Entercom Communications Corp. Reports Second Quarter Results

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BALA CYNWYD, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Entercom Communications Corp. (ETM) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013.

Second Quarter Highlights

  • Net revenues for the quarter decreased 3% to $101.2 million
  • Station expenses decreased 3% to $65.7 million
  • Station operating income decreased 4% to $35.5 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA decreased 4% to $30.7 million
  • Adjusted net income per share increased 8% to $0.26
  • Free cash flow decreased 2% to $18.9 million

David J. Field, President and Chief Executive Officer stated: “Strong expense management and reduced interest expense enabled Entercom to grow Adjusted Earnings per Share despite a decline in Revenues for the quarter. Notwithstanding our disappointing Revenues, we believe that we are well positioned to accelerate our performance later in the year based on our excellent ratings and our strong competitive position that has been further bolstered by a number of recent operational and strategic enhancements.”

Additional Information

The Company reduced its outstanding net senior debt and senior notes by $3.5 million during the quarter. As of June 30, 2013, the Company had $6.3 million in cash and $545.6 million of senior debt and senior notes.

During the quarter, the Company took a $0.9 million impairment related to the anticipated sale of non-core real estate in one of its markets. This land is now classified as assets held for sale on the Company’s balance sheet.

During the quarter, the Company recognized a $1.6 million gain related to the completion of its 2009 tower sale transaction.

Earnings Conference Call and Company Information

Entercom will hold a conference call regarding the quarterly earnings release on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Investors will have the opportunity to submit questions to the Company regarding the Second 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 800-510-0118 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. (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 Pelicans, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders 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.

 
Second Quarter 2013
Earnings Release
 
 
 

ENTERCOM COMMUNICATIONS CORP.

FINANCIAL DATA

(amounts in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

       
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
  2013       2012     2013     2012  

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 
Net Revenues $ 101,239   $   104,571   $ 179,599     184,537  
 
Station Expenses 65,741 67,570 123,601 127,137
Station Expense - Non-Cash Compensation 180 158 335 264
Corporate Expenses 4,845 5,039 10,085 10,376
Corporate Expenses - Non-Cash Compensation 776 1,163 1,763 2,454
Depreciation And Amortization 2,192 2,737 4,516 5,496
Impairment Loss 850 22,307 850 22,307
Net Time Brokerage Agreement Fees - 242 - 242
Net (Gain) Loss On Sale Or Disposition of Assets   (1,613 )     (13 )   (1,591 )   3  
Total Operating Expenses   72,971       99,203     139,559     168,279  
Operating Income   28,268       5,368     40,040     16,258  
 
Other Expense (Income) Items:
Net Interest Expense 11,310 13,496 22,784 27,569
Net Gain On Derivative Instruments - (558 ) - (1,346 )
Other Income   (62 )   (33 )   (93 )   (46 )
Total Other Expense   11,248     12,905     22,691     26,177  
 
Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes (Benefit) 17,020 (7,537 ) 17,349 (9,919 )
Income Taxes (Benefit)   7,127     (4,330 )   7,707     (5,663 )
Net Income (Loss) $ 9,893   $ (3,207 ) $ 9,642   $ (4,256 )
 
Net Income (Loss) Per Share - Basic $ 0.26   $   (0.09 ) $ 0.26   $ (0.12 )
Net Income (Loss) Per Share - Diluted $ 0.26   $   (0.09 ) $ 0.25   $ (0.12 )
 
Weighted Common Shares Outstanding - Basic   37,344       36,686     37,308     36,668  
Weighted Common Shares Outstanding - Diluted   38,103       36,686     38,201     36,668  
 

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION

 
Capital Expenditures $ 1,465   $   81   $ 2,428     962  
Income Taxes Paid $ 68   $   -   $ 69     99  
Cash Interest $ 17,293   $   18,937   $ 21,925     25,963  
 

SELECTED BALANCE SHEET DATA

June 30,
  2013       2012  
 
Cash And Cash Equivalents $ 6,339   $   6,741  
Total Assets $ 909,578   $   923,589  
Current Portion Of Senior Debt $ 18,027   $   15,738  
Senior Debt (including Current Debt) $ 328,077   $   393,607  
Senior Notes $ 217,483   $   217,223  
Total Shareholders' Equity $ 275,497   $   249,230  
 
 
OTHER FINANCIAL DATA
 
  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
  2013       2012     2013       2012  
 

Reconciliation Of GAAP Station Operating Expenses To Station Expenses

Station Operating Expenses $ 65,921 $ 67,728 $ 123,936 $ 127,401
Station Expenses - Non-Cash Compensation   (180 )   (158 )   (335 )   (264 )
Station Expenses $ 65,741   $ 67,570   $ 123,601   $ 127,137  
 

Reconciliation Of GAAP Corporate General & Administrative Expenses To Corporate Expenses

Corporate General & Administrative Expenses $ 5,621 $ 6,202 $ 11,848 $ 12,830
Corporate Expenses - Non-Cash Compensation   (776 )   (1,163 )   (1,763 )   (2,454 )
Corporate Expenses $ 4,845   $ 5,039   $ 10,085   $ 10,376  
 

Reconciliation Of GAAP Operating Income To Station Operating Income

Operating Income $ 28,268 $ 5,368 $ 40,040 $ 16,258
Corporate Expenses 4,845 5,039 10,085 10,376
Corporate Expenses - Non-Cash Compensation 776 1,163 1,763 2,454
Station Expenses - Non-Cash Compensation 180 158 335 264
Depreciation And Amortization 2,192 2,737 4,516 5,496
Impairment Loss 850 22,307 850 22,307
Net Time Brokerage Agreement Fees - 242 - 242
Net (Gain) Loss On Sale Or Disposition of Assets   (1,613 )   (13 )   (1,591 )   3  
Station Operating Income $ 35,498   $ 37,001   $ 55,998   $ 57,400  
 

Reconciliation Of GAAP Net Income (Loss) To Adjusted EBITDA

Net Income (Loss) $ 9,893 $ (3,207 ) $ 9,642 $ (4,256 )
Income Taxes (Benefit) 7,127 (4,330 ) 7,707 (5,663 )
Total Other Expense 11,248 12,905 22,691 26,177
Corporate Expenses - Non-Cash Compensation 776 1,163 1,763 2,454
Station Expenses - Non-Cash Compensation 180 158 335 264
Depreciation And Amortization 2,192 2,737 4,516 5,496
Impairment Loss 850 22,307 850 22,307
Net Time Brokerage Agreement Fees - 242 - 242
Net (Gain) Loss On Sale Or Disposition of Assets   (1,613 )   (13 )   (1,591 )   3  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 30,653   $ 31,962   $ 45,913   $ 47,024  
 
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
  2013     2012     2013     2012  
 

Reconciliation Of GAAP Net Income (Loss) To Free Cash Flow

Net Income (Loss) $ 9,893 $ (3,207 ) $ 9,642 $ (4,256 )
Depreciation And Amortization 2,192 2,737 4,516 5,496
Impairment Loss 850 22,307 850 22,307
Deferred Financing Costs Included In Interest Expense 1,010 1,054 2,053 2,172

Amortization Of Original Issue Discount Included In Interest Expense

68 61 133 120
Non-Cash Compensation Expense 956 1,321 2,098 2,718
Net (Gain) Loss On Sale Or Disposition of Assets (1,613 ) (13 ) (1,591 ) 3
Net Gain On Derivative Instruments - (558 ) - (1,346 )
Other Income (62 ) (33 ) (93 ) (46 )
Income Taxes (Benefit) 7,127 (4,330 ) 7,707 (5,663 )
Capital Expenditures (1,465 ) (81 ) (2,428 ) (962 )
Income Taxes Paid   (68 )   -     (69 )   (99 )
Free Cash Flow $ 18,888   $ 19,258   $ 22,818   $ 20,444  
 

Reconciliation Of GAAP Operating Income To Free Cash Flow:

Operating Income $ 28,268 $ 5,368 $ 40,040 $ 16,258
Depreciation and Amortization 2,192 2,737 4,516 5,496
Non-Cash Compensation Expense 956 1,321 2,098 2,718
Impairment Loss 850 22,307 850 22,307

Interest Expense, Net of Interest Income, Deferred Financing Costs & OID

(10,232 ) (12,381 ) (20,598 ) (25,277 )
Capital Expenditures (1,465 ) (81 ) (2,428 ) (962 )
Net (Gain) Loss On Sale Or Disposition of Assets (1,613 ) (13 ) (1,591 ) 3
Income Taxes Paid   (68 )   -     (69 )   (99 )
Free Cash Flow $ 18,888   $ 19,258   $ 22,818   $ 20,444  
 

Reconciliation Of GAAP Net Income (Loss) To Adjusted Net Income

Net Income (Loss) $ 9,893 $ (3,207 ) $ 9,642 $ (4,256 )
Income Taxes (Benefit) 7,127 (4,330 ) 7,707 (5,663 )
Net (Gain) Loss On Sale Or Disposition of Assets (1,613 ) (13 ) (1,591 ) 3
Impairment Loss 850 22,307 850 22,307
Net Gain On Derivative Instruments - (558 ) - (1,346 )
Other Income (62 ) (33 ) (93 ) (46 )
Non-Cash Compensation Expense   956     1,321     2,098     2,718  
Adjusted Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes (Benefit) 17,151 15,487 18,613 13,717
Income Taxes (Benefit)   7,203     6,505     7,817     5,761  
Adjusted Net Income $ 9,948   $ 8,982   $ 10,796   $ 7,956  
 

Weighted Average Diluted Shares Outstanding

Weighted Average Diluted Shares Outstanding - Diluted, As Reported 38,103 36,686 38,201 36,668

Shares Considered Anti-Dilutive When Reporting A Net Loss

  -     913   -   1,025  
Weighted Average Diluted Shares Outstanding - Diluted   38,103     37,599   38,201   37,693  
 
Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Per Share - Diluted $ 0.26   $ 0.24   $ 0.28   $ 0.21  
 

Contact:
Entercom Communications Corp.
Steve Fisher
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
610-660-5647

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