Starz Reports Fourth Quarter And Year End 2013 Financial Results

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Feb. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) today reported fourth quarter and year end 2013 results.  Highlights include (1):

  • Achieved annual increases in revenue of 9%, Adjusted OIBDA(2) of 7% and operating income of 5% in 2013
  • STARZ/ENCORE combined subscribers reach 57.1 million; leads U.S. premium television category
    • STARZ subscriptions at 22.2 million; up 1 million, or 5%, since December 31, 2012
    • ENCORE subscriptions at 34.9 million; up slightly since December 31, 2012
  • Since September 30, 2013, STARZ subscriptions increased by 200K, or 1%, while ENCORE subscriptions were essentially flat
  • Repurchased 3.7 million shares from November 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014; since trading began on January 14, 2013, Starz has repurchased 10.5% of its outstanding shares
  • Authorized an additional $400.0 million for share repurchase program; total remaining repurchase authorization of $474.5 million
  • Strong debut for STARZ Original series "Black Sails" - more than 2.9 million average viewers per episode linear + DVR thru first 3 episodes of the series
  • STARZ Original series "Power" from Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson selected for MIPTV World Premiere TV Screening in Cannes; will debut on STARZ in Summer 2014
  • Greenlit STARZ Original series "Survivor's Remorse" half-hour comedy project from LeBron James and Tom Werner for 2014 Q4 slate, "Flesh and Bone" ballet drama for 2015
  • Launched STARZ PLAY on Xbox 360; ENCORE PLAY/MOVIEPLEX PLAY and Xbox One full suite deployments coming in 2014
  • Signed Starz Worldwide Distribution/Amedia 15-country distribution output deal for Russia, Georgia, and The Baltics for STARZ Original series and other TV/movie programming

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"This was another strong quarter for Starz and a strong end to 2013. During 2013, we delivered solid growth in revenue, Adjusted OIBDA, and subscriber performance," said Starz CEO Chris Albrecht.  "Over the past year, we increased our investments in exclusive original programming at STARZ and implemented new offerings to our ENCORE thematic channels for African-American, Latino, Baby Boomer, and Millennial audiences."

Albrecht continued, "The new STARZ Original series, 'Black Sails,' is off to an excellent start with worldwide audiences and the strongest ever debut for a new STARZ Original series in the U.S.  Through the first three episodes of the debut season, more than 2.9 million viewers in the U.S. have watched on STARZ, with data for on-demand and online viewing yet to be included in the tally. Global sales of 'Black Sails' were robust. The second season of 'Da Vinci's Demons,' and our new 2014 series, 'Power,' 'Outlander,' and the recently greenlit 'Survivor's Remorse' are on the schedule as we finalize the programming slate for the fourth quarter.  We remain on track to grow our original programming hours to 65-75 hours in the next few years."

Consolidated
For the year, revenue increased 9% to $1,777.5 million, Adjusted OIBDA increased 7% to $476.9 million and operating income increased 5% to $425.2 million.  For the quarter, revenue decreased 2% to $414.7 million, Adjusted OIBDA increased 16% to $117.2 million and operating income increased 21% to $103.4 million

Starz Networks
For the year, revenue increased 2% to $1,297.7 million due to the one-time recognition during Q2 2013 of $18.6 million of previously deferred revenue and annual rate increases.  Adjusted OIBDA increased 2% to $456.2 million as a result of the increase in revenue and lower programming costs, partially offset by increased advertising related to original programming, increased cooperative marketing efforts with our distributors, increased litigation related legal costs and costs associated with becoming an independent public company.

For the quarter, revenue increased 2% to $322.0 million primarily as a result of annual rate increases from various distributors.  Adjusted OIBDA decreased 2% to $118.8 million due to higher advertising expense in December 2013 associated with the January 2014 premiere of "Black Sails."  An increase in cooperative marketing efforts with our distributors and costs associated with becoming an independent public company also contributed to the decrease. 

Starz Distribution
For the year, revenue increased 40% to $449.5 million primarily as a result of a greater number of higher performing titles from The Weinstein Company ("Weinstein") including Django Unchained and Silver Linings Playbook, various STARZ Original series titles including "The White Queen," "Spartacus," and "Da Vinci's Demons" and AMC's "The Walking Dead."  Adjusted OIBDA increased 588% to $24.0 million primarily due to the increase in revenue and a decrease in impairments of investment in films and television programs during 2013.

For the quarter, revenue decreased 14% to $83.8 million as a result of fewer high performing new releases in Q4 2013 as compared to Q4 2012.  Q4 2012 included the Weinstein film Lawless and Season 1 of the STARZ Original series "Magic City." There were no significant new releases in Q4 2013.  Adjusted OIBDA increased 98% to ($0.5) million primarily due to lower production and acquisition costs resulting from a decrease in impairments of investment in films and television programs as compared to the prior period.

Starz Animation
The decrease in both revenue and Adjusted OIBDA for the year and the quarter was due to fewer projects in production at the company's Film Roman studio. 

Operating Income
The increase for the year was primarily due to the increase in Adjusted OIBDA and lower depreciation and amortization expense partially offset by an increase in stock compensation expense.  The increase for the quarter was primarily due to the increase in Adjusted OIBDA, decreased stock compensation expense and lower depreciation and amortization. 

Cash Paid for Investment in Films and Television Programs
The increase for the year and quarter was primarily due to payments for certain Weinstein titles partially offset by timing of cash spend related to our original programming. 

Share Repurchases
From November 1, 2013 through January 31, 2014, 3.7 million shares of Series A common stock (NASDAQ: STRZA) were purchased at an average cost per share of $28.65 for total cash consideration of $106.4 million.  Since trading began on January 14, 2013, Starz has repurchased approximately 12.8 million shares at an average cost per share of $25.50 for aggregate cash consideration of $325.5 million.  These repurchases represent 10.5% of the shares outstanding at January 14, 2013. In addition, on February 20, 2014, the Starz board authorized a $400 million increase in the share repurchase program.  As of January 31, 2014, $474.5 million remains under the $800 million authorization, which includes the newly authorized amount.  Under the share repurchase program, Starz may acquire its common stock from time to time through open market transactions and privately negotiated transactions.

FOOTNOTES

(1)

Starz CEO, Christopher Albrecht, will discuss these highlights and other matters during the Starz earnings conference call which will begin at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on February 21, 2014.  For information regarding how to access the call, please see "Important Notice" later in this document.

(2)

For a definition of Adjusted OIBDA and applicable reconciliation see Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Schedule 1 below.

NOTES

  • Unless otherwise noted, the foregoing discussion compares financial information for the three months and year ended December 31, 2013 to the same period in 2012.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
As a supplement to Starz's condensed consolidated statements of operations, to be included in its Form 10-K, the following is a presentation of quarterly financial information and operating metrics for the periods indicated.

Please see the definition of Adjusted OIBDA below and a discussion of why management believes the presentation of Adjusted OIBDA provides useful information for investors.  Schedule 1 to this press release provides a reconciliation of Adjusted OIBDA to operating income for the same periods, as determined under GAAP.

QUARTERLY SUMMARY

(amounts in millions)

4Q12

1Q13

2Q13

3Q13

4Q13

Starz Networks

$  315.8

$    315.8

$    340.0

$    319.9

$    322.0

Starz Distribution (1)

97.0

76.2

171.9

117.6

83.8

Starz Animation

10.9

7.5

6.6

8.7

9.7

Eliminations

(1.5)

(0.2)

(1.1)

(0.1)

(0.8)

Revenue

$  422.2

$    399.3

$    517.4

$    446.1

$    414.7







Starz Networks

$   121.1

$    114.4

$    116.5

$    106.5

$   118.8

Starz Distribution

(19.8)

2.6

14.5

7.4

(0.5)

Starz Animation

(0.4)

(0.6)

(0.8)

(0.5)

(0.7)

Eliminations

0.5

0.1

(0.7)

0.3

(0.4)

Adjusted OIBDA

$   101.4

$    116.5

$    129.5

$    113.7

$   117.2







Operating income

$     85.6

$    104.9

$    116.1

$    100.8

$    103.4







Starz Networks

$     62.5

$      29.2

$      21.8

$      43.2

$      31.0

Starz Distribution

20.0

24.3

26.3

64.6

62.0

Total IFT (2)

$     82.5

$      53.5

$      48.1

$    107.8

$      93.0







Subscription units – STARZ

21.2

21.6

21.8

22.0

22.2

Subscription units – ENCORE

34.8

35.1

35.1

35.0

34.9







(1)     Includes the following home video net sales

$     78.3

$      49.8

$    126.3

$      65.7

$      54.7

(2)     Cash paid for investment in films and television programs












CASH AND DEBT
The following presentation is provided to separately identify cash and debt information.


(amounts in millions)

12/31/12

3/31/13

6/30/13

9/30/13

12/31/13

Cash

$     749.8

$       17.9

$       30.9

$       30.6

$       25.7







Debt:






Bank facility

$         5.0

$     235.0

$     257.0

$     309.5

$     306.5

5% senior notes

500.0

678.4

678.3

678.1

678.0

Transponder capital lease

34.8

33.8

32.8

31.7

30.7

Building capital lease

-

44.7

44.5

44.5

44.3

Total debt

$     539.8

$     991.9

$  1,012.6

$  1,063.8

$  1,059.5







NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

This press release includes a presentation of Adjusted OIBDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, together with a reconciliation to operating income, as determined under GAAP.  We define Adjusted OIBDA as revenue less programming costs, production and acquisition costs, home video cost of sales, operating expenses, and selling, general and administrative expenses. Our chief operating decision maker uses this measure of performance in conjunction with other measures to evaluate our operating segments' performance and make decisions about allocating resources among our operating segments. We believe that Adjusted OIBDA is an important indicator of the operational strength and performance of our operating segments, including each operating segment's ability to assist in servicing our debt and to fund investments in films and television programs. In addition, this measure allows management to view operating results and perform analytical comparisons and benchmarking between operating segments and identify strategies to improve performance. This measure of performance excludes stock compensation and depreciation and amortization that are included in the measurement of operating income pursuant to GAAP. Accordingly, Adjusted OIBDA should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, operating income, income before income taxes, net income, net cash provided by operating activities and other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.  Please see Schedule 1 below for the applicable reconciliation.

SCHEDULE 1

The following table provides a reconciliation of Adjusted OIBDA for Starz to its operating income calculated in accordance with GAAP for the three months ended December 31, 2012, March 31, 2013, June 30, 2013, September 30, 2013 and December 31, 2013, respectively.


(amounts in millions)

4Q12

1Q13

2Q13

3Q13

4Q13

Adjusted OIBDA

$  101.4

$  116.5

$  129.5

$  113.7

$  117.2

Stock compensation

(10.2)

(7.2)

(9.0)

(8.8)

(9.3)

Depreciation and amortization

(5.6)

(4.4)

(4.4)

(4.1)

(4.5)

Operating income

$  85.6

$  104.9

$  116.1

$  100.8

$  103.4







 


Starz

Consolidated Balance Sheets

December 31, 2013 and 2012

(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

(Unaudited)



2013


2012

Assets


Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

25,747



$

749,774


Restricted cash

30,077




Trade accounts receivable, net of allowances of $32,808 and $35,045

247,131



241,415


Program rights

271,798



340,005


Deferred income taxes

527



990


Other current assets

63,845



44,727


Total current assets

639,125



1,376,911


Program rights

333,176



338,684


Investment in films and television programs, net

194,581



181,673


Property and equipment, net

95,650



96,280


Deferred income taxes

18,509



12,222


Goodwill

131,760



131,760


Other assets, net

37,197



38,520


Total assets

$

1,449,998



$

2,176,050






Liabilities and Equity




Current liabilities:




Current portion of debt

$

4,943



$

4,134


Trade accounts payable

7,254



6,162


Accrued liabilities

297,826



256,062


Due to affiliates



39,519


Deferred revenue

16,571



24,574


Total current liabilities

326,594



330,451


Debt

1,054,542



535,671


Other liabilities

14,141



7,784


Total liabilities

1,395,277



873,906






Stockholders' equity:




Preferred stock, $.01 par value.  Authorized 50,000,000 shares; no shares issued




Series A common stock, $.01 par value.  Authorized 2,000,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 101,130,964 and 111,722,828 shares at December 31, 2013 and the LMC Spin-Off, respectively

1,011




Series B common stock, $.01 par value.  Authorized 75,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 9,875,737 and 9,882,238 shares at December 31, 2013 and the LMC Spin-Off, respectively

99




Additional paid-in capital

310,651




Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of taxes

(4,322)




Accumulated deficit

(245,503)




Member's interest



1,311,951


Total stockholders' equity

61,936



1,311,951


Noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries

(7,215)



(9,807)


Total equity

54,721



1,302,144


Commitments and contingencies




Total liabilities and equity

$

1,449,998



$

2,176,050


 


Starz

Consolidated Statements of Operations

Years Ended December 31, 2013, 2012 and 2011

(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)



2013


2012


2011







Revenue:






Programming networks and other services

$

1,481,046



$

1,419,074



$

1,372,141


Home video net sales

296,476



211,622



241,892


Total revenue

1,777,522



1,630,696



1,614,033








Costs and expenses:






Programming costs (including amortization)

632,255



661,157



651,249


Production and acquisition costs (including amortization)

268,560



192,340



158,789


Home video cost of sales

71,154



63,880



62,440


Operating expenses

54,673



53,410



53,703


Selling, general and administrative

273,937



215,077



238,264


Stock compensation

34,296



20,022



7,078


Depreciation and amortization

17,426



19,406



17,907


Total costs and expenses

1,352,301



1,225,292



1,189,430








Operating income

425,221



405,404



424,603








Other income (expense):






Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized

(44,994)



(25,688)



(5,012)


Other income (expense), net

8,953



3,023



(3,505)


Income from continuing operations before income taxes

389,180



382,739



416,086








Income tax expense

(139,380)



(130,465)



(172,189)








Income from continuing operations

249,800



252,274



243,897








Loss from discontinued operations (including loss on sale of $12,114 in 2011), net of income taxes





(7,486)








Net  income

249,800



252,274



236,411








Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests

(2,461)



2,210



3,273








Net income attributable to stockholders / member

$

247,339



$

254,484



$

239,684








Basic net income per common share

$2.13



$2.12



$2.00


Diluted net income per common share

$2.04



$2.12



$2.00


Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:






Basic

115,925



119,996



119,996


Diluted

121,156



120,105



120,101


 

Starz

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Years Ended December 31, 2013, 2012 and 2011

(Amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)



2013


2012


2011

Operating activities:






Net income

$

249,800



$

252,274



$

236,411


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:






Loss from discontinued operations





7,486


Depreciation and amortization

17,426



19,406



17,907


Amortization of program rights

581,107



617,789



611,041


Program rights payments

(399,856)



(456,558)



(554,341)


Amortization of investment in films and television programs

212,392



141,553



126,102


Investment in films and television programs

(302,468)



(270,071)



(197,418)


Stock compensation

34,296



20,022



7,078


Payments of long term incentive plan

(3,195)



(33,410)



(7,696)


Deferred income taxes

8,358



(17,410)



37,023


Other non-cash items

5,727



4,533



11,014


Changes in assets and liabilities:






Current and other assets

(61,073)



(12,233)



(45,338)


Due to affiliates

(39,519)



(5,637)



89,271


Payables and other liabilities

9,900



31,819



9,433


Net cash provided by operating activities

312,895



292,077



347,973








Investing activities - purchases of property and equipment

(14,833)



(16,214)



(7,723)








Financing activities:






Borrowings of debt

1,197,000



500,000



505,000


Payments of debt

(721,632)



(504,029)



(59,170)


Debt issuance costs

(2,350)



(8,514)



(10,191)


Distributions to Old LMC

(1,200,000)



(600,000)




Repurchases of common stock

(289,864)






Distributions to Old LMC related to stock compensation



(4,689)




Minimum withholding of taxes related to stock compensation

(9,836)



(13,273)




Excess tax benefit from stock compensation

4,655



4,401




Contribution from noncontrolling owner of subsidiary





3,000


Settlement of derivative instruments



3



(2,863)


Restricted cash





8,226


Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

(1,022,027)



(626,101)



444,002


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(62)



125



(17)


Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(724,027)



(350,113)



784,235


Cash and cash equivalents:






Beginning of year

749,774



1,099,887



315,652


End of year

$

25,747



$

749,774



$

1,099,887


IMPORTANT NOTICE

  • Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) CEO, Chris Albrecht will discuss Starz's financial performance, and may discuss future opportunities in a conference call which will begin at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on February 21, 2014.  The call can be accessed by dialing (877) 718-5095 or (719) 325-4850 at least 10 minutes prior to the start time.  Replays of the conference call can be accessed through 3:00 p.m. (ET) on February 28, 2014, by dialing (888) 203-1112 or (719) 457-0820 plus the passcode 8329263#.  The call will also be broadcast live via the Internet and archived on our website.  To access the webcast go to http://ir.starz.com/events.cfm.  Links to this press release will also be available on the Starz website.
  • This press release includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements about business strategies, market potential, future financial prospects, new service and product launches including original content programming, new distribution platforms for our programming, the continuation of our stock repurchase plans, international expansion opportunities and other matters that are not historical facts.  These forward-looking statements involve many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including, without limitation, market acceptance of new products or services, the timely launch of our original programming, the cooperation of our distributors in marketing our services, competitive issues, regulatory matters affecting our businesses, continued access to capital on terms acceptable to Starz, changes in law and market conditions conducive to stock repurchases and the ability to enter into transactions for international expansion. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and Starz expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in Starz's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. Please refer to the publicly filed documents of Starz, including the most recent Form 10-K, for additional information about Starz and about the risks and uncertainties related to Starz's business which may affect the statements made in this press release. 

About Starz
Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) is a leading integrated global media and entertainment company with operating units that provide premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television channels (Starz Networks), global content distribution (Starz Distribution) and animated television and movie production (Starz Animation), www.starz.com.

Starz Networks is a leading provider of premium subscription video programming through the flagship STARZ® and ENCORE® pay TV networks which showcase premium original programming and movies to U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies.  As of December 31, 2013, STARZ and ENCORE serve a combined 57.1 million subscribers, including 22.2 million at STARZ, and 34.9 million at ENCORE, making them the largest pair of premium flagship channels in the U.S.  STARZ® and ENCORE®, along with Starz Networks' third network MOVIEPLEX®, air over 1,000 movies monthly across 17 linear networks, complemented by On Demand and authenticated online offerings through STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and MOVIEPLEX PLAY. Starz Distribution develops, produces and acquires entertainment content, distributing it to consumers globally on DVD, digital formats and traditional television.  Starz Distribution's home video, digital media and worldwide distribution business units distribute original programming content produced by Starz, as well as entertainment content for itself and third parties.  Starz Animation produces animated TV and movie content for studios, networks, distributors and audiences worldwide.

Contacts:


Courtnee Ulrich 

Theano Apostolou

Investor Relations 

Corporate Communications

(720) 875-5420  

(424) 204-4052

courtnee.ulrich@starz.com 

theano@starz.com

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