Cedar Fair Announces Strong Early Season Revenue Trends

- Net revenues through June 23, 2013, up 5% compared with prior-year period

- Year-to-date average in-park guest per capita spending and attendance up 4% and 1%, respectively

- Company remains on track to meet 2013 net revenue guidance of $1.090 billion to $1.115 billion, and Adjusted EBITDA guidance of $400 million to $410 million

Jun 27, 2013, 16:17 ET from Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

SANDUSKY, Ohio, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, today provided an update on year-to-date results as well as progress toward its strategic goals during an investor presentation held at Cedar Point, the Company's flagship amusement park.

"We are pleased with our strong early season revenue trends," said Matt Ouimet, Cedar Fair's president and chief executive officer.  "We continue to drive unitholder growth by delivering a high quality experience for all of our guests, ensuring that a visit to any of our parks delivers great entertainment value.  For millions of people the best day of the summer is spent creating lifelong memories in one of our eleven Cedar Fair parks."

Ouimet stated that early season attendance and revenue trends were positive through this past Sunday, June 23, 2013.  Net revenues were up 5% when compared with this same time last year.  The strong revenues are a result of an increase in both average in-park guest per capita spending and attendance, up 4% and 1%, respectively.  Out-of-park revenues during this same period were also up 5%.

"As we enter into the peak summer season, we are once again seeing the positive impact of our on-going investment in the guest experience at all of our parks," added Ouimet.  "Based on our 2013 performance to date, we reaffirm our 2013 guidance for net revenue in the range of $1.090 billion to $1.115 billion and Adjusted EBITDA to be between $400 million to $410 million.  We also remain well on track to achieve our targeted Adjusted EBITDA of at least $450 million by 2016. Our continued success is driven by our strong management team and dedicated employees, our well-known regional brands and the high-quality of our assets."

Brian Witherow, executive vice president and chief financial officer, noted that the period through June 23, 2013, represents approximately one-third of expected full-year net revenues. "As a result of our marketing efforts and the solid execution of our plan, season pass sales have increased approximately 20% when compared with this time last year," he said. "We are also pleased with the growth we are seeing in revenue per capita which is strong evidence of the traction in our pricing strategy as well as an indicator of the great value our guests see in our product."

Ouimet concluded the event by stating, "We have our strategy in place and are pleased with the response from our guests.  Our Board remains strongly committed to delivering a quality distribution to our unitholders along with the creation of additional value through responsibly-paced growth initiatives."

A Form 8-K, which includes a copy of the full investor presentation, has been filed with the SEC and is available on the Company's website at www.cedarfair.com.        

About Cedar Fair

Cedar Fair is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio, and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world.  The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, four outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels.  Its parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, and Toronto, Ontario.  Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract.  Cedar Fair's flagship park, Cedar Point, has been consistently voted the "Best Amusement Park in the World" in a prestigious annual poll conducted by Amusement Today newspaper.

This news release and prior releases are available online at www.cedarfair.com.

Contacts: Stacy Frole (419) 627-2227                 Lisa Broussard (419) 609-5929

SOURCE Cedar Fair Entertainment Company