Entercom Communications Corp. Reports Third Quarter Results

BALA CYNWYD, Pa.--()--Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014.

Third Quarter Highlights

  • Net Revenues increased 1% to $99.8 million
  • Station Expenses increased 3% to $69.2 million
  • Station Operating Income decreased 3% to $30.6 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA decreased 7% to $24.3 million
  • Adjusted Net Income per share decreased 5% to $0.19
  • Free Cash Flow decreased 14% to $13.0 million

David J. Field, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: “Entercom’s performance accelerated during the third quarter, highlighted by a robust September during which revenues increased 7%, up 5% excluding political. Overall, third quarter revenues were up 1.4%, overcoming a weak August. We continue to focus on working to enhance our value to listeners and customers and to increase our growth potential for the future. To that end, we believe our competitive position, execution, and capabilities have all significantly improved over the past year and should enable enhanced performance in the year ahead.”

Additional Information

The Company reduced its outstanding debt by $16.9 million (net of cash) during the quarter. As of September 30, 2014, the Company had $16.0 million in cash and $481.9 million of senior debt and senior notes.

Earnings Conference Call and Company Information

Entercom will hold a conference call regarding the quarterly earnings release on Monday, November 3 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Investors will have the opportunity to submit questions to the Company regarding the earnings release by emailing their inquiries to questions@entercom.com. Questions should be sent at least 10 minutes prior to the call. The Company will only discuss inquiries made by email prior to the conference call. The public may access the conference call by dialing 888-889-0278 (passcode: Entercom). A replay of the conference call will be available and can be accessed either by dialing 866-423-4833 or by visiting the Company’s website: www.entercom.com. Additional information and reconciliation of same station results are available on the Company’s website at www.entercom.com.

About Entercom

Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM), led by President and CEO David Field, is one of the largest radio broadcasting companies in the United States, with a nationwide portfolio of over 100 stations in 23 markets, including San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Portland, Sacramento and Kansas City.

Known for developing unique and highly successful locally programmed stations, Entercom is home to some of radio's most distinguished brands and compelling personalities. The company also is the radio broadcast partner of the Boston Red Sox, Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Kansas City Royals, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Pelicans, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders and San Jose Sharks.

Entercom focuses on creating effective multi-platform marketing solutions for its customers, incorporating the company's audio, digital and experiential assets. Additionally, the company has a long-standing commitment to responsible corporate citizenship and environmental stewardship. Entercom stations play a vital, hands-on role in improving their communities, providing over $100 million in annual support for local charitable organizations.

The company's radio stations have received numerous awards, including multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism, as well as the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Marconi Award for excellence in radio broadcasting. In 2012, Entercom was named by Information Week as one of the Top 500 Technology Innovators in the United States.

Certain Definitions

All references to per share data, unless stated otherwise, are presented as per diluted share. All references to shares outstanding, unless stated otherwise, are presented to exclude unvested restricted stock units. All references to net debt are outstanding debt net of cash on hand.

Station Expenses consist of station operating expenses excluding non-cash compensation expense.

Corporate Expenses consist of corporate general and administrative expenses excluding non-cash compensation expense.

Station Operating Income consists of operating income (loss) before: depreciation and amortization; time brokerage agreement fees (income); corporate general and administrative expenses; non-cash compensation expense (which is otherwise included in station operating expenses); impairment loss; merger and acquisition costs; and gain or loss on sale or disposition of assets.

Adjusted EBITDA consists of net income (loss), adjusted to exclude: income taxes (benefit); total other expense; depreciation and amortization; time brokerage agreement fees (income); non-cash compensation expense (which is otherwise included in station operating expenses and corporate G&A expenses); impairment loss; merger and acquisition costs; and gain or loss on sale or disposition of assets.

Free Cash Flow consists of operating income (loss): (i) plus depreciation and amortization, net (gain) loss on sale or disposal of assets; non-cash compensation expense (which is otherwise included in station operating expenses and corporate general and administrative expenses), impairment loss; merger and acquisition costs; and (ii) less net interest expense (excluding amortization of deferred financing costs), taxes paid and capital expenditures.

Adjusted Net Income consists of net income (loss) adjusted to exclude: (i) income taxes (benefit) as reported; (ii) gain/loss on sale of assets, derivative instruments and investments; (iii) non-cash compensation expense; (iv) other income; (v) impairment loss; (vi) merger and acquisition costs; and (vii) gain/loss on early extinguishment of debt. For purposes of comparability, income taxes are reflected at the expected statutory federal and state income tax rate of 42% without discrete items of tax.

Adjusted Net Income Per Share includes any dilutive equivalent shares when not anti-dilutive.

Same Station is computed by comparing the performance of stations operated by the Company throughout the relevant period to the comparable performance in the prior year’s corresponding period (excluding non-cash compensation expense). Any acquisition or disposition of radio stations not deemed to be material by management are ignored for the purpose of computing this data. There were no material acquisitions during the periods presented in the tables below.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

It is important to note that Station Operating Income, Station Expense, Corporate Expense, Same Station Net Revenues, Same Station Expenses, Same Station Operating Income, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Net Income Per Share And Free Cash Flow are not measures of performance or liquidity calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Management believes that these measures are useful as a way to evaluate the Company and the means for management to evaluate our radio stations’ performance and operations. Management believes that these measures are useful to an investor in evaluating our performance because they are widely used in the broadcast industry as a measure of a radio company’s operating performance.

Certain adjusted non-GAAP financial measures are presented in this release (e.g., Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income Per Share). The adjustments exclude gain/loss on sale of assets, derivative instruments, and investments; non-cash compensation expense, other income, impairment loss and gain/loss on early extinguishment of debt. Management believes these adjusted non-GAAP measures provide useful information to Management and investors by excluding certain income, expenses and gains and losses that may not be indicative of the Company’s core operating and financial results. Similarly, Management believes these adjusted measures are a useful performance measure because certain items included in the calculation of net income (loss) may either mask or exaggerate trends in the Company’s ongoing operating performance. Further, the reconciliations corresponding to these adjusted measures, by identifying the individual adjustments, provide a useful mechanism for investors to consider these adjusted measures with some or all of the identified adjustments.

Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures on an ongoing basis to help track and assess the Company's financial performance. You, however, should not consider non-GAAP measures in isolation or as substitutes for net income (loss), operating income, or any other measure for determining our operating performance that is calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. These non-GAAP measures are not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies. The accompanying financial tables provide reconciliations to the nearest GAAP measure of all non-GAAP measures provided in this release.

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

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

This news announcement contains certain forward-looking statements that are based upon current expectations and certain unaudited pro forma information that is presented for illustrative purposes only and involves certain risks and uncertainties within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Additional information and key risks are described in the Company’s filings on Forms 8-K, 10-Q and 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers should note that these statements might be impacted by several factors including changes in the economic and regulatory climate and the business of radio broadcasting, in general. The unaudited pro forma information and same station operating data reflect adjustments and are presented for comparative purposes only and do not purport to be indicative of what has occurred or indicative of future operating results or financial position. Accordingly, the Company’s actual performance may differ materially from those stated or implied herein. The Company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any unaudited pro forma or forward-looking statements.

       
Third Quarter 2014
Earnings Release
 

ENTERCOM COMMUNICATIONS CORP.

FINANCIAL DATA

(amounts in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 
Net Revenues $ 99,840 $ 98,436 $ 278,276 $ 278,035
 
Station Expenses 69,213 66,917 195,000 190,518
Station Expense - Non-Cash Compensation 277 187 672 522
Corporate Expenses 6,338 5,344 17,015 15,429
Corporate Expenses - Non-Cash Compensation 981 695 3,079 2,458
Depreciation And Amortization 1,956 2,041 5,797 6,557
Impairment Loss - - - 850
Net Gain On Sale Or Disposition of Assets   (130)   (34)   (332)   (1,625)
Total Operating Expenses   78,635   75,150   221,231   214,709
Operating Income   21,205   23,286   57,045   63,326
 
Other Expense (Income) Items:
Net Interest Expense 9,752 11,038 29,467 33,822
Other Expense (Income)   - -       (93)
Total Other Expense   9,752 11,038   29,467   33,729
 
Income Before Income Taxes 11,453 12,248 27,578 29,597
Income Taxes   4,980 5,373   11,605   13,080
Net Income $ 6,473

$

6,875

$ 15,973 $ 16,517
 
Net Income Per Share - Basic $ 0.17 $ 0.18 $ 0.42 $ 0.44
 
Net Income Per Share - Diluted $ 0.17 $ 0.18 $ 0.41 $ 0.43
 
Weighted Common Shares Outstanding - Basic   37,693   37,386   37,686   37,335
Weighted Common Shares Outstanding - Diluted   38,482   38,153   38,522   38,209
 

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION

 
Capital Expenditures $ 2,608 $ 1,074 $ 7,390 $ 3,502
Income Taxes Paid $ - $ - $ 79 $ 69
Cash Interest $ 3,038 $ 4,453 $ 20,998 $ 26,378
 

SELECTED BALANCE SHEET DATA

September 30,
2014 2013
 
Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 16,045 $ 6,569
Total Assets $ 918,888 $ 907,158
Current Portion Of Senior Debt $ 2,250 $ 31
Senior Debt (including Current Debt) $ 264,000 $ 308,070
Senior Notes $ 217,850 $ 217,552
Total Shareholders' Equity $ 317,244 $ 283,266
 
       
OTHER FINANCIAL DATA
 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  September 30, September 30,
2014 2013   2014   2013
 

Reconciliation Of GAAP Station Operating Expenses To Station Expenses

Station Operating Expenses $ 69,490 $ 67,104 $ 195,672 $ 191,040

Station Expenses - Non-Cash Compensation

  (277)   (187)   (672)   (522)
Station Expenses $ 69,213 $ 66,917 $ 195,000 $ 190,518
 

Reconciliation Of GAAP Corporate General & Administrative Expenses To Corporate Expenses

Corporate General & Administrative Expenses $ 7,319 $ 6,039 $ 20,094 $ 17,887
Corporate Expenses - Non-Cash Compensation   (981)   (695)   (3,079)   (2,458)
Corporate Expenses $ 6,338 $ 5,344 $ 17,015 $ 15,429
 

Reconciliation Of GAAP Operating Income To Station Operating Income

Operating Income $ 21,205 $ 23,286 $ 57,045 $ 63,326
Corporate Expenses 6,338 5,344 17,015 15,429
Corporate Expenses - Non-Cash Compensation 981 695 3,079 2,458
Station Expenses - Non-Cash Compensation 277 187 672 522
Depreciation And Amortization 1,956 2,041 5,797 6,557
Impairment Loss - - - 850
Net Gain On Sale Or Disposition of Assets   (130)   (34)   (332)   (1,625)
Station Operating Income $ 30,627 $ 31,519 $ 83,276 $ 87,517
 

Reconciliation Of GAAP Net Income To Adjusted EBITDA

Net Income $ 6,473 $ 6,875 $ 15,973 $ 16,517
Income Taxes 4,980 5,373 11,605 13,080
Total Other Expense 9,752 11,038 29,467 33,729
Corporate Expenses - Non-Cash Compensation 981 695 3,079 2,458
Station Expenses - Non-Cash Compensation 277 187 672 522
Depreciation And Amortization 1,956 2,041 5,797 6,557
Impairment Loss - - - 850
Net Gain On Sale Or Disposition of Assets   (130)   (34)   (332)   (1,625)
Adjusted EBITDA $ 24,289 $ 26,175 $ 66,261 $ 72,088
 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
 

Reconciliation Of GAAP Net Income To Free Cash Flow

Net Income $ 6,473 $ 6,875 $ 15,973 $ 16,517
Depreciation And Amortization 1,956 2,041 5,797 6,557
Impairment Loss - - - 850
Deferred Financing Costs Included In Interest Expense 1,031 1,005 3,165 3,058

Amortization Of Original Issue Discount Included In Interest Expense

77 69 226 203
Non-Cash Compensation Expense 1,258 882 3,751 2,980
Net Gain On Sale Or Disposition of Assets (130) (34) (332) (1,625)
Other Expense (Income) - - - (93)
Income Taxes 4,980 5,373 11,605 13,080
Capital Expenditures (2,608) (1,074) (7,390) (3,502)
Income Taxes Paid   -   -   (79)   (69)
Free Cash Flow $ 13,037 $ 15,137 $ 32,716 $ 37,956
 
       

Reconciliation Of GAAP Operating Income To Free Cash Flow:

Operating Income $ 21,205 $ 23,286 $ 57,045 $ 63,326
Depreciation and Amortization 1,956 2,041 5,797 6,557
Non-Cash Compensation Expense 1,258 882 3,751 2,980
Impairment Loss - - - 850

Interest Expense, Excluding Deferred Financing Costs & OID

(8,644) (9,964) (26,076) (30,561)
Capital Expenditures (2,608) (1,074) (7,390) (3,502)
Net Gain On Sale Or Disposition of Assets (130) (34) (332) (1,625)
Income Taxes Paid   -   -   (79)   (69)
Free Cash Flow $ 13,037 $ 15,137 $ 32,716 $ 37,956
 

Reconciliation Of GAAP Net Income To Adjusted Net Income

Net Income $ 6,473 $ 6,875 $ 15,973 $ 16,517
Income Taxes 4,980 5,373 11,605 13,080
Net Gain On Sale Or Disposition of Assets (130) (34) (332) (1,625)
Impairment Loss - - - 850
Other Income - - - (93)
Non-Cash Compensation Expense   1,258   882   3,751   2,980
Adjusted Income Before Income Taxes 12,581 13,096 30,997 31,709
Income Taxes   5,284   5,500   13,019   13,318
Adjusted Net Income $ 7,297 $ 7,596 $ 17,978 $ 18,391
 

Weighted Average Diluted Shares Outstanding

Weighted Average Diluted Shares Outstanding - Diluted   38,482   38,153   38,522   38,209
 
Adjusted Net Income Per Share - Diluted $ 0.19 $ 0.20 $ 0.47 $ 0.48
 

Contacts

Entercom Communications Corp.
Steve Fisher
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
610-660-5647

Contacts

Entercom Communications Corp.
Steve Fisher
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
610-660-5647