ATLANTA, Aug. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cumulus Media Inc. (NASDAQ: CMLS) (the “Company,” "CUMULUS MEDIA," “we,” “us,” or “our”) today announced operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020.

Mary G. Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of CUMULUS MEDIA, said, "Despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s material impact on revenue, the Company generated over $90 million of cash in the quarter through quick and decisive expense actions, strong working capital management and the completion of the sale of land in Bethesda, MD. Ending the quarter with nearly $200 million of cash, we have also entered into an agreement to monetize our tower portfolio for more than $210 million, proceeds which will further add to our liquidity and contribute to significant incremental debt paydown. Our demonstrated ability to rise to a challenge, strong liquidity position and resilient balance sheet are critical assets as we operate through this uncertain environment, and we believe we remain very well-positioned to drive long-term shareholder value through continued aggressive debt reduction and the execution of our growth initiatives."

Key Highlights:

  • Meaningfully mitigated pandemic’s Q2 impacts through significant fixed cost expense reductions
    • Nearly $36 million realized in Q2
    • Total reductions of more than $85 million expected in 2020
  • Delivered sequential monthly revenue and EBITDA improvement through the quarter
    • Continued to deliver profitable growth in digital
    • Posted positive EBITDA in June
  • Substantially increased liquidity and strengthened balance sheet
    • Grew cash balance to $197 million, up $91 million from Q1
    • Achieved net debt reduction of approximately 10% since March
    • Generated $28 million of cash from operations and netted $66 million of additional cash from completion of the sale of land in Bethesda, MD in Q2
    • Maintained balance sheet flexibility with no funded debt maturity prior to 2026 or financial maintenance covenants
  • Executed agreement to monetize tower portfolio and related assets for $213 million
    • Expect funds from deal completion to permit substantial debt paydown and provide additional liquidity
    • Anticipate first closing for 85% or more of proceeds in Q4

Operating Summary (dollars in thousands, except percentages and per share data):

For the three months ended June 30, 2020, the Company reported net revenue of $146.0 million, a decrease of 47.8% from the three months ended June 30, 2019, net loss of $36.3 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $(6.4) million.

For the three months ended June 30, 2020, the Company reported same station net revenue of $146.0 million, a decrease of 46.6% from the three months ended June 30, 2019, and same station Adjusted EBITDA of $(6.3) million.

For the six months ended June 30, 2020, the Company reported net revenue of $373.9 million, a decrease of 31.7% from the six months ended June 30, 2019, net loss of $43.7 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $21.4 million.

For the six months ended June 30, 2020, the Company reported same station net revenue of $372.5 million, a decrease of 29.5% from the six months ended June 30, 2019, and same station Adjusted EBITDA of $22.2 million, a decrease of 78.3% from the six months ended June 30, 2019.

As ReportedThree Months Ended June 30, 2020 Three Months Ended June 30, 2019 % Change
Net revenue$146,022  $279,673  (47.8)%
Net (loss) income$(36,316) $42,861  N/A
Adjusted EBITDA (1)$(6,375) $61,819  N/A
Basic (loss) income per share$(1.79) 2.13  N/A
Diluted (loss) income per share$(1.79) 2.11  N/A


Same Station (2)Three Months Ended June 30, 2020 Three Months Ended June 30, 2019 % Change
Net revenue$146,012  $273,451  (46.6)%
Adjusted EBITDA (1)$(6,274) $62,496  N/A


As ReportedSix Months Ended June 30, 2020 Six Months Ended June 30, 2019 % Change
Net revenue$373,936  $547,169  (31.7)%
Net (loss) income$(43,667) $43,312  N/A
Adjusted EBITDA (1)$21,350  $103,623  (79.4)%
Basic (loss) income per share$(2.15) 2.16  N/A
Diluted (loss) income per share$(2.15) 2.14  N/A


Same Station (2)Six Months Ended June 30, 2020 Six Months Ended June 30, 2019 % Change
Net revenue$372,485  $528,511  (29.5)%
Adjusted EBITDA (1)$22,155  $102,266  (78.3)%

Revenue Detail Summary (dollars in thousands):

As ReportedThree Months Ended June 30, 2020 Three Months Ended June 30, 2019 % Change
  Broadcast radio revenue:     
      Spot$72,437  $163,111  (55.6)%
      Network41,767  72,877  (42.7)%
Total broadcast radio revenue114,204  235,988  (51.6)%
Digital20,341  20,208  0.7%
Other11,477  23,477  (51.1)%
 Net revenue$146,022  $279,673  (47.8)%


Same Station (2)Three Months Ended June 30, 2020 Three Months Ended June 30, 2019 % Change
  Broadcast radio revenue:     
      Spot$72,466  $158,741  (54.3)%
      Network41,767  72,504  (42.4)%
Total broadcast radio revenue114,233  231,245  (50.6)%
Digital20,341  19,636  3.6%
Other11,438  22,570  (49.3)%
Net revenue$146,012  $273,451  (46.6)%


As ReportedSix Months Ended June 30, 2020 Six Months Ended June 30, 2019 % Change
  Broadcast radio revenue:     
      Spot$194,380  $302,690  (35.8)%
      Network107,450  158,041  (32.0)%
Total broadcast radio revenue301,830  460,731  (34.5)%
Digital42,227  37,049  14.0%
Other29,879  49,389  (39.5)%
 Net revenue$373,936  $547,169  (31.7)%


Same Station (2)Six Months Ended June 30, 2020 Six Months Ended June 30, 2019 % Change
  Broadcast radio revenue:     
      Spot$193,280  $289,565  (33.3)%
      Network107,450  156,800  (31.5)%
Total broadcast radio revenue300,730  446,365  (32.6)%
Digital42,156  35,703  18.1%
Other29,599  46,443  (36.3)%
Net revenue$372,485  $528,511  (29.5)%

Balance Sheet Summary (dollars in thousands):

  June 30, 2020 December 31, 2019
Cash and cash equivalents $196,914  $15,142 
Term loan due 2026 (3) $521,063  $523,688 
6.75% Senior notes (3) $500,000  $500,000 
2020 Revolving credit facility $60,000  $ 


 Six Months Ended June 30, 2020 Six Months Ended June 30, 2019
Capital expenditures$5,575  $10,715 

(1) Adjusted EBITDA is not a financial measure calculated or presented in accordance with GAAP. For additional information, see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”
(2) Adjusted for all merger and acquisition activity occurring in 2019 and 2020 as if such activity had occurred as of January 1, 2019. Same Station financial measures are not financial measures calculated or presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). For additional information, see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”
(3) Excludes unamortized debt issuance costs.

Earnings Conference Call Details
The Company will host a conference call today at 8:30 AM EDT to discuss its second quarter operating results. A link to the webcast of the conference call will be available on the investor section of the Company’s website (www.cumulusmedia.com/investors/). The conference call dial-in number for domestic callers is 877-830-7699 for call access. If prompted, the conference ID number is 3379889. Please call five to ten minutes in advance to ensure that you are connected prior to the call.

Following completion of the call, a recording of the call can be accessed via a link at www.cumulusmedia.com/investors.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this release may constitute “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. Such statements are statements other than historical fact and relate to our intent, belief or current expectations primarily with respect to our future operating, financial, and strategic performance. Any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those contained in or implied by the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties related to the implementation of our strategic operating plans, the evolving and uncertain nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Company, the media industry, and the economy in general and other risk factors described from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Many of these risks and uncertainties are beyond our control, and the unexpected occurrence or failure to occur of any such events or matters could significantly alter our actual results of operations or financial condition. CUMULUS MEDIA assumes no responsibility to update any forward-looking statements, which are based upon expectations as of the date hereof, as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About CUMULUS MEDIA
CUMULUS MEDIA (NASDAQ: CMLS) is a leading audio-first media and entertainment company delivering premium content to over a quarter billion people every month - wherever and whenever they want it. CUMULUS MEDIA engages listeners with high-quality local programming through 424 owned-and-operated stations across 87 markets; delivers nationally-syndicated sports, news, talk, and entertainment programming from iconic brands including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and many other world-class partners across nearly 8,000 affiliated stations through Westwood One, the largest audio network in America; and inspires listeners through its rapidly growing network of original podcasts that are smart, entertaining and thought-provoking. CUMULUS MEDIA provides advertisers with personal connections, local impact and national reach through on-air and on-demand digital, mobile, social, and voice-activated platforms, as well as integrated digital marketing services, powerful influencers, full-service audio solutions, industry-leading research and insights, and live event experiences. CUMULUS MEDIA is the only audio media company to provide marketers with local and national advertising performance guarantees. For more information visit www.cumulusmedia.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

From time to time, we utilize certain financial measures that are not prepared or calculated in accordance with GAAP to assess our financial performance and profitability. Consolidated adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") is the financial metric by which management and the chief operating decision maker allocate resources of the Company and analyze the performance of the Company as a whole. Management also uses this measure to determine the contribution of our core operations to the funding of our corporate resources utilized to manage our operations and the funding of our non-operating expenses including debt service and acquisitions.

In determining Adjusted EBITDA, the Company excludes from net income items not related to core operations and those that are non-cash including: interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation expense, gain or loss on the exchange, sale or disposal of any assets or stations, early extinguishment of debt, local marketing agreement fees, expenses relating to acquisitions, divestitures, restructuring costs, reorganization items and non-cash impairments of assets, if any.

Because of the significant effect that the Company’s material station acquisitions and dispositions have had on our results of operations, the Company also presents certain financial information herein on a “Same Station” basis, both with and excluding the effect of political advertising in order to address the cyclical nature of the two-year election cycle. Same Station metrics are adjusted for material station acquisitions and dispositions as if these acquisitions and dispositions had occurred as of the beginning of the comparable period in the prior year, as indicated. Same station financial measures excluding the impact of political advertising are further adjusted to exclude the impact of political advertising in the comparable periods.

Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA and Same Station financial measures, with and excluding the impact of political advertising, although not measures that are calculated in accordance with GAAP, are commonly employed by the investment community as measures for determining the market value of a media company and comparing the operational and financial performance among media companies. Management has also observed that Adjusted EBITDA and Same Station financial measures, with and excluding the impact of political advertising, are routinely utilized to evaluate and negotiate the potential purchase price for media companies. Given the relevance to our overall value, management believes that investors consider the metrics to be extremely useful.

Adjusted EBITDA and Same Station financial measures, with and excluding the impact of political advertising, should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income, net revenue, operating income, cash flows from operating activities or any other measure for determining the Company’s operating performance or liquidity that is calculated in accordance with GAAP. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA and Same Station financial measures, both with and excluding the impact of political advertising, may be defined or calculated differently by other companies and, therefore, comparability may be limited.

For further information, please contact:
Cumulus Media Inc.
Investor Relations Department
IR@cumulus.com
404-260-6600


Supplemental Financial Data and Reconciliations

CUMULUS MEDIA INC.
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Dollars in thousands)

  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  June 30, 2020 June 30, 2019 June 30, 2020 June 30, 2019
Net revenue $146,022  $279,673  $373,936  $547,169 
Operating expenses:        
Content costs 65,725  93,844  154,291  197,596 
Selling, general & administrative expenses 79,904  115,817  183,531  229,320 
Depreciation and amortization 13,122  13,545  25,912  28,135 
Local marketing agreement fees 1,006  438  2,053  1,481 
Corporate expenses 7,003  8,545  15,172  17,077 
Stock-based compensation expense 985  1,106  1,704  2,314 
Restructuring costs 2,343  13,024  5,263  15,801 
Loss (gain) on sale of assets or stations 3,767  (47,750) 5,583  (47,724)
Impairment of intangible assets 4,509    4,509   
    Total operating expenses 178,364  198,569  398,018  444,000 
    Operating (loss) income (32,342) 81,104  (24,082) 103,169 
Non-operating expense:        
Interest expense (15,888) (21,191) (33,047) (43,347)
Interest income 2  8  4  12 
Gain on early extinguishment of debt       381 
Other expense, net (61) (34) (64) (62)
    Total non-operating expense, net (15,947) (21,217) (33,107) (43,016)
    (Loss) income before income taxes (48,289) 59,887  (57,189) 60,153 
Income tax benefit (expense) 11,973  (17,026) 13,522  (16,841)
    Net (loss) income $(36,316) $42,861  $(43,667) $43,312 

           

The following tables reconcile net (loss) income, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods presented herein (dollars in thousands):      

As Reported Three Months Ended June 30, 2020 Three Months Ended June 30, 2019
GAAP net (loss) income $(36,316) $42,861 
Income tax (benefit) expense (11,973) 17,026 
Non-operating expense, including net interest expense 15,947  21,217 
Local marketing agreement fees 1,006  438 
Depreciation and amortization 13,122  13,545 
Stock-based compensation expense 985  1,106 
Loss (gain) on sale of assets or stations 3,767  (47,750)
Impairment of intangible assets 4,509   
Restructuring costs 2,343  13,024 
Franchise taxes 235  352 
Adjusted EBITDA $(6,375) $61,819 


Same Station (1) Three Months Ended June 30, 2020 Three Months Ended June 30, 2019
Net (loss) income $(36,454) $45,703 
Income tax (benefit) expense (11,973) 17,026 
Non-operating expense, including net interest expense 15,947  21,217 
Local marketing agreement fees 1,006  438 
Depreciation and amortization 13,108  13,471 
Stock-based compensation expense 985  1,106 
Loss (gain) on sale of assets or stations 4,076  (49,841)
Impairment of intangible assets 4,509   
Restructuring costs 2,287  13,024 
Franchise taxes 235  352 
Adjusted EBITDA $(6,274) $62,496 


As Reported Six Months Ended June 30, 2020 Six Months Ended June 30, 2019
GAAP net loss $(43,667) $43,312 
Income tax (benefit) expense (13,522) 16,841 
Non-operating expense, including net interest expense 33,107  43,397 
Local marketing agreement fees 2,053  1,481 
Depreciation and amortization 25,912  28,135 
Stock-based compensation expense 1,704  2,314 
Loss (gain) on sale of assets or stations 5,583  (47,724)
Impairment of intangible assets 4,509   
Restructuring costs 5,263  15,801 
Franchise taxes 408  447 
Gain on early extinguishment of debt   (381)
Adjusted EBITDA $21,350  $103,623 


Same Station (1) Six Months Ended June 30, 2020 Six Months Ended June 30, 2019
Net (loss) income $(41,706) $44,361 
Income tax (benefit) expense (13,522) 16,841 
Non-operating expense, including net interest expense 33,107  43,397 
Local marketing agreement fees 2,053  1,481 
Depreciation and amortization 25,738  27,828 
Stock-based compensation expense 1,704  2,314 
Loss (gain) on sale of assets or stations 4,690  (49,823)
Impairment of intangible assets 4,509   
Restructuring costs 5,174  15,801 
Franchise taxes 408  447 
  Gain on early extinguishment of debt   (381)
Adjusted EBITDA $22,155  $102,266 

The following tables reconcile as reported net revenue and as reported Adjusted EBITDA to same station net revenue and same station Adjusted EBITDA, both including and excluding the impact of political, for the periods presented herein (dollars in thousands):

  Three Months Ended June 30, 2020 Three Months Ended June 30, 2019
As reported net revenue $146,022  $279,673 
Station dispositions and swaps (10) (6,222)
Same station net revenue $146,012  $273,451 
Political revenue (1,183) (810)
Same station net revenue, excluding impact of political revenue $144,829  $272,641 


  Three Months Ended June 30, 2020 Three Months Ended June 30, 2019
As reported Adjusted EBITDA $(6,375) $61,819 
Station dispositions and swaps 101  677 
Same station Adjusted EBITDA $(6,274) $62,496 
Political EBITDA (1,065) (729)
Same station Adjusted EBITDA, excluding impact of political EBITDA $(7,339) $61,767 


  Six Months Ended June 30, 2020 Six Months Ended June 30, 2019
As reported net revenue $373,936  $547,169 
Station dispositions and swaps (1,451) (18,658)
Same station net revenue $372,485  $528,511 
Political revenue (6,109) (1,693)
Same station net revenue, excluding impact of political revenue $366,376  $526,818 


  Six Months Ended June 30, 2020 Six Months Ended June 30, 2019
As reported Adjusted EBITDA $21,350  $103,623 
Station dispositions and swaps 805  (1,357)
Same station Adjusted EBITDA $22,155  $102,266 
Political EBITDA (5,498) (1,524)
Same station Adjusted EBITDA, excluding impact of political EBITDA $16,657  $100,742