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SECOND QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS:
• Revenue increased to $274.1 million versus $238.0 million in Q2 2011, an increase of 15.2%
• Organic revenue increased 8.3% for Q2 2012
• EBITDA decreased to $31.3 million versus $33.0 million in Q2 2011, impacted by increased costs related to investments made in prior quarters
• Total Free Cash Flow including working capital declined to $16.6 million versus $20.1 million in Q2 2011
• Net new business wins of $30.3 million for Q2 2012
FIRST SIX MONTHS HIGHLIGHTS:
• Revenue increased to $509.8 million versus $453.1 million in the first six months of 2011, an increase of 12.5%
• Organic revenue increased 6.9% year to date for 2012
• EBITDA decreased to $39.2 million versus $48.7 million in the first six months of 2011, impacted by increased costs related to investments made in prior quarters
• Total Free Cash Flow including working capital improved to $84.8 million versus an outflow of ($9.1) million in the first six months of 2011
• Net new business wins of $79.8 million in the first six months of 2012, an increase of 70.5%
NEW YORK, NY (July 30, 2012) – MDC Partners Inc. (“MDC Partners” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012.
Miles S. Nadal, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MDC Partners, said, “Our business performed very well in the first half of the year and we are on a good trajectory to achieve our 2012 financial targets. During the second quarter, organic revenue increased 8.3%, and EBITDA was in line with last year despite the continued impact of historical investment spending. In addition, cumulative net new business wins for the first half of the year were $80 million, a 71% increase from the $47 million we had in the first half of last year. Given the strong trends we are seeing across our business, we like where we stand heading into the second half of the year, especially as our strategic investments increasingly show benefits in the form of new business wins, quality of work, performance for clients and improved profitability. We remain focused on cost efficiency and on de-levering the balance sheet, which will result in a material amount of incremental EBITDA flowing through to free cash flow. As we move into the third and fourth quarters, we expect both EBITDA and margins to outperform 2011 levels.”
Guidance for 2012 is maintained as follows:
Consolidated revenue for the second quarter of 2012 was $274.1 million, an increase of 15.2% compared to $238.0 million in the second quarter of 2011. EBITDA (as defined) for the second quarter of 2012 was $31.3 million compared to $33.0 million in the second quarter of 2011, due to the impact of investment activity in the second half of 2011. Loss attributable to MDC Partners in the second quarter was ($20.1) million compared to income of $1.3 million in the second quarter of 2011. Diluted loss per share from continuing operations attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the second quarter of 2012 was ($0.60) compared to income of $0.05 per share in the same period of 2011. Free cash flow from operations (as defined) was $14.2 million in the second quarter of 2012, compared with $17.1 million in the second quarter of 2011.
For the six month period ended June 30, 2012, consolidated revenue was $509.8 million, an increase of 12.5% compared to $453.1 million in the first six months of 2011. EBITDA (as defined) for the first half of 2012 was $39.2 million compared to $48.7 million in the same period of 2011, due to the impact of investment activity in the second half of 2011. Loss attributable to MDC Partners in the first six months of 2012 was ($46.4) million compared to a loss of ($7.4) million in the first six months of 2011. Diluted loss per share from continuing operations attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the first six months of 2012 was ($1.45) compared to a loss of ($0.22) per share in the same period of 2011. Free cash flow from operations (as defined) was $6.5 million in the first six months of 2012, compared with $19.0 million in the same period of 2011.
“Our plans to improve our balance sheet remain on track,” said David Doft, CFO of MDC Partners. “While leverage increased as expected in the second quarter due to a substantial amount of deferred acquisition consideration as well as the timing of working capital, we remain confident that we will achieve our target net-debt to EBITDA ratio of between 3.0-3.5 times by the end of the year, and below 2.5 times over the long-term.”
Management will host a conference call on Monday, July 30, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) 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 until Monday, August 13, by dialing 1-412-317-0088 or toll free 1-877-344-7529 (passcode 10016791) 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, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.
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 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 six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011; and (2) presenting Total Free Cash Flow, Free Cash Flow and Free Cash Flow per Share (as defined) for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011. 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, 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