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August 31, 2015 12:13 PM ET

Hotels, Restaurants and Leisure

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 Centres, Seal Sanctuaries, Blackpool Tower, WILD LIFE, Australian Treetop Adventures, Hotham Alpine, and Falls Creek 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, and Warwick Castle brand names. The company operates 106 attractions, 11 hotels, and 4 holida...

3 Market Close

Poole,  BH15 1NQ

United Kingdom

Founded in 1999

26,000 Employees


44 12 0244 0082


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: 52
Total Annual Compensation: $1.4M
Group Chief Financial Officer, Member of Executive Board, Director and Member of Health, Safety & Security Committee
Age: 52
Total Annual Compensation: $791.0K
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Merlin Entertainments plc Key Developments

Merlin Entertainments plc Provides Financial Guidance for 2015

Merlin Entertainments plc provided financial guidance for 2015. The company anticipates overall CapEx to be in the range of GBP 230 million to GBP 250 million for 2015. The company expects EBITDA to be in the range of GBP 40 million to GBP 50 million for 2015.

Merlin Entertainments plc Announces Consolidated Unaudited Earnings Results for the 26 Weeks Ended June 27, 2015

Merlin Entertainments plc announced consolidated unaudited earnings results for the 26 weeks ended June 27, 2015. For the period, the company reported revenue of £544 million against £513 million a year ago. EBITDA was £123 million against £120 million a year ago. Operating profit was £71 million against £71 million a year ago. Profit before tax was £36 million against £40 million a year ago. Profit for the period was £25 million against £29 million a year ago. Adjusted earnings per share were 3.5 pence against 2.8 pence a year ago. Basic and diluted earnings per share were 2.5 pence against 2.8 pence a year ago. Net cash inflow from operating activities was £113 million against £140 million a year ago. Acquisition of property, plant and equipment was £127 million against £101 million a year ago. Adjusted profit attributable to ordinary shareholders was £35 million against £29 million a year ago. Net debt at 27 June 2015 was £989 million. Underlying EBITDA growth of 0.3% was suppressed as a result of the softer than expected revenue performance, the growth in pre-opening costs and the earlier phasing of marketing spend as part of continued short break strategy. Reported EBITDA was up 2.7% year on year as it benefited from the positive impact of FX as a result of the seasonal bias towards US Dollar profits. Underlying operating profit was flat year on year at £71 million on a reported basis and declined 3.6% on a constant currency basis as a result of the EBITDA performance and higher depreciation and amortization arising from the expanding estate.

Merlin Entertainments plc Declares Interim Dividend for the Year 2015, Payable on September 24, 2015

The Board of Merlin Entertainments plc announced its intention to pay an interim dividend of 2.1 pence per share for the year 2015, representing an increase of 5.0% on the 2014 interim dividend. The dividend payment date is September 24, 2015, to the record holders on August 14, 2015. Ex-dividend date is August 13, 2015.

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