Entercom Communications Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

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Entercom Communications Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

Fourth Quarter Revenue Grows 7% and Adjusted EBITDA Grows 17%

BALA CYNWYD, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Entercom Communications Corp. (NYS: ETM) today reported financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.


Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • Net revenues for the quarter increased 7% to $102.1 million
  • Station expenses increased 2% to $61.7 million
  • Station operating income increased 16% to $40.4 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 17% to $35.3 million
  • Adjusted net income per share increased 7% to $0.31
  • Free cash flow increased 6% to $22.0 million

Full Year Highlights

  • Net revenues for the year increased 2% to $388.9 million
  • Station expenses decreased 4% to $252.4 million
  • Station operating income increased 14% to $136.6 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 15% to $115.9 million
  • Adjusted net income per share decreased 19% to $0.79
  • Free cash flow decreased to $63.1 million

David J. Field, President and Chief Executive Officer stated: "Entercom finished 2012 with a solid fourth quarter as Revenues grew by 7% and Adjusted EBITDA increased by 17%. For the year, prudent cost management drove expenses down by 4% and enabled a 15% increase in Adjusted EBITDA on 2% Revenue growth. We enter 2013 with a strong balance sheet, an outstanding lineup of great brands and content, and a powerful array of emerging digital platforms. We are also highly enthused by a number of positive industry developments over the past few months which bolster the industry's future prospects. Industry research continues to show robust radio listening levels and strong advertiser effectiveness, while recent announcements by Sprint, Nielsen and others reaffirm radio's importance in today's media landscape."

Additional Information

During the quarter, the Company amended its credit facility and lowered the borrowing cost of its Term B loan. In connection with this amendment, the Company wrote-off $0.7 million of existing deferred financing fees.

The Company reduced its outstanding net senior debt by $19.3 million during the quarter. For the year, the Company reduced its outstanding net senior debt by $37.8 million and lowered its leverage ratio to 4.8x. As of December 31, 2012, the Company had $8.9 million in cash and $569.9 million of senior debt and senior notes.

During the quarter, the Company made a revision to its previously reported book income tax expense for 2011. This revision was made to correct an error in the accounting treatment of certain items when calculating income tax expense. The adjustment was non-cash, had no impact on the Company's operating income or statement of cash flows, and the Company believes the change is not material. The revised income tax expense affects both second quarter and full year 2011 results. The financial tables included in this release provide additional detail on the revision.

Earnings Conference Call and Company Information

Entercom will hold a conference call regarding the quarterly earnings release on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time. Investors will have the opportunity to submit questions to the Company regarding the fourth quarter earnings release by emailing their inquiries to questions@entercom.com. Questions should be sent at least 10 minutes prior to the call. The Company will only discuss inquiries made by email prior to the conference call. The public may access the conference call by dialing 888-889-0278 (passcode: Entercom). A replay of the conference call will be available and can be accessed either by dialing 866-462-8981 or by visiting the Company's website: www.entercom.com. Additional information and reconciliation of same station results are available on the Company's website at www.entercom.com.

Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM), led by President and CEO David Field, is one of the largest radio broadcasting companies in the United States, with a nationwide portfolio of over 100 stations in 23 markets, including San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Portland, Sacramento and Kansas City.

Known for developing unique and highly successful locally programmed stations, Entercom is home to some of radio's most distinguished brands and compelling personalities. The company is also the radio broadcast partner of the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Kansas City Royals, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Hornets, Oakland Athletics and San Jose Sharks.

Entercom focuses on creating effective multi-platform marketing solutions for its customers, incorporating the company's audio, digital and experiential assets. Additionally, the company has a long-standing commitment to responsible corporate citizenship and environmental stewardship. Entercom stations play a vital, hands-on role in improving their communities, providing over $100 million in annual support for local charitable organizations.

The company's radio stations have received numerous awards, including multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism, as well as the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Marconi Award for excellence in radio broadcasting. In 2012, Entercom was named by Information Week as one of the Top 500 Technology Innovators in the United States.

Certain Definitions

All references to per share data, unless stated otherwise, are presented as per diluted share. All references to shares outstanding, unless stated otherwise, are presented to exclude unvested restricted stock units. All references to net debt are outstanding debt net of cash on hand.

Station expenses consist of station operating expenses excluding non-cash compensation expense.

Corporate expenses consist of corporate general and administrative expenses excluding non-cash compensation expense.

Station operating income consists of operating income (loss) before: depreciation and amortization; time brokerage agreement fees (income); corporate general and administrative expenses; non-cash compensation expense (which is otherwise included in station operating expenses); impairment loss; merger and acquisition costs; and gain or loss on sale or disposition of assets.

Adjusted EBITDA consists of net income (loss), adjusted to exclude: income taxes (benefit); total other expense; depreciation and amortization; time brokerage agreement fees (income); non-cash compensation expense (which is otherwise included in station operating expenses and corporate G&A expenses); impairment loss; merger and acquisition costs; and gain or loss on sale or disposition of assets.

Free cash flow consists of operating income (loss): (i) plus depreciation and amortization, net (gain) loss on sale or disposal of assets; non-cash compensation expense (which is otherwise included in station operating expenses and corporate general and administrative expenses), impairment loss; merger and acquisition costs; and (ii) less net interest expense (excluding amortization of deferred financing costs), taxes paid and capital expenditures.

Adjusted net income consists of net income (loss) adjusted to exclude: (i) income taxes (benefit) as reported; (ii) gain/loss on sale of assets, derivative instruments and investments; (iii) non-cash compensation expense; (iv) other income; (v) impairment loss; (vi) merger and acquisition costs; and (vii) gain/loss on early extinguishment of debt. For purposes of comparability, income taxes are reflected at the expected statutory federal and state income tax rate of 42% without discrete items of tax.

Adjusted net income per share includes any dilutive equivalent shares when not anti-dilutive.

Same station is computed by comparing the performance of stations operated by the Company throughout the relevant period to the comparable performance in the prior year's corresponding period (excluding non-cash compensation expense). Any acquisition or disposition of radio stations not deemed to be material by management are ignored for the purpose of computing this data. There were no material acquisitions during the periods presented in the above tables.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

It is important to note that station operating income, station expense, corporate expense, same station net revenues, same station expenses, same station operating income, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, adjusted net income per share and free cash flow are not measures of performance or liquidity calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Management believes that these measures are useful as a way to evaluate the Company and the means for management to evaluate our radio stations' performance and operations. Management believes that these measures are useful to an investor in evaluating our performance because they are widely used in the broadcast industry as a measure of a radio company's operating performance.

Certain adjusted non-GAAP financial measures are presented in this release (e.g., adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share). The adjustments exclude gain/loss on sale of assets, derivative instruments, and investments; non-cash compensation expense, other income, impairment loss and gain/loss on early extinguishment of debt. Management believes these adjusted non-GAAP measures provide useful information to Management and investors by excluding certain income, expenses and gains and losses that may not be indicative of the Company's core operating and financial results. Similarly, Management believes these adjusted measures are a useful performance measure because certain items included in the calculation of net income (loss) may either mask or exaggerate trends in the Company's ongoing operating performance. Further, the reconciliations corresponding to these adjusted measures, by identifying the individual adjustments, provide a useful mechanism for investors to consider these adjusted measures with some or all of the identified adjustments.

Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures on an ongoing basis to help track and assess the Company's financial performance. You, however, should not consider non-GAAP measures in isolation or as substitutes for net income (loss), operating income, or any other measure for determining our operating performance that is calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. These non-GAAP measures are not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies. The accompanying financial tables provide reconciliations to the nearest GAAP measure of all non-GAAP measures provided in this release.

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The information in this news release is being widely disseminated in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Commission's Regulation FD.

This news announcement contains certain forward-looking statements that are based upon current expectations and certain unaudited pro forma information that is presented for illustrative purposes only and involves certain risks and uncertainties within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Additional information and key risks are described in the Company's filings on Forms 8-K, 10-Q and 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers should note that these statements might be impacted by several factors including changes in the economic and regulatory climate and the business of radio broadcasting, in general. The unaudited pro forma information and same station operating data reflect adjustments and are presented for comparative purposes only and do not purport to be indicative of what has occurred or indicative of future operating results or financial position. Accordingly, the Company's actual performance may differ materially from those stated or implied herein. The Company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any unaudited pro forma or forward-looking statements.

    

Fourth Quarter 2012

Earnings Release
 

ENTERCOM COMMUNICATIONS CORP.

FINANCIAL DATA

(amounts in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

Year Ended
December 31,

2012201120122011

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 
Net Revenues$102,092$95,134$388,924$382,727
 
Station Expenses61,66360,255252,350262,644
Station Expense - Non-Cash Compensation151226584776
Corporate Expenses5,0964,75220,70419,714
Corporate Expenses - Non-Cash Compensation1,6191,2195,1706,895
Depreciation And Amortization2,5972,74110,83911,276
Impairment Loss--22,307-
Merger And Acquisition Costs---1,542
Net Time Brokerage Agreement Fees--238244
Net Loss On Sale Or Disposition of Assets 15 21 138 163
Total Operating Expenses71,14169,214312,330303,254
        
Operating Income 30,951 25,920 76,594 79,473
 
Other Expense (Income) Items:
Net Interest Expense12,5928,44253,44624,919
Net Loss On Extinguishment Of Debt7471,1447471,144
Net (Gain) Loss On Derivative Instruments-1,346(1,346)1,346
Net Loss On Investments733012330
Other Income (37) (16) (118) (32)
Total Other Expense 13,375 10,946 52,852 27,407
 
Income Before Income Taxes (Benefit)17,57614,97423,74252,066
Income Taxes (Benefit) 10,229 4,450 12,474 (14,211)
Net Income$7,347$10,524$11,268$66,277
 
Net Income Per Share - Basic$0.20$0.29$0.31$1.82
 
Net Income Per Share - Diluted$0.19$0.28$0.30$1.76
 
 

Weighted Common Shares Outstanding - Basic

 36,935 36,380 36,906 36,369
Weighted Common Shares Outstanding - Diluted 37,837 37,473 37,810 37,764
 

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION

 
Capital Expenditures$1,901$1,672$3,688$5,712
Income Taxes Paid$-$-$99$82
Cash Interest$19,500$4,708$48,568$18,393
 

SELECTED BALANCE SHEET DATA

December 31,
20122011
 
Cash And Cash Equivalents$8,923$3,625
Total Assets$915,581$919,269
Current Debt$22,418$3,778
Senior Debt (including Current Debt)$352,592$385,121
Senior Notes$217,349$217,103
Total Shareholders' Equity$264,717$248,911
 
OTHER FINANCIAL DATA
 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

Year Ended
December 31,

2012201120122011
 

Reconciliation Of GAAP Station Operating Expenses To Station Expenses

Station Operating Expenses$61,814$60,481$252,934$263,420
Station Expenses - Non-Cash Compensation (151) (226) (584) (776)
Station Expenses$61,663$60,255$252,350$262,644
 

Reconciliation Of GAAP Corporate General & Administrative Expenses To Corporate Expenses

Corporate General & Administrative Expenses$6,715$5,971$25,874$26,609
Corporate Expenses - Non-Cash Compensation (1,619) (1,219) (5,170) (6,895)
Corporate Expenses$5,096$4,752$20,704$19,714
 

Reconciliation Of GAAP Operating Income To Station Operating Income

Operating Income$30,951$25,920$76,594$79,473
Corporate Expenses5,0964,75220,70419,714
Corporate Expenses - Non-Cash Compensation1,6191,2195,1706,895
Station Expenses - Non-Cash Compensation151226584776
Depreciation And Amortization2,5972,74110,83911,276
Impairment Loss--22,307-
Merger And Acquisition Costs---1,542
Net Time Brokerage Agreement Fees--238244
Net Loss On Sale Or Disposition of Assets  Read Full Story

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