ATLANTA, Aug. 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cumulus Media Inc. (NASDAQ:CMLS) (the "Company," "we," "us," or "our") today announced operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016.  

For the three months ended June 30, 2016, the Company reported net revenue of $287.2 million, down 4.1% from the three months ended June 30, 2015, net income of  $1.1 million, down 91.3% from the three months ended June 30, 2015, and Adjusted EBITDA of $63.2 million, down 21.8% from the quarter ended June 30, 2015.  For the six months ended June 30, 2016, the Company reported net revenue of $555.7 million, down 2.6% from the six months ended June 30, 2015, a net loss of $13.4 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $105.1 million, down 16.2% from the six months ended June 30, 2015.

Mary Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media Inc. said, "The second quarter results underscore the substantial challenges that we must overcome.  However, our operating strategy is gaining measurable traction with significant ratings growth, improved employee engagement, reduced turnover and enhanced operational effectiveness. These are all critical first steps in the execution of our multi-year turnaround plan."

Operating Summary (in thousands, except percentages and per share data):
  Three Months Ended June 30,
    2016       2015     % Change
Net revenue $   287,193     $   299,334     (4.1 )%
Net income $   1,066     $   12,299     (91.3 )%
Adjusted EBITDA (1) $   63,180     $   80,815     (21.8 )%
Basic and diluted income per share $   0.00       $   0.05        

  Six Months Ended June 30,
    2016       2015     % Change
Net revenue $   555,723     $   570,413     (2.6 )%
Net (loss) income $   (13,363 )   $   284     **
Adjusted EBITDA (1) $   105,114     $   125,478     (16.2 )%
Basic and diluted loss per share $   (0.06   )   $   0.00        
                   

** Calculation is not meaningful
             
    June 30, 2016   December 31, 2015   % Change
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 49,798     $ 31,657     57.3 %
               
Term loans   1,838,940     $ 1,838,940     %
7.75% Senior Notes   610,000     610,000     %
Total debt   $ 2,448,940     $ 2,448,940     %

  Three Months Ended June 30,
  2016   2015   % Change
Capital expenditures $ 7,301     $ 4,765     53.2 %

  Six Months Ended June 30,
  2016   2015   % Change
Capital expenditures $ 11,462     $ 14,860     (22.9 )%
                     

(1) Adjusted EBITDA is not a financial measure calculated or presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). For additional information, see "Non-GAAP Financial Measure and Definition".

Segment Results for Three Months Ended June 30, 2016

Net Revenue

The Company operates two reportable segments, the Radio Station Group and Westwood One. Radio Station Group revenue is derived primarily from the sale of broadcasting time to local, regional and national advertisers. Westwood One revenue is generated primarily through network advertising.

Corporate includes support for each of the Company's reportable segments, including information technology, human resources, legal, finance and administrative functions, as well as overall executive, administrative and support functions.

The following tables present our net revenue by segment (dollars in thousands).
    Three Months Ended June 30, 2016
    Radio Station Group   Westwood One   Corporate and Other   Consolidated
Net revenue   $ 209,964     $ 76,530     $ 699     $ 287,193  
% of total revenue   73.1 %   26.7 %   0.2 %   100.0 %
$ change from three months ended June 30, 2015   $ 466     $ (12,237 )   $ (370 )   $ (12,141 )
% change from three months ended June 30, 2015   0.2 %   (13.8 )%   (34.6 )%   (4.1 )%

    Three Months Ended June 30, 2015
    Radio Station Group   Westwood One   Corporate and Other   Consolidated
Net revenue   $ 209,498     $ 88,767     $ 1,069     $ 299,334  
% of total revenue   70.0 %   29.6 %   0.4 %   100.0 %
                         

Net income (loss)

The following tables present our net income (loss) by segment (dollars in thousands).
    Three Months Ended June 30, 2016
    Radio Station Group   Westwood One   Corporate and Other   Consolidated
Net income (loss)   $ 46,405     $ 887     $ (46,226 )   $ 1,066  
$ change from three months ended June 30, 2015   $ (6,162 )   $ (6,681 )   $ 1,610     $ (11,233 )
% change from three months ended June 30, 2015   (11.7 )%   (88.3 )%   3.4 %   (91.3 )%

    Three Months Ended June 30, 2015
    Radio Station Group   Westwood One   Corporate and Other   Consolidated
Net income (loss)   $ 52,567     $ 7,568     $ (47,836 )   $ 12,299  
                                 

Adjusted EBITDA

The following tables present our Adjusted EBITDA by segment (dollars in thousands).
    Three Months Ended June 30, 2016
    Radio Station Group   Westwood One   Corporate and Other   Consolidated
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 59,321     $ 12,928     $ (9,069 )   $ 63,180  
$ change from three months ended June 30, 2015   $ (11,712 )   $ (5,584 )   $ (339 )   $ (17,635 )
% change from three months ended June 30, 2015   (16.5 )%   (30.2 )%   (3.9 )%   (21.8 )%

    Three Months Ended June 30, 2015
    Radio Station Group   Westwood One   Corporate and Other   Consolidated
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 71,033     $ 18,512     $ (8,730 )   $ 80,815  
                                 

Segment Results for Six Months Ended June 30, 2016

Net Revenue

The following tables present our net revenue by segment (dollars in thousands).
    Six Months Ended June 30, 2016
    Radio Station Group   Westwood One   Corporate and Other   Consolidated
Net revenue   $ 386,441     $ 168,094     $ 1,188     $ 555,723  
% of total revenue   69.5 %   30.2 %   0.3 %   100.0 %
$ change from six months ended June 30, 2015   $ 1,275     $ (15,222 )   $ (743 )   $ (14,690 )
% change from six months ended June 30, 2015   0.3 %   (8.3 )%   (38.5 )%   (2.6 )%

    Six Months Ended June 30, 2015
    Radio Station Group   Westwood One   Corporate and Other   Consolidated
Net revenue   $ 385,166     $ 183,316     $ 1,931     $ 570,413  
% of total revenue   67.5 %   32.2 %   0.3 %   100.0 %
                         

Net income (loss)

The following tables present our net income (loss) by segment (dollars in thousands).
    Six Months Ended June 30, 2016
    Radio Station Group   Westwood One   Corporate and Other   Consolidated
Net income (loss)   $ 71,144     $ (1,998 )   $ (82,509 )   $ (13,363 )
$ change from six months ended June 30, 2015   $ (7,956 )   $ (8,358 )   $ 2,667     $ (13,647 )
% change from six months ended June 30, 2015   (10.1 )%   (131.4 )%   (3.1 )%   (4,805.3 )%

    Six Months Ended June 30, 2015
    Radio Station Group   Westwood One   Corporate and Other   Consolidated
Net income (loss)   $ 79,100     $ 6,360     $ (85,176 )   $ 284  
                                 

Adjusted EBITDA

The following tables present our Adjusted EBITDA by segment (dollars in thousands).
    Six Months Ended June 30, 2016
    Radio Station Group   Westwood One   Corporate and Other   Consolidated
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 103,041     $ 20,687     $ (18,614 )   $ 105,114  
$ change from six months ended June 30, 2015   $ (13,408 )   $ (6,249 )   $ (707 )   $ (20,364 )
% change from six months ended June 30, 2015   (11.5 )%   (23.2 )%   3.9 %   (16.2 )%

    Six Months Ended June 30, 2015
    Radio Station Group   Westwood One   Corporate and Other   Consolidated
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 116,449     $ 26,936     $ (17,907 )   $ 125,478  
                                 

The following table presents our net revenue by segment for each quarter during the year ended December 31, 2015 (dollars in thousands).
    Radio Station Group   Westwood One   Corporate and Other   Consolidated
                 
Net revenue Q1 2015   $ 175,668     $ 94,549     $ 862     $ 271,079  
Net revenue Q2 2015   209,498   88,767     1,069     299,334  
Net revenue Q3 2015   204,677   84,071     693     289,441  
Net revenue Q4 2015   206,540   101,581     704     308,825
Net revenue FY 2015   $ 796,383     $ 368,968     $ 3,328     $ 1,168,679  
                                 

The following table presents our Adjusted EBITDA by segment for each quarter during the year ended December 31, 2015 (dollars in thousands).
    Radio Station Group   Westwood One   Corporate and Other   Consolidated
                 
Adjusted EBITDA Q1 2015   $ 45,416     $ 8,424     $ (9,177 )   $ 44,663  
Adjusted EBITDA Q2 2015   71,033     18,512     (8,730 )   80,815  
Adjusted EBITDA Q3 2015   63,032     16,120     (8,532 )   70,620  
Adjusted EBITDA Q4 2015   62,192     9,902     (9,047 )   63,047  
Adjusted EBITDA FY 2015   $ 241,673     $ 52,958     $ (35,486 )   $ 259,145  
                                 

Earnings Call InformationCumulus Media Inc. will host a teleconference today at 4:30 PM eastern time to discuss its second quarter 2016 operating results.

The conference call dial-in number for domestic callers is 877-830-7699. International callers should dial 574-990-0924 for conference call access.  If prompted, the conference ID is 57711868. Please call five to ten minutes in advance to ensure that you are connected prior to the presentation.

Following completion of the call, a replay can be accessed until 11:30 PM eastern time, September 4, 2016. Domestic callers can access the replay by dialing 866-247-4222, replay code 57711868. International callers should dial +44 (0)145255000 for conference replay access. An archive of the webcast will be available beginning 24 hours after the call for a period of 30 days.

A link to the live audio webcast of the conference call and the related earnings presentation will be available on the investor section of the Cumulus Media Inc. website ( www.cumulus.com/investors).

Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements in this release may constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. Such statements are statements other than historical fact and relate to our intent, belief or current expectations primarily with respect to certain historical and our future operating, financial, and strategic performance. Any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and may involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those contained in or implied by the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties relating to the need for additional funds to service our debt and to execute our business strategy, our ability to access borrowings under our revolving credit facility, our ability from time to time to renew one or more of our broadcast licenses, changes in interest rates, changes in the fair value of our investments, the timing of, and our ability to complete any acquisitions or dispositions pending from time to time, costs and synergies resulting from the integration of any completed acquisitions, our ability to effectively manage costs, our ability to generate and manage growth, the popularity of radio as a broadcasting and advertising medium, changing consumer tastes, the impact of general economic conditions in the United States or in specific markets in which we currently do business, industry conditions, including existing competition and future competitive technologies and cancellation, disruptions or postponements of advertising schedules in response to national or world events, our ability to generate revenues from new sources, including local commerce and technology-based initiatives, the impact of regulatory rules or proceedings that may affect our business from time to time, our ability to meet the listing standards for our Class A common stock to continue to be listed for trading on the NASDAQ stock market, the write off of a material portion of the fair value of our FCC broadcast licenses and goodwill, and other risk factors described from time to time  in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 (the "2015 Form 10-K") and any subsequently filed Forms 10-Q. Many of these risks and uncertainties are beyond our control, and the unexpected occurrence or failure to occur of any such events or matters could significantly alter our actual results of operations or financial condition. Cumulus Media Inc. assumes no responsibility to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Cumulus MediaA leader in the radio broadcasting industry, Cumulus Media (NASDAQ:CMLS) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands to deliver premium content choices to the 245 million people reached each week through its 452 owned-and-operated stations broadcasting in 90 US media markets (including eight of the top 10), more than 8,200 broadcast radio stations affiliated with its Westwood One network and numerous digital channels. Together, the Cumulus/Westwood One platforms make Cumulus Media one of the few media companies that can provide advertisers with national reach and local impact. Cumulus/Westwood One is the exclusive radio broadcast partner to some of the largest brands in sports, entertainment, news, and talk, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, the GRAMMYs, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the American Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, Westwood One News, and more. Additionally, it is the nation's leading provider of country music and lifestyle content through its NASH brand, which serves country fans nationwide through radio programming, exclusive digital content, and live events. For more information, visit  www.cumulus.com.
 
CUMULUS MEDIA INC.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
 
    Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
      2016       2015       2016       2015  
Net revenue   $ 287,193     $ 299,334     $ 555,723     $ 570,413  
Operating expenses:                
Content costs   97,133     91,019     197,178     191,826  
Selling, general & administrative expenses   117,860     118,548     235,087     234,855  
Depreciation and amortization   22,969     25,724     46,066     51,035  
LMA fees   2,482     2,572     7,870     5,070  
Corporate expenses   9,203     9,219     18,713     18,823  
Stock-based compensation expense   790     3,880     1,668     7,743  
Acquisition-related and restructuring costs   1,421     (603 )   3,687     (603 )
(Gain) loss on sale of assets or stations   (3,146 )   (84 )   (3,141 )   735  
Impairment of intangible assets and goodwill   1,816         1,816      
Impairment charges - equity interest in Pulser Media Inc.       1,056         1,056  
Total operating expenses   250,528     251,331     508,944     510,540  
Operating income   36,665     48,003     46,779     59,873  
Non-operating (expense) income:                
Interest expense   (34,486 )   (35,412 )   (68,967 )   (70,396 )
Interest income   140     27     225     385  
Other (expense) income, net   (4 )   12,373     716     12,757  
Total non-operating expense, net   (34,350 )   (23,012 )   (68,026 )   (57,254 )
Income (loss) before income taxes   2,315     24,991     (21,247 )   2,619  
Income tax (expense) benefit   (1,249 )   (12,692 )   7,884     (2,335 )
Net income (loss)   $ 1,066     $ 12,299     $ (13,363 )   $ 284  
Basic and diluted income (loss) per common share:                
Basic:  Income (loss) per share   $ 0.00     $ 0.05     $ (0.06 )   $ 0.00  
Diluted:  Income (loss) per share   $ 0.00     $ 0.05     $ (0.06 )   $ 0.00  
Weighted average basic common shares outstanding   234,329,021     233,278,660     234,190,188     233,202,282  
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding   234,692,018     233,486,283     234,190,188     233,452,205  
                         

Non-GAAP Financial Measure and Definition

From time to time we utilize certain financial measures that are not prepared or calculated in accordance with GAAP to assess our financial performance and profitability. Adjusted EBITDA is the financial metric utilized by management to analyze the cash flow generated by our business. This measure isolates the amount of income generated by our core operations before the incurrence of corporate expenses. Management also uses this measure to determine the contribution of our core operations to the funding of our corporate resources utilized to manage our operations and our non-operating expenses including debt service. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA is a key metric for purposes of calculating and determining our compliance with certain covenants contained in our credit facility.

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) before any non-operating expenses, including depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, gain or loss on sale of assets or stations (if any), gain or loss on derivative instruments (if any), impairment of assets (if any), acquisition-related and restructuring costs (if any) and franchise and state taxes.

In deriving this measure, management excludes depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense, as these do not represent cash payments for activities directly related to our core operations. Management excludes any gain or loss on the exchange or sale of any assets or stations and any gain or loss on derivative instruments as they do not represent cash transactions nor are they associated with core operations. Expenses relating to acquisitions and restructuring costs are also excluded from the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA as they are not directly related to our core operations. Management excludes any non-cash costs associated with impairment of assets as they do not require a cash outlay.

Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA, although not a measure that is calculated in accordance with GAAP, nevertheless is commonly employed by the investment community as a measure for determining the market value of media companies. Management has also observed that Adjusted EBITDA is routinely employed to evaluate and negotiate the potential purchase price for media companies and is a key metric for purposes of calculating and determining compliance with certain covenants in our credit facility. Given the relevance to our overall value, management believes that investors consider the metric to be extremely useful.

Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income, operating income, cash flows from operating activities or any other measure for determining the Company's operating performance or liquidity that is calculated in accordance with GAAP. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA may be defined or calculated differently by other companies, and comparability may be limited.

The following tables reconcile net income (loss), the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, to Adjusted EBITDA for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 and 2015 (dollars in thousands):

    Three Months Ended June 30, 2016
    Radio Station Group   Westwood One   Corporate and Other   Consolidated
Net income (loss)   $ 46,405     $ 887     $ (46,226 )   $ 1,066  
Income tax expense           1,249     1,249  
Non-operating expense, including net interest expense   17     63     34,270     34,350  
LMA fees   2,482             2,482  
Depreciation and amortization   13,538     8,894     537     22,969  
Stock-based compensation expense           790     790  
Gain on sale of assets or stations   (3,121 )       (25 )   (3,146 )
Impairment of intangible assets       1,816         1,816  
Acquisition-related and restructuring costs       1,268     153     1,421  
Franchise and state taxes           183     183  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 59,321     $ 12,928     $ (9,069 )   $ 63,180  

    Three Months Ended June 30, 2015
    Radio Station Group   Westwood One   Corporate and Other   Consolidated
Net income (loss)   $ 52,567     $ 7,568     $ (47,836 )   $ 12,299  
Income tax (benefit) expense   (35 )       12,729     12,694  
Non-operating (income) expense, including net interest expense   (1 )   320     22,692     23,011  
LMA fees   2,572             2,572  
Depreciation and amortization   16,014     9,158     551     25,723  
Stock-based compensation expense           3,880     3,880  
Gain on sale of assets or stations   (84 )           (84 )
Impairment charges - equity interest in Pulser Media Inc       1,056         1,056  
Acquisition-related and restructuring costs       410     (1,013 )   (603 )
Franchise and state taxes           267     267  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 71,033     $ 18,512     $ (8,730 )   $ 80,815  

    Six Months Ended June 30, 2016
    Radio Station Group   Westwood One   Corporate and Other   Consolidated
Net income (loss)   $ 71,144     $ (1,998 )   $ (82,509 )   $ (13,363 )
Income tax benefit           (7,884 )   (7,884 )
Non-operating expense, including net interest expense   16     166     67,844     68,026  
LMA fees   7,870             7,870  
Depreciation and amortization   27,127     17,876     1,063     46,066  
Stock-based compensation expense           1,668     1,668  
Gain on sale of assets or stations   (3,116 )       (25 )   (3,141 )
Impairment of intangible assets       1,816         1,816  
Acquisition-related and restructuring costs       2,827     860     3,687  
Franchise and state taxes           369     369  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 103,041     $ 20,687     $ (18,614 )   $ 105,114  

    Six Months Ended June 30, 2015
    Radio Station Group   Westwood One   Corporate and Other   Consolidated
Net income (loss)   $ 79,100     $ 6,360     $ (85,176 )   $ 284  
Income tax (benefit) expense   (2 )       2,337     2,335  
Non-operating (income) expense, including net interest expense   (1 )   640     56,620     57,259  
LMA fees   5,070             5,070  
Depreciation and amortization   31,547     18,470     1,018     51,035  
Stock-based compensation expense           7,743     7,743  
Loss on sale of assets or stations   735             735  
Impairment charges -- equity interest in Pulser Media Inc       1,056         1,056  
Acquisition-related and restructuring costs       410     (1,013 )   (603 )
Franchise and state taxes           564     564  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 116,449     $ 26,936     $ (17,907 )   $ 125,478  
                                 

The following tables reconcile net income (loss), the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, to Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2015, September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2015, respectively (dollars in thousands):
    Three Months Ended March 31, 2015
    Radio Station Group   Westwood One   Corporate and Other   Consolidated
Net income (loss)   $ 26,533     $ (1,208 )   $ (37,340 )   $ (12,015 )
Income tax expense (benefit)   35         (10,392 )   (10,357 )
Non-operating (income) expense, including net interest expense   (1 )   320     33,928     34,247  
LMA fees   2,498             2,498  
Depreciation and amortization   15,532     9,312     467     25,311  
Stock-based compensation expense           3,863     3,863  
Gain on sale of assets or stations   819             819  
Franchise and state taxes           297     297  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 45,416     $ 8,424     $ (9,177 )   $ 44,663  

    Three Months Ended September 30, 2015
    Radio Station Group   Westwood One   Corporate and Other   Consolidated
Net loss   $ (388,139 )   $ (145,345 )   $ (8,695 )   $ (542,179 )
Income tax benefit           (60,855 )   (60,855 )
Non-operating expense (income), including net interest expense   (2 )   314     35,508     35,820  
LMA fees   2,515             2,515  
Depreciation and amortization   15,900     9,092     555     25,547  
Stock-based compensation expense           12,304     12,304  
(Gain) loss on sale of assets or stations   (50 )       107     57  
Impairment of intangible assets   414,500     150,980     104     565,584  
Impairment charges - equity interest in Pulser Media Inc   18,308             18,308  
Acquisition-related and restructuring costs       1,079     12,684     13,763  
Franchise and state taxes           (244 )   (244 )
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 63,032     $ 16,120     $ (8,532 )   $ 70,620  

    Three Months Ended December 31, 2015
    Radio Station Group   Westwood One   Corporate and Other   Consolidated
Net income (loss)   $ 43,776     $ (2,195 )   $ (46,180 )   $ (4,599 )
Income tax expense           12,680     12,680  
Non-operating (income) expense, including net interest expense   (2 )   293     33,671     33,962  
LMA fees   2,541         3     2,544  
Depreciation and amortization   15,894     8,976     653     25,523  
Stock-based compensation expense           986     986  
(Gain) loss on sale of assets or stations   (17 )   2,081         2,064  
Acquisition-related and restructuring costs       747     2,733     3,480  
Franchise and state taxes           (371 )   (371 )
Gain on early extinguishment of debt   $     $     (13,222 )   (13,222 )
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 62,192     $ 9,902     $ (9,047 )   $ 63,047  

 
For further information, please contact:Cumulus Media Inc.Collin JonesInvestor Relationscollin@cumulus.com404-260-6600

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