110414_BoydGaming_300Boyd Gaming Corporation reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014.

Boyd Gaming reported third-quarter 2014 net revenues of $738.8 million, up slightly from $738.6 million during the same quarter in 2013. Total Adjusted EBITDA((1)) rose 5.5% to $163.9 million, compared to $155.3 million in the year-ago quarter. 

Keith Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boyd Gaming, said: "This was a solid quarter for our operations, as we improved operating margins in every segment of our business. Growth resumed in our Nevada business, as our Las Vegas Locals and Downtown Las Vegas operations both achieved positive EBITDA comparisons. We saw initial signs of stabilization in our regional business as well. We paid down an additional $70 million in debt in the quarter, bringing our total debt reduction to more than $165 million so far this year, as we continue to use free cash flow to deleverage the balance sheet. And we began work on several projects in our long-term initiative to reposition and enhance select non-gaming amenities in our portfolio. In all, we continue to make good progress executing on our strategy to drive profitable growth and increase long-term shareholder value."

Adjusted Earnings((1)) for the third quarter 2014 were $0.3 million, breakeven on a per-share basis, compared to a loss of $8.3 million, or $0.08 per share, for the same period in 2013. The calculations of Adjusted Earnings and Adjusted Earnings per share are presented in a table at the end of this press release.

On a GAAP basis, the Company reported a net loss of $15.1 million, or $0.14 per share, for the third quarter 2014, compared to a net loss of $37.3 million, or $0.37 per share, for the year-ago period.

The Company's GAAP results include a third-quarter pretax impairment charge of $12.1 million to adjust the value of the Company's equity ownership interest in Borgata as a result of its deconsolidation. In addition, the Company's third-quarter results include a pretax impairment charge of $6.2 million to write down certain non-operating assets to their estimated recoverable value. The prior-year third quarter included an aggregate pretax loss on early extinguishments of debt of $27.1 million due to debt refinancing activities that were completed during that period.

Las Vegas Locals
In the Las Vegas Locals region, third-quarter 2014 net revenues were $141.2 million, an increase of nearly 1% from $140.3 million in the year-ago quarter. Third-quarter 2014 Adjusted EBITDA rose 6.5% to $28.1 million, versus $26.4 million in the third quarter of 2013, marking the sixth positive quarterly EBITDA comparison in the last seven quarters. Growth in non-gaming business drove increases in both revenue and EBITDA during the quarter. Results also benefitted from continued efficiencies in operations, as EBITDA margins improved more than 100 basis points year-over-year.

Downtown Las Vegas net revenues were $53.4 million in the third quarter of 2014, up 1.3% from $52.7 million in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted EBITDA increased 14.1% to $6.3 million in the current period, compared to $5.5 million in the third quarter of 2013. Strong pedestrian traffic in the Fremont Street area and growth in visitation from Hawaii contributed to revenue and EBITDA gains, while operating margins improved more than 130 basis points.

Midwest and South; Peninsula
In the Midwest and South segment, net revenues were $210.7 million, compared to $214.8 million in the third quarter of 2013. Adjusted EBITDA grew 4.0% to $43.6 million versus $41.9 million in the year-ago period.

During the third quarter of 2014, the Peninsula segment reported net revenues of $123.6 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $42.9 million. This compares to net revenues of $130.7 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $45.3 million in the third quarter of 2013.

While revenues were affected by continued softness in casual play, operational efficiencies drove margin improvements across both segments. Results reflect strong EBITDA performances at Delta Downs, IP and Blue Chip. These EBITDA gains were offset by weakness at Par-A-Dice, due to significantly heightened competition in Illinois, as well as Kansas Star, which was impacted by lower visitation levels.

Borgata, the Company's 50% joint venture, reported third-quarter 2014 net revenues of $209.9 million, including $6.1 million from its online gaming operations. This represented a 4.9% increase from the $200.1 million in revenues reported in the year-ago period. Adjusted EBITDA, was $56.9 million in the third quarter of 2014, up 22.1% from $46.6 million in the year-ago period.

Benefits from a property tax settlement reached with the City of Atlantic City earlier this year contributed $8.1 million to EBITDA during the quarter. Excluding property tax-related gains, EBITDA increased 4.7% year-over-year, as slot and hotel revenue grew, and the property expanded its overall gaming market share by 260 basis points. Additionally, the property's online gaming operations achieved profitability throughout the third quarter.

Deconsolidation of Borgata
The Company's Atlantic City partner reacquired its 50% ownership interest in Borgata on September 30, 2014. As a result, the Company has deconsolidated Borgata as of that date, and adjusted its equity investment in Borgata by $12.1 million to equal fair value. The deconsolidation of Borgata does not have an economic impact, but does affect the accounting presentation in the Company's financial statements. The Company will account for its 50% investment in Borgata by applying the equity method for periods subsequent to the date of deconsolidation. A Form 8-K furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission today contains unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated financial information reflecting the effect of the deconsolidation for each of the quarters and full year of 2013, and each of the quarters and year-to-date period in 2014.

Balance Sheet Statistics
As of September 30, 2014, Boyd Gaming had cash on hand of $120.9 million, including $25.4 million related to Peninsula. Total debt was $3.48 billion, of which $1.11 billion was related to Peninsula.

As of September 30, 2014, Borgata is no longer included in the Company's consolidated balance sheet. On that date, Borgata had cash on hand of $26.9 million, and debt of $776.6 million.

Full-Year Guidance
Based on third-quarter results and current business trends, Boyd Gaming is narrowing its full-year 2014 Adjusted EBITDA guidance to the high end of its previously provided guidance. Before consideration of the deconsolidation of Borgata, the Company expects to generate between $590 million and $600 million in Adjusted EBITDA for the year. As a result of the deconsolidation of Borgata, the Company is modifying its guidance to eliminate 50% of Borgata's Adjusted EBITDA from the fourth quarter. Reflecting this change in accounting, full-year 2014 guidance for Boyd Gaming's Adjusted EBITDA is $576 million to $586 million.

Conference Call Information
Boyd Gaming will host its conference call to discuss third-quarter 2014 results today, October 30, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The conference call number is (888) 317-6003, passcode 8021592. Please call up to 15 minutes in advance to ensure you are connected prior to the start of the call.

The conference call will also be available live on the Internet at www.boydgaming.com, or http://www.videonewswire.com/event.asp?id=100701

Following the call's completion, a replay will be available by dialing (877) 344-7529 today, October 30, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern and continuing through Friday, November 7, at 9 a.m. Eastern. The conference number for the replay will be 10054259. The replay will also be available on the Internet at www.boydgaming.com.