International Speedway Corporation Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2017
Reaffirms Full Year 2017 Guidance

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market:ISCA) (OTC Bulletin Board:ISCB) (“ISC”) today reported financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended May 31, 2017.

"Financial results for the second quarter met expectations," stated Lesa France Kennedy, ISC Chief Executive Officer.  "Comparable revenue for the quarter was within one percent of the prior year.  We remain confident our consumer-focused sales strategies are working to slow recent attendance-related revenue trends.  The financial position is strengthened by our broadcast and corporate sales agreements that provide long-term visibility."

"The 2017 season is shaping up well.  Race format changes implemented by NASCAR have resulted in great on-track competition with 10 drivers already securing a spot in NASCAR's Playoffs, through just 17 races.  Up-and-coming drivers, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliot are positioning themselves among NASCAR's elite, currently holding 3 of the top 16 positions in the Monster Energy Cup Series standings."

"Steel installation has begun on the Phoenix Redevelopment signaling a significant milestone for the project."

"Construction continues with ONE DAYTONA, targeting a fourth quarter grand opening.  Anchor tenants Cobb Daytona Luxury Theatres and Bass Pro Shops have experienced results exceeding expectations since opening in first quarter 2017.  The Fairfield Inn & Suites is planning a fall 2017 opening.  Leasing demand remains strong.  We recently announced six new tenants, including several first-to-market brands.  The second hotel, a Marriott Autograph Collection property, recently broke ground with an anticipated opening in late 2018."

Second Quarter Comparison

Total revenues for the second quarter ended May 31, 2017 were approximately $165.3 million, compared to revenues of approximately $167.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016.  Operating income was approximately $18.4 million during the period compared to approximately $23.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016.  Quarter-over-quarter comparability was impacted by:

  • During the three months ended May 31, 2017 , the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway recognized a reduction in depreciation expense as a result of certain assets that have been fully depreciated as compared to the same period in the prior year.  For the three months ended May 31, 2017, our 50.0 percent share of the reduction in depreciation expense was approximately $1.3 million, or $0.02 per diluted share.
  • During the three months ended May 31, 2017, we received a favorable settlement relating to certain facility operations of approximately $1.0 million, or $0.01 per diluted share. There was no comparable activity in the same period of the prior year.
  • During the three months ended May 31, 2017, we recognized approximately $0.1 million, or less than $0.01 per diluted share, in non-recurring pre-opening costs that are included in general and administrative expense related to the Phoenix Redevelopment project. There were no similar costs incurred during the three months ended May 31, 2016;
  • During the three months ended May 31, 2017, we recognized approximately $2.0 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, of accelerated depreciation due to shortening the service lives of certain assets associated with the Phoenix Redevelopment project. There were no similar costs during the three months ended May 31, 2016;
  • During the three months ended May 31, 2017, we recognized approximately $0.3 million, or less than $0.01 per diluted share, of asset retirement losses primarily attributable to demolition and/or asset relocation costs in connection with the Phoenix Redevelopment project. During the three months ended May 31, 2016, we recognized a de minimis loss on similar losses in connection with demolition and/or asset relocation costs in connection with facility capital improvements;
  • During the three months ended May 31, 2017, we capitalized approximately $0.8 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, of interest, predominately relating to approximately $0.6 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, associated with ONE DAYTONA and approximately $0.2 million, or less than $0.01 per diluted share, associated with the Phoenix Redevelopment project. There was no similar interest capitalization in the three months ended May 31, 2016; and
  • In the second quarter of fiscal 2016, we completed an assignment of all rights, title and interest in the mortgage and underlying promissory note of our Staten Island property. As a result, we recorded a gain of approximately $13.6 million, or 0.18 per diluted share, comprised of deferred gain, interest, and other consideration paid. The deferred gain of $1.9 million is included in Other revenue in our consolidated statement of operations, and the interest, of approximately $11.4 million, and additional consideration, of approximately $0.3 million, received is included in Other income in our consolidated statement of operations. There was no comparable transaction in the current year.

Net income for the second quarter was approximately $13.2 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, compared to approximately $21.9 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, in the prior year period.  Excluding legal settlement, non-recurring, pre-opening costs associated with the Phoenix Redevelopment project, accelerated depreciation related to the Phoenix Redevelopment project, losses associated with the retirements of certain other long-lived assets, capitalized interest associated with ONE DAYTONA and the Phoenix Redevelopment project, and gain on sale of Staten Island property, non-GAAP net income, as defined below, was $13.6 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, as compared to $13.4 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 and 2016, respectively (see "GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation").

Year-to-Date Comparison

Total revenues for the six months ended May 31, 2017 were approximately $313.2 million, compared to revenues of approximately $310.2 million for the same period in fiscal 2016.  Operating income was approximately $52.2 million during the period compared to approximately $54.8 million for the same period in fiscal 2016.  Period-over-period comparability was impacted by:

  • In the first quarter of fiscal 2017, we hosted the Ferrari World Finals at Daytona International Speedway ("Daytona"), for which there was no comparable event in fiscal 2016;
  • During the six months ended May 31, 2017, the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway recognized a reduction in depreciation expense as a result of certain assets that have been fully depreciated as compared to the same period in the prior year.  For the six months ended May 31, 2017, our 50.0 percent share of the reduction in depreciation expense was approximately $1.5 million, or $0.02 per diluted share.
  • In the second quarter of fiscal 2017, we received a favorable settlement relating to certain facility operations of approximately $1.0 million, or $0.01 per diluted share. There was no comparable activity in the same period of the prior year.
  • During the six months ended May 31, 2017, we recognized approximately $0.2 million, or less than $0.01 per diluted share, in non-recurring pre-opening costs that are included in general and administrative expense related to the Phoenix Redevelopment project. During the six months ended May 31, 2016, we recognized approximately $0.8 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, in non-recurring pre-opening costs that are included in general and administrative expense related to DAYTONA Rising;
  • During the six months ended May 31, 2017, we recognized approximately $2.7 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, of accelerated depreciation due to shortening the service lives of certain assets associated with the Phoenix Redevelopment project. There were no similar costs during the six months ended May 31, 2016;
  • During the six months ended May 31, 2017, we recognized an approximate $0.3 million, or less than $0.01 per diluted share, of asset retirement losses primarily attributable to demolition and/or asset relocation costs in connection with the Phoenix Redevelopment project. During the six months ended May 31, 2016, we recognized approximately $0.9 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, of similar losses in connection with demolition and/or asset relocation costs in connection with facility capital improvements;
  • During the six months ended May 31, 2017, we capitalized approximately $1.4 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, of interest, predominately relating to approximately $1.1 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, associated with ONE DAYTONA and approximately $0.3 million, or less than $0.01 per diluted share, associated with the Phoenix Redevelopment project. During the six months ended May 31, 2016, we capitalized approximately $0.6 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, of interest related to DAYTONA Rising; and
  • In the second quarter of fiscal 2016, we completed an assignment of all rights, title and interest in the mortgage and underlying promissory note of our Staten Island property. As a result, we recorded a gain of approximately $13.6 million, or 0.18 per diluted share, comprised of deferred gain, interest, and other consideration paid. The deferred gain of $1.9 million is included in Other operating revenue in our consolidated statement of operations, and the interest, of approximately $11.4 million, and additional consideration, of approximately $0.3 million, received is included in Other in our consolidated statement of operations. There was no comparable transaction in the current year.

Net income for the six months ended May 31, 2017, was approximately $34.5 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, compared to approximately $41.7 million, or $0.90 per diluted share, in the prior year period.  Excluding legal settlement, non-recurring, pre-opening costs associated with the Phoenix Redevelopment project and DAYTONA Rising, accelerated depreciation related to the Phoenix Redevelopment project, losses associated with the retirements of certain other long-lived assets, capitalized interest associated with ONE DAYTONA, the Phoenix Redevelopment project and DAYTONA Rising, and gain on sale of Staten Island property, non-GAAP net income, as defined below, was $35.0 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, as compared to $33.9 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, for the six months ended May 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively (see "GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation").

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation

The following financial information is presented below using other than U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“non-GAAP”) and includes certain non-GAAP financial measures as identified in the reconciliation below. The non-GAAP financial measures disclosed herein do not have standard meaning and may vary from the non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies or how we may calculate those measures in other instances from time to time. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Also, our “core” financial measures should not be construed as an inference by us that our future results will be unaffected by those items, which are excluded from our “core” financial measures.

We believe such non-GAAP information is useful and meaningful, and is used by investors to assess the performance of our core operations, which primarily consists of the ongoing promotions of racing events at our major motorsports entertainment facilities. Such non-GAAP information separately identifies, displays, and adjusts for items that are not considered to be reflective of our continuing core operations at our motorsports entertainment facilities. We believe that such non-GAAP information improves the comparability of the operating results and provides a better understanding of the performance of our core operations for the periods presented.

We use this non-GAAP information to analyze the current performance and trends and make decisions regarding future ongoing operations. This non-GAAP financial information may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other entities and should not be considered as an alternative to operating income, net income or diluted earnings per share, which are determined in accordance with GAAP. The presentation of this non-GAAP financial information is not intended to be considered independent of or as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Management uses both GAAP and non-GAAP information in evaluating and operating the business and as such deemed it important to provide such information to investors.

The following financial information is reconciled to comparable information presented using GAAP. Non-GAAP net income and diluted earnings per share below are derived by adjusting amounts determined in accordance with GAAP for certain items presented in the accompanying selected operating statement data.

The adjustments for fiscal 2016 relate to non-recurring, pre-opening costs incurred associated with DAYTONA Rising, losses associated with the retirements of certain other long-lived assets related to capacity management initiatives (primarily the removal of grandstands at Richmond International Raceway ("Richmond")) and items in connection with DAYTONA Rising, capitalized interest related to DAYTONA Rising, the net gain on sale of certain assets (predominately associated with the sale of trailers in association with the transition of merchandise operations), and gain on sale of Staten Island property.

The adjustments for fiscal 2017 relate to non-recurring costs incurred associated with the Phoenix Redevelopment project, legal settlement, losses associated with the retirements of certain other long-lived assets in connection with the Phoenix Redevelopment project, accelerated depreciation (related to the Phoenix Redevelopment project), and capitalized interest related to the ONE DAYTONA and Phoenix Redevelopment projects.

Amounts are in thousands, except per share data, which is shown net of income taxes, (unaudited):

  Three Months Ended May 31, 2016
  Income Before Taxes Income Tax Effect Net Income Earnings Per Share
GAAP $ 36,156   $ 14,258   $ 21,898   $ 0.47  
Adjustments:        
Losses on retirements of long-lived assets 10   4   6   0.00  
Gain on sale of Staten Island (13,631 ) (5,262 ) (8,369 ) (0.18 )
Net gain on sale of certain assets (213 ) (82 ) (131 ) 0.00  
Non-GAAP $ 22,322   $ 8,918   $ 13,404   $ 0.29  
         
  Three Months Ended May 31, 2017
  Income Before Taxes Income Tax Effect Net Income Earnings Per Share
GAAP $ 21,410   $ 8,183   $ 13,227   $ 0.29  
Adjustments:        
Phoenix Redevelopment project 89   34   55   0.00  
Accelerated depreciation 2,040   780   1,260   0.03  
Losses on retirements of long-lived assets 283   108   175   0.00  
Legal settlement (980 ) (375 ) (605 ) (0.01 )
Capitalized interest (812 ) (310 ) (502 ) (0.01 )
Non-GAAP $ 22,030   $ 8,420   $ 13,610   $ 0.30  
         
  Six Months Ended May 31, 2016
  Income Before Taxes Income Tax Effect Net Income Earnings Per Share
GAAP $ 68,297   $ 26,568   $ 41,729   $ 0.90  
Adjustments:        
DAYTONA Rising project 787   304   483   0.01  
Losses on retirements of long-lived assets 930   360   570   0.01  
Capitalized interest (627 ) (242 ) (385 ) (0.01 )
Gain on sale of Staten Island (13,631 ) (5,262 ) (8,369 ) (0.18 )
Net gain on sale of certain assets (277 ) (107 ) (170 ) 0.00  
Non-GAAP $ 55,479   $ 21,621   $ 33,858   $ 0.73  
         
  Six Months Ended May 31, 2017
  Income Before Taxes Income Tax Effect Net Income Earnings Per Share
GAAP $ 55,732   $ 21,232   $ 34,500   $ 0.77  
Adjustments:        
Phoenix Redevelopment project 247   94   153   0.00  
Accelerated depreciation 2,686   1,027   1,659   0.04  
Losses on retirements of long-lived assets 283   108   175   0.00  
Legal settlement (980 ) (375 ) (605 ) (0.01 )
Capitalized interest (1,441 ) (550 ) (891 ) (0.02 )
Non-GAAP $ 56,527   $ 21,536   $ 34,991   $ 0.78  


In an effort to enhance the comparability and understandability of certain forward looking financial guidance, such as ONE DAYTONA and the Phoenix Redevelopment project (see "External Growth, Financing-Related and Other Initiatives"), we adjust for certain non-recurring items that will be included in our future GAAP reporting to provide information that we believe best represents our expectations for our core business performance. Non-GAAP financial measures, such as EBITDA, which we interpret to be calculated as GAAP operating income, plus depreciation, amortization, impairment/losses on retirements of long-lived assets, other non-GAAP adjustments, and cash distributions from equity investments, are used in our analysis. We have not reconciled the non-GAAP forward-looking measure to its most directly comparable GAAP measure. Such reconciliations would require unreasonable efforts to estimate and quantify various necessary GAAP components largely because forecasting or predicting our future operating results is subject to many factors not in our control or not readily predictable, as detailed in the Risk Factors section of the Company's previously publicly filed documents, Forms 10-K and 10-Q, with the SEC, 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.

Corporate Sales

The power of the NASCAR brand along with its brand/product loyal fan base is a highly attractive platform for corporate participation.  The participation of FORTUNE 500 companies in NASCAR is higher than in any other sports property with more than one in four FORTUNE 500 companies invested in NASCAR, and nearly half of the FORTUNE 100 listed companies leveraging NASCAR within their marketing strategy.  The number of FORTUNE 500 companies investing in NASCAR has grown for five consecutive years, currently up approximately 7.0 percent from 2016.  We anticipate this high-level of corporate interest will continue considering the appealing characteristics of our sport such as presence in key metropolitan statistical areas, the near year-round event schedule, our impressive portfolio of major motorsports events and attractive NASCAR fan demographics.

For fiscal 2017, we have agreements in place for approximately 94.0 percent of our gross marketing partnership revenue target, as compared to approximately 96.0 percent for the same period in fiscal 2016.  For 2017, we have remaining open race entitlements for one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series event and one NASCAR Xfinity series events.  This is compared to last year at this time when we had entitlements for one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and two NASCAR Xfinity entitlements either open or not announced.

External Growth, Financing-Related and Other Initiatives

Capital Allocation

We have established a long-term capital allocation plan to ensure we generate sufficient cash flow from operations to fund our working capital needs, capital expenditures at existing facilities, return of capital through payments of an annual cash dividend, and repurchase of our shares under our Stock Purchase Plan.  In addition, we have used the proceeds from offerings of our Class A Common Stock, the net proceeds from the issuance of long-term debt, borrowings under our credit facilities, and state and local mechanisms to fund acquisitions and development projects.

We operate under a five-year capital allocation plan adopted by the Board of Directors, covering fiscal years 2017 through 2021.  Components of this plan include:

  • Capital expenditures for existing facilities up to $500.0 million from fiscal 2017 through fiscal 2021.  This allocation will fund a reinvestment at Phoenix, as well as all other maintenance and guest experience capital expenditures for the remaining existing facilities.  In 2017 we began the redevelopment of Phoenix (see “Phoenix Redevelopment”) with completion targeted in late 2018, therefore, we expect spending to be somewhat front-loaded.  While many components of these expected projects will exceed weighted average cost of capital, considerable maintenance capital expenditures, approximately $40.0 million to $60.0 million annually, will likely result in a blended return on this invested capital in the low-to-mid single digits;

  • In addition to the aforementioned $500.0 million in capital expenditures for existing facilities, we expect we will have an additional $95.0 million of capital expenditures related to phase one of ONE DAYTONA.  Construction for ONE DAYTONA commenced in fiscal 2016.  Approximately $22.0 million of capital expenditures was spent as of November 30, 2016.  The remaining approximate $73.0 million of capital expenditures for ONE DAYTONA will be spent in fiscal years 2017 and 2018.  We expect the returns of this investment to exceed our weighted average cost of capital.

In April 2017, our Board of Directors approved an additional approximate $12.0 million of capital expenditures to further develop the Volusia Point retail property previously purchased in 2011.  Volusia Point is adjacent to ONE DAYTONA and will be re-branded the Shoppes at ONE DAYTONA (see "ONE DAYTONA").

As a result of this additional capital expenditure approval, the total investment in ONE DAYTONA, exclusive of capitalized interest and net of public incentives, will be approximately $107.0 million; and,

  • Return of capital to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases is a significant pillar of our capital allocation.  In fiscal 2016 we increased our dividend approximately 58.0 percent to $0.41 per share, and in fiscal 2017, we increased our dividend approximately 4.9 percent to $0.43 per share.  We expect dividends to increase in 2018 and beyond, by approximately four to five percent annually.  For the  six months ended May 31, 2017, we repurchased 438,328 shares of ISCA on the open market at a weighted average share price of $36.48 for a total of approximately $16.0 million.  At May 31, 2017, we had approximately $190.6 million remaining repurchase authority under the current $530.0 million Stock Purchase Plan.

For fiscal 2017 through 2021 we expect our return of capital program to be approximately $280.0 million, comprised of close to $100.0 million in total annual dividends and the balance being open market repurchase of ISCA shares over the five year period.  At this time we expect this spending to be evenly allocated per year, although we will scale the repurchase program to buy opportunistically.

We will continue to explore development and/or acquisition opportunities beyond the initiatives discussed above that build shareholder value and exceed our weighted average cost of capital.  Should additional development and/or acquisitions be pursued, we will provide discrete information on timing, scope, cost and expected returns of such opportunities.

The aforementioned represents certain components of our capital allocation plan for fiscal 2017 and beyond.  This capital allocation plan is reviewed annually, or more frequently, if necessary, based on changes in business conditions.

Capital Expenditures

An important strategy for our future growth will come from investing in our major motorsports facilities to enhance the live event experience and better enable us to effectively compete with other entertainment venues for consumer and corporate spending. To better meet our customers' expectations, we are committed to improving the guest experience at our facilities through on-going capital improvements that position us for long-term growth.

Capital expenditures for projects, including those related to Phoenix Redevelopment and ONE DAYTONA, were approximately $40.6 million for the six months ended May 31, 2017.  In comparison, the Company spent approximately $81.8 million on capital expenditures for projects for the same period in fiscal 2016.  For fiscal 2017, we expect capital expenditures associated with the aforementioned capital allocation plan to range between approximately $150.0 million and $175.0 million, which includes approximately $100.0 million to $115.0 million for existing facilities, including the Phoenix Redevelopment project, and an additional $50.0 million to $60.0 million in capital expenditures related to construction for ONE DAYTONA.

We review the capital expenditure program periodically and modify it as required to meet current business needs.

ONE DAYTONA

Since June 2013, we have pursued development of ONE DAYTONA, a premier mixed use and entertainment destination across from the Daytona International Speedway. We have crafted a strategy that will create synergy with the Speedway, enhance customer and partner experiences, monetize real estate on International Speedway Blvd and leverage our real estate on a year-round basis.

We have approved land use entitlements for ONE DAYTONA to allow for up to 1.4 million square feet of retail/dining/entertainment, a 2,500-seat movie theater, 660 hotel rooms, 1,350 residential units, 567,000 square feet of additional office space and 500,000 square feet of commercial/industrial space.

In March 2015, we announced Legacy Development, a leading national development group, as development consultant for ONE DAYTONA.  Intensely focused on innovative destination retail and mixed-use projects, Legacy Development is working closely with ISC’s development staff on the project. The Legacy Development team is a natural fit for the project, having served as the developer for Legends Outlets Kansas City, a mixed-use retail destination across from our Kansas Speedway.

In April 2017, our Board approved an additional approximate $12.0 million of capital expenditures to further develop the Volusia Point retail property previously purchased in 2011.  Volusia Point is adjacent to ONE DAYTONA and will be re-branded the Shoppes at ONE DAYTONA ("the Shoppes"). We expect the improvements to the Shoppes will generate an incremental EBITDA of approximately $1.0 million to the ONE DAYTONA pro-forma through increased square footage and securing tenants for currently vacant spaces (see "GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation" for discussion on Non-GAAP financial forward looking measures).

A Community Development District ("CDD") has been established for the purpose of installing and maintaining public infrastructure at ONE DAYTONA. The CDD is a local, special purpose government framework authorized by Chapter 190 of the Florida Statutes for managing and financing infrastructure to support community development. The CDD has negotiated agreements with the City of Daytona Beach and Volusia County for a total of $40.0 million in incentives to finance a portion of the estimated $53.0 million in infrastructure required to move forward with the ONE DAYTONA project.

The design for the first phase of ONE DAYTONA has been completed and will be comprised of three components: retail, dining and entertainment (“RD&E”); hotels; and residential.

The RD&E component of phase one will be owned 100.0 percent by us. The expected total square footage for the RD&E first phase is approximately 300,000 square feet.  We expect to spend approximately $95.0 million in fiscal 2016 through 2018 on the RD&E component of ONE DAYTONA’s first phase.  Other sources of funds will include the public incentives discussed above and land to be contributed to the project.  In September 2016, we announced VCC had been selected as general contractor to oversee construction of the RD&E component of phase one including Victory Circle and the parking garage.  VCC has an outstanding national reputation for quality and a proven track record leading and managing the development and construction of some of the country’s most engaging mixed-use developments.

Bass Pro Shops®, America’s most popular outdoor store, and Cobb Theatres, the highly respected Southeastern-based exhibitor, are anchor tenants of ONE DAYTONA.  Lease agreements have also been executed with other tenants including P.F. Chang’s, Hy’s Toggery, Kilwins Confections, Guitar Center, Tervis, IT’SUGAR, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, Venetian Nail Spa, Sunglass World, Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, MidiCi: The Neapolitan Pizza Company, Lindbergh, Designers Market, GameTime, Claire de Lune, Kasa Living, BUILT Custom Burgers, Sprint, Ben & Jerry’s and Pink Narcissus. Leasing remains strong and we are exceeding our leasing goals for the project.

Shaner Hotels and Prime Hospitality Group ("PHG") have been selected as hotel partners. They have executed a franchise agreement with Marriott International for an exclusive 145-room full service Autograph Collection hotel at ONE DAYTONA that will be known as The DAYTONA, as well as a 105-room select-service Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. Both are currently under construction. As part of the partnership agreement, our portion of equity will be limited to our land contribution and we will share proportionately in the profits from the joint venture.

Prime Group has been selected as the partner for ONE DAYTONA’s residential development.  Following an extensive request for proposal process, ONE DAYTONA chose the Florida developer based on their command of market demographics, development experience and expert property management systems. Prime Group is proceeding with the development in ONE DAYTONA for approximately 276 luxury apartment rental units that will add critical mass to the overall ONE DAYTONA campus. Similar to the hotel partnership, our portion of equity will be limited to our land contribution and we will share proportionately in the profits from the joint venture.

Cobb Daytona Luxury Theatres opened in December 2016, Bass Pro Shops opened in February 2017, and the Fairfield Inn & Suites is planning an opening later in fiscal 2017. We are targeting substantial completion of phase one in late fiscal 2017.  At stabilization we expect this first phase of ONE DAYTONA, and the Shoppes , to deliver a combined incremental annual revenue and EBITDA of approximately $13.0 million and approximately $10.0 million, respectively, and deliver an unlevered return above our weighted average cost of capital (see "GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation" for discussion on Non-GAAP financial forward looking measures). We expect to add leverage to ONE DAYTONA’s phase one post-stabilization.

Total capital expenditures for ONE DAYTONA and the Shoppes, excluding capitalized interest and net of public incentives, are expected to be approximately $107.0 million. From inception, through May 31, 2017, capital expenditures totaled approximately $48.4 million, exclusive of capitalized interest and labor.  At this time, there is no project specific financing in place for ONE DAYTONA.  Ultimately, we expect to secure financing for the project upon stabilization.  However, accounting rules dictate that we capitalize a portion of the interest on existing outstanding debt during the construction period. From inception through May 31, 2017, we recorded approximately $2.7 million of capitalized interest related to ONE DAYTONA, and expect approximately $4.0 million to $4.5 million to be recorded by completion of construction.

Any future phases will be subject to prudent business considerations for which we will provide discrete cost and return disclosures.

Phoenix Redevelopment

On November 30, 2016, we announced our Board of Directors had approved a multi-year redevelopment project to elevate the fan experience at Phoenix, the company’s 52-year-old motorsports venue. The redevelopment is expected to focus on new and upgraded seating areas, vertical transportation options, new concourses, enhanced hospitality offerings and an intimate infield experience with greater accessibility to pre-race activities.

The redevelopment of Phoenix is included in our aforementioned $500.0 million capital allocation plan covering fiscal years 2017 through 2021. The redevelopment project at Phoenix is expected to cost approximately $178.0 million, including maintenance capital, before capitalized interest.  Okland Construction ("Okland") has been selected as general contractor of the project.  Effective November 30, 2016, Phoenix entered into a Design-Build Agreement with Okland. The Design-Build Agreement obligates Phoenix to pay Okland approximately $136.0 million for the completion of the work described in the Design-Build Agreement. This amount is a guaranteed maximum price to be paid for the work, which may not change absent a requested change in the scope of work by Phoenix.

Based on the Company's current plans for Phoenix, it has identified existing assets that are expected to be impacted by the redevelopment and will require accelerated depreciation, or losses on asset retirements, totaling approximately $4.7 million in non-cash charges over the approximate 22-month project time span. 

Despite the Company not anticipating the need for additional long-term debt to fund this project, accounting rules dictate that the Company capitalize a portion of the interest on existing outstanding debt during the construction period.  The Company estimates it will record approximately $7.5 million to $8.0 million of capitalized interest from fiscal 2017 through fiscal 2018.

For fiscal 2017, we expect capital expenditures related to the redevelopment of Phoenix to total approximately $75.0 million to $80.0 million and capitalized interest of approximately $2.2 million.  From inception, through May 31, 2017, we have incurred capital expenditures related to the redevelopment of Phoenix, exclusive of capitalized interest and labor, of approximately $20.2 million, and approximately $0.3 million of capitalized interest.

Upon completion, the redevelopment is expected to provide a full fiscal year incremental lift in Phoenix's EBITDA of approximately $8.5 million to $9.0 million (see "GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation" for discussion on Non-GAAP financial forward looking measures). We anticipate recognizing revenue and expense associated with the project, as a result of assets placed in service and/or benefits provided to partners, beginning late fiscal 2017. We expect to recognize the full fiscal year incremental financial lift in fiscal 2019 and sustained thereafter.

Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway

Kansas Entertainment, LLC, (“Kansas Entertainment”) a 50/50 joint venture of Penn Hollywood Kansas, Inc. (“Penn”), a subsidiary of Penn National Gaming, Inc. and Kansas Speedway Development Corporation (“KSDC”), a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of ISC, operates the Hollywood-themed casino and branded destination entertainment facility, overlooking turn two at Kansas Speedway. Penn is the managing member of Kansas Entertainment and is responsible for the operations of the casino.

We have accounted for Kansas Entertainment as an equity investment in the consolidated financial statements as of May 31, 2016 and 2017. The Company's 50.0 percent portion of Kansas Entertainment’s net income, which is before income taxes as the joint venture is a disregarded entity for income tax purposes, was approximately $8.1 million and $9.4 million for the six months ended May 31, 2016 and 2017, respectively, and is included in Equity in net income from equity investments in the consolidated statements of operations.

Pre-tax distributions from Kansas Entertainment for the six months ended May 31, 2017, totaling approximately $9.9 million, received as a distribution from its profits, included in net cash provided by operating activities on the Company's consolidated statement of cash flows. Pre-tax distributions from Kansas Entertainment for the six months ended May 31, 2016, totaling $10.4 million, consisted of approximately $8.7 million received as a distribution from its profits, included in net cash provided by operating activities on the Company's consolidated statement of cash flows, with the remaining approximate $1.6 million received, recognized as a return of capital from investing activities on the Company's consolidated statement of cash flows.

For fiscal 2017, cash distributions from the casino joint venture are estimated to be approximately $25.0 million to $26.0 million.

Fiscal 2017 Financial Outlook

ISC’s reported quarterly and year to date earnings are presented under GAAP.  In an effort to enhance the comparability and understandability of our forward looking financial guidance, we adjust for certain non-recurring items that will be included in our future GAAP reporting to provide information that we believe best represents our expectations for our core business performance.

For fiscal 2017, our non-GAAP guidance excludes:

  • any non-recurring pre-opening income statement impact attributable to the Phoenix Redevelopment project, including accelerated depreciation and non-capitalized costs and losses associated with retirements of certain other long-lived assets, partially offset by capitalized interest expense;
  • any non-recurring pre-opening and non-capitalized costs or charges related to our ONE DAYTONA development, partially offset by capitalized interest expense ;
  • start up and/or financing costs should our Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway joint venture pursue construction of an adjacent hotel;
  • any costs or income related to legal settlements;
  • gain or loss on sale of other assets;
  • accelerated depreciation and future loss on retirements, mostly non-cash, or relocation of certain long-lived assets, which could be recorded as part of capital improvements other than the Phoenix Redevelopment project resulting from removal of assets prior to the end of their actual useful life.

ISC is reiterating its 2017 full year non-GAAP guidance.  The earnings outlook is our best estimate of financial results for fiscal 2017.

  • Revenue: $660.0 million to $670.0 million
  • EBITDA margin: 31.5% to 32.5%
  • Operating margin: 15.5% to 17.0%
  • Effective tax rate:  38.0% to 38.5%
  • Diluted earnings per share: $1.50 to $1.65

The Company's guidance for EBITDA is to range between $208.0 million to $218.0 million (see "GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation" for the Company's definition of EBITDA and discussion on Non-GAAP financial forward looking measures).  Incremental to ISC's EBITDA estimate are pre-tax cash distributions from its equity investment in the Hollywood Casino, estimated to be approximately $25.0 million to $26.0 million.  Total capital expenditures for 2017 are estimated between approximately $150.0 million to $175.0 million, which include capital expenditures for existing facilities, including the Phoenix Redevelopment project and ONE DAYTONA.

In closing, Ms. France Kennedy stated, "We maintain a solid financial position, developed over many years, that affords us the ability to follow our disciplined capital allocation strategy and maintain our leadership position in the motorsports industry.  We have extended our capital allocation plan through fiscal 2021, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to building long-term value.  For the future, we are well positioned to balance the strategic capital needs of our business with returning capital to our shareholders."

Conference Call Details

The management of ISC will host a conference call with investors at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time.  To participate, dial toll free (888) 694-4641 five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time and request to be connected to the ISC earnings call, ID number 99887300.

A live Webcast will also be available at that time on the Company's Web site, www.internationalspeedwaycorporation.com, under the “Investor Relations” section.  A replay will be available two hours after the end of the call through midnight Monday, July 17, 2017.  To access, dial (855) 859-2056 and enter the code 99887300, or visit the “Investor Relations” section of the Company's Web site.

International Speedway Corporation is a leading promoter of motorsports activities, currently promoting more than 100 racing events annually as well as numerous other motorsports-related activities.  The Company owns and/or operates 13 of the nation's major motorsports entertainment facilities, including Daytona International Speedway® in Florida (home of the DAYTONA 500®); Talladega Superspeedway® in Alabama; Michigan International Speedway® located outside Detroit; Richmond International Raceway® in Virginia; Auto Club Speedway of Southern CaliforniaSM near Los Angeles; Kansas Speedway® in Kansas City, Kansas; Phoenix International Raceway® in Arizona; Chicagoland Speedway® and Route 66 RacewaySM near Chicago, Illinois;  Homestead-Miami SpeedwaySM in Florida; Martinsville Speedway® in Virginia; Darlington Raceway® in South Carolina; and Watkins Glen International® in New York.

The Company also owns and operates Motor Racing NetworkSM, the nation's largest independent sports radio network and Americrown Service CorporationSM, a subsidiary that provides catering services, and food and beverage concessions.  In addition, the Company owns ONE DAYTONA, the retail, dining and entertainment development across from Daytona International Speedway, and has a 50.0 percent interest in the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway.  For more information, visit the Company's Web site at www.internationalspeedwaycorporation.com.

Statements made in this release that express the Company's or management's beliefs or expectations and which are not historical facts or which are applied prospectively are forward-looking statements. It is important to note that the Company's actual results could differ materially from those contained in or implied by such forward-looking statements. The Company's results could be impacted by risk factors, including, but not limited to, weather surrounding racing events, government regulations, economic conditions, consumer and corporate spending, military actions, air travel and national or local catastrophic events. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the Company's SEC filings including, but not limited to, the 10-K and subsequent 10-Qs. Copies of those filings are available from the Company and the SEC. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be needed to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. The inclusion of any statement in this release does not constitute an admission by International Speedway or any other person that the events or circumstances described in such statement are material.

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Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Amounts)
         
    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
    May 31, 2016   May 31, 2017   May 31, 2016   May 31, 2017
    (Unaudited)
REVENUES:                
Admissions, net   $ 30,473     $ 28,662     $ 62,328     $ 59,997  
Motorsports and other event related   121,002     122,322     219,725     225,834  
Food, beverage and merchandise   10,289     9,517     18,605     18,659  
Other   5,797     4,774     9,533     8,739  
    167,561     165,275     310,191     313,229  
EXPENSES:                
Direct:                
   NASCAR event management fees   46,484     48,270     74,564     77,246  
   Motorsports and other event related   36,067     34,728     60,947     60,783  
   Food, beverage and merchandise   7,559     7,244     13,805     13,269  
Other operating expenses   105     656     253     858  
General and administrative   27,671     27,309     53,815     53,656  
Depreciation and amortization   25,986     28,269     51,032     54,770  
Losses on asset retirements   10     374     930     404  
    143,882     146,850     255,346     260,986  
Operating income   23,679     18,425     54,845     52,243  
Interest income   56     251     86     368  
Interest expense   (3,684 )   (3,067 )   (6,773 )   (6,319 )
Equity in net income from equity investments   4,169     5,799     8,139     9,426  
Other   11,936     2     12,000     14  
Income before income taxes   36,156     21,410     68,297     55,732  
Income taxes   14,258     8,183     26,568     21,232  
Net income   $ 21,898     $ 13,227     $ 41,729     $ 34,500  
                 
Dividends per share   $ 0.41     $ 0.43     $ 0.41     $ 0.43  
Earnings per share:                
Basic and diluted   $ 0.47     $ 0.29     $ 0.90     $ 0.77  
                 
Basic weighted average shares outstanding   46,231,560     44,857,837     46,424,992     44,960,205  
                 
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding   46,246,727     44,871,255     46,439,802     44,974,365  
                 
Comprehensive income   $ 22,065     $ 13,394     $ 42,061     $ 34,834  


Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Amounts)
 
    November 30, 2016   May 31, 2016   May 31, 2017
        (Unaudited)
ASSETS            
Current Assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 263,727     $ 303,978     $ 312,075  
Receivables, less allowance   35,445     41,150     55,870  
Income taxes receivable   189          
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   13,759     18,769     19,251  
Total Current Assets   313,120     363,897     387,196  
             
Property and Equipment, net   1,455,506     1,455,945     1,448,829  
Other Assets:            
Equity investments   92,392     101,038     91,968  
Intangible assets, net   178,629     178,627     178,634  
Goodwill   118,791     118,791     118,791  
Other   14,222     4,422     15,970  
    404,034     402,878     405,363  
Total Assets   $ 2,172,660     $ 2,222,720     $ 2,241,388  
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY            
Current Liabilities:            
Current portion of long-term debt   $ 3,404     $ 3,102     $ 3,489  
Accounts payable   29,770     30,810     32,271  
Deferred income   39,416     93,650     91,453  
Income taxes payable       2,654     3,541  
Other current liabilities   22,728     37,082     36,113  
Total Current Liabilities   95,318     167,298     166,867  
             
Long-Term Debt   259,416     262,514     259,082  
Deferred Income Taxes   409,585     392,833     406,572  
Long-Term Deferred Income   5,988     6,372     5,413  
Other Long-Term Liabilities   1,993     2,246     2,377  
Commitments and Contingencies            
Shareholders’ Equity:            
Class A Common Stock, $.01 par value, 80,000,000 shares authorized   249     256     246  
Class B Common Stock, $.01 par value, 40,000,000 shares authorized   197     199     197  
Additional paid-in capital   437,292     442,754     434,158  
Retained earnings   965,281     951,239     968,801  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (2,659 )   (2,991 )   (2,325 )
Total Shareholders’ Equity   1,400,360     1,391,457     1,401,077  
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity   $ 2,172,660     $ 2,222,720     $ 2,241,388  



Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In Thousands)
     
    Six Months Ended
    May 31, 2016   May 31, 2017
    (Unaudited)
OPERATING ACTIVITIES        
Net income   $ 41,729     $ 34,500  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:        
  Gain on sale of Staten Island property   (13,631 )    
  Depreciation and amortization   51,032     54,770  
  Stock-based compensation   1,532     1,707  
  Amortization of financing costs   887     841  
  Interest and other consideration received on Staten Island note receivable   1,162      
  Deferred income taxes   56,392     (3,220 )
  Income from equity investments   (8,139 )   (9,426 )
  Distribution from equity investee   8,714     9,850  
  Loss on retirements of long-lived assets, non-cash   896     404  
  Other, net   (227 )   99  
  Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
    Receivables, net   962     (20,425 )
    Prepaid expenses and other assets   (10,846 )   (7,414 )
    Accounts payable and other liabilities   (5,218 )   (10,905 )
    Deferred income   54,810     51,462  
    Income taxes   3,190     4,119  
Net cash provided by operating activities   183,245     106,362  
INVESTING ACTIVITIES        
Capital expenditures   (81,778 )   (40,568 )
Distribution from equity investee   1,636      
Proceeds from sale of Staten Island property   66,728      
Proceeds from sale of assets   472     14  
Other, net   (2 )   (8 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (12,944 )   (40,562 )
FINANCING ACTIVITIES        
Payment of long-term debt   (418 )   (444 )
Deferred financing fees       (43 )
Exercise of Class A common stock options       358  
Reacquisition of previously issued common stock   (26,453 )   (17,323 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (26,871 )   (17,452 )
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents   143,430     48,348  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   160,548     263,727  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 303,978     $ 312,075  
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