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Century Casinos Incorporated Announces Preliminary Fourth-Quarter 2023 Financial Results and Operational Updates

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Century Casinos Incorporated. (Nasdaq Capital Market: CNTY) has provided preliminary financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter ended December 31, 2023, and an update on the company’s projects.

  • Approximately $171 million in cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2023 (compared to $102 million at December 2022)
  • Approximately $140 million – $145 million in net operating revenues (compared to $104 million in fourth quarter 2022)
  • Approximately ($10) million – ($14) million in net loss attributable to Century Casinos Incorporated shareholders (compared to ($4) million in fourth quarter 2022)
  • Approximately $24 million – $26 million in Adjusted EBITDAR * (compared to $22 million in fourth quarter 2022)

As reported in the company’s third-quarter filings, the $30 million revolving facility with Goldman Sachs Bank USA (Goldman) that the company borrowed in July of 2023 in connection with the Rocky Gap acquisition was repaid on September 21, 2023. The full amount of the revolving facility is currently available for the company to borrow.

The company has agreed to buy back $3.5 million of its term loan with Goldman at 97% of the cost of the debt. The transaction is expected to occur in February of 2024.

In Poland, the company was granted licenses for the two casinos that it had closed in October of 2023 due to the expiration of the casino licenses. The anticipated reopening of the casinos is the end of February of 2024 for the casino in Bielsko-Biala and in mid-March of 2024 for the casino in Katowice. In November of 2023, the company closed its Wroclaw casino due to the expiration of the casino license. The company was granted a new license for Wroclaw in December of 2023 and anticipates reopening the casino in a new location in mid-2024.

In Missouri, the construction projects of the hotel in Cape Girardeau (to be called the The Riverview) and the new land-based casino and hotel in Caruthersville continue to be on time and on budget. The company anticipates opening the hotel in Cape Girardeau the first week of April of 2024 and the land-based casino and hotel in Caruthersville by the end of 2024. The Caruthersville project is being financed by VICI Properties Incorporated (VICI) inclusive of approximately $19 million of cash on hand that was previously funded by VICI but has not yet been spent on the project and is included in the company’s consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2023.

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“We expect 2024 to be a transitional year for the company as we continue to integrate the Nugget and Rocky Gap operations into our portfolio and complete our two large construction projects in Missouri,” the Co-Chief Executive Officers for Century Casinos Incorporated, Erwin Haitzmann and Peter Hoetzinger, said. “We estimate our company-wide capital expenditures excluding the Caruthersville project that we are financing through VICI to be approximately $46 million in 2024. We look forward to 2025 when we can see everything we are working towards in 2023 and 2024 coming to fruition without the disruptions we are currently experiencing.

“We feel comfortable with our cash position and capex plan and we continue to look for every opportunity to reduce operating costs going forward to maximize earnings and cash flow. In addition, we are evaluating ways to reduce our non-operating costs going forward.”

Preliminary Results:

Our audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2023, are not yet available; however, certain of our estimated preliminary unaudited financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2023, are set forth above and in the reconciliations below. With respect to certain presented results, we have provided ranges rather than specific amounts because these results are preliminary estimates and subject to change. These results are based on the information available to us as of the date of this release. Our actual results may vary from the estimated preliminary results presented in this release, including due to the completion of our financial closing and other operational procedures, final adjustments and other developments that may arise between now and the time the company releases its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2023, which is currently scheduled for March 14, 2024. These estimates should not be viewed as a substitute for our full interim or annual financial statements prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Further, our preliminary estimated results are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for any future period. Accordingly, undue reliance should not be placed on this preliminary data.

Supplemental Information:

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* Adjusted EBITDAR. We define Adjusted EBITDAR as net earnings (loss) attributable to Century Casinos Incorporated shareholders before interest expense (income) (including interest expense related to the company’s triple net lease with VICI (the ‘master lease’)), net, income taxes (benefit), depreciation, amortization, non-controlling interests net earnings (losses) and transactions, pre-opening expenses, acquisition costs, non-cash stock-based compensation charges, asset impairment costs, loss (gain) on disposition of fixed assets, discontinued operations, (gain) loss on foreign currency transactions, cost recovery income and other, gain on business combination and certain other one-time transactions. The ‘master lease’ is accounted for as a financing obligation. As such, a portion of the periodic payment under the ‘master lease’ is recognized as interest expense with the remainder of the payment impacting the financing obligation using the effective interest method. Intercompany transactions consisting primarily of management and royalty fees and interest, along with their related tax effects, are excluded from the presentation of net earnings (loss) attributable to Century Casinos Incorporated shareholders and Adjusted EBITDAR reported for each segment. Not all of the aforementioned items occur in each reporting period but have been included in the definition based on historical activity. These adjustments have no effect on the consolidated results as reported under GAAP.

Adjusted EBITDAR is used outside of our financial statements solely as a valuation metric and is not considered a measure of performance recognized under GAAP. Adjusted EBITDAR is an additional metric used by analysts in valuing gaming companies subject to triple net leases such as our ‘master lease’ since it eliminates the effects of variability in leasing methods and capital structures. This metric is included as supplemental disclosure because (i) we believe Adjusted EBITDAR is used by gaming operator analysts and investors to determine the equity value of gaming operators and (ii) financial analysts refer to Adjusted EBITDAR when valuing our business. We believe Adjusted EBITDAR is useful for equity valuation purposes because (i) its calculation isolates the effects of financing real estate and (ii) using a multiple of Adjusted EBITDAR to calculate enterprise value allows for an adjustment to the balance sheet to recognize estimated liabilities arising from operating leases related to real estate.

Adjusted EBITDAR should not be construed as an alternative to net earnings (loss) attributable to Century Casinos Incorporated shareholders, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, as indicators of our performance. In addition, Adjusted EBITDAR as used by us may not be defined in the same manner as other companies in our industry, and, as a result, may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures of other companies. Consolidated Adjusted EBITDAR should not be viewed as a measure of overall operating performance or considered in isolation or as an alternative to net earnings (loss) attributable to Century Casinos Incorporated shareholders because it excludes the rent expense associated with our ‘master lease’ and several other items.

A reconciliation of the estimated net loss attributable to Century Casinos Incorporated shareholders to estimated Adjusted EBITDAR is presented below.

(Unaudited) For the three months ended

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December 31, 2023

December 31, 2022

in millions

Low
Estimate

High
Estimate

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Actuals

Net loss attributable to Century Casinos, Inc. shareholders

$

(13.6)

$

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(9.8)

$

(4.0)

Interest expense (income), net

25.5

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24.5

17.0

Income tax benefit

(5.0)

(3.0)

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0.5

Depreciation and amortization

12.0

11.0

6.8

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Net earnings attributable to non-controlling interests

3.0

2.0

0.9

Non-cash stock-based compensation

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1.0

0.8

0.7

Loss (gain) on foreign currency transactions, cost recovery income and other

0.4

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0.2

(0.7)

Loss on disposition of fixed assets

0.3

0.1

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0.1

Acquisition costs

0.4

0.2

0.4

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Adjusted EBITDAR

$

24.0

$

26.0

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$

21.7

The company estimates that approximately $15 million of interest expense for the three months ended December 31, 2023, relates to rent on the ‘master lease’.

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