Indianapolis…Emmis Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: EMMS) today announced results for its second fiscal quarter ended August 31, 2007.
“We’re pleased that our radio ratings have generally improved, and we anticipate better sales performance from our new national-sales rep Katz Media Group,” said Jeff Smulyan, Emmis Chairman and CEO. “That said, expected weakness in our radio division persisted. Our results were in line with our guidance for the quarter, and we continue to face a challenging market environment.”
For the second fiscal quarter, net revenue was $96.4 million, compared to $99.9 million for the same quarter of the prior year, a decrease of 3.5 percent. The decrease related primarily to revenue declines at Emmis’ New York and Los Angeles radio stations.
Diluted net income per common share from continuing operations for the quarter was $0.03, a decrease of $0.03 from the same quarter of the prior year.
For the second quarter, radio net revenues decreased 6.0 percent, while pro forma publishing net revenues increased 5.3 percent.
For the second quarter, operating income was $16.5 million, compared to $22.1 million for the same quarter of the prior year. Emmis’ station operating income for the first quarter was $26.4 million, compared to $34.4 million for the same quarter of the prior year.
Emmis has included supplemental financial data on its Web site, www.emmis.com, under the “Investors” tab.
International radio net revenues for the quarter ended August 31, 2007, were $10.7 million, up 14.7 percent compared to the same quarter of the prior year. International radio station operating expenses were $7.0 million, up 28.7 percent.
On June 4, 2007, Emmis closed on its sale of KGMB-TV in Honolulu to HITV Operating Co, Inc. for $40.0 million in cash. Emmis used a portion of the proceeds to repay outstanding debt obligations. In connection with the sale, Emmis recorded a gain on sale of $10.4 million, net of tax, in its quarter ended August 31, 2007, which is included in discontinued operations.
On July 25, 2007, Emmis completed its acquisition of Orange Coast Kommunications, Inc., whose sole business is the publication of Orange Coast Magazine, for $6.8 million in cash including acquisition costs of $0.2 million.
On August 8, 2007, Emmis’ Board of Directors authorized a share repurchase program pursuant to which Emmis is authorized to purchase up to an aggregate value of $50 million of its outstanding Class A common stock within the parameters of SEC Rule 10b-18. Transactions may occur from time to time according to the company’s discretion, either on the open market or in privately negotiated purchases, subject to prevailing market conditions and other considerations. To date, the company has repurchased 2.2 million shares for $13.8 million.
Pro forma calculations assume the acquisition of Orange Coast Magazine in July 2007 occurred on March 1, 2006.
The following table reconciles reported results to pro forma results (dollars in thousands):
On a pro forma basis, the company expects its radio net revenues for the quarter ending Nov. 30, 2007, to decrease from the prior year in the mid-single-digit range on a percentage basis. The company expects its radio station operating expenses for the quarter ending Nov. 30, 2007, to increase from the prior year in the mid- to high-single-digit range on a percentage basis. International radio revenues and expenses are expected to grow at a faster rate than our domestic radio operations.
Emmis will host a call regarding this information on Friday, October 5, at 9 a.m. Eastern at 1.517.623.4891, with a replay available through 12 a.m. Eastern on Friday, Oct. 12, at 1.203.369.1644. Listen online at www.emmis.com.
Emmis generally evaluates the performance of its operating entities based on station operating income. Management believes that station operating income is useful to investors because it provides a meaningful comparison of operating performance between companies in the industry and serves as an indicator of the market value of a group of stations or publishing entities. Station operating income is generally recognized by the broadcast and publishing industries as a measure of performance and is used by analysts who report on the performance of broadcasting and publishing groups. Station operating income does not take into account Emmis’ debt service requirements and other commitments, and, accordingly, station operating income is not necessarily indicative of amounts that may be available for dividends, reinvestment in Emmis’ business or other discretionary uses.
Station operating income is not a measure of liquidity or of performance in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, and should be viewed as a supplement to, and not a substitute for, our results of operations presented on the basis of accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. Moreover, station operating income is not a standardized measure and may be calculated in a number of ways. Emmis defines station operating income as revenues net of agency commissions and station operating expenses, excluding non-cash compensation.
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Emmis is an Indianapolis-based diversified media firm with radio broadcasting, television broadcasting and magazine publishing operations. Emmis owns 21 FM and 2 AM domestic radio stations serving the nation’s largest markets of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, as well as St. Louis, Austin, Indianapolis and Terre Haute, Ind. In May 2005, Emmis announced its intent to seek strategic alternatives for its 16 television stations, and has since sold 15 of them. Emmis also owns a radio network, international radio stations, regional and specialty magazines, an interactive business and ancillary businesses in broadcast sales.
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Note: Certain statements included in this release or in the attached financial data which are not statements of historical fact, including but not limited to those identified with the words “expect,” “will” or “look” are intended to be, and are, by this Note, identified as “forward-looking statements,” as defined in the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the company to be materially different from any future result, performance or achievement expressed or implied by such forward-looking statement. Such factors include, among others:
• general economic and business conditions;
• fluctuations in the demand for advertising and demand for different types of advertising media;
• our ability to service our outstanding debt;
• increased competition in our markets and the broadcasting industry;
• our ability to attract and secure programming, on-air talent, writers and photographers;
• inability to obtain (or to obtain timely) necessary approvals for purchase or sale transactions or to complete the transactions for other reasons generally beyond our control;
• changes in radio audience measurement methodologies;
• increases in the costs of programming, including on-air talent;
• inability to grow through suitable acquisitions;
• new or changing regulations of the Federal Communications Commission or other governmental agencies;
• competition from new or different technologies;
• war, terrorist acts or political instability; and
• other factors mentioned in documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Emmis does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements because of new information, future events or otherwise.