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Parks! America Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2016 Results
Globe Newswire
  • Q1 reported total net sales increase $126,570 or 19.6%
  • Q1 reported and comparable 14-week attendance based net sales increase by 22.0% and 12.3%, respectively
  • Double-digit percentage growth in attendance based net sales in six of the last seven quarters
  • Q1 net loss in-line with slow-season expectations

PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga., Feb. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Parks! America (OTCPink:PRKA), which owns and operates Wild Animal Safari in Pine Mountain, Georgia and Wild Animal Safari in Strafford, Missouri, today announced results for its first fiscal quarter ended January 3, 2016.

The Company’s 2016 fiscal year will end on October 2, 2016 and will be comprised of 53 weeks. The Company’s 2015 fiscal year ended on September 27, 2015 and was comprised of 52 weeks. The additional week in the Company’s 2016 fiscal year occurred in the three months ended January 3, 2016. As such, Park attendance based net sales are discussed on a reported, as well as a comparable 14-week, basis for the fiscal quarter ended January 3, 2016 as compared to the prior year.

First Fiscal Quarter 2016 Highlights

For the fiscal quarter ended January 3, 2016, the Company generated total net sales of $772,612, an increase of $126,570 or 19.6%, driven by higher attendance and higher average revenue per guest. Combined Park attendance based net sales increased by $136,533 or 22.0%, partially offset by a $9,963 decrease in animal sales. On a comparable 14-week basis, combined Park attendance based net sales increased $83,045 or 12.3%.

The Company reported a seasonal net loss of $137,164 for the fiscal quarter ended January 3, 2016, compared to a seasonal net loss of $125,155 for the fiscal quarter ended December 28, 2104. The marginally higher seasonal net loss was attributable to higher compensation and advertising expenses, as well as higher cost of sales, partially offset by higher total net sales.

“We are pleased with the continuing exceptional growth in attendance based net sales, especially during one of our off-season quarters,” commented Dale Van Voorhis, Chairman & CEO. “In fact, we have generated double-digit percentage growth in attendance based net sales in six of the last seven quarters versus the comparable quarter in the prior year. Both of our Parks performed well and continue to deliver an outstanding wild animal safari experience to our guests.”

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

The Company’s working capital was $235,489 as of January 3, 2016, compared to $444,602 as of September 27, 2015. This decrease in working capital reflects negative operating cash flow and capital expenditures during the first three months of the Company’s slow season. The Company’s debt to equity ratio was 1.00 to 1.00 as of January 3, 2016, compared to 0.97 to 1.00 as of September 27, 2015, again reflecting the seasonal nature of the Company’s operating results and cash flows.

About Parks! America, Inc.

Parks! America, Inc. (OTCPink:PRKA), through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns and operates two regional theme parks - the Wild Animal Safari theme park in Pine Mountain, Georgia, and the Wild Animal Safari theme park located in Strafford, Missouri.

Additional information, including our Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended January 3, 2016 and our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 27, 2015, are available on the Company’s website, http://www.animalsafari.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Except for historical information contained herein, this news release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of U.S. securities laws. You are cautioned to not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements; actual results or outcomes could differ materially due to factors including, but not limited to: general market conditions, adverse weather, and industry competition. The Company believes that expectations reflected in forward-looking statements are reasonable, however it can give no assurances that such expectations will be realized and actual results could differ materially. A further description of these risks, uncertainties and other matters can be found in the Company annual report and other reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 27, 2015.

For the Three Months January 3, 2016 and December 28, 2014 
 For the three months ended 
  January 3, 2016  December 28, 2014  
Net sales$  758,508 $  621,975  
Sale of animals   14,104    24,067  
Total net sales   772,612    646,042  
Cost of sales   99,621    70,847  
Selling, general and administrative   672,248    565,604  
Depreciation and amortization   85,400    81,250  
Loss from operations   (84,657)   (71,659) 
Other income (expense), net   2,096    2,066  
Interest expense   (52,001)   (52,960) 
Amortization of loan fees   (2,602)   (2,602) 
Loss before income taxes   (137,164)   (125,155) 
Income tax provision   -    -  
Net loss$  (137,164)$  (125,155) 
Loss per share - basic and diluted$  (0.00)$  (0.00) 
Weighted average shares   
 outstanding (in 000's) - basic and diluted     74,406    74,247  


As of September 27, 2015 and September 28, 2014
Cash – unrestricted$  151,829 $  563,096 
Cash – restricted   456,492    456,492 
Inventory   148,723    139,324 
Prepaid expenses   109,609    87,633 
 Total current assets   866,653    1,246,545 
Property and equipment, net   6,413,504    6,362,790 
Intangible assets, net   159,659    158,661 
Other assets   8,500    8,500 
 Total assets$  7,448,316 $  7,776,496 
Accounts payable$  67,132 $  141,404 
Other current liabilities   149,483    247,449 
Accrued judgment under appeal   304,328    304,328 
Current maturities of long-term debt   110,221    108,762 
 Total current liabilities   631,164    801,943 
Long-term debt   3,345,919    3,374,406 
 Total liabilities   3,977,083    4,176,349 
Stockholders’ equity  
Common stock   74,531    74,381 
Capital in excess of par   4,809,606    4,801,506 
Treasury stock   (3,250)   (3,250)
Accumulated deficit   (1,409,654)   (1,272,490)
Total stockholders’ equity   3,471,233    3,600,147 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity  $  7,448,316 $  7,776,496 
Contact: Todd R. White
Chief Financial Officer
(706) 663-8744

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