Those who doubt the potential for Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick Marvel Enterprises
Of course, Marvel's real gravy is ladled on via subsequent licensing deals, which is why even minor films like the recent ThePunisher can donate plenty of green to the bottom line once the DVD, clothing, and video-game royalties start flooding in.
This morning, the comic-book turnaround announced an expansion of its tag-team efforts with Lions Gate Entertainment
With the current deal, Marvel will provide creative direction for the films and take a cut of the proceeds, while -- as usual -- the other guy shoulders the burden of making the movie. If you're not acquainted with the beauty of this business model, my own arch-foe W.D. Crotty summarizes the numeric goodies here.
Recent insider sales have raised a few eyebrows, including mine. While such moves always deserve scrutiny, it's pretty easy to believe in Marvel's long-term value when deals like this keep adding pieces to the revenue pie.
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