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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Genius Brands International, Inc. (“Genius Brands”) (GNUS), a global brand management company that creates and licenses multimedia entertainment content for children, today provided a business update and reported financial results for the third quarter of 2019.
Andy Heyward, Chairman & CEO of Genius Brands, commented, “This has been an extremely productive quarter and we are now seeing the first results of our strategy to create valuable children’s content, beginning to pay off. We recently announced a transformational partnership between Genius Brands and the Alibaba Company of China. Alibaba, China’s largest company, will co-produce Stan Lee's Superhero Kindergarten with us, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as distribute, promote, and oversee licensing of consumer products and merchandising in China. China represents an enormous potential market for this series, four times that of the U.S. with over 1.4 billion consumers. We believe the brand appeal of a Stan Lee production, combined with the star power of Arnold Schwarzenegger, will make the series and associated products, a major success not only in China, where they are hugely popular iconic figures, but equally around the world. In the U.S., we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from potential industry partners, manufacturers, as well as consumers. We look forward to providing further updates on our plans to roll out the series, as well as announce a master toy partner, and tentpole licensees in the weeks ahead.”
“I am especially pleased to report that revenues for the third quarter of 2019 increased 563% to $3.5 million, due in large part to the revenue generated from the delivery of Llama Llama Season 2 to Netflix in September. We continue to gain traction with both Rainbow Rangers and Llama Llama, on Nick Jr. and Netflix, respectively. Llama Llama will debut its second season of episodes and specials this month on Netflix. As a result of strong ratings, Rainbow Rangers, has had its broadcast runs on NICK Jr. increased to 3x/day, 6 days/week with a new Premiere episode broadcast each Sunday. At the same time we are rapidly selling to new international distribution outlets, which is accelerating our entry into major markets around the world. With the addition of the powerful broadcasters CORUS in Canada, as well as Televisa, in Mexico, alongside the pickup from NICKELODEON Latin America, as well as NICK, U.S., Rainbow Rangers is now being distributed across the entire western hemisphere, in addition to the rollout in Europe and Asian markets. More importantly, we are now in the next phase of our growth strategy as we are aggressively rolling out new products around these two hit series. Our partners are among the top manufacturers in the world. We remain on track to launch over 450 licensed SKUs, with a number of these products now hitting shelves and the remainder scheduled to launch over the coming 9 months.”
Mr. Heyward concluded, “Overall, we remain extremely encouraged by the outlook for the business and believe we have built a highly scalable, high margin business model, at a moment in time when the appetite for quality evergreen children’s content is increasing dramatically. We have assembled a first class management team with successful track records at leading companies, including The Walt Disney Company, Hasbro Toys, and the Spin Master Toy Company, the creators and owners of the billion-dollar mega-hit Paw Patrol. As further validation of my own confidence in the Company, I have continued to invest in Genius Brands, as I strongly believe we now have placed powerful brands in the marketplace, positioning us to drive profitability and shareholder value for years to come.”
Third Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights
Revenue for the third quarter of 2019 increased to $3.5 million, compared to approximately $523 thousand for the same period last year. The increased revenue primarily reflects the revenue generated from the delivery of Llama Llama Season 2 to Netflix in September. Operating loss for the third quarter of 2019 was approximately $1.6 million, compared to approximately $1.3 million for the same period last year. Operating expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2019, included non-cash film and television cost amortization expense of $1.3 million and participation expense of $1.0 million, compared to expenses of $268 thousand and $169 thousand, respectively, for the three months ended September 30, 2018. Net loss applicable to common shareholders for the third quarter of 2019 was approximately $4.2 million, or $0.38 per share, compared to $2.1 million, or $0.24 per share, for the same period last year. Net loss applicable to common shareholders included a non cash expense related to the beneficial conversion feature on the Preferred Stock of $1.7 million and $353,000 for the third quarters of 2019 and 2018, respectively.
Revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 increased to $5.2 million, compared to approximately $693 thousand for the same period last year. The increased revenue primarily reflects the revenue generated from the delivery of Llama Llama Season 2 to Netflix in September and Rainbow Rangers Season 1 to Viacom the first quarter of 2019. Operating loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 was approximately $4.5 million, compared to approximately $4.7 million for the same period last year. Operating expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, included non-cash film and television cost amortization expense of $1.9 million and participation expense of $1.5 million, compared to expenses of $1.0 million and $183 thousand, respectively, for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. Net loss applicable to common shareholders for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 was approximately $11.3 million, or $1.07 per share, compared to $5.6 million, or $0.66 per share, for the same period last year. Net loss applicable to common shareholders included a non cash expense related to the beneficial conversion feature on the Preferred Stock of $2.0 million and $353,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and September 30, 2018, respectively. Net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 included a non-cash loss on the extinguishment of debt of approximately $4.4 million, which was a result of the modification of the Secured Convertible Notes as part of the February equity raise.
About Genius Brands International
Genius Brands International, Inc. (GNUS) is a leading global kids media company developing, producing, marketing and licensing branded children’s entertainment properties and consumer products for media and retail distribution. The Company’s award-winning ‘content with a purpose’ portfolio includes Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; Rainbow Rangers for Nick Jr.; Llama Llama, starring Jennifer Garner, for Netflix; award-winning toddler brand Baby Genius; adventure comedy STEM series Thomas Edison's Secret Lab; entrepreneurship series Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club; and Stan Lee's Cosmic Crusaders, created with Stan Lee's Pow! Entertainment. Through licensing agreements with leading partners, characters from Genius Brands’ IP also appear on a wide range of consumer products for the worldwide retail marketplace. The Company’s Genius Brands Network of channels, including Kid Genius Cartoon Channel, Baby Genius TV, and Kid Genius Cartoons Plus!, are available in over 80 million U.S. television households via a multitude of distribution platforms, including Comcast, Cox, DISH, Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and more. For additional information, please visit www.gnusbrands.com.
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