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Planet Fitness, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2020 Results

Posted: November 5, 2020 in Chains

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HAMPTON, N.H. – Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE:PLNT) reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2020.

“Today over 95% of our locations are open, with our team members working hard to deliver a safe and healthy in-store environment for our members,” said Chris Rondeau, Chief Executive Officer. “While our membership levels have been under some pressure, primarily, we believe, from pent up cancellations in reopened clubs following the resumption of billing, we saw positive momentum in membership joins and usage rates as a result of kick starting our national marketing efforts in September. The results were very encouraging and therefore we are increasing our level of national marketing spend for the remainder of the year. We are also continuing to build out the features and functionality of our Planet Fitness app, further accelerating our digital efforts and improving the outstanding value proposition we offer. In the near-term we do expect the operating environment to remain volatile as a result of the virus, and we are proceeding appropriately with the safety of our members and staff as our number one priority. Longer-term, we continue to be very confident in Planet Fitness’s growth prospects as the business is well-positioned to capitalize on the increased focus on health & wellness and industry consolidation that we believe will emerge over the next several years.”

Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 results

  • Total revenue decreased from the prior year period by 36.8% to $105.4 million.
  • System wide same store sales decreased 5.6%.
  • Net (loss) income attributable to Planet Fitness, Inc. was a loss of $3.1 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to income of $25.8 million, or $0.31 per diluted share in the prior year period.
  • Net (loss) income decreased 111.1% to a net loss of $3.3 million, compared to net income of $29.7 million in the prior year period.
  • Adjusted net income(1) decreased 95.1% to $1.6 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to $33.1 million, or $0.36 per diluted share in the prior year period.
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) decreased 51.3% to $32.0 million from $65.7 million in the prior year period.
  • 29 new Planet Fitness stores were opened during the period, bringing system-wide total stores to 2,086 as of September 30, 2020.
  • Cash of $501.6 million as of September 30, 2020, which includes cash and cash equivalents of $419.7 million and restricted cash of $81.9 million.

(1) Adjusted net income and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP measures. For reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted net income to U.S. GAAP (“GAAP”) net (loss) income see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” accompanying this press release.

Operating Results for the Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2020

For the third quarter 2020, total revenue decreased $61.4 million or 36.8% to $105.4 million from $166.8 million in the prior year period which included a system wide same store sales decline of 5.6%. By segment:

  • Franchise segment revenue decreased $7.0 million or 10.4% to $59.8 million from $66.7 million in the prior year period. The decrease in franchise segment revenue for the third quarter 2020 is primarily a result of temporary store closures related to COVID-19, as well as reduced membership levels, partially offset by higher royalties on annual fees as a result of catch-up annual fee billings from periods when stores were closed, as they reopen;
  • Corporate-owned stores segment revenue decreased $12.5 million or 30.6% to $28.3 million from $40.7 million in the prior year period. The $12.5 million decrease was primarily a result of temporary store closures related to COVID-19, as well as reduced membership levels; and
  • Equipment segment revenue decreased $42.0 million or 70.8% to $17.3 million from $59.4 million in the prior year period, due to lower equipment sales to new and existing franchisee-owned stores in the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2019 primarily as a result of COVID-19, and the 12-month extension we gave to franchisees for all new store development and re-equipment investment obligations.

For the third quarter of 2020, net loss attributable to Planet Fitness, Inc. was $3.1 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to net income attributable to Planet Fitness, Inc. of $25.8 million, or $0.31 per diluted share in the prior year period. Net loss was $3.3 million in the third quarter of 2020 compared to net income of $29.7 million in the prior year period. Adjusted net income decreased 95.1% to $1.6 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, from $33.1 million, or $0.36 per diluted share in the prior year period. Adjusted net income has been adjusted to reflect a normalized federal income tax rate of 26.8% for the current year period and 26.6% for the comparable prior year period and excludes certain non-cash and other items that we do not consider in the evaluation of ongoing operational performance (see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures”).

Adjusted EBITDA, which is defined as net (loss) income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, adjusted for the impact of certain non-cash and other items that we do not consider in the evaluation of ongoing operational performance (see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures”), decreased 51.3% to $32.0 million from $65.7 million in the prior year period.

Segment EBITDA represents our Total Segment EBITDA broken down by the Company’s reportable segments. Total Segment EBITDA is equal to EBITDA, which is defined as net (loss) income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures”).

  • Franchise segment EBITDA decreased $13.2 million or 29.8% to $31.1 million. The decrease in franchise segment EBITDA for the third quarter 2020 is primarily a result of temporary store closures related to COVID-19, as well as reduced membership levels.
  • Corporate-owned stores segment EBITDA decreased $11.1 million or 66.0% to $5.7 million. The decrease in corporate-owned stores segment EBITDA for the third quarter 2020 is primarily a result of temporary store closures related to COVID-19, as well as reduced membership levels; and
  • Equipment segment EBITDA decreased by $11.5 million or 83.5% to $2.3 million driven by lower equipment sales to new and existing franchisee-owned stores in the three months ended September 30, 2020 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2019 as a result of COVID-19, and the 12-month extension we gave to franchisees for all new store development and re-equipment investment obligations.

2020 Outlook

For the year ending December 31, 2020, the Company previously withdrew guidance as a result of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Company is not providing an update at this time.

Presentation of Financial Measures

Planet Fitness, Inc. (the “Company”) was formed in March 2015 for the purpose of facilitating the initial public offering (the “IPO”) and related recapitalization transactions that occurred in August 2015, and in order to carry on the business of Pla-Fit Holdings, LLC (“Pla-Fit Holdings”) and its subsidiaries. As the sole managing member of Pla-Fit Holdings, the Company operates and controls all of the business and affairs of Pla-Fit Holdings, and through Pla-Fit Holdings, conducts its business. As a result, the Company consolidates Pla-Fit Holdings’ financial results and reports a non-controlling interest related to the portion of Pla-Fit Holdings not owned by the Company.

The financial information presented in this press release includes non-GAAP financial measures such as EBITDA, Segment EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net (loss) income and Adjusted net (loss) income per share, diluted, to provide measures that we believe are useful to investors in evaluating the Company’s performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are supplemental measures of the Company’s performance that are neither required by, nor presented in accordance with GAAP. These financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for GAAP financial measures such as net (loss) income or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP. In addition, in the future, the Company may incur expenses or charges such as those added back to calculate Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net (loss) income and Adjusted net (loss) income per share, diluted. The Company’s presentation of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net (loss) income and Adjusted net (loss) income per share, diluted, should not be construed as an inference that the Company’s future results will be unaffected by similar amounts or other unusual or nonrecurring items. See the tables at the end of this press release for a reconciliation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Total Segment EBITDA, Adjusted net (loss) income, and Adjusted net (loss) income per share, diluted, to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

Same store sales refers to year-over-year sales comparisons for the same store sales base of both corporate-owned and franchisee-owned stores, which is calculated for a given period by including only sales from stores that had sales in the comparable months of both years. We define the same store sales base to include those stores that have been open and for which monthly membership dues have been billed for longer than 12 months. We measure same store sales based solely upon monthly dues billed to members of our corporate-owned and franchisee-owned stores. Because less than 50% of our stores in the same store sales base had membership billings in all of the months included in the nine months ending September 30, 2020, we are not providing same store sales comparisons for that period. For the three months ending September 30, 2020, we have provided same store sales comparisons for the stores that had monthly membership billings in all three months.

The non-GAAP financial measures used in our full-year outlook will differ from net (loss) income and net (loss) income per share, diluted, determined in accordance with GAAP in ways similar to those described in the reconciliations at the end of this press release. We do not provide guidance for net (loss) income or net (loss) income per share, diluted, determined in accordance with GAAP or a reconciliation of guidance for Adjusted net (loss) income and Adjusted net (loss) income per share, diluted, to the most directly comparable GAAP measure because we are not able to predict with reasonable certainty the amount or nature of all items that will be included in our net (loss) income and net (loss) income per share, diluted, for the year ending December 31, 2020. These items are uncertain, depend on many factors and could have a material impact on our net (loss) income and net (loss) income per share, diluted, for the year ending December 31, 2020.

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