Saga Communications, Inc. Reports 4th Quarter and Year End 2010 Results

Mar 15, 2011, 12:00 ET from Saga Communications, Inc.

GROSSE POINTE FARMS, Mich., March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Saga Communications, Inc. (NYSE Amex: SGA) today reported free cash flow increased 10.0% to $21.1 million for the year.  Net operating revenue for the year ended December 31, 2010 increased 5.8% over the comparable period in 2009 to $127.8 million.  Station operating expense decreased 2.0% to $92.8 million (station operating expense includes depreciation and amortization attributable to the stations).  Net income for the period was $15.1 million ($3.58 per fully diluted share) compared to a net loss of $2.6 million (-$.61 per fully diluted share) for the same period last year.  The net loss incurred for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2009 was significantly impacted by a $17.3 million non-cash impairment charge.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2010 free cash flow increased 8.7% to $7.2 million.  Net operating revenue increased 7.4% from the comparable period in 2009 to $34.1 million.  Station operating expense decreased 1.9% to $23.4 million (station operating expense includes depreciation and amortization attributable to the stations).  Net income for the period was $4.6 million ($1.08 per fully diluted share) compared to a net loss of $7.4 million (-$1.74 per fully diluted share) for the same period last year.  

The Company continues to maintain a solid balance sheet with $13.2 million in cash and certificate of deposit balances as of December 31, 2010.  As of December 31, 2010, the Company's outstanding bank debt was $96.1 million with a trailing 12 month leverage ratio calculated as a multiple of EBITDA of 2.6 times.  This compares to a trailing 12 month leverage ratio of 4.3 times as of December 31, 2009.

Capital expenditures in the 4th quarter of 2010 were $1.1 million compared to $0.8 million for the same period last year.  For the 2010 fiscal year total capital expenditures were $4.4 million compared to $4.0 million for the comparable period last year.  The Company currently expects to spend approximately $5.0 million for capital expenditures during 2011.  

Saga Communications 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 Selected Supplemental Financial Data tables.

Saga Communications, Inc. is a broadcasting company whose business is devoted to acquiring, developing and operating broadcast properties.  The Company owns or operates broadcast properties in 26 markets, including 61 FM and 30 AM radio stations, 3 state radio networks, 2 farm radio networks, 5 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 4th Quarter and Year End 2010 conference call will be on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.  The dial-in number for all calls is (612) 332-0345.  A transcript of the call will be posted to the Company's web site.  

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. EDT on March 15, 2011 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 Communications, Inc. 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 Twelve Months Ended

December 31, 2010 and 2009

(amounts in 000’s except per share data)

(Unaudited)









Three Months Ended  

Twelve Months Ended  



December 31,

December 31,



2010

2009

2010

2009

Operating Results





Net operating revenue

$34,133

$31,784

$127,817

$120,798

Station operating expense

23,408

23,856

92,754

94,647

Corporate general and administrative

1,754

1,813

7,274

7,944

Gain on asset exchange

-

(495)

-

(495)

Impairment of intangible assets

-

17,286

-

17,286

Operating income (loss)

8,971

(10,676)

27,789

1,416

Interest expense

1,260

1,359

5,622

4,948

Other (income) expense, net

29

199

(3,369)

210

Income (loss) before income tax

7,682

(12,234)

25,536

(3,742)

Income tax expense (benefit)

3,115

(4,871)

10,400

(1,161)

Net income (loss)

$4,567

$(7,363)

$15,136

$(2,581)

Earnings (loss) per share






Basic

$1.08

$(1.74)

$3.58

$(0.61)


Diluted

$1.08

$(1.74)

$3.58

$(0.61)

Weighted average common shares

4,236

4,227

4,230

4,207

Weighted average common shares and






common share equivalents

4,241

4,227

4,231

4,207







Free Cash Flow





Net income (loss)

$4,567

$(7,363)

$15,136

$(2,581)

Plus: Depreciation and amortization:






       Station

1,911

2,057

7,494

8,408


       Corporate

61

55

224

221

        Deferred tax provision (benefit)

1,455

(4,711)

5,080

(1,145)

        Non-cash compensation

212

348

927

1,366

        Gain on asset exchange

-

(495)

-

(495)

        Impairment of intangible assets

-

17,286

-

17,286

        Other (income) expense, net

29

199

(3,369)

210

Less: Capital expenditures

(1,089)

(804)

(4,348)

(4,041)

Free cash flow

$7,146

$6,572

$21,144

$19,229







Balance Sheet Data






Working capital



$18,130

$7,753


Net fixed assets



$65,561

$69,216


Net intangible assets and other assets



$97,683

$96,241


Total assets



$199,803

$202,351


Long term debt (including current






  portion of $6,121 and $17,078, respectively)



$96,078

$121,078


Stockholders' equity



$80,078

$64,093



Saga Communications, Inc.

Selected Supplemental Financial Data

For The Three and Twelve Months Ended

December 31, 2010 and 2009

(amounts in 000's)

(Unaudited)






















Corporate




Radio


Television


and Other


Consolidated

Three Months Ended December 31, 2010:








Net operating revenue

$28,997


$5,136


$        -


$34,133

Station operating expense

19,828


3,580


-


23,408

Corporate G&A

-


-


1,754


1,754

Operating income (loss)

$9,169


$1,556


$(1,754)


$8,971

Depreciation and amortization

$1,460


$451


$61


$1,972














Corporate




Radio


Television


and Other


Consolidated

Three Months Ended December 31, 2009:








Net operating revenue

$27,382


$4,402


$        -


$31,784

Station operating expense

20,325


3,531


-


23,856

Corporate G&A

-


-


1,813


1,813

Gain on asset exchange

-


(495)


-


(495)

Impairment of intangible assets

16,206


1,080


-


17,286

Operating income (loss)

$(9,149)


$286


$(1,813)


$(10,676)

Depreciation and amortization

$1,598


$459


$55


$2,112






















Corporate




Radio


Television


and Other


Consolidated

Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2010:








Net operating revenue

$109,891


$17,926


$        -


$127,817

Station operating expense

79,012


13,742


-


92,754

Corporate G&A

-


-


7,274


7,274

Operating income (loss)

$30,879


$4,184


$(7,274)


$27,789

Depreciation and amortization

$5,772


$1,722


$224


$7,718














Corporate




Radio


Television


and Other


Consolidated

Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2009:








Net operating revenue

$104,601


$16,197


$        -


$120,798

Station operating expense

80,382


14,265


-


94,647

Corporate G&A

-


-


7,944


7,944

Gain on asset exchange

-


(495)


-


(495)

Impairment of intangible assets

16,206


1,080


-


17,286

Operating income (loss)

$8,013


$1,347


$(7,944)


$1,416

Depreciation and amortization

$6,166


$2,242


$221


$8,629



Saga Communications, Inc.

Selected Supplemental Financial Data

December 31, 2010

(amounts in 000's except ratios)

(Unaudited)








Trailing



Twelve Months Ended



December 31,



2010


2009

Trailing 12 Month Consolidated EBITDA (1)




Net income (loss)

$15,136


$(2,581)

Less:  Loss on sale of assets

(386)


(210)


Gain on exchange of assets

-


495


Impairment of intangible assets

-


(17,286)


Gain on license downgrade and other gains

3,756


-


Other

46


196

Total exclusions

3,416


(16,805)






Consolidated Adjusted Net Income (1)

11,720


14,224

Plus:  Interest expense

5,622


4,948


Income tax expense (benefit)

10,400


(1,161)


Depreciation & amortization expense

7,718


8,629


Amortization of television syndicated programming contracts

732


706


Non-cash stock based compensation expense

927


1,366

Less: Cash television programming payments

(744)


(725)

Trailing twelve month consolidated EBITDA (1)

$36,375


$27,987






Total long-term debt, including current maturities

$96,078


$121,078

Divided by trailing twelve month consolidated EBITDA (1)

36,375


27,987

Leverage ratio

2.6


4.3











(1) As defined in the Company's credit agreement.



SOURCE Saga Communications, Inc.



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