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Warner Music Group Corp. Reports Results for the Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Full Year Ended September 30, 2011

(December 08, 2011)

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 12/08/11 --


  • Adjusted OIBDA and adjusted OIBDA margin expanded in the quarter and fiscal year
  • Digital revenue represented nearly 50% of U.S. Recorded Music revenue in the quarter

Warner Music Group Corp. today announced its fourth-quarter and full-year financial results for the period ended September 30, 2011.

"In the quarter and throughout the fiscal year, WMG continued to perform," said Stephen Cooper, Warner Music Group's CEO. "The company grew digital and '360' revenue, executed on its strategy of establishing more comprehensive artist partnerships and continued to position itself well for the opportunities that exist in the rapidly evolving recorded music and music publishing industries."

"Our cost-management efforts and the continued transition from physical to digital revenue streams enabled us to increase adjusted OIBDA margins for both the fourth quarter and the fiscal year," added Steven Macri, Warner Music Group's Executive Vice President and CFO.


Total WMG

Total WMG Summary Results ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- (dollars in millions) For the For the Combined For the Combined For the Three Three Twelve Twelve Months Months Months Months ended ended ended ended September September % September September % 30, 2011(1) 30, 2010 Change 30, 2011(1) 30, 2010 Change ----------- ----------- ------ ----------- ----------- ------ (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) Revenue $ 707 $ 753 (6%) $ 2,869 $ 2,988 (4%) Digital Revenue 210 197 7% 820 759 8% Operating income (loss) (21) 20 - 32 90 (64%) Adjusted operating income (loss) (1) 39 20 95% 99 90 10% OIBDA 41 85 (52%) 290 348 (17%) Adjusted OIBDA(1) 101 85 19% 357 348 3% Net loss attributable to Warner Music Group Corp. (103) (46) (124%) (205) (143) (43%) Adjusted Net loss attributable to Warner Music Group Corp.(1) $ (43) $ (46) 7% $ (138) $ (143) 3% ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- (1) See "Supplemental Disclosures Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures" at the end of this release for details regarding these measures.

Fourth-Quarter Results
For the quarter, revenue reflects a light release schedule, as well as the continued transition to digital in the recorded music industry. Revenue growth in France, Spain and Latin America was offset by weakness in the U.S., Japan and the rest of Europe. Digital revenue represented 29.7% of total revenue for the quarter, compared to 26.2% in the prior-year quarter. The growth in digital revenue reflects growth in global downloads and subscription/streaming services, partially offset by continued declines in the ringtone business.

Adjusted operating margin expanded 2.8 percentage points to 5.5% from 2.7%. Adjusted OIBDA margin expanded 3.0 percentage points to 14.3% from 11.3%. Operating income, adjusted operating income, OIBDA and adjusted OIBDA for the quarter included $10 million of severance charges ($7 million in Recorded Music and $3 million in Corporate) compared to $34 million of severance charges in the prior-year quarter ($31 million in Recorded Music, $2 million in Music Publishing and $1 million in Corporate) (the "Quarterly Severance Charges"). See below for calculations and reconciliations of OIBDA and OIBDA margin.

Adjusted net loss reflects the impact of an increase in interest expense, to $72 million from $47 million, related to the July 2011 refinancing of certain existing indebtedness in connection with the acquisition of the company by Access Industries. The refinancing resulted in $19 million in tender/call premiums and $15 million of accrued interest paid in connection with the debt obligations repaid in full. In addition, the new debt obligations carry higher interest rates.

As of September 30, 2011, the company reported a cash balance of $154 million, total long-term debt of $2.22 billion and net debt (total long-term debt minus cash) of $2.06 billion.

Cash used in operating activities was $34 million compared to cash provided by operating activities of $50 million in the prior-year quarter. Free Cash Flow, defined below, was negative $52 million compared to positive $25 million in the prior-year quarter. The primary factors impacting the comparison of Free Cash Flow were $46 million in expenses related to the acquisition of the company by Access Industries (the vast majority of which were paid in the fourth quarter) and the $34 million increase in cash paid for tender/call premiums and interest.

Full-Year Results
For the fiscal year, revenue reflects the continued decline in physical sales in the recorded music industry and a more robust release schedule in the prior fiscal year, partially offset by increases in digital revenue, licensing revenue and non-traditional Recorded Music revenue. Digital revenue represented 28.6% of total revenue, compared to 25.4% in the prior year.

Adjusted operating margin expanded 0.5 percentage points to 3.5% from 3.0% in the prior year. Adjusted OIBDA margin expanded 0.8 percentage points to 12.4% from 11.6% in the prior year. Operating income, adjusted operating income, OIBDA and adjusted OIBDA in the fiscal year included $38 million of severance charges ($24 million in Recorded Music, $6 million in Music Publishing and $8 million in Corporate) compared to $54 million of severance charges in the prior fiscal year ($46 million in Recorded Music, $2 million in Music Publishing and $6 million in Corporate) (the "Fiscal-Year Severance Charges").

Adjusted net loss reflects the impact of the increase in interest expense related to the July 2011 refinancing of certain indebtedness in connection with the acquisition of the company by Access Industries.

Cash used in operating activities was $52 million compared to cash provided by operating activities of $150 million in the prior fiscal year. Free Cash Flow was negative $221 million, compared to positive $65 million in fiscal year 2010. The primary factors impacting the comparison in Free Cash Flow between the fiscal year and fiscal year 2010 were $87 million in additional investments in the fiscal year, $53 million in expenses related to the acquisition of the company by Access Industries (the vast majority of which were paid in the fiscal year) and the $41 million increase in cash paid for tender/call premiums and interest, largely driven by the July 2011 refinancing.

Recorded Music

Recorded Music Summary Results ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- (dollars in millions) For the For the Combined For the Combined For the Three Months Three Months Twelve Twelve ended ended Months ended Months ended September September % September September % 30, 2011(1) 30, 2010 Change 30, 2011(1) 30, 2010 Change ------------ ------------ ------ ------------ ------------ ------ (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) Revenue $ 571 $ 620 (8%) $ 2,344 $ 2,459 (5%) Digital Revenue 194 183 6% 768 713 8% Operating income (loss) 13 7 86% 110 102 8% Adjusted operating income (loss) (1) 21 7 200% 118 102 16% OIBDA 54 52 4% 282 279 1% Adjusted OIBDA(1) $ 62 $ 52 19% $ 290 $ 279 4% ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- (1) See "Supplemental Disclosures Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures" at the end of this release for details regarding these measures.

Fourth-Quarter Results
The company's Recorded Music business experienced growth in digital revenue, as download revenue and subscription/streaming revenue were strong. Recorded Music digital revenue represented 34.0% of total Recorded Music revenue, compared to 29.5% in the prior-year quarter. Domestic Recorded Music digital revenue was $107 million, or 49.5% of total domestic Recorded Music revenue, compared to 39.5% in the prior-year quarter. Non-traditional Recorded Music revenue also grew, driven by the company's European concert promotion business. The digital revenue growth was more than offset by contracting demand for physical product. Major sellers included Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruno Mars, Lenny Kravitz, Blake Shelton and Jason Derulo.

Recorded Music adjusted operating margin expanded 2.6 percentage points to 3.7% from 1.1% in the prior-year quarter. Recorded Music adjusted OIBDA margin expanded 2.5 percentage points to 10.9% from 8.4% in the prior-year quarter. Operating income, adjusted operating income, OIBDA and adjusted OIBDA reflects the impact of the Quarterly Severance Charges.

Full-Year Results
Digital Recorded Music revenue represented 32.8% of Recorded Music revenue for the fiscal year, up from 29.0% in fiscal year 2010. Domestic Recorded Music digital revenue amounted to $433 million, or 45.2% of total domestic Recorded Music revenue, up from $421 million or 40.4% in the prior fiscal year. Major sellers included Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael Bublé and James Blunt.

Recorded Music adjusted operating margin expanded 0.9 percentage points to 5.0% from 4.1% in the prior year. Recorded Music adjusted OIBDA margin grew 1.0 percentage point to 12.4% from 11.4% in the prior year. Operating income, adjusted operating income, OIBDA and adjusted OIBDA reflect the impact of the Fiscal-Year Severance Charges.

Music Publishing

Music Publishing Summary Results ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- (dollars in millions) For the For the Combined For the Combined For the Three Months Three Months Twelve Twelve ended ended Months ended Months ended September September % September September % 30, 2011(1) 30, 2010 Change 30, 2011(1) 30, 2010 Change ------------ ------------ ------ ------------ ------------ ------ (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) Revenue $ 141 $ 142 (1%) $ 544 $ 556 (2%) Digital Revenue 17 18 (6%) 60 59 2% Operating income (loss) 40 38 5% 73 86 (15%) Adjusted operating income (loss) (1) 43 38 13% 76 86 (12%) OIBDA 57 56 2% 147 157 (6%) Adjusted OIBDA(1) $ 60 $ 56 7% $ 150 $ 157 (4%) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- (1) See "Supplemental Disclosures Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures" at the end of this release for details regarding these measures.

Fourth-Quarter Results
Music Publishing results in the prior-year quarter included the benefit of $5 million in revenue and $2 million in OIBDA from an agreement reached by the U.S. recorded music and music publishing industries, related to the payment of mechanical royalties accrued in prior years by record companies. Mechanical revenue declined, reflecting the ongoing transition in the recorded music industry as well as the mechanical royalties benefit in the prior-year quarter. An increase in performance revenue reflected recent acquisitions and timing of collections from international societies, while declines in synchronization and digital revenue were also due to timing.

Music Publishing adjusted operating margin expanded 3.7 percentage points to 30.5% from 26.8% in the prior-year quarter. Music Publishing adjusted OIBDA margin expanded 3.2 percentage points to 42.6% from 39.4%. Operating income, adjusted operating income, OIBDA and adjusted OIBDA reflect the impact of the Quarterly Severance Charges.

Full-Year Results
The decrease in Music Publishing revenue was driven by an expected decrease in mechanical revenue, partially offset by an increase in synchronization revenue, performance revenue, digital revenue and other revenue. Digital Music Publishing revenue represented 11.0% of total Music Publishing revenue in the fiscal year, compared to 10.6% in fiscal year 2010.

Music Publishing adjusted operating margin was 14.0%, down 1.5 percentage points from 15.5% in fiscal year 2010. Music Publishing adjusted OIBDA margin was 27.6%, down 0.6 percentage points from 28.2% in the prior year. Operating income, adjusted operating income, OIBDA and OIBDA margin reflect the impact of the Fiscal-Year Severance Charges.

Financial details for the quarter and fiscal year can be found in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, for the period ended September 30, 2011, filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

This morning, management will be hosting a conference call to discuss the results at 8:30 A.M. EST. The call will be webcast on www.wmg.com.

About Warner Music Group
With its broad roster of new stars and legendary artists, Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, Cordless, East West, Elektra, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Rykodisc, Sire, Warner Bros. and Word, as well as Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide.

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Figure 1. Warner Music Group Corp. - Consolidated Statements of Operations, Three and Twelve Months 9/30/11 versus 9/30/10 (dollars in millions) Successor Predecessor Predecessor ------------ ------------ ------------ For the From July Combined For the 20, 2011 From July 1, Three Months Three Months through 2011 through ended Ended September July 19, September September % 30, 2011 2011 30, 2011 30, 2010 Change ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ ------ (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) Revenues $ 554 $ 153 $ 707 $ 753 (6%) Costs and expenses: Cost of revenues (286) (83) (369) (388) (5%) Selling, general and administrative expenses (186) (76) (262) (291) (10%) Transaction costs (10) (36) (46) - - Amortization of intangible assets (38) (13) (51) (54) (6%) ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ ------ Total costs and expenses $ (520) $ (208) $ (728) $ (733) (1%) ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ ------ Operating income (loss) $ 34 $ (55) $ (21) $ 20 - Interest expense, net (62) (10) (72) (47) 53% Impairment of cost-method investment - - - - - Other income (expense), net - - - (2) (100%) ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ ------ Loss before income taxes $ (28) $ (65) $ (93) $ (29) - ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ ------ Income tax expense (3) (7) (10) (17) (41%) ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ ------ Net loss $ (31) $ (72) $ (103) $ (46) - Less: loss attributable to noncontrolling interest - - - - - ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ ------ Net loss attributable to Warner Music Group Corp. $ (31) $ (72) $ (103) $ (46) - ============ ============ ============ ============ ====== Successor Predecessor Predecessor -------------------------- ------------- For the From July Combined For the 20, 2011 From October Twelve Twelve through 1, 2010 Months ended Months ended September through July September September % 30, 2011 19, 2011 30, 2011 30, 2010 Change ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ ------ (audited) (audited) (unaudited) (audited) Revenues $ 554 $ 2,315 $ 2,869 $ 2,988 (4%) Costs and expenses: Cost of revenues (286) (1,265) (1,551) (1,584) (2%) Selling, general and administrative expenses (186) (831) (1,017) (1,095) (7%) Transaction costs (10) (43) (53) - - Amortization of intangible assets (38) (178) (216) (219) (1%) ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ ------ Total costs and expenses $ (520) $ (2,317) $ (2,837) $ (2,898) (2%) ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ ------ Operating income (loss) $ 34 $ (2) $ 32 $ 90 (64%) Interest expense, net (62) (151) (213) (190) 12% Impairment of cost-method investment - - - (1) (100%) Other income (expense), net - 5 5 (3) - ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ ------ Loss before income taxes $ (28) $ (148) $ (176) $ (104) 69% ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ ------ Income tax expense (3) (27) (30) (41) (27%) ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ ------ Net loss $ (31) $ (175) $ (206) $ (145) 42% Less: loss attributable to noncontrolling interest - 1 1 2 (50%) ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ ------ Net loss attributable to Warner Music Group Corp. $ (31) $ (174) $ (205) $ (143) 43% ============ ============ ============ ============ ====== Figure 2. Warner Music Group Corp. - Consolidated Balance Sheets as of 9/30/2011 and 09/30/10 (dollars in millions) Successor Predecessor -------------- -------------- September 30, September 30, 2011 2010 % Change -------------- -------------- -------- (audited) (audited) Assets: Current Assets Cash & cash equivalents $ 154 $ 439 (65%) Accounts receivable, less allowances of $0 and $111 385 434 (11%) Inventories 29 37 (22%) Royalty advances (expected to be recouped w/in 1 year) 141 143 (1%) Deferred tax assets 54 30 80% Other current assets 86 78 10% -------------- -------------- -------- Total Current Assets $ 849 $ 1,161 (27%) Royalty advances (expected to be recouped after 1 year) 173 189 (8%) Property, plant & equipment, net 182 121 50% Goodwill 1,366 1,057 29% Intangible assets subject to amortization, net 2,718 1,119 - Intangible assets not subject to amortization 102 100 2% Other assets 79 64 23% -------------- -------------- -------- Total Assets $ 5,469 $ 3,811 44% ============== ============== ======== Liabilities & Equity (Deficit): Current Liabilities Accounts payable $ 165 $ 206 (20%) Accrued royalties 974 1,034 (6%) Accrued liabilities 217 314 (31%) Accrued interest 55 59 (7%) Deferred revenue 101 100 1% Other current liabilities 53 40 33% -------------- -------------- -------- Total Current Liabilities $ 1,565 $ 1,753 (11%) Long-term debt 2,217 1,945 14% Deferred tax liabilities 420 169 - Other noncurrent liabilities 154 155 (1%) -------------- -------------- -------- Total Liabilities $ 4,356 $ 4,022 8% Common stock - - Additional paid-in capital 1,129 611 85% Accumulated deficit (31) (929) (97%) Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income, net (2) 53 - -------------- -------------- -------- Total Warner Music Group Corp. Equity (Deficit) $ 1,096 $ (265) - Noncontrolling interest 17 54 (69%) -------------- -------------- -------- Total Equity (Deficit) 1,113 (211) - -------------- -------------- -------- -------------- -------------- -------- Total Liabilities & Equity (Deficit) $ 5,469 $ 3,811 44% ============== ============== ======== Figure 3. Warner Music Group Corp. - Summarized Statements of Cash Flows, Three and Twelve Months 9/30/11 versus 9/30/10 (dollars in millions) Successor Predecessor Predecessor -------------- -------------- -------------- For the From July 20, Combined Three For the Three 2011 through From July 1, Months ended Months Ended September 30, 2011 through September 30, September 30, 2011 July 19, 2011 2011 2010 -------------- -------------- -------------- -------------- (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities $ (64) $ 30 $ (34) $ 50 Net cash used in investing activities (1,292) (4) (1,296) (24) Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 1,199 - 1,199 (1) Effect of foreign currency exchange rates on cash (8) 3 (5) 14 -------------- -------------- -------------- -------------- Net (decrease) increase in cash $ (165) $ 29 $ (136) $ 39 ============== ============== ============== ============== Successor Predecessor Predecessor -------------- -------------- -------------- For the Combined From July 20, From October Twelve Months For the Twelve 2011 through 1, 2010 ended Months ended September 30, through July September 30, September 30, 2011 19, 2011 2011 2010 -------------- -------------- -------------- -------------- (audited) (audited) (unaudited) (audited) Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities $ (64) $ 12 $ (52) $ 150 Net cash used in investing activities (1,292) (155) (1,447) (85) Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 1,199 5 1,204 (3) Effect of foreign currency exchange rates on cash (8) 18 10 (7) -------------- -------------- -------------- -------------- Net (decrease) increase in cash $ (165) $ (120) $ (285) $ 55 ============== ============== ============== ==============

Supplemental Disclosures Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We evaluate our operating performance based on several factors, including the following non-GAAP financial measures:

OIBDA
OIBDA reflects our operating income before non-cash depreciation of tangible assets, non-cash amortization of intangible assets and non-cash impairment charges to reduce the carrying value of goodwill and intangible assets. We consider OIBDA to be an important indicator of the operational strengths and performance of our businesses, and believe the presentation of OIBDA helps improve the ability to understand the company's operating performance and evaluate our performance in comparison to comparable periods. However, a limitation of the use of OIBDA as a performance measure is that it does not reflect the periodic costs of certain capitalized tangible and intangible assets used in generating revenue in our businesses. Accordingly, OIBDA should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, operating income, net income (loss) and other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S ("GAAP"). In addition, OIBDA, as we calculate it, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies.

Figure 4. Warner Music Group Corp. - Reconciliation of OIBDA to Net Loss, Three and Twelve Months 9/30/11 versus 9/30/10 (dollars in millions) Successor Predecessor Predecessor ------------ ------------ ------------ For the From July Combined For the 20, 2011 From July 1, Three Months Three Months through 2011 through ended Ended September July 19, September September 30, 2011 2011 30, 2011 30, 2010 % Change ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ -------- (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) OIBDA $ 81 $ (40) $ 41 $ 85 (52%) Depreciation expense (9) (2) (11) (11) - Amortization expense (38) (13) (51) (54) (6%) ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ -------- Operating income (loss) $ 34 $ (55) $ (21) $ 20 - Interest expense, net (62) (10) (72) (47) 53% Other (expense) income, net - - - (2) (100%) ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ -------- Loss before income taxes $ (28) $ (65) $ (93) $ (29) - ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ -------- Income tax expense (3) (7) (10) (17) (41%) ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ -------- Net loss $ (31) $ (72) $ (103) $ (46) - Less: loss attributable to noncontrolling interest - - - - - ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ -------- Net loss attributable to Warner Music Group Corp. $ (31) $ (72) $ (103) $ (46) - ============ ============ ============ ============ ======== Operating income margin 6.1% (35.9%) (3.0%) 2.7% OIBDA margin 14.6% (26.1%) 5.8% 11.3% Successor Predecessor Predecessor ------------ ------------ ------------ For the From July Combined For the 20, 2011 From October Twelve Twelve through 1, 2010 Months ended Months ended September through July September September 30, 2011 19, 2011 30, 2011 30, 2010 % Change ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ -------- (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) OIBDA $ 81 $ 209 $ 290 $ 348 (17%) Depreciation expense (9) (33) (42) (39) 8% Amortization expense (38) (178) (216) (219) (1%) ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ -------- Operating income (loss) $ 34 $ (2) $ 32 $ 90 (64%) Interest expense, net (62) (151) (213) (190) 12% Impairment of cost-method investments - - - (1) (100%) Other (expense) income, net - 5 5 (3) - ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ -------- Loss before income taxes $ (28) $ (148) $ (176) $ (104) 69% ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ -------- Income tax expense (3) (27) (30) (41) (27%) ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ -------- Net loss $ (31) $ (175) $ (206) $ (145) 42% Less: loss attributable to noncontrolling interest - 1 1 2 (50%) ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ -------- Net loss attributable to Warner Music Group Corp. $ (31) $ (174) $ (205) $ (143) 43% ============ ============ ============ ============ ======== Operating income margin 6.1% (0.1%) 1.1% 3.0% OIBDA margin 14.6% 9.0% 10.1% 11.6% Figure 5. Warner Music Group Corp. - Reconciliation of Segment Operating Income to OIBDA, Three and Twelve Months 9/30/11 versus 9/30/11 (dollars in millions) Successor Predecessor Predecessor ----------- ------------ ------------ For the From July Combined For the 20, 2011 From July 1, Three Months Three Months through 2011 through ended Ended September July 19, September September 30, 2011 2011 30, 2011 30, 2010 % Change ----------- ------------ ------------ ------------ -------- (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) Total WMG Operating Income (Loss) - GAAP $ 34 $ (55) $ (21) $ 20 - Depreciation and Amortization 47 15 62 65 -5% ----------- ------------ ------------ ------------ -------- Total WMG OIBDA $ 81 $ (40) $ 41 $ 85 -52% =========== ============ ============ ============ ======== Recorded Music Operating Income - GAAP $ 17 $ (4) $ 13 $ 7 86% Depreciation and Amortization 31 10 41 45 -9% ----------- ------------ ------------ ------------ -------- Recorded Music OIBDA $ 48 $ 6 $ 54 $ 52 4% =========== ============ ============ ============ ======== Music Publishing Operating Income - GAAP $ 39 $ 1 $ 40 $ 38 5% Depreciation and Amortization 12 5 17 18 -6% ----------- ------------ ------------ ------------ -------- Music Publishing OIBDA $ 51 $ 6 $ 57 $ 56 2% =========== ============ ============ ============ ======== Successor Predecessor Predecessor ----------- ------------ ------------ For the From July Combined For the 20, 2011 From October Twelve Twelve through 1, 2010 Months ended Months ended September through July September September 30, 2011 19, 2011 30, 2011 30, 2010 % Change ----------- ------------ ------------ ------------ -------- (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) Total WMG Operating Income (Loss) - GAAP $ 34 $ (2) $ 32 $ 90 (64%) Depreciation and Amortization 47 211 258 258 - ----------- ------------ ------------ ------------ -------- Total WMG OIBDA $ 81 $ 209 $ 290 $ 348 (17%) =========== ============ ============ ============ ======== Recorded Music Operating Income - GAAP $ 17 $ 93 $ 110 $ 102 8% Depreciation and Amortization 31 141 172 177 (3%) ----------- ------------ ------------ ------------ -------- Recorded Music OIBDA $ 48 $ 234 $ 282 $ 279 1% =========== ============ ============ ============ ======== Music Publishing Operating Income - GAAP $ 39 $ 34 $ 73 $ 86 (15%) Depreciation and Amortization 12 62 74 71 4% ----------- ------------ ------------ ------------ -------- Music Publishing OIBDA $ 51 $ 96 $ 147 $ 157 (6%) =========== ============ ============ ============ ========

Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted OIBDA and Adjusted Net Income (Loss)
Adjusted operating income, adjusted OIBDA and adjusted net income (loss) is operating income, OIBDA and net income (loss), respectively, adjusted to exclude the impact of certain items relating to the acquisition of the Company by Access that affect comparability ("Factors Affecting Comparability"). Factors affecting period-to-period comparability of the unadjusted measures in fiscal year 2011 included expenses and share-based compensation expense related to the acquisition of the company by Access Industries. The Company uses adjusted operating income, adjusted OIBDA and adjusted net loss attributable to Warner Music Group Corp., as applicable, to evaluate the Company's actual operating performance. The Company believes that the adjusted results provide relevant and useful information for investors because they clarify the Company's actual operating performance, make it easier to compare the Company's results with those of other companies in our industry and allow investors to review performance in the same way as our management. Since these are not measures of performance calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, they should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, operating income, OIBDA and net loss attributable to WMG as indicators of operating performance, and they may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies.

Figure 6. Warner Music Group Corp. - Reconciliation of Reported Results to Adjusted Results, Three and Twelve Months 9/30/11 (dollars in millions) For the Combined Three Months ended September 30, 2011 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recorded Music Total WMG Music Publishing Operating Operating Operating Total WMG Income Income Income OIBDA ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) Reported Results $ (21) $ 13 $ 40 $ 41 Factors Affecting Comparability: Acquisition Expenses(1) 46 - 2 46 Share-Based Compensation Expense(2) 14 8 1 14 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Adjusted Results $ 39 $ 21 $ 43 $ 101 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- For the Combined Three Months ended September 30, 2011 ------------------------------------------------------------------ Net loss attributable Music to Warner Recorded Publishing Music Group Music OIBDA OIBDA Corp. ----------- ----------- ------------- (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) Reported Results $ 54 $ 57 $ (103) Factors Affecting Comparability: Acquisition Expenses(1) - 2 46 Share-Based Compensation Expense(2) 8 1 14 ----------- ----------- ------------- Adjusted Results $ 62 $ 60 $ (43) ------------------------------------------------------------------ For the Combined Twelve Months ended September 30, 2011 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recorded Music Total WMG Music Publishing Operating Operating Operating Total WMG Income Income Income OIBDA ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) Reported Results $ 32 $ 110 $ 73 $ 290 Factors Affecting Comparability: Acquisition Expenses(1) 53 - 2 53 Share-Based Compensation Expense(2) 14 8 1 14 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Adjusted Results $ 99 $ 118 $ 76 $ 357 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- For the Combined Twelve Months ended September 30, 2011 ------------------------------------------------------------------ Net loss attributable Music to Warner Recorded Publishing Music Group Music OIBDA OIBDA Corp. ----------- ----------- ------------- (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) Reported Results $ 282 $ 147 $ (205) Factors Affecting Comparability: Acquisition Expenses(1) - 2 53 Share-Based Compensation Expense(2) 8 1 14 ----------- ----------- ------------- Adjusted Results $ 290 $ 150 $ (138) ------------------------------------------------------------------ (1) Adjusted Results for the three months and twelve months ended September 30, 2011 exclude $46 million ($44 million corporate and $2 million Music Publishing) and $53 million ($51 million corporate and $2 million Music Publishing) respectively in fees incurred in connection with the acquisition of the Company by Access Industries. These costs primarily included advisory, accounting, legal and other professional fees. (2) Adjusted Results for the three months and twelve months ended September 30, 2011 exclude $14 million ($8 million Recorded Music, $1 million Music Publishing and $5 million corporate) in share-based compensation expense incurred in connection with the acquisition of the Company by Access Industries. Figure 7. Warner Music Group Corp. - Summary Financial Results, Three and Twelve Months 9/30/11 versus 9/30/10 (dollars in millions) Summary Results - Quarter ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Successor Predecessor Predecessor ----------- ----------- ----------- For the Combined For the From July From July Three Three 20, 2011 1, 2011 Months Months through through ended Ended September July 19, September September % 30, 2011 2011 30, 2011 30, 2010 Change ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ------ Total WMG (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) ---------------------- Revenue $ 554 $ 153 $ 707 $ 753 (6%) Digital Revenue 161 49 210 197 7% Operating income (loss) 34 (55) (21) 20 - Adjusted operating income (loss) 44 (5) 39 20 95% OIBDA 81 (40) 41 85 (52%) Adjusted OIBDA 91 10 101 85 19% Net loss attributable to Warner Music Group Corp. (31) (72) (103) (46) (124%) Adjusted Net loss attributable to Warner Music Group Corp. $ (21) $ (22) $ (43) $ (46) 7% Recorded Music ---------------------- Revenue $ 454 $ 117 $ 571 $ 620 (8%) Digital Revenue 147 47 194 183 6% Operating income (loss) 17 (4) 13 7 86% Adjusted operating income (loss) 17 4 21 7 200% OIBDA 48 6 54 52 4% Adjusted OIBDA $ 48 $ 14 $ 62 $ 52 19% Music Publishing ---------------------- Revenue $ 104 $ 37 $ 141 $ 142 (1%) Digital Revenue 15 2 17 18 (6%) Operating income (loss) 39 1 40 38 5% Adjusted operating income (loss) 39 4 43 38 13% OIBDA 51 6 57 56 2% Adjusted OIBDA $ 51 $ 9 $ 60 $ 56 7% Summary Results - Fiscal Year ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Successor Predecessor Predecessor ----------- ----------- ----------- For the From Combined For the From July October 1, Twelve Twelve 20, 2011 2010 Months Months through through ended ended September July 19, September September % 30, 2011 2011 30, 2011 30, 2010 Change ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ------ Total WMG (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) ---------------------- Revenue $ 554 $ 2,315 $ 2,869 $ 2,988 (4%) Digital Revenue 161 659 820 759 8% Operating income (loss) 34 (2) 32 90 (64%) Adjusted operating income (loss) 44 55 99 90 10% OIBDA 81 209 290 348 (17%) Adjusted OIBDA 91 266 357 348 3% Net loss attributable to Warner Music Group Corp. (31) (174) (205) (143) (43%) Adjusted Net loss attributable to Warner Music Group Corp. $ (21) $ (117) $ (138) $ (143) 3% Recorded Music ---------------------- Revenue $ 454 $ 1,890 $ 2,344 $ 2,459 (5%) Digital Revenue 147 621 768 713 8% Operating income (loss) 17 93 110 102 8% Adjusted operating income (loss) 17 101 118 102 16% OIBDA 48 234 282 279 1% Adjusted OIBDA $ 48 $ 242 $ 290 $ 279 4% Music Publishing ---------------------- Revenue $ 104 $ 440 $ 544 $ 556 (2%) Digital Revenue 15 45 60 59 2% Operating income (loss) 39 34 73 86 (15%) Adjusted operating income (loss) 39 37 76 86 (12%) OIBDA 51 96 147 157 (6%) Adjusted OIBDA $ 51 $ 99 $ 150 $ 157 (4%)

Constant Currency
Because exchange rates are an important factor in understanding period-to-period comparisons, we believe the presentation of revenue on a constant-currency basis in addition to reported revenue helps improve the ability to understand our operating results and evaluate our performance in comparison to prior periods. Constant-currency information compares results between periods as if exchange rates had remained constant period over period. We use results on a constant-currency basis as one measure to evaluate our performance. We calculate constant-currency results by applying current-year foreign currency exchange rates to prior-year results. However, a limitation of the use of the constant-currency results as a performance measure is that it does not reflect the impact of exchange rates on our revenue, including, for example, the $50 million, $40 million and $9 million unfavorable impact of exchange rates on our Total, Recorded Music and Music Publishing revenue, in the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the prior-year quarter. These results should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, results reported in accordance with GAAP. Results on a constant-currency basis, as we present them, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies and are not a measure of performance presented in accordance with GAAP.

Figure 8. Warner Music Group Corp. - Revenue by Geography and Segment, Three and Twelve Months 9/30/11 versus 9/30/10 as Reported and Constant Currency (dollars in millions) Successor Predecessor Predecessor Predecessor ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- For the Combined For the For the From July From July Three Three Three 20, 2011 1, 2011 Months Months Months through through ended Ended Ended September July 19, September September September 30, 2011 2011 30, 2011 30, 2010 30, 2010 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- As reported As reported As reported As reported Constant $ (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) US revenue Recorded Music $ 173 $ 43 $ 216 $ 263 $ 263 Music Publishing 40 6 46 59 59 International revenue Recorded Music 281 74 355 357 397 Music Publishing 64 31 95 83 92 Intersegment eliminations (4) (1) (5) (9) (8) ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Total Revenue $ 554 $ 153 $ 707 $ 753 $ 803 =========== =========== =========== =========== =========== Revenue by Segment: Recorded Music $ 454 $ 117 $ 571 $ 620 $ 660 Music Publishing Mechanical 24 7 31 40 43 Performance 41 20 61 52 57 Synchronization 21 7 28 29 30 Digital 15 2 17 18 18 Other 3 1 4 3 3 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Total Music Publishing 104 37 141 142 151 Intersegment eliminations (4) (1) (5) (9) (8) ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Total Revenue $ 554 $ 153 $ 707 $ 753 $ 803 =========== =========== =========== =========== =========== ----------------------------------------------------------- Total Digital Revenue $ 161 $ 49 $ 210 $ 197 $ 205 =========== =========== =========== =========== =========== Successor Predecessor Predecessor Predecessor ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- For the From Combined For the For the From July October 1, Twelve Twelve Twelve 20, 2011 2010 Months Months Months through through ended ended Ended September July 19, September September September 30, 2011 2011 30, 2011 30, 2010 30, 2010 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- As reported As reported As reported As reported Constant $ (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) US revenue Recorded Music $ 173 $ 785 $ 958 $ 1,043 $ 1,043 Music Publishing 40 155 195 214 214 International revenue Recorded Music 281 1,105 1,386 1,416 1,474 Music Publishing 64 285 349 342 358 Intersegment eliminations (4) (15) (19) (27) (26) ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Total Revenue $ 554 $ 2,315 $ 2,869 $ 2,988 $ 3,063 =========== =========== =========== =========== =========== Revenue by Segment: Recorded Music $ 454 $ 1,890 $ 2,344 $ 2,459 $ 2,517 Music Publishing Mechanical 24 118 142 177 182 Performance 41 173 214 207 214 Synchronization 21 92 113 102 105 Digital 15 45 60 59 60 Other 3 12 15 11 11 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Total Music Publishing 104 440 544 556 572 Intersegment eliminations (4) (15) (19) (27) (26) ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Total Revenue $ 554 $ 2,315 $ 2,869 $ 2,988 $ 3,063 =========== =========== =========== =========== =========== ----------------------------------------------------------- Total Digital Revenue $ 161 $ 659 $ 820 $ 759 $ 776 =========== =========== =========== =========== ===========

Free Cash Flow
Free Cash Flow reflects our cash flow provided by operating activities less capital expenditures and cash paid or received for investments. We use Free Cash Flow, among other measures, to evaluate our operating performance. Management believes Free Cash Flow provides investors with an important perspective on the cash available to service debt, fund ongoing operations and working capital needs, make strategic acquisitions and investments and pay any dividends or fund any repurchases of our outstanding notes or common stock in open market purchases, privately negotiated purchases or otherwise. As a result, Free Cash Flow is a significant measure of our ability to generate long-term value. It is useful for investors to know whether this ability is being enhanced or degraded as a result of our operating performance. We believe the presentation of Free Cash Flow is relevant and useful for investors because it allows investors to view performance in a manner similar to the method used by management. In addition, Free Cash Flow is also a primary measure used externally by our investors and analysts for purposes of valuation and comparing the operating performance of our company to other companies in our industry.

Because Free Cash Flow is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, Free Cash Flow should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, net income (loss) as an indicator of operating performance or cash flow provided by operating activities as a measure of liquidity. Free Cash Flow, as we calculate it, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies. In addition, Free Cash Flow does not necessarily represent funds available for discretionary use and is not necessarily a measure of our ability to fund our cash needs. Because Free Cash Flow deducts capital expenditures and cash paid or received for investments from "cash flow provided by operating activities" (the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure), users of this information should consider the types of events and transactions that are not reflected. We provide below a reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to the most directly comparable amount reported under GAAP, which is "net cash flow (used in) provided by operating activities."

Unlevered After-Tax Cash Flow
Free Cash Flow includes cash paid for interest. We also review our cash flow adjusted for cash paid for interest, a measure we call Unlevered After-Tax Cash Flow. Management believes this measure provides investors with an additional important perspective on our cash generation ability. We consider Unlevered After-Tax Cash Flow to be an important indicator of the performance of our businesses and believe the presentation is relevant and useful for investors because it allows investors to view performance in a manner similar to the method used by management. A limitation of the use of this measure is that it does not reflect the charges for cash interest and, therefore, does not necessarily represent funds available for discretionary use, and is not necessarily a measure of the company's ability to fund its cash needs. Accordingly, this measure should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, net cash flow provided by operating activities and other measures of liquidity reported in accordance with GAAP.

Figure 9. Warner Music Group Corp. - Calculation of Free Cash Flow and Unlevered After-Tax Cash Flow, Three and Tweleve Months 9/30/11 versus 9/30/10 (dollars in millions) Successor Predecessor Predecessor ----------- ----------- ----------- For the Combined For the From July From July Three Three 20, 2011 1, 2011 Months Months through through ended Ended September July 19, September September 30, 2011 2011 30, 2011 30, 2010 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) (unaudited) Net cash flow (used in) provided by operating activities $ (64) $ 30 $ (34) $ 50 Less: Capital expenditures 11 3 14 21 Less: Net cash paid for investments 3 1 4 4
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