June 9 Time Inc, the magazine company
that is home to People, Sports Illustrated and Time, will begin
trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday as print based
companies face serious hurdles.
Led by Chief Executive Joe Ripp, Time Inc is spinning off
from its parent Time Warner Inc and will operate as a
stand-alone public company no longer buffered by its lucrative
cousins, pay-TV channel HBO or movie studio Warner Bros.
The move comes as magazines are beset by declining
circulation and advertising revenue as consumers shift to
reading on smartphones and tablets.
The magazine unit has been slashing jobs over the years - in
2013 it cut about 600 positions - a trend that will likely
continue as Wall Street scrutinizes costs. The company employs
Time Inc said revenue fell about 2 percent in 2013 to $3.35
billion compared to the prior year. Its adjusted operating
income before depreciation and amortization dropped 5 percent to
$587 million and its free cash flow declined 10 percent to $384
With that declining trend line, Time Inc has taken on $1.4
billion in debt partly to help fund a one-time dividend to Time
Time Warner shareholders received one share of Time Inc
stock for every eight shares of Time Warner stock.
Several media companies have split in recent years in order
to separate print properties from faster-growing TV and cable
News Corp separated its publishing division which
includes newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal and Times of
London, HarperCollins book publisher, and stakes in Australian
pay-TV and online real estate companies. Shares of News Corp,
which split last July from its entertainment properties now
known as 21st Century Fox, are up 28 percent over the
Tribune Co also plans to cleave off its newspaper
properties like the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune
from its TV stations this year.
(Reporting by Jennifer Saba in New York; Editing by Nick