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• Revenues increased to $143.4 million vs. $139.1 million in Q3 2007, an increase of 3.1%
• Organic revenue growth of 3.6% for Q3 2008
• Net new business wins of $24.5 million for Q3 2008
• MDC EBITDA increased to $15.4 million vs. $9.3 million in Q3 2007, an increase of 65.6%
• Net Income increased to $3.3 million vs. a loss of $(6.8) million in Q3 2007
• Earnings per Share increased to $0.12 vs. a loss of $(0.27) in Q3 2007
• Free Cash Flow increased to $11.2 million vs. a use of $(2.1) million in Q3 2007
YEAR TO DATE HIGHLIGHTS:
• Revenues increased to $444.4 million vs. $391.7 million in the first nine months of 2007, an increase of 13.4%
• Organic revenue growth of 10.8% for the first nine months of 2008
• Net new business wins of $67.0 million for the first nine months of 2008
• MDC EBITDA increased to $41.0 million vs. $24.4 million in the first nine months of 2007, an increase of 68%
• Net Loss decreased to $(4.6) million vs. $(18.2) million in the first nine months of 2007
• Loss per Share improved to $(0.17) vs. $(0.74) in the first nine months of 2007
• Free Cash Flow increased to $20.6 million vs. a use of $(0.4) million in the first nine months of 2007
NEW YORK, NY (November 3, 2008) – MDC Partners Inc. (“MDC Partners” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2008.
Consolidated revenues for the third quarter of 2008 were $143.4 million, an increase of 3.1% compared to $139.1 million in the third quarter of 2007. MDC EBITDA (as defined) for the third quarter of 2008 was $15.4 million, an increase of 65.6% compared to $9.3 million in the third quarter of 2007. Net income in the third quarter was $3.3 million compared to a loss of ($6.8) million in the third quarter of 2007 and earnings per share for the third quarter 2008 was $0.12 compared with a loss of ($0.27) in the same period of 2007, an increase of $0.39 per share. Free cash flow (as defined) was $11.2 million in the third quarter of 2008 compared with a use of ($2.1) million in the third quarter of 2007.
Consolidated revenues for the first nine months of 2008 were $444.4 million, an increase of 13.4% compared to $391.7 million in the first nine months of 2007. MDC EBITDA (as defined) for the first nine months of 2008 was $41.0 million, an increase of 68% compared to $24.4 million in the first nine months of 2007. Net loss in the first nine months of 2008 was ($4.6) million compared to a loss of ($18.2) million in the first nine months of 2007 and the net loss per common share for the first nine months of 2008 was ($0.17) compared with a loss of ($0.74) in the same period of 2007, an improvement of $0.57 per share. Free cash flow (as defined) was $20.6 million in the first nine months of 2008 compared with a use of ($0.4) million in the first nine months of 2007.
“We believe that our third quarter and year to date results reflect our continued focus on delivering sustainable, profitable growth that translates into significant and growing free cash flow. We also continue to be focused on driving organic growth and believe that our robust year to date new business pipeline positions us well for growth well into 2009. Given that, and despite the difficult economic times, we remain on track to deliver on our full year guidance for 2008 and are taking further actions to ensure that our profitable growth trajectory continues into 2009 and beyond,” said Miles S. Nadal, Chairman & CEO of MDC Partners. “We believe that our partnership network of marketing insurgents is well positioned to generate actionable strategies for our clients to help them grow in the marketplace. This will be key to growing our market share in the upcoming years.”
“Our efforts to reduce the cost of our infrastructure are continuing to bear fruit. Further, a disciplined focus on working capital improvements and cash management has resulted in our strongest balance sheet and liquidity position in the Company’s history,” said David Doft, Chief Financial Officer of MDC Partners.
Management will host a conference call on November 3, at 4:30 p.m. (EST) to discuss our results. The conference call will be accessible by dialing 1-416-644-3415 or toll free 1-800-733-7560. 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, November 17, 2008 by dialing 1-416-640-1917 or toll free 1-877-289-8525 (passcode 21283593#) or by visiting our website.
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 (as defined) for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2008 and 2007; and (2) presenting Free Cash Flow (as defined) for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2008 and 2007. 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 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 compliment and expand the Company’s business capabilities; and
• foreign currency fluctuations.
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