Central European Media Enterprises Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year Ended December 31, 2010

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

Full Year Net Income attributable to CME of US$ 100.2 million

FOURTH QUARTER
Net Revenues of US$ 257.4 million
OIBDA of US$ 64.8 million

FULL YEAR
Net Revenues of US$ 737.1 million
OIBDA of US$ 107.3 million

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Feb. 23, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. ("CME" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:CETV) (Prague Stock Exchange:CETV) today announced financial results for the three months and full year ended December 31, 2010.

Net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2010 increased US$ 23.0 million to US$ 257.4 million, compared to the fourth quarter of 2009. OIBDA¹ for the quarter increased US$ 20.4 million to US$ 64.8 million. Operating income for the quarter increased US$ 17.6 million to US$ 41.9 million. Net loss attributable to the shareholders of CME for the quarter was US$ 26.1 million compared to a loss of US$ 55.3 million for the fourth quarter 2009. Fully diluted loss per share for the quarter improved US$ 0.48 to US$ (0.41). Results for the fourth quarter of 2010 include the Media Pro Entertainment and bTV businesses acquired by CME in December 2009 and April 2010, respectively, and exclude CME's former Ukraine operations which were disposed of in April 2010.

Net revenues for the full year ended December 31, 2010 were US$ 737.1 million and OIBDA was US$ 107.3 million. Operating income for the full year was US$ 22.9 million. Net income attributable to the shareholders of CME for the full year was US$ 100.2 million, and fully diluted income per share was US$ 1.57.

Adrian Sarbu, President and Chief Executive Officer of CME, commented: "In the fourth quarter our sales and OIBDA increased as a result of the restructuring of our broadcasting business and the start of recovery in certain markets. 2010 was our first year of operating as a fully vertically integrated media company. We now run six leading broadcast operations, an integrated content division, Media Pro Entertainment, and a rapidly growing New Media segment. In 2011 we expect all our markets to recover. Our priority is to deliver growth in revenues, OIBDA and free cash flow."

1 OIBDA is Operating Income before Depreciation and Amortization, which is equivalent to our former definition of EBITDA, as defined in 'Segment Data' below. Consolidated OIBDA, which is set out here, is equal to the OIBDA for each of our segments less central costs (which include non-cash stock-based compensation). We define OIBDA margin as the ratio of OIBDA to Net Revenues.

Consolidated Results for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2010

Net revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2010 increased by 9.8% to US$ 257.4 million from US$ 234.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2009. Operating income for the quarter was US$ 41.9 million compared to US$ 24.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2009. Net loss attributable to the shareholders of CME for the quarter was US$ 26.1 million compared to a loss of US$ 55.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2009. Fully diluted loss per share for the three months ended December 31, 2010 improved US$ 0.48 to US$ (0.41). 

OIBDA for the three months ended December 31, 2010 increased to US$ 64.8 million from US$ 44.4 million in the three months ended December 31, 2009. OIBDA margin for the three months ended December 31, 2010 was 25.2% compared to 18.9% in the three months ended December 31, 2009.

Headline Consolidated Results for the three months ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 were:

Consolidated Results for the Full Year Ended December 31, 2010

Net revenues for the full year ended December 31, 2010 increased by 8.1% to US$ 737.1 million from US$ 681.9 million for the full year ended December 31, 2009. Operating income for the period was US$ 22.9 million compared to a loss of US$ 39.0 million for the full year ended December 31, 2009. Net income attributable to the shareholders of CME for the period was US$ 100.2 million compared to a net loss of US$ 97.2 million for the full year ended December 31, 2009. Fully diluted income per share for the full year ended December 31, 2010 was US$ 1.57, an increase of US$ 3.36 compared to the full year ended December 31, 2009. 2010 results included a gain on the disposal of our former operations in Ukraine, which have been treated as discontinued operations for all periods presented, of US$ 217.6 million.

OIBDA for the full year ended December 31, 2010 decreased to US$ 107.3 million from US$ 115.4 million in the full year ended December 31, 2009. OIBDA margin for the full year ended December 31, 2010 was 14.6% compared to 16.9% in the full year ended December 31, 2009.

Headline results for the full year ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 were:

Segment Results

We evaluate the performance of our operations based on Net Revenues and OIBDA. 

Our Net Revenues and Consolidated OIBDA for the three months ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 were:

Our Net Revenues and Consolidated OIBDA for the full year ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 were:

CME will host a teleconference and video webcast to discuss its fourth quarter and full year results on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. New York time (2:00 p.m. London time and 3:00 p.m. Prague time). The video webcast and teleconference will refer to presentation slides which will be available on CME's website at prior to the call.

To access the teleconference, U.S. and international callers may dial +1 785-424-1051 ten minutes prior to the start time and reference passcode 7CETVQ4. The conference call will be video webcasted live via .

The video webcast and a digital audio replay in MP3 format will be available for two weeks following the call at .

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. For all forward-looking statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy or are otherwise beyond our control and some of which might not even be anticipated. Forward-looking statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and because our business is subject to such risks and uncertainties, actual results, our strategic plan, our financial position, results of operations and cash flows could differ materially from those described in or contemplated by the forward-looking statements.

For a more detailed description of these uncertainties and other factors, please see the "Risk Factors" section in CME's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 23, 2011. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

This press release should be read in conjunction with our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 23, 2011. 

We make available free of charge on our website at www.cetv-net.com our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file such material with, or furnish it to, the Securities and Exchange Commission.

CME is a vertically integrated media company operating a leading broadcast, content and new media business in six Central and Eastern European countries with an aggregate population of approximately 50 million people. CME's television stations are located in Bulgaria (bTV, bTV Cinema, bTV Comedy, bTV Action and Ring.bg), Croatia (Nova TV and Doma), the Czech Republic (TV Nova, Nova Cinema, Nova Sport and MTV Czech), Romania (PRO TV, PRO TV International, Acasa, PRO Cinema, Sport.ro and MTV Romania), the Slovak Republic (TV Markiza and Doma) and Slovenia (POP TV, Kanal A and POP Brio). CME is traded on the NASDAQ and the Prague Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "CETV".

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Segment Data

Since January 1, 2010, we have managed our business on a divisional basis, with three operating segments which are also reportable segments: Broadcast, New Media and Media Pro Entertainment, our content division. 

We evaluate the performance of our segments based on Net Revenues and OIBDA. OIBDA, which includes program rights amortization costs, is determined as operating income / (loss) before depreciation and amortization of intangible assets. In the past, our definition of EBITDA excluded foreign currency exchange gains and losses and changes in the fair value of derivatives. In effect, the amount arrived at by excluding those two items as well as interest and taxes from earnings is equal to OIBDA. Items that are not allocated to our segments for purposes of evaluating their performance and therefore are not included in their OIBDA, include stock-based compensation and certain unusual or infrequent items (e.g., impairments of assets or investments). We believe OIBDA is useful to investors because it provides a more meaningful representation of our performance as it excludes certain items that either do not impact our cash flows or the operating results of our operations. OIBDA is also used as a component in determining management bonuses. Intersegment revenues and profits have been eliminated in consolidation. OIBDA may not be comparable to similar measures reported by other companies.

Below are tables showing each of our Net Revenues and OIBDA by segment for the three months and full year ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, together with a reconciliation of OIBDA to our Consolidated Statement of Operations:

CONTACT: Romana Wyllie Vice President of Corporate Communications Central European Media Enterprises +420 242 465 525 romana.wyllie@cme-net.com