SOURCE: Monarch Casino and Resort, Inc.

October 22, 2014 16:05 ET

Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Net Revenue of $48.6 Million and Adjusted EBITDA of $12.0 Million

Board of Directors Approves Share Repurchase Program for Up to Three Million Shares

RENO, NV--(Marketwired - Oct 22, 2014) -  Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCRI) ("Monarch" or "the Company") today reported operating results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2014, as summarized below:

Amounts in thousands except per share data:

           
  Three Months Ended September 30,     Nine Months Ended September 30,  
  2014   2013   Decrease     2014   2013   Decrease  
Net revenue (1) $ 48,597   $ 48,989   (0.8 %)   $ 141,908   $ 144,245   (1.6 %)
                                   
Adjusted EBITDA (1)(2)   11,987     12,783   (6.2 %)     33,939     39,682   (14.5 %)
                                   
Net income (1) $ 4,074   $ 5,520   (26.2 %)   $ 10,374   $ 15,902   (34.8 %)
                                   
Basic EPS $ 0.24   $ 0.34   (29.4 %)   $ 0.62   $ 0.98   (36.7 %)
Diluted EPS $ 0.24   $ 0.32   (25.0 %)   $ 0.61   $ 0.95   (35.8 %)
                                   
(1) Commencing with the 2014 first quarter, the Company is reporting consolidated results rather than results for each of its two facilities.
(2) Definitions, disclosures and reconciliations of non-GAAP financial information are included later in the release.
   

CEO Comment
John Farahi, Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Monarch, commented: "Despite ongoing construction disruption at Monarch Black Hawk, total net revenue for the quarter was largely in line with the prior year's third quarter. Adjusted EBITDA of $12.0 million was 6.2% lower than in the prior year quarter, an improvement from the year-over-year performance reported in our first and second quarters. The decrease in Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter was due primarily to higher casino operating expense.

"The first phase of our three phase project to redesign and upgrade the existing Monarch Black Hawk facility was completed and opened in August and has been well received by our guests. Work on the second phase is currently underway and we remain on pace to complete all three phases of the work in the third quarter of 2015. 

"We continue to move forward with our city-approved master plan to expand and transform Monarch Black Hawk into a full-scale casino resort. While modifications to portions of the master plan aimed at both enhancing the project and reducing construction costs have delayed the finalization of our plans, timeline and budget, we believe these modifications will allow us to generate a more attractive return on our investment. We expect to complete construction plans late in the fourth quarter of 2014 and then commence the bidding process. This will position us to announce the project's timeline and budget in the first quarter of 2015.

"Finally, we are closely monitoring the upcoming November 4th referendum vote that if passed would expand gaming into Denver, Black Hawk's primary feeder market. We continue to work with our industry partners in Black Hawk to ensure voters are fully informed on this issue as they head to the polls."

Summary of 2014 Third Quarter Operating Results
Consolidated net revenue of $48.6 million declined 0.8% year over year, as lower casino revenue at Monarch Black Hawk, and to a lesser extent Atlantis, drove a 1.4% decline in total casino revenue. Monarch Black Hawk casino revenue continues to be impacted by disruption from the ongoing redesign and upgrade of the property, which has caused a temporary 13% reduction in the number of slot machines on the gaming floor in order to accommodate the work. 

The Company's food and beverage revenue increased 6.1% while hotel revenue decreased 4.0% in the third quarter of 2014. The decline in hotel revenue is primarily attributable to lower convention and meeting business in the city of Reno. 

The Company generated consolidated Adjusted EBITDA of $12.0 million in the third quarter of 2014, a decline of $0.8 million, or 6.2%, from the same period a year ago.

Casino operating expense as a percentage of casino revenue increased to 42.0% for the third quarter of 2014 compared to 40.0% in the third quarter of 2013 due primarily to lower casino revenue and higher complimentaries expense. Food and beverage operating expense as a percentage of food and beverage revenue decreased to 38.8% from 40.4% in the 2013 third quarter. Hotel operating expense as a percentage of hotel revenue decreased to 25.1% for the third quarter of 2014 compared to 27.3% for the prior year due primarily to lower repairs and maintenance expense.

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses for the 2014 third quarter decreased slightly to $13.4 million from $13.5 million in the 2013 third quarter. 

In the third quarter of 2014, the Company incurred $0.8 million of expense related to the campaign against the proposed 2014 ballot initiative in Colorado which would expand gaming to certain horse racing facilities in the state. The $0.8 million of expense is in addition to the $1.0 million incurred during the second quarter of 2014. Were the ballot initiative to succeed, the Company would reconsider its expansion plans at Monarch Black Hawk.

Depreciation expense in the third quarter of 2014 increased by $0.6 million from the prior year primarily due to accelerated depreciation on the existing garage structure at Monarch Black Hawk recognized in anticipation of its possible early removal from service as part of the master plan expansion project.

Credit Facility
During the 2014 third quarter, the Company made net principal payments of $5.5 million which reduced the amount outstanding on its credit facility to $43.4 million at September 30, 2014. Capital expenditures of $3.5 million in the third quarter of 2014 were funded from operating cash flows and primarily represent costs related to the Monarch Black Hawk master development plan, including the ongoing redesign and upgrade of the existing facility.

Interest expense for the 2014 third quarter decreased to $0.3 million from $0.4 million in the third quarter of 2013 due to a lower interest rate driven by our lower leverage and lower outstanding borrowings. 

Stock Repurchase Program
The Company announced that Monarch's Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of up to 3,000,000 shares of the Company's common stock. This authorization provides the Company with the opportunity to repurchase stock as part of its overall long-term capital allocation strategy. 

Shares may be repurchased from time to time in the open market at prevailing market prices, in privately negotiated transactions, or by other means in accordance with federal securities laws. The actual timing, number and value of shares repurchased under the program will be determined by management at its discretion and will depend on a number of factors, including the market price of the Company's stock, general market and economic conditions and applicable legal requirements. This authorization does not obligate the Company to acquire any specific amount of common stock and the program may be suspended or delayed at the Company's discretion at any time.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 which are subject to change, including, but not limited to, comments relating to (i) future operating performance; (ii) economic and market conditions; (iii) plans, objectives and expectations regarding Atlantis and/or Monarch Black Hawk; and (iv) plans, costs, financing, construction, completion and opening timelines of redesigned and/or expanded facilities at Monarch Black Hawk. Actual results and future events and conditions may differ materially from those described in any forward-looking statements. With respect to the Monarch Black Hawk redesign and expansion projects, important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from estimates or projections contained in the forward-looking statements include, without limitation:

  • construction factors, including delays, increased costs of labor and materials, availability of labor and materials, zoning issues, environmental restrictions, soil and water conditions, weather and other hazards, site access matters and building permit issues;
  • access to available and reasonable financing on a timely basis, including the ability of the Company to restructure its credit facility on acceptable terms;
  • changes in laws and regulations permitting expanded and other forms of gaming in our key markets;
  • the outcome of the proposed 2014 ballot initiative in Colorado which would expand gaming into certain horse racing facilities in the state; and
  • the effects of local and national economic, credit and capital market conditions on the economy, in general, and on the gaming industry, in particular.

Additional information concerning potential factors that could affect all forward looking statements, including the Company's financial results is included in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, which are available on the Company's website at www.MonarchCasino.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Please see the separate Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income (unaudited) below. 

Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an alternative to operating income (as determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles), as an indicator of the Company's operating performance, as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities (as determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles) or as a measure of liquidity. This item enables comparison of the Company's performance with the performance of other companies that report Adjusted EBITDA, although some companies do not calculate this measure in the same manner and therefore, the measure as presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies.

About Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc.
Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, a hotel/casino facility in Reno, Nevada, and the Monarch Casino Black Hawk (formerly the Riviera Black Hawk Casino) in Black Hawk, Colorado, approximately 40 miles west of Denver. For additional information on Monarch, visit Monarch's website at www.MonarchCasino.com.

The Atlantis features approximately 61,000 square feet of casino space; 824 guest rooms; eight food outlets; two espresso and pastry bars; a 30,000 square foot health spa and salon with an enclosed year-round pool; two retail outlets offering clothing and traditional gift shop merchandise; an 8,000 square-foot family entertainment center; and approximately 52,000 square feet of banquet, convention and meeting room space. The casino features approximately 1,450 slot and video poker machines; approximately 37 table games, including blackjack, craps, roulette, and others; a race and sports book; a 24-hour live keno lounge; and a poker room.

The Company acquired the Monarch Casino Black Hawk, the first casino encountered by visitors arriving from Denver on Highway 119, in April 2012. The property features approximately 32,000 square feet of casino space, approximately 710 slot machines, 9 table games, a 250 seat buffet-style restaurant, a snack bar and a parking structure with approximately 500 spaces. The slot machine count has been temporarily reduced to approximately 620 to accommodate redesign and upgrade work on the facility. Monarch owns a 1.5 acre land parcel contiguous to the Monarch Casino Black Hawk which is zoned for gaming and is included in the city approved master planned expansion. Once completed, the master plan will nearly double the casino space and will add a 22 story hotel tower with 507 guest rooms and suites, an upscale spa and pool facility, four restaurants, additional bars, a new parking structure and associated support facilities. The planned ten story parking structure will increase total parking on site from approximately 500 spaces to approximately 1,550 parking spaces.

- financial tables follow -

   
MONARCH CASINO & RESORT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME  
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
   
    Three months ended September 30,     Nine months ended September 30,  
    2014     2013     2014     2013  
                                 
Revenues                                
  Casino   $ 37,512     $ 38,038     $ 109,810     $ 114,825  
  Food and beverage     13,573       12,791       39,043       37,176  
  Hotel     6,339       6,603       17,014       18,283  
  Other     2,553       2,446       7,487       7,091  
    Gross revenues     59,977       59,878       173,354       177,375  
  Less promotional allowances     (11,380 )     (10,889 )     (31,446 )     (33,130 )
    Net revenues     48,597       48,989       141,908       144,245  
                                 
Operating expenses                                
  Casino     15,743       15,201       45,882       44,630  
  Food and beverage     5,267       5,163       15,781       15,002  
  Hotel     1,589       1,802       4,673       4,935  
  Other     867       817       2,654       2,382  
  Selling, general and administrative     13,444       13,518       39,855       38,432  
  Depreciation and amortization     4,180       3,549       13,504       12,572  
  Loss on disposition of assets     -       -       249       -  
  Colorado ballot initiative costs     841       -       1,845       -  
    Total operating expenses     41,931       40,050       124,443       117,953  
                                     
    Income from operations     6,666       8,939       17,465       26,292  
                                 
Other expenses                                
  Interest expense     (255 )     (411 )     (816 )     (1,493 )
    Total other expenses     (255 )     (411 )     (816 )     (1,493 )
                                     
    Income before income taxes     6,411       8,528       16,649       24,799  
Provision for income taxes     (2,337 )     (3,008 )     (6,275 )     (8,897 )
  Net income   $ 4,074     $ 5,520     $ 10,374     $ 15,902  
                                 
Earnings per share of common stock                                
  Net income                                
    Basic   $ 0.24     $ 0.34     $ 0.62     $ 0.98  
    Diluted   $ 0.24     $ 0.32     $ 0.61     $ 0.95  
                                 
Weighted average number of common shares and potential common shares outstanding                                
    Basic     16,800       16,389       16,709       16,244  
    Diluted     17,016       17,180       17,113       16,799  
                                     
                                     
                                     
MONARCH CASINO & RESORT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
(In thousands, except shares)  
   
  September 30,     December 31,  
  2014     2013  
  (unaudited)        
ASSETS              
  Current assets              
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 17,510     $ 19,330  
  Receivables, net   3,518       2,628  
  Income taxes receivable   200       608  
  Inventories   2,616       2,675  
  Prepaid expenses   3,496       2,830  
  Deferred income taxes   5,909       5,909  
    Total current assets   33,249       33,980  
Property and equipment              
  Land   28,680       28,680  
  Land improvements   6,701       6,562  
  Buildings   150,828       150,828  
  Buildings improvements   20,013       15,897  
  Furniture and equipment   136,610       134,425  
  Construction in progress   9,582       4,891  
  Leasehold improvements   1,347       1,347  
      353,761       342,630  
  Less accumulated depreciation and amortization   (178,069 )     (166,993 )
    Net property and equipment   175,692       175,637  
Other assets              
  Goodwill   25,111       25,111  
  Intangible assets, net   7,657       8,531  
  Deferred income taxes   350       350  
  Other assets, net   685       914  
    Total other assets   33,803       34,906  
      Total assets $ 242,744     $ 244,523  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY              
Current liabilities              
  Accounts payable $ 7,871     $ 8,666  
  Construction accounts payable   766       -  
  Accrued expenses   18,005       18,177  
    Total current liabilities   26,642       26,843  
Long-term debt   43,400       53,800  
      Total liabilities   70,042       80,643  
Stockholders' equity              
  Preferred stock, $.01 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized; none issued   -       -  
  Common stock, $.01 par value, 30,000,000 shares authorized; 19,096,300 shares issued; 16,803,129 outstanding at September 30, 2014; 16,482,768 outstanding at December 31, 2013   191       191  
  Additional paid-in capital   22,706       30,926  
  Treasury stock, 2,293,171 shares at September 30, 2014; 2,613,532 shares at   (33,129 )     (39,797 )
  December 31, 2013              
  Retained earnings   182,934       172,560  
    Total stockholders' equity   172,702       163,880  
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 242,744     $ 244,523  
                   
                   
                   
MONARCH CASINO & RESORT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
RECONCILIATIN OF ADJUSTED EBITDA TO NET INCOME  
(in thousands, unaudited)  
   
The following table sets forth a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, to net income, a GAAP financial measure:  
   
    Three Months Ended
September 30,
    Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
    2014     2013     2014     2013  
    Adjusted EBITDA (1)   $ 11,987     $ 12,783     $ 33,939     $ 39,682  
Expenses:                                
  Stock based compensation     (300 )     (295 )     (876 )     (818 )
  Depreciation and amortization     (4,180 )     (3,549 )     (13,504 )     (12,572 )
  Colorado ballot initiative costs     (841 )     -       (1,845 )     -  
  Interest expense     (255 )     (411 )     (816 )     (1,493 )
  Loss on disposition of assets     -       -       (249 )     -  
  Provision for income taxes     (2,337 )     (3,008 )     (6,275 )     (8,897 )
      Net Income   $ 4,074     $ 5,520     $ 10,374     $ 15,902  
                                       
(1) Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, consists of net income plus provision for income taxes, stock based compensation expense, other one-time charges, interest expense, depreciation and amortization less interest income and any benefit for income taxes. Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an alternative to operating income (as determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles) as an indicator of the Company's operating performance, as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities (as determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles) or as a measure of liquidity. This item enables comparison of the Company's performance with the performance of other companies that report Adjusted EBITDA, although some companies do not calculate this measure in the same manner and therefore, the measure as presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies.
   

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Ron Rowan
    Chief Financial Officer
    775/825-4700
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    Joseph Jaffoni, Richard Land, James Leahy
    JCIR
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