Global Eagle Reports Financial Results for First Three Quarters of 2017

Today Becomes Current with SEC Reporting Obligations

Today Satisfies All NASDAQ Continued Listing Conditions

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ:ENT) (“Global Eagle,” the “Company” or “we”), a leading provider of media, content, connectivity and data analytics to markets across air, sea and land, today announces unaudited financial results for the nine months ended September 30, 2017.  Today, the Company will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, June 30 and September 30, 2017.  For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2017, Global Eagle recorded revenue of $460 million; incurred a net loss of $223 million; and generated Adjusted EBITDA* of $48.3 million.

“Today, we become current with our SEC reporting and will have met all of Nasdaq’s conditions for continued listing,” commented Jeff Leddy, CEO of Global Eagle.  “The results for our first three quarters of 2017 are consistent with our goal of building a solid foundation for Global Eagle.  We have worked internally to drive operational improvements through integration of our products, personnel and locations, setting the foundation for continuous efficiency gains as we move into 2018.”

Over the past year, Global Eagle has improved service levels to its customers and their end-users through more efficient network management, due in part to the implementation of technology from prior acquisitions.  Further, the Company continues to strengthen its go-to-market strategy by developing solutions that enhance the customer’s entertainment experience, such as the Company’s new Ocean Prime TV product for maritime markets.  Ocean Prime TV is an extension of the Company’s successful aviation IPTV and cruise-television products, which the Company has customized for broader maritime segments.

“We have made important investments in customer service and operational excellence to improve the delivery of our world class products to airline, cruise and yacht passengers and other end-users,” continued Mr. Leddy.  “Our emphasis on operational execution combined with our improved go-to-market strategy has been validated recently with multiple new business wins in both our Media & Content and Connectivity segments.”

Paul Rainey, CFO of Global Eagle, remarked, “Beginning in 2017 and continuing into 2018, we began strengthening our finance functions and shared services, which we expect will lead to lower one-time cash expenses and reduce overall operating expenses as we move into 2018.  We plan to drive margin expansion through operating leverage driven by organic revenue growth, the integration of past acquisitions, and the continued implementation of finance and operational control systems and processes.  Additionally, we are putting particular emphasis on improving our cash-flow generation in 2018.”

Company Highlights

  • Total revenue for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2017 was $460 million, a 23% increase over the prior-year period.  The increase over the prior-year period was driven by the acquisition of Emerging Markets Communications in late July 2016 (“EMC”) and growth in service revenue in our Connectivity segment due to new aircraft, vessel and site additions, which was partially offset by a revenue decline in our Media & Content segment.
  • The Connectivity segment significantly increased Wi-Fi performance to our largest customers, which—when coupled with our improved bandwidth management technologies and efficiencies—has delivered scalability and streaming-class capability for airline, cruise, yacht, and other customers.
  • The Media & Content segment successfully launched its award-winning mobile content app for offline movie viewing pre-, post- and during flight.  The Company expanded its advertising product, including with IPTV, and has pre-sold significant advertising inventory for 2018.

Covenant Compliance and Listing Update

  • The Company has been compliant with its financial covenants in its credit agreement and expects to continue to remain in compliance throughout 2018.
  • After filing its 2017 Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q later today, the Company will have fulfilled the conditions set by Nasdaq for continued listing and expects Nasdaq to confirm shortly that it is discontinuing its delisting proceedings.


Global Eagle will host a live webcast tomorrow (Thursday, February 1, 2018) at 12:00 p.m. ET (9:00 a.m. PT). The Company will make the webcast available on the Investor Relations section of its website at An archive of the webcast replay will be on its website for 30 days following the event.

About Global Eagle

Global Eagle is a leading provider of media, content, connectivity and data analytics to markets across air, sea and land. Global Eagle offers a fully integrated suite of rich media content and seamless connectivity solutions to airlines, cruise lines, commercial ships, high-end yachts, ferries and land locations worldwide. With approximately 1,500 employees and 50 offices on six continents, the Company delivers exceptional service and rapid support to a diverse customer base. Find out more at:


Peter A. Lopez
Vice President, Investor Relations
+1 310-740-8624

* About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or GAAP, we present Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, as a measure of our performance. The presentation of Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, or superior to, net income (loss) or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP or as an alternative to net cash provided by operating activities or any other measures of our cash flows or liquidity. Further, we note that Adjusted EBITDA as presented herein is defined and calculated differently than the “Consolidated EBITDA” definition in our senior-secured credit agreement, which Consolidated EBITDA definition we use for financial-covenant-compliance purposes thereunder and as a measure of our liquidity.  For more information on the non-GAAP financial measure used herein, please see the table entitled “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measure” at the end of this release.

Adjusted EBITDA is one of the primary measures used by our management and Board of Directors to understand and evaluate our financial performance and operating trends, including period to period comparisons, to prepare and approve our annual budget and to develop short and long term operational plans. Additionally, Adjusted EBITDA is one of the primary measures used by the Compensation Committee of our Board of Directors to establish the funding targets for (and subsequent funding of) our Annual Incentive Plan bonuses for our employees and executives. We believe our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors both because it allows for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision-making and because our management frequently uses it in discussions with investors, commercial bankers, securities analysts and other users of our financial statements.

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) before (a) interest expense (income), (b) income tax expense (benefit) and (c) depreciation and amortization (including relating to equity-method investments) and loss on disposal and impairment of fixed assets, and we then further adjust that result to exclude (1) change in fair value of financial instruments, (2) other (income) expense, including primarily, when applicable, (gains) losses from investments and foreign-currency-transaction (gains) losses, (3) goodwill impairment expense, (4) stock-based compensation expense, (5) strategic-transaction, integration and realignment expenses (as described below), (6) auditor and related third-party professional fees and expenses related to our internal-control deficiencies (and the remediation thereof) and delays in our 2016 audit process, (7) excess content expenses (as described below), (8) securities class-action expenses (as described below), (9) losses on significant customer bankruptcies (as described below) and (10) restructuring expenses pursuant to our September 2014 integration plan (when applicable in the period).  Management does not consider these items to be indicative of our core operating results.

“Excess content expenses” includes the additional purchasing costs that we incurred in 2017 to procure movie content for our customers, notwithstanding that we could have procured equivalent content under our (preferential-pricing) output arrangements with major studios.  We incurred these additional costs because we could not timely identify and measure our movie-content expenditures and procurement during the period due to weaknesses in our control environment.

“Losses on significant customer bankruptcies” includes (1) our provision for bad debt associated with the bankruptcies of Air Berlin and Alitalia (two of our Media & Content customers) in 2017, together with (2) the costs (e.g., content acquisition fees) that we incurred to maintain service to those customers during their bankruptcy proceedings in order to preserve the customer relationship.

“Securities class-action expenses” includes third-party professional fees and expenses associated with the securities class-action lawsuits filed against us in 2017.

“Strategic-transaction, integration and realignment expenses” includes (1) transaction-related expenses and costs (including third-party professional fees) attributable to acquisition, financing, investment and other strategic-transaction activities, (2) integration and realignment expenses and allowances, (3) employee-severance, retention and relocation expenses, (4) purchase-accounting adjustments for deferred revenue, costs and credits associated with companies and businesses that we have acquired through our M&A activities, (5) service-level-agreement penalties incurred during our Eagle-1 migration and setup in its new orbital slot in 2017, and (6) claims at companies or businesses that we acquired through our M&A activities for underlying liabilities that pre-dated our acquisition of those companies or businesses.  In respect of clause (6) in this definition, we include (i.e., exclude from net income (loss)) any estimated loss contingencies and provisions for legal settlements relating to those liabilities.

Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release may constitute “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements with respect to our cash-flow generation, revenue growth and margin expansion in future periods, SEC reporting compliance, continued financial-covenant compliance under our credit agreement, the cessation of Nasdaq’s delisting proceedings, M&A integration activities, our systems and process implementation activities, business outlook, industry, business strategy, plans, goals and expectations concerning our market position, international expansion, future technologies, future operations, margins, profitability, future efficiencies, capital expenditures, liquidity and capital resources and other financial and operating information. When used in this discussion, the words “anticipate,” “assume,” “believe,” “budget,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “future” and the negative of these or similar terms and phrases are intended to identify forward-looking statements in this press release.

Forward-looking statements reflect our current expectations regarding future events, results or outcomes. These expectations may or may not be realized. Although we believe the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give you no assurance these expectations will prove to have been correct. Some of these expectations may be based upon assumptions, data or judgments that prove to be incorrect. Actual events, results and outcomes may differ materially from our expectations due to a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. Although it is not possible to identify all of these risks and factors, they include, among others, the following:

  • our ability to remediate material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting and to complete such remediation in a timely manner, and the effect of those weaknesses on our ability to forecast our operations and financial performance;
  • our ability to maintain effective disclosure controls and internal control over financial reporting;
  • our ability to maintain sufficient cash flow and liquidity to operate our business;
  • our ability to implement new revenue recognition standards in a timely manner;
  • our dependence on the travel industry;
  • future acts or threats of terrorism;
  • our ability to obtain new customers and renew agreements with existing customers, and particularly our dependence on our existing relationship with Southwest Airlines;
  • our ability to retain and effectively integrate and train key members of senior management;
  • our ability to recruit, train and retain highly skilled technical employees, particularly in our finance and IT functions;
  • our ability to receive the anticipated cash distributions or other benefits from our investment in the Wireless Maritime Services joint venture;
  • the effect of a variety of complex U.S. and foreign tax laws and regimes due to the global nature of our business;
  • our ability to continue to be able to make claims for investment tax credits in Canada;
  • our exposure to foreign currency risks and a lack of a formalized hedging strategy;
  • our need to invest in and develop new broadband technologies and advanced communications and secure networking systems, products and services and antenna technologies, as well as their market acceptance;
  • increased demand by customers for greater bandwidth, speed and performance and increased competition from new technologies and market entrants;
  • customer attrition due to direct arrangements between satellite providers and customers;
  • our reliance on “sole source” service providers and other third parties for key components and services that are integral to our product and service offerings;
  • the potential need to materially increase our investments in product development and equipment;
  • our ability to expand our international operations and the risks inherent in our international operations;
  • service interruptions or delays, technology failures, damage to equipment or software defects or errors and the resulting impact on our reputation and ability to attract, retain and serve our customers;
  • equipment failures or software defects or errors that may damage our reputation or result in claims in excess of our insurance coverage;
  • satellite failures or degradations in satellite performance;
  • our ability to integrate businesses or technologies we have acquired or may acquire in the future;
  • our use of fixed-price contracts for satellite bandwidth and potential cost differentials that may lead to losses if the market price for that service declines relative to our committed cost;
  • pricing pressure from suppliers and customers in our Media & Content segment and a reduction in the industry’s use of intermediary content service providers (such as us);
  • a reduction or elimination of the time between our receipt of content and it being made available to the rental or home viewing market (i.e., the “early release window”);
  • a reduction in the volume or quality of content produced by studios, distributors or other content providers;
  • increased on-board use of personal electronic devices and content accessed and downloaded prior to travel and our ability to compete as a content provider against “over the top” download services and other companies that offer in-flight entertainment systems;
  • increased competition in the IFE and IFC system supply chain;
  • our ability to plan expenses and forecast revenue due to the long sales cycle of many of our Media & Content segment’s products;
  • our use of fixed-price contracts in our Media & Content segment that may lead to losses in the future if the market price for that service declines relative to our committed cost;
  • our ability to develop new products or enhance those we currently provide in our Media & Content segment;
  • our ability to protect our intellectual property;
  • the effect of any data or privacy breaches, data or privacy theft, unauthorized access to our internal systems of Connectivity or Media & Content systems or phishing or hacking;
  • our ability to successfully implement a new enterprise resource planning system;
  • the costs to defend and/or settle current and potential future civil intellectual property lawsuits (including relating to music and other content infringement) and related claims for indemnification;
  • changes in regulations and our ability to obtain regulatory approvals to provide our services or to operate our business in particular countries or territorial waters;
  • compliance with U.S. and foreign regulatory agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration and Federal Communications Commission and their foreign equivalents in the jurisdictions in which we and our customers operate;
  • changes in government regulation of the Internet, including e-commerce or online video distribution;
  • our ability to comply with trade, export, anti-money laundering and foreign corrupt practices and data protection laws, especially the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act;
  • costs associated with stockholder litigation and our indemnification obligations with respect to current and former executive officers and directors;
  • limitations on our cash flow available to make investments due to our substantial indebtedness and our ability to generate sufficient cash flow to make payments thereon;
  • our ability to repay the principal amount of our bank debt and/or convertible notes at maturity, to raise the funds necessary to settle conversions of our convertible notes or to repurchase our convertible notes upon a fundamental change or on specified repurchase dates or due to future indebtedness;
  • the conditional conversion of our convertible notes;
  • the effect on our reported financial results of the accounting method for our convertible notes;
  • the impact of the fundamental change repurchase feature of the indenture governing our convertible notes on our price or potential as a takeover target;
  • the dilution or price depression of our common stock that may occur as a result of the conversion of our convertible notes;
  • our ability to meet the continued listing requirements of Nasdaq, in particular given our recent history of delinquent periodic filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission;
  • our eligibility to use Form S-3 to register the offer and sale of securities;
  • conflicts between our interests and the interests of our largest stockholders;
  • volatility of the market price of our securities;
  • the dilution of our common stock that may occur as a result of the exercise of outstanding warrants;
  • anti-takeover provisions contained in our charter and bylaws;
  • the dilution of our common stock if we issue additional equity or convertible debt securities; and
  • other risks and factors listed under “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 that we filed with the SEC on November 17, 2017 and in our subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

The forward-looking statements herein speak only as of the date the statements are made (which is the date of this press release). You should not put undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws. If we do update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.

Financial Information

The table below presents financial results for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016.

Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
  Nine Months Ended September 30, 
   2017   2016
Revenue $   459,871     $   372,991  
Operating expenses:      
Cost of sales     341,580         255,202  
Sales and marketing     30,376         19,553  
Product development     26,921         25,078  
General and administrative     109,372         82,395  
Legal Settlement     785         41,688  
Amortization of intangible assets     32,849         24,055  
Goodwill impairment     78,000         -   
Total operating expenses     619,883         447,971  
Loss from operations     (160,012 )       (74,980 )
Other income (expense), net:      
Interest income (expense), net     (43,935 )       (7,829 )
Loss on Extinguishment of Debt     (14,389 )       -   
Income (loss) from equity method investments     3,911         2,065  
Change in fair value of financial instruments     2,672         17,982  
Other income (expense), net     38         (4,623 )
Loss before income taxes     (211,715 )       (67,385 )
Provision (benefit) for income taxes     10,993         (46,167 )
Net loss $   (222,708 )   $   (21,218 )
Net income (loss) per share      
Basic  $   (2.57 )   $   (0.27 )
Diluted $   (2.57 )   $   (0.27 )
Weighted average shares – basic and diluted      
Basic    86,710       79,892  
Diluted   86,710       79,892  

Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet
(In thousands)
  September 30,   December 31,
  2017   2016
Cash and cash equivalents $   58,037     $   50,686  
Restricted cash     1,021         17,992  
Accounts receivable, net      113,924         120,492  
Inventories     29,793         25,986  
Prepaid expenses     20,615         17,658  
Other current assets     11,987         20,786  
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS:     235,377         253,600  
Content library     9,581         21,470  
Property, plant and equipment, net     200,894         166,049  
Goodwill     248,693         327,836  
Intangible assets, net     133,737         166,720  
Equity method investments     155,378         156,527  
Other non-current assets     8,636         7,233  
Total Assets $   992,296     $   1,099,435  
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity      
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities     191,611         240,344  
Deferred revenue     6,610         6,970  
Current portion of long-term debt     13,424         2,069  
Other current liabilities     10,849         11,754  
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES:     222,494         261,137  
Deferred revenue, non-current     1,067         1,536  
Long-term debt     601,653         468,231  
Deferred tax liabilities     31,801         33,205  
Other non-current liabilities     30,038         36,329  
Total Liabilities     887,053         800,438  
Stockholders' Equity      
Common stock     10         9  
Treasury stock, 3,053,634 shares at September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016     (30,659 )       (30,659 )
Additional paid-in capital     776,033         747,005  
Subscriptions receivable     (566 )       (553 )
Accumulated deficit     (639,385 )       (416,389 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (190 )       (416 )
Total Stockholder's Equity     105,243         298,997  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $   992,296     $   1,099,435  

Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measure
(In thousands)
  Nine Months Ended
September 30, 
Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation:  2017   2016
Net income (loss)    (222,708 )     (21,218 )
Interest expense (income)    58,324       7,829  
Income tax expense (benefit)    10,993       (46,167 )
Depreciation and amortization and loss on disposal and impairment of fixed assets    73,342       38,169  
Change in fair value of financial instruments    (2,672 )     (17,982 )
Other (income) expense    (38 )     4,623  
Goodwill impairment expense    78,000       -   
Stock-based compensation expense    4,000       8,062  
Strategic-transaction, integration and realignment expenses    20,209       64,869  
Internal-control and delayed audit expenses    23,458       -   
Excess content expenses    1,987       -   
Securities class-action expenses    869       -   
Losses on significant customer bankruptcies    2,537       -   
Adjusted EBITDA   48,301       38,185  
See "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures" in the accompanying press release, including our definition of Adjusted EBITDA described therein.

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