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FULL YEAR 2015 ORGANIC REVENUE GROWTH OF 7.1%, ADJUSTED EBITDA GROWTH OF 10.2%, AND ADJUSTED EBITDA AVAILABLE FOR GENERAL CAPITAL PURPOSES GROWTH OF 14.8%
QUARTERLY DIVIDEND OF $0.21 PER SHARE DECLARED
FOURTH QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS:
FULL YEAR HIGHLIGHTS:
New York, NY, February 18, 2016 (NASDAQ: MDCA) – MDC Partners Inc. (“MDC Partners” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2015.
Scott Kauffman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MDC Partners, said, “Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our team, 2015 was a very strong year for our company. We posted 7.1% organic revenue growth, 10.2% Adjusted EBITDA growth, 14.9% Adjusted EBITDA margins and robust cash generation. Our results are proof that our business model continues to be unique in the market, and that our partners are delivering some of the most inventive and effective work for their clients. Our outlook for the year ahead is bullish. We have an active pipeline of new business and we are executing well on our plans to extend our international reach, to build our differentiated and modern media buying and planning platform, and to augment our capabilities through deliberate and strategic M&A. The future of MDC Partners has never been brighter.”
Guidance for 2016 is established as follows:
For the twelve month period ended December 31, 2015, consolidated revenue was $1.33 billion, an increase of 8.4% compared to $1.22 billion in the twelve months ended December 31, 2014. Adjusted EBITDA for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 was $197.7 million, an increase of 10.2% compared to $179.4 million in the same period of 2014. Net loss attributable to MDC Partners in the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 was ($37.4) million compared to ($24.1) million in the same period of 2014. Diluted loss per share from continuing operations attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the twelve months ended December 31, 2015 was ($0.62) compared to ($0.06) in the same period of 2014. Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes was $113.4 million in the twelve months ended December 31, 2015, an increase of 14.8% compared to $98.8 million in the same period of 2014.
Consolidated revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $359.0 million, an increase of 5.6%, compared to $339.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $65.6 million, an increase of 26.6% compared to $51.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Net loss attributable to MDC Partners in the fourth quarter was ($26.2) million compared to ($26.8) million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Diluted loss per share from continuing operations attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the fourth quarter of 2015 was ($0.52) compared to ($0.17) per share in the fourth quarter of 2014. Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes was $44.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of 42.9% compared to $31.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.
David Doft, CFO of MDC Partners, said, “We are pleased with our performance in 2015 and are in a position to post robust financial and operating results going forward. In 2015, organic revenue grew 7.1% despite a 190 basis reduction from significantly lower billable pass-through cost. Importantly, new business activity is solid, giving Page 3 us good visibility into future prospects. More specifically, for 2016 we expect revenue to increase 6.3% to 8.6% and Adjusted EBITDA to increase 13.8% to 18.9%, which implies well over 100 basis points of margin expansion. In addition, the strong cash generation that we saw in the fourth quarter provides a solid foundation as we focus on strengthening the balance sheet and achieving our leverage target goal of 2.5 times or below.”
MDC Partners Announces $0.21 per Share Quarterly Cash Dividend
MDC Partners today also announced that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.21 per share on all of its outstanding Class A shares and Class B shares. The quarterly dividend will be payable on or about March 18, 2016, to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 04, 2016.
Management will host a conference call on Thursday, February 18, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. (ET) to discuss results. Access the conference call by dialing 1-412-902-4266 or toll free 1-888-346-6216. An investor presentation has been posted on our website 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), February 26, 2016, by dialing 1-412-317-0088 or toll free 1-877-344-7529 (passcode 10080858), or by visiting our website at www.mdc-partners.com.
About MDC Partners Inc.
MDC Partners is one of the fastest-growing and most influential marketing and communications networks in the world. Its 50+ advertising, public relations, branding, digital, social and event marketing agencies are responsible for some of the most memorable and engaging campaigns for the world’s most respected brands. As “The Place Where Great Talent Lives,” MDC Partners is known for its unique partnership model, empowering the most entrepreneurial and innovative talent to drive competitive advantage and business growth for clients. By leveraging technology, data analytics, insights, and strategic consulting solutions, MDC Partners drives measurable results and optimizes 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. These non-GAAP financial measures relate to: (1) presenting Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA margin (as defined) for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2015, and 2014; and (2) presenting Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes (as defined) for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2015, and 2014. Included in this earnings release are tables reconciling MDC Partners’ 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, and estimates of amounts for redeemable noncontrolling interests and deferred acquisition consideration, constitute forwardlooking 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:
The Company’s business strategy includes ongoing efforts to engage in 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 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.
Matt Chesler, CFA
VP, Investor Relations