Cumulus Reports Operating Results for Third Quarter 2015

ATLANTA, Nov. 05, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cumulus Media Inc. (NASDAQ:CMLS) (the “Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) today announced operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015. 

For the quarter ended September 30, 2015, the Company reported net revenue of $289.4 million, down 7.8% vs. the quarter ended September 30, 2014 and Adjusted EBITDA of $70.6 million, down 11.5% from the quarter ended September 30, 2014. For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, net revenue and Adjusted EBITDA were $859.9 million and $196.1 million, down 8.0% and 18.0%, respectively, from the comparable measures a year ago. During the third quarter of 2015, the Company also recorded an impairment against intangible assets and goodwill of $565.6 million, and announced Mary G. Berner as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective October 13, 2015.

Ms. Berner commented, “Despite Cumulus’ recent challenges, my early experiences have reinforced my appreciation for the strength of the Company’s aggregate assets, including its people. I was hired by the Company’s Board of Directors to maximize the value of those assets and I believe that, through focused execution, we will be able to capitalize on the operational leverage that appears to exist in the Company. While such efforts will not be easy nor, in many cases, immediate, I intend to institute a relentless commitment to improvement over the coming months to drive results for all stakeholders.”

Third Quarter 2015 Operating Summary (in thousands, except percentages and per share data):

    Three Months Ended September 30,
    2015   2014   % Change
Net revenue   $ 289,441     $ 313,885     (7.8 )%
Adjusted EBITDA (1)   $ 70,620     $ 79,837     (11.5 )%
Basic and diluted EPS   $ (2.32 )   $ 0.01      
                     

    Nine Months Ended September 30,
    2015   2014   % Change
Net revenue   $ 859,854     $ 934,176     (8.0 )%
Adjusted EBITDA (1)   $ 196,098     $ 239,106     (18.0 )%
Basic and diluted EPS   $ (2.32 )   $ 0.04      

Other Financial Information

    As of
    September 30, 2015   December 31, 2014   % Change
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 84,245     $ 7,271     1,058.6 %
             
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 September 30,
    2015   2014
Capital expenditures   $ 958     $ 2,153  

(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 Third Quarter 2015

Net Revenue

The following table presents our net revenue by category (dollars in thousands).

    Three Months Ended September 30,
    2015   2014   % Change
Revenue:            
Broadcast advertising   $ 275,257     $ 287,636     (4.3 )%
Digital advertising   8,159     12,632     (35.4 )%
Political advertising   621     4,341     (85.7 )%
License fees & other   5,404     9,276     (41.7 )%
Net revenue   $ 289,441     $ 313,885     (7.8 )%

The following table presents our broadcast advertising revenue by source (dollars in thousands).

    Three Months Ended September 30,
    2015   2014   % Change
Broadcast advertising:            
Local   $ 170,955     $ 171,574     (0.4 )%
National   26,453     29,673     (10.9 )%
Network   77,849     86,389     (9.9 )%
    $ 275,257     $ 287,636     (4.3 )%

Earnings Call Information
Cumulus Media Inc. will host a teleconference today at 4:30 PM eastern time to discuss its third 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, December 5, 2015. Domestic callers can access the replay by dialing 855-859-2056, replay code 81303179#. 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
A leader in the radio broadcasting industry, Cumulus Media (NASDAQ:CMLS) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands to deliver premium content choices to the 245 million people reached each week through its 454 owned-and-operated stations broadcasting in 90 US media markets (including eight of the top 10), more than 8,200 broadcast radio stations affiliated with its Westwood One network and numerous digital channels. Together, the Cumulus/Westwood One platforms make Cumulus Media one of the few media companies that can provide advertisers with national reach and local impact. Cumulus/Westwood One is the exclusive radio broadcast partner to some of the largest brands in sports and entertainment, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, the GRAMMYs, the Country Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards and Miss America. Additionally, it is the nation’s leading provider of country music and lifestyle content through its NASH brand, which serves country fans nationwide through radio programming, NASH Country Weekly magazine, concerts, licensed products and television/video. For more information, visit www.cumulus.com.

CUMULUS MEDIA INC.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
         
    Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
    2015   2014   2015   2014
Net revenue   $ 289,441     $ 313,885     $ 859,854     $ 934,176  
Operating expenses:                
Content costs   94,829     106,574     286,655     316,868  
Selling, general & administrative expenses   115,562     119,864     350,417     353,588  
Depreciation and amortization   25,547     29,143     76,582     87,095  
LMA fees   2,515     2,021     7,585     5,226  
Corporate expenses   8,186     7,584     27,004     25,136  
Stock-based compensation expense   12,304     4,399     20,047     12,645  
Acquisition-related and restructuring costs   13,763     2,773     13,160     15,434  
Loss (gain) on sale of assets or stations   57     (373 )   792     (1,271 )
Impairment of intangible assets and goodwill   565,584         565,584      
Impairment charges – equity interest in Pulser Media Inc.   18,308         19,364      
Total operating expenses   856,655     271,985     1,367,190     814,721  
Operating (loss) income   (567,214 )   41,900     (507,336 )   119,455  
Non-operating (expense) income:                
Interest expense   (35,691 )   (36,647 )   (106,087 )   (109,380 )
Interest income   22     352     407     1,024  
Other (expense) income, net   (151 )   443     12,601     3,972  
Total non-operating expense, net   (35,820 )   (35,852 )   (93,079 )   (104,384 )
(Loss) income before income taxes   (603,034 )   6,048     (600,415 )   15,071  
Income tax benefit (expense)   60,855     (3,508 )   58,520     (6,663 )
Net (loss) income   $ (542,179 )   $ 2,540     $ (541,895 )   $ 8,408  
Basic and diluted (loss) income per common share:                
Basic:  (Loss) income per share   $ (2.32 )   $ 0.01     $ (2.32 )   $ 0.04  
Diluted:  (Loss) income per share   $ (2.32 )   $ 0.01     $ (2.32 )   $ 0.04  
Weighted average basic common shares outstanding   233,556,066     231,885,444     233,321,506     224,074,622  
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding   233,556,066     233,222,153     233,321,506     227,802,636  

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 nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014 (dollars in thousands):

    Three Months Ended September 30,
    2015   2014
Net (loss) income   $ (542,179 )   $ 2,540  
Income tax (benefit) expense   (60,855 )   3,508  
Non-operating expenses, including interest expense   35,820     35,852  
LMA fees   2,515     2,021  
Depreciation and amortization   25,547     29,143  
Stock-based compensation expense   12,304     4,399  
Loss (gain) on sale of assets or stations   57     (373 )
Impairment of intangible assets and goodwill   565,584      
Impairment charges – equity interest in Pulser Media Inc.   18,308      
Acquisition-related and restructuring costs   13,763     2,773  
Franchise and state taxes   (244 )   (26 )
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 70,620     $ 79,837  

    Nine Months Ended September 30,
    2015   2014
Net (loss) income   $ (541,895 )   $ 8,408  
Income tax (benefit) expense   (58,520 )   6,663  
Non-operating expenses, including interest expense   93,079     104,384  
LMA fees   7,585     5,226  
Depreciation and amortization   76,582     87,095  
Stock-based compensation expense   20,047     12,645  
Loss (gain) on sale of assets or stations   792     (1,271 )
Impairment of intangible assets and goodwill   565,584      
Impairment charges – equity interest in Pulser Media Inc.   19,364      
Acquisition-related and restructuring costs   13,160     15,434  
Franchise and state taxes   320     522  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 196,098     $ 239,106  

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   $ 270,266     $ 301,188     $ 287,636     $ 291,826     $ 1,150,916  
Digital advertising   9,625     12,946     12,632     17,457     52,660  
Political advertising   2,175     3,782     4,341     10,676     20,974  
Licenses fees & other   9,978     10,331     9,276     9,288     38,873  
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   $ 147,167     $ 176,879     $ 171,574     $ 172,546     $ 668,166  
National   23,377     29,617     29,673     27,824     110,491  
Network   99,722     94,692     86,389     91,456     372,259  
    $ 270,266     $ 301,188     $ 287,636     $ 291,826     $ 1,150,916  

 

CONTACT: 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