• Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results

    Source: Nasdaq GlobeNewswire / 08 Aug 2017 08:30:23   Eastern Standard Time

    – Consolidated Net Income of $47.3 Million –

    – Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA of $98.5 Million –

    – RevPAR Decrease of 0.7 Percent; Total RevPAR Increase of 0.3 Percent Compared to Second Quarter 2016 –

    – Capital Projects Across Hospitality and Entertainment Segments Remain on Pace –

    – Raises Full-Year Guidance Midpoint –

    NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE:RHP), a lodging real estate investment trust ("REIT") specializing in group-oriented, destination hotel assets in urban and resort markets, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

    Colin Reed, chairman and chief executive officer of Ryman Hospitality Properties, said, “Our businesses delivered another solid quarter of results that were consistent with our expectations at the outset of 2017. This steady performance comes amidst a busy calendar of development activity for both our Hospitality and Entertainment segments as we continue to enhance our competitive position and set the stage for future growth across our portfolio.

    In our Hospitality segment, forward-booking production remained strong in second quarter 2017 despite a challenging comparison from second quarter 2016. The group segment continues to perform well, and we remain enthusiastic about the demand we are seeing for future years, particularly given the capital investment projects we have coming online in our Hospitality segment over the next 18 months.”

    Second Quarter and Year-to-Date 2017 Results (As Compared to Second Quarter and Year-to-Date 2016) Included the Following:

    Consolidated Results
    ($ in thousands, except per share amounts)

     Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
     June 30, June 30, 
     2017
     2016
     % ∆  2017
     2016
     % ∆ 
    Total Revenue$298,778  $296,215  0.9%  $574,820  $557,712  3.1% 
                  
    Operating Income$64,693  $66,945  -3.4%  $111,753  $105,739  5.7% 
    Operating Income Margin 21.7%  22.6% -0.9pt   19.4%  19.0% 0.4pt 
                  
    Net Income$47,292  $51,331  -7.9%  $79,912  $77,677  2.9% 
    Net Income Margin 15.8%  17.3% -1.5pt   13.9%  13.9% 0.0pt 
    Net Income per diluted share$0.92  $1.00  -8.0%  $1.56  $1.51  3.3% 
                  
    Adjusted EBITDA$98,488  $99,058  -0.6%  $179,049  $172,474  3.8% 
    Adjusted EBITDA Margin 33.0%  33.4% -0.4pt   31.1%  30.9% 0.2pt 
                  
    Funds From Operations (FFO)$74,989  $77,756  -3.6%  $135,264  $132,880  1.8% 
    FFO per diluted share$1.46  $1.52  -3.9%  $2.64  $2.59  1.9% 
                  
    Adjusted FFO$79,775  $81,586  -2.2%  $142,528  $138,136  3.2% 
    Adjusted FFO per diluted share$1.55  $1.59  -2.5%  $2.78  $2.69  3.3% 


    For the Company’s definitions of Operating Income Margin, Net Income Margin, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, FFO, and Adjusted FFO, as well as a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income and a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure Adjusted FFO to Net Income, see “Calculation of GAAP Margin Figures,” “Non-GAAP Financial Measures,” “Adjusted EBITDA Definition,” “Adjusted EBITDA Margin Definition,” “Adjusted FFO Definition” and “Supplemental Financial Results” below.

    Operating Results

    Hospitality Segment
    For the three months and six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, the Company reported the following:

    ($ in thousands, except for ADR, RevPAR and Total RevPAR)

     Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
     June 30, June 30, 
     2017
     2016
     % ∆  2017
     2016
     % ∆ 
                  
    Hospitality Revenue$263,373  $262,329  0.4%  $517,527  $506,520  2.2% 
                  
    Hospitality Operating Income$61,443  $63,018  -2.5%  $113,575  $108,477  4.7% 
    Hospitality Operating Income Margin 23.3%  24.0% -0.7pt   21.9%  21.4% 0.5pt 
                  
    Hospitality Adjusted EBITDA$91,373  $91,502  -0.1%  $172,949  $167,843  3.0% 
    Hospitality Adjusted EBITDA Margin 34.7%  34.9% -0.2pt   33.4%  33.1% 0.3pt 
                  
    Hospitality Performance Metrics          
    Occupancy 76.7%  78.0% -1.3pt   74.7%  74.1% 0.6pt 
    Average Daily Rate (ADR)$191.00  $188.86  1.1%  $190.68  $186.19  2.4% 
    RevPAR$146.42  $147.40  -0.7%  $142.37  $137.98  3.2% 
    Total RevPAR$348.45  $347.32  0.3%  $344.24  $335.51  2.6% 
                  
    Gross Definite Rooms Nights Booked 546,208   604,093  -9.6%   1,028,001   990,659  3.8% 
    Net Definite Rooms Nights Booked 309,065   429,507  -28.0%   696,789   748,522  -6.9% 
    Group Attrition (as % of contracted block) 14.4%  12.8% 1.6pt   12.9%  11.9% 1.0pt 
    Cancellations ITYFTY (1) 12,544   12,739  -1.5%   32,723   28,512  14.8% 
                  
    (1)  "ITYFTY" represents In The Year For The Year.         


    For the Company’s definitions of Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR) and Total Revenue Per Available Room (Total RevPAR), see “Calculation of RevPAR and Total RevPAR” below.  Property-level results and operating metrics for second quarter 2017 are presented in greater detail below and under “Supplemental Financial Results—Hospitality Segment Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliations,” which includes a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures Hospitality Adjusted EBITDA to Hospitality Operating Income, and property-level Adjusted EBITDA to property-level Operating Income for each of the hotel properties. Highlights for second quarter 2017 for the Hospitality segment and at each property include:

    • Hospitality Segment: Total revenue increased 0.4 percent to $263.4 million in second quarter 2017 compared to second quarter 2016. Total RevPAR increased by 0.3 percent for the quarter, driven by an increase in both ADR and other hotel revenue that was partially offset by a 130 basis point decline in occupancy as compared to the second quarter of 2016. The shift in the Easter holiday into the second quarter in 2017 had an estimated 170 basis point unfavorable impact to RevPAR, compared to second quarter 2016. In addition, the planned rooms renovation project at Gaylord Opryland impacted occupancy for the Hospitality segment, as approximately 18,800 room nights were out of service during the quarter, compared to 8,630 room nights out of service in second quarter 2016.  Hospitality segment operating income declined by 2.5 percent in the second quarter of 2017 as compared to the second quarter of 2016. Hospitality segment Adjusted EBITDA was flat at $91.4 million compared to second quarter 2016.

      ($ in thousands, except for ADR, RevPAR and Total RevPAR)
       Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
       June 30, June 30,
    Gaylord Opryland 2017
     2016
     % ∆ 2017
     2016
     % ∆ 
    Revenue  $80,260  $79,582  0.9% $155,222  $155,222  0.0% 
    Operating Income $20,777  $21,359  -2.7% $36,418  $37,908  -3.9% 
    Operating Income Margin   25.9%  26.8% -0.9pt  23.5%  24.4% -0.9pt 
    Adjusted EBITDA $29,150  $28,707  1.5% $52,888  $52,797  0.2% 
    Adjusted EBITDA Margin 36.3%  36.1% 0.2pt  34.1%  34.0% 0.1pt 
                   
    Occupancy  72.8%  77.2% -4.4pt  70.6%  74.3% -3.7pt 
    Average daily rate (ADR)    $180.11  $180.88  -0.4% $178.76  $173.67  2.9% 
    RevPAR  $131.07  $139.58  -6.1% $126.16  $129.08  -2.3% 
    Total RevPAR $305.40  $303.45  0.6% $296.95  $295.93  0.3% 


    • Gaylord Opryland: Total revenue increased by 0.9 percent to $80.3 million in second quarter 2017 compared to second quarter 2016, driven by strong food and beverage performance which offset a decrease in occupancy of 440 basis points compared to the second quarter of 2016. There were 18,800 room nights out of service during the second quarter of 2017 due to planned room renovations of the Delta section of the hotel, compared to 8,630 room nights out of service in second quarter 2016. The room renovation program at Gaylord Opryland is expected to be complete in third quarter 2017. Operating income decreased 2.7 percent to $20.8 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared to the second quarter of 2016, primarily due to an increase in depreciation and amortization expense related to additional fixed assets associated with the ongoing rooms renovation program at the hotel, which was partially offset by lower than anticipated property tax accrual. Adjusted EBITDA increased by 1.5 percent to $29.2 million compared to second quarter 2016, primarily due to the decrease in property tax accrual.  During the second quarter of 2017, the property broke ground on its $90 million resort water feature, which is scheduled to open in the second half of 2018.  

      ($ in thousands, except for ADR, RevPAR and Total RevPAR)
       Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
       June 30, June 30,
    Gaylord Palms 2017
     2016
     % ∆ 2017
     2016
     % ∆ 
    Revenue  $48,184  $45,683  5.5% $102,381  $101,442  0.9% 
    Operating Income $9,387  $8,062  16.4% $22,501  $22,941  -1.9% 
    Operating Income Margin 19.5%  17.6% 1.9pt  22.0%  22.6% -0.6pt 
    Adjusted EBITDA $15,425  $14,135  9.1% $34,614  $35,033  -1.2% 
    Adjusted EBITDA Margin 32.0%  30.9% 1.1pt  33.8%  34.5% -0.7pt 
                   
                   
    Occupancy  80.3%  78.3% 2.0pt  80.1%  80.1% 0.0pt 
    Average daily rate (ADR)  $181.68  $167.77  8.3% $194.21  $181.31  7.1% 
    RevPAR  $145.91  $131.37  11.1% $155.52  $145.16  7.1% 
    Total RevPAR $373.94  $354.52  5.5% $399.47  $395.02  1.1% 


    • Gaylord Palms: Total revenue increased 5.5 percent to $48.2 million in second quarter 2017 compared to second quarter 2016, driven by higher corporate and transient room nights and overall growth in ADR of 8.3 percent. An increase in food and beverage revenue and the addition of new resort pool amenities also contributed to revenue growth compared to second quarter 2016. While corporate room nights were higher in the quarter compared to second quarter 2016, overall group room nights were down 4.8 percent due to the shift in the Easter holiday into second quarter 2017. Occupancy increased by 200 basis points to 80.3 percent compared to second quarter 2016, while RevPAR increased 11.1 percent. Operating income increased 16.4 percent to $9.4 million in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the second quarter of 2016. Adjusted EBITDA increased 9.1 percent to $15.4 million compared to second quarter 2016.  The increases in operating income and Adjusted EBITDA were driven mostly by the strong room revenue performance year-over-year and supported by an increase in food and beverage revenue, including contributions from the new resort pool amenities.

      ($ in thousands, except for ADR, RevPAR and Total RevPAR)
       Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
       June 30, June 30,
    Gaylord Texan 2017
     2016
     % ∆ 2017
     2016
     % ∆ 
    Revenue  $52,772  $56,350  -6.3% $109,517  $110,021  -0.5% 
    Operating Income $12,631  $15,607  -19.1% $28,521  $29,956  -4.8% 
    Operating Income Margin   23.9%  27.7% -3.8pt  26.0%  27.2% -1.2pt 
    Adjusted EBITDA $17,771  $20,633  -13.9% $38,771  $39,986  -3.0% 
    Adjusted EBITDA Margin 33.7%  36.6% -2.9pt  35.4%  36.3% -0.9pt 
                   
    Occupancy  72.7%  79.8% -7.1pt  76.1%  76.4% -0.3pt 
    Average daily rate (ADR)  $190.73  $198.00  -3.7% $189.76  $192.02  -1.2% 
    RevPAR  $138.66  $158.09  -12.3% $144.44  $146.74  -1.6% 
    Total RevPAR $383.79  $409.81  -6.3% $400.44  $400.07  0.1% 


    • Gaylord Texan:  Total revenue decreased 6.3 percent to $52.8 million in second quarter 2017 compared to second quarter 2016 due to an occupancy decrease of 710 basis points and a 3.7 percent decrease in ADR.  RevPAR and Total RevPAR decreased by 12.3 percent and 6.3 percent, respectively, on a year-over-year basis, driven by a decrease in group occupancy, partially due to the shift in the Easter holiday into second quarter 2017. The property also faced a difficult year-over-year comparison from last year’s nearly 80 percent second quarter occupancy. Operating income decreased 19.1 percent to $12.6 million in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the second quarter of 2016. Adjusted EBITDA declined 13.9 percent to $17.8 million compared to second quarter 2016. The decreases in operating income and Adjusted EBITDA were driven primarily by the decline in overall occupancy. The previously-announced room and meeting space expansion at Gaylord Texan continues to be on pace and on budget, with an anticipated opening in second quarter 2018. Advanced bookings for the new rooms, as well as the 60,000 square feet of additional high-quality meeting space, remain strong.

      ($ in thousands, except for ADR, RevPAR and Total RevPAR)
       Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
       June 30, June 30,
    Gaylord National 2017
     2016
     % ∆ 2017
     2016
     % ∆ 
    Revenue  $73,995  $73,550  0.6% $136,452  $127,705  6.8% 
    Operating Income $16,152  $15,976  1.1% $22,861  $15,219  50.2% 
    Operating Income Margin   21.8%  21.7% 0.1pt  16.8%  11.9% 4.9pt 
    Adjusted EBITDA $25,869  $25,363  2.0% $42,080  $36,274  16.0% 
    Adjusted EBITDA Margin 35.0%  34.5% 0.5pt  30.8%  28.4% 2.4pt 
                   
    Occupancy  81.3%  76.6% 4.7pt  75.5%  68.5% 7.0pt 
    Average daily rate (ADR)    $214.42  $217.96  -1.6% $210.19  $214.48  -2.0% 
    RevPAR  $174.41  $167.01  4.4% $158.76  $147.00  8.0% 
    Total RevPAR $407.38  $404.93  0.6% $377.69  $351.54  7.4% 


    • Gaylord National: Total revenue increased 0.6 percent to $74.0 million in second quarter 2017 compared to second quarter 2016, driven by a solid 470 basis point increase in occupancy and a 4.4 percent increase in RevPAR. Operating income increased 1.1 percent to $16.2 million in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the second quarter of 2016. Adjusted EBITDA increased 2.0 percent to $25.9 million in the second quarter of 2017 as compared to the second quarter of 2016. The increases in operating income and Adjusted EBITDA were driven by higher occupancy and increases in ancillary revenue, such as parking and resort fees, associated with the increase in occupancy. The previously-announced Riverview Ballroom opened in May 2017 and has been well received by groups and leisure customers.

    Reed continued, “We are pleased with the profitability our hotels delivered despite the occupancy and calendar-related challenges they faced this quarter. Gaylord National and Gaylord Palms delivered particularly strong results this quarter, with Gaylord National boasting record occupancy for the quarter and Gaylord Palms benefitting from the addition of teen-friendly resort pool amenities, which positively impacted transient occupancy.

    Our Hospitality development projects, including our joint venture investment in the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center, remain on pace and on budget, and we look forward to further capitalizing on these investments in the years ahead.”

    Entertainment Segment
    For the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, the Company reported the following:

     Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
    ($ in thousands)June 30, June 30,
     2017
    2016
    % ∆ 2017
    2016
    % ∆
            
    Revenue$35,405 $33,886 4.5% $57,293 $51,192 11.9%
    Operating Income$11,379 $11,491 -1.0% $14,373 $12,454 15.4%
    Operating Income Margin   32.1% 33.9%-1.8pt  25.1% 24.3%0.8pt
    Adjusted EBITDA$13,537 $13,247 2.2% $18,762 $16,019 17.1%
    Adjusted EBITDA Margin 38.2% 39.1%-0.9pt  32.7% 31.3%1.4pt

    Reed continued, “Our existing entertainment assets performed well during the second quarter as Nashville’s popularity as a tourism destination continues. We will continue to invest in these core assets and their unique value proposition in addition to preparing for the launch of our new retail, restaurant and entertainment venues Opry City Stage and Ole Red Tishomingo, which are expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2017. Our flagship Ole Red location is slated to open in downtown Nashville in the spring of 2018.”  

    Corporate and Other Segment Results
    For the three months and six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, the Company reported the following:

     Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
    ($ in thousands)June 30, June 30,
     2017
    2016
    % ∆ 2017
    2016
    % ∆
            
    Operating Loss($8,129)  ($7,564)  -7.5% ($16,195)  ($15,192)  -6.6%
    Adjusted EBITDA($6,422)($5,691)-12.8% ($12,662)($11,388)-11.2%

    Corporate and Other Segment Operating Loss and Adjusted EBITDA for second quarter 2017, as compared to second quarter 2016, includes an increase in administrative and employment costs associated with investments in the Company’s growth initiatives in both the Hospitality and Entertainment segments.

    Dividend Update
    The Company paid its second quarter 2017 cash dividend of $0.80 per share of common stock on July 14, 2017 to stockholders of record as of June 19, 2017. It is the Company’s current plan to distribute total 2017 annual dividends of approximately $3.20 per share in cash in equal quarterly payments with the remaining payments occurring in October of 2017 and January of 2018. Any future dividend is subject to the Board of Director’s determinations as to the amount of quarterly distributions and the timing thereof.  

    Balance Sheet/Liquidity Update
    As of June 30, 2017, the Company had total debt outstanding of $1,560.7 million, net of unamortized deferred financing costs, and unrestricted cash of $49.6 million. As of June 30, 2017, $140.5 million of borrowings were drawn under the revolving credit line of the Company’s credit facility, and the lending banks had issued $2.1 million in letters of credit, which left $557.4 million of availability for borrowing under the credit facility.

    On May 23, 2017, the Company announced the completion of several refinancing activities, which included the extension of its revolving credit facility, the refinancing of its Term B loan facility, and the addition of a new secured Term Loan A facility. These financing activities took advantage of favorable conditions in the capital markets to extend the earliest maturity of the Company’s outstanding debt by two years, lower the Company’s average cost of capital and create additional liquidity for the Company moving forward, which we believe provides the Company with flexibility to take advantage of strategic opportunities that may develop in the future.

    Guidance
    The Company has narrowed its guidance range for 2017 RevPAR and Total RevPAR growth and raised the low end and top end of its 2017 consolidated guidance to reflect stronger levels of profitability, as well as increased visibility into expected performance in the second half of 2017. The Company does not expect to update the guidance before next quarter’s earnings release. However, the Company may update its full business outlook or any portion thereof at any time for any reason.

    Reed continued, “The pace of future bookings is progressing as planned, and first-half results were in line with our expectations. Group room nights on the books for 2017 are on track with the plan we had coming into the year, and we continue to believe 2017 will be another strong year for the Company. As we look to the second half of the year, we are now expecting fiscal year 2017 RevPAR growth in the range of 1% – 3% (from our prior guidance of 0% - 3%) and Total RevPAR growth in the range of 1% – 2% (from our prior guidance of 0% - 3%).

    Our net income guidance range for the full year is $148.5 to $158.2 million (from our prior guidance of $139.8 to $157.6 million). The low end of our Adjusted EBITDA guidance range for the Hospitality segment was raised to reflect a range of $335.0 to $344.0 million (from our prior guidance of $330.0 to $344.0 million), which primarily reflects a lower-than-anticipated increase in property tax expense at Gaylord Opryland resulting from a decrease in rate.

    Our 2017 Adjusted EBITDA guidance for the Entertainment segment is now $37.0 to $40.0 million (from our prior guidance of $34.0 to $38.0 million) and Corporate & Other guidance is now a loss of $24.0 to $23.0 million (from our prior guidance of $24.0 to $22.0 million). As a result of these changes, our guidance for 2017 Adjusted EBITDA on a consolidated basis is now $348.0 to $361.0 million (from our prior guidance of $340.0 to $360.0 million).

    We remain confident in our ability to capitalize on the strength of the group market in the near-term and are looking forward to an expected strong year of performance in 2018 when we will begin to see the benefits of recent growth investments.”

    ($ in millions, except per share figures)Updated Guidance Variance to Prior Guidance
      Full Year 2017    
      Low  High Low  High
             
    Hospitality RevPAR (1)  1.0%  3.0% 1.0pt 0.0pt
    Hospitality Total RevPAR (1) 1.0%  2.0% 1.0pt -1.0pt
             
    Net Income $148.5  $158.2  $8.7 $0.6
             
    Adjusted EBITDA        
    Hospitality (1) $335.0  $344.0  $5.0 $0.0
    Entertainment  37.0   40.0   3.0  2.0
    Corporate and Other  -24.0   -23.0   0.0  -1.0
    Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA$348.0  $361.0  $8.0 $1.0
             
    Funds from Operations (FFO)$259.1  $271.4  $5.8 -$2.7
    Adjusted FFO $273.0  $285.7  $8.5 $0.2
             
    Net Income per Diluted Share$2.89  $3.08  $0.16 $0.01
             
    FFO per Diluted Share $5.05  $5.29  $0.11 -$0.05
             
    Estimated Diluted Shares Outstanding 51.3   51.3   -  -

    (1)  Hospitality segment guidance assumes approximately 49,000 room nights out of service in 2017 due to the renovation of rooms at Gaylord Opryland.  The out of service rooms are included in the total available room count for calculating hotel metrics (e.g., RevPAR and Total RevPAR).

           
    Earnings Call Information
    Ryman Hospitality Properties will hold a conference call to discuss this release today at 10 a.m. ET. Investors can listen to the conference call over the Internet at www.rymanhp.com. To listen to the live call, please go to the Investor Relations section of the website (Investor Relations/Presentations, Earnings and Webcasts) at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register and download any necessary audio software. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the call and will be available for at least 30 days.

    About Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.
    Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE:RHP) is a REIT for federal income tax purposes, specializing in group-oriented, destination hotel assets in urban and resort markets. The Company’s owned assets include a network of four upscale, meetings-focused resorts totaling 7,811 rooms that are managed by lodging operator Marriott International, Inc. under the Gaylord Hotels brand. Other owned assets managed by Marriott International, Inc. include Gaylord Springs Golf Links, the Wildhorse Saloon, the General Jackson Showboat, The Inn at Opryland, a 303-room overflow hotel adjacent to Gaylord Opryland and AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor, a 192-room overflow hotel near Gaylord National. The Company also owns and operates media and entertainment assets, including the Grand Ole Opry (opry.com), the legendary weekly showcase of country music’s finest performers for over 90 years; the Ryman Auditorium, the storied former home of the Grand Ole Opry located in downtown Nashville; and 650 AM WSM, the Opry’s radio home. For additional information about Ryman Hospitality Properties, visit www.rymanhp.com.

    Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
    This press release contains statements as to the Company’s beliefs and expectations of the outcome of future events that are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. Examples of these statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the future performance of our business, estimated capital expenditures, new projects or investments, out-of-service rooms, refinancing plans, the expected approach to making dividend payments, the board’s ability to alter the dividend policy at any time and other business or operational issues. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. These include the risks and uncertainties associated with economic conditions affecting the hospitality business generally, the geographic concentration of the Company’s hotel properties, business levels at the Company’s hotels, the effect of the Company’s election to be taxed as a REIT for federal income tax purposes commencing with the year ended December 31, 2013, the Company’s ability to remain qualified as a REIT, the Company’s ability to execute its strategic goals as a REIT, the Company’s ability to generate cash flows to support dividends, future board determinations regarding the timing and amount of dividends and changes to the dividend policy, which could be made at any time, the determination of Adjusted FFO and REIT taxable income, and the Company’s ability to borrow funds pursuant to its credit agreement. Other factors that could cause operating and financial results to differ are described in the filings made from time to time by the Company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and include the risk factors and other risks and uncertainties described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and subsequent filings. The Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to forward-looking statements made by it to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date hereof or the occurrence of unanticipated events.

    Additional Information
    This release should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in our most recent report on Form 10-K. Copies of our reports are available on our website at no expense at www.rymanhp.com and through the SEC’s Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval System (“EDGAR”) at www.sec.gov.

    Calculation of RevPAR and Total RevPAR
    We calculate revenue per available room (“RevPAR”) for our hotels by dividing room revenue by room nights available to guests for the period. We calculate total revenue per available room (“Total RevPAR”) for our hotels by dividing the sum of room revenue, food & beverage and other ancillary services revenue by room nights available to guests for the period.

    Calculation of GAAP Margin Figures
    We calculate Net Income Margin by dividing GAAP consolidated Net Income by GAAP consolidated Total Revenue. We calculate consolidated, segment, or property-level Operating Income Margin by dividing consolidated, segment, or property-level GAAP Operating Income by consolidated, segment, or property-level GAAP Revenue.

    Non-GAAP Financial Measures
    We present the following non-GAAP financial measures we believe are useful to investors as key measures of our operating performance:

    Adjusted EBITDA Definition
    To calculate Adjusted EBITDA, we first determine Operating Income, which represents Net Income (loss) determined in accordance with GAAP, plus, to the extent the following adjustments occurred during the periods presented: loss (income) from discontinued operations, net; provision (benefit) for income taxes; other (gains) and losses, net; loss on extinguishment of debt; (income) loss from joint ventures; and interest expense, net. Adjusted EBITDA is then calculated as Operating Income, plus, to the extent the following adjustments occurred during the periods presented: depreciation and amortization; preopening costs; non-cash ground lease expense; equity-based compensation expense; impairment charges; any closing costs of completed acquisitions; interest income on Gaylord National bonds; other gains and (losses), net; (gains) losses on warrant settlements; pension settlement charges; pro rata Adjusted EBITDA from joint ventures, (gains) losses on the disposal of assets, and any other adjustments we have identified in this release. We believe Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors in evaluating our operating performance because this measure helps investors evaluate and compare the results of our operations from period to period by removing the impact of our capital structure (primarily interest expense) and our asset base (primarily depreciation and amortization) from our operating results. A reconciliation of Net Income (loss) to Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation of segment, and property-level Operating Income to segment, and property-level Adjusted EBITDA are set forth below under “Supplemental Financial Results.”

    Adjusted EBITDA Margin Definition
    We calculate consolidated Adjusted EBITDA Margin by dividing consolidated Adjusted EBITDA by GAAP consolidated Total Revenue. We calculate segment, or property-level Adjusted EBITDA Margin by dividing segment, or property-level Adjusted EBITDA by segment, or property-level GAAP Revenue.  We believe Adjusted EBITDA Margin is useful to investors in evaluating our operating performance because this non-GAAP financial measure helps investors evaluate and compare the results of our operations from period to period by presenting a ratio showing the quantitative relationship between Adjusted EBITDA and GAAP consolidated Total Revenue or segment or property-level GAAP Revenue, as applicable.

    Adjusted FFO Definition
    We calculate Adjusted FFO to mean Net Income (loss) (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding, to the extent the following adjustments occurred during the periods presented: non-controlling interests, and (gains) and losses from sales of property; depreciation and amortization (excluding amortization of deferred financing costs and debt discounts) and certain pro rata adjustments from joint ventures (which equals FFO). We then exclude, to the extent the following adjustments occurred during the periods presented, impairment charges; write-offs of deferred financing costs, non-cash ground lease expense, amortization of debt discounts and amortization of deferred financing cost, pension settlement charges, additional pro rata adjustments from joint ventures, (gains) losses on other assets, (gains) losses on extinguishment of debt and warrant settlements, and the impact of deferred income tax expense (benefit). We believe that the presentation of Adjusted FFO provides useful information to investors regarding the performance of our ongoing operations because it is a measure of our operations without regard to specified non-cash items such as real estate depreciation and amortization, gain or loss on sale of assets and certain other items which we believe are not indicative of the performance of our underlying hotel properties. We believe that these items are more representative of our asset base than our ongoing operations. We also use Adjusted FFO as one measure in determining our results after considering the impact of our capital structure. A reconciliation of Net Income (loss) to Adjusted FFO is set forth below under “Supplemental Financial Results.”

    We caution investors that amounts presented in accordance with our definitions of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, and Adjusted FFO may not be comparable to similar measures disclosed by other companies, because not all companies calculate these non-GAAP measures in the same manner. Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, and Adjusted FFO, and any related per share measures, should not be considered as alternative measures of our Net Income (loss), operating performance, cash flow or liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted FFO may include funds that may not be available for our discretionary use due to functional requirements to conserve funds for capital expenditures and property acquisitions and other commitments and uncertainties. Although we believe that Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, and Adjusted FFO can enhance an investor’s understanding of our results of operations, these non-GAAP financial measures, when viewed individually, are not necessarily better indicators of any trend as compared to GAAP measures such as Net Income (loss), Net Income Margin, Operating Income (loss), Operating Income Margin, or cash flow from operations. In addition, you should be aware that adverse economic and market and other conditions may harm our cash flow.

     

     RYMAN HOSPITALITY PROPERTIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
      CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS  
    Unaudited 
    (In thousands, except per share data) 
            
      Three Months Ended Six Months Ended 
      Jun. 30, Jun. 30, 
      2017
    2016
     2017
    2016
     
    Revenues :      
     Rooms$110,674 $111,331  $214,043 $208,300  
     Food and beverage 128,441  127,217   254,610  249,450  
     Other hotel revenue 24,258  23,781   48,874  48,770  
     Entertainment 35,405  33,886   57,293  51,192  
     Total revenues 298,778  296,215   574,820  557,712  
            
    Operating expenses:      
     Rooms 28,359  28,140   56,387  54,121  
     Food and beverage 68,285  67,998   137,442  136,255  
     Other hotel expenses 73,388  73,491   147,461  146,179  
     Management fees 6,178  5,501   11,709  10,838  
     Total hotel operating expenses 176,210  175,130   352,999  347,393  
     Entertainment 22,113  20,834   38,938  35,530  
     Corporate 7,589  6,897   15,104  13,868  
     Preopening costs 494  -   710  -  
     Depreciation and amortization 27,679  26,409   55,316  55,182  
     Total operating expenses 234,085  229,270   463,067  451,973  
            
    Operating income 64,693  66,945   111,753  105,739  
            
    Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized (17,155) (16,016)  (33,019) (32,055) 
    Interest income 2,969  3,008   5,917  6,151  
    Loss from joint ventures (943) (1,058)  (1,717) (1,448) 
    Other gains and (losses), net (1,373) (133)  (1,530) (180) 
    Income before income taxes 48,191  52,746   81,404  78,207  
            
    Provision for income taxes (899) (1,415)  (1,492) (530) 
    Net income$47,292 $51,331  $79,912 $77,677  
            
    Basic net income per share$0.92 $1.01  $1.56 $1.52  
    Fully diluted net income per share$0.92 $1.00  $1.56 $1.51  
            
    Weighted average common shares for the period:      
     Basic 51,154  50,977   51,100  51,011  
     Diluted 51,334  51,221   51,316  51,296  
            

     

     RYMAN HOSPITALITY PROPERTIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
     CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 
    Unaudited
    (In thousands)
          
       Jun. 30, Dec. 31,
        2017   2016 
          
    ASSETS:   
     Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation  $2,023,907 $1,998,012
     Cash and cash equivalents - unrestricted 49,610  59,128
     Cash and cash equivalents - restricted 15,175  22,062
     Notes receivable 155,535  152,882
     Investment in Gaylord Rockies joint venture 87,716  70,440
     Trade receivables, net 65,576  47,818
     Prepaid expenses and other assets 58,255  55,411
     Total assets$2,455,774 $2,405,753
          
          
    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:   
     Debt and capital lease obligations$1,560,667 $1,502,554
     Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 153,785  163,205
     Dividends payable 41,712  39,404
     Deferred management rights proceeds 178,572  180,088
     Deferred income taxes, net 1,340  1,469
     Other liabilities 154,368  151,036
     Stockholders' equity 365,330  367,997
     Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$2,455,774 $2,405,753

     

    RYMAN HOSPITALITY PROPERTIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
    SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL RESULTS 
    ADJUSTED EBITDA RECONCILIATION 
    Unaudited 
    (in thousands) 
                  
      Three Months Ended Jun. 30,
     Six Months Ended Jun. 30,
     
      2017
     2016
     2017
     2016
     
      $ Margin  $ Margin  $ Margin  $ Margin  
     Consolidated            
     Revenue$298,778   $296,215   $574,820   $557,712   
     Net income$47,292 15.8% $51,331 17.3% $79,912 13.9% $77,677 13.9% 
     Provision for income taxes 899    1,415    1,492    530   
     Other (gains) and losses, net 1,373    133    1,530    180   
     Loss from joint ventures 943    1,058    1,717    1,448   
     Interest expense, net 14,186    13,008    27,102    25,904   
     Operating Income 64,693 21.7%  66,945 22.6%  111,753 19.4%  105,739 19.0% 
     Depreciation & amortization 27,679    26,409    55,316    55,182   
     Preopening costs 494    -    710    -   
     Non-cash ground lease expense 1,304    1,311    2,609    2,622   
     Equity-based compensation expense 1,644    1,513    3,213    3,062   
     Interest income on Gaylord National bonds 2,931    2,992    5,862    6,094   
     Pro rata adjusted EBITDA from joint ventures -    (3)   -    (3)  
     Other gains and (losses), net (1,373)   (133)   (1,530)   (180)  
     (Gain) loss on disposal of assets 1,116    24    1,116    (42)  
     Adjusted EBITDA$98,488 33.0% $99,058 33.4% $179,049 31.1% $172,474 30.9% 
                  
     Hospitality segment            
     Revenue$263,373   $262,329   $517,527   $506,520   
     Operating income$61,443 23.3% $63,018 24.0% $113,575 21.9% $108,477 21.4% 
     Depreciation & amortization 25,547    24,181    50,725    50,650   
     Preopening costs 173    -    228    -   
     Non-cash lease expense 1,279    1,311    2,559    2,622   
     Interest income on Gaylord National bonds 2,931    2,992    5,862    6,094   
     Other gains and (losses), net -    (24)   -    (24)  
     Loss on disposal of assets -    24    -    24   
     Adjusted EBITDA$91,373 34.7% $91,502 34.9% $172,949 33.4% $167,843 33.1% 
                  
     Entertainment segment            
     Revenue$35,405   $33,886   $57,293   $51,192   
     Operating income$11,379 32.1% $11,491 33.9% $14,373 25.1% $12,454 24.3% 
     Depreciation & amortization 1,592    1,561    3,500    3,208   
     Preopening costs 321    -    482    -   
     Non-cash lease expense 25    -    50    -   
     Equity-based compensation 220    198    357    360   
     Pro rata adjusted EBITDA from joint ventures -    (3)   -    (3)  
     Other gains and (losses), net (431)   -    (431)   -   
     Loss on disposal of assets 431    -    431    -   
     Adjusted EBITDA$13,537 38.2% $13,247 39.1% $18,762 32.7% $16,019 31.3% 
                  
     Corporate and Other segment            
     Operating loss$(8,129)  $(7,564)  $(16,195)  $(15,192)  
     Depreciation & amortization 540    667    1,091    1,324   
     Equity-based compensation 1,424    1,315    2,856    2,702   
     Other gains and (losses), net (942)   (109)   (1,099)   (156)  
     (Gain) loss on disposal of assets 685    -    685    (66)  
     Adjusted EBITDA$(6,422)  $(5,691)  $(12,662)  $(11,388)  

     

    RYMAN HOSPITALITY PROPERTIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
    SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL RESULTS 
    FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS ("FFO") AND ADJUSTED FFO RECONCILIATION 
    Unaudited 
    (in thousands, except per share data) 
              
      Three Months Ended Jun. 30,
     Six Months Ended Jun. 30,
     
      2017
     2016
     2017
     2016
     
     Consolidated        
     Net income$47,292  $51,331  $79,912  $77,677  
     Depreciation & amortization 27,679   26,409   55,316   55,182  
     Pro rata adjustments from joint ventures 18   16   36   21  
     FFO 74,989   77,756   135,264   132,880  
              
     Non-cash lease expense 1,304   1,311   2,609   2,622  
     Pro rata adjustments from joint ventures 79   417   176   811  
     (Gain) loss on other assets 1,116   24   1,116   (10) 
     Write-off of deferred financing costs 925   -   925   -  
     Amortization of deferred financing costs 1,304   1,216   2,567   2,432  
     Deferred tax (benefit) expense 58   862   (129)  (599) 
     Adjusted FFO$79,775  $81,586  $142,528  $138,136  
     Capital expenditures (1) (13,583)  (15,795)  (28,495)  (29,491) 
     Adjusted FFO less maintenance capital expenditures  $66,192  $65,791  $114,033  $108,645  
              
              
     Basic net income per share$0.92  $1.01  $1.56  $1.52  
     Fully diluted net income per share$0.92  $1.00  $1.56  $1.51  
              
     FFO per basic share$1.47  $1.53  $2.65  $2.60  
     Adjusted FFO per basic share$1.56  $1.60  $2.79  $2.71  
              
     FFO per diluted share$1.46  $1.52  $2.64  $2.59  
     Adjusted FFO per diluted share$1.55  $1.59  $2.78  $2.69  
              
    (1) Represents FF&E reserve for managed properties and maintenance capital expenditures for non-managed properties.   

     

    RYMAN HOSPITALITY PROPERTIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
    SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL RESULTS 
    HOSPITALITY SEGMENT ADJUSTED EBITDA RECONCILIATIONS AND OPERATING METRICS 
    Unaudited 
    (in thousands) 
                  
          
      Three Months Ended Jun. 30, Six Months Ended Jun. 30, 
      2017
     2016
     2017
     2016
     
      $ Margin  $ Margin  $ Margin  $ Margin  
     Hospitality segment            
     Revenue$263,373   $262,329   $517,527   $506,520   
     Operating Income$61,443 23.3% $63,018 24.0% $113,575 21.9% $108,477 21.4% 
     Depreciation & amortization 25,547    24,181    50,725    50,650   
     Preopening costs 173    -    228    -   
     Non-cash lease expense 1,279    1,311    2,559    2,622   
     Interest income on Gaylord National bonds 2,931    2,992    5,862    6,094   
     Other gains and (losses), net -    (24)   -    (24)  
     Loss on disposal of assets -    24    -    24   
     Adjusted EBITDA$91,373 34.7% $91,502 34.9% $172,949 33.4% $167,843 33.1% 
                  
     Occupancy 76.7%   78.0%   74.7%   74.1%  
     Average daily rate (ADR)$191.00   $188.86   $190.68   $186.19   
     RevPAR$146.42   $147.40   $142.37   $137.98   
     OtherPAR$202.03   $199.92   $201.87   $197.53   
     Total RevPAR$348.45   $347.32   $344.24   $335.51   
                  
                  
                  
     Gaylord Opryland            
     Revenue$80,260   $79,582   $155,222   $155,222   
     Operating Income$20,777 25.9% $21,359 26.8% $36,418 23.5% $37,908 24.4% 
     Depreciation & amortization 8,373    7,348    16,470    14,889   
     Adjusted EBITDA$29,150 36.3% $28,707 36.1% $52,888 34.1% $52,797 34.0% 
                  
     Occupancy 72.8%   77.2%   70.6%   74.3%  
     Average daily rate (ADR)$180.11   $180.88   $178.76   $173.67   
     RevPAR$131.07   $139.58   $126.16   $129.08   
     OtherPAR$174.33   $163.87   $170.79   $166.85   
     Total RevPAR$305.40   $303.45   $296.95   $295.93   
                  
                  
                  
     Gaylord Palms            
     Revenue$48,184   $45,683   $102,381   $101,442   
     Operating Income $9,387 19.5% $8,062 17.6% $22,501 22.0% $22,941 22.6% 
     Depreciation & amortization 4,759    4,762    9,554    9,470   
     Non-cash lease expense 1,279    1,311    2,559    2,622   
     Adjusted EBITDA$15,425 32.0% $14,135 30.9% $34,614 33.8% $35,033 34.5% 
                  
     Occupancy 80.3%   78.3%   80.1%   80.1%  
     Average daily rate (ADR)$181.68   $167.77   $194.21   $181.31   
     RevPAR$145.91   $131.37   $155.52   $145.16   
     OtherPAR$228.03   $223.15   $243.95   $249.86   
     Total RevPAR$373.94   $354.52   $399.47   $395.02   
                  
                  
                  
     Gaylord Texan            
     Revenue$52,772   $56,350   $109,517   $110,021   
     Operating Income$12,631 23.9% $15,607 27.7% $28,521 26.0% $29,956 27.2% 
     Depreciation & amortization 5,140    5,026    10,250    10,030   
     Adjusted EBITDA$17,771 33.7% $20,633 36.6% $38,771 35.4% $39,986 36.3% 
                  
     Occupancy 72.7%   79.8%   76.1%   76.4%  
     Average daily rate (ADR)$190.73   $198.00   $189.76   $192.02   
     RevPAR$138.66   $158.09   $144.44   $146.74   
     OtherPAR$245.13   $251.72   $256.00   $253.33   
     Total RevPAR$383.79   $409.81   $400.44   $400.07   
                  
                  
                  
     Gaylord National            
     Revenue$73,995   $73,550   $136,452   $127,705   
     Operating Income $16,152 21.8% $15,976 21.7% $22,861 16.8% $15,219 11.9% 
     Depreciation & amortization 6,613    6,395    13,129    14,961   
     Preopening costs 173    -    228    -   
     Interest income on Gaylord National bonds 2,931    2,992    5,862    6,094   
     Other gains and (losses), net -    (24)   -    (24)  
     Loss on disposal of assets -    24    -    24   
     Adjusted EBITDA$25,869 35.0% $25,363 34.5% $42,080 30.8% $36,274 28.4% 
                  
     Occupancy 81.3%   76.6%   75.5%   68.5%  
     Average daily rate (ADR)$214.42   $217.96   $210.19   $214.48   
     RevPAR$174.41   $167.01   $158.76   $147.00   
     OtherPAR$232.97   $237.92   $218.93   $204.54   
     Total RevPAR$407.38   $404.93   $377.69   $351.54   
                  
                  
                  
     The AC Hotel at National Harbor            
     Revenue$3,679   $3,022   $6,138   $4,834   
     Operating Income$1,378 37.5% $924 30.6% $1,757 28.6% $995 20.6% 
     Depreciation & amortization 322    316    647    632   
     Adjusted EBITDA$1,700 46.2% $1,240 41.0% $2,404 39.2% $1,627 33.7% 
                  
     Occupancy 82.5%   79.8%   72.4%   64.3%  
     Average daily rate (ADR)$224.19   $188.82   $214.09   $185.57   
     RevPAR$184.85   $150.63   $154.94   $119.38   
     OtherPAR$25.77   $22.39   $21.70   $18.98   
     Total RevPAR$210.62   $173.02   $176.64   $138.36   
                  
                  
                  
     The Inn at Opryland (1)            
     Revenue$4,483   $4,142   $7,817   $7,296   
     Operating Income$1,118 24.9% $1,090 26.3% $1,517 19.4% $1,458 20.0% 
     Depreciation & amortization 340    334    675    668   
     Adjusted EBITDA$1,458 32.5% $1,424 34.4% $2,192 28.0% $2,126 29.1% 
                  
     Occupancy 81.9%   84.5%   76.9%   75.6%  
     Average daily rate (ADR)$152.73   $132.64   $142.07   $129.27   
     RevPAR$125.07   $112.14   $109.26   $97.67   
     OtherPAR$37.49   $38.06   $33.24   $34.64   
     Total RevPAR$162.56   $150.20   $142.50   $132.31   
                  
     (1) Includes other hospitality revenue and expense            

     

    Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
    Reconciliation of Forward-Looking Statements  
    Unaudited  
    (in thousands)  
             
    Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") 
    and Adjusted Funds From Operations ("AFFO") reconciliation:    
             
             
        GUIDANCE RANGE  
        FOR FULL YEAR 2017  
        Low  High  
     Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.      
      Net Income $   148,500   $   158,200    
      Provision (benefit) for income taxes  2,500   3,000   
      Interest expense  70,500   69,000   
      Interest income on Gaylord National Bonds  (10,000)  (11,000)  
      Operating Income    211,500      219,200    
      Depreciation and amortization  110,500   113,000   
      Non-cash lease expense  5,000   5,000   
      Preopening expense  700   900   
      Equity based compensation  6,300   6,900   
      Pension settlement charge, Other  2,000   2,000   
      Other gains and (losses), net  2,000   3,000   
      Interest income on Gaylord National Bonds  10,000   11,000   
      Adjusted EBITDA $   348,000   $   361,000    
     Hospitality Segment       
             
      Operating Income $   217,000   $   223,000    
      Depreciation and amortization  101,000   102,000   
      Non-cash lease expense  5,000   5,000   
      Other gains and (losses), net  2,000   3,000   
      Interest income  10,000   11,000   
      Adjusted EBITDA $   335,000   $   344,000    
     Entertainment Segment      
             
      Operating Income $   28,500   $   30,200    
      Depreciation and amortization  7,000   8,000   
      Preopening expense  700   900   
      Equity based compensation  800   900   
      Adjusted EBITDA $   37,000   $   40,000    
     Corporate and Other Segment      
             
      Operating Income $   (34,000) $   (34,000)  
      Depreciation and amortization  2,500   3,000   
      Equity based compensation  5,500   6,000   
      Pension settlement charge, Other  2,000   2,000   
      Adjusted EBITDA $   (24,000) $   (23,000)  
     Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.      
             
      Net income $   148,500   $   158,200    
      Pro Rata FFO from Joint Ventures  100   150   
      Depreciation & amortization  110,500   113,000   
      Funds from Operations (FFO)    259,100      271,350    
      Pro Rata AFFO from Joint Ventures  250   350   
      (Gain) loss on Other Assets  1,000   1,200   
      Non-cash lease expense  5,000   5,000   
      Write-Off of Deferred Financing Costs  1,000   1,000   
      Amortization of DFC  5,000   5,200   
      Deferred tax expense  (350)  (400)  
      Pension settlement charge  2,000   2,000   
      Adjusted FFO $   273,000   $   285,700    

     

    Investor Relations Contacts:
    Mark Fioravanti, President and Chief Financial Officer
    Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.
    (615) 316-6588
    mfioravanti@rymanhp.com
    ~or~
    Todd Siefert, Vice President Corporate Finance & Treasurer
    Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.
    (615) 316-6344
    tsiefert@rymanhp.com
    
    Media Contacts:
    Shannon Sullivan, Director of Corporate Communications
    Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.
    (615) 316-6725
    ssullivan@rymanhp.com
    ~or~
    Robert Winters or Sam Gibbons
    Alpha IR Group
    (929) 266-6315 or (312) 445-2874
    robert.winters@alpha-ir.com; sam.gibbons@alpha-ir.com 

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