201502190742PR_NEWS_USPR_____CL35277 20150219T074200-0500 prnewswire.com 20150219 CL35277 1 urn:newsml:prnewswire.com:20150219:CL35277:1 20150219T074200-0500 20150219T074200-0500 MimeType/@FormalName Cedar Fair Concludes Year Strong; Reports Fifth Consecutive Year Of Record Results SANDUSKY, Ohio, Feb. 19, 2015 OH-CEDAR-FAIR-earning 201502190742PR_NEWS_USPR_____CL35277.xml Cedar Fair Concludes Year Strong; Reports Fifth Consecutive Year Of Record Results

Cedar Fair Concludes Year Strong; Reports Fifth Consecutive Year Of Record Results

PR Newswire

SANDUSKY, Ohio, Feb. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, reported record financial results for the year ended December 31, 2014.

Highlights

  • The Company reported record full-year net revenues of $1.16 billion, up 2% from 2013; net income of $104 million, or $1.86 per diluted limited partner (LP) unit, was down $4 million from a year ago.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the full year was a record $431 million, up 1% from the prior year, on increases in average in-park guest per capita spending1 and out-of-park revenues, while comparable-park attendance was consistent with last year's record results.
  • The Company maintained its Consolidated Leverage ratio at 3.6 times debt to Adjusted EBITDA, while reducing its average cost of debt going forward to approximately 5.3%, down from 6.3% a year ago.
  • The Company remains confident in the strength of its strategy and business model and is on track to achieve its FUNforward long-term growth goal of $450 million, or more, in Adjusted EBITDA by 2016.

"We are pleased to report a very strong finish to 2014, allowing us to achieve our fifth consecutive year of record results," said Matt Ouimet, Cedar Fair's president and chief executive officer.  "More importantly, we were able to advance important long-term initiatives that support our ability to continue to grow our business in the years to come.  Examples of longer-term initiatives that we will launch, or ramp up, in 2015 include:  the complete renovation of our beachfront hotel and group catering pavilions at our flagship park, Cedar Point; the second phase of a multi-year investment in Carowinds, a park we are growing to meet the demands of an expanding Charlotte market; the portfolio-wide rollout of our all-season dining program; the continued development of FunTV, our in-park television network that provides programming and a sponsorship activation platform in all of our parks; and the enhanced data-analytics capabilities which are increasingly valuable as we look to compare consumer behavior over multiple years."

2014 Full-Year Results

For the full year ended December 31, 2014, Cedar Fair generated record net revenues of $1.16 billion and net income of $104 million, or $1.86 per diluted LP unit, compared with net revenues of $1.13 billion and net income of $108 million, or $1.94 per diluted LP unit, in 2013.

Driving the $25 million, or 2%, increase in net revenues was a 3%, or $1.39, increase in average in-park guest per capita spending to a record $45.54 and a 2%, or $3 million, increase in out-of-park revenues to $127 million.  This was somewhat offset by a 1% decrease in attendance to 23.3 million visitors.  Excluding a non-core, stand-alone water park sold in August 2013, attendance on a comparable-park basis was similar to last year's record results.

Operating costs and expenses for 2014 were $748 million, up $32 million, or 4%, from the prior year.  The increase in costs for the year was largely the result of budgeted increases in operating expenses, which included:  1) an increase in both seasonal labor hours and rates, along with standard merit increases for full-time employees; 2) initiatives focused on enhancing the overall guest experience, including the introduction of more midway entertainment throughout the parks; and 3) the advancement of certain long-term strategic initiatives including the Company's FunTV and Customer Relationship Management platforms.

Adjusted EBITDA, which management believes is a meaningful measure of the Company's park-level operating results, increased 1%, or $6 million, to $431 million.  Adjusted EBITDA margin decreased by 30 basis points to 37.2%, a direct result of attendance growth at lower margin properties coupled with the tough comparison to last year's record performance at the Company's highest margin property.  See the attached table for a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA.

Cash Flow and Liquidity Remain Strong

Brian Witherow, Cedar Fair's executive vice president and chief financial officer, said, "Our liquidity and cash flow remain strong.  We have an attractive capital structure in place, further solidified in 2014 by the placement of a 10-year unsecured bond, which we expect will result in annual cash interest savings of approximately $13 million going forward. Our capital structure is also supported by the strength of our unit price, which is backed by a growing distribution.  We believe this places us in a strong position to capitalize on a variety of opportunities, ultimately creating added value for our unitholders over the long term."

As of December 31, 2014, Cedar Fair had $609 million of variable-rate debt (before giving consideration to fixed-rate interest rate swaps), $950 million of fixed-rate debt, no outstanding borrowings under its revolving credit facilities and cash on hand of $132 million.  The Company's cash flows from operations and credit facilities are expected to be sufficient to meet working capital needs, debt service, planned capital expenditures and distributions for the foreseeable future.

Outlook

"For the 2015 season, we are confident our guests will find even more reasons to visit our parks and share a day with family and friends filled with laughter and memories that last a lifetime," said Ouimet.  "Our marketable capital projects are scheduled to open on time and on budget, including Fury325, the world's tallest and fastest giga coaster, at Carowinds, and Voyage to the Iron Reef at Knott's Berry Farm, a thrilling, family-friendly interactive 4-D dark ride and the second edition of our amusement dark portfolio.  Additionally, our capital plans include the introduction of Rougarou, a new coaster experience, at Cedar Point and the debut of our newly renovated historic Hotel Breakers, located on the park's mile-long beach in Sandusky, Ohio."

Ouimet concluded by saying, "I am proud of what our leadership team and employees were able to accomplish this year -- producing strong results in the near-term while remaining respectful of what we need to do to protect and grow our business going forward.  We remain confident in our ability to achieve our FUNforward long-term growth goal of $450 million, or more, in Adjusted EBITDA by 2016."

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call with analysts today, February 19, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, which will be webcast live in "listen-only" mode via the Cedar Fair Investor Relations website (ir.cedarfair.com).  It will also be available for replay starting at approximately 1:00 p.m. ET, today, until 11:59 p.m. ET, Thursday, March 5, 2015.  In order to access the replay of the earnings call, please dial 1-877-870-5176 followed by the access code 3679100.

About Cedar Fair

Cedar Fair is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio, and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world.  The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, three outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels.  Its parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, and Toronto, Ontario.  Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract.  Cedar Fair's flagship park, Cedar Point, has been consistently voted one of the "Best Amusement Parks in the World" in a prestigious annual poll conducted by Amusement Today newspaper.

Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements contained in this news release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements as to the Company's expectations, beliefs and strategies regarding the future.  These statements may involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in such statements.  Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct.  Important factors, including general economic conditions, adverse weather conditions, competition for consumer leisure time and spending, unanticipated construction delays, changes in its capital investment plans and projects, and other factors discussed from time to time by the Company in reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") could affect attendance at its parks and cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations. Additional information on risk factors that may affect the business and financial results of the Company can be found in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and in the filings of the Company made from time to time with the SEC. The Company undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

1 Average in-park guest per capita spending is defined as the Company's total in-park revenues, including gate admissions and revenue received inside the park gates for food, merchandise, games and premium benefit offerings, divided by total attendance.

(Table Follows)

This news release and prior releases are available online at http://ir.cedarfair.com

 




CEDAR FAIR, L.P.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(In thousands, except per unit amounts)









Three months ended



Twelve months ended



 12/31/2014



12/31/2013



12/31/2014



12/31/2013

Net revenues:












Admissions


$

95,329



$

84,793



$

661,455



$

647,007

Food, merchandise and games


43,503



39,165



365,528



356,105

Accommodations and other


21,975



15,119



132,622



131,460



160,807



139,077



1,159,605



1,134,572

Costs and expenses:












Cost of food, merchandise and games revenues


12,321



9,839



95,208



91,772

Operating expenses


89,888



84,009



496,079



472,344

Selling, general and administrative


31,638



26,879



156,864



152,412

Depreciation and amortization


14,761



14,174



124,286



122,487

Loss on impairment / retirement of fixed assets, net


7,070



273



9,757



2,539

Gain on sale of other assets






(921)



(8,743)



155,678



135,174



881,273



832,811

Operating income


5,129



3,903



278,332



301,761

Interest expense


22,185



25,918



96,286



103,071

Net effect of swaps


(1,031)



(1,432)



(2,062)



6,883

Loss on early debt extinguishment


234





29,261



34,573

Unrealized/realized foreign currency loss


18,276



13,712



40,873



28,941

Other income


(31)



(28)



(126)



(154)

Income (loss) before taxes


(34,504)



(34,267)



114,100



128,447

(Benefit) provision for taxes


(16,455)



(13,783)



9,885



20,243

Net income (loss)


(18,049)



(20,484)



104,215



108,204

Net income allocated to general partner






1



1

Net income (loss) allocated to limited partners


$

(18,049)



$

(20,484)



$

104,214



$

108,203













Net income (loss)


$

(18,049)



$

(20,484)



$

104,215



$

108,204

Other comprehensive income, (net of tax):












Cumulative foreign currency translation adjustment


3,652



1,562



5,931



2,756

Unrealized income (loss) on cash flow hedging derivatives


(1,388)



2,933



(1,553)



10,736

Other comprehensive income (loss), (net of tax)


2,264



4,495



4,378



13,492

Total comprehensive income (loss)


$

(15,785)



$

(15,989)



$

108,593



$

121,696

Basic earnings (loss) per limited partner unit:












Weighted average limited partner units outstanding


55,606



55,488



55,548



55,476

Net income (loss) per limited partner unit


$

(0.32)



$

(0.37)



$

1.88



$

1.95

Diluted earnings per limited partner unit:












Weighted average limited partner units outstanding


55,606



55,488



55,992



55,825

Net income (loss) per limited partner unit


$

(0.32)



$

(0.37)



$

1.86



$

1.94

 




CEDAR FAIR, L.P.

BALANCE SHEET DATA





(In thousands)

12/31/2014


12/31/2013

Cash and cash equivalents

$

131,840


$

118,056

Total assets


2,038,319



2,014,627

Long-Term Debt, including current maturities:






Term debt


608,850



618,850

Notes


950,000



901,782



1,558,850



1,520,632

Total partners' equity


96,217



139,131

 

 


CEDAR FAIR, L.P.

RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED EBITDA




Three months ended


Twelve months ended



12/31/2014


12/31/2013


12/31/2014


12/31/2013



(In thousands)

Net income (loss)

$

(18,049)

$

(20,484)

$

104,215

$

108,204

Interest expense


22,185


25,918


96,286


103,071

Interest income


(31)


(28)


(126)


(154)

(Benefit) provision for taxes


(16,455)


(13,783)


9,885


20,243

Depreciation and amortization


14,761


14,174


124,286


122,487

EBITDA


2,411


5,797


334,546


353,851

Loss on early extinguishment of debt


234



29,261


34,573

Net effect of swaps


(1,031)


(1,432)


(2,062)


6,883

Unrealized foreign currency loss


18,360


13,714


40,883


29,085

Equity-based compensation


4,167


890


12,536


5,535

Loss on impairment/retirement of fixed assets, net


7,070


273


9,757


2,539

Gain on sale of other assets




(921)


(8,743)

Class action settlement costs


4,953



4,953


Other non-recurring items (as defined) (1)


392


1,002


2,327


1,707

Adjusted EBITDA (2)

$

36,556

$

20,244

$

431,280

$

425,430










 

(1)

As permitted by and defined in the 2013 Credit Agreement

(2)

Adjusted EBITDA represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, other non-cash items, and adjustments as defined in the 2013 Credit Agreement. The Company believes Adjusted EBITDA is a meaningful measure of park-level operating profitability. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measurement of operating performance computed in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and is not intended to be a substitute for operating income, net income, or cash flow from operating activities, as defined under generally accepted accounting principles. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

 

Contacts:
Stacy Frole
(419) 627-2227

 

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