Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. Reports Results for the Full Year and Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2016

February 09, 2017

FULL YEAR
- Net revenues increased 5% at actual and constant rates to US$ 638.0 million -
- Operating income increased 18% (17% at constant rates) to US$ 111.6 million -
- OIBDA improved 22% (21% at constant rates) to US$ 150.0 million -

FOURTH QUARTER
- Net revenues increased 6% (7% at constant rates) to US$ 207.1 million -
- Operating income increased 11% (12% at constant rates) to US$ 51.6 million -
- OIBDA improved 9% (10% at constant rates) to US$ 61.3 million -

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Feb. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. (“CME” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:CETV) (Prague Stock Exchange:CETV) today announced financial results for the full year and three months ended December 31, 2016.

Operational and financial highlights:

  • The television advertising markets across our six countries increased an estimated 6% at constant rates in 2016.
  • TV advertising revenues increased 5% at actual and constant rates in 2016 driven by improvement in four out of six countries, including our three largest markets, the Czech Republic, Romania and the Slovak Republic.
  • Carriage fees and subscription revenues increased 8% at actual rates and 9% at constant rates due primarily to growth in the number of subscribers reported by carriers, as well as high definition channels and new channels available exclusively on their platforms.
  • Costs charged in arriving at OIBDA were broadly flat at actual and constant rates, even though spending on popular local content increased, as this investment was mostly offset by savings in foreign fiction as well as reducing other operating and overhead costs.
  • A focus on controlling costs while improving revenues led to OIBDA growth of 22% at actual rates and 21% at constant rates and OIBDA margin expansion of more than 300 basis points in 2016.
  • Operating income increased 18% at actual rates and 17% at constant rates in 2016 primarily reflecting the year-on-year increase in OIBDA, excluding the US$ 12.0 million benefit in operating income in 2015 from the reversal of charges related to tax audits in Romania.
  • Unlevered free cash flow in 2016 increased 30% at actual rates, reflecting the improvement in OIBDA, but cash flows from operations declined because we paid more interest in cash and elected to pay a total of US$ 37.4 million of Guarantee Fees in cash, including US$ 27.5 million of Guarantee Fees previously paid in kind.

Michael Del Nin, co-Chief Executive Officer, commented: "We ended the year on a high note, with the biggest quarterly OIBDA result the Company has seen in five years, driving our highest fourth quarter OIBDA margin in almost a decade.  Our full year results exceeded our most recent guidance, and in just three years we have grown OIBDA by almost US$ 200 million even with significant FX headwinds. This reflects significant progress in executing our strategy, and positions the company for continued growth in 2017 and beyond."

Christoph Mainusch, co-Chief Executive Officer, added: "We remained audience share leaders during 2016, and improved our relative position in all day in four countries, by leveraging our competitive advantages and making targeted investments in local programming amid heavy competition. Local content continues to attract larger audiences, so we continually refine our program grids and intend to maintain targeted investments in popular programming to remain the best partner for advertising on television."

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 years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 were:

 RESULTS
(US$ 000's, except per share data)For the Year Ended December 31,
 2016 2015 % Actual % Lfl (1)
Net revenues$638,013  $605,841  5.3%  5.4% 
Operating income111,589  94,583  18.0%  17.3% 
Operating margin17.5%  15.6%  1.9 p.p.  1.8 p.p. 
OIBDA150,049  122,815  22.2%  21.4% 
OIBDA margin23.5%  20.3%  3.2 p.p.  3.1 p.p. 
Loss on extinguishment of debt(150,158)    NM (2)  NM (2) 
Net loss attributable to CME Ltd.(180,291)  (114,901)  (56.9)%  (58.0)% 
Net loss attributable to CME Ltd. per share - basic and diluted$(1.28)  $(0.90)  (42.2)%  (43.8)% 

Consolidated results for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 were:

 RESULTS
(US$ 000's, except per share data)For the Three Months Ended December 31,
 2016 2015 % Actual % Lfl (1)
Net revenues$207,101  $195,552  5.9%  6.8% 
Operating income51,551  46,528  10.8%  11.8% 
Operating margin24.9%  23.8%  1.1 p.p.  1.1 p.p. 
OIBDA61,295  56,203  9.1%  10.0% 
OIBDA margin29.6%  28.7%  0.9 p.p.  0.9 p.p. 
Net income / (loss) attributable to CME Ltd.21,088  (11,427)  NM (2)  NM (2) 
Net income / (loss) attributable to CME Ltd. per share - basic0.07  (0.11)  NM (2)  NM (2) 
Net income / (loss) attributable to CME Ltd. per share - diluted$0.06  $(0.11)  NM (2)  NM (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.

Teleconference and Audio Webcast Details

CME will host a teleconference and audio webcast to discuss its fourth quarter and full year results on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. New York time (2:00 p.m. London time and 3:00 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 +1 212 444 0895 ten minutes prior to the start time and reference passcode 4720289. The conference call will be audio webcasted live 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 CME's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2016 as well as the following: the effect of global economic uncertainty and Eurozone instability in our markets and the extent, timing and duration of any recovery; levels of television advertising spending and the rate of development of the advertising markets in the countries in which we operate; the extent to which our liquidity constraints and debt service obligations restrict our business; our exposure to additional tax liabilities as well as liabilities resulting from regulatory or legal proceedings initiated against us; our ability to refinance our existing indebtedness; 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2016, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 9, 2017. 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 9, 2017.

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 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 36 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 (Nova, Nova 2, Nova Cinema, Nova Sport 1, Nova Sport 2, Nova International, Nova Action and Nova Gold), 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, 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 per share data)
 
 For the Year Ended
 December 31,
 2016
  2015
 
Net revenues638,013  605,841 
Operating expenses:   
Content costs306,013  292,602 
Other operating costs69,353  69,727 
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment30,190  27,943 
Amortization of broadcast licenses and other intangibles8,270  12,271 
Cost of revenues413,826  402,543 
Selling, general and administrative expenses112,598  107,001 
Restructuring costs  1,714 
Operating income111,589  94,583 
Interest expense(132,224)  (171,444) 
Loss on extinguishment of debt(150,158)   
Non-operating expenses, net(2,487)  (25,939) 
Loss before tax(173,280)  (102,800) 
(Provision) / Credit for income taxes(7,317)  515 
Loss from continuing operations(180,597)  (102,285) 
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax  (13,287) 
Net loss(180,597)  (115,572) 
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests306  671 
Net loss attributable to CME Ltd.$(180,291)  $(114,901) 
    
PER SHARE DATA:   
Net loss per share:   
Net loss attributable to CME Ltd. per share - basic and diluted$(1.28)  $(0.90) 
    
Weighted average common shares used in computing per share amounts (000's):   
Basic and diluted151,017  146,866 
      


CENTRAL EUROPEAN MEDIA ENTERPRISES LTD.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (continued)
(US$ 000's, except per share data)
 
 For the Three Months Ended
 December 31,
 2016
  2015
 
Net revenues$207,101  $195,552 
Operating expenses:   
Content costs92,266  88,892 
Other operating costs17,936  18,087 
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment7,721  7,032 
Amortization of broadcast licenses and other intangibles2,023  2,643 
Cost of revenues119,946  116,654 
Selling, general and administrative expenses35,604  31,985 
Restructuring costs  385 
Operating income51,551  46,528 
Interest expense(25,889)  (45,582) 
Non-operating expense, net(4,123)  (3,817) 
Income / (loss) before tax21,539  (2,871) 
(Provision) / Credit for income taxes(370)  4,008 
Income from continuing operations21,169  1,137 
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax  (12,418) 
Net income / (loss)21,169  (11,281) 
Income attributable to noncontrolling interests(81)  (146) 
Net income / (loss) attributable to CME Ltd.$21,088  $(11,427) 
    
PER SHARE DATA:   
Net income / (loss) per share:   
Net income / (loss) attributable to CME Ltd. per share - basic$0.07  $(0.11) 
Net income / (loss) attributable to CME Ltd. per share - diluted$0.06  $(0.11) 
    
Weighted average common shares used in computing per share amounts (000's):   
Basic154,349  147,054 
Diluted219,450  147,054 
      


CENTRAL EUROPEAN MEDIA ENTERPRISES LTD.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(US$ 000's)
 
 December 31, 2016
  December 31, 2015
 
ASSETS   
Cash and cash equivalents$43,459  $61,679 
Other current assets296,961  296,605 
Total current assets340,420  358,284 
Property, plant and equipment, net109,089  108,522 
Goodwill and other intangible assets, net919,765  942,478 
Other non-current assets21,443  31,133 
Total assets$1,390,717  $1,440,417 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY   
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$160,981  $134,705 
Current portion of long-term debt and other financing arrangements1,494  1,155 
Other current liabilities9,089  10,448 
Total current liabilities171,564  146,308 
Long-term portion of long-term debt and other financing arrangements1,002,028  908,521 
Other non-current liabilities68,758  65,749 
Total liabilities$1,242,350  $1,120,578 
    
Series B Convertible Redeemable Preferred Stock254,899  241,198 
    
EQUITY   
Common Stock11,476  10,864 
Additional paid-in capital1,910,244  1,914,050 
Accumulated deficit(1,785,536)  (1,605,245) 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(243,988)  (242,409) 
Total CME Ltd. shareholders' (deficit) / equity(107,804)  77,260 
Noncontrolling interests1,272  1,381 
Total (deficit) / equity$(106,532)  $78,641 
Total liabilities and equity$1,390,717  $1,440,417 
        


CENTRAL EUROPEAN MEDIA ENTERPRISES LTD.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(US$ 000's)
 
 For the Year Ended
 
 December 31,
 
 2016
  2015
 
Net cash generated from operating activities33,917  85,877 
Net cash used in investing activities(29,356)  (30,426) 
Net cash used in by financing activities(22,743)  (28,906) 
Net cash provided by discontinued operations1,194  3,503 
Impact of exchange rate fluctuations on cash and cash equivalents(1,232)  (2,667) 
Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalents$(18,220)  $27,381 
    
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:   
Cash paid for interest (includes mandatory cash-pay guarantee fees)$53,982  $18,457 
Cash paid for guarantee fees that may be paid in kind$37,440  $ 
Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds$290  $805 
    
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash items:   
Interest and related guarantee fees paid in kind$45,289  $81,529 
Accretion on Series B Convertible Redeemable Preferred Stock$13,701  $17,272 
        

Segment Data

We manage our business on a geographical basis, with six reporting segments: Bulgaria, Croatia, 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. Stock-based compensation and certain other items are not allocated to our segments for purposes of evaluating their performance and therefore are not included in their respective 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 twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015:

 For the Year Ended December 31,
(US $000's)2016 2015 %Act %Lfl(1)
Net revenues       
Bulgaria$72,651  $73,090  (0.6)%  (0.3)% 
Croatia55,607  55,912  (0.5)%  (1.6)% 
Czech Republic190,372  182,636  4.2%  3.5% 
Romania172,951  157,578  9.8%  11.3% 
Slovak Republic90,549  84,434  7.2%  7.5% 
Slovenia56,912  54,233  4.9%  5.2% 
Intersegment revenues(1,029)  (2,042)  NM (2)  NM (2) 
Total net revenues$638,013  $605,841  5.3%  5.4% 
              


 For the Three Months Ended December 31,
(US $000's)2016 2015 %Act %Lfl(1)
Net revenues       
Bulgaria$22,548  $22,213  1.5%  2.2% 
Croatia17,570  17,728  (0.9)%  (1.3)% 
Czech Republic61,814  59,965  3.1%  3.5% 
Romania54,682  48,017  13.9%  16.2% 
Slovak Republic31,083  29,437  5.6%  6.3% 
Slovenia19,588  19,084  2.6%  3.3% 
Intersegment revenues(184)  (892)  NM (2)  NM (2) 
Total net revenues$207,101  $195,552  5.9%  6.8% 
              

(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.

  
 For the Year Ended December 31,
(US $000's)2016 2015 %Act %Lfl(1)
OIBDA       
Bulgaria$12,242  $15,479  (20.9)%  (20.7)% 
Croatia8,578  7,880  8.9%  5.6% 
Czech Republic77,018  71,697  7.4%  6.2% 
Romania62,016  41,176  50.6%  51.7% 
Slovak Republic15,947  10,585  50.7%  47.8% 
Slovenia4,801  6,057  (20.7)%  (20.6)% 
Elimination2  (229)  NM (2)  NM (2) 
Total Operating Segments$180,604  $152,645  18.3%  17.7% 
Central(30,555)  (29,830)  (2.4)%  (2.4)% 
Total OIBDA$150,049  $122,815  22.2%  21.4% 
              


 For the Three Months Ended December 31,
(US $000's)2016 2015 %Act %Lfl(1)
OIBDA       
Bulgaria$3,276  $7,013  (53.3)%  (52.9)% 
Croatia3,192  1,955  63.3%  61.9% 
Czech Republic30,665  27,885  10.0%  10.5% 
Romania16,986  15,443  10.0%  12.1% 
Slovak Republic10,779  6,745  59.8%  60.4% 
Slovenia4,631  6,290  (26.4)%  (25.8)% 
Elimination59  31  NM (2)  NM (2) 
Total Operating Segments$69,588  $65,362  6.5%  7.4% 
Central(8,293)  (9,159)  9.5%  9.0% 
Total OIBDA$61,295  $56,203  9.1%  10.0% 
              

(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 / loss before depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and impairments of assets and certain unusual or infrequent items that are not considered by our co-CEOs when evaluating our performance. Stock-based compensation and certain other items are not allocated to our segments for purposes of evaluating their performance and therefore are not included in their respective OIBDA. 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.

We have previously used free cash flow as a measure of the ability of our operations to generate cash. 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-CEOs when evaluating performance. Following the refinancing transaction completed in April 2016, the amount of interest and related guarantee fees on our outstanding indebtedness that is paid in cash has increased. In addition to this obligation to pay more interest and related Guarantee Fees in cash, we expect to use cash generated by the business to pay Guarantee Fees that are payable in kind, including accrued Guarantee Fees. 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, better illustrates the cash generated by our operations when comparing periods.

For additional information regarding our business segments, see Part II, Item 8, Note 19, "Segment Data" in our Form 10-K.

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 (“% Act”) percentage movements, 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.

 For the Year For the Three Months
(US $000's)Ended December 31, Ended December 31,
(unaudited)2016
  2015
  2016
  2015
 
Operating income$111,589  $94,583  $51,551  $46,528 
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment30,190  27,943  7,721  7,032 
Amortization of intangible assets8,270  12,271  2,023  2,643 
Other items(3)  (11,982)     
Total OIBDA$150,049  $122,815  $61,295  $56,203 
                

(3) Other items consists solely of the charges related to tax audits of our Romanian operations, which were accrued in the fourth quarter of 2014 and fully released in the third quarter of 2015.

  
 For the Year Ended December 31,
 2016
  2015
 
Net cash generated from operating activities$33,917  $85,877 
Capital expenditure, net of proceeds from disposals(29,356)  (30,426) 
Free cash flow4,561  55,451 
Cash paid for interest (includes mandatory cash-pay guarantee fees)53,982  18,457 
Cash paid for guarantee fees that may be paid in kind37,440   
Unlevered free cash flow$95,983  $73,908 
        

 

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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