August 24, 2016 3:21 PM ET

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Company Overview of Merlin Entertainments plc

Company Overview

Merlin Entertainments plc operates visitor attraction places worldwide. The company operates midway attractions under the Madame Tussauds, The Eye Brand, SEA LIFE, The Dungeons, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, Seal Sanctuaries, The Blackpool Tower, WILD LIFE, Australian Treetop Adventures, Hotham Alpine Resort, Falls Creek, and Shreks Adventure London brands. It also operates LEGOLAND parks under the LEGOLAND Billund, LEGOLAND Windsor, LEGOLAND California, LEGOLAND Deutschland, LEGOLAND Florida, and LEGOLAND Malaysia brands; and resort theme parks under the Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures, Gardaland, Heide Park, THORPE PARK Resort, and Warwick Castle brand names. The company operate...

3 Market Close

Poole,  BH15 1NQ

United Kingdom

Founded in 1999

27,000 Employees

Phone:

44 12 0266 6900

Fax:

44 12 0244 0021

Key Executives for Merlin Entertainments plc

Group Chief Executive Officer, Member of Executive Board, Director and Member of Health, Safety & Security Committee
Age: 53
Total Annual Compensation: 581.0K GBP
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Merlin Entertainments plc Key Developments

Merlin Entertainments Opens CBeebies Land Hotel at Alton Towers Resort

Merlin Entertainments has announced the opening of the CBeebies Land Hotel at Alton Towers Resort. Designed for young families and pre-schoolers, the fully-themed hotel is due to open its doors to the public in summer 2017. With a full entertainment programme running throughout the year, the new development will feature live shows, hosted activities, character 'meet and greets' and play areas.

Merlin Entertainments plc Announces Interim Dividend, Payable on September 19, 2016, Announces Management changes

The Board of Merlin Entertainments plc will set the interim dividend as approximately one third of the prior year's full year dividend. On this basis the Board announces its intention to pay an interim dividend of 2.2 pence per share which represents growth of 4.8% on the 2015 interim dividend. The Board maintains its commitment to a progressive annual dividend paying out 35-40% of normalized profit after tax. This will be paid on 19 September 2016 to shareholders on the register on 12 August 2016 and ex-dividend date is 11 August 2016. Andrew Carr will step down as a member of the Board of Merlin Entertainments plc with effect from 1 August 2016 and Anne-Francoise Nesmes will then succeed him as Chief Financial Officer. Yun (Rachel) Chiang was appointed as a Non-executive Director to the Board of Merlin Entertainments plc with effect from 1 January 2016.

Merlin Entertainments plc Reports Consolidated Earnings Results for the Twenty Six Weeks Ended June 26, 2016

Merlin Entertainments plc reported consolidated earnings results for the twenty six weeks ended June 26, 2016. For the period, revenue was £573 million against £544 million a year ago. EBITDA was £126 million against £123 million a year ago. Operating profit was £70 million against £71 million a year ago. Profit before tax was £50 million against £36 million a year ago. Profit for the period was £37 million against £25 million a year ago. Basic and diluted earnings per share were 3.6 pence against 2.5 pence a year ago. Net cash inflow from operating activities was £149 million against £113 million a year ago. Acquisition of property, plant and equipment was £120 million against £127 million a year ago. Net debt was £1,072 million against £989 million a year ago.

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