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508 Young Street

Dallas, TX 75202

United States

Phone: 214-977-8200

Fax: 214-977-8201

A. H. Belo Corporation operates as a newspaper publishing, and local news and information company. The company owns and operates three metropolitan daily newspapers and related Websites. It publishes The Dallas Morning News (www.dallasnews.com); The Providence Journal (www.providencejournal.com); and the Denton Record-Chronicle (www.dentonrc.com). The company’s newspapers also publishes various publications targeting specific audiences, and its investments include Classified Ventures, LLC, owner of cars.com; and Wanderful Media, LLC, owner of FindnSave.com. The company also offers digital marketing solutions through 508 Digital and Your Speakeasy, LLC (Speakeasy), and owns and operates commercial printing, distribution and direct mail service businesses. The Dallas Morning News The Dallas Morning News is a metropolitan newspaper in America, with an emphasis on local news and information and community service. The newspaper is distributed primarily in Dallas County and 10 surrounding counties. The Dallas Morning News also publishes Briefing, a condensed newspaper distributed four days per week to nonsubscribers in select coverage areas; and Al Dia, a Spanish-language newspaper published on Wednesdays and Sundays at no charge in select coverage areas. Other news products are also published targeting various communities in the North Texas area. The Providence Journal is the newspaper in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. It is daily newspaper of general circulation and continuous publication in the United States. The Providence Journal also publishes Journal Express, a weekly publication distributed at no charge to households in select Rhode Island communities. Advertising and Marketing Services The company has a portfolio of print and digital advertising products and marketing services which include display, classified, preprint, and digital. Services provided are directed towards small to middle-market size businesses and include development of mobile Websites, search engine marketing and optimization, social media account management, and content development for its customers’ Web presence. In addition to daily newspapers, the company’s publications provide a vehicle for delivery of display, classified, preprint and digital advertising, typically to nonsubscribers of the company’s core newspapers. These publications target specific demographic groups or geographies and include Spanish-language newspapers and condensed weekly newspapers, as well as luxury and design publications that target high-income consumers in various Texas markets. Most publications have related Websites and mobile applications, allowing digital access by consumers. The company operates newsrooms in the markets it serves. It promotes its distribution resources and offerings for direct mail advertising, total market coverage, zoned editions and event-based publications, which enable the company’s advertisers to reach new or targeted markets. Printing and Distribution The company provides commercial printing services for certain national newspapers that require regional printing, such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today and other local and regional newspapers. Newsprint used in the production of large national newspapers is provided by the customer. Home delivery and retail outlet distribution services are also provided for other national and regional newspapers delivered into the company’s coverage areas, such as The New York Post and The Boston Globe. The company also operates a direct mail service business in Phoenix, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada. Other Interests In addition to its core newspaper operations, the company owns the following investment interests: Classified Ventures, LLC (Classified Ventures) – The company owns a 3.3 percent interest in Classified Ventures, in which the other owners are Gannett Co., Inc., The McClatchy Company, Tribune Company and Graham Holdings Company. The two principal businesses Classified Ventures operates are cars.com and apartments.com. Wanderful Media, LLC (Wanderful) – The company owns a 12.7 percent interest in Wanderful, which operates FindnSave.com, a digital shopping platform where consumers can find national and local retail goods and services for sale. This platform combines local media participation with advanced search and database technology to allow a consumer to view online sales circulars and local advertised offers, or search for an item and receive a list of local advertisers and the price and terms offered for the searched item. ResponseLogix, Inc., operating as Digital Air Strike (www.digitalairstrike.com) – The company owns a 2.1 percent interest in Digital Air Strike, which provides automotive dealers a suite of digital marketing communications, behavioral targeting and social media solutions. Sawbuck Realty, Inc., operating as Homesnap (www.homesnap.com) – The company owns a 19.8 percent interest in Homesnap, a free online real estate search platform and broker that can be accessed through its Web site and mobile applications, allowing users to gather information on real estate listings. Strategy The company’s strategy includes the following: marketing existing print and digital products in an integrated manner that creates sustainable revenue and earnings; diversifying revenue streams through acquisition or investment in established and profitable businesses complementing the company’s advertising and marketing services; expanding growth of marketing services revenue provided by 508 Digital and Speakeasy; optimizing and leveraging marketing and sales capabilities, including consumer demographic data, to implement initiatives that enable advertisers to reach high value consumers; producing quality local content in the communities served; continuing to keep costs closely aligned with revenue; and strengthening and improving the company’s underlying technology platform to reduce expenses. Seasonality The company’s advertising revenues are subject to moderate seasonality, with advertising revenue higher in the fourth calendar quarter of each year because of the holiday shopping season. History A. H. Belo Corporation was founded in 1842.

 

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