The Madison Square Garden Company Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2014 Results

The Madison Square Garden Company Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2014 Results  NEW YORK, Aug. 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Madison Square Garden Company (Nasdaq:MSG) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.  Fiscal 2014 revenues of approximately $1.56 billion grew 16%, as compared to the prior year, with increases in all three of the Company's business segments. Adjusted operating cash flow ("AOCF")^(1) of $312.8 million decreased 12%, as compared to the prior year, primarily due to lower AOCF results in the MSG Sports segment and an increase in unallocated corporate expenses ("Other"). Operating income of $184.1 million decreased 27% and net income of $115.1 million ($1.47 per diluted share) decreased 19%, both as compared to the prior year. Excluding the impact of the exercise of an NHL compliance buyout in the fourth quarter, as well as increased expenses related to executive management transition costs and the postponement of the Company's new large-scale theatrical production in the third quarter, fiscal 2014 total company AOCF would have been $363.7 million and operating income would have been $239.5 million.  Fiscal 2014 fourth quarter revenues of $371.7 million grew 10%, as compared to the prior year fourth quarter, primarily due to an increase in revenues in the MSG Entertainment and MSG Sports segments. AOCF of $55.0 million decreased 40%, as compared to the prior year fourth quarter, due to lower AOCF results in the MSG Sports segment along with an increase in unallocated corporate expenses, partially offset by improved AOCF results at the MSG Media and MSG Entertainment segments. Operating income of $20.3 million decreased 69% and net income of $11.6 million ($0.15 per diluted share) decreased 68%, both as compared to the prior year fourth quarter.Excluding the impact of the exercise of the NHL compliance buyout, AOCF would have been $84.6 million and operating income would have been $49.8 million.  President and CEO Tad Smith said: "Over the course of fiscal 2014, we strengthened our Company's foundation in many ways, which should benefit MSG for years to come.This includes the successful completion of the Transformation project and the reinvention of the Forum.The Company also reached an agreement to sell Fuse and successfully concluded the transaction in July.We remain focused on creating meaningful value for our shareholders and, looking ahead, believe that our Company has ample opportunities to drive growth."  Results from Operations  Segment results for the quarters ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 are as follows:                                 Revenues             AOCF                 Operating Income                                                           (Loss)                F'Q4   F'Q4   %      F'Q4   F'Q4   %      F'Q4   F'Q4   % $ millions      2014   2013   Change 2014   2013   Change 2014   2013   Change MSG Media       $176.4 $176.8 (0)%   $84.3  $81.8  3%     $78.7  $77.6  1% MSG             56.5   34.8   62%    (11.4) (14.6) 22%    (15.3) (17.8) 14% Entertainment MSG Sports      156.8  140.7  11%    (10.3) 28.4   --     (16.0) 25.8   -- Other (includes (18.0) (15.9) (13)%  (7.6)  (3.4)  (126)% (27.1) (19.4) (40)% eliminations) Total Company   $371.7 $336.4 10%    $55.0  $92.2  (40)%  $20.3  $66.1  (69)%                                                                 Note: Does not foot due to rounding 1.See definition of adjusted operating cash flow ("AOCF") included in the discussion of non-GAAP financial measures below.  MSG Media  For the fiscal 2014 fourth quarter as compared to the prior year period, MSG Media revenues of $176.4 million decreased slightly.Affiliation fee revenue increased $6.4 million, primarily due to higher affiliation rates, partially offset by the impact of a small decrease in subscribers at MSG Networks.Advertising revenue decreased $5.8 million, primarily due to lower New York Knicks-related advertising revenue, mainly a result of the absence of playoff telecasts versus the prior year quarter, as well as lower advertising revenue at Fuse.Other revenues decreased $1.0 million, primarily due to the expiration in April 2013 of a short-term programming licensing agreement.Fourth quarter AOCF of $84.3 million increased 3% and operating income of $78.7 million increased 1%, both primarily due to a decrease in direct operating expenses, partially offset by an increase in selling, general and administrative expenses and, to a lesser extent, the slight decrease in revenues.The decrease in direct operating expenses was due to lower programming expenses at Fuse.  MSG Entertainment  For the fiscal 2014 fourth quarter as compared to the prior year period, MSG Entertainment revenues of $56.5 million increased 62%.The increase was primarily due to higher event-related revenues at all of the Company's venues, led by The Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Madison Square Garden Arena, the Forum and The Chicago Theatre, as well as higher venue-related sponsorship and signage and suite rental fee revenues.Fourth quarter AOCF loss of $11.4 million improved by $3.2 million and operating loss of $15.3 million improved by $2.5 million, both due to the increase in revenues, mostly offset by an increase in direct operating expenses and, to a lesser extent, an increase in selling, general and administrative expenses.The increase in direct operating expenses was primarily due to higher event-related operating expenses.   MSG Sports  For the fiscal 2014 fourth quarter as compared to the prior year period, MSG Sports revenues of $156.8 million increased 11%.The increase in revenues was primarily due to higher playoff-related revenues, inter-segment media rights revenue, professional sports team regular season ticket-related revenue, suite rental fee revenue, revenues from other live sporting events and professional sports team sponsorship and signage revenues.AOCF decreased by $38.7 million to a loss of $10.3 million and operating income decreased by $41.8 million to a loss of $16.0 million, both primarily due to an increase in direct operating expenses and, to a lesser extent, higher selling, general and administrative expenses, partially offset by the increase in revenues.The increase in direct operating expenses was primarily due to a $37.3 million increase in net provisions for certain team personnel transactions and, to a lesser extent, higher net provisions for NBA luxury tax and NBA and NHL revenue sharing expense, other team operating expenses and team personnel compensation expense. Excluding the impact of the exercise of the NHL compliance buyout, MSG Sports AOCF would have been $19.2 million and operating income would have been $13.5 million.  About The Madison Square Garden Company  The Madison Square Garden Company is a fully-integrated sports, media and entertainment business. The Company is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment, which are strategically aligned to work together to drive the Company's overall business, which is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that the company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports owns and operates the following sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), the Westchester Knicks (NBADL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). MSG Sports also features the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, bull riding and tennis. MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from the Company's venues. MSG Media's television networks consist of regional sports networks, MSG Network and MSG+, collectively referred to as MSG Networks.MSG Entertainment is one of the country's leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes.MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in the Company's diverse collection of venues. These venues consist of Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, the Forum in Inglewood, CA, The Chicago Theatre, and the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.  The Madison Square Garden Company logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=15647  Non-GAAP Financial Measures  We define adjusted operating cash flow ("AOCF"), which is a non-GAAP financial measure, as operating income (loss) before 1) depreciation, amortization and impairments of property and equipment and intangible assets, 2) share-based compensation expense or benefit, and 3) restructuring charges or credits. Because it is based upon operating income (loss), AOCF also excludes interest expense (including cash interest expense) and other non-operating income and expense items. We believe that the exclusion of share-based compensation expense or benefit allows investors to better track the performance of the various operating units of our business without regard to either the distortive effects of fluctuating stock prices or the settlement of an obligation that is not expected to be made in cash.  We believe AOCF is an appropriate measure for evaluating the operating performance of our business segments and the Company on a consolidated basis. AOCF and similar measures with similar titles are common performance measures used by investors and analysts to analyze our performance. Internally, we use revenues and AOCF measures as the most important indicators of our business performance, and evaluate management's effectiveness with specific reference to these indicators. AOCF should be viewed as a supplement to and not a substitute for operating income (loss), net income (loss), cash flows from operating activities, and other measures of performance and/or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Since AOCF is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, this measure may not be comparable to similar measures with similar titles used by other companies. For a reconciliation of AOCF to operating income (loss), please see below.  This press release may contain statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including financial community and rating agency perceptions of the Company and its business, operations, financial condition and the industry in which it operates and the factors described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the sections titled "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" contained therein. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein.  Conference Call Information:  The conference call will be Webcast live today at 10:00 a.m. ET at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com Conference call dial-in number is 877-347-9170 / Conference ID Number 72305196 Conference call replay number is 855-859-2056 / Conference ID Number 72305196 until August 27, 2014   THE MADISON SQUARE GARDEN COMPANY  CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (In thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited)                                    Three Months Ended  Twelve Months Ended                                   June 30,            June 30,                                   2014      2013      2014        2013                                                                 Revenues                          $371,674 $336,360 $1,555,594 $1,340,818                                                                 Operating expenses:                                              Direct operating                   (217,337) (164,669) (899,383)   (691,029) Selling, general and               (104,002) (80,908)  (365,148)   (309,568) administrative Depreciation and amortization      (30,081)  (24,693)  (106,950)   (89,132) Operating income                   20,254    66,090    184,113     251,089 Other income (expense):                                          Equity in earnings (loss) of       (1,248)   --        (1,323)     -- nonconsolidated affiliates Interest expense, net              (1,262)   (2,115)   (4,898)     (5,722) Miscellaneous                      (1,441)   22        (1,346)     3,497 Income from operations before      16,303    63,997    176,546     248,864 income taxes Income tax expense                 (4,666)  (27,580)  (61,478)   (106,482) Net income                         $11,637  $36,417  $115,068   $142,382 Basic earnings per common share    $0.15    $0.47    $1.49      $1.87 Diluted earnings per common share  $0.15    $0.47    $1.47      $1.83                                                                 Basic weighted-average number of   77,361    77,009    77,142      76,268 common shares outstanding Diluted weighted-average number of 78,244    78,067    78,167      77,940 common shares outstanding                                                                             ADJUSTMENTS TO RECONCILE ADJUSTED OPERATING CASH FLOW TO                            OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)  The following is a description of the adjustments to operating income (loss) in arriving at adjusted operating cash flow as described in this earnings release:    *Depreciation and amortization.This adjustment eliminates depreciation,     amortization and impairments of property and equipment and intangible     assets in all periods.   *Share-based compensation expense. This adjustment eliminates the     compensation expense relating to restricted stock, restricted stock units,     stock options and stock appreciation rights granted under our employee     stock plans and non-employee director plans in all periods.                                                   Three Months      Twelve Months Ended                                                   Ended                                                  June 30,          June 30,                                                  2014     2013     2014      2013                                                                            Operating income                                  $20,254 $66,090 $184,113 $251,089 Share-based compensation                          4,693    1,442    21,750    15,340 Depreciation and                                  30,081   24,693   106,950   89,132 amortization Adjusted operating cash flow                      $55,028 $92,225 $312,813 $355,561    THE MADISON SQUARE GARDEN COMPANY                                                                   CONSOLIDATED OPERATIONS DATA (Dollars in thousands) (Unaudited) REVENUES                                                                                                        Three Months Ended                                                  June 30,                                                                                %                                              2014       2013       Change                                                                    MSG Media                                    $176,365   $176,759   (0)% MSG Entertainment                            56,488     34,805     62% MSG Sports                                    156,778    140,743    11% Other (including Inter-segment eliminations) (17,957)  (15,947)  (13)% Total Madison Square Garden Company          $371,674   $336,360   10%                                                                                                                                                                                  Twelve Months Ended                                                 June 30,                                                                                %                                              2014       2013       Change                                                                    MSG Media                                    $714,514   $677,733   5% MSG Entertainment                            300,998    252,195    19% MSG Sports                                    612,071    470,290    30% Other (including Inter-segment eliminations) (71,989)  (59,400)  (21)% Total Madison Square Garden Company          $1,555,594 $1,340,818 16%    ADJUSTED OPERATING CASH FLOW AND OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)                                                                                          Adjusted Operating        Operating Income                           Cash Flow                  (Loss)                                      Three Months Ended        Three Months Ended                         June 30,             %      June 30,             %                       2014       2013      Change 2014       2013      Change                                                                    MSG Media              $84,303    $81,794   3%     $78,730    $77,587   1% MSG Entertainment      (11,394)  (14,604) 22%    (15,338)  (17,828) 14% MSG Sports             (10,296)  28,388   --     (16,014)  25,753   -- All other              (7,585)   (3,353)  (126)% (27,124)  (19,422) (40)% Total Madison Square   $55,028    $92,225   (40)%  $20,254    $66,090   (69)% Garden Company                                                                                                                                                             Adjusted Operating        Operating Income                           Cash Flow                  (Loss)                                      Twelve Months Ended       Twelve Months Ended                        June 30,             %      June 30,             %                       2014       2013      Change 2014       2013      Change                                                                    MSG Media              $343,497   $349,506  (2)%   $323,168   $328,569  (2)% MSG Entertainment      (4,284)   (10,205) 58%    (19,750)  (24,732) 20% MSG Sports             3,575     27,014   (87)%  (13,463)  13,474   -- All other              (29,975)  (10,754) (179)% (105,842) (66,222) (60)% Total Madison Square   $312,813   $355,561  (12)%  $184,113   $251,089  (27)% Garden Company                                          THE MADISON SQUARE GARDEN COMPANY  CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (In thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited)                                                        June 30,    June 30,                                                       2014        2013 ASSETS                                                  Current Assets:                                                    Cash and cash equivalents                              $92,251    $277,913 Restricted cash                                        9,823       8,413 Accounts receivable, net                               135,369     145,728 Net related party receivables                          25,156      18,565 Prepaid expenses                                       37,108      41,215 Other current assets                                   23,216      20,339 Assets held for sale                                   77,056      -- Total current assets                                   399,979     512,173                                                                   Investments in and loans to nonconsolidated affiliates 225,632     -- Property and equipment, net                            1,252,467   1,135,180 Amortizable intangible assets, net                     80,306      90,705 Indefinite-lived intangible assets                     163,850     158,636 Goodwill                                               701,674     742,492 Other assets                                           102,053     93,028 Total assets                                           $ 2,925,961 $ 2,732,214                                                                    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current Liabilities:                                               Accounts payable                                       $16,710   $16,006 Net related party payables                             283       283 Accrued liabilities:                                               Employee related costs                                 102,097    70,663 Other accrued liabilities                              173,003     221,405 Deferred revenue                                       300,937     237,537 Liabilities held for sale                              11,171      -- Total current liabilities                             604,201     545,894                                                                   Defined benefit and other postretirement obligations   75,728      59,726 Other employee related costs                           61,284      45,370 Other liabilities                                      59,970      58,536 Deferred tax liability                                 520,334     543,753 Total liabilities                                      1,321,517   1,253,279 Commitments and contingencies                                      Stockholders' Equity:                                              Class A Common stock, par value $0.01, 360,000 shares authorized; 63,606 and 63,268 shares outstanding as of 639         639 June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. Class B Common stock, par value $0.01, 90,000 shares authorized; 13,589 shares outstanding as of June 30,   136         136 2014 and 2013 Preferred stock, par value $0.01, 45,000 shares        --          -- authorized; none outstanding Additional paid-in capital                             1,081,055   1,070,764 Treasury stock, at cost, 317 and 596 shares as of June (7,537)     (14,179) 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively Retained earnings                                      552,862     437,794 Accumulated other comprehensive loss                   (22,711)    (16,219) Total stockholders' equity                             1,604,444  1,478,935 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity             $ 2,925,961 $ 2,732,214    THE MADISON SQUARE GARDEN COMPANY  SELECTED CASH FLOW INFORMATION (Dollars in thousands) (Unaudited)                                                                                                                  Twelve Months Ended                                                         June 30,                                                         2014      2013 Net cash provided by operating activities                $342,555 $263,055 Net cash used in investing activities                    (516,398)  (185,361) Net cash used in financing activities                    (11,819)   (6,281) Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash                 (185,662)  71,413 equivalents Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period         277,913    206,500 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period               $92,251   $277,913  CONTACT: Kimberly Kerns          Senior Vice President          Communications          The Madison Square Garden Company          (212) 465-6442                   Ari Danes, CFA          Vice President          Investor Relations          The Madison Square Garden Company          (212) 465-6072  The Madison Square Garden Company logo  
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