Morristown, N.J. and Los Angeles, CA -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM), the global leader in the digital cinema industry, reported continued strong operational and financial performance in the fiscal third quarter and nine months ended December 31, 2010. Cinedigm also reported its first ever positive quarterly adjusted EBITDA from its non-deployment businesses, a key indicator of the success of the Company's strategy to provide a complete line of complementary business and technology products and services to its customers.
Revenues for the third quarter were $21.1 million, representing a 7.2% increase from the prior year third quarter revenues of $19.7 million and an 11.6% increase from the sequential second quarter of fiscal 2011.
The Company posted Adjusted EBITDA(defined below) of $12.9 million, increasing 19.4% from $10.8 million in the prior year's third quarter, and 24.4% sequentially from the fiscal 2011 second quarter. The net loss in the third quarter of ($4.2) million, or ($0.13) per share, represents a 35.5% improvement compared to the net loss of ($6.5) million, or ($0.23) per share, in the third quarter one year ago, and a dramatic improvement over the net loss of ($10.9) million or ($0.36) per share in the sequential second quarter of 2011.
For the first nine months of fiscal 2011, revenues increased 11.1% to $59.3 million, as compared to $53.4 million for the same period one year earlier. Adjusted EBITDA (defined below) for the year to date was $33.8 million, which is a 15.6% increase from the $29.2 million reported one year earlier. The net loss for the first nine months of the fiscal year was ($22.3) million or ($0.73) per share, which compares to a net loss of ($14.8) million or ($0.52) per share for the first nine months of the prior year. The net loss for the nine months ended December 31, 2010 included losses related to various non-cash items and discontinued operations of ($6.3) million, as compared to a net gain of $10.1 million in the prior year primarily related to a non-recurring gain on the extinguishment of note payable.
Chris McGurk, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cinedigm, commented, "We are extremely pleased with the favorable third quarter operational and financial performance at Cinedigm. The 604 Phase II digital system deployments in the third quarter and the 614 screens signed to Master License Agreements (MLA) in the third quarter and through today reflect our continued outstanding progress. Cinedigm has now deployed 1,402 digital systems to date in fiscal 2011 through its Phase II program, bringing our total number of deployed Phase II systems to 1,713 to date," Mr. McGurk continued. "Moreover, we have reached 2,983 total Phase 2 screens under MLAs and continue to aggressively work with the several thousand screens in our pipeline, indicating that outstanding growth in deployments will continue during the remaining 20 months of our deployment program."
Cinedigm reported Adjusted EBITDA from its non-deployment businesses (excluding the Phase 1 and Phase 2 deployment segments) of $361,000 in the third quarter, as compared to ($1.3) million in the prior year period. For the first nine months of fiscal 2011, adjusted EBITDA from non-deployment businesses was ($287,000), representing a substantial improvement over the ($4.3) million one year earlier.
Adam M. Mizel, CFO and Chief Strategy Officer, added, "I am encouraged and excited by the operational progress of our non-deployment businesses. The third quarter marked the first positive Adjusted EBITDA quarter for the non-deployment businesses in Cinedigm's history, and we expect this to continue in the future. As we have consistently noted, each one thousand screens we deploy will add $2.0-$2.5 million of non-deployment EBITDA in the first twelve months through service fees, software license and maintenance fees, and delivery fees."
"In addition, we are expanding our software business with a recently completed multi-year international software license and maintenance transaction in India as well as several new international pilots underway. These new opportunities are a validation of our strategy to leverage our proven digital cinema platform and will further accelerate our growth," Mr. Mizel noted.
"Finally, we are making significant progress in our content businesses," Mr. McGurk concluded. "Our recently completed Mount St. Elias action movie release in partnership with Red Bull, the YuGiOh 3D release we are supporting with 4Kids Entertainment and the Memento re-release with Exclusive Media are all examples of the powerful marketing and programming opportunities that exist for content distribution on our platform supported by global brands. We expect to seek other similar partnerships in the future as our project pipeline and distribution platform continue to expand. Since joining Cinedigm one month ago, I have been pleased by the breadth and seriousness of our content distribution discussions as well as the keen interest of the entertainment community in our expanding digital platform. Our solid financial results, the continued acceleration of our deployment program, and our growing new business pipeline will provide a strong foundation for material progress in all business lines in the weeks and months ahead."