Diamond Resorts Results

Diamond Resorts International, Inc. Reports Record Fourth Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Company Posts 10th Consecutive Quarter of Record Performance Company to Explore Strategic Alternatives

Diamond Resorts

Diamond Resorts International, Inc. (NYSE: DRII) yesterday announced results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2015.

David F. Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are pleased to report that Diamond Resorts delivered its 10th consecutive record quarter in the fourth quarter of 2015 and another record full year, posting a 13% increase in revenue, a 17% increase in Adjusted EBITDA to $374.1 million, and net income of $149.5 million. We generated significant cash for the year and used a substantial portion to repurchase shares and for strategic acquisitions.

As we near a billion dollars in annual revenues, our business continues to benefit from compelling hospitality-driven sales and marketing programs. This is evidenced by growth in tours, average transaction size and volume per guest in the quarter. Our focus on customer service has resulted in strong customer satisfaction and continued growth in the business. We are also pleased to have completed both the Intrawest Resort Club Group and Gold Key acquisitions, which add a compelling portfolio of additional resorts in attractive markets into our system. As we look ahead to 2016, we will continue to offer members incomparable hospitality and high quality resorts and are confident that we are well positioned to continue to post strong revenue, earnings and Free Cash Flow growth.

Even with our record financial performance, we believe there is a significant dislocation between the intrinsic value we have built in this business and the market value of our public equity. For this reason, our Board of Directors is initiating a process to explore and evaluate a wide range of strategic alternatives to unlock value for shareholders. The process will be led by a Committee of Independent Directors, which has retained Centerview Partners, LLC as its financial advisor. As we undertake this process, we will continue our focus on providing exceptional customer service and the execution of our growth initiatives.”

2015 Highlights

  • Total revenue for the fourth quarter increased $41.3 million, or 17.8%, to $273.6 million. For the full year, total revenue increased $109.5 million, or 13.0%, to $954.0 million.
  • Net income for the fourth quarter increased $27.8 million, or 127.4%, to $49.7 million. For the full year, net income increased $90.0 million, or 151.4%, to $149.5 million.
  • Pre-tax income for the fourth quarter, excluding non-cash stock based compensation, increased $38.9 million, or 90.1%, to $82.2 million. Pre-tax income for the full year, excluding non-cash stock based compensation, increased $140.7 million, or 111.8%, to $266.6 million.
  • For the full year, net cash provided by operations was $175.9 million, net cash used in investing activities was $203.7 million and net cash provided by financing activities was $63.8 million.
  • Free Cash Flow for the full year increased $47.2 million, or 19.7%, to $286.7 million.
  • Cash and Cash Equivalents at December 31, 2015 were $290.5 million. For the full year, $163.5 million was spent to repurchase 5.7 million shares of stock as part of the Company’s stock repurchase program. Since inception of the share repurchase program, $179.6 million has been spent to repurchase 6.4 million shares. As of December 31, 2015 there were 69.7 million shares outstanding.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased $27.3 million, or 34.3%, to $106.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 from $79.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. Adjusted EBITDA increased $54.6 million, or 17.1%, to $374.1 million for the full year of 2015 from $319.5 million for the full year of 2014. Excluding the one-time charge related to the HMCS contract termination, Adjusted EBITDA for the full year would have increased $62.5 million, or 19.6% to $382.0 million.
  • On July 29, 2015, we completed a $170.0 million securitization of consumer receivables at an advance rate of 96.0% and a weighted average interest rate of 2.76%.
  • On October 16, 2015, we completed the acquisition of the vacation ownership business of Gold Key Resorts for $167.5 million. This added five vacation ownership resorts in Virginia Beach, VA and one in the Outer Banks, NC, bringing the Company’s global portfolio to a total of 99 managed resorts at that time.
  • On November 17, 2015, we completed a $180.0 million securitization of consumer receivables at an advance rate of 96.0% and a weighted average interest rate of 3.05%. This facility included a prefunding account of $33.6 million, which was fully utilized by December 31, 2015.
  • On December 3, 2015, we completed an amendment to increase our Senior Credit facility by $150.0 million. We received proceeds of approximately $147.0 million (net of original issue discount) under this facility, which was used to replace a substantial portion of the $167.5 million paid in cash for the Gold Key acquisition.
  • Subsequent to December 31, in January 2016, we completed the acquisition of the vacation ownership business of Intrawest Resort Club Group from Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc. for $85.0 million. This added nine vacation ownership resorts, bringing the Company’s global portfolio to a total of 109 managed resorts. The purchase included a portfolio of customer notes receivable which had an outstanding balance as of the purchase date of $26.9 million, of which 91% was less than 60 days past due.

Outlook

For the full year ending December 31, 2016, the Company is providing the following guidance for its expected operating results.

Guidance   Year Ending December 31, 2016
($ in thousands) Low   High
Pre-tax income $ 228,000 $ 265,000
Corporate interest expense $ 42,000 $ 40,000
Vacation interests cost of sales(a) $ 93,000 $ 83,000
Depreciation and amortization $ 36,000 $ 34,000
Other non-cash items(b) $ 31,000 $ 28,000
 

For the year ending December 31, 2016, we anticipate capital expenditures(c) to be between $35.0 million and $40.0 million. In addition, we anticipate ordinary course cash expenditures for the acquisition of inventory to be between $60.0 million and $70.0 million, cash tax payments to be between $20.0 million and $30.0 million, and cash interest payments on corporate facilities to be between $30.0 million and $35.0 million.

In addition, consistent with our capital allocation philosophy, we anticipate investing approximately $29.0 million of our cash to build inventory to support future growth in our VOI sales and hospitality management businesses.

(a)   In accordance with ASC 978, the Company records Vacation Interests cost of sales using the relative sales value method (see Note 2 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014). This method requires the Company to make a number of projections and estimates, which are subject to significant uncertainty and retroactive adjustment in future periods. These "true-up" adjustments may result, and for the Company have resulted in prior periods, in major swings (both positive and negative) in the Company's pre-tax income computed in accordance with U.S. GAAP that do not have a direct correlation to the operating performance for the periods in which the "true-ups" are made. It is difficult to predict with any degree of precision what the projections and estimates used in connection with the relative sales value method will be and what impact those projections and estimates will have on the amount recorded in future periods as Vacation Interests cost of sales. As a result, guidance for Vacation Interests cost of sales (and as a result, pre-tax income) covers a wide range of outcomes and does not impact Adjusted EBITDA.
(b) Other non-cash items include: stock based compensation, amortization of loan origination costs, and amortization of net portfolio discounts and premiums.
(c) Principally for IT infrastructure and expansion/refurbishment of our sales centers. This does not include expenditures for the acquisition of inventory, or resort-level capital improvements which are paid by the homeowners associations.
 

Fourth Quarter Earnings Summary

Hospitality and Management Services

Total management and member services revenue increased $3.8 million, or 10.5%, to $40.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 from $37.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. Management fees increased principally as a result of increases in operating costs at the resort level, which generated higher management fee revenue on a same-store basis from 107 cost-plus management agreements; we also generated incremental management fee revenue from the five cost-plus management agreements acquired in the Gold Key acquisition. In addition, effective January 1, 2015, the Company deconsolidated the operations of the two managed resorts in St. Maarten; thus removing those resorts’ revenues and expenses from our consolidated resort operations revenue and expense, respectively, while recognizing the management fee revenue earned in this line item.

Management and member services expense in our Hospitality and Management Services segment decreased $0.8 million, or 8.4%, to $9.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 from $9.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. For the fourth quarter of 2015 and 2014, management and member services expense included non-cash stock-based compensation charges of $0.4 million and $0.3 million, respectively. Excluding these non-cash items, management and member services expense would have been $8.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 and $9.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, a decrease of 9.3%. Including these non-cash items, management and member services expense as a percentage of management and member services revenue decreased to 22.0% compared to 26.5%, resulting from the increase in management and members services revenue discussed above as well as efficiencies gained in connection with bringing a previously outsourced call center to an in-house operated facility.

Vacation Interests Sales and Financing

Vacation Interests sales, net increased $33.3 million, or 21.8%, to $186.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 from $152.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. The increase in Vacation Interests sales, net was attributable to a $41.0 million increase in Vacation Interests sales revenue, partially offset by a $7.7 million increase in our provision for uncollectible Vacation Interests sales revenue. The $41.0 million increase in Vacation Interests sales revenue was generated principally by sales growth on a same-store basis from 48 sales centers in operation throughout 2015; the addition of five sales centers from the Gold Key acquisition did not have a material impact on sales revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015 as they were acquired in late October 2015 and the remainder of the year is traditionally a lower sales season in Virginia Beach. The increase in Vacation Interests sales revenue was primarily attributable to an increase in our volume per guest ("VPG," which represents Vacation Interests sales revenue divided by the number of tours). VPG increased by $252, or 7.9%, to $3,451 from $3,199, as a result of a higher average sales price per transaction, offset by a slightly lower closing percentage (which represents the percentage of VOI sales transactions closed relative to the total number of tours at our sales centers during the period presented). The number of tours increased to 64,010 from 54,969 due primarily to the expansion of our lead-generation and marketing programs. Our closing percentage decreased slightly to 15.2% from 15.4% for the fourth quarter of 2014. Our VOI sales transactions increased by 1,227, or 14.4%, to 9,719 compared to 8,492, and VOI average sales price per transaction increased $2,027, or 9.8%, to $22,732 from $20,705. The increases in average sales price per transaction and VPG are due principally to the continued focus on moving customer transactions towards our global one-week equivalent sales price of approximately $26,000 and the success of our hospitality-driven sales and marketing initiatives, which are based upon the power of vacations for happier and healthier living.

Provision for uncollectible Vacation Interests sales revenue increased $7.7 million to $24.8 million during the fourth quarter of 2015 from $17.1 million during the fourth quarter in 2014. This increase is primarily due to higher gross Vacation Interests sales. In addition, the increase is a result of a higher percentage of financed sales and a change of certain portfolio statistics during the quarter.

As reflected on our balance sheet, the allowance for Vacation Interests notes receivable as a percentage of gross Vacation Interests notes receivable was 21.5% as of December 31, 2015 and 2014. The weighted average FICO score of loans written during 2015 and 2014 were 754 and 755, respectively.

Advertising, sales and marketing expense for the fourth quarter of 2015 and 2014 included non-cash charges of $0.7 million and $0.4 million, respectively, related to stock-based compensation. Excluding these charges, advertising, sales and marketing expense as a percentage of Vacation Interests sales revenue decreased 0.4 percentage points to 48.1% from 48.5%. This improvement was primarily due to improved leverage of fixed costs through increased sales efficiencies. Including the non-cash charges, advertising, sales and marketing expense as a percentage of Vacation Interests sales revenue was 48.4% compared to 48.8%.

Vacation Interests cost of sales decreased $15.5 million, or 82.9%, to $3.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 from $18.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. This decrease primarily resulted from changes in estimates under the relative sales value method including increases in the average selling price per point and a larger pool of low-cost inventory becoming eligible for capitalization in accordance with our Inventory Recovery and Assignment Agreements (“IRAA”) and other inventory recovery agreements during the quarter ended December 31, 2015 as compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2014. The decrease was partially offset by a $4.4 million increase in cost of sales related to an increase in Vacation Interests sales revenue and the $3.4 million impact of the Gold Key acquisition in October 2015 on the relative sales value calculation. Vacation Interests cost of sales as a percentage of Vacation Interests sales, net decreased to 1.7% for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 from 12.2% for the quarter ended December 31, 2014.

General and Administrative Expense

General and administrative expense of $28.3 million and $28.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 and 2014 included $1.5 million and $3.2 million of non-cash stock-based compensation charges in the fourth quarter of 2015 and 2014, respectively. Excluding these charges, general and administrative expense as a percentage of total revenue decreased 1.2 percentage points to 9.8% in 2015 from 11.0% in 2014. The reduction of general and administrative expense as a percentage of total revenue reflects the improved leverage of fixed costs over a higher revenue base. Including these charges, general and administrative expense as a percentage of total revenue was 10.4% in 2015 as compared to 12.4% in 2014.

Pre-tax Income and Net Income

Pre-tax income for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $79.5 million compared to $39.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and included non-cash charges of $2.7 million and $4.0 million, respectively, related to stock-based compensation. Excluding these amounts, pre-tax income in 2015 would have been $82.2 million, an increase of $38.9 million from $43.3 million in 2014.

Net income for the fourth quarter in 2015 and 2014 were inclusive of the non-cash item discussed above. Net income increased $27.8 million to $49.7 million during the period for 2015 from $21.9 million in 2014.

Capital Resources and Liquidity

Based on a review of the components of cash in escrow and restricted cash, the Company concluded that the majority of the rental trust cash accounts, previously classified as cash in escrow and restricted cash, ultimately belong to the Company and are available for general corporate use. Accordingly, these monies were reclassified as cash and cash equivalents. After giving effect to this change, cash and cash equivalents as of September 30, 2015 were $340.1 million. As of December 31, 2015, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $290.5 million representing a net increase of $35.5 million from $255.0 million as of December 31, 2014. Prior period amounts have been reclassified to be consistent with the current period presentation. Corporate indebtedness as of December 31, 2015 was $574.7 million.

During the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, we used cash of $80.3 million and $44.4 million, respectively, for acquisitions of VOI inventory pursuant to inventory recovery agreements and in open market and bulk VOI inventory purchases, for capitalized legal, title and trust fees and for the construction of VOI inventory. Of these total cash amounts, $18.2 million and $1.3 million during the year ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively, were used for the construction of VOI inventory, primarily related to construction of additional units at our Cabo Azul resort.

Net cash provided by operating activities for the year ended December 31, 2015 was $175.9 million and was primarily the result of net income of $149.5 million and non-cash revenues and expenses totaling $195.7 million, partially offset by other changes in operating assets and liabilities that resulted in a net credit of $169.3 million which primarily includes decreases from Vacation Interests notes receivable, unsold vacation interests and deferred revenues, partially offset by increases in other receivables, net, prepaid expenses and other assets, accrued liabilities, as well as changes in other working capital assets and liabilities. The significant non-cash revenues and expenses included (i) $80.8 million in the provision for uncollectible Vacation Interests sales revenue; (ii) $45.2 million in deferred income taxes, primarily related to current favorable tax law regarding recognition of income from financed Vacation Interests sales and the utilization of our NOLs; (iii) $34.5 million in depreciation and amortization; (iv) $14.9 million in stock-based compensation expense; (v) $12.7 million in amortization of capitalized loan origination costs and portfolio discounts (net of premiums); (vi) $6.2 million in amortization of capitalized financing costs and original issue discounts; and (vii) $1.2 million in loss on foreign currency exchange. Net cash provided by operating activities for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $121.3 million and was the result of net income of $59.5 million and non-cash revenues and expenses totaling $191.2 million, partially offset by other changes in operating assets and liabilities that resulted in a net credit of $129.4 million which primarily includes decreases from Vacation Interests notes receivable, other receivables, prepaid expenses and other assets, partially offset by increases in unsold vacation interests, deferred revenues and accrued liabilities, as well as changes in other working capital assets and liabilities.

Net cash used in investing activities for the year ended December 31, 2015 was $203.7 million, consisting of (i) $167.4 million used to purchase assets in connection with the Gold Key acquisition (net of cash acquired); (ii) $25.8 million, net of asset sales used to acquire property and equipment, primarily associated with information technology related projects and equipment and renovation projects at certain sales centers; (iii) $9.0 million used to acquire intangible assets related to the HM&C transaction in January 2015; and (iv) $1.5 million related to the investment in the joint venture in Asia. Net cash used in investing activities for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $17.1 million, consisting primarily of cash used to purchase property and equipment.

Net cash provided by financing activities for the year ended December 31, 2015 was $63.8 million, consisting primarily of (i) $649.2 million in proceeds from the issuance of securitization notes and funding facilities; (ii) $147.0 million in net proceeds from additional borrowings under the existing senior credit facility; (iii) $2.9 million in proceeds from the exercise of stock options; and (iv) $0.9 million in excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation; offset by (a) $515.7 million of payments on securitization notes and funding facilities; (b) $163.5 million for the repurchase of our stock; (c) $18.1 million for repayments on Senior Credit Facility; (d) $13.8 million in changes in cash in escrow and restricted cash; (e) $13.0 million in repayments on notes payable; and (f) $11.7 million in payments for debt issuance costs. During the year ended December 31, 2014, net cash provided by financing activities was $104.9 million, consisting primarily of (i) $466.3 million in proceeds from the issuance of debt under our securitization notes and funding facilities; (ii) $442.8 million in proceeds from the term loan portion of the Senior Credit Facility; (iii) a $9.4 million decrease in cash in escrow and restricted cash; (iv) $3.4 million in proceeds from the exercise of stock options; and (v) $1.1 million from the issuance of notes payable. These amounts were offset in part by cash used in financing activities consisting of (a) $404.7 million in connection with the redemption of our Senior Secured Notes (including $30.2 million of redemption premium paid in cash using proceeds from the Senior Credit Facility); (b) $348.5 million in repayments on our securitization notes and funding facilities; (c) $30.7 million in repayments on notes payable; (d) $16.1 million for the repurchase of our common stock; (e) $15.9 million of debt issuance costs; and (f) $2.2 million in repayments on the term loan portion of the Senior Credit Facility.

Business Interruption Insurance Recovery

The Company received $2.4 million during the fourth quarter, and $6.0 million during the year, from its insurance carrier under its business interruption insurance policy related to lost profits during the period that the Cabo Azul Resort remained closed as a result of the damage suffered in Hurricane Odile in September 2014. These cash receipts are recorded as other revenue in the Company's consolidating statements of operations in the periods they are received.

Stock Repurchase Program

In October 2014, we announced a plan to repurchase up to $100.0 million of our common stock. In July 2015, the Board of Directors of the Company authorized the expenditure of up to an additional $100.0 million for the repurchase of the Company’s common stock. During the fourth quarter of 2015, we used cash of $81.5 million (including commissions paid) to repurchase shares of our common stock. Since inception, we have spent $179.6 million (including commissions paid) to repurchase 6.4 million shares. As of December 31, 2015, there was approximately $20.5 million available under the plan for additional share repurchases.

Gold Key Acquisition

On October 16, 2015, the Company completed its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Ocean Beach Club, LLC, Gold Key Resorts, LLC, Professional Hospitality Resources, Inc., Vacation Rentals, LLC and Resort Promotions, Inc. (collectively, the “Gold Key Companies”) relating to their operation of their vacation ownership business in Virginia Beach, Virginia and the Outer Banks, North Carolina. The Company acquired management contracts, real property interests, unsold vacation ownership interests and other assets of the Gold Key Companies, adding six additional managed resorts to the Company’s resort network, in exchange for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $167.5 million plus the assumption of certain liabilities. Additionally, $6.2 million was deposited into an escrow account in connection with required buyouts, upgrade fees and defaulted inventory purchases related to pre-closing Gold Key consumer receivables retained by the seller, and is treated as restricted cash.

We used cash from our balance sheet to complete the Gold Key acquisition. As discussed immediately below, on December 3, 2015, we amended our Senior Credit Facility, which among other things, provided additional net proceeds of $147.0 million that replaced a substantial portion of the cash that was used in the purchase.

Senior Secured Credit Facility Amendment

On December 3, 2015, the Company completed its second amendment of the Senior Secured Credit Facility. The Second Amendment provides for a $150 million incremental term loan made as part of the Company’s senior secured credit facility, which had an outstanding balance of approximately $425 million prior to additional borrowing. The Company received approximately $147 million in proceeds on the closing which was issued with 2.0% original issue discount and bears the same maturity date of May 9, 2021 and interest rate as the term loan in the existing senior credit facility. That interest rate, at Diamond Resorts’ option, is LIBOR plus 450 basis points, with a one percent floor, or an alternate base rate plus 350 basis points.

In addition, the Second Amendment modified the Excess Cash Flow sweep provisions. Based on this modification, the Company does not anticipate needing to make an Excess Cash Flow sweep payment under this facility in 2016.

Intrawest Resort Club Group Acquisition

On January 29, 2016, the Company completed its acquisition of Intrawest Resort Club Group from Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc. The Company acquired management contracts, the then-current balance of notes receivable, unsold vacation ownership interests and four acres of unused land, adding nine additional managed resorts to the Company’s resort network, in exchange for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $85.0 million.

We used cash from our balance sheet to complete the Intrawest Resort Club Group purchase.

Exploration of Strategic Alternatives

The Board of Directors announced today that it has formed a Committee of Independent Directors to explore strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value. The Committee has retained Centerview Partners LLC as its financial advisor.

There is no assurance that this exploration will result in any strategic alternatives being announced or consummated. The Company does not intend to discuss or disclose further developments during this process unless and until the Board has approved a specific action or otherwise determined that further disclosure is appropriate.

About Diamond Resorts International®

Diamond Resorts International® (NYSE: DRII), with its network of more than 375 vacation destinations located in 35 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australasia and Africa, provides guests with choice and flexibility to let them create their dream vacation, whether they are traveling an hour away or around the world. Our relaxing vacations have the power to give guests an increased sense of happiness and satisfaction in their lives, while feeling healthier and more fulfilled in their relationships, by enjoying memorable and meaningful experiences that let them Stay Vacationed.™

Diamond Resorts International® manages vacation ownership resorts and sells vacation ownership points that provide members and owners with Vacations for Life® at over 375 managed and affiliated properties and cruise itineraries.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures

We believe supplementing our consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP with non-U.S. GAAP measures provides investors with useful information regarding our liquidity and short-term and long-term trends.

We define Adjusted EBITDA as our net income, plus: (i) corporate interest expense; (ii) provision (benefit) for income taxes; (iii) depreciation and amortization; (iv) Vacation Interests cost of sales; (v) loss on extinguishment of debt; (vi) impairments and other non-cash write-offs; (vii) loss on the disposal of assets; (viii) amortization of loan origination costs; (ix) amortization of net portfolio premiums; and (x) stock-based compensation; less (a) gain on the disposal of assets; (b) gain on bargain purchase from business combination; and (c) amortization of net portfolio discounts. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-U.S. GAAP financial measure and should not be considered in isolation, or as an alternative to net cash provided by operating activities or any other measure of liquidity, or as an alternative to net income, operating income or any other measure of financial performance, in any such case calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Additional information regarding our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA is provided below.

We present Adjusted EBITDA primarily because the Senior Credit Facility Agreement includes covenants which are determined by reference to the Adjusted EBITDA of the Company and its “restricted subsidiaries,” and other of our debt-related agreements include covenants that are determined by reference to measures calculated in a manner similar to the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA. As a result, we believe that supplementing our consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP with this non-U.S. GAAP measure provides investors with useful information with respect to our liquidity. As of December 31, 2015, all of our subsidiaries were designated as restricted subsidiaries, as defined in the Senior Credit Facility Agreement.

In addition to its application under the Senior Credit Facility Agreement, our management uses Adjusted EBITDA: (i) for planning purposes, including the preparation of our annual operating budget; (ii) to allocate resources to enhance the financial performance of our business; (iii) to evaluate the effectiveness of our business strategies; and (iv) as a factor for determining compensation for certain personnel.

We understand that, although measures similar to Adjusted EBITDA are frequently used by investors and securities analysts in their evaluation of companies, it has limitations as an analytical tool, including:

  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect cash requirements for income taxes;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect interest expense for our corporate indebtedness;
  • although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated or amortized will often have to be replaced, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for these replacements;
  • we make expenditures to replenish Vacation Interests inventory (principally pursuant to our inventory recovery agreements and in connection with our strategic acquisitions), and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our cash requirements for these expenditures or certain costs of carrying such inventory (which are capitalized); and
  • other companies in our industry may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

In this release, we present Adjusted EBITDA excluding the one-time cash charge related to the termination of certain contractual relationships with our Chairman, Stephen J. Cloobeck and the one-time benefit related to the contract renegotiation with Interval International in April 2014 because management excludes these items from its forecasts and evaluation of our operational performance and because we believe that Adjusted EBITDA including these items is not indicative of our core cash flows or operating results.

The following tables present Adjusted EBITDA, excluding the one-time charge related to the contract termination and the one-time benefit related to the contract renegotiation reconciled to each of (i) our net cash provided by operating activities and (ii) our net income for the periods presented. These tables further reconcile to Free Cash Flow for the periods presented.

We define Free Cash Flow as our Adjusted EBITDA, less: (i) cash interest paid on corporate indebtedness; (ii) impact of receivables financing; (iii) cash spent for acquisitions of VOI inventory pursuant to inventory recovery agreements and in open market and bulk VOI inventory purchases, for capitalized legal and title and trust fees; (iv) cash spent for corporate capital expenditures; and (v) other changes in net working capital. In arriving at Free Cash Flow, we also adjust for certain net changes in working capital.

We believe that Free Cash Flow is an important measure of our operating performance and, more specifically, that our presentation of Free Cash Flow provides useful information regarding our generation of cash from our operations and our ability to execute our business and growth strategies (including potential strategic transactions) from a financial perspective. We also anticipate that Free Cash Flow will be incorporated into the factors used to determine compensation for certain of our employees.

  (In thousands)
(Unaudited)
Quarter Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,
2015   2014 2015   2014
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 42,387 $ 42,597 $ 175,894 $ 121,314
Provision for income taxes 29,776 17,374 102,170 50,234
Provision for uncollectible Vacation Interests sales revenue(a) (24,765 ) (17,079 ) (80,772 ) (57,202 )

Amortization of capitalized financing costs and original issue discounts(a)

(1,772 ) (1,258 ) (6,233 ) (5,337 )
Deferred income taxes(b) (12,833 ) 6,037 (45,224 ) (24,424 )
Loss on foreign currency(c) (554 ) (264 ) (1,210 ) (362 )
Gain on Vacation Interests notes receivable purchase(a) 103 102 515 621
Unrealized gain (loss) on derivative instruments(d) 138 181 (462 )
Unrealized loss on post-retirement benefit plan(e) (43 ) (171 )
Loss on investment in joint venture(a) (122 ) (122 )
Corporate interest expense(f) 8,644 7,369 31,581 41,871

Change in operating assets and liabilities excluding acquisitions(g)

62,487 5,747 169,278 129,449
Vacation Interests cost of sales(h) 3,186   18,659   28,721   63,499  
Adjusted EBITDA - Consolidated 106,675 79,422 374,136 319,492
One-time charge related to the contract termination(i) 7,830
One-time benefit related to the contract renegotiation(j)       (1,780 )
Adjusted EBITDA excluding the one-time charge related to the contract termination and one-time benefit related to the contract renegotiation 106,675 79,422 381,966 317,712
Add: One-time benefit related to the contract renegotiation(j) 1,780
Cash interest paid on corporate indebtedness(k) (6,719 ) (6,331 ) (24,954 ) (55,208 )
Impact of receivables financing(l) (27,638 ) 6,018 (13,911 ) 26,415
Cash spent on inventory purchases(m) (17,612 ) (5,090 ) (62,078 ) (44,357 )
Cash spent on corporate capital expenditures(n) (7,842 ) (4,048 ) (26,325 ) (17,950 )
Other changes in working capital, net(o) 13,586   7,889   32,036   11,171  
Free Cash Flow $ 60,450   $ 77,860   $ 286,734   $ 239,563  
Common shares outstanding - as of the respective year end 69,706   75,089   69,706   75,089  
 
(a)   Represents non-cash charge or gain.
(b) Represents the deferred income tax liability as a result of the provision for income taxes recorded and the difference between the treatment for financial reporting purposes as compared to income tax return purposes.
(c) Represents net realized loss on foreign exchange transactions settled at unfavorable exchange rates and unrealized net loss resulting from the devaluation of foreign currency-denominated assets and liabilities.
(d) Represents the effects of the changes in mark-to-market valuations of derivative assets and liabilities.
(e) Represents unrealized loss on our post-retirement benefit plan related to a collective labor agreement entered into with the employees of our two resorts in St. Maarten; this plan was deconsolidated during the quarter ended September 30, 2015.
(f) Represents corporate interest expense; does not include interest expense related to non-recourse indebtedness incurred by our special-purpose subsidiaries that is secured by our VOI consumer loans and is included in Adjusted EBITDA.
(g) Represents the net change in operating assets and liabilities excluding acquisitions, as computed directly from the statements of cash flows. Vacation Interests cost of sales is included in the net changes in unsold Vacation Interests, net, as presented in the statements of cash flows.
(h) We record Vacation Interests cost of sales using the relative sales value method in accordance with ASC 978, "Real-estate Time-Sharing Activities," which requires us to make significant estimates which are subject to significant uncertainty. In determining the appropriate amount of costs using the relative sales value method, we rely on complex, multi-year financial models that incorporate a variety of estimated inputs. These models are reviewed on a regular basis, and the relevant estimates used in the models are revised based upon historical results and management's new estimates.
(i) Represents a one-time cash charge related to the termination of certain contractual relationships with our Chairman, Stephen J. Cloobeck.
(j) Represents a one-time benefit related to the contract renegotiation with Interval International in April 2014.
(k) Represents cash interest paid on corporate indebtedness.
(l) Represents the net impact of all receivables-backed financing activities, including securitization and funding facilities collection and reserve cash, Vacation Interests notes receivable, provision for uncollectible Vacation Interests sales revenue and proceeds from issuance of securitization notes and funding facilities, net of payments made on securitization notes and funding facilities.
(m) Represents cash spent on (i) acquisitions of VOI inventory pursuant to inventory recovery agreements and in open market and bulk VOI inventory purchases; and (ii) capitalized legal, title and trust fees.
(n) Represents cash spent on property and equipment capital expenditure, primarily related to information technology related projects and equipment and renovation projects at certain sales centers.
(o) Represents net changes in other working capital items not specifically mentioned above. Working capital items are primarily timing differences and may vary significantly from period to period.
 
  (In thousands)
(Unaudited)
Quarter Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,
2015   2014 2015   2014
Net income $ 49,736 $ 21,874 $ 149,478 $ 59,457
Plus: Corporate interest expense(a) 8,644 7,369 31,581 41,871
Provision for income taxes 29,776 17,374 102,170 50,234
Depreciation and amortization(b) 9,394 7,928 34,521 32,529
Vacation Interests cost of sales(c) 3,186 18,659 28,721 63,499
Loss on extinguishment of debt(d) 46,807
Impairments and other non-cash write-offs(b) 187 12 240
Loss (gain) on disposal of assets(b) 49 (336 ) (8 ) (265 )
Amortization of loan origination costs(b) 3,174 2,338 12,635 8,929
Amortization of net portfolio premiums (discount)(b) 22 25 78 (11 )
Stock-based compensation(e) 2,694   4,004   14,948   16,202  
Adjusted EBITDA - Consolidated 106,675 79,422 374,136 319,492
One-time charge related to the contract termination(f) 7,830
One-time benefit related to the contract renegotiation (g)       (1,780 )
Adjusted EBITDA excluding the one-time charge related to the contract termination and the one-time benefit related to the contract renegotiation 106,675 79,422 381,966 317,712
Add: One-time benefit related to the contract

renegotiation (g)

1,780
Cash interest paid on corporate indebtedness(h) (6,719 ) (6,331 ) (24,954 ) (55,208 )
Impact of receivables financing(i) (27,638 ) 6,018 (13,911 ) 26,415
Cash spent on inventory purchases(j) (17,612 ) (5,090 ) (62,078 ) (44,357 )
Cash spent on corporate capital expenditures(k) (7,842 ) (4,048 ) (26,325 ) (17,950 )
Other changes in working capital, net(l) 13,586   7,889   32,036   11,171  
Free Cash Flow $ 60,450   $ 77,860   $ 286,734   $ 239,563  
Common shares outstanding - as of the respective year end 69,706   75,089   69,706   75,089  
 
(a)   Corporate interest expense does not include interest expense related to non-recourse indebtedness incurred by our special-purpose vehicles that is secured by our VOI consumer loans.
(b) These items represent non-cash charges/gains.
(c) We record Vacation Interests cost of sales using the relative sales value method in accordance with ASC 978, which requires us to make significant estimates which are subject to significant uncertainty. In determining the appropriate amount of costs using the relative sales value method, we rely on complex, multi-year financial models that incorporate a variety of estimated inputs. These models are reviewed on a regular basis, and the relevant estimates used in the models are revised based upon historical results and management's new estimates.
(d) For the year ended December 31, 2014, represents (i) $30.2 million of redemption premium paid on June 9, 2014 in connection with the redemption of the outstanding Senior Secured Notes using proceeds from the term loan portion of the Senior Credit Facility and (ii) $16.6 million of unamortized debt issuance costs and debt discount written off upon the extinguishment of the Senior Secured Notes and certain other indebtedness.
(e) Represents the non-cash charge related to stock-based compensation expense.
(f) Represents a one-time cash charge related to the termination of certain contractual relationships with our Chairman, Stephen J. Cloobeck.
(g) Represents a one-time benefit related to the contract renegotiation with Interval International in April 2014.
(h) Represents cash interest paid on corporate indebtedness.
(i) Represents the net impact of all receivables-backed financing activities, including securitization and funding facilities collection and reserve cash, Vacation Interests notes receivable, provision for uncollectible Vacation Interests sales revenue and proceeds from issuance of securitization notes and funding facilities, net of payments made on securitization notes and funding facilities.
(j) Represents cash spent on (i) acquisitions of VOI inventory pursuant to inventory recovery agreements and in open market and bulk VOI inventory purchases; and (ii) capitalized legal, title and trust fees.
(k) Represents cash spent on property and equipment capital expenditure, primarily related to information technology related projects and equipment and renovation projects at certain sales centers.
(l) Represents net changes in other working capital items not specifically mentioned above. Working capital items are primarily timing differences and may vary significantly from period to period.
 

The following tables present a reconciliation of (i) management and member services expense as reported to management and member services expense, excluding non-cash stock-based compensation and including one-time non-cash benefit related to the contract renegotiation with Interval International; (ii) advertising, sales and marketing expense as reported to advertising, sales and marketing expense, excluding non-cash stock-based compensation; (iii) general and administrative expense as reported to general and administrative expense, excluding non-cash stock-based compensation and the one-time cash charge related to the contract termination referenced above; and (iv) income before provision for income taxes to income before provision for income taxes, excluding non-cash stock-based compensation, cash and non-cash charges from early extinguishment of debt, the one-time cash charge related to the contract termination and the one-time non-cash benefit related to the contract renegotiation with Interval International. We exclude these non-cash and one-time items because management excludes them from its forecasts and evaluation of our operational performance and because we believe that the U.S. GAAP measures including these items are not indicative of our core operating results.

  ($ in thousands)
(Unaudited)
Quarter Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,
2015   2014 2015   2014
Management and member services expenses $ 8,983 $ 9,807 $ 34,293 $ 33,184
Less: Stock-based compensation (356 ) (299 ) (1,307 ) (1,613 )
Plus: One-time benefit related to the contract renegotiation       1,780  
Management and member services expenses after excluding stock-based compensation and one-time benefit related to the contract renegotiation $ 8,627   $ 9,508   $ 32,986   $ 33,351  
 
  ($ in thousands)
(Unaudited)
Quarter Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,
2015   2014 2015   2014
Advertising, sales and marketing expense $ 102,144 $ 82,905 $ 350,411 $ 297,095
Less: Stock-based compensation (695 ) (394 ) (2,440 ) (2,198 )
Advertising, sales and marketing expense after excluding stock-based compensation $ 101,449   $ 82,511   $ 347,971   $ 294,897  
 
  ($ in thousands)
(Unaudited)
Quarter Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,
2015   2014 2015   2014
General and administrative expense $ 28,342 $ 28,790 $ 112,501 $ 102,993
Less: Stock-based compensation (1,473 ) (3,171 ) (10,596 ) (11,701 )
Less: One-time cash charge related to the contract termination     (7,830 )  
General and administrative expense after excluding stock-based compensation and one-time cash charge related to the contract termination $ 26,869   $ 25,619   $ 94,075   $ 91,292  
 
  ($ in thousands)
(Unaudited)
Quarter Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,
2015   2014 2015   2014
Income before provision for income taxes $ 79,512 $ 39,248 $ 251,648 $ 109,691
Stock-based compensation 2,694 4,004 14,948 16,202
Non-cash charge related to early extinguishment of debt 16,564
One-time cash charge related to early extinguishment of debt 30,243
One-time cash charge related to the contract termination 7,830
One-time benefit related to the contract renegotiation       (1,780 )
Income before provision for income taxes after excluding stock-based compensation, non-cash and one-time cash charges related to early extinguishment of debt, one-time cash charge related to the contract termination and a one-time non-cash benefit related to the Interval International contract renegotiation $ 82,206   $ 43,252   $ 274,426   $ 170,920  
 

To properly and prudently evaluate our business, we encourage you to review our U.S. GAAP consolidated financial statements included in this press release, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our business. The non-U.S. GAAP financial measures included in this press release should not be considered in isolation, or as an alternative to net cash provided by operating activities or any other measure of liquidity, or as an alternative to net income, operating income or any other measure of financial performance, in any such case calculated and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

Segment Reporting

The Company presents its results of operations in two segments: (i) Hospitality and Management Services, which includes operations related to the management of resort properties and the Diamond Collections, revenue from its operations of the Clubs and the provision of other services; and (ii) Vacation Interests Sales and Financing, which includes operations relating to the marketing and sales of Vacation Interests, as well as the consumer financing activities related to such sales. While certain line items reflected on the statement of income and comprehensive income fall completely into one of these business segments, other line items relate to revenues or expenses which are applicable to more than one segment. For line items that are applicable to more than one segment, revenues or expenses are allocated by management, which involves significant estimates. Certain expense items (principally corporate interest expense, depreciation and amortization and provision for income taxes) are not, in management's view, allocable to either of these business segments as they apply to the entire Company. In addition, general and administrative expenses are not allocated to either of these business segments because, historically, management has not allocated these expenses for purposes of evaluating the Company's different operational divisions. Accordingly, these expenses are presented under Corporate and Other.

DIAMOND RESORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATING STATEMENTS OF INCOME BY BUSINESS SEGMENT
For the Quarters Ended December 31, 2015 and 2014
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
               
Quarter Ended December 31, 2015 Quarter Ended December 31, 2014

Hospitality

and

Management

Services

Vacation

Interest Sales

and

Financing

Corporate

and

Other

Total

Hospitality

and

Management

Services

Vacation

Interest Sales

and

Financing

Corporate

and

Other

Total
 
Revenues:
Management and member services $ 40,844 $ $ $ 40,844 $ 36,963 $ $ $ 36,963
Consolidated resort operations 4,018 4,018 9,581 9,581

Vacation Interests sales, net of provision of $0, $24,765, $0, $24,765, $0, $17,079, $0 and $17,079, respectively

186,228 186,228 152,924 152,924
Interest 22,294 304 22,598 19,050 338 19,388
Other 1,114   18,827     19,941   1,339   12,167     13,506  
Total revenues 45,976   227,349   304   273,629   47,883   184,141   338   232,362  
Costs and Expenses:
Management and member services 8,983 8,983 9,807 9,807
Consolidated resort operations 3,421 3,421 9,747 9,747
Vacation Interests cost of sales 3,186 3,186 18,659 18,659
Advertising, sales and marketing 102,144 102,144 82,905 82,905
Vacation Interests carrying cost, net 12,500 12,500 15,729 15,729
Loan portfolio 379 4,267 4,646 408 2,154 2,562
Other operating 8,173 8,173 5,485 5,485
General and administrative 28,342 28,342 28,790 28,790
Depreciation and amortization 9,394 9,394 7,928 7,928
Interest expense 4,635 8,644 13,279 4,282 7,369 11,651
Impairments and other write-offs 187 187
Loss (gain) on disposal of assets     49   49       (336 ) (336 )
Total costs and expenses 12,783   134,905   46,429   194,117   19,962   129,214   43,938   193,114  
Income (loss) before provision for income taxes 33,193   92,444   (46,125 ) 79,512 27,921   54,927   (43,600 ) 39,248
Provision for income taxes

 

 

 

29,776  

 

 

 

17,374  
Net income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$ 49,736  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$ 21,874  
 
DIAMOND RESORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATING STATEMENTS OF INCOME BY BUSINESS SEGMENT
For the Years Ended December 31, 2015 and 2014
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
               
Year ended December 31, 2015 Year ended December 31, 2014
Hospitality and

Management

Services

Vacation

Interest Sales

and Financing

Corporate

and

Other

Total Hospitality and

Management

Services

Vacation

Interest Sales

and Financing

Corporate

and

Other

Total
 
Revenues:
Management and member services $ 165,169 $ $ $ 165,169 $ 152,201 $ $ $ 152,201
Consolidated resort operations 15,356 15,356 38,406 38,406

Vacation Interests sales, net of provision of $0, $80,772, $0, $80,772, $0, $57,202, $0 and $57,202, respectively

624,283 624,283 532,006 532,006
Interest 78,989 1,330 80,319 66,849 1,549 68,398
Other 7,222   61,691     68,913   8,691   44,864     53,555  
Total revenues 187,747   764,963   1,330   954,040   199,298   643,719   1,549   844,566  
Costs and Expenses:
Management and member services 34,293 34,293 33,184 33,184
Consolidated resort operations 14,535 14,535 35,409 35,409
Vacation Interests cost of sales 28,721 28,721 63,499 63,499
Advertising, sales and marketing 350,411 350,411 297,095 297,095
Vacation Interests carrying cost, net 39,671 39,671 35,495 35,495
Loan portfolio 1,410 9,478 10,888 1,303 7,508 8,811
Other operating 28,371 28,371 22,135 22,135
General and administrative 112,501 112,501 102,993 102,993
Depreciation and amortization 34,521 34,521 32,529 32,529
Interest expense 16,895 31,581 48,476 15,072 41,871 56,943
Loss on extinguishment of debt 46,807 46,807
Impairments and other write-offs 12 12 240 240
Gain on disposal of assets     (8 ) (8 )     (265 ) (265 )
Total costs and expenses 50,238   473,547   178,607   702,392   69,896   440,804   224,175   734,875  
Income (loss) before provision for income taxes 137,509   291,416   (177,277 ) 251,648 129,402   202,915   (222,626 ) 109,691
Provision for income taxes

 

 

 

102,170  

 

 

 

50,234  
Net income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$ 149,478  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$ 59,457  
 
DIAMOND RESORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
As of December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014
(In thousands, except share data)
 
 

December 31,

2015

(Unaudited)

 

December 31,

2014

(Audited)

Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 290,510 $ 255,042
Cash in escrow and restricted cash 98,295 68,358

Vacation Interests notes receivable, net of allowance of $165,331 and $130,639, respectively

622,607 498,662
Due from related parties, net 42,435 51,651
Other receivables, net 55,786 59,821
Income tax receivable 147 467
Deferred tax asset 577 423
Prepaid expenses and other assets, net 100,647 86,439
Unsold Vacation Interests, net 358,278 262,172
Property and equipment, net 95,361 70,871
Assets held for sale 1,672 14,452
Goodwill 104,521 30,632
Intangible assets, net 222,190   178,786  
Total assets $ 1,993,026   $ 1,577,776  
 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity:
Accounts payable $ 15,144 $ 14,084
Due to related parties, net 54,778 34,768
Accrued liabilities 221,662 134,680
Income taxes payable 346 108
Deferred income taxes 92,829 47,250
Deferred revenues 119,720 124,997
Senior Credit Facility, net of unamortized original issue discount of $4,735 and $2,055, respectively 569,931 440,720
Securitization notes and Funding Facilities, net of unamortized original issue discount of $103 and $156, respectively 642,758 509,208
Derivative liabilities 146
Notes payable 4,750   4,612  
Total liabilities 1,722,064   1,310,427  
 
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock $0.01 par value per share; authorized - 250,000,000 shares, issued - 71,928,002 and 75,732,088 shares, respectively 719 757
Preferred stock $0.01 par value per share; authorized 5,000,000 shares
Additional paid in capital 381,475 482,732
Accumulated deficit (31,024 ) (180,502 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (20,151 ) (19,561 )
Subtotal 331,019 283,426
Less: Treasury stock at cost; 2,222,383 and 642,900 shares, respectively (60,057 ) (16,077 )
Total stockholders' equity 270,962   267,349  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,993,026   $ 1,577,776  
 
DIAMOND RESORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
For the Quarters and Years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
       
Quarter Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Operating Activities:
Net income $ 49,736 $ 21,874 $ 149,478 $ 59,457
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Provision for uncollectible Vacation Interests sales revenue

24,765 17,079 80,772 57,202
Amortization of capitalized financing costs and original issue discounts 1,772 1,258 6,233 5,337
Amortization of capitalized loan origination costs and net portfolio discount 3,196 2,363 12,713 8,918
Depreciation and amortization 9,394 7,928 34,521 32,529
Stock-based compensation 2,694 4,004 14,948 16,202
Loss on extinguishment of debt 46,807
Impairments and other write-offs 187 12 240
Loss (gain) on disposal of assets 49 (336 ) (8 ) (265 )
Deferred income taxes 12,833 (6,037 ) 45,224 24,424
Loss on foreign currency exchange 554 264 1,210 362
Gain on Vacation Interests notes receivable repurchase (103 ) (102 ) (515 ) (621 )
Unrealized (gain) loss on derivative instrument (138 ) (181 ) 462
Unrealized loss on post-retirement benefit plan 43 171
Loss on investment in joint venture 122 122
Changes in operating assets and liabilities excluding acquisitions:
Cash in escrow and restricted cash (8,379 ) 1,041 (16,137 ) 3,256
Vacation Interests notes receivable (79,233 ) (53,703 ) (216,954 ) (158,842 )
Due from related parties, net (15,317 ) (3,081 ) 18,581 2,580
Other receivables, net (26,496 ) (26,090 ) 3,726 (5,412 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets, net 30,038 24,940 10,044 (16,823 )
Unsold Vacation Interests, net (10,326 ) 12,942 (59,611 ) 22,784
Accounts payable (6,938 ) (1,472 ) 1,374 (288 )
Due to related parties, net (12,407 ) (23,036 ) 23,084 (8,413 )
Accrued liabilities 29,160 28,772 70,527 17,628
Income taxes receivable/payable 1,203 (1,538 ) 558 (1,402 )
Deferred revenues 36,208   35,478   (4,470 ) 15,483  
Net cash provided by operating activities 42,387   42,597   175,894   121,314  
 
Investing activities:
Property and equipment capital expenditures (7,842 ) (4,048 ) (26,325 ) (17,950 )
Purchase of intangible assets (8,993 )
Investment in joint venture in Asia (1,500 )

Purchase of assets in connection with Gold Key Companies Acquisition, net of cash acquired of $66, $0, $66 and $0, respectively

(167,434 ) (167,434 )
Proceeds from sale of assets 328   586   567   850  
Net cash used in investing activities $ (174,948 ) $ (3,462 ) $ (203,685 ) $ (17,100 )
 
DIAMOND RESORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS—Continued
For the Quarters and Years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
       
Quarter Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Financing activities:
Changes in restricted cash $ (15,641 ) $ (13,314 ) $ (13,817 ) $ 9,363
Proceeds from issuance of Senior Credit Facility 147,000 147,000 442,775
Proceeds from issuance of securitization notes and Funding Facilities 217,958 260,000 649,159 466,325
Proceeds from issuance of notes payable 1,113
Payments on Senior Credit Facility (1,113 ) (18,109 ) (2,225 )
Payments on senior secured notes, including redemption premium (404,683 )
Payments on securitization notes and Funding Facilities (176,386 ) (202,248 ) (515,728 ) (348,454 )
Payments on notes payable (2,903 ) (2,229 ) (13,003 ) (30,721 )
Payments of debt issuance costs (6,377 ) (4,804 ) (11,706 ) (15,852 )
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation 547 922
Common stock repurchases under the share repurchase program (81,499 ) (16,077 ) (163,545 ) (16,077 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 418 1,046 2,939 3,355
Payments for derivative instrument     (316 )  
Net cash provided by financing activities 83,117   21,261   63,796   104,919  
 
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (49,444 ) 60,396 36,005 209,133
Effect of changes in exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents (172 ) (839 ) (537 ) (1,167 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 340,126   195,485   255,042   47,076  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 290,510   $ 255,042   $ 290,510   $ 255,042  
 

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:

Cash interest paid on corporate indebtedness $ 6,719   $ 6,331   $ 24,954   $ 55,208  
Cash interest paid on securitization notes and Funding Facilities $ 4,804     $ 4,254   $ 16,761     $ 15,068  
Cash paid for taxes, net of cash tax refunds $ 1,634     $ 1,082   $ 2,903     $ 3,094  
Purchase of assets in connection with the Gold Key Acquisition:
Fair value of assets acquired $ 111,722 $ $ 111,722 $
Goodwill acquired 73,879 73,879
Cash paid (167,500 )   (167,500 )  
Liabilities assumed $ 18,101   $   $ 18,101   $  
Insurance premiums financed through issuance of notes payable $ 4,649   $ 4,426   $ 13,141   $ 10,599  
Unsold Vacation Interests, net reclassified to property and equipment $   $ (99 ) $   $ 5,995  
 
 
DIAMOND RESORTS INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS—Continued
For the Quarters and Years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
Quarter Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Assets held for sale reclassified to unsold Vacation Interests $   $ 3   $ 12,488   $  
Unsold Vacation Interests reclassified to assets held for sale $ 490   $   $   $ 4,254  
Information technology software and support financed through issuance of notes payable $   $   $   $ 472  



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