Dreamworks Animation Skg Inc (NASDAQ:DWA) reported revenues for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 of $319.3 million, representing an increase of 36.3% from the same period in 2014. In addition, DWA reported adjusted(a) operating income of $56.5 million and adjusted(a) net income attributable to DWA of $48.1 million or $0.55 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. Adjusted financial results exclude a $6.1 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 $50.4 million and reported net income attributable to DWA of $42.1 million, or $0.48 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2015.

“Although 2015 was a transitional year for our company, I am exceptionally proud of what the DreamWorks team has accomplished this year and I’m pleased to report that we have met or exceeded our stated full year 2015 goals across all key financial metrics,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation. “DWA delivered its best top line result in 11 years and highest revenue growth in eight years, accelerating 34% from 2014. In addition, our positive adjusted operating income and operating cash flow demonstrate our commitment to profitably grow our businesses while keeping a sharp eye on cost management and productivity improvements.”

Katzenberg continued, “While there is still much work to be done before we cross the goal line on the objectives we shared a year ago, we enter 2016 with considerable momentum. Our continued focus on executing on our strategic goals will not only ensure sustainable and profitable growth over the long term, but create shareholder value for years to come.”

Fourth Quarter Review:
DWA’s fourth quarter revenues of $319.3 million increased 36.3% versus the prior-year period driven by performance across all core business segments.

Revenues for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 from the Feature Film segment increased to $146.4 million, up from $131.3 million in the prior-year period. Segment gross profit improved to $63.5 million compared to a loss of $(152.2) million in the same period of last year. Gross profit in the prior-year period included the impact of film and other inventory write-offs of $153.6 million stemming from the Company’s 2015 Restructuring Plan, as well as total impairment charges of $39.7 million related to The Penguins of Madagascar and Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

Home contributed feature film segment revenue of $55.3 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2015, primarily from worldwide pay television and home entertainment. Through the end of the fourth quarter, the film reached an estimated 6.0 million home entertainment units sold worldwide, net of actual and estimated future returns.

The Penguins of Madagascar contributed feature film segment revenue of $13.8 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2015, primarily from international pay television. Through the end of the fourth quarter, the film reached an estimated 3.9 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 $4.0 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2015, primarily from worldwide home entertainment. The film reached an estimated 9.4 million home entertainment units sold worldwide through the end of the fourth quarter, net of actual and estimated future returns.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman contributed feature film segment revenue of $2.1 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2015, primarily from worldwide home entertainment. The film reached an estimated 4.5 million home entertainment units sold worldwide through the end of the fourth quarter, net of actual and estimated future returns.

Library titles contributed feature film segment revenue of $71.2 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2015, driven by an extension of existing licensing arrangements for the SVOD distribution of certain titles as well as worldwide television and home entertainment revenues for a number of titles including The Croods and Turbo.

Revenues for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 from the Television Series and Specials segment increased to $104.9 million, compared to $50.7 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 deals and an extension of existing licensing arrangements related to the SVOD distribution of our seasonal television specials. Segment gross profit increased to $46.6 million in the current quarter, from a loss of $(2.6) million in the same period of the prior year. The increase was primarily driven by higher revenues, favorable amortization rates associated with our episodic series and holiday specials and lower marketing spend compared with the prior-year period. Gross profit in the prior-year period was impacted by write-downs of capitalized film costs totaling $13.3 million, primarily due to revisions in estimated future revenues for certain television specials.

Revenues from the Consumer Products segment increased to $31.7 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared to $22.1 million in the same period last year. The increase was primarily driven by revenues earned from retail development and location based entertainment initiatives as well as merchandise licensing agreements related to our episodic television series.  Segment gross profit decreased to $5.7 million from $6.1 million in the prior-year period as higher revenues were offset by a one time expense of $7.0 million related to our retail development initiatives. Gross profit for the quarter ended December 31, 2014 was impacted by impairment charges totaling $2.4 million, primarily related to The Penguins of Madagascar.

Revenues for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 from the Company’s New Media segment were $32.9 million compared to $24.9 million during the three months ended December 31, 2014. This increase was primarily attributable to revenue generated from licensing and distribution of content and, to a lesser extent, advertising, brand sponsorship and talent management 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 December 31, 2014, revenues for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 would reflect an increase of 41% compared with the prior-year period. Segment gross profit, which is not affected by this item, increased to $20.6 million from $13.2 million in the prior-year period, primarily due to higher revenue contributions from the licensing and distribution of content, as well as reduced amortization of intangible assets.

Revenues from the All Other segment for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 were $3.4 million compared to $5.2 million in the prior-year period and gross profit was $2.7 million compared to a loss of $(4.0) million for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.  Gross profit for the quarter ended December 31, 2014 included the write-off of capitalized costs in the amount of $5.4 million.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2015, DWA posted adjusted(a) operating income of $56.5 million. The increase in revenues and segment gross profit were partially offset by an increase in adjusted(a) general and administrative expenses. The increase in adjusted(a) general and administrative costs in the quarter ended December 31, 2015 was primarily driven by a $25.0 million increase in incentive and stock-based compensation costs, as well as an increase of $1.5 million related to the growth and expansion of the AwesomenessTV business. Operating income in the prior-year period included a $6.8 million benefit associated with a reduction in the fair value of the contingent consideration liability related to our acquisition of AwesomenessTV. Reported operating income for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, inclusive of restructuring-related charges, was $50.4 million.

Adjusted(a) net income attributable to DWA for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 was $48.1 million, or adjusted(a) income of $0.55 per diluted share. During the fourth quarter, the Company recorded an income tax benefit of $2.4 million, or an effective rate of (6.1)%.  Combined with a decrease in income tax benefit payable to former stockholder of $3.2 million, results in a combined effective tax rate of (14.3)% for the quarter. Reported net income attributable to DWA for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 was $42.1 million, or $0.48 per diluted share.

Full Year Review:
DWA’s revenues for the year ended December 31, 2015 increased 33.8% to $915.9 million compared to $684.6 million in the prior-year period. The increase was driven by year-over-year growth across all core business segments.

Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2015 from the Feature Film segment increased to $520.1 million, primarily due to higher revenue from prior-year theatrical releases and contributions from the Library. Included in the results is a one-time benefit of $7.8 million related to recoveries from previously established home entertainment reserves related to sales through a former distributor. Segment gross profit increased to $190.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to a loss of $(89.4) million in the prior-year period. In 2014, Feature Film segment gross profit was impacted by $259.7 million in charges, including restructuring-related charges totaling $163.0 million, as well as impairment charges totaling $96.7 million, primarily related to the performance of The Penguins of Madagascar and Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

Revenues from the Television Series and Specials segment for the year ended December 31, 2015 increased 121.5% to $228.1 million, due to a significantly higher number of episodes delivered under our episodic content licensing arrangements. Segment gross profit also increased to $84.5 million in 2015, up from $6.7 million in the prior year. The increase was primarily driven by higher revenue and favorable amortization rates associated with our episodic series and holiday specials, partially offset by up-front marketing costs associated with the launch of our new television series. Gross profit in the prior-year period was negatively impacted by write-downs of capitalized film costs totaling $13.3 million, primarily due to revisions in estimated future revenues for certain television specials, as well as higher than expected returns of seasonal and newly-released home entertainment product and increased selling costs related to our Classic Media properties.

Revenues from the Consumer Products segment in the year ending December 31, 2015 increased to $86.5 million, from $64.8 million in the prior year. The increase was primarily driven by revenues earned from new and extended location based entertainment license arrangements and retail development initiatives in 2015, as well as merchandise licensing arrangements. For the year ended December 31, 2015, segment gross profit increased to $29.9 million, from $23.7 million in the prior year due to higher revenues, partially offset by a one time expense of$7.0 million related to our retail development initiatives. Gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2014 was impacted by  impairment charges totaling $2.4 million, which were primarily related to The Penguins of Madagascar.

Beginning in the quarter ending March 31, 2016, DWA plans to change the method by which intellectual property costs are charged to the Consumer Products segment to provide better comparability to peers, be more in line with the method used in the Television Series and Specials segment and minimize the volatility of the Consumer Products segment profitability. As a result, the Consumer Products Segment will no longer bear amortization of capitalized production costs for the use of Film and TV intellectual property. Instead, the Consumer Products segment will be charged a royalty fee which will compensate the originating segment for the use of intellectual property. There will be no change to DWA’s Consolidated financials, as DWA’s Ultimate revenues and the amortization of capitalized production costs remain unchanged. This methodology will impact segment reporting only.

Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2015 from the Company’s New Media segment increased to $72.8 million, from $49.0 million in the prior year. This increase was primarily attributable to revenue generated from licensing and distribution of content, and to a lesser extent, advertising, brand sponsorship and talent management arrangements. In the prior year, 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 year ended December 31, 2014, revenues for the year ended December 31, 2015 would reflect an increase of approximately 84% compared with the prior year. Segment gross profit for year ended December 31, 2015, which is not affected by this item, was $41.1 million, compared to $17.9 million during the year ended December 31, 2014, primarily due to higher revenue contributions from the licensing and distribution of content, as well as reduced amortization of intangible assets.

Revenues from the All Other segment for the year ended December 31, 2015 were $8.4 million compared to $14.3 million in the prior year. Gross profit was $5.9 million compared to a loss of $(5.0) million for the year ended December 31, 2014.  Gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2014 included the write-off of capitalized costs in the amount of $5.4 million.

For the year ended December 31, 2015, DWA posted adjusted(a) operating income of $78.8 million. The increase in revenues and segment gross profit was partially offset by an increase in adjusted(a) general and administrative expenses. The increase in adjusted(a) general and administrative costs in the current year was driven by a $37.1 million increase in incentive and stock-based compensation costs and a $16.9 million increase in costs incurred to support the growth and expansion of the AwesomenessTV business. Operating income in the prior year included a $16.5 million benefit associated with a reduction in the fair value of the contingent consideration liability related to our acquisition of AwesomenessTV.  The reported operating income for the year ended December 31, 2015, inclusive of restructuring-related charges, was $16.4 million.

Adjusted(a) net income attributable to DWA for the year ended December 31, 2015 was $7.6 million, or $0.09 per share. Adjusted net income reflects higher interest expense related to a lease financing obligation associated with the Company’s headquarters as well as a decrease in the amount of interest that could be capitalized during 2015. Adjusted net income for the year ended December 31, 2015 also includes non-cash charges totaling $11.9 million in other expense, net that are attributable to certain investments that were deemed to not be recoverable. Additionally, during the year ended December 31, 2015, DWA recorded income tax expense of $21.9 million, which includes expense related to the Company’s tax sharing agreement with former stockholder. As a result, the Company had a combined effective tax rate of (68.4)% for the year ended December 31, 2015. Reported net loss attributable to DWA for the year ended December 31, 2015 was $(54.8) million, or $(0.64) per share.

For the year ended December 31, 2015, adjusted(a) operating cash flow was $126.0 million. The main sources of cash during the year ended December 31, 2015 were primarily the theatrical, home entertainment and television revenues from How to Train Your Dragon 2, Home, The Croods and from licensing of our episodic content. Cash used in operating activities for the year ended December 31, 2015 included $14.3 million in incentive compensation, which decreased $21.6 million when compared to the amount paid during the year ended December 31, 2014as these cash payments primarily fluctuate based on our financial results. During the year ended December 31, 2015, we also made payments to an affiliate of a former stockholder in the amount of $7.4 million. Lastly, cash from operating activities was also partially offset by production spending for our films and television series, as well as participation and residual payments. Including the impact of the previously announced Restructuring Plan, DWA reported operating cash flow of $52.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2015, compared to net cash used in operating activities of $(162.4) million in the prior year.

As of December 31, 2015, our payable to former stockholder was $20.8 million. We expect that $16.4 million will become payable during the next 12 months (which is subject to the finalization of our 2015 tax returns and may be reduced by refunds of overpayments related to prior years).

During the year ended December 31, 2015, DWA amended its $400.0 million revolving credit facility, increasing the size of the committed facility to $450.0 million and extending the term through February 2020. DWA also entered into an agreement to sell its campus located in Glendale, California for $185.0 million and concurrently leased it back from the purchaser. Proceeds from the sale were used to repay outstanding borrowings on the Company’s revolving credit facility and for general corporate purposes.

On July 21, 2015, the original purchaser of the campus resold it for a total sale price of $215.0 million. Pursuant to a sharing agreement between the Company and such original purchaser, the Company was entitled to receive 50% of any increase in value from the original sale price of $185.0 million, net of expenses. Accordingly, the Company received approximately $14.2 million from the original purchase following such resale.

As of December 31, 2015, DWA had $390.0 million of availability on its revolving credit facility and $110.8 million of cash and cash equivalents on hand, approximately 58% of which is held by two of the Company’s consolidated joint ventures. (Original Source)

Shares of Dreamworks are up nearly 10% in after-hours trading. DWA has a 1-year high of $29.75 and a 1-year low of $17.02. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $23.90 and its 200-day moving average is $22.18.

On the ratings front, Dreamworks has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on February 1, Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh maintained a Buy rating on DWA. Separately, on January 27, Topeka’s David Miller downgraded the stock to Sell and has a price target of $19.

According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, James Marsh and David Miller have a total average return of 7.1% and 8.1% respectively. Marsh has a success rate of 51.1% and is ranked #567 out of 3638 analysts, while Miller has a success rate of 52.9% and is ranked #270.

Overall, one research analyst has rated the stock with a Sell rating, 5 research analysts have given a Buy rating to the stock. When considering if perhaps the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $24.00 which is 11.6% above where the stock opened today.

Dreamworks Animation SKG Inc creates and exploits family entertainment, including animated feature films, television series and specials, live entertainment properties and related consumer products.