Nexstar Revenue Grows 20% in Third Quarter
On heels of acquisition spree, Nexstar books record rev
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/6/2012 9:14:07 AM
"The third quarter was an active and productive period for Nexstar as we again generated record financial results for net revenue, EBITDA, free cash flow and margins," said Perry Sook, Nexstar president and CEO. "Reflecting the strong operating leverage in our business model, Nexstar's 20.2% rise in third quarter net revenue resulted in 57% growth in third quarter BCF, a 67% increase in adjusted EBITDA and a 280% rise in free cash flow."
Earlier in the week, Nexstar entered into an agreement to buy five stations: three from Newport Television in California, and two, along with Mission Broadcasting, from Smith Media in Burlington. The two deals totaled $52.5 million.
In July, Nexstar acquired 12 stations from Newport. Sook called that "a highly accretive, transformational transaction."
"The 12 new stations will further expand our operating base and operating leverage and lead to substantial free cash flow growth without materially affecting our leverage profile," he added. "Importantly, with expectations for free cash flow accretion in the first year of ownership of the new stations approximately 45% over those of our current operations, Nexstar can significantly reduce leverage while potentially returning capital to shareholders."
Sook said the robust earnings should continue. "We are pacing toward another period of record political advertising in the fourth quarter of 2012," said the company.
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