Asia Entertainment & Resources Ltd. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Results Business Wire HONG KONG -- March 27, 2013 Asia Entertainment & Resources Ltd. (“AERL” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: AERL), which operates through its subsidiaries and related promoter companies that act as VIP room gaming promoters, today announced unaudited financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2012. All currency amounts are stated in United States dollars. Please refer to the Annual Report on Form 20-F that will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or about March 28, 2013 for the full audited financial statements and related disclosures for the year ended December 31, 2012. Fourth Quarter 2012 Highlights *Rolling Chip Turnover (a metric used by casinos to measure the aggregate amount of players’ bets and overall volume of VIP gaming room business transacted, which is further defined below) for the three months ended December 31, 2012 was $4.1 billion, a decrease of 27% compared to $5.6 billion for the three months ended December 31, 2011 *Net income, including the change in fair value of contingent consideration of $0.1 million related to the King's Gaming and Bao Li Gaming acquisitions, decreased 38% to $10.1 million or $0.24 per share (fully diluted) in the fourth quarter of 2012 from $16.3 million or $0.38 per share (fully diluted) in the same period of 2011. *Non-GAAP income before amortization of intangible assets and the change in fair value of contingent consideration related to the acquisitions of King's Gaming and Bao Li Gaming was $12.6 million or $0.30 (fully diluted) for the three months ended December 31, 2012 as compared to income of $19.8 million or $0.46 (fully diluted) for the three months ended December 31, 2011. The decrease in Non-GAAP income was approximately 36%. *In the fourth quarter 2012, the Company repurchased and retired 1,011,600 shares at an average price of $3.15 per share. The Company purchased the maximum number of shares pursuant to its then-existing share repurchase program in the first quarter of 2013 and announced a new share repurchase program to purchase up to an additional four million of its ordinary shares on the open market at prices to be determined by the Company’s management. The program commences on the second business day after today’s release of the Company's financial results for the year ended December 31, 2012 and expires on December 31, 2013. Full Year 2012 Highlights *Rolling Chip Turnover for the year ended December 31, 2012 in the Company’s VIP gaming rooms was $18.1 billion, a decrease of 9% compared to $19.9 billion for the year ended December 31, 2011. *Net income, including the change in fair value of contingent consideration of $15.2 million related to the King's Gaming and Bao Li Gaming acquisitions, decreased 9% to $70.1 million or $1.66 per share (fully diluted) in the year ended December 31, 2012 from $77.3 million or $2.00 per share (fully diluted) for the year ended December 31, 2011. *Non-GAAP income before amortization of intangible assets and the change in fair value of contingent consideration related to the acquisitions of King's Gaming and Bao Li Gaming was $61.6 million or $1.46 per share (fully diluted) for the year ended December 31, 2012, as compared to income of $76.1 million or $1.97 per share (fully diluted) for the year ended December 31, 2011. The decrease in Non-GAAP income was approximately 19%. The decrease in net income and Non-GAAP income for the three months ended December 31, 2012 was due primarily to decreased Rolling Chip Turnover and a lower-than-average win rate for November and December of 2012. Revenue was previously generated by a fixed commission of 1.25% of Rolling Chip Turnover; however, beginning in September 2012, revenue began to be generated through sharing in wins and losses with the Casino Operators, which increases the volatility in the Company’s revenues. The decrease in net income and Non-GAAP income for the year ended December 31, 2012 was due primarily to lower revenue generated from decreased Rolling Chip Turnover as a result of the economic slowdown in parts of Mainland China. In order to control credit exposure, the amounts of markers made available to junket agents were reduced, negatively impacting the growth in Rolling Chip Turnover. Rolling Chip Turnover generally is correlated with the availability of cage capital that can be made available for credit to junket agents. “Despite the lower year-over-year results we believe we managed our business appropriately to reduce exposure to undue risk that can impair longer-term growth,” said Mr. Man Pou Lam (Mr. Lam), Chairman of AERL. “The tightening of credit to junket agents had a near-term impact on our overall performance that we expect will reverse as a result of improvement in the Chinese economy. To that end, as of September 2012, we shifted our remuneration model away from a fixed commission model to a revenue sharing model, which should allow us to improve our competitiveness in the market and hopefully increase our net income and Non-GAAP income. We remain committed to growing our business presence in the Macau VIP gaming market and continuing to create value for our shareholders.” Outlook for 2013 For the first two months of 2013, AERL’s Rolling Chip Turnover was US$2.55 billion (an average of $1.28 billion per month), down 29% year-over-year, compared to US$3.62 billion (an average of $1.81 billion per month) for the first two months of 2012. Win rate for the first two months of 2013 was 3.89%. In view of the tightening of credit to junket agents, the Company is providing Rolling Chip Turnover guidance for its four existing VIP rooms in Macau of $1.5 billion per month in the aggregate (subject to monthly fluctuations), which equates to a total of $18 billion in the aggregate for full year 2013, which is comparable with 2012 results. The Company believes that for the remainder of 2013, all of its business will remain on a revenue sharing basis. The Company is also providing Non-GAAP income guidance for the year ended December 31, 2013 of $60 million to $75 million based on the current and expected performance of its existing four VIP gaming rooms in Macau, and does not take into consideration any possible future expansion or additional VIP gaming rooms. Conference Call and Replay Information AERL will conduct a conference call to discuss the financial results today at 10:00AM EDT/10:00PM Macau. To participate, please dial one of the following numbers at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call: 1-888-329-8893 (United States/Canada) 10-800-714-0940 (North China) 10-800-140-0915 (South China) 800-968-149 (Hong Kong) 800-101-1739 (Singapore) 0800-404-7655 (United Kingdom) 1-719-325-2491 (Other International) Interested parties may also access the live call on the Internet at www.aerlf.com (select Events and Presentations). Following its completion, a replay of the call can be accessed on the Internet at the above link or for one week by calling either 1-877-870-5176 (U.S. callers) or 1-858-384-5517 (International callers) and providing conference ID 5824580. Definition of Rolling Chip Turnover Rolling Chip Turnover is used by casinos to measure the volume of VIP business transacted and represents the aggregate amount of bets players make. Bets are wagered with “non-negotiable chips” and winning bets are paid out by casinos in so-called “cash” chips. “Non-negotiable chips” are specifically designed for VIP players to allow casinos to calculate the commission payable to VIP room gaming promoters. Commissions are paid based on the total amount of “non-negotiable chips” purchased by each player. VIP room gaming promoters therefore require the players to “roll,” from time to time, their “cash chips” into “non-negotiable” chips for further betting so that they may receive their commissions (hence the term “Rolling Chip Turnover”). Through the promoters, “non-negotiable chips” can be converted back into cash at any time. Betting using rolling chips, as opposed to using cash chips, is also used by the DICJ (Macau Gaming Control Board) to distinguish between VIP table revenue and mass market table revenue. About Asia Entertainment & Resources Ltd. AERL is a holding company which operates through its subsidiaries and related promoter companies as a VIP room gaming promoter, and is entitled to receive all of the profits of the VIP gaming promoters from VIP gaming rooms. AERL's VIP room gaming promoters currently participate in the promotion of four major luxury VIP gaming facilities in Macau, China, the largest gaming market in the world. One VIP gaming room is located at the top-tier 5-star hotel, the Star World Hotel & Casino in downtown Macau, and another is located in the luxury 5-star hotel, the Galaxy Macau™ Resort in Cotai, each of which is operated by Galaxy Casino, S.A. Additional VIP gaming rooms are located at the Sands Cotai Central and City of Dreams Macau, both in Cotai. Forward-Looking Statements This press release includes forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. Such forward-looking statements, based upon the current beliefs and expectations of AERL's management, are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements. The gaming industry is characterized by an element of chance. Theoretical win rates for AERL's VIP room gaming promoters' VIP gaming room operations depend on a variety of factors,some beyond their control. In addition to the element of chance, theoretical win rates are also affected by other factors, including gaming patrons' skill and experience, the mix of games played, the financial resources of gaming patrons, the spread of table limits, the volume of bets placed by AERL's VIP room gaming promoters' gaming patrons and the amount of time gaming patrons spend on gambling — thus VIP gaming rooms' actual win rates may differ greatly over short time periods, such as from quarter to quarter, and could cause their quarterly results to be volatile. These factors, alone or in combination, have the potential to negatively impact the VIP gaming rooms' win rates. Investors and potential investors should consult all of the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factors set forth in AERL's Annual Report on Form 20-F to be filed on or about March 28, 2013, and other reports filed or to be filed from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. ASIA ENTERTAINMENT & RESOURCES LTD. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME For the Three For the For the Year For the Year Months Ended Three Months Ended Ended December 31, Ended December 31, December 31, 2012 December 31, 2012 2011 2011 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) * Revenue from VIP $ 56,423,329 $ 69,705,359 $ $ Gaming Operations 236,300,623 250,575,452 Expenses - Commission to 38,410,863 44,487,138 154,569,837 155,968,504 Agents - Selling, General and 4,987,288 4,910,184 18,340,972 16,550,387 Administrative Expenses - Special Rolling 405,262 557,441 1,815,034 1,993,208 Tax - Amortization of 2,429,703 1,265,409 6,622,238 5,058,204 Intangible Assets Total Expenses 46,233,116 51,220,172 181,348,081 179,570,303 Operating income before change in fair value of 10,190,213 18,485,187 54,952,542 71,005,149 contingent consideration Change in Fair Value of Contingent Consideration for (79,883) (2,128,679) 15,166,700 6,248,361 the Acquisition of King's Gaming and Bao Li Net Income 10,110,330 16,356,508 70,119,242 77,253,510 Other Comprehensive Income Foreign Currency - Translation 94,923 191,861 669,109 (64,634) Adjustment Total Comprehensive $ 10,205,253 $ 16,548,369 $ 70,788,351 $ 77,188,876 Income Net Income Per Share Basic $ 0.24 $ 0.42 $ 1.66 $ 2.07 Diluted $ 0.24 $ 0.38 $ 1.66 $ 2.00 Weighted Average Shares Outstanding Basic 41,975,321 38,824,741 42,324,462 37,371,426 Diluted 41,975,980 42,619,352 42,324,628 38,691,186 * Derived from the audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2011. ASIA ENTERTAINMENT & RESOURCES LTD. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS December 31, 2012 December 31, 2011 (Unaudited) * ASSETS CURRENT ASSETS Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 20,644,296 $ 16,718,565 Accounts Receivable, Net 2,480,961 1,240,142 Markers Receivable 241,706,663 240,131,089 Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets 303,570 292,559 Total Current Assets 265,135,490 258,382,355 Intangible Assets (net of accumulated amortization of $12,553,037 and 94,451,063 54,983,937 $5,902,419 at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively) Goodwill 17,037,761 14,992,009 Property and Equipment (net of accumulated depreciation of $14,366 and 13,698 26,855 $1,101 at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively) Deferred Offering Costs 807,401 - Other Assets 21,592 22,158 TOTAL ASSETS $ 377,467,005 $ 328,407,314 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY CURRENT LIABILITIES Lines of Credit Payable $ 34,799,982 $ 46,270,563 Accrued Expenses 14,091,723 16,157,439 Payable-King's Gaming Acquisition-Contingent Purchase Price 9,000,000 12,057,600 Obligation Loan Payable, Shareholders, current 2,214,078 2,641,619 Total Current Liabilities 60,105,783 77,127,221 Loan Payable, Shareholders 60,000,000 60,000,000 Bao Li Gaming Acquisition-Contingent 32,294,981 - Purchase Price Obligation King's Gaming Acquisition-Contingent Purchase Price Obligation, net of 9,000,000 32,492,985 current portion Total Liabilities 161,400,764 169,620,206 COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Preferred Shares, $0.0001 par value - - Authorized 1,150,000 shares; none issued Ordinary Shares, $0.0001 par value Authorized 200,000,000 shares; issued 4,118 3,881 41,177,217 at December 31, 2012 and 38,804,064 at December 31, 2011 Additional Paid-in Capital 69,670,922 52,581,098 Retained Earnings 145,828,260 106,308,297 Accumulated Comprehensive Income (Loss) 562,941 (106,168) Total Shareholders' Equity 216,066,241 158,787,108 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' $ 377,467,005 $ 328,407,314 EQUITY * Derived from the audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2011. Cash Flow Information For the Year Ended December 31, 2012 2011* (Unaudited) Net cash provided by operating $ 46,428,105 $ 5,280,509 activities Net cash used in $ (15,146,032 ) $ (27,956 ) investing activities Net cash used in $ (27,390,634 ) $ (2,305,762 ) financing activities Net increase in cash $ 3,891,439 $ 2,946,791 and cash equivalents *Condensed from the audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2011. Non-GAAP Financial Measures The Company’s calculation of Non-GAAP income (operating income before amortization of intangible assets and change in fair value of contingent consideration) and Non-GAAP EPS for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011 differs from net income and EPS based on net income because it does not include amortization of intangible assets and change in fair value of contingent consideration. The Company uses this information internally in evaluating its operations and believes this information is important to investors because it provides a complete picture of its operations for the entire period and is more accurately comparable to the prior-year period. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Non-GAAP income and EPS should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income and EPS as determined in accordance with GAAP. The following is a reconciliation of the Company’s unaudited net income to Non-GAAP income and GAAP EPS to the Company’s Non-GAAP EPS: For the Year Ended For the Year Ended December 31, 2012 December 31, 2011 Net Income attributable to ordinary $ 70,119,242 $ 77,253,510 shareholders Amortization of 6,622,238 5,058,204 intangible assets Change in fair value of contingent (15,166,700 ) (6,248,361 ) consideration Non-GAAP income (before amortization of intangible assets and $ 61,574,780 $ 76,063,353 change in fair value of contingent consideration) For the Year Ended For the Year Ended December 31, 2012 December 31, 2011 Basic Fully Diluted Basic Fully Diluted Earnings per share attributable to $ 1.66 $ 1.66 $ 2.07 $ 2.00 ordinary shareholders Amortization of 0.16 0.16 0.14 0.13 intangible assets Change in fair value of contingent (0.36 ) (0.36 ) (0.17 ) (0.16 ) consideration Non-GAAP Earnings per share (before amortization of intangible assets $ 1.46 $ 1.46 $ 2.04 $ 1.97 and change in fair value of contingent consideration) Contact: Asia Entertainment & Resources Ltd. 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