Grupo Radio Centro Reports Results for Third Quarter and First Nine Months of 2010

Oct 22, 2010, 19:16 ET from Grupo Radio Centro, S.A.B. de C.V.

MEXICO CITY, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grupo Radio Centro, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: RC, BMV: RCENTRO-A) (the "Company"), one of Mexico's leading radio broadcasting companies, announced today its results of operations for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2010. All figures were prepared in accordance with the Financial Reporting Standards issued by the Mexican Board for Research and Development of Financial Information Standards.

Third Quarter Results

Broadcasting revenue in the third quarter 2010 was Ps. 226,147,000, an 18.3% increase compared to the Ps. 191,215,000 reported in the third quarter 2009. This increase was mainly attributable to higher advertising expenditures by the Company's clients in Mexico during the third quarter 2010 compared to the same period 2009, as well as broadcasting revenue from Los Angeles radio station KXOS-FM.

The Company's broadcasting expenses (excluding depreciation, amortization and corporate, general and administrative expenses) in the third quarter 2010 were Ps. 172,511,000, an 8.6% increase compared to the Ps. 158,817,000 reported in the third quarter 2009. This increase was primarily due to higher commissions paid to the Company's sales force due to higher broadcasting revenue in the third quarter 2010 compared to the same period in 2009. This increase was partially offset by a decrease in broadcasting expenses from Los Angeles radio station KXOS-FM.

For the third quarter 2010, the Company recorded broadcasting income (i.e., broadcasting revenue minus broadcasting expenses, excluding depreciation, amortization and corporate, general and administrative expenses) of Ps. 53,636,000, a 65.6% increase compared to the Ps. 32,398,000 reported in the third quarter 2009. This increase was mainly attributable to the increase in broadcasting revenue described above.

Depreciation and amortization expenses in the third quarter 2010 were Ps. 5,828,000, a slight decrease compared to the Ps. 6,404,000 reported in the third quarter 2009, as a result of a reduction in the amount of depreciable assets.

The Company's corporate, general and administrative expenses were Ps. 2,808,000 in both the third quarter of 2009 and 2010.

The Company recorded operating income of Ps. 45,000,000 in the third quarter 2010, a 94.1% increase compared to the Ps. 23,186,000 in operating income reported in the third quarter 2009. This increase was due to increased broadcasting revenue during the third quarter 2010 compared to the third quarter 2009 as described above.

During the third quarter 2010, other expenses, net, were Ps. 9,925,000, a 46.4% decrease compared to the Ps. 18,517,000 reported in the third quarter 2009. This decrease was mainly attributable to tax credits recorded by the Company's subsidiaries during the third quarter 2010.

The Company's comprehensive financing cost in the third quarter 2010 was Ps. 5,261,000, compared to Ps. 861,000 in the third quarter 2009. This change was primarily due to a Ps. 5,193,000 gain on net foreign currency exchange in the third quarter 2009, which was attributable to an appreciation in the peso value of a U.S. denominated loan from the Company to a U.S. subsidiary compared to a Ps. 10,000 gain in the third quarter 2010.

During the third quarter 2010, the Company recorded income before taxes of Ps. 29,814,000, compared to income before taxes of Ps. 3,808,000 reported in the third quarter 2009, which was primarily attributable to an increase in operating income, as well as a decrease in other expenses, net, during the third quarter 2010.

The Company recorded income taxes of Ps. 17,827,000 in the third quarter 2010, an increase of 61.7% compared to the Ps. 11,027,000 recorded in the third quarter 2009. This increase was due to higher taxable income in the third quarter 2010 than the third quarter 2009.

As a result of the foregoing, the Company recorded net income in the third quarter 2010 of Ps. 11,987,000, compared to a net loss of Ps. 7,219,000 in the third quarter 2009.

Nine-Month Results

For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, broadcasting revenue was Ps. 601,017,000, a 14.5% increase compared to the Ps. 524,996,000 reported in the same period 2009. The increase was mainly attributable to an increase in advertising expenditures by the Company's clients, who purchased more airtime in the first nine months 2010 than the comparable period in 2009, as well as the incorporation of the Company's Los Angeles radio station KXOS-FM.

The Company's broadcasting expenses (excluding depreciation, amortization and corporate, general and administrative expenses) in the first nine months 2010 were Ps. 500,539,000, an 18.6% increase compared to the Ps. 422,128,000 reported in the same period 2009. This increase was primarily due to (i) broadcasting expenses incurred in connection with the Los Angeles radio station KXOS-FM beginning in April 2009, resulting in a comparison between nine months for the 2010 period and five and a half months for the 2009 period, (ii) higher sales commissions due to the increase in broadcasting revenue, and (iii) expenses related to the Company's mass media advertising campaigns.

Broadcasting income (i.e., broadcasting revenue minus broadcasting expenses, excluding depreciation, amortization and corporate, general and administrative expenses) in the first nine months 2010 was Ps. 100,478,000, a 2.3% decrease compared to the Ps. 102,868,000 reported in the same period 2009.

Depreciation and amortization expenses in the first nine months 2010 were Ps. 18,117,000, a 7.4% decrease compared to the Ps. 19,558,000 reported in the same period 2009. This decrease was due to a reduction in the amount of depreciable assets.

The Company's corporate, general and administrative expenses in the first nine months 2010 were Ps. 10,365,000, the same amount reported in 2009.

As a result of the foregoing, the Company recorded operating income of Ps. 71,996,000 in the first nine months 2010, a 1.3% decrease compared to the Ps. 72,945,000 reported in the same period 2009.

Other expenses, net, in the first nine months 2010 were Ps. 36,390,000, a 20.5% decrease compared to the Ps. 45,800,000 reported in the same period 2009. This decrease was mainly attributable to legal expenses incurred in 2009 related to agreements for the Los Angeles radio station, as well as revenue from tax credits during the third quarter 2010.

The Company's comprehensive cost of financing in the first nine months 2010 was Ps. 18,101,000, compared to Ps. 26,643,000 in the same period 2009. This change was primarily due to a lower loss on net foreign currency exchange from Ps. 10,048,000 in the first nine months 2009 to a Ps. 164,000 loss on net foreign currency exchange in the first nine months 2010.

For the first nine months 2010, the Company recorded income before taxes of Ps. 17,505,000 compared to income before taxes of Ps. 502,000 in the same period 2009, mainly due to the aforementioned decrease in the Company's other expenses, net, and comprehensive cost of financing.

The Company recorded income taxes of Ps. 29,994,000 in the first nine months 2010, compared to Ps. 21,345,000 recorded in the same period 2009.

As a result of the foregoing, the Company recorded a net loss of Ps. 12,489,000 in the first nine months 2010, compared to a net loss of Ps. 20,843,000 in the first nine months 2009.

Company Description

Grupo Radio Centro owns and/or operates 15 radio stations. Of these 15 radio stations, 12 are located in Mexico City, two AM stations, in Guadalajara and Monterrey, and one FM station in Los Angeles. The Company's principal activities are the production and broadcasting of musical and entertainment programs, talk shows, news and special events programs.  Revenue is primarily derived from the sale of commercial airtime. In addition to the Organizacion Radio Centro radio stations, the Company also operates Grupo RED radio stations and Organizacion Impulsora de Radio (OIR), a radio network that acts as the national sales representative for, and provides programming to, 108 Grupo Radio Centro-affiliated radio stations throughout Mexico.

Note on Forward Looking Statements

This release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements related to Grupo Radio Centro that involve risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned that these statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future results or events. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Grupo Radio Centro with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the most recent filing on Form 20-F, which identifies important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are based on information available to Grupo Radio Centro on the date hereof, and Grupo Radio Centro assumes no obligation to update such statements.

RI Contacts

In Mexico:

In NY:

Pedro Beltran / Alfredo Azpeitia

Maria Barona / Peter Majeski

Grupo Radio Centro, S.A.B. de C.V.

i-advize Corporate Communications, Inc.

Tel: (5255) 5728-4800 Ext. 4910

Tel: (212) 406-3690

GRUPO RADIO CENTRO, S.A.B. DE C.V.

CONSOLIDATED UNAUDITED BALANCE SHEETS

as of September 30, 2010 and 2009

(figures in thousands of  Mexican pesos ("Ps.") and U.S. dollars ("U.S. $") (1)

September 30,

2010

2009

U.S. $ (1)

Ps.

Ps.

ASSETS

Current assets:

 Cash and temporary investments

3,092

38,656

70,988

Accounts receivable:

 Broadcasting, net

18,837

235,483

222,642

 Other

856

10,695

32,119

19,693

246,178

254,761

Prepaid expenses

5,227

65,337

113,688

 Total current assets

28,012

350,171

439,509

Property and equipment, net

35,402

442,565

466,107

Prepaid expenses

0

0

51,208

Deferred charges, net

442

5,526

3,717

Excess of cost over book value of net assets of subsidiaries, net

66,303

828,863

828,863

Other assets

268

3,338

3,340

Total assets

130,427

1,630,463

1,792,744

LIABILITIES

Current:

 Notes payable

5,704

71,305

31,950

 Advances from customers

4,593

57,413

82,567

 Suppliers and other accounts payable

5,238

65,478

72,725

 Taxes payable

2,360

29,501

31,242

    Total current liabilities

17,895

223,697

218,484

Long-Term:

 Notes payable

7,999

100,000

150,000

 Reserve for labor liabilities

5,427

67,841

64,614

 Deferred taxes

1,563

19,545

0

    Total liabilities

32,884

411,083

433,098

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Capital stock

90,425

1,130,410

1,130,410

Cumulative earnings

5,011

62,644

173,095

Reserve for repurchase of shares

3,507

43,837

43,837

Accumulated effect by conversion

(1,425)

(17,820)

(1,393)

Minority interest

25

309

13,697

    Total shareholders'  equity

97,543

1,219,380

1,359,646

    Total liabilities and Shareholders' equity

130,427

1,630,463

1,792,744

(1)  Peso amounts have been translated into U.S. dollars, solely for the convenience of the reader, at the rate of Ps. 12.5011  per U.S. dollar, the rate on September 30, 2010.

GRUPO RADIO CENTRO, S.A.B. DE C.V.

CONSOLIDATED UNAUDITED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

for the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2010 and 2009

(figures in thousands of  Mexican pesos ("Ps.") and U.S. dollars ("U.S. $")(1), except per Share and per ADS amounts)

3rd Quarter

Accumulated 9 months

2010

2009

2010

2009

U.S.$ (1)

Ps.

Ps.

U.S.$  (1)

Ps.

Ps.

Broadcasting revenue (2)

18,090

226,147

191,215

48,077

601,017

524,996

Broadcasting expenses, excluding depreciation,

amortization and corporate, general and administrative expenses

13,800

172,511

158,817

40,040

500,539

422,128

Broadcasting income

4,290

53,636

32,398

8,037

100,478

102,868

Depreciation and amortization

466

5,828

6,404

1,449

18,117

19,558

Corporate, general and administrative expenses

225

2,808

2,808

829

10,365

10,365

Operating income

3,599

45,000

23,186

5,759

71,996

72,945

Other expenses, net

(794)

(9,925)

(18,517)

(2,911)

(36,390)

(45,800)

Comprehensive financing cost:

 Interest expense

(418)

(5,227)

(6,054)

(1,475)

(18,439)

(16,790)

 Interest income (2)

(4)

(44)

0

40

502

195

 (Loss) on foreign currency exchange, net

1

10

5,193

(13)

(164)

(10,048)

(421)

(5,261)

(861)

(1,448)

(18,101)

(26,643)

Income (loss)  before income taxes

2,384

29,814

3,808

1,400

17,505

502

 Income taxes

1,426

17,827

11,027

2,399

29,994

21,345

Net income (loss)

958

11,987

(7,219)

(999)

(12,489)

(20,843)

Net income (loss)  applicable to:

 Majority interest

958

11,987

9,619

(999)

(12,494)

15,277

 Minority interest

0

0

(16,838)

0

5

(36,120)

958

11,987

(7,219)

(999)

(12,489)

(20,843)

Net income  per Series A Share (3)

0.015

0.1881

0.4483

Net income  per ADS (3)

0.135

1.6929

4.0347

Weighted average common shares outstanding (000's) (3)

162,725

162,725

(1)  Peso amounts have been translated into U.S. dollars, solely for the convenience of the reader, at the rate of Ps. 12.5011 per U.S. dollar, the rate on September 30, 2010.  

(2)  Broadcasting revenue for a particular period includes (as a reclassification of interest income) interest earned on funds received by the Company pursuant to advance sales of commercial air time to the extent that the underlying funds were earned by the Company during the period in question. Advances from advertisers are recognized as broadcasting revenue only when the corresponding commercial air  time has been transmitted. Interest earned and treated as broadcasting revenue for the third quarter of 2010 and 2009 was Ps. 1,126,000 and Ps. 1,051,000, respectively. Interest earned and treated as broadcasting revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 and 2009 was Ps. 3,468,000 and Ps. 3,620,000, respectively.

(3) Earnings per share calculations are made for the last twelve months as of the date of the income statement, as required by the Mexican Stock Exchange.

SOURCE Grupo Radio Centro, S.A.B. de C.V.