Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Recent Transactions

Recent Transactions
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2019
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Recent Transactions


During the three month period ended March 31, 2019, we completed or entered into the following transactions:

Debt Transactions

Based on the then existing market conditions, we completed repurchases of the Notes at amounts less than face value as follows during the three months ended March 31, 2019:



     % of Face
    Bond Issue
     Net Gain  
     (Dollars in thousands)  

March 28, 2019

   $ 2,000      $ 1,830        91.50   $ 37      $ 134  

March 28, 2019

     2,300        2,125        92.38     42        133  

February 20, 2019

     125        114        91.25     2        9  

February 19, 2019

     350        319        91.25     7        24  

February 12, 2019

     1,325        1,209        91.25     25        91  

January 10, 2019

     570        526        92.25     9        35  






   $ 6,670      $ 6,123          







Equity Transactions

On March 7, 2019, we announced a quarterly equity distribution in the amount of $0.0650 per share on Class A and Class B common stock. The equity distribution of $1.7 million was paid on March 29, 2019 to all Class A and Class B common stockholders of record as of March 19, 2019.


On March 18, 2019, we acquired the pjmedia.com website for $0.1 million in cash.

Under the acquisition method of accounting as specified in FASB ASC Topic 805, Business Combinations, the total acquisition consideration of a business is allocated to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed based on their estimated fair values as of the date of the transaction. Transactions that do not meet the definition of a business in ASU 2017-01 Business Combinations (Topic 805) Clarifying the Definition of a Business are recorded as asset purchases. Asset purchases are recognized based on their cost to acquire, including transaction costs. The cost to acquire an asset group is allocated to the individual assets acquired based on their relative fair value with no goodwill recognized.

Estimates of the fair value include discounted estimated cash flows to be generated by the assets and their expected useful lives based on historical experience, market trends and any synergies believed to be achieved from the acquisition. Acquisitions may include contingent consideration, the fair value of which is estimated as of the acquisition date as the present value of the expected contingent payments as determined using weighted probabilities of the payment amounts.

We may retain a third-party appraiser to estimate the fair value of the acquired net assets as of the acquisition date. As part of the valuation and appraisal process, the third-party appraiser prepares a report assigning estimated fair values to the various assets acquired. These fair value estimates are subjective in nature and require careful consideration and judgment. Management reviews the third-party reports for reasonableness of the assigned values. We believe that these valuations and analysis provide appropriate estimates of the fair value for the net assets acquired as of the acquisition date.


The initial valuations for business acquisitions are subject to refinement during the measurement period, which may be up to one year from the acquisition date. During this measurement period, we may record adjustments to the net assets acquired based on additional information obtained for items that existed as of the acquisition date. Upon the conclusion of the measurement period, any adjustments are reflected in our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations. To date, we have not recorded adjustments to the estimated fair values used in our business acquisition consideration during or after the measurement period.

Property and equipment are recorded at the estimated fair value and depreciated on a straight-line basis over their estimated useful lives. Finite-lived intangible assets are recorded at their estimated fair value and amortized on a straight-line basis over their estimated useful lives. Goodwill, which represents the organizational systems and procedures in place to ensure the effective operation of the entity, may also be recorded and tested for impairment. Costs associated with business acquisitions, such as consulting and legal fees, are expensed as incurred. We recognized costs associated with acquisitions of $1,000 during the three month period ended March 31, 2019 compared to $14,000 during the same period of the prior year, which are included in unallocated corporate expenses in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.

The total acquisition consideration is equal to the sum of all cash payments, the fair value of any deferred payments and promissory notes, and the present value of any estimated contingent earn-out consideration. We estimate the fair value of contingent earn-out consideration using a probability-weighted discounted cash flow model. The fair value measurement is based on significant inputs that are not observable in the market and thus represent a Level 3 measurement as defined in Note 15—Fair Value Measurements.

The following table summarizes the total acquisition consideration for the three month period ended March 31, 2019:



   Total Consideration  
   (Dollars in thousands)  

Cash payments made upon closing

   $ 100  




Total purchase price consideration

   $ 100  




The fair value of the net assets acquired was allocated as follows:


     Net Digital  
     Assets Acquired  
     (Dollars in thousands)  



Subscriber base and lists




   $ 100  





On March 21, 2019, we sold Newport Natural Health, an e-commerce website operated by Eagle Wellness for $0.9 million in cash. We recognized a pre-tax gain of $0.1 million associated with the sale reflecting the sales price as compared to the carrying value of the assets and the closing costs.

On February 28, 2019, we sold Mike Turner’s line of investment products, including TurnerTrends.com and other domain names and related assets. We received no cash from the buyer, who assumed all deferred subscription liabilities for Mike Turner’s investment products. We recognized a pre-tax loss of $0.2 million associated with the sale reflecting the sales price as compared to the carrying value of the assets and the closing costs.

On February 27, 2019, we sold HumanEvents.com, a conservative opinion website for $0.3 million in cash. We recognized a pre-tax loss of $0.2 million associated with the sale reflecting the sales price as compared to the carrying value of the assets and the closing costs.

Other Transactions

On April 30, 2018, we ceased programming radio station KHTE-FM, in Little Rock, Arkansas. We programmed the station under a Time Brokerage Agreement (“TBA”) beginning on April 1, 2015. We had the option to acquire the station for $1.2 million in cash during the TBA period. We paid the licensee a $0.1 million fee for not exercising our purchase option for the station. The accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations reflect the operating results of this station during the three months ended March 31, 2018 within the broadcast operating segment.

On January 2, 2018, we began programming radio stations KPAM-AM and KKOV-AM in Portland, Oregon under Local Marketing Agreements (“LMAs”) entered on December 29, 2017, with original terms of up to 12 months. The LMAs terminated on March 30, 2018 when the radio stations were sold to another party. We entered a second LMA with the new owner as of the closing date under which we continue to program radio station KPAM-AM. The accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations reflects the operating results of these stations during the LMA terms.


Pending Transactions

On March 19, 2019, we entered into an agreement to sell radio station WSPZ-AM (previously WWRC-AM) in Washington D.C. for $0.8 million. We recognized an estimated pre-tax loss of $3.8 million as of March 31, 2019, based on the probability of the sale, which reflects the sales price as compared to the carrying value of the radio station assets and the estimated closing costs. The sale is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019.    

On April 26, 2018, we entered an agreement to exchange radio station KKOL-AM, in Seattle, Washington for KPAM-AM in Portland, Oregon. We are currently operating radio station KPAM-AM under an LMA as described above. The exchange transaction is subject to the approval of the FCC and is expected to close in the first half of 2019.

On January 3, 2017, Word Broadcasting began operating our Louisville radio stations (WFIA-AM; WFIA-FM; WGTK-AM) under a twenty-four month TBA. We received $0.5 million in cash associated with an option for Word Broadcasting Network to acquire the radio stations during the term. In December 2018, Word Broadcasting notified us of their intent to purchase our Louisville radio stations. The TBA contains an extension clause to allow them to continue operating the station until the purchase agreement is executed and the transaction closes.