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Golden Entertainment Reports 2021 Fourth Quarter Results

  • Fourth quarter revenue of $282.0 million, net income of $19.1 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $67.8 million
  • Record annual revenue of $1.1 billion, record annual net income of $161.8 million and record annual Adjusted EBITDA of $291.7 million
  • Quarterly and annual financial performance for all operating segments exceeded prior year
  • Repaid $25.0 million of term loan borrowings and repurchased $10.6 million of common stock in the quarter

Golden Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: GDEN) (“Golden Entertainment” or the “Company”) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2021.

Blake Sartini, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Entertainment, commented, “Our strong fourth quarter results concluded a record year for Golden, as we successfully navigated challenges to our operations throughout 2021. The improved performance across our diverse operations drove our total annual revenue to over $1 billion for the first time in history with full year Adjusted EBITDA growing to $292 million, almost 60% higher than full year 2019. For 2022, we are focused on maximizing our operating performance and cash flow which will position the Company to refinance its existing indebtedness and accelerate returning capital to shareholders.”

Consolidated Results

The Company’s 2021 fourth quarter revenues of $282.0 million rose 37% from $205.6 million for the 2020 fourth quarter. Net income for the 2021 fourth quarter was $19.1 million, or $0.59 per fully diluted share, compared to a net loss of $18.5 million, or a loss of $0.66 per share, for the 2020 fourth quarter. Adjusted EBITDA was $67.8 million for the 2021 fourth quarter, a 72% increase from Adjusted EBITDA of $39.4 million for the 2020 fourth quarter. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 24% for the 2021 fourth quarter compared to 19% for the 2020 fourth quarter.

Full year 2021 revenues of $1.1 billion rose 58% from $694.2 million for the 2020 full year. Adjusted EBITDA of $291.7 million for the 2021 full year, represents a 165% increase compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $110.3 million for the 2020 full year. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 27% for the 2021 full year compared to 16% for the 2020 full year.

During the 2021 fourth quarter, the Company updated its segment reporting and now presents results of its operations through four reportable segments:

Nevada Casino Resorts: comprised of The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod, Aquarius Casino Resort and Edgewater Hotel & Casino Resort, as well as Colorado Belle Hotel & Casino Resort whose operations remain closed.

Nevada Locals Casinos: comprised of Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, Gold Town Casino, Lakeside Casino & RV Park and Pahrump Nugget Hotel Casino.

Maryland Casino Resort: comprised of the Rocky Gap Casino Resort.

Distributed Gaming: comprised of all of the Company’s distributed gaming operations in Nevada and Montana including its branded taverns in Nevada.

Nevada Casino Resorts

Revenues for Nevada Casino Resorts were $104.5 million for the 2021 fourth quarter compared to $64.5 million for the 2020 fourth quarter. Adjusted EBITDA was $36.6 million compared to $14.9 million for the 2020 fourth quarter. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 35% for the 2021 fourth quarter compared to 23% for the 2020 fourth quarter.

Full year 2021 revenues for Nevada Casino Resorts were $389.7 million compared to $250.6 million in 2020. Full year 2021 Adjusted EBITDA was $149.1 million compared to $57.5 million in 2020. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 38% in 2021 compared to 23% in 2020.

Nevada Locals Casinos

Revenues for Nevada Locals Casinos were $39.7 million for the 2021 fourth quarter compared to $33.1 million for the 2020 fourth quarter. Adjusted EBITDA was $18.8 million compared to $14.2 million for the 2020 fourth quarter. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 47% for the 2021 fourth compared to 43% for the 2020 fourth quarter.

Full year 2021 revenues for Nevada Locals Casinos were $159.9 million compared to $113.0 million in 2020. Full year 2021 Adjusted EBITDA was $80.0 million compared to $45.6 million in 2020. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 50% compared to 40% in 2020.

Maryland Casino Resort

Revenues for Maryland Casino Resort were $19.2 million for the 2021 fourth quarter compared to $15.0 million for the 2020 fourth quarter. Adjusted EBITDA was $5.9 million compared to $4.4 million for the 2020 fourth quarter. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 31% for the 2021 fourth quarter compared to 29% for the 2020 fourth quarter.

Full year 2021 revenues for Maryland Casino Resort were $78.2 million compared to $51.6 million in 2020. Full year 2021 Adjusted EBITDA was $26.7 million compared to $15.1 million in 2020. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 34% compared to 29% in 2020.

Distributed Gaming

Revenues for Distributed Gaming were $118.3 million for the 2021 fourth quarter compared to $93.0 million for the 2020 fourth quarter. Adjusted EBITDA was $20.3 million compared to $14.0 million for the 2020 fourth quarter. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 17% for the 2021 fourth quarter compared to 15% for the 2020 fourth quarter.

Full year 2021 revenues for Distributed Gaming were $467.6 million compared to $278.3 million in 2020. Adjusted EBITDA was $87.3 million compared to $27.0 million in 2020. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 19% in 2021 compared to 10% in 2020.

Debt and Liquidity

As of December 31, 2021, the total principal amount of debt outstanding was approximately $1 billion, consisting primarily of $650 million in term loan borrowings outstanding under the Company’s existing credit facility and $375 million of senior unsecured notes. There are no outstanding borrowings under the Company’s $240 million revolving credit facility. The Company repaid $25 million of its outstanding term loan during the quarter and repurchased $10.6 million of its common shares at an average price of $46.87 per share. The Company currently has approximately $40 million remaining under its current share repurchase authorization. As of December 31, 2021, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $220.5 million.

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host a webcast and conference call today, February 17, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, to discuss the 2021 fourth quarter and full year results. The conference call may be accessed live over the phone by dialing (844) 465-3054 or for international callers by dialing (480) 685-5227; the passcode is 6388552. A replay will be available beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time today and may be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 for international callers; the passcode is 6388552. The replay will be available until February 20, 2022. The call will also be webcast live through the “Investors” section of the Company’s website, www.goldenent.com. A replay of the audio webcast will also be archived on the Company’s website, www.goldenent.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events and the Company’s future results that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “project,” “potential,” “seek,” “should,” “think,” “will,” “would” and similar expressions, or they may use future dates. In addition, forward-looking statements in this press release include, without limitation: statements regarding: the Company’s strategies, objectives and business opportunities; anticipated future growth and trends in the Company’s business or key markets; projections of future financial condition, operating results, income, capital expenditures, costs or other financial items, including anticipated future cash generation and resulting ability to continue to reduce leverage and to return capital to shareholders; proposed refinancing of indebtedness; and other characterizations of future events or circumstances as well as other statements that are not statements of historical fact. Forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current expectations and assumptions regarding its business, the economy and other future conditions. These forward-looking statements are subject to assumptions, risks and uncertainties that may change at any time, and readers are therefore cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially include: the uncertainty of the extent, duration and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response of governments; changes in national, regional and local economic and market conditions; legislative and regulatory matters (including the cost of compliance or failure to comply with applicable laws and regulations); increases in gaming taxes and fees in the jurisdictions in which the Company operates; the Company’s ability to realize the anticipated cost savings, synergies and other benefits of its casino and other acquisitions; litigation; increased competition; the Company’s ability to renew its distributed gaming contracts; reliance on key personnel (including our Chief Executive Officer, President and Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer); the level of the Company’s indebtedness and its ability to comply with covenants in its debt instruments; terrorist incidents; natural disasters; severe weather conditions (including weather or road conditions that limit access to the Company’s properties); the effects of environmental and structural building conditions; the effects of disruptions to the Company’s information technology and other systems and infrastructure; factors affecting the gaming, entertainment and hospitality industries generally; and other risks and uncertainties discussed in the Company’s filings with the SEC, including the “Risk Factors” sections of the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. All forward-looking statements in this press release are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the Company’s consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), the Company uses Adjusted EBITDA because it is the primary metric used by its chief operating decision makers and investors in measuring both the Company’s past and future expectations of performance. Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to the users of the Company’s financial statements by excluding specific expenses and gains that the Company believes are not indicative of its core operating results. Further, the Company’s annual performance plan used to determine compensation for its executive officers and employees is tied to the Adjusted EBITDA metric. It is also a measure of operating performance widely used in the gaming industry.

The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, other companies in gaming industry may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently than the Company does.

The Company defines “Adjusted EBITDA” as earnings before interest and other non-operating income (expense), income taxes, depreciation and amortization, impairment of goodwill and intangible assets, acquisition and severance expenses, preopening and related expenses, gain or loss on disposal of assets, share-based compensation expenses, change in non-cash lease expense, change in fair value of derivative, and other non-cash charges that are deemed to be not indicative of our core operating results, calculated before corporate overhead (which is not allocated to each reportable segment).

About Golden Entertainment, Inc.

Golden Entertainment owns and operates a diversified entertainment platform, consisting of a portfolio of gaming assets that focus on casino and distributed gaming operations (including gaming in the Company’s branded taverns). Golden Entertainment operates over 16,900 slots, 120 table games, and 6,200 hotel rooms. Golden Entertainment owns ten casinos – nine in Southern Nevada and one in Maryland. Through its distributed gaming business in Nevada and Montana, Golden Entertainment operates video gaming devices at nearly 1,100 locations and owns over 60 traditional taverns in Nevada. Golden Entertainment is also licensed in Illinois and Pennsylvania to operate video gaming terminals. For more information, visit www.goldenent.com.

Golden Entertainment, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)

 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaming

$

191,183

 

 

$

147,340

 

 

$

766,307

 

 

$

476,753

 

Food and beverage

 

44,802

 

 

 

31,681

 

 

 

167,815

 

 

 

112,081

 

Rooms

 

29,589

 

 

 

17,314

 

 

 

109,802

 

 

 

71,411

 

Other

 

16,384

 

 

 

9,293

 

 

 

52,619

 

 

 

33,910

 

Total revenues

 

281,958

 

 

 

205,628

 

 

 

1,096,543

 

 

 

694,155

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaming

 

106,719

 

 

 

85,570

 

 

 

416,197

 

 

 

275,041

 

Food and beverage

 

33,285

 

 

 

24,922

 

 

 

118,541

 

 

 

92,202

 

Rooms

 

13,419

 

 

 

10,283

 

 

 

48,632

 

 

 

39,935

 

Other operating

 

6,538

 

 

 

2,510

 

 

 

16,968

 

 

 

11,789

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

60,634

 

 

 

47,465

 

 

 

221,967

 

 

 

183,122

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

26,350

 

 

 

29,793

 

 

 

106,692

 

 

 

124,430

 

Loss (gain) on disposal of assets

 

513

 

 

 

(14

)

 

 

1,260

 

 

 

803

 

Preopening expenses

 

14

 

 

 

121

 

 

 

246

 

 

 

308

 

Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets

 

 

 

 

6,092

 

 

 

 

 

 

33,964

 

Total expenses

 

247,472

 

 

 

206,742

 

 

 

930,503

 

 

 

761,594

 

Operating income (loss)

 

34,486

 

 

 

(1,114

)

 

 

166,040

 

 

 

(67,439

)

Non-operating expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other non-operating income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

60,000

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

(15,101

)

 

 

(17,535

)

 

 

(62,853

)

 

 

(69,110

)

Loss on debt extinguishment and modification

 

(216

)

 

 

 

 

 

(975

)

 

 

 

Change in fair value of derivative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1

)

Total non-operating expense, net

 

(15,317

)

 

 

(17,535

)

 

 

(3,828

)

 

 

(69,111

)

Income (loss) before income tax (provision) benefit

 

19,169

 

 

 

(18,649

)

 

 

162,212

 

 

 

(136,550

)

Income tax (provision) benefit

 

(70

)

 

 

180

 

 

 

(436

)

 

 

(61

)

Net income (loss)

$

19,099

 

 

$

(18,469

)

 

$

161,776

 

 

$

(136,611

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average common shares outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

29,035

 

 

 

28,186

 

 

 

28,709

 

 

 

28,080

 

Diluted

 

32,394

 

 

 

28,186

 

 

 

32,123

 

 

 

28,080

 

Net income (loss) per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

0.66

 

 

$

(0.66

)

 

$

5.64

 

 

$

(4.87

)

Diluted

$

0.59

 

 

$

(0.66

)

 

$

5.04

 

 

$

(4.87

)

Golden Entertainment, Inc.

Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA

(Unaudited, in thousands)

 

 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

Year Ended December 31,

 

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nevada Casino Resorts (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaming

 

$

44,733

 

 

$

30,483

 

 

$

179,793

 

 

$

114,571

 

Food and beverage

 

 

22,962

 

 

 

14,095

 

 

 

83,092

 

 

 

55,588

 

Rooms

 

 

25,517

 

 

 

14,469

 

 

 

94,952

 

 

 

61,070

 

Other

 

 

11,308

 

 

 

5,460

 

 

 

31,875

 

 

 

19,414

 

Nevada Casino Resorts revenue

 

$

104,520

 

 

$

64,507

 

 

$

389,712

 

 

$

250,643

 

Nevada Locals Casinos (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaming

 

$

29,311

 

 

$

24,697

 

 

$

120,537

 

 

$

82,522

 

Food and beverage

 

 

6,119

 

 

 

5,317

 

 

 

24,036

 

 

 

18,406

 

Rooms

 

 

2,206

 

 

 

1,306

 

 

 

7,626

 

 

 

5,598

 

Other

 

 

2,042

 

 

 

1,801

 

 

 

7,656

 

 

 

6,505

 

Nevada Locals Casinos revenues

 

$

39,678

 

 

$

33,121

 

 

$

159,855

 

 

$

113,031

 

Maryland Casino Resort (3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaming

 

$

14,812

 

 

$

11,754

 

 

$

60,797

 

 

$

40,505

 

Food and beverage

 

 

2,065

 

 

 

1,363

 

 

 

7,932

 

 

 

4,669

 

Rooms

 

 

1,866

 

 

 

1,539

 

 

 

7,224

 

 

 

4,743

 

Other

 

 

432

 

 

 

310

 

 

 

2,202

 

 

 

1,719

 

Maryland Casino Resort revenues

 

$

19,175

 

 

$

14,966

 

 

$

78,155

 

 

$

51,636

 

Distributed Gaming (4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaming

 

$

102,330

 

 

$

80,405

 

 

$

405,183

 

 

$

239,154

 

Food and beverage

 

 

13,656

 

 

 

10,906

 

 

 

52,755

 

 

 

33,418

 

Other

 

 

2,351

 

 

 

1,719

 

 

 

9,646

 

 

 

5,684

 

Distributed Gaming revenues

 

$

118,337

 

 

$

93,030

 

 

$

467,584

 

 

$

278,256

 

Corporate and other

 

 

248

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

1,237

 

 

 

589

 

Total Revenues

 

$

281,958

 

 

$

205,628

 

 

$

1,096,543

 

 

$

694,155

 

(1)

Comprised of The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod, Aquarius Casino Resort, Edgewater Hotel & Casino Resort and Colorado Belle Hotel & Casino Resort.

(2)

Comprised of Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, Gold Town Casino, Lakeside Casino & RV Park and Pahrump Nugget Hotel Casino.

(3)

Comprised of the operations of the Rocky Gap Casino Resort.

(4)

Comprised of Nevada Distributed Gaming, Nevada Taverns and Montana Distributed Gaming.

 

 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

Year Ended December 31,

(In thousands)

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Adjusted EBITDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nevada Casino Resorts (1)

 

$

36,591

 

 

$

14,908

 

 

$

149,077

 

 

$

57,462

 

Nevada Locals Casinos (2)

 

 

18,775

 

 

 

14,248

 

 

 

80,005

 

 

 

45,610

 

Maryland Casino Resort (3)

 

 

5,866

 

 

 

4,395

 

 

 

26,697

 

 

 

15,094

 

Distributed Gaming (4)

 

 

20,324

 

 

 

14,035

 

 

 

87,276

 

 

 

26,952

 

Corporate and other

 

 

(13,776

)

 

 

(8,146

)

 

 

(51,337

)

 

 

(34,861

)

Total Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

67,780

 

 

$

39,440

 

 

$

291,718

 

 

$

110,257

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjustments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other non-operating income

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

60,000

 

 

$

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

(26,350

)

 

 

(29,793

)

 

 

(106,692

)

 

 

(124,430

)

Change in non-cash lease expense

 

 

(245

)

 

 

(589

)

 

 

(762

)

 

 

(1,344

)

Share-based compensation

 

 

(5,639

)

 

 

(2,115

)

 

 

(14,401

)

 

 

(9,637

)

(Loss) gain on disposal of assets

 

 

(513

)

 

 

14

 

 

 

(1,260

)

 

 

(803

)

Loss on debt extinguishment and modification

 

 

(216

)

 

 

 

 

 

(975

)

 

 

 

Preopening and related expenses (5)

 

 

(14

)

 

 

(121

)

 

 

(246

)

 

 

(533

)

Acquisition and severance expenses

 

 

(35

)

 

 

(343

)

 

 

(228

)

 

 

(3,710

)

Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets

 

 

 

 

 

(6,092

)

 

 

 

 

 

(33,964

)

Other, net

 

 

(498

)

 

 

(1,515

)

 

 

(2,089

)

 

 

(3,275

)

Interest expense, net

 

 

(15,101

)

 

 

(17,535

)

 

 

(62,853

)

 

 

(69,110

)

Change in fair value of derivative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1

)

Income tax (provision) benefit

 

 

(70

)

 

 

180

 

 

 

(436

)

 

 

(61

)

Net income (loss)

 

$

19,099

 

 

$

(18,469

)

 

$

161,776

 

 

$

(136,611

)

(1)

Comprised of The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod, Aquarius Casino Resort, Edgewater Hotel & Casino Resort and Colorado Belle Hotel & Casino Resort.

(2)

Comprised of Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, Gold Town Casino, Lakeside Casino & RV Park and Pahrump Nugget Hotel Casino.

(3)

Comprised of the operations of the Rocky Gap Casino Resort.

(4)

Comprised of Nevada Distributed Gaming, Nevada Taverns and Montana Distributed Gaming.

(5)

Preopening and related expenses consist of labor, food, utilities, training, initial licensing, rent and organizational costs incurred in connection with the opening of tavern and casino locations.

 

Contacts

Golden Entertainment, Inc.

Charles H. Protell

President and Chief Financial Officer

(702) 893-7777

Investor Relations

Richard Land

JCIR

(212) 835-8500 or gden@jcir.com

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