Westwood One, Inc. Reports Results for the First Quarter 2011 PR Newswire NEW YORK, May 16, 2011 NEW YORK, May 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Westwood One, Inc. (NASDAQ: WWON), a leading independent provider of network radio content to the radio and digital sectors, today reported operating results for the first quarter 2011. As of March 31, 2011, Westwood One was organized into two business segments, Network Radio and Metro Traffic, as reflected in our financial statements. In this earnings release, our first quarter results include the results of the Metro Traffic business, which we sold on April 29, 2011. As previously reported, the sale of the Metro Traffic business reduced the Company's outstanding senior debt by approximately $104.0 million, strengthened the Company's balance sheet, and positioned the Company for future growth. Westwood One's first quarter revenue decreased $1.9 million, or 2.1%, to $90.9million from $92.8million in 2010. The revenue decrease occurred in Network Radio, and is primarily due to the absence in 2011 of the Winter Olympics, which contributed significantly to first quarter 2010 Network radio revenue, a decline in news revenue, and the compressed selling period for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship after the contract was renewed in January. These revenue decreases were partially offset by revenue increases in Network music and entertainment, and certain news and talk programs including The Osgood File with Charles Osgood, the longest running news/talk feature on radio. The revenue decrease was also partially offset by increased Metro Traffic revenue. "We are focused on expanding our Network radio and digital business by launching new radio programs and digital video content, expanding distribution of our current programs, and supporting our revenue structure with the necessary resources," said Rod Sherwood, President. "We are well positioned in the marketplace. Our new talk programs, including the Robert Wuhl Show and Urbanski, are generating increasing revenue and gaining distribution. In April, we launched new programs, including The Daily Wrap , in partnership with The Wall Street Journal, Rocsi on the Radio , with Rocsi Diaz, (the popular co-host of BET's hit television show, 106 & Park), and a suite of Rick Dees programming . " Adjusted EBITDA (1) in the first quarter was a loss of $5.2 million, which includes incremental broadcast rights expense of $3.7 million related to a new sports content agreement, compared to the first quarter of last year. Of the $3.7 million of incremental broadcast rights expense, $0.7 was paid in the period and $3.0 million was non-cash. Excluding the incremental non-cash broadcast rights expense, Adjusted EBITDA would have been a loss of $2.2 million in 2011 compared to Adjusted EBITDA income of $2.1 million in the first quarter of 2010. The incremental non-cash expense related to the new broadcast rights agreement is expected to be $2.4 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2011, which will be paid in future years. Three Months Ended March 31, 2011 For the three months ended March 31, 2011, revenue was $90.9million, a decrease of $1.9million, or 2.1%, compared to $92.8million in the first quarter of 2010. Network Radio revenue was $51.7million, a decrease of $3.8million, or 6.9%, compared to $55.6million in the first quarter of 2010. As previously stated, advertising revenue decreased in sports and news, which was partially offset by increased revenue in music and entertainment, and certain talk programs. Overall, Metro Traffic revenue for the first quarter was $39.2million, an increase of $1.9 million, or 5.0%, from $37.3million in 2010. Revenue for Metro Traffic Radio was $31.2 million, an increase of $3.5 million or 12.5%, compared to $27.7 million in 2010. This increase was based largely on increased advertising revenue in the key categories of financial services, travel and entertainment. Revenue for Metro Television was $8.0 million, a decrease of $1.6 million, or 16.6%, from $9.6 million in 2010, primarily due to lower ratings and audience levels. Operating loss in the first quarter of 2011 increased by $6.5million to $13.1million from $6.6million in 2010. This increased loss was largely due to increased station compensation to support increased distribution, and to higher programming and operating costs associated with new agreements. This included higher non-cash broadcast rights expense of $3.0 million. The increased loss was partially offset by lower corporate expenses, and lower restructuring and special charges. Adjusted EBITDA (1) in the first quarter was a loss of $5.2 million, which includes incremental broadcast rights expense of $3.7 million related to a new sports content agreement, compared to the first quarter of last year. Of the $3.7 million of incremental broadcast rights expense, $0.7 was paid in the period and $3.0 million was non-cash. Excluding the incremental non-cash broadcast rights expense, Adjusted EBITDA would have been a loss of $2.2 million in 2011 compared to Adjusted EBITDA income of $2.1 million in the first quarter of 2010. The incremental non-cash expense related to the new broadcast rights agreement is expected to be $2.4 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2011, which will be paid in future years. Interest expense in the first quarter of 2011 decreased $0.3million, or 5.0%, to $5.1million from $5.4million in the first quarter of 2010. This reflects lower average balances of our outstanding debt, primarily as a result of our debt repayments in 2010, partially offset by increased interest on our revolving credit line. The Company's tax benefit increased $2.2million to $7.4million compared to $5.2million in the first quarter of 2010, due to a higher pre-tax loss. Net loss for the first quarter was $9.8million, or $0.45 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $6.7 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, in 2010. The year-over-year change in net loss reflects the higher operating losses of $6.5 million, partially offset by a higher tax benefit of $2.2 million and other income of $1.1 million related to the fair market value adjustment from the $10.0 million of common stock purchased by Gores this past February. First quarter 2010 average share amounts were lower than average share amounts in the first quarter of 2011 as a result of the $15.0 million of common stock that was issued to Gores in September 2010 and February 2011. Free cash flow(2) usage in the first quarter of 2010 was $6.6 million as compared to a free cash flow source of $2.7 million in 2010, representing decreased cash flow of $9.3 million. This was due to unfavorable working capital changes of $3.7 million, a higher net loss of $3.1 million and non-cash adjustments of $2.8 million, partially offset by lower capital expenditures of $0.3 million. Outlook Westwood One is focusing strategically on expanding its leadership position in network radio as the premium content provider of news, sports, information, talk, music and entertainment programming. Assuming that economic conditions remain relatively stable, we believe our investments in new network radio programming and digital content will provide a foundation for revenue growth over time. About Westwood One Westwood One (NASDAQ: WWON) is one of the nation's largest providers of network radio programming serving more than 5,000 radio stations in the U.S. Westwood One provides over 150 news, sports, music, talk and entertainment programs, features and live events to numerous media partners. Footnotes to Press Release (1) Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that is reconciled to net income in the accompanying financial tables. We use Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate our performance relative to our competitors and have included it in this press release because we believe Adjusted EBITDA represents an effective means by which to measure our operating performance. Although we primarily view Adjusted EBITDA as an operating performance measure, we also consider it to be useful to investors because it enables them to evaluate and compare our results from operations and cash resources generated from our business in a more meaningful and consistent manner by excluding specific items which are not reflective of ongoing operating results. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measurement of financial performance under GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) and should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP, as an alternative to GAAP cash flow from operating activities or as a measure of our profitability or liquidity. (2) Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that is reconciled to net income in the accompanying financial tables. We use free cash flow to evaluate our performance relative to our competitors and have included it in this press release because we believe free cash flow represents an effective means by which to measure our operating performance. Although we primarily view free cash flow as an operating performance measure, we also consider it to be a useful to investors because it provides them with an important perspective on the cash we have available to service our debt, maintain capital assets and fund ongoing operations and make strategic acquisitions and/or investments. Free cash flow is not a measurement of our financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income, or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP, as an alternative to GAAP cash flow from operating activities or as a measure of our profitability or liquidity. Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements in this release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Westwood One to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The words or phrases "guidance," "expect," "anticipate," "estimates" and "forecast" and similar words or expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. In addition any statements that refer to expectations or other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements. Various risks that could cause future results to differ from those expressed by the forward-looking statements included in this release include, but are not limited to: continued declines in our operating income; our significant amount of indebtedness and limited liquidity; the higher cost of our indebtedness; the availability of additional financing; our future cash flow from operations and our ability to achieve our financial projections; changes to our CBS arrangement; introduction of The Portable People Meter™; maintenance of an effective system of internal controls; increased competition and technological changes and innovations; failure to obtain or retain the rights in popular programming; acceptance of our content; continued consolidation in the industry; further impairment charges; and Gores' influence over our corporate actions. Our key risks are described in our reports filed with the SEC, including our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March31, 2011 and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December31, 2010. Except as otherwise stated in this news announcement, Westwood One, Inc. does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements because of new information, future events or otherwise. WESTWOOD ONE, INC CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS (In thousands, except per share amounts) Three Months Ended March 31, 2011 2010 $ $ Revenue 90,879 92,842 Operating costs 94,080 88,448 Depreciation and amortization 4,595 4,496 Corporate, general and administrative expenses 3,036 3,912 Restructuring charges 835 743 Special charges 1,468 1,823 Total expenses 104,014 99,422 Operating loss (13,135) (6,580) Interest expense 5,106 5,376 Other expense (income) (1,096) 1 Loss before income tax (17,145) (11,957) Income tax benefit (7,379) (5,234) $ $ Net loss (9,766) (6,723) Loss per share: Common Stock $ $ Basic (0.45) (0.33) $ $ Diluted (0.45) (0.33) Weighted average shares outstanding: Common Stock Basic 21,749 20,544 Diluted 21,749 20,544 WESTWOOD ONE, INC CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (In thousands, except per share amounts) March 31, 2011 December 31, 2010 ASSETS Current assets: $ $ Cash and cash equivalents 6,396 2,938 Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts Income tax receivable 93,198 96,557 Prepaid and other assets 16,830 18,421 Total current assets 116,424 117,916 Property and equipment, net 38,044 37,047 Intangible assets, net 89,759 92,487 Goodwill 38,945 38,945 Other assets 1,936 1,879 $ $ TOTAL ASSETS 285,108 288,274 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' (DEFICIT) EQUITY Current liabilities: $ $ Accounts payable 49,824 45,907 Amounts payable to related parties 982 859 Deferred revenue 7,266 6,736 Accrued expenses and other liabilities 31,298 33,819 Total current liabilities 89,370 87,321 Long-term debt 137,675 136,407 Deferred tax liability 29,820 36,174 Due to Gores 10,350 10,222 Other liabilities 22,563 24,142 TOTAL LIABILITIES 289,778 294,266 Commitments and Contingencies STOCKHOLDERS' (DEFICIT) EQUITY Common stock, $.01 par value: authorized: 5,000,000 shares issued and outstanding: 22,591 (2011) and 21,314 (2010) 226 213 Class B stock, $.01 par value: authorized: 3,000 shares; issued and outstanding: 0 - - Additional paid-in capital 99,727 88,652 Accumulated deficit (104,623) (94,857) TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' (DEFICIT) EQUITY (4,670) (5,992) TOTAL LIABILITIES AND $ $ STOCKHOLDERS' (DEFICIT) EQUITY 285,108 288,274 WESTWOOD ONE, INC CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (In thousands) Three Months Ended March 31, 2011 2010 Cash Flows from Operating Activities: $ $ Net loss (9,766) (6,723) Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 4,595 4,496 Deferred taxes (6,777) (5,107) Paid-in-kind interest 1,395 1,524 Non-cash equity-based compensation 965 1,059 Change in fair value of derivative liability (1,096) - Amortization of deferred financing costs 6 6 Net change in other assets and liabilities 5,991 9,660 Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities (4,687) 4,915 Cash Flows from Investing Activities: Capital expenditures (1,912) (2,183) Net cash used in investing activities (1,912) (2,183) Cash Flows from Financing Activities: Issuance of common stock 10,000 - Proceeds from exercise of stock option 330 - Payments of finance and capital lease obligations (273) (262) Proceeds from Revolving Credit Facility - 3,000 Repayments of Senior Notes - (3,500) Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 10,057 (762) Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 3,458 1,970 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 2,938 4,824 Cash and cash equivalents, end of $ $ period 6,396 6,794 The following table provides a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income determined in accordance with GAAP for first quarter of 2011 and 2010. WESTWOOD ONE, INC ADJUSTED EBITDA RECONCILIATION (In thousands) Three Months Ended March 31, 2011 2010 $ $ Net income (9,766) (6,723) Interest expense 5,106 5,376 Depreciation and amortization 4,595 4,496 Income taxes provision (benefit) (7,379) (5,234) Restructuring, special charges and other (a) 2,366 3,162 Stock-based compensation 965 1,059 Other non-operating losses (gains) (1,096) 1 $ $ Adjusted EBITDA (b) (5,209) 2,137 (a) Restructuring, special charges and other includes expense of $322, $918, and $1,652 are classified as general and administrative expense on the Statement of Operations for the three months ended December 31, 2010 and the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively. (b) Adjusted EBITDA includes incremental broadcast rights expense of $3,719 related to a new sports content agreement, compared to the first quarter of last year. The following table provides a reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities determined in accordance with GAAP for first quarter of 2011 and 2010. WESTWOOD ONE, INC FREE CASH FLOW RECONCILIATION (In thousands) Three Months Ended March 31, 2011 2010 Net cash (used in) provided by operating $ activities $ (4,687) 4,915 (Less) Capital expenditures (1,912) (2,183) $ Free Cash Flow $ (6,599) 2,732 SOURCE Westwood One, Inc. Website: http://www.westwoodone.com Contact: Chris Miller, Westwood One, +1-212-641-2108, +1-917-533-7224, firstname.lastname@example.org
Westwood One, Inc. Reports Results for the First Quarter 2011
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