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• Revenues increased 27.7% to $155.6 million in Q4 2007 vs. $121.8 million in Q4 2006
• Organic revenue growth was 16.3% for Q4 2007
• Net new business wins were $9 million for Q4 2007
• MDC Adjusted EBITDA increased 31.0% to $18.7 million in Q4 2007 vs. $14.3 million in Q4 2006
• Revenues increased 32.8% to $547.3 million in 2007 vs. $412.2 million in 2006
• Organic revenue growth was 23.4% for 2007
• Net new business wins were $66 million in 2007
• MDC Adjusted EBITDA increased 45.4% to $47.7 million in 2007 vs. $32.8 million in 2006
NEW YORK, NY (February 27, 2008) – MDC Partners Inc. (“MDC Partners” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2007.
Consolidated revenues for the fourth quarter of 2007 were $155.6 million, an increase of 27.7% compared to $121.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2006. MDC Adjusted EBITDA (as defined) for the fourth quarter of 2007 was $18.7 million, an increase of 31.0% compared to $14.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2006.
“We are pleased to report another quarter of double digit organic growth, despite a strong comparable in the fourth quarter of 2006. This growth reflects strong performance amongst all of our business units. We believe that this is a result of a movement of clients to firms who understand digital innovation and how consumers consume influence in a digital economy. We believe our businesses are well positioned to take advantage of this market trend,” said Miles S. Nadal, Chairman & CEO of MDC Partners.
Consolidated revenues for the twelve months ended December 31, 2007 were $547.3 million, an increase of 32.8% compared to $412.2 million in 2006. MDC Adjusted EBITDA (as defined) was $47.7 million in 2007, an increase of 45.4% compared with $32.8 million in 2006.
Adjusted cash earnings per share (as defined) from continuing operations in 2007 was $1.40 compared with $1.04 in 2006. Adjusted free cash flow in 2007 was $18.2 million compared with $1.4 million in 2006.
“Our year end results and robust new business momentum reflect our continued investment in the fastest growing aspects of marketing services. We believe that the MDC model of empowering talent to do brilliant work that strives to produce the greatest return on marketing investment is ideally suited for further growth and expansion in the years ahead,” said Mr. Nadal.
Management will host a conference call on Thursday, February 28, at 8:30 a.m. (EST) to discuss our results. The conference call will be accessible by dialing 1-416-644-3423 or toll free 1-800-731-5319. An investor presentation has been posted on our website www.mdc-partners.com and will be referred to during the conference call.
About MDC Partners Inc.
MDC Partners is a leading provider of marketing communications solutions and services to clients in North America, Europe and Latin America. Through its partnership of entrepreneurial firms it provides advertising, specialized communications and consulting services to leading brands. MDC Partners’ philosophy emphasizes the utilization of strategy and creativity to drive growth for its clients. “MDC Partners is The Place Where Great Talent Lives”. MDC Partners Class A shares are publicly traded on the 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 MDC’s share of EBITDA and MDC Adjusted EBITDA (as defined) for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2007 and December 31, 2006; (2) presenting Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Free Cash Flow (as defined) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2007 and 2006; and (3) presenting Cash Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations and Adjusted Cash Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations (as defined) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2007 and 2006. Included in this earnings release are tables reconciling MDC’s reported results to arrive at these non-GAAP financial measures.
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, 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 effects of national and regional economic conditions;
• the Company’s ability to attract new clients and retain existing clients;
• the financial success of the Company’s clients;
• 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 rights;
• the Company’s ability to retain and attract key employees;
• the successful completion and integration of acquisitions which complement and expand the Company’s business capabilities;
• foreign currency fluctuations; and
• risks arising from the Company’s historical option grant practices.
In addition to improving organic growth for its existing operations, 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 and through incurrence of bridge or other debt financing, either 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.
Director, Finance & Investor Relations