Six Flags Entertainment Corp

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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What’s the Effect of Disney Exiting Its Anaheim Tax Deals?

    Walt Disney (DIS) exited the tax incentive agreements that its Disneyland Resort arm had inked with its host city of Anaheim, California.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Consumer

    Analyzing the Consumer Cyclical Sector’s Dividend Yield: Part One

    The consumer cyclical sector has an average dividend yield of 1.4%.

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Here’s How Comcast’s Theme Park Business Performed in 4Q17

    Comcast’s (CMCSA) Theme Parks business was a star performer in 4Q17, with revenue growth accelerating over the previous quarter.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Inside Disney’s Recent Theme Park Business Performance

    Walt Disney’s (DIS) Theme Parks business posted strong performance results in the three months ending December 2017 (the company’s fiscal 1Q18).

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Understanding Disney’s Parks and Resorts Business

    In fiscal 3Q17 (June quarter), Disney’s parks and resorts business brought in revenues of $4.9 billion, implying a 12% YoY (year-over-year) rise.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Inside Walt Disney’s World Expansion: An Overview

    Disney wants to spread the success of Tron to Walt Disney World Resort as it seeks to boost business at one its key theme park locations.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Disney’s Extraordinary Achievement

    Walt Disney (DIS) made a $5.5 billion bet on a Mainland China (MCHI)(FXI) theme park—its largest foreign investment.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why China Is Becoming an Important Market for Disney

    Popularity of English-language content in China Media companies in the United States (SPY) are increasingly looking at the Chinese (FXI) market as Hollywood movies become popular there. However, there have also been concerns about box office success in the country. On June 27, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing an unknown source, that the six […]

    By Shirley Pelts
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    Earnings Report

    Why Disney Expects Shanghai Disneyland to Be a Rising Star

    The Walt Disney Company’s (DIS) Disneyland in China (FXI) is proving to be extremely popular.

    By Shirley Pelts
  • Consumer

    Must-know: Could Cedar Fair stock trade at twice today’s levels?

    The market does not yet appreciate the safety of modern rollercoasters or the defensive characteristics of the relatively small and underfollowed amusement park industry.

    By Christopher Pavese, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Is Shanghai Disneyland Important for Disney?

    The Walt Disney Company (DIS) views the opening of its Shanghai Disneyland in China (FXI) as a strong revenue growth driver.

    By Shirley Pelts
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing the Competitive Landscape for Comcast NBCUniversal

    Comcast’s (CMCSA) NBCUniversal Cable Networks and Broadcast Television businesses are facing stiff competition.

    By Shirley Pelts
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    Earnings Report

    Disney’s Parks and Resorts: Shanghai Disneyland’s Capex Rising

    Disney is incurring significant pre-opening expenses for Shanghai Disneyland (FXI), which will be unveiled in spring next year.

    By Shirley Pelts
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Is Bankruptcy Investing?

    Informed investors can profit from businesses that have filed for bankruptcy. A chapter 11 bankruptcy gives a company a second chance to revive its business.

    By Ivan Kading
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Distressed Debt Investment Is Key in Bankruptcy Investing

    During the period of bankruptcy, investors can buy distressed debt at a far cheaper rate from the secondary market.

    By Ivan Kading
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    Fund Managers

    H Partners demands immediate changes at Tempur Sealy

    In a letter to Tempur Sealy, H Partners said the company’s stock has “underperformed the company’s mattress sector peers and the S&P 500 Index.”

    By Adam Rogers
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    Earnings Report

    Why Cedar Fair is attracting positive ratings from Wall Street

    Cedar Fair’s 200-day moving average share price is $49.73 with a 52-week high and low of $56.09 and $43.81, respectively.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Earnings Report

    Cedar Fair is a dividend-paying company

    On February 25, Cedar Fair Entertainment announced the declaration of a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.75 per limited partner (or LP) unit.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Earnings Report

    Why Cedar Fair will save on annual cash interest

    Cedar Fair’s cash flows from operations and credit facilities are expected to be sufficient to meet its working capital needs, debt service, and planned capital expenditures.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Earnings Report

    Why Cedar Fair’s revenue increased

    Cedar Fair’s revenue increased by 15.6% year-over-year to $160.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Earnings Report

    Why Six Flags’ guest spending per capita improved

    Six Flags’ per capita guest spending increased $2.79, or 7%, to $42.97 in 2014, primarily due to improved admissions pricing and new offerings in the parks.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Earnings Report

    Season passes play key role in Six Flags’ profitability

    A season pass or membership guest contributes higher aggregate profitability to Six Flags (SIX) over the course of a year than a single-day ticket guest.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Earnings Report

    Ticket pricing pushes Six Flags’ admissions revenue up

    Six Flags’ (SIX) admissions revenue per capita increased by 9% in 2014, primarily driven by pricing improvements on multi- and single-use ticket offerings.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Six Flags: Business overview and geographic presence

    Six Flags has $1.2 billion in revenue and 18 parks across North America. It operates 16 parks in the United States, one in Mexico City, and one in Montreal.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    A brief overview of Six Flags’ management

    Six Flags’ management plays a vital role in shaping the company and leading it in the desired direction. This article reviews three management positions.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    Six Flags’ ownership is dominated by hedge funds

    Institutional shareholders hold ~86% of Six Flags Entertainment (SIX). The top 20 hedge funds own ~25% of Six Flags.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Share price performance for Six Flags since bankruptcy recovery

    Six Flags’ share price on May 10, 2010, reflects $7.36 per share, the price of new common stock upon the company’s emergence from bankruptcy.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    Six Flags’ cash drops, but liquidity is higher than peers’

    Six Flags’ fall in liquidity ratios is mainly due to the ~$460 million fall in cash and cash equivalents because of share repurchases and dividend payments.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    Is Six Flags effectively employing its debt capital?

    As of January 15, 2015, Six Flags’ ROIC and WACC stood at 9.2% and 5.9%, respectively. This shows that Six Flags is employing its debt capital effectively.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    Must-know: A look into Six Flags’ debt-to-equity ratio

    Industry debt-to-equity ratio is about 5.5. Six Flags’ debt-to-equity ratio of 4.0 shows the company aggressively finances operations with debt capital.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    Six Flags Entertainment is expanding beyond America

    On April 10, 2014, Six Flags announced that it’s expanding beyond America with a Six Flags–branded theme park at Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    Why Six Flags is returning capital to its shareholders

    A fundamental goal of Six Flags is returning capital to its shareholders. It has paid quarterly cash dividends since the fourth quarter of 2010.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    Why Six Flags’ operating cash flows are prone to fluctuation

    Six Flags Entertainment’s (SIX) operating cash flows are largely driven by attendance and per capita spending levels.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    Why Six Flags Entertainment is so profitable

    Let’s look at why Six Flags Entertainment is profitable. Adjusted EBITDA was $429 million for the LTM, growing at 19.7% over a four-year period since 2009.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    Must-know: How Six Flags generates its revenues

    Six Flags derived 55% of its revenues from theme park admissions for the last 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Six Flags Entertainment: An overview of the largest theme park

    Six Flags Entertainment Corp. (SIX) is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.1 billion in revenue and 18 parks across North America.

    By Shawn Bolton
  • Consumer

    Why Cedar Fair presents investors an attractive share entry point

    Cedar Fair (FUN) presented investors an attractive entry point to purchase shares, now yielding nearly 6%. This is a very good business.

    By Christopher Pavese, CFA
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