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Press Release

MDC Partners Reports Results For the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019

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Company Demonstrates Prudent Financial Management as it Executes on Strategic Plan

THIRD QUARTER & YTD HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Revenue of $342.9 million in the third quarter versus $375.8 million in the prior period, a decline of 8% and $1.03 billion YTD versus $1.08 billion in the prior year period, a decline of 4.5%.
  • Organic revenue declined 5% in the third quarter and 3.7% YTD.
  • Net loss attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders was $5.1 million in the third quarter of 2019 versus $18.2 million a year ago.
  • Net loss attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders was $6.5 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2019 versus $48.3 million a year ago.
  • Net loss attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the last twelve months (LTM) of $90.5 million (inclusive of a $57 million goodwill impairment and a $49 million income tax valuation allowance in the fourth quarter of 2018) as of September 30, 2019 versus $103.7 million as of June 30, 2019.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $49.2 million versus $59.8 million a year ago, a decrease of 17.8%. Adjusted EBITDA Margin of 14.3%, compared with 15.9% in the prior year quarter.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $117.1 million versus $110.6 million a year ago, an increase of 5.9%. Adjusted EBITDA Margin of 11.3%, compared with 10.2% in the prior year quarter.
  • Covenant EBITDA (LTM) of $178.9 million versus $187.9 million for the second quarter of 2019, a decline of 4.8%. (Refer to Schedule 7)
  • Net New Business wins totaled a positive $30.5 million in the third quarter.

New York, NY, November 5, 2019 (NASDAQ: MDCA) – MDC Partners Inc. (“MDC Partners” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019.

“We are seeing the results of prudent financial management while we cycle through revenue softness in select areas of the portfolio and actively execute against our strategic plan,” said Mark Penn, Chairman and CEO of MDC Partners. “We’ve delivered year-to-date growth in adjusted EBITDA, up $6.5 million, and margin up 110 basis points. Net new business also remained strong this quarter at $30 million and we continued this momentum into the fourth quarter. We delivered over $21 million in cash flow from operations and lowered our revolver balance to $8 million. As we continue to move decisively on our plan, we have confidence in our ability to return to revenue growth and continue to deliver improving profit margins.”

Frank Lanuto, Chief Financial Officer, added, “Execution of cost-savings initiatives and ongoing disciplined management of expenses helped to offset softer revenues during the period. Based on our performance in the quarter, we reiterate our 2019 Covenant EBITDA guidance but have revised our organic revenue guidance lower to reflect YTD topline softness in select areas.”

Third Quarter and Year-to-Date 2019 Financial Results

Revenue for the third quarter of 2019 was $342.9 million versus $375.8 million for the third quarter of 2018, a decline of 8.8%. The effect on revenue of foreign exchange due to the strong US Dollar was negative 0.6%, the impact of non-GAAP acquisitions (dispositions), net was negative 0.6%, and organic revenue declined 7.5%. Organic revenue was favorably impacted by 101 basis points from increased billable pass-through costs incurred on clients’ behalf from certain of our partner firms acting as principal.

Net New Business wins in the third quarter of 2019 totaled $30.5 million.

Net loss attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the third quarter of 2019 was $5.1 million versus a net loss of $18.2 million for the third quarter of 2018. This improvement was primarily due to a decline in expenses principally driven by a reduction in staff costs, and a lower impairment charge and a foreign exchange gain in the third quarter of 2019 versus a loss in the prior year third quarter, partially offset by a decline in revenues. Diluted loss per share attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the third quarter of 2019 was $0.07 versus diluted loss per share of $0.32 for the third quarter of 2018.

Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2019 was $49.2 million versus $59.8 million for the third quarter of 2018, a decrease of 17.8%. The decline was primarily driven by lower revenue, partially offset by a reduction in staff costs. This led to a 160 basis point decline in Adjusted EBITDA margin in the third quarter of 2019 to 14.3% from 15.9% in the third quarter of 2018.

Net loss attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the last twelve months (LTM) was $90.5 million as of September 30, 2019 versus a $103.7 million loss as of June 30, 2019.

Covenant EBITDA for the last twelve months (LTM) was $178.9 million at September 30, 2019 versus $187.9 million at June 30, 2019, a decrease of 4.8%. The change was primarily driven by the decline in Adjusted EBITDA.

Revenue for the first nine months of 2019 was $1.03 billion versus $1.08 billion for the first nine months of 2018,   a decrease of 4.5%. The effect on revenue of foreign exchange due to the strong US Dollar was negative 1.1%, the impact of non-GAAP acquisitions (dispositions), net was positive 0.3%, and organic revenue decline was 3.7%. Organic revenue was favorably impacted by 179 basis points from increased billable pass-through costs incurred on clients’ behalf from certain of our partner firms acting as principal.

Net New Business wins for the first nine months of 2019 totaled $56.4 million, including a $5 million reduction for our Q2 2019 Net New Business.

Net loss attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the first nine months of 2019 was $6.5 million, an improvement versus a net loss of $48.3 million for the first nine months of 2018. This change was principally due to a decline in expenses primarily driven by a reduction in staff and administrative costs, a lower impairment charge and a foreign exchange gain for the first nine months of 2019 versus a loss for the first nine months of 2018, partially offset by a decline in revenues. Diluted loss per share attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the nine months of 2019 was $0.10 versus a diluted loss per share of $0.85 for the first nine months of 2018.

Adjusted EBITDA for the first nine months of 2019 was $117.1 million versus $110.6 million for the first nine months of 2018, an increase of 5.9%. The improvement was primarily driven by lower staff and administrative costs at Partner agencies and at corporate, partially offset by a decline in revenues. This led to a 110 basis point improvement in Adjusted EBITDA margin in the first nine months of 2019 to 11.3% from 10.2% in the first nine months of 2018.

Conference Call

Management will host a conference call on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. (ET) to discuss its results.  The conference call will be accessible by dialing 1-412-902-4266 or toll free 1-888-346-6216.  An investor presentation has been posted on our website at www.mdc-partners.com and may be referred to during the conference call.

A recording of the conference call will be available one hour after the call until 12:00 a.m. (ET), November 12, 2019, by dialing 1-412-317-0088 or toll free 1-877-344-7529 (passcode 10136141), or by visiting our website at www.mdc-partners.com.

About MDC Partners Inc.

MDC Partners is one of the most influential marketing and communications networks in the world. As “The Place Where Great Talent Lives,” MDC Partners is celebrated for its innovative advertising, public relations, branding, digital, social and event marketing agency partners, which are responsible for some of the most memorable and effective campaigns for the world’s most respected brands. By leveraging technology, data analytics, insights and strategic consulting solutions, MDC Partners drives creative excellence, business growth and measurable return on marketing investment for over 1,700 clients worldwide. For more information about MDC Partners and its partner firms, visit our website at www.mdc-partners.com and follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/mdcpartners.

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. Such non-GAAP financial measures include the following:

(1) Organic Revenue: “Organic revenue growth” and “organic revenue decline” refer to the positive or negative results, respectively, of subtracting both the foreign exchange and acquisition (disposition) components from total revenue growth. The acquisition (disposition) component is calculated by aggregating prior period revenue for any acquired businesses, less the prior period revenue of any businesses that were disposed of during the current period. The organic revenue growth (decline) component reflects the constant currency impact of (a) the change in revenue of the partner firms which the Company has held throughout each of the comparable periods presented, and (b) “non-GAAP acquisitions (dispositions), net”. Non-GAAP acquisitions (dispositions), net consists of (i) for acquisitions during the current year, the revenue effect from such acquisition as if the acquisition had been owned during the equivalent period in the prior year and (ii) for acquisitions during the previous year, the revenue effect from such acquisitions as if they had been owned during that entire year (or same period as the current reportable period), taking into account their respective pre-acquisition revenues for the applicable periods, and (iii) for dispositions, the revenue effect from such disposition as if they had been disposed of during the equivalent period in the prior year.

(2) Net New Business: Estimate of annualized revenue for new wins less annualized revenue for losses incurred in the period.

(3) Adjusted EBITDA: Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure that represents operating profit plus depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, deferred acquisition consideration adjustments, distributions from non-consolidated affiliates, and other items.

(4) Covenant EBITDA: Covenant EBITDA is a measure that includes pro forma adjustments for acquisitions, one-time charges, and other items, as defined in the Credit Agreement. We believe that the presentation of Covenant EBITDA is appropriate as it eliminates the effect of certain non-cash and other items not necessarily indicative of a company’s underlying operating performance. In addition, the presentation of Covenant EBITDA provides additional information to investors about the calculation of, and compliance with, certain financial covenants in the Credit Agreement.

Included in this earnings release are tables reconciling MDC Partners’ reported results to arrive at certain of these non-GAAP financial measures. We are unable to reconcile our projected 2019 Organic Revenue Growth to the corresponding GAAP measure because we are unable to predict the 2019 impact of foreign exchange due to the unpredictability of future changes in foreign exchange rates and because we are unable to predict the occurrence or impact of any acquisitions, dispositions, or other potential changes. We are unable to reconcile our projected 2019 Covenant EBITDA to the corresponding GAAP measure because the amount and timing of many future charges that impact these measures (such as amortization of future acquired intangible assets, foreign exchange transaction gains or losses, impairment charges, provision or benefit for income taxes, and certain assumptions used in the calculation of deferred acquisition consideration) are variable, uncertain, or out of our control and therefore cannot be reasonably predicted without unreasonable effort, if at all. As a result, we are unable to provide reconciliations of these measures.  In addition, we believe such reconciliations could imply a degree of precision that might be confusing or misleading to investors. For the same reasons, we are unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information, which could have a potentially unpredictable, and potentially significant, impact on future GAAP financial results.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Statements in this press release that are not historical facts, including without limitation the information under the heading “Financial Outlook” and statements about the Company’s beliefs and expectations, earnings guidance, recent business and economic trends, potential acquisitions, and estimates of amounts for redeemable noncontrolling interests and deferred acquisition consideration, constitute forward-looking statements. Words such as “estimates”, “expects”, “contemplates”, “will”, “anticipates”, “projects”, “plans”, “intends”, “believes”, “forecasts”, “may”, “should”, and variations of such words or similar expressions are intended to identify 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 conditions;
  • 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 redeemable noncontrolling interests and deferred acquisition consideration;
  • the successful completion and integration of acquisitions which complement and expand the Company’s business capabilities; and
  • foreign currency fluctuations

Investors should carefully consider these risk factors and the additional risk factors outlined in more detail in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the caption “Risk Factors” and in the Company’s other SEC filings.

CONTACT:
Erica Bartsch
Sloane & Company
212-446-1875
IR@mdc-partners.com