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Trinity Mirror PLC
13 May 2009
 

TRINITY MIRROR PLC

INTERIM MANAGEMENT STATEMENT

17 weeks ending 26 April 2009


Trinity Mirror plc is today issuing an Interim Management Statement covering the 17 weeks of trading to 26 April 2009 ('the period') and describing the Group's financial position and performance during the period, updated to the latest practicable date.


The economic slowdown continues to impact the Group and we remain cautious about the outlook. A combination of prudent cost reduction measures, the introduction of cutting edge IT systems driving new, more efficient ways of publishing, stable financing and relatively robust circulation revenue is, nevertheless, expected to deliver positive cash flow from our operations for 2009.


Outlook


The trading conditions are impacting, to some extent, all our sources of revenue although we expect the rate of decline to ease as we go through the remainder of the year as we benefit from weaker comparatives. 


We continue to appropriately manage our cost base through cost savings and operating efficiencies while ensuring that we are well positioned to take full advantage of the revenue and profit benefits that will result when market conditions improve. The Group remains on track to deliver the previously announced £25 million cost savings in 2009 and this coupled with continued stable cash flows and committed financing continues to provide the Board comfort that management actions will help to support profitability in an uncertain economic outlook for the economy.


Divisional performance


Revenue performance in the first 17 weeks of the year was as follows:


Year on Year Change

%

Group revenue

(18)

Advertising

(30)

Circulation

(4)

Other

(10)

Group digital revenue included in above

(13)


Group revenues in the period have fallen by 18% driven by advertising shortfalls with circulation more resilient.


Group advertising revenues in the periohave fallen by 30%, reflecting a decline of 30% for January and February and a decline of 29% for March and April. 


For our Regionals division advertising revenues in the period have fallen by 36%, reflecting a decline of 37% for January and February and a decline of 35% for March and April. All advertising categories were down year on year with declines in the period of 24% for display (Jan/Feb 28%, Mar/Apr 21%)50% for recruitment (Jan/Feb 50%, Mar/Apr 51%) 54% for property (Jan/Feb 54%, Mar/Apr 54%)35% for motors (Jan/Feb 37%, Mar/Apr 33%) and 15for other classified categories (Jan/Feb 13%, Mar/Apr 17%).


For our Nationals division advertising revenues for the period fell by 17%. This reflects a decline of 16% for January and February and a decline of 18% for March and April. During March and April core display revenues fell by 11%, in line with the declines experienced in January and February. The rate of decline in classified and other advertising revenues increased marginally during the period reflecting the impact of the challenging economic environment


Group digital revenues for the period have fallen by 13% with a fall of 14% for the Regionals and 11% for the Nationals. The economic downturn and the resulting reduction in demand for recruitment and property advertising, which we have seen in print, is also impacting our digital classified revenues.  However we continue to see growth in digital display advertising across both Regionals and Nationals.  


Group circulation revenues for the period have fallen by 4% with a decline of 8% for the Regionals and 3% for the NationalsDuring the period we increased the cover prices of the Monday to Friday editions of the Daily Mirror and the Daily Record, the Saturday edition of the Daily Recordthe Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Mail. 


Other Group revenues for the period have fallen by 10%, reflecting a small decrease in contract print of 2% combined with significantly lower revenue from inserts and waste paper sales.


Early indications for May are that advertising revenues for the Nationals will fall by around 10% and for the Regionals by around 35%. Group circulation revenues are expected to fall by around 5% for May.  


Capital expenditure


The Group will incur capital expenditure of no more than £25 million for the 2009 in line with previous guidance


During the period the Group received £2 million from the proceeds relating to land disposed of in 2008 in Cardiff and £1 million from the terminated sale of land in Birmingham.


Financing


Net debtassuming that the US$ denominated private placement loan notes and related cross currency interest rate swaps are not terminated prior to their maturity, has remained stable during the period as follows:



£m

Net debt as at 28 December 2008*

384

Pension Contributions**

16

Corporation tax payments

4

Interest 

9

Other cash inflows***

(25)

Net debt as at 26 April 2009

388

*      assuming that the US$ private placement loan notes and related cross currency interest rate swaps will not be terminated prior to their maturity 

**       in excess of operating profit charge

***     operating cash flows, capex, working capital 


As at 26 April 2009 the Group had a £5 million cash drawing and a £4 million guarantee drawing on the £178.5 million bank facility. The £5 million cash drawing was subsequently repaid on 30 April 2009No new financing facilities were procured during the period and no debt facilities were repaid other than in accordance with their normal maturity date.


The fair value asset of the Group's cross currency interest rates swaps used to swap the principal and interest payments on the Group's US$ private placement loan notes was £38.1 million at 26 April 2009 (28 December 2008: £41.7 million).  


Net debt is expected to fall marginally over the remainder of 2009 and the Group continues to operate comfortably within its financial covenants


Conference call


Trinity Mirror will be holding a conference call this morning for analysts and investors at 8.00 am. For dial in details please contact Nick Fullagar, Director Corporate Communications on 020 7293 3622 or nick.fullagar@trinitymirror.com.



Enquiries:


Trinity Mirror plc

Vijay Vaghela, Group Finance Director - 020 7293 3000

Nick Fullagar, Director Corporate Communications - 020 7293 3622


This Interim Management Statement is prepared for and addressed only to the Company's shareholders as a whole and to no other person. The Company, its directors, employees, agents or advisers do not accept or assume responsibility to any other person to whom this Interim Management Statement is shown or into whose hands it may come and any such responsibility or liability is expressly disclaimed.  Statements contained in this Interim Management Statement are based on the knowledge and information available to the Company's Directors at the date it was prepared and therefore the facts stated and views expressed may change after that date. By their nature, the statements concerning the risks and uncertainties facing the Company in this Interim Management Statement involve uncertainty since future events and circumstances can cause results and developments to differ materially from those anticipated.  To the extent that this Interim Management Statement contains any statement dealing with any time after the date of its preparation such statement is merely predictive and speculative as it relates to events and circumstances which are yet to occur.  The Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.


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