IMAX (IMAX) Stock Up After Deal With China

Shares of IMAX Corporation (IMAX: Charts, News) closed up +2.46 or +11 percent to $24.53 per share on Tuesday, after the company reported that it had agreed to install four new digital IMAX theater systems in China. The Mississauga, Ontario-based company makes and operates giant movie projection systems, and also announced on Tuesday that their box office revenue had increased 45 percent in 2012 through February 12th, from the same period one year ago.

IMAX announced two agreements with Broadway Theatre Company Ltd to install the four IMAX systems in new multiplexes.

The first agreement is to install the first two IMAX systems in Yoho Town, Hong Kong and Wenzhou China in 2013. Broadway presently operates an IMAX theater in Hanzhou, China, and is planning on opening another IMAX theater in Puxi, Shanghai by the end of the year.

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After Tuesday's agreement, the number of IMAX theaters operating or set to open in Greater China will be 217. According to Broadway Executive Director Tessa Lau, "We look forward to offering the world's most immersive movie experience to more of our customers with these four new locations."

The IMAX theater Broadway currently runs in Hanzhou has generated about $2.4 million in box office sales since the theater opened in August of 2010. Jiande Chen, CEO of IMAX China stated that, "We are pleased to build on our partnership with Broadway as we continue to expand our network in China."

As of September 30th of 2011, there were 583 IMAX theaters operating in 48 countries. IMAX's headquarters is in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in Shanghai, Beijing, London and Tokyo. IMAX's network includes North America, Western Europe, Japan, Russia and China.

IMAX also announced on Tuesday that worldwide receipts for IMAX cinemas had come to $55 million for 2012 through February 12th. Half of that amount has come from the Tom Cruise movie "Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol", which has grossed over $70 million at IMAX theaters since its December release.

Earnings for IMAX's third quarter of 2011 came in under analyst expectations, with the company earning $8.39 million or 16 cents per share, compared to analyst estimates of 20 cents per share. Nevertheless, IMAX said that the company took a 6 cent per share hit from "a sudden decrease of the Canadian Dollar against the U.S. Dollar at the end of the third quarter."

Gross revenue from overseas theaters surpassed IMAX's domestic theaters for the first time in the third quarter. With the company increasing its international growth plans by 25 percent, those markets will be accounting for approximately 75 percent of new IMAX venues through 2012.

Earnings for IMAX's fourth quarter are expected to be released on February 23rd, with a conference call to discuss earnings results with analysts set to begin at 8:30 AM Eastern Time. According to Bloomberg analysts currently expect IMAX to earn between 6 and 18 cents per share with a median consensus of 13 cents.

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Published on Feb 15, 2012
By Jay Hawk
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