OUTFRONT Media OUT reported fourth-quarter 2019 adjusted funds from operations (FFO) per share of 73 cents, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 72 cents by 1.4%. Moreover, the reported figure improved from the prior-year quarter tally of 70 cents.
Revenues came in at $488.1 million for the fourth quarter, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $482.6 million by 1.1%. The revenue figure also climbed 7.9% year over year.
Results highlight higher average revenue per display, increased revenues from digital-billboard conversions and digital transit displays. Also, the adjusted operating income before depreciation and amortization (adjusted OIBDA) was up 5.5% year over year. Nonetheless, mounting transit franchise cost and billboard lease expenses hurt results to some extent.
For full-year 2019, the company reported adjusted FFO per share of $2.33, marking an increase of 8.4% year on year. Full-year revenues came in at $1.8 billion, reflecting an 11% increase from the prior year.
Quarter in Detail
Billboard revenues came in at $321.1 million, indicating year-over-year increase of 6.3%. This upside resulted from higher average revenue per display, which is referred as yield, and increased revenues from digital-billboard conversions.
Transit and other revenues of $167 million were up 11.1%, year on year. Growth in revenues from digital transit displays and improvement in yield resulted in this upswing.
However, operating expenses of $255.9 million flared up 8.7% year over year. This upsurge mainly resulted from elevated transit franchise expenses and higher billboard lease expense.
Nevertheless, operating income improved 7.3% to $98 million in the reported quarter on solid revenues.
Net cash flow, resulting from operating activities for the year ended Dec 31, 2019, came in at $276.9 million, up 29.2% year on year. Results primarily reflect the impact of higher net income. However, this was partly offset by higher pre-paid equipment deployment costs associated with its New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority transit franchise.
As of Dec 31, 2019, OUTFRONT Media enjoyed a solid liquidity position, which comprised unrestricted cash of $59.1 million and $498.4 million of availability under its $500-million revolving credit facility, net of $1.6 million of issued letters of credit.
Currently, OUTFRONT Media carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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Note: Anything related to earnings presented in this write-up represent funds from operations (FFO) — a widely used metric to gauge the performance of REITs.
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