1 The E.W. Scripps Company Lender Presentation December 2020
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5 Today’s Presenters Adam Symson President & CEO Lisa Knutson Executive VP & CFO Rebecca Riegelsberger Treasurer, VP of Tax
6 AGENDA • Transaction Overview • Scripps Overview • ION Investment Highlights • Pro Forma Financials • Key Terms & Timeline
7 Transaction Summary The E.W. Scripps Company is one of the nation’s largest independent TV station owners, serving audiences and businesses through a portfolio of local and national media brands Scripps generated $1,636mm in LTM 9/30/2020 revenue and $362mm in L8QA(1) 9/30/2020 Adj. EBITDA (2) On September 24, 2020, Scripps announced it would acquire ION Media, a national broadcast network, for $2.65Bn, implying a 6.2x transaction multiple based on 9/30/2020 LTM EBITDA, including $120mm of run rate synergies Pro Forma for this transaction, LTM 9/30/2020 revenue is $2,170mm and L8QA 9/30/2020 Adj. EBITDA is $711mm (3) Scripps will finance the acquisition with: $650mm 7-year Term Loan B $700mm of other pari passu secured debt $500mm of other unsecured debt $600mm Preferred Equity investment from Berkshire Hathaway $336mm cash from balance sheet The Company will also be seeking a technical amendment of its existing credit facilities to allow for the preferred equity investment Amending the existing definition of “indebtedness” to remove Disqualified Equity Interests so that the $600mm preferred equity investment from Berkshire Hathaway is not encompassed by the 6.0x Total Net Leverage incurrence test Pro Forma for the closing of the acquisition, expected net secured and total leverage is 3.2x and 5.2x respectively, based on 9/30/2020 pro forma L8QA Adj. EBITDA of $711mm The transaction is expected to be accretive to Scripps cash flows in 2021 and beyond The transaction will generate $500 million of synergies in first six years, driven largely by ownership of the Katz networks; reaching run rate of about $120mm a year Notes: 1. “L8QA” defined as the average of the twelve months ended September 30, 2020 and the twelve months ended September 30, 2019 2. Scripps L8QA Adj. EBITDA including adjustments for the sale of Stitcher and WPIX. Refer to slide 35 for reconciliation 3. Pro Forma L8QA Adj. EBITDA contains adjustments for the sale of Sticher and WPIX, transaction synergies, and divested stations. Refer to slide 35 for reconciliation
8 Financing Structure Sources Value ($MM) New Preferred Equity 600 New Term Loan B-3 650 Other transaction debt 1,200 Cash from the balance sheet 336 Total Sources 2,786 Uses Value ($MM) Purchase Price in Cash 1,298 Repayment of Ion TLB 1,352 Transaction Costs, Fees & Expenses 136 Total Uses 2,786 Tranche Amount Outstanding as of 9/30/2020 xEBITDA Adjustment Pro Forma as of 9/30/2020 xEBITDA Revolving Credit Facility - - - L+200 Term Loan B due 2024 291 - 291 L+250 Term Loan B due 2026 754 - 754 New Term Loan B - 650 650 Other New Secured Debt - 700 700 Total Secured Debt 1,045 2.9x 2,395 3.4x 5.125% Senior Notes due 2025 400 - 400 5.875% Senior Notes due 2027 500 - 500 Other New Unsecured Debt - 500 500 Total Debt 1,945 5.4x 3,795 5.3x Cash 129 (1) (13) 113 Total Net Debt 1,816 5.0x 3,682 5.2x Preferred Equity - 600 600 Leveragable L8QA EBITDA as of 9/30/2020 362 711 Note: 1. Adjusting for Stitcher proceeds net of taxes, WPIX proceeds net of taxes, and ION divestiture proceeds, cash on the balance sheet is $449MM
9 Preferred Equity Issuer: The E.W. Scripps Company (the “Company” or the “Borrower”) Use of Proceeds: Finance the acquisition of Ion Media Networks and pay associated fees and expenses Ranking: Senior to common equity; junior to all indebtedness Size: $600MM Maturity: Perpetual Dividend Rate: 8% if paid in cash; 9% if accrued Payment Dates: Dividends compounded annually Issue Price: $100,000 per share Optional Redemption: NC5 / 105 thereafter Change of Control: Direct or indirect sale of all or substantially all the Company’s assets Permitted Holders cease to Beneficially Own more than 50% of the total voting power Any consolidation or merger where the Company is not the surviving person and the holders of more than 50% of the total voting power are not Permitted Holders If the majority of the members of the BoD are not Continuing Directors Change of Control Redemption Price of 105 Warrant: Right to purchase up to 23.1 million Class A shares at an exercise price of $13 per share Summary of Preferred Equity Terms
10 Scripps Overview
11 Our Local And National Media Businesses Are Built On Durable Economics and Operating Excellence
12 Recent Business Highlights • Scripps’ Local Media segment and 2020 free cash flow has significantly benefited from political advertising driven by the 2020 election • Third-quarter Local Media retransmission revenue was $152 million, up 39% from Q3 2019 on a same-station basis. Scripps resolved a six-week blackout with Dish Network on Sept. 6, and the quarter includes a one-time Dish payment from prior periods. Scripps has now completed its major 2020 negotiations, covering 42% of its pay TV households. • National Media revenue grew 14%, aided by strong scatter market and direct-response performance at the five Katz networks, especially Grit and Court TV, as well as solid financial results at Newsy and Triton. • The sale of the Stitcher podcasting business closed on Oct. 16.
13 Our Recent Acquisitions Have Positioned Us Well To Grow Revenue And Increase Cash Flow $221 $259 $301 $383 $432 2016 2017 2018 2019 Through Q3 2020 Gross Retransmission Revenue Trajectory 2 stations Network and MVPD Renewals 20222020 2021 11 stations 6 stations 3 stations 4 stations 5 stations 16 stations 8 stations 21%42% 17% % of MVPD subscriber renewals We are already 13% above 2019 through three quarters in 2020. With the WPIX divestiture we would have 4% of households renewing in 2021. $ in millions
14 After Historically Strong 2020 Political Advertising Revenue, Our 2022 Footprint Looks Strong 2021-22 political market highlights: • 2021 governor’s race in Virginia • Seventeen governor’s races in 2022, including Arizona, Colorado, California, Florida, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin. • Eighteen U.S. Senate races in Scripps markets, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Nevada, Ohio and Wisconsin. • California issue spending SCRIPPS MARKETS WITH STRONG POLITICAL ADVERTISING SPENDING
15 Scripps Is Well-Positioned To Thrive Because Of Our Growth Initiatives And Trusted Brands • We have seen continued ad market recovery since this summer, as states reopened businesses and consumers came out of quarantine. • Scripps is well-positioned for this recovery because of its durable local broadcast footprint and its high-growth national media brands. • Americans turn to objective news sources and comforting, familiar entertainment options in times of crisis. This period of pandemic and social unrest reinforced the strong relationships we have with our audiences. • Scripps is responding energetically to audience and business needs with content and advertising initiatives that will bring us added strength as the country moves forward into better days ahead.
16 ION Investment Highlights
17 ION’s significant cash flow generation is accretive to our cash flow profile Diversifies our revenue Adjacent to our largest business, television, with potential future synergies Consistent with our view on the need for scale in media Mitigates Katz’s business model risk of carriage fees increasing over time Takes advantage of a growing marketplace (over-the-air) with a younger media consumer Creates potential new value-creation paths and prepares us for the industry’s next generation Makes Scripps a stronger company for journalism-mission execution and perpetuation An ION acquisition will make Scripps the largest U.S. broadcast company by household reach, with adequate local media scale, maximum national network broadcasting scale and greater ability to capitalize on the future of TV. ION Accelerates Scripps’ Near-Term and Long-Term Strategies
18 ION Media Investment Highlights • ION reaches more than 100 million homes through over-the-air and pay TV platforms and has consistently achieved annual revenue growth and EBITDA margins well beyond industry averages. • Today, it owns 71 broadcast television stations in 62 DMAs and reaches nearly 100 million U.S. TV households, or 96%, with its affiliates. • ION reaches both pay TV subscribers and cord cutters through the growing over-the-air viewing platform. • Rather than relying on retransmission fees, ION elects ‘must-carry’ to gain cable and satellite distribution. • ION has benefited from the growth in over-the-air viewing as consumers have bundled free broadcast television with subscription streaming services. • The network boasts the fifth-largest average primetime audience among both the broadcast and cable networks. • Through a collection of owned and affiliated television stations, ION sells advertising as though it were a cable network in the national advertising marketplace.
19 ION Media Is A Popular Broadcast Network That Reaches 96% Of The U.S. Through Over-The-Air Distribution
20 • Revenue has grown 6% annually between 2017-2019, with margins between 53-57% • In 2019, ION generated $587 million in revenue and about $335 million in Adjusted EBITDA • ION’s revenue has declined roughly 12% year-over-year through Q3 2020 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The company has maintained a 56% EBITDA margin through Q3 • ION generated $534 million in revenue and $305 million of Adjusted EBITDA through Q3 LTM • Nearly 100% of ION’s revenue and cash flow comes from the national advertising marketplace. ION sells its inventory as though it is a cable network • ION uses government-mandated ‘must-carry’ distribution – agreeing to forego retransmission fees in exchange for the guarantee of carriage with cable and satellite providers ION Has Seen Steady Revenue Growth And Generates Superior Margins
21 $226 $263 $265 $318 $324 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 48% 51% 51% 56% 55% ION HAS GROWN REVENUE ABOVE $580 MILLION, WITH MARGINS BETWEEN 51-56% $ in millions $ in millions $471 $519 $521 $565 $587 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 ION, In and of Itself, is a Great Business Note: 1. EBITDA does not reflect SBC add-back. Margin represents EBITDA divided by Revenue Total Revenue EBITDA and Margin (1)
22 KATZ NETWORKS • The Katz networks operate on multicast digital subchannels, leasing space from broadcasters across the nation to mesh together a national network. Long-term lease payments to broadcasters represent one of the Katz networks’ largest expenses, diluting margins. • The Katz networks are sometimes carried on cable, depending on the agreements its lessors have with the cable/satellite companies. • The Katz networks efficiently acquire popular off-network syndicated television series and movies to program the networks in a block-programming format. This is supplemented by original programming to enhance audience and sales opportunities. • The Katz networks’ revenue comes from national advertising. ION MEDIA • ION has created a national network by broadcasting on the primary channels it owns across the nation. • It appears on all local cable and satellite line-ups as a result of its must-carry status. • ION has not developed a multicast strategy and under- monetizes its secondary subchannels (the same kind of subchannels on which Katz is broadcast). • ION uses already popular off-network syndicated crime dramas in a block programming strategy. ION under-utilizes key time periods (mornings) with infomercials. • ION’s revenue comes from national advertising. Scripps’ Katz Networks and ION Leverage a Similar Business Model for Broadcast Network TV
23 Net Synergies L8QA EBITDA Adjustment A Total Distribution Synergies $27.2 B Corporate Synergies $16.4 C Other Synergies $4.7 One-Time Cost to Achieve ($6.7) Total Synergies $41.6 Summary Of Synergies A. Distribution synergies: Scripps currently pays significant carriage fees to air their Katz network programming on unused spectrum. By migrating Katz onto ION’s owned excess spectrum, Scripps will: ‒ Forego significant carriage fees, savings that grow as contracts expire ‒ Forego advertising revenue share currently agreed to with Katz’s distribution partners ‒ Allow Katz to air in HD and reach new networks B. Corporate synergies: Estimate for reduction in corporate expenses and duplicative functions C. Other synergies: Scripps will remove ION’s current costs of its Qubo and ION+ programming as it uses that spectrum for Katz programming $ in millions WE EXPECT $500 MILLION OF SYNERGIES OVER THE NEXT 6 YEARS POST-CLOSE
24 ION consistently ranks in the top 10 for network and cable audiences and yet is ranked only 25th in advertising revenue yield, indicating additional revenue growth opportunity. BROADCAST NETWORKS’ AVERAGE PRIMETIME AUDIENCES 2019 Five-Year Change 5.3 million (8.3%) 5.1 million (6.0%) 4.0 million (7.4%) 3.4 million (4.3%) 1.2 million 2.5% 842,000 (10.7%) Source: Nielsen, Ratings Analysis Time Period Report, LSD, 2015-2019 (Dec. 29, 2014 – Dec. 29, 2019), Prime (Monday-Sunday, 8 p.m.- 11 p.m.), P2+ Driven By Popular Syndicated Programming, ION Is Engaging Viewers, Growing Ratings
25 67% A Parks & Associates report from 2019 showed 67% growth in over-the-air viewing, to 25% of U.S. TV households, from 2018-Q3 2019. Parks’ report says the pandemic is expected to have accelerated this trend. *204/14- 2019/20 Sources: TVB Local Media Marketing Solutions; The Delta Partners; 2014-2019 Evercore 2018-2020 expected growth; S&P Global Market Intelligence Data; Nielsen 2018 Q2 Local Watch Report A Nielsen survey in 2018 projected OTA households would double by 2022, to 21 million. ION Capitalizes On The Growing Over-The-Air Viewing Trends Among TV Consumers
26 OVER-THE-AIR IS A KEY COMPONENT OF THE NEW CONSUMER BUNDLE. The New Cord Cutter Bundle FREE 2015 Pay-TV Subscriber $$$$ 2018 Cord Cutter Bundle $$ $$$$ As The TV Marketplace Fragments, Free Over-The-Air Television is Even More Compelling to Consumers
27 ION Accelerates Scripps’ Near-Term And Long-Term Strategies • Immediately accretive to Scripps’ revenue growth, margins and cash flow generation • Diversifies Scripps’ revenue and cash flow • Attractive economics: sustained revenue growth and high margins • Exposure to a growing television platform, over-the-air, with a younger media consumer • Creates new value-creation paths for the future • Makes Scripps a stronger company for its journalism mission
28 Pro Forma Financials
29 Revenue Adjusted EBITDA Scripps ION Media Capex Unlevered Free Cash Flow (3) (2) 846 1,157 1,548 1,636 521 565 587 534 1,367 1,723 2,134 2,170 2017 2018 2019 LTM Historical Scripps and ION(1) 102 232 337 391 275 323 335 320 377 555 672 711 2017 2018 2019 L8QA 17 47 61 5711 40 55 30 28 87 116 87 2017 2018 2019 LTM 85 185 276 304 264 283 280 275 349 468 556 579 2017 2018 2019 LTM Historical Scripps and ION(1) Historical Scripps and ION(1) Pro Forma and Historical Financial Performance PF Adjusted PF Adjusted PF Adjusted (2) (2) (2) $ in millions $ in millions $ in millions $ in millions Notes: 1. Standalone financial metrics not adjusted for pro forma adjustments 2. As of Q3 2020 3. Defined as Adjusted EBITDA – Capex. Note that Adjusted EBITDA is Pro Forma Adjusted for 2019 and LTM; Capex is based on historical Scripps and ION only (as reported)
30 DMA Market Pop % UHF Discount In-Market Regulations 11 Phoenix 1.8% 0.9% 14 Detroit 1.6% 0.8% 17 Denver 1.4% 0.7% 19 Cleveland-Akron (Canton) 1.3% 0.6% 25 Indianapolis 1.0% 0.5% 32 Kansas City 0.8% 0.4% 36 West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce 0.8% 0.4% 42 Norfolk-Portsmth-Newpt Nws 0.6% 0.3% 45 Grand Rapids-Kalmzoo-B. Crk 0.6% 0.3% 52 Buffalo 0.5% 0.3% 64 Lexington 0.4% 0.2% 102 Boise 0.2% 0.2% Total: 11.1% 5.7% National Cap 33 Hartford & New Haven 0.8% 0.4% 43 Oklahoma City 0.6% 0.3% 44 Birmingham (Ann and Tusc) 0.6% 0.3% 49 Greensboro-H. Point-W. Salem 0.6% 0.3% 51 Memphis 0.5% 0.3% 56 Providence-New Bedford 0.5% 0.3% 59 Albany-Schenectady-Troy 0.5% 0.2% 66 Honolulu 0.4% 0.2% 70 Spokane 0.4% 0.2% Total: 4.9% 2.5% • In order to comply with the national cap and in-market station ownership restrictions, Scripps would need to sell certain ION stations. • A buyer of these stations would enter into an affiliation agreement with Scripps to continue to broadcast the ION Network. • The buyer would receive a fixed/negotiated affiliation payment. Scripps would sell national advertising on these stations. • We have entered into an agreement to sell these stations to an affiliated entity of Methuselah Advisors, one of our advisors. Due to regulatory requirements (national cap of 39%, eight voices test and three stations-in-a-market restriction), Scripps will have to sell a package of ION stations as part of its contemplated acquisition. Acquiror To Acquiror 1) Divestiture stations 2) Annual payment 1) Purchase price To Scripps Divestiture Station List Summary of Divestiture Construct Overview of Anticipated Divestiture Stations (1) (1) Note: 1. Divesting two stations in the market
31 Leverage • Scripps plans to use the cash flow generated from the pro forma company to pay down debt • Target of mid-3’s net leverage over time Liquidity • $400MM revolver, unfunded at close, will be utilized for ongoing working capital needs • The company anticipates maintaining an average cash balance of $75-100MM for operating needs Portfolio Optimization • Will generate incremental proceeds at close through identified divestitures in order to be in accordance with FCC regulation • Focused on growing the pro forma business organically and paying down debt Distribution Policy • As part of agreement with Berkshire Hathaway, while the preferred stock is outstanding, Scripps will not repurchase any shares or issue dividends • See also “Summary of Preferred Equity Terms” for further detail on the Preferred Equity Financial Policy
32 $341 $711 $18 $320 $42 $10 Standalone L8QA Adj. EBITDA as of 9/30/2020 Stitcher and WPIX EBITDA Adjustment Faraday Pro Forma Adj. EBITDA Faraday Pro Forma Synergies Faraday Pro Forma Divestitures Pro Forma Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA Bridge to Pro Forma QE 9/30/20 L8QA Adj. EBITDA o Divestiture of Stitcher to SiriusXM closed on October 16, 2020 QE 9/30/20 L8QA Adj. EBITDA Bridge o Nexstar Media transferred its option to purchase WPIX to Mission Broadcasting, who subsequently exercised that option (expected to close prior to the ION transaction’s closing)
33 Key Terms & Timeline
34 Summary of Key Terms – Senior Secured Credit Facilities Term Loan B-3 Borrower: The E.W. Scripps Company (the “Company” or the “Borrower”) Facility Tranche Amount Maturity Indicative Pricing Floor OID Amortization RCF $400 5 years(1) L+250(2) 0.00% Par None Term Loan B-3 $650 7 years TBD 0.75% TBD 1% per annim Use or Proceeds: The proceeds of the Incremental Term Loan B Loans will be used to finance the Ion Media acquisition and to pay transaction fees and expenses Security: 1st lien priority security interest in and lien on all material personal property and assets of the Loan Party (including acquired assets), subject to customary exceptions Guarantors: All existing and future direct and indirect material domestic subsidiaries of the Borrower, subject to customary exceptions Call Protection: 101 soft call for 6 months Financial Covenant: RCF: 4.75x PF 1st Lien Net Leverage stepping to 4.5x on the 6th full quarter after closing Term Loan: None Incremental: General basket: $360mm Ratio: Subject to (i) 4x First Lien Net Leverage for pari passu Incremental Facilities, (ii) 5.50x Secured Net Leverage for Incremental Facilities secured on a junior basis Other covenants: Same as existing credit facilities (see next page) Mandatory Prepayment: RCF: None Term Loan: • 100% of net cash proceeds from issuance of debt not permitted to be incurred • 100% of net cash proceeds from asset sales • 50% ECF sweep stepping down to 25% and 0 % at 1st lien net leverage ratios of 3.5x and 3.0x, respectively; subject to customary thresholds and reinvestment rights Joint Lead Arrangers: Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Truist Bank, JP Morgan, and Wells Fargo Administrative Agent: Wells Fargo Notes: 1. The new $400mm revolver will mature 5 years after the 6th amendment effective date springing to the earlier of: a) 2/13/2025 if over $50mm of 2025 notes remain outstanding on 2/13/2025 b) 7/3/2024 if over $50mm of TLB loans remain outstanding on 7/3/2024 c) 1/30/2026 if the transaction closes on or after 2/1/2021 2. Subject to a leverage based grid
35 Transaction Timeline December 2020 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 Key Dates: Event: Launch Amendment + New Term Loan B-3 December 9th Lender Call (12PM ET) Amendment Signature Pages + Commitments to New TLB-3 due December 17th Price & Allocate December 18th M&A Close Early 2021 Key Date Bank Holiday
36 Senior Secured Credit Facilities Incremental: • $360mm plus unlimited subject to: • 4x 1st lien net leverage for 1st lien debt • 5.5x secured net leverage for secured debt Indebtedness: • Ratio tests: • 4x 1st lien net leverage ratio for pari debt • 5.5x secured net leverage ratio for secured debt • 6x total net leverage ratio for unsecured debt • General basket: $45mm and 12.5% EBITDA Liens: • Ratio tests: • 4x 1st lien net leverage ratio for pari debt • 5.5x secured net leverage ratio for secured debt • General basket: $45mm and 12.5% EBITDA Restricted Payments: • Ratio test: • 3.25x total net leverage for unsecured debt • General basket: $95mm and 25% EBITDA • Cumulative Credit subject to 5x net total leverage • Cumulative Credit : $135mm + Retained ECF Investments: • Ratio test: 4x total net leverage • General basket: $120mm and 33% EBITDA Covenant Summary