Bona Reports Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results

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BEIJING, Nov. 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bona Film Group Limited (Nasdaq:BONA) ("Bona" or the "Company"), a leading film distributor and vertically integrated film company in China, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013.

"Overall, I am very pleased with the results that we delivered in the third quarter," said Bona founder, Chairman and CEO Mr. Yu Dong. "We distributed three strong films – Unbeatable, My Lucky Star and Out of Inferno 3D, and continued to generate robust top and bottom line growth. Additionally, we executed on several strategic initiatives that will enable Bona to extend our competitive advantages in film investment and production, expand our theater network and enhance long-term shareholder value. We believe the investment in our Company by Fosun Group at the end of the third quarter sends a strong message to the market that Bona is committed to achieving its goal of becoming China's largest non-state owned film producer, distributor and exhibitor, and we have influential and committed investors and partners willing to support our ambitions."

Third Quarter 2013 Financial Summary

  • Third quarter 2013 net revenues were US$35.0 million, compared with US$24.6 million in the third quarter of 2012.
  • Third quarter 2013 gross profit was US$19.8 million, compared with US$13.6 million in the third quarter of 2012.
  • Third quarter 2013 gross margin was 56.6%, compared with 55.4% in the third quarter of 2012.
  • Third quarter 2013 net income attributable to Bona Film Group Limited was US$2.8 million, or US$0.05 per diluted ADS1, compared with net income attributable to Bona Film Group Limited of US$1.3 million, or US$0.02 per diluted ADS, in the third quarter of 2012.
  • Third quarter 2013 non-GAAP net income2 was US$3.7 million, or US$0.06 per diluted ADS compared to non-GAAP net income of US$2.4 million, or US$0.04 per diluted ADS, in the third quarter of 2012.
  • Third quarter 2013 EBITDA, non-GAAP2, was US$6.2 million, compared with US$3.7 million in the third quarter of 2012.
  • Cash and cash equivalents, term deposits and restricted cash totaled US$41.7 million as of September 30, 2013.
  • Cash outflow from operating activities totaled US$24.0 million, compared with cash outflow from operating activities of US$12.2 million in the third quarter of 2012.

Third Quarter 2013 Business Updates and Recent Highlights

  • Distributed and invested in a total of three films in the third quarter – Unbeatable, My Lucky Star and Out of Inferno 3D.
  • Released Unbeatable on August 16, 2013. The award-winning action drama directed by Dante Lam and starring Nick Cheung and Eddie Peng, has generated over RMB 117 million in domestic ticket sales and taken in HKD 44.6 million in Hong Kong to date, making it the highest grossing Chinese language film in Hong Kong this year.
  • Released My Lucky Star, the romantic comedy prequel to the hit 2009 film Sophie's Revenge and starring Ziyi Zhang and Leehom Wang, on September 17, 2013. The film has already generated RMB 136.5 million in domestic box office receipts.
  • Released Out of Inferno 3D, the first 3D Chinese language disaster film, on September 30, 2013. Directed by Oxide and Danny Pang and starring renowned Hong Kong actors, Sean Lau, Louis Koo and Angelica Lee, the film has generated RMB 132.1 million in box office receipts to date.
  • Completed post-production work on The White Storm (formerly The Cartel War). A crime thriller starring three of Hong Kong's most popular film stars – Sean Lau, Louis Koo and Nick Cheung, the film opened the recent Hong Kong Asian Film Festival and will be released in China on November 29, 2013.
  • Received regulatory approvals to distribute the Hollywood action comedy Red 2, starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Anthony Hopkins. The film is scheduled for release in China on November 15, 2013.
  • Wrapped up shooting on the crime action comedy, From Vegas to Macau, starring Chow Yun-Fat, Nicholas Tse and Tian Jing. Directed by Wong Jing, it is tentatively scheduled for release around the Chinese New Year in early 2014.
  • Completed filming and began post production work on Overheard 3, the latest installment in our popular Overheard franchise. This police action film, explores the inside story of Hong Kong's real estate business. The film is co-directed by Alan Mak and Felix Chong and stars Sean Lau, Louis Koo, Daniel Wu and Xun Zhou. It is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2014.
  • Put the finishing touches on filming of the psychological thriller, Insanity, a new film produced by Derek Yee, directed by Guangyao Li and starring Sean Lau and Xiaoming Huang. The film is tentatively scheduled for release in 2014.
  • Announced the launch of an RMB 1 billion (approximately US$163.4 million) film fund through a partnership with Sequoia Capital Management Ltd. and Noah Holdings Ltd. to finance the development and production of film and TV projects over the next two years.
  • Further improved ownership structure with investment from Fosun Group to acquire 2,000,000 Bona ordinary shares, representing a 6.4% equity stake, at an average price of US$10.40 per ordinary share, or US$5.20 per ADS. Actively working with Fosun to identify how to best leverage each other's resources.
  • Eight new theater locations are currently undergoing or about to enter the construction stage, including Sanya, Liuzhou, Zibo, Taiyuan, Ningbo, Shenzhen Huangting, Shenzhen Xinghe and Wuhan, with the Zibo theater on track to officially start operations by the end of this year.

Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Net Revenues
3Q13 3Q12 Y-o-Y%
Net Revenues (US$mm) 35.0 24.6 42.1%

Net revenues for the third quarter of 2013 increased 42.1% year-over-year to US$35.0 million. The increase in net revenues was primarily attributable to an increase in revenues from the Company's movie theater and film distribution segments. The Company distributed three films in the third quarter of 2013 compared to two films in the third quarter of 2012.

Net Revenues by Segment Operations
Film Distribution Investment & Production Movie Theater Talent Agency Intersegment Elimination Consolidated
Net Revenues from External Customers (US$mm) 18.2 1.4 15.2 0.2 -- 35.0
Intersegment Revenues (US$mm) 0.6 12.2 -- -- (12.8) --
Total Net Revenues (US$mm) 18.8 13.6 15.2 0.2 (12.8) 35.0

Net revenues from distribution totaled US$18.8 million. During the third quarter of 2013, Bona distributed three new films – Unbeatable, My Lucky Star and Out of Inferno 3D.

Net revenues from film investment and production were US$13.6 million, mainly derived from Bona's investments in films released in the third quarter of 2013, in particular Unbeatable and My Lucky Star.

Net revenues from the movie theater segment increased to US$15.2 million, primarily as a result of the increased number of Bona-owned theaters in operation. The Company owned and operated 20 theaters as of September 30, 2013, compared with 15 as of September 30, 2012.

Gross Profit and Gross Margin
3Q13 3Q12 Y-o-Y%
Gross Profit (US$mm) 19.8 13.6 45.2%
Gross Margin 56.6% 55.4% --

For the third quarter of 2013, gross profit increased to US$19.8 million from US$13.6 million in the third quarter of 2012. The year-over-year increase in gross profit was primarily attributable to strong performance from the Company's film distribution segment and the expansion of movie theaters.

Segment Profit3 and Segment Margin
Distribution Investment & Production Movie Theater Talent Agency Consolidated
Segment Profit (US$mm) 6.2 4.9 8.7 0.2 20.0
As % of Total Segment Profit 30.9% 24.7% 43.5% 0.9% 100.0%
Segment Margin 32.9% 36.2% 57.4% 100.0% 57.2%

Segment margin for the distribution segment increased to 32.9% in the third quarter of 2013 from 30.1% in the third quarter of 2012, which is in line with our distribution margin range.

Segment margin from the Company's investment and production business decreased to 36.2% in the third quarter of 2013, compared with a segment margin of 39.8% in the third quarter of 2012. This decrease in segment margin in this business was mainly due to the high margin achieved in the sale of the Company's television series Bodyguards and Assassins in the third quarter of 2012.

Segment margin from the Company's movie theater business increased to 57.4% in the third quarter of 2013, compared with 57.0% in the third quarter of 2012.

Operating Income and Operating Margin
3Q13 3Q12 Y-o-Y%
Operating Expenses (US$mm) 16.6 12.8 29.2%
Operating Income (US$mm) 3.4 1.1 219.7%
Operating Margin 9.6% 4.3% --

Total operating expenses, including participation expenses, general and administrative expenses, and selling and marketing expenses, increased 29.2% to US$16.6 million from US$12.8 million in the third quarter of 2012. The year-over-year increase in operating expenses was primarily due to an increase in selling and marketing expenses for the promotion and advertising of the Company's distributed films, which in the third quarter included Unbeatable, My Lucky Star and Out of Inferno 3D, as well as an increase in general and administrative expenses due to the Company's expansion in the movie theater segment.

Third quarter 2013 operating margin was 9.6% compared to 4.3% in the third quarter of 2012. The year-over-year increase in operating margin was primarily due to the strong performance of Unbeatable and My Lucky Star, and all theaters maturing in 2013.

Net Income and Net Income Attributable to Bona Film Group Limited per ADS
3Q13 3Q12
Net Income Attributable to Bona Film Group Limited (US$mm) 2.8 1.3
Net Income Attributable to Bona Film Group Limited per ADS (US$) 0.05 0.02
3Q13 3Q12
Non-GAAP Net Income (US$mm) 3.7 2.4
Non-GAAP Net Income Attributable to Bona Film Group Limited per ADS (US$) 0.06 0.04

Excluding share-based compensation expense of US$0.9 million and US$1.3 million for the third quarters of 2013 and 2012, respectively, non-GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2013 was US$3.7 million, compared with non-GAAP net income of US$2.4 million in the third quarter of 2012.

3Q13 3Q12
EBITDA, non-GAAP (US$mm) 6.2 3.7

EBITDA, non-GAAP, in the third quarter of 2013 was US$6.2 million, compared with EBITDA, non-GAAP of US$3.7 million in the third quarter of 2012.

Cash and Cash Flow

As of September 30, 2013, Bona had cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash totaling US$41.7 million, compared with US$28.0 million as of December 31, 2012. Net cash outflow from operating activities for the third quarter was approximately US$24.0 million, compared with net cash outflow from operating activities of US$12.2 million for the third quarter of 2012. The change in cash flow from operations was mainly attributable to the increase in investment in films scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2013 and in 2014.

Business Outlook

Based on current market and operating conditions, the Company expects non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2013 to be in the range of US$2.0 million to US$2.5million.

"We have made very good progress in 2013, releasing many quality films, growing our theater network, developing a film investment fund to finance the development and production of Bona films and TV projects over the next two years, and diversifying our ownership structure through a meaningful investment by Fosun Group. As we head into the fourth quarter, we have two solid films scheduled for release – Red 2 and The White Storm, and one new theater slated to open. The outlook for 2014 is even better, as we have many strong film titles in our distribution and development pipelines, the financial resources to bring more quality films to market and plans to further expand our theater network. Additionally, we expect our international cooperation initiatives to gain traction, creating further revenue opportunities for us in the future. Bona has built a strong foundation on which to grow and we are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead," concluded Mr. Yu.

Third Quarter 2013 Conference Call Details

Bona management will hold the earnings conference call at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, November 14, 2013 (9:00 a.m. Beijing/Hong Kong Time on Friday, November 15, 2013). Management will discuss results and highlights of the quarter and answer questions from investors.

The dial-in numbers for the earnings conference call are as follows:

U.S. Toll Free: +1-855-500-8701
Hong Kong Toll Free: 800-903-737
China, Domestic: 400-120-0654
International: +65-6723-9385
The conference ID # is 94765154.

A live and archived webcast of the earnings conference call will be available on the IR Calendar page of the Bona investor relations website at http://ir.bonafilm.cn/events.cfm.

About Bona Film Group Limited

Bona Film Group Limited (Nasdaq:BONA) is a leading film distributor in China, with an integrated business model encompassing film distribution, film production, film exhibition and talent representation. Bona distributes films to Greater China, Korea, Southeast Asia, the United States and Europe, invests and produces movies in a variety of genres, owns and operates twenty movie theaters and manages a range of talented and popular Chinese artists.

For more information about Bona, please visit http://www.bonafilm.cn.

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Forward Looking Statements

This news release may contain certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates," "future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact in this press release are forward-looking statements and involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about the Company and the industry in which the Company operates, but involve a number of unknown risks and uncertainties, Further information regarding these and other risks is included in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or changes in its expectations, except as may be required by law. Although the Company believes that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot assure you that such expectations will turn out to be correct, and actual results may differ materially from the anticipated results. You are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements contained herein and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement Bona's consolidated financial results presented in accordance with GAAP, Bona uses the following measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the SEC: non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income attributable to Bona Film Group Limited per ADS, which exclude share-based compensation expenses, and adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP, which excludes share-based compensation expenses, interest, taxes, and non-cash depreciation and amortization charges. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation, as a substitute for, or to be superior to the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. In addition, Bona's definition of non-GAAP net income may be different from the definitions used by other companies, and therefore comparability may be limited.

Bona believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding its performance by excluding certain expenses and expenditures that may not be indicative of its operating performance and a supplemental liquidity measure which is useful for understanding and evaluating the Company's capacity for servicing its debt, and otherwise meeting its cash needs. Adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP, excludes depreciation and amortization, so it does not reflect any cash requirements for the replacement of the assets, which will often have to be replaced in the future. The Company believes that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing the Company's performance and liquidity, and when planning and forecasting future periods. The table appears at the end of this press release has more details on the reconciliations between GAAP financial measures that are comparable to non-GAAP financial measures.

1 "ADS" is American depositary share. Each two ADSs represent one ordinary share.

2 As used in this press release, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income attributable to Bona Film Group Limited per ADS exclude share-based compensation expenses. Adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP, excludes share-based compensation expenses, interest, taxes and non-cash depreciation and amortization charges. See "Non- GAAP Financial Measures" and "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures" at the end of this press release.

3 Segment profit is gross profit less film participation expense by segments for the periods indicated.

BONA FILM GROUP LIMITED
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations
(in U.S. dollars, except share data)
Three-months ended September 30, Nine-months ended September 30,
2013 2012 2013 2012
Net revenue 35,000,622 24,637,167 106,573,292 89,056,746
Cost of revenue 15,195,260 10,998,168 56,955,408 42,954,146
Gross profit 19,805,362 13,638,999 49,617,884 46,102,600
Film participation expenses (215,072) 180,673 (538,161) 875,526
Selling and marketing expenses 4,417,436 2,079,887 10,232,127 12,316,316
General and administrative expenses 12,365,960 10,562,189 36,323,247 28,806,673
Total operating expenses 16,568,324 12,822,749 46,017,213 41,998,515
Government subsidies 121,099 234,211 1,661,754 855,015
Operating income 3,358,137 1,050,461 5,262,425 4,959,100
Interest income 102,380 56,992 98,010 256,439
Interest expenses (513,499) (25,396) (1,334,166) (221,088)
Exchange gain (loss) 471,802 249,597 983,028 (261,816)
Other income 71,429 71,429 214,287 216,728
Loss on disposal of an equity method investment -- -- -- (5,584)
Income before income tax and equity in earnings of equity method investments, net of tax 3,490,249 1,403,083 5,223,584 4,943,779
Provision for income taxes 698,050 280,617 1,044,717 988,757
Equity in earnings of equity method investments, net of tax (12,821) -- (12,821) 5,604
Net income 2,779,378 1,122,466 4,166,046 3,960,626
Less: Net (loss) attributable to the noncontrolling interests (70,440) (175,182) (1,071,480) (119,001)
Net income attributable to Bona Film Group Limited 2,849,818 1,297,648 5,237,526 4,079,627
Net income attributable to Bona Film Group Limited per ADS
Basic 0.05 0.02 0.09 0.07
Diluted 0.05 0.02 0.09 0.07
Weighted average shares used in calculating net income per ordinary share
Basic 29,854,984 29,528,036 29,791,387 29,464,037
Diluted 30,362,446 30,219,935 30,306,325 30,096,919
BONA FILM GROUP LIMITED
Unaudited Condensed Statement of Consolidated Comprehensive Income
(in U.S. dollars)
Three-months ended September 30, Nine-months ended September 30,
2013 2012 2013 2012
Net income 2,779,378 1,122,466 4,166,046 3,960,626
Other comprehensive income, net of tax
Foreign currency translation adjustments 395,003 1,065,775 1,838,060 187,794
Comprehensive income 3,174,381 2,188,241 6,004,106 4,148,420
Less: comprehensive income attributable to the noncontrolling interests (69,189) (175,773) (1,060,518) (132,410)
Comprehensive income attributable to Bona Film Group 3,243,570 2,364,014 7,064,624 4,280,830
BONA FILM GROUP LIMITED
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in U.S. dollars)
September 30, December 31,
2013 2012
Cash and cash equivalents 21,436,748 23,227,922
Restricted Cash 20,291,294 4,815,332
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts 49,377,394 40,307,672
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 23,878,697 23,329,262
Amounts due from related parties 332,480 343,817
Current deferred tax assets 653,071 970,683
Inventories 355,422 276,436
Total current assets 116,325,106 93,271,124
Distribution rights 19,749,238 11,406,692
Production costs 118,656,777 90,345,409
Prepaid film costs 6,416,911 7,426,915
Property and equipment, net 60,447,391 60,208,609
Acquired intangible assets, net 2,637,578 3,189,481
Non-current deferred tax assets 248,231 311,102
Cost method investments 1,298,039 1,296,307
Equity method investment 25,068,868 --
Goodwill 49,992,873 49,110,021
Total assets 400,841,012 316,565,660
Accounts payable 29,828,851 35,257,660
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 31,906,774 28,145,099
Amounts due to related parties 5,613,160 5,746,328
Income taxes payable 1,741,194 2,420,443
Bank borrowing 50,590,625 12,542,161
Other borrowing 7,741,842 8,671,050
Current film participation financing liabilities 49,032,484 15,086,892
Total current liabilities 176,454,930 107,869,633
Bank borrowing 22,952,852 18,025,553
Deferred income 955,789 813,681
Deferred tax liability 71,278 211,203
Total liabilities 200,434,849 126,920,070
Bona Film Group Limited's ordinary shares (par value of US$0.0005 per share, 85,000,000 shares authorized, 31,402,346 and 30,086,404 shares issued and outstanding as of September30, 2013 and 30,402,346 and 29,737,257 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2012.) 15,043 14,869
Additional paid-in capital 181,107,823 176,134,737
Statutory reserves 2,543,272 2,543,272
Accumulated profit 5,788,044 550,518
Accumulated other comprehensive income 8,292,188 6,465,090
Total Bona Film Group Limited's equity 197,746,370 185,708,486
Noncontrolling interests 2,659,793 3,937,104
Total equity 200,406,163 189,645,590
Total liabilities and equity 400,841,012 316,565,660
BONA FILM GROUP LIMITED
Unaudited Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures
(in U.S. dollars)
Three-months ended September 30, Nine-months ended September 30,
2013 2012 2013 2012
Net income 2,779,378 1,122,466 4,166,046 3,960,626
Share-based compensation 918,911 1,271,606 2,786,083 3,435,897
Net income, Non-GAAP 3,698,289 2,394,072 6,952,129 7,396,523
Net interests expense (income) 411,119 (31,596) 1,236,156 (35,351)
Taxes 698,050 280,617 1,044,717 988,757
Depreciation and Amortization 1,428,575 1,077,981 4,241,194 3,157,929
EBITDA, Non-GAAP 6,236,033 3,721,074 13,474,196 11,507,858

CONTACT: In China: Lingzi Gui Bona Film Group Limited Tel: +86-10-5631-0700-398 Email: ir@bonafilm.cn In the U.S.: The Piacente Group, Inc. Investor Relations Kathy Price Tel: (212) 481-2050 Email: bona@tpg-ir.com

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