DALLAS--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Dex Media, Inc., one of the largest national providers of local business automation software, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016.
“We are successfully reducing search engine marketing’s share of our revenues and we’re becoming a focused, lean company, delivering operational excellence.”
Key highlights for full year 2016:
- Over-delivered on EBITDA guidance by $13.0 million
- Generated $400 million of digital revenue, while shifting the mix to strategically important digital solutions with strong customer retention
- Continued to drive costs out of the business
“Local business automation is by far our fastest growing segment. We’re seeing improving results from our revamped directories, both print and online,” said Joe Walsh, Dex Media CEO and president. “We are successfully reducing search engine marketing’s share of our revenues and we’re becoming a focused, lean company, delivering operational excellence.”
Fourth Quarter 2016 Results
|2016||2015||Fav (Unfav)||%||2016||2015||Fav (Unfav)||%|
|Customer Count, Period End (000)||(a)|
|Net Revenue ($mm)|
|Total Net Revenue||(a), (b)||$||284.5||$||343.5||($59.0||)||-17.2||%||$||1,190.9||$||1,500.3||($309.5||)||-20.6||%|
|Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA ($mm)||(a), (c)||$||100.5||$||104.5||($4.0||)||-3.8||%||$||373.0||$||528.5||($155.5||)||-29.4||%|
|Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA Margin %||35.3||%||30.4||%||4.9||%||31.3||%||35.2||%||-3.9||%|
|Free Cash Flow ($mm)||(a), (d)||$||59.9||$||14.6||$||45.3||309.7||%||$||180.0||$||207.2||($27.2||)||-13.1||%|
|(a)||All figures presented are unaudited. Material changes may result from audit procedures.|
|(b)||Revenue for Q4 and Full Year 2016 are on a pro forma basis as a result of fresh start accounting.|
Adjusted EBITDA reflects operating revenues and expenses, excluding the impact of depreciation, amortization, interest expense and other non-cash/non-recurring items. These results are for periods ending July 31, 2016 and prior. Adjusted Pro Forma EBITDA reflects operating revenues and expenses, excluding the impact of depreciation, amortization, interest expense and other non-cash/non-recurring items, plus pro forma adjustments associated with fresh start accounting. August through December results include these pro forma adjustments.
Free Cash Flow reflects cash generated from operating activities, less capital expenditures, interest payments, and capital restructuring and reorganization costs.
Earnings Conference Call Information
Dex Media will host an investor conference call at 10 a.m. CST on March 2, 2017. Individuals within the United States can access the conference call by dialing (888) 603-6873. International participants should dial 973-582-2706. The pass code is: 70276679.
Basis of Presentation and Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The financial information accompanying this release provides a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP and adjusted pro forma non-GAAP results. Dex Media believes that the use of non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to investors to gain an overall understanding of its current financial performance. Specifically, Dex Media believes the non-GAAP results provide useful information to management and investors by excluding certain nonrecurring items that Dex Media believes are not indicative of its core operating results. In addition, non-GAAP financial measures are used by management for budgeting and forecasting as well as subsequently measuring Dex Media's performance, and Dex Media believes that non-GAAP results provide investors with financial measures that most closely align to its internal financial measurement processes.
About Dex Media
Dex Media helps local businesses win and retain their customers, delivering measurable, lasting results. As the business management resource for hundreds of thousands of local businesses across the U.S., Dex helps business owners manage their customer relationships, internet presence, bookings, analytics and more from a single mobile platform. Dex provides critical expertise and support so business owners have a trusted, expert advisor just a click or phone call away. The company’s widely used consumer services include the DexKnows.com® and Superpages.com® search portals, mobile applications, as well as local print directories. To learn how Dex can help automate and streamline your business, please visit www.DexMedia.com.
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