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DVD 10Q Quarterly Report

Part I - Financial Information
Item 1. Financial Statements
Note 1 - Basis of Presentation
Note 2 - Business Operations
Note 3 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
Note 4 - Long - Term Debt
Note 5 - Pension Plans
Note 6 - Stockholders' Equity
Note 7 - Fair Value Measurements
Note 8 - Related Party Transactions
Note 9 - Commitments and Contingencies
Note 10 - Income Taxes
Item 2.Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Item 3.Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
Item 4.Controls and Procedures
Part II - Other Information
Item 1.Legal Proceedings
Item 1A. Risk Factors
Item 2.Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds
Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities
Item 4.Mine Safety Disclosures
Item 5.Other Information
Item 6.Exhibits
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Dover Motorsports Earnings 2020-09-30

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10-Q 1 tm2034081-1_10q.htm FORM 10-Q

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

Form 10-Q

 

x Quarterly Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2020

 

or

 

¨ Transition Report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

For the transition period from ______ to ________

 

Commission file number 001-11929

 

Dover Motorsports, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware  51-0357525
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation or Organization)  (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

1131 North DuPont Highway, Dover, Delaware 19901

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(302) 883-6500

(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

 

N/A

(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of Class Trading Symbol Name of Exchange on Which Registered
Common Stock, $.10 Par Value DVD New York Stock Exchange

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.

Yes x No ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).    Yes x No ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer ¨ Accelerated filer ¨  Non-accelerated filer ¨ Smaller reporting company x
Emerging growth company ¨   

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes ¨ No x

 

As of October 28, 2020, the number of shares of each class of the registrant's common stock outstanding is as follows:

 

Common Stock -   17,862,407 shares 
Class A Common Stock -   18,509,975 shares 

 

 

 

 

 

Part I – Financial Information

Item 1. Financial Statements

 

DOVER MOTORSPORTS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts

(Unaudited)

 

  

Three Months Ended  

September 30,

  

Nine Months Ended  

September 30,

   2020   2019   2020   2019 
Revenues:                
    Admissions  $   $   $   $2,502 
Event-related   2,394    202    2,708    3,784 
Broadcasting   35,646        35,646    18,878 
Other   4        4    5 
    38,044    202    38,358    25,169 
                     
Expenses:                    
    Operating and marketing   22,425    1,347    24,225    16,986 
    General and administrative   1,878    1,888    5,742    5,630 
    Depreciation   756    1,669    2,289    3,256 
    Costs to remove long-lived assets           341     
    25,059    4,904    32,597    25,872 
                     
Gain on sale of land   4,843    4,186    4,843    4,325 
                     
Operating earnings (loss)   17,828    (516)   10,604    3,622 
                     
Interest (expense) income, net   (21)   20    (34)   4 
Benefit (provision) for contingent obligation   128    (121)   112    (367)
Other income, net   90    29    115    218 
                     
Earnings (loss) before income taxes   18,025    (588)   10,797    3,477 
                     
Income tax (expense) benefit   (4,835)   174    (1,436)   (880)
                     
Net earnings (loss)   13,190    (414)   9,361    2,597 
                     
Change in net actuarial loss and prior service cost, net of income taxes   29    29    87    80 
                     
Comprehensive income (loss)  $13,219   $(385)  $9,448   $2,677 
                     
Net earnings (loss) per common share:                    
    Basic  $0.36   $(0.01)  $0.26   $0.07 
    Diluted  $0.36   $(0.01)  $0.26   $0.07 

 

The Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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DOVER MOTORSPORTS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

In Thousands, Except Share and Per Share Amounts

(Unaudited)

   September 30,   December 31, 
   2020   2019 
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
Cash  $21,327   $7,577 
Accounts receivable   1,232    645 
Inventories   18    18 
Prepaid expenses and other   994    1,186 
Income taxes receivable       283 
Total current assets   23,571    9,709 
           
Property and equipment, net   68,125    71,357 
Right of use asset   131    188 
Other assets   1,205    1,212 
Total assets  $93,032   $82,466 
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY          
Current liabilities:          
Accounts payable  $793   $119 
Accrued liabilities   3,559    3,710 
Income taxes payable   2,674     
Contract liabilities   1,425    976 
Total current liabilities   8,451    4,805 
           
Liability for pension benefits   786    1,016 
Lease liability   53    112 
Non-refundable deposit       500 
Provision for contingent obligation   3,276    3,389 
Deferred income taxes   6,888    8,676 
Total liabilities   19,454    18,498 
           
Commitments and contingencies (see Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements)          
           
Stockholders’ equity:          
Preferred stock, $0.10 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized; shares issued and outstanding: none        
Common stock, $0.10 par value; 75,000,000 shares authorized; shares issued and outstanding: 17,862,407 and 17,823,979, respectively   1,786    1,782 
Class A common stock, $0.10 par value; 55,000,000 shares authorized; shares issued and outstanding: 18,509,975 and 18,509,975, respectively   1,851    1,851 
Additional paid-in capital   101,152    100,994 
Accumulated deficit   (27,607)   (36,968)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (3,604)   (3,691)
Total stockholders’ equity   73,578    63,968 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity  $93,032   $82,466 

 

The Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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DOVER MOTORSPORTS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

In Thousands

(Unaudited)

    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
    2020     2019  
Operating activities:                
Net earnings   $ 9,361     $ 2,597  
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:                
Depreciation     2,289       3,256  
Amortization of credit facility fees     42       47  
Stock-based compensation     256       243  
Deferred income taxes     (1,822 )     (659 )
(Benefit) Provision for contingent obligation     (112 )     367  
Gains on equity investments     (4 )     (125 )
Gain on sale of land     (4,843 )     (4,325 )
Changes in assets and liabilities:                
Accounts receivable     (587 )     (1,190 )
Inventories           1  
Prepaid expenses and other     171       (5,159 )
Income taxes receivable/payable     2,957       (213 )
Accounts payable     658       129  
Accrued liabilities     (266 )     38  
Payable to Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc.           (9 )
Contract liabilities     449       3,386  
Liability for pension benefits     (109 )     (48 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities     8,440       (1,664 )
                 
Investing activities:                
Capital expenditures     (545 )     (4,651 )
Proceeds from sale of land and equipment, net     5,960       7,224  
Non-refundable deposit received           500  
Purchases of equity investments     (316 )     (14 )
Proceeds from sale of equity investments     305       1  
Net cash provided by investing activities     5,404       3,060  
                 
Financing activities:                
Borrowings from revolving line of credit     3,880       4,120  
Repayments on revolving line of credit     (3,880 )     (4,120 )
Repurchase of common stock     (94 )     (528 )
Credit facility fees           (35 )
Net cash used in financing activities     (94 )     (563 )
                 
Net increase in cash     13,750       833  
Cash, beginning of period     7,577       3,951  
Cash, end of period   $ 21,327     $ 4,784  
                 
Supplemental information:                
Interest received   $ (10 )   $ (10 )
Income tax payments   $ 302     $ 1,752  
Change in accounts payable for capital expenditures   $ 134     $ 1,315  

 

The Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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DOVER MOTORSPORTS, INC.

NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Unaudited)

 

NOTE 1 – Basis of Presentation

 

References in this document to “we,” “us” and “our” mean Dover Motorsports, Inc. and/or its wholly owned subsidiaries, as appropriate.

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared in compliance with Rule 10-01 of Regulation S-X and U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, and accordingly do not include all of the information and disclosures required for audited financial statements. These consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in our latest Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 5, 2020. In the opinion of management, these consolidated financial statements include all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring adjustments) considered necessary for a fair presentation of the results of operations, financial position and cash flows for the interim periods presented. Operating results for the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending December 31, 2020 due to the seasonal nature of our business.

 

NOTE 2 – Business Operations

 

Dover Motorsports, Inc. is a public holding company that is a marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. Through our subsidiaries, we own and operate Dover International Speedway® in Dover, Delaware and Nashville Superspeedway® near Nashville, Tennessee. Our Dover facility was scheduled to promote the following six events during 2020, all of which would be under the auspices of the premier sanctioning body in motorsports - the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (“NASCAR”):

 

·2 NASCAR Cup Series events (May and August);
·2 NASCAR Xfinity Series events (May and August);
·1 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series event (May); and
·1 NASCAR ARCA Menards Series East event (August).

 

Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, our May NASCAR weekend was postponed and the three events originally scheduled for that weekend were held in combination with our already scheduled August NASCAR weekend events. On July 25, 2020 Delaware state officials notified us that due to public safety and health concerns, they would not approve our request to host a limited number of fans at our August NASCAR Weekend. As a result, all of our 2020 events were held with no fans in attendance during the third quarter of 2020. A NASCAR Cup Series event, a NASCAR Xfinity Series event and a NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series event were held at Dover International Speedway during the second quarter of 2019. A NASCAR Cup Series event, a NASCAR Xfinity Series event and a NASCAR ARCA Menards Series East event were held at Dover International Speedway during the fourth quarter of 2019. There are no reliable estimates of how long the pandemic will last or how many people are likely to be affected by it. For that reason, we are unable to predict the long-term impact of the pandemic on our business at this time. The extent to which COVID-19 impacts our results will depend on future developments, but the continued spread of COVID-19 and associated economic impacts could have a material adverse effect on our future financial condition, liquidity, results of operations and cash flows.

 

We hosted the Firefly Music Festival (“Firefly”) on our property in Dover, Delaware for eight consecutive years and it was scheduled to return on June 18-21, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event was cancelled. The inaugural three day festival with 40 musical acts was held in July 2012 and the 2019 event was held on June 21-23, 2019 with approximately 120 musical acts. In September 2014, Red Frog Events LLC formed RFGV Festivals LLC - a joint venture with Goldenvoice that promotes Firefly.  Goldenvoice is a company of AEG Presents, LLC, a subsidiary of Anschutz Entertainment Group, Inc.  AEG Presents, one of the world’s largest presenters of live music and entertainment events, announced on July 18, 2018 that it had acquired the remainder of RFGV Festivals LLC from Red Frog.  Our amended agreement with RFGV Festivals LLC grants them two 5 year options to extend our facility rental agreement through 2032 in exchange for a rental commitment to secure our property.  In addition to the facility rental fee, we also receive a percentage of the concession sales we manage at the events.

 

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We have not promoted a major motorsports event at our Nashville Superspeedway since 2011.   On June 3, 2020, we announced that we would be moving one of our NASCAR Cup Series events historically held at Dover International Speedway to Nashville Superspeedway beginning in 2021. We entered into a four-year sanction agreement to promote a NASCAR Cup Series event in Nashville for the 2021 to 2024 racing seasons. We also entered into a one-year sanction agreement to promote a NASCAR Cup Series event at Dover International Speedway for the 2021 season.

 

On August 17, 2017, we entered into an agreement with an entity owned by Panattoni Development Company (“buyer”) relative to the sale of approximately 147 acres of land at our Nashville property at a purchase price of $35,000 per acre. On March 2, 2018, we closed on the sale of the property with proceeds, less closing costs, of $4,945,000. Net proceeds after taxes were approximately $4,150,000 resulting in a gain of $2,512,000. On September 1, 2017, we also awarded to the buyer a three-year option for 88.03 additional acres at a purchase price of $55,000 per acre. That option agreement has been amended twice since: first, on February 9, 2018, to extend its term and to add additional acreage; and second, on June 25, 2019, in connection with the buyer’s exercise of its option on two parcels, we adjusted the acreage and further extended the term of the option on a third parcel.  On July 26, 2019, the buyer closed on the sale of the first two parcels, comprising approximately 133 acres, which yielded to us proceeds, less closing costs, of $6,397,000.  Net proceeds after taxes were approximately $5,314,000 resulting in a gain of $4,186,000. On July 29, 2020, the buyer closed on the sale of the third parcel of approximately 97 acres at our Nashville property.  Proceeds from the sale, less closing costs, were approximately $6,460,000.  Net proceeds after taxes were approximately $5,290,000 resulting in a gain of approximately $4,843,000.  The buyer had previously paid to us a $500,000 deposit that was credited to the purchase price.  None of the acreage sold extends to the land on which our superspeedway is sited and we continue to hold approximately 1,000 acres of commercial real estate in Nashville, including the superspeedway.

 

On February 28, 2019, we entered into an agreement to sell 7.63 acres of land at our Nashville facility for proceeds, less closing costs, of $267,000. The sale closed in the first quarter of 2019 and resulted in a gain of $139,000, which we reported as gain on sale of land in our consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss for that period.

 

During September 2018, we entered into negotiations to sell a parcel of land we owned near St. Louis. The sale closed in the first quarter of 2019 with proceeds, less closing costs, of $531,000.

 

NOTE 3 Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

 

Property and equipment—Property and equipment is stated at cost. Depreciation is provided using the straight-line method over the asset’s estimated useful life. Accumulated depreciation was $69,617,000 and $67,328,000 as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively.

 

Revenue recognition—We classify our revenues as admissions, event-related, broadcasting and other. “Admissions” revenue includes ticket sales for our events. “Event-related” revenue includes amounts received from sponsorship fees; luxury suite rentals; hospitality tent rentals and catering; concessions and vendor commissions for the right to sell concessions and souvenirs at our events; sales of programs; track rentals; broadcasting rights other than domestic television broadcasting revenue, and other event-related revenues. Additionally, event related revenue includes amounts received for the use of our property and a portion of the concession sales we manage from the Firefly Music Festival. “Broadcasting” revenue includes rights fees obtained for domestic television broadcasts of events held at our speedway.

 

All of our revenues are typically based on contracts with customers and, with the exception of certain track rentals, relate to two NASCAR event weekends and the Firefly Music Festival held at our Dover facility. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year our revenues are primarily related to one combined NASCAR event weekend. Our contracts are typically for specific events or a racing season. We have several multi-year sponsorship contracts for our racing events and our contract with the promoter of the Firefly Music Festival is multi-year. Revenues pertaining to specific events are deferred and recorded as contract liabilities in our consolidated balance sheets until the event is held. All of our 2020 racing events were held on the same weekend from August 21-23. On July 25, 2020 Delaware state officials notified us that due to public safety and health concerns, they would not approve our request to host a limited number of fans at our August NASCAR weekend. As a result, all of our 2020 events were held with no fans in attendance. As of September 30, 2020, $1,345,000 of contract liabilities on our consolidated balance sheet relate to 2021 events and $80,000 relates to 2022 events. As of December 31, 2019 contract liabilities on our consolidated balance sheet related to 2020 events, although customers have since applied some of these amounts to 2021 events or received a refund due to the events being held without fans. As of September 30, 2020, we have issued approximately $1,383,000 in refunds and credits to our patrons and customers for our event weekends.  Patrons who previously purchased tickets were given the option to receive a full refund or to apply their funds to Dover International Speedway’s 2021 NASCAR weekend, with a 20% bonus value. Concession and souvenir revenues are recorded at the time of sale. Revenues and related expenses from barter transactions in which we provide sponsorship packages in exchange for goods or services are recorded at fair value. Barter transactions accounted for $213,000 and $261,000 of total revenues for the nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

 

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The following table summarizes the liability activity related to contracts with customers for the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020 and 2019 (in thousands):

 

  

Three Months

Ended September 30

  

Nine Months

Ended September 30,

 
   2020   2019   2020   2019 
Balance, beginning of period  $3,676   $2,008   $976   $1,140 
Reductions from beginning balance   (2,342)       (271)   (739)
Additional liabilities recorded during the period   619    2,518    3,623    7,715 
Reduction of additional liabilities recorded during the period, not from beginning balance   (528)       (2,903)   (3,590)
Balance, end of period  $1,425   $4,526   $1,425   $4,526 

 

We have contracted future revenues representing unsatisfied performance obligations. These contracts contain initial terms typically ranging from one to three years, with some for longer periods, excluding renewal options. We have excluded unsatisfied performance obligations for future NASCAR broadcasting revenue with contract terms through 2024. As of September 30, 2020, we anticipate recognizing unsatisfied performance obligations for the calendar year ending 2021 and beyond of approximately $3,115,000. 

 

Under the terms of our sanction agreements with NASCAR, we receive a portion of the broadcast revenue NASCAR negotiates with various television networks. NASCAR typically remits payment to us for the broadcast revenue within 30 days after the event being held. NASCAR retains 10% of the gross broadcast rights fees allocated to each NASCAR-sanctioned event as a component of its sanction fee. The remaining 90% is recorded as revenue. The event promoter is required to pay 25% of the gross broadcast rights fees to the event as part of the awards to the competitors, which we record as operating expenses.

 

Expense recognition—The cost of advertising is expensed as incurred. Advertising expenses were $4,000 and $54,000 and $465,000 and $1,011,000 for the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively. Certain direct expenses pertaining to specific events, including prize and point fund monies and sanction fees paid to NASCAR, and other expenses associated with our racing events are deferred until the event is held, at which point they are expensed.

 

Net earnings (loss) per common share—Nonvested share-based payment awards that include rights to dividends or dividend equivalents, whether paid or unpaid, are considered participating securities, and the two-class method of computing basic and diluted net earnings (loss) per common share (“EPS”) is applied for all periods presented. The following table sets forth the computation of EPS (in thousands, except per share amounts):

 

   Three Months Ended
September 30,
   Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
   2020   2019   2020   2019 
Net earnings (loss) per common share – basic and diluted:                    
Net earnings (loss)  $13,190   $(414)  $9,361   $2,597 
Allocation to nonvested restricted stock awards   199        146    42 
Net earnings (loss) available to common stockholders  $12,991   $(414)  $9,215   $2,555 
                     
Weighted-average shares outstanding – basic and diluted   35,836    35,952    35,836    35,998 
                     
Net earnings (loss) per common share – basic and diluted  $0.36   $(0.01)  $0.26   $0.07 

 

There were no options outstanding and we paid no dividends during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 or 2019.

 

On October 28, 2020, our Board of Directors declared an annual cash dividend on both classes of common stock of $.07 per share to be paid on December 10, 2020.

 

Accounting for stock-based compensation—We recorded total stock-based compensation expense for our restricted stock awards of $38,000 and $256,000 and $67,000 and $243,000 as general and administrative expenses for the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively. We recorded income tax benefits of $11,000 and $54,000 and $19,000 and $57,000 for the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively, related to vesting of our restricted stock awards.

 

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Recent accounting pronouncements— In August 2018, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2018-14, Compensation—Retirement Benefits—Defined Benefit Plans—General. This new standard makes changes to the disclosure requirements for sponsors of defined benefit pension and/or other postretirement benefit plans to improve effectiveness of notes to the financial statements. ASU 2018-14 is effective for fiscal years ending after December 15, 2020, and requires retrospective adoption. The adoption of this ASU did not have a material impact on our financial statement disclosures.

 

In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU No. 2018-13, Fair Value Measurement. This new standard makes changes to the disclosure requirements for fair value measurements to improve effectiveness of notes to the financial statements. ASU 2018-14 is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and generally requires retrospective adoption. The adoption of this ASU did not have a material impact on our financial statement disclosures.

 

Reclassifications – Certain amounts in the prior year financial statements have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation. As a result of the announcement that we will be moving one of our NASCAR Cup Series events historically held at Dover International Speedway to Nashville Superspeedway pursuant to a four year sanction agreement with NASCAR, long-term assets that were historically shown separately on the consolidated balance sheet have been included in property and equipment, net. The impact of the reclassification made to prior year amounts is not material and did not affect net earnings or cash flows.

 

NOTE 4 – Long-Term Debt

 

At September 30, 2020, Dover Motorsports, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries Dover International Speedway, Inc. and Nashville Speedway, USA, Inc., as co-borrowers had a $30,000,000 credit agreement with a bank group. The credit facility expires on January 1, 2022. Interest is based upon LIBOR plus a margin that varies between 125 and 175 basis points depending on our leverage ratio. At September 30, 2020, there were no borrowings outstanding under the credit facility. The credit facility contains certain covenants including maximum funded debt to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“leverage ratio”) and a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio. Material adverse changes in our results of operations could impact our ability to maintain financial ratios necessary to satisfy these requirements. In addition, the credit agreement includes a material adverse change clause. The credit facility also provides that if we default under any other loan agreement, that would be a default under this facility. At September 30, 2020, we were in compliance with the terms of the credit facility. The credit facility provides for seasonal funding needs, capital improvements, letter of credit requirements and other general corporate purposes. After consideration of stand-by letters of credit outstanding, the remaining maximum borrowings available pursuant to the credit facility were $17,494,000 at September 30, 2020. We expect to be in compliance with the financial covenants, and all other covenants, for all measurement periods during the next twelve months.

 

NOTE 5 – Pension Plans

 

We maintain a non-contributory tax qualified defined benefit pension plan that has been frozen since July 2011. All of our full time employees were eligible to participate in the qualified plan. Benefits provided by our qualified pension plan were based on years of service and employees' remuneration over their employment period. Compensation earned by employees up to July 31, 2011 is used for purposes of calculating benefits under our pension plan with no future benefit accruals after this date. We also maintain a non-qualified, non-contributory defined benefit pension plan, the excess plan, for certain employees that has been frozen since July 2011. This excess plan provided benefits that would otherwise be provided under the qualified pension plan but for maximum benefit and compensation limits applicable under federal tax law. The cost associated with the excess plan is determined using similar actuarial methods as those used for our qualified pension plan. The assets for the excess plan aggregate $1,197,000 and $1,182,000 as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively, and are recorded in other assets in our consolidated balance sheets (see NOTE 7 – Fair Value Measurements).

 

The components of net periodic pension benefit for our defined benefit pension plans are as follows:

 

   Three Months Ended
September 30,
   Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
   2020   2019   2020   2019 
Interest cost  $108,000   $130,000   $325,000   $387,000 
Expected return on plan assets   (185,000)   (183,000)   (556,000)   (546,000)
Recognized net actuarial loss   41,000    40,000    122,000    111,000 
   $(36,000)  $(13,000)  $(109,000)  $(48,000)

 

The net periodic pension benefit is included in other income, net in our consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive income (loss).

 

We have no minimum required pension contributions for 2020.

 

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We also maintain a non-elective, non-qualified supplemental executive retirement plan (“SERP”) which provides deferred compensation to certain highly compensated employees that approximates the value of benefits lost by the freezing of the pension plan which are not offset by our enhanced matching contributions in our 401(k)  plan.  The SERP is a discretionary defined contribution plan and contributions made to the SERP in any given year are not guaranteed and will be at the sole discretion of our Compensation and Stock Incentive Committee. In the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, we recorded expenses of $30,000 and $90,000 and $27,000 and $81,000, respectively, related to the SERP. During the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, we contributed $0 and $120,000 and $0 and $108,000 to the plan, respectively. The liability for SERP pension benefits was $90,000 and $120,000 as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively, and is included in accrued liabilities in our consolidated balance sheets.

 

We maintain a defined contribution 401(k) plan that permits participation by substantially all employees. Our matching contributions to the 401(k) plan were $28,000 and $93,000 and $31,000 and $90,000 in the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

 

NOTE 6 – Stockholders’ Equity

 

Changes in the components of stockholders’ equity for the three and nine-month periods ending September 30, 2020 are as follows (in thousands):

 

   Common Stock   Class A
Common
Stock
   Additional
Paid-in
Capital
   Accumulated
 Deficit
   Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss
 
Balance at December 31, 2019  $1,782   $1,851   $100,994   $(36,968)  $(3,691)
Net loss               (3,140)    
Issuance of restricted stock awards, net of forfeitures   13        (13)        
Stock-based compensation           92         
Repurchase and retirement of common stock   (5)       (89)        
Change in net actuarial loss and prior service cost, net of income tax expense of $11                   29 
Balance at March 31, 2020  $1,790   $1,851   $100,984   $(40,108)  $(3,662)
Net loss               (689)    
Issuance of restricted stock awards, net of forfeitures   (2)       2         
Stock-based compensation           126         
Change in net actuarial loss and prior service cost, net of income tax expense of $12                   29 
Balance at June 30, 2020  $1,788   $1,851   $101,112   $(40,797)  $(3,633)
Net earnings               13,190     
Issuance of restricted stock awards, net of forfeitures   (2)       2         
Stock-based compensation           38         
Change in net actuarial loss and prior service cost, net of income tax expense of $12                   29 
Balance at September 30, 2020  $1,786   $1,851   $101,152   $(27,607)  $(3,604)

 

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Changes in the components of stockholders’ equity for the three and nine-month periods ending September 30, 2019 are as follows (in thousands):

 

   Common Stock   Class A
Common
Stock
   Additional
Paid-in
Capital
   Accumulated
 Deficit
   Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss
 
Balance at December 31, 2018  $1,805   $1,851   $101,416   $(38,826)  $(3,358)
Net loss               (2,490)    
Issuance of restricted stock awards, net of forfeitures   14        (14)        
Stock-based compensation           108         
Repurchase and retirement of common stock   (10)       (190)        
Change in net actuarial loss and prior service cost, net of income tax expense of $10                   25 
Balance at March 31, 2019  $1,809   $1,851   $101,320   $(41,316)  $(3,333)
Net earnings               5,501     
Stock-based compensation           68         
Change in net actuarial loss and prior service cost, net of income tax expense of $10                   26 
Balance at June 30, 2019  $1,809   $1,851   $101,388   $(35,815)  $(3,307)
Net loss               (414)    
Stock-based compensation           67         
Repurchase and retirement of common stock   (16)       (312)        
Change in net actuarial loss and prior service cost, net of income tax expense of $10                   29 
Balance at September 30, 2019  $1,793   $1,851   $101,143   $(36,229)  $(3,278)

 

As of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of income taxes, consists of the following:

 

   September 30, 2020   December 31, 2019 
Net actuarial loss and prior service cost not yet recognized in net periodic benefit cost, net of income tax benefit of $2,450,000 and $2,485,000, respectively  $(3,604,000)  $(3,691,000)

 

As of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of income taxes, consists of the following:

 

   September 30, 2019   December 31, 2018 
Net actuarial loss and prior service cost not yet recognized in net periodic benefit cost, net of income tax benefit of $2,319,000 and $2,350,000, respectively  $(3,278,000)  $(3,358,000)

 

On July 28, 2004, our Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to 2,000,000 shares of our outstanding common stock. The purchases may be made in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions as conditions warrant. The repurchase authorization has no expiration date, does not obligate us to acquire any specific number of shares and may be suspended at any time. We made no purchases during the first nine months of 2020. During the first nine months of 2019, we purchased and retired 208,416 shares of our outstanding common stock at an average purchase price of $2.03 per share, not including nominal brokerage commissions. At September 30, 2020, we had remaining repurchase authority of 384,809 shares.

 

We have a stock incentive plan, adopted in 2014, which provides for the grant of up to 2,000,000 shares of common stock to our officers and key employees through stock options and/or awards valued in whole or in part by reference to our common stock, such as nonvested restricted stock awards. Under the plan, nonvested restricted stock vests an aggregate of twenty percent each year beginning on the second anniversary date of the grant. The aggregate market value of the nonvested restricted stock at the date of issuance is being amortized on a straight-line basis over the six-year period. We granted 158,000 and 143,000 stock awards under this plan during the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively. As of September 30, 2020, there were 1,176,000 shares available for granting options or stock awards.

 

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During the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, we purchased and retired 50,572 and 48,457 shares of our outstanding common stock at an average purchase price of $1.86 and $1.99 per share, respectively. These purchases were made from employees in connection with the vesting of restricted stock awards under our Stock Incentive Plan and were not pursuant to the aforementioned repurchase authorization. Since the vesting of a restricted stock award is a taxable event to our employees for which income tax withholding is required, the plan allows employees to surrender to us some of the shares that would otherwise have transferred to the employee in satisfaction of their tax liability. The surrender of these shares is treated by us as a purchase of the shares.

 

NOTE 7 – Fair Value Measurements

 

Our financial instruments are classified and disclosed in one of the following three categories:

 

Level 1: Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets that are accessible at the measurement date for identical, unrestricted assets or liabilities;

 

Level 2: Quoted prices in markets that are not active, or inputs which are observable, either directly or indirectly, for substantially the full term of the asset or liability;

 

Level 3: Prices or valuation techniques that require inputs that are both significant to the fair value measurement and unobservable (i.e., supported by little or no market activity).

 

The following table summarizes the valuation of our financial instrument pricing levels as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019:

 

   Total   Level 1   Level 2   Level 3 
September 30, 2020                
Equity investments  $1,197,000   $1,197,000   $   $ 
                     
December 31, 2019                    
Equity investments  $1,182,000   $1,182,000   $   $ 

 

Our equity investments consist of mutual funds. These investments are included in other assets in our consolidated balance sheets. Gains and losses on our equity investments for the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively, are as follows:

 

   Three Months Ended
September 30,
   Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
   2020   2019   2020   2019 
Net gains recognized during the period on equity investments  $54,000   $12,000   $4,000   $125,000 
Less: net gains recognized during the period on equity investments sold during the period   14,000        37,000     
Unrealized gains (losses) recognized during the period on equity investments still held at period end  $40,000   $12,000   $(33,000)  $125,000 

 

The carrying amounts of other financial instruments reported in our consolidated balance sheets for current assets and current liabilities approximate their fair values because of the short maturity of these instruments.

 

NOTE 8 – Related Party Transactions

 

During the nine months ended September 30, 2019, Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. (“Gaming”), a company previously related through common ownership, allocated costs of $430,000 to us for certain administrative and operating services, including leased space. We allocated certain administrative and operating service costs of $110,000 to Gaming for the nine months ended September 30, 2019. The allocations were based on an analysis of each company’s share of the costs. In connection with our 2019 spring NASCAR event weekend at Dover International Speedway, we invoiced Gaming $15,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2019 for tickets to the NASCAR event. Effective March 28, 2019, Gaming became part of Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. as a result of a merger and therefore was no longer related through common ownership. The net costs incurred by each company for these services are not necessarily indicative of the costs that would have been incurred if the companies had been unrelated entities and/or had otherwise independently managed these functions; however, management believes that these costs are reasonable.

 

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Prior to the spin-off of Gaming from our company in 2002, both companies shared certain real property in Dover, Delaware. At the time of the spin-off, some of this real property was transferred to Gaming to ensure that the real property holdings of each company was aligned with its past uses and future business needs. During its harness racing season, Gaming has historically used the 5/8-mile harness racing track that is located on our property and is on the inside of our one-mile motorsports superspeedway. In order to continue this historic use, we granted a perpetual easement to the harness track to Gaming at the time of the spin-off. This perpetual easement allows Gaming to have exclusive use of the harness track during the period beginning November 1 of each year and ending April 30 of the following year, together with set up and tear down rights for the two weeks before and after such period. The easement requires that Gaming maintain the harness track but does not require the payment of any rent.

 

Various easements and agreements relative to access, utilities and parking have also been entered into between us and Gaming relative to our respective Dover, Delaware facilities. We pay rent to Gaming for the lease of our principal executive office space.

 

Henry B. Tippie, Chairman of our Board of Directors, controls in excess of fifty percent of our voting power. Mr. Tippie's voting control emanates from his direct and indirect holdings of common stock and Class A common stock and from his status as a trustee of the RMT Trust, our largest stockholder. This means that Mr. Tippie has the ability to determine the outcome of the election of directors and to determine the outcome of many significant corporate transactions, many of which only require the approval of a majority of our voting power.

 

NOTE 9 – Commitments and Contingencies

 

In September 1999, the Sports Authority of the County of Wilson (Tennessee) issued $25,900,000 in Variable Rate Tax Exempt Infrastructure Revenue Bonds, Series 1999, to acquire, construct and develop certain public infrastructure improvements which benefit Nashville Superspeedway, of which $12,300,000 was outstanding at September 30, 2020. Annual principal payments range from $1,100,000 in September 2021 to $1,600,000 in 2029 and are payable solely from sales taxes and incremental property taxes generated from the facility. These bonds are direct obligations of the Sports Authority and therefore have historically not been required to be recorded on our consolidated balance sheets. If the sales taxes and incremental property taxes (“applicable taxes”) are insufficient for the payment of principal and interest on the bonds, we would become responsible for the difference. In the event we were unable to make the payments, they would be made pursuant to a $12,506,000 irrevocable direct-pay letter of credit issued by our bank group. We are exposed to fluctuations in interest rates for these bonds.

 

As of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, $264,000 and $637,000, respectively, was available in the sales and incremental property tax fund maintained by the Sports Authority to pay the remaining principal and interest due under the bonds. During the first nine months of 2020, we paid $945,000 into the sales and incremental property tax fund and $1,318,000 was deducted from the fund for debt service. If we fail to maintain the letter of credit that secures the bonds or we allow an uncured event of default to exist under our reimbursement agreement relative to the letter of credit, the bonds would be immediately redeemable.

 

We have not promoted major motorsports event at our Nashville Superspeedway since 2011. In 2011, we recorded a $2,250,000 provision for contingent obligation reflecting the present value of the estimated portion of the revenue bonds debt service that may not be covered by the projected sales and incremental property taxes from the facility. Due to our recent decision to reopen the facility to major events in 2021 and changing interest rates, the contingent obligation (decreased) increased by ($128,000) and ($112,000), and $121,000 and $367,000 in the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively, and is $3,276,000 at September 30, 2020. An increase in the bonds’ interest rates would result in an increase in the portion of debt service not covered by applicable taxes and therefore an increase in our liability.

 

We are also a party to ordinary routine litigation incidental to our business. Management does not believe that the resolution of any of these matters is likely to have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial position or cash flows.

 

NOTE 10 – Income Taxes

 

Deferred income taxes relate to the temporary differences between financial accounting income and taxable income and are primarily attributable to differences between the book and tax basis of property and equipment and net operating loss carryforwards (expiring through 2032).  At September 30, 2020, we have available state net operating loss carryforwards of $45,965,000.  Valuation allowances which reserve a portion of the state net operating loss carryforwards, net of federal tax benefit, decreased in the second quarter of 2020 by $1,240,000 from reassessing the realizability of the deferred tax assets for projected future taxable income related to the reopening of Nashville Superspeedway.

 

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Item 2.Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

The following discussion is based upon and should be read together with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included elsewhere in this document.

 

Results of Operations

 

Three Months Ended September 30, 2020 vs. Three Months Ended September 30, 2019

 

Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, our NASCAR weekend previously scheduled for May of 2020 was held in conjunction with our already scheduled August NASCAR weekend.  Pursuant to the restrictions imposed by state officials, none of the events had fans in attendance. We held a NASCAR event weekend in May 2019, the Firefly Music Festival in June 2019 and a NASCAR event weekend in October 2019.  We promoted no events during the third quarter of 2019.  Accordingly, the results for the third quarter of 2020 are not comparable to the third quarter of 2019.

 

Event-related revenue was $2,394,000 in the third quarter of 2020 compared to $202,000 in the third quarter of 2019.  The increase is primarily related to sponsorship revenues associated with the combined NASCAR weekend held in August 2020.  These revenues were lower than last year’s combined events as a result of not having fans in attendance.

 

Broadcasting revenues were $35,646,000 in the third quarter of 2020 and reflect holding all our NASCAR events in August 2020 and contractual increases in NASCAR’s broadcasting rights agreements compared to the 2019 events.

 

Operating and marketing expenses were $22,425,000 in the third quarter of 2020 compared to $1,347,000 in the third quarter of 2019.  The increase was due primarily to holding all our NASCAR events during the third quarter of 2020.

 

General and administrative expenses were $1,878,000 in the third quarter of 2020 compared to $1,888,000 in the third quarter of 2019.  Costs associated with reopening the Nashville Superspeedway were offset by expense reductions in Dover.

 

Depreciation expense decreased to $756,000 in the third quarter of 2020 from $1,669,000 in the third quarter of 2019.   The higher 2019 expense was due to shortening the useful lives of certain track related assets that were retired at the end of the 2019 racing season as a result of our planned reduction of grandstand seating at our Dover facility.  We recorded $879,000 of accelerated depreciation expense on these assets in the third quarter of 2019.

 

Gain on sale of land in the third quarter of 2020 and 2019 relates to the sale of approximately 97 and 133 acres of land at our Nashville facility, respectively.

 

Benefit for contingent obligation was $128,000 in the third quarter of 2020 from lower estimated interest rates on the bonds (see Item 2. NOTE 9 – Commitments and Contingencies). The provision to increase the contingent obligation of $121,000 in the third quarter of 2019 was a result of a decrease in the discount rate.

 

Other income increased to $90,000 in the third quarter of 2020 compared to $29,000 in the third quarter of 2019, primarily from higher gains on equity investments.

 

Our effective income tax rate was a 26.8% expense for the third quarter of 2020 compared with a benefit of 29.6% for the third quarter of 2019. 

 

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020 vs. Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019

 

There were no admissions revenues in 2020 as all of our events were held without fans in attendance as result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Admissions revenue was $2,502,000 in the first nine months of 2019 and was from the NASCAR event weekend held in May of 2019.

 

Event-related revenue was $2,708,000 in the first nine months of 2020 compared to $3,784,000 in the first nine months of 2019.  The decrease was related to holding our NASCAR events without fans present in 2020.  Additionally, the 2020 Firefly Music Festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The 2019 Firefly Music Festival was held in June of 2019.

 

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Broadcasting revenues were $35,646,000 in the first nine months of 2020 compared to $18,878,000 in the first nine months of 2019. The increase is from holding both NASCAR weekends in the first nine months of 2020 compared to one NASCAR weekend during the first nine months of 2019 and contractual increases in NASCAR’s broadcasting rights agreements.

 

Operating and marketing expenses were $24,225,000 in the first nine months of 2020 compared to $16,986,000 in the first nine months of 2019.  The increase was due primarily to holding both NASCAR events weekends in the first nine months of 2020 compared to one NASCAR weekend during the first nine months of 2019. Additionally, purse and sanction fees were higher than in 2019, and were offset by expense savings from holding the events without fans present in 2020.

 

General and administrative expenses were $5,742,000 in the first nine months of 2020 compared to $5,630,000 in the first nine months of 2019.

 

Depreciation expense decreased to $2,289,000 in the first nine months of 2020 from $3,256,000 in the first nine months of 2019. The higher 2019 expense was due to shortening the useful lives of certain track related assets that were retired at the end of the 2019 racing season as a result of our planned reduction of grandstand seating at our Dover facility.  We recorded $879,000 of accelerated depreciation expense on these assets in the third quarter of 2019.

 

Gain on sale of land in the first nine months of 2020 and 2019 relates to the sales of approximately 97 and 141 acres of land at our Nashville facility, respectively.

 

Benefit for contingent obligation was $112,000 in the first nine months of 2020 primarily from an increase in projected sales taxes to be collected as a result of our four-year sanction agreement with NASCAR for Nashville Superspeedway and from lower estimated interest rates on the bonds (see Item 2. NOTE 9 – Commitments and Contingencies). The provision for contingent obligation of $367,000 in the first nine months of 2019 was primarily the result of a decrease in the discount rate.

 

Other income of $115,000 in the first nine months of 2020 primarily represents pension benefits. Other income of $218,000 in the first nine months of 2019 primarily represents gains on equity investments of $125,000 and pension benefits of $35,000. 

 

Our effective income tax rates for the first nine months of 2020 and 2019 were a 13.3% expense and a 25.3% benefit, respectively. The current year rate was reduced by the reversal of a portion of the valuation allowance for Tennessee state income tax assets.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Our operations and cash flows from operating activities are seasonal in nature. 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities was $8,440,000 for the first nine months of 2020 compared to net cash used in operating activities of $1,664,000 for the first nine months of 2019.  The higher net cash provided during the first nine months of 2020 was related to holding all our NASCAR events before the end of September this year and lower cash paid for taxes during the first nine months of 2020 compared to 2019.

 

Net cash provided by investing activities was $5,404,000 for the first nine months of 2020 compared to $3,060,000 for the first nine months of 2019.  Capital expenditures of $545,000 in the first nine months of 2020 related primarily to equipment purchases, property improvements and expenditures related to the reopening of Nashville Superspeedway. Capital expenditures of $4,651,000 in the first nine months of 2019 related primarily to costs associated with replacing our NASCAR Cup Series garage and improvements at our Dover facility. In July 2020, we closed on the sale of approximately 97 acres of land at our Nashville Superspeedway facility for proceeds of $6,460,000, net of closing costs. The buyer had previously paid to us a $500,000 deposit that was credited to the purchase price.   In 2019, we closed on the sale of approximately 141 acres of land at our Nashville Superspeedway facility for proceeds of $6,664,000, net of closing costs.  In January 2019, we closed on the sale of a parcel of land we owned near St. Louis for proceeds of $531,000, net of closing costs.  Additionally, we sold equipment in the first quarter of 2019 for proceeds of $29,000. 

 

Net cash used in financing activities was $94,000 for the first nine months of 2020 compared to $563,000 for the first nine months of 2019.  During the first nine months of 2019, we purchased and retired 208,416 shares of our outstanding common stock for $432,000 from the open market.  Additionally, we purchased 50,572 and 48,457 shares of our outstanding common stock for $94,000 and $96,000 during the first nine months of 2020 and 2019, respectively, from employees in connection with the vesting of restricted stock awards under our stock incentive plan.  As a result of amending our credit agreement in September 2019, we paid $35,000 in bank fees.

 

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At September 30, 2020, Dover Motorsports, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries Dover International Speedway, Inc. and Nashville Speedway, USA, Inc., as co-borrowers had a $30,000,000 credit agreement with a bank group. The credit facility expires on January 1, 2022. Interest is based upon LIBOR plus a margin that varies between 125 and 175 basis points depending on our leverage ratio. At September 30, 2020, there were no borrowings outstanding under the credit facility. The credit facility contains certain covenants including maximum funded debt to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“leverage ratio”) and a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio. Material adverse changes in our results of operations, including those that could potentially result from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, could impact our ability to maintain financial ratios necessary to satisfy these requirements. In addition, the credit agreement includes a material adverse change clause. The credit facility also provides that if we default under any other loan agreement that would be a default under this facility. At September 30, 2020, we were in compliance with the terms of the credit facility. The credit facility provides for seasonal funding needs, capital improvements, letter of credit requirements and other general corporate purposes. After consideration of stand-by letters of credit outstanding, the remaining maximum borrowings available pursuant to the credit facility were $17,494,000 at September 30, 2020. We expect to be in compliance with the financial covenants, and all other covenants, for all measurement periods during the next twelve months.

 

On August 17, 2017, we entered into an agreement with an entity owned by Panattoni Development Company (“buyer”) relative to the sale of approximately 147 acres of land at our Nashville property at a purchase price of $35,000 per acre. On March 2, 2018, we closed on the sale of the property with proceeds, less closing costs, of $4,945,000. Net proceeds after taxes were approximately $4,150,000 resulting in a gain of $2,512,000. On September 1, 2017, we also awarded to the buyer a three-year option for 88.03 additional acres at a purchase price of $55,000 per acre. That option agreement has been amended twice since: first, on February 9, 2018, to extend its term and to add additional acreage; and second, on June 25, 2019, in connection with the buyer’s exercise of its option on two parcels, we adjusted the acreage and further extended the term of the option on a third parcel.  On July 26, 2019, the buyer closed on the sale of the first two parcels, comprising approximately 133 acres, which yielded to us proceeds, less closing costs, of $6,397,000.  Net proceeds after taxes were approximately $5,314,000 resulting in a gain of $4,186,000. On July 29, 2020, the buyer closed on the sale of the third parcel of approximately 97 acres at our Nashville property.  Proceeds from the sale, less closing costs, were approximately $6,460,000.  Net proceeds after taxes were approximately $5,290,000 resulting in a gain of approximately $4,843,000.  The buyer had previously paid to us a $500,000 deposit that was credited to the purchase price.  None of the acreage sold extends to the land on which our superspeedway is sited and we continue to hold approximately 1,000 acres of commercial real estate in Nashville, including the superspeedway.

 

We promoted six racing events (five national series events and one regional series event) in each of 2020 and 2019, all of which were sanctioned by NASCAR and held at our Dover International Speedway facility. We entered into five-year sanction agreements with NASCAR for each of the five national series events for 2016-2020. NASCAR’s regional series events are sanctioned on an annual basis. All six of the 2020 events were held without fans in the third quarter of 2020. In 2019, three events were held in the second quarter and three were held in the fourth quarter.

 

We have not promoted a major motorsports event at our Nashville Superspeedway since 2011. On June 3, 2020, we announced that we would be moving one of our NASCAR Cup Series events historically held at Dover International Speedway to Nashville Superspeedway beginning in 2021. We entered into a four-year sanction agreement to promote a NASCAR Cup Series event in Nashville for the 2021 to 2024 racing seasons. We also entered into a one-year sanction agreement to promote a NASCAR Cup Series event at Dover International Speedway for the 2021 season.

 

Broadcasting revenues continue to be the most significant long-term revenue source for our business. Management believes this contracted revenue helps stabilize our financial strength, earnings and cash flows. Also, NASCAR ratings can impact attendance at our events and sponsorship opportunities. A substantial portion of our profits in recent years resulted from television revenues received from NASCAR under its agreements with various television networks, which is currently expected to continue. Our share of these television broadcast revenues and purse and sanction fees are fixed under our current NASCAR sanction agreements. We are obligated to conduct events in the manner stipulated under the terms and conditions of these sanctioning agreements.

 

NASCAR is operating under a ten-year, multi-platform agreement with FOX Sports Media Group (“FOX”) for the broadcasting and digital rights to 16 NASCAR Cup Series races, 14 Xfinity Series races and the entire Gander Outdoors Truck Series (along with practice and qualifying) from 2015 through 2024. The agreement includes “TV Everywhere” rights that allow live-streaming of all FOX races, before and after race coverage, in-progress and finished race highlights, and replays of FOX-televised races to a FOX Sports-affiliated website which began in 2013. The agreement also allows re-telecast of races on a FOX network and via video-on-demand for 24 hours and other ancillary programming, including a nightly NASCAR news and information show and weekend at-track shows. NASCAR and FOX Deportes, the number one US Latino sports network, have teamed up to provide our sport’s most expansive Spanish-language broadcast offering ever with coverage of 15 NASCAR Cup Series races which started in 2013.

 

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NASCAR also operates under a ten-year comprehensive agreement with NBC Sports Group granting NBCUniversal ("NBC") exclusive rights to 20 NASCAR Cup Series races, 19 NASCAR Xfinity Series events, select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events and other live content which began in 2015.  Further, NBC has been granted Spanish-language rights, certain video-on-demand rights and exclusive 'TV Everywhere' rights for its NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series events.

 

COVID -19 Impacts

 

The United States economy in general and our business specifically have been dramatically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. While response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, it has led to stay-at-home orders, business closures and social distancing guidelines that have seriously disrupted activities in large segments of the economy. There are no reliable estimates of how long the pandemic will last or how many people are likely to be affected by it. For those reasons, we are unable to predict the long-term impact of the pandemic on our business at this time. The extent to which COVID-19 impacts our results will depend on future developments, but the continued spread of COVID-19 and associated economic impacts could have a material adverse effect on our future financial condition, liquidity, results of operations and cash flows.

 

A number of states, counties and municipalities have issued orders (1) requiring persons not engaged in essential activities and businesses to remain at home, and (2) requiring non-essential businesses to close. This has affected the entire motorsports industry nationwide as auto racing is not considered an essential business and large outdoor events currently pose a significant risk to the health and safety of participants and customers. It also affects consumer confidence and a multitude of partners, sponsors and patrons that support the motorsports and auto racing industries. However, a number of jurisdictions that relaxed such restrictions, or have experienced limited public adherence with suggested safety measures, have experienced new surges of COVID-19 cases. Many of these jurisdictions are now contemplating or implementing new or renewed restrictions, which could further impact our ability to host events.

 

Our first priority with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic has been, and will continue to be, the safety and health of our employees, customers, sponsors, vendors and others with whom we partner in our business activities. Subject to that, and through the use of appropriate risk mitigation and safety practices, we are continuing to prepare for future events in what is an unprecedented business environment. We implemented remote work arrangements and restricted business travel in mid-March, and to date, these arrangements have not adversely affected our ability to keep our administrative offices functioning, including the operation of financial reporting systems, internal control over financial reporting, and disclosure controls and procedures. 

 

The State of Delaware remains under a State of Emergency, but has outlined a multi-step process of reopening Delaware’s business and enlarging gathering sizes. Consistent with this guidance, we reopened our administrative office on June 15, 2020. Our ability to keep our offices open and to host further events will depend on the duration and severity of the pandemic in Delaware and the surrounding area. While we were able to hold our August NASCAR weekend event, consisting of the previously postponed May NASCAR events and regularly scheduled August events, we were unable to host any fans at this event.

 

Because fans are the lifeblood of our business, we have offered fans a full refund or to credit the amount toward future NASCAR weekend tickets with a 20% bonus value. As of September 30, 2020, we have issued approximately $1,383,000 in refunds and credits to our patrons and customers for our event weekends and do not anticipate any significant additional refunds going forward. While we were not allowed to host fans for our 2020 NASCAR events, broadcasting revenue, which makes up a significant portion of our revenues, was unaffected. Additionally, the loss of admissions and other revenues were partially offset by corresponding decreases in related expenses.

 

In addition to our NASCAR events, we had hosted the Firefly Music Festival on our property in Dover, Delaware for eight consecutive years. The event was scheduled to return on June 18-21, 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event was cancelled. Firefly is expected to return in 2021, but there can be no assurances this event will return or to what extent it may return in a limited capacity. The cancellation of this festival results in the loss of rental income to us, as we lease our property for the event, as well as certain concession revenues.

 

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Although future events may be cancelled or held in limited capacities, we do not expect that business interruption insurance coverage will be available to respond to event cancellations or postponements caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects, we initiated a limited number of furloughs for employees who are unable to work from home, but have continued their health care benefits.  We brought back most of these employees before the end of the second quarter. Continuing effects of the pandemic, including further surges in COVID-19 cases and related shutdowns or race schedule changes could require us to initiate additional furloughs or reduce staff depending on how long the pandemic continues. We are continuing to monitor all other indirect expenses for possible savings. Based on current business conditions and considering the possible impacts of the COVID -19 pandemic, we have reduced our planned capital expenditures for the year and expect to spend approximately $100,000 in capital expenditures during the remainder of 2020. Additionally, we expect to spend approximately $10 million over the next two years related to the reopening of the Nashville Superspeedway. We have no minimum required pension contributions for 2020.

 

We expect that our net cash flows from operating activities, available cash and funds available from our credit facility will be sufficient to provide for our working capital needs, capital spending requirements, stock repurchases, as well as any cash dividends our Board of Directors may declare at least through the next twelve months and also provide for our long-term liquidity.

 

Contractual Obligations

 

At September 30, 2020, we had the following contractual obligations and other commercial commitments:

 

       Payments Due by Period 
   Total   2020   2021 – 2022   2023 – 2024   Thereafter 
Contingent obligation(a)  $3,276,000   $   $197,000   $502,000   $2,577,000 
Lease payments   135,000    20,000    115,000         
    Total contractual cash obligations  $3,411,000   $20,000   $312,000   $502,000   $2,577,000 

 

(a) In September 1999, the Sports Authority of the County of Wilson (Tennessee) issued $25,900,000 in Variable Rate Tax Exempt Infrastructure Revenue Bonds, Series 1999, to acquire, construct and develop certain public infrastructure improvements which benefit Nashville Superspeedway, of which $12,300,000 was outstanding at September 30, 2020. Annual principal payments range from $1,100,000 in September 2021 to $1,600,000 in 2029 and are payable solely from sales taxes and incremental property taxes generated from the facility. These bonds are direct obligations of the Sports Authority and therefore have historically not been required to be recorded on our consolidated balance sheets. If the sales taxes and incremental property taxes (“applicable taxes”) are insufficient for the payment of principal and interest on the bonds, we would become responsible for the difference. In the event we were unable to make the payments, they would be made pursuant to a $12,506,000 irrevocable direct-pay letter of credit issued by our bank group. We are exposed to fluctuations in interest rates for these bonds.

 

As of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, $264,000 and $637,000, respectively, was available in the sales and incremental property tax fund maintained by the Sports Authority to pay the remaining principal and interest due under the bonds. During the first nine months of 2020, we paid $945,000 into the sales and incremental property tax fund and $1,318,000 was deducted from the fund for debt service. If we fail to maintain the letter of credit that secures the bonds or we allow an uncured event of default to exist under our reimbursement agreement relative to the letter of credit, the bonds would be immediately redeemable.

 

We have not promoted a major motorsports event at our Nashville Superspeedway since 2011. In 2011, we recorded a $2,250,000 provision for contingent obligation reflecting the present value of the estimated portion of the revenue bonds debt service that may not be covered by the projected sales and incremental property taxes from the facility. Due to our recent decision to reopen the facility to major events in 2021 and changing interest rates, the contingent obligation (decreased) increased by ($128,000) and ($112,000), and $121,000 and $367,000 in the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively, and is $3,276,000 at September 30, 2020. See Item 1. NOTE 9 – Commitments and Contingencies to the consolidated financial statements for further discussion.

 

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Related Party Transactions

 

See Item 1. NOTE 8 – Related Party Transactions to the consolidated financial statements.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

For a summary of our critical accounting policies and the means by which we develop estimates thereon, see “Part II - Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our 2019 Annual Report on Form 10-K. There have been no material changes to our critical accounting policies from those included in our 2019 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

See Item 1. NOTE 3 – Summary of Significant Accounting Policies to the consolidated financial statements for a full description of recent accounting pronouncements that affect us.

 

Factors That May Affect Operating Results; Forward-Looking Statements

 

This report and the documents incorporated by reference may contain forward-looking statements. Please refer to the section entitled “Item 1.A Risk Factors” below for a discussion of risk factors.

 

Item 3.Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 4.Controls and Procedures

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

We have established disclosure controls and procedures to ensure that relevant, material information is made known to the officers who certify our financial reports and to other members of senior management and the Board of Directors.

 

Based on their evaluation as of September 30, 2020, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) are effective to ensure that the information we are required to disclose in the reports that we file or submit under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in SEC rules and forms.

 

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

 

There have been no changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2020 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

Part II – Other Information

 

Item 1.Legal Proceedings

 

We are a party to ordinary routine litigation incidental to our business. Management does not believe that the resolution of any of these matters is likely to have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition or cash flows.

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors

 

This report and the documents incorporated by reference may contain forward-looking statements. In addition to the other information set forth in this report, you should carefully consider the risks that could materially affect our business, financial condition, liquidity or results of operations. At the time of this filing, there have been no material changes to the risk factors that were included in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 filed on March 5, 2020, other than as described below.

 

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The COVID-19 pandemic and the public health measures and governmental actions taken in response have affected the entire motorsports industry and have adversely affected, and may in the future materially adversely affect, our business, financial condition, liquidity and results of operations.

 

The 2020 global outbreak of COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020. In response, public health and government officials have imposed or recommended certain measures, including social distancing, limitations on the size of gatherings, and cancellations of events. As a result of such measures, the Firefly Music Festival was cancelled and NASCAR postponed our May 2020 race weekend until August 2020. Our August NASCAR weekend was held without fans in attendance due to state restrictions on events, which adversely affected our admissions and event-related revenues. Even if attendance restrictions are lifted and future events are held as scheduled, fans may choose not to attend the events due to continued concerns over health and safety or due to the pandemic’s negative economic effects. We cannot predict the ultimate scope, duration and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as its magnitude is subject to many factors, both known and unknown, many of which are likely to be outside our control.

 

Item 2.Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

 

None.

 

Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities

 

None.

 

Item 4.Mine Safety Disclosures

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 5.Other Information

 

On October 28, 2020, based on our Compensation and Stock Incentive Committee’s review of our executive compensation policies against our peer group, the Compensation and Stock Incentive Committee adjusted the annual salary for Denis McGlynn to $300,000, Michael A. Tatoian to $300,000 and Timothy R. Horne to $275,000.  All adjustments are effective November 1, 2020.

 

Item 6.Exhibits

 

3.1Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Dover Motorsports, Inc. (formerly known as Dover Downs Entertainment, Inc.), dated March 10, 2000 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 3.1 to our Form 10-Q filed on April 28, 2000).

 

3.2Amended and Restated By-laws of Dover Motorsports, Inc. dated March 1, 2017 (incorporated by reference from Exhibit 3.2 to our Form 10-K filed on March 1, 2017).

 

31.1Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a)

 

31.2Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a)

 

32.1Certification of Chief Executive Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1350, as Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

 

32.2Certification of Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1350, as Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

 

101The following materials from the Dover Motorsports, Inc. quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, formatted in XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language): (i) Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss) for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019; (ii) Consolidated Balance Sheets as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019; (iii) Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 and 2019; and (iv)  Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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Signatures

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

DATED: November 3, 2020   Dover Motorsports, Inc.

Registrant

 

  /s/ Denis McGlynn
  Denis McGlynn
  President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
  (Principal Executive Officer)
   
   
  /s/ Timothy R. Horne
  Timothy R. Horne
  Senior Vice President-Finance,
  Chief Financial Officer and Director
  (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)

 

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