© 2019 LifeFit Group
Frankfurt/Main, 29 September 2020. LifeFit Group, a leading fitness and health platform in Germany and operator of the Fitness First, Elbgym, smile X, Barry’s Bootcamp, The Gym Society Germany, Pure Barre and Club Pilates brands, has published its unaudited quarterly results1 for LifeFit Group as of 31 July 2020.
Highlights pro forma Financials and KPIs Jul-20 LTM:
I am very pleased that all our studios have remained to stay open over the last weeks and that
driving KPIs like visitation and new members almost come back to prior year levels. The closed
clubs presented us with a unique opportunity to further upgrade our facilities and equipment
while at the same time develop our teams via e-learning.” says Martin Seibold, CEO of the LifeFit
Group. “We have been taking transparent and decisive actions in support of our staff and
members and have introduced cash preserving activities to mitigate the economic impact. In
addition we are utilising state related economic relief programs and with our strong cash
position we are in a good position to weather this storm and be ready for developing
opportunities. Health & fitness in general and strengthening of the immune system is probably
more important than ever which we anticipate will drive more people into gyms over time.”
Revenue impacted by covid-19 related club closures
Operational and financial KPIs where significantly impacted by the covid-19 crisis and related
club closures from mid of March to mid of June 2020. Therefore total LTM revenues in core
business decreased by -5.5% compared to FY19 to EUR 120.8m. The shortfall is due on the one
hand to direct revenue reductions during the lockdown and on the other hand to missing
members and a deferred revenue effect regarding the compensation offered (EUR 1.1m). Before
club closures the group kept to focus on membership dues showing significant improvement in
joiner yield (LTM EUR 47.1 vs. 45.8 in FY19) and retention stabilisation at high level (72.6%).
EBITDA decrease driven by covid-19 related revenue shortfall
Jul-20 LTM pro forma adjusted EBITDA in core business decreased by 9.6% compared to FY19
from EUR 17.4m to EUR 15.7m. This is mainly driven by membership dues compensation and
missing side revenues during and as result of the lockdown as well as missing members
afterwards. Initiated cost actions are not able to overcompensate revenue shortfall mid-term.
Adjusted EBITDA margin for Jul-20 LTM is at 13.0% compared to 13.6% in FY19.
EUR -3.2m net change in cash as a result of continued capex program
Net Cash Flow for Q3/FY20 was EUR -3.2m, which is primary characterised by positive deferral
effects in working capital which increases operating cash flow and capex spend (EUR 6.2m) in
existing portfolio and new studios/formats. The group shows a strong cash position at quarter
end with more than EUR 26.4m cash at bank.
The whole fitness industry was negatively affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. Although all clubs
are re-opened in June 2020, the LFG expects further implications on future financial
performance from a short/mid-term perspective. Member visitation and joiner volume started
on a low level after the closing period and increases slowly. By ensuring best-in-class hygiene
standards we comfort the member to work-out and come back to routine. In the long-term LFG
is confident that health and fitness will be even more focused in the society. The negative
financial impact of covid-19 will probably lead to a consolidation phase in the fitness industry
with opportunities for growth via acquisitions. The vast experience in managing different brands
in various segments combined with efficient and scalable central services qualifies LFG as a
central future player in the German fitness industry. Considering the latest increasing infection
rates and local lock-downs there is still a risk of closing clubs again. Thus LFG continues to focus
on resolute cash-flow management to ensure a high level of liquidity.
ABOUT THE LIFEFIT GROUP
The LifeFit Group is a leading fitness and health platform in Germany, uniting several fitness brands from the boutique, high-value-low-price and premium segments under one roof. The Group is committed to inspire and support its customers to live their best lives through personal, fun and focused health and fitness experiences. Fitness First is the largest fitness service provider of the LifeFit Group and offers a motivating fitness experience including innovative training concepts, relaxation in the form of wellness facilities and 20+ pools. The exclusive Hamburg performance fitness provider Elbgym stands for hard training and a strong community, while smile X positions itself in the highvalue-low-price segment with a dedicated training area concept for a broad range of customer groups. The boutique fitness concepts of Barry’s Bootcamp, the pioneer of high-intensity interval training indoors and The Gym Society, the innovative compact studio concept from the Netherlands, which aims to reach 80% of health-conscious people who have not yet found the right concept and now Xponential Fitness’ brands Club Pilates and Pure Barre complete the
diverse portfolio of the LifeFit Group. Learn more about LifeFit Group online www.lifefit-group.com.
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