Drive Shack Inc. Announces Leadership Additions and Third Quarter 2018 Earnings Results

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- As Drive Shack Inc. (“Drive Shack” or the “Company”) continues to transform into a leading golf and entertainment company, the Board of Directors is excited to announce the addition of Ken May and David Hammarley to the management team to further drive the growth of the business. Ken May, who joins the Company as Chief Executive Officer and President, was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Topgolf. During his 4 years at Topgolf, he oversaw 24 openings and a quadrupling of the company’s workforce. “Ken has a proven track record as a golf entertainment innovator and operator,” said Wes Edens, Drive Shack’s Chairman of the Board of Directors. “We will greatly benefit from his leadership and experience, which is second to none in the golf entertainment arena.”

David Hammarley, who joins the Company as Chief Financial Officer, brings a diverse offering of financial leadership experience from his two plus decades spent across companies such as sbe and Starwood. Most recently, David was the Chief Financial Officer of sbe and prior to that, he held roles across corporate financial planning and analysis, investor relations, risk management, operational finance and strategic planning while at Starwood. Ken and David will begin their appointments on November 12, 2018. Larry Goodfield will remain with the Company as Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer, Sara Yakin will stay with the Company as Chief Operating Officer and Sarah Watterson will join the Board of Directors of the Company.

The Company also announced today that it has been awarded the highly coveted opportunity to build Drive Shack New York City, right in Manhattan. Leveraging the Company’s entertainment and traditional golf expertise, Drive Shack plans to operate the existing traditional driving range until breaking ground on the flagship Drive Shack venue in 2020. With 1 site open and 6 sites in different phases of development, the Company remains excited about the prospects of growing the entertainment golf business.

In order to provide capital to fund this growth, the Company began pursuing the sale of its owned courses in early 2018. The Company sold or plans to sell 24 properties for approximately $175 million of gross proceeds by the end of the first quarter of 2019. While the Company approaches the completion of the course sales, the American Golf team is focused on continuing to organically improve course performance and expand its national footprint through the addition of new management agreements.

The Company also announces today results for the third quarter of 2018. The Company recorded a loss of $15 million, or $0.23 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2018, compared to a loss of $2 million, or $0.03 per share, in the corresponding period of the prior year. The year-over-year decrease is primarily due to lower interest income earned from debt investments held during the third quarter 2017 but not during the third quarter 2018, impairment charges related to two golf courses and lease termination charges.

Lastly, the Company’s Board of Directors declares dividends on the Company's preferred stock for the period beginning November 1, 2018 and ending January 31, 2019. The dividends are payable on January 31, 2019 to holders of record of preferred stock on January 2, 2019. The Company will pay dividends of $0.609375, $0.503125 and $0.523438 per share on the 9.750% Series B, 8.050% Series C and 8.375% Series D preferred stock, respectively.


Pursuant to Mr. May’s employment agreement dated November 7, 2018, the Company granted 3,351,355 of stock options to him, effective as of November 12, 2018, in connection with his appointment as Chief Executive Officer and President.

The maximum number of stock options that may be granted in the form of tax-qualified incentive stock options will be granted under the shareholder-approved Drive Shack Inc. 2018 Omnibus Incentive Plan (the “Plan”). The remaining stock options will be granted outside the Plan in the form of nonqualified stock options as a material inducement for Mr. May to accept his offer of employment in reliance on the “employment inducement award” exemption to Section 303A.08 of the New York Stock Exchange Listed Company Manual that generally requires shareholder approval of equity-based compensation plans. The stock options will have a per-share exercise price that is equal to the closing price of a share of the Company’s common stock on November 12, 2018. The stock options are generally subject to vesting in equal annual installments over a three-year period based on Mr. May’s continued employment with the Company, subject to accelerated vesting of the stock options that would vest on the next vesting date upon a termination of employment by the Company without “cause,” by Mr. May for “good reason” or as a result of his death or “disability” (each as defined in Mr. May’s employment agreement).


For additional information that management believes to be useful for investors, please refer to the presentation posted on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website, For consolidated information, please refer to the Company’s most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q or Annual Report on Form 10-K, which are available on the Company’s website,

The Company’s management will host a conference call on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 9:00 A.M. Eastern Time. A copy of the earnings release will be posted to the Investor Relations section of Drive Shack Inc.’s website,

All interested parties are welcome to participate on the live call. The conference call may be accessed by dialing 1-866-913-6930 (from within the U.S.) or 1-409-983-9881 (from outside of the U.S.) ten minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call; please reference conference ID “6938996.”

A simultaneous webcast of the conference call will be available to the public on a listen-only basis at Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the website and download any necessary software required to listen to the internet broadcast.

A telephonic replay of the conference call will also be available two hours following the call’s completion through 11:30 P.M. Eastern Time on Thursday, November 22, 2018 by dialing 1-800-585-8367 (from within the U.S.) or 1-404-537-3406 (from outside of the U.S.); please reference conference ID “6938996.”

Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
($ in thousands, except share data)

  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2018       2017     2018       2017  
Golf operations $ 68,928 $ 62,034 $ 191,632 $ 168,969
Sales of food and beverages   18,491     19,657     53,451     53,223  
Total revenues   87,419     81,691     245,083     222,192  
Operating costs
Operating expenses 70,330 63,384 194,751 175,920
Cost of sales - food and beverages 5,180 5,721 15,413 15,762
General and administrative expense 10,149 8,188 29,611 22,734
Management fee to affiliate 2,678 8,032
Depreciation and amortization 4,495 6,187 14,358 17,952
Pre-opening costs 245 141 2,048 191
Impairment 4,172 28 5,645 60
Realized and unrealized (gain) loss on investments   48     (315 )   (283 )   6,361  
Total operating costs   94,619     86,012     261,543     247,012  
Operating loss (7,200 ) (4,321 ) (16,460 ) (24,820 )
Other income (expenses)
Interest and investment income 467 8,418 1,382 22,701
Interest expense, net (4,290 ) (4,770 ) (12,940 ) (15,335 )
Other (loss) income, net   (3,052 )   202     (7,157 )   372  
Total other income (expenses)   (6,875 )   3,850     (18,715 )   7,738  
Loss before income tax (14,075 ) (471 ) (35,175 ) (17,082 )
Income tax (benefit) expense       (2 )       1,047  
Net Loss (14,075 ) (469 ) (35,175 ) (18,129 )
Preferred dividends   (1,395 )   (1,395 )   (4,185 )   (4,185 )
Loss Applicable to Common Stockholders $ (15,470 ) $ (1,864 ) $ (39,360 ) $ (22,314 )
Loss Applicable to Common Stock, per share
Basic $ (0.23 ) $ (0.03 ) $ (0.59 ) $ (0.33 )
Diluted $ (0.23 ) $ (0.03 ) $ (0.59 ) $ (0.33 )
Weighted Average Number of Shares of Common Stock Outstanding
Basic   66,992,322     66,932,744     66,982,233     66,883,291  
Diluted   66,992,322     66,932,744     66,982,233     66,883,291  

Consolidated Balance Sheets
($ in thousands, except share data)

September 30, 2018 December 31, 2017
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 99,389 $ 167,692
Restricted cash 4,176 5,178
Accounts receivable, net 9,209 8,780
Real estate assets, held-for-sale, net 158,602 2,000
Real estate securities, available-for-sale 3,202 2,294
Other current assets   26,257     21,568  
Total current assets 300,835 207,512
Restricted cash, noncurrent 1,012 818
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation 101,582 241,258
Intangibles, net of accumulated amortization 50,121 57,276
Other investments 22,265 21,135
Other assets   10,950     8,649  
Total assets $ 486,765   $ 536,648  
Liabilities and Equity
Current liabilities
Credit facilities and obligations under capital leases $ 106,377 $ 4,652
Membership deposit liabilities 8,863 8,733
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 40,487 36,797
Deferred revenue 6,880 31,207
Real estate liabilities, held-for-sale 5,147
Other current liabilities   14,646     22,596  
Total current liabilities 182,400 103,985
Credit facilities and obligations under capital leases - noncurrent 11,582 112,105
Junior subordinated notes payable 51,202 51,208
Membership deposit liabilities, noncurrent 89,549 86,523
Deferred revenue, noncurrent 7,817 6,930
Other liabilities   5,247     4,846  
Total liabilities $ 347,797   $ 365,597  
Commitments and contingencies

Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 1,347,321 shares of
9.75% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, 496,000 shares of 8.05%
Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, and 620,000 shares of 8.375% Series
D Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, liquidation preference $25.00 per share,
issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017

$ 61,583 $ 61,583

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 1,000,000,000 shares authorized, 67,027,104 and
66,977,104 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2018 and December 31,
2017, respectively

670 670
Additional paid-in capital 3,174,948 3,173,281
Accumulated deficit (3,100,404 ) (3,065,853 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income   2,171     1,370  
Total equity $ 138,968   $ 171,051  
Total liabilities and equity $ 486,765   $ 536,648  


Drive Shack Inc. is a leading owner and operator of golf-related leisure and entertainment businesses.


Certain items in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the anticipated growth of the Company’s golf entertainment business, the timing, frequency and success of opening new Drive Shack venues, including in New York City, the Company’s ability to consummate the sales of its owned golf courses, the Company’s ability to achieve the stated gross proceeds from the sales of its owned golf courses and the Company’s ability to add new management agreements and expand its national footprint. Furthermore, the License Agreement for Drive Shack New York City is currently pending registration at the comptroller’s office. These statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, many of which are beyond Drive Shack’s control. The Company can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements contained in this press release. For a discussion of some of the risks and important factors that could cause actual results to differ from such forward-looking statements, see the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Company’s most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q or Annual Report on Form 10-K. Furthermore, new risks and uncertainties emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to predict or assess the impact of every factor that may cause its actual results to differ from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with regard thereto or change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

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