HAMPTON, N.H., March 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT), one of the largest and fastest-growing global franchisors and operators of fitness centers with more members than any other fitness brand, today announced updates to its business operations.
In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, and with the majority of stores system-wide temporarily closed as of yesterday, Planet Fitness has made the decision to close the remainder of its corporate stores effective Tuesday, March 17th, at 10pm ET through March 31st and is strongly urging its franchisees to do the same. The Company will reevaluate the timing of reopening on an ongoing basis.
"As one of the largest operators in the Fitness industry, with the most members, we believe it is our civic duty to take this necessary action in order to protect our members, team members and the communities where our stores are located," said Chris Rondeau, Chief Executive Officer.
As a reminder, Planet Fitness recently enhanced the functionality of its mobile app to include access to fitness content and over 500 exercises for in-home workouts. The company is encouraging members to utilize this amenity during this time of social distancing. Additionally, the company is offering "Home Work-Ins" – a series of free fitness classes for the general public – that began streaming live daily Monday – Friday beginning on Monday, March 16 on the Planet Fitness Facebook Page. The workouts will be led by Planet Fitness certified trainers as well as special guests.
Undrawn Variable Funding Note ("The Financing Facility")
As previously disclosed in Company filings with the Securities & Exchange Commission, the Company has access to $75 million through a variable funding note which expires in September 2023.
Suspension of Share Repurchase Program
Planet Fitness also announced it is halting share repurchases for the time being. This action will help ensure the Company can use its strong levels of liquidity to fund ongoing operating expenses.
Rondeau concluded, "We are very focused on managing this evolving situation. Based on our cash positon of $436 million at the end of 2019 combined with cash flow generated from operations year-to-date and availability under our financing facility, we believe we have sufficient liquidity to carry us well beyond the end of this year."
About Planet Fitness
Founded in 1992 in Dover, NH, Planet Fitness is one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States by number of members and locations. As of December 31, 2019, Planet Fitness had approximately 14.4 million members and 2,001 stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Mexico and Australia. The Company's mission is to enhance people's lives by providing a high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment, which we call the Judgement Free Zone®. More than 95% of Planet Fitness stores are owned and operated by independent business men and women.
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