Salem Media Group, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2020 Total Revenue of $52.9 Million

CAMARILLO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Salem Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SALM) released its results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020.

Second Quarter 2020 Results

For the quarter ended June 30, 2020 compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2019:

Consolidated

  • Total revenue decreased 18.3% to $52.9 million from $64.7 million;
  • Total operating expenses decreased 9.0% to $53.8 million from $59.1 million;
  • Operating expenses, excluding gains or losses on the disposition of assets, stock-based compensation expense, changes in the estimated fair value of contingent earn-out consideration, depreciation expense and amortization expense (1) decreased 8.2% to $50.1 million from $54.5 million;
  • The company had an operating loss of $0.9 million compared to operating income $5.6 million;
  • The company’s net loss decreased $1.1 million to $2.5 million, or $0.09 net loss per share compared to $3.6 million, or $0.14 net loss per share;
  • EBITDA (1) decreased 72.1% to $2.7 million from $9.6 million;
  • Adjusted EBITDA (1) decreased 72.4% to $2.8 million from $10.2 million; and
  • Net cash provided by operating activities increased to $11.2 million from net cash used in operating activities of $1.2 million.

Broadcast

  • Net broadcast revenue decreased 19.6% to $39.5 million from $49.1 million;
  • Station Operating Income (“SOI”) (1) decreased 43.9% to $6.4 million from $11.4 million;
  • Same Station (1) net broadcast revenue decreased 17.4% to $38.7 million from $46.9 million; and
  • Same Station SOI (1) decreased 43.9% to $6.5 million from $11.6 million.

Digital Media

  • Digital media revenue decreased 5.2% to $9.4 million from $10.0 million; and
  • Digital Media Operating Income (1) decreased 22.6% to $1.8 million from $2.3 million.

Publishing

  • Publishing revenue decreased 29.8% to $4.0 million from $5.6 million; and
  • Publishing Operating Loss (1) increased to $1.6 million from $0.1 million.

Included in the results for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 are:

  • A $0.1 million non-cash compensation charge related to the expensing of stock options.

Included in the results for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 are:

  • A $0.4 million ($0.3 million, net of tax, or $0.01 per diluted share) net gain on the disposition of assets including a $0.4 million pre-tax gain from a portion of land on the company’s transmitter site in Miami, Florida; and
  • A $0.9 million non-cash compensation charge ($0.7 million, net of tax, or $0.03 per share) related to the expensing of stock options primarily consisting of:

    • $0.5 million non-cash compensation charge included in corporate expenses; and
    • $0.4 million non-cash compensation charge included in broadcast operating expenses.

Per share numbers are calculated based on 26,683,363 diluted weighted average shares for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, and 26,525,564 diluted weighted average shares for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.

Year to Date 2020 Results

For the six months ended June 30, 2020 compared to the six months ended June 30, 2019:

Consolidated

  • Total revenue decreased 11.2% to $111.1 million from $125.1 million;
  • Total operating expenses increased 7.9% to $130.0 million from $120.5 million;
  • Operating expenses, excluding gains or losses on the disposition of assets, stock-based compensation expense, changes in the estimated fair value of contingent earn-out consideration, impairments, depreciation expense and amortization expense (1) decreased 2.5% to $104.9 million from $107.5 million;
  • The company had an operating loss of $18.9 million compared to operating income of $4.6 million;
  • The company’s net loss increased to $57.7 million, or $2.16 net loss per share from $3.3 million, or $0.13 net loss per share;
  • EBITDA (1) was $(11.6) million as compared to $13.3 million;
  • Adjusted EBITDA (1) decreased 64.9% to $6.2 million from $17.8 million; and
  • Net cash provided by operating activities increased 144.4% to $19.0 million from $7.8 million.

Broadcast

  • Net broadcast revenue decreased 11.1% to $84.7 million from $95.2 million;
  • SOI (1) decreased 32.3% to $14.2 million from $21.0 million;
  • Same station (1) net broadcast revenue decreased 8.7% to $83.0 million from $90.9 million; and
  • Same station SOI (1) decreased 32.4% to $14.6 million from $21.5 million.

Digital media

  • Digital media revenue decreased 8.2% to $18.5 million from $20.2 million; and
  • Digital media operating income (1) decreased 42.9% to $2.6 million from $4.5 million.

Publishing

  • Publishing revenue decreased 18.9% to $7.9 million from $9.8 million; and
  • Publishing Operating Loss (1) increased to $2.7 million from $0.8 million.

Included in the results for the six months ended June 30, 2020 are:

  • A $17.3 million impairment charge ($12.8 million, net of tax, or $0.48 per share), of which $0.3 million related to impairment of mastheads, and the remainder to broadcast licenses due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • A $0.3 million impairment charge ($0.2 million, net of tax, or $0.01 per share) related to the company’s goodwill; and
  • A $0.2 million non-cash compensation charge ($0.1 million, net of tax, or $0.01 per share) related to the expensing of stock options.

Included in the results for the six months ended June 30, 2019 are:

  • A $3.7 million ($2.7 million, net of tax, or $0.10 per share) net loss on the disposition of assets including a $3.8 million pre-tax loss for the sale of radio station WSPZ-AM in Washington, D.C., a $0.2 million pre-tax loss on the sale of Mike Turner’s line of investment products and a $0.2 million pre-tax loss on the sale of HumanEvents.com, offset by a $0.4 million pre-tax gain of a portion of land on the company’s transmitter site in Miami, Florida and a $0.1 million pre-tax gain on the sale of Newport Natural Health;
  • A $0.4 million gain ($0.3 million, net of tax, or $0.01 per diluted share) on early redemption of long-term debt due to the repurchase of the company’s 6.75% senior secured notes due 2024;
  • A $0.2 million one-time expense associated with the adoption of ASC 842 ($0.1 million, net of tax) and
  • A $1.1 million non-cash compensation charge ($0.8 million, net of tax, or $0.03 per share) related to the expensing of stock options and restricted stock primarily consisting of:

    • $0.6 million non-cash compensation charge included in corporate expenses; and
    • $0.5 million non-cash compensation charge included in broadcast operating expenses.

Per share numbers are calculated based on 26,683,363 diluted weighted average shares for the six months ended June 30, 2020, and 26,355,838 diluted weighted average shares for the six months ended June 30, 2019.

Balance Sheet

As of June 30, 2020, the company had $216.3 million outstanding on the 6.75% senior secured notes due 2024 (the “Notes”) and $19.0 million outstanding on the Asset Based Revolving Credit Facility (“ABL Facility”).

Acquisitions and Divestitures

The following transactions were completed since April 1, 2020:

  • On April 6, 2020, the company closed on the sale of radio station WBZW-AM and an FM translator construction permit in Orlando, Florida, for $0.2 million in cash.

Pending transactions:

  • On February 5, 2020, we entered an APA with Word Broadcasting to sell radio stations WFIA-AM, WFIA-FM and WGTK-AM in Louisville, Kentucky for $4.0 million with a $250,000 credit applied to the sale price if closing occurs before March 31, 2020. Additionally, Word Broadcasting would receive a credit toward the purchase price of a sum equal to the monthly fees paid under the TBA that began in January 2017 for months 4-29 of the TBA and a sum equal to $2,000 per month for each monthly fee payment for months 30 and thereafter of the TBA; and a credit of the $450,000 option payment. We estimated the loss on sale to be approximately $0.5 million net of tax if the sale closed by March 31, 2020 and $0.3 million net of tax if the sale closes later. Due to changes in debt markets, the transaction was not funded and it is uncertain when or if the transaction will close.

Conference Call Information

Salem will host a teleconference to discuss its results on August 6, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. To access the teleconference, please dial (866) 248-8441, and then ask to be joined into the Salem Media Group Second Quarter 2020 call or listen via the investor relations portion of the company’s website, located at investor.salemmedia.com. A replay of the teleconference will be available through August 20, 2020 and can be heard by dialing (844) 512-2921, passcode 9594042 or on the investor relations portion of the company’s website, located at investor.salemmedia.com.

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A reconciliation of non-GAAP operating expenses, excluding gains or losses on the disposition of assets, stock-based compensation expense, changes in the estimated fair value of contingent earn-out consideration, impairments, depreciation expense and amortization expense to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is not available without unreasonable efforts on a forward-looking basis due to the potential high variability, complexity and low visibility with respect to the charges excluded from this non-GAAP financial measure, in particular, the change in the estimated fair value of earn-out consideration, impairments and gains or losses from the disposition of fixed assets. The company expects the variability of the above charges may have a significant, and potentially unpredictable, impact on its future GAAP financial results.

About Salem Media Group, Inc.

Salem Media Group is America’s leading multimedia company specializing in Christian and conservative content, with media properties comprising radio, digital media and book and newsletter publishing. Each day Salem serves a loyal and dedicated audience of listeners and readers numbering in the millions nationally. With its unique programming focus, Salem provides compelling content, fresh commentary and relevant information from some of the most respected figures across the Christian and conservative media landscape. Learn more about Salem Media Group, Inc., at www.salemmedia.com, Facebook and Twitter (@SalemMediaGrp).

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements used in this press release that relate to future plans, events, financial results, prospects or performance are forward-looking statements as defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to the ability of Salem to close and integrate announced transactions, market acceptance of Salem’s radio station formats, competition from new technologies, adverse economic conditions, and other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in Salem’s reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K and other filings filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Salem undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, changed circumstances or unanticipated events.

(1) Regulation G

Management uses certain non-GAAP financial measures defined below in communications with investors, analysts, rating agencies, banks and others to assist such parties in understanding the impact of various items on its financial statements. The company uses these non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate financial results, develop budgets, manage expenditures and as a measure of performance under compensation programs.

The company’s presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for or superior to the most directly comparable financial measures as reported in accordance with GAAP.

Regulation G defines and prescribes the conditions under which certain non-GAAP financial information may be presented in this earnings release. The company closely monitors EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Station Operating Income (“SOI”), Same Station net broadcast revenue, Same Station broadcast operating expenses, Same Station Operating Income, Digital Media Operating Income, Publishing Operating Income (Loss), and operating expenses excluding gains or losses on the disposition of assets, stock-based compensation, changes in the estimated fair value of contingent earn-out consideration, impairments, depreciation and amortization, all of which are non-GAAP financial measures. The company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information about its core operating results, and thus, are appropriate to enhance the overall understanding of its financial performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are intended to provide management and investors a more complete understanding of its underlying operational results, trends and performance.

The company defines Station Operating Income (“SOI”) as net broadcast revenue minus broadcast operating expenses. The company defines Digital Media Operating Income as net Digital Media Revenue minus Digital Media Operating Expenses. The company defines Publishing Operating Income (Loss) as net Publishing Revenue minus Publishing Operating Expenses. The company defines EBITDA as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. The company defines Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA before gains or losses on the disposition of assets, before changes in the estimated fair value of contingent earn-out consideration, before impairments, before net miscellaneous income and expenses, before gain on bargain purchase, before (gain) loss on early retirement of long-term debt and before non-cash compensation expense. SOI, Digital Media Operating Income, Publishing Operating Income (Loss), EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are commonly used by the broadcast and media industry as important measures of performance and are used by investors and analysts who report on the industry to provide meaningful comparisons between broadcasters. SOI, Digital Media Operating Income, Publishing Operating Income (Loss), EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measures of liquidity or of performance in accordance with GAAP and should be viewed as a supplement to and not a substitute for or superior to its results of operations and financial condition presented in accordance with GAAP. The company’s definitions of SOI, Digital Media Operating Income, Publishing Operating Income (Loss), EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

The company defines Adjusted Free Cash Flow as Adjusted EBITDA less cash paid for capital expenditures, less cash paid for income taxes, and less cash paid for interest. The company considers Adjusted Free Cash Flow to be a liquidity measure that provides useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated by its operations after cash paid for capital expenditures, cash paid for income taxes and cash paid for interest. A limitation of Adjusted Free Cash Flow as a measure of liquidity is that it does not represent the total increase or decrease in its cash balance for the period. The company uses Adjusted Free Cash Flow, a non-GAAP liquidity measure, both in presenting its results to stockholders and the investment community, and in its internal evaluation and management of the business. The company’s presentation of Adjusted Free Cash Flow is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. The company’s definition of Adjusted Free Cash Flow is not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

The company defines Same Station net broadcast revenue as broadcast revenue from its radio stations and networks that the company owns or operates in the same format on the first and last day of each quarter, as well as the corresponding quarter of the prior year. The company defines Same Station broadcast operating expenses as broadcast operating expenses from its radio stations and networks that the company owns or operates in the same format on the first and last day of each quarter, as well as the corresponding quarter of the prior year. The company defines Same Station SOI as Same Station net broadcast revenue less Same Station broadcast operating expenses. Same Station operating results include those stations that the company owns or operates in the same format on the first and last day of each quarter, as well as the corresponding quarter of the prior year. Same Station operating results for a full calendar year are calculated as the sum of the Same Station-results for each of the four quarters of that year. The company uses Same Station operating results, a non-GAAP financial measure, both in presenting its results to stockholders and the investment community, and in its internal evaluations and management of the business. The company believes that Same Station operating results provide a meaningful comparison of period over period performance of its core broadcast operations as this measure excludes the impact of new stations, the impact of stations the company no longer owns or operates, and the impact of stations operating under a new programming format. The company’s presentation of Same Station operating results is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. The company’s definition of Same Station operating results is not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

For all non-GAAP financial measures, investors should consider the limitations associated with these metrics, including the potential lack of comparability of these measures from one company to another.

The Supplemental Information tables that follow the condensed consolidated financial statements provide reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures that the company uses in this earnings release to the most directly comparable measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. The company uses non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate financial performance, develop budgets, manage expenditures, and determine employee compensation. The company’s presentation of this additional information is not to be considered as a substitute for or superior to the directly comparable measures as reported in accordance with GAAP.

Salem Media Group, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

June 30,

 

June 30,

 

 

2019

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

2020

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

Net broadcast revenue

$

49,082

 

$

39,470

 

$

95,175

 

$

84,650

 

Net digital media revenue

9,960

 

9,443

 

20,200

 

18,547

 

Net publishing revenue

5,638

 

3,958

 

9,774

 

7,924

 

Total revenue

64,680

 

52,871

 

125,149

 

111,121

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

Broadcast operating expenses

37,707

 

33,094

 

74,156

 

70,421

 

Digital media operating expenses

7,648

 

7,653

 

15,706

 

15,979

 

Publishing operating expenses

5,773

 

5,567

 

10,595

 

10,629

 

Unallocated corporate expenses

4,332

 

3,850

 

8,203

 

8,060

 

Change in the estimated fair value of contingent earn-out consideration

 

3

 

 

(2

)

Impairment of indefinite-lived long-term assets other than goodwill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17,254

 

Impairment of goodwill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

307

 

Depreciation and amortization

3,976

 

3,558

 

8,205

 

7,258

 

Net (gain) loss on the disposition of assets

(357

)

34

 

3,667

 

113

 

Total operating expenses

59,079

 

53,759

 

120,532

 

130,019

 

Operating income (loss)

5,601

 

(888

)

4,617

 

(18,898

)

Other income (expense):

 

 

 

 

Interest income

 

 

1

 

 

Interest expense

(4,371

)

(4,013

)

(8,796

)

(8,045

)

Gain on early retirement of long-term debt

 

 

426

 

49

 

Net miscellaneous income and (expenses)

18

 

6

 

19

 

(46

)

Net income (loss) before income taxes

1,248

 

(4,895

)

(3,733

)

(26,940

)

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

4,892

 

(2,380

)

(411

)

30,779

 

Net loss

$

(3,644

)

$

(2,515

)

$

(3,322

)

$

(57,719

)

 

 

 

 

Basic loss per share Class A and Class B common stock

$

(0.14

)

$

(0.09

)

$

(0.13

)

$

(2.16

)

Diluted loss per share Class A and Class B common stock

$

(0.14

)

$

(0.09

)

$

(0.13

)

$

(2.16

)

 

 

 

 

Basic weighted average Class A and Class B common stock shares outstanding

26,525,564

 

26,686,363

 

26,355,838

 

26,686,363

 

Diluted weighted average Class A and Class B common stock shares outstanding

26,525,564

 

26,683,363

 

26,355,838

 

26,683,363

 

Salem Media Group, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2019

 

 

June 30, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash

 

$

6

 

$

19,048

Trade accounts receivable, net

 

 

30,824

 

 

22,513

Other current assets

 

 

10,893

 

 

9,781

Property and equipment, net

 

 

87,673

 

 

84,380

Operating and financing lease right-of-use assets

 

 

54,730

 

 

52,043

Intangible assets, net

 

 

369,216

 

 

349,829

Deferred financing costs

 

 

224

 

 

198

Other assets

 

 

4,864

 

 

3,508

Total assets

 

$

558,430

 

$

541,300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

$

53,134

 

$

68,003

Long-term debt

 

 

216,468

 

 

213,396

Operating and financing lease liabilities, less current portion

 

 

54,174

 

 

51,454

Deferred income taxes

 

 

38,778

 

 

69,407

Other liabilities

 

 

6,213

 

 

7,564

Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

189,663

 

 

131,476

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

558,430

 

$

541,300

SALEM MEDIA GROUP, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A

 

Class B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

Common Stock

 

Additional

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paid-In

 

Accumulated

 

Treasury

 

 

 

 

Shares

 

Amount

 

Shares

 

Amount

 

Capital

 

Earnings (Deficit)

 

Stock

 

Total

Stockholders’ equity, December 31, 2019

 

23,447,317

 

$

227

 

 

5,553,696

 

$

56

 

$

246,680

 

$

(23,294

)

 

$

(34,006

)

 

$

189,663

 

Stock-based compensation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

103

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

103

 

Cash distributions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(667

)

 

 

 

 

 

(667

)

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(55,204

)

 

 

 

 

 

(55,204

)

Stockholders’ equity,

March 31, 2020

 

23,447,317

 

$

227

 

 

5,553,696

 

$

56

 

$

246,783

 

$

(79,165

)

 

$

(34,006

)

 

$

133,895

 

Distributions per share

$

0.025

 

 

 

$

0.025

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

96

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

96

 

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2,515

)

 

 

 

 

 

(2,515

)

Stockholders’ equity,

June 30, 2020

 

23,447,317

 

$

227

 

 

5,553,696

 

$

56

 

$

246,879

 

$

(81,680

)

 

$

(34,006

)

 

$

131,476

 

 

Class A

 

Class B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

Common Stock

 

Additional

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paid-In

 

Accumulated

 

Treasury

 

 

 

Shares

 

Amount

 

Shares

 

Amount

 

Capital

 

Earnings

 

Stock

 

Total

Stockholders’ equity, December 31, 2018

 

22,950,066

 

$

227

 

 

5,553,696

 

$

56

 

$

245,220

 

$

10,372

 

 

$

(34,006

)

 

$

221,869

 

Stock-based compensation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

176

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

176

 

Cash distributions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1,702

)

 

 

 

 

 

(1,702

)

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

322

 

 

 

 

 

 

322

 

Stockholders’ equity, March 31, 2019

 

22,950,066

 

$

227

 

 

5,553,696

 

$

56

 

$

245,396

 

$

8,992

 

 

$

(34,006

)

 

$

220,665

 

Distributions per share

$

0.065

 

 

 

$

0.065

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

936

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

936

 

Options exercised

 

200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lapse of restricted shares

 

389,061

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash distributions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1,728

)

 

 

 

 

 

(1,728

)

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(3,644

)

 

 

 

 

 

(3,644

)

Stockholders’ equity, June 30, 2019

 

23,339,327

 

$

227

 

 

5,553,696

 

$

56

 

$

246,332

 

$

3,620

 

 

$

(34,006

)

 

$

216,229

 

Distributions per share

$

0.065

 

 

 

$

0.065

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contacts

Company Contact:

Evan D. Masyr

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

(805) 384-4512

evan@salemmedia.com

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