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Clear Channel Outdoor’s Q3/13 Shows 1% Revenue Decline

Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc. [1] has reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013, showing that revenues of $723 million for the quarter were down 1% from the same period in 2012.

Clear Channel Outdoor logo [2]In the Americas, revenues decreased $4 million, or 1%, on a reported basis and $3 million, or less than 1% adjusted for movements in foreign exchange rates, driven by declining revenues at airports due to lost contracts and from the absence of Clear Channel’s digital billboard revenue in the City of Los Angeles. Partially offsetting these declines were higher occupancy and rate on bulletins, as well as strong growth from the rising rate, capacity and occupancy of digital bulletins in other markets.

International revenues decreased $3 million, or less than 1%, after adjusting for a $3 million revenue reduction due to the divestiture of businesses during the third quarter of 2012 and a $1 million increase from movements in foreign exchange rates. Strong revenue growth in emerging markets was offset by revenue declines in developed markets where, despite challenging economic conditions, certain countries performed well.

“Every day, we become more excited about the potential of our outdoor business due to our new and expanded relationships with advertisers, as well as advanced technologies and the evolving trend of people spending more time out-of-home than they ever have before,” said Bob Pittman, executive chairman of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings on release of the financial statement. “We’re pleased with the business’s core metrics and prospects for future growth, while we continue to adjust – and invest in – our global portfolio to increase exposure to faster-growing regions. Two recent campaigns to launch new albums for Paul McCartney and Lady Gaga underscored the power of our global reach and ability to deliver for clients across our multi-platform assets, something that only Clear Channel can do.”

“There’s incredible innovation in the out-of-home advertising sector to reach mobile consumers in that important moment before – and during – purchase, and Clear Channel is leading it,” said William Eccleshare. CEO. “We are a true mobile media company working at our collaborative best to deliver audiences with the right demographics for clients. Outdoor is becoming the ‘fourth screen’ that makes our clients’ other campaigns more effective and efficient than ever. During the quarter, we saw improving trends internationally, especially in our emerging markets, such as China, Singapore, Brazil and Chile, as well as in Australia and the UK. We’re confident that we’re taking the right steps – including increased digital investment – to position us for out-of-home’s future growth.”

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