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(B)(N) SEAS SeaWorld Entertainment Incorporated

August 8, 2016
Amen - The Fundamentals

The Fundamentals

Deal Book. The Blackstone Group LP came calling last week and they wanted us to buy their stock at [P/E] 155x earnings (which we declined) but they have also gambled about 20% of their net worth on buying SeaWorld Entertainment Incorporated in 2009 and then venturing to float its stock as an IPO for $2.5 billion in April 2013 and there is now a large short position that might cause them some uneasiness (Bloomberg, August 5, 2016, Blackstone’s SeaWorld Stake Turns Minnow).

SeaWorld itself didn’t get much out of the deal, maybe $254 million according to its cash flow statement for 2013, but the Blackstone Group has cashed-in $2.3 billion by selling its shares between $27 and $30 in April and December 2013 and again in March 2014, and it still holds 19.5 million shares (or 20% out of 85 million in the float) which are trading today at $13.50 and still worth about $260 million.

SeaWorld - The Shamu Short - Penguins in NYSE

The penguins take New York

But SeaWorld is also trading at [P/E] 53x earnings ($21 million) and it paid-out more than three times that amount ($75 million) in dividends to the shareholders for a current dividend yield of 6.7% which is high, even extraordinary, but it doesn’t look that good to the shareholders who bought their stock at $30 in 2013 and 2014.

And it won’t look that good to the investors now if the stock doesn’t hold its price or if the earnings don’t keep up, or both.

The Hunt For An Income – Gone Fishing

The investors must be dazzled by the excitement and cash flow of a theme park but they’re very expensive to run, and they aren’t worth anything if they’re closed or rundown, and SeaWorld’s net income is only $21 million on revenues which are steady at about $1.4 billion.

In other words, their return on their net worth is 5.3% and less than 1% on their total assets which really need to be “produced” as tickets and family fun, and their earnings on the revenue are only 1.5% and less reliable than a grocery store, all of which makes them sound like a private company begging for a takeover (again) and not one that’s an arm’s length investment for us.

After all, a company only benefits from a public float if it’s able to sell some of its own equity into that market at a high price; otherwise, it needs to create “shareholder value” every quarter, which becomes a problem if the earnings aren’t being produced.

But thanks for the offer and we’ll take a look at it; please see Exhibit 1 below for the more crunching details (and click on it and again to make it larger as required).

Exhibit 1: The Penguins Take New York

Exhibit 1 The Penguins Take New York


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