Dover Motorsports, Inc. second quarter results

Dover Motorsports, Inc. reports results for the second quarter. DOVER, Del., July 24 -- Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:DVD) today reported its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2003. Revenues were $47,849,000 in the quarter ended...

Dover Motorsports, Inc. reports results for the second quarter.

DOVER, Del., July 24 -- Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE:DVD) today reported its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2003.

Revenues were $47,849,000 in the quarter ended June 30, 2003 compared with $48,641,000 in the second quarter of 2002. Broadcast revenues and sponsor- related revenues increased over the comparable period in the prior year. Adverse weather affected five events in the quarter contributing to a decline in admissions, concessions and merchandise revenues. The Company promoted a total of nine major events in both the second quarter of 2003 and 2002 with one change at Gateway International Raceway. In 2002, Gateway hosted a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event, whereas, in the second quarter of 2003, it hosted a NASCAR Busch Series event.

Earnings before income taxes for the quarter ended June 30, 2003 were $10,046,000 compared with $12,924,000 in the comparable quarter of the prior year. Lower earnings from the Grand Prix of Long Beach event, higher interest expense and depreciation, and settlement of a claim for legal fees contributed to the earnings decline. Net earnings for the quarter ended June 30, 2003 were $5,023,000 or $.13 per diluted share compared with $7,382,000 or $.19 per diluted share for the same period last year.

Operating expenses were $1,402,000 higher in the second quarter of 2003 than in the comparable quarter of 2002 primarily due to higher sanction fees and purses, as well as the impact of running a NASCAR Busch Series event instead of a NASCAR Truck Series event. Marketing expenses were $265,000 lower than in the prior year's second quarter.

General and administrative expenses were $251,000 higher in the second quarter of 2003 than in the same quarter last year. Administrative expenses in 2003 included $355,000 for the settlement of a claim for attorney's fees in conjunction with a purchase of land near Gateway International Raceway. All other general and administrative expenses were down slightly from the prior year. Higher insurance and benefits costs in 2003 were more than offset by lower wages as a result of fewer people.

Depreciation and amortization was $326,000 higher in the second quarter of 2003, primarily due to the impact of investments in street race events in Denver and St. Petersburg during the past year. No major construction projects are currently underway.

Net interest expense was $372,000 higher in the second quarter of 2003 primarily as a result of the write-off and amortization of bank facility fees. Interest on lower amounts outstanding was generally offset by the impact of higher rates.

The Company's financial position remained strong at June 30, 2003, despite lower earnings during the first half of the year. Cash flow from operations for the first half of 2003 was $11,251,000 compared with $9,284,000 for the first half of last year.

Indebtedness at June 30, 2003 was $62,691,000 compared with $79,593,000 at June 30, 2002. Capital spending was $2,604,000 in the first half of 2003 compared with $2,520,000 in the first half of the prior year. Despite the current sluggish economic environment, the Company expects to continue to generate positive cash flow for the remainder of the year. The Company noted that any excess cash flow will continue to be used to reduce indebtedness.

This release contains or may contain forward-looking statements based on management's beliefs and assumptions. Such statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties which could cause results to vary materially. Please refer to the Company's SEC filings for a discussion of such factors.

Dover Motorsports, Inc. is a leading promoter of motorsports events in the United States. Its motorsports subsidiaries operate seven motorsports tracks (four permanent facilities and three temporary circuits) in six states and promote motorsports events under the auspices of four of the premier sanctioning bodies in motorsports -- NASCAR, CART, IRL and NHRA. The Company owns and operates Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware; Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tennessee; Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Missouri; and Memphis Motorsports Park near Memphis, Tennessee. It also organizes and promotes the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in California, the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver in Colorado and the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida.

<pre> DOVER MOTORSPORTS, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF EARNINGS In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts (Unaudited)

                                       Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
                                            June 30,          June 30,
                                         2003     2002     2003      2002
  Revenues                              $47,849  $48,641  $51,816   $49,637

Expenses: Operating and marketing 29,483 28,346 35,953 30,539 Depreciation and amortization 2,698 2,372 5,324 4,729 General and administrative 4,137 3,886 7,748 7,397 36,318 34,604 49,025 42,665 Operating earnings 11,531 14,037 2,791 6,972 Interest expense, net 1,485 1,113 2,731 1,997 Earnings from continuing operations before income taxes and cumulative effect of accounting change 10,046 12,924 60 4,975 Income taxes 5,023 5,542 30 1,956

Earnings from continuing operations before cumulative effect of accounting change 5,023 7,382 30 3,019

Earnings from discontinued operation, net of income taxes of $3,542 - - - 5,168

Direct costs of spin-off, net of income tax benefit of $90 - - - (691)

Earnings before cumulative effect of accounting change 5,023 7,382 30 7,496

Cumulative effect of accounting change for goodwill impairment - - - (28,606)

Net earnings (loss) $5,023 $7,382 $30 $(21,110)

Earnings (loss) per common share - basic: Continuing operations before accounting change $0.13 $0.19 $- $0.08 Discontinued operation - - - 0.12 Accounting change - - - (0.75) Net earnings (loss) $0.13 $0.19 $- $(0.55)

Earnings (loss) per common share - diluted: Continuing operations before accounting change $0.13 $0.19 $- $0.08 Discontinued operation - - - 0.12 Accounting change - - - (0.75) Net earnings (loss) $0.13 $0.19 $- $(0.55)

Average shares outstanding: - Basic 39,891 38,059 39,813 38,056 - Diluted 39,960 38,574 39,925 38,467

DOVER MOTORSPORTS, INC. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET In Thousands (Unaudited)

                                                June 30,        December 31,
                                                  2003              2002

ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $1,227 $454 Accounts receivable 11,910 3,526 Inventories 637 382 Prepaid expenses and other 4,957 4,088 Income taxes receivable 4,176 5,906 Deferred income taxes 644 810 Total current assets 23,551 15,166

  Property and equipment, net                    242,288           244,965
  Restricted cash                                  1,956             3,683
  Other assets, net                                1,358             1,790
  Deferred income taxes                            2,419             1,865
  Goodwill                                        21,883            21,883
      Total assets                              $293,455          $289,352

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $2,062 $1,411 Accrued liabilities 7,102 5,325 Payable to Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. 638 793 Notes payable to banks 43,460 - Current portion of long-term debt 745 685 Deferred revenue 19,165 12,080 Total current liabilities 73,172 20,294

  Notes payable to banks                               -            51,515
  Long-term debt                                  18,486            19,229
  Other liabilities                                   85               107
  Deferred income taxes                           41,282            37,674

Stockholders' equity: Common stock 1,649 1,614 Class A common stock 2,345 2,345 Additional paid-in capital 127,799 127,169 Retained earnings 28,967 29,735 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (330) (330) Total stockholders' equity 160,430 160,533 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $293,455 $289,352

DOVER MOTORSPORTS, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS In Thousands (Unaudited)

                                                  Six Months Ended June 30,
                                                   2003               2002

Cash flows from operating activities: Net earnings (loss) $30 $(21,110) Adjustments to reconcile net earnings (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 5,324 4,729 Amortization and write-off of credit facility fees 743 - Earnings from discontinued operation, net - (5,168) Cumulative effect of accounting change - 28,606 Tax benefit of options exercised 533 - Deferred income taxes 3,220 3,628 Changes in assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable (8,384) (10,077) Inventories (255) (69) Prepaid expenses and other (1,048) (1,901) Income taxes receivable 1,730 (218) Accounts payable 651 (89) Accrued liabilities 1,777 2,757 Payable to Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. (155) - Deferred revenue 7,085 8,196 Net cash provided by continuing operations 11,251 9,284

Cash flows from investing activities: Capital expenditures (2,604) (2,520) Restricted cash 1,727 1,639 Other 70 - Net cash used in investing activities of continuing operations (807) (881)

Cash flows from financing activities: Repayments on revolving debt agreement, net (8,055) (50,922) Debt paid down by Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. - 45,000 Repayments of long-term debt (683) (635) Repayment of shareholder loan - 92 Proceeds from stock options exercised 132 33 Other liabilities (22) (8) Credit facility amendment fees (245) - Dividends paid (798) (2,474) Net cash used in financing activities of continuing operations (9,671) (8,914) Net cash used in discontinued operation - (1,730) Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 773 (2,241) Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 454 2,948 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $1,227 $707

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