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Cinemark Holdings, Inc. Reports All-Time-High 4th Quarter Revenues in Addition to Fourth Consecutive Year of Record Worldwide Annual Revenues of $3.2 Billion

February 22, 2019

PLANO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 22, 2019--Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), one of the largest motion picture exhibitors in the world, today reported results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2018 and announced that its Board of Directors has increased its cash dividend by 6.25% to $1.36 per share of common stock on an annualized basis, effective immediately. The fourth quarter dividend of $0.34 will be paid on March 22, 2019 to stockholders of record on March 8, 2019.

Cinemark Holdings, Inc.’s total revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2018 increased 6.5% to $798.6 million compared to $750.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017. For the three months ended December 31, 2018, admissions revenues increased 0.4% to $445.1 million and concession revenues increased 6.3% to $277.6 million. For the three months ended December 31, 2018, attendance increased 2.1% to 67.4 million patrons, average ticket price was $6.60 and concession revenues per patron increased 4.0% to $4.12.

Net income attributable to Cinemark Holdings, Inc. for the three months ended December 31, 2018 was $19.4 million compared to $95.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017. Net income attributable to Cinemark Holdings, Inc. for the three months ended December 31, 2018 included a $17 million non-cash tax expense associated with recently issued tax guidance that modified the treatment of foreign tax credit utilization and resulted in an increased valuation allowance for the Company. Net income attributable to Cinemark Holdings, Inc. for the three months ended December 31, 2017 included a $45 million tax benefit driven by a reduction of net deferred income tax liabilities as a result of the 2017 tax reform legislation that went into effect during December 2017. Diluted earnings per share for the three months ended December 31, 2018 was $0.17 compared to $0.82 for the three months ended December 31, 2017.

Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended December 31, 2018 increased 5.6% to $198.1 million compared to $187.5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures are provided in the financial schedules accompanying this press release and at investors.cinemark.com.

“The resilience of the exhibition industry was again demonstrated in 2018 as the North American box office reached another record high of $11.9 billion, driven by sizeable year-over-year attendance growth associated with outstanding studio film content,” stated Mark Zoradi, Cinemark’s Chief Executive Officer. “And, through consistent execution of our strategic initiatives that focus on creating an extraordinary guest experience, Cinemark yet again outperformed industry results for the ninth time out of the past ten years with 7.7% domestic box office growth and a 6.3% increase in attendance.”

Mr. Zoradi continued, “I am also pleased to report that, based on confidence in our industry, enthusiasm for the upcoming film slate and our Company’s consistent financial strength, our Board of Directors approved an $0.08 increase to Cinemark’s annual dividend. Inclusive of that increase, we have grown Cinemark’s dividend by 36% and distributed more than $640 million dollars in cash dividends to shareholders over the past five years, demonstrating our discipline in returning capital to shareholders while investing in strategic initiatives to position our Company for long-term success.”

Cinemark Holdings, Inc.’s total revenues for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 increased 7.7% to $3,221.8 million compared to $2,991.6 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, admissions revenues increased 2.2% to $1,834.2 million and concession revenues increased 6.7% to $1,108.8 million. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2018, attendance increased 1.8% to 282.1 million patrons, average ticket price increased to $6.50 and concession revenues per patron increased 4.8% to $3.93.

Net income attributable to Cinemark Holdings, Inc. for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 was $213.8 million compared to $264.2 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. Net income attributable to Cinemark Holdings, Inc. for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 included $19 million of non-cash tax expense associated with true-ups to 2017’s provisional tax reform calculations, as well as recently issued tax guidance that modified the treatment of foreign tax credit utilization and resulted in an increased valuation allowance for the Company. Net income attributable to Cinemark Holdings, Inc. for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017 included a $45 million tax benefit driven by a reduction of net deferred income tax liabilities as a result of the 2017 tax reform legislation that went into effect during December 2017. Diluted earnings per share for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 was $1.83 compared to $2.26 for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017.

Adjusted EBITDA for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 increased 8.0% to $781.5 million compared to $723.8 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures are provided in the financial schedules accompanying this press release and at investors.cinemark.com.

As of December 31, 2018, the Company’s aggregate screen count was 6,048 and the Company had commitments to open fourteen new theatres and 129 screens during 2019 and seven new theatres and 83 screens subsequent to 2019.

Conference Call/Webcast – Today at 8:30 AM ET

Telephone: via 800-374-1346 or 706-679-3149 (for international callers).

Live Webcast/Replay: Available live at investors.cinemark.com. A replay will be available following the call and archived for a limited time.

About Cinemark Holdings, Inc.

Cinemark is a leading domestic and international motion picture exhibitor, operating 546 theatres with 6,048 screens in 41 U.S. states, Brazil, Argentina and 13 other Latin American countries as of December 31, 2018. For more information go to investors.cinemark.com.

Forward-looking Statements

This press release 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, as amended. The “forward-looking statements” include our current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about our business and our industry. They include statements relating to future revenues, expenses and profitability, the future development and expected growth of our business, projected capital expenditures, attendance at movies generally or in any of the markets in which we operate, the number or diversity of popular movies released and our ability to successfully license and exhibit popular films, national and international growth in our industry, competition from other exhibitors and alternative forms of entertainment and determinations in lawsuits in which we are defendants. You can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “may,” “should,” “could,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “plans,” “expects,” “future” and “intends” and similar expressions which are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond our control and difficult to predict and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or forecasted in the forward-looking statements. In evaluating forward-looking statements, you should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” section or other sections in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed February 23, 2018. All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements and risk factors. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release reflect our view only as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation, other than as required by law, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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CONTACT: Financial Contact :

Chanda Brashears – 972-665-1671 orcbrashears@cinemark.comMedia Contact:

James Meredith – 972-665-1060 orcommunications@cinemark.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA TEXAS

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ENTERTAINMENT FILM & MOTION PICTURES

SOURCE: Cinemark Holdings, Inc.

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