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... there's also what's going back to the production committees in Japan. But there too, I assume they wouldn't do it if it weren't seen at the very least as a low-risk break-even that pays off in a decent profit even if only indirectly. The fact that CR has such a massive cut of each season on their site would suggest it's only getting more and more attractive to Japan.
From discussion about half a year ago at ANN, the normal streaming terms include a Minimum Guarantee that at least covers the cost of getting the materials to the streaming site, and so it would be break-even, and a profit if royalties cover the minimum guarantee and there are residuals royalties to be paid.
Crunchyroll was adamant that over half their income goes back to the rights holders (though I haven't heard that directly from them over the past half year), so if we are conservatively estimating they should have an income over $6m annually, that seems likely to mean they are paying out in excess of $3m annually in rights income.