• Cumulus Reports Operating Results for Third Quarter 2017

    المصدر: Nasdaq GlobeNewswire / 09 نوفمبر 2017 07:30:43   America/New_York

    ATLANTA, Nov. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cumulus Media Inc. (NASDAQ:CMLS) (the “Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) today announced operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017.  

    For the three months ended September 30, 2017, the Company reported net revenue of $287.2 million, up 0.4% from the three months ended September 30, 2016, net income of $1.3 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $61.8 million which was up 40.7% from the three months ended September 30, 2016. For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, the Company reported net revenue of $841.8 million, net loss of $0.4 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $167.9 million which was up 12.7% from the nine months ended September 30, 2016.  Adjusted EBITDA for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016 included the impact of $14.4 million of expenses incurred to resolve previously disputed syndicated programming and network inventory expenses with CBS Radio Inc.

    Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media Inc. said, “As we noted when we announced our preliminary results in October, our strong third quarter performance plainly demonstrates that our operational turnaround plan is working. The entire Cumulus team has shown great commitment to maintaining our momentum. By executing our foundational operating initiatives and continuing to develop growth opportunities, we are confident that we can build on our success despite the challenging industry environment.”

    Ms. Berner continued, “We are also focused on addressing our excessive debt load on a parallel track to our operational turnaround plan. As previously disclosed, we are working with our advisors to proactively explore a range of alternatives to restructure our balance sheet, and we are continuing productive discussions with our creditors. Regardless of the path forward, we have ample cash to operate our business. Our goal remains to reduce our debt so we can focus our time and resources on investments in our people, key technologies and initiatives that will ultimately drive sustainable, long-term growth.”

    Operating Summary (in thousands, except percentages and per share data):

     Three Months Ended September 30,
     2017 2016 % Change
    Net revenue$287,240  $286,136  0.4%
    Net income$1,274  $46,321  (97.2)%
    Adjusted EBITDA (1)$61,765  $43,884  40.7%
    Basic and diluted income per share$0.04  $1.58   
              


     Nine Months Ended September 30,
     2017 2016 % Change
    Net revenue$841,801  $841,859  %
    Net (loss) income$(449) $32,958  ** 
    Adjusted EBITDA (1)$167,899  $148,998  12.7%
    Basic and diluted (loss) income per share$(0.02) $1.12   
              


      September 30, 2017 December 31, 2016 % Change
    Cash and cash equivalents $69,431  $131,259  (47.1)%
           
      Term loan (2) $1,728,614  $1,810,266  (4.5)%
      7.75% senior notes (3) 610,000  610,000  %
    Total debt $2,338,614  $2,420,266  (3.4)%
                


     Three Months Ended September 30,
     2017 2016 % Change
    Capital expenditures$7,442  $5,242  42.0%
               


     Nine Months Ended September 30,
     2017 2016 % Change
    Capital expenditures$20,645  $16,704  23.6%
               


       (1)   Adjusted EBITDA is not a financial measure calculated or presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). For additional information, see “Non-GAAP Financial Measure and Definition”.
     (2) Term loan excludes debt issuance costs/discounts of $23,054 and $29,909 at September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively.
     (3) 7.75% senior notes exclude debt issuance costs/discounts of $4,335 and $6,200 at September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively.
        
     ** Calculation not meaningful
        

    Results for Three Months Ended September 30, 2017

    Net Revenue

    The Company operates in two reportable segments, the Radio Station Group and Westwood One. The Radio Station Group  revenue is derived primarily from the sale of broadcasting time to local, regional and national advertisers. Westwood One  revenue is generated primarily through network advertising.

    Corporate and Other includes overall executive, administrative and support functions for both of the Company’s reportable segments, including programming, finance, legal, human resources and information technology functions.

    The following tables present our net revenue by segment (dollars in thousands).

      Three Months Ended September 30, 2017
      Radio Station Group Westwood One Corporate and Other Consolidated
    Net revenue $202,852  $83,778  $610  $287,240 
    % of total revenue 70.6% 29.2% 0.2% 100.0%
    $ change from three months ended September 30, 2016 $(3,347) $4,365  $86  $1,104 
    % change from three months ended September 30, 2016 (1.6)% 5.5% 16.4% 0.4%
                 


      Three Months Ended September 30, 2016
      Radio Station Group Westwood One Corporate and Other Consolidated
    Net revenue $206,199  $79,413  $524  $286,136 
    % of total revenue 72.1% 27.8% 0.1% 100.0%
                 

    Net income (loss)

    The following tables present our net income (loss) by segment (dollars in thousands).

      Three Months Ended September 30, 2017
      Radio Station Group Westwood One Corporate and Other Consolidated
    Net income (loss) $42,702  $11,107  $(52,535) $1,274 
    $ change from three months ended September 30, 2016 $(91,417) $21,981  $24,389  $(45,047)
    % change from three months ended September 30, 2016 (68.2)%  **  31.7% (97.2)%
                


    **   Calculation not meaningful
       


      Three Months Ended September 30, 2016
      Radio Station Group Westwood One Corporate and Other Consolidated
    Net income (loss) $134,119  $(10,874) $(76,924) $46,321 
                     

    Adjusted EBITDA

    The following tables present our Adjusted EBITDA by segment (dollars in thousands).

      Three Months Ended September 30, 2017
      Radio Station Group Westwood One Corporate and Other Consolidated
    Adjusted EBITDA $54,660  $17,082  $(9,977) $61,765 
    $ change from three months ended September 30, 2016 $(1,577) $19,771  $(313) $17,881 
    % change from three months ended September 30, 2016 (2.8)%  **  (3.2)% 40.7%
                


    **   Calculation not meaningful
       


      Three Months Ended September 30, 2016
      Radio Station Group Westwood One Corporate and Other Consolidated
    Adjusted EBITDA $56,237  $(2,689) $(9,664) $43,884 
                     

    Results for Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017

    Net Revenue

    The following tables present our net revenue by segment (dollars in thousands).

      Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017
      Radio Station Group Westwood One Corporate and Other Consolidated
    Net revenue $585,050  $254,867  $1,884  $841,801 
    % of total revenue 69.5% 30.3% 0.2% 100.0%
    $ change from nine months ended September 30, 2016 $(7,590) $7,360  $172  $(58)
    % change from nine months ended September 30, 2016 (1.3)% 3.0% 10.0% %
                 


      Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016
      Radio Station Group Westwood One Corporate and Other Consolidated
    Net revenue $592,640  $247,507  $1,712  $841,859 
    % of total revenue 70.4% 29.4% 0.2% 100.0%
                 

    Net income (loss)

    The following tables present our net income (loss) by segment (dollars in thousands).

      Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017
      Radio Station Group Westwood One Corporate and Other Consolidated
    Net income (loss) $118,043  $24,348  $(142,840) $(449)
    $ change from nine months ended September 30, 2016 $(87,220) $37,220  $16,593  $(33,407)
    % change from nine months ended September 30, 2016 (42.5)%  **  10.4%  ** 
               


    **   Calculation not meaningful
       


      Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016
      Radio Station Group Westwood One Corporate and Other Consolidated
    Net income (loss) $205,263  $(12,872) $(159,433) $32,958 
                     

    Adjusted EBITDA

    The following tables present our Adjusted EBITDA by segment (dollars in thousands).

      Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017
      Radio Station Group Westwood One Corporate and Other Consolidated
    Adjusted EBITDA $153,571  $42,993  $(28,665) $167,899 
    $ change from nine months ended September 30, 2016 $(5,707) $24,995  $(387) $18,901 
    % change from nine months ended September 30, 2016 (3.6)%  **  (1.4)% 12.7%
                


    **   Calculation not meaningful
       


      Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016
      Radio Station Group Westwood One Corporate and Other Consolidated
    Adjusted EBITDA $159,278  $17,998  $(28,278) $148,998 
                     

    Earnings Call Information
    Cumulus Media Inc. will host a teleconference today at 8:00 AM eastern time to discuss its third quarter 2017 operating results.

    A link to the webcast of the conference call and the related earnings presentation will be available on the investor section of the Cumulus Media Inc. website (www.cumulus.com/investors).  The conference call dial-in number for domestic callers is 877-830-7699, and international callers should dial 574-990-0924 for call access. If prompted, the conference ID number is 4899108. Please call five to ten minutes in advance to ensure that you are connected prior to the call. Following completion, a replay can be accessed until 11:30 PM EST on December 9, 2017. Domestic callers can access the replay by dialing 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406, replay code 4899108. International callers should dial +44 (0)1452550000 for conference replay access. An archive of the webcast will be available beginning 24 hours after the call for a period of 30 days. 

    Forward-Looking Statements
    Certain statements in this presentation may constitute “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. Such statements are statements other than historical fact and relate to our intent, belief or current expectations, primarily with respect to our future operating, financial and strategic performance. Any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those contained in or implied by the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties relating to the need for additional funds to service our debt and to execute our business strategy; our need to restructure or refinance our debt and the terms on which any such restructuring or refinancing may be completed, including through any court-approved restructuring; our ability to access borrowings under our revolving credit facility; our ability from time to time to renew one or more of our broadcast licenses; changes in interest rates; changes in the fair value of our investments; the timing of, and our ability to complete, any acquisitions or dispositions pending from time to time; costs and synergies resulting from the integration of any completed acquisitions; our ability to effectively manage costs; our ability to effectively drive and manage growth; the popularity of radio as a broadcasting and advertising medium; changing consumer tastes; the impact of general economic conditions in the United States or in specific markets in which we currently do business; industry conditions, including existing competition and future competitive technologies and cancellation, disruptions or postponements of advertising schedules in response to national or world events; our ability to generate revenues from new sources, including local commerce and technology-based initiatives; the impact of regulatory rules or proceedings that may affect our business or any acquisitions; our ability  successfully appeal the notice of delisting of our Class A common stock from the NASDAQ stock market; the write-off of a material portion of the fair value of our FCC broadcast licenses and goodwill from time to time; or other risk factors described from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 (the “2016 Form 10-K”) and any subsequent filings. Many of these risks and uncertainties are beyond our control, and the unexpected occurrence or failure to occur of any such events or matters could significantly alter the actual results of our operations or financial condition. Cumulus Media Inc. assumes no responsibility to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

    About Cumulus Media
    A leader in the radio broadcasting industry, Cumulus Media (NASDAQ:CMLS) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands to deliver premium content choices to the 245 million million people reached each week through its 446 owned-and-operated stations broadcasting in 90 US media markets (including eight of the top 10), approximately 8,000 broadcast radio stations affiliated with its Westwood One network and numerous digital channels. Together, the Cumulus/Westwood One platforms make Cumulus Media one of the few media companies that can provide advertisers with national reach and local impact. Cumulus/Westwood One is the exclusive radio broadcast partner to some of the largest brands in sports, entertainment, news, and talk, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, the GRAMMYs, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the American Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, Westwood One News, and more. Additionally, it is the nation's leading provider of country music and lifestyle content through its NASH brand, which serves country fans nationwide through radio programming, exclusive digital content, and live events. For more information, visit www.cumulus.com.

    For further information, please contact:
    Cumulus Media Inc.
    Collin Jones
    Investor Relations
    collin@cumulus.com
    404-260-6600

    CUMULUS MEDIA INC.
    Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
    (Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

      Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
      2017 2016 2017 2016
    Net revenue $287,240  $286,136  $841,801  $841,859 
    Operating expenses:        
    Content costs 96,321  115,348  291,390  312,526 
    Selling, general and administrative expenses 119,293  117,387  354,189  352,474 
    Depreciation and amortization 15,208  21,957  47,610  68,023 
    Local marketing agreement fees 2,717  2,481  8,137  10,351 
    Corporate expenses 10,000  9,675  28,743  28,388 
    Stock-based compensation expense 354  735  1,422  2,403 
    Acquisition-related and restructuring costs 499  (450) 2,116  3,237 
    Gain on sale of assets or stations (83) (94,014) (2,585) (97,155)
    Impairment of intangible assets       1,816 
        Total operating expenses 244,309  173,119  731,022  682,063 
        Operating income 42,931  113,017  110,779  159,796 
    Non-operating expense:        
    Interest expense (35,335) (34,929) (103,742) (103,896)
    Interest income 34  139  106  364 
    Loss on early extinguishment of debt (1,063)   (1,063)  
    Other (expense) income, net (36) 882  (64) 1,598 
        Total non-operating expense, net (36,400) (33,908) (104,763) (101,934)
        Income before income taxes 6,531  79,109  6,016  57,862 
    Income tax expense (5,257) (32,788) (6,465) (24,904)
        Net income (loss) $1,274  $46,321  $(449) $32,958 
    Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per common share:        
    Basic:  Earnings (loss) per share $0.04  $1.58  $(0.02) $1.12 
    Diluted:  Earnings (loss) per share $0.04  $1.58  $(0.02) $1.12 
    Weighted average basic common shares outstanding 29,306,374  29,275,111  29,306,374  29,268,885 
    Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding 29,306,374  29,275,111  29,306,374  29,268,885 
                 

    Non-GAAP Financial Measure and Definition
    From time to time we utilize certain financial measures that are not prepared or calculated in accordance with GAAP to assess our financial performance and profitability. Adjusted EBITDA is the financial metric utilized by the Company to analyze the cash flow generated by our business. This measure isolates the amount of income generated by our core operations after the incurrence of corporate, general and administrative expenses. The Company also uses this measure to determine the contribution of our core operations to the funding of our corporate resources utilized to manage our operations and our non-operating expenses including debt service and acquisitions. In addition, consolidated Adjusted EBITDA, excluding the impact of local marketing agreement fees, is a key metric for purposes of calculating and determining our compliance with certain covenants contained in our Credit Agreement.

    In deriving this measure, the Company excludes depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation expense, as these do not represent cash payments for activities directly related to our core operations. The Company also excludes any gain or loss on the exchange or sale of any assets and any gain or loss on derivative instruments, early extinguishment of debt, and local marketing agreement fees as they are not associated with core operations. Expenses relating to acquisitions and restructuring costs are also excluded from the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA as they are not directly related to our ongoing core operations. The Company also excludes any costs associated with impairment of assets as they do not require a cash outlay.

    The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA, although not a measure that is calculated in accordance with GAAP, is commonly employed by the investment community as a measure for determining the market value of a media company and comparing the operational and financial performance among media companies. The Company has also observed that Adjusted EBITDA is routinely employed to evaluate and negotiate the potential purchase price for media companies. Given the relevance to our overall value, the Company believes that investors consider the metric to be extremely useful.

    Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income (loss), operating income, cash flows from operating activities or any other measure for determining the Company’s operating performance or liquidity that is calculated in accordance with GAAP. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA may be defined or calculated differently by other companies, and comparability may be limited.

    The following tables reconcile net income (loss), the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, to Adjusted EBITDA for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016 (dollars in thousands):

      Three Months Ended September 30, 2017
      Radio Station Group Westwood One Corporate and Other Consolidated
    GAAP net income (loss) $42,702  $11,107  $(52,535) $1,274 
    Income tax expense     5,257  5,257 
    Non-operating (income) expense, including net interest expense (1) 132  35,205  35,336 
    LMA fees 2,717      2,717 
    Depreciation and amortization 9,349  5,443  416  15,208 
    Stock-based compensation expense     354  354 
    (Gain) loss on sale of assets or stations (107)   24  (83)
    Loss on early extinguishment of debt     1,063  1,063 
    Acquisition-related and restructuring costs   400  99  499 
    Franchise and state taxes     140  140 
    Adjusted EBITDA $54,660  $17,082  $(9,977) $61,765 
                     


      Three Months Ended September 30, 2016
      Radio Station Group Westwood One Corporate and Other Consolidated
    GAAP net income (loss) $134,119  $(10,874) $(76,924) $46,321 
    Income tax expense     32,788  32,788 
    Non-operating (income) expense, including net interest expense (2) 59  33,851  33,908 
    Local marketing agreement fees 2,481      2,481 
    Depreciation and amortization 13,653  7,782  522  21,957 
    Stock-based compensation expense     735  735 
    Gain on sale of assets or stations (94,014)     (94,014)
    Acquisition-related and restructuring costs   344  (794) (450)
    Franchise and state taxes     158  158 
    Adjusted EBITDA $56,237  $(2,689) $(9,664) $43,884 
                     


      Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017
      Radio Station Group Westwood One Corporate and Other Consolidated
    GAAP net income (loss) $118,043  $24,348  $(142,840) $(449)
    Income tax expense     6,465  6,465 
    Non-operating (income) expense, including net interest expense (4) 407  103,297  103,700 
    LMA fees 8,137      8,137 
    Depreciation and amortization 30,004  16,346  1,260  47,610 
    Stock-based compensation expense     1,422  1,422 
    (Gain) loss on sale of assets or stations (2,609)   24  (2,585)
    Loss on early extinguishment of debt     1,063  1,063 
    Acquisition-related and restructuring costs   1,892  224  2,116 
    Franchise and state taxes     420  420 
    Adjusted EBITDA $153,571  $42,993  $(28,665) $167,899 
                     


      Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016
      Radio Station Group Westwood One Corporate and Other Consolidated
    GAAP net income (loss) $205,263  $(12,872) $(159,433) $32,958 
    Income tax expense     24,904  24,904 
    Non-operating expense, including net interest expense 14  226  101,694  101,934 
    Local marketing agreement fees 10,351      10,351 
    Depreciation and amortization 40,780  25,657  1,586  68,023 
    Stock-based compensation expense     2,403  2,403 
    Gain on sale of assets or stations (97,130)   (25) (97,155)
    Impairment of intangible assets   1,816    1,816 
    Acquisition-related and restructuring costs   3,171  66  3,237 
    Franchise and state taxes     527  527 
    Adjusted EBITDA $159,278  $17,998  $(28,278) $148,998 
                     

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