PR: Marvel Reports Q1 2007 EPS of $0.56 Driven by Strength across All Businesses
– Spider-Man 3 Sequel Takes Box Office by Storm with Record-Setting $151 Million Opening Weekend –
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Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: MVL), a global character-based entertainment and licensing company, today reported operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2007.
For Q1 2007, Marvel reported that net sales rose to $151.4 million and net income increased to $46.8 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, compared to net sales of $90.1 million and net income of $17.5 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, in Q1 2006. The year-over-year increases in net income and EPS are largely attributable to the strength of the company’s licensing operations, complemented by increased contributions from both toys and comic book publishing. Q1 2007 results reflect the recognition of much of the minimum licensing guarantees related to Marvel’s Spider-Man merchandising joint venture (JV) with Sony generated by the release of the Spider-Man 3 feature film last weekend.
Marvel Entertainment, Inc.
Segment Net Sales/Operating Income
|Three Months Ended|
|Licensing: Net Sales||$ 98.9||$ 39.6|
|Publishing: Net Sales||27.5||23.9|
|Toys: Net Sales||25.0||26.6|
|Film Production: Operating Costs (1)||(3.0)||(1.5)|
|TOTAL NET SALES||$151.4||$ 90.1|
|TOTAL OPERATING INCOME||$101.1||$ 32.0|
(1) These costs principally consist of compensation related to personnel devoted to the Company’s film production efforts, which efforts commenced late in the fourth quarter of 2005.
Marvel’s Chairman, Morton Handel, commented, “Marvel’s businesses benefited from global visibility and demand created for Marvel-branded merchandise, primarily from the recent release of major studio-licensed feature films including Spider-Man 3, which achieved a record-breaking opening weekend domestic box office of $151 million. Our Q1 performance also reflects the diverse base of revenue sources that we have built across consumer product segments.
“We are very pleased with our partnership with Hasbro and their performance under our toy license agreement. With the support of our toy division personnel, Hasbro has executed a broad and compelling toy line across multiple categories, and the line is performing well in the marketplace. Of note, the release of Spider-Man 3 triggered a second, non-refundable minimum guarantee payment to Marvel, amounting to $70 million, pursuant to our toy license agreement with Hasbro. That payment has already been received in the second quarter and will be recognized as revenue in future periods as royalties are ‘earned out’ under the agreement.
“Marvel is working on a growing array of initiatives to drive consumer exposure and provide new revenue streams in coming years. These initiatives adhere to our risk- and capital-averse business model. In support of our Marvel Studios film slate, we have partnered with Sega® to produce video games based on Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk as well as Captain America and Thor. Additionally, in late March we executed a license agreement in connection with the development in Dubai of a major new theme park destination centered on the Marvel Universe of characters. Work has also begun on Marvel’s first Broadway project, with the development, by our licensee, of a Spider-Man musical led by director Julie Taymor. Music for the project is being created by Bono and The Edge of the rock band U2. Both initiatives will take several years to develop but are expected to support Marvel’s core objectives.
“Lastly, work on our Marvel Studios self-produced feature film line-up for 2008 progresses on schedule. Principal photography is proceeding well and on schedule for Iron Man,and pre-production on Hulk, the filming of which is scheduled to begin this summer,is achieving important milestones. Recent progress includes the casting of Edward Norton in the lead role of Bruce Banner and Liv Tyler as his love interest, Betty Ross.”
First Quarter Segment Review:
- Licensing Segment net sales more than doubled from the year-ago period to $98.9 million, primarily due to the contribution of Marvel’s Spider-Man merchandising joint venture (JV) with Sony and strength in domestic licensing. The Spider-Man JV had revenues of $56.9 million in Q1 2007 which were triggered by the passing of the “on-shelf date” related to Spider-Man 3 feature film. International licensing sales declined slightly from Q1 2006 levels, principally due a gain recorded in the Q1 2006 period. Revenues from Marvel Studios increased due to participation payments on past films as well as option payments on potential future films.
|Marvel Entertainment, Inc. Licensing Sales by Division (Unaudited) |
|Three Months Ended|
|3/31/07 ||3/31/06 |
|Domestic Consumer Products||$ 27.2||$ 23.7|
|International Consumer Products||11.4||12.1|
|Spider-Man L.P. (Domestic and International)||56.9||2.0|
|Total Licensing Segment||$ 98.9||$ 39.6|
- The transition in Marvel’s Toy Segment net sales from toys produced by Marvel in 2006 to toy production principally by Hasbro, Marvel’s master toy licensee, in 2007, contributed to a modest year-over-year decrease in segment revenues to $25.0 million versus $26.6 million in Q1 2006. However, margins improved sharply in the Toy Segment in Q1 2007 reflecting contributions of higher margin license and service fee income. Sales recorded in 2006 as wholesale sales subject to the corresponding cost of revenues expense generated operating margins of 15% versus operating margins of 61% achieved in Q1 2007.
Balance Sheet Update:
As of March 31, 2007, Marvel had cash and investments of $40.8 million (including $10.6 million in restricted cash) and no borrowings under its $100 million line of credit with HSBC Bank. During the first quarter of 2007, Marvel purchased approximately 829,000 shares, at an average price of $26.75 under its repurchase program. As of March 31, 2007, the Company had $27.9 million remaining under its $100 million share repurchase authorization announced June 5, 2006.
Marvel Studios Entertainment Pipeline
(Development and release dates for licensed properties are controlled by studio partners)
Licensed Marvel Character Feature Film Line-Up For 2007
|Ghost Rider||Sony||Released February 16, 2007|
|Spider-Man 3||Sony||Released May 4, 2007|
|Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer||Fox||June 15, 2007 release|
Film Projects Being Developed by Marvel – partial list
|Iron Man||Marvel||Principal photography in progress; May 2, 2008 release (1)|
|The Incredible Hulk||Marvel||Pre-production, June 13, 2008 release|
|Ant-Man||Marvel||Writer and director engaged|
|Captain America||Marvel||Writer engaged|
|Nick Fury||Marvel||Writer engaged|
|The Avengers||Marvel||Writer engaged|
Marvel Character Animated TV Projects
|Fantastic Four||Moonscoop SAS (France)||26, 30 minute episodes; U.S. distribution on Cartoon Network started in September 2006; scheduled to relaunch in June 2007|
|Spider-Man||Sony||In development; US distribution agreement with Kids’ WB!|
|Wolverine and the X-Men||First Serve Toonz (India)||26, 30 minute episodes in development|
|Iron Man||Method Films (France)||26, 30 minute episodes in development|
Marvel Character Animated Direct-to-DVD Projects
|The Invincible Iron Man||Lionsgate||Released January 2007|
|Doctor Strange||Lionsgate||August 14, 2007 release|
|Teen Avengers||Lionsgate||Targeted July 2008 release (1)|
Marvel Character Live Stage Projects
|Spider-Man the Musical||Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle,|
SONY Pictures Entertainment
|In development/opening date to be determined; Julie Taymor director; music & lyrics by U2’s Bono and The Edge; (1)|
|2007 – 2008 Video Game Releases |
(Release dates controlled by Publishing partner)
|Take-Two||Ghost Rider||Released Q1 2007|
|Konami||Marvel Vs. Card Game||Released Q1 2007|
|Activision||Spider-Man 3||Released Q2 2007|
|Take-Two||Fantastic Four II||Q2 2007|
|Sega||Iron Man||Targeted 2008 (1)|
|Sega||The Incredible Hulk||Targeted 2008 (1)|
|(1) Represents a change from the previously supplied schedule |
Marvel reiterated its 2007 financial guidance for net sales, net income and diluted earnings per share, as reflected in the table below. A few key metrics for Marvel’s 2007 guidance are highlighted below.
Marvel Entertainment, Inc. – Financial Guidance
|(in millions, except per-share amounts)||2007 Guidance (2) ||2006 Actual |
|Net sales||$375 – $435||$352|
|Net income||$111 – $132||$59|
|Diluted EPS||$1.30 – $1.55||$0.67|
(2) As previously provided on February 26, 2007.
Primary 2007 Financial Guidance Drivers:
- Marvel’s guidance is based on 84 million diluted shares outstanding for 2007 and does not reflect any prospective share repurchase activity in 2007.
Marvel cautions investors that variations in the timing of licenses and entertainment events, the timing of their revenue recognition, and their level of success may result in variations and uncertainty in forecasting the Company’s financial results. These factors could have a material impact on year-over-year and sequential quarterly results comparisons as well as Marvel’s ability to achieve the financial performance included in its financial guidance.
About Marvel Entertainment, Inc.
With a library of over 5,000 high-profile characters built over more than sixty years of comic book publishing, Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in licensing, entertainment (via Marvel Studios), publishing (via Marvel Comics) and toys, with emphasis on feature films, home DVD, consumer products, video games, action figures and role-playing toys, television and promotions. Marvel’s strategy is to leverage its franchises in a growing array of opportunities around the world. For more information visit www.marvel.com.