Drive Shack Inc. Announces First Quarter 2017 Results and Declares Second Quarter 2017 Preferred Stock Dividends

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Drive Shack Inc. (NYSE:DS; the “Company”) today reported the following information for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.


  • Drive Shack The Company continues to develop its first venue in Orlando, Florida, which is targeted to open in 1Q 2018. It is also announcing the development of its second venue in Richmond, Virginia. The Company is actively working through a pipeline of locations across the U.S. and abroad.
  • American Golf – As of March 31, 2017, the Company owned, leased or managed 78 golf properties across 13 states, over 75% of which were located in the top 20 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).
    • On a same store basis, excluding managed courses, the traditional golf business ended the first quarter with approximately 36,000 Players Club members for public properties, an increase of approximately 9,000 members over the first quarter of the prior year. On the private side of the business, there were 8,539 full golf members at the end of the first quarter, representing a decrease of 71 members from the first quarter of the prior year. Average annual dues per full golf private member increased 4% during the quarter, on a same store basis, to $5,979 from $5,773 in 1Q 2016.
  • Real Estate Debt Portfolio – During the quarter, the Company monetized $13 million of recovery proceeds, primarily from the sale of $290 million face amount of agency securities.


  • GAAP (Loss) Income of $(14) million, or $(0.21) per share, compared to $72 million, or $1.08 per share, in 1Q 2016.
    • Year-over-year decrease is primarily due to an $82 million one-time gain related to the sale and deconsolidation of CDO VI, which occurred in 1Q 2016.
  • Core Earnings of $(0.4) million, or $(0.01) per share, compared to $3 million, or $0.05 per share, in 1Q 2016.
    • Year-over-year decrease is primarily due to lower interest income as a result of the Intrawest-related loan that was partially repaid in 3Q 2016.
1Q 2017 1Q 2016
GAAP (Loss) Income $(14) million $72 million
GAAP (Loss) Income per WA Basic Share $(0.21) $1.08
Non-GAAP Results:
Core Earnings* $(0.4) million $3 million
Core Earnings per WA Basic Share* $(0.01) $0.05

WA: Weighted Average

*For reconciliations of GAAP (Loss) Income to Core Earnings, please refer to the Reconciliation of Core Earnings below.


Drive Shack Inc.’s Board of Directors declared dividends on the Company's preferred stock for the period beginning May 1, 2017 and ending July 31, 2017. The dividends are payable on July 31, 2017 to stockholders of record on May 15, 2017. 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.


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 investment portfolio information, please refer to the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, which is available on the Company’s website,


The Company’s management will host a conference call on Friday, May 5, 2017 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 1-866-393-1506 (from within the U.S.) or 1-706-634-0623 (from outside of the U.S.) ten minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call; please reference “Drive Shack First Quarter 2017 Earnings Call.”

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 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on Friday, May 19, 2017 by dialing 1-855-859-2056 (from within the U.S.) or 1-404-537-3406 (from outside of the U.S.); please reference access code “16653920.”


Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

($ in thousands, except share data)

Three Months Ended March 31,


  2017         2016  
Golf course operations $ 46,296 $ 48,597
Sales of food and beverages   12,845     13,561  
Total revenues   59,141     62,158  
Operating costs
Operating expenses 54,431 58,219
Cost of sales - food and beverages 4,032 4,597
General and administrative expense 3,565 2,937
Management fee to affiliate 2,677 2,675
Depreciation and amortization 5,793 6,031
Impairment 2,308
Realized/unrealized loss on investments   3,389     2,007  
Total operating costs   73,887     78,774  
Operating loss (14,746 ) (16,616 )
Other income (expenses)
Interest and investment income 7,888 21,039
Interest expense (5,434 ) (13,534 )
Gain on deconsolidation 82,130
Other income (loss), net   (123 )   320  
Total other income (expenses)   2,331     89,955  
(Loss) Income before income tax (12,415 ) 73,339
Income tax expense   539     44  
Net (Loss) Income (12,954 ) 73,295
Preferred dividends (1,395 ) (1,395 )
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest       124  
(Loss) Income Applicable to Common Stockholders $ (14,349 ) $ 72,024  
(Loss) Income Applicable to Common Stock, per share
Basic $ (0.21 ) $ 1.08  
Diluted $ (0.21 ) $ 1.05  
Weighted Average Number of Shares of Common Stock Outstanding
Basic   66,841,977     66,654,598  
Diluted   66,841,977     68,284,898  
Dividends Declared per Share of Common Stock $   $ 0.12  

Consolidated Balance Sheets

($ in thousands, except share data)

March 31, 2017 December 31, 2016
Real estate securities, available-for-sale $ 2,032 $ 1,950
Real estate securities, available-for-sale, pledged as collateral 326,878 627,304
Real estate related and other loans, held-for-sale, net 59,043 55,612
Investments in real estate, net of accumulated depreciation 216,452 217,611
Intangibles, net of accumulated amortization 63,366 65,112
Other investments 19,636 19,256
Cash and cash equivalents 126,970 140,140
Restricted cash 7,213 6,404
Receivables from brokers, dealers and clearing organizations 552
Receivables and other assets   38,165     38,017  
Total Assets $ 859,755   $ 1,171,958  
Liabilities and Equity
Repurchase agreements 310,630 600,964
Credit facilities and obligations under capital leases 114,851 115,284
Junior subordinated notes payable 51,214 51,217
Dividends payable 930 8,949
Membership deposit liabilities 90,570 89,040
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities   87,720     88,437  
Total Liabilities $ 655,915   $ 953,891  
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 March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016 $ 61,583 $ 61,583
Common Stock, $0.01 par value, 1,000,000,000 shares authorized, 66,842,378 and 66,824,304 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively 668 668
Additional paid-in capital 3,172,795 3,172,720
Accumulated deficit (3,032,421 ) (3,018,072 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income   1,215     1,168  
Total Drive Shack Stockholders’ Equity 203,840 218,067
Noncontrolling interest        
Total Equity $ 203,840   $ 218,067  
Total Liabilities and Equity $ 859,755   $ 1,171,958  

Reconciliation of Core Earnings

($ in thousands)

Three Months Ended March 31,
2017     2016
(Loss) Income applicable to common stockholders $ (14,349 ) $ 72,024
Add (Deduct):


Realized/unrealized (gain) loss on investments 3,389 2,007
Other loss (income)(A) 502 (82,079 )
Depreciation and amortization(B) 8,407 8,665
Acquisition, transaction, restructuring and spin-off related expenses(C) 1,662   491  
Core earnings $ (389 ) $ 3,416  

(A) Other (loss) income reconciliation:

Three Months Ended March 31,
2017     2016
Total other income $ 2,331 $ 89,955
Add (deduct):
Equity in earnings from equity method investees (379 ) (371 )
Interest and investment income (7,888 ) (21,039 )
Interest expense 5,434   13,534  
Other (loss) income $ (502 ) $ 82,079  
(B) Including accretion of membership deposit liabilities of $1.6 million and $1.4 million and amortization of favorable and unfavorable leasehold intangibles of $1.0 million and $1.2 million in the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. The accretion of membership deposit liabilities was recorded to interest expense and the amortization of favorable and unfavorable leasehold intangibles was recorded to operating expenses.
(C) Including acquisition and transaction expenses of $1.7 million and $0.2 million and restructuring expenses of less than $0.1 million and $0.3 million during the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. The acquisition and transaction costs were recorded to general and administrative expense and restructuring expenses were recorded to operating expenses.


The following primary variables impact our operating performance: (i) the current yield earned on our investments that are not included in non-recourse financing structures (i.e., unlevered investments, including investments in equity method investees and investments subject to recourse debt), (ii) the net yield we earn from our non-recourse financing structures, (iii) the interest expense and dividends incurred under our recourse debt and preferred stock, (iv) the net operating income on our real estate and golf investments, (v) our operating expenses and (vi) our realized and unrealized gains or losses, net of related provision for income taxes, including any impairment, on our investments, derivatives and debt obligations. Core earnings is a non-GAAP measure of our operating performance excluding the sixth variable listed above. Core earnings also excludes depreciation and amortization charges, including the accretion of membership deposit liabilities and the impact of the application of acquisition accounting, acquisition and spin-off related expenses and restructuring expenses. Core earnings is used by management to evaluate our performance without taking into account gains and losses, net of related provision for income taxes, which, although they represent a part of our recurring operations, are subject to significant variability and are only a potential indicator of future performance. These adjustments to our (loss) income applicable to common stockholders are not indicative of the performance of the assets that form the core of our activity.

Management utilizes core earnings as a measure in its decision-making process relating to the underlying fundamental operations of our investments, as well as the allocation of resources between those investments, and management also relies on core earnings as an indicator of the results of such decisions. As such, core earnings is not intended to reflect all of our activity and should be considered as only one of the factors in assessing our performance, along with GAAP net (loss) income, which is inclusive of all of our activities. Management also believes that the exclusion from core earnings of the items specified above allows investors and analysts to readily identify and track the operating performance of the assets that form the core of our activity, assists in comparing the core operating results between periods, and enables investors to evaluate our current core performance using the same measure that management uses to operate the business.

Core earnings does not represent an alternative to net (loss) income as an indicator of our operating performance or as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of our liquidity, and is not indicative of cash available to fund cash needs. Our calculation of core earnings may be different from the calculation used by other companies and, therefore, comparability may be limited.


Drive Shack Inc. is a leading owner and operator of golf-related leisure and entertainment businesses. Drive Shack Inc. is managed by an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group LLC, a global investment management firm.


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 Company’s targets and expectations regarding Drive Shack’s site in Orlando, Florida and other sites in the pipeline across the U.S. and abroad. 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 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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