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National CineMedia, Inc. Reports Results for Fiscal Second Quarter 2014

August 5, 2014

~ Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend ~

~ Provides Third Quarter 2014 Outlook ~



CENTENNIAL, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) (the Company), the managing member and owner of 45.8% of National CineMedia, LLC (NCM LLC), the operator of the largest in-theatre digital media network in North America, today announced consolidated results for the fiscal second quarter ended June 26, 2014.

Total revenue for the second quarter of 2014 decreased 18.6% to $99.9 million from $122.8 million for the comparable quarter last year. Excluding revenue from the Fathom Events division that was sold in December 2013, revenue decreased 14.5% from $116.9 million for the second quarter of 2013. Adjusted OIBDA decreased 21.5% to $52.0 million for the second quarter of 2014 from $66.2 million for the comparable quarter last year and Adjusted OIBDA excluding Fathom Events decreased 20.5% from $65.4 million for the second quarter of 2013. Net income for the second quarter of 2014 was $3.6 million, or $0.06 per diluted share compared to net income of $9.5 million, or $0.17 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2013. Excluding $1.7 million in pre-tax costs associated with the proposed merger with Screenvision, net income for the second quarter of 2014 would have been $4.7 million, or $0.08 per diluted share.

For the six months ended June 26, 2014, total revenue decreased 17.0% to $170.1 million from $205.0 million for the six months ended June 27, 2013. Excluding revenue from the Fathom Events division that was sold in December 2013, revenue decreased 10.8% from $190.6 million for the six months ended June 27, 2013. Adjusted OIBDA decreased 21.7% to $74.6 million for the six months ended June 26, 2014 from $95.3 million for the comparable period last year and Adjusted OIBDA excluding Fathom Events decreased 19.9% from $93.1 million for the comparable six month period of 2013. Net income for the six months ended June 26, 2014 was $0.5 million, or $0.01 per diluted share compared to net income of $8.5 million, or $0.15 per diluted share for the first half of 2013. Excluding $1.7 million in pre-tax costs associated with the proposed merger with Screenvision, net income for the first half of 2014 would have been $1.6 million, or $0.03 per diluted share.

The Company announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized the Company’s regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per share of common stock. The dividend will be paid on September 5, 2014, to stockholders of record on August 21, 2014. The Company intends to pay a regular quarterly dividend for the foreseeable future at the discretion of the Board of Directors dependent on available cash, anticipated cash needs, overall financial condition, future prospects for earnings and cash flows as well as other relevant factors.

Commenting on the second quarter of 2014 results, Chairman and CEO Kurt Hall said, “While our projected results for the first nine months are expected to be below last year, we are experiencing strong Q4 bookings and a significant increase in the number of upfront discussions for the TV upfront year beginning this October.” Mr. Hall continued, “The shifts we are making in pricing strategy continue to help broaden our client base and inventory utilization. This combined with the expected competitive benefits associated with the Screenvision merger will position us very well to reestablish revenue and Adjusted OIBDA growth in the future.”

Mr. Hall concluded, “The Screenvision merger comes at a very important time for us as the video advertising marketplace becomes more competitive, demanding increased scope and near ubiquitous geographic coverage and better audience targeting capabilities. These strategic benefits and the expected operating expense synergies of $30 million resulting from the merger will allow us to invest to create more efficient and effective marketing products for advertisers that will ultimately result in higher advertising revenue for us and our theatre circuit partners.”

Revenue excluding Fathom Events, Adjusted OIBDA and Adjusted OIBDA excluding Fathom Events are non-GAAP measures. See the tables at the end of this release for the reconciliations to the closest GAAP basis measurements.

Supplemental Information

Integration payments due from Cinemark and AMC associated with Rave Theatres for the quarter ended June 26, 2014 and June 27, 2013 and six months ended June 26, 2014 and June 27, 2013, respectively, were $0.6 million, $0.9 million, $0.8 million and $1.1 million. The integration payments were recorded as a reduction of an intangible asset.

Third Quarter 2014 Outlook

For the third quarter of 2014, the Company expects total revenue to be down 15% to 23% and Adjusted OIBDA is expected to be down 27% to 37% from the third quarter of 2013 (excluding the results of Fathom Events from 2013). The Company expects total revenue in the range of $98.0 million to $108.0 million during the third quarter of 2014, compared to total revenue excluding Fathom for the third quarter of 2013 of $127.6 million and Adjusted OIBDA in the range of $48.0 million to $55.0 million during the third quarter of 2014 compared to Adjusted OIBDA excluding Fathom for the third quarter of 2013 of $75.6 million.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call and audio webcast with investors, analysts and other interested parties August 5, 2014 at 5:00 P.M. Eastern time. The live call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-407-9039 or for international participants 1-201-689-8470. Participants should register at least 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the call. Additionally, a live audio webcast will be available to interested parties at www.ncm.com under the Investor Relations section. Participants should allow at least 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the call to register, download and install necessary audio software.

The replay of the conference call will be available until midnight Eastern Time, August 19, 2014, by dialing 1-877-870-5176 or for international participants 1-858-384-5517, and entering conference ID 13587320.

About National CineMedia, Inc.

National CineMedia (NCM) operates NCM Media Networks, a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology. NCM presents cinema advertising across the nation’s largest digital in-theater network, comprised of theaters owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) and other leading regional theater circuits. NCM’s theater advertising network covers 183 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50) and includes approximately19,900 screens (approximately 19,000 connected to our Digital Content Network). During 2013, over 710 million patrons (on an annualized basis) attended movies shown in theaters in which NCM currently has exclusive cinema advertising agreements in place. NCM Digital offers 360-degree integrated marketing opportunities in combination with cinema, encompassing 39 entertainment-related websites, online solutions and mobile applications. National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 45.8% interest in and is the managing member of National CineMedia LLC. For more information, visit www.ncm.com. (NCMI-F)

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains various forward-looking statements that reflect management’s current expectations or beliefs regarding future events, including statements providing guidance for third quarter, the dividend policy and the merger with Screenvision. Investors are cautioned that reliance on these forward-looking statements involves risks and uncertainties. Although the Company believes that the assumptions used in the forward looking statements are reasonable, any of these assumptions could prove to be inaccurate and, as a result, actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward looking statements. The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements are, among others, 1) the level of expenditures on cinema advertising; 2) increased competition for advertising expenditures; 3) technological changes and innovations; 4) popularity of major motion picture releases and level of theatre attendance; 5) shifts in population and other demographics that affect theatre attendance; 6) our ability to renew or replace expiring advertising and content contracts; 7) our need for additional funding, risks and uncertainties relating to our significant indebtedness; 8) fluctuations in operating costs; 9) changes in interest rates; 10) changes in accounting principles; and 11) receipt of regulatory approval and satisfaction of other conditions for the merger with Screenvision to close and the Company’s ability to timely and successfully integrate Screenvision’s operations into those of NCM LLC and achieve the anticipated expense synergies and increased revenue.In addition, the outlook provided does not include the impact of any future unusual or infrequent transactions; sales and acquisitions of operating assets and investments; the proposed Screenvision merger; any future noncash impairments of intangible and fixed assets; amounts related to litigation; or the related impact of taxes that may occur from time to time due to management decisions and changing business circumstances. The Company is currently unable to forecast precisely the timing and/or magnitude of any such amounts or events. Please refer to the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including the “Risk Factor” section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 26, 2013, for further information about these and other risks.

       

NATIONAL CINEMEDIA, INC.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

Unaudited

($ in millions, except per share data)

 
Quarter Ended   Six Months Ended

June 26,

2014

June 27,

2013

June 26,

2014

June 27,

2013

REVENUE:

Advertising (including revenue from founding

 members of $9.8, $11.2, $19.3 and $20.1

 respectively)

$ 99.9 $ 116.9 $ 170.1 $ 190.6
Fathom Events   -     5.9     -     14.4  
Total   99.9     122.8     170.1     205.0  
OPERATING EXPENSES:
Advertising operating costs 6.6 8.1 11.6 13.8
Fathom Events operating costs - 4.2 - 10.0
Network costs 4.4 5.1 9.0 10.1
Theatre access fees—founding members 17.9 18.1 35.3 33.7
Selling and marketing costs 14.1 15.7 29.1 31.1
Merger-related administrative costs 1.7 - 1.7 -
Other administrative and other costs 7.1 7.4 14.7 15.1
Depreciation and amortization   7.8     6.2     15.6     11.6  
Total   59.6     64.8     117.0     125.4  
OPERATING INCOME   40.3     58.0     53.1     79.6  
NON-OPERATING EXPENSES:
Interest on borrowings 13.0 12.8 26.1 26.1
Interest income (0.5 ) (0.1 ) (0.9 ) (0.2 )

Accretion of interest on the discounted payable to

 founding members under tax receivable agreement

3.5 3.4 7.3 6.8
Amortization of terminated derivatives 2.5 2.7 5.0 5.2
Other non-operating expense   0.1     1.2     0.2     1.2  
Total   18.6     20.0     37.7     39.1  
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 21.7 38.0 15.4 40.5
Income tax expense   3.8     6.0     2.1     6.6  
CONSOLIDATED NET INCOME 17.9 32.0 13.3 33.9
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   14.3     22.5     12.8     25.4  
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO NCM, INC. $ 3.6   $ 9.5   $ 0.5   $ 8.5  
 
EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE:
Basic $ 0.06 $ 0.17 $ 0.01 $ 0.16
Diluted $ 0.06 $ 0.17 $ 0.01 $ 0.15
 
   

NATIONAL CINEMEDIA, INC.

Selected Condensed Balance Sheet Data

Unaudited ($ in millions)

 
As of

June 26,

2014

December 26,

2013

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities $ 73.7 $ 126.0
Receivables, net 109.5 120.4
Property and equipment, net 25.2 25.6
Total assets 1,005.2 1,067.3
Borrowings 899.0 890.0
Total equity/(deficit) (188.3 ) (146.1 )
Total liabilities and equity 1,005.2 1,067.3
 
   

NATIONAL CINEMEDIA, INC.

Operating Data

Unaudited

 
Quarter and Six Months Ended

June 26,

2014

June 27,

2013

Total Screens (100% Digital) at Period End (1)(6) 19,886 19,587
Founding Member Screens at Period End (2)(6) 16,451 16,357
DCN (Digital Content Network) Screens at Period End (3)(6) 19,022 18,760
 
       
Quarter Ended   Six Months Ended
(in millions)

June 26,

2014

June 27,

2013

 

June 26,

2014

 

June 27,

2013

Total Attendance for Period (4)(6) 175.4 187.2 341.9 341.7
Founding Member Attendance for Period (5)(6) 150.4 160.7 294.4 289.5
Capital Expenditures $ 3.1 $ 3.5 $ 5.3 $ 6.2
  (1) Represents the total screens within NCM LLC’s advertising network.
 
(2) Represents the total founding member screens.
 
(3) Represents the total number of screens that are connected to the DCN.
 
(4) Represents the total attendance within NCM LLC’s advertising network.
 
(5) Represents the total attendance within NCM LLC’s advertising network in theatres operated by the founding members.
 
(6) Excludes screens and attendance associated with certain AMC Rave and Cinemark Rave theatres for all periods presented.
 
       

NATIONAL CINEMEDIA, INC.

Operating Data

Unaudited

(In millions, except advertising revenue per attendee, margin and per share data)

 
Quarter Ended   Six Months Ended

June 26,

2014

June 27,

2013
June 26,

2014
June 27,

2013
Advertising Revenue $ 99.9 $ 116.9 $ 170.1 $ 190.6
Total Revenue $ 99.9 $ 122.8 $ 170.1 $ 205.0
Operating Income $ 40.3 $ 58.0 $ 53.1 $ 79.6
 
Total Attendance (1) 175.4 187.2 341.9 341.7
Advertising Revenue / Attendee $ 0.570 $ 0.624 $ 0.498 $ 0.558
 
OIBDA $ 48.1 $ 64.2 $ 68.7 $ 91.2
Adjusted OIBDA $ 52.0 $ 66.2 $ 74.6 $ 95.3
Adjusted OIBDA Margin 52.1 % 53.9 % 43.9 % 46.5 %
 
 
Income Per Share – Basic $ 0.06 $ 0.17 $ 0.01 $ 0.16
Income Per Share – Diluted $ 0.06 $ 0.17 $ 0.01 $ 0.15
  (1)   Represents the total attendance within NCM LLC’s advertising network. Excludes attendance associated with certain AMC Rave and Cinemark Rave theatres for all periods presented.
 

(See attached tables for the non-GAAP reconciliation)

NATIONAL CINEMEDIA, INC.

Non-GAAP Reconciliations

Unaudited

OIBDA, Adjusted OIBDA and Adjusted OIBDA Margin

Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization (“OIBDA”), Adjusted OIBDA and Adjusted OIBDA margin are not financial measures calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in the United States. OIBDA represents consolidated net income plus income tax expense, interest and other costs and depreciation and amortization expense. Adjusted OIBDA excludes from OIBDA non-cash share based compensation costs and merger-related administrative costs. Adjusted OIBDA margin is calculated by dividing Adjusted OIBDA by total revenue. These non-GAAP financial measures are used by management to evaluate operating performance, to forecast future results and as a basis for compensation. The Company believes these are important supplemental measures of operating performance because they eliminate items that have less bearing on its operating performance and so highlight trends in its core business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on GAAP financial measures. The Company believes the presentation of these measures is relevant and useful for investors because it enables them to view performance in a manner similar to the method used by the Company’s management, helps improve their ability to understand the Company’s operating performance and makes it easier to compare the Company’s results with other companies that may have different depreciation and amortization policies, non-cash share based compensation programs, levels of mergers and acquisitions, interest rates or debt levels or income tax rates. A limitation of these measures, however, is that they exclude depreciation and amortization, which represent a proxy for the periodic costs of certain capitalized tangible and intangible assets used in generating revenues in the Company’s business. In addition, Adjusted OIBDA has the limitation of not reflecting the effect of the Company’s share based payment costs or costs associated with the Screenvision merger. OIBDA or Adjusted OIBDA should not be regarded as an alternative to operating income, net income or as indicators of operating performance, nor should they be considered in isolation of, or as substitutes for financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes that consolidated net income is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure to OIBDA. Because not all companies use identical calculations, these non-GAAP presentations may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies, or calculations in the Company’s debt agreement.

The following tables reconcile consolidated net income to OIBDA and Adjusted OIBDA for the periods presented (dollars in millions):

       
Quarter EndedSix Months Ended
June 26,

2014
June 27,

2013
June 26,

2014
June 27,

2013
Consolidated net income $ 17.9 $ 32.0 $ 13.3 $ 33.9
Income tax expense 3.8 6.0 2.1 6.6
Interest and other non-operating costs 18.6 20.0 37.7 39.1
Depreciation and amortization   7.8     6.2     15.6     11.6  
OIBDA 48.1 64.2 68.7 91.2
Share-based compensation costs (1) 2.2 2.0 4.2 4.1
Merger-related administrative costs (2)   1.7     -     1.7     -  
Adjusted OIBDA $ 52.0   $ 66.2   $ 74.6   $ 95.3  
Total revenue $ 99.9   $ 122.8   $ 170.1   $ 205.0  
Adjusted OIBDA margin   52.1 %   53.9 %   43.9 %   46.5 %
 
 
Adjusted OIBDA $ 52.0 $ 66.2 $ 74.6 $ 95.3
Rave theatres integration payments   0.6     0.9     0.8     1.1  
Adjusted OIBDA after integration payments $ 52.6   $ 67.1   $ 75.4   $ 96.4  
  (1)   Share-based compensation costs are included in network operations, selling and marketing and administrative expense in the accompanying financial statements.
 
(2) Merger-related administrative costs represent legal, accounting, advisory and other professional fees associated with the proposed merger with Screenvision and are included in administrative expense in the accompanying financial statements.
 


Outlook (in millions)

   
 

Quarter Ending

September 25, 2014

Low

High

Consolidated net income $ 16.8 $ 17.8
Income tax expense 2.7 2.7
Interest and other non-operating costs 18.0 19.0
Depreciation and amortization   7.5   8.0
OIBDA 45.0 47.5
Share-based compensation costs (1) 2.0 2.5
Merger-related administrative costs (2)   1.0   5.0
Adjusted OIBDA $ 48.0 $ 55.0
Total revenue $ 98.0 $ 108.0
 
  (1)   Share-based compensation costs are included in network operations, selling and marketing and administrative expense in the accompanying financial statements.
 
(2) Merger-related administrative costs represent legal, accounting, advisory and other professional fees associated with the proposed merger with Screenvision and are included in administrative expense in the accompanying financial statements.
 


Revenue and Adjusted OIBDA excluding Fathom Events

Revenue excluding Fathom Events and Adjusted OIBDA excluding Fathom Events are not financial measures calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in the United States. Revenue excluding Fathom Events represents total revenue less revenue of our Fathom Events operating segment which was sold on December 26, 2013. Adjusted OIBDA excluding Fathom Events represents Adjusted OIBDA (defined above) less operating income of our Fathom Events operating segment. These non-GAAP financial measures are used to provide readers a comparison of our second quarter and full year 2014 results and outlook for the third quarter and full year 2014 to our results in the comparable period of 2013 without the Fathom Events operating segment included. The Company believes these are important supplemental measures because they eliminate a portion of our business that was disposed of to highlight trends in its ongoing business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on GAAP financial measures. Revenue excluding Fathom Events and Adjusted OIBDA excluding Fathom Events should not be regarded as an alternative to revenue, operating income, net income or as indicators of operating performance, nor should they be considered in isolation of, or as substitutes for financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes that revenue and consolidated net income are the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. Because not all companies use identical calculations, these non-GAAP presentations may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.

The following table reconciles total revenue to revenue excluding Fathom Events for the periods presented (dollars in millions):

     
 
Quarter EndedSix Months EndedQuarter Ended
June 27,

2013

June 27,

2013

September 26,

2013

Revenue $ 122.8 $ 205.0 $ 135.1
Fathom Events revenue   (5.9 )   (14.4 )   (7.5 )
Revenue excluding Fathom Events $ 116.9   $ 190.6   $ 127.6  
 


The following table reconciles consolidated net income to Adjusted OIBDA excluding Fathom Events for the periods presented (dollars in millions):

     
 

Quarter

Ended

Six Months

Ended

Quarter

Ended

June 27,

2013

June 27,

2013

September 26,

2013

Consolidated net income $ 32.0 $ 33.9 $ 42.3
Income tax expense 6.0 6.6 6.4
Interest and other non-operating costs 20.0 39.1 18.7
Depreciation and amortization 6.2 11.6 7.2
Fathom operating income (0.8 ) (2.2 ) (1.1 )
Share-based compensation costs (1)   2.0     4.1     2.1  
Adjusted OIBDA excluding Fathom Events $ 65.4   $ 93.1   $ 75.6  
 
  (1)   Share-based compensation costs are included in network operations, selling and marketing and administrative expense in the accompanying financial statements.
 


Net Income and Earnings per Share Excluding Merger-Related Administrative Costs

Net income and earnings per share excluding merger-related administrative costs are not financial measures calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in the United States. Net income and earnings per share excluding merger-related administrative costs are calculated using reported net income and earnings per share and the merger-related administrative costs shown in the below table. These non-GAAP financial measures are used by management as an additional tool to evaluate operating performance. The Company believes these are important supplemental measures of operating performance because they eliminate items that have less bearing on its operating performance and so highlight trends in its core business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on GAAP financial measures. The Company believes the presentation of these measures is relevant and useful for investors because it enables them to view performance in a manner similar to a method used by the Company’s management and helps improve their ability to understand the Company’s operating performance. Net income excluding merger-related administrative costs should not be regarded as an alternative to net income and should not be regarded as an alternative to earnings per share or as indicators of operating performance, nor should they be considered in isolation of, or as substitutes for financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes that net income and earnings per share are the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. Because not all companies use identical calculations, these presentations may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.

The following table reconciles net income and earnings per share as reported to net income and earnings per share excluding merger-related administrative costs for the periods presented (dollars in millions):

       
Quarter EndedSix Months Ended
June 26,

2014
June 27,

2013
June 26,

2014
  June 27,

2013
Net income as reported $ 3.6 $ 9.5 $ 0.5 $ 8.5
 
Merger-related administrative costs (1)(2) 1.7 - 1.7 -
Effect of provision for income taxes (38% effective rate)   (0.6 )   -   (0.6 )   -
Net effect of merger-related administrative costs 1.1 - 1.1 -
       
Net income excluding merger-related administrative costs $ 4.7   $ 9.5   1.6   $ 8.5
 
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding as reported
Basic 58,722,025 55,062,723 58,670,412 54,837,169
Diluted 59,000,127 55,716,742 59,006,383 55,293,746
 
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding as adjusted
Basic 58,722,025 55,062,723 58,670,412 54,837,169
Diluted 59,000,127 55,716,742 59,006,383 55,293,746
 
Basic income per share as reported $ 0.06 $ 0.17 $ 0.01 $ 0.16
Net effect of merger-related administrative costs   0.02     -   0.02     -
Basic income per share excluding merger-related administrative costs $ 0.08   $ 0.17 $ 0.03   $ 0.16
 
Diluted income per share as reported $ 0.06 $ 0.17 $ 0.01 $ 0.15
Net effect of merger-related administrative costs   0.02     -   0.02     -
Diluted income per share excluding merger-related administrative costs $ 0.08   $ 0.17 $ 0.03   $ 0.15
 
  (1)   Merger-related administrative costs represent legal, accounting, advisory and other professional fees associated with the proposed merger with Screenvision and are included in administrative expense in the accompanying financial statements.
 
(2) The effect of noncontrolling interests was not included in this calculation as the merger related costs were only recorded at NCM, Inc. and not at NCM LLC and therefore, the expenses were not attributable to noncontrolling interests.
 





National CineMedia, Inc.

INVESTOR CONTACT:

David Oddo, 800-844-0935

investors@ncm.com

or

MEDIA CONTACT:

Amy Jane Finnerty, 212-931-8117

amy.finnerty@ncm.com


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