DXB Entertainments PJSC (DFM:DXBE) announced today its preliminary unaudited financial results for the year ended 31 December 2019, reporting a 38% improvement in FY 2019 adjusted EBITDA losses compared to the previous year, and AED 2.0 million in adjusted EBITDA profit for the three month period ended 31 December 2019.
Financial Highlights (1 Jan 2019 – 31 Dec 2019)
2019 Financial Highlights
on the 2019 financial results, Mohamed Almulla, CEO and Managing Director, DXB
Entertainments PJSC, said:
“I am pleased to report strong performance during the final quarter of the
year, with the implementation of our efficiency program helping us deliver an
adjusted EBITDA profit of AED 2 million for three months ended 31 December
2019. This marks the first quarter of profitability in the history of our
company and is an encouraging result as we progress with the implementation of
our strategy, focused on driving business growth and operational efficiency.
“Our business does however remain
cyclical and whilst we expect profitability in Q1 and Q4 2020, which are our
busiest quarters, Q2 and Q3 2020 will remain loss making.
“Our efficiency program is delivering
good results, with year-on-year savings in operating costs of AED 172 million in
FY 2019, with further savings due to be realised in 2020. Our focus is now on
delivering EBITDA profitability on a full year basis by achieving revenue
growth, specifically through initiatives to drive visitation from our core
international markets and through our hotel strategy.
outlook for 2020 is good, with our park enhancement plan and hotel strategy
progressing well. Twelve rides will be added to two of our parks, including
three world record rides, before the end of the year. The opening of the 250
room LEGOLAND® Hotel in FY 2020 will complete our destination and increase the
available on-site hotel room inventory to over 1,300 keys. The introduction of
further hotel rooms to the destination will be a key driver of growth in
international visitation facilitating the bundling of our theme park tickets
with hotel stays and ultimately increasing length of stay, visitation and dwell
“We remain focused on our goal of growing visitation and with our new VP of Sales and Marketing, our enhancement and hotel plan and the expected benefit from EXPO 2020, I believe we are well positioned to deliver this.”
For the year ended 31 December
2019, the Group reported total revenue of AED 491 million, a decrease of 9% on
the prior year. However, on a like-for-like basis and excluding AED 33.6 million
of one-time revenue associated with a tenant settlement, total revenue
decreased by 15%.
Of the total Group revenue of AED
491 million, AED 310 million was generated through the theme parks, AED 84
million through hospitality, AED 51 million through retail and AED 46 million
through other revenue streams, including sponsorship.
Theme park revenues of AED 91
million in Q4 2019 decreased by AED 11 million or 11% compared to Q4 2018 due
to lower visits and per capita spend. Within the theme parks, 66% of revenue in
Q4 2019 was driven through admissions and the remaining 34% through in-park
Lapita™ Hotel revenue decreased
by 13% to AED 25 million in Q4 2019, compared to AED 29 million in Q4 2018.
Average occupancy increased to 68% whilst the average daily rate at AED 597 in
Q4 2019 was 24% lower than the fourth quarter of 2018, in line with the general
trend across the market.
Overall operating expenses for
the year, inclusive of marketing and selling costs but excluding depreciation
and amortization were AED 556 million, compared with AED 728 million in the
prior year, a year-on-year saving of 24% and a saving of 40% when compared with
FY 2017. The annualised impact of the efficiency program is expected to
generate further savings in FY 2020.
FY 2019 adjusted EBITDA loss was
AED 149 million, an improvement of AED 90 million or 38% year-on-year.
Statutory EBITDA loss was AED 106 million in FY 2019 compared to AED 210
million in the prior year, with 2019 statutory EBITDA loss impacted by one-time
revenue and income of AED 39 million associated with a Riverland tenant
Net loss for the year ended 31 December 2019 was AED 855 million, inclusive of non-cash deprecation of AED 384 million, non-cash finance charges of AED 107 million and cash finance charges of AED 278 million.
Our key focus in 2019 was to
implement the operational efficiency and effectiveness program to reduce the fixed
operating leverage of the Company whilst ensuring that the guest experience was
not impacted. This was successfully implemented by the year end resulting in
cost savings of AED 172 million, equivalent to 24% of total operating costs, with
further savings expected in 2020.
During the year, we cemented our
position as the region’s leading theme park destination welcoming almost 2.6
million visits in 2019. We continue to see growth in our international visitor
mix, now accounting for 43% of total visits. Overall visits were down 7% as
resident visitation and in particular from the annual pass segment declined,
which is not unusual for a theme park in its second full year of operations and
which benefited from high penetration of visits from the domestic market. Driving
international visitation remains key, in particular from our key source markets
of the GCC, India, China, Russia, the United Kingdom and Western Europe.
Our new pricing was implemented
in October 2019 with a view to encouraging multi-park visitation, improving
yields and targeting new market segments. Initial feedback is encouraging with
greater numbers of visitors opting for our multi-park offering.
Parks and Resorts Enhancement Plan
enhancement works at MOTIONGATE™ Dubai and Bollywood Parks™ Dubai will be completed
by H2 2020 and will see the introduction of twelve new rides including three
world record breaking rides. The enhancement plan is expected to drive new and
repeat visitation, increase dwell times and improve per capita spend.
Construction work on the 250 room LEGOLAND® Hotel Dubai, the first ever hotel of its kind in the region, is progressing as planned, with the opening of the hotel slated for H1 2020, which will increase the available on-site hotel room inventory to over 1,300 keys. The introduction of further hotel rooms to the destination will be a key driver of growth in international visitation facilitating the bundling of our theme park tickets with hotel stays and ultimately increasing length of stay, visitation and dwell times.
Note: The audited consolidated financial statements of DXB Entertainments PJSC (the “Group”) may be different from the preliminary results as the results presented are unaudited and subject to external audit.
 Adjusted for non-recurring expenses/income
 FY2018 excludes one-time non-cash impairment charges of AED 551 million and AED 991 million associated with the Six Flags Dubai project and Phase I development of Dubai Parks and Resorts, respectively.
For further information, please contact:
Abdul Rahman Al Suwaidi, Investor Relations Manager, DXB Entertainments PJSC+97148200820IR@dxbe.aeAnca Cighi, Director, Senior Director, FTI Consultingemail@example.com
DXB Entertainments PJSC
Entertainments PJSC is a Dubai-based operator of leisure and entertainment
destinations and experiences. The Company is traded on the Dubai Financial
Market (DFM) under the trading symbol “DXBE”. We bring together a diverse
portfolio of world-class brands to offer entertainment in the areas of theme
parks, family entertainment centres and retail and hospitality.
For more information, go to: www.dxbentertainments.com