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The Marcus Corporation Reports Record Fiscal 2016 Results


Marcus Corporation
(NYSE:MCS) today reported results for the
13-week fourth quarter and 52-week fiscal year ended December 29, 2016.
In the previous year, the company changed its fiscal year end to the
last Thursday in December, and all fourth quarter and fiscal 2016
results are compared to comparable 14-week and 53-week periods ended
December 31, 2015, which included an additional week of operations.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2016 Highlights

  • Total revenues for the 13-week fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 were
    $138,747,000, a 1.8% decrease from revenues of $141,315,000 for the
    comparable 14-week period in 2015.
  • Operating income was $15,664,000 for the 13-week fourth quarter of
    fiscal 2016, a 2.0% decrease from operating income of $15,977,000 for
    the comparable 14-week period in 2015.
  • Net earnings attributable to The Marcus Corporation were $8,742,000
    for the 13-week fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, a 14.2% increase from
    net earnings attributable to The Marcus Corporation of $7,657,000 for
    the comparable 14-week period in 2015.
  • Net earnings per diluted common share attributable to The Marcus
    Corporation were $0.31 for the 13-week fourth quarter of fiscal 2016,
    a 14.8% increase from net earnings per diluted common share
    attributable to The Marcus Corporation of $0.27 for the comparable
    14-week period in 2015.

Fiscal 2016 Highlights

  • Total revenues were a record $543,864,000 for the 52-week fiscal 2016,
    a 2.3% increase from revenues of $531,694,000 for the comparable
    53-week period in 2015.
  • Operating income was a record $69,954,000 for the 52-week fiscal 2016,
    a 14.6% increase from operating income of $61,023,000 for the
    comparable 53-week period in 2015.
  • Net earnings attributable to The Marcus Corporation were $37,902,000
    for the 52-week fiscal 2016, a 23.1% increase from net earnings
    attributable to The Marcus Corporation of $30,782,000 for the
    comparable 53-week period in 2015.
  • Net earnings per diluted common share attributable to The Marcus
    Corporation were $1.36 for the 52-week fiscal 2016, a 23.6% increase
    from net earnings per diluted common share attributable to The Marcus
    Corporation of $1.10 for the comparable 53-week period in 2015.

"The fourth quarter was a strong finish to fiscal 2016. We achieved
record revenues and operating income for the year, as well as a 23%
increase in net earnings, despite the extra week in the comparable 2015
period. Marcus Theatres had a record fourth quarter and fiscal year and
continued to significantly outperform the industry. Operating income for
Marcus Hotels & Resorts was up year-over-year and the division also
outperformed the industry, although reduced group business at some of
our hotels and one less week of operations compared to 2015 impacted the
division's fourth-quarter performance. Both divisions made solid
contributions to our record results for fiscal 2016," said Gregory S.
Marcus, president and chief executive officer of The Marcus Corporation.


"Not only did Marcus Theatres achieve record results for the fourth
quarter and fiscal 2016 despite the extra week in both periods last
year, this was the best quarter ever reported by the division. Revenues
increased 4.7% for the fourth quarter and 7.0% for the full year, while
operating income increased 11.9% in the fourth quarter and 14.1% for
fiscal 2016 compared to the comparable periods last year. The division
outperformed the change in national box office revenues by 9.0
percentage points in the fourth quarter and 6.4 percentage points for
the full year, according to Rentrak, compared to the same corresponding
weeks in the prior year periods. We also benefited from an increase in
ancillary revenues during the fiscal 2016 periods," said Marcus.

"While the national box office increased just 2.2% in 2016 compared to
2015, our results were significantly better. This was due to the
multi-million dollar investments we are making in our DreamLoungerSM
recliner seating, premium large-format screens, successful food and
beverage concepts, innovative marketing initiatives and our growing
loyalty program. Our strong leadership and excellent execution by our
team continue to drive our solid results and industry outperformance,"
said Rolando B. Rodriguez, chairman, president and chief executive
officer of Marcus Theatres.

"On December 16, 2016, we acquired 14 Wehrenberg Theatres®
locations in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota. Based in St. Louis,
Wehrenberg Theatres was the oldest family-owned and operated theatre
circuit in the United States. The addition of Wehrenberg's 197 screens
increased our footprint by 29% to 885 screens at 68 locations in eight
states," said Rodriguez.

"We are currently rolling out new promotions across the Wehrenberg
circuit and plan to bring our signature features and amenities to select
theatres in 2017," said Rodriguez. "Strategic acquisitions, combined
with ongoing investments in our existing theatres, will continue to be
important components of our growth strategy moving forward."

During the fourth quarter, the division also opened the Marcus Country
Club Hills Cinema in Country Club Hills, Ill., added two additional
screens at the Marcus Palace Cinema in Sun Prairie, Wis., and completed
a major renovation of the Orland Park Cinema in Orland Park, Ill.

"We currently have two new theatres under construction – a 10-screen
theatre in Shakopee, Minn., that is expected to open during the second
quarter of 2017, and our first stand-alone all in-theatre dining
location in Greendale, Wis., which will introduce a completely new
experience for moviegoers. Branded BistroPlexSM, the
new eight-screen theatre will feature unique dining and entertainment
experiences, and is scheduled to open this summer," said Rodriguez.

The five top-performing films for Marcus Theatres in the fourth quarter
of fiscal 2016 were Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Fantastic Beasts
and Where to Find Them, Doctor Strange, Trolls
and Moana. For
fiscal 2016, the five top-performing movies were Rogue One: A Star
Wars Story, Finding Dory, The Secret Life of Pets, Deadpool
and Captain
America: Civil War

"The first quarter is off to a good start. Popular films including Rogue
One: A Star Wars Story, Sing
and La La Land carried over from
the fourth quarter, and new films such as Hidden Figures, Split, The
LEGO Batman Movie
, John Wick: Chapter 2 and Fifty Shades
have been well received. Logan, Kong: Skull Island and Beauty
and the Beast
will be opening in the next few weeks and are also
expected to perform well," said Rodriguez.

Hotels & Resorts

"Marcus Hotels & Resorts' revenue per available room (RevPAR) for
comparable company-owned properties decreased 2.6% in the fourth
quarter, consistent with the competitive set in its markets. However,
RevPAR increased 3.0% overall in fiscal 2016, due in large part to a
higher average daily rate," said Marcus. He noted that total revenues
and operating income for the division during fiscal 2016 were impacted
by last year's sale of the Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, Mo.

"Our operating income increased 12% in fiscal 2016, despite the extra
week of operations during the fourth quarter last year. Reduced group
sales and a resulting decrease in food and beverage revenues, which were
exacerbated by the lack of a New Year's Eve in fiscal 2016, impacted our
fourth quarter comparisons. Our ability to improve our operating
performance is a direct result of our ongoing focus on managing costs
and increasing profitability, while continually maintaining our high
standards for customer service," said Joseph Khairallah, president of
Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

As a testament to the division's commitment to providing the highest
quality customer service, four of its owned and managed properties
received the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award in early 2017. The
Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis., remains one of only 12 hotels in North
America that have maintained AAA Four Diamond status for 41 consecutive
years since the Diamond Ratings were first introduced in 1976. Other
Marcus Hotels properties that received the AAA Four Diamond Award in
2017 are the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wis., the
historic Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City, Okla., and the Hilton
Milwaukee, the major convention hotel in Milwaukee, Wis.

We continue to invest in our company-owned properties to maintain and
enhance their value," said Khairallah. "Construction is underway on the
addition of 29 spacious, all-season villas to the Grand Geneva Resort &
Spa in Lake Geneva, Wis., and we recently completed a $2.3 million
expansion of our Wisconsin Hospitality Linen Service (WHLS) that doubled
its capacity. WHLS provides commercial laundry services for Marcus
Hotels & Resorts' Wisconsin properties, as well as for other hotels in
the Midwest. In addition, renovations were recently completed at Mason
Street Grill, the flagship restaurant at The Pfister Hotel, in
celebration of its 10th anniversary."

"We are looking forward to the summer 2017 opening of the new Capitol
District Marriott Hotel in Omaha, Neb., in which we will hold a minority
interest and also manage. Our growth strategy also includes expanding
our food and beverage operations. We recently opened EscapeHouse
Chicago, a 60-minute escape room experience in the River North area of
downtown Chicago. Next week, we will celebrate the opening of SafeHouse®
Chicago, a second location for the iconic spy-themed restaurant and bar
we operate in downtown Milwaukee," said Khairallah.

Return of Capital to Shareholders

"Yesterday, we announced an 11.1% increase in the cash dividend rate,
our third dividend increase in the last two years. Our total return to
shareholders was 68% for fiscal 2016, and has grown at a compounded
average growth rate of more than 36% over the past three years and 22%
over the last five years, calculated on a dividend reinvested basis. Our
strong balance sheet gives us the ability to return capital to
shareholders, while at the same time continuing to invest in our two
businesses and pursue potential growth opportunities," said Douglas A.
Neis, chief financial officer and treasurer of The Marcus Corporation.

Conference Call and Webcast

Marcus Corporation management will hold a conference call today,
Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Central/11:00 a.m. Eastern
time to discuss the fourth quarter results. Interested parties may
listen to the call live on the Internet through the investor relations
section of the company's website:,
or by dialing 1-574-990-3059 and entering the passcode 53373702.
Listeners should dial in to the call at least 5-10 minutes prior to the
start of the call or should go to the website at least 15 minutes prior
to the call to download and install any necessary audio software.

A telephone replay of the conference call will be available through
Thursday, March 2, 2017, by dialing 1-855-859-2056 and entering passcode
53373702. The webcast will be archived on the company's website until
its next earnings release.

About The Marcus Corporation

Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, The
Marcus Corporation
is a leader in the lodging and entertainment
industries, with significant company-owned real estate assets. The
Marcus Corporation's theatre division, Marcus
, is the fourth largest theatre circuit in the
U.S. and currently owns or operates 885 screens at 68 locations in eight
states. The company's lodging division, Marcus®
Hotels & Resorts
, owns and/or manages 18 hotels, resorts and
other properties in nine states. For more information, please visit the
company's website at

Certain matters discussed in this press release are "forward-looking
statements" intended to qualify for the safe harbors from liability
established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
These forward-looking statements may generally be identified as such
because the context of such statements include words such as we
"believe," "anticipate," "expect" or words of similar import. Similarly,
statements that describe our future plans, objectives or goals are also
forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject
to certain risks and uncertainties which may cause results to differ
materially from those expected, including, but not limited to, the
following: (1) the availability, in terms of both quantity and audience
appeal, of motion pictures for our theatre division, as well as other
industry dynamics such as the maintenance of a suitable window between
the date such motion pictures are released in theatres and the date they
are released to other distribution channels; (2) the effects of adverse
economic conditions in our markets, particularly with respect to our
hotels and resorts division; (3) the effects on our occupancy and room
rates of the relative industry supply of available rooms at comparable
lodging facilities in our markets; (4) the effects of competitive
conditions in our markets; (5) our ability to achieve expected benefits
and performance from our strategic initiatives and acquisitions; (6) the
effects of increasing depreciation expenses, reduced operating profits
during major property renovations, impairment losses, and preopening and
start-up costs due to the capital intensive nature of our businesses;
(7) the effects of adverse weather conditions, particularly during the
winter in the Midwest and in our other markets; (8) our ability to
identify properties to acquire, develop and/or manage and the continuing
availability of funds for such development; and (9) the adverse impact
on business and consumer spending on travel, leisure and entertainment
resulting from terrorist attacks in the United States or other incidents
of violence in public venues such as hotels and movie theatres.
Shareholders, potential investors and other readers are urged to
consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking
statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such
forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements made herein
are made only as of the date of this press release and we undertake no
obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect
subsequent events or circumstances.

Consolidated Statements of Earnings
(In thousands, except per share data)
13 Weeks 14 Weeks 52 Weeks 53 Weeks
Ended Ended Ended Ended
December 29, December 31, December 29, December 31,





Theatre admissions $ 48,985 $ 48,736 $ 186,768 $ 176,251
Rooms 23,183 26,082 105,167 109,857
Theatre concessions 32,331 32,407 120,975 115,081
Food and beverage 16,767 19,681 67,551 71,028
Other revenues   17,481     14,409     63,403     59,477  
Total revenues 138,747 141,315 543,864 531,694
Costs and expenses:
Theatre operations 42,681 42,515 160,729 153,612
Rooms 9,804 10,344 40,213 42,408
Theatre concessions 7,967 9,227 32,407 32,279
Food and beverage 13,729 15,322 55,526 57,769
Advertising and marketing 5,549 6,619 21,582 23,929
Administrative 17,982 17,786 63,620 60,610
Depreciation and amortization 10,807 10,101 41,832 40,032
Rent 2,107 2,105 8,384 8,622
Property taxes 3,951 3,511 16,257 14,876
Other operating expenses 8,506 7,808 33,360 33,615
Impairment charge   -     -     -     2,919  
Total costs and expenses   123,083     125,338     473,910     470,671  
Operating income 15,664 15,977 69,954 61,023
Other income (expense):
Investment income 273 4 298 209
Interest expense (2,183 ) (2,645 ) (9,176 ) (10,035 )
Loss on disposition of property, equipment and other assets (366 ) (669 ) (844 ) (1,233 )
Equity earnings (losses) from unconsolidated joint ventures, net   31     (39 )   301     (160 )
  (2,245 )   (3,349 )   (9,421 )   (11,219 )
Earnings before income taxes 13,419 12,628 60,533 49,804
Income taxes   4,758     4,911     22,994     19,415  
Net earnings 8,661 7,717 37,539 30,389
Net earnings (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests   (81 )   60     (363 )   (393 )
Net earnings attributable to The Marcus Corporation $ 8,742   $ 7,657   $ 37,902   $ 30,782  
Net earnings per common share attributable to
The Marcus Corporation - diluted $ 0.31 $ 0.27 $ 1.36 $ 1.10
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 28,235 27,957 27,957 27,924
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
(Unaudited) (Audited)
December 29, December 31,
2016 2015
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash $ 8,705 $ 24,691
Accounts and notes receivable 14,761 13,366
Refundable income taxes 1,673 -
Other current assets 11,005 7,041
Property and equipment, net 786,517 670,702
Other assets   85,925   88,901
Total Assets $ 908,586 $ 804,701
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity:
Accounts payable $ 28,526 $ 28,737
Income taxes - 3,490
Taxes other than income taxes 17,261 17,303
Other current liabilities 63,568 55,500
Current portion of capital lease obligation 6,598 5,181
Current maturities of long-term debt 52,173 18,292
Capital lease obligation 26,106 15,192
Long-term debt 231,210 207,376
Deferred income taxes 46,433 43,405
Deferred compensation and other 45,064 44,527
Equity   391,647   365,698
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 908,586 $ 804,701
Business Segment Information
(In thousands)
Hotels/ Corporate
Theatres Resorts Items Total
13 Weeks Ended December 29, 2016
Revenues $ 89,328 $ 49,291 $ 128 $ 138,747
Operating income (loss) 20,224 (469 ) (4,091 ) 15,664
Depreciation and amortization 6,395 4,313 99 10,807
14 Weeks Ended December 31, 2015
Revenues $ 85,293 $ 55,849 $ 173 $ 141,315
Operating income (loss) 18,074 2,889 (4,986 ) 15,977
Depreciation and amortization 5,690 4,320 91 10,101
52 Weeks Ended December 29, 2016
Revenues $ 328,165 $ 215,171 $ 528 $ 543,864
Operating income (loss) 71,754 14,604 (16,404 ) 69,954
Depreciation and amortization 24,570 16,895 367 41,832
53 Weeks Ended December 31, 2015
Revenues $ 306,651 $ 224,455 $ 588 $ 531,694
Operating income (loss) 62,909 13,039 (14,925 ) 61,023
Depreciation and amortization 21,962 17,706 364 40,032

Corporate items include amounts not allocable to the business segments.
Corporate revenues consist principally of rent and the corporate
operating loss includes general corporate expenses. Corporate
information technology costs and accounting shared services costs are
allocated to the business segments based upon several factors, including
actual usage and segment revenues.

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