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Trinity Mirror PLC
16 July 2008
 



Trinity Mirror plc

16 July 2008


TRINITY MIRROR PLC

STATEMENT


Trinity Mirror has noted recent press commentary concerning its debt facilities and pension liabilities. 


The Company wishes to clarify the following:


Financing 


Trinity Mirror is trading comfortably within the covenants for its debt facilities. 


The Company had around £425 million of net debt as at 29 June 2008.



Net Debt/EBITDA no greater than 4 times

Interest cover not less than 2 times


With the exception of a circa £60 million repayment in October 2008 no further repayments on the US private placement are due until October 2011. This repayment will be funded through cash flow and drawing on the new bank facility.



Net Debt/EBITDA no greater than 3.25 times

Interest cover not less than 3 times. 


There has been no tightening of the financial covenants in this facility relative to the £269 million facility which it replaced.



Pensions


There are no liquidity issues with any of our pension schemes and deficits continue to be funded in accordance with payment schedules agreed with the

Trustees of the various pension schemes. The Company does not expect any increase in pension contributions during 2008 beyond those already agreed.


As usual, the Company will provide an update on its pension schemes at the time of its interim results, which will be announced on 31st July.


Trading


The Company continues to be cash generative and to perform in line with expectations following the trading update issued on 30th June.



Enquiries to:


Trinity Mirror plc

Vijay Vaghela, Group Finance Director                                 020 7293 3000

Nick Fullagar, Director Corporate Communications            020 7293 3622


Maitland

Neil Bennett                                                                              020 7379 5151

Emma Burdett



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