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Cedar Fair L.P. Depositary Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

November 06, 2009 | About:
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Cedar Fair L.P. Depositary (FUN) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2009-09-27.

Cedar Fair L.P. and its affiliated companies own and operate five amusement parks: Cedar Point Knott's Berry Farm Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Valleyfair and Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun. The parks are family-oriented with recreational facilities for people of all ages and provide clean and attractive environments with exciting rides and entertainment. The company also owns and operates four hotel facilities. Cedar Point also owns and operates the Cedar Point Marina one of the largest full-service marinas on the Great Lakes. Cedar Fair L.p. Depositary has a market cap of $389.2 million; its shares were traded at around $7.05 with a P/E ratio of 12.8 and P/S ratio of 0.4. The dividend yield of Cedar Fair L.p. Depositary stocks is 14.2%. Cedar Fair L.p. Depositary had an annual average earning growth of 8.6% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Cedar Fair L.p. Depositary the business predictability rank of 4-star.

Highlight of Business Operations:

In late August, we completed the sale of 87 acres of surplus land at Canadas Wonderland to the Vaughan Health Campus of Care in Ontario, Canada as part of our ongoing efforts to reduce debt. Net proceeds from this sale totaled $53.8 million and resulted in the recognition of a $23.1 million gain during the period. After the gain on the sale of the Canadian land, depreciation, amortization, loss on impairment / retirement of fixed assets, and all other non-cash costs, operating profit for the period decreased $7.9 million to $205.4 million in 2009 compared with $213.3 million in 2008.

During the first nine months of the year, a provision for taxes of $48.2 million was recorded to account for the tax attributes of our corporate subsidiaries and publicly traded partnership (PTP) taxes. This compares with a $52.1 million provision for taxes for the same fiscal nine-month period in 2008. To determine the interim period income tax provision (benefit) of our corporate subsidiaries, we apply an estimated annual effective tax rate to our year-to-date income (loss). The 2009 estimated annual effective tax rate includes the effect of an anticipated adjustment to the valuation allowance that relates to foreign tax credit carry-forwards arising from our corporate subsidiaries. The amount of this adjustment has a disproportionate impact on our annual effective tax rate that results in a significant variation in the customary relationship between the provision for taxes and income before taxes in interim periods. Cash taxes paid or payable are not impacted by these interim tax provisions and are estimated to be $18-$22 million for the 2009 calendar year.

After interest expense, net change in fair value of swaps, other expense, and the provision for taxes, net income for the nine months ended September 27, 2009 totaled $61.7 million, or $1.10 per diluted limited partner unit, compared with net income of $62.5 million, or $1.12 per unit, for the same period a year ago.

For the nine-month period, adjusted EBITDA decreased $37.9 million, or 11%, to $296.7 million compared with $334.6 million during the same period a year ago. The $37.9 million decrease in EBITDA was attributable to the decline in nine-month revenues resulting largely from decreased attendance and reduced occupancy rates at our resort properties, offset largely by our continued focus on cost controls during the period.

The third quarter results reflect a $23.1 million gain from the sale of 87 acres of surplus land near Canadas Wonderland in Toronto, Ontario as part of our strategy to reduce debt. After the gain on the Canadian land sale, depreciation, amortization, loss on impairment / retirement of fixed assets, and other non-cash costs, operating income for the quarter totaled $221.0 million, up $5.7 million from $215.3 million for the third quarter of 2008.

Interest expense for the third quarter in 2009 compared with the same period in 2008 decreased slightly to $31.2 million from $31.8 million. During the quarter, a provision for taxes of $77.6 million was recorded to account for the tax attributes of our corporate subsidiaries and PTP taxes, compared to a provision for taxes of $91.6 million in the same period a year ago. After interest expense, the net change in fair market value of swaps, other (income) expense, and the provision for taxes, the net income for the period totaled $107.6 million, or $1.92 per diluted limited partner unit, compared with net income of $91.5 million, or $1.65 per unit, a year ago.

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