© 2019 LifeFit Group
Frankfurt/Main, 31March 2021. 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 results (1) for LifeFit Group as of 31 January 2021.
Highlights pro forma Financials and KPIs Jan-21 LTM:
“There is no question that we, like the entire industry, are in a challenging time where our clubs have had to remain closed for seven of the last 12 months. I am all the more pleased that we were able to use the time as effectively as possible to re-start with leaner process, more digitization and much lower cost base.” 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 2020and from Nov 20 onwards. Therefore Total LTM revenues in core business decreased by –10.7% compared to FY20 to EUR 106.8m. Total revenues have been impacted negatively by frozen memberships (~35% in the quarter), rejects and refunds as well as missing side revenues (e.g. PT income, F&B, aggregator income) during the lockdown. Nevertheless the group kept to focus on membership dues showing significant improvement in joiner yield (LTM EUR 50.8 vs. 45.8 in FY19). After around six months of club closures retention is still at above 67.4%.
EBITDA decrease driven by covid–19 related revenue shortfall
Jan–21LTM pro forma adjusted EBITDA in core business decreased by 14.8% compared to FY20 from EUR 16.5m to EUR 14.0m, which is mainly driven by the above mentioned revenue impacts. Initiated cost actions during the lockdown (esp. short–time work) were able to largely compensate revenue shortfall in the short term. The EBITDA margin declined from 13.8% in FY20 to 13.1% in Jan 21 LTM.
EUR -5.3m net change in cash as a result of capex and investment completion
Net Cash Flow for Q1/FY21 was EUR -5.3m, which is primary characterised by the completion of some capex measures (EUR 2.8m relating to existing and new studios/formats) as well as EUR 1.2m investment into already acquired businesses (earn-out components) and new businesses. The group shows a strong cash position at quarter end with more than EUR 17.3m cash at bank.
The whole fitness industry was negatively affected by the Covid–19 outbreak. With having all the LifeFit studios closed again in the course of the second lockdown, the LFG expects further implications on future financial performance from a short/mid–term perspective. By ensuring best–in–class hygiene standards we will comfort the member to work–out and come back to routine when clubs will reopen again. 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 there is a risk of an extended lockdown. 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 high-value-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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(1) Due to the short financial year of Lifefit Group Midco in FY19 and FY20 and for a better understanding of the financial results, the group presents pro forma financial statements considering the 12 month period 1 February 2020to 31 January 2021 and adjusted for IFRS 16 impacts.
(2) Core business excludes all clubs/services, which have been divested/closed or will not be continued.
© 2019 LifeFit Group