Kerzner Announces Third Quarter Results

Kerzner International Limited (NYSE:KZL) (the “Company”) today reported results for the third quarter of 2003. The Company recorded net income in the quarter of $6.5 million, compared to a net loss of $0.4 million for the same period last year resulting in net income per share of $0.22 compared to a net loss per share of $0.02 for the same period last year. Adjusted net income for the quarter was $8.1 million compared to $2.2 million in the same period last year. Adjusted net income per share for the quarter was $0.27 as compared to $0.08 achieved in the same period last year.
Butch Kerzner, President of the Company, commented, “For the second consecutive quarter, Paradise Island reported record levels of gross revenue and EBITDA. We had a terrific summer at Paradise Island, as Atlantis benefited from strong demand in the leisure and casino businesses. These record results were achieved despite closing the One&Only Ocean Club for the month of September to commence construction of Phase III. Our record top line performance at the properties flowed through to the bottom line, as we achieved record EBITDA of $28.4 million, an increase of 17% over last year`s previous record of $24.2 million. The continued strength in this business, despite the general soft conditions in the travel market, supports our decision to expand our properties on Paradise Island. We broke ground on Phase III this quarter as we began the expansion of the One&Only Ocean Club. The remaining components of this first phase of the Phase III expansion are on track and expected to begin later this year. We look forward to starting the second phase of this expansion late next year, which ultimately will leverage the physical infrastructure on the island as well as the overall customer demand that we have developed for this destination.”
Butch Kerzner continued, “In addition to posting these strong results this quarter at Paradise Island, and commencing the next expansion phase at the property, we also showed significant progress in our growth initiatives outside of Paradise Island. We announced plans to develop Atlantis, The Palm, our second branded Atlantis resort, which is to be located at the center of the The Palm, Jumeirah, a $1.5 billion land reclamation that is one of two man-made islands being developed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates that are expected to be the largest of their kind in the world. We are extremely excited about the prospect of taking the Atlantis brand and product to a more global audience.”
The Company`s Paradise Island operations achieved record third quarter gross revenue of $117.7 million and EBITDA of $28.4 million as compared to $112.5 million and $24.2 million, respectively, in the same period last year. Atlantis benefited from a strong July and August as occupancy was 94% and 92%, respectively, which was in line and up 1%, respectively, as compared to the same months last year. August`s occupancy results were the highest ever achieved for that month since opening Phase II in late 1998. In September, business levels were below last year, primarily from an anticipated decrease in group business. The pace of group business for 2004 continues to be strong on a year on year basis.
Atlantis`s revenue per available room (“RevPAR”) for the quarter was $177 as compared to $176 in the same period last year. In the quarter, Atlantis achieved an average occupancy of 79% at a $225 average daily room rate (“ADR”), which compares to an average occupancy of 82% and ADR of $214 in the same period last year.
In the Atlantis Casino, table and slot volumes were strong in the quarter. Table drop decreased by 7% from the same period last year. However, last years results included the effect of the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational, which is returning to its customary January slot in 2004. Excluding the estimated effect of this event, table drop was up by 6%. Slot win was also strong, increasing by 5% over the same period last year. Pegasus, the Atlantis Casino`s new race and sportsbook, opened in early September. This new casino attraction offers a more complete gaming experience and allows the resort to capitalize on demand in the casino during major United States sporting events that take place during peak visitation periods, such as the Super Bowl and Final Four.
In the quarter, the Company began construction of the approximately $100 million first phase of Phase III (“Phase III-A”) with the commencement of construction of three new luxurious villas to the One&Only Ocean Club, along with a high end boardroom meeting facility and kids pool at the resort. The other two major components of Phase III-A include the Marina Village, which includes new restaurants and retail space to be developed around the Atlantis Marina, along with an expansion to Harborside at Atlantis (“Harborside”), which will add approximately 120 two-bedroom suites to the existing timeshare project. Development planning is underway for Marina Village and the Harborside expansion and construction of these projects is expected to commence by early 2004. The additions to the One&Only Ocean Club are expected to be completed in time for the 2005 high season. Construction on the $500 million second phase of Phase III (“Phase III-B”), which includes a 1,200-room hotel, is expected to commence by the end of 2004, with completion expected by Christmas 2006.
In the quarter, the Company took an important step toward acquiring strategically located real estate adjacent to Atlantis. The Company announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Club Mediterranee (Bahamas) Limited on Paradise Island for approximately $40 million. This resort, which includes an existing 306-room hotel, spans Paradise Island between Nassau Harbour on the south side and the ocean on the north side with a prime beachfront location. The approximately 20-acre site borders the eastern boundary of the proposed site of the new hotel that is part of Phase III-B and is therefore ideally positioned for future expansion of the Company`s investments on Paradise Island. The transaction is subject to closing conditions, including relevant governmental approvals.
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