Scripps Networks Interactive reports first quarter 2017 operating results

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| Source: Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc.

First Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights:

  • Consolidated operating revenues of $855.1 million, an increase of 4.7%;
  • Consolidated income from operations before income taxes of $351.0 million; and
  • Consolidated adjusted segment profit(1) of $368.7 million.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., May 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNI) today reported first quarter 2017 operating results.

Consolidated operating revenues increased 4.7% to $855.1 million in the first quarter of 2017. Driving the growth was a 4.3% increase in advertising revenues demonstrating our networks’ effectiveness as advertising platforms; and a 4.5% increase in distribution revenues validating our networks as must haves for our distribution partners. Consolidated income from operations before income taxes was $351.0 million, compared with $499.0 million in the prior year period, which included a gain of $208.2 million from the sale of the company’s investment in a regional sports network. Consolidated adjusted segment profit(1) was $368.7 million compared to $346.8 million in the prior year quarter, an increase of 6.3%.

For the first quarter of 2017, HGTV delivered its second highest rated quarter in network history, with only the first quarter of 2016 having ever seen higher ratings. Food Network’s ratings were even year-over-year among adults 25-54. Travel Channel improved its adult 25-54 sales prime rating by 9%, marking the network’s highest rated quarter since 2014. Cooking Channel delivered its tenth straight quarter of ratings that grew or matched year-ago delivery while both DIY Network and Great American country grew their ratings for all key demographics.

The company’s digital operations continue to grow. Scripps Lifestyle Studios has ramped up its operations, delivering nearly 2.9 billion total video views across various digital platforms, up nearly 450% from the prior year quarter. Additionally, Scripps Lifestyle Studios created more than 1,000 content videos in the first quarter of 2017.

TVN, Poland’s leading multi-platform media business, continued to see growth across the entire portfolio and grew its ratings nearly 6% with its key audience during the first quarter. HGTV in Poland, which launched in January, continues to deliver strong ratings and remains one of the most popular lifestyle networks in the country. HGTV is the number two lifestyle network in the country among women 16 to 49, second only to our own TVN Style.

“The momentum we saw in 2016 has continued into 2017. Underpinning our success is our unwavering focus on lifestyle content that creates a unique viewing environment and inspires the lives of our viewers and fans each day,” said Kenneth W. Lowe, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Over the last several months, we finalized long-term agreements with some of our distribution partners, continuing with yesterday’s announcement regarding Hulu’s new virtual product offering. As we broaden our reach globally, and on new platforms and digital channels, the enduring relationships that we have built with viewers is paying off in the form of consistent, long-term value creation for advertisers, distributors and shareholders.”

First Quarter 2017 Consolidated Results
As previously noted, consolidated operating revenues for the first quarter of 2017 were $855.1 million, an increase of 4.7% over the prior year period. Advertising revenues were $596.7 million, an increase of 4.3%, and distribution revenues were $238.4 million, an increase of 4.5%, over the prior year period.

First quarter 2017 consolidated income from operations before income taxes was $351.0 million, compared with $499.0 million in the prior year period. As previously mentioned, the prior year quarter includes the sale of the company’s investment in a regional sports network. Consolidated adjusted segment profit(1) was $368.7 million, an increase of 6.3%, compared with $346.8 million in the prior year quarter. The improvement was primarily due to the growth in operating revenues coupled with the timing of certain expenditures compared with the prior year period.

Consolidated net income attributable to Scripps Networks Interactive in the first quarter of 2017 was $199.9 million, or $1.53 per diluted share, compared with $290.9 million, or $2.24 per diluted share, for the prior year period. As previously mentioned, the prior year results reflect the sale of an investment in a regional sports network. First quarter consolidated adjusted net income(1) was $199.9 million, or $1.53 per diluted share compared with $167.0 million, or $1.29 per diluted share, for the prior year period. The increase was primarily driven by the growth in operating income coupled with decreases in depreciation and amortization expense, interest expense and an increase in foreign currency transaction gains compared with the prior year quarter.

First Quarter 2017 Segment Results 
Consolidated Segment Profit and Consolidated Adjusted Segment Profit - Q1 2017 and 2016 
 U.S. Networks International Networks Corporate and Other Consolidated 
 Three months ended Three months ended Three months ended Three months ended 
 March 31, March 31, March 31, March 31, 
(in thousands) 2017  2016  2017  2016  2017  2016  2017  2016 
Income (loss) from operations before income taxes  $369,763   $554,680   $33,615   $28,044   $(52,424)  $(83,731)  $350,955   $498,993 
Interest (expense) income, net (120) (17) 147  (6,867) (24,280) (26,861) (24,252) (33,745)
Equity in earnings of affiliates 5,243  7,732  15,206  17,946  -  -  20,449  25,678 
(Loss) gain on derivatives -  -  -  -  (2,336) 2,766  (2,336) 2,766 
Gain on sale of investments -  208,197  -  -  -  -  -  208,197 
Miscellaneous, net 2,483  3,487  19,903  31,058  5,154  (28,479) 27,540  6,066 
Operating income (loss) 362,157  335,281  (1,641) (14,093) (30,962) (31,157) 329,554  290,031 
Depreciation 11,499  14,195  2,872  2,841  589  261  14,960  17,297 
Amortization 9,918  10,021  14,279  21,041  -  -  24,197  31,062 
Consolidated segment profit (loss) (1) 383,574  359,497  15,510  9,789  (30,373) (30,896) 368,711  338,390 
TVN transaction and integration expenses -  -  -  (13) -  1,368  -  1,355 
Restructuring costs -  (29) -  -  -  (281) -  (310)
Reorganization costs -  3,806  -  -  -  3,519  -  7,325 
Consolidated adjusted segment profit (loss) (1)$383,574 $363,274 $15,510 $9,776 $(30,373)$(26,290)$368,711 $346,760 

U.S. Networks’ operating revenues for the first quarter of 2017 were $736.9 million, an increase of 4.9% compared with the prior year quarter. Advertising revenues were $512.1 million, an increase of 5.1%. This improvement reflects the continued strength in pricing in the U.S. advertising market for our lifestyle brands partially offset by a decline in impressions delivered along with advertising inventory mix shifts in the quarter. U.S. Networks’ distribution revenues increased by 4.5% to $211.1 million. This increase was driven by negotiated annual rate increases and revenues generated from new over-the-top distribution platforms, partially offset by subscriber declines compared to the prior year quarter.

U.S. Networks’ income from operations before income taxes for the first quarter of 2017 was $369.8 million compared with $554.7 million in the prior year quarter. The decrease was driven by the sale of a regional sports network in the first quarter of 2016. U.S. Networks’ adjusted segment profit(1) was $383.6 million, an increase of 5.6%, compared to $363.3 million in the prior year quarter, primarily driven by the growth in operating revenues, partially offset by a moderate increase in expenses.

International Networks’ operating revenues for the first quarter of 2017 were $125.5 million, an increase of 3.5% compared with the prior year quarter. Revenues at TVN increased 4.1% in local currency for the quarter. International Networks’ income from operations before income taxes was $33.6 million compared with $28.0 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted segment profit(1) for International Networks was $15.5 million compared to $9.8 million in the first quarter of 2016, reflecting the increase in operating revenues, coupled with a decrease in expenses.

(1) This earnings release includes several metrics, including consolidated segment profit (loss), consolidated adjusted segment profit (loss), adjusted net income (loss), adjusted net income (loss) per diluted share and free cash flow that are not calculated in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America ("GAAP"). See the Non-GAAP Financial Measures section of this press release for discussion of consolidated segment profit (loss), consolidated adjusted segment profit (loss), adjusted net income (loss), adjusted net income (loss) per diluted share and free cash flow and a reconciliation to their respective most comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Guidance
All guidance is based on current management expectations for consolidated company performance. Based on results seen to date, the company is reiterating all of its previously issued guidance.

Conference Call Information
The senior management team of Scripps Networks Interactive will discuss the company’s first quarter 2017 operating results during a telephone conference call at 10 a.m. ET today. Scripps Networks Interactive will offer a live webcast of the conference call. To access the webcast, visit www.scrippsnetworksinteractive.com and select the Investors page. The webcast link can be found in the “Upcoming Events” section on the Investor Relations landing page.

To access the conference call by telephone, dial 800-230-1074 (U.S.), or 612-234-9960 (international) approximately ten minutes before the start of the call. Callers will need the name of the call, "Scripps Networks Interactive First Quarter Earnings," and must provide their name and company affiliation. The media and public may access the conference call on a listen-only basis.

An audio replay will be available from 12 p.m. ET on May 4 until 11:59 p.m. ET on May 18. To access the replay, dial 800-475-6701 (U.S.), or 320-365-3844 (international). The access code for both numbers is 420966.

A replay of the conference call will also be available online. To access the audio replay online, visit www.scrippsnetworksinteractive.com approximately four hours after the call, choose the Investors page, then follow the Audio Archives link at the top of the Investor Relations page.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements related to the company’s businesses that are based on management’s current expectations. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in forward-looking statements, including changes in advertising demand and other economic conditions as well as other reasons described in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including those set forth in the Risk Factors section and under the caption entitled “Forward-Looking Statements” in the Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations section of our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. All forward-looking statements should be evaluated with the understanding of their inherent uncertainty. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date the statement is made.

About Scripps Networks Interactive
Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNI) is one of the leading developers of engaging lifestyle content in the home, food and travel categories for television, the Internet and emerging platforms. The company's lifestyle media portfolio includes leading TV and entertainment brands HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country. Its digital division Scripps Lifestyle Studios creates compelling content for online, social and mobile platforms. International operations include TVN, Poland’s premier multi-platform media company; UKTV, an independent commercial joint venture with BBC Worldwide; Asian Food Channel, the first pan-regional TV food network in Asia; and lifestyle channel Fine Living Network. The company’s global networks and websites reach millions of consumers across North and South America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Scripps Networks Interactive is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. For more information, please visit http://www.scrippsnetworksinteractive.com.

SCRIPPS NETWORKS INTERACTIVE, INC.         
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS 
(in thousands, except per share data)  
 Three months ended March 31, 
  2017  2016 % Change
Fav / (Unfav)
 
Operating revenues:             
Advertising$596,715 $571,855  4.3%
Distribution 238,380  228,068  4.5%
Other 20,025  16,955  18.1%
Total operating revenues 855,120  816,878  4.7%
Operating expenses:         
Cost of services, excluding depreciation and amortization 279,039  279,667  0.2%
Selling, general and administrative 207,370  198,821  (4.3)%
Depreciation 14,960  17,297  13.5%
Amortization 24,197  31,062  22.1%
Total operating expenses 525,566  526,847  0.2%
Operating income 329,554  290,031  13.6%
Interest expense, net (24,252) (33,745) 28.1%
Equity in earnings of affiliates 20,449  25,678  (20.4)%
(Loss) gain on derivatives (2,336) 2,766  (184.5)%
Gain on sale of investments -  208,197 NM 
Miscellaneous, net 27,540  6,066  354.0%
Income from operations before income taxes 350,955  498,993  (29.7)%
Provision for income taxes 101,140  159,047  36.4%
Net income 249,815  339,946  (26.5)%
Less: net income attributable to non-controlling interests (49,915) (49,049) (1.8)%
Net income attributable to SNI$199,900 $290,897  (31.3)%
          
Net income attributable to SNI Class A Common and Common Voting shareholders per share of common stock:           
Basic$1.54 $2.25  (31.6)%
Diluted$1.53 $2.24  (31.8)%
Weighted average shares outstanding:         
Basic 129,921  129,295    
Diluted 130,743  129,790    


SCRIPPS NETWORKS INTERACTIVE, INC.        
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED) 
(in thousands, except share and par value amounts)        
   
  March 31,  December 31, 
  2017  2016 
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $107,673  $122,937 
Accounts receivable, net of allowances: 2017 - $27,828; 2016 - $26,118  784,514   808,133 
Programs and program licenses, net  617,982   591,378 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  65,677   135,651 
Total current assets  1,575,846   1,658,099 
Programs and program licenses, net (less current portion)  499,147   500,022 
Investments  734,482   699,481 
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation: 2017 - $348,627; 2016 - $354,435  302,042   286,399 
Goodwill, net  1,666,131   1,642,169 
Intangible assets, net  1,101,450   1,092,682 
Deferred income taxes  176,446   175,291 
Other non-current assets  147,048   146,151 
Total Assets $6,202,592  $6,200,294 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable $30,316  $42,223 
Accrued liabilities  191,518   152,480 
Employee compensation and benefits  52,708   123,506 
Program rights payable  67,011   70,403 
Deferred revenue  68,731   77,987 
Current portion of debt  249,967   249,932 
Total current liabilities  660,251   716,531 
Debt (less current portion)  2,803,592   2,952,454 
Other non-current liabilities  313,587   302,881 
Total liabilities  3,777,430   3,971,866 
Shareholders' equity:        
Scripps Networks Interactive ("SNI") shareholders’ equity:        
Preferred stock, $0.01 par - authorized: 25,000,000 shares; none outstanding      
Common stock, $0.01 par:        
Class A Common Shares - authorized: 240,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding: 2017 - 95,905,309 shares; 2016 - 95,491,477 shares  959   954 
Common Voting Shares - authorized: 60,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding: 2017 - 33,850,481 shares; 2016 - 33,850,481 shares  339   339 
Total common stock  1,298   1,293 
Additional paid-in capital  1,417,404   1,390,411 
Retained earnings  1,035,764   871,766 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (296,371)  (363,701)
SNI shareholders’ equity  2,158,095   1,899,769 
Non-controlling interest  (Note 13)  267,067   328,659 
Total equity  2,425,162   2,228,428 
Total Liabilities and Equity $6,202,592  $6,200,294 


SCRIPPS NETWORKS INTERACTIVE, INC.        
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)       
(in thousands) Three months ended March 31, 
  2017    2016 
Operating Activities:        
Net income $249,815  $339,946 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:          
Depreciation  14,960   17,297 
Amortization  24,197   31,062 
Program amortization  216,577   218,941 
Program payments  (243,294)  (245,754)
Equity in earnings of affiliates  (20,449)  (25,678)
Share-based compensation  20,113   17,709 
Loss (gain) on derivatives  2,336   (2,766)
Gain on sale of investments  -   (208,197)
Dividends received from equity investments  6,873   12,222 
Deferred income taxes  (4,348)  (17,197)
Changes in working capital accounts:        
Accounts receivable, net  28,580   55,447 
Other assets  9,361   (8,078)
Accounts payable  (13,873)  12,496 
Deferred revenue  (9,183)  (9,563)
Accrued / refundable income taxes  98,487   171,938 
Other liabilities  (59,204)  (45,312)
Other, net  (19,685)  8,154 
Cash provided by operating activities  301,263   322,667 
Investing Activities:        
Additions to property and equipment  (24,827)  (11,345)
Collections of note receivable  1,558   1,179 
Purchases of investments  (260)   
Sale of investments     225,000 
Settlement of derivatives  (2,336)  3,592 
Other, net  214   1,217 
Cash (used in) provided by investing activities  (25,651)  219,643 
Financing Activities:        
Proceeds from debt  110,000    
Repayments of debt  (260,000)  (325,000)
Purchases of non-controlling interests     (99,000)
Dividends paid to non-controlling interests  (111,509)  (89,346)
Dividends paid  (39,096)  (32,288)
Proceeds from stock options  12,385   4,905 
Other, net  (5,226)  (15,356)
Cash used in financing activities  (293,446)  (556,085)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents  2,570   7,129 
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents  (15,264)  (6,646)
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period  122,937   223,444 
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period $107,673  $216,798 
Supplemental Cash Flow Disclosures:        
Interest paid, excluding amounts capitalized $3,530  $2,387 
Income taxes paid $8,599  $10,549 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP provided in this press release, the company has also presented consolidated segment profit (loss), consolidated adjusted segment profit (loss), adjusted net income (loss), adjusted net income (loss) per diluted share and free cash flow.

The company evaluates the operating performance of its businesses and uses a financial measure referred to as segment profit (loss).

Consolidated segment profit (loss) is the aggregate of the segment profit for each of our two reportable segments. Segment profit (loss) is defined as income (loss) from operations before income taxes, excluding depreciation, amortization, goodwill write-downs, interest expense, equity in earnings of affiliates, gain (loss) on derivatives, gain (loss) on sale of investments, other miscellaneous non-operating expenses and income taxes, which are included in net income (loss) determined in accordance with GAAP.

The company uses segment profit (loss) to assess the operating results and performance of its businesses and makes decisions about the allocation of resources to businesses using this financial measure. The company believes segment profit (loss) is relevant to investors because it allows them to analyze and evaluate the operating performance of its segments consistent with management. Depreciation and amortization charges are a result of decisions made in prior periods regarding the allocation of resources and are, therefore, excluded from segment profit (loss). Also excluded from segment profit (loss) are financing, tax structuring and acquisition and divestiture decisions, which are generally made by corporate executives. Excluding these items from the performance measure of our businesses enables management to evaluate operating performance based on current economic conditions and decisions made by the managers of the businesses in the current period.

The company defines consolidated adjusted segment profit (loss) and adjusted net income (loss) as segment profit (loss) and net income (loss), respectively, excluding the impact of items not routine in nature and defines adjusted net income (loss) per diluted share as net income (loss) per diluted share excluding the impact of items not routine in nature. The company believes consolidated adjusted segment profit (loss), adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted net income (loss) per diluted share are relevant to investors because it allows them to analyze the performance of segments excluding the impact of items not routine in nature or core to regular business operations.

The company defines free cash flow as cash provided by operating activities less dividends paid to non-controlling interests and additions to property and equipment. The company measures free cash flow as believes it is an important indicator for management and investors as to its liquidity, including the ability to reduce debt, make strategic investments and return capital to shareholders.

Consolidated segment profit (loss), consolidated adjusted segment profit (loss), adjusted net income (loss), adjusted net income (loss) per diluted share and free cash flow are non-GAAP measures and should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, income (loss) from operations before income taxes, net income (loss), net income (loss) per diluted share, cash flow from operating activities and other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP. Since consolidated segment profit (loss), consolidated adjusted segment profit (loss), adjusted net income (loss), adjusted net income (loss) per diluted share and free cash flow are not measures of financial performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, these non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similar measures with similar titles used by other companies. Supplemental schedules providing a reconciliation of the non-GAAP measure to its respective most comparable financial measure in accordance with GAAP are included within this press release on the following pages.

Consolidated Segment Profit and Consolidated Adjusted Segment Profit - Q1 2017 and 2016 
 U.S. Networks International Networks Corporate and Other Consolidated 
 Three months ended Three months ended Three months ended   Three months ended 
 March 31, March 31, March 31, March 31, 
(in thousands) 2017    2016    2017    2016    2017    2016  2017    2016 
Income (loss) from operations before income taxes  $369,763 $554,680 $33,615 $28,044 $(52,424)$(83,731)$350,955 $498,993 
Interest (expense) income, net (120) (17) 147  (6,867) (24,280) (26,861) (24,252) (33,745)
Equity in earnings of affiliates 5,243  7,732  15,206  17,946  -  -  20,449  25,678 
(Loss) gain on derivatives -  -  -  -  (2,336) 2,766  (2,336) 2,766 
Gain on sale of investments -  208,197  -  -  -  -  -  208,197 
Miscellaneous, net 2,483  3,487  19,903  31,058  5,154  (28,479) 27,540  6,066 
Operating income (loss) 362,157  335,281  (1,641) (14,093) (30,962) (31,157) 329,554  290,031 
Depreciation 11,499  14,195  2,872  2,841  589  261  14,960  17,297 
Amortization 9,918  10,021  14,279  21,041  -  -  24,197  31,062 
Consolidated segment profit (loss) (1) 383,574  359,497  15,510  9,789  (30,373) (30,896) 368,711  338,390 
TVN transaction and integration expenses -  -  -  (13) -  1,368  -  1,355 
Restructuring costs -  (29) -  -  -  (281) -  (310)
Reorganization costs -  3,806  -  -  -  3,519  -  7,325 
Consolidated adjusted segment profit (loss) (1)$383,574 $363,274 $15,510 $9,776 $(30,373)$(26,290)$368,711 $346,760 


Adjusted Net Income - Q1 2016 
(in thousands, except per share data)Three months ended March 31, 2016 
GAAP measureCost of
services,
excluding
depreciation
and amortization
   Selling,
general and
administrative
   Depreciation
and
amortization
   Gain on
derivatives
   Gain on
sale of
investments
   Miscellaneous,
net
   Net
income
attributable
to SNI (A)
   Earnings
per
diluted share
 
As reported$279,667 $198,821 $48,359 $2,766 $208,197 $6,066 $290,897 $2.24 
TVN transaction and integration expenses   -  (1,355) -  -  -  -  840  0.01 
Restructuring costs -  310  -  -  -  -  (192) - 
Reorganization costs (1,707) (5,618) -  -  -  -  4,542  0.03 
Sale of investments -  -  -  -  (208,197) -  (129,082) (0.99)
As adjusted$277,960 $192,158 $48,359 $2,766 $- $6,066 $167,005 $1.29 
(A) Items tax effected at 38% statutory tax rate. 


Free Cash Flow - 2017 and 2016      
 Three months ended March 31, 
(in thousands) 2017  2016 
Cash provided by operating activities$301,263   $322,667 
Dividends paid to non-controlling interests   (111,509) (89,346)
Additions to property and equipment (24,827) (11,345)
Free cash flow$164,927 $221,976 
       


Operating Revenues by Network – 2017 and 2016 
 Three months ended March 31, 
(in thousands)2017 2016 % Change 
Network             
HGTV$286,076 $271,715  5.3%
Food Network 243,363  229,298  6.1%
Travel Channel 82,265  80,767  1.9%
DIY Network 40,480  41,513  (2.5)%
Cooking Channel 36,590  32,969  11.0%
Great American Country 7,183  7,286  (1.4)%
Digital Businesses 30,231  28,972  4.3%
Other 11,201  10,160  10.2%
Intrasegment eliminations (500) (485) (3.1)%
Total segment operating revenues  $736,889 $702,195  4.9%
Type         
Advertising$512,055 $487,285  5.1%
Distribution 211,140  202,096  4.5%
Other 13,694  12,814  6.9%
 $736,889 $702,195  4.9%
Contact: Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc.
Investors: Mike Gallentine, 865-560-4473, MGallentine@scrippsnetworks.com; 
Media: Dylan Jones, 865-560-5068, DJones@scrippsnetworks.com; or
Kristin Alm, 865-560-4316, KAlm@scrippsnetworks.com