Yellow Media Inc. to Record Impairment Charge in the Third Quarter and announces Measures to Strengthen its Capital Structure
- Company will record a goodwill impairment charge of $2.9 billion
- Company eliminates future dividends on its common shares
- Company agrees to amend credit agreement following recent downgrade to its credit ratings
- Company decisively reduces debt while maintaining adequate liquidity
- Company is focused on executing its 360 Solution digital strategy
Montreal (Quebec), September 28, 2011 - As announced in the second quarter, Yellow Media Inc. (TSX: YLO) determined that, depending on the outcome of the review of its strategic and operating plans, the fair value of the Company’s assets may be determined to be less than their carrying value. As a result, the Company tested the goodwill and other long-lived assets related to its business for potential impairment. The impairment testing has now been completed and, as a result, the Company will record a goodwill impairment charge of $2.9 billion in net earnings for the period ending September 30, 2011.
This impairment charge is a non-cash item and does not affect the Company’s operations, its liquidity or cash flow from operating activities, its bank credit agreement or its note indentures. This charge will be reflected in the Company's financial statements for the period ending September 30, 2011. It is the result of a combination of factors, including the decrease in the Company's common share price and the pressure on EBITDA due to the accelerated transition from print to online, the uncertainties, if or when, new product introductions will compensate for the declining trend in print revenues and the lower margins from recent business acquisitions.
“We are decisively taking action to reduce our debt. The Board, the management team and all our employees are focused on the successful transformation of Yellow Media toward a digital media company through the execution of our 360 Solution strategy,” said Marc P. Tellier, President and CEO of Yellow Media.
Dividends on Common Shares to be Eliminated
The Yellow Media Board of Directors has determined that it is in the best interest of the Company to eliminate future dividends on its common shares. This decision is in compliance with the amendments that the Company has agreed to make to its principal credit agreement and will improve its financial profile and capital position. The $0.025 dividend per common share that was previously declared by the Company and announced on August 4, 2011 remains payable on October 17, 2011 to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 30, 2011. The cash retained from the elimination of dividends will be used to reduce indebtedness.
Yellow Media is committed to improving its financial position through further debt reduction by pursuing a prudent financial policy and by maintaining a capital structure that provides flexibility through diverse funding sources and timing of its debt maturities. Management’s current focus is to reinforce the Company’s financial foundation upon which to execute Yellow Media’s digital transformation. Yellow Media expects to achieve stronger credit protection measures through sustained cash flow generation and deleveraging of its balance sheet.
With the debt repayment announced today, the Company will have reduced its total indebtedness by approximately $700 million during the quarter (representing the amount of net proceeds from the previously announced sale of Trader Corporation), including the repayment of $238 million principal amount of Medium Term Notes.
Amendments to Existing Credit Agreement
As a result of the recent downgrade of its credit ratings, Yellow Media and its lenders have agreed to amend the terms of its principal $1 billion senior unsecured credit facility, which currently consists of a $750 million revolving term loan and a $250 million non-revolving term loan, each maturing on February 18, 2013. Yellow Media has agreed with the unanimous support of the banks forming part of the syndicate of lenders under the principal credit facility to repay a total amount of $500 million of its bank indebtedness and to reduce the committed size of the revolving term loan from $750 million to $250 million. The committed size of the non-revolving term loan remains unchanged. As a result, upon the effective date of the amendments, the new principal $500 million senior unsecured credit facility will consist of a $250 million revolving tranche and a $250 million non-revolving tranche, each maturing on February 18, 2013.
The Company has agreed to make quarterly payments of $25 million on the non-revolving term loan commencing in January 2012. Pursuant to the amendments, Yellow Media has also agreed to suspend future dividends on its common shares, except for the scheduled dividend payment on October 17, 2011.
Upon the downgrade of its credit ratings announced on August 4, 2011, Yellow Media became subject to a restriction contained in its credit agreement that limits the aggregate amount of excess cash that can be paid as dividends and for the repurchase of securities during any trailing 12-month period. As part of the amendments, Yellow Media is receiving a waiver of this distribution restriction in respect of the prior 12-month period.
A copy of the second amended and restated credit agreement will be available on www.sedar.com .
About Yellow Media Inc.
Yellow Media Inc. (TSX: YLO) is Canada’s #1 Internet company through its network of companies that include Yellow Pages Group and Canpages. Yellow Media Inc. owns and operates some of Canada’s leading properties and publications including Yellow Pages™ directories, YellowPages.ca™ , Canada411.ca™ , RedFlagDeals.com , and LesPAC.com . Its online destinations reach approximately 9.2 million unique visitors monthly and its mobile applications for finding local businesses and deals have been downloaded over 2.5 million times. Yellow Media Inc. is also a leader in national digital advertising through Mediative , a digital advertising and marketing solutions provider to national agencies and advertisers. For more information, visit corporate.yp.ca .
*Yellow Pages Group, YellowPages, Canpages, Canada411, RedFlagDeals, LesPAC are registered trademarks of Yellow Media Inc.
Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements about the objectives, strategies, financial conditions, results of operations and businesses of the Company. These statements are forward-looking as they are based on our current expectations, as at September 28, 2011, about our business and the markets we operate in, and on various estimates and assumptions. Our actual results could materially differ from our expectations if known or unknown risks affect our business, or if our estimates or assumptions turn out to be inaccurate. As a result, there is no assurance that any forward-looking statements will materialize. Risks that could cause our results to differ materially from our current expectations are discussed in section 6 of our August 4, 2011 Management’s Discussion and Analysis. We disclaim any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by law, even if new information becomes available, as a result of future events or for any other reason.
Investor Conference Call
Yellow Media Inc. will hold an analyst and media call at 9:00 am (Eastern Time) on September 28, 2011. The call may be accessed by dialing 416-340-2216 or 1 866 226-1792 outside of Toronto. The conference call will be archived in the Investor Center of the site at corporate.yp.ca. A playback of the call can also be accessed from September 28 to September 30, 2011 by dialing (905) 694-9451 or 1 800 408-3053 outside Toronto. The conference access code is 5508842.
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