VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wow Unlimited Media Inc. (“Wow” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: WOW; OTCQX: WOWMF) announced its results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018. 

    
  For the three months endedFor the nine months ended
$000's, except per share amounts September 30,
2018
September 30,
2017
September 30,
2018
September 30,
2017
Revenue $   17,711  $   11,720  $   49,644  $   27,985  
Operating EBITDA1  (1,502) (664) (1,911) (1,608)
Operating loss1  (2,659) (1,970) (5,262) (5,569)
Operating loss per share:     
- basic and diluted $  (0.10)$  (0.08)$  (0.20)$  (0.22)
      
Net loss $   (3,051)$   (1,620)$   (5,294)$   (5,337)
Net loss per share:     
- basic and diluted $  (0.11)$  (0.06)$  (0.20)$  (0.21)
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:    
- basic and diluted  27,759,773  25,178,604  26,163,726  25,262,255 
      
1 Operating EBITDA and operating loss include amortization of investment in film and television programming. Refer to discussion under Consolidated Results for a reconciliation of Operating EBITDA and Operating loss to Net loss.
     

Cumulative prior period information in the above table has been restated for purchase price allocation adjustments relating to the acquisition of Frederator.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Third quarter revenue was $17.7 million.  This included $12.1 million generated by the Networks and Platforms segment, which continues to build viewership.  Revenue for the Animation Production segment was $5.6 million for the third quarter, bolstered by the continued production of Costume Quest, Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures and Octonauts, season 5.
  • Operating EBITDA was a $1.5 million loss for the three months ended September 30, 2018, and the net loss was $3.1 million. 

“Wow continues to grow – we are very pleased with the launch of WOW! Preschool Playdate and WOW!World Kids on Crave TV, Canada’s premiere SVOD platform from Bell Media. Our agreement to acquire a linear broadcast channel formally closed on August 31. The Company continues to build its brands domestically and internationally,” said Michael Hirsh, Chairman and CEO. 

CONSOLIDATED RESULTS FOR THE QUARTER

   For the three months endedFor the nine months ended 
 $000's September 30,
2018
September 30,
2017
September 30,
2018
September 30,
2017
 
 Revenue $   17,711  $   11,720  $   49,644  $   27,985   
 Amortization of investment in film and television programming$   582  $   1,969  $   2,465  $   3,469   
        
 Operating EBITDA $   (1,502)$   (664)$   (1,911)$   (1,608) 
 Finance costs  359  114  1,012  302  
 Depreciation and amortization1  798  1,192    2,339    3,658  
 Operating loss  (2,659) (1,970) (5,262) (5,569) 
 Items affecting comparability:      
 Share-based compensation expense  183  385  661    1,018  
 Deferred income tax (recovery) expense    209    (735)   (629)   (1,249) 
      392    (350)   32    (231) 
  Net loss  $   (3,051)$   (1,620)$   (5,294)$   (5,337) 
 1 Excludes amortization of investment in film and television programming     
        

Cumulative prior period information in the above table has been restated for purchase price allocation adjustments relating to the acquisition of Frederator.

Revenue and Operating EBITDA

Revenue for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, increased by $6.0 million and $21.7 million, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2017.  The increase in revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, compared to 2017 was a result of an increase in revenues for the Networks and Platforms segment of $19.5 million driven by increased views and revenues generated by Channel Frederator, and an increase in revenues for the Animation Production segment by $2.2 million, resulting from the continued production of Costume Quest, Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures, Octonauts, season 5, and Spy Kids: Mission Critical, as well as revenue from the US licensing of Bravest Warriors, season 4, and proceeds from the licensing of international SVOD rights for Reboot: The Guardian Code.  The increase in revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2018, compared to the same period in 2017 was driven by increased views and revenues generated by Channel Frederator.

Operating EBITDA for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, decreased by $0.8 million and $0.3 million, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2017.  The decrease in operating EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2018, was primarily a result of higher operating costs in the Networks and Platforms segment as the Company continues to invest in building content and audience on the YouTube platform, including expanding its reach to the gaming market, as well as investing into the VRV platform and Crave TV.  In addition, the Company experienced production delays in the Animation Production segment resulting in lower studio utilization for the three months ended September 30, 2018, compared to the same period in 2017. 

NON-IFRS FINANCIAL MEASURES

In addition to results reported in accordance with IFRS, the Company reports using certain non-IFRS financial measures as supplemental indicators of the Company’s financial and operating performance. These non-IFRS financial measures include operating profit or loss, operating profit or loss per share and operating EBITDA. The Company believes these supplemental financial measures reflect the Company's on-going business in a manner that allows for meaningful period-to-period comparisons and analysis of trends in its business.

The Company defines operating profit or loss as net profit or loss excluding the impact of specified items affecting comparability, including, where applicable, share of gain or loss of equity accounted investees, other non-operational income and expenses, deferred taxes and other gains or losses. The use of the term "non-operational income and expenses" is defined by the Company as those that do not impact operating decisions taken by the Company's management and is based upon the way the Company's management evaluates the performance of the Company's business for use in the Company's internal management reports.  Operating profit or loss per share is calculated using diluted weighted average shares outstanding and does not represent actual profit or loss per share attributable to shareholders.  The Company believes that the disclosure of operating profit or loss and operating profit or loss per share allows investors to evaluate the operational and financial performance of the Company's ongoing business using the same evaluation measures that management uses, and is therefore a useful indicator of the Company's performance or expected performance of recurring operations.

The Company defines operating EBITDA as profit or loss net of amortization of investment in film and television programming, but before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, adjusted for certain items affecting comparability as specified in the calculation of operating profit or loss.  Operating EBITDA is presented on a basis consistent with the Company's internal management reports.  The Company discloses operating EBITDA to capture the profitability of its business before the impact of items not considered in management's evaluation of operating performance.  Unless otherwise stated, the Company includes the amortization of investment in film and television programming in the calculation of operating EBITDA.

Operating profit or loss, operating profit or loss per share and operating EBITDA do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The Company cautions readers to consider these non-IFRS financial measures in addition to, and not as an alternative for, measures calculated in accordance with IFRS.

Forward-looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (collectively referred to herein as "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws.  All statements other than statements of present or historical fact are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "achieve", "could", "believe", "plan", "intend", "objective", "continuous", "ongoing", "estimate", "outlook", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "should" or similar words, including negatives thereof, suggesting future outcomes.

In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other things: (i) general economic conditions; (ii) future revenues to be received by Wow; (iii) Wow’s future business prospects and opportunities; (iv) Wow’s ability to complete any or all of its proposed production work; and (v) the ability of the Company to raise financing in the future.

Management of the Company believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the date hereof but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements should not be unduly relied upon. Various material factors and assumptions are typically applied in drawing conclusions or making the forecasts or projections set out in forward-looking statements. Those material factors and assumptions are based on information currently available to the Company, including data from publicly available governmental sources as well as from market research and industry analysis and on assumptions based on data and knowledge of this industry which the Corporation believes to be reasonable. However, although generally indicative of relative market positions, market shares and performance characteristics, such data is inherently imprecise.

Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance and are subject to and involve a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, which may cause the Company's actual performance and results to differ materially from any projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risks identified in the Company's annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2017, which has been filed with the Canadian Securities Administrators and is available on www.sedar.com. Any forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and, except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise such statements to reflect new information, subsequent or otherwise.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

About Wow Unlimited Media Inc.

Wow Unlimited is creating a leading next generation kids and youth entertainment business by focusing on creating top end content, and by building and partnering with the most engaging platforms. The Company's key assets include: Frederator Networks Inc., which includes, Channel Frederator Network, the world's #1 digital animation network, Frederator Studios, an animation production company, as well as video-on-demand channels on digital platforms; and one of Canada's largest, multi-faceted animation production studios, Mainframe Studios, which produces computer-generated animated television series and long-form animated features.

Further information available at: 
Website: www.wowunlimited.co
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