Playboy Enterprises Reports Third Quarter Results
CHICAGO, Tuesday, November 7, 2006 - Playboy Enterprises, Inc. (PEI) (NYSE: PLA, PLAA) today reported net income of $1.1 million, or $0.03 per basic and diluted share, for the third quarter ended September 30, 2006, better than the loss the company had projected. The results compare to net income of $3.2 million, or $0.10 per basic and diluted share in the prior year period. Revenues in the quarter rose 2% to $82.3 million from $80.9 million last year.
Third quarter 2006 operating income was $3.7 million, down 31% from $5.4 million in last year’s third quarter. While Licensing results were up more than 40%, the gain was more than offset by lower Entertainment profits and increased Corporate Administration expense.
Playboy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Christie Hefner said: "The quarter’s results reflected the continued strength of our growth businesses of global licensing and new digital media, both of which reported double-digit profit gains. The fourth quarter marks the opening of our venues at the Palms, and we expect that the related high-margin revenues will further accelerate the growth of our Licensing business.
“The domestic TV business remains in transition and publishing challenging. Our goal is to maintain our leadership position. To that end, in TV, we just launched new movie networks, which offer consumers better programming, packaging and scheduling. In addition, we continue to encourage operators to offer and market Playboy TV as a subscription-on-demand package, which we believe is a compelling new product. However, because of the recent introduction of these products and the lag in reporting by our distribution partners, we do not yet have enough data to determine how well we are performing, which makes it difficult to make near-term projections. Rather than lower guidance, however, at this time we are maintaining our estimate of $0.05 to $0.10 EPS for the year that we had previously announced,” Hefner said.
Entertainment Group 2006 third quarter segment income was $5.8 million, down 18% from $7.1 million in last year’s quarter. Revenues in the same period rose 5% to $50.2 million from $47.8 million.
In domestic TV, increased revenues from Playboy TV as a subscription service and from video-on-demand distribution of the movie services were more than offset by lower cable and satellite pay-per-view revenues for both Playboy TV and the movie networks, resulting in a 19% decline in revenues in the quarter compared to last year.
Third quarter international revenues rose 17% versus last year, reflecting improved performance of the UK networks, favorable currency exchange rates and increased royalties from mobile agreements. Recent acquisitions were primarily responsible for the 41% growth in online revenues year-over-year and for the increase in DVD sales, which led to a more-than-doubling of other revenues. As a result of these top-line increases, the international, online and other businesses reported significant profit gains, offsetting the reduced contribution from domestic TV.
Planned increases in online spending were responsible for the 12% increase in 2006 third quarter programming and content expense.
The Publishing Group reported a segment loss of $0.8 million for the 2006 third quarter, comparable to the prior year quarter. Reduced editorial and operating expenses for Playboy Magazine offset the $2.7 million decline in third quarter revenues to $24.6 million this year from $27.3 million last year, which were a result of weak market conditions in domestic newsstand and advertising sales.
The company said that it expects advertising revenues to be up approximately 10% in the 2006 fourth quarter compared to last year.
Third quarter 2006 Licensing Group segment income rose 41% to $4.6 million compared to the prior year on a 28% increase in revenues to $7.5 million. The improved results were driven by increased international royalties, especially from Europe.
Third quarter 2006 Corporate Administration and Promotion expense was $5.8 million, up 31% from $4.3 million from the 2005 third quarter, primarily due to the elimination of intra-company agreements related to trademark, content and administrative services as a result of the company’s repurchase of the minority interest in Playboy.com in late 2005.
Income tax expense in the 2006 quarter was $1.4 million compared to $0.5 million in last year’s third quarter when the company recorded a tax refund related to its European television operations.
Additional information regarding third quarter 2006 earnings will be available on the earnings release conference call, which is being held today, November 7, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern /10:00 a.m. Central. The call may be accessed by dialing 800-862-9098 (for domestic callers) or 1-785-424-1051 (for international callers) and using the password: Playboy. In addition, the call will be webcast. To listen to the call, please visit http://www.peiinvestor.com and select the Investor Relations section.
Click on links below to view supplemental investor information.
Earnings - quarter (9K): www.playboyenterprises.com/home/files/earning_qtr_end_sep30_2006_2005.pdf
Earnings - 9 months (9K): www.playboyenterprises.com/home/files/earning_9months_sep30_2006_2005.pdf
Supplements (35K): www.playboyenterprises.com/home/files/supplement1_sep30_2006_2005.pdf
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Playboy Enterprises is a brand-driven, international multimedia entertainment company that publishes editions of Playboy magazine around the world; operates television networks and distributes programming globally; owns Playboy.com, a leading men’s lifestyle and entertainment web site; and licenses the Playboy trademark internationally for a range of consumer products and services.
This release contains “forward-looking statements,” including statements as to expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives and future financial performance, and assumptions underlying or concerning the foregoing. We use words such as “may,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “believes,” “estimates,” “projects,” “potential,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “continues” and other similar terminology. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which could cause our actual results, performance or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. The following are some of the important factors that could cause our actual results, performance or outcomes to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements:
(1) Foreign, national, state and local government regulations, actions or initiatives, including:
(a) attempts to limit or otherwise regulate the sale, distribution or transmission of adult-oriented materials, including print, television, video and online materials,
(b) limitations on the advertisement of tobacco, alcohol and other products which are important sources of advertising revenue for us, or
(c) substantive changes in postal regulations which could increase our postage and distribution costs;
(2) Risks associated with our foreign operations, including market acceptance and demand for our products and the products of our licensees;
(3) Our ability to manage the risk associated with our exposure to foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations;
(4) Changes in general economic conditions, consumer spending habits, viewing patterns, fashion trends or the retail sales environment which, in each case, could reduce demand for our programming and products and impact our advertising revenues;
(5) Our ability to protect our trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property;
(6) Risks as a distributor of media content, including our becoming subject to claims for defamation, invasion of privacy, negligence, copyright, patent or trademark infringement, and other claims based on the nature and content of the materials we distribute;
(7) The risk our outstanding litigation could result in settlements or judgments which are material to us;
(8) Dilution from any potential issuance of common stock or convertible debt in connection with financings or acquisition activities;
(9) Competition for advertisers from other publications, media or online providers or any decrease in spending by advertisers, either generally or with respect to the adult male market;
(10) Competition in the television, men’s magazine, Internet and product licensing markets;
(11) Attempts by consumers or private advocacy groups to exclude our programming or other products from distribution;
(12) Our television, Internet and wireless businesses’ reliance on third parties for technology and distribution, and any changes in that technology and/or unforeseen delays in its implementation which might affect our plans and assumptions;
(13) Risks associated with losing access to transponders and competition for transponders and channel space;
(14) Failure to maintain our agreements with multiple system operators and direct-to-home operators on favorable terms, as well as any decline in our access to, and acceptance by, direct-to-home and/or cable systems and the possible resulting deterioration in the terms, cancellation of fee arrangements or pressure on splits with operators of these systems;
(15) Risks that we may not realize the expected increased sales and profits and other benefits from acquisitions;
(16) Any charges or costs we incur in connection with restructuring measures we may take in the future;
(17) Risks associated with the financial condition of Claxson Interactive Group, Inc., our Playboy TV-Latin America, LLC, joint venture partner;
(18) Increases in paper, printing or postage costs;
(19) Risks associated with certain minimum revenue amounts under our cable distribution agreements;
(20) Effects of the national consolidation of the single-copy magazine distribution system; and
(21) Risks associated with the viability of our primarily subscription- and e-commerce-based Internet model.
More detailed information about factors that may affect our performance may be found in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available at www.sec.gov or in the Investor Relations section of our website. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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