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March 20, 2014
07:33 EDTIMAX, DISIMAX and Disney extend relationship with multi-picture screening deal
IMAX (IMAX) and Disney (DIS) announced an agreement to release several of Disney's upcoming films in IMAX theatres under an extension of the companies' long-running relationship. Under the agreement, IMAX will be part of Disney's release strategy for its most highly-anticipated films.
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February 26, 2015
12:48 EDTDISEarnings Preview: J.C. Penney sees Q4 SSS at high end of 2%-4% view
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12:08 EDTIMAXIMAX management to meet with MKM Partners
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February 25, 2015
11:47 EDTDISAnalysts clash on DreamWorks following Q4 miss
The shares of animated film and television show maker DreamWorks (DWA) are rising, despite the weaker than expected results reported by the company last night. Two analysts offered very different views on the company's outlook following its results. BACKGROUND: DreamWorks last night reported a fourth quarter per share loss of ($3.08), versus analysts' consensus outlook for a ($3.01) per share loss. The company's revenue also came in below expectations. Excluding $210M in pre-tax charges associated with DreamWorks' restructuring plan, its loss was (75c) per share, the company stated. BEARISH TAKE: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett wrote that DreamWorks' results were "ugly," as they included $155M of write-offs on films and TV shows. However, Crockett believes that the crucial factor for the company's outlook is whether it can consistently compete with the entertainment giants, including Disney (DIS), Viacom (VIA), and Time Warner (TWX). Crockett is not convinced that DreamWorks will be able to hold its own, and he believes that its 2015 results could come in below expectations. The analyst warned that the company may have difficulty meeting its 2015 consumer products revenue guidance. DreamWorks expects its consumer products revenue to double this year, but the movie-based toy space is "very competitive" in 2015, as toys based on multiple popular children's films are set to be released, Crockett stated. Moreover, after conducting checks online, Crockett reports that there does not seem to be a great deal of interest in DreamWorks' movie "Home," which is set to be released on March 27. He kept an Underperform rating on the shares and raised his price target on the stock to $14 from $12. BULLISH TAKE: DreamWorks' results were mixed, but the results are not very important, Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh stated. The company's guidance for its TV and consumer products businesses were solid, the analyst believes. Moreover, the company "took specific and decisive action" to avert a liquidity crunch, Marsh wrote. Specifically, DreamWorks raised $185M of capital by selling its real estate in Glendale, California and then leasing it back, and increased the size of its current credit facility to $450M from $400M, Marsh reported. The moves should "largely" eliminate investors' worries about the company's liquidity position, Marsh stated. He kept a $26 price target and Overweight rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On DreamWorks' earnings conference call last night, the company's CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg stated that it did not obtain more than 10% of its revenue from Netflix (NFLX) last year. However, in an SEC filing earlier this morning, DreamWorks clarified that it had obtained 14.9% of its revenue from Netflix last year. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, DreamWorks rose 5.6% to $22.31.
February 23, 2015
18:13 EDTDISBob Chapek named Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Bob Chapek has been named Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, it was announced by Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, and Thomas O. Staggs, COO, The Walt Disney Company. A 22-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, Chapek has served since 2011 as President of Disney Consumer Products, driving a technology-led transformation of the company’s consumer products, retail and publishing operations. He assumes his new role effective immediately.
11:35 EDTDISAmazon picks Benson to head advertising for original TV series, Variety says
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February 22, 2015
13:03 EDTDISDisney raises prices at the Magic Kingdom, Orlando Sentinel says
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February 19, 2015
12:58 EDTIMAXIMAX price target raised to $43.50 from $39 at B. Riley
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07:11 EDTIMAXIMAX recognizes 57 installations in Q4
In the fourth quarter of 2014, the company signed contracts for 16 theater systems, of which 3 were upgrades, bringing total singings for 2014 to 118, of which 14 were upgrades. The Company also installed 57 theater systems in the quarter, of which 2 were upgrades of existing theater locations, bringing the full year installation total to 121 theater systems, of which 8 were upgrades. The total IMAX theater network consisted of 934 systems as of December 31, 2014, of which 809 were in commercial multiplexes. IMAX signed contracts for 118 theaters in 2014, across 28 countries, resulting in 397 theater systems in backlog as of December 31, 2014, compared to 407 theater systems in backlog as of December 31, 2013.
07:10 EDTIMAXIMAX reports Q4 adjusted EPS 34c, consensus 30c
Reports Q4 revenue $102.46M, consensus $95.28M. Reports Q4 global per screen average of $292K.
February 17, 2015
12:56 EDTDISDecline of TV viewing accelerated, NY Post reports
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10:00 EDTIMAXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:22 EDTIMAXIMAX downgraded to Hold from at Canaccord
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06:55 EDTIMAXIMAX volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
IMAX February call option implied volatility is at 67, March is 32, June is at is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 19.
06:37 EDTIMAXIMAX downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord
February 13, 2015
07:22 EDTDISDisney spoke to California authorities over measles health messages, AP says
Disneyland executives sent multiple emails to the California Department of Public Health urging it to emphasize that the theme park was not responsible for the recent measles outbreaks and was safe for vaccinated people, reports the Associated Press, citing obtained documents. The report notes that "there is no evidence" the company tried to downplay the seriousness of the issue or give misleading statements. Reference Link

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