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WWE® Reports Record Revenue and Strong Q2 2018 Results

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Raises Full Year 2018 Guidance

Second Quarter 2018 Highlights

  • Revenues increased 31% to $281.6 million, which was the highest
    quarterly revenue in WWE history
  • Operating income nearly doubled to $21.2 million from $10.7 million in
    the prior year quarter
  • Adjusted OIBDA1 increased 79% to $43.5 million
  • WWE completed agreements with USA Network and Fox Sports, effective
    October 1, 2019, which increase the average annual value (AAV) of
    WWE's U.S. distribution to 3.6 times that of the prior deal with NBCU
  • WWE Network average paid subscribers2 increased 10%
    to 1.80 million paid subscribers, consistent with the Company's
    guidance
  • Digital engagement continued to grow through the first six months of
    2018 with video views up 58% to 14.4 billion and hours consumed up 71%
    to 509 million across digital and social media platforms3

WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced financial results for its second quarter
ended June 30, 2018.

"We're pleased with our continued success in increasing the monetization
of WWE content globally," said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer. "This success is evidenced by the completion of our
new U.S. distribution agreements with USA Network and Fox Sports, the
staging of another record-breaking WrestleMania, and the
development of a 10-year strategic partnership with the Saudi General
Sports Authority."

George Barrios, Co-President, added, "During the second quarter, we
generated a 79% increase in Adjusted OIBDA. We are raising our 2018
Adjusted OIBDA target to a range of $160 million to $170 million, which
would be an all-time record.4 By executing our strategy and
engaging our passionate global fan base, we can continue to deepen the
moat around our business. We believe this will enable us to drive
long-term growth and shareholder value."

Second-Quarter Consolidated Results

Revenues increased 31% to $281.6 million driven by the increased
monetization of content as reflected in the Media segment.

Operating Income nearly doubled to $21.2 million from $10.7
million in the prior year quarter reflecting increased profits from the
Media segment, which were partially offset by an increase in management
incentive compensation based on anticipated strong full-year results and
the rise in the Company's stock price. The Company's Operating income
margin was 8% as compared to 5% in the prior year quarter.

Adjusted OIBDA (which excludes stock compensation) increased 79%
to $43.5 million. The Company's Adjusted OIBDA margin increased to 15%
from 11% in the prior year quarter.

Net Income increased to $10.0 million, or $0.11 per diluted
share, as compared to $5.1 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the
prior year quarter.

Effective Tax Rate declined to 31% from 35% in the prior year
quarter driven by the reduced federal income tax rate in the Tax Cuts
and Jobs Act of 2017 (the "Tax Act").

During the third quarter of 2018, in connection with the vesting of
annual stock-based awards, the Company expects to recognize an income
tax benefit between $20 million and $25 million, as compared to $1.6
million during the prior year quarter. This benefit results from the
difference between the deduction for tax purposes and the compensation
cost recognized related to these awards. The increase in the tax benefit
during the current year is driven by the increase in the Company's stock
price. The Company expects this benefit to have a significant impact on
its effective tax rate during the three months ended September 30, 2018.

Cash flows generated by operating activities reached $74.2
million and Free Cash Flow totaled $66.4 million as compared to
$10.8 million and $2.6 million, respectively, in the prior year quarter.5
The growth in both measures was primarily due to improved operating
performance.

Year-to-date 2018 Consolidated Results

For the six months ended June 30, 2018, Revenues increased 16% to $469.3
million from $403.0 million. Operating income increased to $43.0 million
from $14.7 million, and Adjusted OIBDA increased to $78.7 million from
$49.5 million. Net income increased to $24.8 million ($0.29 per diluted
share) from $6.0 million ($0.08 per diluted share) in the prior year
period.

Cash flows generated by operating activities reached $76.8
million and Free Cash Flow totaled $64.6 million as compared to
$13.8 million and $1.3 million, respectively, in the prior year period.5
The growth in both measures was primarily due to improved operating
performance.

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $342
million as of June 30, 2018, and the Company estimates debt
capacity
under its revolving line of credit of approximately $100
million.

The schedule below reflects WWE's performance by operating segment (in
millions):1

       
 
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2018 2017 2018 2017
Net Revenues:
Media $ 202.6 $ 137.2 $ 336.0 $ 258.4
Live Events 52.3 52.8 83.1 84.9
Consumer Products   26.7   24.6   50.2   59.7
Total Net Revenues $ 281.6 $ 214.6 $ 469.3 $ 403.0
 
Operating Income:
Media $ 32.0 $ 9.6 $ 67.9 $ 24.8
Live Events 13.4 17.1 16.3 20.8
Consumer Products 4.6 5.5 10.6 19.9
Corporate   (28.8)   (21.5)   (51.8)   (50.8)
Total Operating Income $ 21.2 $ 10.7 $ 43.0 $ 14.7
 
Adjusted OIBDA:
Media $ 44.5 $ 17.8 $ 88.1 $ 42.9
Live Events 14.7 17.7 18.3 22.2
Consumer Products 6.9 6.3 13.8 21.5
Corporate   (22.6)   (17.5)   (41.5)   (37.1)
Total Adjusted OIBDA $ 43.5 $ 24.3 $ 78.7 $ 49.5

Basis of Presentation

For the second quarter of 2017, Operating income included $1.1 million
in film impairment charges. For the six months ended June 30, 2017,
Operating income included $5.6 million in expenses primarily related to
certain legal matters and other contractual obligations, and $3.2
million in film impairment charges. As these items impact the
comparability of results on a year-over-year basis, they have been
excluded from the Company's 2017 Adjusted OIBDA. A reconciliation of
2018 Adjusted OIBDA to Operating income (GAAP) for the three and
six-month periods ended June 30, 2018 can be found in the supplemental
schedules on pages 14-15 of this release.

For the second quarter and six-month period ended June 30, 2018, net
income included a $3.0 million impairment of an equity investment which
was recorded below Operating income as a Loss on equity investment. A
reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Net Income for the three and
six-month periods ended June 30, 2018 and 2017 can be found in the
supplemental schedule on page 13 of this release.

Second-Quarter Results by Operating Segment

Media

Revenues increased 48% to $202.6 million, primarily due to the
distribution of certain programming content in international markets as
reflected in "Other." Additionally, the growth in Media revenue
reflected increased sales of advertising and sponsorships across
platforms, the contractual escalation of core content rights fees,
including license fees from the distribution of the Company's flagship
programs Raw and SmackDown, and the continued growth of WWE
Network
that yielded a 10% increase in average paid subscribers to
1.80 million.

   
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
2018 2017
Revenues:
Network (including pay-per-view) $ 56.2 $ 52.1
Core content rights fees 6 66.2 60.1
Advertising and sponsorship 19.6 13.1
Other 7   60.6   11.9
Total Revenues $ 202.6 $ 137.2

Operating income increased $22.4 million to $32.0 million
primarily due to the growth in revenue, which was partially offset by
associated production costs and an increase in accrued management
incentive compensation.

Adjusted OIBDA increased $26.7 million to $44.5 million.

Key Highlights: During the quarter, WWE continued to
produce compelling content, monetize new opportunities across platforms,
and optimize its future distribution. As Monday Night Raw and SmackDown
Live
remained the highest-rated programs on USA Network, WWE secured
agreements with USA Network and Fox Sports, effective October 1, 2019,
that increase the programs' combined average annual value (AAV) in the
U.S. to 3.6 times that of the prior deal with NBCU. Extending its reach
on television, WWE delivered its third captivating season of Total
Bellas
, developed a new series, Miz & Mrs., that
premiered on July 24, and announced the eighth season Fall return of Total
Divas
. On the Company's streaming service, WWE Network,
pay-per-views and original programming continued to drive viewer
engagement. In partnership with the Saudi General Sports Authority, the
Company produced the Greatest Royal Rumble, which was featured on WWE
Network
. Other examples of exciting new programming on the network
included the UK Championship Tournament and a new season of Camp
WWE
. To these, the Company added the promise of more in-ring content
to come with the next women's tournament, Mae Young Classic 2018
and the first-ever all-women's pay-per-view event, WWE Evolution.
For its social and digital platforms, the Company produced more than 165
hours of content, including versions of its Best of WWE series in
Spanish, Portuguese, and German, and plans to launch a new series, WWE
Now
in Arabic.

Live Events

Revenues of $52.3 million were essentially unchanged from the
prior year quarter as increases in the average ticket price at events in
both North America and international markets was offset by a reduction
in average attendance for the Company's events worldwide. The
year-over-year changes in ticket prices and average attendance were
primarily due to changes in the mix of venues and territories.

  • There were 90 total events (excluding NXT) in the current quarter,
    consisting of 61 events in North America and 29 events in
    international markets, as compared to 92 events in the prior year
    quarter, including 66 events in North America and 26 in international
    markets.
  • North American ticket sales declined $2.4 million primarily due to the
    staging of five fewer events and an 8% decline in average attendance
    to 5,900. Partially offsetting these factors, the average ticket price
    increased 5% to $81.71.
  • International live event revenue increased 9% to $13.5 million from
    $12.4 million in the prior year quarter. The staging of three
    additional events during the quarter and an 8% increase in average
    ticket price to $78.31 was partially offset by a 10% reduction in
    average attendance to approximately 5,700 fans.
   
 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,
2018 2017
Revenues:
North American ticket sales $ 33.5 $ 35.9
International ticket sales 13.5 12.4
Advertising and sponsorship 0.9 0.7
Other 8   4.4   3.8
Total Revenues $ 52.3 $ 52.8

Operating income was $13.4 million as compared to $17.1 million
in the prior year quarter, primarily due to a rise in production costs,
including talent pay, an increase in accrued management incentive
compensation and the reduction in ticket sales (as described above).

Adjusted OIBDA was $14.7 million as compared to $17.7 million in
the prior year quarter.

Key Highlights: WWE continued to stage and plan remarkable events
for engaging its fans with live, action-packed entertainment. During the
quarter, WrestleMania attracted 78,133 fans and broke the record
for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome's highest grossing entertainment event
at $14.1 million. The Greatest Royal Rumble in Jeddah, Saudi
Arabia, became the largest WWE event held outside the U.S. in the past
16 years. In addition, the Company announced that it will return to
China for the third straight year when WWE LIVE Shanghai comes to
the Mercedes Benz Arena in September, and will hold a historic event in
Australia, with WWE Super Show-Down in October, featuring the
largest roster of WWE Superstars to ever appear in that country.

Consumer Products

Revenues increased 9% to $26.7 million primarily due to higher
royalties from the sale of licensed consumer products and the timing of
merchandise sales related to WWE's WrestleMania Fan Axxess. The
increase in licensing revenues reflected higher royalties from the sale
of video games, including the company's franchise game, WWE 2K19,
and the mobile game, WWE Champions (Scopely).

   
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
2018 2017
Revenues:
Consumer product licensing $ 10.8 $ 9.4
eCommerce 8.1 8.4
Venue merchandise   7.8   6.8
Total Revenues $ 26.7 $ 24.6

Operating income was $4.6 million as compared to $5.5 million in
the prior year quarter as the change in revenue was offset by an
increase in operating expenses, including accrued management incentive
compensation.

Adjusted OIBDA increased 10% to $6.9 million from $6.3 million in
the prior year quarter based on the change in revenue.

Key Highlights: During the quarter, the Company continued to
develop new licensing partnerships, such as those with Carl's Jr.'s and
Guardian Essentials to promote kids meals and multivitamins (shaped like
WWE Championship belts), respectively, and to expand the presence of WWE
among children. The vitamins were made available on WWE's ecommerce
site, WWE Shop, and Amazon.com. The Company also continued to
increase the penetration of its mobile games. As of quarter-end, the
Company had more than 90 million installs across its game portfolio, led
by WWE Champions and WWE Supercard and including WWE's
newest game, WWE Mayhem which recently surpassed 12 million
installs.

2018 Business Outlook

In the first half of 2018, the Company achieved a 59% increase in
Adjusted OIBDA to $78.7 million. In the second half of 2018, the Company
expects Adjusted OIBDA to be relatively flat year-over-year. This
includes projected third quarter Adjusted OIBDA of $30 million to $34
million and strong fourth quarter results.4 Based on its
actual and projected performance, the Company is raising its target for
2018 Adjusted OIBDA to a range of $160 million to $170 million, which
would be an all-time record, exceeding its previous guidance of at least
$150 million.4

The Company's guidance for the second half of 2018 assumes a continued
rise in revenue, and the impact of increases in fixed costs, strategic
investments, and higher management compensation based on 2018
overperformance. In addition to these items, projected third quarter
results also reflect the unfavorable timing of various business
initiatives. In the third quarter 2018, the Company also projects
average paid subscribers of approximately 1.67 million, which represents
a 10% increase from the third quarter 2017.

The Company anticipates meaningful revenue growth in the fourth quarter
based on the escalation of content rights fees and the favorable timing
of licensing revenue associated with the implementation of a new FASB
standard (ASC Topic 606).

WWE is unable to provide a reconciliation of full year or third quarter
guidance to GAAP measures as, at this time, WWE cannot accurately
determine all of the adjustments that would be required.

In early 2018, management discussed a step-up in capital expenditures to
build-out the Company's video production infrastructure and support the
Company's growth. The Company has decided to delay that spending as its
plans continue to evolve. For the full year 2018, the Company
anticipates capital expenditures of $30 million to $40 million. The
Company expects to finalize its plans this year and to provide further
guidance at that time.

Notes

(1) The definition of Adjusted OIBDA can be found in the Non-GAAP
Measures section of the release on pages 7-8 (below). A reconciliation
of three and six months ended June 30, 2018 and 2017 Operating Income to
Adjusted OIBDA can be found in the Supplemental Information in this
release on pages 14-15.

(2) Average paid subscribers are calculated based on the arithmetic
daily mean over the relevant period, and may differ substantially from
paid subscribers at the end of any period due to the timing of paid
subscriber additions and losses.

(3) Consumption includes videos viewed on third party (Facebook,
YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) and WWE platforms (WWE.com
and WWE App).

(4) The Company's business model and expected results will continue to
be subject to significant execution and other risks, including those
risks outlined in the Company's Form 10-K filing with the SEC.

(5) A reconciliation of three and six months ended June 30, 2018 and
2017 Free Cash Flow to Net cash provided by operating activities can be
found in the Supplemental Information in this release on page 16.

(6) Core content rights fees consist primarily of licensing revenues
earned from the distribution of our flagship programs, Raw and SmackDown,
through global broadcast, pay television and digital platforms.

(7) Other forms of media monetization reflect revenues earned from the
distribution of other content, including, but not limited to, scripted,
reality and other in-ring programming, as well as theatrical and
direct-to-home video releases.

(8) Other Live Events includes revenue from the sale of travel packages
associated with the Company's live events, and commissions earned
through secondary ticketing.

Non-GAAP Measures

The Company defines Adjusted OIBDA as operating income excluding
depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, certain
impairment charges and other non-recurring material items that otherwise
would impact the comparability of results between periods. Adjusted
OIBDA includes amortization expenses directly related to the Company's
revenue generating activities, including the amortization of feature
film, television production and WWE Network programming assets.
The Company believes the presentation of Adjusted OIBDA is relevant and
useful for investors because it allows them to view the Company's
segment performance in the same manner as the primary method used by
management to evaluate segment performance and to make decisions
regarding the allocation of resources. Additionally, the Company
believes that Adjusted OIBDA provides a meaningful representation of
operating cash flows generated by our business segments, and is a
primary measure used by media investors, analysts and peers for
comparative purposes.

Adjusted OIBDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and may be
different than similarly-titled non-GAAP financial measures used by
other companies. WWE views operating income as the most directly
comparable GAAP measure. Adjusted OIBDA (and other non-GAAP measures
such as Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS
presented to exclude certain material items that impact the
comparability between periods) should not be considered in isolation
from, or as a substitute for, operating income or other GAAP measures,
such as net income or operating cash flow, as an indicator of operating
performance or liquidity.

The Company defines Free Cash Flow as net cash provided by
operating activities less cash used for capital expenditures. WWE views
net cash provided by operating activities as the most directly
comparable GAAP measure. Although it is not a recognized measure of
liquidity under U.S. GAAP, Free Cash Flow provides useful information
regarding the amount of cash WWE's continuing business generates after
capital expenditures and is available for reinvesting in the business,
debt service, and payment of dividends.

Additional Information

Additional business metrics are made available to investors on the
corporate website - corporate.wwe.com/investors.
Note: As previously announced WWE will host a conference call at 11:00
a.m. ET on July 26th to discuss the Company's earnings
results for the second quarter of 2018. All interested parties are
welcome to listen to a live web cast that will be hosted through the
Company's web site at corporate.wwe.com/investors.
Participants can access the conference call by dialing 1-855-200-4993
(toll free) or 1-323-794-2092 from outside the U.S. (conference ID for
both lines: 3327842). Please reserve a line 5-10 minutes prior to the
start time of the conference call.

The earnings presentation referenced during the call will be made
available on July 26, 2018 at corporate.wwe.com/investors.
A replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the
conference call concludes, and can be accessed on the Company's web site.

About WWE

WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE:WWE), is an integrated media
organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The Company
consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original
content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family
friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view,
digital media and publishing platforms. WWE's TV-PG, family-friendly
programming can be seen in more than 800 million homes worldwide in 24
languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network
that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a
massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180
countries. The Company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices
in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai,
Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE:WWE) can be found at wwe.com and
corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.

Trademarks: All WWE programming, talent
names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, trademarks, logos
and copyrights are the exclusive property of WWE and its subsidiaries.
All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their
respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements: This press
release contains forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor
provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are
subject to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and
uncertainties include, without limitation, risks relating to: entering,
maintaining and renewing major distribution agreements; WWE Network (including
the risk that we are unable to attract, retain and renew subscribers);
our need to continue to develop creative and entertaining programs and
events; the possibility of a decline in the popularity of our brand of
sports entertainment; the continued importance of key performers and the
services of Vincent K. McMahon; possible adverse changes in the
regulatory atmosphere and related private sector initiatives; the highly
competitive, rapidly changing and increasingly fragmented nature of the
markets in which we operate and greater financial resources or
marketplace presence of many of our competitors; uncertainties
associated with international markets; our difficulty or inability to
promote and conduct our live events and/or other businesses if we do not
comply with applicable regulations; our dependence on our intellectual
property rights, our need to protect those rights, and the risks of our
infringement of others' intellectual property rights; the complexity of
our rights agreements across distribution mechanisms and geographical
areas; potential substantial liability in the event of accidents or
injuries occurring during our physically demanding events including,
without limitation, claims relating to CTE; large public events as well
as travel to and from such events; our feature film business; our
expansion into new or complementary businesses and/or strategic
investments; our computer systems and online operations; privacy norms
and regulations; a possible decline in general economic conditions and
disruption in financial markets; our accounts receivable; our
indebtedness; litigation; our potential failure to meet market
expectations for our financial performance, which could adversely affect
our stock; Vincent K. McMahon exercises control over our affairs, and
his interests may conflict with the holders of our Class A common stock;
a substantial number of shares are eligible for sale by the McMahons and
the sale, or the perception of possible sales, of those shares could
lower our stock price; and the relatively small public "float" of our
Class A common stock. In addition, our dividend is dependent on a number
of factors, including, among other things, our liquidity and historical
and projected cash flow, strategic plan (including alternative uses of
capital), our financial results and condition, contractual and legal
restrictions on the payment of dividends (including under our revolving
credit facility), general economic and competitive conditions and such
other factors as our Board of Directors may consider relevant.
Forward-looking statements made by the Company speak only as of the date
made and are subject to change without any obligation on the part of the
Company to update or revise them. Undue reliance should not be placed on
these statements. For more information about risks and uncertainties
associated with the Company's business, please refer to the
"Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results
of Operations" and "Risk Factors" sections of the Company's SEC filings,
including, but not limited to, our annual report on Form 10-K and
quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

Consolidated Income Statements

(In millions, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

       
Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2018 2017 2018 2017
Net revenues $ 281.6 $ 214.6 $ 469.3 $ 403.0
Operating expenses 198.9 158.0 318.9 289.4
Marketing and selling expenses 29.7 21.6 49.6 42.1
General and administrative expenses 24.9 18.0 44.6 43.6
Depreciation and amortization   6.9   6.3   13.2   13.2
Operating income   21.2   10.7   43.0   14.7
Interest expense 4.7 3.7 8.2 7.2
Loss on equity investment 3.0 3.0
Investment income, net 1.4 0.8 2.8 1.7
Other income (expense), net   (0.4)      
Income before income taxes 14.5 7.8 34.6 9.2
Provision for income taxes   4.5   2.7   9.8   3.2
Net income $ 10.0 $ 5.1 $ 24.8 $ 6.0
 
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.13 $ 0.07 $ 0.32 $ 0.08
Diluted $ 0.11 $ 0.06 $ 0.29 $ 0.08
 
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 77.2 76.5 77.2 76.4
Diluted 87.1 78.6 85.2 78.4
Dividends declared per common share (Class A and B) $ 0.12 $ 0.12 $ 0.24 $ 0.24

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

   
As of

June 30,

2018

December 31,

2017

ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 154.8 $ 137.7
Short-term investments, net 186.8 159.7
Accounts receivable, net 83.0 65.3
Inventory 8.6 8.3
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   24.8   20.0
Total current assets   458.0   391.0
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, NET 130.1 131.3
FEATURE FILM PRODUCTION ASSETS, NET 19.3 22.3
TELEVISION PRODUCTION ASSETS, NET 8.2 7.3
INVESTMENT SECURITIES 24.3 27.4
NON-CURRENT DEFERRED INCOME TAX ASSETS 16.2 19.0
OTHER ASSETS, NET   12.8   16.2
TOTAL ASSETS $ 668.9 $ 614.5
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
Current portion of long-term debt $ 5.0 $ 4.6
Convertible debt 180.4
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 89.9 77.7
Deferred income   66.6   55.9
Total current liabilities   341.9   138.2
LONG-TERM DEBT 28.3 31.0
CONVERTIBLE DEBT 177.9
NON-CURRENT INCOME TAX LIABILITIES 0.5 0.5
NON-CURRENT DEFERRED INCOME   5.3   14.0
Total liabilities   376.0   361.6
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Class A common stock 0.4 0.4
Class B convertible common stock 0.3 0.3
Additional paid-in capital 446.8 422.2
Accumulated other comprehensive income 1.4 2.4
Accumulated deficit   (156.0)   (172.4)
Total stockholders' equity   292.9   252.9
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 668.9 $ 614.5

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

   
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2018 2017
OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net income $ 24.8 $ 6.0
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
provided by
operating activities:
Amortization and impairments of feature film production assets 3.5 5.8
Amortization of television production assets 12.8 10.7
Depreciation and amortization 16.6 16.6
Loss on equity investment 3.0
Services provided in exchange for equity instruments (1.6) (1.4)
Other amortization 3.1 3.2
Stock-based compensation 22.5 12.8
Benefit from deferred income taxes (0.1)
Other non-cash adjustments 2.1 0.4
Cash (used in) provided by changes in operating assets and
liabilities:
Accounts receivable (7.2) (2.6)
Inventory (0.3) (1.8)
Prepaid expenses and other assets (5.2) (5.4)
Feature film production assets (0.6) (7.8)
Television production assets (14.4) (7.6)
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities 6.4 (9.2)
Deferred income   11.4   (5.9)
Net cash provided by operating activities   76.8   13.8
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchases of property and equipment and other assets (12.2) (12.5)
Purchases of short-term investments (64.5) (88.7)
Proceeds from sales and maturities of investments 36.1 13.7
Purchase of investment securities (0.1)
Other   1.0  
Net cash used in investing activities   (39.6)   (87.6)
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Repayment of debt (2.3) (2.6)
Dividends paid (18.5) (18.3)
Proceeds from borrowings under the credit facilities 1.4
Proceeds from borrowings on convertible notes, net of issuance costs 14.5
Proceeds from issuance of warrants 1.5
Purchase of convertible note hedge (2.6)
Taxes paid related to net settlement upon vesting of equity awards (0.2) (0.1)
Proceeds from issuance of stock   0.9   0.8
Net cash used in financing activities   (20.1)   (5.4)
NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS 17.1 (79.2)
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF PERIOD   137.7   212.0
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD $ 154.8 $ 132.8
NON-CASH INVESTING TRANSACTIONS:
Purchases of property and equipment recorded in accounts payable
and
accrued expenses
$ 3.6 $ 2.0

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

Supplemental Information – Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income

(In millions, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

           
Three Months Ended June 30,
2018 2017
As
Reported
Loss on Investment Adjusted As
Reported
Film
Impairments
Adjusted
Operating income $ 21.2 $ $ 21.2 $ 10.7 $ 1.1 $ 11.8
Interest expense 4.7 4.7 3.7 3.7
Loss on equity investment (1) 3.0 (3.0)
Investment and other income, net   1.0     1.0   0.8     0.8
Income before taxes 14.5 3.0 17.5 7.8 1.1 8.9
Provision for income taxes (2)   4.5   0.6   5.1   2.7   0.4   3.1
Net income $ 10.0 $ 2.4 $ 12.4 $ 5.1 $ 0.7 $ 5.8
Earnings per share - diluted (3) $ 0.11 $ 0.03 $ 0.14 $ 0.06 $ 0.01 $ 0.07
             
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
2018 2017
As
Reported
Loss on Investment Adjusted As
Reported
Film
Impairments
Other (4) Adjusted
Operating income $ 43.0 $ $ 43.0 $ 14.7 $ 3.2 $ 5.6 $ 23.5
Interest expense 8.2 8.2 7.2 7.2
Loss on equity investment (1) 3.0 (3.0)
Investment and other income, net   2.8     2.8   1.7       1.7
Income before taxes 34.6 3.0 37.6 9.2 3.2 5.6 18.0
Provision for income taxes (2)   9.8   0.6   10.4   3.2   1.1   2.0   6.3
Net income $ 24.8 $ 2.4 $ 27.2 $ 6.0 $ 2.1 $ 3.6 $ 11.7
Earnings per share - diluted (3) $ 0.29 $ 0.03 $ 0.32 $ 0.08 $ 0.03 $ 0.05 $ 0.15

(1) During the second quarter of 2018, we recorded an impairment
charge of $3.0 million on our investment in a mobile

video publishing business for the excess of the carrying value
over its estimated fair value resulting from going concern

issues of the underlying investee company.

(2) The reduction in the effective tax rate in the current year
quarter was primarily driven by the reduction of the federal

corporate income tax rate as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
of 2017 (the "Tax Act"), which was enacted on December

22, 2017.

(3) The convertible notes due 2023 have a $0.01 per share impact
on diluted earnings per share for the three and six

months ended June 30, 2018, as the average price of our common
stock exceeded the conversion and warrant prices of

$24.91 per share and $31.89 per share, respectively, during the
periods.

(4) Other during the six months ended June 30, 2017 reflects
non-recurring expenses of $5.6 million primarily related

to certain legal matters and other contractual obligations within
Corporate.

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

Supplemental Information – Reconciliation of Adjusted OIBDA

(In millions, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

         
Three Months Ended June 30, 2018
Operating Income Depreciation & Amortization Stock Compensation Other Adjustments Adjusted OIBDA
Media $ 32.0 $ 3.0 $ 9.5 $ $ 44.5
Live Events 13.4 1.3 14.7
Consumer Products 4.6 2.3 6.9
Corporate   (28.8)   3.9   2.3     (22.6)
Total $ 21.2 $ 6.9 $ 15.4 $ $ 43.5
 
Three Months Ended June 30, 2017
Operating Income Depreciation & Amortization Stock Compensation Other Adjustments (1) Adjusted OIBDA
Media $ 9.6 $ 2.9 $ 4.2 $ 1.1 $ 17.8
Live Events 17.1 0.6 17.7
Consumer Products 5.5 0.8 6.3
Corporate   (21.5)   3.4   0.6     (17.5)
Total $ 10.7 $ 6.3 $ 6.2 $ 1.1 $ 24.3
   

 

   
 
Six Months Ended June 30, 2018
Operating Income Depreciation & Amortization Stock Compensation Other Adjustments Adjusted OIBDA
Media $ 67.9 $ 6.0 $ 14.2 $ $ 88.1
Live Events 16.3 2.0 18.3
Consumer Products 10.6 3.2 13.8
Corporate   (51.8)   7.2   3.1     (41.5)
Total $ 43.0 $ 13.2 $ 22.5 $ $ 78.7
 
Six Months Ended June 30, 2017
Operating Income Depreciation & Amortization Stock Compensation Other Adjustments (1) Adjusted OIBDA
Media $ 24.8 $ 6.0 $ 8.9 $ 3.2 $ 42.9
Live Events 20.8 1.4 22.2
Consumer Products 19.9 1.6 21.5
Corporate   (50.8)   7.2   0.9   5.6   (37.1)
Total $ 14.7 $ 13.2 $ 12.8 $ 8.8 $ 49.5

(1) Other adjustments during the three and six months ended June
30, 2017 include certain film impairment charges

within our Media segment, and non-recurring legal matters and
other contractual obligations within Corporate

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

Supplemental Information - Reconciliation of Business Outlook

(In millions, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

Reconciliation of Adjusted OIBDA to Operating Income

  Q2 2018   Q2 2018 YTD   Q3 2018   FY 2018
Adjusted OIBDA $ 43.5 $ 78.7 $30 - $34 $160 - $170
Depreciation & amortization (6.9) (13.2)
Stock-based compensation (15.4) (22.5)
Film impairments (1)
Asset impairments (1)
Gain (losses) on operating assets (1)
Restructuring charges (1)
Other operating income items (1)    
Operating income (U.S. GAAP Basis) $ 21.2 $ 43.0 Not estimable Not estimable

(1) Because of the nature of these items, WWE is unable to
estimate the amounts of any adjustments for these items

for periods after June 30, 2018 due to its inability to forecast
if or when such items will occur. These items are

inherently unpredictable and may not be reliably quantified.

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

Supplemental Information - Free Cash Flow

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

       
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2018 2017 2018 2017
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 74.2 $ 10.8 $ 76.8 $ 13.8
Less cash used for capital expenditures:
Purchase of property and equipment and other assets   (7.8)   (8.2)   (12.2)   (12.5)
Free Cash Flow $ 66.4 $ 2.6 $ 64.6 $ 1.3

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