NEW YORK, NY, MAY 3, 2012 – Univision Communications Inc., the premier media company serving Hispanic America, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012. First quarter 2012 net revenue increased 9.7% to $528.4 million from $481.8 million in the same period in 2011 and adjusted operating income before depreciation and amortization (“OIBDA”) increased 8.7% to $183.7 million from $169.0 million in the same period in 2011.
Randy Falco, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Based on the ratings performance of our networks and the year-over-year revenue growth we have seen across all of our businesses in the first quarter, I am pleased to report that Univision is off to a strong start in 2012. We have achieved important milestones, including the launches of two of our three new cable networks – Univision tlnovelas and Univision Deportes – which have meaningfully expanded the breadth of our content distribution and provided new, targeted touch points for our advertising clients to engage with the growing Hispanic community. We are encouraged by the early performance of these networks and look forward to realizing the full revenue potential of our programming portfolio across new and existing platforms as we continue to grow through the year.”
Falco continued, “Even with increased competition, Univision’s top three networks – Univision, TeleFutura and Galavisión – together have 73 percent market share among the Adult 18-49 Spanish-language TV audience in primetime and continue to deliver strong results. In the first quarter of 2012, the Univision Network drew a larger audience than NBC on four out of every five nights in the key Adult 18-34 demographic and on more than half of nights among Adults 18-49. The Univision Network’s consistent ability to out-deliver the audience of one or more of the top English-language broadcast networks speaks to our unique and favorable positioning among the fastest-growing segment of the population according to the 2010 U.S. Census results – U.S. Hispanics. As we approach this year’s Upfront, we believe that this powerful trend, the recovery of key categories like auto and political, and favorable pricing dynamics will make the 2012 selling cycle a success for Univision.”
The following tables set forth the Company’s financial performance for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011:
The following table sets forth the total primetime audience and ranking of the country’s leading broadcast and cable television networks for the first quarter of 2012.
During the first quarter of 2012, Univision maintained its position as the #5 most-watched network, regardless of language, in broadcast primetime among Adults 18-34, Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers 2+. In primetime, Univision’s Adult 18-34 audience increased by 3% and its Adult 18-49 audience increased by 2% during the first quarter of 2012 as compared to the first quarter of 2011, while the total aggregate primetime audiences of the English-language broadcasters ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX among Adults 18-34 declined by 4% and by 3% among Adults 18-49 in the same time period. Univision out-delivered at least one or more of these English-language broadcast networks on 96% of nights in first quarter of 2012 among Adults 18-34 and 74% of nights among Adults 18-49. Univision also continued to draw a significantly younger primetime audience – with a median age of 36 – during the quarter than any of the English-language broadcast networks including ABC (51), CBS (56), NBC (49) and FOX (46). Additionally, Univision finished the first quarter of 2012 with a higher percentage of live viewership (95%) among Adults 18-49 during primetime than CBS (72%), NBC (69%), ABC (68%) and FOX (65%). The first quarter of 2012 marked the eighth consecutive quarter in which Univision ranked as the #1 network, regardless of language, on Friday nights among Adults 18-34.
Locally, during the first quarter of 2012, Univision stations were ranked as the #1 station in any language in primetime among Adults 18-34 in Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Sacramento (tie), Fresno and Bakersfield, and among Adults 18-49 in Miami, Houston, Fresno and Bakersfield (tie). In total day, Univision stations were ranked as the #1 station regardless of language among Adults 18-34 in Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Phoenix, Sacramento and Fresno, and among Adults 18-49 in Houston, Phoenix (tie) and Fresno. In addition, during the February 2012 sweep, Univision’s WXTV in New York and KMEX in Los Angeles led all other stations in the country by securing the #1 and #2 early evening local news broadcasts, respectively, regardless of language among Adults 18-49. KMEX also secured the #1 late local news broadcast regardless of language among Adults 18-49 during the February 2012 sweep.
During the first quarter of 2012, TeleFutura ranked as the #2 Spanish-language network, ahead of Telemundo, in weekday early morning, weekday daytime and weekend daytime among Adults 18-34, Adults 18-49, Women 18-34, Women 18-49 and Persons 12-34. TeleFutura grew its first quarter 2012 Adults 18-34, Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers 2+ audiences by more than 80% in early morning and by at least 60% in early fringe over first quarter 2011. In addition, TeleFutura is showing momentum, delivering audience growth from the fourth quarter 2011 to the first quarter 2012 among all key demographics and all key dayparts including broadcast primetime and total day. During the first quarter of 2012, TeleFutura boasted audiences with the youngest median age (35) of any broadcast network regardless of language in broadcast primetime.
Locally, during the first quarter of 2012, TeleFutura stations ranked as the #2 Spanish-language station, during primetime in Los Angeles, New York (tie), Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Phoenix, Sacramento, Fresno (tie) and Philadelphia (tie) among Adults 18-34, and Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas (tie), San Francisco, Phoenix, Sacramento and Fresno among Adults 18-49. In total day, TeleFutura claimed the #2 Spanish-language station ranking among Adults 18-34 in Los Angeles, New York (tie), Houston, Chicago (tie), Dallas, San Antonio (tie), San Francisco, Phoenix, Sacramento, Fresno, Philadelphia (tie), Tucson (tie) and Bakersfield (tie), and among Adults 18-49 in Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago (tie), Dallas, San Francisco, Phoenix, Sacramento, Fresno, Philadelphia (tie) and Bakersfield (tie).
During the first quarter 2012, Galavisión maintained its long-held position as the leader in Spanish-language cable, delivering audiences that exceeded those of all other Spanish-language cable networks by double- and triple-digit percentages in the key Adult 18-34, Adult 18-49 and Total Viewer 2+ demographics in cable primetime (M-Sun 8pm-11pm), total day, weekday daytime and early fringe. Galavisión was also ranked among the top-ten ad-supported cable networks regardless of language in cable primetime and total day, delivering more Hispanic Adults 18-34 and 18-49 than ESPN, Comedy Central, and USA, among others. In early fringe, Galavisón was the #2 ad-supported cable network regardless of language in delivery of Hispanic viewers in the key Adult 18-34 and Adult 18-49 demographics during the first quarter of 2012, behind only Nickelodeon.
During the first quarter of 2012, Univision had the #1 ranked Spanish-language radio station among Adults 18-34 in Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, San Jose, San Antonio, Phoenix, San Diego and Las Vegas where Arbitron’s® Portable People Meter (“PPM”) is used. Among Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54, Univision had the #1 ranked Spanish-language radio station in Arbitron PPM markets Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, San Jose, San Antonio, Phoenix and San Diego.
INTERACTIVE MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
During the first quarter of 2012, Univision Interactive Media (“UIM”) generated 156 million visits to its online sites and mobile offerings combined, an increase of 16% over the first quarter of 2011. In the same timeframe, page views for UIM’s online sites and mobile offerings combined grew 15% to a total of 1.19 billion and online ad impressions increased 10% to 3.24 billion. During the first quarter, UIM offered exclusive videos and content for Univision franchises like Nuestra Belleza Latina and Premio Lo Nuestro on dedicated websites and the Univision App. In addition, during the quarter, Mexican National Team and Liga Mexicana Futbol matches continued to draw significant live streaming audiences on UnivisionDeportes.com, and UnivisionNoticias.com delivered comprehensive coverage of breaking news events including the recent earthquake in Mexico and Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Mexico and Cuba. During the first quarter of 2012, UIM also re-launched its UVideos, Univision Deportes and Univision Delicioso apps with expanded features and tools.
Univision will conduct a conference call to discuss its first quarter financial results at 11:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. PT on Thursday, May 3, 2012. To participate in the conference call, please dial (800) 768-6570 (within U.S.) or (785) 830-1942 (outside U.S.) fifteen minutes prior to the start of the call and provide the following pass code: 8469842. A playback of the conference call will be available beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET, Thursday, May 3, 2012, through Thursday, May 10, 2012. To access the playback, please dial (888) 203-1112 (within U.S.) or (719) 457-0820 (outside U.S.) and enter reservation number 8469842.
About Univision Communications Inc.
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Its assets include Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching 96% of U.S. Hispanic households; TeleFutura Network, a general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching 88% of U.S. Hispanic households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network, as well as Univision tlnovelas, a new 24-hour cable network dedicated to novelas, Univision Deportes Network, a new 24-hour cable network dedicated to sports and a suite of six cable offerings – De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit and Clásico TV; Univision Studios, which produces and co-produces reality shows, dramatic series and other programming formats for the Company’s platforms; Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates 62 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Hispanic radio group which owns and/or operates 69 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Interactive Media, a network of national and local online and mobile sites including Univision.com, which continues to be the #1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, Univision Móvil, a longstanding industry-leader with unique, relevant mobile products and services, and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit www.univision.net.
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Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements include: failure to service the Company’s debt or inability to comply with the agreements contained in the senior secured credit facilities, including financial covenants and ratios; net losses for an extended period of time; cancellation, reductions or postponements of advertising or other changes in advertising practices among the Company’s advertisers; unanticipated interruption in the Company’s broadcasting for any reason, including acts of terrorism; any impact of adverse economic conditions on the Company’s business and financial condition, including reduced advertising revenue; regional downturns in economic conditions in those areas where the Company’s stations are located; changes in the size of the U.S. Hispanic population; the impact of federal and state immigration legislation and policies on both the U.S Hispanic population and persons emigrating from Latin America; an increase in the preference among Hispanics for English-language programming; a lack of audience acceptance of the Company’s content; varying popularity for programming, which we cannot predict at the time we may incur related costs; failure of the Company’s new or existing businesses to produce projected revenues or cash flows; insufficient payments by Grupo Televisa S.A.B. and its affiliates (“Televisa”) for certain Mexican rights to the Company’s programming pursuant to the program license agreement with Televisa; an increase in the cost of the Company’s programming; a decrease in the supply or quality of the Company’s programming; a decrease in demand for the Company’s programming; any increase in royalty payments pursuant to the program license agreement between the Company and Televisa; loss of the Company’s ability to rely on Televisa for a significant amount of its network programming; competitive pressures from other broadcasters and other entertainment and news media; the potential impact of new technologies; the impact of a new audience measurement system on ratings of the Company’s radio stations; changes in the rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”); the need for any unanticipated expenses; failure to renew existing agreements or reach new agreements with cable operators on acceptable “retransmission consent” terms; vigorous enforcement or enhancement of FCC content rules; write downs of the carrying value of assets due to impairment; inability to realize the full value of the Company’s intangible assets; possible strikes or other union job actions; adverse conditions in the capital markets; and the Company’s inability to secure financing on suitable terms or at all.
Actual results may differ materially due to these risks and uncertainties, which have been described in Univision’s historic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and in the offering material for its notes. The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking information contained in this press release.
RECONCILIATION OF OIBDA TO NET LOSS
The Company uses the key indicator of OIBDA to evaluate the Company’s operating performance and for planning and forecasting future business operations. OIBDA is commonly used as a measure of performance for broadcast companies and provides investors the opportunity to evaluate the Company’s performance as it is viewed by management. In addition, OIBDA is used by investors to measure a company’s ability to service its debt and meet its other cash needs. OIBDA as presented herein is determined in accordance with the definition in the Company’s senior secured credit facilities except that for the three months ended March 31, 2011 it does not reflect the benefit for certain income taxes or the provision of a fixed amount reflecting a tax benefit under GAAP included in calculating OIBDA under the Company’s senior secured credit facilities, as amended.
OIBDA is not, and should not be used as, an indicator of or alternative to operating income (loss) or net loss as reflected in the consolidated financial statements. It is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. Since the definition of OIBDA may vary among companies and industries, it should not be used as a measure of performance among companies. We are providing on a consolidated basis a reconciliation of the non-GAAP term OIBDA to net loss, which is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.
The tables below set forth a reconciliation of OIBDA to operating income (loss) for each segment and consolidated net loss, which is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.
UNIVISION COMMUNICATIONS INC.
Investor Contact: Andrew W. Hobson, Univision Communications Inc., 212-455-5263
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