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Viad Corp Reports Results for the 2022 Second Quarter

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  • Q2’22 results significantly better than expected and full year expectations raised

  • Strong momentum continues at GES and Pursuit

  • Poised for continued growth in 2023 and beyond

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., August 04, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI), a leading provider of experiential leisure travel and live events and marketing experiences, today reported net income attributable to Viad of $19.8 million for the 2022 second quarter.

Steve Moster, Viad’s president and chief executive officer, commented, "Our second quarter results were significantly better than our prior guidance as the recovery of in-person event activity has progressed more quickly than we had previously anticipated. Both GES and Pursuit posted substantial year-over-year growth and positive Adjusted EBITDA during the quarter. GES’ second quarter revenue reached 75 percent of the pre-pandemic 2019 second quarter, while Pursuit delivered record second quarter revenue that was 40 percent greater than the 2019 quarter driven by our new experiences."

Moster continued, "I am encouraged by the strong momentum we are seeing across our businesses. Based on current trends and our first half performance, we are raising our full year 2022 guidance for consolidated Adjusted EBITDA. I am even more excited about our future earnings potential as recovery continues in our industries and we reap the benefits of our actions to scale Pursuit, transform GES Exhibitions’ cost structure, and strengthen Spiro’s capabilities."

Second Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights

Three months ended June 30,

(in millions)

2022

2021

$ Change

Revenue

$

319.2

$

61.2

$

258.0

Pursuit Revenue

77.6

36.3

41.3

GES Revenue

241.6

24.9

216.7

Net income (loss) attributable to Viad

$

19.8

$

(42.0

)

$

61.9

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA*

$

47.5

$

(21.9

)

$

69.4

Pursuit Adjusted EBITDA*

15.6

2.0

13.6

GES Adjusted EBITDA*

35.1

(21.6

)

56.7

Corporate Adjusted EBITDA*

(3.3

)

(2.4

)

(0.9

)

* Refer to Table Two of this press release for a discussion and reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

Net income attributable to Viad improved by $61.9 million from the 2021 second quarter primarily driven by higher revenue at GES and Pursuit.

Pursuit Results

Pursuit’s second quarter revenue increased $41.3 million from the 2021 quarter. Pursuit’s same-store revenue from experiences that were owned and open prior to 2021 was $68.2 million, up $35.0 million from the 2021 second quarter primarily due to stronger visitation at our Canadian experiences, which were impacted in 2021 by border restrictions. Revenue from new experiences opened or acquired after 2020 was $9.4 million versus $3.1 million in the prior year quarter, reflecting the continued ramping of Sky Lagoon and Golden Skybridge and the additions of FlyOver Las Vegas and Glacier Raft Company.

Pursuit’s second quarter adjusted EBITDA increased by $13.6 million versus the 2021 second quarter primarily due to the increase in revenue.

Regarding Pursuit’s results, Moster commented, "Pursuit posted very strong year-over-year growth with revenue vastly exceeding the same period in 2019 due to the investments we have made to scale the business. The level of growth was not as strong as we had previously expected primarily due to challenging weather conditions that impacted visitation. Nonetheless, I am very pleased with Pursuit’s second quarter performance and encouraged by the strong booking pace across our lodging properties and the improvements we are seeing in attraction visitation."

Moster continued, "With the Canadian border open, the new experiences we have added, and strong leisure travel demand, we expect Pursuit’s revenue will remain much higher than the levels we realized in 2021. As long-haul international tourism continues to recover and awareness of our newest attractions builds, we expect strong revenue growth and continued margin expansion beyond 2022."

GES Results

GES’ second quarter revenue increased $216.7 million from the 2021 second quarter and Adjusted EBITDA improved by $56.7 million. These improvements are primarily due to the resumption of live event activity and the return of large-scale events that canceled or postponed into the first half of 2021, as well as the benefit of the cost structure reductions we’ve implemented.

Regarding GES’ overall results, Moster commented, "GES’ second quarter results once again exceeded our expectations due to a faster than expected rebound of event activity. Spiro continues to win new logos and benefit from increased client spend. And within the GES Exhibitions segment, we realized our fourth consecutive quarter of same-show revenue improvement, with revenue from U.S. events that we produced reaching 87 percent of pre-pandemic levels on average. We also experienced strong flow-through on the increase in revenue reflecting the benefit of the transformational changes we have made to the cost structure of GES Exhibitions."

Moster continued, "I am very encouraged by the industry trends we’re seeing and more importantly by how Spiro and GES Exhibitions are performing as our industry rebounds. I am confident that the actions we took during the pandemic have positioned GES Exhibitions and Spiro for greater success in the future."

The following table provides a comparison of 2022 second quarter revenue and Adjusted EBITDA to the comparable period in 2021 for GES’ two reportable segments.

Three months ended June 30,

(in millions)

2022

2021

$ Change

Revenue:

Spiro

$

89.4

$

11.9

$

77.5

GES Exhibitions

154.6

13.1

141.5

Inter-segment Eliminations

(2.4

)

(0.1

)

(2.3

)

Total GES

$

241.6

$

24.9

$

216.7

Adjusted EBITDA*:

Spiro

$

15.8

$

(6.1

)

$

21.8

GES Exhibitions

19.4

(15.5

)

34.9

Total GES

$

35.1

$

(21.6

)

$

56.7

* Refer to Table Two of this press release for a discussion and reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights

We ended the second quarter with total liquidity of $127 million, comprising cash and cash equivalents of approximately $55 million and approximately $72 million of capacity available on our revolving credit facility ($100 million total facility size, less $15 million of borrowings and approximately $13 million in letters of credit). Our debt totaled approximately $492 million, including $397 million outstanding on our Term Loan B, financing lease obligations of approximately $65 million (which primarily comprises real estate leases at Pursuit), revolver borrowings of $15 million, and approximately $15 million in other debt.

Our 2022 second quarter cash flow from operations was an inflow of approximately $26 million, our capital expenditures totaled approximately $19 million, we acquired Glacier Raft Company for approximately $25 million (net of cash acquired), and we paid approximately $2 million in cash dividends on our convertible preferred equity. Our net debt borrowings during the quarter were approximately $20 million, including $15 million on our revolver to partially fund the acquisition of Glacier Raft Company and approximately $9 million on a construction loan to help fund development of our new Forest Park Hotel in Jasper National Park.

Moster commented, "We continue to focus on prudent cash management to maintain a strong liquidity position while also making smart investments in high-return growth opportunities through Pursuit’s Refresh, Build, Buy strategy, including our April 6th acquisition of the Glacier Raft Company and construction of our new Forest Park Hotel in Jasper."

2022 Outlook

Regarding Viad’s outlook, Moster commented, "We continue to expect very strong year-over-year growth from both Pursuit and GES and we are increasing our full year guidance for consolidated Adjusted EBITDA. This improved outlook is the result of GES’ stronger than previously expected performance during the second quarter, partially offset by a reduced outlook for Pursuit’s year-over-year growth primarily due to the impact of the inclement weather experienced during the second quarter and revised expectations for visitation ramp up at FlyOver Las Vegas."

Assuming no future material adverse changes to the macro environment from COVID, geo-political events, or other factors, we expect Adjusted EBITDA will be in the ranges shown in the following table. We continue to operate in a very dynamic environment and our performance could vary significantly from the amounts shown below.

(in millions)

Third Quarter

Full Year

Key Assumptions

Pursuit

$74 to $82

(vs. $59.6 in 2021)

$70 to $80

(vs. $42.7 in 2021 and prior guidance of $80 to $90)

  • US same store revenue outperforms 2019 on strong leisure travel demand and benefit from continued investment in the guest experience

  • Canada same store revenue remains below 2019 as certain long-haul international leisure travel markets are slower to recover

  • New experiences continue to ramp up as guest awareness builds and long-haul leisure travel demand increases

  • Revenue management efforts to drive rate increases help offset wage rate and other inflationary pressures

  • Margins will improve from 2021, but remain below 2019 due to guest mix that will see strong demand from N. America and Europe while Asia Pacific markets are slower to recover

GES

$6 to $11

(vs. negative $4.2 in 2021)

$50 to $60

(vs. negative $30.4 in 2021 and prior guidance of $25 to $35)

  • Exhibitions same-show revenue will generally remain at or better than 75% of pre-pandemic levels

  • Experiential marketing budgets of major Spiro clients will remain at 80%+ of pre-pandemic levels

  • SG&A will gradually increase to support increased business activity and future revenue growth

Corporate

~$(3.5)

$(12.5) to $(13.5)

  • Second half of 2022 is slightly higher than first half primarily due to timing of certain expenses

Conference Call Details

Management will host a conference call to review second quarter 2022 results on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at 5 p.m. (Eastern Time).

To join the live conference call, please register at least 10 minutes before the start of the call using the following link: https://conferencingportals.com/event/KFfVIwkJ. After registering, an email confirmation will be sent that includes dial-in information as well as unique codes for entry into the live call. Registration will be open throughout the call.

A live audio webcast of the call will also be available in listen-only mode through the "Investors" section of our website. A replay of the webcast will be available on our website shortly after the call and, for a limited time, by calling (800) 770-2030 or (647) 362-9199 and entering the conference ID 90039.

Additionally, we will post a supplemental presentation, containing highlights of our results, trends and outlook, on the "Investors" section of our website prior to the conference call. We will refer to this presentation during the call.

About Viad

Viad (NYSE: VVI) is a leading global provider of extraordinary experiences, including hospitality and leisure activities, experiential marketing, and live events through two businesses: Pursuit and GES. Our business strategy focuses on delivering extraordinary experiences for our teams, clients and guests, and significant and sustainable growth and above-market returns for our shareholders. Viad is an S&P SmallCap 600 company.

Pursuit is a collection of inspiring and unforgettable travel experiences in Alaska, Montana, the Canadian Rockies, Vancouver, Reykjavik, and Las Vegas, as well as new experiences planned in Chicago and Toronto. Pursuit’s collection includes attractions, lodges and hotels, and sightseeing tours that connect guests with iconic places.

GES is a global, full-service live events company offering a comprehensive range of services to the world's leading brands and event organizers through two reportable segments, Spiro and GES Exhibitions. Spiro is an experiential marketing agency that partners with leading brands around the world to manage and elevate their global experiential marketing activities. GES Exhibitions is a global exhibition services company that partners with leading exhibition and conference organizers as a full-service provider of strategic and logistics solutions to manage the complexity of their shows with teams throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East.

For more information, visit www.viad.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains a number of forward-looking statements. Words, and variations of words, such as "will," "may," "expect," "would," "could," "might," "intend," "plan," "believe," "estimate," "anticipate," "deliver," "seek," "aim," "potential," "target," "outlook," and similar expressions are intended to identify our forward-looking statements. Similarly, statements that describe our business strategy, outlook, objectives, plans, intentions, or goals also are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts and are subject to a host of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.

Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in our forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our financial condition, liquidity, and cash flow;

  • our ability to anticipate and adjust for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our businesses;

  • general economic uncertainty in key global markets and a worsening of global economic conditions;

  • travel industry disruptions;

  • seasonality of our businesses;

  • unanticipated delays and cost overruns of our capital projects, and our ability to achieve established financial and strategic goals for such projects;

  • our exposure to labor shortages, turnover, and labor cost increases;

  • the importance of key members of our account teams to our business relationships;

  • the competitive nature of the industries in which we operate;

  • our dependence on large exhibition event clients;

  • adverse effects of show rotation on our periodic results and operating margins;

  • transportation disruptions and increases in transportation costs;

  • natural disasters, weather conditions, accidents, and other catastrophic events;

  • our exposure to labor cost increases and work stoppages related to unionized employees;

  • our multi-employer pension plan funding obligations;

  • our ability to successfully integrate and achieve established financial and strategic goals from acquisitions;

  • our exposure to cybersecurity attacks and threats;

  • our exposure to currency exchange rate fluctuations;

  • liabilities relating to prior and discontinued operations; and

  • compliance with laws governing the storage, collection, handling, and transfer of personal data and our exposure to legal claims and fines for data breaches or improper handling of such data.

For a more complete discussion of the risks and uncertainties that may affect our business or financial results, please see Item 1A, "Risk Factors," of our most recent annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC. We disclaim and do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement in this press release except as required by applicable law or regulation.

Forward-Looking Non-GAAP Measures

The company has not quantitatively reconciled its guidance for adjusted EBITDA to its respective most comparable GAAP financial measure because certain reconciling items that impact this metric including, provision for income taxes, interest expense, restructuring or impairment charges, acquisition-related costs, and attraction start-up costs have not occurred, are out of the company’s control, or cannot be reasonably predicted. Accordingly, reconciliations to the nearest GAAP financial measure are not available without unreasonable effort. Please note that the unavailable reconciling items could significantly impact the company’s results as reported under GAAP.

VIAD CORP AND SUBSIDIARIES

TABLE ONE - QUARTERLY RESULTS

(UNAUDITED)

Three months ended June 30,

Six months ended June 30,

(in thousands, except per share data)

2022

2021

$ Change

% Change

2022

2021

$ Change

% Change

Revenue:

Pursuit

$

77,599

$

36,313

$

41,286

**

101,383

46,103

55,280

**

GES:

Spiro

89,425

11,944

77,481

**

$

132,241

$

24,003

$

108,238

**

GES Exhibitions

154,600

13,057

141,543

**

266,431

20,209

246,222

**

Inter-segment eliminations

(2,421

)

(81

)

(2,340

)

**

(3,492

)

(147

)

(3,345

)

**

Total GES

241,604

24,920

216,684

**

$

395,180

$

44,065

$

351,115

**

Total revenue

$

319,203

$

61,233

$

257,970

**

$

496,563

$

90,168

$

406,395

**

Segment operating income (loss)

Pursuit

$

5,571

$

(8,097

)

13,668

**

(15,627

)

(26,418

)

10,791

40.8

%

GES:

Spiro

14,847

(7,211

)

22,058

**

14,608

(14,380

)

$

28,988

**

GES Exhibitions

16,273

(19,686

)

35,959

**

14,918

(32,421

)

47,339

**

Total GES

31,120

(26,897

)

58,017

**

29,526

(46,801

)

76,327

**

Segment operating income (loss)

$

36,691

$

(34,994

)

$

71,685

**

$

13,899

$

(73,219

)

$

87,118

**

Corporate eliminations

17

18

(1

)

-5.6

%

34

35

(1

)

-2.9

%

Corporate activities (Note A)

(3,440

)

(3,006

)

(434

)

-14.4

%

(6,113

)

(5,011

)

(1,102

)

-22.0

%

Restructuring charges (Note B)

(1,426

)

(787

)

(639

)

-81.2

%

(2,080

)

(3,613

)

1,533

42.4

%

Impairment charges

-

-

-

**

(583

)

-

(583

)

**

Pension plan withdrawal

-

(57

)

57

-100.0

%

-

(57

)

57

-100.0

%

Other expense

(612

)

(680

)

68

10.0

%

(1,250

)

(1,040

)

(210

)

-20.2

%

Net interest expense (Note C)

(7,761

)

(5,565

)

(2,196

)

-39.5

%

(13,638

)

(10,650

)

(2,988

)

-28.1

%

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

23,469

(45,071

)

68,540

**

(9,731

)

(93,555

)

83,824

89.6

%

Income tax (expense) benefit (Note D)

(3,359

)

2,166

(5,525

)

**

(777

)

5,211

(5,988

)

**

Income (loss) from continuing operations

20,110

(42,905

)

63,015

**

(10,508

)

(88,344

)

77,836

88.1

%

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

52

(62

)

114

**

327

286

41

14.3

%

Net income (loss)

20,162

(42,967

)

63,129

**

(10,181

)

(88,058

)

77,877

88.4

%

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

(451

)

510

(961

)

**

753

1,955

(1,202

)

-61.5

%

Net loss attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interest

128

431

(303

)

-70.3

%

266

925

(659

)

-71.2

%

Net income (loss) attributable to Viad

$

19,839

$

(42,026

)

$

61,865

**

$

(9,162

)

$

(85,178

)

$

76,016

89.2

%

Amounts Attributable to Viad:

Income (loss) from continuing operations

$

19,787

$

(41,964

)

$

61,751

**

$

(9,489

)

$

(85,464

)

$

75,975

88.9

%

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

52

(62

)

114

**

327

286

41

14.3

%

Net income (loss)

$

19,839

$

(42,026

)

$

61,865

**

$

(9,162

)

$

(85,178

)

$

76,016

89.2

%

Income (loss) per common share attributable to Viad (Note E):

Basic income (loss) per common share

$

0.64

$

(2.18

)

$

2.82

**

$

(0.67

)

$

(4.40

)

$

3.73

84.8

%

Diluted income (loss) per common share

$

0.64

$

(2.18

)

$

2.82

**

$

(0.67

)

$

(4.40

)

$

3.73

84.8

%

Weighted-average common shares outstanding:

Basic weighted-average outstanding common shares

20,571

20,397

174

0.9

%

20,544

20,384

160

0.8

%

Additional dilutive shares related to share-based compensation

160

-

160

**

-

-

-

**

Diluted weighted-average outstanding common shares

20,731

20,397

334

1.6

%

20,544

20,384

160

0.8

%

Adjusted EBITDA* by Reportable Segment:

Pursuit

$

15,613

$

2,011

$

13,602

**

$

4,115

$

(7,050

)

$

11,165

**

GES:

Spiro

15,750

(6,057

)

21,807

**

16,492

(11,599

)

28,091

**

GES Exhibitions

19,381

(15,504

)

34,885

**

21,359

(24,188

)

45,547

**

Total GES

35,131

(21,561

)

56,692

**

37,851

(35,787

)

73,638

**

Corporate

(3,268

)

(2,395

)

(873

)

-36.5

%

(5,802

)

(4,326

)

(1,476

)

-34.1

%

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA

47,476

(21,945

)

69,421

**

36,164

(47,163

)

83,327

**

As of June 30,

Capitalization Data:

2022

2021

$ Change

% Change

Cash and cash equivalents

54,516

37,037

17,479

47.2

%

Total debt

492,297

399,665

92,632

23.2

%

Viad shareholders' equity

...