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The Madison Square Garden Company Reports Results for Fiscal 2013 First Quarter

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First quarter revenue of $204.2 million, a 15% increase compared to prior year quarter

First quarter AOCF of $63.3 million, a 37% increase compared to prior year quarter

First quarter operating income of $40.2 million, up 52% versus prior year quarter

Second phase of the Arena Transformation project successfully completed

NEW YORK, Nov. 2, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Madison Square Garden Company (Nasdaq: MSG) today reported financial results for the fiscal first quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Fiscal 2013 first quarter revenues of $204.2 million grew 15%, as compared to the prior year quarter, primarily due to an increase in revenues in the MSG Media segment and, to a lesser extent, an increase in revenues in the MSG Entertainment and MSG Sports segments.

Fiscal 2013 first quarter adjusted operating cash flow ("AOCF")(1) of $63.3 million increased 37%, as compared to the prior year quarter, primarily due to an increase in AOCF in the MSG Media segment and, to a lesser extent, by improved AOCF results in the MSG Sports and MSG Entertainment segments. Fiscal 2013 operating income of $40.2 million grew 52% and net income of $20.6 million ($0.26 per diluted share) decreased 3%, both as compared to the prior year quarter. The increase in operating income was primarily due to the increase in AOCF, while the decrease in net income was primarily due to an increase in the effective tax rate, largely a result of deferred tax benefits recognized in the first quarter of fiscal 2012.

President and CEO Hank Ratner said: "Our Company had a strong start to fiscal 2013, reflecting continued positive momentum across all three of our business segments. We delivered robust first quarter results while also continuing to invest in our businesses to drive long-term growth and create value for our shareholders. With respect to the Transformation project, we have successfully completed the second offseason shutdown of The Garden and The Theater at Madison Square Garden and look forward to unveiling the second phase of the Transformation to our customers and partners at tonight's Knicks game."

Results from Operations

Segment results for the quarters ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 are as follows:

 
   
   Revenue AOCF Operating Income (Loss)
$ millions
Q1 2013

Q1 2012
%
Change

Q1 2013

Q1 2012
%
Change

Q1 2013

Q1 2012
%
Change
MSG Media $159.5 $138.6 15  % $76.7 $63.8 20  % $71.0 $57.2 24  %
MSG Entertainment 30.8 27.6 12  % (12.6) (13.8) 9  % (16.0) (17.2) 7  %
MSG Sports 31.6 28.8 10 % 1.5 (0.5) NM  (2.1) (4.1) 49 %
Other (includes eliminations) (17.7) (17.4) (2) % (2.3) (3.5) 34  % (12.7) (9.5) (34) %
Total Company $204.2 $177.6 15  % $63.3 $46.1 37  % $40.2 $26.4 52  %

Note: Does not foot due to rounding

1. See definition of adjusted operating cash flow ("AOCF") included in the discussion of non-GAAP financial measures on page 3 of this earnings release.

MSG Media

For the fiscal first quarter, MSG Media revenues of $159.5 million grew 15%, as compared to the prior year period. Affiliate fee revenue increased $17.0 million, as compared to the prior year quarter, primarily attributable to higher affiliation rates. Other net revenues increased $4.0 million, as compared to the prior year quarter, primarily attributable to a short-term programming licensing agreement. AOCF of $76.7 million increased 20% and operating income of $71.0 million increased 24%, both as compared to the prior year quarter. The increase in AOCF and operating income primarily reflects higher revenues, partially offset by an increase in direct operating expenses and, to a lesser extent, an increase in selling, general and administrative expenses.  

MSG Entertainment

For the fiscal first quarter, MSG Entertainment revenues of $30.8 million grew 12%, as compared to the prior year period. The increase in revenues was primarily attributable to higher sponsorship, signage and suite rental fee revenues, and higher event-related revenues at the Beacon Theatre and The Chicago Theatre, partially offset by a decrease in event-related revenues at Radio City Music Hall. AOCF loss of $12.6 million improved 9% and operating loss of $16.0 million improved 7%, both as compared to the prior year quarter, primarily due to higher overall revenues, largely offset by an increase in selling, general and administrative expenses and, to a lesser extent, an increase in direct operating expenses.    

MSG Sports

For the fiscal first quarter, MSG Sports revenues of $31.6 million grew 10%, as compared to the prior year period. The increase in revenues was primarily due to an increase in suite rental fee revenue and sponsorship and signage revenues, partially offset by a decrease in other net revenues. AOCF increased by $1.9 million to $1.5 million and operating loss improved by $2.0 million to a loss of $2.1 million, both as compared to the prior year quarter. The increase in AOCF and improvement in operating loss primarily reflects lower direct operating expenses and higher revenues, largely offset by an increase in selling, general and administrative expenses. 

About The Madison Square Garden Company

The Madison Square Garden Company is a fully-integrated sports, media and entertainment business. The Company is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment, which are strategically aligned to work together to drive the Company's overall business, which is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that the company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports owns and operates the following sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), and the Connecticut Whale (AHL). MSG Sports also features the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, track and field and tennis. MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from the Company's venues. MSG Media's television networks consist of regional sports networks, MSG Network and MSG+, collectively referred to as MSG Networks; and Fuse, a national television network dedicated to music. MSG Networks also include high-definition channels, MSG HD and MSG+ HD, and Fuse includes its high-definition channel, Fuse HD. MSG Entertainment is one of the country's leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Radio City Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in the Company's diverse collection of venues. These venues consist of Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, the Forum in Inglewood, CA, The Chicago Theatre, and the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.

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Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We define adjusted operating cash flow ("AOCF"), which is a non-GAAP financial measure, as operating income (loss) before 1) depreciation, amortization and impairments of property and equipment and intangible assets, 2) share-based compensation expense or benefit, and 3) restructuring charges or credits. Because it is based upon operating income (loss), AOCF also excludes interest expense (including cash interest expense) and other non-operating income and expense items. We believe that the exclusion of share-based compensation expense or benefit allows investors to better track the performance of the various operating units of our business without regard to either the distortive effects of fluctuating stock prices or the settlement of an obligation that is not expected to be made in cash.

We believe AOCF is an appropriate measure for evaluating the operating performance of our business segments and the company on a consolidated basis. AOCF and similar measures with similar titles are common performance measures used by investors and analysts to analyze our performance. Internally, we use revenues and AOCF measures as the most important indicators of our business performance, and evaluate management's effectiveness with specific reference to these indicators. AOCF should be viewed as a supplement to and not a substitute for operating income (loss), net income (loss), cash flows from operating activities, and other measures of performance and/or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Since AOCF is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, this measure may not be comparable to similar measures with similar titles used by other companies. For a reconciliation of AOCF to operating income (loss), please see page 4 of this release.

This press release may contain statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including financial community and rating agency perceptions of the Company and its business, operations, financial condition and the industry in which it operates and the factors described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the sections titled "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" contained therein. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein.

Conference Call Information:

The conference call will be Webcast live today at 10:00 a.m. ET at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com

Conference call dial-in number is 877-347-9170 / Conference ID Number 40282492

Conference call replay number is 855-859-2056 / Conference ID Number 40282492 until November 9, 2012

 
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CONSOLIDATED OPERATIONS DATA AND RECONCILIATION
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  2012 2011
     
Revenues  $ 204,166 $ 177,639
     
Adjusted operating cash flow $ 63,309 $ 46,076
Share-based compensation expense (3,419) (3,349)
Operating income before depreciation and amortization 59,890 42,727
Depreciation and amortization (incl. impairments) (19,700) (16,364)
Operating income 40,190 26,363
Other income (expense):    
Interest expense, net (1,130) (1,202)
Miscellaneous 36 --
Income from operations before income taxes 39,096 25,161
Income tax expense (18,491) (3,873)
Net income $ 20,605 $ 21,288
Basic earnings per common share $ 0.27 $ 0.29
Diluted earnings per common share $ 0.26 $ 0.28
     
Basic weighted-average number of common shares outstanding 75,627 74,514
Diluted weighted-average number of common shares outstanding 77,767 77,185

ADJUSTMENTS TO RECONCILE ADJUSTED OPERATING CASH FLOW TO OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)

The following is a description of the adjustments to operating income (loss) in arriving at adjusted operating cash flow as described in this earnings release:

  • Depreciation and amortization. This adjustment eliminates depreciation, amortization and impairments of property and equipment and intangible assets in all periods.
  • Share-based compensation expense. This adjustment eliminates the compensation expense relating to restricted stock, restricted stock units, stock options and stock appreciation rights granted under our employee stock plans and non-employee director plans in all periods.
 
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CONSOLIDATED OPERATIONS DATA
(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
REVENUES
 
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
 
   
2012
 
2011
 %
 Change
       
MSG Media $ 159,538 $ 138,630 15 %
MSG Entertainment 30,777 27,602 12 %
MSG Sports 31,564 28,814 10 %
Other (including Inter-segment eliminations) (17,713) (17,407) (2) %
 Total Madison Square Garden Company $ 204,166 $ 177,639 15 %
 
 
ADJUSTED OPERATING CASH FLOW AND OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)
 
  Adjusted Operating
Cash Flow
  Operating Income
(Loss)
 
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
% Three Months Ended
September 30,
%
  2012 2011 Change 2012 2011 Change
             
MSG Media $ 76,704 $ 63,816 20 % $ 71,013 $ 57,164 24  %
MSG Entertainment   (12,559) (13,792) 9  % (16,030) (17,213) 7 %
MSG Sports 1,461 (463) -- (2,100) (4,122) 49 %
All other (2,297) (3,485)  34  % (12,693) (9,466) (34)  %
 Total Madison Square Garden Company $ 63,309 $   46,076 37 % $ 40,190 $ 26,363 52 %

 

 
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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
   September 30, 
2012
June 30,  
2012
ASSETS   
Current Assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $ 205,278 $ 206,500
Restricted cash 5,790 5,789
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $2,690 and $2,434 132,245 126,565
Net related party receivables 27,170 27,277
Prepaid expenses 55,698 29,700
Other current assets 23,838 19,980
Total current assets 450,019 415,811
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization of $418,425 and $435,696 1,033,813 969,528
Amortizable intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $79,155 and $122,210 98,505 101,814
Indefinite-lived intangible assets 158,636 158,636
Goodwill 742,492 742,492
Other assets 143,790 136,403
  $ 2,627,255 $ 2,524,684
 
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

   
Current Liabilities:    
Accounts payable  $ 25,345  $ 33,048
Net related party payables   1,650   362
Accrued liabilities:    
Employee related costs  54,436  82,886
Other accrued liabilities 176,485 188,410
Deferred revenue 324,255 211,639
Total current liabilities  582,171 516,345
Defined benefit and other postretirement obligations 61,250 58,817
Other employee related costs 37,570 36,689
Other liabilities 62,943 60,438
Deferred tax liability 540,642 532,382
Total liabilities 1,284,576 1,204,671
Commitments and contingencies    
Stockholders' Equity:    
Class A Common stock, par value $0.01, 360,000 shares authorized; 62,050 and 62,016 shares outstanding 628 628
Class B Common stock, par value $0.01, 90,000 shares authorized; 13,589 shares outstanding 136 136
Preferred stock, par value $0.01, 45,000 shares authorized; none outstanding -- --
Additional paid-in capital 1,073,095 1,070,046
Treasury stock, at cost, 927 shares (22,047) (22,047)
Retained earnings 316,017 295,412
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (25,150) (24,162)
Total stockholders' equity 1,342,679 1,320,013
  $ 2,627,255 $ 2,524,684
 
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SELECTED CASH FLOW INFORMATION
(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended  
September 30,
   2012  2011
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 68,978  $ 70,704 
Net cash used in investing activities (70,348) (146,691)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 148 (285)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (1,222) (76,272)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 206,500 304,876
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 205,278 $ 228,604
CONTACT: Kimberly Kerns Senior Vice President Communications The Madison Square Garden Company (212) 465-6442 Ari Danes, CFA Vice President Investor Relations The Madison Square Garden Company (212) 465-6072

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