WWE Reports 2013 Q4 And Full Year Results: Net Revenue Increases, Earnings Decline

WWE issued the following press release, announcing financial results for 2013 and Q4 2013. Vince McMahon and WWE CFO George Barrios will host a conference call this morning to discuss the results, beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET. As noted earlier, e will have live coverage of the call. You can check out the full press release, which includes tables comparing 2013 results to 2012, at this link.

WWE® Reports 2013 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

STAMFORD, Conn.--WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013. Revenues totaled $118.4 million as compared to $115.1 million in the prior year quarter. Operating loss was $12.2 million as compared to income of $2.6 million in the prior year quarter. Net loss was $7.9 million, or $0.10 per share, as compared to income of $0.6 million, or $0.01 per share, in the prior year quarter. OIBDA in the fourth quarter 2013 decreased to a $5.6 million loss from income of $8.5 million in the prior year quarter.

The decline in OIBDA and Operating income was primarily attributable to increased investment in staffing, talent and marketing to support our strategic content initiatives, including the launch of WWE Network. Lower sales of new DVD releases and a corresponding shift in product mix to lower priced catalog titles, as well as compressed television production margins that derived from changes in the mix of programming also contributed to the year-over-year decline.

"During the past year, we laid the foundation for future growth and enhanced our brand strength," stated Vince McMahon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We have now announced the renewal of our television distribution agreement in the U.K., are continuing the negotiations regarding our domestic content, and are poised to launch our global WWE Network in the next few days. With preparations for WrestleMania 30 fully underway, we look forward to celebrating our enduring legacy and ushering in a new era as we blaze new trails in the media industry."

"As we prepared to transform our business, we invested in content production and talent. Although our earnings declined in 2013, our performance was in-line with our guidance, which targeted a range of OIBDA results, excluding film impairments, of $40 million to $50 million," added George Barrios, Chief Strategy & Financial Officer. "Regarding our domestic TV licensing agreements, we are now engaged with potential partners after exiting our exclusive negotiating period with NBCU. Based on our analysis of the value of comparable programs and our extensive research regarding consumer interest in WWE Network, we continue to believe that we can double or triple our 2012 OIBDA results of $63 million by 2015."

Comparability of Results

For the full year 2013, OIBDA results included $11.7 million in film impairment charges primarily related to the Company's 2010-2012 film release slate, and an approximate $3.4 million positive impact from the transition of the Company's video game business to a new licensee in 2013. For the full year ended 2012, OIBDA results included $1.2 million in film impairment charges, and net income included a $4.1 million benefit due to the recognition of previously unrecognized tax benefits. For the fourth quarter 2012, OIBDA results included a $0.5 million in film impairment charges. In order to facilitate an analysis of financial results on a comparable basis, where noted, fourth quarter and full year results have been adjusted to exclude these items. (See Schedule of Adjustments in Supplemental Information).

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