iHeartMedia reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2015 showing no revenue growth on a constant currency basis. In addition to it's radio and digital properties, including iHeartRadio, the company owns old school billboard and outdoor ad providers; and they offered a bright spot in the earnings report.
“We continue to be pleased with our progress in transforming the company into a multi-platform, data-rich powerhouse, with our investments driving strong operating results,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “At iHeartMedia, the fast-blurring lines between digital and broadcast radio play to our strengths, and the CRB’s new rates will encourage the growth of digital streaming and help build a sustainable digital music marketplace to benefit artists, consumers and the rest of the music industry. We are building on our traditional media sales business by partnering with agencies and clients to launch major marketing initiatives enhanced by rich data and research insights across our core broadcast, live events and other businesses. At Outdoor, we continue to move forward in aligning our Americas and International portfolios to focus on our most attractive strategic opportunities, while tapping into new programmatic and data-learning trends that our advertising partners value highly.”
“With a strong fourth quarter performance, and excluding the impact from foreign exchange rates, we showed growth in both revenue and OIBDAN in 2015 across iHeartMedia, Americas outdoor and International outdoor, despite strong headwinds in certain overseas economies,” said Rich Bressler, President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. “The strength of our operating business provides us with the flexibility to manage our capital structure in a prudent way. We continue to evaluate opportunities to strengthen our balance sheet as we focus on positioning iHeartMedia for long-term growth.”
The Company’s key financial highlights for the fourth quarter 2015 include:
- Consolidated revenues increased 3% to $1.8 billion after adjusting for a $51 million impact from movements in foreign exchange rates. On a reported basis, consolidated revenue was flat.
- iHeartMedia revenues increased $63 million, or 8%, excluding political revenue. On a reported basis, revenues increased $45 million, or 5%.
- Americas outdoor revenues increased $7 million, or 2%, after adjusting for a $7 million impact from movements in foreign exchange rates. On a reported basis, revenues decreased less than 1%.
- International outdoor revenues increased $14 million, or 3%, after adjusting for a $43 million impact from movements in foreign exchange rates. On a reported basis, revenues decreased $29 million, or 7%.
- Other revenues increased $2 million, or 3%, excluding political revenue. On a reported basis, revenues decreased $13 million, or 21%.