Three Month Results
• Net revenue increased 8.6% to $386.7 million
• Net income was $80.5 million
• Adjusted EBITDA increased 9.4% to $173.6 million
Three Month Acquisition-Adjusted Results
• Acquisition-adjusted net revenue increased 2.0%
• Acquisition-adjusted EBITDA increased 2.0%
Baton Rouge, LA – February 22, 2017 - 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 fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016.
“We concluded 2016 with a solid fourth quarter,” said Lamar CEO Sean Reilly. “For the full year our revenue growth, combined with continued discipline on expenses, allowed us to increase our AFFO per share by nearly 9%, at the top end of the guidance we provided at the start of 2016.”
Fourth Quarter Highlights
• FFO increased $8.2 million
• AFFO increased $6.4 million
• Diluted earnings per share increased to $0.81
• Diluted AFFO per share increased 3.9%
Fourth Quarter Results
Lamar reported net revenues of $386.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 versus $356.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, an 8.6% increase. Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $115.4 million as compared to $104.8 million for the same period in 2015. Lamar recognized net income of $80.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to net income of $76.5 million for same period in 2015. Net income per diluted share was $0.81 and $0.79 for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $173.6 million versus $158.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of 9.4%.
Cash flow provided by operating activities increased 12.1% to $184.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016 as compared to the same period in 2015. Free cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $111.1 million as compared to $103.4 million for the same period in 2015, a 7.4% increase.
For the fourth quarter of 2016, Funds From Operations, or FFO, was $126.6 million versus $118.4 million for the same period in 2015, an increase of 7.0%. Adjusted Funds From Operations, or AFFO, for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $128.9 million compared to $122.5 million for the same period in 2015, a 5.2% increase. Diluted AFFO per share increased 3.9% to $1.32 for the three months ended December 31, 2016 as compared to $1.27 for the same period in 2015.
Acquisition-Adjusted Three Months Results
Acquisition-adjusted net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 increased 2.0% over Acquisition-adjusted net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015. Acquisition-adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2016 increased 2.0% as compared to Acquisition-adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2015. Acquisition-adjusted net revenue and Acquisition-adjusted EBITDA include adjustments to the 2015 period for acquisitions and divestitures for the same time frame as actually owned in the 2016 period. See “Reconciliation of Reported Basis to Acquisition-Adjusted Results”, which provides reconciliations to GAAP for Acquisition-adjusted measures.
Twelve Months Results
Lamar reported net revenues of $1.5 billion for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 versus $1.35 billion for the same period in 2015, a 10.9% increase. Operating income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 was $439.0 million as compared to $383.0 million for the same period in 2015. Lamar recognized net income of $298.8 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 as compared to net income of $262.6 million for the same period in 2015. Net income per diluted share was $3.05 and $2.72 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 was $657.5 million versus $591.6 million for the same period in 2015, an 11.1% increase.
Cash flow provided by operating activities increased to $521.8 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, as compared to $477.7 million for the same period in 2015. Free cash flow for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 increased 11.0% to $417.4 million as compared to $376.1 million for the same period in 2015.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, FFO was $475.6 million versus $430.9 million for the same period in 2015, a 10.4% increase. AFFO for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 was $488.9 million compared to $442.1 million for the same period in 2015, a 10.6% increase. Diluted AFFO per share increased to $5.00 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016, as compared to $4.59 in 2015, an increase of 8.9%.
As of December 31, 2016, Lamar had $245.4 million in total liquidity that consisted of $209.9 million available for borrowing under its revolving senior credit facility and approximately $35.5 million in cash and cash equivalents.
Distributions. On December 30, 2016, Lamar made its fourth quarterly dividend distribution of $0.76 per share, or a total cash distribution of approximately $74.0 million, to common stockholders of record on December 19, 2016. For the year ended December 31, 2016, Lamar’s distributions to common stockholders were $3.02 per share, or $293.6 million in the aggregate.
We expect Diluted AFFO per share for fiscal year 2017 will be between $5.05 and $5.20, representing growth of approximately 1% to 4% over 2016, with net income per diluted share expected to be between $3.13 and $3.28. See “Supplemental Schedules Unaudited REIT Measures and Reconciliations to GAAP Measures”, for a reconciliation to GAAP.
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 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 for the year ended December 31, 2015, as supplemented by any risk factors contained in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. 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 and Acquisition-Adjusted Results. 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), gain (loss) on extinguishment of debt and investments, stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization and gain or loss on disposition of assets and investments.
• 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 non-controlling interest.
• We define AFFO as FFO before (i) straight-line revenue and expense; (ii) stock-based compensation expense; (iii) non-cash tax expense (benefit); (iv) non-real estate related depreciation and amortization; (v) amortization of deferred financing and debt issuance costs; (vi) loss on extinguishment of debt; (vii) non-recurring infrequent or unusual losses (gains); (viii) less maintenance capital expenditures; and (ix) an adjustment for 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 gain (loss) 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 assets or divested 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”.
Adjusted EBITDA, FFO, AFFO, Outdoor Operating Income and Acquisition-Adjusted Results are not intended to replace other performance measures determined in accordance with GAAP. Free Cash Flow, FFO nor AFFO 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. Rather, Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, FFO, AFFO, Diluted AFFO per share, Outdoor Operating Income and Acquisition-Adjusted Results 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 and Diluted AFFO per share each provide investors with a meaningful measure for evaluating our period-over-period operating performance because they eliminate 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 divestures, 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, Outdoor Operating Income and Acquisition-Adjusted Results may not, however, be fully comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA, FFO, AFFO, Outdoor Operating Income and Acquisition-Adjusted Results to the most directly comparable GAAP measure, have been included herein.
Conference Call Information
A conference call will be held to discuss the Company’s operating results on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. central time. Instructions for the conference call and Webcast are provided below:
All Callers: 1-334-323-0520 or 1-334-323-9871
Pass Code: Lamar
Replay: 1-334-323-0140 or 1-877-919-4059
Pass Code: 69148814
Available through Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time
Live Webcast: www.lamar.com
Webcast Replay: www.lamar.com
Available through Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time
Director of Investor Relations
Founded in 1902, Lamar Advertising (Nasdaq: LAMR) is one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in North America, with more than 330,000 displays across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Lamar offers advertisers a variety of billboard, interstate logo and transit 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 approximately 2,600 displays.