The most important line is this one;
"...adjusted operating profit performance for the current year to be broadly in line with 2011 (£104.5 million)."
I also like this comment on cashflow & net debt reduction;
"The Group's robust operating profits and strong cash flows during the period enabled a further £19 million reduction in net debt, giving a total reduction of £59 million for the year to date, to £162 million."
The trends on advertising & circulation revenues are said to be improving, but the headline figures don't look good - group revenues show that advertising is down 12% and circulation down 16% in the 17 weeks. Although prior year comparatives are tough, because it covers the period when NotW had been closed, but before the Sun on Sunday had been opened, I think.
Adjusting for this factor shows circulation revenues down a more sensible 4% at the Nationals division.
The only mention of phone hacking is to say this (which seems odd - why did the lawyer concerned publicise the issue of legal action, if he hasn't actually filed the claims?
"Following the extensive publicity given to recent claims of alleged wrong doing by Trinity Mirror journalists, the Board can confirm that no such claims have yet been served, nor have any particulars of such claims been provided. As a result, we are today issuing notices requiring claim forms to be served."
Overall then, TNI's valuation still looks very cheap on fundamentals, with them being on track to have repaid net debt pretty much in full by some point in 2014.
The big unknown of course is the phone hacking issue, and what it will cost them. Information in the public domain suggests that TNI were heavily involved in phone hacking, and the Police are investigating, with prosecutions expected in 2013.
So it remains to be seen whether the dam will break, and what information comes out. But the reality is, that TNI has a lot of potential liabilities for phone hacking compensation which have not been provided for on the balance sheet. Until we know what the likely cost is, the shares are difficult to value.
I do not currently hold TNI shares, and am awaiting clarity on the phone hacking issue before considering whether to reinvest.
Excluding an acquisition, digital revenues are going nowhere, so they clearly need to come up with a better digital strategy.