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Form 10-Q for SAGA COMMUNICATIONS INC


9-Nov-2012

Quarterly Report


Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

The following discussion should be read in conjunction with the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and notes thereto of Saga Communications, Inc. and its subsidiaries contained elsewhere herein and the audited financial statements and Management Discussion and Analysis contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011. The following discussion is presented on both a consolidated and segment basis. Corporate general and administrative expenses, interest expense, other (income) expense, and income tax expense are managed on a consolidated basis and are reflected only in our discussion of consolidated results.

For purposes of business segment reporting, we have aligned operations with similar characteristics into two business segments: Radio and Television. The Radio segment includes twenty-three markets, which includes all ninety-one of our radio stations and five radio information networks ("Networks"). The Television segment includes two markets and consists of four television stations and four LPTV stations. The discussion of our operating performance focuses on segment operating income because we manage our segments primarily on operating income. Operating performance is evaluated for each individual market.

General

We are a broadcast company primarily engaged in acquiring, developing and operating broadcast properties.

Recent Developments

On October 2, 2012, the Company's Board of Directors declared a special dividend of $1.65 per share on its Classes A and B Common Stock to be paid on December 3, 2012 to shareholders of record on November 15, 2012. This special cash dividend will be funded by cash on the Company's balance sheet.

On April 3, 2012 we entered into a definitive agreement to sell our Greenville, Mississippi TV station ("WXVT") for $3 million, subject to certain adjustments, to H3 Communications, LLC. We also entered into an Agreement for the Sale of Commercial Time and a Shared Services Agreement ("the Agreements") with Commonwealth Broadcasting, LLC ("Commonwealth"), that were effective May 1, 2012, whereby Commonwealth, in conjunction with the WXVT sales staff will sell the advertising inventory of WXVT, and WXVT will provide programming and services including but not limited to use of facilities, traffic, billing, engineering, administrative and accounting to Commonwealth. The Agreements remain in effect until the closing of the sale or termination of the sales agreement, whichever is earlier. We do not anticipate this transaction to have a material effect on our consolidated financial statements. The sale, which is subject to the approval of the Federal Communications Commission, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2012 or the first quarter of 2013.

In accordance with authoritative guidance we have reported the results of operations of WXVT as discontinued operations in the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements. For all previously reported periods, certain amounts in the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been reclassified. The assets and liabilities of WXVT have been classified as held for sale and the net results of operations have been reclassified from continuing operations to discontinued operations. WXVT was previously included in the Company's television segment.

Radio Segment

Our radio segment's primary source of revenue is from the sale of advertising for broadcast on our stations. Depending on the format of a particular radio station, there are a predetermined number of advertisements available to be broadcast each hour.

Most advertising contracts are short-term and generally run for a few weeks only. The majority of our revenue is generated from local advertising, which is sold primarily by each radio markets' sales staff. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, approximately 88% and 86%, respectively, of our radio segment's gross revenue was from local advertising. To generate national advertising sales, we engage independent advertising sales representative firms that specialize in national sales for each of our broadcast markets.

Our revenue varies throughout the year. Advertising expenditures, our primary source of revenue, generally have been lowest during the winter months, which include the first quarter of each year. We have had and will continue to have a significant increase in political advertising in 2012 due to both the presidential election and a number of congressional, senatorial, gubernatorial and local elections in most of our markets. We anticipate fourth quarter 2012 gross political revenue of $3.1 million.

Our net operating revenue, station operating expense and operating income vary from market to market based upon the market's rank or size which is based upon population and the available radio advertising revenue in that particular market.

The broadcasting industry and advertising in general, is influenced by the state of the overall economy, including unemployment rates, inflation, energy prices and consumer interest rates. Our stations primarily broadcast in small to midsize markets. Historically, these markets have been more stable than major metropolitan markets during downturns in advertising spending, but may not experience increases in such spending as significant as those in major metropolitan markets in periods of economic improvement.


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Our financial results are dependent on a number of factors, the most significant of which is our ability to generate advertising revenue through rates charged to advertisers. The rates a station is able to charge are, in large part, based on a station's ability to attract audiences in the demographic groups targeted by its advertisers. In a number of our markets this is measured by periodic reports generated by independent national rating services. In the remainder of our markets it is measured by the results advertisers obtain through the actual running of an advertising schedule. Advertisers measure these results based on increased demand for their goods or services and/or actual revenues generated from such demand. Various factors affect the rate a station can charge, including the general strength of the local and national economies, population growth, ability to provide popular programming, local market competition, target marketing capability of radio compared to other advertising media and signal strength.

The number of advertisements that can be broadcast without jeopardizing listening levels (and the resulting ratings) is limited in part by the format of a particular radio station. Our stations strive to maximize revenue by constantly managing the number of commercials available for sale and adjusting prices based upon local market conditions and ratings. While there may be shifts from time to time in the number of advertisements broadcast during a particular time of day, the total number of advertisements broadcast on a particular station generally does not vary significantly from year to year. Any change in our revenue, with the exception of those instances where stations are acquired or sold, is generally the result of inventory sell out ratios and pricing adjustments, which are made to ensure that the station efficiently utilizes available inventory.

Our radio stations employ a variety of programming formats. We periodically perform market research, including music evaluations, focus groups and strategic vulnerability studies. Because reaching a large and demographically attractive audience is crucial to a station's financial success, we endeavor to develop strong listener loyalty. Our stations also employ audience promotions to further develop and secure a loyal following. We believe that the diversification of formats on our radio stations helps to insulate us from the effects of changes in musical tastes of the public on any particular format.

The primary operating expenses involved in owning and operating radio stations are employee salaries, sales commissions, programming expenses, depreciation, and advertising and promotion expenses.

During the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 and the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, our Bellingham, Washington; Des Moines, Iowa; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin markets, when combined, represented approximately 28%, 29%, 29% and 30%, respectively, of our consolidated net operating revenue. An adverse change in any of these radio markets or our relative market position in those markets could have a significant impact on our operating results as a whole.

We have experienced a decline in our net operating revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and year ended December 31, 2011, as compared to the corresponding periods of 2011 and 2010, respectively, in our Milwaukee, Wisconsin market. This decline in net operating revenue has directly affected the operating income of our radio stations in this market. These reductions are attributable to a combination of aggressive competitive pricing due to a soft economy and new rating methodology that has changed the competitive pricing landscape in the market; an increase in the demand for 30 second spots which has caused a reduction in both our rates and inventory available as we control the number of units per hour to provide more entertainment for our listeners; and a decline in certain key category spending in the market.

The following table describes the percentage of our consolidated net operating revenue represented by each of these markets:

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