NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) today reported fourth-quarter 2016 revenue of $106.9 million and net income attributable to common shareholders of $8.9 million, or $0.13 per diluted share. Full year 2016 revenue was $377.3 million and net income attributable to common shareholders was $28.8 million, or $0.42 per diluted share. Adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders for the fourth quarter and full year was $0.22 per diluted share and $0.73 per diluted share, respectively. For reconciliations of reported results to non-GAAP financial results, and for the definition and reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA as calculated in accordance with the Company's credit facility, please see the end of this press release.
"2016 was an impressive year for IMAX on several strategic fronts: our footprint grew 15%, we signed a record 319 new theatre agreements, and we further established IMAX as a leader in the entertainment industry through two key growth initiatives – original content and virtual reality," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "We're extremely optimistic on the theatrical side of the business, where demand for IMAX has hit record levels. With a global footprint of 1,215 theatres in 75 countries and a promising blockbuster-driven 2017 film slate that features more IMAX differentiation than any year in our history, we believe we're extremely well positioned for future growth."
Fourth-Quarter 2016 Results
Network UpdateDuring the quarter, the Company installed 73 theatres, of which 70 were for new theatre locations and 3 were upgrades. The Company also signed contracts for 26 theatres in the fourth quarter of 2016. The total IMAX theatre network consisted of 1,215 systems as of Dec. 31, 2016, of which 1,107 were in commercial multiplexes. For a breakdown of theatre system signings, installations, network and backlog by type, please see the end of this press release.
Box Office UpdateGross box office from IMAX DMR titles was $246.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with $288.4 million in the prior-year period. The average global DMR box office per-screen average in the fourth quarter of 2016 was $233,300, compared with $318,600 in same period last year.
Fourth-Quarter Segment Results
Full-Year 2016 Results Full-year 2016 revenue was $377.3 million as compared to 2015 revenue of $373.8 million. Reported net income attributable to common shareholders was $28.8 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, as compared to $55.8 million or $0.78 per diluted share in 2015. Adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders was $50.0 million as compared to $73.0 million in 2015, or $0.73 per diluted share as compared to $1.02 per diluted share in 2015 Adjusted EBITDA, as calculated in accordance with the Company's credit facility, was $121.9 million in 2016 as compared to $140.8 million in 2015. The Company also reported a global 2016 per-screen average of $963,800, as compared to $1,155,800 in the prior year.
The full-year installations total grew to 182 theatre systems, of which 16 were upgrades, compared with 154 and 18, respectively, in the prior-year period. IMAX signed contracts for 319 theatres in 2016, across 28 countries, resulting in 498 theatre systems in backlog as of Dec. 31, 2016, compared to 372 theatre systems in backlog as of Dec. 31, 2015. The Company's top three markets for signings were China, the United States and France. For a breakdown of theatre system signings, installations, network and backlog by type, please see the end of this press release.
"In terms of new business opportunities, we formed a ground-breaking partnership with Marvel and ABC to exclusively launch the first two episodes of the television series Marvel's Inhumans across the global IMAX network ahead of its premiere on ABC and in international markets later this year. We are excited to have an equity interest in the venture and we believe this approach could help facilitate quicker international syndication," Gelfond said.
"We've also taken a giant step forward in establishing location-based VR with the launch of our $50 million VR content fund and several new innovative technology and content partnerships," he continued. "Last month, we opened our flagship pilot IMAX VR Centre in Los Angeles, which has already had more than 7,000 unique, satisfied visitors. We also signed agreements to open five new VR pilot centres in China, the U.K. and the U.S. by year-end. While this venture is still in its pilot phase, we are extremely encouraged by the initial results and look forward to getting the additional locations up and running over the coming months."
Share BuybacksIn 2016, the Company repurchased 3,849,222 common shares under the Company's repurchase program at an average price of $30.25 per share. The retired shares were purchased for $116.5 million. The Company has $46.3 million available under its approved repurchase program.
Supplemental MaterialsFor more information about our results, please refer to the IMAX Investor Relations website located at www.imax.com/content/investor-relations.
Investor Relations Website and Social MediaOn a weekly basis, the Company posts quarter-to-date box office results on the IMAX Investor Relations website located at www.imax.com/content/investor-relations. The Company expects to provide such updates on Friday of each week, although the Company may change this timing without notice. Results will be displayed with a one week lag. In addition, the Company maintains a Twitter account: @IMAX_Investors. The Company intends to use Twitter to disclose the box office information, as well as other information that may be of interest to the Company's investor community.
The information posted on the Company's Investor Relations website and/or via its Twitter account may be deemed material to investors. Accordingly, investors, media and others interested in the Company should monitor the Company's website and its Twitter account in addition to the Company's press releases, SEC filings and public conference calls and webcasts.
Conference CallThe Company will host a conference call today at 4:30 PM ET to discuss its fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 financial results. To access the call via telephone, interested parties in the US and Canada should dial (800) 274-0251 approximately 5 to 10 minutes before the call begins. Other international callers should dial (647) 794-1827. The conference ID for the call is 6312959. A replay of the call will be available via webcast on the IMAX Investor Relations website located at www.imax.com/content/investor-relations or via telephone by dialing (888) 203-1112 (US and Canada), or (647) 436-0148 (international). The Conference ID for the telephone replay is 6312959.
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 Dec. 31, 2016, there were 1,215 IMAX theatres (1,107 commercial multiplexes, 16 commercial destinations and 92 institutions) in 75 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, 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 signing of theater system agreements; conditions, changes and developments in the commercial exhibition industry; risks related to currency fluctuations; 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; 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.
For additional information please contact:
IMAX Corporation, New York
Sloane & Company, New York
Principal Communications Group, Los Angeles
Melissa Zuckerman/Paul Pflug
Signings and Installations
December 31, 2016
Year Ended December 31,
Full new sales and sales-type lease arrangements
New joint revenue sharing arrangements
Total new theaters
Upgrade of IMAX theater systems
Total Theater Signings
Operating lease arrangements
Total Theater Installations
As of December 31,
New sales and sales-type lease arrangements
Commercial Multiplex Theaters:
Sales and sales-type lease arrangements
Joint revenue sharing arrangements
Total Commercial Multiplex Theaters
Commercial Destination Theaters
Total Theater Network
Includes four signings which replaced theaters under an existing arrangement in backlog.
Includes one used theater system (2015 – one used theater system).
Includes 14 installations of an upgrade to a laser-based digital system, 12 under sales and sales-type lease arrangement and two under joint revenue sharing arrangements (2015 – 16 laser-based digital systems, ten under sales and sales-type lease arrangements, one under a short-term operating lease arrangement and five under joint revenue sharing arrangements).
Includes two installations of an upgrade to a xenon-based digital system under sales arrangements (2015 – two xenon-based digital systems, one under a sales and sales-type lease arrangement and one under a short-term operating lease arrangement).
Includes 20 laser-based digital theater system configurations (2015 – 24), including upgrades. The Company continues to develop and roll out its laser-based digital projection system.
Includes three upgrades to a laser-based digital theater system, in existing IMAX theater locations.
Includes 15 upgrades to a digital theater system, in existing IMAX theater locations (two xenon configurations and 13 laser configurations).
2017 DMR Films:
To date, the Company has announced the following 26 DMR titles to be released in 2017 to the IMAX theater network. The Company remains in active negotiations with all of the major Hollywood studios, as well as international studios, for additional films to fill out its short and long-term film slate, and anticipates that the number of IMAX DMR films to be released to the IMAX network in 2017 will be similar to the IMAX DMR films released to the IMAX network in 2016.
In addition, in conjunction with Marvel and Disney|ABC Television Group, the Company will be co-producing and exclusively premiering the new ABC series "Marvel's Inhumans" in IMAX theaters. The first two episodes of the series are expected to run worldwide exclusively in IMAX theaters for two weeks in September 2017, and several weeks later, the series will premiere on the ABC network. The Company will have an equity participation both in the pilot and in the television series, representing the first time the Company will have an economic interest in a television property.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
In accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share amounts)
Ended December 31,
Equipment and product sales
Costs and expenses applicable to revenues
Equipment and product sales
Selling, general and administrative expenses
(including share-based compensation expense of $8.0 million and $30.5 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2016, respectively (2015 - expense of $7.0 million and $21.9 million, respectively))
Research and development
Amortization of intangibles
Receivable provisions, net of recoveries
Asset (recoveries) impairments
Income from operations
Income from operations before income taxes
Provision for income taxes
Gain (loss) from equity-accounted investments, net of tax
Less: net income attributable to non-controlling interests
Net income attributable to common shareholders
Net income per share attributable to common shareholders - basic and diluted:
Weighted average number of shares outstanding (000's):
Depreciation and amortization(1)
(1) Includes $0.1 million and $0.5 million of amortization of deferred financing costs charged to interest expense for the three months and year ended December 31, 2016 (2015 - $0.4 million and $1.0 million, respectively).
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands of U.S. dollars)
As at December 31,
Cash and cash equivalents
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,250 (December 31, 2015 — $1,146)
Property, plant and equipment
Deferred income taxes
Other intangible assets
Accrued and other liabilities
Commitments and contingencies
Capital stock common shares — no par value. Authorized — unlimited number.
66,224,467 — issued and 66,159,902 — outstanding (December 31, 2015 — 69,673,244 — issued and outstanding)
Less: Treasury stock, 64,565 shares at cost (December 31, 2015 – nil)
Accumulated (deficit) earnings
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
Total shareholders' equity attributable to common shareholders
Total shareholders' equity
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
Years Ended December 31,
Cash provided by (used in):
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash from operations:
Depreciation and amortization
Write-downs, net of recoveries
Change in deferred income taxes
Stock and other non-cash compensation
Unrealized foreign currency exchange loss
Loss from equity-accounted investments
Gain on non-cash contribution to equity-accounted investees
Investment in film assets
Changes in other non-cash operating assets and liabilities
Net cash provided by operating activities
Purchase of property, plant and equipment
Investment in joint revenue sharing equipment
Investment in new business ventures
Acquisition of other intangible assets
Net cash used in investing activities
Increase in bank indebtedness
Repayment of bank indebtedness
Repurchase of common shares
Settlement of restricted share units and options
Exercise of stock options
Taxes paid on secondary sales and repatriation dividend
Treasury stock repurchased for future settlement of restricted share units
Taxes withheld and paid on employee stock awards vested
Issuance of subsidiary shares to non-controlling interests - private offering
Share issuance costs from the issuance of subsidiary shares to non-controlling interests - private offering
Issuance of subsidiary shares to non-controlling interests - public offering
Share issuance expenses - public offering
Dividends paid to non-controlling interests
Credit facility amendment fees paid
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities
Effects of exchange rate changes on cash
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents during year
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year
Cash and cash equivalents, end of year
IMAX CORPORATIONSELECTED FINANCIAL DATAIn accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles(in thousands of U.S. dollars)
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.
IMAX Theater Systems
Sales and sales-type leases
Ongoing rent, fees, and finance income
Theater System Maintenance
Joint Revenue Sharing Arrangements
Production and IMAX DMR
Film distribution and post-production
Joint Revenue Sharing Arrangements(1)
Production and IMAX DMR(1)
Film distribution and post-production(1)
IMAX systems include marketing and commission costs of $1.1 million and $3.0 million for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016, respectively (2015 - $1.2 million and $3.0 million, respectively). Joint revenue sharing arrangements segment margins include advertising, marketing and commission costs of $1.2 million and $4.1 million for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016, respectively (2015 - $1.6 million and $4.3 million, respectively). Production and DMR segment margins include marketing costs of $5.8 million and $17.5 million for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016, respectively (2015 - $5.0 million and $13.3 million, respectively). Distribution segment margins include marketing costs of $0.1 million and $2.2 million for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016, respectively (2015 - less than $0.1 million recovery and $0.1 million recovery, respectively).
IMAX CORPORATIONOTHER INFORMATION(in thousands of U.S. dollars)
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 not including these measures could potentially distort the analysis of trends in business performance. 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 is required to maintain a minimum level of "EBITDA" of $100.0 million, as such term is defined in the Company's credit agreement (herein referred to as "Adjusted EBITDA" as the credit agreement includes additional adjustments beyond interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization). EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as substitutes for net income or as better measures of liquidity than cash flow from operating activities determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The Company must also maintain a Maximum Total Leverage Ratio (as defined in the credit agreement) of 2.0:1.0, which requirement decreases to 1.75:1.0 on December 31, 2017. The Company was in compliance with all of these requirements at December 31, 2016. The Maximum Total Leverage Ratio was 0.23:1 as at December 31, 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 $27.7 million. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as follows:
December 31, 2015
(In thousands of U.S. Dollars)
Interest expense, net of interest income
Depreciation and amortization, including film asset amortization
Write-downs, net of recoveries including asset impairments and
(Gain) loss from equity accounted investments
Adjusted EBITDA before non-controlling interests
Adjusted EBITDA attributable to non-controlling interests(2)
Adjusted EBITDA attributable to common shareholders
Adjusted revenues attributable to common shareholders(3)
Adjusted EBITDA margin
Ratio of funded debt calculated using twelve months ended Adjusted EBITDA.
The Adjusted EBITDA calculation specified for purpose of the minimum Adjusted EBITDA covenant excludes the reduction in EBITDA from the Company's non-controlling interests.
Greater China revenues
Non-controlling interest ownership percentage(4)
Deduction for non-controlling interest share of revenues
Adjusted revenues attributable to common shareholders
Weighted average ownership percentage for change in non-controlling interest share
Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted Per Share Calculations – Quarter Ended December 31, 2016 vs. 2015:The Company reported net income of $12.1 million or $0.18 per basic and diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 as compared to net income of $26.2 million or $0.38 per basic share and $0.37 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 includes a $8.0 million charge or $0.13 per diluted share (2015 — $6.9 million or $0.10 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 $17.7 million or $0.27 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 as compared to adjusted net income of $31.7 million or $0.45 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. The Company reported net income attributable to common shareholders of $8.9 million, or $0.14 per basic and $0.13 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2016 (2015 — $22.5 million, or $0.33 per basic share and $0.32 per diluted share).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 $14.5 million or $0.22 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 as compared to adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders of $27.3 million or $0.39 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 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:
Quarter Ended December 31,
Reported net income
Tax impact on items listed above
Adjusted net income
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests
Stock-based compensation (net of tax of less than $0.1
million and $0.2 million, respectively) attributable to non-controlling interests
Adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding
Includes impact of less than $0.1 million of accretion charges associated with redeemable Class C shares of IMAX China.
Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted Per Share Calculations – Year Ended December 31, 2016 vs. 2015:The Company reported net income of $39.3 million or $0.58 per basic and diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2016 as compared to net income of $64.6 million or $0.92 per basic share and $0.90 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2015. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2016 includes a $30.5 million charge or $0.45 per diluted share (2015 — $21.9 million or $0.31 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 $61.1 million or $0.90 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2016 as compared to adjusted net income of $82.4 million or $1.15 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2015. The Company reported net income attributable to common shareholders of $28.8 million, or $0.43 per basic and $0.42 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2016 (2015 — $55.8 million, or $0.79 per basic share and $0.78 per diluted share). 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 $50.0 million or $0.73 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2016 as compared to adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders of $73.0 million or $1.02 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 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:
Stock-based compensation (net of tax of $0.2 million
and $0.2 million, respectively) attributable to
Includes impact of $0.8 million of accretion charges associated with redeemable Class C shares of IMAX China.
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. A reconciliation of cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow is presented in the table below:
3 months ended
12 months ended
Free cash flow
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