Poydras Gaming Finance Corp. Announces 2015 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Financial Results

— Achieves Record Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA with Strong Q-o-Q and Y-o-Y Growth —
— Company on Track to Achieve 2016 Adjusted EBITDA Target of $10.0 Million
— Installed Base Grows 700%+ Over the Prior Year Period, Post Successful Integration —

VANCOUVER, April 28, 2016 /CNW/ - POYDRAS GAMING FINANCE CORP. (TSX‐V: PYD) ("Poydras," "PGFC," or the "Company") today announces financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2015 (all amounts stated in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated).

Fourth Quarter 2015 Highlights & Financial Results 

  • Revenue grew to $3,525,411, representing an increase of 15% from $3,067,616 in Q3 2015 and an increase of 547% compared to $545,098 in Q4 2014.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $2,080,520, a 32.5% increase from $1,570,625 in Q3 2014 and compared to an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $164,739 in Q4 2014.
  • Net loss of $981,101 compared to a net income of $1,103,411 in Q3 2015 and a net loss of $1,394,003 in Q4 2014.
  • On December 9, 2015, Poydras closed a $3,500,000 loan financing with PDS Gaming Corporation to increase working capital and fund additional growth.
  • Revenue- and interest-generating machines in operation at quarter end were approximately 2,428, compared to 2,300 at the end of Q3 2015.

2015 Full-year Highlights & Financial Results 

  • 400% growth in revenue, to $8,159,580 in 2015 compared to $1,631,014 in 2014.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $3,562,736, the Company's first year of positive Adjusted EBITDA.
  • Net loss of $2,912,195 compared to a net loss of $12,096,526 in 2014.
  • On February 25, 2015, the Company entered into a long-term gaming machine placement agreement with the Tonkawa Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma to provide 600 Class III gaming machines under a six-year and 11-month contract.
  • On July 20, 2015, the Company completed the acquisition of a 100% equity interest in the Integrity Companies, a leading provider of slot machines to Native American-owned casinos in Oklahoma and Texas. Integrity Companies have approximately 1,600 machines under participation leases with 22 casinos.
  • Completed a total of $9,769,098 in equity financings in 2015. Funds from financing were used to fund the Company's machine placement with the Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma, acquisition of the Integrity Companies as well as for general working capital purposes.
  • Subsequent to December 31, 2015, the Board of Directors approved a 10 for 1 share capital consolidation, which is expected to take place on May 2, 2016.

"2015 was our first full-year as a public company and was significantly transformational: we closed on the acquisition of the Integrity Companies, added a 600 machine placement with the Tonkawa Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, and grew our overall machine deployments to approximately 2,400, from 287 at the end of 2014," said Peter Macy, CEO of Poydras Gaming. "Our strong growth trajectory built in the last two quarters of the year will continue into 2016, as our results for the first quarter and onwards will fully reflect the 150 machines placed with the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma at their new Lucky Star Hammon facility.  We are expecting FY 16 Adjusted EBITDA to approach $10.0 million from our existing machine deployments, with further upside potential as we place additional machines."

Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2015 Financial Results
The increase in revenue was mainly due to generating leasing revenue from an average of 1,330 gaming machines in 2015 as compared to an average of 212 gaming machines in 2014.  The increase in the number of machines is mainly due to the acquisition of Integrity Companies on July 20, 2015 with its interest in approximately 1,600 revenue generating machines.  The Company also generated revenues from bingo sales of $1,300,829 (2014 - $Nil).

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2015, the Company's revenue increased to $8,159,580, representing growth of 400% compared to 2014. For the fourth quarter of 2015, revenue grew to $3,525,411, representing an increase of 15% from $3,067,616 in Q3 2015 and 547% compared to $545,098 in Q4 2014.

The Company's leasing revenue grew to $6,858,751 in 2015, a 321% increase over 2014. For the fourth quarter of 2015 leasing revenue was $2,751,650, a 405% increase over $545,098 in Q4 2014. Additional revenue was received from bingo sales of $773,761 in Q4 2015, compared to nil in Q4 2014. 

The Company's Adjusted EBITDA was $3,562,736 in 2015, the Company's first year of positive Adjusted EBITDA. For the fourth quarter of 2015 Adjusted EBITDA was $2,080,520, compared to a loss of $164,739 in Q4 2014. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA is the result of the increase of revenue generated as a result of the acquisition of Integrity Companies, increased revenue from additional machines placed at Tonkawa Casinos and new revenue generated from bingo sales, offset by legal, audit and consulting fees incurred in connection with the acquisition of the Integrity Companies.

The fourth quarter of 2015 and full year 2015 results include the consolidated accounts of PGFC, Platform 9 Corporation, Poydras Gaming LLC, Windy Hill Capital LLC and Poydras Street Finance II LLC for the full quarter and year.  The accounts of U.S. subsidiaries Aurora Gaming, Integrity Gaming, and Kansas are consolidated from their date of acquisition on July 20, 2015.

Machine Deployments
Since the completion of its reverse takeover ("RTO") transaction on May 9, 2014, Poydras has increased the number of its revenue- and interest-generating gaming machines from 217 to approximately 2,428 as at December 31, 2015. 

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call to discuss the results for its fourth quarter and year-end ended December 31, 2015. The call will be hosted by Peter Macy, CEO, and Adam Kniec, CFO on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. PDT (2:00 p.m. EDT), and followed by a question and answer period.  All interested parties are invited to participate. 

Conference Call Details:

Date:

Monday, May 2, 2016

Time:

11:00 a.m. Pacific Time / 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time


Dial-In Numbers:

North America Toll-Free Dial-In Number:

1 (888) 231-8191


For Toronto:

(647) 427-7450


For Vancouver:

(778) 371-9827


Conference ID:

96015627

Taped Replay:

1 (855) 859-2056, Available until 12:00 midnight (EDT) Monday, May 9, 2016

Reference number:

96015627

 

About Poydras Gaming Finance Corp.:
Poydras Gaming is a regional slot route operator with approximately 2,400 revenue-generating gaming machines across 25 casinos in Oklahoma and Texas.  The Company provides slot machines and related capital expenditures under short- and long-term contracts for existing casinos, new casino developments and gaming machine suppliers in the United States. Additional information about the Company can be found on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain information in this news release is considered forward-looking within the meaning of certain securities laws and is subject to important risks, uncertainties and assumptions. This forward-looking information includes, among other things, information with respect to the Company's beliefs, plans, expectations, anticipations, estimates and intentions. The words "may", "could", "should", "would", "suspect", "outlook", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "plan", "target" and similar words and expressions are used to identify forward-looking information. The forward‐looking information in this news release, including those statements relating to expected EBITDA, and the placement of additional machines by the Company, describes the Company's expectations as of the date of this news release.

The results or events anticipated or predicted in such forward-looking information may differ materially from actual results or events. Material factors which could cause actual results or events to differ materially from such forward-looking information include, among others, risks arising from general economic conditions and adverse industry events.

The Company cautions that the foregoing list of material factors is not exhaustive. When relying on the Company's forward-looking information to make decisions, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. The Company has assumed a certain progression, which may not be realized. It has also assumed that the material factors referred to in the previous paragraph will not cause such forward-looking information to differ materially from actual results or events. However, the list of these factors is not exhaustive and is subject to change and there can be no assurance that such assumptions will reflect the actual outcome of such items or factors.

THE FORWARD‐LOOKING INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS NEWS RELEASE REPRESENTS THE EXPECTATIONS OF THE COMPANY AS OF THE DATE OF THIS NEWS RELEASE AND, ACCORDINGLY, IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AFTER SUCH DATE. READERS SHOULD NOT PLACE UNDUE IMPORTANCE ON FORWARD‐LOOKING INFORMATION AND SHOULD NOT RELY UPON THIS INFORMATION AS OF ANY OTHER DATE. WHILE THE COMPANY MAY ELECT TO, IT DOES NOT UNDERTAKE TO UPDATE THIS INFORMATION AT ANY PARTICULAR TIME.

Non-IFRS Measures – Poydras Gaming Finance Corp.  
Adjusted EBITDA is a financial measure that does not have a standardized meaning under IFRS. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before financing costs, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock based compensation, unrealized foreign exchange, impairment of loans receivable, gain/loss on settlement of loans payable, gain/loss on disposal of assets, finance lease receivable reduction and non-recurring costs.  In addition, to arrive at the Adjusted EBITDA, the Company is adjusting its earnings for its 50% share of the above mentioned income/expense and gain/loss categories that are included in the Company's income from equity accounted investees.

During the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company modified its definition of Adjusted EBITDA by adjusting its earnings by (i) gains/losses on disposal of assets and (ii) its 50% share of gains/losses on disposal of assets that are included in the Company's income from equity accounted investees.  The Company believes that to measure the Company's core business performance and liquidity, and to measure its ability to purchase additional machines, it is important to include these adjustments in determination of Adjusted EBITDA.

Adjusted EBITDA and reconciliation to net income (loss) is as follows:


Q4 2015

Q3 2015

Q2 2015

Q1 2015

Q4 2014


($)

($)

($)

($)

($)







Net Income (loss)

(981,101)

1,103,411

(1,530,182)

(1,504,323)

(1,394,003)

Adjustments:







Depreciation of equipment

805,699

646,155

217,264

217,262

242,260


Amortization of placement fees

489,094

335,878

190,661

72,355

37,968


Amortization of intangible assets

166,509

227,384

73,533

73,533

73,533


Income tax expense (recovery)

287,400

(2,302,033)

-

-

-


Finance lease receivable reduction

338,603

170,572

185,350

49,624

-


Financing costs

399,945

771,334

444,342

386,643

363,026


Foreign exchange (gain) loss

276,851

504,594

(84,444)

660,554

275,816


Impairment of loan receivable

120,714

-

250,000

-

-


Loss (gain) on settlement of loan

-

(261,407)

-

-

-


Loss on valuation of convertible debentures

-

-

-

-

-


Loss (gain) on disposal of assets

(214,338)

-

-

-

56,882


Reverse takeover public listing

-

-

-

-

-


Stock based compensation

121,816

169,711

110,646

98,773

179,779


A&W JV EBITDA adjustments at 50% interest:







Depreciation of equipment

234,576

180,317

-

-

-


Amortization of placement fees

10,416

8,417

-

-

-


Interest expense

25,437

16,292

-

-

-


Loss (gain) on disposal of assets

(1,101)

-

-

-

-







Adjusted EBITDA

2,080,520

1,570,625

(142,830)

54,421

(164,739)

Adjusted EBITDA includes:







RTO costs

-

-

-

-

24,000


Integrity acquisition costs

-

96,000

30,000

161,000

154,000


Total normalization adjustments

-

96,000

30,000

161,000

178,000


2,080,520

1,666,625

(112,830)

215,421

13,261

 

As there is no standardized method of calculating Adjusted EBITDA, it may not be directly comparable with similarly titled measures used by other companies.  The Company considers Adjusted EBITDA to be a relevant indicator for measuring trends in performance and its ability to generate funds to service its debt and to meet its future working capital and capital expenditure requirements. Adjusted EBITDA is not a generally accepted earnings measure and should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net income (loss), cash flows or other measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS.

SOURCE Poydras Gaming Finance Corp.

For further information: Keith Richards, Investor Relations | NATIONAL Equicom, T: 416.848.1599, E: krichards@nationalequicom.ca; James Kim, VP of Corporate Development, Poydras Gaming Finance Corp., T: (604) 683-8393, E: info@poydrasgaming.com


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