SBA Communications 8-K 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SBA COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION REPORTS 3rd QUARTER 2011 RESULTS;
PROVIDES 4th QUARTER, UPDATED 2011 AND INITIAL 2012 OUTLOOK
Boca Raton, Florida, October 31, 2011
SBA Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:SBAC) (SBA or the Company) today reported results for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. Highlights of the results include:
Third quarter over year earlier period:
Total revenues in the third quarter of 2011 were $175.5 million compared to $158.6 million in the year earlier period, an increase of 10.7%. Site leasing revenue of $154.5 million was up 13.9% over the year earlier period. Site leasing Segment Operating Profit of $120.6 million was up 14.4% over the year earlier period. Site leasing contributed 97.5% of the Companys total Segment Operating Profit in the third quarter of 2011. Site development revenues were $21.0 million in the third quarter of 2011 compared to $23.0 million in the year earlier period, an 8.4% decrease. Site development Segment Operating Profit Margin was 14.8% in the third quarter of 2011 compared to 11.7% in the year earlier period, an increase of 310 basis points.
Tower Cash Flow for the third quarter of 2011 was $121.6 million, a 14.2% increase over the year earlier period. Tower Cash Flow Margin for the third quarter of 2011 was 79.8% compared to 79.4% in the year earlier period.
Net loss attributable to SBA Communications Corporation for the third quarter of 2011 was $33.3 million or $(0.30) per share compared to $34.5 million or $(0.30) per share in the year earlier period.
Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter of 2011 was $112.5 million compared to $97.7 million in the year earlier period, an increase of 15.1%. Adjusted EBITDA Margin was 64.9% in the third quarter of 2011 compared to 62.2% in the year earlier period, an increase of 270 basis points.
Net Cash Interest Expense was $42.3 million in the third quarter of 2011 compared to $37.5 million in the year earlier period.
Equity Free Cash Flow for the third quarter of 2011 was $63.9 million compared to $56.8 million in the year earlier period, an increase of 12.7%. Equity Free Cash Flow Per Share was $0.58 for the third quarter of 2011 compared to $0.49 in the year earlier period, an increase of 18.4%.
We produced another strong quarter of results in the third quarter, said Jeffrey A. Stoops, President and CEO. Activity levels from our carrier customers have remained steady throughout 2011. Strong organic activity, combined with a material amount of portfolio growth and stock repurchases, has allowed us to once again produce material growth in equity free cash flow per share. We expect carrier activity to stay strong through the
remainder of this year and all of 2012 and expect a greater amount of organic cash revenue added per tower, in absolute dollars, as compared to 2011. Our 2012 guidance includes some contribution from Sprints Network Vision project. Against this backlog of strong leasing demand, we will continue to look for quality opportunities to grow our tower portfolio both domestically and internationally, and we are confident in achieving our goal of a minimum of 5% to 10% portfolio growth once again in 2012. Given our expectations about strong continued organic growth, another year of material portfolio growth and the potential for additional stock repurchases, we are very optimistic about achieving our goal of over 20% growth in equity free cash flow per share in 2012.
As of September 30, 2011, SBA owned 9,762 towers, and managed or leased approximately 4,900 actual or potential additional communication sites. During the third quarter of 2011, SBA purchased 82 towers and the rights to two additional communication sites for an aggregate consideration of approximately $42.2 million in cash (exclusive of any working capital adjustments). SBA also built 119 towers during the third quarter of 2011. In addition, the Company spent $8.6 million to purchase land and easements and to extend lease terms with respect to land underlying its towers. Total cash capital expenditures for the third quarter of 2011 were $84.3 million, consisting of $4.4 million of non-discretionary cash capital expenditures (tower maintenance and general corporate) and $79.9 million of discretionary cash capital expenditures (new tower builds, tower augmentations, tower acquisitions and related earn-outs, and purchasing land and easements).
Subsequent to September 30, 2011, the Company acquired 17 towers and related assets and liabilities from third party sellers for an aggregate consideration of $9.5 million in cash. The Company has agreed in principle to purchase an additional 704 towers for an aggregate amount of $158.9 million. The Company anticipates that these acquisitions will be consummated by the end of the first quarter of 2012.
Financing Activities and Liquidity
SBA ended the third quarter with $3.5 billion of total debt (recorded on the Companys balance sheet at a carrying value of $3.3 billion) and $0.2 billion of cash and cash equivalents, short-term restricted cash and short-term investments. SBAs Net Debt (as defined below) was $3.3 billion. SBAs Net Debt and Net Secured Debt to Annualized Adjusted EBITDA Leverage Ratios were 7.3x and 3.4x, respectively. During the three months ended September 30, 2011, the Company repaid $1.25 million under the Term Loan resulting in a principal balance of $498.8 million. As of September 30, 2011, SBA had no borrowings outstanding under the Revolving Credit Facility and the total amount available under the facility was $500.0 million.
During the third quarter, SBA repurchased and retired 2,177,582 shares of its Class A common stock for $75.0 million in cash at an average price per share of $34.42. The Company currently has $150.0 million of repurchase authorization remaining under its existing $300.0 million stock repurchase program.
The Company is providing its fourth quarter 2011 Outlook, updating its Full Year 2011 Outlook, and providing its initial 2012 Outlook for anticipated results. The Outlook provided is based on a number of assumptions that the Company believes are reasonable at the time of this press release. Information regarding potential risks that could cause the actual results to differ from these forward-looking statements is set forth below and in the Companys filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Companys initial 2012 Outlook includes both cash and non-cash site leasing revenue benefits from our recently signed agreement with Sprint regarding implementation of its Network Vision project. Our initial 2012 Outlook includes 9% organic leasing revenue growth on owned towers, new tower builds in the U.S. and internationally of 390 to 410 towers, the acquisition of only those tower assets under agreement in principle to acquire at the time of this press release, and no additional stock repurchases. The Company intends to spend additional capital in 2012 on acquiring revenue producing assets not yet identified or under agreement in principle to acquire, the impact of which is not reflected in the 2012 guidance.
Conference Call Information
SBA Communications Corporation will host a conference call on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 10:00 AM (EDT) to discuss the quarterly results. The call may be accessed as follows:
Information Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the Companys expectations or beliefs regarding (i) the Companys organic growth in 2012, (ii) the Companys financial and operational guidance for the fourth quarter of 2011, full year 2011 and full year 2012, (iii) the Companys expectations regarding customer activity in 2011 and 2012, (iv) the Companys expectations regarding current and future portfolio growth opportunities and the Companys ability to capitalize these opportunities, (v) the Companys uses of liquidity and its belief that it has ample liquidity to capitalize on portfolio growth opportunities, (vi) the Companys belief that pending acquisitions will close by the end of the first quarter of 2012 and (vii) the Companys belief regarding stock repurchases. These forward-looking statements may be affected by the risks and uncertainties in the Companys business. This information is qualified in its entirety by cautionary
statements and risk factor disclosures contained in the Companys Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including the Companys annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Commission on February 25, 2011. The Company wishes to caution readers that certain important factors may have affected and could in the future affect the Companys actual results and could cause the Companys actual results for subsequent periods to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statement made by or on behalf of the Company. With respect to the Companys expectations regarding all of these statements, including its financial and operational guidance, such risk factors include, but are not limited to: (1) the ability and willingness of wireless service providers to maintain or increase their capital expenditures; (2) the Companys ability to secure and retain as many site leasing tenants as planned at anticipated lease rates; (3) the impact, if any, of consolidation among wireless service providers; (4) the Companys ability to secure and deliver anticipated services business at contemplated margins; (5) the Companys ability to maintain expenses and cash capital expenditures at appropriate levels for our business; (6) the Companys ability to acquire land underneath towers on terms that are accretive; (7) the Companys ability to realize economies of scale from its tower portfolio; (8) the Companys ability to comply with covenants and the terms of its credit instruments; (9) the economic climate for the wireless communications industry in general and the wireless communications infrastructure providers in particular and (10) the continued dependence on towers and outsourced site development services by the wireless carriers. With respect to the Companys plan for new builds, these factors also include zoning approvals, weather, availability of labor and supplies and other factors beyond the Companys control that could affect the Companys ability to build 390 to 410 towers in 2012. With respect to its expectations regarding the ability to close pending tower acquisitions, these factors also include satisfactorily completing due diligence, the ability and willingness of each party to fulfill their respective closing conditions and the availability of cash on hand, borrowing capacity under the senior credit facility or shares of the Companys Class A common stock to pay the anticipated consideration. With respect to repurchases under the Companys stock repurchase program, the amount of shares repurchased, if any, and the timing of such repurchases will depend on, among other things, the trading price of the Companys Class A common stock, which may be positively or negatively impacted by the repurchase program, market and business conditions, the availability of stock, the Companys financial performance or determinations following the date of this announcement in order to use the Companys funds for other purposes.
This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliation of each of these non-GAAP financial measures is presented below under Non-GAAP Financial Measures.
This press release will be available on our website at www.sbasite.com.
About SBA Communications Corporation
SBA Communications Corporation is a first choice provider and leading owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure in North and Central America. By Building Better Wireless, SBA generates revenue from two primary businesses site leasing and site development services. The primary focus of the Company is the leasing of antenna space on its multi-tenant towers to a variety of wireless service providers under long-term lease contracts. For more information please visit: www.sbasite.com.
Mark DeRussy, CFA
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
The accompanying condensed notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The press release contains non-GAAP financial measures, including (i) Site Leasing Segment Operating Profit, Site Development Segment Operating Profit and Segment Operating Profit Margin, (ii) Tower Cash Flow and Tower Cash Flow Margin, (iii) Adjusted EBITDA, Annualized Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin, (iv) Net Debt, Net Secured Debt, Leverage Ratio and Secured Leverage Ratio (collectively, our Non-GAAP Debt Measures) and (v) Equity Free Cash Flow and Equity Free Cash Flow Per Share.
We have included these non-GAAP financial measures because we believe that they provide investors additional tools in understanding our financial performance and condition. Specifically, we believe that:
(1) Segment Operating Profit is an indicator of the operating performance of our site leasing and site development segments;
(2) Tower Cash Flow is an indicator of the performance of our site leasing operations;
(3) Adjusted EBITDA, Equity Free Cash Flow and Equity Free Cash Flow Per Share are useful indicators of the financial performance of our core businesses; and
(4) our Non-GAAP Debt Measures provide investors a more complete understanding of our net debt and leverage position as they include the full principal amount of our debt which will be due at maturity.
In addition, Tower Cash Flow, Adjusted EBITDA and our Non-GAAP Debt Measures are components of the calculations used by our lenders to determine compliance with certain covenants under our senior credit agreement and senior notes. These non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be an alternative to any of the financial measures provided in our results of operations or our balance sheet as determined in accordance with GAAP.
Segment Operating Profit and Segment Operating Profit Margin
The reconciliation of Site Leasing Segment Operating Profit and Site Development Segment Operating Profit and the calculation of Segment Operating Profit Margin are as follows:
Total Segment Operating Profit is the total of the Segment Operating Profits of the two segments.
Tower Cash Flow and Tower Cash Flow Margin
The tables below set forth the reconciliation of Tower Cash Flow to its most comparable GAAP measurement and the calculation of Tower Cash Flow Margin. Tower Cash Flow for each of the periods set forth in the Outlook section above will be calculated in the same manner.
The calculation of Tower Cash Flow Margin is as follows:
Adjusted EBITDA, Annualized Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin
The table below sets forth the reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to its most comparable GAAP measurement. Adjusted EBITDA for each of the periods set forth in the Outlook section above will be calculated in the same manner:
The calculation of Adjusted EBITDA Margin is as follows:
Equity Free Cash Flow and Equity Free Cash Flow Per Share
The table below sets forth the reconciliation of Equity Free Cash Flow for the three months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010 and the calculation of Equity Free Cash Flow Per Share for such periods. Equity Free Cash Flow for each of the periods set forth in the Outlook section above will be calculated in the same manner.
Net Debt, Leverage Ratio, and Secured Leverage Ratio
Net Debt is calculated using the notional principal amount of outstanding debt. Under GAAP policies, the notional principal amount of the Companys outstanding debt is not necessarily reflected on the face of the Companys financial statements.
The Debt and Leverage calculations are as follows: