EARNINGS CALL

Nexstar Looking At M&A, Growing Digital

“We wouldn’t do a transaction just for scale’s sake,” CEO Perry Sook told analysts this morning.”But if the transaction was beneficial to Nexstar shareholders and a side-effect was more scale, we would be very interested in that.” Some small deals are already in the pipeline, he said. In addition, digital deals are an increasing focus as growth in digital revenue far outstrips that of broadcasting.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Nexstar 4Q Revenue Up 40%, Year Up 26%

The TV station group’s strong fourth quarter television ad revenue growth was complemented by a 64.6% rise in retransmission fee revenue and a 114.9% increase in digital media revenue.

Nexstar Acquires Yashi Video Ad Platform

Nexstar Broadcasting Group has bought Yashi Inc., an online video demand side platform. The $33 million deal puts Nexstar in control of Yashi’s location-based targeting and programmatic technology and services for the online video advertising industry.

Nexstar Raises Quarterly Dividend By 26.7%

The TV station group declares a quarterly cash dividend of $0.19 per share.

Nexstar Extends Sook’s Contract Into 2019

Perry Sook will continue as president-CEO of the television station group he founded in 1996 through January 2019 with this new contract.

Nexstar To Offer $250 Million Of Senior Notes

Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced today that it intends to offer, subject to market and other customary conditions, $250 million in new senior notes due 2022 in a private offering. Nexstar said it intends to use the proceeds to fund the proposed acquisitions of three television stations in three markets from Landmark Television and Landmark Media Enterprises; Meredith Corp. and Sagamore Hill; and Pappas Telecasting, to pay related fees and expenses and for general corporate purposes.

RETRANS

Nexstar And Charter Reach Retrans Deal

Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced Thursday that it signed a new distribution agreement with Charter Communications before the expiration of the prior contract at 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 31, enabling Charter subscribers in 15 markets to enjoy uninterrupted access to network, local news and other programming.

DMA 34 (SALT LAKE CITY)

Down To Retrans Wire For Nexstar In Utah

Negotiations have slowed between Satview Broadband Ltd, which provides cable, Internet and phone services to parts of Northern Nevada, and Nexstar Broadcasting, which owns ABC affiliate KTVX and CW affil KUCW. The two parties face a Dec. 31 deadline.

DMA 72 (DES MOINES, IA)

WOI News Gets Overhaul Beginning In Jan.

You’ll see new anchors, a new set and a new slogan when you tune into ABC affiliate WOI Des Moines, Iowa, next month. The revamped broadcast is the result of a promise from new owner Nexstar Broadcasting Group to invest in the station, which has consistently finished a distant third in the ratings behind KCCI and WHO.

Nexstar And NBC Sign Affiliation Contract

The new agreement extends deals for the 16 NBC affiliates owned or operated by Nexstar.

RETRANS

Nexstar In Third Extension Of Dish Talks

It agrees to continue negotiating a new distribution agreement with the satellite service covering its 60 stations until 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Dec. 10.

RETRANS

Nexstar: Dish Subs May Lose Stations Friday

Sixty stations are potentially affected as the station group and satellite distributor have yet to reach a new distribution agreement.

DMA 41

Nexstar Buying KLAS Las Vegas For $145M

The purchase of the CBS affiliate from Landmark Media Enterprises will boost Nexstar’s holdings to 110 stations with coverage of 18% of U.S. TV households.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Nexstar 3Q Net Revenue Climbs 25%

The boost to $154.7 million is driven by increases in every area except national, with big percentage gains from political, digital and retrans.

At Last, FCC OKs Nexstar Buy Of Grant TVs

It took over a year, but the agency finally approved Nexstar’s $87.5 million acquisition of seven Grant stations with one being spun off to minority-owned Marshall Broadcasting. Marshall will own and operate KLJB Quad Cities-Davenport, Iowa, with the help of sales and shared services agreements with Nexstar.

DMA 11

Nexstar Buying KASW Phoenix For $68M

The deal for the CW affiliate is a result of Meredith agreeing to spin off the station after buying it along with KTVK from Gannett in June.

Sinclair, Nexstar Tops In Spectrum Worth

An analysis from Wells Fargo’s Marci Ryvicker says that Sinclair, Nexstar and Media General have the highest median spectrum values as a percentage of enterprise value at 52%, 49% and 27%, respectively.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Nexstar 2Q Net Revenue Up 16.4%

The record revenue of $146.9 million is driven by increases in every area except national, with big percentage gains from political, digital and retrans.

DMA 104 (EVANSVILLE, IN)

Nexstar Selling WEVV For $18.6 Million

The CBS affiliate in Evansville, Ind., is being purchased by minority-led Bayou City Broadcasting Evansville. The sale brings Nexstar’s Communications Corp. of America station purchases into compliance with DOJ criteria.

Nexstar Elects C. Thomas McMillen To Board

Nexstar Broadcasting Group today elected C. Thomas McMillen to serve on its board of directors, to replace Royce Yudkoff who has resigned his position on the board. McMillen has more than 27 years of political, business and sports experience and leadership and is currently the chairman-CEO of Washington Capital Advisors, an investment firm. He is […]

DMAS 154 & 185

Nexstar Completes Buy Of 5 Hoak/Gray TVs

Spun off from Gray’s purchase of Hoak Media, the three stations and two satellites are the group’s first in Panama City, Fla., and Grand Junction, Colo. Nexstar got them for $33.5 million.

 

DMAS 82, 100 & 150

Nexstar Selling 3 Fox Affils For $58.5 Million

Minority-owned Marshall Broadcasting Group, headed by Pluria Marshall, will launch new local news and sports programming at the Fox affiliates in Shreveport, La.; Odessa-Midland, Texas; and KLJB Quad Cities, Iowa, as well as minority oriented public affairs programming.

Nexstar Buying Enterprise Technology Group

CEO Perry Sook says the addition of the cloud-based CMS services company is part of Nexstar’s “plan to strategically invest in and expand our digital media portfolio to serve a broad range of businesses and needs.”

AIR CHECK BY DIANA MARSZALEK

Making Bigger Better For Nexstar’s News

One of two local content directors at the station group, Jerry Walsh has been actively involved in Nexstar’s $78 million news expansion and improvement push. While there are advantages to having the deep pockets of a large company — resources and station collaboration, among them — he says it’s vital to think local and realize that no two newsrooms are alike. (To read NetNewsCheck’s Monday interview with Nexstar’s chief digital officer, Thomas O’Brien, click here.)

Q&A WITH THOMAS O'BRIEN

Video, Mobile Top Digital Priorities At Nexstar

Nexstar Broadcasting is working on a new platform aimed at boosting video views across all 45 of its local websites. Other priorities, according to Thomas O’Brien, EVP of digital media and chief revenue officer, include capitalizing on an increasingly mobile online audience and building a digital agency business with the help of newly acquired Internet Broadcasting Systems.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Nexstar 1Q Net Rev Up 19% to Record $134M

Record core TV advertising, political and retransmission revenue drives record 1Q operating income of $27.7 million.

Nexstar To Issue Quarterly Cash Dividend

Nexstar Broadcasting Group’s board of directors today declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share of its Class A common stock. The dividend is payable on Friday, May 30, to shareholders of record on Friday, May 16.

Nexstar Promotes Two To Financial VPs

Patrick J. Cusick becomes VP, controller and D. Randall Bradford is now VP of financial operations.

Nexstar Buys Internet Broadcasting Systems

The television station group is paying $20 million to acquire the digital services provider. Its products include websites, a digital publishing platform, original and syndicated content, as well as one of the largest digital advertising agencies.

Nexstar Names Dir. Of Local Content In East

Former news director Christopher Berg will to lead cross-platform content development in Nexstar’s West region markets. Jerry Walsh has the same responsibilities for the company’s Eastern markets.

AIR CHECK BY PAUL GREELEY

WROC’s Google Eye View Of The Super Bowl

Kucko with Google GlassWROC sports anchor John Kucko not only covers the big games for his Rochester, N.Y. CBS affiliate, he’s the go-to guy for many of parent Nexstar Broadcasting Group’s other stations across the country. For the Super Bowl this year he gave the 26 other stations something extra and cutting edge: views of the event through the new Google Glass technology.

Nexstar Increases Quarterly Dividend By 25%

It will pay out $0.15 per share on Feb. 28. CEO Perry Sook says: “The dividend increase highlights our commitment to deliver value to our shareholders while leaving the company with sufficient liquidity to meaningfully reduce leverage, consider additional accretive station acquisitions and undertake other initiatives to enhance long-term shareholder value.”

Nexstar Moves Its Corporate Headquarters

CEO Perry Sook says the new Irving, Texas, corporate offices “provide Nexstar with economic and operational benefits as well as capacity for continued growth as we seek to further expand our local marketing solutions platform of leading broadcast and digital media assets.”

 

DMA 157

TWC, ACA Fighting Mission’s Binghamton Buy

The cable operator and trade group ask the FCC to reject Mission’s $15.25 million purchase of Stainless Broadcasting’s two Binghamton, N.Y., stations, claiming that Nexstar Broadcasting will end up with “de facto control over three of the Big Four broadcast signals and four of the six national broadcast network affiliates” in the market.

DMAS 41, 66, 71 & 128

Nexstar To Pay $87.5M For 7 Grant Stations

The price tag for seven Fox and CW affiliates in four markets — Roanoke, Huntsville, Quad Cities and La Crosse — represents a buyer’s muliple of just 5X, says Nexstar. With the deal, Nexstar’s portfolio swells to 102 stations in 54 markets reaching approximately 15.5% of all U.S. TV homes.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Nexstar’s 3Q Net Rev Up 40% To $126M

The expanding group’s core revenue growth of 44% was supplemented by a 69.4% rise in retrans as well as a 124% jump in digital media revenue.

William Sally To Lead Nexstar’s East Region

He will oversee Nexstar markets in Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, Indiana, Alabama and Maryland with have direct responsibility for those markets’ general managers,

Nexstar Offering $275 Million In Senior Notes

It intends to fund yesterday’s announced purchase of five stations from Citadel Communications and Stainless Broadcasting and to repurchase outstanding 8.875% senior secured second lien notes due in 2017.

DMAS 72, 99, 147 & 157

Nexstar, Mission Buying 5 Stations For $103M

Nexstar will acquire WOI Des Moines, Iowa; WHBF Rock Island, Ill., and KCAU Sioux City, Iowa, from Citadel Communications for $88 million and will operate them under a time brokerage agreement. Mission is buying WICZ and WBNP-LP Binghamton, N.Y., from Stainless Broadcasting for $15.25 million in a transaction structured as an asset purchase agreement.

EARNINGS CALL

Sook: Nexstar’s Working On Two Deals

“The acquisitions we have pending would get into the relatively low nine-figure amount,” the Nexstar CEO told analysts today. One of those pending deals may be for Granite Broadcasting Corp.’s 10 stations, which include an independent in San Francisco (DMA 6) and an unaffiliated in Detroit (DMA 11).