SeaWorld Entertainment announced its long-anticipated fourth-quarter earnings, reporting a loss of 13 cents a share and revenue of $272 million. This is down from $1.33 per share and a total revenue of $538.40 million that the company reported in the third quarter of 2013. The report was released in the wake of the media frenzy created by the CNN documentary "Blackfish," which investigated and exposed the realities of captive orcas at amusement parks.
The company also reports that attendance in the fiscal year for 2013 declined by 4.1 percent from 24.4 million guests in 2012 to 23.4 million guests in 2013. It did report a total increase in earning, when compared with the same period the year before. SeaWorld's stock dropped 2.66 percent on the day the company announced its quarter earnings announcement.