What do we do?

We draw content from our vast media portfolio, where the search for truth and dedication to our communities have earned 92 Pulitzers and a stunning audience of 60 million a month. We maintain the highest values of journalism while merging that content with an arsenal of digital tools. With them, we can exponentially enhance visual storytelling, catapult our ability to track and engage our audience and offer world-class journalism with a cutting-edge delivery system.

How are we different?

No other media company can match the power of our brands and the power of our technology. No other media company surpasses the brilliance of our content and the brilliance of a digital delivery system that makes content easier to consume across every platform. No other media brand is so intellectually distinguished and radically distinct at the same time. And the journey is only beginning.

Why do we exist?

To transform journalism, offering the world a new model of media companies. Where ingenious technology allows a storied portfolio of storytelling to be pooled, personalized and presented to every person on Earth at the speed of light. We are on a mission to scrupulously maintain the integrity and values of each journalistic brand while enhancing our ability to share and visualize our content.

What problem are we trying to solve?

In a media landscape ravaged by disruption, journalism retains its depth, credibility and trust, but has been slow to mobilize the full thrust of cuttingedge digital management tools. Digitally native enterprises, on the other hand, can harness such tools but can’t offer the substance of traditional journalism. So far, no one has cracked the code on how to merge the two worlds.

Company Growth (employees)
Chicago, US
Size (employees)
6,458 (est)
tronc was founded in 1847 and is headquartered in Chicago, US

tronc Office Locations

tronc has an office in Chicago
Chicago, US (HQ)
435 N Michigan Ave

tronc Data and Metrics

tronc Financial Metrics

tronc's revenue was reported to be $366.1 m in Q1, 2017

Revenue (Q1, 2017)

366.1 m

Net income (Q1, 2017)

(3 m)

EBIT (Q1, 2017)

12.5 m

Market capitalization (18-Aug-2017)

424.4 m

Cash (26-Mar-2017)

160.9 m
tronc's current market capitalization is $424.4 m.
USDFY, 2012FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2016


1.9 b1.8 b1.7 b1.6 b

Revenue growth, %


Sales and marketing expense

596.4 m

Operating expense total

1.6 b


86.7 m

EBIT margin, %


Interest expense

(9.8 m)

Interest income

(9.8 m)

Pre tax profit

76.7 m

Income tax expense

34.5 m

Net Income

42.3 m6.5 m
USDQ3, 2014Q1, 2015Q1, 2016Q2, 2016Q3, 2016Q1, 2017


404.1 m396.2 m398.2 m404.5 m378.2 m366.1 m

Cost of goods sold

231.6 m

Gross profit

172.5 m

Gross profit Margin, %


Sales and marketing expense

220.8 m149.2 m162.1 m150.5 m140.8 m132.7 m

General and administrative expense

157.8 m

Operating expense total

378.7 m149.2 m162.1 m150.5 m140.8 m132.7 m


4.5 m10.9 m(3.9 m)14.3 m836 k12.5 m

EBIT margin, %


Interest expense

(3.8 m)(5.9 m)(6.7 m)(6.7 m)(6.7 m)(6.5 m)

Interest income

(3.8 m)

Pre tax profit

328 k4.4 m(10.9 m)7.4 m(6.1 m)(696 k)

Income tax expense

484 k1.9 m(4.4 m)3.4 m4.4 m2.3 m

Net Income

(156 k)2.5 m(6.5 m)(2.4 m)(12.9 m)(3 m)
USDY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


9.7 m36.7 m40.8 m198.3 m

Accounts Receivable

195.5 m


19.9 m11 m

Current Assets

423.7 m


67.9 m


122.5 m

Total Assets

888.8 m

Accounts Payable

270.9 m70.1 m

Total Debt

370.7 m

Current Liabilities

264.9 m

Non-Current Liabilities

516 m

Total Liabilities

780.9 m

Additional Paid-in Capital

139.6 m

Retained Earnings

(21.9 m)

Total Equity

107.9 m

Debt to Equity Ratio

3.4 x

Debt to Assets Ratio

0.4 x

Financial Leverage

8.2 x
USDQ2, 2016Q3, 2016Q1, 2017


169.7 m187.1 m160.9 m

Accounts Receivable

192 m185.3 m161.3 m


15.6 m12.8 m10.1 m

Current Assets

392.9 m404.9 m354.5 m


134.1 m130 m64.7 m


116.3 m116.3 m122.6 m

Total Assets

890.1 m872.5 m800.7 m

Accounts Payable

69.7 m64.3 m57.4 m

Current Liabilities

275.2 m266.4 m235.8 m

Non-Current Liabilities

515.5 m515.1 m509.4 m

Additional Paid-in Capital

134.8 m137.2 m140.6 m

Retained Earnings

(30.9 m)(41.4 m)(24.9 m)

Total Equity

99.4 m91 m55.5 m

Financial Leverage

9 x9.6 x14.4 x
USDFY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016

Net Income

42.3 m

Depreciation and Amortization

32.1 m

Accounts Receivable

(4 m)


(4.8 m)(131 k)

Accounts Payable

59.5 m135.9 m
USDQ3, 2014Q1, 2015Q1, 2016Q2, 2016Q3, 2016Q1, 2017

Net Income

(156 k)2.5 m(6.5 m)(2.4 m)(12.9 m)(3 m)

Depreciation and Amortization

10.1 m12.7 m14.1 m28.4 m42.8 m13.2 m

Accounts Receivable

39.8 m42.7 m47.3 m29.3 m

Cash From Operating Activities

27.6 m43.4 m55.5 m30.5 m

Capital Expenditures

(4.8 m)(9.8 m)(15.9 m)(4.7 m)

Cash From Investing Activities

(4.8 m)(11.6 m)(716 k)(5.4 m)

Long-term Borrowings

(5.3 m)(10.5 m)(15.8 m)(5.3 m)

Cash From Financing Activities

32.1 m97.1 m91.5 m(62.6 m)

Free Cash Flow

22.9 m33.6 m39.6 m25.9 m
USDY, 2017


56.7 k

Financial Leverage

14.4 x

tronc Operating Metrics

tronc's Enterprise Customers was reported to be 2.1 k in Q2, 2017
FY, 2014Q1, 2015Q2, 2015Q3, 2015FY, 2015Q2, 2016Q3, 2016FY, 2016Q1, 2017Q2, 2017



Enterprise Customers

2 k2 k2 k2 k3 k3 k3 k2.1 k2.1 k2.1 k



Sunday Newspaper's Circulation

2.4 m2.4 m

Digital Platforms and Mobile Applications


Average Monthly Unique Visitors

42 m51.2 m60 m60 m57 m59 m55 m

Digital News Subscribers

61 k67 k70 k81 k116 k136 k160 k180 k220 k

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