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Hollywood Media Corp. Reports 2008 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results
Monday, March 16, 2009

BOCA RATON, Fla., March 16, 2009 -- Hollywood Media Corp. (Nasdaq: HOLL), a leading provider of online ticketing services, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2008.  Results reflect the divestment of the Company’s Hollywood.com business in August 2008 and its Showtimes data business unit in August 2007, which have been accounted for as discontinued operations.

Recent Company Highlights:

  • Broadway Ticketing revenues of $27.9 million in the 2008 fourth quarter unchanged from fourth quarter 2007;
  • Positive 2008 fourth quarter and full-year EBITDA* performance for the Broadway Ticketing business;
  • Continued growth in high-margin advertising sales from Broadway shows;
  • Projected savings of approximately $3.0 million annually related to overhead cost reductions  implemented in late 2008 and effective in the 2009 first quarter, consisting of $2.4 million in headcount reductions at Hollywood Media’s corporate headquarters and Broadway Ticketing segment and approximately $0.6 million in SG&A savings;
  • Strong performance from MovieTickets.com including a $1.9 million cash dividend paid to Hollywood Media in the 2009 first quarter; and
  • Cash at December 31, 2008 of $12.7 million with no debt, which included the repurchase during the 2008 fourth quarter of 1,711,639 shares of Hollywood Media’s common stock for a total purchase price of $2.1 million.

For the 2008 fourth quarter, Hollywood Media reported net revenues of $29.0 million compared to $29.6 million in the prior-year period. Broadway Ticketing revenues, which represented 96% of the Company’s net revenues in the 2008 fourth quarter, were unchanged from the prior-year period at $27.9 million.  Broadway Ticketing revenues in the 2008 fourth quarter were impacted by general economic conditions, however margin performance for the period benefited from an increase in advertising sales from Broadway shows, which are not recorded as revenues but rather as a reduction to cost of revenues-ticketing.  The balance of Hollywood Media’s revenues was attributable primarily to Ad Sales from the Company’s U.K.-based CinemasOnline business which experienced a decline in the period of approximately $0.6 million.  

The loss from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2008 was $6.3 million, or $0.20 per share, which includes a $3.5 million non-cash goodwill impairment charge related to the Ad Sales and Intellectual Properties segments.  This compares to a loss from continuing operations in the prior-year period of $1.6 million, or $0.05 per share.  For the full year, the Company reported a loss from continuing operations in 2008 of $10.6 million, or $0.33 per share, which includes the $3.5 million impairment charge mentioned above and $0.4 million of severance costs at Hollywood Media’s corporate headquarters, versus a loss of $8.3 million, or $0.25 per share, in 2007.

Net loss for the 2008 fourth quarter was $6.6 million, or $0.21 per share, which includes the $3.5 million impairment charge and a loss from discontinued operations of $0.4 million, compared to a net loss of $1.9 million, or $0.06 per share, in the prior-year period which includes a loss from discontinued operations of $0.2 million.  Net loss for 2008 was $16.9 million, or $0.53 per share, which includes the $3.5 million impairment charge and a loss from discontinued operations of $6.3 million, versus net income for 2007 of $1.7 million, or $0.05 per share, which includes income from discontinued operations of $10.0 million.
EBITDA (Modified)* loss in the 2008 fourth quarter was $5.6 million, which includes the $3.5 million impairment charge and compares to an EBITDA (Modified) loss of $1.4 million in fourth quarter 2007.  For the full year, EBITDA (Modified) loss in 2008 was $8.8 million, which includes the $3.5 million impairment charge, and compares to an EBITDA (Modified) loss of $7.1 million in 2007.    
The Broadway Ticketing segment generated EBITDA of $0.4 million in the 2008 fourth quarter compared to $0.9 million in the corresponding period of 2007.  The fourth quarter 2008 EBITDA included $0.2 million in severance costs, $0.1 million in redundant lease expense, $0.2 million in website redesign costs, and a $0.4 million negative impact due to a change in gift certificate policy.  Broadway Ticketing generated full year 2008 EBITDA of $3.4 million compared to $3.0 million in 2007.  Broadway Ticketing’s 2008 EBITDA included $0.2 million in severance costs, $0.3 million in redundant lease expense, $0.2 million in website redesign costs, and a $0.6 million negative impact due to a change in gift certificate policy. 
“We are pleased that revenues for our Broadway Ticketing business in this challenging market environment were at comparable levels with the prior-year period,” said Mitchell Rubenstein, CEO of Hollywood Media Corp.  “During the fourth quarter, we continued to provide theatergoers with access to the most in-demand shows while managing our costs and inventory extremely well.  At year-end, ticket insurance revenues more than offset unsold inventory.
 
“We also took steps in the fourth quarter to reduce our overhead costs which included additional headcount reductions, lowered general and administrative costs, and reduced occupancy costs.  These expense reductions are expected to result in annualized savings of approximately $3.0 million with the full impact beginning in the first quarter of 2009.”

Mr. Rubenstein concluded, “With a lower cost base and more focused portfolio of assets, along with profitable EBITDA performance anticipated for our Broadway business and dividends from our investment in MovieTickets.com, we look forward to improved operating performance in 2009.”

At December 31, 2008, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $12.7 million with no debt, compared to $14.3 million and no debt at September 30, 2008.  During the 2008 fourth quarter, the Company repurchased 1,711,639 shares of its common stock for a total of $2.1 million.  The cash position at December 31, 2008 does not include a $1.9 million cash dividend received by the Company in the first quarter of 2009 from its investment in MovieTickets.com in which Hollywood Media owns a 26.2% interest.

 

Teleconference Information

Management will host a teleconference to discuss Hollywood Media’s 2008 fourth quarter and year-end financial results on Monday, March 16, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To access the teleconference, please dial 877-407-8293 (U.S.) or 201-689-8349 (international) approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call.  The teleconference will also be available via live webcast on the investor relations portion of Hollywood Media’s website, http://www.hollywoodmedia.com/conference_calls.htm.

If you are unable to listen to the live teleconference, a replay will be available through March 22, 2009, and can be accessed by dialing 877-660-6853 (U.S.) or 201-612-7415 (international).  Callers will be prompted for replay account number 342# followed by conference ID number 316488#.   An archived version of the webcast will also be available on the investor relations section of Hollywood Media’s website at http://www.hollywoodmedia.com.

About Hollywood Media Corp.

Hollywood Media is a leading provider of online ticketing services, which include Broadway.com and Hollywood Media’s minority interest in MovieTickets.com.  Hollywood Media also owns the UK-based CinemasOnline and an Intellectual Property division.  For more information, please visit the Company’s corporate Web site, http://www.hollywoodmedia.com.

*Note on EBITDA
EBITDA and EBITDA (Modified) are non-GAAP financial measures.  EBITDA is defined as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA (Modified) is defined as loss from continuing operations before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization on continuing operations. Hollywood Media has presented EBITDA in this release because it considers such information an important supplemental measure which management utilizes as one of its tools in evaluating performance and believes it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation and comparison of companies in our industry as well as our results of operations from period to period. EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation, or as a substitute for Hollywood Media’s financial results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are: (a) EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, Hollywood Media’s working capital needs; (b) EBITDA does not reflect interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, if any; and (c) although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized may have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such capital expenditures. Because of these limitations, EBITDA should not be considered as a principal indicator of Hollywood Media’s performance. Hollywood Media compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on Hollywood Media’s GAAP results and using EBITDA only supplementally. Hollywood Media has provided a reconciliation of net income to EBITDA (Modified) in the attached tables.

Note on Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this press release may be “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities laws. The matters discussed herein that are forward-looking statements are based on current management expectations that involve risks and uncertainties that may result in such expectations not being realized. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements due to numerous potential risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the need to manage our growth and integrate new businesses, our ability to realize anticipated revenues, cost efficiencies and sources of capital, the impact of potential future dispositions or other strategic transactions by Hollywood Media, our ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships, our ability to compete with other media, data and internet companies, technology risks, the volatility of our stock price, and other risks and factors described in Hollywood Media Corp.’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including our Form 10-K for 2007 and, when filed, our Form 10-K for 2008.  Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and Hollywood Media undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement except as required by law.
   
Attached are the following financial tables:

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
SEGMENT SUMMARY FINANCIAL DATA AND EBITDA RECONCILIATION