Wanda Sports Group Company Limited Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results

November 18, 2019

BEIJING, Nov. 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wanda Sports Group Company Limited (the “Company”, and together with its consolidated entities, “Wanda Sports”, the “Group” or “we”) (NASDAQ: WSG), a leading global sports events, media and marketing platform, today announced its unaudited financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Third Quarter 2019 Highlights: 

  • Total revenue was €245.2 million (US$267.4 million), representing an increase of 8% year-over-year. Excluding the impact of reimbursement revenue1, total revenue was €242.5 million (US$264.5 million), a 33% increase over the third quarter of 2018.
  • Loss for the period was €31.2 million (US$34.0 million), compared to a profit for the period of €13.1 million for the third quarter of 2018. Our performance was impacted by stock-based compensation expenses, the remaining IPO-related costs and the financing costs.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was €39.3 million (US$42.8 million) in the third quarter of 2019, substantially similar to the third quarter of 2018.
  • The number of mass participation events expanded from 102 events in the third quarter of 2018 to 120 events in the third quarter of 2019. The number of gross-paid athletes also showed significant year-over-year growth of 37.5%, from 448,000 in the third quarter 2018 to 616,000 in the third quarter of 2019.
  • The Group established a long term strategic partnership with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), including a new Diamond League media rights for five years from 2025, a ten-year international media rights agreement for a second international tour - a series of one-day meetings around the world from 2020; the future organization of an annual Diamond League meeting in China by the Group as well as the creation of a new annual IAAF event in China to be organized by the Group.
  • Host broadcast productions for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 ™ in France and for the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan have been successfully delivered.
  • The Group successfully delivered the commercial program of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, serving as the exclusive partner for their worldwide sponsorship, merchandising, licensing and hospitality.
  • A 10-year media, marketing, digital and merchandising rights prolongation has been extended with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the governing body of international ice hockey organizing the annual IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, through to 2033.
  • Our net leverage ratio improved from June 30, 2019, which preceded our IPO and the use of proceeds to reduce leverage, to 4.2x at September 30, 2019.

Mr. Hengming Yang, Chief Executive Officer of Wanda Sports, commented, “We delivered solid operating results in the third quarter driven by the strong activity in our Spectator Sports segment, the addition of popular new events in our Mass Participation segment and our continued ability to leverage technology across our global platform to deliver a differentiated experience for our athletes, fans and partners. However, our near-term profitability has been impacted by the expenses in stock-based compensation, the remaining IPO-related costs and the financing costs, as we have previously mentioned. Notwithstanding these factors, we remain confident in the outlook of our business and our ability to continue to execute our strategy to create lasting shareholder value.”

Mr. Brian Liao, Chief Financial Officer of Wanda Sports commented, “Despite the cyclicality, we have delivered robust like-for-like revenue growth year-on-year, thanks to the expansion of our sports rights and event offerings in the third quarter. Our focus remains on reducing our debt, improving synergies across our group and taking full advantage of our asset light model and strong cash flow generation as we position Wanda Sports for long-term growth.”

Third Quarter 2019 Business Highlights

Core Business Segments

Mass Participation

In the third quarter, we operated 120 events, compared to 102 events in the same period last year. Through the end of the third quarter, we completed 282 of the 347 events scheduled for 2019, including owned, managed and licensed events.

Triathlon

  • We held the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France for the first time, on September 7-8 with a record 5,706 athletes from 105 nations registered to compete in the two-day event.
  • We operated four inaugural triathlon events - IRONMAN Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain, the IRONMAN 70.3 in Traverse City, Michigan as well as in Xian, China and an IRONMAN/IRONMAN 70.3/5i50 multirace event in Emilia Romagna in Italy.

Running

  • In Sydney, Australia, our recently acquired Sun Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac, also known as “the World’s Largest Fun Run,” drew a sold-out field of more than 84,000 participants in August.
  • The Group won the exclusive rights to organize the Rome Marathon, one of the top 10 European marathons, from 2020 to 2023. The agreement includes operational management of the event as well as all marketing, commercial TV and media rights.             

Cycling

  • The Deloitte Ride Across Britain took place in September with nearly 1,000 cyclists participating in the 980-mile ride over nine days. It was the 10th edition of the event and the first time the Group has been involved following its acquisition of UK-based event organizer Threshold in April.

Spectator Sports

The Spectator Sports business in the third quarter reflected the Group’s delivery of a number of world championships and large-scale regional events. 

Key events

  • The FIBA Basketball World Cup, FIBA’s flagship competition in 2019 which achieved a world record audience, was held in China for the first time, from August 31 to September 15.  The Group successfully delivered the commercial program of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, serving as the exclusive partner for their worldwide sponsorship, merchandising, licensing and hospitality.
  • The CEV Men's and Women's European Volleyball Championships took place in August and September. The Group, as the CEV's long-standing exclusive media rights partner, secured broadcasters in over 150 territories globally.
  • TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships 2019, which was held from August 19-25 in Basel, Switzerland. This was the 25th edition of the Badminton World Championships, which welcomed top players from around the world to Switzerland. The Group, BWF's exclusive media and marketing partner, was responsible for a variety of deliverables, including sponsorship, media sales, client and broadcaster services.             

Major Prolongations

  • A 10-year media, marketing, digital and merchandising rights prolongation with IIHF, the governing body of international ice hockey which organizes the annual IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, has extended its partnership with the Group until 2033, starting in 2024 (at the end of our current agreement) through 2033 was unanimously ratified by the IIHF Congress.
  • A five-year agreement with Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) media rights until 2024/25 has been extended, another addition to our world’s leading football portfolio.  The extended agreement also covers the development of a dedicated e-sports league for SPFL.

Key New Business Wins

  • The Group established a long term strategic partnership with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), including a new Diamond League media rights for five years from 2025, a ten-year international media rights agreement for a second international tour - a series of one-day meetings around the world from 2020; the future organization of an annual Diamond League meeting in China by the Group as well as the creation of a new annual IAAF event in China to be organized by the Group.
  • A partnership with the NBA covering the sale of the NBA’s sponsorship rights in Italy has been established. This marks the NBA’s first agreement where a sports marketing company will represent NBA sponsorship inventory in Italy.
  • A marketing agreement with Formula 1 team Alfa Romeo Racing has been secured until the end of 2020.
  • A marketing agreement covering hospitality packages of Roland-Garros and the Rolex Paris Masters has been secured until 2021.

Digital, Production, Sports Solutions (DPSS)

  • IGBS, a joint venture between HBS and IMG Media, was the host broadcaster for the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. The tournament sets new standards in rugby broadcast production with the first 8K production, the use of augmented reality graphics and Hawk-Eye Smart Replay technology.
  • We were the host broadcaster for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 ™, which was held from June 7 to July 7 in France.  HBS had more than 1,000 staff on site and six production teams per match.
  • 5G production has been successfully tested at the BMW Berlin-Marathon, part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, a series of the six world's largest and most renowned marathons.
  • We finalized our investment in the Level 99, an eSports creative agency that services major eSports publishers such as EA, leagues like ESL and teams such as OG. We believe this investment is important to our strategic expansion and that eSports will complement our spectator business and digital offerings. 

China Business Highlights

In the third quarter, we continued to add premium mass participation sports events in China to our portfolio.

  • IRONMAN 70.3 held its first event in Xian, China on September 15, providing athletes with new racing opportunities.
  • The Group secured the operating rights for the Shenyang International Marathon, which hosted 20,000 athletes from 18 countries on September 8. The race’s top 100 qualifiers will represent China in the Abbott WMM Wanda Age Group World Championships 2020, which will be held as part of the London Marathon Majors.
  • We were host broadcaster for the 18th edition of the Tour of Qinghai Lake International Road Cycling Race in Qinghai province in July.             

Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Revenue

Total revenue was €245.2 million (US$267.4 million), representing an increase of 8% year-over-year, primarily attributable to increase in revenue from our mass participation and spectator sports segments. Excluding reimbursement revenue2, total revenue was €242.5 million (US$264.5 million), a significant increase of 33% over the third quarter of 2018.

The following table sets forth a breakdown of our revenue by segment for the periods indicated:

  Three Months Ended September 30,
  2019 2018
(in millions, except percentages) USD  EUR % of
Revenue
EUR % of
Revenue
YoY Change
Core segments:            
Mass Participation 123.7 113.4 46% 99.6 44% 14%
Spectator Sports 115.4 105.8 43% 58.7 26% 80%
DPSS 28.3 26.0 11% 69.1 30% (62%)
Total Revenue 267.4 245.2 100% 227.4 100% 8%
DPSS excluding reimbursement revenue 25.4 23.3   23.6   (1%)
Total Revenue excluding reimbursement revenue 264.5 242.5   181.9   33%
  • Mass Participation: The increase in revenue was principally driven by the increase in our total number of events, to 120 events for the third quarter of 2019 from 102 events for the third quarter of 2018. The number of gross-paid athletes also increased to 616,000 for the third quarter of 2019 from 448,000 in the same period last year.
  • Spectator Sports: The increase in revenue was primarily due to the expansion of our summer sports portfolio, mainly the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship races and the CEV EuroVolley 2019.
  • DPSS: The decrease in revenue was due to event cyclicality relating to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Excluding reimbursement revenue, DPSS revenue was €23.3 million (US$25.4 million) for the third quarter of 2019, approximately the same as the third quarter of 2018. 

Gross profit

The following table sets forth a breakdown of our gross profit and our gross margin by segment for the periods indicated:

  Three Months Ended, September 30,
  2019 2018
(in millions, except percentages) USD EUR Gross
margin
EUR Gross
margin
YoY
Change in
Gross
Profit
Core segments:            
Mass Participation 47.6 43.6 38% 37.9 38% 15%
Spectator Sports 35.3 32.4 31% 29.8 51% 9%
DPSS 9.6 8.8 34% 13.5 20% (35%)
Total Gross Profit 92.5 84.8 35% 81.2 36% 4%
  • Mass Participation:  The increase in gross profit was principally driven by the increase in the number of events. 
  • Spectator Sports: The increase was primarily due to a higher profit contribution from the FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship races.
  • DPSS: The decrease was primarily due to the event cyclicality of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ relating to the media production business.    

Gross margin, or gross profit as a percentage of revenue, was 35%, compared with 36% in the same quarter of 2018.

Personnel expenses were €53.3 million (US$58.1 million), an increase of 35% year-over-year, primarily driven by stock-based compensation incurred during the period for €21.7 million (US$23.6 million), which reflected the impact of the IPO on the valuation awards and the acceleration of vesting on outstanding grants in our subsidiary businesses.

Selling, office and administrative expenses were €15.0 million (US$16.4 million) for the third quarter of 2019, compared with €11.7 million in the third quarter in 2018, primarily driven by IPO related expenses, higher third party service fees as well as additional travelling expenses for various international events.

Depreciation and amortization expenses were €7.7 million (US$8.4 million), compared with €7.7 million in the third quarter in 2018.

Other operating expenses, net was €2.0 million (US$2.2 million) compared with other operating income, net of €0.4 million in the third quarter of 2018, primarily due to the absence of other investment income during the current period. 

Finance costs were €28.5 million (US$31.1 million), compared with €9.8 million in the third quarter in 2018, primarily due to interest expense and make-whole amount during the period for the unsecured senior 364-day term loan facility which was entered in March 2019.

Income tax expenses were €10.3 million (US$11.2 million), compared with €3.8 million for the third quarter of 2018.  The increase was mainly due to additional tax expense arising from newly acquired companies in the current year, additional tax expenses related to prior year operating income as well as an increase in expenses that were not tax deductible such as share-based compensation expenses, or were unable to be recognized as deferred tax asset such as interest expense.

Loss for the period was €31.2 million (US$34.0 million), compared to a profit for the period €13.1 million for the third quarter of 2018 primarily attributable to finance cost relating to our unsecured senior 364-day term loan facility; the stock-based compensation for our Management Equity Incentive Plan arise from IPO and the increase in income tax expenses.

Adjusted EBITDA was €39.3 million (US$42.8 million) in the third quarter of 2019, substantially similar to the third quarter of 2018.

Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders of Wanda Sports Group Company Limitedwas €31.3 million (US$34.1 million), compared to a net profit attributable to ordinary shareholders of Wanda Sports Group Company Limited of €12.9 million for the third quarter of 2018.

Basic and diluted net loss per American Depositary Share (“ADS”) were both €0.23 (US$0.25), compared to basic net income per ADS of €0.09 and diluted net income per ADS of €0.08 in the third quarter of 2018. 

Cash and cash equivalents

As of September 30, 2019, the Group had cash and cash equivalents of €122.8 million (US$133.9 million).

Fourth Quarter and full year 2019 Guidance

For the fourth quarter, we currently expect:

Total revenue to be in the range of €245 million to €260 million, or down 7% to 1% year-over-year. 

Excluding reimbursement revenue, total revenue to be in the range of €242 million to €257 million, or down 7% to 1% year-over-year.

Adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of €44 million to €49 million, or down 9% to up 1% year-over-year.

For the full year 2019, we currently expect:

Total revenue to be in the range of €1,020 million to €1,035 million, or down 10% to 8% from 2018.

Excluding reimbursement revenue, total revenue to be in the range of €987 million to €1,002 million, or up 8% to 10% from 2018.

Adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of €167 million to €172 million, or down 15% to 12% from 2018.

Compared with 2018, total revenue and Adjusted EBITDA of 2019 are expected to be lower mainly due to event cyclicality in 2018.

The aforementioned guidance reflects our expectations for the fourth quarter and full year 2019 as of November 18, 2019. Our results are based on assumptions that we believe to be reasonable as of this date, but may be materially affected by many factors, as discussed below in the Forward-Looking Statements.

Conference Call Information

Wanda Sport’s management will host an earnings conference call at 8:30 AM U.S. Eastern Time on November 18, 2019 (9:30 PM Beijing/Hong Kong Time on November 18, 2019).

The dial-in details for the live conference call are as follows:

United States: +1 866 519 4004
International: +65 6713 5090
Hong Kong: +852 3018 6771
China: 4006 208038
Conference ID: 5380899

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Company's investor relations website at investor.wsg.cn.

A replay of the conference call will be accessible approximately two hours after the conclusion of the live call until November 26 2019, by dialing the following telephone numbers: 

United States: +1 855 452 5696
International: +61 2 8199 0299
Hong Kong: 800 963 117
China: 4006 322 162 2
Replay Access Code: 5380899

About Wanda Sports Group

Wanda Sports Group (Nasdaq: WSG) is a leading global sports events, media and marketing platform with a mission to unite people in sports and enable athletes and fans to live their passions and dreams. Through our businesses, including Infront and World Triathlon Corporation (IRONMAN), we have significant intellectual property rights, long-term relationships and broad execution capabilities, enabling us to deliver unrivalled sports event experiences, creating access to engaging content and building inclusive communities. We offer a comprehensive array of events, marketing and media services through three primary segments: Mass Participation, Spectator Sports and Digital, Production, Sports Solutions (DPSS). Our full-service platform creates value for our partners and clients as well as other stakeholders in the sports ecosystem, from rights owners, to brands and advertisers, and to fans and athletes.

Headquartered in Beijing, China, Wanda Sports Group has more than 60 offices and 1,600 employees around the world. For more information, please visit investor.wsg.cn.

Use of Non-IFRS Financial Measures

To supplement our consolidated financial statements which are presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (“IFRS”), we also use Adjusted EBITDA as a non-IFRS financial measure. We present this non-IFRS financial measure because it is used by our management in evaluating our operating results and for financial and operational decision-making purposes.  We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income excluding share-based compensation and other non-recurring expenses. We also believe that this non-IFRS financial measure provides useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our consolidated results of operations in the same manner as our management and in comparing financial results across accounting periods and to those of our peer companies.

Non-IFRS financial measures should not be considered in isolation or construed as an alternative to profit/(loss) from operations and net profit/(loss) or any other measure of performance, or as an indicator of our operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. Other companies may calculate similarly titled measures differently, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures to our data. We encourage investors and others to review our financial information in its entirety and not rely on a single financial measure. 

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA, another non-IFRS financial measure, to the most directly comparable IFRS financial measure is set forth at the end of this release.

Exchange Rate Information

This press release contains translation of certain Euro (“€”) amounts into U.S. Dollar (“$”) at specified rates solely for the convenience of readers. Unless otherwise noted, all translations from Euro to U.S. dollar were made at the exchange rate of €0.9170 to US$1.00, the exchange rate on September 30, 2019 set forth in the H.10 statistical release of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Change in accounting policy relating to the parent Company’s functional currency       

Prior to July 31, 2019, the functional currency of the Company (the Group’s parent company) was Euro.  Effective as of July 31, 2019, the Company changed its functional currency from Euro to the U.S. Dollar.  Management believes the U.S. Dollar better reflects the more relevant economic environment of the Company, as it incurs and services its external debt mainly in U.S. Dollars. Meanwhile, the Group's presentation currency for its consolidated financial statements has been, and will remain, the Euro.

Safe Harbor Statement

This announcement contains forward-looking statements.  These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include but are not limited to Wanda Sports management quotes and the Group’s financial outlook. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “estimate,” “project,” “predict,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “potential,” “plan,” “goal” and similar statements.  Wanda Sports may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Such statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about: the Group’s goals and strategies; growth of the Chinese e-commerce market; Chinese governmental policies relating to the Group’s industry and general economic conditions in China; and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing as well as risks, uncertainties, and other factors described in “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in the Company’s registration statement on Form F-1, which is available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

Additional information will be made available in the Company’s annual report on Form 20-F for the year ending December 31, 2019 and other filings that the Company makes from time to time with the SEC. In addition, any forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on assumptions that the Company believes to be reasonable as of this date. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect new information or the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

In China:
Wanda Sports Group
Edith Kwan
Tel:  +86 (10) 8558 7456
E-mail:  ir@wsg.cn

In the U.S.:
Sard Verbinnen & Co
Paul Scarpetta
E-mail:  WandaSports-SVC@SARDVERB.com

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1 See revenue discussion below for a description of the reimbursement revenue and its impact.

2 Cyclicality driven by the timing cycle of sports events has a significant impact on the comparability of our results from one period to the next. In 2018, both total revenue and total cost of sales were also impacted due to media production activities in connection e.g. with the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ accounted for in our DPSS segment. These activities are undertaken pursuant to our cost-plus contractual model under which both revenue and costs are fully accounted for in our consolidated statement of profit or loss, including reimbursement revenues and reimbursement costs.


WANDA SPORTS GROUP COMPANY LIMITED

INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT OR LOSS

(Amounts in thousands of Euro (“€”) or, for convenience translation, thousands of U.S. Dollar (“$”), except for number of shares and per share data)

  For the three months ended
    September 30, 2019     September 30, 2018
    $  
Revenue   267,364   245,175     227,380  
Cost of sales   (174,859 ) (160,348 )   (146,230 )
Gross profit   92,505   84,827     81,150  
Personnel expenses   (58,111 ) (53,288 )   (39,432 )
Selling, office and administrative expenses   (16,389 ) (15,029 )   (11,744 )
Depreciation and amortization   (8,414 ) (7,716 )   (7,698 )
Other operating (expense)/income, net   (2,153 ) (1,974 )   373  
Finance costs   (31,104 ) (28,522 )   (9,822 )
Finance income   312   286     413  
Share of profit of associates and joint ventures   563   516     3,634  
(Loss)/Profit before tax   (22,791 ) (20,900 )   16,874  
Income tax expense   (11,231 ) (10,299 )   (3,769 )
(Loss)/Profit for the period   (34,022 ) (31,199 )   13,105  
Attributable to:          
Equity holders of the parent   (34,093 ) (31,264 )   12,868  
Non‑controlling interests   71   65     237  
    (34,022 ) (31,199 )   13,105  
Earnings per share3:          
Basic (loss)/profit for the period attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent   (0.17 ) (0.15 )   0.06  
Diluted (loss)/profit for the period attributable to ordinary equity holders of the parent   (0.17 ) (0.15 )   0.06  
Basic (loss)/profit for the period attributable to ADS holders of the parent   (0.25 ) (0.23 )   0.09  
Diluted (loss)/profit for the period attributable to ADS holders of the parent   (0.25 ) (0.23 )   0.08  

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3 Basic and diluted earnings per share and profit attributable to ADS holders of the parent for the three months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 were computed in the assumption that, the Company had issued 23.8 million ADS, and the Company had approximately 205 million ordinary shares issued and outstanding as at September 30, 2019 and 2018.


WANDA SPORTS GROUP COMPANY LIMITED

INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(Amounts in thousands of Euro (“€”) or, for convenience translation, thousands of U.S. Dollar (“$”))

  For the three months ended
    September 30, 2019     September 30, 2018
    $  
(Loss)/profit for the period   (34,022 ) (31,199 )   13,105  
Other comprehensive income:          
Other comprehensive income/(loss) to be reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods (net of tax):          
Net gain/(loss) on cash flow hedges   249   229     (31 )
Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations   28,685   26,304     (8,700 )
Net other comprehensive income/(loss) income to be reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods   28,934   26,533     (8,731 )
Other comprehensive income not to be reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods:          
Net remeasurement on defined benefit plans   14   12     -  
Other comprehensive income/(loss) for the period, net of tax   28,948   26,545     (8,731 )
Total comprehensive income for the period, net of tax   (5,074 ) (4,654 )   4,374  
Attributable to:          
Equity holders of the parent   (5,187 ) (4,757 )   4,213  
Non‑controlling interests   113   103     161  
    (5,074 ) (4,654 )   4,374  



WANDA SPORTS GROUP COMPANY LIMITED

INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

(Amounts in thousands of Euro (“€”) or, for convenience translation, thousands of U.S. Dollar (“$”))

  September 30, 2019   December 31, 2018
  $  
ASSETS        
CURRENT ASSETS        
Cash and cash equivalents 133,897 122,785   177,048
Trade and other receivables 258,620 237,157   299,898
Accrued income 13,547 12,423   6,474
Contract assets 62,750 57,542   39,714
Inventories 10,782 9,887   5,935
Income tax receivables 8,975 8,230   8,816
Other assets 94,409 86,574   81,561
  582,980 534,598   619,446
NON‑CURRENT ASSETS        
Long‑term receivables 11,036 10,123   6,271
Investments in associates and joint ventures 1,950 1,788   5,551
Property, plant and equipment 27,878 25,564   26,048
Right of use assets 36,749 33,699   35,789
Intangible assets 484,737 444,509   423,488
Goodwill 920,308 843,932   677,326
Contract assets 11,306 10,368   9,077
Deferred tax assets 20,608 18,898   24,562
Other assets 66,095 60,609   54,953
  1,580,667 1,449,490   1,263,065
TOTAL ASSETS 2,163,647 1,984,088   1,882,511


WANDA SPORTS GROUP COMPANY LIMITED

INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION

(Amounts in thousands of Euro (“€”) or, for convenience translation, thousands of U.S. Dollar (“$”))

  September 30, 2019 December 31, 2018  
  $  
LIABILITIES        
CURRENT LIABILITIES        
Trade and other payables 173,556   159,153   816,451    
Interest‑bearing liabilities 221,921   203,504   25,487    
Lease liabilities 11,869   10,884   9,863    
Accrued expense 88,097   80,786   83,516    
Deferred income 5   5   7    
Contract liabilities 163,828   150,232   185,681    
Other liabilities 19,634   18,005   17,097    
Income tax payable 18,458   16,926   31,009    
Provisions 6,763   6,202   3,419    
  704,131   645,697   1,172,530    
NON‑CURRENT LIABILITIES        
Interest‑bearing liabilities 704,796   646,305   535,630    
Lease liabilities 29,088   26,674   28,841    
Accrued expenses 6,868   6,298   4,941    
Deferred income -   -   10    
Contract liabilities 15,554   14,263   13,485    
Deferred tax liabilities 93,069   85,345   82,941    
Provisions 4,095   3,755   8,576    
Long‑term payroll payables 14,520   13,315   12,770    
Other liabilities 58,984   54,090   31,802    
  926,974   850,045   718,996    
TOTAL LIABILITIES 1,631,105   1,495,742   1,891,526    
EQUITY        
Share capital 1,658,450   1,520,816   1,520,816    
Reserves (885,141 ) (811,684 ) (1,321,685 )  
Accumulated deficit (244,538 ) (224,244 ) (207,566 )  
Equity/(deficit) attributable to equity holders of the parent 528,771   484,888   (8,435 )  
Non‑controlling interests 3,771
  3,458   (580 )  
TOTAL EQUITY/(DEFICIT) 532,542
  488,346   (9,015 )  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY 2,163,647
  1,984,088   1,882,511    



WANDA SPORTS GROUP COMPANY LIMITED

INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS

(Amounts in thousands of Euro (“€”) or, for convenience translation, thousands of U.S. Dollar (“$”))

  For the three months ended
  September 30, 2019   September 30, 2018
  $  
NET CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES        
(Loss)/profit for the period (34,022 ) (31,199 )   13,105  
Total non-cash adjustments 49,804   45,672     20,958  
Total working capital adjustments (36,221 ) (33,216 )   (16,535 )
Tax paid (6,270 ) (5,750 )   (8,108 )
Net cash flows (used in)/provided by operating activities (26,709 ) (24,493 )   9,420  
         
NET CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES        
Acquisition of subsidiaries, net (849 ) (779 )   (791 )
Contingent consideration and liabilities from business combination paid (3,968 ) (3,639 )   (1,270 )
Purchases of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets (3,239 ) (2,970 )   (4,145 )
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets 245   225     46  
Others 306   281     (479 )
Net cash flows used in investing activities (7,505 ) (6,882 )   (6,639 )
         
NET CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES        
Proceeds from borrowings 268,331   246,062     -  
Repayment of borrowings (464,369 ) (425,831 )   (550 )
Repayment of the principal portion of the lease liability (3,274 ) (3,002 )   (2,645 )
Proceeds from IPO, net 177,374   162,654     -  
Payment of restricted stock (11,652 ) (10,685 )   -  
Payment of debt issuance cost (3,330 ) (3,054 )   -  
Others (202 ) (186 )   -  
Net cash used in financing activities (37,122 ) (34,042 )   (3,195 )
         
NET DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS (71,336 ) (65,417 )   (414 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period 203,384   186,505     145,370  
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes, net 1,849   1,697     (3,413 )
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD 133,897   122,785     141,543  
         


RECONCILIATION OF NON-IFRS MEASURE – IFRS Profit for the Period to Adjusted EBITDA (unaudited)

(Amounts in thousands of Euro (“€”) or, for convenience translation, thousands of U.S. Dollar (“$”))

For the three months ended

  September  30, 2019   September 30, 2018
  $  
(Loss)/profit for the period (34,022 ) (31,199 )   13,105
Income tax expense 11,231   10,299     3,769
Net interest expenses 24,744   22,690     6,297
Depreciation and amortization 8,414   7,716     7,698
EBITDA 10,367   9,506     30,869
         
Share-based compensation(1) 23,638   21,676     3,416
Expenses or charges relating to acquisition(2) 1,232   1,130     494
Expenses or charges relating to IPO or financing(3) 98   90     884
Restructure and disposal of investments / subsidiaries(4) -   -     56
Profit or loss from termination of customers(5) -   -     469
Change in fair value of investments(6) 57   52     22
Bad debt expenses relating to specific customer(7) -   -     2
Losses on foreign exchange and derivatives, and other financial charges(8) 6,048   5,546      3,112
Estimated client compensation relating to fraudulent activities(9) 1,384   1,269     -
Adjusted EBITDA 42,824   39,269     39,324
         
  1. Share-based compensation has been excluded as it is a non-cash expense. Our adjustment removes all of the historical share-based compensation for employees.
  2. Represents expenses incurred for professional fees such as legal counsel, auditors, underwriters, valuation experts and consultants in respect of the strategic acquisitions of the Group.
  3. Represents professional fees of legal counsel, auditors, due diligence experts, consultants, and related expenses for our IPO and financing.
  4. Represents expenses or costs incurred in the restructuring and disposal of investments and subsidiary companies. Following our acquisitions of Infront and WEH, we went through a restructuring process which involved divestment of certain investments and subsidiaries. Following the acquisition of CGI in 2017, WEH undertook a similar process. While event and contract performance reviews are performed as a normal course of business, these larger restructuring processes are considered non-recurring.
  5. Eliminates the impact from the extraordinary loss of certain rights-in partners following their insolvency.
  6. Eliminates the net investment loss on investments.
  7. Eliminates expenses reflecting expected credit losses in trade account receivables that we had outstanding from a sports marketing and media rights firm (MP & Silva) as well as contract assets, as a result of the initiation of MP & Silva’s insolvency process.
  8. Represents the losses on foreign exchange, derivative financial instruments at fair value through profit or loss, termination of the cross-currency swap and other financial charges.
  9. Represents the amount estimated to be paid by Infront as compensation in connection with fraudulent activities presumably undertaken by a former senior employee of Infront, for which we have taken a revenue deduction in the three months ended September 30, 2019.

Source: Wanda Sports Group Company Limited

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