IRVING, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Salem Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SALM) released its results for the three months ended March 31, 2022.

First Quarter 2022 Results

For the quarter ended March 31, 2022 compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2021:

Consolidated

  • Total revenue increased 5.5% to $62.6 million from $59.4 million;
  • Total operating expenses increased 4.8% to $57.6 million from $55.0 million;
  • Operating expenses, excluding gains or losses on the disposition of assets, stock-based compensation expense, changes in the estimated fair value of contingent earn-out consideration, impairments, depreciation expense and amortization expense (1) increased 8.4% to $55.8 million from $51.4 million;
  • Operating income increased 14.2% to $5.0 million from $4.4 million;
  • Net income increased 438.4% to $1.7 million, or $0.06 net income per diluted share from $0.3 million, or $0.01 net income diluted per share;
  • EBITDA (1) increased 8.6% to $8.2 million from $7.5 million;
  • Adjusted EBITDA (1) decreased 13.6% to $6.8 million from $7.9 million; and
  • Net cash used by operating activities decreased 53.1% to $4.3 million from $9.2 million.

Broadcast

  • Net broadcast revenue increased 10.0% to $48.4 million from $44.0 million;
  • Station Operating Income (“SOI”) (1) decreased 3.7% to $10.3 million from $10.7 million;
  • Same Station (1) net broadcast revenue increased 9.4% to $48.1 million from $44.0 million; and
  • Same Station SOI (1) decreased 5.0% to $10.3 million from $10.9 million.

Digital Media

  • Digital media revenue increased 7.1% to $10.3 million from $9.6 million; and
  • Digital Media Operating Income (1) increased 93.1% to $1.8 million from $0.9 million.

Publishing

  • Publishing revenue decreased 31.8% to $3.9 million from $5.7 million; and
  • Publishing Operating Loss (1) was $0.6 million compared to Publishing Operating Income (1) of $0.5 million.

Included in the results for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 are:

  • A $1.7 million ($1.3 million, net of tax, or $0.05 per diluted share) net gain on the disposition of assets relates primarily to the gain on sale of land in Phoenix, Arizona offset by various fixed asset disposals; and
  • A $0.2 million ($0.2 million, net of tax, or $0.01 per share) charge for debt modification costs; and
  • A $0.1 million non-cash compensation charge ($0.1 million, net of tax) related to the expensing of stock options.

Included in the results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 are:

  • A $0.3 million ($0.2 million, net of tax, or $0.01 per share) net loss on the disposition of assets recorded upon the closing of the sale of radio station WKAT-AM and an FM translator in Miami, Florida; and
  • A $0.1 million non-cash compensation charge ($0.1 million, net of tax) related to the expensing of stock options.

Per share numbers are calculated based on 27,610,407 diluted weighted average shares for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, and 27,138,773 diluted weighted average shares for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.

Balance Sheet

As of March 31, 2022, the company had $114.7 million outstanding on the 7.125% senior secured notes due 2028 (“2028 Notes”), $57.7 million outstanding on 6.75% senior secured notes due 2024 (“2024 Notes”), and no outstanding balance on the ABL Facility.

Acquisitions and Divestitures

The following transactions were completed since January 1, 2022:

  • On May 2, 2022, the company acquired websites and related assets of Retirement Media for $0.2 million in cash.
  • The company invested $3.5 million, for a total investment to date of $4.5 million, in a Limited Liability Company “LLC” that will own, distribute, and market a motion picture.
  • On February 15, 2022, the company closed on the acquisition of radio station WLCC-AM and an FM translator in the Tampa, Florida market for $0.6 million of cash.
  • On January 10, 2022, the company closed on the sale of 4.5 acres of land in Phoenix, Arizona for $2.0 million in cash.

Pending transactions:

  • On August 31, 2021, the company entered into an agreement to sell 9.3 acres of land in the Denver area for $8.2 million. The company expects to close this sale in the second quarter of 2022 and plans to continue broadcasting both KRKS-AM and KBJD-AM from this site.
  • On June 2, 2021, the company entered into an agreement to acquire radio station KKOL-AM in Seattle, Washington for $0.5 million. The company paid $0.1 million in cash into an escrow account and began operating the station under a Local Marketing Agreement on June 7, 2021. The company expects the transaction to close in the latter half of 2022.
  • On February 5, 2020, the company entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement with Word Broadcasting to sell radio stations WFIA-AM, WFIA-FM and WGTK-AM in Louisville, Kentucky for $4.0 million with credits applied from amounts previously paid, including a portion of the monthly fees paid under a Time Brokerage Agreement (“TBA”). Due to changes in debt markets, the transaction was not funded, and it is uncertain when, or if, the transaction will close. Word Broadcasting continues to program the stations under a TBA that began in January 2017.

Conference Call Information

Salem will host a teleconference to discuss its results on May 10, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. Central Time. To access the teleconference, please dial (877) 524-8416, and then ask to be joined into the Salem Media Group First Quarter 2022 call or listen via the investor relations portion of the company’s website, located at investor.salemmedia.com. A replay of the teleconference will be available through May 24, 2022 and can be heard by dialing (877) 660-6853, passcode 13727921 or on the investor relations portion of the company’s website, located at investor.salemmedia.com.

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Second Quarter 2022 Outlook

For the second quarter of 2022, the company is projecting total revenue to increase between 6% and 8% from second quarter 2021 total revenue of $63.8 million. The company is also projecting operating expenses before gains or losses on the sale or disposal of assets, stock-based compensation expense, changes in the estimated fair value of contingent earn-out consideration, impairments, depreciation expense and amortization expense to increase between 7% and 10% compared to the second quarter of 2021 non-GAAP operating expenses of $55.0 million.

A reconciliation of non-GAAP operating expenses, excluding gains or losses on the disposition of assets, stock-based compensation expense, changes in the estimated fair value of contingent earn-out consideration, impairments, depreciation expense and amortization expense to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is not available without unreasonable efforts on a forward-looking basis due to the potential high variability, complexity and low visibility with respect to the charges excluded from this non-GAAP financial measure, in particular, the change in the estimated fair value of earn-out consideration, impairments and gains or losses from the disposition of fixed assets. The company expects the variability of the above charges may have a significant, and potentially unpredictable, impact on its future GAAP financial results.

About Salem Media Group, Inc.

Salem Media Group is America’s leading multimedia company specializing in Christian and conservative content, with media properties comprising radio, digital media and book and newsletter publishing. Each day Salem serves a loyal and dedicated audience of listeners and readers numbering in the millions nationally. With its unique programming focus, Salem provides compelling content, fresh commentary and relevant information from some of the most respected figures across the Christian and conservative media landscape. Learn more about Salem Media Group, Inc. at www.salemmedia.com, Facebook and Twitter.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements used in this press release that relate to future plans, events, financial results, prospects or performance are forward-looking statements as defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to the ability of Salem to close and integrate announced transactions, market acceptance of Salem’s radio station formats, competition from new technologies, adverse economic conditions, and other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in Salem’s reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K and other filings filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Salem undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, changed circumstances or unanticipated events.

(1) Regulation G

Management uses certain non-GAAP financial measures defined below in communications with investors, analysts, rating agencies, banks and others to assist such parties in understanding the impact of various items on its financial statements. The company uses these non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate financial results, develop budgets, manage expenditures and as a measure of performance under compensation programs.

The company’s presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for or superior to the most directly comparable financial measures as reported in accordance with GAAP.

Regulation G defines and prescribes the conditions under which certain non-GAAP financial information may be presented in this earnings release. The company closely monitors EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Station Operating Income (“SOI”), Same Station net broadcast revenue, Same Station broadcast operating expenses, Same Station Operating Income, Digital Media Operating Income, Publishing Operating Income (Loss), and operating expenses excluding gains or losses on the disposition of assets, stock-based compensation, changes in the estimated fair value of contingent earn-out consideration, impairments, depreciation and amortization, all of which are non-GAAP financial measures. The company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information about its core operating results, and thus, are appropriate to enhance the overall understanding of its financial performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are intended to provide management and investors a more complete understanding of its underlying operational results, trends and performance.

The company defines Station Operating Income (“SOI”) as net broadcast revenue minus broadcast operating expenses. The company defines Digital Media Operating Income as net Digital Media Revenue minus Digital Media Operating Expenses. The company defines Publishing Operating Income (Loss) as net Publishing Revenue minus Publishing Operating Expenses. The company defines EBITDA as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. The company defines Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA before gains or losses on the disposition of assets, before changes in the estimated fair value of contingent earn-out consideration, before impairments, before net miscellaneous income and expenses, before gain on bargain purchase, before (gain) loss on early retirement of long-term debt and before non-cash compensation expense. SOI, Digital Media Operating Income, Publishing Operating Income (Loss), EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are commonly used by the broadcast and media industry as important measures of performance and are used by investors and analysts who report on the industry to provide meaningful comparisons between broadcasters. SOI, Digital Media Operating Income, Publishing Operating Income (Loss), EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measures of liquidity or of performance in accordance with GAAP and should be viewed as a supplement to and not a substitute for or superior to its results of operations and financial condition presented in accordance with GAAP. The company’s definitions of SOI, Digital Media Operating Income, Publishing Operating Income (Loss), EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

The company defines Adjusted Free Cash Flow as Adjusted EBITDA less cash paid for capital expenditures, less cash paid for income taxes, and less cash paid for interest. The company considers Adjusted Free Cash Flow to be a liquidity measure that provides useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated by its operations after cash paid for capital expenditures, cash paid for income taxes and cash paid for interest. A limitation of Adjusted Free Cash Flow as a measure of liquidity is that it does not represent the total increase or decrease in its cash balance for the period. The company uses Adjusted Free Cash Flow, a non-GAAP liquidity measure, both in presenting its results to stockholders and the investment community, and in its internal evaluation and management of the business. The company’s presentation of Adjusted Free Cash Flow is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. The company’s definition of Adjusted Free Cash Flow is not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

The company defines Same Station net broadcast revenue as broadcast revenue from its radio stations and networks that the company owns or operates in the same format on the first and last day of each quarter, as well as the corresponding quarter of the prior year. The company defines Same Station broadcast operating expenses as broadcast operating expenses from its radio stations and networks that the company owns or operates in the same format on the first and last day of each quarter, as well as the corresponding quarter of the prior year. The company defines Same Station SOI as Same Station net broadcast revenue less Same Station broadcast operating expenses. Same Station operating results include those stations that the company owns or operates in the same format on the first and last day of each quarter, as well as the corresponding quarter of the prior year. Same Station operating results for a full calendar year are calculated as the sum of the Same Station-results for each of the four quarters of that year. The company uses Same Station operating results, a non-GAAP financial measure, both in presenting its results to stockholders and the investment community, and in its internal evaluations and management of the business. The company believes that Same Station operating results provide a meaningful comparison of period over period performance of its core broadcast operations as this measure excludes the impact of new stations, the impact of stations the company no longer owns or operates, and the impact of stations operating under a new programming format. The company’s presentation of Same Station operating results are not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. The company’s definition of Same Station operating results is not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

For all non-GAAP financial measures, investors should consider the limitations associated with these metrics, including the potential lack of comparability of these measures from one company to another.

The Supplemental Information tables that follow the condensed consolidated financial statements provide reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures that the company uses in this earnings release to the most directly comparable measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. The company uses non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate financial performance, develop budgets, manage expenditures, and determine employee compensation. The company’s presentation of this additional information is not to be considered as a substitute for or superior to the directly comparable measures as reported in accordance with GAAP.

Salem Media Group, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

March 31,

 

 

2021

 

2022

 

 

(Unaudited)

Net broadcast revenue

 

$

44,048

 

 

$

48,432

 

Net digital media revenue

 

 

9,619

 

 

 

10,300

 

Net publishing revenue

 

 

5,686

 

 

 

3,877

 

Total revenue

 

 

59,353

 

 

 

62,609

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broadcast operating expenses

 

 

33,343

 

 

 

38,121

 

Digital media operating expenses

 

 

8,673

 

 

 

8,473

 

Publishing operating expenses

 

 

5,205

 

 

 

4,467

 

Unallocated corporate expenses

 

 

4,288

 

 

 

4,810

 

Change in the estimated fair value of contingent earn-out consideration

 

 

 

 

 

(5

)

Debt modification costs

 

 

 

 

 

228

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

3,170

 

 

 

3,276

 

Net (gain) loss on the disposition of assets

 

 

318

 

 

 

(1,735

)

Total operating expenses

 

 

54,997

 

 

 

57,635

 

Operating income

 

 

4,356

 

 

 

4,974

 

Other income (expense):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

 

(3,926

)

 

 

(3,394

)

Loss on early retirement of long-term debt

 

 

 

 

 

(53

)

Net miscellaneous income and (expenses)

 

 

22

 

 

 

1

 

Net income before income taxes

 

 

453

 

 

 

1,528

 

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

 

 

130

 

 

 

(211

)

Net income

 

$

323

 

 

$

1,739

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share Class A and Class B common stock

 

$

0.01

 

 

$

0.06

 

Diluted earnings per share Class A and Class B common stock

 

$

0.01

 

 

$

0.06

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic weighted average Class A and Class B common stock shares outstanding

 

 

26,736,639

 

 

 

27,177,375

 

Diluted weighted average Class A and Class B common stock shares outstanding

 

 

27,138,773

 

 

 

27,610,407

 

Salem Media Group, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2021

 

 

March 31, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash

 

$

1,785

 

$

Accounts receivable, net

 

 

25,663

 

 

28,000

Other current assets

 

 

14,066

 

 

15,330

Property and equipment, net

 

 

79,339

 

 

80,262

Operating and financing lease right-of-use assets

 

 

43,665

 

 

45,985

Intangible assets, net

 

 

346,438

 

 

346,294

Deferred financing costs

 

 

843

 

 

793

Other assets

 

 

4,313

 

 

6,994

Total assets

 

$

516,112

 

$

523,658

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

$

51,455

 

$

57,031

Long-term debt

 

 

170,581

 

 

168,300

Operating and financing lease liabilities, less current portion

 

 

42,273

 

 

44,777

Deferred income taxes

 

 

67,012

 

 

67,007

Other liabilities

 

 

6,580

 

 

6,393

Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

178,211

 

 

180,150

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

516,112

 

$

523,658

SALEM MEDIA GROUP, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

 

Class A

 

Class B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

Common Stock

 

Additional

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paid-In

 

Accumulated

 

Treasury

 

 

 

Shares

 

Amount

 

Shares

 

Amount

 

Capital

 

Deficit

 

Stock

 

Total

Stockholders’ equity, December 31, 2020

23,447,317

 

$

227

 

5,553,696

 

$

56

 

$

247,025

 

$

(78,023

)

 

$

(34,006

)

 

$

135,279

Stock-based compensation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

78

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

78

Options exercised

185,782

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

390

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

392

Net income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

323

 

 

 

 

 

 

323

Stockholders’ equity,

March 31, 2021

23,633,099

 

$

229

 

5,553,696

 

$

56

 

$

247,493

 

$

(77,700

)

 

$

(34,006

)

 

$

136,072

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A

 

Class B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

Common Stock

 

Additional

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paid-In

 

Accumulated

 

Treasury

 

 

 

Shares

 

Amount

 

Shares

 

Amount

 

Capital

 

Deficit

 

Stock

 

Total

Stockholders’ equity, December 31, 2021

23,922,974

 

$

232

 

5,553,696

 

$

56

 

$

248,438

 

$

(36,509

)

 

$

(34,006

)

 

$

178,211

Stock-based compensation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

106

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

106

Options exercised

40,913

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

94

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

94

Lapse in restricted shares

14,854

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,739

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,739

Stockholders’ equity, March 31, 2022

23,978,741

 

$

232

 

5,553,696

 

$

56

 

$

248,638

 

$

(34,770

)

 

$

(34,006

)

 

$

180,150

SALEM MEDIA GROUP, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Dollars in thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

2021

 

2022

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

Net income

$

323

 

 

$

1,739

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Non-cash stock-based compensation

 

78

 

 

 

106

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

3,170

 

 

 

3,276

 

Amortization of deferred financing costs

 

213

 

 

 

247

 

Non-cash lease expense

 

2,161

 

 

 

2,202

 

Provision for bad debts

 

(295

)

 

 

(209

)

Deferred income taxes

 

188

 

 

 

(5

)

Change in the estimated fair value of contingent earn-out consideration

 

 

 

 

(5

)

Loss on early retirement of long-term debt

 

 

 

 

53

 

Net (gain) loss on the disposition of assets

 

318

 

 

 

(1,735

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable and unbilled revenue

 

2,549

 

 

 

(2,229

)

Inventories

 

(93

)

 

 

(411

)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

(750

)

 

 

(748

)

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

2,490

 

 

 

4,024

 

Operating lease liabilities

 

(2,497

)

 

 

(1,852

)

Contract liabilities

 

1,122

 

 

 

136

 

Deferred rent income

 

170

 

 

 

(58

)

Other liabilities

 

29

 

 

 

 

Income taxes payable

 

21

 

 

 

(218

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

9,197

 

 

 

4,313

 

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

Cash paid for capital expenditures net of tenant improvement allowances

 

(1,859

)

 

 

(3,439

)

Capital expenditures reimbursable under tenant improvement allowances and trade agreements

 

 

 

 

(40

)

Deposit on broadcast assets and radio station acquisitions

 

(100

)

 

 

 

Purchases of broadcast assets and radio stations

 

 

 

 

(540

)

Investment in LLC

 

 

 

 

(2,000

)

Proceeds from sale of long-lived assets

 

3,501

 

 

 

2,001

 

Other

 

(238

)

 

 

(858

)

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

 

1,304

 

 

 

(4,876

)

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

Payments to repurchase 2024 Notes

 

 

 

 

(2,531

)

Proceeds from borrowings under ABL Facility

 

16

 

 

 

6,257

 

Payments on ABL Facility

 

(5,016

)

 

 

(6,257

)

Proceeds from borrowings under PPP Loans

 

11,195

 

 

 

 

Payments of debt issuance costs

 

(3

)

 

 

 

Proceeds from the exercise of stock options

 

392

 

 

 

94

 

Payments on financing lease liabilities

 

(16

)

 

 

(16

)

Book overdraft

 

 

 

 

1,231

 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

6,568

 

 

 

(1,222

)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

17,069

 

 

 

(1,785

)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

 

6,325

 

 

 

1,785

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

23,394

 

 

$

 

The company defines EBITDA (1) as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. The table below presents a reconciliation of EBITDA (1) to Net Income (Loss), the most directly comparable GAAP measure. EBITDA (1) is a non-GAAP financial performance measure that is not to be considered a substitute for or superior to the directly comparable measures reported in accordance with GAAP. The company defines Adjusted EBITDA (1) as EBITDA (1) before gains or losses on the disposition of assets, before changes in the estimated fair value of contingent earn-out consideration, before impairments, before net miscellaneous income and expenses, before (gain) loss on early retirement of long-term debt and before non-cash compensation expense. The table below presents a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA (1) to Net Income, the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

Contacts

Evan D. Masyr

Executive Vice President and Chief

Financial Officer

(805) 384-4512

evan@salemmedia.com

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