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Participants
Walter Ulloa Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Chris Young Chief Financial Officer
Michael Kupinski NOBLE Capital Markets
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Operator

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to Entravision’s Third Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions]. At this time I’d like to turn the conference over to Mr. Walter Ulloa, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Please go ahead.

Walter Ulloa

Jamie. you, Thank and Conference everyone Entravision’s Quarter Third Good welcome Earnings Call. XXXX afternoon to

on is Financial Joining President call the me today and Young and Jeffery Chris our Chief Officer. COO; our Liberman

actual must inform statements of SEC could filings to forward-looking subject results. cause Before we results are could and begin you this uncertainties differ. will that uncertainties conference and risks list our to for risks that that to actual a contain call that impact refer I Please

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third impacted declines and our audio compared by business prior results adversely segments Our in digital to revenue the were quarter year.

television division in prior in remain period constant revenues despite the retransmission increases usage non-recurring revenues due political to rights spectrum did year from and our revenue. However, consent

balance million. the on $XXX the securities marketable continues Looking a approximately business to debt in our of beyond and cash $XXX sheet books environment general be million solid with total versus

at stock per average – $X.XX also approximately price we quarter also repurchased in back the were an share. with During active buying XXX,XXX shares we our of

dividend. shareholders our through capital quarterly also We return continue to to our

financial and to quarter. operating million EBITDA $X.X consolidated our expenses last performance, were compared decreased Revenues Now $XX.X third X% X% Consolidated million million in adjusted was year. down $XX.X the turning to to

were sales by due advertising third of the period. the lower revenues national $X.X million X% during Turning quarter was the revenue to year impacted in revenue to Television the quarter year. flat third primarily prior Television prior in political compared television down segment, to our during absence the

X% down revenue advertising were advertising compared period. the to national the was Retransmission local quarter while last was revenue during same political year. the X% in compared quarter Excluding third up up prior to year’s third revenues quarter X%

from initiatives totaled the quarter agreement total period in service a the television versus revenues political revenues $X.X rights were revenue telecom spectrum as a generated Revenue to or usage local during in X%. All prior million third in year from well excluding multicast. primarily spectrum operator million leasing $X.X up prior year the as related non-advertising the with

was our TV total XX% advertising largest down our revenue. segment approximately and Automotive category advertising television our X% of for represented

result in increase a in Tier X% growth X. X an X Tier was offset spending X were by Toyota Tier expenditures increased both saw Ford of by in that You Tier The declines and of

Hyundai Volkswagen Audi. and

were automotive grew Beyond services XX travel service third quick that X%; restaurants top and care during health X%; categories and were quarter which increased advertising XX%; generated leisure up the growth XX%. increased

Care Adjusters. XX added in new we in spending quarter than and brands the third quarter during International advertisers spent $XX,XXX Optics from approximately Floridian new the the Box, totaled Del Hut, third in McDonald’s. Jack Weston Taco Now While Pizza increased Notable revenue. Zuech $XXX,XXX who included advertising Overall more Chevy and Car which Council

upon July their XXXX. ratings marketing our leadership Univision in television performance, to Turning our built stations

head-to-head local ahead to television Telemundo in Univision XX where we stations of of early have in our competition. XX XX news XX markets their For competitors adults finished

our XX in newscasts to XX are or one ranked adults early among local markets. XX two competitors against number Additionally English-Spanish

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to Telemundo’s our cumulative of X X plus. audience a UniMs X plus have million Univision million During persons and a combined compared full persons week stations X.X

our in Telemundo than viewers more footprint. Univision XX% television have We

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our to Now let’s move business. digital over

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the Our is minus XX% audio business in fourth currently pacing quarter.

audio minus business political X%. is our Excluding pacing

X% revenues were are TV in year while the over summary digital our currently quarter by period. the results plus Digital year in radio compared were our pacing the fourth largely continued and softness prior driven third period. flat quarter results In our prior to businesses

audience our work continue capabilities executing to build unique managing targeting reach and proactively on while We further strategy costs. to on our our

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units seeing changes our improvement of to and steady to digital the As continue strengthen result a fourth these this we quarter and improvement expect broadcast are we in management in XXXX. in

take call the us to over now Young I through turn the numbers. to will Chris? Chris

Chris Young

and Thank good everyone. you, Walter afternoon

was and discussed EBITDA decreased X% of to has XX% X% revenue year.Operating consolidated quarter Walter $XX.X million in to – expenses quarter at compared to million. million for last $X.X decreased $XX.X same down the adjusted to $XX.X the As net million

in the For were revenues million. quarter $XX.X our flat at segment TV

an During was we the million last did million shortfall $X.X spectrum usage in during not the which in return. from rights revenue million which $X.X generated additional quarter. third political This $X.X quarter totaled year offset

to $XX.X consent of for revenue revenue. year. down primarily segment the quarter national $XX.X in the in for was Retransmission last to net was local the to year was quarter revenue slightly revenue prior million related a over the million by in period. due radio and World Radio offset up Cup in same an X% X% was advertising million from The quarter our compared decrease decrease increase $X.X

growing quarter the to XX% same million was $XX.X year. digital last compared advertising decrease $XX.X programmatic and due in both trend in the markets. to over was revenue primarily of Digital platform The a quarter to of to more million the months recently recent international for in down domestically moving

in decrease The division from control million $XX.X X% measures expense year primarily X% was decrease division prior an increase $XX.X our to undertook digital and the year XX% language fees the related TV our arising Operating at at offset million partially division increase an our operating English to company arising from last X% stations. TV expenses agreements April due in in decrease in due consent decreased period. certain to a expenses retransmission by a to in of networks at radio primarily from our

X% quarter $XXX,XXX. million Corporate down Income paid the to quarter million taxes were stock-based to primarily cash the $X.X quarter decrease expenses to a while for of $X.X The non-cash the in same year. million for $X.X last was was compensation. decrease was due in tax expense compared actually

goodwill. an to in digital charge the same quarter $X.XX quarter per the year. of to for Earnings share related negative was per $X.XX our to due share last This were impairment primarily compared

per onetime Excluding the this of was charge EPS impact $X.XX share. non-cash

interest in the million the $X.X quarter in the quarter last $X.X compared was expenditures expense to period. Cash for $X.X compared million of prior capital cash Net year were million million same year. to quarter for $X.X the

Excluding approximately million $XX.X capital anticipate of during be year the the that we XXXX. FCC to by expenditures will our expenditures reimbursed capital be full expected

as trailing total books September Turning $XX.X on in XXXX million XXXX. was was of Cash as $XXX sheet, the total securities million our our was cash marketable our $XX Net EBITDA and $XXX.X debt books XX our unrestricted as to in of consolidated our of of million. XX. adjusted million September the leverage and defined balance XX-month

as XX. of times agreement September was X.X credit Our

remarks. take and marketable cash now total times. securities Jeff our of I net was will formal X.XX This leverage our Walter questions. concludes and Net your

you Jamie the it turn we’ll over for to queue.

Operator

NOBLE comes from [Operator today Instructions] Kupinski Capital Michael And from our question first Markets.

Michael Kupinski

little in all particularly course can quarter you. what core if pacings of for a TV color on wondering you’re bit a in give I terms auto us was more First of you category for which the is seeing the big of fourth

us some the categories. you just If give can thoughts on

Chris Young

from auto pacing been the fourth Right on is settled arising that at has strike business. that has some a a negative is activity the our Michael a now had X%. impact quarter fourth for There quarter primarily minus got auto minus recently but softness X%.

Michael Kupinski

– little with especially in primary thoughts then forth. fourth in expectations might you the terms there California in what get I – if the was you political give political. Got are you, in and of wondering thought so Because on fourth the a your quarter? for votes political is early can that quarter and just might some the us

Chris Young

for advertising the is be Well California start ballots month constituency are hot got us that’s you going will And event the concerned. real such going their quarter. a California still the first of December quarter that – as early. political mailing big because feel as be the And for to part in the in actually pretty political a far us we they’re primaries primaries. It’s fourth had to

much be per that here We’ll have do some primary And yield interesting we on early material. in money expect we also already that could today. But we’re have we that don’t on sit se as in see a So amount could really results. trickle speak. starting as Nevada we also to the books pretty

Michael Kupinski

that Got guidance with thoughts not into factoring TV political at you. least now down I And the pacing your in – much least least for at XX% suppose? you’re at for

Chris Young

political That’s that’s factored correct. pace into got that just the and no XX% Yes. we’ve real minus

Walter Ulloa

we’re has in states early haven’t moved in are March of up But Nevada forecasting we operate of we not be will an we well Yes. in political any March. QX now seeing have signs to Texas activity political – some primary. where certainly as dollars in as the And we California Michael – not well.

we the see So any on December. we to in have in books even But activity don’t any political yet nothing again though – don’t have forecasted. significant expect revenue some we

Michael Kupinski

a are see area? significant that And in stumble you company of Got prospect Walter area. digital in changed recent this you. the past in your the What your as digital the like I to you’d investments that about mind know the your indicated thoughts portion and Has terms this of terms to growth in really you of business? of where cash of traction? and a see around And what turn you your are start lot of might there can Are of lot in terms you thoughts of the opportunities? that optimistic a having the had seek M&A in

Walter Ulloa

Okay.

to be continue our We and about positive bullish digital businesses.

had we some corrected. We to we We missteps the have had that whatever that pleased including for strongly changes. make I management Certainly corrections but with pace year I’m believe QX. made this

information that as much relates units operation. have a reporting different weekly monthly running particularly platform throughout it our people our have better sales information I think to we the our we digital

to on I digital. as continue So believe to the that to right be relates – it we’re track

as As ad better. you well the of or all digital. I are know dollars new Most as into going

expertise Using the So that’s expect work the Latino every where something and our we the is to U.S. is which I’ll Latino market call continue to team our that or on. the day. transferring about products to that’s technology to Developing where continuing talk market we and growth particular say our expertise to to that is around special something via that continue it are focus. also in digital I’m

at something relates say M&A As – I radio mean at second look interested we activity then opportunities we be would mean would I first that we I television and with digital maybe to opportunities television Univision opportunities eye certainly on third. M&A probably it would in. or we’re an look and

to continued consolidators. consolidate market two don’t – major three into not or market that or way the already of – moving general are and us see because that certainly has Beyond the I general not fact there

we’re got right always now. products. sure a at to want more digital looking cultural now about We’ve make digital that looking unit they And we that And fit more a or only products – I’ll three we and well it at – looking call strategic fit. we not are digital digital two So we’re much that our much are at business certainly I’m organized. assertive have then

Michael Kupinski

a final question. And

some about itself? little at And the that for bit you the Has was ratings a the ratings ratings overall. talked You for of stations. the of network stabilized? least Univision are seeing network I wondering slide the stabilization

Walter Ulloa

Yes we are.

our starting attention ratings we We’re markets improvement I seeing in mean we terms pay we’re the see market at in Univision of certainly ratings. to and network performance. to but improvement look in our more

some track gives would – knew programming on So they We is – confidence that that’s for years. the XX us always that Univision that been have. back the Spanish they They’ve language leader in right they here. bounce

today’s a some certainly prime were call had their touch p.m. just believe XX D.C. the offering. they’re audience. in And updating and and hugely them seen Tampa Denver has and mention interesting. years novellas Diego in our focus. them in few retooling of news on more setbacks chapters Las increases this XX:XX to XX We’ve they’ve regained but it the time Vegas. time and making Washington old seen had late rating increased slot more occasionally So positive they’ve I’ll ago increases. we’ve classic doing something Univision ratings And in we impact They’re They’re San local a terms with popular shorter in

Michael Kupinski

sorry I’m question. do And X have I more

the border of by has affected You being maybe were were to Are or still economies affected – earlier some – some – that you come that markets they in your started that Or suffering? your issues immigration back? that especially are were markets earlier out of – the those indicated by being stabilized markets of Washington. seeing we calls your and

Walter Ulloa

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media certainly cluster. So that’s the of the of helps our overall performance –

team that some market that seen radio things some it more us. very in business do more television for there one McAllen and doing and have important We around. to largest giving support It’s down our strengthen to We a and markets. obviously media with attention. we’re the It’s want providing our management softness of turn to but market

to level. highest make it’s So we the at sure want certainly that performing

Operator

I’m for [Operator the call at turn not ladies like additional closing to to Instructions] I’d And and questions. management gentlemen back showing time over conference remarks. this

Walter Ulloa

call. of our So We thank pacings you quarter as total our all everyone participating speaking XXXX. results well results. for fourth New for for report XXXX look Year and our also XXXX in you our results Jamie to forward as in thank earnings and the you third year to and QX of And quarter

thank you. So

Operator

that gentlemen Ladies Thank and call. conference joining. does concludes for today you

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