International Speedway Corporation Reports Financial results for the Third Quarter of Fiscal 2018

International Speedway Corporation

Narrows Full Year 2018 Outlook Within Previously Announced Guidance

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – October 4, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market: ISCA; OTC Bulletin Board: ISCB) (“ISC”) today reported financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended August 31, 2018.

“Our overall financial results for the third quarter are in line with expectations and the 2018 outlook,” stated Lesa France Kennedy, ISC Chief Executive Officer. “During the quarter, Watkins Glen announced the fourth consecutive sell-out of reserved grandstand seats for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event.  Also, the realigned date at Chicagoland Speedway is paving the path for a tradition of NASCAR racing in July, honoring service men and women with its thematic ‘Stars and Stripes’ weekend.  We remain committed to our consumer-focused sales and marketing initiatives, providing segmented experiences desired by fans for a good value, which we expect will stabilize recent headwinds facing admissions.”

“In September, Richmond Raceway debuted the DC Solar Fangrounds, which left fans star struck as they got closer to the action and their favorite drivers, an experience unmatched by any other motorsports facility.  The development at ISM Raceway is also progressing nicely.  The new renovations are on schedule to be showcased at the track’s triple-header weekend in November.  We believe these improvements, combining innovative technology, social zones and interactive fan engagement areas with the stars of our sport, will competitively position ISC and ISM Raceway in the Phoenix market.”

“Development at ONE DAYTONA continues to gain momentum as tenants complete construction and commence operations.  Recently, GameTime, an ultimate destination for family entertainment, opened its 35,000 square foot location, providing guests with many entertainment options, including bowling, arcade games and a full-service restaurant and sports bar.  The DAYTONA, the Marriott Autograph Collection hotel, is progressing with an anticipated opening in early 2019.  Entertainment continues to be a focus for ONE DAYTONA, with Victory Circle fast becoming the development’s focal point, already hosting events from live music and car shows to meet and greets and community festivals.  We anticipate ONE DAYTONA to be the epicenter for retail, dining and entertainment in the Daytona Beach area.”

Third Quarter Comparison

Total revenues for the three months ended August 31, 2018 were approximately $159.3 million, compared to revenues of approximately $131.9 million for the same period in fiscal 2017. Operating income was approximately $10.3 million during the period compared to approximately $2.2 million for the same period in fiscal 2017. Period-over-period comparability was impacted by:

  • The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series were held at Chicagoland Speedway in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017;
  • In the third quarter of fiscal 2018, we hosted a music festival at Auto Club Speedway, where this event was not held at one of our facilities in fiscal 2017;
  • During the three months ended August 31, 2018, we received lease rents, and incurred operating expenses, related to ONE DAYTONA as a result of certain tenants commencing operations in the period, for which there was no comparable activity in the same periods of fiscal 2017 (see “External Growth, Financing-Related and Other Initiatives – ONE DAYTONA”);
  • During the three months ended August 31, 2018, we recognized approximately $0.1 million, or less than $0.01 per diluted share, in non-recurring costs that are included in general and administrative expense related to The ISM Raceway Project (see “External Growth, Financing-Related and Other Initiatives – The ISM Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar”). During the three months ended August 31, 2017, we recognized approximately $0.1 million, or less than $0.01 per diluted share, in similar costs related to The ISM Raceway Project;
  • During the three months ended August 31, 2017, we recognized $2.1 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, of accelerated depreciation due to shortening the service lives of certain assets associated with The ISM Raceway Project and other capital improvements, including the infield project at Richmond Raceway (see “External Growth, Financing-Related and Other Initiatives – Richmond Raceway”). There were no similar charges incurred during the three months ended August 31, 2018;
  • During the three months ended August 31, 2018, we recognized approximately $2.2 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, of asset retirement losses primarily attributable to demolition and/or asset relocation costs in connection with facility optimization initiatives and The ISM Raceway Project. During the three months ended August 31, 2017, we recognized approximately $0.1 million, or less than $0.01 per diluted share of similar losses related to The ISM Raceway Project;
  • During the three months ended August 31, 2018, we recognized total capitalized interest of approximately $1.2 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, primarily associated with The ISM Raceway Project and, to a lesser extent, ONE DAYTONA. During the three months ended August 31, 2017, we capitalized interest of approximately $0.7 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, associated with ONE DAYTONA and approximately $0.4 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, related to The ISM Raceway Project;
  • During the three months ended August 31, 2017, we recognized approximately $0.3 million, or less than $0.01 per diluted share, of net gain on sale of certain assets. There were no similar items during the three months ended August 31, 2018; and
  • During the three months ended August 31, 2018, our effective tax rate decreased primarily as a result of tax legislation associated with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and to a lesser extent, one-time cumulative reductions in certain state tax liabilities.  In the three months ended August 31, 2018 we recorded a $1.2 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, reduction of deferred income tax liabilities and income tax benefit as a result of the aforementioned Federal income tax rate reduction.  In the three months ended August 31, 2017, we impaired a deferred tax asset of approximately $2.1 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, resulting in a charge to income tax expense.

Net income for the three months ended August 31, 2018, was approximately $12.0 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, compared to approximately $0.3 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, in the prior year period. Excluding non-recurring costs associated with The ISM Raceway Project, accelerated depreciation related to The ISM Raceway Project and other capital improvements including the infield project at Richmond, losses associated with the retirements of certain other long-lived assets, capitalized interest associated with The ISM Raceway Project and ONE DAYTONA, net gain on sale of certain assets, impairment of deferred tax asset, and the income tax benefit related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, non-GAAP net income, as defined below, was $11.6 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, as compared to $2.9 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, for the three months ended August 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively (see “GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation”).

Year-to-Date Comparison

Total revenues for the nine months ended August 31, 2018 were approximately $479.8 million, compared to revenues of approximately $445.2 million for the same period in fiscal 2017. Operating income was approximately $60.0 million during the period compared to approximately $54.4 million for the same period in fiscal 2017. Period-over-period comparability was impacted by:

  • In the first quarter of fiscal 2017, we hosted the Ferrari World Finals at Daytona International Speedway, for which there was no comparable event in fiscal 2018;
  • In the second quarter of fiscal 2018, we hosted the Country 500 music festival at Daytona, whereby due to certain changes in contractual agreements, a higher amount of event revenues and expenses was recorded in fiscal 2018 as compared to fiscal 2017.  Concessions revenue and expense were recorded similarly for both periods. Overall attendance and concession sales in fiscal 2018 were significantly impacted by tropical storm Alberto, prior to, and during, the event;
  • The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series were held at Chicagoland Speedway in the third quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017;
  • In the third quarter of fiscal 2018, we hosted a music festival at Auto Club Speedway, where this event was not held at one of our facilities in fiscal 2017;
  • During the nine months ended August 31, 2018, we received lease rents, and incurred operating expenses, related to ONE DAYTONA as a result of certain tenants commencing operations in the period, for which there was no comparable activity in the same period of fiscal 2017 (see “External Growth, Financing-Related and Other Initiatives – ONE DAYTONA”);
  • During the nine months ended August 31, 2018, we recognized $1.8 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, of revenue related to insurance proceeds.  There was no comparable activity in fiscal 2017;
  • In the second quarter of fiscal 2017, we received a favorable legal settlement relating to certain facility operations of approximately $1.0 million, or $0.01 per diluted share. There was no comparable activity in fiscal 2018;
  • During the nine months ended August 31, 2018, we recognized approximately $0.3 million, or less than $0.01 per diluted share, in non-recurring costs that are included in general and administrative expense related to The ISM Raceway Project (see “External Growth, Financing-Related and Other Initiatives – The ISM Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar”). During the nine months ended August 31, 2017, we recognized approximately $0.3 million, or less than $0.01 per diluted share, in similar costs related to The ISM Raceway Project;
  • During the nine months ended August 31, 2018, we recognized approximately $1.2 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, of accelerated depreciation due to shortening the service lives of certain assets associated with The ISM Raceway Project and other capital improvements, including the infield project at Richmond Raceway (see “External Growth, Financing-Related and Other Initiatives – Richmond Raceway”). During the nine months ended August 31, 2017, we recognized $4.7 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, of similar costs associated with The ISM Raceway Project and other capital improvements, including the infield project at Richmond Raceway;
  • During the nine months ended August 31, 2018, we recognized approximately $3.4 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, of asset retirement losses primarily attributable to demolition and/or asset relocation costs in connection with facility optimization initiatives, The ISM Raceway Project and to a lesser extent, ONE DAYTONA. During the nine months ended August 31, 2017, we recognized approximately $0.3 million, or less than $0.01 per diluted share, of similar losses related to The ISM Raceway Project;
  • During the nine months ended August 31, 2018, we recognized total capitalized interest of approximately $2.9 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, of which approximately $2.6 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, was associated with The ISM Raceway Project and $0.3 million, or less than $0.01 per diluted share, associated with ONE DAYTONA. During the nine months ended August 31, 2017, we recognized total capitalized interest of approximately $2.5 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, of which approximately $1.7 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, associated with ONE DAYTONA and approximately $0.7 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, related to The ISM Raceway Project;
  • During the nine months ended August 31, 2017, we recognized approximately $0.3 million, or less than $0.01 per diluted share, of net gain on sale of certain assets. There were no similar items during the nine months ended August 31, 2018; and
  • During the nine months ended August 31, 2018, our effective tax rate decreased primarily as a result of tax legislation associated with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and to a lesser extent, one-time cumulative reductions in certain state tax liabilities.  Additionally, in the first and third quarters of fiscal 2018, we recorded non-recurring, non-cash income tax benefits related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act totaling approximately $145.1 million, or $3.28 per diluted share.  In the nine months ended August 31, 2017, we impaired a deferred tax asset of approximately $2.1 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, resulting in a charge to income tax expense.

Net income for the nine months ended August 31, 2018, was approximately $198.0 million, or $4.48 per diluted share, compared to approximately $34.8 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, in the prior year period. Excluding legal settlement, non-recurring costs associated with The ISM Raceway Project, accelerated depreciation related to The ISM Raceway Project and other capital improvements including the infield project at Richmond, losses associated with the retirements of certain other long-lived assets, capitalized interest associated with The ISM Raceway Project and ONE DAYTONA, net gain on sale of certain assets, impairment of deferred tax asset, and the income tax benefit related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, non-GAAP net income, as defined below, was $54.4 million, or $1.23 per diluted share, as compared to $37.9 million, or $0.85 per diluted share, for the nine months ended August 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively (see “GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation”).

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation

The following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations is presented below using financial measures other than U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“non-GAAP”). Non-GAAP financial measures, such as Adjusted EBITDA (see below for management interpretation of Adjusted EBITDA), 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”). 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. The financial information, presented in the tables that follow, have been reconciled to comparable GAAP measures (see “Adjusted EBITDA” below).

The non-GAAP financial measures identified in the tables that follow include adjusted income before taxes, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share. These non-GAAP financial measures are derived by adjusting amounts for certain items, presented in the accompanying selected operating statement data that have been determined in accordance with GAAP. The financial measures, income before taxes, net income and diluted earnings per share, should not be construed as an inference by us that our future results will be unaffected by those items, which have been excluded to achieve our adjusted, non-GAAP 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 consist 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 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 2017 relate to non-recurring costs incurred associated with The ISM Raceway Project, accelerated depreciation (associated with The ISM Raceway Project and other capital improvements including the infield project at Richmond), legal settlement, losses associated with the retirements of certain other long-lived assets (associated with The ISM Raceway Project), and capitalized interest (associated with ONE DAYTONA and The ISM Raceway Project), net gain on sale of certain assets and impairment of deferred tax asset.

The adjustments for fiscal 2018 relate to non-recurring costs incurred associated with The ISM Raceway Project, losses associated with the retirements of certain other long-lived assets in connection with The ISM Raceway Project, ONE DAYTONA and facility optimization initiatives, accelerated depreciation (related to The ISM Raceway Project and other capital improvements including the infield project at Richmond), capitalized interest related to The ISM Raceway Project and ONE DAYTONA, and the income tax benefit related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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

Three Months Ended August 31, 2017
Income Before
Taxes
Income Tax
Effect
Net Income Earnings Per
Share
GAAP $ 4,625 $ 4,360 $ 265 $ 0.01
Adjustments:
The ISM Raceway Project 57 22 35 0.00
Accelerated depreciation 2,055 785 1,270 0.03
Losses on retirements of long-lived assets 66 25 41 0.00
Capitalized interest (1,047 ) (400 ) (647 ) (0.02 )
Impairment of deferred tax asset (2,113 ) 2,113 0.04
Net gain on sale of certain assets (330 ) (126 ) (204 ) 0.00
Non-GAAP $ 5,426 $ 2,553 $ 2,873 $ 0.06
Three Months Ended August 31, 2018
Income Before
Taxes
Income Tax
Effect
Net Income Earnings Per
Share
GAAP $ 14,500 $ 2,469 $ 12,031 $ 0.27
Adjustments:
The ISM Raceway Project 50 13 37 0.00
Losses on retirements of long-lived assets 2,166 567 1,599 0.04
Capitalized interest (1,185 ) (310 ) (875 ) (0.02 )
Benefit of income tax law change 1,168 (1,168 ) (0.03 )
Non-GAAP $ 15,531 $ 3,907 $ 11,624 $ 0.26
Nine Months Ended August 31, 2017
Income Before
Taxes
Income Tax
Effect
Net Income Earnings Per
Share
GAAP $ 60,357 $ 25,592 $ 34,765 $ 0.78
Adjustments:
The ISM Raceway Project 304 116 188 0.00
Accelerated depreciation 4,741 1,813 2,928 0.07
Legal settlement (980 ) (375 ) (605 ) (0.01 )
Losses on retirements of long-lived assets 349 133 216 0.00
Capitalized interest (2,488 ) (951 ) (1,537 ) (0.03 )
Impairment of deferred tax asset (2,113 ) 2,113 0.04
Net gain on sale of certain assets (330 ) (126 ) (204 ) 0.00
Non-GAAP $ 61,953 $ 24,089 $ 37,864 $ 0.85
Nine Months Ended August 31, 2018
Income Before
Taxes
Income Tax
Effect
Net Income Earnings Per
Share
GAAP $ 70,393 $ (127,654 ) $ 198,047 $ 4.48
Adjustments:
The ISM Raceway Project 266 70 196 0.00
Accelerated depreciation 1,154 302 852 0.02
Losses on retirements of long-lived assets 3,414 895 2,519 0.06
Capitalized interest (2,857 ) (751 ) (2,106 ) (0.05 )
Benefit of income tax law change 145,068 (145,068 ) (3.28 )
Non-GAAP $ 72,370 $ 17,930 $ 54,440 $ 1.23

Adjusted EBITDA

In an effort to enhance the comparability and understandability of certain 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 business performance. We calculate Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, as GAAP operating income, plus depreciation, amortization, impairment/losses on retirements of long-lived assets, other previously stated non-GAAP adjustments, and cash distributions from equity investments. We have not reconciled the non-GAAP forward-looking measure to its most directly comparable GAAP measure, such as those of ONE DAYTONA and The ISM Raceway Project (see “External Growth, Financing-Related and Other Initiatives”). 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, including 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.

The following schedule reconciles the Company’s financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP to the non-GAAP financial measure of Adjusted EBITDA (in thousands):

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
August 31,
2017
August 31,
2018
August 31,
2017
August 31,
2018
Net Income (GAAP) $ 265 $ 12,031 $ 34,765 $ 198,047
Adjustments:
Income tax expense (benefit) 4,360 2,469 25,592 (127,654 )
Interest income (331 ) (979 ) (699 ) (2,232 )
Interest expense 2,832 2,551 9,151 8,336
Other (330 ) (11 ) (344 ) (26 )
Equity in net income from equity investments (4,645 ) (5,790 ) (14,071 ) (16,449 )
Operating Income (GAAP) $ 2,151 $ 10,271 $ 54,394 $ 60,022
Adjustments:
Depreciation and amortization 27,813 26,027 82,583 79,625
Impairments/losses on retirements of long-lived assets 127 2,181 531 3,538
Other Non-GAAP adjustments (1) 57 50 (676 ) 266
Cash distributions from equity investments 9,250 8,377 19,100 20,002
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) $ 39,398 $ 46,906 $ 155,932 $ 163,453

(1) Other Non-GAAP adjustments include:

  1. 2017 adjustments for the three month period relate to costs associated with The ISM Raceway Project of approximately $0.1 million, and for the nine month period income from a legal settlement of approximately $1.0 million, partially offset by costs associated with the The ISM Raceway Project of approximately $0.3 million; and
  2. 2018 adjustments for the three and nine month periods relate to costs associated with The ISM Raceway Project of approximately $0.1 million and $0.3 million, respectively.

Corporate Sales

NASCAR is a powerful brand with a loyal fan base that we believe is aware of, appreciates and supports corporate participation to a greater extent than fans of any other sports property. The combination of brand power and fan loyalty provides an attractive platform for robust corporate partnerships. The number of FORTUNE 500 companies invested in NASCAR remains higher than any other sport. More than one in four FORTUNE 500 companies and nearly half of the FORTUNE 100 companies use NASCAR as part of their marketing strategy. The number of FORTUNE 500 companies investing in NASCAR has either grown or sustained for five of the last six years, and has increased approximately 28.0 percent since 2008.

For fiscal 2018, we have corporate partnership agreements in place for approximately 95.0 percent of our gross marketing partnership revenue target, as compared to approximately 99.0 percent for the same period in fiscal 2017. The fiscal 2018 revenue target is approximately 8.0 percent greater than fiscal 2017, primarily related to the ISM Raceway and Richmond Raceway projects.  For fiscal 2018, we sold all race entitlements for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series and NASCAR Xfinity series events. This is compared to last year at this time when we had entitlements for one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and one NASCAR Xfinity series events open.

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 continue to 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 ISM Raceway, as well as all other maintenance and guest experience capital expenditures for the remaining existing facilities.  In fiscal 2017, we began the redevelopment of ISM Raceway (see “The ISM Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar”) and the infield at Richmond (see “Richmond Raceway”) with completion for both projects targeted in late 2018.  In 2018, we expect to begin renovation to the infield at Talladega (see “Talladega Superspeedway”).  We expect spending for capital expenditures under this plan 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 approximate $107.0 million of capital expenditures, exclusive of capitalized interest and net of public incentives, related to phase one of ONE DAYTONA and the Shoppes at ONE DAYTONA (see “ONE DAYTONA”).  We expect the returns of this investment to exceed our weighted average cost of capital; and
  • Return of capital to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases is a significant pillar of our capital allocation.  In fiscal 2018, we increased our dividend approximately 9.3 percent to $0.47 per share.  We expect dividends to increase in 2019 and beyond, by approximately four to five percent annually.  Concerning share repurchases, for the nine months ended August 31, 2018, we repurchased 177,899 shares of ISCA on the open market at a weighted average share price of $41.26 for a total of approximately $7.3 million. At August 31, 2018, we had approximately $164.2 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.

Our cash position and future liquidity has been further enhanced by the following:

  • In fiscal 2017, we recorded a non-recurring tax benefit of approximately $48.2 million related to the worthlessness of ISC’s investment in Motorsports Authentics. As a result, our cash position improved approximately $24.6 million as of fiscal 2017. In the second quarter of fiscal 2018, we received a refund of estimated payments made during 2017 of approximately $19.8 million.  The balance of approximately $3.8 million will be received in subsequent periods.
  • In December 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (“Tax Act”). We expect the Tax Act to favorably impact our future liquidity, primarily a result of the lower single corporate tax rate from 35.0 percent to 21.0 percent, which will lower our effective tax rate and annual tax liability. Additionally, Tax Reform provides for 100.0 percent expensing of certain capital investments through 2022. We will continue to evaluate the details of Tax Act and the impact on ISC.

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 The ISM Raceway Project and ONE DAYTONA, were approximately $122.2 million for the nine months ended August 31, 2018. In comparison, we spent approximately $77.6 million on capital expenditures for projects for the same period in fiscal 2017. For fiscal 2018, we expect capital expenditures associated with the aforementioned capital allocation plan to range between approximately $120.0 million and $130.0 million for existing facilities, including ISM Raceway and Richmond Raceway projects, and an additional approximate $20.0 million in capital expenditures related to construction for ONE DAYTONA, excluding the receipt of public incentives (see “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 Daytona International Speedway, which has crafted a strategy that will create synergy with Daytona International Speedway, enhance customer and partner experiences, monetize real estate on International Speedway Blvd. and leverage our real estate on a year-round basis.  Complementing ONE DAYTONA is the retail property adjacent to the development, known as the Shoppes at ONE DAYTONA.

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 (“Legacy”) is working closely with ISC’s development staff on the project. Legacy’s 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.

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

The RD&E component of phase one is 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 cash spent to be approximately $95.0 million in fiscal 2016 through 2019 on the RD&E component of ONE DAYTONA’s first phase. Other sources of funding towards the overall ONE DAYTONA project will include the public incentives discussed below and land contributed to the joint ventures associated with 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.

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. The Fairfield Inn and Suites opened in December 2017, while The DAYTONA is currently under construction and expected to be complete in early fiscal 2019. 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 ventures.

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.

In April 2017, our Board approved an additional approximate $12.0 million of capital expenditures to further develop Volusia Point, which was previously purchased in 2011. Volusia Point is our retail property adjacent to ONE DAYTONA and has been re-branded as the Shoppes at ONE DAYTONA (“the Shoppes”). Several new tenants have executed lease agreements in the Shoppes as a result of the revitalization. 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 – Adjusted EBITDA” for discussion on Non-GAAP financial forward looking measures).

Several new-to-market tenants have already commenced operations at ONE DAYTONA with additional tenants commencing operations throughout fiscal 2018. Bass Pro Shops®, America’s most popular outdoor store, and Cobb Theatres, the highly respected Southeastern-based exhibitor, are anchor tenants of ONE DAYTONA. Leasing remains strong and we are expecting to exceed our lease occupancy goals for 2018.

At stabilization in fiscal 2020, 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 – Adjusted EBITDA” 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 up to $40.0 million in incentives to finance a portion of the infrastructure required for the ONE DAYTONA project. The CDD will purchase certain infrastructure assets, and specific easement rights, from ONE DAYTONA. ONE DAYTONA expects to receive approximately $22.0 million of the total incentive amount in cash in fiscal 2018, and the remaining to be received in annual payments derived from a long-term note receivable issued by the CDD, the first payment of the note receivable is expected in fiscal 2019 and maturity of the note receivable in 2046.

Total capital expenditures for ONE DAYTONA and the Shoppes, excluding capitalized interest and net of anticipated public incentives, are expected to be approximately $107.0 million. From inception, through August 31, 2018, capital expenditures totaled approximately $102.9 million, exclusive of capitalized interest and labor. At this time, there is no project specific financing in place for ONE DAYTONA. Ultimately, we may 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 August 31, 2018, we recorded approximately $3.7 million of capitalized interest related to ONE DAYTONA, and expect approximately $3.8 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.

The ISM Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar

On November 30, 2016, we announced our Board of Directors had approved a multi-year redevelopment project to elevate the fan experience at ISM Raceway, our 53-year-old motorsports venue previously known as Phoenix Raceway. 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.

Earlier in 2017, we announced a multi-year partnership with DC Solar that included naming the project ‘The ISM Raceway Project Powered by DC Solar’ during the redevelopment phase. Subsequently, in September 2017, we announced a long-term partnership with ISM Connect, a pioneer in smart venue technology, which included naming rights to ISM Raceway. Beginning in fiscal 2018, the venue is now known as ISM Raceway.

The ISM Raceway Project is included in our aforementioned $500.0 million capital allocation plan covering fiscal years 2017 through 2021. The ISM Raceway Project 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, ISM Raceway entered into a Design-Build Agreement with Okland. The Design-Build Agreement obligates ISM Raceway 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 ISM Raceway.

Based on our current plans for ISM Raceway, it has identified existing assets that are expected to be impacted by the redevelopment and will require accelerated depreciation, totaling between approximately $6.0 million and $6.5 million in non-cash charges over the approximate 22-month project time span. From inception, through August 31, 2018, we recorded approximately $6.1 million of accelerated depreciation associated with the project.

Despite not anticipating the need for additional long-term debt to fund this project, accounting rules dictate that we capitalize a portion of the interest on existing outstanding debt during the construction period.  We estimate that we will record approximately $5.0 million to $5.5 million of capitalized interest from fiscal 2017 through fiscal 2018.

From inception, through August 31, 2018, we have incurred total capital expenditures related to The ISM Raceway Project, exclusive of capitalized interest and labor, of approximately $125.1 million. From inception, through August 31, 2018, we recorded approximately $3.9 million of capitalized interest related to The ISM Raceway Project.

Upon completion, the redevelopment is expected to provide a full fiscal year incremental lift in ISM Raceway’s EBITDA of approximately $8.5 million to $9.0 million (see “GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation – Adjusted EBITDA” for discussion on Non-GAAP financial forward looking measures). We began 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.

Richmond Raceway

In June 2017, the Board of Directors approved a capital project for the redevelopment of the infield of Richmond Raceway (“Richmond Reimagined”). The new infield will offer a variety of enhanced amenities for fans, teams, sponsors and other stakeholders to the iconic Richmond infield. Fan access is the focus of Richmond Reimagined, which will showcase new Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garages with a fan-viewing walkway. The new infield continues the track’s mission of being the most fan-friendly track on NASCAR’s schedule.

Richmond Reimagined is included in our aforementioned $500.0 million capital allocation plan covering fiscal years 2017 through 2021. The project is expected to cost approximately $30.0 million, which includes maintenance capital, before capitalized interest. Groundbreaking occurred immediately following the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series event in September 2017. Richmond Reimagined was completed in September 2018. Through August 31, 2018, we recorded approximately $1.2 million of non-cash charges related to accelerated depreciation associated with the project.

Talladega Superspeedway

In June 2018, the Board of Directors approved a capital project for the redevelopment of the infield of Talladega Superspeedway (known as “Transformation – the Talladega Superspeedway Infield Project”). The infield redevelopment project will offer new attractions and enhanced amenities for fans, sponsors, teams and stakeholders in the famous, historic Talladega infield.  The infield redevelopment project will include new interactive Garage Fan Zone Experience, a paddock club to enhance the experience for fans and corporate guests, new Gatorade Victory Lane with up-close fan view, expanded premium RV camping and amenities with new spots near the Alabama Gang Superstretch and frontstretch by the start-finish line, and a new turn 3 vehicle tunnel providing unobstructed ingress/egress access to the infield for haulers and RV’s.

The infield redevelopment project is included in our aforementioned $500.0 million capital allocation plan covering fiscal years 2017 through 2021. The project is expected to cost approximately $50.0 million, which includes maintenance capital, before capitalized interest. Construction is expected to commence in the fall of 2018 and be complete in fall of 2019.

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 August 31, 2017 and 2018. Our 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 $14.1 million and $16.3 million for the nine months ended August 31, 2017 and 2018, 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 nine months ended August 31, 2018, totaling approximately $19.8 million, consists of approximately $17.2 million received as a distribution from its profits, included in net cash provided by operating activities on our consolidated statement of cash flows, with the remaining approximate $2.6 million received, recognized as a return of capital from investing activities on our consolidated statement of cash flows. Pre-tax distributions from Kansas Entertainment for the nine months ended August 31, 2017, totaling $19.1 million, consisted of approximately $14.9 million received as a distribution from its profits, included in net cash provided by operating activities on our consolidated statement of cash flows, with the remaining approximate $4.2 million received, recognized as a return of capital from investing activities on our consolidated statement of cash flows.

For fiscal 2018, cash distributions from Kansas Entertainment are estimated to be approximately $25.0 million to $26.0 million.

Fiscal 2018 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 2018, our non-GAAP guidance excludes:

  • any non-recurring income statement impact attributable to the completion of ISM Raceway 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 and non-capitalized costs or charges and capitalized interest related to our ONE DAYTONA development;
  • 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 ISM Raceway Project resulting from removal of assets prior to the end of their actual useful life;
  • 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; and
  • any one-time, non-recurring income tax charges or benefits.

ISC is narrowing its 2018 full fiscal year non-GAAP guidance. The earnings outlook is our best estimate of financial results for fiscal 2018.

  • Revenue: $675.0 million to $680.0 million
  • Operating margin: 15.0% to 15.5%
  • Effective tax rate: 25.0% to 26.0%
  • Diluted earnings per share: $1.90 to $1.95

Our guidance for Adjusted EBITDA is to range between $235.0 million to $240.0 million, which includes between $25.0 million and $26.0 million in cash distributions received from our investment in the Hollywood Casino and approximately $1.5 million related to ONE DAYTONA, (see “GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation” for our definition of Adjusted EBITDA and discussion on Non-GAAP financial forward looking measures).

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 a long-term capital allocation plan that extends 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 7787527.

A live Webcast will also be available at that time on our website, www.internationalspeedwaycorporation.com, under the “Investor Relations” section. A replay will be available two hours after the end of the call through midnight Thursday, October 18, 2018. To access, dial (855) 859-2056 and enter the code 7787527, or visit the “Investor Relations” section of our website.

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. We own and/or operate 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 Raceway® in Virginia; Auto Club Speedway of Southern CaliforniaSM near Los Angeles; Kansas Speedway® in Kansas City, Kansas; ISM Raceway near Phoenix, 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.

We also own and operate 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, we own ONE DAYTONA, the retail, dining and entertainment development across from Daytona International Speedway, and have a 50.0 percent interest in the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway. For more information, visit our website at www.internationalspeedwaycorporation.com.

Statements made in this release that express ISC’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 ISC’s actual results could differ materially from those contained in or implied by such forward-looking statements. ISC’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 ISC’s SEC filings including, but not limited to, the 10-K and subsequent 10-Qs. Copies of those filings are available from ISC and the SEC. ISC 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.

(Tables Follow)

Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Amounts)

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
August 31, 2017 August 31, 2018 August 31, 2017 August 31, 2018
(Unaudited)
REVENUES:
Admissions, net $ 22,767 $ 24,365 $ 82,764 $ 80,604
Motorsports and other event related 94,027 117,405 319,861 356,519
Food, beverage and merchandise 11,118 12,185 29,777 27,041
Other 4,028 5,323 12,767 15,668
131,940 159,278 445,169 479,832
EXPENSES:
Direct:
NASCAR event management fees 32,528 44,265 109,774 124,310
Motorsports and other event related 32,225 37,290 93,008 107,932
Food, beverage and merchandise 9,109 9,930 22,378 20,757
Other operating expenses 293 2,523 1,151 4,770
General and administrative 27,694 26,791 81,350 78,878
Depreciation and amortization 27,813 26,027 82,583 79,625
Losses on asset retirements 127 2,181 531 3,538
129,789 149,007 390,775 419,810
Operating income 2,151 10,271 54,394 60,022
Interest income 331 979 699 2,232
Interest expense (2,832 ) (2,551 ) (9,151 ) (8,336 )
Equity in net income from equity investments 4,645 5,790 14,071 16,449
Other 330 11 344 26
Income before income taxes 4,625 14,500 60,357 70,393
Income tax expense (benefit) 4,360 2,469 25,592 (127,654 )
Net income $ 265 $ 12,031 $ 34,765 $ 198,047
Dividends per share $ $ $ 0.43 $ 0.47
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.01 $ 0.27 $ 0.78 $ 4.49
Diluted $ 0.01 $ 0.27 $ 0.78 $ 4.48
Basic weighted average shares outstanding 44,482,281 44,110,349 44,799,734 44,154,848
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 44,491,278 44,118,767 44,812,102 44,165,955
Comprehensive income $ 432 $ 12,231 $ 35,266 $ 198,636

Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Amounts)

November 30, 2017 August 31, 2017 August 31, 2018
(Unaudited)
ASSETS
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 256,702 $ 268,882 $ 278,398
Receivables, less allowance 37,269 45,234 50,365
Income taxes receivable 21,867 3,437 9,057
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 9,749 23,826 20,356
Total Current Assets 325,587 341,379 358,176
Property and Equipment, net 1,479,743 1,460,820 1,534,213
Other Assets:
Equity investments 86,200 87,510 82,647
Intangible assets, net 178,637 178,637 178,563
Goodwill 118,400 118,791 118,331
Other 19,625 16,593 22,796
402,862 401,531 402,337
Total Assets $ 2,208,192 $ 2,203,730 $ 2,294,726
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current Liabilities:
Current portion of long-term debt $ 3,854 $ 3,528 $ 3,900
Accounts payable 23,936 34,941 38,465
Deferred income 38,521 84,162 72,015
Other current liabilities 19,249 19,029 17,556
Total Current Liabilities 85,560 141,660 131,936
Long-Term Debt 255,612 258,914 255,069
Deferred Income Taxes 396,046 408,384 263,469
Long-Term Deferred Income 8,251 8,705 8,329
Other Long-Term Liabilities 2,801 2,593 2,898
Commitments and Contingencies
Shareholders’ Equity:
Class A Common Stock, $.01 par value, 80,000,000 shares
authorized
241 241 241
Class B Common Stock, $.01 par value, 40,000,000 shares
authorized
197 197 197
Additional paid-in capital 430,114 429,892 430,921
Retained earnings 1,031,361 955,302 1,203,068
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (1,991 ) (2,158 ) (1,402 )
Total Shareholders’ Equity 1,459,922 1,383,474 1,633,025
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity $ 2,208,192 $ 2,203,730 $ 2,294,726

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In Thousands)

Nine Months Ended
August 31, 2017 August 31, 2018
(Unaudited)
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net income $ 34,765 $ 198,047
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 82,583 79,625
Stock-based compensation 2,508 2,443
Amortization of financing costs 1,263 996
Deferred income taxes (1,511 ) (132,800 )
Income from equity investments (14,071 ) (16,449 )
Distribution from equity investee 14,936 17,323
Loss on retirements of long-lived assets, non-cash 531 3,538
Other, net (211 ) (339 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Receivables, net (9,789 ) (13,096 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets (12,484 ) (13,516 )
Accounts payable and other liabilities (8,792 ) (2,697 )
Deferred income 47,463 33,572
Income taxes (2,846 ) 12,811
Net cash provided by operating activities 134,345 169,458
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Capital expenditures (77,559 ) (122,180 )
Distribution from equity investee 4,164 2,679
Equity investments and advances to affiliate (147 )
Proceeds from sale of assets 344 430
Other, net (13 )
Net cash used in investing activities (73,211 ) (119,071 )
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Payment of long-term debt (672 ) (715 )
Deferred financing fees (244 )
Exercise of Class A common stock options 528 992
Cash dividend paid (19,241 ) (20,738 )
Reacquisition of previously issued common stock (36,350 ) (8,230 )
Net cash used in financing activities (55,979 ) (28,691 )
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 5,155 21,696
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 263,727 256,702
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 268,882 $ 278,398
FOR: International Speedway Corporation
CONTACT: Investor Relations
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