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WWE Business History

Year Total Revenue Profit/Loss
94-95 $87,352,000 -$4,431,000
95-96 $85,815,000 $3,319,000
96-97 $81,863,000 $6,505,000
97-98 $126,231,000 $8,466,000
98-99 $251,474,000 $56,030,000
99-00 $373,100,000 $68,937,000
00-01 $456,043,000 $15,987,000*
01-02 $409,622,000 $42,233,000**
02-03 $374,264,000 -$19,455,000***
03-04 $374,909,000 $48,192,000
04-05 $366,431,000 $39,147,000****
05-06 $400,051,000 $47,047,000*****
’06 $262,937,000 $31,617,000******
’07 $485,700,000 $52,137,000*******
’08 $526,457,000 $45,416,000
’09 $475,161,000 $50,303,000
’10 $477,655,000 $53,452,000
’11 $483,921,000 $24,832,000*******


NOTES:
* Wrestling profit was $84,981,000, but WWE’s share of the 50% of the XFL losses (the other 50% was covered by NBC) was $68,994,000
** Wrestling profit was $42,498,000; also figured in was a tax break of $4,638,000 for shutting down the XFL; offset by $4,903,000 in losses for the year from the operation and closing of The World Restaurant
*** Wrestling profit was $16,362,000; offset by losses of $35,557,000 through operation and closing of The World Restaurant.
**** Wrestling profit was $37,778,000; also figured in was a tax break of $1,369,000 for shutting down The World Restaurant; Not figured into the bottom line were $28,340,000 in expenses on producing two movies and $8,078,000 in other expenses and liabilities amortized over time
***** Not figured into the bottom line were $7,323,000 in expenses on early production costs of one movie
****** An eight-month fiscal year total. For a comparison, prorated over 12 months, the revenues would figure to be $394,405,500 and profits at of $47,425,500, so numbers were equivalent to the prior year, but without a Wrestlemania figured in. The figure doesn’t include $17,466,000 in costs of one movie and $2,726,000 in costs of purchasing videotape libraries.
*******Does include $16,000,000 in profits and movies “The Marine” and “See No Evil” and $15,700,000 in losses for “The Condemned.”
*******Includes $23,400,000 in losses in the movie division and $4,000,000 in start-up costs for the new WWE Network.

source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter


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