Cablevision Systems Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

BETHPAGE, N.Y.--()--Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014.

Second quarter consolidated net revenues increased 3.7% to $1.628 billion, consolidated adjusted operating cash flow (“AOCF”)1 increased 11.0% to $487.3 million and consolidated operating income increased 29.4% to $255.9 million, all compared with the prior year period.

Operating highlights for the second quarter include:

  • Average Monthly Cable Revenue per Customer ("RPC") of $152.72, an increase of $7.98 or 5.5%, compared with the prior year period. Average Monthly Cable Revenue per Video Customer ("RPS") was $174.14.
  • Cable advertising revenue growth of 12.2%, compared with the prior year period.
  • Year to date Consolidated Free Cash Flow from Continuing Operations1 of $283.0 million.

Cablevision CEO James L. Dolan said, "Cablevision generated solid financial results in the second quarter, including year-over-year growth in AOCF and free cash flow. We extended our track record of deploying product enhancements and measurably improving the Optimum customer experience. We look forward to continuing our progress in the second half of the year and creating shareholder value over the long term."

1. See definition of AOCF and Consolidated Free Cash Flow from Continuing Operations included in the discussion of non-GAAP financial measures on page 3 of this earnings release.

Cable

Cable includes our Optimum-branded digital cable television, high-speed Internet and voice services as well as Optimum WiFi, the nation's most robust WiFi network.

Cable net revenues for the second quarter 2014 increased 3.7% to $1.455 billion, AOCF increased 6.2% to $478.9 million and operating income increased 9.2% to $280.8 million, all compared with the prior year period. Second quarter net revenue growth primarily reflects rate increases, disciplined pricing strategies and higher advertising revenue, partially offset by a decline in customers. Second quarter 2014 AOCF growth reflects the increase in revenue and lower customer related costs, partially offset by higher programming expenses.

The following table illustrates the change in the Cable customer base during the second quarter of 2014:

 

Customer Data
(rounded to nearest thousand)

 
 

Total
March 31, 2014

 

Net Gain/(Loss)

 

Total
June 30, 2014

   
Total Customers(a) 3,186 (21) 3,165
 
Video 2,799 (28) 2,771
High-Speed Data 2,788 (9) 2,779
Voice 2,280 (7) 2,273
 
Serviceable Passings 5,048   4   5,052
 

(a) Total customers are defined as the number of households/businesses that receive at least one of the Company's services.

 

Lightpath

Lightpath is a premier provider of integrated business communications solutions to large and mid-sized commercial organizations across the New York metropolitan area.

For second quarter 2014, Lightpath net revenues increased 6.7% to $88.0 million, AOCF increased 9.7% to $39.3 million and operating income increased 26.4% to $17.0 million, each as compared with the prior year period. Second quarter results primarily reflect an increase in revenue from Ethernet services.

Other

Other principally consists of Newsday, News 12 Networks, Cablevision Media Sales Corporation and certain other businesses and unallocated corporate costs.

Second quarter 2014 net revenues were essentially flat (increased 0.4%) to $94.9 million, AOCF deficit decreased 35.2% to a deficit of $30.8 million and operating loss decreased 42.5% to $42.0 million, all compared with the prior year period. Second quarter net revenue reflects increased advertising revenue at News 12 Networks, partially offset by lower advertising revenue at Newsday. Second quarter AOCF reflects improved results at News 12 Networks and reduced expenditures at certain other businesses, including MSG Varsity.

Other Matters

On July 29, 2014, the Board of Directors of Cablevision declared a quarterly dividend of $0.15 per share on each outstanding share of Cablevision NY Group Class A Common Stock and Cablevision NY Group Class B Common Stock. This quarterly dividend is payable on September 5, 2014 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 15, 2014.

There were no stock repurchases during the second quarter of 2014. As of June 30, 2014, Cablevision had approximately $455 million available under its stock repurchase authorization.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We define adjusted operating cash flow (“AOCF”), which is a non-GAAP financial measure, as operating income (loss) before depreciation and amortization (including impairments), excluding share-based compensation expense and restructuring charges or credits. Because it is based upon operating income (loss), AOCF also excludes interest expense (including cash interest expense) and other non-operating income and expense items. We believe that the exclusion of share-based compensation expense allows investors to better track the performance of the various operating units of our business without regard to expense associated with awards of restricted shares, restricted stock units and stock options that are not expected to be made in cash.

We present AOCF as a measure of our ability to service our debt and make continuing investments, including in our capital infrastructure. We believe AOCF is an appropriate measure for evaluating the operating performance of our business segments and the company on a consolidated basis. AOCF and similar measures with similar titles are common performance measures used by investors, analysts and peers to compare performance in our industry. Internally, we use net revenues and AOCF measures as the most important indicators of our business performance, and evaluate management’s effectiveness with specific reference to these indicators. AOCF should be viewed as a supplement to and not a substitute for operating income (loss), net income (loss), cash flows from operating activities, and other measures of performance and/or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Since AOCF is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, this measure may not be comparable to similar measures with similar titles used by other companies. For a reconciliation of AOCF to operating income (loss), please see page 6 of this release.

We define Consolidated Free Cash Flow from Continuing Operations (“Free Cash Flow”), which is a non-GAAP financial measure, as net cash from operating activities (continuing operations) plus any excess tax benefit related to share-based awards less capital expenditures (continuing operations), all of which are reported in our Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows. Net cash from operating activities excludes net cash from operating activities of our discontinued operations. We believe the most comparable GAAP financial measure of our liquidity is net cash from operating activities. We believe that Free Cash Flow is useful as an indicator of our overall liquidity, as the amount of Free Cash Flow generated in any period is representative of cash that is available for debt repayment and other discretionary and non-discretionary cash uses. It is also one of several indicators of our ability to make investments and/or return capital to our shareholders. We also believe that Free Cash Flow is one of several benchmarks used by analysts and investors who follow our industry for comparison of our liquidity with other companies in our industry, although our measure of Free Cash Flow may not be directly comparable to similar measures reported by other companies.

COMPANY DESCRIPTION

Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) is a leading media and telecommunications company, serving millions of households and businesses throughout the greater New York area. Providing quality products that keep customers connected, Cablevision offers Optimum-branded digital cable television, high-speed Internet and voice services as well as Optimum WiFi, the nation's most robust WiFi network. Cablevision’s Lightpath subsidiary is a premier provider of integrated business communications solutions for larger companies. Through its local media and programming properties – News 12 Networks and Newsday Media Group – Cablevision also delivers news and information created specifically for the communities it serves. Additional information about Cablevision is available at www.cablevision.com.

This earnings release may contain statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including financial community and rating agency perceptions of the company and its business, operations, financial condition and the industries in which it operates and the factors described in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the sections entitled "Risk Factors" and "Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" contained therein. The company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein.

Cablevision’s Website: www.cablevision.com

The conference call will be webcast live today at 10:00 a.m. ET

Conference call dial-in number is (888) 694-4641/ Conference ID Number 73108646/ Conference call replay number (855) 859-2056/ Conference ID Number 73108646 until August 12, 2014.

 

CABLEVISION SYSTEMS CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

 
  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,

2014(a)

 

2013(a)

2014(a)

 

2013(a)

 
Revenues, net $ 1,628,137 $ 1,569,619 $ 3,203,723 $ 3,080,847
 
Operating expenses
Technical and operating 788,317 764,343 1,561,300 1,552,384
Selling, general and administrative 363,187 378,517 743,407 769,753
Restructuring expense (credits) (348 ) (273 ) 667 (638 )
Depreciation and amortization (including impairments)   221,088     229,269     435,373     454,198  
Operating income 255,893 197,763 462,976 305,150
Other income (expense):
Interest expense, net (143,135 ) (159,303 ) (284,017 ) (312,587 )
Gain (loss) on investments, net 78,612 (2,789 ) 36,837 96,669
Gain (loss) on equity derivative contracts, net (32,613 ) 19,206 6,036 (52,510 )
Loss on extinguishment of debt and write-off of deferred financing costs (7,687 ) (6,637 ) (8,298 ) (6,637 )
Miscellaneous, net   1,806     489     2,537     868  
Income from continuing operations before income taxes 152,876 48,729 216,071 30,953
Income tax expense(b)   (61,848 )   (20,507 )   (34,909 )   (9,864 )
Income from continuing operations 91,028 28,222 181,162 21,089
Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes   3,510     107,495     3,076     98,230  
Net income 94,538 135,717 184,238 119,319
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   (328 )   (358 )   (265 )   (101 )
Net income attributable to Cablevision Systems Corporation stockholders $ 94,210   $ 135,359   $ 183,973   $ 119,218  
 
Basic income per share attributable to Cablevision Systems Corporation stockholders:
Income from continuing operations $ 0.34   $ 0.11   $ 0.69   $ 0.08  
Income from discontinued operations $ 0.01   $ 0.41   $ 0.01   $ 0.38  
Net income $ 0.36   $ 0.52   $ 0.70   $ 0.46  
Basic weighted average common shares (in thousands)   263,730     260,614     263,033     260,060  
 
Diluted income per share attributable to Cablevision Systems Corporation stockholders:
Income from continuing operations $ 0.34   $ 0.11   $ 0.67   $ 0.08  
Income from discontinued operations $ 0.01   $ 0.41   $ 0.01   $ 0.37  
Net income $ 0.35   $ 0.51   $ 0.68   $ 0.45  
Diluted weighted average common shares (in thousands)   269,260     264,828     268,729     264,434  
 
Amounts attributable to Cablevision Systems Corporation stockholders:
Income from continuing operations, net of income taxes $ 90,700 $ 27,864 $ 180,897 $ 20,988
Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes   3,510     107,495     3,076     98,230  
Net income $ 94,210   $ 135,359   $ 183,973   $ 119,218  
Cash dividends declared per share of common stock $ 0.15   $ 0.15   $ 0.30   $ 0.30  
 

(a) Financial results of Bresnan Cable and Clearview have been reflected in discontinued operations for all periods presented.

(b) Income tax expense for the six months ended June 30, 2014 includes a tax benefit of $53,132 resulting from the reversal of an uncertain tax position liability in the first quarter of 2014.

 
 

CABLEVISION SYSTEMS CORPORATION
RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING INCOME TO ADJUSTED OPERATING CASH FLOW AND
CONSOLIDATED FREE CASH FLOW FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)

 
 

RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING INCOME TO ADJUSTED OPERATING CASH FLOW(a)(b)

 
 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

2014   2013 2014   2013
 
Operating income $ 255,893 $ 197,763 $ 462,976 $ 305,150
Share-based compensation expense 10,695 12,276 22,601 28,292
Restructuring expense (credits) (348 ) (273 ) 667 (638 )
Depreciation and amortization (including impairments)   221,088     229,269     435,373     454,198  
Adjusted operating cash flow $ 487,328   $ 439,035   $ 921,617   $ 787,002  
 
 

CONSOLIDATED FREE CASH FLOW FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS(a)(b)

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

2014

2013

 

Net cash provided by operating activities(c)

$

707,478

$

501,566

Add:  excess tax benefit related to share-based awards

746

-

Less:  capital expenditures(d)

 

(425,193

)

 

(495,850

)

Consolidated free cash flow from continuing operations

$

283,031

 

$

    5,716

 
 

(a) See Non-GAAP Financial Measures on page 3 of this release for a definition and discussion of AOCF and Free Cash Flow from Continuing Operations.

(b) Financial results of Bresnan Cable and Clearview have been reflected in discontinued operations for all periods presented.

(c) The level of net cash provided by operating activities will continue to depend on a number of variables in addition to our operating performance, including the amount and timing of our interest payments and other working capital items.

(d) See page 11 of this release for additional details relating to capital expenditures.

 
 

CABLEVISION SYSTEMS CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED RESULTS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)

 

REVENUES, NET

   
 

Three Months Ended
June 30,

 

2014  

2013(a)

% Change

 
Cable $ 1,454,911 $ 1,402,392 3.7 %
Lightpath 88,030 82,469 6.7 %
Other(b) 94,868 94,521 0.4 %
Eliminations(c)   (9,672 )   (9,763 ) 0.9 %
Total Cablevision $ 1,628,137   $ 1,569,619   3.7 %
 
 

Six Months Ended
June 30,

2014

2013(a)

% Change

Cable

$

2,872,059

$

2,758,189

4.1

%

Lightpath

174,784

164,945

6.0

%

Other(b)

176,350

177,439

(0.6

)%

Eliminations(c)

 

(19,470

)

 

(19,726

)

1.3

%

Total Cablevision

$

3,203,723

 

$

3,080,847

 

4.0

%

 

(a) Net revenues of Bresnan Cable and Clearview have been reflected in discontinued operations for all periods presented as applicable.

(b) Represents revenues of Newsday, News 12 Networks, Cablevision Media Sales Corporation and certain other entities.

(c) Represents inter-segment revenues.

 
 

CABLEVISION SYSTEMS CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED RESULTS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS
(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)

 

ADJUSTED OPERATING CASH FLOW AND OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)

 
  Adjusted Operating
Cash Flow
    Operating Income (Loss)  
Three Months Ended
June 30,

 

Three Months Ended
June 30,

 

2014(a)

 

2013(a)

% Change

2014(a)

 

2013(a)

% Change

 
Cable $ 478,875 $ 450,777

6.2

% $ 280,848 $ 257,277

9.2

%
Lightpath 39,262 35,776

9.7

% 17,019 13,466

26.4

%

Other(b)

 

(30,809)

   

(47,518)

 

35.2

%  

(41,974)

   

(72,980)

 

42.5

%
Total Cablevision $ 487,328   $ 439,035  

11.0

% $ 255,893   $ 197,763  

29.4

%
 
 
 
Adjusted Operating
Cash Flow
Operating Income (Loss)
Six Months Ended
June 30,

 

Six Months Ended
June 30,

 

2014(a)

2013(a)

% Change

2014(a)

2013(a)

% Change

 
Cable $ 921,907 $ 829,549

11.1

% $ 530,469 $ 436,744

21.5

%
Lightpath 77,745 70,620

10.1

% 34,483 25,508

35.2

%

Other(b)

 

(78,035)

   

(113,167)

 

31.0

%  

(101,976)

   

(157,102)

 

35.1

%
Total Cablevision $ 921,617   $ 787,002  

17.1

% $ 462,976   $ 305,150  

51.7

%
 

(a) Financial results of Bresnan Cable and Clearview have been reflected in discontinued operations for all periods presented, as applicable.

(b) Includes unallocated corporate general and administrative costs and the operating results of Newsday, News 12 Networks, Cablevision Media Sales Corporation, and certain other entities.

 
 

CABLEVISION SYSTEMS CORPORATION
SUMMARY OF CABLE OPERATING STATISTICS
(Unaudited)

 

CABLE

 

June 30,
2014

 

March 31,
2014

 

June 30,
2013(a)

 
(in thousands)
Total Customers(b) 3,165 3,186 3,224
Video Customers 2,771 2,799 2,868
High-Speed Data Customers 2,779 2,788 2,787
Voice Customers 2,273 2,280 2,290
 
 
Serviceable Passings (in thousands)(c) 5,052 5,048 5,004
 
Penetration
Total Customers to Serviceable Passings 62.7 % 63.1 % 64.4 %
Video Customers to Serviceable Passings 54.8 % 55.4 % 57.3 %
High-Speed Data Customers to Serviceable Passings 55.0 % 55.2 % 55.7 %
Voice Customers to Serviceable Passings 45.0 % 45.2 % 45.8 %
 
 
Revenues for the three months ended

(dollars in millions)

 
Video(d) $ 806 $ 793 $ 793
High-Speed Data 354 347 338
Voice 227 220 211
Advertising 41 32 37
Other(e)   27     25     23  
Total Cable Revenue $ 1,455   $ 1,417   $ 1,402  
 
 
 

Average Monthly Cable Revenue per Customer (“RPC”)(f)

$

152.72

$

148.22

$

144.74

 

Average Monthly Cable Revenue per Video Customer (“RPS”)(g)

$

174.14

$

168.34

$

162.42

 

(a) Amounts exclude customers that were located in the areas most severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy whose billing we decided to suspend temporarily during restoration of their homes. These customers represent approximately 2 thousand total, high-speed data and voice customers, respectively.

(b) Represents the number of households/businesses that receive at least one of the Company's services.

(c) Includes residential and commercial passings.

(d) Includes equipment rental, DVR, video-on-demand and pay-per-view revenue.

(e) Includes installation revenue, home shopping, advertising sales commissions and other product offerings.

(f) RPC is calculated by dividing average monthly Cable GAAP revenue for the quarter by the average number of total customers for the quarter.

(g) RPS is calculated by dividing average monthly Cable GAAP revenue for the quarter by the average number of video customers for the quarter.

 
 
CABLEVISION SYSTEMS CORPORATION
CAPITALIZATION AND LEVERAGE
(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 

CAPITALIZATION

     
 

June 30, 2014

 
Cash and cash equivalents $ 906,789
 
Credit facility debt $ 3,010,247
Senior notes and debentures 5,862,828
Collateralized indebtedness 933,908
Capital lease obligations and notes payable   68,630
Debt $ 9,875,613
 
 

LEVERAGE

 
Debt $ 9,875,613

Less: Collateralized indebtedness of unrestricted subsidiaries(a)

933,908
Cash and cash equivalents   906,789
Net debt $ 8,034,916
 

Leverage Ratios(b)

Consolidated net debt to AOCF leverage ratio(a)(c)

4.1x

Restricted Group leverage ratio (Credit Facility Test)(d)(e)

2.9x

CSC Holdings notes and debentures leverage ratio(e)(f)

3.1x

Cablevision senior notes leverage ratio(e)(g)

4.9x
 

(a) Collateralized indebtedness is excluded from the leverage calculation because it is viewed as a forward sale of the stock of unaffiliated companies and the Company's only obligation at maturity is to deliver, at its option, the stock or its cash equivalent.

(b) Leverage ratios are based on face amount of outstanding debt.

(c) AOCF is annualized based on the second quarter 2014 results, as reported.

(d) Reflects the net debt to cash flow ratio as defined in the CSC Holdings’ credit facility debt agreement (which excludes approximately $2.8 billion of Cablevision’s senior notes and the debt and cash flows related to CSC Holdings’ unrestricted subsidiaries). The annualized AOCF (as defined) used in the Restricted Group leverage ratio was $1.984 billion.

(e) Includes CSC Holdings’ guarantee of Newsday LLC’s $480 million senior secured credit facility.

(f) Reflects the debt to cash flow ratio applicable under CSC Holdings’ senior notes and debentures indentures (which excludes approximately $2.8 billion of Cablevision’s senior notes and the debt and cash flows related to CSC Holdings’ unrestricted subsidiaries). The annualized AOCF (as defined) used in the CSC Holdings notes and debentures leverage ratio was $1.983 billion.

(g) Adjusts the debt to cash flow ratio as calculated under the CSC Holdings notes and debentures leverage ratio to include approximately $2.8 billion of Cablevision’s senior notes plus $611 million of Cablevision’s senior notes that were contributed to Newsday Holdings LLC.

 
 
CABLEVISION SYSTEMS CORPORATION
CAPITAL EXPENDITURES
(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
      Three Months Ended
June 30,
2014  

2013(a)

 
 
Customer premise equipment $ 68,191 $ 78,361
Scalable infrastructure 72,030 76,844
Line extensions 7,428 7,992
Upgrade/rebuild 11,772 10,710
Support   47,834   48,606  
Cable 207,255 222,513
Lightpath 26,097 26,324

Other(b)

  5,766   9,673  
Total Cablevision $ 239,118 $ 258,510  
 
 
 
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2014

2013(a)

 
 
Customer premise equipment $ 124,995 $ 162,087
Scalable infrastructure 118,859 131,181
Line extensions 8,664 13,950
Upgrade/rebuild 19,391 16,997
Support   80,671   97,152  
Cable 352,580 421,367
Lightpath 52,967 52,738

Other(b)

  19,646   21,745  
Total Cablevision $ 425,193 $ 495,850  
 

(a) Capital expenditures for Bresnan Cable and Clearview have been reflected in discontinued operations.

(b) Other primarily includes Newsday, News 12 Networks, Cablevision Media Sales Corporation, and Corporate.

 

Contacts

Cablevision Systems Corporation
Charles Schueler, 516-803-1013
Executive Vice President
Media and Community Relations
or
Bret Richter, 516-803-2270
Executive Vice President
Corporate Finance & Development

Contacts

Cablevision Systems Corporation
Charles Schueler, 516-803-1013
Executive Vice President
Media and Community Relations
or
Bret Richter, 516-803-2270
Executive Vice President
Corporate Finance & Development