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WWE® Reports Q3 2018 Results

Maintains Path to Record Full-Year Performance



Third Quarter 2018 Highlights

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Revenues reached $188.4 million for the third quarter 2018 and a record $657.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018

,  representing 12% growth over the prior year period 

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Operating income was $18.1 million. Adjusted OIBDA1 of  $35.8 million exceeded the Company’s guidance

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Through the first nine months of 2018, digital engagement increased with video views up 61% to 22.9 billion and hours consumed up 81% to 842 million across digital and social media platforms2 

2018 Business Outlook

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Full year 2018 Adjusted OIBDA is expected to range from $160 million to $170 million, which would be consistent with the Company’s previous guidance3

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WWE has operated in the Middle East for nearly 20 years and has developed a sizable and dedicated fan base. Considering the heinous crime committed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Company faced a very difficult decision as it relates to its event scheduled for November 2 in Riyadh. Similar to other U.S.-based companies who plan to continue operations in Saudi Arabia, the Company has decided to uphold its contractual obligations to the General Sports Authority and stage the event. Full year 2018 guidance is predicated on the staging of the Riyadh event as scheduled4



STAMFORD, Conn., October 25,  2018 - WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2018.  

During the quarter, we remained keenly focused on deepening engagement with our global fan base by delivering compelling original content across media platforms,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We believe that deepening engagement will enable us to take advantage of favorable global industry trends and drive long-term growth.”

George Barrios, Co-President, added “We continue to effectively execute our strategy and achieved Adjusted OIBDA that surpassed our public guidance. Our performance maintains our path to achieve record revenue, record Adjusted OIBDA and record subscribers for the full year 2018.” 


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