Accelerated Air France installations
Renewed largest two Cruise customers under multi-year agreements
Secured new Media & Content contract from major global airline
Initiated Phase II of Cost Realignment Plan
LOS ANGELES, March 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: ENT) (“Global Eagle,” the “Company” or “we”), a leading provider of media, content, connectivity and data analytics to markets across air, sea and land, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2018. For the fourth quarter of 2018, Global Eagle recorded revenue of $161 million; incurred a net loss of $109.2 million (partially due to a non-cash impairment charge described below) and generated Adjusted EBITDA* of $17.0 million. For full year 2018, Global Eagle recorded revenue of $647 million; incurred a net loss of $236.6 million and generated Adjusted EBITDA of $73.1 million.
Global Eagle’s Connectivity segment is a leading provider of satellite-based passenger connectivity for single-aisle airliners and broadcaster of live television to the aviation and maritime markets. During the fourth quarter, Global Eagle continued to build commercial and operational momentum. We accelerated Air France installations, renewed our two largest cruise customers under multi-year contracts and launched the next generation of our proprietary Network Resource Management software platform which enables unprecedented flexibility and efficiency of the underlying drivers for user experience. In January, Air France commenced operation of inflight connectivity services to its passengers, supported by Global Eagle’s Ku high-throughput satellite (HTS) network, the first HTS inflight connectivity network to span Europe, Russia, the Nordics and Scandinavia, and North Africa. This network is capable of delivering speeds up to 500 Mbps to each aircraft cabin.
During the fourth quarter, Global Eagle’s market-leading Media & Content segment was approximately flat with the prior-year quarter. We expect the new wins and expanded relationships announced in the third quarter to positively impact the segment’s revenue growth during the first quarter of 2019. Our Media & Content segment has recently secured a multi-year contract award from a major global airline, previously held by a competitor. We expect the win to positively impact Media & Content revenue growth beginning in the third quarter of 2019.
Building upon the operating expense savings plan implemented throughout 2018, Global Eagle initiated the planning of Phase II of our Cost Realignment Plan in November. This process included a detailed review of cost of sales and operating expenses supporting each business unit, along with accelerated integration of global offices, software engineering and customer support teams. We commenced implementation of the majority of the plan’s initiatives in late February 2019. Therefore, we expect the plan to have a positive impact on expenses beginning in the second quarter of 2019 and building throughout the year.
“We are very proud of our commercial success and operational execution,” commented Josh Marks, CEO of Global Eagle. “Global Eagle is winning market share from our competitors and delivering on our performance promises to our customers. We see a robust RFP environment for both Content and inflight Connectivity, where our track record of on-time delivery, industry-leading operational performance and customer service positions Global Eagle well for continued success. We are focused on our customers, and are relentlessly driving a healthy core business, profitable growth and transformation in 2019.”
“We continue to target positive free cash flow generation in 2019. In addition to sustained revenue growth, we recognize the importance of a lean cost structure. Phase II of our Cost Realignment Plan will transform our Company through more efficient staffing, consolidated engineering and customer support, and a focus on cost controls,” said Paul Rainey, CFO of Global Eagle. “We expect meaningful improvement to be driven by our rigorous execution of the plan. Our initial actions were taken in late February and will build throughout 2019. We expect our Cost Realignment Plan to drive the Company’s transition to positive free cash flow generation within the year.”
Fourth Quarter Summary
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About Global Eagle
Global Eagle is a leading provider of media, content, connectivity and data analytics to markets across air, sea and land. Global Eagle offers a fully integrated suite of rich media content and seamless connectivity solutions to airlines, cruise lines, commercial ships, high-end yachts, ferries and land locations worldwide. With approximately 1,200 employees and 50 offices on six continents, the Company delivers exceptional service and rapid support to a diverse customer base. Find out more at: www.GlobalEagle.com.
* About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement our consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or GAAP, we present Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, as a measure of our performance. The presentation of Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, or superior to, net income (loss) or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP or as an alternative to net cash provided by operating activities or any other measures of our cash flows or liquidity. For a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to its most comparable measure under GAAP, please see the table entitled “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measure” at the end of this press release. Further, we note that Adjusted EBITDA as presented herein is defined and calculated differently than the “Consolidated EBITDA” definition in our senior secured credit agreement and in our second lien notes, which Consolidated EBITDA definition we use for financial-covenant-compliance purposes and as a measure of our liquidity.
Adjusted EBITDA is one of the primary measures used by our management and Board of Directors to understand and evaluate our financial performance and operating trends, including period to period comparisons, to prepare and approve our annual budget and to develop short and long term operational plans. Additionally, Adjusted EBITDA is one of the primary measures used by the Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors to establish the funding targets for (and subsequent funding of) our Annual Incentive Plan bonuses for our employees. We believe our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors both because it allows for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by our management in their financial and operational decision-making and because our management frequently uses it in discussions with investors, commercial bankers, securities analysts and other users of our financial statements.
We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) before (a) interest expense (income), (b) income tax expense (benefit) and (c) depreciation and amortization (including relating to equity-method investments) and (gain) loss on disposal and impairment of fixed assets, and we then further adjust that result to exclude (when applicable in the period) (1) change in fair value of financial instruments, (2) other (income) expense, including (gains) losses from foreign-currency-transaction (gains) and from other investments, which include impairment charges relating to our joint ventures, (3) goodwill impairment expense, (4) stock-based compensation expense, (5) strategic-transaction, integration and realignment expenses (as described below), (6) auditor and third-party professional fees and expenses related to our internal-control deficiencies (and the remediation thereof) and complications in our audit process relating to our control environment, (7) excess content expenses (as described below), (8) non-ordinary-course legal expenses (as described below) and (9) losses related to significant customer bankruptcies or financial distress (as described below). Management does not consider these items to be indicative of our core operating results.
“Excess content expenses” includes the additional purchasing costs that we incurred in 2017 to procure movie content for our customers, notwithstanding that we could have procured equivalent content under our (preferential-pricing) output arrangements with major studios. We incurred these additional costs because we could not timely identify and measure our movie-content expenditures and procurement during the period due to weaknesses in our control environment.
“Losses related to significant customer bankruptcies or financial distress” includes (1) our provision for bad debt associated with the bankruptcies of Air Berlin and Alitalia (two of our Media & Content customers) in 2017 and Ocean Air (our Media & Content and Connectivity customer) in 2018, (2) the costs (e.g., content acquisition fees) that we incurred to maintain service to those customers during their bankruptcy proceedings in order to preserve the customer relationship and (3) costs relating to providing services to customers for whom we recognize revenue on a cash basis due to their financial distress.
“Non-ordinary-course legal expenses” includes third-party professional fees and expenses and estimated loss contingencies, provisions for legal settlements and other expenses associated with the securities class-action lawsuits filed against us in 2017, non-ordinary-course employment, corporate and intellectual-property-infringement disputes, and the initial setup of our General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) compliance programs.
“Strategic-transaction, integration and realignment expenses” includes (1) transaction and procurement-related expenses and costs (including third-party professional fees) attributable to acquisition, financing, investment and other strategic-transaction activities (including for new product and proof-of-concept testing), (2) integration and realignment expenses and allowances, (3) employee-severance, -retention and -relocation expenses, (4) purchase-accounting adjustments for deferred revenue, costs and credits associated with companies and businesses that we have acquired through our M&A activities, (5) service-level-agreement penalties incurred during our Eagle-1 migration and setup in its new orbital slot in 2017 and (6) estimated loss contingencies, provisions for legal settlements and other expenses related to claims at companies or businesses that we acquired through our M&A activities for underlying liabilities that pre-dated our acquisition of those companies or businesses.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release may constitute “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements with respect to our expected Adjusted EBITDA, revenue and margin growth in future periods, our aviation-connectivity installations in future periods, our business and financial-performance outlook, industry, business strategy, plans, business and M&A integration activities, operating-expense and cost-structure improvements and reductions and our ability to execute and realize the benefits of our cost-savings plans, international expansion, future technologies, future operations, financial covenant compliance, margins, profitability, future efficiencies, liquidity, ability to generate positive cash flow from operating activities, and other financial and operating information. The words “anticipate,” “assume,” “believe,” “budget,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “future” and the negative of these or similar terms and phrases are intended to identify forward-looking statements in this press release.
Forward-looking statements reflect our current expectations regarding future events, results or outcomes. These expectations may or may not be realized. Although we believe the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give you no assurance these expectations will prove to have been correct. Some of these expectations may be based upon assumptions, data or judgments that prove to be incorrect. Actual events, results and outcomes may differ materially from our expectations due to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. Although it is not possible to identify all of these risks and factors, they include, among others, the following:
The forward-looking statements herein speak only as of the date the statements are made (which is the date of this press release). You should not put undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws. If we do update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.
The table below presents financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017.
|Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(In thousands, except per share amounts)|
|Three Months Ended December 31,||Twelve Months Ended December 31,|
|Licensing and services||145,669||148,520||606,227||581,920|
|Cost of sales:|
|Licensing and services||123,020||110,995||480,864||428,619|
|Total cost of sales||138,597||120,539||512,393||462,120|
|Sales and marketing||8,104||10,565||37,624||40,938|
|General and administrative||34,959||38,842||134,663||148,221|
|Provision for legal settlements||1,451||650||1,317||1,435|
|Amortization of intangible assets||7,889||11,106||38,440||43,955|
|Total operating expenses||59,436||158,852||244,784||437,157|
|Loss from operations||(37,425||)||(119,793||)||(110,083||)||(279,808||)|
|Other income (expense):|
|Interest expense, net||(20,818||)||(14,519||)||(76,218||)||(58,454||)|
|Loss on extinguishment of debt||-||-||-||(14,389||)|
|Loss from equity method investments||(49,921||)||(16,334||)||(46,310||)||(12,424||)|
|Change in fair value of derivatives||384||839||97||3,510|
|Other (expense) income, net||(194||)||(478||)||(1,017||)||(436||)|
|Loss before income taxes||(107,974||)||(150,285||)||(233,531||)||(362,001||)|
|Income tax (benefit) expense||1,203||(15,880||)||3,068||(4,887||)|
|Net loss per share – basic and diluted||(1.19||)||(1.51||)||(2.59||)||(4.07||)|
|Weighted average shares outstanding – basic and diluted||91,848||89,222||91,325||87,733|
|Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||39,154||$||48,260|
|Accounts receivable, net||97,623||113,545|
|Other current assets||10,498||20,923|
|TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS:||191,829||228,174|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||176,577||195,029|
|Intangible assets, net||84,136||122,582|
|Equity method investments||83,135||137,299|
|Other non-current assets||14,882||9,118|
|Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||177,056||205,036|
|Current portion of long-term debt||22,673||20,106|
|Other current liabilities||5,032||7,785|
|TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES:||212,191||239,435|
|Deferred revenue, non-current||1,116||1,079|
|Deferred tax liabilities||8,406||16,247|
|Other non-current liabilities||34,771||30,340|
|Additional paid-in capital||814,488||779,565|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(119||)||(22||)|
|Total Stockholder's Deficit||(226,335||)||(25,475||)|
|Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity||$||717,087||$||860,584|
|Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.|
|Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measure|
|Three Months Ended |
|Twelve Months Ended |
|Net loss to Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation||2018||2017||2018||2017|
|Interest expense, net||20,818||14,519||76,218||72,843|
|Income tax (benefit) expense||1,203||(15,880||)||3,068||(4,887||)|
|Depreciation and amortization and loss on disposal and impairment of fixed assets||25,954||26,607||108,180||99,950|
|Change in fair value of financial instruments||(384||)||(839||)||(97||)||(3,510||)|
|Goodwill impairment expense||-||89,000||-||167,000|
|Stock-based compensation expense||3,025||3,584||12,817||7,586|
|Strategic-transaction, integration and realignment expenses||14,399||7,742||27,512||27,951|
|Internal-control and delayed audit expenses||2,649||11,411||22,259||34,869|
|Excess content expenses||-||661||-||2,648|
|Non-ordinary-course legal expenses||2,515||131||2,924||1,000|
|Losses on significant customer bankruptcies||2,484||-||2,484||2,537|
See “About Non-GAAP Financial Measures” above, including our definition of Adjusted EBITDA described therein.