National CineMedia, Inc.
National CineMedia, LLC (Form: 10-K, Received: 03/04/2014 06:08:15)
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-K

 

 

 

x ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 26, 2013

or

 

¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from                      to                     

Commission file number: 001-33296

 

 

NATIONAL CINEMEDIA, LLC

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   20-2632505

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

 

9110 East Nichols Avenue, Suite 200

Centennial, Colorado

  80112-3405
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (303) 792-3600

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act: None

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

 

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.    Yes   ¨     No   x

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.    Yes   ¨     No   x

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes   x     No   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes   x     No   ¨

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer   ¨    Accelerated filer   ¨
Non-accelerated filer   x   (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).    Yes   ¨     No   x

As of February 28, 2014, the registrant had 126,974,805 common membership units outstanding (excludes restricted shares which have vested and stock options which have been exercised subsequent to December 26, 2013). The common membership units are not publicly traded.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Certain portions of National CineMedia, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 21, 2014 and National CineMedia, Inc.’s definitive proxy statement to be used in connection with its Annual Meeting of Stockholders and to be filed within 120 days of December 26, 2013 are incorporated by reference into Part III, Items 10-14, of this report on Form 10-K.

 

 

 


Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

         Page  
  PART I   
Item 1.   Business      4   
Item 1A.   Risk Factors      15   
Item 1B.   Unresolved Staff Comments      23   
Item 2.   Properties      23   
Item 3.   Legal Proceedings      23   
Item 4.   Mine Safety Disclosures      23   
  PART II   
Item 5.   Market for Registrant’s Common Membership Units, Related Unitholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities      23   
Item 6.   Selected Financial Data      24   
Item 7.   Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations      27   
Item 7A.   Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk      39   
Item 8.   Financial Statements and Supplementary Data      39   
Item 9.   Changes in and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure      39   
Item 9A.   Controls and Procedures      39   
Item 9B.   Other Information      40   
  PART III   
Item 10.   Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance      40   
Item 11.   Executive Compensation      40   
Item 12.   Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters      40   
Item 13.   Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence      40   
Item 14.   Principal Accounting Fees and Services      40   
  PART IV   
Item 15.   Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules      40   
Signatures        41   


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Certain Definitions

In this document, unless the context otherwise requires:

 

    “NCM LLC” “the Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our” refers to National CineMedia, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, which commenced operations on April 1, 2005.

 

    “NCM, Inc.” refers to National CineMedia, Inc., a Delaware corporation, which acquired an interest in, and became a member and the sole manager of NCM LLC, upon completion of its initial public offering, or “IPO,” which closed on February 13, 2007.

 

    “AMC” refers to AMC Entertainment Inc. and its subsidiaries, National Cinema Network, Inc., or “NCN,” which contributed assets used in the operations of NCM LLC and formed NCM LLC in March 2005, AMC ShowPlace Theatres, Inc., which joined NCM LLC in June 2010 in connection with AMC’s acquisition of Kerasotes ICON Theatres and American Multi-Cinema, Inc., and is party to an ESA with NCM LLC.

 

    “Cinemark” refers to Cinemark Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries, Cinemark Media, Inc., which joined NCM LLC in July 2005, and Cinemark USA, Inc., and is party to an ESA with NCM LLC.

 

    “Regal” refers to Regal Entertainment Group and its subsidiaries, Regal CineMedia Corporation, or “RCM,” which contributed assets used in the operations of NCM LLC, Regal CineMedia Holdings, LLC, which formed NCM LLC in March 2005, and Regal Cinemas, Inc., and is party to an ESA with NCM LLC.

 

    “ESAs” refers to the amended and restated exhibitor services agreements entered into by NCM LLC with each of NCM LLC’s founding members upon completion of NCM, Inc’s IPO which were further amended and restated on December 26, 2013 in connection with the sale of the Fathom Events business.

 

    “Founding members” refers to AMC, Cinemark and Regal.

 

    “OIBDA” refers to net income plus income tax expense, interest and other non-operating costs and depreciation and amortization expense.

 

    “Adjusted OIBDA” excludes from OIBDA non-cash share based payment costs.

 

    “Adjusted OIBDA margin” is calculated by dividing Adjusted OIBDA by total revenue.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

In addition to historical information, some of the information in this Form 10-K includes “forward-looking statements.” All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this Form 10-K, including, without limitation, certain statements under “Business,” “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” may constitute forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify these “forward-looking statements” by the specific words, including but not limited to “may,” “will,” “can”, “should,” “expects,” “forecast,” “project,” “intend,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or “continue” or the negative of those words and other comparable words. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, including, but not limited to, the following:

 

    changes in the ESAs or lack of support by our founding members;

 

    non-competition provisions of the ESAs being deemed unenforceable;

 

    bankruptcy of one of our founding members;

 

    national, regional and local economic conditions that may affect the markets in which we operate;

 

    the levels of expenditures on advertising in general and cinema advertising in particular;

 

    increased competition within the overall advertising industry;

 

    technological changes and innovations, including three-dimensional (“3-D”), digital cinema, alternative methods for delivering movies to consumers and failures or disruptions of our technology systems;

 

    failure to effectively manage or continue our growth;

 

    the popularity of major motion picture releases and level of theatre attendance, including at our founding members’ theatres;

 

    failure to retain our senior management;

 

    shifts in population and other demographics;

 

    infringement of our technology on intellectual property rights owned by others;

 

    our ability to renew expiring advertising contracts at favorable rates, or to replace them with new contracts that are comparably favorable to us;

 

    our need for, and ability to obtain, additional funding for acquisitions and operations;

 

    our founding members’ ability to compete with us, influence our affairs and benefit from corporate opportunities that might otherwise be available to us;

 

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    risks and uncertainties relating to our significant indebtedness and investments, including the availability and adequacy of cash flows to meet our debt service requirements and any other indebtedness that we may incur in the future;

 

    fluctuations in operating costs, capital expenditures, revenue and Adjusted OIBDA;

 

    determination that NCM, Inc. or any of NCM LLC’s founding members is an investment company;

 

    other factors described under “Risk Factors” or elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

This list of factors that may affect future performance and the accuracy of forward-looking statements are illustrative and not exhaustive. Our actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those indicated in these statements as a result of additional factors as more fully discussed in the section titled “Risk Factors,” and elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Given these uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements.

All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or to persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. We disclaim any intention or obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

PART I

 

Item 1. Business

The Company

NCM, LLC was organized on March 29, 2005 and began operations on April 5, 2005. NCM, Inc. is a holding company that manages its consolidated subsidiary NCM LLC and held 46.1% of the common membership units in NCM LLC as of December 26, 2013. NCM LLC’s founding members, AMC, Cinemark and Regal, the three largest motion picture exhibition companies in the U.S., held the remaining 53.9% of NCM LLC’s common membership units.

On December 26, 2013, we sold our Fathom Events business to a newly formed limited liability company owned 32% by each of the founding members and 4% by NCM LLC. Refer to “—Fathom Events” for further information.

We have long-term ESAs with our founding members and multi-year agreements with certain third-party theatre circuits, referred to in this document as “network affiliates,” under network affiliate agreements which expire at various dates between April 29, 2014 and July 22, 2031. The ESAs and network affiliate agreements grant us exclusive rights in their theatres, subject to limited exceptions, to sell advertising and to market and distribute Fathom Events (prior to the sale described above).

Description of Business

Overview

We operate the largest digital in-theatre media network in North America, through which we sell in-theatre and online advertising, promotions and until its sale at the end of 2013, Fathom Events. Our advertising pre-show called “ FirstLook ”, lobby entertainment network (“LEN”), programming and Fathom Events are distributed across our digital content network (“DCN”) or live digital broadcast network (“DBN”), utilizing our proprietary digital content software (“DCS”).

Through December 26, 2013, we derived revenue principally from the following activities:

 

    Advertising : We develop, produce, sell and distribute several versions of FirstLook on theatre screens, and advertising programming on our LEN. We also sell other forms of advertising and promotions in theatre lobbies and across our online network and mobile apps called Movie Night Out ® and FirstLookSync ™. For the year ended December 26, 2013, advertising accounted for 92.1% of our total revenue.

 

    Fathom Events : We produced, marketed and distributed entertainment programming through our Fathom division to theatres across our DCN (for pre-recorded events) and DBN (for both live and pre-recorded events). For the year ended December 26, 2013, Fathom Events accounted for 7.9% of our total revenue. Refer to “—Fathom Events” for additional information.

 

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We believe that the reach and digital delivery capability of our network provides an effective platform for national and local advertisers to reach a large, young and affluent audience on a highly-targeted, engaging and measurable basis. During 2013, approximately 710 million patrons attended movies shown in theatres in which we currently have exclusive cinema advertising agreements in place. A summary of the screens in our advertising network is set forth in the table below:

Our Network

(As of December 26, 2013)

 

     Advertising Network     Fathom Events  
     Theatres      Digital Screens      Total Screens      % of Total     Screens (1)  

Founding Members

     1,242         15,932         16,562         83.30     882   

Network Affiliates

     334         3,122         3,316         16.70     247   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

     1,576         19,054         19,878         100.00     1,129   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

(1) As of December 26, 2013, these Fathom Events screens are no longer a part of the NCM LLC network due to the sale of Fathom Events.

On-Screen Advertising

Our on-screen digital FirstLook pre-feature show consists of national and local advertising, as well as behind the scenes “making-of” and other entertainment content provided by our content partners and other clients. The pre-feature show generally ranges in length from 20 to 30 minutes and ends at or about the advertised show time. We distribute several versions of FirstLook each month, including versions that include content and national advertisements that are targeted towards movie ratings, specific films, or groups of films related to specific film genres and local and regional advertisements that play in specific theatre markets or geographic regions. All FirstLook pre-shows are customized with the branding of the theatre circuits in which the programming plays. Since 2010, we have the capability to deliver three-dimensional (“3-D”) advertising campaigns within a 3-D version of the FirstLook program prior to 3-D films.

The majority of our entertainment content segments are provided to us under exclusive multi-year contractual arrangements with leading media, entertainment and technology companies (“content partners”). Under the terms of the contracts, our content partners make available to us original content segments and make commitments (generally for terms of two years) to buy a portion of our advertising inventory at a specified cost per thousand (“CPM”). The original content produced by these content partners typically features behind-the-scenes interviews about the “making-of” feature films, upcoming broadcasts, cable television shows, or technology products. Our agreement with a major wireless communications company to exhibit a cell phone courtesy public service announcement (“PSA”) expired during the second half of 2013 and was replaced by a two-year agreement with an insurance company to exhibit a PSA, as well as another two-year agreement signed in early 2014 with a candy company for a PSA. We also have a long-term agreement to display advertising (currently 60 seconds) of NCM LLC’s founding members’ beverage supplier.

National advertising is sold on a CPM basis, while local and regional advertising is sold on a per-screen, per-week basis. While we generally sell our national advertising units across our national network by film rating or groups of ratings, we also have the ability to sell portions of our network by individual film or film genre grouping. This offers national advertisers a way to target specific audience demographics at various price points and overall cost levels, which expands the number of potential clients.

FirstLook was created in order to provide a more entertaining pre-feature program for theatre patrons and a more targeted and effective advertising platform for our advertising clients by integrating local and national video advertising with entertainment content segments primarily provided by our content partners.

FirstLook is comprised of up to four segments, each approximately four to seven minutes in length. Segment four, the first section of FirstLook , begins approximately 20 to 25 minutes prior to the advertised show time and generally includes local advertising. Segment three typically begins approximately 18 minutes prior to the advertised show time and features primarily 15 or 30-second local or regional advertisements by individual theatres, or across an entire DMA ® or geographic region. Segment three also includes a two and one-half minute entertainment content segment. Segment two and segment one run closest to the advertised show time and feature primarily national and regional advertisements. Both segment two and segment one include a two and one-half minute entertainment content segment provided primarily by our content partners, along with national and regional advertisements which are generally 30 or 60 seconds, including a 60 second advertisement at the end of segment one for the circuits’ beverage supplier. Segment two and segment one begin approximately 13 minutes and 8 minutes, respectively, before the advertised show time.

In 2010, we began selling 3-D advertising that runs prior to select 3-D films. The 3-D advertisements are placed at the end of the FirstLook pre-show, after a message for patrons to put on 3-D glasses. These 3-D ads provide average advertising CPMs that are higher than average two-dimensional (“2-D”) pricing due primarily to a fewer number of 3-D advertisements and improved recall (based on third-party research) associated with those 3-D ads. Theatre patrons are prompted to put their glasses on prior to the 3-D portion of FirstLook so they can be kept on throughout the end of the FirstLook pre-show, during the film trailers and 3-D feature film. This structure is designed to provide a better theatre patron experience.

 

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As of December 26, 2013, approximately 96% of our total screens are part of our DCN representing approximately 97% of our total network attendance. As of December 26, 2013, 15,756, or 83%, of 19,054 total digital screens are equipped with more powerful digital cinema projectors, with the remainder comprised of LCD projectors. The 824 screens not connected to our DCN display national and regional advertisements through the use of USB drives that are shipped to the theatres via overnight delivery services.

The film trailers that typically run before the feature film are not part of FirstLook . Film trailers do not begin until after the FirstLook program ends at or about the advertised show time.

We offer multiple versions of FirstLook each month that include advertising content that is appropriate for a specific film or film rating category and branding of the specific theatre operator. This programming flexibility provides advertisers with the ability to target specific audience demographics and gives us the ability to ensure that the content and advertising is age-appropriate for the movie audience. We rotate the entertainment content segments between theatres approximately every two weeks to ensure that frequent moviegoers are entertained by fresh content segments.

Our goal in creating FirstLook as a branded entertainment program was to create a new “first release window” for advertising into the marketplace, similar to the way films are released first in cinemas. To that end, we encourage advertisers to provide us with advertisements before they are shown on other media platforms, different versions of those advertisements, or original content that is specifically created for cinema. We also offer pre- and post-production services to our clients (primarily local clients), for a fee, to enhance the quality of the content we display.

The FirstLook program also includes time slots for our founding member and network affiliate advertisements to promote various activities associated with the operations of the theatres, including concessions, online ticketing partners, gift card and loyalty programs, special events presented by the theatre operator and vendors of services provided to theatres, so long as such promotion is incidental to the vendor’s service or products sold in the theatre. This time is provided by us to the theatre operator at no charge and generally includes 45 seconds within 15 minutes of show time, 15 seconds of which will be placed within 12 minutes of show time, and the remainder placed at our discretion.

Currently, under the ESAs the last 60 seconds of the FirstLook program is sold to our founding members to be used to advertise their beverage concessions. This time is used to satisfy the founding members’ on-screen advertising commitments under their beverage concessionaire agreements. Through 2011, this time was priced on a CPM basis, which increased each year as specified in the ESA. Per the ESA, beginning in 2012, the CPM change equaled the prior year annual percentage change in the advertising CPM charged by NCM LLC to unaffiliated third parties during the last few minutes of the FirstLook pre-show, limited to the highest advertising CPM being then-charged by NCM LLC.

The arrangements with our founding members relating to on-screen advertising for their beverage concessionaires, the agreements with our content partners and the PSAs represented approximately $141.0 million or approximately 31% of our total revenue for the year ended December 26, 2013.

Lobby Network and Promotions

Lobby Entertainment Network (LEN). Our LEN is a network of video screens strategically located throughout the lobbies of all of the digitally equipped founding members’ theatres and the majority of our network affiliate theatres. As of December 26, 2013, our LEN had 3,063 screens in 1,452 theatres connected to our DCN. The LEN screens are strategically placed in high-traffic locations such as concession stands and film queuing and other waiting areas. Programming on our LEN consists of an approximately 30-minute loop of branded entertainment content segments created specifically for the lobby with advertisements running between each segment. We have the scheduling flexibility to send different LEN programming to each theatre and the same program is displayed simultaneously on all lobby screens within a given theatre, which we believe provides the maximum impact for our advertisers. We sell national and local advertising on the LEN individually or bundled with on-screen or other lobby promotions. The LEN programming includes up to two minutes for our founding members’ advertisements to promote activities associated with the operation of the theatres, including concessions, ticketing partners, gift card and loyalty programs, special events presented by the theatre operator and vendors of services provided to theatres, so long as such promotion is incidental to the vendor’s service. Additionally, subject to certain limitations, the LEN programming includes up to two minutes (one minute of which we provide to our founding members at no cost and one minute of which our founding members may purchase) to promote certain non-exclusive cross-marketing relationships entered into by the theatre operators for the purpose of increasing theatre attendance, which we call “strategic programs”.

Under the terms of the ESAs, our founding members also have the right to install additional screens in their theatre lobbies, which would not display our LEN programming, but would be used to promote strategic programs or their theatre concessions, ticketing partners, gift card and loyalty programs, special events presented by our founding member and vendors of services provided to theatres, so long as such promotion is incidental to the vendor’s service.

Lobby Promotions. We also sell a wide variety of advertising and promotional products in our theatre lobbies. These products can be sold individually or bundled with on-screen or LEN advertising. Lobby promotions typically include:

 

    advertising on concession items such as beverage cups, popcorn bags and kids’ trays;

 

    coupons and promotional materials, which are customizable by film and are distributed to ticket buyers at the box office;

 

    product sampling and display;

 

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    touch-screen display units and kiosks; and

 

    signage throughout the lobbies, including posters, banners, counter cards, danglers, floor mats, standees and window clings.

Under the terms of the ESAs, our founding members may conduct a limited number of lobby promotions at no charge in connection with the promotion of motion pictures and their strategic programs; however, such activities will not reduce the lobby promotions inventory available to us.

Our ability to provide in-lobby marketing and promotional placements in conjunction with our other marketing solutions allows us to provide integrated marketing products to advertisers with multiple interactions with theatre patrons throughout the movie-going experience, which we believe is a competitive advantage over other national media platforms.

Branded Entertainment Websites and Mobile Applications

We have a business website, ncm.com and three consumer facing websites, firstlookonline.com, FathomEvents.com (which was transferred with the sale) and movienightout.com and mobile apps FirstLookSync (formerly CinemaSync ) and Movie Night Out . We launched FirstLookSync and will continue to expand FirstLookSync distribution to create a much more important marketing tool for our theatre partners and advertising clients. FirstLookSync allows our theater partners to engage directly with their patrons to market tickets for upcoming films and concession products. It also provides a unique marketing tool for our local and national advertising clients who can use it to distribute coupons and other value-added elements by syncing to consumers’ smart phones during the playing of ads and content segments in our FirstLook pre-show or on our lobby network. Our consumer facing websites and mobile apps extend our FirstLook pre-show in order to expand our advertising reach to online and mobile consumers and provide an opportunity to create a unique integrated bundle of marketing products for our clients. We also have an online advertising network through selling and marketing relationships with several movie and entertainment related online websites and mobile app publishers. We are developing and operating our websites and mobile apps through our existing media production and technology group and selling the advertising on our advertising network through a small digital sales group and our existing national and local sales organizations. As these online and mobile activities are supported primarily through our existing staff and infrastructure, we believe that digital revenue and additional in-theatre integrated marketing packages can be developed with limited incremental investment and operating costs. We will employ several marketing strategies to attract patrons to our websites and promote the download and usage of our mobile apps including placing ads within our FirstLook pre-show. As of December 26, 2013, our online advertising network included 39 entertainment websites (including our 100% owned sites), with approximately 47 million unique visitors monthly. This vertically integrated online ad network provides advertisers the ability to target online entertainment consumers while providing publishers a way to benefit from our sales infrastructure and the integration and bundling with our in-theatre network.

Fathom Events

On December 26, 2013, we sold our Fathom Events business to a newly formed limited liability company (AC JV, LLC) owned 32% by each of the founding members and 4% by us. In consideration for the sale, we received a total of $25.0 million in promissory notes from our founding members (one-third or approximately $8.3 million from each founding member). The notes bear interest at a fixed rate of 5.0% per annum, compounded annually. Interest and principal payments are due annually in six equal installments commencing on the first anniversary of the closing. Due to the related party nature of the transaction, we formed a committee of independent directors that hired a separate legal counsel and an investment banking firm who advised the committee and rendered an opinion as to the fairness of the transaction. We deconsolidated Fathom Events and recognized a gain on the sale of approximately $25.4 million (net of direct expenses) during the year ended December 26, 2013. We amended and restated our existing ESAs with each of the founding members to remove those provisions addressing the rights and obligations related to the digital programming services of the Fathom Events business which rights and obligations were conveyed to AC JV, LLC. In connection with the sale, we entered into a transition services agreement to provide certain corporate overhead services for a fee and reimbursement for the use of facilities and certain services including creative, technical event management and event management for the newly formed limited liability company for a period of nine months following the closing. In addition, we entered into a services agreement with a term coinciding with the ESAs, which grants the newly formed limited liability company advertising on-screen and on our LEN and a pre-feature program prior to Fathom events reasonably consistent with what was previously dedicated to Fathom. In addition, the services agreement provides that we will assist with event sponsorship sales in return for a share of the sponsorship revenue. We have also agreed to provide creative and media production services for a fee.

The Fathom Events business focused on the marketing and distribution of live and pre-recorded entertainment programming to theatre operators to provide additional programs to augment their feature film schedule. Fathom Consumer events have included live and pre-recorded concerts featuring contemporary music, opera and symphony, DVD product releases and marketing events, theatrical premieres, Broadway plays, live sporting events and other special events.

In 2013, our 73 event nights included genres such as the New York Metropolitan Opera (“Met”), music, arts and entertainment, big screen premieres, sports and original programming. This represents an 18.9% decrease over the 90 event nights during 2012, while average revenue per event increased 23.6% due to our focus on higher quality events.

 

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Sales and Marketing

In-Theatre Advertising . We sell our in-theatre and online advertising products and event sponsorships through our national, local and regional sales teams. We market our advertising products through our marketing group located primarily in our New York City sales office.

As of December 26, 2013, we had 36 advertising sales and client development related personnel (including management and sales support staff) within our national sales group. During 2013, approximately 34.7% of the total compensation of the national sales staff was related to bonus or commission, which is based on achieving certain team sales targets in order to enhance coordination and teamwork. Our national sales organization has proven to be highly profitable and scalable as we have not added a significant number of sales personnel as our network has expanded. Our national sales staff is located in our sales offices in New York City, Woodland Hills (outside Los Angeles) and Chicago.

Our local and regional advertising sales staff, comprised of account directors and telesales representatives, is located throughout the country, with each covering an average of 121 screens per representative. Their responsibility is to sell cinema advertising to local clients as well as larger regional advertisers. During 2013, approximately 76.1% of the compensation for local sales staff was based on an individual sales commission on collected sales. As our network and local business grows, it may require the addition of sales personnel to cover the new markets or screens. As of December 26, 2013, we had 174 sales personnel (including management and sales support staff) within our local and regional sales groups, the majority of which work out of their homes located within the markets they sell.

Over the past several years, we have increased our national and local advertising revenue by expanding our network and the number of clients and client categories through sales outreach and several marketing tactics, including expansion and improvement of research provided to clients and the addition of client development executives. We aggressively market and sell directly to clients as well as advertising agencies. We also on occasion place advertising in national trade publications, and commission third-party market research to assist our sales team. We believe that improved research regarding cinema advertising and our network has provided our customers with compelling statistical evidence of the superiority of our advertising products relative to television and other traditional advertising mediums based on metrics such as brand recognition, message recall, and likeability. In addition, we believe that we are capturing an increasing market share from traditional advertising media platforms such as broadcast TV, by establishing cinema advertising as a more accountable and effective advertising medium relative to other media. As of December 26, 2013, we had 46 personnel based primarily in New York and Denver that focus on the marketing, research and public relations aspects of our advertising business.

Fathom Events . As of December 26, 2013 (prior to its sale) we had a staff of 11 (including management and sales support staff) that was dedicated to sales. In fiscal year 2013, we held 73 Fathom Consumer events (a decrease of 18.9% over 2012) attended by approximately 2.1 million patrons (an increase of 4.5% over 2012). Fathom Consumer events were marketed primarily using designated and unsold inventory in the FirstLook pre-show, digital trailers after FirstLook , one sheets and other marketing materials in theatre lobbies, through our websites, our mobile apps and internet sites of our programming partners and other cross-marketing activities including radio and cable TV advertising.

Media and Creative Services

Our media and creative services department uses state of the art, proprietary and non-proprietary technologies and practices to ensure the consistent image and sound quality of the FirstLook and Fathom Event promotional content distributed over our network, creating the highest possible cinema quality presentation for FirstLook , LEN presentations and all of our other in-theatre marketing products, associated with the Fathom Events business (prior to its sale). We believe the expertise of this group in optimizing content for cinema playback within our FirstLook pre-show, Fathom Events and our internet sites and mobile apps, has been instrumental in our ability to provide a better experience for the theatre patron and to enhance our ability to attract and retain our on-screen advertising clients, build and retain relationships with network affiliates and market Fathom Events. We provide a full spectrum of 2-D and 3-D production and post-production services to our advertising clients on a per contract fee basis, including audio enhancements, color correction and noise reduction. Our expertise in cinematic production and our ability to tailor advertisements developed for television to a high-definition cinema playback format facilitates the ability of national advertisers to display content originally provided for television thus optimizing their original investment to the big-screen presentation. We also offer creative and production services to our clients (primarily local clients), developing full sight, sound and motion high-definition advertisements from concept to completion. This service substantially reduces the obstacles for smaller clients to invest in cinema-quality advertising and ensures a higher quality presentation for cinema patrons. During 2013, we produced and performed post-production services for approximately 55% of the local advertisements that played across our networks. Our founding members also engage us for the production of their on-screen concession product advertisements and policy trailers.

Technology and Other Corporate Branding

We utilize our digital media expertise, our proprietary DCS and various digital network technologies to deliver a high quality cinema advertising pre-show and pre-recorded Fathom Events to our network theatres. These technologies facilitate the delivery of a high-quality entertainment experience and provide advertising clients a lower cost and more programming flexibility. Moreover, our technology allows significant operational and scheduling flexibility to our advertising clients that can target various demographic groups by location, film rating or film title and measure advertising audience size and efficiently monitor and provide audit data of the on-screen playback.

 

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We employ two satellite networks to distribute content to our theatres. Our DCN, which is the combination of a satellite distribution network and a terrestrial network, distributes our FirstLook content to 19,054 digital screens (96% of the total), 1,487 theatres and over 3.6 million seats, representing 97% of the total attendance of our advertising network as of December 26, 2013. Our DBN satellite network was used to support live Fathom Events by broadcasting live feeds to over 1,100 screens in over 760 theatres and approximately 268,000 theatre seats. As a result of the Fathom sale on December 26, 2013, this DBN network was transferred along with the Fathom business.

The satellite technology we use provides a cost-effective means to deliver live and pre-recorded digital content to theatres. We employ a variety of technologies that “wrap” around the satellite process to help provide uninterrupted service to theatres. For example, our proprietary DCS has automated implementation capabilities that allow for data files to be multicast to theatres throughout our DCN. Our digital content system operated in our network operations center (“NOC”) combined with in-theatre systems that are connected to the Alternative Content Engine (“ACE”) are interfaced with our satellite provider network to dynamically control the quality, placement, timing of playback and completeness of content within specific auditoriums. The integrated DCN (including the DCS software) is controlled by our NOC in our Centennial, Colorado headquarters, which supports and monitors approximately 78,900 network hardware devices and approximately 503,000 maintenance alarm technology points on the LEN network as of December 26, 2013.

Through our NOC, we have access to and can monitor and initiate repairs to the equipment in our entire digital network of theatres. Our NOC operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Digital content is uploaded from our NOC and distributed through the DCN to theatres in advance of playback. The content is delivered via multicast technology to all theatres in our network and received by our theatre management system where it is held until displayed in specified theatre auditoriums according to its contract terms. Each theatre auditorium has a hardware and software architecture that controls the content to be shown in the auditoriums or over the LEN in the theatre lobby. After the theatre management system receives digital content, confirmation of content playback is returned via satellite to our NOC to be included in “post” reports provided to our advertising clients.

Our Competitive Strengths

We believe that our key competitive strengths include:

Superior National Advertising Network

We believe that our national advertising network delivers measurable results versus television, online and mobile or other video advertising networks, by allowing for effective targeting of marketing messages to a large, young and affluent audience, yielding a superior return on investment for advertisers as compared to traditional national and local media platforms. As a result, we are able to compete more effectively for marketing spending by local and national advertisers through our relationships with a diversified group of local and national advertisers and agencies throughout the U.S. The following are the key competitive strengths of our advertising network:

 

    Extensive National Market Coverage. Our contractual agreements with our founding members and network affiliates provide long-term exclusive access, subject to limited exceptions, to the largest network of digitally equipped theatres in the U.S. and allow us to sell advertising nationwide which we distribute using our advertising network. As of December 26, 2013:

 

    our advertising network included 19,054 digital screens (15,932 operated by our founding members) and 19,878 screens in total (16,562 operated by our founding members) located in 1,576 theatres (1,242 operated by our founding members) in 48 states and the District of Columbia;

 

    the total annual advertising network theatre attendance was approximately 699.2 million (598.4 million from our founding members), which increased 1.3% compared to 2012. Our network represented approximately 55% of the total U.S. theatre attendance, with some of the most modern and highly attended theatres in the industry, as measured by screens per location and attendance per screen;

 

    the average screens per theatre in our network was 12.6 screens, 1.7 times the U.S. theatre industry average, and the aggregate annual attendance per screen of theatres included in our network during 2013 was 39,056, versus the U.S. theatre industry average attendance per indoor screen of 34,290, using metrics reported by the National Association of Theatre Owners (“NATO”);

 

    our advertising network had theatres in the largest U.S. markets, including each of the top 25 DMAs ® , 49 of the top 50 DMAs ® , and 187 DMAs ® in total;

 

    approximately 73% of our screens (76% of our attendance) were located within the top 50 U.S. DMAs ® and approximately 32% of our screens (38% of our attendance) were located within the top 10 U.S. DMAs ® ;

 

    theatres within our advertising network represented approximately 68%, 67%, and 65% of the total theatre attendance in theatres that showed national advertising in the top 10, top 25 and top 50 U.S. DMAs ® , respectively and 62% for all DMAs ® , providing a very attractive platform for national advertisers who want exposure in larger markets or on a national basis and

 

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    approximately 83% of our digital screens and approximately 90% of our founding member digital screens were connected to higher quality digital cinema projectors that will further improve the on-screen presentation for advertisers and allow us to display 3-D advertising in most of our network theatres.

We plan to continue to expand our network through the addition of new network affiliates and theatres built or acquired by our founding members and existing network affiliates . Under the terms of the ESAs and common unit adjustment agreement all new theatres built or acquired (subject to existing advertising sales agreements) by our founding members will become part of our network. This expansion will continue to improve our geographic coverage and enhance our ability to compete with other national advertising mediums. In late 2012 and in 2013, our founding members acquired 109 theatres (with 1,437 screens). These acquisitions expanded our network by 12 theatres (192 screens) as 97 theatres (with 1,245 screens) were operated by existing network affiliate theatre circuits. In addition, 14 acquired theatres with 223 screens will join our network when their advertising agreement with a competitor expires in November 2018.

 

    Targeted, Flexible Advertising Medium. Our digital network technology gives us flexibility to distribute content to specific theatres or screens, geographic regions, or demographic groups based on film title, film rating category or film genre. As a result, our clients can deliver a targeted advertising message, using high quality sight, sound and motion across our entire national digital network. Further, our technology provides distribution lead times that are comparable to television and reduces our advertising clients’ operating costs, enabling us to respond quickly to client requests to change advertising content.

 

    Access to a Highly Attractive Demographic Segment. We offer advertisers the ability to reach young and affluent consumers. According to Nielsen Cinema Audience Reports for the first half of 2013, 47.0 % of the NCM audience was between the ages of 12-34. Further, 40% of moviegoers have a household income greater than $100,000 (vs. 25% of the U.S. population according to the 2013 Census) and 45% have received a Bachelor’s degree or higher (vs. 30% of the U.S. Population according to the 2013 Census), according to the GfK MRI 2010 TwelvePlus Study . We believe that this demographic is highly coveted by advertisers and is far more effectively reached in cinema than in most traditional media platforms.

 

    Engaged Theatre Audience. We believe that cinema advertising benefits from the impact of the big screen, high quality visual presentation, and digital surround sound presented in an engaged, distraction-free theatre environment. Cinema advertising is one of the few media platforms in which the viewer does not have the ability to skip or turn off the marketing messages. According to industry studies, theatre advertising is more effective than advertising shown on television as measured by unaided recall rates. We believe that the impact of our on-screen advertising (representing 94% of our total advertising revenue) presentation will be further enhanced by the new high quality digital cinema equipment that has been installed in our network theatres.

 

    Superior Audience Measurability. We receive monthly attendance information by film, by rating and by screen for all of our founding member theatres and the theatres operated by our network affiliates, which allows us to report to clients the audience size for each showing of a film and our pre-show. We also obtain third-party research that provides us with the percentage of the total attendance that is in their seats at various times prior to the advertised show time. We believe that the sharing of this information with our national clients gives us a distinct competitive advantage over traditional media platforms that are based on significant extrapolations of a very small sample of the total audience.

Since NCM, Inc.’s February 2007 IPO, our founding members have added approximately 3,500 net new screens and 33 network affiliates have been added to our network with approximately 2,400 screens. During 2013 and thus far in 2014, we added seven new affiliate theatre circuits (with 303 screens) to our national network. In total, these contracted new affiliate theatres are expected to add approximately 8 million new attendees on a full-year pro-forma basis, which we expect will result in approximately 118 million new salable national advertising impressions (assuming 14 national advertising units of 30 seconds each). Our sales force integrates these additional impressions into the advertising sales process as they are added to our network and thus these attendees will provide the opportunity to expand our revenue, operating income and cash flow. We believe that the continued growth of our network will expand our national reach and geographic coverage to strengthen our selling proposition and competitive positioning versus other national and local video and other advertising platforms.

Scalable, State-of-the-Art Digital Content Distribution Technology

Our use of the combination of a satellite and terrestrial network technology, combined with the design and functionality of our DCS and NOC infrastructure make our network efficient and scalable and allow us to target specific audiences desired by our advertising clients and provide scheduling flexibility that is similar to advertising on television. Our proprietary DCS provides many distribution, scheduling, reporting and auditing features. We currently playback nearly 4 million digital content files per day through our DCS. Our DCS also provides the ability to program advertisements from our NOC as required by advertising clients, which shortens lead times and provides increased flexibility to change messages or target specific audiences for our advertising clients. Through our separate DBN, we currently distribute live programming to over 760 locations.

 

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As of December 26, 2013, our advertising network had 19,054 digital screens, covering approximately 97% of our network attendance. In 2010, we began to connect our DCN to the higher quality digital cinema projectors being installed by our founding members and network affiliates. These digital cinema projectors provide a much higher quality 2-D image and the ability to project 3-D advertising on screens that are equipped with 3-D playback technology.

Our NOC, DCS and other network software also provide us with the capability to directly monitor over 78,900 in-theatre network devices and 503,000 maintenance alarm technology points within our theatre network on a near real-time 24/7 basis as of December 26, 2013, providing high network reliability and timely reporting as required by our advertising clients. The scalability of our NOC and distribution technology has allowed us to increase the number of devices and alarm points since NCM, Inc.’s IPO with minimal additional capital expenditures or personnel, and we expect to benefit from this scalability in the future as we add new theatres operated by our founding members and from existing network affiliate relationships and the addition of new network affiliate circuits. In select theatres, we have installed a device that we created to monitor sound levels in theatre auditoriums and report any variations from pre-set standards to our NOC. This provides us with an additional value proposition for our advertising clients versus television, online, mobile and other competing national media networks.

Innovative, Branded Digital Pre-Feature Content

We believe that our digital entertainment and advertising pre-feature program, FirstLook , provides a high-quality entertainment experience for patrons and an effective marketing platform for advertisers. We have branded our pre-feature shows, FirstLook , to reinforce our goal of creating the “first release window” for advertising into the marketplace, similar to the way that films are released first in cinemas. We partner with leading media, entertainment and technology companies to provide more original content for the audience and more impact for the advertiser. We have designed the FirstLook programs with separate local and national “pods,” consistent with the placement on television networks. During 2010, we began to produce a 3-D segment of FirstLook . We believe the ability to distribute 3-D advertisements across our national network is a unique selling proposition versus television, online and mobile and thus will enhance our national advertising revenue growth in the future.

Our relationships with our content partners under exclusive multi-year contractual agreements provide high quality entertainment content that is dispersed throughout the show. The multi-year contracts with our content partners, our PSAs, and arrangements to satisfy our founding members’ on-screen marketing obligations to their beverage concessionaires provide a significant up-front revenue commitment, accounting for approximately 31% of our total revenue for the year ended December 26, 2013. According to customer research conducted by us and independent research companies, the production of a higher quality branded pre-feature program improves the entertainment experience for patrons as well as the effectiveness of the advertising message.

Integrated Marketing Products

Along with our on-screen advertising opportunities, we offer advertisers the opportunity to integrate and reinforce their on-screen advertisements with various online and mobile marketing and in-lobby marketing.

 

    Our online and mobile marketing products include advertisement placement on our firstlookonline.com , FathomEvents.com (until its sale), and movienightout.com websites and on our Movie Night Out and FirstLookSync mobile apps, and throughout websites that are part of our online advertising network that as of December 26, 2013 includes 39 entertainment websites (including our 100% owned sites) with approximately 47 million monthly unique visitors.

 

    Our in-lobby marketing programs include advertisements displayed on our LEN high-definition television screens, posters, tickets, box office coupon handouts, popcorn bags and beverage cups and on-site product sampling opportunities. According to a Nielsen survey of moviegoers for the first half of 2013, movie patrons spend, on average, approximately nine minutes in the theatre lobby (before, during and after the last movie that they viewed in the theatre).

 

    Our chief creative officer, other creative personnel and our marketing team assist advertisers in creating entertaining, fully integrated online and cinema marketing campaigns with maximum impact.

Exposing patrons to an integrated marketing campaign of online, mobile, in-lobby, and on-screen advertising creates a consistent marketing message through multiple touch points during the entire cinema experience. The marketing interaction for our clients begins when consumers choose a film or event online or on mobile devices and continues through the subsequent entertainment experience in the theatre, lobbies, and through marketing pre-shows prior to the feature film and extends beyond the theatre experience through subsequent online/mobile interaction. We believe these multiple marketing impressions through the entire entertainment experience allows our advertisers to extend the exposure for their brands and products and create a more engaging “relationship” with the consumer that is not available with broadcast or cable television or traditional display advertising.

Strong Operating Margins with Limited Capital Requirements

Our annual Adjusted OIBDA margins have been consistently strong, ranging from approximately 49% to 52% over the last five years. Refer to “Item 6. Selected Financial Data-Notes to the Selected Historical Financial and Operating Data” for a discussion of the calculation of Adjusted OIBDA margin and the reconciliation to net income. In addition, our founding members and their Digital Cinema Integration Partners, LLC (“DCIP”) joint venture have invested substantial capital to deploy, expand and upgrade the network

 

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equipment within their theatres including the recent deployment of the higher quality digital cinema equipment. Due to the network equipment investments made by our founding members and DCIP joint venture in new and acquired theatres and the requirements in the ESAs to make future investments for equipment replacements, and the scalable nature of our NOC and other infrastructure, we do not expect to make major capital investments to grow our operations as our network of theatres expands. The combination of our strong operating margins and our limited capital expenditures, ranging from approximately 2% to 3% of revenues over the last five years, has allowed us to generate significant unlevered free cash flow (defined as operating income (or loss) before depreciation and amortization expense and minus capital expenditures) before distributions to our owners. For the year ended December 26, 2013, our capital expenditures were $10.6 million, of which $2.2 million related to investments in network equipment to add new network affiliate theatres and make improvements to our inventory management and other systems required to efficiently run and expand our business. We believe our expected level of unlevered free cash flow generation should provide us with the strategic and financial flexibility to pursue the further expansion of our national theatre network, invest in other growth opportunities and continue to make dividend payments to our stockholders.

Our Strategy

We believe that the digital evolution of the media business coupled with our unique asset base and management competencies will provide us with an opportunity to be a unique and powerful national and local advertising network that will gain market share within the broader advertising marketplace. Our primary strategic initiatives are to:

Expand and Improve the Quality of Our Theatre Network

Expanding our Geographic Coverage and National Reach . We continue to expand the reach and geographic coverage of our national digital network by connecting additional theatres to our network that our founding members buy or build and by establishing additional network affiliate agreements with other theatre circuits. The ESAs require that all of our founding members’ new or acquired theatres be added to our network in return for the issuance of new NCM LLC units. Our strategy is to continue to expand our theatre network through the acquisition and new construction activities of our founding members and by creating new relationships with regionally located network affiliates with theatres in smaller markets where we do not currently have significant market coverage. By increasing our advertising reach and broadening our geographic coverage, we believe we will be better able to compete with other national media platforms such as television networks and new emerging advertising platforms distributed over the internet and on mobile devices.

Improving the Technical Quality and Content Presentation of Our Network. In 2010, we began the transition of our production and distribution capabilities to the new digital cinema platform, including the ability to distribute and display 3-D advertising and events. The industry rollout of the digital cinema equipment for feature films began in 2010 when the DCIP financing was completed by our founding members’ theatre circuits. The DCIP deployment of digital cinema systems was essentially completed in our founding member theatres during 2013. These new systems not only provide higher quality 2-D images, they also give us the capability to provide 3-D advertising and 3-D live and pre-recorded events. In 2010, we launched our 3-D advertising strategy within the FirstLook pre-show and in 2011 began to roll-out the ability to distribute 3-D ads digitally across our network. As of December 26, 2013, 15,756 total screens (including network affiliates) within our digital network were connected to digital cinema projection equipment, representing approximately 79% of our network screens. In order to provide for the connection of the new higher quality digital cinema equipment to our network, we agreed to an amendment of the ESAs that increased our founding member theatre access fee as the digital cinema system is connected to our advertising network. In addition to the digital cinema integration, we and certain of our theatre partners have installed sound monitoring and other devices that capture sound levels in certain auditoriums which enables us to monitor sound electronically from our NOC or through communications with the circuit. This innovation provides sound level data that is measured at the point of consumer consumption, which is a unique service we offer to our advertisers. We are also continually upgrading our DCS distribution software to provide more effective targeting of advertisements toward specific theatre audiences.

Expand Our Advertising Client Base

National Advertising . We intend to increase our market share of U.S. advertising spending by increasing our advertising inventory utilization by creating expanded relationships with existing advertising clients and by broadening our advertising client base associated with new and existing client categories. Our national sales team has been successful in this effort, as during 2012 and 2013, we added 30 clients in each year that were first time clients or had not advertised with us since NCM, Inc.’s IPO. These new clients included companies in the apparel, banking, cable television, computer hardware/software, confectionary, home audio/video equipment, import auto, insurance, internet, liquor, medical, movie studios, personal care, prepared foods, print media, restaurant, QSR, telecom, toys and transportation industries. Since 2009, we expanded our client base by approximately 71% to 376 national advertisers. Despite this growth, we believe there are still thousands of clients that currently advertise on television or the internet that do not use our network. For instance, our share of spending by clients in the QSR, consumer package goods (“CPG”) and retailer categories, among other categories, is relatively low compared to television. In addition to the continued expansion of our network, we are aggressively marketing and selling the positive attributes of our network relative to other mediums, including the fact that it is impossible to skip our ads or otherwise make them go away, while almost all other video advertising mediums have devices that allow consumers the ability to skip or turn off ads. We also offer various unique integrated marketing products that bundle our on-screen, in-theatre promotions, online/mobile and Fathom Events sponsorship platforms. Beginning in 2012, we also began to participate in the television up front process, including a presentation in New York City in early May during the “TV Up Front” week. This “up

 

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front strategy” has begun to yield positive results as it has increased our market awareness among media buyers and clients and raised our credibility as a powerful national advertising network allowing us to compete for upfront commitments traditionally made exclusively to cable and broadcast TV networks. We believe that over time, these tactics will help increase our market share of spending by more clients and client categories.

Local advertising . In addition to continuing to add high quality local salespeople to properly cover the expanding number of screens in our network, we have also continued to strengthen regional sales positions to focus exclusively on larger regional clients, such as car dealer associations, state agencies, insurance companies and QSR, that operate across an entire DMA ® , multiple DMAs ® or states. We have also begun to provide access to better FirstLook inventory for our regional advertising clients. These strategies have proven successful, and we are continuing to expand this regional strategy to other client categories, including casual dining, tourism, education, healthcare and retail. In 2014, we will also be expanding our local sales force to provide better coverage of certain theatres where inventory utilization was low. We aggressively market our local and regional advertising products, including direct marketing campaigns to businesses within a specified radius of our network theatres. These successful campaigns are often bundled with theatre lobby promotions and onscreen advertising. Due to the relatively low percentage of local advertising inventory sold today in many of our theatres, we believe that an opportunity exists to continue to expand our local and regional business. We have also benefited from our efforts to reduce local salesperson attrition, providing balanced commissions and benefit packages and training and other corporate support.

Expand Our Internet/Mobile Platform

Advertising clients are increasingly seeking new ways to create integrated marketing solutions across multiple digital platforms. By bundling our on-screen and in-theatre promotional marketing products with online and mobile inventory provided by the 39 entertainment websites (including our 100% owned consumer sites, firstlookonline.com and movienightout.com), our mobile apps Movie Night Out and FirstLookSync (formerly CinemaSync ) that are part of our online advertising network, and the 118 entertainment websites and apps that are part of our video pre-roll network, we allow clients to benefit from a bundle of digital marketing products focused on the entertainment consumer. Our online advertising network, launched in 2009, and our Movie Night Out mobile app, launched in 2010, creates an entertainment focused advertising network that provides smaller entertainment websites access to our national and local sales force as well as rich media widgets and other content created by our media production group. As of December 26, 2013, our Movie Night Out and FirstLookSync mobile apps had nearly 2.2 million downloads. In mid-2013 we re-launched our mobile app FirstLookSync in order to allow our clients to use their on-screen ads to engage movie-goers through their smart phones. Once FirstLookSync is more widely distributed we expect it will provide a unique integrated marketing tool for our clients that can be bundled with our on-screen and lobby marketing products. During 2014, we will continue to work with our theatre partners and several movie related app publishers to integrate the FirstLookSync capabilities into their apps.

Intellectual Property Rights

We have been granted a perpetual, royalty-free license from our founding members to use certain proprietary software for the delivery of digital advertising and other content through our DCN to screens in the U.S. We have made improvements to this software since the IPO date and we own those improvements, except for improvements that were developed jointly by us and our founding members.

We have secured U.S. trademark registrations for NCM, National CineMedia, NCM Media Networks and Movie Night Out . It is our practice to defend our trademarks and other intellectual property rights, including the associated goodwill, from infringement by others. We are aware that other persons or entities may use names and marks containing variations of our registered trademarks and other marks and trade names. Potentially, claims alleging infringement of intellectual property rights, such as trademark infringement, could be brought against us by the users of those other names and marks. If any such infringement claim were to prove successful in preventing us from either using or prohibiting a competitor’s use of our registered trademarks or other marks or trade names, our ability to build brand identity could be negatively impacted.

Customers

Advertising Customers. Our advertising business has a diverse customer base, consisting of national and local advertisers. As of December 26, 2013, we had displayed advertising since 2006 with 376 national advertisers across a wide variety of industries. During the year ended December 26, 2013, we derived 69% of our advertising revenue from national clients (including advertising agencies that represent our clients), 10% from our founding members’ beverage agreements and 21% from our relationships with thousands of local advertisers across the country (including advertising agencies that represent these clients).

Each of our founding members has a relationship with a beverage concessionaire under which they are obligated to provide on-screen advertising time as part of their agreement to purchase syrup. During 2013, we provided 60 seconds of on-screen advertising time to our founding members. The ESAs provide for our founding members to purchase this on-screen advertising time at a rate (intended to approximate a market rate) that is provided in the ESA. During 2013, the beverage concessionaire revenue was 8.9% of our total revenue.

 

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Content Partners and PSAs. We have multi-year contractual relationships that provide entertainment content segments in the FirstLook program and minimum annual advertising spending commitments with several entertainment, media and technology companies. These agreements require that the content partners will provide non-commercial content segments that are entertaining, informative or educational in nature and will purchase a specified dollar amount of advertising at a specified CPM over a two-year period with options to renew, exercisable at the content partner’s option. We also have exclusive PSAs reminding moviegoers to silence their cell phones and refrain from texting during feature films. During 2013, the total advertising purchased by these content partners and PSAs represented approximately 31% of our total revenues.

Competition

Our advertising business competes in the estimated $153.5 billion U.S. advertising industry with many other forms of marketing media, including television, radio, print media, internet, mobile and outdoor display advertising. While cinema advertising represents a small portion of the advertising industry today, we believe it is well positioned to capitalize on the shift of advertising spending away from traditional mass media to more targeted and effective forms of digital media. As the number of digital media platforms continues to increase, the ability to target narrow consumer demographics, to engage directly with consumers and to provide measurable third-party marketing information has become increasingly important. We believe that proliferation of digital technology enabling improved data collection may increase advertisers’ demand for digital advertising platforms including cinema. In addition, our network is well positioned to benefit from several broad market trends, most noticeably the increasing adoption of digital video recorders (“DVRs”) and other new digital technology that allows consumers to skip advertisements. Cinema is one of the few media platforms where consumers cannot skip advertisements.

Through the visual quality and impact of the big screen and surround sound, we are able to display high impact advertising impressions to our audiences. According to Nielsen Brand Effect (formerly Nielsen IAG ) Research , cinema advertising has generated ad recall up to four times greater than the same advertising shown on television. Given the scale and technical capabilities of our digital network, we are able to tailor our advertising programs with more flexibility and to a broader audience than other cinema advertising companies, providing a more entertaining consumer experience and a more effective advertising platform for advertisers. We also believe that as online and mobile video platforms expand with the proliferation of viewing devices, such as tablets, video programming will become more fragmented and the national reach and high quality presentation of our network will become more valuable to marketers.

Our advertising business also competes with other providers of cinema advertising, which vary substantially in size. As a large provider of cinema advertising in the U.S., we believe that we are able to generate economies of scale, operating efficiencies and enhanced opportunities for our clients to access a national and local audience as well as allowing us to better compete with television and other national advertising networks.

Seasonality

Our revenue and operating results are seasonal in nature, coinciding with the timing of marketing expenditures by our advertising clients and to a lesser extent the attendance patterns within the film exhibition industry. Both advertising expenditures and theatre attendance tend to be higher during the second, third, and fourth fiscal quarters. Advertising revenue is primarily correlated with new product releases, advertising client marketing priorities and economic cycles and to a lesser extent theatre attendance levels. The actual quarterly results for each quarter could differ materially depending on these factors or other risks and uncertainties. Based on our historical experience, our first quarter typically has less revenue than the other quarters of a given year due primarily to lower advertising client demand and lower theatre industry attendance levels. Accordingly, there can be no assurances that seasonal variations will not materially affect our results of operations in the future.

The following table reflects the quarterly percentage of total revenue for the fiscal years ended 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

 

     First     Second     Third     Fourth  
     Quarter     Quarter     Quarter     Quarter  

FY 2010

     19.8     23.2     29.4     27.6

FY 2011

     16.3     26.2     31.2     26.3

FY 2012

     17.6     24.5     32.1     25.8

FY 2013

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The following table reflects the quarterly percentage of total advertising revenue for the fiscal years ended 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

 

     First     Second     Third     Fourth  
     Quarter     Quarter     Quarter     Quarter  

FY 2010

     17.9     23.7     31.0     27.4

FY 2011

     15.3     25.5     32.9     26.3

FY 2012

     16.2     24.7     33.7     25.4

FY 2013

     17.3     27.4     29.9     25.4

Employees

We have 602 employees as of December 26, 2013. Our employees are located in our Centennial, Colorado headquarters, in our advertising sales offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, our software development office in Minneapolis and local advertising account executives and field maintenance technicians that work primarily from their homes throughout the U.S. None of our employees are covered by collective bargaining agreements. We believe that we have a good relationship with our employees.

Government Regulation

Currently, we are not subject to regulations specific to the sale and distribution of cinema advertising. We are subject to federal, state and local laws that govern businesses generally such as wage and hour and worker compensation laws.

Available Information

We maintain a website at www.ncm.com , on which we will post free of charge our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and any amendments to these reports under the heading “Investor Relations” located at the bottom of the page as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file such material with, or furnish it to, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). We also regularly post information about the Company on the Investor Relations page. We do not incorporate the information on our website into this document and you should not consider any information on, or that can be accessed through, our website as part of this document. You may read and copy any materials we file with the SEC at the Securities and Exchange Commission Public Reference Room at 100 F. Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. The SEC also maintains a website that contains our reports and other information at www.sec.gov.

Executive Officers of the Registrant

Refer to “Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance” for information regarding executive officers.

Item 1A. Risk Factors

Ownership of the Company’s notes involves certain risks. Holders of the Company’s notes and prospective investors should consider carefully the following risks and other information in this document, including our historical financial statements and related notes included herein. The risks and uncertainties described in this document are not the only ones facing us. Additional risks and uncertainties that we do not presently know about or that we currently believe are not material may also adversely affect our business. If any of the risks and uncertainties described in this document actually occur, our business, financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected in a material way. This could cause the value of the notes to decline, perhaps significantly, and you may lose part or all of your investment.

Risks Related to Our Business and Industry

Changes in the ESAs with, or lack of support by, our founding members could adversely affect our revenue, growth and profitability

The ESAs with our founding members are critical to our business. The three ESAs each have an initial term of 30 years beginning February 13, 2007 and provide us with a five-year right of first refusal, which begins one year prior to the end of the term of the ESA on February 13, 2037. In connection with the Fathom sale on December 26, 2013, the ESAs were modified to remove those provisions addressing the rights and obligations related to digital programming services of the Fathom Events business unit. our founding members’ theatres represent approximately 83.3% of the screens and approximately 85.6% of the attendance in our network as of December 26, 2013. If any one of the ESAs was terminated, not renewed at its expiration or found to be unenforceable, it would have a material adverse effect on our revenue, profitability and financial condition.

The ESAs require the cooperation, investment and support of our founding members, the absence of which could adversely affect us. Pursuant to the ESAs, our founding members must make investments to replace digital network equipment within their theatres and equip newly constructed theatres with digital network equipment. If our founding members do not have adequate financial resources or operational strength, and if they do not replace equipment or equip new theatres to maintain the level of operating functionality that we have today, or if such equipment becomes obsolete, we may have to make additional capital expenditures or our advertising revenue and operating margins may decline.

 

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If the non-competition provisions of the ESAs are deemed unenforceable, our founding members could compete against us and our business could be adversely affected

With certain limited exceptions, each of the ESAs prohibits the applicable founding member from engaging in any of the business activities that we provide in the founding member’s theatres under the ESA, and from owning interests in other entities that compete with us. These provisions are intended to prevent the founding members from harming our business by providing cinema advertising services directly to their theatres or by entering into agreements with third-party cinema advertising providers. However, under state and federal law, a court may determine that a non-competition covenant is unenforceable, in whole or in part, for reasons including, but not limited to, the court’s determination that the covenant:

 

    is not necessary to protect a legitimate business interest of the party seeking enforcement;

 

    unreasonably restrains the party against whom enforcement is sought; or

 

    is contrary to the public interest.

Enforceability of a non-competition covenant is determined by a court based on all of the facts and circumstances of the specific case at the time enforcement is sought. For this reason, it is not possible for us to predict whether, or to what extent, a court would enforce the non-competition provisions contained in the ESAs. If a court were to determine that the non-competition provisions are unenforceable, the founding members could compete directly against us or enter into an agreement with another cinema advertising provider that competes against us. Any inability to enforce the non-competition provisions, in whole or in part, could cause our revenue to decline.

Because we rely heavily on our founding members’ and our network affiliates’ ability to attract customers, any reduction in attendance at our network theatres could reduce our revenue

Our business is affected by the success of our founding members and to a lesser extent our network affiliates, who operate in a highly competitive industry whose attendance is reliant on the presence of motion pictures that attract audiences. From the late 1990s through 2002, the number of movie screens and the level of theatre attendance in the U.S. increased substantially, as movie theatres began to offer new amenities such as stadium seating, improved projection quality and superior sound systems, and studios began to increase the number of motion pictures produced and increased the budgets to market those films. Despite the record box office results in 2012 and 2013, annual theatre attendance has fluctuated over the last several years depending on the quality of motion pictures released by the major and independent studios. Over the last 20 years theatre attendance has fluctuated from year to year but on average has grown by an aggregate annual rate of approximately 1%. If future theatre attendance declines significantly over an extended time period, one or more of our founding members or network affiliates may face financial difficulties and could be forced to sell or close theatres or reduce the number of screens it builds or upgrades. Attendance may also decline if the founding members fail to maintain their theatres and provide amenities that consumers prefer, if they cannot compete successfully on pricing or if studios begin to reduce their investments in feature films or reduce the investments made to market those films. Our network theatre circuits also may not successfully compete for licenses to exhibit quality films and are not assured a consistent supply of motion pictures since they do not have long-term arrangements with major film distributors. Any of these circumstances could reduce our revenue because our national advertising revenue, and local advertising to a lesser extent, depends on the number of theatre patrons who view our advertising and pre-feature show.

If one of our founding members declared bankruptcy, the ESA with that founding member may be rejected, renegotiated or deemed unenforceable

Each of our founding members currently has a significant amount of indebtedness, which is below investment grade. In 2000 and 2001, several major motion picture exhibition companies filed for bankruptcy including United Artists, Edwards Theatres and Regal Cinemas (which are predecessor companies to Regal), and General Cinemas and Loews Cineplex (which are predecessor companies to AMC). The industry-wide construction of larger, more expensive megaplexes featuring stadium seating in the late 1990s that rendered existing, smaller, sloped-floor theatres under long-term leases obsolete and unprofitable, were significant contributing factors to these bankruptcies. If a bankruptcy case were commenced by or against any of our founding members, it is possible that all or part of the ESA with that founding member could be rejected by a trustee in the bankruptcy case pursuant to Section 365 or Section 1123 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, or by the our founding member, and thus not be enforceable. Alternatively, that founding member could seek to renegotiate the ESA in a manner less favorable to us than the existing agreement. Should that founding member seek to sell or otherwise dispose of theatres or remove theatres from our network through bankruptcy or for other business reasons, if the acquirer did not agree to continue to allow us to sell advertising in the acquired theatres the number of theatres in our advertising networks would be reduced which in turn would reduce the number of advertising impressions available to us and thus could reduce our advertising revenue.

 

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Economic uncertainty or deterioration in economic conditions may adversely impact our business, operating results or financial condition

The financial markets have experienced extreme disruption and certain parts of the world-wide economy remains fragile. A future decline in consumer confidence in the U.S. due to future economic disruptions may lead to decreased demand or delay in payments by our advertising customers. As a result, our results of operations and financial condition could be adversely affected. These challenging economic conditions also may result in:

 

    increased competition for fewer advertising and entertainment programming dollars;

 

    pricing pressure that may adversely affect revenue and gross margin;

 

    reduced credit availability and/or access to capital markets;

 

    difficulty forecasting, budgeting and planning due to limited visibility into the spending plans of current or prospective customers; or

 

    customer financial difficulty and increased risk of doubtful accounts receivable.

The markets for advertising are competitive and we may be unable to compete successfully

The market for advertising is very competitive. Cinema advertising is a small component of the overall U.S. advertising market and thus we must compete with established, larger and better known national and local media platforms such as cable, broadcast and satellite television networks and newly emerging media platforms including on the internet and mobile such as online video services. We compete for advertising directly with all media platforms, including radio and television broadcasting, cable and satellite television services, various local print media, billboards and internet and mobile platforms and with other cinema advertising companies. We expect these competitors to devote significant effort to maintaining and growing their respective market shares. We also expect existing competitors and new entrants to the advertising business to constantly revise and improve their business models in light of challenges from us or competing media platforms. If we cannot respond effectively to advances by our competitors, our business may be adversely affected.

Significant declines in theatre attendance could reduce the attractiveness of cinema advertising

The value of our advertising business could be adversely affected by a long-term multi-year decline in theatre attendance or even the perception by media buyers that our network was no longer relevant to their marketing plan due to the decreases in attendance and geographic coverage. Factors that could reduce attendance at our network theatres include the following:

 

    the shortening of the “release window” between the release of major motion pictures in the theatres and release to alternative methods for delivering movies to consumers, such as DVD or HD DVD, cable television, downloads via downloads on the internet, video discs, video on demand, satellite and pay-per-view services;

 

    any reduction in consumer confidence or disposable income in general that reduces the demand for motion pictures or adversely affects the motion picture production industry; and

 

    the success of first-run motion pictures, which depends upon the production and marketing efforts of the major studios and the attractiveness and value proposition of the movies to consumers compared to other forms of entertainment.

The loss of any major content partner or advertising customer could significantly reduce our revenue

We derive a significant portion of our revenue from our contracts with our content partners, PSAs and our founding members’ agreements to purchase on-screen advertising for their beverage concessionaires. We currently have marketing relationships with eight content partners. None of these companies individually accounted for over 10% of our total revenue during the year ended December 26, 2013. However, the agreements with the content partners, PSAs and beverage advertising with our founding members in aggregate accounted for approximately 31%, 28% and 31% of our total revenue during the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011, respectively. Because we derive a significant percentage of our total revenue from a relatively small number of large companies, the loss of one or more of them as a customer could decrease our revenue and adversely affect current and future operating results.

We generate a high percentage of our revenue and OIBDA from advertising, and the reduction in spending by or loss of advertisers could have a serious adverse effect on our business

We generated approximately 92.1% of our total revenue in the year ended December 26, 2013 from advertising sales (78.9% from national and 21.1% from local). Subsequent to the sale of our Fathom business on December 26, 2013, we expect 100% of our revenue to be derived from our advertising business. A substantial portion of our advertising inventory is covered by contracts with terms of a month or less. Advertisers will not continue to do business with us if they believe our advertising medium is ineffective or overly expensive. In addition, large advertisers generally have set advertising budgets, most of which are focused on traditional media platforms like television and recently the online and mobile networks. Reductions in the size of advertisers’ budgets due to local or national economic trends, a shift in spending to new advertising mediums like the internet and mobile platforms or other factors could result in lower spending on cinema advertising. If we are unable to remain competitive and provide value to our advertising clients, they may reduce their advertising purchases or stop placing advertisements with us, which would negatively affect our revenue and ability to generate new business from advertising clients.

 

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If we do not maintain our technological advantage, our business could fail to grow and revenue and operating margins could decline

Failure to successfully or cost-effectively implement upgrades to our in-theatre advertising network could limit our ability to offer our clients innovative unique and integrated marketing products, which could limit our future revenue growth. Other advertising platforms may adopt new technology, and failure by us to upgrade our technology to remain competitive could hurt our ability to compete with those companies. Under the terms of the ESAs with our founding members, they are required to provide technology that is consistent with that in place at the signing of the ESA. We may request that our founding members upgrade the equipment or software installed in their theatres, but we must negotiate with our founding members as to the terms of such upgrade, including cost sharing terms, if any. For instance, during 2010 we entered into an amendment to the ESA to allow us to connect our digital network to our founding members’ new digital cinema projection systems so that we could display our advertising (including 3-D) on the higher quality systems. As of December 26, 2013 we had 15,756 screens within our network that were connected to digital cinema projection equipment and expect approximately 17,400 screens, or 87% of our total screens and approximately 16,000 screens, or 96% of our founding members’ screens to be deployed with digital cinema equipment by the end of 2014. If we are not able to come to an agreement on a future upgrade request, we may elect to pay for the upgrades requested which could result in our incurring significant capital expenditures, which could adversely affect our results of operations. In addition, the failure or delay in implementation of such upgrades or problems with the integration of our systems and software could slow or prevent the growth of our business.

Our business relies heavily on our technology systems, and any failures or disruptions may materially and adversely affect our operations

In the conduct of our business, we rely on information technology networks and systems, some of which are managed by third parties, to process, transmit and store electronic information and manage and support a variety of business processes and activities.The temporary or permanent loss of our computer equipment and software systems, through cyber and other security threats, operating malfunction, software virus, human error, natural disaster, power loss, terrorist attacks, or other catastrophic events, could disrupt our operations and cause a material adverse impact. These problems may arise in both internally developed systems and the systems of third-party service providers. We devote significant resources to network security and other measures to protect our network from unauthorized access and misuse. However, depending on the nature and scope of a disruption, if our technology systems were to fail and we were unable to recover in a timely way, we would be unable to fulfill critical business functions, which could lead to a loss of customers and could harm our reputation. Technological breakdown could also interfere with our ability to comply with financial reporting and other regulatory requirements.

Our business and operations have experienced growth, and we may be unable to effectively manage or continue our growth of our network and advertising inventory

We have experienced, and may continue to experience, growth in our headcount and operations, which has placed, and could continue to place, significant demands on our management and operational infrastructure. If we do not effectively manage our growth, the quality of our services could suffer which could negatively affect our brand and our relationships with our current advertising clients. Additionally, we may not be able to continue to expand our network and our advertising inventory which could negatively affect our ability to add new advertising clients. To effectively manage this growth and continue to expand our network and inventory, we will need to continue to improve our DCS software and our internal management systems, including our advertising inventory optimization system which we are currently upgrading and expect to launch during 2014. These enhancements and improvements could require an additional allocation of financial and management resources. If the improvements are not implemented successfully in a timely manner, our ability to manage our limited advertising inventory, create more audience targeting capabilities for our clients and continue our growth in the future will be impaired and we may have to make significant additional expenditures to address these issues.

Our plans for developing additional revenue opportunities may not be implemented, may require substantial expenditures and may not be achieved

In addition to our strategy to grow our advertising business, we are also considering other potential opportunities for revenue growth, which we describe in “Business—Our Strategy—Expand our Internet/Mobile Platform.” The development of our online and mobile advertising network and mobile apps and the integration of these marketing products with our core on-screen and theatre lobby production is at an early stage, and may not deliver future benefits that we are expecting. Should these networks not continue to grow in importance to advertising clients and agencies, they may not provide a way to help expand our cinema advertising business as it matures and begins to compete with new or improved advertising platforms including online and mobile video services.

 

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We depend upon our senior management and our business may be adversely affected if we cannot retain or replace them

Our success depends upon the retention of our experienced senior management with specialized industry, sales and technical knowledge and/or industry relationships. During 2013, our Chief Financial Officer resigned and our SVP, Finance and SVP, Controller assumed Interim Co- Chief Financial Officer duties. If we cannot find a qualified permanent replacement or if other critical members of our senior management team leave, we might not be able to find qualified replacements; accordingly, the loss of critical members of our senior management team could have a material adverse effect on our ability to effectively pursue our business strategy and our relationships with advertisers and content partners. We do not have key-man life insurance covering any of our employees.

Our business, services, or technology may infringe on intellectual property rights owned by others, which may interfere with our ability to provide services or expose us to increased liability or expense

Intellectual property rights of our business include the copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and patents of our in-theatre, online, and mobile services, including the websites we operate at ncm.com, movienightout.com and firstlookonline.com and the features, our mobile apps FirstLookSync™ and Movie Night Out ® , and the functionality, content, and software we make available through those websites and apps. We rely on our own intellectual property rights as well as intellectual property rights obtained from third parties to conduct our business and provide our in-theatre, online, and mobile services. We may discover that our business or the technology we use to provide our in-theatre, online, or mobile services infringes patent, copyright, or other intellectual property rights owned by others. In addition, our competitors or others may claim rights in patents, copyrights, or other intellectual property rights that will prevent, limit or interfere with our ability to provide our in-theatre, online, or mobile services either in the U.S. or in international markets. Further, the laws of certain foreign countries may not protect our intellectual property rights to the same extent as do the laws of the U.S.

The content we distribute through our in-theatre, online or mobile services may expose us to liability

Our in-theatre, online, and mobile services facilitate the distribution of content. This content includes advertising-related content, as well as movie and television content, music and other media, much of which is obtained from third parties. Our websites also include features enabling users to upload or add their own content to the websites and modify certain content on the websites. As a distributor of content, we face potential liability for negligence, copyright, patent or trademark infringement, or other claims based on the content that we distribute. We or entities that we license content from may not be adequately insured or indemnified to cover claims of these types or liability that may be imposed on us.

The personal information we collect and maintain through our online and mobile services may expose us to liability

In order to take advantage of some of the online and mobile services we provide users are required to establish an account on one of our websites. As a result, we will collect and maintain personal information about those users. We also collect and maintain personal information about users who view certain advertising displayed through our online and mobile services. Our collection and use of information regarding users of our online and mobile services could result in legal liability. For example, the failure, or perceived failure, to comply with federal, state or international privacy or consumer protection-related laws or regulations or our posted privacy policies could result in actions against us by governmental entities or others.

Changes in regulations relating to the Internet or other areas of our online or mobile services may result in the need to alter our business practices or incur greater operating expenses

A number of regulations, including those referenced below, may impact our business as a result of our online or mobile services. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act has provisions that limit, but do not necessarily eliminate, liability for posting, or linking to third-party websites that include materials that infringe copyrights or other rights. Portions of the Communications Decency Act are intended to provide statutory protections to online service providers who distribute third-party content. The Child Online Protection Act and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act restrict the distribution of materials considered harmful to children and impose additional restrictions on the ability of online services to collect information from minors. Additionally, there is an increasing awareness and concern regarding privacy interests, which may result in new or amended regulations. The costs of compliance with these regulations, and other regulations relating to our online and mobile services or other areas of our business, may be significant. The manner in which these and other regulations may be interpreted or enforced may subject us to potential liability, which in turn could have an adverse effect on our business, results of operations, or financial condition. Changes to these and other regulations may impose additional burdens on us or otherwise adversely affect our business and financial results because of, for example, increased costs relating to legal compliance, defense against adverse claims or damages, or the reduction or elimination of features, functionality or content from our online or mobile services. Likewise, any failure on our part to comply with these and other regulations may subject us to additional liabilities.

Our revenue and Adjusted OIBDA fluctuate from quarter to quarter and may be unpredictable, which could increase the volatility of our stock price

A weak advertising market or the shift in spending of a major client from one quarter to another, the poor performance of films released in a given quarter, a disruption in the release schedule of films or changes in the television scatter market could significantly affect quarter-to-quarter results or even affect results for the entire fiscal year. Because our results may vary from quarter to quarter and may be unpredictable, our financial results for one quarter cannot necessarily be compared to another quarter and may not be indicative of our financial performance in subsequent quarters. These variations in our financial results could contribute to volatility in our stock price.

 

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The ESAs allow the founding members to engage in activities that might compete with certain elements of our business, which could reduce our revenue and growth potential

The ESAs contain certain limited exceptions to our exclusive right to use the founding members’ theatres for our advertising business. The founding members have the right to enter into a limited number of strategic cross-marketing relationships with third-party, unaffiliated businesses for the purpose of generating increased attendance or revenue (other than revenue from the sale of advertising). These strategic marketing relationships can include the use of one minute on the LEN and certain types of lobby promotions and can be provided at no cost, but only for the purpose of promoting the products or services of those businesses while at the same time promoting the theatre circuit or the movie-going experience. The use of LEN or lobby promotions by our founding members for these advertisements and programs could result in the founding members creating relationships with advertisers that could adversely affect our current LEN and lobby promotions advertising revenue and profitability as well as the potential we have to grow that advertising revenue in the future. The LEN and lobby promotions represented 4.7% of our total advertising revenue for the year ended December 26, 2013. The founding members do not have the right to use their movie screens (including the FirstLook program or otherwise) for promoting these cross-marketing relationships, and thus we will have the exclusive rights to advertise on the movie screens, except for limited advertising related to theatre operations.

Our founding members also have the right to install a second network of video monitors in the theatre lobbies in excess of those required to be installed by the founding members for the LEN. This additional lobby video network, which we refer to as the founders’ lobby network, may be used by our founding members to promote products or services related to operating the theatres, such as concessions and loyalty programs. The presence of our founding members’ lobby network within the lobby areas could reduce the effectiveness of our LEN, thereby reducing our current LEN advertising revenue and profitability and adversely affecting future revenue potential associated with that marketing platform.

Risks Related to Our Corporate Structure

Our substantial debt obligations could impair our financial condition or prevent us from achieving our business goals

We are party to substantial debt obligations. The senior secured credit facility and indentures contain restrictive covenants that limit our ability to take specified actions and prescribe minimum financial maintenance requirements that we must meet. Complying with these restrictions may prevent us from taking actions that we believe would help us to grow our business. For example, we may be unable to make acquisitions, investments or capital expenditures as a result of such covenants. Moreover, if we violate those restrictive covenants or fail to meet the minimum financial requirements, it would be in default, which could, in turn, result in defaults under other obligations. Any such defaults could materially impair our financial condition and liquidity. For further information, refer to Note 7 to the audited financial statements included elsewhere in this document.

If we are unable to meet our debt service obligations, we could be forced to restructure or refinance the obligations, seek additional equity financing or sell assets. We may be unable to restructure or refinance these obligations, obtain additional equity financing, sell assets on satisfactory terms or at all or make cash distributions. In addition, our indebtedness could have other negative consequences for us, including without limitation:

 

    limiting our ability to obtain financing in the future;

 

    requiring much of our cash flow to be dedicated to interest obligations and making it unavailable for other purposes, including payments to our members (including NCM, Inc.);

 

    limiting our liquidity and operational flexibility in changing economic, business and competitive conditions which could require us to consider deferring planned capital expenditures, reducing discretionary spending, selling assets, restructuring existing debt or deferring acquisitions or other strategic opportunities; and

 

    making us more vulnerable to an increase in interest rates, a downturn in our operating performance or decline in general economic conditions.

Despite our current levels of debt, we may still incur substantially more debt ranking senior to or equal in right of payment with the Senior Unsecured and Secured Notes, including secured debt, which would increase the risks associated with our level of debt

The agreements relating to our debt, including the Senior Unsecured Notes, Senior Secured Notes and the senior secured credit facility, limit but do not prohibit our ability to incur additional debt. Accordingly, we could incur additional debt in the future, including additional debt under the senior secured credit facility, additional senior or senior subordinated notes and additional secured debt. If new debt is added to current debt levels, the related risks that we now face, including those described above under “—Our substantial debt obligations could impair our financial condition or prevent us from achieving our business goals,” could intensify. For additional information, refer to Note 7 to the audited financial statements included elsewhere in this document.

 

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Our founding members or their affiliates may have interests that differ from those of NCM, Inc. and they may be able to influence our affairs

So long as a founding member beneficially owns at least 5% of our issued and outstanding common membership units, approval of at least 90% of the directors of NCM, Inc. then in office (provided that if the board has less than ten directors, then the approval of at least 80% of the directors then in office) will be required before NCM, Inc. may take any of the following actions or may, in its capacity as manager of NCM LLC, authorize us to take any of the following actions:

 

    assign, transfer, sell or pledge all or a portion of the membership units of NCM LLC beneficially owned by NCM, Inc.;

 

    acquire, dispose, lease or license assets with an aggregate value exceeding 20% of the fair market value of the business of NCM LLC operating as a going concern;

 

    merge, reorganize, recapitalize, reclassify, consolidate, dissolve, liquidate or enter into a similar transaction;

 

    incur any funded indebtedness or repay, before due, any funded indebtedness with a fixed term in an aggregate amount in excess of $15 million per year;

 

    issue, grant or sell shares of NCM, Inc. common stock, preferred stock or rights with respect to common or preferred stock, or NCM LLC membership units or rights with respect to membership units, except under specified circumstances;

 

    amend, modify, restate or repeal any provision of NCM, Inc.’s certificate of incorporation or bylaws or the NCM LLC operating agreement;

 

    enter into, modify or terminate certain material contracts not in the ordinary course of business as defined under applicable securities laws;

 

    except as specifically set forth in the NCM LLC operating agreement, declare, set aside or pay any redemption of, or dividends with respect to membership interests;

 

    amend any material terms or provisions (as defined in the NASDAQ rules) of NCM, Inc.’s equity incentive plan or enter into any new equity incentive compensation plan;

 

    make any change in the current business purpose of NCM, Inc. to serve solely as the manager of NCM LLC or any change in the current business purpose of NCM LLC to provide the services as set forth in the ESAs; and

 

    approve any actions relating to NCM LLC that could reasonably be expected to have a material adverse tax effect on the founding members.

Pursuant to a director designation agreement, so long as a founding member owns at least 5% of our issued and outstanding common membership units, such founding member will have the right to designate a total of two nominees to NCM, Inc.’s ten-member board of directors who will be voted upon by NCM, Inc.’s stockholders. One such designee by each founding member must meet the independence requirements of the stock exchange on which NCM, Inc.’s common stock is listed. If, at any time, any founding member owns less than 5% of our then issued and outstanding common membership units, then such founding member shall cease to have any rights of designation.

If any director designee to NCM, Inc.’s board designated by our founding members is not appointed to NCM, Inc.’s board, nominated by NCM, Inc. or elected by NCM, Inc.’s stockholders, as applicable, then each of our founding members (so long as such founding member continues to own 5% of our issued and outstanding common membership units) will be entitled to approve specified actions of NCM LLC.

For purposes of calculating the 5% ownership threshold for the supermajority director approval rights and director designation agreement provisions discussed above, shares of NCM, Inc.’s common stock held by a founding member and received upon redemption of NCM LLC common membership units will be counted toward the threshold. Common membership units issued to NCM, Inc. in connection with the redemption of common membership units by a founding member will be excluded, so long as such founding member continues to hold the common stock acquired through such redemption or such founding member has disposed of such shares of common stock to another founding member. Shares of NCM, Inc.’s common stock otherwise acquired by the founding members will also be excluded, unless such shares of common stock were transferred by one founding member to another and were originally received by the transferring founding member upon redemption of NCM LLC common membership units.

Under these circumstances, NCM, Inc.’s corporate governance documents will allow our founding members and their affiliates to exercise a greater degree of influence in the operation of our business and that of NCM, Inc. and the management of our affairs and those of NCM, Inc. than is typically available to stockholders of a publicly-traded company. Even if our founding members or their affiliates own a minority economic interest (but not less than 5%) in NCM LLC, they may be able to continue exerting such degree of influence over us and NCM, Inc.

 

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Different interests among our founding members or between our founding members and us could prevent us from achieving our business goals

For the foreseeable future, we expect that NCM, Inc.’s board of directors will include directors and executive officers of our founding members and other directors who may have commercial or other relationships with our founding members. The majority of our outstanding membership interests also are owned by our founding members. Our founding members compete with each other in the operation of their respective businesses and could have individual business interests that may conflict with those of the other founding members. Their differing interests could make it difficult for us to pursue strategic initiatives that require consensus among our founding members.

In addition, the structural relationship we have with our founding members could create conflicts of interest among the founding members, or between the founding members and us, in a number of areas relating to our past and ongoing relationships. There is not any formal dispute resolution procedure in place to resolve conflicts between us and a founding member or between founding members. We may not be able to resolve any potential conflicts between us and a founding member and, even if we do, the resolution may be less favorable to us than if we were negotiating with an unaffiliated party.

The corporate opportunity provisions in NCM, Inc.’s certificate of incorporation could enable the founding members to benefit from corporate opportunities that might otherwise be available to us

NCM, Inc.’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation contains provisions related to corporate opportunities that may be of interest to both our founding members and us. It provides that if a corporate opportunity is offered to us, NCM, Inc. or one or more of the officers, directors or stockholders (both direct and indirect) of NCM, Inc. or a member of NCM LLC that relates to the provision of services to motion picture theatres, use of theatres for any purpose, sale of advertising and promotional services in and around theatres and any other business related to the motion picture theatre business (except services as provided in the ESAs as from time to time amended and except as may be offered to one of NCM, Inc.’s officers in his capacity as an officer), no such person shall be liable to NCM, Inc. (or any affiliate thereof) for breach of any fiduciary or other duty by reason of the fact that such person pursues or acquires such business opportunity, directs such business opportunity to another person or fails to present such business opportunity, or information regarding such business opportunity, to us. This provision applies even if the business opportunity is one that we might reasonably be deemed to have pursued or had the ability or desire to pursue if granted the opportunity to do so.

In addition, the NCM, Inc. amended and restated certificate of incorporation and our operating agreement expressly provide that our founding members may have other business interests and may engage in any other businesses not specifically prohibited by the terms of the certificate of incorporation, including the exclusivity provisions of the ESAs. The parent companies of the founding members are not bound by the ESAs and therefore could develop new media platforms that could compete for advertising dollars with our services. Further, we may also compete with the founding members or their affiliates in the area of employee recruiting and retention. These potential conflicts of interest could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects if attractive corporate opportunities are allocated by the founding members to themselves or their other affiliates or we lose key personnel to them.

The agreements between us and our founding members were made in the context of an affiliated relationship and may contain different terms than comparable agreements with unaffiliated third parties

The ESAs and the other contractual agreements that we have with our founding members were originally negotiated in the context of an affiliated relationship in which representatives of our founding members and their affiliates comprised NCM, Inc.’s entire board of directors. As a result, the financial provisions and the other terms of these agreements, such as covenants, contractual obligations on our part and on the part of our founding members, and termination and default provisions may be less favorable to us than terms that we might have obtained in negotiations with unaffiliated third parties in similar circumstances.

If NCM, Inc. or our founding members are determined to be an investment company, we would become subject to burdensome regulatory requirements and our business activities could be restricted

We do not believe that NCM, Inc. is an “investment company” under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. As sole manager of NCM LLC, NCM, Inc. controls us, and its interest in us is not an “investment security” as that term is used in the Investment Company Act. If NCM, Inc. were to stop participating in the management of NCM LLC, its interest in us could be deemed an “investment security” for purposes of the Investment Company Act. Generally, a company is an “investment company” if it owns investment securities having a value exceeding 40% of the value of its total assets (excluding U.S. government securities and cash items). NCM, Inc.’s sole material asset is its equity interest in us. A determination that such asset was an investment security could result in NCM, Inc. being considered an investment company under the Investment Company Act. As a result, NCM, Inc. would become subject to registration and other burdensome requirements of the Investment Company Act. In addition, the requirements of the Investment Company Act could restrict our business activities, including our ability to issue securities.

We and NCM, Inc. intend to conduct our operations so that NCM, Inc. is not deemed an investment company under the Investment Company Act. However, if anything were to occur that would cause NCM, Inc. to be deemed an investment company, NCM, Inc. would become subject to restrictions imposed by the Investment Company Act. These restrictions, including limitations on our capital structure and our ability to enter into transactions with our affiliates, could make it impractical for us to continue our business as currently conducted and could have a material adverse effect on our financial performance and operations.

 

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We also rely on representations of our founding members that they are not investment companies under the Investment Company Act. If any founding member were deemed an investment company, the restrictions placed upon that founding member might inhibit its ability to fulfill its obligations under its ESA or restrict our ability to borrow funds.

 

Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments

None.

 

Item 2. Properties

Information with respect to our corporate headquarters and regional offices is presented below as of December 26, 2013. We own no material real property. We believe that all of our present facilities are adequate for our current needs and that additional space is available for future expansion on acceptable terms.

 

Location

   Facility   Size  

Centennial, CO (1)

   Headquarters (including the NOC)     82,721 sq. ft.   

Chicago, IL (2)

   Advertising Sales Office     3,971 sq. ft.   

New York, NY (3)

   Advertising Sales Office     17,498 sq. ft.   

Woodland Hills, CA (4)

   Advertising Sales Office     6,062 sq. ft.   

Minneapolis, MN (5)

   Software Development Office     5,926 sq. ft.   

Newport Beach, CA (6)

   Regional Advertising Sales Office     1,417 sq. ft.   

 

(1) This facility is leased through June 30, 2021.
(2) This facility is leased through September 30, 2017.
(3 ) This facility is leased through April 30, 2017.
(4) This facility is leased through November 30, 2019.
(5) This facility is leased through February 29, 2015.
(6) This facility is leased through April 30, 2016.

 

Item 3. Legal Proceedings

We are sometimes involved in legal proceedings arising in the ordinary course of business. We are not aware of any litigation currently pending that would have a material effect on our operating results or financial condition.

 

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures

Not applicable.

PART II

 

Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Membership Units, Related Unitholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

There is no market for NCM LLC’s common membership units. All of NCM LLC’s outstanding membership units are owned by NCM, Inc. and NCM LLC’s three founding members.

The following table sets forth the distribution declared per common membership unit attributable to the periods indicated.

 

     Fiscal 2013  
     Distribution  

First Quarter (December 28, 2012 – March 28, 2013)

   $  0.13   

Second Quarter (March 29, 2013 – June 27, 2013)

   $ 0.43   

Third Quarter (June 28, 2013 – September 26, 2013)

   $ 0.55   

Fourth Quarter (September 27, 2013 – December 26, 2013)

   $ 0.45   

 

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     Fiscal 2012  
     Distribution  

First Quarter (December 30, 2011 – March 29, 2012)

   $ 0.03   

Second Quarter (March 30, 2012 – June 28, 2012)

   $ 0.36   

Third Quarter (June 29, 2012 – September 27, 2012)

   $ 0.59   

Fourth Quarter (September 28, 2012 – December 27, 2012)

   $ 0.36   

Within 60 calendar days after the last day of each fiscal quarter, we will discribute all of our available cash, as defined in the NCM LLC Operating Agreement to our unitholders.

The terms of our senior secured credit facility may limit our ability to distribute cash under certain circumstances as discussed unter “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Financings” included elsewhere in this document.

Dividend Policy

None.

Use of Proceeds from Sale of Registered Securities

None.

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

None.

Share Repurchase Program

None.

Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

None.

Equity Compensation Plan

Refer to “Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters” for information regarding securities authorized for issuance under NCM, Inc.’s equity compensation plans which is incorporated in this Item by this reference.

Stock Performance Graph

Not applicable.

 

Item 6. Selected Financial Data

Selected Historical Financial and Operating Data

The following table sets forth our historical selected financial and operating data for the periods indicated. The selected financial and operating data should be read in conjunction with the other information contained in this document, including “Business,” “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” the audited historical financial statements and the notes thereto included elsewhere in this document, and historical audited financial statements, which have not been included in this document.

The results of operations data for the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011 and the balance sheet data as of December 26, 2013 and December 27, 2012 are derived from the audited financial statements of NCM, LLC included elsewhere in this document. The results of operations data for the years ended December 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009 and the balance sheet data as of December 29, 2011, December 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009 are derived from the audited financial statements of NCM LLC (not presented herein).

 

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Results of Operations Data    Years Ended  
($ in millions)    Dec. 26,
2013
     Dec. 27,
2012
     Dec. 29,
2011
     Dec. 30,
2010
     Dec. 31,
2009
 

REVENUE:

              

Advertising

   $ 426.3       $ 409.5       $ 386.2       $ 379.5       $ 335.1   

Fathom Events

     36.5         39.3         49.2         48.0         45.6   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

     462.8         448.8         435.4         427.5         380.7   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

OPERATING EXPENSES:

              

Advertising operating costs

     29.0         31.3         24.6         21.7         20.0   

Fathom Events operating costs

     25.5         29.0         34.1         32.4         29.1   

Network costs

     18.7         18.9         17.7         20.0         18.6   

Theatre access fees—founding members

     69.4         64.5         55.4         52.6         52.7   

Selling and marketing costs

     61.5         60.5         59.8         57.9         50.2   

Administrative and other costs

     20.1         20.3         17.6         17.9         14.8   

Administrative fee – managing member

     10.0         12.1         13.7         16.6         10.8   

Depreciation and amortization

     26.6         20.4         18.8         17.8         15.6   

Other costs

     —           —           —           —           0.7   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

     260.8         257.0         241.7         236.9         212.5   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

OPERATING INCOME

     202.0         191.8         193.7         190.6         168.2   

NON-OPERATING EXPENSES

     38.4         90.2         58.9         49.9         38.1   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

     163.6         101.6         134.8         140.7         130.1   

Provision for income taxes

     0.7         0.6         0.3         0.5         0.8   

Equity loss from investments, net

     —           —           —           0.7         0.8   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

NET INCOME

   $ 162.9       $ 101.0       $ 134.5       $ 139.5       $ 128.5   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

Other Financial and Operating Data    Years Ended  
($ in millions, except cash distributions declared per common unit and screen data)    Dec. 26,
2013
    Dec. 27,
2012
    Dec. 29,
2011
    Dec. 30,
2010
    Dec. 31,
2009
 

OIBDA (1)

   $ 228.6      $ 212.2      $ 212.5      $ 208.4      $ 183.8   

Adjusted OIBDA (1)

   $ 234.5      $ 221.2      $ 224.3      $ 222.4      $ 189.3   

Adjusted OIBDA margin (1)

     50.7     49.3     51.5     52.0     49.7

Capital expenditures

   $ 10.6      $ 10.4      $ 13.7      $ 10.4      $ 8.6   

Founding member screens at period end (2) (6)

     16,562        15,528        15,265        14,997        14,401   

Total screens at period end (3) (6)

     19,878        19,359        18,670        17,302        16,803   

Digital screens at period end (4) (6)

     19,054        18,491        17,698        16,003        15,413   

Total attendance for period (5) (6)

     699.2        690.4        636.8        637.4        667.2   

Cash distributions declared per common unit attributable to the period

   $ 1.56      $ 1.34      $ 1.46      $ 1.42      $ 1.37   

 

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     As of  
Balance Sheet Data (in millions)    Dec. 26,
2013
    Dec. 27,
2012
    Dec. 29,
2011
    Dec. 30,
2010
    Dec. 31,
2009
 

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 13.3      $ 10.4      $ 9.2      $ 13.8      $ 37.8   

Receivables, net

     120.4        98.5        96.6        100.1        89.0   

Property and equipment, net

     25.6        25.7        24.6        19.8        23.7   

Total assets

     699.2        437.4        421.4        426.0        304.4   

Borrowings

     890.0        879.0        794.0        775.0        799.0   

Equity/(deficit)

     (299.2     (524.2     (527.5     (506.6     (639.6

Total liabilities and equity

     699.2        437.4        421.4        426.0        304.4   

Notes to the Selected Historical Financial and Operating Data

 

(1) Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization (“OIBDA”), Adjusted OIBDA and Adjusted OIBDA margin are not financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP in the U.S. OIBDA represents net income plus income tax expense, interest and other costs and depreciation and amortization expense. Adjusted OIBDA excludes from OIBDA non-cash share based payment costs. Adjusted OIBDA margin is calculated by dividing Adjusted OIBDA by total revenue. These non-GAAP financial measures are used by management to evaluate operating performance, to forecast future results and as a basis for compensation. The Company believes these are important supplemental measures of operating performance because they eliminate items that have less bearing on its operating performance and so highlight trends in its core business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on GAAP financial measures. The Company believes the presentation of these measures is relevant and useful for investors because it enables them to view performance in a manner similar to the method used by the Company’s management, helps improve their ability to understand the Company’s operating performance and makes it easier to compare the Company’s results with other companies that may have different depreciation and amortization policies, non-cash share based compensation programs, interest rates or debt levels or income tax rates. A limitation of these measures, however, is that they exclude depreciation and amortization, which represent a proxy for the periodic costs of certain capitalized tangible and intangible assets used in generating revenues in the Company’s business. In addition, Adjusted OIBDA has the limitation of not reflecting the effect of the Company’s share based payment costs. OIBDA or Adjusted OIBDA should not be regarded as an alternative to operating income, net income or as indicators of operating performance, nor should they be considered in isolation of, or as substitutes for financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes that net income is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure to OIBDA. Because not all companies use identical calculations, these non-GAAP presentations may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies, or calculations in the Company’s debt agreement.

 

     OIBDA and Adjusted OIBDA do not reflect integration payments as integration payments are recorded as a reduction to intangible assets. Integration payments received are added to Adjusted OIBDA to determine our compliance with financial covenants under our senior secured credit facility and included in available cash distributions to our members. During the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012, December 29, 2011, December 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009, the Company recorded integration payments of $2.8 million, $0 million, $1.9 million, $3.9 million and $3.6 million, respectively, from our founding members.

 

(2) Represents the total number of screens within NCM LLC’s advertising network operated by NCM LLC’s founding members. Excludes screens associated with certain Cinemark Rave and AMC Rave theatres for all periods presented.
(3) Represents the total screens within NCM LLC’s advertising network.
(4) Represents the total number of screens that are connected to our DCN.
(5) Represents the total attendance within NCM LLC’s advertising network.
(6) Excludes Star Theatres for periods prior to April 2009, Consolidated Theatres for all periods prior to June 2011 and certain Cinemark Rave and AMC Rave theatres for all periods presented.

 

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The following table reconciles net income to OIBDA and Adjusted OIBDA for the periods presented (dollars in millions):

 

     Years Ended  
     Dec. 26,
2013
    Dec. 27,
2012
    Dec. 29,
2011
    Dec. 30,
2010
    Dec. 31,
2009
 

Net income

   $ 162.9      $ 101.0      $ 134.5      $ 139.5      $ 128.5   

Income tax expense

     0.7        0.6        0.3        0.5        0.8   

Equity loss from investments, net

     —          —          —          0.7        0.8   

Interest and other non-operating costs

     38.4        90.2        58.9        49.9        38.1   

Depreciation and amortization

     26.6        20.4        18.8        17.8        15.6   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

OIBDA

   $ 228.6      $ 212.2      $ 212.5      $ 208.4      $ 183.8   

Share-based compensation costs (1)

     5.9        9.0        11.8        14.0        5.5   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted OIBDA

   $ 234.5      $ 221.2      $ 224.3      $ 222.4      $ 189.3   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenue

   $ 462.8      $ 448.8      $ 435.4      $ 427.5      $ 380.7   

Adjusted OIBDA margin

     50.7     49.3     51.5     52.0     49.7

 

(1 ) Share-based payments costs are included in network operations, selling and marketing and administrative expense in the accompanying financial statements. The amount of share-based compensation costs that were non-cash were $3.2 million, $4.3 million, $4.8 million, $5.6 million and $2.0 million for the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012, December 29, 2011, December 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009.

 

Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

As discussed in Part 1, some of the information in this Annual Report on Form 10-K includes “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 (the “Exchange Act”), as amended. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this Form 10-K, including, without limitation, certain statements under “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”, may constitute forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify these “forward-looking statements” by the specific words, including but not limited to “may,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential” or “continue” or the negative of those words and other comparable words. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with our historical financial statements and the related notes thereto included elsewhere in this document.

Overview

We operate the largest digital in-theatre network in North America, for the distribution of advertising and, until its sale at the end of 2013, Fathom Events. Our revenue has been principally derived from the sale of advertising and, to a lesser extent, from our Fathom Events business. We have long-term ESAs with our founding members and multi-year agreements with our network affiliates. The ESAs with our founding members and network affiliate agreements grant us exclusive rights, subject to limited exceptions, to sell advertising and distribute entertainment programming in those theatres. Our advertising FirstLook pre-show and LEN programming are distributed across our proprietary DCN, and live Fathom Event programming was distributed across our DBN until its sale. Approximately 97% of the aggregate NCM LLC founding members and network affiliate theatre attendance is generated by theatres connected to our DCN.

On December 26, 2013, NCM LLC sold its Fathom Events business to a newly formed limited liability company owned 32% by each of the founding members and 4% by NCM LLC. Refer to “—Fathom Events” in Item 1 for further information.

Management focuses on several measurements that we believe provide us with the necessary ratios and key performance indicators to manage our business, determine how we are performing versus our internal goals and targets, and against the performance of our competitors and other benchmarks in the marketplace in which we operate. Senior executives hold meetings twice per quarter with officers, managers and staff to discuss and analyze operating results and address significant variances to budget and prior year in an effort to identify trends and changes in our business. We focus on many operating metrics including changes in OIBDA, Adjusted OIBDA and Adjusted OIBDA margin, as defined and discussed in “Item 6. Selected Financial Data—Notes to the Selected Historical Financial and Operating Data”, as some of our primary measurement metrics. In addition, we monitor our monthly advertising performance measurements, including advertising inventory utilization, advertising pricing (CPM), local and total advertising revenue per attendee and the number of Fathom Events locations, revenue per event and location, as well as our operating cash flow and related financial leverage and cash balances and revolving credit facility availability to ensure that there is adequate cash availability to fund our working capital needs and debt obligations and current and future distributions to members.

Our operating results may be affected by a variety of internal and external factors and trends described more fully in the section entitled “Risk Factors.”

 

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Summary Historical and Operating Data

You should read this information in conjunction with the other information contained in this document, and our audited historical financial statements and the notes thereto included elsewhere in this document.

The following table presents operating data and Adjusted OIBDA. Refer to “Item 6. Selected Financial Data—Notes to the Selected Historical Financial and Operating Data” for a discussion of the calculation of Adjusted OIBDA and reconciliation to net income.

 

(In millions)    Years Ended     % Change  
     Dec. 26,
2013
    Dec. 27,
2012
    Dec. 29,
2011
    2012 to 2013     2011 to 2012  

Revenue

   $ 462.8      $ 448.8      $ 435.4        3.1     3.1

Operating expenses

     260.8        257.0        241.7        1.5     6.3
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

     

Operating income

     202.0        191.8        193.7        5.3     (1.0 %) 

Non-operating expense

     38.4        90.2        73.7        (57.4 %)      22.4

Income tax expense

     0.7        0.6        19.4        16.7     (96.9 %) 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

     

Net income

   $ 162.9      $ 101.0      $ 100.6        61.3     0.4

Adjusted OIBDA

   $ 234.5      $ 221.2      $ 224.3        6.0     (1.4 %) 

Adjusted OIBDA margin

     50.7     49.3     51.5     1.4     (2.2 %) 

Total theatre attendance

     699.2        690.4        636.8        1.3     8.4

Basis of Presentation

Prior to the completion of NCM, Inc.’s IPO, NCM LLC was wholly-owned by its founding members. In connection with the offering, NCM, Inc. purchased newly issued common membership units from NCM LLC and common membership units from our founding members, and became a member of and the sole manager of NCM LLC. We entered into several agreements to effect the reorganization and the financing transaction and certain amendments were made to the existing ESAs to govern the relationships among NCM LLC and our founding members after the completion of these transactions.

On December 26, 2013, NCM LLC sold its Fathom Events business to a newly formed limited liability company owned 32% by each of the founding members and 4% by NCM LLC. Refer to “—Fathom Events” in Item 1 for further information.

The results of operations data discussed herein were derived from the audited Financial Statements and accounting records of NCM LLC and should be read in conjunction with the notes thereto.

We have a 52-week or 53-week fiscal year ending on the first Thursday after December 25. Fiscal years 2013, 2012 and 2011 contained 52 weeks. Our 2014 fiscal year will contain 53 weeks. Throughout this document, we refer to our fiscal years as set forth below:

 

Fiscal Year Ended

   Reference in
this Document
 

December 26, 2013

     2013   

December 27, 2012

     2012   

December 29, 2011

     2011   

 

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Results of Operations

Years Ended December 26, 2013 and December 27, 2012

Revenue. Total revenue for the year ended December 26, 2013 increased $14.0 million, or 3.1% to $462.8 million, compared to $448.8 million for the 2012 period. The following is a summary of revenue by category (in millions).

 

     Years Ended      $ Change     % Change  
     December 26,
2013
     December 27,
2012
     2012 to
2013
    2012 to
2013
 

National advertising revenue

   $ 295.0       $ 288.7       $ 6.3        2.2

Local advertising revenue

     89.9         81.1         8.8        10.9

Founding member advertising revenue from beverage concessionaire agreements

     41.4         39.7         1.7        4.3

Fathom Consumer revenue

     34.4         34.2         0.2        0.6

Fathom Business revenue

     2.1         5.1         (3.0     (58.8 %) 
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

Total revenue

   $ 462.8       $ 448.8       $ 14.0        3.1
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

The following table shows data on revenue per attendee for the years ended December 26, 2013 and December 27, 2012 (in millions):

 

     Per Attendee Data      % Change  
     December 26,
2013
     December 27,
2012
     2012 to
2013
 

National advertising revenue per attendee

   $ 0.422       $ 0.418         0.9

Local advertising revenue per attendee

     0.129         0.117         9.5

Total advertising revenue (excluding founding member beverage revenue) per attendee

     0.551         0.536         2.8

Total advertising revenue per attendee

   $ 0.610       $ 0.593         2.8

National advertising revenue. The $6.3 million, or 2.2%, increase in national advertising revenue (excluding beverage revenue from our founding members) was due primarily to an increase in national inventory utilization which rose from 98.8% in 2012 to 109.3% in 2013 on network attendance growth of 1.3%. Inventory utilization is calculated based on eleven 30-second salable national advertising units in our pre-show, which can be expanded, should market demand dictate. Revenue and utilization increased primarily due to content partner revenue increasing 17.3% to $84.0 million in 2013, compared to $71.6 million in 2012 primarily due to several content partners spending over their annual contractual commitment in 2013. In addition, online and mobile advertising revenue increased $0.8 million, or 16.4%, from $5.0 million in 2012 to $5.8 million in 2013. The increases to national advertising revenue were partially offset by a 7.6% decrease in national advertising CPMs (excluding beverage revenue) due primarily to the expansion of our client mix to new client categories, more aggressive pricing strategies and increased competition.

Local advertising revenue. The $8.8 million, or 10.9%, increase in local advertising revenue was driven by an increase in local advertising contract volume of 9.7% and an increase in the average contract value of 1.1% in 2013, compared to 2012. The increase in contract volume was driven by an increase in sales to smaller local clients. The average dollar value of our local advertising contracts under $100,000 increased 6.2% and the number of contracts under $100,000 increased 9.8%, with contracts between $50,000 and $100,000 driving the increase with growth of 41.7% in the number of contracts in 2013. The increase in smaller contracts was driven in part by a 2.4% increase in the number of average network screens in 2013, compared to 2012 and an improving economic outlook in many of the local markets that we serve. Sales to larger (>$100,000) regional contracts remained consistent period over period.

Founding member beverage revenue. The $1.7 million, or 4.3%, increase in national advertising revenue from our founding members’ beverage concessionaire agreements was due primarily to a 3.7% increase in founding member attendance in 2013, compared to 2012. The increase in founding member attendance related primarily to the acquisition of 109 theatres (with 1,437 screens) by our founding members late in 2012 and in 2013. These acquisitions expanded our network by 12 theatres (192 screens) as 97 theatres (with 1,245 screens) were operated by existing network affiliate theatre circuits.

Fathom Events revenue . Fathom Events revenue, which is comprised of Fathom Consumer revenue and Fathom Business revenue, decreased $2.8 million, or 7.1%, from $39.3 million in 2012 to $36.5 million in 2013. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in Fathom Business revenue of $3.0 million as this business was wound-down in the early part of 2012 and thus we only executed business meeting events on a periodic basis as requested by long-term Fathom clients or our founding members.

 

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Fathom Consumer revenue remained consistent increasing $0.2 million, or 0.6%, year-over-year despite the number of events decreasing by 17, or 18.9%, from 90 in 2012 to 73 in 2013. The events held in 2013 generated 23.6% higher average revenue than those in 2012 due to our focus on higher quality events.

Operating expenses. Total operating expenses for the year ended December 26, 2013 were $260.8 million, an increase of 1.5%, from $257.0 million for the 2012 period.

The following table shows operating expense breakout for the years ended December 26, 2013 and December 27, 2012 (in millions):

 

     Years Ended      $ Change     % Change  
     December 26,
2013
     December 27,
2012
     2012 to
2013
    2012 to
2013
 

Advertising operating costs

   $ 29.0       $ 31.3       $ (2.3     (7.3 %) 

Fathom Events operating costs

     25.5         29.0         (3.5     (12.1 %) 

Network costs

     18.7         18.9         (0.2     (1.1 %) 

Theatre access fees—founding members

     69.4         64.5         4.9        7.6

Selling and marketing costs

     61.5         60.5         1.0        1.7

Administrative and other costs

     20.1         20.3         (0.2     (1.0 %) 

Administrative fee—managing member

     10.0         12.1         (2.1     (17.4 %) 

Depreciation and amortization

     26.6         20.4         6.2        30.4
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

Total operating expenses

   $ 260.8       $ 257.0       $ 3.8        1.5
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

Advertising operating costs. Advertising operating costs decreased $2.3 million, or 7.3%, from $31.3 million for the year ended December 27, 2012 to $29.0 million for the year ended December 26, 2013. This decrease was primarily the result of a $2.9 million decrease in affiliate advertising payments. The decrease in affiliate advertising payments was driven by an 8.0% decrease in the number of average affiliate screens in 2013, compared to 2012. The decrease in affiliate screens is due to the acquisition of certain affiliate screens by our founding members, partially offset by the addition of new affiliate screens to our network by existing affiliates and the addition of six new affiliate circuits during 2013.

Fathom Events operating costs . Fathom Events operating costs decreased $3.5 million, or 12.1%, from $29.0 million for the year ended December 27, 2012 to $25.5 million for the year ended December 26, 2013. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in costs associated with the Fathom Consumer Events division of $1.9 million due to lower programming costs as a percentage of event revenue and fewer events in 2013, compared to 2012. In addition, costs associated with the Fathom Business Events division declined $1.6 million in 2013 compared to 2012 as this division was wound-down in the first quarter of 2012.

Network costs. Network costs decreased $0.2 million, or 1.1%, from $18.9 million for the year ended December 27, 2012 to $18.7 million for the year ended December 26, 2013. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease of $0.2 million in share-based compensation expense.

Theatre access fees . Theatre access fees increased $4.9 million, or 7.6%, from $64.5 million for the year ended December 27, 2012 to $69.4 million for the year ended December 26, 2013. Approximately $3.3 million of the increase was from an increase in fees for digital screens and equipment and the remaining $1.6 million of the increase was due to the 3.7% increase in founding member attendance in 2013, compared to 2012. The fees for digital screens and equipment increased due to an annual 5% rate increase specified in the ESAs and a higher number of our founding member theatres equipped with the higher quality digital cinema equipment year-over-year. As of December 26, 2013, the number of founding member theatres equipped with digital cinema projectors as a percentage of the total founding member network was 86%, compared to 84% as of December 27, 2012 and as of December 26, 2013, 96% of our network screens were showing advertising on digital projectors.

Selling and marketing costs . Selling and marketing costs increased $1.0 million, or 1.7%, from $60.5 million for the year ended December 27, 2012 to $61.5 million for the year ended December 26, 2013. This increase was primarily due to an increase of $1.7 million in non-cash barter expense partially offset by a decrease of $0.8 million in personnel costs due primarily to lower salaries and lower share-based compensation expense.

Administrative and other costs . Administrative and other costs decreased $0.2 million, or 1.0%, from $20.3 million for the year ended December 27, 2012 to $20.1 million for the year ended December 26, 2013. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease of $0.5 million in legal and professional expenses, partially offset by an increase in personnel costs of approximately $0.4 million due primarily to higher bonus expense in 2013 compared to 2012.

Administrative fee – managing member . Administrative fee-managing member decreased $2.1 million, or 17.4%, from $12.1 million for the year ended December 27, 2012 to $10.0 million for the year ended December 26, 2013. This decrease was primarily due to reduced personnel expense from lower salaries and non-cash share based compensation expense.

 

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Depreciation and amortization. Depreciation and amortization expense increased $6.2 million, or 30.4%, from 20.4 million for the year ended December 27, 2012 to $26.6 million for the year ended December 26, 2013. The increase was due to higher amortization of intangible assets related to new affiliate agreements and our founding member common unit adjustments, as well as, an increase in depreciation expense resulting from greater average property, plant and equipment balances year-over-year related primarily to equipment installed into new network affiliate theatres.

Non-operating expenses. Total non-operating expenses for the year ended December 26, 2013 were $38.4 million, a decrease of 57.4%, from $90.2 million for the 2012 period, due primarily to the $25.4 million gain on the sale of the Fathom Events business and loss on terminations of interest rate swap agreements in 2012. The following table shows the non-operating expense breakout for the years ended December 26, 2013 and December 27, 2012 (in millions):

 

     Years Ended     $ Change     % Change  
     December 26,
2013
    December 27,
2012
    2012 to
2013
    2012 to
2013
 

Interest on borrowings

   $ 51.6      $ 56.7      $ (5.1     (9.0 %) 

Interest income

     (0.1     —          (0.1     100.0

Change in derivative fair value

     —          (3.0     3.0        (100.0 %) 

Amortization of terminated derivatives

     10.3        4.0        6.3        157.5

Impairment on investment

     0.8        —          0.8        100.0

Loss on swap terminations

     —          26.7        (26.7     (100.0 %) 

Gain on sale of Fathom Events—founding members

     (25.4     —          (25.4     100.0

Other non-operating expense

     1.2        5.8        (4.6     (79.3 %) 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Total non-operating expenses

   $ 38.4      $ 90.2      $ (51.8     (57.4 %) 
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

Interest on borrowings decreased $5.1 million due primarily to lower average interest rates in 2013, compared to 2012, as a result of the Company’s debt refinancings in 2012 and 2013. In connection with the termination of interest rate swaps during 2012, the Company recorded a loss in 2012 of $26.7 million, recorded higher amortization on terminated derivatives of $6.3 million in 2013 and no longer recorded changes in derivative fair value, all of which decreased non-operating expenses by $17.4 million in 2013, compared to 2012. In 2013, we recorded a gain of $25.4 million, net of direct expenses, for the sale of our Fathom Events business on December 26, 2013. During 2013, we also recorded an impairment charge on a cost method investment of $0.8 million and had lower other non-operating expense primarily due to a decrease in write-offs of debt issuance costs during 2013.

Net income . Net income increased $61.9 million, or 61.3 %, from $101.0 million for the year ended December 27, 2012 to $162.9 million for the year ended December 26, 2013. The increase in net income was driven by a decrease in non-operating expenses of $51.8 million and an increase in operating income of $10.2 million, as described further above.

Years Ended December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011

Revenue. Total revenue for the year ended December 27, 2012 increased $13.4 million, or 3.1% to $448.8 million, compared to $435.4 million for the 2011 period. The increase was driven by an increase in total advertising revenue of $23.3 million, or 6.0%, from $386.2 million for the year ended December 29, 2011 to $409.5 million for the year ended December 27, 2012. The increase is primarily due to a 7.9% increase in national advertising revenue (excluding beverage), a 0.6% increase in local advertising revenue and a 4.5% increase in beverage revenue. Total advertising revenue (including beverage revenue) per attendee for the year ended December 27, 2012 decreased 2.1% from the year ended December 29, 2011.

 

     Years Ended      $ Change     % Change  
     December 27,
2012
     December 29,
2011
     2011 to
2012
    2011 to
2012
 

National advertising revenue

   $ 288.7       $ 267.6       $ 21.1        7.9

Local advertising revenue

     81.1         80.6         0.5        0.6

Founding member advertising revenue from beverage concessionaire agreements

     39.7         38.0         1.7        4.5

Fathom Consumer revenue

     34.2         35.0         (0.8     (2.3 %) 

Fathom Business revenue

     5.1         14.2         (9.1     (64.1 %) 
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

Total revenue

   $ 448.8       $ 435.4       $ 13.4        3.1
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

National advertising revenue. National advertising revenue (including beverage revenue from our founding members) of $328.4 million for the year ended December 27, 2012 increased $22.8 million, or 7.5%, from $305.6 million for the 2011 period. Excluding beverage revenue from the founding members, national advertising revenue increased $21.1 million, or 7.9% to $288.7 million compared to $267.6 million for the 2011 period. The growth in national advertising revenue was driven by total attendance increasing 8.4% for the year ended December 27, 2012, with the founding members increasing 4.4% and network

 

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affiliates increasing 35.2%, which includes 15 new network affiliates added to our network in 2011 and 2012. In addition, online and mobile revenue increased $1.7 million, or 52.4% during 2012 compared to 2011 as the Company continues to place more focus on the online and mobile market, including selling advertising that combines on-screen, lobby and online and mobile marketing components. Branded content revenue increased 44.7% during 2012 compared to 2011, due to more branded content contracts sold. National inventory utilization decreased to 98.8% for the year ended December 27, 2012 compared to 100.3% for the 2011 period as a result of a larger impression base in 2012 relating to an 8.4% attendance increase. Inventory utilization is calculated based on eleven 30-second salable national advertising units in our pre-show, which can be expanded, should market demand dictate. National advertising CPMs (excluding beverage revenue) decreased 2.5% during 2012 due to pricing pressure in the broader advertising marketplace and a higher number of long-form (longer than 30 seconds) advertisements.

Local advertising revenue. Local advertising revenue increased $0.5 million, or 0.6% to $81.1 million for the year ended December 27, 2012 compared to $80.6 million for the 2011 period. The Company’s number of local advertising contracts increased 4.6% as our smaller clients began to spend again with the improving economic climate. The number of our network screens increased 3.7%, and the average contract value increased 1.0% due to an increase in the number of higher value regional contracts.

Founding member beverage revenue. Our founding members’ advertising revenue from beverage concessionaire agreements increased 4.5% due to a 4.4% increase in founding members’ attendance.

Fathom Events revenue. Fathom Events revenue decreased $9.9 million, or 20.1% to $39.3 million for the year ended December 27, 2012 compared to $49.2 million for the 2011 period. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in Fathom Business Events revenue to $9.1 million as this division was wound-down and shifted back to the founding member circuits during the first quarter of 2012 per the terms of the ESA, and a decrease in Fathom Consumer Events revenue of $0.8 million, or 2.3%, from $34.2 million for the year ended December 27, 2012 to $35.0 million for the year ended December 29, 2011. The decrease in Fathom Consumer revenue was due to a 13.5% decrease in events and 6.8% decrease in average event ticket price, offset by a 5.0% increase in paid event attendance, related to a focus on higher quality events.

Operating expenses. Total operating expenses for the year ended December 27, 2012 were $257.0 million, an increase of 6.3%, from $241.7 million for the 2011 period. The following table shows the operating expense breakout for the years ended December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011 (in millions):

 

     Years Ended      $ Change     % Change  
     December 27,
2012
     December 29,
2011
     2011 to 2012     2011 to 2012  

Advertising operating costs

   $ 31.3       $ 24.6       $ 6.7        27.2

Fathom Events operating costs

     29.0         34.1         (5.1     (15.0 %) 

Network costs

     18.9         17.7         1.2        6.8

Theatre access fees—founding members

     64.5         55.4         9.1        16.4

Selling and marketing costs

     60.5         59.8         0.7        1.2

Administrative and other costs

     20.3         17.6         2.7        15.3

Administrative fee—managing member

     12.1         13.7         (1.6     (11.7 %) 

Depreciation and amortization

     20.4         18.8         1.6        8.5
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

Total operating expenses

   $ 257.0       $ 241.7       $ 15.3        6.3
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

Advertising operating costs. Advertising operating costs increased $6.7 million, or 27.2%, from $24.6 million for the year ended December 29, 2011 to $31.3 million for the year ended December 27, 2012. This increase was primarily the result of a $6.5 million increase in payments made to our network affiliates primarily due to a 3.7% increase in network affiliate screens, as well as the increase in national advertising revenue (excluding beverage revenue). As a percentage of total network screens, affiliate screens increased from 18.2% as of December 29, 2011 to 19.7% as of December 27, 2012.

Fathom Events operating costs. Fathom Events operating costs decreased $5.1 million, or 15.0%, from $34.1 million for the year ended December 29, 2011 to $29.0 million for the year ended December 27, 2012. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in costs associated with the Fathom Business Events division which declined $5.0 million as this division was wound-down in the first quarter of 2012. The Fathom Consumer Events division operating costs were approximately the same as 2011, consistent with the relatively flat year to year revenue.

 

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Network costs. Network costs increased $1.2 million, or 6.5%, from $17.7 million for the year ended December 29, 2011 to $18.9 million for the year ended December 27, 2012. The increase was primarily due to an increase in year-end performance bonuses due to a better performance against internal goals than 2011 and an increase in the average number of total network screens during 2012 compared to 2011.

Theatre access fees . Theatre access fees increased $9.1 million, or 16.4%, from $55.4 million for the year ended December 29, 2011 to $64.5 million for the year ended December 27, 2012. The increase was due in part to contractual rate increases specified in the ESA, including an annual 5% rate increase per digital screen and an 8% increase in the payment per patron fee which occurs every five years with the first such increase taking effect in 2012. Theatre access fees also increased due to our founding member attendance increasing by 8.4% for 2012, compared to 2011. In addition, payments to founding members to obtain access to higher quality digital cinema equipment increased due to a higher number of founding member theatres equipped with this technology.

Selling and marketing costs . Selling and marketing costs increased $0.7 million, or 1.2%, from $59.8 million for the year ended December 29, 2011 to $60.5 million for the year ended December 27, 2012. This increase was primarily due to an increase in advertising related selling and marketing costs of $5.1 million, offset by a decrease in selling and marketing costs associated with the Fathom Events of $3.6 million, and a decrease in stock-based compensation expense of $0.6 million. Advertising related selling and marketing costs increased due to an increase in online publisher expense (related to the increase in online and mobile revenue), increase in commission expense related to higher online and mobile revenue, and an increase in promotional and merchandising expense. The $3.6 million decrease in Fathom Events selling and marketing costs was due primarily to the wind-down of the Fathom Business Events division during the first quarter of 2012.

Administrative and other costs. Administrative and other costs increased $2.7 million, or 15.4%, from $17.6 million for the year ended December 29, 2011 to $20.3 million for the year ended December 27, 2012. The increase was primarily due to a $0.9 million increase in salaries, a $0.7 million increase in performance bonus expense and a $0.4 million increase in health and 401(k) benefit expenses. These were partially offset by miscellaneous administrative expenses.

Administrative fee – managing member . Administrative fee-managing member for the year ended December 27, 2012 was $12.1 million compared to $13.7 million for the 2011 period, a decrease of 11.7%. This decrease was primarily due to reduced non-cash share based compensation expense as well as lower cash incentive payments to reflect not reaching internal annual financial targets.

Depreciation and amortization. Depreciation and amortization expense increased $1.6 million to $20.4 million for the year ended December 27, 2012, compared to $18.8 million for the year ended December 29, 2011 primarily from increased amortization expense recognized on intangible assets for new network affiliate agreements added during late 2011 and 2012.

Non-operating expenses. Total non-operating expenses for the year ended December 27, 2012 were $90.2 million, an increase of 53.1%, from $58.9 million for the 2011 period. The following table shows the non-operating expense breakout for the years ended December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011 (in millions):

 

     Years Ended      $ Change     % Change  
     December 27,
2012
    December 29,
2011
     2011 to
2012
    2011 to
2012
 

Interest on borrowings

   $ 56.7      $ 49.2       $ 7.5        15.2

Change in derivative fair value

     (3.0     —           (3.0     100.0

Amortization of terminated derivatives

     4.0        1.3         2.7        207.7

Impairment on investment

     —          6.7         (6.7     (100.0 %) 

Loss on swap terminations

     26.7        —           26.7        100.0

Other non-operating expense

     5.8        1.7         4.1        241.2
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

Total non-operating expenses

   $ 90.2      $ 58.9       $ 31.3        53.1
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

Net income . Net income decreased $33.5 million, or 33.2%, from $134.5 million for the year ended December 29, 2011 to $101.0 million for the year ended December 27, 2012. The decrease was due primarily to a $26.7 million loss on the termination of our interest rate swap agreement associated with the portion of our term loan that was paid down during the second quarter of 2012 with the proceeds from the issuance of our Senior Secured Notes. Additionally, the decrease in net income was due to a $7.5 million increase in interest on borrowings due primarily to the higher interest rates of the Senior Unsecured Notes in July 2011 and to a lesser extent the issuance of our Senior Secured Notes in April 2012. These decreases in net income were partially offset by a $6.7 million impairment charge incurred during the year ended December 29, 2011, that we did not incur during the year ended December 27, 2012.

 

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Known Trends and Uncertainties

Trends and Uncertainties Related to our Business, Industry and Corporate Structure

The current macro-economic environment and its impact on the national television and local and regional advertising markets in general, presents uncertainties that could impact our results of operations, including the timing and amount of spending from our national advertising clients. The impact to our business associated with these issues will be mitigated somewhat over time due to factors including the expansion of our advertising network, the related increase in salable advertising impressions, growth in our advertising client base, the effectiveness of cinema advertising relative to other advertising mediums, and the technical quality of our network and inventory management systems. During 2013 and thus far in 2014, we have added seven new affiliate theatre circuits (with 303 screens) to our national network. In total, these contracted new affiliate theatres are expected to add approximately 8 million new attendees on a full-year pro-forma basis, which we expect will result in approximately 118 million new salable national advertising impressions (assuming 14 national advertising units of 30 seconds each). Our sales force integrates these additional impressions into the advertising sales process as they are added to our network and thus these attendees will provide the opportunity for expansion of our revenue, operating income and cash flow. We believe that the continued growth of our network will expand our national reach and geographic coverage will strengthen our selling proposition and competitive positioning versus other national and local television video and other advertising platforms. In addition, during 2012 and 2013, our founding members acquired several of our affiliates making the majority of them a part of the founding members’ network immediately with the remaining in the future as existing agreements with another cinema advertising provider expire (14 theatres with 223 screens in November 2018). We pay a theatre access fee to our founding members, rather than affiliate payments. Theatre access fees are generally lower, as a percentage of revenue, than affiliate payments, which results in improved operating margins for the Company.

On December 26, 2013, we sold our Fathom Events business to a newly formed limited liability company (AC JV, LLC) owned 32% by each of the founding members and 4% by us. In consideration for the sale, we received a total of $25.0 million in promissory notes from our founding members (one-third or approximately $8.3 million from each founding member). The notes bear interest at a fixed rate of 5.0% per annum, compounded annually. Interest and principal payments are due annually in six equal installments commencing on the first anniversary of the closing. Due to the related party nature of the transaction, we formed a committee of independent directors that hired a separate legal counsel and an investment banking firm who advised the committee and rendered an opinion as to the fairness of the transaction. We deconsolidated Fathom Events and recognized a gain on the sale of approximately $25.4 million (net of direct expenses) during the year ended December 26, 2013. We amended and restated our existing ESAs with each of the founding members to remove those provisions addressing the rights and obligations related to the digital programming services of the Fathom Events business. These rights and obligations were conveyed to AC JV, LLC in connection with the sale. In connection with the sale, we entered into a transition services agreement to provide certain corporate overhead services for a fee and reimbursement for the use of facilities and certain services including creative, technical event management and event management for the newly formed limited liability company for a period of nine months following the closing. In addition, we entered into a services agreement with a term coinciding with the ESAs, which grants the newly formed limited liability company advertising on-screen and on our LEN and a pre-feature program prior to Fathom events reasonably consistent with what was previously dedicated to Fathom. In addition, the services agreement provides that we will assist with event sponsorship sales in return for a share of the sponsorship revenue. We have also agreed to provide creative and media production services for a fee.

In 2013, we experienced a decline of 7.6% in national advertising CPMs (excluding beverage revenue) due primarily to the expansion of our client mix to new categories, more aggressive pricing strategies and increased competition. We expect this trend of decreasing CPMs to continue in 2014 as we further expand our client mix into client categories that have lower pricing expectations and the marketplace becomes more competitive due to the expansion of online and mobile video advertising platforms.

Under the ESAs, up to 90 seconds of the FirstLook program can be sold to our founding members to satisfy their on-screen advertising commitments under their beverage concessionaire agreements. During 2013, we sold 60 seconds to the founding members. We expect to continue to sell 60 seconds of time to the founding members in 2014. During 2014, the founding members will be renegotiating their agreements with their beverage supplier, which could change the amount of advertising time that the circuits are required to buy from us to satisfy those agreements. Should the amount of time acquired as part of these beverage concessionaire arrangements decline, that time will be available for sale to other clients. Through 2011, this time was priced on a CPM basis, which increased each year as specified in the ESAs. Per the ESAs, beginning in 2012, this time is priced equal to the annual percentage change in the advertising CPM for the previous year charged by NCM LLC to unaffiliated third parties during segment one (closest to showtime) of the FirstLook pre-show, limited to the highest advertising CPM being then-charged by NCM LLC. Due to the lower CPMs that we realized in 2013, this will reduce the CPM on our beverage concessionaire revenue during 2014.

In consideration for NCM LLC’s access to founding members’ theatre attendees for on-screen advertising and use of lobbies and other space within the founding members’ theatres for the LEN and lobby promotions, the founding members receive a monthly theatre access fee under the ESAs. The theatre access fee is composed of a fixed payment per patron and a fixed payment per digital screen. The payment per theatre patron increases by 8% every five years, with the first such increase taking effect for fiscal year 2012, and the payment per digital screen increases annually by 5%. The theatre access fee paid in the aggregate to all founding members cannot be less than 12% of NCM LLC’s aggregate advertising revenue (as defined in the ESA), or it will be adjusted upward to reach this minimum payment. Pursuant to ESAs, beginning on October 1, 2010 the theatre access fee paid to the members of NCM

 

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LLC included an additional fee for access to the higher quality digital cinema systems. This additional fee will continue to increase as additional screens are equipped with the new digital cinema equipment and the fee increases annually by 5%. As of December 26, 2013, 86% of our founding member network screens were showing advertising on digital cinema projectors.

Trends and Uncertainties Related to Liquidity and Financial Performance

During 2013 and 2012, we amended our senior secured credit facility and in 2012 and 2011, we issued new Senior Unsecured Notes and Senior Secured Notes. As a result of these transactions, we extended the average maturities of our debt by over six years to an average remaining maturity of 7.4 years as of December 26, 2013. Interest expense related to cash borrowings decreased approximately $5.1 million for 2013 compared to 2012 related to these transactions. As of December 26, 2013, approximately 67% of our total borrowings bear interest at fixed rates. The remaining 33% of our borrowings bear interest at variable rates and as such, our net income and earnings per share could fluctuate with interest rate fluctuations related to our borrowings. Refer to Note 7 to the audited financial statements included elsewhere in this document.

As discussed in Note 1 to the audited financial statements included elsewhere in this document, our fiscal year 2007 and 2008 tax returns were under examination by the IRS. On September 10, 2013, NCM LLC and NCM, Inc., in its capacity as tax matters partner for NCM LLC, received a “No Adjustments Letter” from the IRS which stated that the IRS completed its review of the NCM LLC tax returns for the fiscal years ended 2007 and 2008 and did not propose any adjustments to those tax returns. NCM, Inc. had previously contested adjustments proposed by the IRS through the administrative appeals process. The Company had not recorded any adjustment to its audited financial statements for this matter and as such there was no effect on the Company’s audited financial statements for the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 or December 29, 2011 related to the closure of these audits.

Trends Related to Ownership in NCM LLC

In accordance with our Common Unit Adjustment Agreement with our founding members, on an annual basis we determine the amount of common membership units to be issued to or returned by the founding members based on theatre additions or dispositions during the previous year. During the first quarter of 2013, we issued 4,536,014 common membership units to our founding members for the rights to exclusive access to net new theatre screens and attendees added by the founding members to our network during 2012. Of these units, 3,599,198 related to theatre acquisitions and 936,816 related to new theatres constructed, net of closures.

Our Common Unit Adjustment Agreement also requires that a Common Unit Adjustment occur for a specific founding member if its acquisition or disposition of theatres, in a single transaction or cumulatively since the most recent Common Unit Adjustment, results in an attendance increase or decrease in excess of two percent of the annual total attendance at the prior adjustment date. During the second quarter of 2013, we issued 5,315,837 common membership units to Cinemark for attendees added in connection with Cinemark’s acquisition of Rave Cinemas and one other newly built theatre. During the fourth quarter of 2013, we issued 3,372,241 common membership units to Regal for attendees added in connection with Regal’s acquisition of Hollywood Theatres and three other newly built theatres.

During the third quarter of 2013, Regal exercised a redemption right of an aggregate 2,300,000 common membership units for a like number of shares of NCM, Inc.’s common stock. Refer to Note 9 to the audited financial statements included elsewhere in this document.

Financial Condition and Liquidity

Liquidity

Our cash balances can fluctuate due to the seasonality of our business and related timing of collections of accounts receivable balances and operating expenditure payments, as well as available cash payments (as defined in the NCM LLC Operating Agreement) to our founding members and managing member, interest or principal payments on our term loan and the Senior Secured Notes and Senior Unsecured Notes.

A summary of our financial liquidity is as follows (in millions):

 

     Years Ended               
     December 26,
2013
     December 27,
2012
     December 29,
2011
     $ Change
2012 to 2013
    $ Change
2011 to 2012
 

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 13.3       $ 10.7       $ 9.2       $ 2.6      $ 1.5   

Revolver availability (1)

     104.0         110.0         75.0         (6.0     35.0   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

   $ 117.3       $ 120.7       $ 84.2       $ (3.4   $ 36.5   

 

(1) The revolving credit facility portion of our total borrowings is available, subject to certain conditions, for general corporate purposes of NCM LLC in the ordinary course of business and for other transactions permitted under the senior secured credit facility, and a portion is available for letters of credit. Our total availability under the revolving credit facility is $124.0 million. Of the total available, $14.0 million outstanding principal of the revolving credit facility, formerly held by Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. (“Lehman”), will not be repaid in connection with any future prepayments of the revolving credit facility amounts, but rather Lehman’s share of the revolving credit facility will be paid in full by us to the successor lenders, along with any accrued and unpaid fees and interest, by the maturity date of December 31, 2014. As of December 26, 2013, there was an additional $6.0 million drawn on the revolving credit facility.

 

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We have generated and used cash as follows (in millions):

 

     Years Ended  
     December 26, 2013     December 27, 2012     December 29, 2011  

Operating cash flow

   $ 168.5     $ 97.2     $ 177.2  

Investing cash flow

   $ (19.0   $ (17.4   $ (29.4

Financing cash flow

   $ (146.6   $ (78.6   $ (152.4

Cash Flows – Years Ended December 26, 2013 and December 27, 2012

Operating Activities. The $71.3 million increase in cash provided by operating activities for the year ended December 26, 2013 versus the year ended December 27, 2012 was primarily due to the absence of $63.4 million of payments for swap terminations that were incurred in 2012, a $19.5 million decrease in accounts receivable collections period over period primarily from the timing of collections in the period, $20.1 million increase in net income after non-cash items, partially offset by a $4.6 million greater decrease in other operating activities.

Investing Activities. The $1.6 million increase in cash used in investing activities for the year ended December 26, 2013 compared to the year ended December 27, 2012 was due primarily to an increase of $1.7 million in affiliate payments for the up-front fees paid upon commencement of network affiliate agreements.

Financing Activities. The $68.0 million increase in cash used in financing activities during the year ended December 26, 2013 compared to the year ended December 27, 2012 was due primarily to a decrease in cash proceeds from borrowings, net of payments, of $74.0 million and an increase in distributions to our founding members and managing member of $24.7 million, partially offset by $18.0 million greater proceeds from the settlement of share-based compensation and $10.6 million lower debt issuance costs.

Cash Flows – Years Ended December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011

Operating Activities. The decrease in cash provided by operating activities for the year ended December 27, 2012 versus the 2011 period was primarily due to the $63.4 million paid for the swap terminations and an increase in interest on borrowings.

Investing Activities. The cash used in investing activities for the year ended December 27, 2012 decreased compared to the year ended December 29, 2011. The decrease was attributable to lower capital expenditures of $3.1 million and the purchases of intangible assets decreased by $8.7 million.

Financing Activities. The decrease in cash used for financing activities for the year ended December 27, 2012 versus the 2011 period was primarily due to an increase in cash proceeds from borrowings, net of payments of $67.2 million related to the issuance of the Senior Secured Notes during the period and an increase in our term loan in the fourth quarter. Additionally, the distribution to our founding members and managing member decreased $16.5 million in the period ended December 27, 2012 from the period ended December 29, 2011. The overall increase is partially offset by an increase of $4.9 million in payments of our debt issuance costs.

Sources of Capital and Capital Requirements

Our primary source of liquidity and capital resources includes cash from operations, availability under the revolving credit facility and cash on hand. Refer to Note 7 – Borrowings to the audited financial statements included elsewhere in this document and “Financings” below for a detailed discussion of the debt transactions in 2012 and 2013.

Management believes that future funds generated from our operations and cash on hand should be sufficient to fund working capital requirements, our debt service requirements, and capital expenditure and other investing requirements, through the next twelve months. Cash flows can be impacted by the seasonality of advertising sales, stock option exercises, interest on borrowings under our revolving credit agreement and to a lesser extent theatre attendance. We are required pursuant to the terms of our operating agreement to distribute our available cash, as defined in the operating agreement, quarterly to our members (the founding members and NCM, Inc.). The available cash distribution to the members of NCM LLC and for the year ended December 26, 2013 was $193.4 million.

Capital Expenditures

Capital expenditures have typically been capitalized software upgrades for our DCS and advertising proposal and inventory management system being developed primarily by our programmers, equipment required for our NOC and content production and post-production facilities, office leasehold improvements, desktop equipment for use by our employees, and in certain cases, the costs necessary to digitize all or a portion of a network affiliate’s theatres when they are added to our network. Capital expenditures for the year ended December 26, 2013 were $10.6 million (including $2.2 million associated with network affiliate additions) compared to $10.4 million (including $3.2 million associated with network affiliate additions) for the 2012 period. The capital expenditures have typically been satisfied through cash flow from operations. All capital expenditures related to the DCN within our founding members’ theatres have been made by our founding members under the ESAs. We expect they will continue to be made by our founding members in accordance with the ESAs.

 

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We expect to make approximately $10.0 million to $11.0 million of capital expenditures in fiscal 2014, primarily for upgrades to our DCS distribution software and our internal management systems, including our advertising inventory optimization, management and reporting systems, our internet site, mobile apps and network equipment related to currently contracted network affiliate theatres. We expect these upgrades and improvements to our management reporting systems, which are intended to provide additional advertising scheduling and placement flexibility for our clients, should enhance our operating efficiencies, including allowing us to better manage our advertising inventory, and prepare us for continued growth. Our capital expenditures may increase should we decide to add additional network affiliates to our network. We expect that additional expenditures, if any, would be funded in part by additional cash flows associated with those new network affiliates. The commitments associated with our operating lease requirements are included in “Contractual and Other Obligations” below.

Financings

Our senior secured credit facility consists of a $124.0 million revolving credit facility and a $270.0 million term loan. On May 2, 2013, we entered into an amendment of our senior secured credit facility whereby the facility was increased from $265.0 million to $270.0 million. In connection with the amendment, the interest rates on the revolving credit facility and term loans were reduced as described further in Note 7 to the audited financial statements. In addition, we recorded a non-cash charge of approximately $0.5 million for the write-off of net deferred issuance costs associated with the prior agreement and recorded approximately $0.7 million for certain new fees. The obligations under the facility are secured by a lien on substantially all of the assets of NCM LLC. On July 5, 2011, we completed a private placement of $200.0 million in aggregate principal amount of 7.875% Senior Unsecured Notes for which the registered exchange offering was completed on September 22, 2011. On April 27, 2012, we completed a private placement of $400.0 million in aggregate principal amount of 6.00% Senior Secured Notes for which the registered exchange offering was completed on November 26, 2012. For further information refer to Note 7 to the audited financial statements located elsewhere in this document.

The senior secured credit facility contains a number of covenants and financial ratio requirements, with which we were in compliance at December 26, 2013, including a consolidated net senior secured leverage ratio as of December 26, 2013 of 2.9 versus a covenant of 6.5 times for each quarterly period. We are permitted to make quarterly dividend payments and other payments based on leverage ratios for NCM LLC and our subsidiaries so long as no default or event of default has occurred and continues to occur. The quarterly dividend payments and other distributions are made in the following percentages based on the consolidated net senior secured leverage ratios for NCM LLC and our subsidiaries:

 

    100% of “Available Cash” as defined in the credit agreement if such consolidated net senior secured leverage ratio is less than or equal to 6.5 times.

 

    75% of Available Cash if such consolidated net senior secured leverage ratio is less than or equal to 7.0 times but greater than 6.5 times.

 

    50% of Available Cash if such consolidated net senior secured leverage ratio is less than or equal to 7.5 times but greater than 7.0 times.

There are no borrower distribution restrictions as long as our net senior secured leverage ratio is below 6.5 times and we are in compliance with our debt covenants. If there are limitations on the restricted payments, we may not declare or pay any dividends, or make any payments on our account, or set aside assets for the retirement or other acquisition of capital stock of the borrower or any subsidiary, or make any other distribution for our obligations. When these restrictions are effective, we may still pay the services fee and reimbursable costs pursuant to terms of the management agreement. We can also make payments pursuant to the tax receivable agreement in the amount, and at the time necessary to satisfy the contractual obligations with respect to the actual cash tax benefits payable to our founding members.

Critical Accounting Policies

The significant accounting policies of the Company are described in Note 1 to the audited financial statements included elsewhere in this document. Certain accounting policies involve significant judgments, assumptions and estimates by management that have a material impact on the carrying value of certain assets and liabilities, which management considers critical accounting policies. The judgments, assumptions and estimates used by management are based on historical experience, knowledge of the accounts and other factors, which are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances and are evaluated on an ongoing basis. Because of the nature of the judgments and assumptions made by management, actual results could differ from these judgments and estimates, which could have a material impact on the carrying values of assets and liabilities and the results of operations of the Company.

Allowance for doubtful accounts. The allowance for doubtful accounts represents management’s estimate of probable credit losses inherent in its trade receivables, which represent a significant asset on the balance sheet. Estimating the amount of the allowance for doubtful accounts requires significant judgment and the use of estimates related to the amount and timing of estimated losses based on historical loss experience, consideration of current economic trends and conditions and debtor-specific factors, all of which may be susceptible to significant change. Account receivable balances are charged against the allowance, while recoveries of

 

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amounts previously charged are credited to the allowance. A provision for bad debt is charged to operations based on management’s periodic evaluation of the factors previously mentioned, as well as other pertinent factors. To the extent actual outcomes differ from management estimates, additional provision for bad debt could be required that could adversely affect earnings or financial position in future periods.

Share-based compensation . The management services agreement provides that the Company may participate in NCM Inc.’s Equity Incentive Plan, as amended (the “Equity Incentive Plan”). The Equity Incentive Plan is treated as an equity plan under the provisions of Accounting Standards Codification ASC 718 – Compensation – Stock Compensation , and the determination of fair value of options, restricted stock and restricted stock units for accounting purposes requires that management make complex estimates and judgments.

We estimate forfeitures when calculating share-based compensation expense which is based on management’s expectations of potential separation of employees. We also utilize the Black-Scholes option pricing model to estimate the fair value of our options. This model requires that the Company make estimates of various factors used, including expected life of the options, the risk-free interest rate, the expected volatility and our dividend yield. During 2013, we did not grant any stock options and instead granted restricted stock which we expect to continue in the future.

Certain of the restricted stock awards include performance vesting conditions, which permit vesting to the extent that NCM, Inc. achieves specified non-GAAP targets at the end of the measurement period. Compensation expense is based on management’s projections and the probability of achievement of those expectations, which requires considerable judgment. We record a cumulative adjustment to share-based compensation expense in periods that we change our estimate of the number of shares expected to vest. Additionally, we ultimately adjust the expense recognized to reflect the actual vested shares following the resolution of the performance conditions.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

For a discussion of the recent accounting pronouncements relevant to our business operations, refer to the information provided under Note 1 to the audited financial statements included elsewhere in this document.

Related-Party Transactions

For a discussion of the related-party transactions, refer to the information provided under Note 6 – Related Party Transactions to the audited financial statements included elsewhere in this document.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

Our operating lease obligations, which primarily include office leases, are not reflected on our balance sheet. Refer to “—Contractual and Other Obligations” for further detail. We do not believe these arrangements are material to our current or future financial condition, results of operations, liquidity, capital resources or capital expenditures.

Contractual and Other Obligations

Our contractual obligations as of December 26, 2013 were as follows:

 

     Payments Due by Period (in millions)  
     Within
1 fiscal year
     1-3 fiscal
years
     3-5 fiscal
years
     Thereafter      Total  

Borrowings (1)

   $ 14.0       $ —         $ 6.0       $ 870.0       $ 890.0   

Future cash interest on borrowings (2)

     49.2         101.9         111.4         138.5         401.0   

Office leases

     2.6         5.2         3.7         4.1         15.6   

Network affiliate agreements (3)

     9.9         19.9         9.9         2.7         42.4   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total contractual cash obligations

   $ 75.7       $ 127.0       $ 131.0       $ 1,015.3       $ 1,349.0   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1) We have a $124.0 million variable rate revolving credit facility of which $20.0 million was outstanding as of December 26, 2013. Debt service requirements under this agreement depend on the amounts borrowed and the level of the base interest rate, in addition to a commitment fee on the unused portion of the revolving credit facility. Refer to further discussion of the secured credit facility under “—Financial Condition and Liquidity-Financings” above.
(2) The amounts of future cash interest payments in the table above are based on the amount outstanding on the Senior Secured Notes, Senior Unsecured Notes, term loans and revolving credit facility, as well as estimated rates of interest over the term of the variable rate revolving credit facility and term loan. The Senior Unsecured Notes due in 2021 are at a fixed rate of 7.875%. The Senior Secured Notes due in 2022 are at a fixed rate of 6.00%. In addition, we have variable rate term loans and a revolving credit facility. Debt service requirements under this agreement depend on the amounts borrowed and the level of the base interest rate, in addition to a commitment fee on the unused portion of the revolving credit facility. Refer to further discussion of the secured credit facility under “—Financial Condition and Liquidity-Financings” above. In addition to the cash interest, we expect to amortize $10.0 million and $1.6 million in 2014 and 2015 respectively, related to our terminated interest rate swap agreements as discussed in Note 12 to the audited financial statements included elsewhere in this document.
(3 ) The value in this table represents the maximum potential payout under the revenue guarantees made by NCM LLC to our network affiliates. No revenue guarantee amounts have ever been paid under these agreements as such guarantees have been less than the revenue share calculations specified in the affiliate agreements, and no liabilities were recorded as of December 26, 2013. For additional details refer to the information provided under Note 10 to the audited financial statements included elsewhere in this document.

 

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The ESAs entered into at the completion of NCM, Inc.’s IPO and subsequent amendments and restatements require payments based on a combination of our founding member attendance, the number of digital screens of each founding member and the number of higher quality digital cinema systems of each founding member. The amount relating to the attendance factor will vary from quarter to quarter and year to year as theatre attendance varies, while the amount relating to the digital screens and digital cinema systems will also vary quarter to quarter and year to year as screens are converted to digital screens, other screens are added or removed through acquisition, divestiture or closure activities of our founding members and our founding members convert to the higher quality digital cinema systems. The payments made to our founding members also will vary due to the escalation of the rates paid for each factor pursuant to the amended and restated ESAs. The rate per attendee increases 8% every five years, with the first such increase taking effect for fiscal year 2012, while the rate per digital screen and digital cinema system screen increase 5% annually. The table above does not include amounts payable under the ESAs as they are based on variable factors, which are not capable of precise estimation.

 

Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

The primary market risk to which we are exposed is interest rate risk. The Senior Unsecured Notes and the Senior Secured Notes bear interest at fixed rates, and therefore are not subject to market risk. As of December 26, 2013, the interest rate risk that we are exposed to is related to our $124.0 million revolving credit facility and our $270.0 million term loan. A 100 basis point fluctuation in market interest rates underlying our term loan and revolving credit facility would have the effect of increasing or decreasing our cash interest expense by approximately $2.9 million for an annual period on the $20.0 million and $270.0 million outstanding as of December 26, 2013 on our revolving credit facility and term loan, respectively.

 

Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

Refer to Index to Financial Statements and Supplemental Information on page F-1.

 

Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

Not applicable.

 

Item 9A. Controls and Procedures

Effectiveness of Disclosure Controls and Procedures. We maintain disclosure controls and procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by us in the reports that we file or submit to the SEC under the Exchange Act, as amended, is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified by the Commission’s rules and forms, and that information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including the Chief Executive Officer (principal executive officer) and Senior Vice President, Finance and Interim Co-Chief Financial Officer (principal financial officer) as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. As of December 26, 2013, our management evaluated, with the participation of the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President, Finance and Interim Co-Chief Financial Officer, the effectiveness of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures pursuant to Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) of the Exchange Act. Based on that evaluation, the Company’s management concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures as of December 26, 2013 were effective.

Management’s Annual Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting. Management is responsible for establishing and maintaining, and has established and maintains, adequate internal control over financial reporting, as such term is defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f). As of December 26, 2013, our management evaluated, with the participation of the Chief Executive Officer (principal executive officer) and Senior Vice President, Finance and Interim Co-Chief Financial Officer (principal financial officer), the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on the framework in Internal Control— Integrated Framework (1992) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. Based on that evaluation, the Company’s management concluded that the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 26, 2013 was effective.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting.

The Company implemented a new general ledger system during the quarter ended December 26, 2013. The Company evaluated the design of the internal control over financial reporting prior to implementation and tested these controls during the quarter ended December 26, 2013.

 

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There were no other changes in the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting that occurred during the quarter ended December 26, 2013, that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting.

 

Item 9B. Other Information

None.

PART III

 

Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

We do not have executive officers or directors. Instead, we are managed by the board of directors of our manager, NCM, Inc., and the executive officers of our manager perform all of our management functions pursuant to our operating agreement and the management services agreement between us and NCM, Inc. As a result, the executive officers of our manager are essentially our executive officers, and their compensation is administered by our manager.

The information required by this item regarding directors of NCM, Inc. is incorporated herein by reference from NCM, Inc.’s Proxy Statement under the heading “Proposal 1 – Election of Directors.” The information required by this item regarding executive officers of NCM, Inc. is incorporated herein by reference from NCM, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K under the heading “Item 1. Business – Executive Officers of the Registrant” and is incorporated herein by this reference.

 

Item 11. Executive Compensation

The information required by this item regarding compensation of executive officers and directors of NCM, Inc. is incorporated herein by reference from NCM, Inc.’s Proxy Statement under the heading “Compensation of Executive Officers.”

 

Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

For information with respect to the security ownership of directors, executive officers and holders of more than 5% of a class of NCM, Inc.’s voting securities, refer to NCM, Inc.’s Proxy Statement under the heading “Beneficial Ownership,” which information is incorporated herein by reference.

For equity incentive plan information, refer to NCM, Inc.’s Proxy Statement under the heading “Equity Incentive Plan Information,” which information is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

For information with respect to certain relationships and related transactions, refer to NCM, Inc.’s Proxy Statement under the heading “Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions,” which information is incorporated herein by reference.

For information with respect to NCM, Inc. director independence, refer to NCM, Inc.’s Proxy Statement under the heading “Proposal 1- Election of Directors,” which information is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services

The information required by this item with respect to principal accounting fees and services is incorporated herein by reference from NCM, Inc.’s Proxy Statement under the heading “Fees Paid to Independent Auditors.”

PART IV

 

Item 15. Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules

(a) (1) and (a) (2) Financial statements and financial statement schedules

Refer to Index to Financial Statements on page F-1.

(b) Exhibits

Refer to Exhibit Index, beginning on page 42.

(c) Financial Statement Schedules

Financial Statement Schedules not included herein have been omitted because they are either not required, not applicable, or the information is otherwise included herein.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

   

NATIONAL CINEMEDIA, LLC

(Registrant)

    By: National CineMedia, Inc., its manager
Dated: March 4, 2014    

/s/ Kurt C. Hall

    Kurt C. Hall
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (Principal Executive Officer)
Dated: March 4, 2014    

/s/ David J. Oddo

    David J. Oddo
    Senior Vice President, Finance and Interim Co-Chief Financial Officer
    (Principal Financial Officer)
Dated: March 4, 2014    

/s/ Jeffrey T. Cabot

    Jeffrey T. Cabot
    Senior Vice President, Controller and Interim Co-Chief Financial Officer
    (Principal Accounting Officer)

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

Signature

    

Title

    

Date

/s/ Kurt C. Hall

     President, Chief Executive Officer      March 4, 2014
Kurt C. Hall      (Principal Executive Officer)     

/s/ David J. Oddo

     Senior Vice President, Finance & Interim Co-Chief Financial Officer      March 4, 2014
David J. Oddo      (Principal Financial Officer)     

/s/ Jeffrey T. Cabot

     Senior Vice President, Controller & Interim Co-Chief Financial Officer      March 4, 2014
Jeffrey T. Cabot      (Principal Accounting Officer)     

/s/ Lawrence A. Goodman

     Director      March 4, 2014
Lawrence A. Goodman          

/s/ David R. Haas

     Director      March 4, 2014
David R. Haas          

/s/ James R. Holland, Jr.

     Director      March 4, 2014
James R. Holland, Jr.          

/s/ Stephen L. Lanning

     Director      March 4, 2014
Stephen L. Lanning          

/s/ Amy E. Miles

     Director      March 4, 2014
Amy E. Miles          

/s/ Lee Roy Mitchell

     Director      March 4, 2014
Lee Roy Mitchell          

/s/ Craig R. Ramsey

     Director      March 4, 2014
Craig R. Ramsey          

/s/ Scott N. Schneider

     Director      March 4, 2014
Scott N. Schneider          

 

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INDEX TO EXHIBITS

 

Exhibit

  

Reference

  

Description

3.1    (1)    Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation. Of National CineMedia, Inc.
3.2    (2)    Amended and Restated Bylaws of National CineMedia, Inc.
3.3    (29)    Certificate of Formation of National CineMedia, LLC
4.1    (30)    Indenture, dated as of July 5, 2011, by and between National CineMedia, LLC and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as trustee.
4.2    (30)    Form of 7.875% Senior Notes due 2021 (included in Exhibit 10.13.2).
4.4    (38)    Indenture, dated as of April 27, 2012, by and between National CineMedia, LLC and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as trustee.
4.5    (38)    Form of 6.00% Senior Secured Notes due 2022 (included in Exhibit 4.4).
4.6    (39)    Registration Rights Agreement, dated as of April 27, 2012, by and between National CineMedia, LLC and Barclays Capital Inc., as representative of the Initial Purchasers named therein.
10.1    (3)    National CineMedia, LLC Third Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Operating Agreement dated as of February 13, 2007, by and among American Multi-Cinema, Inc., Cinemark Media, Inc., Regal CineMedia Holdings, LLC and National CineMedia, LLC
10.1.1    (20)    First Amendment to Third Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Operating Agreement of National CineMedia, LLC dated as of March 16, 2009, by and among American Multi-Cinema, Inc., Cinemark Media, Inc., Regal CineMedia Holdings, LLC and National CineMedia, LLC
10.1.2    (22)    Second Amendment to Third Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Operating Agreement of National CineMedia, LLC dated as of August 6, 2010, by and among American Multi-Cinema, Inc., AMC Showplace Theatres, Inc., Cinemark Media, Inc., Regal CineMedia Holdings, LLC and National CineMedia, LLC
10.1.3    (49)    Third Amendment to the Third Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Operating Agreement of National CineMedia, LLC dated September 3, 2013, by and among American Multi-Cinema, Inc., AMC ShowPlace Theatres, Inc., Cinemark Media, Inc., Regal CineMedia Holdings, LLC, Regal Cinemas, Inc. and National CineMedia, Inc.
10.2    (3)    Exhibitor Services Agreement dated as of February 13, 2007, by and between National CineMedia, LLC and American Multi-Cinema, Inc. (Confidential treatment granted as to certain portions, which portions were omitted and filed separately with the Commission.)
10.2.1    (16)    Amendment to Exhibitor Services Agreement dated as of November 5, 2008, by and between National CineMedia LLC and American Multi-Cinema, Inc. (Confidential treatment granted as to certain portions, which portions were omitted and filed separately with the Commission.)
10.2.2    (23)    Second Amendment to Exhibitor Services Agreement dated as of October 1, 2010, by and between National CineMedia, LLC and American Multi-Cinema, Inc. (Confidential treatment granted as to certain portions, which portions were omitted and filed separately with the Commission.)
10.2.3    (35)    Third Amendment to Exhibitor Services Agreement dated as of April 17, 2012, by and between National CineMedia, LLC and American Multi-Cinema, Inc.
10.2.4    (52)    Amended and Restated Exhibitor Services Agreement dated as of December 26, 2013, by and between National CineMedia, LLC and American Multi-Cinema, Inc. (Portions omitted pursuant to request for confidential treatment and filed separately with the Commission.)
10.3    (3)    Exhibitor Services Agreement dated as of February 13, 2007, by and between National CineMedia, LLC and Cinemark USA, Inc. (Confidential treatment granted as to certain portions, which portions were omitted and filed separately with the Commission.)
10.3.1    (17)    Amendment to Exhibitor Services Agreement dated as of November 5, 2008, by and between National CineMedia LLC and Cinemark USA, Inc. (Confidential treatment granted as to certain portions, which portions were omitted and filed separately with the Commission.)
10.3.2    (24)    Second Amendment to Exhibitor Services Agreement dated as of October 1, 2010, by and between National CineMedia, LLC and Cinemark USA, Inc. (Confidential treatment granted as to certain portions, which portions were omitted and filed separately with the Commission.)
10.3.3    (36)    Third Amendment to Exhibitor Services Agreement dated as of April 17, 2012, by and between National CineMedia, LLC and Cinemark USA, Inc.
10.3.4    (52)    Amended and Restated Exhibitor Services Agreement dated as of December 26, 2013, by and between National CineMedia, LLC and Cinemark USA, Inc. (Portions omitted pursuant to request for confidential treatment and filed separately with the Commission.)
10.4    (3)    Exhibitor Services Agreement dated as of February 13, 2007, by and between National CineMedia, LLC and Regal Cinemas, Inc. (Confidential treatment granted as to certain portions, which portions were omitted and filed separately with the Commission.)
10.4.1    (18)    Amendment to Exhibitor Services Agreement dated as of November 5, 2008, by and between National CineMedia LLC and Regal Cinemas, Inc. (Confidential treatment granted as to certain portions, which portions were omitted and filed separately with the Commission.)

 

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Exhibit

  

Reference

  

Description

10.4.2    (25)    Second Amendment to Exhibitor Services Agreement dated as of October 1, 2010, by and between National CineMedia, LLC and Regal Cinemas, Inc. (Confidential treatment granted as to certain portions, which portions were omitted and filed separately with the Commission.)
10.4.3    (37)    Third Amendment to Exhibitor Services Agreement dated as of April 17, 2012, by and between National CineMedia, LLC and Regal Cinemas, Inc.
10.4.4    (52)    Amended and Restated Exhibitor Services Agreement dated as of December 26, 2013, by and between National CineMedia, LLC and Regal Cinemas, Inc. (Portions omitted pursuant to request for confidential treatment and filed separately with the Commission.)
10.6    (3)    Common Unit Adjustment Agreement dated as of February 13, 2007, by and among National CineMedia, LLC, National CineMedia, LLC, Regal CineMedia Holdings, LLC, American Multi-Cinema, Inc., Cinemark Media, Inc., Regal Cinemas, Inc. and Cinemark USA, Inc. (Confidential treatment granted as to certain portions, which portions were omitted and filed separately with the Commission.)
10.7    (3)    Tax Receivable Agreement dated as of February 13, 2007, by and among National CineMedia, LLC, National CineMedia, LLC, Regal CineMedia Holdings, LLC, Cinemark Media, Inc., Regal Cinemas, Inc., American Multi-Cinema, Inc. and Cinemark USA, Inc.
10.7.1    (15)    Second Amendment to Tax Receivable Agreement dated as of April 29, 2008, by and among National CineMedia, LLC, National CineMedia, LLC, Regal CineMedia Holdings, LLC, Cinemark Media, Inc., Regal Cinemas, Inc., American Multi-Cinema, Inc. and Cinemark USA, Inc.
10.8    (3)    First Amended and Restated Loews Screen Integration Agreement by and between National CineMedia, LLC and American Multi-Cinema, Inc. (Confidential treatment granted as to certain portions, which portions were omitted and filed separately with the Commission.)
10.9    (3)    Second Amended and Restated Software License Agreement dated as of February 13, 2007, by and among American Multi-Cinema, Inc., Regal CineMedia Corporation, Cinemark USA, Inc., Digital Cinema Implementation Partners, LLC and National CineMedia, LLC.
10.10    (3)    Director Designation Agreement dated as of February 13, 2007, by and among National CineMedia, LLC, American Multi-Cinema, Inc., Cinemark Media, Inc. and Regal CineMedia Holdings, LLC.
10.11    (3)    Registration Rights Agreement dated as of February 13, 2007, by and among National CineMedia, LLC, American Multi-Cinema, Inc., Regal CineMedia Holdings, LLC and Cinemark Media, Inc.
10.12    (3)    Management Services Agreement dated as of February 13, 2007, by and among National CineMedia, LLC and National CineMedia, LLC.
10.13    (44)    Amended and Restated Credit Agreement among National CineMedia, LLC and Barclays Bank PLC, as Lead Arranger dated as of November 26, 2012.
10.13.1    (45)    Amendment No. 4 to the Credit Agreement dated as of February 13, 2007, as amended, restated, modified or otherwise supplemented, among National CineMedia LLC and Barclays Bank PLC, as administrative agent dated as of November 26, 2012.
10.13.2    (49)    Amendment No. 5 to the Credit Agreement dated as of February 13, 2007, as amended, restated, modified or otherwise supplemented, among National CineMedia LLC, certain lenders party thereto and Barclays Bank PLC, as administrative agent dated as of May 2, 2013.
10.14    (3)    Employment Agreement dated as of February 13, 2007, by and among National CineMedia, LLC, National CineMedia, LLC and Kurt C. Hall. +
10.14.1    (19)    First Amendment to Employment Agreement effective as of January 1, 2009, by and among National CineMedia, LLC, National CineMedia, LLC and Kurt C. Hall. +
10.15    (3)    Employment Agreement dated as of February 13, 2007, by and among National CineMedia, LLC, National CineMedia, LLC and Clifford E. Marks. +
10.15.1    (19)    First Amendment to Employment Agreement effective as of January 1, 2009, by and among National CineMedia, LLC, National CineMedia, LLC and Clifford E. Marks. +
10.18    (3)    Employment Agreement dated as of February 13, 2007, by and among National CineMedia, LLC, National CineMedia, LLC and Ralph E. Hardy. +
10.18.1    (19)    First Amendment to Employment Agreement effective as of January 1, 2009, by and among National CineMedia, LLC, National CineMedia, LLC and Ralph E. Hardy. +
10.19    (28)    National CineMedia, LLC 2007 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended. +
10.20    (4)    Form of Option Substitution Award. +
10.21    (5)    Form of Restricted Stock Substitution Award. +
10.22    (6)    Form of Stock Option Agreement. +
10.22.1    (19)    Form of 2009 Stock Option Agreement. +
10.22.2    (26)    Form of 2010 Stock Option Agreement. +
10.22.3    (33)    Form of 2011 Stock Option Agreement. +
10.22.4    (34)    Form of 2012 Stock Option Agreement. +
10.23    (7)    Form of Restricted Stock Agreement. +

 

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Exhibit

  

Reference

  

Description

10.23.1    (33)    Form of 2011 Restricted Stock Agreement. +
10.23.2    (34)    Form of 2012 Restricted Stock Agreement. +
10.23.3    (46)    Form of 2013 Restricted Stock Agreement (Time Based). +
10.23.4    (47)    Form of 2013 Restricted Stock Agreement (Performance Based). +
10.24    (8)    Confirmation of Swap, dated as of June 12, 2007, between National CineMedia, LLC and Morgan Stanley Capital Services Inc.
10.24.1    (41)    Confirmation of Partial Termination of Swap, dated May 21, 2012, between National CineMedia, LLC and Morgan Stanley Capital Services LLC.
10.24.2    (48)    Cancellation of Swap, dated November 26, 2012, between National CineMedia, LLC and Morgan Stanley Capital Services LLC.
10.25    (9)    ISDA Master Agreement dated as of March 2, 2007, between National CineMedia, LLC and Morgan Stanley Capital Services and Schedule.
10.27    (11)    Confirmation of Swap, dated as of July 25, 2007, between National CineMedia, LLC and Credit Suisse International.
10.27.1    (42)    Confirmation of Partial Termination of Swap, dated May 22, 2012, between National CineMedia, LLC and Credit Suisse International.
10.27.2    (48)    Cancellation of Swap, dated December 13, 2012, between National CineMedia, LLC and Credit Suisse International.
10.28    (12)    ISDA Master Agreement dated as of March 2, 2007, between National CineMedia, LLC and Credit Suisse International and Schedule.
10.29    (13)    Confirmation of Swap, dated as of August 6, 2007, between National CineMedia, LLC and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
10.29.1    (43)    Confirmation of Partial Termination of Swap, dated May 31, 2012, between National CineMedia, LLC and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
10.29.2    (48)    Cancellation of Swap, dated January 9, 2013, between National CineMedia, LLC and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
10.30    (14)    ISDA Master Agreement dated as of August 6, 2007, between National CineMedia, LLC and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
10.34    (19)    Form of Restricted Stock Unit Agreement. +
10.36    (26)    ISDA Novation Agreement dated as of February 4, 2010, between National CineMedia, LLC, Lehman Brothers Special Financing Inc. and Barclays Bank PLC.
10.37    (26)    Confirmation of Swap, dated as of February 16, 2010, between National CineMedia, LLC and Barclays Bank PLC.
10.37.1    (44)    Confirmation of Partial Termination of Swap, dated May 31, 2012, between National CineMedia, LLC and Barclays Bank PLC.
10.37.2    (48)    Cancellation of Swap, dated December 13, 2012, between National CineMedia, LLC and Barclays Bank PLC.
10.38    (21)    ISDA Master Agreement dated as of February 4, 2010 between National CineMedia, LLC and Barclays Bank PLC.
10.40    (27)    National CineMedia, LLC 2011 Performance Bonus Plan. +
10.41    (33)    Employment Agreement dated as of August 24, 2011, by and among National CineMedia, LLC, National CineMedia, LLC and Earl B. Weihe. +
10.42    (40)    National CineMedia, LLC 2012 Performance Bonus Plan. +
10.43    (51)    National CineMedia, Inc. Executive Performance Bonus Plan.
10.43    (53)    Employment Agreement dated as of January 15, 2014, by and among National CineMedia, Inc., National CineMedia, LLC and Alfonso P. Rosabal, Jr.
12.1    *    Computation of ratio of earnings to fixed charges
31.1    *    Rule 13a-14(a) Certification of Chief Executive Officer
31.2    *    Rule 13a-14(a) Certification of Principal Financial Officer
32.1    **    Certification of Chief Executive Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350
32.2    **    Certification of Principal Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350
101.INS

 

101.SCH

 

101.CAL

 

101.DEF

 

101.LAB

 

101.PRE

   *

 

*

 

*

 

*

 

*

 

*

  

XBRL Instance Document

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document

 

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document

 

* Filed herewith.

 

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** Furnished herewith.
+ Management contract.
(1) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 from NCM, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (File No. 001-33296) filed on May 6, 2011.
(2) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.2 from NCM, Inc.’s Registration Statement on Form S-8 (File No. 333-140652) filed on February 13, 2007.
(3) Incorporated by reference to Exhibits of the same number from NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on February 16, 2007.
(4) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.4 from NCM, Inc.’s Registration Statement on Form S-8 (File No. 333-140652) filed on February 13, 2007.
(5) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.5 from NCM, Inc.’s Registration Statement on Form S-8 (File No. 333-140652) filed on February 13, 2007.
(6) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.6 from NCM, Inc.’s Registration Statement on Form S-8 (File No. 333-140652) filed on February 13, 2007.
(7) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.7 from NCM, Inc.’s Registration Statement on Form S-8 (File No. 333-140652) filed on February 13, 2007.
(8) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 from NCM, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (File No. 001-33296) filed on August 10, 2007.
(9) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 from NCM, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (File No. 001-33296) filed on August 10, 2007.
(10) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 from NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on August 30, 2007.
(11) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 from NCM, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (File No. 001-33296) filed on November 9, 2007.
(12) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 from NCM, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (File No. 001-33296) filed on November 9, 2007.
(13) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.3 from NCM, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (File No. 001-33296) filed on November 9, 2007.
(14) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.4 from NCM, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (File No. 001-33296) filed on November 9, 2007.
(15) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 from NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on May 5, 2008.
(16) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 from NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on November 6, 2008.
(17) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 from NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on November 6, 2008.
(18) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.3 from NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on November 6, 2008.
(19) Incorporated by reference to Exhibits of the same number from NCM, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on March 6, 2009.
(20) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1.1 from NCM, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (File No. 001-33296) filed on August 7, 2009.
(21) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 from NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on April 14, 2010.
(22) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 from NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on August 10, 2010.
(23) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 from NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on October 6, 2010.
(24) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 from NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on October 6, 2010.
(25) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.3 from NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on October 6, 2010.
(26) Incorporated by reference to Exhibits of the same number from NCM, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on March 9, 2010.
(27) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on May 2, 2011.
(28) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on May 2, 2011.
(29) Incorporated by reference to Exhibits of the same number from the Registrant’s Registration Statement on Form S-4 (File No. 333-176056) filed August 4, 2011.
(30) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on July 7, 2011.
(31) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.3 to NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on July 7, 2011.

 

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(32) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on August 26, 2011.
(33) Incorporated by reference to Exhibits of the same number from NCM, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on February 25, 2011.
(34) Incorporated by reference to Exhibits of the same number from the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on February 24, 2012.
(35) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on April 18, 2012.
(36) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on April 18, 2012.
(37) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 from NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on April 30, 2012.
(38) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.3 from NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on April 30, 2012.
(39) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on May 4, 2012.
(40) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.7 to NCM, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on August 3, 2012.
(41) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.8 to NCM, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on August 3, 2012.
(42) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.9 to NCM, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on August 3, 2012.
(43) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.10 to NCM, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on August 3, 2012.
(44) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on November 28, 2012.
(45) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on November 28, 2012.
(46) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 23.5 to NCM, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on February 22, 2013.
(47) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 23.6 to NCM, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on February 22, 2013.
(48) Incorporated by reference to Exhibits of the same number to NCM, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on February 22, 2013.
(49) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on May 7, 2013.
(50) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1.3 to NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on September 9, 2013.
(51) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on May 2, 2013.
(52) Incorporated by reference to Exhibits of the same number from NCM, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on February 21, 2014.
(53) Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to NCM, Inc.’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 001-33296) filed on January 22, 2014.

 

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INDEX TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

     Page  

National CineMedia, LLC

  

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

     F-2   

Balance Sheets as of December 26, 2013 and December 27, 2012

     F-3   

Statements of Income for the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December  29, 2011

     F-4   

Statements of Comprehensive Income for the years ended December 26, 2013, December  27, 2012 and December 29, 2011

     F-5   

Statements of Members’ Equity/(Deficit) for the years ended December 26, 2013, December  27, 2012 and December 29, 2011

     F-6   

Statements of Cash Flows for the years ended December 26, 2013, December  27, 2012 and December 29, 2011

     F-7   

Notes to Financial Statements

     F-9   

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the Board of Directors and Members of

National CineMedia, LLC

Centennial, Colorado

We have audited the accompanying balance sheets of National CineMedia, LLC as of December 26, 2013 and December 27, 2012, and the related statements of income, comprehensive income, members’ equity/(deficit), and cash flows for the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the financial statements based on our audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. Our audits included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, such financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of National CineMedia, LLC as of December 26, 2013 and December 27, 2012, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

/s/ Deloitte & Touche LLP

Denver, Colorado

March 3, 2014

 

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NATIONAL CINEMEDIA, LLC

BALANCE SHEETS

(In millions)

 

     December 26,
2013
    December 27,
2012
 

ASSETS

    

CURRENT ASSETS:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 13.3      $ 10.4   

Receivables, net of allowance of $5.7 and $4.5, respectively

     120.4        98.5   

Prepaid expenses

     2.9        2.4   

Prepaid administrative fees to managing member

     0.8        0.8   

Current portion of notes receivable- founding members

     4.2        —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     141.6        112.1   

NON-CURRENT ASSETS:

    

Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $69.5 and $63.1, respectively

     25.6        25.7   

Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $48.7 and $32.5, respectively

     492.0        280.3   

Debt issuance costs, net of accumulated amortization of $15.0 and $12.2, respectively

     17.7        18.3   

Long-term notes receivable, net of current portion—founding members

     20.8        —     

Other investments (including $1.1 and $0.0 with related parties, respectively)

     1.1        0.8   

Other assets

     0.4        0.2   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total non-current assets

     557.6        325.3   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

TOTAL ASSETS

   $ 699.2      $ 437.4   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND MEMBERS’ EQUITY/(DEFICIT)

    

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

    

Amounts due to founding members

     30.1        19.8   

Amounts due to managing member

     24.6        15.3   

Accrued expenses

     19.4        18.3   

Accrued payroll and related expenses

     11.5        9.6   

Accounts payable (including $0.8 and $0.9 to related party affiliates, respectively)

     18.1        13.9   

Deferred revenue

     4.7        5.7   

Current portion of long-term debt

     14.0        —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     122.4        82.6   

NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES:

    

Long-term debt

     876.0        879.0   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total non-current liabilities

     876.0        879.0   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     998.4        961.6   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (NOTE 10)

    

MEMBERS’ DEFICIT (including accumulated other comprehensive loss of $11.6 and $21.9 million, respectively)

     (299.2     (524.2
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

   $ 699.2      $ 437.4   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Refer to accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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NATIONAL CINEMEDIA, LLC

STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In millions)

 

     Years Ended  
     December 26,
2013
    December 27,
2012
    December 29,
2011
 

REVENUE:

      

Advertising (including revenue from founding members of $41.6, $39.9 and $38.2, respectively)

   $ 426.3      $ 409.5      $ 386.2   

Fathom Events

     36.5        39.3        49.2   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

     462.8        448.8        435.4   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

OPERATING EXPENSES:

      

Advertising operating costs (including $3.6, $4.2 and $3.4 to related parties, respectively)

     29.0        31.3        24.6   

Fathom Events operating costs (including $5.3, $5.9 and $9.3 to founding members, respectively)

     25.5        29.0        34.1   

Network costs

     18.7        18.9        17.7   

Theatre access fees—founding members

     69.4        64.5        55.4   

Selling and marketing costs (including $1.4, $1.1 and $1.1 to founding members, respectively)

     61.5        60.5        59.8   

Administrative and other costs

     20.1        20.3        17.6   

Administrative fee—managing member

     10.0        12.1        13.7   

Depreciation and amortization

     26.6        20.4        18.8   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

     260.8        257.0        241.7   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

OPERATING INCOME

     202.0        191.8        193.7   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

NON-OPERATING EXPENSES:

      

Interest on borrowings

     51.6        56.7        49.2   

Interest income

     (0.1     —          —     

Change in derivative fair value

     —          (3.0     —     

Amortization of terminated derivatives

     10.3        4.0        1.3   

Impairment of investment

     0.8        —          6.7   

Loss on swap terminations

     —          26.7        —     

Gain on sale of Fathom Events to founding members

     (25.4     —          —     

Other non-operating expense

     1.2        5.8        1.7   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

     38.4        90.2        58.9   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

     163.6        101.6        134.8   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income tax expense

     0.7        0.6        0.3   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

NET INCOME

   $ 162.9      $ 101.0      $ 134.5   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Refer to accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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NATIONAL CINEMEDIA, LLC

STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(In millions)

 

     Years Ended  
     December 26,
2013
     December 27,
2012
     December 29,
2011
 

NET INCOME

   $ 162.9      $ 101.0      $ 134.5  

OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME:

        

Amortization of terminated derivatives, net of tax of $0 and $0, respectively

     10.3        4.0        1.3  

Net unrealized gain on cash flow hedges, net of tax of $0 and $0, respectively

     —           31.1        0.1  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

   $ 173.2      $ 136.1      $ 135.9  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Refer to accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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NATIONAL CINEMEDIA, LLC

STATEMENTS OF MEMBERS’ EQUITY/ (DEFICIT)

(In millions, except unit amounts)

 

     Units     Amount  

Balance—December 30, 2010

     110,752,192      $ (506.6

Capital contribution from managing member

     385,128        5.5   

Distribution to managing member

     —          (78.7

Distribution to founding members

     —          (83.0

Equity returned from purchase of intangible asset

     (322,751     (5.5

Comprehensive income

     —          135.9   

Share-based compensation issued

     —          (0.1

Share-based compensation expense/capitalized

     —          5.0   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance—December 29, 2011

     110,814,569      $ (527.5
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Capital contribution from managing member

     551,654        2.3   

Distribution to managing member

     —          (72.7

Distribution to founding members

     —          (76.8

Units issued for purchase of intangible asset

     651,612        10.1   

Comprehensive income

     —          136.1   

Share-based compensation expense/capitalized

     —          4.3   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance—December 27, 2012

     112,017,835      $ (524.2
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Capital contribution from managing member

     1,732,878        20.3   

Distribution to managing member

     —          (89.5

Distribution to founding members

     —          (103.9

Units issued for purchase of intangible asset

     13,224,092        221.6   

Comprehensive income

     —          173.2   

Share-based compensation expense/capitalized

     —          3.3   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance—December 26, 2013

     126,974,805      $ (299.2
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Refer to accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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NATIONAL CINEMEDIA, LLC

STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In millions)

 

     Years Ended  
     December 26,
2013
    December 27,
2012
    December 29,
2011
 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

      

Net income

   $ 162.9      $ 101.0      $ 134.5   

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

      

Depreciation and amortization

     26.6        20.4        18.8   

Non-cash share-based compensation

     3.2        4.3        4.8   

Net unrealized gain on hedging transactions

     —          (3.0     —     

Impairment on investment

     0.8        —          6.7   

Amortization of terminated derivatives

     10.3        4.0        1.3   

Amortization of debt issuance costs

     2.8        2.4        2.3   

Write-off of debt issuance costs and other non-operating items

     1.2        5.9        1.5   

Loss on swap terminations

     —          26.7        —     

Gain on sale of Fathom Events

     (26.0     —          —     

Payment for swap terminations

     —          (63.4     —     

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

      

Receivables, net

     (22.0     (2.5     3.3   

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

     6.9        3.5        9.7   

Amounts due to founding members and managing member

     3.5        (5.0     (4.6

Other, net

     (1.7     2.9        (1.1
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

     168.5        97.2        177.2   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

      

Purchases of property and equipment

     (10.1     (10.4     (13.5

Payment from founding members for intangible assets

     —          0.2        —     

Purchases of intangible assets from affiliate circuits

     (8.9     (7.2     (15.9
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (19.0     (17.4     (29.4
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

      

Proceeds from borrowings

     59.0        546.0        335.0   

Repayments of borrowings

     (48.0     (461.0     (317.2

Payment of debt issuance costs

     (3.4     (14.0     (9.1

Founding member integration payments

     2.1        —          1.9   

Distributions to founding members and managing member

     (176.6     (151.9     (168.4

Unit settlement for share-based compensation

     20.3        2.3        5.4   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

     (146.6     (78.6     (152.4
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

CHANGE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

     2.9        1.2        (4.6

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS:

      

Beginning of period

     10.4        9.2        13.8   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

End of period

   $ 13.3      $ 10.4      $ 9.2   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Refer to accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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NATIONAL CINEMEDIA, LLC

STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (CONTINUED)

(In millions)

 

     Years Ended  
     December 26,
2013
     December 27,
2012
     December 29,
2011
 

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash financing and investing activity:

        

Purchase of an intangible asset with managing member equity

   $ 221.6       $ 10.1       $ (5.5

Accrued distributions to founding members and managing member

   $ 57.5       $ 40.7       $ 43.1   

Operating segment sold under notes receivable

   $ 25.0       $ —         $ —     

Increase in cost and equity method investments

   $ 0.3       $ 0.6       $ 0.2   

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

        

Cash paid for interest

   $ 49.3       $ 50.7       $ 39.2   

Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds

   $ 0.1       $ 0.6       $ 0.3   

Refer to accompanying notes to financial statements.

 

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1. BASIS OF PRESENTATION AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

National CineMedia, LLC (“NCM LLC”, “the Company” or “we”) commenced operations on April 1, 2005 and is owned by National CineMedia, Inc. (“NCM, Inc.”, “manager” or “managing member”), American Multi-Cinema, Inc. and AMC Showplace Theatres, Inc. (“AMC”), wholly owned subsidiaries of AMC Entertainment, Inc. (“AMCE”), Regal Cinemas, Inc. and Regal CineMedia Holdings, LLC, wholly owned subsidiaries of Regal Entertainment Group (“Regal”) and Cinemark Media, Inc. (“Cinemark USA”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (“Cinemark”). NCM LLC operates the largest digital in-theatre network in North America, allowing NCM LLC to sell advertising (the “Services”) under long-term exhibitor services agreements (“ESAs”) with AMC, Regal and Cinemark. AMC, Regal and Cinemark and their affiliates are referred to in this document as “founding members”. NCM LLC also provides the Services to certain third-party theatre circuits under network affiliate agreements referred to in this document as “network affiliates”, which expire at various dates.

As of December 26, 2013, the Company had 126,974,805 common membership units outstanding, of which 58,519,137 (46.1%) were owned by NCM, Inc., 25,404,393 (20.0%) were owned by Regal, 23,998,505 (18.9%) were owned by Cinemark, and 19,052,770 (15.0%) were owned by AMC. The membership units held by the founding members are exchangeable into NCM, Inc. common stock on a one-for-one basis.

On December 26, 2013, we sold our Fathom Events business to a newly formed limited liability company owned 32% by each of the founding members and 4% by NCM LLC, as described further in Note 2– Divestiture .

Basis of Presentation

The Company has prepared its financial statements and related notes of NCM, LLC in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Certain reclassifications have been made to the prior years’ financial statements to conform to the current presentation. These reclassifications had no effect on previously reported results of operations or retained earnings.

As a result of the various related-party agreements discussed in Note 6– Related Party Transactions , the operating results as presented are not necessarily indicative of the results that might have occurred if all agreements were with non-related third parties.

Estimates —The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Significant estimates include those related to the reserve for uncollectible accounts receivable, share-based compensation and interest rate swaps. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

Significant Accounting Policies

Accounting Period —We have a 52-week or 53-week fiscal year ending on the first Thursday after December 25. Fiscal years 2013, 2012 and 2011 contained 52 weeks. Throughout this document, we refer to our fiscal years as set forth below:

 

Fiscal Year Ended

   Reference in
this Document
 

December 26, 2013

     2013   

December 27, 2012

     2012   

December 29, 2011

     2011   

Segment Reporting —Advertising is the principal business activity of the Company and is the Company’s reportable segment under the requirements of ASC 280– Segment Reporting . Fathom Events (prior to its sale) was an operating segment under ASC 280. The Company does not evaluate its segments on a fully allocated cost basis, nor does the Company track segment assets separately. As such, the results are not indicative of what segment results of operations would have been had it been operated on a fully allocated cost basis. The Company cautions that it would be inappropriate to assume that unallocated operating costs are incurred proportional to segment revenue or any directly identifiable segment expenses. Refer to Note 13– Segment Reporting .

Revenue Recognition —The Company derives revenue principally from the advertising business, which includes on-screen and lobby network (LEN) advertising and lobby promotions and advertising on entertainment websites and mobile applications owned by us and other companies. Revenue is recognized when persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, delivery occurs or services are rendered, the sales price is fixed and determinable and collectability is reasonably assured. The Company considers the terms of each arrangement to determine the appropriate accounting treatment.

On-screen advertising consists of national and local advertising. National advertising is sold on a cost per thousand (“CPM”) basis, while local and regional advertising is sold on a per-screen, per-week basis. The Company recognizes national advertising as impressions (or theatre attendees) are delivered and recognizes local on-screen advertising revenue during the period in which the advertising airs. The Company recognizes revenue derived from lobby network and promotions when the advertising is displayed in theatre lobbies and recognizes revenue from branded entertainment websites and mobile applications when the online or mobile impressions are served. The Company may make contractual guarantees to deliver a specified number of impressions to view the customers’ advertising. If those contracted number of impressions are not delivered, the Company will either run additional advertising to deliver the contracted impressions at a later date. The deferred portion of the revenue associated with the undelivered impressions is referred to as a make-good provision. In rare cases, the Company will make a cash refund of the portion of the contract

 

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related to the undelivered impressions. The Company defers the revenue associated with the make-good until the advertising airs to the theatre attendance specified in the advertising contract. The make-good provision is recorded within accrued expenses in the Balance Sheets. We record deferred revenue when cash payments are received in advance of being earned and is classified as a current liability as it is expected to be earned within the next twelve months. Fathom Events revenue was recognized in the period in which the event is held.

Barter Transactions — The Company enters into barter transactions that exchange advertising program time for products and services used principally for selling and marketing activities. The Company records barter transactions at the estimated fair value of the advertising exchanged based on fair value received for similar advertising from cash paying customers. Revenues for advertising barter transactions are recognized when advertising is provided, and products and services received are charged to expense when used. The Company limits the use of such barter transactions to items and services for which it would otherwise have paid cash. Any timing differences between the delivery of the bartered revenue and the use of the bartered expense products and services are recorded through accounts receivable. Revenue from barter transactions for the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011 was $1.9 million, $3.0 million and $1.6 million, respectively. Expense recorded from barter transactions for the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011 was $2.9 million, $1.3 million and $1.1 million, respectively.

Operating Costs —Advertising related operating costs primarily include personnel and other costs related to advertising fulfillment, payments due to unaffiliated theatre circuits under the network affiliate agreements, and to a lesser extent, production costs of non-digital advertising.

Fathom Events operating costs include revenue share under the ESAs to the founding members and revenue share to affiliate theatres under separate agreements, payments to event content producers and other direct costs of the meeting or event, including equipment rental, catering and movie tickets acquired primarily from the founding members.

Payment to the founding members of a theatre access fee is comprised of a payment per theatre attendee, a payment per digital screen and a payment per digital cinema projector equipped in the theatres, all of which escalate over time. Refer to Item 7— Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations included elsewhere in this document.

Network costs include personnel, satellite bandwidth, repairs, and other costs of maintaining and operating the digital network and preparing advertising and other content for transmission across the digital network. These costs are not specifically allocated between the advertising business and the Fathom Events business.

Cash and Cash Equivalents —All highly liquid debt instruments and investments purchased with an original maturity of three months or less are classified as cash equivalents and are considered available-for-sale securities. There are cash balances in a bank in excess of the federally insured limits or in the form of a money market demand account with a major financial institution.

Restricted Cash —As of December 26, 2013 and December 27, 2012, other non-current assets included restricted cash of $0.3 million, which secures a letter of credit used as a lease deposit on our New York office.

Marketable Securities Marketable securities are reported at fair value, with unrealized gains and losses recognized in earnings. The fair value of substantially all securities is determined by quoted market information and pricing models using inputs based upon market information, including contractual terms, market prices and yield curves. The estimated fair value of securities for which there are no quoted market prices is based on similar types of securities that are traded in the market.

Concentration of Credit Risk and Significant Customers —Bad debts are provided for based on historical experience and management’s evaluation of outstanding receivables at the end of the period. Receivables are written off when management determines amounts are uncollectible. Trade accounts receivable are uncollateralized and represent a large number of geographically dispersed debtors. The collectability risk is reduced by dealing with large, national advertising agencies who have strong reputations in the advertising industry and clients with stable financial positions. As of December 26, 2013 and December 27, 2012, there were no advertising agency groups or individual customers through which the Company sources national advertising revenue representing more than 10% of the Company’s outstanding gross receivable balance. During the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011, there were no customers that accounted for more than 10% of revenue.

Receivables consisted of the following (in millions):

 

     As of  
     December 26, 2013     December 27, 2012  

Trade accounts

   $ 124.5      $ 101.8   

Other

     1.6        1.2   

Less: Allowance for doubtful accounts

     (5.7     (4.5
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

   $ 120.4      $ 98.5   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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Long-lived Assets —Property and equipment is stated at cost, net of accumulated depreciation or amortization. Generally, the equipment associated with the digital network of the founding member theatres is owned by the founding members, while the equipment associated with network affiliate theatres is owned by the Company. Major renewals and improvements are capitalized, while replacements, maintenance, and repairs that do not improve or extend the lives of the respective assets are expensed as incurred. The Company records depreciation and amortization using the straight-line method over the following estimated useful lives:

 

Equipment

   4-10 years

Computer hardware and software

   3-5 years

Leasehold improvements

   Lesser of lease term or asset life

Software and website development costs developed or obtained for internal use are accounted for in accordance with ASC 350— Internal Use Software and ASC 350 – We bsite Development Costs . The subtopics require the capitalization of certain costs incurred in developing or obtaining software for internal use. The majority of software costs related primarily to our inventory management systems and digital network distribution system (DCS) and website development costs, which are included in equipment, are depreciated over three to five years. As of December 26, 2013 and December 27, 2012, the Company had a net book value of $10.9 million and $10.4 million, respectively, of capitalized software and website development costs. Approximately $6.1 million, $4.1 million and $4.8 million was recorded for the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011, respectively, in depreciation expense related to software and website development. For the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011, the Company recorded $1.8 million, $0.8 million and $0.9 million in research and development expense, respectively.

The Company assesses impairment of long-lived assets pursuant with ASC 360 – Property, Plant and Equipment. This includes determining if certain triggering events have occurred that could affect the value of an asset. The Company has not recorded impairment charges related to long-lived assets.

Intangible assets —Intangible assets consist of contractual rights to provide its services within the theatres of the founding members and network affiliates and are stated at cost, net of accumulated amortization. The Company records amortization using the straight-line method over the contractual life of the intangibles, corresponding to the term of the ESAs or the term of the contract with the network affiliate. Intangible assets are tested for impairment at least annually during the fourth quarter or whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate the carrying value may not be fully recoverable. In its impairment testing, the Company estimates the fair value of its ESAs or network affiliate agreements by determining the estimated future cash flows associated with the ESAs or network affiliate agreements. If the estimated fair value is less than the carrying value, the intangible asset is written down to its estimated fair value. Significant judgment is involved in estimating long-term cash flow forecasts. The Company has not recorded impairment charges related to intangible assets.

Amounts Due to/from Founding Members —Amounts due to/from founding members include amounts due for the theatre access fee, offset by a receivable for advertising time purchased by the founding members on behalf of their beverage concessionaire, revenue share earned for Fathom Events plus any amounts outstanding under other contractually obligated payments. Payments to or received from the founding members against outstanding balances are made monthly.

Amounts Due to Managing Member — Amounts due to the managing member include amounts due under the NCM LLC operating agreement and other contractually obligated payments. Payments to or received from the managing member against outstanding balances are made monthly.

Income Taxes — NCM LLC is not a taxable entity for federal income tax purposes. Accordingly, NCM LLC does not directly pay federal income tax. NCM LLC’s taxable income or loss, which may vary substantially from the net income or loss reported in the Statements of Income, is includable in the federal income tax returns of each founding member and the managing member. NCM LLC is, however, a taxable entity under certain state jurisdictions. Further, in some state instances, NCM LLC may be required to remit composite withholding tax based on its results on behalf of its founding members and managing member.

NCM LLC’s fiscal year 2007 and 2008 tax returns were under examination by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”). On September 10, 2013, NCM LLC and NCM, Inc., in its capacity as tax matters partner for NCM LLC, received a “No Adjustments Letter” from the IRS which stated that the IRS completed its review of the NCM LLC tax returns for the fiscal years ended 2007 and 2008 and did not propose any adjustments to those tax returns. NCM, Inc. had previously contested adjustments proposed by the IRS through the administrative appeals process. The Company had not recorded any adjustment to its financial statements for this matter and as such there was no effect on the Company’s financial statements for the year ended December 26, 2013 related to the closure of these audits.

Debt Issuance Costs —In relation to the issuance of outstanding debt discussed in Note 7 – Borrowings , there is a balance of $17.7 million and $18.3 million in deferred financing costs as of December 26, 2013 and December 27, 2012, respectively. The debt issuance costs are being amortized on a straight-line basis over the terms of the underlying obligation and are included in interest on borrowings, which approximates the effective interest method.

 

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The changes in debt issuance costs are as follows (in millions):

 

     Years Ended  
     December 26, 2013     December 27, 2012     December 29, 2011  

Beginning balance

   $ 18.3      $ 12.6      $ 7.3   

Debt issuance payments

     3.4        14.0        9.1   

Amortization of debt issuance costs

     (2.8     (2.4     (2.3

Write-off of debt issuance costs

     (1.2     (5.9     (1.5
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Ending balance

   $ 17.7      $ 18.3      $ 12.6   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other Investments —Other investments consisted of the following (in millions):

 

     As of  
     December 26, 2013      December 27, 2012  

Investment in AC JV, LLC (1)

   $ 1.1       $ —     

Other investment (2)

     —           0.8   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 1.1       $ 0.8   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1) On December 26, 2013, we sold our Fathom Events business into a newly formed limited liability company (AC JV, LLC) owned 32% by each of our founding members and 4% by us, as described further in Note 2- Divestiture . The Company accounted for its investment in AC JV, LLC under the equity method of accounting in accordance with ASC 970-323 Investments – Equity Method and Joint Ventures (“ASC 970-323”) because AC JV, LLC is a limited liability company with the characteristics of a limited partnership and ASC 970-323 requires the use of equity method accounting unless the Company’s interest is so minor that it would have virtually no influence over partnership operating and financial policies. The Company concluded that its interest was more than minor under the accounting guidance despite the fact that NCM LLC does not have a representative on AC JV, LLC’s Board of Directors or any voting, consent or blocking rights with respect to the governance or operations of AC JV, LLC. The Company’s proportional share of equity in the investment will be recorded in the Statements of Income.
(2) During 2011, the Company received equity securities in a privately held company as consideration for an advertising contract. The equity securities are accounted for under the cost method and represent an ownership interest of less than 20%. The Company does not exert significant influence over the company’s operating or financial activities. The Company recorded an impairment charge of $0.8 million during the year ended December 26, 2013 to bring the fair value to $0.0 million, as described below.

The Company reviews investments accounted for under the cost and equity methods for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of the investment may not be fully recoverable. In order to determine whether the carrying value of investments may have experienced an “other-than-temporary” decline in value necessitating the write-down of the recorded investment, the Company considers various factors including the investees financial condition and quality of assets, the length of time the investee has been operating, the severity and nature of losses sustained in current and prior years, qualifications in accountant’s reports due to liquidity or going concern issues, investee announcements of adverse changes, downgrading of investee debt, regulatory actions, loss of principal customer, negative operating cash flows or working capital deficiencies and the record of an impairment charge by the investee for goodwill, intangible or long-lived assets. Once a determination is made that an other-than-temporary impairment exists, the Company writes down its investment to fair value. During the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011, the Company recorded other-than-temporary impairment charges of $0.8 million, $0.0 million and $6.7 million. The Company wrote-down these investments to a remaining fair value of $0.0 million.

Share-Based Compensation —In 2011 and 2012, the Company issued two types of share-based compensation awards: stock options and restricted stock. In 2013, the Company only issued restricted stock. Restricted stock vests upon the achievement of NCM, Inc. performance measures and service conditions or only service conditions. Compensation expense of restricted stock that vests upon the achievement of NCM, Inc. performance measures is based on management’s financial projections and the probability of achieving the projections, which require considerable judgment. A cumulative adjustment is recorded to share-based compensation expense in periods that management changes its estimate of the number of shares expected to vest. Ultimately, NCM, Inc. adjusts the expense recognized to reflect the actual vested shares following the resolution of the performance conditions.

Compensation cost of stock options was based on the estimated grant date fair value using the Black-Scholes option pricing model, which requires that NCM, Inc. make estimates of various factors. Under the fair value recognition provisions of ASC 718 Compensation – Stock Compensation , the Company recognizes share-based compensation net of an estimated forfeiture rate, and therefore only recognizes compensation cost for those shares expected to vest over the requisite service period of the award. Refer to Note 8 — Share-Based Compensation for more information .

 

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Fair Value Measurements —Fair value is the price that would be received from selling an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. Fair value is estimated by applying the following hierarchy, which prioritizes the inputs used to measure fair value into three levels and bases the categorization within the hierarchy upon the lowest level of input that is available and significant to the fair value measurement:

Level 1 – Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

Level 2 – Observable inputs other than quoted prices in active markets for identical assets and liabilities, quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in inactive markets, or other inputs that are observable or can be corroborated by observable market data for substantially the full term of the assets or liabilities.

Level 3 – Inputs that are generally unobservable and typically reflect management’s estimate of assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability.

Derivative Instruments —The Company is exposed to various financial and market risks including changes in interest rates that exist as part of its ongoing operations. In 2012 and 2011, NCM LLC utilized certain interest rate swaps to manage these risks. In accordance with ASC 815 – Derivatives and Hedging , the effective portion of changes in the fair value of a derivative that was designated as a cash flow hedge was recorded in Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (“AOCI”) and reclassified into earnings in the same period or periods during which the hedged transaction affects earnings. Any ineffectiveness associated with designated cash flow hedges, as well as any change in the fair value of a derivative that is not designated as a hedge, was recorded immediately in the Statements of Operations. Refer to Note 12- Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities .

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In February 2013, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update 2013-02, “Other Comprehensive Income (Topic 220)” (“ASU 2013-02”). The objective of ASU 2013-02 is to improve the reporting of reclassifications out of accumulated other comprehensive income. ASU 2013-02 seeks to attain that objective by requiring an entity to report the effect of significant reclassifications out of accumulated other comprehensive income on the respective line items in net income if the amount being reclassified is required under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to be reclassified in its entirety to net income in the same reporting period. For other amounts that are not required under U.S. GAAP to be reclassified in their entirety to net income in the same reporting period, an entity is required to cross-reference other disclosures required under U.S. GAAP that provide additional detail about those amounts. ASU 2013-02 was effective prospectively for the Company in its first quarter of 2013. The adoption ASU 2013-02 did not impact the Financial Statements and the Company provided these disclosures in Note 15- Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities .

The Company has considered all other recently issued accounting pronouncements and does not believe the adoption of such pronouncements will have a material impact on its audited Financial Statements.

2. DIVESTITURE

On December 26, 2013, we sold our Fathom Events business to a newly formed limited liability company (AC JV, LLC) owned 32% by each of the founding members and 4% by us. In consideration for the sale, we received a total of $25.0 million in promissory notes from our founding members (one-third or approximately $8.3 million from each founding member). The notes receivable bear interest at a fixed rate of 5.0% per annum, compounded annually. Interest and principal payments are due annually in six equal installments commencing on the first anniversary of the closing. Due to the related party nature of the transaction, we formed a committee of independent directors that hired a separate legal counsel and an investment banking firm who advised the committee and rendered an opinion as to the fairness of the transaction. The Company deconsolidated Fathom Events and recognized a gain on the sale of approximately $26.0 million during the year ended December 26, 2013. The gain was measured as the difference between (a) the net fair value of the retained noncontrolling investment and the consideration received for the sale and (b) the carrying value of Fathom Events net assets (approximately $0.1 million). The Company recorded approximately $0.6 million of expenses related to the sale, which were recorded as a reduction to the gain on the sale. Approximately $1.1 million of the gain recognized related to the re-measurement of our retained 4% interest in AC JV, LLC. The fair value of our retained noncontrolling investment of $1.1 million was determined by applying the Company’s ownership percentage to the fair value of AC JV, LLC, which was valued using comparative market multiples. Under the terms of the agreement, the assets and liabilities related to Fathom events held prior to the sale were not assumed by the buyer and those pertaining to Fathom events held post-closing were transferred to the buyer.

 

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Future minimum principal payments under the notes receivable as of December 26, 2013 are approximately as follows (in millions):

 

Year

   Minimum Principal Payments  

2014

   $ 4.2   

2015

     4.2   

2016

     4.2   

2017

     4.2   

2018

     4.1   

Thereafter

     4.1   
  

 

 

 

Total

   $ 25.0   
  

 

 

 

NCM LLC amended and restated its existing ESAs with each of the founding members to remove those provisions addressing the rights and obligations related to the digital programming services of the Fathom Events business. These rights and obligations were conveyed to AC JV, LLC in connection with the sale. In connection with the sale, we entered into a transition services agreement to provide certain corporate overhead services for a fee and reimbursement for the use of facilities and certain services including creative, technical event management and event management for the newly formed limited liability company for a period of nine months following the closing. In addition, we entered into a services agreement with a term coinciding with the ESAs, which grants the newly formed limited liability company advertising on-screen and on our LEN and a pre-feature program prior to Fathom events reasonably consistent with what was previously dedicated to Fathom. In addition, the services agreement provides that we will assist with event sponsorship sales in return for a share of the sponsorship revenue. We have also agreed to provide creative and media production services for a fee.

Due to the Company’s continuing equity method investment in the newly formed limited liability company, the operations of Fathom Events and the gain on the sale were recorded in continuing operations on the Statements of Income. Refer to Note 1 – Basis of Presentation and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies for further discussion of the investment.

3. PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT

The following is a summary of property and equipment, at cost less accumulated depreciation (in millions):

 

     As of December 26, 2013     As of December 27, 2012  

Equipment, computer hardware and software

   $ 90.2      $ 84.3   

Leasehold improvements

     3.6        3.4   

Less: Accumulated depreciation

     (69.5     (63.1
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Subtotal

     24.3        24.6   

Construction in progress

     1.3        1.1   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total property and equipment

   $ 25.6      $ 25.7   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

For the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012, and December 29, 2011, the Company recorded depreciation expense of $10.4 million, $8.7 million, and $8.8 million, respectively.

4. INTANGIBLE ASSETS

The Company’s intangible assets consist of contractual rights to provide its services within the theatres of the founding members and network affiliates. The Company records amortization using the straight-line method over the contractual life of the intangibles, corresponding to the term of the ESAs or the term of the contract with the network affiliate. The Company’s intangible assets with its founding members are recorded at the fair market value of NCM, Inc.’s publicly traded stock as of the date on which the common membership units were issued. The Company’s common membership units are fully convertible into NCM, Inc.’s common stock. The Company also records intangible assets for up-front fees paid to network affiliates upon commencement of a network affiliate agreement. Pursuant to ASC 350-10 – Intangibles – Goodwill and Other , the Company’s intangible assets have a finite useful life and the Company amortizes the assets over the remaining useful life corresponding with the ESAs or the term of the contract with the network affiliate. If common membership units are issued to a founding member for newly acquired theatres that are subject to an existing on-screen advertising agreement with an alternative provider, the amortization of the intangible asset commences after the existing agreement expires and the Company can utilize the theatres for all of its services. In addition, if common membership units

 

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are issued to a founding member for theatres under an existing on-screen consulting agreement with an alternative provider, NCM LLC may receive payments from the founding member pursuant to the ESAs on a quarterly basis in arrears in accordance with certain run-out provisions (“integration payments”). Integration payments approximate the advertising cash flow that the Company would have generated if it had exclusive access to sell advertising in the theatres with pre-existing advertising agreements. The integration payments are recorded as a reduction to net intangible assets, and not as part of operating income.

In accordance with the Company’s Common Unit Adjustment Agreement with its founding members, on an annual basis the Company determines the amount of common membership units to be issued to or returned by the founding members based on theatre additions or dispositions during the previous year. In addition, the Company’s Common Unit Adjustment Agreement requires that a Common Unit Adjustment occur for a specific founding member if its acquisition or disposition of theatres, in a single transaction or cumulatively since the most recent Common Unit Adjustment, results in an attendance increase or decrease of two percent or more in the total annual attendance of all founding members as of the last adjustment date.

The following is a summary of the Company’s intangible assets (in millions):

 

     As of
December 27,
2012
    Additions (1)      Amortization     Integration
Payments (2)
    As of
December 26,
2013
 

Gross carrying amount

   $ 312.8      $ 230.7       $ —        $  (2.8   $ 540.7   

Accumulated amortization

     (32.5     —           (16.2     —          (48.7
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total intangible assets, net

   $ 280.3      $  230.7       $ (16.2   $ (2.8   $ 492.0   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

     As of
December 29,
2011
    Additions (3)      Amortization     Integration
Payments
     As of
December 27,
2012
 

Gross carrying amount

   $ 295.7      $ 17.1       $ —        $ —         $ 312.8   

Accumulated amortization

     (20.8     —           (11.7     —           (32.5
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total intangible assets, net

   $  274.9      $  17.1       $ (11.7   $ —         $ 280.3   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1) During the first quarter of 2013, we issued 4,536,014 common membership units to our founding members for the rights to exclusive access to net new theatre screens and attendees added by the founding members to our network during 2012. We recorded a net intangible asset of $69.0 million in the first quarter of 2013 as a result of the Common Unit Adjustment.

In June of 2013, we issued 5,315,837 common membership units to Cinemark for attendees added in connection with Cinemark’s acquisition of Rave Cinemas and one other newly built theatre. The Company recorded a net intangible asset of approximately $91.2 million for this Common Unit Adjustment.

In November 2013, we issued 3,372,241 common membership units to Regal for attendees added in connection with Regal’s acquisition of Hollywood Theatres and three other newly built theatres. The Company recorded a net intangible asset of approximately $61.6 million for this Common Unit Adjustment.

During 2013, the Company purchased intangible assets for $8.9 million associated with network affiliate agreements.

 

(2 ) Rave had pre-existing advertising agreements for some of the theatres it owned prior to the acquisition by Cinemark, as well as prior to the acquisition of certain Rave theatres by AMC in December 2012. As a result, AMC and Cinemark will make integration payments over the remaining term of those agreements. During the year ended December 26, 2013, we recorded a reduction to net intangible assets of $2.8 million related to integration payments due from AMC and Cinemark. During the year ended December 26, 2013, the founding members paid $2.1 million in integration payments.
(3) During the first quarter of 2012, NCM LLC issued 651,612 common membership units to its founding members for the rights to exclusive access to net new theatre screens and attendees added by the founding members to our network during 2011. The Company recorded a net intangible asset of $9.9 million in the first quarter of 2012 as a result of the common unit adjustment. In lieu of surrendering 16,727 units, AMC paid NCM LLC $0.2 million in the first quarter of 2012.

During 2012, the Company purchased intangible assets for $7.2 million associated with network affiliate agreements.

As of December 26, 2013 and December 27, 2012, the Company’s intangible assets related to the founding members, net of accumulated amortization was $463.4 million and $258.7 million, respectively with weighted average remaining lives of 23.0 years and 23.6 years as of December 26, 2013 and December 27, 2012, respectively.

As of December 26, 2013 and December 27, 2012, the Company’s intangible assets related to the network affiliates, net of accumulated amortization was $28.6 and $21.6 million, respectively with weighted average remaining lives of 15.8 years and 16.8 years as of December 26, 2013 and December 27, 2012, respectively.

 

 

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For the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011 the Company recorded amortization expense of $16.2 million, $11.7 million and $10.0 million, respectively. The estimated aggregate amortization expense for each of the five succeeding years is as follows (in millions):

 

Year

   Amortization  

2014

   $  20.2   

2015

   $ 20.3   

2016

   $ 20.3   

2017

   $ 20.6   

2018

   $ 21.5   

5. ACCRUED EXPENSES

The following is a summary of the Company’s accrued expenses (in millions):

 

     As of December 26, 2013      As of December 27, 2012  

Make-good reserve

   $ 1.8       $ 1.2   

Accrued interest

     12.7         12.9   

Deferred rent

     2.6         2.8   

Other accrued expenses

     2.3         1.4   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total accrued expenses

   $ 19.4       $ 18.3   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

6. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

Founding Member and Managing Member Transactions– Following is a summary of the transactions between the Company and the founding members and its managing member (in millions):

 

     Years Ended  

Included in the Statements of Income:

   December 26,
2013
     December 27,
2012
     December 29,
2011
 

Revenue:

        

Beverage concessionaire revenue (included in Advertising revenue) (1)

   $ 41.4       $ 39.7       $ 38.0   

Advertising inventory revenue (included in Advertising revenue) (2)

     0.2         0.2         0.2   

Operating expenses:

        

Theatre access fee (3)

     69.4         64.5         55.4   

Revenue share from Fathom Events (included in Fathom Events operating costs) (4 )

     5.1         5.5         8.3   

Purchase of movie tickets and concession products (included in Fathom Events operating costs) (5)

     0.2         0.4         1.0   

Purchase of movie tickets and concession products (included in Selling and marketing costs) (5)

     1.4         1.1         1.1   

Purchase of movie tickets and concession products (included in Advertising operating costs) (5)

     0.2         —           —     

Administrative fee—managing member (6)

     10.0         12.1         13.7   

Non-operating expenses:

        

Gain on sale of Fathom Events (7)

     25.4         —           —     

 

(1) For the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011, the founding members purchased 60 seconds of on-screen advertising time (with a right to purchase up to 90 seconds) from the Company to satisfy their obligations under their beverage concessionaire agreements at a specified 30 second equivalent CPM.
(2) The value of such purchases is calculated by reference to the Company’s advertising rate card.
(3) Comprised of payments per theatre attendee, payments per digital screen with respect to the founding member theatres included in the Company’s network and payments for access to higher quality digital cinema equipment.
(4) These payments are at rates (percentage of event revenue) included in the ESAs based on the nature of the event.

 

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(5) Used primarily for marketing to the Company’s advertising clients and marketing resale to Fathom Events customers.
(6) Pursuant to the Company’s operating agreement, as the sole manager of NCM LLC, NCM, Inc. provides certain specific management services to NCM LLC, including the services of the president and chief executive officer, president of sales and marketing, executive vice president and chief financial officer, executive vice president and chief operations officer and executive vice president and general counsel. In exchange for these services, the Company reimburses NCM, Inc. for compensation paid to the officers (including share based compensation) and other expenses of the officers and for certain out-of-pocket costs.
(7 ) Refer to discussion of Fathom sale in Note 2— Divestiture .

 

Included in the Balance Sheets:

   As of December
26, 2013
     As of December
27, 2012
     As of December
29, 2011
 

Current portion of note receivable- founding members (1)

     4.2         —           —     

Long-term note receivable, net of current portion—founding members (1)

     20.8         —           —     

Investment in AC JV, LLC (2)

     1.1         —           —     

Prepaid administrative fees to managing member (3)

     0.8         0.8         1.0   

Common unit adjustments and integration payments, net of amortization (included in Intangible assets)

     463.4         258.7         0.7   

 

(1) Refer to discussion of Fathom sale in Note 2— Divestiture .
(2) Refer to Note 1— Basis of Presentation and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies .
(3) The payments for estimated management services related to employment are made one month in advance. NCM LLC also provides administrative and support services to NCM, Inc. such as office facilities, equipment, supplies, payroll and accounting and financial reporting at no charge. Based on the limited activities of NCM, Inc. as a standalone entity, the Company does not believe such unreimbursed costs are significant.

We have been granted a perpetual, royalty-free license from our founding members to use certain proprietary software for the delivery of digital advertising and other content through our DCN to screens in the U.S. We have made improvements to this software since NCM, Inc.’s IPO date and we own those improvements, except for improvements that were developed jointly by us and our founding members.

Pursuant to the terms of the NCM LLC Operating Agreement in place since the completion of NCM, Inc.’s IPO, the Company is required to make mandatory distributions on a proportionate basis to its members of available cash, as defined in the NCM LLC Operating Agreement, on a quarterly basis in arrears. Mandatory distributions for the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011 are as follows (in millions):

 

     Years Ended  
     December 26, 2013      December 27, 2012      December 29, 2011  

AMC

   $ 29.8       $ 23.1       $ 25.3   

Cinemark

     36.9         24.2         25.5   

Regal

     37.1         29.5         32.2   

NCM, Inc.

     89.6         72.8         78.7   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 193.4       $ 149.6       $ 161.7   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

The mandatory distributions of available cash by the Company to its founding members for the quarter ended December 26, 2013 of $31.0 million, is included in amounts due to founding members in the Balance Sheets as of December 26, 2013 and will be made in the first quarter of 2014. The mandatory distributions of available cash by NCM LLC to its managing member for the quarter ended December 26, 2013 of $26.5 million is included in amounts due to managing member on the Balance Sheets as of December 26, 2013 and will be made in the first quarter of 2014.

 

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Amounts due to founding members as of December 26, 2013 were comprised of the following (in millions):

 

     AMC     Cinemark     Regal     Total  

Theatre access fees, net of beverage revenues

   $ 0.6        0.7        1.1      $ 2.4   

Cost and other reimbursement

     (2.0     (0.7     (0.6     (3.3

Distributions payable

     8.7        10.9        11.4        31.0   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

   $ 7.3      $ 10.9      $ 11.9      $ 30.1   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Amounts due to founding members as of December 27, 2012 were comprised of the following (in millions):

 

     AMC     Cinemark     Regal     Total  

Theatre access fees, net of beverage revenues

   $ 0.6      $ 0.6      $ 0.9      $ 2.1   

Cost and other reimbursement

     (1.1     (0.7     (1.4     (3.2

Distributions payable, net

     6.3        6.6        8.0        20.9   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

   $ 5.8      $ 6.5      $ 7.5      $ 19.8   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Amounts due to/from managing member were comprised of the following (in millions):

 

     As of December 26,
2013
    As of December 27,
2012
 

Distributions payable

   $ 26.5      $ 19.8   

Cost and other reimbursement

     (1.9     (4.5
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

   $ 24.6      $ 15.3   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Common Unit Membership Redemption – The NCM LLC Operating Agreement provides a redemption right of the founding members to exchange common membership units of NCM LLC for shares of NCM, Inc.’s common stock on a one-for-one basis, or at NCM Inc.’s option, a cash payment equal to the market price of one share of NCM, Inc. common stock. During the third quarter of 2013, Regal exercised the redemption right of an aggregate 2,300,000 common membership units for a like number of shares of common stock. Such redemptions took place immediately prior to the closing of an underwritten public offering and the closing of an overallotment option. NCM, Inc. did not receive any proceeds from the sale of its common stock by Regal.

Digital Cinemas Integration Partners –NCM LLC had an agreement with Digital Cinema Integration Partners (“DCIP”), a joint venture owned by the founding members which was assigned to AC JV, LLC in connection with the sale of Fathom Events. This agreement provided for payment of a fee to DCIP whenever the digital cinema equipment is used to exhibit a Fathom event. Such fee per event showing during non-prime times (as defined in the agreements) and showing during prime times is a standard fee that is charged to all alternative content owners (including major studios) who display their programming on the digital cinema projectors. During the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011, we paid DCIP approximately $0.8 million, $1.5 million and $0.5 million, respectively, under this agreement. The DCIP Agreement was transferred as a part of the sale of the Fathom Events business.

Related Party Affiliates – The Company enters into network affiliate agreements and Fathom agreements with network affiliates for NCM LLC to provide in-theatre advertising and Fathom Events at theatre locations that are owned by companies that are affiliates of certain of the founding members or directors of NCM, Inc. Related party affiliate agreements are entered into at terms that are similar to those of the Company’s other network affiliates.

The following is a summary of advertising operating costs in the Statements of Income between the Company and its related party affiliates (in millions):

 

     Years Ended  

Related Party Affiliate

   December 26,
2013
     December 27,
2012
     December 29,
2011
 

Starplex (1)

   $ 2.9       $ 3.2       $ 2.9   

Other (2)

     0.5         1.0         0.5   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 3.4       $ 4.2       $ 3.4   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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The following is a summary of the accounts payable balance between the Company and its related party affiliates included in the Balance Sheets (in millions):

 

Related Party Affiliate

   As of December 26,
2013
     As of December 27,
2012
 

Starplex (1)

   $ 0.7       $ 0.7   

Other (2)

     0.1         0.2   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 0.8       $ 0.9   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1) Starplex Operating L.P. (“Starplex”) is an affiliate of one of NCM, Inc.’s directors.
(2) Other affiliates include LA Live Cinemas LLC (“LA Live”), an affiliate of Regal, and Texas Cinemas, Corp., an affiliate of one of NCM, Inc.’s directors. 

Other Transactions – NCM LLC has an agreement with an interactive media company, who is an affiliate of one of NCM, Inc.’s directors, to sell some of its online inventory. During the year ended December 26, 2013, this company generated approximately $0.6 million in revenue for NCM LLC and there was approximately $0.6 million of accounts receivable due from this company as of December 26, 2013.

7. BORROWINGS

The following table summarizes the Company’s total outstanding debt as of December 26, 2013 and December 27, 2012 and the significant terms of its borrowing arrangements:

 

     Outstanding Balance as of               

Borrowings ($ in millions)

   December 26, 2013      December 27, 2012      Maturity Date     Interest Rate  

Revolving Credit Facility

   $ 20.0       $ 14.0         November 26, 2017 (1)       (2 )  

Term Loans

     270.0         265.0         November 26, 2019        (2 )  

Senior Unsecured Notes

     200.0         200.0         July 15, 2021        7.875

Senior Secured Notes

     400.0         400.0         April 15, 2022        6.000
  

 

 

    

 

 

      

Total

   $ 890.0       $ 879.0        

Less: current portion of long-term debt

     (14.0      —        
  

 

 

    

 

 

      

Long-term debt, less current portion

   $ 876.0       $ 879.0        
  

 

 

    

 

 

      

 

(1) A portion of the revolving credit facility has a maturity date of December 31, 2014, as described in further detail below.
(2) The interest rates on the revolving credit facility and term loan are described below.

Senior Secured Credit Facili ty —The Company’s senior secured credit facility consists of a $124.0 million revolving credit facility and a $270.0 million term loan. On May 2, 2013, NCM LLC entered into an amendment of its senior secured credit facility whereby the facility was increased from $265.0 million to $270.0 million. In connection with the amendment, the interest rates on the revolving credit facility and term loans were reduced as described further below. In addition, NCM LLC recorded a non-cash charge of approximately $0.5 million for the write-off of net deferred issuance costs associated with the prior agreement and recorded approximately $0.7 million for certain new fees. The obligations under the senior secured credit facility are secured by a lien on substantially all of the assets of NCM LLC.

Revolving Credit Facility —The revolving credit facility portion is available, subject to certain conditions, for general corporate purposes of the Company in the ordinary course of business and for other transactions permitted under the senior secured credit facility, and a portion is available for letters of credit.

The Company’s total availability under the revolving credit facility is $124.0 million. The unused line fee is 0.50% per annum. Of the total available, $14.0 million outstanding principal of the revolving credit facility formerly held by Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. (“Lehman”) will not be repaid in connection with any future prepayments of the revolving credit facility amounts, but rather Lehman’s share of the revolving credit facility will be paid in full by the Company to the successor lenders, along with any accrued and unpaid fees and interest, by the maturity date of December 31, 2014. The maturity date applicable to the remaining outstanding principal is November 26, 2017.

Borrowings under the revolving credit facility bear interest at the Company’s option of either the LIBOR index plus an applicable margin or the base rate (Prime Rate or the Federal Funds Effective Rate, as defined in the senior secured credit facility) plus an applicable margin. The applicable margin for the revolving credit facility is determined quarterly and is subject to adjustment based upon a net senior secured leverage ratio for NCM LLC (the ratio of secured funded debt less unrestricted cash and cash equivalents, over a non-GAAP measure defined in the senior secured credit facility). On May 2, 2013, NCM LLC entered into an amendment of its senior secured credit facility whereby the applicable margins on the $110.0 million portion of the revolving credit facility decreased by 25 basis points to the LIBOR index plus 2.00% or the base rate plus 1.00%. The margins on the $14.0 million portion held by Lehman of the revolving credit facility remained unchanged at the LIBOR index plus 1.50% or the base rate plus 0.50%. The weighted-average interest rate on the outstanding balance on the revolving credit facility as of December 26, 2013 was 2.44%.

 

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Term Loans — In connection with the amendment of its senior secured credit facility on May 2, 2013, the interest rate on the term loans decreased by 50 basis points to a rate at NCM LLC’s option of either the LIBOR index plus 2.75% or the base rate (Prime Rate or the Federal Funds Effective Rate, as defined in the senior secured credit facility) plus 1.75%. The weighted-average interest rate on the term loans as of December 26, 2013 was 2.92%. Interest on the term loans is currently paid monthly.

The senior secured credit facility contains a number of covenants and financial ratio requirements, with which the Company was in compliance at December 26, 2013, including maintaining a consolidated net senior secured leverage ratio of 6.5 times on a quarterly basis. There are no borrower distribution restrictions as long as the Company’s consolidated net senior secured leverage ratio is below 6.5 times and the Company is in compliance with its debt covenants. As of December 26, 2013, the Company’s net senior secured leverage ratio was 2.9 times (versus the covenant of 6.5 times).

Senior Unsecured Notes due 2021 —On July 5, 2011, the Company completed a private placement of $200.0 million in aggregate principal amount of 7.875% Senior Unsecured Notes (“Senior Unsecured Notes”) for which the exchange offering was completed on September 22, 2011. The Senior Unsecured Notes have a maturity date of July 15, 2021 and pay interest semi-annually in arrears on January 15 and July 15 of each year, commencing January 15, 2012. The notes are subordinated to all existing and future secured debt, including indebtedness under the Company’s existing senior secured credit facility and the Senior Secured Notes defined below. The Senior Unsecured Notes contain certain covenants with which the Company was in compliance as of December 26, 2013.

Senior Secured Notes due 2022 —On April 27, 2012, the Company completed a private placement of $400.0 million in aggregate principal amount of 6.00% Senior Secured Notes (the “Senior Secured Notes”). The Senior Secured Notes have a maturity date of April 15, 2022 and pay interest semi-annually in arrears on April 15 and October 15 of each year, which commenced October 15, 2012. The Senior Secured Notes are senior secured obligations of NCM LLC, rank the same as NCM LLC’s senior secured credit facility, subject to certain exceptions, and share in the same collateral that secures NCM LLC’s obligations under the senior secured credit facility. The Senior Secured Notes contain certain covenants with which the Company was in compliance as of December 26, 2013.

Future Maturities of Borrowings —The scheduled annual maturities on the Senior Secured Credit Facility and Senior Secured and Senior Unsecured Notes as of December 26, 2013 are as follows (in millions):

 

Year

   Amount  

2014

   $ 14.0   

2015

     —     

2016

     —     

2017

     6.0   

2018

     —     

Thereafter

     870.0   
  

 

 

 

Total

   $ 890.0   
  

 

 

 

8. SHARE-BASED COMPENSATION

The NCM, Inc. 2007 Equity Incentive Plan reserves 12,876,000 shares of common stock available for issuance or delivery under the Equity Incentive Plan of which 4,371,729 remain available for future grants as of December 26, 2013. The management services agreement provides that the Company may participate in the Equity Incentive Plan. The types of awards that may be granted under the Equity Incentive Plan include stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, restricted stock units or other stock based awards. Stock options awarded under the Equity Incentive Plan are granted with an exercise price equal to the closing market price of NCM, Inc. common stock on the date NCM, Inc.’s board of directors approves the grant. Upon vesting of the restricted stock awards or exercise of options, NCM LLC will issue common membership units to NCM, Inc. equal to the number of shares of NCM, Inc.’s common stock represented by such awards. Options and restricted stock vest annually over a three or five-year period and options have either 10-year or 15-year contractual terms. A forfeiture rate of 5% was estimated to reflect the potential separation of employees. Certain option and share awards provide for accelerated vesting if there is a change in control, as defined in the Equity Incentive Plan. In addition, certain restricted stock awards include performance vesting conditions, which permit vesting to the extent that the Company achieves specified non-GAAP targets at the end of the measurement period. The length of the measurement period is two to three years. Restricted stock units granted to non-employee directors vest after approximately one year.

Compensation Cost The Company recognized $5.9 million, $9.0 million and $11.8 million for the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011, respectively, of share-based compensation expense and $0.1 million, $0.2 million and $0.2 million was capitalized during the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011,

 

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respectively. Share-based compensation costs are included in network operations, selling and marketing, administrative expense and administrative fee – managing member in the accompanying Financial Statements. These costs represent both non-cash charges and cash charges paid through the administrative fee with the managing member. The amount of share-based compensation costs that were non-cash were $3.2 million, $4.3 million, $4.8 million, $5.6 million and $2.0 million for the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012, December 29, 2011, December 30, 2010 and December 31, 2009.

No compensation expense was recorded for the 2011 non-vested restricted stock grants subject to performance conditions as the grants are not expected to vest due to the projected underperformance against the specified non-GAAP targets as of December 26, 2013. As of December 26, 2013, unrecognized compensation cost related to unvested options was approximately $1.0 million, which will be recognized over a weighted average remaining period of 1.0 years. As of December 26, 2013, unrecognized compensation cost related to restricted stock and restricted stock units was approximately $7.2 million, which will be recognized over a weighted average remaining period of 2.1 years.

Stock Options A summary of option award activity under the Equity Incentive Plan as of December 26, 2013, and changes during the year then ended are presented below:

 

     Options     Weighted
Average
Exercise
Price
     Weighted
Average
Remaining
Contractual
Life (in years)
     Aggregate
Intrinsic
Value (in
millions)
 

Outstanding as of December 27, 2012

     4,984,952      $ 16.13         

Granted

     —          —           

Exercised

     (1,488,059     13.69         

Forfeited

     (333,530     17.75         

Expired

     (106,781     19.79         
  

 

 

         

Outstanding as of December 26, 2013

     3,056,582      $ 17.02         6.8       $ 9.6   
  

 

 

         

Exercisable as of December 26, 2013

     2,325,589      $ 17.47         6.6       $ 6.3   

Vested and expected to vest as of December 26, 2013

     3,044,836      $ 17.02         6.8       $ 9.5   

The weighted average grant date fair value of granted options was $4.1 and $3.8 for the years ended December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011, respectively. The intrinsic value of options exercised during the year was $6.1 million, $1.4 million and $1.5 million for the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011, respectively. The total fair value of awards vested during the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011 was $4.9 million, $7.8 million and $6.2 million, respectively.

The fair value of each option award is estimated on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option pricing valuation model that uses the assumptions noted in the table below. Expected volatilities are based on implied volatilities from traded options on NCM, Inc.’s stock, historical volatility of NCM, Inc.’s stock, and other factors. The Company uses historical data to estimate option exercise and employee termination within the valuation model. The expected term of options granted is derived from the output of the option valuation model and represents the period of time that options granted are expected to be outstanding. The risk-free rate for periods within the contractual life of the option is based on the U.S. Treasury yield curve in effect at the time of grant. The following assumptions were used in the valuation of the options for the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011:

 

     Years Ended
     December 26, 2013   December 27, 2012   December 29, 2011

Expected term (in years)

   (1)   6.0   6.0

Risk free interest rate

   (1)   0.8%-1.1%   1.2%-2.4%

Expected volatility

   (1)   53.2%-54.6%   30.0%-53.6%

Dividend yield

   (1)   5.5%   3.8%-4.0%

 

(1) The Company did not grant stock options during the year ended December 26, 2013.

Restricted Stock and Restricted Stock Units — Under the non-vested stock program, common stock of the Company may be granted at no cost to officers, independent directors and employees, subject to requisite service and meeting financial performance targets, and as such restrictions lapse, the award vests in that proportion. The participants are entitled to cash dividends (excluding extraordinary) and to vote their respective shares (in the case of restricted stock), although the sale and transfer of such shares is prohibited and the shares are subject to forfeiture during the restricted period. Additionally, the accrued cash dividends for 2011, 2012 and 2013 grants are subject to forfeiture during the restricted period should the underlying shares not vest.

 

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The weighted average grant date fair value of non-vested stock was $15.17, $13.23 and $17.66 for the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011, respectively. The total fair value of awards vested was $7.5 million, $6.9 million and $1.8 million during the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011, respectively.

As of December 26, 2013, the total number of restricted stock and restricted stock units that are ultimately expected to vest, after consideration of expected forfeitures and estimated vesting of performance-based restricted stock is 833,004.

A summary of restricted stock award and restricted stock unit activity under the Equity Incentive Plan as of December 26, 2013, and changes during the year then ended are presented below:

 

     Number of
Restricted Shares
and Restricted
Stock Units
    Weighted Average
Grant-Date Fair
Value
 

Non-vested balance as of December 27, 2012

     1,707,128      $ 15.30   

Granted

     918,548        15.17   

Vested

     (360,528     16.88   

Forfeited

     (190,282     15.95   
  

 

 

   

Non-vested balance as of December 26, 2013

     2,074,866      $ 14.91   
  

 

 

   

9. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS

The Company sponsors the NCM 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan (the “Plan”) under Section 401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, for the benefit of substantially all full-time employees. The Plan provides that participants may contribute up to 20% of their compensation, subject to Internal Revenue Service limitations. Employee contributions are invested in various investment funds based upon election made by the employee. The Company made discretionary contributions of $1.0 million, $1.0 million and $0.9 million during the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011, respectively.

10. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

Legal Actions —The Company is subject to claims and legal actions in the ordinary course of business. The Company believes such claims will not have a material effect on its financial position or results of operations.

Operating Commitments — The Company leases office facilities for its headquarters in Centennial, Colorado and also in various cities for its sales and marketing and software development personnel. Total lease expense for the years ended December 26, 2013, December 27, 2012 and December 29, 2011, was $2.3 million, $2.3 million and $2.3 million, respectively.

Future minimum lease payments under noncancelable operating leases as of December 26, 2013 are as follows (in millions):

 

Year

   Minimum Lease Payments  

2014

   $ 2.6   

2015

     2.6   

2016

     2.6   

2017

     2.0   

2018

     1.7   

Thereafter

     4.1   
  

 

 

 

Total

   $ 15.6   
  

 

 

 

Minimum Revenue Guarantees —As part of the network affiliate agreements entered in the ordinary course of business under which the Company sells advertising for display in various network affiliate theatre chains, the Company has agreed to certain minimum revenue guarantees on a per attendee basis. If a network affiliate achieves the attendance set forth in their respective agreement, the Company has guaranteed minimum revenue for the network affiliate per attendee if such amount paid under the revenue share arrangement is less than its guaranteed amount. The amount and term varies for each network affiliate, but terms range from three to 20 years, prior to any renewal periods of which some are at the option of the Company. The maximum potential amount of future payments the Company could be required to make pursuant to the minimum revenue guarantees is $42.4 million over the remaining terms of the network affiliate agreements. As of December 26, 2013 and December 27, 2012, the Company had no liabilities recorded for these obligations as such guarantees are less than the expected share of revenue paid to the affiliate.

 

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11. FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

Non-Recurring Measurements —Certain assets are measured at fair value on a non-recurring basis. These assets are not measured at fair value on an ongoing basis but are subject to fair value adjustments in certain circumstances. These assets include long-lived assets, intangible assets, cost and equity method investments, notes receivable and borrowings.

Long-Lived Assets, Intangible Assets, Other Investments and Notes Receivable —As described in Note 1— Basis of Presentation and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies , the Company regularly reviews long-lived assets (primarily property, plant and equipment), intangible assets, investments accounted for under the cost or equity method and notes receivable for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amounts of the assets may not be fully recoverable. When the estimated fair value is determined to be lower than the carrying value of the asset, an impairment charge is recorded to write the asset down to its estimated fair value.

As of December 26, 2013 and December 27, 2012, the Company had other investments of $1.1 million and $0.8 million, respectively. These investments are generally valued using comparative market multiples. As the inputs to the determination of fair value are based upon non-identical assets and use significant unobservable inputs, we have classified the assets as Level 3 in the fair value hierarchy.

As of December 26, 2013, the Company had notes receivable totaling $25.0 million from its founding members related to the sale of Fathom Events, as described in Note 2 – Divestiture . These notes were valued using comparative market multiples and are classified as Level 3 in the fair value hierarchy as the inputs to the determination of fair value are based upon non-identical assets and use significant unobservable inputs.

Borrowings — The carrying amount of the revolving credit facility is considered a reasonable estimate of fair value due to its floating-rate terms. The estimated fair values of the Company’s financial instruments where carrying values do not approximate fair value are as follows (in millions):

 

     As of December 26, 2013      As of December 27, 2012  

($ in millions)

   Carrying Value      Fair Value  (1)      Carrying Value      Fair Value  (1)  

Term Loans

   $ 270.0       $ 269.5       $ 265.0       $ 265.8   

Senior Unsecured Notes

     200.0         220.4         200.0         222.0   

Senior Secured Notes

     400.0         414.0         400.0         425.5   

 

(1) The Company has estimated the fair value on an average of at least two non-binding broker quotes and the Company’s analysis. If the Company were to measure the borrowings in the above table at fair value on the balance sheet they would be classified as Level 2.

12. DERIVATIVE INSTRUMENTS AND HEDGING ACTIVITIES

During 2012, the Company terminated interest rate swap agreements that were used to hedge its interest rate risk associated with its term loans. Following the termination of the swap agreements, the variable interest rate on the Company’s $270.0 million term loans are unhedged and as of December 26, 2013 and December 27, 2012, the Company did not have any outstanding derivative assets or liabilities.

During the year ended December 27, 2012, the Company paid breakage fees of $63.4 million which represented the settlement of the Company’s loss position on its interest rate swap agreements. The swaps were terminated with the Company in a loss position and therefore, the Company paid its counterparties the outstanding amounts due based upon the fair market value on that date. The Company accounted for the $63.4 million in payments by recording a loss on swap terminations of $26.7 million in the Statements of Income, which related to swaps that hedged the interest payments on debt that was paid off during the Company’s refinancing. Since those future interest payments were no longer probable of occurring, the Company discontinued hedge accounting and immediately reclassified the balance in Accumulated Other Comprehens