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DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.

I, Eric Wold , certify that this report reflects my personal beliefs about this company and that no portion of my compensation was, is or will be directly or indirectly related to the specific recommendations or views discussed in this report.

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Ratings Distribution as of August 21, 2017
Rating Number of Companies Percent of Total
Buy 145 74.4%
Neutral 49 25.1%
Sell 1 0.5%
Total 195 100%
% with Investment Banking Relationships
Rating Number of Companies Percent of Total
Buy 23 88.5%
Neutral 3 11.5%
Sell 0 0.0%
Total 26 100%

Explanation of B. Riley & Co. LLC's Rating System

  • Buy: We generally expect “Buy” rated stocks to have an above-average risk-adjusted total return over the next 12 months. We recommend that investors buy the securities at the current valuation.
  • Neutral: We generally believe “Neutral” rated stocks will have an average risk-adjusted total return over the next 12 months.
  • Sell: We generally expect “Sell” rated stocks to have a below-average risk-adjusted total return over the next 12 months. We recommend that investors reduce their positions until the valuation or fundamentals become more compelling.

Risks and Considerations

  • Acquisition/Integration - The Company actively evaluates potential acquisitions as part of its growth strategy. Acquisitions pursued by the Company could be dilutive to financial results and result in a difficult, dilutive or expensive integration.
  • Acquisition/Integration - The Company recently completed acquisition(s). If the Company fails to successfully integrate the acquisition, the deal may lead to disappointing returns.
  • Competition - The industry is highly competitive and many of the Company's competitors have greater resources.
  • Currency Exposure - Since the Company purchases its finished goods from foreign manufacturers and sell its products in transactions denominated in U.S dollars, a weakening of the U.S dollar could negatively impact the Company.
  • Cyclical Nature of the Company's Business - Revenue from the Company's businesses have historically correlated positively with both US and world GDP. A cyclical downturn in GDP growth domestically and/or abroad may lead to a material deterioration in the Company's results.
  • Digital Media Downloading - Continued growth in digital downloads could negatively impact the Company's results.
  • Discretionary Spending - The products the Company sells are largely discretionary in nature and any slowdown in consumer spending would have an unfavorable impact on the Company.
  • Economy - Macro-economic issues such as increasing oil and gas prices and a possible drop in consumer spending could have a negative impact on the Company's business.
  • Execution - Management may not execute well on its restructuring efforts as it allocates capital and human resources towards acquisitions and related integration, possibly resulting in lower margins and cash flow.
  • Financial Results - Any slow down or other changes in the capital spending pattern of the industry may negatively affect the Company's sales.
  • Financial Results - Due to the Company's relatively small revenue base and fixed operating cost structure, the loss or delay of one large license deal or services contract could significantly impact the bottom line.
  • Growth Plan - There are many factors that may impact the company's ability to achieve its stated growth objectives.
  • Industry Change - The industry is subject to rapid technological change.
  • Insider Ownership - Directors and executive officers collectively own a significant percentage of the Company. While this may align interest with other shareholders, investors might view a future sale by any director or officer negatively.
  • Intellectual Property - The Company's business is dependent upon the licensing of its intellectual property (IP) to customers. Should the Company fail to maintain its IP or should the Company infringe upon another vendor's IP, financial results could be negatively impacted.
  • Interest Rates - The Company's balance sheet is liability sensitive and fed rate cuts should have a beneficial effect on the net interest margin. However, most of the Company's liabilities are LIBOR-based and to the extent that LIBOR and fed funds rates diverge, the fed rate cuts will have lesser impact on the Company's funding costs.
  • International Operations - The Company derives a significant portion of its revenues from outside the United States. The Company is subject to foreign exchange risk and the risks inherent in managing a global Company.
  • Labor - The Company has a large number of full-time employees and is party to several collective bargaining agreements that cover some of these employees. Additionally, the Company is facing rising labor costs.
  • Licensee Risk - There is always a risk that a licensee could execute poorly and temporarily hurt the brand for its respective category/classification. Licenses also are subject to renewal.
  • Liquidity and Solvency - The Company has a significant debt load and interest expense, which may hamper its ability to invest in the business. Also, the Company may need to raise additional capital in the future and access to such capital is difficult to predict.
  • Litigation - The Company is at risk of patent lawsuits, although we believe its patent portfolio provides adequate protection.
  • Litigation - The industry is litigious and the Company is likely to be involved in lawsuits, whether future or current. Negative results in these cases could result in significant cash payments by the Company.
  • Manufacturer/Supplier Dependency - The Company relies on a few key manufacturers/suppliers. This lack of diversification could create interruptions in the Company's supply of products and a corresponding loss of revenues.
  • Pricing Pressure - The Company's business could be affected by pricing pressure within the market.
  • Seasonality - The Company's results are highly seasonal.
  • Weather - The weather can significantly impact the Company's results.
  • General Industry - The Company could miss our estimates and/or their financial guidance.
  • Sales Cycle - The Company's sales cycle could lengthen beyond what is normal.

Additional Risks and Considerations

    Film Results - Predicting what any film will gross at the box office is inherently difficult. Audiences are fickle and individual film perfoermance, even for sequels, can be highly variable. As such, the Company may miss concensus views from time to time or may revise previously-dispensed guidance lower if any one film underperforms pre-release expectations