Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. Reports Results for the Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019

THIRD QUARTER

– Net revenues increased 1% at actual rates and 7% at constant rates to US$ 138.9 million –

– Operating income increased 39% at actual rates and 49% at constant rates to US$ 30.8 million –

– OIBDA increased 16% at actual rates and 23% at constant rates to US$ 41.4 million –

NINE MONTHS

– Net revenues decreased 1% at actual rates but increased 6% at constant rates to US$ 469.0 million –

– Operating income increased 23% at actual rates and 32% at constant rates to US$ 118.9 million –

– OIBDA increased 16% at actual rates and 24% at constant rates to US$ 152.8 million –

HAMILTON, Bermuda–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. (“CME” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ/Prague Stock Exchange – CETV) today announced financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019.

Year-to-date operational and financial highlights:

  • TV advertising revenues decreased 3% at actual rates, but increased 4% at constant rates.
  • Carriage fees and subscription revenues increased 4% at actual rates and 11% at constant rates.
  • Costs charged in arriving at OIBDA decreased 8% at actual rates and 1% at constant rates.
  • OIBDA margin increased by 490 basis points to 33%.
  • Cash generated from continuing operating activities increased 79% at actual rates to US$ 168.0 million.
  • Unlevered free cash flow increased 25% at actual rates to US$ 170.6 million.
  • After making a EUR 50 million debt payment in September, CME has repaid a total of EUR 150 million of debt in 2019 using cash generated by the business.
  • The net leverage ratio declined to 2.5x at the end of September, down from 3.5x at the start of the year.

Michael Del Nin, Co-Chief Executive Officer, commented: “We head into the final months of 2019 with another outstanding set of results that improve our outlook, leading us to raise our OIBDA guidance for the third time this year. The ability of the business to generate increasing amounts of cash remains impressive, driving further deleveraging and enabling us to repay additional debt. In fact, with another payment in the third quarter, we have now repaid more than half a billion dollars of debt in the last two years.”

Christoph Mainusch, Co-Chief Executive Officer, added: “We saw a very successful start to the fall season, resulting in higher prime time audience share in each of our country operations during the quarter, and widening our lead over our nearest competitor in three segments. On the strength of that audience performance, we grew TV ad market share in four countries, led by the Czech Republic, which continued to deliver impressive results.”

In this release we refer to several non-GAAP financial measures, including OIBDA, OIBDA margin, free cash flow, unlevered free cash flow and constant currency percentage movements. Please see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below for additional information, including definitions and reconciliations to US GAAP financial measures.

Consolidated results for the three months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 were:

(US$ 000’s, except per share data)

For the Three Months Ended September 30,

(unaudited)

2019

 

2018

 

% Actual

 

% Lfl (1)

Net revenues

$

138,851

 

 

$

137,038

 

 

1.3%

 

7.3%

Operating income

30,783

 

 

22,197

 

 

38.7%

 

48.7%

Operating margin

22.2

%

 

16.2

%

 

6.0 p.p.

 

6.2 p.p.

OIBDA

41,411

 

 

35,767

 

 

15.8%

 

23.2%

OIBDA margin

29.8

%

 

26.1

%

 

3.7 p.p.

 

3.8 p.p.

Income from continuing operations

13,522

 

 

10,609

 

 

27.5%

 

38.6%

Income from continuing operations per share – basic

0.04

 

 

0.03

 

 

28.2%

 

39.4%

Income from continuing operations per share – diluted

$

0.04

 

 

$

0.03

 

 

28.0%

 

39.2%

Consolidated results for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 were:

(US$ 000’s, except per share data)

For the Nine Months Ended September 30,

(unaudited)

2019

 

2018

 

% Actual

 

% Lfl (1)

Net revenues

$

469,009

 

 

$

475,655

 

 

(1.4)%

 

5.7%

Operating income

118,882

 

 

96,795

 

 

22.8%

 

32.1%

Operating margin

25.3

%

 

20.3

%

 

5.0 p.p.

 

5.0 p.p.

OIBDA

152,810

 

 

131,936

 

 

15.8%

 

24.2%

OIBDA margin

32.6

%

 

27.7

%

 

4.9 p.p.

 

4.9 p.p.

Income from continuing operations

69,351

 

 

41,040

 

 

69.0%

 

82.3%

Income from continuing operations per share – basic

0.18

 

 

0.11

 

 

66.9%

 

81.9%

Income from continuing operations per share – diluted

$

0.18

 

 

$

0.10

 

 

84.4%

 

101.1%

(1) % Lfl (like-for-like) variance reflects the impact of applying the current period average exchange rates to the prior period revenues and costs.

Teleconference and Audio Webcast Details

CME will host a teleconference and audio webcast to discuss its third quarter results on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 9 a.m. New York time (2 p.m. London and 3 p.m. Prague time). The audio webcast and teleconference will refer to presentation slides which will be available on CME’s website at www.cme.net prior to the call.

To access the teleconference, U.S. and international callers may dial +1-647-689-5402 ten minutes prior to the start time and reference conference ID 6647416. The conference call will also be audio webcasted via www.cme.net. It can be heard on iPads, iPhones and a range of devices supporting Android and Windows operating systems.

A digital audio replay of the webcast will be available for two weeks following the call at www.cme.net.

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. For all forward-looking statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy or are otherwise beyond our control and some of which might not even be anticipated. Forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and because our business is subject to such risks and uncertainties, actual results, our strategic plan, our financial position, results of operations and cash flows could differ materially from those described in or contemplated by the forward-looking statements.

Important factors that contribute to such risks include, but are not limited to, those factors set forth under “Risk Factors” in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2019 as well as the following: the effect of changes in global and regional economic conditions; the effect of ending the quantitative easing program implemented by the European Central Bank; the economic, political and monetary impacts of Brexit in our markets; the outcome of our strategic review and its impact on our business; the impact of changes in local tax legislation; levels of television advertising spending and the rate of development of the advertising markets in the countries in which we operate; our ability to refinance our existing indebtedness; the extent to which our debt service obligations and covenants may restrict our business; our exposure to additional tax liabilities as well as liabilities resulting from regulatory or legal proceedings initiated against us; our success in continuing our initiatives to diversify and enhance our revenue streams; our ability to make cost-effective investments in our television businesses, including investments in programming; our ability to develop and acquire necessary programming and attract audiences; and changes in the political and regulatory environments where we operate and in the application of relevant laws and regulations.

The foregoing review of important factors should not be construed as exhaustive. For a more detailed description of these uncertainties and other factors, please see the “Risk Factors” and “Forward-looking Statements” sections in CME’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2019. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

This press release should be read in conjunction with our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2019, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 17, 2019.

We make available free of charge on our website at www.cme.net our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file such material with, or furnish it to, the Securities and Exchange Commission. Please note that we may announce material information using SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls, webcasts and posts to the Investors section of our website, www.cme.net. In the future, we will continue to use these channels to communicate important information about CME and our operations. Information that we post on our website could be deemed material. Therefore, we encourage investors, the media, our customers and others interested in CME to review the information we post at www.cme.net.

CME is a media and entertainment company operating leading businesses in five Central and Eastern European markets with an aggregate population of approximately 45 million people. CME’s operations broadcast 30 television channels in Bulgaria (bTV, bTV Cinema, bTV Comedy, bTV Action, bTV Lady and Ring), the Czech Republic (Nova, Nova 2, Nova Cinema, Nova Sport 1, Nova Sport 2, Nova International, Nova Action and Nova Gold), Romania (PRO TV, PRO 2, PRO X, PRO GOLD, PRO CINEMA, PRO TV International and PRO TV Chisinau), the Slovak Republic (TV Markíza, Markíza International, Doma and Dajto) and Slovenia (POP TV, Kanal A, Brio, Oto and Kino). CME is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market and the Prague Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “CETV”.

 

CENTRAL EUROPEAN MEDIA ENTERPRISES LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(US$ 000’s, except share and per share data)

(unaudited)

 

 

For the Three Months Ended September 30,

 

2019

 

2018

Net revenues

$

138,851

 

 

$

137,038

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

Content costs

58,962

 

 

60,910

 

Other operating costs

13,274

 

 

13,260

 

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

8,245

 

 

8,202

 

Amortization of broadcast licenses and other intangibles

2,029

 

 

2,216

 

Cost of revenues

82,510

 

 

84,588

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

25,558

 

 

30,253

 

Operating income

30,783

 

 

22,197

 

Interest expense

(8,037

)

 

(9,977

)

Other non-operating (expense) / income, net

(3,963

)

 

1,574

 

Income before tax

18,783

 

 

13,794

 

Provision for income taxes

(5,261

)

 

(3,185

)

Income from continuing operations

13,522

 

 

10,609

 

Income from discontinued operations, net of tax

 

 

57,882

 

Net income

13,522

 

 

68,491

 

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

223

 

 

80

 

Net income attributable to CME Ltd.

$

13,745

 

 

$

68,571

 

 

 

 

 

PER SHARE DATA:

 

 

 

Net income per share:

 

 

 

Continuing operations — basic

$

0.04

 

 

$

0.03

 

Continuing operations — diluted

0.04

 

 

0.03

 

Discontinued operations — basic

 

 

0.15

 

Discontinued operations — diluted

 

 

0.15

 

Attributable to CME Ltd. — basic

0.04

 

 

0.18

 

Attributable to CME Ltd. — diluted

$

0.04

 

 

$

0.18

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares used in computing per share amounts (000’s):

 

 

 

Basic

264,833

 

 

263,829

 

Diluted

266,529

 

 

264,940

 

CENTRAL EUROPEAN MEDIA ENTERPRISES LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(US$ 000’s, except share and per share data)

(unaudited)

 

 

For the Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

2019

 

2018

Net revenues

$

469,009

 

 

$

475,655

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

Content costs

199,678

 

 

219,337

 

Other operating costs

40,328

 

 

41,929

 

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

24,625

 

 

25,150

 

Amortization of broadcast licenses and other intangibles

6,336

 

 

6,839

 

Cost of revenues

270,967

 

 

293,255

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

79,160

 

 

85,605

 

Operating income

118,882

 

 

96,795

 

Interest expense

(24,014

)

 

(40,206

)

Other non-operating expense, net

(4,823

)

 

(1,144

)

Income before tax

90,045

 

 

55,445

 

Provision for income taxes

(20,694

)

 

(14,405

)

Income from continuing operations

69,351

 

 

41,040

 

Income from discontinued operations, net of tax

 

 

60,548

 

Net income

69,351

 

 

101,588

 

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

111

 

 

274

 

Net income attributable to CME Ltd.

$

69,462

 

 

$

101,862

 

 

 

 

 

PER SHARE DATA:

 

 

 

Net income per share:

 

 

 

Continuing operations — basic

$

0.18

 

 

$

0.11

 

Continuing operations — diluted

0.18

 

 

0.10

 

Discontinued operations — basic

 

 

0.18

 

Discontinued operations — diluted

 

 

0.17

 

Attributable to CME Ltd. — basic

0.18

 

 

0.29

 

Attributable to CME Ltd. — diluted

$

0.18

 

 

$

0.27

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares used in computing per share amounts (000’s):

 

 

 

Basic

264,536

 

 

219,267

 

Diluted

265,940

 

 

255,265

 

CENTRAL EUROPEAN MEDIA ENTERPRISES LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(US$ 000’s)

(unaudited)

 

 

September 30, 2019

 

December 31, 2018

ASSETS

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

34,154

 

 

$

62,031

 

Other current assets

245,488

 

 

312,062

 

Total current assets

279,642

 

 

374,093

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

104,553

 

 

117,604

 

Goodwill and other intangible assets, net

933,548

 

 

984,256

 

Other non-current assets

21,438

 

 

12,408

 

Total assets

$

1,339,181

 

 

$

1,488,361

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

 

 

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

114,943

 

 

$

120,468

 

Current portion of long-term debt and other financing arrangements

6,063

 

 

5,545

 

Other current liabilities

24,285

 

 

13,679

 

Total current liabilities

145,291

 

 

139,692

 

Long-term debt and other financing arrangements

581,101

 

 

782,685

 

Other non-current liabilities

78,207

 

 

67,293

 

Total liabilities

$

804,599

 

 

$

989,670

 

 

 

 

 

Series B Convertible Redeemable Preferred Stock

$

269,370

 

 

$

269,370

 

 

 

 

 

EQUITY

 

 

 

Common Stock

$

20,288

 

 

$

20,228

 

Additional paid-in capital

2,006,150

 

 

2,003,518

 

Accumulated deficit

(1,508,614

)

 

(1,578,076

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(253,159

)

 

(216,650

)

Total CME Ltd. shareholders’ equity

264,665

 

 

229,020

 

Noncontrolling interests

547

 

 

301

 

Total equity

265,212

 

 

229,321

 

Total liabilities and equity

$

1,339,181

 

 

$

1,488,361

 

CENTRAL EUROPEAN MEDIA ENTERPRISES LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(US$ 000’s)

(unaudited)

 

 

For the Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

2019

 

2018

Net cash generated from continuing operating activities

$

167,973

 

 

$

93,762

 

Net cash used in continuing investing activities

(15,619

)

 

(15,027

)

Net cash used in continuing financing activities

(176,098

)

 

(180,751

)

Net cash provided by discontinued operations

 

 

105,127

 

Impact of exchange rate fluctuations on cash and cash equivalents

(4,133

)

 

(2,382

)

Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalents

$

(27,877

)

 

$

729

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

 

 

 

Cash paid for interest (including guarantee fees)

$

16,955

 

 

$

29,827

 

Cash paid for Guarantee Fees previously paid in kind

 

 

27,328

 

Cash paid for Guarantee Fees that previously could be paid in kind

 

 

812

 

Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds

$

29,103

 

 

$

23,499

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash financing activities:

 

 

 

Accretion on Series B Convertible Redeemable Preferred Stock

$

 

 

$

4,777

 

Segment Data

We manage our business on a geographical basis, with five reporting segments: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Romania, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia. These segments reflect how CME Ltd.’s operating performance is evaluated by our chief operating decision makers, who we have identified as our co-Chief Executive Officers, how operations are managed by segment managers, and the structure of our internal financial reporting.

We evaluate our consolidated results and the performance of our segments based on net revenues and OIBDA. Intersegment revenues and profits have been eliminated in consolidation.

Below are tables showing our net revenues and OIBDA by segment for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018:

(US$ 000’s)

For the Three Months Ended September 30,

 

For the Nine Months Ended September 30,

(unaudited)

2019

 

2018

 

% Actual

 

% Lfl (1)

 

2019

 

2018

 

% Act

 

% Lfl (1)

Net revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bulgaria

$

16,062

 

 

$

16,348

 

 

(1.7

)%

 

3.2

%

 

$

57,962

 

 

$

59,208

 

 

(2.1

)%

 

4.1

%

Czech Republic

46,857

 

 

45,489

 

 

3.0

%

 

8.9

%

 

161,552

 

 

158,051

 

 

2.2

%

 

9.4

%

Romania

39,684

 

 

41,128

 

 

(3.5

)%

 

3.3

%

 

126,856

 

 

136,683

 

 

(7.2

)%

 

0.6

%

Slovak Republic

22,146

 

 

20,867

 

 

6.1

%

 

11.7

%

 

70,791

 

 

70,590

 

 

0.3

%

 

6.8

%

Slovenia

14,368

 

 

13,586

 

 

5.8

%

 

11.2

%

 

54,494

 

 

53,483

 

 

1.9

%

 

8.5

%

Intersegment revenues

(266

)

 

(380

)

 

NM (2)

 

NM (2)

 

(2,646

)

 

(2,360

)

 

NM (2)

 

NM (2)

Total net revenues

$

138,851

 

 

$

137,038

 

 

1.3

%

 

7.3

%

 

$

469,009

 

 

$

475,655

 

 

(1.4

)%

 

5.7

%

(US$ 000’s)

For the Three Months Ended September 30,

 

For the Nine Months Ended September 30,

(unaudited)

2019

 

2018

 

% Act

 

% Lfl (1)

 

2019

 

2018

 

% Act

 

% Lfl (1)

OIBDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bulgaria

$

2,430

 

 

$

4,481

 

 

(45.8

)%

 

(43.1

)%

 

$

16,439

 

 

$

13,084

 

 

25.6

%

 

32.6

%

Czech Republic

17,505

 

 

15,388

 

 

13.8

%

 

21.0

%

 

64,745

 

 

59,009

 

 

9.7

%

 

17.2

%

Romania

16,941

 

 

15,607

 

 

8.5

%

 

16.0

%

 

59,717

 

 

58,696

 

 

1.7

%

 

10.2

%

Slovak Republic

7,071

 

 

5,032

 

 

40.5

%

 

48.2

%

 

17,355

 

 

10,041

 

 

72.8

%

 

83.0

%

Slovenia

3,816

 

 

2,158

 

 

76.8

%

 

86.2

%

 

14,960

 

 

12,010

 

 

24.6

%

 

32.8

%

Elimination

(7

)

 

(15

)

 

NM (2)

 

NM (2)

 

17

 

 

18

 

 

NM (2)

 

NM (2)

Total Operating Segments

47,756

 

 

42,651

 

 

12.0

%

 

18.9

%

 

173,233

 

 

152,858

 

 

13.3

%

 

21.5

%

Corporate

(6,345

)

 

(6,884

)

 

7.8

%

 

3.0

%

 

(20,423

)

 

(20,922

)

 

2.4

%

 

(4.3

)%

Total OIBDA

$

41,411

 

 

$

35,767

 

 

15.8

%

 

23.2

%

 

$

152,810

 

 

$

131,936

 

 

15.8

%

 

24.2

%

(1) % Lfl (like-for-like) variance reflects the impact of applying the current period average exchange rates to the prior period revenues and costs.

(2) Number is not meaningful.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this release we refer to several non-GAAP financial measures, including OIBDA, OIBDA margin, free cash flow and unlevered free cash flow. We believe that each of these metrics is useful to investors for the reasons outlined below. Non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similar measures reported by other companies. Non-GAAP financial measures should be evaluated in conjunction with, and are not a substitute for, US GAAP financial measures.

We evaluate our consolidated results and the performance of our segments based on net revenues and OIBDA. We believe OIBDA is useful to investors because it provides a meaningful representation of our performance, as it excludes certain items that do not impact either our cash flows or the operating results of our operations. OIBDA and unlevered free cash flow are also used as components in determining management bonuses.

OIBDA includes amortization and impairment of program rights and is calculated as operating income before depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and impairments of assets and certain unusual or infrequent items that are not considered by our co-Chief Executive Officers when evaluating our performance. Our key performance measure of the efficiency of our consolidated operations and our segments is OIBDA margin. We define OIBDA margin as the ratio of OIBDA to net revenues.

Following a repricing of our Guarantee Fees in March 2017 and April 2018, we pay interest and related Guarantee Fees on our outstanding indebtedness in cash. In addition to this obligation to pay Guarantee Fees in cash, we expect to use cash generated by the business to pay certain Guarantee Fees that were previously paid in kind. These cash payments are all reflected in free cash flow; accordingly we believe unlevered free cash flow, defined as free cash flow before cash payments for interest and Guarantee Fees, best illustrates the cash generated by our operations when comparing periods. We define free cash flow as net cash generated from continuing operating activities less purchases of property, plant and equipment, net of disposals of property, plant and equipment and excluding the cash impact of certain unusual or infrequent items that are not included in costs charged in arriving at OIBDA because they are not considered by our co-Chief Executive Officers when evaluating performance. For additional information regarding our business segments, see Item 1, Note 19, “Segment Data” in our Form 10-Q.

While our reporting currency is the dollar, our consolidated revenues and costs are divided across a range of European currencies and CME Ltd.’s function currency is the Euro. Given the significant movement of the currencies in the markets in which we operate against the dollar, we believe that it is useful to provide percentage movements based on actual percentage movements (“% Act”), which includes the effect of foreign exchange, as well as like-for-like percentage movements (“% Lfl”). The like-for-like percentage movement references reflect the impact of applying the current period average exchange rates to the prior period revenues and costs. Since the difference between like-for-like and actual percentage movements is solely the impact of movements in foreign exchange rates, our discussion in this release includes constant currency percentage movements in order to highlight those factors influencing operational performance. The incremental impact of foreign exchange rates is presented in the tables accompanying such analysis.

(US$ 000’s)

For the Three Months Ended September 30,

 

For the Nine Months Ended September 30,

(unaudited)

2019

 

2018

 

 2019

 

 2018

Operating income

$

30,783

 

 

$

22,197

 

 

$

118,882

 

 

$

96,795

 

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

8,245

 

 

8,202

 

 

24,625

 

 

25,150

 

Amortization of intangible assets

2,029

 

 

2,216

 

 

6,336

 

 

6,839

 

Other (1)

354

 

 

3,152

 

 

2,967

 

 

3,152

 

Total OIBDA

$

41,411

 

 

$

35,767

 

 

$

152,810

 

 

$

131,936

 

(US$ 000’s)

For the Nine Months Ended September 30,

(unaudited)

2019

 

2018

Net cash generated from continuing operating activities

$

167,973

 

 

$

93,762

 

Capital expenditures, net of proceeds from disposals

(15,619

)

 

(15,027

)

Other (1)

1,242

 

 

 

Free cash flow

153,596

 

 

78,735

 

Cash paid for interest (including mandatory cash-pay guarantee fees)

16,955

 

 

29,827

 

Cash paid for Guarantee Fees previously paid in kind

 

 

27,328

 

Cash paid for Guarantee Fees that previously could be paid in kind

 

 

812

 

Unlevered free cash flow from continuing operating activities

$

170,551

 

 

$

136,702

 

(1) Other items in 2019 reflects costs related to the previously announced plan to review strategic alternatives. Other items in 2018 reflects the non-cash expense related to the accelerated vesting of RSUs with performance conditions in accordance with the terms of the corresponding award agreement following the completion of sale of the Company’s Croatian operations on such date.

 

Contacts

For additional information, please visit www.cme.net or contact:

Mark Kobal

Head of Investor Relations

Central European Media Enterprises

+420 242 465 576

mark.kobal@cme.net

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