NEW YORK, Feb 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Fiscal 2020 second quarter revenues of $187.7 million
Fiscal 2020 second quarter operating income of $70.0 million
Fiscal 2020 second quarter adjusted operating income of $77.1 million
MSG Networks Inc. /zigman2/quotes/207593671/composite MSGN +5.17% today reported financial results for the fiscal 2020 second quarter ended December 31, 2019.
For the fiscal 2020 second quarter, MSG Networks Inc. generated revenues of $187.7 million, a decrease of 3% as compared with the prior year period. In addition, the Company generated operating income of $70.0 million, a decrease of 11%; adjusted operating income of $77.1 million, a decrease of 10%; and net income of $40.0 million, a decrease of 9%; all as compared with the prior year period.
President and CEO Andrea Greenberg said, "During our fiscal second quarter, we secured important affiliate renewals and solidified our relationships with new and existing advertising partners, demonstrating the continued importance and appeal of live local professional sports content in the nation's largest media market. Looking ahead, we remain confident in our continued ability to generate substantial free cash flow and long-term value for our shareholders."
Fiscal Year 2020 Second Quarter Results (In thousands, except per share data) Three Months Ended December 31, 2019 Revenues $ 187,730 Operating income 69,963 Adjusted operating income 77,083 Net Income 39,964 Diluted EPS $ 0.66
See page 3 of this earnings release for the definition of adjusted operating income included in the discussion of non-GAAP financial measures.
Summary of Reported Results from Operations
Fiscal 2020 second quarter total revenues of $187.7 million decreased 3%, or $5.2 million, as compared with the prior year period. Affiliation fee revenue decreased $3.1 million, primarily due to the impact of a decrease in subscribers of approximately 8%, partially offset by the impact of higher affiliation rates and, to a lesser extent, a favorable $2.3 million affiliate adjustment recorded in the current year quarter.
Advertising revenue decreased $1.4 million, primarily due to a lower net decrease in deferred revenue related to ratings guarantees and the impact of fewer live professional sports telecasts as compared with the prior year period, partially offset by higher per-game sales from the telecast of live professional sports programming and other net advertising increases, primarily from the Company's non-ratings based advertising initiatives. Other revenues decreased $0.7 million, due to the absence in the current year quarter of $0.8 million in fees related to Fuse Media.
Direct operating expenses of $84.1 million increased 3%, or $2.6 million, as compared with the prior year period. The increase was primarily due to higher rights fees expense, mainly a result of annual contractual rate increases.
Selling, general and administrative expenses of $32.0 million increased 2%, or $0.7 million, as compared with the prior year period, due to higher advertising and marketing costs, as well as higher professional fees and other cost increases, partially offset by lower employee compensation and related benefits. The overall increase includes $0.6 million in expenses in the current year quarter that are not indicative of the Company's core expense base.
Operating income of $70.0 million decreased 11%, or $8.4 million, as compared with the prior year period, primarily due to the decrease in revenues, higher direct operating expenses and, to a lesser extent, higher selling, general and administrative expenses (including share-based compensation expense).
Adjusted operating income of $77.1 million decreased 10%, or $8.7 million, as compared with the prior year period, primarily due to the decrease in revenues, higher direct operating expenses and, to a lesser extent, higher selling, general and administrative expenses (excluding share-based compensation expense).
Excluding the impact of the $2.3 million favorable affiliate adjustment recorded in the current year quarter, the absence of $0.8 million in Fuse Media fees and the $0.6 million in selling, general and administrative expenses that are not indicative of the Company's core expense base, fiscal 2020 second quarter adjusted operating income would have decreased 11%, or $9.7 million, as compared with the prior year quarter.
About MSG Networks Inc.
MSG Networks Inc., a pioneer in sports media, owns and operates two award-winning regional sports and entertainment networks and a companion streaming service that serve the nation's number one media market, the New York DMA, as well as other portions of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The networks feature a wide range of compelling sports content, including exclusive live local games and other programming of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres, as well as significant coverage of the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. This content, in addition to a diverse array of other sporting events and critically acclaimed original programming, has established MSG Networks as the gold standard in regional sports.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We define adjusted operating income, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, as operating income before 1) depreciation, amortization and impairments of property and equipment and intangible assets, 2) share-based compensation expense or benefit, 3) restructuring charges or credits and 4) gains or losses on sales or dispositions of businesses. Because it is based upon operating income, adjusted operating income also excludes interest expense (including cash interest expense) and other non-operating income and expense items. We believe that the exclusion of share-based compensation expense or benefit allows investors to better track the performance of the Company without regard to the settlement of an obligation that is not expected to be made in cash.
We believe adjusted operating income is an appropriate measure for evaluating the operating performance of our Company. Adjusted operating income and similar measures with similar titles are common performance measures used by investors and analysts to analyze our performance. Internally, we use revenues and adjusted operating income measures as the most important indicators of our business performance, and evaluate management's effectiveness with specific reference to these indicators. Adjusted operating income should be viewed as a supplement to and not a substitute for operating income, net income, cash flows from operating activities, and other measures of performance and/or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Since adjusted operating income 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 operating income to adjusted operating income, please see page 6 of this release.
The Company defines Free Cash Flow ("Free Cash Flow"), which is a non-GAAP financial measure, as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures, both of which are reported in our Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows. The Company believes the most comparable GAAP financial measure is net cash provided by operating activities. The Company believes that Free Cash Flow is useful as an indicator of its overall ability to generate liquidity, as the amount of Free Cash Flow generated in any period is representative of cash that is generated 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 for comparison of the Company's generation of 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 8 of this release.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release may contain statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 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, developments and events may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including financial community perceptions of the Company and its business, operations, financial condition and the industry in which it operates and the factors described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the sections titled "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.
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