Clear Channel 2nd Quarter

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SAN ANTONIOAug. 7, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCO) (the “Company”) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2023.

“We delivered improved consolidated revenue results during the second quarter as compared to the prior year, excluding movements in foreign exchange rates and European business sales, and we made notable progress in executing on several facets of our strategic plan,” said Scott Wells, Chief Executive Officer of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. “At the heart of our strategy, we remain focused on strengthening our digital capabilities and helping our clients plan, measure and maximize their campaigns, which we believe is elevating our role within the advertising ecosystem and broadening the range of advertisers we can serve.

“As we execute that digital transformation, we have continued to move forward in our plan to optimize our portfolio through the sale of our business in Italy, our agreement to sell our business in Spain and our entry into exclusive discussions to divest our business in France. Through these strategic actions, which follow the sale of our business in Switzerland in March, we believe we’re improving our risk profile and elevating our ability to drive positive cash flow. We continue our review of strategic alternatives for our other European businesses, and we remain focused on executing our strategic priorities in our America and Airports segments. We also amended and extended our revolving credit lines during the quarter, which we believe strengthens our liquidity profile given the significant market volatility and tightened credit availability.

“Looking ahead, we’re seeing some moderation in advertising demand and our visibility is reduced, but we remain within our annual financial guidance ranges after adjusting for our European business sales. We’re closely monitoring business trends and are reducing costs as appropriate. We remain committed to maintaining ample liquidity on our balance sheet and operating in a disciplined manner as we execute on our strategic plan.”

Financial Highlights:

Financial highlights for the second quarter of 2023 as compared to the same period of 2022, including financial highlights excluding movements in foreign exchange rates (“FX”)1:

(In millions)

Three Months
Ended June 30, 2023

% Change


Consolidated Revenue

$                         637.2

(1.0) %

Excluding movements in FX1


(1.1) %

America Revenue


0.9 %

Airports Revenue


16.3 %

Europe-North Revenue


2.9 %

Excluding movements in FX1


4.5 %

Europe-South Revenue


(18.8) %

Excluding movements in FX1


(20.6) %

Net Loss:

Consolidated Net Loss

$                          (36.6)

(44.0) %

Adjusted EBITDA1:

Adjusted EBITDA1

$                         146.3

(10.9) %

Excluding movements in FX1


(11.1) %

America Segment Adjusted EBITDA2


(3.3) %

Airports Segment Adjusted EBITDA2


10.5 %

Europe-North Segment Adjusted EBITDA2


(5.8) %

Excluding movements in FX1


(5.0) %

Europe-South Segment Adjusted EBITDA2


(85.7) %

Excluding movements in FX1


(86.2) %


This is a non-GAAP financial measure. See “Supplemental Disclosures” section herein for more information.


Segment Adjusted EBITDA is a GAAP financial measure. See “Supplemental Disclosures” section herein for more information.

Update Regarding Review of Strategic Alternatives for European Businesses:

As previously disclosed, our Board of Directors has authorized a review of strategic alternatives for our European businesses, including the potential disposition of certain of our lower-margin European assets (and/or other European assets of lower priority to our European business as a whole), while retaining, for now, our higher-margin European assets.

On March 31, 2023, we sold our business in Switzerland to Goldbach Group AG for cash proceeds, net of customary closing adjustments and cash sold, of $89.4 million. On May 31, 2023, we sold our business in Italy to a subsidiary of JCDecaux for cash proceeds, net of customary closing adjustments and cash sold, of $5.1 million. In May 2023, we also entered into an agreement to sell our business in Spain to a subsidiary of JCDecaux for cash consideration of approximately $64.3 million. This transaction is expected to close in 2024, upon satisfaction of regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions. We intend to use the anticipated net proceeds from these sales, after payment of transaction-related fees and expenses, to improve liquidity and increase financial flexibility of the business as permitted under our debt agreements.

On July 17, 2023, we announced that we have entered into exclusive discussions to sell our business in France to Equinox Industries. The proposed transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2023, subject to an information and consultation process with Clear Channel France’s employee works council, execution of a share purchase agreement and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The transaction is not subject to regulatory approval.

Our Board is continuing its review of strategic alternatives for our remaining European businesses, as well as evaluating a range of other strategic opportunities to enhance value. However, there can be no assurance that these reviews will result in any additional transactions or particular outcomes. Further, we have not set a timetable for completion of these processes and may suspend them at any time.


Our expectations for the third quarter of 2023 are as follows:

Third  Quarter of 2023

(in millions)



Consolidated Revenue1

$                            570

$                            600











Excludes movements in FX


We have updated our full year 2023 guidance from the guidance previously provided in our earnings release issued on May 9, 2023 to reflect the sale of our former business in Italy, to tighten the high-end of the ranges provided, and to provide revenue guidance for certain segments. Our revised full year 2023 guidance is as follows:

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