Three Month Results

•  Net revenue increased 7.4% to $427.9 million
•  Net income increased 9.8% to $95.7 million
•  Adjusted EBITDA increased 9.5% to $195.3 million

 
Three Month Acquisition-Adjusted Results

•  Acquisition-adjusted net revenue increased 5.6%
•  Acquisition-adjusted EBITDA increased 6.4%

BATON ROUGE, La., Feb. 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lamar Advertising Company (Nasdaq: LAMR), a leading owner and operator of outdoor advertising and logo sign displays, announces the Company’s operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018.

"We completed 2018 with a strong fourth quarter, allowing us to exceed the upper end of our guidance for full year diluted AFFO per share," said Chief Executive Sean Reilly.  "Our integration of the markets that we acquired from Fairway in late December is going well and we anticipate another year of solid sales and AFFO growth in 2019.”  

Fourth Quarter Highlights

•  Same unit digital revenue increased 10.8%
•  AFFO increased 8.6%
•  Diluted AFFO per share increased 7.2%

Fourth Quarter Results
Lamar reported net revenues of $427.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2018 versus $398.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2017, a 7.4% increase.  Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2018 increased $10.6 million to $130.6 million as compared to $120.0 million for the same period in 2017.  Lamar recognized net income of $95.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to net income of $87.2 million for same period in 2017.  Net income per diluted share was $0.96 and $0.88 for the three months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $195.3 million versus $178.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2017, an increase of 9.5%.

Cash flow provided by operating activities was $194.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018, an increase of $8.4 million as compared to the same period in 2017.  Free cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $126.0 million as compared to $112.3 million for the same period in 2017, a 12.2% increase. 

For the fourth quarter of 2018, Funds From Operations, or FFO, was $150.8 million versus $140.0 million for the same period in 2017, an increase of 7.7%.   Adjusted Funds From Operations, or AFFO, for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $147.5 million compared to $135.8 million for the same period in 2017, an increase of 8.6%.   Diluted AFFO per share increased 7.2% to $1.48 for the three months ended December 31, 2018 as compared to $1.38 for the same period in 2017.

Acquisition-Adjusted Three Months Results
Acquisition-adjusted net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2018 increased 5.6% over Acquisition-adjusted net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017.  Acquisition-adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2018 increased 6.4% as compared to Acquisition-adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2017.  Acquisition-adjusted net revenue and Acquisition-adjusted EBITDA include adjustments to the 2017 period for acquisitions and divestitures for the same time frame as actually owned in the 2018 period.  See “Reconciliation of Reported Basis to Acquisition-Adjusted Results”, which provides reconciliations to GAAP for Acquisition-adjusted measures.

Twelve Months Results
Lamar reported net revenues of $1.63 billion for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 versus $1.54 billion for the same period in 2017, a 5.6% increase.  Due to non-cash operating expense growth in depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation for the year ended December 31, 2018 of $34.0 million over the same period in 2017, operating income for the year ended December 31, 2018 increased only 1.1% to $460.6 million.  Due to the above factors and a $15.4 million loss on debt extinguishment related to the prepayment of Lamar Media’s 5 7/8% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2022 in the first quarter of 2018, Lamar’s net income for the year ended December 31, 2018 decreased $12.4 million to $305.2 million as compared to $317.7 million for the same period in 2017.  Net income per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2018 was $3.08 compared to $3.23 for the year ended December 31, 2017.  In addition, Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2018 was $722.5 million versus $671.4 million for the same period in 2017, a 7.6% increase.

Cash flow provided by operating activities increased to $564.8 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, as compared to $507.0 million in the same period in 2017. Free cash flow for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 increased 9.5% to $471.1 million as compared to $430.0 million for the same period in 2017.

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, FFO was $527.0 million versus $513.0 million for the same period in 2017, a 2.7% increase.  AFFO for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 was $544.5 million compared to $496.3 million for the same period in 2017, a 9.7% increase.  Diluted AFFO per share increased to $5.50 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, as compared to $5.05 in the same period in 2017, an increase of 8.9%.

Liquidity
As of December 31, 2018, Lamar had $178.3 million in total liquidity that consisted of $156.8 million available for borrowing under its revolving senior credit facility and approximately $21.5 million in cash and cash equivalents. On January 17, 2019, Lamar increased its borrowing capacity under the revolving portion of Lamar Media’s credit facility by an additional $100 million in aggregate principal amount.

Guidance
We expect Diluted AFFO per share for fiscal year 2019 will be between $5.67 and $5.83, representing growth of approximately 3.0% to 6.0% over 2018, with net income per diluted share expected to be between $3.69 and $3.86.  See “Supplemental Schedules and Unaudited Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures” for a reconciliation of GAAP.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding sales trends.  These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements.  These risks and uncertainties include, among others: (1) our significant indebtedness; (2) the state of the economy and financial markets generally and the effect of the broader economy on the demand for advertising; (3) the continued popularity of outdoor advertising as an advertising medium; (4) our need for and ability to obtain additional funding for operations, debt refinancing or acquisitions; (5) our ability to continue to qualify as a Real Estate Investment Trust (“REIT”) and maintain our status as a REIT; (6) the regulation of the outdoor advertising industry by federal, state and local governments; (7) the integration of companies and assets that we acquire and our ability to recognize cost savings or operating efficiencies as a result of these acquisitions; (8) changes in accounting principles, policies or guidelines; (9) changes in tax laws applicable to REITs or in the interpretation of those laws; (10) our ability to renew expiring contracts at favorable rates; (11) our ability to successfully implement our digital deployment strategy; and (12) the market for our Class A common stock. For additional information regarding factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in our forward-looking statements, we refer you to the risk factors included in Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, as supplemented by any risk factors contained in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and our Current Reports on Form 8-K.  We caution investors not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this document.  These statements speak only as of the date of this document, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise the statements, except as may be required by law.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Company has presented the following measures that are not measures of performance under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”):  Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization), Free Cash Flow, Funds From Operations (“FFO”), Adjusted Funds From Operations (“AFFO”), Diluted AFFO per share, Outdoor Operating Income and Acquisition-Adjusted Results.  Our management reviews our performance by focusing on these key performance indicators not prepared in conformity with GAAP. We believe these non-GAAP performance indicators are meaningful supplemental measures of our operating performance and should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.
Our Non-GAAP financial measures are determined as follows:

  • We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income before income tax expense (benefit), interest expense (income), loss (gain) on extinguishment of debt and investments, stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization and gain or loss on disposition of assets and investments.  
  • Free Cash Flow is defined as Adjusted EBITDA less interest, net of interest income and amortization of deferred financing costs, current taxes, preferred stock dividends and total capital expenditures.
  • We use the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts definition of FFO, which is defined as net income before gains or losses from the sale or disposal of real estate assets and investments and real estate related depreciation and amortization and including adjustments to eliminate unconsolidated affiliates and non-controlling interest.
  • We define AFFO as FFO before (i) straight-line revenue and expense; (ii) stock-based compensation expense; (iii) non-cash portion of tax provision; (iv) non-real estate related depreciation and amortization; (v) amortization of deferred financing costs; (vi) loss on extinguishment of debt; (vii) non-recurring infrequent or unusual losses (gains); (viii) less maintenance capital expenditures; and (ix) an adjustment for unconsolidated affiliates and non-controlling interest.
  • Diluted AFFO per share is defined as AFFO divided by Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding.  
  • Outdoor Operating Income is defined as Operating Income before corporate expenses, stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization and loss (gain) on disposition of assets. 
  • Acquisition-Adjusted Results adjusts our net revenue, direct and general and administrative expenses, outdoor operating income, corporate expense and EBITDA for the prior period by adding to, or subtracting from, the corresponding revenue or expense generated by the acquired assets or divested before our acquisition or divestiture of these assets for the same time frame that those assets were owned in the current period. In calculating Acquisition-Adjusted Results, therefore, we include revenue and expenses generated by assets that we did not own in the prior period but acquired in the current period. We refer to the amount of pre-acquisition revenue and expense generated by or subtracted from  the acquired assets during the prior period that corresponds with the current period in which we owned the assets (to the extent within the period to which this report relates) as “Acquisition-Adjusted Results”.

Adjusted EBITDA, FFO, AFFO, Outdoor Operating Income and Acquisition-Adjusted Results are not intended to replace other performance measures determined in accordance with GAAP.  Free Cash Flow, FFO and AFFO do not represent cash flows from operating activities in accordance with GAAP and, therefore, these measures should not be considered indicative of cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity or of funds available to fund our cash needs, including our ability to make cash distributions. Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, FFO, AFFO, Diluted AFFO per share, Outdoor Operating Income and Acquisition-Adjusted Results are presented as we believe each is a useful indicator of our current operating performance. Specifically, we believe that these metrics are useful to an investor in evaluating our operating performance because (1) each is a key measure used by our management team for purposes of decision making and for evaluating our core operating results; (2) Adjusted EBITDA is widely used in the industry to measure operating performance as it excludes the impact of depreciation and amortization, which may vary significantly among companies, depending upon accounting methods and useful lives, particularly where acquisitions and non-operating factors are involved; (3) Adjusted EBITDA, FFO, AFFO and Diluted AFFO per share each provides investors with a meaningful measure for evaluating our period-over-period operating performance by eliminating items that are not operational in nature and reflect the impact on operations from trends in occupancy rates, operating costs, general and administrative expenses and interest costs; (4) Acquisition-Adjusted Results is a supplement to enable investors to compare period-over-period results on a more consistent basis without the effects of acquisitions and divestitures, which reflects our core performance and organic growth (if any) during the period in which the assets were owned and managed by us; (5) Free Cash Flow is an indicator of our ability to service debt and generate cash for acquisitions and other strategic investments; (6) Outdoor Operating Income provides investors a measurement of our core results without the impact of fluctuations in stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization and corporate expenses; and (7) each of our Non-GAAP measures provides investors with a measure for comparing our results of operations to those of other companies.

Our measurement of Adjusted EBITDA, FFO, AFFO, Outdoor Operating Income and Acquisition-Adjusted Results may not, however, be fully comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA, FFO, AFFO, Outdoor Operating Income and Acquisition-Adjusted Results to the most directly comparable GAAP measures have been included herein.

Conference Call Information
A conference call will be held to discuss the Company’s operating results on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. central time.  Instructions for the conference call and Webcast are provided below:

Conference Call

All Callers: 1-334-323-0520 or 1-334-323-9871
Passcode: Lamar
  
Replay: 1-334-323-0140 or 1-877-919-4059
Passcode:      47595293
   Available through Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time
  
Live Webcast:  www.lamar.com 
  
Webcast Replay:www.lamar.com   
 Available through Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time
  
Company Contact:Buster Kantrow
 Director of Investor Relations
 (225) 926-1000
 bkantrow@lamar.com
  


General Information
Founded in 1902, Lamar Advertising (Nasdaq: LAMR) is one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in North America, with approximately 360,000 displays across the United States and Canada. Lamar offers advertisers a variety of billboard, interstate logo, transit and airport advertising formats, helping both local businesses and national brands reach broad audiences every day. In addition to its more traditional out-of-home inventory, Lamar is proud to offer its customers the largest network of digital billboards in the United States with over 3,100 displays. 

LAMAR ADVERTISING COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(UNAUDITED)
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE DATA)
                
                
 Three months ended
December 31,
 Twelve months ended
December 31,
 2018 2017 2018 2017
                
Net revenues$427,898  $398,475  $1,627,222  $1,541,260 
                
                
Operating expenses (income)               
Direct advertising expenses 142,072   138,984   561,848   540,880 
General and administrative expenses 73,160   67,344   278,894   267,504 
Corporate expenses 17,379   13,787   63,987   61,470 
Stock-based compensation 6,698   2,539   29,443   9,599 
Depreciation and amortization 58,010   56,101   225,261   211,104 
(Gain) loss on disposition of assets (32)  (287)  7,233   (4,664)
                
  297,287   278,468   1,166,666   1,085,893 
                
Operating income 130,611   120,007   460,556   455,367 
                
Other (income) expense               
Loss on extinguishment of debt       15,429   71 
Interest income (221)     (534)  (6)
Interest expense 32,411   32,870   129,732   128,396 
  32,190   32,870   144,627   128,461 
                
Income before income tax expense 98,421   87,137   315,929   326,906 
Income tax expense (benefit) 2,728   (27)  10,697   9,230 
                
Net income 95,693   87,164   305,232   317,676 
Preferred stock dividends 92   92   365   365 
Net income applicable to common stock$95,601  $87,072  $304,867  $317,311 
                
                
Earnings per share:               
Basic earnings per share$0.97  $0.89  $3.09  $3.24 
Diluted earnings per share$0.96  $0.88  $3.08  $3.23 
                
Weighted average common shares outstanding:               
- basic 99,472,422   98,152,852   98,817,525   97,930,555 
- diluted 99,759,674   98,602,599   99,086,160   98,369,865 
                
OTHER DATA                
Free Cash Flow Computation:               
Adjusted EBITDA$  195,287  $  178,360  $  722,493  $  671,406 
Interest, net (30,932)  (31,616)  (124,278)  (123,270)
Current tax (expense) benefit (2,765)  572   (9,159)  (8,426)
Preferred stock dividends (92)  (92)  (365)  (365)
Total capital expenditures (35,464)  (34,883)  (117,638)  (109,329)
Free Cash Flow$  126,034  $112,341  $  471,053  $  430,016 
                
                
                
                
                
Selected Balance Sheet Data:         December 31,
2018
   December 31,
2017
 
Cash and cash equivalents        $21,494  $115,471 
Working capital        $(91,366) $94,525 
Total assets        $4,544,641  $4,214,345 
Total debt, net of deferred financing costs (including current maturities)        $2,888,688  $2,556,690 
Total stockholders’ equity        $1,131,784  $1,103,493 
                
                
 Three months ended
December 31,
   Twelve months ended
December 31,
 
  2018   2017   2018   2017 
Selected Cash Flow Data:               
Cash flows provided by operating activities$194,757  $186,378  $564,846  $507,016 
Cash flows used in investing activities$463,822  $209,037  $584,148  $400,066 
Cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities$280,380  $108,846  $(73,563) $(28,641)

 

SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULES
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP MEASURES
(IN THOUSANDS)
                
 Three months ended
December 31,
 Twelve months ended
December 31,
 2018 2017 2018 2017
Reconciliation of  Cash Flows Provided by Operating Activities               
   to Free Cash Flow:               
Cash flows provided by operating activities$194,757  $186,378  $564,846  $507,016 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities (30,729)  (38,309)  32,195   39,456 
Total capital expenditures (35,464)  (34,883)  (117,638)  (109,329)
Preferred stock dividends (92)  (92)  (365)  (365)
Other (2,438)  (753)  (7,985)  (6,762)
Free cash flow$126,034  $112,341  $471,053  $430,016 
                
                
                
Reconciliation of  Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA:               
Net Income$95,693  $87,164  $305,232  $317,676 
Loss on extinguishment of debt       15,429   71 
Interest income (221)     (534)  (6)
Interest expense 32,411   32,870   129,732   128,396 
Income tax expense (benefit) 2,728   (27)  10,697   9,230 
Operating Income 130,611   120,007   460,556   455,367 
                
Stock-based compensation 6,698   2,539   29,443   9,599 
Depreciation and amortization 58,010   56,101   225,261   211,104 
(Gain) loss on disposition of assets (32)  (287)  7,233   (4,664)
Adjusted EBITDA$195,287  $178,360  $722,493  $671,406 
                  
                
Capital expenditure detail by category:               
Billboards - traditional$13,983  $12,315  $37,905  $36,015 
Billboards - digital 12,728   10,650   45,938   40,218 
Logo 4,438   3,205   11,438   9,614 
Transit 987   2,285   5,364   2,863 
Land and buildings 1,798   5,494   8,420   13,690 
Operating equipment 1,530   934   8,573   6,929 
Total capital expenditures$35,464  $34,883  $117,638  $109,329 
                

 

SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULES
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP MEASURES
(IN THOUSANDS)
            
 Three months ended
December 31,
    
 2018 2017 % Change
Reconciliation of Reported Basis to Acquisition-Adjusted Results (a):           
Net revenue$427,898  $398,475   7.4%
Acquisitions and divestitures    6,570     
Acquisition-adjusted net revenue$427,898  $405,045   5.6%
            
Reported direct advertising and G&A expenses$215,232  $206,328   4.3%
Acquisitions and divestitures    1,448     
Acquisition-adjusted direct advertising and G&A expenses$215,232  $207,776   3.6%
            
Outdoor operating income$212,666  $192,147   10.7%
Acquisitions and divestitures    5,122     
Acquisition-adjusted outdoor operating income$212,666  $197,269   7.8%
            
Reported corporate expenses$17,379  $13,787   26.1%
Acquisitions and divestitures         
Acquisition-adjusted corporate expenses$17,379  $13,787   26.1%
            
Adjusted EBITDA$195,287  $178,360   9.5%
Acquisitions and divestitures    5,122     
Acquisition-adjusted  EBITDA$195,287  $183,482   6.4%
            
(a)  Acquisition-adjusted net revenue, direct advertising and general and administrative expenses, outdoor operating income, corporate expenses and EBITDA include adjustments to 2017 for acquisitions and divestitures for the same time frame as actually owned in 2018.
            
     Three months ended
December 31,
     2018 2017
Reconciliation of  Net Income to Outdoor Operating Income:           
Net Income    $95,693  $87,164 
Interest expense, net     32,190   32,870 
Income tax expense (benefit)     2,728   (27)
Operating Income     130,611   120,007 
            
Corporate expenses     17,379   13,787 
Stock-based compensation     6,698   2,539 
Depreciation and amortization     58,010   56,101 
Gain on disposition of assets     (32)  (287)
Outdoor Operating Income    $212,666  $192,147 
 

 

SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULES
UNAUDITED REIT MEASURES
AND RECONCILIATIONS TO GAAP MEASURES
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE DATA)
                
Adjusted Funds From Operations:
                
 Three months ended
December 31,
 Twelve months ended
December 31,
 2018 2017 2018 2017
                
Net income$95,693  $87,164  $305,232  $317,676 
Depreciation and amortization related to real estate 54,516   52,631   212,457   198,630 
Loss (gain) from disposition of real estate assets and investments (tax effected) 339   (71)  8,689   (4,185)
Adjustment for unconsolidated affiliates and non-controlling interest 263   259   648   839 
Funds From Operations$150,811  $139,983  $527,026  $512,960 
                
Straight-line income (1,816)  (372)  (2,036)  (754)
Stock-based compensation expense 6,698   2,539   29,443   9,599 
Non-cash portion of tax provision (37)  545   660   804 
Non-real estate related depreciation and amortization 3,494   3,470   12,804   12,474 
Amortization of deferred financing costs 1,258   1,254   4,920   5,120 
Loss on extinguishment of debt       15,429   71 
Capitalized expenditures—maintenance (12,655)  (11,359)  (43,108)  (43,119)
Adjustment for unconsolidated affiliates and non-controlling interest (263)  (259)  (648)  (839)
                
Adjusted Funds From Operations$147,490  $135,801  $544,490  $496,316 
                
Divided by weighted average diluted common shares outstanding 99,759,674   98,602,599   99,086,160   98,369,865 
Diluted AFFO per share$1.48  $1.38  $5.50  $5.05 
          

 

SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULES AND
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP MEASURES
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE DATA)
 
Projected 2019 Adjusted Funds From Operations:
        
 Year ended
December 31, 2019
 Low High
        
Net income$368,900  $385,900 
Depreciation and amortization related to real estate 231,000   231,000 
Gain from disposition of real estate assets and investments (2,000)  (2,000)
One time tax adjustment for REIT election for companies acquired (15,000)  (20,000)
Adjustment for unconsolidated affiliates and non-controlling interest 700   700 
Funds From Operations$583,600  $595,600 
        
Straight-line expense 1,600   1,600 
Stock-based compensation expense 22,000   26,000 
Non-cash portion of tax provision 1,000   1,000 
Non-real estate related depreciation and amortization 13,000   13,000 
Amortization of deferred financing costs 5,500   5,500 
Non-cash impact of the adoption of ASC 842 (1) (11,000)  (11,000)
Capitalized expenditures—maintenance (48,000)  (48,000)
Adjustment for unconsolidated affiliates and non-controlling interest (700)  (700)
        
Adjusted Funds From Operations$567,000  $583,000 
        
        
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 100,000,000   100,000,000 
        
Diluted earnings per share$3.69  $3.86 
        
Diluted AFFO per share$5.67  $5.83 
 
(1)  Due to Company’s required adoption of FASB issued Accounting Standard ASC 842, Leases, the majority of our advertising contracts entered into or modified on or after January 1, 2019 will no longer meet the criteria of a lease and will be accounted for under ASC 606, Revenue.  Due to this transition the Company will be required to capitalize its costs to fulfill its advertising contracts and amortize the costs over the term of the contract
 

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The guidance provided above is based on a number of assumptions that management believes to be reasonable and reflect our expectations as of February 2019.  Actual results may differ materially from these estimates as a result of various factors, and we refer to the cautionary language regarding “forward looking” statements included in the press release when considering this information.