Genius Brands International, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results and Business Update

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Llama Llama Continues Post-Production with Q4 Delivery to Netflix Anticipated
Rainbow Rangers Begins Production and Expands Global Licensing Program

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 14, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Genius Brands International, Inc. (NASDAQ:GNUS) (“Genius”) announced today its financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017:

Business Highlights:

  • Deferred revenue continues to increase with a total balance of $5.0 million as of June 30, 2017, representing a 62% increase over the December 31, 2016 balance and over 400% increase over the December 31, 2015 balance.
  • To date nearly $4.1 million has been invested in the development and production of animated content with four animated series currently in production and development to be delivered throughout 2017 and 2018.
  • Working capital increased by nearly $2.9 million from December 31, 2016 to June 30, 2017 to nearly $2.5 million.

Management Commentary:

Andy Heyward, Chairman and CEO of Genius Brands International, Inc., commented, “Today, we released our financial results for the three and six-month periods ending on June 30, 2017. The second quarter of 2017 was another foundational period for the Company as we continued the development and monetization of our brands.

"Excitement around our Rainbow Rangers property continues to grow. Augmenting our previously announced partnerships with broadcaster Nick Jr. and Fisher Price which is owned by Mattel Inc, we partnered with three additional licensees during the quarter – The Bentex Group will be our master apparel partner; H.E.R Accessories will create a line of fashion accessories; and Jay Franco will create a line of bedding. All of these products will feature the Rainbow Rangers characters.  While we cannot disclose the specific deal terms, these arrangements provide us minimum guarantees (and advances) against future royalties. Standard industries royalty rates are on average ten percent, providing the company with a share of the wholesale price of products. The minimum guarantees and advances are reflected in the growing deferred revenue balances. Subsequent to the end of the quarter, activity continues with additional licensees in more categories across the merchandising spectrum.

"Our Llama Llama production continues at a steady pace. By the end of the quarter, we have received a substantial portion of the animation for the episodes and are in the process of post-production for delivery to Netflix in the fourth quarter of the year. With the content licensed to Netflix and the previously announced partnership with NCircle for the distribution of DVDs, our merchandising program continues to grow as we added licensees in the puzzles and bedding categories. This activity is again reflected in our increasing deferred revenue balances.

"Additionally, during the quarter, we delivered the final webisodes of Season One of SpacePOP to YouTube and expanded the distribution of the content with various international licenses to broadcasters in Europe and Asia. As the content was delivered and continues to be delivered to our customers, we have and will continue to recognize top line revenues. In the second half of 2017, we plan to broaden the retail reach of SpacePOP with products available at Target, Best Buy, Barnes and Noble, Hudson News and Spirit Halloween, as well as launching a new direct-to-retail program with Calendar Club's Go! retail stores nationwide; an expanded Claire's program at additional locations; and continued support by Toys"R"Us.

"Finally, our STEM-based property Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab continues to expand its reach both domestically and internationally through a number of partnerships for both the animated content and the associated merchandise. Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab has been licensed in Latin America to National Geographic Kids with the merchandising program being handled by independent licensing agent Tycoon Enterprises across Latin America. The animated content has also been licensed to various territories in Asia with delivery anticipated for the third quarter of 2017.

"The second quarter’s results represent continued activity around each of our brands – one of the two pillars of revenue generation and value creation for the Company. As we have highlighted in the past, the value of the Company lies in two places – the brands we create, manage and monetize and the Kid Genius Cartoon Channel. The Kid Genius Cartoon Channel not only provides another avenue of distribution for our content but also has value in its own right as a distribution platform.  As we look forward to the second half of the year, we anticipate seeing continue growth for Rainbow Rangers, Llama Llama, and the rest of our brands as well as increased in the reach of our Kid Genius Cartoon Channel.”

Conference Call:

Genius Brands International Chairman & CEO, Andy Heyward will host a conference call to discuss the Company's second quarter 2017 financial results and business update today, Monday, August 14, 2017 at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT

Conference Call Information:
When: Monday, August 14, 2017 at 5:30 PM ET/2:30 PM PT.
Dial-in: U.S.: 877-407-8291 and International: 201-689-8345

Please join the conference call at least 15 minutes early to register. A digital replay will be available by telephone approximately two hours after the completion of the call until November 30, 2017 and may be accessed by dialing 877-660-6853 from the U.S. or 201-612-7415 for international callers, and using the Conference ID# 13668963.

About Genius Brands International, Inc.

Headquartered in Beverly Hills, California, Genius Brands International, Inc. (NASDAQ:GNUS) is a leading global media company developing, producing, marketing and licensing branded children’s entertainment properties and consumer products for media distribution and retail channels. Led by award-winning creators and producers, Genius Brands distributes its content worldwide in all formats, as well as a broad range of consumer products based on its characters. In the children's media sector, its portfolio features "content with a purpose" for toddlers to tweens, which provides enrichment as well as entertainment, including new preschool property Rainbow Rangers; tween music-driven brand SpacePOP; preschool property debuting on Netflix Llama Llama; award-winning Baby Genius; adventure comedy Thomas Edison's Secret Lab®, available on public broadcast stations and Genius Brands' Kid Genius channel on Comcast's Xfinity on Demand and Roku; Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club, created with and starring iconic investor Warren Buffett. The Company is also co-producing an all-new adult animated series, Stan Lee's Cosmic Crusaders, with Stan Lee's Pow! Entertainment and The Hollywood Reporter. Additionally, under Genius Brands' wholly owned subsidiary, A Squared Entertainment, the company represents the third-party property Celessence Technologies across a broad range of categories in territories around the world.

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Tables to follow

The following tables should be read in conjunction with the footnotes accompanying the consolidated financial statements contained within the Form 10Q issued on August 14, 2017.

Genius Brands International, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
As of June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016
  June 30, 2017 December 31, 2016
ASSETS (unaudited)  
Current Assets:      
Cash and Cash Equivalents $2,986,528  $1,887,921 
Restricted Cash  1,000,000   1,000,000 
Accounts Receivable, net  302,031   122,910 
Inventory, net  19,880   6,562 
Prepaid and Other Assets  380,995   359,395 
Total Current Assets  4,689,434   3,376,788 
Property and Equipment, net  86,003   90,461 
Film and Television Costs, net  3,806,578   2,260,964 
Intangible Assets, net  1,814,638   1,845,650 
Goodwill  10,365,805   10,365,805 
Total Assets $ 20,762,458   $ 17,939,668  
Current Liabilities:      
Accounts Payable $302,737  $648,638 
Accrued Expenses  258,680   249,482 
Deferred Revenue  554,739   410,662 
Accrued Salaries and Wages  165,544   132,827 
Disputed Trade Payable  925,000   925,000 
Service Advance  -   1,489,583 
Total Current Liabilities  2,206,700   3,856,192 
Long Term Liabilities:      
Deferred Revenue  4,465,768   2,695,946 
Production Facility  2,697,048   1,332,004 
Total Liabilities  9,369,516   7,884,142 
Commitments and Contingencies (Note 13)      
Stockholders’ Equity      
Preferred Stock, $0.001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized; 3,710 and 4,895 shares issued and outstanding, respectively  4   5 
Common Stock, $0.001 par value, 233,333,334 shares authorized; 5,897,091 and 4,010,649 shares issued and outstanding, respectively  5,898   4,011 
Common Stock to Be Issued  24   24 
Additional Paid in Capital  50,602,674   46,697,005 
Accumulated Deficit  (39,210,540)  (36,642,761)
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss   (5,118)   (2,758)
Total Stockholders’ Equity   11,392,942    10,055,526 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity $ 20,762,458   $ 17,939,668  
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

Genius Brands International, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2017 and 2016
  Three months ended Six months ended
  June 30, 2017 June 30, 2016 June 30, 2017 June 30, 2016
Licensing & Royalties $118,351  $113,456  $271,564  $261,468 
Television & Home Entertainment  64,766   46,726   108,138   250,607 
Advertising Sales  4,514   -   6,018   - 
Product Sales  8,501   16,150   8,501   16,150 
Total Revenues  196,132   176,332   394,221   528,225 
Operating Expenses:            
Marketing and Sales  185,542   204,318   275,046   465,950 
Direct Operating Costs  44,948   68,593   68,018   208,468 
General and Administrative  1,221,572   1,334,242   2,622,496   2,936,345 
Total Operating Expenses  1,452,062   1,607,153   2,965,560   3,610,763 
Loss from Operations  (1,255,930)  (1,430,821)  (2,571,339)  (3,082,538)
Other Income (Expense):            
Other Income  5,567   -   5,593   60 
Interest Expense  (1,180)  (724)  (2,033)  (2,153)
Interest Expense - Related Parties  -   -   -   (6,141)
Gain on Distribution Contracts  -   248,593   -   258,103 
Net Other Income (Expense)  4,387   247,869   3,560   249,869 
Loss before Income Tax Expense  (1,251,543)  (1,182,952)  (2,567,779)  (2,832,669)
Income Tax Expense  -   -   -   - 
Net Loss Applicable to Common Shareholders $(1,251,543) $(1,182,952) $(2,567,779) $(2,832,669)
Net Loss per Common Share (Basic and Diluted) $(0.22) $(0.30) $(0.47) $(0.74)
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding (Basic and Diluted)   5,820,553    3,905,554    5,422,564    3,838,802 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

Genius Brands International, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Six Months Ended June 30, 2017 and 2016
  June 30, 2017 June 30, 2016
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:    
Net Loss $(2,567,779) $(2,832,669)
Adjustments to Reconcile Net Loss to Net Cash Used in Operating Activities:      
Amortization of Film and Television Costs  8,086   135,157 
Depreciation Expense  33,865   33,063 
Amortization Expense  31,012   38,315 
Imputed Interest Expense  -   6,141 
Stock Issued for Services  100,000   24,000 
Stock Compensation Expense  405,633   877,962 
Gain on Distribution Contracts  -   (258,103)
Loss on Impairment of Assets  -   1,850 
Decrease (Increase) in Operating Assets:      
Accounts Receivable   (181,481)   79,503 
Inventory   (13,318)   518 
Prepaid Expenses & Other Assets   (21,600)   (145,634)
Film and Television Costs, Net  (1,473,384)   (381,963)
Increase (Decrease) in Operating Liabilities:      
Accounts Payable   (345,900)   133,069 
Accrued Salaries   32,717    20,000 
Deferred Revenue and Advances   424,313    2,140,369 
Other Accrued Expenses   9,198    (195,786)
Net Cash Used in Operating Activities  (3,558,638)  (324,208)
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:      
Investment in Intangible Assets  -   (5,650)
Investment in Fixed Assets  (29,407)  (1,542)
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities  (29,407)  (7,192)
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:      
Proceeds from Warrant Exchange, Net of Offering Costs  3,401,924   - 
Proceeds from Exercise of Warrants  -   82,500 
Proceeds from Production Facility, Net  1,284,728   - 
Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities  4,686,652   82,500 
Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Restricted Cash  1,098,607   (248,900)
Beginning Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Restricted Cash  2,887,921   5,187,620 
Ending Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Restricted Cash $3,986,528  $4,938,720 
Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:      
Cash Paid for Interest $2,033  $507 
Schedule of Non-Cash Financing and Investing Activities      
Issuance of Common Stock in Relation to Sony Transaction $1,489,583  $- 
Issuance of Common Stock in Satisfaction of Short Term Advances $-  $410,535 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.


Michael Porter        
PLR Investor Relations