Emmis Second Quarter Radio Revenues Up 3.5%; Stations Outperform Markets Again

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Emmis Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: EMMS) today announced results for its second fiscal quarter ending August 31, 2013.

Emmis' radio net revenues for the second fiscal quarter were up 3.5%, while the markets in which Emmis operates were up 3.3% during the quarter.  Publishing net revenues were up 5.7% for the quarter.  On a consolidated basis, total revenues for the quarter were $55.0 million, compared to $52.9 million in the same quarter of the prior year.  

Diluted net income per common share from continuing operations for the quarter was $0.05, compared to a diluted net loss per common share from continuing operations of ($0.02) for the same quarter of the prior year.

For the second fiscal quarter, operating income decreased to $5.7 million from $7.6 million for the same quarter of the prior year due to higher noncash compensation expense, principally due to Emmis' 2012 Retention Trust, and higher legal costs related to the company's Hungarian ICSID claim.  Emmis' station operating income for the second fiscal quarter was flat compared to the same quarter of the prior year at $13.2 million.

"It was an eventful quarter at Emmis as we heralded the successful launch of NextRadio and continued to outperform our radio markets," said Jeff Smulyan, President & CEO of Emmis. "Our ability to innovate on behalf of the radio industry, coupled with our focus on delivering successful near-term results, are a testament to the impact our high performing Emmis team can deliver."

Emmis has included supplemental station operating expenses and certain other financial data on its website, www.emmis.com under the "Investors" tab.

Emmis generally evaluates the performance of its operating entities based on station operating income. Management believes that station operating income is useful to investors because it provides a meaningful comparison of operating performance between companies in the industry and serves as an indicator of the market value of a group of stations or publishing entities. Station operating income is generally recognized by the broadcast and publishing industries as a measure of performance and is used by analysts who report on the performance of broadcasting and publishing groups. Station operating income does not take into account Emmis' debt service requirements and other commitments, and, accordingly, station operating income is not necessarily indicative of amounts that may be available for dividends, reinvestment in Emmis' business or other discretionary uses.

Station operating income is not a measure of liquidity or of performance, in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, and should be viewed as a supplement to, and not a substitute for, our results of operations presented on the basis of accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. Operating Income is the most directly comparable financial measure in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. 

Moreover, station operating income is not a standardized measure and may be calculated in a number of ways. Emmis defines station operating income as revenues net of agency commissions and station operating expenses, excluding depreciation, amortization and non-cash compensation.  A reconciliation of station operating income to operating income is attached to this press release. 

The information in this news release is being widely disseminated in accordance with the Securities & Exchange Commission's Regulation FD.

There is an earnings call this morning with Emmis executives at 9 am Eastern.  To access the second-quarter earnings conference call, please dial in at 1-517-623-4891.  Please submit questions prior or during the call to ir@emmis.com.  A playback of the call will be available until 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 by dialing 1-402-220-4182.

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About Emmis Communications
Emmis Communications Corporation is a diversified media company, principally focused on radio broadcasting. Emmis operates the 10th largest publicly traded radio portfolio in the United States based on total listeners.  Emmis owns 18 FM and 3 AM radio stations in New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Austin (Emmis has a 50.1% controlling interest in Emmis' radio stations located there), Indianapolis and Terre Haute, IN.  One of our FM radio stations in New York is operated pursuant to a Local Marketing Agreement ("LMA") whereby a third party provides the programming for the station and sells all advertising within that programming.

Note: Certain statements included in this press release which are not statements of historical fact, including but not limited to those identified with the words "expect," "will" or "look" are intended to be, and are, by this Note, identified as "forward-looking statements," as defined in the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future result, performance or achievement expressed or implied by such forward-looking statement. Such factors include, among others:

  • general economic and business conditions;
  • fluctuations in the demand for advertising and demand for different types of advertising media;
  • our ability to service our outstanding debt;
  • increased competition in our markets and the broadcasting industry;
  • our ability to attract and secure programming, on-air talent, writers and photographers;
  • inability to obtain (or to obtain timely) necessary approvals for purchase or sale transactions or to complete the transactions for other reasons
  • generally beyond our control;
  • increases in the costs of programming, including on-air talent;
  • inability to grow through suitable acquisitions or to consummate dispositions;
  • changes in audience measurement systems
  • new or changing regulations of the Federal Communications Commission or other governmental agencies;
  • competition from new or different technologies;
  • war, terrorist acts or political instability; and
  • other factors mentioned in documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Emmis does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements because of new information, future events or otherwise










EMMIS COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES










CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA

(Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share data)


























Three months ended August 31,


Six months ended August 31,












2013


2012


2013


2012

OPERATING DATA:









  Net revenues:









    Radio


$                     41,259


$                    39,964


$                     78,185


$                    74,840

    Publishing


13,708


12,965


27,368


27,057

      Total net revenues


54,967


52,929


105,553


101,897

  Station operating expenses excluding









   depreciation and amortization expense:









    Radio


28,000


25,988


50,911


52,308

    Publishing


13,938


13,790


28,739


28,042

      Total station operating expenses excluding 









          depreciation and amortization expense 


41,938


39,778


79,650


80,350

  Corporate expenses excluding depreciation 









       and amortization expense


5,070


4,161


9,470


9,133

  Hungary license litigation and related expenses


1,043


210


1,295


414

  Depreciation and amortization


1,213


1,169


2,389


2,294

  Impairment loss


-


-


-


10,971

  Gain on sale of assets


(1)


(6)


(1)


(10,006)










  Operating income


5,704


7,617


12,750


8,741

  Interest expense


(1,808)


(6,878)


(3,729)


(12,645)

  Loss on debt extinguishment 


-


(601)


-


(1,085)

  Other income (expense), net


33


(215)


40


(17)










  Income (loss) before income taxes and









   discontinued operations


3,929


(77)


9,061


(5,006)

  Provision (benefit) for income taxes


4


(1,509)


179


(5,924)










  Income from continuing operations


3,925


1,432


8,882


918

  Income from discontinued operations, net of tax


-


38,776


-


36,417










  Consolidated net income


3,925


40,208


8,882


37,335

  Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests


1,354


1,217


2,835


2,479










  Net income attributable to the Company


2,571


38,991


6,047


34,856

  Gain on extinguishment of preferred stock


76


-


325


-

  Preferred stock dividends


-


(910)


-


(1,806)

  Net income attributable to common shareholders


$                       2,647


$                    38,081


$                       6,372


$                    33,050










  Amounts attributable to common shareholders for basic earnings per share:







    Continuing operations


2,647


(695)


6,372


(3,367)

    Discontinued operations


-


38,776


-


36,417

      Net income attributable to common shareholders


2,647


38,081


6,372


33,050










  Amounts attributable to common shareholders for diluted earnings per share:







    Continuing operations


2,571


(695)


6,047


(3,367)

    Discontinued operations


-


38,776


-


36,417

      Net income attributable to common shareholders


2,571


38,081


6,047


33,050










  Basic net income (loss) per common share:









    Continuing operations


$                          0.06


$                       (0.02)


$                          0.15


$                       (0.09)

    Discontinued operations


-


1.00


-


0.94

      Net income attributable to common shareholders


$                          0.06


$                        0.98


$                          0.15


$                        0.85










  Diluted net income (loss) per common share:









    Continuing operations


$                          0.05


$                       (0.02)


$                          0.13


$                       (0.09)

    Discontinued operations


-


1.00


-


0.94

      Net income attributable to common shareholders


$                          0.05


$                        0.98


$                          0.13


$                        0.85










  Weighted average shares outstanding:









      Basic


41,451


38,859


41,313


38,819

      Diluted


46,937


38,859


46,361


38,819



















OTHER DATA:









  Station operating income (See below)


13,199


13,237


26,074


21,580

  (Refund from) cash paid for income taxes, net


(138)


537


(804)


731

  Cash paid for interest


1,586


7,681


3,285


15,377

  Capital expenditures


841


206


1,857


956










 Noncash compensation by segment:









           Radio


$                           811


$                         190


$                           980


$                         290

           Publishing


402


106


486


157

           Corporate


1,206


269


1,616


507

                  Total


$                       2,419


$                         565


$                       3,082


$                         954










COMPUTATION OF STATION OPERATING INCOME:









  Operating income


$                       5,704


$                      7,617


$                     12,750


$                      8,741

  Plus:  Depreciation and amortization


1,213


1,169


2,389


2,294

  Plus:  Corporate expenses


5,070


4,161


9,470


9,133

  Plus:  Station noncash compensation


1,213


296


1,466


447

  Plus:  Impairment loss


-


-


-


10,971

  Less:  Gain on sale of assets


(1)


(6)


(1)


(10,006)

  Station operating income


$                     13,199


$                    13,237


$                     26,074


$                    21,580



















SELECTED BALANCE SHEET INFORMATION:


August 31, 2013


February 28, 2013














Total Cash and Cash Equivalents


$                       6,821


$                      8,735





Credit Agreement Debt


$                     63,000


$                    67,000





98.7FM Nonrecourse Debt


$                     77,053


$                    79,068














 

SOURCE Emmis Communications Corporation



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