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EVENT HOSPITALITY & ENTERTAINMENT LIMITED

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Event Hospitality & Entertainment : Chairman's Address to Shareholders

10/27/2020 | 01:10pm EDT

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CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS

TO THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER 2020

It is a pleasure to welcome all shareholders and visitors back to Event Cinemas George Street for this Annual General Meeting of Event Hospitality & Entertainment Limited, and to welcome those participating in the meeting online.

The conduct of this Annual General Meeting, with shareholders, friends and colleagues joining us by technology as well as in person, is unique in the Company's history. Before we discuss a year of extraordinary challenges for our businesses, I would like to briefly note that at the Annual General Meeting of Spencer's Pictures Limited in 1919, the Chairman, Arthur A. C. Cocks, pointed out that during the past financial year the earning powers of the theatres had been seriously affected by the influenza epidemic.

The current challenges facing the global cinema exhibition industry are unprecedented. We are, as ever, reliant on the supply of quality film content, particularly from Hollywood, and the major studios are reluctant to release big budget titles whilst many cinemas in the U.S. in particular are closed. A few titles have been released directly to streaming platforms, however, the blockbuster titles that bring audiences to cinemas have been delayed waiting for an exhibition release. We have invested in best practice COVID-safe environments and there is much pent up demand from our cinema goers to watch a great film at Event.

I note that our Company has endured for over a century through many challenging periods, and we are well placed to manage and respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19. The film line-up for the 2021 calendar year, underlines the great opportunity that lies ahead for those exhibitors that are able navigate through the immediate period. To this end, I reiterate the words of my late father, who once said that "the Company's best days will forever lay ahead."

The 2020 Annual Report, which includes the financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2020, was released to shareholders in September 2020. The Group's total net loss after tax for the year was $11.4 million, whilst the normalised profit after tax from continuing operations decreased 83% to $18.0 million.

As foreshadowed in July following the successful completion of our refinancing process, to assist liquidity the Group did not pay a final dividend for the year ended 30 June 2020, and will not pay an interim dividend for the half year ending 31 December 2020. Future dividend payments will be subject to Board consideration and approval having regard to all relevant circumstances including lender gearing requirements and the Group's trading performance.

The Group's total cash balance at 30 June 2020 was $67 million with total debt outstanding of $488 million, which provides headroom in terms of available liquidity following the overall increase in the Group's debt facilities to $750 million.

Event has always prided itself on the strength of its balance sheet which is underpinned by premium property holdings, and our strong balance sheet has assisted in securing the renewal and increase in our debt facilities.

EVENT HOSPITALITY & ENTERTAINMENT LIMITED | ACN 000 005 103

478 GEORGE STREET SYDNEY NSW 2000 | GPO BOX 1609 SYDNEY NSW 2001 | +61 2 9373 6600

CINEMAS | EVENT | BCC | GU FILM HOUSE | CINESTAR | MOONLIGHT

HOTELS & RESORTS | RYDGES | QT | ATURA | THREDBO

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The Board continues to review, assess and monitor appropriate capital management initiatives and strategies. This program is managed within the context of, in the short term, ensuring adequate liquidity is available to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19, and in the medium to long term, maintaining a strong balance sheet and maximising sustainable and long term total return to shareholders.

The Group has made significant progress with the approvals process for major redevelopments of the properties located at 458-472 George Street and 525 George Street in Sydney. The stage one development application for the 525 George Street development, which will include ground floor retail, a seven-screen cinema, a new 450-room Atura hotel and conference centre, and 72 residential apartments, was approved in May, with a design competition about to commence. The planned redevelopment of 458-472 George Street will integrate with the State and Gowings buildings and include ground floor retail, an extension of the QT Sydney hotel, and a new commercial office tower. Council approval will be sought in two separate development applications, one for the podium including the retail and hotel components, and a separate application for the commercial office tower.

The Group will consider appropriate funding options and structures for these major property developments including the potential involvement of development partners where appropriate. I refer shareholders to the recent release to the market of the property portfolio information.

The Group has been guided by the third edition of the ASX Corporate Governance Council's Principles and Recommendations during the year, and the Corporate Governance Statement has been published on the Group's website. This Statement sets out the corporate governance practices and procedures and should assist shareholders in understanding and appreciating the importance placed by the Board upon good corporate governance.

The Board, and committees of the Board, remain committed to ensuring that the Group's corporate governance practices are consistent with the Principles and Recommendations, the fourth edition of which will be applied for the year ending 30 June 2021.

The Board also focuses on maintaining an appropriate approach to remuneration, and details of this approach are detailed within the Annual Report. In particular, the Group's policies are designed to, as far as possible, ensure that the remuneration package is reflective of an executive's duties and responsibilities and to enable the Group to attract, motivate and retain high calibre executives.

In considering appropriate remuneration for executives, the Board resolved to implement a one-off recognition and retention award to recognise the additional effort required from the CEO and her executive team during the COVID-19 response period and during the recovery period and the importance of retaining the executives during this critical period. The recognition and retention award for the CEO will be considered by shareholders later in the meeting.

In my 40 years as chairman, I have never experienced more challenging conditions than we face today. COVID-19 has turned the world in which our businesses operate upside down. The return to normality for our cinema exhibition business is subject to global theatrical market conditions, and our hotel and Thredbo businesses will continue to be subject to the relaxation of Government restrictions. These critical factors are beyond our control.

Your Board and management continue to focus on optimising the Group's position so it can effectively navigate through this period, and in the longer term be able to take advantage of appropriate opportunities as they arise.

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I and the Board acknowledge the outstanding efforts of the CEO, especially in the leadership shown in responding to the impact of COVID-19 on our operating businesses, which I am confident will provide a strong platform for the future. To the rest of the executive team and all Group employees I extend our thanks for their personal and collective efforts. We are proud to have such a depth of experience and recognise the contribution you have made which has been and will continue to be invaluable as we face the challenges of COVID-19.

Difficult decisions have seen many of our valued employees leave us, and to them and their families I express my appreciation for their past support.

I would also like to thank my co-directors for their efforts during the year and particularly thank our 8,000 shareholders for your on-going support.

I will now ask Jane to present her address. Thank you.

Alan Rydge

Chairman

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER'S ADDRESS

TO THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER 2020

Thanks Alan and good morning.

The past year has been an unprecedented period in the 110-year history of the Event Group. From droughts to bushfires, from floods to COVID-19, we have and continue to face challenges daily. I could not be more proud of how well our teams have responded and continue to step up to deliver shareholders the best possible results. We are challenge fit, scenario ready and agile so we can pivot as these challenging market conditions continue to evolve. This is a monumental achievement.

As Alan mentioned, we have a strong balance sheet, underpinned by a valuable property portfolio. We successfully increased our debt facilities in July to $750 million with the majority maturing in 2023, our net debt at June 30 was $421 million.

Safety and wellbeing remain the Group's highest priority. We implemented best in class COVID-safe operating practices with advice from infectious disease experts. Our cinema customer satisfaction scores have improved significantly, with our net promoter scores up 30 points in Australia and up 14 points in New Zealand since we re-opened. This ensures that as COVID-19 Government mandated restrictions lift for our businesses, we are ready.

Turning now to the results for the year ended 30 June 2020, our normalised profit before AASB 16, interest and tax for the year was $34 million, down 78.5% on the prior year principally as a result of the impact of COVID-19.

Pre-COVID-19, we made solid progress on delivering against our Strategic Plan achieving Group revenue, EBITDA and PBIT growth. In fact, the adjusted EBITDA result was the second highest EBITDA result in the Group's history for the period from July to February.

Then COVID-19 hit and the Government mandated restrictions almost entirely wiped out revenue overnight, which was down $262 million before subsidies in the last four months of the financial year. We took swift and effective action to mitigate the impact on cash flow and profitability. We were proactive in developing operating models to deal with each phase of Government restrictions and identified ways to innovate and take advantage of scarce revenue sources.

As an example, we initiated an active cost reduction program, with all cost categories under review, and participated in Government subsidy arrangements where applicable, all of which mitigated 53% of the revenue decline for the COVID-19 period.

EVENT HOSPITALITY & ENTERTAINMENT LIMITED | ACN 000 005 103

478 GEORGE STREET SYDNEY NSW 2000 | GPO BOX 1609 SYDNEY NSW 2001 | +61 2 9373 6600

CINEMAS | EVENT | BCC | GU FILM HOUSE | CINESTAR | MOONLIGHT

HOTELS & RESORTS | RYDGES | QT | ATURA | THREDBO

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