SOURCE: Jacobs Entertainment, Inc.

Jacobs Entertainment, Inc.

November 14, 2011 16:21 ET

Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. Reports Third Quarter and Nine Months Results

GOLDEN, CO--(Marketwire - Nov 14, 2011) - Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. ("JEI"), an owner and operator of multiple gaming properties, today announced unaudited financial results for its third quarter and nine-month period ended September 30, 2011.

Net revenues for the third quarter of 2011 were $97.7 million compared to $88.9 million for the third quarter of the previous year. Net income for the third quarter of 2011 was $533 thousand compared to a loss of $763 thousand for the same quarter of the previous year.

Net revenues for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011 were $288.8 million compared to $267.5 million for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2010. Net loss for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2011 was $5.6 million compared to net income of $2.4 million for the same period of the previous year.

Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. will host a conference call to discuss its third quarter and nine-month 2011 operating results. The conference call will be held at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 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 Tuesday, November 15, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, please dial 800-952-6845 and a live operator will put you through. 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 Tuesday, November 15, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To access the replay, please dial 800-408-3053 and reference the confirmation code 6785251. The replay will continue until midnight Eastern Time, Tuesday, November 22, 2011.

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 nine related off-track wagering facilities located in Virginia; and 21 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.

(dollars in thousands)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2011 2010 2011 2010
Total revenues $ 107,170 $ 98,010 $ 316,802 $ 294,681
Promotional allowances (9,451 ) (9,070 ) (28,045 ) (27,203 )
Net revenues 97,719 88,940 288,757 267,478
Costs and expenses 90,745 82,885 274,636 244,921
Operating income 6,974 6,055 14,121 22,557
Interest expense, net (6,441 ) (6,810 ) (19,710 ) (20,158 )
Net income (loss) 533 (755 ) (5,589 ) 2,399
Net income of subsidiary attributable to the noncontrolling interest -- (8 ) -- (5 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. $ 533 $ (763 ) $ (5,589 ) $ 2,394
September 30, December 31,
2011 2010
Total assets $ 335,525 $ 347,639
Total liabilities $ 319,223 $ 330,315
Stockholder's equity $ 16,302 $ 17,324

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.

(dollars in thousands)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2011 2010 2011 2010
Net income (loss) as reported above $ 533 $ (755 ) $ (5,589 ) $ 2,399
Interest expense, net 6,441 6,810 19,710 20,158
Depreciation and amortization 5,033 5,597 16,267 16,764
EBITDA $ 12,007 $ 11,652 $ 30,388 $ 39,321
Unrealized loss (gain) on change
in fair value of investment in
equity securities
919 (90 ) 106 (350 )
Impairment of long-lived assets -- -- 10,065 --
Goodwill impairment -- 836 -- 836
Costs incurred for 2010 Credit
Agreement Amendment
-- -- -- 482
ADJUSTED EBITDA $ 12,926 $ 12,398 $ 40,559 $ 40,289

Contact Information

    Jacobs Entertainment, Inc.
    Stephen R. Roark