SOURCE: Monarch Casino and Resort, Inc.

October 22, 2015 16:13 ET

Monarch Casino & Resort Reports Third Quarter Net Revenues of $53.6 Million and Adjusted EBITDA of $14.3 Million

RENO, NV--(Marketwired - Oct 22, 2015) - Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCRI) ("Monarch" or the "Company") today reported operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015, as summarized below:

         
($ in thousands, except per share data and percentages)   Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
    2015   2014   Increase   2015   2014   Increase
  Net revenues   $53,576   $48,597   10.2%   $150,760   $141,908   6.2%
  Adjusted EBITDA (1)   14,285   11,987   19.2%   37,643   33,939   10.9%
  Net income   $ 6,394   $ 4,074   56.9%   $ 15,536   $ 10,374   49.8%
                           
  Basic EPS   $ 0.38   $ 0.24   58.3%   $ 0.92   $ 0.62   48.4%
  Diluted EPS   $ 0.37   $ 0.24   54.2%   $ 0.90   $ 0.61   47.5%
 
(1) 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: "Our strong 2015 third quarter results reflect top-line growth at both Atlantis Casino Resort Spa and Monarch Casino Black Hawk. The 10.2% rise in quarterly net revenues, combined with our continued focus on operating expense management, drove a 19.2% increase in Adjusted EBITDA to $14.3 million.

"Overall, Monarch's solid third quarter operating results again highlight our properties' strong competitive position. Monarch Black Hawk's growth reflects the late August completion of our comprehensive redesign and upgrade of the existing facility's interior and our refined operating disciplines. In Reno, Atlantis is poised to benefit from the strengthening local economy thanks to its location and status as a AAA-rated Four Diamond casino resort with a world-class spa and market-leading fine dining.

"Atlantis is benefiting from the early stages of what we believe will be a period of long-term growth for Reno. We continue to upgrade the facility to further distinguish it as the market's resort destination of choice. Construction is underway to convert leased land and buildings adjacent to the Atlantis into 300 additional surface parking spaces, an increase in surface parking adjacent to the Atlantis of approximately 34%. When completed later this year, the 300 new parking spaces will provide more convenient guest access to a primary casino floor entrance. The required removal of buildings to make way for the new parking area will also enhance sightlines and create direct access to Atlantis from an additional major local traffic artery. Long-term, we expect projected job growth, rising real estate values and the overall economic improvement in Reno to complement our initiatives at Atlantis.

"We are very excited to have completed the redesign and upgrade of the existing Monarch Black Hawk casino in August, bringing to the facility's interior the same quality, ambiance and finishes of the ongoing master planned expansion that will transform Monarch Black Hawk into a full-scale casino resort. With the existing facility's interior upgrade now complete, we re-established the number of gaming machines on the floor to approximately 700, which reflects an approximate 25% increase in machines compared to the end of the second quarter. The interior redesign and upgrade have been well received by our guests as reflected in our third quarter results.

"While construction on the garage continues to progress, our general contractor recently determined that its original timeline for the new garage was too aggressive. We now expect to top off the structure this November and complete and open it to the public in the second quarter of 2016. Importantly, the construction cost is fixed in our contract and, as such, the cost to complete the garage will not change as a result of the schedule change. As of September 30, 2015, the remaining cost to complete the garage is approximately $18 - $21 million.

"The estimated total construction cost for the Monarch Black Hawk hotel tower, expanded casino and additional restaurants remains unchanged at approximately $229 - $234 million. However, because the garage construction delay has also delayed the demolition of the existing garage, which is the future site of the new hotel tower and casino expansion, we now expect to complete the full scope of the expansion work in the third quarter of 2018. We continue to expect to fund the cost of the remaining expansion work at Monarch Black Hawk from a combination of operating cash flow and an increase in, or replacement of, our credit facility.

"Going forward, our expectations for continued improvement in the economic environment in Reno, the healthy and expanding Denver economy, the benefit of ongoing improvements at Atlantis and the completion of our extensive upgrade of the existing Monarch Black Hawk facility position Monarch to generate strong financial results into 2016."

Summary of 2015 Third Quarter Operating Results
For the 2015 third quarter, consolidated net revenues of $53.6 million increased 10.2% year over year, driven by growth at both Atlantis and Monarch Black Hawk. Casino revenues rose 10.3% on a year-over-year basis, food and beverage revenues were up 8.5% and hotel revenues increased 4.8%. Consolidated promotional allowances increased $0.5 million, or 4.7%. As a percentage of gross revenues, promotional allowances decreased to 18.2% from 19.0% in the prior year third quarter.

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA increased $2.3 million, or 19.2%, year over year to $14.3 million in the third quarter of 2015.

Casino operating expenses as a percentage of casino revenues improved to 40.9% for the third quarter of 2015 compared to 42.0% in the third quarter of 2014 primarily due to higher casino revenues. Food and beverage operating expense as a percentage of food and beverage revenues for the 2015 third quarter increased to 39.2% from 38.8% in the 2014 third quarter due primarily to higher payroll and repairs and maintenance expenses. Hotel operating expenses as a percentage of hotel revenues were essentially flat at 25.2% for the third quarter of 2015 compared to 25.1% for the prior year.

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses for the 2015 third quarter increased $0.9 million, or 6.7%, over the 2014 third quarter, driven primarily by higher repairs, maintenance and marketing expenses.

Monarch Black Hawk Expansion Update
Summarized below is an update on the Company's ongoing upgrade and expansion of Monarch Black Hawk, including the expected costs and completion dates for the project as well as the amounts spent through September 30, 2015:

                 
$ in millions   Cost   Total Spent Through September 30, 2015   Left to Spend   Estimated
Completion Date
I. Existing Facility                
  Monarch Casino Black Hawk (1)   $76   $76   -   Completed
  Existing Facility Upgrade (2)(3)   $34 - $36   $17   $17 - $19   Interior completed; Exterior 2016-2017
    Total Existing Facility   $110 - $112   $93   $17 - $19    
                 
II. Expansion                
  Acquired Land Parcels   $10   $10   -   Completed
  Parking Structure (3)(4)   $38 - $41   $20   $18 - $21   2Q16
  Hotel Tower & Casino (5)   $229 - $234   -   $229 - $234   3Q18
  Other (3)   $8 - $10   $8   $0 - $2   3Q18
    Total Expansion   $285 - $295   $38   $247 - $257    
    Total Cost   $395 - $407   $131   $264 - $276    
 
(1) The Company paid $76.0 million cash or $69.2 million net of acquired working capital and NOLs when it acquired Monarch Black Hawk (formerly Riviera Black Hawk Casino).
(2) Includes upgrades to interior, which was completed in August 2015, and exterior of existing facility to match the design of the master planned expansion.
(3) The Company expects to fund the amount left to spend primarily from operating cash flow and, to a lesser extent, from its credit facility.
(4) As described above and below, the Company now expects to complete the parking structure in the second quarter of 2016.
(5) The Company anticipates funding the hotel tower and casino expansion from a combination of operating cash flow and an expansion or replacement of its credit facility.
 

During the third quarter of 2015, the Company completed the final phase of the interior redesign and upgrade of its existing Monarch Black Hawk facility and opened the fully redesigned and upgraded existing facility to the public on August 29, 2015. The Company also made further progress on construction of the facility's new parking structure.

Monarch now expects to complete construction on the parking structure, and open it to the public, in the second quarter of 2016. This timeline reflects the general contractor's recent revision to the original completion date of December 2015 which it determined to be too aggressive. Because the construction cost of the parking structure is fixed contractually, the extended timeline will not result in additional cost to complete the structure. Monarch is in the process of finalizing the appointment of a new general contractor for the construction of the hotel tower and casino expansion. Once the new parking structure is completed, the existing parking structure will be razed and construction of the hotel tower and casino expansion will begin with an expected completion date in the third quarter of 2018. Monarch anticipates the total cost of the new hotel tower and casino expansion to remain unchanged at $229 - $234 million.

Credit Facility
During the 2015 third quarter, the Company made net principal payments of $4.3 million which reduced the amount outstanding on its credit facility to $37.9 million at September 30, 2015, compared to $42.2 million outstanding as of June 30, 2015. Capital expenditures of $9.5 million in the third quarter of 2015 were funded from operating cash flows and primarily represent costs related to the ongoing redesign and expansion project at Monarch Black Hawk.

Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized, for the 2015 third quarter decreased to $0.1 million from $0.3 million for the third quarter of 2014 due to lower outstanding borrowings and a lower interest rate in the 2015 third quarter compared to the 2014 third quarter.

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 and outlooks; (iii) plans, objectives and expectations regarding Monarch Black Hawk; and (iv) plans, costs, financing, construction, completion and opening timelines of upgraded and 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 upgrade 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; 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 Monarch Casino Black Hawk, the first casino encountered by visitors arriving from Denver on Highway 119, in April 2012. The property features approximately 30,000 square feet of casino space, approximately 700 slot machines, 14 table games, a 250 seat buffet-style restaurant, a snack bar and a parking structure with approximately 500 spaces. Once completed, the Monarch Black Hawk expansion will nearly double the casino space and will add a 23 story hotel tower with approximately 500 guest rooms and suites, an upscale spa and pool facility, three restaurants (bringing the total to four restaurants), additional bars, a new parking structure and associated support facilities. The planned nine story parking structure will increase total parking on site from approximately 500 spaces to approximately 1,500 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,
 
    2015     2014     2015     2014  
                                 
Revenues                                
  Casino   $ 41,394     $ 37,512     $ 117,384     $ 109,810  
  Food and beverage     14,725       13,573       41,803       39,043  
  Hotel     6,646       6,339       17,211       17,014  
  Other     2,723       2,553       7,991       7,487  
    Gross revenues     65,488       59,977       184,389       173,354  
  Less promotional allowances     (11,912 )     (11,380 )     (33,629 )     (31,446 )
    Net revenues     53,576       48,597       150,760       141,908  
                                 
Operating expenses                                
  Casino     16,913       15,743       49,477       45,882  
  Food and beverage     5,772       5,267       16,515       15,781  
  Hotel     1,674       1,589       4,869       4,673  
  Other     901       867       2,949       2,654  
  Selling, general and administrative     14,349       13,444       40,245       39,855  
  Depreciation and amortization     3,918       4,180       12,157       13,504  
  (Gain) loss on disposition of assets     -       -       (20 )     249  
  Colorado ballot initiative costs     -       841       -       1,845  
    Total operating expenses     43,527       41,931       126,192       124,443  
    Income from operations     10,049       6,666       24,568       17,465  
                                 
Other expenses                                
Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized     (137 )     (255 )     (537 )     (816 )
    Total other expense     (137 )     (255 )     (537 )     (816 )
                                 
    Income before income taxes     9,912       6,411       24,031       16,649  
Provision for income taxes     (3,518 )     (2,337 )     (8,495 )     (6,275 )
    Net income   $ 6,394     $ 4,074     $ 15,536     $ 10,374  
                                 
Earnings per share of common stock                                
  Net income                                
    Basic   $ 0.38     $ 0.24     $ 0.92     $ 0.62  
    Diluted   $ 0.37     $ 0.24     $ 0.90     $ 0.61  
                                 
Weighted average number of common shares and potential common shares outstanding                                
    Basic     16,979       16,800       16,898       16,709  
    Diluted     17,343       17,016       17,281       17,113  
                                     
                                     
                                     
MONARCH CASINO & RESORT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
(In thousands, except shares)  
   
    September 30,     December 31,  
    2015     2014  
    (Unaudited)        
ASSETS                
Current assets                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 19,237     $ 21,583  
  Receivables, net     3,670       3,047  
  Income taxes receivable     979       1,139  
  Inventories     2,688       2,846  
  Prepaid expenses     4,705       4,021  
  Deferred income taxes     1,626       1,626  
    Total current assets     32,905       34,262  
Property and equipment                
  Land     29,415       29,415  
  Land improvements     6,701       6,701  
  Buildings     150,771       150,821  
  Buildings improvements     20,027       18,142  
  Furniture and equipment     129,026       125,671  
  Construction in progress     35,614       15,672  
  Leasehold improvements     1,347       1,347  
        372,901       347,769  
  Less accumulated depreciation and amortization     (177,342 )     (167,498 )
    Net property and equipment     195,559       180,271  
Other assets                
  Goodwill     25,111       25,111  
  Intangible assets, net     6,491       7,366  
  Deferred income taxes     4,683       4,682  
  Other assets, net     380       609  
    Total other assets     36,665       37,768  
    Total assets   $ 265,129     $ 252,301  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
Current liabilities                
  Accounts payable   $ 8,134     $ 7,933  
  Construction accounts payable     3,693       1,790  
  Accrued expenses     19,992       19,327  
    Total current liabilities     31,819       29,050  
Long-term debt     37,900       46,300  
    Total liabilities     69,719       75,350  
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; 16,981,355 outstanding at September 30, 2015; 16,812,794 outstanding at December 31, 2014     191       191  
  Additional paid - in capital     23,148       22,985  
  Treasury stock, 2,114,945 shares at September 30, 2015; 2,283,506 shares at December 31, 2014     (30,210 )     (32,970 )
  Retained earnings     202,281       186,745  
    Total stockholders' equity     195,410       176,951  
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 265,129     $ 252,301  
                     
                     
                 
Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation 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,  
    2015     2014     2015     2014  
    Adjusted EBITDA (1)   $ 14,285     $ 11,987     $ 37,643     $ 33,939  
Expenses:                                
  Stock based compensation     (318 )     (300 )     (938 )     (876 )
  Depreciation and amortization     (3,918 )     (4,180 )     (12,157 )     (13,504 )
  Colorado ballot initiative costs     -       (841 )     -       (1,845 )
  Interest expense, net of amount capitalized     (137 )     (255 )     (537 )     (816 )
  Gain (loss) on disposition of assets     -       -       20       (249 )
  Provision for income taxes     (3,518 )     (2,337 )     (8,495 )     (6,275 )
    Net income   $ 6,394     $ 4,074     $ 15,536     $ 10,374  
                                     
                                     
                                     
(1)   Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, consists of net income plus loss on disposal of assets, provision for income taxes, stock based compensation expense, other one-time charges, interest expense, depreciation and amortization less interest income, any benefit for income taxes and gain on disposal of assets. 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
    212/835-8500
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