EX-99.1 2 cmls06302015earningsrelease.htm EXHIBIT 99.1 CMLS 06.30.2015 Earnings Release


Exhibit 99.1


 
CUMULUS MEDIA INC.

Cumulus Reports Operating Results for Second Quarter 2015

ATLANTA, GA — July 30, 2015: Cumulus Media Inc. (NASDAQ: CMLS) (the “Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) today announced operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015

Second Quarter 2015 Operating Summary (in thousands, except percentages and per share data):
 
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
 
% Change
Net revenue
 
$
299,334

 
$
328,247

 
(8.8
)%
Adjusted EBITDA (1)
 
$
80,815

 
$
100,522

 
(19.6
)%
Basic and diluted EPS
 
$0.05
 
$0.06
 
 

 
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
 
% Change
Net revenue
 
$
570,413

 
$
620,291

 
(8.0
)%
Adjusted EBITDA (1)
 
$
125,478

 
$
159,268

 
(21.2
)%
Basic EPS
 
$0.00
 
$0.03
 
 
Diluted EPS
 
$0.00
 
$0.02
 
 

Other Financial Information
 
 
As of
 
 
June 30, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
 
% Change
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
32,734

 
$
7,271

 
350.2
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     Term loans
 
$
1,903,875

 
$
1,903,875

 
%
     7.75% Senior Notes
 
610,000

 
610,000

 
%
Total debt
 
$
2,513,875

 
$
2,513,875

 
%

 
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
Capital expenditures
 
$
4,765

 
$
9,913



(1)
Adjusted EBITDA is not a financial measure calculated or presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). For additional information, see “Non-GAAP Financial Measure and Definition” and “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure to Most Directly Comparable GAAP Measure” included herein.







Results for Second Quarter 2015

Net Revenue

The following table presents our net revenue by category (dollars in thousands).
 
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
 
% Change
Revenue:
 
 
 
 
 
 
     Broadcast advertising
 
$
275,769

 
$
300,984

 
(8.4
)%
     Digital advertising
 
10,426

 
12,946

 
(19.5
)%
     Political advertising
 
1,397

 
3,782

 
(63.1
)%
     License fees & other
 
11,742

 
10,535

 
11.5
 %
Net revenue
 
$
299,334

 
$
328,247

 
(8.8
)%

The following table presents our broadcast advertising revenue by source (dollars in thousands).
 
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
 
% Change
Broadcast advertising:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Local
 
$
169,817

 
$
176,675

 
(3.9
)%
National
 
26,418

 
29,617

 
(10.8
)%
Network
 
79,534

 
94,692

 
(16.0
)%
 
 
$
275,769

 
$
300,984

 
(8.4
)%

Earnings Call Information
Cumulus Media Inc. will host a teleconference today at 4:30 PM eastern time to discuss its second quarter 2015 operating results. The conference call dial-in number for domestic callers is 877-830-7699. International callers should dial 660-422-3366 for conference call access.

Please call five to ten minutes in advance to ensure that you are connected prior to the presentation. The call also may be accessed via webcast at www.cumulus.com.

Following completion of the call, a replay can be accessed until 11:30 PM eastern time, August 30, 2015. Domestic callers can access the replay by dialing 855-859-2056, replay code 80592239#. International callers should dial 404-537-3406 for conference replay access.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this release may constitute “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. Such statements are statements other than historical fact and relate to our intent, belief or current expectations primarily with respect to certain historical and our future operating, financial, and strategic performance. Any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and may involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those contained in or implied by the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to risks and uncertainties relating to the need for additional funds to service our debt and to execute our business strategy, our ability to access borrowings under our revolving credit facility, our ability from time to time to renew one or more of our broadcast licenses, changes in interest rates, changes in the fair value of our investments, the timing of, and our ability to complete any acquisitions or dispositions pending from time to time, costs and synergies resulting from the integration of any completed acquisitions, our ability to effectively manage costs, our ability to manage growth, the popularity of radio as a broadcasting and advertising medium, changing consumer tastes, the impact of general economic conditions in the United States or in specific markets in which we currently do business, industry conditions, including existing competition and future competitive technologies and cancellation, disruptions or postponements of advertising schedules in response to national or world events, our ability to generate revenues from new sources, including local commerce and technology-based initiatives, the impact of regulatory rules or proceedings that may affect our business, or any acquisitions, from time to time, other risk factors described from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 (the “2014 Form 10-K”) and any subsequently filed Forms 10-Q. Many of these risks and uncertainties are beyond our control, and the unexpected occurrence or





failure to occur of any such events or matters could significantly alter our actual results of operations or financial condition. Cumulus Media Inc. assumes no responsibility to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Cumulus Media Inc. [NASDAQ: CMLS]
Cumulus Media Inc. (CMLS) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands in order to deliver premium choices for listeners, provide substantial reach for advertisers and create opportunities for shareholders. As the largest pure-play radio broadcaster in the United States, Cumulus provides exclusive content that is fully distributed through approximately 460 owned-and-operated stations in 90 U.S. media markets (including eight of the top 10), approximately 8,500 broadcast radio affiliates and numerous digital channels. Cumulus believes it is well-positioned in the widening digital audio space through a significant stake in the Rdio digital music service, featuring over 30 million songs on-demand in addition to custom playlists and exclusive curated channels. Cumulus is also the leading provider of country music and lifestyle content through its NASH brand, which serves country fans through radio programming, NASH magazine, concerts, licensed products and television/video. For more information, visit www.cumulus.com

For further information, please contact:
Cumulus Media Inc.
J.P. Hannan
Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
404-260-6600
jp.hannan@cumulus.com





CUMULUS MEDIA INC.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
 
 
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
Net revenue
 
$
299,334

 
$
328,247

 
$
570,413

 
$
620,291

Operating expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Content costs
 
91,019

 
101,802

 
191,826

 
210,295

Selling, general & administrative expenses
 
118,548

 
118,389

 
234,855

 
233,724

Depreciation and amortization
 
25,724

 
29,071

 
51,035

 
57,952

LMA fees
 
2,572

 
1,648

 
5,070

 
3,205

Corporate expenses (including stock-based compensation expense of $3,880, $4,154, $7,743, $8,245 respectively)
 
12,496

 
19,264

 
25,963

 
38,458

(Gain) loss on sale of assets or stations
 
(84
)
 
(360
)
 
735

 
(898
)
Impairment charges - equity interest in Pulser Media Inc.
 
1,056

 

 
1,056

 

Total operating expenses
 
251,331

 
269,814

 
510,540

 
542,736

Operating income
 
48,003

 
58,433

 
59,873

 
77,555

Non-operating (expense) income:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest expense
 
(35,412
)
 
(36,468
)
 
(70,396
)
 
(72,733
)
Interest income
 
27

 
342

 
385

 
672

Other income, net
 
12,373

 
3,593

 
12,757

 
3,529

Total non-operating expense, net
 
(23,012
)
 
(32,533
)
 
(57,254
)
 
(68,532
)
Income before income taxes
 
24,991

 
25,900

 
2,619

 
9,023

Income tax expense
 
(12,692
)
 
(10,763
)
 
(2,335
)
 
(3,155
)
Net income
 
$
12,299

 
$
15,137

 
$
284

 
$
5,868

Basic and diluted income per common share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic: Income per share
 
$0.05
 
$0.06
 
$0.00
 
$0.03
Diluted: Income per share
 
$0.05
 
$0.06
 
$0.00
 
$0.02
Weighted average basic common shares outstanding
 
233,278,660

 
224,456,934

 
233,202,282

 
220,104,481

Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding
 
233,486,283

 
229,069,397

 
233,452,205

 
226,180,298



        







Non-GAAP Financial Measure and Definition
We utilize certain financial measures that are not prepared or calculated in accordance with GAAP to assess our financial performance and profitability. The non-GAAP financial measure used in this release is Adjusted EBITDA.

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) before any non-operating expenses, including depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, gain or loss on sale of assets or stations (if any), gain or loss on derivative instruments (if any), impairment of assets (if any), acquisition-related and restructuring costs (if any) and franchise and state taxes.

Adjusted EBITDA is the financial metric utilized by management to analyze the cash flow generated by our business. This measure isolates the amount of income generated by our core operations after the incurrence of corporate, general and administrative expenses. Management also uses this measure to determine the contribution of our core operations, including the corporate resources employed to manage the operations, to the funding of our other operating expenses and to the funding of debt service and acquisitions. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA is a key metric for purposes of calculating and determining our compliance with certain covenants contained in our credit facility.

In deriving this measure, management excludes depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense, as these do not represent cash payments for activities directly related to our core operations. Management excludes any gain or loss on the exchange or sale of any assets or stations as it does not represent a cash transaction. Management also excludes any gain or loss on derivative instruments as it does not represent a cash transaction nor are they associated with core operations. Expenses relating to acquisitions and restructuring costs are also excluded from the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA as they are not directly related to our core operations. Management excludes any impairment of assets as they do not require a cash outlay.

Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA, although not a measure that is calculated in accordance with GAAP, nevertheless is commonly employed by the investment community as a measure for determining the market value of media companies. Management has also observed that Adjusted EBITDA is routinely employed to evaluate and negotiate the potential purchase price for media companies and is a key metric for purposes of calculating and determining compliance with certain covenants in our credit facility. Given the relevance to our overall value, management believes that investors consider the metric to be extremely useful.

Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income, operating income, cash flows from operating activities or any other measure for determining the Company’s operating performance or liquidity that is calculated in accordance with GAAP.










The following table reconciles net income, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, to Adjusted EBITDA for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014 (dollars in thousands):
 
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
Net income
 
$
12,299

 
$
15,137

Income tax expense
 
12,692

 
10,763

Non-operating expenses, including interest expense
 
23,012

 
32,533

LMA fees
 
2,572

 
1,648

Depreciation and amortization
 
25,724

 
29,071

Stock-based compensation expense
 
3,880

 
4,154

Gain on sale of assets or stations
 
(84
)
 
(360
)
Impairment charges - equity interest in Pulser Media Inc.
 
1,056

 

Acquisition-related and restructuring (benefit) costs
 
(603
)
 
7,277

Franchise and state taxes
 
267

 
299

Adjusted EBITDA
 
$
80,815

 
$
100,522


 
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
Net income
 
$
284

 
$
5,868

Income tax expense
 
2,335

 
3,155

Non-operating expenses, including interest expense
 
57,259

 
68,532

LMA fees
 
5,070

 
3,205

Depreciation and amortization
 
51,035

 
57,952

Stock-based compensation expense
 
7,743

 
8,245

Loss (gain) on sale of assets or stations
 
735

 
(898
)
Impairment charges - equity interest in Pulser Media Inc.
 
1,056

 

Acquisition-related and restructuring (benefit) costs
 
(603
)
 
12,660

Franchise and state taxes
 
564

 
549

Adjusted EBITDA
 
$
125,478

 
$
159,268


The following table presents our net revenue by category for each quarter during the year ending December 31, 2014 (dollars in thousands).
 
 
Q1
 
Q2
 
Q3
 
Q4
 
Year Ended December 31, 2014
Revenue:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Broadcast advertising
 
$
270,027

 
$
300,984

 
$
287,454

 
$
290,714

 
$
1,149,179

Digital advertising
 
9,647

 
12,946

 
12,632

 
17,457

 
52,682

Political advertising
 
2,175

 
3,782

 
4,341

 
10,676

 
20,974

Licenses fees & other
 
10,195

 
10,535

 
9,458

 
10,400

 
40,588

Net revenue
 
$
292,044

 
$
328,247

 
$
313,885

 
$
329,247

 
$
1,263,423









The following table presents our broadcast advertising revenue by source for each quarter during the year ending December 31, 2014 (dollars in thousands).
 
 
Q1
 
Q2
 
Q3
 
Q4
 
Year Ended December 31, 2014
Broadcast advertising:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Local
 
$
146,928

 
$
176,675

 
$
171,392

 
$
171,434

 
$
666,429

National
 
23,377

 
29,617

 
29,673

 
27,824

 
110,491

Network
 
99,722

 
94,692

 
86,389

 
91,456

 
372,259


 
$
270,027

 
$
300,984

 
$
287,454

 
$
290,714

 
$
1,149,179