Entravision Communications Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2016 Results

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Entravision Communications Corporation (NYSE: EVC) today reported financial results for the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2016.

Historical results, which are attached, are in thousands of U.S. dollars (except share and per share data). This press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined by SEC Regulation G. The GAAP financial measure most directly comparable to each of these non-GAAP financial measures, and a table reconciling each of these non-GAAP financial measures to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is included beginning on page 10. Unaudited financial highlights are as follows:

Commenting on the Company’s earnings results, Walter F. Ulloa, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “During the fourth quarter, we achieved revenue growth driven by increases in our television, radio and digital media segments. We also improved our free cash flow and net income over the fourth quarter of 2015.  Additionally, we continued to grow our digital segment revenue and build our digital footprint through Pulpo Media, which provides us with an integrated platform to connect advertisers and marketers with Latino audiences. Looking ahead, we remain well positioned to build on our success in further attracting Latino audiences, expanding our advertiser base and monetizing our reach to the benefit of our shareholders.”

FCC Auction for Broadcast Spectrum

The Federal Communication Commission recently completed the reverse auction for broadcast spectrum which resulted in anticipated proceeds of approximately $264 million for the Company. The anticipated proceeds reflect the FCC’s acceptance of one or more bids placed by the Company during the auction to modify and/or relinquish spectrum usage rights for certain of its television stations.  We do not expect that the modification and/or relinquishment of the spectrum usage rights will result in material changes in the operations or results of the Company.  The Company expects to receive the proceeds in the second half of 2017.

Quarterly Cash Dividend and Prepayment of Outstanding Debt

The Company announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend to shareholders of $0.03125 per share of the Company’s Class A, Class B and Class U common stock, in an aggregate amount of approximately $2.8 million. The quarterly dividend will be payable on March 31, 2017 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 14, 2017, and the common stock will trade ex-dividend on March 10, 2017. As previously announced, the Company currently anticipates that future cash dividends will be paid on a quarterly basis; however, any decision to pay future cash dividends will be subject to approval by the Board.

During the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company voluntarily prepaid $20.0 million of term loans under its senior secured term loan credit facility.

Definitive Agreement to Acquire the Digital Performance Marketing Provider Headway

The Company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the business of Headway, a leading provider of mobile, programmatic, data and performance digital marketing solutions focused primarily in the United States, Mexico and Latin America.  The transaction, which will be funded from the Company’s cash on hand, is expected to close early in the second quarter. 

Net revenue increased to $70.3 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2016 from $65.4 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2015, an increase of $4.9 million. Of the overall increase, approximately $3.6 million was attributed to our television segment and was primarily attributable to an increase in political advertising revenue, which was not material in 2015, partially offset by decreases in local and national advertising revenue. Additionally we had an increase of $0.9 million in the radio segment primarily attributable to an increase in political advertising revenue, which was not material in 2015, and an increase in national advertising revenue partially offset by a decrease in local advertising revenue.  The remaining $0.4 million was attributed to our digital segment and was primarily attributable to increases in local and national revenue.

Cost of revenue increased to $3.0 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2016 from $2.6 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2015, an increase of $0.4 million, due to increased online media costs associated with generating increased net revenue in our digital segment.

Operating expenses increased to $41.1 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2016 from $39.6 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2015, an increase of $1.5 million. The increase was primarily attributable to expenses associated with generating increased advertising revenue and increases in salary expense, insurance expense and promotional expense. 

Corporate expenses increased to $7.9 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2016 from $6.9 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2015, an increase of $1.0 million. The increase was primarily attributable to legal and financial due diligence costs related to the pending acquisition of Headway and increases in salary expense and non-cash stock-based compensation expense.

Net revenue increased to $258.5 million for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2016 from $254.1 million for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2015, an increase of $4.4 million. Of the overall increase, $4.3 million was attributed to our digital media segment and was primarily attributable to increases in local and national advertising revenue. Additionally, approximately $0.4 million of the overall increase was attributed to our television segment and was primarily attributable to an increase in political revenue, which was not material in 2015, and an increase in national advertising revenue. This increase was offset by a decrease of approximately $10.5 million of revenue associated with television station channel modifications made by the Company in order to accommodate the operations of a telecommunications operator in 2015, which did not recur in 2016. These increases were partially offset by a decrease of $0.3 million that was attributed to our radio segment, primarily attributable to a decrease in local advertising revenue, partially offset by an increase in political advertising revenue, which was not material in 2015

Cost of revenue increased to $9.5 million for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2016 from $7.2 million for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2015, an increase of $2.3 million, due to increased online media costs associated with generating increased net revenue in our digital media segment.

Operating expenses increased to $160.2 million for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2016 from $153.1 million for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2015, an increase of $7.1 million. The increase was primarily attributable to expenses associated with generating increased advertising revenue and increases in salary expense and insurance expense. 

Corporate expenses increased to $24.5 million for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2016 from $22.5 million for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2015, an increase of $2.0 million. The increase was primarily attributable to legal and financial due diligence costs related to the pending acquisition of Headway and increases in salary expense and non-cash stock-based compensation expense.

Segment Results

       The following represents selected unaudited segment information:

Entravision Communications Corporation will hold a conference call to discuss its 2016 fourth quarter and full year results on March 2, 2017 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time. To access the conference call, please dial 412-317-5440 ten minutes prior to the start time. The call will be webcast live and archived for replay on the investor relations portion of the Company’s web site located at www.entravision.com.  

Entravision Communications Corporation is a leading media company that reaches and engages U.S. Latinos across acculturation levels and media channels, as well as consumers in Mexico. The Company’s comprehensive portfolio incorporates integrated media and marketing solutions comprised of acclaimed television, radio, digital properties, events, and data analytics services. Entravision has 54 primary television stations and is the largest affiliate group of both the Univision and UniMás television networks. Entravision also owns and operates 49 primarily Spanish-language radio stations featuring nationally recognized talent, as well as the Entravision Audio Network and Entravision Solutions, a coast-to-coast national spot and network sales and marketing organization representing Entravision’s owned and operated, as well as its affiliate partner, radio stations. According to comScore Media Metrix®, Entravision’s digital operating group, Pulpo, is the #1-ranked online advertising platform in Hispanic reach, and Pulpo’s comprehensive media offering, data, and consumer insights lead the industry. Entravision shares of Class A Common Stock are traded on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: EVC.

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, and the Company disclaims any duty to update any forward-looking statements made by the Company. From time to time, these risks, uncertainties and other factors are discussed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

 

The most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is operating cash flow. A reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure to cash flows from operating activities for each of the periods presented is as follows:

 

The most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is operating cash flow. A reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure to cash flows from operating activities for each of the periods presented is as follows:

 

SOURCE Entravision Communications Corporation