Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, Hawai’i Convention Center – December 31, 2019 Special Purpose Financial Statements

Posted on Sep 24, 2020 in Summary




Financial Statements, Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2019

THE PRIMARY PURPOSE of the special-purpose audit was to form an opinion on the fairness of the presentation of the financial statements for the Hawai‘i Convention Center, as of and for the year ended December 31, 2019. The special-purpose financial statements have been prepared pursuant to the provisions of the management agreement between the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and AEG Management HCC, LLC (AEG), a private company contracted to operate the Hawai‘i Convention Center. The audit was conducted by Accuity LLP.

Financial Highlights

FOR THE YEAR ended December 31, 2019, the Center reported total revenues of $16.9 million, total expenses of $23.5 million, and $12.8 million in net contributions from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, which resulted in an increase in net assets of $6 million. Revenues consisted of (1) $11.1 million from food and beverage; (2) $2.7 million from rental income; (3) $2.9 million from events; and (4) $200,000 from other revenues.

Expenses consisted of (1) $8 million for personnel services; (2) $4.7 million for building-related expenses; (3) $4.9 million for cost of goods sold; and (4) $5.9 million for other costs.

As of December 31, 2019, the Center’s total assets of $30 million were comprised of (1) cash of $19.5 million; (2) amounts due from Hawai‘i Tourism Authority of $8.7 million; (3) accounts receivable of $1.2 million; and (4) other assets of $600,000. Total liabilities of $4.5 million were comprised of (1) accounts payable of $1.9 million; (2) amounts due to Hawai‘i Tourism Authority of $1.1 million; (3) advance deposits of $700,000; and (4) other liabilities of $800,000.

Property, building, furniture, and equipment used in the Center’s operations, and related depreciation expense, as well as debt used to finance such capital assets and the related interest expense, are not reflected in the Center’s special-purpose financial statements. Those assets, liabilities, and related expenses are reflected on the financial statements of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.

Auditors’ Opinion
THE CENTER RECEIVED AN UNMODIFIED OPINION that its financial statements were presented fairly, in all material respects, in accordance with the management agreement between the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and AEG, which is a basis of accounting other than accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

About the Center


THE HAWAI‘I CONVENTION CENTER (Center), which opened to the general public in June 1998, is used for a variety of events, including conventions and trade shows, public shows, and spectator events. The Center offers approximately 350,000 square feet of rentable space, including 51 meeting rooms. The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority assumed responsibility for the operation, management, and maintenance of the Center in July 2000. The Center is reported as a special revenue fund of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.

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