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Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. Reports Results for the Second Quarter and Six Months Ended June 30, 2015

SECOND QUARTER

- Net revenues increased 8% at constant rates to US$ 166.8 million -
- OIBDA improved 44% at constant rates to US$ 46.8 million -

SIX MONTHS
- Net revenues increased 8% at constant rates to US$ 293.0 million -
- OIBDA improved 99% at constant rates to US$ 58.3 million -
- Free cash flow grew US$ 53.7 million to US$ 27.1 million -

HAMILTON, Bermuda, July 29, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. (“CME” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:CETV) (Prague Stock Exchange:CETV) today announced financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015.

Net revenues for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015 increased 8% at constant rates to US$ 166.8 million, led by 9% like-for-like growth in our television advertising revenues. OIBDA (as defined below) for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015 improved 44% at constant rates to US$ 46.8 million.

Net revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2015 increased 8% at constant rates to US$ 293.0 million, led by 9% like-for-like growth in our television advertising revenues. OIBDA for the six months ended June 30, 2015 improved 99% at constant rates to US$ 58.3 million. Free cash flow grew US$ 53.7 million to US$ 27.1 million.

Operational and financial highlights:

  • Our audience share improved in five out of six countries in both all day and prime time.
  • The television advertising markets across the six countries increased 7% in the first half of 2015.
  • Our share of the television advertising market increased in five out of six countries in the second quarter of 2015.
  • The principal amount outstanding under the 2017 Revolving Credit Facility was fully repaid, reflecting our improved free cash flow generation.
  • During the third quarter of 2015 we expect to reverse substantially all of the charges taken in Q4 2014 and Q1 2015 related to the tax audits in Romania that were excluded from OIBDA.
  • We took additional steps to reduce our exposure to the impact of exchange rates, including agreeing that any refinancing of our dollar-denominated convertible debt maturing in November 2015 will be with Euro-denominated debt.

Michael Del Nin, Co-Chief Executive Officer, commented: "The results for this quarter exceeded our expectations and reflect the sustained and broad-based strengthening of our operations. Driven by like-for-like revenue growth in every one of our markets and highlighting the Company's strong operating leverage, OIBDA at constant rates almost doubled in the first half of the year compared to the corresponding period in 2014."

Christoph Mainusch, Co-Chief Executive Officer, added: "Our programs topped the charts during the spring season and we increased our audience share in five out of six countries while reducing content costs. The combination of revenue growth and lower costs resulted in a significant improvement in our OIBDA margin in the first half of 2015, and we expect that trend to continue for the full year."

OIBDA, which includes amortization and impairment of program rights, is determined as operating income / (loss) before depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and impairments of assets and certain unusual or infrequent items that are not considered by our chief operating decision makers when evaluating our performance as defined in "Segment Data and Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.

Consolidated Results for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2015

Net revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2015 were US$ 166.8 million compared to US$ 192.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014. Operating income for the three months ended June 30, 2015 was US$ 36.4 million compared to US$ 22.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014. Loss from continuing operations for the three months ended June 30, 2015 was US$ (11.7) million compared to US$ (41.4) million in 2014. Fully diluted loss from continuing operations per share for the three months ended June 30, 2015 was US$ (0.11) compared to US$ (0.31) for the three months ended June 30, 2014.

OIBDA for the three months ended June 30, 2015 was US$ 46.8 million compared to US$ 40.8 million in the same period ended June 30, 2014. OIBDA margin1 for the three months ended June 30, 2015 was 28.1% compared to 21.2% for the three months ended June 30, 2014.

Headline consolidated results for the three months ended June 30, 2015 and June 30, 2014 were:

(US$ 000's)For the Three Months Ended June 30,
(unaudited) 2015 2014 % Actual % Lfl2
Net revenues$166,834 $192,811 (13.5)% 7.5%
OIBDA46,811 40,810 14.7% 43.7%
Operating income36,441 22,687 60.6% 103.3%
Loss from continuing operations(11,669) (41,352) 71.8% 70.1%
Fully diluted loss from continuing operations per share$(0.11) $(0.31) 64.5% 62.1%


Consolidated Results for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2015

Net revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2015 were US$ 293.0 million compared to US$ 333.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014. Operating income for the six months ended June 30, 2015 was US$ 19.2 million compared to US$ 8.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014. Loss from continuing operations for the six months ended June 30, 2015 was US$ (81.9) million compared to US$ (82.4) million in 2014. Fully diluted loss from continuing operations per share for the six months ended June 30, 2015 was US$ (0.61) compared to US$ (0.61) for the six months ended June 30, 2014.

OIBDA for the six months ended June 30, 2015 was US$ 58.3 million compared to US$ 37.4 million in the same period ended June 30, 2014. OIBDA margin for the six months ended June 30, 2015 was 19.9% compared to 11.2% for the six months ended June 30, 2014.

Headline consolidated results for the six months ended June 30, 2015 and June 30, 2014 were:

(US$ 000's)For the Six Months Ended June 30,
(unaudited) 2015 2014 % Actual % Lfl2
Net revenues$292,967 $333,516 (12.2)% 8.2%
OIBDA58,259 37,415 55.7% 99.4%
Operating income19,202 8,005 139.9% 265.5%
Loss from continuing operations(81,912) (82,352) 0.5% 5.5
%
Fully diluted loss from continuing operations per share$(0.61) $(0.61) 0.0% 4.7%


1
OIBDA margin is defined as the ratio of OIBDA to net revenues as defined in "Segment Data and Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.
2 % 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 second quarter results on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 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 +1-785-424-1052 ten minutes prior to the start time and reference passcode CETVQ215. The conference call will 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 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 June 30, 2015 as well as the following: the success of our efforts to increase our revenues and recapture advertising market share in the Czech Republic; levels of television advertising spending and the rate of development of the advertising markets in the countries in which we operate; the effect of global economic uncertainty and Eurozone instability in our markets and the extent, timing and duration of any recovery; the extent to which our liquidity constraints and debt service obligations restrict our business; our ability to refinance our existing indebtedness; our exposure to additional tax liabilities; our success in continuing our initiatives to diversify and enhance our revenue streams; our ability to make cost-effective investments in television broadcast operations, including investments in programming; our ability to develop and acquire necessary programming and attract audiences; changes in the political and regulatory environments where we operate and application of relevant laws and regulations; and the timely renewal of broadcasting licenses and our ability to obtain additional frequencies and licenses.

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 June 30, 2015. 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 June 30, 2015, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on July 29, 2015.

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 six Central and Eastern European markets with an aggregate population of approximately 50 million people. CME broadcasts 33 television channels in Bulgaria (bTV, bTV Cinema, bTV Comedy, bTV Action, bTV Lady and Ring.bg), Croatia (Nova TV, Doma, Nova World and MiniTV), the Czech Republic (TV Nova, Nova Cinema, Nova Sport, Fanda, Smichov and Telka), Romania (PRO TV, PRO TV International, Acasa, Acasa Gold, PRO Cinema, Sport.ro, MTV Romania, PRO TV Chisinau and Acasa in Moldova), the Slovak Republic (TV Markíza, 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 per share data)
(unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended June 30,
2015 2014
Net revenues$166,834 $192,811
Operating expenses:
Content costs73,437 93,167
Other operating costs17,422 21,109
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment6,936 8,051
Amortization of broadcast licenses and other intangibles3,434 3,187
Cost of revenues101,229 125,514
Selling, general and administrative expenses28,712 41,690
Restructuring costs452 2,920
Operating income36,441 22,687
Interest expense, net(41,628)(38,969)
Loss on extinguishment of debt (24,161)
Foreign currency exchange gain / (loss), net2,289 (337)
Change in fair value of derivatives(2,220)2,361
Other expense, net(3,091)(533)
Loss before tax(8,209)(38,952)
Provision for income taxes(3,460)(2,400)
Loss from continuing operations(11,669)(41,352)
Income / (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax2,684 (11,154)
Net loss(8,985)(52,506)
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests307 69
Net loss attributable to CME Ltd.$(8,678)$(52,437)
PER SHARE DATA:
Net (loss) / income per share attributable to CME Ltd.:
Continuing operations - Basic and diluted$(0.11)$(0.31)
Discontinued operations - Basic and diluted0.02 (0.08)
Net loss per share - Basic and diluted(0.09)(0.39)
Weighted average common shares used in computing per share amounts (000's):
Basic and diluted146,743 146,445


CENTRAL EUROPEAN MEDIA ENTERPRISES LTD.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(US$ 000's, except per share data)
(unaudited)

For the Six Months Ended June 30,
2015 2014
Net revenues$292,967 $333,516
Operating expenses:
Content costs144,727 179,988
Other operating costs34,460 42,580
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment13,937 16,111
Amortization of broadcast licenses and other intangibles6,933 6,414
Cost of revenues200,057 245,093
Selling, general and administrative expenses72,613 72,170
Restructuring costs1,095 8,248
Operating income19,202 8,005
Interest expense, net(81,634)(66,768)
Loss on extinguishment of debt (24,161)
Foreign currency exchange loss, net(9,200)(967)
Change in fair value of derivatives(3,230)2,311
Other expense, net(3,445)(498)
Loss before tax(78,307)(82,078)
Provision for income taxes(3,605)(274)
Loss from continuing operations(81,912)(82,352)
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax(604)(18,787)
Net loss(82,516)(101,139)
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests564 786
Net loss attributable to CME Ltd.$(81,952)$(100,353)
PER SHARE DATA:
Net loss per share attributable to CME Ltd.:
Continuing operations - Basic and diluted$(0.61)$(0.61)
Discontinued operations - Basic and diluted(0.01)(0.13)
Net loss per share - Basic and diluted(0.62)(0.74)
Weighted average common shares used in computing per share amounts (000's):
Basic and diluted146,675 146,410


CENTRAL EUROPEAN MEDIA ENTERPRISES LTD.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(US$ 000's)
(unaudited)

June 30, 2015 December 31, 2014
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents$38,013 $34,298
Other current assets301,352 310,705
Assets held for sale9,347 29,866
Total current assets348,712 374,869
Property, plant and equipment, net106,342 114,335
Goodwill and other intangible assets, net799,910 864,776
Other non-current assets227,289 265,380
Total assets$1,482,253 $1,619,360
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$166,628 $179,224
Current portion of long-term debt and other financing arrangements258,385 252,859
Other current liabilities21,557 7,812
Liabilities held for sale4,997 10,632
Total current liabilities451,567 450,527
Long-term portion of long-term debt and other financing arrangements620,256 621,240
Other non-current liabilities55,104 46,485
Total liabilities$1,126,927 $1,118,252
Series B Convertible Redeemable Preferred Stock$232,330 $223,926
EQUITY
Common Stock$10,864 $10,827
Additional paid-in capital1,921,470 1,928,920
Accumulated deficit(1,572,296) (1,490,344)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(234,640) (169,609)
Total CME Ltd. shareholders' equity125,398 279,794
Noncontrolling interests(2,402) (2,612)
Total equity122,996 277,182
Total liabilities and equity$1,482,253 $1,619,360


ENTRAL EUROPEAN MEDIA ENTERPRISES LTD.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(US$ 000's)
(unaudited)

For the Six Months Ended June 30,
2015 2014
Net cash generated from / (used in) continuing operating activities$41,522 $(12,559)
Net cash used in continuing investing activities(14,388) (13,963)
Net cash (used in) / provided by continuing financing activities(27,353) 16,226
Net cash used in discontinued operations - operating activities(1,630) (1,684)
Net cash provided by / (used in) discontinued operations - investing activities6,954 (116)
Net cash used in discontinued operations - financing activities(56) (605)
Impact of exchange rate fluctuations on cash and cash equivalents(1,334) (3,555)
Net increase / (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents$3,715 $(16,256)
Net cash generated from / (used in) continuing operating activities$41,522 $(12,559)
Capital expenditure, net of proceeds from disposals(14,388) (13,963)
Free cash flow3$27,134 $(26,522)
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:
Accretion on Series B Convertible Redeemable Preferred Stock$8,405 $7,803


3
See "Segment Data and Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.


Segment Data and Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We manage our business on a geographical basis, with six reporting segments: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Romania, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia.

We evaluate the performance of our segments based on net revenues and OIBDA. OIBDA, a non-GAAP measure, which includes amortization and impairment of program rights, is determined as operating income / (loss) before depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and impairments of assets and certain unusual or infrequent items that are not considered by our chief operating decision makers when evaluating our performance. Items that are not allocated to our segments for purposes of evaluating their performance and therefore are not included in their OIBDA, include stock-based compensation and certain other items. Our key performance measure of the efficiency of our segments is OIBDA margin. We define OIBDA margin as the ratio of OIBDA to net revenues. We believe OIBDA is useful to investors because it provides a more 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 is also used as a component in determining management bonuses. Intersegment revenues and profits have been eliminated in consolidation. OIBDA may not be comparable to similar measures reported by other companies. Free cash flow is defined as cash flows from continuing operating activities, less purchases of property, plant and equipment, net of disposals of property, plant and equipment and excludes 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 chief operating decision makers when evaluating performance. Free cash flow is useful as a measure of our ability to generate cash.

Below are tables showing our net revenues and OIBDA by segment for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 and June 30, 2014, together with a reconciliation of OIBDA to our condensed consolidated statements of operations:

(US$ 000's)For the Three Months Ended June 30,
(unaudited) 2015 2014 % Actual % Lfl 4
Net revenues
Bulgaria$19,420 $23,912 (18.8)% 0.9%
Croatia16,242 19,470 (16.6)% 4.1%
Czech Republic52,131 59,299 (12.1)% 9.0%
Romania44,034 49,431 (10.9)% 11.0%
Slovak Republic20,236 24,211 (16.4)% 3.8%
Slovenia15,063 17,585 (14.3)% 6.5%
Intersegment revenues(292) (1,097) NM 5 NM 5
Total net revenues$166,834 $192,811 (13.5)% 7.5%


(US$ 000's)For the Six Months Ended June 30,
(unaudited) 2015 2014 % Actual % Lfl 4
Net revenues
Bulgaria$36,204 $43,188 (16.2)% 3.1%
Croatia28,235 32,967 (14.4)% 5.9%
Czech Republic87,096 98,332 (11.4)% 9.4%
Romania77,556 86,288 (10.1)% 10.4%
Slovak Republic37,774 42,357 (10.8)% 9.8%
Slovenia26,543 31,846 (16.7)% 2.6%
Intersegment revenues(441) (1,462) NM 5 NM 5
Total net revenues$292,967 $333,516 (12.2)% 8.2%


4
% Lfl (like-for-like) variance reflects the impact of applying the current period average exchange rates to the prior period revenues and costs.

5 Number is not meaningful.

(US$ 000's)For the Three Months Ended June 30,
(unaudited) 2015 2014 % Act % Lfl 4
OIBDA
Bulgaria$4,045 $5,634 (28.2)% (10.9)%
Croatia4,972 4,856 2.4% 27.7%
Czech Republic24,238 20,700 17.1% 45.1%
Romania15,419 11,774 31.0% 63.2%
Slovak Republic3,627 3,060 18.5% 46.5%
Slovenia963 2,690 (64.2)% (55.2)%
Elimination15 (63) NM 5 NM 5
Total Operating Segments53,279 48,651 9.5% 35.9%
Central(6,468) (7,841) 17.5% 2.7%
Total OIBDA$46,811 $40,810 14.7% 43.7%


(US$ 000's)For the Six Months Ended June 30,
(unaudited) 2015 2014 % Act % Lfl 4
OIBDA
Bulgaria$6,243 $2,888 116.2% 171.3%
Croatia6,834 5,527 23.6% 55.1%
Czech Republic34,329 23,413 46.6% 83.3%
Romania18,780 16,100 16.6% 45.4%
Slovak Republic3,482 (102) NM 6 NM 6
Slovenia1,323 3,205 (58.7)% (47.6)%
Elimination(35) 322 NM 5 NM 5
Total Operating Segments70,956 51,353 38.2% 73.5%
Central(12,697) (13,938) 8.9% (8.8)%
Total OIBDA$58,259 $37,415 55.7% 99.4%


For the Three Months For the Six Months
(US$ 000's)Ended June 30, Ended June 30,
(unaudited) 2015 2014 2015 2014
Reconciliation to condensed consolidated statements of operations:
Total OIBDA:$46,811 $40,810 $58,259 $37,415
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment(6,936) (8,051) (13,937) (16,111)
Amortization of intangible assets(3,434) (3,187) (6,933) (6,414)
Other items6 (6,885) (18,187) (6,885)
Operating income36,441 22,687 19,202 8,005


4
% Lfl (like-for-like) variance reflects the impact of applying the current period average exchange rates to the prior period revenues and costs.

5 Number is not meaningful.

6 Other items for the six months ended June 30, 2015 consists solely of a charge related to the ongoing tax audit of Pro TV in Romania which was accrued in the first quarter of 2015. Following legislation enacted in July 2015 in Romania, during the third quarter of 2015 we expect to reverse substantially all of the charges taken in the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015 related to the tax audits (see our Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2015 for more information). Other items for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, is comprised of a fine the competition committee in Slovenia was seeking to impose which was subsequently overturned in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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

Source:Central European Media Enterprises Ltd.