NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times Co. said Thursday its fourth-quarter net income tumbled 63 percent, hurt by comparisons with the same period a year earlier that saw a hefty one-time gain and an extra week of revenue. The company's earnings still beat Wall Street predictions.
In early afternoon trading, Times Co.'s stock rose 52 cents, or 4 percent, to $14.36.
Times Co. earned $65.6 million, or 41 cents per share, in the final quarter of 2013. That compared with $178.1 million, or $1.15 per share, in the same quarter of 2012.
The recent quarter's results included $4.3 million in charges related to the settlement of pension benefits and severance costs. The year-ago quarter included a gain of $102.4 million, or 66 cents per share, on the sale of the company's stake in the job search engine Indeed.com, which was partially offset by $32.7 million in pension, legal settlement and severance charges.
Excluding the charges, the company said it posted an adjusted fourth quarter profit from continuing operations of $96.6 million, or 26 cents per share, compared with an adjusted $110 million, or 31 cents per share, in the period a year earlier. The fourth quarter of 2012 included an extra week of operations compared with the recent quarter.
Revenue fell 5 percent to $443.9 million from $468.1 million. But excluding the extra week in the 2012 quarter the company said its revenue rose an estimated 0.4 percent.
Analysts, on average, expected profit of 16 cents per share on $441.2 million in revenue, according to FactSet.
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