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Gross margin improved 170 basis points sequentially
Record cash flows from operating activities
Generated positive free cash flow*
Apple Pay launched on award-winning Airtime IFC Portal
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: ENT) (“Global Eagle,” the “Company” or “we”), a leading provider of media, content, connectivity and data analytics to markets across air, sea and land, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019. For the second quarter of 2019, Global Eagle recorded revenue of $157 million; incurred a net loss of $38.5 million and generated Adjusted EBITDA* of $22.7 million.
“We are delivering technical innovation to our Connectivity and Media & Content customers while driving improving efficiency throughout our cost structure,” commented Josh Marks, CEO of Global Eagle. “Executing for both our customers and stakeholders is leading to a substantial improvement in cash generation that we expect to build upon, consistent with our goal of sustainable positive free cash flow by year-end.”
During the second quarter, Global Eagle drove improved financial performance including executing on Phase II of its cost realignment plan. Revenue of $157 million was driven by growth in Connectivity equipment revenue, which was offset by a decline in Media & Content revenue compared to the prior-year period. Connectivity service gross margins of 17.5% improved from the prior quarter due to lower bandwidth costs and improved cost controls. Operating expenses continued to improve primarily due to the benefits of Phase II of our cost realignment plan. As of June 30, 2019, we had achieved 90% of targeted Phase II savings. We are evaluating additional cost opportunities in order to optimize our spending across all business units. We continue to expect Phase II of our cost realignment plan, together with revenue growth, to drive a minimum of $25 million of Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2019. Upon resolution of Boeing 737 MAX related issues, we expect to transition to positive free cash flow on a sustainable basis.
The Company generated record cash flows from operating activities of approximately $12 million in the second quarter primarily due to favorable working capital dynamics. Capital expenditures during the quarter were approximately $4 million, down more than 50% versus the first quarter of 2019. The Company generated positive free cash flow* of approximately $8 million in the second quarter of 2019. Our strong second quarter performance is an important step towards our goals of significant EBITDA growth and sustainable free cash flow generation. Free cash flow is defined as cash flows from operating activities less capital expenditures. Note that our free cash flow calculation includes approximately $1 million of severance cost related to our Phase II of our cost realignment plan.
“We are driving cultural change and process improvements to ensure we have the most efficient cost structure in our industry. This will take time, but our improved results provide positive reinforcement,” said Christian Mezger, CFO of Global Eagle. “The positive free cash we generated this quarter benefitted from favorable working capital dynamics. Nonetheless, we believe this quarter is a significant milestone to achieve sustainable positive free cash flow by year end.”
Global Eagle’s Connectivity segment is a leading provider of satellite-based passenger connectivity for single-aisle airliners and broadcaster of live television to aviation and maritime markets. Connectivity segment revenue was up 1.1% year-over-year despite the impact of the 737 MAX 8 grounding as discussed below. Absent the MAX impact, Connectivity segment revenue would have increased approximately 3.4%. Inflight connectivity installations and activations continue at Air France powered by Global Eagle’s Ku high-throughput satellite (HTS) network. This is the first EMEA HTS inflight connectivity network to provide consistent coverage throughout Europe, Russia, the Nordics and Scandinavia, and North Africa, capable of delivering speeds up to 500 Mbps to each aircraft cabin. The Company also initiated engineering and certification activity for our new EMEA inflight connectivity customer announced last quarter. In addition, our cruise business continues to perform ahead of expectations as bandwidth requirements grow and we realize benefits from new contract structures.
Global Eagle has continued to innovate customer-centered design solutions to enhance the inflight experience. The Company is now integrating Apple Pay into its award-winning Airtime Portal. This allows passengers to use one-touch biometric authorized payment methods with Apple Pay-enabled devices. For airlines, this means that passengers can use Face Unlock and Touch ID to easily and quickly make purchases such as inflight wi-fi access. The system has been successfully launched with Southwest Airlines.
737 MAX 8 Impact
The Company currently expects the 737 MAX 8 aircraft in its fleet of connected aircraft to resume normal operations in January 2020. Due to regulatory actions beyond our control and unrelated to passenger connectivity systems, our 26 MAX-connected aircraft remained grounded at quarter-end. Our equipment deliveries to support new MAX installations are expected to continue while the manufacturing line remains in active production. We forecast that MAX program issues will impact services revenue, including both Connectivity and Media & Content revenue, by approximately $3 million per quarter, with an Adjusted EBITDA impact of approximately $2 million per quarter. For the full year 2019, we estimate the impact on services revenue to be approximately $8 million, with an Adjusted EBITDA impact of approximately $5 million. We continue to work with our airline partners and with Boeing to mitigate and reduce this impact, and to be ready when the MAX returns to service.
Media & Content
During the second quarter, Media & Content revenue was down 11.3% over the prior-year quarter primarily due to two factors. First, content cycle timing resulted in a $2.6 million shift in content revenue which is expected to have a positive impact on third quarter 2019 revenue. Second, our content distribution business declined by $1.5 million due to our decision not to renew an unprofitable contract as we remain focused on generating sustainable positive free cash flow. The large new content services customer announced in March 2019 began service on July 1, 2019. We continue to expect the segment to return to growth in the coming quarter and to generate positive single-digit revenue growth for the full year.
Global Eagle’s digital content supply chain technology known as the Open™ platform is now live with customers. Our Open™ platform optimizes workflow for the cloud environment and tracks content from acquisition to delivery, collecting data throughout which drives improved analytics. The platform will enable new efficiencies and capabilities for 4K/HD content, broader content selection and greater content customization. Customer transition is expected to occur through year end 2020.
Operational and Strategic Initiatives
In mid-July, the Company announced that it completed a $40 million upsizing of its Senior Secured Term Loan due 2023 (“Term Loan”), as well as an amendment to its Term Loan (collectively, the “Amendment”) which, among other things, reduced scheduled principal repayments over the next six quarters by an aggregate amount of approximately $26 million. Net of fees and expenses, the Amendment will result in approximately $61 million of incremental liquidity over the next 18 months. This supplements the Company’s approximately $49 million of liquidity as of June 30, 2019, which includes cash and unused revolver capacity, and further enables the Company to focus on executing its growth initiatives.
The Company continues to work with its financial advisor, Barclays Capital Inc., to evaluate offers for all or a portion of the non-aviation components of our Connectivity business. We now expect the evaluation process to conclude by the end of fall. Separately, the Company continues to evaluate the potential sale of certain joint venture interests.
Second Quarter Summary
Global Eagle also announced that R. Jason Everett has been appointed Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, effective on August 12, 2019. Mr. Everett brings significant leadership experience to Global Eagle in the areas of financial planning, accounting, budgeting, controllership, treasury and corporate finance, primarily from his experience most recently as Vice President, Corporate Controller and Treasurer at Webroot Inc.
We will host a live webcast on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EDT (2:00 p.m. PDT). We will make the webcast and an accompanying slide presentation available on the Investor Relations section of our website at http://investors.geemedia.com/events-and-presentations. We will maintain an archive of the webcast on our website for 30 days following the event.
About Global Eagle
Global Eagle is a leading provider of media, content, connectivity and data analytics to markets across air, sea and land. Global Eagle offers a fully integrated suite of rich media content and seamless connectivity solutions to airlines, cruise lines, commercial ships, high-end yachts, ferries and land locations worldwide. With approximately 1,200 employees and 50 offices on six continents, the Company delivers exceptional service and rapid support to a diverse customer base. Find out more at: www.GlobalEagle.com.
* About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement our consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or GAAP, we present EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow, which are non-GAAP financial measures, as measures of our performance. The presentations of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow are not intended to be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, or superior to, net income (loss), cash flows from operations or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP or as an alternative to net cash provided by operating activities or any other measures of our cash flows or liquidity. For a reconciliation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow to its most comparable measure under GAAP, please see the table entitled “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measure” at the end of this press release. Further, we note that Adjusted EBITDA as presented herein is defined and calculated differently than the “Consolidated EBITDA” definition in our senior secured credit agreement and in our second lien notes, which Consolidated EBITDA definition we use for financial-covenant-compliance purposes and as a measure of our liquidity.
EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow are three of the primary measures used by our management and Board of Directors to understand and evaluate our financial performance and operating trends, including period to period comparisons, to prepare and approve our annual budget and to develop short- and long-term operational plans. Additionally, Adjusted EBITDA is one of the primary measures used by the Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors to establish the funding targets for (and subsequent funding of) our Annual Incentive Plan bonuses for our employees. We believe our presentation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow is useful to investors both because it allows for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by our management in their financial and operational decision-making and because our management frequently uses it in discussions with investors, commercial bankers, securities analysts and other users of our financial statements.
We define Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA (net income (loss) before (a) interest expense (income), (b) income tax expense (benefit) and (c) depreciation and amortization), as further adjusted to exclude (when applicable in the period) (1) change in fair value of financial instruments, (2) other (income) expense, including (gains) losses from foreign-currency-transaction (gains) and from other investments, which include impairment charges relating to our joint ventures, (3) goodwill impairment expense, (4) stock-based compensation expense, (5) strategic-transaction, integration and realignment expenses (as described below), (6) auditor and third-party professional fees and expenses related to our internal-control deficiencies (and the remediation thereof) and complications in our audit process relating to our control environment, (7) (gain) loss on disposal and impairment of fixed assets, (8) non-ordinary-course legal expenses (as described below), (9) losses related to significant customer bankruptcies or financial distress (as described below) and (10) expenses incurred in connection with grounded aircraft resulting from orders, airworthiness directives and other regulations issued by U.S. and foreign civil aviation authorities. Management does not consider these items to be indicative of our core operating results.
“Losses related to significant customer bankruptcies or financial distress” includes (1) our provision for bad debt associated with significant bankruptcies or financial distress of our customers, (2) the costs (e.g., content acquisition fees) that we incurred to maintain service to those customers during their bankruptcy proceedings in order to preserve the customer relationship and (3) costs relating to providing services to customers for whom we recognize revenue on a cash basis due to their financial distress.
“Non-ordinary-course legal expenses” includes third-party professional fees and expenses and estimated loss contingencies, provisions for legal settlements and other expenses associated with non-ordinary-course employment, corporate and intellectual-property-infringement disputes.
“Strategic-transaction, integration and realignment expenses” includes (1) transaction and procurement-related expenses and costs (including third-party professional fees) attributable to acquisition, financing, investment and other strategic-transaction activities (including for new product and proof-of-concept testing), (2) integration and realignment expenses and allowances, (3) employee-severance, -retention and -relocation expenses, (4) purchase-accounting adjustments for deferred revenue, costs and credits associated with companies and businesses that we have acquired through our M&A activities and (5) estimated loss contingencies, provisions for legal settlements and other expenses related to claims at companies or businesses that we acquired through our M&A activities for underlying liabilities that pre-dated our acquisition of those companies or businesses.
We define free cash flow as cash flows from operating activities less capital expenditures. Free cash flow does not represent our residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures, since we have mandatory debt service requirements and other non-discretionary expenditures that are not deducted from the measure.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release may constitute “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements with respect to our expected Adjusted EBITDA, revenue and margin growth in future periods, our aviation-connectivity installations in future periods, the impact of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft grounding on our financial performance, our business and financial-performance outlook, industry, business strategy, plans, the potential sale of certain businesses and assets, business and M&A integration activities, operating-expense and cost structure improvements and reductions and our ability to execute and realize the benefits of our cost-savings plans, international expansion, future technologies, future operations, financial covenant compliance, margins, profitability, future efficiencies, liquidity, ability to generate positive cash flow from operating activities, and other financial and operating information. The words “anticipate,” “assume,” “believe,” “budget,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “future” and the negative of these or similar terms and phrases are intended to identify forward-looking statements in this press release.
Forward-looking statements reflect our current expectations regarding future events, results or outcomes. These expectations may or may not be realized. Although we believe the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give you no assurance these expectations will prove to have been correct. Some of these expectations may be based upon assumptions, data or judgments that prove to be incorrect. Actual events, results and outcomes may differ materially from our expectations due to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. Although it is not possible to identify all of these risks and factors, they include, among others, the following:
The forward-looking statements herein speak only as of the date the statements are made (which is the date of this press release). You should not put undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws. If we do update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.
The table below presents financial results for the three months and six ended June 30, 2019 and 2018.
|Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.|
|Quarterly Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(In thousands, except per share amounts)|
|Three Months Ended June 30,||Six Months Ended June 30,|
|Licensing and services||$||145,129||$||156,428||$||295,607||$||302,954|
|Cost of sales:|
|Licensing and services||116,308||122,304||239,577||234,795|
|Total cost of sales||124,217||126,731||258,411||245,210|
|Sales and marketing||7,365||10,877||15,614||20,492|
|General and administrative||27,161||29,799||55,141||68,235|
|Provision for (gain from) legal settlements||25||(141||)||533||375|
|Amortization of intangible assets||7,800||10,357||15,599||20,920|
|Total operating expenses||48,476||60,764||99,991||128,228|
|Loss from operations||(15,226||)||(21,533||)||(34,316||)||(50,979||)|
|Other (expense) income:|
|Interest expense, net||(22,329||)||(19,755||)||(43,606||)||(35,352||)|
|Income from equity method investments||2,517||428||4,646||1,589|
|Change in fair value of derivatives||-||(655||)||938||(91||)|
|Other expense, net||(105||)||(673||)||(284||)||(347||)|
|Loss before income taxes||(35,143||)||(42,188||)||(72,622||)||(85,180||)|
|Income tax expense (benefit)||3,317||3,722||3,447||(987||)|
|Net loss per share – basic and diluted||$||(0.42||)||$||(0.50||)||$||(0.83||)||$||(0.93||)|
|Weighted average shares outstanding – basic and diluted||92,259||91,057||92,046||90,925|
|Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet|
|(In thousands, except share per share amounts)|
|June 30,||December 31,|
|June 30, 2019||December 31, 2018|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||10,853||$||39,154|
|Accounts receivable, net||91,801||97,623|
|Other current assets||10,473||10,498|
|TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS:||154,719||191,829|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||170,046||176,577|
|Intangible assets, net||68,534||84,136|
|Equity method investments||83,369||83,135|
|Other non-current assets||27,032||14,882|
|Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||$||184,837||$||177,056|
|Current portion of long-term debt and finance leases||17,005||22,673|
|Current portion of operating lease liabilities||4,806||-|
|Other current liabilities||7,560||5,032|
|TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES:||224,880||212,191|
|Deferred revenue, non-current||252||1,116|
|Long-term debt and finance leases||713,281||686,938|
|Long-term operating lease liabilities||22,277||-|
|Deferred tax liabilities||7,702||8,406|
|Other non-current liabilities||35,067||34,771|
|Additional paid-in capital||816,119||814,488|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)||124||(119||)|
|Total Stockholder's Deficit||(300,530||)||(226,335||)|
|Total Liabilties and Stockholders' Equity||$||702,929||$||717,087|
|Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.|
|Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measure|
Three Months Ended
Six Months Ended
|Net loss to Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation||2019||2018||2019||2018|
|Interest expense, net||22,329||19,755||43,606||35,352|
|Income tax expense (benefit)||3,317||3,722||3,447||(987||)|
|Depreciation and amortization||21,525||26,789||43,477||50,035|
|Depreciation and amortization from equity method investments||2,161||2,359||4,294||4,779|
|Change in fair value of financial instruments||-||655||(938||)||91|
|Other expense, net||105||673||284||347|
|Stock-based compensation expense||2,327||2,230||3,616||5,874|
|Strategic-transaction, integration and realignment expenses||5,202||5,775||9,902||8,854|
|Internal-control and delayed audit expenses||2,355||3,847||5,808||17,553|
|Loss (gain) on disposal of fixed assets||193||509||357||(16||)|
|Non-ordinary-course legal expenses||586||-||1,182||-|
|Losses on significant customer bankruptcies||775||-||1,939||-|
|Expenses incurred in connection with grounded aircraft||332||-||332||-|
Three Months Ended
Six Months Ended
|Cash Flow from Operations to Free Cash Flow reconciliation||2019||2018||2019||2018|
|Cash flow from operations||$||12,203||$||(38,874||)||$||1,972||$||(42,827||)|
|Purchases of property and equipment||(4,359||)||(9,228||)||(13,442||)||(24,472||)|
|Free Cash Flow||$||7,844||$||(48,102||)||$||(11,470||)||$||(67,299||)|
See “About Non-GAAP Financial Measures” above, including our definition of Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow described therein.