Entertainment One Ltd. announces results for first full year of operations



    
    Highlights:

    -   Three significant acquisitions including Contender Entertainment
        Group (US$97.0 million), Seville Entertainment Inc. (US$4.9 million)
        and RCV Entertainment (US$62.0 million) position Entertainment One
        Ltd. as a major player in filmed entertainment distribution
    -   Acquisition of Navarre Entertainment Inc. in May 2007 for
        (US$6.5 million) to strengthen music distribution operations in the
        US
    -   Strong pipeline of filmed content built through series of output
        deals with independent producers, including Summit, Yari Film and
        THINKFilm
    -   Growing catalogue with over 3,700 film titles across the Group's
        different markets
    

    TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - Entertainment One Ltd. ('E1') (LSE: ETO), the
international entertainment content owner and distributor, today announced its
results for its first full year of operations as a listed company.
Entertainment One listed on AIM on March 29, 2007, after it acquired
Entertainment One Income Fund. Financial results for the period focus on pro
forma performance of all businesses had they been owned by E1 for the full
trading period. Pro forma, revenue was US$577.1 million; pro forma operating
EBITDA was US$50.4 million and pro forma underlying EBITDA US$32.7 million.
Underlying loss per share basic and diluted of US$0.06 cents.
    "During its first full year of operations, Entertainment One made
significant strides toward achieving its goal of building a leading
independent entertainment content ownership and distribution business which
acquires films, television programs and music content and exploits these
rights around the world," said Darren Throop, chief executive officer. "By
executing several multi-territory acquisitions we have grown our revenues and
delivered solid financial performance in line with management expectations.
The benefits of building this international distribution infrastructure are
already coming through as Entertainment One wins business from independent
film producers while exploiting increasing operational efficiency."

    Strategic Acquisitions

    E1 made a number of strategic acquisitions during its first full year of
operations in its Entertainment and Distribution groups. The Entertainment
division focuses on the exploitation of content rights in filmed entertainment
and music, while the Distribution division focus on the physical distribution
of entertainment product in Canada and the U.S.
    In the filmed entertainment segment, E1 spent US$164 million on
acquisitions during the fiscal year. These acquisitions included:

    
    -   Seville Entertainment Inc., which strengthens E1's position in
        Canada;
    -   Contender Entertainment Group, which expanded the company's
        operations into the U.K.; and
    -   RCV Entertainment, which further expanded E1's operations into
        Europe.
    

    In addition, E1 has built up an impressive pipeline of filmed content
built through a series of output deals with independent producers, including
Summit Entertainment, Yari and THINKFilm.
    The three-year output deal with Summit Entertainment will deliver
approximately 25 movies over the next three years in both the UK and Canada
and will be a strong driver of growth. Future titles include "Sex Drive"
(starring James Marsden), "Twilight" (starring Kristen Stewart) and "Knowing"
(starring Nicholas Cage).
    Future releases from Yari Film include "Nothing but the Truth" (starring
Kate Beckinsale and Matt Dillon) and from ThinkFilm "Bordertown" (starring
Jennifer Lopez and Antonio Banderas). As part of the ThinkFilm deal E1 also
acquired ThinkFilm's library rights for Canada. The library of 235
critically-acclaimed and commercially-proven features includes the hit movies
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "The Assassination of Richard Nixon."
    Further, the Group has been successful in signing a strong slate of
additional film and television properties including "Edge of Darkness"
(starring Mel Gibson), "Law Abiding Citizen" (starring Gerard Butler), "The
Marc Pease Experience" (starring Ben Stiller), as well as "Eddie the Eagle"
(starring Steve Coogan) and "Mr. Nice" (starring Rhys Ifans).
    In the music distribution segment, E1's US$6.5 million May 2007
acquisition of Navarre Entertainment Inc. strengthened its music distribution
operations in the U.S.
    "We look forward to another year of growth with confidence, as we
maintain the pace of our acquisition and consolidation strategy," added Mr.
Throop.

    Global Filmed Entertainment Outlook remains positive

    There are substantial opportunities for further consolidation in the
English-speaking and European film and TV markets, as the global filmed
entertainment outlook remains positive. E1 plans a significant increase in
spend on content rights to grow its current scale in international markets.
    The results for the period reinforce the combined strength of E1, with
the physical distribution business providing a solid foundation for the growth
of the filmed entertainment division, which has benefited from the strong
performance of acquisitions completed during the period.
    Further acquisitions both within new and existing territories are planned
which will enhance the credibility of the business in the film and TV market.
The company also plans to increase its investment in content rights to
complement future acquisitions. E1 plans to spend in excess of US$80 million
on content rights in the 2009 financial year, up from US$50 million (on a pro
forma basis) in 2008. This increased investment will be focused on all-rights
film acquisitions. These will attract increased year-on-year marketing costs
as the movies are released theatrically but will drive revenue growth.
    The Distribution division is focused on maintaining growth as markets
develop including reviewing digital opportunities and will build on this with
further improvements in operating efficiencies, in particular focused on stock
and working capital management.
    The outlook for the balance of the current year is positive, and it is
expected there will be further acquisition-led growth, as the business
continues to execute its strategy to acquire, own and exploit entertainment
rights across the spectrum of distribution channels (including movie theatres,
home entertainment, television and digital delivery platforms) through both
organic growth and the acquisition of established content ownership and
distribution businesses in the world's developed markets.

    About Entertainment One

    Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE: ETO) AIM listed, Entertainment One Ltd's
strategy is to build a leading global independent entertainment content
ownership and distribution business which acquires films, television
programmes and music content and exploits these rights in all media throughout
the world. E1 has operations in Canada, the U.S, Holland, Belgium and the
U.K., where it distributes, acquires and owns filmed entertainment and music
content in all media. Entertainment One also owns Koch Entertainment, the
largest independent record label in North America and a leading independent
distributor of music and video in the United States.
www.entertainmentonegroup.com





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