Cedar Fair Covid 19 Financial Response

Thursday, April 16, 2020 7:44 PM

Since March 2020 to reduce operating expenses and cash outflows:

1)Eliminated nearly all of its seasonal and part-time labor costs until its parks prepare to reopen,

2)Suspended all advertising and marketing expenses

3)Reduced the CEO’s base salary by 40% & base salaries of all executives by 25%, effective 4/27

4)Deferred base salaries for all other salaried employees by 25%

5)Reduced scheduled hours for full-time hourly employees by 25% to 30 hours per week

6) Suspended cash retainer fees for its Board of Directors until business conditions improve.

7)Suspension of dividend

8)Suspension of at least $75-100 million of non-essential Capex planned for the 2020 and 2021 operating seasons. Capex in 2020 Calendar year of $85-100 million

----Capex in 2020 was suppose to be 190M

9)Liquidity 26M Cash, 190M on revolver credit line. Cash burn rate, including operating expenses, capital expenditures & debt costs of $25-35 million per month.

10)Taking steps to secure additional liquidity & address potential debt covenant issues in case Covid 19 drags on

---essentially expect CF to secure a new note or increase in revolver in the near future just in case it's needed

11) Q1 Revenue expected to be down 10 to 15M. Prior to closure, revenues were higher than 2019 primarily driven by a record start to the year at Knott’s Berry Farm

12) Deferred revenues at the end of Q1 remained up more than $30 million(20%) over same point in 2019. In spite of significant month of March decline in advance sales purchase products, season passes & related all season products, as a result of COVID-19.

---CF's record 2019 was on the path to continue in 2020 before Covid. 19

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Thursday, April 16, 2020 8:06 PM
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Can quote you on that? It would make me feel Whole Again,

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Thursday, April 16, 2020 8:15 PM

Sorry, not sorry you have a juvenile mentality. You are so hard up for money that you felt entitled to your false notion of being "made whole"., when you lost nothing & were contractually due nothing. You're surely checking 10 times a day if your stimulus payment arrived, paid for by people like me.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020 8:17 PM
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JFC you have no sense of humor. This forum is supposed to be FUN. How sad.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020 8:58 PM
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Deleted post. Too far, and I apologize.

I'm usually good about thinking twice before hitting the post button, wasn't this time.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020 9:40 PM

If we have to sacrifice cap ex for a while to save even a lower tier park from getting Geauga Lake'd, I'm fully on board.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020 10:29 PM
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No caption needed.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020 11:29 PM

Of the 75-100M in suspension of Capex for 2020 & 2021 a large portion could come from the planned Hyatt Wonderland hotel. That was suppose to open in Q2 2021. However, nothing has really been done of significantly on actual construction . Delay of that till 2022 or later would be 25 to 30M of the savings in 2020 & 2021 Capex.

Many of CF's 2020 planned additions are complete(Orion), close to compete or far along. CF tries & usually gets things open at or near planned openings as possible. So, most of Capex savings will liekly come from the suspension/delay of 2021 projects, Those projects initial costs start in Q3, Q4 2020 & continue thru completion of construction or installations mainly in 2021 Q1 & early Q2 when parks normally open.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020 11:30 PM

"In spite of this decline, deferred revenues at the end of the first quarter remained up more than $30 million, or more than 20%, over the same time last year."

This is primarily attributed to the "Gold Pass" for Cedar Point being introduced by Jason McClure.

If it wasn't for him sticking his neck out last August, things would be in a more dire situation.

Gold Pass = G.P. being turned away at Halloweekends, bathrooms being renovated put on the shelves, parking lot improvements to help eliminate the G.P. from being turned away, where COVID 19 The China Cornavirus took care of all by itself by shutting everything down.

Now I may not be able to take a dump at Cedar Point in the humble home fashion, at least I still have a Cedar Point to take a dump at.

Seriously though, Jason McClure did a super big service to Cedar Fair with his introduction of the $ 99.00 Gold Pass, if it wasn't for the 150th season and Jason McClure, Cedar Fair would be in a more world of hurt right now.

What did the other parks do to help the situation?????

King's Island ~ 30+ million for a coaster, Dorney Park, Valleyfair,~

I could go on and on, they didn't do anything wrong, they just did what they normally did, but Jason McClure stuck his neck out, took a lot of heat from enthusiasts like me, media, and General Public but came out the savior with the "Golden Pass" Midas touch.

If Cedar Point were to open tomorrow, every single Enthusiast would be there with bells on, the General Public would be at home. The General Public wouldn't purchase a ticket because they are afraid to go to the park due to the virus, but the Enthusiasts are junkies, we don't care, we need coaster action.

Though I may not be able to take a dump in a Cedar Point bathroom as I am accustomed to at home, I can still at least take a dump at Cedar Point once it opens.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020 11:51 PM

Deferred Revenue end of Q4 was 151M. Deferred revenue can not be claimed during parks closure. CF really only has claimed a tiny portion of that 151M related to Knotts Q1 operations & the little bit Q1 ops by Schlitterbahn. Revenue from season products are claimed thru the operating year based on expected usage & operating days per quarter for the park. That all varies b/c most parks are not open Q1 & others in Q4 have Winterfest, while some like CP close right after Halloween. A fuller picture will be available with Q1 conf call/report scheduled early May,

That $99 Gold Pass now is going to be claimed over 2020 & 2021. Extension of all passes thru 2021 before knowing the time frame of possible opening in 2020 was a financial bomb. It essentially made it mandatory for the need for massive preemptive Capex cuts for 2020 & 2021. Cuts on a % basis that were larger than Six Flags that have not yet extended all season products thru 2021. CF would have been wise to hold off till they had openings dates. Also, making all new products for 2020 extended was another financial bomb for CF.

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Thursday, April 16, 2020 11:57 PM

Was it a financial bomb or wasn't it.

I am already looking to spend the extra $ 1,200.00 that I would spend on season passes on staying at Hotel Breakers in 2021. They will get the $ 1,200.00 from me, a super enthusiast in 2021, but in a different form.

As for the G.P., they may not book the room, but they will definitely spend more in the park at some point, purchasing more Dipping Dots etc... for when the kids ask.

Their best bet is to try to find ways to extract money from guests, even if it is at 0.99 cents a pop.

Last edited by Just Coasting, Thursday, April 16, 2020 11:58 PM
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Friday, April 17, 2020 12:04 AM

What CED 23 posted, deductive logic is telling me that the stock is going to tank at some point.

3 step phase by President Trump puts amusement parks in the last step. Cedar Fair hasn't taken a super hit yet, but soon will.

It could go sub $ 10.00 in the very near future... TBD

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Friday, April 17, 2020 12:21 AM

The options beg to differ, a ton of calls at $25(stock at about $23) & only major action, but not nearly as much on puts at $17.50. CF is not like SF, which has high put action at $7.50 People are betting on major move down from SF current $15 price.

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Friday, April 17, 2020 8:39 AM
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Just Coasting said:

This is primarily attributed to the "Gold Pass" for Cedar Point being introduced by Jason McClure.

It's pretty naive (and incorrect) to assume that it was all his decision and wisdom.


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Friday, April 17, 2020 8:56 AM

Just Coasting said:

Though I may not be able to take a dump in a Cedar Point bathroom as I am accustomed to at home, I can still at least take a dump at Cedar Point once it opens.

A few cheese on a sticks when you get there and it'll bind you up where you don't have to worry about it

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Friday, April 17, 2020 10:00 AM

It's not naïve that when a few higher ups tell you that directly on the Midway closing day 2020.

Maybe they were embellishing the fact to throw him under the bus.

I stand by what I said and know what I heard by 2 different sources.

I'm sure Jason had to run it by a few people, but Jason was the sole person responsible for saying yes or no. It rested solely on his shoulders to implement that pass.

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Friday, April 17, 2020 10:14 AM
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Standing by something doesn't make it correct. There's a great deal of corporate politics that went into the offering.


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Friday, April 17, 2020 10:16 AM
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While I’m sure he had input and was part of the process, the discussions and approval ultimately is going to lay heavily with the Executives and number cruncher's. Otherwise I’m not sure what executives are getting paid for if they aren’t heavily involved in the one of the most important business decisions for the park and chain ever.

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Friday, April 17, 2020 11:00 AM

Just Coasting said:

I'm sure Jason had to run it by a few people, but Jason was the sole person responsible for saying yes or no. It rested solely on his shoulders to implement that pass.

You really have no idea how a large company works do you?


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Friday, April 17, 2020 11:05 AM

^He obviously thinks a park's GM makes all decisions and finalizes all decisions. Not like there is a board of directors or people above a park GM that finalizes things.

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