Company Reports First Quarter 2011 Revenues of $45.2 million; Adjusted Earnings Per Diluted Share of $0.04 -- Company Increases 2011 Outlook for New Theatre Installations by Approximately 40% Reflecting 101 Theatre Signings in the First Quarter -- Quarter Ending Theatre Backlog Stands at a Record 283 Systems -- Company Receives Commitment Letter for Expansion of Credit Facility to Up to $110 Million -- Summer Film Slate Kicks into Gear Tomorrow with Universal Pictures' Fast Five: The IMAX Experience
NEW YORK, April 28, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) today reported its first quarter 2011 financial results and increased its fiscal 2011 outlook for new theatre installations by approximately 40%, after signing agreements for 101 IMAX(R) theatre systems in the first quarter.
"The first quarter lacked event films, particularly compared to the phenomenal strength of last year's Avatar, and our financial results as compared to last year reflect this," said IMAX Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Gelfond. "At the same time, we signed agreements for 101 theatre systems in the quarter, allowing us to surpass our signings goal for the full year of 2011 in just three months. As a result, we are increasing our 2011 outlook for new theatre installations by 40 percent, and we now expect our commercial theatre network to grow by at least 30 percent in 2011 for the third consecutive year, which we believe will yield significant long-term benefits for our shareholders."
The Company reported total revenue for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011 of $45.2 million. Last year's first quarter revenue was $72.8 million. Fiscal 2011 adjusted net income, excluding a charge related to the change in the value of the Company's variable stock compensation, a non-cash tax benefit, and a one-time charge of $2.1 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, related to an arbitration proceeding arising from a discontinued subsidiary, was $2.5 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, versus adjusted net income of $35.3 million, or $0.53 per diluted share in the same period last year. The Company reported a net loss for the first quarter of 2011 of $1.0 million, or $0.02 per diluted share. First quarter 2010 reported net income was $26.6 million, or $0.40 per diluted share. First quarter adjusted EBITDA was $9.0 million. For a reconciliation of adjusted net income to reported net income and to adjusted EBITDA, please see the tables at the end of this press release.
Theatres Signings/Network Growth Outlook
The Company signed contracts for 101 theatre systems in the first quarter of 2011, compared to 41 theatre systems signed in the first quarter of 2010. As a result, the Company now expects to install between 115 and 125 new theatres this year, compared to its previous expectations for 80 to 90 theatre installations in 2011. This implies year-over-year commercial multiplex network growth of more than 30 percent. Of the 115 to 125 new theatres to be installed in 2011, it is expected that between 25 and 35 (20 to 25 new joint revenue sharing systems and 5 to 10 new sales-type lease systems, excluding upgrades) will be installed in the second quarter of 2011. The Company's current outlook for network growth is only based on theatres currently in backlog and does not account for any theatres that may both sign and install during the remainder of 2011. The Company cautions that installations can slip from period to period, usually for reasons beyond its control. For a breakdown of first quarter system signings by type, please see the end of this press release.
"The types of theatre deals signed recently are strategically significant as they highlight two of the growth paths we are pursuing - international and small- to mid-tier domestic markets," said Mr. Gelfond. "We made significant inroads in several of the BRIC nations, particularly in China, where we signed our first full joint revenue sharing arrangement for 75 theatres with Wanda Cinema Line, the largest international theatre deal in our history. Domestically, we continued to penetrate small to mid-tier domestic markets with new theatre agreements with prominent regional exhibitors like Premiere Cinema Corp. and Warren Theatres."
Theatre System Installations
During the first quarter of 2011, the Company installed 43 theatre systems, compared to a total of 19 system installations in the first quarter of 2010. Total installations include new IMAX theatre locations, as well as the upgrade of existing IMAX film-based theatre systems to digital. For a breakdown of system installations by type, please see the end of this press release.
"In addition to our theatre signings momentum, we focused heavily on operational execution this quarter so that we will be in position to capitalize on the remainder of our 2011 film slate, which includes IMAX versions of some of the most highly anticipated films of the year," added Mr. Gelfond. "The summer 2011 movie season kicks off tomorrow with Fast Five domestically and Thor internationally, and will feature the latest installments of the popular Pirates of the Caribbean, Transformers and Harry Potter series. As a result, we installed IMAX digital theatre systems, in both new and existing locations, at an aggressive pace of more than three systems per week, making the first quarter one of our busiest periods ever for theatre installations."
Theatre System Backlog
As of March 31, 2011, the Company's backlog consisted of a record 283 theatre systems, including 125 systems under joint revenue sharing arrangements and 158 systems under sales and sales-type lease arrangements, five of which were systems designated for digital upgrades. This compares to a theatre backlog of 156 systems as of March 31, 2010, which included 56 theatres under joint revenue sharing arrangements and 100 theatres under sales and sales-type lease arrangements, seven of which were designated for digital upgrades.
First Quarter Segment Results
In the first quarter of 2011, IMAX systems revenue was $22.3 million, compared to $11.0 million in the first quarter of 2010, primarily reflecting the installation of 11 new theatre systems in the most recent first quarter, compared to four systems in the first quarter of 2010. The Company also installed 22 digital upgrades in the first quarter of 2011, compared to nine in the same year-ago period.
In the first quarter of 2011, revenue from joint revenue sharing arrangements was $4.0 million, compared to $18.9 million in the prior year period. During the quarter, the Company installed 10 new joint revenue sharing theatres, compared to five in the year-ago period. As of March 31, 2011, there were a total of 181 theatres under joint revenue sharing arrangements, a 48% increase compared to 122 joint revenue sharing theatres open as of the year-ago period.
First quarter 2011 total film revenue was $11.5 million, compared to $29.3 million in the first quarter of 2010. Production and IMAX DMR(R) revenues were $7.3 million in the first quarter of 2011. Production and IMAX DMR revenues were $23.5 million in the year-ago period, $16.2 million of which was generated by Avatar: An IMAX 3D Experience. Gross box office from DMR titles was $62.1 million in the first quarter of 2011, compared to $232.2 million in the first quarter of 2010. The average DMR box office per screen in the first quarter was $175,000 ($133,000 domestic, $266,000 international) versus $844,000 ($695,000 domestic, $1.2 million international) in the first quarter of 2010.
Mr. Gelfond continued, "While our first quarter box office was disappointing, we maintained above average market share across a broad film slate, demonstrating the strong consumer appetite for The IMAX Experience(R). Our theatre backlog is at record levels and the 2011 summer movie season, which kicks off tomorrow, will feature more IMAX releases than in any year prior, on our rapidly growing network of screens. We continue to anticipate growth in revenues and adjusted EBITDA in 2011 as compared to 2010."
New Credit Facility Commitment Letter
In a separate release today, the Company announced that it has received a commitment letter from its commercial lender, Wells Fargo Capital Finance Corporation Canada ("Wells Fargo Capital Finance"), pursuant to which Wells Fargo Capital Finance and Export Development Canada (EDC) will expand its credit facility to up to $110 million. Upon execution of definitive documents, the new expanded facility will replace the Company's current facility and extend the maturity to October 2015. Consistent with the Company's strong credit statistics, borrowings under the credit facility will bear interest at the reduced spread of 2.00% above LIBOR, versus previous interest rates of LIBOR plus 3.75% and 2.75% for the current term loan and revolving asset-based loan, respectively.
"Upon completion, this newly expanded and extended credit agreement reflects the positive growth trends our Company is experiencing, and we are pleased to continue our strong relationship with Wells Fargo Capital Finance and Export Development Canada," said Mr. Gelfond. "This larger facility, coupled with the strong cash-generating nature of our business, will be used for general corporate purposes, as well as allow us to pursue our strategic initiatives and the continued global expansion of our Company."