Club Med reports growth in North America, stable worldwide 2014 results

MIAMI, FL - Xavier Mufraggi, CEO of Club Med North America comments on the fiscal 2014 results as a reflection of Club Med's consistent success in the U.S. saying:

Club Med reports growth in North America, stable worldwide 2014 results

MIAMI, FL – Xavier Mufraggi, CEO of Club Med North America comments on the fiscal 2014 results as a reflection of Club Med’s consistent success in the U.S. saying:

“For the fourth consecutive year, Club Med North America is pleased to announce yet another record in profit driven by a significant double digit growth of our topline and a remarkable over 20 percent sales growth in our business towards our 20 Alpine ski resorts. Our sales increased across all channels in the United States, Canada and Mexico for both the incentive market and individuals, including families and couples. New guest recruitment and brand loyalty have also risen, which is a positive indicator of sustainable growth for our upscale all-inclusive business model. Trends for winter 2015 are on track to continue yielding success with strong early bookings and high occupancy levels.

This performance is also a result of our latest enhancements, launches and innovations, including the renovation of Club Med Cancun Yucatan which saw an increase in sales of almost 20 percent, a new ski resort in the award-winning ski domain of Val Thorens, France opening this December, as well as an exciting partnership with Cirque du Soleil launching at Club Med Punta Cana in summer 2015. Totaling near 40 percent growth in five years, this great performance we have seen for 2014 signals a rapidly accelerating activity and a very positive outlook for the year ahead.”

Commenting the annual results, Henri Giscard d’Estaing, Chief Executive Officer of Club Mediterranee, noted that:
“2014 once again demonstrated the resilience of Club Med business model against a backdrop of economic crisis in Europe, particularly in France, and geopolitical tensions in some of its destinations.
In this challenging economic environment, Club Med succeeded in maintaining its operational profitability and in continuing its upscale strategy, thereby enabling it to accelerate the recruitment of new customers from fast-growing markets and to set new customer satisfaction records.

In 2015, this strategy, combined with the significant drop in non recurring costs associated with exits of non-strategic villages, should allow Club Med to generate positive net income at equivalent level of business.”

1. Business boosted by the internationalization of the customer base.
Sustained operational profitability.

Key figures for 2014 (November 1, 2013 – October 31, 2014)
(in €m)
Reported 2011 2012 2013 2014 Change
14 vs 13
Business Volume Villages* (1) 1,433 1,461 1,456 1,438 – 1.2%
Consolidated revenue
Group(2) 1,423 1,459 1,408 1,381 – 1.9%
Villages* 1,365 1,393 1,374 1,376 + 0.2%
EBITDA Villages(3) 126 126 118 118
As a % of revenue 8.9% 8.7% 8.4% 8.6%
Operating Income – Villages 61 62 55 53 – 4.8%
Operating Income – Management of Assets (24) (26) (22) (25)
Other Operating Income and Expense (11) (14) (19) (15)
Operating Income 26 22 14 13
Net Income before tax and non-recurring items 33 35 32 28 – 14.9%
Net Income 2 2 (9) (9)
Investments (50) (50) (62) (68)
Disposals 19 42 1 3
Free Cash Flow 38 55 6 15
Net debt (165) (118) (127) (63)(4)

* At constant exchange rate
(1) Total sales regardless the operating structure
(2) Includes €14 million, €13 million, €8 million and €5 million in property development revenue for, respectively, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
(3) EBITDA Villages : Operating Income Villages before interst, taxes depreciation and amortization
(4) Includes the conversion of 3.445.011 convertible bonds

A stable business

• The number of customers staying in Club Med villages was unchanged from 2013 and stood at 1,231,000.
• Business Volume Villages (corresponding to total sales regardless the village operating structure) amounted to €1,438 million versus €1,456 million in the prior year, a slight drop of 1.2% at constant exchange rates. Business was down 3% in reported data impacted by exchange rates.
• Villages revenue totaled €1,376 million, stable at constant exchange rates, boosted by strong performances in the Americas and Asia:

o The Americas recorded growth of 6.7%, driven by Brazil, the United States and Canada,
o Asia was up 2.2%, despite the drop in the number of Chinese customers visiting villages in Malaysia and Thailand due to conjonctural events (air disasters, geopolitical unrest),
o Europe-Africa recorded a 1.5% drop in revenue, primarily due i) to the downturn in its two main trading countries: France1, hit by the economic crisis and a challenging fiscal environment, and Belgium2 and ii) by the geopolitical unrest affecting destinations in North Africa and the in Middle-East.

• Capacity was adjusted downward by 2.1% worldwide. In Europe-Africa, capacity was reduced by 6.7% taking into account i) the exit of the 3-Trident villages of El Gouna (Egypt) and Hammamet (Tunisia), ii) the temporary closure of the managed village of Sinai Bay (Egypt), and iii) the non-reopening of the village of Belek (Turkey). In Asia, capacity was up 12.2% with the opening, in China, of the village of Guilin at full capacity and the 5-Trident space of Dong’ao Island. In the Americas, capacity was stable.

• RevPab (revenue per available bed) was up 1.8% at €101.3 due to an improved price mix across all destinations and an almost stable occupancy rate of 69.3%.

Operating profitability sustained
(in €m )
Reported 2011 2012 2013 2014
EBITDAR Villages (1) 270 281 271 266
% of Villages revenues 19.2% 19.4% 19.4% 19.3%
Rents (144) (155) (153) (148)
EBITDA Villages (2) 126 126 118 118
% of Vilages revenues 8.9% 8.7% 8.4% 8.6%
Depreciations (66) (65) (64) (64)
Provisions 1 1 1 (1)
Operating Income Villages 61 62 55 53

(1) EBITDAR Villages : Operating Income Villages before depreciation, amortization, rents and change in provisions
(2) EBITDA Villages : Operating Income Villages before depreciation, amortization and change in provisions
• EBITDA Villages stood at €118 million, stable compared to 2013. The EBITDA Villages margin (as a proportion of revenue) was up 0.2 percentage point, at 8.6%, due to capacity management combined with cost control in response to the downturn in business volumes, in particular in France and Belgium.

• Operating Income – Villages stood at €53 million, down from €55 million in 2013, increased profitability in the Americas and Asia almost entirely offsetting the €13 million drop in Europe-Africa. Asia’s contribution now accounts for over three quarters of the Group’s Operating Income – Villages.

(en M€)
Reported 2012 2013 2014
Europe-Africa 20 9 (4)
Americas 8 9 16
Asia 36 37 41
Operating Income – Villages 65 55 53
% of Villages revenue 4.7% 4.0% 3.8%

1 Market down 9.1% in business volume for Winter and 4.3% for Summer according to Syndicat des Entreprises du Tour Operating (SETO) data at September 30, 2014

2 Market down 11% in customer volumes for Winter and 3.9% for Summer according to ABTO data at October 31, 2014
Excluding non-recurring items, a positive profitability for the last five years but extraordinary factors continue to have a negative impact on net profitability

• Operating Income – Management of Assets stood at €(25) million and mainly included €(13) million in costs to exit and close villages, of which €(6) million for the village of Djerba- La-Fidele (Tunisia) and €(6) million for non-operated villages, as well as €(6) million in development/construction costs.

Over the last three years, Operating Income – Management of Assets has included €(75) million in costs related to 17 villages not adapted to the upscale strategy, affecting the Group’s net profitability (€16 million of net accumulated losses between 2012 and 2014).

• Other Operating Income and Expenses stood at €(15) million and mainly included €(6) million in restructuring costs, down €4 million versus the previous year, as well as €(7) million in other costs, including a €(4) million provision for the receivable relating to advances made to the owner of the village of Belek and €(3) million for public tender offer-related expenses.

• Financial income of €(13) million benefited from a €2 million drop in interest charges associated with the conversion of 3,445,011 OCEANEs but was impacted by a €(4) million translation loss.

• Net income before tax and non recurring items stood at €28 million. Net income of €(9) million was impacted by the extraordinary items described above.

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A very solid financial structure

• Free cash flow was positive and stood at €15 million, up versus 2013. Excluding disposals and exit costs, it amounted to €21 million.

Over the last three years, the Group has recorded €76 million of free cash flow (€69 million restated for disposals and the cash impact of villages exit costs).

• Net debt stood at €63 million, divided by 2 versus 2013, mainly due to the conversion of 3,445,011 OCEANEs. Gearing stood at 12%, a historically low level for the Group.

2. Further step in the upscale strategy and the internationalization of the customer base

Growing upscale indicators in 2014

• 901,000 customers stayed in 4 and 5-Trident villages, 5,200 additional customers versus 2013. These customers now account for over 73% of Club Mediterranee customer base.

New customer satisfaction records were also achieved this year, with the percentage of very satisfied customers increasing during both the Winter and Summer season.

• In France, the Group continued to gain market share in a downbeat economic environment. In a market that fell by 7.5% over the year (SETO figures at the end of September) and despite capacity adjustments, Club Med business volume on the Individuals segment fell by just 5.2%, reflecting the strength of its unique positioning.

• The upscaling of the portfolio of villages continued in 2014; the percentage of 4 and 5- Trident villages accounts for nearly 72% of Club Mediterranee capacity, up 0.7% versus 2013.

An accelerated strategy of internationalization

• New gains in customers from fast-growing markets

In 2014, Club Mediterranee welcomed 25,000 additional customers from fast-growing markets, accounting for 31% of the total number of customers, up 2 percentage points versus 2013 and offsetting the drop in French and Belgian customers.

China was the main driver of this growth with 20,000 additional customers in 2014, despite the drop in Summer bookings to Thailand and Malaysia.

In 2014, Greater China accounted for 10.2% of customers, up 1.5 percentage points on 2013.

Brazil was also a major growth driver for the Group with 5,000 additional customers in 2014 and an 11.4% increase in the number of customers staying in villages in European ski resorts.

• Development underpinning the internationalization of the customer base with upscale openings in line with new trends…

o December 14, 2014: a new flagship village in the French Alps, Val Thoren Sensations, a 4-Trident village with a capacity of nearly 800 beds,

o January 31, 2015: 52 outstanding Villas on the private island of Finolhu, a few minutes away from the village of Kani,

o April 2015: the 4-Trident, 800-bed capacity village of Dong’ao Island (China) will add to the range which includes the 5-Trident resort opened on June 20, 2014,

… and new villages to come:

o October 16, 2014: signing with Costa Do Pero Group of an off-plan lease concerning the construction of a fourth Brazilian village located near Buzios, subject to suspensive conditions, to be completed by December 31, 2014. This 4-Trident village will have a 5-Trident space and should open in late 2016,

o November 10, 2014: signing of a management agreement for the 5th Chinese village located in Beidahu ski resort, in partnership with Qiaoshan Group. This 5-Trident, 170-bedroom village (with the option to extend which would add another 330 bedrooms) will open its doors in the second half of 2016.

• Innovative concepts to support the internationalization of the customer base with the introduction of a totally new experience, “Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil”. Acrobatic and artistic disciplines will be taught at the village of Punta Cana by Cirque du Soleil-trained GO.

3. Outlook

Winter 2015: cumulative bookings at November 22, 2014
Business volume Villages by region at constant exchange rate Cumulative as of November 22, 2014 Last 8 weeks
Europe-Africa + 0.1% – 18.8%
Americas + 12.8% + 4.8%
Asia + 4.8% – 5.9%
Total Club Med + 2.7% – 12.4%
Capacity Winter 2015 – 0.2%

Cumulative bookings at November 22, 2014, expressed in business volume at constant exchange rates, were up 2.7% on Winter 2014, with capacity unchanged. At the same time last year, two thirds of Winter bookings had been recorded.

To date, these bookings are up across all geographical areas, in particular in the Americas and in Asia.

Growth of 12.8% in the Americas was driven by a more dynamic economic environment in this region of the world. The growth of 4.8% recorded in Asia was based on very strong performances in China at +30%.

Europe-Africa recorded stable bookings compared to Winter 2014. In France, bookings are stable in a market (Individuals) still falling sharply, at -6%3.

Outside France, the region benefited from positive growth driven by certain markets such as the United Kingdom, South Africa and Russia.
The last eight weeks were marked by a sharp drop of 18.8% in Europe-Africa due to geopolitical and health-related issues which detracted the attractiveness of certain destinations. In Asia, the slowdown in bookings of 5.9% is a result of a phasing effect related to the shift of the Chinese New Year holiday compared to last year.

2015: outlook

In 2015, costs relating to the exit/closure of non-strategic villages recognized under Operating Income – Management of Assets should be limited and debt interest should be reduced, as well as Public Tender Offer expenses.

As a result, Club Med’s net income is likely to be positive in 2015, excluding further degradation of the environment.

3 SETO data in business volume at the end of September 2014

4 To date, this outlook has been fulfilled by the Company and does not take into consideration any consequences of decisions that may be taken if the initiators are successful with either of the two ongoing public tender offers

4. Public Tender Offers

Offer filed by Gaillon Invest II & Fidelidade

On September 12, 2014, a new offer was filed with the French Autorite des Marches Financiers (AMF) by Gaillon Invest II and Fidelidade (a Portuguese insurance company controlled by Fosun), acting in concert with the Management, Ardian and U-Tour at a price of €22 per share and €23.23 per OCEANE.

On October 6, 2014, the Board of Directors noted that this offer was a more promising opportunity for the company and its employees. This recommendation was made upon knowledge of the unfavourable opinion of the Works Council.

On October 14, 2014, the AMF declared that the Gaillon Invest II and Fidelidade offer was compliant. The Offer was thus opened on October 17, 2014.

Higher bid from Global Resorts SAS on its Public Tender Offer
On November 11, 2014, Global Resorts SAS purchased 2,164,242 Club Mediterranee shares off-market for a unit price of €23. Additional 1,064,688 shares were purchased on November 13, 2014 at the same price.

Within this context, on November 11, 2014, the AMF issued a notice noting that Global Resorts SAS was now in a situation of automatic increase of the terms of its offer. Consequently, from that date, the price of its public tender offer was raised to €23 per share.

According to the AMF notice, the price for the OCEANE remain identical, i.e. €22.41 per OCEANE, but the AMF specifies that the bonds can be converted at the current conversion rate of 1.065 per shares, resulting in a fully transparent price of €24.495 per OCEANE.
Implementation by the AMF of the process aiming at expediting comparison of the competing offers

Pursuant to its notice of November 13, 2014, the AMF decided to implement the mechanism of expediting comparison of competing offers with due observance of the order of their filing. For this reason, it decided to set at December 1, 2014 at 18:00 the deadline, for Gaillon Invest II and Fidelidade for filing an improved offer compared to the Global Resorts Offer, as amended on November 11, 2014.

According to the AMF notice, the closing date for the existing offers will be set following application of the process of expediting comparison of the competing offers.

The Company’s Board of Directors will issue a reasoned opinion on the final highest bid.

The company hereby states that the financial data contained in this press release are consistent with the information disclosed in ongoing public tender offers (see, in particular, page 16 of the independent expert’s report appearing in the response referred to by the AMF on October 14, 2014, reference number 14-550).

5. Next meeting in 2015

The Company’s Ordinary General Shareholder’s Meeting will be held on January 12, 2015.

Additional information

The consolidated and parent company financial statements of Club Mediterranee at October 31, 2014 were approved by the Board of Directors on November 27, 2014.

The Group’s Statutory Auditors conducted an audit of these financial statements, in due diligence, and the audit reports relating to the certification of these consolidated and parent company financial statements are in the process of being released.

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