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SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results - Adjusted EBITDA [1] Increases 4%, Net Income Increases 12% - ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 5, 2015 SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading
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SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results - Adjusted EBITDA [1] Increases 4%, Net Income Increases 12% - ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 5, 2015 SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company, today reported financial results for the third quarter of Third Quarter Overview Third quarter total revenues increased by $1.1 million to $496.9 million. Adjusted EBITDA increased by $8.3 million to $217.5 million. Net income increased by $10.8 million to $98.0 million. Returned $87.6 million to shareholders through dividend declarations and share repurchases thus far in 2015, which includes $15.0 million of share repurchases in the third quarter. Updated full year 2015 Adjusted EBITDA guidance to be in the range of $360 million to $370 million. We continue to see early indications that our efforts to improve revenue and profitability are taking hold. In the third quarter, we are reporting growth in total revenues, Adjusted EBITDA and net income, said Joel Manby, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. However, due to adverse weather impacts over the last 6 weeks, which caused park closures at three of our locations over key Halloween event weekends, along with increased costs from legal matters and associated reputation initiatives, we are updating our full year 2015 Adjusted EBITDA guidance to be in the range of $360 million to $370 million. As a reminder, we ended 2014 with Adjusted EBITDA of $370.1 million, which included a $10.0 million non-cash pro forma adjustment. We have seen signs of improvement in our business fundamentals, as evidenced by our third quarter results, our largest quarter of the year, and will end the year dramatically slowing the rate of decline in reported Adjusted EBITDA versus the prior year. Looking ahead, we have developed a comprehensive strategic plan to build on our unique strengths, to overcome our challenges and to execute a disciplined approach to cost management and use of cash. We look forward to sharing additional information during our upcoming webcast on November 9, on how we will execute to achieve our objectives and generate a sustainable increase in shareholder value. Financial Summary Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30, (In millions, except per share amounts) Attendance Total Revenues $ $ $1,103.1 $1,113.3 Adjusted EBITDA $ $ $ $ Net income $ 98.0 $ 87.2 $ 60.2 $ 75.4 Net income per share, diluted $ 1.14 $ 1.00 $ 0.70 $ 0.86 Adjusted Net Income $ 98.3 $ 88.6 $ 73.4 $ 77.2 Adjusted Net Income per share, diluted $ 1.14 $ 1.01 $ 0.85 $ 0.88 [1] This earnings release includes several metrics, including Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per Diluted Share that are not calculated in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the U.S. ( GAAP ). See Statement Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures section at the end of this earnings release for the definitions of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per Diluted Share and their reconciliation to their respective most comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Third Quarter 2015 Results During the third quarter of 2015, the Company generated revenue of $496.9 million, an increase of $1.1 million, or 0.2%, versus the third quarter of Adjusted EBITDA was $217.5 million, an increase of $8.3 million, or 4%, compared to $209.1 million in the third quarter of The Company reported net income of $98.0 million, or $1.14 per diluted share, and Adjusted Net Income of $98.3 million, or $1.14 per diluted share, in the third quarter of In the prior year quarter, the Company generated net income of $87.2 million, or $1.00 per diluted share and Adjusted Net Income of $88.6 million, or $1.01 per diluted share. Net cash provided by operating activities was $137.8 million in the third quarter of 2015 compared to $136.4 million in the prior year third quarter. Total revenue per capita increased by 0.6% to $59.36 in the third quarter of 2015 compared to $58.99 in the third quarter of Admission per capita, defined as admissions revenue divided by total attendance, decreased slightly by 0.2% to $36.39 in the third quarter of 2015 from $36.47 in the prior year third quarter. In-park per capita spending, calculated as food, merchandise and other revenue divided by total attendance, increased by 2.0% to $22.97 in the third quarter of 2015, from $22.53 in the prior year third quarter, due to culinary price increases. Attendance for the quarter decreased slightly by 0.4% as a result of a decline in California and Texas. The decline at these two locations was largely offset by an increase in attendance at the Company s other park locations due to an improvement in demand, related to an increase in promotional offerings, and a favorable operating schedule resulting from the later timing of Labor Day in The decline in California primarily relates to continued SeaWorld brand challenges and is being addressed through the Company s reputation campaign, which is designed to share facts and correct misinformation. The Company has seen a meaningful reduction in the rate of attendance decline in California. The decline in Texas primarily relates to a decrease in demand for the quarter resulting from a reduction in promotional offerings and passholder visitation along with a lack of significant competitive offerings at this location. Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2015 increased by $8.3 million reflecting an increase in revenue of $1.1 million and the positive impact of the Company s cost savings initiatives announced in December Year to Date Results During the first nine months of 2015, the Company generated revenue of $1,103.1 million, a decrease of $10.1 million, or 1%, compared to the same period in Adjusted EBITDA was $313.8 million, a decrease of $6.4 million, or 2%, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $320.2 million in the same period of In the first nine months of 2015, the Company generated net income of $60.2 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, and Adjusted Net Income of $73.4 million, or $0.85 per diluted share. In the first nine months of 2014, the Company generated net income of $75.4 million, or $0.86 per diluted share, and Adjusted Net Income of $77.2 million, or $0.88 per diluted share. Net cash flow provided by operating activities was $279.9 million in the first nine months of 2015 compared to $269.9 million in the first nine months of Total revenue per capita declined by 1.1% to $61.07 in the first nine months of 2015 compared to $61.73 in the first nine months of Admission per capita decreased by 2.1% to $37.64 in the first nine months of 2015 from $38.44 in the prior year period. The decline in admission per capita primarily relates to an increase in promotional offerings and passholder visitation along with an unfavorable change in the park attendance mix compared to the prior year period. In-park per capita spending increased to $23.43 in the first nine months of 2015 from $23.30 in the same period of When compared to the prior year period, attendance for the first nine months of 2015 increased by 0.2% and primarily benefited from an improvement in demand at all but two of the Company s park locations, due to increased promotional offerings, strong passholder visitation and additional consumer event programs, along with a favorable operating schedule due to the later timing of Labor Day in The impact of these factors was largely offset by reduced attendance in Texas and California as discussed in the previous section. Additionally, record levels of rainfall in Texas during the second quarter also impacted attendance for that location in the nine month period. Adjusted EBITDA for the first nine months of 2015 decreased by $6.4 million reflecting a decrease in revenue along with an increase in selling, general and administrative expenses which was partially offset by a decrease in operating expenses for the first nine months of The increase in selling, general and administrative expenses was largely related to additional third party consulting costs, an increase in marketing costs associated with the Company s reputation campaign, an increase in labor costs primarily related to new equity grants in 2015 and an increase in legal fees when compared to the prior year period. The decrease in operating expenses was primarily due to cost savings initiatives resulting from the restructuring program announced in December 2014. Other On September 16, 2015, the Company s Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.21 per share, which was paid on October 6, 2015, to all common stockholders of record at the close of business on September 29, During the third quarter of 2015, the Company repurchased a total of 835,968 shares of common stock at an average price of $17.92 per share and a total cost of approximately $15.0 million, leaving $220.0 million available for future repurchases under the Company s previously announced Share Repurchase Program. The Company will evaluate options to utilize remaining cash availability under its credit agreement to opportunistically repurchase shares in the future. Guidance The following guidance is based on current management expectations. All financial guidance amounts are estimates subject to change, including as a result of matters discussed under the Forward-Looking Statements caption below and the Company undertakes no obligation to update its guidance. For the full year of 2015, based on results through the third quarter and its current outlook, which includes weather impacts over the last 6 weeks, along with increased costs from legal matters and associated reputation initiatives, the Company has updated its expectation of Adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $360 million to $370 million. The Company also updated its 2015 capital expenditures guidance to be in the range of $165 million to $175 million. Conference Call The Company will hold a conference call today, Thursday, November 5 at 9 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its third quarter 2015 financial results. The conference call will be broadcast live on the Internet and the release and conference call can be accessed via the Company s website at by clicking on the Investor Relations link located on the upper right corner of that page. For those unable to participate in the live call, a replay of the webcast will be available after 12 p.m. Eastern Time November 5, 2015 via the Investor Relations section of A replay of the call can also be accessed telephonically from 12 p.m. Eastern Time on November 5, 2015 through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 12, 2015 by dialing from anywhere in the U.S. or from international locations, conference code Statement Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures This earnings release and accompanying financial statement tables include several supplemental non-gaap financial measures, including Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per Diluted Share. Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per Diluted Share are not recognized terms under GAAP, should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for a measure of liquidity or performance prepared in accordance with GAAP and are not indicative of net income or loss as determined under GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Net Income per Diluted Share and other non- GAAP financial measures have limitations that should be considered before using these measures to evaluate the Company s liquidity or financial performance. Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per Diluted Share, as presented, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies due to varying methods of calculation. The financial statement tables that accompany this press release include a reconciliation of non-gaap financial measures to the applicable most comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures. About SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) is a leading theme park and entertainment company delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable its customers to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world we share. The Company owns or licenses a portfolio of globally recognized brands including SeaWorld, Shamu and Busch Gardens. Over its more than 50-year history, the Company has built a diversified portfolio of 11 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological collection of approximately 89,000 marine and terrestrial animals. The Company s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests. SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The Company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The Company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld rescue team has helped more than 26,000 animals in need over the last 50 years. Copies of this and other news releases as well as additional information about SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. can be obtained online at Shareholders and prospective investors can also register to automatically receive the Company s press releases, SEC filings and other notices by by registering at that website. Forward-Looking Statements In addition to historical information, this press release contains statements relating to future results (including certain projections and business trends) that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are subject to the safe harbor created by those sections. The Company generally uses the words such as might, will, may, should, estimates, expects, continues, contemplates, anticipates, projects, plans, potential, predicts, intends, believes, forecasts, future and variations of such words or similar expressions in this press release and any attachment to identify forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical facts included in this press release, including statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, expectations, beliefs, business strategies, future events, business conditions, results of operations, financial position and business outlook, earnings guidance, business trends and other information are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are not historical facts, and are based upon current expectations, estimates and projections, and various assumptions, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and beyond management s control. All expectations, beliefs, estimates and projections are expressed in good faith and the Company believes there is a reasonable basis for them. However, there can be no assurance that management s expectations, beliefs, estimates and projections will result or be achieved and actual results may vary materially from what is expressed in or indicated by the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other important factors, many of which are beyond management s control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release, including among others: a decline in discretionary consumer spending or consumer confidence; various factors beyond management s control adversely affecting attendance and guest spending at the Company s theme parks; changes in federal and state regulations governing the treatment of animals and claims and lawsuits by activist groups; incidents or adverse publicity concerning the Company s theme parks; inability to protect the Company s intellectual property or the infringement on intellectual property rights of others; and other risks, uncertainties and factors set forth in the section entitled Risk Factors in the Company s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, as such risks, uncertainties and factors may be updated in the Company s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ( SEC ). Although the Company believes that these statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it cannot guarantee future results and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management s opinions only as of the date of this press release. There can be no assurance that (i) the Company has correctly measured or identified all of the factors affecting its business or the extent of these factors likely impact, (ii) the available information with respect to these factors on which such analysis is based is complete or accurate, (iii) such analysis is correct or (iv) the Company s strategy, which is based in part on this analysis, will be successful. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forwardlooking statements to reflect new information or events or circumstances that occur after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or otherwise. Readers are advised to review the Company s filings with the SEC (which are available from the SEC s EDGAR database at and via the Company s website at Contacts: Investor Relations Inquiries: SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc Media Inquiries: Fred Jacobs Vice President of Communications SOURCE: SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. SEAWORLD ENTERTAINMENT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (In thousands, except per share amounts) For the Nine Months Ended For the Three Months Ended September 30, Change September 30, Change $ % $ % Net revenues: Admissions $ 304,626 $ 306,495 $ (1,869) (1%) $ 679,917 $ 693,144 $(13,227) (2%) Food, merchandise and other 192, ,339 2,974 2% 423, ,131 3,099 1% Total revenues 496, ,834 1,105 0% 1,103,147 1,113,275 (10,128) (1%) Costs and expenses: Cost of food, merchandise and other revenues 36,959 38,219 (1,260) (3%) 83,974 88,630 (4,656) (5%) Operating expenses 196, ,891 (3,960) (2%) 541, ,993 (16,049) (3%) Selling, general and administrative 47,684 49,242 (1,558) (3%) 172, ,882 19,200 13% Restructuring and other related costs (a) 1,196 (1,196) NM 267 1,196 (929) (78%) Secondary offering costs 747 (747) NM Depreciation and amortization 44,505 44, % 138, ,733 9,736 8% Total costs and expenses 326, ,919 (7,840) (2%) 936, ,181 6,555 1% Operating income 170, ,915 8,945 6% 166, ,094 (16,683) (9%) Other expense (income), net 41 (56) 97 NM 511 (84) 595 NM Interest expense 15,019 20,857 (5,838) (28%) 50,929 61,087 (10,158) (17%) Loss on early extinguishment of debt and write-off of discounts and debt issuance costs 461 (461) NM 20, ,887 NM Income before income taxes 155, ,653 15,147 11% 94, ,630 (27,007) (22%) Provision for income taxes 57,850 53,477 4,373 8% 34,462 46,265 (11,803) (26%) Net income $ 97,950 $ 87,176 $10,774 12% $ 60,161 $ 75,365 $(15,204) (20%) Earnings per share: Net income per share, basic $ 1.14 $ 1.01 $ 0.70 $ 0.86 Net income per share, diluted $ 1.14 $ 1.00 $ 0.70 $ 0.86 Weighted average commons shares outstanding: Basic 86,006 86,715 86,096 87,329 Diluted (b) 86,100 87,024 86,207 87,648 SEAWORLD ENTERTAINMENT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (In thousands) For the Three Months Ended For the Nine Mont
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