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Lamar Advertising Company Announces First Quarter 2019 Operating Results

May 2, 2019

Three Month Results

-- Net revenue increased 6.5% to $384.5 million -- Net income increased $36.2 million to $51.3 million -- Adjusted EBITDA increased 5.2% to $146.1 million

Three Month Acquisition-Adjusted Results

-- Acquisition-adjusted net revenue increased 2.2% -- Acquisition-adjusted EBITDA increased 0.2%

BATON ROUGE, La., May 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lamar Advertising Company (Nasdaq: LAMR), a leading owner and operator of outdoor advertising and logo sign displays, announces the Company’s operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.

“The first quarter played out largely as we anticipated, with acquisition-adjusted revenue growth a little over 2%,” Chief Executive Sean Reilly said. “I’m particularly pleased by the continued strong performance of our digital platform, and I’m optimistic about the balance of 2019.”

First Quarter Highlights

-- Local revenue increased 4.3% -- Same unit digital revenue increased 4.9% -- AFFO increased 2.7% -- Diluted AFFO per share increased 1.0%

First Quarter Results Lamar reported net revenues of $384.5 million for the first quarter of 2019 versus $361.0 million for the first quarter of 2018, a 6.5% increase. Operating income for the first quarter of 2019 increased $24.9 million to $90.8 million as compared to $65.9 million for the same period in 2018. Lamar recognized net income of $51.3 million for the first quarter of 2019 compared to net income of $15.1 million for same period in 2018. Net income per diluted share was $0.51 and $0.15 for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2019 was $146.1 million versus $138.9 million for the first quarter of 2018, an increase of 5.2%.

Cash flow provided by operating activities was $60.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, an increase of $20.0 million as compared to the same period in 2018. Free cash flow for the first quarter of 2019 was $82.7 million as compared to $81.3 million for the same period in 2018, a 1.6% increase.

For the first quarter of 2019, Funds From Operations, or FFO, was $105.0 million versus $78.7 million for the same period in 2018, an increase of 33.4%. Adjusted Funds From Operations, or AFFO, for the first quarter of 2019 was $98.9 million compared to $96.3 million for the same period in 2018, an increase of 2.7%. Diluted AFFO per share increased 1.0% to $0.99 for the three months ended March 31, 2019 as compared to $0.98 for the same period in 2018.

Acquisition-Adjusted Three Months Results Acquisition-adjusted net revenue for the first quarter of 2019 increased 2.2% over Acquisition-adjusted net revenue for the first quarter of 2018. Acquisition-adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2019 increased 0.2% as compared to Acquisition-adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2018. Acquisition-adjusted net revenue and Acquisition-adjusted EBITDA include adjustments to the 2018 period for acquisitions and divestitures for the same time frame as actually owned in the 2019 period. See “Reconciliation of Reported Basis to Acquisition-Adjusted Results”, which provides reconciliations to GAAP for Acquisition-adjusted measures.

LiquidityAs of March 31, 2019, Lamar had $389.7 million in total liquidity that consisted of $356.9 million available for borrowing under its revolving senior credit facility and approximately $32.8 million in cash and cash equivalents.

Forward Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding sales trends. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: (1) our significant indebtedness; (2) the state of the economy and financial markets generally and the effect of the broader economy on the demand for advertising; (3) the continued popularity of outdoor advertising as an advertising medium; (4) our need for and ability to obtain additional funding for operations, debt refinancing or acquisitions; (5) our ability to continue to qualify as a Real Estate Investment Trust (“REIT”) and maintain our status as a REIT; (6) the regulation of the outdoor advertising industry by federal, state and local governments; (7) the integration of companies and assets that we acquire and our ability to recognize cost savings or operating efficiencies as a result of these acquisitions; (8) changes in accounting principles, policies or guidelines; (9) changes in tax laws applicable to REITs or in the interpretation of those laws; (10) our ability to renew expiring contracts at favorable rates; (11) our ability to successfully implement our digital deployment strategy; and (12) the market for our Class A common stock. For additional information regarding factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in our forward-looking statements, we refer you to the risk factors included in Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2018, as supplemented by any risk factors contained in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and our Current Reports on Form 8-K. We caution investors not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this document. These statements speak only as of the date of this document, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise the statements, except as may be required by law.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresThe Company has presented the following measures that are not measures of performance under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”): Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization), Free Cash Flow, Funds From Operations (“FFO”), Adjusted Funds From Operations (“AFFO”), Diluted AFFO per share, Outdoor Operating Income and Acquisition-Adjusted Results. Our management reviews our performance by focusing on these key performance indicators not prepared in conformity with GAAP. We believe these non-GAAP performance indicators are meaningful supplemental measures of our operating performance and should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. Our Non-GAAP financial measures are determined as follows:

-- We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income before income tax expense (benefit), interest expense (income), loss (gain) on extinguishment of debt and investments, stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization, gain or loss on disposition of assets and investments and the impact of adopting FASB Accounting Standard Update No. 2016-02 Codified as ASC 842, Leases.

-- Free Cash Flow is defined as Adjusted EBITDA less interest, net of interest income and amortization of deferred financing costs, current taxes, preferred stock dividends and total capital expenditures.

-- We use the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts definition of FFO, which is defined as net income before gains or losses from the sale or disposal of real estate assets and investments and real estate related depreciation and amortization and including adjustments to eliminate unconsolidated affiliates and non-controlling interest.

-- We define AFFO as FFO before (i) straight-line revenue and expense; (ii) impact of ASC 842 adoption; (iii) stock-based compensation expense; (iv) non-cash portion of tax provision; (v) non-real estate related depreciation and amortization; (vi) amortization of deferred financing costs; (vii) loss on extinguishment of debt; (viii) non-recurring infrequent or unusual losses (gains); (ix) less maintenance capital expenditures; and (x) an adjustment for unconsolidated affiliates and non-controlling interest.

-- Diluted AFFO per share is defined as AFFO divided by Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding.

-- Outdoor Operating Income is defined as Operating Income before corporate expenses, stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization and loss (gain) on disposition of assets.

-- Acquisition-Adjusted Results adjusts our net revenue, direct and general and administrative expenses, outdoor operating income, corporate expense and EBITDA for the prior period by adding to, or subtracting from, the corresponding revenue or expense generated by the acquired assets or divested before our acquisition or divestiture of these assets for the same time frame that those assets were owned in the current period. In calculating Acquisition-Adjusted Results, therefore, we include revenue and expenses generated by assets that we did not own in the prior period but acquired in the current period. We refer to the amount of pre-acquisition revenue and expense generated by or subtracted from the acquired assets during the prior period that corresponds with the current period in which we owned the assets (to the extent within the period to which this report relates) as “Acquisition-Adjusted Results”.

Adjusted EBITDA, FFO, AFFO, Outdoor Operating Income and Acquisition-Adjusted Results are not intended to replace other performance measures determined in accordance with GAAP. Free Cash Flow, FFO and AFFO do not represent cash flows from operating activities in accordance with GAAP and, therefore, these measures should not be considered indicative of cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity or of funds available to fund our cash needs, including our ability to make cash distributions. Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, FFO, AFFO, Diluted AFFO per share, Outdoor Operating Income and Acquisition-Adjusted Results are presented as we believe each is a useful indicator of our current operating performance. Specifically, we believe that these metrics are useful to an investor in evaluating our operating performance because (1) each is a key measure used by our management team for purposes of decision making and for evaluating our core operating results; (2) Adjusted EBITDA is widely used in the industry to measure operating performance as it excludes the impact of depreciation and amortization, which may vary significantly among companies, depending upon accounting methods and useful lives, particularly where acquisitions and non-operating factors are involved; (3) Adjusted EBITDA, FFO, AFFO and Diluted AFFO per share each provides investors with a meaningful measure for evaluating our period-over-period operating performance by eliminating items that are not operational in nature and reflect the impact on operations from trends in occupancy rates, operating costs, general and administrative expenses and interest costs; (4) Acquisition-Adjusted Results is a supplement to enable investors to compare period-over-period results on a more consistent basis without the effects of acquisitions and divestitures, which reflects our core performance and organic growth (if any) during the period in which the assets were owned and managed by us; (5) Free Cash Flow is an indicator of our ability to service debt and generate cash for acquisitions and other strategic investments; (6) Outdoor Operating Income provides investors a measurement of our core results without the impact of fluctuations in stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization and corporate expenses; and (7) each of our Non-GAAP measures provides investors with a measure for comparing our results of operations to those of other companies.

Our measurement of Adjusted EBITDA, FFO, AFFO, Outdoor Operating Income and Acquisition-Adjusted Results may not, however, be fully comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA, FFO, AFFO, Outdoor Operating Income and Acquisition-Adjusted Results to the most directly comparable GAAP measures have been included herein.

Conference Call InformationA conference call will be held to discuss the Company’s operating results on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. central time. Instructions for the conference call and Webcast are provided below:

Conference Call

All Callers: 1-334-323-0520 or 1-334-323-9871 Passcode: Lamar Replay: 1-334-323-0140 or 1-877-919-4059 Passcode: 46662495 Available through Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time Live Webcast: www.lamar.com Webcast Replay: www.lamar.com Available through Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time Buster Kantrow Company Contact: Director of Investor Relations (225) 926-1000 bkantrow@lamar.com

General InformationFounded in 1902, Lamar Advertising (Nasdaq: LAMR) is one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in North America, with approximately 360,000 displays across the United States and Canada. Lamar offers advertisers a variety of billboard, interstate logo, transit and airport advertising formats, helping both local businesses and national brands reach broad audiences every day. In addition to its more traditional out-of-home inventory, Lamar is proud to offer its customers the largest network of digital billboards in the United States with over 3,100 displays.

LAMAR ADVERTISING COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED)(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE DATA)

Three months ended March 31, ------------------------------ 2019 2018 - ---------- - - ---------- - Net revenues $ 384,457 $ 361,026 - ---------- - - ---------- - Operating expenses (income) Direct advertising expenses 144,244 138,293 General and administrative expenses 77,512 68,085 Corporate expenses 16,577 15,713 Stock-based compensation 2,233 7,514 Impact of ASC 842 adoption (lease accounting standard) (3,774 ) — Depreciation and amortization 61,506 56,840 (Gain) loss on disposition of assets (4,624 ) 8,701 - ---------- - - ---------- - 293,674 295,146 - ---------- - - ---------- - Operating income 90,783 65,880 Other (income) expense Loss on extinguishment of debt — 15,429 Interest income (153 ) (24 ) Interest expense 37,595 33,579 - ---------- - - ---------- - 37,442 48,984 - ---------- - - ---------- - Income before income tax expense 53,341 16,896 Income tax expense 2,088 1,844 - ---------- - - ---------- - Net income 51,253 15,052 Preferred stock dividends 91 91 - ---------- - - ---------- - Net income applicable to common stock $ 51,162 $ 14,961 - ---------- - - ---------- - Earnings per share: Basic earnings per share $ 0.51 $ 0.15 - ---------- - - ---------- - Diluted earnings per share $ 0.51 $ 0.15 - ---------- - - ---------- - Weighted average common shares outstanding: 99,710,406 98,301,551 - basic 99,915,443 98,726,934 - diluted OTHER DATA Free Cash Flow Computation: Adjusted EBITDA 146,124 138,935 Interest, net $ (36,110 ) $ (32,313 ) Current tax expense (1,296 ) (1,931 ) Preferred stock dividends (91 ) (91 ) Total capital expenditures (25,951 ) (23,252 ) - ---------- - - ---------- - Free Cash Flow $ 82,676 $ 81,348 - ---------- - - ---------- -

OTHER DATA (continued): March 31, December 31, Selected Balance Sheet Data: 2019 2018 - --------- - - ------------ - Cash and cash equivalents $ 32,828 $ 21,494 Working capital $ (263,381 ) $ (91,366 ) Total assets $ 5,794,544 $ 4,544,641 Total debt, net of deferred financing costs (including current maturities) $ 3,026,554 $ 2,888,688 Total stockholders’ equity $ 1,109,578 $ 1,131,784 Three months ended March 31, ------------------------------- 2019 2018 - --------- - - ------------ - Selected Cash Flow Data: Cash flows provided by operating activities $ 60,726 $ 40,772 Cash flows used in investing activities $ 91,075 $ 28,853 Cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities $ 41,583 $ (117,047 )

SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULES UNAUDITED RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP MEASURES (IN THOUSANDS)

Three months ended March 31, ------------------------ 2019 2018 - ------- - - ------- - Reconciliation of Cash Flows Provided by Operating Activitiesto Free Cash Flow: Cash flows provided by operating activities $ 60,726 $ 40,772 Changes in operating assets and liabilities 54,169 66,125 Total capital expenditures (25,951 ) (23,252 ) Preferred stock dividends (91 ) (91 ) Impact of ASC 842 adoption (lease accounting standard) (3,774 ) — Other (2,403 ) (2,206 ) - ------- - - ------- - Free cash flow $ 82,676 $ 81,348 - ------- - - ------- - Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA: Net Income $ 51,253 $ 15,052 Loss on extinguishment of debt — 15,429 Interest income (153 ) (24 ) Interest expense 37,595 33,579 Income tax expense 2,088 1,844 - ------- - - ------- - Operating Income 90,783 65,880 Stock-based compensation 2,233 7,514 Impact of ASC 842 adoption (lease accounting standard) (3,774 ) — Depreciation and amortization 61,506 56,840 (Gain) loss on disposition of assets (4,624 ) 8,701 - ------- - - ------- - Adjusted EBITDA $ 146,124 $ 138,935 - ------- - - ------- - Capital expenditure detail by category: Billboards - traditional $ 9,262 $ 6,787 Billboards - digital 11,619 8,302 Logo 1,412 2,452 Transit 1,179 372 Land and buildings 488 3,431 Operating equipment 1,991 1,908 - ------- - - ------- - Total capital expenditures $ 25,951 $ 23,252 - ------- - - ------- -

SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULES UNAUDITED RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP MEASURES (IN THOUSANDS)

Three months ended March 31, -------------------- 2019 2018 % Change - ------- - ------- -------- Reconciliation of Reported Basis to Acquisition-Adjusted Results(a): Net revenue $ 384,457 $ 361,026 6.5% Acquisitions and divestitures — 15,300 - ------- - ------- Acquisition-adjusted net revenue $ 384,457 $ 376,326 2.2% Reported direct advertising and G&A expenses (b) $ 221,756 $ 206,378 7.5% Acquisitions and divestitures — 8,412 - ------- - ------- Acquisition-adjusted direct advertising and G&A expenses $ 221,756 $ 214,790 3.2% Outdoor operating income $ 162,701 $ 154,648 5.2% Acquisitions and divestitures — 6,888 - ------- - ------- Acquisition-adjusted outdoor operating income $ 162,701 $ 161,536 0.7% Reported corporate expenses $ 16,577 $ 15,713 5.5% Acquisitions and divestitures — — - ------- - ------- Acquisition-adjusted corporate expenses $ 16,577 $ 15,713 5.5% Adjusted EBITDA $ 146,124 $ 138,935 5.2% Acquisitions and divestitures — 6,888 Acquisition-adjusted EBITDA $ 146,124 $ 145,823 0.2% - ------- - -------

(a) Acquisition-adjusted net revenue, direct advertising and general and administrative expenses, outdoor operating income, corporate expenses and EBITDA include adjustments to 2018 for acquisitions and divestitures for the same time frame as actually owned in 2019.

(b) Does not include a $3,774 reduction of expense due to impact of ASC 842 for lease accounting.

Three months ended March 31, ----------------------- 2019 2018 - ------- - - ------- Reconciliation of Net Income to Outdoor Operating Income: Net Income $ 51,253 $ 15,052 Interest expense, net 37,442 33,555 Income tax expense 2,088 1,844 Loss on extinguishment of debt — 15,429 Operating Income 90,783 65,880 Corporate expenses 16,577 15,713 Stock-based compensation 2,233 7,514 Impact of ASC 842 adoption (lease accounting standard) (3,774 ) — Depreciation and amortization 61,506 56,840 (Gain) loss on disposition of assets (4,624 ) 8,701 - ------- - - ------- Outdoor Operating Income $ 162,701 $ 154,648 - ------- - - -------

SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULESUNAUDITED REIT MEASURESAND RECONCILIATIONS TO GAAP MEASURES(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE DATA)Adjusted Funds From Operations:

Three months ended March 31, ------------------------------ 2019 2018 - ---------- - - ---------- - Net income $ 51,253 $ 15,052 Depreciation and amortization related to real estate 58,000 53,725 (Gain) loss from disposition of real estate assets (4,474 ) 9,693 Adjustment for unconsolidated affiliates and non-controlling interest 198 195 - ---------- - - ---------- - Funds From Operations $ 104,977 $ 78,665 - ---------- - - ---------- - Straight-line income (236 ) (277 ) Impact of ASC 842 adoption (lease accounting standard) (3,774 ) — Stock-based compensation expense 2,233 7,514 Non-cash portion of tax provision expense (benefit) 792 (1,022 ) Non-real estate related depreciation and amortization 3,506 3,115 Amortization of deferred financing costs 1,332 1,242 Loss on extinguishment of debt — 15,429 Capitalized expenditures—maintenance (9,707 ) (8,125 ) Adjustment for unconsolidated affiliates and non-controlling interest (198 ) (195 ) - ---------- - - ---------- - Adjusted Funds From Operations $ 98,925 $ 96,346 - ---------- - - ---------- - Divided by weighted average diluted common shares outstanding 99,915,443 98,726,934 - ---------- - - ---------- - Diluted AFFO per share $ 0.99 $ 0.98 - ---------- - - ---------- -