Nevada Gold & Casinos Reports First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc. (NYSE MKT:UWN) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended July 31, 2016.

For the first quarter of fiscal 2017, the company reported net revenues of $18.3 million compared to $15.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016. Operating expenses were $18.2 million compared to $15.2 million in the prior year period.  Operating income was $0.1 million compared to $0.8 million and net loss was $0.1 million, or $0.01 loss per share, compared to net income of $0.5 million, or $0.03 per share, in the prior year period.

Net revenues from the Washington state gaming operations decreased to $13.1 million, from $13.8 million in the prior year period and adjusted EBITDA decreased to $1.4 million compared to $1.7 million in the prior year.  The prior year period includes two months of revenues from the Golden Nugget facility which was sold.  On a same store basis, revenues were down $0.3 million.  Although business volumes were fairly stable, a lower table games hold percentage was responsible for approximately $0.4 million in both the revenue and EBITDA shortfalls. 

Club Fortune revenues were $3.3 million and EBITDA was $0.1 million.  Ongoing road construction and the normally soft summer had a negative revenue impact.  The company took advantage of these challenges, closing the restaurant for 10 days and one bar for three weeks for remodeling.

South Dakota route revenues decreased to $1.9 million compared to $2.2 million in the prior year period, and adjusted EBITDA decreased by $63,000.  Corporate expenses increased $47,000 compared to the prior year. On a consolidated basis, adjusted EBITDA decreased to $1.0 million from $1.4 million in the prior year quarter.   

“Our Washington operations struggled with a low hold percentage for the quarter but overall business levels remain strong,” said Michael P. Shaunnessy, President and CEO.  “We continue to make progress on integrating Club Fortune and taking advantage of both revenue and cost opportunities to enhance EBITDA.”

The company’s outstanding bank debt was $16.5 million as of July 31, 2016, and unrestricted cash on hand was $8.8 million. 

In Washington, the November election ballot will include a proposal to increase the state minimum wage to $11.00 per hour effective January 1, 2017.  The company expects that passage of this proposal would increase its payroll expense by approximately $1.2 million annually.  The company is addressing ways to mitigate the overall financial impact of this potential change. 

Conference Call and Webcast

The company will host a conference call at 4:30 PM ET (1:30 PM PT), today, September 14, 2016 to discuss the financial results and to provide a corporate update.  The call can be accessed live by dialing (888) 599-8693. International callers can access the call by dialing (913) 312-0966. A simultaneous webcast of the call will be available by visiting http://www.nevadagold.com.  

A telephone replay of the conference call will be available after 7:30 PM ET and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176. International callers can access the replay by dialing (858) 384-5517; the pin number is 8987278. The replay will be available through September 21, 2016. The archived webcast will also be available on the company’s website at http://ir.nevadagold.com/events.cfm.

(1) Non-GAAP Information
The term “adjusted EBITDA” is used by us in presentations, quarterly earnings calls, and other instances as appropriate.  Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, non-cash goodwill and other long-lived asset impairment charges, write-offs of project development costs, litigation charges, non-cash stock grants, non-cash employee stock purchase plan discounts, and net losses/gains from asset dispositions. Adjusted EBITDA excludes the impact of slot and table games hold percentages compared to the prior period. Adjusted EBITDA is presented because it is a required component of financial ratios reported by us to our lender, and it is also frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties, in addition to and not in lieu of, U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) results to compare to the performance of other companies that also publicize this information.  Adjusted EBITDA is not a measurement of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income as an indicator of our operating performance or any other measure of performance derived in accordance with GAAP.

The following table reconciles Adjusted EBITDA to net (loss) income for the three months ended July 31, 2016 and 2015:

Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation to net (loss) income:
          For the three months ended
            July 31, 2016       July 31, 2015  
               
Net (loss) income         (99,573 )   457,996  
Adjustments:              
Net interest expense and change in swap fair value   217,730       100,108  
Income tax (benefit) expense           (47,988 )     277,512  
Depreciation and amortization           776,512       510,794  
Acquisition expenses           113,900       180,120  
Stock options amortization and employee stock purchases   28,675       30,195  
Loss (gain) on sale of assets           8,371         (163,481 )
Amortization of deferred rent           12,498       7,911  
Adjusted  EBITDA         1,010,125     1,351,155  
               

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We use words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “future,” “intend,” “plan,” and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, our ability to increase income streams, to grow revenue and earnings, and to obtain additional gaming and other projects. These statements are only predictions and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, which are identified and described in the Company’s public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Nevada Gold & Casinos
Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc. (NYSE MKT:UWN) of Las Vegas, Nevada is a developer, owner and operator of nine gaming operations in Washington (wagoldcasinos.com), a local casino in Henderson, Nevada (clubfortune.com) and a slot route operation in Deadwood, South Dakota (dakotaplayersclub.com). For more information, visit www.nevadagold.com.

         
Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc.        
Consolidated Balance Sheets        
    July 31,   April 30,
    2016   2016
         
      (unaudited)      
ASSETS                 
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $   8,826,030     $   11,583,107  
Restricted cash       1,308,303         1,433,728  
Accounts receivable, net of allowances       1,191,839         665,549  
Prepaid expenses       1,856,917         1,206,825  
Notes receivable, current portion       899,185         208,294  
Inventory and other current assets       414,842         416,022  
Total current assets       14,497,116         15,513,525  
             
Real estate held for sale       750,000         750,000  
Notes receivable, net of current portion        8,400         900,775  
Goodwill       18,025,059         18,025,059  
Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization       4,758,387         5,003,981  
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation       15,248,396         15,147,061  
Deferred tax asset       2,396,287         2,348,299  
Other assets       70,000         70,000  
Total assets   $   55,753,645     $   57,758,700  
             
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY                 
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   $ 1,493,021     $ 1,702,366  
Accrued payroll and related       1,036,438         2,094,250  
Accrued player’s club points and progressive jackpots       1,737,245         1,872,566  
Total current liabilities     4,266,704       5,669,182  
Long-term debt       16,231,215         16,839,148  
Other long-term liabilities       944,640         881,426  
Total liabilities     21,442,559       23,389,756  
             
             
Stockholders’ equity:            
Common stock, $0.12 par value per share; 50,000,000 shares authorized; 18,581,193 and 18,571,693 shares            
  issued and 17,798,356 and 17,788,856 shares outstanding at July 31, 2016, and April 30, 2016, respectively      2,229,752       2,228,612  
Additional paid-in capital     27,356,093       27,315,517  
Retained earnings     11,657,276       11,756,850  
Treasury stock, 782,837 shares at July 31, 2016 and April 30, 2016, respectively, at cost       (6,932,035 )       (6,932,035 )
Total stockholders’ equity     34,311,086       34,368,944  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 55,753,645     $ 57,758,700  
             

 

 
Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(unaudited)
 
      Three Months Ended
    July 31,   July 31,
    2016   2015
Revenues:            
Casino   $   16,237,702     $   14,098,696  
Food and beverage       3,301,393         2,443,110  
Other       540,716         452,671  
Gross revenues       20,079,811         16,994,477  
Less promotional allowances         (1,782,833 )         (1,051,703 )
Net revenues       18,296,978         15,942,774  
 Expenses:             
Casino       9,235,896         7,995,301  
Food and beverage       1,531,837         1,313,369  
Other       73,846         47,999  
Marketing and administrative       5,270,278         4,210,555  
Facility       533,336         493,154  
Corporate       796,733         749,467  
Depreciation and amortization         776,512           510,794  
Loss (gain) on disposal of assets         8,371           (163,481 )
Total operating expenses         18,226,809           15,157,158  
Operating income         70,169           785,616  
Non-operating income (expenses):            
Interest income         22,968           25,880  
Interest expense and amortization of loan issue costs         (153,519 )         (119,593 )
Interest rate swap expense         (36,465 )         (17,612 )
Change in swap fair value         (50,714 )         11,217  
(Loss) income before income tax expense         (147,561 )         685,508  
Income tax benefit (expense)         47,988           (227,512 )
Net (loss) income   $     (99,573 )   $     457,996  
Per share information:            
Net (loss) income per common share – basic and diluted   $     (0.01 )   $     0.03  
             
             
CONTACT: Contacts:

Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc.
Michael P. Shaunnessy / James Meier
(702) 685-1000

Stonegate Capital Partners
Casey Stegman
(214) 987-4121