NEW YORK, May 01, May 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Fiscal 2020 third quarter revenues of $185.0 million
Fiscal 2020 third quarter operating income of $73.7 million
Fiscal 2020 third quarter adjusted operating income of $79.1 million
MSG Networks Inc. /zigman2/quotes/207593671/composite MSGN -1.44% today reported financial results for the fiscal 2020 third quarter ended March 31, 2020.
For the fiscal 2020 third quarter, MSG Networks Inc. generated revenues of $185.0 million, a decrease of 5% as compared with the prior year period. In addition, the Company generated operating income of $73.7 million, a decrease of 11%; adjusted operating income of $79.1 million, a decrease of 11%; and net income of $46.3 million, a decrease of 15%; all as compared with the prior year period.
President and CEO Andrea Greenberg said, "During these unprecedented times, we are reminded of the important role live professional sports plays in people's lives. We are confident that our business is well-positioned to weather this uncertain period and that, as a leader in regional sports and entertainment programming, we have a strong foundation in place that will benefit us as we navigate through the months ahead."
Fiscal Year 2020 Third Quarter Results (In thousands, except per share data) Three Months Ended March 31, 2020 Revenues $ 184,972 Operating income 73,663 Adjusted operating income 79,132 Net Income 46,270 Diluted EPS $ 0.77 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 third quarter total revenues of $185.0 million decreased 5%, or $10.1 million, as compared with the prior year period. Affiliation fee revenue decreased $6.6 million, primarily due to the impact of a decrease in subscribers of approximately 8%, partially offset by the impact of higher affiliation rates.
Advertising revenue decreased $3.5 million, primarily due to lower sales related to live professional sports telecasts, partially offset by other net advertising increases. The decrease in sales from live professional sports telecasts was primarily due to fewer telecasts as compared with the prior year period, a result of the pause of the NBA and NHL seasons. Other revenues decreased $0.1 million.
Direct operating expenses of $83.8 million increased 2%, or $1.7 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. This was partially offset by other programming-related cost decreases, which include the impact of fewer live professional sports telecasts as compared with the prior year period.
Selling, general and administrative expenses of $25.8 million decreased 10%, or $2.9 million, as compared with the prior year period, due to lower advertising sales commissions, employee compensation and related benefits and advertising and marketing costs.
Operating income of $73.7 million decreased 11%, or $8.8 million, as compared with the prior year period, primarily due to the decrease in revenues and, to a lesser extent, higher direct operating expenses, partially offset by lower selling, general and administrative expenses (including share-based compensation expense).
Adjusted operating income of $79.1 million decreased 11%, or $9.5 million, as compared with the prior year period, primarily due to the decrease in revenues and, to a lesser extent, higher direct operating expenses, partially offset by lower selling, general and administrative expenses (excluding share-based compensation expense).
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.