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Viad Corp Reports Results for the 2022 First Quarter

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  • Q122 results significantly better than expected and full year expectations raised

  • Pursuit Refresh, Build, Buy strategy continues to fuel growth

  • GES launches Spiro to accelerate growth in Brand Experiences

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 05, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI), a leading provider of experiential leisure travel and live events and marketing experiences, today reported financial results for the 2022 first quarter.

Steve Moster, Viad’s president and chief executive officer, commented, "Our 2022 first quarter results significantly exceeded our expectations, primarily on stronger than anticipated revenue at GES as in-person event activity continued to improve. Pursuit performed in line with our expectations and delivered record first quarter revenue driven by stronger demand for our same-store and new year-round experiences during this seasonally slow quarter."

Moster continued, "I am proud of our first quarter performance and encouraged by the acceleration of activity across our businesses. Advance bookings at Pursuit point to a very strong peak season this summer, and GES’ event bookings and pipeline indicate that in-person event activity will continue to improve. I look forward to building on our momentum as we execute over the balance of the year."

First Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights

Three months ended March 31,

(in millions)

2022

2021

$ Change

Revenue

$

177.4

$

28.9

$

148.4

Pursuit Revenue

23.8

9.8

14.0

GES Revenue

153.6

19.1

134.4

Net loss attributable to Viad

$

(29.0

)

$

(43.2

)

$

14.2

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA*

$

(11.3

)

$

(25.2

)

$

13.9

Pursuit Adjusted EBITDA*

(11.5

)

(9.1

)

(2.4

)

GES Adjusted EBITDA*

2.7

(14.2

)

16.9

Corporate Adjusted EBITDA*

(2.5

)

(1.9

)

(0.6

)

* Refer to Table Two of this press release for a discussion and reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

Pursuit Results

Pursuit’s first quarter revenue increased $14.0 million from the 2021 first quarter. Our new year-round experiences contributed $5.1 million to the year-over-year growth and same-store revenue grew by $8.9 million versus the 2021 first quarter primarily due to stronger visitation at our Canadian experiences. Pursuit’s seasonal adjusted EBITDA loss increased by $2.4 million versus the 2021 first quarter primarily due to a $2.8 million prior year benefit from the Canadian government’s emergency wage subsidy program.

Regarding Pursuit’s results, Moster commented, "We are very happy with the record level of first quarter revenue delivered by Pursuit. Our attractions and lodging properties in Canada benefited from travel restrictions being lifted, as well as our efforts to refresh our existing experiences and maximize revenue. Our new experiences, including the Sky Lagoon and FlyOver Las Vegas, are performing well and continue to gain momentum as awareness builds and long-haul leisure travel improves."

Moster continued, "With the Canadian border open, the new experiences we have added, and strong leisure travel demand, we expect revenue will remain much higher than the levels we realized in 2021. In preparation for significantly higher revenue, we are building up our bench of talented team members to ensure we are ready to deliver hospitality excellence for our guests. And we look forward to delivering strong EBITDA as we move into our peak summer season."

GES Results and Launch of Spiro

GES’ first quarter revenue increased $134.4 million from the 2021 first quarter and Adjusted EBITDA improved by $16.9 million as compared to the 2021 first quarter. These improvements are primarily due to the resumption of live event activity and the return of large-scale events that canceled or postponed into the first half of 2021. Excluding a $9.1 million dollar gain on the sale of a GES facility in the 2021 first quarter, the year over year improvement in GES Adjusted EBITDA was $26.0 million.

Regarding GES’ results, Moster commented, "GES’ results exceeded our expectations due to a faster than expected rebound of event activity, which accelerated in March following two slower months that were challenged by the impacts of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. Revenue in the month of March reached approximately 75 percent of the amount generated in the 2019 pre-pandemic month. We’re still seeing a fair amount of variation across the events we produce, but the overall trend line continues to improve and the corporate clients that we support with Brand Experiences have healthy budgets for this year."

During the first quarter, we created a unique identity, Spiro, for our Brand Experiences business. Spiro is the natural evolution of the strong client partnerships that we have built through our Brand Experiences business, which represented about 30 percent of GES’ revenue in 2019 while serving as a strategic marketing partner to leading brands around the world.

Regarding Spiro, Moster commented, "Over the past year, we have positioned the Brand Experiences portion of GES to focus exclusively on corporate brand marketers. In the first quarter, we introduced the Spiro brand to the market to accelerate our growth by servicing the changing needs of today’s brand marketers across a broader spectrum of their experiential marketing needs. We have been very successful onboarding new clients since 2019 and that has continued into 2022. The launch of Spiro is well-timed to help us accelerate growth in this large fragmented market as corporate brands pursue strong customer engagement across the physical, virtual, digital and hybrid marketing channels. I am thrilled about the growth potential for Spiro."

In connection with the reorganization of our operations to support the launch and growth of Spiro, we have defined two new reportable segments for GES: Spiro and GES Exhibitions. The following table provides a comparison of 2022 first quarter revenue and Adjusted EBITDA to the comparable period in 2021 for GES’ two reportable segments. Additional historical financial information for these segments can be found in the tables accompanying this press release.

Three months ended March 31,

(in millions)

2022

2021

$ Change

Revenue:

Spiro

$

42.8

$

12.1

$

30.8

GES Exhibitions

111.8

7.2

104.7

Inter-segment Eliminations

(1.1

)

(0.1

)

(1.0

)

Total GES

$

153.6

$

19.1

$

134.4

Adjusted EBITDA*:

Spiro

$

0.7

$

(5.5

)

$

6.3

GES Exhibitions

2.0

(8.7

)

10.7

Total GES

$

2.7

$

(14.2

)

$

16.9

* Refer to Table Two of this press release for a discussion and reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

Spiro’s first quarter 2022 revenue increased $30.8 million with an increase in Adjusted EBITDA of $6.3 million as compared to the 2021 first quarter. GES Exhibitions’ first quarter 2022 revenue increased $104.7 million with an increase in Adjusted EBITDA of $10.7 million (or $19.8 million excluding the $9.1 million facility sale gain during the 2021 first quarter) as compared to the 2021 first quarter. These improvements primarily reflect the resumption of in-person event activity as well as the benefit of the cost structure reductions we've implemented.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights

We ended the first quarter with total liquidity of $145.3 million, comprising cash and cash equivalents of approximately $58 million and approximately $87 million of capacity available on our revolving credit facility ($100 million total facility size, less approximately $13 million in letters of credit). Our debt totaled approximately $474 million, including $398 million outstanding on our Term Loan B, financing lease obligations of approximately $66 million (which primarily comprises real estate leases at Pursuit), and approximately $9 million in other debt.

Our 2022 first quarter cash flow from operations was an inflow of approximately $18 million, our capital expenditures totaled approximately $13 million, and we paid approximately $2 million in cash dividends on our convertible preferred equity and made net debt payments of approximately $4 million.

Moster commented, "As a result of our strong cash flow management and improved business activity, we generated positive operating cash flow during our seasonally slow first quarter. We have a solid liquidity position and financial flexibility that allows us to continue investing in high-return growth opportunities through Pursuit’s Refresh, Build, Buy strategy, including our April 6th acquisition of the Glacier Raft Company and construction of our new Forest Park Hotel in Jasper, as well as longer-term build projects to expand our FlyOver attraction platform."

2022 Outlook

Assuming no future material adverse changes to the macro environment from COVID, geo-political events, or other factors, we expect Adjusted EBITDA will be in the ranges shown in the following table. We continue to operate in a very dynamic environment and our performance could vary significantly from the amounts shown below.

(in millions)

Second Quarter

Full Year

Key Assumptions

Pursuit

$17 to $21

$80 to $90

  • US same store revenue out-performs 2019 on strong domestic leisure travel demand;

  • Canada same store revenue remains below 2019 on partial recovery of long-haul international leisure travel

  • New experiences continue to ramp as awareness builds and long-haul leisure travel partially recovers

  • Revenue management efforts to drive rate increases offset wage inflation

  • Overall margins will improve from 2021 but remain below 2019 due to guest mix

GES

$8 to $12

$25 to $35

  • Exhibitions same-show revenue will generally remain at or better than 75% of pre-pandemic levels

  • Experiential marketing budgets of major Spiro clients are approximately 80% of pre-pandemic levels

  • SG&A will gradually increase to support increased business activity and future revenue growth

Corporate

~$(3)

$(11) to $(12)

  • Run rate remains consistent with first quarter

Conference Call Details

Management will host a conference call to review first quarter 2022 results on Thursday, May 5, 2022, at 5 p.m. (Eastern Time).

To join the live conference call, please register at least 10 minutes before the start of the call using the following link: https://www.incommglobalevents.com/registration/q4inc/10659/viad-corp-first-quarter-2022-earnings-call/. After registering, an email confirmation will be sent that includes dial-in information as well as unique codes for entry into the live call. Registration will be open throughout the call.

A live audio webcast of the call will also be available in listen-only mode through the "Investors" section of our website. A replay of the webcast will be available on our website shortly after the call and, for a limited time, by calling (866) 813-9403 or (929) 458-6194 and entering the conference ID 953633.

Additionally, we will post a supplemental presentation, containing highlights of our results, trends and outlook, on the "Investors" section of our website prior to the conference call. We will refer to this presentation during the call.

About Viad

Viad (NYSE: VVI), is a leading global provider of extraordinary experiences, including hospitality and leisure activities, experiential marketing, and live events through two businesses: Pursuit and GES. Pursuit is a collection of inspiring and unforgettable travel experiences in Alaska, Montana, the Canadian Rockies, Vancouver, Reykjavik, and Las Vegas, as well as new experiences planned in Chicago and Toronto. Pursuit’s collection includes attractions, lodges and hotels, and sightseeing tours that connect guests with iconic places. GES is a global, full-service live events company offering a comprehensive range of services to the world's leading brands and event organizers. Our business strategy focuses on delivering extraordinary experiences for our teams, clients and guests, and significant and sustainable growth and above-market returns for our shareholders. Viad is an S&P SmallCap 600 company. For more information, visit www.viad.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains a number of forward-looking statements. Words, and variations of words, such as "will," "may," "expect," "would," "could," "might," "intend," "plan," "believe," "estimate," "anticipate," "deliver," "seek," "aim," "potential," "target," "outlook," and similar expressions are intended to identify our forward-looking statements. Similarly, statements that describe our business strategy, outlook, objectives, plans, intentions or goals also are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts and are subject to a host of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.

Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in our forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our financial condition, liquidity, and cash flow;

  • our ability to anticipate and adjust for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our businesses;

  • general economic uncertainty in key global markets and a worsening of global economic conditions;

  • travel industry disruptions;

  • seasonality of our businesses;

  • unanticipated delays and cost overruns of our capital projects, and our ability to achieve established financial and strategic goals for such projects;

  • our exposure to labor shortages, turnover, and labor cost increases;

  • the importance of key members of our account teams to our business relationships;

  • the competitive nature of the industries in which we operate;

  • our dependence on large exhibition event clients;

  • adverse effects of show rotation on our periodic results and operating margins;

  • transportation disruptions and increases in transportation costs;

  • natural disasters, weather conditions, accidents, and other catastrophic events;

  • our exposure to labor cost increases and work stoppages related to unionized employees;

  • our multi-employer pension plan funding obligations;

  • our ability to successfully integrate and achieve established financial and strategic goals from acquisitions;

  • our exposure to cybersecurity attacks and threats;

  • our exposure to currency exchange rate fluctuations;

  • liabilities relating to prior and discontinued operations; and

  • compliance with laws governing the storage, collection, handling, and transfer of personal data and our exposure to legal claims and fines for data breaches or improper handling of such data.

For a more complete discussion of the risks and uncertainties that may affect our business or financial results, please see Item 1A, "Risk Factors," of our most recent annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC. We disclaim and do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement in this press release except as required by applicable law or regulation.

Forward-Looking Non-GAAP Measures

The company has not quantitatively reconciled its guidance for adjusted EBITDA to its respective most comparable GAAP measure because certain reconciling items that impact this metric including, provision for income taxes, interest expense, restructuring or impairment charges, acquisition-related costs, and attraction start-up costs have not occurred, are out of the company’s control, or cannot be reasonably predicted. Accordingly, reconciliations to the nearest GAAP financial measure are not available without unreasonable effort. Please note that the unavailable reconciling items could significantly impact the company’s results as reported under GAAP.

VIAD CORP AND SUBSIDIARIES

TABLE ONE - QUARTERLY RESULTS

(UNAUDITED)

Three months ended March 31,

(in thousands, except per share data)

2022

2021

$ Change

% Change

Revenue:

Pursuit

$

23,784

$

9,790

$

13,994

**

GES:

Spiro

42,816

12,059

30,757

**

GES Exhibitions

111,831

7,152

104,679

**

Inter-segment eliminations

(1,071

)

(66

)

(1,005

)

**

Total GES

153,576

19,145

134,431

**

Total revenue

$

177,360

$

28,935

$

148,425

**

Segment operating loss:

Pursuit

$

(21,198

)

$

(18,321

)

(2,877

)

-15.7

%

GES:

Spiro

(239

)

(7,169

)

6,930

96.7

%

GES Exhibitions

(1,355

)

(12,735

)

11,380

89.4

%

Total GES

(1,594

)

(19,904

)

18,310

92.0

%

Segment operating loss

$

(22,792

)

$

(38,225

)

$

15,433

40.4

%

Corporate eliminations

17

17

-

0.0

%

Corporate activities (Note A)

(2,673

)

(2,005

)

(668

)

-33.3

%

Restructuring charges (Note B)

(654

)

(2,826

)

2,172

76.9

%

Impairment charges (Note C)

(583

)

-

(583

)

**

Other expense

(638

)

(360

)

(278

)

-77.2

%

Net interest expense (Note D)

(5,877

)

(5,085

)

(792

)

-15.6

%

Loss from continuing operations before income taxes

(33,200

)

(48,484

)

15,284

31.5

%

Income tax benefit (Note E)

2,582

3,045

(463

)

-15.2

%

Loss from continuing operations

(30,618

)

(45,439

)

14,821

32.6

%

Income from discontinued operations (Note F)

275

348

(73

)

-21.0

%

Net loss

(30,343

)

(45,091

)

14,748

32.7

%

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

1,204

1,445

(241

)

-16.7

%

Net loss attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interest

138

494

(356

)

-72.1

%

Net loss attributable to Viad

$

(29,001

)

$

(43,152

)

$

14,151

32.8

%

Amounts Attributable to Viad:

Loss from continuing operations

$

(29,276

)

$

(43,500

)

$

14,224

32.7

%

Income from discontinued operations (Note F)

275

348

(73

)

-21.0

%

Net loss

$

(29,001

)

$

(43,152

)

$

14,151

32.8

%

Loss per common share attributable to Viad (Note G):

Basic loss per common share

$

(1.53

)

$

(2.21

)

$

0.68

30.8

%

Diluted loss per common share

$

(1.53

)

$

(2.21

)

$

0.68

30.8

%

Weighted-average common shares outstanding:

Basic weighted-average outstanding common shares

20,518

20,370

148

0.7

%

Additional dilutive shares related to share-based compensation

-

-

-

**

Diluted weighted-average outstanding common shares

20,518

20,370

148

0.7

%

Adjusted EBITDA* by Reportable Segment:

Pursuit

$

(11,498

)

$

(9,061

)

$

(2,437

)

-26.9

%

GES:

Spiro

742

(5,542

)

6,284

**

GES Exhibitions

1,978

(8,684

)

10,662

**

Total GES

2,720

(14,226

)

16,946

**

Corporate

(2,534

)

(1,931

)

(603

)

-31.2

%

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA

(11,312

)

(25,218

)

13,906

55.1

%

As of March 31,

Capitalization Data:

2022

2021

$ Change

% Change

Cash and cash equivalents

57,902

34,714

23,188

66.8

%

Total debt

473,845

372,699

101,146

27.1

%

Viad shareholders' equity

(18,169

)

56,502

(74,671

)

**

Non-controlling interests (redeemable and non-redeemable)

90,795

88,263

2,532

2.9

%

Convertible Series A Preferred Stock (Note H):

Convertible preferred stock (including accumulated dividends paid in kind)***

141,827

139,904

1,924

1.4

%

Equivalent number of common shares

6,674

6,584

...

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