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

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

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