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TWC Enterprises Limited Announces 2019 Year End Results and Eligible Cash Dividend

KING CITY, Ontario, March 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Consolidated Financial Highlights (unaudited)



 

(in thousands of dollars except per share amounts)


Three months ended


Year ended
December 31,
2019


December 31,
2018


December 31,
2019
December 31,
2018
Net earnings (continuing) 4,859 3,436 4,904 9,206
Net earnings (discontinued operations) - 2,549 - 216,983
Net earnings 4,859 5,985 4,904 226,189
Basic and diluted earnings per share (continuing) 0.18 0.12 0.18 0.34
Basic and diluted earnings per share (discontinued operations) - 0.09 - 7.94
Basic and diluted earnings per share 0.18 0.21 0.18 8.28


Oper
ating Data

 

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December 31,
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December 31,
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December 31,
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ClubLink
Canadian Full Privilege Golf Members     14,193 14,602
Championship rounds – Canada 115,000 93,000 1,069,000 1,019,000
18-hole equivalent championship golf courses – Canada     41.5 41.5
18-hole equivalent managed championship golf courses – Canada     1.0 1.0
Championship rounds – U.S. 77,000 82,000 331,000 334,000
18-hole equivalent championship golf courses – U.S.     11.0 11.0

The following is a breakdown of net operating income by segment.

  Year Ended Year Ended
(thousands of Canadian dollars)  December 31, 2019 December 31, 2018
     
Net operating income (loss) by segment    
Canadian golf club operations $   31,267 $   32,390
US golf club operations    
(2019 - US $695,000; 2018 - US $124,000)   931   114
Corporate operations   (3,212)   (3,475)
     
Net operating income (1)  $   28,986 $   29,029


The following is an analysis of net earnings:

  Year Ended Year Ended
(thousands of Canadian dollars) December 31, 2019 December 31, 2018
     
Operating revenue $   163,641 $   165,941
Direct operating expenses (1)   134,655   136,912
Net operating income (1)   28,986   29,029
Amortization of membership fees   5,146   6,697
Depreciation and amortization   (20,119)   (16,150)
Land lease rent   -    (4,384)
Interest, net and investment income   (4,923)   (11,447)
Other items   (1,644)   16,720
Impairment expense   (352)   (7,865)
Income taxes   (2,190)   (3,394)
Net earnings (continuing)   4,904   9,206
Net earnings (discontinued operations)   -    216,983
Net earnings $   4,904 $   226,189


Direct operating expenses are calculated as follows:

  Year Ended Year Ended
(thousands of Canadian dollars) December 31, 2019 December 31, 2018
Cost of sales $   22,414 $   22,786
Labour and employee benefits   70,475   71,665
Utilities   8,118   8,210
Selling, general and administrative expenses   5,454   5,218
Property taxes   3,450   3,635
Repairs and maintenance   4,241   4,508
Insurance   2,724   2,617
Fertilizers and pest control products   2,378   2,617
Fuel and oil   1,357   1,463
Other operating expenses   14,044   14,193
     
Direct Operating Expenses (1) $   134,655 $   136,912

(1) Please see Non-IFRS Measures on page following.

Non-IFRS Measures

TWC uses non-IFRS measures as a benchmark measurement of our own operating results and as a benchmark relative to our competitors. We consider these non-IFRS measures to be a meaningful supplement to net earnings. We also believe these non-IFRS measures are commonly used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties to evaluate our financial performance. These measures, which included direct operating expenses and net operating income do not have standardized meaning under IFRS. While these non-IFRS measures have been disclosed herein to permit a more complete comparative analysis of the Company’s operating performance and debt servicing ability relative to other companies, readers are cautioned that these non-IFRS measures as reported by TWC may not be comparable in all instances to non-IFRS measures as reported by other companies.

The glossary of financial terms is as follows:

Direct operating expenses = expenses that are directly attributable to company’s business units and are used by management in the assessment of their performance. These exclude expenses which are attributable to major corporate decisions such as impairment.

Net operating income = operating revenue – direct operating expenses

Net operating income is an important metric used by management in evaluating the Company’s operating performance as it represents the revenue and expense items that can be directly attributable to the specific business unit’s ongoing operations. It is not a measure of financial performance under IFRS and should not be considered as an alternative to measures of performance under IFRS. The most directly comparable measure specified under IFRS is net earnings.

2019 Consolidated Highlights

On June 6, 2018, TWC announced that it entered into a purchase and sale agreement to sell the White Pass rail and port operations to a joint venture for proceeds of US$290,000,000. Closing on July 31, 2018, the transaction represented a sale of the complete operations of White Pass. Consequently, this segment is being presented as discontinued operations in the financial statements.

On December 14, 2018, the Company sold Club de Golf Le Fontainebleau to the shareholders of Club de Golf Rosemère for net proceeds of $8,589,000. ClubLink retains a management fee arrangement of Fontainebleau. This sale resulted in a decrease of 458 members.

As of January 1, 2019, the Company adopted IFRS 16, Leases. As part of this guidance, land lease rent for operating leases will no longer be expensed directly. Instead, these leases are set up on the balance sheet and right-of-use depreciation expense and interest expense is reflected instead.

Consolidated operating revenue decreased 1.4% to $163,641,000 in 2019 from $165,941,000 in 2018 due to the sale of Fontainebleau.

Direct operating expenses decreased 1.7% to $134,655,000 in 2019 from $136,912,000 in 2018 due to a 1.7% decrease in Canadian direct operating expenses.

Net operating income for the Canadian golf club operations segment decreased 3.5% to $31,267,000 in 2019 from $32,390,000 in 2018 due to the sale of Fontainebleau.

Amortization of membership fees decreased 23.2% to $5,146,000 from $6,697,000 in 2018 due to the completion of the amortization period of revenue for members that joined in 2007 which was completed in 2018.

Interest, net and investment income for continuing operations decreased 57.0% to $4,923,000 in 2019 from $11,447,000 in 2018 due to less borrowings outstanding and investment income earned on funds from the White Pass divestiture.

Other items consist of the following income (loss) items:

(thousands of Canadian dollars) 2019 2018
     
Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment $   525 $   6,630
Insurance claims   2,141   1,145
Unrealized foreign exchange gain (loss)   (6,944)   12,238
Unrealized gain (loss) on shares held for trading   2,426   (3,175)
Equity income   1,135   - 
Other   (927)   (118)
     
Other items $   (1,644) $   16,720


Net earnings decreased to $4,904,000 in 2019 from $226,189,000 in 2018 due to the White Pass gain recognized in 2018. Basic and diluted earnings per share decreased to 18 cents per share in 2019, compared to $8.28 in 2018.

Eligible Cash Dividend

Today, TWC Enterprises Limited announced an eligible cash dividend of 2 cents per common share to be paid on March 31, 2020 to shareholders of record as at March 13, 2020.

Corporate Profile

TWC is engaged in golf club operations under the trademark, “ClubLink One Membership More Golf.” TWC is Canada’s largest owner, operator and manager of golf clubs with 52.5 18-hole equivalent championship and 3.5 18-hole equivalent academy courses (including one managed property) at 40 locations in Ontario, Quebec and Florida.

For further information please contact:

Andrew Tamlin
Chief Financial Officer
15675 Dufferin Street
King City, Ontario L7B 1K5
Tel: 905-841-5372 Fax: 905-841-8488
atamlin@clublink.ca

Management’s discussion and analysis, financial statements and other disclosure information relating to the Company is available through SEDAR and at www.sedar.com and on the Company website at www.twcenterprises.ca