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Life Time Fitness Announces Fourth Quarter And Full-Year 2012 Financial Results
For the Quarter, Revenue Grew 9.7%, Net Income Grew 18.1% and Diluted EPS was $0.56, up 16.2% For the Year, Revenue Grew 11.2%, Net Income Grew 20.4% and Diluted EPS was $2.66, up 17.4%

CHANHASSEN, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Life Time Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: LTM), The Healthy Way of Life Company, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012.

Fourth quarter 2012 revenue grew 9.7% to $275.3 million from $250.9 million during the same period last year. Total revenue for the year grew 11.2% to $1.127 billion from $1.014 billion in 2011.

Net income for the quarter was $23.4 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, compared to net income of $19.8 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, for 4Q 2011. Net income for the year was $111.5 million, or $2.66 per diluted share, compared to net income of $92.6 million, or $2.26 per diluted share, in 2011.

“For 2012, I am pleased to report double-digit growth in revenue, operating profit, net income, and earnings per share,” said Bahram Akradi, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “We also saw total-center revenue growth above 10%, along with solid revenue-per-membership and same-store-sales. Looking ahead, we are positioning our company for top-line growth through center expansion, new membership and programming initiatives, and expanded products and services. For 2013, we plan to open one new center in the first half of the year, our first in Alabama, and two in the second half, including one in Virginia and one in New Jersey. We also have initial plans to double our center openings in 2014, led by openings in New York and California early in the year.”

Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2012, Financial Highlights:

Total revenue for the fourth quarter grew 9.7% to $275.3 million from $250.9 million in 4Q 2011. Total revenue for the year grew 11.2% to $1.127 billion from $1.014 billion in 2011.

(Period-over-period growth)  

4Q 2012 vs. 4Q 2011

(in millions except revenue per membership data)

  • Membership dues
  $179.7 vs. $166.9 (up 7.6%)
  • In-center revenue
  $83.0 vs. $73.7 (up 12.5%)
  • Other revenue
  $9.1 vs. $6.1 (up 48.6%)
     
  • Average center revenue per membership (up 4.5% to $399 excluding the Lifestyle Family Fitness transaction (“LFF”))
  $393 vs. $380 (up 3.5%)
  • Average in-center revenue per membership (up 8.1% to $125 excluding LFF)
  $122 vs. $114 (up 7.1%)
  • Same-center revenue (open 13 months or longer)
  Up 3.6%
  • Same-center revenue (open 37 months or longer)
  Up 3.0%
(Period-over-period growth)  

2012 vs. 2011

(in millions except revenue per membership data)

  • Membership dues
  $727.6 vs. $663.4 (up 9.7%)
  • In-center revenue
  $348.3 vs. $308.5 (up 12.9%)
  • Other revenue
  $35.7 vs. $23.3 (up 53.3%)
     
  • Average center revenue per membership (up 4.7% to $1,618 excluding LFF)
  $1,587 vs. $1,543 (up 2.9%)
  • Average in-center revenue per membership (up 7.6% to $518 excluding LFF)
  $507 vs. $481 (up 5.4%)
  • Same-center revenue (open 13 months or longer)
  Up 4.3%
  • Same-center revenue (open 37 months or longer)
  Up 3.7%

Memberships grew 1.0% to 682,621 at December 31, 2012, from 676,054 at December 31, 2011.

  • Excluding memberships acquired in connection with LFF, memberships grew 2.4%.
  • Attrition in 4Q 2012 was 10.4% compared to 9.6% in the prior-year period. Excluding LFF, 4Q 2012 attrition was 10.1%.
  • Attrition for the trailing 12-month period ended December 31, 2012, was 38.2% compared to trailing 12-month attrition of 35.0% at December 31, 2011. Excluding LFF, trailing 12-month attrition was 36.9%.

Total operating expenses during 4Q 2012 were $231.4 million compared to $214.0 million for 4Q 2011. Total operating expenses for the year were $918.7 million compared to $840.4 million in 2011.

  • Income from operations margin was 16.0% for 4Q 2012 compared to 14.7% in the prior-year period.
  • Income from operations margin for the year was 18.5% compared to 17.1% in 2011.
(Expense as a percent of total revenue)  

4Q 2012 vs. 4Q 2011

 

2012 vs. 2011

  • Center operations
  57.8% vs. 59.6%   58.2% vs. 60.7%
  • Advertising and marketing
  4.0% vs. 3.9%   3.5% vs. 3.5%
  • General and administrative
  5.3% vs. 6.9%   5.0% vs. 5.4%
  • Other operating
  6.1% vs. 4.8%   4.6% vs. 3.5%
  • Depreciation and amortization
  10.8% vs. 10.1%   10.2% vs. 9.8%

Net income for 4Q 2012 was $23.4 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, compared to net income of $19.8 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, for 4Q 2011. Net income for the year was $111.5 million, or $2.66 per diluted share, compared to net income of $92.6 million, or $2.26 per diluted share, in 2011.

EBITDA for 4Q 2012 was $74.1 million compared to $62.4 million in 4Q 2011. For the year, EBITDA was $324.7 million compared to $273.4 million in 2011.

  • As a percentage of total revenue, EBITDA in 4Q 2012 was 26.9% compared to 24.9% in 4Q 2011.
  • For the year, EBITDA, as a percentage of total revenue, was 28.8% compared to 27.0% in 2011.

Cash flows from operating activities for the year totaled $255.7 million compared to $227.9 million in 2011.

Weighted average fully diluted shares for 4Q 2012 totaled 42.0 million compared to 41.3 million in 4Q 2011. For the year, weighted average fully diluted shares totaled 42.0 million compared to 40.9 million in 2011.

2013 Business Outlook:

The following statements are based on the Company’s current expectations for fiscal year 2013 and incorporate 2012 operating trends. These 2013 expectations are subject to the risks and uncertainties further described in the Company’s forward-looking statements:

  • Revenue is expected to be up 6.5-8%, or $1.200-1.220 billion, driven primarily by price and mix optimization, and growth in in-center and ancillary business revenue.
  • Net income is expected to be up 8-11%, or $120.0-124.0 million, driven by revenue growth and cost efficiencies.
  • Diluted earnings per common share is expected to be $2.85-2.95.

As announced on February 14, 2013, the Company will hold a conference call today at 10:00 a.m. ET to discuss its fourth quarter and full-year 2012 results. Bahram Akradi, Michael Robinson, executive vice president and chief financial officer, and John Heller, senior director, investor relations & treasurer, will host the conference call. The conference call will be webcast and may be accessed via the Company’s Investor Relations section of its website at lifetimefitness.com. A replay of the call will be available the same day via the Company’s website beginning at approximately 2:00 p.m. ET.

About Life Time Fitness, Inc.

As The Healthy Way of Life Company, Life Time Fitness (NYSE: LTM) helps organizations, communities and individuals achieve their total health objectives, athletic aspirations and fitness goals by engaging in their areas of interest – or discovering new passions – both inside and outside of Life Time’s distinctive and large sports, professional fitness, family recreation and spa destinations, most of which operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Company’s Healthy Way of Life approach enables customers to achieve this by providing the best programs, people and places of uncompromising quality and value. As of February 21, 2013, the Company operated 105 centers under the LIFE TIME FITNESS® and LIFE TIME ATHLETIC℠ brands in the United States and Canada. Additional information about Life Time centers, programs and services is available at lifetimefitness.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can usually be identified by the use of terminology such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “evolve,” “expect,” “forecast,” “intend,” “looking ahead,” “may,” “opinion,” “plan,” “possible,” “potential,” “project,” “should,” “will” and similar words or expressions. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company’s actual results in the future to differ materially from its historical results and those presently anticipated or projected. Among these factors are attracting and retaining members, risks related to our debt levels and debt covenants, the ability to access our existing credit facility and obtain additional financing, strains on our business from continued and future growth, including potential acquisitions and other strategic initiatives, risks related to maintenance and security of our data, potential recognition of compensation expense related to performance-based stock grants, competition from other health and fitness centers, identifying and acquiring suitable sites for new centers, delays in opening new centers and other factors set forth in the risk factor section of the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Company cautions investors not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which such statements were made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events or circumstances arising after such date. All remarks made during the Company’s preliminary financial results webcast will be current at the time of the webcast and the Company is under no obligation to update the recording.

LIFE TIME FITNESS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
         
    December 31,
2012
  December 31,
2011
    (Unaudited)    
ASSETS        
CURRENT ASSETS:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 16,499     $ 7,487  
Accounts receivable, net     9,272       6,156  
Center operating supplies and inventories     27,240       21,600  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     26,826       22,905  
Deferred membership origination costs     11,664       12,525  
Deferred income taxes     8,813       9,850  
Income tax receivable     -       5,022  
Total current assets     100,314       85,545  
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, net     1,858,666       1,740,434  
RESTRICTED CASH     2,087       1,088  
DEFERRED MEMBERSHIP ORIGINATION COSTS     6,820       8,131  
GOODWILL     37,176       25,550  
OTHER ASSETS     67,111       55,080  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 2,072,174     $ 1,915,828  
         
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY        
CURRENT LIABILITIES:        
Current maturities of long-term debt   $ 12,603     $ 6,849  
Accounts payable     32,140       22,035  
Construction accounts payable     25,208       21,892  
Accrued expenses     63,333       56,284  
Deferred revenue     34,753       33,898  
Total current liabilities     168,037       140,958  
LONG-TERM DEBT, net of current portion     691,867       679,449  
DEFERRED RENT LIABILITY     22,490       19,370  
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES     95,509       100,582  
DEFERRED REVENUE     6,840       8,203  
OTHER LIABILITIES     14,514       9,793  
Total liabilities     999,257       958,355  
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:        
Common stock     864       849  
Additional paid-in capital     447,912       441,813  
Retained earnings     628,942       517,404  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (4,801 )     (2,593 )
Total shareholders' equity     1,072,917       957,473  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY   $ 2,072,174     $ 1,915,828  
                 
LIFE TIME FITNESS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands except per share data)
                 
    For the Three Months Ended
December 31,
  For the Year Ended
December 31,
    2012   2011   2012   2011
    (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)    
REVENUE:                
Membership dues   $ 179,663     $ 166,909     $ 727,596     $ 663,439  
Enrollment fees     3,604       4,157       15,346       18,447  
In-center revenue     82,988       73,745       348,265       308,474  
Total center revenue     266,255       244,811       1,091,207       990,360  
Other revenue     9,068       6,103       35,740       23,314  
Total revenue     275,323       250,914       1,126,947       1,013,674  
OPERATING EXPENSES:                
Center operations     159,097       149,436       655,887       614,949  
Advertising and marketing     11,060       9,818       39,931       36,318  
General and administrative     14,525       17,429       55,715       54,736  
Other operating     16,927       12,165       52,170       35,562  
Depreciation and amortization     29,799       25,198       115,016       98,843  
Total operating expenses     231,408       214,046       918,719       840,408  
Income from operations     43,915       36,868       208,228       173,266  
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):                
Interest expense, net     (6,143 )     (4,865 )     (25,475 )     (20,138 )
Equity in earnings of affiliate     339       326       1,482       1,299  
Total other income (expense)     (5,804 )     (4,539 )     (23,993 )     (18,839 )
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES     38,111       32,329       184,235       154,427  
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES     14,681       12,486       72,697       61,810  
NET INCOME   $ 23,430     $ 19,843     $ 111,538     $ 92,617  
                 
BASIC EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE   $ 0.57     $ 0.49     $ 2.70     $ 2.29  
DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE   $ 0.56     $ 0.48     $ 2.66     $ 2.26  
                 

WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING - BASIC

    41,260       40,487       41,345       40,358  

WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING - DILUTED

    42,015       41,342       41,972       40,930  
                                 
LIFE TIME FITNESS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
         
    For the Year Ended
December 31,
    2012   2011
    (Unaudited)    
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:        
Net income   $ 111,538     $ 92,617  

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

       
Depreciation and amortization     115,016       98,843  
Deferred income taxes     (2,832 )     5,557  
Loss on disposal of property and equipment, net     1,086       1,779  
Gain on sale of land held for sale     (196 )     -  
Amortization of deferred financing costs     2,003       2,269  
Share-based compensation     14,686       19,767  
Excess tax benefit related to share-based compensation     (8,502 )     (3,537 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities     22,999       10,277  
Other     (53 )     371  
Net cash provided by operating activities     255,745       227,943  
         
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:        
Purchases of property and equipment     (224,194 )     (165,335 )
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired     (30,614 )     (70,264 )
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment     969       794  
Proceeds from sale of land held for sale     1,758       -  
Proceeds from property insurance settlements     909       464  
Increase in other assets     (333 )     (92 )
Decrease in restricted cash     102       1,484  
Net cash used in investing activities     (251,403 )     (232,949 )
         
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:        
Repayments of long-term borrowings     (6,929 )     (79,192 )
Proceeds from revolving credit facility, net     22,000       77,800  
Increase in deferred financing costs     (914 )     (4,989 )
Excess tax benefit related to share-based compensation     8,502       3,537  
Proceeds from stock option exercises     2,342       3,162  
Proceeds from employee stock purchase plan     1,206       1,061  
Stock purchased for employee stock purchase plan     (1,290 )     (1,113 )
Repurchases of common stock     (19,099 )     -  
Net cash provided by financing activities     5,818       266  
         
Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents     (1,148 )     -  
         
INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS     9,012       (4,740 )
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - Beginning of period     7,487       12,227  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS - End of period   $ 16,499     $ 7,487  
                 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release and the related conference call disclose certain non-GAAP financial measures.

EBITDA. Earnings Before Interest, Income Taxes and Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) is a non-GAAP disclosure consisting of net income plus interest expense, net, provision for income taxes and depreciation and amortization. This term, as the Company defines it, may not be comparable to a similarly titled measure used by other companies and is not a measure of performance presented in accordance with GAAP. The Company uses EBITDA as a measure of operating performance. The funds depicted by EBITDA are not necessarily available for discretionary use if they are reserved for particular capital purposes, to maintain compliance with debt covenants, to service debt or to pay taxes. EBITDA should not be considered as a substitute for net income, net cash provided by operating activities or other income or cash flow data prepared in accordance with GAAP. Additional details related to EBITDA are provided in the Form 8-K that the Company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date of this press release. The following table provides a reconciliation of net income, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, to EBITDA:

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO EBITDA
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
                 
    For the Three Months Ended
December 31,
  For the Year Ended
December 31,
    2012   2011   2012   2011
Net income   $ 23,430   $ 19,843   $ 111,538   $ 92,617
Interest expense, net     6,143     4,865     25,475     20,138
Provision for income taxes     14,681     12,486     72,697     61,810
Depreciation and amortization     29,799     25,198     115,016     98,843
EBITDA   $ 74,053   $ 62,392   $ 324,726   $ 273,408
                         

Free Cash Flow. Free cash flow is a non-GAAP measure consisting of net cash provided by operating activities, less purchases of property and equipment, excluding acquisitions. This term, as the Company defines it, may not be comparable to a similarly titled measure used by other companies and does not represent the total increase or decrease in the cash balance presented in accordance with GAAP. The Company uses free cash flow as a measure of cash generated after spending on property and equipment. Free cash flow should not be considered as a substitute for net cash provided by operating activities prepared in accordance with GAAP. Additional details related to free cash flow are provided in the Form 8-K that the Company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date of this press release. The following table provides a reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, to free cash flow:

RECONCILIATION OF NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES TO FREE CASH FLOW
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
                 
    For the Three Months Ended
December 31,
  For the Year Ended
December 31,
    2012   2011   2012   2011
Net cash provided by operating activities   $ 52,884     $ 50,621     $ 255,745     $ 227,943  
Less: Purchases of property and equipment     (59,638 )     (43,186 )     (224,194 )     (165,335 )
Free cash flow   $ (6,754 )   $ 7,435     $ 31,551     $ 62,608  
                                 

Non-GAAP Average Center Revenue Per Membership. Non-GAAP average center revenue per membership is a non-GAAP financial measure consisting of average center revenue per membership excluding the impact of LFF, which may provide a better metric for comparing operating results. The following table provides a reconciliation of average center revenue per membership, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, to non-GAAP average center revenue per membership:

RECONCILIATION OF AVERAGE CENTER REVENUE PER MEMBERSHIP
TO NON-GAAP AVERAGE CENTER REVENUE PER MEMBERSHIP
(Unaudited)
                       
  For the Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Growth   For the Year Ended
December 31,
  Growth
  2012   2011   Rate   2012   2011   Rate
Average center revenue per membership $ 393   $ 380   3.5 %   $ 1,587   $ 1,543   2.9 %
Excluding the impact of LFF transaction   6     2   -       31     2   -  

Non-GAAP average center revenue per membership

$ 399   $ 382   4.5 %   $ 1,618   $ 1,545   4.7 %
                                   

Non-GAAP Average In-Center Revenue Per Membership. Non-GAAP average in-center revenue per membership is a non-GAAP financial measure consisting of average in-center revenue per membership excluding the impact of LFF, which may provide a better metric for comparing operating results. The following table provides a reconciliation of average in-center revenue per membership, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, to non-GAAP average in-center revenue per membership:

RECONCILIATION OF AVERAGE IN-CENTER REVENUE PER MEMBERSHIP
TO NON-GAAP AVERAGE IN-CENTER REVENUE PER MEMBERSHIP
(Unaudited)
                         
    For the Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Growth   For the Year Ended
December 31,
  Growth
    2012   2011   Rate   2012   2011   Rate

Average in-center revenue per membership

  $ 122   $ 114   7.1 %   $ 507   $ 481   5.4 %
Excluding the impact of LFF transaction     3     1         11     1   -  

Non-GAAP average in-center revenue per membership

  $ 125   $ 115   8.1 %   $ 518   $ 482   7.6 %
 
For further information: Life Time Fitness, Inc. John Heller, 952-229-7427 (Investors) ir@lifetimefitness.com Jason Thunstrom, 952-229-7435 (Media) pr@lifetimefitness.com