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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 10-Q
[ X ]
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES
EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended June 29, 2014 
 
OR
[ ]
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES
EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 

Commission File No. 001-36230 
Tribune Publishing Company
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter) 
Delaware
 
38-3919441
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. employer
identification no.)
 
 
 
435 North Michigan Avenue
 
 
Chicago Illinois
 
60611
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (312) 222-9100
 
Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report.
None

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the 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 ___  No  X
 
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   

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, or a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act:
Large accelerated filer ____
 
Accelerated filer ____
Non-accelerated filer   X   
 
Smaller reporting company ____
 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).  Yes __  No  X
 
Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.

Class
 
Outstanding at August 19, 2014
Common Stock, $0.01 par value
 
25,427,585







 
 
TRIBUNE PUBLISHING COMPANY
 
 
 
 
FORM 10-Q
 
 
 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 
 
 
 
 
Page
 
 
 
 
 
PART I
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 1.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 2.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 3.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 4.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PART II
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 1.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 1A.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 2.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 3.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 4.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 5.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 6.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1




CAUTIONARY STATEMENT CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
The statements contained in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, as well as the information contained in the notes to our combined financial statements, include certain forward-looking statements that are based largely on our current expectations and reflect various estimates and assumptions by us. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results and achievements to differ materially from those expressed in such forward looking statements. Such risks, trends and uncertainties, which in some instances are beyond our control, include: competition and other economic conditions including fragmentation of the media landscape and competition from other media alternatives; changes in advertising demand, circulation levels and audience shares; our ability to develop and grow our online businesses; our reliance on revenue from printing and distributing third-party publications; changes in newsprint prices; macroeconomic trends and conditions; our reliance on third-party vendors for various services; our ability to adapt to technological changes; adverse results from litigation, governmental investigations or tax-related proceedings or audits; our ability to realize benefits or synergies from acquisitions or divestitures or to operate our businesses effectively following acquisitions or divestitures; our ability to attract and retain employees; our ability to satisfy pension and other postretirement employee benefit obligations; changes in accounting standards; the effect of labor strikes, lockouts and labor negotiations; regulatory and judicial rulings; our indebtedness and ability to comply with debt covenants applicable to our debt facilities; our adoption of fresh-start reporting which has caused our combined financial statements for periods subsequent to December 31, 2012 to not be comparable to prior periods; our ability to satisfy future capital and liquidity requirements; and our ability to access the credit and capital markets at the times and in the amounts needed and on acceptable terms. For more information about these and other risks, see "Risk Factors" in the information statement filed as Exhibit 99.1 to the Company's registration statement on Form 10, as amended, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 21, 2014.
The words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “could,” “should,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “seek” and similar expressions generally identify forward looking statements. However, such words are not the exclusive means for identifying forward-looking statements, and their absence does not mean that the statement is not forward looking. Whether or not any such forward-looking statements are, in fact, achieved will depend on future events, some of which are beyond our control. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are being made as of the date of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

2




PART I.
Item 1.    Financial Statements
TRIBUNE PUBLISHING COMPANY
COMBINED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(In thousands of dollars, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
 
Successor
 
 
Predecessor
 
 
Three months ended
 
Six months ended
 
 
 
 
 
June 29, 2014
 
June 30, 2013
 
June 29, 2014
 
June 30, 2013
 
 
December 31, 2012
Operating revenue
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Advertising
 
$
242,131

 
$
260,538

 
$
475,166

 
$
512,517

 
 
$

Circulation
 
109,010

 
106,518

 
216,317

 
213,632

 
 

Other
 
78,782

 
79,804

 
154,962

 
161,224

 
 

Total operating revenues
 
429,923

 
446,860

 
846,445

 
887,373

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cost of sales (exclusive of items shown below)
 
246,281

 
253,628

 
493,804

 
513,576

 
 

Selling, general and administrative
 
154,116

 
146,823

 
297,998

 
282,775

 
 

Depreciation
 
2,894

 
5,694

 
5,634

 
10,970

 
 

Amortization
 
1,621

 
1,616

 
3,227

 
3,300

 
 

Total operating expenses
 
404,912

 
407,761

 
800,663

 
810,621

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income from operations
 
25,011

 
39,099

 
45,782

 
76,752

 
 

Loss on equity investments, net
 
(294
)
 
(297
)
 
(629
)
 
(648
)
 
 

Gain on investment transaction
 
1,484

 

 
1,484

 

 
 

Interest income (expense), net
 
(53
)
 
(1
)
 
(55
)
 
12

 
 

Reorganization items, net
 

 
(261
)
 
(9
)
 
(203
)
 
 
2,754,553

Income Before Income Taxes
 
26,148

 
38,540

 
46,573

 
75,913

 
 
2,754,553

Income tax expense (benefit)
 
10,945

 
16,614

 
19,598

 
32,794

 
 
(87,773
)
Net Income
 
$
15,203

 
$
21,926

 
$
26,975

 
$
43,119

 
 
$
2,842,326

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Taxes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unrecognized benefit plan gains and losses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Change in unrecognized benefit plan gain arising during the period, net of taxes of $866
 
$
(1,326
)
 
$

 
$
(1,326
)
 
$

 
 
$

Fresh-start reporting adjustment included in net income to eliminate Predecessor's accumulated other comprehensive income, net of taxes of $6,440
 

 

 

 

 
 
(27,158
)
Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), Net of Taxes
 
(1,326
)
 

 
(1,326
)
 

 
 
(27,158
)
Comprehensive Income
 
$
13,877

 
$
21,926

 
$
25,649

 
$
43,119

 
 
$
2,815,168

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net Income per share - basic and diluted
 
$
0.60

 
$
0.86

 
$
1.06

 
$
1.70

 
 
$

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic and diluted
 
25,424

 
25,424

 
25,424

 
25,424

 
 
25,424



The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited combined financial statements.

3




TRIBUNE PUBLISHING COMPANY
COMBINED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
 
June 29, 2014
 
December 29, 2013
Assets
 
 
 
 
Current assets
 
 
 
 
Cash
 
$
12,538

 
$
9,694

Accounts receivable (net of allowances of $11,865 and $12,856)
 
210,210

 
251,636

Inventories
 
16,074

 
14,222

Deferred income taxes
 
33,800

 
37,371

Prepaid expenses and other
 
13,927

 
13,570

Total current assets
 
286,549

 
326,493


 
 
 
 
Property, plant and equipment
 
 
 
 
Property, plant and equipment
 
87,935

 
83,901

Accumulated depreciation
 
(21,611
)
 
(15,973
)
Property, plant and equipment, net
 
66,324

 
67,928

 
 
 
 
 
Other Assets
 
 
 
 
Goodwill
 
35,444

 
15,331

Intangible assets, net
 
74,264

 
60,482

Investments
 
1,921

 
2,799

Deferred income taxes
 
33,698

 
39,587

Other
 
4,328

 
1,746

Total other assets
 
149,655

 
119,945

 
 
 
 
 
Total assets
 
$
502,528

 
$
514,366

 
 
 
 
 
Liabilities and Equity
 
 
 
 
Current Liabilities
 
 
 
 
Accounts payable
 
$
46,126

 
$
36,329

Employee compensation and benefits
 
89,716

 
103,351

Deferred revenue
 
78,025

 
67,934

Other
 
19,926

 
20,866

Total current liabilities
 
233,793

 
228,480

 
 
 
 
 
Non-Current Liabilities
 
 
 
 
Deferred revenue
 
6,139

 
7,015

Postretirement medical, life and other benefits
 
39,973

 
45,373

Other obligations
 
11,480

 
8,673

Total non-current liabilities
 
57,592

 
61,061

 
 
 
 
 
Total Equity
 
211,143

 
224,825

 
 
 
 
 
Total liabilities and equity
 
$
502,528

 
$
514,366



The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited combined financial statements.

4




TRIBUNE PUBLISHING COMPANY
COMBINED STATEMENT OF EQUITY
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

 
 
Parent Company
Investment
 
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
 
Total Equity
Balance at December 29, 2013
 
$
225,135

 
$
(310
)
 
$
224,825

Transactions with Tribune Media Company and Tribune Affiliates, net
 
(39,331
)
 

 
(39,331
)
Comprehensive income (loss)
 
26,975

 
(1,326
)
 
25,649

Balance at June 29, 2014
 
$
212,779

 
$
(1,636
)
 
$
211,143




The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited combined financial statements.

5




TRIBUNE PUBLISHING COMPANY
COMBINED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
 
Successor
 
 
Predecessor
 
 
Six Months Ended
 
 
December 30, 2012
 
 
June 29, 2014
 
June 30, 2013
 
 
Operating Activities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
 
$
26,975

 
$
43,119

 
 
$
2,842,326

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Depreciation
 
5,634

 
10,970

 
 

Amortization of intangible assets
 
3,227

 
3,300

 
 

Amortization of contract intangible liabilities
 
(84
)
 
(109
)
 
 

Loss on equity investments, net
 
629

 
648

 
 

Gain on fixed asset sales
 
(1,242
)
 
(100
)
 
 

Non-cash gain on investment transaction
 
(1,484
)
 

 
 

Non-cash reorganization items, net
 

 
(98
)
 
 
(2,756,494
)
Changes in working capital items, excluding effects from acquisitions:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Accounts receivable, net
 
44,376

 
61,624

 
 

Inventories
 
1,920

 
3,052

 
 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
 
(2,589
)
 
2,388

 
 

Accounts payable, employee compensation and benefits, deferred revenue and other current liabilities
 
(2,254
)
 
(20,058
)
 
 
8,381

Non-current deferred revenue
 
(877
)
 
(1,802
)
 
 

Deferred income taxes
 
9,461

 
11,682

 
 
(94,213
)
Postretirement medical, life and other benefits
 
(6,726
)
 
(284
)
 
 

Other, net
 
106

 
2,284

 
 

Net cash provided by operating activities
 
77,072

 
116,616

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Investing Activities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Capital expenditures
 
(3,189
)
 
(12,651
)
 
 

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired
 
(32,282
)
 

 
 

Proceeds from sale of fixed assets
 
1,583

 

 
 

Investments
 
(1,500
)
 
(106
)
 
 

Distributions from equity investments
 
491

 

 
 

Net cash used for investing activities
 
(34,897
)
 
(12,757
)
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Financing Activities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Repayments of capital lease obligations
 

 
(138
)
 
 

Transactions with Tribune Media Company and Tribune Affiliates, net
 
(39,331
)
 
(102,257
)
 
 

Net cash used for financing activities
 
(39,331
)
 
(102,395
)
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net increase in cash
 
2,844

 
1,464

 
 

Cash, beginning of period
 
9,694

 
13,768

 
 
13,768

Cash, end of period
 
$
12,538

 
$
15,232

 
 
$
13,768


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited combined financial statements.

6

TRIBUNE PUBLISHING COMPANY
NOTES TO THE COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Unaudited)



NOTE 1: DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION
Business Operations-The accompanying combined financial statements include the accounts of Tribune Publishing Company (collectively, the “Company” or “Tribune Publishing”), a business representing the principal publishing operations of Tribune Media Company, formerly Tribune Company, (collectively “Tribune”) prior to the August 4, 2014 separation of the Company from Tribune, as described below. Tribune Publishing’s operations are comprised of the direct and indirect subsidiaries of Tribune Publishing Company, LLC (“TPC”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tribune prior to the separation, and certain other assets of Tribune and its non-Tribune Publishing subsidiaries (“Tribune Affiliates”) as further described below. TPC, formerly known as Tribune Publishing Company, was converted into a limited liability company in connection with the restructuring transactions described below. In addition, certain direct and indirect subsidiaries were formed or became owned by TPC as a result of these restructuring transactions.
Tribune Publishing’s operations are located in eight major-markets and consist of ten daily newspapers and related businesses, distribution of preprinted insert advertisements, commercial printing and delivery services to other newspapers, distribution of syndicated content and management of the websites of Tribune’s daily newspapers, along with other branded products that target specific areas of interest. The daily newspapers published by Tribune Publishing are the Los Angeles Times; the Chicago Tribune; the Sun Sentinel; the Orlando Sentinel; The Baltimore Sun; The Capital; the Carroll County Times; the Hartford Courant; The Morning Call, serving Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley; and the Daily Press, serving the Virginia Peninsula. Tribune Publishing’s operations also include Blue Lynx Media, LLC (“BLM”) which operates a shared service center for the benefit of Tribune and its subsidiaries, including the subsidiaries of Tribune Publishing; a 50% equity interest in CIPS Marketing Group, Inc. (“CIPS”); a 33% equity interest in Homefinder.com, LLC (“Homefinder”); and a 35% equity interest in Locality Labs, LLC (“Locality Labs”), formerly known as Journatic, LLC, which Tribune retained following the separation of Tribune Publishing from Tribune (see “Separation from Tribune Media Company" and "Basis of Presentation” discussion below). In May 2014, Tribune Publishing acquired the outstanding 50% interest in McClatchy/Tribune Information Services ("MCT"). See Note 5 for additional information on the acquisition.
Separation from Tribune Media Company-On July 10, 2013, Tribune announced its plan to spin-off its principal publishing operations into an independent company, Tribune Publishing. The spin-off was completed on August 4, 2014. The transaction was in the form of a pro rata distribution of 98.5% of the common stock of Tribune Publishing to holders of Tribune common stock and warrants. In 2013, Tribune also contributed to Tribune Publishing its interests in Blue Lynx Media, LLC, formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tribune which operates a shared service center for the benefit of Tribune and its subsidiaries, including the subsidiaries of Tribune Publishing, and its equity interests in Homefinder. See Note 14 for further information.
Basis of Presentation-Tribune Publishing’s operations are conducted through the following wholly-owned subsidiaries (including each subsidiary’s respective direct wholly-owned subsidiaries) of TPC: The Morning Call, LLC; Chicago Tribune Company, LLC; The Baltimore Sun Company, LLC; Orlando Sentinel Communications Company, LLC; Los Angeles Times Communications LLC; The Daily Press, LLC; The Hartford Courant Company, LLC; Sun-Sentinel Company, LLC; Tribune Washington Bureau, LLC; Hoy Publications, LLC; Tribune Interactive, LLC; Tribune 365, LLC; Tribune Content Agency, LLC; forsalebyowner.com, LLC; Builder Media Solutions, LLC; and BLM. Certain assets of Tribune and Tribune Affiliates that are not directly owned by TPC which are otherwise specifically identifiable or attributable to Tribune Publishing and are necessary to present these combined financial results on a stand-alone basis have also been included in these combined financial statements.
Historically, separate financial statements have not been prepared for Tribune Publishing. The accompanying combined financial statements are derived from the historical accounting records of Tribune and present Tribune Publishing’s combined financial position, results of operations and cash flows as of and for the periods presented as if Tribune Publishing was a separate entity and as it was historically managed. Management believes that assumptions and methodologies underlying the allocation of general corporate expenses are reasonable. However, such expenses may not be indicative of the actual level of expense that would have been incurred had Tribune Publishing operated as a separate stand-alone entity, and, accordingly, may not necessarily reflect Tribune Publishing’s combined financial position, results of operations and cash flows had Tribune Publishing operated as a stand-alone entity during the periods presented. See Note 4 for further information on costs allocated from Tribune.

7


TRIBUNE PUBLISHING COMPANY
NOTES TO THE COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
(Unaudited)


Tribune and Tribune Affiliates consummated an internal restructuring, pursuant to and in accordance with the terms of the Plan (as defined and described in Note 2). These restructuring transactions included, among other things, establishing a number of real estate holding companies. On December 21, 2012, the majority of the land and buildings owned by Tribune Publishing were transferred to Tribune’s newly established real estate holding companies.
In 2013, Tribune Publishing entered into related party lease agreements with the real estate holding companies to lease back certain land and buildings that were transferred. Although the properties subject to related party leases were legally transferred to the holding companies, Tribune Publishing determined that pursuant to the terms of the leases, it maintained forms of continuing involvement with the properties, which pursuant to Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification™ (“ASC”) Topic 840, “Leases,” preclude Tribune Publishing from derecognizing those properties from its combined financial statements. As a result, Tribune Publishing continued to account for and depreciate the carrying values of the transferred properties subject to related party leases which are presented within net properties in its combined balance sheet. Rent payments under the related party leases were accounted for as dividends to Tribune and Tribune Affiliates. See Note 4 for further information.
On December 1, 2013, Tribune Publishing modified the specific provisions within the related party leases to address the prohibited forms of continuing involvement. This resulted in Tribune Publishing derecognizing those properties by recording a $337.6 million reduction to net properties and a corresponding reduction to the net parent company investment component of equity in its combined balance sheet. The related party leases subsequent to the lease modification on December 1, 2013 have been accounted for as operating leases. See Note 4 for further information.
The remainder of the transferred properties are no longer utilized in the operations of Tribune Publishing; therefore, Tribune Publishing did not enter into related party leases for those properties. Tribune Publishing entered into management agreements with the real estate holding companies pursuant to which it will manage those properties for an initial term of one year, cancelable by the real estate holding companies with a 30-day notice.
In connection with the spin-off, Tribune Publishing has and may enter into various agreements with Tribune and other third parties that may be on different terms than the terms of the arrangements or agreements that existed prior to the spin-off. For instance, Tribune Publishing utilized the services of Tribune and Tribune Affiliates for certain functions such as legal, finance, human resource and information technology services, as well as various corporate-wide employee benefit programs. The costs of Tribune services that are specifically identifiable to Tribune Publishing are included in these combined financial statements. The costs of Tribune services that are incurred by Tribune but are not specifically identifiable to Tribune Publishing have been allocated to Tribune Publishing and included in these combined financial statements on a basis that management considered to be a reasonable reflection of the utilization of services provided or the benefit received by Tribune Publishing during the periods presented. While management considers these allocations to have been made on a reasonable basis, the allocations do not necessarily reflect the expenses that would have been incurred had Tribune Publishing operated as a stand-alone entity. All such costs and expenses are assumed to be settled with Tribune through the parent company investment component of equity (deficit) in the period in which the costs were incurred. Current income taxes are also assumed to be settled with Tribune through the parent company investment in the period the related income taxes were recorded.
All intercompany accounts within Tribune Publishing have been eliminated in consolidation. All significant intercompany transactions between either (i) Tribune Publishing and Tribune or (ii) Tribune Publishing and Tribune Affiliates have been included within the combined financial statements and are considered to be effectively settled through equity contributions or distributions or through cash payments at the time the transactions were recorded. The accumulated net effect of intercompany transactions between either Tribune Publishing and Tribune or Tribune Publishing and Tribune Affiliates are included in the parent company investment component of Tribune Publishing equity. These intercompany transactions are further described in Note 4. The total net effect of these intercompany transactions are reflected in the combined statements of cash flows as financing activities.
These combined financial statements are presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”) for interim financial information and in accordance with the instructions for Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X issued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by U.S. GAAP for complete financial statements.

8


TRIBUNE PUBLISHING COMPANY
NOTES TO THE COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
(Unaudited)


The accompanying unaudited combined financial statements and notes of Tribune Publishing have been prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the unaudited combined financial statements and accompanying notes. In the opinion of management, the financial statements contain all adjustments necessary to present fairly the financial position of Tribune Publishing as of June 29, 2014, the results of operations for the three months and six months ended June 29, 2014 and June 30, 2013, the results of cash flows for the six months ended June 29, 2014 and June 30, 2013 and the results of operations and cash flows for Dec 31, 2012 of the Predecessor (as defined below). Actual results could differ from these estimates. Results of operations for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full year. These unaudited combined financial statements should be read in conjunction with Tribune Publishing’s audited combined financial statements and related notes for the year ended December 29, 2013, including in the Company's registration statement on Form 10, as amended, filed with the SEC on July 21, 2014.
Tribune Publishing assesses its operating segments in accordance with ASC Topic 280, “Segment Reporting.” Tribune Publishing is managed by its chief operating decision maker, as defined by ASC Topic 280, as one business. Accordingly, the financial statements of Tribune Publishing are presented to reflect one reportable segment.
New Accounting Standards-In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standard Board ("FASB") issued Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) concerning revenue recognition. The new standard supersedes a majority of existing revenue recognition guidance under U.S. GAAP, and requires a company to recognize revenue when it transfers goods or services to a customer in an amount that reflects the consideration to which a company expects to be entitled. Companies may need to use more judgment and make more estimates while recognizing revenue, which could result in additional disclosures to the financial statements. ASU 2014-09 allows for either a "full retrospective" adoption or a "modified retrospective" adoption. Tribune Publishing is currently evaluating which adoption method we will use. The standard is effective for the Company in the first quarter 2017. Early adoption is not permitted. The Company is currently evaluating the revenue recognition impact this guidance will have once implemented.
NOTE 2: PROCEEDINGS UNDER CHAPTER 11
Chapter 11 Reorganization-On December 8, 2008 (the “Petition Date”), Tribune, and 110 of its direct and indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries (each a “Debtor” and, collectively, the “Debtors”), filed voluntary petitions for relief (collectively, the “Chapter 11 Petitions”) under Chapter 11 (“Chapter 11”) of title 11 of the United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”) in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the “Bankruptcy Court”). The Debtors’ Chapter 11 proceedings continue to be jointly administered under the caption “In re: Tribune Company, et al.,” Case No. 08-13141. Certain of the legal entities included in the combined financial statements of Tribune Publishing were Debtors or, as a result of the restructuring transactions described below, are successor legal entities to legal entities that were Debtors (collectively, the “Tribune Publishing Debtors”). References to the Debtors herein include the Tribune Publishing Debtors unless otherwise indicated. Other legal entities included in the accompanying combined financial statements of Tribune Publishing did not file petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code as of or subsequent to the Petition Date, and were, therefore, not Debtors, and are not successors to legal entities that were Debtors (each a “Non-Debtor Subsidiary” and, collectively, the “Non-Debtor Subsidiaries”) as of December 31, 2012. For all periods presented herein, the Non-Debtor Subsidiaries included in the combined financial statements of Tribune Publishing are Tribune Interactive, LLC (as the successor legal entity to Tribune Interactive, Inc.); Riverwalk Center I Joint Venture; Tribune Hong Kong Limited, a foreign subsidiary; BLM; and Local Pro Plus Realty, LLC, a legal entity established subsequent to the Petition Date.
As further described below, a joint plan of reorganization for the Debtors, including the Tribune Publishing Debtors became effective and the Debtors emerged from Chapter 11 on December 31, 2012 (the “Effective Date”). Where appropriate, Tribune Publishing and its business operations as conducted on or after December 31, 2012 are herein referred to as “Reorganized Tribune Publishing”, “Reorganized Tribune Publishing Debtors,” “Successor Tribune Publishing” or “Successor.” Tribune and its business operations conducted on or after December 31, 2012 are herein referred to as “Reorganized Tribune Company” and such references include Reorganized Tribune Publishing and Reorganized Tribune Publishing Debtors unless otherwise indicated. Where appropriate, Tribune Publishing and its business operations as conducted on or prior to December 30, 2012 are herein referred to as “Predecessor Tribune Publishing” or “Predecessor.”

9


TRIBUNE PUBLISHING COMPANY
NOTES TO THE COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
(Unaudited)


From the Petition Date and until the Effective Date, the Debtors operated their businesses as “debtors-in-possession” under the jurisdiction of the Bankruptcy Court and in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Bankruptcy Code, the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and applicable orders of the Bankruptcy Court. In general, as debtors-in-possession, the Debtors were authorized under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code to continue to operate as ongoing businesses, but could not engage in transactions outside the ordinary course of business without the prior approval of the Bankruptcy Court.
Plan of Reorganization-In order for a debtor to emerge from Chapter 11, a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization that satisfies the requirements of the Bankruptcy Code and provides for emergence from bankruptcy must be proposed and confirmed by a bankruptcy court. A plan of reorganization addresses, among other things, prepetition obligations, sets forth the revised capital structure of the newly-reorganized entities and provides for their corporate governance subsequent to emergence from court supervision under Chapter 11. The disclosures below relate to the joint plan of reorganization for the Debtors and not to any individual plan of reorganization for the Tribune Publishing Debtors unless otherwise indicated.
On April 12, 2012, the Debtors, the official committee of unsecured creditors (the “Creditors’ Committee”), Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (“Oaktree”), a creditor under certain Tribune prepetition debt facilities, Angelo, Gordon & Co. L.P. (“AG”), a creditor under certain Tribune prepetition debt facilities, and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (“JPMorgan”), an administrative agent and a creditor under certain Tribune prepetition debt facilities (collectively, the “Plan Proponents”) filed the Fourth Amended Joint Plan of Reorganization for Tribune Company and Its Subsidiaries (as subsequently amended and modified, the “Plan”) with the Bankruptcy Court.
The Plan was the product of extensive negotiations and contested proceedings before the Bankruptcy Court due, in part, to certain claims and causes of action related to a series of transactions, collectively referred to as the “Leveraged ESOP Transactions,” that were undertaken by Tribune in 2007. These transactions resulted in Tribune becoming wholly-owned by an employee stock ownership plan (the “ESOP”) on December 20, 2007. At the Debtors’ request, on September 1, 2010, the Bankruptcy Court appointed a mediator to conduct a non-binding mediation concerning the terms of a plan of reorganization, including the appropriate resolution of claims and causes of action related to the Leveraged ESOP Transactions (the “Mediation”). The Mediation began on September 26, 2010 and ultimately resulted in a settlement agreement (the “Settlement Agreement”) between the Debtors, the Creditors’ Committee, AG, Oaktree, JPMorgan and a group of funds and managed accounts represented by King Street Acquisition Company, LLC, King Street Capital, LP and Marathon Asset Management, LP that were lenders under certain Tribune prepetition debt facilities. The Settlement Agreement provided for the settlement of certain causes of action arising in connection with the Leveraged ESOP Transactions, other than certain causes of action predefined as preserved. The terms of the Settlement Agreement, with certain modifications, were incorporated into the Plan filed with the Bankruptcy Court on April 12, 2012.
On July 23, 2012, the Bankruptcy Court issued an order (the “Confirmation Order”) confirming the Plan. The Plan constitutes a separate plan of reorganization for each of the Debtors and sets forth the terms and conditions of the Debtors’ reorganization. See “Terms of the Plan” section below for a description of the terms and conditions of the confirmed Plan as the Plan pertains to the Tribune Publishing Debtors.
Notices of appeal of the Confirmation Order were filed in August 2012 by certain Tribune creditors. The confirmation appeals have been transmitted to the United States District Court for the District of Delaware (“Delaware District Court”) and have been consolidated, together with two previously-filed appeals of the Bankruptcy Court’s orders relating to certain provisions in the Plan.
The appellants seek, among other relief, to overturn the Confirmation Order and certain prior orders of the Bankruptcy Court, including the settlement of certain claims and causes of action related to the Leveraged ESOP Transactions contained in the Plan. There is currently no stay of the Confirmation Order in place pending resolution of the confirmation-related appeals and those appeals remain pending before the Delaware District Court. In January 2013, Reorganized Tribune Company filed a motion to dismiss the appeals as equitably moot, based on the substantial consummation of the Plan. Briefings on those additional motions to dismiss were completed on or about July 3, 2014.
During the fourth quarter of 2012 and prior to the Effective Date, Tribune and its subsidiaries consummated an internal restructuring, pursuant to and in accordance with the terms of the Plan. These restructuring transactions included, among other things, (i) converting certain of Tribune’s subsidiaries into limited liability companies or merging certain of Tribune’s subsidiaries into newly-formed limited liability companies, (ii) consolidating and reallocating certain operations,

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(Unaudited)


entities, assets and liabilities within the organizational structure of Tribune and (iii) establishing a number of real estate holding companies. Among other things, the restructuring transactions resulted in TPC being converted into a limited liability company (prior to the conversion, TPC was a corporation named Tribune Publishing Company) as well as becoming the holding company for the principal direct and indirect subsidiaries that own and operate the business of Tribune Publishing as described in Note 1.
On the Effective Date, all of the conditions precedent to the effectiveness of the Plan were satisfied or waived, the Debtors emerged from Chapter 11, and the settlements, agreements and transactions contemplated by the Plan to be effected on the Effective Date were implemented, including, among other things, the appointment of a new board of directors of Tribune and the initiation of distributions to creditors. As a result, the ownership of Tribune changed from the ESOP to certain of Tribune’s creditors on the Effective Date. In connection with the Debtors’ emergence from Chapter 11, on the Effective Date and in accordance with and subject to the terms of the Plan, (i) all of Tribune’s $0.01 par value common stock held by the ESOP was canceled and (ii) new shares of Reorganized Tribune Company were issued to shareholders who did not meet the necessary criteria to qualify as a subchapter S corporation shareholder. As a result, Reorganized Tribune Company converted from a subchapter S corporation to a C corporation under the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”). This conversion also affected Tribune subsidiaries that were treated as qualified subchapter S subsidiaries, including certain legal entities included in the accompanying combined financial statements of Tribune Publishing.
Terms of the Plan-The following is a summary of the material settlements and other agreements entered into, distributions made and transactions consummated by Reorganized Tribune Publishing on or about the Effective Date pursuant to, and in accordance with, the terms of the Plan. The following summary only highlights certain of the substantive provisions of the Plan as it relates to Reorganized Tribune Publishing and is not intended to be a complete description of, or a substitute for a full and complete reading of, the Plan and the agreements and other documents related thereto, including those described below.
Cancellation of certain prepetition obligations: On the Effective Date, the Tribune Publishing Debtors’ prepetition debt and certain other obligations were cancelled, terminated and/or extinguished, including (i) cancellation of the $2.8 billion promissory demand notes due to Tribune Finance LLC (“Tribune Finance”), a subsidiary of Tribune, and (ii) the cancellation of guarantee obligations by certain Tribune Publishing Debtors under certain of Tribune’s prepetition credit facilities (other than for purposes of allowing creditors thereunder to receive distributions under the Plan and allowing the administrative agent for such facilities to exercise certain limited rights).
Assumption of prepetition executory contracts and unexpired leases: On the Effective Date, any prepetition executory contracts or unexpired leases of the Tribune Publishing Debtors that were not previously assumed or rejected pursuant to Section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code or rejected pursuant to the Plan were deemed assumed by the applicable Reorganized Tribune Publishing Debtors or their successors-in-interest.
Distributions to Tribune Creditors: On the Effective Date (or as soon as practicable thereafter), (i) holders of allowed senior loan claims against Tribune and allowed senior loan guarantee claims against the subsidiary guarantors received approximately $2.9 billion in cash, approximately 98.2 million shares of Class A and Class B common stock in Reorganized Tribune Company (“New Common Stock”) and warrants to purchase New Common Stock (“New Warrants”) with an aggregate fair value determined pursuant to the Plan of approximately $4.5 billion as of the Effective Date, plus interests in a litigation trust formed pursuant to the Plan (the “Litigation Trust”), (ii) holders of allowed claims against Tribune related to Tribune’s prepetition $1.6 billion twelve-month bridge loan facility and allowed bridge loan facility guarantee claims against the subsidiary guarantors received a pro rata share of $64.5 million in cash (equal to approximately 3.98% of their allowed claim) plus interests in the Litigation Trust, (iii) holders of allowed general unsecured claims against the Tribune Publishing Debtors received cash in an amount equal to 100% of their allowed claim, and (iv) holders of unclassified claims, priority non-tax claims and certain other secured claims received cash in an amount equal to 100% of their allowed claim. All allowed priority tax and non-tax claims and other secured claims not paid on the Effective Date were reinstated and allowed administrative expense claims will be paid in full when due. All distributions to creditors related to the Tribune Publishing Debtors’ prepetition liabilities classified as liabilities subject to compromise were made

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(Unaudited)


by Tribune on behalf of the Tribune Publishing Debtors pursuant to Tribune’s centralized cash management system as described in Note 4.
Ownership Interests in the Tribune Publishing Debtors and Non-Debtor Subsidiaries: All ownership interests of Tribune in the Tribune Publishing Debtors and Non-Debtor Subsidiaries, after giving effect to the restructuring transactions described earlier, were reinstated on the Effective Date.
Other Plan provisions: The Plan and Confirmation Order also contain various discharges, injunctive provisions and releases that became operative on the Effective Date.
Since the Effective Date, Reorganized Tribune Company has substantially consummated the various transactions contemplated under the Plan, including those provisions relating to the Tribune Publishing Debtors. In particular, Reorganized Tribune Company made all distributions of cash, including cash distributions made on behalf of the Tribune Publishing Debtors, New Common Stock and New Warrants that were required to be made under the terms of the Plan to creditors holding allowed claims. The prepetition claims of the Tribune Publishing Debtors’ general unsecured creditors that became or become allowed subsequent to the Effective Date have been or will be paid on the next quarterly distribution date after such allowance.
Resolution of Outstanding Prepetition Claims-Under Section 362 of the Bankruptcy Code, the filing of a bankruptcy petition automatically stays most actions against a debtor, including most actions to collect prepetition indebtedness or to exercise control over the property of the debtor’s estate. Absent an order of the Bankruptcy Court, substantially all prepetition liabilities are subject to settlement under a plan of reorganization approved by the Bankruptcy Court. Shortly after commencing their Chapter 11 proceedings, the Debtors began notifying all known current or potential creditors of the Chapter 11 filings.
On March 23, 2009, the Tribune Publishing Debtors filed schedules with the Bankruptcy Court setting forth the assets and liabilities of the Tribune Publishing Debtors as of the Petition Date (as subsequently amended from time to time, the “Schedules of Assets and Liabilities”). These Schedules of Assets and Liabilities contain information identifying the Tribune Publishing Debtors’ executory contracts and unexpired leases, the creditors that may hold claims against the Tribune Publishing Debtors and the nature of such claims. On March 25, 2009, the Bankruptcy Court set June 12, 2009 as the general bar date, which was the final date by which most entities that wished to assert a prepetition claim against the Tribune Publishing Debtors were required to file a proof of claim in writing.
Pursuant to the terms of the Plan and subject to certain specified exceptions, on the Effective Date, all executory contracts or unexpired leases of the Tribune Publishing Debtors were deemed assumed in accordance with, and subject to, the provisions and requirements of Section 365 and 1123 of the Bankruptcy Code. However, certain executory contracts and leases were previously assumed or rejected pursuant to Section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code.
On the Effective Date, substantially all of the Debtors’ prepetition liabilities at December 30, 2012 were settled or otherwise satisfied under the Plan. However, certain other claims have been or will be settled or otherwise satisfied subsequent to the Effective Date. Although the allowed amount of certain unresolved claims has not been determined, Tribune Publishing’s liabilities subject to compromise associated with these unresolved claims were discharged upon emergence from Chapter 11 in exchange for the treatment outlined in the Plan. For information regarding the discharge of liabilities subject to compromise, see the “Terms of the Plan” section above.
Reorganization Items, Net-Reorganization items, net, generally includes provisions and adjustments to reflect the carrying value of certain prepetition liabilities at their estimated allowable claim amounts and, pursuant to ASC Topic 852, “Reorganizations,” is reported separately in Tribune Publishing’s combined statements of comprehensive income. Reorganization items, net may also include professional advisory fees and other costs directly associated with the Debtors’ Chapter 11 cases, however, all professional advisory fees that were paid by Tribune and other non-debtor Tribune Affiliates that related to all Debtors have not been allocated to Tribune Publishing as professional advisory fees are Tribune reorganization expenses and do not specifically relate to the operations of Tribune Publishing.
Specifically identifiable reorganization provisions, adjustments and other costs directly related to Tribune Publishing have been included in the Successor’s combined statement of comprehensive income for the three and six months

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NOTES TO THE COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
(Unaudited)


ended June 29, 2014 and June 30, 2013 and in the Predecessor’s combined statements of comprehensive income for December 31, 2012 and consisted of the following (in thousands):
 
 
Successor  
 
 
Predecessor
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended
 
 
 
 
 
June 29, 2014
 
June 30, 2013
 
June 29, 2014
 
June 30, 2013
 
 
December 31, 2012
Reorganization costs, net:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Contract rejections and claim settlements
 
$

 
$
12

 
$
(7
)
 
$
123

 
 
$

Other, net
 

 
(273
)
 
(2
)
 
(326
)
 
 

Total reorganization costs, net
 

 
(261
)
 
(9
)
 
(203
)
 
 

Reorganization adjustments, net
 

 

 

 

 
 
2,862,039

Fresh-start reporting adjustments, net
 

 

 

 

 
 
(107,486
)
Total reorganization items, net
 
$

 
$
(261
)
 
$
(9
)
 
$
(203
)
 
 
$
2,754,553

The Predecessor’s combined statement of comprehensive income for December 31, 2012 included other reorganization items totaling $2.755 billion before taxes ($2.842 billion after taxes) arising from reorganization and fresh-start reporting adjustments. Reorganization adjustments, which were recorded to reflect the settlement of prepetition liabilities and changes in the Predecessor’s capital structure arising from the implementation of the Plan, resulted in a net reorganization gain of $2.862 billion before taxes ($2.894 billion after taxes). Fresh-start reporting adjustments, which were recorded as a result of the adoption of fresh-start reporting as of the Effective Date in accordance with ASC Topic 852, resulted in a net loss of $107.5 million before taxes ($52.1 million after taxes). The net gain resulted primarily from adjusting the Predecessor’s net carrying values for certain assets and liabilities to their fair values in accordance with ASC Topic 805, “Business Combinations,” recording related adjustments to deferred income taxes and eliminating the Predecessor’s accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) as of the Effective Date.
Tribune Publishing expects to incur certain expenses pertaining to the Chapter 11 proceedings throughout 2014 and potentially in future periods. These expenses will include primarily other costs related to the implementation of the Plan and the resolution of unresolved claims.
Fresh-Start Reporting-Reorganized Tribune Company adopted fresh-start reporting on the Effective Date in accordance with ASC Topic 852. All conditions required for the adoption of fresh-start reporting were satisfied by Reorganized Tribune Company on the Effective Date as (i) the ESOP, the holder of all of Tribune’s voting shares immediately before confirmation of the Plan, did not receive any voting shares of Reorganized Tribune Company or any other distributions under the Plan, and (ii) the reorganization value of Tribune’s assets was less than the postpetition liabilities and allowed prepetition claims. As a result, Tribune Publishing also adopted fresh-start reporting on the Effective Date.

The adoption of fresh-start reporting by Reorganized Tribune Publishing resulted in a new reporting entity for financial reporting purposes reflecting the Successor’s capital structure as of the Effective Date. Any presentation of Reorganized Tribune Publishing’s combined financial statements as of and for periods subsequent to the Effective Date represents the financial position, results of operations and cash flows of a new reporting entity and will not be comparable to any presentation of the Predecessor’s combined financial statements as of and for periods prior to the Effective Date, and the adoption of fresh-start reporting.
In accordance with ASC Topic 852, the Predecessor’s combined statement of comprehensive income for December 31, 2012 includes only (i) reorganization adjustments which resulted in a net gain of $2.862 billion before taxes ($2.894 billion after taxes) and (ii) fresh-start reporting adjustments which resulted in a net loss of $107.5 million before taxes ($52.1 million after taxes). These adjustments are further summarized and described below. The Predecessor’s combined statements of comprehensive income and cash flows for December 31, 2012 exclude the results of operations and cash flows arising from the Predecessor’s business operations on December 31, 2012. Because the Predecessor’s December 31, 2012 results of operations and cash flows were not material, Reorganized Tribune Publishing has elected to report them as part of Reorganized Tribune Publishing’s results of operations and cash flows for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2013.

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NOTES TO THE COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
(Unaudited)


Enterprise Value/Reorganization Value-ASC Topic 852 requires, among other things, a determination of the reorganization value for Reorganized Tribune Company and allocation of such reorganization value to the fair value of Reorganized Tribune Company’s tangible assets, finite-lived intangible assets and indefinite-lived intangible assets in accordance with the provisions of ASC Topic 805, “Business Combinations,” as of the Effective Date. The reorganization value for Reorganized Tribune Company represents the amount of resources available, or that become available, for the satisfaction of postpetition liabilities and allowed prepetition claims, as negotiated between the Debtors and their creditors. This value is viewed as the fair value of Reorganized Tribune Company before considering liabilities and is intended to approximate the amount a willing buyer would pay for the assets of Reorganized Tribune Company immediately after emergence from bankruptcy. In connection with the Debtors’ Chapter 11 cases, the Debtors’ financial advisor undertook a valuation analysis to determine the value available for distribution to holders of allowed prepetition claims. Based on current and anticipated economic conditions as of the Effective Date and the direct impact of these conditions on Reorganized Tribune Company’s business, this analysis estimated a range of distributable value from the Debtors’ estates from $6.917 billion to $7.826 billion with an approximate mid-point of $7.372 billion. The confirmed Plan contemplates a distributable value for Reorganized Tribune Company of $7.372 billion. The distributable value implies an equity value for Reorganized Tribune Company of $4.536 billion after reducing the distributable value for cash distributed (or to be distributed) pursuant to the Plan and $1.1 billion of new debt undertaken by Reorganized Tribune Company.
In accordance with the provisions of ASC Topic 805, the reorganization value of Reorganized Tribune Company were allocated, in part, to the fair value of Reorganized Tribune Publishing’s tangible assets, finite-lived intangible assets, and indefinite-lived intangible assets as of the Effective Date.
Methodology, Analysis and Assumptions-The comparable company valuation analysis methodology estimates the enterprise value of a company based on a relative comparison with publicly traded companies with similar operating and financial characteristics to the subject company. Under this methodology, Tribune’s financial advisor determined a range of multiples of revenues and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) to calculate the enterprise values of Tribune’s publishing and broadcasting segments. The discounted cash flow (“DCF”) analysis is a forward-looking enterprise valuation methodology that estimates the value of an asset or business by calculating the expected future cash flows to be generated by that asset or business. Under this methodology, projected future cash flows are discounted by the enterprise’s weighted average cost of capital (“WACC”). The WACC reflects the estimated blended rate of return that would be required by debt and equity investors to invest in the enterprise based on its capital structure. Utilizing the DCF analysis, the enterprise values of Tribune’s publishing and broadcasting segments were determined by calculating the present value of the projected unlevered after-tax free cash flows through 2015 plus an estimate for the value of each segment for the period beyond 2015 known as the terminal value. The terminal value was derived by either applying a multiple to the projected EBITDA for the final year of the projection period (2015) or capitalizing the projected unlevered after-tax free cash flow in the same projection period using the WACC and an assumed perpetual growth rate, discounted back to the valuation date using the WACC, as appropriate. The precedent transactions valuation methodology is based on the enterprise values of companies involved in public merger and acquisition transactions that have operating and financial characteristics similar to the subject company. Under this methodology, the enterprise value is determined by an analysis of the consideration paid and the debt assumed in the identified merger and acquisition transactions and is usually expressed as a multiple of revenues or EBITDA. Utilizing this analysis, Tribune’s financial advisor determined a range of multiples of EBITDA for the trailing 12 months from the measurement date to calculate the enterprise value for Tribune’s broadcasting segment. The precedent transactions valuation methodology was not used for Tribune’s publishing segment due to the lack of relevant transactions.
Tribune’s financial advisor applied a weighted average of the above enterprise valuation methodologies to calculate the estimated ranges of enterprise values for Tribune’s publishing and broadcasting segments. The relative weighting of each valuation methodology was based on the amount of publicly available information to determine the inputs used in the calculations. In addition, Tribune’s financial advisor utilized a combination of these enterprise valuation methodologies, primarily the comparable company valuation analysis methodology, to calculate the estimated ranges of fair values of Tribune’s equity investments. The ranges of enterprise values for Tribune’s publishing and broadcasting segments and estimated fair values of Tribune’s equity investments were added to the estimated cash on hand as of the measurement date to determine the estimated range of distributable value noted above.
Fresh-Start Combined Balance Sheet-The table below summarizes the Predecessor’s December 30, 2012 combined balance sheet, the reorganization and fresh-start reporting adjustments that were made to that balance sheet as of December 31, 2012, and the resulting Successor’s unaudited combined balance sheet as of December 31, 2012.

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Combined Balance Sheets at December 30, 2012 and December 31, 2012
(In thousands)
 
 
December 30,
2012
 
Reorganization
Adjustments
 
 
Fresh-Start
Adjustments
 
 
December 31,
2012
Assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash
 
$
13,768

 
$

 
 
$

 
 
$
13,768

Accounts receivable, net
 
256,985

 

 
 

 
 
256,985

Inventories
 
12,537

 

 
 
5,810

(4)
 
18,347

Deferred income taxes
 
1,147

 
42,228

(1)(2)
 
(2,272
)
(4)
 
41,103

Prepaid expenses and other
 
14,733

 

 
 
(18
)
(4)
 
14,715

Total current assets
 
299,170

 
42,228

 
 
3,520

 
 
344,918

Properties
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Property, plant and equipment
 
1,938,208

 

 
 
(1,527,106
)
(4)
 
411,102

Accumulated depreciation
 
(1,322,830
)
 

 
 
1,322,830

(4)
 

Net properties
 
615,378

 

 
 
(204,276
)
 
 
411,102

Other Assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Goodwill
 

 

 
 
15,331

(4)
 
15,331

Other intangible assets, net
 
28,911

 

 
 
37,976

(4)
 
66,887

Investments
 
3,986

 

 
 

 
 
3,986

Deferred income taxes
 

 

 
 
54,188

(4)
 
54,188

Other
 
3,787

 

 
 
(2,402
)
(4)
 
1,385

Total other assets
 
36,684

 

 
 
105,093

 
 
141,777

Total assets
 
$
951,232

 
$
42,228

 
 
$
(95,663
)
 
 
$
897,797

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity (Deficit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current Liabilities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Accounts payable
 
$
37,710

 
$
2,528

(1)(3)
 
$

(4)
 
$
40,238

Employee compensation and benefits
 
103,077

 
322

(1)(3)
 

 
 
103,399

Deferred revenue
 
66,835

 

 
 
(171
)
(4)
 
66,664

Other current liabilities
 
26,359

 
(879
)
(1)(3)
 

 
 
25,480

Total current liabilities
 
233,981

 
1,971

 
 
(171
)
 
 
235,781

Other Non-Current Liabilities
 
66,300

 
11,679

(1)(2)(3)
 
(16,192
)
(4)
 
61,787

Liabilities Subject to Compromise
 
2,865,890

 
(2,865,890
)
(1)(3)
 

 
 

Equity (Deficit)
 
(2,214,939
)
 
2,894,468

(1)
 
(79,300
)
(4)
 
600,229

Total liabilities and equity (deficit)
 
$
951,232

 
$
42,228

 
 
$
(95,663
)
 
 
$
897,797

 (1)
Reflects adjustments arising from implementation of the Plan, including the gain on the settlement of prepetition liabilities, distributions of cash by Tribune on behalf of Reorganized Tribune Publishing and the elimination of Tribune Publishing’s equity (deficit). These adjustments also include the establishment of Reorganized Tribune Publishing’s equity based on the reorganization value of Reorganized Tribune Company allocated to the fair value of Reorganized Tribune Publishing’s tangible assets, finite-lived intangible assets and indefinite-lived intangible assets as of the Effective Date. The changes in the Predecessor’s capital structure arising from the implementation of the Plan is comprised of the following adjustments (in thousands):  

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NOTES TO THE COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
(Unaudited)


Liabilities subject to compromise on the Effective Date
 
$
2,865,890

Less: Liabilities assumed and reinstated on the Effective Date
 
(2,909
)
Less: Liabilities for prepetition claims to be settled subsequent to the Effective Date and other adjustments
 
(5,472
)
Liabilities subject to compromise settled on the Effective Date
 
$
2,857,509

 
 
 
Forgiveness of prepetition promissory notes held by parent
 
$
2,822,860

Cash distributions on settled claims paid by parent
 
34,649

Gain on settlement of liabilities subject to compromise
 
2,857,509

Plus: Other reorganization adjustments, net
 
4,530

Total reorganization adjustments before taxes
 
2,862,039

Plus: Income tax benefit on reorganization adjustments
 
32,429

Net reorganization gain after taxes
 
$
2,894,468

(2)
Reflects the conversion of Reorganized Tribune Company, including its qualified subchapter S subsidiaries, from a subchapter S corporation to a C corporation under the IRC.
(3)
Reflects the reclassification of certain liabilities from liabilities subject to compromise upon the assumption of certain executory contracts and unexpired leases.
(4)
The Predecessor’s combined statement of comprehensive income for December 31, 2012 includes certain adjustments recorded as a result of the adoption of fresh-start reporting in accordance with ASC Topic 852 as of the Effective Date. These fresh-start reporting adjustments resulted in a net pretax loss which primarily resulted from adjusting the Predecessor’s recorded values for certain assets and liabilities to fair values in accordance with ASC Topic 805, and recording related adjustments to deferred income taxes. The fresh-start reporting adjustments included in the Predecessor’s statement of comprehensive income for December 31, 2012 consisted of the following items (in thousands):
 
Fair value adjustments to net properties
 
$
(204,276
)
Fair value adjustments to intangibles
 
37,431

Establish Successor’s goodwill
 
15,331

Elimination of accumulated other comprehensive income
 
33,598

Other fair value adjustments, net
 
10,430

Loss from fresh-start reporting adjustments before taxes
 
(107,486
)
Income tax benefit attributable to fair value adjustments
 
55,344

Net loss from fresh-start reporting adjustments after taxes
 
$
(52,142
)
Property, Plant and Equipment-Property, plant and equipment was adjusted to a fair value aggregating $411.1 million as of the Effective Date. The fair values of property, plant and equipment were based primarily on valuations obtained from third party valuation specialists principally utilizing the cost and market valuation approaches.
Fresh-start reporting adjustments included the elimination of the Predecessor’s aggregate accumulated depreciation balance as of December 30, 2012.
Identifiable Intangible Assets-The following intangible assets were identified by Reorganized Tribune Publishing and recorded at fair value based on valuations obtained from third party valuation specialists: newspaper mastheads, advertiser relationships, customer relationships, affiliate agreements and other contracts and agreements, including real property leases. The cost, income and market valuation approaches were utilized, as appropriate, to estimate the fair values of these intangible assets. The determination of the fair values of these identifiable intangible assets resulted in a $38.0 million net increase in other intangible assets in the Successor’s combined balance sheet at December 31, 2012.
NOTE 3: CHANGES IN OPERATIONS
Employee Reductions-Tribune Publishing identified reductions in staffing levels in its operations of 173 and 198 positions in the three and six months ended June 29, 2014, respectively and 39 and 104 positions in the three and six months

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NOTES TO THE COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
(Unaudited)


ended June 30, 2013, respectively. Tribune Publishing recorded pretax charges of $2.2 million and $2.3 million for the three and six months ended June 29, 2014, respectively, and $1.1 million and $2.6 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, respectively. A summary of the activity with respect to Tribune Publishing’s severance accrual for the six months ended June 29, 2014 is as follows (in thousands):
Balance at December 29, 2013
 
$
9,336

Provision
 
2,260

Payments
 
(6,124
)
Balance at June 29, 2014
 
$
5,472

Charges for severance and related expenses are included in selling, general and administrative expense in the accompanying combined statements of comprehensive income. The severance and related expenses above exclude severance and related expenses incurred by Tribune and Tribune Affiliates and allocated to Tribune Publishing. See Note 4 for further discussion of allocated charges from Tribune and Tribune Affiliates.
NOTE 4: RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS WITH TRIBUNE AND AFFILIATES
Prior to the separation and distribution, Tribune Publishing participated in a number of corporate-wide programs administered by Tribune and Tribune Affiliates. These included participation in Tribune’s centralized treasury function, insurance programs, employee benefit programs, workers’ compensation programs, and centralized service centers and other corporate functions. The following is a discussion of the relationship with Tribune, the services provided and how transactions with Tribune and Tribune Affiliates have been accounted for in the combined financial statements.
Equity-Equity in the combined balance sheets includes the accumulated balance of transactions between Tribune Publishing and Tribune and Tribune Affiliates, Tribune Publishing’s paid-in-capital, and Tribune’s interest in Tribune Publishing’s cumulative retained earnings, and are presented within parent company investment and combined with accumulated other comprehensive income to total equity (deficit). The amounts comprising the accumulated balance of transactions between Tribune Publishing and Tribune and Tribune Affiliates include (i) the cumulative net assets attributed to Tribune Publishing by Tribune and Tribune Affiliates, (ii) the cumulative net advances to Tribune representing the cumulative Tribune Publishing funds swept (net of funding provided by Tribune and Tribune Affiliates to Tribune Publishing) as part of the centralized cash management program described further below, (iii) the cumulative charges (net of credits) allocated by Tribune and Tribune Affiliates to Tribune Publishing for certain support services received by Tribune Publishing and (iv) related party dividends for rent payments on related party leases as described further below.
Centralized Cash Management-Tribune utilized a centralized approach to cash management and the financing of its operations. Under this centralized cash management program, Tribune and Tribune Publishing advanced funds to each other. Accordingly, none of Tribune’s cash and cash equivalents has been assigned to Tribune Publishing in the combined financial statements. Cash in the combined balance sheets represents either cash not yet advanced to Tribune or cash held locally by Tribune Publishing. These transactions were recorded in equity (deficit) when advanced.
Support Services Provided and Other Amounts with Tribune and Tribune Affiliates-Tribune Publishing received allocated charges from Tribune and Tribune Affiliates for certain corporate support services, which were recorded within selling, general and administrative expense in Tribune Publishing’s combined statements of comprehensive income. Management believes that the basis used for the allocations was reasonable and reflect the portion of such costs attributed to Tribune Publishing’s operations; however, the amounts may not be representative of the costs necessary for Tribune Publishing to operate as a separate stand-alone company. These allocated costs are summarized in the following table (in thousands):

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Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended
 
 
June 29, 2014
 
June 30, 2013
 
June 29, 2014
 
June 30, 2013
Corporate management fee
 
$
8,960

 
$
6,656

 
$
18,020

 
$
12,383

Allocated depreciation
 
5,195

 
4,266

 
9,976

 
7,646

Service center support costs
 
23,099

 
20,765

 
43,384

 
42,135

Other
 
2,202

 
1,698

 
3,235

 
3,285

Total
 
$
39,456

 
$
33,385

 
$
74,615

 
$
65,449

Medical and Workers’ Compensation Benefit Plans-Tribune Publishing participated in Tribune-sponsored employee benefit plans, including medical and workers’ compensation. Allocations of benefit plan costs varied by plan type and were based on actuarial valuations of cost and/or liability, premium amounts and payroll. Total benefit plan costs allocated to Tribune Publishing amounted to $11.5 million and $23.1 million in the three and six months ended June 29, 2014 and $13.6 million and $25.7 million in the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, respectively, and were recorded in cost of sales and selling, general and administrative expense, as appropriate, in the combined statements of comprehensive income. While management believes the cost allocation methods utilized for the benefit plans were reasonable and reflected the portion of such costs attributed to Tribune Publishing, the amounts may not be representative of the costs necessary for Tribune Publishing to operate as a stand-alone business.
Defined Benefit Plans-Retirement benefits obligations pursuant to the Tribune defined benefit pension plans have historically been and will continue to be an obligation of Tribune. Therefore, Tribune Publishing accounts for costs associated with these defined benefit pension plans as a participant in multi-employer plans in accordance with ASC Topic 715. Costs related to Tribune-sponsored pension plans, which totaled credits of $5.0 million and $10.4 million in the three and six months ended June 29, 2014, respectively, and credits of $6.0 million and $11.9 million in the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, respectively, were based upon a specific allocation of actuarially determined service costs plus an allocation of the remaining net periodic pension cost components based upon the Company’s proportional share of the pension liability. Tribune-sponsored pension plan income allocated to Tribune Publishing is recorded in cost of sales and selling, general and administrative expense, as appropriate, in the combined statements of income and comprehensive income. While management believes the allocation methods utilized for the Tribune-sponsored pension plans were reasonable and reflected the portion of such income attributed to Tribune Publishing, the amounts may not be representative of the costs necessary for Tribune Publishing to operate as a stand-alone business.
Defined Contribution Plans-Tribune Publishing’s employees have historically participated in various Tribune qualified 401(k) savings plans, which permit eligible employees to make voluntary contributions on a pretax basis. The plans allowed participants to invest their savings in various investments. Amounts charged to expense by Tribune Publishing for employer contributions to Tribune 401(k) savings plans totaled $2.5 million and $5.9 million in the three and six months ended June 29, 2014, respectively, and $3.2 million and $6.7 million in the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, respectively, and are recorded in cost of sales and selling, general and administrative expense, as appropriate, in the combined statements of income and comprehensive income.
Related Party Lease Agreements- As described in Note 1, on December 21, 2012, the majority of the land and buildings owned by Tribune Publishing were transferred to Tribune’s newly established real estate holding companies. As of the date of the transfers, the carrying value of the transferred properties was $294.5 million.
In 2013, Tribune Publishing entered into related party lease agreements with Tribune to lease back certain land and buildings that were transferred on December 21, 2012. The initial term of these non-cancelable related party lease agreements is either five or ten years, with two optional renewal terms. Tribune Publishing determined that pursuant to the terms of the leases, it maintained forms of continuing involvement with the properties subject to related party leases, which, in accordance with ASC Topic 840, preclude Tribune Publishing from derecognizing those properties from its combined financial statements. As a result, Tribune Publishing continued to account for and depreciate the carrying values of the transferred properties subject to related party leases and rent payments were accounted for as dividends to Tribune and Tribune Affiliates. During the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, Tribune Publishing recorded $1.4 million and $2.7 million, respectively, in depreciation expense for such properties.

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On December 1, 2013, Tribune Publishing modified the related party leases to eliminate certain protections provided to the landlord in the event of default by the tenant, including the right to collect rent and other balances owed by tenant under the leases utilizing insurance proceeds received by the landlord in the event of damage and otherwise payable to the tenant, as well as the right to collect rent directly from subtenants to the extent all or a portion of the premise is sublet. Pursuant to ASC Topic 840, these provisions had precluded Tribune Publishing from derecognizing those properties from its combined financial statements. As a result of these modifications, Tribune Publishing determined that it no longer had forms of continuing involvement with the transferred properties and derecognized such properties from its combined financial statements by recording a $337.6 million reduction to net properties and a corresponding reduction to the parent company investment component of equity (deficit) in its combined balance sheet. Tribune Publishing has accounted for these related party leases as operating leases beginning on December 1, 2013. In connection with all related party lease agreements, Tribune Publishing recognized $9.6 million and $19.1 million of rent expense for the three and six months ended June 29, 2014, respectively, recorded in cost of sales and selling, general and administrative expense, as appropriate.
The remainder of the transferred properties, which had a carrying value of $28.5 million as of the date of the transfers, are no longer utilized in the operations of Tribune Publishing; therefore, Tribune Publishing did not enter into related party leases for those properties. Tribune Publishing entered into management agreements with the real estate holding companies pursuant to which it will manage those properties for an initial term of one year, cancelable by the real estate holding companies with a 30-day notice.
In addition, in 2013, Tribune Publishing entered into various related party lease agreements with Tribune to lease the portions of the shared Tribune corporate office space that Tribune Publishing continues to occupy for an initial 5-year term. In accordance with ASC Topic 840, Tribune Publishing has accounted for these related party leases as operating leases. Costs associated with the related party lease agreements for shared corporate office space were recorded in selling, general and administrative expense.
NOTE 5: ACQUISITIONS
Landmark Acquisition
On May 1, 2014, the Company completed an acquisition of the issued and outstanding limited liability company interests of Capital-Gazette Communications, LLC and Landmark Community Newspapers of Maryland, LLC from Landmark Media Enterprises, LLC (the “Landmark Acquisition”) for $29.0 million in cash, net of certain working capital and other closing adjustments. The Landmark Acquisition expands the Company’s breadth of coverage in Maryland and adjacent areas and includes The Capital in the Annapolis region and the Carroll County Times and their related publications.
In connection with this acquisition, the Company incurred a total of $0.4 million of transaction costs, which were recorded in selling, general and administrative expenses in the Company’s consolidated statement of operations for the six months ended June 29, 2014.

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At the acquisition date, the purchase price assigned to the acquired assets and assumed liabilities is as follows (in thousands):
Consideration
 
 
Cash
 
$
28,983

Less: cash acquired
 
(2
)
Net Cash
 
$
28,981

 
 
 
Allocated Fair Value of Acquired Assets and Assumed Liabilities
 
 
Accounts receivable and other current assets
 
$
2,942

Property, plant and equipment
 
560

Intangible Assets subject to amortization:
 
 
  Trade names and trademarks (useful life of 20 years)
 
7,500

  Advertiser relationships (useful life of 12 years)
 
6,500

  Other customer relationships (useful life of 7 years)
 
2,500

Accounts payable and other current liabilities
 
(3,961
)
Total identifiable net assets
 
16,041

Goodwill
 
12,940

Total net assets acquired
 
$
28,981

The allocation presented above is based upon management’s estimate of the fair values using the income, cost and market approaches. In estimating the fair value of the acquired assets and assumed liabilities, the fair value estimates are based on, but not limited to, expected future revenue and cash flows, expected future growth rates, and estimated discount rates. The definite-lived intangible assets will be amortized over a total weighted average period of 15 years that includes a 20 year life for trade names and trademarks, a 12 year life for advertiser relationships and a 7 year life for customer relationships. The acquired property and equipment will be depreciated on a straight-line basis over the respective estimated remaining useful lives. Goodwill is calculated as the excess of the consideration transferred over the fair value of the identifiable net assets acquired and represents the future economic benefits expected to arise from other intangible assets acquired that do not qualify for separate recognition, including assembled workforce and noncontractual relationships, as well as expected future cost and revenue synergies. The entire amount of purchase price allocated to intangible assets and goodwill will be deductible for tax purposes pursuant to IRC Section 197 over a 15 year period.
Other Acquisitions
The Company’s other acquisitions in the three and six months ended June 29, 2014 were not significant; the Company made no acquisitions in the three and six months ended June 30, 2013. The results of the other acquired companies and the related transaction costs were not material to the Company’s unaudited combined financial statements and were included in the unaudited combined statements of comprehensive income since their respective dates of acquisition.
Information for other acquisitions made in the six months ended June 29, 2014 (excluding the Landmark Acquisition) is as follows (in thousands):
Fair value of assets acquired
 
$
11,292

Liabilities assumed
 
(800
)
Net assets acquired
 
10,492

  Less: fair value of non-cash and contingent consideration
 
(4,439
)
  Less: fair value of the preexisting equity interest in MCT
 
(2,752
)
Net cash paid
 
$
3,301

On May 7, 2014, the Company acquired the remaining 50% outstanding general partnership interests of McClatchy/Tribune Information Services (“MCT”) from McClatchy News Services, Inc. and The McClatchy Company (collectively,

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(Unaudited)


“McClatchy”) for $1.2 million in cash and non-cash consideration for future services with an estimated fair value of $4.3 million. The fair value of acquired interests was based upon management’s estimate of the fair values using the income approach. In estimating the fair value of the acquired assets and assumed liabilities, the fair value estimates are based on, but not limited to, expected future revenue and cash flows, expected future growth rates, and estimated discount rates. Prior to May 7, 2014, the Company accounted for its 50% interest in MCT as an equity method investment. In accordance with ASC Topic 805, the Company’s preexisting equity interest was remeasured to its estimated fair value of $2.8 million using the income valuation approach and the Company recognized a gain of $1.5 million in the unaudited combined statements of comprehensive income in the second quarter of 2014. The aggregate purchase price of the remaining 50% equity interest in MCT and the estimated fair value of the Company’s preexisting 50% equity interest in MCT have been allocated to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed based upon the estimated fair values of each as of the acquisition date.
NOTE 6: INVENTORIES
Inventories consisted of the following (in thousands):
 
 
June 29, 2014
 
December 29, 2013
Newsprint
 
$
15,642

 
$
13,831

Supplies and other
 
432

 
391

Total inventories
 
$
16,074

 
$
14,222

Inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market. Tribune Publishing determines cost on the first-in, first-out (“FIFO”) basis for all inventories.
NOTE 7: GOODWILL, OTHER INTANGIBLE ASSETS AND INTANGIBLE LIABILITIES
Goodwill, other intangible assets and intangible liabilities at June 29, 2014 and December 29, 2013 consisted of the following (in thousands):
 
 
June 29, 2014
 
 
December 29, 2013
 
 
Gross Amount
 
Accumulated Amortization
 
Net Amount
 
 
Gross Amount
 
Accumulated Amortization
 
Net Amount
Other intangible assets subject to amortization
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Subscribers (useful life of 2 to 10 years)
 
$
6,194

 
$
(1,378
)
 
$
4,816

 
 
$
3,694

 
$
(919
)
 
$
2,775

Advertiser relationships (useful life of 2 to 13 years)
 
21,166

 
(3,069
)
 
18,097

 
 
14,332

 
(2,032
)
 
12,300

Affiliate agreements (useful life of 4 years)
 
11,929

 
(4,473
)
 
7,456

 
 
11,929

 
(2,982
)
 
8,947

Other (useful life of 1 to 20 years)
 
12,807

 
(712
)
 
12,095

 
 
5,132

 
(472
)
 
4,660

Total
 
$
52,096

 
$
(9,632
)
 
$
42,464

 
 
$
35,087

 
$
(6,405
)
 
$
28,682

Goodwill and other intangible assets not subject to amortization
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Goodwill
 
 
 
 
 
35,444

 
 
 
 
 
 
15,331

Newspaper mastheads
 
 
 
 
 
31,800

 
 
 
 
 
 
31,800

Total goodwill and other intangible assets
 
 
 
 
 
$
109,708

 
 
 
 
 
 
$
75,813

Intangible liabilities subject to amortization
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lease contract intangible liabilities
 
(545
)
 
302

 
(243
)
 
 
(545
)
 
218

 
(327
)
Total intangible liabilities subject to amortization
 
$
(545
)
 
$
302

 
$
(243
)
 
 
$
(545
)
 
$
218

 
$
(327
)


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The changes in the carrying amounts of intangible assets subject to amortization during the six months ended June 29, 2014 were as follows (in thousands):
Intangible assets subject to amortization
 
 
Balance at December 29, 2013
 
$
28,682

Acquisitions
 
17,009

Amortization
 
(3,227
)
Balance at June 29, 2014
 
$
42,464

The changes in the carrying amounts of intangible assets not subject to amortization and goodwill during the six months ended June 29, 2014 were as follows (in thousands):
Other intangible assets not subject to amortization
 
 
Balance as of June 29, 2014 and December 29, 2013
 
$
31,800

 
 
 
Goodwill
 
 
Balance at December 29, 2013
 
$
15,331

Acquisitions
 
20,113

Balance at June 29, 2014
 
$
35,444

As disclosed in Note 4 to Tribune Publishing's audited combined financial statements, Tribune Publishing reviews goodwill and other indefinite-lived intangible assets for impairment annually in the fourth quarter, or more frequently if events or changes in circumstances indicate that an asset may be impaired, in accordance with ASC Topic 350, "Intangibles-Goodwill and Other."
NOTE 8: INVESTMENTS
Investments consisted of equity method investments totaling $1.9 million and $2.8 million at June 29, 2014 and December 29, 2013, respectively, in the following private companies:
Company
 
% Owned

CIPS Marketing Group, Inc.
 
50
%
Homefinder.com, LLC
 
33
%
Locality Labs, LLC
 
35
%
Tribune Publishing recorded losses of $0.3 million and $0.6 million in the three and six months ended June 29, 2014, respectively, and $0.3 million and $0.6 million in the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, respectively, relating to its equity method investments. Tribune retained the investment in Locality Labs, LLC effective with the spin-off. Tribune Publishing acquired the remaining 50% of the outstanding general partnership interests of McClatchy/Tribune Information Services ("MCT") which had previously been accounted for as an equity method investment. See Note 5 for additional information on the MCT acquisition.
NOTE 9: FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS
Tribune Publishing measures and records in its combined financial statements certain assets and liabilities at fair value. ASC Topic 820, “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures,” establishes a fair value hierarchy for instruments measured at fair value that distinguishes between assumptions based on market data (observable inputs) and Tribune Publishing’s own assumptions (unobservable inputs). This hierarchy consists of the following three levels:

Level 1-Assets and liabilities whose values are based on unadjusted quoted prices for identical assets or liabilities in an active market.


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Level 2-Assets and liabilities whose values are based on inputs other than those included in Level 1, including quoted market prices in markets that are not active; quoted prices of assets or liabilities with similar attributes in active markets; or valuation models whose inputs are observable or unobservable but corroborated by market data.

Level 3-Assets and liabilities whose values are based on valuation models or pricing techniques that utilize unobservable inputs that are significant to the overall fair value measurement.
The carrying values of cash, trade accounts receivable and trade accounts payable approximated their respective fair values due to their short term to maturity.
NOTE 10: INCOME TAXES
Subchapter S Corporation Election and Subsequent Conversion to C Corporation-On March 13, 2008, Tribune filed an election to be treated as a subchapter S corporation under the Internal Revenue Code, with the election effective as of the beginning of Tribune’s 2008 fiscal year. Tribune also elected to treat nearly all of its subsidiaries, including nearly all of the subsidiaries through which Tribune Publishing operates, as qualified subchapter S subsidiaries. Subject to certain limitations (such as built-in-gains tax applicable for ten years to gains accrued prior to the election), Tribune and Tribune Publishing were not subject to federal income tax. Although most states in which Tribune and Tribune Publishing operate recognize S corporation status, some impose tax at a reduced rate. Certain Tribune Publishing non-qualified subchapter S subsidiaries were subject to federal and state income taxes as C Corporations.
On the Effective Date, Tribune emerged from bankruptcy and issued shares of common stock to non-qualifying S corporation shareholders as more fully described in Note 2. As a result, Tribune’s S corporation election was terminated and Tribune, including Tribune Publishing, became taxable as a C corporation. As a C corporation, Reorganized Tribune Publishing is subject to income taxes at a higher effective tax rate beginning in the first quarter of 2013. The effect of this conversion was recorded in connection with Reorganized Tribune Publishing’s adoption of fresh-start reporting as described in Note 2. Accordingly, Tribune Publishing’s deferred income tax assets and liabilities were reinstated at a higher effective tax rate as of the Effective Date.
In conjunction with emergence from bankruptcy, Tribune Publishing was discharged from certain debt obligations as more fully described in Note 2. Generally, for federal tax purposes, the discharge of a debt obligation in a bankruptcy proceeding for an amount less than its adjusted issue price (as defined in the IRC) creates cancellation of indebtedness income (“CODI”) that is excludable from the obligor’s taxable income. However, certain income tax attributes are reduced by the amount of CODI. The prescribed order of income tax attribute reduction is as follows: (i) net operating losses for the year of discharge and net operating loss carryforwards, (ii) most credit carryforwards, including the general business credit and the minimum tax credit, (iii) net capital losses for the year of discharge and capital loss carryforwards and (iv) the tax basis of the debtors’ assets. Reorganized Tribune Publishing does not have any net operating loss carryforwards, credit carryforwards or capital loss carryforwards at the Effective Date and therefore these tax attribute reduction provisions do not apply. Based on Reorganized Tribune Publishing’s consolidated balance sheet on the Effective Date, Reorganized Tribune Publishing will not have a significant tax basis reduction resulting from the CODI rules.
Other-Tribune Publishing filed an election effective December 30, 2013 to be taxed as a C Corporation. Accordingly, Tribune Publishing has computed income taxes as a separate return filing group. Current income taxes payable are settled with Tribune through the equity (deficit) account. For the six months ended June 30, 2013, Tribune Publishing’s operations are included in Tribune’s federal and state C Corporation income tax returns. For the purposes of these combined financial statements, Tribune Publishing has computed its income taxes for the six months ended June 30, 2013 as if it were filing separate returns.
For the three and six months ended June 29, 2014, Tribune Publishing recorded income tax expense of $10.9 million and $19.6 million, respectively. The effective tax rate on pretax income was 41.9% and 42.1% in the three and six months ended June 29, 2014, respectively. This rate differs from the U.S. federal statutory rate of 35% primarily due to state income taxes, net of federal benefit, non-deductible expenses, certain transaction costs not fully deductible for tax purposes and the domestic production activities deduction. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, Tribune Publishing recorded income tax expense of $16.6 million and $32.8 million, respectively. The effective tax rate on pretax income was 43.1% and

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NOTES TO THE COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
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43.2% in the three and six months ended June 30, 2013. This rate differs from the U.S. federal statutory rate of 35% due primarily to state income taxes, net of federal benefit, nondeductible expenses, certain transaction costs not fully deductible for tax purposes and the domestic production activities deduction.
NOTE 11: PENSION AND OTHER POSTRETIREMENT BENEFITS
Multiemployer Pension Plans-Tribune Publishing contributes to a number of multiemployer defined benefit pension plans under the terms of collective-bargaining agreements that cover its union-represented employees. See Note 4 for the description of costs and credits related to Tribune-sponsored pension plans.
Postretirement Benefits Other Than Pensions-Retirement benefits are provided to eligible employees of Tribune Publishing through defined benefit pension plans sponsored by Tribune. There is some variation in the provisions of these plans, including different provisions for lifetime maximums, prescription drug coverage and certain other benefits. The components of net periodic benefit cost for Tribune Publishing were as follows (in thousands):
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended
 
 
June 29, 2014
 
June 30, 2013
 
June 29, 2014
 
June 30, 2013
Service cost
 
$
71

 
$
111

 
$
176

 
$
222

Interest cost
 
366

 
387

 
816

 
774

Amortization of gain
 
(14
)
 

 
(14
)
 

Net periodic benefit cost
 
$
423

 
$
498

 
$
978

 
$
996

Expected Future Benefit Payments-For 2014 Tribune Publishing expects to contribute $5 million to its other postretirement plans.
NOTE 12: STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION
On March 1, 2013, Tribune adopted the 2013 Equity Incentive Plan (“Tribune Equity Incentive Plan”) for the purpose of granting stock awards to directors, officers, and employees of Tribune. Stock awarded pursuant to the Tribune Equity Incentive Plan is limited to five percent of the outstanding Tribune common stock on a diluted basis. Tribune began issuing awards under the Tribune Equity Incentive Plan in the second quarter of 2013.
The Tribune Equity Incentive Plan provides for the granting of non-qualified stock options (“NSO”), restricted stock units (“RSU”), performance share units (“PSU”) and restricted and unrestricted stock awards. Pursuant to ASC Topic 718, “Compensation-Stock Compensation,” Tribune Publishing measures stock-based compensation costs on the grant date based on the estimated fair value of the award and recognizes compensation costs on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period for the entire award. The Tribune Equity Incentive Plan allows employees to surrender to Tribune shares of vested common stock upon vesting of their stock awards or at the time they exercise their NSOs in lieu of their payment of the required withholdings for employee taxes. Tribune does not withhold taxes in excess of minimum required statutory requirements.
NSO and RSU awards generally vest 25% on each anniversary of the date of the grant. Under the Tribune Equity Incentive Plan, the exercise price of an NSO award cannot be less than the market price of Tribune common stock at the time the NSO award is granted and has a maximum contractual term of 10 years.
Tribune estimates the fair value of NSO awards using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model, which incorporates various assumptions including the expected term of the awards, volatility of the stock price, risk-free rate of return and dividend yield. The risk-free rate was based on the U.S. Treasury yield curve in effect at the time of grant. Expected volatility was based on the actual historical volatility of a select peer group of entities operating in similar industry sectors as Tribune. Expected life was calculated using the simplified method, as described under Staff Accounting Bulletin Topic 14, “Share-Based Payment,” as the Equity Incentive Plan was not in existence for a sufficient period of time for the use of Tribune-specific historical experience in the calculation.

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Tribune determines the fair value of RSUs by reference to the quoted market price of the Tribune common stock on the date of the grant.
Stock-based compensation expense for participants in the Tribune Equity Incentive Plan who are solely dedicated to Tribune Publishing have been included within selling, general and administrative expense within these combined financial statements. Stock-based compensation expense for participants in the Tribune Equity Incentive Plan who provide services to but are not solely dedicated to Tribune Publishing have been allocated to Tribune Publishing through the corporate management fee and technology service center support costs, as described in Note 4. Stock-based compensation expense related to Tribune Publishing’s employees during the three and six months ended June 29, 2014 totaled $0.6 million and $1.3 million, respectively. Stock-based compensation expense related to Tribune Publishing's employees totaled $0.9 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013. In the three and six months ended June 29, 2014, the Company was allocated $1.5 million and $4.1 million, respectively, of stock-based compensation expense through the corporate management fee and technology service center support costs. Stock-based compensation allocated to the Company was $0.5 million in the three and six months ended June 30, 2013.
As of June 29, 2014, Tribune Publishing had not yet recognized compensation cost of $6.2 million on nonvested awards with a weighted average remaining recognition period of 2.5 years.
On April 1, 2014, Tribune's compensation committee, acting for Tribune as Tribune Publishing's sole shareholder, approved the Tribune Publishing Company 2014 Omnibus Incentive Plan ("Tribune Publishing Equity Plan"), for the purpose of granting stock awards to directors, officers, and employees of Tribune Publishing. Stock awarded pursuant to the Tribune Publishing Equity Plan is limited to ten percent of Tribune Publishing common stock. As of June 29, 2014, no awards have been issued under the Tribune Publishing Equity Plan.
The Tribune Publishing Equity Plan provides for the granting of stock options, stock appreciation rights, RSUs, PSUs, restricted and unrestricted stock awards, dividend equivalents and cash awards. Pursuant to ASC Topic 718, “Compensation-Stock Compensation,” Tribune Publishing measures stock-based compensation costs on the grant date based on the estimated fair value of the award and recognizes compensation costs on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period for the entire award. The Tribune Publishing Equity Plan allows employees to surrender to Tribune shares of vested common stock upon vesting of their stock awards or at the time they exercise their stock options in lieu of their payment of the required withholdings for employee taxes. Tribune Publishing does not withhold taxes in excess of minimum required statutory requirements.
Under the Tribune Publishing Equity Plan, the exercise price of a stock option award cannot be less than the market price of Tribune Publishing common stock at the time the stock option award is granted and has a maximum contractual term of 10 years.
NOTE 13: EARNINGS PER SHARE
Basic earnings (loss) per common share is calculated by dividing net income (loss) attributable to Tribune Publishing common stockholders by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding. Diluted earnings (loss) per common share is similarly calculated, except that the calculation includes the dilutive effect of the assumed issuance of common shares under equity-based compensation plans except where the inclusion of such common shares would have an anti-dilutive impact. There were no equity-based awards of Tribune Publishing at June 29, 2014 .
On August 4, 2014, approximately 25.4 million shares of the Company's common stock were distributed to Tribune and Tribune stockholders and warrantholders who held shares as of the recorded date of July 28, 2014. This share amount is being utilized for the calculation of both basic and diluted earnings per common share for the three and six months ended June 29, 2014 and June 30, 2013, as no equity-based awards were outstanding prior to August 4, 2014.

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(Unaudited)


For the three and six months ended June 29, 2014 and June 30, 2013, basic and diluted earnings per common share were as follows (in thousands, except per share amounts):
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended
 
 
June 29, 2014
 
June 30, 2013
 
June 29, 2014
 
June 30, 2013
Net income attributable to Tribune Publishing stockholders
 
$
15,203

 
$
21,926

 
$
26,975

 
$
43,119

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - basic and diluted
 
25,424

 
25,424

 
25,424

 
25,424

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income per common share - basic and diluted
 
$
0.60

 
$
0.86

 
$
1.06

 
$
1.70

NOTE 14: SUBSEQUENT EVENTS
Spin-off transaction
On August 4, 2014, Tribune completed the spin-off of its principal publishing operations into an independent company, Tribune Publishing, by distributing 98.5% of the outstanding shares of Tribune Publishing common stock to holders of Tribune common stock and warrants. In the distribution, each holder of Tribune Class A common stock, Class B common stock and warrants received 0.25 of a share of Tribune Publishing common stock for each share of common stock or warrant held as of the record date of July 28, 2014. Based on the number of shares of Tribune common stock and warrants outstanding as of 5:00 P.M. Eastern time on July 28, 2014 and the distribution ratio, 25,042,263 shares of Tribune Publishing common stock were distributed to the Tribune stockholders and holders of warrants and Tribune retained 381,354 shares of Tribune Publishing common stock, representing 1.5% of outstanding common stock of Tribune Publishing. Subsequent to the distribution, Tribune Publishing became a separate publicly-traded company with its own board of directors and senior management team. Shares of Tribune Publishing common stock are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “TPUB”. In connection with the spin-off, Tribune Publishing paid a $275 million cash dividend to Tribune from a portion of the proceeds of the Senior Term Facility, as defined and described below, entered into by Tribune Publishing. Tribune also settled or assigned intercompany indebtedness between and among Tribune and its subsidiaries, which prior to the spin-off included Tribune Publishing and Tribune Publishing's subsidiaries.
In connection with the separation and distribution, Tribune entered into a transition services agreement (the "TSA") and certain other agreements with Tribune Publishing that will govern the relationships between Tribune Publishing and Tribune following the separation and distribution. Pursuant to the TSA, Tribune will provide Tribune Publishing with certain specified services on a transitional basis, including support in areas such as human resources, risk management, treasury, technology, legal, real estate, procurement, and advertising and marketing in a single market. In addition, the TSA outlines the services that Tribune Publishing will provide Tribune on a transitional basis, including in areas such as human resources, technology, legal, procurement, accounting, digital advertising operations, and advertising, marketing, event management and fleet maintenance in a single market, and other areas where Tribune may need assistance and support following the separation and distribution. The charges for the transition services generally allow the providing company to fully recover all out-of-pocket costs and expenses it actually incurs in connection with providing the services, plus, in some cases, the allocated direct costs of providing the services, generally without profit.
Tribune has received a private letter ruling ("PLR") from the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") which provides that the distribution of Tribune Publishing stock and certain related transactions will qualify as tax-free to Tribune, Tribune Publishing and Tribune's stockholders and warrantholders for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Although a PLR from the IRS generally is binding on the IRS, the PLR does not rule that the distribution satisfies every requirement for a tax-free distribution, and the parties will rely solely on the opinion of the Tribune's special tax counsel that such additional requirements have been satisfied.
Senior Term Facility
On August 4, 2014, the Company entered into a credit agreement (the “Term Loan Credit Agreement”) with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent and collateral agent (in such capacity, the “Term Collateral Agent”),

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and the lenders party thereto (the "Senior Term Facility"). The Senior Term Facility provides for loans (the “Term Loans”) in an aggregate principal amount of $350 million. Subject to certain conditions, without the consent of the then existing lenders (but subject to the receipt of commitments), the Senior Term Facility may be expanded (or a new term loan facility, revolving credit facility or letter of credit facility added) by an amount up to (i) the greater of $100 million and an amount as will not cause the net senior secured leverage ratio after giving effect to such incurrence to exceed 2:1, plus (ii) an amount equal to all voluntary prepayments of the term loans borrowed under the Senior Term Facility on the distribution date and refinancing debt in respect of such loans, subject to certain conditions.
The Senior Term Facility will mature on August 4, 2021 (the “Term Loan Maturity Date”). The Term Loans amortize in equal quarterly installments in aggregate annual amounts equal to 1.25% of the original principal amount of the Senior Term Facility with the balance payable on the Term Loan Maturity Date. In addition, however, the Senior Term Facility provides for the right of individual lenders to extend the maturity date of their loans upon the request of the Company without the consent of any other lender. The Term Loans may be prepaid, in whole or in part, without premium or penalty, except that (a) prepayments and certain refinancings of the Senior Term Facility prior to August 4, 2015 will be subject to a prepayment premium of 1.0% of the principal amount prepaid and (b) lenders will be compensated for redeployment costs, if any. Subject to certain exceptions and provisions for the ratable sharing with indebtedness secured on a pari passu basis with the Senior Term Facility, the Senior Term Facility will be subject to mandatory prepayment in an amount equal to:
100% of the net proceeds (other than those that are used to purchase certain assets within a specified time period) of certain asset sales and certain insurance recovery events;
100% of the net proceeds of the issuance or incurrence of indebtedness (other than indebtedness permitted to be incurred under the Senior Term Facility unless specifically incurred to refinance a portion of the Senior Term Facility); and
50% of annual excess cash flow for any fiscal year (beginning with the fiscal year ending December 27, 2015), such percentage to decrease to 25% on the attainment of a secured leverage ratio of 1.25:1.00 and to 0% on the attainment of a secured leverage ratio of 0.75:1.00. In addition the Company will not be required to make an excess cash flow prepayment if such payment would result in available liquidity being less than $75 million.
Tribune Publishing Company is the borrower under the Senior Term Facility. Each of Tribune Publishing Company’s wholly-owned domestic subsidiaries, subject to certain exceptions (collectively, the “Subsidiary Guarantors”), guarantee the payment obligations under the Senior Term Facility. All obligations of Tribune Publishing Company and each Subsidiary Guarantor under the Senior Term Facility are secured by the following: (a) a perfected security interest in substantially all present and after-acquired property consisting of accounts receivable, inventory and other property constituting the borrowing base (the “ABL Priority Collateral”), which security interest will be junior to the security interest in the foregoing assets securing the Senior ABL Facility; and (b) a perfected security interest in substantially all other assets of Tribune Publishing Company and the Subsidiary Guarantors (other than the ABL Priority Collateral and with certain other exceptions) (the “Term Loan Priority Collateral” and, together with the ABL Priority Collateral, the “Collateral”), which security interest will be senior to the security interest in the foregoing assets securing the Senior ABL Facility.
The interest rates applicable to the Term Loans will be based on a fluctuating rate of interest measured by reference to either, at the Company’s option, (i) the greater of (x) an adjusted London inter-bank offered rate (adjusted for reserve requirements) and (y) 1.00%, plus a borrowing margin of 4.75%, or (ii) an alternate base rate, plus a borrowing margin of 3.75%. Customary fees will be payable in respect of the Term Loan Facility. The Senior Term Facility contains a number of covenants that, among other things, limit the ability of Tribune Publishing Company and its restricted subsidiaries, as described in the Term Loan Credit Agreement to: incur more indebtedness; pay dividends; redeem stock or make other distributions in respect of equity; make investments; create restrictions on the ability of Tribune Publishing Company’s restricted subsidiaries that are not Subsidiary Guarantors to pay dividends to Tribune Publishing Company or make other intercompany transfers; create negative pledges; create liens; transfer or sell assets; merge or consolidate; enter into sale leasebacks; enter into certain transactions with the Company’s affiliates; and prepay or amend the terms of certain indebtedness. The Senior Term Facility also contains certain affirmative covenants, including financial and other reporting requirements. The Senior Term Facility provides for customary events of default, including: non-payment of principal, interest or fees; violation of covenants; material inaccuracy of representations or warranties; specified cross payment default

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and cross acceleration to other material indebtedness; certain bankruptcy events; certain ERISA events; material invalidity of guarantees or security interests; asserted invalidity of intercreditor agreements; material judgments and change of control.
Senior ABL Facility
On August 4, 2014, Tribune Publishing Company and the Subsidiary Guarantors, in their capacities as borrowers thereunder, entered into a credit agreement (the “ABL Credit Agreement”) with Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent, collateral agent (in such capacity, the “ABL Collateral Agent”), swing line lender and letter of credit issuer and the lenders party thereto (the "Senior ABL Facility"). The Senior ABL Facility provides for senior secured revolving loans and letters of credit of up to a maximum aggregate principal amount of $140 million (subject to availability under a borrowing base). Extensions of credit under the Senior ABL Facility will be limited by a borrowing base calculated periodically and described below. Up to $75 million of availability under the Senior ABL Facility is available for letters of credit and up to $15 million of availability under the Senior ABL Facility is available for swing line loans. The Senior ABL Facility also permits Tribune Publishing Company to increase the commitments under the Senior ABL Facility by up to $75 million. The “borrowing base” is defined in the ABL Credit Agreement as, at any time, the sum of (i) 85% of eligible accounts receivable (with such percentage reduced under certain circumstances), plus (ii) the lesser of (x) 10% of aggregate commitments and (y) 70% of the lower of cost and market value (determined based on the RISI index) of eligible inventory, plus (iii) qualified cash, minus (iv) availability reserves, which may include, such availability reserves as the ABL Administrative Agent, in its permitted discretion, deems appropriate at such time. As of August 4, 2014, $19.3 million of the Senior ABL Facility availability supported an outstanding undrawn letter of credit in the same amount.
The Senior ABL Facility will mature on August 4, 2019. In addition, however, the Senior ABL Facility provides for the right of individual lenders to extend the termination date of their commitments upon the request of Tribune Publishing Company without the consent of any other lender. The Senior ABL Facility may be prepaid at Tribune Publishing Company’s option at any time without premium or penalty (except for lender’s redeployment costs, if any) and will be subject to mandatory prepayment if the outstanding Senior ABL Facility exceeds either the aggregate commitments with respect thereto or the current borrowing base, in an amount equal to such excess. Mandatory prepayments do not result in a permanent reduction of the lenders’ commitments under the Senior ABL Facility.
Tribune Publishing Company and the Subsidiary Guarantors are the borrowers under the Senior ABL Facility. Tribune Publishing Company and the Subsidiary Guarantors guarantee the payment obligations under the Senior ABL Facility. All obligations of Tribune Publishing Company and each Subsidiary Guarantor under the Senior ABL Facility are secured by the following: (a) a perfected security interest in the ABL Priority Collateral, which security interest will be senior to the security interest in such collateral securing the Senior Term Facility; and (b) a perfected security interest in the Term Loan Priority Collateral, which security interest will be junior to the security interest in such collateral securing the Senior Term Facility.
Until the date that is one day before the maturity date of the Senior ABL Facility, at the option of the applicable borrower, the interest rates applicable to the loans under the Senior ABL Facility will be based either, at Tribune Publishing Company’s option (i) an adjusted London inter-bank offered rate (adjusted for reserve requirements), plus a borrowing margin of 1.50% or (ii) an alternate base rate, plus a borrowing margin of 0.50%. Customary fees will be payable in respect of the Senior ABL Facility, including commitment fees of 0.25% and letter of credit fees. The Senior ABL Facility contains a number of covenants that, among other things, limit or restrict the ability of Tribune Publishing Company and its restricted subsidiaries as described in the ABL Credit Agreement to: incur more indebtedness; pay dividends; redeem stock or make other distributions in respect of equity; make investments; create restrictions on the ability of the Company’s restricted subsidiaries that are not Subsidiary Guarantors to pay dividends to Tribune Publishing Company or make other intercompany transfers; create negative pledges; enter into certain transactions with the Company’s affiliates; and prepay or amend the terms of certain indebtedness. In addition, if Tribune Publishing Company’s Availability (as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement) under the Senior ABL Facility falls below the greater of $14 million and 10% of the lesser of the aggregate revolving commitments and the Borrowing Base, Tribune Publishing Company will be required to maintain a Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio of at least 1.0:1.0, as defined in the Senior ABL Facility. The Senior ABL Facility also contains certain affirmative covenants, including financial and other reporting requirements. The Senior ABL Facility also provides for customary events of default, including: non-payment of principal; interest or fees; violation of covenants; material inaccuracy of representations or warranties; specified cross default and cross acceleration to other material indebtedness; certain

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bankruptcy events; certain ERISA events; material invalidity of guarantees or security interest; asserted invalidity of intercreditor agreements; material judgments and change of control.
Letter of Credit Agreement
On August 4, 2014, Tribune Publishing Company and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as letter of credit issuer (the “L/C Issuer”) entered into a letter of credit agreement (the "Letter of Credit Agreement"). The Letter of Credit Agreement provides for the issuance of standby letters of credit of up to a maximum aggregate principal face of $30 million. The Letter of Credit Agreement permits Tribune Publishing Company, at the sole discretion of L/C Issuer, to request to increase the amount available to be issued under the Letter of Credit Agreement up to an aggregate maximum face amount of $50 million. The Letter of Credit Agreement is scheduled to terminate on August 4, 2019, provided that the L/C Issuer may, in its sole discretion, extend the scheduled termination date. Tribune Publishing Company’s obligations under the Letter of Credit Agreement are secured in favor of the L/C Issuer by a first priority security interest in a specified cash collateral account. Customary fees will be payable in respect of the Letter of Credit Agreement. The Letter of Credit Agreement contains certain affirmative covenants, including financial and other reporting requirements. The Letter of Credit Agreement also provides for customary events of default, including: non-payment; violation of covenants; material inaccuracy of representations and warranties; specified cross-default to other material indebtedness; certain bankruptcy events; material invalidity of credit documents and failure to satisfy the minimum collateral condition. As of August 4, 2014, a $27.5 million undrawn letter of credit was outstanding against the Letter of Credit Agreement. This Letter of Credit Agreement was collateralized with $27.5 million of cash held in a specified cash collateral account.
Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
(dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with the other sections of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, including the Company’s Combined Financial Statements and related Notes filed as part of this Quarterly Report, and “Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements.” Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations contains a number of forward-looking statements, all of which are based on our current expectations and could be affected by the uncertainties and other factors described throughout this Quarterly Report, as well as the factors described in our information statement filed as Exhibit 99.1 to the Company's registration statement on Form 10, as amended and filed with the SEC on July 21, 2014, particularly under “Risk Factors.”
We believe that the assumptions underlying the Combined Financial Statements included in this Quarterly Report are reasonable. However, the Combined Financial Statements may not necessarily reflect our results of operations, financial position and cash flows for future periods or what they would have been had Tribune Publishing been a separate, stand-alone company during the periods presented.
OVERVIEW
On July 10, 2013, Tribune Media Company, formerly Tribune Company (collectively "Tribune") announced its plan to spin-off essentially all of its publishing business into an independent company. The business represented the principal publishing operations of Tribune and certain other entities wholly-owned by Tribune, as described below, and was organized as a new company, Tribune Publishing Company (the "Company" or "Tribune Publishing"). The spin-off was completed August 4, 2014. See "Significant Events" below for more information.
Tribune Publishing’s operations are located in eight major-markets and consist of ten daily newspapers and related businesses, distribution of preprinted insert advertisements, commercial printing and delivery services to other newspapers, distribution of syndicated content and management of the websites of Tribune Publishing’s daily newspapers, along with other branded products that target specific areas of interest. The daily newspapers published by Tribune Publishing are the Los Angeles Times; the Chicago Tribune; the Sun Sentinel; the Orlando Sentinel; The Baltimore Sun; The Capital; the Carroll County Times; the Hartford Courant; The Morning Call, serving Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley; and the Daily Press, serving the Virginia Peninsula. Tribune Publishing’s operations also include Blue Lynx Media, LLC (“BLM”) which operates a shared service center for the benefit of Tribune and its subsidiaries, including the subsidiaries of Tribune Publishing; a 50% equity interest in CIPS Marketing Group, Inc. (“CIPS”) and a 33% equity interest in Homefinder.com, LLC (“Homefinder”). Prior to May 7, 2014, Tribune Publishing’s operations also included a 50% equity interest in McClatchy/Tribune Information

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Services (“MCT”). On May 7, 2014, Tribune Publishing’s subsidiary, TCA News Service, LLC, acquired the remaining 50% interest in MCT.
On March 5, 2014, Tribune Publishing’s subsidiary, The Baltimore Sun Company, LLC, acquired the Baltimore City Paper and its related publications. On April 4, 2014 Tribune Publishing’s subsidiary, the Hartford Courant Company, LLC, acquired Reminder Media and its related publications in eastern and northern Connecticut. On May 1, 2014, The Baltimore Sun Company, LLC acquired The Capital and the Carroll County Times and their related publications.
In the six months ended June 29, 2014, 56% of Tribune Publishing operating revenues were derived from advertising. These revenues were generated from the sale of advertising space in published issues of the newspapers and on interactive websites and from the sale of advertising supplements inserted into the newspapers. Approximately 25% of operating revenues for the six months ended June 29, 2014 were generated from the sale of newspapers to individual subscribers or to sales outlets, which re-sell the newspapers. The remaining 19% of operating revenues for the six months ended June 29, 2014 were generated from direct mail services, the provision of commercial printing and delivery services to other newspapers, the distribution of syndicated content, direct mail advertising and other related activities.
Advertising revenue includes newspaper print advertising and digital advertising. Newspaper print advertising is typically in the form of display or preprint advertising whereas digital advertising can be in the form of display, banner ads, coupon ads, video, search advertising and linear ads placed on Tribune Publishing and affiliated websites. Advertising revenues are comprised of three basic categories: retail, national and classified. Changes in advertising revenues are heavily correlated with changes in the level of economic activity in the United States. Changes in gross domestic product, consumer spending levels, auto sales, housing sales, unemployment rates, job creation, circulation levels and rates all impact demand for advertising in Tribune Publishing’s newspapers and websites. Tribune Publishing’s advertising revenues are subject to changes in these factors both on a national level and on a local level in its markets. Circulation revenue results from the sale of print and digital editions of newspapers to individual subscribers and the sale of print editions of newspapers to sales outlets, which re-sell the newspapers. Other revenues are derived from direct mail services, commercial printing and delivery services provided to other newspapers, direct mail advertising and other related activities. Significant operating expense categories include compensation, newsprint and ink, circulation distribution, depreciation and amortization, allocations of corporate costs and other operating expenses. Compensation expense is affected by many factors, including the number of full-time equivalent employees, changes in the design and costs of various employee benefit plans, the level of pay increases and actions to reduce staffing levels. Circulation distribution expenses primarily included delivery and inserting fees paid to third party contractors and postage costs for Tribune Publishing’s total market coverage products. Circulation distribution expenses can vary from year to year due to changes in volume levels, the fees negotiated with third party contractors and postage rates. Newsprint and ink are commodities and pricing can vary significantly from year to year. Allocated corporate costs included charges from Tribune and Tribune Affiliates for certain corporate, service center and technology support services, as well as insurance, occupancy and other costs. Other expenses are principally for sales and marketing activities, occupancy costs, amounts paid to third parties for temporary labor, outside printing and production costs and other general and administrative expenses.
Tribune Publishing uses operating revenues and income from operations as ways to measure financial performance. In addition, Tribune Publishing uses average net paid circulation for its newspapers, together with other factors, to measure its market share and performance. Net paid circulation includes both individually paid copy sales (home delivery, single copy and digital copy sales) and other paid copy sales (education, sponsored and hotel copy sales).
Tribune Publishing’s results of operations, when examined on a quarterly basis, reflect the seasonality of Tribune Publishing’s revenues. Second and fourth quarter advertising revenues are typically higher than first and third quarter revenues. Results for the second quarter reflect spring advertising revenues, while the fourth quarter includes advertising revenues related to the holiday season.

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The following table sets forth the Company’s major publishing assets as of June 29, 2014:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Circulation (000s)1
 
Digital (millions) 2
 
 
Market
 
First
published
 
DMA
rank(3)
 
Daily
 
Sunday
 
Unique
visitors
 
Page 
views
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Los Angeles, CA
 
1882
 
2
 
673
 
956
 
39
 
155
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chicago, IL
 
1847
 
3
 
440
 
790
 
16
 
113
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
South Florida
 
1910
 
16
 
163
 
218
 
8
 
27
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Orlando, FL
 
1876
 
18
 
151
 
258
 
4
 
33
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Baltimore, MD
 
1838
 
27
 
174
 
296
 
5
 
34
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Baltimore, MD
 
1884
 
27
 
29
 
34
 
N/A
 
N/A
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Baltimore, MD
 
1911
 
27
 
21
 
23
 
N/A
 
N/A
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hartford, CT
 
1764
 
30
 
120
 
181
 
2
 
24
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  (4)
 
Allentown, PA
 
1895
 
54
 
80
 
128
 
2
 
14
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Newport News, VA
 
1896
 
45
 
52
 
85
 
1
 
6
Note: Circulation and digital traffic statistics may include minimal duplication among the media properties
1 Alliance for Audited Media; Includes print and digital circulation; Total circulation is average for six months ended March 31, 2014; DMA net combined
audience except for Sun Sentinel which is NDM net combined audience
2 Average over the six months ended June 29, 2014. Digital audience is based on Tribune Publishing’s internal metrics.
3 Nielsen estimates as of September 2013
4 The Morning Call focuses on the Lehigh Valley region within the Philadelphia DMA (#4)
SIGNIFICANT EVENTS
Spin-Off Transaction
On August 4, 2014, Tribune completed the spin-off of its principal publishing operations into an independent company, Tribune Publishing, by distributing 98.5% of the outstanding shares of Tribune Publishing common stock to holders of Tribune common stock and warrants. In the distribution, each holder of Tribune Class A common stock, Class B common stock and warrants received 0.25 of a share of Tribune Publishing common stock for each share of Tribune common stock or Tribune warrant held as of the record date of July 28, 2014. Based on the number of shares of Tribune common stock and Tribune warrants outstanding as of 5:00 P.M. Eastern time on July 28, 2014 and the distribution ratio, 25,042,263 shares of Tribune Publishing common stock were distributed to the Tribune stockholders and holders of Tribune warrants and Tribune retained 381,354 shares of Tribune Publishing common stock, representing 1.5% of outstanding common stock of Tribune Publishing. Subsequent to the distribution, Tribune Publishing became a separate publicly-traded company with its own board of directors and senior management team. Shares of Tribune Publishing common stock are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “TPUB”. In connection with the spin-off, Tribune Publishing paid a $275 million cash dividend to Tribune from a portion of the proceeds of a senior secured credit facility entered into by Tribune Publishing.
In connection with the separation and distribution, Tribune entered into a transition services agreement (the "TSA") and certain other agreements with Tribune Publishing that will govern the relationships between Tribune Publishing and Tribune following the separation and distribution. Pursuant to the TSA, Tribune will provide Tribune Publishing with certain specified services on a transitional basis, including support in areas such as human resources, risk management, treasury, technology, legal, real estate, procurement and advertising and marketing in a single market. In addition, the TSA outlines the services that Tribune Publishing will provide Tribune on a transitional basis, including in areas such as human resources, technology, legal, procurement, accounting, digital advertising operations, and advertising, marketing, event management and fleet maintenance in a single market, and other areas where Tribune may need assistance and support following the separation and distribution. The charges for the transition services generally allow the providing company to fully recover all out-of-

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pocket costs and expenses it actually incurs in connection with providing the services, plus, in some cases, the allocated direct costs of providing the services, generally without profit.
For further information regarding the separation and distribution and the business conducted by Tribune Publishing following the spin-off, see the information statement filed as Exhibit 99.1 to the Company's registration statement on Form 10, as amended, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on July 21, 2014 and declared effective by the SEC on July 21, 2014. The registration statement is available through the SEC website.
Tribune has received a private letter ruling ("PLR") from the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") which provides that the distribution of Tribune Publishing stock and certain related transactions will qualify as tax-free to Tribune, Tribune Publishing and Tribune's stockholders and warrantholders for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Although a PLR from the IRS generally is binding on the IRS, the PLR does not rule that the distribution satisfies every requirement for a tax-free distribution, and the parties will rely solely on the opinion of the Tribune's special tax counsel that such additional requirements have been satisfied.
Chapter 11 Reorganization
On December 8, 2008 (the “Petition Date”), Tribune and 110 of its direct and indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries (each a “Debtor” and, collectively, the “Debtors”), filed voluntary petitions for relief (collectively, the “Chapter 11 Petitions”) under Chapter 11 (“Chapter 11”) of title 11 of the United States Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the “Bankruptcy Court”). The Debtors’ Chapter 11 proceedings continue to be jointly administered under the caption “In re: Tribune Company, et al.,” Case No. 08-13141. Certain of the legal entities included in the combined financial statements of Tribune Publishing (see “Separation from Tribune Company" and "Basis of Presentation”) were Debtors or, as a result of the restructuring transactions described below, are successor legal entities to legal entities that were Debtors (collectively, the “Tribune Publishing Debtors”). References to the Debtors herein include the Tribune Publishing Debtors unless otherwise indicated. Other legal entities included in the combined financial statements of Tribune Publishing did not file petitions for relief under Chapter 11 as of or subsequent to the Petition Date, and were, therefore, not Debtors, and are not successors to legal entities that were Debtors (each a “Non-Debtor Subsidiary” and, collectively, the “Non-Debtor Subsidiaries”) as of December 31, 2012. For all periods presented herein, the Non-Debtor Subsidiaries included in the combined financial statements of Tribune Publishing are Tribune Interactive, LLC (as the successor legal entity to Tribune Interactive, Inc.); Riverwalk Center I Joint Venture; Tribune Hong Kong Limited, a foreign subsidiary; BLM; and Local Pro Plus Realty, LLC, a legal entity established subsequent to the Petition Date.
A joint plan of reorganization for the Debtors (the “Plan”), including the Tribune Publishing Debtors, became effective and the Debtors emerged from Chapter 11 on December 31, 2012 (the “Effective Date”). Where appropriate, Tribune Publishing and its business operations as conducted on or after December 31, 2012 are herein referred to as “Reorganized Tribune Publishing,” “Reorganized Tribune Publishing Debtors”, “Successor Tribune Publishing” or “Successor”. Tribune and its business operations conducted on or after December 31, 2012 are herein referred to as “Reorganized Tribune Company” and such references include Reorganized Tribune Publishing and Reorganized Tribune Publishing Debtors unless otherwise indicated. Where appropriate, Tribune Publishing and its business operations as conducted on or prior to December 30, 2012 are herein referred to as “Predecessor Tribune Publishing” or “Predecessor”.
From the Petition Date and until the Effective Date, the Debtors operated their businesses as “debtors- in-possession” under the jurisdiction of the Bankruptcy Court and in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Bankruptcy Code, the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and applicable orders of the Bankruptcy Court. In general, as debtors-in-possession, the Debtors were authorized under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code to continue to operate as ongoing businesses, but could not engage in transactions outside the ordinary course of business without the prior approval of the Bankruptcy Court.
For details of the proceedings under Chapter 11 and the terms of the Plan, see Note 2 of the combined financial statements included elsewhere in this report.
Fresh-Start Reporting
Reorganized Tribune Company adopted fresh-start reporting on the Effective Date in accordance with ASC Topic 852, “Reorganizations.” Reorganized Tribune Publishing also adopted fresh-start reporting on the Effective Date. The combined financial statements of Tribune Publishing as of and for all periods presented prior to the Effective Date have not

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been adjusted to reflect any changes in Tribune’s capital structure as a result of the Plan nor have they been adjusted to reflect any changes in the fair value of assets and liabilities as a result of the adoption of fresh-start reporting. Such adjustments were applied to Tribune Publishing’s combined financial statements as of the Effective Date and were reflected in Tribune Publishing’s combined financial statements during the first quarter of 2013. Accordingly, Tribune Publishing’s financial statements for periods subsequent to the Effective Date will not be comparable to prior periods as such prior periods do not give effect to the Plan or the related application of fresh-start reporting.
ASC Topic 852 requires, among other things, a determination of the reorganization value for Reorganized Tribune Company and allocation of such reorganization value to the fair value of Reorganized Tribune Company’s tangible assets, finite-lived intangible assets and indefinite-lived intangible assets in accordance with the provisions of ASC Topic 805, “Business Combinations,” as of the Effective Date. In accordance with the provisions of ASC Topic 805, the reorganization value of Reorganized Tribune Company was allocated, in part, to the fair value of Reorganized Tribune Publishing’s tangible assets, finite-lived intangible assets, and indefinite-lived intangible assets as of the Effective Date. The reorganization value for Reorganized Tribune Company represents the amount of resources available, or that become available, for the satisfaction of postpetition liabilities and allowed prepetition claims, as negotiated between the Debtors and their creditors. This value is viewed as the fair value of Reorganized Tribune Company before considering liabilities and is intended to approximate the amount a willing buyer would pay for the assets of Reorganized Tribune Company immediately after emergence from bankruptcy. The “Fresh-Start Combined Balance Sheet” included in the information statement filed as Exhibit 99.1 to the Company's registration statement on Form 10, as amended and filed with the SEC on July 21, 2014, summarizes the Predecessor’s December 30, 2012 combined balance sheet, the reorganization and fresh-start reporting adjustments that were made to the balance sheet as of December 31, 2012, and the resulting Successor’s combined balance sheet as of December 31, 2012.
In accordance with ASC Topic 852, the Predecessor’s combined statement of comprehensive income for December 31, 2012 includes only (i) reorganization adjustments which resulted in a net gain of $2.862 billion before taxes ($2.894 billion after taxes) and (ii) fresh-start reporting adjustments which resulted in a net loss of $107.5 million before taxes ($52.1 million after taxes). The Predecessor’s combined statements of comprehensive income and cash flows for December 31, 2012 exclude the results of operations and cash flows arising from the Predecessor’s business operations on December 31, 2012. Because the Predecessor’s December 31, 2012 results of operations and cash flows were not material, Reorganized Tribune Publishing has elected to report them as part of Reorganized Tribune Publishing’s combined statements of comprehensive income and combined statements of cash flows for the first quarter of 2013.
See Note 2 to the combined financial statements included elsewhere in this report for additional information regarding these other reorganization items.
Subchapter S Corporation Election and Subsequent Conversion to C Corporation
On March 13, 2008, Tribune filed an election to be treated as a subchapter S corporation under the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”), with the election effective as of the beginning of Tribune’s 2008 fiscal year. Tribune also elected to treat nearly all of its subsidiaries, including the subsidiaries through which Tribune Publishing operates, as qualified subchapter S subsidiaries. Subject to certain limitations (such as built-in-gains tax applicable for ten years to gains accrued prior to the election), Tribune and Tribune Publishing were not subject to federal income tax. Although most states in which Tribune and Tribune Publishing operate recognize S corporation status, some impose tax at a reduced rate. Certain Tribune Publishing non-qualified subchapter S subsidiaries were subject to federal and state income taxes as C corporations. On December 31, 2012, Tribune emerged from bankruptcy and issued shares of common stock to non-qualifying S corporation shareholders. As a result, the Tribune S corporation election was terminated and Tribune became taxable as a C corporation beginning on December 31, 2012. As a C corporation, Reorganized Tribune Company is subject to income taxes at a higher effective tax rate. Tribune Publishing’s operations through December 29, 2013 are included in Tribune’s federal and state C corporation income tax returns. Effective December 30, 2013, Tribune Publishing filed an election to be taxed as a separate return filing group.
Transfer of Real Estate Assets to Tribune Real Estate Holding Companies
Tribune and Tribune Affiliates consummated an internal restructuring, pursuant to and in accordance with the terms of the Plan. These restructuring transactions included, among other things, establishing a number of real estate holding companies. On December 21, 2012, the majority of the land and buildings owned by Tribune Publishing were transferred to Tribune’s newly established real estate holding companies.

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In 2013, Tribune Publishing entered into related party lease agreements with the real estate holding companies to lease back certain land and buildings that were transferred. Although the properties subject to related party leases were legally transferred to the holding companies, Tribune Publishing determined that pursuant to the terms of the leases, it maintained forms of continuing involvement with the properties, which, pursuant to ASC Topic 840, “Leases,” precluded Tribune Publishing from derecognizing those properties from its combined financial statements. As a result, Tribune Publishing continued to account for and depreciate the carrying values of the transferred properties subject to related party leases. Rent payments under the related party leases were accounted for as dividends to Tribune and Tribune Affiliates.
On December 1, 2013, Tribune Publishing modified the related party leases to eliminate certain protections provided to the landlord in the event of default by the tenant, including the right to collect rent and other balances owed by tenant under the leases utilizing insurance proceeds received by the landlord in the event of damage and otherwise payable to the tenant, as well as the right to collect rent directly from subtenants to the extent all or a portion of the premise is sublet. Pursuant to ASC Topic 840, these provisions had precluded Tribune Publishing from derecognizing those properties from its combined financial statements. As a result of these modifications, Tribune Publishing determined that it no longer had forms of continuing involvement with the transferred properties and derecognized such properties from its combined financial statements by recording a $337.6 million reduction to net properties and a corresponding reduction to the parent company investment component of equity (deficit) in its combined balance sheet. Tribune Publishing has accounted for these related party leases as operating leases beginning on December 1, 2013.