Reading International Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results and COVID-19 Business Update

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Earnings Call Webcast to Discuss Second Quarter Financial Results and COVID-19 Business Updates Scheduled to Post to Corporate Website on Thursday, August 11, 2022

NEW YORK, August 09, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Reading International, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDI) (the "Company"), an internationally diversified cinema and real estate company with operations and assets in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, today announced its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Ellen Cotter said, "We continue to make great strides in our post-pandemic recovery, achieving worldwide revenues of $64.5 million, a 79% increase from revenues of $36.0 million for the same period in 2021. After two years of delayed movie openings and a rise in streaming, Hollywood brought back some of its biggest and most reliable players for the summer film season. A steady stream of blockbuster releases and strong performances from highly anticipated films like Top Gun: Maverick, Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness, Jurassic World Dominion, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2, in the second quarter led to our highest cinema revenues since the onset of the pandemic."

"We are encouraged by the continued improvement in our real estate portfolio since the beginning of the year. Last quarter, we signed a long-term lease with a strong credit national retailer for the basement, ground floor and second floor of our historic 44 Union Square building executing our largest leasing transaction ever to date. Over the course of the second quarter, we progressed the tenant improvement phase for our new tenant and currently anticipate that the tenant will be opening for business in early 2023. We have retained CBRE to represent us with respect to the leasing of the remainder of the building and are currently focusing on potential tenants who are interested in occupying all of the upper floors. As of June 30, 2022, substantially all our 72 third-party tenants in our Australian and New Zealand properties were either open or in the process of building out tenant improvements or completing refurbishments."

Ms. Cotter concluded, "Our ‘two business/three country’ diversified business structure, together with our dedicated global executive and employee team, continues to serve as the foundation for our recovery from the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we look ahead to the back half of the year, we remain focused on leveraging our strategic adaptability, capitalizing on pent up industry demand, and delivering value for stockholders."

Ms. Cotter also announced that the Los Angeles County Superior Court and the Nevada Probate Court have each approved the settlement agreement among Ellen Cotter and Margaret Cotter, in their individual capacities, as the Co-Trustees of the James J. Cotter, Sr. Living Trust, and as Co-Executors of the Estate of James J. Cotter, Sr., and others pursuant to which Ellen Cotter and Margaret Cotter now beneficially own all of the Class B Voting Common Stock previously controlled by their father at the time of his death. These shares, together with other shares of Class B Voting Common Stock owned and/or controlled by Ellen Cotter and Margaret Cotter, represent approximately 72% of the currently outstanding Class B Voting Stock of our Company.

Key Consolidated Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2022

  • Achieved worldwide revenues of $64.5 million, a 79% increase from revenues of $36.0 million for the same period in 2021.

  • Operating loss reduced to $1.6 million, compared to an operating loss of $12.5 million for the same period in 2021.

  • Due to the successful monetization of our properties in Auburn (Australia) and our Royal George theatre (Chicago) in Q2 2021, not replicated in Q2 2022, our Q2 2022 basic loss per share of $0.11 decreased from our basic earnings per share of $1.04 for Q2 2021.

  • For the same reason as above, net loss attributable to Reading International, Inc. was $2.4 million in Q2 2022, compared to a net income of $22.7 million for the same period in 2021.

  • The Australian dollar and New Zealand dollar average exchange rates weakened against the U.S. dollar by 7.3% and 9.1%, respectively, compared to the same period in the prior year, which contributed to our loss for the period, as a substantial portion of our G&A expense is located in the United States.

Key Consolidated Financial Results for the Six Months of 2022

  • Achieved worldwide revenues of $104.7 million, an 83% increase from $57.3 million for the same period in 2021.

  • Operating loss reduced to $13.3 million, compared to an operating loss of $26.5 million for the same period in 2021.

  • Due to the successful monetization of our properties in Manukau (New Zealand), Coachella (California), Auburn (Australia), and our Royal George theatre (Chicago) in the first six months of 2021, not replicated in the first six months of 2022, our basic loss per share of $0.81 decreased from our basic earnings per share of $1.91 for the first six months of 2021.

  • For the same reason as above, net loss attributable to Reading International, Inc. was $17.8 million for the first six months of 2022, compared to a net income of $41.7 million for the same period in 2021.

  • The Australian dollar and New Zealand dollar average exchange rates weakened against the U.S. dollar by 6.8% and 7.6%, respectively, compared to the same period in the prior year, which contributed to our loss for the period, as a substantial portion of our G&A expense is located in the United States.

Key Cinema Business Highlights

Cinema segment revenues for the Q2 2022, increased by $29.1 million, to $61.8 million compared to the same period in 2021. Cinema segment operating income for Q2 2022, increased by $10.8 million, to $3.5 million compared to a loss of $7.3 million the same period in 2021. Cinema segment revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2022, increased by $48.3 million, to $99.1 million compared to the same period in 2021. Cinema segment operating loss for the six months ended June 30, 2022, decreased by $11.9 million, to a loss of $3.8 million compared to the same period in 2021.

The changes between 2021 and 2022 were related to a higher quantity and quality of film product and a greater number of operating days for our cinema circuit due to fewer government COVID-related mandates. Our variable operating costs increased, in line with the changes in the operational landscape and as a result of increased occupancy expenses related to internal rent that was abated in 2021.

Now that we have reopened for business, we are once again focusing on the implementation of our cinema business plan: the enhancement of our food and beverage offerings, procuring additional cinema liquor licenses, and refurbishing our older cinemas with luxury seating. In the United States, in November 2021, we reopened our remodeled Consolidated Theatre at the Kahala Mall in Honolulu and in March 2022 we re-launched our Consolidated Theatre in Kapolei. In Australia and New Zealand, on December 15, 2021, we opened a new state-of-the-art five-screen Reading Cinemas in Traralgon, Victoria. By the end of 2022, we anticipate adding an eight-screen complex scheduled to open at South City Square, Brisbane QLD, which will operate under the Angelika Film Center brand.

Key Real Estate Business Highlights

Real estate segment revenues for Q2 2022, increased by $0.6 million to $4.0 million, compared to the same period in 2021. Real estate segment operating loss for Q2 2022, decreased by $1.0 million, to a loss of $0.09 million compared to the same period in 2021.

Real estate segment revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2022, increased by $1.4 million, to $8.2 million, compared to the same period in 2021. Real estate segment operating income for the six months ended June 30, 2022, was $0.02 million, compared to a loss of $2.4 million for the same period in 2021.

These changes between 2021 and 2022 were attributable to rental revenues generated from our U.S. Live Theatre business unit and internal rental income from our Australian and New Zealand properties that were abated in 2021. On July 20, 2021, our Orpheum Theatre in New York City reopened to the public with the resumption of STOMP, which was amongst the first New York shows to resume live public performances. On October 8, 2021, live public performances resumed at our Minetta Lane Theatre in New York, which continues to be licensed by Audible, an Amazon company.

Key Balance Sheet, Cash, and Liquidity Highlights

As of June 30, 2022, our cash and cash equivalents were $49.9 million. As of June 30, 2022, we had total debt of $228.6 million against total book value assets of $627.6 million, compared to $236.9 million and $687.7 million, respectively, as of December 31, 2021.

For more information about our borrowings, please refer to Part I – Financial Information, Item 1 – Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements-- Note 11 – Borrowings.

Conference Call and Webcast

We plan to post our pre-recorded conference call and audio webcast on our corporate website on Thursday, August 11, 2022, which will feature prepared remarks from Ellen Cotter, President and Chief Executive Officer; Gilbert Avanes, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer; and Andrzej Matyczynski, Executive Vice President - Global Operations.

A pre-recorded question and answer session will follow our formal remarks. Questions and topics for consideration should be submitted to InvestorRelations@readingrdi.com by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on August 10, 2022. The audio webcast can be accessed by visiting https://investor.readingrdi.com/financials on August 11, 2022.

About Reading International, Inc.

Reading International, Inc. (NASDAQ: RDI), an internationally diversified cinema and real estate company operating through various domestic and international subsidiaries, is a leading entertainment and real estate company, engaging in the development, ownership, and operation of cinemas and retail and commercial real estate in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.

Reading’s cinema subsidiaries operate under multiple cinema brands: Reading Cinemas, Angelika Film Centers, Consolidated Theatres, and the State Cinema by Angelika. Its live theatres are owned and operated by its Liberty Theaters subsidiary, under the Orpheum and Minetta Lane names. Its signature property developments are maintained in special purpose entities and operated under the names Newmarket Village, Cannon Park, and The Belmont Common in Australia, Courtenay Central in New Zealand, and 44 Union Square in New York City.

Additional information about Reading can be obtained from our Company's website: http://www.readingrdi.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This earnings release contains forward-looking statements within the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as: "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "intend," "future," and "anticipate" and similar references to future periods. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements we make regarding our expected operating results; our expectation regarding the opening of the cinema complex located at South City Square, Brisbane QLD; our expectations regarding the future of the cinema exhibition industry; our belief regarding our diversified business/country diversification strategy; our expectations regarding our tenant’s opening for business at 44 Union Square; our beliefs regarding industry demand and our ability to deliver value for stockholders; our expectations regarding the leasing and performance of our various real estate assets, including 44 Union Square; and our expectations of our liquidity. For more detailed information on our Forward-looking statements, see the factors discussed under the caption CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, and of our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2022 and June 30, 2022, respectively.

Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on our current beliefs, expectations, and assumptions regarding the future of our business, future plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and trends, the economy, and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks, and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of our control. Our actual results and financial condition may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results and financial condition to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements include, among others, the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and any variant thereof on short-term and/or long-term entertainment, leisure and discretionary spending habits and practices of our patrons and on our results from operations, liquidity, cash flows, financial condition, and access to credit markets, and those factors discussed throughout Part I, Item 1A – Risk Factors and Part II, Item 7 – Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, as well as the risk factors set forth in any other filings made under the Securities Act of 1934, as amended, including any of our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, for more information.

Any forward-looking statement made by us in this Earnings Release is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Reading International, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited; U.S. dollars in thousands, except per share data)

Quarter Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30,

June 30,

2022

2021

2022

2021

Revenue

Cinema

$

61,770

$

32,715

$

99,117

$

50,829

Real estate

2,741

3,318

5,595

6,510

Total revenue

64,511

36,033

104,712

57,339

Costs and expenses

Cinema

(50,769

)

(31,366

)

(89,271

)

(53,248

)

Real estate

(2,206

)

(2,564

)

(4,363

)

(5,219

)

Depreciation and amortization

(5,247

)

(5,801

)

(10,771

)

(11,451

)

Impairment expense

(1,549

)

(1,549

)

General and administrative

(6,312

)

(8,834

)

(12,107

)

(13,931

)

Total costs and expenses

(66,083

)

(48,565

)

(118,061

)

(83,849

)

Operating income (loss)

(1,572

)

(12,532

)

(13,349

)

(26,510

)

Interest expense, net

(3,343

)

(3,005

)

(6,548

)

(7,368

)

Gain (loss) on sale of assets

43,241

89,786

Other income (expense)

3,771

154

2,990

1,795

Income (loss) before income tax expense and equity earnings of unconsolidated joint ventures

(1,144

)

27,858

(16,907

)

57,703

Equity earnings of unconsolidated joint ventures

237

283

172

233

Income (loss) before income taxes

(907

)

28,141

(16,735

)

57,936

Income tax benefit (expense)

(1,538

)

(5,547

)

(1,160

)

(13,275

)

Net income (loss)

$

(2,445

)

$

22,594

$

(17,895

)

$

44,661

Less: net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests

(7

)

(108

)

(105

)

2,994

Net income (loss) attributable to Reading International, Inc.

$

(2,438

)

$

22,702

$

(17,790

)

$

41,667

Basic earnings (loss) per share

$

(0.11

)

$

1.04

$

(0.81

)

$

1.91

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

$

(0.11

)

$

1.01

$

(0.81

)

$

1.86

Weighted average number of shares outstanding–basic

22,040,512

21,808,556

21,995,186

21,784,700

Weighted average number of shares outstanding–diluted

22,952,960

22,480,168

22,907,634

22,456,919

Reading International, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(U.S. dollars in thousands, except share information)

June 30,

December 31,

2022

2021

ASSETS

(unaudited)

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

49,905

$

83,251

Restricted cash

11,544

5,320

Receivables

5,277

5,360

Inventories

1,469

1,408

Derivative financial instruments - current portion

1,223

96

Prepaid and other current assets

5,011

4,871

Total current assets

74,429

100,306

Operating property, net

292,374

306,657

Operating lease right-of-use assets

208,955

227,367

Investment and development property, net

8,692

9,570

Investment in unconsolidated joint ventures

4,636

4,993

Goodwill

25,532

26,758

Intangible assets, net

2,783

3,258

Deferred tax asset, net

2,372

2,220

Derivative financial instruments - non-current portion

112

Other assets

7,809

6,461

Total assets

$

627,582

$

687,702

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current Liabilities:

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

39,936

$

39,678

Film rent payable

6,369

7,053

Debt - current portion

60,474

11,349

Subordinated debt - current portion

729

711

Derivative financial instruments - current portion

20

181

Taxes payable - current

1,759

10,655

Deferred revenue

9,390

9,996

Operating lease liabilities - current portion

23,897

23,737

Other current liabilities

9,268

3,619

Total current liabilities

151,842

106,979

Debt - long-term portion

138,013

195,198

Subordinated debt, net

26,839

26,728

Noncurrent tax liabilities

6,863

7,467

Operating lease liabilities - non-current portion

205,974

223,364

Other liabilities

15,825

22,906

Total liabilities

$

545,356

$

582,642

Commitments and contingencies (Note 14)

Stockholders’ equity:

Class A non-voting common shares, par value $0.01, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 33,299,344 issued and 20,363,234 outstanding at June 30, 2022 and 33,198,500 issued and 20,262,390 outstanding at December 31, 2021

234

233

Class B voting common shares, par value $0.01, 20,000,000 shares authorized and 1,680,590 issued and outstanding at June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021

17

17

Nonvoting preferred shares, par value $0.01, 12,000 shares authorized and no issued or outstanding shares at June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021

Additional paid-in capital

152,778

151,981

Retained earnings/(deficits)

(30,424

)

(12,632

)

Treasury shares

(40,407

)

(40,407

)

Accumulated other comprehensive income

(812

)

4,882

Total Reading International, Inc. stockholders’ equity

81,386

104,074

Noncontrolling interests

839

986

Total stockholders’ equity

82,225

105,060

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

627,581

$

687,702

Reading International, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Segment Results

(Unaudited; U.S. dollars in thousands)

Quarter Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30,

% Change
Favorable/

June 30,

% Change
Favorable/

(Dollars in thousands)

2022

2021

(Unfavorable)

2022

2021

(Unfavorable)

Segment revenue

Cinema

United States

$

30,341

$

13,105

>100

%

$

47,857

$

16,894

>100

%

Australia

26,801

16,147

66

%

43,782

28,263

55

%

New Zealand

4,629

3,463

34

%

7,478

5,672

32

%

Total

$

61,771

$

32,715

89

%

$

99,117

$

50,829

95

%

Real estate

United States

$

585

$

454

29

%

$

1,262

$

673

88

%

Australia

3,052

2,735

12

%

6,182

5,609

10

%

New Zealand

395

259

53

%

751

489

54

%

Total

$

4,032

$

3,448

17

%

$

8,195

$

6,771

21

%

Inter-segment elimination

(1,291

)

(130

)

(>100

)%

(2,600

)

(261

)

(>100

)%

Total segment revenue

$

64,511

$

36,033

79

%

$

104,712

$

57,339

83

%

Segment operating income (loss)

Cinema

United States

$

(2,035

)

$

(9,347

)

78

%

$

(8,354

)

$

(18,308

)

54

%

Australia

4,831

1,434

>100

%

4,258

2,248

89

%

New Zealand

656

568

15

%

331

439

(25

)%

Total

$

3,452

$

(7,345

)

>100

%

$

(3,765

)

$

(15,621

)

76

%

Real estate

United States

$

(1,053

)

$

(1,275

)

17

%

$

(2,112

)

$

(2,821

)

25

%

Australia

1,250

660

89

%

2,695

1,320

>100

%

New Zealand

(285

)

(439

)

35

%

(562

)

(922

)

39

%

Total

$

(88

)

$

(1,054

)

92

%

$

21

$

(2,423

)

>100

%

Total segment operating income (loss) (1)

$

3,364

$

(8,399

)

>100

%

$

(3,744

)

$

(18,044

)

79

%

  1. Total segment operating income is a non-GAAP financial measure. See the discussion of non-GAAP financial measures that follows.

Reading International, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income (Loss)

(Unaudited; U.S. dollars in thousands)

Quarter Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30,

June 30,

(Dollars in thousands)

2022

2021

2022

2021

Net Income (loss) attributable to Reading International, Inc.

$

(2,438

)

$

22,702

$

(17,790

)

$

41,667

Add: Interest expense, net

3,343

3,005

6,548

7,368

Add: Income tax expense (benefit)

1,538

5,547

1,160

13,275

Add: Depreciation and amortization

5,247

5,801

10,771

11,451

EBITDA

$

7,690

$

37,055

$

689

$

73,761

Adjustments for:

Legal expenses relating to the Derivative litigation, the James J. Cotter Jr. employment arbitration and other Cotter litigation matters

4

30

Adjusted EBITDA

$

7,690

$

37,059

$

689

$

73,791

Reading International, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of Total Segment Operating Income (Loss) to Income (Loss) before Income Taxes

(Unaudited; U.S. dollars in thousands)

Quarter Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30,

June 30,

(Dollars in thousands)

2022

2021

2022

2021

Segment operating income (loss)

$

3,364

$

(8,399

)

$

(3,744

)

$

(18,044

)

Unallocated corporate expense

Depreciation and amortization expense

(268

)

(387

)

(546

)

(618

)

General and administrative expense

(4,668

)

(3,746

)

(9,059

)

(7,848

)

Interest expense, net

(3,343

)

(3,005

)

(6,548

)

(7,368

)

Equity earnings of unconsolidated joint ventures

237

283

172

233

Gain (loss) on sale of assets

43,241

89,786

Other income (expense)

3,771

154

2,990

1,795

Income (loss) before income tax expense

$

(907

)

$

28,141

$

(16,735

)

$

57,936

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This Earnings Release presents total segment operating income (loss), EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA, which are important financial measures for our Company, but are not financial measures defined by U.S. GAAP.

These measures should be reviewed in conjunction with the relevant U.S. GAAP financial measures and are not presented as alternative measures of earnings (loss) per share, cash flows or net income (loss) as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Total segment operating income (loss) and EBITDA, as we have calculated them, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Total segment operating income (loss) – we evaluate the performance of our business segments based on segment operating income (loss), and management uses total segment operating income (loss) as a measure of the performance of operating businesses separate from non-operating factors. We believe that information about total segment operating income (loss) assists investors by allowing them to evaluate changes in the operating results of our Company’s business separate from non-operational factors that affect net income (loss), thus providing separate insight into both operations and the other factors that affect reported results.
EBITDA – We use EBITDA in the evaluation of our Company’s performance since we believe that EBITDA provides a useful measure of financial performance and value. We believe this principally for the following reasons:

We believe that EBITDA is an accepted industry-wide comparative measure of financial performance. It is, in our experience, a measure commonly adopted by analysts and financial commentators who report upon the cinema exhibition and real estate industries, and it is also a measure used by financial institutions in underwriting the creditworthiness of companies in these industries. Accordingly, our management monitors this calculation as a method of judging our performance against our peers, market expectations, and our creditworthiness. It is widely accepted that analysts, financial commentators, and persons active in the cinema exhibition and real estate industries typically value enterprises engaged in these businesses at various multiples of EBITDA. Accordingly, we find EBITDA valuable as an indicator of the underlying value of our businesses. We expect that investors may use EBITDA to judge our ability to generate cash, as a basis of comparison to other companies engaged in the cinema exhibition and real estate businesses and as a basis to value our company against such other companies.

EBITDA is not a measurement of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America and it should not be considered in isolation or construed as a substitute for net income (loss) or other operations data or cash flow data prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States for purposes of analyzing our profitability. The exclusion of various components, such as interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization, limits the usefulness of these measures when assessing our financial performance, as not all funds depicted by EBITDA are available for management’s discretionary use. For example, a substantial portion of such funds may be subject to contractual restrictions and functional requirements to service debt, to fund necessary capital expenditures, and to meet other commitments from time to time.

EBITDA also fails to take into account the cost of interest and taxes. Interest is clearly a real cost that for us is paid periodically as accrued. Taxes may or may not be a current cash item but are nevertheless real costs that, in most situations, must eventually be paid. A company that realizes taxable earnings in high tax jurisdictions may, ultimately, be less valuable than a company that realizes the same amount of taxable earnings in a low tax jurisdiction. EBITDA fails to take into account the cost of depreciation and amortization and the fact that assets will eventually wear out and have to be replaced.

Adjusted EBITDA – using the principles we consistently apply to determine our EBITDA, we further adjusted the EBITDA for certain items we believe to be external to our core business and not reflective of our costs of doing business or results of operation. Specifically, we have adjusted for (i) legal expenses relating to extraordinary litigation, and (ii) any other items that can be considered non-recurring in accordance with the two-year SEC requirement for determining an item is non-recurring, infrequent or unusual in nature.

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Contacts

For more information, contact:
Gilbert Avanes – EVP, CFO, and Treasurer
Andrzej Matyczynski – EVP Global Operations
(213) 235-2240