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SeekingAlpha  Jun 29  Comment 
Motley Fool  Jun 28  Comment 
Appointment TV has given way to appointment movies, and theater operators are equipping for the shift.
Benzinga  Jun 25  Comment 
In a report issued Thursday, Macquarie analyst Matthew Brooks took a look at IMAX Corporation (USA) (NYSE: IMAX)’s opportunities in Africa. The analyst reiterated an Outperform rating and $46 price target, which implies a 7.1 percent...
Benzinga  Jun 24  Comment 
IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Filmhouse Cinemas, Nigeria's largest chain of theatres, today announced an agreement for an IMAX® theatre to be located in a new construction project in Lagos, the nation's biggest city with a population of more...
Benzinga  Jun 22  Comment 
In a report issued Monday, MKM Partners’ Managing Director Eric Handler reviewed last weekend and this quarter’s box office. According to the note, this weekend’s Top 10 films grossed roughly $233 million, considerably above the firm’s...
Motley Fool  Jun 17  Comment 
At $500 million in box office receipts and counting, this global phenomenon promises to deliver big profits to these companies.
Wall Street Journal  Jun 16  Comment 
IMAX’s China division is planning to raise around $300 million in a Hong Kong initial public offering as early as the third quarter.
TheStreet.com  Jun 15  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of IMAX Corp. finished the day in the green, closing up by 1.46% to $43.09 on Monday afternoon, after the specialized movie theater company reported that it achieved a record opening weekend thanks to Universal...
Forbes  Jun 10  Comment 
Lions Gate Entertainment has made the call to release The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2 in America in 2D and IMAX 2D only. The studio announced back in February that it would release the fourth and final chapter of the Katniss and Friends saga...
Benzinga  Jun 10  Comment 
In a report published Wednesday, Stifel analyst Benjamin E. Mogil maintained a Buy rating on Imax Corporation (NYSE: IMAX), with a target of $45, after the company's investor day. Imax reiterated its financial guidance besides hinting at an...




 


IMAX Corporation (TSX:IMX NASDAQ:IMAX) is a Canadian entertainment technology company with an industry leading growth rate. IMAX's principal business is the design, manufacture, sale and lease of theater systems based on its technology for large-format, 15-perforation film frame, 70 millimeter format (15/70-format) theaters. In fiscal 2010, IMAX posted revenue of $248.6 million and net income of $100.8 million.[1]

Fiscal 2010 was another successful year for IMAX due to the growth of film technology and increased demand for 3-D films. The blockbuster film Avatar was IMAX's breakthrough film of the decade, as it generated $2.7 billion in box office revenues and created more demand for 3-D films. IMAX is also dependent on the quality and popularity of films that it shows, as 3-D box office sales are correlated to 2-D box office sales. With its domestic success, IMAX has made moves to expand internationally.

Business Overview

Business Financials

Fiscal Year 2010 Performance (Ended December 31st, 2010)

The firm reported the highest annual revenue, earnings and EBITDA for any year in its 43 year history.[1]

Business Segments

  • IMAX Systems (32.7% of Revenue)
  • Films (32.4%)
  • Theater System Maintenance (15.4%)
  • Theater Operations (13.2%)
  • Joint Revenue Sharing Arrangements (3.2%)
  • Other (3.1%)

Geographic Locations

  • United States (54% of theaters)
  • Europe (14%)
  • Canada (7%)
  • Mexico (5%)
  • China (5%)
  • Japan (3%)
  • Rest of World (12%)

Trends and Forces

IMAX Grows at Same Pace as Film Technology

Since superior entertainment technology differentiates IMAX from its competitors, the firm's success and growth is dependent on new technology. IMAX developed the MKII and IMAX 3D cameras to be able to film its signature shots, and the firm also developed technology to convert 2-D films to 3-D films.[2] As new entertainment technology emerges, and the demand for 3-D films continues to increase, IMAX hopes to continue profiting at a record pace.

Increasing Popularity of 3-D Films

The demand for 3-D films has grown exponentially in the past two years. Since 3-D films charge $3 per ticket more than 2-D films, having a 3-D version of a film can improve box office revenues by about 25%.[3] Evolving technology also means that IMAX competitors may be able to provide the same viewing experiences, however. For example, the launch of 3-D televisions will allow consumers to view 3-D films in the comfort of their own homes, and not in IMAX theaters.[4] IMAX plans to contribute to 3-D television popularity by writing television licenses to future 3-D films and advertisements in its theaters.[5]

IMAX Revenue Dependent on Box Office Success of Films

Like other movie theaters, such as Regal Entertainment , Cinemark, and privately-held AMC Entertainment, IMAX revenue is dependent on the popularity of the films it shows. Clearly if less blockbuster-popular movies are made, then less moviegoers will go to IMAX theaters and buy tickets. Furthermore, IMAX is reliant on films that fit to be made in 3-D, such as action-packed films and animated films. With the success of Avatar, IMAX business has increased significantly.

IMAX Theaters Expanding Internationally

With the success of IMAX theaters in the United States, the firm has made moves to have a greater international presence. The IMAX film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time opened in 53 international theaters, spanning all continents (excluding Antarctica).[6] IMAX has been particularly aggressive in Russia, where it has worked with Russian media firm Rising Star Media to open two new theaters in Moscow and St. Petersburg.[7] IMAX has also worked with Russian retail and entertainment developer SBS to open a theater in Krasnodar, which has a population of 750,000.[8]

Competition

Movie Theaters

  • Cinemark Holdings (CNK) Similarly to RGC, Cinemark directly competes with RGC for filmgoers ticket sales as well as IMAX for viewings of 2-D films also in 3-D.
  • DMAX Chinese knock off that is offering a cheaper version of Imax. Backed by China Film Group and China Research Institute of Film Science and Technology. Plans to open 15 screens in 2012.

Film Makers

  • Walt Disney Company (DIS) -- Walt Disney Company writes and produces films that compete with IMAX produced films.
  • Dreamworks Animation SKG (DWA) -- Dreamworks also writes and produces films that compete with IMAX produced films, especially animated films such as Madagascar and Shrek.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 IMAX 2010 10-k
  2. IMAX website, Corporate, Cameras & Accessories
  3. Business Insider, "3-D Movie Trailer Smackdown: Blockbusters Fighting To Be In Your Face In 2010," 2/16/2010
  4. Seeking Alpha, "How to Profit From 3D TV," 03/22/2010
  5. Business Insider, "3D TV Fever! ESPN; Sony, Discovery, IMAX Launching Networks," 1/5/2010
  6. Bloomberg, "Walt Disney Pictures' and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time Opens in IMAX(R) Theatres Internationally," 05/18/2010
  7. Business Insider, "IMAX's International Business Blasts Off In Russia," 02/03/2010
  8. Bloomberg, "IMAX Signs Theatre Deal in Russia," 05/06/2010
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