Lamar Advertising Company Announces Fourth Quarter And Year End 2010 Operating Results

Lamar Advertising Company (Nasdaq: LAMR), a leading owner and operator of outdoor advertising and logo sign displays, announces the Company’s operating results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010.

Fourth Quarter Results

Lamar reported net revenues of $275.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2010 versus $262.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2009, a 5.1% increase. Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $32.8 million as compared to $20.4 million for the same period in 2009. There was a net loss of $7.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to a net loss of $19.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2009.

Adjusted EBITDA (defined as operating income before non-cash compensation, depreciation and amortization and gain on disposition of assets - see reconciliation to net loss at the end of this release) for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $115.4 million versus $106.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2009, an 8.0% increase.

Free cash flow (defined as Adjusted EBITDA less interest, net of interest income and amortization of financing costs, current taxes, preferred stock dividends and total capital expenditures - see reconciliation to cash flows provided by operating activities at the end of this release) for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $59.2 million as compared to $50.4 million for the same period in 2009, a 17.5% increase.

Pro forma net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased 4.4% and pro forma Adjusted EBITDA increased 7.6% as compared to the fourth quarter of 2009. Pro forma net revenue and Adjusted EBITDA include adjustments to the 2009 period for acquisitions and divestitures for the same time frame as actually owned in the 2010 period. Tables that reconcile reported results to pro forma results and operating income to outdoor operating income are included at the end of this release.

Twelve Months Results

Lamar reported net revenues of $1.09 billion for the twelve months ended December 31, 2010 versus $1.06 billion for the same period in 2009, a 3.4% increase. Operating income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2010 was $139.5 million as compared to $97.6 million for the same period in 2009. Adjusted EBITDA increased to $465.2 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2010 versus $441.4 million for the same period in 2009. There was a net loss of $40.1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2010 as compared to a net loss of $58.0 million for the same period in 2009.

Free cash flow for the twelve months ended December 31, 2010 increased 4.3% to $251.5 million as compared to $241.1 million for the same period in 2009.

Liquidity

As of December 31, 2010, Lamar had $331.6 million in total liquidity that consists of $239.9 million available for borrowing under its revolving senior credit facility and $91.7 million in cash.

Guidance

For the first quarter of 2011 the Company expects net revenue to be approximately $256 million. On a pro forma basis this represents an increase of approximately 4.5%.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including the statements regarding guidance for the first quarter of 2011. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others; (1) our significant indebtedness; (2) the length and severity of the current recession and the effect that it has on the demand for advertising; (3) the continued popularity of outdoor advertising as an advertising medium; (4) our need for and ability to obtain additional funding for operations, debt refinancing or acquisitions; (5) the regulation of the outdoor advertising industry; (6) the integration of companies that we acquire and our ability to recognize cost savings or operating efficiencies as a result of these acquisitions; (7) the market for our Class A common stock and (8) other factors described in the reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q and the registration statements that we file from time to time with the SEC. We caution investors not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this document. These statements speak only as of the date of this document, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise the statements, except as may be required by law.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow, pro forma results and outdoor operating income are not measures of performance under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) and should not be considered alternatives to operating income, net loss, cash flows from operating activities, or other GAAP figures as indicators of the Company’s financial performance or liquidity. The Company’s management believes that Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow, pro forma results and outdoor operating income are useful in evaluating the Company’s performance and provide investors and financial analysts a better understanding of the Company’s core operating results. The pro forma acquisition adjustments are intended to provide information that may be useful for investors when assessing period to period results. Our presentations of these measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Reconciliations of these measures to GAAP are included at the end of this release.

Conference Call Information

A conference call will be held to discuss the Company’s operating results on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. central time. Instructions for the conference call and Webcast are provided below:

Conference Call

All Callers:
 

1-334-323-0520 or 1-334-323-9871

Passcode:

Lamar
 

Replay:

1-334-323-7226

Passcode:

45161860
Available through Monday, February 28, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.
 

Live Webcast:

www.lamar.com
 

Webcast Replay:

www.lamar.com
Available through Monday, February 28, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.

General Information

Lamar Advertising Company is a leading outdoor advertising company currently operating over 150 outdoor advertising companies in 44 states, Canada and Puerto Rico, logo businesses in 22 states and the province of Ontario, Canada and over 60 transit advertising franchises in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

           

LAMAR ADVERTISING COMPANY AND

SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(UNAUDITED)

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE DATA)
 

 

 

Three months ended    

December 31,

Twelve months ended

December 31,
 
2010 2009 2010 2009
 
Net revenues $

275,684
$ 262,315

$
1,092,291 $ 1,056,065
 
Operating expenses (income)
Direct advertising expenses 100,495 99,670 398,467 397,725
General and administrative expenses 49,283 46,064 188,202 177,947
Corporate expenses 10,522 9,753 40,472 39,014
Non-cash compensation 5,124 2,775 17,839 12,462
Depreciation and amortization 78,579 83,933 312,703 336,725
Gain on disposition of assets ( 1,144 ) ( 329 ) ( 4,900 ) ( 5,424 )
242,859 241,866 952,783 958,449
Operating income 32,825 20,449 139,508 97,616
 
Other expense (income)
Gain on disposition of investment

(

1,445
)
Loss (gain) on extinguishment of debt, net 350 17,398 ( 3,320 )
Interest income ( 177 ) ( 85 ) ( 367 ) ( 527 )
Interest expense 44,726 51,962 186,048 197,047
44,549 52,227 203,079 191,755
Loss before income tax ( 11,724 ) ( 31,778 ) ( 63,571 ) ( 94,139 )
Income tax benefit ( 4,605 ) ( 12,096 ) ( 23,469 ) ( 36,101 )
 
Net loss ( 7,119 ) ( 19,682 ) ( 40,102 ) ( 58,038 )
Preferred stock dividends 92 92 365 365
Net loss applicable to common stock ($ 7,211 ) ($ 19,774 ) ($ 40,467 ) ($ 58,403 )
 

Earnings per share:
Basic loss per share ($ 0.08 ) ($ 0.22 ) ($ 0.44 ) ($ 0.64 )
Diluted loss per share ($ 0.08 ) ($ 0.22 ) ($ 0.44 ) ($ 0.64 )
 
Weighted average common sharesoutstanding:
- basic 92,491,327 91,880,167 92,261,157 91,730,109
- diluted 92,959,871 92,394,975 92,673,650 91,836,094
OTHER DATA

Free Cash Flow Computation:

Adjusted EBITDA
$ 115,384 $ 106,828 $ 465,150 $ 441,379

Interest, net of interest income
( 44,549 ) ( 51,877 ) ( 185,681 ) ( 196,520 )

Amortization included in interest expense
4,355 3,719 16,934 19,442

Current tax (expense) benefit
(

150
) 1,627 ( 1,119 ) 15,981

Preferred stock dividends
(

92
) ( 92 ) ( 365 ) ( 365 )

Total capital expenditures (1)
( 15,740 ) ( 9,805 )

(
43,452 ) ( 38,815

)
Free cash flow $ 59,208 $ 50,400 $ 251,467 $ 241,102  

(1)See the capital expenditures detail included below for a breakdown by category.
 
 

 
December 31,

December 31,

Selected Balance Sheet Data:

2010

2009

Cash and cash equivalents
91,679 112,253

Working capital
155,829 104,229

Total assets
3,648,961 3,943,541

Total debt (including current maturities)
2,409,140 2,674,912
Total stockholders’ equity $ 818,523 $ 831,798  
       
Three months ended Twelve months ended
December 31, December 31,
2010     2009 2010   2009
 

Other Data:
Cash flows provided by operating activities $ 132,641 $ 102,321 $ 322,820 $ 293,743
Cash flows used in investing activities 16,553 10,212 41,480 29,039
Cash flows used in financing activities 63,036 28,972 302,429 168,349
 

 

Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to Cash Flows Provided by Operating Activities:
Cash flows provided by operating activities $ 132,641 $ 102,321 $ 322,820 $ 293,743
Changes in operating assets and liabilities ( 54,222

)

(
37,799 ) ( 18,800

)

(
798 )
Total capital expenditures ( 15,740

)

(
9,805 ) ( 43,452

)

(
38,815 )
Preferred stock dividends ( 92

)

(
92 ) ( 365

)

(
365 )
Other ( 3,379

)

(
4,225 ) ( 8,736

)

(
12,663 )
Free cash flow $ 59,208 $ 50,400 $ 251,467 $ 241,102
 

 

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net loss:
Adjusted EBITDA $ 115,384 $ 106,828 $ 465,150 $ 441,379
Less:
Non-cash compensation 5,124 2,775 17,839 12,462
Depreciation and amortization 78,579 83,933 312,703 336,725
Gain on disposition of assets ( 1,144

)

(
329 ) ( 4,900

)

(
5,424 )
Operating Income 32,825 20,449 139,508 97,616
 
Less:
Interest income ( 177

)

(
85 ) ( 367

)

(
527 )
Gain on disposition of investment (

1,445
)
Loss (gain) extinguishment of debt 350 17,398 ( 3,320 )
Interest expense 44,726 51,962 186,048 197,047
Income tax benefit ( 4,605

)

(
12,096 ) ( 23,469

)

(
36,101 )
Net loss ($ 7,119

)

($
19,682 ) ($ 40,102

)

($
58,038 )

           

 

Three months ended

    December 31,

Reconciliation of Reported Basis to Pro Forma (a) Basis:

2010

 2009

 % Change
Net revenue $ 275,684 $ 262,315 5.1 %
Acquisitions and divestitures 1,841
Pro forma net revenue $ 275,684 $ 264,156

4.4 %
 
Direct advertising and G&A expenses $ 149,778 $ 145,734 2.8 %
Acquisitions and divestitures 1,432
Pro forma direct advertising and G&A expenses $ 149,778 $ 147,166 1.8 %
 
Outdoor operating income $ 125,906 $ 116,581 8.0%
Acquisitions and divestitures 409
Pro forma outdoor operating income $ 125,906 $ 116,990 7.6%
 
Corporate expenses $ 10,522 $ 9,753 7.9%
Acquisitions and divestitures
Pro forma corporate expenses $ 10,522 $ 9,753 7.9%
 
Adjusted EBITDA $ 115,384 $ 106,828 8.0%
Acquisitions and divestitures 409
Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA $ 115,384 $ 107,237 7.6%

(a) Pro forma net revenues, direct advertising and general and administrative expenses, outdoor operating income, corporate expenses and Adjusted EBITDA include adjustments to 2009 for acquisitions and divestitures for the same time frame as actually owned in 2010.
     

Three months ended

    December 31,

Reconciliation of Outdoor Operating Income to Operating Income:

2010
     

2009

 
Outdoor operating income $ 125,906 $ 116,581
Less: Corporate expenses 10,522 9,753
Non-cash compensation 5,124 2,775
Depreciation and amortization 78,579 83,933
Plus: Gain on disposition of assets 1,144 329
Operating income $ 32,825 $ 20,449
  Three months ended         Twelve months ended
December 31, December 31,

2010
       

2009

2010
       

2009

Capital expenditure detail by category
 
Billboards - traditional $ 4,165 $ 954 $ 9,506 $ 7,401
Billboards - digital 4,639 3,586 13,214 15,178
Logo 2,296 1,999 8,483 5,275
Transit 150 2,365 876 5,488
Land and buildings 1,810 29 2,531 578
Operating equipment 2,680 872 8,842 4,895
Total capital expenditures $ 15,740 $ 9,805 $ 43,452 $ 38,815

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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