iHeartMedia, Inc. :IHRT-US: Earnings Analysis: Q3, 2017 By the Numbers : November 9, 2017

iHeartMedia, Inc. reports financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of iHeartMedia, Inc. – Urban One Inc Class D, Saga Communications, Inc. Class A, Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. Class A, Salem Media Group, Inc. Class A and CBS Corporation Class B (UONEK-US, SGA-US, BBGI-US, SALM-US and CBS-US) that have also reported for this period.


  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 1,537.42 million, Net Earnings of USD -248.18 million.
  • Gross margins narrowed from 51.99% to 49.81% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now 25.95% from 29.70%.
  • Year-on-year change in operating cash flow of -14.75% is about the same as the change in earnings, likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves.
  • Narrowing of operating margins contributed to decline in earnings.

The table below shows the preliminary results and recent trends for key metrics such as revenues and net income growth:

2017-09-30 2017-06-30 2017-03-31 2016-12-31 2016-09-30
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 1537.42 1590.37 1329.32 1721.12 1570.42
Revenue Growth (%YOY) -2.1 -1.74 -2.51 0.21 -0.58
Earnings (mil) -248.18 -174.04 -388.22 106.04 -34.95
Earnings Growth (%YOY) -610.07 37.6 -338.59 213.69 84.25
Net Margin (%) -16.14 -10.94 -29.2 6.16 -2.23
EPS -2.92 -2.05 -4.58 1.17 -0.41
Return on Equity (%) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Return on Assets (%) -8.08 -5.67 -12.06 3.23 -1.07

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

IHRT-US’s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of -2.10% is almost the same as its change in earnings, and is about average among the announced results thus far in its peer group, suggesting that IHRT-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by -3.33% and earnings by -42.60% compared to the immediate last period.

Revenues Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Leader, Earnings Focus, Laggard, Revenues Focus

Earnings Growth Analysis

The company’s year-on-year decline in earnings was influenced by a weakening in gross margins from 51.99% to 49.81%, as well as issues with cost controls. As a result, operating margins (EBITDA margins) went from 29.70% to 25.95% in this time frame. For comparison, gross margins were 52.08% and EBITDA margins were 28.39% in the previous period.

Gross Margin Versus EBITDA Margin

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Differentiated; Low Cost, Commodity; Low Cost, Commodity; High Cost, Differentiated; High Cost

Gross Margin Trend

Companies sometimes sacrifice improvements in revenues and margins in order to extend friendlier terms to customers and vendors. Capital Cube probes for such activity by comparing the changes in gross margins with any changes in working capital. If the gross margins improved without a worsening of working capital, it is possible that the company’s performance is a result of truly delivering in the marketplace and not simply an accounting prop-up using the balance sheet.

Gross Margin History
Working Capital Days History

IHRT-US’s decline in gross margins were offset by some improvements on the balance sheet. The management of working capital, for example, shows progress. The company’s working capital days are now 7.85 days from 45.50 days for the same period last year. This leads Capital Cube to conclude that the gross margin decline is not altogether bad.

Gross Margin Versus Working Capital Days

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Customer Financed, Cash Starved, Supplier Financed, Cash Rich

Cash Versus Earnings – Sustainable Performance?

It is important to examine a company�s cash versus earnings numbers to gauge whether its performance is sustainable.

IHRT-US’s change in operating cash flow of -14.75% compared to the same period last year is about the same as its change in earnings this period. Additionally, this change in operating cash flow is about average among its peer group. This suggests that the company did not use accruals or reserves to manage earnings this period, and that, all else being equal, the earnings number is sustainable.

Operating Cash Flow Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Cash Flow based Earnings, Likely Non-cash Earnings, Low Cash Flow Base, Likely Undeclared Earnings


The company’s decline in earnings has been influenced by the following factors: (1) Decline in operating margins (EBIT margins) from 19.61% to 16.21% and (2) one-time items that contributed to a decrease in pretax margins from -1.46% to -15.88%

EBIT Margin Versus PreTax Margin

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Operation driven Earnings, One-time Favorables, Low Earnings Base, One-time Unfavorables
EBIT Margin History
PreTax Margin History

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Company Profile

iHeartMedia, Inc. is a diversified media and entertainment company, which provides radio, digital, outdoor, mobile, live events, and on-demand entertainment and information services for local communities and providing premier opportunities for advertisers. The company operates through three segments: iHeartMedia, Americas outdoor advertising and International outdoor advertising. The iHMMedia segment provides media and entertainment services via broadcast and digital delivery and includes its national syndication business. The Americas outdoor advertising segment consists of operations in United States and Canada. The International outdoor segment provide outdoor advertising services in their respective geographic regions using various digital and traditional display types, operations consist in Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America. The company was founded in May 2007 and is headquartered in San Antonio, TX.

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