August 9, 2012

AMC Networks Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results

Second Quarter 2012 Highlights:

  • Net revenues increased 12.2% to $328 million
  • Operating income increased 19.4% to $98 million
  • AOCF1 increased 13.6% to $127 million

NEW YORK, Aug. 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AMC Networks Inc. ("AMC Networks" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:AMCX) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012.

President and Chief Executive Officer Josh Sapan said: "In the second quarter, AMC Networks delivered solid financial results with double-digit percentage increases in net revenues, AOCF and operating income. The results were driven by continued advertiser demand and renewals with distributors, most recently AT&T, with whom we reached a new, long-term agreement. Last month, the Company received 36 Emmy Award nominations, more than any other basic cable television group. This critical reception helps drive the growth of our business and our financial performance. As has been widely reported, DISH Network dropped our networks to gain leverage in an unrelated lawsuit. The trial is scheduled to begin September 18 in New York State Supreme Court."

Second quarter net revenues increased $36 million, or 12.2%, to $328 million over the second quarter of 2011, led by 14.4% growth at National Networks which more than offset a decline of $4 million in International and Other. Adjusted Operating Cash Flow ("AOCF")1 totaled $127 million, an increase of 13.6% or $15 million versus the prior year period. The AOCF increase resulted from 16.0% growth at National Networks partially offset by a $5 million decline in AOCF at International and Other. Operating income was $98 million, an increase of 19.4% or $16 million versus the prior year period. The operating income increase resulted from 21.6% growth at National Networks partially offset by a $5 million increase in the operating loss at International and Other.

For the six months ended June 30, 2012, net revenues increased $89 million, or 15.7%, to $654 million, AOCF increased $41 million, or 19.5%, to $253 million, and operating income increased $42 million, or 27.7%, to $195 million, all compared to the prior year period.

Second quarter net income from continuing operations was $41 million ($0.57 per diluted share), compared with $27 million ($0.39 per diluted share) in the second quarter of 2011. The increase resulted from the growth in operating income and the absence of costs related to the redemption of debt in connection with the spin-off from Cablevision partially offset by an increase in interest expense.

Net income from continuing operations for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $84 million ($1.17 per diluted share), compared with $57 million ($0.82 per diluted share) in the prior year period.

1. See definition of Adjusted Operating Cash Flow ("AOCF") included in the discussion of non-GAAP financial measures on page 3 of this earnings release.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $166 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012, an increase of $46 million from the prior year period. The increase was primarily the result of the improved operating performance. Free Cash Flow2 for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $159 million, an increase of $44 million from the prior year period. The results reflect the increase in net cash provided by operating activities partially offset by an increase in capital expenditures over the prior year period.

Segment Results            
(dollars in thousands) Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
  2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change
             
Net revenues:            
National Networks $ 305,184 $ 266,728 14.4% $ 609,407 $ 518,573 17.5%
International and Other 26,269 30,226 (13.1%) 52,615 55,607 (5.4%)
Inter-segment eliminations (3,883) (4,989) 22.1% (8,213) (9,312) (11.8%)
Total net revenues $ 327,570 $ 291,965 12.2% $ 653,809 $ 564,868 15.7%
             
AOCF:            
National Networks $ 135,623 $ 116,892 16.0% $ 268,995 $ 223,248 20.5%
International and Other (9,414) (4,758)  n/m (17,621) (11,862) 48.5%
Inter-segment eliminations 1,035 (103)   n/m 1,540 193  n/m
Total AOCF $ 127,244 $ 112,031 13.6% $ 252,914 $ 211,579 19.5%

National Networks

National Networks consists of the Company's four nationally distributed programming networks, AMC, WE tv, IFC and Sundance Channel.

National Networks revenues for the second quarter 2012 increased 14.4% to $305 million, AOCF rose 16.0% to $136 million, and operating income grew 21.6% to $111 million, all compared to the prior year period.

National Networks revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2012 increased 17.5% to $609 million, AOCF rose 20.5% to $269 million, and operating income grew 27.2% to $221 million, all compared to the prior year period.

Second quarter growth in revenues was led by a 13.4% increase in advertising revenues to $130 million. The increase in advertising revenues was led by AMC. Affiliate and other revenues increased 15.2% to $176 million. The growth in affiliate and other revenues was primarily attributable to increases in affiliate fees as well as increased digital distribution, home video and international revenues from the licensing of our programming.

Second quarter AOCF increased 16.0% to $136 million reflecting the increase in revenues partially offset by an increase in operating expenses. The increase in operating expenses was primarily attributable to higher programming and marketing expenses partially offset by a decrease in corporate expenses compared to the prior year period. The operating income increase reflected the growth in AOCF as well as a reduction in amortization expense.

International and Other

International and Other primarily consists of AMC/Sundance Channel Global, the Company's international programming business; IFC Films, the Company's independent film distribution business; AMC Networks Broadcasting & Technology, the Company's network technical services business; and VOOM HD.

International and Other revenues for the second quarter of 2012 declined $4 million to $26 million, AOCF declined $5 million to a deficit of $9 million, and operating loss increased $5 million to $14 million, all compared to the prior year period.

2. See definition of Free Cash Flow included in the discussion of non-GAAP financial measures on page 3 of this earnings release.

International and Other revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2012 declined $3 million to $53 million, AOCF declined $6 million to a deficit of $18 million, and operating loss increased $6 million to $27 million, all compared to the prior year period.

Second quarter revenues reflected an increase in affiliate fee revenues related to the Company's international operations more than offset by a decline in revenues at IFC Films and Broadcasting & Technology.

Second quarter AOCF reflected the decrease in revenues and an increase in litigation expenses related to VOOM HD. Operating loss results reflected the AOCF performance.

Other Matters

On May 20, 2012, DISH Network, LLC ("DISH Network") terminated carriage of the Sundance Channel and on July 1, 2012 DISH Network terminated carriage of AMC, WE tv and IFC. We believe that DISH Network's termination of carriage is directly related to the ongoing litigation between DISH Network and VOOM HD. The financial impact on us will depend on several factors, including the length of time our networks are not carried on DISH Network's platform and if, when and on what terms DISH Network and the Company enter into new carriage agreements. The termination of DISH Network's carriage will have a material impact on our revenues, AOCF and operating income in future periods. Although DISH Network's termination has reduced the Company's total subscribers by approximately 13%, the impact on our AOCF and operating income, if it continues, will be materially higher.

Year-to-date, the Company has voluntarily prepaid $100 million of the outstanding balance of the Term A Credit Facility. The total prepaid amount consists of two $50 million payments made on March 8, 2012 and July 9, 2012, respectively.

Description of Non-GAAP Measures

The Company defines Adjusted Operating Cash Flow ("AOCF"), which is a non-GAAP financial measure, as operating income (loss) before depreciation and amortization, share-based compensation expense or benefit and restructuring expenses or credits. Because it is based upon operating income (loss), AOCF also excludes interest expense (including cash interest expense) and other non-operating income and expense items. The Company believes that the exclusion of share-based compensation expense or benefit allows investors to better track the performance of the various operating units of the business without regard to the effect of the settlement of an obligation that is not expected to be made in cash.

The Company believes that AOCF is an appropriate measure for evaluating the operating performance of the business segments and the Company on a consolidated basis. AOCF and similar measures with similar titles are common performance measures used by investors, analysts and peers to compare performance in the industry.

Internally, the Company uses net revenues and AOCF measures as the most important indicators of its business performance, and evaluates management's effectiveness with specific reference to these indicators. AOCF should be viewed as a supplement to and not a substitute for operating income (loss), net income (loss), and other measures of performance presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Since AOCF is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, this measure may not be comparable to similar measures with similar titles used by other companies. For a reconciliation of AOCF to operating income (loss), please see page 6 of this release.

The Company defines Free Cash Flow from Continuing Operations, ("Free Cash Flow"), which is a non-GAAP financial measure, as net cash provided by operating activities (continuing operations) less capital expenditures (continuing operations), both of which are reported in our Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows. Net cash provided by operating activities excludes net cash provided by operating activities of discontinued operations. The Company believes the most comparable GAAP financial measure of its liquidity is net cash provided by operating activities. The Company believes that Free Cash Flow is useful as an indicator of its overall liquidity, as the amount of Free Cash Flow generated in any period is representative of cash that is available for debt repayment, investment, and other discretionary and non-discretionary cash uses. The Company also believes that Free Cash Flow is one of several benchmarks used by analysts and investors who follow the industry for comparison of its liquidity with other companies in the industry, although the Company's measure of Free Cash Flow may not be directly comparable to similar measures reported by other companies. For a reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to net cash provided by operating activities, please see page 7 of this release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This earnings release may contain statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including financial community and rating agency perceptions of the Company and its business, operations, financial condition and the industries in which it operates and the factors described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the sections entitled "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" contained therein. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein.

Conference Call Information

AMC Networks will host a conference call today at 10:00 a.m. ET to discuss its second quarter 2012 results. To listen to the call, visit http://www.amcnetworks.com or dial 1-877-347-9170, using the following passcode: 10964539.

About AMC Networks Inc.

AMC Networks owns and operates several of cable television's most recognized brands delivering high quality content to audiences and a valuable platform to distributors and advertisers. The Company manages its business through two reportable operating segments: (i) National Networks, which includes AMC, WE tv, IFC and Sundance Channel; and (ii) International and Other, which includes AMC/Sundance Channel Global, our international programming business; IFC Films, the Company's independent film distribution business; and AMC Networks Broadcasting & Technology, the Company's network technical services business. For more information on AMC Networks, please visit the Company's website at http://www.amcnetworks.com.

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AMC NETWORKS INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 and 2011
 (In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
         
  Three Months Ended
June 30,
Six Months Ended
June 30,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
         
Revenues, net  $ 327,570 $ 291,965 $ 653,809 $ 564,868
         
Operating expenses:        
Technical and operating (excluding depreciation and amortization)  114,349 95,883 219,279 186,294
Selling, general and administrative  90,878 88,564 190,100 175,485
Restructuring credit  -- (15) (3) (49)
Depreciation and amortization  24,067 25,259 49,118 50,185
  229,294 209,691 458,494 411,915
         
Operating income  98,276 82,274 195,315 152,953
         
Other income (expense):        
Interest expense  (29,431) (15,353) (59,228) (33,703)
Interest income  102 163 207 620
Write-off of deferred financing costs  -- (5,703) (312) (5,703)
Loss on extinguishment of debt  -- (14,518) -- (14,518)
Miscellaneous, net  (644) 7 (632) 79
  (29,973) (35,404) (59,965) (53,225)
         
Income from continuing operations before income taxes  68,303 46,870 135,350 99,728
Income tax expense  (26,898) (19,812) (50,868) (42,948)
Income from continuing operations  41,405 27,058 84,482 56,780
Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes 105 97 209 193
Net income  $ 41,510 $ 27,155 $ 84,691 $ 56,973
         
Basic net income per share:        
Income from continuing operations  $ 0.59 $ 0.39 $ 1.20 $ 0.82
         
Income from discontinued operations  $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00
         
Net income  $ 0.59 $ 0.39 $ 1.21 $ 0.82
         
Diluted net income per share:        
Income from continuing operations  $ 0.57 $ 0.39 $ 1.17 $ 0.82
         
Income from discontinued operations  $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00
         
Net income  $ 0.58 $ 0.39 $ 1.17 $ 0.82
         
Weighted average common shares:        
Basic weighted average common shares  70,479 69,161 70,175 69,161
         
Diluted weighted average common shares  72,183 69,161 72,157 69,161
 
AMC NETWORKS INC.
SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA
 (Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)
           
  Three Months Ended June 30, 2012
  AOCF Depreciation
and
Amortization
Share-Based
Compensation
Expense
Restructuring
Credit
Operating
Income (Loss)
           
National Networks $ 135,623 $ (20,527) $ (3,799) $ -- $ 111,297
International and Other (9,414) (3,540) (1,102)  -- (14,056)
Inter-segment eliminations 1,035 --  --  -- 1,035
Total  $ 127,244 $ (24,067) $ (4,901) $ -- $ 98,276
           
  Three Months Ended June 30, 2011
  AOCF Depreciation
and
Amortization
Share-Based
Compensation
Expense
Restructuring
Credit
Operating
Income (Loss)
           
National Networks $ 116,892 $ (21,741) $ (3,635) $ --  $ 91,516
International and Other (4,758) (3,518) (878) 15 (9,139)
Inter-segment eliminations (103) --   -- -- (103)
Total  $ 112,031 $ (25,259) $ (4,513) $ 15 $ 82,274
           
  Six Months Ended June 30, 2012
  AOCF Depreciation
and
Amortization
Share-Based
Compensation
Expense
Restructuring
Credit
Operating
Income (Loss)
           
National Networks $ 268,995 $ (41,832) $ (6,648) $ -- $ 220,515
International and Other (17,621) (7,286) (1,836) 3 (26,740)
Inter-segment eliminations 1,540 --  --  -- 1,540
Total  $ 252,914 $ (49,118) $ (8,484) $ 3 $ 195,315
           
  Six Months Ended June 30, 2011
  AOCF Depreciation
and
Amortization
Share-Based
Compensation
Expense
Restructuring
Credit
Operating
Income (Loss)
           
National Networks $ 223,248 $ (43,052) $ (6,785) $ -- $ 173,411
International and Other (11,862) (7,133) (1,705) 49 (20,651)
Inter-segment eliminations 193 --  --  -- 193
Total  $ 211,579 $ (50,185) $ (8,490) $ 49 $ 152,953
 
 
AMC NETWORKS INC.
SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA
 (In thousands)
(Unaudited)
       
  June 30,
2012
March 31,
2012
June 30,
2011
       
National Networks Subscribers       
AMC (a) 96,900 96,400 97,000
WE tv (a) 78,500 76,600 77,300
IFC (a) 66,900 66,300 62,200
Sundance Channel (b) 40,400 42,400 40,300
       
(a)  Estimated U.S. subscribers as measured by Nielsen Media Research.      
(b)  Subscriber counts are based on internal management reports and represent viewing subscribers.      
       
Capitalization     June 30,
2012
       
Cash and cash equivalents     $ 307,803
Credit facility debt (a)     $ 1,569,050
Senior notes (a)     700,000
 Total debt      $ 2,269,050
       
Net debt      $ 1,961,247
       
 Capital leases      16,386
 Net debt and capital leases      $ 1,977,633
       
 LTM AOCF (b)     $ 483,048
       
 Leverage ratio (c)     4.1 x
       
(a)  Represents the aggregate principal amount of the debt.      
(b)  Represents reported AOCF for the trailing twelve months.      
(c)  Represents net debt and capital leases divided by LTM AOCF. This ratio differs from the calculation contained in the Company's credit facilities.    
       
Free Cash Flow   Six Months Ended June 30,
    2012 2011
Net cash provided by operating activities    $ 165,604 $ 119,122
Less: capital expenditures    (6,619) (4,340)
Free cash flow    $ 158,985 $ 114,782
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