During Cedar Fair’s quarterly earnings call Thursday, CEO Richard Zimmerman gave a brief update on the company’s proposed merger with rival theme park chain Six Flags.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice requested more information on the combination — a common step when the department feels a proposed merger may have raise competition issues. 

“This was an anticipated part of the process that our respective teams have prepared for,” Zimmerman said, “and we continue to expect the transaction to close within the first half of the year as originally contemplated.”

The Cedar Fair chief, who would take the CEO role of the combined company, added that he had heard “strong support” for the proposed from investors. 

Beyond those remarks, Cedar Fair made it clear that it would not be commenting on the pending merger during the earnings call. 

As for the current company, Cedar Fair reported slight declines in attendance and revenue across its parks in 2023. Total attendance was 26.7 million guests — down from 26.9 million in 2022 — and revenue dropped from 1.82 billion in 2022 to 1.8 billion last year. Net income dropped from $308 million to $125 million, but that was largely due to a one-time gain from the land sale at California’s Great America in 2022.

Six Flags will announce its 2023 earnings on Feb. 29.