Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Investment in National CineMedia

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Investment in National CineMedia
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2017
NCM  
Investment in National CineMedia
5. Investment in National CineMedia

The Company has an investment in National CineMedia, LLC (“NCM”). NCM operates a digital in-theatre network in the U.S. for providing cinema advertising. Upon joining NCM, the Company entered into an Exhibitor Services Agreement with NCM (“ESA”), pursuant to which NCM provides advertising and promotions to our theatres. As described further in Note 5 to the Company’s financial statements as included in its 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K, on February 13, 2007, National CineMedia, Inc. (“NCM, Inc.”), an entity that serves as the sole manager of NCM, completed an initial public offering (“IPO”) of its common stock. In connection with the NCM Inc. initial public offering, the Company amended its operating agreement and the ESA. Following the NCM, Inc. IPO, the Company does not recognize undistributed equity in the earnings on its original NCM membership units (referred to herein as the Company’s Tranche 1 Investment) until NCM’s future net earnings, less distributions received, surpass the amount of the excess distribution. The Company recognizes equity in earnings on its Tranche 1 Investment only to the extent it receives cash distributions from NCM. The Company recognizes cash distributions it receives from NCM on its Tranche 1 Investment as a component of earnings as Distributions from NCM. The Company believes that the accounting model provided by ASC Topic 323-10-35-22 for recognition of equity investee losses in excess of an investor’s basis is analogous to the accounting for equity income subsequent to recognizing an excess distribution.

Below is a summary of activity with NCM included in the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements:

 

                 Distributions                    
     Investment
in NCM
    Deferred
Revenue
    from
NCM
    Equity in
Income
    Other
Revenue
    Cash
Received
 

Balance as of January 1, 2017

   $ 189,995     $ (343,928        

Receipt of common units due to annual common unit adjustment

     18,363       (18,363   $ —       $ —       $ —       $ —    

Revenues earned under ESA (1)

     —         —         —         —         (725     725  

Receipt of excess cash distributions

     (6,837     —         (6,788     —         —         13,625  

Equity in earnings

     3,241       —         —         (3,241     —         —    

Amortization of deferred revenue

     —         2,446       —         —         (2,446     —    
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance as of and for the three month period ended March 31, 2017

   $ 204,762     $ (359,845   $ (6,788   $ (3,241   $ (3,171   $ 14,350  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

(1)  Amount includes the per patron and per digital screen theatre access fees due to the Company, net of amounts paid to NCM for on-screen advertising time provided to the Company’s beverage concessionaire of approximately $3,042.

The Company made payments to NCM of approximately $18 and $22 during the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively, related to installation of certain equipment used for digital advertising, which is included in theatre properties and equipment on the condensed consolidated balance sheets.

Pursuant to a Common Unit Adjustment Agreement dated as of February 13, 2007 between NCM, Inc. and the Company, AMC Entertainment, Inc. (“AMC”) and Regal Entertainment Group (“Regal”) (collectively, “Founding Members”), annual adjustments to the common membership units are made primarily based on increases or decreases in the number of theatre screens operated and theatre attendance generated by each Founding Member. As further discussed in Note 5 to the Company’s financial statements as included in its 2016 Annual Report on Form10-K, the common units received are recorded at fair value as an increase in the Company’s investment in NCM with an offset to deferred revenue. The deferred revenue is amortized over the remaining term of the ESA. During March 2017, NCM performed its annual common unit adjustment calculation under the Common Unit Adjustment Agreement. As a result of the calculation, on March 30, 2017, the Company received an additional 1,487,218 common units of NCM, each of which is convertible into one share of NCM, Inc. common stock. The Company recorded the additional common units received at estimated fair value with a corresponding adjustment to deferred revenue of approximately $18,363. The fair value of the common units received was estimated based on the market price of NCM, Inc. stock at the time the common units were determined, adjusted for volatility associated with the estimated time period it would take to convert the common units and register the respective shares. The deferred revenue will be recognized over the remaining term of the ESA, which is approximately 19 years.

As of March 31, 2017, the Company owned a total of 27,871,862 common units of NCM, representing an ownership interest of approximately 18%. The estimated fair value of the Company’s investment in NCM was approximately $352,021 based on NCMI’s stock price as of March 31, 2017 of $12.63 per share.

 

Below is summary financial information for NCM for the three months ended December 29, 2016 (the financial information for the three months ended March 30, 2017 is not yet available) and March 31, 2016:

 

     Quarter Ended
December 29, 2016
     Quarter Ended
March 31, 2016
 

Gross revenues

   $ 142,491      $ 76,242  

Operating income

   $ 72,269      $ 5,751  

Net income (loss)

   $ 59,642      $ (7,510