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Participants
Stacy Cunningham VP of Financial Planning and Investor Relations
Bob Dickey President and Chief Executive Officer
Ali Engel Chief Financial Officer
Kris Barton Chief Product Officer
Maribel Perez Wadsworth President, USA TODAY NETWORK & Publisher of USA TODAY
Kevin Gentzel President, USA TODAY NETWORK Marketing Solutions
Kyle Evans Stephens
Michael Kupinski Noble Capital Market
Anna Lizzul JPMorgan
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Operator

Good day, ladies and gentlemen. And welcome to the First Quarter Gannett Earnings Conference Call.

As a reminder, today's conference is being recorded. I would now like to introduce your host for today's conference call, Ms. Stacy Cunningham, Vice President of Financial Planning and Investor Relations. Ms. begin. may you Cunningham,

Stacy Cunningham

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Ali Engel

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Operator

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line Your is open.

Kyle Evans

Hi. Good morning.

Ali Engel

Hey, Kyle.

Kyle Evans

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Bob Dickey

Kyle. Sure,

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Kyle Evans

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will out give you expect could you on or that give to get you take XXXX maybe then the kind price? kind where but of way, We for outlook of the a as outlook talk those, there of longer-term and about even

Bob Dickey

Sure, Kyle.

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that always color. Kyle, Maribel you give we going right think maintain but I to for think that going is -- your ready little let because a So to now can we Maribel I'm that, question, I'm more

Kyle Evans

Great.

Maribel Perez Wadsworth

Good thank And always questions. morning, Kyle. these you again raising for

some in as have, our quarter. Bob in moderation declines said, seen the We volume

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Kyle Evans

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Maribel Perez Wadsworth

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markets. are up a of across We variety tightening our meters

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Kyle Evans

goal? digital-only? X five outlook year a mean long-term million I there is three And on what’s to the that

Ali Engel

in X.X million of We’ve stated a and materials about we’ve out -- but to million recently, growing it's put plus. lot X.X

Kyle Evans

down dive … we ReachLocal down on Can the Okay.

Bob Dickey

five on the by end take years, won't million X.X that Kyle, of shorter Hey the … way,

Kyle Evans

not other get Thanks. are I that get five? to to figured going three -- Yes, to In not you're going out. words, you

Bob Dickey

No.

Kyle Evans

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Bob Dickey

because They’ve March year plans. Yes, a is of late and seen to great this see as fine that growth the been they last expected we you've team industry. have take year, and slower some to going the to expect and start the sort I think job be advantage put in an April. acquisition with Kevin of year, In margin the to early started the across doing

us, we and how team -- For certainly was are quickly very to also able off. improvement the they’re acquisitions effort excited start We’ve pay seen some energize sales to those the will in churn.

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those As made couple many them that had of in a bring direction. to attempt they get that larger, past of we and reference it go the in-house, I’ve to

a appeal saved we to go WordStream to want to WordStream, yourself want which we other approach. able sell part those a Kevin, add. to be a to now couple any the also color was you to We was who of of service with it do said have

Kevin Gentzel

that good is for all acquisitions very to in reiterate looking April said, to well. as us March strong just new a was Yes, client month and

lead in help gen trends improved the half growth which as QX expecting should been of QX, investments are we in So second also half the in and year. second well. the more robust making in We've in

Kyle Evans

you. Thank Great.

Bob Dickey

it. Thanks, Kyle. Appreciate

Operator

comes next from Capital Kupinski And you. Michael question with our Markets. Thank Noble

Your line is open.

Michael Kupinski

Bob, offer I congratulations. And want been I over appreciate you working nice Thank my you. It's years, it. the to with

Bob Dickey

I always enjoyed Michael. rest those breaks,

Michael Kupinski

A couple of quick questions here.

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Bob Dickey

let there. that responsible I since is she great for on will touch performance Ali that

Ali Engel

don't the I exact we have more. the last year, Michael, dates did four just of Yes. did we but ones all

that through rationalizing that just everything are within on continuing work So is we to organization. going

through continue very built the XXXX So cost organization to GPS we that. significant have and savings work for into

So, year it's happening -- well. year the and the year, happening last throughout year they are are they as throughout this

… So

Bob Dickey

us timing [multiple the for … Michael, speakers] Usually,

Ali Engel

as … well, yes.

Bob Dickey

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cover against tend we those to comps. terms roll in of fairly we nicely that So, once year-over-year

Michael Kupinski

you. Got

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Bob Dickey

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a end of not a of because split spend. bunch bringing sudden are we lower we ARPUs clients the of all at the who are are in So seeing our

knowledge XX% that ReachLocal in annual really who local we’ve client hired. already team And to go are we margin the plan add we the help specialist then feel because bring to so off Kevin's them. resources. in supported range local sales for that and that somebody double once to of that reference to market with achieve to right and now, That’s in speak really we XX% paying and made that the needs we the that can able relationship and clients I additional

As you clients know, local don't they the of have and vendors. time. calls more businesses just and or multiple very different are different going even through sales with complicated It's exchanges

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Kris Barton

we are be and so selling large on Yes, that recommendations Gannett to to themselves with we on our focused as prescriptive really [indiscernible] datasets we on the have the couple clients. leverage to our how combined that a of continuing we get things diversified portfolio, are products should more

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optimize in to leadership And focusing -- so teams. sales side on that’s are with that operational toolset of honed we getting the and the that continuing really

Bob Dickey

And just real quick. you then Kevin, if I think, could

centers these started One knew of we last was spend bring year, of we we that. would call clients. those churn There to keys inside a lower lot the experience

Now we to are starting traction. really seeing that get they're

So briefly you why just etcetera? seeing terms performance what don't in speak churn sales improvement are there, to of you

Kevin Gentzel

category a lower digital Yes. a them move there business. it actually the clients fully and the clients to have types and the could for it's call local and segment form practices, and we've we’ve as regions QX who quarter able the dramatic to this treated certainly call seen as into been gone of expectations by out was a grow to they completely in start into our for The get ultimately standing to has go-to-market be geographic a of improvement future first centers print bespoke in sales in build vision three half. QX help continued our significant transition, these are and so breadth number we spending clients behind to that ready able manner And of improvement us heavy been we of located that and was centers as best the to inside propel second we through so of

Bob Dickey

is the Michael, are higher helping Howard manage margin thing that is I say with then, with business. And very work we operation and Barton WordStream. managing, a is Kris last happy would that to

all of that, the maintaining combination line margin. the So top on and confident we we the the keep very can are growing pressure

Michael Kupinski

with in can idea to expect give maybe that expecting? growth a the second revenues? about; growth of of the Lot WordStream an on would mid growth thanks given the expect you kind show rate that terms picture, us just frame you kind maybe segment And better terms in thoughts the give you of single-digits, of us type double-digits? what type WordStream, of we expected is of mean the can reference ReachLocal added of single-digits, especially of we you your overall what I of for are to then in of And are high what color. frame if half, talking subsequent in quarters

Stacy Cunningham

Yes. this is Stacy. Mike,

a cycling we double-digit I think our not That’s at same-store that basis, strong expect and business that on still numbers in we I this is to on growing bit forma point. But say that I'd continue. a pro think just are WordStream, in.

roll will we go numbers our of second that the year. will So at into obviously into second the half same-store help half as rates those growth which ReachLocal,

half see more So, into growth I think second robust we the we head as should of the year.

Michael Kupinski

the in Got have final know buy stock authorization? remind you I question. but you me left quarter, you. can And the one that share repurchase on didn't what you just

Bob Dickey

million. $XXX It's like north of

Michael Kupinski

Okay. All right.

Ali Engel

Mike. Thanks,

Michael Kupinski

Okay it. you Appreciate Thank that’s much. so -- all right.

Bob Dickey

Thank you.

Operator

our Thank with question you. JPMorgan. from next And comes Quadrani Alexia

line open. Your is

Anna Lizzul

question. is on you for Quadrani. Alexia Thank for This Lizzul Hi. Anna the

wondering the the were continuing see in the earlier I cost call, operating XX% on for if expenses reduction in but at touched think year. year-over-year. could QX, decreased you talk We remainder looking sales of about how of cost about you this the you more

Ali Engel

Yes, sure. Great.

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Bob Dickey

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Anna Lizzul

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Bob Dickey

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Anna Lizzul

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Bob Dickey

very much. Thank you

Ali Engel

you. Thank

Operator

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Stacy Cunningham

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