Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. , a multi-platform media company, today announced operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2022.
Summary of First Quarter Results
|In millions, except per share data||Three Months Ended
|Net loss per diluted share1||$0.13||$0.36|
|Station operating income (SOI – non-GAAP)||5.9||5.2|
Operating loss, net loss attributable to BBGI stockholders and net loss per diluted share reflect a $1.9 million non-cash impairment loss in the three months ended March 31, 2022. Net loss attributable to BBGI stockholders and net loss per diluted share reflect a $5.0 million loss on extinguishment of long-term debt in the three months ended March 31, 2021.
Net revenue during the three months ended March 31, 2022 increased 15.6% to $55.7 million, primarily reflecting a year-over-year increase in audio and digital revenue due to the continued recovery of the commercial advertising market from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beasley reported an operating loss of $2.7 million in the first quarter of 2022 compared to an operating loss of $2.5 million in the first quarter of 2021. The increase in operating loss is primarily the result of an increase in operating expenses, which reflects additional cost of sales related to the revenue increase, other expenses related to sports and marketing, and additional expenses related to the Company’s digital agency build out. Operating loss in the three months ended March 31, 2022 reflects a $1.9 million non-cash impairment loss related to the sale of WWNN-AM in Boca Raton on April 1, 2022.
Interest expense increased $1.1 million to $6.8 million in the first quarter of 2022, resulting from the issuance of senior secured notes in February 2021. As a result of these factors, Beasley reported a net loss of $3.7 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to a net loss of $10.7 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, in the three months ended March 31, 2021 which also included a $5.0 million loss on extinguishment of long-term debt related to the issuance of 8.625% secured senior notes on February 2, 2021.
SOI increased by $0.6 million to $5.9 million in the first quarter of 2022 from $5.2 million in the first quarter of 2021. The increase is primarily attributable to higher net revenue, which more than offset higher operating expenses.
Please refer to the “Calculation of SOI” and “Reconciliation of Net Loss Attributable to BBGI Stockholders to SOI” tables at the end of this announcement for a discussion regarding SOI calculations.
Commenting on the financial results, Caroline Beasley, Chief Executive Officer, said, “First quarter results highlight ongoing progress toward our goal of returning all of our revenue sources to pre-pandemic levels. Net revenue rose 15.6% inclusive of a 35.5% rise in digital segment revenue, which accounted for 14% of total net revenue in the quarter, marking further success of our digital transformation strategies. Comparing our revenue performance to the first quarter of 2019, revenue was down $2.0 million, or 3.4%, as the 2019 results benefited from events and other revenue that has not fully recovered from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Total outstanding debt as of March 31, 2022 was $300.0 million, as we did not have any scheduled debt payments during the quarter, and we had $50.7 million of cash and cash equivalents on hand at quarter end. We made an interest payment of approximately $12.9 million in February and repurchased $5.0 million of our 8.625% senior secured notes at a discount early in the second quarter. Our strong liquidity position enables us to make debt repayments while providing us with increased financial flexibility to pursue a potential acquisition or investment within the digital space, should an opportunity arise that could accelerate our digital growth, provide synergies or improve financial results.
“Looking ahead to the second quarter and second half of 2022, our focus remains on driving further revenue diversification and audience expansion, improving margins, benefiting from the return of the political cycle, maintaining a strong and flexible balance sheet, reducing net leverage and growing free cash flow. We expect progress on each of these fronts as we continue to close the gap on our pre-pandemic revenue and SOI levels and grow from there. I am extremely proud of our team members across the Company for everything they have done and are doing to help us move past the challenges presented by the pandemic. We have clearly accomplished a lot and I believe we have many more opportunities ahead to build the Company and enhance stockholder value.” Globe Newswire