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The Marcus Corporation Reports Record Revenues and Increased Earnings for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2017

Marcus Theatres® achieves record results and continues to outperform the industry, despite a weaker film slate during the quarter

MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 27, 2017-- The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS) today reported record revenues and operating income and increased net earnings and earnings per share for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 ended June 29, 2017.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2017 Highlights

  • Total revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 were a record $152,775,000, a 13.2% increase from revenues of $134,978,000 for the second quarter of fiscal 2016.
  • Operating income for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 was a record $18,741,000, a 2.6% increase from operating income of $18,261,000 for the second quarter of fiscal 2016.
  • Net earnings attributable to The Marcus Corporation were $10,124,000 for the second quarter of fiscal 2017, an 8.4% increase from net earnings attributable to The Marcus Corporation of $9,336,000 for the second quarter of fiscal 2016.
  • Net earnings per diluted common share attributable to The Marcus Corporation were $0.36 for the second quarter of fiscal 2017, a 5.9% increase from net earnings per diluted common share attributable to The Marcus Corporation of $0.34 for the second quarter of fiscal 2016.

First Half Fiscal 2017 Highlights

  • Total revenues for the first half of fiscal 2017 were a record $310,729,000, a 19.3% increase from revenues of $260,422,000 for the first half of fiscal 2016.
  • Operating income was $36,766,000 for the first half of fiscal 2017, a 24.2% increase from operating income of $29,607,000 for the first half of fiscal 2016.
  • Net earnings attributable to The Marcus Corporation were $19,577,000 for the first half of fiscal 2017, a 32.4% increase from net earnings attributable to The Marcus Corporation of $14,788,000 for the first half of fiscal 2016.
  • Net earnings per diluted common share attributable to The Marcus Corporation were $0.69 for the first half of fiscal 2017, a 30.2% increase from net earnings per diluted common share attributable to The Marcus Corporation of $0.53 for the first half of fiscal 2016.

“We are pleased that The Marcus Corporation again delivered increased operating results for our shareholders. Marcus Theatres reported record revenues and operating income in the second quarter and continued to outperform the industry, despite a weaker overall film slate. Results for Marcus Theatres were also impacted by pre-opening expenses related to two new theatres that opened during the quarter. Marcus Hotels & Resorts once again outperformed the competitive set in its markets, despite challenges posed by the April Easter holiday, which resulted in reduced group bookings during that period,” said Gregory S. Marcus, president and chief executive officer of The Marcus Corporation.

“Our performance for the first half of the fiscal year was strong, with two consecutive quarters of record results, including a 19.3% increase in revenues and a 32.4% increase in net earnings compared to the first half of fiscal 2016,” said Marcus.

Marcus Theatres®

Marcus Theatres reported a 22.7% increase in revenues and a 14.9% increase in operating income during the second quarter over the prior year period. Marcus Theatres outperformed the change in national box office revenues by nearly one percentage point on a comparable theatre basis compared to the same corresponding weeks in the prior year, according to Rentrak.

“The division’s outperformance was even more noteworthy considering we incurred pre-opening expenses at two new theatres that opened during the quarter and had a large number of screens out of service for renovations to expand our DreamLoungerSM recliner seating and signature food and beverage concepts to more locations,” said Marcus. “The 14 Wehrenberg Theatres® locations we acquired in December 2016 made a positive contribution to the record second quarter results.”

Marcus Theatres added DreamLounger recliner seating at seven existing locations by the end of the quarter. “Additional DreamLounger upgrades are currently underway at five more locations, including several Wehrenberg theatres, which will elevate the moviegoing experience for more valued guests and further expand our industry leadership with this signature amenity,” said Rolando B. Rodriguez, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Marcus Theatres.

In April, the division opened Marcus Southbridge Crossing Cinema, a 10-screen theatre in Shakopee, Minn. that offers DreamLounger recliner seating in all auditoriums and two UltraScreen DLX® auditoriums, as well as a Zaffiro’s® Express and Take FiveSM Lounge.

Marcus Theatres’ new dining and movie concept, BistroPlexSM, opened in Greendale, Wis. on June 30. It features eight in-theatre dining auditoriums with DreamLounger recliners, including two SuperScreen DLX® auditoriums, plus a separate full-service bar and lounge area. “We like to describe BistroPlex as a ‘restaurant that serves movies,’” said Rodriguez. “Selections from our complete menu, which includes appetizers, entrees, sandwiches and desserts as well as the traditional popcorn, soda and candy, are delivered to guests by our in-auditorium wait staff. The customer feedback and results to date are encouraging, and we are considering potential opportunities to further expand this concept.”

The five top-performing films for Marcus Theatres in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 were Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Wonder Woman, The Fate of the Furious, The Boss Baby and Beauty and the Beast.

Films that have performed well so far in the third quarter include Despicable Me 3, Spider-man: Homecoming, War for the Planet of the Apes and Dunkirk. Additional films opening through the end of the third quarter include Atomic Blonde, The Emoji Movie, The Dark Tower, It, The Lego Ninjago Movie and Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

Marcus® Hotels & Resorts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ revenue per available room (RevPAR) for comparable company-owned properties decreased 1.5% in the second quarter; however, the division still outperformed the competitive set in its markets by nearly three percentage points during the second quarter and by nearly five percentage points during the first half of the year. RevPAR for the first half of the year was up 1.0%.

“The division’s lower RevPAR for the second quarter was due in large part to the timing of the Easter holiday, which fell in April this year and negatively impacted group business. We had a particularly strong June and division group room-night pace for the remainder of the year is trending ahead of last year,” said Marcus.

“A significant part of our strategy is reinvesting in our existing properties to provide memorable experiences and the latest amenities. In May, we opened 29 new spacious, all-season villas at the Grand Geneva®Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wis. We are very pleased with the positive consumer response and volume of bookings since the Villas were introduced,” said Joseph Khairallah, president and chief operating officer of Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

Construction continues on the new Omaha Marriott Downtown at The Capitol District in Omaha, Neb., which is expected to open this August. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is a minority investor and will manage the 12-story, 333-room upscale hotel in the heart of the Capitol District, an entertainment and shopping destination across the street from the CenturyLink Center and TD Ameritrade Park.

“We are actively seeking new management contracts to expand our hotel and resort portfolio and hope to have additional details to share in the second half of the year,” said Khairallah.

Conference Call and Webcast

Marcus Corporation management will hold a conference call today, Thursday, July 27, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Central/11:00 a.m. Eastern time to discuss the second quarter results. Interested parties may listen to the call live on the Internet through the investor relations section of the company's website:, or by dialing 1-574-990-3059 and entering the passcode 45882782. Listeners should dial in to the call at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the call or should go to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the call to download and install any necessary audio software.

A telephone replay of the conference call will be available through Thursday, August 3, 2017, by dialing 1-855-859-2056 and entering passcode 45882782. The webcast will be archived on the company’s website until its next earnings release.

About The Marcus Corporation

Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, The Marcus Corporation is a leader in the lodging and entertainment industries, with significant company-owned real estate assets. The Marcus Corporation’s theatre division, Marcus Theatres®, is the fourth largest theatre circuit in the U.S. and currently owns or operates 895 screens at 69 locations in eight states. The company’s lodging division, Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, owns and/or manages 17 hotels, resorts and other properties in nine states. For more information, please visit the company’s website at

Certain matters discussed in this press release are “forward-looking statements” intended to qualify for the safe harbors from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements may generally be identified as such because the context of such statements include words such as we “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect” or words of similar import. Similarly, statements that describe our future plans, objectives or goals are also forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties which may cause results to differ materially from those expected, including, but not limited to, the following: (1) the availability, in terms of both quantity and audience appeal, of motion pictures for our theatre division, as well as other industry dynamics such as the maintenance of a suitable window between the date such motion pictures are released in theatres and the date they are released to other distribution channels; (2) the effects of adverse economic conditions in our markets, particularly with respect to our hotels and resorts division; (3) the effects on our occupancy and room rates of the relative industry supply of available rooms at comparable lodging facilities in our markets; (4) the effects of competitive conditions in our markets; (5) our ability to achieve expected benefits and performance from our strategic initiatives and acquisitions; (6) the effects of increasing depreciation expenses, reduced operating profits during major property renovations, impairment losses, and preopening and start-up costs due to the capital intensive nature of our businesses; (7) the effects of weather conditions, particularly during the winter in the Midwest and in our other markets; (8) our ability to identify properties to acquire, develop and/or manage and the continuing availability of funds for such development; and (9) the adverse impact on business and consumer spending on travel, leisure and entertainment resulting from terrorist attacks in the United States or other incidents of violence in public venues such as hotels and movie theatres. Shareholders, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements made herein are made only as of the date of this press release and we undertake no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

Consolidated Statements of Earnings
(in thousands, except per share data)

13 Weeks Ended

26 Weeks Ended

June 29, June 30, June 29, June 30,





Theatre admissions $ 52,135 $ 44,010 $ 115,976 $ 90,924
Rooms 29,125 29,323 50,059 49,375
Theatre concessions 35,179 28,503 76,075 58,384
Food and beverage 18,777 18,248 33,817 32,793
Other revenues   17,559     14,894     34,802     28,946  
Total revenues 152,775 134,978 310,729 260,422
Costs and expenses:
Theatre operations 46,756 38,171 101,441 78,469
Rooms 10,261 10,500 19,459 19,801
Theatre concessions 9,981 8,093 21,099 15,829
Food and beverage 15,501 14,538 28,968 27,299
Advertising and marketing 6,022 5,505 11,584 10,493
Administrative 17,821 16,332 34,778 30,936
Depreciation and amortization 12,303 10,360 24,551 20,551
Rent 3,332 2,107 6,605 4,226
Property taxes 4,445 3,995 9,523 8,138
Other operating expenses   7,612     7,116     15,955     15,073  
Total costs and expenses   134,034     116,717     273,963     230,815  
Operating income 18,741 18,261 36,766 29,607
Other income (expense):
Investment income 38 9 110 17
Interest expense (3,163 ) (2,457 ) (6,087 ) (4,866 )
Gain (loss) on disposition of property, equipment and other assets 428 (604 ) 29 (717 )
Equity earnings from unconsolidated joint ventures, net   32     130     87     109  
  (2,665 )   (2,922 )   (5,861 )   (5,457 )
Earnings before income taxes 16,076 15,339 30,905 24,150
Income taxes   5,951     5,993     11,663     9,524  
Net earnings 10,125 9,346 19,242 14,626
Net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests   1     10     (335 )   (162 )
Net earnings attributable to The Marcus Corporation $ 10,124   $ 9,336   $ 19,577   $ 14,788  
Net earnings per common share attributable to
The Marcus Corporation - diluted $ 0.36 $ 0.34 $ 0.69 $ 0.53
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 28,486 27,814 28,435 27,795
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
(Unaudited) (Audited)
June 29, December 29,



Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash $ 15,886 $ 8,705
Accounts and notes receivable 24,762 14,761
Refundable income taxes 8,221 1,672
Other current assets 13,299 11,005
Property and equipment, net 822,729 789,198
Other assets   83,617   85,925
Total Assets $ 968,514 $ 911,266
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity:
Accounts payable $ 43,371 $ 31,206
Taxes other than income taxes 18,093 17,261
Other current liabilities 55,484 63,568
Current portion of capital lease obligation 6,832 6,598
Current maturities of long-term debt 11,993 12,040
Capital lease obligation 22,630 26,106
Long-term debt 308,368 271,343
Deferred income taxes 47,825 46,433
Deferred compensation and other 46,091 45,064
Equity   407,827   391,647
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 968,514 $ 911,266
Business Segment Information
(In thousands)
Hotels/ Corporate
Theatres Resorts Items Total
13 Weeks Ended June 29, 2017
Revenues $ 93,816 $ 58,787 $ 172 $ 152,775
Operating income (loss) 17,960 5,783 (5,002 ) 18,741
Depreciation and amortization 7,808 4,401 94 12,303
13 Weeks Ended June 30, 2016
Revenues $ 76,439 $ 58,435 $ 104 $ 134,978
Operating income (loss) 15,630 7,011 (4,380 ) 18,261
Depreciation and amortization 6,089 4,183 88 10,360
26 Weeks Ended June 29, 2017
Revenues $ 205,204 $ 105,243 $ 282 $ 310,729
Operating income (loss) 42,651 3,071 (8,956 ) 36,766
Depreciation and amortization 15,601 8,758 192 24,551
26 Weeks Ended June 30, 2016
Revenues $ 156,916 $ 103,267 $ 239 $ 260,422
Operating income (loss) 33,435 4,459 (8,287 ) 29,607
Depreciation and amortization 11,947 8,424 180 20,551

Corporate items include amounts not allocable to the business segments. Corporate revenues consist principally of rent and the corporate operating loss includes general corporate expenses. Corporate information technology costs and accounting shared services costs are allocated to the business segments based upon several factors, including actual usage and segment revenues.

Source: The Marcus Corporation

The Marcus Corporation
Douglas A. Neis
(414) 905-1100

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