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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-Q
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2021
OR
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from                      to                     
Commission File Number 001-10701
THE E.W. SCRIPPS COMPANY
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Ohio31-1223339
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
(IRS Employer
Identification Number)
312 Walnut Street
Cincinnati,Ohio45202
(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (513) 977-3000

Not applicable
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report.)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Class A Common Stock, par value $0.01 per shareSSPNASDAQ Global Select Market
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.     Yes No
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes No
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See definition of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company," and "emerging growth company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filerAccelerated filerEmerging growth company
Non-accelerated filerSmaller reporting company
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act). Yes No
Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer's classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date. As of March 31, 2021, there were 70,349,196 of the registrant’s Class A Common shares, $0.01 par value per share, outstanding and 11,932,722 of the registrant’s Common Voting shares, $0.01 par value per share, outstanding.



Index to The E.W. Scripps Company Quarterly Report
on Form 10-Q for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2021
Item No.Page
 
1. Financial Statements
2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
4. Controls and Procedures
PART II - Other Information
 
1. Legal Proceedings
1A. Risk Factors
3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities
4. Mine Safety Disclosures
5. Other Information
6. Exhibits
    Signatures
2


PART I

As used in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, the terms “Scripps,” “Company,” “we,” “our,” or “us” may, depending on the context, refer to The E.W. Scripps Company, to one or more of its consolidated subsidiary companies, or to all of them taken as a whole.

Item 1. Financial Statements

The information required by this item is filed as part of this Form 10-Q. See Index to Financial Information at page F-1 of this Form 10-Q.

Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

The information required by this item is filed as part of this Form 10-Q. See Index to Financial Information at page F-1 of this Form 10-Q.

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

The information required by this item is filed as part of this Form 10-Q. See Index to Financial Information at page F-1 of this Form 10-Q.

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

The information required by this item is filed as part of this Form 10-Q. See Index to Financial Information at page F-1 of this Form 10-Q.

PART II

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

We are involved in litigation and regulatory proceedings arising in the ordinary course of business, such as defamation actions and governmental proceedings primarily relating to renewal of broadcast licenses, none of which is expected to result in material loss.

Item 1A. Risk Factors

There have been no material changes to the risk factors disclosed in Item 1A. Risk Factors in our 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

On January 7, 2021, in connection with the ION transaction, we issued to Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries 6,000 shares of series A preferred stock (the Preferred Shares) with a warrant to purchase approximately 23.1 million shares of Scripps Class A common stock at an exercise price of $13 (the Warrant) for $600 million. The Preferred Shares and the Warrant have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and were issued and sold in a private placement pursuant to Section 4(2) thereof. See Note 3. Acquisitions and Note 14. Capital Stock, in the Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements in Part I Item 1 of this Form 10-Q for more information.

In February 2020, our Board of Directors authorized a new share repurchase program of up to $100 million of our Class A Common shares through March 1, 2022. No shares have been repurchased under the authorization. Under the terms of the Preferred Shares, we are prohibited from repurchasing our common shares until all Preferred Shares are redeemed.

Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities
There were no defaults upon senior securities during the quarter ended March 31, 2021.

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures
None.
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Item 5. Other Information

None.

Item 6. Exhibits
Exhibit NumberExhibit Description
31(a)
31(b)
32(a)
32(b)
101The Company's unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and related Notes for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 from this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, formatted in iXBRL (Inline eXtensible Business Reporting Language).*
104Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as Inline XBRL and contained in Exhibit 101).

* - Filed herewith
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Signatures
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, thereunto duly authorized.
 THE E.W. SCRIPPS COMPANY
Dated: May 10, 2021By:
/s/ Daniel W. Perschke
Daniel W. Perschke
  Vice President, Controller
(Principal Accounting Officer)


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The E.W. Scripps Company
Index to Financial Information (Unaudited)
ItemPage
F-2
F-3
F-4
F-5
F-6
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
F-7
F-21
F-32
F-33

F-1


The E.W. Scripps Company
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
(in thousands, except share data)As of 
March 31, 
2021
As of 
December 31, 
2020
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$538,185 $576,021 
Cash restricted for pending acquisition  1,050,000 
Accounts receivable (less allowances— $3,327 and $3,443)
495,895 429,017 
FCC repack receivable 7,559 12,363 
Miscellaneous31,098 26,784 
Total current assets1,072,737 2,094,185 
Investments15,555 14,404 
Property and equipment397,858 343,920 
Operating lease right-of-use assets128,217 51,471 
Goodwill2,963,565 1,203,212 
Other intangible assets1,997,712 975,444 
Programming300,022 138,701 
Miscellaneous23,014 38,049 
Total Assets$6,898,680 $4,859,386 
Liabilities and Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$66,479 $68,139 
Unearned revenue21,408 14,101 
Current portion of long-term debt18,612 10,612 
Accrued liabilities:
Employee compensation and benefits45,601 55,133 
Programming liability 144,641 72,743 
Accrued interest 24,201 16,514 
Miscellaneous40,259 85,588 
Other current liabilities70,609 35,626 
Total current liabilities431,810 358,456 
Long-term debt (less current portion)3,690,284 2,923,359 
Deferred income taxes347,347 85,844 
Operating lease liabilities 120,731 42,097 
Other liabilities (less current portion)739,321 286,365 
Equity:
Preferred stock, $0.01 par — authorized: 25,000,000 shares; none outstanding
  
Preferred stock — Series A, $100,000 par; 6,000 shares at March 31, 2021
408,210  
Common stock, $0.01 par:
Class A — authorized: 240,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding: 70,349,196 and 69,794,917 shares
704 698 
Voting — authorized: 60,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding: 11,932,722 and 11,932,722 shares
119 119 
Total preferred and common stock409,033 817 
Additional paid-in capital1,133,366 1,130,789 
Retained earnings125,702 131,778 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of income taxes(98,914)(100,119)
Total equity1,569,187 1,163,265 
Total Liabilities and Equity$6,898,680 $4,859,386 
See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.
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The E.W. Scripps Company
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
Three Months Ended 
March 31,
(in thousands, except per share data)20212020
Operating Revenues:
Advertising$362,614 $254,541 
Retransmission and carriage156,497 138,950 
Other21,810 20,732 
Total operating revenues540,921 414,223 
Operating Expenses:
Costs of revenues, excluding depreciation and amortization264,395 231,900 
Selling, general and administrative expenses, excluding depreciation and amortization144,026 127,711 
Acquisition and related integration costs28,645 4,910 
Restructuring costs7,050  
Depreciation14,125 13,351 
Amortization of intangible assets25,382 13,994 
Losses (gains), net on disposal of property and equipment80 1,433 
Total operating expenses483,703 393,299 
Operating income57,218 20,924 
Interest expense(43,882)(25,798)
Defined benefit pension plan income (expense)7 (1,026)
Gains on sale of business81,784  
Gains (losses) on stock warrants(67,244) 
Miscellaneous, net(4,851)1,114 
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes23,032 (4,786)
Provision for income taxes19,529 2,412 
Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of tax3,503 (7,198)
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax2,064 (4,611)
Net income (loss)5,567 (11,809)
Preferred stock dividends(11,643) 
Net loss attributable to the shareholders of The E.W. Scripps Company$(6,076)$(11,809)
Net income (loss) per basic share of common stock:
Income (loss) from continuing operations$(0.10)$(0.09)
Income (loss) from discontinued operations 0.02 (0.06)
Net income (loss) per basic share of common stock:$(0.07)$(0.15)
Net income (loss) per diluted share of common stock:
Income (loss) from continuing operations$(0.10)$(0.09)
Income (loss) from discontinued operations 0.02 (0.06)
Net income (loss) per diluted share of common stock:$(0.07)$(0.15)
See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.
The sum of net income (loss) per share from continuing and discontinued operations may not equal the reported total net income (loss) per share as each is calculated independently.
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The E.W. Scripps Company
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss) (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended 
March 31,
(in thousands)20212020
Net income (loss)$5,567 $(11,809)
Changes in defined benefit pension plans, net of tax of $374 and $286
1,187 902 
Other18 6 
Total comprehensive income (loss) attributable to preferred and common stockholders$6,772 $(10,901)
See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.
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The E.W. Scripps Company
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
Three Months Ended 
March 31,
(in thousands)20212020
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
Net income (loss)$5,567 $(11,809)
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax2,064 (4,611)
Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of tax3,503 (7,198)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) from continuing operations to net cash flows from operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization39,507 27,345 
Losses (gains), net on disposal of property and equipment80 1,433 
Gains on sale of business(81,784) 
(Gains) losses on stock warrants67,244  
Programming assets and liabilities(37,042)(28,289)
Restructuring impairment charges7,050  
Deferred income taxes6,951 16,305 
Stock and deferred compensation plans11,092 2,143 
Pension expense, net of contributions(5,987)(4,034)
Other changes in certain working capital accounts, net41,045 8,806 
Miscellaneous, net(1,565)1,630 
Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations50,094 18,141 
Net cash used in operating activities from discontinued operations (4,440)
Net operating activities50,094 13,701 
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired(2,679,798) 
Proceeds from sale of Triton Digital, net of cash disposed224,990  
Acquisition of intangible assets(430)(525)
Additions to property and equipment(4,139)(16,165)
Purchase of investments(1,263)(3,087)
Proceeds from FCC repack5,345 2,719 
Miscellaneous, net12 773 
Net cash used in investing activities from continuing operations(2,455,283)(16,285)
Net cash used in investing activities from discontinued operations (45)
Net investing activities(2,455,283)(16,330)
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
Net borrowings under revolving credit facility 175,000 
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt800,000  
Proceeds from issuance of preferred stock600,000  
Payments on long-term debt(4,653)(2,653)
Payments on financing costs(50,597) 
Payments for capitalized preferred stock issuance costs(11,526) 
Dividends paid on common and preferred stock(9,067)(4,108)
Tax payments related to shares withheld for vested stock and RSUs(6,369)(2,266)
Miscellaneous, net(415)(16,574)
Net cash provided by financing activities from continuing operations1,317,373 149,399 
Effect of foreign exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents(20)(111)
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents(1,087,836)146,659 
Cash and cash equivalents:
Beginning of year1,626,021 32,968 
End of period$538,185 $179,627 
Supplemental Cash Flow Disclosures
Interest paid$29,354 $24,833 
Income taxes refunded (paid)$547 $(12)
Non-cash investing information
Capital expenditures included in accounts payable$5,764 $1,187 
See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.
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The E.W. Scripps Company
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Equity (Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2021 and 2020
(in thousands, except per share data)
Preferred
Stock
Common
Stock
Additional
Paid-in
Capital
Retained Earnings (Accumulated Deficit)Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss) ("AOCI")
Total
Equity
As of December 31, 2020$— $817 $1,130,789 $131,778 $(100,119)$1,163,265 
Comprehensive income (loss)— — — 5,567 1,205 6,772 
Issuance of preferred stock, net of discount and issuance costs407,634 — — — — 407,634 
Preferred stock dividends, $1,511 per share
576 — — (11,643)— (11,067)
Compensation plans: 554,279 net shares issued *
— 6 2,577 — — 2,583 
As of March 31, 2021$408,210 $823 $1,133,366 $125,702 $(98,914)$1,569,187 
* Net of tax payments related to shares withheld for vested RSUs of $6,369 for the three months ended March 31, 2021.
As of December 31, 2019$— $810 $1,117,095 $(120,981)$(98,989)$897,935 
Comprehensive income (loss)— — — (11,809)908 (10,901)
Cash dividend: declared and paid - $0.05 per share
— — — (4,108)— (4,108)
Compensation plans: 429,273 net shares issued *
— 4 2,390 — — 2,394 
As of March 31, 2020$— $814 $1,119,485 $(136,898)$(98,081)$885,320 
* Net of tax payments related to shares withheld for vested RSUs of $2,266 for the three months ended March 31, 2020.
See notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.
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The E.W. Scripps Company
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

1. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
As used in the Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements, the terms “Scripps,” “Company,” “we,” “our,” or “us” may, depending on the context, refer to The E.W. Scripps Company, to one or more of its consolidated subsidiary companies, or to all of them taken as a whole.
Basis of Presentation — The condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Rule 10-01 of Regulation S-X. The interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements, including the notes thereto included in our 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K. In management's opinion, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) necessary for a fair presentation of the interim periods have been made.
Results of operations are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for future interim periods or for the full year.
Expense amounts that were previously reported under the captions “Employee compensation and benefits,” “Programming,” and “Other expenses” in our 2020 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations have been reclassified into line items captioned as either “Costs of revenues” or “Selling, general and administrative expenses.” Costs of revenues reflect the costs of providing our broadcast signals, programming and other content to respective distribution platforms. The costs captured within the costs of revenues caption include programming, content distribution, satellite transmission fees, production and operations and other direct costs. Selling, general and administrative expenses are primarily comprised of sales, marketing and advertising expenses, research costs, certain occupancy costs and other administrative costs.
Principles of Consolidation — The consolidated financial statements include our accounts and those of our wholly-owned and majority-owned subsidiaries and variable interest entities (VIEs) for which we are the primary beneficiary. We are the primary beneficiary of a VIE when we have the power to direct the activities of the VIE that most significantly impact the economic performance of the VIE and have the obligation to absorb losses or the right to receive returns that would be significant to the VIE. Noncontrolling interest represents an owner’s share of the equity in certain of our consolidated entities. All intercompany transactions and account balances have been eliminated in consolidation.

Investments in entities over which we have significant influence but not control are accounted for using the equity method of accounting. Income from equity method investments represents our proportionate share of net income generated by equity method investees.
Nature of Operations — We are a diverse media enterprise, serving audiences and businesses through a portfolio of local and national television brands. All of our businesses provide content and services via digital platforms, including the Internet, smartphones and tablets. Our media businesses are organized into the following reportable business segments: Local Media, Scripps Networks and Other. Additional information for our business segments is presented in the Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

Use of Estimates — Preparing financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires us to make a variety of decisions that affect the reported amounts and the related disclosures. Such decisions include the selection of accounting principles that reflect the economic substance of the underlying transactions and the assumptions on which to base accounting estimates. In reaching such decisions, we apply judgment based on our understanding and analysis of the relevant circumstances, including our historical experience, actuarial studies and other assumptions.

Our financial statements include estimates and assumptions used in accounting for our defined benefit pension plans; the periods over which long-lived assets are depreciated or amortized; the fair value of long-lived assets, goodwill and indefinite lived assets; the liability for uncertain tax positions and valuation allowances against deferred income tax assets; the fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed in business combinations; and self-insured risks.
While we re-evaluate our estimates and assumptions on an ongoing basis, actual results could differ from those estimated at the time of preparation of the financial statements.
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Nature of Products and Services — The following is a description of principal activities from which we generate revenue.
Core Advertising Core advertising is comprised of sales to local and national customers. The advertising includes a combination of broadcast airtime, as well as digital advertising. Pricing of advertising time is based on audience size and share, the demographic of our audiences and the demand for our limited inventory of commercial time. Advertising time is sold through a combination of local sales staff and national sales representative firms. Digital revenues are primarily generated from the sale of advertising to local and national customers on our local television websites, smartphone apps, tablet apps and other platforms.
Political Advertising Political advertising is generally sold through our Washington D.C. sales office. Advertising is sold to presidential, gubernatorial, Senate and House of Representative candidates, as well as for state and local issues. It is also sold to political action groups (PACs) or other advocacy groups.
Retransmission Revenues We earn revenue from retransmission consent agreements with multi-channel video programming distributors (“MVPDs”) in our markets. The MVPDs are cable operators and satellite carriers who pay us to offer our programming to their customers. We also receive fees from over-the-top virtual MVPDs such as Hulu, YouTubeTV and AT&T Now. The fees we receive are typically based on the number of subscribers in our local market and the contracted rate per subscriber.
Other Products and Services We derive revenue from sponsorships and community events through our Local Media segment. Our Scripps Networks segment offers subscription services for access to premium content to its customers.
Refer to Note 13.Segment Information for further information, including revenue by significant product and service offering.
Revenue Recognition — Revenue is measured based on the consideration we expect to be entitled to in exchange for promised goods or services provided to customers, and excludes any amounts collected on behalf of third parties. Revenue is recognized upon transfer of control of promised products or services to customers.
Advertising Advertising revenue is recognized, net of agency commissions, over time primarily as ads are aired or impressions are delivered and any contracted audience guarantees are met. We apply the practical expedient to recognize revenue at the amount we have the right to invoice, which corresponds directly to the value a customer has received relative to our performance. For advertising sold based on audience guarantees, audience deficiency may result in an obligation to deliver additional advertisements to the customer. To the extent that we do not satisfy contracted audience ratings, we record deferred revenue until such time that the audience guarantee has been satisfied.
Retransmission Retransmission revenues are considered licenses of functional intellectual property and are recognized at the point in time the content is transferred to the customer. MVPDs report their subscriber numbers to us generally on a 30- to 90-day lag. Prior to receiving the MVPD reporting, we record revenue based on estimates of the number of subscribers, utilizing historical levels and trends of subscribers for each MVPD.
Other Revenues generated by our Triton business are recognized on a ratable basis over the contract term as the monthly service is provided to the customer.
Contract Balances — Timing of revenue recognition may differ from the timing of invoicing to customers. We record a receivable when revenue is recognized prior to invoicing, or unearned revenue when revenue is recognized subsequent to invoicing.
Payment terms may vary by contract type, although our terms generally include a requirement of payment within 30 to 90 days. In instances where the timing of revenue recognition differs from the timing of invoicing, we have determined our contracts do not include a significant financing component. The primary purpose of our invoicing terms is to provide customers with simplified and predictable ways of purchasing our products and services, not to receive financing from our customers.
The allowance for doubtful accounts reflects our best estimate of probable losses inherent in the accounts receivable balance. We estimate the allowance based on expected credit losses, including our historical experience of actual losses and known troubled accounts. The allowance for doubtful accounts totaled $3.3 million at March 31, 2021 and $3.4 million at December 31, 2020.
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We record unearned revenue when cash payments are received in advance of our performance. We generally require amounts payable under advertising contracts with political advertising customers to be paid in advance. Unearned revenue totaled $21.4 million at March 31, 2021 and is expected to be recognized within revenue over the next 12 months. Unearned revenue totaled $14.1 million at December 31, 2020. We recorded $4.4 million of revenue in the three months ended March 31, 2021 that was included in unearned revenue at December 31, 2020.
Leases — We determine if an arrangement is a lease at inception. Operating leases are included in operating lease right-of-use (“ROU”) assets, other current liabilities and operating lease liabilities in our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.
  
ROU assets represent our right to use an underlying asset for the lease term and lease liabilities represent our obligation to make lease payments arising from the lease. Operating lease ROU assets and liabilities are recognized at the commencement date based on the present value of lease payments over the lease term. As the implicit rate is not readily determinable for most of our leases, we use our incremental borrowing rate when determining the present value of lease payments. The incremental borrowing rate represents an estimate of the interest rate we would incur at lease commencement to borrow an amount equal to the lease payments on a collateralized basis over the term of the lease. The operating lease ROU asset also includes any payments made at or before commencement and is reduced by any lease incentives. Our lease terms may include options to extend or terminate the lease when it is reasonably certain that we will exercise that option. Lease expense for lease payments is recognized on a straight-line basis over the lease term.
Share-Based Compensation — We have a Long-Term Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) which is described more fully in our 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K. The Plan provides for the award of incentive and nonqualified stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock units (RSUs) and unrestricted Class A Common shares and performance units to key employees and non-employee directors.
Share-based compensation costs totaled $8.3 million and $4.2 million for the first quarter of 2021 and 2020, respectively.
Earnings Per Share (“EPS”) — Unvested awards of share-based payments with rights to receive dividends or dividend equivalents, such as our RSUs, are considered participating securities for purposes of calculating EPS. Under the two-class method, we allocate a portion of net income to these participating securities and, therefore, exclude that income from the calculation of EPS for common stock. We do not allocate losses to the participating securities.
The following table presents information about basic and diluted weighted-average shares outstanding:
 Three Months Ended 
March 31,
(in thousands)20212020
Numerator (for basic and diluted earnings per share)
Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of tax$3,503 $(7,198)
Less preferred stock dividends(11,643) 
Numerator for basic and diluted earnings per share$(8,140)$(7,198)
Denominator
Basic weighted-average shares outstanding81,902 81,077 
Effect of dilutive securities:
Restricted stock units  
Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding81,902 81,077 

For the three month periods ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, we incurred a net loss and the inclusion of RSUs would have been anti-dilutive. The March 31, 2021 and 2020 diluted EPS calculations exclude the effect from 2.4 million and 2.2 million, respectively, of outstanding RSUs that were anti-dilutive. The basic and dilutive EPS calculations also exclude the impact of the common stock warrant as the effect would be anti-dilutive.
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2. Recently Adopted and Issued Accounting Standards

Recently Issued Accounting Standards — In March 2020, the FASB issued new guidance that provides optional expedients and exceptions to certain accounting requirements to facilitate the transition away from the use of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and other interbank offered rates. The guidance is effective as of March 12, 2020 and will apply through December 31, 2022 to all entities, subject to meeting certain criteria, that have contracts, hedging relationships and other transactions that reference LIBOR or another reference rate expected to be discontinued because of reference rate reform. We will evaluate transactions or contract modifications occurring as a result of reference rate reform to determine whether to apply the optional guidance on an ongoing basis.

3. Acquisitions

ION Acquisition

On January 7, 2021, we completed the acquisition of national broadcast network ION Media Networks, Inc. ("ION") for $2.65 billion. ION is a national network of broadcast stations and is the largest holder of U.S. broadcast television spectrum. The business distributes its programming through owned Federal Communications Commission-licensed television stations as well as affiliated TV stations, reaching 100 million of U.S. homes through its over-the-air broadcast and pay TV platforms. With the acquisition of ION, we created a full-scale national television networks business by combining the ION network with the five Katz networks and national news network, Newsy.

The transaction was financed with a combination of cash, debt financing and preferred equity financing, including Berkshire Hathaway's $600 million preferred equity investment in Scripps. Berkshire Hathaway also received a warrant to purchase up to 23.1 million Class A shares, at an exercise price of $13 per share.

To comply with ownership rules of the Federal Communications Commission, we simultaneously divested 23 of ION's television stations for a total consideration of $30 million, which were purchased by INYO Broadcast Holdings, LLC upon completion of the acquisition. These divested stations became independent affiliates of ION pursuant to long-term affiliation agreements.

The following table summarizes the net cash consideration for the ION transaction.

(in thousands)
Total purchase price$2,650,000 
   Plus: Cash acquired 14,493 
   Plus: Working capital59,798 
Total transaction gross cash consideration2,724,291 
   Less: Proceeds from ION stations divested(30,000)
Total transaction net cash consideration2,694,291 
   Less: Cash acquired(14,493)
Total consideration, net of cash acquired$2,679,798 
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The following table summarizes the preliminary fair values of the ION assets acquired and liabilities assumed at the closing date.
(in thousands)
Accounts receivable $133,559 
Other current assets 4,033 
Programming rights169,027 
Property and equipment 63,073 
Operating lease right-of-use assets72,717 
Other assets4,513 
Goodwill1,846,329 
Indefinite-lived intangible assets - FCC licenses433,700 
Amortizable intangible assets:
  INYO affiliation agreement433,000 
  Other affiliation relationships25,000 
  Advertiser relationships139,000 
  Trade names72,000 
Accounts payable (9,677)
Unearned revenue(13,043)
Accrued expenses (27,083)
Current portion of programming liabilities (92,721)
Other current liabilities (8,373)
Programming liabilities(191,837)
Deferred tax liabilities(266,389)
Operating lease liabilities (78,000)
Other long-term liabilities (29,030)
Total consideration, net of cash acquired$2,679,798 

Of the value allocated to amortizable intangible assets, the INYO affiliation agreement has an estimated amortization period of 20 years, advertiser relationships have an estimated amortization period of 10 years, other affiliation relationships have an estimated amortization period of 12 years and the value allocated to trade names has an estimated amortization period of 10 years.

The goodwill of $1.8 billion arising from the transactions consists largely of synergies, economies of scale and other benefits of a larger national broadcast footprint and becoming the largest holder of broadcast spectrum. We allocated the goodwill to our Scripps Networks segment. The transaction is accounted for as a stock acquisition which applies carryover tax basis to the assets and liabilities acquired. The goodwill is not deductible for income tax purposes.

From the January 7, 2021 acquisition date through March 31, 2021, revenues from ION's operations of $126 million have been included in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations. Acquisition and integration costs related to the transaction, including legal and professional fees and severance costs, totaled $26.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

KCDO Television Station

On November 20, 2020, we closed on the acquisition of the KCDO television station in the Denver, Colorado market. Included in the sale was KSBS-CD, a low power translator of KCDO. Total consideration for the transaction totaled $9.6 million. The preliminary purchase price allocated $6.9 million to the acquired FCC license, $1.7 million to goodwill, $0.9 million to property and equipment and the remainder was allocated to various working capital accounts.
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Pro forma results of operations

Pro forma results of operations, assuming the ION acquisition had taken place at the beginning of 2020, are presented in the following table. The pro forma results do not include KCDO, as the impact of this acquisition, individually or in the aggregate, is not material to prior year results of operations. The pro forma information includes the historical results of operations of Scripps and ION (excluding the results of the divested stations sold to INYO), as well as adjustments for additional depreciation and amortization of the assets acquired, additional interest expense related to the financing of the transactions and other transactional adjustments. The pro forma results do not include efficiencies, cost reductions or synergies expected to result from the acquisitions. The unaudited pro forma financial information is not necessarily indicative of the results that actually would have occurred had the acquisitions been completed at the beginning of the period.
Three Months Ended March 31,
(in thousands, except per share data) (unaudited)20212020
Operating revenues$547,643 $559,436 
Net income (loss) attributable to Scripps shareholders13,009 (15,146)
Net income (loss) per share:
          Basic$0.15 $(0.19)
          Diluted0.15 (0.19)

Pro forma results in 2020 include $35.6 million of non-recurring transaction related costs. The pro forma results in 2021 reflect a $26.2 million reversal of ION transaction costs incurred that are already being captured in the 2020 pro forma results.

4. Asset Write-Downs and Other Charges and Credits

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes was affected by the following:

2021 - Acquisition and related integration costs of $28.6 million in the first quarter of 2021 primarily reflect investment banking, legal fees and professional service costs incurred to complete and integrate the ION Media Networks, Inc. acquisition, which closed on January 7, 2021.

Restructuring costs totaled $7.1 million in the first quarter of 2021. In connection with the Newsy restructuring plan, we incurred charges for the write-downs of both capitalized carriage agreement payments and certain Newsy intangible assets.

During the first quarter of 2021, we completed the sale of our Triton business. The sale generated total net proceeds of $225 million and we recognized a pre-tax gain from disposition totaling $81.8 million.

The first quarter of 2021 includes a $67.2 million non-cash charge related to our outstanding common stock warrant. The warrant obligation is marked-to-market each reporting period with the increase in our common stock price being the significant contributor to a higher valuation.

2020 - Acquisition and related integration costs of $4.9 million in the first quarter of 2020 reflect contract termination costs and professional service costs incurred to integrate the Cordillera and Nexstar-Tribune television stations.

5. Income Taxes

We file a consolidated federal income tax return, consolidated unitary tax returns in certain states and other separate state income tax returns for our subsidiary companies.

The income tax provision for interim periods is generally determined based upon the expected effective income tax rate for the full year and the tax rate applicable to certain discrete transactions in the interim period. To determine the annual effective income tax rate, we must estimate both the total income (loss) before income tax for the full year and the jurisdictions in which that income (loss) is subject to tax. The actual effective income tax rate for the full year may differ from these estimates if income (loss) before income tax is greater than or less than what was estimated or if the allocation of income (loss) to jurisdictions in which it is taxed is different from the estimated allocations. We review and adjust our estimated effective
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income tax rate for the full year each quarter based upon our most recent estimates of income (loss) before income tax for the full year and the jurisdictions in which we expect that income will be taxed.

The effective income tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 was 85% and (50)%, respectively. Differences between our effective income tax rate and the U.S. federal statutory rate are the impact of state taxes, foreign taxes, non-deductible expenses, changes in reserves for uncertain tax positions, excess tax benefits or expense from the exercise and vesting of share-based compensation awards ($1.3 million benefit in 2021 and $1.0 million expense in 2020), state deferred rate changes and state NOL valuation allowance changes ($1.2 million benefit in 2021 and $4.0 million expense in 2020). Additionally, in the first quarter of 2021, we had a net discrete tax provision charge of $17.1 million related to a taxable gain on the sale of the Triton business, and a $1.0 million discrete tax provision charge related to nondeductible transaction costs for the ION acquisition. Finally, a non-deductible expense of $70.7 million was recorded in the first quarter of 2021 related to issuance costs and unrealized losses on mark-to-market adjustments recorded on the common stock warrants issued in connection with the ION acquisition.

We recognize state NOL carryforwards as deferred tax assets, subject to valuation allowances. At each balance sheet date, we estimate the amount of carryforwards that are not expected to be used prior to expiration of the carryforward period. The tax effect of the carryforwards that are not expected to be used prior to their expiration is included in the valuation allowance.

6. Restricted Cash

At December 31, 2020, our cash and cash equivalents included $1.1 billion held in a restricted cash account for the ION Media Networks, Inc. ("ION") acquisition. The restricted balance represents the senior secured notes and senior unsecured notes proceeds that were segregated as financing for the January 7, 2021 closing of the ION acquisition. Refer to Note 9. Long-Term Debt and Note 3. Acquisitions for further information on the $550 million senior secured notes and $500 million senior unsecured notes that were issued on December 30, 2020. At March 31, 2021, no cash was held in a restricted cash account.

7. Leases

We have operating leases for office space, data centers and certain equipment. Our leases have remaining lease terms of 1 year to 20 years, some of which may include options to extend the leases for up to 5 years, and some of which may include options to terminate the leases within 1 year. Operating lease costs recognized in our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 totaled $5.9 million and $4.9 million, including short-term lease costs of $0.5 million and $0.2 million, respectively.

Other information related to our operating leases was as follows:
(in thousands, except lease term and discount rate)As of 
March 31, 
2021
As of 
December 31, 
2020
Balance Sheet Information
  Right-of-use assets$128,217 $51,471 
  Other current liabilities19,396 9,623 
  Operating lease liabilities 120,731 42,097 
Weighted Average Remaining Lease Term
       Operating leases 8.82 years7.64 years
Weighted Average Discount Rate
       Operating leases 4.33 %5.96 %

Three Months Ended 
March 31,
(in thousands)20212020
Supplemental Cash Flows Information
    Cash paid for amounts included in the measurement of lease liabilities$4,875 $4,178 
    Right-of-use assets obtained in exchange for lease obligations 5,980 410 
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Future minimum lease payments under non-cancellable operating leases as of March 31, 2021 were as follows:
(in thousands)Operating
Leases
Remainder of 2021$23,470 
202226,005 
202321,735 
202418,924 
202514,917 
Thereafter62,886 
  Total future minimum lease payments167,937 
Less: Imputed interest(27,810)
    Total$140,127 

8. Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets
Goodwill consisted of the following:
(in thousands)Local MediaScripps NetworksOtherTotal
Gross balance as of December 31, 2020$1,122,408 $232,742 $85,976 $1,441,126 
Accumulated impairment losses(216,914)(21,000) (237,914)
Net balance as of December 31, 2020$905,494 $211,742 $85,976 $1,203,212 
Gross balance as of March 31, 2021$1,122,408 $2,079,071 $ $3,201,479 
Accumulated impairment losses(216,914)(21,000) (237,914)
Net balance as of March 31, 2021$905,494 $2,058,071 $ $2,963,565 

Other intangible assets consisted of the following:
(in thousands)As of 
March 31, 
2021
As of 
December 31, 
2020
Amortizable intangible assets:
Carrying amount:
Television affiliation relationships$1,074,244 $616,244 
Customer lists and advertiser relationships213,400 102,900 
Other132,092 104,445 
Total carrying amount1,419,736 823,589 
Accumulated amortization:
Television affiliation relationships(127,490)(113,950)
Customer lists and advertiser relationships(53,871)(53,232)
Other(31,178)(37,778)
Total accumulated amortization(212,539)(204,960)
Net amortizable intangible assets1,207,197 618,629 
Indefinite-lived intangible assets — FCC licenses790,515 356,815 
Total other intangible assets$1,997,712 $975,444 

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Estimated amortization expense of intangible assets for each of the next five years is $67.7 million for the remainder of 2021, $88.6 million in 2022, $83.5 million in 2023, $82.1 million in 2024, $80.4 million in 2025, $77.4 million in 2026 and $727.5 million in later years.
9. Long-Term Debt
Long-term debt consisted of the following:
(in thousands)As of 
March 31, 
2021
As of 
December 31, 
2020
Revolving credit facility$ $ 
Senior secured notes, due in 2029550,000 550,000 
Senior unsecured notes, due in 2025400,000 400,000 
Senior unsecured notes, due in 2027500,000 500,000 
Senior unsecured notes, due in 2031500,000 500,000 
Term loan, due in 2024289,500 290,250 
Term loan, due in 2026749,757 751,660 
Term loan, due in 2028798,000  
    Total outstanding principal3,787,257 2,991,910 
Less: Debt issuance costs and issuance discounts(78,361)(57,939)
Less: Current portion(18,612)(10,612)
   Net carrying value of long-term debt$3,690,284 $2,923,359 
Fair value of long-term debt *$3,797,121 $3,064,194 
* Fair values of the 2025, 2027, 2029 and 2031 Senior Notes are estimated based on quoted private market transactions and are classified as Level 1 in the fair value hierarchy. The fair values of the term loans are based on observable estimates provided by third party financial professionals, and as such, are classified within Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy.

Scripps Senior Secured Credit Agreement

On January 7, 2021, we entered into the Sixth Amendment to the Third Amended Restated Credit Agreement ("Sixth Amendment"). Under the Sixth Amendment, the capacity of our Revolving Credit Facility was increased from $210 million to $400 million. Additionally, the Sixth Amendment extended the facility's maturity date to the earlier of January 2026 or 91 days prior to the stated maturity date for any of our existing loans and our existing unsecured notes that mature within the facility's term. Commitment fees of 0.30% to 0.50% per annum, based on our leverage ratio, of the total unused commitment are payable under the Revolving Credit Facility. Interest is payable on the Revolving Credit Facility at rates based on LIBOR, plus a margin based on our leverage ratio, ranging from 1.75% to 2.50%. As of March 31, 2021, we had no borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility. As of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, we had outstanding letters of credit totaling $6.8 million and $6.0 million, respectively, under the Revolving Credit Facility.

On October 2, 2017, we issued a $300 million term loan B which matures in October 2024 ("2024 term loan"). Interest is currently payable on the 2024 term loan at a rate based on LIBOR, plus a fixed margin of 2.00%. Interest will reduce to a rate of LIBOR plus a fixed margin of 1.75% if the Company’s total net leverage, as defined by the amended agreement, is below 2.75. The 2024 term loan requires annual principal payments of $3 million.
As of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, the interest rate on the 2024 term loan was 2.11% and 2.15%, respectively. The weighted-average interest rate was 2.13% and 3.67% for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

On May 1, 2019, we entered into a Fourth Amendment to the Third Amended and Restated Credit Agreement ("Fourth Amendment"). Under the Fourth Amendment, we issued a $765 million term loan B ("2026 term loan") that matures in May 2026. Interest is currently payable on the 2026 term loan at a rate based on LIBOR, plus a fixed margin of 2.56%. The 2026 term loan requires annual principal payments of $7.6 million. Deferred financing costs and original issuance discount totaled approximately $23.0 million with this term loan, which are being amortized over the life of the loan.

As of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, the interest rate on the 2026 term loan was 3.31% and 2.65%, respectively. The weighted-average interest rate on the term loan was 3.26% and 4.17% for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

Under the Sixth Amendment, we also issued an $800 million term loan B that contributed to the financing of the ION acquisition. The term loan matures in 2028 with interest payable at rates based on LIBOR, plus a fixed margin of 3.00%. Additionally, the Sixth Amendment provided that the LIBOR rate could not be less than 0.75% for our term loans that mature in 2026 and 2028. The 2028 term loan requires annual principal payments of $8.0 million. We incurred deferred financing costs totaling $23.4 million related to this term loan and the amendment to the Revolving Credit Facility, which are being amortized over the life of the term loan.

As of March 31, 2021, the interest rate on the 2028 term loan was 3.75%. The weighted-average interest rate on the term loan was 3.75% for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

The Senior Secured Credit Agreement contains covenants that limit our ability to incur additional debt and provides for restrictions on certain payments (dividends and share repurchases). Additionally, we must be in compliance with certain leverage ratios in order to proceed with acquisitions. Our credit agreement also includes a provision that in certain circumstances we must use a portion of excess cash flow to repay debt. We granted the lenders pledges of our equity interests in our subsidiaries and security interests in substantially all other personal property including cash, accounts receivables and equipment. In addition, the Revolving Credit Facility contains a covenant to comply with a maximum first lien net leverage ratio of 4.75 to 1.0 when we have outstanding borrowings on the facility. As of March 31, 2021, we were in compliance with our financial covenants.

2029 Senior Secured Notes

On December 30, 2020, we issued $550 million of senior secured notes (the "2029 Senior Notes"), which bear interest at a rate of 3.875% per annum and mature on January 15, 2029. The proceeds of the 2029 Senior Notes were deposited into a segregated escrow account. The escrow account was subsequently released on January 7, 2021 and used toward the financing of the ION acquisition (See Note 3). The 2029 Senior Notes were priced at 100% of par value and interest is payable semi-annually on January 15 and July 15, commencing on July 15, 2021. Prior to January 15, 2024 we may redeem up to 40% of the aggregate principal amount of the 2029 Senior Notes at a redemption price of 103.875% of the principal amount plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of redemption. We may also redeem some or all of the 2029 Senior Notes before January 15, 2024 at a redemption price of 100% of the principal amount, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the redemption date plus a "make whole" premium. On or after January 15, 2024 and before January 15, 2026, we may redeem the notes, in whole or in part, at applicable redemption prices noted in the indenture agreement. If we sell certain of our assets or have a change of control, the holders of the 2029 Senior Notes may require us to repurchase some or all of the notes. Our credit agreement also includes a provision that in certain circumstances we must use a portion of excess cash flow to repay debt. The 2029 Senior Notes are guaranteed by us and the majority our subsidiaries and are secured on equal footing with the obligations under the Senior Secured Credit Agreement. Following the release of the proceeds from escrow on January 7, 2021, the notes became secured, on a first lien basis, from pledges of equity interests in our subsidiaries and by substantially all of the existing and future assets of Scripps. The 2029 Senior Notes contain covenants with which we must comply that are typical for borrowing transactions of this nature.

We incurred approximately $13.8 million of deferred financing costs in connection with the issuance of the 2029 Senior Notes, which are being amortized over the life of the notes.

2025 Senior Unsecured Notes

On April 28, 2017, we issued $400 million of senior unsecured notes (the "2025 Senior Notes"), which bear interest at a rate of 5.125% per annum and mature on May 15, 2025. The 2025 Senior Notes were priced at 100% of par value and interest is payable semi-annually on May 15 and November 15. On or after May 15, 2020 and before May 15, 2023, we may redeem the notes, in whole or in part, at applicable redemption prices noted in the indenture agreement. If we sell certain assets or have a change of control, the holders of the 2025 Senior Notes may require us to repurchase some or all of the notes. The 2025 Senior Notes are also guaranteed by us and the majority our subsidiaries. The 2025 Senior Notes contain covenants with which we must comply that are typical for borrowing transactions of this nature.

We incurred approximately $7.0 million of deferred financing costs in connection with the issuance of the 2025 Senior Notes, which are being amortized over the life of the notes.

On April 15, 2021, we announced our intention to redeem the 2025 Senior Notes on May 15, 2021. The redemption price of the notes will be equal to 102.563% of the aggregate principal amount plus accrued and unpaid interest up to the redemption date. The notes will be redeemed with cash on hand.

2027 Senior Unsecured Notes

On July 26, 2019, we issued $500 million of senior unsecured notes, which bear interest at a rate of 5.875% per annum and mature on July 15, 2027 ("the 2027 Senior Notes"). The 2027 Senior Notes were priced at 100% of par value and interest is payable semi-annually on July 15 and January 15. Prior to July 15, 2022, we may redeem up to 40% of the aggregate principal amount of the 2027 Senior Notes at a redemption price of 105.875% of the principal amount plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of redemption. We may also redeem some or all of the notes before July 15, 2022 at a redemption price of 100% of the principal amount, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the redemption date plus a "make whole" premium. On or after July 15, 2022 and before July 15, 2025, we may redeem the notes, in whole or in part, at applicable redemption prices noted in the indenture agreement. If we sell certain of our assets or have a change of control, the holders of the 2027 Senior Notes may require us to repurchase some or all of the notes. The 2027 Senior Notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed on a senior unsecured basis by certain of our existing and future domestic restricted subsidiaries. The 2027 Senior Notes contain covenants with which we must comply that are typical for borrowing transactions of this nature. There are no registration rights associated with the 2027 Senior Notes.

We incurred approximately $10.7 million of deferred financing costs in connection with the issuance of the 2027 Senior Notes, which are being amortized over the life of the notes.

2031 Senior Unsecured Notes

On December 30, 2020, we issued $500 million of senior unsecured notes (the "2031 Senior Notes"), which bear interest at a rate of 5.375% per annum and mature on January 15, 2031. The proceeds of the 2031 Senior Notes were deposited into a segregated escrow account. The escrow account was subsequently released on January 7, 2021 and used toward the financing of the ION acquisition (See Note 3). The 2031 Senior Notes were priced at 100% of par value and interest is payable semi-annually on January 15 and July 15, commencing on July 15, 2021. Prior to January 15, 2024 we may redeem up to 40% of the aggregate principal amount of the 2031 Senior Notes at a redemption price of 105.375% of the principal amount plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of redemption. We may also redeem some or all of the 2031 Senior Notes before January 15, 2026 at a redemption price of 100% of the principal amount, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the redemption date plus a "make whole" premium. On or after January 15, 2026 and before January 15, 2029, we may redeem the notes, in whole or in part, at applicable redemption prices noted in the indenture agreement. If we sell certain of our assets or have a change of control, the holders of the 2031 Senior Notes may require us to repurchase some or all of the notes. The 2031 Senior Notes are also guaranteed by us and the majority our subsidiaries. The 2031 Senior Notes contain covenants with which we must comply that are typical for borrowing transactions of this nature.

We incurred approximately $12.5 million of deferred financing costs in connection with the issuance of the 2031 Senior Notes, which are being amortized over the life of the notes.

Debt Repurchase Authorization

In November 2020, our Board of Directors authorized a debt repurchase program pursuant to which we may reduce, through redemptions or open market purchases and retirement, a combination of the outstanding principal balance of our senior secured and senior unsecured notes, and the additional indebtedness incurred with the closing of the ION acquisition. The authorization permits an aggregate principal amount reduction of up to $500 million and expires on March 1, 2023.

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10. Other Liabilities
Other liabilities consisted of the following:
(in thousands)As of 
March 31, 
2021
As of 
December 31, 
2020
Employee compensation and benefits$36,614 $34,020 
Deferred FCC repack income44,442 44,945 
Programming liability207,093 33,481 
Liability for pension benefits154,212 161,845 
Liabilities for uncertain tax positions21,760 2,332 
Liability for common stock warrants248,084  
Other27,116 9,742 
Other liabilities (less current portion)$739,321 $286,365 

In connection with the acquisition of ION, we assumed $19.3 million of uncertain tax position liabilities. Approximately $15.1 million of the liability is attributed to disallowed domestic production activities deductions (DPAD). We currently expect this DPAD liability will be resolved through settlement, amendments and/or payment within the next twelve months.

With the Preferred Shares issuance, Berkshire Hathaway also received a warrant to purchase up to 23.1 million Class A shares, at an exercise price of $13 per share. The warrant is exercisable at the holder's option at any time or from time to time, in whole or in part, until the first anniversary of the date on which no Preferred Shares remain outstanding. Since the holder has the option to settle the warrant through cash payment of the exercise price and/or through surrendering portions of their Preferred Shares for the stated par value, a liability must be recognized for the fair value of the warrant. The valuation model, classified within Level 3 of the fair value hierarchy, includes inputs for the estimated term of the warrant, the historical volatility rate of Scripps common stock and the exercise price for the warrant. At time of issuance, the fair value of the warrant totaled $181 million. The fair value of the warrant is remeasured each reporting period and totaled $248 million at March 31, 2021. The increase in our stock price during 2021 was the primary contributor to the increase in the fair value of the warrant. Change in the fair value of the warrant during each reporting period is captured in the gains/ losses on stock warrants caption in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.

11. Supplemental Cash Flow Information
The following table presents additional information about the change in certain working capital accounts:
Three Months Ended 
March 31,
(in thousands)20212020
Accounts receivable$43,559 $8,850 
Other current assets1,851 (11,969)
Accounts payable6,342 14,034 
Accrued employee compensation and benefits(19,387)(13,711)
Accrued interest7,687 (1,172)
Other accrued liabilities(16,151)15,041 
Unearned revenue(5,672)(3,130)
Other, net22,816 863 
Total$41,045 $8,806 

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12. Employee Benefit Plans

We sponsor a noncontributory defined benefit pension plan and non-qualified Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans ("SERPs"). The accrual for future benefits has been frozen in our defined benefit pension plan and SERPs.

We sponsor a defined contribution plan covering substantially all non-union and certain union employees. We match a portion of employees' voluntary contributions to this plan.
Other union-represented employees are covered by defined benefit pension plans jointly sponsored by us and the union, or by union-sponsored multi-employer plans.

The components of the employee benefit plan expense consisted of the following:
 Three Months Ended 
March 31,
(in thousands)20212020
Interest cost$4,103 $4,917 
Expected return on plan assets, net of expenses(5,820)(5,256)
Amortization of actuarial loss and prior service cost1,487 1,125 
Total for defined benefit pension plan(230)786 
Multi-employer plans 9 
SERPs223 240 
Defined contribution plan3,978 3,779 
Net periodic benefit cost3,971 4,814 
Allocated to discontinued operations (205)
Net periodic benefit cost — continuing operations$3,971 $4,609 

We contributed $0.3 million to fund current benefit payments for our SERPs and $5.7 million for our defined benefit pension plan during the three months ended March 31, 2021. During the remainder of 2021, we anticipate contributing an additional $1.1 million to fund the SERPs' benefit payments. We are required to contribute an additional $18.7 million to fund our qualified defined benefit pension plan in order to meet our 2021 funding requirements under the provisions of the Pension Funding Equity Act of 2004 and the Pension Protection Act of 2006.

13. Segment Information
We determine our business segments based upon our management and internal reporting structures, as well as the basis on which our chief operating decision maker makes resource-allocation decisions.
Effective with the January 7, 2021 close of the ION acquisition, we realigned our internal reporting structure and changed the reporting of our businesses’ operating results to reflect this new structure. Under the new structure, our operating results are reported under Local Media, Scripps Networks and Other segment captions.
Our Local Media segment includes our 61 local broadcast stations and their related digital operations. It is comprised of 18 ABC affiliates, 11 NBC affiliates, nine CBS affiliates and four FOX affiliates. We also have 12 CW affiliates - four on full power stations and