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– EBITDA GUIDANCE INCREASED TO $158-160 MILLION FROM $152-157 MILLION, IMPLYING YEAR OVER YEAR GROWTH OF +31.5% TO +33.2% –
– MDC PARTNERS DECLARES 3-FOR-2 STOCK SPLIT –
– QUARTERLY DIVIDEND INCREASED 41.2% TO $0.24 FROM $0.17 PER SHARE PRE-SPLIT AND TO $0.16 FROM $0.113 PER SHARE POST-SPLIT, UNDERSCORING CONTINUED STRONG FREE CASH FLOW GENERATION –
THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS:
Revenue increased to $289.0 million from $265.9 million, an increase of 8.7%
Organic revenue increased 9.3%
EBITDA increased to $39.4 million from $34.4 million, an increase of 14.7%
EBITDA margin increased 80 basis points to 13.7% from 12.9%, an increase of 6.2%
Free Cash Flow increased to $23.9 million from $17.9 million, an increase of 33.1%
Net New Business wins totaled $34.2 million
Net Debt-to-EBITDA leverage was maintained at 3.1x at September 30, 2013
YEAR TO DATE HIGHLIGHTS:
Revenue increased to $842.5 million from $771.9 million, an increase of 9.1%
Organic revenue increased 9.4%
EBITDA increased to $115.0 million from $76.4 million, an increase of 50.6%
EBITDA margin increased 370 basis points to 13.6% from 9.9%, an increase of 37.4%
Free Cash Flow increased to $66.5 million from $26.6 million, an increase of 150.2%
Net New Business wins totaled $107.5 million
NEW YORK, NY, Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — MDC Partners Inc. (“MDC Partners” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013.
Miles S. Nadal, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MDC Partners, said, “Our financial results in the third quarter show that our business continues to perform exceptionally well. Organic revenue grew 9.3% and EBITDA increased 14.7%, representing an 80 basis point increase in EBITDA margin. Our performance in the quarter, as well as what continues to be a very robust new business pipeline, gives us the confidence to once again increase our financial guidance for 2013. We now expect EBITDA growth of between 31.5% and 33.2% and Free Cash Flow growth of between 67.1% and 77.0%. What’s most exciting, however, is that there is still a tremendous runway for growth in the years ahead. We currently garner only 3% market share in North America, we’re in the very early stages of building an international business, and we’re just beginning to take market share in some key vertical industries. As a result, over the long-term, we expect 5-7% annual organic revenue growth, double-digit compounded annual EBITDA growth, and significant free cash flow generation, with growth in excess of 20%. We are confident that our ability to deliver on these targets will translate into strong returns for our shareholders.”
Guidance for 2013 is revised as follows:
Consolidated revenue for the third quarter of 2013 was $289.0 million, an increase of 8.7% compared to $265.9 million in the third quarter of 2012. EBITDA for the third quarter of 2013 was $39.4 million, an increase of 14.7% compared to $34.4 million in the third quarter of 2012, as the company realized 80 basis points of EBITDA margin expansion in the third quarter of 2013. Net loss attributable to MDC Partners in the third quarter was ($21.2) million compared to a loss of ($14.5) million in the third quarter of 2012 attributable to a one-time stock-based compensation charge of $22.2 million which relates to the pending exercise of stock appreciation rights. Diluted loss per share from continuing operations attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the third quarter of 2013 was ($0.44) compared to a loss of ($0.42) per share in the same period of 2012. Free cash flow was $23.9 million in the third quarter of 2013, compared with $17.9 million in the third quarter of 2012.
For the nine month period ended September 30, 2013, consolidated revenue was $842.5 million, an increase of 9.1% compared to $771.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2012. EBITDA for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 increased 50.6% to $115.0 million compared to $76.4 million in the same period of 2012. Loss attributable to MDC Partners in the nine months ended September 30, 2013 was ($54.5) million compared to a loss of ($60.9) million in 2012 as a result of $55.6 million of expenses related to the redemption of Notes in the Company’s refinancing during the first quarter and a one-time stock-based compensation charge of $22.2 million in the third quarter which relates to the pending exercise of stock appreciation rights, offset by the increase in EBITDA. Diluted loss per share from continuing operations attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 was ($1.39) compared to a loss of ($1.80) per share in the same period of 2012. Cash flows provided by continuing operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 were $113.2 million compared to $19.4 million provided in the same period of 2012. Free cash flow was $66.5 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2013, compared with $26.6 million in the same period of 2012.
David Doft, CFO of MDC Partners, said, “Our very strong financial performance has allowed us to continue to improve our balance sheet and fund deferred acquisition consideration, while sustaining a leverage ratio of 3.1 times net debt-to-EBITDA, tracking to our long-term target of below 2.5 times net debt-to-EBITDA. Because our free cash flow is ahead of plan and expected to continue to increase and as we target a 3% dividend yield, we are increasing our dividend 41.2% to $0.24 per share versus the $0.17 per share paid out last quarter. Finally, because our stock has recently increased, and because we would like to be able to offer prospective shareholders a more liquid stock, we are moving forward with a three-for-two stock split, effective November 22.”
MDC Partners Announces 3-For-2 Stock Split
MDC Partners today also announced that its Board of Directors has approved a three-for-two split of its outstanding Class A and Class B shares in the form of a stock dividend. Subject to regulatory approval, the additional shares will be distributed to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 22, 2013. Shareholders who have stock certificates of MDC Partners should retain them. The transfer agent will distribute confirmation of the additional shares on November 27, 2013. Trading is expected to begin on a post-split basis on the Toronto Stock Exchange on November 20, 2013 and on the NASDAQ on November 29, 2013.
MDC Partners Announces $0.24 per Share Quarterly Cash Dividend
MDC Partners today also announced that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.24 per share on all of its outstanding Class A shares and Class B shares for the third quarter of 2013. This dividend will be payable on or about November 22, 2013, to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 7, 2013. This cash dividend will be paid prior to implementing the three-for-two stock split. Following MDC’s planned three-for-two stock split, the dividend would increase from $0.113 per share to $0.16 per share.
Management will host a conference call on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. (ET) to discuss results. The conference call will be accessible by dialing 1-412-317-0790 or toll free 1-877-870-4263. 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. November 13, 2013, by dialing 1-412-317-0088 or toll free 1-877-344-7529 (passcode 10035197) or by visiting our website at www.mdc-partners.com.
About MDC Partners Inc.
MDC is one of the world’s largest Business Transformation Organizations that utilizes technology, marketing communications, data analytics, 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 Partners’ 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 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. These non-GAAP financial measures relate to: (1) presenting EBITDA and EBITDA margin (as defined) for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012; and (2) presenting Free Cash Flow for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012. 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.
Chief Financial Officer