AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AMC) (“AMC” or “the Company”), today reported results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017.
Highlights for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2017, include the following:
- AMC set fourth quarter records for the three months ended December 31 period for all revenue categories: admissions, food and beverage and other. Much of the growth in revenue is due in large part to the acquisitions of Odeon Cinemas Group (“Odeon”), Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (“Carmike”) and Nordic Cinema Group Holding AB (“Nordic”).
- Total revenues increased 53.0% to $1,416.8 million compared to total revenues of $926.1 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2016. Total revenues in 2017 included approximately $438.5 million of revenues from our international theatres as compared to $114.1 million in the three-month period a year ago.
- Admissions revenues increased 52.3% to $897.1 million compared to $588.8 million for the same period a year ago.
- Food and beverage revenues increased 47.0% to $415.3 million, compared to $282.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2016.
- Earnings before income taxes grew 13.7% to $14.1 million, compared to $12.4 million for the same quarter a year ago.
- Net earnings decreased $305.4 million to a net loss of $276.4 million compared to net earnings of $29.0 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2016. Included in the net loss for the quarter was approximately $310.0 million of tax expense in our U.S. markets related to the impact of the change in the U.S. enacted federal income tax rate from 35% to 21% and the impact of a full valuation allowance on our deferred income tax assets.
- Diluted earnings per share (“diluted EPS”) decreased $2.43 to a loss of $2.14 per share compared to earnings of $0.29 per share for the same period a year ago. Average diluted shares outstanding in the fourth quarter of 2017 increased approximately 28.2% compared to the fourth quarter last year as a result of the successful completion of an equity offering in February 2017, less the effect of 3.2 million shares repurchased during 2017.
- Total Adjusted EBITDA(1) increased 58.7% to $288.2 million compared to $181.6 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2016. International Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter grew $70.2 million to $98.8 million compared to $28.6 million a year ago.
“Fiscal year 2017 ended on a very positive note, much like it began, as movie-goers patronized AMC theatres in significant numbers. The acquisitions of Odeon, Carmike and Nordic, and the investments we made during 2017, both domestically and internationally, in food and beverage initiatives, in our signature recliners and in premium sight and sound experiences, together with previously announced revenue enhancements and cost controls drove record revenues and improved operating margins in the fourth quarter,” said Adam Aron, CEO and President of AMC Entertainment. “As we look forward to 2018 and beyond, we are pleased and greatly encouraged by the progress we made during and since the fourth quarter of 2017, both operationally and in dealing with several specific industry challenges. And naturally, we are inspired by the record breaking audiences that are coming to our movie theatres across the U.S. and Europe to take in BLACK PANTHER. With more great movies on the horizon, and further investment at AMC in guest heralded amenities, we are increasingly optimistic about the potential for success at AMC Entertainment in 2018 and the years to come.”
Highlights for the year ended December 31, 2017 include the following:
- AMC set annual records for the twelve months ended December 31 period for all revenue categories: admissions, food and beverage and other.
- Total revenues increased 57.0% to $5,079.2 million compared to total revenues of $3,235.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2016. Total revenues for 2017 included approximately $1,355.7 million of revenues from our international theatres as compared to $118.9 million in the period a year ago, due to the acquisitions of Odeon and Nordic.
- Admissions revenues grew 57.6% to $3,229.5 million compared to $2,049.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2016.
- Food and beverage revenues increased 51.9% to $1,548.4 million, compared to $1,019.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2016.
- Loss before income taxes increased $482.8 million to $333.1 million, compared to earnings before income taxes of $149.7 million for the same quarter a year ago.
- Net earnings decreased $598.9 million to a net loss of $487.2 million and diluted earnings per share decreased $4.93 per share to a loss of $3.80 per share compared to net earnings of $111.7 million and net earnings per share of $1.13 per share, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2016. Included in the net loss for the year ended 2017 were $208.0 million in pre-tax impairment charges related to the NCM investment and approximately $310.0 million of tax expense related to the impact of the change in the U.S. enacted federal income tax rate from 35% to 21% and the impact of a full valuation allowance on our deferred income tax assets.
- Total Adjusted EBITDA(1) grew 36.6% to $822.5 million compared to $602.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2016. International Adjusted EBITDA grew $184.1 million to $212.5 million compared to $28.4 million in the same period a year ago.
|(1)||(Reconciliations and definitions of non-GAAP financial measures are provided in the financial schedules accompanying this press release.)|
Commentary on the quarter by Craig Ramsey, AMC’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, is available at http://investor.amctheatres.com.
Additional information detailing select unaudited pro forma financial data for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2017 is included in the fourth quarter 2017 CFO Commentary. The select unaudited pro forma data for the periods combines the historical financial data of operations of AMC, Odeon, Carmike and Nordic, giving effect to the acquisitions, financings and theatre divestitures as if they had been completed on January 1, 2016. The historical consolidated financial information for Odeon and Nordic has been adjusted to comply with U.S. GAAP. The classification of certain items presented by Odeon under U.K. GAAP has been modified in order to align with the presentation used by AMC under U.S. GAAP. The classification of certain items presented by Nordic under IFRS has been modified in order to align with the presentation used by AMC under U.S. GAAP. In addition to the U.S. GAAP adjustments and the reclassifications, amounts have also been translated to U.S. Dollars. The unaudited pro forma financial information is provided for informational purposes only and is not necessarily indicative of what our results of operations would actually have been had the acquisitions occurred on the date indicated. Please refer to the August 1, 2017 Form 8-K and 8-K/A on December 4, 2017 for additional information on pro forma financial statement adjustments.
Update of Share Repurchase Program
On August 3, 2017, AMC announced that its Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to $100 million of the Company’s Class A common stock over a two-year period.
As of March 1, 2018, the Company has repurchased approximately 50% of the authorized $100 million, having purchased more than 3.2 million shares of AMC’s Class A common stock for approximately $47.5 million, representing an average share price of $14.86.
On October 27, 2017, the Company declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.20 per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, which was paid on December 18, 2017, to shareholders of record on December 4, 2017. The total dividends paid in the fourth quarter of 2017 were approximately $25.9 million.
On February 28, 2018, the Company declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.20 per share of for the quarter ended December 31, 2017, payable on March 26, 2018 to stockholders of record on March 12, 2018.
During the fourth quarter, the Tax Reform Act of 2017 was signed into law. Among other things, the Tax Reform Act permanently reduces the U.S. corporate income tax rate from a maximum of 35% to a flat 21% rate, effective January 1, 2018.
Income taxes for the first nine months of 2017 were recorded using an estimated effective tax rate of 39%. During the fourth quarter of 2017, we determined in accordance with accounting standards that a valuation allowance or reserve against our deferred tax assets was required. Our deferred tax assets primarily relate to deferred revenue and lease accounting items.
Based on the resulting impact of the passage of the Tax Reform Act and the valuation allowance on the Company’s deferred tax assets, the Company recorded a charge of approximately $310.0 million to the income tax provision in our U.S. markets for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2017.
Going forward we expect our consolidated effective tax rate to be between 22% and 26%.
Conference Call / Webcast Information
The Company will host a conference call via webcast for investors and other interested parties beginning at 7:30 a.m. CST/8:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, March 1, 2018. To listen to the conference call via the internet, please visit the investor relations section of the AMC website at www.investor.amctheatres.com for a link to the webcast. Investors and interested parties should go to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register, and/or download and install any necessary audio software.
Participants may also listen to the call by dialing (877) 407-3982, or (201) 493-6780 for international participants. An archive of the webcast will be available on the Company’s website after the call for a limited time.
About AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.
AMC (NYSE: AMC) is the largest movie exhibition company in the U.S., in Europe and throughout the world with 1,014 theatres and 11,169 screens across the globe. AMC has propelled innovation in the exhibition industry by: deploying more plush power-recliner seats; delivering enhanced food and beverage choices; generating greater guest engagement through its loyalty program, web site and smart phone apps; offering premium large format experiences and playing a wide variety of content including the latest Hollywood releases and independent programming. AMC operates among the most productive theatres in the United States’ top markets, having the #1 or #2 market share positions in 22 of the 25 largest metropolitan areas of the United States, including the top three markets (NY, LA, Chicago). Through its Odeon subsidiary AMC operates in 14 European countries and is the #1 theatre chain in Estonia, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Spain, Sweden and UK & Ireland. www.amctheatres.com
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