Cedar Fair 3Q revenue up 5% on higher per cap, slightly lower attendance

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Net revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, which included additional operating days when compared with the prior year’s third quarter, increased 5%, or $25.4 million, to $567.5 million from $542.1 million in 2006. Net income for the quarter was $54.1 million, or $0.98 per diluted limited partner unit, versus net income of $132.9 million, or $2.42 per diluted limited partner unit, a year ago. The decrease in net income is largely attributable to two non-cash items totaling $70.5 million. The first item is a non-cash charge for impairment of assets relating to the Geauga Lake restructuring previously announced. The second item is an increase to provision for taxes, which is a non-cash item that is expected to substantially reverse in the fourth quarter.

Consolidated adjusted EBITDA for the quarter, which management believes is a meaningful measure of the company’s park-level operating results, increased $5.8 million to $291.4 million from $285.5 million for the same period a year ago. See the attached table for a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net income.

“While attendance trends were soft through August, operating results during the month of September improved,” said Dick Kinzel, Cedar Fair chairman, president and chief executive officer. “The increase in revenues for the third quarter of 2007 is due to a 5% improvement in in-park guest per capita spending across all of the parks and an increase in out-of-park revenues, including resort hotels, of 4%, or $2.2 million. This was offset somewhat by a decrease in attendance of 1%, or 150,000 visits, primarily in our southern and western regions.”

For the month of October, successful execution of late season programs across our parks, along with favorable weather conditions in the Company’s northern region resulted in an increase in revenue of 11%, or $8.6 million, from the same period a year ago. This increase was the result of a 9% increase in attendance, or 160,000 visits, a 2% increase in average in-park guest per capita spending, and an increase in out-of-park revenues of 8%, or $494,000.

Read the rest of the press release from Cedar Fair.

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