Viad Corp. (VVI) Misses Q4 EPS by 85c, Revenues Beat

February 11, 2021 4:36 PM EST

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Viad Corp. (NYSE: VVI) reported Q4 EPS of ($2.58), $0.85 worse than the analyst estimate of ($1.73). Revenue for the quarter came in at $27.9 million versus the consensus estimate of $25 million.

  • Total available liquidity was approximately $260 million as of December 31, 2020
  • Pursuit resumes its growth journey with two new attractions to open in 2021
  • GES continues to prepare for return of live events

Steve Moster, president and chief executive officer, commented, “Our industries have been some of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and I am extremely grateful for the tireless efforts of our team to help our company successfully navigate through this challenging period. Not only have we solidified our liquidity position and dramatically reduced our expenses, but we have also taken actions that will accelerate our recovery and position us for greater success on the other side.”

Regarding Pursuit, Moster commented, “At Pursuit, we maximized revenue and profits during the peak summer tourism season by catering to local and regional guests with diligent cost management down to the property level, and an unrelenting focus on guest experience. We also continued to push forward with some important growth projects, including our new Sky Lagoon attraction in Iceland and FlyOver Las Vegas, which are both on schedule to open this year.”

Regarding GES, Moster commented, “At GES, we brought expenses down to minimum essential levels while maintaining our strong client relationships and bolstering our corporate client roster. We also made important structural changes that have freed up capital, reduced our fixed costs, and positioned GES to flex up when revenue returns with a more variable cost structure and improved margins.”

Moster concluded, “As we begin 2021, our industries continue to feel the effects of the pandemic, with muted leisure travel and sparse live event activity. We are fortunate to have a strong liquidity position and we remain optimistic about the future for both of our businesses. We expect that leisure travel will lead the way in the travel sector’s post-pandemic recovery and Pursuit’s experiences in iconic locations are well-positioned to benefit from pent-up perennial demand. The recovery at GES will likely take longer to unfold, but live events are taking place in some locations and the level of bookings in the back half of 2021 is encouraging. Our clients remain eager to return to face-to-face events and we are ready to support them.”

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