Great Canadian Gaming Announces Second Quarter 2016 Results

COQUITLAM, BC, Aug. 10, 2016 /CNW/ - Great Canadian Gaming Corporation [TSX:GC] ("Great Canadian," or "the Company") today announced its financial results for the three month period ended June 30, 2016 (the "second quarter").

SECOND QUARTER 2016 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Revenues of $140.2 million, a 25% increase when compared to the same period in the prior year.

  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $55.3 million, an 18% increase when compared to the same period in the prior year.

  • Adjusted shareholders' net earnings(1) of $23.7 million, a 19% increase when compared to the same period in the prior year.

  • Repurchased and cancelled 4.7 million common shares at an average price of $17.57, increasing the ownership percentage of existing shareholders by 7.8%.

  • Construction is proceeding ahead of schedule for a new Shorelines Casino in Belleville, Ontario. The Company anticipates completing construction of this property by the end of 2016.

(Amounts presented in millions of Canadian dollars, except for per share information)




Three months ended June 30,


Six months ended June 30,




2016

2015

% Chg


2016

2015

% Chg

Revenues



$

140.2

$

112.1

25%


$

271.1

$

221.1

23%

Adjusted EBITDA (1)



$

55.3

$

46.9

18%


$

98.8

$

88.0

12%











Adjusted EBITDA as a % of Revenues



39.4%

41.8%



36.4%

39.8%












Shareholders' net earnings 



$

22.8

$

19.1

19%


$

33.2

$

35.2

(6%)











Shareholders' net earnings per common share











Basic



$

0.37

$

0.27

37%


$

0.52

$

0.51

2%


Diluted



$

0.36

$

0.27

33%


$

0.52

$

0.49

6%











Adjusted shareholders' net earnings (1)



$

23.7

$

19.9

19%


$

35.4

$

36.8

(4%)


















June 30,
2016

December 31,
2015

% Chg

Total assets







$

997.6

$

998.1

0%

Long-term debt 







$

477.6

$

443.0

8%











(1)Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted shareholders' net earnings are non-IFRS measures as described in the disclaimer section of this press release.
A reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to shareholders' net earnings to adjusted shareholders' net earnings is included on page 6 of this press release.

 

Great Canadian generated revenues of $140.2 million during the second quarter, an increase of 25% when compared to the same period in the prior year. This improvement was due to increases at each of the Company's groups of properties, with the exception of River Rock Casino Resort ("River Rock"). The growth at the Company's Atlantic Casinos and Ontario Properties were due to the Company's October 2015 acquisition of Casino New Brunswick and January 2016 acquisition of Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's Gaming Bundle 2 (East), which consists of Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands and Shorelines Slots at Kawartha Downs, collectively known as the "Shorelines Casinos". 

Adjusted EBITDA during the second quarter was $55.3 million, an increase of 18% when compared to the same period in the prior year. This improvement was primarily due to the improvements at each of the Company's groups of properties, partially offset by a decrease at River Rock.

The Company's adjusted shareholders' net earnings for the second quarter were $23.7 million, an increase of 19% when compared with the same period in the prior year.  This increase was primarily due to the improvement in Adjusted EBITDA, partially offset by increases in amortization expense, interest and financing costs, and income taxes.

"During the second quarter of 2016, Great Canadian generated improvements to revenues and Adjusted EBITDA across our entire portfolio, partially offset by a revenue decline at River Rock Casino Resort.  Great Canadian also benefitted from significant contributions from our recently acquired Casino New Brunswick and Shorelines Casinos properties," stated Rod Baker, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer.  "River Rock generated encouraging slot machine revenues during the second quarter, recording the highest slot win in the property's history. However, River Rock also experienced a decrease in table hold, primarily as a result of decreased high limit table volumes."

"As a result of the acquisitions, Great Canadian has successfully diversified its revenue base, and we look forward to further diversification upon increasing our presence in New Brunswick and Ontario. This effort has already begun in Ontario, where we have initiated the construction of a new full service casino and entertainment facility in the city of Belleville under the Shorelines brand targeted to reach completion by the end of 2016.  This new facility will enable our Shorelines Casinos to better service our guests in this gaming market."

"During the second quarter, the Company repurchased for cancellation 4.7 million common shares at an average price of $17.57.  As a result, we increased the ownership percentage of our existing shareholders by 7.8% over the course of the quarter."  

"At the conclusion of the second quarter, Great Canadian remains in a strong financial position," concluded Mr. Baker.  "As a result, the Company remains well-positioned to take advantage of new opportunities for value creation.  While we continue to pursue other potential opportunities in Ontario and elsewhere, we will also continue to efficiently manage our operations and explore additional options to grow our business."

Great Canadian will host a conference call for investors and analysts today, August 10, 2016, at 2:00 PM Pacific Time in order to review the financial results for the period ended June 30, 2016.  To participate in the conference call, please dial 416-764-8688, 778-383-7413, or toll free at 1-888-390-0546 (Passcode: 31067662).  Questions will be reserved for institutional investors and analysts. Interested parties may also access the call via the Investor Relations section of the Company's website, www.gcgaming.com/financials.  Investors using the website should allow 15 minutes for the registration and installation of any necessary software.  A replay of the call will also be available at www.gcgaming.com/financials.

ABOUT GREAT CANADIAN GAMING CORPORATION
Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is a Canadian based company that operates gaming, entertainment and hospitality facilities in British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Washington State. The Company has 20 gaming properties, which consists of twelve casinos, including a four Diamond resort hotel in Richmond, British Columbia and a four star hotel in Moncton, New Brunswick, four horse racetrack casinos, three community gaming centres and one commercial bingo hall. A key element of Great Canadian's business model is its commitment to social responsibility. "PROUD of our people, our business, our community" is Great Canadian's brand that unifies the company's community, volunteering and social responsibility efforts. Under the PROUD program, Great Canadian annually invests over $2.5 million in our communities, and in 2015, over 3,600 charitable organizations were supported by Great Canadian. In each Canadian gaming jurisdiction, a significant portion of gross gaming revenue from gaming facilities is retained by our crown partners on behalf of their provincial government for the purpose of supporting programs like healthcare, education and social services.

Please refer to the Consolidated Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") at www.gcgaming.com (available on August 10, 2016) or www.sedar.com (available on August 11, 2016) for detailed financial information and analysis.

The financial results on the following pages are unaudited and prepared by management.  Expressed in millions of Canadian dollars, except for per share information.

GREAT CANADIAN GAMING CORPORATION
Consolidated Statements of Earnings
(Unaudited - Expressed in millions of Canadian dollars, except for per share information)






Three months ended June 30,


Six months ended June 30,



2016

2015

% Chg


2016

2015

% Chg

Gaming revenues 


$

98.9

$

75.2

32%


$

191.5

$

149.9

28%

Facility Development Commission


9.3

9.2

1%


18.6

18.6

0%

Hospitality, lease and other revenues 


37.6

29.8

26%


72.8

57.5

27%

Racetrack revenues


3.9

3.8

3%


7.6

7.1

7%



149.7

118.0

27%


290.5

233.1

25%

Less: Promotional allowances


(9.5)

(5.9)

61%


(19.4)

(12.0)

62%

Revenues


140.2

112.1

25%


271.1

221.1

23%










Human resources


49.9

39.8

25%


100.6

81.3

24%

Property, marketing and administration


35.0

25.4

38%


71.7

51.8

38%



84.9

65.2

30%


172.3

133.1

29%










Adjusted EBITDA (1)


55.3

46.9

18%


98.8

88.0

12%



















Human resources as a % of Revenues before










Promotional allowances


33.3%

33.7%



34.6%

34.9%


Adjusted EBITDA as a % of Revenues 


39.4%

41.8%



36.4%

39.8%











Net earnings 


$

23.2

$

19.1

21%


$

33.5

$

35.2

(5%)










Net earnings attributable to: 










Shareholders of the company


$

22.8

$

19.1



$

33.2

$

35.2



Non-controlling interests


0.4

-



0.3

-




$

23.2

$

19.1



$

33.5

$

35.2











Shareholders' net earnings per common share










Basic


$

0.37

$

0.27



$

0.52

$

0.51



Diluted


$

0.36

$

0.27



$

0.52

$

0.49




















Weighted average number of common shares (in thousands)










Basic


62,115

69,749



63,259

69,381



Diluted


63,048

71,410



64,224

71,165





























Adjusted shareholders' net earnings (1)


$

23.7

$

19.9

19%


$

35.4

$

36.8

(4%)



















(1)Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted shareholders' net earnings are non-IFRS measures as described in the disclaimer section of this press release.
A reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to shareholders' net earnings to adjusted shareholders' net earnings is included on page 6 of this press release.  

 

 

GREAT CANADIAN GAMING CORPORATION
Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
(Unaudited - Expressed in millions of Canadian dollars)


























June 30,


December 31,





2016


2015








Assets














Current








Cash and cash equivalents




$

159.0


$

207.5


Accounts receivable




17.6


7.3


Income taxes receivable




3.4


0.4


Prepaids, deposits and other assets




10.9


8.1





190.9


223.3

Property, plant and equipment




658.1


638.2

Intangible assets




85.2


81.4

Goodwill




22.0


22.6

Deferred tax assets




28.9


9.6

Cash on deposit with Canada Revenue Agency




10.1


20.2

Other assets




2.4


2.8





$

997.6


$

998.1








Liabilities














Current








Accounts payable and accrued liabilities




$

72.0


$

66.6


Other liabilities




2.9


2.9





74.9


69.5

Long-term debt




477.6


443.0

Deferred credits, provisions and other liabilities 




25.7


25.9

Deferred tax liabilities




82.3


80.1





660.5


618.5








Shareholders' equity














Share capital and reserves




296.4


310.2

Accumulated other comprehensive income




2.2


3.3

Retained earnings 




35.2


65.7

Equity attributable to shareholders of the company




333.8


379.2

Non-controlling interests




3.3


0.4

Total equity




337.1


379.6





$

997.6


$

998.1

 

 

GREAT CANADIAN GAMING CORPORATION
Adjusted Shareholders' Net Earnings
(Unaudited - Expressed in millions of Canadian dollars)


The following table reconciles adjusted EBITDA to shareholders' net earnings to adjusted shareholders' net earnings.





Three months ended June 30,


Six months ended June 30,




2016

2015

% Chg


2016

2015

% Chg











Adjusted EBITDA (1)

55.3

46.9

18%


98.8

88.0

12%











Amortization

14.0

9.7



27.3

19.1


Share-based compensation

0.5

1.6



2.6

3.8


Interest and financing costs, net

8.6

7.9



17.3

15.7


Restructuring and other

0.9

1.2



4.3

2.8


Other expenses

0.1

0.1



1.1

(1.8)


Income taxes

8.4

7.3



13.0

13.2


Shareholders' net earnings

$

22.8

$

19.1

19%


$

33.2

$

35.2

(6%)












Items of note










Pre-opening costs for Ontario East
Gaming Bundle

0.1

-



0.4

-




Restructuring severance costs

1.0

1.0



2.1

1.7




Other

-

0.1



0.5

0.1




Uneconomic lease provision due to Kent
casino closure

-

-



-

0.8




Jackpot and marketing fund liabilities
reversed due to Kent casino closure

-

-



-

(0.3)




Income taxes on the above items of note

(0.2)

(0.3)



(0.8)

(0.7)


Adjusted shareholders' net earnings (1)

$

23.7

$

19.9

19%


$

35.4

$

36.8

(4%)

(1) Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted shareholders' net earnings are non-IFRS measures as described in the disclaimer section of this press release.











Adjusted shareholders' net earnings per common share










Basic

$

0.38

$

0.29



$

0.56

$

0.53




Diluted

$

0.38

$

0.28



$

0.55

$

0.52


 

After adjusting for the above items of note, the Company's adjusted shareholders' net earnings increased by $3.8 million in the second quarter of 2016, when compared to the same period in the prior year.

DISCLAIMER

This press release contains certain "forward-looking information" or statements within the meaning of applicable securities legislation.  Forward-looking information is based on the Company's current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions that were made by the Company in light of its historical trends and other factors.  All information or statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking information including statements that address expectations, estimates or projections about the future, the Company's strategy for growth and objectives (including participation in Ontario's gaming modernization program and possible expansion of gaming in British Columbia), expected future expenditures, costs, operating and financial results, expected impact of future commitments, the future ability of the Company to operate the Georgian Downs and Flamboro Downs facilities beyond the terms of the signed Ontario Lease Agreements and Ontario Racing Agreements, the impact of new conditions imposed on certain VIP players in British Columbia, the impact of unionization activities, the Company's position on its claim against the British Columbia Lottery Corporation ("BCLC") with respect to the collection of marketing contributions, the Company's beliefs about the outcome of its notices of objection challenging the Canada Revenue Agency's reassessments and its tax position on its facility development commission prevailing, the terms and expected benefits of the normal course issuer bid, and expectations and implications of changes in legislation and government policies.  Forward-looking information may be identified by words such as "anticipate", "believe", "expect", or similar expressions.  Such forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and may involve a number of risks and uncertainties. 

Although forward-looking information is based on information and assumptions that the Company believes are current, reasonable and complete, they are subject to unknown risks, uncertainties, and a number of factors that could cause actual results to vary materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information.  Such factors may include, but are not limited to: terms of operational services agreements with lottery corporations; changes to gaming laws that may impact the operational services agreements, pending, proposed or unanticipated regulatory or policy changes (including those that impact VIP play); the outcome of restructuring of gaming in Ontario; the Company's ability to obtain and renew required business licenses, leases, and operational services agreements; unanticipated fines, sanctions and suspensions imposed on the Company by its regulators; impact of global liquidity and credit availability; actual and possible reassessments of the Company's prior tax filings by tax authorities; the results of the Company's notices of objection and subsequent appeals challenging reassessments received by the Canada Revenue Agency; the Company's tax position on its facility development commission prevailing; the results of the Company's litigation with BCLC; adverse tourism trends and further decreases in levels of travel, leisure and consumer spending; competition from established competitors and new entrants in the gaming business; dependence on key personnel; the timing and results of collective bargaining negotiations; adverse changes in the Company's labour relations; the Company's ability to manage its capital projects and its expanding operations; the risk that systems, procedures and controls may not be adequate to meet regulatory requirements or to support current and expanding operations; potential undisclosed liabilities and capital expenditures associated with acquisitions; negative connotations linked to the gaming industry; First Nations rights with respect to some land on which we conduct our operations; future or current legal proceedings; construction disruptions; financial covenants associated with credit facilities and long-term debt; credit, liquidity and market risks associated with our financial instruments; interest and exchange rate fluctuations; demand for new products and services; fluctuations in operating results; economic uncertainty and financial market volatility; technology dependence; and privacy breaches or data theft.  The Company cautions that this list of factors is not exhaustive.  Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.  These factors and other risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company's continuous disclosure documents filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities from time to time, including in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Annual Information Form for fiscal 2015, and as identified in the Company's disclosure record on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking information, as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions, or expectations upon which they are based will occur.  The forward-looking information contained herein is made as of the date hereof, is subject to change after such date, and is expressly qualified in its entirety by cautionary statements in this press release.  Forward-looking information is provided for the purpose of providing information about management's current expectations and plans and allowing investors and others to get a better understanding of the Company's operating environment.  The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise forward-looking information to reflect subsequent events or circumstances except as required by law.

The Company has included non-International Financial Reporting Standards ("non-IFRS") measures in this press release.  Adjusted EBITDA, as defined by the Company, means earnings before interest and financing costs (net of interest income), income taxes, depreciation and amortization, share-based compensation, restructuring and other, and foreign exchange loss (gain) and other.  Adjusted EBITDA is derived from the condensed interim consolidated statements of earnings, and can be computed as revenues less human resources expenses, and property, marketing and administration expenses.  The Company believes Adjusted EBITDA is a useful measure because it provides information to management about the operating and financial performance of the Company and its ability to generate operating cash flow to fund future working capital needs, service outstanding debt, and fund future capital expenditures.  Adjusted EBITDA is also used by the investors and analysts for the purpose of valuing the Company.  Adjusted shareholders' net earnings, as defined by the Company, means shareholders' net earnings plus or minus items of note that management may reasonably quantify and that it believes will provide the reader with a better understanding of the Company's underlying business performance.  Items of note may vary from time to time and in this press release include pre-opening costs for the Ontario East Gaming Bundle, restructuring severance costs, uneconomic lease provision due to Kent casino closure, jackpot and marketing fund liabilities reversed due to Kent casino closure, other and the related income taxes thereon.

Readers are cautioned that these non-IFRS definitions are not recognized measures under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), do not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS, and should not be construed to be alternatives to net earnings determined in accordance with IFRS or as indicators of performance or liquidity or cash flows.  The Company's method of calculating these measures may differ from methods used by other entities and accordingly our measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other entities or in other jurisdictions.  The Company uses these measures because it believes they provide useful information to both management and investors with respect to the operating and financial performance of the Company.

ON BEHALF OF

GREAT CANADIAN GAMING CORPORATION

"Original Signed By Rod N. Baker"

_____________________
Rod N. Baker
President and Chief Executive Officer

GREAT CANADIAN GAMING CORPORATION [TSX:GC]
95 Schooner Street
Coquitlam, BC
V3K 7A8
(604) 303-1000
Website: www.gcgaming.com

SOURCE Great Canadian Gaming Corporation

For further information: For enquiries: ir@gcgaming.com or Ms. Tanya Ruskowski, Executive Assistant to the President and Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer, (604) 303-1000; For media enquiries: Mr. Chuck Keeling, Vice-President, Stakeholder Relations and Responsible Gaming, (604) 247-4197

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