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Lamar Advertising Company Announces Fourth Quarter And Year End 2012 Operating Results

Twelve Months Results

Lamar reported net revenues of $1.2 billion for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012 versus $1.1 billion for the same period in 2011, a 4.4% increase. Operating income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012 was $217.7 million as compared to $186.4 million for the same period in 2011. Adjusted EBITDA for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012 was $514.4 million versus $487.1 million for the same period in 2011. There was net income of $9.8 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012 as compared to net income of $8.6 million for the same period in 2011.

Free Cash Flow for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012 increased 19.0% to $267.5 million as compared to $224.8 million for the same period in 2011.

Liquidity

As of December 31, 2012, Lamar had $301.2 million in total liquidity that consists of $242.3 million available for borrowing under its revolving senior credit facility and approximately $58.9 million in cash and cash equivalents.

Recent Significant Transactions

Notes Offering. On October 30, 2012, Lamar's wholly owned subsidiary, Lamar Media Corp., closed a private placement of $535 million in aggregate principal amount of 5% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2023, which resulted in net proceeds to Lamar Media of approximately $527 million.

NextMedia Acquisition. On October 31, 2012, the Company used a portion of the proceeds from the 5% Senior Subordinated Notes offering to purchase all of the outstanding common stock of NextMedia Outdoor, Inc. for $145 million in cash.

Early Extinguishment of Debt. During November 2012, Lamar Media used a portion of the proceeds from the 5% Senior Subordinated Notes offering to redeem in full all its outstanding 6 5/8% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2015 (approximately $137.2 million in aggregate principal amount) at a redemption price of 101.104% plus accrued and unpaid interest up to but not including the applicable redemption date for an aggregate redemption price of approximately $141.1 million. In addition, on December 14, 2012, Lamar Media repaid $295 million of the Term B loan outstanding under its senior credit facility. Approximately $22 million remains outstanding under the Term B loan as of December 31, 2012.

In connection with the prepayments described above, the Company recorded a loss on early extinguishment of debt of $9.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, of which $4.3 million related to the write off of previously capitalized and unamortized debt issuance fees.

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