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IMAX Corporation Reports First Quarter 2013 Financial Results
Apr 25, 2013

NEW YORKApril 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX:IMX) today reported first quarter 2013 revenues of $49.9 million, adjusted EBITDA as calculated in accordance with the Company's credit facility of $13.9 million, adjusted net income of $5.6 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, and reported net income of $2.9 million, or $0.04 per diluted share.

"In the first quarter, we continued to execute against our three main Company priorities for the year – Penetration, Differentiation, and Scale," said IMAX Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Gelfond. "We expect these to be key drivers of our long-term growth, while supporting our results in the near-term, and we are excited about the promising upcoming lineup of films in IMAX, particularly in the second quarter."

Network Growth Update

The total IMAX® theatre network consisted of 738 systems as of March 31, 2013, of which 606 were in commercial multiplexes.  There were 283 theatre systems in backlog as of March 31, 2013, compared to 261 theatre systems in backlog as ofMarch 31, 2012.  For a breakdown of theatre system signings, installations, network and backlog by type, please see the end of this press release.

In the first quarter of 2013, the Company signed contracts for 25 theatre systems, of which 17 were in new theatre locations and 8 were additional signings for laser systems and conversion of some of the Company's film theatres to digital systems in existing theatre locations.  In the quarter the Company installed 17 theatre systems, of which 10 were in new theatre locations. 

"We are very pleased that we continue to penetrate different countries around the world, strengthening our presence in some and building strong theatres in new markets to catalyze future growth in others," Gelfond continued.  "Our one-of-a-kind, end-to-end entertainment solution is driving demand from exhibitor and studio partners from around the world, who have seen the value of being in the IMAX business.  We remain optimistic as our growth opportunity in underpenetrated international regions, combined with our ability to program each of those markets individually, continues to position IMAX as a unique player in the global entertainment industry."

First-Quarter Segment Results

  • - Revenue from sales and sales-type leases was $9.8 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $12.9 million in the first quarter of 2012, primarily reflecting the installation of six full, new theatre systems under sales and sales-type lease arrangements in the most recent first quarter, compared to eight full, new theatre systems in the first quarter of 2012.  The Company also installed five digital system upgrades under sales or sales-type lease arrangements in the first quarter of 2013, compared to 10 upgrades in the first quarter of 2012, and two digital systems under short-term operating lease arrangements.
  • - Revenue from joint revenue-sharing arrangements was $9.4 million, compared to $11.7 million in the prior-year period.  During the quarter, the Company installed four new theatres under joint revenue-sharing arrangements, compared to eight in the year-ago period.  The Company had 319 theatres operating under joint revenue-sharing arrangements as of March 31, 2013, as compared to 265 theatres one year prior.
  • - Production and IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-Mastering) revenues were $14.4 millionin the first quarter of 2013, compared to $13.8 million in the first quarter of 2012.  Gross box office from DMR titles was $128.7 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $121.7 million in the prior-year period.  The average global DMR box office per screen in the first quarter of 2013 was $212,900, compared to $247,600 in the prior-year period.

"Looking ahead, the heart of the summer box office season kicks into gear this week including the release of the IMAX® 3D version of Iron Man 3, followed by Star Trek: Into Darkness, Man of Steel and an international only release of Fast & Furious 6, providing a strong foundation for our full portfolio of films this year," Gelfond concluded. "We have secured many key tentpole films for the remainder of 2013, as well as 2014 and beyond, including Christopher Nolan's Interstellar andMichael Bay's Transformers 4, both of which will be captured with IMAX cameras, demonstrating the ongoing desire of studios and filmmakers to leverage the IMAX platform to bring audiences the most immersive entertainment experiences that they cannot get anywhere else."

Conference Call
The Company will host a conference call today at 8:30 AM ET to discuss its first quarter 2013 financial results.  To access the call via telephone, interested parties should dial (800) 820-0231 approximately 5 to 10 minutes before it begins.  International callers should dial (416) 640-5926.  The participant passcode for the call is 7114021.  This call is also being webcast by Thomson Financial and can be accessed on the 'Investor Relations' section of www.imax.com.  A replay of the call will be available via webcast on the 'Investor Relations' section of www.imax.com or via telephone by dialing (888) 203-1112 (US and Canada) or (647) 436-0148 (international). The Conference ID for the telephone replay is 7114021.

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you've never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX's network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New YorkToronto and Los Angeles, with offices inLondonTokyoShanghai and Beijing.  As of Mar. 31, 2013, there were 738 IMAX theatres (606 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 113 institutions) in 53 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® and IMAX Is Believing® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found atwww.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management's assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. Important factors that could affect these statements include, but are not limited to, general economic, market or business conditions; the opportunities (or lack thereof) that may be presented to and pursued by the Company; the performance of IMAX DMR films; competitive actions by other companies; conditions in the in-home and out-of-home entertainment industries; the signing of theater system agreements; changes in laws or regulations; conditions, changes and developments in the commercial exhibition industry; the failure to convert theater system backlog into revenue; risks associated with investments and operations in foreign jurisdictions and any future international expansion, including those related to economic, political and regulatory policies of local governments and laws and policies of the United States andCanada; risks related to the Company's growth and operations in China; the failure to respond to change and advancements in digital technology; risks related to the acquisition of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. by Dalian Wanda Group Co., Ltd.; risks related to new business initiatives; the potential impact of increased competition in the markets within which the Company operates; risks related to the Company's inability to protect the Company's intellectual property; risks related to Eastman Kodak bankruptcy and the possibility of constrained film supply; risks related to the Company's implementation of a new enterprise resource planning system; risks related to the Company's prior restatements and the related litigation; and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. These factors, other risks and uncertainties and financial details are discussed in IMAX's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.