September 20, 2014 4:08 PM ET

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Company Overview of Merlin Entertainments plc

Company Overview

Merlin Entertainments plc operates visitor attraction places worldwide. The company operates midway attractions under the SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, The Dungeons, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, and The Eye brands; LEGOLAND parks under the LEGOLAND California, LEGOLAND Billund, LEGOLAND Windsor, LEGOLAND Florida, LEGOLAND Deutschland, and LEGOLAND Malaysia brand names; and resort theme parks under the Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures, Warwick Castle, Gardaland, and Heide Park brands. It operates 104 attractions, 10hotels, and 3 holiday villages in 22 countries and across 4 continents. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Poole, the United Kingdom.

3 Market Close

Poole,  BH15 1NQ

United Kingdom

Founded in 1999

16,285 Employees

Phone:

44 12 0266 6900

Fax:

44 12 0244 0021

Key Executives for Merlin Entertainments plc

Group Chief Executive Officer
Age: 51
Total Annual Compensation: $534.3K
Group Chief Financial Officer
Age: 51
Total Annual Compensation: $341.8K
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2013.

Merlin Entertainments plc Key Developments

Merlin Entertainments plc Provides Group Earnings Guidance for the Year 2014

Merlin Entertainments plc provided group earnings guidance for the year 2014. The company reported profit growth is expected to result in full year 2014 EBITDA margins similar to last year's levels.

Merlin Entertainments plc, H1 2014 Interim Management Statement Call, Sep 18, 2014

Merlin Entertainments plc, H1 2014 Interim Management Statement Call, Sep 18, 2014

Merlin Entertainments plc Provides Earnings Guidance for the Year 2014

Merlin Entertainments plc provided earnings guidance for the year 2014. The company expects the cash tax rate to be around 24% this year and continue to expect it to increase towards the long-term effective tax rate of 28% over time. The company now believe that this would equate to approximately GBP 21 million, with the GBP 390 million of EBITDA reported in 2013 equating to GBP 369 million at current full year expected rate of 2014. In addition to previous guidance, the company expects an additional GBP 5 million to GBP 10 million of capital expenditure in 2014 to be spent on LEGOLAND Japan.

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