Radio One, Inc. Reports Record First Quarter Results
Company Posts Strong Results in a Challenging Quarter
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 8, 2003--Radio One, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROIAK - News and ROIA - News) today reported record results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2003. Net broadcast revenue was approximately $63.4 million, an increase of 9% from the same period in 2002. Operating income was approximately $20.9 million, up 13% from the same period in 2002. Station operating income (formerly known as broadcast cash flow) was approximately $29.1 million, an increase of 13% from the same period in 2002. EBITDA was approximately $25.9 million, an increase of 12% from the same period in 2002. Net income was approximately $6.9 million, or $0.07 per share, up from a net loss of approximately $28.6 million, or $0.30 per share, for the same period in 2002.
During the first quarter, radio revenues in the markets in which Radio One operates increased approximately 5%. Radio One outperformed this industry growth by approximately 400 basis points. Radio One markets that performed particularly well in the first quarter included Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Raleigh, St. Louis and Minneapolis. Strong advertising categories included automotive, financial, healthcare and telecom. Radio One's first quarter national revenue grew approximately three times faster than local revenue; however, in March, national grew only slightly faster than local and both were at levels considerably lower than January's and February's growth rates.
Alfred C. Liggins, III, Radio One's CEO and President stated, "This quarter was one of the more difficult in recent memory as the snow storms of February effectively shut down a number of our markets for several days. Soon thereafter, the fear of a potential war, followed by the reality of an actual war, put a serious damper on advertising activity that continued through the end of the first quarter. Through it all, Radio One managed to post impressive performance on the top line, as well as expense management and core profitability. During the quarter, we made our first scheduled principal payment on our bank term loan out of free cash flow, and managed to end the quarter with almost as much cash as when we started the quarter, further reinforcing the impressive free cash flow model of a high margin radio company. We are hopeful that as we move further away from the weak ad environment induced by the war that the radio industry returns to the strong health it had late last year and for the first six weeks of 2003."
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS Comparison of the period ended March 31, 2003 to the period ended March 31, 2002 (2003 and 2002 periods are unaudited, - all numbers in 000s except per share data). Three months Three months ended ended March 31, 2003 March 31, 2002 -------------- -------------- STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS DATA: REVENUE: Broadcast revenue $71,994 $65,937 Less: Agency commissions 8,564 7,626 -------------- -------------- Net broadcast revenue 63,430 58,311 -------------- -------------- OPERATING EXPENSES: Programming and technical 12,616 11,502 Selling, G&A 21,746 20,996 Corporate expenses 3,165 2,615 Non-cash compensation 468 300 Depreciation & amortization 4,514 4,422 -------------- -------------- Total operating expenses 42,509 39,835 -------------- -------------- Operating income 20,921 18,476 INTEREST EXPENSE, net 10,450 16,917 LOSS ON SALE OF ASSETS, net - 10 OTHER INCOME, net 667 528 -------------- -------------- Income before provision for income taxes and cumulative effect of accounting change 11,138 2,077 PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES 4,228 816 -------------- -------------- Income before cumulative effect of accounting change 6,910 1,261 CUMULATIVE EFFECT OF ACCOUNTING CHANGE, net of tax - 29,847 -------------- -------------- Net income (loss) $6,910 $(28,586) ============== ============== Net income (loss) applicable to common stockholders (a) $ 1,875 $ (33,621) ============== ============== Three months Three months ended ended March 31, 2003 March 31, 2002 --------------- --------------- PER SHARE DATA (e): Net income (loss) per share 0.07 (0.30) Preferred dividends per share 0.05 0.05 Net income (loss) per share applicable to common stockholders 0.02 (0.35) SELECTED OTHER DATA: Station operating income (b) $29,068 $25,813 EBITDA (c) 25,903 23,198 Station operating income and EBITDA computation: Operating income 20,921 18,476 Plus: Depreciation and amortization 4,514 4,422 Plus: Corporate expenses 3,165 2,615 Plus: Non-cash compensation 468 300 Station operating income 29,068 25,813 Less: Corporate expenses 3,165 2,615 EBITDA 25,903 23,198 Capital expenditures 3,194 1,984 Weighted average shares outstanding - basic (d) 104,576 94,229 Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted (e) 104,863 94,922 March 31, 2003 December 31, 2002 (unaudited) (audited) ----------------- ----------------- SELECTED BALANCE SHEET DATA: Cash and cash equivalents $83,466 $86,115 Current assets 144,484 159,312 Total assets 1,969,880 1,984,360 Senior debt 336,875 350,000 Subordinated debt 300,000 300,000 Preferred stock (liquidation value) 310,000 310,000 Total stockholders' equity 1,245,004 1,244,023 Total 2003 Total 2004 Current Applicable Principal Principal Amount Interest Payments Payments Outstanding Rates (2) (3) (3) ----------- ------------- ---------- ---------- SELECTED LEVERAGE AND SWAP DATA: Senior bank term debt (swap matures October 5, 2006) $ 100,000 4.39% Senior bank term debt (swap matures December 5, 2005) 50,000 4.01% Senior bank term debt (swap matures December 5, 2004) 50,000 3.55% Senior bank term debt (swap matures June 3, 2004) 25,000 4.51% Senior bank term debt (at variable rates)(1) 111,875 approx. 2.30% $ 52,500 $ 52,500 8-7/8% senior subordinated notes (fixed rate) 300,000 8.88%
(1) Subject to rolling 90-day LIBOR plus a spread currently at 1.00%
and incorporated into the rate set forth above. This tranche is
notcovered by the swap agreements described in footnote 2.
(2) Under its swap agreement, Radio One pays a fixed rate plus a
spread based on the Company's leverage, as defined in its credit
agreement. That spread is currently 1.00% and is incorporated into
the applicable interest rates set forth above.
(3) Principal payments are due in equal quarterly installments and
commenced on March 31, 2003.
Net broadcast revenue increased to approximately $63.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2003 from approximately $58.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2002 or 9%. This increase was the result of net broadcast revenue growth in most of Radio One's markets, as Radio One benefited from historical ratings increases and overall radio industry growth.
Operating expenses excluding depreciation, amortization and non-cash compensation increased to approximately $37.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2003 from approximately $35.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2002 or 7%. This increase in expenses was related to (1) increased variable expenses associated with increased revenue, (2) higher programming expenses in certain markets with new radio station formats and/or programming, such as with two relatively young stations in Atlanta and the syndication of the Steve Harvey Morning Show to one of Radio One's Dallas stations (3) higher promotional expenses for the syndication of the Russ Parr Morning Show and (4) higher corporate expenses due to Radio One's rapid expansion and the costs associated with complying with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
Interest expense decreased to approximately $10.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2003 from approximately $16.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2002 or 38%. This decrease related primarily to Radio One having reduced outstanding bank debt as a result of proceeds received from Radio One's April 2002 equity offering, as well as lower interest rates on that bank debt as a result of declining leverage and lower market interest rates over the past 12 months.
Income before provision for income taxes and cumulative effect of an accounting change increased to approximately $11.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2003 compared to income before provision for income taxes and cumulative effect of an accounting change of approximately $2.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2002 or 429%. This increase was due primarily to higher operating income due to higher revenue and lower interest expense as described above.
Net income increased to approximately $6.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2003 compared to a net loss of approximately $28.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2002. This increase was due to higher income before provision for income taxes and cumulative effect of an accounting change, as well as the effect of the accounting change in the first quarter of 2002, which reduced net income by approximately $29.8 million.
Station operating income increased to approximately $29.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2003 from approximately $25.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2002 or 13%. This increase was attributable primarily to the increase in net broadcast revenue partially offset by higher operating expenses associated with Radio One's overall growth as described above.
EBITDA increased to approximately $25.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2003 from approximately $23.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2002 or 12%. This increase was attributable primarily to the increase in net broadcast revenue partially offset by higher operating expenses and higher corporate expenses associated with Radio One's overall growth as described above.
Capital expenditures totaled approximately $3.2 million in the first quarter of 2003.
In the first quarter of 2003, deferred portion of the income tax provision was approximately $4.2 million. In the first quarter of 2003, amortization of debt financing costs, unamortized debt discount and deferred interest was approximately $0.4 million and is included in interest expense on Radio One's income statement.
As of March 31, 2003, Radio One had total debt (net of cash balances) of approximately $553.4 million. EBITDA for the last four fiscal quarters was approximately $141.7 million, leading to a net debt to EBITDA ratio of approximately 3.9x.
Radio One Information and Guidance:
Given the uncertain economic environment, for the second quarter of 2003, Radio One expects to report a change in net broadcast revenue that will be in the range of up a low-single digit percentage to down a low-single digit percentage compared to the net broadcast revenue generated in the second quarter of 2002. Radio One continues to expect capital expenditures for all of 2003 to be approximately $10.5-11.5 million and corporate expenses to be approximately $14.0-15.0 million.
Radio One will hold a conference call to discuss its results for the first quarter of 2003. This conference call is scheduled for Thursday, May 8, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Interested parties should call 773-756-4618 at least five minutes prior to the scheduled time of the call and provide the password "Radio One." The conference call will be recorded and made available for replay from 12:00 p.m. EST the day of the call, until 11:59 p.m. EST the following day. Interested parties may listen to the recording by calling 402-998-1668. Access to live audio and replay of the conference call will also be available on Radio One's corporate website at www.radio-one.com. The replay will be made available on the website for the seven day period following the call.
Radio One, Inc. (www.radio-one.com) is the nation's seventh largest radio broadcasting company (based on 2002 net revenue) and the largest company that primarily targets African-American and urban listeners. Radio One owns and/or operates 66 radio stations located in 22 urban markets in the United States and reaches approximately 12.5 million listeners every week. Radio One also programs five channels on the XM Satellite Radio Inc. system.
This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Because these statements apply to future events, they are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including the absence of a combined operating history with an acquired company or radio station and the potential inability to integrate acquired businesses, need for additional financing, high degree of leverage, seasonal nature of the business, granting of rights to acquire certain portions of the acquired company's or radio station's operations, market ratings, variable economic conditions and consumer tastes, as well as restrictions imposed by existing debt and future payment obligations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are described in Radio One's reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
(a) Net income (loss) applicable to common stockholders is defined as
net income minus preferred stock dividends.
(b) "Station operating income" consists of operating income before
depreciation, amortization, corporate expenses and non-cash
(c) "EBITDA" consists of operating income before depreciation,
amortization and non-cash compensation.
(d) As of March 31, 2003 Radio One had approximately 104,576,000
shares of common stock outstanding on a weighted average basis.
(e) As of March 31, 2003 Radio One had approximately 104,863,000
shares of common stock outstanding on a weighted average basis,
diluted for outstanding stock options. Per share data were
calculated using the basic and diluted weighted average shares
outstanding. In 2003, however, the per share amounts were the same
because there was no material difference between the two weighted
average share amounts. In 2002, the effect of using the diluted
share data was anti-dilutive thus, only basic share data were
The performance of an individual radio station or group of radio
stations in a particular market is customarily measured by its ability
to generate net broadcast revenue, station operating income and
EBITDA, although station operating income and EBITDA are not measures
utilized under GAAP. Station operating income and EBITDA should not be
considered in isolation from, nor as substitutes for, operating
income, net income, cash flow, or other consolidated income or cash
flow statement data computed in accordance with GAAP, nor as a measure
of our profitability or liquidity. Despite their limitations, station
operating income and EBITDA are widely used in the broadcasting
industry to measure a company's operating performance without regard
to items such as depreciation and amortization, which can vary
depending upon accounting methods and the book value of assets,
particularly in the case of acquisitions. Radio One believes that, by
eliminating such effects, station operating income provides a
meaningful measure of comparative radio station performance, and
EBITDA provides a meaningful measure of overall company performance
after taking into account corporate operating expenses related to the
employment of the senior management team and other overhead costs.
Radio One, Inc. Scott R. Royster, 301/429-2642