Madison Sq. Backyard Leisure Posts Grim Leads to First Put up-Coronavirus Earnings Report

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Although the coronavirus shutdown started simply three weeks earlier than the top of the quarter, Madison Square Garden Entertainment’s revenues dropped 20% to $199.9 million in contrast with final 12 months, based on outcomes launched Monday.

The corporate, which lately divided its leisure and sports activities operations into two divisions, noticed its working losses for the three-month interval ended March 31 go from $18.6 million in the identical quarter final 12 months to $145.5 million this 12 months, whereas its adjusted working revenue dropped $25.2 million to a $7.2 million loss

MSGE stated the working loss contains $102.2 million in “non-cash impairment prices” for its Tao Group Hospitality eating and nightlife division, which has been hit onerous by the shutdown and closed one venue completely.

The corporate has seen all of its venues shuttered, which embody Madison Sq. Backyard, Chicago Theatre and the Tao Group, and it leases New York’s Radio Metropolis Music Corridor and Beacon Theater. Consequently, its working bills have been additionally down considerably, dropping $26 million to $132.eight million.

The corporate additionally stated that the formidable and futuristic MSG Sphere area in Las Vegas isn’t anticipated to open as deliberate in 2021 because of development delays associated to the pandemic. The corporate introduced the Sphere, and one other in London that’s pending approvals, in an elaborate presentation in 2018.

The corporate stated that it had roughly $1.four billion in money and money equivalents and short-term investments as of Might 1, together with the online proceeds from the sale of the Discussion board area in Inglewood, Calif. to Clippers proprietor Steve Ballmer.

The corporate didn’t maintain an earnings name, however government chairman and CEO James L. Dolan stated in a press release, “With the MSG Leisure spin-off full, we consider we’ve got created an organization that may develop on our monitor file of making long-term worth for shareholders. Our Firm has been within the enterprise of bringing individuals collectively for many years, and we’re assured that we’re well-positioned to climate these unsure instances. We consider the general public’s innate need to be a part of shared experiences will proceed and we stay up for opening our doorways for unforgettable occasions but to return.”


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