SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) March 31, 2021
THE E.W. SCRIPPS COMPANY
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|Ohio|| ||001-10701|| ||31-1223339|
|(State or other jurisdiction of|
| ||(I.R.S. Employer|
|312 Walnut Street|
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (513) 977-3000
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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THE E.W. SCRIPPS COMPANY
INDEX TO CURRENT REPORT ON FORM 8-K
|9.01||Financial Statements and Exhibits||3|
Item 8.01 Other Events
On March 31, 2021, The E.W. Scripps Company ("Scripps") closed on the sale of Triton to iHeartMedia for $230 million.
Scripps purchased Triton in 2018 for $150 million and the sale completes Scripps’ high-return exit from podcasting and digital audio. Scripps recently completed the sale of its Stitcher podcast business in October 2020.
Scripps intends to use cash from the sale toward debt reduction.
A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
|Description of Item|
|Press release dated March 31, 2021|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|THE E.W. SCRIPPS COMPANY|
|BY:|| ||/s/ Daniel W. Perschke |
| ||Daniel W. Perschke|
| ||Vice President, Controller|
|(Principal Accounting Officer)|
Dated: March 31, 2021
Scripps completes sale of Triton to iHeartMedia
CINCINNATI - The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) closed today on its sale of Triton to iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) for $230 million.
Triton is the global technology and services leader for the digital audio and podcast industry. Scripps bought the company for $150 million in 2018, and it has been accretive to segment margins since then.
The sale of Triton completes Scripps’ high-return exit from podcasting and digital audio. It sold podcast company Stitcher in October. Scripps nearly doubled its return on investments in both companies, and now it is focused on growth strategies in the television business.
The company intends to use proceeds from the Triton transaction toward debt reduction.
The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) is a diversified media company focused on creating a better-informed world. As the nation’s fourth-largest local TV broadcaster, Scripps serves communities with quality, objective local journalism and operates a portfolio of 61 stations in 41 markets. The Scripps Networks reach nearly every American through the national news outlets Court TV and Newsy and popular entertainment brands ION, Bounce, Grit, Laff and Court TV Mystery. Scripps is the nation’s largest holder of broadcast spectrum. Scripps runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, D.C., and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held for decades to the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way.”
Carolyn Micheli, The E.W. Scripps Company, 513-977-3732, Carolyn.firstname.lastname@example.org
Kari Wethington, The E.W. Scripps Company, 513-977-3763, Kari.email@example.com