Press Release: WWE Releases Third Quarter Financial Earnings

Nick Paglino

WWE issued the following press release this morning:

WWE® Reports 2011 Third Quarter Results

STAMFORD, Conn., November 3, 2011 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2011. Revenues totaled $108.5 million as compared to $109.6 million in the prior year quarter. Operating income was $15.9 million as compared to $20.3 million in the prior year quarter. Net income was $10.6 million, or $0.14 per share, as compared to $14.3 million, or $0.19 per share, in the prior year quarter. Impacting comparability of our year-over-year results were $5.1 million of film impairment charges in the current year quarter. Excluding the impact of the film impairments in the current quarter, Adjusted Operating income was $21.0 million as compared to $20.3 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted Net income was $14.1 million, or $0.19 per share, as compared to $14.3 million, or $0.19 per share.

"In the third quarter, our results reflected the Company's continued focus on improving business results in a difficult environment," stated Vince McMahon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Despite the challenging economic headwinds, both domestically and abroad, we generated increased profits across a majority of our businesses, with the main exception being our film business which we continue to monitor and refine to improve future performance. We believe the sluggish economy and our ongoing talent transition were important factors that affected the results of our other businesses. Based on our history of developing talent and creating content with broad appeal, we are confident we can address our creative challenges. Further, by taking advantage of our strategic opportunities, includding the anticipated 2012 launch of a WWE network, we can achieve meaningful growth.

To view the entire report, click here (.pdf form).

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