DreamWorks Animation Reports Strong Third Quarter 2015 Results, With Revenues Increasing 43% To $259 Million And Segment Gross Profit Improving 37% To $99 Million Versus Prior Year

-- The strong performance of Home in the home entertainment window helps drive revenues in DWA's Feature Film segment 11% higher to $158 million

(PRNewswire) —  DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) today reported revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 of $259.2 million, representing an increase of 43.3% from the same period in 2014. In addition, DWA reported adjusted(b) operating income of $26.8 million and adjusted(b) net income attributable to DWA of $1.4 million or $0.02 per share. Adjusted financial results exclude a $3.6 million pre-tax charge associated with the Company's Restructuring Plan announced on January 22, 2015.

Including the impact of the previously announced Restructuring Plan, DWA reported operating income of $23.2 million and reported a net loss attributable to DWA of $(3.5) million, or $(0.04) per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

"DreamWorks Animation delivered solid third quarter results, highlighted by strong top-line growth and meaningful segment gross profit across all of our businesses," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation. "While we still have considerable work ahead of us, I am proud of the team's collective efforts and remain confident that we are well positioned to meet or even exceed our stated goals for the year while continuing to drive long term value for our stakeholders."

Third Quarter Review:

DWA's third quarter revenues of $259.2 million increased 43.3% versus the prior-year period driven by performance across all operating segments.

Revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 from the Feature Film segment increased to $157.9 million, up from $142.4 million in the prior-year period. Segment gross profit decreased to $54.3 million compared to $64.3 million in the same period of last year, primarily due to contributions earned in the prior-year period in the worldwide theatrical market from How to Train Your Dragon 2, which was a higher margin title.

Home, which was released domestically on March 27, 2015 has reached $386 million at the worldwide box office.  The film contributed feature film segment revenue of $49.7 million in the quarter. Home was released in the digital market on June 26, 2015 and into the physical domestic home entertainment market on July 28, 2015.  The film reached an estimated 4.7 million home entertainment units through the end of the third quarter, net of actual and estimated future returns.

The Penguins of Madagascar contributed feature film segment revenue of $39.8 million in the quarter, primarily from domestic and international pay television. Through the end of the third quarter, the film reached an estimated 3.6 million home entertainment units sold worldwide, net of actual and estimated future returns.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 contributed feature film segment revenue of $7.4 million in the quarter, primarily from international pay television and home entertainment. The film reached an estimated 8.9 million home entertainment units sold worldwide through the end of the third quarter, net of actual and estimated future returns.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman contributed feature film segment revenue of $2.6 million in the quarter, primarily from home entertainment. The film reached an estimated 4.2 million home entertainment units sold worldwide through the end of the third quarter, net of actual and estimated future returns.

Library titles contributed feature film segment revenue of $58.4 million in the quarter. Library revenues in the current quarter were driven by worldwide television and home entertainment revenues for a number of titles including The Croods and Turbo.

Revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 from the Television Series and Specials segment increased to $50.7 million, compared to $14.3 million during the prior-year period. The increase in revenues was attributable to a significantly higher number of episodes delivered under our episodic content licensing arrangements. Segment gross profit increased to $15.3 million in the current quarter, from $2.3 million in the same period of the prior year. The increase was primarily driven by higher revenues along with favorable amortization rates associated with our episodic series, partially offset by up-front marketing costs associated with the release of our new television series.

Revenues from the Consumer Products segment increased to $27.0 million in the third quarter, compared to $12.1 million in the same period last year. The increase was primarily due to revenues earned from new and extended location based entertainment license arrangements in the quarter, as well as merchandise licensing agreements related to intellectual property rights associated with characters from our feature films and episodic television series. Revenues also included contributions from merchandising and other licensing activities. Segment gross profit increased to $15.8 million from $4.2 million in the prior-year period, as revenues earned from location based entertainment license arrangements have lower associated costs.

Revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 from the Company's New Media segment were $20.7 million compared to $8.5 million during the three months ended September 30, 2014. This increase was primarily attributable to revenue generated from licensing and distribution of content and brand sponsorship arrangements. In the prior-year period, the Company reported certain advertising and talent management revenues in this segment on a "gross" basis rather than on a "net" basis.  For comparative purposes, if the New Media segment's revenues had been reported on a "net" basis during the quarter ended September 30, 2014, revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 would reflect an increase of 226% compared with the prior-year period. Segment gross profit, which is not affected by this item, increased to $10.9 million from $2.3 million in the prior-year period, primarily due to higher revenue contributions from licensed content and reduced amortization of intangible assets.

Revenues from All Other segments for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 were $2.9 million compared to $3.6 million in the prior-year period and gross profit was $2.4 million compared to a loss of $(1.1) million for the quarter ended September 30, 2014.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2015, DWA posted adjusted <

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