October 24, 2014 – 1:16 pm
– IMAX delivers $169 million in global box office in the third quarter, a 28% increase over Q3 2013
– Q3 2014 adjusted EPS of $0.11, up 83% compared to Q3 2013, leading to record quarterly operating cash flow of $36.6 million
– Company signs deals for 42 theater systems in the third quarter, bringing backlog to 439 theaters
NEW YORK, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) today reported third quarter 2014 revenues of $60.7 million, adjusted EBITDA as calculated in accordance with the Company’s credit facility of $17.6 million, adjusted net income, after non-controlling interest, of $7.8 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, and reported net income, after non-controlling interest, of $4.9 million, or $0.07 per diluted share.
“The third quarter further validates our ongoing commitment to delivering bottom line results and advancing our corporate initiatives,” stated Richard L. Gelfond, Chief Executive Officer of IMAX Corporation. “We were able to leverage the strong box office across a growing theater network, expand margins and generate our strongest quarter ever for operating cash flow.”
Network Growth Update
The total IMAX® theater network consisted of 880 systems as of September 30, 2014, of which 751 were in commercial multiplexes. There were 439 theaters in backlog as of September 30, 2014, compared to 356 in backlog as of September 30, 2013. In the third quarter of 2014, the Company signed contracts for 42 theaters systems, of which 36 were for new locations and 6 were for system upgrades. In the quarter, the Company installed 20 IMAX theater systems, all of which were for new theater locations. For a breakdown of theater system signings, installations, network and backlog by type, please see the end of this press release.
“We continue to see robust worldwide signing activity, including 42 new deals this quarter, bringing our year-to-date signings total to over 100, which really demonstrates the demand for IMAX globally,” continued Gelfond. “I am also extremely enthusiastic about a demonstration I saw of our new laser projection system this quarter; it is truly spectacular. Couple this with our operating leverage potential and our ongoing focus on marketing and quality, and I believe we are well positioned to take advantage of what are shaping up to be strong film years in 2015 and 2016.”
Third-Quarter Segment Results
- Production and IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-Mastering) revenues totaled $18.4 million in the third quarter of 2014, compared to $14.5 million in the third quarter of 2013. Gross box office from DMR titles was $169.0 million in the third quarter of 2014, compared to $132.5 million in the prior-year period. The average global DMR box office per screen in the third quarter of 2014 was $227,900 compared to $207,500 in the prior-year period.
- Revenue from joint revenue-sharing arrangements was $15.2 million in the quarter, compared to $12.0 million in the prior-year period. During the quarter, the Company installed 14 new theaters under joint revenue-sharing arrangements, compared to 13 in the year-ago period. The Company had 422 theaters operating under joint revenue-sharing arrangements as of September 30, 2014, as compared to 351 theaters one year prior.
- Revenue from sales and sales-type leases was $6.6 million in the third quarter of 2014, compared to $6.4 million in the third quarter of 2013, resulting from the installation of 6 full, new theater systems under sales and sales-type lease arrangements compared to the 5 installed in the year-ago period. There were no digital upgrades in the third quarter of 2014, as compared to the 9 digital upgrades the Company installed in the same period last year.
The Company will host a conference call today at 8:30 AM ET to discuss its third quarter 2014 financial results. To access the call via telephone, interested parties in the US and Canada should dial (800) 524-8950 approximately 5 to 10 minutes before the call begins. International callers should dial (416) 260-0113. The conference ID for the call is 2771960. A replay of the call will be available via webcast on the ‘Investor Relations’ section of www.imax.com or via telephone by dialing (888) 203-1112 (US and Canada), or (647) 436-0148 (international). The Conference ID for the telephone replay is 2771960.
About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theaters to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.
IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of September 30, 2014, there were 880 IMAX theaters (751 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 110 institutions) in 60 countries.
IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAX nXos® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).
This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management’s assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. Important factors that could affect these statements include, but are not limited to, general economic, market or business conditions; the opportunities (or lack thereof) that may be presented to and pursued by the Company; the performance of IMAX DMR films; competitive actions by other companies; conditions in the in-home and out-of-home entertainment industries; the signing of theater system agreements; changes in laws or regulations; conditions, changes and developments in the commercial exhibition industry; the failure to convert theater system backlog into revenue; risks associated with investments and operations in foreign jurisdictions and any future international expansion, including those related to economic, political and regulatory policies of local governments and laws and policies of the United States and Canada; risks related to the Company’s growth and operations in China; the failure to respond to change and advancements in digital technology; risks related to the acquisition of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. by Dalian Wanda Group Co., Ltd.; risks related to new business initiatives; the potential impact of increased competition in the markets within which the Company operates; risks related to the Company’s inability to protect the Company’s intellectual property; risks related to Eastman Kodak bankruptcy and the possibility of constrained film supply; risks related to the Company’s implementation of a new enterprise resource planning system; risks related to the Company’s prior restatements and the related litigation; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. These factors, other risks and uncertainties and financial details are discussed in IMAX’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.