DreamWorks Animation Reports First Quarter 2010 Financial Results Company Plans to Release Sequel to How to Train Your Dragon in 2013

GLENDALE, Calif., April 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2010. In the quarter, the Company reported total revenue of $162.1 million and net income of $21.7 million, or $0.24 per share on a fully diluted basis.

"2010 is off to a strong start, thanks in large part to the performance of How to Train Your Dragon, which – having grossed nearly $375 million to date in worldwide box office – has become DreamWorks Animation's next franchise. We plan to release the sequel theatrically in 2013," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation. "3D continues to have a tremendous impact on the industry at large and we are now looking forward with great anticipation to bringing Shrek Forever After, the final chapter in our beloved Shrek series and the first in 3D, to audiences across the globe next month."

How to Train Your Dragon, which was released on March 26, 2010, contributed $59.7 million of revenue to the quarter, driven primarily by merchandising and licensing activities. It has reached approximately $180 million in domestic box office and approximately $195 million in international box office to date.

The Company's 2009 release, Monsters vs. Aliens, contributed $24.6 million of revenue to the quarter, driven primarily by domestic pay television. The film reached an estimated 7.5 million home entertainment units sold, net of actual and estimated future returns, by the end of the first quarter.

The Company's 2008 releases, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Kung Fu Panda, contributed $19.2 million and $5.7 million of revenue to the quarter, respectively, with the former driven by international pay television and home entertainment and the latter driven primarily by home entertainment. Through the end of the first quarter, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa reached 13.7 million home entertainment units sold worldwide, net of actual and estimated future returns.

Library and other titles contributed approximately $52.9 million of revenue to the quarter.  

Costs of revenue for the quarter equaled $106.2 million. Selling, general and administrative expenses totaled $23.5 million, including approximately $6.1 million of stock compensation expense.

Additionally, the Company recorded an expense of approximately $8.2 million, which includes a charge of approximately $2.1 million resulting from an adjustment to prior year taxes, related to a tax sharing agreement with a former stockholder. Combining the amount due to the former stockholder with the Company's income tax provision of approximately $4.6 million results in an overall equivalent tax rate of 37.0% for the quarter.

The Company also provided an update to its share repurchase program. As of April 27, 2010, the Company has repurchased approximately 0.9 million shares for approximately $37 million. The Company has approximately $113 million remaining under its current authorization.

The Company's second quarter results are expected to be driven primarily by the performance of Shrek Forever After. The Company expects its full year 2010 results, which will likely be heavily weighted toward the second half of the year, to be driven primarily by the continued performance of How to Train Your Dragon and the performance of Shrek Forever After, which is scheduled to be released on May 21, 2010.

Items related to the earnings press release for the first quarter of 2010 will be discussed in more detail on the Company's first quarter 2010 earnings conference call later today.

Conference Call Information

DreamWorks Animation will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the results on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at 4:30 p.m. (ET). Investors can access the call by dialing (800) 230-1085 in the U.S. and (612) 234-9959 internationally and identifying "DreamWorks Animation Earnings" to the operator. The call will also be available via live webcast at www.dreamworksanimation.com.  

A replay of the conference call will be available shortly after the call ends on Tuesday, April 27, 2010. To access the replay, dial (800) 475-6701 in the U.S. and (320) 365-3844 internationally and enter 151491 as the conference ID number. Both the earnings release and archived webcast will be available on the Company's website at www.dreamworksanimation.com.

About DreamWorks Animation SKG

DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series, live entertainment properties and online virtual worlds, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by FORTUNE® Magazine for two consecutive years. In 2010, DreamWorks Animation ranks #6 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation's feature films are now being produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 19 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. DreamWorks Animation's upcoming feature film releases for 2010 are Shrek Forever After and Megamind.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This document includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company's plans, prospects, strategies, proposals and our beliefs and expectations concerning performance of our current and future releases and anticipated talent, directors and storyline for our upcoming films and other projects, constitute forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about the industry in which we operate and management's beliefs and assumptions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions which are difficult to predict.  Actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied by the statements herein due to changes in economic, business, competitive, technological and/or regulatory factors, and other risks and uncertainties affecting the operation of the business of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. These risks and uncertainties include: audience acceptance of our films, our dependence on the success of a limited number of releases each year, the increasing cost of producing and marketing feature films, piracy of motion pictures, the effect of rapid technological change or alternative forms of entertainment and our need to protect our proprietary technology and enhance or develop new technology. In addition, due to the uncertainties and risks involved in the development and production of animated feature projects, the release dates for the projects described in this document may be delayed. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see the reports filed by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and our most recent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. DreamWorks Animation is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

DREAMWORKS ANIMATION SKG, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS





March 31,
2010 

December 31,
2009  


(unaudited)



(in thousands,

except par value and share

amounts)

Assets



Cash and cash equivalents

$  218,387

$  231,245

Trade accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts

53,647

42,175

Income taxes receivable

4,632

9,016

Receivable from Paramount, net of reserve for returns and allowance for doubtful accounts

134,519

171,292

Film costs, net

723,686

695,963

Prepaid expenses and other assets

49,989

41,463

Property, plant, and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization

168,767

161,558

Deferred taxes, net

8,207

7,669

Goodwill

34,216

34,216




Total assets

$  1,396,050

$  1,394,597




Liabilities and Equity



Liabilities:



Accounts payable

$  2,105

$  2,400

Accrued liabilities

100,840

111,281

Payable to former stockholder

53,945

67,456

Deferred revenue and other advances

49,377

60,870




Total liabilities

206,267

242,007

Commitments and contingencies



Stockholders' equity:



   Stockholders' equity:



Class A common stock, par value $.01 per share, 350,000,000 shares authorized, 96,975,381 and 95,967,515 shares issued, as of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively

970

960

Class B common stock, par value $.01 per share, 150,000,000 shares authorized, 10,838,731 and 11,419,461 shares issued and outstanding, as of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively

108

114

Additional paid-in capital

940,471

922,681

Retained earnings

817,965

796,296

Less: Class A Treasury common stock, at cost, 20,490,455 and 20,430,031 shares, as of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively

(569,731)

(567,461)




   Total stockholders' equity

1,189,783

1,152,590




Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$  1,396,050

$  1,394,597







DREAMWORKS ANIMATION SKG, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(Unaudited)





Three Months Ended
March 31,



2010 

2009 


(in thousands, except
per share amounts)

Revenues

$  162,143

$  263,524

Costs of revenues

106,183

156,406




Gross profit

55,960

107,118

Product development

185

2,368

Selling, general and administrative expenses

23,510

20,691




Operating income

32,265

84,059

Interest income, net

59

539

Other income, net

2,093

1,452

Increase in income tax benefit payable to former stockholder

(8,188)

(16,010)




Income before income taxes

26,229

70,040

Provision for income taxes

4,560

7,730




Net income

$  21,669

$  62,310




Basic net income per share

$  0.25

$  0.71

Diluted net income per share

$  0.24

$  0.71

Shares used in computing net income per share



Basic

86,838

87,465

Diluted

88,709

88,102




DREAMWORKS ANIMATION SKG, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)





Three Months Ended
March 31,



2010 

2009 


(in thousands)

Operating activities



Net income

$  21,669

$  62,310

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:



Amortization and write off of film costs

96,875

135,237

Stock compensation expense

6,674

5,854

Depreciation and amortization

629

726

Revenue earned against deferred revenue and other advances

(29,898)

(10,831)

Deferred taxes, net

(538)

13,548

Change in operating assets and liabilities:



Trade accounts receivable

(11,472)

(448)

Receivable from Paramount

36,773

(46,762)

Film costs

(116,670)

(101,657)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

(8,963)

(9,664)

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(10,597)

(29,431)

Payable to former stockholder

(13,511)

(9,686)

Income taxes payable/receivable, net

4,345

(5,022)

Deferred revenue and other advances

19,889

38,496




Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

(4,795)

42,670




Investing activities



Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(13,928)

(13,411)




Net cash used in investing activities

(13,928)

(13,411)




Financing Activities



Receipts from exercise of stock options

7,964

21

Excess tax benefits from employee equity awards

171

--

Purchase of treasury stock

(2,270)

(31,294)




Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

5,865

(31,273)




Decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(12,858)

(2,014)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

231,245

262,644




Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$  218,387

$  260,630




Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:



Cash paid (refunded) during the period for income taxes, net

$  563

$  (878)




Cash paid during the period for interest, net of amounts capitalized

$  149

$  218







SOURCE DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.



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