ClubLink Enterprises Limited
TSX : CLK

ClubLink Enterprises Limited

November 08, 2013 16:08 ET

ClubLink Enterprises Limited Announces Third Quarter 2013 Results and Eligible Dividend

KING CITY, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 8, 2013) - (TSX:CLK) -

Consolidated Financial Highlights

Three months ended Nine months ended
(in thousands of dollars except per share amounts) September 30,
2013
September 30,
2012
September 30,
2013
September 30,
2012
Operating revenue 87,861 86,276 169,579 171,298
Net operating income(1) 33,640 33,105 51,312 51,811
Net membership fee income(1) 3,813 3,553 10,761 10,381
Earnings before other items and income taxes(1) 37,453 36,658 62,073 62,192
Net earnings 17,090 16,488 17,079 17,255
Basic and diluted earnings per share $ 0.65 $ 0.63 $ 0.65 $ 0.65
Cash flow from operations(1) 29,577 28,384 37,873 37,471
Basic and diluted cash flow from operations per share(1) $
1.13
$
1.08
$
1.45
$
1.41
Weighted average shares outstanding (000's) 26,092
26,365
26,085
26,569

Operating Data

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September 30,
2013
September 30,
2012
September 30,
2013
September 30,
2012
ClubLink One Membership More Golf
Championship rounds - Canada 520,000 519,000 857,000 918,000
18-hole equivalent championship 41.5 41.5 41.5 41.5
golf courses - Canada
Championship rounds - U.S. 57,000 57,000 265,000 260,000
18-hole equivalent championship
golf courses - U.S. 11.0 12.0 11.0 12.0
White Pass and Yukon Route
Rail passengers 252,000 248,000 394,000 385,000
Port passengers from cruise ships 521,000 486,000 822,000 757,000
Cruise ship dockings 241 226 388 355

Third Quarter 2013 Consolidated Operating Highlights

Consolidated operating revenue increased 1.8% to $87,861,000 for the three month period ending September 30, 2013 from $86,276,000 in 2012, primarily due to an increase of $1,819,000 in rail, tourism and port operations revenue resulting from more rail and port passengers compared to 2012 and a more favorable exchange rate. For the three month period ending September 30, 2013, one US dollar was converted into the Canadian dollar equivalent using a 1.0385 exchange rate (2012 - 0.9948)

Consolidated cost of sales and operating expenses increased 2.0% to $54,221,000 for the three month period ending September 30, 2013 from $53,171,000 in 2012, primarily due to additional variable expenditures relating to the incremental passengers and a higher exchange rate for US currency results.

Net operating income for the Canadian golf club operations segment decreased 3.4% to $18,055,000 for the three month period ending September 30, 2013 from $18,685,000 in 2012 due to the decline in operating revenue from less Canadian members.

Net operating loss for US golf club operations segment for the summer off-season improved to $696,000 for the three month period ending September 30, 2013 from $788,000 in 2012 primarily due to improved efficiencies in operations.

Net operating income for the rail, tourism and port operations increased 6.6% to $16,965,000 for the three month period ending September 30, 2013 from $15,921,000 in 2012 due to a 1.6% increase in rail passengers and a 7.2% increase in port passengers.

Consolidated net operating income increased 1.6% to $33,640,000 for the three month period ending September 30, 2013 from $33,105,000 in 2012.

Consolidated net membership fee income increased 7.3% to $3,813,000 for the three month period ending September 30, 2013 from $3,553,000 in 2012 primarily due to a 28.0% reduction in direct costs of originating membership fees.

Consolidated earnings before other items and income taxes increased 2.2% to $37,453,000 for the three month period ending September 30, 2013 from $36,658,000 in 2012.

Interest, net decreased 2.5% to $5,064,000 for the three month period ending September 30, 2013 from $5,193,000 in 2012 primarily due to a lower cost of borrowing in 2013 (5.86% compared to 6.07%).

Other income (expense), net increased to income of $357,000 for the three month period ending September 30, 2013 from an expense of $11,000 in 2012.

Net earnings increased 3.7% to $17,090,000 for the three month period ending September 30, 2013 from $16,488,000 in 2012.

Eligible Dividend

Today, ClubLink Enterprises Limited ("ClubLink") announced an eligible dividend of 7.5 cents per share to be paid on December 13, 2013 to shareholders of record as at November 29, 2013.

Normal Course Issuer Bid

The Company has been approved by the Toronto Stock Exchange for a normal course issuer bid to purchase up to 1,305,000 of its common shares which will expire on September 19, 2014. As at November 8, 2013 the Company has not made any purchases under this bid. As at November 8, 2013, ClubLink has 26,107,871 common shares outstanding.

Corporate Profile

ClubLink is engaged in golf club operations under the trade-mark, "ClubLink One Membership More Golf®" ClubLink is Canada's largest owner and operator of golf clubs with 52.5 18-hole equivalent championship and six 18-hole equivalent academy courses at 43 locations, primarily in Ontario, Quebec and Florida.

ClubLink is also engaged in rail, tourism and port operations based in Skagway, Alaska, which operates under the trade name "White Pass & Yukon Route." The railway stretches approximately 177 kilometres (110 miles) from Skagway, Alaska, through British Columbia to Whitehorse, Yukon. In addition, ClubLink operates three docks primarily for cruise ships.

(1) Net operating income, net membership fee income, earnings before other items and income taxes, cash flow (deficiency) from operations and basic and diluted cash flow (deficiency) from operations per share are not recognized performance measures under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). Earnings before other items and income taxes is defined as earnings before taxes, interest, depreciation, amortization, and other items. Management believes that in addition to net earnings, these measures are useful supplemental information to provide investors with an indication of the Company's performance. Investors should be cautioned, however, that these measures should not be construed as an alternative to net earnings determined in accordance with IFRS as an indicator of the Company's performance. ClubLink's method of calculating these measures is consistent from year to year, but may be different than those used by other companies (See "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations").

Management's discussion and analysis, financial statements and other disclosure information relating to the Company is available through SEDAR and at www.sedar.com and on the Company website at www.clublinkenterprises.ca.

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