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 Speedway Motorsports Reports Results for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2018 and Reaffirms Full Year 2018 Guidance
   Wednesday, August 01, 2018 6:30:00 AM ET

CONCORD, N.C., Aug. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) (NYSE: TRK) today reported second quarter 2018 total revenues of $165.8 million, net income of $31.9 million or $0.78 per diluted share, and adjusted non-GAAP net income of $30.8 million or $0.75 per diluted share. Six month 2018 total revenues were $240.2 million, net income was $29.2 million or $0.71 per diluted share, and adjusted non-GAAP net income was $28.1 million or $0.68 per diluted share. These results were within management’s expectations, and SMI reaffirmed its full year 2018 non-GAAP earnings guidance of $1.00 to $1.20 per diluted share as further described below. Non-GAAP items are further discussed and reconciled with comparable GAAP amounts below.

These results reflect the negative impact of unusually poor weather surrounding NASCAR racing events at our Bristol, Charlotte and Texas Motor Speedways and Sonoma Raceway this second quarter, and our Atlanta and Las Vegas Motor Speedways in the first quarter – all six of our speedways that held events. Management believes many revenue categories continue to be negatively impacted by changing demographics, evolving media content consumption, the lingering effects of lower consumer and corporate spending, and underemployment in certain demographic groups.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway is hosting a second annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race weekend this September 13-16. As management expected, admission revenues from its first quarter 2018 NASCAR events were lower on a comparable year-over-year basis. The Company believes the initial strong appeal of these new playoff races in the Las Vegas market reduced the demand for their first quarter 2018 NASCAR events. However, net increases in current full year and long-term future profitability are expected from realignment of these third quarter 2018 racing events.

Second Quarter Comparison

  • Total revenues of $165.8 million in 2018 compared to $170.0 million in 2017
  • Non-recurring benefit of state income tax law change of $1.1 million or $0.03 per diluted share in 2018
  • Impairment charge for goodwill of $1.1 million pre-tax, $698,000 after tax or $0.02 per diluted share in 2017
  • Net income of $31.9 million or $0.78 per diluted share in 2018 compared to $27.3 million or $0.67 per diluted share in 2017
  • Adjusted non-GAAP net income of $30.8 million or $0.75 per diluted share in 2018 compared to $28.0 million or $0.68 per diluted share in 2017

Year-to-Date Comparison

  • Total revenues of $240.2 million in 2018 compared to $246.5 million in 2017
  • Non-recurring benefit of state income tax law change of $1.1 million or $0.03 per diluted share in 2018
  • Accelerated depreciation and removal costs on retired assets aggregating $4.6 million pre-tax, $2.9 million after-tax or $0.07 per diluted share in 2017
  • Impairment charge for goodwill of $1.1 million pre-tax, $698,000 after tax or $0.02 per diluted share in 2017
  • Net income of $29.2 million or $0.71 per diluted share in 2018 compared to $25.4 million or $0.62 per diluted share in 2017
  • Adjusted non-GAAP net income of $28.1 million or $0.68 per diluted share in 2018 compared to $29.0 million or $0.71 per diluted share in 2017

The Company now excludes the 10% broadcast rights fees that NASCAR retains for itself from both broadcasting revenue and related event management fees. Amounts for NASCAR broadcasting revenue and NASCAR event management fees were revised by $9.2 million and $13.1 million in the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 (comparable amounts were $9.6 million and $13.7 million for 2018). The revision had no impact on net income or loss, earnings or loss per share, balance sheet data or cash flows.

Non-GAAP Financial Information and Reconciliation
Net income and diluted earnings per share, as adjusted and set forth below are non-GAAP (other than generally accepted accounting principles) financial measures presented as supplemental disclosures to their individual corresponding GAAP basis amounts. The following schedule reconciles those non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable information presented using GAAP. Management believes such non-GAAP information is useful and meaningful to investors and helps in understanding, using and comparing the Company’s operating results.

We have not reconciled non-GAAP forward-looking earnings per diluted share to its most directly comparable GAAP measure, as permitted by Item 10(e)(1)(i)(B) of Regulation S-K. Such reconciliations would require unreasonable efforts to estimate and quantify various necessary GAAP components largely because, as indicated by our relatively wide range of earnings guidance, forecasting or predicting our future operating results is subject to many factors out of our control or not readily predictable. Such factors include weather conditions surrounding our events, the seasonal popularity or success of NASCAR racing in general, the impact of geopolitical factors on travel plans and spending sentiment, and fluctuating costs of food, gas, health-care and other basic necessities, any or all of which can significantly impact our future results. These components and other factors could significantly impact the amount of the future directly comparable GAAP measures, which may differ significantly from their non-GAAP counterparts.

Management uses the non-GAAP information to assess the Company’s operations for the periods presented, analyze performance trends and make decisions regarding future operations because it believes this separate information better reflects ongoing operating results. This non-GAAP financial information is not intended to be considered independent of or a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP. This non-GAAP financial information may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other entities and should not be considered as alternatives to net income or diluted earnings per share, determined in accordance with GAAP. Individual quarterly per share amounts may not be additive due to rounding. Amounts below are in thousands except per share amounts.

  Three Months Ended
June 30:
  Six Months Ended
June 30:
  2018  2017  2018  2017 
Net income using GAAP $31,883  $27,306  $29,169  $25,371 
Non-recurring benefit of state income tax law change  (1,110)     (1,110)   
Impairment of goodwill, pre-tax     1,117      1,117 
Accelerated depreciation on retired assets and costs of removal, pre-tax           4,597 
Aggregate income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments     (419)     (2,119)
Non-GAAP net income $30,773  $28,004  $28,059  $28,966 
Diluted earnings per share using GAAP $0.78  $0.67  $0.71  $0.62 
Non-recurring benefit of state income tax law change  (0.03     (0.03   
Impairment of goodwill, pre-tax     0.03      0.03 
Accelerated depreciation on retired assets and costs of removal, pre-tax           0.11 
Aggregate income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments     (0.01)     (0.05)
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share $0.75  $0.68  $0.68  $0.71 

Significant 2018 Second Quarter Racing Events

  • Bristol Motor Speedway – NASCAR Food City 500 Monster Energy Cup and Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 Xfinity Series, and Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals racing events
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway – NASCAR Monster Energy All-Star Race, Coca-Cola 600 Monster Energy Cup, Alsco 300 Xfinity and North Carolina Education Lottery 200 Camping World Truck Series, and NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals racing events
  • Las Vegas Motor Speedway – DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals racing event
  • Sonoma RacewayNASCAR Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy Cup Series racing event
  • Texas Motor Speedway – NASCAR O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy Cup, My Bariatric Solutions 300 Xfinity and PPG 400 Camping World Truck, and IndyCar DXC Technology 600 Series racing events

2018 Earnings Guidance
The Company reaffirmed that second quarter 2018 results are consistent with its previous full year 2018 non-GAAP earnings guidance of $1.00-$1.20 per diluted share, excluding non-recurring and other special items. The range of earnings guidance reflects the lingering effects of uncertain economic conditions, among other factors. Inclement weather, potential higher fuel, health-care and food costs and continuing underemployment could significantly impact our future results.

Dividends and Stock Repurchase Program
During the six months ended June 30, 2018, the Company declared and paid cash dividends of $0.15 per share of common stock each quarter for a combined aggregate of approximately $12.4 million. On July 25, 2018, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share of common stock, aggregating approximately $6.1 million, payable on September 5, 2018 to shareholders of record as of August 15, 2018. The Board of Directors plans to continue to evaluate cash dividends on a quarterly basis in the future.

During the six months ended June 30, 2018, the Company repurchased 122,000 shares of common stock for approximately $2.3 million under its stock repurchase program. As of June 30, 2018, the Company has repurchased 4,931,000 shares since adoption of the program in April 2005, and the total number of shares available for future repurchase as currently authorized is 1,069,000. 

“Despite exceptionally bad weather, SMI’s second quarter and year-to-date results for 2018 were within our expectations,” stated Speedway Motorsports Chief Executive Officer and President Marcus G. Smith. “While adverse weather conditions have negatively impacted our admissions and certain revenue streams at all six of our NASCAR Cup weekends and certain smaller events, our results reflect higher sponsorship and ancillary broadcasting revenues on a comparable year-over-year basis. Our aggressive sales and marketing teams have sold all NASCAR Cup, Xfinity (except one) and Truck series entitlements for 2018, and many for several years beyond. We are increasingly optimistic that our innovative marketing strategies, including focus on broader use of our first class facilities in premium markets, are resulting in long-term opportunities for increased revenue streams and profitability. We continue to build financial strength through execution of our long-term strategic goals of debt reduction, share repurchases, and restrained capital spending, and benefit from lower cash taxes under the recently enacted federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.”

Mr. Smith continued, “Anticipation continues to build around our upcoming inaugural NASCAR Xfinity and Monster Energy Cup Series playoff races on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s new 2.28-mile ROVAL™ September 29-30. The ROVAL™ is NASCAR’s ‘newest track’, a combination of Charlotte’s legendary oval and a world-class road course. It will provide fans a unique opportunity to see all of the road course action without the race cars ever leaving their field of vision. The Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 weekend will feature the first road course races in NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup and Xfinity Series playoffs. The competition should be outstanding entertainment for our fans, and could set the stage for similar racing at other motorsport facilities. This is another chapter in SMI’s long history of delivering innovative, unparalleled entertainment to our long-time loyal and next generation race fans.” 

O. Bruton Smith, Executive Chairman of Speedway Motorsports stated, “During this quarter, we proudly showcased our second distinctive ‘four-lane’ NHRA race event at ‘The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’. Our fans find this unique style of competition incredibly thrilling and appealing. Our management teams realize that innovative entertainment and unsurpassed value is needed to face the challenges of changing demographics and media content consumption. SMI continues to invest for the future to overcome these challenges. For example, we have constructed new unique, fan entertainment areas similar to high-end taverns or sports ‘pubs’ with outdoor viewing decks overlooking our on-track restart zones. These premium hospitality areas provide exciting entertainment for our fans and corporate customers – very close to the racing action. SMI’s first priority, along with NASCAR and the broadcasting media powerhouses, is capturing the next generation of new race fans.”

Speedway Motorsports is a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates the following premier facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and Texas Motor Speedway. The Company provides souvenir merchandising services through its SMI Properties subsidiaries; manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars and parts through its US Legend Cars International subsidiary; and produces and broadcasts syndicated motorsports programming to radio stations nationwide through its Performance Racing Network subsidiary. For more information, visit the Company's website at .

This news release contains forward-looking statements, particularly statements with regard to our future operations and financial results. There are many factors that affect future events and trends of our business including, but not limited to, economic factors, weather, the success of NASCAR and others as sanctioning bodies, hosting of races, capital projects, expansion, facility repurposing, financing needs, income taxes and a host of other factors both within and outside of management control. These factors and other factors, including those contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from management's views and expectations. Inclusion of any information or statement in this news release does not necessarily imply that such information or statement is material. The Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly revised or updated forward-looking information, and such information included in this news release is based on information currently available and may not be reliable after this date.

Note: Speedway Motorsports will host a conference call and webcast today at 10:00 AM (ET) open to the public. To participate in the conference call, you may dial 833-236-2749 (US / Canada / toll-free) or 647-689-4174 (international). The reference number is 7084044. A webcast of the call can be accessed at the Company's website at under “Investors”. Participating in the call will be Marcus G. Smith, Chief Executive Officer and President, and William R. Brooks, Vice Chairman, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.

 Speedway Motorsports, Inc. and Subsidiaries      
 Selected Financial Data - Unaudited      
 For The Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2018 and 2017      
 (In thousands except per share amounts)      
   Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
 STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS DATA  6/30/20186/30/2017 6/30/20186/30/2017
   Admissions  $25,412 $29,141  $36,275 $43,891 
   Event related revenue    47,593    50,080     66,983    69,039 
   NASCAR broadcasting revenue (a)    86,131    83,173     122,872    118,103 
   Other operating revenue    6,712    7,617     14,082    15,422 
 Total Revenues   165,848  170,011   240,212  246,455 
 Expenses and Other:      
   Direct expense of events    33,013    33,231     45,267    45,688 
   NASCAR event management fees (a)    46,276    44,908     66,828    64,087 
   Other direct operating expense    4,566    5,031     9,438    10,171 
   General and administrative    27,255    26,944     51,648    49,530 
   Depreciation and amortization    13,138    13,469     26,228    30,974 
   Interest expense, net    2,953    3,163     5,910    6,168 
   Impairment of goodwill  -    1,117   -    1,117 
   Other (income) expense, net     (2,297)   (376)    (2,246)   202 
 Total Expenses and Other  124,904  127,487   203,073  207,937 
 Income Before Income Taxes   40,944  42,524   37,139  38,518 
 Provision for Income Taxes  (9,061) (15,218)  (7,970) (13,147)
 Net Income   $31,883 $27,306  $29,169 $25,371 
 Basic Earnings Per Share $0.78 $0.67  $0.71 $0.62 
 Weighted average shares outstanding  40,946  41,045   40,964  41,066 
 Diluted Earnings Per Share $0.78 $0.67  $0.71 $0.62 
 Weighted average shares outstanding  40,956  41,056   40,979  41,082 
 Major NASCAR-sanctioned Events Held During Period  8  8   12  12 
 (a) Amounts for 2017 were revised for consistency with 2018 presentation; there was no impact on net income, earnings per share or Balance Sheet data 
 Certain Events Affected by Poor Weather and Other Racing Schedule Changes:  
 • Poor weather surrounded the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing weekends at Atlanta and Las Vegas Motor Speedways in the first quarter 2018, and Bristol, Charlotte and Texas Motor Speedways and Sonoma Raceway in the second quarter 2018
 Las Vegas Motor Speedway held one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in the first quarter 2018 that was not held last year 
 BALANCE SHEET DATA  6/30/201812/31/2017   
 Cash and cash equivalents $88,497 $81,924    
 Total current assets   138,169  123,334    
 Property and equipment, net   952,006  958,215    
 Goodwill and other intangible assets, net  344,608  344,608    
 Total assets   1,459,374  1,450,680    
 Deferred race event and other income, net   50,636  40,779    
 Total current liabilities   104,362  88,733    
 Credit facility borrowings (all term loan)    7,000    30,000    
 Total long-term debt (excluding deferred financing costs)  207,887  231,049    
 Total liabilities   524,433  531,457    
 Total stockholders' equity    934,941    919,223    

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