Bluegreen Vacations Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2018 Results

BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Bluegreen Vacations Corporation (NYSE:BXG) ("Bluegreen" or the “Company") today reported its third quarter 2018 financial results.

3Q18 Highlights

  • Earnings Per Share (“EPS”) increased 3.8% to $0.27
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $34.9 million, which was negatively impacted by lost business associated with Hurricane Florence, which we estimate to have been $2.3 million of EBITDA
  • Total revenues increase of $7.0 million, or 3.6%, to $202.2 million
  • Growth in System-Wide Sales of Vacation Ownership Interests (“VOIs”) of 1.1% (or 4.5% excluding the $5.8 million of sales we estimated to have been lost as a result of Hurricane Florence)
  • Subsequent to quarter end, completed a $117.7 million securitization of vacation ownership loans with a fixed, weighted-average interest rate coupon of 4.02%

“During the third quarter, the Company achieved a 3.8% increase in EPS as we continued to execute on our strategy of providing our owners with a lifetime of vacations in our unique and experiential vacation ownership resorts,” said Shawn B. Pearson, Chief Executive Officer and President. “While we were fortunate to have sustained minimal physical damage from Hurricane Florence, the hurricane unfortunately did impact tours, sales and earnings due to weather-related cancellations.”

Mr. Pearson continued, “Our primary focus is to continue to enhance our platform to support long term sustained growth that scales with our business. We are ramping up our sales efforts at the resorts we recently acquired, and are working on various marketing initiatives, including focusing our digital initiatives to make our marketing programs more efficient and effective. Our platform is at the heart of our investments, having just completed the implementation of an upgraded sales and inventory technology system. Finally, we are pleased with the successful securitization we recently closed which was well accepted by the market and achieved what we believe are attractive terms and pricing. While we are confident in the ongoing demand for our vacation ownership resorts, our near term expectation for sales growth is consistent with recent performance. We are continuing to seek to augment our sales and marketing channels and expect that these efforts will deliver long term growth and shareholder value.”

Financial Results

(dollars in millions, except per share data)

         

Three Months Ended

September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

 
2018 2017 Change 2018 2017 Change
 
Total revenues $ 202.2 $ 195.2 3.6 % $ 564.7 $ 544.9 3.6 %
Income before non-controlling interest and
provision for income taxes $ 32.5 $ 34.4 (5.4) % $ 102.7 $ 108.1 (5.0) %
Net income attributable to shareholders $ 20.5 $ 18.5 10.5 % $ 68.2 $ 60.2 13.3 %
Earnings per share Basic and diluted $ 0.27 $ 0.26 3.8 % $ 0.91 $ 0.85 7.1 %
Adjusted EBITDA $ 34.9 $ 39.1 (10.8) % $ 110.1 $ 114.8 (4.1) %
Capital-light revenue(1) as a percentage of
total revenue 69.2% 70.1% (90) bp 71.1% 69.1% 200 bp
 

(1) Bluegreen's "capital-light" revenue includes revenue from the sales of VOIs under fee-based sales and marketing arrangements, just-in-time inventory acquisition arrangements, and secondary market arrangements, as well as other fee-based services revenue and cost reimbursements revenue.

Total Revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2018 increased by $7.0 million, or 3.6%, to $202.2 million from the prior year period, primarily driven by increased Resort Operations and Club Management Revenues. Adjusted EBITDA was $34.9 million in the third quarter of 2018 compared to $39.1 million in the third quarter of 2017.

The third quarter of 2018 was negatively impacted by Hurricane Florence which hit North and South Carolina in September. The Company’s nine Club Resorts and two Club Associate Resorts in the primary path of the Hurricane suffered relatively minor damage, but the storm caused guest and owner cancellations which we estimate resulted in lost system-wide sales in the third quarter of 2018 of approximately $5.8 million, with the related estimated EBITDA impact of approximately $2.3 million.

Corporate & Other General and Administrative expenses were $20.3 million in the third quarter of 2018 compared to $17.4 million in the third quarter of 2017. The year over year increase was due to a number of factors including: higher outside legal expenses in connection with intensified focus on vigorously defending claims which the Company believes to be frivolous; increased depreciation expense in connection with information technology assets to support the Company’s growth; and investor and public relations activities related to being a public company.

Segment Results

Sales of VOIs and Financing Segment

(dollars in millions, except per guest and per transaction amounts)

         

Three Months Ended

September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

 
2018 2017 Change 2018 2017 Change
 
System-wide sales of VOIs $ 173.3 $ 171.4 1.1 % $ 478.1 $ 467.3 2.3 %
Segment adjusted EBITDA $ 44.9 $ 48.8 (7.9) % $ 136.9 $ 137.1 (0.2) %
Guest tours 66,434 69,479 (4.4) % 182,183 193,687 (5.9) %
Average sales price per transaction $ 15,988 $ 15,055 6.2 % $ 15,576 $ 15,440 0.9 %
Sales to tour conversion ratio 16.5% 16.7% (1.2) % 17.0% 15.8% 7.6 %
Sales volume per guest ("VPG") $ 2,636 $ 2,513 4.9 % $ 2,647 $ 2,442 8.4 %
Selling and marketing expenses, as a
% of system-wide sales of VOIs 49.0% 51.4% (240) bp 48.9% 51.8% (290) bp
Provision for loan losses 17.0% 14.9% 210 bp 15.5% 16.0% (50) bp
Cost of VOIs sold 15.9% 10.3% 560 bp 10.2% 6.4% 380 bp
 

During the third quarter of 2018, system-wide sales of VOIs increased $1.9 million, or 1.1%, to $173.3 million, compared to the third quarter of 2017.

Average sales volume per guest, and average sales price per transaction increased 4.9% and 6.2%, respectively compared to the prior year period, while guest tours declined by 4.4% in the third quarter of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017. The Company believes a key driver of these year over year changes is the Company’s ongoing initiatives to screen the credit qualifications of potential marketing guests. This initiative has resulted in improved efficiencies in the sales process, but has decreased the number of guest tours at the Company’s sales offices.

The Company’s allowance for loan losses was 17.0% of the applicable sales for the third quarter of 2018 compared to 14.9% in the third quarter of 2017. This increase was due to additional reserves required on prior years’ loan originations and reflects the ongoing impact of the receipt of letters from attorneys who purport to represent certain VOI owners who then ultimately default on their obligations. The Company’s average annual default rate for the twelve months ended September 30, 2018 increased to 8.41% as compared to 8.07% during the twelve months ended September 30, 2017.

Cost of VOIs Sold increased to 15.9% in the third quarter of 2018 from 10.3% in the third quarter of 2017. During the third quarter of 2018, VOI sales were of comparatively higher cost product and the Company acquired less secondary market VOI inventory as compared to the same period in 2017. As planned, secondary market purchases were temporarily suspended in September 2018 in connection with a computer system conversion. Secondary market inventory on average has a lower cost of acquisition than developed VOIs and reduces Cost of VOIs Sold in the period when purchased, under the relative sales value method of accounting. Secondary market purchases resumed after quarter end.

Fee-based sales commission revenue was $61.6 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $70.0 million in the same period in 2017. The year over year change was driven by lower sales of third-party VOI inventory, along with slightly lower commission rates primarily due to the mix of developer sales.

Selling and marketing expenses in the third quarter of 2018 decreased as a percentage of System-Wide Sales due to the increased sales volume per guest noted above, a higher percentage of sales to the Company’s existing owners and the reduction of certain fixed selling and marketing expenses in connection with the “corporate realignment” initiative commenced during the fourth quarter of 2017.

As previously disclosed, the Company and Bass Pro, Inc. (“Bass Pro”) are not in agreement on commissions paid to Bass Pro under the parties’ marketing and promotions agreement as well as other issues regarding the parties’ ongoing relationship. These discussions are ongoing. The issues raised by Bass Pro have not impacted current operations under the marketing agreement or relative to Bluegreen/Big Cedar Vacations, LLC, the Company’s 51%-owned joint venture with an affiliate of Bass Pro. While the Company does not believe that any material additional amounts are due to Bass Pro as a result of these matters, any change in the parties’ relationship or in payments or reimbursements made under the agreements could impact future results.

Net carrying cost of VOI Inventory increased to $2.9 million in the third quarter of 2018 as compared to $0.8 million in the same period in 2017. The increase was primarily associated with the carrying costs of the Éilan Hotel & Spa, which was acquired in April 2018, as well as increased maintenance fees and developer subsidies related to an increase in the Company’s VOI inventory.

Financing revenues, net of financing expense, was $15.0 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $15.4 million in the same period in 2017. The year over year change was driven by a higher cost of borrowing for the Company, and lower weighted average interest rates on VOI notes receivable as the Company implemented “risk-based pricing” based on customer’s FICO score.

Resort Operations and Club Management Segment

(dollars in millions)

         

Three Months Ended

September 30,

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

2018 2017 % Change 2018 2017 % Change
 
Resort operations and club management revenue $ 44.5 $ 39.1 13.7 % $ 127.3 $ 113.2 12.5 %
Segment adjusted EBITDA $ 12.2 $ 10.3 18.7 % $ 38.0 $ 31.9 19.1 %
Resorts managed at quarter end 49 48 2.1 % 49 48 2.1 %
 

In the third quarter of 2018, resort operations and management club revenue increased by $5.4 million, or 13.7%, to $44.5 million from the prior year quarter. The increase was primarily due to an additional resort management contract added since September 30, 2017. Segment adjusted EBITDA grew by 18.7% to $12.2 million.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of September 30, 2018, unrestricted cash and cash equivalents totaled $195.4 million. Bluegreen had availability of approximately $122.8 million under its receivable-backed purchase and credit facilities, inventory lines of credit and corporate credit line as of September 30, 2018, subject to eligible collateral and the terms of the facilities, as applicable.

On August 15, the Company renewed its revolving timeshare receivables hypothecation facility with Pacific Western Bank. The renewed credit facility agreement extends the revolving advance period to September 2021, with the facility maturing in September 2024 and reduces the interest rate payable by the Company. In each case, periods are subject to an additional 12-month extension at the option of Pacific Western Bank. Maximum permitted outstanding borrowings under the facility are $40.0 million, and, subject to the terms and conditions of the facility, approximately $22.9 million of the facility remained available as of September 30, 2018.

Subsequent to quarter end, the Company completed a $117.7 million securitization of investment-grade vacation ownership loan-backed notes with a fixed, weighted-average interest rate coupon of 4.02%. Proceeds from the notes sale were primarily used to pay down the balance on certain of the Company’s receivable-backed debt facilities and the balance will be used for general corporate purposes.

Free cash flow, which the Company defines as cash flow from operating activities, less capital expenditures, was $21.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, compared to $39.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017. The decrease in free cash flow was primarily attributable to sales office expansions, increased information technology spending, acquisition and development of traditional inventory, and decreased working capital, partially offset by lower income tax payments and lower purchases of secondary market and just-in-time inventories.

Acquisition Activity

As previously disclosed, in July the Company entered into an agreement to acquire inventory and, by 2021, the resort management contract at The Manhattan Club in New York City. The agreement provides Bluegreen the exclusive right, on a non-committed basis, to acquire the remaining timeshare inventory at The Manhattan Club under Bluegreen’s “capital-light” Secondary Market program through periodic purchases over time, and subject to the terms and conditions of the agreement, the exclusive right to acquire the management contract for The Manhattan Club resort in 2021.

In addition, as previously announced, year to date, the Company has added two additional resorts to its network. The Company acquired the Éilan Hotel & Spa in San Antonio, Texas for approximately $34.3 million, and opened a portion of a planned 13,000 square foot sales office at the Éilan Hotel & Spa in August 2018. The Company also entered into a fee-based service agreement with Marquee Developer, LLC, owner and developer, of The Marquee – formerly known as 144 Elk Luxury Lofts – in New Orleans, Louisiana, which will add 94 units of resort inventory. The Marquee resort VOIs will be sold through The Bluegreen Vacation Club, and is expected to be open for Vacation Club guests in 2019. The Company intends to open a 5,700 square foot sales office at the Marquee.

Dividend

On October 17, 2018, Bluegreen’s Board of Directors declared a cash dividend payment of $0.15 per share of common stock. The dividend is payable November 15, 2018 to shareholders of record on the close of trading on October 31, 2018.

Third Quarter 2018 Earnings Call and Webcast

The Company has provided a pre-recorded business update and management presentation via webcast link, listed below, on the Investor Relations section of its website at ir.bluegreenvacations.com. A transcript will also be available simultaneously with the webcast.

The webcast and supplemental management presentation can be accessed on the Investor Relations section of Bluegreen Vacations’ website at ir.bluegreenvacations.com. The pre-record can also be accessed at 1-844-512-2921 (domestic) and 1-412-317-6671 (international) and entering pin number 24463164. The business update via dial-in will be available through midnight December 5, 2018. A transcript will also be available simultaneously with the webcast.

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations of management and can be identified by the use of words such as “believe”, “may”, “could”, “should”, “plans”, “anticipates”, “intends”, “estimates”, “expects”, and other words and phrases of similar impact. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond our control, that may cause actual results or performance to differ from those set forth or implied in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks relating to our ability to successfully implement our strategic plans and initiatives, generate earnings and long-term growth, risks relating to improving our digital capabilities, including our virtual reality technology, successfully complete acquisitions and sales office expansions when planned or at all and that such acquisitions and expansions will be profitable, that marketing alliances will remain in place and will successfully drive growth or be successful, the risk that the impact of the hurricane may be materially different than estimated and we may not have achieved the assumed sales, and the additional risks and uncertainties described in Bluegreen's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, those described in the “Risk Factors” section of Bluegreen’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2018, expected to be filed on or about November 6, 2018. Bluegreen cautions that the foregoing factors are not exclusive. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statement, which speaks only as of the date made. Bluegreen does not undertake, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to update or supplement any forward-looking statements.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

The Company refers to certain non-GAAP financial measures in this press release, including system-wide sales of VOIs, Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EPS and free cash flow. Please see the supplemental tables and definitions attached herein for additional information and reconciliation of such non-GAAP financial measures.

About Bluegreen Vacations Corporation:

Bluegreen Vacations Corporation (NYSE: BXG) is a leading vacation ownership company that markets and sells vacation ownership interests (VOIs) and manages resorts in top leisure and urban destinations. The Bluegreen Vacation Club is a flexible, points-based, deeded vacation ownership plan with approximately 216,000 owners, 69 Club and Club Associate Resorts and access to more than 11,100 other hotels and resorts through partnerships and exchange networks as of September 30, 2018. Bluegreen Vacations also offers a portfolio of comprehensive, fee-based resort management, financial, and sales and marketing services, to or on behalf of third parties. Bluegreen is 90% owned by BBX Capital Corporation (NYSE: BBX) (OTCQX: BBXTB), a diversified holding company. For further information, visit www.BluegreenVacations.com.

About BBX Capital Corporation:

BBX Capital Corporation (NYSE: BBX) (OTCQX: BBXTB), is a Florida-based diversified holding company whose activities include its 90% ownership interest in Bluegreen Vacations Corporation (NYSE: BXG) as well as its real estate and middle market divisions. For additional information, please visit www.BBXCapital.com.

BLUEGREEN VACATIONS CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED)

(In thousands, except for per share data)

     
For the Three Months Ended For the Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2018 2017 2018 2017
    *As Adjusted     *As Adjusted
Revenues:
Gross sales of VOIs $ 85,151 $ 73,402 $ 231,338 $ 209,585
Estimated uncollectible VOI notes receivable   (14,453)   (10,949)   (35,926)   (33,491)
Sales of VOIs 70,698 62,453 195,412 176,094
 
Fee-based sales commission revenue 61,641 69,977 167,581 179,046
Other fee-based services revenue 31,057 27,386 89,472 83,442
Cost reimbursements 16,900 14,097 47,157 40,660
Interest income 21,531 21,296 63,771 65,673
Other income, net   378     1,269  
Total revenues   202,205   195,209   564,662   544,915
 
Costs and expenses:
Cost of VOIs sold 11,237 6,444 19,838 11,352
Cost of other fee-based services 19,937 17,182 53,983 48,663
Cost reimbursements 16,900 14,097 47,157 40,660
Selling, general and administrative expenses 112,407 114,934 315,535 312,257
Interest expense 9,208 8,058 25,470 23,779
Other expense, net     119     120
Total costs and expenses   169,689   160,834   461,983   436,831
 
Income before non-controlling interest and
provision for income taxes 32,516 34,375 102,679 108,084
Provision for income taxes   8,443   12,584   24,997   38,487
Net income 24,073 21,791 77,682 69,597

Less: Net income attributable to

non-controlling interest

  3,585   3,251   9,509   9,418
Net income attributable to Bluegreen Vacations
Corporation shareholders $ 20,488 $ 18,540 $ 68,173 $ 60,179
 
Earnings per share attributable to
Bluegreen Vacations Corporation
shareholders - Basic and diluted
$ 0.27 $ 0.26 (1) $ 0.91 $ 0.85 (1)
 
Weighted average number of common shares
outstanding:
Basic and diluted   74,734   70,998 (1)   74,734   70,998 (1)
 
Cash dividends declared per share $ 0.15 $ 0.28 $ 0.45 $ 0.56
 

*See Note 2: Significant Accounting Policies within the September 30, 2018 quarterly report on Form 10-Q for further discussion.

(1) The calculation of basic and diluted earnings per share and the cash dividend for the 2017 periods reflect the stock split effected in connection with our initial public offering during November 2017 as if the stock split was effected January 1, 2017. See Note 1: Organization and Basis of Presentation within the September 30, 2018 quarterly report on Form 10-Q for further discussion.

BLUEGREEN VACATIONS CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW (UNAUDITED)

(In thousands)

       
For the Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2018 2017
    *As Adjusted
Operating activities:
Net income 77,682 69,597
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided
by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 11,852 10,559
Loss on disposal of property and equipment 428
Provision for loan losses 35,866 32,066
Provision (benefit) for deferred income taxes 2,730 (5,669)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Notes receivable (48,492) (29,526)
Prepaid expenses and other assets (23,386) (17,736)
Inventory (23,405) (30,707)
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and other, and
deferred income   12,895   19,677
Net cash provided by operating activities   45,742   48,689
 
Investing activities:
Purchases of property and equipment   (24,347)   (9,380)
Net cash used in investing activities   (24,347)   (9,380)
 
Financing activities:
Proceeds from borrowings collateralized
by notes receivable 114,756 170,030
Payments on borrowings collateralized by notes receivable (103,578) (164,331)
Proceeds from borrowings collateralized
by line-of-credit facilities and notes payable 50,042 30,000
Payments under line-of-credit facilities and notes payable (36,717) (32,968)
Payments of debt issuance costs (385) (3,217)
Distributions to non-controlling interest (4,900) (3,920)
Dividends paid   (33,631)   (40,000)
Net cash used in financing activities   (14,413)   (44,406)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
and restricted cash 6,982 (5,097)
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period   243,349   190,228
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period   250,331   185,131
 
Supplemental schedule of operating cash flow information:
Interest paid, net of amounts capitalized   22,437   19,715
Income taxes paid   22,856   41,087
Supplemental schedule of non-cash investing and financing activities:
Acquisition of inventory, property, and equipment for notes payable   24,258  
 

*See Note 2: Significant Accounting Policies within the September 30, 2018 quarterly report on Form 10-Q for further discussion.

BLUEGREEN VACATIONS CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)

(In thousands, except for per share data)

       
September 30, December 31,
2018 2017
  *As Adjusted
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents 195,439 197,337
Restricted cash ($17,081 and $19,488 in VIEs at September 30, 2018
and December 31, 2017, respectively) 54,892 46,012
Notes receivable, net ($308,221 and $279,188 in VIEs
at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively) 439,484 426,858
Inventory 325,532 281,291
Prepaid expenses 15,733 10,743
Other assets 70,498 52,506
Intangible assets, net 61,878 61,978
Loan to related party 80,000 80,000
Property and equipment, net   93,536   74,756
Total assets   1,336,992   1,231,481
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Liabilities
Accounts payable 19,822 22,955
Accrued liabilities and other 94,729 77,317
Deferred income 15,509 16,893
Deferred income taxes 91,696 88,966
Receivable-backed notes payable - recourse 97,770 84,697
Receivable-backed notes payable - non-recourse (in VIEs) 335,680 336,421
Lines-of-credit and notes payable 137,834 100,194
Junior subordinated debentures   71,147   70,384
Total liabilities 864,187 797,827
 
Commitments and Contingencies
 
Shareholders' Equity
Common stock, $.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized; 74,734,455
shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017 747 747
Additional paid-in capital 274,366 274,366
Retained earnings   150,062   115,520
Total Bluegreen Vacations Corporation shareholders' equity 425,175 390,633
Non-controlling interest   47,630   43,021
Total shareholders' equity   472,805   433,654
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   1,336,992   1,231,481
 

*See Note 2: Significant Accounting Policies within the September 30, 2018 quarterly report on Form 10-Q for further discussion.

BLUEGREEN VACATIONS CORPORATION

ADJUSTED EBITDA RECONCILIATION

       

For the Three Months

Ended September 30,

For the Nine Months

Ended September 30,

(in thousands) 2018 2017 2018 2017
Net income attributable to shareholder(s) $ 20,488 $ 18,540 $ 68,173 $ 60,179
Net income attributable to the
non-controlling interest in
Bluegreen/Big Cedar Vacations
3,585 3,251 9,509 9,418
Adjusted EBITDA attributable to the
non-controlling interest
in Bluegreen/Big Cedar Vacations
(3,637) (3,209) (9,521) (9,183)
Loss on assets held for sale 18 4 9 44
Add: depreciation and amortization 3,169 2,420 9,087 7,089
Less: interest income (other than interest
earned on VOI notes receivable)
(1,407) (1,292) (4,222) (5,487)
Add: interest expense - corporate and other 4,207 3,544 11,136 10,415
Add: franchise taxes 56 72 180 127
Add: provision for income taxes 8,443 12,584 24,997 38,487
Corporate realignment cost     3,216   751   3,679
Total Adjusted EBITDA $ 34,922 $ 39,130 $ 110,099 $ 114,768
 

BLUEGREEN VACATIONS CORPORATION

SEGMENT ADJUSTED EBITDA SUMMARY

       

For the Three Months

Ended September 30,

For the Nine Months

Ended September 30,

(in thousands) 2018 2017 2018 2017
Adjusted EBITDA - sales of VOIs and financing $ 44,927 $ 48,766 $ 136,908 $ 137,136
Adjusted EBITDA - resort operations and club management   12,214   10,294   38,041   31,928
Total Segment Adjusted EBITDA 57,141 59,060 174,949 169,064
Less: Corporate and other   (22,219)   (19,930)   (64,850)   (54,296)
Total Adjusted EBITDA $ 34,922 $ 39,130 $ 110,099 $ 114,768
 

BLUEGREEN VACATIONS CORPORATION

SALES OF VOIs AND FINANCING SEGMENT- ADJUSTED EBITDA

       

For the Three Months

Ended September 30,

2018 2017
Amount % of
System-
wide sales
of VOIs (5)
Amount % of
System-
wide sales
of VOIs (5)
(in thousands)
Developed VOI sales (1) $ 90,596 52% $ 77,907 45%
Secondary Market sales 54,300 31 38,732 24
Fee-Based sales 88,155 51 97,963 57
JIT sales 13,591 8 14,306 8
Less: Equity trade allowances (6)   (73,336) (42)   (57,543) (34)
System-wide sales of VOIs 173,306 100% 171,365 100%
Less: Fee-Based sales   (88,155) (51)   (97,963) (57)
Gross sales of VOIs 85,151 49 73,402 43
Provision for loan losses (2)   (14,453) (17)   (10,949) (15)
Sales of VOIs 70,698 41 62,453 36
Cost of VOIs sold (3)   (11,237) (16)   (6,444) (10)
Gross profit (3) 59,461 84 56,009 90
Fee-Based sales commission revenue (4) 61,641 70 69,977 71
Financing revenue, net of financing expense 15,043 9 15,401 9
Other fee-based services - title operations, net 2,264 1 1,121 1
Net carrying cost of VOI inventory (2,908) (2) (837) 0
Selling and marketing expenses (84,955) (49) (88,116) (51)
General and administrative expenses - sales and
marketing
  (7,225) (4)   (9,462) (6)
Operating profit - sales of VOIs and financing 43,321 25% 44,093 26%
Add: Depreciation 1,606 1,586
Add: Corporate Realignment Cost     3,087
Adjusted EBITDA - sales of VOI and financing $ 44,927 $ 48,766
 

BLUEGREEN VACATIONS CORPORATION

SALES OF VOIs AND FINANCING SEGMENT- ADJUSTED EBITDA

       

For the Nine Months

Ended September 30,

2018 2017
Amount % of
System-
wide sales
of VOIs (5)
Amount % of
System-
wide sales
of VOIs (5)
(in thousands)
Developed VOI sales (1) $ 218,842 46% $ 216,451 46%
Secondary Market sales 185,847 38 117,711 26
Fee-Based sales 246,773 52 257,756 55
JIT sales 32,274 7 37,374 8
Less: Equity trade allowances (6)   (205,625) (43)   (161,951) (35)
System-wide sales of VOIs 478,111 100% 467,341 100%
Less: Fee-Based sales   (246,773) (52)   (257,756) (55)
Gross sales of VOIs 231,338 48 209,585 45
Provision for loan losses (2)   (35,926) (16)   (33,491) (16)
Sales of VOIs 195,412 41 176,094 38
Cost of VOIs sold (3)   (19,838) (10)   (11,352) (6)
Gross profit (3) 175,574 90 164,742 94
Fee-Based sales commission revenue (4) 167,581 68 179,046 69
Financing revenue, net of financing expense 44,965 9 46,232 10
Other fee-based services - title operations, net 5,771 1 7,249 2
Net carrying cost of VOI inventory (7,075) (1) (3,219) (1)
Selling and marketing expenses (233,961) (49) (242,040) (52)
General and administrative expenses - sales and
marketing
  (20,869) (4)   (22,561) (5)
Operating profit - sales of VOIs and financing 131,986 28% 129,449 28%
Add: Depreciation 4,922 4,600
Add: Corporate Realignment Cost     3,087
Adjusted EBITDA - sales of VOIs and financing $ 136,908 $ 137,136
 

(1) Developed VOI sales represent sales of VOIs acquired or developed by us under our developed VOI business. Developed VOI sales do not include Secondary Market sales, Fee-Based sales or JIT sales.

(2) Provision for loan losses is calculated as a percentage of gross sales of VOIs, which excludes Fee-Based sales (and not of system-wide sales of VOIs).

(3) Percentages for costs of VOIs sold and gross profit are calculated as a percentage of sales of VOIs (and not of system-wide sales of VOIs).

(4) Percentages for Fee-Based sales commission revenue are calculated as a percentage of Fee-Based sales (and not of system-wide sales of VOIs).

(5) Represents the applicable line item, calculated as a percentage of system-wide sales of VOIs, unless otherwise indicated in the above footnotes.

(6) Equity trade allowances are amounts granted to customers upon trading in their existing VOIs in connection with the purchase of additional VOIs.

BLUEGREEN VACATIONS CORPORATION

SALES OF VOIs AND FINANCING SEGMENT

SALES AND MARKETING DATA

           
For the Three Months Ended
September 30,
For the Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2018 2017 % Change 2018 2017 % Change
 
Number of sales offices at period-end 25 23 9 25 23 9
Number of active sales arrangements
with third-party clients at period-end
15 14 7 15 14 7
Total number of VOI sales transactions 10,955 11,598 (6) 30,959 30,638 1
Average sales price per transaction $ 15,988 $ 15,055 6 $ 15,576 $ 15,440 1
Number of total guest tours 66,434 69,479 (4) 182,183 193,687 (6)
Sale-to-tour conversion ratio–
total marketing guests
16.5% 16.7% (1) 17.0% 15.8% 8
Number of new guest tours 42,118 45,060 (7) 113,621 125,673 (10)
Sale-to-tour conversion ratio–
new marketing guests
13.9% 14.1% (1) 14.5% 13.1% 11
Percentage of sales to existing owners 50.7% 48.1% 5 51.0% 48.8% 5
Average sales volume per guest $ 2,636 $ 2,513 5 $ 2,647 $ 2,442 8
 

BLUEGREEN VACATIONS CORPORATION

RESORT OPERATIONS AND CLUB MANAGEMENT SEGMENT- ADJUSTED EBITDA

               

For the Three Months

Ended September 30,

For the Nine Months

Ended September 30,

(dollars in thousands) 2018 2017 2018 2017
Resort operations and club management revenue $ 44,466 $ 39,110 $ 127,274 $ 113,175
Resort operations and club management expense   (32,702)   (29,190)   (90,481)   (82,426)
Operating profit - resort operations and club management 11,764 26% 9,920 25% 36,793 29% 30,749 27%
Add: Depreciation   450   374   1,248   1,179
Adjusted EBITDA - resort operations
and club management
$ 12,214 $ 10,294 $ 38,041 $ 31,928
 

BLUEGREEN VACATIONS CORPORATION

CORPORATE AND OTHER - ADJUSTED EBITDA

       

For the Three Months

Ended September 30,

For the Nine Months

Ended September 30,

(dollars in thousands) 2018 2017 2018 2017
General and administrative expenses - corporate and other $ (20,262) $ (17,363) $ (60,723) $ (47,323)
Adjusted EBITDA attributable to the non-controlling interest
in Bluegreen/Big Cedar Vacations
(3,637) (3,209) (9,521) (9,183)
Other income (expense), net 378 (119) 1,269 (120)
Add: Financing revenue - corporate and other 1,522 1,388 4,490 5,744
Less: Interest income (other than interest earned on VOI notes receivable) (1,407) (1,292) (4,222) (5,487)
Franchise taxes 56 72 180 127
Loss on assets held for sale 18 4 9 44
Depreciation and amortization 1,113 460 2,917 1,310
Corporate realignment cost     129   751   592
Corporate and other $ (22,219) $ (19,930) $ (64,850) $ (54,296)
 

BLUEGREEN VACATIONS CORPORATION

FREE CASH FLOW RECONCILIATION

   

For the Nine Months

Ended September 30,

(in thousands) 2018 2017
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 45,742 $ 48,689
Purchases of property and equipment   (24,347)   (9,380)
Free Cash Flow $ 21,395 $ 39,309
 

BLUEGREEN VACATIONS CORPORATION

OTHER FINANCIAL DATA

         

For the Three Months

Ended September 30,

For the Nine Months

Ended September 30,

2018 2017 2018 2017
Financing Interest Income $ 20,009 $ 19,908 $ 59,281 $ 59,929
Financing Interest Expense (5,001) (4,514) (14,334) (13,364)
Non-Financing Interest Income 1,522 1,388 4,490 5,744
Non-Financing Interest Expense (4,207) (3,544) (11,136) (10,415)
Mortgage Servicing Income 1,454 1,366 4,369 3,783
Mortgage Servicing Expense (1,419) (1,359) (4,351) (4,116)
Title Revenue 3,491 2,373 9,355 10,927
Title Expense (1,227) (1,252) (3,584) (3,678)
 

BLUEGREEN VACATIONS CORPORATION

SYSTEM-WIDE SALES OF VOIs RECONCILIATION

(In thousands)

       

For the Three Months

Ended September 30,

For the Nine Months

Ended September 30,

(in thousands) 2018 2017 2018 2017
Gross sales of VOIs $ 85,151 $ 73,402 $ 231,338 $ 209,585
Add: Fee-Based sales   88,155   97,963   246,773   257,756
System-wide sales of VOIs $ 173,306 $ 171,365 $ 478,111 $ 467,341
 

BLUEGREEN VACATIONS CORPORATION

DEFINITIONS

Principal Components Affecting our Results of Operations

Principal Components of Revenues

Fee-Based Sales. Represent sales of third-party VOIs where we are paid a commission.

JIT Sales. Represent sales of VOIs acquired from third parties in close proximity to when we intend to sell such VOIs.

Secondary Market Sales. Represent sales of VOIs acquired from HOAs or other owners, typically in connection with maintenance fee defaults. This inventory is generally purchased at a greater discount to retail price compared to developed VOI sales and JIT sales.

Developed VOI Sales. Represent sales of VOIs in resorts that we have developed or acquired (not including inventory acquired through JIT and secondary market arrangements).

Financing Revenue. Represents revenue from the financing of VOI sales, which includes interest income and loan servicing fees. We also earn fees from providing mortgage servicing to certain third-party developers to purchasers of their VOIs.

Resort Operations and Club Management Revenue. Represents recurring fees from managing the Vacation Club and transaction fees for certain resort amenities and certain member exchanges. We also earn recurring management fees under our management agreements with HOAs for day-to-day management services, including oversight of housekeeping services, maintenance, and certain accounting and administrative functions.

Other Fee-Based Services. Represents revenue earned from various other services that produce recurring, predictable and long-term revenue, such as title services.

Principal Components of Expenses

Cost of VOIs Sold. Represents the cost at which our owned VOIs sold during the period were relieved from inventory. In addition to inventory from our VOI business, our owned VOIs also include those that were acquired by us under JIT and secondary market arrangements. Compared to the cost of our developed VOI inventory, VOIs acquired in connection with JIT arrangements typically have a relatively higher associated cost of sales as a percentage of sales while those acquired in connection with secondary market arrangements typically have a lower cost of sales as a percentage of sales as secondary market inventory is generally obtained from HOAs at a significant discount to retail price. Cost of VOIs sold as a percentage of sales of VOIs varies between periods based on the relative costs of the specific VOIs sold in each period and the size of the point packages of the VOIs sold (primarily due to offered volume discounts, and taking into account consideration of cumulative sales to existing owners). Additionally, the effect of changes in estimates under the relative sales value method, including estimates of projected sales, future defaults, upgrades and incremental revenue from the resale of repossessed VOI inventory, are reflected on a retrospective basis in the period the change occurs. Cost of sales will typically be favorably impacted in periods where a significant amount of secondary market VOI inventory is acquired or actual defaults and equity trades are higher and the resulting change in estimate is recognized. While we believe that there is additional inventory that can be obtained through the secondary market at favorable prices to us in the future, there can be no assurance that such inventory will be available as expected.

Net Carrying Cost of VOI Inventory. Represents the maintenance fees and developer subsidies for unsold VOI inventory paid or accrued to the HOAs that maintain the resorts. We attempt to offset this expense, to the extent possible, by generating revenue from renting our VOIs and through utilizing them in our sampler programs. We net such revenue from this expense item.

Selling and Marketing Expense. Represents costs incurred to sell and market VOIs, including costs relating to marketing and incentive programs, tours, and related wages and sales commissions. Revenues from vacation package sales are netted against selling and marketing expenses.

Financing Expense. Represents financing interest expense related to our receivable-backed debt, amortization of the related debt issuance costs and other expenses incurred in providing financing and servicing loans, including administrative costs associated with mortgage servicing activities for our loans and the loans of certain third-party developers. Mortgage servicing activities include, amongst other things, payment processing, reporting and collection services.

Resort Operations and Club Management Expense. Represents costs incurred to manage resorts and the Vacation Club, including payroll and related costs and other administrative costs to the extent not reimbursed by the Vacation Club or HOAs.

General and Administrative Expense. Primarily represents compensation expense for personnel supporting our business and operations, professional fees (including consulting, audit and legal fees), and administrative and related expenses.

Key Business and Financial Metrics and Terms Used by Management

Sales of VOIs. Represent sales of our owned VOIs, including developed VOIs and those acquired through JIT and secondary market arrangements, reduced by equity trade allowances and an estimate of our provision for loan losses. In addition to the factors impacting system-wide sales of VOIs, sales of VOIs are impacted by the proportion of system-wide sales of VOIs sold on behalf of third-parties on a commission basis, which are not included in sales of VOIs.

System-wide Sales of VOIs. Represents all sales of VOIs, whether owned by us or a third party immediately prior to the sale. Sales of VOIs owned by third parties are transacted as sales of VOIs in our Vacation Club through the same selling and marketing process we use to sell our VOI inventory. We consider system-wide sales of VOIs to be an important operating measure because it reflects all sales of VOIs by our sales and marketing operations without regard to whether we or a third party owned such VOI inventory at the time of sale. System-wide sales of VOIs is not a recognized term under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to sales of VOIs or any other measure of financial performance derived in accordance with GAAP or to any other method of analyzing our results as reported under GAAP.

Guest Tours. Represents the number of sales presentations given at our sales centers during the period.

Sale to Tour Conversion Ratio. Represents the rate at which guest tours are converted to sales of VOIs and is calculated by dividing the number of sales transactions by the number of guest tours.

Average Sales Volume Per Guest (“VPG”). Represents the sales attributable to tours at our sales locations and is calculated by dividing VOI sales by guest tours. We consider VPG to be an important operating measure because it measures the effectiveness of our sales process, combining the average transaction price with the sale-to-tour conversion ratio.

Adjusted EBITDA. We define Adjusted EBITDA as earnings, or net income, before taking into account interest income (excluding interest earned on VOI notes receivable), interest expense (excluding interest expense incurred on debt secured by our VOI notes receivable), income and franchise taxes, loss (gain) on assets held for sale, depreciation and amortization, amounts attributable to the non-controlling interest in Bluegreen/Big Cedar Vacations (in which we own a 51% interest), and items that we believe are not representative of ongoing operating results. For purposes of the Adjusted EBITDA calculation, no adjustments were made for interest income earned on our VOI notes receivable or the interest expense incurred on debt that is secured by such notes receivable because they are both considered to be part of the operations of our business.

We consider our total Adjusted EBITDA and our Segment Adjusted EBITDA to be an indicator of our operating performance, and it is used by us to measure our ability to service debt, fund capital expenditures and expand our business. Adjusted EBITDA is also used by companies, lenders, investors and others because it excludes certain items that can vary widely across different industries or among companies within the same industry. For example, interest expense can be dependent on a company’s capital structure, debt levels and credit ratings. Accordingly, the impact of interest expense on earnings can vary significantly among companies. The tax positions of companies can also vary because of their differing abilities to take advantage of tax benefits and because of the tax policies of the jurisdictions in which they operate. As a result, effective tax rates and provision for income taxes can vary considerably among companies. Adjusted EBITDA also excludes depreciation and amortization because companies utilize productive assets of different ages and use different methods of both acquiring and depreciating productive assets. These differences can result in considerable variability in the relative costs of productive assets and the depreciation and amortization expense among companies.

Adjusted EBITDA is not a recognized term under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss) or any other measure of financial performance or liquidity, including cash flow, derived in accordance with GAAP, or to any other method or analyzing our results as reported under GAAP. The limitations of using Adjusted EBITDA as an analytical tool include, without limitation, that Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect (i) changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs; (ii) our interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our indebtedness (other than as noted above); (iii) our tax expense or the cash requirements to pay our taxes; (iv) historical cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments; or (v) the effect on earnings or changes resulting from matters that we consider not to be indicative of our future operations or performance. Further, although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements. In addition, our definition of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to definitions of Adjusted EBITDA or other similarly titled measures used by other companies.

Bluegreen Vacations Corporation
Investor Relations:
Nikki Sacks, 203-682-8263
or
Evelyn Infurna, 203-682-8265
Email: bluegreenvac@icrinc.com

Source: Bluegreen Vacations Corporation