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Urban One, Inc. Reports First Quarter Results

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Urban One, Inc. (NASDAQ:UONEK and UONE) today reported its results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019.  Net revenue was approximately $98.4 million, a decrease of 1.2% from the same period in 2018. Broadcast and digital operating income1 was approximately $34.5 million, an increase of 6.1% from the same period in 2018. The Company reported operating income of approximately $16.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared to approximately $7.3 million for the same period in 2018. Net loss was approximately $6.7 million or $0.15 per share (basic) compared to net loss of approximately $22.6 million or $0.48 per share (basic) for the same period in 2018. Adjusted EBITDA2 was approximately $29.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared to approximately $28.5 million for the same period in 2018.

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Alfred C. Liggins, III, Urban One's CEO and President stated, "While our Radio division finished the quarter a little softer than expected, the Q2 pacings show a strong rebound, with April up mid-teens and Q2 overall pacing up high single-digits. TV One advertising revenues performed nicely, with ratings remaining relatively stable, and subscriber churn was largely offset by contractual rate increases. Our digital segment was impacted by the timing of a tent-pole event, which caused some revenue to spill over into Q2, however the reorganization of expenses that occurred at the end of 2018 meant that the division delivered a much improved EBITDA performance. Our investment in MGM National Harbor continues to perform well, with first quarter net gaming revenues up by 5.6% year over year. We remain focused on deleveraging, and during the first quarter we reduced indebtedness by $21.8 million."

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS











Three Months Ended March 31,



2019


2018

STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited)



(in thousands, except share data)







NET REVENUE

$                             98,449


$                           99,621


OPERATING EXPENSES





Programming and technical, excluding stock-based compensation

30,930


32,147


Selling, general and administrative, excluding stock-based compensation

33,028


34,977


Corporate selling, general and administrative, excluding stock-based
compensation

9,589


8,962


Stock-based compensation

511


1,376


Depreciation and amortization 

8,274


8,288


Impairment of long-lived assets

-


6,556


Total operating expenses 

82,332


92,306


             Operating income

16,117


7,315


INTEREST INCOME

23


144


INTEREST EXPENSE

22,151


19,281


GAIN ON RETIREMENT OF DEBT

-


(239)


OTHER INCOME, net

(1,721)


(1,901)


Loss before provision for income taxes and noncontrolling
interest in income of subsidiaries 

(4,290)


(9,682)


PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES

2,248


12,840


CONSOLIDATED NET LOSS

(6,538)


(22,522)


NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS

125


33


CONSOLIDATED NET LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO COMMON
STOCKHOLDERS

$                             (6,663)


$                         (22,555)







AMOUNTS ATTRIBUTABLE TO COMMON STOCKHOLDERS





CONSOLIDATED NET LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO COMMON
STOCKHOLDERS

$                             (6,663)


$                         (22,555)







Weighted average shares outstanding - basic3

45,001,767


46,757,386


Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted4

45,001,767


46,757,386

 

 






Three Months Ended March 31,


2019


2018

PER SHARE DATA - basic and diluted:

(unaudited)


(unaudited)


(in thousands, except per share data)





    Consolidated net loss attributable to common stockholders (basic)

$                        (0.15)


$                      (0.48)





    Consolidated net loss attributable to common stockholders (diluted)

$                        (0.15)


$                      (0.48)





SELECTED OTHER DATA




Broadcast and digital operating income 1

$                      34,491


$                    32,497

Broadcast and digital operating income margin (% of net revenue)

35.0%


32.6%





Broadcast and digital operating income reconciliation:








    Consolidated net loss attributable to common stockholders

$                      (6,663)


$                  (22,555)

    Add back non-broadcast and digital operating income items included in consolidated net
loss:




Interest income

(23)


(144)

Interest expense

22,151


19,281

Provision for income taxes

2,248


12,840

Corporate selling, general and administrative expenses

9,589


8,962

Stock-based compensation

511


1,376

Gain on retirement of debt

-


(239)

Other income, net

(1,721)


(1,901)

Depreciation and amortization

8,274


8,288

Noncontrolling interest in income of subsidiaries

125


33

Impairment of long-lived assets

-


6,556

Broadcast and digital operating income

$                      34,491


$                    32,497





Adjusted EBITDA2

$                      29,037


$                    28,489





Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation:








  Consolidated net loss attributable to common stockholders:

$                      (6,663)


$                  (22,555)

Interest income

(23)


(144)

Interest expense

22,151


19,281

Provision for income taxes

2,248


12,840

Depreciation and amortization

8,274


8,288

EBITDA

$                      25,987


$                    17,710

Stock-based compensation

511


1,376

Gain on retirement of debt

-


(239)

Other income, net

(1,721)


(1,901)

Noncontrolling interest in income of subsidiaries

125


33

Employment Agreement Award, incentive plan award expenses and other compensation

1,909


1,588

Contingent consideration from acquisition

77


1,530

Severance-related costs

420


198

Cost method investment income from MGM National Harbor

1,729


1,638

Impairment of long-lived assets

-


6,556

Adjusted EBITDA

$                      29,037


$                    28,489

 

 


March 31, 2019


December 31, 2018

(unaudited) 





(in thousands)

SELECTED BALANCE SHEET DATA:



Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash

$                      6,445


$                   15,890


Intangible assets, net

909,840


916,824


Total assets

1,265,217


1,237,409


Total debt (including current portion, net of original issue discount and issuance costs)

891,572


912,463


Total liabilities

1,077,319


1,048,477


Total stockholders' equity

177,497


178,700


Redeemable noncontrolling interest

10,401


10,232








March 31, 2019


Applicable Interest
Rate


(in thousands)



SELECTED LEVERAGE DATA:



2017 Credit Facility, net of original issue discount and issuance costs of approximately
$6.8 million (subject to variable rates) (a)

$                  316,677


6.50%


7.375% senior secured notes due April 2022, net of original issue discount and issuance
costs of approximately $3.3 million (fixed rate)

346,896


7.375%


2018 Credit Facility, net of original issue discount and issuance costs of approximately
$4.7 million (fixed rate)

176,976


12.875%


MGM National Harbor Loan, net of original issue discount and issuance costs of
approximately $2.7 million (fixed rate)

48,023


11.00%


Asset-backed credit facility (subject to variable rates) (a)

3,000


6.00%


 (a)       Subject to variable Libor or Prime plus a spread that is incorporated into the applicable interest rate set forth above.

 

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements represent management's current expectations and are based upon information available to Urban One at the time of this release. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond Urban One's control, that may cause the actual results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are described in Urban One's reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). Urban One does not undertake any duty to update any forward-looking statements.

Net revenue consists of gross revenue, net of local and national agency and outside sales representative commissions. Agency and outside sales representative commissions are calculated based on a stated percentage applied to gross billing.

 



Three Months Ended March 31,










2019


2018


$ Change



% Change



  (Unaudited)









(in thousands)







Net Revenue:














Radio Advertising


$

42,439


$

44,622


$

(2,183)



-4.9%


Political Advertising



123



200



(77)



-38.5%


Digital Advertising



7,437



8,146



(709)



-8.7%


Cable Television Advertising



20,193



18,936



1,257



6.6%


Cable Television Affiliate Fees



27,475



27,250



225



0.8%


Event Revenues & Other



782



467



315



67.5%
















Net Revenue (as reported)


$

98,449


$

99,621


$

(1,172)



-1.2%



 

Net revenue decreased to approximately $98.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, from approximately $99.6 million for the same period in 2018. Net revenues from our radio broadcasting segment decreased 7.0% compared to the same period in 2018. We experienced net revenue declines most significantly in our Baltimore, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and Richmond markets, with our Atlanta and Washington DC markets experiencing growth for the quarter. We recognized approximately $47.8 million of revenue from our cable television segment during the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared to approximately $46.2 million for the same period in 2018, with an increase primarily in advertising sales. Net revenue from our Reach Media segment increased 7.0% for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, compared to the same period in 2018 due to better inventory utilization. Finally, net revenues for our digital segment decreased $709,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared to the same period in 2018, primarily due to a decrease in direct revenues and timing of events.

Operating expenses, excluding depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation and impairment of long-lived assets, decreased to approximately $73.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, down 3.3% from the approximately $76.1 million incurred for the comparable quarter in 2018. The overall operating expense decrease was driven primarily by lower programming and technical expenses as well as lower selling, general and administrative expenses, which were partially offset by an increase in corporate selling, general and administrative expenses.

Depreciation and amortization expense decreased 0.2% for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, primarily due to the mix of assets approaching or near the end of their useful lives.

Interest expense increased to approximately $22.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, compared to approximately $19.3 million for the same period in 2018. During the quarter ended March 31, 2019, upon adoption of ASC 842, the Company recorded interest expense of approximately $1.3 million on its operating leases. The Company made cash interest payments of approximately $13.2 million on its outstanding debt for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, compared to cash interest payments of approximately $18.4 million on its outstanding debt for the quarter ended March 31, 2018. On December 20, 2018, the Company closed on a new $192.0 million unsecured credit facility (the "2018 Credit Facility") and a new $50.0 million loan secured by its interest in the MGM National Harbor Casino (the "MGM National Harbor Loan"). On January 17, 2019, the Company announced that it had given the required notice under the indenture governing its 2020 Notes to redeem for cash all the outstanding aggregate principal amount of its Notes to the extent outstanding on February 15, 2019 (the "Redemption Date"). The redemption price for the Notes was 100.0% of the principal amount of the Notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest to the Redemption Date. In addition, on February 15, 2019, upon redemption of the remaining 2020 Notes, the Comcast Note was paid in full and retired. As of March 31, 2019, the Company had approximately $3.0 million in borrowings outstanding on its ABL Facility.

The gain on retirement of debt of $239,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, was due to the redemption of approximately $11 million of our 2020 Notes at a discount.

The impairment of long-lived assets for the three months ended March 31, 2018, was related to a non-cash impairment charge of approximately $2.7 million recorded to reduce the carrying value of our Charlotte goodwill balance and a charge of approximately $3.8 million associated with our Detroit market radio broadcasting licenses.

During the three months ended March 31, 2019, the provision for income taxes decreased to approximately $2.2 million compared to a provision for income taxes of approximately $12.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018. The decrease in the provision for income taxes was primarily due to discrete tax provision adjustments to state net operating losses estimated at December 31, 2018, for which the Company expects to recognize in future periods. For the three months ended March 31, 2019, the income tax provision consisted of deferred tax expense of approximately $2.2 million. For the three months ended March 31, 2018, the income tax provision consisted of deferred tax expense of approximately $12.8 million and current provision benefit of $17,000. The tax provision resulted in an effective tax rate of (52.4)% and (132.6)% for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. The Company paid $91,000 and $748,000 in taxes for the quarters ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

Other income, net, was approximately $1.7 million and $1.9 million for the quarters ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. For the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, the Company recognized approximately $1.7 million and $1.6 million, respectively, of cost method investment income from its MGM investment.

The increase in noncontrolling interests in income of subsidiaries was due primarily to higher net income recognized by Reach Media during the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared to the same period in 2018.

Other pertinent financial information includes capital expenditures of $707,000 and $914,000 for the quarters ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively. 

During the three months ended March 31, 2019, the Company repurchased 22,380 shares of Class A common stock in the amount of $50,000 and repurchased 369,000 shares of Class D common stock in the amount of $755,000. During the three months ended March 31, 2018, the Company did not repurchase any Class A common stock and repurchased 1,000,455 shares of Class D common stock in the amount of approximately $1.9 million.

The Company, in connection with its 2009 stock plan, is authorized to purchase shares of Class D common stock to satisfy employee tax obligations in connection with the vesting of share grants under the plan. During the three months ended March 31, 2019, the Company executed a Stock Vest Tax Repurchase of 852,000 shares of Class D Common Stock in the amount of approximately $1.6 million. During the three months ended March 31, 2018, the Company executed a Stock Vest Tax Repurchase of 567,791 shares of Class D Common Stock in the amount of approximately $1.0 million.

Supplemental Financial Information:

For comparative purposes, the following more detailed, unaudited statements of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018 are included.






Three Months Ended March 31, 2019






(in thousands, unaudited)








































Radio  


Reach




Cable


Corporate/






Consolidated

Broadcasting

Media


Digital

Television

Eliminations







STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS:






























NET REVENUE

$

98,449

$

36,749

$

6,973

$

7,437

$

47,823

$

(533)


OPERATING EXPENSES:














Programming and technical 


30,930


9,696


4,064


2,897


14,749


(476)


Selling, general and administrative


33,028


17,096


1,539


4,631


9,813


(51)


Corporate selling, general and administrative


9,589


-


735


1


1,408


7,445


Stock-based compensation


511


95


14


16


6


380


Depreciation and amortization


8,274


869


59


461


6,575


310


Total operating expenses


82,332


27,756


6,411


8,006


32,551


7,608


           Operating income (loss) 


16,117


8,993


562


(569)


15,272


(8,141)


INTEREST INCOME


23


-


-


-


-


23


INTEREST EXPENSE


22,151


1,194


77


71


2,117


18,692


OTHER INCOME, net


(1,721)


2


-


-


-


(1,723)


(Loss) income before provision for (benefit from) income taxes and
noncontrolling interest in income of subsidiaries 


(4,290)


7,797


485


(640)


13,155


(25,087)


PROVISION FOR (BENEFIT FROM) INCOME TAXES


2,248


1,993


113


2


3,298


(3,158)


CONSOLIDATED NET (LOSS) INCOME 


(6,538)


5,804


372


(642)


9,857


(21,929)


NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS


125


-


-


-


-


125


NET (LOSS) INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO COMMON STOCKHOLDERS

$

(6,663)

$

5,804

$

372

$

(642)

$

9,857

$

(22,054)


















Adjusted EBITDA2

$

29,037

$

10,124

$

653

$

170

$

21,868

$

(3,778)


 






Three Months Ended March 31, 2018






(in thousands, unaudited)








































Radio  


Reach




Cable


Corporate/






Consolidated

Broadcasting

Media


Digital

Television

Eliminations







STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS:






























NET REVENUE

$

99,621

$

39,513

$

6,520

$

8,146

$

46,186

$

(744)


OPERATING EXPENSES:














Programming and technical 


32,147


9,643


4,286


3,479


14,811


(72)


Selling, general and administrative


34,977


17,420


1,440


6,906


9,883


(672)


Corporate selling, general and administrative


8,962


-


757


1


1,969


6,235


Stock-based compensation


1,376


178


18


59


3


1,118


Depreciation and amortization


8,288


870


63


476


6,557


322


Impairment of long-lived assets


6,556


6,556


-


-


-


-


Total operating expenses


92,306


34,667


6,564


10,921


33,223


6,931


           Operating income (loss) 


7,315


4,846


(44)


(2,775)


12,963


(7,675)


INTEREST INCOME


144


-


-


-


-


144


INTEREST EXPENSE


19,281


338


-


-


1,919


17,024


GAIN ON RETIREMENT OF DEBT


(239)


-


-


-


-


(239)


OTHER INCOME, net


(1,901)


(219)


-


-


-


(1,682)


(Loss) income before provision for (benefit from) income taxes and
noncontrolling interest in income of subsidiaries 


(9,682)


4,727


(44)


(2,775)


11,044


(22,634)


PROVISION FOR (BENEFIT FROM) INCOME TAXES


12,840


1,116


50


(509)


2,705


9,478


CONSOLIDATED NET (LOSS) INCOME 


(22,522)


3,611


(94)


(2,266)


8,339


(32,112)


NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS


33


-


-


-


-


33


NET (LOSS) INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO COMMON STOCKHOLDERS

$

(22,555)

$

3,611

$

(94)

$

(2,266)

$

8,339

$

(32,145)


















Adjusted EBITDA2

$

28,489

$

12,605

$

37

$

(696)

$

19,920

$

(3,377)


Urban One, Inc. will hold a conference call to discuss its results for the first fiscal quarter of 2019. The conference call is scheduled for Thursday, May 09, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. EDT. To participate on this call, U.S. callers may dial toll-free 1-800-230-1092; international callers may dial direct (+1) 612-288-0340.

A replay of the conference call will be available from 12:00 p.m. EDT May 09, 2019 until 11:59 a.m. EDT May 11, 2019. Callers may access the replay by calling 1-800-475-6701; international callers may dial direct (+1) 320-365-3844. The replay Access Code is 466683.

Access to live audio and a replay of the conference call will also be available on Urban One's corporate website at www.urban1.com. The replay will be made available on the website for seven days after the call.

Urban One, Inc. (urban1.com), together with its subsidiaries, is the largest diversified media company that primarily targets Black Americans and urban consumers in the United States. The Company owns TV One, LLC (tvone.tv), a television network serving more than 59 million households, offering a broad range of original programming, classic series and movies designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. As one of the nation's largest radio broadcasting companies, Urban One currently owns and/or operates 60 broadcast stations (including all HD stations, translator stations and the low power television station we operate) branded under the tradename "Radio One" in 15 urban markets in the United States. Through its controlling interest in Reach Media, Inc. (blackamericaweb.com), the Company also operates syndicated programming including the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, the Russ Parr Morning Show and the DL Hughley Show.  In addition to its radio and television broadcast assets, Urban One owns iOne Digital (ionedigital.com), our wholly owned digital platform serving the African-American community through social content, news, information, and entertainment websites, including its Cassius, Bossip, HipHopWired and MadameNoire digital platforms and brands. We also have invested in a minority ownership interest in MGM National Harbor, a gaming resort located in Prince George's County, Maryland. Through our national multi-media operations, we provide advertisers with a unique and powerful delivery mechanism to the African-American and urban audiences.

Notes:

1              "Broadcast and digital operating income" consists of net (loss) income before depreciation and amortization, corporate selling, general and administrative expenses, stock-based compensation, income taxes, noncontrolling interest in income (loss) of subsidiaries, interest expense, impairment of long-lived assets, other (income) expense, loss (gain) on retirement of debt, gain on sale-leaseback and interest income. Broadcast and digital operating income is not a measure of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles. Nevertheless, broadcast and digital operating income is a significant measure used by our management to evaluate the operating performance of our core operating segments because broadcast and digital operating income provides helpful information about our results of operations apart from expenses associated with our fixed assets and long-lived intangible assets, income taxes, investments, debt financings and retirements, overhead, stock-based compensation, impairment charges, and asset sales. Our measure of broadcast and digital operating income is similar to industry use of station operating income; however, it reflects our more diverse business and therefore is not completely analogous to "station operating income" or other similarly titled measures used by other companies. Broadcast and digital operating income does not purport to represent operating income or cash flow from operating activities, as those terms are defined under generally accepted accounting principles, and should not be considered as an alternative to those measurements as an indicator of our performance. A reconciliation of net income (loss) to broadcast and digital operating income has been provided in this release.

2              "Adjusted EBITDA" consists of net loss plus (1) depreciation, amortization, income taxes, interest expense, noncontrolling interest in (loss) income of subsidiaries, impairment of long-lived assets, stock-based compensation, (gain) loss on retirement of debt, gain on sale-leaseback, Employment Agreement and incentive plan award expenses and other compensation, contingent consideration from acquisition, severance-related costs, cost investment income, less (2) other income and interest income. Net income before interest income, interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization is commonly referred to in our business as "EBITDA." Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA are not measures of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles. However, we believe Adjusted EBITDA is often a useful measure of a company's operating performance and is a significant measure used by our management to evaluate the operating performance of our business because Adjusted EBITDA excludes charges for depreciation, amortization and interest expense that have resulted from our acquisitions and debt financing, our taxes, impairment charges, and gain on retirements of debt. Accordingly, we believe that Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information about the operating performance of our business, apart from the expenses associated with our fixed assets and long-lived intangible assets or capital structure. EBITDA is frequently used as one of the measures for comparing businesses in the broadcasting industry, although our measure of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, including, but not limited to the fact that our definition includes the results of all four segments (radio broadcasting, Reach Media, digital and cable television).  Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA do not purport to represent operating income or cash flow from operating activities, as those terms are defined under generally accepted accounting principles, and should not be considered as alternatives to those measurements as an indicator of our performance. A reconciliation of net income (loss) to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA has been provided in this release.

3              For the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, Urban One had 45,001,767 and 46,757,386 shares of common stock outstanding on a weighted average basis (basic), respectively. 

4              For the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, Urban One had 45,001,767 and 46,757,386 shares of common stock outstanding on a weighted average basis (fully diluted for outstanding stock awards), respectively. 

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