SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:SEAS) Files An 8-K Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:SEAS) Files An 8-K Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities
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Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities.

On December 6, 2016, SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (the “Company”) committed to and implemented a restructuring program to reduce costs, increase efficiencies, reduce duplication of functions and improve the Company’s operations. The restructuring program is part of its previously announced comprehensive cost optimization program that is expected to reduce costs by approximately $65.0 million, with a targeted $40.0 million in net savings by the end of 2018.

The restructuring program involves the elimination of approximately 320 positions by the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2016 across the Company’s twelve theme parks and its headquarters. As a result, the Company expects to record approximately $9.0 million in pre-tax restructuring charges (the “Restructuring Charges”) in the fourth quarter of 2016. The Restructuring Charges relate to severance and other related expenses incurred in connection with the restructuring program. These Restructuring Charges will reduce the Company’s reported GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2016.  The Restructuring Charges will not impact the Company’s Adjusted EBITDA (as defined and reconciled in the Company’s SEC filings).  

Forward-Looking Statements

This Current Report on Form 8-K contains statements that are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are subject to the “safe harbor” created by those sections. The Company generally uses the words such as “might,” “will,” “may,” “should,” “estimates,” “expects,” “continues,” “contemplates,” “anticipates,” “projects,” “plans,” “potential,” “predicts,” “intends,” “believes,” “forecasts,” “future”, “guidance”, “targeted” and variations of such words or similar expressions in this Current Report on Form 8-K to identify forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this report, including among others: a decline in discretionary consumer spending or consumer confidence; various factors beyond management’s control adversely affecting attendance and guest spending at the Company’s theme parks, including the potential spread of contagious diseases, such as the Zika virus; any risks affecting the markets in which the Company operates, such as natural disasters, severe weather and travel-related disruptions or incidents; increased labor costs and employee health and welfare benefits; complex federal and state regulations governing the treatment of animals, which can change, and claims and lawsuits by activist groups; incidents or adverse publicity concerning the Company’s theme parks; any adverse judgments or settlements resulting from legal proceedings; cyber security risks and the failure to maintain the integrity of internal or guest data; inability to protect the Company’s intellectual property or the infringement on intellectual property rights of others; risks associated with the Company’s cost optimization program, capital allocation plans and share repurchases; and other risks, uncertainties and factors set forth in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recently available Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, as such risks, uncertainties and factors may be updated in the Company’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).  Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect new information or events or circumstances that occur after the date of this report or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or otherwise. Readers are advised to review the Company’s filings with the SEC (which are available from the SEC’s EDGAR database at and via the Company’s website at

About SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:SEAS)

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. is a theme park and entertainment company. It owns or licenses a portfolio of brands, including SeaWorld, Sea Rescue and Busch Gardens. It has a diversified portfolio of approximately 10 destination and regional theme parks that are located across the United States. Its theme parks feature a range of rides, shows and other attractions. The Company operates SeaWorld theme parks in Orlando, Florida; San Antonio, Texas, and San Diego, California, and Busch Gardens theme parks in Tampa, Florida, and Williamsburg, Virginia. The Company operates water park attractions in Orlando, Florida (Aquatica); San Diego, California (Aquatica); Tampa, Florida (Adventure Island), and Williamsburg, Virginia (Water Country USA). The Company also operates a reservations-only attraction offering interaction with marine animals (Discovery Cove) and a seasonal park in Langhorne, Pennsylvania (Sesame Place).

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:SEAS) Recent Trading Information

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:SEAS) closed its last trading session up +0.09 at 18.21 with 1,669,287 shares trading hands.

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