I hope this email finds you doing well this afternoon, here is another update for you.
I know you and your readers have been following news about Six Flags recently and I wanted to make sure you had the opportunity to listen in on our Q4 2008 earnings call this morning. If you missed the call , here is a link to the webcast http://investors.sixflags.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=61629&p=irol-calendarpast which will be archived for the next few months.
Important items discussed by our CEO and CFO during the call:
- By every measure, 2008 was the best year in the history of Six Flags.
- Our company achieved every key objective established in the three-year turnaround plan, including improving the parks, achieving positive cash flow for the first time, and generating revenue of approximately $59 million in 2008.
- 2008 revenue represented an increase of 53% over the previous year.
Please let me know if you have any questions about the earnings call or Six Flags in general.
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The not so good news come out via abcnews.com, in a piece titled "Six Flags CEO Says Debt holder Won't Talk."
A key holder of Six Flags Inc.'s debt is holding up negotiations to restructure the debt, the company's president and chief executive told investors Monday.
CEO Mark Shapiro did not name the debt holder, which he said holds a "significant amount" of the company's senior notes due in 2010. But he said it "has refused to meet" to renegotiate the debt.
"The auto companies have an easier time getting a meeting with the United Auto Workers than I do of getting a meeting with this particular portfolio fund manager," Shapiro said.
The New York-based company said in its annual report last week that a Chapter 11 filing is possible if it doesn't restructure its debt.
The company's first looming obligation is to holders of its preferred income redeemable shares, or PIERS, which will be due more than $300 million when the shares mature on Aug. 15.
Six Flags has said it does not expect to have enough cash to meet that obligation.
"We simply can't refinance our debt with the markets being what they are and we can't sell excess real estate in this environment and expect to get something even close to full value," Shapiro said.
Shapiro disclosed that the company has retained investment banking firm Houlihan Lokey financial advisers to help restructure the company's balance sheet to reduce debt and expects any out-of-court solution to include a "significant debt-for-equity exchange."
Shapiro said restructuring debt — in court or outside — will not affect the experience visitors have at its theme parks and the company plans a "heavy advertising and communications blitz" to get that message to the public.
We hope this "particular bond manager" (how's Boston these days?) comes to his senses and realizes that bored teenagers throughout the country need their zero G dives, wooden rollercoasters and not so cheap hot dogs and soda beverages to pass the time without the distraction of a potential looming bankruptcy filing. So next time you get a call from 212-652-9xxx please pick up the phone.