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Dover Motorsports, Inc. reports results for the quarter ended March 31, 2011

Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD) today reported its results for the quarter ended March 31, 2011.

As previously reported, the Company terminated the majority of the leases at our Gateway facility in exchange for the transfer of all improvements and personal property on the premises and the conveyance of 18.5 acres of owned land to one of the landlords. As we no longer have any operations at the facility, the results of operations for our Gateway facility are being reported as a discontinued operation.  Accordingly, the accompanying consolidated financials statements have been reclassified to report separately the assets, liabilities and operating results of this discontinued operation.

The Company historically reports a loss in the first quarter due to the seasonality of our motorsports business.  No major events were promoted during the first quarter of 2011 or 2010.

Revenues for the first quarter of 2011 were $ 130,000 compared with $ 55,000 in the first quarter of 2010. Operating and marketing expenses were ,288,000 in the first quarter of 2011 compared to $ 1,395,000 for the comparable prior year period. The decrease is primarily due to the sale of the Memphis facility on January 31, 2011.

General and administrative expenses of $ 2,151,000 in the first quarter of 2011 were down from $ 2,486,000 for the same quarter last year.  The decrease is due primarily to lower employee costs in Dover and Nashville and lower costs resulting from the sale of the Memphis facility.

Depreciation and amortization of $ 1,413,000 during the first quarter of 2011 was comparable to $ 1,415,000 in the first quarter of 2010.

Net interest expense was $ 841,000 in the first quarter of 2011 compared to $ 758,000 in the first quarter of 2010. The increase was due primarily to a higher average interest rate on our credit facility and the amortization of credit facility amendment fees.

Loss from continuing operations before income tax benefit for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 was $ 5,559,000 or $ .10 per diluted share compared with $ 5,999,000 or $ .11 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2010.

The effective income tax rate was 37.1% for the first quarter of 2011 and 2010. 

Loss from discontinued operation, net of income tax benefit was $ 68,000 or $ .00 per diluted share for the first quarter of 2011 compared to $ 827,000 or $ .02 per diluted for the first quarter of 2010.
 
Net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 was $ 3,566,000 or $ .10 per diluted share compared with a loss of $ 4,599,000 or $ .13 per diluted share for the comparable period of the prior year. 

Net cash (used in) provided by operations was ($ 839,000) for the first quarter of 2011 compared to $ 8,000 for the first quarter of 2010.  The decrease was primarily due to lower advance collections for our upcoming events, partially offset by the lower net loss and the timing of sanction fee payments for Nashville’s April NASCAR event weekend. 

Capital spending was $ 123,000 in the first quarter of 2011 compared with $ 203,000 in the first quarter of 2010.  The Company received proceeds of $ 1,875,000 related to the sale of the Memphis facility in January 2011. 

At March 31, 2011, the Company’s total indebtedness was $ 37,500,000 compared with $ 41,300,000 at March 31, 2010.

As previously announced, on April 12, 2011, Dover Motorsports, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries Dover International Speedway, Inc. and Nashville Speedway, USA, Inc., as co-borrowers, entered into a $ 65,000,000 secured credit agreement with a new bank group. The maximum borrowing limit under the facility reduces to $ 60,000,000 as of March 31, 2012 and $ 55,000,000 as of March 31, 2013 and the facility expires April 12, 2014. The credit facility contains more favorable interest rates and covenants.

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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 two motorsports tracks in two states and promote NASCAR sanctioned and other motorsports events. The Company owns and operates Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tennessee. For further information, log on to www.dovermotorsports.com.

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. (NYSE: DVD) is a leading promoter of NASCAR sanctioned motorsports events whose subsidiaries own and operate Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del., and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville. The company also plays host to the Firefly Music Festival, produced by Red Frog Events and Goldenvoice. For more information, visit www.DoverMotorsports.com.

 

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