Will IMAX Corporation (IMAX) Be Able to Beat the Market?

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In 2002, movie tickets sold reached a record breaking 1.58 billion tickets. Fast forward to 2011, and ticket sales are down to 1.30 billion, the worst year in recent movie history. 2012, however, looked to be a hopeful year in an industry that in the past decade only saw tickets sales rise twice. IMAX Corporation (USA) (NYSE:IMAX) has been able to turn a profit during this time and is looking to be increasing that profit for years to come. IMAX Corporation (USA) (NYSE:IMAX) could be a good play in the always surprising entertainment industry.

IMAX Corporation (USA) (NYSE:IMAX)The State of the Movie Market
2012 was a record setting year for the movie industry. Ticket sales were a record setting $10.8 billion in 2012 and attendance rose for the first time in three years, up 20% from last year. There were 1.36 billion total tickets sold in 2012, helped by blockbusters like The Hobbit, The Avengers, and Skyfall. Estimates are calling for 2013 to be another year of growth for the movie industry. Upcoming movies including Thor, The Hunger Games, and Iron Man should provide good box office tickets sales that are in estimates of $11 billion in sales and ticket sales to be around 1.43 billion. This would be the first time the movie industry saw ticket sales rise two years in a row since 2001 and 2002.

The Competition

IMAX’s biggest competition is Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE:RGC) . Regal is the largest theater chain in the US. Regal operates over 6,800 screens in over 500 locations. Right now Regal is selling at a P/E of 20, more fairly priced than IMAX. Regal, however, cannot compete with IMAX’s operating margin with RGC operating at 11% and their profit margin of 4% is dwarfed by IMAX’s 12.9%. Regal has a solid foothold on the general theatre business but cannot compete with IMAX’s niche of large theaters. With a quarterly revenue growth of -6% during the same period of IMAX’s growth of 21% Regal is looking to be on a downslide even though at the same time IMAX can continue to grow its business.

Why IMAX Corporation (USA) (NYSE:IMAX) Is a Buy

With 2011 being one the worst years for the theatre industry, and more and more digital ways for people to get movies right in their home, why would investing in a theatre company right now be a good idea? Well for the same reason people still go out for dinner or coffee when they can make dinner or coffee at home; you cannot replace something like IMAX by buying a home theatre system. The experience itself, however, is not the only reason to buy IMAX; they are in a good position to expand their business not only in the US but also overseas. IMAX’s revenue is up quarter over quarter from 2011, since movie releases are very seasonal you can look at this like a steady revenue increase even though quarter for quarter earnings varies. EPS has followed the same trend with the latest earnings being up to $0.23 per share. IMAX has been able to get anywhere from 12% to 20% of box office sales giving them an operating margin of 18.59% for 2012. With a debt of just $30 million, this gives IMAX room to keep building their theaters.

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