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PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga.,– Parks! America, Inc. (OTCPink: PRKA), today announced the results for its first fiscal quarter ended December 29, 2019.
First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Highlights
Total net sales for the first fiscal quarter ended December 29, 2019 were $995,485, a decrease of $21,214, compared to $1,016,699 for the prior year first fiscal quarter ended December 30, 2018. Park attendance based net sales were $983,408, resulting in a decrease of $1,303 or 0.1%, while animal sales decreased by $19,911.
The Company reported a net loss of $89,151 for the first fiscal quarter ended December 29, 2019 compared to a net loss of $15,483 for the prior year first fiscal quarter ended December 30, 2018, resulting in an increase of $73,668. The increase in the Company’s net loss during the first quarter of its 2020 fiscal year is primarily attributable to higher legal and professional fee spending, lower animal sales, and higher cost of sales, partially offset by an increase in the income tax benefit.
“Park attendance levels increased 5.7% in the quarter, while overall attendance based revenues were essentially flat, primarily reflecting strong sales of advance admissions sold to guests online, for which we offer a discount,” commented Dale Van Voorhis, Chairman & CEO. “As is normal for this time of year, we are in preparation for the upcoming busy season, which historically begins in the latter half of March.”
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
The Company had working capital of $3.28 million as of December 29, 2019, compared to working capital of $2.40 million as of December 30, 2018. The Company’s debt to equity ratio was 0.15 to 1.0 as of December 29, 2019, compared to 0.19 to 1.0 as of December 30, 2018.
“We are continuing our due diligence with respect to the non-binding letter of intent we announced on January 16, 2020, to acquire substantially all the assets of Aggieland Safari, Inc. (“Aggieland”), noted Mr. Van Voorhis. “We anticipate obtaining debt financing of $5.0 to $5.5 million to fund roughly two-thirds of Aggieland purchase price of $7.5 million plus associated transaction costs. We believe this level of financing is reasonable for the Company as a whole and is justified by this acquisition opportunity. While a number of aspects of this proposed acquisition remain to be completed, we continue to be excited about bringing Aggieland into our family of wild animal safari parks.”
About Parks! America, Inc.
Parks! America, Inc. (OTCPink: PRKA), through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns and operates two regional theme parks – the Wild Animal Safari theme park in Pine Mountain, Georgia, and the Wild Animal Safari theme park located in Strafford, Missouri.
Additional information, including our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 29, 2019, is available on the Company’s website, http://www.animalsafari.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Except for historical information contained herein, this news release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. securities laws. You are cautioned to not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements; actual results or outcomes could differ materially due to factors including, but not limited to: general market conditions, adverse weather, and industry competition. The Company believes that expectations reflected in forward-looking statements are reasonable, however it can give no assurances that such expectations will be realized and actual results could differ materially. The Company assumes no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting these forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable law. A further description of these risks, uncertainties and other matters can be found in the Company’s annual report and other reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 29, 2019.