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Emmis Announces First Quarter Earnings

 

July 13, 2017 --

INDIANAPOLIS, July 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Emmis Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: EMMS) today announced results for its first fiscal quarter ending May 31, 2017. 

Emmis' radio net revenues for the first fiscal quarter were $38.7 million, down from $42.7 million in the prior year. Excluding KPWR in Los Angeles, Emmis' radio revenues per Miller Kaplan (which excludes barter and syndication revenues as well as radio stations in Terre Haute, Indiana sold in the prior fiscal year), were down 6.7% in markets that were down 1.4%. Emmis' Austin and St. Louis clusters outperformed their markets.

During the quarter, Emmis entered into an agreement to sell KPWR-FM in Los Angeles to an affiliate of the Meruelo Group for $82.75 million. The Local Marketing Agreement (LMA) for the station began July 1, 2017 and initial FCC approval of the license transfer to the Meruelo Group has been received. Closing is expected to occur in the next 30-60 days. Once the sale of Power 106 closes, the company's senior credit facility debt will be reduced by approximately 50%.


"Emmis made difficult but necessary decisions in our first fiscal quarter decisions that give us additional flexibility to address market challenges and opportunities," Jeff Smulyan, CEO & Chairman of the Board of Emmis said. "Our second fiscal quarter started strong with June up 5%, as record-setting ticket sales for our largest concert, Summer Jam in New York, provided a nice boost. While early, both July and August are showing that our performance is improving."

A conference call regarding earnings will be hosted today at 9 a.m. Eastern today by dialing 1-517-623-4891. Questions may be submitted via email to [email protected]. A digital playback of the call will be available until Thursday, July 20 by dialing 1-402-998-1256.

Emmis has included supplemental pro forma net revenues, station operating expenses, and certain other financial data on its website, www.emmis.com under the "Investors" tab.

Emmis generally evaluates the performance of its operating entities based on station operating income. Management believes that station operating income is useful to investors because it provides a meaningful comparison of operating performance between companies in the industry and serves as an indicator of the market value of a group of stations or publishing entities. Station operating income is generally recognized by the broadcast and publishing industries as a measure of performance and is used by analysts who report on the performance of broadcasting and publishing groups. Station operating income does not take into account Emmis' debt service requirements and other commitments, and, accordingly, station operating income is not necessarily indicative of amounts that may be available for dividends, reinvestment in Emmis' business or other discretionary uses.

Station operating income is not a measure of liquidity or of performance, in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, and should be viewed as a supplement to, and not a substitute for, our results of operations presented on the basis of accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. Operating Income is the most directly comparable financial measure in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. 

Moreover, station operating income is not a standardized measure and may be calculated in a number of ways. Emmis defines station operating income as revenues net of agency commissions and station operating expenses, excluding depreciation, amortization and non-cash compensation.  A reconciliation of station operating income to operating income is attached to this press release. 

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

Emmis Communications Great Media, Great People, Great Service®
Emmis Communications Corporation is a diversified media company, principally focused on radio broadcasting. Emmis owns 16 FM and 3 AM radio stations in New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Austin (Emmis has a 50.1% controlling interest in Emmis' radio stations located there) and Indianapolis. Emmis also developed and licenses TagStation®, a cloud-based software platform that allows a broadcaster to manage album art, metadata and enhanced advertising on its various broadcasts, and developed NextRadio®, a smartphone application that marries over-the-air FM radio broadcasts with visual and interactive features on smartphones.

Note: Certain statements included in this press release which are not statements of historical fact, including but not limited to those identified with the words "expect," "will" or "look" are intended to be, and are, by this Note, identified as "forward-looking statements," as defined in the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future result, performance or achievement expressed or implied by such forward-looking statement. Such factors include, among others:

  • general economic and business conditions;
  • fluctuations in the demand for advertising and demand for different types of advertising media;
  • our ability to service our outstanding debt;
  • competition from new or different technologies;
  • increased competition in our markets and the broadcasting industry including our competitors changing the format of a station they operate to more directly compete with a station we operate in the same market;
  • our ability to attract and secure programming, on-air talent, writers and photographers;
  • inability to obtain (or to obtain timely) necessary approvals for purchase or sale transactions or to complete the transactions for other reasons generally beyond our control;
  • increases in the costs of programming, including on-air talent;
  • inability to grow through suitable acquisitions or to consummate dispositions;
  • changes in audience measurement systems
  • new or changing regulations of the Federal Communications Commission or other governmental agencies;
  • war, terrorist acts or political instability; and
  • other factors mentioned in documents filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Emmis does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements because of new information, future events or otherwise

 

 

EMMIS COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES






CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA

(Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share data)

















Three months ended May 31,








2017


2016

OPERATING DATA:





  Net revenues:





    Radio


$                     38,706


$                    42,699

    Publishing


1,144


13,092

    Emerging Technologies


314


211

      Total net revenues


40,164


56,002

  Station operating expenses excluding





   depreciation and amortization expense:





    Radio


26,134


27,275

    Publishing


1,355


13,478

    Emerging Technologies


3,741


2,236

      Total station operating expenses excluding 





          depreciation and amortization expense 


31,230


42,989

  Corporate expenses excluding depreciation 





       and amortization expense


2,743


3,044

  Depreciation and amortization


978


1,332






  Operating income


5,213


8,637

  Interest expense


(4,666)


(4,690)

  Other income, net


3


43






  Income before income taxes


550


3,990

  (Benefit) provision for income taxes


(22)


675






  Consolidated net income


572


3,315

  Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests


839


629






  Net (loss) income attributable to the Company


(267)


2,686











     Basic net (loss) income per common share


$                        (0.02)


$                        0.23

     Diluted net (loss) income per common share


$                        (0.02)


$                        0.23






     Basic weighted average shares outstanding


12,257


11,768

     Diluted weighted average shares outstanding


12,257


11,824











OTHER DATA:





  Station operating income (See below)


$                       9,083


$                    13,350

  Cash paid for income taxes, net


153


116

  Cash paid for interest


3,399


3,866

  Capital expenditures


397


402






 Noncash compensation by segment:





           Radio


$                           125


$                         267

           Publishing


2


54

           Emerging Technologies


22


16

           Corporate


540


519

                  Total


$                           689


$                         856






COMPUTATION OF STATION OPERATING INCOME:





  Operating income


$                       5,213


$                      8,637

  Plus:  Depreciation and amortization


978


1,332

  Plus:  Corporate expenses


2,743


3,044

  Plus:  Station noncash compensation


149


337

  Station operating income


$                       9,083


$                    13,350











SELECTED BALANCE SHEET INFORMATION:


May 31, 2017


February 28, 2017






Total Cash and Cash Equivalents


$                       2,190


$                    11,349

Credit Agreement Debt


$                   157,197


$                 152,245

98.7FM Nonrecourse Debt


$                     58,522


$                    59,958

Other Nonrecourse Debt


$                       9,682


$                      8,807

 

 

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