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Lamar Advertising Company Announces Second Quarter 2015 Operating Results

Three Month Results

  • Net revenue increased 4.2% to $344.2 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 3.8% to $155.4 million

Three Month Pro Forma Results

  • Pro forma adjusted net revenue increased 2.9%
  • Pro forma adjusted EBITDA increased 3.2%

BATON ROUGE, La., Aug. 6, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lamar Advertising Company (Nasdaq:LAMR), a leading owner and operator of outdoor advertising and logo sign displays, announces the Company's operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015.

"We delivered solid second-quarter results, led by our local billboard sales and continued discipline on operating expenses. This in turn contributed to a strong FFO and AFFO growth for the quarter," said Lamar chief executive, Sean Reilly.

Second Quarter Highlights

  • Local revenue on billboards increased 4.3%
  • National revenue on billboards increased 2.5%
  • Pro forma direct and G&A operating expense growth held to 1.6%

Second Quarter Results

Lamar reported net revenues of $344.2 million for the second quarter of 2015 versus $330.4 million for the second quarter of 2014, a 4.2% increase. Operating income for the second quarter of 2015 was $99.3 million as compared to $73.0 million for the same period in 2014. Lamar recognized net income of $59.4 million for the second quarter of 2015 compared to net income of $15.4 million for same period in 2014. Net income per basic and diluted share was $0.61 per share and $0.16 per share for the three months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively.

Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2015 was $155.4 million versus $149.7 million for the second quarter of 2014, a 3.8% increase.

Free Cash Flow for the second quarter of 2015 was $101.2 million as compared to $85.3 million for the same period in 2014, an 18.7% increase.

For the second quarter of 2015, Funds From Operations, or FFO, was $104.4 million versus $82.0 million for the same period in 2014, an increase of 27.4%. Adjusted Funds From Operations, or AFFO, for second quarter of 2015 was $118.0 million compared to $102.9 million for the same period in 2014, a 14.7% increase. Diluted AFFO per share was $1.22 and $1.08 per share for the three months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively.

Q2 Pro Forma Three Months Results

Pro forma adjusted net revenue for the second quarter of 2015 increased 2.9% over pro forma adjusted net revenue for the second quarter of 2014. Pro forma adjusted EBITDA increased 3.2% as compared to pro forma adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2014. Pro forma adjusted net revenue and pro forma adjusted EBITDA include adjustments to the 2014 period for acquisitions and divestitures for the same time frame as actually owned in the 2015 period. See "Reconciliation of Reported Basis to Pro Forma Basis", which provides reconciliations to GAAP for adjusted and pro forma measures.

Q2 Six Months Results

Lamar reported net revenues of $646.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2015 versus $615.4 million for the same period in 2014, a 5.1% increase. Operating income for the six months ended June 30, 2015 was $166.6 million as compared to $104.2 million for the same period in 2014. Adjusted EBITDA for the six months ended June 30, 2015 was $273.9 million versus $254.0 million for the same period in 2014. In addition, Lamar recognized net income of $100.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2015 as compared to net income of $10.6 million for the same period in 2014. Net income per basic and diluted share was $1.04 and $0.11 per share for the six months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively.

Free Cash Flow for the six months ended June 30, 2015 increased 20.3% to $164.0 million as compared to $136.3 million for the same period in 2014.

For the six months ended June 30, 2015, FFO was $189.0 million versus $142.4 million for the same period of 2014, a 32.8% increase. AFFO for the six months ended June 30, 2015 was $196.9 million compared to $161.7 million for the same period in 2014, a 21.7% increase. Diluted AFFO per share increased to $2.05 per share as compared to $1.69 per share in the comparable period in 2014.

Liquidity

As of June 30, 2015, Lamar had $307.6 million in total liquidity that consisted of $280.1 million available for borrowing under its revolving senior credit facility and approximately $27.5 million in cash and cash equivalents.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding sales trends. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: (1) our significant indebtedness; (2) the state of the economy and financial markets generally and the effect of the broader economy on the demand for advertising; (3) the continued popularity of outdoor advertising as an advertising medium; (4) our need for and ability to obtain additional funding for operations, debt refinancing or acquisitions; (5) our ability to continue to qualify as a REIT and maintain our status as a REIT; (6) the regulation of the outdoor advertising industry by federal, state and local governments; (7) the integration of companies that we acquire and our ability to recognize cost savings or operating efficiencies as a result of these acquisitions; (8) changes in accounting principles, policies or guidelines; (9) changes in tax laws applicable to REITs or in the interpretation of those laws; (10) our ability to renew expiring contracts at favorable rates; (11) our ability to successfully implement our digital deployment strategy; and (12) the market for our Class A common stock. For additional information regarding factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in our forward-looking statements, we refer you to the risk factors included in Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, as supplemented by any risk factors contained in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. We caution investors not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this document. These statements speak only as of the date of this document, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise the statements, except as may be required by law.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company has presented the following measures that are not measures of performance under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP): Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, Funds From Operations (FFO), Adjusted Funds From Operations, (AFFO), Diluted AFFO per share, adjusted pro forma results and outdoor operating income. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income before income tax expense (benefit), interest expense (income), gain (loss) on extinguishment of debt and investments, stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization and gain or loss on disposition of assets and investments. Free Cash Flow is defined as Adjusted EBITDA less interest, net of interest income and amortization of financing costs, current taxes, preferred stock dividends and total capital expenditures. Funds From Operations is defined as net income before real estate depreciation and amortization, gains or loss from disposition of real estate assets and investments and an adjustment to eliminate non‑controlling interest, which is the definition used by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). Adjusted Funds From Operations is defined as Funds From Operations adjusted for straight‑line (revenue) expense, stock‑based compensation expense, non‑cash tax expense (benefit), non‑real estate related depreciation and amortization, amortization of deferred financing and debt issuance costs, loss on extinguishment of debt, non-recurring, infrequent or unusual losses (gains), less maintenance capital expenditures and an adjustment for non‑controlling interest. Diluted AFFO per share is defined as AFFO divided by the weighted average diluted common shares outstanding. Outdoor operating income is defined as operating income before corporate expenses, stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization and gain on disposition of assets. These measures are not intended to replace financial performance measures determined in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered alternatives to operating income, net income, cash flows from operating activities, or other GAAP figures as indicators of the Company's financial performance or liquidity. The Company's management believes that Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, Funds From Operations, Adjusted Funds From Operations, Diluted AFFO per share, adjusted pro forma results and outdoor operating income are useful in evaluating the Company's performance and provide investors and financial analysts a better understanding of the Company's core operating results. The pro forma acquisition adjustments are intended to provide information that may be useful for investors when assessing period to period results. Our presentation of these non-GAAP measures, including AFFO and FFO, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by similarly situated companies. See "Supplemental Schedules—Unaudited Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measures" and "Supplemental Schedules—Unaudited REIT Measures and Reconciliations to GAAP Measures", which provides a reconciliation of each of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

Conference Call Information

A conference call will be held to discuss the Company's operating results on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. central time. Instructions for the conference call and Webcast are provided below:

Conference Call
All Callers: 1-334-323-0520 or 1-334-323-9871
Pass Code: Lamar
Replay: 1-334-323-0140 or 1-877-919-4059
Pass Code: 23303683
Available through Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time
Live Webcast: www.lamar.com
Webcast Replay: www.lamar.com
Available through Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time

General Information

Founded in 1902, Lamar Advertising (Nasdaq:LAMR) is one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in North America, with more than 315,000 displays across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Lamar offers advertisers a variety of billboard, interstate logo and transit advertising formats, helping both local businesses and national brands reach broad audiences every day. In addition to its more traditional out-of-home inventory, Lamar is proud to offer its customers the largest network of digital billboards in the United States with over 2,000 displays.

LAMAR ADVERTISING COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(UNAUDITED)
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE DATA)
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, June 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Net revenues $344,249 $330,433 $646,726 $615,366
Operating expenses (income)
Direct advertising expenses 115,951 114,277 229,183 225,785
General and administrative expenses 57,616 53,268 114,143 108,217
Corporate expenses 15,316 13,220 29,485 27,320
Stock-based compensation 7,486 6,601 11,387 10,513
Depreciation and amortization 48,725 71,049 97,955 140,575
Gain on disposition of assets (191) (1,020) (2,027) (1,226)
244,903 257,395 480,126 511,184
Operating income 99,346 73,038 166,600 104,182
Other (income) expense
Interest income (24) (43) (26) (88)
Loss on extinguishment of debt 20,847 26,023
Other-than-temporary impairment of investment 4,069
Interest expense 24,712 26,086 49,244 56,354
24,688 46,890 49,218 86,358
Income before income tax expense 74,658 26,148 117,382 17,824
Income tax expense 15,298 10,726 17,306 7,239
Net income 59,360 15,422 100,076 10,585
Preferred stock dividends 91 91 182 182
Net income applicable to common stock $59,269 $15,331 $99,894 $10,403
Earnings per share:
Basic earnings per share $0.61 $0.16 $1.04 $0.11
Diluted earnings per share $0.61 $0.16 $1.04 $0.11
Weighted average common shares outstanding: 96,405,105 95,174,692 96,056,912 95,041,097
- basic 96,482,919 95,590,222 96,115,587 95,464,277
- diluted
OTHER DATA
Free Cash Flow Computation:
Adjusted EBITDA $155,366 $149,668 $273,915 $254,044
Interest, net (23,522) (24,875) (46,894) (53,815)
Current tax expense (3,233) (7,576) (6,428) (9,454)
Preferred stock dividends (91) (91) (182) (182)
Total capital expenditures (27,324) (31,857) (56,365) (54,255)
Free cash flow $101,196 $85,269 $164,046 $136,338
OTHER DATA (continued):
June 30, December 31,
Selected Balance Sheet Data: 2015 2014
Cash and cash equivalents $27,455 $26,035
Working capital $85,757 $47,803
Total assets $3,369,706 $3,318,818
Total debt (including current maturities) $1,940,439 $1,899,895
Total stockholders' equity $983,430 $981,466
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, June 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Selected Cash Flow Data:
Cash flows provided by operating activities $133,486 $110,848 $188,217 $173,432
Cash flows used in investing activities $(65,807) $(31,537) $(110,077) $(57,309)
Cash flows used in financing activities $(73,061) $(114,104) $(75,880) $(114,741)
SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULES
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP MEASURES
(IN THOUSANDS)
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, June 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to Cash Flows Provided by Operating Activities:
Cash flows provided by operating activities $133,486 $110,848 $188,217 $173,432
Changes in operating assets and liabilities (2,561) 7,519 36,362 20,093
Total capital expenditures (27,324) (31,857) (56,365) (54,255)
Preferred stock dividends (91) (91) (182) (182)
Other (2,314) (1,150) (3,986) (2,750)
Free cash flow $101,196 $85,269 $164,046 $136,338
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income:
Adjusted EBITDA $155,366 $149,668 $273,915 $254,044
Less:
Stock-based compensation 7,486 6,601 11,387 10,513
Depreciation and amortization 48,725 71,049 97,955 140,575
Gain on disposition of assets (191) (1,020) (2,027) (1,226)
Operating Income 99,346 73,038 166,600 104,182
Less:
Interest income (24) (43) (26) (88)
Loss on extinguishment of debt 20,847 26,023
Other-than-temporary impairment of investment 4,069
Interest expense 24,712 26,086 49,244 56,354
Income tax expense 15,298 10,726 17,306 7,239
Net income $59,360 $15,422 $100,076 $10,585
Capital expenditure detail by category:
Billboards - traditional $6,880 $6,584 $12,689 $11,202
Billboards - digital 15,876 18,060 30,138 27,858
Logo 2,105 2,002 5,047 3,870
Transit 32 178 162 268
Land and buildings 968 2,401 4,139 5,702
Operating Equipment 1,463 2,632 4,190 5,355
Total capital expenditures $27,324 $31,857 $56,365 $54,255
SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULES
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP MEASURES
(IN THOUSANDS)
Three months ended
June 30,
2015 2014 % Change
Reconciliation of Reported Basis to Pro Forma(a) Basis:
Net revenue $344,249 $330,433 4.2%
Acquisitions and divestitures 4,074
Pro forma adjusted net revenue $344,249 $334,507 2.9%
Reported direct advertising and G&A expenses $173,567 $167,545 3.6%
Acquisitions and divestitures 3,206
Pro forma direct advertising and G&A expenses $173,567 $170,751 1.6%
Outdoor operating income $170,682 $162,888 4.8%
Acquisitions and divestitures 868
Pro forma adjusted outdoor operating income $170,682 $163,756 4.2%
Reported corporate expenses $15,316 $13,220 15.9%
Acquisitions and divestitures
Pro forma corporate expenses $15,316 $13,220 15.9%
Adjusted EBITDA $155,366 $149,668 3.8%
Acquisitions and divestitures 868
Pro forma adjusted EBITDA $155,366 $150,536 3.2%
(a) Pro forma adjusted net revenue, direct advertising and general and administrative expenses, outdoor operating income, corporate expenses and Adjusted EBITDA include adjustments to 2014 for acquisitions and divestitures for the same time frame as actually owned in 2015.
Three months ended
June 30,
2015 2014
Reconciliation of Outdoor Operating Income to Operating Income:
Outdoor operating income $170,682 $162,888
Less: Corporate expenses 15,316 13,220
Stock-based compensation 7,486 6,601
Depreciation and amortization 48,725 71,049
Plus: Gain on disposition of assets 191 1,020
Operating income $99,346 $73,038
SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULES
UNAUDITED REIT MEASURES
AND RECONCILIATIONS TO GAAP MEASURES
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE DATA)
Adjusted Funds From Operations:
Three months ended Six months ended
June 30, June 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Net income $59,360 $15,422 $100,076 $10,585
Depreciation and amortization related to advertising structures 44,963 66,896 90,377 132,071
Gain from disposition of real estate assets (57) (571) (1,799) (595)
Adjustment for minority interest – consolidated affiliates 183 222 350 299
Funds From Operations $104,449 $81,969 $189,004 $142,360
Straight-line expense (income) 239 (176) 203 (228)
Stock-based compensation expense 7,486 6,601 11,387 10,513
Non-cash tax expense 12,065 8,390 10,878 3,025
Non-real estate related depreciation and amortization 3,762 4,153 7,578 8,504
Amortization of deferred financing and debt issuance costs 1,166 1,168 2,324 2,451
Loss on extinguishment of debt 20,847 26,023
Loss from other-than-temporary impairment of investment 4,069
Capitalized expenditures—maintenance (10,980) (19,823) (24,136) (34,697)
Adjustment for minority interest – consolidated affiliates (183) (222) (350) (299)
Adjusted Funds From Operations $118,004 $102,907 $196,888 $161,721
Divided by weighted average diluted shares outstanding 96,482,919 95,590,222 96,115,587 95,464,277
Diluted AFFO per share $1.22 $1.08 $2.05 $1.69

CONTACT: Company Contact: Buster Kantrow Director of Investor Relations (225) 926-1000 bkantrow@lamar.com

Source:Lamar Advertising Company