Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. Reports Results For The Third Quarter 2016

MIAMI, Nov. 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (the "Company" or "SBS") (NASDAQ:SBSA) today reported financial results for the three- and nine-months ended September 30, 2016.

Financial Highlights
(in thousands)   Three-Months Ended September 30,     %     Nine-Months Ended September 30,     %  
    2016     2015     Change     2016     2015     Change  
Net revenue:                                                
Radio   $ 32,055     $ 33,476       (4 )%   $ 92,009     $ 97,195       (5 )%
Television     3,580       2,905       23 %     10,499       9,428       11 %
Consolidated   $ 35,635     $ 36,381       (2 )%   $ 102,508     $ 106,623       (4 )%
OIBDA, a non-GAAP measure*:                                                
Radio   $ 13,490     $ 14,342       (6 )%   $ 36,497     $ 37,366       (2 )%
Television     98       (769 )     (113 )%     (217 )     (758 )     (71 )%
Corporate     (2,505 )     (2,870 )     (13 )%     (8,047 )     (7,442 )     8 %
Consolidated   $ 11,083     $ 10,703       4 %   $ 28,233     $ 29,166       (3 )%

* Please refer to the Non-GAAP Financial Measures section for a definition of OIBDA and a reconciliation from OIBDA to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

Discussion and Results

"During the third quarter, we continued to execute our multi-platform strategy aimed at growing our total audience share," commented Raúl Alarcón, Chairman and CEO. "We further expanded our digital platform, particularly in mobile where we recently added a full video channel line-up to our LaMusica app. Today LaMusica is a robust video and audio platform that delivers a unique entertainment experience to users while offering advertisers opportunities to reach a highly engaged Hispanic millennial audience. The continued strengthening of our digital capabilities builds upon our leading station brands in the largest Hispanic media markets and strengthens our ability to deliver targeted multi-platform audiences to our advertising partners."

Quarter End Results

For the quarter-ended September 30, 2016, consolidated net revenues totaled $35.6 million compared to $36.4 million for the same prior year period, resulting in a decrease of $0.7 million or 2%.  Our radio segment net revenues decreased $1.4 million or 4%, due to decreases in national, network, barter and internet revenue, which were partially offset by increases in local sales and special events.  Our local sales increased in our San Francisco, Miami, Los Angeles and Puerto Rico markets, while our national sales decreased in our New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles markets.  Our special events revenue increased in our Los Angeles, San Francisco and Puerto Rico markets due to an increase in scheduled events.  Our television segment net revenues increased $0.7 million or 23%, due to the increases in national, local and barter sales.  

Consolidated OIBDA, a non-GAAP measure, totaled $11.1 million compared to $10.7 million for the same prior year period, representing an increase of $0.4 million or 4%. Our radio segment OIBDA decreased $0.9 million primarily due to a decrease in net revenues of $1.4 million partially offset by a decrease in operating expenses of $0.6 million.  Radio station operating expenses decreased mainly due to decreases in commissions, advertising, promotion and prize expenses, affiliate compensation, bad debt and facilities expenses offset by increases in rating service, special events and digital programming content expenses.  Our television segment OIBDA improved $0.9 million, due to the increase in net revenues of $0.7 million and the decrease in operating expenses of $0.2 million.  Television station operating expenses decreased primarily due to decreases professional fees and barter expenses offset by increases in originally produced programming costs.  Our corporate expenses decreased $0.4 million or 13%, mostly due to a decrease in professional fees offset by an increase in compensation and benefits, and stock-based compensation.

Operating income totaled $9.9 million compared to $8.8 million for the same prior year period, representing an increase of $1.1 million or 13%.  This increase in operating income was primarily due to the decrease in net revenues offset by the decrease in operating expenses and the prior period recognition of an impairment of our FCC license.

Nine-Months Ended Results

For the nine-months ended September 30, 2016, consolidated net revenues totaled $102.5 million compared to $106.6 million for the same prior year period, resulting in a decrease of $4.1 million or 4%.  Our radio segment net revenues decreased $5.2 million or 5%, due to decreases in national, network, barter, special events and internet revenue, which were partially offset by an increase in local sales.  Our local sales increased in our Los Angeles, New York, Miami and San Francisco markets, while our national sales decreased in our Chicago, New York, Miami and San Francisco markets.  Our special events revenue decreased in our Los Angeles, New York, Miami, and Puerto Rico markets due to a decrease in scheduled events.  Our television segment net revenues increased $1.1 million or 11%, due to the increases in national, local and barter sales.

Consolidated OIBDA, a non-GAAP measure, totaled $28.2 million compared to $29.2 million for the same prior year period, representing a decrease of $1.0 million or 3%.  Our radio segment OIBDA decreased $0.9 million due to offsetting decreases in net revenues and operating expenses.  Radio station operating expenses decreased mainly due to decreases in special events, facilities, commissions, personnel compensation and benefits, and bonus expenses, which were offset by increases in rating services. professional fees, transmission facility related taxes, and the acquisition of digital programming content.  Our television segment OIBDA improved $0.5 million, due to the increase in net revenues of $1.1 million offset by the increase station operating expenses of $0.6 million.  Television station operating expenses increased primarily due to increases in commissions, rating services, bad debt and barter expenses offset by decreases in special event expense, professional fees, and reductions of acquired and originally produced programming costs.  Our corporate expenses increased by $0.6 million or 8%, mostly due to an increase in compensation and benefits, and stock-based compensation offset by a decrease in professional fees.

Operating income totaled $24.7 million compared to $25.0 million for the same prior year period, representing a decrease of $0.3 million or 1%.  This decrease in operating income was primarily due to the decrease in net revenues offset by the decrease in operating expenses and the prior period recognition of an impairment of our FCC license.

Third Quarter 2016 Conference Call

We will host a conference call to discuss our third quarter 2016 financial results on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time.  To access the teleconference, please dial 412-317-5441 ten minutes prior to the start time. 

If you cannot listen to the teleconference at its scheduled time, there will be a replay available through Wednesday, November 30, 2016, which can be accessed by dialing 877-344-7529 (U.S.) or 412-317-0088 (Int'l), passcode: 10095829. 

There will also be a live webcast of the teleconference, located on the investor portion of our corporate Web site, at www.spanishbroadcasting.com/webcasts.shtml. A seven day archived replay of the webcast will also be available at that link. 

About Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.

Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. owns and operates 17 radio stations located in the top U.S. Hispanic markets of New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Puerto Rico, airing the Spanish Tropical, Regional Mexican, Spanish Adult Contemporary, Top 40 and Latin Rhythmic format genres. SBS also operates AIRE Radio Networks, a national radio platform which creates, distributes and markets leading Spanish-language radio programming to over 100 affiliated stations reaching 90% of the U.S. Hispanic audience.  SBS also owns MegaTV, a television operation with over-the-air, cable and satellite distribution and affiliates throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. SBS also produces live concerts and events and owns multiple bilingual websites, including www.LaMusica.com, an online destination and mobile app providing content related to Latin music, entertainment, news and culture. For more information, visit us online at www.spanishbroadcasting.com.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements, which are included in accordance with the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company's actual results and performance in future periods to be materially different from any future results or performance suggested by the forward-looking statements in this press release.  Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from these expectations.  Forward-looking statements, which are based upon certain assumptions and describe future plans, strategies and expectations of the Company, are generally identifiable by use of the words "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "could," "estimate," "might," or "continue" or the negative or other variations thereof or comparable terminology.  Factors that could cause actual results, events and developments to differ are included from time to time in the Company's public reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  All forward-looking statements made herein are qualified by these cautionary statements and there can be no assurance that the actual results, events or developments referenced herein will occur or be realized. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results.

(Financial Table Follows)

Below are the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three- and nine-months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015.
    Three-Months Ended September 30,     Nine-Months Ended September 30,  
Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts   2016     2015     2016     2015  
    (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)  
Net revenue   $ 35,635     $ 36,381     $ 102,508     $ 106,623  
Station operating expenses     22,047       22,808       66,228       70,015  
Corporate expenses     2,505       2,870       8,047       7,442  
Depreciation and amortization     1,133       1,152       3,548       3,622  
(Gain) loss on the disposal of assets, net           1       (3 )     (77 )
Impairment charges and restructuring costs           735       (26 )     598  
Operating income     9,950       8,815       24,714       25,023  
Interest expense, net     (10,020 )     (9,951 )     (30,109 )     (29,879 )
Dividends on Series B preferred stock classified as interest expense     (2,433 )     (2,433 )     (7,300 )     (7,300 )
Loss before income taxes     (2,503 )     (3,569 )     (12,695 )     (12,156 )
Income tax expense (benefit)     2,259       4,123       7,162       7,736  
Net loss     (4,762 )     (7,692 )     (19,857 )     (19,892 )
Net loss per common share:                                
Basic & Diluted   $ (0.66 )   $ (1.06 )   $ (2.73 )   $ (2.74 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding:                                
Basic & Diluted     7,267       7,267       7,267       7,267  

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Operating Income (Loss) before Depreciation and Amortization, (Gain) Loss on the Disposal of Assets, net, and Impairment Charges and Restructuring Costs ("OIBDA") is not a measure of performance or liquidity determined in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") in the United States.  However, we believe that this measure is useful in evaluating our performance because it reflects a measure of performance for our stations before considering costs and expenses related to our capital structure and dispositions.  This measure is widely used in the broadcast industry to evaluate a company's operating performance and is used by us for internal budgeting purposes and to evaluate the performance of our stations, segments, management and consolidated operations.  However, this measure should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for Operating Income, Net Income, Cash Flows from Operating Activities or any other measure used in determining our operating performance or liquidity that is calculated in accordance with GAAP. In addition, because OIBDA is not calculated in accordance with GAAP, it is not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. 

Included below are tables that reconcile OIBDA to operating income (loss) for each segment and consolidated operating income (loss), which is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

    For the Three-Months Ended September 30, 2016  
(Unaudited and in thousands)   Consolidated     Radio     Television     Corporate  
OIBDA   $ 11,083       13,490       98       (2,505 )
Less expenses excluded from OIBDA but included in  operating income (loss):                                
Depreciation and amortization     1,133       457       568       108  
(Gain) loss on the disposal of assets, net     -                    
Impairment charges and restructuring costs     -                    
Operating Income (Loss)   $ 9,950       13,033       (470 )     (2,613 )

    For the Three-Months Ended September 30, 2015  
(Unaudited and in thousands)   Consolidated     Radio     Television     Corporate  
OIBDA   $ 10,703       14,342       (769 )     (2,870 )
Less expenses excluded from OIBDA but included in  operating income (loss):                                
Depreciation and amortization     1,152       432       630       90  
(Gain) loss on the disposal of assets, net     1             1        
Impairment charges and restructuring costs     735       925             (190 )
Operating Income (Loss)   $ 8,815       12,985       (1,400 )     (2,770 )

    For the Nine-Months Ended September 30, 2016  
(Unaudited and in thousands)   Consolidated     Radio     Television     Corporate  
OIBDA   $ 28,233       36,497       (217 )     (8,047 )
Less expenses excluded from OIBDA but included in  operating income (loss):                                
Depreciation and amortization     3,548       1,420       1,815       313  
(Gain) loss on the disposal of assets, net     (3 )     (3 )            
Impairment charges and restructuring costs     (26 )                 (26 )
Operating Income (Loss)   $ 24,714       35,080       (2,032 )     (8,334 )

    For the Nine-Months Ended September 30, 2015  
(Unaudited and in thousands)   Consolidated     Radio     Television     Corporate  
OIBDA   $ 29,166       37,366       (758 )     (7,442 )
Less expenses excluded from OIBDA but included in  operating income (loss):                                
Depreciation and amortization     3,622       1,363       1,977       282  
(Gain) loss on the disposal of assets, net     (77 )     (68 )     2       (11 )
Impairment charges and restructuring costs     598       925             (327 )
Operating Income (Loss)   $ 25,023       35,146       (2,737 )     (7,386 )

Unaudited Segment Data

We have two reportable segments: radio and television.  The following summary table presents separate financial data for each of our operating segments:
    Three-Months Ended September 30,     Nine-Months Ended September 30,  
    2016     2015     2016     2015  
    (In thousands)     (In thousands)  
Net revenue:                                
Radio   $ 32,055     $ 33,476     $ 92,009     $ 97,195  
Television     3,580       2,905       10,499       9,428  
Consolidated   $ 35,635     $ 36,381     $ 102,508     $ 106,623  
Engineering and programming expenses:                                
Radio   $ 5,853     $ 5,551     $ 17,997     $ 17,113  
Television     1,983       1,942       5,587       5,984  
Consolidated   $ 7,836     $ 7,493     $ 23,584     $ 23,097  
Selling, general and administrative expenses:                                
Radio   $ 12,712     $ 13,583     $ 37,515     $ 42,716  
Television     1,499       1,732       5,129       4,202  
Consolidated   $ 14,211     $ 15,315     $ 42,644     $ 46,918  
Corporate expenses:   $ 2,505     $ 2,870     $ 8,047     $ 7,442  
Depreciation and amortization:                                
Radio   $ 457     $ 432     $ 1,420     $ 1,363  
Television     568       630       1,815       1,977  
Corporate     108       90       313       282  
Consolidated   $ 1,133     $ 1,152     $ 3,548     $ 3,622  
(Gain) loss on the disposal of assets, net:                                
Radio   $     $     $ (3 )   $ (68 )
Television           1             2  
Corporate                       (11 )
Consolidated   $     $ 1     $ (3 )   $ (77 )
Impairment charges and restructuring costs:                                
Radio   $     $ 925     $     $ 925  
Television                        
Corporate           (190 )     (26 )     (327 )
Consolidated   $     $ 735     $ (26 )   $ 598  
Operating income (loss):                                
Radio   $ 13,033     $ 12,985     $ 35,080     $ 35,146  
Television     (470 )     (1,400 )     (2,032 )     (2,737 )
Corporate     (2,613 )     (2,770 )     (8,334 )     (7,386 )
Consolidated   $ 9,950     $ 8,815     $ 24,714     $ 25,023  

Selected Unaudited Balance Sheet Information and Other Data:
      As of  
(Amounts in thousands)   September 30, 2016  
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 27,423  
Total assets   $ 451,714  
12.5% Senior Secured Notes due 2017, net   $ 271,862  
Other debt     4,692  
Total debt   $ 276,554  
Series B preferred stock   $ 90,549  
Accrued Series B preferred stock dividends payable     62,865  
Total   $ 153,414  
Total stockholders' deficit   $ (117,696 )
Total capitalization   $ 312,272  

    For the Nine-Months Ended September 30,
    2016     2015
Capital expenditures   $ 2,130     $ 1,384
Cash paid for income taxes   $ 168     $ 321

Contacts:Analysts and InvestorsJoseph A. GarciaChief Financial Officer(305) 441-6901Analysts, Investors or MediaBrad EdwardsBrainerd Communicators, Inc.(212) 986-6667

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