NEW YORK, May 11, May 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Spin-off of Entertainment Businesses Completed in April
Fiscal 2020 Third Quarter Marks Last Quarter of Combined Sports and Entertainment Results
Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. /zigman2/quotes/203292767/composite MSGS +2.30% today reported financial results for the fiscal third quarter ended March 31, 2020. On April 17, 2020, The Madison Square Garden Company completed the spin-off of its entertainment businesses into a new company called Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. and changed its name to Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. ("the Company"). As a result of the timing of the spin-off, the Company's fiscal 2020 third quarter consolidated results include the financial results of both the sports and entertainment businesses. Since this does not reflect the results of Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. on a standalone basis, the Company has elected not to host a conference call to discuss this quarter's financial results, but does anticipate hosting a fiscal 2020 year-end earnings conference call.
Results for the fiscal 2020 third quarter include the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic which, in March 2020, led to the suspension of the 2019-20 NBA and NHL seasons and the temporary closure of the Company's venues. In addition, the impact of the pandemic on Tao Group Hospitality resulted in significant non-cash impairment charges, which are included in the Company's fiscal 2020 third quarter operating loss. On a reported basis, the Company generated fiscal 2020 third quarter revenues of $424.0 million, a decrease of 18%, an operating loss of $135.2 million, a decrease of $173.7 million, and adjusted operating income of $11.6 million, a decrease of $72.5 million, all as compared to the prior year quarter.
Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. President and CEO Andrew Lustgarten said: "We successfully completed the spin-off of the entertainment businesses, which also marked the start of our next chapter as a standalone sports company. Despite the unprecedented challenges facing our industry, we are confident in the strength of our assets, and believe that we are well-positioned to continue building on our track record of creating long-term value for our shareholders."
Results from Operations
Segment results for the quarters ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 are as follows:
Revenues Operating Adjusted Operating Income (Loss) Income (Loss) $ millions F'Q3 F'Q3 % F'Q3 F'Q3 % F'Q3 F'Q3 % 2020 2019 Change 2020 2019 Change 2020 2019 Change MSG Sports $ 288.4 $ 351.6 (18)% $ 49.4 $ 96.5 (49)% $ 55.4 $ 103.1 (46)% MSG Entertainment 136.4 166.5 (18)% (107.6 ) (1.7 ) NM (9.6 ) 7.2 NM Corporate and Other (0.8 ) (0.9 ) NM (59.8 ) (51.4 ) (16)% (34.1 ) (26.2 ) (30)% Purchase accounting adjustments -- -- NM (17.2 ) (4.9 ) NM -- -- NM Total Company $ 424.0 $ 517.2 (18)% $ (135.2 ) $ 38.5 NM $ 11.6 $ 84.1 (86)%
Note: Does not foot due to rounding
MSG Sports Segment
For the fiscal 2020 third quarter, MSG Sports segment revenues of $288.4 million decreased 18% as compared to the prior year period. The overall decrease in revenue was primarily due to the suspension of the 2019-20 NBA and NHL seasons on March 12, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The suspension resulted in decreases across virtually every revenue stream including ticket-related revenues, local media rights fees from MSG Networks, suite license fees and sponsorship and signage revenues. In addition, the temporary closure of the Company's performance venues starting on March 12, 2020 resulted in a decrease in revenues from other live sporting events, primarily related to the cancellation of college basketball events that were scheduled to occur at The Garden.
Fiscal 2020 third quarter operating income decreased by $47.1 million to $49.4 million and adjusted operating income decreased by $47.8 million to $55.4 million, both as compared to the prior year period. This primarily reflects the decrease in revenues and, to a lesser extent, higher selling, general and administrative expenses, partially offset by lower direct operating expenses.
The increase in selling, general and administrative expenses was primarily due to higher employee compensation and related benefits including severance-related costs attributable to a separation agreement with a team executive, and, to a lesser extent, higher professional fees. The decrease in direct operating expenses was primarily due to a decrease in net provisions for certain team personnel transactions, lower team personnel compensation and a reduction in other team operating expenses. A portion of the overall decrease was offset as the Company continued to pay certain event-level employees during the time its venues were closed in the quarter. The decrease in team personnel compensation and other team operating expenses was due to the impact of the suspension of the NBA and NHL seasons, partially offset by other expense increases.
MSG Entertainment Segment
For the fiscal 2020 third quarter, MSG Entertainment segment revenues of $136.4 million decreased 18%, as compared to the prior year period. This primarily reflects lower event-related revenues at the Company's performance venues and, to a lesser extent, lower revenues for Tao Group Hospitality and lower suite license fees. The decrease in event-related revenues and suite license fee revenues reflects the impact of the temporary closure of the Company's performance venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decrease in event-related revenues also includes the impact of fewer events at the Company's venues for the period of January 1, 2020 to March 11, 2020 as compared to the same period in the prior year. The decrease in Tao Group Hospitality revenues was primarily due to lower revenues at its New York venues, including the impact of the permanent closure of one venue.
Fiscal 2020 third quarter operating loss increased by $105.9 million to $107.6 million and adjusted operating income decreased by $16.8 million to a loss of $9.6 million, both as compared to the prior year period. The decrease in operating income includes $90.2 million in non-cash impairment charges related to Tao Group Hospitality, while the decrease in adjusted operating income reflects the decrease in revenues, partially offset by lower direct operating expenses and, to a lesser extent, lower selling, general and administrative expenses.
The decrease in direct operating expenses reflects lower event-related expenses at the Company's performance venues mainly due to the temporary COVID-19 related closure, as well as lower Tao Group Hospitality expenses and other cost decreases. A portion of the overall decrease was offset as the Company continued to pay certain event-level employees during the time its venues were closed in the quarter. The decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses was primarily due to lower professional fees, the absence of pre-opening venue expenses at Tao Group Hospitality that were recorded in the prior year quarter, and lower other costs, partially offset by higher employee compensation and related benefits.
Corporate and Other
For the fiscal 2020 third quarter, Corporate and Other's operating loss of $59.8 million and adjusted operating loss of $34.1 million increased by $8.4 million and $7.9 million, respectively, both as compared with the prior year period. The increased loss reflects higher expenses related to the MSG Sphere initiative, as well as higher professional fees related to the spin-off of the Company's entertainment businesses, partially offset by a decrease in employee compensation and related benefits in Corporate.
COVID-19 Update for Madison Square Garden Sports Corp.
As discussed above, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic led to the suspension of the 2019-20 NBA and NHL seasons on March 12, 2020. The Company has maintained a close dialogue with both leagues, which continue to assess the best path forward for the remainder of their current seasons.
With the seasons suspended, there is virtually no revenue being recognized, including revenue related to tickets, sponsorship and signage, suites and local media rights. While there is a corresponding reduction in certain expenses, these reductions do not fully offset the loss in revenues.
Despite these unprecedented times, the Company is confident that its business is well positioned to weather the current period of uncertainty. The majority of the 2019-20 NBA and NHL regular seasons have already taken place. At the time of the suspension, the New York Knicks and New York Rangers had 8 and 5 regular season home games remaining, respectively. In addition, the summer is traditionally a seasonally quiet period for Madison Square Garden Sports Corp.
The Company, at the time of the spin-off, also had $315 million of liquidity, consisting of $100 million of unrestricted cash and cash equivalents, $200 million in borrowing capacity under two delayed draw term loan facilities with Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. and $15 million available under an unsecured revolving credit facility associated with the New York Knicks. Total debt outstanding under the Company's New York Knicks and New York Rangers senior secured revolving credit facilities was $350 million. As of March 31, 2020, the deferred revenue obligation related to the sports business was approximately $85 million, net of billed, but not yet collected deferred revenue. Of this amount, approximately half is related to the 2019-20 NBA and NHL seasons, which would be addressed, to the extent necessary, through refunds, credits and/or make-goods, as applicable.
About Madison Square Garden Sports Corp.
Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. (MSG Sports) is a leading professional sports company, with a collection of assets that includes: the New York Knicks (NBA) and the New York Rangers (NHL); two development league teams - the Westchester Knicks (NBAGL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL); and esports teams through Counter Logic Gaming, a leading North American esports organization, and Knicks Gaming, an NBA 2K League franchise. MSG Sports also owns two professional sports team performance centers - the MSG Training Center in Greenburgh, NY and the CLG Performance Center in Los Angeles, CA. More information is available at www.msgsports.com .
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We define adjusted operating income (loss), which is a non-GAAP financial measure, as operating income (loss) before 1) depreciation, amortization and impairments of property and equipment, goodwill and other intangible assets, 2) share-based compensation expense or benefit, 3) restructuring charges or credits, 4) gains or losses on sales or dispositions of businesses and 5) the impact of purchase accounting adjustments related to business acquisitions. Because it is based upon operating income (loss), adjusted operating income (loss) also excludes interest expense (including cash interest expense) and other non-operating income and expense items. We believe that the exclusion of share-based compensation expense or benefit allows investors to better track the performance of the various operating units of our business without regard to the settlement of an obligation that is not expected to be made in cash.
We believe adjusted operating income (loss) is an appropriate measure for evaluating the operating performance of our business segments and the Company on a consolidated basis. Adjusted operating income (loss) and similar measures with similar titles are common performance measures used by investors and analysts to analyze our performance. Internally, we use revenues and adjusted operating income (loss) as the most important indicators of our business performance, and evaluate management's effectiveness with specific reference to these indicators. Adjusted operating income (loss) should be viewed as a supplement to and not a substitute for operating income (loss), net income (loss), cash flows from operating activities, and other measures of performance and/or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Since adjusted operating income (loss) is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, this measure may not be comparable to similar measures with similar titles used by other companies. For a reconciliation of operating income (loss) to adjusted operating income (loss), please see page 6 of this release.
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