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Chinese waterpark boosts Village Roadshow performance: Ardent completes bowling division sale

June 13, 2018

Since opening its Wet‘n’Wild Haikou waterpark on the Chinese island of Hainan at the end of April, Village Roadshow Ltd’s [ASX:VRL] share price has increased by 20%.

Having traded at $2.54 last week, the Group’s shares are today trading at $2.43, up from $2.06 from the beginning of May.

Village Roadshow partnered with Guangxi Investment Group and Mission Hills Group to deliver Wet‘n’Wild Haikou, Mission Hills Centreville Haikou’s first major brand waterpark.

The waterpark stretches over 50,000 metre² of land and offers a range of slides and attractions for the whole family including the Vortex, the Half-Pipe, Water Rockets, 360 Rush, Super 8 Aqua Racer and Wet’n’Wild junior.

Village Roadshow has encountered challenging trading conditions over recent months including low attendance at its Gold Coast parks and a slow start to the year for their cinema exhibition. However, major releases including new Jurassic World and Star Wars fracnhises are currently boosting performance.

Meanwhile, as of the end of May, Ardent Leisure announced the completion of the sale of its Bowling and Entertainment Division to the Entertainment and Education Group, owned by private equity Quadrant and the Steinberg Family.

Commenting on the sale, first announced to the market back in December last year, Ardent Leisure Chairman Dr Gary Weiss advised “the sale of the Bowling and Entertainment Division will strengthen Ardent’s balance sheet and enhance the Group’s capacity to continue the roll out of Main Event entertainment centers in the United States and fund new attractions at Dreamworld.

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank all those involved in the transaction and wish the staff and management of the Bowling and Entertainment business all the best under their new ownership.”

Ardent expects to book a profit before tax in the range of $22 million to $26 million on the sale, with the net proceeds of circa $150 million (after sale related items) to be used to repay existing bank debt.

The Group has also announced the appointment of Toni Korsanos as an independent Non-Executive Director of both Ardent Leisure Limited and Ardent Leisure Management Limited, effective from 1st July.

Korsanos has more than 20 years’ senior executive experience in financial and general management, strategy, mergers and acquisitions, communications, technology and risk management. Until recently, she was the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary at Aristocrat Leisure Limited having held that position since July 2009.

Images: Wet‘n’Wild Haikou waterpark on the Chinese island of Hainan (top) and Dr Gary Weiss (below).

30th April 2018  - VILLAGE ROADSHOW AND CHINESE PARTNERS OPEN WET’N’WILD WATERPARK IN HAINAN 

18th February 2018 - ARDENT LEISURE CHAIRMAN EXCITED BY DREAMWORLD’S PROSPECTS THROUGH 2018 

16th February 2018 - VILLAGE ROADSHOW REPORTS SLOW ATTRACTIONS RECOVERY AMID MOVE AWAY FROM TICKET DISCOUNTING 

2nd February 2018 - ARDENT LEISURE REPORTS SLOWER THAN EXPECTED GROWTH IN DREAMWORLD VISITATION

25th January 2018 - DREAMWORLD REOPENS POPULAR WATER RIDE 

20th December 2017 - ARDENT LEISURE SELLS BOWLING CENTRES DIVISION FOR $160 MILLION

9th November 2017 - ARDENT LEISURE CHIEF EXECUTIVE SIMON KELLY TO LEAVE AFTER JUST FOUR MONTHS IN ROLE 

29th September 2017 - GARY WEISS TAKES ON CHAIRMAN’S ROLE AT ARDENT LEISURE

3rd June 2017 - GLOBAL THEME INDEX SHOWS MIXED ATTENDANCE TRENDS FOR THEME PARKS

7th April 2017 - VILLAGE ROADSHOW CHANGES SEE CLARK KIRBY APPOINTED THEME PARKS DIVISION CHIEF EXECUTIVE 

17th November 2016 - AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND RANKED AMONG TOP ADVENTURE TOURISM DESTINATIONS 

15th November 2016 - INVESTMENTS IN CHINA’S THEME PARKS DRIVING ASIAN TOURISM 

21st October 2016 - AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION TO SCRUTINISE QUADRANT’S FITNESS FIRST ACQUISITION 

21st July 2016 - WARNER BROS. MOVIE WORLD ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL REALITY COASTER

27th May 2016 - ASIAN THEME PARKS LEAD GLOBAL ATTRACTIONS INDUSTRY GROWTH

12th November 2015 - WET’N’WILD’S FIRST CHINESE WATERPARK TO OPEN BEFORE THE END OF 2016

23rd March 2015 - VILLAGE ROADSHOW ADVANCES ASIAN THEME PARK PLANS WITH JOINT-VENTURE WITH CITIC 


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