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Prime Focus reports flat results for first quarter

BENGALURU: After the sale of certain investments and restructuring and integration costs in the previous fiscal (FY-17), including in the quarter ended 30 June 2016 (Q1-17), Prime Focus Limited (PFL) had reported healthy numbers for FY-17. The company has now reported almost flat revenue and EBIDTA numbers for the quarter ended 30 June 2017 (Q1-18, current quarter) as compared to Q1-17. Revenue Income from operations was 2.41 percent lower in the current quarter at Rs 5,135.22 million as compared to Rs 5,262.13 million in Q1-17. Total Income in Q1-18 was 0.82 percent lower year-over-year (y-o-y) at Rs 5,241.89 million as compared to Rs 5,285.09 million in Q1-17.

EBIDTA including other income in the current quarter was flat (down 0.01 percent) at Rs 1,033.16 million (19.71 percent of Total Income) as compared to Rs 1,033.30 million (19.55 percent of Total Income) in Q1-17. The company says that adjusted EBIDTA was up 9 percent at Rs. 1,118mn (Q1-17: Rs. 1,023 million), with margin at 21.4 percent (Q1-17: 19.4 percent), with significant work being delivered on projects from India. The company reported foreign exchange gain for the period at Rs. 22 million.

Total Expenditure in Q1-18 declined fractionally by 0.11 percent to Rs 5,239.58 million from Rs 5,245.19 million in Q1-17. Employee benefits expense in Q1-18 reduced 6.18 percent to Rs 2,966.46 million from Rs 3,161.77 million in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Technician fees in Q1-18 reduced 1.30 percent to Rs 90.51 million from Rs 91.70 million in Q1-17. Technical Services cost in the current quarter fell by 18.86 percent to Rs 134.35 million from Rs 165.59 million in Q1-17. Finance cost in Q1-18 increased 24.08 percent to Rs 376.38 million from Rs 303.32 million in Q1-17. PFL says that Finance costs in the current quarter includes non-operating charges of Rs. 85 millon on account of amortizations of debt like items Other Expenditure in the current quarter increased 9.41 percent to Rs 911.06 million as compared to Rs 832.73 million in corresponding quarter of fiscal 2017.

In its investor presentation, PFL says that its creative services revenue in Q1-18 was Rs 4,042 million, while in Q1-17 it was Rs 4,052 million. Adjusted EBIDTA for creative services increased in Q1-18 to Rs 804 million (19.9 percent margin) from Rs 682 million (16.8 percent margin) in Q1-17. The company says that EBITDA margin increased as India integration proceeded at a steady pace; significant work continued to be delivered on projects from India, and steps were being taken to upsize and upskill the Indian workforce. PFL launched PFAMES (Prime Focus Academy of Media & Entertainment Studies) for training entry level personnel in India. It claims that it has delivered movies like Transformers: The Last Knight, Wonder Woman, The Mummy, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword among others. PFL says that it has an order book at in excess of $250 million with projects like M:I 6 - Mission Impossible, Godzilla Sequel, Pacific Rim: Uprising, American Assassin, Justice League, Geostorm, Avengers, Alpha, Blade Runner 2049, Thor Ragnarok and other major unannounced projects.

PFL’s Tech/Tech Enabled services revenue in Q1-18 was slightly lower at Rs 822 million as compared to Rs 841 million in the corresponding year ago quarter. EBIDTA for Tech/Tech Enabled services increased to Rs 223 million (27.1 percent margin) from Rs 220 million (26.1 percent margin). Its order book for Tech/Tech Enabled services was at $200 million to be executed over next 3 to 5 years.

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