Speedway Motorsports Reports Fourth Quarter And Year Ended December 31, 2006 Results And Provides Guidance for 2007


CONCORD, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 14, 2007--Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI) (NYSE:TRK) today reported record full year results for 2006. This represents the seventh consecutive year that SMI has reported record results. SMI provided full year 2007 earnings guidance of $2.43 to $2.53 per diluted share.

Fourth quarter 2006 results include total revenues of $148.2 million, net income of $28.8 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.65. Full year 2006 results include record total revenues of $567.4 million, net income of $111.2 million and diluted earnings per share of $2.53.

    Fourth Quarter Comparison

    For the fourth quarter 2006 as compared to 2005:

    --  total revenues decreased 3% or $4.3 million to $148.2 million;

    --  net income decreased 16% or $5.4 million to $28.8 million;

    --  diluted earnings per share decreased 16% or $0.12 to $0.65;

    --  non-GAAP(1) net income was $28.8 million for both periods; and

    --  non-GAAP(1) diluted earnings per share was $0.65 for both

    Full Year Comparison

    For the full year 2006 as compared to 2005:

    --  total revenues increased 4% or $23.3 million to $567.4

    --  net income increased 3% or $3.1 million to $111.2 million;

    --  diluted earnings per share increased 3% or $0.08 to $2.53;

    --  non-GAAP(1) net income increased 8% or $8.5 million to $111.2
        million; and

    --  non-GAAP(1) diluted earnings per share increased 9% or $0.20
        to $2.53.

(1) The non-GAAP results exclude a fourth quarter 2005 after tax gain of $5.4 million or $0.12 per diluted share related to resolution of insurance recoveries and damaged property and equipment claims associated with a July 2005 tornado at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS). A reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided below.

2006 Earnings Guidance

William R. Brooks, chief financial officer and executive vice president of Speedway Motorsports, stated, "The Company estimates 2007 total revenues of $550-570 million, net income of $107-111 million, depreciation and interest of $62-67 million, and diluted earnings per share of $2.43-2.53, assuming current industry and economic trends continue, and excluding our 50% share of Motorsports Authentics joint venture operating results, changes in our non-core businesses, capital expenditures exceeding current plans, or the impact of further increases in fuel prices, interest rates, geopolitical conflicts, poor weather surrounding our events or other unforeseen factors."

GAAP and Non-GAAP Reconciliation

The following financial information is presented using other than generally accepted accounting principles ("non-GAAP") and is reconciled to comparable information presented using GAAP. Non-GAAP net income and diluted earnings per share below are derived by adjusting GAAP basis amounts for an item presented on the consolidated income statement net of income taxes. Because the adjustment relates to the 2005 AMS insurance recovery gain, management believes such information is useful and meaningful to investors because it identifies and adjusts for a non-recurring transaction that is not reflective of ongoing operating results, and is used by management to assess core operations, analyze performance trends and make decisions regarding future operations.

This non-GAAP financial information may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other entities and should not be considered alternatives to net income or diluted earnings per share determined in accordance with GAAP.

                                  Three Months            Year
                                  Ended Dec 31:      Ended Dec 31:
                                ----------------- --------------------
                                 2006     2005      2006      2005
                                -------- -------- --------- ----------
                                   (in thousands, except per share
Net Income                      $28,801  $34,181  $111,222  $108,135
Non-GAAP Adjustment, Net of
   AMS Insurance Recovery Gain
    (1)                              --   (5,430 )      --    (5,430 )
                                -------- -------- --------- ---------
Non-GAAP Net Income             $28,801  $28,751  $111,222  $102,705
                                -------- -------- --------- ---------

Diluted Earnings Per Share      $  0.65  $  0.77  $   2.53  $   2.45
Non-GAAP Adjustment:
   AMS Insurance Recovery Gain
    (1)                              --    (0.12 )      --     (0.12 )
                                -------- -------- --------- ---------
Non-GAAP Diluted Earnings Per
 Share )                        $  0.65  $  0.65  $   2.53  $   2.33
                                -------- -------- --------- ---------

(1) On July 6, 2005, a tornado struck Atlanta Motor Speedway causing significant damage to its facilities. Restoration progressed sufficiently to allow AMS to conduct its NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and other races as scheduled in October 2005. The Company's settlement of insurance claims was substantially complete in the fourth quarter 2005. The 2005 results reflect a gain from insurance recoveries upon final resolution of insurance claims net of a recognized loss on damaged property and equipment.

2006 Fourth Quarter Highlights

Fourth quarter highlights include record levels of corporate marketing and other event related revenues for NASCAR and other racing events held this period. Lowe's Motor Speedway hosted larger year-over-year crowds at its Saturday night Bank of America 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, and second highest attendance at its Friday night Dollar General 300 NASCAR Busch Series, racing events. Other fourth quarter highlights include newly modernized Atlanta Motor Speedway hosting large crowds at its Bass Pro Shops 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series racing events. Also, Texas Motor Speedway hosted large crowds at its Dickies 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, O'Reilly Challenge NASCAR Busch, and Silverado 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series post inaugural fall racing events.

Stock Repurchase Program

During the full year 2006, the Company repurchased 476,000 shares of common stock for approximately $17.7 million under its previously announced stock repurchase program. As of December 31, 2006, the Company has repurchased a total of 759,000 shares since adoption of the program in April 2005. In February 2007, the Company's Board of Directors increased the authorized total number of shares that can be repurchased under the program from one million to two million shares.

Other Comments

"Fiscal 2006 for Speedway Motorsports was our seventh consecutive year of record revenues and net income, demonstrating that SMI's solid earnings and cash flows growth provide us with increasing resilience to unforeseen factors," stated H.A. Wheeler, chief operating officer and president of Speedway Motorsports. "SMI achieved these record 2006 results despite poor weather and rising fuel prices surrounding several of our major NASCAR event weekends, and challenges with certain non-core operations. SMI had another year of exceptionally strong increases in company-wide sponsorships, luxury suite rentals, advertising, camping, track rentals and other corporate revenues, and our core motorsports business remains strong. Also, almost 4.0 million fans attended our 2006 events demonstrating that demand and appeal for motorsports entertainment in our markets remain strong even in challenging circumstances. Although Motorsports Authentics incurred losses during a transitional period, this motorsports merchandising joint venture with International Speedway Corporation provides excellent opportunities for increased growth, business synergies and long-term marketing alliances."

"Our 2007 season is off to a tremendous start, as most of our NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch event sponsorships for 2007, and several for 2008, are already sold and pre-sales for other corporate event related revenues are trending ahead of last year," stated O. Bruton Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports. "Several favorable dynamics position us for strong long-term growth visibility, including the increased media attention under NASCAR's new eight-year broadcasting agreements, the untapped potential of expanding demographics, and the anticipated merchandising benefits realized from Motorsports Authentics. Those factors, along with Toyota's new involvement in NASCAR racing and the ongoing refinements to the successful NEXTEL Cup championship race, provide us and our sponsors and other corporate partners with outstanding long-term opportunities.

"We proudly unveiled our spectacular "Neon Garage" at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's March 2007 NASCAR racing weekend, along with showcasing what may be the finest access-friendly infield media center, garage and fan-zone entertainment facilities in motorsports today. These first-class facilities, along with the broadening demographics that the markets are just beginning to embrace, bring increased enthusiasm and spectator interest to our sport, and provide excellent long-term promotional growth opportunities for us as well as advertisers and broadcasters."

Speedway Motorsports is a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. The Company owns and operates the following premier facilities: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway. The Company provides souvenir merchandising services through its SMI Properties subsidiaries and Motorsports Authentics joint venture and manufactures and distributes smaller-scale, modified racing cars through its 600 Racing subsidiary. The Company also owns Performance Racing Network which broadcasts syndicated motorsports programming to over 750 radio stations nationwide. For more information, visit the Company's website at www.speedwaymotorsports.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements, particularly statements with regard to the Company's future operations and financial results. There are many factors that affect future events and trends of the Company's business including, but not limited to, consumer and corporate spending sentiment; air travel; governmental regulations; military actions; national or local catastrophic events; the success of and weather surrounding NASCAR, IRL, NHRA and other racing events; our relationship with NASCAR and other sanctioning bodies; the success of expense reduction efforts; capital projects; expansion; economic conditions; stock repurchases; financing needs; insurance; litigation; taxes; global petroleum product, commodity markets, and oil and gas investments and associated profitability; geopolitical situations in foreign countries; and other factors outside of management control. These factors and other factors, including those contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from management's views and expectations. Inclusion of any information or statement in this news release does not necessarily imply that such information or statement is material. The Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly revised or updated forward-looking information, and such information included in this news release is based on information currently available and may not be reliable after this date.

Note: Speedway Motorsports will host a conference call and web-cast today at 11:00 AM (ET) which are open to all participants. To participate in the conference call, you may dial 866-323-3540 (toll-free) or 706-679-6123 (toll). The reference number is 9450579. A web-cast of the call can be accessed at the Company's website at www.speedwaymotorsports.com. To listen to a playback of the call, you may dial 800-642-1687 or 706-645-9291 beginning after 12:00PM (ET) March 14th through 11:59 PM (ET) March 28th. The reference number is 9450579. Participating in the call will be H.A. Wheeler, Chief Operating Officer and President; William R. Brooks, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President; Marcus G. Smith, Executive Vice President, National Sales and Marketing; and Marylaurel E. Wilks, Vice President, Investor Relations and Communications.

Speedway Motorsports, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Selected Financial Data - Unaudited
For The Three and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2006 and 2005
(In thousands except per share amounts)

                           Three Months Ended    Twelve Months Ended
INCOME STATEMENT DATA    12/31/2006 12/31/2005  12/31/2006 12/31/2005

  Admissions                $42,956    $43,647    $175,208   $177,352
  Event related revenue      48,257     48,802     183,404    168,359
  NASCAR broadcasting
   revenue                   41,116     35,619     162,715    140,956
  Other operating
   revenue                   15,891     24,477      46,038     57,401
     Total Revenues         148,220    152,545     567,365    544,068
Expenses and Other:
  Direct expense of
   events                    18,288     25,441      95,990     97,042
  NASCAR purse and
   sanction fees             28,156     25,702     105,826     96,306
  Other direct operating
   expense                   22,459     24,098      48,121     52,227
  General and
   administrative            20,428     17,662      78,070     73,281
  Depreciation and
   amortization              10,351      9,466      40,707     37,607
  Interest expense, net       4,434      5,411      20,785     21,890
  Losses on equity
   investees                    857        205       3,343        272
  AMS insurance recovery
   gain                           -     (8,829)          -     (8,829)
  Other expense
   (income), net                186     (1,477)        185     (1,632)
     Total Expenses and
      Other                 105,159     97,679     393,027    368,164
Income Before Income
 Taxes                       43,061     54,866     174,338    175,904
Income Tax Provision         14,260     20,685      63,116     67,769
NET INCOME                  $28,801    $34,181    $111,222   $108,135

BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE      $0.66      $0.78       $2.54      $2.46
Weighted average shares
 outstanding                 43,785     43,892      43,801     43,908

 SHARE                        $0.65      $0.77       $2.53      $2.45
Weighted average shares
 outstanding                 43,988     44,128      44,006     44,178

Major NASCAR-sanctioned
 Events Held During
 Period                           5          5          19         19

BALANCE SHEET DATA       12/31/2006 12/31/2005

Cash, cash equivalents
 and short-term
 investments               $121,139   $120,910
Total current assets        203,041    201,288
Property and equipment,
 net                      1,054,676    979,652
Equity investments in
 associated entities        135,346    136,842
Goodwill and other
 intangible assets, net     156,122    159,929
Total assets              1,589,523  1,514,426

Deferred race event
 income, net                112,651    101,966
Total current
 liabilities                159,460    160,663
Revolving credit
 facility borrowings         98,438     50,000
Bank term loan                   --     50,000
Total long-term debt        428,482    430,235
Total liabilities           769,434    788,278
Total stockholders'
 equity                    $820,089   $726,148
    CONTACT: Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
             Lauri Wilks, 704-455-3239

    SOURCE: Speedway Motorsports, Inc.