Live Nation Reports First Quarter 2007 Financial Results Posted on : 2007-05-10 | Author : Live Nation News Category : PressRelease LOS ANGELES, May...


Live Nation Reports First Quarter 2007 Financial Results
Posted on : 2007-05-10 | Author : Live Nation
News Category : PressRelease

LOS ANGELES, May 10 /PRESS RELEASE/ — Live Nation , the world’s largest live music company, announced today financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2007.

This press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined by SEC Regulation G. A reconciliation of each such measure to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, together with an explanation of why management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors, is included at the end of this press release.

Throughout the text of this release, we will refer to Adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure that the company defines as operating income (loss) before certain unusual and/or non-cash charges, depreciation and amortization, loss (gain) on sale of operating assets and non-cash compensation expense. . . .

For the first quarter of 2007, the company reported revenues of $584.2 million, an increase of $67.6 million, or 13.1%, as compared to the first quarter of 2006, an operating loss of ($30.4) million, a decline of $38.5 million, Adjusted EBITDA of $4.1 million, a decline of $12.1 million, net (loss) of ($45.0) million, a decline of $46.2 million and net (loss) per common share of ($0.69) per share, a reduction of $0.71 per share.

During the first quarter of 2007, the company held 6,469 events, an increase of 1,099 events, or 20.5%, as compared to the first quarter of 2006 and these events attracted 13.4 million attendees, an increase of 1.5 million, or 12.8%. The increase in events, attendance and revenue was primarily due to the impact of our acquisitions of CPI, House of Blues, Musictoday, Trunk, Gamerco and Jackie Lombard Productions and our production of Phantom — The Vegas Spectacular which were not included in the results of the first quarter of 2006. However, operating income and Adjusted EBITDA declined as the mix of shows in our North American Music, International Music and Global Artists segments in the first quarter of 2007, which included The Who, Josh Groban, Bob Seger and Rascall Flatts, were not as strong as those in the first quarter of 2006, which included U2, Coldplay, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Toby Keith, Rascall Flatts and Depeche Mode. In addition, operating income and Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2007 were impacted by operating losses from our production of Phantom — The Vegas Spectacular and an increase in our selling, general and administrative expenses, or fixed expenses, as a result of the acquisitions which were not offset by revenues due to the fact that the first quarter of the year is seasonally the quietest in the concert business.

Michael Rapino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation commented, “We are one year into our three year transformation to become a vertically integrated live music company. We have demonstrated quarter after quarter our ability to execute systematically on our fix/build/expand strategy to get us to that goal. Year one was about stabilizing our core music business and refocusing our mission. Now with a defined music mission, year two is about improving the core, expanding our core music offerings and growing our business substantially. Year three will see our growth being propelled by the synergy of our core live, online and artist services businesses.

“The concert business remains strong as in a world of ‘screens’, live music remains one of the few true, un-substitutable entertainment experiences there is. The intersection of the increasing importance of the live music business to artists generally and the build-up of our core music business and expansion of our artist services offerings, we believe will create substantial future opportunity. We learned a lot during the 2006 summer concert season and believe that we have the team and plan in place to improve our execution this year. The level of focus on our operations has significantly increased and we are finding there is substantial room for improvement. And on top of all of that, we believe we have substantial incremental revenue opportunity from pursuing new initiatives for artist and fan services, including our ticketing opportunity in 2009.

“The concert business is a seasonal and cyclical business with a cycle of generally 1 – 3 years. As you know, 2006 was a record year for the concert industry, with the Rolling Stones, Madonna, U2 and Barbra Streisand all touring. If a major artist tours in one year, it is typically unlikely for that artist to tour for the next year or two. Thus far in 2007 we have announced global tours for such mega-stars as The Police and The Who, European tours for the Rolling Stones and Barbra Streisand and a North American tour for Genesis.”

Since the beginning of 2006, we have completed a number of acquisitions and divestitures. The significant transactions include:

– acquisition of a 50.1% interest in Concert Productions International, completed in May 2006, – acquisition of a 51% interest in Musictoday, completed in September 2006, – acquisition of House of Blues, completed in November 2006, – acquisition of 51% of Trunk, completed in June 2006 and the remainder in April 2007, – divestiture of our UK sports representation business, completed in October 2006, – acquisition of Gamerco, completed in December 2006, – acquisition of 51% of Jackie Lombard Productions, completed in January 2007, – divestiture of Donington Racetrack, completed in January 2007, – divestiture of the remaining 50.1% of Phantom — The Vegas Spectacular in March 2007, – divestiture of our amphitheater in Nashville, Tennessee in May 2007, and – a number of other small acquisitions, investments and divestitures.

Assuming all of the transactions listed above were completed on January 1, 2006, we estimate that our Adjusted EBITDA (“Combined Adjusted EBITDA”) for the first quarter of 2007 would have been $7.1 million as compared to $22.9 million for the first quarter of 2006, a decline of $15.8 million. In addition to the reasons discussed above, the first quarter of 2007 was negatively impacted as the Rolling Stones, promoted by CPI, were on tour during the first quarter of 2006 but not in 2007, offset by an improvement in results for House of Blues as we realized cost savings from the headcount reduction we implemented in December 2006 and the elimination of the operating loss on our Phantom — The Vegas Spectacular production.

Assuming none of the acquisitions but all of the divestitures listed above were completed as of January 1, 2006, we estimate that Adjusted EBITDA (or “Organic Adjusted EBITDA”) for the first quarter of 2007 would have been $6.6 million as compared to $18.4 million for the first quarter of 2006, a decline of $11.9 million. As described above, the decline is primarily due to North American Music and Global Artists events in the first quarter of 2007 that did not perform as strongly as in the first quarter of 2006.

Initiatives to Improve and Build Core Operations – Summer Season Initiatives for North American Amphitheaters. A significant portion of our profits are derived from activities in the summer concert season. In North America, these summer concert activities center around the events we promote, produce or host at our 5,000+ capacity outdoor amphitheaters. As you are aware, our amphitheaters are in a very competitive segment of the live music business and have declined over the last few years, with the rate of decline stemmed during 2006. Subsequent to the summer 2006 season, we undertook an extensive review of our amphitheater operations and have established a multi-year strategy to improve the profitability of these venues. We have already implemented a number of initiatives this year which we believe are the first step in a multi-year plan to reinvigorate this asset class. – Target a Reduced Number of Events: We are targeting a lower number of events this summer with a focus on eliminating unprofitable events and improving profitability of the remaining events. For example, we have determined that events in our amphitheaters with less than 7,500 attendees are generally less profitable and we are seeking to reduce these events. During 2006, we had 300 events (excluding House of Blues) with less than 7,500 attendees at our amphitheaters. – New Food and Beverage Initiatives: We have reduced the number of products at our amphitheaters from over 200 to just over 50, with a focus on the best-selling items and have implemented”whole dollar pricing.” We expect that these strategies will improve the speed of the concession lines and yield increased sales. In addition, we are expanding the successful hawking initiative we began last summer and are also eliminating or reducing low-margin third-party local food and beverage vendors. In 2006, we achieved food and beverage revenue per attendee in our amphitheaters of $11.62. We are targeting at least a 5% increase to this figure during 2007.

On a pro forma basis during 2006, the amphitheaters generated $639.7 million of revenue and $43.6 million of Adjusted EBITDA. We anticipate that amphitheater Adjusted EBITDA will improve in 2007. This Adjusted EBITDA only includes fixed expense directly attributable to the amphitheater and does not take into consideration the significant fixed expense of the North American Music segment as a whole.

The transaction valued 100% of AMG at $114 million. We invested $20.9 million for our indirect 22% stake in AMG. We currently anticipate that AMG, including expected synergies, will generate $50.2 million of revenue and $15.7 million of Adjusted EBITDA, representing a 31.3% margin, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008. Although we do not currently consolidate AMG’s financial results, we expect that once Gaiety contributes its 12% interest in AMG to our joint venture in which we have a 50.1% interest, we will have control and be able to consolidate AMG. As a regulatory condition to closing the acquisition of AMG, we have agreed to divest the Forum and Hammersmith Apollo venues in London. These venues generated $4.0 million of Adjusted EBITDA during 2006 and will be sold for $27 million, net of fees and expenses associated with the transaction. The financial results of both the Forum and Hammersmith Apollo are consolidated in our financial results.

Initiatives to Divest Non-Core Operations

We continue to pursue our strategy of divesting non-core assets. Year to date, we have sold Donington Park, a racetrack in the United Kingdom (January 2007), our remaining 50.1% interest in Phantom — The Vegas Spectacular (March 2007), the Starwood Amphitheater in Nashville, Tennessee (May 2007) and an office building located in San Francisco, California (May 2007). Together these asset sales generated $37.6 million of net proceeds for debt repayment and/or re-investment, generated a loss of ($0.3) million of Adjusted EBITDA, net of expected incremental rent expense from relocation subsequent to the sale of the San Francisco office building, and incurred $5.8 million of capital expenditures during 2006.

We continue to pursue the sale of additional venues and our North American theatrical business. We expect that we will have additional updates regarding these two initiatives on our next quarterly earnings call.

Segment and Other Financial and Operational Information ($ and attendance in thousands) Three Months Ended, 3/31/2007 3/31/2006 Variance % Variance NUMBER OF EVENTS North American Music Promotions 1,822 1,395 427 30.6% North American Music Third-Party Rentals 242 328 (86) (26.2%) Sub-total North American Music 2,064 1,723 341 19.8% International Music Promotions 663 508 155 30.5% International Music Third-Party Rentals 370 346 24 6.9% Sub-total International Music 1,033 854 179 21.0% Global Artists Promotions 11 0 11 * Sub-total Music 3,108 2,577 531 20.6% Global Theater Promotions 1,295 822 473 57.5% Global Theater Third-Party Rentals 1,681 1,584 97 6.1% Sub-total Global Theater 2,976 2,406 570 23.7% Motor Sports Promotions 385 387 (2) (0.5%) Total 6,469 5,370 1,099 20.5% Further Detail of North American Music: Owned and Operated Amphitheaters 16 13 3 23.1% All Other 1,806 1,382 424 30.7% Total North American Music Promotions 1,822 1,395 427 30.6% ATTENDANCE North American Music Promotions 3,546 3,464 82 2.4% North American Music Third-Party Rentals 308 129 179 138.8% Sub-total North American Music 3,854 3,593 261 7.3% International Music Promotions 1,051 1,002 49 4.9% International Music Third-Party Rentals 913 616 297 48.2% Sub-total International Music 1,964 1,618 346 21.4% Global Artists Promotions 80 0 80 * Sub-total Music 5,898 5,211 687 13.2% Global Theater Promotions 1,945 1,465 480 32.8% Global Theater Third-Party Rentals 1,650 1,405 245 17.4% Sub-total Global Theater 3,595 2,870 725 25.3% Motor Sports Promotions 3,920 3,808 112 2.9% Total 13,413 11,889 1,524 12.8% Further Detail of North American Music: Owned and Operated Amphitheaters 43 68 (25) (36.8%) All Other 3,503 3,396 107 3.2% Total North American Music Promotions 3,546 3,464 82 2.4% * Variance not meaningful Note: Events and attendance information for our exhibitions and sports businesses have been excluded as the majority of these businesses have either been sold or shut down during 2006. Promotions listed above include events in our owned and/or operated venues as well as events we promote in third-party venues. Third party rentals refer to non Live Nation events held in our venues. Segment and Other Financial and Operational Information (continued) ($ in thousands) Note: Totals and margins may not reconcile due to rounding; Any differences are immaterial Three Months Ended, 3/31/2007 3/31/2006 Variance % Variance NORTH AMERICAN MUSIC Revenue $243,157 $207,277 $35,880 17.3% Adjusted EBITDA (19,229) (16,121) (3,108) * % Margin (7.9%) (7.8%) (0.1%) Operating Income (Loss) (33,107) (24,788) (8,319) * % Margin (13.6%) (12.0%) (1.7%) Capital Expenditures 7,894 4,753 3,141 66.1% INTERNATIONAL MUSIC Revenue $104,586 $87,673 $16,913 19.3% Adjusted EBITDA 599 4,290 (3,691) (86.0%) % Margin 0.6% 4.9% (4.3%) Operating Income (Loss) (3,956) 2,512 (6,468) * % Margin (3.8%) 2.9% (6.6%) Capital Expenditures 661 915 (254) (27.8%) GLOBAL ARTISTS Revenue $22,859 $30,182 ($7,323) (24.3%) Adjusted EBITDA (4,754) 1,008 (5,763) * % Margin (20.8%) 3.3% (24.1%) Operating Income (Loss) (8,768) 786 (9,554) * % Margin (38.4%) 2.6% (41.0%) Capital Expenditures 546 40 506 * GLOBAL DIGITAL Revenue $1,301 $762 $539 70.7% Adjusted EBITDA (1,830) (1,779) (51) * % Margin (140.7%) (233.5%) 92.9% Operating Income (Loss) (2,536) (1,851) (685) * % Margin (194.9%) (242.9%) 48.0% Capital Expenditures 1,750 235 1,515 644.7% GLOBAL THEATER Revenue $109,198 $82,165 $27,033 32.9% Adjusted EBITDA 10,234 11,180 (946) (8.5%) % Margin 9.4% 13.6% (4.2%) Operating Income (Loss) (1,465) 7,647 (9,112) * % Margin (1.3%) 9.3% (10.6%) Capital Expenditures 746 6,613 (5,867) (88.7%) Segment and Other Financial and Operational Information (continued) ($ in thousands) Note: Totals and margins may not reconcile due to rounding; Any differences are immaterial Three Months Ended, Year Ended, 6/30/2006 9/30/2006 12/31/2006 12/31/2006 NORTH AMERICAN MUSIC Revenue $314,410 $690,932 $423,230 $1,635,849 Adjusted EBITDA 7,776 50,731 (8,290) 34,096 % Margin 2.5% 7.3% (2.0%) 2.1% Operating Income (Loss) (734) 4,890 (23,753) (44,385) % Margin (0.2%) 0.7% (5.6%) (2.7%) Capital Expenditures 6,286 5,691 7,664 24,394 INTERNATIONAL MUSIC Revenue $248,527 $330,028 $202,100 $868,328 Adjusted EBITDA 18,161 34,147 12,882 69,479 % Margin 7.3% 10.3% 6.4% 8.0% Operating Income (Loss) 15,823 27,481 7,457 53,273 % Margin 6.4% 8.3% 3.7% 6.1% Capital Expenditures 714 1,496 3,427 6,552 GLOBAL ARTISTS Revenue $66,302 $229,521 $284,644 $610,649 Adjusted EBITDA 1,910 11,715 17,187 31,821 % Margin 2.9% 5.1% 6.0% 5.2% Operating Income (Loss) 1,329 10,198 12,766 25,079 % Margin 2.0% 4.4% 4.5% 4.1% Capital Expenditures 7 257 79 382 GLOBAL DIGITAL Revenue $1,803 $2,646 $3,682 $8,893 Adjusted EBITDA (1,452) (1,467) (879) (5,579) % Margin (80.6%) (55.5%) (23.9%) (62.7%) Operating Income (Loss) (1,573) (1,621) (1,057) (6,102) % Margin (87.2%) (61.3%) (28.7%) (68.6%) Capital Expenditures 2,463 1,798 979 5,475 GLOBAL THEATER Revenue $106,853 $76,715 $122,658 $388,391 Adjusted EBITDA 8,520 (1,327) 4,757 23,130 % Margin 8.0% (1.7%) 3.9% 6.0% Operating Income (Loss) 6,709 (9,234) (2,794) 2,328 % Margin 6.3% (12.0%) (2.3%) 0.6% Capital Expenditures 1,500 4,719 2,220 15,052 Segment and Other Financial and Operational Information (continued) ($ in thousands) Note: Totals and margins may not reconcile due to rounding; Any differences are immaterial Three Months Ended, 3/31/2007 3/31/2006 Variance % Variance OTHER Revenue $104,696 $110,080 ($5,384) (4.9%) Adjusted EBITDA 27,810 24,533 3,277 13.4% % Margin 26.6% 22.3% 4.3% Operating Income (Loss) 30,471 31,564 (1,093) (3.5%) % Margin 29.1% 28.7% 0.4% Capital Expenditures 8 4,334 (4,326) (99.8%) CORPORATE AND ELIMINATIONS Revenue ($1,612) ($1,572) ($40) * Corporate Expenses 9,796 7,379 2,417 32.8% Adjusted EBITDA (8,701) (6,910) (1,791) * Operating Income (Loss) (11,043) (7,807) (3,236) * Capital Expenditures 2,074 268 1,806 673.9% TOTAL Revenue $584,185 $516,567 $67,618 13.1% Adjusted EBITDA 4,129 16,201 (12,073) (74.5%) % Margin 0.7% 3.1% (2.4%) Operating Income (Loss) (30,404) 8,063 (38,467) * % Margin (5.2%) 1.6% (6.8%) CAPITAL EXPENDITURES Maintenance capital expenditures $6,938 $11,435 ($4,497) (39.3%) Revenue generating capital exp. 6,741 5,723 1,108 17.8% Total capital expenditures 13,679 17,158 (3,479) (20.3%) Segment and Other Financial and Operational Information (continued) ($ in thousands) Note: Totals and margins may not reconcile due to rounding; Any differences are immaterial Three Months Ended, Year Ended, 6/30/2006 9/30/2006 12/31/2006 12/31/2006 OTHER Revenue $36,419 $36,045 $22,744 $205,288 Adjusted EBITDA (262) 4,927 3,208 32,406 % Margin (0.7%) 13.7% 14.1% 15.8% Operating Income (Loss) (1,006) 4,380 1,892 36,830 % Margin (2.8%) 12.2% 8.3% 17.9% Capital Expenditures 1,710 1,130 (707) 6,466 Revenue ($6,084) ($11,098) ($7,085) ($25,839) Corporate Expenses 7,958 7,605 10,921 33,863 Adjusted EBITDA (7,638) (7,153) (10,411) (32,113) Operating Income (Loss) (8,866) (8,527) (11,559) (36,759) Capital Expenditures 2,129 3,973 1,014 7,384 TOTAL Revenue $768,230 $1,354,789 $1,051,973 $3,691,559 Adjusted EBITDA 27,014 91,571 18,453 153,240 % Margin 3.5% 6.8% 1.8% 4.2% Operating Income (Loss) 11,682 27,567 (17,048) 30,264 % Margin 1.5% 2.0% (1.6%) 0.8% CAPITAL EXPENDITURES Maintenance capital expenditures $12,252 $17,099 $7,334 $48,120 Revenue generating capital exp. 2,557 1,964 7,341 17,585 Total capital expenditures 14,809 19,063 14,675 65,705 * % Variance not meaningful. Re-Segmentation Overview

Beginning in 2007, we reorganized our business units around geography and business line. The new reporting segments now consist of North American Music, International Music, Global Artists, Global Digital and Global Theater. In addition, we have operations in the specialized motor sports, sports representation and other businesses, which are included in “other.” These segments are described in detail below. Previously, we reported our segments by profit driver which consisted of Events, Venues & Sponsorship and Digital Distribution. As described below, these profit drivers are now consolidated within each of the new reporting segments.

First Quarter 2007 Segment Highlights North American Music

Our North American Music segment principally involves the promotion of live music shows in our owned and/or operated venues and in rented third-party venues principally in the United States and Canada. The financial results for the North American Music segment include all concert and venue income streams and expenses in which Live Nation participates, including (i) ticket sales and show related costs that were previously recorded in Events under our 2006 segments, (ii) food and beverage, sponsorship, merchandise, box office fees, rental and other venue ancillary income and venue related costs, such as rent, venue personnel and the sponsorship sales force that were previously recorded in Venues & Sponsorship under our 2006 segments, and (iii) ticket rebates that were previously recorded in Digital Distribution under our 2006 segments. While our North American Music segment operates year-round, we experience higher revenues during the second and third quarters due to the seasonal nature of shows at our outdoor amphitheaters, which primarily occur May through September.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2007, the number of events, increased by 341 to 2,064, or a 19.8% increase over the same period for the prior year. Attendance increased by 0.3 million to 3.9 million, or 7.3%. Revenue increased by $35.9 million to $243.2 million or a 17.3% increase over the same period for the prior year. The event, attendance and revenue growth were all primarily due to the acquisition of House of Blues which was not included in our results during the first quarter of 2006 and whose venues (excluding any third-party promotions business which we no longer separately track) generated a total of $57.5 million of revenue during the quarter. This increase in revenue was offset by a decrease in revenue from arena tours primarily due to us promoting major tours by artists such as Coldplay, Aerosmith and Billy Joel during the first quarter of 2006.

Our segment Adjusted EBITDA decreased by $3.1 million to a loss of ($19.2) million primarily due to weaker performance of our events during the first quarter of 2007 versus the first quarter of 2006, increased legal expenses related to ongoing cases and incremental selling, general and administrative expenses related to the commencement of the Dodge Theater operating agreement in 2007. This decline was offset by an increase in Adjusted EBITDA due to the acquisition of House of Blues (excluding any third-party promotions business which we no longer separately track) which generated $5.8 million of Adjusted EBITDA during the quarter. Our segment operating income declined by $8.3 million to a loss of ($33.1) million. The decrease in segment operating income was larger than the decrease in Adjusted EBITDA primarily due to the amortization of the intangible assets resulting from our acquisition of House of Blues during 2006.

International Music

Our International Music segment principally involves the promotion of live music shows in 17 countries in Europe and the Far East and results from venue (principally in the United Kingdom) and festival operations. The financial results for the International Music segment include all concert, festival and venue income streams and expenses in which Live Nation participates, including (i) ticket sales, festival and non-venue related sponsorship income, festival food and beverage income and show and other revenue related costs that were previously recorded in Events under our 2006 segments, (ii) venue-related food and beverage, merchandise, box office fees, rental and other venue ancillary income and venue related costs, such as rent and venue personnel that were previously recorded in Venues & Sponsorship under our 2006 segments, and (iii) ticket rebates that were previously recorded in Digital Distribution under our 2006 segments. While our International Music segment operates year-round, we typically experience higher revenues during the second and third quarters due to the seasonal nature of our international festivals and stadium events, which primarily occur June through August.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2007, the number of events, increased by 179 to 1,033, or a 21.0% increase over the same period for the prior year. Attendance increased by 0.3 million to 2.0 million, or 21.4%. Revenue increased by $16.9 million to $104.6 million or a 19.3% increase over the same period for the prior year. The increase in events, attendance and revenue is primarily due to our United Kingdom operations driven by stronger promotion activity during the first quarter for artists such as Dolly Parton, and successful performances of Mamma Mia at our arena in Ireland. We also had incremental revenue of $6.5 million related to our acquisitions in France and Spain and the addition of the Wembley Arena operating agreement in the United Kingdom which were not included in 2006 results. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in attendance for our other European operations largely driven by a successful Depeche Mode tour in 2006 and fees earned on events related to the Winter Olympics held in Italy in 2006.

Our segment Adjusted EBITDA decreased by $3.7 million to $0.6 million primarily due to a reduction in attendance in some of our European markets due to strong arena tours in 2006, operating losses in the first quarter of 2007 from our recent acquisitions in Spain and France due to the timing of events in these markets, and a $0.9 million write-down of a theatrical investment held in Spain, which was unrelated to our acquisition of Gamerco. Our segment operating income declined by $6.5 million to a loss of ($4.0) million. The decrease in segment operating income was larger than the decrease in Adjusted EBITDA primarily due to increased depreciation expense related to Mean Fiddler purchase accounting.

Global Artists

Our Global Artists segment principally involves the production and/or promotion of global music tours for superstar artists such as the Rolling Stones, U2, Madonna, Barbra Streisand and The Who, as well as providing various services to artists such as artist fan clubs and artist merchandising. Our economic relationship with the global touring artists is different from the relationships we typically have with the artists with whom we work in our North American Music and International Music segments. The artists we work with in this segment typically form partnerships with us where we provide them an upfront guarantee for the tour but we receive a percentage of all the revenues associated with the tour, or the “pot.” The pot revenues, in addition to touring revenues, can include certain ancillary revenue streams, depending upon the artist, such as fan club or tour website rights, VIP ticketing, tour merchandise, tour DVD and others. Revenue and expenses from global tours were previously recorded in Events under our 2006 segments.

In addition to the global tours, the Global Artists segment includes our “Artist Nation” division. Artist Nation includes the results of our operations that provide non-touring services to these global artists as well as other artists. These services include fan clubs, merchandise and DVD production services provided by our subsidiaries including Musictoday, Ultrastar and Trunk. Revenues and expenses from Musictoday were previously recorded in Digital Distribution under our 2006 segments and from Trunk and Ultrastar, a subsidiary of CPI, were previously recorded in Events under our 2006 segments.

While our Global Artists segment operates year-round, the timing of tours of top-grossing acts can impact comparability of quarterly results year over year, although annual results may not be impacted. However, the number of acts that are classified as Global Artists are small and year to year fluctuations in the performance of this segment may be significant if certain acts choose not to tour.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2007, the number of events increased to 11 and attendance increased to 80,000 from no events and no attendance in 2006. Revenues decreased by $7.3 million to $22.9 million, a 24.3% decrease over the same period of the prior year. Segment Adjusted EBITDA decreased by $5.8 million to a loss of ($4.8) million. Segment operating income decreased by $9.6 million to a loss of ($8.8) million over the same period of the prior year.

During the quarter ended March 31, 2006, the Global Artists segment included revenues and profit from U2’s South American tour dates. Because Live Nation has no local operations in South America, those shows were sold to local promoters for a fee and we recorded no events, attendance or ticket revenue. The decrease in revenues, segment Adjusted EBITDA and segment operating income was primarily due to decreases in our global touring revenue as during the first quarter of 2006, U2 was touring while during the first quarter of 2007, there were a fewer number of smaller capacity shows for The Who. The decrease in revenues was offset, in part, by the inclusion of the results of CPI, Trunk, and Musictoday which were acquired during the second and third quarters of 2006 and contributed $20.8 million of revenue. The decline in segment Adjusted EBITDA and operating income was increased due to a loss in those same acquired businesses of ($2.6) million of Adjusted EBITDA due to timing of events and business seasonality. In addition, segment operating income decreased by a greater amount than segment Adjusted EBITDA due to a $3.7 million increase in depreciation and amortization primarily due to amortization of the intangible assets resulting from our 2006 acquisitions of CPI, Trunk and Musictoday.

Global Digital

Our Global Digital segment is involved in managing our in-house ticketing operations and online and wireless distribution activities, including the development of our website. This segment derives the majority of its revenues from service charges earned on tickets sold through our in-house centralized ticketing operations. The tickets sold by this segment are the tickets that we are allowed to sell directly to customers in North America under our agreements with outside ticketing agencies. For these tickets, Global Digital pays our North American Music and Global Theater segments a ticket rebate equivalent to the amount that they would have received had the ticket been sold by an outside ticketing agency. The remainder of the service charge is retained by Global Digital.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2007, revenue increased $0.5 million to $1.3 million, or a 70.7% increase over the same period for the prior year. Segment Adjusted EBITDA remained flat at a loss of ($1.8 million). Segment operating income decreased $0.7 million to a wider loss of ($2.5) million. The increase in revenue was primarily due to increased sponsorship revenues associated with our in-house ticketing operations. Segment Adjusted EBITDA remained flat as the increase in revenues was offset by an increase in salary for new staff and consultant expenses related to our website and internet management. The decrease in operating income was primarily due to a $0.5 million increase in depreciation and amortization expense related to our website development.

Global Theater

Our Global Theater segment principally involves the presentation and production of touring and other theatrical performances, owning and/or operating theatrical venues and selling sponsorships and advertising. This segment includes the results from our North American presenting business (Broadway Across America), our United Kingdom theatrical producing and presenting business and our North American and United Kingdom theatrical venues.

The financial results for Global Theater include all presenting and venue income streams and expenses in which Live Nation participates, including (i) ticket sales and show related costs that were previously recorded in Events under our 2006 segments, (ii) food and beverage, sponsorship, merchandise, box office fees, rental and other venue ancillary income and venue related costs, such as rent, venue personnel and the sponsorship sales force that were previously recorded in Venues & Sponsorship under our 2006 segments, and (iii) service charges and ticket rebates that were previously recorded in Digital Distribution under our 2006 segments. While our Global Theater segment operates year-round, we typically experience higher revenues during the first, second and fourth quarters as the theatrical touring season usually runs from September to April.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2007, the number of events, increased by 570 to 2,976, or a 23.7% increase over the same period for the prior year. Attendance increased by 0.7 million to 3.6 million, or 25.3%. Broadway Across America experienced an increase of 265 events to 1,033 for the first quarter, and our United Kingdom presenting business increased its number of events by 208 to 262. The growth in Broadway Across America was largely due to tours of Lion King, Wicked and Spamalot, while the United Kingdom growth was driven by tours of Cats, Chicago and Starlight Express. In addition, both our North American and United Kingdom theatrical venues experienced an increased number of events, largely due to Pirate Queen, Wicked and Spamalot in North America and Wicked in London.

Revenue increased by $27.0 million to $109.2 million or a 32.9% increase over the same period for the prior year due primarily to our production of Phantom — The Vegas Spectacular which opened in Las Vegas during the third quarter of 2006. Our segment Adjusted EBITDA declined by $0.9 million to $10.2 million or a 8.5% decrease over the same period for the prior year as our production of Phantom — The Vegas Spectacular in Las Vegas generated a loss on Adjusted EBITDA which offset the benefit of any improvement in the rest of Global Theater. Our segment operating income declined by $9.1 million to a loss of ($1.5) million. The decrease in segment operating income was due primarily to the $8.1 million loss on the sale of our remaining 50.1% interest in the production of Phantom — The Vegas Spectacular in Las Vegas which was divested effective March 31, 2007.

Other Operations

Our other operations principally include our motor sports business and the few remaining portions of our sports representation business, the majority of which was divested in 2006. The results of operations for our motor sports business was previously included in Events under our 2006 segments and the results of operations for our sports representation business was previously included in Other under our 2006 segments. The first quarter represents the primary season for our motor sports business.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2007, revenues decreased by $5.4 million to $104.7 million, a 4.9% decrease over the same period of the prior year. This decrease was primarily due to the sale of portions of our sports representation business assets and a decline in revenue related to DVD/CD production and distribution projects. Partially offsetting these declines was an increase in revenues related to our specialized motor sports business due to an increase in ticket prices and attendance. For the quarter ended March 31, 2007, motor sports events effectively remained flat, but attendance increased by 112,000 to 3.9 million, or a 2.9% increase.

Adjusted EBITDA increased by $3.3 million to $27.8 million, a 13.4% increase over the same period for the prior year. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA was due primarily to an improvement in our motor sports business. Operating income decreased by $1.1 million to $30.5 million, a 3.5% decrease over the same period of the prior year, due primarily to a reduced gain on sale of assets which was $7.7 million in the first quarter of 2006, related to the sale of a part of our sports representation business, as compared to $3.5 million in the first quarter of 2007, related to the sale of Donington Park in the United Kingdom.

Corporate Expenses

Corporate expenses increased $2.4 million, or 32.8%, for the quarter ended March 31, 2007 as compared to the same period of the prior year primarily due to increased headcount related to the building of corporate functions previously provided by Clear Channel, legal fees related to general corporate matters and non-cash compensation due to additional stock-based awards.

Depreciation and Amortization

Depreciation and amortization increased $12.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2007 as compared to the same period of the prior year primarily due to the acquisitions of House of Blues, CPI, Musictoday, Mean Fiddler and TRUNK.

Capital Expenditures

Capital expenditures were $13.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2007, a decrease of $3.5 million from the same period for the prior year. Maintenance capital expenditures, which represented $6.9 million of the total capital expenditures for the quarter ended March 31, 2007, are primarily associated with the renewal and improvement of existing venues. Revenue generating expenditures, which represented the remaining $6.7 million of the total capital expenditures for the quarter ended March 31, 2007, related primarily to the completion of the House of Blues in Dallas which opens this month.

Minority Interest Income and Equity in Earnings of Nonconsolidated Affiliates

Minority interest income was $3.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2007, an increase of $2.2 million from the same period of the prior year. This increase was primarily due to operating losses related to our production of Phantom — The Vegas Spectacular which opened in the second quarter of 2006 as well as weaker results from Mean Fiddler venues in the United Kingdom.

Equity in earnings of nonconsolidated affiliates was $0.3 million, a decrease of $1.5 million from the same period of the prior year. This decrease was primarily due to an impairment of one of our investments.

Free Cash Flow

Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that we define as Adjusted EBITDA less maintenance capital expenditures less net interest expense, less cash taxes, less distributions to minority interest partners, plus distributions from investments in nonconsolidated affiliates net of contributions to investments in nonconsolidated affiliates. For the quarter ended March 31, 2007, free cash flow was ($39.7) million as compared to ($6.1) million for the same period of the prior year. This decrease was primarily due to our $20.9 million investment in Academy Music Group, reduced Adjusted EBITDA, increased interest expense and increased distributions to minority partners, offset by reduced capital expenditures.

Cash and Debt

As of March 31, 2007, our cash and cash equivalents balance was $394.8 million. Adjusting for cash collected related to shows that have not yet played, net of related prepaid show expenses, accrued fees due to artists and cash collected on behalf of others, we estimate that our “free cash” balance was $27.3 million as of March 31, 2007 and $36.1 million as of December 31, 2006. Our total debt and preferred stock totaled $704.5 million as of March 31, 2007 and $679.1 million as of December 31, 2006. The reduction in our free cash balance is primarily due to free cash used to fund working capital fluctuations related to our concert promotions business. The increase in our total debt and preferred stock balance is primarily due to the incurrence of additional debt to finance working capital fluctuations related to our concert promotions business and our investment in Academy Music Group in March 2007.

Conference Call

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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS March 31, December 31, 2007 2006 (unaudited) (audited) (in thousands) ASSETS CURRENT ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $394,766 $313,880 Accounts receivable, less allowance of $13,139 as of March 31, 2007 and $13,465 as of December 31, 2006 263,730 248,772 Prepaid expenses 309,009 136,938 Other current assets 39,252 38,519 Total Current Assets 1,006,757 738,109 PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT Land, buildings and improvements 989,985 999,561 Furniture and other equipment 207,894 193,290 Construction in progress 37,128 43,370 1,235,007 1,236,221 Less accumulated depreciation 369,616 360,049 865,391 876,172 INTANGIBLE ASSETS Intangibles assets – net 172,069 73,398 Goodwill 348,035 423,169 OTHER ASSETS Notes receivable, less allowance of $545 as of March 31, 2007 and as of December 31, 2006 14,574 2,613 Investments in nonconsolidated affiliates 82,147 61,342 Other assets 47,484 50,199 Total Assets $2,536,457 $2,225,002 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY CURRENT LIABILITIES Accounts payable $75,498 $40,646 Accrued expenses 453,508 471,414 Deferred revenue 535,387 230,179 Current portion of long-term debt 31,787 31,721 Total Current Liabilities 1,096,180 773,960 Long-term debt 632,722 607,425 Other long-term liabilities 115,813 88,790 Minority interest liability 56,256 76,165 Series A and Series B redeemable preferred stock 40,000 40,000 Commitments and contingent liabilities (Note 5) SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY Common stock 672 672 Additional paid-in capital 760,536 757,748 Retained deficit (164,054) (119,005) Cost of shares held in treasury (21,884) (21,472) Accumulated other comprehensive income 20,216 20,719 Total Shareholders’ Equity 595,486 638,662 Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity $2,536,457 $2,225,002 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED) Three Months Ended March 31, 2007 2006 (in thousands except share and per share data) Revenue $584,185 $516,567 Operating expenses: Direct operating expenses 421,312 377,832 Selling, general and administrative expenses 151,333 116,016 Depreciation and amortization 27,686 15,005 Loss (gain) on sale of operating assets 4,462 (7,728) Corporate expenses 9,796 7,379 Operating income (loss) (30,404) 8,063 Interest expense 14,952 7,813 Interest income (2,769) (1,480) Equity in earnings of nonconsolidated affiliates (343) (1,824) Minority interest income (3,045) (835) Other expense (income) – net (60) 2,554 Income (loss) before income taxes (39,139) 1,835 Income tax expense: Current 2,206 167 Deferred 3,704 551 Net income (loss) (45,049) 1,117 Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax: Unrealized holding gain (loss) on cash flow derivatives (436) 492 Foreign currency translation adjustments (67) 3,678 Comprehensive income (loss) $(45,552) $5,287 Net income (loss) per common share: Basic $(.69) $.02 Diluted $(.69) $.02 Weighted average common shares outstanding: Basic 65,499,719 63,971,508 Diluted 65,499,719 64,480,376 CONSOLIDATED AND COMBINED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED) Three Months Ended March 31, 2007 2006 (in thousands) CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES Net income (loss) $(45,049) $1,117 Reconciling items: Depreciation 19,920 14,748 Amortization of intangibles 7,766 257 Deferred income tax expense 3,704 551 Amortization of debt issuance costs 301 105 Non-cash compensation expense 2,385 861 Loss (gain) on sale of operating assets 4,462 (7,728) Loss (gain) on sale of other investments (62) 2,257 Equity in earnings of nonconsolidated affiliates (343) (1,824) Minority interest income (3,045) (835) Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions and dispositions: Increase in accounts receivable (10,341) (13,067) Increase in prepaid expenses (197,804) (96,978) Decrease (increase) in other assets (1,282) 7,204 Decrease in accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities (406) (20,106) Increase in deferred revenue 308,096 152,744 Net cash provided by operating activities 88,302 39,306 CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES Collection of notes receivable 1,266 795 Advances to notes receivable (12,046) (5,514) Distributions from nonconsolidated affiliates 2,684 2,868 Investments made to nonconsolidated affiliates (22,332) (7,116) Proceeds from disposal of other investments 3,615 1,743 Purchases of property, plant and equipment (13,679) (17,158) Proceeds from disposal of operating assets 15,516 12,136 Acquisition of operating assets, net of cash acquired (4,142) (2,177) Decrease (increase) in other – net (173) 98 Net cash used in investing activities (29,291) (14,325) CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES Proceeds from long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs 77,000 — Payments on long-term debt (51,698) (779) Distributions to minority interest partners (2,844) (149) Proceeds from exercise of stock options 424 — Payments for purchases of common stock — (24,717) Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 22,882 (25,645) Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (1,007) 5,777 Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 80,886 5,113 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 313,880 403,716 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $394,766 $408,829 RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP MEASURES TO THEIR MOST DIRECTLY COMPARABLE GAAP MEASURES (UNAUDITED) (all $ in thousands) Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Operating Income (Loss) Three Months Ended, 3/31/2007 3/31/2006 NORTH AMERICAN MUSIC Adjusted EBITDA ($19,229) ($16,121) Depreciation and Amortization 13,050 8,495 Loss (gain) on sale of operating assets 0 3 Non-cash compensation expense 828 169 Non-cash charges 0 0 Operating Income (Loss) (33,107) (24,788) INTERNATIONAL MUSIC Adjusted EBITDA $599 $4,290 Depreciation and Amortization 4,566 1,741 Loss (gain) on sale of operating assets (65) 0 Non-cash compensation expense 54 37 Non-cash charges 0 0 Operating Income (Loss) (3,956) 2,512 GLOBAL ARTISTS Adjusted EBITDA ($4,754) $1,008 Depreciation and Amortization 3,730 68 Loss (gain) on sale of operating assets 0 0 Non-cash compensation expense 284 154 Non-cash charges 0 0 Operating Income (Loss) (8,768) 786 GLOBAL DIGITAL Adjusted EBITDA ($1,830) ($1,779) Depreciation and Amortization 607 66 Loss (gain) on sale of operating assets 0 0 Non-cash compensation expense 99 6 Non-cash charges 0 0 Operating Income (Loss) (2,536) (1,851) GLOBAL THEATER Adjusted EBITDA $10,234 $11,180 Depreciation and Amortization 3,655 3,513 Loss (gain) on sale of operating assets 8,029 4 Non-cash compensation expense 15 16 Non-cash charges 0 0 Operating Income (Loss) (1,465) 7,647 OTHER Adjusted EBITDA $27,810 $24,533 Depreciation and Amortization 810 626 Loss (gain) on sale of operating assets (3,481) (7,667) Non-cash compensation expense 10 10 Non-cash charges 0 0 Operating Income (Loss) 30,471 31,564 CORPORATE AND ELIMINATIONS Adjusted EBITDA ($8,701) ($6,910) Depreciation and Amortization 1,268 496 Loss (gain) on sale of operating assets (21) (68) Non-cash compensation expense 1,095 469 Non-cash charges 0 0 Operating Income (Loss) (11,043) (7,807) TOTAL Adjusted EBITDA $4,129 $16,201 Depreciation and Amortization 27,686 15,005 Loss (gain) on sale of operating assets 4,462 (7,728) Non-cash compensation expense 2,385 861 Non-cash charges 0 0 Operating Income (Loss) (30,404) 8,063 RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP MEASURES TO THEIR MOST DIRECTLY COMPARABLE GAAP MEASURES (UNAUDITED) (all $ in thousands) Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Operating Income (Loss) Three Months Ended, Year Ended, 6/30/2006 9/30/2006 12/31/2006 12/31/2006 NORTH AMERICAN MUSIC Adjusted EBITDA $7,776 $50,731 ($8,290) $34,096 Depreciation and Amortization 8,343 45,628 15,309 77,775 Loss (gain) on sale of operating assets (1) (3) (62) (63) Non-cash compensation expense 168 216 216 769 Non-cash charges 0 0 0 0 Operating Income (Loss) (734) 4,890 (23,753) (44,385) INTERNATIONAL MUSIC Adjusted EBITDA $18,161 $34,147 $12,882 $69,479 Depreciation and Amortization 2,216 5,554 5,495 15,006 Loss (gain) on sale of operating assets 87 1,068 (114) 1,041 Non-cash compensation expense 35 44 44 159 Non-cash charges 0 0 0 0 Operating Income (Loss) 15,823 27,481 7,457 53,273 GLOBAL ARTISTS Adjusted EBITDA $1,910 $11,715 $17,187 $31,821 Depreciation and Amortization 427 1,361 4,265 6,121 Loss (gain) on sale of operating assets 0 0 0 0 Non-cash compensation expense 154 156 156 621 Non-cash charges 0 0 0 0 Operating Income (Loss) 1,329 10,198 12,766 25,079 GLOBAL DIGITAL Adjusted EBITDA ($1,452) ($1,467) ($879) ($5,579) Depreciation and Amortization 115 148 172 501 Loss (gain) on sale of operating assets 0 0 0 0 Non-cash compensation expense 6 6 6 22 Non-cash charges 0 0 0 0 Operating Income (Loss) (1,573) (1,621) (1,057) (6,102) GLOBAL THEATER Adjusted EBITDA $8,520 ($1,327) $4,757 $23,130 Depreciation and Amortization 3,587 8,154 7,530 22,784 Loss (gain) on sale of operating assets (1,792) (266) 2 (2,052) Non-cash compensation expense 16 19 19 70 Non-cash charges 0 0 0 0 Operating Income (Loss) 6,709 (9,234) (2,794) 2,328 OTHER Adjusted EBITDA ($262) $4,927 $3,208 $32,406 Depreciation and Amortization 771 787 779 2,963 Loss (gain) on sale of operating assets (37) (2,868) 127 (10,445) Non-cash compensation expense 10 10 10 40 Non-cash charges 0 2,617 400 3,017 Operating Income (Loss) (1,006) 4,380 1,892 36,830 CORPORATE AND ELIMINATIONS Adjusted EBITDA ($7,638) ($7,153) ($10,411) ($32,113) Depreciation and Amortization 847 944 730 3,017 Loss (gain) on sale of operating assets 61 (22) (92) (121) Non-cash compensation expense 320 452 510 1,750 Non-cash charges 0 0 0 0 Operating Income (Loss) (8,866) (8,527) (11,559) (36,759) TOTAL Adjusted EBITDA $27,014 $91,571 $18,453 $153,240 Depreciation and Amortization 16,306 62,576 34,280 128,167 Loss (gain) on sale of operating assets (1,682) (2,091) (139) (11,640) Non-cash compensation expense 708 902 960 3,432 Non-cash charges 0 2,617 400 3,017 Operating Income (Loss) 11,682 27,567 (17,048) 30,264