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Ascent Capital Group Announces Financial Results for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2015

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Aug. 10, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ascent Capital Group, Inc. ("Ascent" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:ASCMA) has reported results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015. Ascent is a holding company that owns Monitronics International, Inc. ("Monitronics"), the nation's second largest home security alarm monitoring company.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Monitronics provides security alarm monitoring services to nearly 1.1 million residential and commercial customers as of June 30, 2015. Monitronics' long-term monitoring contracts provide high margin recurring revenue that results in predictable and stable cash flow.

Highlights1:

  • Ascent's net revenue for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 increased 5.1% and 4.6%, respectively
  • Ascent's Pre-SAC Adjusted EBITDA*, which adjusts for the expensed portion of LiveWatch subscriber acquisition costs, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015, increased 2.3% and 3.4%, respectively
  • Monitronics' Pre-SAC Adjusted EBITDA* for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015, increased 3.0% and 3.5%, respectively
  • Monitronics' subscriber accounts as of June 30, 2015 increased 3.5% to 1,092,083

*LiveWatch is a direct-to-consumer business, and as such recognizes certain revenue and expenses associated with subscriber acquisition (subscriber acquisition costs, or "SAC"). This is in contrast to Monitronics, which capitalizes payments to dealers to acquire accounts. Because Pre-SAC Adjusted EBITDA accounts for the different treatment for LiveWatch, the Company believes that it is a meaningful measure of Monitronics' financial performance in servicing its customer base. Please see the Appendix to this release for additional information about this non-GAAP measure.

Ascent Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bill Fitzgerald stated, "The business performed in line with expectations in the second quarter, delivering solid financial and operational results. Further, our acquisition of LiveWatch continued to provide a healthy new pipeline of subscriber additions and is on pace for continued growth in the back half of the year."

Mike Haislip, President and Chief Executive Officer of Monitronics said, "We executed well in the second quarter, delivering growth in revenue, Pre-Sac Adjusted EBITDA and overall subscriber accounts. In line with expectations, unit attrition ticked up modestly to 13.4% quarter-over-quarter, largely due to a prior significant bulk acquisition that resulted in a higher percentage of accounts reaching the end of their initial contract term. We are also seeing the benefits of our acquisition of LiveWatch as the business continued to exceed expectations in its first full quarter as part of Monitronics, delivering profitable RMR and account growth in the quarter. Moving forward, we are focused on identifying additional growth opportunities in the form of a deliberate approach to acquiring high quality subscribers and internal account acquisitions through LiveWatch."

Results for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2015

For the three months ended, June 30, 2015, Ascent reported net revenue of $141.5 million, an increase of 5.1%. For the six months ended June 30, 2015 net revenue increased 4.6% to $280.0 million. The increase in net revenue is primarily attributable to increases in Monitronics' subscriber accounts and average recurring monthly revenue ("RMR") per subscriber. Monitronics' subscriber accounts increased 3.5% for the twelve months ended June 30, 2015, reflecting the acquisition of over 148,000 accounts through Monitronics' authorized dealer program subsequent to June 30, 2014, as well as 31,919 accounts acquired in the LiveWatch acquisition in February, 2015. Monitronics' average RMR per subscriber increased to $41.62 as of June 30, 2015. Excluding accounts acquired through the LiveWatch acquisition, which had an average RMR of $28.46, Monitronics' average RMR per subscriber was $42.02 as of June 30, 2015.

Ascent's total cost of services for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 increased 22.1% and 19.2% to $28.1 million and $53.7 million, respectively. This increase is attributable to the inclusion of LiveWatch, which expenses equipment costs associated with new customers. The increase is also attributable to the growth in the number of HomeTouch® customers and service costs for upgrades to customer systems. HomeTouch® services include home automation monitored across the cellular network. Monitronics' service costs for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 also included $450,000 and $973,000 related to labor and materials expense incurred in relation to the Radio Conversion Program, which was implemented in 2014 to upgrade Monitronics' subscribers' alarm monitoring systems that communicate across certain 2G networks that are expected to be discontinued at the end of 2016. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 Monitronics incurred $441,000 in relation to the Radio Conversion Program.

Ascent's selling, general & administrative ("SG&A") costs for the three and six months ended increased 11.0% and 7.5% to $29.7 million and $57.3 million, respectively. The increase is attributable to SG&A incurred at LiveWatch including marketing and sales cost related to creation of new subscribers and one-time costs incurred by Monitronics of $946,000, related to professional services rendered in connection with the LiveWatch acquisition. LiveWatch SG&A for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 includes the accrual of $1.3 million and $1.8 million for certain contingent bonuses payable in the future to key members of LiveWatch management in accordance with their employment agreements. These increases were partially offset by decreases in Monitronics' staffing and operating costs as a result of the completion of the Security Networks integration in April 2014. SG&A for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 includes approximately $1.1 million and $2.2 million of one-time professional fees rendered in relation to the Security Networks' integration.

Ascent's Adjusted EBITDA decreased 1.6% to $87.5 million during the quarter and increased 0.8% to $178.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2015. Monitronics' Adjusted EBITDA decreased 0.8% to $90.0 million during the quarter and increased 0.9% to $181.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2015. Adjusted EBITDA is negatively impacted by certain revenue and expenses associated with the acquisition of subscriber accounts. Monitronics' Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue was 63.6% in the second quarter of 2015, compared to 67.3% for the three months ended June 30, 2014. Monitronics' Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2015 was 64.9%, compared to 67.3% for the prior year period.

Monitronics capitalizes payments to dealers to acquire accounts. In contrast, LiveWatch, a direct-to-consumer business, recognizes certain revenue and expenses associated with the acquisition of subscribers (subscriber acquisition costs, or "SAC") in the current period. Because Pre-SAC Adjusted EBITDA accounts for the different treatment for LiveWatch, the Company believes that it is a meaningful measure of Monitronics' financial performance in servicing its customer base.

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2015, Ascent's Pre-SAC Adjusted EBITDA increased 2.3% and 3.4% to $91.0 million and $182.9 million, respectively. Monitronics Pre-SAC Adjusted EBITDA for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 increased 3.0% and 3.5% to $93.4 million and $186.3 million, respectively. Monitronics' Pre-SAC Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of Pre-SAC Revenue for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 was 66.6% and 66.9%, respectively. For a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Pre-SAC Adjusted EBITDA for Monitronics, please see appendix of this release.

Ascent reported a net loss from continuing operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 of $18.5 million and $28.2 million, compared to net losses from continuing operations of $10.5 million and $19.9 million in the same periods in 2014.

Monitronics reported a net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2015 of $16.0 million compared to a net loss of $8.5 million in the prior year period. For the six months ended June 30, 2015, Monitronics reported a net loss of $24.3 million, compared to $16.4 million in the prior year period.

The table below presents subscriber data for the twelve months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014:

Twelve Months Ended
June30,
2015 2014
Beginning balance of accounts 1,055,701 838,723
Accounts acquired 188,416 352,973
Accounts canceled (142,951) (125,099)
Canceled accounts guaranteed by dealer and acquisition adjustments (a) (9,083) (10,896) (b)
Ending balance of accounts 1,092,083 1,055,701
Monthly weighted average accounts 1,069,860 1,014,809
Attrition rate – Unit (13.4)% (12.3)%
Attrition rate – RMR (c) (13.2)% (12.0)%
(a) Includes canceled accounts that are contractually guaranteed to be refunded from holdback.
(b) Includes a net reduction of 963 subscriber accounts related to the Security Networks Acquisition. These acquisition adjustments include 2,064 subscriber accounts that were proactively canceled following the acquisition of Security Networks in August 2013 because they were active with both Monitronics and Security Networks. The impact of these cancellations was partially offset by a favorable adjustment of 1,101 accounts associated with multi-site subscribers that were considered single accounts prior to the completion of the Security Networks integration in April 2014.
(c) The RMR of canceled accounts follows the same definition as subscriber unit attrition as noted above. RMR attrition is defined as the RMR of canceled accounts in a given period, adjusted for the impact of price increases or decreases in that period, divided by the weighted average of RMR for that period.

During the three months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014, Monitronics acquired 40,742 and 42,851 subscriber accounts, respectively. During the six months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014, Monitronics acquired 106,816 and 74,625 subscriber accounts, respectively. Accounts acquired for the six months ended June 30, 2015 includes 31,919 accounts from the LiveWatch Acquisition in February 2015. Accounts acquired for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2014 include approximately 2,900 purchased in bulk buys.

Ascent Liquidity and Capital Resources

At June 30, 2015, on a consolidated basis, Ascent had $122.4 million of cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities. A portion of these assets may be used to decrease debt obligations or fund stock repurchases, strategic acquisitions or investment opportunities.

During the six months ended June 30, 2015, Monitronics used cash of $129.5 million to fund subscriber account acquisitions, net of holdback and guarantee obligations.

At June 30, 2015, the existing long-term debt principal balance of $1.7 billion includes Monitronics' Senior Notes, Credit Facility and Credit Facility revolver and Ascent's Convertible Notes. The Convertible Notes have an outstanding principle balance of $103.5 million as of June 30, 2015 and mature on July 15, 2020. Monitronics' Senior Notes have an outstanding principal balance of $585.0 million as of June 30, 2015 and mature on April 1, 2020. The Credit Facility term loans have an outstanding principal balance of $952.4 million as of June 30, 2015 and require principal payments of approximately $1.4 million per quarter with $403.8 million becoming due on March 23, 2018 and the remaining amount becoming due on April 9, 2022. The Credit Facility revolver has an outstanding balance of $87.2 million as of June 30, 2015 and becomes due on December 22, 2017.

During the six months ended June 30, 2015, the Company repurchased 229,168 shares of Series A Common Stock pursuant to the Share Repurchase Authorizations for approximately $9.5 million. These repurchased shares were all canceled and returned to the status of authorized and unissued. As of June 30, 2015, the remaining availability under the Company's Share Repurchase Authorizations will enable the Company to purchase up to an aggregate of approximately $5.4 million of Series A and Series B Common Stock.

Conference Call

Ascent will host a call today, Monday, August 10, 2015 at 5:00 PM ET. To access the call please dial (888) 462-5915 from the United States, or (760) 666-3831 from outside the U.S. The conference call I.D. number is 95463020. Participants should dial in 5 to 10 minutes before the scheduled time and must be on a touch-tone telephone to ask questions.

A replay of the call can be accessed through October 10, 2015 by dialing (800) 585-8367 from the U.S., or (404) 537-3406 from outside the U.S. The conference call I.D. number is 95463020.

This call will also be available as a live webcast which can be accessed at Ascent's Investor Relations Website at http://ir.ascentcapitalgroupinc.com/index.cfm.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements about business strategies, market potential, consumer demand for interactive and home automation services, the anticipated benefits of the LiveWatch acquisition, future financial prospects, and other matters that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements involve many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including, without limitation, possible changes in market acceptance of our services, technological innovations in the alarm monitoring industry, competitive issues, continued access to capital on terms acceptable to Ascent, our ability to capitalize on acquisition opportunities, general market and economic conditions and changes in law and government regulations. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and Ascent expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in Ascent's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. Please refer to the publicly filed documents of Ascent, including the most recent Forms 10-K and 10-Q for additional information about Ascent and about the risks and uncertainties related to Ascent's business which may affect the statements made in this press release.

About Ascent Capital Group, Inc.

Ascent Capital Group, Inc., (NASDAQ:ASCMA) is a holding company that owns 100 percent of its operating subsidiary, Monitronics International Inc., and through Monitronics, LiveWatch Security, LLC. Ascent also retains ownership of certain commercial real estate assets. Monitronics, headquartered in Dallas, TX, is the nation's second largest home security alarm monitoring company, providing security alarm monitoring services to more than one million residential and commercial customers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico through its network of nationwide, independent Authorized Dealers. LiveWatch Security, LLC ®, is a Do-It-Yourself ("DIY") home security firm, offering professionally monitored security services through a direct-to-consumer sales channel. For more information on Ascent, see http://ascentcapitalgroupinc.com/.

1 Comparisons are year-over-year unless otherwise specified.

ASCENT CAPITAL GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
Amounts in thousands, except share amounts
(unaudited)
June 30,
2015
December 31, 2014
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 7,925 $ 12,612
Restricted cash 53 18
Marketable securities, at fair value 114,508 122,593
Trade receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $2,233 in 2015 and $2,120 in 2014 13,864 13,796
Deferred income tax assets, net 6,346 6,346
Prepaid and other current assets 9,095 8,546
Assets held for sale 18,935
Total current assets 151,791 182,846
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $35,026 in 2015 and $30,030 in 2014 39,626 36,010
Subscriber accounts, net of accumulated amortization of $853,307 in 2015 and $736,824 in 2014 1,409,143 1,373,630
Dealer network and other intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $64,048 in 2015 and $54,077 in 2014 36,185 44,855
Goodwill 563,468 527,502
Other assets, net 27,226 27,520
Total assets $ 2,227,439 $ 2,192,363
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 7,912 $ 6,781
Accrued payroll and related liabilities 4,291 4,077
Other accrued liabilities 30,072 30,727
Deferred revenue 15,580 14,945
Holdback liability 17,952 19,046
Current portion of long-term debt 5,500 9,166
Liabilities of discontinued operations 6,514 6,401
Total current liabilities 87,821 91,143
Non-current liabilities:
Long-term debt 1,692,476 1,618,324
Long-term holdback liability 4,433 5,156
Derivative financial instruments 8,460 5,780
Deferred income tax liability, net 17,945 15,875
Other liabilities 16,791 16,397
Total liabilities 1,827,926 1,752,675
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders' equity:
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value. Authorized 5,000,000 shares; no shares issued
Series A common stock, $.01 par value. Authorized 45,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 12,918,054 and 13,162,095 shares at June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively 129 132
Series B common stock, $.01 par value. Authorized 5,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 384,086 shares both at June 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014 4 4
Series C common stock, $0.01 par value. Authorized 45,000,000 shares; no shares issued
Additional paid-in capital 1,434,708 1,441,291
Accumulated deficit (1,023,175) (994,931)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net (12,153) (6,808)
Total stockholders' equity 399,513 439,688
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 2,227,439 $ 2,192,363
See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.
ASCENT CAPITAL GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)
Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts
(unaudited)
Three Months Ended
June 30,
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Net revenue $ 141,543 134,696 $ 279,959 267,560
Operating expenses:
Cost of services 28,053 22,982 53,743 45,072
Selling, general, and administrative, including stock-based compensation 29,685 26,736 57,281 53,273
Amortization of subscriber accounts, dealer network and other intangible assets 63,526 63,261 126,667 125,041
Depreciation 2,585 2,568 4,983 5,326
Restructuring charges 371 918
Gain on disposal of operating assets (104) (69) (1,154) (69)
123,745 115,849 241,520 229,561
Operating income 17,798 18,847 38,439 37,999
Other income (expense), net:
Interest income 746 842 1,262 1,720
Interest expense (30,893) (29,094) (60,674) (57,867)
Refinancing expense (4,468) (4,468)
Other income, net 351 631 1,277 1,617
(34,264) (27,621) (62,603) (54,530)
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes (16,466) (8,774) (24,164) (16,531)
Income tax expense from continuing operations (2,030) (1,737) (4,007) (3,358)
Net loss from continuing operations (18,496) (10,511) (28,171) (19,889)
Discontinued operations:
Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations 87 233 (73) (121)
Income tax expense from discontinued operations
Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income tax 87 233 (73) (121)
Net loss (18,409) (10,278) (28,244) (20,010)
Other comprehensive income (loss):
Foreign currency translation adjustments 346 143 69 198
Unrealized holding gains (losses) on marketable securities, net (884) (199) (1,953) 146
Unrealized gain (loss) on derivative contracts, net 1,002 (4,468) (3,461) (6,139)
Total other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax 464 (4,524) (5,345) (5,795)
Comprehensive loss $ (17,945) (14,802) $ (33,589) (25,805)
Basic and diluted income (loss) per share:
Continuing operations $ (1.41) (0.77) $ (2.14) (1.45)
Discontinued operations 0.01 0.02 (0.01)
Net loss $ (1.40) (0.75) $ (2.14) (1.46)
Weighted average Series A and Series B shares - basic and diluted 13,110,540 13,632,129 13,188,309 13,719,750
Total issued and outstanding Series A and Series B shares at period end 13,302,140 13,787,589
See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.
ASCENT CAPITAL GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Amounts in thousands
(unaudited)
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2015 2014
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss $ (28,244) (20,010)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:
Loss from discontinued operations, net of income tax 73 121
Amortization of subscriber accounts, dealer network and other intangible assets 126,667 125,041
Depreciation 4,983 5,326
Stock-based compensation 3,182 3,407
Deferred income tax expense 2,050 1,691
Gain on disposal of operating assets (1,154) (69)
Long-term debt amortization 2,426 2,145
Refinancing expense 4,468
Other non-cash activity, net 8,805 5,658
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Trade receivables (4,440) (3,967)
Prepaid expenses and other assets (2,195) 1,566
Payables and other liabilities (6,342) (5,019)
Operating activities from discontinued operations, net 40 (960)
Net cash provided by operating activities 110,319 114,930
Cash flows from investing activities:
Capital expenditures (8,168) (3,212)
Cost of subscriber accounts acquired (129,544) (126,640)
Cash paid for acquisition, net of cash acquired (56,343)
Purchases of marketable securities (24,448) (899)
Proceeds from sale of marketable securities 31,004
Increase in restricted cash (35) (72)
Proceeds from the disposal of operating assets 20,173 241
Other investing activities (347)
Net cash used in investing activities (167,361) (130,929)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from long-term debt 674,050 75,200
Payments on long-term debt (605,990) (57,783)
Payments of financing costs (6,232)
Stock option exercises 696
Purchases and retirement of common stock (9,473) (22,154)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 52,355 (4,041)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (4,687) (20,040)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 12,612 44,701
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 7,925 24,661
Supplemental cash flow information:
State taxes paid, net $ 3,485 2,642
Interest paid 55,149 52,859
See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

Adjusted EBITDA

We evaluate the performance of our operations based on financial measures such as revenue and "Adjusted EBITDA." Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before interest expense, interest income, income taxes, depreciation, amortization (including the amortization of subscriber accounts, dealer network and other intangible assets), restructuring charges, stock-based compensation, and other non-cash or nonrecurring charges. Ascent Capital believes that Adjusted EBITDA is an important indicator of the operational strength and performance of its business, including the business' ability to fund its ongoing acquisition of subscriber accounts, its capital expenditures and to service its debt. In addition, this measure is used by management to evaluate operating results and perform analytical comparisons and identify strategies to improve performance. Adjusted EBITDA is also a measure that is customarily used by financial analysts to evaluate the financial performance of companies in the security alarm monitoring industry and is one of the financial measures, subject to certain adjustments, by which Monitronics' covenants are calculated under the agreements governing their debt obligations. Adjusted EBITDA does not represent cash flow from operations as defined by generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), should not be construed as an alternative to net income or loss and is indicative neither of our results of operations nor of cash flows available to fund all of our cash needs. It is, however, a measurement that Ascent Capital believes is useful to investors in analyzing its operating performance. Accordingly, Adjusted EBITDA should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, net income, cash flow provided by operating activities and other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. As companies often define non-GAAP financial measures differently, Adjusted EBITDA as calculated by Ascent Capital should not be compared to any similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

The following table provides a reconciliation of Ascent's total Adjusted EBITDA to net loss from continuing operations for the periods indicated (amounts in thousands):

Three Months Ended
June 30,
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Total Adjusted EBITDA $ 87,543 88,987 $ 178,262 176,931
Amortization of subscriber accounts, dealer network and other intangible assets (63,526) (63,261) (126,667) (125,041)
Depreciation (2,585) (2,568) (4,983) (5,326)
Stock-based compensation (1,557) (1,745) (3,182) (3,407)
Restructuring charges (371) (918)
Radio conversion costs (450) (441) (973) (441)
LiveWatch acquisition related costs (946)
LiveWatch acquisition contingent bonus charges (1,276) (1,795)
Security Networks integration related costs (1,123) (2,182)
Interest income 746 842 1,262 1,720
Interest expense (30,893) (29,094) (60,674) (57,867)
Refinancing expense (4,468) (4,468)
Income tax expense from continuing operations (2,030) (1,737) (4,007) (3,358)
Net loss from continuing operations $ (18,496) (10,511) $ (28,171) (19,889)

The following table provides a reconciliation of Monitronics' total Adjusted EBITDA to net loss for the periods indicated (amounts in thousands):

Three Months Ended
June 30,
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Total Adjusted EBITDA $ 89,974 90,702 $ 181,641 179,977
Amortization of subscriber accounts, dealer network and other intangible assets (63,526) (63,261) (126,667) (125,041)
Depreciation (2,484) (2,198) (4,781) (4,581)
Stock-based compensation (455) (482) (829) (896)
Restructuring charges (371) (918)
Radio conversion costs (450) (441) (973) (441)
LiveWatch acquisition related costs (946)
LiveWatch acquisition contingent bonus charges (1,276) (1,795)
Security Networks integration related costs (1,123) (2,182)
Interest expense (31,291) (29,638) (61,531) (58,982)
Refinancing expense (4,468) (4,468)
Income tax expense (2,011) (1,713) (3,972) (3,312)
Net loss $ (15,987) (8,525) $ (24,321) (16,376)

Pre-SAC Adjusted EBITDA

LiveWatch is a direct-to-consumer business, and as such recognizes certain revenue and expenses associated with subscriber acquisition (subscriber acquisition costs, or "SAC"). This is in contrast to Monitronics,' which capitalizes payments to dealers to acquire accounts. "Pre-SAC Adjusted EBITDA" is a measure that eliminates the impact of acquiring accounts at the LiveWatch business that is recognized in operating income. Monitronics' Pre-SAC Adjusted EBITDA is defined as Monitronics total Adjusted EBITDA excluding LiveWatch's SAC and the related revenue. We believe Monitronics' Pre-SAC Adjusted EBITDA is a meaningful measure of Monitronics' financial success in servicing its customer base. Pre-SAC Adjusted EBITDA should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, net income, cash flow provided by operating activities and other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. Pre-SAC Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. As companies often define non-GAAP financial measures differently, Pre-SAC Adjusted EBITDA as calculated by Monitronics should not be compared to any similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Presented below is the reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Pre-SAC Adjusted EBITDA for Monitronics and Ascent (amounts in thousands) (the reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA to net loss or net loss from continuing operations, as applicable, are provided above):

Three Months Ended
June 30,
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Monitronics' total Adjusted EBITDA $ 89,974 90,702 $ 181,641 179,977
LiveWatch SAC, net of related revenue (a) 3,473 4,609
Monitronics' Pre-SAC Adjusted EBITDA 93,447 90,702 186,250 179,977
Monitronics' Pre-SAC Adjusted EBITDA as a percent of Pre-SAC revenue (a) 66.6% 67.3% 66.9% 67.3%
Monitronics' total Adjusted EBITDA $ 89,974 90,702 $ 181,641 179,977
Corporate Adjusted EBITDA (2,431) (1,715) (3,379) (3,046)
Total Adjusted EBITDA 87,543 88,987 178,262 176,931
Total Pre-SAC Adjusted EBITDA 91,016 88,987 182,871 176,931
Total Pre-SAC Adjusted EBITDA as a percent of Pre-SAC revenue (a) 64.8% 66.1% 65.7% 66.1%
(a) Presented below is the reconciliation of Net revenue for Monitronics and Ascent to Pre-SAC revenue (amounts in thousands):
Three Months Ended
June 30,
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Net revenue, as reported $ 141,543 134,696 $ 279,959 267,560
LiveWatch revenue related to SAC (1,171) (1,667)
Pre-SAC revenue 140,372 134,696 278,292 267,560

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Source:Ascent Capital Group