LIN Media LLC (“LIN Media” or the “Company”; NYSE: LIN), a local multimedia company, today reported results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013. Summary of Results for the Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2013
- Net revenues decreased 6% to $183.9 million compared to $196.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.
- Net political revenues were $2.9 million compared to $45.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.
- Local revenues, which include net local advertising revenues, retransmission consent fee revenues and television station website revenues, increased 14% to $115.8 million compared to $101.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.
- Net national revenues increased 10% to $36 million compared to $32.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.
- Interactive revenues, which include revenues from LIN Digital, Nami Media, Inc., Dedicated Media, Inc. and HYFN, Inc., increased 107% to $26.5 million compared to $12.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.
- Operating income decreased 61% to $28 million compared to $71.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.
- Net income per diluted share was $0.08 compared to a net loss per diluted share of $(1.09) in the fourth quarter of 2012, which included a charge for special items of $1.66 per share.
- Net revenues increased 18% to $652.4 million compared to $553.5 million in 2012.
- Net political revenues were $7.6 million compared to $76.5 million in 2012.
- Local revenues increased 35% to $427.8 million compared to $316.5 million in 2012.
- Net national revenues increased 22% to $130.9 million compared to $107.3 million in 2012.
- Interactive revenues increased 85% to $75.9 million compared to $41.1 million in 2012.
- Operating income decreased 47% to $89.9 million compared to $171.1 million in 2012.
- Net income per diluted share was $2.84, which includes a $2.56 per share benefit from special items, compared to a net loss per diluted share of $(0.13) in 2012, which included a charge of $1.63 per share.
- Core local and national time sales combined, which excludes political time sales, increased 9% in the fourth quarter and 24% for the full year, compared to 2012.
- The automotive category, which represented 27% of local and national advertising sales in the fourth quarter, increased 7% as compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.
- The Company expanded local news at 11 television stations, launched high definition newscasts in five markets and added live streaming of its newscasts in all markets in 2013.
- According to comScore’s Media Metrix report, the Company’s unduplicated desktop reach equaled 83 million U.S. unique visitors, or 37% of the total U.S. Internet audience.(1)
- According to comScore’s Multi Platform Media Metrix report, 94% of the Company’s websites and mobile properties, in comScore measured markets, ranked number one or number two in their local market for overall engagement versus the Company’s measured local broadcast competitors.(2)
- LIN Digital, a comScore Top 15 Video Ad Network, unveiled its Video Insights Platform™, a comprehensive, cross-screen video measurement solution that empowers agencies by providing all of the metrics and insights needed to evaluate true campaign performance in a single, powerful tool.(3)
- The Company’s websites and mobile properties delivered 1.2 billion page views, with nearly 40% coming from mobile devices, and 120 million video views in 2013.(4)
Reversal of Valuation Allowance on Deferred Tax AssetsDuring the third quarter of 2013, the Company concluded that $18.2 million of its valuation allowance on deferred tax assets was no longer required, and reversed the valuation allowance, resulting in a corresponding tax benefit of $18.2 million.
|Year EndedDecember 31, 2013|
|Net income excluding special items||$||15.6|
|Tax benefit as a result of the Merger||124.3|
|Tax benefit as a result of reversal of valuation allowance||18.2|
|Net income as reported||$||158.1|
Key Balance Sheet and Cash Flow ItemsTotal debt outstanding as of December 31, 2013, net of cash, was $932.2 million compared to $843.9 million as of December 31, 2012. Unrestricted cash and cash equivalent balances as of December 31, 2013 were $12.5 million, compared to $46.3 million as of December 31, 2012. The Company's outstanding revolving credit facility balance was $5 million as of December 31, 2013, as compared to zero as of December 31, 2012. Consolidated net leverage, as defined in the credit agreement governing the senior secured credit facility, was 5.2x as of December 31, 2013, compared to 3.3x as of December 31, 2012. Other components of cash flow in the fourth quarter of 2013 include cash capital expenditures of $7.7 million and cash payments for programming of $7.7 million. Business Outlook The Company has provided historical quarterly financial information for its continuing operations and other key information on its website. Interested parties should go to the Investor Relations section of www.linmedia.com. The Company expects that net revenues for the first quarter of 2014 will increase in the range of 16% to 18% (or $22 million to $26 million), as compared to net revenues of $141 million in the first quarter of 2013, primarily as a result of growth in digital revenues and retransmission consent fees. The Company expects that its direct operating and selling, general and administrative expenses, which include variable sales-related expenses, will increase in the range of 27% to 30% (or $25.1 million to $27.1 million) in the first quarter of 2014 as compared to reported expenses of $91.9 million in the first quarter of 2013. The Company’s current outlook for revenues, expenses and cash flow items for the first quarter of 2014, excluding special items, are anticipated to be in the following ranges:
|First Quarter of 2014|
|Net broadcast revenues||$136.0 to $138.0 million|
|Interactive revenues||$25.0 to $26.0 million|
|Barter/Other revenues||$2.0 to $3.0 million|
|Total net revenues||$163.0 to $167.0 million|
|Direct operating and selling, general and administrative expense(1)||$117.0 to $119.0 million|
|Station non-cash share-based compensation expense||$0.5 million|
|Amortization of program rights||$6.0 to $7.0 million|
|Cash payments for programming||$6.0 to $7.0 million|
|Corporate expense(1)||$8.0 to $9.0 million|
|Corporate non-cash share-based compensation expense||$1.8 million|
|Depreciation and amortization of intangibles||$16.0 to $17.0 million|
|Cash capital expenditures||$7.0 to $9.0 million|
|Cash interest expense||$13.0 to $13.5 million|
|Principal amortization of term loans and finance lease obligations||$4.3 million|
|Cash taxes||$5.0 to $6.0 million|
|Effective tax rate||37% to 40%|
|(1) Includes non-cash share-based compensation expense.|
Conference CallThe Company will hold a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2013 results today, February 6, 2014, at 9:00 AM Eastern Time. To participate in the call, please dial 1-888-329-8862 for U.S. callers and 1-719-457-2085 for international callers. The call-in pass code is 3967661. Callers who intend to participate in the call should dial-in 10 minutes before the start of the call to ensure access. The conference call will also be webcast simultaneously from the Company’s website, www.linmedia.com, and can be accessed there through a link on the home page. For those unavailable to participate in the live teleconference, a replay will be accessible via the Investor Relations section of www.linmedia.com or by dialing 1-888-203-1112 and entering the same pass code as above. The telephone replay will be available through February 20, 2014. Access to Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Supplemental Financial Data The Company reports and discusses its operating results using financial measures consistent with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and believes this should be the primary basis for evaluating its performance. Non-GAAP financial measures such as Broadcast Cash Flow (“BCF”), Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (“EBITDA”) and Free Cash Flow (“FCF”) should not be viewed as alternatives or substitutes for GAAP reporting. However, BCF, Adjusted EBITDA and FCF are common supplemental measures of performance used by investors, lenders, rating agencies and financial analysts. As a result, these non-GAAP measures can provide certain additional insight about the market value of the Company and its stations; the Company’s ability to fund acquisitions, investments and working capital needs; the Company’s ability to service its debt; the Company’s performance versus other peer companies in its industry; and other operating performance trends for its business. The Company makes available reconciliations of its operating income, a GAAP reporting measure, to BCF, Adjusted EBITDA and FCF on the Company’s website. In addition, the Company provides additional information on its website, at the same location, regarding historical revenue by source, pro forma income statement information and certain other components of cash flow. Interested parties should go to the Investor Relations section of www.linmedia.com. Forward-Looking Statements The information discussed in this press release, particularly in the section with the heading “Business Outlook,” includes forward-looking statements about the Company’s future operating results within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Company based these forward-looking statements on its current assumptions, knowledge, estimates and projections about factors that could affect its future operations. Although the Company believes that its assumptions made in connection with the forward-looking statements are reasonable, no assurances can be given that those assumptions and expectations will prove to be correct. Statements in this press release that are forward-looking include, but are not limited to, local, national and political advertising growth; changes in interactive, network compensation, barter and other revenues; changes in direct operating, selling, general and administrative, amortization of program rights and corporate expenses; and cash programming, cash capital expenditures, cash interest expense and principal amortization, cash tax payments and effective tax rates. These forward-looking statements are subject to various risks, uncertainties and assumptions which may cause these expectations and assumptions not to occur or to differ materially from those outcomes projected in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic uncertainty; restrictions on the Company’s operations as a result of the Company’s indebtedness; global or local events that could disrupt television broadcasting; softening of the domestic advertising market; further consolidation of national and local advertisers, and the national sales representation market; risks associated with acquisitions, and the integration of any acquired businesses including our ability to integrate and successfully expand our digital operations; changes in television viewing patterns, ratings and commercial viewing measurement; increases in news and syndicated programming costs, and capital expenditures; changes in television network affiliation agreements and retransmission consent agreements; changes in government regulation; competition; seasonality; effects of complying with accounting standards; potential influence of certain shareholders, including HM Capital Partners I, LP and its affiliates, and other risks discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and other filings made with the SEC (which are available on the Investor Relations section of www.linmedia.com, or at www.sec.gov), which are incorporated in this release by reference. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless otherwise required to by applicable law. About LIN Media LIN Media is a local multimedia company that operates or services 43 television stations and seven digital channels in 23 U.S. markets, with multiple network affiliates in 18 markets. Our growing digital media portfolio helps agencies and brands effectively and efficiently reach their target audiences at scale by utilizing our ComScore Top 15 Video and Top 25 Display market share, and the latest in conversational marketing, video, display, mobile, social intelligence and monetization, as well as reporting across all screens.
LIN Media’s highly-rated television stations deliver important local news and community stories along with top-rated sports and entertainment programming to 10.5% of U.S. television homes. LIN Media’s digital media operations focus on emerging media and interactive technologies that deliver performance-driven digital marketing solutions to some of the nation’s most respected agencies and brands. LIN Media is traded on the NYSE under the symbol “LIN”.
|LIN Media LLC Consolidated Statement of Operations (unaudited)|
|Three Months EndedDecember 31,||Year EndedDecember 31,|
|(in thousands, except per share data)|
|Selling, general and administrative||43,893||40,476||162,550||125,267|
|Amortization of program rights||6,700||6,836||29,242||23,048|
|General operating expenses||132,306||106,997||484,247||342,783|
|Depreciation, amortization and other operating expenses:|
|Amortization of intangible assets||5,788||4,902||22,826||6,364|
|Contract termination costs||3,887||—||3,887||—|
|Loss from asset dispositions||537||108||710||96|
|Interest expense, net||14,332||17,737||56,607||46,683|
|Share of loss in equity investments||31||94,000||56||98,309|
|Loss on extinguishment of debt||—||1,242||—||3,341|
|Other (income) expense, net||(15||)||61||2,100||237|
|Total other expense, net||14,348||113,040||58,763||148,570|
|Income (loss) before provision for (benefit from) income taxes||13,678||(41,801||)||31,181||22,491|
|Provision for (benefit from) income taxes||9,734||16,362||(125,420||)||40,463|
|Income (loss) from continuing operations||3,944||(58,163||)||156,601||(17,972||)|
|Loss from discontinued operations, net of a benefit from income taxes of $541||—||—||—||(1,018||)|
|Gain on the sale of discontinued operations, net of a provision for income taxes of $6,223||—||—||—||11,389|
|Net income (loss)||3,944||(58,163||)||156,601||(7,601||)|
|Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests||(612||)||(75||)||(1,512||)||(556||)|
|Net income (loss) attributable to LIN Media||$||4,556||$||(58,088||)||$||158,113||$||(7,045||)|
|Basic income (loss) per common share attributable to LIN Media:|
|Income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to LIN Media||$||0.09||$||(1.09||)||$||3.02||$||(0.32||)|
|Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax||—||—||—||(0.02||)|
|Gain on the sale of discontinued operations, net of tax||—||—||—||0.21|
|Net income (loss) attributable to LIN Media||$||0.09||$||(1.09||)||$||3.02||$||(0.13||)|
|Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding used in calculating basic income per common share||52,879||53,169||52,439||54,130|
|Diluted income (loss) per common share attributable to LIN Media:|
|Income (loss) from continuing operations attributable to LIN Media||$||0.08||$||(1.09||)||$||2.84||$||(0.32||)|
|Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax||—||—||—||(0.02||)|
|Gain on the sale of discontinued operations, net of tax||—||—||—||0.21|
|Net income (loss) attributable to LIN Media||$||0.08||$||(1.09||)||$||2.84||$||(0.13||)|
|Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding used in calculating diluted income per common share||56,240||53,169||55,639||54,130|
|Preliminary Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheet Data:|
|December 31, 2013||December 31, 2012|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||12,525||$||46,307|
|Total other assets||163,301||133,013|
|Total non-current assets||1,036,917||1,062,094|
|Current portion of long-term debt||$||17,364||$||10,756|
|Total other liabilities||166,079||439,509|
|Long-term debt, excluding current portion||927,328||879,471|
|Redeemable noncontrolling interest||12,845||3,242|
|Total members' equity (deficit)||89,127||(91,564||)|
|Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interest and members' equity (deficit)||$||1,212,743||$||1,241,414|
|Unaudited Consolidated Selected Statement of Cash Flows Data:|
|Year Ended December 31,|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||$||48,971||$||146,699|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(139,370||)||(104,259||)|
|Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities||56,617||(14,190||)|
|Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents||(33,782||)||28,250|
|Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period||46,307||18,057|
|Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period||$||12,525||$||46,307|