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EXTENDED REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY MATURITY FOR NEARLY TWO YEARS AT REDUCED RATE
FIRST QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS:
• Revenue increased 2.3% to $309.0 million from $302.2 million
• Net loss attributable to MDC Partners improved to ($23.3) million versus ($32.1) million in the same period last year despite the costs related to our senior notes refinancing
• Organic revenue increased 2.2%, after a 241 basis points reduction from significantly lower billable pass-through costs
• Adjusted EBITDA increased 5.3% to $32.8 million from $31.2 million (see Schedules 2 and 3)
• Adjusted EBITDA margin expanded by 30 basis points to 10.6% from 10.3% (see Schedules 2 and 3)
• Net New Business wins totaled $19.8 million
• Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes increased 23.8% to $12.7 million from $10.3 million (see Schedule 4)
• Refinanced debt through issuance of $900 million of 6.50% Senior Notes with extended maturity and 25 basis points of savings, and through extension of our $325 million revolving credit facility with further 25 basis point reduction in rate
• Declared cash dividend of $0.21 per share
New York, NY, May 3, 2016 (NASDAQ: MDCA) – MDC Partners Inc. (“MDC Partners” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2016.
Scott Kauffman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MDC Partners, said, “We remain on track to achieve our annual financial guidance despite uneven organic revenue growth in the first quarter. Adjusted EBITDA grew 5.3% and the underlying business fundamentals and our prospects remain as solid as ever, including over 41% organic growth outside of North America. MDC holds an enviable competitive position, and I am confident that we have the right talent with the right culture, strong and differentiated modern assets, and a corporate structure that cultivates continued long-term outperformance.”
Guidance for 2016 is as follows, and is revised primarily to incorporate the impact of the debt refinancing on incremental cash interest expense to Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes:
Consolidated revenue for the first quarter of 2016 was $309.0 million, an increase of 2.3%, compared to $302.2 million in the first quarter of 2015. Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2016 was $32.8 million, an increase of 5.3% compared to $31.2 million in the first quarter of 2015. Net loss attributable to MDC Partners in the first quarter of 2016 was ($23.3) million compared to ($32.1) million in the first quarter of 2015. Diluted loss per share from continuing operations attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the first quarter of 2016 was ($0.47) compared to ($0.52) per share in the first quarter of 2015. Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes was $12.7 million in the first quarter of 2016, an increase of 23.8% compared to $10.3 million in the first quarter of 2015.
David Doft, CFO of MDC Partners, said, “We continue to employ responsible capital management and have worked hard to further strengthen our balance sheet. We recently opportunistically refinanced our bonds, raising $900 million of Senior Notes at 6.50%, terming out our debt by an additional four years and saving 25 basis points on rate in addition to extending the maturity on our revolving credit facility. The refinancing provides us with the increased liquidity and flexibility we want so we can continue to aggressively pursue our growth strategy. Importantly, we remain committed to de-leveraging the balance sheet as we pay down deferred acquisition consideration over the next few years.”
MDC Partners Completes Extension of Bank Facility
MDC Partners today also announced that it has entered into an amendment of its revolving credit facility, which among other benefits extends the maturity date by almost two years to May 3, 2021, reduces the base borrowing interest rate by 25 basis points, and provides the ability to borrow in certain foreign currencies to support the company’s global expansion.
The credit facility extension follows the Company’s successful issuance of $900 million of 6.50% Senior Notes due 2024 on March 23, 2016, which extended maturity by four years and provided 25 basis points of savings. Both measures serve to further strengthen the Company’s balance sheet by locking in a long-term capital structure that provides the Company with added liquidity and flexibility to pursue our growth strategy at a lower cost of capital.
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 June 7, 2016, to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 24, 2016.
Management will host a conference call on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. (ET) to discuss 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 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), May 11, 2016, by dialing 1-412-317-0088 or toll free 1-877-344-7529 (passcode 10084817), 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 Adjusted EBITDA margin (as defined) for the three months ended March 31, 2016, and 2015; and (2) presenting Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes (as defined) for the three months ended March 31, 2016, and 2015. 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 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 the SEC’s ongoing investigation and the related class action litigation claims;
• 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 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.
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