PRIVATE MEDIA GROUP REPORTS ON THIRD QUARTER 2011 RESULTS AND COMMENTS ON THE BUSINESS GOING FORWARD
BARCELONA, Spain, November 21, 2011/PR Newswire/ — Private Media Group, Inc.(Pink Sheets: PRVT) a worldwide leader in premium-quality adult entertainment products today announced its results for the three-month period ended September 30, 2011.
For the three months ended September 30, 2011, we had net sales of EUR 4.8 million compared to net sales of EUR 5.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010, a decrease of EUR 1.1 million, or 19%. Internet sales decreased EUR 0.6 million to EUR 3.1 million, which represents a decrease of 16% compared to the same period last year. The reduction in Internet sales was primarily attributable to a decrease in sales from our North American websites as a result of foreign exchange rate changes and a reduction in sales from our Gay Content division. Broadcasting sales decreased EUR 0.1 million to EUR 0.8 million, which represents a decrease of 15% compared to the same period last year. The decrease was primarily the result of fewer newly released titles being broadcasted in 2011. Wireless sales decreased EUR 0.1 million to EUR 0.3 million, which represents a decrease of 16% compared to the same period last year. The decrease was primarily the result of migration from on-portal sales to off-portal sales from Smart Phone users which is included in Internet sales. DVD & Magazine sales decreased EUR 0.3 million, or 38%, to EUR 0.5 million. The reduction in DVD & Magazine sales was primarily attributable to an industry wide decrease in DVD sales in the period.
For the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2010, the average U.S. dollar exchange rate was 8% less, which decreased all our sales, cost and expenses denominated in U.S. dollars by the same percentage. Fluctuations in exchange rates between the euro and the dollar can affect the comparability of our results from one period to another. We translate our consolidated subsidiaries whose functional currency is not the euro into the euro for reporting purposes. Income statement amounts are translated into euro using the average exchange rate for the period. The balance sheet is translated at the period-end exchange rate.
Our cost of sales was EUR 3.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to EUR 3.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010, a decrease of EUR 0.5 million, or 14%. Included in cost of sales is Internet, broadcasting and wireless, printing, processing and duplication and amortization of library. Internet cost was EUR 1.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to EUR 2.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010. Internet cost as a percentage of related sales in the period was 62% compared to 57% in the same period last year. The decrease of EUR 0.2 million was primarily the result of foreign exchange rate changes and reduced sales. However, Internet cost did not decrease in line with the reduction in sales as website amortization does not vary with sales.. There was no broadcasting and wireless cost for the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to EUR 0.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010. The reduction in cost was due to the reversal of provisions for expected broadcasting cost. Printing, processing and duplication cost was EUR 0.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to EUR 0.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010, a decrease of EUR 0.2 million, or 35%. The decrease was primarily a reflection of the decrease in sales. Printing, processing and duplication cost as a percentage of DVD & Magazine sales was 53% for the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to 50% in the same period last year. Amortization of library was EUR 1.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to EUR 1.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010. Amortization of library does not vary with sales since it reflects the amortization of our investments in content which has been available for sale for a period of three to five years.
In the three months ended September 30, 2011, we realized a gross profit of EUR 1.5 million, or 31% of net sales compared to EUR 2.1 million, or 35% of net sales for the three months ended September 30, 2010. The decrease in gross profit as a percentage of sales was primarily the result of reduced sales and the impact of amortization of library and websites which does not vary with sales.
Our selling, general and administrative expenses were EUR 2.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to EUR 4.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010, a decrease of EUR 1.9 million, or 42%. The decrease was primarily the result of reduced payroll, expenses and depreciation by EUR 0.9 million, EUR 0.8 million and EUR 0.2 million, respectively.
We reported an operating loss of EUR 1.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011 compared to an operating loss of EUR 2.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010. For the three month period ended September 30, 2011, the operating result improved by EUR 1.3 million as a result of reduced selling, general and administrative expenses offset by reduced gross profit.
We reported a net loss of EUR 1.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2011, compared to a net loss of EUR 2.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2010.
Commenting on some important factors relating to the business going forward, Private Media Group, Inc., CFO, Johan Gillborg stated: “As part of our digital strategy, we have established that the combination of Private with major online retailers and accomplished platform developers is the approach to achieving our goals in the rapidly changing business landscape. The combined content assets of Private and core competencies of GameLink and Sureflix offer a compelling new business model. We will be expanding our joint Internet strategies globally with additional formats and applications to be launched going forward. Currently we are reformatting and migrating all content on the GameLink VOD platform to a Content Delivery Network (CDN) and we expect this to enhance the user experience substantially and therefore improve both conversion and retention rates in general, but particularly in eastern North America and in Europe. This is a paramount initiative which is expected to increase sales significantly and also make it possible to expand our cooperation with affiliates worldwide. In addition, this initiative is crucial for the development and distribution of apps which will enable consumer access from the growing market of SMART TVs. The completion of the CDN initiative is expected to take place before the end of 2011. In addition, going forward we will continue to aggressively market our cutting-edge Internet assets discussed below.
In May 2010, we launched our new private.com membership platform. The new platform features a number of proprietary sites and it is also available as a white label version, which we expect will attract adult content providers and affiliates worldwide. In addition, the new platform has been built to be substantially less labor intensive to operate compared to the old one. The new platform also has improved conversion rates and attracts more traffic. During the nine months ended September 30, 2011 the new membership pay-site attracted 11.5 million absolute unique visitors, which represents an increase of 27% compared to the same period in 2010.
In April 2010, GameLink, launched a proprietary mobile solution enabling users to instantly stream over 15,000 movies. The platform is available to Smart Phones at the url: www.gamelink.com. The mobile Internet platform allows consumers to purchase and consume content instantly. All content is available for future viewing in the customer’s virtual media center, stored in the company’s “Cloud”. The platform has been optimized to work with Apple devices including the iPhone, iPod, the iPad as well as Android devices. Furthermore, in 2010, Apple’s OS upgrade to iOS4.3 for iPhones, iPads and iPod touches made it possible to watch GameLink’s mobile library on Apple TV by allowing users to redirect content streaming from those devices to their Apple TV. In addition to streaming, consumers can choose to download their movies or purchase DVDs and novelties from the globally accessible platform. A white label version of the mobile platform is available and is being marketed to adult studios and affiliates worldwide. Our objective is to become the main provider of an off-portal mobile platform solution to all major content providers in our industry. In contrast to Private’s existing mobile content business, which is based on an on-portal model going through content aggregators and carriers, this new business is off-portal and provides substantially improved margins as content is sold directly by ourselves to the consumer. Our weekly sales for the GameLink VOD mobile solution has been steadily increasing since its launch and current weekly sales represents a USD 1.0 million twelve-month run rate. In August 2010, Sureflix introduced mobile VOD on its existing platform for its Maleflixxx network of hundreds of sites. The new mobile platform, Maleflixxx Mobile, allows consumers to view gay content on all mobile devices, including the iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone and Android handsets. Furthermore, in Q4, 2010, we released a number of Smart Phone apps with an end to increase traffic to our mobile assets. With the Smart Phone market growing rapidly, we expect to generate substantial growth from our mobile VOD initiatives going forward.
With respect to broadcasting, we are continuing to implement our media growth strategy across all delivery systems, including: DTT, satellite, cable and IPTV. Private content is currently broadcasted via 194 platforms in 42 countries. While European broadband users are signing up for IPTV services in the hundreds of thousands each month, making Europe the biggest and fastest growing IPTV region in the world, we have successfully implemented part of our new media strategy and contracted for supplying content for VOD services to a total of 26 major platform operators in 18 countries in the region. During 2010 the European IPTV market grew by 25% to 20.7 million IPTV subscribers and by the end of the year we had more than 75% market coverage. France remains the “world champion” IPTV country with 10.3 million subscribers and we cover 100% of this market. Furthermore, it is forecasted that the number of global IPTV subscribers will grow from 44 million at the end of 2010 to 111.5 million in 2014, a compound annual growth rate of 26%. The forecast shows that Europe will be the regional leader, with 42% of the worldwide IPTV subscribers total in 2014. In relation to Private branded TV channels carrying our content in Europe and Latin America, our partners Playboy TV International and Playboy TV Latin America continue to improve distribution. In 2010, the Private Spice agreement with Playboy TV International was renewed for another five years. The channel is receivable in all of Europe and it currently has distribution in 22 countries via 101 cable, satellite, DTT and IPTV platforms. During the past twelve months, Playboy TV Latin America continued to increase the distribution of the Private Channel. The channel is receivable in all of Latin America and it currently has distribution in 19 countries via 63 cable, satellite and IPTV platforms and reaches 38 million platform subscribers. Going forward, we expect to grow our broadcasting distribution both on existing and additional platforms that are using any available technology.
During the nine month period ending September 30, 2011, we have released fewer new titles compared to the same period 2010 and this has had an impact on both broadcasting and DVD & Magazine sales. From September 2011, we are increasing the number of new titles released significantly compared to the same period in 2010 and we expect this to have a positive impact on broadcasting and DVD & Magazine sales.
Private’s mobile “on portal” revenues have continued to decline in 2011 and the main reason for the decrease is that this business is migrating to “off portal” and is included in our VOD mobile Internet sales where these sales are increasing. We expect this trend to continue with the increased penetration of Smart Phones. Whether it is on or off portal, the growing use of Smart Phones, the introduction of Mobile VOD and TV, and the implementation of age verification systems offer additional growth potential for the combined markets in 2011 and beyond.
During 2011, the DVD market for adult content has continued to shrink, with sales for our physical products declining by 37%. However, the DVD has by no means disappeared, even in this competitive landscape. The content providers who manage to survive the current market climate will control the DVD market going forward.” Mr. Gillborg concluded.
About Private Media Group
Founded in 1965, Private Media Group is a brand-driven world leader in adult entertainment, operating a global content distribution network with a wide range of platforms including; the Internet, broadcasting via cable, satellite, digital TV and IPTV on 194 platforms in 42 countries, mobile content delivery via 114 network operators in 37 countries and retail sale of DVDs and magazines. Private Media Group owns the worldwide rights to its extensive archive of high-quality content, and also licenses its Private and “Silver Girls” trademarks internationally for a select range of products and services. Private is the world’s preferred content provider of adult entertainment to consumers anywhere, at any time and across all distribution platforms and devices.
Corporate site: prvt.com, consumer site: private.com
This release contains, in addition to historical information, forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which reflect the Company’s current judgments of those issues. However, because those statements are forward-looking and apply to future events, they are subject to such risks and uncertainties, which could lead to results materially different than anticipated by the Company.
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