GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX), the world’s largest regional theme park company and largest operator of waterparks in North America, today announced that revenue for the second quarter of 2018 increased $23 million or 5 percent from the second quarter of 2017 to $445 million. The revenue growth resulted primarily from a 3 percent increase in attendance to 9.8 million guests, a 2 percent increase in guest spending per capita and a 9 percent increase in sponsorship, international licensing and accommodations revenue. Adjusting for the nearly 200,000 guest visits that occurred during the first quarter versus the second quarter due to the earlier timing of Easter in 2018 versus 2017, second quarter 2018 attendance grew 5 percent.
Net income for the quarter increased $22 million or 43 percent and diluted earnings per share increased 49 percent to $0.88, primarily due to a $37 million charge related to the early retirement of debt in April 2017 and the positive impact of tax reform, partially offset by an increase in stock-based compensation related to accounting for the company’s Project 600 award. Adjusted EBITDA1 in the second quarter 2018 increased $4 million or 3 percent to $170 million.
“I am very pleased with our continued strong momentum and execution in the quarter as we expanded our global footprint and successfully rolled-out our new, premium-tiered membership program,” said Jim Reid-Anderson, Chairman, President and CEO. “I am confident 2018 will be another record year for our shareholders as we continue to innovate and execute on our five-pillar strategy to drive our business to achieve our aspirational goal of $750 million of Modified EBITDA2 by 2020.”
Total guest spending per capita for the second quarter of 2018 was $42.63, which was an increase of $0.96 or 2 percent compared to the second quarter of 2017, as ticket price gains and premium membership sales more than offset both the higher mix of season pass holder and member attendance at all the company’s parks and lower per capita spending at the five new domestic parks, whose lease rights were acquired by the company in June 2018. Admissions per capita increased 5 percent to $24.61 and in-park spending per capita decreased 2 percent to $18.02.
For the first six months of 2018, revenue was $574 million, a 10 percent increase compared to the prior year period, driven primarily by a 7 percent increase in attendance, a 3 percent increase in guest spending per capita and a 12 percent increase in sponsorship, international licensing and accommodations revenue. The company had net income of $12 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.14 for the first six months of 2018 as compared to a diluted loss per share of $0.06 for the same period in 2017. Adjusted EBITDA was $151 million for the first six months of 2018, an increase of 16% versus the prior year period.
Attendance for the first six months of 2018 grew to 12.1 million guests or 7 percent as compared to the first six months of 2017. The increase in attendance was driven primarily by the five new domestic parks, the two new waterparks in Mexico and California, and the impact of 365-day operations at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Guest spending per capita increased 3 percent to $43.30 for the first six months of 2018, with admissions per capita increasing 5 percent and in-park spending per capita decreasing less than 1 percent to $25.30 and $18.00, respectively.
The company’s success in upselling guests from single day tickets to memberships and season passes resulted in an 8 percent year-over-year increase in its Active Pass Base, which represents the total number of guests who are enrolled in the company’s membership program or have a season pass. The mix of memberships in the Active Pass Base significantly increased as a result of the company’s roll-out of a new, premium-tiered membership program. Members are the company’s most loyal and valuable guests, with higher retention rates and higher revenue compared to traditional season passes. Deferred revenue of $227 million as of June 30, 2018, increased by $32 million or 16% percent over June 30, 2017, primarily due to the impact of the new North American parks, incremental sales of memberships, and higher sales of all-season dining products.
In the first half of 2018, the company invested $91 million in new capital projects and $23 million, less net working capital and other adjustments, to acquire the lease rights to five new parks; paid $131 million in dividends, or $0.78 per common share per quarter; and repurchased $81 million of its common stock. The authorized share repurchase amount available as of June 30, 2018, was $262 million. Net Debt3 as of June 30, 2018, calculated as total reported debt of $2,180 million less cash and cash equivalents of $69 million, was $2,112 million, representing a 3.9 times Adjusted EBITDA net leverage ratio.
On May 22, 2018, the company announced it had entered into a purchase agreement with affiliates of Premier Parks, LLC to acquire the lease rights to operate five parks owned by EPR Properties, expanding the company’s portfolio of North American parks to twenty-five.
On May 29, 2018, the company and its partner in China, the Riverside Group, announced a licensing agreement to develop a Six Flags Kids World, the fourth park in the Nanjing entertainment complex and the eleventh park in China. The Kids World property is scheduled to open in 2021 with the waterpark and adventure park. The theme park is scheduled to open in 2022.
At 8:00 a.m. Central Time today, July 25, 2018, the company will host a conference call to discuss its second quarter 2018 financial performance. The call is accessible through either the Six Flags Investor Relations website at investors.sixflags.com or by dialing 1-855-889-1976 in the United States or +1-937-641-0558 outside the United States and requesting the Six Flags earnings call. A replay of the call will be available by dialing 1-855-859-2056 or +1-404-537-3406 through August 2, 2018 and requesting conference ID 1772360.
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, with $1.4 billion in revenue and 25 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 57 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling waterparks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.
The information contained in this release, other than historical information, consists of forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act. These statements may involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in such statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, (i) the adequacy of cash flows from operations, available cash and available amounts under our credit facilities to meet our future liquidity needs, (ii) our ability to roll out our capital enhancements in a timely and cost effective manner, (iii) our ability to improve operating results by implementing strategic cost reductions, and organizational and personnel changes without adversely affecting our business, (iv) our operations and results of operations, and (v) the risk factors or uncertainties listed from time to time in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). In addition, important factors, including factors impacting attendance, such as local conditions, natural disasters, contagious diseases, events, disturbances and terrorist activities; recall of food, toys and other retail products sold at our parks; risk of accidents occurring at the company’s parks or other parks in the industry and adverse publicity concerning our parks or other parks in the industry; inability to achieve desired improvements and our aspirational financial performance goals; adverse weather conditions such as excess heat or cold, rain and storms; general financial and credit market conditions; economic conditions (including customer spending patterns); changes in public and consumer tastes; construction delays in capital improvements or ride downtime; competition with other theme parks and other entertainment alternatives; dependence on a seasonal workforce; unionization activities and labor disputes; laws and regulations affecting labor and employee benefit costs, including increases in state and federally mandated minimum wages, and healthcare reform; pending, threatened or future legal proceedings and the significant expenses associated with litigation; cyber security risks and other factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the company’s expectations. Although the company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will be realized and actual results could vary materially. Reference is made to a more complete discussion of forward-looking statements and applicable risks contained under the captions “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” in the company’s Annual and Quarterly Reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, and its other filings and submissions with the SEC, each of which are available free of charge on the company’s investor relations website at investors.sixflags.com and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.
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The following table sets forth a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA for the three months, six months and twelve months ended June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2017:
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The following table sets forth a reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to Adjusted Free Cash Flow for the three months, six months and twelve months ended June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2017:
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