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Q2-2015: Record box office boosts Imax y-o-y revenue 30%, income per share 79%

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BENGALURU: Joint-venture revenue sharing arrangements played a leading role in the 79 per cent increase in income per share to $0.34 from $0.19 for the Toronto, Canada based, New York Stock Exchange traded entertainment, technology and distribution company Imax Corp for the quarter (Q2-2015) ended 30 June, 2015. For the six month (YTD, 6M-2015) period of the current year, joint-venture revenue arrangement sharing also played a lead in the 70 per cent increase in income per share to $0.34 from $0.20 in 6M-2014.

The company's y-o-y revenue in the current quarter increased 29.8 per cent to $107.16 million as compared to the $79.145 million in Q2-2014. YTD, Imax revenue increased 33 per cent to $169.371 million from $127.342 million in 6M-2014.

Company speak

Revenue from sales and sales type leases was $18.7 million in the second quarter of 2015, compared to $14.5 million in the second quarter of 2014, primarily reflecting the installation of 15 full theatre systems (14 new, one used) under sales and sales type lease arrangements in the most recent second quarter, compared to the 11 sales type theatres the company installed in the prior year period. In addition, there were no upgrades in existing locations in the second quarter of 2015, compared to 4 xenon upgrades in the second quarter of 2014.



Revenue from joint revenue sharing arrangements was $31.6 million in the quarter, compared to $19.4 million in the prior year period. During the quarter, the company installed 20 new theatres under joint revenue sharing arrangements, compared to 19 in the same period in 2014. The company had 477 theatres operating under joint revenue sharing arrangements as of June 30, 2015, as compared to 408 joint venture theatres one year prior.

Production and Imax DMR (Digital ReMastering) revenues were $36.6 million in the second quarter of 2015, compared to $24 million in the second quarter of 2014. Gross box office from DMR titles was $343 million in the second quarter of 2014, compared to $216 million in the prior year period. The average global DMR box office per screen in the second quarter of 2014 was $414,600 compared to $299,800 in the prior year period.



''The second quarter of 2015 was one of the strongest in Imax's history, delivering our highest revenue ever, growing adjusted EPS by 60per cent compared to the same period last year, record box office and quarterly per screen averages that we have not seen since Avatar in 2010,” said Imax CEO Richard L. Gelfond. ''We believe the strength of this quarter clearly demonstrates the impact that a strong slate of blockbuster films can have on Imax and the operating leverage that results.”

''Momentum also continued to build on the network side of our business with higher than expected installations and strong signings activity in the quarter," continued Gelfond, who was in Vienna for the world premiere of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation at the historic Vienna Opera House, which has been transformed into an Imax theatre for this event. ''Tonight's M:I5 event is the continuation of the transformation of Imax's brand from the smaller successes onto center stage. More agreements to use Imax cameras as well as Imax premieres such asFurious 7 and Jurassic World are a powerful marketer for our brand and also signal the increasingly important role Imax plays in the entertainment ecosystem.”

Let us look at the other numbers reported by Imax

Imax net income in Q2-2015 almost doubled (up 1.92 times) to $24.35 million as compared to the $13.307 million in the corresponding year ago quarter. Similarly, 6M-2015 net income almost doubled (went up 1.94 times) to $278.65 million as compared to the $143.58 million in 6M-2014.

Note: (1) The primary revenue sources for the Company can be categorized into two main groups: theatre systems and films. On the theatre systems side, the Company derives revenues from theatre exhibitors primarily through either a sale or sales-type lease arrangement or a joint revenue sharing arrangement. Theatre exhibitors also pay for associated maintenance and extended warranty services. Film revenue is derived primarily from film studios for the provision of film production and digital re-mastering services for exhibition on Imax theatre systems around the world. The Company derives other film revenues from the distribution of certain films and the provision of post-production services. The Company also derives a small portion of other revenues from the operation of its own theatres, the provision of aftermarket parts for its system components, and camera rentals

(2)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 postproduction; 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 boxoffice and concession revenues. The film production and Imax DMR segment includes the production of films and the performance of film remastering services. The film distribution segment includes the distribution of films for which the Company has distribution rights.

The film postproduction segment provides film postproduction 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

Imax Theater Systems revenue in Q2-2015 increased 37.1 per cent to $63.117 million as compared to the $46.032 million in Q2-2014. YTD, revenue increased 37.2 per cent to $99.949 million from $72.843 million in 6M-2014.

Gross margin from Imax Theater System increased 46.7 per cent in Q2-2015 to $40.695 million from $27.748 million in the corresponding year ago quarter. YTD, gross margin during the current six month period also increased by 46.7 per cent to $62.778 million as compared to the 42.805 million in 6M-2014.

Joint venture revenue sharing arrangement numbers

The Imax Theater System growth (as well as growth in Imax overall numbers) was led by a 63.2 per cent growth in the revenue from joint revenue sharing arrangements at $31.594 million in the current quarter, as compared to the $19.363 million in the corresponding year ago quarter.

Gross Margin reported by Imax joint revenue sharing arrangements increased 79.9 per cent in Q2-2015 to $24.069 million from $13.378 million in the corresponding year ago quarter. YTD, gross margin during the current six month period increased by 67.9 per cent to $34.686 million as compared to the 20.661 million in 6M-2014.

Imax systems numbers

Imax systems revenue in Q2-2015 increased 24.3 per cent to $22.365 million as compared to the $17.996 million in Q2-2014. YTD, revenue increased 33.9 per cent to $34.479 million from $25.8756 million in 6M-2014.

Gross margin from Imax systems increased 16.8 per cent in Q2-2015 to $13.537 million from $11.589 million in the corresponding year ago quarter. YTD, gross margin during 6M-2015 increased by 32.8 per cent to $21.722 million as compared to the 16.362 million in 6M-2014.

Theater system maintenance numbers

Theater system maintenance revenue in Q2-2015 increased 5.6 per cent to $9.158 million as compared to the $8.673 million in Q2-2014. YTD, revenue increased 6.8 per cent to $18.008 million from $16.868 million in 6M-2014.

Gross margin from Theater system maintenance increased 11.1 per cent in Q2-2015 to $3.089 million from $2.781 million in the corresponding year ago quarter. YTD, gross margin during 6M-2015 increased by 10.2 per cent to $6.370 million as compared to the 5.782 million in 6M-2014.

Films

Films revenue increased 34 per cent in the current quarter to $36.369 million as compared to the $29.383 million in Q2-2014. For 6M-2015, revenue improved 24.5 per cent to $61.323 million as compared to the $49.257 million in the corresponding year ago six month period.

Gross margin from Films improved 46.2 per cent in Q2-2015 to $28.454 million from $19.592 million in Q2-2014. For the six month period ended 30 June, 2015, Films gross margin increased 35.1 per cent to $42.392 million as compared to the $31.381 million in 6M-2014.

Production and Imax DMR numbers

Production and Imax DMR was the only segment in 'Films' to attain revenue and gross margin q-o-q  and YTD growth. Revenue in Q2-2015 grew 52.2 per cent to $36.603 million as compared to the $24.050 million in the corresponding year ago quarter. During 6M-2015, revenue grew 38.3 per cent to $54.279 million from $39.235 million in 6M-2014.

Production and Imax DMR gross margin in the current quarter grew 52.9 per cent in Q2-2015 to $28.488 million as compared to the $18.634 million in Q2-2014. YTD, gross margin grew 40.4 per cent to $41.713 million from $29.708 million in 6M-2014.

Distribution numbers

Distribution revenue in Q2-2015 declined 60.6 per cent to $1.158 million as compared to the $2,942 million in Q2-2014. For 6M-2015, distribution revenue declined 42.2 per cent to $2.546 million in 6M-2015 as compared to the $4.405 million in 6M-2014.

Distribution reported negative gross margin Q2-2015 at $0.351 million as compared to the $0.594 million in Q2-2014. For the six month period ended 30 June, 2015, Distribution gross margin was negative $0.216 million (loss) as compared to the $0.784 million in 6M-2014.

Post Production numbers

Post Production revenue in Q2-2015 declined 32.7 per cent to $1.608 million as compared to the $2.391 million in Q2-2014. For 6M-2015, revenue declined 19.9 per cent to $4.498 million as compared to the $5.617 million in 6M-2014.

Post Production gross margin in the current quarter declined 12.9 per cent in Q2-2015 to $3.17 million as compared to the $364 million in Q2-2014. YTD, gross margin grew 0.7 per cent to $0.895 million from $0.889 million in 6M-2014.

'Other' numbers

Revenue from 'Other' in Q2-2015 grew 25.3 per cent to $4.674 million as compared to the $3.73 million in Q2-2014. 6M-2015 revenue grew 54.5 per cent to $8.099 million as compared to the $5.242 million in 6M-2014.

The 'Other' segment reported a negative gross margin in Q2-2015 of $0.114. For 6M-2015, gross margin was negative $0.154 million as compared to the $0.016 million in 6M-2014.

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