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GrandpaD

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Company agrees to acquire Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts in New Braunfels, Texas, and Galveston, Texas, along with the right to acquire an additional property in Kansas City, Kansas, for future development.

 

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This caught me way off guard. I knew the Schlitt was hurting after the KC debacle, to the point they were potentially going to default on loans, but I didn't think this would he their escape route.

Also minor suggestion for Cedar Fair. Let Kansas City lie, and don't touch that place.
 
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GrandpaD

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Statement from the Schlitterbahn family -

 
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b.mac

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Just typical reassurance about a business decision for customers.

One of the Schlitterbahn Parks that Cedar Fair did not buy will be rebranded and still owned by the Henry family, while it looks like the fourth property will stay under the original owners (Corpus Christi which is owned by Diamond Beach). Cedar Fair apparently bought the rights to the Schlitterbahn name along with the New Braunfels and Galveston parks, which explains why the remaining-Henry park will be rebranded in the future. I'm assuming a ton of that $261 million is going towards fixing the debt problem Schlitterbahn was facing, as they apparently owed more than $180 million and were dangerously close to defaulting.
 

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So the death of volcano (partly) helped fund this purchase I suppose...
 
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b.mac

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The operating costs of Volcano were insignificant compared to the value of this acquisition. But this purchase definitely should have a positive impact on Cedar Fair's annual attendance and Q1 and Q4 results.
 
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Correct me if I'm wrong here:
This takes Cedar Fair into a market they really haven't had a footing in with Texas.
 
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