Radio giant Cumulus Media loses $546 million in 2015

The company posted an annual net loss of $546.5 million, or a loss per share of $2.34.

Revenue for the year was down 7.5 percent to $94.7 million. This included decreases of $58.3 million, $16 million, $15.9 million and $4.5 million in broadcast advertising, digital advertising, political advertising and license fees and other revenue, respectively.

“First, national spot advertising sales are heavily dependent on ratings across our stations,” the company said. “Declining ratings in certain key markets resulted in a significant decrease in national spot revenue period over period. Second, our largest competitor has strategically shifted its focus towards national advertising clients, resulting in lower market share and revenues for us and the remainder of the industry. Third, our sales execution in 2015 compared to 2014 was less successful partially due to national advertisers seeking more digital advertising components than we are currently able to fulfill.”

The company also said in its annual report Thursday its debt was at $2.4 billion.

“Lower than expected financial performance and the amount of our outstanding debt may make it more difficult to comply with the covenants in our debt instruments, including the financial covenant in our Credit Agreement (defined below), which could cause a default or an event of default under such debt instruments and a related acceleration of our indebtedness and, in some instances, the foreclosure on some or all of our assets, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations,” it said in the report.

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