Fourth quarter OIBDAN up 6% — Excluding impact of foreign exchange rates, OIBDAN up 7.5%
Full year revenues up 1% totaling $6.3 billion — Excluding impact of foreign exchange rates, revenues1 up 2%
Full year OIBDAN up 3% totaling $1.8 billion
iHeartMedia, Inc. (OTCBB:IHRT) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014.
“Throughout 2014, we further strengthened iHeartMedia’s position as the leading media and entertainment company in the digital age – building on our one-of-a-kind multi-platform assets that deliver unparalleled reach, scale and impact. We continue to develop powerful marketing solutions for our advertising and brand partners while providing the most live entertainment – with more content and more events in more places on more devices – to the industry’s most engaged audiences, wherever they are,” Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Pittman said. “We once again outperformed the broadcast radio market last year, a testament to our ability to attract advertising dollars to our platform. At iHeartRadio, we recently surpassed 60 million registered users, growing faster than any other digital radio or music service, and our social media presence is stronger than ever with more than 70 million social followers. At outdoor, we saw steady improvement this year in our domestic business, while continuing our strong momentum internationally. We look forward to more progress in 2015, as we continue to run our businesses more efficiently than ever and launch innovative initiatives across our unique mix of broadcast radio, digital, mobile, social and event platforms.”
The Company also announced today that Richard Bressler, currently iHeartMedia, Inc.’s President and CFO, is adding the title of Chief Operating Officer for iHeartMedia, Inc. in order to better reflect his actual role and responsibilities since joining the Company in August 2013.
“Since joining us internally at iHeartMedia, Inc. in 2013, Rich has been an enormously valuable partner, both for me and for our entire company,” said Pittman. “In the last year we have made incredible strides, and Rich has played an important role in operations and finance, as well as strategy, for all of iHeartMedia, Inc. We’re delighted to recognize his contributions by adding this title, which better reflects the impact he has made and will continue to make.”
“Both iHeartMedia and our Outdoor business delivered revenue and OIBDAN growth in 2014, even in the face of a challenging first half of the year,” said Rich Bressler, President, Chief Financial and Operating Officer of iHeartMedia, Inc. “Our focus on improving operating efficiency resulted in virtually flat expenses year over year and OIBDAN growth of 3%. We continued to execute on our revenue and efficiency initiatives that are building a strong foundation for our long-term success, and most importantly, our capital markets activities over the past months – including refinancing approximately $1 billion of our term loans and announcing the sale of a select portfolio of tower assets for up to $400 million – have given us even more financial and operating flexibility.”