MEXICO CITY, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grupo Radio Centro, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: RC, BMV: RCENTRO-A) (the "Company"), one of Mexico's leading radio broadcasting companies, announced today its results of operations for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2009. All figures were prepared in accordance with the Mexican Financial Reporting Standards ("MFRS") issued by the Mexican Board for Research and Development of Financial Information Standards.
Fourth Quarter Results
Broadcasting revenue for the fourth quarter of 2009 was Ps. 260,873,000, an increase of 12.8% compared to Ps. 231,342,000 reported for the fourth quarter of 2008. This increase was mainly attributable to higher advertising expenditures by the Company's clients in Mexico during the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to the same period of 2008, as well as broadcasting revenue from the Los Angeles radio station KXOS-FM. The Company began to sell advertising time on KXOS-FM in April 2009 pursuant to a local marketing agreement (the "LMA") with Emmis Communications Corporation.
The Company's broadcasting expenses (excluding depreciation, amortization and corporate, general and administrative expenses) for the fourth quarter of 2009 were Ps. 172,883,000, 38.5% higher than the Ps. 124,842,000 reported for the fourth quarter of 2008. This increase was primarily due to (i) broadcasting expenses incurred in connection with KXOS-FM, and (ii) higher commissions paid to the Company's sales force due to higher broadcasting revenue in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to the same period of 2008.For the fourth quarter of 2009, the Company reported broadcasting income (i.e., broadcasting revenue minus broadcasting expenses, excluding depreciation, amortization and corporate, general and administrative expenses) of Ps. 87,990,000, 17.4% lower than the Ps. 106,500,000 reported for the fourth quarter of 2008. This decrease in broadcasting income was mainly attributable to the increase in broadcasting expenses, as described above.