Lamar Advertising Company Announces Third Quarter 2019 Operating Results

11/5/2019, 12:00 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

Three Month Results

  • Net revenue increased 9.4% to $457.8 million
  • Net income increased $5.7 million to $99.7 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 11.8% to $215.2 million

Three Month Acquisition-Adjusted Results

  •  Acquisition-adjusted net revenue increased 3.4%
  •  Acquisition-adjusted EBITDA increased 5.6%

BATON ROUGE, La., Nov. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lamar Advertising Company (Nasdaq: LAMR), a leading owner and operator of outdoor advertising and logo sign displays, announces the Company’s operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

“I am pleased to report that revenue growth accelerated in the third quarter, as advertisers increasingly recognize the power of out-of-home to reach their target audiences in today’s fragmented media landscape,” Chief Executive Sean Reilly said. “We anticipate continued strength in the fourth quarter and are on track to reach the upper end of our previously provided guidance for full-year AFFO per share.”

Third Quarter Highlights

  • Local revenue increased 3.1%
  • National/Programmatic revenue increased 6.9%
  • Same unit digital revenue increased 6.9%
  • AFFO increased 8.6%
  • Diluted AFFO per share increased 7.3%

Third Quarter Results
Lamar reported net revenues of $457.8 million for the third quarter of 2019 versus $418.5 million for the third quarter of 2018, a 9.4% increase. Operating income for the third quarter of 2019 increased $13.1 million to $141.4 million as compared to $128.4 million for the same period in 2018. Lamar recognized net income of $99.7 million for the third quarter of 2019 compared to net income of $94.1 million for same period in 2018. Net income per diluted share was $0.99 and $0.95 for the three months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2019 was $215.2 million versus $192.5 million for the third quarter of 2018, an increase of 11.8%.

Cash flow provided by operating activities was $170.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019, an increase of $16.6 million as compared to the same period in 2018. Free cash flow for the third quarter of 2019 was $138.2 million as compared to $130.7 million for the same period in 2018, a 5.7% increase. 

For the third quarter of 2019, Funds From Operations, or FFO, was $159.5 million versus $146.6 million for the same period in 2018, an increase of 8.8%. Adjusted Funds From Operations, or AFFO, for the third quarter of 2019 was $163.0 million compared to $150.1 million for the same period in 2018, an increase of 8.6%. Diluted AFFO per share increased 7.3% to $1.62 for the three months ended September 30, 2019 as compared to $1.51 for the same period in 2018.

Acquisition-Adjusted Three Months Results
Acquisition-adjusted net revenue for the third quarter of 2019 increased 3.4% over Acquisition-adjusted net revenue for the third quarter of 2018. Acquisition-adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2019 increased 5.6% as compared to Acquisition-adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2018. Acquisition-adjusted net revenue and Acquisition-adjusted EBITDA include adjustments to the 2018 period for acquisitions and divestitures for the same time frame as actually owned in the 2019 period. See “Reconciliation of Reported Basis to Acquisition-Adjusted Results”, which provides reconciliations to GAAP for Acquisition-adjusted measures.

Nine Months Results
Lamar reported net revenues of $1.29 billion for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 versus $1.20 billion for the same period in 2018, a 7.6% increase. Operating income for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 was $376.3 million as compared to $329.9 million for the same period in 2018. Lamar recognized net income of $269.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 as compared to net income of $209.5 million for the same period in 2018. Net income per diluted share increased to $2.69 for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 as compared to $2.12 for the same period in 2018. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 was $569.2 million versus $527.2 million for the same period in 2018, an 8.0% increase.

Cash flow provided by operating activities increased to $408.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, as compared to $370.1 million in the same period in 2018. Free cash flow for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 increased 2.6% to $353.9 million as compared to $345.0 million for the same period in 2018.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, FFO was $423.8 million versus $376.2 million for the same period in 2018, a 12.6% increase. AFFO for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 was $416.0 million compared to $397.0 million for the same period in 2018, a 4.8% increase. Diluted AFFO per share increased to $4.15 for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, as compared to $4.02 in the same period in 2018, an increase of 3.2%.

Liquidity
As of September 30, 2019, Lamar had $345.4 million in total liquidity that consisted of $322.1 million available for borrowing under its revolving senior credit facility and approximately $23.3 million in cash and cash equivalents.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding sales trends. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: (1) our significant indebtedness; (2) the state of the economy and financial markets generally and the effect of the broader economy on the demand for advertising; (3) the continued popularity of outdoor advertising as an advertising medium; (4) our need for and ability to obtain additional funding for operations, debt refinancing or acquisitions; (5) our ability to continue to qualify as a Real Estate Investment Trust (“REIT”) and maintain our status as a REIT; (6) the regulation of the outdoor advertising industry by federal, state and local governments; (7) the integration of companies and assets that we acquire and our ability to recognize cost savings or operating efficiencies as a result of these acquisitions; (8) changes in accounting principles, policies or guidelines; (9) changes in tax laws applicable to REITs or in the interpretation of those laws; (10) our ability to renew expiring contracts at favorable rates; (11) our ability to successfully implement our digital deployment strategy; and (12) the market for our Class A common stock. For additional information regarding factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in our forward-looking statements, we refer you to the risk factors included in Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2018, as supplemented by any risk factors contained in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and our Current Reports on Form 8-K. We caution investors not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this document. These statements speak only as of the date of this document, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise the statements, except as may be required by law.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Company has presented the following measures that are not measures of performance under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”): Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization), Free Cash Flow, Funds From Operations (“FFO”), Adjusted Funds From Operations (“AFFO”), Diluted AFFO per share, Outdoor Operating Income, Acquisition-Adjusted Results and Acquisition-Adjusted Consolidated Expense. Our management reviews our performance by focusing on these key performance indicators not prepared in conformity with GAAP. We believe these non-GAAP performance indicators are meaningful supplemental measures of our operating performance and should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.
Our Non-GAAP financial measures are determined as follows:

  • We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income before income tax expense (benefit), interest expense (income), loss (gain) on extinguishment of debt and investments, stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization, gain or loss on disposition of assets and investments and the impact of adopting FASB Accounting Standard Update No. 2016-02 Codified as ASC 842, Leases.
     
  • Free Cash Flow is defined as Adjusted EBITDA less interest, net of interest income and amortization of deferred financing costs, current taxes, preferred stock dividends and total capital expenditures.

  • We use the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts definition of FFO, which is defined as net income before gains or losses from the sale or disposal of real estate assets and investments and real estate related depreciation and amortization and including adjustments to eliminate unconsolidated affiliates and non-controlling interest.

  • We define AFFO as FFO before (i) straight-line revenue and expense; (ii) impact of ASC 842 adoption; (iii) stock-based compensation expense; (iv) non-cash portion of tax provision; (v) non-real estate related depreciation and amortization; (vi) amortization of deferred financing costs; (vii) loss on extinguishment of debt; (viii) non-recurring infrequent or unusual losses (gains); (ix) less maintenance capital expenditures; and (x) an adjustment for unconsolidated affiliates and non-controlling interest.

  • Diluted AFFO per share is defined as AFFO divided by weighted average diluted common shares outstanding.

  • Outdoor Operating Income is defined as Operating Income before corporate expenses, stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization and loss (gain) on disposition of assets. 

  • Acquisition-Adjusted Results adjusts our net revenue, direct and general and administrative expenses, outdoor operating income, corporate expense and EBITDA for the prior period by adding to, or subtracting from, the corresponding revenue or expense generated by the acquired or divested assets before our acquisition or divestiture of these assets for the same time frame that those assets were owned in the current period. In calculating Acquisition-Adjusted Results, therefore, we include revenue and expenses generated by assets that we did not own in the prior period but acquired in the current period. We refer to the amount of pre-acquisition revenue and expense generated by or subtracted from the acquired assets during the prior period that corresponds with the current period in which we owned the assets (to the extent within the period to which this report relates) as “Acquisition-Adjusted Results”.

  • Acquisition-Adjusted Consolidated Expense adjusts our total operating expense first to remove the impact of stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization, gain or loss on disposition of assets and investments and the impact of adopting FASB Accounting Standard Update No. 2016-02 Codified as ASC 842, Leases. The prior period is further adjusted to include the expense generated by the acquired or divested assets before our acquisition or divestiture of such assets for the same time frame that those assets were owned in the current period.

Adjusted EBITDA, FFO, AFFO, Diluted AFFO per share, Outdoor Operating Income, Acquisition-Adjusted Results and Acquisition-Adjusted Consolidated Expense are not intended to replace other performance measures determined in accordance with GAAP. Free Cash Flow, FFO and AFFO do not represent cash flows from operating activities in accordance with GAAP and, therefore, these measures should not be considered indicative of cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity or of funds available to fund our cash needs, including our ability to make cash distributions. Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, FFO, AFFO, Diluted AFFO per share, Outdoor Operating Income, Acquisition-Adjusted Results and Acquisition-Adjusted Consolidated Expense are presented as we believe each is a useful indicator of our current operating performance. Specifically, we believe that these metrics are useful to an investor in evaluating our operating performance because (1) each is a key measure used by our management team for purposes of decision making and for evaluating our core operating results; (2) Adjusted EBITDA is widely used in the industry to measure operating performance as it excludes the impact of depreciation and amortization, which may vary significantly among companies, depending upon accounting methods and useful lives, particularly where acquisitions and non-operating factors are involved; (3) Adjusted EBITDA, FFO, AFFO, Diluted AFFO per share and Acquisition-Adjusted Consolidated Expense each provides investors with a meaningful measure for evaluating our period-over-period operating performance by eliminating items that are not operational in nature and reflect the impact on operations from trends in occupancy rates, operating costs, general and administrative expenses and interest costs; (4) Acquisition-Adjusted Results is a supplement to enable investors to compare period-over-period results on a more consistent basis without the effects of acquisitions and divestitures, which reflects our core performance and organic growth (if any) during the period in which the assets were owned and managed by us; (5) Free Cash Flow is an indicator of our ability to service debt and generate cash for acquisitions and other strategic investments; (6) Outdoor Operating Income provides investors a measurement of our core results without the impact of fluctuations in stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization and corporate expenses; and (7) each of our Non-GAAP measures provides investors with a measure for comparing our results of operations to those of other companies.

Our measurement of Adjusted EBITDA, FFO, AFFO, Diluted AFFO per share, Outdoor Operating Income, Acquisition-Adjusted Results and Acquisition-Adjusted Consolidated Expense may not, however, be fully comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA, FFO, AFFO, Diluted AFFO per share, Outdoor Operating Income, Acquisition-Adjusted Results and Acquisition-Adjusted Consolidated Expense to the most directly comparable GAAP measures have been included herein.

Conference Call Information
A conference call will be held to discuss the Company’s operating results on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. central time. Instructions for the conference call and Webcast are provided below:

Conference Call

All Callers:1-334-323-0520 or 1-334-323-9871
Passcode:Lamar
  
Replay:1-334-323-0140 or 1-877-919-4059
Passcode:22861794
 Available through Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time
  
Live Webcast:www.lamar.com
  
Webcast Replay:www.lamar.com
 Available through Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time
  
Company Contact:Buster Kantrow
 Director of Investor Relations
 (225) 926-1000
 bkantrow@lamar.com

General Information

Founded in 1902, Lamar Advertising (Nasdaq: LAMR) is one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in North America, with over 360,000 displays across the United States and Canada. Lamar offers advertisers a variety of billboard, interstate logo, transit and airport advertising formats, helping both local businesses and national brands reach broad audiences every day. In addition to its more traditional out-of-home inventory, Lamar is proud to offer its customers the largest network of digital billboards in the United States with over 3,400 displays.



LAMAR ADVERTISING COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(UNAUDITED)
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE DATA)

  Three months ended
  September 30,
 Nine months ended
  September 30,
   2019   2018   2019   2018 
        
Net revenues$     457,786  $    418,498  $  1,290,985  $  1,199,324 
         
        
Operating expenses (income)       
 Direct advertising expenses   149,550     140,699     442,784     419,776 
 General and administrative expenses   77,370     70,214     230,569     205,734 
 Corporate expenses    15,681     15,104      48,388      46,608 
 Stock-based compensation   10,572     8,624     18,078      22,745 
 Impact of ASC 842 adoption (lease accounting standard)    (581)    —     (6,955)    — 
 Depreciation and amortization   63,951     55,089      187,150      167,251 
 (Gain) loss on disposition of assets    (199)     407      (5,360)     7,265 
Total operating expense    316,344      290,137      914,654      869,379 
         
Operating income   141,442     128,361     376,331      329,945 
         
Other expense (income)       
 Loss on extinguishment of debt    —      —     —      15,429 
 Interest income    (168)     (157)     (553)     (313)
 Interest expense    38,323      31,850      114,240      97,321 
      38,155      31,693      113,687      112,437 
Income before income tax expense    103,287     96,668     262,644      217,508 
Income tax expense (benefit)    3,578      2,612      (6,714)     7,969 
           
Net income    99,709     94,056     269,358     209,539 
Preferred stock dividends    91      91      273      273 
Net income applicable to common stock$   99,618  $   93,965  $   269,085  $   209,266 
         
        
Earnings per share:       
  Basic earnings per share$    0.99  $    0.95  $   2.69  $  2.12 
  Diluted earnings per share$     0.99  $    0.95  $   2.69  $   2.12 
        
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
  
   
    
 
    
   
      
 
 
  - basic 100,329,262   98,943,535   100,019,765   98,596,828 
  - diluted 100,522,177   99,253,008   100,210,143    98,870,116 
                
                
OTHER DATA               
Free Cash Flow Computation:               
Adjusted EBITDA$215,185  $ 192,481  $ 569,244  $527,206 
Interest, net  (36,813)   (30,479)  (109,675)    (93,346)
Current tax expense  (2,916)   (1,474)   (7,745)   (6,394)
Preferred stock dividends  (91)   (91)  (273)  (273)
Total capital expenditures (37,120)  (29,701)  (97,680)  (82,174)
Free Cash Flow$138,245  $130,736  $353,871  $345,019 


OTHER DATA (continued):       
        
     September 30, December 31,
Selected Balance Sheet Data:        2019    2018 
Cash and cash equivalents    $     23,287  $     21,494 
Working capital deficit    $   (303,620) $    (91,366)
Total assets    $  5,931,736  $  4,544,641 
Total debt, net of deferred financing costs (including current maturities)    $  3,053,801  $  2,888,688 
Total stockholders’ equity    $  1,167,821  $  1,131,784 
        
        
 Three months ended
 September 30,
 Nine  months ended
  September 30,
  2019  2018   2019   2018 
Selected Cash Flow Data:       
Cash flows provided by operating activities$     170,921 $  154,305  $     407,970  $     370,089 
Cash flows used in investing activities$    172,674 $  58,904   $    309,819  $    120,326 
Cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities$   7,845 $ (104,381) $   (96,502) $    (353,943)



SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULES
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP MEASURES
(IN THOUSANDS)

 Three months ended
   September 30,
 Nine months ended
  September 30,
    2019     2018     2019     2018 
Reconciliation of Cash Flows Provided by Operating Activities       
   to Free Cash Flow:       
Cash flows provided by operating activities$     170,921  $     154,305  $  407,970  $    370,089 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities    8,066     7,830     58,416      62,924 
Total capital expenditures   (37,120)    (29,701)    (97,680)  (82,174)
Preferred stock dividends   (91)    (91)    (273)  (273)
Impact of ASC 842 adoption (lease accounting standard)    (581)    —     (6,955)    — 
Other    (2,950)     (1,607)     (7,607)     (5,547)
  Free cash flow$   138,245  $  130,736  $    353,871  $   345,019 
        
        
Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA:       
Net Income$     99,709  $    94,056  $  269,358  $    209,539 
  Loss on extinguishment of debt   —     —     —      15,429 
  Interest income   (168)     (157)    (553)     (313)
  Interest expense    38,323     31,850     114,240      97,321 
  Income tax expense (benefit)    3,578      2,612      (6,714)     7,969 
Operating Income   141,442     128,361     376,331      329,945 
        
Stock-based compensation   10,572     8,624      18,078     22,745 
Impact of ASC 842 adoption (lease accounting standard)    (581)    —     (6,955)    — 
Depreciation and amortization    63,951     55,089     187,150      167,251 
  (Gain) loss on disposition of assets    (199)     407      (5,360)     7,265 
  Adjusted EBITDA$    215,185  $    192,481  $  569,244  $   527,206 
        
        
Capital expenditure detail by category:       
 Billboards - traditional$     11,894  $     8,715  $     34,587  $    23,922 
 Billboards - digital   14,461     13,093      40,498     33,210 
 Logo   3,249     1,895     7,153     7,000 
 Transit   497     3,637     2,293     4,377 
 Land and buildings   4,818     593     6,514     6,622 
 Operating equipment    2,201      1,768      6,635      7,043 
Total capital expenditures$    37,120  $    29,701  $     97,680  $    82,174 



SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULES
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP MEASURES
(IN THOUSANDS)

   Three months ended
   September 30,
 
  2019  2018 % Change
Reconciliation of Reported Basis to Acquisition-Adjusted Results (a):     
 Net revenue$  457,786 $  418,498 9.4%
Acquisitions and divestitures   —    24,439  
Acquisition-adjusted net revenue$  457,786 $  442,937 3.4%
      
Reported direct advertising and G&A expenses (b)$  226,920 $  210,913 7.6%
Acquisitions and divestitures   —    13,192  
Acquisition-adjusted direct advertising and G&A expenses$  226,920 $  224,105 1.3%
      
Outdoor operating income$  230,866 $  207,585 11.2%
Acquisitions and divestitures   —    11,247  
Acquisition-adjusted outdoor operating income$  230,866 $  218,832 5.5%
      
Reported corporate expenses$    15,681 $    15,104 3.8%
Acquisitions and divestitures   —    —  
Acquisition-adjusted corporate expenses$   15,681 $   15,104 3.8%
      
Adjusted EBITDA$  215,185 $  192,481 11.8%
Acquisitions and divestitures   —    11,247  
Acquisition-adjusted EBITDA$  215,185 $  203,728 5.6%
      

 (a) Acquisition-adjusted net revenue, direct advertising and general and administrative expenses, outdoor operating income, corporate expenses and EBITDA include adjustments to 2018 for acquisitions and divestitures for the same time frame as actually owned in 2019.

 (b) Does not include a $581 reduction of expense due to impact of ASC 842 for lease accounting.


  Three months ended
 September 30,
   
   2019   2018  % Change
Reconciliation of Net Income to Outdoor Operating Income:       
Net Income $    99,709  $  94,056  6.0%
  Interest expense, net     38,155      31,693   
  Income tax expense     3,578      2,612   
Operating Income    141,442     128,361  10.2%
        
Corporate expenses     15,681      15,104   
Stock-based compensation     10,572      8,624   
Impact of ASC 842 adoption (lease accounting standard)     (581)    —   
Depreciation and amortization     63,951      55,089   
(Gain) loss on disposition of assets     (199)     407   
Outdoor Operating Income $    230,866  $  207,585  11.2%


  Three months ended
 September 30,
  
Reconciliation of Total Operating Expense to Acquisition-Adjusted   2019   2018  % Change
   Consolidated Expense:          
Total Operating Expense $  316,344  $  290,137  9.0%
  Gain (loss) on disposition of assets    199     (407)  
  Depreciation and amortization    (63,951)    (55,089)  
  Impact of ASC 842 adoption (lease accounting standard)    581     —   
  Stock-based compensation    (10,572)    (8,624)  
  Acquisitions and divestitures    —     13,192   
Acquisition-Adjusted Consolidated Expense $  242,601  $  239,209  1.4%
       


SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULES
UNAUDITED REIT MEASURES
AND RECONCILIATIONS TO GAAP MEASURES
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE DATA)

Adjusted Funds From Operations:

 Three months ended Nine months ended
   September 30,   September 30,
  2019     2018   2019     2018 
        
 Net income$ 99,709  $   94,056  $   269,358  $ 209,539 
 Depreciation and amortization related to real estate    59,742     52,032      175,920      157,941 
 (Gain) loss from disposition of real estate assets    (164)     505     (5,048)     8,350 
 Non-cash tax benefit for REIT converted assets    —      —     (17,031)     — 
  Adjustment for unconsolidated affiliates and non-controlling interest    207      43   561      385 
Funds From Operations$   159,494  $  146,636  $   423,760  $  376,215 
        
 Straight-line (income) expense   (1)     737     (217)     (220)
 Impact of ASC 842 adoption (lease accounting standard)   (581)     —     (6,955)     — 
 Stock-based compensation expense    10,572     8,624      18,078     22,745 
 Non-cash portion of tax provision expense    662     1,138      2,572     697 
 Non-real estate related depreciation and amortization    4,209     3,057      11,230     9,310 
 Amortization of deferred financing costs    1,342     1,214      4,012     3,662 
 Loss on extinguishment of debt    —     —      —      15,429 
                
 Capitalized expenditures—maintenance   (12,492)    (11,248)    (35,888)     (30,453)
 Adjustment for unconsolidated affiliates and non-controlling interest   (207)    (43)    (561)     (385)
        
Adjusted Funds From Operations$ 162,998  $  150,115  $   416,031  $  397,000 
        
Divided by weighted average diluted common shares outstanding    100,522,177     99,253,008     100,210,143     98,870,116 
Diluted AFFO per share$  1.62  $  1.51  $   4.15  $   4.02 

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