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ClubCorp Continues Momentum and Announces Record Second Quarter Results

Wednesday, July 23 2014

- Revenue up 8.1% largely due to increases from all three major revenue streams: dues, food and beverage, and golf operations

- Adjusted EBITDA up 8.7%

DALLAS - ClubCorp, The World Leader in Private Clubs® (NYSE: MYCC). ClubCorp announces financial results for its fiscal-year 2014 second quarter ended June 17, 2014. The second quarter of fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2013 consisted of 12 weeks. All growth percentages refer to year-over-year progress.

Second Quarter Results:

  • Revenue increased $15.8 million to $211.4 million for the second quarter of 2014. Revenue was up 8.1% compared to the second quarter of 2013 due to revenue growth from both same store and newly acquired clubs.
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) increased $4.0 million to $49.9 million. Adjusted EBITDA was up 8.7% from increased revenue and timing of cash distribution from equity investments.
  • Same Store sales grew $7.9 million, up 4.1% versus the prior year; while same store adjusted EBITDA grew $1.9 million, up 3.5% driven largely by stronger operating results at reinvented clubs, and increased dues, a la carte, private event and golf operations revenue.
  • Newly Acquired Clubs, clubs acquired in 2013 or 2014, contributed revenue of $8.3 million and adjusted EBITDA of $1.0 million.
  • Reinvention. Since 2007, ClubCorp has reinvented 22 golf and country clubs and 17 business, sports and alumni clubs. Reinvention is still underway at three same store golf and country clubs and three business, sports and alumni clubs. Also, the addition of reinvention elements are underway at all seven newly acquired clubs, including Oak Tree, Cherry Valley, Chantilly, the two Prestonwood properties and both TPC properties.
  • Acquisitions. As previously disclosed, ClubCorp has added four golf and country clubs associated with the acquisitions of Prestonwood Country Club in Dallas, Texas, TPC Piper Glen in Charlotte, North Carolina and TPC Michigan in Dearborn, Michigan. ClubCorp will also add a new alumni club at the new Baylor University football stadium under construction in Waco, Texas, and two more management agreements to operate business clubs in Hefei, China and the future opening of West Lake Meilu in Hangzhou, China. In total, ClubCorp's expanded portfolio of owned or operated clubs will be 161.
  • Membership. Total memberships as of June 17, 2014 were 151,758, an increase of 4,371, up 3.0% over memberships at June 11, 2013. Same store golf and country club memberships increased 1.1%, while total golf and country club memberships including newly acquired clubs increased 5.2%. Total business, sports and alumni club memberships decreased 0.1%.
  • O.N.E. and Upgrade Products. Participation has steadily increased with approximately 45% of our memberships now enrolled in one or more of our upgrade programs, compared to 41% a year ago.
  • Free Cash Flow. Free cash flow over the last four quarters was $87.6 million, up from $72.4 million a year ago.

2014 Second Quarter and Year to Date Summary:

(Unaudited financial information)

  Second quarter ended       Year to date ended    
(In thousands, except for membership) June 17,
2014
(12 weeks)
  June 11,
2013
(12 weeks)
  %
Change
  June 17,
2014
(24 weeks)
  June 11,
2013
(24 weeks)
  %
Change
                       
Total Revenue $ 211,418   $ 195,619   8.1%   $ 377,141   $ 350,679   7.5%
                       
Adjusted EBITDA (1)                      
 Golf and Country Clubs $ 49,931   $ 46,834   6.6%   $ 86,333   $ 79,467   8.6%
 Business, Sports and Alumni Clubs $ 8,225   $ 8,425   (2.4)%   $ 14,661   $ 14,137   3.7%
 Other $ (8,294)   $ (9,402)   11.8%   $ (19,074)   $ (17,983)   (6.1)%
Adjusted EBITDA (1) $ 49,862   $ 45,857   8.7%   $ 81,920   $ 75,621   8.3%
                       
Membership 151,758   147,387   3.0%   151,758   147,387   3.0%
   
         
   
(1) This earnings release includes the metric entitled Adjusted EBITDA that is not calculated in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the U.S. ("GAAP"). See "Statement Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures" section for the definition of Adjusted EBITDA and the reconciliation later in this earnings release to the most comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Segment Highlights:
Golf and country clubs (GCC):

  • GCC total revenue of $167.3 million for the second quarter of 2014 increased $15.2 million, up 10.0%, compared to the second quarter of 2013.
  • GCC adjusted EBITDA was $49.9 million, an increase of $3.1 million, up 6.6%.
  • GCC adjusted EBITDA margin was 29.9%, down 90 basis points versus the second quarter of 2013.
  • Same store revenue increased $6.8 million, up 4.5%, driven by increases in base and upgrade dues revenue, a la carte food and beverage revenue, private events revenue, and golf operations revenue.
  • Same store adjusted EBITDA increased $2.1 million, up 4.4%, due to increased revenue.
  • Same store adjusted EBITDA margin was flat versus prior year.
  • Newly acquired golf and country clubs contributed revenue of $8.3 million and adjusted EBITDA of $1.0 million.

Business, sports and alumni clubs (BSA):

  • BSA revenue of $42.7 million for the second quarter of 2014 increased $1.0 million, up 2.4%, compared to the second quarter 2013 due largely to an increase in private events revenue and membership dues.
  • BSA adjusted EBITDA was $8.2 million, declining $0.2 million, or down 2.4%.
  • BSA adjusted EBITDA margin was 19.3%, a decline of 90 basis points versus the prior year, primarily due to an increase in food and beverage cost of sales and increased variable payroll expenses.

Quotes:
Eric Affeldt, president and chief executive officer: "We are very pleased with our solid performance in Q2. Our results this quarter continue to validate our growth strategy and reinforce the value of our membership model. Reinventions have done well and are contributing nicely to our same store growth. As a result, membership sales are ahead of last year, and we are seeing an increase in member activity, membership dues, a la carte covers and private events. Newly acquired clubs were also a significant part of our growth this quarter. As our portfolio expands, members continue to participate in one or more of our upgrade programs including our O.N.E. product. The combined focus on organic growth, reinventions and acquisitions proves we are executing against our strategy and our Q2 results confirm this strategy is working."

Curt McClellan, chief financial officer: "We are delighted with our second quarter results. With the summer season upon us, we have seen an increase in all of our key performance metrics, including membership dues, a la carte and private event food and beverage revenue, and golf operations revenue. Underpinning these results is our three-pronged strategy focused on organic growth, reinvention and acquisitions. We have acquired seven properties in the past year, and have recently completed seven reinvention projects including reinvention elements at two newly acquired properties. New properties and new amenities at reinvented clubs add to the quality, atmosphere and attractiveness of our clubs, and resonate with both existing and prospective members. The consistent quality in revenue and earnings through the second quarter gives us confidence to raise the bottom end of our full year guidance. We look forward to delivering our strategic and financial objectives through the balance of the year."

Company Outlook:
The following guidance is based on current management expectations. All financial guidance amounts are estimates subject to change, including as a result of matters discussed under the "Forward-Looking Statements" cautionary language which follows, and the Company undertakes no duty to update its guidance. For the full fiscal year, the Company is raising the bottom end of its guidance. For fiscal year 2014, the Company now expects to generate revenue in the range of $845.0 million to $860.0 million and adjusted EBITDA in the range of $184.0 million to $190.0 million.

About ClubCorp Holdings:
Since its founding in 1957, Dallas-based ClubCorp has operated with the central purpose of Building Relationships and Enriching Lives®. ClubCorp is a leading owner-operator of private golf and country clubs, business, sports, and alumni clubs in North America. ClubCorp owns or operates a portfolio of approximately 160 golf and country clubs, business clubs, sports clubs, and alumni clubs in 25 states, the District of Columbia and two foreign countries that serve over 370,000 members, with approximately 15,000 peak-season employees. ClubCorp Holdings, Inc. is a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MYCC). ClubCorp properties include: Firestone Country Club (Akron, Ohio); Mission Hills Country Club (Rancho Mirage, California); Capital Club Beijing; and Metropolitan Club Chicago. You can find ClubCorp on Facebook at facebook.com/clubcorp and on Twitter at @ClubCorp.

Conference Call:
The Company will hold a conference call, July 23, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. CDT (5:30 p.m. EDT) to discuss its second quarter fiscal 2014 financial results. The conference call will be broadcast live and can be accessed via the Company's website at ir.clubcorp.com. To participate in the teleconference, please call in a few minutes before the start time: 877-317-6789 for U.S. callers, 866-605-3852 for Canadian callers and 412-317-6789 for international callers and reference the ClubCorp second quarter conference call (confirmation code 10049618) when prompted. For those unable to participate in the live call, a webcast replay will be available at ir.clubcorp.com one hour after completion of the call.

Statement Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures
EBITDA is defined as net income before interest expense, loss on extinguishment of debt, income taxes, interest and investment income, and depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA plus or minus impairments, gain or loss on disposition and acquisition of assets, losses from discontinued operations, non-cash and other adjustments and equity-based compensation expense and an acquisition adjustment.

We began using Adjusted EBITDA as our measurement of segment profit and loss in fiscal year 2014. Prior to this change, we utilized Segment EBITDA ("Segment EBITDA") as our measurement of segment profit and loss, but we also presented Adjusted EBITDA on a consolidated basis. These two measurements are not materially different. This change was made to align our internal measurement of segment profit and loss with the measurement used to evaluate our performance on a consolidated basis and to reduce the number of non-GAAP measurements we report, thus simplifying our financial reporting. The manner in which we calculate Adjusted EBITDA has not changed.

In addition to Adjusted EBITDA, we are providing a Free Cash Flow (FCF) metric as an additional non-GAAP measure. We believe a FCF metric aids investors in their evaluation of the Company's ability to generate cash, and determine the amount of capital available for general corporate purposes including, but not limited to discretionary growth CAPEX (e.g. reinventions or acquisitions), or cash dividends.

This earnings release and accompanying financial tables include supplemental non-GAAP financial measures titled Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow. Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow are not determined in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for a measure of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP and is not indicative of net income or loss as determined under GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations that should be considered before using as a measure to evaluate the Company's financial performance. Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow, as presented, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies due to varying methods of calculation.

The financial statement tables that accompany this press release include a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measure to the applicable and most comparable GAAP financial measure.

Special Note on Forward-Looking Statements
In addition to historical information, this press release contains statements relating to future results (including certain projections and business trends) that are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are subject to the "safe harbor" created by those sections. The Company generally uses the words "may", "will", "could", "expect", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "plan", "intend", and similar expressions in this press release and any attachment to identify forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical facts included in this press release, including statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, beliefs, business strategies, future events, business conditions, results of operations, financial position and business outlook, earnings guidance, business trends and other information are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are not historical facts, and are based upon current expectations, estimates and projections, and various assumptions, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and beyond management's control. All expectations, beliefs and projections are expressed in good faith and the Company believes there is a reasonable basis for them. However, there can be no assurance that management's expectations, beliefs and projections will result or be achieved and actual results may vary materially from what is expressed in or indicated by the forward-looking statements.

These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release, including among others: various factors beyond management's control adversely affecting discretionary spending, membership count and facility usage and other risks, uncertainties and factors set forth in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Although the Company believes that these statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it cannot guarantee future results and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management's opinions only as of the date of this press release. There can be no assurance that (i) the Company has correctly measured or identified all of the factors affecting its business or the extent of these factors' likely impact, (ii) the available information with respect to these factors on which such analysis is based is complete or accurate, (iii) such analysis is correct or (iv) the Company's strategy, which is based in part on this analysis, will be successful. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect new information or events or circumstances that occur after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or otherwise. Readers are advised to review the Company's filings with the SEC (which are available from the SEC's EDGAR database at www.sec.gov and via the Company's website at ir.clubcorp.com/SEC).

Statement Regarding Definitions and Financial Measures
The definitions and basis of presentation for financial measures used in this release, including EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and same store measures, are discussed more fully in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal second quarter ended June 17, 2014. This release should be read in conjunction with the 2014 second quarter Form 10-Q.

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