Cumulus Media Reports Operating Results for 2022  (Report)


Cumulus Media Reports Operating Results for 2022 

Total Revenue of $953.5 Million, Up 4% Year-Over-Year 

Digital Revenue of More Than $142 Million, Up 12% Year-Over-Year 

Net Income of $16.2 Million, Down 6% Year-Over-Year 

Adjusted EBITDA of $166.0 Million, Up 23% Year-Over-Year 

Cumulus Media Inc. (NASDAQ: CMLS) (the “Company,” “Cumulus Media,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) today announced operating results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2022. 

Mary G. Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media, said, “Despite considerable economic turbulence, we delivered fourth quarter financial performance in the upper half of our guidance range, continuing a multi-year period of significant accomplishments. Operating through a series of difficult macroeconomic environments, including the pandemic, we successfully executed a strategic plan under which we developed and drove new areas of growth, right-sized the balance sheet, improved the Company’s operating leverage and returned capital to shareholders. As a result, we have delivered consistent revenue growth, built several digital businesses to a $150+ million revenue run-rate, reduced our net leverage to its lowest level in more than a decade, and boosted our liquidity to give ourselves optionality regarding capital allocation.” 

Berner added, “Looking ahead to 2023, we continue to face substantial economic headwinds. However, our battle-tested skill in performing during challenging times, as well as our very strong financial position, gives us substantial confidence in our ability to not only weather this depressed ad environment but take full advantage of opportunities that may arise over the coming quarters.” 

2022 Key Highlights: 

• Increased total revenue by 4% year-over-year to $953.5 million 

• Increased digital revenue by 12% year-over-year, to more than $142 million (~15% of revenue) 

◦ Grew local digital marketing services 16% year-over-year with successful launch of Boost suite of digital presence products contributing to growth 

◦ Grew Cumulus Podcast Network revenue 11% year-over-year, driven by year-over- year download increase of 26% (from approximately 1.2 billion to 1.5 billion) 

◦ Increased streaming revenue by 12% year-over-year, driven by enhanced monetization across multiple ad channels and expansion of NFL representation to include streaming rights for first time ever 

• Delivered net income of $16.2 million, a decrease of 6% with margin reduction of approximately 20 basis points 

◦ Recorded a non-cash, pre-tax FCC license impairment charge of $15.5 million in 2022 

◦ Recorded a gain on early extinguishment of debt of $20.0 million in 2021 

• Increased Adjusted EBITDA(1) by 23% year-over-year, to $166.0 million 

◦ Finished 2022 with full year fixed costs approximately $90 million below 2019 baseline 

◦ Increased Adjusted EBITDA margin(1) year-over-year by approximately 270 basis points 

◦ Generated $78.5 mm of cash from operations 

• Completed $31.8 million of share repurchases for 2.5 million shares (representing 12.1% of weighted average diluted common shares outstanding as of 12/31/21) 

◦ Completed $25.0 million tender offer for 1.7 million shares 

◦ Repurchased additional $6.8 million of shares in open market (approximately 817,000 shares) 

◦ Retained $18.2 million of availability at year-end under previously announced $50 million share repurchase authorization 

• Reduced gross debt by $86.5 million, achieving the lowest net leverage levels in more than a decade – best among peers 

◦ Retired $74.0 million of debt (both term loan and senior notes) through open market repurchases at an average price of 93.9% of par 

◦ Reported total debt of $719.4 million, cash of $107.4 million and net debt(1) of $611.9 million at 12/31/22 

◦ Reduced net leverage(1) from 4.7x at 12/31/21 to 3.7x at 12/31/22 

Operating Summary (dollars in thousands, except percentages and per share data): 

For the three months ended December 31, 2022, the Company reported net revenue of $251.3 million, a decrease of 0.4% from the three months ended December 31, 2021, net loss of $0.1 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $42.7 million. 

For the year ended December 31, 2022, the Company reported net revenue of $953.5 million, an increase of 4.0% from the year ended December 31, 2021, net income of $16.2 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $166.0 million. See report here

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