Regal Entertainment Group Reports Results for Third Quarter 2009 and Declares Quarterly Dividend

October 29, 2009 – 4:24 pm

Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announced fiscal third quarter 2009 results and declared a cash dividend of $0.18 per common share.

Total revenues for the third quarter ended October 1, 2009 were $673.5 million compared to total revenues of $757.6 million for the third quarter ended September 25, 2008. Net income (loss) attributable to controlling interest was $(1.8) million in the third quarter of 2009 compared to $31.0 million in the third quarter of 2008. Diluted earnings (loss) per share was $(0.01) for the third quarter of 2009 compared to $0.20 during the third quarter of 2008. Adjusted diluted earnings per share(1) was $0.05 for the third quarter of 2009 compared to $0.25 during the third quarter of 2008. Adjusted EBITDA(4) was $105.9 million for the third quarter of 2009 and $146.9 million for the third quarter of 2008.

Total revenues for the three quarters ended October 1, 2009 were $2,128.3 million compared to total revenues of $2,060.2 million for the three quarters ended September 25, 2008. Net income attributable to controlling interest was $60.0 million in the first three quarters of 2009 compared to $82.8 million in the first three quarters of 2008. Diluted earnings per share was $0.39 for the first three quarters of 2009 compared to $0.53 during the first three quarters of 2008. Adjusted diluted earnings per share(1) was $0.51 for the first three quarters of 2009 compared to $0.61 during the first three quarters of 2008. Adjusted EBITDA(4) was $403.0 million for the first three quarters of 2009 and $402.4 million for the first three quarters of 2008.
The comparability of results for both the quarter and three quarters ended October 1, 2009 to prior periods was impacted by a shift in Regal’s fiscal calendar. (6) Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures are provided in the financial schedules accompanying this press release.

Regal’s Board of Directors also today declared a cash dividend of $0.18 per Class A and Class B common share, payable on December 17, 2009, to stockholders of record on December 9, 2009. The Company intends to pay a regular quarterly dividend for the foreseeable future at the discretion of the Board of Directors depending on available cash, anticipated cash needs, overall financial condition, loan agreement restrictions, future prospects for earnings and cash flows as well as other relevant factors.

“We are pleased with the strong year-to-date box office results, the success of films released in the premium-priced 3-D and IMAX formats, and the increase in our year-to-date free cash flow,” stated Amy Miles, CEO of Regal Entertainment Group. “We are also encouraged by the early fourth quarter box office results and the outlook for the remainder of the year,” Miles continued.

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UPDATE: Analyses around the web of Regal’s recent announcement:

Associated Press: Regal posts 3Q loss but sees improvement ahead

The Hollywood Reporter: Regal reports third-quarter loss