UTV Media plc Interim Management Statement

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The following Interim Management Statement for UTV Media plc covers the period from the beginning of the Group’s current financial year, 1 January 2012, to the date of this announcement and incorporates the Group’s four month trading period ended 30 April 2012.

During those four months the Group experienced an overall revenue increase from continuing operations of 2% compared to last year. Excluding the impact of negative foreign exchange movements, the increase in revenue in this period was 3%.

Trading performance for the four month period ended 30 April 2012 and Outlook by Business Division

Radio GB

Radio GB revenue for the four months to the end of April rose by 8% compared to the same period last year.  This is slightly ahead of the UK radio market which, we believe, grew by 7% during the same period. talkSPORT revenue increased by 16% over the same period. We expect a year on year revenue increase of around 20% for Radio GB in May and June mainly reflecting the positive impact of UEFA Euro 2012 and the build up to the Olympics.

Radio Ireland

Revenue in our Radio Ireland division increased by 1% on a local currency basis. We anticipate this positive trend to continue in May and June with like for like sales increasing by 3%.  However the negative impact of foreign exchange movements resulted in an overall revenue decline of 2% from January to April and is expected to result in a revenue decrease after exchange of 5% for May and June.

Television

National Advertising Revenue (NAR) in our television operations declined by 6% in the four month period to 30 April with total revenue (including other income) reducing by 4%.  We envisage NAR growth of 2% in May and June and total revenue in this period to be up by 3%.

New Media

Revenue in our New Media business for the first four months to 30 April grew by 3% compared to the same period in 2011. We anticipate that in May and June, revenues for this division will increase by 15% on last year. This will largely reflect the impact of Simply Zesty, the social media agency acquired in March 2012.

Net Debt

We continue to place emphasis on cash generation and debt management.  Our key banking covenant ratio of Net Debt: EBITDA was 1.76:1 at 31 March 2012 (1.88:1 at 31 December 2011).
  
Summary and Outlook

Trading in the first half of 2012 is currently in line with our expectations with the major sporting events of Euro 2012 and the London Olympics expected to generate strong revenue growth during the summer. In addition the recently announced affiliate relationship with ITV, the acquisition of Simply Zesty, the establishment of talkSPORT worldwide and the five year refinancing of our banking facilities all offer positive opportunities for the development of the business. Continuing economic uncertainty, however, means airtime bookings remain short term and forward visibility is limited. We therefore remain cautious about the remainder of the year but believe we will continue to deliver on market expectations. 


For further information contact:
 
Maitland

Tom Buchanan/Rowan Brown   +44 (0) 20 7379 5151

UTV Media plc

John McCann  Group Chief Executive

Norman McKeown  Group Finance Director

Orla McKibbin Head of Communications +44 (0) 7879 666427 /
+44 (0) 28 9026 2188

 

Cautionary Statement

Figures presented in this interim management statement are not audited. This announcement contains certain forward-looking statements with regards to the financial condition and results of the operations of UTV Media plc. Because these statements and forecasts involve risk factors which are associated with, but are not exclusive to, the economic and business circumstances occurring from time to time in the countries and sectors in which the group operates, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made only as at the date of this announcement. Nothing in this announcement should be construed as a profit forecast. Other than required by law, UTV Media plc undertakes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements.

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