Recent acquisition and hit movies drive strong quarter for Marcus Theatres
MILWAUKEE, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS) today reported increased revenues and operating income for the first quarter ended August 30, 2007.
First Quarter Fiscal 2008 Highlights
“Overall, this was a good quarter for The Marcus Corporation. We achieved increases in both revenues and operating income, in spite of the fact that this year’s first quarter did not include the strong Memorial Day holiday weekend, which was included in last year’s first quarter,” said Stephen H. Marcus, chairman and chief executive officer of The Marcus Corporation.
“While our operating income showed improvement, our net earnings declined only because the prior year results benefited from historic tax credits related to the renovation of the Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City. As expected, our first quarter fiscal 2008 effective tax rate is back closer to our traditional range,” Marcus added.
Marcus Theatres reported a 24.6% increase in revenues and a 25.5% increase in operating income for the first quarter of fiscal 2008. “The division’s excellent performance reflected a strong slate of movies and the addition of 122 screens at 11 locations that were acquired in mid-April from Cinema Entertainment Corporation. The CEC theatres are performing as expected and are an excellent addition to our circuit,” said Marcus.
“Hit movies that helped to drive our improved first quarter performance included Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Transformers and Ratatouille. A stronger than expected August, buoyed by films including The Bourne Ultimatum, The Simpsons Movie and Superbad, helped to make up for the lack of the Memorial Day holiday weekend in this year’s results,” said Marcus.
“Fall movies with good performance potential include The Heartbreak Kid, Bee Movie, American Gangster, Fred Claus, Beowulf and Enchanted. An early look at the Christmas season includes several promising films such as The Golden Compass, I am Legend, National Treasure: Book of Secrets and Charlie Wilson’s War,” he added.
Marcus noted that this was the first full quarter for the company’s new Marcus Majestic Theatre in Brookfield, Wis. “We are very pleased with our first summer at this location. Our two UltraScreens® with VIP seating are a hit with moviegoers and customers are also enjoying our pizza parlor and coffee and ice cream shop. As we learn from this innovative new concept, we are already making plans to expand our food and beverage offerings at additional locations during fiscal 2008. The AT&T Palladium, our cabaret-style auditorium with tableside food and beverage service, has been well received for movies as well as comedy and magic shows, and most recently, for big-screen showings of Green Bay football games, which will extend throughout the season,” said Marcus.
“Broadcasting live events from football to opera is part of our strategy to expand our audience base by providing alternate programming when our theatres are not busy showing first-run movies. As part of this initiative, we recently signed an agreement with National CineMedia for the presentation of live and pre-recorded in-theatre events including sports, music and other events at 21 of our theatre locations,” he added.
“We also are continuing to do further research for digital cinema and will conduct additional tests at selected theatres over the next six months, including the newest version of the highly anticipated digital 3D technology,” Marcus added.
Marcus Hotels and Resorts
Revenues for Marcus Hotels and Resorts increased 15.7% for the first quarter of fiscal 2008. However, operating income was lower than the same period a year ago due to the closing of the meeting and banquet space and parking ramp at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee for major renovations, and first-year losses during the slower summer season at the Platinum Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas.
“Revenue per available room (RevPAR) for comparable company-owned properties increased 5.5% for the period, reflecting the strong summer for our other hotels. We also benefited from increased management fees due to the six new management contracts we added last year,” said Marcus.
“Our strategy to increase our number of management contracts took another step forward with the announcement two weeks ago that we have been selected to manage a luxury boutique hotel that is part of Carmel City Center, a master-planned, multi-use development in Carmel, Indiana. The hotel will feature 120-140 rooms, several restaurants and lounges, banquet and meeting space and a luxury spa. We are providing technical development and preopening services and will manage the property when it opens in 2010,” said Marcus.
“Our development team is actively pursuing additional management contract opportunities, and we currently have a number of good potential projects in the pipeline,” Marcus added.
“The meeting and banquet space at the Pfister has now reopened and the parking ramp will be completed by December. With the Pfister back on track and solid advance bookings for fall at the majority of our properties, we anticipate an improved second quarter for this division,” said Marcus.
“We continued to build momentum in the first quarter through improved financial performance, enhanced services and amenities, and new properties. We look forward to continuing to execute our strategies in the second quarter and beyond,” said Marcus.
Annual Shareholders’ Meeting
The Marcus Corporation’s 2007 annual meeting shareholders will be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. CT at the Marcus Majestic Cinema in Brookfield, Wis. The meeting will be webcast live over the Internet for shareholders who are unable to attend.
Conference Call and Webcast
Marcus Corporation management will host a conference call today, September 25, 2007, at 3:00 p.m. Central/4:00 p.m. Eastern time to discuss the first quarter results. Interested parties can listen to the call live on the Internet through the investor relations section of the company’s Web site: www.marcuscorp.com, or by dialing 1-617-614-4911. Listeners should dial in to the call at least 5 – 10 minutes prior to the start of the call or should go to the Web site at least 15 minutes prior to the call to download and install any necessary audio software. The call will be available for telephone replay through Tuesday, October 2, 2007 by dialing 1-888-286-8010 and entering the passcode 51059783. The Webcast of the conference call will be archived on the company’s Web site until the next earnings release.
About The Marcus Corporation
Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., The Marcus Corporation is a leader in the lodging and entertainment industries. The Marcus Corporation’s movie theatre division, Marcus Theatres®, currently owns or manages 594 screens at 49 locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, North Dakota and Iowa, and one family entertainment center in Wisconsin. The company’s lodging division, Marcus Hotels and Resorts, owns or manages 20 hotels, resorts and other properties in 10 states, with two additional properties under development. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.marcuscorp.com.
Certain matters discussed in this press release are “forward-looking statements” intended to qualify for the safe harbors from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may generally be identified as such because the context of such statements will include words such as we “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect” or words of similar import. Similarly, statements that describe our future plans, objectives or goals are also forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially from those expected, including, but not limited to, the following: (1) the availability, in terms of both quantity and audience appeal, of motion pictures for our theatre division, as well as other industry dynamics such as the maintenance of a suitable window between the date such motion pictures are released in theatres and the date they are released to other distribution channels; (2) the effects of increasing depreciation expenses and preopening and start-up costs due to the capital intensive nature of our businesses; (3) the effects of adverse economic conditions in our markets, particularly with respect to our hotels and resorts division; (4) the effects of adverse weather conditions, particularly during the winter in the Midwest and in our other markets; (5) the effects on our occupancy and room rates from the relative industry supply of available rooms at comparable lodging facilities in our markets; (6) the effects of competitive conditions in our markets; (7) our ability to identify properties to acquire, develop and/or manage and continuing availability of funds for such development; (8) the adverse impact on business and consumer spending on travel, leisure and entertainment resulting from terrorist attacks in the United States, the United States’ responses thereto and subsequent hostilities, and (9) the successful integration of the Cinema Entertainment Corporation theatres into our theatre circuit. Shareholders, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements made herein are made only as of the date of this press release and we undertake no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
|THE MARCUS CORPORATION|
|Consolidated Statements of Earnings (Unaudited)|
|(in thousands, except per share data)|
|13 Weeks Ended|
|August 30, 2007||August 24, 2006|
|Rooms and telephone||$29,239||$26,575|
|Food and beverage||14,218||11,689|
|Costs and expenses:|
|Rooms and telephone||9,345||8,237|
|Food and beverage||10,927||8,462|
|Advertising and marketing||5,340||4,721|
|Depreciation and amortization||8,082||6,405|
|Other operating expenses||7,612||5,767|
|Total costs and expenses||88,626||72,225|
|Other income (expense):|
|Gain (loss) on disposition of property, equipment and other assets|
|Equity losses from unconsolidated joint ventures||(69||)||(297||)|
Earnings from continuing operations
|Earnings from continuing operations||11,731||13,708|
|Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes||–||(24||)|
|Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of income taxes||–||23|
|Earnings per common share – diluted:|
|Net earnings per share||$0.38||$0.45|
|Weighted average shares outstanding – diluted:||30,686||30,436|
|THE MARCUS CORPORATION|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|August 30, 2007||May 31, 2007|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$12,629||$12,018|
|Cash held by intermediaries||1,003||5,749|
|Accounts and notes receivable||20,517||19,956|
|Refundable income taxes||–||5,939|
|Deferred income taxes||886||1,056|
|Condominium units held for sale||6,942||7,320|
|Other current assets||6,325||6,340|
|Assets of discontinued operations||–||975|
|Property and equipment – net||553,717||559,785|
|Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity:|
|Accounts and notes payable||$14,722||$24,481|
|Taxes other than income taxes||11,664||11,215|
|Other current liabilities||29,968||31,466|
|Current maturities of long-term debt||57,249||57,250|
|Liabilities of discontinued operations||–||2,731|
|Deferred income taxes||29,446||29,376|
|Deferred compensation and other||25,771||22,930|
|Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity||$682,017||$698,383|
|THE MARCUS CORPORATION|
|Business Segment Information (Unaudited)|
13 Weeks Ended
|Operating income (loss)||15,384||10,233||(2,102||)||23,515||–||23,515|
|Depreciation and amortization||3,753||4,151||178||8,082||–||8,082|
13 Weeks Ended
|Operating income (loss)||12,257||11,036||(2,111||)||21,182||(61||)||21,121|
|Depreciation and amortization||2,848||3,319||238||6,405||12||6,417|
Corporate items include amounts not allocable to the business segments. Corporate revenues consist principally of rent and the corporate operating loss includes general corporate expenses. Corporate information technology costs and accounting shared services costs are allocated to the business segments based upon several factors, including actual usage and segment revenues.