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Planet Fitness to Open “Judgement Free” Club in Natchez
Posted: January 24, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessNATCHEZ, MS - Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S. and home of the Judgement Free Zone, announced it will open its first location in the Natchez Mall of Natchez, Mississippi in the fall of 2019. The 12,000 square-foot Natchez Planet Fitness will offer state of the art cardio machines and strength equipment, 30-Minute Express Circuit, fully equipped locker rooms with day lockers and showers, numerous flat screen televisions, HydroMassage loungers, massage chairs, tanning beds, a Total Body Enhancement booth and more. Read More...

Planet Fitness to Open “Judgement Free” Club in Mount Pleasant
Posted: January 4, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessMOUNT PLEASANT, PA - Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S. and home of the Judgement Free Zone®, announced it will open its first location in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania in the fall of 2019. The 10,000 square-foot Mount Pleasant Planet Fitness will offer state of the art cardio machines and strength equipment, 30-Minute Express Circuit, fully equipped locker rooms with day lockers and showers, numerous flat screen televisions, HydroMassage loungers, massage chairs, tanning beds, a Total Body Enhancement booth and more. Read More...

Planet Fitness Kicks Off 2019 By “Getting Down” With Actor And Comedian J.B. Smoove
Posted: December 27, 2018 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S., announced that actor and comedian J.B. Smoove will headline the Company's new creative campaign, "Get Down With Your Judgement Free Self," and partner with the brand in the first quarter of 2019. The campaign debuts on New Year's Eve as an extension of Planet Fitness' sponsorship of Times Square's iconic New Year's Eve celebration. Read More...

Planet Fitness Invites You To “Get Down with Your Judgement Free Self” In 2019 As Presenting Sponsor of Times Square’s New Year’s Eve Celebration
Posted: December 5, 2018 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S., is once again "getting down" this New Year's Eve as host of one of the world's most iconic celebrations. In partnership with Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, the Judgement Free Zone® is returning as the presenting sponsor of Times Square's New Year's Eve celebration for the fourth consecutive year, inviting everyone to "Get Down with Your Judgement Free Self" in 2019 and beyond. Read More...

United PF Partners Celebrates 100 Club Milestone
Posted: November 29, 2018 in Chains

Planet Fitness AUSTIN, TX - United PF Partners (United PF), the largest Planet Fitness (NYSE: PLNT) franchisee, recently reached a key milestone as they officially became the first franchisee in the system to own and operate more than 100 Planet Fitness clubs. Additionally, this month United PF Partners celebrated its second anniversary. United PF was formed two years ago, in November 2016, by JLM Financial Partners (JLM) and Eagle Merchant Partners (Eagle) with the merger of several leading Planet Fitness franchisees and the overall goal of accelerating growth and further providing access to non-intimidating fitness environments where members can build active lifestyles for an affordable price. Today, United PF has grown to 110+ clubs across 10 states, employs over 1,500, and serves over 850,000 members. Read More...

Planet Fitness Ranked #1 For Fitness Centers In Newsweek’s Inaugural List of America’s Best Companies for Customer Service
Posted: November 21, 2018 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT) (the "Company"), announced they have been named to Newsweek's inaugural 2019 list of America's Best Companies for Customer Service as the number one customer service provider for fitness centers. The America's Best Customer Service 2019 ranking was identified in an independent survey from a sample of more than 20,000 U.S. customers who were asked whether they would recommend brands to friends or family, and assessed brands in quality of communications, technical competence, range of services, customer focus and accessibility. Read More...

Planet Fitness, Inc. Announces Accelerated Share Repurchase Program
Posted: November 14, 2018 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT) (the "Company"), announced that it has entered into a $300 million accelerated share repurchase agreement (the "ASR Agreement") with Citibank, N.A. ("Citibank"). The Company will acquire shares under the ASR Agreement as part of its $500 million share repurchase authorization previously announced on August 9, 2018 (the "Share Repurchase Authorization"). As of November 12, 2018, before giving effect to the ASR Agreement, approximately $458 million remained available for share repurchases pursuant to the Share Repurchase Authorization. Read More...

Planet Fitness Partners With PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center To Spread Kindness And Address Bullying As Part Of Judgement Free Generation Initiative
Posted: October 11, 2018 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - As part of its continued commitment to preventing bullying and promoting kindness among today's youth, Planet Fitness, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S., has teamed up with PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center, the nation's leading nonprofit bullying prevention organization, to introduce "Bullying Prevention 101" and help schools build environments defined by kindness, acceptance and inclusion. This new, free-to-download educational resource is designed to equip teachers, counselors and other educators with tools to empower students to prevent bullying and stand up for kindness during National Bullying Prevention Month (October) and beyond. Read More...

United PF Partners Acquires Arizona Planet Fitness Club Group
Posted: September 5, 2018 in Chains

Planet FitnessAUSTIN, TX - United PF Partners (United PF), the largest Planet Fitness (NYSE :PLNT) franchisee, has acquired 19 Planet Fitness locations in the Phoenix market from JEG-FIT, increasing its operating club count to 108 clubs across 10 states. United PF was formed by JLM Financial Partners (JLM) and Eagle Merchant Partners (Eagle) in November 2016 with the merger of several leading Planet Fitness franchisees. In addition to acquiring the operating clubs from JEG-FIT and the remaining development rights to the Phoenix market, the investment from United PF will provide capital to fuel club-level improvements and growth through the development of new clubs in this market. Read More...

Planet Fitness, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2018 Results
Posted: August 9, 2018 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE : PLNT) reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2018: Total revenue increased from the prior year period by 31.0% to $140.6 million. System-wide same store sales increased 10.2%. Net income attributable to Planet Fitness, Inc. was $25.9 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, compared to net income attributable to Planet Fitness, Inc. of $12.4 million, or $0.16 per diluted share in the prior year period. Net income was $30.4 million, compared to net income of $18.0 million in the prior year period. Adjusted net income increased 53.3% to $33.2 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, compared to $21.7 million, or $0.22 per diluted share in the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA increased 21.8% to $58.4 million from $47.9 million in the prior year period. 44 new Planet Fitness franchise stores were opened during the period, bringing system-wide total stores to 1,608 as of June 30, 2018. Read More...

Planet Fitness Completes Refinancing Transaction; Appoints Roger Chacko Chief Commercial Officer
Posted: August 1, 2018 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE:PLNT) (together with its subsidiaries, the "Company") announced that it has completed its previously announced refinancing transaction of certain of its subsidiaries with a new securitized financing facility, with the placement by its special purpose subsidiary (the "Master Issuer") of a new series of $1.275 billion of securitized notes (the "2018 Notes"). Planet Fitness also announced that Roger Chacko has been appointed Chief Commercial Officer effective immediately. In this newly created position, Chacko will be responsible for overseeing the Company's demand generation functions such as marketing, branding, public relations and communications, sales and corporate partnerships, channel management, corporate strategy, analytics, and consumer research. He will report directly to Chris Rondeau, Chief Executive Officer of Planet Fitness. Read More...

Planet Fitness Prices $1.2 Billion Securitized Financing Facility
Posted: July 19, 2018 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT) (together with its subsidiaries, the "Company") announced that it has priced $1.2 billion of Series 2018-1 Class A-2 Fixed Rate Senior Secured Notes (the "Class A-2 Notes"), which consist of two tranches. The 2018 Notes are expected to be issued by Planet Fitness Master Issuer LLC (the "Master Issuer"), a newly-formed, limited-purpose, bankruptcy remote, indirect subsidiary of Planet Fitness, Inc. in a privately placed securitization transaction. The aggregate principal amount represents an upsize from the previously announced proposed issuance of $1.15 billion. Read More...

Planet Fitness, Inc. Announces Refinancing Transaction
Posted: July 9, 2018 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE:PLNT) (together with its subsidiaries, the "Company") announced that certain of its subsidiaries intend to complete a refinancing of their existing senior secured credit facilities with a new securitized financing facility. As of March 31, 2018, the Company had an outstanding principal amount of term loans under its senior secured credit facilities of approximately $707.7 million. The Company intends to replace the senior secured credit facilities with a new $1.225 billion securitized financing facility, expected to be comprised of $1.15 billion of senior fixed-rate term notes (the "2018 Notes") and $75 million of variable funding notes (collectively, the "Notes"). Read More...

Planet Fitness National Scholarship Awards $75,000 to 15 Boys & Girls Club Youth For Their Commitment to Kindness and Inclusion
Posted: June 27, 2018 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S., announced it has awarded 15 youth from Boys & Girls Clubs across the country with $5,000 individual scholarships. Unlike most scholarships, which reward youth for academics or athletic abilities, these were awarded based on each teen’s inspiring efforts to create a kinder world for today’s youth as part of the company’s Judgement Free Generation philanthropic initiative, which aims to prevent bullying and promote kindness everywhere. Ceremonies honoring the scholarship recipients were held at local Boys & Girls Clubs. Read More...

Planet Fitness Appoints Ray Miolla as Chief Development Officer
Posted: June 12, 2018 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT), one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S., announced the appointment of Ray Miolla as Chief Development Officer. Mr. Miolla will be responsible for driving strategic initiatives to fuel Planet Fitness' overall system-wide growth, overseeing market analysis, planning and development, real estate, construction and design, and franchise sales. Mr. Miolla joins Planet Fitness with over 20 years of real estate and development experience in domestic and international franchising from global brands like Gap, Burger King and Jamba Juice. Read More...

Atlantic Street Capital-Backed PLNTF Holdings Broadens Footprint with Acquisition of Clubs in Alabama and Virginia
Posted: May 30, 2018 in Chains

Planet FitnessSTAMFORD, CT - Atlantic Street Capital (Atlantic Street), a private equity firm targeting entrepreneurial businesses poised for the next level of growth, announced that its portfolio company PLNTF Holdings (PLNTF), owner of Planet Fitness health clubs in the greater Indianapolis area, has acquired 14 additional health clubs in Alabama and Virginia as part of the next step in its acquisition strategy to expand into new and growing geographic regions. Read More...

Planet Fitness, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2018 Results
Posted: May 9, 2018 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT) reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2018: Total revenue increased from the prior year period by 33.2% to $121.3 million. System-wide same stores sales increased 11.1%. Net income attributable to Planet Fitness, Inc. was $19.9 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, compared to net income attributable to Planet Fitness, Inc. of $8.8 million, or $0.14 per diluted share in the prior year period. Net income was $23.5 million, compared to net income of $17.9 million in the prior year period. Adjusted net income increased 42.3% to $26.2 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, compared to $18.4 million, or $0.19 per diluted share in the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA increased 15.4% to $48.8 million from $42.3 million in the prior year period. 47 new Planet Fitness franchise stores were opened during the period, bringing system-wide total stores to 1,565 as of March 31, 2018. Read More...

Planet Fitness and HydroMassage Offer Free Massages During Tax Week
Posted: April 9, 2018 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. and CLEARWATER, FL - Planet Fitness, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States, invites everyone, whether a member of the Judgement Free Zone or not, to recover from tax season tension by treating themselves to a free HydroMassage at any of the more than 1,500 Planet Fitness locations nationwide. The limited-time offer is available from April 14 – 21. Read More...

Planet Fitness To Open Largest “Judgement Free” Gym In The Midwest
Posted: February 28, 2018 in Chains

Planet FitnessOAKLEY, OH - Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S. and home of the Judgement Free Zone, announced its 14th club in the Greater Cincinnati Market. Owned and operated by "Planet Fitness Midwest," the $11 million development will be built in Oakley and has a projected opening date by the end of the year. The new Oakley project marks continued expansion in the Midwest for the franchise group and signifies the 30th Planet Fitness location in the region. Read More...

Planet Fitness, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2017 Results
Posted: February 22, 2018 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT) reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2017 and announced full year 2018 outlook. Fiscal Year 2017 Highlights include: Total revenue increased from the prior year by 13.7% to $429.9 million. System-wide same store sales increased 10.2%. Net income was $55.6 million, which includes the net negative impact of approximately $17.2 million related to the remeasurement of the Company's deferred tax assets and tax benefit arrangements due to recent tax reform, compared to $71.2 million in the prior year. Adjusted net income increased 21.8% to $82.3 million, or $0.84 per diluted share, compared to $67.6 million, or $0.69 per diluted share in the prior year. 210 new Planet Fitness stores were opened system-wide during the year, bringing system-wide total stores to 1,518 at December 31, 2017. Read More...

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