WWE Financials: WWE Studios Essentially Flat


WWE Studios recognized revenue of $1.8 million as compared to revenue of $1.9 million in the prior year quarter reflecting the timing of results generated by the Company’s overall portfolio of movies. Here is the breakdown…

Five films have been released during the first nine months of 2013, which compares to three releases during the first nine months of 2012. Revenues for current projects will be recognized on a net basis as participation statements are received from distribution partners rather than upon release as was the case with the Company’s self-distributed movies. In general, for movies that are not self-distributed, the Company does not expect to begin recognizing revenue until four to six months after release. As such, the recognition of revenue related to the most recent releases, including 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded and The Call is not expected to begin until the fourth quarter 2013 or early 2014.

Based on an evaluation of the Company’s film assets, an impairment charge of $7.0 million was recognized in the quarter. The impairment charge, which primarily relates to the movies released over the 2010 through 2012 period, was driven recent performance of these titles. As a result of the impairment, WWE Studios generated a loss of $7.4 million compared to a loss of $2.0 million in the prior year quarter, which included no film impairment charges. Excluding the impact of film impairment charges, the WWE Studios’ movie portfolio generated an adjusted loss of $0.4 million compared to a loss of $2.0 million in the prior year quarter.

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