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Ocean Outdoor Limited Full Year Trading Update

18/02/2020 7:00am

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Ocean Outdoor Limited

18 February 2020

18 February 2020

Ocean Outdoor Limited

("Ocean" or the "Company" or the "Group")

Full Year Trading Update

Ocean Outdoor Limited (LSE: OOUT), a leading operator of premium Digital Out-of-Home ("DOOH") advertising in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the Nordics and Germany, today provides the market with a trading update for the full year 2019.

Highlights:

   -- Group revenue up 13.5% to GBP141.3 million on a proforma basis (2018: GBP124.5 million) 1 
 
   -- Adjusted EBITDA up 10.5% to GBP33.6 million on a proforma basis (2018: GBP30.4 million) 1 
 
   -- Ocean UK and Ocean NL revenues combined are up 14.3% to GBP98.3 million (2018: GBP86.0 million) and Adjusted 
      EBITDA up 12.2% to GBP28.0m million (2018: GBP25.0 million) 2 
 
   -- Acquisition of Dutch OOH companies Ngage Media and Interbest, for a combined cash consideration of GBP43 million. 
      Addition of Beyond Outdoor in May has now led to creation of Ocean Outdoor Netherlands 
 
   -- GBP56 million acquisition of the international media and tech group Visual Art ("Visual Art"), a Sweden based 
      digital media group operating 25,000 screens across 24 countries. 
 
   -- GBP25 million acquisition of Nasdaq First North listed AdCityMedia, a Sweden-based premium out-of-home and 
      digital screen tech operator 
 
   -- Successful extension of iconic Piccadilly Lights and BFI IMAX contracts 
 
   -- Exclusive long-term contracts secured with Southampton and Glasgow City councils to provide enhanced digital 
      roadside city centre large format screens 

2019 was truly a transformational year for Ocean Outdoor. The Company has executed on its acquisition strategy, taking Ocean into six new countries (the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Germany) and creating one of the leading DOOH players in Northern Europe. This expansion has led to a significant rise in our revenues and earnings, with EBITDA increasing by 10.5% to GBP33.6 million on a proforma basis.

The Board has been pleased with Ocean Outdoor Netherlands' development since the collective integration of the three businesses ( Ngage Media, Interbest and Beyond Outdoor), brought together earlier in the year. In November 2019, Ocean Netherlands agreed to acquire the digital advertising masts portfolio owned and operated by Clear Channel Netherlands. The deal became effective on 1 January 2020 and has boosted Ocean Netherlands' roadside presence, bringing the total number of city, retail and roadside screens operated in the Netherlands to 283.

After completing the exciting acquisition of Visual Art in September 2019, Ocean announced in November 2019 its GBP25 million offer for AdCityMedia, a Sweden based independent, premium Out-of-Home and digital screen tech operator focused on large format digital and high-end city centre locations across Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. The offer was a success and closed with 99.41% acceptances allowing the Group to commence the integration. The combined entities, referred to as Ocean Nordics, will create the leading DOOH operator in the region, as well as creating commercial synergies and economies of scale which will help to unlock value and enhance future growth and profitability. The Visual Art business has performed slightly behind plan but the Board is confident of the combination and for Ocean Nordics to perform in-line with the rest of the Group in 2020.

Whilst Ocean has made excellent progress with its acquisition strategy, the established UK business has continued to expand organically, with major new developments that include city contracts won for Glasgow and Southampton and the rollout of 128 roadside digital screens across Birmingham. In London, Ocean is upgrading 40 out of home advertising screens across Canary Wharf, London's global financial centre and luxury shopping and leisure destination.

At the same time, Ocean's UK network has invested wider in its broadcast led content strategy, hosting a series of world class events through the course of the year, including Jaguar Land Rover's sponsorship of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, DS Automobiles association with Formula E championship highlights and a partnership with ITV to broadcast Rugby World Cup games. Ocean UK concluded the year with an exclusive showing of the trailer for the 25(th) James Bond movie, No Time To Die, on Landsec's iconic Piccadilly Lights - the first time any film trailer has be shown on the world-famous digital screen.

Commenting on Ocean's performance, CEO Tim Bleakley said: "In the last 12 months we completed five acquisitions and expanded our presence to seven countries, entering key strategic markets and creating a market leading DOOH offering in both the Netherlands and Sweden, where we are focussed on successfully implementing our Digital Cities for Digital Citizens philosophy. Our expanded geographical presence allows us to build a combination of premium digital assets and quality audience delivery networks across northern Europe that will meet the needs of both customers and advertisers.

"Whilst we remain focused on expanding our network, creativity and innovation are also core to our growth and we continue to invest in new and engaging ways of using full motion DOOH to bring exclusives to audiences and a powerful broadcast platform for brands to exploit. Our recent Neuroscience based study and YouGov research has provided a greater, quantifiable understanding of the significant impact of the use of innovative content on full motion DOOH screens, underlining the value of our platform.

"As we progress into 2020 we are excited to work alongside the team at AdCityMedia to fully integrate the latest addition into the Ocean Group and continue to develop our business in the UK and the rest of Europe."

(1) Pro-forma basis assumes Ocean Outdoor Limited and all subsidiaries in the Group had been owned from 1 January 2018. These figures include the Visual Art Media Sales business as well as Ad City Media business. They exclude earnings from the Visual Art Digital Signage joint venture. For comparative purposes, the proforma figures are at constant currency using the average exchange rates for 2018, excluding IFRS 16 accounting and no longer add back listing costs, GBP892k (2018: GBP897k).

(2) These exclude the Nordic acquisitions and are the business units on which 2019 revenue guidance was issued.

Date of 2019 Full Year Results:

Ocean Outdoor will announce its Full Year results for the 12 months ended 31 December 2019 on Thursday, 30 April 2020.

An analyst briefing will be held on 30 April 2020 at 09:30 BST at Ocean's offices: Floor 6, 25 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TS. Please email ocean@yellowjerseypr.com to register attendance.

A conference call for investors will take place on 30 April 2020 at 13:00 BST / 08:00 ET. Dial-in details below:

UK Toll Free: 0808 109 0700

USA Toll Free: 1 866 966 5335

Standard International Access: +44 (0)20 3003 2666

Password: Ocean Outdoor

A copy of the results presentation will be made available within the investor relations section of the Company website once the results are announced.

For further information please contact:

 
 Ocean Outdoor 
  Tim Bleakley, CEO                                 020 7292 
  Susann Jerry, Head of Corporate Communications     6161 
 Yellow Jersey PR 
  Charles Goodwin 
  Georgia Colkin                                    020 3004 
  Joe Burgess                                        9512 
 

About Ocean Outdoor

Ocean Outdoor operates some of the most prestigious digital out-of-home (DOOH) locations in the UK, Northern and Continental Europe.

The Ocean portfolio features the UK's most iconic DOOH locations including the BFI IMAX; the Landsec Piccadilly Lights and a significant presence in the top 12 UK cities. Ocean's portfolio of high-profile landlords and partners includes Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Southampton City Councils, Landsec, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, the BFI and intu.

In the UK, a continued focus on Ocean's Digital Cities for Digital Citizens philosophy has significantly augmented the Group's position as an operator of high quality DOOH assets. Ocean continues to deliver good organic development through new City tender wins, the rollout of new locations in Scotland, London, the West Midlands and Manchester and significant screen investment.

Strategic acquisitions that complement the existing DOOH portfolio remain a strategic pillar of the growth programme. This continued with three Dutch acquisitions in spring 2019, giving the company a significant share of the Netherlands market where it has become a major DOOH player. These subsidiaries have since been rebranded as Ocean Netherlands.

In September 2019, Ocean acquired the assets of Visual Art, a Sweden based independent, pure-play DOOH media and tech group which operates in three Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark) and key cities in Germany. This transaction expands Ocean's portfolio across 23 Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield shopping malls in Europe, in addition to holding the exclusive external rights to two of the largest premium urban shopping malls in Europe: Westfield London and Westfield Stratford in the UK.

In February 2020, Ocean closed the acquisition of AdCityMedia, a Sweden-based premium out-of-home and digital screen tech operator focused on large format digital and high-end city centre locations across Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. The combined entities of Visual Art and AdCityMedia, referred to as Ocean Nordics, will create the leading DOOH operator in the region.

This information is provided by RNS, the news service of the London Stock Exchange. RNS is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a Primary Information Provider in the United Kingdom. Terms and conditions relating to the use and distribution of this information may apply. For further information, please contact rns@lseg.com or visit www.rns.com.

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