Emmis Third Quarter Net Revenues Up 3.4%

09 Jan, 2014, 06:00 ET from Emmis Communications Corporation

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Emmis Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: EMMS) today announced results for its third fiscal quarter ending November 30, 2013.

Emmis' radio net revenues for the third fiscal quarter were up 0.4%, and its publishing net revenues were up 9.8%.  On a consolidated basis, total revenues for the quarter were $52.6 million, compared to $50.9 million in the same quarter of the prior year, an increase of 3.4%.  

Diluted net income per common share from continuing operations for the quarter was $0.09, compared to $0.02 for the same quarter of the prior year.

For the third fiscal quarter, operating income was $8.7 million, compared to $8.2 million in the same quarter of the prior year.  Emmis' station operating income for the third fiscal quarter was $13.6 million, compared to $13.4 million in the same quarter of the prior year.

"The government shutdown in October, coupled with nonrecurring political revenues from the prior year, caused significant headwinds for us and the radio industry.  However, Emmis' ability to grow revenues despite these challenges is a testament to the talent, ingenuity and hustle of the Emmis team," said Jeff Smulyan, President & CEO of Emmis. "Our radio revenues are rebounding in our fourth fiscal quarter as these challenges have abated and our publishing division continues to post impressive revenue gains.  NextRadio, the Emmis-led industry initiative to make FM broadcast radio available on mobile phones via a pre-loaded app, continues to gain momentum and recently exceeded 100,000 activations.  I'm excited about the progress we are making and the momentum we have heading into calendar 2014."

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 third-quarter earnings conference call, please dial in at 1-517-623-4891 at 9 am.  Please submit questions prior or during the call to ir@emmis.com.  A digital playback of the call will be available until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21 by dialing 1-402-220-3756. Emmis Communications – Great Media, Great People, Great Service® 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 November 30,

Nine months ended November 30,

2013

2012

2013

2012

OPERATING DATA:

  Net revenues:

    Radio

$                     34,854

$                    34,710

$                   113,039

$                 109,550

    Publishing

17,767

16,176

45,135

43,233

      Total net revenues

52,621

50,886

158,174

152,783

  Station operating expenses excluding

   depreciation and amortization expense:

    Radio

23,517

23,064

74,428

75,372

    Publishing

15,031

14,335

43,770

42,377

      Total station operating expenses excluding 

          depreciation and amortization expense 

38,548

37,399

118,198

117,749

  Corporate expenses excluding depreciation 

       and amortization expense

3,653

3,717

13,123

12,850

  Hungary license litigation and related expenses

500

371

1,795

785

  Depreciation and amortization

1,218

1,218

3,607

3,512

  Impairment loss

-

-

-

10,971

  (Gain) loss on sale of assets

(9)

23

(10)

(9,983)

  Operating income

8,711

8,158

21,461

16,899

  Interest expense

(1,712)

(5,361)

(5,441)

(18,006)

  Loss on debt extinguishment 

(653)

(56)

(653)

(1,141)

  Other income, net

54

164

94

147

  Income (loss) before income taxes and

   discontinued operations

6,400

2,905

15,461

(2,101)

  Provision (benefit) for income taxes

732

976

911

(4,948)

  Income from continuing operations

5,668

1,929

14,550

2,847

  Income from discontinued operations, net of tax

-

3,707

-

40,124

  Consolidated net income

5,668

5,636

14,550

42,971

  Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

1,395

1,036

4,230

3,515

  Net income attributable to the Company

4,273

4,600

10,320

39,456

  Gain on extinguishment of preferred stock

-

-

325

-

  Preferred stock dividends

-

-

-

(1,806)

  Net income attributable to common shareholders

$                       4,273

$                      4,600

$                     10,645

$                    37,650

  Amounts attributable to common shareholders for basic earnings per share:

    Continuing operations

4,273

893

10,645

(2,474)

    Discontinued operations

-

3,707

-

40,124

      Net income attributable to common shareholders

4,273

4,600

10,645

37,650

  Amounts attributable to common shareholders for diluted earnings per share:

    Continuing operations

4,273

893

10,320

(2,474)

    Discontinued operations

-

3,707

-

40,124

      Net income attributable to common shareholders

4,273

4,600

10,320

37,650

  Basic net income (loss) per common share:

    Continuing operations

$                          0.11

$                        0.02

$                          0.26

$                       (0.06)

    Discontinued operations

-

0.10

-

1.03

      Net income attributable to common shareholders

$                          0.11

$                        0.12

$                          0.26

$                        0.97

  Diluted net income (loss) per common share:

    Continuing operations

$                          0.09

$                        0.02

$                          0.23

$                       (0.06)

    Discontinued operations

-

0.08

-

1.03

      Net income attributable to common shareholders

$                          0.09

$                        0.10

$                          0.23

$                        0.97

  Weighted average shares outstanding:

      Basic

40,477

38,976

40,343

38,871

      Diluted

46,212

45,728

45,657

38,871

OTHER DATA:

  Station operating income (See below)

13,577

13,447

39,651

35,027

  (Refund from) cash paid for income taxes, net

(211)

617

(1,015)

1,348

  Cash paid for interest

1,536

2,461

4,821

17,838

  Capital expenditures

420

1,195

2,277

2,151

 Noncash compensation by segment:

           Radio

$                              -

$                         195

$                           980

$                         485

           Publishing

4

136

490

293

           Corporate

467

1,039

2,083

1,546

                  Total

$                           471

$                      1,370

$                       3,553

$                      2,324

COMPUTATION OF STATION OPERATING INCOME:

  Operating income

$                       8,711

$                      8,158

$                     21,461

$                    16,899

  Plus:  Depreciation and amortization

1,218

1,218

3,607

3,512

  Plus:  Corporate expenses

3,653

3,717

13,123

12,850

  Plus:  Station noncash compensation

4

331

1,470

778

  Plus:  Impairment loss

-

-

-

10,971

  Less:  Gain on sale of assets

(9)

23

(10)

(9,983)

  Station operating income

$                     13,577

$                    13,447

$                     39,651

$                    35,027

SELECTED BALANCE SHEET INFORMATION:

November 30, 2013

February 28, 2013

Total Cash and Cash Equivalents

$                       5,319

$                      8,735

Credit Agreement Debt

$                     59,000

$                    67,000

98.7FM Nonrecourse Debt

$                     76,003

$                    79,068

 

SOURCE Emmis Communications Corporation



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