Crown Media Holdings Announces Operating Results for Second Quarter of 2014

By Business Wire,  August 01, 2014, 08:30:00 AM EDT


STUDIO CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Crown Media Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRWN) today reported its operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014.

Operating Highlights

  • Continuous advertising revenue growth. Advertising revenue increased 10% for the quarter and 8% for the six months ended June 30, 2014, as compared to the prior year periods, due to the strength of pricing across both channels.
  • The first season of Signed, Sealed, Delivered attracted over 10 million viewers. Hallmark Channel's third original scripted series, Signed, Sealed, Delivered averaged a solid 1.4 household rating, propelling Hallmark Channel to the fifth rated cable network on Sunday's 8-9 p.m. timeslot, reaching over ten million viewers and earning a 1.8 rating for women 25-54.
  • Hallmark Movie Channel premiered its highest-rated original movie, The Color of Rain. The May 31st premiere of The Color of Rain earned a 1.6 household rating, reaching more than 1.4 million unduplicated viewers and marking the channel's top-rated original premiere in key demos, including women 25-54 (0.6 rating); adults 25-54 (0.4 rating); and total viewers (0.7 rating).
  • Hallmark Channel achieved its 2nd highest premiere of the year with Angels Sing as part of the Christmas in July weeklong event, Christmas Keepsake. From July 4th through July 13th, Crown Media Family Networks celebrated Christmas by featuring popular Christmas-themed original movies. On July 12th, Hallmark Channel presented Angels Sing, which garnered a 1.9 household rating and was the #1 rated ad-supported cable movie of the day and week among households.
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries will captivate viewers on October 1st. Crown Media Family Networks will re-brand Hallmark Movie Channel to Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. The channel will focus on the lighter side of the mystery and suspense genres and will host several Mystery Wheel franchises.

"During Second Quarter, we continued to showcase our commitment to quality, original scripted series by successfully launching our third series, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, fortifying our brand and establishing a strong foundation for the second half of the year," said Bill Abbott, President and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks. "Moreover, we reported double-digit operating cash flow growth propelled by rising advertising revenue in recent quarters. Solid pricing combined with our second season of Cedar Cove and a robust slate of original movies should bolster earnings through the remainder of the year."

Financial Results

Historical financial information is provided in tables at the end of this release.

Operating Results

For the second quarter of 2014 Crown Media reported revenue of $97.4 million, a 9% increase from $89.5 million in the second quarter of 2013. Advertising revenue increased 10% to $75.8 million from $68.7 million in the second calendar quarter of 2013. The increase in advertising revenue is due to rate increases on both channels, offset, in part, by decreases in ratings in our key demographics on Hallmark Movie Channel. Subscriber fee revenue increased 2% to $21.0 million from $20.6 million in the second quarter of 2013 due to contractual rate increases.

For the six months ended June 30, 2014Crown Media reported revenue of $188.0 million, a 7% increase from $175.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013. Advertising revenue increased 8% to $145.2 million from $133.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013. The increase in advertising revenue is due to rate increases on both channels. Subscriber fee revenue increased 3% to $42.0 million from $40.7 million during the six months ended June 30, 2013 due to contractual rate increases.

For the second quarter of 2014, cost of services increased 15% to $41.7 million from $36.2 million during the same quarter of 2013. Programming costs increased 16% due to the amortization of costs related to our original series Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Operating costs increased $0.4 million quarter over quarter.

For the six months ended June 30, 2014, cost of services increased 20% to $85.4 million from $71.2 million during the same period of 2013. Programming costs increased 21% due to the amortization of costs related to our original series When Calls the Heart and Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Operating costs increased $0.6 million period over period.

Selling, general and administrative expense (including depreciation and amortization expense) increased 7% to $16.7 million for the second quarter of 2014 from $15.6 million during the same quarter of 2013 due to increases in employee costs, including contingent compensation, and increases in amortization, depreciation and rent expenses.

Selling, general and administrative expense (including depreciation and amortization expense) increased 7% to $33.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014 from $31.0 million during the same period of 2013 due to increases in employee costs, including contingent compensation and severance expense, and increases in amortization, depreciation and rent expense.

Marketing expense increased $2.6 million during the second quarter of 2014 compared to the second quarter of 2013 due to marketing to publicize the series Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Marketing expense increased $3.1 million during the six months ended June 30, 2014 compared to the six months ended June 30, 2013 due to the marketing to publicize the series Signed, Sealed, Delivered and When Calls the Heart.

Interest expense decreased $0.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014, as compared to the three months ended June 30, 2013, due to the decrease of the principal balance of the Term Loan. Interest expense on the Term Loan was $2.0 million and $1.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Interest expense decreased $1.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014, as compared to the six months ended June 30, 2013. Interest expense on the Term Loan was $4.9 million and $3.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2014, respectively. Over the past eighteen months, the Company has reduced its principal balance under its Term Loan by $58.2 million.

Provisions for income tax of $9.7 million and $9.5 million reflect corresponding effective tax rates of 37.0% and 37.3% for the three months ended June 30, 2013 and 2014, respectively. Provisions for income tax of $18.3 million and $16.5 million reflect corresponding effective tax rates of 37.1% and 37.0% for the six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Adjusted EBITDA was $38.7 million for the second quarter of 2013 compared to $37.5 million for the second quarter of 2014. Cash provided by operating activities totaled $27.5 million for the second quarter of 2013 compared to $32.4 million for the second quarter of 2014. Net income to common shareholders for the quarter ended June 30, 2013, totaled $16.5 million, or $0.05 per share, compared to $16.0 million, or $0.04 per share, in the second quarter of 2014.

Adjusted EBITDA was $74.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013 compared to $68.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014. Cash provided by operating activities totaled $21.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013, compared to $37.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014. Net income to common shareholders for the six months ended June 30, 2013, totaled $31.0 million, or $0.09 per share, compared to $28.0 million, or $0.08 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2014.

Conference Call and Webcast to be Held Friday, August 1st, at 11:00 a.m. ET

Crown Media Holdings' management will conduct a conference call on Friday, August 1st, at 11:00 a.m., Eastern Time to discuss the results of the three and six months ended June 30, 2014. Investors and interested parties may listen to the call via a live webcast accessible on the Company's investor relations page, http://ir.crownmedia.net/, or by dialing (877) 307-0246 (Domestic) or (224) 357-2394 (International) and using the conference number 65857209. For those listeners accessing the call through the Company's website, please register and download audio software at the site at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call. The webcast will be archived on the site, and a telephone replay of the call will be available for 5 days following the call beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, August 1st, at (855) 859-2056 (Domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (International), using the conference number 65857209.

About Crown Media Holdings

Crown Media Holdings, Inc. is the corporate parent for the portfolio of cable networks and related businesses under Crown Media Family Networks. The company currently operates and distributes Hallmark Channel in both high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to 86 million subscribers in the U.S. Hallmark Channel is the nation's leading destination for quality family programming with an ambitious slate of TV movies and specials; original scripted series, including Cedar Cove, When Calls the Heart, and Signed, Sealed, Delivered; as well as some of television's most beloved sitcoms and series. Hallmark Channel's sibling network, Hallmark Movie Channel, is available in 54 million homes in HD and SD. One of America's fastest-growing cable networks, Hallmark Movie Channel provides family-friendly original movies with a mix of original films, classic theatrical releases, and presentations from the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame library. In addition, Crown Media Family Networks includes the online offerings of HallmarkChannel.com and HallmarkMovieChannel.com.

Forward-looking Statements

Statements contained in this press release may contain forward-looking statements as contemplated by the 1995 Private Securities Litigation Reform Act that are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections. Words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates," variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include: competition for distribution of channels, viewers, advertisers, and the acquisition of programming; fluctuations in the availability of programming; fluctuations in demand for the programming Crown Media airs on its channels; our ability to address our liquidity needs; our incurrence of losses; our substantial indebtedness affecting our financial condition and results; and other risks detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Risk Factors stated in the Company's most recent 10-K and 10-Q Reports. Crown Media Holdings is not undertaking any obligation to release publicly any updates to any forward looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Use of Adjusted EBITDA

Crown Media evaluates operating performance based on several factors, including Adjusted EBITDA. Our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA adds back non-cash expenses and other items mentioned below.

Our measure of Adjusted EBITDA differs from the normal definition of EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) used by most companies. We define Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, subscriber acquisition fee amortization, and other non-cash expenses. For this purpose, restricted stock unit compensation and long term incentive plan expense are treated as non-cash items, although they may result in cash payments during subsequent periods. See "Selected Unaudited

Financial Information" below for a reconciliation to GAAP net income. Management views Adjusted EBITDA as a critical measure of our operating performance and monitors this measure closely. We disclose Adjusted EBITDA so that our investors can have some of the same information available to our management to evaluate their investment in our Company.

We also believe that an Adjusted EBITDA provides an indication of the Company's ability to generate cash flows from operating activities since our non-cash expenses are excluded from our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA. The Adjusted EBITDA calculation allows the Company to assess how much is available to pay debt service and gives a further indication of how much remains to fund discretionary expenditures such as the acquisition of programming or additional subscriber base. However, Adjusted EBITDA should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, historical operating income or loss, net loss, cash flow from operations and other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

Adjusted EBITDA differs significantly from cash flows from operating activities reflected in the consolidated statement of cash flows. Cash flow from operating activities is net of interest and taxes paid and is a more comprehensive determination of periodic income on a cash basis, exclusive of non-cash items of income and expenses such as depreciation and amortization. In contrast, Adjusted EBITDA is derived from accrual basis income and is not reduced for cash invested in working capital. Consequently, Adjusted EBITDA is not affected by the timing of receivable collections or when accrued expenses are paid. We are not aware of any uniform standards for determining EBITDA or our Adjusted EBITDA and believe that our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA is likely calculated differently than presentations of EBITDA by other entities as our calculation was based upon the definition in a bank credit agreement.

 
Crown Media Holdings, Inc.
Unaudited Consolidated Income Statement Information
(In thousands, except per share data)
             
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
    2013       2014       2013       2014  
Revenue:
Advertising $   67,647 $   74,956 $   131,836 $   143,482
Advertising by Hallmark Cards 1,059 870 2,112 1,725
Subscriber fees 20,597 20,957 40,746 41,971
Other revenue     172       570       341       850  
Total revenue, net 89,475 97,353 175,035 188,028
Cost of services:
Non-affiliate programming 31,411 36,553 62,260 75,866
Hallmark Cards affiliate programming 918 918 1,761 1,766
Amortization of capital lease 289 289 578 578
Other cost of services     3,561       3,926       6,594       7,205  
Total cost of services 36,179 41,686 71,193 85,415
Selling, general and administrative expense 15,131 16,111 30,138 32,112
Marketing expense 1,054 3,693 1,693 4,842
Depreciation and amortization expense     431       595       844       1,103  

Income from operations before interest and income tax expense

36,680 35,268 71,167 64,556
Interest expense     (10,450 )     (9,791 )     (21,798 )     (20,102 )
Income from operations before income tax expense 26,230 25,477 49,369 44,454
Income tax expense     (9,714 )     (9,515 )     (18,320 )     (16,454 )
Net income and comprehensive income $   16,516   $   15,962   $   31,049   $   28,000  
Net income per share - basic $   0.05   $   0.04   $   0.09   $   0.08  
Net income per share - diluted $   0.05   $   0.04   $   0.09   $   0.08  
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding 359,676 359,676 359,676 359,676
 
 
Crown Media Holdings, Inc.
Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
   
As of December 31,     As of June 30,
  2013         2014  
 
ASSETS
 
Cash and cash equivalents $ 63,750 $ 73,778

Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful

accounts of $834 and $191, respectively

104,613 91,436
Programming rights 71,540 85,593
Prepaid programming rights 26,839 28,996
Deferred tax asset, net 39,100 39,100
Prepaid and other assets   1,960         2,564  
Total current assets 307,802 321,467
Programming rights 201,936 221,055
Prepaid programming rights 9,805 6,976
Property and equipment, net 9,799 10,363
Deferred tax asset, net 181,164 165,700
Debt issuance costs, net 10,047 9,229
Other assets 3,644 3,563
Goodwill   314,033         314,033  
Total assets $ 1,038,230       $ 1,052,386  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
LIABILITIES
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 22,238 $ 18,121
Audience deficiency reserve liability 4,888 10,803
Programming rights payable 85,560 77,403

Payables to Hallmark Cards affiliates

466 543
Interest payable 14,455 14,452
Current maturities of long-term debt   25,000         -  
Total current liabilities 152,607 121,322
Accrued liabilities 13,838 19,731
Programming rights payable 43,314 54,678
Long-term debt, net of current maturities   429,330         429,514  
Total liabilities 639,089 625,245
 
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Class A common stock, $.01 par value; 500,000,000 shares

authorized; 359,675,936 shares issued and outstanding as

of both December 31, 2013 and June 30, 2014

3,597 3,597
Paid-in capital 2,062,818 2,062,818
Accumulated deficit   (1,667,274 )       (1,639,274 )
Total stockholders' equity   399,141         427,141  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,038,230       $ 1,052,386  
 
 
Crown Media Holdings, Inc.
Selected Unaudited Financial Information
(in thousands)
           
 
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
  2013       2014     2013       2014  
 
Net income $ 16,516 $ 15,962 $ 31,049 $ 28,000
Promotion and placement expense 262 263 525 527
Depreciation and amortization 720 884 1,422 1,681
Interest expense 10,450 9,791 21,798 20,102
Income tax expense 9,714 9,515 18,320 16,454
Long term incentive plan expense 966 1,044 1,703 1,928
Restricted stock unit compensation   78       6     124       37  

Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization

$ 38,706 $ 37,465 $ 74,941 $ 68,729
 
Programming and other amortization 32,784 37,962 64,870 78,634
Provision for allowance for doubtful account 245 108 290 113
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Change to programming rights (16,819 ) (31,312 ) (53,989 ) (110,803 )
Change to prepaid programming rights (6,481 ) 3,440 (13,656 ) 672
Change in programming rights payable (16,521 ) (11,410 ) (24,186 ) 3,207
Interest paid (2,022 ) (1,547 ) (20,797 ) (19,186 )

Changes in other operating assets and liabilities, net of adjustments above

  (2,374 )     (2,325 )   (5,931 )     15,584  
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 27,518     $ 32,381   $ 21,542     $ 36,950  
 
 
Crown Media Holdings, Inc.
Selected Unaudited Cash Flow Statement Information
(in thousands)
         
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
  2013       2014     2013       2014  
 
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 27,518 $ 32,381 $ 21,542 $ 36,950
Net cash used in investing activities (605 ) (1,115 ) (856 ) (1,280 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (750 )     (322 )   (19,959 )     (25,642 )
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 26,163 30,944 727 10,028
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   18,269       42,834     43,705       63,750  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 44,432     $ 73,778   $ 44,432     $ 73,778  
 

Source: Crown Media Holdings, Inc.



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