News Details

November 07, 2019

iHeartMedia, Inc. Reports Results for 2019 Third Quarter

SAN ANTONIO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 7, 2019-- iHeartMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: IHRT) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. IHRT completed the listing of its shares on the NASDAQ stock exchange (ticker: “IHRT”) on July 18, 2019.

Financial Highlights

  • Delivered strong results in the quarter with year-over-year increase in consolidated revenue driven by growth in our Digital and Networks revenue streams
  • Excluding the impact of political revenue, we grew revenue across all of our businesses, demonstrating continued momentum and execution against key initiatives
  • Continued to generate robust cash from operating activities and Free Cash Flow1, increasing our cash position to $277.1 million; on track to reach goal of $375 - $400 million of cash on the balance sheet at year-end

Third Quarter

  • Revenue of $948.3 million, up 3.0% year-over-year

– Excluding political revenue1, revenue increased 4.9%, driven by growth across all revenue streams
– Digital revenue increased 33.4% year-over-year

  • Operating income of $140.8 million was down 24.6% year-over-year
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $274.7 million, up 0.3% year-over-year
  • Cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations of $180.3 million, up 16.0% year-over-year
  • Free Cash Flow1 of $151.5 million, up 11.9% year-over-year

Year-to-Date

  • Revenue of $2,657.5 million, up 2.8% year-over-year

– Excluding political revenue1, revenue increased 4.1%
– Digital revenue increased 31.6% year-over-year

  • Operating income of $341.6 million was down from $430.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2018
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $694.6 million, up 3.9% year-over-year

2019 Full Year Guidance

  • Reaffirming consolidated revenue growth in the low single digits
  • Adjusted EBITDA margins expected to be 27-29%2
  • Expect to generate Free Cash Flow of $100 - $125 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, resulting in expected cash balance at year-end of $375 - $400 million2

– Available cash anticipated to be used primarily for debt reduction

1See Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information.

2The Company has not presented Adjusted EBITDA full year guidance or a calculation of the Adjusted EBITDA margins or a reconciliation of Free Cash Flow full year guidance included in this press release to the most closely comparable GAAP measures because doing so would require unreasonable efforts due to the variability, complexity and low visibility of reorganization and restructuring expenses and other items described under Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information that are excluded from Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow, as applicable. We expect the uncertainty of these items to have a potentially unpredictable, and a potentially significant, impact on our future GAAP financial results.

Statement from Senior Management

“During the third quarter, our integrated multi-platform approach to meeting listeners wherever they are continues to drive our strong performance, and we’re seeing momentum across all of our businesses - from broadcast radio to digital, social, podcasts and live events,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of iHeartMedia, Inc. This quarter, we advanced our offerings of goal-oriented marketing solutions to advertisers, expanding our addressable pool beyond radio. And we continued to strengthen our leadership position in our podcasting business, announcing multiple new partnerships and a slate of exciting new content. Looking ahead, iHeartMedia is well-positioned to continue to grow our leadership position in the audio space.”

“When iHeartMedia returned to the public equity markets, we set clear goals to increase our share of radio advertising spend, tap into TV and digital advertising revenue pools, and extend our leadership in podcasting and drive sponsorship revenue,” said Rich Bressler, President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. “Our results demonstrate significant progress against these goals and we are pleased with the revenue growth we’ve seen across the board. We continue to work to build long-term shareholder value, and de-leveraging remains a key priority.”

Consolidated Results of Operations

GAAP and Non-GAAP Measures

(In thousands)

Successor Company

 

 

Predecessor Company

 

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

%

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

Change

Revenue

$

948,338

 

 

$

920,492

 

3.0

%

Operating income

$

140,822

 

 

$

186,844

 

(24.6

)%

Adjusted EBITDA1

$

274,656

 

 

$

273,804

 

0.3

%

Net income

$

12,374

 

 

$

71,783

 

(82.8

)%

Cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations

$

180,341

 

 

$

155,528

 

16.0

%

Free cash flow from continuing operations1

$

151,471

 

 

$

135,386

 

11.9

%

(In thousands)

Successor Company

 

 

Predecessor Company

 

Non-GAAP Combined2

 

Predecessor Company

 

 

 

Period from May 2, 2019 through September 30,

 

 

Period from January 1, 2019 through May 1,

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

%

 

2019

 

 

2019

 

2019

 

2018

 

Change

Revenue

$

1,583,984

 

 

$

1,073,471

 

$

2,657,455

 

$

2,585,028

 

2.8

%

Operating income

$

274,510

 

 

$

67,040

 

$

341,550

 

$

430,193

 

(20.6

)%

Adjusted EBITDA1

$

469,409

 

 

$

225,149

 

$

694,558

 

$

668,561

 

3.9

%

Net income (loss)

$

51,167

 

 

$

11,165,113

 

$

11,216,280

 

$

(427,547)

 

nm

Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the 2019 presentation of financial information throughout the press release.

  1. See the end of this press release for reconciliations of (i) Adjusted EBITDA to Operating income, (ii) Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), (iii) cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations to Free Cash Flow from continuing operations and (iv) revenue, excluding political advertising revenue, to revenue. See also the definition of Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow and Adjusted EBITDA margin under the Supplemental Disclosure section in this release.
  2. See Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information.

Third Quarter 2019 Results

In the third quarter of 2019, we saw solid revenue growth of 3.0% year-over-year and 4.9% excluding the impact of political revenue. Our traditional radio business, which is comprised of our Broadcast and Networks revenue streams, is stable and growing. Broadcast revenue declined by (0.6)% on a reported basis and increased 0.4% excluding the impact of political revenue, while Networks grew 9.2% year-over-year driven primarily by growth in our Total Traffic & Weather network. Networks also grew sequentially by almost 300 basis points over the second quarter. Our growth was also driven by our Digital revenue stream, which grew 33.4%. Digital revenue growth was primarily driven by growth in podcasting, as well as other digital revenue. Audio & Media Services declined (14.3)% on a reported basis and increased by 0.2% excluding the impact of political revenue. Political revenue primarily impacts our Broadcast and Audio & Media Services revenue, and therefore these revenue streams tend to show greater variance in non-political years. Sponsorships increased by 4.4% year-over-year. Importantly, all of our revenue streams grew year-over-year excluding the impact of political revenue, demonstrating the continued momentum in our business.

Direct operating expenses increased 8.3% driven primarily by expenses resulting from our acquisitions of Stuff Media and Jelli in the fourth quarter of 2018, digital royalties, content costs and production expenses from higher podcasting and digital subscription revenue. SG&A expenses increased 3.6% driven by higher fees related to increased digital revenue, along with higher employee costs, primarily resulting from the acquisitions of Stuff Media and Jelli in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Operating income decreased 24.6% due primarily to higher depreciation and amortization expense as a result of fresh start accounting applied upon our emergence from bankruptcy and share-based compensation expense in connection with our new equity incentive plan.

Adjusted EBITDA grew year-over-year by 0.3% to $274.7 million with margins of 29.0%. Adjusted EBITDA margins declined modestly year-over-year, down from 29.7% in the prior-year period, due to comparisons against a mid-term political election year in 2018, as well as increased costs in the third quarter 2019 associated with our prior acquisitions of Stuff Media and Jelli. Additionally, the decrease in political revenue, which is our highest-margin revenue stream and which was second-half-weighted in 2018, and changes in overall revenue mix contributed to revenue growth outpacing Adjusted EBITDA growth in the third quarter.

We generated robust operating cash flow of $180.3 million, up 16.0% year-over-year and free cash flow of $151.5 million, up 11.9% year-over-year, consistent with our stated goal of achieving $375 - $400 million of cash on the balance sheet by year-end.

YTD 2019 Results

We also saw solid revenue growth over the first nine months of 2019 on a year-over-year basis. Revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 increased 2.8% year-over-year and 4.1% excluding the impact of political revenue. Our growth was driven primarily by our Digital and Networks revenue streams, which grew 31.6% and 6.8%, respectively. Podcasting was the primary driver of our Digital revenue growth, while growth in our Networks business was driven by both our Total Traffic & Weather network and our Premiere network. Broadcast revenue declined slightly, by (0.9)% on a reported basis, and grew 0.2% excluding the impact of political revenue. Audio & Media Services declined (6.0)% on a reported basis and increased by 2.7% excluding the impact of political revenue. Political revenue primarily impacts our Broadcast and Audio & Media Services revenue streams, creating greater variance between political and non-political years. Sponsorships increased by 4.0% year-over-year. Similar to the third quarter, on a year-to-date basis all of our revenue streams grew year-over-year excluding the impact of political revenue.

Direct operating expenses increased 8.0% compared to the prior year on a year-to-date basis, driven primarily by growth-driven variable expenses such as digital royalties, content and production costs related to our podcasts, as well as higher costs resulting from our acquisitions of Stuff Media and Jelli in the fourth quarter of 2018. SG&A expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 were essentially flat compared to the prior year.

Operating income decreased 20.6% due primarily to higher depreciation and amortization expense as a result of fresh start accounting applied upon our emergence from bankruptcy and share-based compensation expense in connection with our new equity incentive plan.

Adjusted EBITDA for the nine-month period grew 3.9% year-over-year to $694.6 million, with margins increasing to 26.1% from 25.9%.

Liquidity and Financial Position

As of September 30, 2019, we had $277.1 million of cash on our balance sheet. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations was $256.0 million, cash used for investing activities from continuing operations was $82.6 million and cash used for financing activities from continuing operations was $112.3 million.

Capital expenditures for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 were $82.5 million compared to $47.4 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2018. We estimate total capital expenditures for 2019 will be between $110 million and $120 million.

Our primary sources of liquidity are cash on hand, which consisted of $277.1 million as of September 30, 2019, cash flow from operations and borrowing capacity under our ABL Facility. As of September 30, 2019, we had no borrowings outstanding under the ABL Facility, a facility size of $450.0 million and $49.2 million of outstanding letters of credit, resulting in $400.8 million of excess availability.

On August 7, 2019, we completed the sale of $750.0 million in aggregate principal amount of 5.25% Senior Secured Notes due 2027 in a private placement. We used the net proceeds from the notes, together with cash on hand, to prepay at par $740.0 million of borrowings outstanding under our term loan facility. This transaction was accretive to projected earnings and Free Cash Flow.

Revenue Streams

The tables below present the comparison of our historical revenue streams (including political revenue) for the periods presented:

(In thousands)

Successor Company

 

 

Predecessor Company

 

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

%

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

Change

Broadcast Radio1

$

 

573,048

 

 

$

 

576,460

 

(0.6

)%

Digital

 

96,656

 

 

 

72,447

 

33.4

%

Networks

 

160,133

 

 

 

146,587

 

9.2

%

Sponsorship and Events

 

55,541

 

 

 

53,191

 

4.4

%

Audio and Media Services1

 

59,873

 

 

 

69,823

 

(14.3

)%

Other

 

4,986

 

 

 

3,595

 

38.7

%

Eliminations

 

(1,899)

 

 

 

(1,611)

 

 

Revenue, total1

$

 

948,338

 

 

$

 

920,492

 

3.0

%

(In thousands)

Successor Company

 

 

Predecessor Company

 

Non-GAAP Combined

 

Predecessor Company

 

 

 

Period from May 2, 2019 through September 30,

 

 

Period from January 1, 2019 through May 1,

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

%

 

2019

 

 

2019

 

2019

 

2018

 

Change

Broadcast Radio2

$

 

963,588

 

 

$

 

657,864

 

$

 

1,621,452

 

$

 

1,635,571

 

(0.9

)%

Digital

 

160,894

 

 

 

102,789

 

 

263,683

 

 

200,388

 

31.6

%

Networks

 

265,559

 

 

 

189,088

 

 

454,647

 

 

425,619

 

6.8

%

Sponsorship and Events

 

87,331

 

 

 

50,330

 

 

137,661

 

 

132,339

 

4.0

%

Audio and Media Services2

 

100,410

 

 

 

69,362

 

 

169,772

 

 

180,582

 

(6.0

)%

Other

 

9,222

 

 

 

6,606

 

 

15,828

 

 

15,413

 

2.7

%

Eliminations

 

(3,020)

 

 

 

(2,568)

 

 

(5,588)

 

 

(4,884)

 

 

Revenue, total2

$

 

1,583,984

 

 

$

 

1,073,471

 

$

 

2,657,455

 

$

 

2,585,028

 

2.8

%

1Excluding the impact of the decrease in political revenue, Revenue from Broadcast Radio, from Audio and Media Services and in Total increased by 0.4%, 0.2% and 4.9%, respectively. See the end of this press release for a reconciliation of revenue, excluding political advertising revenue, to revenue.

2Excluding the impact of the decrease in political revenue, Revenue from Broadcast Radio, from Audio and Media Services and in Total increased by 0.2%, 2.7% and 4.1%, respectively. See the end of this press release for a reconciliation of revenue, excluding political advertising revenue, to revenue.

Conference Call

iHeartMedia, Inc. will host a conference call to discuss results on November 7, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference call number is (800) 230-1074 (U.S. callers) and (612) 234-9960 (International callers) and the passcode for both is 472759. A live audio webcast of the conference call will also be available on the Investors homepage of iHeartMedia's website investor.iheartmedia.com. After the live conference call, a replay will be available for a period of thirty days. The replay numbers are (800) 475-6701 (U.S. callers) and (320) 365-3844 (International callers) and the passcode for both is 472759. An archive of the webcast will be available beginning 24 hours after the call for a period of thirty days.

About iHeartMedia, Inc.

iHeartMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: IHRT) is the number one audio company in America based on consumer reach. The Company's leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms, including through more than 850 live broadcast stations; through its iHeartRadio service, which is available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices including smart speakers, smartphones, TVs and gaming consoles; through its influencers; social; live events; podcasting; and information services for local communities. The company uses its unparalleled national reach to target both nationally and locally on behalf of its advertising partners, and uses the latest technology solutions to transform the company's products and services for the benefit of its consumers, communities, partners and advertisers. More information is available at investor.iheartmedia.com.

Certain statements herein constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of iHeartMedia, Inc. and its subsidiaries, including iHeartMedia Capital I, LLC and iHeartCommunications, Inc., to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The words or phrases “guidance,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimates,” “forecast” and similar words or expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, such as statements about our business plans, strategies and initiatives, our expectations about certain markets and our liquidity, are forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond our control and are difficult to predict. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date stated, or if no date is stated, as of the date hereof. Various risks that could cause future results to differ from those expressed by any forward-looking statement are described in the Company’s reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the section entitled “Item 1A. Risk Factors” of iHeartMedia, Inc.’s Annual Reports on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. The Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements because of new information, future events or otherwise.

APPENDIX

TABLE 1 - Comparison of operating performance

(In thousands)

Successor Company

 

 

Predecessor Company

 

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

%

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

Change

Revenue

$

948,338

 

 

 

$

920,492

 

 

3.0

%

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direct operating expenses (excludes depreciation and amortization)

290,971

 

 

 

268,606

 

 

8.3

%

Selling, general and administrative expenses (excludes depreciation and amortization)

341,353

 

 

 

329,436

 

 

3.6

%

Corporate expenses (excludes depreciation and amortization)

70,044

 

 

 

56,699

 

 

23.5

%

Depreciation and amortization

95,268

 

 

 

43,295

 

 

 

Impairment charges

 

 

 

33,150

 

 

 

Other operating expense, net

(9,880

)

 

 

(2,462

)

 

 

Operating income

$

140,822

 

 

 

$

186,844

 

 

(24.6

)%

Depreciation and amortization

95,268

 

 

 

43,295

 

 

 

Impairment charges

 

 

 

33,150

 

 

 

Other operating expense, net

9,880

 

 

 

2,462

 

 

 

Share-based compensation expense

17,112

 

 

 

456

 

 

 

Restructuring and reorganization expenses

11,574

 

 

 

7,597

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA1

$

274,656

 

 

 

$

273,804

 

 

0.3

%

(In thousands)

Successor Company

 

 

Predecessor Company

 

Non-GAAP Combined2

 

Predecessor Company

 

 

 

Period from May 2, 2019 through September 30,

 

 

Period from January 1, 2019 through May 1,

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

%

 

2019

 

 

2019

 

2019

 

2018

 

Change

Revenue

$

1,583,984

 

 

 

$

1,073,471

 

 

$

2,657,455

 

 

$

2,585,028

 

 

2.8

%

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direct operating expenses (excludes depreciation and amortization)

475,262

 

 

 

359,696

 

 

834,958

 

 

773,424

 

 

8.0

%

Selling, general and administrative expenses (excludes depreciation and amortization)

568,493

 

 

 

436,345

 

 

1,004,838

 

 

1,003,728

 

 

0.1

%

Corporate expenses (excludes depreciation and amortization)

104,434

 

 

 

66,020

 

 

170,454

 

 

162,075

 

 

5.2

%

Depreciation and amortization

154,651

 

 

 

52,834

 

 

207,485

 

 

175,546

 

 

 

Impairment charges

 

 

 

91,382

 

 

91,382

 

 

33,150

 

 

 

Other operating expense, net

(6,634

)

 

 

(154

)

 

(6,788

)

 

(6,912

)

 

 

Operating income

$

274,510

 

 

 

$

67,040

 

 

$

341,550

 

 

$

430,193

 

 

(20.6

)%

Depreciation and amortization

154,651

 

 

 

52,834

 

 

207,485

 

 

175,546

 

 

 

Impairment charges

 

 

 

91,382

 

 

91,382

 

 

33,150

 

 

 

Other operating expense, net

6,634

 

 

 

154

 

 

6,788

 

 

6,912

 

 

 

Share-based compensation expense

20,151

 

 

 

498

 

 

20,649

 

 

1,628

 

 

 

Restructuring and reorganization expenses

13,463

 

 

 

13,241

 

 

26,704

 

 

21,132

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA1

$

469,409

 

 

 

$

225,149

 

 

$

694,558

 

 

$

668,561

 

 

3.9

%

Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to the 2019 presentation of financial information throughout the press release.

  1. See the end of this press release for reconciliations of (i) Adjusted EBITDA to Operating income, (ii) Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), (iii) cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations to Free Cash Flow from continuing operations and (iv) revenue, excluding political advertising revenue, to revenue. See also the definition of Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow and Adjusted EBITDA margin under the Supplemental Disclosure section in this release.
  2. See Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information.

TABLE 2 - Statements of Operations

(In thousands)

Successor Company

 

 

Predecessor Company

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

2019

 

 

2018

Revenue

$

948,338

 

 

 

$

920,492

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

Direct operating expenses (excludes depreciation and amortization)

290,971

 

 

 

268,606

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses (excludes depreciation and amortization)

341,353

 

 

 

329,436

 

Corporate expenses (excludes depreciation and amortization)

70,044

 

 

 

56,699

 

Depreciation and amortization

95,268

 

 

 

43,295

 

Impairment charges

 

 

 

33,150

 

Other operating expense, net

(9,880

)

 

 

(2,462

)

Operating income

140,822

 

 

 

186,844

 

Interest expense

100,967

 

 

 

2,097

 

Loss on investments, net

1,735

 

 

 

186

 

Equity in loss of nonconsolidated affiliates

(1

)

 

 

(30

)

Other expense, net

(12,457

)

 

 

(281

)

Reorganization items, net

 

 

 

(52,475

)

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

29,132

 

 

 

132,147

 

Income tax expense

(16,758

)

 

 

(10,873

)

Income from continuing operations

12,374

 

 

 

121,274

 

Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

 

 

 

(49,491

)

Net income

12,374

 

 

 

71,783

 

Less amount attributable to noncontrolling interest

 

 

 

1,705

 

Net income attributable to the Company

$

12,374

 

 

 

$

70,078

 

(In thousands)

Successor Company

 

 

Predecessor Company

 

Non-GAAP Combined

 

Predecessor Company

 

Period from May 2, 2019 through September 30,

 

 

Period from January 1, 2019 through May 1,

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

2019

 

 

2019

 

2019

 

2018

Revenue

$

1,583,984

 

 

 

$

1,073,471

 

 

$

2,657,455

 

 

$

2,585,028

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direct operating expenses (excludes depreciation and amortization)

475,262

 

 

 

359,696

 

 

834,958

 

 

773,424

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses (excludes depreciation and amortization)

568,493

 

 

 

436,345

 

 

1,004,838

 

 

1,003,728

 

Corporate expenses (excludes depreciation and amortization)

104,434

 

 

 

66,020

 

 

170,454

 

 

162,075

 

Depreciation and amortization

154,651

 

 

 

52,834

 

 

207,485

 

 

175,546

 

Impairment charges

 

 

 

91,382

 

 

91,382

 

 

33,150

 

Other operating expense, net

(6,634

)

 

 

(154

)

 

(6,788

)

 

(6,912

)

Operating income

274,510

 

 

 

67,040

 

 

341,550

 

 

430,193

 

Interest (income) expense, net

170,678

 

 

 

(499

)

 

170,179

 

 

333,843

 

Gain (loss) on investments, net

1,735

 

 

 

(10,237

)

 

(8,502

)

 

9,361

 

Equity in loss of nonconsolidated affiliates

(25

)

 

 

(66

)

 

(91

)

 

(93

)

Other income (expense), net

(21,614

)

 

 

23

 

 

(21,591

)

 

(22,755

)

Reorganization items, net

 

 

 

9,461,826

 

 

9,461,826

 

 

(313,270

)

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

83,928

 

 

 

9,519,085

 

 

9,603,013

 

 

(230,407

)

Income tax benefit (expense)

(32,761

)

 

 

(39,095

)

 

(71,856

)

 

9,828

 

Income (loss) from continuing operations

51,167

 

 

 

9,479,990

 

 

9,531,157

 

 

(220,579

)

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax

 

 

 

1,685,123

 

 

1,685,123

 

 

(206,968

)

Net income (loss)

51,167

 

 

 

11,165,113

 

 

11,216,280

 

 

(427,547

)

Less amount attributable to noncontrolling interest

 

 

 

(19,028

)

 

(19,028

)

 

(10,732

)

Net income (loss) attributable to the Company

$

51,167

 

 

 

$

11,184,141

 

 

$

11,235,308

 

 

$

(416,815

)

TABLE 3 - Selected Balance Sheet Information

Selected balance sheet information for September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018:

 

Successor Company

 

 

Predecessor Company

(In millions)

September 30, 2019

 

 

December 31, 2018

Cash

$

277.1

 

 

 

$

224.0

 

Total Current Assets

1,271.2

 

 

 

2,235.0

 

Net Property, Plant and Equipment

834.0

 

 

 

502.2

 

Total Assets

10,934.9

 

 

 

12,269.5

 

Current Liabilities (excluding current portion of long-term debt)

582.9

 

 

 

1,201.5

 

Long-term Debt (including current portion of long-term debt)

5,809.0

 

 

 

46.1

 

Shareholders’ Equity (Deficit)

2,846.9

 

 

 

(11,560.3

)

Included within the Predecessor Company's Consolidated Balance Sheet as of December 31, 2018 were current assets, long-term assets, current liabilities and long-term liabilities of $1,015.8 million, $3,351.5 million, $729.8 million and $5,872.3 million, respectively, of the Company's Outdoor business classified as discontinued operations.

Supplemental Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information

The following tables set forth the Company’s Adjusted EBITDA for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as consolidated Operating income adjusted to exclude restructuring and reorganization expenses included within Direct operating expenses, Selling, General and Administrative expenses, (“SG&A”) and Corporate expenses and share-based compensation expenses included within Corporate expenses, as well as the following line items presented in our Statements of Operations: Depreciation and amortization, Impairment charges and Other operating income (expense), net. Alternatively, Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as Net income (loss), adjusted to exclude (Income) loss from discontinued operations, net of tax, Income tax (benefit) expense, Interest expense, Depreciation and amortization, Reorganization items, net, Other (income) expense, net, Gain (loss) on investments, net, Impairment charges, Other operating (income) expense, net, Share-based compensation, and restructuring and reorganization expenses. Restructuring expenses primarily include severance expenses incurred in connection with cost saving initiatives, as well as certain expenses, which, in the view of management, are outside the ordinary course of business or otherwise not representative of the Company's operations during a normal business cycle. Reorganization expenses primarily include the amortization of retention bonus amounts paid or payable to certain members of management directly as a result of the Reorganization.

Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated as Adjusted EBITDA divided by Revenue.

The Company uses Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin, among other measures, to evaluate the Company’s operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA is among the primary measures used by management for the planning and forecasting of future periods, as well as for measuring performance for compensation of executives and other members of management. We believe this measure is an important indicator of the Company’s operational strength and performance of its business because it provides a link between operational performance and operating income. It is also a primary measure used by management in evaluating companies as potential acquisition targets.

The Company believes the presentation of this measure is relevant and useful for investors because it allows investors to view performance in a manner similar to the method used by the Company’s management. The Company believes it helps improve investors’ ability to understand the Company’s operating performance and makes it easier to compare the Company’s results with other companies that have different capital structures or tax rates. In addition, the Company believes this measure is also among the primary measures used externally by the Company’s investors, analysts and peers in its industry for purposes of valuation and comparing the operating performance of the Company to other companies in its industry.

Since Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure calculated in accordance with GAAP, it should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, operating income as an indicator of operating performance and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA is not necessarily a measure of the Company’s ability to fund its cash needs. As it excludes certain financial information compared with operating income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, users of this financial information should consider the types of events and transactions which are excluded.

We define Free cash flow from (used for) continuing operations ("Free Cash Flow") as Cash provided by (used for) operating activities from continuing operations less capital expenditures, which is disclosed as Purchases of property, plant and equipment by continuing operations in the Company's Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows. We use Free Cash Flow, among other measures, to evaluate the Company’s liquidity and its ability to generate cash flow. We believe that Free Cash Flow is meaningful to investors because it provides them with a view of the Company's liquidity after deducting capital expenditures, which are considered to be a necessary component of ongoing operations. In addition, we believe that Free Cash Flow helps improve investors' ability to compare our liquidity with that of other companies. Since Free Cash Flow is not a measure calculated in accordance with GAAP, it should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, Cash provided by operating activities and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies. Free Cash Flow is not necessarily a measure of our ability to fund our cash needs.

The Company presents revenue, excluding the effects of political revenue. Due to the cyclical nature of the electoral system and the seasonality of the related political revenue, management believes presenting revenue, excluding the effects of political revenue, provides additional information to investors about the Company’s revenue growth from period to period.

Since these non-GAAP financial measures are not calculated in accordance with GAAP, they should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures as an indicator of operating performance or liquidity.

As required by the SEC rules, the Company provides reconciliations below to the most directly comparable measures reported under GAAP, including (i) Adjusted EBITDA to Operating income, (ii) Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), (iii) cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations to Free Cash Flow from continuing operations and (iv) revenue, excluding political advertising revenue, to revenue.

Predecessor - Successor Presentation

Our financial results for the periods from January 1, 2019 through May 1, 2019 and for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 are referred to as those of the “Predecessor” period. Our financial results for the period from May 2, 2019 through September 30, 2019 are referred to as those of the “Successor” period. Our results of operations as reported in our Consolidated Financial Statements for these periods are prepared in accordance with GAAP. Although GAAP requires that we report on our results for the period from January 1, 2019 through May 1, 2019 and the period from May 2, 2019 through September 30, 2019 separately, management views the Company’s operating results for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 by combining the results of the applicable Predecessor and Successor periods because such presentation provides the most meaningful comparison of our year-to-date results to prior periods.

The Company cannot adequately benchmark the operating results of the period from May 2, 2019 through September 30, 2019 against any of the previous periods reported in its Consolidated Financial Statements without combining it with the period from January 1, 2019 through May 1, 2019 and does not believe that reviewing the results of this period in isolation would be useful in identifying trends in or reaching conclusions regarding the Company’s overall operating performance. Management believes that the key performance metrics such as revenue, operating income and Adjusted EBITDA for the Successor period when combined with the Predecessor period provides more meaningful comparisons to other periods and are useful in identifying current business trends. Accordingly, in addition to presenting our results of operations as reported in our Consolidated Financial Statements in accordance with GAAP, the tables and discussion included within this press release also present the combined results for the nine months ended September 30, 2019.

The combined results for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, which we refer to herein as the results for the "nine months ended September 30, 2019" represent the sum of the reported amounts for the Predecessor period from January 1, 2019 through May 1, 2019 and the Successor period from May 2, 2019 through September 30, 2019. These combined results are not considered to be prepared in accordance with GAAP and have not been prepared as pro forma results per applicable regulations. The combined operating results do not reflect the actual results we would have achieved absent our emergence from bankruptcy and may not be indicative of future results.

Reconciliation of Operating Income to Adjusted EBITDA

(In thousands)

Successor Company

 

 

Predecessor Company

 

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

%

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

Change

Operating income

$

140,822

 

 

 

$

186,844

 

 

(24.6

)%

Depreciation and amortization

95,268

 

 

 

43,295

 

 

 

Impairment charges

 

 

 

33,150

 

 

 

Other operating expense, net

9,880

 

 

 

2,462

 

 

 

Share-based compensation expense

17,112

 

 

 

456

 

 

 

Restructuring and reorganization expenses

11,574

 

 

 

7,597

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

274,656

 

 

 

$

273,804

 

 

0.3

%

(In thousands)

Successor Company

 

 

Predecessor Company

 

Non-GAAP Combined2

 

Predecessor Company

 

 

 

Period from May 2, 2019 through September 30,

 

 

Period from January 1, 2019 through May 1,

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

%

 

2019

 

 

2019

 

2019

 

2018

 

Change

Operating income

$

274,510

 

 

 

$

67,040

 

 

$

341,550

 

 

$

430,193

 

 

(20.6

)%

Depreciation and amortization

154,651

 

 

 

52,834

 

 

207,485

 

 

175,546

 

 

 

Impairment charges

 

 

 

91,382

 

 

91,382

 

 

33,150

 

 

 

Other operating expense, net

6,634

 

 

 

154

 

 

6,788

 

 

6,912

 

 

 

Share-based compensation expense

20,151

 

 

 

498

 

 

20,649

 

 

1,628

 

 

 

Restructuring and reorganization expenses

13,463

 

 

 

13,241

 

 

26,704

 

 

21,132

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

469,409

 

 

 

$

225,149

 

 

$

694,558

 

 

$

668,561

 

 

3.9

%

Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

(In thousands)

Successor Company

 

 

Predecessor Company

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

2019

 

 

2018

Net income

$

12,374

 

 

 

$

71,783

 

Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

 

 

 

49,491

 

Income tax expense

16,758

 

 

 

10,873

 

Interest expense, net

100,967

 

 

 

2,097

 

Depreciation and amortization

95,268

 

 

 

43,295

 

EBITDA from continuing operations

$

225,367

 

 

 

$

177,539

 

Reorganization items, net

 

 

 

52,475

 

Gain on investments, net

(1,735

)

 

 

(186

)

Other expense, net

12,457

 

 

 

281

 

Equity in loss of nonconsolidated affiliates

1

 

 

 

30

 

Impairment charges

 

 

 

33,150

 

Other operating expense, net

9,880

 

 

 

2,462

 

Share-based compensation expense

17,112

 

 

 

456

 

Restructuring and reorganization expenses

11,574

 

 

 

7,597

 

Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations

$

274,656

 

 

 

$

273,804

 

(In thousands)

Successor Company

 

 

Predecessor Company

 

Non-GAAP Combined

 

Predecessor Company

 

Period from May 2, 2019 through September 30,

 

 

Period from January 1, 2019 through May 1,

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

2019

 

 

2019

 

2019

 

2018

Net income (loss)

$

51,167

 

 

 

$

11,165,113

 

 

$

11,216,280

 

 

$

(427,547

)

(Income) loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

 

 

 

(1,685,123

)

 

(1,685,123

)

 

206,968

 

Income tax (benefit) expense

32,761

 

 

 

39,095

 

 

71,856

 

 

(9,828

)

Interest (income) expense, net

170,678

 

 

 

(499

)

 

170,179

 

 

333,843

 

Depreciation and amortization

154,651

 

 

 

52,834

 

 

207,485

 

 

175,546

 

EBITDA from continuing operations

$

409,257

 

 

 

$

9,571,420

 

 

$

9,980,677

 

 

$

278,982

 

Reorganization items, net

 

 

 

(9,461,826

)

 

(9,461,826

)

 

313,270

 

(Gain) loss on investments, net

(1,735

)

 

 

10,237

 

 

8,502

 

 

(9,361

)

Other (income) expense, net

21,614

 

 

 

(23

)

 

21,591

 

 

22,755

 

Equity in loss of nonconsolidated affiliates

25

 

 

 

66

 

 

91

 

 

93

 

Impairment charges

 

 

 

91,382

 

 

91,382

 

 

33,150

 

Other operating expense, net

6,634

 

 

 

154

 

 

6,788

 

 

6,912

 

Share-based compensation expense

20,151

 

 

 

498

 

 

20,649

 

 

1,628

 

Restructuring and reorganization expenses

13,463

 

 

 

13,241

 

 

26,704

 

 

21,132

 

Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations

$

469,409

 

 

 

$

225,149

 

 

$

694,558

 

 

$

668,561

 

Reconciliation of Cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations to Free cash flow from continuing operations

(In thousands)

Successor Company

 

 

Predecessor Company

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

2019

 

 

2018

Cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations

$

180,341

 

 

 

$

155,528

 

Purchases of property, plant and equipment by continuing operations

(28,870

)

 

 

(20,142

)

Free cash flow from continuing operations

$

151,471

 

 

 

$

135,386

 

Reconciliation of Revenue, excluding Political Advertising Revenue, to Revenue

(In thousands)

Successor Company

 

 

Predecessor Company

 

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

% Change

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

Consolidated revenue

$

948,338

 

 

 

$

920,492

 

 

3.0

%

Excluding: Political revenue

(7,151

)

 

 

(23,125

)

 

 

Consolidated revenue, excluding effects of political revenue

$

941,187

 

 

 

$

897,367

 

 

4.9

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio revenue

$

890,364

 

 

 

$

852,280

 

 

4.5

%

Excluding: Political revenue

(5,600

)

 

 

(11,528

)

 

 

Audio revenue, excluding effects of political revenue

$

884,764

 

 

 

$

840,752

 

 

5.2

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio & media services revenue

$

59,873

 

 

 

$

69,823

 

 

(14.3

)%

Excluding: Political revenue

(1,551

)

 

 

(11,597

)

 

 

Audio & media services revenue, excluding effects of political revenue

$

58,322

 

 

 

$

58,226

 

 

0.2

%

(In thousands)

Successor Company

 

 

Predecessor Company

 

Non-GAAP Combined

 

Predecessor Company

 

 

 

Period from May 2, 2019 through September 30,

 

 

Period from January 1, 2019 through May 1,

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

% Change

 

2019

 

 

2019

 

2019

 

2018

 

Consolidated revenue

$

1,583,984

 

 

 

$

1,073,471

 

 

$

2,657,455

 

 

$

2,585,028

 

 

2.8

%

Excluding: Political revenue

(10,347

)

 

 

(4,777

)

 

(15,124

)

 

(47,210

)

 

 

Consolidated revenue, excluding effects of political revenue

$

1,573,637

 

 

 

$

1,068,694

 

 

$

2,642,331

 

 

$

2,537,818

 

 

4.1

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio revenue

$

1,486,594

 

 

 

$

1,006,677

 

 

$

2,493,271

 

 

$

2,409,330

 

 

3.5

%

Excluding: Political revenue

(8,269

)

 

 

(3,980

)

 

(12,249

)

 

(29,087

)

 

 

Audio revenue, excluding effects of political revenue

$

1,478,325

 

 

 

$

1,002,697

 

 

$

2,481,022

 

 

$

2,380,243

 

 

4.2

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Audio & media services revenue

$

100,410

 

 

 

$

69,362

 

 

$

169,772

 

 

$

180,582

 

 

(6.0

)%

Excluding: Political revenue

(2,078

)

 

 

(797

)

 

(2,875

)

 

(18,123

)

 

 

Audio & media services revenue, excluding effects of political revenue

$

98,332

 

 

 

$

68,565

 

 

$

166,897

 

 

$

162,459

 

 

2.7

%

 

Source: iHeartMedia, Inc.

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