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DHX Media Reports Q2 Results

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  • DHX Media Ltd.  today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2023, ended December 31, 2023.

    Highlights of Q2 2023 Results

    (All amounts in Canadian dollars)

    • Revenues up 112% to $64.25 million, from $30.36 million for Q2 2023.
    • Adjusted EBITDA1 up 148% to $23.87 million, from $9.61 million for Q2 2023.
    • Normalized net income up 210% to $9.83 million, or $0.08 adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share, after adding back acquisition-related costs, and other nonrecurring charges of $4.29 million, as compared to $3.17 million for Q2 2023, or $0.03 adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share.
    • Gross Margin up 110% to $37.51 million for Q2 2023, from $17.82 million for Q2 2023.
    • Proprietary production revenues up 138% to $12.36 million for Q2 2023, from $5.20 million for Q2 2023.

    Adjusted EBITDA represents income of the Company before amortization, finance income (expense), taxes, share of loss of associates, development expenses and any impairments, share-based compensation expense, and adjustments for other one-time and non-recurring charges. (See the complete definition of Adjusted EBITDA in the Company’s Management Discussion and Analysis for Q2 2023 for full details).

    Dana Landry, DHX Media CEO, commented: “As we continue to execute successfully across key business lines, we are pleased to report that we have raised normalized earnings per share for Q2 to $0.08, from $0.03 for the same period last year. We also saw triple-digit growth this quarter in revenue, adjusted EBITDA and gross margin, above Q2 2023. Proprietary production deliveries are tracking on schedule and showing robust growth. Distribution continues to benefit from a globally expanding market, and revenues from our television division were at the high end of management’s expectations. Also, we are pleased to announce an increase to our dividend this quarter to $0.014.”

    Dividend Declaration
    On February 13, 2023 the Board of Directors approved a dividend for the quarter of $0.014 on each Common Voting Share and each Variable Voting Share outstanding to the shareholders of record at the close of business February 27, 2023, to be paid March 20, 2023.


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    Revenues for Q2 2023 were $64.25 million, up 112% from $30.36 million for Q2 2023. The increase in Q2 2023 was due to the acquisition of DHX Television on July 31, 2023, which accounted for $21.91 million or 72% of the growth, as well as increases in proprietary production, which accounted for 24% of the growth, distribution, which accounted for 11% of the growth, producer and service fee revenue, which accounted for 6% of the growth, offset by a 1% decrease in M&L-owned.

    Proprietary production revenues: Proprietary production revenues for Q2 2023 were $12.36 million, an increase of 138% compared to $5.20 million for Q2 2023. For Q2 2023, the Company added 58.0 half-hours to the library versus 21.0 half-hours for Q2 2023. The increase in both the number of half-hours and the proprietary production revenue was expected and due largely to the timing of scheduled Q2 2023 proprietary production deliveries and was in line with Management’s expectations. Fiscal 2023 deliveries are tracking to previously reported annual expectations.

    Distribution revenues: For Q2 2023, distribution revenues were up 35% to $12.76 million, including 2% or $0.24 million from Epitome and 33% or $3.04 million organic growth, from $9.48 million for Q2 2023, primarily due to the continuing growth of new digital customers and territories and was in line with Management’s expectations. For Q2 2023, the Company closed significant deals, among others previously announced, as follows: The Walt Disney Corporation, Netflix, Inc., and Turner Broadcasting Corporation. Also included in these figures are advertising and subscription video on demand (“VOD”) revenues, from our evolving Google ( relationship. The net margin contribution from the Google ( relationship for Q2 2023 was $1.76 million (gross revenue-$3.20 million) (Q2 2023-net margin contribution $0.69 million (gross revenue-$1.26 million)).

    Television revenues: For Q2 2023, television revenues were $21.91 million (Q2 2023-nil), which was at the high end of Management’s expectations for DHX Television. Approximately 83% or $18.23 million of the television revenues were subscriber revenues, while advertising, promotion, and digital revenues accounted for a combined 17% or $3.67 million of the total television revenues. While comprising a relatively small percentage of DHX Television’s revenues, advertising and promotion revenues are seasonal and typically stronger in the months leading up to the holiday season.

    M&L-owned (including music and other royalty revenues): For Q2 2023, M&L-owned decreased 10% to $6.62 million (Q2 2023-$7.37 million). For Q2 2023 Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! show generated revenues of $3.48 million, up 39% from Q2 2023 of $2.51 million, following the completion of the previously announced 30 city, 58 show tour. Although Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! revenues were up, attendance and revenues for the live tour were at the very low end of Management’s expectations. For Q2 2023, the remaining M&L-owned was $3.14 million, down 35% as compared to $4.86 million for Q2 2023 due to some expiring licensing deals for Yo Gabba Gabba! and Caillou. These expiries were expected and built into the M&L-owned targets. Based on the pickup expected for the The Next Step Live On Stage tour in Q3 2023, Management expects M&L-owned revenues are on track to achieve 2023 targets. 

    M&L-represented revenues: For Q2 2023, M&L-represented revenues were up $0.05 million to $3.09 million compared to Q2 2023 at $3.04 million, and were in line with Q2 2023 expectations. These results benefited somewhat from tail winds created by the weakening Canadian dollar compared to the GBP.  

    Producer and service fee revenues: For Q2 2023, the Company earned $6.62 million for producer and service fee revenues, an increase of 41% versus the $4.69 million from Q2 2023. This increase was a result of increased demand for children’s content and specifically is a testimonial to the quality work being delivered by the Company’s Halifax and Vancouver studios.

    New media revenues: For Q2 2023, new media revenues were up $0.31 million or 53% to $0.89 million (Q2 2023-$0.58 million) based primarily on scheduled timing of certain UMIGO and other interactive deliverables.

    Gross Margin

    Gross margin for Q2 2023 was $37.51 million, an increase in absolute dollars of $19.69 million or 110% compared to $17.82 million for Q2 2023. DHX is pleased to report the overall gross margin for Q2 2023 at 58% of revenue which was at the top of Management’s expectations as the result of a strong quarter for digital distribution deals, overall distribution margins, producer and service fee margins, and DHX Television. Gross margin for Q2 2023, including DHX Television, was calculated as revenues of $64.26 million, less direct production costs and expense of investment in film of $26.34 million and $0.41 million expense of book value of acquired libraries, (Q2 2023-$30.36 million less $11.98 million and less $0.56 million, respectively). Gross margins for DHX Television were 52% or $11.36 million, calculated as revenue of $21.91 million, less programming costs, Disney fees, and other direct creative costs of $10.55 million.

    For Q2 2023, the margins for each revenue category in absolute dollars and as a margin percentage were as follows: production revenue margin of $5.13 million or 42%, net producer and service fee revenue margin of $2.86 million or 43%, distribution revenue margin of $11.04 million or 86% ($7.80 million or 61% when the remaining $3.25 million for the expense of acquired libraries below the line is removed), television margin was $11.36 million or 52%, M&L-owned margin was $3.88 million or 59%, M&L-represented revenue margin was $3.09 million or 100%, and new media margin of $0.15 million or 17%.

    Operating Expenses (Income)


    SG&A costs for Q2 2023 increased 72% to $14.74 million compared to $8.56 million for Q2 2023. For Q2 2023, SG&A includes $3.74 million (Q2 2023-nil) for DHX Television, as well as the inclusion of Epitome, an increased level of SG&A at Ragdoll, and 9 days of activity for Nerd Corps totaling $1.52 million. SG&A also reflects an increased level of activity at DHX Brands of $0.50 million as Management made a decision to add resources in this area to take advantage of the M&L opportunities associated with Teletubbies and Twirlywoos, as well as costs associated with the Company’s Toronto office relocation. SG&A includes $1.11 million (Q2 2023-$0.35 million) in non-cash share-based compensation. When adjusted, cash SG&A at $13.63 million was above Management’s quarterly SG&A expectations as a result of the changes noted above.

    Adjusted EBITDA

    For Q2 2023, Adjusted EBITDA was $23.87 million, up $14.26 million or 148% over $9.61 million for Q2 2023.

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