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Cablevision Systems Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Cablevision Systems Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results08:30 EST Tuesday, November 06, 2012 BETHPAGE, N.Y. (Business Wire) -- Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012. Third quarter consolidated net revenues grew 1.2% to $1.685 billion, consolidated adjusted operating cash flow (“AOCF”)1 decreased 6.6% to $503.8 million and consolidated operating income declined 19.3% to $219.8 million, all compared with the prior year period. Third quarter 2012 results included a $12.9 million favorable settlement with a voice carrier while third quarter 2011 results included approximately $16 million of costs related to the impact of Hurricane Irene in our NY Metro service area. Excluding these items, consolidated net revenue would have increased 0.4% while AOCF and consolidated operating income would have declined 11.6% and 28.3%, respectively, all compared to the prior year period. Operating highlights for the third quarter 2012 include: Customer Relationship additions of approximately 5,000. High-Speed Data and Voice customer additions of approximately 28,000 and 22,000, respectively. Average Monthly Revenue per Basic Video Customer (“RPS”) of $154.83, an increase of $3.12 or 2.1%, compared to the prior year period. Cable advertising revenue growth of 12.3%, compared to the prior year period. Cablevision President and CEO James L. Dolan said, "The effects of last week's storm have had a devastating impact on residents in much of our service area. As we report our third quarter results today, Cablevision crews continue to work around the clock to restore service to our customers as quickly as possible. Our number one challenge continues to be Cablevision households without electrical power and we are moving quickly to restore our service once power returns. In addition, as of today, the vast majority of our Optimum WiFi hotspots are operational across the tri-state region and providing service to our customers. “Looking ahead, we will continue to focus on our customers, improving the products we offer and enhancing the service we deliver both in the ordinary course of business as well as in times of crisis. We have already made substantial progress on several major initiatives, including the completion of our digital conversion and the further expansion of our Optimum WiFi network. We also strengthened our balance sheet and extended our debt maturity profile through a number of successful financing transactions, which together with our operational initiatives will help us to enhance shareholder value over the long term." 1.   See definition of AOCF and Consolidated Free Cash Flow from Continuing Operations included in the discussion of non-GAAP financial measures on page 4 of this earnings release. Telecommunications Services – Cable Television and Lightpath Telecommunications Services includes Cable Television – Cablevision's video, high-speed data, and voice residential and commercial services offered over its cable infrastructure - and its “Optimum Lightpath” branded commercial data and voice services. Telecommunications Services net revenues for the third quarter 2012 rose 1.6% to $1.587 billion, AOCF decreased 5.0% to $554.8 million and operating income decreased 12.1% to $293.1 million, all compared with the prior year period. Third quarter 2012 results included a $12.9 million favorable settlement with a voice carrier while third quarter 2011 results included approximately $16 million of costs related to the impact of Hurricane Irene in our NY Metro service area. Excluding these items, net revenue would have increased 0.7% while AOCF and operating income would have declined 9.7% and 19.8%, respectively, all compared to the prior year period. Cable Television Cable Television third quarter 2012 net revenues increased 1.4% to $1.511 billion principally due to continued growth of high-speed data and voice customers, which was partially offset by fewer video customers than the prior year period. AOCF decreased 5.8% to $518.8 million and operating income decreased 13.0% to $280.0 million, all compared with the prior year period. Excluding the items mentioned above, net revenue would have increased 0.5% while AOCF and operating income would have declined 10.7% and 20.9%, respectively, all compared to the prior year period. Third quarter 2012 AOCF results reflect higher operating expenses, primarily programming and non-executive employee related costs. The following table illustrates the change in the Cable Television customer base during the third quarter of 2012:           Customer Data (Data in table rounded to nearest thousand)   Total   Net Gain/   TotalJune 30, 2012   (Loss)(a)   September 30, 2012   Customer Relationships(b)3,63553,640   Video3,257(10)3,247High-Speed Data3,032283,060Voice2,422222,444   Serviceable Passings5,613   17   5,630           (a)   Includes the addition of approximately 6,200 customer relationships, 1,500 video customers, 8,700 high-speed data customers, 2,500 voice customers, and 1,000 serviceable passings from Bresnan in the third quarter of 2012. (b) Represents the number of households/businesses that receive at least one of the Company's services.   Optimum Lightpath For third quarter 2012, Optimum Lightpath net revenues increased 4.9% to $81.3 million, AOCF increased 7.8% to $36.0 million and operating income increased 13.8% to $13.1 million, each as compared to the prior year period. Third quarter results reflect a 12.7% increase in revenue from Ethernet services and higher operating expenses. Other Other principally consists of Newsday, Clearview Cinemas, News 12 Networks, MSG Varsity, Cablevision Media Sales Corporation and certain other businesses and unallocated corporate costs. Third quarter 2012 net revenues decreased 5.0% to $103.6 million, AOCF deficit increased 14.0% to a deficit of $51.0 million and operating loss increased 19.9% to a loss of $73.3 million all compared with the prior year period. Third quarter results reflect the decline of advertising revenues at Newsday and lower revenue at Clearview Cinemas as well as higher operating costs at Newsday. Other Matters On October 24, 2012, the Board of Directors of Cablevision declared a quarterly dividend of $0.15 per share on each outstanding share of both its Cablevision NY Group Class A Stock and its Cablevision NY Group Class B Stock. This quarterly dividend is payable on November 28, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 7, 2012. During the third quarter of 2012, Cablevision repurchased approximately 3.9 million shares of its Class A common stock for approximately $61.1 million. Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresWe define adjusted operating cash flow (“AOCF”), which is a non-GAAP financial measure, as operating income (loss) before depreciation and amortization (including impairments), excluding share-based compensation expense or benefit and restructuring charges or credits.Because it is based upon operating income (loss), AOCF also excludes interest expense (including cash interest expense) and other non-operating income and expense items.We believe that the exclusion of share-based compensation expense or benefit allows investors to better track the performance of the various operating units of our business without regard to the distortive effects of fluctuating stock prices in the case of stock appreciation rights and, in the case of restricted shares, restricted stock units and stock options, the expense associated with an award that is not expected to be made in cash.We present AOCF as a measure of our ability to service our debt and make continuing investments, including in our capital infrastructure.We believe AOCF is an appropriate measure for evaluating the operating performance of our business segments and the company on a consolidated basis.AOCF and similar measures with similar titles are common performance measures used by investors, analysts and peers to compare performance in our industry.Internally, we use net revenues and AOCF measures as the most important indicators of our business performance, and evaluate management's effectiveness with specific reference to these indicators.AOCF should be viewed as a supplement to and not a substitute for operating income (loss), net income (loss), cash flows from operating activities, and other measures of performance and/or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP").Since AOCF is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, this measure may not be comparable to similar measures with similar titles used by other companies.For a reconciliation of AOCF to operating income (loss), please see page 6 of this release.We define Consolidated Free Cash Flow from Continuing Operations (“Free Cash Flow”), which is a non-GAAP financial measure, as net cash from operating activities (continuing operations) less capital expenditures (continuing operations), both of which are reported in our Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows.Net cash from operating activities excludes net cash from operating activities of our discontinued operations.We believe the most comparable GAAP financial measure of our liquidity is net cash from operating activities.We believe that Free Cash Flow is useful as an indicator of our overall liquidity, as the amount of Free Cash Flow generated in any period is representative of cash that is available for debt repayment and other discretionary and non-discretionary cash uses.It is also one of several indicators of our ability to make investments and/or return capital to our shareholders. We also believe that Free Cash Flow is one of several benchmarks used by analysts and investors who follow our industry for comparison of our liquidity with other companies in our industry, although our measure of Free Cash Flow may not be directly comparable to similar measures reported by other companies.COMPANY DESCRIPTION Cablevision Systems Corporation is one of the nation's leading media and telecommunications companies. In addition to delivering its Optimum-branded cable, Internet, and voice offerings throughout the New York area, the Company owns and operates cable systems serving homes in four Western states. Cablevision's local media properties include News 12 Networks, MSG Varsity and Newsday Media Group. Cablevision also owns and operates Clearview Cinemas. Additional information about Cablevision is available on the Web at www.cablevision.com. This earnings release may contain statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including financial community and rating agency perceptions of the company and its business, operations, financial condition and the industries in which it operates and the factors described in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the sections entitled "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" contained therein.The company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein.Cablevision's Website: www.cablevision.comThe conference call will be webcast live today at 11:00 a.m. ETConference call dial-in number is (888) 694-4641/ Conference ID Number 38383412/ Conference callreplay number (855) 859-2056/ Conference ID Number 38383412 until November 13, 2012   CABLEVISION SYSTEMS CORPORATIONCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED OPERATIONS DATA AND RECONCILIATION(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)(Unaudited)         Three Months Ended September 30,     Nine Months Ended September 30,   2012       2011     2012       2011     Revenues, net $ 1,685,443   $ 1,665,790   $ 5,041,488   $ 5,009,595     Adjusted operating cash flow $ 503,817 $ 539,305 $ 1,549,694 $ 1,668,276 Share-based compensation expense (13,746 ) (10,330 ) (37,861 ) (36,209 ) Restructuring credits (expense)   (330 )   (27 )   61     (292 ) Operating income before depreciation and amortization 489,741 528,948 1,511,894 1,631,775 Depreciation and amortization (including impairments)   269,931     256,545     781,681     749,333   Operating income 219,810 272,403 730,213 882,442 Other income (expense): Interest expense, net (182,951 ) (182,298 ) (546,099 ) (561,677 ) Gain (loss) on investments, net 81,619 (95,362 ) 259,057 (22,978 ) Gain (loss) on equity derivative contracts, net (57,082 ) 81,737 (184,413 ) 38,856 Gain (loss) on interest rate swap contracts, net - 1,173 (1,828 ) (8,513 ) Loss on extinguishment of debt and write-off of deferred financing costs (61,052 ) (3,027 ) (61,052 ) (3,027 ) Miscellaneous, net   474     275     1,279     730   Income from continuing operations before income taxes 818 74,901 197,157 325,833 Income tax expense   (4,682 )   (35,297 )   (80,128 )   (147,676 ) Income (loss) from continuing operations (3,864 ) 39,604 117,029 178,157 Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes(a)   -     -     -     53,623   Net income (loss) (3,864 ) 39,604 117,029 231,780 Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests   73     (285 )   (44 )   (552 ) Net income (loss) attributable to Cablevision Systems Corporation stockholders $ (3,791 ) $ 39,319   $ 116,985   $ 231,228     Basic net income (loss) per shareattributable to Cablevision SystemsCorporation stockholders: Income (loss) from continuing operations $ (0.01 ) $ 0.14   $ 0.44   $ 0.64   Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes(a) $ -   $ -   $ -   $ 0.19   Net income (loss) $ (0.01 ) $ 0.14   $ 0.44   $ 0.83   Basic weighted average common shares (in thousands)   259,905     275,145     263,570     278,498     Diluted net income (loss) per shareattributable to Cablevision SystemsCorporation stockholders: Income (loss) from continuing operations $ (0.01 ) $ 0.14   $ 0.44   $ 0.62   Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes(a) $ -   $ -   $ -   $ 0.19   Net income (loss) $ (0.01 ) $ 0.14   $ 0.44   $ 0.81   Diluted weighted average common shares (in thousands)   259,905     284,113     268,704     287,137     Amounts attributable to CablevisionSystems Corporation stockholders: Income (loss) from continuing operations $ (3,791 ) $ 39,319 $ 116,985 $ 177,605 Income from discontinued operations, net of income taxes(a)   -     -     -     53,623   Net income (loss) $ (3,791 ) $ 39,319   $ 116,985   $ 231,228   (a)   Operating results of AMC Networks Inc. for the six months ended June 30, 2011, the period prior to its distribution, are included in discontinued operations.   CABLEVISION SYSTEMS CORPORATIONCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED OPERATIONS DATA AND RECONCILIATION (Cont'd)(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)(Unaudited)ADJUSTMENTS TO RECONCILE ADJUSTED OPERATING CASH FLOW TOOPERATING INCOME (LOSS) The following is a description of the adjustments to operating income (loss) in arriving at adjusted operating cash flow included in this earnings release: Depreciation and amortization (including impairments). This adjustment eliminates depreciation and amortization and impairments of long-lived assets in all periods. Restructuring credits (expense). This adjustment eliminates the credits or (expense) associated with restructuring activities related to the elimination of positions, facility realignment, asset impairments and other related activities in all periods. Share-based compensation benefit (expense). This adjustment eliminates the compensation benefit (expense) relating to stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, and restricted stock units granted under our employee stock plans and non-employee director plans in all periods.   CONSOLIDATED FREE CASH FLOW FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS(a)     Nine Months Ended September 30,   2012       2011(b)       Net cash provided by operating activities(c) $ 965,367 $ 1,014,710 Less: capital expenditures(d)   (809,243 )   (574,478 ) Consolidated free cash flow from continuing operations $ 156,124   $ 440,232   (a)   See Non-GAAP Financial Measures on page 4 of this release for a definition and discussion of Free Cash Flow from Continuing Operations. (b) Operating results of AMC Networks Inc. for the six months ended June 30, 2011, the period prior to its distribution, are included in discontinued operations. (c) The level of net cash provided by operating activities will continue to depend on a number of variables in addition to our operating performance, including the amount and timing of our interest payments and other working capital items. (d) See page 12 of this release for additional details relating to capital expenditures.     CABLEVISION SYSTEMS CORPORATIONCONSOLIDATED RESULTS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS(Dollars in thousands)(Unaudited)   REVENUES, NET     Three Months Ended September 30,   %   2012       2011   Change   Cable Television $ 1,510,511 $ 1,489,781 1.4 % Optimum Lightpath 81,273 77,481 4.9 % Eliminations(a)   (4,570 )   (4,867 ) 6.1 % Telecommunications   1,587,214     1,562,395   1.6%Other(b)103,561108,996(5.0)% Eliminations(c)   (5,332 )   (5,601 ) 4.8 % Total Cablevision$1,685,443   $1,665,790   1.2%         Nine Months Ended September 30,   %   2012       2011   Change   Cable Television $ 4,515,095 $ 4,482,470 0.7 % Optimum Lightpath 241,942 231,847 4.4 % Eliminations(a)   (14,492 )   (14,745 ) 1.7 % Telecommunications   4,742,545     4,699,572   0.9%Other(b)315,549326,983(3.5)% Eliminations(c)   (16,606 )   (16,960 ) 2.1 % Total Cablevision$5,041,488   $5,009,595   0.6% (a)   Represents intra-segment revenues. (b) Represents revenues primarily at Newsday, Clearview Cinemas, News 12 Networks, MSG Varsity, and Cablevision Media Sales Corp. (c) Represents inter-segment revenues.   CABLEVISION SYSTEMS CORPORATIONCONSOLIDATED RESULTS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS (cont'd)(Dollars in thousands)(Unaudited)   ADJUSTED OPERATING CASH FLOW AND OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)     Adjusted Operating Cash Flow     Operating Income (Loss)   Three Months Ended September 30, % Three Months Ended September 30, %   2012       2011   Change   2012       2011   Change   Cable Television $ 518,801 $ 550,623 (5.8 )% $ 280,000 $ 322,016 (13.0 )% Optimum Lightpath   35,968     33,364   7.8 %   13,099     11,506   13.8 % Telecommunications   554,769     583,987   (5.0)%   293,099     333,522   (12.1)%Other(a)   (50,952)   (44,682)(14.0)%   (73,289)   (61,119)(19.9)%Total Cablevision$503,817   $539,305   (6.6)%$219,810   $272,403   (19.3)%   Adjusted Operating Cash Flow     Operating Income (Loss)   Nine Months Ended September 30, % Nine Months Ended September 30, %   2012       2011   Change   2012       2011   Change   Cable Television $ 1,598,845 $ 1,725,220 (7.3 )% $ 909,717 $ 1,060,505 (14.2 )% Optimum Lightpath   103,147     98,555   4.7 %   34,717     32,967   5.3 % Telecommunications   1,701,992     1,823,775   (6.7)%   944,434     1,093,472   (13.6)%Other(a)   (152,298)   (155,499)2.1%   (214,221)   (211,030)(1.5)%Total Cablevision$1,549,694   $1,668,276   (7.1)%$730,213   $882,442   (17.3)% (a)   Includes unallocated corporate general and administrative costs and the operating results of Newsday, Clearview Cinemas, News 12 Networks, MSG Varsity, Cablevision Media Sales Corp. and certain other items.     CABLEVISION SYSTEMS CORPORATIONSUMMARY OF CABLE TELEVISION OPERATING STATISTICS(Unaudited)   CABLE TELEVISION September 30, 2012   June 30, 2012   September 30, 2011   (in thousands) Customer Relationships(a) 3,640 3,635 3,622 Video Customers 3,247 3,257 3,264 High-Speed Data Customers 3,060 3,032 2,945 Voice Customers 2,444 2,422 2,326               Serviceable Passings (in thousands)(b) 5,630 5,613 5,567   Penetration Customer Relationships to Serviceable Passings 64.6 % 64.8 % 65.1 % Video Customers to Serviceable Passings 57.7 % 58.0 % 58.6 % High-Speed Data Customers to Serviceable Passings 54.4 % 54.0 % 52.9 % Voice Customers to Serviceable Passings 43.4 % 43.1 % 41.8 %     Revenues for the three months ended (dollars in millions)   Video(c) $ 862 $ 879 $ 876 High-Speed Data 344 344 333 Voice 238 224 220 Advertising 41 43 36 Other(d)   26     26     25   Total Cable Television Revenue $ 1,511   $ 1,516   $ 1,490                             Average Monthly Cable Television Revenue perCustomer Relationship (“RPC”) (e) $ 138.44 $ 139.14 $ 136.81 Average Monthly Cable Television Revenue perVideo Customer (“RPS”) (f) $ 154.83 $ 155.12 $ 151.71   (a)   Represents the number of households/businesses that receive at least one of the Company's services. (b) Includes residential and commercial passings. (c) Includes equipment rental, DVR, video-on-demand and pay-per-view revenue. (d) Includes installation revenue, home shopping, advertising sales commissions and other product offerings. (e) RPC is calculated by dividing average monthly cable television GAAP revenue for the quarter by the average number of customer relationships for the quarter. (f) RPS is calculated by dividing average monthly cable television GAAP revenue for the quarter by the average number of video customers for the quarter.   CABLEVISION SYSTEMS CORPORATIONCAPITALIZATION AND LEVERAGE(Dollars in thousands)(Unaudited)   CAPITALIZATION   September 30, 2012   Cash and cash equivalents $ 438,665   Credit facility debt $ 4,959,037 Senior notes and debentures 5,736,032 Collateralized indebtedness 556,151 Capital lease obligations and other 75,423 Debt $11,326,643 LEVERAGE Debt   $11,326,643 Less: Collateralized indebtedness of unrestricted subsidiaries(a) 556,151 Cash and cash equivalents 438,665 Net debt $10,331,827   Leverage Ratios(b) Consolidated net debt to AOCF leverage ratio(a)(c) 5.1x Restricted Group leverage ratio (Credit Facility Test)(d)(e) 3.6x CSC Holdings notes and debentures leverage ratio(d)(e) 3.5x Cablevision senior notes leverage ratio(e)(f) 5.4x Bresnan leverage ratio(g) 6.1x (a)   Collateralized indebtedness is excluded from the leverage calculation because it is viewed as a forward sale of the stock of unaffiliated companies and the Company's only obligation at maturity is to deliver, at its option, the stock or its cash equivalent. (b) Leverage ratios are based on face amount of outstanding debt. (c) AOCF is annualized based on the third quarter 2012 results, as reported. (d) Reflects the debt to cash flow ratios applicable under CSC Holdings' credit facility debt agreement and senior notes indentures (which exclude Cablevision's $2.9 billion of senior notes and the debt and cash flows related to CSC Holdings' unrestricted subsidiaries which are primarily comprised of Bresnan and Newsday). The annualized AOCF (as defined) used in the Restricted Group leverage ratio was $1.93 billion and the CSC Holdings notes and debentures leverage ratio was $1.97 billion. (e) Includes CSC Holdings' guarantee of Newsday LLC's $650 million senior secured credit facility. (f) Adjusts the debt to cash flow ratio as calculated under the CSC Holdings notes and debentures leverage ratio to include Cablevision's $2.9 billion of senior notes plus the $754 million of senior notes Cablevision contributed to Newsday Holdings LLC. (g) Reflects the debt to cash flow ratio under the Bresnan Broadband Holdings, LLC credit facility debt agreement and senior notes indentures. The annualized AOCF (as defined) used in the leverage ratio is $163.1 million.   CABLEVISION SYSTEMS CORPORATIONCAPITAL EXPENDITURES(Dollars in thousands)(Unaudited)   CAPITAL EXPENDITURES   Three Months Ended September 30, 2012   2011   Consumer premise equipment $108,799 $ 57,904 Scalable infrastructure 86,968 60,666 Line extensions 8,231 10,529 Upgrade/rebuild 5,818 12,438 Support 56,252 53,636 Total Cable Television 266,068 195,173 Optimum Lightpath 21,704 22,914 Total Telecommunications 287,772 218,087 Other(a) 9,002 11,093 Total Cablevision $296,774 $229,180   Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012   2011   Consumer premise equipment $261,867 $163,577 Scalable infrastructure 255,155 155,594 Line extensions 26,382 30,113 Upgrade/rebuild 26,547 25,490 Support 135,712 102,633 Total Cable Television 705,663 477,407 Optimum Lightpath 70,579 66,253 Total Telecommunications 776,242 543,660 Other(a) 33,001 30,818 Total Cablevision $809,243 $574,478 (a)   Other includes Newsday, Clearview Cinemas, News 12 Networks, MSG Varsity, Cablevision Media Sales Corporation and Corporate. Cablevision Systems CorporationCharles Schueler, 516-803-1013Executive Vice PresidentMedia and Community RelationsorBret Richter, 516-803-2270Senior Vice PresidentFinancial Strategy & Development