Salem's Year to Date 2003 Results

Salem's Year to Date 2003 Results
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For the six months ended June 30, net broadcasting revenue increased 8.4% to $82.1 million from $75.8 million for the same period last year. The company reported operating income of $12.1 million for the first six months of 2003, compared with operating income of $8.6 million for the same period last year.
The net loss for the first six months of 2003 included a one-time loss (net of an income tax benefit) of $4.0 million, or $0.17 loss per share, as a result of the early retirement of $100 million of the company's 9.5% senior subordinated notes.
Station operating income increased 16.8% to $28.3 million from $24.2 million in the corresponding 2002 period. Station operating margin increased to 34.4% for the first six months of 2003, from 31.9% in the same period of 2002.
EBITDA decreased 14.7% to $11.6 million in the first half of 2003 compared to $13.6 million in the same period last year. EBITDA includes one-time costs of $6.4 million for a bond redemption, a $2.2 million cost due to a denied tower site and license upgrade in 2003, and a $2.3 million legal settlement cost in 2002. Excluding the impact of these items, Adjusted EBITDA increased 27.3% to $20.2 million from $15.9 million.

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