Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2020 Results

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Company Implements Significant Cost-Reduction Measures

Lengthens Construction Timetable for MSG Sphere In Las Vegas; Expects to Open Venue in Calendar 2023

Maintains Strong Liquidity Position, With $1.2 Billion in Cash and Short-Term Investments at Fiscal Year-End

Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. (NYSE: MSGE) today provided an update on its business operations and reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2020. On April 17, 2020, Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. ("the Company" or "MSG Entertainment") became a standalone company, following the completion of its spin-off from The Madison Square Garden Company, which was renamed Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. ("MSG Sports").

Executive Chairman and CEO James L. Dolan said, "Our core operations performed well over the first eight months of fiscal 2020 and, even after the onset of COVID-19, we completed important initiatives, including the Forum sale and spin-off transaction. However, the ongoing impact of the pandemic has required us to make difficult decisions and take significant action in order to preserve the strength of our balance sheet and ensure we are well-positioned to resume operations when the time is right. Despite the uncertainty for our industry, we remain confident in our business and look forward to when we can bring fans and artists back together in our venues."

Business Update
Over the first eight months of fiscal 2020, the Company was experiencing positive momentum across its operations. The 2019 season of the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes marked the show’s highest grossing run ever. The Company’s entertainment and sports bookings business was on track for a record number of events for the fiscal year and Tao Group Hospitality was delivering strong year-over-year growth. In addition, the Company was making significant progress on a number of important initiatives, including the construction of its MSG Sphere venue in Las Vegas and the completion of both the spin-off transaction and the $400 million sale of the Forum in Inglewood, California.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, in mid-March, the Company’s performance venues and Tao Group Hospitality’s entertainment dining and nightlife venues were closed, and, except for certain Tao Group Hospitality venues, remain closed today. The Boston Calling Music Festival, scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, was canceled. And last week, the Company canceled its Christmas Spectacular production for this upcoming holiday season as a result of the ongoing uncertainty.

Following the shutdown of its venues in March, the Company took immediate steps to reduce discretionary spending and made several difficult decisions. Tao Group Hospitality eliminated essentially all its venue line staff and manager positions. The Company also ended financial support of event-level employees at its performance venues at the end of May. The Company has continued to review its operations and last week implemented additional actions, including a workforce reduction and significantly reduced spending across all departments.

The Company’s MSG Sphere venue in Las Vegas is also impacted. In April, the Company announced that it was suspending construction of MSG Sphere due to COVID-19 related factors that were outside of its control, including supply chain issues. As the ongoing effects of the pandemic have continued to impact its operations, the Company has revised its processes and construction schedule, and has resumed work with a lengthened timetable that enables the Company to better preserve cash in the near-term. The Company remains committed to bringing MSG Sphere to Las Vegas and, based on its new construction schedule, now expects to open the venue in calendar 2023.

The Company has taken these steps to conserve cash and believes it is well positioned to navigate the temporary shutdown. As of June 30, 2020, the Company had approximately $1.2 billion in cash and short-term investments. Debt outstanding consisted of a $33.8 million bank term loan at Tao Group Hospitality. The Company’s cash and cash equivalents at fiscal year-end included approximately $200 million in deferred revenue and collections due to promoters, primarily related to tickets, suites and sponsorships – all of which will be addressed, to the extent necessary, through credits, make-goods, refunds and/or rescheduled dates. As of June 30, 2020, the significant majority of deferred ticket revenue was related to events that have been or are expected to be rescheduled into calendar 2021. Ticketholders for rescheduled events have primarily opted to retain their tickets, and the Company is providing ticket refunds as appropriate.

Results from Operations
For all periods presented through the date of the spin-off, the financial results of the Company are presented in accordance with accounting requirements for the preparation of carve-out financial statements, reflecting the results of the entertainment businesses previously owned and operated by MSG Sports through its MSG Entertainment business segment, as well as the sports bookings business previously owned and operated by MSG Sports through its MSG Sports business segment. These results (through April 17, 2020) do not include the impact of intercompany agreements between the Company and MSG Sports, which were effective as of the date of the spin-off, and may not reflect the level of expenses that would have been incurred by the Company had it been a stand-alone company for the periods presented. Results for the period after the completion of the spin-off (April 18, 2020 through June 30, 2020) reflect the Company on a standalone basis.

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted the Company’s fiscal 2020 results, and also led to significant non-cash impairment charges related to Tao Group Hospitality. In addition, fiscal 2020 results include a gain, resulting from the Forum sale and associated settlements, which was recorded during the fiscal 2020 fourth quarter. For fiscal 2020, the Company generated $762.9 million in revenues, a 27% decrease as compared to fiscal 2019. The Company had an operating loss of $59.8 million and an adjusted operating loss of $43.3 million in fiscal 2020, compared to an operating loss of $45.6 million and adjusted operating income of $103.9 million in fiscal 2019.(1)(2)(3)

For the fiscal 2020 fourth quarter, the Company reported revenues of $9.0 million, a decrease of 96% as compared with the prior year quarter. The Company had operating income of $94.4 million and an adjusted operating loss of $103.5 million, compared to an operating loss of $57.2 million and an adjusted operating loss of $21.5 million in the prior year quarter.(2)(3)(4)

Segment Results for the Quarters and Years Ended June 30, 2020 and 2019:

Three Months Ended
June 30,

Twelve Months Ended
June 30,

2020

2019

% Change

2020

2019

% Change

Revenues:

Entertainment

$

8.6

$

153.8

(94

)%

$

585.2

$

797.1

(27

)%

Tao Group Hospitality

1.3

61.9

(98

)%

180.2

253.7

(29

)%

Other(5)

(0.9

)

(0.5

)

NM

(2.5

)

(1.8

)

NM

Total Revenues

$

9.0

$

215.2

(96

)%

$

762.9

$

1,048.9

(27

)%

Operating Income (Loss):

Entertainment

$

118.2

$

(57.5

)

NM

$

71.0

$

(42.6

)

NM

Tao Group Hospitality

(20.6

)

5.6

NM

(102.6

)

17.7

NM

Other(5)

(3.3

)

(5.2

)

NM

(28.2

)

(20.7

)

NM

Total Operating Income (Loss)

$

94.4

$

(57.2

)

NM

$

(59.8

)

$

(45.6

)

(31

)%

Adjusted Operating Income (Loss):

Entertainment

$

(90.2

)

$

(28.5

)

NM

$

(44.3

)

$

79.7

NM

Tao Group Hospitality

(13.0

)

7.1

NM

1.5

24.3

(94

)%

Other(5)

(0.3

)

(0.1

)

NM

(0.5

)

(0.1

)

NM

Total Adjusted Operating Income (Loss)

$

(103.5

)

$

(21.5

)

NM

$

(43.3

)

$

103.9

NM

Note: Does not foot due to rounding

Entertainment
For the fiscal 2020 fourth quarter, Entertainment segment revenues of $8.6 million decreased 94%, or $145.2 million, as compared with the prior year quarter, primarily reflecting the impact of COVID-19. The temporary closure of the Company’s venues led to decreases of $93.8 million in event-related revenues; $21.5 million in venue-related sponsorship and signage revenues; and $16.2 million in suite license fees. In addition, the cancellation of the Boston Calling Music Festival led to an additional revenue decrease of $10.6 million.

Fiscal 2020 fourth quarter direct operating expenses of $34.4 million decreased 72%, or $89.7 million, as compared with the prior year quarter. The absence of events in the quarter led to decreases of $55.0 million in event-related expenses at the Company’s venues; $14.9 million in event-related expenses for the Boston Calling Music Festival; $11.9 million in suite license expenses; and $9.4 million in venue-related sponsorship and signage expenses. This was partially offset by an increase in venue operating expenses of $5.8 million, primarily due to the Company’s decision to pay certain event-level employees through May 2020.

Fiscal 2020 fourth quarter selling, general and administrative expenses of $76.4 million increased 16%, or $10.7 million, as compared with the prior year quarter. This primarily reflects higher employee compensation and related benefits of $14.6 million, including the impact of severance-related costs attributable to separation agreements, partially offset by a decrease in professional fees of $3.7 million.

Fiscal 2020 fourth quarter operating income of $118.2 million increased by $175.7 million and adjusted operating loss of $90.2 million increased by $61.7 million. The improvement in operating income includes the impact of a $240.8 million gain on the sale of the Forum and associated settlements recorded in the fiscal 2020 fourth quarter. The increased adjusted operating loss primarily reflects the decrease in revenues and, to a lesser extent, higher selling, general and administrative expenses, partially offset by lower direct operating expenses.

Tao Group Hospitality
For the fiscal 2020 fourth quarter, Tao Group Hospitality segment revenues of $1.3 million decreased 98%, or $60.5 million, as compared to the prior year quarter, primarily due to the temporary closure of its entertainment dining and nightlife venues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fiscal 2020 fourth quarter direct operating expenses of $6.6 million decreased 82%, or $29.7 million, as compared to the prior year quarter. Employee compensation and related benefits decreased $16.0 million, primarily due to the elimination of essentially all of Tao Group Hospitality’s venue staff positions in late March. In addition, the cost of food and beverage decreased $10.7 million, a result of the temporary closure of Tao Group Hospitality’s venues.

Fiscal 2020 fourth quarter selling, general and administrative expenses of $8.6 million decreased 53%, or $9.8 million, as compared to the prior year quarter. This primarily reflects a decrease in marketing costs of $3.4 million, as well as a decrease in employee compensation and related benefits of $1.5 million and other net decreases.

Fiscal 2020 fourth quarter operating income decreased by $26.1 million to a loss of $20.6 million and adjusted operating income decreased by $20.1 million to a loss of $13.0 million, both compared to the prior year quarter. This primarily reflects the decrease in revenues, partially offset by lower direct operating expenses and, to a lesser extent, lower selling, general and administrative expenses. Fiscal 2020 fourth quarter operating loss includes a net impairment charge of $4.8 million.

About Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.
Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. (MSG Entertainment) is a leader in live entertainment experiences. The Company presents or hosts a broad array of events in its diverse collection of venues: New York’s Madison Square Garden, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; and The Chicago Theatre. MSG Entertainment is also building a new state-of-the-art venue in Las Vegas, MSG Sphere at The Venetian, and has announced plans to build a second MSG Sphere in London, pending necessary approvals. In addition, the Company features the original production – the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes – and through Boston Calling Events, produces the Boston Calling Music Festival. Also under the MSG Entertainment umbrella is Tao Group Hospitality, with entertainment dining and nightlife brands including Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue, Beauty & Essex and Cathédrale. More information is available at www.msgentertainment.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We define adjusted operating income (loss), which is a non-GAAP financial measure, as operating income (loss) before (i) adjustments to remove the impact of non-cash straight-line leasing revenue associated with the arena license agreements with Madison Square Garden Sports Corp., (ii) depreciation, amortization and impairments of property and equipment, goodwill and other intangible assets, (iii) amortization for capitalized cloud computing arrangement costs, (iv) share-based compensation expense or benefit, (v) restructuring charges or credits, and (vi) gains or losses on sales or dispositions of businesses and associated settlements, which is referred to as adjusted operating income (loss), a non-GAAP measure. In addition to excluding the impact of the items discussed above, the impact of purchase accounting adjustments related to business acquisitions is also excluded in evaluating the Company’s consolidated adjusted operating income (loss). We believe that the exclusion of share-based compensation expense or benefit allows investors to better track the performance of the various operating units of our business without regard to the settlement of an obligation that is not expected to be made in cash. We believe that given the length of the arena license agreements and resulting magnitude of the difference in leasing revenue recognized and cash revenue received, the exclusion of non-cash leasing revenue provides investors with a clearer picture of the Company's operating performance. We did not accrue any leasing revenue during fiscal 2020 because the arena license agreements provide that license payments are not due during the government mandated closure of The Garden.

We believe adjusted operating income (loss) is an appropriate measure for evaluating the operating performance of our business segments and the Company on a consolidated basis. Adjusted operating income (loss) and similar measures with similar titles are common performance measures used by investors and analysts to analyze our performance. Internally, we use revenues and adjusted operating income (loss) as the most important indicators of our business performance, and evaluate management’s effectiveness with specific reference to these indicators. Adjusted operating income (loss) should be viewed as a supplement to and not a substitute for operating income (loss), net income (loss), cash flows from operating activities, and other measures of performance and/or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Since adjusted operating income (loss) is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, this measure may not be comparable to similar measures with similar titles used by other companies. For a reconciliation of operating income (loss) to adjusted operating income (loss), please see page 6 of this release.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results, developments and events may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including financial community and rating agency perceptions of the Company and its business, operations, financial condition and the industry in which it operates, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the factors described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the sections titled "Risk Factors" and "Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" contained therein. The Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained herein.

Conference Call Information:
The conference call will be Webcast live today at 9:00 a.m. ET at investor.msgentertainment.com
Conference call dial-in number is 888-421-7163 / Conference ID Number 1447748
Conference call replay number is 855-859-2056 / Conference ID Number 1447748 until August 21, 2020

CONSOLIDATED AND COMBINED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended
June 30,

Twelve Months Ended
June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Revenues

$

8,999

$

215,197

$

762,936

$

1,048,909

Direct operating expenses

41,729

161,221

508,122

670,641

Selling, general and administrative expenses

84,981

83,893

344,637

314,522

Depreciation and amortization

25,100

27,296

104,899

109,343

Impairment for intangibles, long-lived assets, and goodwill

3,606

105,817

Gain on disposal of assets held for sale and associated settlements

(240,783

)

(240,783

)

Operating income (loss)

94,366

(57,213

)

(59,756

)

(45,597

)

Other income (expense):

Earnings (loss) in equity method investments

(694

)

(9,790

)

(4,433

)

7,062

Interest income

751

8,072

17,993

30,163

Interest expense

(446

)

(5,393

)

(2,300

)

(15,262

)

Miscellaneous expense, net

39,850

(1,943

)

38,855

(6,061

)

Income (loss) from operations before income taxes

133,827

(66,267

)

(9,641

)

(29,695

)

Income tax benefit (expense)

(13,732

)

1,169

(5,046

)

(443

)

Net income (loss)

120,095

(65,098

)

(14,687

)

(30,138

)

Less: Net loss attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests

(5,238

)

(3,637

)

(30,387

)

(7,299

)

Less: Net loss attributable to nonredeemable noncontrolling interests

(1,293

)

(2,172

)

(1,534

)

(4,945

)

Net income (loss) attributable to Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.’s stockholders

$

126,626

$

(59,289

)

$

17,234

$

(17,894

)

Basic earnings (loss) per common share attributable to Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.’s stockholders

$

5.27

$

(2.47

)

$

0.72

$

(0.75

)

Diluted earnings (loss) per common share attributable to Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.’s stockholders

$

5.26

$

(2.47

)

$

0.72

$

(0.75

)

Basic weighted-average number of common shares outstanding

24,019

23,992

23,998

23,992

Diluted weighted-average number of common shares outstanding

24,095

23,992

24,017

23,992

ADJUSTMENTS TO RECONCILE OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) TO
ADJUSTED OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)
(Unaudited)

The following is a description of the adjustments to operating income (loss) in arriving at adjusted operating income (loss) as described in this earnings release:

  • Share-based compensation expense. This adjustment eliminates the compensation expense relating to restricted stock units and stock options granted under our employee stock plan and non-employee director plan in all periods.

  • Depreciation and amortization. This adjustment eliminates depreciation, amortization and impairments of property and equipment and intangible assets in all periods.

  • Impairment of intangibles, long-lived assets and goodwill. This adjustment eliminates non-cash impairment charges in all periods.

  • Gains or losses on disposal of assets. This adjustment eliminates the impact of gains or losses from the disposition of assets or businesses.

  • Purchase accounting adjustments. This adjustment eliminates the impact of various purchase accounting adjustments related to business acquisitions, primarily favorable / unfavorable lease agreements of the acquiree.

Three Months Ended
June 30,

Twelve Months Ended
June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Operating income (loss)

$

94,366

$

(57,213

)

$

(59,756

)

$

(45,597

)

Share-based compensation

12,896

7,472

42,190

35,401

Depreciation and amortization(1)

25,100

27,296

104,899

109,343

Impairment of intangibles, long-lived assets, and goodwill(2)

3,606

105,817

Gain on disposal of assets held for sale, including associated settlements

(240,783

)

(240,783

)

Purchase accounting adjustments

1,338

960

4,367

4,764

Adjusted operating income (loss)

$

(103,477

)

$

(21,485

)

$

(43,266

)

$

103,911

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CONSOLIDATED OPERATIONS DATA
(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)

REVENUES

Three Months Ended
June 30,

2020

2019

% Change

Entertainment

$

8,550

$

153,796

(94

)%

Tao Group Hospitality

1,337

61,861

(98

)%

Other(1)

(888

)

(460

)

NM

Total Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.

$

8,999

$

215,197

(96

)%

Twelve Months Ended
June 30,

2020

2019

% Change

Entertainment

$

585,208

$

797,058

(27

)%

Tao Group Hospitality

180,201

253,651

(29

)%

Other(1)

(2,473

)

(1,800

)

NM

Total Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.

$

762,936

$

1,048,909

(27

)%

OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) AND ADJUSTED OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)

Operating Income
(Loss)

Adjusted Operating Income
(Loss)

Three Months Ended
June 30,

Three Months Ended
June 30,

2020

2019

% Change

2020

2019

% Change

Entertainment

$

118,203

$

(57,537

)

NM

$

(90,223

)

$

(28,484

)

NM

Tao Group Hospitality

(20,583

)

5,564

NM

(12,987

)

7,074

NM

Other(1)

(3,254

)

(5,240

)

NM

(267

)

(75

)

NM

Total Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.

$

94,366

$

(57,213

)

NM

$

(103,477

)

$

(21,485

)

NM

Operating Income
(Loss)

Adjusted Operating Income
(Loss)

Twelve Months Ended
June 30,

Twelve Months Ended
June 30,

2020

2019

% Change

2020

2019

% Change

Entertainment

$

71,016

$

(42,573

)

NM

$

(44,251

)

$

79,696

NM

Tao Group Hospitality

(102,588

)

17,716

NM

1,477

24,290

(94

)%

Other(1)

(28,184

)

(20,740

)

NM

(492

)

(75

)

NM

Total Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.

$

(59,756

)

$

(45,597

)

(31

)%

$

(43,266

)

$

103,911

NM

CONSOLIDATED AND COMBINED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

June 30,

2020

2019

ASSETS

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

906,555

$

1,082,055

Restricted cash

17,749

10,010

Short-term investments

337,192

108,416

Accounts receivable, net

57,184

81,044

Net related party receivables

23,062

1,722

Prepaid expenses

62,127

24,067

Other current assets

22,633

39,430

Total current assets

1,426,502

1,346,744

Investments and loans to nonconsolidated affiliates

52,622

84,560

Property and equipment, net

1,646,115

1,349,122

Right-of-use lease assets

220,328

Amortizable intangible assets, net

150,426

214,391

Indefinite-lived intangible assets

63,801

65,421

Goodwill

74,309

165,558

Other assets

85,103

89,963

Total assets

$

3,719,206

$

3,315,759

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN ENTERTAINMENT CORP.
CONSOLIDATED AND COMBINED BALANCE SHEETS (continued)
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

June 30,

2020

2019

LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS AND EQUITY

Current Liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

17,258

$

23,974

Net related party payables, current

18,418

18,911

Current portion of long-term debt, net of deferred financing costs

5,429

6,042

Accrued liabilities:

Employee related costs

68,837

82,411

Other accrued liabilities

125,452

88,614

Operating lease liabilities, current

53,388

Collections due to promoters

31,879

67,212

Deferred revenue

189,308

186,883

Total current liabilities

509,969

474,047

Related party payables, noncurrent

172

Long-term debt, net of deferred financing costs

28,126

48,556

Operating lease liabilities, noncurrent

174,219

Defined benefit and other postretirement obligations

26,132

41,318

Other employee related costs

15,591

15,703

Deferred tax liabilities, net

12,450

22,973

Other liabilities

78,279

59,525

Total liabilities

844,766

662,294

Commitments and contingencies

Redeemable noncontrolling interests

20,600

67,627

Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. Stockholders’ Equity:

Class A common stock, par value $0.01, 120,000 shares authorized; 19,493 shares outstanding as of June 30, 2020

195

Class B common stock, par value $0.01, 30,000 shares authorized; 4,530 shares outstanding as of June 30, 2020

45

Preferred stock, par value $0.01, 15,000 shares authorized; none outstanding as of June 30, 2020

Additional paid-in capital

2,751,318

Retained earnings

141,936

Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. Investment

2,618,971

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(51,857

)

(46,923

)

Total Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. stockholders’ equity

2,841,637

2,572,048

Nonredeemable noncontrolling interests

12,203

13,790

Total equity

2,853,840

2,585,838

Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interests and equity

$

3,719,206

$

3,315,759

SELECTED CASH FLOW INFORMATION
(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)

Twelve Months Ended
June 30,

2020

2019

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

96,031

$

91,724

Net cash used in investing activities

(389,657

)

(228,063

)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

122,938

(8,621

)

Effect of exchange rates on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

2,927

4,669

Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(167,761

)

(140,291

)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

1,092,065

1,232,356

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

924,304

$

1,092,065

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Contacts

Kimberly Kerns
EVP and Chief Communications Officer
Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.
(212) 465-6442

Ari Danes, CFA
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations & Treasury
Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.
(212) 465-6072