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ClubCorp Holdings Delivers Record Fiscal-Year 2013 Results on Second Consecutive Year of Membership Growth

Thursday, March 20 2014
  • Record full year adjusted EBITDA of $177.4 million, up 6.7% compared to fiscal year 2012
  • Full year revenue increased $60.1 million, of which $11.5 million came from new golf and country clubs acquired since beginning of fiscal year 2012

DALLAS, Texas, March 20, 2014—ClubCorp Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MYCC), “The World Leader in Private Clubs®.”  ClubCorp, a membership-based leisure business and leading owner-operator of private golf and country clubs, business, sports and alumni clubs, announced financial results for its fiscal-year 2013 fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2013. 

All growth percentages refer to year-over-year progress.  However, the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 consisted of 17 weeks versus 16 weeks in fiscal 2012; and the full year of fiscal 2013 consisted of 53 weeks versus 52 weeks in fiscal 2012. All revenue streams, Adjusted EBITDA(1) and Segment EBITDA(1) benefited due to one additional week in fiscal 2013.

Fourth Quarter Results:

  • Revenue of $269.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 increased $30.4 million, up 12.7% compared to the fourth quarter of 2012 due primarily to strong organic and acquisition growth in our golf and country club segment.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $60.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 increased $2.5 million, up 4.3% compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.  The fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 was positively impacted by a $3.2 million adjustment related to membership.
  • We continued execution of our acquisition growth strategy by adding Chantilly National Golf & Country Club, a private country club located in Centreville, Virginia.

Fiscal 2013 Results:

  • Revenue of $815.1 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013 increased $60.1 million, up 8.0% over the fiscal year ended December 25, 2012, largely due to increase in same store growth.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $177.4 million for fiscal year 2013 increased $11.2 million, up 6.7% compared to fiscal year 2012, primarily due to increased segment EBITDA from our golf and country club segment. 
  • During fiscal 2013, we acquired three golf and country clubs, and we added two properties in March of 2014 expanding our portfolio of owned and operated clubs to 156.
  • Reinvention Capital. During fiscal year 2013 we spent $26.0 million in reinvention capital at 12 clubs and intend to spend $20.0 million across 11 clubs in 2014.
  • Total memberships as of December 31, 2013 were 146,802, an increase of 2,037, up 1.4% over memberships at December 25, 2012.
  • Same store golf and country club memberships increased 0.8% over 2012.
  • Same store business, sports and alumni club memberships decreased 1.0% over 2012.

2013 Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Summary:

(Unaudited financial information)

    Fourth Quarter Ended (2)       Fiscal Year Ended (3)    
(Dollars in thousands)   Dec 31,
2013
(17 weeks)
  Dec 25,
2012
(16 weeks)
  %
Change(4)
  Dec 31,
2013
(53 weeks)
  Dec 25,
2012
(52 weeks)
  %
Change(4)
                         
Total Revenue   $ 269,566     $ 239,185     12.7 %   $ 815,080     $ 754,944     8.0 %
                         
Segment EBITDA (1)                        
Golf and Country Clubs   $ 57,691     $ 53,666     7.5 %   $ 179,242     $ 166,327     7.8 %
Business, Sports and Alumni Clubs   $ 15,892     $ 14,873     6.9 %   $ 34,735     $ 34,373     1.1 %
Other   $ (13,785 )   $ (12,490 )   (10.4 )%   $ (39,044 )   $ (35,184 )   (11.0 )%
                         
Adjusted EBITDA (1)   $ 60,164     $ 57,679     4.3 %   $ 177,354     $ 166,189     6.7 %
                         
Membership   146,802     144,765     1.4 %   146,802     144,765     1.4 %

(1)    This earnings release includes metrics entitled Segment EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA that are 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 Segment EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA and the reconciliation later in this earnings release to the most comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.

(2)    The fourth quarters ended December 31, 2013 and December 25, 2012 consisted of 17 and 16 weeks, respectively.

(3)    The fiscal years ended December 31, 2013 and December 25, 2012 consisted of 53 and 52 weeks, respectively.

(4)    Total Revenue, Segment EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA benefited due to one additional week in fiscal 2013.

Segment Highlights:

Golf and country clubs (GCC):

  • GCC total revenue of $201.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 increased $21.7 million, up 12.1% compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. Same store revenue increased $16.2 million, up 9.1%, due to increases from all three major revenue streams: dues, food and beverage, and golf operations revenue.
  • In the fourth quarter 2013, GCC total segment EBITDA of $57.7 million increased $4.0 million, up 7.5% compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. As previously mentioned, the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 was positively impacted by a $3.2 million adjustment related to membership.
  • For full year fiscal 2013, GCC revenue was $627.3 million.  Same store revenue increased $32.3 million, up 5.6% compared to the fiscal year ended 2012.
  • For full year fiscal 2013, GCC total segment EBITDA was $179.2 million.  Segment EBITDA for same store golf and country clubs increased $10.9 million, up 6.6% compared to the fiscal year ended December 25, 2012, largely due to the increase in higher margin dues revenue.

 

Business, sports and alumni clubs (BSA):

  • BSA revenue of $64.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2013 increased $4.4 million, up 7.3% compared to the fourth quarter 2012 due to the additional week in fiscal 2013, and an increase in food and beverage and dues revenue.
  • In the fourth quarter 2013, BSA segment EBITDA of $15.9 million increased $1.0 million, up 6.9% compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.
  • For full year fiscal 2013, BSA revenue was $180.4 million.  Revenue increased $6.1 million, up 3.5% compared to the fiscal year ended December 25, 2012.
  • For full year fiscal 2013, BSA segment EBITDA was $34.7 million and increased $0.4 million, up 1.1% compared to fiscal year 2012.  Improved revenues were offset by increased leasing costs associated with the relocation and reinvention of the City Club of Los Angeles.

Quotes:

Eric Affeldt, president and chief executive officer:  “I’m very pleased with our fourth quarter and full year 2013 results. Our record performance this year demonstrates the strength of our dues-based business model. We remain focused on our three pronged growth strategy, which includes: organic growth from increased membership and programming, accelerated growth via capital investment and reinvention in our clubs, and increase in membership and adjusted EBITDA through disciplined acquisitions. Throughout 2013, we were able to reinvent 12 clubs and add three clubs to our portfolio.  We also enjoyed the highest level of membership sales than any time in recent years. Members are responding favorably to our ongoing programming, new club amenities and the value of our O.N.E. program and network benefits. I’m extremely proud of our Employee Partners and their commitment to build relationships and enrich the lives of our Members. We look forward to continued progress in 2014 and feel confident in our long-term objective to grow adjusted EBITDA by 5-7% per year.”

Curt McClellan, chief financial officer:  “2013 was a milestone year for us as we made the transition from a private to public equity company.  Our strong fourth quarter performance benefited from continued execution of our growth strategy to reinvent and acquire new clubs. Since 2010, we have reinvented 35 clubs and acquired 11 new properties, including our recent Prestonwood acquisition. As a result, we continue to see an increase in new members, an increase in club usage and an increase in average revenue per member visit.  Additionally, on the heels of an improving macroeconomic environment, we also saw an increase in a la carte and private event revenues. With the backdrop of an economy that improves in 2014, we believe our growth strategy focused on organic membership growth and retention, club reinvention and acquisitions will remain effective.”

 

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 our 2014 fiscal year, the Company sees continued momentum from both existing and newly acquired clubs and expects to generate revenue in the range of $830.0 million to $860.0 million and adjusted EBITDA in the range of $182.0 million to $190.0 million.  Fourth quarter fiscal 2014 revenue and adjusted EBITDA growth will be partially offset by one less week versus fourth quarter fiscal 2013. 

About ClubCorp Holdings:

ClubCorp Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: MYCC) 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 more than 150 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 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 at clubcorp.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/clubcorp and on Twitter at @ClubCorp.

Conference Call:

The Company will hold a conference call, March 20, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. CDT (8:30 a.m. EDT) to discuss its fourth quarter fiscal 2013 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 fourth quarter conference call (confirmation code 10042515) when prompted.  For those unable to participate in the live call, a replay will be available 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. Segment EBITDA is defined as EBITDA plus or minus impairments, dispositions of assets, losses from discontinued operations, non cash and other adjustments and equity-based compensation expense.  Adjusted EBITDA is defined as Segment EBITDA plus or minus an acquisition adjustment and plus or minus non-cash and other adjustments.

This earnings release and accompanying financial tables include supplemental non-GAAP financial measures titled Segment EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. Neither Segment EBITDA nor Adjusted EBITDA are 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 are 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. Segment EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, 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 measures to the applicable most comparable GAAP financial measures. 

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 our prospectus and 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, Segment EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and same store measures, are discussed more fully in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.  This release should be read in conjunction with the 2013 Annual Report.

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