Gaylord Entertainment Co. (NYSE: GET) reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2012. Highlights include:
- Consolidated revenue increased 6.9 percent to $253.2 million in the second quarter of 2012 from $236.8 million in the same period last year. Gaylord Hotels total revenue increased 6.8 percent to $233.0 million in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $218.2 million in the prior-year quarter.
- Gaylord Hotels revenue per available room1 (“RevPAR”) increased 7.5 percent and Gaylord Hotels total revenue per available room2 (“Total RevPAR”) increased 6.7 percent in the second quarter of 2012, each compared to the second quarter of 2011. Gaylord Hotels Total RevPAR for the second quarter of 2012 included attrition and cancellation fees of $1.7 million collected during the quarter compared to $2.9 million collected in the prior-year quarter.
- Income from continuing operations was $9.0 million, or $0.17 per fully diluted share (based on 53.2 million weighted average shares outstanding) in the second quarter of 2012 compared to income from continuing operations of $8.6 million, or $0.17 per fully diluted share, in the prior-year quarter (based on 50.9 million weighted average shares outstanding). Income from continuing operations for the second quarter 2012 includes $3.4 million in expenses related to the Company’s process of exploring opportunities to unlock shareholder value.
- Adjusted EBITDA3 increased 2.3 percent to $61.9 million in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $60.5 million in the prior-year quarter.
- Consolidated Cash Flow4 (“CCF”) increased 2.0 percent to $64.0 million in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $62.8 million in the same period last year. CCF for the second quarter 2012 includes $3.4 million in expenses related to the Company’s process of exploring opportunities to unlock shareholder value.
- Gaylord Hotels gross advance group bookings in the second quarter of 2012 for all future periods were 592,257 room nights, an increase of 45.7 percent compared to the same period last year. Net of attrition and cancellations, advance group bookings in the second quarter of 2012 for all future periods were 486,219 room nights, an increase of 79.1 percent compared to the same period last year.
Colin V. Reed, chairman and chief executive officer of Gaylord Entertainment, stated, “Our business performed well this quarter, highlighted by our strong bookings results and occupancy levels. We booked over 486,000 net room nights in the second quarter, an increase of over 79 percent from the same period last year. On a gross room night basis, we booked over 592,000 room nights, an over 45 percent increase from the second quarter in 2011. This performance is a promising indication that group bookings are continuing to strengthen, and a testament to the value groups and meeting planners recognize in our unique properties and the experience we provide.
“We achieved an occupancy level of just over 79 percent in the second quarter, a nearly six percentage point increase over the second quarter last year. Along with increases in outside-the-room spending, our occupancy results helped drive solid revenue growth of nearly 7 percent in the second quarter. This translated into a RevPAR increase of 7.5 percent and a Total RevPAR increase of 6.7 percent. As a result of both our revenue growth and our continued efforts to drive efficiencies throughout our business, we delivered solid profitability growth in our hotels and our Gaylord Hotels CCF Margin4 increased 40 basis points.”
Segment Operating Results
Key components of the Company’s hospitality segment performance in the second quarter of 2012 include:
- Gaylord Hotels RevPAR increased 7.5 percent to $136.75 in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $127.20 in the prior-year quarter. Gaylord Hotels Total RevPAR increased 6.7 percent to $318.72 in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $298.84 in the prior-year quarter.
- Gaylord Hotels CCF increased 8.3 percent in the second quarter of 2012 to $74.4 million compared to $68.7 million in the prior-year quarter. Gaylord Hotels CCF Marginincreased 40 basis points to 31.9 percent in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 31.5 percent for the same period last year.
- Gaylord Hotels attrition that occurred for groups that traveled in the second quarter of 2012 was 6.7 percent of the agreed-upon room block compared to 10.3 percent for the same period in 2011. Gaylord Hotels in-the-year, for-the-year cancellations in the second quarter of 2012 totaled 14,997 room nights compared to 16,916 in the same period of 2011. Gaylord Hotels attrition and cancellation fee collections totaled $1.7 million in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $2.9 million for the same period in 2011.
At the property level, Gaylord Opryland generated revenue of $74.2 million in the second quarter of 2012, a 1.5 percent increase compared to the prior-year quarter of $73.1 million, driven by an increase in occupancy. Occupancy for the second quarter of 2012 was up 5.8 percentage points to 81.6 percent compared to the prior-year quarter. Average Daily Rate (“ADR”) during the second quarter of 2012 decreased 1.6 percent to $157.31, compared to $159.83 in the prior-year quarter, driven by an increase in lower-rated SMERF (Social, Military, Educational, Religious, and Fraternal) groups. RevPAR in the second quarter of 2012 increased 6.1 percent to $128.41 compared to $121.08 in the prior-year quarter, as the increase in occupancy offset the decline in ADR. Total RevPAR increased 1.4 percent for the second quarter of 2012 to $282.84 compared to $278.88 in the prior-year quarter, as the increase in occupancy offset a decline in outside-the-room spending that resulted from the business mix shift towards more association and SMERF business and less corporate business in the second quarter of 2012. CCF was $23.5 million for the second quarter of 2012, a 10.5 percent decrease compared to $26.3 million in the prior-year quarter, driven by lower outside-the-room spending and lower-rated group business. Gaylord Opryland’s CCF in the second quarter was negatively impacted by a natural gas explosion on June 19th which resulted in a profitability loss of approximately $1.3 million. The Company is pursuing a business interruption claim related to this explosion. CCF Margin was 31.7 percent in the second quarter of 2012, a 430 basis point decrease over the prior-year quarter.
Gaylord Palms posted revenue of $44.4 million in the second quarter of 2012, a 17.5 percent increase compared to $37.7 million in the prior-year quarter. The increase was driven by the growth in occupancy, ADR, and outside-the-room spending. Occupancy for the second quarter of 2012 increased 12.0 percentage points over the prior-year quarter to 85.8 percent, as occupied group room nights grew across all customer segments for a total increase of approximately 12,600 room nights despite approximately 6,800 being out-of-service for renovations. ADR for the second quarter of 2012 increased 2.1 percent to $168.73, compared to $165.32 in the prior-year quarter. Second quarter 2012 RevPAR increased 18.7 percent to $144.78 compared to $122.02 in the prior-year quarter, driven by the increase in occupancy and ADR. Total RevPAR in the second quarter of 2012 increased 24.1 percent to $366.14 compared to $295.02 in the prior-year quarter driven by the increase in group outside-the-room spending. CCF in the second quarter of 2012 increased 34.9 percent to $13.9 million compared to $10.3 million in the prior-year quarter. This resulted in a CCF Margin for the second quarter of 2012 of 31.3 percent, a 400 basis point increase compared to 27.3 percent in the prior-year quarter.
Gaylord Texan posted revenue of $44.5 million in the second quarter of 2012, a decrease of 2.7 percent from $45.7 million in the prior-year quarter. The decrease was driven by decreases in occupancy and outside-the-room spending. The late cancellation in April of a large group scheduled to arrive in June contributed to these decreases. Occupancy for the second quarter of 2012 decreased by 4.9 percentage points to 71.3 percent compared to the second quarter of 2011. ADR increased 0.2 percent to $172.53 in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $172.15 in the prior-year quarter. RevPAR in the second quarter of 2012 decreased 6.3 percent to $122.96 compared to $131.24 in the prior-year quarter, driven by the decrease in occupancy. Total RevPAR decreased 3.4 percent in the second quarter of 2012 to $321.11 from $332.29 in the prior-year quarter, driven by the decreases in occupancy and outside-the-room spending. CCF in the second quarter of 2012 decreased 13.2 percent to $12.6 million compared to $14.6 million in the prior-year quarter, resulting in a 28.4 percent CCF Margin, a 350 basis point decrease from 31.9 percent in the prior-year quarter.
Gaylord National generated revenue of $67.0 million in the second quarter of 2012, an 11.9 percent increase compared to the prior-year quarter of $59.9 million, driven by increases in occupancy and outside-the-room spending. Occupancy for the second quarter of 2012 was up 10.6 percentage points to 78.5 percent compared to the prior-year quarter, driven by an increase in group room nights and stronger government, association and SMERF group attendance than in the prior-year quarter. ADR decreased 1.7 percent in the second quarter of 2012 to $207.62 compared to $211.25 in the prior-year quarter due to the shift from corporate to association and SMERF groups. RevPAR in the second quarter of 2012 increased 13.6 percent to $162.94 compared to $143.39 in the prior-year quarter, driven by the increase in occupancy. Total RevPAR increased 11.9 percent to $369.08 in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $329.85 in the prior-year quarter, driven by the increase in occupancy and outside-the-room spending. CCF increased 35.5 percent to $23.4 million in the second quarter of 2012 compared to $17.2 million in the prior-year quarter. CCF Margin increased 600 basis points to 34.8 percent in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 28.8 percent in the prior-year quarter, driven by continued margin management efforts at the property level that drove favorable food costs and reduced labor costs.
Reed continued, “We were pleased with how our properties performed this quarter. The results at Gaylord National were particularly encouraging, as the property posted double-digit percent increases in revenue, occupancy, RevPAR, and Total RevPAR, helping drive a 600 basis point increase in CCF margin. This performance reinforces our confidence that the D.C. group market is continuing to improve. Gaylord Palms had a very strong quarter aided by the full renovation of the hotel’s guest rooms and the addition of the new amenities that were opened earlier this year. Gaylord Palms second quarter performance was highlighted by a Total RevPAR increase of over 24 percent and a CCF margin increase of 400 basis points. Gaylord Opryland also performed well yet again, posting occupancy, RevPAR and Total RevPAR increases despite a difficult comparison against a record second quarter in 2011. Although the results across the board at Gaylord Texan were negatively impacted by the last-minute cancellation of a large 5,000 room night group, the property performed solidly.”
Opry and Attractions
Opry and Attractions segment revenue increased 8.5 percent to $20.2 million in the second quarter of 2012, compared to $18.6 million in the year-ago quarter driven by increased attendance and additional shows at the Grand Ole Opry. The segment’s CCF increased to $6.1 million in the second quarter of 2012 from $5.2 million in the prior-year quarter.
Corporate and Other
Corporate and Other operating loss totaled $19.2 million in the second quarter of 2012 compared to an operating loss of $13.9 million in the same period last year. Corporate and Other CCF in the second quarter of 2012 was a loss of $16.1 million compared to a loss of $10.7 million in the same period last year. Corporate and Other operating loss and CCF for the second quarter 2012 reflects $3.4 million in expenses related to the Company’s process of exploring opportunities to unlock shareholder value.
Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Conversion
On May 31, 2012, the Company announced that it had agreed to sell the Gaylord Hotels brand and the rights to manage its four resort hotels to Marriott International, Inc. for $210 million in cash. Following consummation of the sale, Gaylord will continue to own its hotel properties and other businesses and will reorganize and elect to be treated as a real estate investment trust (REIT) effective January 1, 2013. The Company will be the only lodging REIT focused primarily on group-oriented destination hotels in urban and resort markets. The Company intends to hold a special meeting of shareholders on September 19, 2012 to approve proposals that will facilitate the REIT conversion.
The transaction is the result of a comprehensive review of strategic options to maximize long-term value for shareholders. In concluding to pursue this option, the Board of Directors and management team focused on three elements: the cash received in connection with the sale of the brand and management rights, the opportunity to realize substantial cost savings and revenue enhancements due to Marriott’s scale and reach in the hospitality market, and the Company’s positioning as a well-capitalized REIT focused on group-oriented destination hotels in urban and resort markets.
Reed stated, “Following our months-long review of various options to unlock shareholder value, our board of directors and management are confident that the REIT structure represents the best pathway to realize the long-term value of our business and to position our company for future growth. We are also thrilled to be to be partnering with Marriott, an organization that consistently receives the industry’s highest praise among group customers and meeting planners and shares our commitment to provide a distinctive guest experience. The collaboration with Marriott is going extremely well and the conversion process is progressing according to our previously announced timeline. As such, we remain on schedule to complete the anticipated management transfer in October of 2012.”
As a REIT, the Company will no longer view large scale development of resort and convention center hotels as a means for growth. As a result, the Company will not proceed with its previously announced development projects in the form previously anticipated. Gaylord is reexamining how previously announced projects could be completed with minimal financial commitment through the development phase. This examination will be undertaken with investor expectations at the forefront, and management will keep investors informed as the process evolves.
As of June 30, 2012, the Company had long-term debt outstanding, including current portion, of $1,035.2 million and unrestricted cash of $29.5 million. At June 30, 2012, $370.0 million of borrowings were undrawn under the Company’s $925.0 million credit facility, and the lending banks had issued $8.0 million in letters of credit, which left $362.0 million of availability under the credit facility.
The following business performance outlook is based on current information as of August 7, 2012. The Company does not expect to update the guidance provided below before next quarter’s earnings release. However, the Company may update its full business outlook or any portion thereof at any time for any reason.
Reed concluded, “With our announcement of our planned REIT conversion this quarter, our focus remains on delivering solid results at our properties while ensuring a smooth transition to Marriott and a successful reorganization as a REIT. The profitability performance of our properties and our solid advance group bookings production in the second quarter reinforces our confidence that our business is well positioned as we move through 2012. Our guidance for Gaylord Hotels RevPAR remains as an increase of 3 percent to 6 percent, and a Total RevPAR increase of 3 percent to 6 percent year-over-year. We are reaffirming our Gaylord Hotels CCF guidance as a range of $274 million to $286 million. We are also reaffirming our expectations for the Opry and Attractions segment as a CCF range of $15 million to $17 million. In the first quarter of 2012, we incurred $3.1 million of expense as part of our effort to explore opportunities to unlock shareholder value, and we have incurred an additional $3.4 million as a result of that same process during the second quarter. As we stated last quarter, we are not including the expense we incurred in the second quarter or the expenses we will incur in the second half of the year as a result of this process in our Corporate and Other CCF guidance. Therefore, we reaffirm our Corporate and Other segment expectations as a CCF loss range of $54 million to $51 million. On a consolidated basis, total Company CCF expectations remain as a range of $235 million to $252 million in 2012.”
Full Year 2012 Guidance
Consolidated Cash Flow
|Gaylord Hotels||$274 - 286 million|
|Opry and Attractions||$15 - 17 million|
|Corporate and Other||$(54 - 51) million|
$235 - 252 million
Gaylord Hotels RevPAR
3.0% - 6.0 %
Gaylord Hotels Total RevPAR
3.0% - 6.0 %
Note: The guidance above assumes 9,529 room nights out of service in 2012 due to the renovation of rooms at Gaylord Palms and a revised room count at Gaylord Opryland of 2,882 for 2012. The guidance above includes $3.1 million of expense incurred in the first quarter of 2012 as part of our effort to explore opportunities to unlock shareholder value, but excludes the $3.4 million of expense incurred in the second quarter of 2012 and any additional expenses that may be incurred in the third and fourth quarter of 2012 as part of this process. The guidance above does not include the potential impact on fourth quarter results from Marriott management fees, Marriott centralized/shared service fees or revenue and expense synergies that may be actualized once Marriott begins managing the resorts on October 1, 2012.
About Gaylord Entertainment
Gaylord Entertainment, a leading hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville, Tenn., owns and operates Gaylord Hotels (www.gaylordhotels.com), its network of upscale, meetings-focused resorts, and the Grand Ole Opry (www.opry.com), the weekly showcase of country music’s finest performers for more than 80 consecutive years. The Company's entertainment brands and properties include the Radisson Hotel Opryland, Ryman Auditorium, General Jackson Showboat, Gaylord Springs Golf Links, Wildhorse Saloon, and WSM-AM. For more information about the Company, visit www.GaylordEntertainment.com.
Interests of Participants
Gaylord and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Gaylord’s stockholders in connection with the proposed merger and REIT conversion. Information regarding Gaylord’s directors and executive officers is set forth in Gaylord’s proxy statement for its 2012 annual meeting of stockholders and its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, which were filed with the SEC on April 3, 2012 and February 24, 2012, respectively. Additional information regarding persons who may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed merger and REIT conversion is contained in the proxy statement/prospectus filed with the SEC.
1The Company calculates revenue per available room (“RevPAR”) for its hotels by dividing room sales by room nights available to guests for the period.
2The Company calculates total revenue per available room (“Total RevPAR”) for its hotels by dividing the sum of room sales, food & beverage, and other ancillary services revenue by room nights available to guests for the period.
3 Adjusted EBITDA (defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, as well as certain unusual items) is a non-GAAP financial measure which is used herein because we believe it allows for a more complete analysis of operating performance by presenting an analysis of operations separate from the earnings impact of capital transactions and without certain items that do not impact our ongoing operations such as gains on the sale of assets. In accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, these items are not included in determining our operating income. The information presented should not be considered as an alternative to any measure of performance as promulgated under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (such as operating income, net income, or cash from operations), nor should it be considered as an indicator of overall financial performance. Adjusted EBITDA does not fully consider the impact of investing or financing transactions, as it specifically excludes depreciation and interest charges, which should also be considered in the overall evaluation of our results of operations. Our method of calculating Adjusted EBITDA may be different from the method used by other companies and therefore comparability may be limited. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income is presented in the Supplemental Financial Results contained in this press release.
4As discussed in footnote 3 above, Adjusted EBITDA is used herein as essentially operating income/(loss) plus depreciation and amortization. Consolidated Cash Flow (which is used in this release as that term is defined in the Indentures governing the Company’s 6.75 percent senior notes) is a non-GAAP financial measure which also excludes the impact of preopening costs, the non-cash portion of the Florida ground lease expense, stock option expense, the non-cash gains and losses on the disposal of certain fixed assets, and adds (subtracts) other gains (losses). The Consolidated Cash Flow measure is one of the principal tools used by management in evaluating the operating performance of the Company’s business and represents the method by which the Indentures calculate whether or not the Company can incur additional indebtedness (for instance in order to incur certain additional indebtedness, Consolidated Cash Flow for the most recent four fiscal quarters as a ratio to debt service must be at least 2 to 1). The calculation of these amounts as well as a reconciliation of those amounts to net income (loss) or segment operating income (loss) is included as part of the Supplemental Financial Results contained in this press release. CCF Margin is defined as CCF divided by revenue.
GAYLORD ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)
|Three Months Ended||Six Months Ended|
|Jun. 30,||Jun. 30,|
|Selling, general and administrative||51,771||43,048||101,080||86,126|
|Depreciation and amortization||30,254||29,271||62,688||58,328|
|Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized||(14,451||)||(21,377||)||(28,813||)||(42,186||)|
|Income from unconsolidated companies||109||152||109||325|
|Other gains and (losses), net||-||141||-||(50||)|
|Income before income taxes||20,287||13,432||30,763||10,504|
|Provision for income taxes||(11,314||)||(4,799||)||(15,783||)||(3,832||)|
|Income from continuing operations||8,973||8,633||14,980||6,672|
|Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of taxes||(19||)||4||2||8|
Basic net income per share:
|Income from continuing operations||$||0.18||$||0.18||$||0.31||$||0.14|
|Income from discontinued operations, net of taxes||-||-||-||-|
Fully diluted net income per share:
|Income from continuing operations||$||0.17||$||0.17||$||0.29||$||0.13|
Income from discontinued operations, net of taxes
Weighted average common shares for the period:
|GAYLORD ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|Jun. 30,||Dec. 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents - unrestricted||$||29,504||$||44,388|
|Cash and cash equivalents - restricted||1,150||1,150|
|Trade receivables, net||54,194||41,939|
|Deferred income taxes||4,993||8,641|
|Other current assets||44,397||48,538|
|Total current assets||134,238||144,656|
|Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation||2,200,616||2,209,127|
|Notes receivable, net of current portion||145,271||142,567|
|Long-term deferred financing costs||13,602||15,947|
|Other long-term assets||52,285||50,713|
|Long-term assets of discontinued operations||335||390|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY|
|Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations||$||750||$||755|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||151,735||168,975|
|Current liabilities of discontinued operations||147||186|
|Total current liabilities||152,632||169,916|
|Long-term debt and capital lease obligations, net of current portion||1,034,456||1,073,070|
|Deferred income taxes||119,817||108,219|
|Other long-term liabilities||170,779||166,209|
|Long-term liabilities of discontinued operations||451||451|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||2,546,347||$||2,563,400|
GAYLORD ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL RESULTS
(in thousands, except operating metrics)
|Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation|
|and Amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") and Consolidated|
|Cash Flow ("CCF") reconciliation:||Three Months Ended Jun. 30,||Six Months Ended Jun. 30,|
|Net income (loss)||$||8,954||3.5||%||$||8,637||3.6||%||$||14,982||3.0||%||$||6,680||1.5||%|
|(Income) loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes||19||0.0||%||(4||)||0.0||%||(2||)||0.0||%||(8||)||0.0||%|
|Provision for income taxes||11,314||4.5||%||4,799||2.0||%||15,783||3.2||%||3,832||0.8||%|
|Other (gains) and losses, net||-||0.0||%||(141||)||-0.1||%||-||0.0||%||50||0.0||%|
|Income from unconsolidated companies||(109||)||0.0||%||(152||)||-0.1||%||(109||)||0.0||%||(325||)||-0.1||%|
|Interest expense, net||11,430||4.5||%||18,061||7.6||%||22,638||4.6||%||35,697||7.8||%|
|Depreciation & amortization||30,254||11.9||%||29,271||12.4||%||62,688||12.7||%||58,328||12.7||%|
|Other non-cash expenses||1,426||0.6||%||1,453||0.6||%||2,852||0.6||%||2,906||0.6||%|
|Stock option expense||749||0.3||%||798||0.3||%||1,496||0.3||%||1,595||0.3||%|
|Other gains and (losses), net||-||0.0||%||141||0.1||%||-||0.0||%||(50||)||0.0||%|
|(Gain) loss on sales of assets||-||0.0||%||(141||)||-0.1||%||-||0.0||%||50||0.0||%|
Hospitality segment (a)
|Depreciation & amortization||26,346||11.3||%||25,291||11.6||%||54,882||12.0||%||50,566||11.8||%|
|Other non-cash expenses||1,426||0.6||%||1,453||0.7||%||2,852||0.6||%||2,906||0.7||%|
|Stock option expense||185||0.1||%||252||0.1||%||394||0.1||%||536||0.1||%|
|Other gains and (losses), net||-||0.0||%||138||0.1||%||-||0.0||%||(3||)||0.0||%|
|(Gain) loss on sales of assets||-||0.0||%||(138||)||-0.1||%||-||0.0||%||3||0.0||%|
Opry and Attractions segment (a)
|Depreciation & amortization||1,278||6.3||%||1,340||7.2||%|
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