IMAX Corporation Reports Second-Quarter 2016 Financial Results

NEW YORK, July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today reported second-quarter 2016 revenues of $91.7 million and GAAP net income after non-controlling interest of $7.8 million, or $0.11 per share. Adjusted net income after non-controlling interest was $12.1 million, or $0.18 per diluted share. EBITDA as calculated in accordance with the Company’s credit facility was $29.0 million. For reconciliations of adjusted net income to reported net income, adjusted earnings per share to reported earnings per share, and for the definition and reconciliation of EBITDA as calculated in accordance with the Company’s credit facility, please see the tables at the end of this press release.

“Demand for IMAX theatres has never been stronger and bodes well for our business as more signings lead to more installs, which then lead to more box office, and, ultimately, to greater revenue. Including the 95 theatres signed in the second quarter, we have signed nearly as many deals in the first half of 2016 as we did in all of 2015. This robust signings momentum has resulted in a record backlog, which includes a 40-theatre full revenue-share agreement with Guangzhou JinYi Media Corporation, a 25-theatre deal with AMC Theatres and additional multi-theatre agreements with several other key exhibition partners, and improves visibility into installations and ultimately revenue over the next several years.  As a result, we are once again raising our installation guidance –this time to 155 theatres, up from our prior guidance range of 135 to 140 theatres and compared to our original 2016 install guidance range of 115 to 120 that was set late last year,” said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond.

Network Update: 
During the quarter, the Company installed 40 theatres, of which 38 were for new theatre locations and two were upgrades. The Company also signed contracts for 95 theatres in the second quarter of 2016. The total IMAX theatre network consisted of 1,102 systems as of June 30, 2016, of which 990 were in commercial multiplexes. There were 442 theatres in backlog as of June 30, 2016, up 14% from the 388 in backlog as of March 31, 2016. For a breakdown of theatre system signings, installations, network and backlog by type, please see the end of this press release.

Box Office Update:
Gross box office from IMAX DMR® titles was $260.8 million in the second quarter of 2016, compared with $343.0 million in the prior-year period, which was the highest-grossing box office quarter in Company history and included Furious 7, Jurassic World, and Avengers: Age of Ultron last year. The average global DMR box office per-screen average in the second quarter of 2016 was $268,200.

“While IMAX faced a challenging comparison to last year’s second-quarter box office – which was the highest-grossing box office quarter in Company history – considering the strong outperformance in box office we saw in the first quarter, we believe our portfolio of titles released across the full year will result in an annual box office that is relatively consistent with our historical PSA. Looking ahead, we expect our heightened network growth in 2016, which is heavily weighted towards our joint revenue-sharing model, will position us well to capitalize on a promising array of upcoming tentpole franchises and sequels this year and next, including Suicide Squad, Marvel’s Dr. Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Kong: Skull Island, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man Homecoming, and, of course, Star Wars: Episode VIII.”

Second-Quarter Segment Results

Share Buybacks

The Company repurchased 1,344,094 shares in the second quarter of 2016, which does not include 68,430 shares purchased in connection with the Company’s long-term incentive plan. The Company purchased the shares at an average price of $30.55, for a total value of $41.1 million.

Conference Call
The Company will host a conference call today at 4:30 PM ET to discuss its second-quarter 2016 financial results. To access the call via telephone, interested parties in the US and Canada should dial (800) 505-9568 approximately 5 to 10 minutes before the call begins. Other international callers should dial (416) 204-9271. The conference ID for the call is 1146762. 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 1146762.

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 theatres 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 Jun. 30, 2016, there were 1,102 IMAX theatres (990 commercial multiplexes, 16 commercial destinations and 96 institutions) in 69 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

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, references to future capital expenditures (including the amount and nature thereof), business and technology strategies and measures to implement strategies, competitive strengths, goals, expansion and growth of business, operations and technology, plans and references to the future success of IMAX Corporation together with its consolidated subsidiaries (the “Company”) and expectations regarding the Company’s future operating, financial and technological results. These forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by the Company in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. However, whether actual results and developments will conform with the expectations and predictions of the Company is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the signing of theater system agreements; conditions, changes and developments in the commercial exhibition industry; the performance of IMAX DMR films; the potential impact of increased competition in the markets within which the Company operates; competitive actions by other companies; the failure to respond to change and advancements in digital technology; 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 Company’s largest customer accounting for a significant portion of the Company’s revenue and backlog; risks related to new business initiatives; conditions in the in-home and out-of-home entertainment industries; the opportunities (or lack thereof) that may be presented to and pursued by the Company; risks related to cyber-security; risks related to the Company’s inability to protect its intellectual property; risks related to the Company’s implementation of a new enterprise resource planning system; general economic, market or business conditions; the failure to convert theater system backlog into revenue; changes in laws or regulations; 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.

 

 

(1) Includes one signing which replaced a theatre system under an existing arrangement in backlog.
(2) Includes one used theater system (2015 – one theater system).
(3) Includes one installation of an upgrade to a laser-based digital system and one upgrade to a xenon-based digital system under sales and sales-type lease arrangements.
(4) Includes 19 laser-based digital theater system configurations (2015 – 73), including upgrades. The Company continues to develop and roll out its laser-based digital projection system.
(5) Includes seven upgrades to a digital theater system, in existing IMAX theater locations (one xenon configuration and six laser configurations).
(6) Includes 24 upgrades to a digital theater system, in existing IMAX theater locations (two xenon configurations and 22 laser configurations, of which five are under joint revenue sharing arrangements).

In addition to the 21 IMAX DMR films released to the IMAX theater network during the first six months ended June 30, 2016, 21 additional IMAX DMR films have been announced so far to be released in the remaining six months of 2016:

In addition, the Company will be releasing an IMAX documentary film, Voyage of Time, on October 7, 2016.

To date, the Company has announced the following 13 titles to be released in 2017 to the IMAX theater network:

The Company remains in active negotiations with all of the major Hollywood studios for additional films to fill out its short and long-term film slate, and anticipates that a similar number of IMAX DMR films will be released to the IMAX network in 2016 to the 44 films that were released to the IMAX network in 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

The Company has seven reportable segments identified by category of product sold or service provided: IMAX systems; theater system maintenance; joint revenue sharing arrangements; film production and IMAX DMR; film distribution; film post-production; and other. The IMAX systems segment includes the design, manufacture, sale or lease of IMAX theater projection system equipment. The theater system maintenance segment includes the maintenance of IMAX theater projection system equipment in the IMAX theater network. The joint revenue sharing arrangements segment includes the provision of IMAX theater projection system equipment to an exhibitor in exchange for a share of the box-office and concession revenues. The film production and IMAX DMR segment includes the production of films and the performance of film re-mastering services. The film distribution segment includes the distribution of films for which the Company has distribution rights. The film post-production segment provides film post-production and film print services. The other segment includes certain IMAX theaters that the Company owns and operates, camera rentals and other miscellaneous items.

 

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

In this release, the Company presents adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share, adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders and adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders per diluted share as supplemental measures of performance of the Company, which are not recognized under U.S. GAAP. The Company presents adjusted net income and adjusted net income per diluted share because it believes that they are important supplemental measures of its comparable controllable operating performance and it wants to ensure that its investors fully understand the impact of its stock-based compensation (net of any related tax impact) on net income. In addition, the Company presents adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders and adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders per diluted share because it believes that they are important supplemental measures of its comparable financial results and could potentially distort the analysis of trends in business performance and it wants to ensure that its investors fully understand the impact of net income attributable to non-controlling interests and its stock-based compensation (net of any related tax impact) in determining net income attributable to common shareholders. Management uses these measures to review operating performance on a comparable basis from period to period. However, these non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled amounts reported by other companies. Adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share, adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders and adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders per diluted share should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, net income and net income attributable to common shareholders and other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

The Credit Facility provides that the Company will be required at all times to satisfy a Minimum Liquidity Test (as defined in the Credit Agreement) of at least $50.0 million. The Company will also be required to maintain minimum adjusted EBITDA (as defined in the credit agreement) of $100.0 million. The Company must also maintain a Maximum Total Leverage Ratio (as defined in the credit agreement) of 2.25:1.0, which requirement decreases to (i) 2.0:1.0 on December 31, 2016; and (ii) 1.75:1.0 on December 31, 2017. The Company was in compliance with all of these requirements at June 30, 2016. The ratio of total debt to adjusted EBITDA was 0.21:1 as at June 30, 2016, where Total Debt (as defined in the credit agreement) is the sum of all obligations evidenced by notes, bonds, debentures or similar instruments and was $28.7 million. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as follows:

 

 

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted Per Share Calculations – Quarter Ended June 30, 2016 vs. 2015:

The Company reported net income of $10.7 million or $0.16 per basic and diluted share for the second quarter of 2016 as compared to net income of $26.4 million or $0.37 per basic share and $0.36 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2015. Net income for the second quarter of 2016 includes a $6.2 million charge or $0.09 per diluted share (2015 — $5.1 million or $0.07 per diluted share) for stock-based compensation. Adjusted net income, which consists of net income excluding the impact of stock-based compensation and the related tax impact, was $15.1 million or $0.22 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2016 as compared to adjusted net income of $30.7 million or $0.42 per diluted share for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. Adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders, which consists of net income attributable to common shareholders excluding the impact of stock-based compensation and the related tax impact, was $12.1 million or $0.18 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2016 as compared to adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders of $28.7 million or $0.40 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2015. A reconciliation of net income and net income attributable to common shareholders, the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure, to adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share, adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders and adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders per diluted share is presented in the table below:

 

 

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted Per Share Calculations – Period Ended June 30, 2016 vs. 2015

The Company reported net income of $22.9 million or $0.33 per basic and diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2016, as compared to net income of $27.9 million or $0.39 per basic share and $0.38 per diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2015. Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2016 includes a $14.7 million charge or $0.21 per diluted share (2015 — $10.7 million or $0.15 per diluted share) for stock-based compensation. Adjusted net income, which consists of net income excluding the impact of stock-based compensation and the related tax impact, was $33.4 million or $0.48 per diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2016, as compared to adjusted net income of $36.8 million or $0.51 per diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2015. Adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders, which consists of net income attributable to common shareholders excluding the impact of stock-based compensation and the related tax impact, was $27.6 million or $0.40 per diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2016, as compared to adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders of $33.7 million or $0.47 per diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2015. A reconciliation of net income and net income attributable to common shareholders, the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure, to adjusted net income, adjusted net income per diluted share, adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders and adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders per diluted share is presented in the table below:

 

 

Free Cash Flow:
Free cash flow is defined as cash provided by operating activities minus cash used in investing activities (from the consolidated statements of cash flows). Cash provided by operating activities consist of net income, plus depreciation and amortization, plus the change in deferred income taxes, plus other non-cash items, plus changes in working capital, less investment in film assets, plus other changes in operating assets and liabilities. Cash used in investing activities includes capital expenditures, acquisitions and other cash used in investing activities. Management views free cash flow, a non-GAAP measure, as a measure of the Company’s after-tax cash flow available to reduce debt, add to cash balances, and fund other financing activities. Free cash flow does not represent residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures. A reconciliation of cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow is presented in the table below:

 

 

 

SOURCE IMAX Corporation

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