WWE reports fourth quarter earnings, $325.3 million in revenue

WWE's fourth quarter earnings report ahead of the conference call

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Fourth quarter earnings report ahead of the conference call. 

WWE’s fourth quarter conference call is taking place at 5 PM EST and before the call, the company pushed out their earnings report for the latest quarter. 

They generated a total of $325.3 million in revenue and below is the complete report: 

Fourth Quarter 2022 Highlights

  • Revenue was $325.3 million, an increase of 5%; Operating income was $62.7 million, a decrease of 22%; and Adjusted OIBDA1 was $90.2 million, a decrease of 4%
  • Returned $8.9 million of capital to shareholders through dividend payments
  • Crown Jewel was the most viewed international event in WWE’s history. Domestic unique viewership on Peacock increased 70% over the prior year event
  • Each WWE domestic premium live event (Extreme Rules and Survivor Series) was the most viewed event in its history with year-over-year increases of 36% and 46%, respectively, in domestic unique viewership
  • WWE announced a multi-year extension of its partnership with MultiChoice to expand the distribution of the Company’s content in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • In January 2023, WWE held Royal Rumble at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. The event was the most viewed Royal Rumble in WWE’s history, with a 52% year-over-year increase in domestic unique viewership, and generated the highest gate in the event’s history

Full Year 2022 Highlights

  • Revenue increased 18% to $1.3 billion, the highest in the Company’s history
  • Operating income increased 11% to a record $283.3 million
  • Adjusted OIBDA increased 19% to a record $384.6 million
  • Returned $75.7 million of capital to shareholders, including share repurchases and dividends paid

2023 Business Outlook2

  • The Company is targeting Adjusted OIBDA of $395 to $410 million for the full year 2023, which would be an all-time record. The Company also expects to generate an all-time record for revenue in 2023.

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2022.

“2022 was another strong year for WWE. We generated record financial results and our business continued to perform well due to the strength of our content and brand, which drove audience engagement and monetization across multiple platforms,” said Nick Khan, WWE Chief Executive Officer. “In 2023, we’re focused on continuing to execute on our key operational initiatives, such as the domestic licensing of our flagship programs, Raw and SmackDown, as well as the international licensing of our content in key markets. At the same time, we’re focused on the review of strategic alternatives that we announced earlier this year, with the goal of maximizing value for all shareholders.”

Frank Riddick, WWE President & Chief Financial Officer, added, “For the year, we achieved record revenue and Adjusted OIBDA, which was at the very high end of our upwardly revised guidance range. In 2022, Adjusted OIBDA increased 19% reflecting 18% revenue growth. Our financial performance was primarily driven by the return to a full year of ticketed live events, including the staging of two large-scale international events, as well as the contractual escalation of rights fees for our flagship weekly programming and premium live events. In 2023, we anticipate Adjusted OIBDA of $395 to $410 million, reflecting continued revenue growth and relatively flat operating expenses.”

Fourth-Quarter Consolidated Results

Revenue increased 5% to $325.3 million, primarily due to an increase in network revenues related to the timing of premium live events as well as higher monetization of third-party original programming. These increases were partially offset by a decline in consumer products licensing and eCommerce revenue. Results also included the staging of a large-scale international event in both the current and prior year periods.

Operating Income decreased 22%, or $17.9 million, to $62.7 million, as the increase in revenue was offset by an increase in operating expenses. The increase in operating expenses was primarily driven by higher costs to support the creation of content. To a lesser extent, costs associated with the Special Committee investigation and related matters as well as higher stock compensation expense also contributed to the increase in operating expenses. (See the “Special Committee Investigation and Related Matters” discussion for further details.) The Company’s operating income margin decreased to 19% from 26%.

Adjusted OIBDA decreased 4% to $90.2 million. The Company’s Adjusted OIBDA margin decreased to 28% from 30%.

Net Income was $38.8 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, a decrease from $60.9 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, primarily reflecting the decrease in operating performance.

Cash flows generated by operating activities were $120.3 million, an increase from $46.6 million, as lower net income was more than offset by the favorable timing of collections associated with the Company’s large-scale international events.

Free Cash Flow3 was $43.0 million, an increase from $31.8 million, as the increase in cash flow generated by operating activities was partially offset by an increase in capital expenditures. For the three months ended December 31, 2022, the Company incurred $71.7 million of capital expenditures related to its new headquarter facility. Excluding the capital expenditures related to the new headquarter facility, Free Cash Flow for the three months ended December 31, 2022 was $114.7 million.

Return of Capital to Shareholders

The Company returned $8.9 million of capital to shareholders in dividends in the fourth quarter of 2022. There were no share repurchases under the Company’s existing stock repurchase program.

Full Year 2022 Consolidated Results

Revenue increased 18%, or $196.3 million, to $1.3 billion, primarily due to the increased monetization of content, the return to a full year of ticketed live events and the staging of an additional large-scale international event in 2022.

Operating Income increased 11%, or $27.3 million, to $283.3 million, as the increase in revenue was partially offset by an increase in operating expenses. The increase in operating expenses was primarily driven by higher costs to support the creation of content as well as the impact of certain costs associated with the Special Committee investigation and related matters. (See the “Special Committee Investigation and Related Matters” discussion for further details.) The Company’s operating income margin decreased to 22% from 23%.

Adjusted OIBDA increased 19%, or $60.5 million, to $384.6 million. The Company’s Adjusted OIBDA margin remained flat at 30%.

Net Income increased to $195.6 million, or $2.29 per diluted share, from $177.4 million, or $2.09 per diluted share, primarily reflecting the increase in operating performance. The results for 2022 also reflected a decrease in interest expense partially offset by an increase in income taxes.

Cash flows generated by operating activities were $325.6 million, an increase from $182.9 million, primarily due to the timing of collections associated with the Company’s large-scale international events and WWE Network, as well as improved operating performance.

Free Cash Flow was $125.7 million, a decrease from $143.7 million, as the increase in cash flows generated by operating activities was offset by an increase in capital expenditures. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2022, the Company incurred $170.6 million of capital expenditures related to its new headquarter facility. Excluding the capital expenditures related to the new headquarter facility, Free Cash Flow for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022 was $296.3 million.

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $478.7 million as of December 31, 2022. The Company currently estimates debt capacity under its revolving line of credit of $200 million.

Return of Capital to Shareholders

The Company returned $75.7 million to shareholders in 2022, including $40.0 million in share repurchases and $35.7 million in dividends paid. Under the Company’s existing stock repurchase program, approximately 5.3 million shares have been repurchased to-date at an average price of $54.09 per share. As of December 31, 2022, the Company had $211 million available under its existing $500 million stock repurchase authorization.

Results by Operating Segment

The schedule below reflects WWE’s performance by operating segment (in million):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Year Ended

 

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

2022

 

2021

 

2022

 

2021

Net Revenue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media

 

$

279.7

 

 

$

257.6

 

 

$

1,033.9

 

 

$

936.2

 

Live Events

 

 

23.8

 

 

 

20.1

 

 

 

123.1

 

 

 

57.8

 

Consumer Products

 

 

21.8

 

 

 

32.6

 

 

 

134.5

 

 

 

101.2

 

Total Net Revenue

 

$

325.3

 

 

$

310.3

 

 

$

1,291.5

 

 

$

1,095.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Income (Loss):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media

 

$

105.6

 

 

$

106.3

 

 

$

387.5

 

 

$

363.4

 

Live Events

 

 

0.2

 

 

 

1.4

 

 

 

25.0

 

 

 

6.9

 

Consumer Products

 

 

8.8

 

 

 

12.5

 

 

 

54.4

 

 

 

33.8

 

Corporate

 

 

(51.9

)

 

 

(39.6

)

 

 

(183.6

)

 

 

(148.1

)

Total Operating Income

 

$

62.7

 

 

$

80.6

 

 

$

283.3

 

 

$

256.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted OIBDA:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media

 

$

115.9

 

 

$

112.1

 

 

$

428.7

 

 

$

390.5

 

Live Events

 

 

0.8

 

 

 

1.6

 

 

 

27.2

 

 

 

7.7

 

Consumer Products

 

 

9.4

 

 

 

12.9

 

 

 

56.6

 

 

 

35.5

 

Corporate

 

 

(35.9

)

 

 

(32.4

)

 

 

(127.9

)

 

 

(109.6

)

Total Adjusted OIBDA

 

$

90.2

 

 

$

94.2

 

 

$

384.6

 

 

$

324.1

 

Media

Fourth-Quarter 2022

Revenue increased 9%, or $22.1 million, to $279.7 million, primarily due to an increase in network revenues related to the timing of premium live events, which resulted in an additional event in the current year period. The increase was also related to the delivery of third-party original programming. Results included the staging of a large-scale international event in both the current and prior year periods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Year Ended

 

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

2022

 

2021

 

2022

 

2021

Media Revenue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Network (a)

 

$

47.1

 

$

33.9

 

$

222.0

 

$

225.0

Core content rights fees (b)

 

 

155.2

 

 

150.5

 

 

596.8

 

 

566.2

Advertising and sponsorship (c)

 

 

15.7

 

 

21.1

 

 

66.6

 

 

71.5

Other (d)

 

 

61.7

 

 

52.1

 

 

148.5

 

 

73.5

Total Revenue

 

$

279.7

 

$

257.6

 

$

1,033.9

 

$

936.2

(a)

 

Network revenue consists primarily of license fees associated with the distribution of WWE Network content on the Peacock service in the U.S. (effective March 18, 2021), as well as subscription fees from customers of WWE Network and license fees associated with the Company’s international licensed partner agreements. Network revenue for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2021, includes the upfront revenue recognition related to the delivery of certain WWE Network intellectual property rights to Peacock in the first quarter.

(b)

 

Core content rights fees consist primarily of licensing revenue from the distribution of the Company’s flagship programs, Raw and SmackDown, as well as its NXT programming, through global broadcast, pay television and digital platforms.

(c)

 

Advertising and sponsorship revenue within the Media segment consists primarily of advertising revenue from the Company’s content on third-party social media platforms and sponsorship fees from sponsors who promote products utilizing the Company’s media platforms, including promotion on the Company’s digital websites and on-air promotional media spots.

(d)

 

Other revenue within the Media segment reflects revenue from the distribution of other WWE content, including, but not limited to, certain live in-ring programming content in international markets, scripted, reality and other programming, as well as theatrical and direct-to-home video releases.

Operating income decreased 1%, or $0.7 million, to $105.6 million, as the increase in revenue (as described above) was partially offset by an increase in operating expenses. The increase in operating expenses was primarily driven by higher costs to support the creation of content.

Adjusted OIBDA increased 3%, or $3.8 million, to $115.9 million.

Full Year 2022

Revenue increased 10%, or $97.7 million, to $1,033.9 million, primarily due to the staging of two large-scale international events in 2022, compared to one in 2021. The Company was unable to stage a second event in 2021 due to public health concerns related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The increase was also related to an increase in core content rights fees for the Company’s flagship programs, Raw and SmackDown, and the monetization of third-party original programming. These increases were partially offset by a decline in network revenue due to the impact of upfront revenue recognition related to the delivery of certain WWE Network intellectual property rights to Peacock in 2021.

Operating income increased 7%, or $24.1 million, to $387.5 million, as the increase in revenue (as described above) was partially offset by an increase in operating expenses. The increase in operating expenses was primarily driven by higher costs to support the creation of content.

Adjusted OIBDA increased 10%, or $38.2 million, to $428.7 million.

Live Events

Fourth-Quarter 2022

Revenue increased 18%, or $3.7 million, to $23.8 million, primarily due to an increase in North American ticket sales as a result of an increase in the number of live events. There were 61 total ticketed live events in the current quarter, consisting of 54 events in North America and 7 events in international markets. Average attendance at the Company’s North American events was approximately 5,500. In the prior year period, the Company staged 57 total ticketed live events, consisting of 48 events in North America and 9 events in international markets. Average attendance at the Company’s North American events was approximately 5,200 in the prior year period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Year Ended

 

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

2022

 

2021

 

2022

 

2021

Live Events Revenue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North American ticket sales

 

$

19.0

 

$

15.8

 

$

97.9

 

$

46.3

International ticket sales

 

 

1.9

 

 

2.2

 

 

12.1

 

 

4.6

Advertising and sponsorship (e)

 

 

0.8

 

 

0.2

 

 

4.8

 

 

0.9

Other (f)

 

 

2.1

 

 

1.9

 

 

8.3

 

 

6.0

Total Revenue

 

$

23.8

 

$

20.1

 

$

123.1

 

$

57.8

(e)

 

Advertising and sponsorship revenue consists primarily of fees from advertisers and sponsors that promote products utilizing the Company’s live events (i.e., presenting sponsor of fan engagement events and advertising signage at events).

(f)

 

Other Live Events includes revenue from the sale of travel packages associated with the Company’s global live events, commissions earned through secondary ticketing, and revenue from events for which the Company receives a fixed fee

Operating income decreased to $0.2 million as compared to $1.4 million, as the increase in ticket sales (as described above) was offset by an increase in operating costs, including event-related expenses.

Adjusted OIBDA decreased to $0.8 million as compared to $1.6 million.

Full Year 2022

Revenue increased 113%, or $65.3 million, to $123.1 million, primarily due to an increase in North American ticket sales as a result of a return to full year ticketed live events. International ticket sales increased primarily due to the staging of a major stadium event, Clash at the Castle. There were 231 total ticketed live events in 2022, consisting of 218 events in North America and 13 events in international markets. Average attendance at the Company’s North American events was approximately 6,100. In 2021, the Company staged 101 total ticketed live events, consisting of 88 events in North America and 13 events in international markets. Average attendance at the Company’s North American events was approximately 6,900 in 2021.

Operating income increased 262%, or $18.1 million, to $25.0 million, as the increase in revenue (as described above) was partially offset by an increase in operating expenses. The increase in operating expenses was primarily driven by an increase in event-related expenses, largely due to the increase in the number of events.

Adjusted OIBDA increased 253%, or $19.5 million, to $27.2 million.

Consumer Products

Fourth-Quarter 2022

Revenue decreased 33%, or $10.8 million, to $21.8 million, primarily due to a decrease in licensing and eCommerce revenue. Licensing revenue reflected an increase in collectibles more than offset by a decline in video games, due primarily to timing. As previously disclosed, during the third quarter of 2022, the Company revised its estimates related to revenue recognition for certain licensing agreements with minimum guarantees. This change in estimates negatively impacted licensing revenue in the fourth quarter of 2022. The decrease in eCommerce revenue primarily related to the previously disclosed transition of our digital retail platform to Fanatics. The structure of the Fanatics partnership resulted in a reduction of revenue as the activity is now recorded on a “net”, as opposed to “gross”, basis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Year Ended

 

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

2022

 

2021

 

2022

 

2021

Consumer Products Revenue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consumer product licensing

 

$

12.3

 

$

18.1

 

$

77.5

 

$

52.0

eCommerce

 

 

5.0

 

 

11.0

 

 

33.2

 

 

39.1

Venue merchandise

 

 

4.5

 

 

3.5

 

 

23.8

 

 

10.1

Total Revenue

 

$

21.8

 

$

32.6

 

$

134.5

 

$

101.2

Operating income decreased 30%, or $3.7 million, to $8.8 million reflecting the decrease in revenue (as described above) partially offset by a decrease in operating expenses. The decrease in operating expenses was primarily driven by lower eCommerce expenses in connection with the transition of our digital retail platform to Fanatics (as described above).

Adjusted OIBDA decreased 27%, or $3.5 million, to $9.4 million.

Full Year 2022

Revenue increased 33%, or $33.3 million, to $134.5 million, primarily due to an increase in licensing and venue merchandise revenue. The increase in licensing revenue primarily related to growth in collectibles revenue as well as higher sales of licensed video games, including our franchise game WWE 2K22. The increase in venue merchandise revenue was primarily due to the return to a full year of ticketed live events. eCommerce revenue decreased due to difficult comparisons to elevated Covid-related sales in 2021 as well as the accounting treatment related to the transition of our digital retail platform to Fanatics (asdiscussed above).

Operating income increased 61%, or $20.6 million, to $54.4 million, as the increase in revenue (as described above) was partially offset by an increase in operating expenses. The increase in operating expenses was primarily driven by an increase in variable costs associated with the sales activity.

Adjusted OIBDA increased 59%, or $21.1 million, to $56.6 million.

2023 Business Outlook2

The Company is targeting Adjusted OIBDA of $395 – $410 million for the full year 2023, which would be another all-time record result. The Company also expects to generate another year of all-time record revenue in 2023. This anticipated performance reflects an expected increase in media rights fees for the Company’s flagship weekly programming and premium live events, as well as a full live events touring schedule, including two large-scale international events, and an increase in advertising and sponsorship revenues. The Company anticipates that 2023 operating expenses will be relatively flat as an increase in costs to support the creation of content are offset by a decline in third-party original programming expenses, due to the timing of the production of premium WWE-themed series and specials, as well as a decline in eCommerce expenses as a result of the transition of the Company’s digital retail platform to Fanatics.

Management believes WWE is well positioned to capitalize on significant future opportunities. In 2023, key initiatives that could have meaningful implications on the Company’s performance include the renewal of the domestic licensing agreement for NXT, the renewal of licensing agreements for WWE content in certain international markets, the monetization of new third-party original programming, growth in advertising and sponsorship sales, and the performance of the latest installment of the Company’s flagship video game franchise, WWE 2K23.

Providing perspective on WWE’s targeted revenue growth and Adjusted OIBDA outlook, Mr. Riddick commented, “We continue to believe that WWE has significant long-term growth opportunities and is well positioned, particularly given our substantial cash and capital resources, to deliver on its strategic initiatives. In 2023, we will continue to evaluate our financial performance, balancing Adjusted OIBDA growth with increased investment that will support our ability to deliver appealing content, strengthen our engagement with a broadening audience, and drive long-term shareholder value.”

2023 Capital Expenditures Outlook2

For 2023, the Company estimates total capital expenditures of $150 – $170 million, including $105 – $120 million related to its previously disclosed new headquarter facility, with the remainder primarily related to the maintenance and enhancement of existing production and enterprise technology infrastructure. In 2023, the Company expects to complete the build out of its new headquarter facility. The Company expects total capital expenditures to be approximately 4% – 5% of revenue once the build out of the new headquarters has been completed.

First Quarter 2023 Business Outlook2

The Company estimates first quarter 2023 Adjusted OIBDA of $65 – $75 million. The estimate primarily reflects a shift in the timing of the staging of a large-scale international event, which occurred in the first quarter of 2022 but is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2023. Revenue is expected to decline year-over-year as increases related to the contractual escalation of media rights fees for the Company’s flagship weekly programming, Raw and SmackDown, are offset by the absence of the large-scale international event.

Strategic Alternatives Review Process

As previously disclosed, Vincent K. McMahon, the Company’s Executive Chairman and shareholder with a controlling interest, in cooperation with WWE’s management team and Board of Directors, announced the intent to undertake a review of strategic alternatives with the goal of maximizing value for all WWE shareholders. There can be no assurances given regarding the outcome or timing of this strategic alternatives review process.

Special Committee Investigation and Related Matters

As previously announced, a Special Committee of independent members of the Board of Directors was formed to investigate alleged misconduct by Vincent K. McMahon and another executive, who is no longer with the Company. In November 2022, the Company disclosed that the Special Committee investigation had been completed and the Special Committee had been disbanded. For the three and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2022, the Company’s consolidated pre-tax results included the impact of $2.3 million and $21.7 million, respectively, of expenses related to the Special Committee investigation. Mr. McMahon has agreed to reimburse the Company for reasonable expenses related to the Special Committee investigation, net of any insurance proceeds. For the three and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2022, the Company’s consolidated pre-tax results also included the impact of $7.4 million of expenses reflecting certain payments that Mr. McMahon has agreed to make (including amounts paid and payable in the future). The $7.4 million of payments were or will be paid by Mr. McMahon personally. Please see the Company’s SEC filings, including, but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K/A and Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q/A and Form 10-Q for further details and ongoing risks regarding this matter.

Other Matters

For the three-month period ended December 31, 2021, the Company’s consolidated pre-tax results included the impact of a $6.7 million gain from the reduction of leased space as part of an amendment to its new Stamford headquarters lease. For the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2021, the Company’s consolidated pre-tax results included $8.1 million in severance expense recorded in the second quarter of 2021 associated with the combination of WWE’s television, digital and studios teams into one organization. A reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Net Income for the three and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2022 and 2021 can be found in the supplemental schedule on page 16 of this release.

Notes

(1)

 

The definition of Adjusted OIBDA can be found in the Non-GAAP Measures section of the release on page 10. A reconciliation of three and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2022 and 2021 Operating Income to Adjusted OIBDA can be found in the Supplemental Information in this release on page 17.

(2)

 

The Company’s business model and expected results will continue to be subject to significant execution and other risks, including, without limitation, risks relating to the Special Committee investigation and related matters noted above; the impact of COVID-19 on WWE’s business, results of operations and financial condition; entering, maintaining and renewing major distribution agreements; WWE Network; uncertainties associated with international markets and risks inherent in large live events, and other risk factors disclosed in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022. In addition, WWE is unable to provide a reconciliation of first quarter or full year 2023 guidance to GAAP measures as, at this time, WWE cannot accurately determine all of the adjustments that would be required. See Supplemental Information in this release on page 18.

(3)

 

A reconciliation of three and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2022 and 2021 Free Cash Flow to Net cash provided by operating activities can be found in the Supplemental Information in this release on page 19.

Non-GAAP Measures

The Company defines Adjusted OIBDA as operating income excluding depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, certain impairment charges and other non-recurring items that management deems would impact the comparability of results between periods. Adjusted OIBDA includes amortization and depreciation expenses directly related to supporting the operations of our segments, including content production asset amortization, depreciation and amortization of costs related to content delivery and technology assets utilized for the WWE Network, as well as amortization of right-of-use assets related to finance leases of equipment used to produce and broadcast our live events. The Company believes the presentation of Adjusted OIBDA is relevant and useful for investors because it allows them to view the Company’s segment performance in the same manner as the primary method used by management to evaluate segment performance and to make decisions regarding the allocation of resources. Additionally, the Company believes that Adjusted OIBDA is a primary measure used by media investors, analysts and peers for comparative purposes.

Adjusted OIBDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and may be different from similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. WWE views operating income as the most directly comparable GAAP measure. Adjusted OIBDA (and other non-GAAP measures such as Adjusted Operating IncomeAdjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS which are defined as the GAAP measures excluding certain nonrecurring, material items that impact the comparability between periods) should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, operating income, net income, EPS or other GAAP measures, such as operating cash flow, as an indicator of operating performance or liquidity.

The Company defines Free Cash Flow as net cash provided by operating activities less cash used for capital expenditures. WWE views net cash provided by operating activities as the most directly comparable GAAP measure. Although it is not a recognized measure of liquidity under U.S. GAAP, Free Cash Flow provides useful information regarding the amount of cash WWE’s continuing business generates after capital expenditures and is available for reinvesting in the business, debt service, share repurchases and payment of dividends.

Additional Information

Additional business metrics are made available to investors on the corporate website – corporate.wwe.com/investors. Note: As previously announced WWE will host a conference call at 5:00 p.m. ET on February 2, 2023, to discuss the Company’s earnings results for the fourth quarter and full year ended 2022. All interested parties are welcome to listen to a live web cast that will be hosted through the Company’s website at corporate.wwe.com/investors. Participants can access the conference call by dialing 1-855-200-4993 (toll free) or 1-323-794-2092 from outside the U.S. (conference ID for both lines: 3707267). Please reserve a line 5-10 minutes prior to the start time of the conference call.

The earnings presentation referenced during the call will be made available on February 2, 2023, at corporate.wwe.com/investors. A replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the conference call concludes and can be accessed on the Company’s website.

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