect that our acquisitions and divestitures have had on our results of operations, and in order to provide more meaningful period over period comparisons, we present herein certain financial information on a "Combined Historical Basis." Unless otherwise defined, Combined Historical Basis reflects financial results that have been compiled by adding Gray's historical revenue and broadcast expenses to the historical revenue and broadcast expenses of the Acquired Stations and removing the historical revenues and historical broadcast expenses of divested stations as if they had been acquired or divested, respectively, on January 1, 2014 (the beginning of the earliest period presented). In addition, our Combined Historical Basis non-GAAP terms "Broadcast Cash Flow," "Broadcast Cash Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses," "Operating Cash Flow as Defined in our Senior Credit Agreement,"  "Free Cash Flow" and "Total Leverage Ratio, Net of All Cash" give effect to the financings related to the acquisition of the Acquired Stations as if these financings occurred on January 1, 2014, and certain anticipated net expense savings resulting from the completed acquisitions. Free Cash Flow presented on a Combined Historical Basis also includes adjustments for the purchase of property and equipment and income taxes paid, net of refunds, as if the acquisition of the Acquired Stations occurred on January 1, 2014. Combined Historical Basis financial information does not reflect all purchase accounting and other adjustments required, and includes certain other amounts not included, in pro forma financial statements prepared in accordance with Regulation S-X. 

 

Selected Operating Data on As-Reported Basis (unaudited):












Three Months Ended December 31,


2016


2015


% Change
2016 to
2015


2014


% Change
2016 to
2014


(dollars in thousands)

Revenue (less agency commissions):










Total

$     237,619


$   169,487


40 %


$   177,886


34 %

Political

$       48,519


$       9,213


427 %


$     48,538


0 %











Operating expenses (1):










Broadcast

$     128,511


$   101,969


26 %


$     86,386


49 %

Corporate and administrative

$         8,922


$     11,030


(19)%


$       7,585


18 %











Net income

$       35,834


$     14,987


139 %


$     31,253


15 %











Non-GAAP Cash Flow (2):










Broadcast Cash Flow

$     109,469


$     67,849


61 %


$     91,399


20 %

Broadcast Cash Flow Less










Cash Corporate Expenses

$     101,515


$     57,609


76 %


$     84,540


20 %

Free Cash Flow

$       68,486


$     28,996


136 %


$     53,596


28 %












Year Ended December 31,


2016


2015


% Change
2016 to
2015


2014


% Change
2016 to
2014


(dollars in thousands)

Revenue (less agency commissions):










Total

$     812,465


$   597,356


36 %


$   508,134


60 %

Political

$       90,095


$     17,163


425 %


$     81,975


10 %











Operating expenses (1):










Broadcast

$     475,131


$   374,182


27 %


$   285,990


66 %

Corporate and administrative

$       40,347


$     34,343


17 %


$     29,203


38 %











Net income

$       62,273


$     39,301


58 %


$     48,061


30 %











Non-GAAP Cash Flow (2):










Broadcast Cash Flow

$     338,801


$   224,484


51 %


$   220,977


53 %

Broadcast Cash Flow Less










Cash Corporate Expenses

$     302,332


$   193,261


56 %


$   195,306


55 %

Free Cash Flow

$     148,126


$     93,984


58 %


$     95,240


56 %











(1) Excludes depreciation, amortization, and loss (gain) on disposal of assets.




(2) See definition of non-GAAP terms and reconciliation of the non-GAAP amounts to net income included elsewhere herein.

 

 

Selected Operating Data on Combined Historical Basis (unaudited):













Three Months Ended December 31,


2016


2015


% Change
2016 to
2015


2014


% Change
2016 to
2014












(dollars in thousands)

Revenue (less agency commissions):










Total

$     237,619


$   199,357


19 %


$   232,953


2 %

Political

$       48,519


$       9,667


402 %


$     65,169


(26)%











Operating expenses (1):










Broadcast

$     128,511


$   123,084


4 %


$   114,411


12 %

Corporate and administrative

$         8,922


$     11,030


(19)%


$       7,585


18 %











Non-GAAP Cash Flow (2):










Broadcast Cash Flow

$     109,497


$     80,492


36 %


$   122,075


(10)%

Broadcast Cash Flow Less










Cash Corporate Expenses

$     101,543


$     70,252


45 %


$   115,216


(12)%

Operating Cash Flow as Defined in










our Senior Credit Agreement

$     102,287


$     70,785


45 %


$   115,150


(11)%

Free Cash Flow

$       69,223


$     46,004


50 %


$     81,455


(15)%












Year Ended December 31,


2016


2015


% Change
2016 to
2015


2014


% Change
2016 to
2014












(dollars in thousands)

Revenue (less agency commissions):










Total

$     829,208


$   733,207


13 %


$   753,453


10 %

Political

$       90,762


$     18,587


388 %


$   119,007


(24)%











Operating expenses (1):










Broadcast

$     489,681


$   467,722


5 %


$   430,512


14 %

Corporate and administrative

$       40,347


$     34,343


17 %


$     29,203


38 %











Non-GAAP Cash Flow (2):










Broadcast Cash Flow

$     343,706


$   288,693


19 %


$   341,398


1 %

Broadcast Cash Flow Less










Cash Corporate Expenses

$     307,236


$   257,470


19 %


$   315,727


(3)%

Operating Cash Flow as Defined in










our Senior Credit Agreement

$     312,795


$   262,744


19 %


$   321,259


(3)%

Free Cash Flow

$     159,312


$   139,436


14 %


$   189,035


(16)%











(1) Excludes depreciation, amortization, and loss (gain) on disposal of assets.

(2) See definition of non-GAAP terms and reconciliation of the non-GAAP amounts to net income included elsewhere herein.











Reclassification of Revenue

Through 2015, we reported our local television advertising revenues and our internet/digital/mobile advertising revenues separately. In 2016, we began reporting a single line item identified as "Local (including internet/digital/mobile)" that combines our local television advertising revenues and our internet/digital/mobile advertising revenues. Because this revenue primarily originates within each local market in which we operate and is sold by the same local sales force, we believe this classification is more consistent and more representative of our operating focus, to maximize all aspects of local revenue. Prior period amounts presented herein have been reclassified to reflect our current presentation.

Results of Operations for the Fourth Quarter of 2016:

Revenue (Less Agency Commissions) on As-Reported Basis.

The table below presents our revenue (less agency commissions) by type for the fourth quarter of 2016 and 2015 (dollars in thousands):












Three Months Ended December 31,



2016


2015





Percent




Percent



Amount 


of Total


Amount 


of Total 

Revenue (less agency commissions):









Local (including internet/digital/mobile)


$     107,083


45.1%


$      94,543


55.8%

National


24,776


10.4%


23,505


13.9%

Political


48,519


20.4%


9,213


5.4%

Retransmission consent


51,965


21.9%


39,468


23.3%

Other


5,276


2.2%


2,758


1.6%

Total


$     237,619


100.0%


$    169,487


100.0%

 

Total revenue increased $68.1 million, or 40%, to $237.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. The 2016 Acquired Stations and 2015 Acquired Stations, collectively, accounted for approximately $59.6 million of our total revenue in the fourth quarter of 2016, and the 2015 Acquired Stations accounted for approximately $14.9 million of our total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015.

In addition to the total revenue contributed by the 2016 Acquired Stations and 2015 Acquired Stations, our total revenue increased in the fourth quarter of 2016, as compared to the fourth quarter of 2015, due to increases in retransmission consent revenue, resulting primarily from increased retransmission consent rates, and increases in political advertising revenue, resulting primarily from 2016 being the "on-year" of the two-year election cycle.

The changes in revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 were approximately as follows:

  • Local advertising revenue (including internet/digital/mobile) increased $12.5 million, or 13%, to $107.1 million.
  • National advertising revenue increased $1.3 million, or 5%, to $24.8 million.
  • Political advertising revenue increased $39.3 million, or 427%, to $48.5 million.
  • Retransmission consent revenue increased $12.5 million, or 32%, to $52.0 million.
  • Other revenue increased $2.5 million, or 91%, to $5.3 million.

Within our local and national advertising revenue categories, and excluding revenue from the 2016 Acquired Stations and 2015 Acquired Stations, our five largest customer categories exhibited the following approximate changes during the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015:

  • Automotive decreased less than 1%;
  • Medical decreased 6%;
  • Restaurant decreased 16%;
  • Furniture and appliances decreased 10%; and
  • Home improvement increased 2%.

Revenue (Less Agency Commissions) on Combined Historical Basis.

On a Combined Historical Basis, total revenue increased $38.3 million, or 19%, to $237.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. On a Combined Historical Basis, the changes in revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 were approximately as follows:

  • Local advertising revenue (including internet/digital/mobile) decreased $5.0 million, or 4%, to $107.1 million.
  • National advertising revenue decreased $3.6 million, or 13%, to $24.8 million.
  • Political advertising revenue increased $38.9 million, or 402%, to $48.5 million.
  • Retransmission consent revenue increased $7.7 million, or 17%, to $52.0 million.
  • Other revenue increased $0.3 million, or 7%, to $5.3 million.

Within our local and national advertising revenue types, and including revenue from the 2016 Acquired Stations and 2015 Acquired Stations, our five largest customer categories exhibited the following approximate changes in revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015:

  • Automotive decreased 1%;
  • Medical decreased 6%;
  • Restaurant decreased 13%;
  • Furniture and appliances decreased 9%; and
  • Home improvement decreased 4%.

Broadcast Operating Expenses on As-Reported Basis.

Broadcast operating expenses (before depreciation, amortization and loss (gain) on disposal of assets) increased $26.5 million, or 26%, to $128.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. The 2016 Acquired Stations and 2015 Acquired Stations, collectively, accounted for approximately $29.4 million of our broadcast operating expenses in the fourth quarter of 2016, and the 2015 Acquired Stations accounted for approximately $7.9 million of our broadcast operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2015. Including the impact of the 2016 Acquired Stations and the 2015 Acquired Stations, total retransmission expense increased $8.0 million, or 43%, to $26.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.

Excluding the impact of the 2016 Acquired Stations and the 2015 Acquired Stations:

  • Non-compensation broadcast operating expenses increased $4.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. This increase was primarily the result of an increase of $4.3 million in network programming fees, reflecting increased fees payable to networks under our affiliation agreements consistent with the growth of retransmission consent revenue. This increase was partially offset by decreased national sales commissions of $1.3 million resulting from the termination of substantially all of our national sales representation agreements at the beginning of 2016.
  • Compensation expenses increased $1.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 primarily as a result of increases in employee benefit costs. Non-cash share based compensation expenses were $0.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to $0.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Broadcast Operating Expenses on Combined Historical Basis.

On a Combined Historical Basis, broadcast operating expenses (before depreciation, amortization and loss (gain) on disposal of assets) increased $5.4 million, or 4%, to $128.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. The increase reflects, in part, the following:

  • Network program fees increased in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 by $6.0 million to $26.3 million, consistent with the growth of retransmission consent revenue. This increase was partially offset by decreased national sales commissions of $2.1 million resulting from the termination of substantially all of our national sales representation agreements at the beginning of 2016.
  • Compensation expense increased by approximately $1.2 million, or 2%, in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. Non-cash share based compensation expenses were $0.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to $0.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Corporate and Administrative Operating Expenses on As-Reported Basis.

Corporate and administrative expenses (before depreciation, amortization and loss (gain) on disposal of assets) decreased $2.1 million, or 19%, to $8.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. The decrease reflects, in part, the following:

  • Non-compensation expense decreased $1.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 primarily due to decreased professional fees related to the timing of the acquisitions of the 2016 Acquired Stations, which were completed primarily in the first quarter of 2016, compared to the acquisitions of the 2015 Acquired Stations, which were acquired primarily in the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Compensation expense decreased $0.9 million primarily due to decreases in incentive compensation costs. Non-cash share based compensation expenses were $1.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to $0.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Results of Operations for the Year Ended December 31, 2016:

Revenue (Less Agency Commissions) on As-Reported Basis. 

The table below presents our revenue (less agency commissions) by type for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively (dollars in thousands):












Year Ended December 31,



2016


2015





Percent




Percent



Amount 


of Total


Amount 


of Total 

Revenue (less agency commissions):









Local (including internet/digital/mobile)


$    403,336


49.6%


$    336,471


56.3%

National


98,351


12.1%


81,110


13.6%

Political


90,095


11.1%


17,163


2.9%

Retransmission consent


200,879


24.7%


151,957


25.4%

Other


19,804


2.5%


10,655


1.8%

Total


$    812,465


100.0%


$    597,356


100.0%

Total revenue increased $215.1 million, or 36%, to $812.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015. The 2016 Acquired Stations and 2015 Acquired Stations, collectively, accounted for approximately $187.8 million of our total revenue in the year ended December 31, 2016, and the 2015 Acquired Stations accounted for approximately $23.2 million of our total revenue for the year ended December 31, 2015.

In addition to the revenue contributed by the 2016 Acquired Stations and the 2015 Acquired Stations, our total revenue increased in the year ended December 31, 2016, as compared to the year ended December 31, 2015, primarily due to increases in retransmission consent revenue largely resulting from increased retransmission consent rates and increases in political advertising revenue. Local and national advertising revenue included approximately $1.6 million of revenue from the broadcast of the 2016 Super Bowl on our CBS channels, an increase of approximately $0.1 million from the $1.5 million of revenue from the broadcast of the 2015 Super Bowl on our NBC channels. The broadcast of the 2016 Olympic Games generated approximately $8.2 million of advertising revenue in 2016.

The changes in revenue for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015 were approximately as follows:

  • Local advertising revenue (including internet/digital/mobile) increased $66.9 million, or 20%, to $403.3 million.
  • National advertising revenue increased $17.2 million, or 21%, to $98.4 million.
  • Political advertising revenue increased $72.9 million, or 425%, to $90.1 million.
  • Retransmission consent revenue increased $48.9 million, or 32%, to $200.9 million.
  • Other revenue increased $9.1 million, or 86%, to $19.8 million.

Within our local and national advertising revenue categories, and excluding revenue from the 2016 Acquired Stations and 2015 Acquired Stations, our five largest customer categories exhibited the following approximate changes during the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015:

  • Automotive increased 2%;
  • Medical decreased 1%;
  • Restaurant decreased 9%;
  • Furniture and appliances increased 1%; and
  • Home improvement increased 6%.

Revenue (Less Agency Commissions) on Combined Historical Basis.

On a Combined Historical Basis, total revenue increased $96.0 million, or 13%, to $829.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015. The Combined Historical Basis components of revenue for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015 were approximately as follows:

  • Local advertising revenue (including internet/digital/mobile) decreased $1.3 million, or less than 1%, to $412.4 million.
  • National advertising revenue decreased $7.1 million, or 7%, to $100.7 million.
  • Political advertising revenue increased $72.2 million, or 388%, to $90.8 million.
  • Retransmission consent revenue increased $31.4 million, or 18%, to $204.6 million.
  • Other revenue increased $0.8 million, or 4%, to $20.7 million.

Within our local and national advertising revenue categories, and including revenue from the 2016 Acquired Stations and 2015 Acquired Stations, our five largest customer categories exhibited the following approximate changes in revenue during the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015:

  • Automotive increased 1%;
  • Medical decreased 1%;
  • Restaurant decreased 7%;
  • Furniture and appliances increased 4%; and
  • Home improvement increased 3%.

Broadcast Operating Expenses on As-Reported Basis.

Broadcast operating expenses (before depreciation, amortization and loss on disposal of assets) increased $100.9 million, or 27%, to $475.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015. The 2016 Acquired Stations and the 2015 Acquired Stations, collectively, accounted for approximately $103.9 million of our broadcast operating expenses in the year ended December 31, 2016, and the 2015 Acquired Stations accounted for approximately $12.5 million of our broadcast operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2015. Including the impact of the 2016 Acquired Stations and the 2015 Acquired Stations, total retransmission expense increased $27.4 million, or 39%, to $97.7 million in the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015.

Excluding the impact of the 2016 Acquired Stations and the 2015 Acquired Stations:

  • Non-compensation broadcast operating expense increased $8.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 primarily as a result of: network programming fee increases of approximately $12.5 million reflecting increased fees payable to networks under our affiliation agreements consistent with the growth of retransmission consent revenue; business and professional service fee increases of $2.3 million; software license fee increases of $1.1 million; syndicated programming expense increases of $1.2 million; and service, repair and maintenance expense increases of $1.3 million. These increases were offset in part by a decrease in national sales commissions of $10.2 million in the year ended December 31, 2016 primarily as a result of the termination of substantially all of our national sales representation agreements at the beginning of 2016.
  • Compensation expense increased $1.3 million in the year ended December 31, 2016, primarily as a result of increases in employee benefit costs. Non-cash share based compensation expenses were $1.2 million in the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to $0.9 million in the year ended December 31, 2015.

Broadcast Operating Expenses on Combined Historical Basis.

On a Combined Historical Basis, broadcast operating expenses (before depreciation, amortization and loss on disposal of assets) increased $22.0 million, or 5%, to $489.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015. This increase reflects, in part, the following:

  • Non-compensation expense in the year ended December 31, 2016 increased primarily as a result of network programming fees that increased $22.1 million to $99.8 million, consistent with the growth of the related retransmission consent revenue.
  • Non-compensation expense increases were offset, in-part, by a $12.1 million decrease in national sales commissions in the year ended December 31, 2016, as compared to the year ended December 31, 2015, resulting from our termination of substantially all of our national sales representation agreements at the beginning of 2016.
  • Compensation expense increased $6.9 million, or 3%, in the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015. Non-cash share based compensation expenses were $1.2 million in the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to $0.9 million in the year ended December 31, 2015.

Corporate and Administrative Operating Expenses on As-Reported Basis.

Corporate and administrative expenses (before depreciation, amortization and loss on disposal of assets) increased $6.0 million, or 17%, to $40.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to the year ended December 31, 2015. This increase reflects in part the following:

  • Non-compensation expense increased $5.6 million in the year ended December 31, 2016 due to $15.2 million of professional fees, primarily related to the acquisition of the 2016 Acquired Stations compared to $10.1 million of professional fees incurred in the year ended December 31, 2015, primarily related to the acquisition of the 2015 Acquired Stations.
  • Compensation expense increased $0.4 million primarily due to routine increases in salaries and wages which were offset, in-part, by reductions in severance and relocation expenses. Non-cash share based compensation expenses were $3.9 million in the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to $3.1 million in the year ended December 31, 2015.

Taxes

During the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company made aggregate federal and state income tax payments totaling $14.6 million compared to $1.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. Based on our current forecasts, we do not expect to make significant federal and state income tax payments during 2017. However, we may make significant federal and state income tax payments beginning in 2018.


Detailed table of operating results on As-Reported Basis:









Gray Television, Inc.

Selected Operating Data (Unaudited)

(in thousands except for net income per share data)








Three Months Ended


Year Ended


December 31,


December 31,










2016


2015


2016


2015









Revenue (less agency commissions)

$ 237,619


$ 169,487


$ 812,465


$ 597,356

Operating expenses before depreciation, amortization








and loss (gain) on disposal of assets, net:








Broadcast

128,511


101,969


475,131


374,182

Corporate and administrative

8,922


11,030


40,347


34,343

Depreciation

11,686


9,806


45,923


36,712

Amortization of intangible assets

4,231


3,267


16,596


11,982

 Loss (gain) on disposal of assets, net

395


(482)


329


80

Operating expenses

153,745


125,590


578,326


457,299

Operating income

83,874


43,897


234,139


140,057

Other income (expense):








Miscellaneous income, net

35


1


775


103

Interest expense

(23,766)


(18,649)


(97,236)


(74,411)

Loss from early extinguishment of debt

-


-


(31,987)


-

Income before income tax

60,143


25,249


105,691


65,749

Income tax expense

24,309


10,262


43,418


26,448

Net income

$   35,834


$   14,987


$   62,273


$   39,301









Basic per share information:








Net income

$      0.50


$      0.21


$      0.87


$      0.58

Weighted-average shares outstanding

71,845


71,638


71,848


68,330









Diluted per share information:








Net income

$      0.49


$      0.21


$      0.86


$      0.57

Weighted-average shares outstanding

72,889


72,439


72,764


68,987









Political advertising revenue (less agency commissions)

$   48,519


$     9,213


$   90,095


$   17,163









Revenue related to Olympic broadcasts (less agency








commissions)

$           -


$           -


$     8,192


$           -









 

Other Financial Data:


December 31, 2016


December 31, 2015


(in thousands)





Cash

$                   325,189


$                    97,318

Long-term debt including current portion

$                1,756,747


$               1,220,084

Borrowing availability under our senior credit facility (1)

$                     60,000


$                    50,000






Year Ended December 31,


2016


2015


(in thousands)





Net cash provided by operating activities

$                   206,633


$                  105,614

Net cash used in investing activities

(479,334)


(206,382)

Net cash provided by financing activities

500,572


167,317

Net increase in cash

$                   227,871


$                    66,549



(1)

On February 7, 2017, we amended and restated our senior credit facility to, among other things, increase our
availability under the revolving credit facility from $60.0 million to $100.0 million.

 

Guidance for the Quarter Ending March 31, 2017 (the "first quarter of 2017"):  

Based on our current forecasts for the first quarter of 2017, we anticipate the changes from the three-months ended March 31, 2016 (the "first quarter of 2016") as outlined below. Our estimates for the first quarter of 2017 include approximately $10.7 million of revenue and $6.8 million of broadcast operating expense estimated to be contributed by the 2017 Acquired Stations.



Low End


% Change


High End


% Change





Guidance for


From


Guidance for


From


Actual



the First


Actual First


the First


Actual First


First



Quarter of


Quarter of


Quarter of


Quarter of


Quarter of

Selected operating data:


2017


2016


2017


2016


2016



(dollars in thousands)

OPERATING REVENUE:











Revenue (less agency commissions)


$   192,000


11 %


$   196,000


13 %


$ 173,723












OPERATING EXPENSES











(before depreciation, amortization and










loss (gain) on disposals of assets):











Broadcast


$   136,000


25 %


$   138,000


27 %


$ 108,568

Corporate and administrative


$      8,500


(46)%


$      9,500


(39)%


$  15,678












OTHER SELECTED DATA:











Political advertising revenue











(less agency commissions)


$         500


(95)%


$      1,000


(90)%


$    9,655

 

Comments on First Quarter 2017 Guidance: 

First Quarter of 2017 on As-Reported Basis:

Revenue on As-Reported Basis.

Based on our current forecasts for the first quarter of 2017, we anticipate the changes from the first quarter of 2016 as outlined below:

  • We believe our first quarter of 2017 local advertising revenue, excluding political advertising revenue, will increase within a range of approximately 9% to 12%.
  • We expect our first quarter of 2017 national advertising revenue, excluding political advertising revenue, will increase within a range of approximately 6% to 8%.
  • We believe our first quarter of 2017 political revenue will be within a range of approximately $0.5 million to $1.0 million. Our first quarter of 2015 political revenue was approximately $1.2 million.
  • We believe our first quarter of 2017 retransmission consent revenue will be approximately $66.0 million.

We also anticipate that local and national advertising revenue from the broadcast of the 2017 Super Bowl on our FOX-affiliated stations will be approximately $0.6 million, compared to $1.6 million that we earned from the broadcast of the 2016 Super Bowl on our CBS-affiliated stations. Our portfolio of CBS-affiliated stations is much larger and these CBS-affiliated stations serve larger television markets than our portfolio of FOX-affiliated stations.

Broadcast Operating Expenses (before depreciation, amortization and loss (gain) on disposal of assets) on As-Reported Basis.

For the first quarter of 2017, we anticipate our broadcast operating expenses will increase from the first quarter of 2016, reflecting a $30.2 million incremental impact of the 2016 Acquired Stations and the 2017 Acquired Stations, as well as the anticipated increases in payroll and related employee benefits. We anticipate that our broadcast operating expenses will also reflect increases in network programming fees of approximately $9.8 million (to a total of approximately $32.1 million for the first quarter of 2017). Non-cash share based compensation expenses included in broadcast operating expenses are expected to be $0.3 million in the first quarter of 2017.

Corporate and Administrative Operating Expenses (before depreciation, amortization and loss (gain) on disposal of assets) on As-Reported Basis.

 For the first quarter of 2017, we anticipate our corporate and administrative operating expense will decrease to within a range of approximately $8.5 million to $9.5 million, reflecting an anticipated decrease from the first quarter of 2016 of approximately $7.0 million as a result of higher acquisition related expenses in 2016. Non-cash share based compensation expenses included in corporate and administrative operating expenses are expected to be $1.1 million in the first quarter of 2017.

Loss on Extinguishment of Debt

We will record a loss on extinguishment of debt of approximately $4.5 million, or $2.8 million after tax, in the first quarter of 2017, related to the amendment and restatement of our senior credit facility.

First Quarter of 2017 on Combined Historical Basis:

Based on our current forecasts for the first quarter of 2017, we anticipate the changes from the first quarter of 2016 on a Combined Historical Basis, as outlined below. For the purposes hereof, our Combined Historical Basis for the first quarter of 2016 has been adjusted to give effect to the 2016 Acquired Stations and the 2017 Acquired Stations.

Revenue on Combined Historical Basis:

  • We believe our first quarter of 2017 total revenue will be within a range of approximately $194.0 million to $198.0 million (or approximately -4% to -6%).
  • We believe our first quarter of 2017 local advertising revenue, excluding political advertising revenue, will be within a range of approximately $98.5 million to $101.0 million (or approximately -4% to -6%).
  • We expect our first quarter of 2017 national advertising revenue, excluding political advertising revenue, will be within a range of approximately $23.5 million to $24.0 million (or approximately -11% to -13%).
  • We believe our first quarter of 2017 political advertising revenue will be within a range of approximately $0.5 million to $1.0 million compared to $13.7 million in the first quarter of 2016.
  • We believe our first quarter of 2017 retransmission consent revenue will be approximately $67.0 million (or approximately +23%).

We also anticipate that local and national advertising revenue from the broadcast of the 2017 Super Bowl on our FOX-affiliated stations will be approximately $0.6 million, compared to $2.1 million that we earned from the broadcast of the 2016 Super Bowl on our CBS-affiliated stations. Our portfolio of CBS-affiliated stations is much larger and these CBS-affiliated stations serve larger television markets than our portfolio of FOX-affiliated stations.

Broadcast Operating Expenses (before depreciation, amortization and loss (gain) on disposal of assets) on Combined Historical Basis: 

Our total broadcast operating expenses for the first quarter of 2017 are anticipated to increase from the first quarter of 2016 on a Combined Historical Basis by approximately $6.1 million to $8.1 million to total approximately $137.0 million to $139.0 million. This increase reflects expected increases of $6.5 million in network programming fees to approximately $32.6 million in the first quarter of 2017. Consistent with our strategy, and the realization of our operating synergies, we believe that our Combined Historical Basis broadcast compensation costs will increase by approximately $1.0 million, or 1%, in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the first quarter of 2016.

Non-GAAP Terms

From time to time, Gray supplements its financial results prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP") by disclosing the non-GAAP financial measures Broadcast Cash Flow, Broadcast Cash Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses, Operating Cash Flow as defined in Gray's Senior Credit Agreement ("Operating Cash Flow"), Free Cash Flow and Total Leverage Ratio, Net of All Cash. These non-GAAP amounts are used by us to approximate the amount used to calculate key financial performance covenants contained in our debt agreements and are used with our GAAP data to evaluate our results and liquidity. These non-GAAP amounts may be provided on an As-Reported Basis as well as a Combined Historical Basis.

We define Broadcast Cash Flow as net income plus loss from early extinguishment of debt, corporate and administrative expenses, broadcast non-cash stock based compensation, depreciation and amortization (including amortization of intangible assets and program broadcast rights), any loss on disposal of assets, any miscellaneous expense, interest expense, any income tax expense, non-cash 401(k) expense less any gain on disposal of assets, any miscellaneous income, any income tax benefits, payments for program broadcast obligations and network compensation revenue.

We define Broadcast Cash Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses as net income plus loss from early extinguishment of debt, non-cash stock based compensation, depreciation and amortization (including amortization of intangible assets and program broadcast rights), any loss on disposal of assets, any miscellaneous expense, interest expense, any income tax expense, and non-cash 401(k) expense, less any gain on disposal of assets, any miscellaneous income, any income tax benefits, payments for program broadcast obligations and network compensation revenue.

We define Operating Cash Flow as Combined Historical Basis net income plus loss from early extinguishment of debt, non-cash stock based compensation, depreciation and amortization (including amortization of intangible assets and program broadcast rights), any loss on disposal of assets, any miscellaneous expense, interest expense, any income tax expense, non-cash 401(k) expense and pension expenses less any gain on disposal of assets, any miscellaneous income, any income tax benefits, payments for program broadcast obligations, network compensation revenue and cash contributions to pension plans.

We define Free Cash Flow as net income plus loss from early extinguishment of debt, non-cash stock based compensation, depreciation and amortization (including amortization of intangible assets and program broadcast rights), any loss on disposal of assets, any miscellaneous expense, amortization of deferred financing costs, any income tax expense, non-cash 401(k) expense and pension expense, less any gain on disposal of assets, any miscellaneous income, any income tax benefits, payments for program broadcast obligations, network compensation revenue, contributions to pension plans, amortization of original issue discount on our debt, capital expenditures (net of any insurance proceeds) and the payment of income taxes (net of any refunds received).

Our Total Leverage Ratio, Net of All Cash is calculated as our Operating Cash Flow for the preceding eight quarters, divided by two, which is then divided by our long term debt, excluding net premiums and net deferred financing costs, but including any other debt, net of all cash.

These non-GAAP terms are not defined in GAAP and our definitions may differ from, and therefore not be comparable to, similarly titled measures used by other companies, thereby limiting their usefulness. Such terms are used by management in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP and should be considered as supplements to, and not as substitutes for, net income and cash flows reported in accordance with GAAP.

Reconciliation on As-Reported Basis - Quarter:

Reconciliation of net income to the non-GAAP terms, in thousands:


Three Months Ended


December 31,


2016


2015


2014







Net income

$     35,834


$  14,987


$  31,253

Adjustments to reconcile from net income to 






  Broadcast Cash Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses:






Depreciation

11,686


9,806


8,650

Amortization of intangible assets

4,231


3,267


3,006

Non-cash stock based compensation

1,274


1,009


980

Loss (gain) on disposal of assets, net

395


(482)


238

Miscellaneous income, net

(36)


(1)


(9)

Interest expense

23,766


18,649


19,195

Loss from early extinguishment of debt

-


-


189

Income tax expense

24,309


10,262


21,393

Amortization of program broadcast rights

4,975


4,123


3,644

Common stock contributed to 401(k) plan 






excluding corporate 401(k) contributions

8


7


7

Network compensation revenue recognized

-


-


(113)

Payments for program broadcast rights

(4,927)


(4,018)


(3,893)

Corporate and administrative expenses excluding 






depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and






non-cash stock based compensation

7,954


10,240


6,859

Broadcast Cash Flow

109,469


67,849


91,399

Corporate and administrative expenses excluding 






depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and






non-cash stock based compensation

(7,954)


(10,240)


(6,859)

Broadcast Cash Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses

101,515


57,609


84,540

Pension expense

45


17


1,515

Contributions to pension plans

(10)


(1,505)


(2,057)

Interest expense

(23,766)


(18,649)


(19,195)

Amortization of deferred financing costs

1,220


798


812

Net amortization of original issue (premium) discount






on senior notes

(153)


(216)


(216)

Purchase of property and equipment

(10,366)


(8,972)


(11,763)

Income taxes received (paid), net of refunds

1


(86)


(40)

Free Cash Flow

$     68,486


$  28,996


$  53,596

 

Reconciliation on As-Reported Basis – Full Year:

Reconciliation of net income to the non-GAAP terms, in thousands:



Year Ended


December 31,


2016


2015


2014







Net income

$  62,273


$  39,301


$  48,061

Adjustments to reconcile from net income to 






  Broadcast Cash Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses:






Depreciation

45,923


36,712


30,248

Amortization of intangible assets

16,596


11,982


8,297

Non-cash stock based compensation

5,101


4,020


5,012

Loss on disposal of assets, net

329


80


623

Miscellaneous income, net

(775)


(103)


(23)

Interest expense

97,236


74,411


68,913

Loss from early extinguishment of debt

31,987


-


5,086

Income tax expense

43,418


26,448


31,736

Amortization of program broadcast rights

19,001


14,960


12,871

Common stock contributed to 401(k) plan 






excluding corporate 401(k) contributions

29


26


25

Network compensation revenue recognized

-


-


(456)

Payments for program broadcast rights

(18,786)


(14,576)


(15,087)

Corporate and administrative expenses excluding 






depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and






non-cash stock based compensation

36,469


31,223


25,671

Broadcast Cash Flow

338,801


224,484


220,977

Corporate and administrative expenses excluding 






depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and






non-cash stock based compensation

(36,469)


(31,223)


(25,671)

Broadcast Cash Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses

302,332


193,261


195,306

Pension expense

165


4,207


6,126

Contributions to pension plans

(3,048)


(5,421)


(6,770)

Interest expense

(97,236)


(74,411)


(68,913)

Amortization of deferred financing costs

4,884


3,194


2,970

Net amortization of original issue (premium) discount






on senior notes

(779)


(863)


(863)

Purchase of property and equipment

(43,604)


(24,222)


(32,215)

Income taxes paid, net of refunds

(14,588)


(1,761)


(401)

Free Cash Flow

$148,126


$  93,984


$  95,240

 

Reconciliation on Combined Historical Basis - Quarter:

Reconciliation of net income to the non-GAAP terms, in thousands:



Three Months Ended


December 31,


2016


2015


2014



Net income

$          35,834


$          17,138


$          49,896

Adjustments to reconcile from net income to Broadcast Cash






  Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses:






Depreciation

11,686


11,912


9,707

Amortization of intangible assets

4,231


4,983


4,812

Non-cash stock-based compensation

1,274


1,009


980

Loss (gain) on disposal of assets, net

395


(424)


126

Miscellaneous expense (income), net

(36)


(40)


(3,445)

Interest expense

23,766


23,364


24,290

Loss from early extinguishment of debt

-


-


189

Income tax expense

24,309


8,526


23,646

Amortization of program broadcast rights

4,975


4,123


3,669

Common stock contributed to 401(k) plan 






excluding corporate 401(k) contributions

8


7


7

Network compensation revenue recognized

-


-


(113)

Payments for program broadcast rights

(4,927)


(4,018)


(3,914)

Corporate and administrative expenses excluding






depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and 






non-cash stock-based compensation

7,954


10,240


6,859

Other

28


3,672


5,366

Broadcast Cash Flow

109,497


80,492


122,075

Corporate and administrative expenses excluding






depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and 






non-cash stock-based compensation

(7,954)


(10,240)


(6,859)

Broadcast Cash Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses

101,543


70,252


115,216

Pension expense

45


17


1,515

Contributions to pension plans

(10)


(1,505)


(2,057)

Other

709


2,021


476

Operating Cash Flow as Defined in Senior Credit Facility

102,287


70,785


115,150

Interest expense

(23,766)


(23,364)


(24,290)

Amortization of deferred financing costs

1,220


798


812

Net amortization of original issue (premium) discount

 . 





on senior notes

(153)


(215)


(217)

Purchase of property and equipment

(10,366)


(750)


(8,750)

Income taxes received (paid), net of refunds

1


(1,250)


(1,250)

Free Cash Flow

$          69,223


$          46,004


$          81,455

 

Reconciliation on Combined Historical Basis – Full Year:

Reconciliation of net income to the non-GAAP terms, in thousands:


Year Ended


December 31,


2016


2015


2014



Net income

$          60,659


$          51,903


$        100,628

Adjustments to reconcile from net income to Broadcast Cash






  Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses:






Depreciation

46,668


46,531


43,503

Amortization of intangible assets

17,438


18,827


15,262

Non-cash stock-based compensation

5,101


4,020


5,012

Loss on disposal of assets, net

545


757


876

Miscellaneous expense (income), net

(806)


(9)


(279)

Interest expense

99,396


93,639


94,331

Loss from early extinguishment of debt

31,987


-


5,086

Income tax expense

43,304


19,980


32,495

Amortization of program broadcast rights

19,001


14,960


13,004

Common stock contributed to 401(k) plan 






excluding corporate 401(k) contributions

29


26


25

Network compensation revenue recognized

-


-


(456)

Payments for program broadcast rights

(18,786)


(14,576)


(15,153)

Corporate and administrative expenses excluding






depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and 






non-cash stock-based compensation

36,470


31,223


25,671

Other

2,700


21,412


21,393

Broadcast Cash Flow

343,706


288,693


341,398

Corporate and administrative expenses excluding






depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and 






non-cash stock-based compensation

(36,470)


(31,223)


(25,671)

Broadcast Cash Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses

307,236


257,470


315,727

Pension expense

165


4,207


6,126

Contributions to pension plans

(3,048)


(5,421)


(6,770)

Other

8,442


6,488


6,176

Operating Cash Flow as Defined in Senior Credit Facility

312,795


262,744


321,259

Interest expense

(99,396)


(93,639)


(94,331)

Amortization of deferred financing costs

4,884


3,194


2,970

Net amortization of original issue (premium) discount






on senior notes

(779)


(863)


(863)

Purchase of property and equipment

(43,604)


(27,000)


(35,000)

Income taxes paid, net of refunds

(14,588)


(5,000)


(5,000)

Free Cash Flow

$        159,312


$        139,436


$        189,035

 

Reconciliation of Total Leverage Ratio, Net of All Cash:

Reconciliation of net income to the non-GAAP term, in thousands except for ratio:





Combined Historical Basis Operating Cash Flow


Eight Quarters
Ended

as defined in the Senior Credit Agreement:


December 31, 2016




Net income


$                  112,562

Adjustments to reconcile from net income to Broadcast Cash



  Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses:



Depreciation


93,199

Amortization of intangible assets


36,265

Non-cash stock-based compensation


9,121

Loss on disposal of assets, net


1,302

Miscellaneous income, net


(815)

Interest expense


193,035

Loss from early extinguishment of debt


31,987

Income tax expense


63,284

Amortization of program broadcast rights


33,961

Common stock contributed to 401(k) plan 



excluding corporate 401(k) contributions


55

Payments for program broadcast rights


(33,362)

Corporate and administrative expenses before depreciation, amortization



of intangible assets and non-cash stock-based compensation


67,693

Other


24,112

Broadcast Cash Flow


632,399

Corporate and administrative expenses before depreciation, amortization



depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and 



non-cash stock-based compensation


(67,693)

Broadcast Cash Flow Less Cash Corporate Expenses


564,706

Pension expense


4,372

Contributions to pension plans


(8,469)

Other


14,930

Operating Cash Flow as defined in Senior Credit Agreement


$                575,539

Operating Cash Flow as defined in Senior Credit 



Agreement, divided by two


$                287,770






December 31, 2016

Adjusted Total Indebtedness:



Long term debt


$               1,756,747

Capital leases and other debt


680

Total deferred financing costs, net


30,488

Premium on subordinated debt, net


(5,797)

Cash


(325,189)

Adjusted Total Indebtedness, Net of All Cash


$             1,456,929

Total Leverage Ratio, Net of All Cash


5.06

The Company

We are a television broadcast company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, that owns and operates television stations and leading digital assets in markets throughout the United States. We own and/or operate television stations in 54 television markets that broadcast over 200 separate program streams, including 37 channels affiliated with CBS, 29 channels affiliated with NBC, 20 channels affiliated with ABC and 15 channels affiliated with FOX. We own the number-one or number-two ranked television station operations in 52 of those 54 markets. Our stations reach approximately 10.1 percent of total United States television households. 

Cautionary Statements for Purposes of the "Safe Harbor" Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act

This press release contains statements that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the federal securities laws. These "forward-looking statements" are not statements of historical facts, and may include, among other things, statements regarding our current expectations and beliefs of operating results for the first quarter of 2017 or other periods, the impact of recently completed transactions, future expenses and other future events. Actual results are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties and may differ materially from the current expectations and beliefs discussed in this press release. All information set forth in this release is as of March 1, 2017. We do not intend, and undertake no duty, to update this information to reflect future events or circumstances. Information about certain potential factors that could affect our business and financial results and cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements are included under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and may be contained in reports subsequently filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and available at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.

Conference Call Information

We will host a conference call to discuss our fourth quarter operating results on March 1, 2017. The call will begin at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The live dial-in number is 1 (888) 684-1259 and the confirmation code is 4067229. The call will be webcast live and available for replay at www.gray.tv. The taped replay of the conference call will be available at 1 (888) 203-1112, Confirmation Code: 4067229 until March 31, 2017.

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SOURCE Gray Television, Inc.

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