SOURCE: Jacobs Entertainment, Inc.

Jacobs Entertainment, Inc.

August 11, 2009 15:13 ET

Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. Reports Second Quarter and Six-Month Results

GOLDEN, CO--(Marketwire - August 11, 2009) - Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. ("JEI"), an owner and operator of multiple gaming properties, today announced unaudited financial results for its second quarter and six-month period ended June 30, 2009.

Net revenues for the second quarter of 2009 were $77.8 million compared to $98.6 million for the second quarter of the previous year. Net income attributable to JEI for the second quarter of 2009 was $2.5 million compared to a net loss of $1.3 million for the same quarter of the previous year.

Net revenues for the six-month period ended June 30, 2009 were $155.8 million compared to $185.8 million for the six-month period ended June 30, 2008. Net income attributable to JEI for the six-month period ended June 30, 2009 was $5.6 million compared to a net loss of $343 thousand for the same period of the previous year.

JEI will host a conference call to discuss its operating results for its second quarter and six-month period ended June 30, 2009. The conference call will be held at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, and will be hosted by Stephen R. Roark, President of JEI, and Ian M. Stewart, President of Pari-Mutuel Wagering Operations, along with other members of the JEI management team.

To participate in the JEI conference call on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, please dial 800-565-0813 and give confirmation code 4013189. Please call 5-7 minutes before the call is to begin.

If you are unable to join the JEI conference call, you may access a replay of the call starting Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To access the replay, please dial 800-408-3053 and reference the confirmation code 2061402. The replay will continue until midnight Eastern Time, Wednesday, August 19, 2009.

Based in Golden, CO, Jacobs Entertainment is the owner and operator of The Lodge Casino at Black Hawk and the Gilpin Casino, both located in Black Hawk, Colorado; the Gold Dust West-Reno Casino in Reno, Nevada; the Gold Dust West-Carson City Casino in Carson City, Nevada; the Gold Dust West-Elko Casino in Elko, Nevada (the casino properties); Colonial Downs Racetrack in Virginia and eight related off-track wagering facilities located in Virginia; and 18 truck plaza video gaming facilities located in Louisiana with a share in the gaming revenues of an additional truck plaza located in Louisiana.

Our business and financial performance are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that might adversely affect our operating results in the future in a material way, such as the intensity of competition, our ability to meet debt obligations, regulatory compliance, taxation levels, effects of national and regional economic and market conditions, labor and marketing costs, success of our diversification plan and the successful integration of our operations.

                        JACOBS ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
                     FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (unaudited)
                         (dollars in thousands)

                      SELECTED INCOME STATEMENT DATA

                              Three Months Ended       Six Months Ended
                                   June 30,                June 30,
                               2009        2008        2009        2008
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Revenues:
  Total revenues            $   86,110  $  107,368  $  172,670  $  203,061
  Promotional allowances        (8,298)     (8,776)    (16,881)    (17,291)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Net revenues                    77,812      98,592     155,789     185,770

Costs and expenses              69,006      93,124     137,625     172,395
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Operating income                 8,806       5,468      18,164      13,375

Interest expense, net           (6,305)     (6,723)    (12,602)    (13,714)
Noncontrolling interest             --          (9)         --          (4)
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------

Net income (loss)
 attributable to JEI        $    2,501  $   (1,264) $    5,562  $     (343)
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

                               SELECTED BALANCE SHEET DATA

                             June 30,               December 31,
                               2009                    2008
                            ----------              -----------

Total assets                $  352,251              $   344,477
Total liabilities           $  323,661              $   318,941
Stockholders' equity        $   28,590              $    25,536

EBITDA represents earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and is a non-GAAP financial measure that management believes is useful because it allows holders of our debt and management to evaluate and compare the Company's operating results from continuing operations from period to period in a meaningful and consistent manner in addition to standard GAAP financial measures. Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA plus expenses that we do not consider representative of our ongoing operations and that could result in comparison distortions. Management internally evaluates the performance of its segments using EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA measures as do most analysts following the gaming industry. EBITDA is also a key component of certain financial covenants in the Company's debt agreements. This information should not be considered as an alternative to any measure of performance as promulgated under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, such as net income (loss), nor should it be considered as an indicator of our overall financial performance. Our calculation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may be different from the calculation used by other companies and comparability may be limited.

              EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA RECONCILIATION
                      (dollars in thousands)

                              Three Months Ended       Six Months Ended
                                   June 30,                June 30,
                               2009        2008        2009        2008
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
Net income (loss)
 attributable to JEI
 as reported above          $    2,501  $   (1,264) $    5,562  $     (343)
Add:
     Interest expense, net       6,305       6,723      12,602      13,714
     Depreciation and
      amortization               5,272       4,987      10,530       9,923
     Noncontrolling
      interest                      --           9          --           4
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
EBITDA                      $   14,078  $   10,455  $   28,694  $   23,298
     Unrealized (gain) loss
      on change in fair
      value of investment in
      equity securities         (1,302)      4,063        (667)      4,063
     Colorado Constitutional
      amendment costs               --         167          --         206
                            ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
ADJUSTED EBITDA             $   12,776  $   14,685  $   28,027  $   27,567
                            ==========  ==========  ==========  ==========

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:
    Jacobs Entertainment, Inc.
    Stephen R. Roark
    President
    303-215-5201