updated 5/16/2011 4:46:06 PM ET 2011-05-16T20:46:06

COCONUT GROVE, Fla., May 16, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (the "Company" or "SBS") (Nasdaq:SBSA) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.

Financial Highlights

       
  Quarter Ended  
(in thousands) March 31, %
  2011 2010 Change
   
Net revenue:      
Radio   $ 26,441  27,080  (2%)
Television   4,334  3,766 15%
Consolidated   $ 30,775  30,846  (0%)
       
Operating income before depreciation and amortization and (gain) loss on the disposal of assets, net, a non-GAAP measure:      
Radio   $ 9,196  10,419  (12%)
Television   (1,806)  (2,236) 19%
Corporate   (1,931)  (2,221) 13%
Consolidated   $ 5,459  5,962  (8%)
       
       
  As of     
  March 31, 2011    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 62,206    

Please refer to the Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Unaudited Segment Data sections for definitions and a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures.

Discussion and Results

Raul Alarcón, Jr., Chairman and CEO, commented, "We saw some improvement in the business environment across select markets during the first quarter. We have continued to focus on supporting our strong brands and market leadership through strategic investments in our content and distribution, while managing our costs. Looking ahead, our target audience continues to expand rapidly and our multi-media portfolio remains well positioned to attract advertisers in the nation's largest Hispanic markets."

Quarter Results

For the quarter ended March 31, 2011, consolidated net revenue totaled $30.8 million for the current and same prior year period, respectively. Our television segment net revenue increased $0.6 million or 15%, primarily due to an increase in national spot sales and paid programming sales, offset by a decrease in local spot sales.   Our radio segment net revenue decreased $0.6 million or 2%, primarily due to local sales, offset by an increase in network sales. The decrease in local sales occurred in our New York and Miami markets. The increase in network sales occurred in all of our markets.  

Operating income before depreciation and amortization and (gain) loss on the disposal of assets, net, a non-GAAP measure, totaled $5.5 million compared to $6.0 million for the same prior year period, representing a decrease of $0.5 million or 8%. This decrease was primarily attributed to the increase in operating expenses, offset by a decrease in corporate expenses. Please refer to the Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Unaudited Segment Data sections for definitions and a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures.

Operating income totaled $4.1 million compared to $4.4 million for the same prior year period.  This decrease was primarily attributed to the increase in operating expenses, offset by the decreases in corporate expenses and depreciation and amortization.

About Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.

Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. is the largest publicly traded Hispanic-controlled media and entertainment company in the United States. SBS owns and/or operates 21 radio stations located in the top U.S. Hispanic markets of New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Puerto Rico, which are leading radio stations airing the Tropical, Mexican Regional, Spanish Adult Contemporary and Hurban format genres. The Company also owns and operates Mega TV, a television operation with over-the-air, cable and satellite distribution and affiliates throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. SBS also produces live concerts and events in the major U.S. markets and Puerto Rico. In addition, the Company operates www.LaMusica.com , a bilingual Spanish-English online site providing content related to Latin music, entertainment, news and culture. The Company's corporate Web site can be accessed at www.spanishbroadcasting.com .

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements, which are included in accordance with the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company's actual results and performance in future periods to be materially different from any future results or performance suggested by the forward-looking statements in this press release. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from these expectations. Forward-looking statements, which are based upon certain assumptions and describe future plans, strategies and expectations of the Company, are generally identifiable by use of the words "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "could," "estimate," "might," or "continue" or the negative or other variations thereof or comparable terminology. Factors that could cause actual results, events and developments to differ are included from time to time in the Company's public reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements made herein are qualified by these cautionary statements and there can be no assurance that the actual results, events or developments referenced herein will occur or be realized. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operation results.

Below are the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 and 2010.

     
  Quarter Ended
  March 31,
Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts 2011 2010
     
  (Unaudited)
Net revenue  $ 30,775  30,846
Station operating expenses  23,385  22,663
Corporate expenses  1,931  2,221
Depreciation and amortization  1,339  1,556
(Gain) loss on the disposal of assets, net  (7)  -- 
 Operating income  4,127  4,406
Interest expense, net  (2,036)  (6,303)
Changes in fair value of derivative instrument  --   2,847
     
Income before income taxes  2,091  950
Income tax expense  1,781  1,778
 Net income (loss)  310  (828)
     
Dividends on Series B preferred stock  (2,482)  (2,482)
 Net loss applicable to common stockholders  $ (2,172)  (3,310)
     
Net loss per common share:    
  Basic and Diluted  $ (0.03)  (0.05)
     
Weighted average common shares outstanding:    
 Basic & Diluted  72,673  72,600

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Included below are tables that reconcile the quarter ended reported results in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to Non-GAAP results. The tables reconcile Operating Income to Operating Income before Depreciation and Amortization and (Gain) Loss on the Disposal of Assets, net.    

       
UNAUDITED GAAP REPORTED RESULTS RECONCILED TO NON- GAAP RESULTS
       
  Quarter Ended   
  March 31, %
(Amounts in thousands) 2011 2010 Change
       
Operating Income  $ 4,127  4,406  
add back: (Gain) Loss on the disposal of assets, net  (7)  --   
add back: Depreciation and amortization  1,339  1,556  
Operating Income before Depreciation and Amortization and (Gain) Loss on the Disposal of Assets, net  $ 5,459  5,962  (8%)

Operating Income before Depreciation and Amortization and (Gain) Loss on the Disposal of Assets, net, are not measures of performance or liquidity determined in accordance with GAAP in the United States. However, we believe that these measures are useful in evaluating our performance because they reflect a measure of performance for our stations before considering costs and expenses related to our capital structure and dispositions. These measures are widely used in the broadcast industry to evaluate a company's operating performance and are used by us for internal budgeting purposes and to evaluate the performance of our stations, segments, management and consolidated operations. However, these measures should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for Operating Income, Net Income (Loss), Cash Flows from Operating Activities or any other measure used in determining our operating performance or liquidity that is calculated in accordance with GAAP. In addition, because Operating Income before Depreciation and Amortization and (Gain) Loss on the Disposal of Assets, net, is not calculated in accordance with GAAP, it is not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. 

Unaudited Segment Data

We have two reportable segments: radio and television. The following summary table presents separate financial data for each of our operating segments (in thousands):

     
  Quarter Ended
  March 31, 
  2011 2010
   
Net revenue:    
Radio   $ 26,441  27,080
Television   4,334  3,766
 Consolidated   $ 30,775  30,846
Engineering and programming expenses:    
Radio   $ 6,409  5,790
Television   3,797  4,084
 Consolidated   $ 10,206  9,874
Selling, general and administrative expenses:    
Radio   $ 10,836  10,871
Television   2,343  1,918
 Consolidated   $ 13,179  12,789
Operating income before depreciation and amortization and (gain) loss on the disposal of assets, net:    
Radio   $ 9,196  10,419
Television   (1,806)  (2,236)
Corporate   (1,931)  (2,221)
 Consolidated   $ 5,459  5,962
Depreciation and amortization:    
Radio   $ 618  733
Television   575  562
Corporate   146  261
 Consolidated   $ 1,339  1,556
(Gain) loss on the disposal of assets, net:    
Radio   $ (7)  -- 
Television   --   -- 
Corporate   --   -- 
 Consolidated   $ (7)  -- 
Operating income (loss):    
Radio   $ 8,585  9,686
Television   (2,381)  (2,798)
Corporate   (2,077)  (2,482)
 Consolidated   $ 4,127  4,406

Selected Unaudited Balance Sheet Information and Other Data:

     
  As of   
(Amounts in thousands) March 31, 2011  
     
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 62,206  
     
Total assets  $ 476,637  
     
Senior secured credit facility term loan due 2012  $ 305,500  
Other debt  6,642  
 Total debt  $ 312,142  
     
Series B preferred stock  $ 92,349  
Accrued dividends payable  16,960  
Total   $ 109,309  
     
Total stockholders' deficit  $ (50,585)  
     
Total capitalization  $ 370,866  
     
     
     
   For the Quarter Ened March 31, 
(Amounts in thousands)  2011   2010 
     
Capital expenditures  $ 1,736  385
Cash paid for income taxes, net  $ 8  8
CONTACT: Analysts and Investors
         Joseph A. Garcia
         Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer,
         Senior Executive Vice President and Secretary
         (305) 441-6901
         
         Analysts, Investors or Media
         Chris Plunkett
         Brainerd Communicators, Inc.
         (212) 986-6667

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