Gray Television (GTN)

Hilton Howell Chairman and CEO
Pat LaPlatney President and Co-CEO
Kevin Latek Chief Legal and Development Officer
Jim Ryan Chief Financial Officer
Bob Smith Chief Operating Officer
Dan Kurnos Benchmark
Jim Goss Barrington Research
Aaron Watts Deutsche Bank
Steven Cahall Wells Fargo
Alan Gould Loop Capital
Call transcript
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Good day and thank you for standing by. Welcome to the Q1 2022 Earnings Call. At this time, all participants are in listen-only mode. After the speaker’s presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] I would now like to hand the conference over to your speaker today, Hilton Howell, Chairman and CEO. sir. ahead, go Please

Hilton Howell

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Kevin Latek

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Hilton Howell

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Kevin Latek

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Jim Ryan

morning, Good Kevin. everyone. you, Thank

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Hilton Howell

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Dan Kurnos

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Hilton Howell

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Hilton Howell

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Dan Kurnos

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Hilton Howell


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Kevin Latek

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Hilton Howell

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Dan Kurnos

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Hilton Howell

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Dan Kurnos

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Hilton Howell

updated thoughts. No, No.

Dan Kurnos

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Hilton Howell

you, Dan. Thank


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Bob Smith

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Pat LaPlatney

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Jim Goss


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Pat LaPlatney

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Kevin Latek

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Jim Goss

much. very Appreciate it. Thanks Okay.

Kevin Latek

Thank you, Jim.


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Kevin Latek

X count said at our total sub less X%. the by We to sub quarter of than declined XXXX, -- -- pay-TV on Yes. we the XXXX fourth a quarter year fourth full quarter Big look

Aaron Watts

Okay. Great. one the and And more, then I time. just appreciate

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relative you So kind maybe ratings of give And local your anything to you of on Prime? there? color could late how news your are can to also if -- speak performing

Bob Smith

minutes at about revenue is local of is Prime. is as that. We I Smith. don’t we we Network where XX% and really on network’s time a news, ago, drive less the in every few our from -- looking mentioned year. we This prime is Prime will Bob take are revenue our important depend

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Aaron Watts


Bob Smith

holding Ratings are up.

doing can are -- tell I that. you We

they many As and very number to you perform so know, well. have one stations, continue we

Aaron Watts

again. Okay. Thank you

Bob Smith

Aaron. Thank you,


Thank from you. question Cahall is next from Steven our Wells And Fargo.

open. Your is line

Steven Cahall


First, political just maybe that the on you Hilton, made. commentary

above or if included now prognostication guidance. that would expect maybe free upside your to be free level. that political said the current guidance you flow in I if XXXX don’t think to I cash be you know that’s cash flow

of maybe a just help there. little So bit

Hilton Howell

No. Steven, That’s aspirational earlier because stuff our earlier flow in guidance. political of a free starting that’s we not lot cycle. and of see just any included cash every that’s political

Kevin Latek

guide obviously of November, that’s Again, back that’s runoff happy of are you December you million from out point our the again, running is $XXX XXXX unchanged. when now, not back presidential, about XX% we XXXX. -- better Senate out out which remains Georgia the than Steven, -- and

is out those things, XXXX. So than already XX% and we XX% -- get an take say, better comparison, which our apples-to-apples guide

Steven Cahall

generate some ad way in Got those you. much could And TV you better about have Maybe moment. the the deal what talk are CW look you just stations at you the then I well. those on am are that the opportunities. and I announced, as of really the my assume conversion could upside like? that Telemundo retrains sales guessing don’t

be the deal? help from Telemundo of can us So your what kind about could impact larger just think you value

Kevin Latek


not are We converting it.

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the low markets, to in have So cover DMA. to have we some powers two

Telemundo. are Is in Telemundo of not we favor So anything dropping additive.

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Steven Cahall

the last share of this lastly, talked Hilton, think the about just some look at sounds position the still where hits maybe think could, is Is that the same I by then. the then repurchases of since And calendar you. November end if you you call, year. in outlook still Thank of then a It kind are to end possible? being maybe incrementally like you bullish the cycle at that way it

Hilton Howell

are to and we always for every consider, Board opportunities look it Those quarter. our at

turn looking out. will at sort see course that be as we the sort And XXXX of so of we of

more out certainly than Board we comes that turns along see side it’s not, opportunity. is lines, optimistic just And so of what likely our an with. But up it yes, see and year we will something if those the the

Steven Cahall

Great. Thank you.

Hilton Howell

you, Thank Steven.


And Loop Gould have Instructions] you. Thank a we [Operator from question Alan from Capital.

Your line open. is

Alan Gould

I have got a couple here.

more First, digital. little The pretty Pat, numbers seem could on bit drill down a you impressive.

core quantify, of you your digital. for much is example, revenue If how coming

Pat LaPlatney

it pretty quickly solid base. It’s am number teens. grow continues going not give And exact think you -- in now to and the growing but I that’s a is on -- what is a to the number, it I significant relatively it’s

So we efforts our happy are with there. pretty

Alan Gould

being Atlanta think developed, expenditures us I Hilton, revenue opportunity capital much little to be the you more there assembly there give How content is of Jim space the a is or well. that’s project? that the And a recognize all as year? for insight you going shortage are for could Okay. what production on the

Hilton Howell

going. of see just to expect to our studios and large up expenditures there, get don’t enough but a capital We amount

Alan Gould

run the So that first million for $XX you the be quarter, in year? the a that spent rate would

Hilton Howell

for in It have reduce property we by issuing CID, for we tax-free separate the itself the there, years, anything in there. offset which studios studios. from what the uniquely year, and sheet, expenditure we end creating benefited that of bonds capacity that around apart but our before the are because have And those on these the the be be will bond the will that capital $XXX later will here is unique bonds will million, are balance

Alan Gould

the again. raise Okay. just comp reverse in just new And think for give us you the that wanted the some on that could us I give was NFL sense networks the prior some there? of Can the heard to to runway have are contract. tone sense general Kevin, discussions? the of they prices more you tone thought asking some I

Kevin Latek


step-ups last said forward is going tell that X right hearing what narrative increases muted last was negotiations you more a believe had the I for in we affiliation or reverse rounds I on comp conversation, networks not those Quincy recent be now. large and than and seen prepared the that industry So would gray the can’t that really of as discussions had what because -- renewal what the call the the rounds. that network in the we we in overall NFL are

have end We this of got up at some the year.

but We on, will have later conversations at. things sense that’s those our general of where are

Alan Gould

Okay. lot. Thanks a


have comments? no queue. Do closing questions Thank on there you. you are And further any

Hilton Howell

everyone today. been you, us a for thank It’s quarter. fantastic I Thank want to Operator. joining

an and fantastic even QX better full We year a expect results.

next we so at you. talking quarterly Thank report. And our forward look to to you


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