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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
____________________
FORM 10-Q
________________________
(Mark One)
 
þ
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended December 31, 2016
OR
 
¨
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from             to
Commission File Number: 1-34434
________________________ 
MSG Networks Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Delaware
 
27-0624498
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
_______________________ 
11 Pennsylvania Plaza
New York, NY 10001
(212) 465-6400
(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of registrant's principal executive offices)
_______________________


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes þ No o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes þ No o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of "large accelerated filer," "accelerated filer" and "smaller reporting company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer þ
Accelerated filer o
Non-accelerated filer o
Smaller reporting company o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes o No þ
Number of shares of common stock outstanding as of January 31, 2017:  
Class A Common Stock par value $0.01 per share
 —
61,483,687
Class B Common Stock par value $0.01 per share
 —
13,588,555


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MSG NETWORKS INC.
INDEX TO FORM 10-Q
 
 
 
 
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PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Financial Statements
MSG NETWORKS INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except per share data)
 
 
December 31,
2016
 
June 30,
2016
ASSETS
 
(unaudited)
 
 
Current Assets:
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
185,143

 
$
119,568

Accounts receivable, net
 
100,576

 
101,427

Net related party receivable
 
15,738

 
15,492

Prepaid income taxes
 
15,340

 
28,384

Prepaid expenses
 
13,013

 
13,188

Other current assets
 
2,590

 
3,053

Total current assets
 
332,400

 
281,112

Property and equipment, net
 
12,613

 
14,154

Amortizable intangible assets, net
 
42,393

 
44,123

Goodwill
 
424,508

 
424,508

Other assets
 
42,175

 
42,645

Total assets
 
$
854,089

 
$
806,542

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIENCY
 
 
 
 
Current Liabilities:
 
 
 
 
Accounts payable
 
$
988

 
$
2,043

Net related party payable
 
3,740

 
4,302

Current portion of long-term debt
 
72,414

 
64,914

Income taxes payable
 
8,982

 
8,662

Accrued liabilities:
 
 
 
 
Employee related costs
 
9,702

 
10,340

Other accrued liabilities
 
15,744

 
15,991

Deferred revenue
 
3,577

 
6,143

Total current liabilities
 
115,147

 
112,395

Long-term debt, net of current portion
 
1,376,638

 
1,412,845

Defined benefit and other postretirement obligations
 
30,917

 
31,827

Other employee related costs
 
4,870

 
5,550

Related party payable
 

 
1,710

Other liabilities
 
5,482

 
5,612

Deferred tax liability
 
354,722

 
356,561

Total liabilities
 
1,887,776

 
1,926,500

Commitments and contingencies (see Note 8)
 
 
 
 
Stockholders' Deficiency
 
 
 
 
Class A Common stock, par value $0.01, 360,000 shares authorized; 61,484 and 61,354 shares outstanding as of
December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2016, respectively
 
643

 
643

Class B Common stock, par value $0.01, 90,000 shares authorized; 13,589 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2016
 
136

 
136

Preferred stock, par value $0.01, 45,000 shares authorized; none outstanding
 

 

Additional paid-in capital
 
3,113

 

Treasury stock, at cost, 2,776 and 2,905 shares as of December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2016, respectively
 
(197,712
)
 
(207,796
)
Accumulated deficit
 
(832,431
)
 
(905,352
)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
 
(7,436
)
 
(7,589
)
Total stockholders' deficiency
 
(1,033,687
)
 
(1,119,958
)
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficiency
 
$
854,089

 
$
806,542

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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MSG NETWORKS INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited) (in thousands, except per share data)
 
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended
 
December 31,
 
December 31,
 
2016
 
2015
 
2016
 
2015
Revenues (including related party revenues of $0 and $41,673 for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively, and $0 and $82,122 for the six months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively)
 
$
175,646

 
$
169,931

 
$
329,224

 
$
318,078

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Direct operating expenses (including related party expenses of $34,905 and $34,619 for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively, and $70,169 and $68,273 for the six months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively)
 
70,076

 
71,547

 
131,010

 
131,649

Selling, general and administrative expenses (including related party expenses of $6,866 and $10,420 for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively, and $9,562 and $11,327 for the six months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively)
 
23,191

 
22,370

 
38,750

 
63,488

Depreciation and amortization
 
2,580

 
3,091

 
5,158

 
7,770

Operating income
 
79,799

 
72,923

 
154,306

 
115,171

Other income (expense):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest income
 
649

 
548

 
1,276

 
1,084

Interest expense
 
(9,714
)
 
(9,712
)
 
(19,229
)
 
(11,569
)
 
 
(9,065
)
 
(9,164
)
 
(17,953
)
 
(10,485
)
Income from continuing operations before income taxes
 
70,734

 
63,759

 
136,353

 
104,686

Income tax expense
 
(27,479
)
 
(29,709
)
 
(52,737
)
 
(29,305
)
Income from continuing operations
 
43,255

 
34,050

 
83,616

 
75,381

Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes
 

 
(137
)
 
(120
)
 
(161,154
)
Net income (loss)
 
$
43,255

 
$
33,913

 
$
83,496

 
$
(85,773
)
Earnings (loss) per share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income from continuing operations
 
$
0.58

 
$
0.45

 
$
1.11

 
$
1.00

Loss from discontinued operations
 

 

 

 
(2.14
)
Net income (loss)
 
$
0.58

 
$
0.45

 
$
1.11

 
$
(1.14
)
Diluted
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income from continuing operations
 
$
0.57

 
$
0.45

 
$
1.11

 
$
1.00

Loss from discontinued operations
 

 

 

 
(2.13
)
Net income (loss)
 
$
0.57

 
$
0.45

 
$
1.11

 
$
(1.13
)
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
75,215

 
74,959

 
75,159

 
75,240

Diluted
 
75,461

 
75,373

 
75,436

 
75,639


See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.



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MSG NETWORKS INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
(Unaudited) (in thousands)
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended
 
 
December 31,
 
December 31,
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2016
 
2015
Net income (loss)
 
$
43,255

 
$
33,913

 
$
83,496

 
$
(85,773
)
Other comprehensive income (loss), before income taxes:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pension plans and postretirement plan:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net unamortized losses arising during the period
 
$

 
$

 
$

 
$
(602
)
Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amortization of net actuarial loss included in net periodic benefit cost
 
175

 
125

 
350

 
501

Amortization of net prior service credit included in net periodic benefit cost
 
(6
)
 
(11
)
 
(12
)
 
(28
)
Settlement gain
 
(74
)
 

 
(74
)
 

Other comprehensive income (loss) before income taxes
 
95

 
114

 
264

 
(129
)
Income tax expense related to items of other comprehensive income (loss)
 
(40
)
 
(47
)
 
(111
)
 
(527
)
Other comprehensive income (loss)

55

 
67

 
153

 
(656
)
Comprehensive income (loss)

$
43,310

 
$
33,980

 
$
83,649

 
$
(86,429
)

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.


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MSG NETWORKS INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited) (in thousands)
 
 
Six Months Ended
 
 
December 31,
 
 
2016
 
2015
Cash flows from operating activities from continuing operations:
 
 
 
 
Net income (loss)
 
$
83,496

 
$
(85,773
)
Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes
 
120

 
161,154

Income from continuing operations
 
83,616

 
75,381

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations:
 
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
5,158

 
7,770

Amortization of deferred financing costs
 
1,502

 
1,732

Share-based compensation expense
 
5,049

 
6,899

Excess tax benefit on share-based awards
 

 
(4,420
)
Provision for doubtful accounts
 
(162
)
 
430

Change in assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
 
Accounts receivable, net
 
1,014

 
(560
)
Net related party receivable
 
(246
)
 
(15,829
)
Prepaid expenses and other assets
 
899

 
12,235

Accounts payable
 
(1,055
)
 
(9,401
)
Net related party payable, including payable to MSG
 
(2,289
)
 
24,455

Prepaid/payable for income taxes
 
13,362

 
38,190

Accrued and other liabilities
 
(1,310
)
 
(10,649
)
Deferred revenue
 
(2,566
)
 
3,106

Deferred income taxes
 
(1,948
)
 
(10,479
)
Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations
 
101,024

 
118,860

Cash flows from investing activities from continuing operations:
 
 
 
 
Capital expenditures
 
(2,242
)
 
(1,950
)
Net cash used in investing activities from continuing operations
 
(2,242
)
 
(1,950
)
Cash flows from financing activities from continuing operations:
 
 
 
 
Proceeds from Term Loan Facility (see Note 7)
 

 
1,550,000

Principal repayments on Term Loan Facility (see Note 7)
 
(30,000
)
 

Cash distributed with MSG
 

 
(1,467,093
)
Payments for financing costs
 

 
(9,860
)
Proceeds from stock option exercises
 

 
98

Repurchases of common stock
 

 
(100,027
)
Taxes paid in lieu of shares issued for equity-based compensation
 
(2,254
)
 
(11,114
)
Excess tax benefit on share-based awards
 

 
4,420

Net cash used in financing activities from continuing operations
 
(32,254
)
 
(33,576
)
Net cash provided by continuing operations
 
66,528

 
83,334

 
 
 
 
 
Cash flows of discontinued operations:
 
 
 
 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities
 
(953
)
 
4,224

Net cash used in investing activities
 

 
(68,410
)
Net cash used in financing activities
 

 

Net cash used in discontinued operations
 
(953
)
 
(64,186
)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
 
65,575

 
19,148

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period, including cash in both continuing operations and discontinued operations
 
119,568

 
218,685

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
 
$
185,143

 
$
237,833



See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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MSG NETWORKS INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIENCY)
(Unaudited) (in thousands)
 
 
 
Common
Stock
Issued
 
Additional
Paid-In
Capital
 
Treasury
Stock
 
Accumulated Deficit
 
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
 
Total
Balance as of June 30, 2016
 
$
779

 
$

 
$
(207,796
)
 
$
(905,352
)
 
$
(7,589
)
 
$
(1,119,958
)
Net income
 

 

 

 
83,496

 

 
83,496

Other comprehensive income
 

 

 

 

 
153

 
153

Comprehensive income
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
83,649

Exercise of stock options
 

 
(57
)
 
59

 

 

 
2

Share-based compensation
 

 
5,049

 

 

 

 
5,049

Tax withholding associated with shares issued for equity-based compensation
 

 
(1,793
)
 
(423
)
 
(55
)
 

 
(2,271
)
Shares issued upon distribution of Restricted Stock Units
 

 
(86
)
 
10,448

 
(10,362
)
 

 

Adjustments related to the transfer of certain liabilities as a result of the Distribution
 

 

 

 
(158
)
 

 
(158
)
Balance as of December 31, 2016
 
$
779

 
$
3,113

 
$
(197,712
)
 
$
(832,431
)
 
$
(7,436
)
 
$
(1,033,687
)
 
 
 
Common
Stock
Issued
 
Additional
Paid-In
Capital
 
Treasury
Stock
 
Retained Earnings (Accumulated Deficit)

 
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
 Income (Loss)
 
Total
Balance as of June 30, 2015
 
$
779

 
$
1,084,002

 
$
(143,250
)
 
$
807,563

 
$
(25,572
)
 
$
1,723,522

Net loss
 

 

 

 
(85,773
)
 

 
(85,773
)
Other comprehensive loss
 

 

 

 

 
(656
)
 
(656
)
Comprehensive loss
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(86,429
)
Exercise of stock options
 

 
(4,633
)
 
5,390

 

 

 
757

Share-based compensation
 

 
7,753

 

 

 

 
7,753

Tax withholding associated with shares issued for equity-based compensation
 

 
(11,114
)
 

 

 

 
(11,114
)
Excess tax benefit on share-based
     awards
 

 
8,586

 

 
(4,166
)
 

 
4,420

Repurchases of common stock
 

 

 
(100,027
)
 

 

 
(100,027
)
Shares issued upon distribution of Restricted Stock Units
 

 
(16,626
)
 
20,075

 
(3,449
)
 

 

Distribution of The Madison Square Garden Company
 

 
(1,067,968
)
 

 
(1,705,189
)
 
20,406

 
(2,752,751
)
Balance as of December 31, 2015
 
$
779

 
$

 
$
(217,812
)
 
$
(991,014
)
 
$
(5,822
)
 
$
(1,213,869
)

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.



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MSG NETWORKS INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
All amounts included in the following Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements are presented in thousands, except per share data or as otherwise noted.
Note 1. Description of Business and Basis of Presentation
Description of Business
MSG Networks Inc. (together with its subsidiaries, the “Company”) owns and operates two regional sports and entertainment networks, MSG Network ("MSGN") and MSG+, collectively the “MSG Networks.”
The Company was incorporated on July 29, 2009 as an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (“Cablevision”). On February 9, 2010, Cablevision spun off the Company and the Company thereby acquired the subsidiaries of Cablevision that owned, directly and indirectly, all of the partnership interests in MSGN Holdings, L.P., formerly MSG Holdings L.P. (“MSGN L.P.”). MSGN L.P. was the indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Cablevision through which Cablevision held the Madison Square Garden businesses. MSGN L.P. is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, through which the Company conducts substantially all of its operations.
On September 30, 2015 (the “Distribution Date”), the Company distributed to its stockholders all of the outstanding common stock of The Madison Square Garden Company (formerly MSG Spinco, Inc., and referred to herein as “MSG”) (the “Distribution”). MSG owns, directly or indirectly, the sports and entertainment businesses previously owned and operated by the Company's sports and entertainment segments, owns, leases or operates the arenas and other venues previously owned, leased or operated by the Company and owns the joint venture interests previously owned by the Company. In the Distribution, each holder of the Company’s Class A common stock, par value $0.01 per share, ("Class A Common Stock"), of record as of the close of business, New York City time, on September 21, 2015 (the “Record Date”), received one share of MSG Class A common stock, par value $0.01 per share, for every three shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock held on the Record Date. Each record holder of the Company’s Class B common stock, par value $0.01 per share, ("Class B Common Stock") received one share of MSG Class B common stock, par value $0.01 per share, for every three shares of the Company's Class B Common Stock held on the Record Date. Following the Distribution, the Company no longer consolidates the financial results of MSG for purposes of its own financial reporting and the historical financial results of MSG have been reflected in the Company's consolidated financial statements as discontinued operations for all periods presented through the Distribution Date.
After giving effect to the Distribution, the Company operates and reports financial information in one segment. Substantially all revenues and assets of the Company are attributed to or located in the United States and are primarily concentrated in the New York City metropolitan area.
Unaudited Interim Financial Statements
The accompanying interim consolidated unaudited financial statements have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”) for interim financial information and the instructions to Rule 10-01 of Regulation S-X, and should be read in conjunction with the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2016. The financial statements as of December 31, 2016 and for the three and six months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 presented in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q are unaudited; however, in the opinion of management such financial statements reflect all adjustments, consisting solely of normal recurring adjustments, necessary for a fair presentation of the results for the interim periods presented. The results of operations for the periods presented are not necessarily indicative of the results that might be expected for future interim periods or for the full year.


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MSG NETWORKS INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
(Continued)


Note 2. Accounting Policies
Principles of Consolidation
The consolidated financial statements of the Company include the accounts of MSG Networks Inc. and its subsidiaries. All significant intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated in consolidation. See Note 3 for a discussion of media rights prior to the Distribution Date recognized as revenues by MSG from the licensing of team-related programming to the Company.
Use of Estimates
The preparation of the accompanying consolidated financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions about future events. These estimates and the underlying assumptions affect the amounts of assets and liabilities reported, disclosures about contingent assets and liabilities, and reported amounts of revenues and expenses. Such estimates include the valuation of accounts receivable, goodwill, intangible assets, other long-lived assets, tax accruals and other liabilities. In addition, estimates are used in revenue recognition, income tax expense, performance and share-based compensation, depreciation and amortization, litigation matters and other matters. Management believes its use of estimates in the consolidated financial statements to be reasonable.
Management evaluates its estimates on an ongoing basis using historical experience and other factors, including the general economic environment and actions it may take in the future. The Company adjusts such estimates when facts and circumstances dictate. However, these estimates may involve significant uncertainties and judgments and cannot be determined with precision. In addition, these estimates are based on management's best judgment at a point in time and as such, these estimates may ultimately differ from actual results. Changes in estimates resulting from weakness in the economic environment or other factors beyond the Company's control could be material and would be reflected in the Company's financial statements in future periods.
Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements
In April 2015, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") No. 2015-05, Intangibles-Goodwill and Other-Internal-Use Software (Subtopic 350-40): Customer’s Accounting for Fees Paid in a Cloud Computing Arrangement, which provides guidance to customers about whether a cloud computing arrangement includes a software license. If a cloud computing arrangement includes a software license, the customer should account for the software license element of the arrangement consistent with the acquisition of other software licenses. If a cloud computing arrangement does not include a software license, the customer should account for the arrangement as a service contract and expense the cost as the services are received. This standard was adopted by the Company in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 and will be applied prospectively to all arrangements entered into or materially modified after the effective date. There was no impact to the financial statements as a result of this adoption.
In March 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-09, Compensation—Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting, which changes several aspects of accounting for share-based payment transactions. This standard was early adopted by the Company in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017. The adoption of this standard resulted in: (i) all excess tax benefits and tax deficiencies being recognized in the income statement, rather than additional paid-in capital, on a prospective basis (ii) excess tax benefits or tax deficiencies no longer being classified on the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows as a financing activity, on a prospective basis (as such prior period amounts have not been adjusted) and (iii) the Company’s election to account for forfeitures as they occur, rather than estimate expected forfeitures over the course of a vesting period, on a modified retrospective basis. There was no material impact to the financial statements as a result of this adoption.


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MSG NETWORKS INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
(Continued)


Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements Not Yet Adopted
In May 2014, the FASB issued ASU No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), which supersedes the revenue recognition requirements in FASB Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") Topic 605, Revenue Recognition. This ASU is based on the principle that revenue is recognized to depict the transfer of goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. The ASU also requires additional disclosure about the nature, amount, timing and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows arising from customer contracts, including significant judgments and changes in judgments and assets recognized from costs incurred to obtain or fulfill a contract. In August 2015, the FASB issued ASU No. 2015-14, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606): Deferral of the Effective Date, which defers the effective date of ASU No. 2014-09 for all entities by one year. In March 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-08, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606): Principal versus Agent Considerations, which provides clarification on the implementation guidance on principal versus agent considerations outlined in ASU No. 2014-09. In April 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-10, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606): Identifying Performance Obligations and Licensing, which finalized amendments to identifying performance obligations and accounting for licenses of intellectual property. In May 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-12, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606): Narrow-Scope Improvements and Practical Expedients, which clarifies assessing collectibility, noncash consideration, presentation of sales taxes, completed contracts and contract modifications at transition. Early adoption is permitted and the Company can early adopt ASU No. 2014-09 and the related updates beginning in the first quarter of fiscal year 2018. If the Company does not apply the early adoption provision, ASU No. 2014-09 will be effective for the Company beginning in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 using one of two retrospective application methods. The Company is currently evaluating the impact this standard will have on its consolidated financial statements.
In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), which requires the recognition of lease assets and lease liabilities on the balance sheet for those leases classified as operating leases under previous GAAP. The amended guidance also requires additional quantitative and qualitative disclosures regarding the amount, timing and uncertainty of cash flows arising from leases in order to provide additional information about the nature of an organization’s leasing activities. This standard will be effective for the Company beginning in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020, with early adoption permitted. This standard will be adopted using a modified retrospective approach. The Company is currently evaluating the impact this standard will have on its consolidated financial statements.

In August 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-15, Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230): Classification of Certain Cash Receipts and Cash Payments, which amends ASC 230 to eliminate the diversity in practice related to the classification of certain cash receipts and payments in the statement of cash flows by adding or clarifying guidance on eight specific cash flow issues. This standard will be effective for the Company beginning in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, with early adoption permitted and the retrospective approach required. The adoption of this guidance is not expected to have a material impact on the Company's consolidated financial statements.
In January 2017, the FASB issued ASU No. 2017-01, Business Combinations (Topic 805): Clarifying the Definition of a Business, which clarifies the definition of a business with the objective of adding guidance to assist entities with evaluating whether transactions should be accounted for as acquisitions (or disposals) of assets or businesses, which will effect various areas of accounting including, but not limited to, goodwill and consolidation. This standard will be effective for the Company beginning in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, with early adoption permitted. The standard is to be applied prospectively. The adoption of this guidance is not expected to have a material impact on the Company's consolidated financial statements.

In January 2017, the FASB issued ASU No. 2017-04, Intangibles-Goodwill and Other (Topic 350): Simplifying the Test for Goodwill Impairment, which simplifies the measurement of goodwill impairment by eliminating the requirement of performing a hypothetical purchase price allocation. Instead, impairment will be measured using the difference between the carrying amount and fair value of the reporting unit. The amended guidance also eliminates the requirement for any reporting unit with a zero or a negative carrying amount to perform a qualitative assessment and will require disclosure of the amount of goodwill allocated to each reporting unit with a zero or a negative carrying amount of net assets. This standard will be effective for the Company beginning in the first quarter of fiscal year 2021. Early adoption is permitted for interim or annual goodwill impairment tests performed on testing dates after January 1, 2017. The standard is to be applied prospectively. The Company is currently evaluating the impact this standard will have on its consolidated financial statements.

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Note 3. Discontinued Operations
As a result of the Distribution, the results of the Company’s MSG operations through the Distribution Date, as well as transaction costs related to the Distribution, have been classified in the consolidated statements of operations as discontinued operations for all periods presented. No gain or loss was recognized in connection with the Distribution. Operating results of discontinued operations for the three and six months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 are summarized below:
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended
 
 
December 31,
 
December 31,
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2016
 
2015
Revenues (a)
 
$

 
$

 
$

 
$
150,381

Direct operating expenses
 

 

 

 
71,320

Selling, general and administrative expenses
 

 
137

 
120

 
57,824

Depreciation and amortization
 

 

 

 
23,772

Operating loss
 

 
(137
)
 
(120
)
 
(2,535
)
Equity in earnings of equity-method investments
 

 

 

 
2,679

Interest income
 

 

 

 
635

Interest expense
 

 

 

 
(540
)
Income (loss) from discontinued operations before income taxes
 

 
(137
)
 
(120
)
 
239

Income tax expense
 

 

 

 
(161,393
)
Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes
 
$

 
$
(137
)
 
$
(120
)
 
$
(161,154
)
(a)
Includes rights fees for New York Knicks (Knicks) and New York Rangers (Rangers) programming prior to the Distribution Date, which were previously eliminated in consolidation. However, the pre-Distribution Date amounts are presented as revenues in the loss from discontinued operations line with the offsetting expense in direct operating expenses, within continuing operations, in the accompanying consolidated statement of operations for the six months ended December 31, 2015.

Prior to the Distribution, the Company's collections for ticket sales, sponsorships and suite rentals in advance were recorded as deferred revenue and were recognized as revenues when earned for both accounting and tax purposes. In connection with the reorganization transactions related to the Distribution, the tax recognition on most of these deferred revenues was accelerated to the date of the reorganization. The impact of the acceleration of such deferred revenue is reflected in income tax expense of discontinued operations for the six months ended December 31, 2015.
The net impact of the Distribution to the Company's stockholders' equity (deficiency) includes cash distributed with MSG of $1,467,093.

Note 4. Computation of Earnings (Loss) per Common Share
Basic earnings (loss) per common share (“EPS”) is based upon net income (loss) available to common stockholders divided by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding during the period. Diluted EPS reflects the effect of the assumed vesting of restricted stock units (“RSUs”) and exercise of stock options only in the periods in which such effect would have been dilutive.

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The following table presents a reconciliation of the weighted-average number of shares used in the calculations of basic and diluted EPS.
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended
 
 
December 31,
 
December 31,
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2016
 
2015
Weighted-average number of shares for basic EPS
 
75,215

 
74,959

 
75,159

 
75,240

Dilutive effect of shares issuable under share-based compensation plans
 
246

 
414

 
277

 
399

Weighted-average number of shares for diluted EPS
 
75,461

 
75,373

 
75,436

 
75,639

Anti-dilutive shares
 
535

 

 
317

 

Note 5. Goodwill and Intangible Assets
During the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, the Company performed its annual impairment test of goodwill, and there was no impairment of goodwill identified.
The Company's intangible assets subject to amortization are as follows: 
 
 
December 31, 2016
 
June 30,
2016
Affiliate relationships
 
$
83,044

 
$
83,044

Less accumulated amortization
 
(40,651
)
 
(38,921
)
 
 
$
42,393

 
$
44,123


Affiliate relationships have an estimated useful life of 24 years. Amortization expense for intangible assets for continuing operations was $865 for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively, and $1,730 six months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

Note 6. Property and Equipment
As of December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2016, property and equipment consisted of the following assets: 
 
 
December 31,
2016
 
June 30,
2016
Equipment
 
$
46,893

 
$
44,508

Furniture and fixtures
 
1,746

 
1,744

Leasehold improvements
 
19,566

 
19,561

Construction in progress
 
423

 
966

 
 
68,628

 
66,779

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization
 
(56,015
)
 
(52,625
)
 
 
$
12,613

 
$
14,154

Depreciation and amortization expense on property and equipment was $1,715 and $2,226 for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively, and $3,428 and $6,040 for the six months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively, which for the fiscal 2016 first quarter included depreciation expense on certain corporate property and equipment that was transferred to MSG in connection with the Distribution, but which did not qualify for discontinued operations reporting.
Note 7. Debt
On September 28, 2015, MSGN L.P., MSGN Eden, LLC, an indirect subsidiary of the Company and the general partner of MSGN L.P., Regional MSGN Holdings LLC, a direct subsidiary of the Company and the limited partner of MSGN L.P. (collectively with MSGN Eden, LLC, the “Holdings Entities”), and certain subsidiaries of MSGN L.P. entered into a credit

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agreement (the “Credit Agreement”) with a syndicate of lenders.
The Credit Agreement provides MSGN L.P. with senior secured credit facilities (the “Senior Secured Credit Facilities”) consisting of: (a) an initial $1,550,000 term loan facility (the “Term Loan Facility”) and (b) a $250,000 revolving credit facility (the “Revolving Credit Facility”), each with a term of five years. In connection with the Distribution, $1,450,000 of the proceeds from the Term Loan Facility was contributed to MSG immediately following the closing of the Senior Secured Credit Facilities. Up to $35,000 of the Revolving Credit Facility is available for the issuance of letters of credit.
Subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions and limitations, the Credit Agreement allows for the addition of incremental term and/or revolving loan commitments and incremental term and/or revolving loans. Borrowings under the Credit Agreement bear interest at a floating rate, which at the option of MSGN L.P. may be either (a) base rate, representing the higher of: (i) the New York Fed Bank Rate plus 0.50%; (ii) the U.S. Prime Rate; or (iii) the one-month London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR, plus 1.00% (the “Base Rate”), plus an additional rate ranging from 0.50% to 1.25% per annum (determined based on a total leverage ratio), or (b) a Eurodollar rate (the “Eurodollar Rate”) plus an additional rate ranging from 1.50% to 2.25% per annum (determined based on a total leverage ratio), provided that for the period until the delivery of the compliance certificate for the period ending March 31, 2016, the additional rate used in calculating both floating rates was (i) 1.00% per annum for borrowings bearing interest at the Base Rate, and (ii) 2.00% per annum for borrowings bearing interest at the Eurodollar Rate. Upon a payment default in respect of principal, interest or other amounts due and payable under the Credit Agreement or related loan documents, default interest will accrue on all overdue amounts at an additional rate of 2.00% per annum. The Credit Agreement requires MSGN L.P. pay a commitment fee of 0.30% in respect of the average daily unused commitments, as well as fronting fees, to banks that issue letters of credit pursuant to the Revolving Credit Facility.
The Credit Agreement generally requires the Holding Entities and MSGN L.P. and its restricted subsidiaries on a consolidated basis to comply with a maximum total leverage ratio of 6.00:1.00 from the closing date until September 30, 2016 and a maximum total leverage ratio of 5.50:1.00 from and after October 1, 2016 until maturity, subject, in each case, to upward adjustment during the continuance of certain events. In addition, there is a minimum interest coverage ratio of 2.00:1.00 for the Holdings Entities and MSGN L.P. and its restricted subsidiaries on a consolidated basis. As of December 31, 2016, the Holding Entities and MSGN L.P. and its restricted subsidiaries on a consolidated basis were in compliance with the financial covenants of the Credit Agreement. All borrowings under the Credit Agreement are subject to the satisfaction of customary conditions, including absence of a default and accuracy of representations and warranties. As of December 31, 2016, there were no letters of credit issued and outstanding under the Revolving Credit Facility, which provides full borrowing capacity of $250,000. The Company has made principal payments aggregating $91,250 through December 31, 2016, which reduced the principal amount of the initial Term Loan Facility for subsequent amortization. The Term Loan Facility amortizes quarterly in accordance with its terms from December 31, 2016 through June 30, 2020 with a final maturity date on September 28, 2020.
As of December 31, 2016, the principal repayments required under the Term Loan Facility are as follows:
Remainder of fiscal year ending June 30, 2017
 
$
37,500

Fiscal year ending June 30, 2018
 
75,000

Fiscal year ending June 30, 2019
 
75,000

Fiscal year ending June 30, 2020

 
114,375

Fiscal year ending June 30, 2021
 
1,156,875

 
 
$
1,458,750

All obligations under the Credit Agreement are guaranteed by the Holdings Entities and MSGN L.P.’s existing and future direct and indirect domestic subsidiaries that are not designated as excluded subsidiaries or unrestricted subsidiaries (the “Subsidiary Guarantors,” and together with the Holdings Entities, the “Guarantors”). All obligations under the Credit Agreement, including the guarantees of those obligations, are secured by certain of the assets of MSGN L.P. and each Guarantor (collectively, “Collateral”), including, but not limited to, a pledge of the equity interests in MSGN L.P. held directly by the Holdings Entities and the equity interests in each Subsidiary Guarantor held directly or indirectly by MSGN L.P. Subject to customary notice and minimum amount conditions, MSGN L.P. may voluntarily prepay outstanding loans under the Credit Agreement at any time, in whole or in part, without premium or penalty (except for customary breakage costs with respect to Eurodollar loans). MSGN

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L.P. is required to make mandatory prepayments in certain circumstances, including without limitation from the net cash proceeds of certain sales of assets (including Collateral) or casualty insurance and/or condemnation recoveries (subject to certain reinvestment, repair or replacement rights) and the incurrence of certain indebtedness, subject to certain exceptions.
In addition to the financial covenants discussed above, the Credit Agreement and the related security agreement contain certain customary representations and warranties, affirmative covenants and events of default. The Credit Agreement contains certain restrictions on the ability of the Holding Entities and MSGN L.P. and its restricted subsidiaries to take certain actions as provided in (and subject to various exceptions and baskets set forth in) the Credit Agreement, including the following: (i) incurring additional indebtedness and contingent liabilities; (ii) creating liens on certain assets; (iii) making investments, loans or advances in or to other persons; (iv) paying dividends and distributions or repurchasing capital stock; (v) changing their lines of business; (vi) engaging in certain transactions with affiliates; (vii) amending specified material agreements; (viii) merging or consolidating; (ix) making certain dispositions; and (x) entering into agreements that restrict the granting of liens. The Holdings Entities are also subject to customary passive holding company covenants.
The Company is amortizing its deferred financing costs on a straight-line basis over the five-year term of the Senior Secured Credit Facilities which approximates the effective interest method. The following table summarizes the presentation of the Term Loan Facility and the related deferred financing costs in the accompanying consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2016:
 
 
Term Loan Facility
 
Deferred Financing Costs
 
Total
December 31, 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current portion of long-term debt
 
$
75,000

 
$
(2,586
)
 
$
72,414

Long-term debt, net of current portion
 
1,383,750

 
(7,112
)
 
1,376,638

Total
 
$
1,458,750

 
$
(9,698
)
 
$
1,449,052

June 30, 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current portion of long-term debt
 
$
67,500

 
$
(2,586
)
 
$
64,914

Long-term debt, net of current portion
 
1,421,250

 
(8,405
)
 
1,412,845

Total
 
$
1,488,750

 
$
(10,991
)
 
$
1,477,759


In addition, the Company has deferred financing costs related to the Revolving Credit Facility recorded in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets as summarized in the following table:
 
 
December 31, 2016
 
June 30,
2016
 
 
Other current assets
 
$
417

 
$
417

Other assets
 
1,147

 
1,356


The Company made interest payments under the Credit Agreement of $17,625 and $9,118 during the six months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
Note 8. Commitments and Contingencies
Commitments
As more fully described in Notes 9 and 10 to the consolidated financial statements included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2016, the Company's contractual obligations consist primarily of its obligations under media rights agreements and long-term noncancelable operating lease agreements.
In addition, see Note 7 for the principal repayments required under the Company's Term Loan Facility.

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Legal Matters

The Company is a defendant in various lawsuits. Although the outcome of these matters cannot be predicted with certainty, management does not believe that resolution of these lawsuits will have a material adverse effect on the Company.
Note 9. Fair Value Measurements
The fair value hierarchy is based on inputs to valuation techniques that are used to measure fair value that are either observable or unobservable. Observable inputs reflect assumptions market participants would use in pricing an asset or liability based on market data obtained from independent sources while unobservable inputs reflect a reporting entity's pricing based upon their own market assumptions. The fair value hierarchy consists of the following three levels:

Level I — Quoted prices for identical instruments in active markets.
Level II — Quoted prices for similar instruments in active markets; quoted prices for identical or similar instruments in markets that are not active; and model-derived valuations whose inputs are observable or whose significant value drivers are observable.
Level III — Instruments whose significant value drivers are unobservable.

The following table presents for each of these hierarchy levels, the Company's assets that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis, which include cash equivalents: 

 
 
Level I
 
Level II
 
Level III
 
Total
December 31, 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Money market accounts
 
$
45,014

 
$

 
$

 
$
45,014

Time deposits
 
135,173

 

 

 
135,173

Total assets measured at fair value
 
$
180,187

 
$

 
$

 
$
180,187

June 30, 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Money market accounts
 
$
68,591

 
$

 
$

 
$
68,591

Time deposits
 
50,977

 

 

 
50,977

Total assets measured at fair value
 
$
119,568

 
$

 
$

 
$
119,568

Money market accounts and time deposits are classified within Level I of the fair value hierarchy as they are valued using observable inputs that reflect quoted prices for identical assets in active markets. The carrying amount of the Company's money market accounts and time deposits approximates fair value due to their short-term maturities.
Other Financial Instruments
The fair value of the Company's long-term debt (see Note 7) was approximately $1,451,456 as of December 31, 2016. The Company's long-term debt is classified within Level II of the fair value hierarchy as it is valued using quoted prices of such securities for which fair value can be derived from inputs that are readily observable. 
Note 10. Pension Plans and Other Postretirement Benefit Plan
Prior to the Distribution, the Company sponsored a non-contributory qualified cash balance retirement plan covering its non-union employees (the “MSG Cash Balance Pension Plan”) and a non-contributory qualified defined benefit pension plan covering certain of its union employees (the “MSG Union Plan”). Since March 1, 2011, the MSG Cash Balance Pension Plan has also included the assets and liabilities of a frozen (as of December 31, 2007) non-contributory qualified defined pension plan covering non-union employees hired prior to January 1, 2001. The MSG Cash Balance Pension Plan was amended to freeze participation and future benefit accruals effective December 31, 2015. Existing account balances under the MSG Cash Balance Pension Plan will continue to be credited with monthly interest in accordance with the terms of the plan. The MSG Cash Balance Pension Plan and MSG Union Plan are collectively referred to as the “MSG Pension Plans.”
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employees (the “Union Plan”), (ii) an unfunded non-contributory, non-qualified excess cash balance plan covering certain employees who participated in the MSG Cash Balance Pension Plan (the "Excess Cash Balance Plan"), and (iii) an unfunded non-contributory non-qualified defined benefit pension plan for the benefit of certain employees who participated in an underlying qualified plan, which was merged into the MSG Cash Balance Pension Plan on March 1, 2011 (the “Excess Plan”). The Union Plan, Excess Cash Balance Plan and Excess Plan are collectively referred to as the “MSG Networks Plans.”
As of December 31, 2015, the Excess Cash Balance Plan was amended to freeze participation and future benefit accruals. Therefore, after December 31, 2015, no employee of the Company who was not already a participant may become a participant in the plan and no further annual pay credits will be made for any future year. Existing account balances under the plan will continue to be credited with monthly interest in accordance with the terms of the plan. As of December 31, 2007, the Excess Plan was amended to freeze all benefits earned through December 31, 2007 and to eliminate the ability of participants to earn benefits for future service under this plan. Benefits payable to retirees under the Union Plan are based upon years of service and participants’ compensation.

The Company also sponsors a contributory welfare plan which provides certain postretirement healthcare benefits to certain employees hired prior to January 1, 2001 who are eligible to commence receipt of early or normal Retirement Plan benefits under the MSG Cash Balance Pension Plan and their dependents, as well as certain union employees (“Postretirement Plan”).

As of the Distribution Date, the Company and MSG entered into an employee matters agreement (the “Employee Matters Agreement”) which determined each company’s obligations after the Distribution with regard to historic liabilities under the Company’s former pension and postretirement plans. Under the Employee Matters Agreement, the assets and liabilities of the MSG Pension Plans have been transferred to MSG. In addition, the following have been transferred to MSG: liabilities related to (i) current MSG employees who are active participants in the Excess Plan and/or the Excess Cash Balance Plan, (ii) current MSG employees who are eligible for participation in the Postretirement Plan, and (iii) former MSG employees who are retired participants in the Postretirement Plan. The Company has retained liabilities related to (i) its current employees and former employees of the Company or MSG who are active participants in the Excess Plan and/or the Excess Cash Balance Plan, (ii) its current employees who are eligible for participation in the Postretirement Plan, (iii) its former employees who are retired participants in the Postretirement Plan, and (iv) the Union Plan.
Components of net periodic benefit cost for the MSG Networks Plans, MSG Pension Plans and Postretirement Plan recognized in direct operating expenses, selling, general and administrative expenses and loss from discontinued operations in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations for the three and six months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 are as follows: 
 
 
Pension Plans
 
Postretirement Plan
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Three Months Ended
 
 
December 31,
 
December 31,
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2016
 
2015
Service cost
 
$
133

 
$
121

 
$
18

 
$
18

Interest cost
 
332

 
438

 
25

 
32

Expected return on plan assets
 
(106
)
 
(110
)
 

 

Recognized actuarial loss (a)
 
175

 
125

 

 

Amortization of unrecognized prior service credit (a)
 

 

 
(6
)
 
(11
)
Settlement gain (a)
 
(74
)
 

 

 

Net periodic benefit cost
 
$
460

 
$
574

 
$
37

 
$
39


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Pension Plans
 
Postretirement Plan
 
 
Six Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended
 
 
December 31,
 
December 31,
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2016
 
2015
Service cost
 
$
266

 
$
1,742

 
$
36

 
$
68

Interest cost
 
664

 
2,563

 
50

 
123

Expected return on plan assets
 
(212
)
 
(960
)
 

 

Recognized actuarial loss (a)
 
350

 
501

 

 

Amortization of unrecognized prior service cost (credit) (a)
 

 
14

 
(12
)
 
(42
)
Settlement gain (a)
 
(74
)
 

 

 

Net periodic benefit cost
 
$
994

 
$
3,860

 
$
74

 
$
149

(a) Reflects amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss.
Amounts presented in the table above include net periodic benefit cost related to continuing operations and discontinued operations as noted in the following table: 
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended
 
 
December 31,
 
December 31,
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2016
 
2015
Continuing operations
 
$
497

 
$
613

 
$
1,068

 
$
2,046

Discontinued operations
 

 

 

 
1,963

Total Net Periodic Benefit Cost
 
$
497

 
$
613

 
$
1,068

 
$
4,009

In addition, prior to the Distribution, the Company sponsored the MSG Holdings, L.P. 401(k) Savings Plan (the "MSG Savings Plan") and the MSG Holdings, L.P. Excess Savings Plan ("Excess Savings Plan"). As a result of the Distribution, the MSG Savings Plan was amended to (i) transfer sponsorship of the plan to MSG, and (ii) become a multiple employer plan in which both MSG and the Company will continue to participate. Pursuant to the Employee Matters Agreement, liabilities relating to current MSG employees who were active participants in the Company's Excess Savings Plan have been transferred to MSG. The Excess Savings Plan has been renamed the MSGN Holdings, L.P. Excess Savings Plan (together with the MSG Savings Plan, the "Savings Plans"). Expenses related to the Savings Plans included in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations for the three and six months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 are as follows: 
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended
 
 
December 31,
 
December 31,
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2016
 
2015
Continuing operations
 
$
222

 
$

 
$
399

 
$
334

Discontinued operations
 

 

 

 
652

Total Savings Plan Expense
 
$
222

 
$

 
$
399

 
$
986


Note 11. Share-based Compensation

See Note 14 to the consolidated financial statements included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2016 for more information regarding the Company's 2010 Employee Stock Plan, as amended (the "Employee Stock Plan") and 2010 Stock Plan For Non-Employee Directors, as amended (the "Non-Employee Director Plan"), as well as certain share-based payment awards granted prior to July 1, 2015. On December 15, 2016, the Company’s stockholders amended the Employee Stock Plan to increase the shares available for issuance thereunder by 5,500 and to extend the expiration date by one year to December 15, 2026.

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Share-based compensation expense, presented within selling, general and administrative expenses and direct operating expenses, was $3,273 and $2,652 for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively, and $5,049 and $6,899 for the six months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. Share-based compensation expense for discontinued operations was $808 for the six months ended December 31, 2015.

Stock Options Award Activity
In September 2016, the Company granted 1,069 stock options, of which 50% are subject to three-year ratable vesting and the remaining 50% are subject to three-year cliff vesting and the achievement of certain Company performance criteria. These options have an expiration period of 7.5 years. The exercise price of these options is $17.81.

The Company calculated the fair value of these options on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option pricing model, which resulted in a grant date fair value of $4.49 per option.

The following were the key assumptions used to calculate the fair value of this award:
Risk-free interest rate
1.24
%
Expected term
5.25 years
 
Expected volatility
25.1
%

The Company's computation of expected term was calculated using the simplified method (the average of the vesting period and option term) as prescribed in ASC Topic 718-10-S99. The Company's computation of expected volatility was based on historical volatility of its common stock.

Restricted Share Units Award Activity

The following table summarizes activity relating to holders (including Company and MSG employees) of the Company's RSUs for the six months ended December 31, 2016:
 
Number of
 
 
 
Nonperformance
Based
Vesting
RSUs
 
Performance
Based
Vesting
RSUs
 
Weighted-Average
Fair Value Per Share
At Date of Grant
Unvested award balance, June 30, 2016
321

 
431

 
$
38.57

Granted
442

 
262

 
19.27

Vested
(195
)
 
(103
)
 
38.27

Forfeited
(29
)
 
(14
)
 
35.57

Unvested award balance, December 31, 2016
539

 
576

 
$
26.56

The RSUs granted during the six months ended December 31, 2016 included 476 RSUs that are subject to three-year ratable vesting, 169 RSUs subject to three-year cliff vesting, and 59 RSUs granted under the Non-Employee Director Plan which vested upon date of grant. RSUs granted under the Employee Stock Plan and Non-Employee Director Plan will settle in shares of the Company's Class A Common Stock (either from treasury or with newly issued shares), or, at the option of the Compensation Committee, in cash. RSU's granted under the Non-Employee Director Plan will settle on the first business day after ninety days from the date the director's service on the Board of Directors ceases or, if earlier, upon the director's death.
The fair value of RSUs that vested during the six months ended December 31, 2016 was $5,601. Upon delivery, RSUs granted under the Employee Stock Plan were net share-settled to cover the required statutory tax withholding obligations and the remaining number of shares were issued from the Company's treasury shares. To fulfill the employees' statutory minimum tax withholding obligations for the applicable income and other employment taxes, 125 of these RSUs, with an aggregate value of $2,271, were retained by the Company and the taxes paid are reflected as a financing activity in the accompanying consolidated statement of cash flows for the six months ended December 31, 2016.

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(Continued)



Note 12. Related Party Transactions

As of December 31, 2016, members of the Dolan family group, for purposes of Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including trusts for the benefit of the Dolan family group, collectively beneficially own all of the Company's outstanding Class B Common Stock and own approximately 2.4% of the Company's outstanding Class A Common Stock. Such shares of the Company's Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock, collectively, represent approximately 69.6% of the aggregate voting power of the Company's outstanding common stock. Members of the Dolan family are also the controlling stockholders of MSG and AMC Networks Inc. ("AMC Networks").

On June 16, 2016, the Company entered into an arrangement with the Dolan Family Office, LLC (“DFO”), MSG and AMC Networks providing for the sharing of certain expenses associated with executive office space which is available to Charles F. Dolan (a director of the Company and MSG and the Executive Chairman and a director of AMC Networks), James L. Dolan (the Executive Chairman and a director of the Company and MSG and a director of AMC Networks), and the DFO, which is controlled by Charles F. Dolan.
Beginning in June 2016, the Company agreed to share certain executive support costs, including office space, executive assistants, security and transportation costs for (i) the Company's Executive Chairman with MSG and (ii) for the Company's Vice Chairman with MSG and AMC Networks.
In connection with the Distribution, the Company entered into various agreements with MSG, including media rights agreements covering Knicks and Rangers games, an advertising sales representation agreement, a trademark license agreement, a tax disaffiliation agreement, a transition services agreement ("TSA") and certain other arrangements. The Company has entered into various agreements with AMC Networks with respect to a number of ongoing commercial relationships.
Related party transactions included in continuing operations
Rights fees
The Company's media rights agreements with the Knicks and the Rangers, effective as of July 1, 2015, provide the Company with exclusive media rights to team games in their local markets. Prior to the Distribution, these rights fees were eliminated in consolidation; however the amounts recorded prior to the Distribution are presented as revenues in the loss from discontinued operations line with the offsetting expense in direct operating expenses within continuing operations in the accompanying consolidated statement of operations. Rights fees included in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 were $33,037 and $32,800, respectively, and $66,837 and $65,300 for the six months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
Origination, master control and technical services
AMC Networks provides certain origination, master control and technical services to the Company. Amounts charged to the Company for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 were $1,543 and $1,459, respectively, and $2,991 and $2,876 for the six months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
Commission
The Company entered into an advertising sales representation agreement with MSG, which has a seven year term, pursuant to which MSG has the exclusive right and obligation to sell certain advertising availabilities on our behalf for a commission. All of the Company's advertising sales personnel were transferred to MSG in connection with the Distribution. The amount charged to the Company for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 was $5,169 and $5,498, respectively, and for the six months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 was $5,594 and $5,498, respectively.

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MSG NETWORKS INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
(Continued)


Other operating expenses
The Company and its related parties enter into transactions with each other in the ordinary course of business. In addition, pursuant to the TSA, the Company began outsourcing to MSG certain business functions that were previously performed by internal resources. These services include information technology, accounting, accounts payable, payroll, tax, legal, human resources, insurance and risk management, investor relations, corporate communications, benefit plan administration and reporting, and internal audit. Net amounts charged to the Company pursuant to the TSA, for expenses associated with executive office space and certain support costs, and for other related party transactions amounted to $2,022 and $1,765 for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively and $4,309 and $557 for the six months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
Related party transactions with Cablevision Systems Corporation
Prior to June 21, 2016, members of the Dolan family were also the controlling stockholders of Cablevision Systems Corporation ("Cablevision"). On June 21, 2016, Cablevision was acquired by a subsidiary of Altice N.V. and a change in control occurred which resulted in members of the Dolan family no longer being controlling stockholders of Cablevision (now known as Altice USA). Accordingly, Altice USA is not a related party of the Company. Revenues (primarily from the distribution of programming networks to subsidiaries of Cablevision) and operating expenses that relate to Cablevision prior to its sale, included in continuing operations in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations for the three months ended December 31, 2015 were $41,669 and $3,517, respectively, and for the six months ended December 31, 2015 were $81,447 and $5,369, respectively.

Related party transactions included in discontinued operations
Related party transactions included in loss from discontinued operations in the accompanying consolidated statement of operations for the three months ended December 31, 2015 include operating expenses charged by related parties of $137. Related party transactions included in loss from discontinued operations in the accompanying consolidated statement of operations for the six months ended December 31, 2015, include the following: (i) revenues from related parties of $33,559, (ii) operating expenses charged by related parties of $964, (iii) interest income from nonconsolidated affiliates of $635, and (iv) equity in earnings of equity-method investments of $2,679.
Note 13. Income Taxes
Income tax expense attributable to continuing operations for the three months ended December 31, 2016 of $27,479 differs from the income tax expense derived from applying the statutory federal rate to pretax income due principally to the impact of state and local income taxes (net of federal benefit) of $4,906 and a tax return to book provision adjustment in connection with the filing of the Company's state and local income tax returns of $414. These increases were partially offset by the impact of the tax benefits related to the domestic production activities deduction of $2,069 and other items of $529.
Income tax expense attributable to continuing operations for the three months ended December 31, 2015 of $29,709 differs from the income tax expense derived from applying the statutory federal rate to pretax income due principally to the impact of state and local income taxes (net of federal benefit) of $4,933 and an increase in state tax rates used to value deferred taxes resulting from the filing of the Company's state and local income tax returns of $4,489. These increases were partially offset by the tax benefits related to the domestic production activities deduction of $1,715 and other items of $313.
Income tax expense attributable to continuing operations for the six months ended December 31, 2016 of $52,737 differs from the income tax expense derived from applying the statutory federal rate to pretax income due principally to the impact of state and local income taxes (net of federal benefit) of $9,594. These increases were partially offset by the impact of the tax benefits related to the domestic production activities deduction of $3,942, a tax return to book provision adjustment in connection with the filing of the Company's federal, state and local income tax returns of $209 and other items of $430.
Income tax expense attributable to continuing operations for the six months ended December 31, 2015 of $29,305 differs from the income tax expense derived from applying the statutory federal rate to pretax income due principally to a reduction in state tax rates used to value deferred taxes resulting from the Distribution of $16,941 and the tax benefits related to the domestic production activities deduction of $2,764. These decreases were partially offset by an increase in state tax rates used to value deferred taxes resulting from the filing of the Company’s state and local income tax returns of $4,489, state and local income taxes (net of federal benefit) of $7,731 and other items of $151.


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MSG NETWORKS INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)
(Continued)


During the six months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, income taxes paid by the Company were $41,295 and $193, respectively.

During the third quarter of fiscal year 2015, the Internal Revenue Service notified the Company of its intent to review the federal income tax returns as filed for the tax year ended December 31, 2013. Fieldwork is ongoing. The Company does not expect the examination, when finalized, to result in material changes to the tax returns as filed.

Note 14. Concentration of Risk
Accounts receivable, net on the accompanying consolidated balance sheets as of December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2016 include amounts due from the following individual non-affiliated customers, which accounted for the noted percentages of the gross balance:
 
December 31,
2016
 
June 30,
2016
Customer A
26
%
 
26
%
Customer B
26
%
 
25
%
Customer C
22
%
 
22
%
Customer D
15
%
 
14
%
Revenues from continuing operations in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations for the three and six months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 include amounts from the following individual customers, which accounted for the noted percentages of the total:
 
Three Months Ended December 31,
 
Six Months Ended December 31,
 
2016
 
2015
 
2016
 
2015
Customer A
24
%
 
25
%
 
25
%
 
26
%
Customer B
22
%
 
22
%
 
24
%
 
23
%
Customer C
19
%
 
19
%
 
21
%
 
20
%
Customer D
10
%
 
10
%
 
11
%
 
11
%
The accompanying consolidated balance sheets as of December 31, 2016 and June 30, 2016 include the following approximate amounts that are recorded in connection with the Company's license agreement with the New Jersey Devils:
Reported in
December 31, 2016
 
June 30,
2016
Prepaid expenses
$
3,000

 
$
1,000

Other current assets
2,000

 
2,000

Other assets
41,000

 
41,000

 
$
46,000

 
$
44,000


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Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
This Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, or MD&A, may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as expects, anticipates, believes, estimates, may, will, should, could, potential, continue, intends, plans, and similar words and terms used in the discussion of future operating and financial performance and plans identify forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, results or events and involve risks and uncertainties and that actual results or developments may differ materially from the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. Factors that may cause such differences to occur include, but are not limited to:

the demand for our programming among cable, satellite, telephone and other platforms (“Distributors”) and the subscribers thereto, and our ability to renew affiliation agreements with our Distributors, as well as the impact of consolidation among Distributors;

the level of our revenues, which depends in part on the popularity and competitiveness of the sports teams whose games are broadcast on our networks and the popularity of other content aired on our networks;

the ability of our Distributors to maintain subscriber levels;

the impact of subscribers downgrading their programming packages to levels that do not include our networks;

the security of our program signal and electronic data;

general economic conditions especially in the New York City metropolitan area where we conduct the majority of our operations;

the demand for advertising and sponsorship arrangements and viewer ratings for our networks;

competition, for example, from other regional sports networks;

the relocation or insolvency of professional sports teams with which we have a media rights agreement;

our ability to maintain, obtain or produce content, together with the cost of such content;

our ability to renew or replace our media rights agreements with professional sports teams;

the acquisition or disposition of assets and/or the impact of, and our ability to successfully pursue, acquisitions or other strategic transactions, and the operating and financial performance thereof (including those that we do not control);

the costs associated with, and the outcome of, litigation and other proceedings to the extent uninsured;

the impact of governmental regulations or laws and changes in such regulations or laws;

the impact of league rules, league regulations and/or league agreements and changes thereto;

our substantial debt and high leverage;

reduced access to capital markets or significant increases in costs to borrow;

financial community perceptions of our business, operations, financial condition and the industry in which we operate;

the tax-free treatment of the Distribution; and

the factors described under "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2016.
We disclaim any obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements contained herein, except as otherwise required by applicable federal securities laws.

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All dollar amounts included in the following MD&A are presented in thousands, except as otherwise noted.
Introduction
MD&A is provided as a supplement to, and should be read in conjunction with, the Company's unaudited consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes thereto included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, as well as our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2016 to help provide an understanding of our financial condition, changes in financial condition and results of operations. Unless the context otherwise requires, all references to “we,” “us,” “our,” or the “Company” refer collectively to MSG Networks Inc., a holding company, and its direct and indirect subsidiaries through which substantially all of its operations are conducted. The Company owns and operates two regional sports and entertainment networks, MSG Network ("MSGN") and MSG+, collectively the “MSG Networks.”
On September 30, 2015 (the “Distribution Date”), the Company distributed to its stockholders all of the outstanding common stock of The Madison Square Garden Company (formerly MSG Spinco, Inc., and referred to herein as “MSG”) (the “Distribution”). MSG owns, directly or indirectly, the sports and entertainment businesses previously owned and operated by the Company's sports and entertainment segments, owns, leases or operates the arenas and other venues previously owned, leased or operated by the Company and owns the joint venture interests previously owned by the Company. In the Distribution, each holder of the Company’s Class A common stock, par value $0.01 per share, ("Class A Common Stock"), of record as of the close of business, New York City time, on September 21, 2015 (the “Record Date”), received one share of MSG Class A common stock, par value $0.01 per share, for every three shares of the Company’s Class A Common Stock held on the Record Date. Each record holder of the Company’s Class B common stock, par value $0.01 per share, ("Class B Common Stock") received one share of MSG Class B common stock, par value $0.01 per share, for every three shares of the Company's Class B Common Stock held on the Record Date. Following the Distribution, the Company no longer consolidates the financial results of MSG for purposes of its own financial reporting and the historical financial results of MSG have been reflected in the Company's consolidated financial statements as discontinued operations for all periods presented through the Distribution Date.
After giving effect to the Distribution, the Company operates and reports financial information in one segment.
This MD&A is organized as follows:
Results of Operations. This section provides an analysis of our unaudited results of operations for the three and six months ended December 31, 2016 as compared with the three and six months ended December 31, 2015.
Liquidity and Capital Resources. This section provides a discussion of our financial condition and liquidity, an analysis of our cash flows for the six months ended December 31, 2016 as compared with the six months ended December 31, 2015, as well as certain contractual obligations.
Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements and Critical Accounting Policies. This section discusses recently issued accounting pronouncements, as well as the results of the Company's annual impairment testing of goodwill performed during the first quarter of fiscal year 2017. This section should be read together with our critical accounting policies, which are discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2016 under “Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations — Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements and Critical Accounting Policies — Critical Accounting Policies” and in the notes to the consolidated financial statements of the Company included therein.

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Results of Operations
Comparison of the Three Months Ended December 31, 2016 versus the Three Months Ended December 31, 2015
Consolidated Results of Operations
The table below sets forth, for the periods presented, certain historical financial information and the percentage that those items bear to revenues. 
 
 
Three Months Ended December 31,
 
Increase
(Decrease)
in Net
Income
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
 
 
Amount
 
% of
Revenues
 
Amount
 
% of
Revenues
 
Revenues
 
$
175,646

 
100
 %
 
$
169,931

 
100
 %
 
$
5,715

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Direct operating expenses
 
70,076

 
40
 %
 
71,547

 
42
 %
 
1,471

Selling, general and administrative expenses
 
23,191

 
13
 %
 
22,370

 
13
 %
 
(821
)
Depreciation and amortization
 
2,580

 
1
 %
 
3,091

 
2
 %
 
511

Operating income
 
79,799

 
45
 %
 
72,923

 
43
 %
 
6,876

Other income (expense):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest expense, net
 
(9,065
)
 
(5
)%
 
(9,164
)
 
(5
)%
 
99

Income from continuing operations before income taxes
 
70,734

 
40
 %
 
63,759

 
38
 %
 
6,975

Income tax expense
 
(27,479
)
 
(16
)%
 
(29,709
)
 
(17
)%
 
2,230

Income from continuing operations
 
43,255

 
25
 %
 
34,050

 
20
 %
 
9,205

Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes
 

 
NM

 
(137
)
 
NM

 
137

Net income
 
$
43,255

 
25
 %
 
$
33,913

 
20
 %
 
$
9,342

_________________ 
NM – Percentage is not meaningful
Revenues
Revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2016 increased $5,715, or 3%, to $175,646 as compared with the prior year period. The net increase was attributable to the following:
Increase in affiliation fee revenue
$
4,376

Increase in advertising revenue
1,327

Other net increases
12

 
$
5,715

The increase in affiliation fee revenue was primarily due to higher affiliation rates, partially offset by the impact of a low single-digit percentage decrease in subscribers as compared with the prior year period.
The increase in advertising revenue was primarily due to higher recognition of deferred revenue related to ratings guarantees, partially offset by other net advertising decreases as compared with the prior year period.
Direct operating expenses
Direct operating expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2016 decreased $1,471, or 2%, to $70,076 as compared with the prior year period primarily due to the positive impact of the finalization of a matter related to the sale of Fuse, partially offset by an increase in rights fees expense.
Selling, general and administrative expenses
Selling, general and administrative expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2016 increased $821, or 4%, to $23,191 as compared with the prior year period primarily due to higher employee compensation and related benefits, partially offset by lower marketing costs, commissions and other net decreases.  


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Depreciation and amortization
Depreciation and amortization for the three months ended December 31, 2016 decreased $511, or 17%, to $2,580 as compared with the prior year period primarily due to the impact of certain property and equipment being fully depreciated during fiscal 2016.
Operating income
Operating income for the three months ended December 31, 2016 increased $6,876, or 9%, to $79,799 as compared with the prior year period primarily due to (as discussed above) higher revenues and, to a lesser extent, lower direct operating expenses and depreciation and amortization, partially offset by higher selling, general and administrative expenses.
Income taxes
Income tax expense attributable to continuing operations for the three months ended December 31, 2016 of $27,479 differs from the income tax expense derived from applying the statutory federal rate to pretax income due principally to the impact of state and local income taxes (net of federal benefit) of $4,906 and a tax return to book provision adjustment in connection with the filing of the Company's state and local income tax returns of $414. These increases were partially offset by the impact of the tax benefits related to the domestic production activities deduction of $2,069 and other items of $529.

Income tax expense attributable to continuing operations for the three months ended December 31, 2015 of $29,709 differs from the income tax expense derived from applying the statutory federal rate to pretax income due principally to the impact of state and local income taxes (net of federal benefit) of $4,933 and an increase in state tax rates used to value deferred taxes resulting from the filing of the Company's state and local income tax returns of $4,489. These increases were partially offset by the tax benefits related to the domestic production activities deduction of $1,715 and other items of $313.
Adjusted operating income
The Company evaluates performance based on several factors, of which the key financial measure is adjusted operating income (which we formerly referred to as adjusted operating cash flow). Although the Company has renamed this non-GAAP measure, the components of adjusted operating income are identical to the components of adjusted operating cash flow. Adjusted operating income is defined as operating income (loss) before (i) depreciation, amortization and impairments of property and equipment and intangible assets, (ii) share-based compensation expense or benefit, (iii) restructuring charges or credits and (iv) gains or losses on sales or dispositions of businesses. The Company has presented the components that reconcile adjusted operating income to operating income, a GAAP measure.
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Increase (Decrease)
in AOI
 
 
December 31,
 
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
Operating income
 
$
79,799

 
$
72,923

 
$
6,876

Share-based compensation
 
3,273

 
2,652

 
621

Depreciation and amortization
 
2,580

 
3,091

 
(511
)
Adjusted operating income
 
$
85,652

 
$
78,666

 
$
6,986

Adjusted operating income for the three months ended December 31, 2016 increased $6,986, or 9%, to $85,652 as compared with the prior year period primarily due to (as discussed above) higher revenues and, to a lesser extent, lower direct operating expenses, partially offset by higher selling, general and administrative expenses.



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Comparison of the Six Months Ended December 31, 2016 versus the Six Months Ended December 31, 2015
Consolidated Results of Operations
The table below sets forth, for the periods presented, certain historical financial information and the percentage that those items bear to revenues. 
 
 
Six Months Ended December 31,
 
Increase
(Decrease)
in Net
Income
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
 
 
Amount
 
% of
Revenues
 
Amount
 
% of
Revenues
 
Revenues
 
$
329,224

 
100
 %
 
$
318,078

 
100
 %
 
$
11,146

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Direct operating expenses
 
131,010

 
40
 %
 
131,649

 
41
 %
 
639

Selling, general and administrative expenses
 
38,750

 
12
 %
 
63,488

 
20
 %
 
24,738

Depreciation and amortization
 
5,158

 
2
 %
 
7,770

 
2
 %
 
2,612

Operating income
 
154,306

 
47
 %
 
115,171

 
36
 %
 
39,135

Other income (expense):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest expense, net
 
(17,953
)
 
(5
)%
 
(10,485
)
 
(3
)%
 
(7,468
)
Income from continuing operations before income taxes
 
136,353

 
41
 %
 
104,686

 
33
 %
 
31,667

Income tax expense
 
(52,737
)
 
(16
)%
 
(29,305
)
 
(9
)%
 
(23,432
)
Income from continuing operations
 
83,616

 
25
 %
 
75,381

 
24
 %
 
8,235

Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes
 
(120
)
 
NM

 
(161,154
)
 
(51
)%
 
161,034

Net income (loss)
 
$
83,496

 
25
 %
 
$
(85,773
)
 
(27
)%
 
$
169,269

_________________ 
NM – Percentage is not meaningful
For the six months ended December 31, 2015, the reported financial results of the Company reflect the fiscal 2016 first quarter results of the sports and entertainment businesses of MSG as discontinued operations. In addition, results from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 include certain corporate overhead expenses that the Company did not incur during the six months ending December 31, 2016 and does not expect to incur in future periods, but which did not meet the criteria for inclusion in discontinued operations.
Revenues
Revenues for the six months ended December 31, 2016 increased $11,146, or 4%, to $329,224 as compared with the prior year period. The net increase was attributable to the following: 
Increase in affiliation fee revenue
$
10,105

Increase in advertising revenue
1,573

Other net decreases
(532
)
 
$
11,146

The increase in affiliation fee revenue was primarily due to higher affiliation rates, partially offset by the impact of a low single-digit percentage decrease in subscribers as compared with the prior year period.
The increase in advertising revenue was primarily due to higher recognition of deferred revenue related to ratings guarantees, partially offset by other net advertising decreases as compared with the prior year period.
Direct operating expenses
Direct operating expenses for the six months ended December 31, 2016 decreased $639 to $131,010 as compared with the prior year period primarily due to the positive impact of the finalization of a matter related to the sale of Fuse, and other programming-related cost decreases, totaling to $2,333, partially offset by an increase in rights fees expense of $1,694.

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Selling, general and administrative expenses
Selling, general and administrative expenses for the six months ended December 31, 2016 decreased $24,738, or 39%, to $38,750 as compared with the prior year period primarily due to the absence of certain corporate overhead expenses included in the results of the prior year period. As noted above, the fiscal 2016 first quarter results included certain corporate expenses that the Company did not incur during the six months ending December 31, 2016 and does not expect to incur in future periods. Partially offsetting this decrease are corporate costs which were incurred during fiscal 2017 by MSG Networks Inc. as a standalone public company, including higher employee compensation and related benefits.
Depreciation and amortization
Depreciation and amortization for the six months ended December 31, 2016 decreased $2,612, or 34%, to $5,158 as compared with the prior year period primarily due to the absence of depreciation expense included in the fiscal 2016 first quarter results on certain corporate property and equipment that was transferred to MSG in connection with the Distribution, but which did not meet the criteria for inclusion in discontinued operations, as well as the impact of certain property and equipment being fully depreciated during fiscal 2016.
Operating income
Operating income for the six months ended December 31, 2016 increased $39,135, or 34%, to $154,306 as compared with the prior year period primarily due to (as discussed above) lower selling, general and administrative expenses and, to a lesser extent, higher revenues, lower depreciation and amortization and lower direct operating expenses.
Interest expense, net
Net interest expense for the six months ended December 31, 2016 increased $7,468 to $17,953 as compared with the prior year period primarily due to higher interest expense incurred under the Company's Senior Secured Credit Facilities, which were entered into on September 28, 2015, and accordingly did not begin to accrue interest until that date. Partially offsetting this increase is the absence of the write-off of a portion of the deferred financing costs associated with the Company's former credit facility recorded in the prior year period.
Income taxes
Income tax expense attributable to continuing operations for the six months ended December 31, 2016 of $52,737 differs from the income tax expense derived from applying the statutory federal rate to pretax income due principally to the impact of state and local income taxes (net of federal benefit) of $9,594. These increases were partially offset by the impact of the tax benefits related to the domestic production activities deduction of $3,942, a tax return to book provision adjustment in connection with the filing of the Company's federal, state and local income tax returns of $209 and other items of $430.
Income tax expense attributable to continuing operations for the six months ended December 31, 2015 of $29,305 differs from the income tax expense derived from applying the statutory federal rate to pretax income due principally to a reduction in state tax rates used to value deferred taxes resulting from the Distribution of $16,941 and the tax benefits related to the domestic production activities deduction of $2,764. These decreases were partially offset by an increase in state tax rates used to value deferred taxes resulting from the filing of the Company’s state and local income tax returns of $4,489, state and local income taxes (net of federal benefit) of $7,731 and other items of $151.
Adjusted operating income
The Company has presented the components that reconcile adjusted operating income to operating income, a GAAP measure.
 
 
Six Months Ended
 
Increase (Decrease)
in AOI
 
 
December 31,
 
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
Operating income
 
$
154,306

 
$
115,171

 
$
39,135

Share-based compensation
 
5,049

 
6,899

 
(1,850
)
Depreciation and amortization
 
5,158

 
7,770

 
(2,612
)
Adjusted operating income
 
$
164,513

 
$
129,840

 
$
34,673

Adjusted operating income for the six months ended December 31, 2016 increased $34,673, or 27%, to $164,513 as compared with the prior year period primarily due to (as discussed above) lower selling, general and administrative expenses and, to a lesser extent, higher revenues and lower direct operating expenses.


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