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IMAX Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Results
Feb 21, 2013

NEW YORKFeb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • - Adjusted EPS increases 95% to $0.80 for full year; Q4 2012 adjusted EPS of$0.23
  • - Full year revenues increase 20% to $284.3 million with fourth quarter revenues of $77.8 million
  • - Network scale and global film portfolio drive approximately 50% box office growth in full year 2012

IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2012, driven by continued theatre network growth and strong box office performance, derived from a diverse global film portfolio.  Fourth quarter 2012 revenues were $77.8 million, adjusted EBITDA as calculated in accordance with the Company's Credit Facility was $27.4 million, adjusted net income was $15.7 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, and reported net income was $12.9 million, or$0.19 per diluted share.

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Full year 2012 revenues were $284.3 million, adjusted EBITDA as calculated in accordance with the Company's Credit Facility was $106.8 million, adjusted net income was $54.3 million, or $0.80 per diluted share, and reported net income was$41.3 million, or $0.61 per diluted share. For reconciliations of adjusted net income to reported net income and for the definition of adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow, please see the tables at the end of this press release.

"Our fourth quarter results once again demonstrated the operating leverage inherent in the IMAX business model and was a strong finish to a successful year for the Company," said IMAX Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Gelfond. "We executed on all key fronts, with the combination of network expansion and an increasingly global portfolio approach to our film slate translating into solid financial results."

Network Growth Update

In the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company signed contracts for 38 theatre systems, of which 28 were systems in new theatre locations, and installed 46 theatre systems, of which 43 were systems in new theatre locations.  For the full year of 2012, the Company signed contracts for 142 theatre systems, of which 121 were systems in new theatre locations, and installed 125 theatre systems, of which 107 were systems in new theatre locations.

The total IMAX® theatre network consisted of 731 systems as of Dec. 31, 2012, of which 598 were in commercial multiplexes.  There were 276 theatre systems in backlog as of Dec. 31, 2012, compared to 263 theatre systems in backlog as ofDec. 31, 2011.  For a breakdown of theatre system signings, installations and backlog by type, please see the end of this press release.

"We believe the financial and strategic accomplishments of 2012 re-confirmed IMAX's position as a unique global player in the film industry and laid a solid foundation for long-term growth," Mr. Gelfond concluded.  "Our 2013 objectives are straight forward - continue to expand our footprint worldwide, maximize the scalability of our business and further leverage our differentiated end-to-end technology platform to enable more leading filmmakers and studios to create an entertainment experience that cannot be found anywhere else."

Fourth Quarter Segment Results

  • - IMAX systems revenue was $24.3 million in the quarter, compared to $29.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, primarily reflecting the installation of 14 full, new theatre systems under sales and sales-type lease arrangements in the most recent fourth quarter, compared to 17 full, new theatre systems in the prior year period.  The Company also installed three digital system upgrades under sales or sales-type lease arrangements in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to one upgrade in the fourth quarter of 2011.
  • - Revenue from joint revenue sharing arrangements increased 103.4% to $17.0 million, from $8.4 million in the prior-year period.  During the quarter, the Company installed 29 new theatres under joint revenue sharing arrangements, compared to 39 in the year-ago period.  The Company ended 2012 with 316 theatres operating under joint revenue sharing arrangements, as compared to 257 theatres at the end of 2011.
  • - Production and IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-Mastering) revenues increased 56.3% to $19.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 from $12.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Gross box office from DMR titles was a record $152.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to $97.6 million in the prior year period.  The average global DMR box office per screen in the fourth quarter of 2012 was$264,400, compared to $221,600 in the prior year period.

Conference Call  
The Company will host a conference call today at 8:30 AM ET to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2012 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 4550645.  This call is also being webcast by Thomson Financial and can be accessed on the 'Investor Relations' section ofwww.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 4550645.

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 Dec. 31, 2012, there were 731 IMAX theatres (598 commercial multiplexes, 19 commercial destinations and 114 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 and other risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.