Scripps Networks Interactive reports third quarter financial results

  Scripps Networks Interactive reports third quarter financial results

  *Revenues of $566 million, up 12 percent
  *Segment profit of $251 million, up 15 percent
  *Income from continuing operations of $0.78 per share, up 20 percent

Business Wire

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- November 01, 2012

Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (NYSE: SNI) today reported operating
results for the third quarter 2012.

Consolidated revenues for the quarter increased 12 percent to $566 million
from the prior-year period. Results for the three-month period ended Sept. 30
reflect strong advertising revenue of $377 million, up 10 percent, and
affiliate fee revenue of $175 million, up 18 percent year-over-year.

Expenses for the quarter increased 11 percent from the prior-year period to
$315 million. The increase was driven primarily by higher employee costs and
investments in planned domestic and international growth initiatives. Also
contributing to the increase was higher marketing and promotional expenses to
drive viewership at all of the company’s lifestyle television networks.

Total segment profit increased 15 percent to $251 million. (See note 2 for a
definition of segment profit).

Third quarter income from continuing operations attributable to Scripps
Networks Interactive was $118 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, compared
with $105 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, in the third quarter 2011.

“Our positive third quarter results demonstrate in a powerful way the
ubiquitous nature of our popular lifestyle brands,” said Kenneth W. Lowe,
chairman, president and chief executive officer of Scripps Networks
Interactive. “Our networks and related businesses engage millions of media
consumers every day, not just on television, but on smart phones, tablets,
newsstands and in thousands of retail outlets across America. We’ve
established ourselves as clear leaders in our ability to influence consumer
purchasing decisions in the home, food and travel categories. And in the
process, we’ve created tremendous value for our shareholders,” Lowe said.

Revenues by network were as follows:

  *Food Network was $199 million, up 11 percent.
  *HGTV was $195 million, up 8.1 percent.
  *Travel Channel was $68.9 million, up 10 percent.
  *DIY Network was $29.9 million, up 26 percent.
  *Cooking Channel was $21.6 million, up 31 percent.
  *Great American Country (GAC) was $6.9 million, up 15 percent.

Revenue from the company’s digital businesses, which include its
network-branded websites, was $27.7 million, up 12 percent.

Conference call

The senior management team of Scripps Networks Interactive will discuss the
company’s third quarter results during a telephone conference call at 10 a.m.
ET today. Scripps Networks Interactive will offer a live webcast of the
conference call. To access the webcast, visit
www.scrippsnetworksinteractive.com  and follow the Investors link at the top
of the page. The webcast link can be found next to the microphone icon on the
investor relations landing page.

To access the conference call by telephone, dial 800-230-1085 (U.S.) or
612-288-0337 (international) approximately ten minutes before the start of the
call. Callers will need the name of the call, “SNI Third Quarter Earnings
Call,” to be granted access. Callers also will be asked to provide their name
and company affiliation. The media and general public are granted access to
the conference call on a listen-only basis.

A replay line will be open from 12:30 p.m. ET Nov. 1 until 11:59 p.m. ET Nov.
15. The domestic number to access the replay is 800-475-6701 and the
international number is 320-365-3844. The access code for both numbers is
266000. A replay of the conference call also will be available online. To
access the audio replay, visit www.scrippsnetworksinteractive.com
approximately four hours after the call, choose Investors then follow the
Audio Archives link on the top right side of the investor relations landing
page.

Forward-looking statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements related to the
company’s businesses that are based on management’s current expectations.
Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, trends and
uncertainties, including changes in advertising demand and other economic
conditions that could cause actual results to differ materially from the
expectations expressed in forward-looking statements. All forward-looking
statements should be evaluated with the understanding of their inherent
uncertainty. The company’s written policy on forward-looking statements can be
found on page F-3 of its 2011 Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission.

The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking
statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date the statement is
made.

About Scripps Networks Interactive

Scripps Networks Interactive is one of the leading developers of
lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, where on-air
programming is complemented with online video, social media areas and
e-commerce components on companion websites and broadband vertical channels.
The company’s media portfolio includes popular lifestyle television and
Internet brands Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, DIY Network,
CookingChannel and country music network Great American Country.

                                                                                 
SCRIPPS NETWORKS INTERACTIVE, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited)       Three months ended                  Nine months ended
                   September 30,                        September 30,
(in thousands,
except per       2012       2011       Change   2012        2011        Change
share data)
                                                                                    
Operating        $ 566,186    $ 503,744      12.4 %   $ 1,702,517   $ 1,518,559     12.1 %
revenues
Cost of
services,
excluding
depreciation       (156,297 )   (147,563 )   5.9  %     (444,981  )   (383,271  )   16.1 %
and
amortization
of intangible
assets
Selling,
general and        (158,823 )   (137,710 )   15.3 %     (482,554  )   (415,466  )   16.1 %
administrative
Depreciation
and
amortization       (28,978  )   (22,736  )   27.5 %     (79,432   )   (66,471   )   19.5 %
of intangible
assets
Gains (losses)
on disposal of   (16      )  82                 (102      )  63          
property and
equipment
                                                                                    
Operating          222,072      195,817      13.4 %     695,448       653,414       6.4  %
income
Interest           (12,518  )   (9,157   )   36.7 %     (37,945   )   (26,348   )   44.0 %
expense
Equity in
earnings of        11,240       7,035        59.8 %     46,267        29,717        55.7 %
affiliates
Miscellaneous,   1,667      (23,972  )          12,689      (23,504   )  
net
                                                                                    
Income from
continuing
operations         222,461      169,723      31.1 %     716,459       633,279       13.1 %
before income
taxes
Provision for    (65,653  )  (33,183  )  97.9 %   (211,277  )  (174,866  )  20.8 %
income taxes
                                                                                    
                                                                                    
Income from
continuing         156,808      136,540      14.8 %     505,182       458,413       10.2 %
operations,
net of tax
Income (loss)
from
discontinued                (6,552   )                      (61,252   )  
operations,
net of tax
Net income         156,808      129,988      20.6 %     505,182       397,161       27.2 %
Net income
attributable
to               (38,398  )  (31,385  )  22.3 %   (129,505  )  (120,604  )  7.4  %
noncontrolling
interests
Net income
attributable    $ 118,410   $ 98,603     20.1 %  $ 375,677    $ 276,557     35.8 %
to SNI
                                                                                    
Income from
continuing
operations
attributable
to SNI common   $ 0.79      $ 0.65              $ 2.46       $ 2.03        
shareholders
per basic
share of
common stock
                                                                                    
Income from
continuing
operations
attributable
to SNI common   $ 0.78      $ 0.65              $ 2.44       $ 2.02        
shareholders
per diluted
share of
common stock
                                                                                    
Weighted
average basic    149,985    161,789            152,731     166,318     
shares
outstanding
                                                                                    
Weighted
average          151,201    162,276            153,905     167,314     
diluted shares
outstanding
                                                                                    
Net income per share amounts may not foot since each is calculated independently.
                                                                                    


SCRIPPS NETWORKS INTERACTIVE, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited)                                   As of
                                              September 30,      December 31,
                                             2012                2011
(in thousands, except per share data)                          
                                              
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents                       $ 439,238       $ 760,092
Accounts receivable (less allowances: 2012-       530,178         553,022
$5,344; 2011- $5,000)
Programs and program licenses                     392,141         336,305
Other current assets                            71,203       66,549     
Total current assets                              1,432,760       1,715,968
Investments                                       477,551         455,267
Property and equipment, net                       223,205         219,845
Goodwill                                          573,482         510,484
Other intangible assets, net                      648,243         556,095
Programs and program licenses (less current       367,642         299,089
portion)
Unamortized network distribution incentives       27,842          46,239
Other non-current assets                        149,248      158,683    
Total Assets                                   $ 3,899,973   $ 3,961,670  
                                                                  
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable                                $ 9,422         $ 12,482
Program rights payable                            42,422          50,402
Customer deposits and unearned revenue            38,276          52,814
Employee compensation and benefits                47,694          49,920
Accrued marketing and advertising costs           7,662           6,838
Other accrued liabilities                       64,440       60,443     
Total current liabilities                         209,916         232,899
Deferred income taxes                             65,935          100,002
Long-term debt                                    1,384,148       1,383,945
Other liabilities (less current portion)        209,964      148,429    
Total liabilities                               1,869,963    1,865,275  
Redeemable noncontrolling interest              115,722      162,750    
Equity:
SNI shareholders' equity:
Preferred stock, $.01 par - authorized:
25,000,000 shares; none outstanding
Common stock, $.01 par:
Class A - authorized: 240,000,000 shares;
issued and outstanding: 2012 - 115,461,988        1,155           1,228
shares; 2011 - 122,828,359 shares
Voting - authorized: 60,000,000 shares;
issued and outstanding: 2012 - 34,317,173       343          343
shares; 2011 - 34,317,173 shares
Total                                             1,498           1,571
Additional paid-in capital                        1,381,362       1,346,429
Retained earnings                                 272,750         364,073
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)   (24,701   )   (33,347    )
Total SNI shareholders' equity                    1,630,909       1,678,726
Noncontrolling interest                         283,379      254,919    
Total equity                                    1,914,288    1,933,645  
Total Liabilities and Equity                   $ 3,899,973   $ 3,961,670  
                                                                             


SCRIPPS NETWORKS INTERACTIVE, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(unaudited)                                           Nine months ended
                                                       September 30,
(in thousands)                                       2012       2011     
                                                                    
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
Net income                                           $ 505,182    $ 397,161
Loss (income) from discontinued operations                      61,252   
                                                                    
Income from continuing operations, net of tax          505,182      458,413
Depreciation and amortization of intangible assets     79,432       66,471
Amortization of network distribution costs             18,397       31,634
Program amortization                                   355,850      313,349
Equity in earnings of affiliates                       (46,267  )   (29,717  )
Program payments                                       (478,931 )   (375,485 )
Capitalized network distribution incentives            (2,948   )   (6,752   )
Dividends received from equity investments             45,096       28,299
Deferred income taxes                                  (53,164  )   (1,357   )
Stock and deferred compensation plans                  30,838       19,347
Changes in certain working capital accounts:
Accounts receivable                                    30,837       (9,090   )
Other assets                                           (10,619  )   (1,643   )
Accounts payable                                       (5,381   )   (1,104   )
Accrued employee compensation and benefits             417          (5,271   )
Accrued income taxes                                   (11,660  )   25,221
Other liabilities                                      (19,727  )   12,077
Other, net                                           (3,755   )  7,800    
Cash provided by (used in) continuing operating        433,597      532,192
activities
Cash provided by (used in) discontinued operating               13,253   
activities
Cash provided by (used in) operating activities      433,597    545,445  
                                                                    
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
Additions to property and equipment                    (34,058  )   (37,355  )
Purchase of long-term investments                                   (410,759 )
Purchase of note receivable due from UKTV                           (134,077 )
Collections (funds advanced) on note receivable        13,613
Purchase of subsidiary companies, net of cash          (119,036 )
acquired
Purchase of noncontrolling interest                                 (3,400   )
Other, net                                           (15,777  )  2,854    
Cash provided by (used in) continuing investing        (155,258 )   (582,737 )
activities
Cash provided by (used in) discontinued investing    10,000     141,786  
activities
Cash provided by (used in) investing activities      (145,258 )  (440,951 )
                                                                    
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
Increase in long-term debt                                          100,000
Dividends paid                                         (55,032  )   (45,778  )
Dividends paid to noncontrolling interests             (148,181 )   (58,676  )
Noncontrolling interest capital contribution                        52,804
Repurchase of Class A common stock                     (500,251 )   (400,000 )
Proceeds from stock options                            89,019       18,667
Other, net                                           5,190      (6,505   )
Cash provided by (used in) financing activities      (609,255 )  (339,488 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash     62         399      
equivalents
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents       (320,854 )   (234,595 )
Cash and cash equivalents:
Beginning of year                                    760,092    549,897  
                                                                    
End of period                                       $ 439,238   $ 315,302  
                                                                    
Supplemental Cash Flow Disclosures:
Interest paid, excluding amounts capitalized         $ 39,599     $ 32,689
Income taxes paid                                    254,746    137,382  
                                                                             

                        Notes to Results of Operations

1. OTHER CHARGES AND CREDITS

In August 2011, the Company announced that SNI would be acquiring a 50-percent
equity interest in UKTV for £239million and £100million to acquire the
outstanding preferred stock and debt due to Virgin Media, Inc. from UKTV. To
minimize the cash flow volatility resulting from British Pound to U.S. dollar
currency exchange rate changes, we subsequently entered into foreign currency
forward contracts that effectively set the U.S. dollar value for the
transaction. We settled these foreign currency exchange forward contracts
around the September 30, 2011 closing of the transaction and recognized losses
from the contracts totaling $25.3 million. These losses reported within the
“Miscellaneous” caption in our consolidated statements of operations reduced
net income attributed to SNI $15.7 million, $.10 per share.

Our tax provision in the third quarter of 2011 includes favorable adjustments
attributed to reaching agreements with certain tax authorities for positions
taken in prior period returns and adjustments to foreign income items, state
apportionment factors and credits reflected in our filed tax returns. Net
income attributable to SNI was increased $14.5million, $.09 per share.

During the second quarter of 2011, our Board of Directors approved the sale of
our Shopzilla business and its related online comparison shopping brands. We
received consideration totaling approximately $160 million upon finalizing the
sale of the business on May31, 2011. The results of operations for this
business have been retrospectively presented as discontinued operations within
our consolidated financial statements for all periods. Discontinued operations
in the second quarter of 2011 reflect a loss on divestiture of $53.3 million
related to the sale of the Shopzilla business. No income tax benefit related
to the capital losses attributed to the sale was recognized. Year-to-date net
income attributable to SNI was decreased $.31per share.

In August 2010, we contributed the Cooking Channel to the Food Network
Partnership (the “Partnership”). At the close of our 2010 fiscal year, the
noncontrolling owner had not made a required pro-rata capital contribution to
the Partnership and as a result its ownership interest was diluted from 31
percent to 25 percent. Accordingly, following the Cooking Channel
contribution, profits from the partnership were allocated to the
noncontrolling owner at its reduced ownership percentage. In February 2011,
the noncontrolling owner made the pro-rata contribution to the Partnership and
its ownership interest was returned to the pre-dilution percentage as if the
contribution had been made as of the date of the Cooking Channel contribution.
The retroactive impact of restoring the noncontrolling owner’s interest in the
Partnership increased net income attributed to noncontrolling interest
$8.0million in the first quarter of 2011. Year-to-date net income
attributable to SNI was decreased $4.7 million, $.03per share.

2. SEGMENT INFORMATION

We determine our business segments based upon our management and internal
reporting structure. We manage our operations through one reportable operating
segment, Lifestyle Media.

Lifestyle Media includes our national television networks, Food Network, HGTV,
Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country
(“GAC”). Lifestyle Media also includes websites that are associated with the
aforementioned television brands and other Internet-based businesses serving
food, home and travel related categories. The Food Network and Cooking Channel
are included in the Food Network Partnership of which we own approximately
69%. We also own 65% of Travel Channel. Each of our networks is distributed by
cable and satellite distributors and telecommunication service providers.

The results of businesses not separately identified as reportable segments are
included within our corporate and other caption. Corporate and other includes
the results of the lifestyle-oriented channels we operate in Europe, the
Middle East, Africa and Asia, operating results from the international
licensing of our national networks’ programming, and other interactive and
digital business initiatives that are not associated with our Lifestyle Media
or international businesses.

Our chief operating decision maker evaluates the operating performance of our
business segments and makes decisions about the allocation of resources to our
business segments using a measure we call segment profit. Segment profit
excludes interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, divested
operating units, restructuring activities, investment results and certain
other items that are included in net income determined in accordance with
accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America
(“GAAP”). Refer to Note 4—Non-GAAP Financial Measures, for reconciliations to
GAAP measures.

Items excluded from segment profit generally result from decisions made in
prior periods or from decisions made by corporate executives rather than the
managers of the business segments. Depreciation and amortization charges are
the result of decisions made in prior periods regarding the allocation of
resources and are therefore excluded from the measure. Financing, tax
structure and divestiture decisions are generally made by corporate
executives. Excluding these items from our business segment performance
measure enables us to evaluate business segment operating performance for the
current period based upon current economic conditions and decisions made by
the managers of those business segments in the current period.

Information regarding the operating performance of our business segments and a
reconciliation to our results of operations is as follows:

               
                                                                                
(in thousands)     Three months ended                   Nine months ended
                   September 30,                       September 30,
                2012       2011      Change   2012         2011        Change
                                                                   
Segment
operating
revenues:
Lifestyle        $ 551,917     $ 496,257     11.2 %   $ 1,671,516     $ 1,497,163     11.6 %
Media
Corporate and
other /          14,269     7,487     90.6 %   31,001       21,396      44.9 %
intersegment
eliminations
                                                                                      
Total
operating       $ 566,186   $ 503,744   12.4 %  $ 1,702,517   $ 1,518,559   12.1 %
revenues
                                                                                      
Segment profit
(loss):
Lifestyle        $ 273,033     $ 235,741     15.8 %   $ 848,089       $ 769,205       10.3 %
Media
Corporate and    (21,967 )   (17,270 )  27.2 %   (73,107   )   (49,383   )  48.0 %
other
                                                                                      
Total segment      251,066       218,471     14.9 %     774,982         719,822       7.7  %
profit
Depreciation
and
amortization       (28,978 )     (22,736 )   27.5 %     (79,432   )     (66,471   )   19.5 %
of intangible
assets
Gains (losses)
on disposal of     (16     )     82                     (102      )     63
property and
equipment
Interest           (12,518 )     (9,157  )   36.7 %     (37,945   )     (26,348   )   44.0 %
expense
Equity in
earnings of        11,240        7,035       59.8 %     46,267          29,717        55.7 %
affiliates
Miscellaneous,   1,667      (23,972 )          12,689       (23,504   )  
net
                                                                                      
Income from
continuing
operations      $ 222,461   $ 169,723   31.1 %  $ 716,459     $ 633,279     13.1 %
before income
taxes
                                                                                           

Operating results from our international operations and the costs associated
with other interactive and digital business initiatives increased the segment
loss at corporate and other by $5.4million in the third quarter of 2012 and
$17.2 million for the year-to-date period of 2012 compared with $2.1 million
in the third quarter of 2011 and $4.3 million for the year-to-date period of
2011.

3. SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Our Lifestyle Media division earns revenue primarily from the sale of
advertising time on our national television networks, affiliate fees paid by
cable and satellite television operators that carry our network programming,
the licensing of its content to third parties, the licensing of its brands for
consumer products such as books and kitchenware, and from the sale of
advertising on our Lifestyle Media affiliated websites.

Supplemental information for Lifestyle Media is as follows:

                                               
                                                                          
(in              Three months ended                 Nine months ended
thousands)
                 September 30,                      September 30,
              2012      2011      Change   2012         2011        Change
                                                               
Operating
revenues by
brand:
                                                                                  
Food Network   $ 198,872   $ 180,008     10.5 %   $ 616,162       $ 541,539       13.8 %
HGTV             195,363     180,663     8.1  %     586,073         541,193       8.3  %
Travel           68,893      62,579      10.1 %     209,254         194,881       7.4  %
Channel
DIY Network      29,852      23,693      26.0 %     91,221          76,080        19.9 %
Cooking          21,643      16,580      30.5 %     63,863          47,781        33.7 %
Channel
GAC              6,945       6,063       14.5 %     16,927          18,423        (8.1 )%
Digital          27,726      24,695      12.3 %     78,446          71,470        9.8  %
Businesses
Other            2,623       2,081       26.0 %     9,767           6,512         50.0 %
Intrasegment            (105    )          (197      )   (716      )  
eliminations
                                                                                  
Operating
revenues by
type:
                                                                                  
Advertising    $ 374,583   $ 342,876     9.2  %   $ 1,145,017     $ 1,037,529     10.4 %
Network
affiliate        168,353     146,411     15.0 %     500,816         436,817       14.7 %
fees, net
Other          8,981     6,970     28.9 %   25,683       22,817      12.6 %
                                                                                  
                                                                                  
Subscribers
(1):
                                                                                  
Food Network                                        99,100          99,400        (0.3 )%
HGTV                                                98,400          98,600        (0.2 )%
Travel                                              94,200          94,600        (0.4 )%
Channel
DIY Network                                         57,100          53,500        6.7  %
Cooking                                             59,200          57,400        3.1  %
Channel
GAC                                       61,700       59,200      4.2  %
                                                                                  

(1) Subscriber counts are according to the Nielsen Homevideo Index of homes
that receive cable networks.

4. NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

In addition to the results prepared in accordance with GAAP provided in this
release, the Company has presented segment profit. A reconciliation of segment
profit to operating income determined in accordance with GAAP for each
business segment is as follows:

                                                  
                                                 
(in thousands)             Three months ended          Nine months ended
                           September 30,               September 30,
                        2012       2011       2012       2011    
                                                                
Operating income         $ 222,072     $ 195,817     $ 695,448     $ 653,414
Depreciation and
amortization of
intangible assets:
Lifestyle Media            26,602        22,226        73,919        64,931
Corporate and other        2,376         510           5,513         1,540
                                                                     
Losses (gains) on
disposal of property
and equipment:
Lifestyle Media            17            (82     )     103           (63     )
Corporate and other      (1      )              (1      )   
                                                                     
Total segment profit    $ 251,066   $ 218,471   $ 774,982   $ 719,822 
                                                                             

The Company defines free cash flow as cash provided by operating activities
less dividends paid to noncontrolling interests and acquisitions of property
and equipment. The Company measures free cash flow as it believes it is an
important indicator for management and investors as to the Company’s
liquidity, including its ability to reduce debt, make strategic investments
and return capital to shareholders. A reconciliation of free cash flow is as
follows:

                  
                                                
(in thousands)        Three months ended             Nine months ended
                      September 30,                September 30,
                   2012        2011        2012        2011     
                                                               
                                                                    
Segment profit      $ 251,066      $ 218,471       $ 774,982      $ 719,822
Income taxes paid     (100,154 )     (54,689 )       (254,746 )     (137,382 )
Interest paid         (15,154  )     (16,503 )       (39,599  )     (32,689  )
Working capital     51,544      32,618      (47,040  )   (17,559  )
and other
                                                                    
Cash provided by
continuing            187,302        179,897         433,597        532,192
operating
activities
Dividends paid to
noncontrolling        (15,341  )     (13,996 )       (148,181 )     (58,676  )
interests
Additions to
property and        (14,968  )   (12,480 )    (34,058  )   (37,355  )
equipment
                                                                    
Free cash flow     $ 156,993    $ 153,421    $ 251,358    $ 436,161  
                                                                    

Since segment profit and free cash flow are non-GAAP measures, they should be
considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, operating income, net
income, cash flow provided by operating activities and other measures of
financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP.

Contact:

Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc.
Mark Kroeger, 865-560-5007
mark.kroeger@scrippsnetworks.com
or
Mike Gallentine, 865-560-4473
mgallentine@scrippsnetworks.com
 
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