May 4, 2017

The Madison Square Garden Company Reports Fiscal 2017 Third Quarter Results

Fiscal 2017 third quarter revenue of $386.0 million, an increase of 15% versus the prior year quarter
Fiscal 2017 third quarter operating income of $6.7 million, an increase of $63.6 million versus the prior year quarter
Fiscal 2017 third quarter AOI of $43.6 million, an increase of $67.4 million versus the prior year quarter

NEW YORK, May 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Madison Square Garden Company (NYSE:MSG) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended March 31, 2017

For the fiscal 2017 third quarter, the Company generated revenues of $386.0 million, an increase of 15% as compared with the prior year period. In addition, the Company generated fiscal 2017 third quarter operating income of $6.7 million and adjusted operating income of $43.6 million, which represent increases of $63.6 million and $67.4 million, respectively, both as compared to the prior year third quarter. (1) (2) (3)

Please note that the fiscal 2017 third quarter included $15.5 million in non-recurring NHL expansion fee revenue, and the year-ago quarter included a $41.8 million write-off of deferred production costs.

President and CEO David O'Connor said, "For the fiscal 2017 third quarter, we again generated strong top-line and adjusted operating income growth as we continued to more efficiently and effectively harness the strength of our live sports and entertainment assets and brands. This quarter was highlighted by our ongoing success in attracting an increasing number of premium live entertainment events to our venues, as well as solid organic growth across virtually every other area of our business, from sponsorship and signage to media rights. We are pleased with how fiscal 2017 is unfolding and remain confident that the Company is well positioned to drive attractive long-term growth for our shareholders."

Results from Operations
Segment results for the quarters ended March 31, 2017 and 2016 are as follows:

 RevenuesOperating
Income (Loss)
Adjusted Operating
 Income (Loss)
$ millionsF'Q3 2017F'Q3 2016% Change F'Q3 2017F'Q3 2016% ChangeF'Q3 2017F'Q3 2016% Change
MSG Entertainment$77.3 $73.2 6 %$(7.7)$(58.4)87%$(1.5)$(53.4)97%
MSG Sports 308.7  262.9 17 % 59.9  36.5 64% 65.9  42.5 55%
Other   0.2 NM  (45.5) (35.0)(30)% (20.8) (12.8)(62)%
Total Company$386.0 $336.3 15%$6.7 $(56.9)NM $43.6 $(23.8)NM 
                         

Note: Does not foot due to rounding

(1) The Company formerly referred to adjusted operating income (loss) as adjusted operating cash flow. The components of adjusted operating income (loss) are identical to the components of adjusted operating cash flow.  See page 3 of this earnings release for the definition of adjusted operating income (loss) included in the discussion of non-GAAP financial measures.

(2) During the fiscal 2017 first quarter, the Company refined its approach to allocating its corporate, venue operating and other shared expenses. Prior period results are reflected as originally reported and have not been restated. Had this approach been used in fiscal 2016, MSG Sports operating income and MSG Entertainment operating loss for the fiscal 2016 third quarter would have increased by approximately $1.7 million and $0.1 million, respectively, while Other operating loss would have increased by $1.6 million. Further, MSG Sports adjusted operating income and MSG Entertainment adjusted operating loss for the fiscal 2016 third quarter would have improved by approximately $1.8 million and $0.6 million, respectively, while Other adjusted operating loss would have increased by $2.4 million.

(3) Fiscal 2017 third quarter operating results do not include TAO Group. The Company records TAO Group's operating results in its consolidated statements of operations on a quarter lag basis.

MSG Entertainment

For the fiscal 2017 third quarter as compared to the prior year period, MSG Entertainment revenues of $77.3 million increased 6%. The increase was primarily due to higher overall event-related revenues at the Company's venues and, to a lesser extent, an increase in venue-related sponsorship, signage and suite rental fee revenues, partially offset by a decrease in revenues for the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes production. The increase in event-related revenues was primarily due to higher revenues at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, The Chicago Theatre and the Forum, partially offset by lower revenues at The Garden. The decrease in revenues for the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes production was primarily due to fewer scheduled performances in January as compared to the prior year period, partially offset by higher average paid attendance and higher average ticket prices.

Fiscal 2017 third quarter operating loss of $7.7 million improved by $50.7 million and adjusted operating loss of $1.5 million improved by $52.0 million, both as compared to the prior year period. The improvement in operating loss and adjusted operating loss as compared to the prior year period primarily reflects lower direct operating expenses and, to a lesser extent, the increase in revenues and lower selling, general and administrative expenses.

The decrease in direct operating expenses reflects the absence of a $41.8 million write-off of deferred production costs recorded in the prior year quarter related to the New York Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes production and other net decreases.

MSG Sports

For the fiscal 2017 third quarter as compared to the prior year period, MSG Sports revenues of $308.7 million increased 17%. The increase in revenues was primarily due to higher league distributions, professional sports teams' ticket-related revenue and sponsorship and signage revenues and ad sales commissions. The increase in league distributions reflects the impact of the NBA's new national media rights agreements which began with the 2016-17 NBA regular season and $15.5 million in non-recurring NHL expansion fee revenue, partially offset by other net decreases. The increase in professional sports teams' ticket-related revenue primarily reflects higher average per-game revenue as compared to the prior year period. In addition, MSG Sports revenues increased due to higher event-related revenues from other live sporting events and local media rights fees from MSG Networks Inc., as well as higher professional sports teams' food, beverage and merchandise sales.

Third quarter operating income of $59.9 million increased by $23.4 million and adjusted operating income of $65.9 million increased by $23.4 million. The increase in operating income and adjusted operating income primarily reflects the increase in revenue, partially offset by an increase in direct operating expenses.   

The increase in direct operating expenses primarily reflects higher team personnel compensation costs and, to a lesser extent, higher net provisions for NBA and NHL revenue sharing expense and NBA luxury tax and event-related expenses associated with other live sporting events, partially offset by a decrease in net provisions for team personnel transactions.

Other

For the fiscal 2017 third quarter, Other operating loss of $45.5 million and adjusted operating loss of $20.8 million increased by $10.4 million and $8.0 million, respectively, primarily due to an increase in employee compensation and related benefits and higher professional fees, partially offset by a lower provision for the Company's New York State and City capital tax.

About The Madison Square Garden Company
The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) is a world leader in live sports and entertainment experiences. The company presents or hosts a broad array of premier events in its diverse collection of iconic venues: New York's Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, CA; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston. Other MSG properties include legendary sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL) and the New York Liberty (WNBA), along with two development league teams -- the Westchester Knicks (NBADL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). In addition, the Company features popular original entertainment productions -- the Christmas Spectacular and New York Spectacular - both starring the Radio City Rockettes, and through Boston Calling Events, produces outdoor festivals, including New England's preeminent Boston Calling Music Festival. Also under the MSG umbrella is TAO Group, a world-class hospitality group with globally-recognized entertainment dining and nightlife brands: Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue, The Stanton Social, Beauty & Essex and Vandal. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We define adjusted operating income (loss), 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, 3) restructuring charges or credits and 4) gains or losses on sales or dispositions of businesses. Because it is based upon operating income (loss), adjusted operating income (loss) 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 the settlement of an obligation that is not expected to be made in cash.

The Company formerly referred to adjusted operating income (loss) as adjusted operating cash flow. The components of adjusted operating income (loss) are identical to the components of adjusted operating cash flow.

We believe adjusted operating income (loss) is an appropriate measure for evaluating the operating performance of our business segments and the Company on a consolidated basis. Adjusted operating income (loss) and similar measures with similar titles are common performance measures used by investors and analysts to analyze our performance. Internally, we use revenues and adjusted operating income (loss) measures as the most important indicators of our business performance, and evaluate management's effectiveness with specific reference to these indicators. Adjusted operating income (loss) 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 adjusted operating income (loss) 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 adjusted operating income (loss) to operating income (loss), please see page 4 of this release.

Forward-Looking Statements
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, developments and events 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 5157489
Conference call replay number is 855-859-2056 / Conference ID Number 5157489 until May 11, 2017

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
     
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  March 31, March 31,
  2017 2016 2017 2016
Revenues $ 386,033  $336,328  $1,012,878  $897,547 
Direct operating expenses 252,708  275,118  630,788  596,100 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 100,084  92,352  271,365  236,982 
Depreciation and amortization 26,535  25,794  78,611  76,939 
Operating income (loss) 6,706  (56,936) 32,114  (12,474)
Other income (expense):         
Loss in equity method investments (26,319) (5,173) (28,501) (4,969)
Interest income 3,005  1,965  8,096  4,370 
Interest expense (831) (489) (1,732)  (1,543)
Miscellaneous income (expense) 36    1,441   (4,080)
Income (loss) from operations before income taxes (17,403) (60,633) 11,418  (18,696)
Income tax expense (440) (123) (754) (175)
Net income (loss) (17,843) (60,756) 10,664  (18,871)
Less: Net loss attributable to nonredeemable noncontrolling interests (298)   (891)  
Net income (loss) attributable to The Madison Square Garden Company's stockholders $(17,545) $(60,756) $11,555  $(18,871)
Basic earnings (loss) per common share attributable to The Madison Square Garden Company's stockholders $(0.74) $(2.47) $0.48  $(0.76)
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share attributable to The Madison Square Garden Company's stockholders $(0.74) $(2.47) $0.48  $(0.76)
Basic weighted-average number of common shares outstanding 23,825  24,635  23,951  24,845 
Diluted weighted-average number of common shares outstanding 23,825  24,635  24,147  24,845 
             
Note: For the fiscal 2017 third quarter, the Company recorded a non-cash impairment charge of $20.6 million to write-off the carrying value of its equity investment in Fuse Media, which is reflected in the loss in equity method investments.
             

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

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

  • Share-based compensation expense. This adjustment eliminates the compensation expense relating to restricted stock units granted under our employee stock plan and non-employee director plan in all periods.
  • Depreciation and amortization. This adjustment eliminates depreciation, amortization and impairments of property and equipment and intangible assets in all periods.
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  March 31, March 31,
  2017 2016 2017 2016
Operating income (loss) $6,706  $(56,936) $32,114  $(12,474)
Share-based compensation 10,367  7,388  30,465  17,647 
Depreciation and amortization 26,535  25,794  78,611  76,939 
Adjusted operating income (loss) $43,608  $(23,754) $141,190  $82,112 
                 

 

CONSOLIDATED OPERATIONS DATA
(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)
     
REVENUES    
  Three Months Ended  
  March 31,  
  2017 2016 % Change
MSG Entertainment $77,348  $73,235  6%
MSG Sports 308,685  262,875  17%
All other   218  NM 
The Madison Square Garden Company Total $386,033  $336,328  15%
       
  Nine Months Ended  
  March 31,  
  2017 2016 % Change
MSG Entertainment $380,531  $331,348  15%
MSG Sports 632,347  565,556  12%
All other   643   NM 
The Madison Square Garden Company Total $1,012,878  $897,547  13%
             


OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) AND ADJUSTED OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)
         
  Operating Income (Loss)   Adjusted Operating Income (Loss)  
  Three Months Ended March 31,   Three Months Ended March 31,  
  2017 2016 % Change 2017 2016 % Change
MSG Entertainment $(7,694) $(58,391) 87% $(1,471) $(53,430) 97%
MSG Sports 59,850  36,491  64% 65,890  42,489  55%
All other (45,450) (35,036) (30)% (20,811) (12,813) (62)%
The Madison Square Garden Company Total $6,706  $(56,936) NM  $43,608  $(23,754) NM 
             
  Operating Income (Loss)   Adjusted Operating Income (Loss)  
  Nine Months Ended March 31,   Nine Months Ended March 31,  
  2017 2016 % Change 2017 2016 % Change
MSG Entertainment $41,766  $(14,472) NM  $61,123  $(1,405) NM 
MSG Sports 109,372  97,004  13% 128,519  112,658  14%
All other (119,024) (95,006) (25)% (48,452) (29,141) (66)%
The Madison Square Garden Company Total $32,114  $ (12,474) NM  $141,190  $ 82,112  72%
              


CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
     
  March 31,
 2017
 June 30,
 2016
ASSETS    
Current Assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $1,140,903   $1,444,317 
Restricted cash 32,647  27,091 
Accounts receivable, net 131,636  75,998 
Net related party receivables, current 5,293  4,079 
Prepaid expenses 40,370  27,031 
Other current assets 63,138  25,337 
Total current assets 1,413,987  1,603,853 
Net related party receivables, noncurrent   1,710 
Investments and loans to nonconsolidated affiliates 239,921  263,546 
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization of $614,131 and $540,801 as of March 31, 2017 and June 30, 2016, respectively 1,166,508  1,160,609 
Amortizable intangible assets, net 262,136  15,729 
Indefinite-lived intangible assets 166,850  166,850 
Goodwill 387,314  277,166 
Other assets 98,979  54,487 
Total assets $3,735,695  $3,543,950 
LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS AND EQUITY    
Current Liabilities:    
Accounts payable $27,167  $13,935 
Net related party payables 31,756  15,275 
Accrued liabilities:    
Employee related costs 113,738  119,357 
Other accrued liabilities  181,059  133,832 
Deferred revenue 339,045  332,416 
Total current liabilities 692,765  614,815 
Long-term debt, net of deferred financing costs 105,292   
Defined benefit and other postretirement obligations 56,878  66,035 
Other employee related costs 23,453  32,921 
Deferred tax liabilities, net 195,181  194,583 
Other liabilities 76,217   49,175 
Total liabilities 1,149,786  957,529 
Commitments and contingencies    
Redeemable noncontrolling interests 85,000   
The Madison Square Garden Company Stockholders' Equity:    
Class A Common stock, par value $0.01, 120,000 shares authorized; 19,012 and 19,777 shares outstanding as of March 31, 2017 and June 30, 2016, respectively 204  204 
Class B Common stock, par value $0.01, 30,000 shares authorized; 4,530 shares outstanding as of March 31, 2017 and June 30, 2016 45  45 
Preferred stock, par value $0.01,15,000 shares authorized; none outstanding as of March 31, 2017 and June 30, 2016     
Additional paid-in capital 2,822,565  2,806,352 
Treasury stock, at cost, 1,436 and 671 shares as of March 31, 2017 and June 30, 2016, respectively (242,505) (101,882)
Accumulated deficit (64,132) (75,687)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (25,771) (42,611)
Total The Madison Square Garden Company stockholders' equity 2,490,406  2,586,421 
Nonredeemable noncontrolling interests 10,503   
Total equity 2,500,909  2,586,421 
Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interests and equity $3,735,695  $3,543,950 
         


SELECTED CASH FLOW INFORMATION
(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)
   
  Nine Months Ended
  March 31,
   2017 2016
Net cash provided by operating activities $107,558  $86,021 
Net cash used in investing activities (252,814) (96,493)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (158,158) 1,447,948 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (303,414) 1,437,476 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 1,444,317  14,211 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $1,140,903  $ 1,451,687 
         

 

Contacts:

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Communications

The Madison Square

Garden Company

(212) 465-6442



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Senior Vice President

Investor Relations

The Madison Square

Garden Company

(212) 465-6072

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