Aug 15, 2018

MSG Networks Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2018 Results

Fiscal 2018 fourth quarter revenues of $171.4 million
Fiscal 2018 fourth quarter operating income of $80.6 million
Fiscal 2018 fourth quarter adjusted operating income of $86.2 million

NEW YORK, Aug. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MSG Networks Inc. (NYSE: MSGN) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2018.

For fiscal 2018, MSG Networks Inc. generated revenues of $696.7 million, an increase of 3% as compared with the prior year. In addition, the Company generated operating income of $313.2 million, adjusted operating income of $336.5 million and income from continuing operations of $288.9 million.(1)(2)

For the fiscal 2018 fourth quarter, MSG Networks Inc. generated revenues of $171.4 million, an increase of 5% as compared with the prior year quarter. In addition, the Company generated operating income of $80.6 million, adjusted operating income of $86.2 million and income from continuing operations of $45.2 million.

President and CEO Andrea Greenberg said, “We are very pleased with our achievements during fiscal 2018 as we executed against our key financial and strategic priorities. In addition to another year of strong revenue, adjusted operating income and free cash flow results, we enhanced our programming lineup through new and innovative content, while broadening the reach of our networks through digital distribution platforms. As we look ahead, we believe that our unparalleled live sports presence in the nation's largest media market will enable us to continue to generate significant long-term value for our shareholders.”

Fiscal Year 2018 Fourth Quarter Results  
(In thousands, except per share data)

 
Three Months Ended
  June 30,
  2018
Revenues $ 171,405  
Operating income 80,635  
Adjusted operating income 86,218  
Income from continuing operations 45,202  
Diluted EPS from continuing operations                                                    $ 0.60  
   

1. See page 3 of this earnings release for the definition of adjusted operating income included in the discussion of non-GAAP financial measures.
2. In the first quarter of fiscal 2018, the Company adopted ASU No. 2017-07. The adoption of this standard resulted in the non-service cost components of net periodic benefit cost to be presented separately in the income statement from the service cost component and the non-service cost components to no longer be included in the subtotal for operating income. As this standard was applied retrospectively, the Company reclassified $0.4 million and $1.6 million of net periodic benefit cost from selling, general and administrative expenses and direct operating expenses to a separate line item within other income (expense) in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations for the three and twelve months ended June 30, 2017, respectively. Furthermore, all prior period amounts presented throughout this release reflect reclassifications made as a result of the adoption of ASU No. 2017-07

Summary of Reported Fiscal 2018 Fourth Quarter Results from Continuing Operations
Fiscal 2018 fourth quarter total revenues of $171.4 million increased 5%, or $8.5 million, as compared with the prior year period. Affiliation fee revenue increased $9.2 million, primarily due to higher affiliation rates and, to a lesser extent, the favorable impact of a $1.2 million affiliate adjustment recorded in the current year period, and the absence of a $1.1 million unfavorable adjustment recorded in the prior year quarter. Advertising revenue decreased $1.2 million, as compared with the prior year period, primarily due to lower playoff-related advertising sales, partially offset by a higher net decrease in deferred revenue related to ratings guarantees, as well as other net advertising revenue increases. Other revenues increased $0.5 million as compared with the prior year period. Excluding the impact of affiliate adjustments recorded in the current and prior year quarters, fiscal 2018 fourth quarter affiliation fee revenue increased $6.8 million as compared with the prior year period and total company revenues increased $6.2 million, or 4%, as compared with the prior year period.

Direct operating expenses of $68.8 million increased 6%, or $3.9 million, as compared with the prior year quarter. The increase was primarily due to higher rights fees expense. The increase in rights fees expense primarily reflects annual contractual rate increases, a step-up in expense related to the renewal of a rights agreement with the Buffalo Sabres and, to a lesser extent, league fees related to streaming rights.

Selling, general and administrative expenses of $19.8 million increased 4%, or $0.7 million, as compared with the prior year quarter, primarily due to higher employee compensation and related benefits (including share-based compensation expense), partially offset by lower advertising and marketing costs and advertising sales commissions.

Operating income of $80.6 million increased 6%, or $4.3 million, as compared with the prior year quarter, primarily due to the increase in revenues, partially offset by higher direct operating expenses and, to a lesser extent, higher selling, general and administrative expenses (including share-based compensation expense).

Adjusted operating income of $86.2 million increased 6%, or $4.8 million, as compared with the prior year quarter, primarily due to higher revenues, partially offset by higher direct operating expenses.

Excluding the favorable impact of the $1.2 million affiliate adjustment recorded in the current year quarter and the unfavorable impact of the $1.1 million affiliate adjustment recorded in the prior year quarter, fiscal 2018 fourth quarter operating income would have been $79.4 million, an increase of $1.9 million, or 2%, and adjusted operating income would have been $85.0 million, an increase of $2.4 million or 3%, both as compared with the prior year quarter.

About MSG Networks Inc.
An industry leader in sports production, and content development and distribution, MSG Networks Inc. owns and operates two award-winning regional sports and entertainment networks, MSG Network (MSG) and MSG+, and a live streaming and video on demand platform, MSG GO. The networks are home to 10 professional sports teams, delivering live games of the New York Knicks; New York Rangers; New York Islanders; New Jersey Devils; Buffalo Sabres; New York Liberty; New York Red Bulls and the Westchester Knicks, as well as coverage of the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. Each year, MSG and MSG+ collectively telecast approximately 500 live professional games, along with a comprehensive lineup of other sporting events, including college football and basketball, and critically-acclaimed original programming. The gold standard for regional broadcasting, MSG Networks has won 152 New York Emmy Awards over the past 10 years.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We define adjusted operating income, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, as operating income before 1) depreciation, amortization and impairments of property and equipment and intangible assets, 2) share-based compensation expense or benefit, 3) restructuring charges or credits and 4) gains or losses on sales or dispositions of businesses. Because it is based upon operating income, adjusted operating income also excludes interest expense (including cash interest expense) and other non-operating income and expense items. We believe that the exclusion of share-based compensation expense or benefit allows investors to better track the performance of the Company without regard to the settlement of an obligation that is not expected to be made in cash.

The Company formerly referred to adjusted operating income as adjusted operating cash flow. The components of adjusted operating income are identical to the components of adjusted operating cash flow.

We believe adjusted operating income is an appropriate measure for evaluating the operating performance of our Company. Adjusted operating income and similar measures with similar titles are common performance measures used by investors and analysts to analyze our performance. Internally, we use revenues and adjusted operating income measures as the most important indicators of our business performance, and evaluate management’s effectiveness with specific reference to these indicators. Adjusted operating income should be viewed as a supplement to and not a substitute for operating income, net income, cash flows from operating activities, and other measures of performance and/or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Since adjusted operating income is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, this measure may not be comparable to similar measures with similar titles used by other companies. For a reconciliation of operating income to adjusted operating income, please see page 6 of this release.

The Company defines Free Cash Flow (“Free Cash Flow”), which is a non-GAAP financial measure, as net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations less capital expenditures, both of which are reported in our Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows. Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations excludes net cash provided by operating activities of discontinued operations. The Company believes the most comparable GAAP financial measure is net cash provided by operating activities. The Company believes that Free Cash Flow is useful as an indicator of its overall ability to generate liquidity, as the amount of Free Cash Flow generated in any period is representative of cash that is generated for debt repayment, investment, and other discretionary and non-discretionary cash uses. The Company also believes that Free Cash Flow is one of several benchmarks used by analysts and investors for comparison of the Company’s generation of liquidity with other companies in the industry, although the Company’s measure of Free Cash Flow may not be directly comparable to similar measures reported by other companies. For a reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations, please see page 8 of this release.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release may contain statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results, developments and events may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including financial community perceptions of the Company and its business, operations, financial condition and the industry in which it operates and the factors described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the sections titled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” contained therein. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein.

Contacts:

Kimberly Kerns
Communications
(212) 465-6442
Ari Danes, CFA
Investor Relations
(212) 465-6072

Conference Call Information:
The conference call will be Webcast live today at 10:00 a.m. ET at www.msgnetworks.com 
Conference call dial-in number is 877-347-9170 / Conference ID Number 2448379
Conference call replay number is 855-859-2056 / Conference ID Number 2448379 until August 22, 2018


MSG NETWORKS INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

    Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
    June 30,   June 30,
    2018   2017   2018   2017
Revenues   $ 171,405     $ 162,881     $ 696,651     $ 675,352  
Direct operating expenses   68,767     64,892     291,082     271,119  
Selling, general and administrative expenses   19,818     19,076     83,073     79,040  
Depreciation and amortization   2,185     2,562     9,338     10,296  
Operating income   80,635     76,351     313,158     314,897  
Other income (expense):                
Interest income   1,316     765     4,388     2,782  
Interest expense   (11,495 )   (10,675 )   (43,312 )   (40,108 )
Other components of net periodic benefit cost   (489 )   (447 )   (1,710 )   (1,633 )
    (10,668 )   (10,357 )   (40,634 )   (38,959 )
Income from continuing operations before income taxes   69,967     65,994     272,524     275,938  
Income tax benefit (expense)   (24,765 )   (26,303 )   16,338     (108,476 )
Income from continuing operations   45,202     39,691     288,862     167,462  
Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes               (120 )
Net income   $ 45,202     $ 39,691     $ 288,862     $ 167,342  
Earnings (loss) per share:                
Basic                
Income from continuing operations   $ 0.60     $ 0.53     $ 3.83     $ 2.23  
Loss from discontinued operations                
Net income   0.60     0.53     3.83     2.22  
Diluted                
Income from continuing operations   $ 0.60     $ 0.52     $ 3.81     $ 2.22  
Loss from discontinued operations                
Net income.   0.60     0.52     3.81     2.21  
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:                
Basic   75,243     75,269     75,381     75,213  
Diluted   75,734     75,728     75,820     75,560  


MSG NETWORKS INC.
ADJUSTMENTS TO RECONCILE OPERATING INCOME

TO ADJUSTED OPERATING INCOME
(In thousands)

The following is a description of the adjustments to operating income in arriving at adjusted operating income as described in this earnings release:

  • Share-based compensation expense. This adjustment eliminates the compensation expense relating to restricted stock units and stock options granted under our employee stock plan and non-employee director stock plan in all periods.

  • Depreciation and amortization. This adjustment eliminates depreciation, amortization and impairments of property and equipment and intangible assets in all periods.


    Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
    June 30,   June 30,
    2018   2017   2018   2017
Operating income   $ 80,635     $ 76,351     $ 313,158     $ 314,897  
Share-based compensation expense   3,398     2,493     13,979     9,931  
Depreciation and amortization   2,185     2,562     9,338     10,296  
Adjusted operating income   $ 86,218     $ 81,406     $ 336,475     $ 335,124  



MSG NETWORKS INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except per share data)

    June 30,
 2018
  June 30,
 2017
ASSETS              
Current Assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 205,343     $ 141,087  
Accounts receivable, net   110,657     105,030  
Related party receivables, net   12,100     17,153  
Prepaid income taxes
  1,134     14,322  
Prepaid expenses   4,489     6,468  
Other current assets   4,719     2,343  
Total current assets   338,442     286,403  
Property and equipment, net   10,029     11,828  
Amortizable intangible assets, net   37,203     40,663  
Goodwill   424,508     424,508  
Other assets   39,430     41,642  
Total assets   $ 849,612     $ 805,044  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIENCY        
Current Liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 1,460     $ 1,241  
Related party payables   785     2,963  
Current portion of long-term debt   72,414     72,414  
Income taxes payable   8,460     11,483  
Accrued liabilities:        
Employee related costs   15,342     14,238  
Other accrued liabilities   8,129     10,050  
Deferred revenue   4,626     5,071  
Total current liabilities   111,216     117,460  
Long-term debt, net of current portion   1,118,017     1,240,431  
Defined benefit and other postretirement obligations   28,170     29,979  
Other employee related costs   4,560     3,930  
Other liabilities   3,974     5,597  
Deferred tax liability   241,417     351,854  
Total liabilities   1,507,354     1,749,251  
Commitments and contingencies        
Stockholders' Deficiency:        
Class A Common Stock, par value $0.01, 360,000 shares authorized; 61,017 and 61,497 shares outstanding as of June 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively   643     643  
Class B Common Stock, par value $0.01, 90,000 shares authorized; 13,589 shares outstanding as of June 30, 2018 and 2017   136     136  
Preferred stock, par value $0.01, 45,000 shares authorized; none outstanding        
Additional paid-in capital   4,067     6,909  
Treasury stock, at cost, 3,242 and 2,762 shares as of June 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively   (195,881 )   (198,800 )
Accumulated deficit   (460,007 )   (746,539 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (6,700 )   (6,556 )
Total stockholders' deficiency   (657,742 )   (944,207 )
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficiency   $ 849,612     $ 805,044  


MSG NETWORKS INC.
SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION

(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)

Summary Data from the Statements of Cash Flows

    Twelve Months Ended
    June 30,
    2018   2017
Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations   $ 210,610     $ 197,158  
Net cash used in investing activities from continuing operations   (3,724 )   (4,894 )
Net cash used in financing activities from continuing operations   (142,630 )   (169,769 )
Net cash provided by continuing operations   64,256     22,495  
Net cash used in discontinued operations       (976 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   141,087     119,568  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 205,343     $ 141,087  
         

Free Cash Flow

    Twelve Months Ended
    June 30,
    2018   2017
Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations   $ 210,610     $ 197,158  
Less: Capital expenditures   (3,724 )   (4,894 )
Free cash flow   $ 206,886     $ 192,264  
         

Capitalization

    June 30, 2018
     
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 205,343  
Credit facility debt(a)   1,196,250  
Net debt   $ 990,907  
     
Reconciliation of operating income to AOI for trailing twelve-month period(b)    
Operating Income   $ 313,158  
Share-based compensation expense   13,979  
Depreciation and amortization   9,338  
Adjusted operating income   $ 336,475  
     
Leverage ratio(c)   2.9x  
     
(a)Represents aggregate principal amount of the debt outstanding.
(b)Represents results for twelve month trailing period ending June 30, 2018.
(c)Represents net debt divided by annualized adjusted operating income, which differs from the covenant calculation contained in the Company's credit facility.

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