Financials

Total revenues for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014 were $120.2 million as compared to $113.3 million in the prior year. Operating loss for the third quarter 2014 was $5.0 million versus income of $3.2 million in the prior year. Net loss was $5.9 million, or $0.08 per share, as compared to net income of $2.4 million, or $0.03 per share, in the prior year. OIBDA was $2.7 million for the current year as compared to $9.7 million in the prior year. Excluding items affecting comparability, adjusted Net loss was $0.6 million or $0.01 per share in the current year quarter, compared to adjusted Net income of $7.0 million, or $0.09 per share, in the third quarter last year.

Revenues growth of 6% was due to growth in North America.  North American revenues increased 7% driven primarily by an increase in Media Division revenues as the ramp up in WWE Network subscription revenue was partially offset by lower revenue from the Company’s Pay-Per-View, Television, Home Entertainment and Digital Media businesses.  Revenues from outside North America were essentially flat to the prior year quarter.

Excluding the impact of restructuring and film impairment charges, profitability declined predominantly due to the ramp up of WWE Network and investment across WWE to support key content and brand initiatives. The ramp up of WWE Network resulted in a $5.1 million reduction in OIBDA as the growth in subscribers and subscription revenue was more than offset by the loss of pay-per-view revenue and increased programming, marketing, and customer service costs.  Investment in WWE’s content and brand initiatives resulted in a $5.5 million increase in Corporate and Other expenses.  Based on the increased investment, the Company’s Adjusted OIBDA margin was 4% in the current year quarter as compared to 15% in the prior year quarter.

Non-GAAP Measures: Non-GAAP Measures: We define OIBDA as operating income before depreciation and amortization, excluding feature film and television production asset amortization and impairments. OIBDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and may be different than similarly-titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. A limitation of OIBDA is that it excludes depreciation and amortization, which represents the periodic charge for certain fixed assets and intangible assets used in generating revenues for the Company’s business. OIBDA should not be regarded as an alternative to operating income or net income as an indicator of operating performance, or to the statement of cash flows as a measure of liquidity, nor should it be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. We believe that operating income is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure to OIBDA.

Adjusted OIBDA, Adjusted Operating income, Adjusted Net income and Adjusted Earnings per share exclude certain material items, which otherwise would impact the comparability of results between periods. These items include, but are not limited to, non-cash impairments of film, intangible and fixed assets, gains and losses on asset sales, as well as material restructuring charges. The adjusted measures should not be considered as an alternative to net income, cash flows from operations or any other indicator of WWE’s performance or liquidity, determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

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