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MDC Partners Inc. Reports Record Results for the Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2012

Thursday, February 21, 2013

MDC Partners Inc. Reports Record Results for the Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 201216:01 EST Thursday, February 21, 2013NEW YORK, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- FOURTH QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS:    Material acceleration of financial performance across all metrics Revenue increased to $294.6 million versus $254.1 million in Q4 2011, an increase of 16.0% Organic revenue increased 11.9% for Q4 2012 EBITDA increased to $43.6 million versus $26.3 million in Q4 2011, an increase of 66.1% EBITDA margin increased 450 basis points to 14.8% versus 10.3% in Q4 2011, reflecting an increase of 44% Free Cash Flow increased to $24.0 million versus $9.2 million in Q4 2011 Net new business wins of $33.7 million for Q4 2012FULL YEAR HIGHLIGHTS:    Revenue increased to $1.07 billion versus $940.4 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2011, an increase of 13.9% Organic revenue increased 8.4% for 2012 on top of a 16.6% organic revenue increase in 2011 EBITDA increased to $118.4 million versus $93.1 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2011, an increase of 27.2% EBITDA margin increased 120 basis points to 11.1% versus 9.9% in 2011 Free Cash Flow improved to $49.6 million versus $25.0 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2011, an increase of 98.4% Net new business wins of $136.9 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2012, an increase of 31.5% Net debt-to-EBITDA reduced significantly from 4.0 times EBITDA to 3.0 times EBITDA, an improvement of 25%MDC Partners Inc. ("MDC Partners" or the "Company") today announced financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2012.  Miles S. Nadal, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MDC Partners, said, "2012 was a record year for MDC Partners as we exceeded guidance and delivered exceptional revenue, EBITDA, free cash flow and EBITDA margin growth.  Our organic revenue growth accelerated to 11.9% for the fourth quarter and 8.4% for 2012, far outpacing the industry and we materially improved our net debt-to-EBITDA leverage ratio, putting our balance sheet in a very strong position. "It's clear from our results that our strategy of creating a truly transformational business where the most talented people in the industry are dedicated to enhancing the sustainable profitable growth of their clients is working.  We are winning incremental share of wallet and gaining market share.  We have received exceptional industry recognition, including 2012 Agency of the Year for 72andSunny, Anomaly and kbs+ celebrated as two of only 10 'Standout Agencies,' and TargetCast and Vitro both named 'Agencies to Watch'.  Looking ahead, we are even more excited about 2013.   Our new business pipeline is at an all-time high and we are seeing larger opportunities across more agencies, and more disciplines.  As a result, we have an outstanding foundation for continued accelerated financial performance in 2013 and in the years to come." Guidance for 2013 is established as follows:Implied20122013Year over YearActualGuidanceChangeRevenue$1,070.7 million$1,125 - $1,150 million+5.1% to +7.4%EBITDA$118.4 million$132 - $135 million+11.5% to +14.0%Free Cash Flow $49.6 million$55 - $60 million+10.8% to +20.9%EBITDA Margin11.1%11.7%+60 basis pointsConsolidated revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $294.6 million, an increase of 16.0% compared to $254.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.  EBITDA (as defined) for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $43.6 million, an increase of 66.1% compared to $26.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, as the company realized 450 basis points of EBITDA margin expansion from its previous growth initiatives.  Loss attributable to MDC Partners in the fourth quarter was ($24.5) million compared to a loss of ($57.7) million in the fourth quarter of 2011.  Diluted loss per share from continuing operations attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the fourth quarter of 2012 was ($0.76) compared to ($1.93) per share in the same period of 2011.  Free cash flow from operations (as defined) was $24.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared with $9.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011.  For the twelve month period ended December 31, 2012, consolidated revenue was $1.07 billion, an increase of 13.9% compared to $940.4 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2011.  EBITDA for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012 increased 27.2% to $118.4 million compared to $93.1 million in the same period of 2011.  Loss attributable to MDC Partners in the twelve months ended December 31, 2012 was ($85.4) million compared to a loss of ($84.7) million in 2011.  Diluted loss per share from continuing operations attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012 was ($2.60) compared to a loss of ($2.80) per share in the same period of 2011.  Cash flows provided by continuing operating activities for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012 was $78.2 million compared to $7.2 million in the same period of 2011.  Free cash flow from operations was $49.6 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2012, compared with $25.0 million in the same period of 2011.  David Doft, CFO of MDC Partners, said, "Our disciplined approach to operating efficiency enabled us to increase EBITDA margins by 44% in the quarter to 14.8% and by 12% for the fiscal year to 11.1%.  Our work to improve our balance sheet is paying off as our leverage was 3.0 times net debt-to-EBITDA at year end, well ahead of our long-term plan.  This is a 25% improvement over the 4.0 times we reported at year-end 2011.  The combination of our superior growth profile, scalability of our model, expected continued margin expansion, strong free cash flow generation, and efforts to optimize our balance sheet, we believe have positioned the company well for strong equity returns in the near and long-term."Conference CallManagement will host a conference call on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. (EST) to discuss results.  The conference call will be accessible by dialing 1-412-858-4600 or toll free 1-800-860-2442.  An investor presentation has been posted on our website www.mdc-partners.com and will be referred to during the conference call.A recording of the conference call will be available one hour after the call until 9:00 a.m. March 8, 2013, by dialing 1-412-317-0088 or toll free 1-877-344-7529 (passcode 10024176) or by visiting our website at www.mdc-partners.com.About MDC Partners Inc. MDC is a Business Transformation Organization that utilizes technology, marketing communications, data analytics and insights and strategic consulting solutions to drive meaningful returns on Marketing and Communications Investments for multinational clients in the United States, Canada, and worldwide.  MDC's durable competitive advantage is to Empower the Most Talented Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders to Drive Business Success to new levels of Achievement, for both our Clients and our Shareholders, reinforcing MDC's reputation as "The Place Where Great Talent Lives."  MDC Partners' Class A shares are publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol "MDCA" and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "MDZ.A".Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresIn 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. These non-GAAP financial measures relate to: (1) presenting EBITDA and EBITDA margin (as defined) for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2012 and 2011; and (2) presenting Total Free Cash Flow (as defined) and Free Cash Flow for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2012 and 2011.  Included in this earnings release are tables reconciling MDC's reported results to arrive at these non-GAAP financial measures.  In addition, Net Debt is defined in our credit facility as debt due pertaining to the revolving credit facility plus debt pertaining to the Senior Notes less total cash and cash equivalents.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, estimates of amounts for deferred acquisition consideration and "put" option rights, 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 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 "put" option right 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 material 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 material 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.SCHEDULE 1MDC PARTNERS INC.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(US$ in 000s, except share and per share amounts)Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,2012201120122011Revenue$294,648$254,068$1,070,711$940,403Operating Expenses:Cost of services sold195,156180,862739,121669,990Office and general expenses96,22966,436303,084218,514Depreciation and amortization10,37010,57646,41440,220301,755257,8741,088,619928,724Operating profit (loss)(7,107)(3,806)(17,908)11,679Other Income (Expenses):Other income (expense), net383789(859)(1,561)Interest expense (12,151)(10,892)(46,571)(41,922)Interest income7654259206Loss from continuing operations before income taxes  and equity in affiliates(18,799)(13,855)(65,079)(31,598)Income tax expense (recovery)3,53940,8319,55341,735Loss from continuing operations before equity in affiliates(22,338)(54,686)(74,632)(73,333)Equity in earnings (loss) of non-consolidated affiliates234(1)633213Loss from continuing operations(22,104)(54,687)(73,999)(73,120)Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes(860)(1,203)(5,428)(3,167)Net loss(22,964)(55,890)(79,427)(76,287)Net income attributable to the noncontrolling interests(1,584)(1,850)(6,012)(8,387)Net loss attributable to MDC Partners Inc.($24,548)($57,740)($85,439)($84,674)Loss Per Common Share:Basic and Diluted:Loss from continuing operations attributable to MDC   Partners Inc. common shareholders($0.76)($1.93)($2.60)($2.80)Discontinued operations attributable to MDC   Partners Inc. common shareholders($0.03)($0.04)($0.18)($0.11)Loss attributable to MDC Partners Inc.   common shareholders($0.79)($1.97)($2.78)($2.91)Weighted Average Number of Common Shares:Basic and Diluted31,086,03329,258,04930,726,77329,120,373 SCHEDULE 2MDC PARTNERS INC.RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) TO EBITDA(US$ in 000s, except percentages)For the Three Months Ended December 31, 2012Strategic PerformanceMarketingMarketingServicesServicesCorporateTotalRevenue$200,710$93,938-$294,648Operating income (loss) as reported$667$212($7,986)($7,107)margin0.3%0.2%-2.4%Add:Depreciation and amortization5,7174,31833510,370Stock-based compensation2,5842,6406035,827Acquisition deal costs8834761883Deferred acquisition consideration adjustments to P&L29,8823,019-32,901Profit distributions from affiliates--746746EBITDA *$38,938$10,223($5,541)$43,620margin19.4%10.9%14.8%* EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure, but as shown above it represents operating income (loss) plus depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, acquisition deal costs, deferred acquisition consideration adjustments and profit distributions from affiliates.MDC PARTNERS INC.RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) TO EBITDA(US$ in 000s, except percentages)For the Three Months Ended December 31, 2011Strategic PerformanceMarketingMarketingServicesServicesCorporateTotalRevenue$165,442$88,626-$254,068Operating income (loss) as reported($8,336)$13,744($9,214)(3,806)margin-5.0%15.5%-1.5%Add:Depreciation and amortization6,0364,16038010,576Stock-based compensation1,2531,1043,4805,837Acquisition deal costs6601905311,381Deferred acquisition consideration adjustments to P&L19,990(8,233)-11,757Profit distributions from affiliates--517517EBITDA*$19,603$10,965($4,306)$26,262margin11.8%12.4%10.3%* EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure, but as shown above it represents operating income (loss) plus depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, acquisition deal costs, deferred acquisition consideration adjustments and profit distributions from affiliates. SCHEDULE 3MDC PARTNERS INC.RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) TO EBITDA(US$ in 000s, except percentages)For the Year Ended December 31, 2012Strategic PerformanceMarketingMarketingServicesServicesCorporateTotalRevenue$721,228$349,483-$1,070,711Operating income (loss) as reported$22,711($430)($40,189)($17,908)margin3.1%-0.1%-1.7%Add:Depreciation and amortization27,45517,6171,34246,414Stock-based compensation9,1868,22714,78432,197Acquisition deal costs9514821,9313,364Deferred acquisition consideration adjustments to P&L47,7025,325-53,027Profit distributions from affiliates--1,2881,288EBITDA *$108,005$31,221($20,844)$118,382margin15.0%8.9%11.1%* EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure, but as shown above it represents operating income (loss) plus depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, acquisition deal costs, deferred acquisition consideration adjustments and profit distributions from affiliates.MDC PARTNERS INC.RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) TO EBITDA(US$ in 000s, except percentages)For the Year Ended December 31, 2011Strategic PerformanceMarketingMarketingServicesServicesCorporateTotalRevenue$608,022$332,381-$940,403Operating income (loss) as reported$22,504$25,433($36,258)$11,679margin3.7%7.7%1.2%Add:Depreciation and amortization22,37817,01682640,220Stock-based compensation5,1493,69514,81323,657Acquisition deal costs1,1118251,8833,819Deferred acquisition consideration adjustments to P&L23,418(10,795)-12,623Profit distributions from affiliates--1,0651,065EBITDA*$74,560$36,174($17,671)$93,063margin12.3%10.9%9.9%* EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure, but as shown above it represents operating income (loss) plus depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, acquisition deal costs, deferred acquisition consideration adjustments and profit distributions from affiliates. SCHEDULE 4MDC PARTNERS INC.FREE CASH FLOW(US$ in 000s)Three Months Ended December 31,For the Year Ended December 31,2012201120122011Cash Flows Provided by Continuing Operating Activities$60,104$11,000$78,223$7,230Distributions7465171,2881,065Cash Taxes317761,236240Cash Interest, net20,18519,89740,83537,291Changes in Working Capital(36,855)(449)(17,350)37,898Changes in Non-Current Assets & Liabilities9,0642,8427,9541,961Other(11,525)(9,471)184(1,009)Net Income Attributable to the Noncontrolling Interests1,5841,8506,0128,387EBITDA$43,620$26,262$118,382$93,063Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests(1,584)(1,850)(6,012)(8,387)Capital Expenditures, net (1)(5,553)(4,943)(19,232)(21,111)Cash Taxes(317)(76)(1,236)(240)Cash Interest, net & Other (2)(12,118)(10,158)(42,256)(38,300)Free Cash Flow (3)$24,048$9,235$49,646$25,025Cash Acquired from Acquisitions-14,89354,62414,893Total Free Cash Flow (3)$24,048$24,128$104,270$39,918(1) Capital Expenditures, net represents capital expenditures net of landlord reimbursements.(2) Cash Interest, net & Other represents the quarterly accrual of cash interest under our Senior Notes.(3) Free Cash Flow and Total Free Cash Flow are non-GAAP measures.  As shown above, Free Cash Flow represents EBITDA less net income attributable to noncontrolling interests, less capital expenditures, less cash taxes, less net cash interest (including interest paid and other). SCHEDULE 5MDC PARTNERS INC.CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(US$ in 000s)December 31,20122011AssetsCurrent Assets:Cash and cash equivalents$60,330$8,096Accounts receivable, net326,087238,592Expenditures billable to clients58,84239,067Other current assets16,89212,657Total Current Assets462,151298,412Fixed assets, net52,91447,737Investment in affiliates-99Goodwill720,071605,244Other intangible assets, net63,24357,980Deferred tax assets9,33215,380Other assets37,23430,893Total Assets$1,344,945$1,055,745Liabilities and Shareholders' DeficitCurrent Liabilities:Accounts payable$356,847$178,282Accrued and other liabilities93,89572,930Advance billings131,908122,021Current portion of long term debt1,8581,238Current portion of deferred acquisition consideration104,32551,829Total Current Liabilities688,833426,300Long-term debt429,845383,936Long-term portion of deferred acquisition consideration92,12185,394Other liabilities47,98514,900Deferred tax liabilities53,01850,724Total Liabilities1,311,802961,254Redeemable Noncontrolling Interests117,953107,432Shareholders' DeficitCommon shares253,870228,209Shares to be issued424424Charges in excess of capital(72,913)(45,102)Accumulated deficit(316,713)(231,274)Stock subscription receivable(55)(55)Accumulated other comprehensive loss(7,445)(4,658)MDC Partners Inc. Shareholders' Deficit(142,832)(52,456)Noncontrolling Interests58,02239,515Total Deficit(84,810)(12,941)Total Liabilities, Redeemable Noncontrolling    Interests and Deficit$1,344,945$1,055,745 SCHEDULE 6MDC PARTNERS INC.SUMMARY CASH FLOW DATA(US$ in 000s)Year Ended December 31,20122011Cash flows provided by continuing operating activities$78,223$7,230Discontinued operations(1,919)(2,682)Net cash provided by operating activities76,3044,548Net cash provided by (used in) continuing investing activities7,830(29,774)Discontinued operations(19)(662)Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities7,811(30,436)Net cash provided by (used in) continuing financing activities(31,858)23,299Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents(23)(264)Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents$52,234($2,853) CONTACT:David DoftChief Financial Officer646-429-1818ddoft@mdc-partners.com   (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120221/NY57031LOGO ) SOURCE MDC Partners Inc.