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Peak Resorts Reports Fiscal 2019 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

WILDWOOD, Mo., June 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Peak Resorts, Inc. (SKIS) (“Peak” or the “Company”), a leading owner and operator of high-quality, individually branded U.S. ski resorts, today reported financial results for its fiscal 2019 fourth quarter and full year as summarized below:

                     
(in thousands, except per share data)   Three months ended
April 30,
    Year ended
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    2019     2018     2019   2018  
                     
Revenues $  85,458   $  56,032   $  184,426 $  131,662  
Resort operating costs $  42,699   $  31,951   $  119,737 $  96,593  
Income from operations $  30,402   $  17,413   $  28,916 $  10,219  
Net income $  18,083   $  9,680   $  8,916 $  1,352  
Net income (loss) available to common shareholders for basic EPS $ 17,283   $  9,280   $  6,596 $  (248 )
Net income (loss) available to common shareholders adjusted for diluted EPS $  18,083   $  9,680   $ 6,596 $ (248 )
Income (Loss) per share (basic) $  1.13   $  0.66   $  0.45 $ (0.02 )
Income (Loss) per share (diluted) $  0.83   $  0.56   $  0.45 $ (0.02 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding   15,166     13,982     14,504   13,982  
Vested restricted stock units (“RSUs”)   155     102     133   78  
Dilutive effect of conversion of preferred stock   6,359     3,180     -   -  
Dilutive effect of unvested RSUs   36     44     39   -  
Reported EBITDA* $  36,898   $  21,515   $  49,769 $  25,585  
*See page 3 for Definitions of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
 

Timothy D. Boyd, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Fiscal 2019 was a record year for Peak Resorts as we completed several transformational initiatives that drove robust year over year growth. We generated record revenue and Reported EBITDA of $184.4 million and $49.8 million, respectively, thanks to our successful Snow Time acquisition and the fantastic execution of our resort operating teams who provided our guests with great conditions throughout a season of variable weather. We also delivered double-digit growth across our season pass offerings, saw continued strength across key revenue streams including food and beverage, ski school and retail, and benefited from our geographic and market diversification and ongoing customer outreach initiatives.

“Revenue and Reported EBITDA grew 53% and 72% year over year in the fiscal 2019 fourth quarter, respectively, as we generated organic revenue and Reported EBITDA growth of a respective 11% and 14%. Many of our resorts benefited from our continued strategic investments, including at Mount Snow where we saw the benefit of the new Carinthia Base Lodge and at Hunter where we debuted a significant terrain expansion, contributing to increased visitation of 6% and 12%, respectively, at these resorts. In addition, consistent investments in snowmaking capacity and efficiency allowed us to ensure that our growing visitor base was able to access more terrain and more often throughout the season, even when challenged by variable weather.

“As expected, the Snow Time portfolio delivered strong results in the fiscal 2019 fourth quarter and throughout the season despite nearly 20 fewer operating days during the season. The initial implementation of our operating strategies at Liberty, Whitetail and Roundtop allowed us to more than offset the shorter season at each of the three resorts as we drove a significant improvement in profitability across the portfolio. Given that we completed the acquisition of Snow Time right before the start of the 2018-19 season, we expect to see added benefits going forward as we further refine operations at these resorts.

“As announced in early May, 2019-20 season pass sales were very strong through the discounted sales window and we expect this momentum to continue. Sales of season passes, including our Peak Pass, which allows for unlimited access to 14 of our resorts across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, were up 20.8% on a unit basis and 19.8% on a dollar basis over the prior year, inclusive of Snow Time pass sales in both periods. Pass sales momentum has continued and we are well positioned heading into what we believe will be yet another great winter season in 2019-20. We see clear signs that our season pass offerings have become the leading choice for skiers and riders who make the East Coast their home.

“With a strong finish to the 2018-19 season and strong season pass sales for the upcoming 2019-20 season, Peak Resorts is positioned for further growth in fiscal 2020. We are already working on roughly $3.5 million in snowmaking upgrades at Liberty, Whitetail and Roundtop, and expect to see a full year of benefit from our recently awarded liquor license at Whitetail and our continued efforts to enhance our food and beverage operations. We also expect to see further benefits from investments in our resorts, including at Mount Snow, Hunter and more recently at Hidden Valley. Looking at the summer and fall seasons, we expect to benefit from a packed event schedule that will leverage our amazing resorts to generate revenue during our seasonally slow periods, including food and beer festivals, concerts, outdoor entertainment events and on-mountain activities such as zip lining and mountain biking.”

Fiscal Fourth Quarter Results Review
Fiscal 2019 fourth quarter revenue increased 52.5% year over year to $85.5 million as the Company benefited from the addition of Snow Time for the full quarter as well as organic revenue growth of roughly 11.1% over the prior year period. For the quarter, the Company recorded an 81.1% increase in ski instruction revenue, a 34.4% rise in food and beverage revenue and 57.8% growth in lift ticket and tubing revenues.

Resort operating expenses in the fiscal 2019 fourth quarter rose 33.6% year over year to $42.7 million due to the addition of Snow Time in the quarter as the Company managed its labor and other expenses in-line with its expectations. Power and utilities expenses were up 21.1% year over year on the addition of Snow Time as well as increased snowmaking activity. Other operating expenses increased during the quarter due to the inclusion of the Snow Time resorts and organic spending on IT projects, repairs and maintenance and insurance costs. General and administrative expenses were up 184.3% to $4.7 million driven primarily by increased compensation expense as a result of the Company’s strong fiscal 2019 fourth quarter performance and additional professional service fees associated with the Snow Time acquisition.

Reported EBITDA for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2019 was $36.9 million, compared to $21.5 million in the year-ago quarter. The 71.5% year over year increase in Reported EBITDA was driven primarily by the inclusion of a full quarter of operations from Snow Time as well as organic growth of roughly 14.3% over the prior year period.

Balance Sheet Update
As of April 30, 2019, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $30.2 million and total outstanding debt of $229.8 million, including $12.4 million drawn against its revolving line of credit and short and long-term debt of $217.4 million.

Christopher J. Bub, Chief Financial Officer, added, “Peak Resorts exited fiscal 2019 positioned for further growth as we continue to integrate the Snow Time resorts and benefit from improved operations and greater scale across our resort portfolio. Our operating teams remain focused on managing costs and driving increased efficiency and enhanced profitability across each area of our business even as we maintain our commitment of providing the highest level of guest service possible.

“As our attention turns to fiscal 2020 and beyond, we believe we have the needed financial flexibility to continue to improve existing operations while also exploring opportunities to drive cash flow and improve our capital structure. With our focus on the continued improvement across the entirety of our business, we are excited by what the future holds and for the opportunities ahead.”

Investor Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will host an investor conference call and webcast to discuss its fiscal 2019 fourth quarter and full year results today at 10:00 a.m. ET. Interested parties can access the conference call by dialing (844) 526-1518 or, for international callers, by dialing (647) 253-8644; the conference ID number is 8294865. A webcast of the conference call can also be accessed live at ir.peakresorts.com (select “Event Calendar”). Following the completion of the call, an archived webcast will be available for replay at the same location.

Definitions and Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Reported EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). The Company defines Reported EBITDA as net income before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, gain on sale/leaseback, other income or expense and other non-recurring items. The following table includes a reconciliation of Reported EBITDA to the GAAP related measure of net loss:

                   
(dollars in thousands) Three months ended
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  Year ended
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  2019   2018     2019   2018  
Net income $  18,083   $  9,680     $  8,916   $  1,352    
Income tax expense (benefit)    7,987      4,273        4,704      (3,962 )  
Interest expense, net    4,505      3,586       15,788      13,322    
Depreciation and amortization    6,077      3,553        19,618      13,231    
Acquisition related costs   419      -       1,045     -    
Restructuring and impairment charges   -     549        190      2,135    
Other income    (90 )    (43 )      (159 )   (160 )  
Gain on sale/leaseback    (83 )    (83 )      (333 )   (333 )  
Reported EBITDA $  36,898   $  21,515     $  49,769   $  25,585    
                             

The Company has specifically chosen to include Reported EBITDA as a measurement of its results of operations because it considers this measurement to be a significant indication of its financial performance and available capital resources. Because of large depreciation and other charges relating to the Company’s ski resorts operations, it is difficult for management to fully and accurately evaluate financial performance and available capital resources using net income alone. In addition, the use of this non-U.S. GAAP measure provides an indication of the Company’s ability to service debt, and management considers it an appropriate measure to use because of the Company’s highly leveraged position. Management believes that by providing investors with Reported EBITDA, they will have a clearer understanding of the Company’s financial performance and cash flows because Reported EBITDA: (i) is widely used in the ski industry to measure a company’s operating performance without regard to items excluded from the calculation of such measure; (ii) helps investors to more meaningfully evaluate and compare the results of the Company’s operations from period to period by removing the effect of its capital structure and asset base from operating results; and (iii) is used by the Board of Directors, management and lenders for various purposes, including as a measure of the Company’s operating performance and as a basis for planning.

The items excluded from net income to arrive at Reported EBITDA are significant components for understanding and assessing the Company’s financial performance and liquidity. Reported EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to, or substitute for, net income, net change in cash and cash equivalents or other financial statement data presented in the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements as indicators of financial performance or liquidity. Because Reported EBITDA is not a measurement determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP and is susceptible to varying calculations, Reported EBITDA as presented may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

About Peak Resorts
Headquartered in Missouri, Peak Resorts is a leading owner and operator of high-quality, individually branded ski resorts in the U.S. The company operates 17 ski resorts primarily located in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, 16 of which are company owned.

The majority of the resorts are located within 100 miles of major metropolitan markets, including New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Kansas City and St. Louis, enabling day and overnight drive accessibility. The resorts under the company's umbrella offer a breadth of activities, services and amenities, including skiing, snowboarding, terrain parks, tubing, dining, lodging, equipment rentals and sales, ski and snowboard instruction, and mountain biking, golf and other summer activities. To learn more, visit the Company’s website at ir.peakresorts.com or follow Peak Resorts on Facebook for resort updates.

For further information, or to receive future Peak Resorts news announcements via e-mail, please contact JCIR, at 212-835-8500 or skis@jcir.com.

Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding the future outlook and performance of Peak Resorts, Inc., within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release include, without limitation, statements related to: the expected impact of the acquisition of Snow Time on the Company’s overall business, operations and results of operations; expectations regarding the sustained effect of the acquisition on the Company’s season pass sales; and the realization of anticipated cost and operating synergies. These and other forward-looking statements are based on management's current views and assumptions and involve risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect expected results. Results may be materially affected by factors such as: risks associated with acquisitions generally; failure to retain key management and employees; unfavorable weather conditions and the impact of any natural disaster; difficulties or delays in the successful transition of the operations, systems and personnel of Snow Time; future levels of revenues being lower than expected and costs being higher than expected; failure or inability to implement growth strategies in a timely manner; unfavorable reaction to the acquisition by resort visitors, competitors, vendors and employees; conditions affecting the industry generally; local and global political and economic conditions; conditions in the securities market that are less favorable than expected; and other risks described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

Investor Contact:
Norberto Aja, Jim Leahy, Joseph Jaffoni
JCIR
212-835-8500 or skis@jcir.com

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(dollars in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

                         
      Three months ended
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    Year ended
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      2019       2018       2019       2018  
    (Unaudited)            
                         
Net revenue   $  85,458     $  56,032     $  184,426     $  131,662  
                         
Operating expenses:                        
Resort operating costs      42,699        31,951        119,737        96,593  
Depreciation and amortization      6,077        3,553        19,618        13,231  
General and administrative      4,740        1,667        11,221        5,797  
Land and building rent      369        347        1,393        1,401  
Real estate and other taxes      1,171        552        3,351        2,286  
Restructuring and impairment charges     -        549        190        2,135  
Income from operations      30,402        17,413        28,916        10,219  
                         
Other (expense) income:                        
Interest, net of amounts capitalized of                        
$267 and $783 in 2019 and $206 and                        
$1,256 in 2018, respectively      (4,505 )      (3,586 )      (15,788 )      (13,322 )
Gain on sale/leaseback      83        83        333        333  
Other income      90        43        159        160  
       (4,332 )      (3,460 )      (15,296 )      (12,829 )
                         
Income (loss) before income taxes      26,070        13,953        13,620        (2,610 )
Income tax expense (benefit)     7,987       4,273        4,704        (3,962 )
Net income   $  18,083     $  9,680     $  8,916     $  1,352  
                         
Less declaration and accretion of Series A preferred                        
stock dividends      (800 )      (400 )      (2,320 )      (1,600 )
Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholders   $  17,283     $  9,280     $  6,596     $ (248 )
                         
                         
Basic earnings (loss) per common share   $  1.13     $  0.66     $  0.45     $  (0.02 )
                         
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share   $  0.83     $  0.56     $  0.45     $  (0.02 )
                         
Cash dividends declared per common share   $  0.07     $  0.07     $  0.28     $  0.28  
                         
Cash dividends declared per preferred share   $  20.00     $  20.00     $  80.00     $  60.00  


Consolidated Balance Sheets
(dollars in thousands)

               
      April 30,     April 30,  
      2019     2018  
Assets              
               
Current assets:              
Cash and cash equivalents   $  30,194     $  23,091    
Restricted cash      5,240        1,163    
Accounts receivable      9,514        8,560    
Inventory      2,544        1,971    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets      14,984        12,731    
Total current assets      62,476        47,516    
               
Property and equipment, net      287,121        204,095    
Land held for development      38,657        37,634    
Restricted cash, construction     -        12,175    
Goodwill      18,173        4,382    
Intangible assets, net      3,106        731    
Other assets      1,115       1,797    
Total assets   $  410,648     $  308,330    
               
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity              
               
Current liabilities:              
Revolving lines of credit   $  12,415     $  12,415    
Current maturities of long-term debt      1,513        2,614    
Accounts payable and accrued expenses      14,207        12,079    
Accrued salaries, wages and related taxes and benefits      6,281        922    
Unearned revenue      22,153        16,084    
Current portion of deferred gain on sale/leaseback      333        333    
Total current liabilities      56,902        44,447    
               
Long-term debt, including related party debt of              
$50,058 and $0, less current maturities      215,869        165,837    
Deferred gain on sale/leaseback      2,180        2,512    
Deferred income taxes      18,384        7,809    
Other liabilities      770        504    
Total liabilities      294,105        221,109    
               
Series A preferred stock, $0.01 par value per share, $1,000 liquidation              
preference per share, 40,000 shares authorized, 40,000 and 20,000              
shares issued and outstanding      34,318        17,401    
               
Commitments and contingencies              
               
Stockholders' equity:              
Common stock, $0.01 par value per share, 40,000,000 shares              
authorized, 15,165,832 and 13,982,400 shares issued and outstanding      152        140    
Additional paid-in capital      96,557        86,631    
Accumulated deficit      (14,484 )      (16,951 )  
Total stockholders' equity      82,225        69,820    
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $  410,648     $  308,330    


Supplemental Operating Data

(dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)

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    2019     2018     2019   2018
Revenues:                    
  Lift and tubing tickets $ 47,796   $ 30,285   $  93,168 $  61,683
  Food and beverage   13,358     9,936      32,210    24,749
  Equipment rental    7,623      3,727      15,065    9,991
  Ski instruction    7,717      4,262      15,256    9,128
  Hotel/lodging    3,035      3,237      8,909    9,874
  Retail   3,422     2,512      9,277    6,748
  Summer activities    291      -      4,727    4,459
  Other    2,216      2,073      5,814    5,030
  Total $  85,458   $  56,032   $  184,426 $  131,662
                     
Resort operating expenses:                    
  Labor and labor related expenses $  21,709   $  16,637   $  61,440 $  53,026
  Retail and food and beverage cost of sales    6,034      4,714      14,903    11,855
  Power and utilities    3,551      2,933      11,417    8,331
  Other    11,405      7,667      31,977    23,381
  Total $  42,699   $  31,951   $  119,737 $  96,593