February 4, 2016

The Madison Square Garden Company Reports Fiscal 2016 Second Quarter Results

Strong AOCF and operating income growth for the second quarter versus the prior year period
Fiscal 2016 second quarter revenue of $410.8 million
Fiscal 2016 second quarter AOCF of $82.1 million
Fiscal 2016 second quarter operating income of $49.0 million

NEW YORK, Feb. 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Madison Square Garden Company (NYSE:MSG) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended December 31, 2015

On September 30, 2015, The Madison Square Garden Company completed its spin-off from MSG Networks Inc.  The fiscal 2016 second quarter is the first period that reflects the Company's financial results on a standalone basis, including the Company's actual corporate general and administrative costs.

Reported results for the fiscal 2015 second quarter are presented as the combined results of the sports and entertainment businesses, which, prior to the completion of the spin-off, had been consolidated with MSG Networks Inc.  Please note that results for the fiscal 2015 second quarter reflect the allocation of corporate general and administrative costs based on accounting requirements for the preparation of carve-out financial statements.  As a result, fiscal 2015 second quarter results do not reflect all of the actual expenses that the Company would have incurred had it been a standalone public company for that quarter.

On a reported basis, fiscal 2016 second quarter revenues of $410.8 million grew 4%, adjusted operating cash flow ("AOCF")(1) of $82.1 million increased 18%, and operating income of $49.0 million increased 23%, all as compared to the prior year period. 

President and CEO David O'Connor said, "For the fiscal second quarter, we generated strong top-line and AOCF results driven by the New York Knicks and Rangers, a successful run of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and our continued ability to attract an exciting and diverse array of artists and events to our venues.  As we look ahead, we remain focused on delivering excellence across our operations, while executing on our plans for growth and long-term value creation."

Results from Operations
Segment results for the quarters ended December 31, 2015 and 2014 are as follows:

 RevenuesAOCFOperating Income (Loss)
$ millionsF'Q2
2016
F'Q2
2015
%
Change
F'Q2
2016
F'Q2
2015
%
Change
F'Q2
2016
F'Q2
2015
%
Change
MSG Entertainment$183.8 $194.1 (5 )%$50.1 $57.9 (13)%$45.5 $54.4 (16)%
MSG Sports 226.8  202.5 12% 44.5  17.4 156% 39.3  13.6 189%
Other 0.2  0.2 NM  (12.6) (5.5)(126)% (35.8) (28.1)(27)%
Total Company$410.8 $396.8 4%$82.1  $69.7 18%$49.0 $39.9 23%

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 Entertainment
For the fiscal 2016 second quarter as compared to the prior year period, MSG Entertainment revenues of $183.8 million decreased 5%.  The decrease was primarily due to the absence of approximately $14.1 million in revenue from the theatrical productions of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular presented outside New York (which the Company made the decision to end after the 2014 holiday season) and, to a lesser extent, a decrease in overall event-related revenues at the Company's venues.  This decrease was partially offset by higher ad sales commission, venue-related sponsorship and signage and suite rental fee revenues, as well as higher revenues from the New York production of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Second quarter AOCF of $50.1 million decreased by $7.7 million and operating income of $45.5 million decreased by $8.9 million.   The decrease in AOCF and operating income primarily reflects an increase in selling, general and administrative expenses and the absence of approximately $4.5 million in direct contribution to AOCF from the theatrical productions of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular presented outside New York, partially offset by other net increases.  The increase in selling, general and administrative expenses was primarily due to higher corporate general and administrative costs and costs associated with the Company's new Advertising Sales Representation Agreement with MSG Networks Inc.  As noted above, selling, general and administrative expenses in the prior year second quarter do not include all of the actual expenses that the Company would have incurred had it been a standalone public company for that period.

MSG Sports
For the fiscal 2016 second quarter as compared to the prior year period, MSG Sports revenues of $226.8 million increased 12%.  The increase in revenues was primarily due to higher broadcast rights fees from MSG Networks Inc. as a result of new long-term media rights agreements between the New York Knicks and New York Rangers and MSG Networks Inc.  In addition, the overall increase in segment revenues reflects higher event-related revenues from other live sporting events and ad sales commission and professional sports teams' sponsorship and signage revenues.  Excluding the impact of the new long-term media rights agreements, MSG Sports revenues would have increased 6%, as compared to the prior year period.

Second quarter AOCF increased by $27.1 million to $44.5 million and operating income increased by $25.7 million to $39.3 million.    The increase in AOCF and operating income was primarily due to the increase in revenues and, to a lesser extent, a decrease in direct operating expenses, partially offset by higher selling, general and administrative expenses.  The decrease in direct operating expenses was primarily due to lower net provisions for NBA luxury tax and NBA and NHL revenue sharing expense, team personnel compensation costs and net provisions for certain team personnel transactions, partially offset by higher event-related expenses associated with other live sporting events.  The increase in selling, general and administrative expenses was primarily due to higher corporate general and administrative costs, employee compensation and related benefits and costs associated with the Company's new Advertising Sales Representation Agreement with MSG Networks Inc., partially offset by lower marketing costs and professional fees.  As noted above, selling, general and administrative expenses in the prior year second quarter do not include all of the actual expenses that the Company would have incurred had it been a standalone public company for that period.

About The Madison Square Garden Company
The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) is a world leader in live sports and entertainment with a portfolio of legendary sports teams, exclusive entertainment productions and celebrated venues.  MSG Sports owns and operates some of the most widely recognized 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).  MSG Sports also presents a broad array of world-class sporting events, including: professional boxing, college basketball, tennis, bull riding and e-gaming events.  MSG Entertainment features exclusive, original productions that include the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the Rockettes New York Spectacular, both starring the Rockettes, and presents or hosts a wide variety of live entertainment offerings, including concerts, family shows and special events, in the Company's diverse collection of iconic venues. These venues are: New York's Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, California; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. More information is available at
www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com

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, 3) restructuring charges or credits and 4) gains or losses on sales or dispositions of businesses.  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, 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 28173695
Conference call replay number is 855-859-2056 / Conference ID Number 28173695 until February 11, 2016


THE MADISON SQUARE GARDEN COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED/COMBINED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
  December 31, December 31,
  2015 2014 2015 2014
Revenues $410,838  $396,814  $561,219  $515,730 
Direct operating expenses 249,632  268,870  320,982  336,906 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 86,262  63,001  144,630   114,402 
Depreciation and amortization 25,905  25,024  51,145  59,563 
Operating income 49,039  39,919  44,462  4,859 
Other income (expense):        
Equity in earnings (loss) of equity-method investments (2,475) (30,151) 204  (32,755)
Interest income 1,448  715  2,405  1,448 
Interest expense (514) (619)  (1,054) (1,275)
Miscellaneous income (expense) (4,080) (5)  (4,080) 75 
Income (loss) from operations before income taxes 43,418  9,859  41,937  (27,648)
Income tax benefit (expense) 70  (223) (52) (446)
Net income (loss) $43,488  $9,636  $41,885  $(28,094)
Basic earnings (loss) per common share $1.74  $0.39  $1.68  $(1.13)
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share $1.74  $0.39  $1.67  $(1.13)
Basic weighted-average number of common shares outstanding 24,971  24,928  24,949  24,928 
Diluted weighted-average number of common shares outstanding 25,055  24,928  25,031  24,928 


ADJUSTMENTS TO RECONCILE ADJUSTED OPERATING CASH FLOW TO
OPERATING INCOME

The following is a description of the adjustments to operating income in arriving at adjusted operating cash flow 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 plans and non-employee director plans 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 Six Months Ended
  December 31,  December 31,
  2015 2014 2015 2014
Operating income $49,039  $39,919  $44,462  $4,859 
Share-based compensation 7,154  4,772  10,259  7,087 
Depreciation and amortization 25,905  25,024  51,145  59,563 
Adjusted operating cash flow $82,098  $69,715  $105,866  $71,509 


THE MADISON SQUARE GARDEN COMPANY

CONSOLIDATED/COMBINED OPERATIONS DATA
(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)

REVENUES

  Three Months Ended  
  December 31,  
  2015 2014 % Change
MSG Entertainment  $183,834  $194,125  (5)%
MSG Sports  226,786  202,512  12%
All other  218  177  NM 
Total Madison Square Garden Company  $410,838  $396,814  4%
            
  Six Months Ended  
  December 31,  
  2015 2014 % Change
MSG Entertainment  $260,860  $259,360  1%
MSG Sports  299,934  256,017  17%
All other  425  353  NM 
Total Madison Square Garden Company   $561,219  $515,730  9%
            


 

ADJUSTED OPERATING CASH FLOW AND OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)

   Adjusted Operating Cash Flow   Operating Income (Loss)  
  Three Months Ended December 31,   Three Months Ended December 31,  
  2015 2014 % Change 2015 2014 % Change
MSG Entertainment  $50,143  $57,861  (13)% $45,515   $54,419  (16)%
MSG Sports  44,505  17,395  156% 39,295  13,601  189%
All other   (12,550) (5,541) (126)% (35,771) (28,101) (27)%
Total Madison Square Garden Company  $82,098  $ 69,715  18% $49,039  $39,919   23%
                       
  Adjusted Operating Cash Flow    Operating Income (Loss)   
  Six Months Ended December 31,    Six Months Ended December 31,   
  2015 2014 % Change 2015 2014 % Change
MSG Entertainment  $53,276  $56,957  (6)% $45,158   $50,035  (10)%
MSG Sports  68,918  25,182  174% 59,274  7,283  NM 
All other  (16,328) (10,630) (54)% (59,970) (52,459) (14)%
Total Madison Square Garden Company  $105,866  $71,509  48% $44,462  $4,859  NM 
 


 

THE MADISON SQUARE GARDEN COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED AND COMBINED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
  December 31, June 30,
   2015  2015
ASSETS    
Current Assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $1,558,897  $14,211 
Restricted cash 20,653  12,590 
Accounts receivable, net 74,602  51,734 
Net related party receivables, current 25,192  327 
Prepaid expenses 38,381  23,879 
Loan receivable from MSG Networks   30,836 
Other current assets 22,443  35,058 
Total current assets 1,740,168  168,635 
Net related party receivables, noncurrent 1,652   
Investments and loans to nonconsolidated affiliates 265,137  249,394 
Property and equipment, net 1,193,695  1,188,693 
Amortizable intangible assets, net 18,855  22,324 
Indefinite-lived intangible assets 166,850  166,850 
Goodwill 277,166  277,166 
Other assets 82,580  75,880 
Total assets $3,746,103  $2,148,942 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY    
Current Liabilities:    
Accounts payable $21,965  $3,307 
Net related party payables 17,246  1,588 
Accrued liabilities:    
Employee related costs 63,325  95,997 
Other accrued liabilities 130,312  121,509 
Deferred revenue 385,245  311,317 
Total current liabilities 618,093  533,718 
Defined benefit and other postretirement obligations 56,804  80,900 
Other employee related costs 39,281  53,337 
Deferred tax liabilities, net 194,338   206,944 
Other liabilities 49,133  50,768 
Total liabilities 957,649  925,667 
Commitments and contingencies    
Stockholders' Equity:     
Class A Common stock, par value $0.01, 120,000 shares authorized; 20,333 shares outstanding as of
  December 31, 2015
 204   
Class B Common stock, par value $0.01, 30,000 shares authorized; 4,530 shares outstanding as of December 31,
  2015
  45   
Preferred stock, par value $0.01, 15,000 shares authorized; none outstanding as of December 31, 2015    
Additional paid-in capital 2,794,837   
Treasury stock, at cost, 115 shares as of December 31, 2015 (15,716)  
Retained earnings 43,488   
MSG Networks investment   1,263,490 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (34,404) (40,215)
Total stockholders' equity 2,788,454  1,223,275  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $3,746,103  $2,148,942 


THE MADISON SQUARE GARDEN COMPANY
SELECTED CASH FLOW INFORMATION
(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
  Six Months Ended
  December 31,
  2015 2014
Net cash provided by operating activities $112,282  $35,001 
Net cash used in investing activities (77,130) (46,281)
Net cash provided by financing activities 1,509,534  23,194 
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 1,544,686  11,914 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 14,211  6,143 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $1,558,897  $18,057 

 

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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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