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MDC Partners Reports Results for the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016

Nov 3rd, 2016

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THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS:

-  Reported revenue increased 6.3% to $349.3 million; Organic revenue growth of 2.7%, 30 basis points favorable impact from increased billable pass-through costs
-  Net loss attributable to MDC Partners of ($33.5) million vs ($8.6) million, including a non-cash impairment charge of $29.6 million predominantly related to our experiential business
-  Adjusted EBITDA decreased 13.5% to $46.3 million, with margins of 13.2% (See Schedules 2 and 3)
-  2016 guidance revised to reflect lowered full year expectations and cost of restructuring efforts
-  Quarterly dividend suspended to allocate resources to accelerated de-leveraging and strategic growth initiatives
-  Advisor hired to assist in evaluating the Company's financial and capital structure strategy

YEAR-TO-DATE HIGHLIGHTS:
-  Reported revenue increased 2.9% to $995.3 million; - Organic revenue growth of 1.7%, 70 basis point negative impact from decreased billable pass-through costs
-  Net loss attributable to MDC Partners of ($55.7) million vs ($11.1) million, including a non-cash impairment charge of $29.6 million predominantly related to our experiential business
-  Adjusted EBITDA decreased 8.4% to $121.0 million, with margins of 12.2% (See Schedules 4 and 5)
- Net New Business wins totaled $1.3 million in Q3 and $58.0 million year-to-date

 

(NASDAQ: MDCA) – MDC Partners Inc. ("MDC Partners" or the "Company") today announced financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016.

Scott Kauffman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MDC Partners, said, "The third quarter was impacted by the many actions we are taking to position our business for long-term profitable growth and balance sheet strength.  We are reducing expenses, optimizing our partner portfolio, and re-prioritizing how we allocate capital, all while investing in our partners to ensure that they have the right resources to continue to drive outstanding performance for our clients. While some of these efforts carry near-term costs, which is contributing to our lower full year financial projections, we expect to reap the benefits in 2017. In addition, the suspension of our dividend will free up over $11 million in cash per quarter, which we plan to allocate toward enhanced liquidity, accelerated de-leveraging and investment in growth initiatives. We are confident that the moves we are making, alongside our active pipeline of new business opportunities, will lead to a reacceleration of the business beginning in 2017."

 

David Doft, CFO of MDC Partners, said, "Our lowered 2016 outlook reflects a diminished revenue recovery in the second half of the year as well as the upfront costs associated with our expense containment and restructuring initiatives. While we won't see the payback this year, these actions will enable us to permanently remove approximately $30 million of costs on a run-rate basis. We will rebuild off this leaner cost base into next year, manage to more optimal profit ratios and return to building the long-term value of our business."

 

Third Quarter and Year-to-Date Financial Results

 

Revenue for the third quarter of 2016 was $349.3 million, an increase of 6.3%, compared to $328.4 million in the third quarter of 2015.  The effect of foreign currency translation was negative 0.6%, the impact of net acquisitions was positive 4.3%, and the resulting organic revenue growth was 2.7%. Organic revenue growth for the period was favorably impacted by 30 basis points from increased billable pass-through costs incurred on client's behalf from certain of our partner firms acting as principal.

 

Net loss attributable to MDC Partners in the third quarter of 2016 was ($33.5) million compared to ($8.6) million in the third quarter of 2015, partially attributable to a non-cash charge on impairment of $29.6 million predominantly related to our experiential business.  Diluted loss per share from continuing operations attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the third quarter of 2016 was ($0.64) compared to ($0.15) per share in the third quarter of 2015.  Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2016 was $46.3 million, a decrease of 13.5% compared to $53.5 million in the third quarter of 2015.  Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes was $21.7 million in the third quarter of 2016, a decrease of 29.7%, compared to $30.9 million in the third quarter of 2015.

 

Revenue for the first nine months of 2016 was $995.3 million, an increase of 2.9%, compared to $967.2 million in the first nine months of 2015.  The effect of foreign currency translation was negative 0.8%, the impact of net acquisitions was positive 2.0%, and the resulting organic revenue growth was 1.7%. Organic revenue growth for the period was negatively impacted by 70 basis points from decreased billable pass-through costs incurred on client's behalf from certain of our partner firms acting as principal.

 

Net loss attributable to MDC Partners in the first nine months of 2016 was ($55.7) million compared to ($11.1) million in the first nine months of 2015, partially attributable to a non-cash charge on impairment of $29.6 million predominantly related to our experiential business.  Diluted loss per share from continuing operations attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the first nine months of 2016 was ($1.09) compared to ($0.10) per share in the first nine months of 2015.  Adjusted EBITDA for the first nine months of 2016 was $121.0 million, a decrease of 8.4%, compared to $132.1 million in the first nine months of 2015. Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes was $50.7 million in the first nine months of 2016, a decrease of 26.4%, compared to $68.9 million in the first nine months of 2015.

Financial Guidance

 

Guidance for 2016 is revised as follows:

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Advisor hired to assist in evaluating the Company's financial and capital structure strategy

 

The Company also announced today that it engaged LionTree Advisors to assist in evaluating the Company's financial and capital structure strategy. The Company's leadership team and Board of Directors reiterate their commitment to solidifying the balance sheet and capital structure in its continued efforts to enhance shareholder value.

 

Conference Call

 

Management will host a conference call on Thursday, November 3, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. (ET) to discuss results.  The conference call will be accessible by dialing 1-412-902-4266 or toll free 1-888-346-6216.  An investor presentation has been posted on our website www.mdc-partners.com and may be referred to during the conference call.

 

A recording of the conference call will be available one hour after the call until 12:00 a.m. (ET), November 10, 2016, by dialing 1-412-317-0088 or toll free 1-877-344-7529 (passcode 10095565), or by visiting our website at www.mdc-partners.com.

 

About MDC Partners Inc.

 

MDC Partners is one of the fastest-growing and most influential marketing and communications networks in the world.  Its 50+ advertising, public relations, branding, digital, social and event marketing agencies are responsible for some of the most memorable and engaging campaigns for the world's most respected brands.  As "The Place Where Great Talent Lives," MDC Partners is known for its unique partnership model, empowering the most entrepreneurial and innovative talent to drive competitive advantage and business growth for clients.  By leveraging technology, data analytics, insights, and strategic consulting solutions, MDC Partners drives measurable results and optimizes return on marketing investment for over 1,700 clients worldwide.  For more information about MDC Partners and its partner firms, visit our website at www.mdc-partners.com and follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/mdcpartners.

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

 

In addition to its reported results, MDC Partners has included in this earnings release certain financial results that the Securities and Exchange Commission defines as "non-GAAP financial measures."  Management believes that such non-GAAP financial measures, when read in conjunction with the Company's reported results, can provide useful supplemental information for investors analyzing period to period comparisons of the Company's results. Such non-GAAP financial measures for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016, and 2015, include the following:

 

(1) Organic Revenue: "Organic revenue growth" and "organic revenue decline" refer to the positive or negative results, respectively, of the following calculation: (i) the change in revenue during the relevant time period, less (ii) for each business acquired in the current year, the incremental impact on revenue for the comparable period prior to the Company's ownership of such acquired business, less revenue from each business acquired by the Company in the previous year through the twelve month anniversary of the Company's ownership, plus (iii) for each business disposed of in the current year, the incremental impact on revenue for the comparable period after the Company's disposition of such disposed business, plus revenue from each business disposed of by the Company in the previous year through the twelve month anniversary of the Company's disposition, less (iv) foreign exchange impacts.

 

(2) Net New Business: Estimate of annualized revenue for new wins less annualized revenue for losses incurred in the period.

 

(3) Adjusted EBITDA: Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure that represents operating profit plus depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, acquisition deal costs, deferred acquisition consideration adjustments, distributions from non-consolidated affiliates, and other items.

 

(4) Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes: Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes is a non-GAAP measure that represents Adjusted EBITDA less net income attributable to the noncontrolling interests, capital expenditures net of landlord reimbursements, cash taxes, and cash interest, net & other.

Included in this earnings release are tables reconciling MDC Partners' reported results to arrive at certain of these non-GAAP financial measures.

 

 

This press release contains forward-looking statements. The Company’s representatives may also make forward-looking statements orally from time to time. Statements in this press release that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company’s beliefs and expectations, earnings guidance, recent business and economic trends, potential acquisitions, and estimates of amounts for redeemable noncontrolling interests and deferred acquisition consideration, constitute forward-looking statements.  These statements are based on current plans, estimates and projections, and are subject to change based on a number of factors, including those outlined in this section.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly any of them in light of new information or future events, if any.

 

Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties.  A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Such risk factors include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

  • risks associated with the SEC’s ongoing investigation and the related class action litigation claims;
  • risks associated with severe effects of international, national and regional economic downturn;
  • the Company’s ability to attract new clients and retain existing clients;
  • the spending patterns and financial success of the Company’s clients;
  • the Company’s ability to retain and attract key employees;
  • the Company’s ability to remain in compliance with its debt agreements and the Company’s ability to finance its contingent payment obligations when due and payable, including but not limited to those relating to redeemable noncontrolling interests and deferred acquisition consideration;
  • the successful completion and integration of acquisitions which complement and expand the Company’s business capabilities; and
  • foreign currency fluctuations. 

 

The Company’s business strategy includes ongoing efforts to engage in acquisitions of ownership interests in entities in the marketing communications services industry.  The Company intends to finance these acquisitions by using available cash from operations, from borrowings under its credit facility and through incurrence of bridge or other debt financing, any of which may increase the Company’s leverage ratios, or by issuing equity, which may have a dilutive impact on existing shareholders proportionate ownership.  At any given time the Company may be engaged in a number of discussions that may result in one or more acquisitions.  These opportunities require confidentiality and may involve negotiations that require quick responses by the Company.  Although there is uncertainty that any of these discussions will result in definitive agreements or the completion of any transactions, the announcement of any such transaction may lead to increased volatility in the trading price of the Company’s securities. 

 

Investors should carefully consider these risk factors and the additional risk factors outlined in more detail in the Annual Report on Form 10-K under the caption “Risk Factors” and in the Company’s other SEC filings.