Tribune Company (NYSE:TRB) released earnings for the second quarter on July 14.

  • EPS was in line with revised analyst estimates after accounting for investment and other non-operating income gains, while revenue of $1.46 billion lagged the Street consensus.
  • Operating profit in the publishing division was negatively affected by two pre-tax charges totaling $52 million, or $0.09 per share, during Q2 2004. Of that, $17 million was attributed to the elimination of 375 positions and $35 million was set aside for advertisers for misstating circulation numbers for Newsday and Hoy.
  • Gains in equity and derivative investments accounted for $0.12 of EPS in Q2 2005, compared with $0.04 during the same period last year.
  • Early retirement of debt negatively affected EPS by $0.26 during Q2 2004.
  • Cash flow highlights were estimated from statements made in this and last year's press releases. No cash flow statement was provided. (Boo!)

(Figures in thousands, except per-share data)

Income Statement Highlights (What's this?)

Avg. Est. Q2 2005 Q2 2004 % Change
Sales $1,470,000 $1,462,068 $1,495,931 -2.3%
Net Profit -- $233,392 $96,386 +142.1%
EPS $0.58 $0.73 $0.29 +151.7%

Margin Checkup (What's this?)

Q2 2005 Q2 2004 % Change
Op. Margin 23.14% 21.31% +1.83%
Net Margin 15.96% 6.44% +9.52%

Balance Sheet Highlights (What's this?)

No balance sheet data provided. (Hiss!)

Cash Flow Highlights (What's this?)

Q2 2005 Q2 2004 % Change
Cash From Ops. $396,401 $378,570 +4.7%
Capital Expend. $35,000 $47,000 -25.5%
Free Cash Flow $361,401 $331,570 +9.0%
*Cash flow provided on a quarterly basis.

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