SOURCE: Ameristar Casinos, Inc.

Ameristar Casinos, Inc.

January 30, 2012 08:30 ET

Ameristar Casinos Increases Cash Dividend by 19%

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - Jan 30, 2012) - Ameristar Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASCA) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.125 per share, payable March 15, 2012 to stockholders of record as of Feb. 29, 2012. This represents an annual rate of $0.50 per share, a 19% increase over the annual dividend for 2011.

"As a result of our strong operational performance and free cash flow, we are pleased to increase the amount we are returning to our shareholders," said Gordon Kanofsky, Ameristar's Chief Executive Officer. "In addition to our dividend policy, we are focused on increasing shareholder value in a number of ways: by reducing our outstanding debt, through the opportunistic repurchase of shares and through future acquisitions and new developments."

Forward-Looking Information
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About Ameristar
Ameristar Casinos is an innovative casino gaming company featuring the newest and most popular slot machines. Our 7,500 dedicated team members pride themselves on delivering consistently friendly and appreciative service to our guests. We continuously strive to increase the loyalty of our guests through the quality of our slot machines, table games, hotel, dining and other leisure offerings. Our eight casino hotel properties primarily serve guests from Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska and Nevada. We have been a public company since 1993, and our stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market. We generate more than $1 billion in net revenues annually.

Visit Ameristar Casinos' website at www.ameristar.com (which shall not be deemed to be incorporated in or a part of this news release).

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:
    Tom Steinbauer
    Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
    Ameristar Casinos, Inc.
    702-567-7000