Saga Communications, Inc. Reports 3rd Quarter Results Gross Revenue, excluding Political, Increases 5.2% and Net Revenue Increases 1.6%

GROSSE POINTE FARMS, Mich., Nov. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Saga Communications, Inc. (NYSE MKT: SGA) today reported that gross revenue, excluding political revenue, increased 5.2% for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 ($35.8 million during the 3rd quarter 2013 compared to $34.1 million for the same period in 2012).  Net operating revenue increased 1.6% for the same comparative period.  Gross political revenue decreased 86% for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 ($206 thousand during the 3rd quarter of 2013 compared to $1.5 million for the same period in 2012) due to the local and national election cycle.  Station operating expense was $23.6 million this quarter compared to $22.4 million for the same period last year.  Operating income from continuing operations decreased 10.4% to $7.3 million compared to $8.1 million for the same period last year.  Net income of $4.3 million for the quarter was approximately equal with last year ($0.75 per fully diluted share for 3rd quarter 2013 compared to $0.76 per fully diluted share for the same period last year). 

Net operating revenue increased 1.1% for the nine month period ending September 30, 2013 compared to the same period last year.  Station operating expense increased 3.7% to $69.2 million from $66.7 million for the same period last year.  Operating income decreased 7.5% to $20.6 million compared to $22.2 million for the same period last year.  Net income for the nine month period decreased 1.0% to $12.1 million ($2.10 per fully diluted share compared to $2.15 per fully diluted share for the same period last year). 

Capital expenditures in the 3rd quarter of 2013 were $1.0 million compared to $1.4 million during the same period in 2012.  For the nine month period ending September 30, 2013 capital expenditures were $3.5 million compared to $3.9 million for the same period last year.  The Company currently expects to spend approximately $5.5 million for capital expenditures during 2013. 

Saga utilizes certain financial measures that are not calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to assess its financial performance.  Such non-GAAP measures include free cash flow, trailing 12 month consolidated EBITDA, and leverage ratio. These non-GAAP measures are generally recognized by the broadcasting industry as measures of performance and are used by Saga to assess its financial performance including but not limited to evaluating individual station and market-level performance, evaluating overall operations, as a primary measure for incentive based compensation of executives and other members of management and as a measure of financial position.  Saga's management believes these non-GAAP measures are used by analysts who report on the industry and by investors to provide meaningful comparisons between broadcasting groups, as well as an indicator of their market value.  These measures are not measures of liquidity or of performance in accordance with GAAP, and should be viewed as a supplement to and not as a substitute for the results of operations presented on a GAAP basis including net operating revenue, operating income, and net income. Reconciliations for all of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure are attached in the Selected Consolidated and Supplemental Financial Data tables.

Saga is a broadcasting company whose business is devoted to acquiring, developing and operating broadcast properties.  Saga owns or operates broadcast properties in 25 markets, including 61 FM and 30 AM radio stations, 3 state radio networks, 2 farm radio networks, 4 television stations and 4 low-power television stations. For additional information, contact us at (313) 886-7070 or visit our website at www.sagacommunications.com.

Saga's 3rd Quarter 2013 conference call will be on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. EST.  The dial-in number for all calls is (703) 639-1413.  A transcript of the call will be posted to the Company's website.  

The Company requests that all parties that have a question that they would like to submit to the Company to please email the inquiry by 1:00 p.m. EST on November 5, 2013 to SagaIR@sagacom.com. The Company will discuss, during the limited period of the conference call, those inquiries it deems of general relevance and interest. Only inquiries made in compliance with the foregoing will be discussed during the call.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements that are based upon current expectations and involve certain risks and uncertainties within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Words such as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "guidance" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Key risks, including risks associated with Saga's ability to effectively integrate the stations it acquires and the impact of federal regulation on Saga's business, are described in the reports Saga periodically files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K.  Readers should note that these statements may be impacted by several factors, including national and local economic changes and changes in the radio and television broadcast industry in general, as well as Saga's actual performance.  Results may vary from those stated herein and Saga undertakes no obligation to update the information contained here.

 

Saga Communications, Inc.

Selected Consolidated Financial Data

For The Three and Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2013 and 2012

(amounts in 000's except per share data)

(Unaudited)











 Three Months Ended  

 Nine Months Ended  




 September 30, 

 September 30, 




2013

2012

2013

2012

Operating Results






Net operating revenue


$32,929

$32,409

$95,718

$94,718

Station operating expense


23,598

22,379

69,179

66,698

Corporate general and administrative


2,051

1,910

5,981

5,799

Operating income from continuing operations


7,280

8,120

20,558

22,221

Interest expense


308

381

1,023

1,367

Other (income) expense,  net


(144)

145

(53)

135

Income from continuing operations before income tax


7,116

7,594

19,588

20,719

Income tax expense


2,820

3,227

7,762

8,450

Income from continuing operations, net of income taxes


4,296

4,367

11,826

12,269

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes

-

(39)

223

(104)

Net income


$4,296

$4,328

$12,049

$12,165

Basic earnings (loss) per share:







From continuing operations


$0.76

$0.77

$2.08

$2.17


From discontinued operations


-

(0.01)

0.04

(0.02)


Earnings per share


$0.76

$0.76

$2.12

$2.15

Diluted earnings (loss) per share:







From continuing operations


$0.75

$0.77

$2.06

$2.17


From discontinued operations


-

(0.01)

0.04

(0.02)


Earnings per share


$0.75

$0.76

$2.10

$2.15

Weighted average common shares


5,686

5,661

5,679

5,658

Weighted average common and common 







equivalent shares


5,754

5,670

5,744

5,667








Free Cash Flow






Net income 


$4,296

$4,328

$12,049

$12,165

Plus:  Depreciation and amortization:







        Station


1,632

1,642

4,815

4,898


        Corporate


57

57

170

170


        Discontinued operations


-

-

-

194

          Deferred tax provision


1,065

1,297

2,665

3,070

          Non-cash compensation


-

25

16

107

          Gain on disposal of television station


-

-

(223)

-

          Other (income) expense, net


(144)

145

(53)

135

Less: Capital expenditures


(1,007)

(1,402)

(3,472)

(3,904)

Free cash flow


$5,899

$6,092

$15,967

$16,835








Balance Sheet Data







Working capital




$37,671

$25,802


Net fixed assets




$56,406

$59,398


Net intangible assets and other assets




$96,767

$98,691


Total assets




$204,770

$197,113


Long-term debt (including current 







   portion of $1,078 and $0, respectively)




$51,078

$58,828


Stockholders' equity




$116,651

$105,168

 

Saga Communications, Inc.

Selected Supplemental Financial Data

For the Three and Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2013 and 2012

(amounts in 000's)

(Unaudited)
















Corporate





Radio


Television


and Other


Consolidated

Three Months Ended September 30, 2013:








Net operating revenue

$28,104


$4,825


$          -


$32,929

Station operating expense

20,339


3,259


-


23,598

Corporate G&A

-


-


2,051


2,051

Operating income (loss) from continuing operations

$7,765


$1,566


$(2,051)


$7,280

Depreciation and amortization

$1,270


$362


$57


$1,689
















Corporate





Radio


Television


and Other


Consolidated

Three Months Ended September 30, 2012:








Net operating revenue

$27,498


$4,911


$          -


$32,409

Station operating expense

19,365


3,014


-


22,379

Corporate G&A

-


-


1,910


1,910

Operating income (loss) from continuing operations

$8,133


$1,897


$(1,910)


$8,120

Depreciation and amortization

$1,301


$341


$57


$1,699
















Corporate





Radio


Television


and Other


Consolidated

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2013:








Net operating revenue

$81,240


$14,478


$          -


$95,718

Station operating expense

59,561


9,618


-


69,179

Corporate G&A

-


-


5,981


5,981

Operating income (loss) from continuing operations

$21,679


$4,860


$(5,981)


$20,558

Depreciation and amortization

$3,761


$1,054


$170


$4,985
















Corporate





Radio


Television


and Other


Consolidated

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012:








Net operating revenue

$81,180


$13,538


$          -


$94,718

Station operating expense

57,641


9,057


-


66,698

Corporate G&A

-


-


5,799


5,799

Operating income (loss) from continuing operations

$23,539


$4,481


$(5,799)


$22,221

Depreciation and amortization

$3,872


$1,026


$170


$5,068

 

Saga Communications, Inc.

Selected Supplemental Financial Data

September 30, 2013

(amounts in 000's except ratios)

(Unaudited)
































Less:


Plus:


Trailing



12 Mos Ended


9 Mos Ended


9 Mos Ended


12 Mos Ended



December 31,


September 30,


September 30,


September 30,



2012


2012


2013


2013

Trailing 12 Month Consolidated Earnings Before Interest








   Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("EBITDA") (1)








Net income

$17,925


$12,165


$12,049


$17,809

Exclusions:









(Loss) gain on sale of assets

(213)


(132)


127


46


Gain on sale of television station

-


-


223


223


Other

302


332


(6)


(36)

Total exclusions

89


200


344


233










Consolidated adjusted net income (1)

17,836


11,965


11,705


17,576

Plus:

Interest expense

1,733


1,367


1,023


1,389


Income tax expense

11,850


8,380


7,762


11,232


Depreciation & amortization expense

7,051


5,262


4,985


6,774


Amortization of television syndicated programming contracts

700


516


476


660


Non-cash stock based compensation expense

132


107


16


41

Less: Cash television programming payments

(712)


(529)


(470)


(653)

Trailing twelve month consolidated EBITDA (1)

$38,590


$27,068


$25,497


$37,019










Total long-term debt, including current maturities







$51,078

Divided by trailing twelve month consolidated EBITDA (1)







37,019

Leverage ratio







1.38



















(1)

As defined in the Company's credit facility.








 

SOURCE Saga Communications, Inc.



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