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Azteca Announces Sales of Ps.3,627 Million and EBITDA of Ps.1,608 Million for the Fourth Quarter of 2012

Azteca Announces Sales of Ps.3,627 Million and EBITDA of Ps.1,608 Million for
the Fourth Quarter of 2012

   Net Sales Grow to Ps.12,570 Million in 2012, EBITDA is Ps.4,483 Million

Solid Progress in Construction of Fiber Optics Network, Which Will Cover Close
                     to 80% of the Territory of Colombia

MEXICO CITY, Feb. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TV Azteca, S.A.B. de C.V.
(BMV:AZTECA) (Latibex:XTZA), one of the two largest producers of
Spanish-language television programming in the world, announced today
financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2012.

Fourth quarter results

Net sales for the quarter were Ps.3,627 million, compared to Ps.3,874 million
for the same quarter of 2011. Total costs and expenses were Ps.2,019 million,
3% below Ps.2,092 million in the same period of the previous year. As a
result, Azteca reported EBITDA of Ps.1,608 million, from Ps.1,782 million for
the same period of last year. The EBITDA margin was 44%.

The company registered net income of Ps.1,111 million, compared to Ps.1,263
million for the same quarter of 2011.

                                                                          
                     4Q 2011       4Q 2012       Change
                                               Ps.          %
                                                           
Net sales             $3,874        $3,627        $(247)       -6%
                                                           
EBITDA                $1,782        $1,608        $(174)       -10%
                                                           
Net income            $1,263        $1,111        $(152)       -12%
                                                           
Net income per CPO    $0.42         $0.37         $(0.05)      -12%

Figures in millions of pesos.
EBITDA: Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization.
The number of CPOs outstanding as of December 31, 2011 was 2,985 million
and as of December 31, 2012
was 2,984 million.


Net sales

Domestic ad sales were Ps.3,402 million in the period, compared to Ps.3,525
million from the same period of the previous year. Sales were complemented by
revenue from Azteca America—the company's wholly-owned broadcast television
network focused on the U.S. Hispanic market—of Ps.190 million, compared to
Ps.271 million a year ago.

Programming sales to other countries were Ps.35 million in the period, from
Ps.78 million from the previous year. The revenue resulted from the export of
programs such as Los Rey and Amor Cautivo to Central America, as well as La
Tenienteto South America, and Asia.

Costs and expenses

Costs and expenses decreased 3% during the period, as the result of a 5%
reduction in production, programming and transmission costs —to Ps.1,611
million, from Ps.1,696 million in the same period a year ago— and a 3%
increase in selling and administrative expenses —to Ps.408 million, from
Ps.396 million in the same quarter of 2011.

The reduction in costs results from higher efficiency in the production of
successful content, derived from solid strategies that control disbursements
effectively; while the performance of sales and administrative expenses is
mainly related to the growth in advisory fees and service payments.

EBITDA and net income

EBITDA was Ps.1,608 million, compared to Ps.1,782 million in the same period
of last year. The most significant change below EBITDA was a Ps.180 million
decrease in comprehensive financial cost, mainly related to lower interest
related expenses this period.

Net income for the quarter was Ps.1,111 million, from Ps.1,263 million last
year.

Debt

As of December 31, 2012, Azteca's outstanding debt —excluding Ps.1,558 million
debt due in 2069—was Ps.9,039 million, 9% bellow the Ps.9,993 million from the
previous year.

The cash balance of the company was Ps.7,271 million, compared to Ps.8,318
million a year ago. As a result, net debt was Ps.1,768 million, from Ps.1,675
million from the prior year.Debt to last twelve months (LTM) EBITDA ratio was
2 times, and net debt to LTM EBITDA was 0.4 times.

Fiber optic network

Azteca successfully concluded the installation of fiber optics in 226
municipalities in Colombia during the quarter, from a total of 753
municipalities in which it will deploy a network of 19,000 kilometers in a two
and a half year period.

As previously announced, Azteca is building the largest network in Latin
America, which will cover close to 80% of Colombian territory, and will
commercialize telecommunications services in the country.For its
installation, the government of Colombia will provide close to US$235 million.
The commercialization of the services will result in the diversification and
strengthening of Azteca's results, by adding its operation to the solid
performance of its broadcast television business.

Twelve months results

Net sales in the year were Ps.12,570 million, 3% above the Ps.12,199 million
in 2011. Total costs and expenses were Ps.8,087 million, from Ps.7,522 million
for last year. The increase in costs results from the exhibition rights and
production costs related to the London 2012 Olympic Games, as well as the
production of competitive content.

Azteca reported EBITDA of Ps.4,483 million, compared to Ps.4,677 million from
the prior year; the EBITDA margin for 2012 was 36%. The company recorded net
income of Ps.2,307 million, 5% above the Ps.2,199 million from 2011, mainly
due to an exchange gain in the year, compared to exchange loss in 2011.


                           2011          2012          Change
                                                     Ps.          %
                                                                 
Net sales                   $12,199       $12,570       $371         3%
                                                                 
EBITDA                      $4,677        $4,483        $(194)       -4%
                                                                 
Net income                  $2,199        $2,307        $109         5%
                                                                 
Net income per CPO          $0.74         $0.77         $0.03        5%

Figures in millions of pesos.
EBITDA: Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization.
The number of CPOs outstanding as of December 31, 2011 was 2,985 million and
as of December 31, 2012 was 2,984 million.

Company Profile

Azteca is one of the two largest producers of Spanish-language television
programming in the world, operating two national television networks in
Mexico, Azteca 13 and Azteca 7, through more than 300 owned and operated
stations across the country.Azteca affiliates include Azteca America Network,
a broadcast television network focused on the rapidly growing U.S. Hispanic
market, and Azteca Web, an Internet company for North American Spanish
speakers.

Azteca is a Grupo Salinas company (www.gruposalinas.com), a group of dynamic,
fast-growing, and technologically advanced companies focused on creating
shareholder value, contributing to build the middle class of the countries in
which they operate, and improving society through excellence.Created by
Mexican entrepreneur Ricardo B. Salinas (www.ricardosalinas.com), Grupo
Salinas operates a as a management development and decision forum for the top
leaders of member companies. The companies include: Azteca
(www.irtvazteca.com), Azteca America (www.aztecaamerica.com), Grupo Elektra
(www.grupoelektra.com.mx), Banco Azteca (www.bancoazteca.com.mx), Advance
America (www.advanceamerica.net), Afore Azteca (www.aforeazteca.com.mx),
Seguros Azteca (www.segurosazteca.com.mx) and Grupo Iusacell
(www.iusacell.com).Each of the Grupo Salinas companies operates
independently, with its own management, board of directors and
shareholders.Grupo Salinas has no equity holdings.However, member companies
share a common vision, values and strategies for achieving rapid growth,
superior results and world-class performance.

Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press release
are forward-looking statements and are subject to certain risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
projected.Other risks that may affect Azteca and its subsidiaries are
identified in documents sent to securities authorities.



TV AZTECA, S.A.B. DE C.V.ANDSUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
(Millions of Mexican pesos of December 31 of2011 and2012)
                                                                    
                             Fourth Quarter of:             
                             2011           2012           
                                                         Change
                                                                    
Net revenue                   Ps 3,874  100% Ps 3,627 100% Ps (247)  -6%
                                                                    
Programming, production and   1,696     44%  1,611     44%  (85)       -5%
transmission costs
Selling and administrative    396       10%  408       11%  12         3%
expenses
Total costs and expenses      2,092     54%  2,019     56%  (73)       -3%
                                                                    
EBITDA                        1,782     46%  1,608     44%  (174)      -10%
                                                                    
Depreciation and amortization 141           144           3          
Other expense -Net            42            123           81         
                                                                    
Operating profit              1,599     41%  1,341     37%  (258)      -16%
                                                                    
Equity in income from         56            29            (27)       
affiliates
                                                                    
Comprehensive financing                                              
result:
Interest expense              (292)         (189)         102        
Other financing expense       (19)          (10)          10         
Interest income               39            51            12         
Exchange loss-Net            (107)         (52)          55         
                             (379)         (199)         180        
                                                                    
Income before the following   1,277     33%  1,171     32%  (105)      -8%
provision
                                                                    
Provision for income tax      (31)          (58)          (27)       
                                                                    
Net income                    Ps 1,245     Ps 1,113     Ps (132) 
                                                                    
Non-controlling share in net  Ps (17)      Ps 2         Ps 20     
profit
                                                                    
Controlling share in net      Ps 1,263 33%  Ps 1,111 31%  Ps (152)  -12%
profit




TV AZTECA, S.A.B. DE C.V.ANDSUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
(Millions of Mexican pesos of December 31 of2011 and2012)
                                                                     
                               Period ended December 31,        
                               2011            2012            
                                                             Change
                                                                     
Net revenue                      Ps 12,199 100%  Ps 12,570 100%  Ps 371 3%
                                                                     
Programming, production and     6,056      50%  6,577      52%  521     9%
transmission costs
Selling and administrative      1,467      12%  1,510      12%  44      3%
expenses
Total costs and expenses        7,522      62%  8,087      64%  565     8%
                                                                     
EBITDA                          4,677      38%  4,483      36%  (194)   -4%
                                                                     
Depreciation and amortization   509            556            47      
Other expense -Net              289            331            42      
                                                                     
Operating profit                3,879      32%  3,595      29%  (283)   -7%
                                                                     
Equity in income from           57             36             (21)    
affiliates
                                                                     
Comprehensive financing result:                                       
Interest expense                (931)          (922)          9       
Other financing expense         (97)           (148)          (52)    
Interest income                 149            223            73      
Exchange Gain-Net              (328)          132            460     
                               (1,206)        (715)          491     
                                                                     
Income before the following     2,730      22%  2,916      23%  186     7%
provision
                                                                     
Provision for income tax        (548)          (619)          (71)    
                                                                     
Net income                       Ps 2,182       Ps 2,297       Ps 116 
                                                                     
Non-controlling share in net     Ps (17)        Ps (10)        Ps 7   
profit
                                                                     
Controlling share in net profit  Ps 2,199  18%   Ps 2,307  18%   Ps 109 5%




TV AZTECA, S.A.B.DE C.V. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Millions of Mexican pesos of December31 of 2011 and 2012)
                                                                     
                                     At December 31                   
                                     2011       2012                  
                                                         Change
Current assets:                                                      
Cash and cash equivalents             Ps 8,318  Ps 7,271  Ps (1,047) 
Accounts receivable                   7,751     5,894     (1,857)    
Other current assets                  1,875     2,110     235        
                                                                    
Total current assets                  17,944    15,275    (2,669)    -15%
                                                                    
Exhibition rights                     1,328     1,505     177        
Property, plant and equipment-Net     3,339     3,465     126        
Television concessions-Net            7,721     7,565     (156)      
Other assets                          1,021     1,481     460        
Goodwill -Net                         --       --       --        
Deferred income tax asset             4,286     4,286     --        
Total long term assets                17,695    18,302    607        3%
                                                                    
Total assets                          Ps 35,639 Ps 33,577 Ps (2,062) -6%
                                                                    
                                                                    
Current liabilities:                                                 
Short-term debt                       Ps 667    Ps 667    Ps --     
Other current liabilities             2,561     2,493     (68)       
                                                                    
Total current liabilities             3,228     3,160     (68)       -2%
                                                                    
Long-term debt:                                                      
Structured Securities Certificates    5,210     4,547     (663)      
Long-term debt                        4,116     3,825     (291)      
Total long-term debt                  9,326     8,372     (954)      
Other long term liabilities:                                         
Advertising advances                  7,532     5,419     (2,113)    
American Tower Corporation (due 2069) 1,674     1,558     (116)      
Deferred income tax asset             3,106     3,112     6          
                                                                    
Total other long-term liabilities     12,312    10,089    (2,223)    -18%
                                                                    
Total liabilities                     24,866    21,621    (3,245)    -13%
                                                                    
Total stockholders' equity            10,773    11,956    1,183      11%
                                                                    
Total liabilities and equity          Ps 35,639 Ps 33,577 Ps (2,062) -6%

CONTACT: Investor Relations:
        
         Bruno Rangel
         + 52 (55) 1720 9167
         jrangelk@tvazteca.com.mx
        
         Carlos Casillas
         + 52 (55) 1720 9167
         cjcasillas@tvazteca.com.mx
        
         Press Relations:
        
         Jaime Ramos
         + 52 (55) 1720 1416
         jramosr@tvazteca.com.mx
        
         Daniel McCosh
         + 52 (55) 1720 0059
         dmccosh@tvazteca.com.mx
 
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