March 11, 2015

Hemisphere Media Group Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hemisphere Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HMTV) ("Hemisphere" or the "Company"), the only publicly traded pure-play U.S. media company targeting the high growth Hispanic TV/cable networks business, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014.

Alan Sokol, CEO of Hemisphere, stated, "We are very pleased with both our financial and operational results in 2014, our first full year as a public company. We continued to execute on our strategic plan to drive growth and engagement across each of our networks during the fourth quarter and successfully achieved solid revenue and Adjusted EBITDA growth. We secured new launches on Cablevision of our recently acquired cable networks, and full national distribution on Cox Cable for Centroamerica TV, and successfully completed renewals of WAPA's retransmission agreements which expired in 2014.

"In addition, WAPA strengthened its leadership position as Puerto Rico's #1 network for the sixth consecutive year. Cinelatino's transition to an ad-supported network remains on track for 2015. After a strong fourth quarter, we have significant momentum entering 2015 and are confident that we are ideally positioned to increase our retransmission/subscriber and advertising revenues, while continuing to pursue various strategic initiatives, including acquisitions and digital strategies to complement our core business."

On April 1, 2014, Hemisphere closed on the acquisition of the assets of the Spanish-language television network business of Media World, LLC (the "Cable Networks Acquisition"), which is comprised of Pasiones, Centroamerica TV and TV Dominicana (the "Acquired Cable Networks"). Results for the Acquired Cable Networks are included in the Company's consolidated statement of operations from the acquisition date, April 1, 2014, which affects the comparability of the Company's quarterly and full year results. Comparability of the Company's full year results are also affected by a full year of results for Cinelatino, which was acquired by the Company on April 4, 2013 (the "Transaction").

Net revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2014 were $33.2 million, an increase of 28%, compared to net revenues of $25.9 million for the same period in 2013. Net revenues for the full year ended December 31, 2014 were $112.0 million, an increase of 30%, compared to net revenues of $86.0 million for the same period in 2013. These increases are primarily a result of the inclusion of the Acquired Cable Networks, the inclusion of a full year of results of Cinelatino, and growth in subscriber and retransmission fees across all of the Company's networks. The fourth quarter results also benefited from growth in advertising revenue.

Operating expenses were $23.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014, an increase of 10% from operating expenses of $20.9 million in the year ago quarter. Operating expenses were $86.0 million for the full year ended December 31, 2014, an increase of 10% from operating expenses of $78.3 million in the year ago period. These increases in operating expenses were due primarily to the inclusion of the operating results of the Acquired Cable Networks, as well as the inclusion of Cinelatino's operating expenses and corporate overhead for a full year. These increases were offset in part by a reduction in production costs as a result of the decision not to produce Idol Puerto Rico in 2014, a decline in stock compensation expense, and one-time charges comprised primarily of fees and expenses related to the Transaction and the Cable Networks Acquisition recorded in 2013.

Net income was $4.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014, an increase of $1.7 million compared to net income of $2.6 million for the same period in 2013, and $10.6 million for the full year ended December 31, 2014, an increase of $14.9 million compared to a net loss of $4.3 million for the same period.

Adjusted EBITDA increased $5.7 million, or 56%, to $16.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014, and increased $16.2 million, or 48%, to $50.0 million for the full year ended December 31, 2014. These increases were due to the inclusion of the operating results of the Acquired Cable Networks and Cinelatino and revenue growth at Hemisphere's combined networks, offset in part by a full year of corporate overhead, which has increased as the Company expands its infrastructure to support the growth of its business.

The Company expects to build on the positive revenue momentum of the fourth quarter and plans to increase investment in its channels in 2015, resulting in projected Adjusted EBITDA growth in the low to mid-teens for 2015.

As of December 31, 2014, the Company had $221.8 million in debt and $142.0 million of cash. The Company's leverage ratio was approximately 4.5 times, and net leverage ratio was approximately 1.6 times.

The following tables set forth the Company's financial performance for the three months and year ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 and selected balance sheet data as of December 31, 2014 and 2013 ($ in thousands):

 

Three Months Ended
December 31,

Year Ended
December 31,

  2014   2013     2014     2013  
(Unaudited) (Audited)
 
Net Revenues $ 33,202   $25,876   $ 111,989   $ 86,005  
Operating Expenses:
Cost of revenues 10,383 10,133 36,450 33,950
Selling, general and administrative 8,134 7,107 31,608 29,678
Depreciation and amortization 4,474 2,585 16,552 8,762
Other expenses - 900 1,282 5,694
Loss on disposition of assets   -   132     70     199  
Total Operating Expenses   22,991   20,857     85,962     78,283  
 

Operating Income

  10,211   5,019     26,027     7,722  
 
Other Expenses:
Interest expense, net (3,053 ) (2,967 ) (11,925 ) (7,240 )
Loss on extinguishment of debt   -   -     (1,116 )   (1,649 )
  (3,053 ) (2,967 )   (13,041 )   (8,889 )
Income (loss) before income taxes 7,158 2,052 12,986 (1,167 )
Income tax (expense) benefit   (2,828 ) 587     (2,429 )   (3,130 )
 

Net Income (Loss)

$ 4,330   $2,639   $ 10,557     ($4,297 )
 

Reconciliation of net income (loss) to
EBITDA: (Unaudited)

Net Income (Loss) $ 4,330 $2,639 $ 10,557 ($4,297 )
Add (Deduct):
Income tax (expense) benefit 2,828 (587 ) 2,429 3,130
Interest expense, net 3,053 2,967 11,925 7,240
Loss on extinguishment of debt - - 1,116 1,649
Loss on disposition of assets - 132 70 199
Depreciation and amortization 4,474 2,585 16,552 8,762
Stock-based compensation 1,314 1,574 5,920 7,192
Transaction expenses - 900 1,282 5,694
Non-recurring expenses   -   74     173     4,206  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 15,999   $10,284   $ 50,024   $ 33,775  
       

Selected Balance Sheet Data

 
   

Year Ended
December 31,

      2014   2013
(Audited)
Cash $142,010   $176,622
Debt $221,791 $172,481

Leverage ratio (a): 4.5x
Net leverage ratio (b): 1.6x

(a) Represents the sum of gross debt and the unamortized balance of original issue discount of $2.1 million as of December 31, 2014, divided by Adjusted EBITDA. This ratio differs from the calculation contained in the Company's amended term loan.

(b) Represents the sum of net debt and the unamortized balance of original issue discount of $2.1 million as of December 31, 2014, divided by Adjusted EBITDA. This ratio differs from the calculation contained in the Company's amended term loan.

Non-GAAP Reconciliations

Within Hemisphere's fourth quarter and full year 2014 press release, Hemisphere makes reference to the non-GAAP financial measure - "Adjusted EBITDA." Whenever such information is presented, Hemisphere has complied with the provisions of the rules under Regulation G and Item 2.02 of Form 8-K. The specific reasons why Hemisphere's management believes that the presentation of this non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to investors regarding Hemisphere's financial condition, results of operations and cash flows has been provided in the Form 8-K filed in connection with this press release.

Conference Call

Hemisphere will conduct a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2014 financial results at 10:00AM ET on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. A live broadcast of the conference call will be available online via the company's Investor Relations website located at http://ir.hemispheretv.com/. Alternatively, interested parties can access the conference call by dialing (800) 638-4817, or from outside the United States at (617) 614-3943, at least five minutes prior to the start time. The conference ID for the call is 82943086.

A replay of the call will be available beginning at approximately 2:00PM ET March 11 by dialing (888) 286-8010, or from outside the United States by dialing (617) 801-6888. The conference ID for the replay is 70522278.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain certain statements about Hemisphere that are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include, but are not limited to, statements relating to Hemisphere's future financial and operating results (including growth and earnings), plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical facts. These statements are based on the current expectations of the management of Hemisphere and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstance, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Without limitation, any statements preceded or followed by or that include the words "targets," "plans," "believes," "expects," "intends," "will," "likely," "may," "anticipates," "estimates," "projects," "should," "would," "expect," "positioned," "strategy," "future," or words, phrases or terms of similar substance or the negative thereof, are forward-looking statements. In addition, these statements are based on a number of assumptions that are subject to change. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements are discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" and "Forward-Looking Statements" in Hemisphere's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), as they may be updated in any future reports filed with the SEC. If one or more of these factors materialize, or if any underlying assumptions prove incorrect, Hemisphere's actual results, performance, or achievements may vary materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements included herein are made as of the date hereof, and Hemisphere undertakes no obligation to update publicly such statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

About Hemisphere Media Group, Inc.

Hemisphere Media Group (NASDAQ:HMTV) is the only publicly-traded pure-play U.S. Spanish-language TV/cable network business serving the high-growth U.S. Hispanic population. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, Hemisphere owns and operates five leading U.S. Hispanic cable networks, two Latin American cable networks, and the leading broadcast television network in Puerto Rico. Hemisphere's networks consist of:

  • Cinelatino, the leading Spanish-language movie channel with over 15 million subscribers across the U.S., Latin America and Canada, including 4.3 million subscribers in the U.S. and 10.8 million subscribers in Latin America, featuring the largest selection of contemporary Spanish-language blockbusters and critically-acclaimed titles from Mexico, Latin America, Spain and the Caribbean.
  • WAPA, Puerto Rico's leading broadcast television network with the highest primetime and full day ratings in Puerto Rico. Founded in 1954, WAPA produces more than 65 hours per week of top-rated news and entertainment programming.
  • WAPA America, the leading cable network targeting Puerto Ricans and other Caribbean Hispanics living in the U.S., featuring the highly-rated news and entertainment programming produced by WAPA. WAPA America is distributed in the U.S. to over 5 million subscribers.
  • Pasiones, dedicated to showcasing the most popular telenovelas and drama series, distributed in the U.S. and Latin America. Pasiones has 4.2 million subscribers in the U.S. and 8.9 million subscribers in Latin America.
  • Centroamerica TV, the leading network targeting Central Americans living in the U.S., the third-largest U.S. Hispanic group, featuring the most popular news, entertainment and soccer programming from Central America. Centroamerica TV is distributed in the U.S. to over 3.7 million subscribers.
  • Television Dominicana, the leading network targeting Dominicans living in the U.S., featuring the most popular news, entertainment and baseball programming from the Dominican Republic. Television Dominicana is distributed in the U.S. to over 2.6 million subscribers.

For Hemisphere Media Group, Inc.:
Robin Weinberg/Patrick Scanlan, 212-687-8080

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