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Lamar Advertising Company Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End 2011 Operating Results

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lamar Advertising Company Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End 2011 Operating Results03:00 EST Wednesday, February 22, 2012BATON ROUGE, La., Feb. 22, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lamar Advertising Company (Nasdaq:LAMR), a leading owner and operator of outdoor advertising and logo sign displays, announces the Company's operating results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011.Fourth Quarter Results Lamar reported net revenues of $288.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 versus $275.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, a 4.6% increase. Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $45.9 million as compared to $32.8 million for the same period in 2010. Lamar recognized $6.4 million in net income for the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to a net loss of $7.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. Adjusted EBITDA, (defined as operating income before non-cash compensation, depreciation and amortization and gain on disposition of assets - see reconciliation to net income (loss) at the end of this release) for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $125.8 million versus $115.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, a 9.1% increase. Free cash flow (defined as Adjusted EBITDA less interest, net of interest income and amortization of financing costs, current taxes, preferred stock dividends and total capital expenditures - see reconciliation to cash flows provided by operating activities at the end of this release) for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $63.9 million as compared to $59.2 million for the same period in 2010, a 7.9% increase. Pro forma net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2011 increased 4.0% and pro forma Adjusted EBITDA increased 8.5% as compared to the fourth quarter of 2010. Pro forma net revenue and Adjusted EBITDA include adjustments to the 2010 period for acquisitions and divestitures for the same time frame as actually owned in the 2011 period. Tables that reconcile reported results to pro forma results and operating income to outdoor operating income are included at the end of this release.Twelve Months Results Lamar reported net revenues of $1,133.5 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2011 versus $1,092.3 million for the same period in 2010, a 3.8% increase. Operating income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2011 was $186.4 million as compared to $139.5 million for the same period in 2010. Adjusted EBITDA for the twelve months ended December 31, 2011 was $487.1 million versus $465.2 million for the same period in 2010. There was net income of $8.6 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2011 as compared to a net loss of $40.1 million for the same period in 2010. Free Cash Flow for the twelve months ended December 31, 2011 decreased 10.6% to $224.8 million as compared to $251.5 million for the same period in 2010, primarily due to the increase in capital expenditures of $63.6 million over the comparable period in 2010.Liquidity As of December 31, 2011, Lamar had $274.1 million in total liquidity that consists of $240.6 million available for borrowing under its revolving senior credit facility and approximately $33.5 million in cash and cash equivalents.   Recent Significant Transactions Notes Offering. On February 9, 2012, Lamar's wholly owned subsidiary, Lamar Media Corp., closed a private placement of $500 million in aggregate principal amount of 5 7/8% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2022, which resulted in net proceeds to Lamar Media of approximately $489 million. Tender Offer. Also, on February 9, 2012, Lamar Media announced the results of the early settlement of its tender offer to purchase, for cash, up to $700 million of its outstanding 6 5/8% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2015, 6 5/8% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2015—Series B and 6 5/8% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2015—Series C (collectively, the "6 5/8% Notes"). As of February 8, 2012, the early settlement date of the tender offer, Lamar Media received tenders in respect of $582.9 million aggregate principal amount of 6 5/8% Notes, $483.7 million of which were accepted for purchase on February 9, 2012 by Lamar Media for a total cash payment (including accrued and unpaid interest up to but excluding February 9, 2012) of $511.6 million. The tender offer will expire at midnight, New York City time, on February 24, 2012, unless extended or earlier terminated.Guidance For the first quarter of 2012 the Company expects net revenue to be approximately $264 million. On a pro forma basis this represents an increase of approximately 3%.Forward Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements, including the statements regarding guidance for the first quarter of 2012. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others; (1) our significant indebtedness; (2)  the state of the economy and financial markets generally and the effect of the broader economy on the demand for advertising; (3) the continued popularity of outdoor advertising as an advertising medium; (4) our need for and ability to obtain additional funding for operations, debt refinancing or acquisitions; (5) the regulation of the outdoor advertising industry; (6) the integration of companies that we acquire and our ability to recognize cost savings or operating efficiencies as a result of these acquisitions; (7) the market for our Class A common stock and (8) other factors described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risk factors in item 1A of our 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K, as supplemented by any risk factors contained in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. We caution investors not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this document. These statements speak only as of the date of this document, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise the statements, except as may be required by law.Use of Non-GAAP Measures Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow, pro forma results and outdoor operating income are not measures of performance under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP") and should not be considered alternatives to operating income, net income (loss), cash flows from operating activities, or other GAAP figures as indicators of the Company's financial performance or liquidity. The Company's management believes that Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow, pro forma results and outdoor operating income are useful in evaluating the Company's performance and provide investors and financial analysts a better understanding of the Company's core operating results. The pro forma acquisition adjustments are intended to provide information that may be useful for investors when assessing period to period results. Our presentations of these measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Reconciliations of these measures to GAAP are included at the end of this release.Conference Call Information A conference call will be held to discuss the Company's operating results on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. central time. Instructions for the conference call and Webcast are provided below:Conference CallAll Callers:1-334-323-0520 or 1-334-323-9871Passcode:Lamar    Replay:1-334-323-7226Passcode:25176810   Available through Monday, February 27, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time    Live Webcast: www.lamar.com    Webcast Replay: www.lamar.com   Available through Monday, February 27, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. eastern timeGeneral Information Lamar Advertising Company is a leading outdoor advertising company currently operating over 150 outdoor advertising companies in 44 states, Canada and Puerto Rico, logo businesses in 22 states and the province of Ontario, Canada and approximately 60 transit advertising franchises in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. LAMAR ADVERTISING COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS  (UNAUDITED) (IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE DATA)             Three months ended December 31, Twelve months ended December 31,   2011 2010 2011 2010           Net revenues  $ 288,239  $ 275,684  $1,133,487  $1,092,291           Operating expenses (income)         Direct advertising expenses  103,243 100,495 409,052 398,467 General and administrative expenses  48,495 49,283 193,854 188,202 Corporate expenses  10,662 10,522 43,466 40,472 Non-cash compensation 4,312 5,124 11,650 17,839 Depreciation and amortization 78,185 78,579 299,639 312,703 Gain on disposition of assets (2,581) (1,144) (10,548) (4,900)   242,316 242,859 947,113 952,783 Operating income  45,923 32,825 186,374 139,508           Other expense (income)         Loss on extinguishment of debt 226 — 677 17,398 Interest income  (58)  (177)  (569)  (367) Interest expense 41,636 44,726 171,093 186,048   41,804 44,549 171,201 203,079           Income (loss) before income tax  4,119 (11,724) 15,173 (63,571) Income tax (benefit) expense   (2,253)  (4,605)  6,623  (23,469)           Net income (loss) 6,372 (7,119) 8,550 (40,102) Preferred stock dividends 92 92 365 365 Net income (loss) applicable to common stock  $ 6,280  ($7,211)  $ 8,185  ($40,467)           Earnings per share:          Basic income (loss) per share  $ 0.07 ($0.08)  $ 0.09 ($0.44)            Diluted income (loss) per share  $ 0.07 ($0.08)  $ 0.09 ($0.44)           Weighted average common shares outstanding:          - basic 92,976,771 92,491,327 92,851,067 92,261,157  - diluted 93,171,888 92,959,871 93,173,785 92,673,650          OTHER DATA          Free Cash Flow Computation:         Adjusted EBITDA  $ 125,839  $ 115,384  $ 487,115  $ 465,150 Interest, net (36,881) (40,194) (152,007) (168,747) Current tax expense  (1,072) (150) (2,921) (1,119) Preferred stock dividends (92) (92) (365) (365) Total capital expenditures (1) (23,888) (15,740) (107,070) (43,452) Free cash flow  $ 63,906  $ 59,208  $ 224,752  $ 251,467(1)See the capital expenditures detail included below for a breakdown by category.         December 31, 2011 December 31, 2010 Selected Balance Sheet Data:     Cash and cash equivalents  $ 33,503  $ 91,679 Working capital 95,281 155,829 Total assets 3,427,353 3,648,961 Total debt (including current maturities)                          2,158,528 2,409,140 Total stockholders' equity 838,998 818,523               Three months ended December 31, Twelve months ended December 31,   2011 2010 2011 2010           Other Data:         Cash flows provided by operating activities $ 96,116 $ 132,641 $ 318,821 $ 322,820 Cash flows used in investing activities 29,263 16,553 117,255 41,480 Cash flows used in financing activities 75,015 63,036 259,442 302,429                     Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to Cash Flows Provided by Operating Activities:         Cash flows provided by operating activities $ 96,116 $ 132,641 $ 318,821 $ 322,820 Changes in operating assets and liabilities (5,185) (54,222) 20,957 (18,800) Total capital expenditures (23,888) (15,740) (107,070) (43,452) Preferred stock dividends (92) (92) (365) (365) Other (3,045) (3,379) (7,591) (8,736) Free cash flow $ 63,906 $ 59,208 $ 224,752 $ 251,467                     Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net income (loss):         Adjusted EBITDA $ 125,839 $ 115,384 $ 487,115 $ 465,150 Less:         Non-cash compensation 4,312 5,124 11,650 17,839 Depreciation and amortization 78,185 78,579 299,639 312,703 Gain on disposition of assets (2,581) (1,144) (10,548) (4,900) Operating Income 45,923 32,825 186,374 139,508           Less:         Interest income (58) (177) (569) (367) Loss on extinguishment of debt 226 — 677 17,398 Interest expense 41,636 44,726 171,093 186,048 Income tax (benefit) expense (2,253) (4,605) 6,623 (23,469) Net income (loss) $ 6,372 ($7,119) $ 8,550 ($40,102)               Three months ended December 31,     2011 2010 % Change         Reconciliation of Reported Basis to Pro Forma (a) Basis:       Reported net revenue $ 288,239 $ 275,684 4.6% Acquisitions and divestitures — 1,555   Pro forma net revenue $ 288,239 $ 277,239  4.0%         Reported direct advertising and G&A expenses $ 151,738 $ 149,778 1.3% Acquisitions and divestitures — 947   Pro forma direct advertising and G&A expenses $ 151,738 $ 150,725 0.7%         Reported outdoor operating income $ 136,501 $ 125,906 8.4% Acquisitions and divestitures — 608   Pro forma outdoor operating income $ 136,501 $ 126,514 7.9%         Reported corporate expenses $ 10,662 $ 10,522 1.3% Acquisitions and divestitures — —   Pro forma corporate expenses $ 10,662 $ 10,522 1.3%         Reported Adjusted EBITDA $ 125,839 $ 115,384 9.1% Acquisitions and divestitures — 608   Pro forma Adjusted EBITDA $ 125,839 $ 115,992 8.5%         (a) Pro forma net revenues, direct advertising and general and administrative expenses, outdoor operating income, corporate expenses and Adjusted EBITDA include adjustments to 2010 for acquisitions and divestitures for the same time frame as actually owned in 2011.       Three months ended December 31,   2011 2010       Reconciliation of Outdoor Operating Income to Operating Income:     Outdoor operating income $ 136,501 $ 125,906 Less: Corporate expenses 10,662 10,522  Non-cash compensation 4,312 5,124  Depreciation and amortization 78,185 78,579 Plus: Gain on disposition of assets 2,581 1,144 Operating income $ 45,923 $ 32,825               Three months ended December 31, Twelve months ended December 31,   2011 2010 2011 2010           Capital expenditure detail by category         Billboards - traditional $ 9,514 $ 4,165 $ 34,425 $ 9,506 Billboards - digital 9,169 4,639 41,250 13,214 Logo 2,684 2,296 10,141 8,483 Transit 177 150 817 876 Land and buildings 663 1,810 4,501 2,531 Operating equipment 1,681 2,680 15,936 8,842 Total capital expenditures $ 23,888 $ 15,740 $ 107,070 $ 43,452CONTACT: Keith A. Istre Chief Financial Officer (225) 926-1000 KI@lamar.com