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FOURTH QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS:
• Reported revenue increased 8.8% to $390.4 million
• Organic revenue growth of 3.8%
• Net income attributable to MDC Partners of $7.7 million vs a loss of ($26.2) million last year, including a non-cash impairment charge of $18.9 million related to one of the strategic communications businesses
• Adjusted EBITDA decreased 15.0% to $55.7 million, with margins of 14.3% (See Schedules 2 and 3)
• Net New Business wins totaled $33.2 million in the fourth quarter
FULL YEAR HIGHLIGHTS:
• Reported revenue increased 4.5% to $1.39 billion
• Organic revenue growth of 2.3%
• Net loss attributable to MDC Partners of ($47.9) million vs ($37.4) million last year, including a non-cash impairment charge of $48.5 million, predominantly related to one of the experiential businesses and one of the strategic communications businesses
• Adjusted EBITDA decreased 10.6% to $176.7 million, with margins of 12.8% (See Schedules 4 and 5)
• Net New Business wins totaled $91.2 million for the full year
New York, NY, February 27, 2017 (NASDAQ: MDCA) – MDC Partners Inc. (“MDC Partners” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016.
Scott Kauffman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MDC Partners, said, “Although 2016 was challenging in many respects, we finished the year on solid footing and with improved top line momentum across our portfolio of world-class agencies. The recently-announced Goldman Sachs equity investment is exactly the right transaction for us, ensuring that we have the financial flexibility required for our disciplined approach to growth. Combined with the operational initiatives we implemented last year, we are well positioned for 2017 and beyond.”
David Doft, Chief Financial Officer of MDC Partners, said, “I am pleased with our fourth quarter results and the better operating trends are reflected in our 2017 financial guidance, which calls for approximately 4% organic revenue growth and Adjusted EBITDA margin expansion of approximately 100 basis points. This is driven by renewed overall success in new business activity including $33 million of net wins in the fourth quarter, strong existing client relationships, and a leaner cost structure, which should enable better operating leverage as the business accelerates. In regard to our strengthened balance sheet, we are confident that the Goldman Sachs financing will create the foundation to build long-term value for all of our stakeholders.”
Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial Results
Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $390.4 million, an increase of 8.8%, compared to $359.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. The effect of foreign exchange was negative 1.2%, the impact of Non-GAAP acquisitions (dispositions), net was positive 6.2%, and the resulting organic revenue growth was 3.8%. Organic revenue growth for the period was favorably impacted by 75 basis points from increased billable pass-through costs incurred on client’s behalf from certain of our partner firms acting as principal.
Net income attributable to MDC Partners in the fourth quarter of 2016 was $7.7 million compared to a loss of ($26.2) million in the fourth quarter of 2015, partially attributable to a non-cash charge on impairment of $18.9 million related to one of the strategic communications businesses. Diluted income per share from continuing operations attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $0.15 compared to a loss of ($0.52) per share in the fourth quarter of 2015. Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $55.7 million, a decrease of 15.0% compared to $65.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes was $31.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, a decrease of 28.4%, compared to $44.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Revenue for the full year 2016 was $1.39 billion, an increase of 4.5%, compared to $1.33 billion for the full year 2015. The effect of foreign exchange was negative 0.9%, the impact of Non-GAAP acquisitions (dispositions), net was positive 3.2%, and the resulting organic revenue growth was 2.3%. Organic revenue growth for the period was negatively impacted by approximately 30 basis points from decreased billable pass-through costs incurred on client’s behalf from certain of our partner firms acting as principal.
Net loss attributable to MDC Partners for the year was ($47.9) million compared to ($37.4) million in 2015, partially attributable to a non-cash charge on impairment of $48.5 million predominantly related to one of our experiential businesses and one of the strategic communications businesses. Diluted loss per share from continuing operations attributable to MDC Partners common shareholders for the year was ($0.93) compared to ($0.62) per share in 2015. Adjusted EBITDA for the year was $176.7 million, a decrease of 10.6%, compared to $197.7 million in 2015. Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes was $82.6 million for the year, a decrease of 27.2%, compared to $113.4 million in in 2015.
Management will host a conference call on Monday, February 27, 2017, at 8:30 a.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), March 6, 2017, by dialing 1-412-317-0088 or toll free 1-877-344-7529 (passcode 10101321), 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. Such non-GAAP financial measures for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016, and 2015, 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, (b) 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, (c) 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 (d) 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, acquisition deal costs, deferred acquisition consideration adjustments, distributions from non-consolidated affiliates, and other items.
(4) Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes: Adjusted EBITDA Available for General Capital Purposes is a non-GAAP measure that represents Adjusted EBITDA less (a) net income attributable to the noncontrolling interests, (b) capital expenditures net of landlord reimbursements, (c) cash taxes, and (d) cash interest, net & other.
Included in this earnings release are tables reconciling MDC Partners’ reported results to arrive at certain of 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:
• successful completion of the convertible preference financing with Goldman Sachs on the anticipated terms and conditions;
• risks associated with the one Canadian securities class action litigation claim;
• 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.
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.