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Ameristar Casinos Reports 2Q 2013 Results


Ameristar Casinos Reports 2Q 2013 Results

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwired) -- 07/25/13 -- Ameristar Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASCA)


 
--  2Q Adjusted EBITDA increased $1.7 million (1.9%) YOY to $91.9 million
    
    
--  2Q Net Revenues decreased $5.0 million (1.7%) YOY to $291.3 million
    
    
--  Record 2Q Adjusted EBITDA margin of 31.5%
    
    
--  Record 2Q Adjusted EPS of $0.60
    
    
--  Pending merger with Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. expected to close in
    August 2013

Ameristar Casinos, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASCA) today announced financial results for the second quarter of 2013.

The second quarter of 2013 proved to be one of our strongest financial performances ever as we produced several records at both the consolidated and property levels during the quarter. Despite a $5.0 million year-over-year decrease in consolidated net revenues, the continued focus on efficiency in operations contributed to $1.7 million in year-over-year Adjusted EBITDA growth and second quarter records for Adjusted EBITDA margin and Adjusted EPS.

At the property level, Black Hawk established second quarter records in all three of its key financial metrics (net revenues, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin), and Council Bluffs set new benchmarks for second quarter Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin. Additionally, Vicksburg's Adjusted EBITDA margin of 47.3% was the highest margin ever achieved by any of our properties during a second quarter.

For the second quarter of 2013, consolidated net revenues decreased 1.7% year over year to $291.3 million. Consolidated second quarter promotional allowances decreased $2.2 million (3.3%) from the 2012 second quarter. Although the majority of our properties decreased year over year in net revenues, Jackpot increased net revenues $0.6 million (3.9%) year over year mostly as a result of the prior-year second quarter being adversely impacted by construction disruption from a Highway 93 repaving project and a hotel renovation. Our Kansas City and East Chicago properties each decreased $1.8 million from the prior-year second quarter as they continue to be adversely impacted by competitive challenges in their respective markets. We believe maintenance on the I-70 bridge near our St. Charles property negative ly impacted second quarter results. However, in May 2013, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced the bridge rehabilitation project will be completed in late summer 2013, nearly three months ahead of the original November 2013 completion date.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2013, consolidated Adjusted EBITDA increased 1.9% over the corresponding period in 2012 to $91.9 million. Four of our properties improved Adjusted EBITDA on a year-over-year basis, with Council Bluffs up $1.3 million (7.7%) due mostly to marketing efficiencies and Jackpot up $0.7 million (18.1%) for the reasons noted above. East Chicago increased Adjusted EBITDA by $0.2 million (2.3%) over the prior-year second quarter. East Chicago benefited from the passage of a new law that makes favorable adjustments in the gaming tax structure for marketing-related expenses to allow existing casinos to improve their market competitiveness. As a result of the legislation, East Chicago saved $0.8 million in gaming taxes during the 2013 second quarter.

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA margin increased from 30.4% in the second quarter of 2012 to 31.5% in the current-year second quarter. All of our properties improved their respective Adjusted EBITDA margins year over year, with Jackpot and Council Bluffs increasing 3.9 percentage points and 2.8 percentage points, respectively. The consolidated Adjusted EBITDA margin for the 2013 second quarter was favorably affected by 0.3 percentage point from the reduced gaming taxes in East Chicago. Excluding the tax reduction, our consolidated second quarter Adjusted EBITDA margin would have still been a record for the quarter. We generated operating income of $61.1 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared to $59.0 million in the same period of 2012. Current-year operating income was adversely impacted by $1.3 million of expenses associated with the pending merger and $0.4 million of pre-opening costs associated with our Lake Charles development project.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2013, we reported net income of $20.0 million, compared to net income of $17.6 million for the same period in 2012. The year-over-year improvement in net income was mostly attributable to enhanced operating efficiencies at all our properties, which more than offset the decrease in net revenues, the merger-related costs and Lake Charles pre-opening costs in the current period. Diluted earnings per share were $0.57 for the second quarter of 2013, compared to $0.51 in the prior-year second quarter. Adjusted EPS of $0.60 for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 represents an increase of $0.09 over Adjusted EPS of $0.51 for the 2012 second quarter.

Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Lake Charles

Construction of Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Lake Charles began on July 20, 2012 and the property is expected to open in the third quarter of 2014. The cost of the project (including the purchase price) is expected to be between $570 million and $580 million, excluding capitalized interest and pre-opening expenses. Through June 30, 2013, total invested capital in the Lake Charles project was $213.9 million, including purchase price, capital expenditures and escrow deposits.

Pending Merger with Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. As previously announced, on Dec. 20, 2012, Ameristar Casinos, Inc. entered into an agreement and plan of merger with Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. pursuant to which Pinnacle will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Ameristar for $26.50 per share in cash. Ameristar's stockholders approved the acquisition on April 25, 2013.

On May 28, 2013, the FTC filed an administrative complaint alleging that the proposed acquisition would reduce competition and lead to higher prices and lower quality for customers in the St. Louis, Missouri and Lake Charles, Louisiana areas in violation of U.S. antitrust law. On June 17, 2013, Pinnacle publicly announced that it had reached an agreement in principle with the Bureau of Competition Staff of the FTC that, subject to negotiation of a consent order, FTC approval and gaming regulatory approvals, would permit the consummation of the proposed acquisition. Under the agreement in principle, after the closing of the Ameristar transaction, Pinnacle intends to sell Ameristar's casino hotel development project in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Pinnacle's Lumiere Place Casino, HoteLumiere and the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, subject to gaming regulatory approvals. The consummation of the merger is expected to occur in August 2013, subject to various conditions, including, among others, reaching definitive agreement with the FTC on the consent order. No assurance can be given that the proposed acquisition will be completed.

Additional Financial Information

Cash and Cash Equivalents. At June 30, 2013, total cash was $91.6 million, representing an increase of $2.2 million from total cash as of Dec. 31, 2012.

Debt. At June 30, 2013, the face amount of our outstanding debt was $1.92 billion. Net borrowings in the second quarter of 2013 totaled $1.0 million. As of June 30, 2013, we had $478.6 million available for borrowing under the revolving credit facility. At June 30, 2013, our Total Net Leverage Ratio (as defined in the senior credit facilit y) was required to be no more than 6.00:1. As of that date, our Total Net Leverage Ratio was 5.21:1.

Capital Expenditures. For the quarters ended June 30, 2013 and 2012, capital expenditures totaled $88.7 million and $20.3 million, respectively. Second quarter 2013 capital expenditures included $69.6 million associated with the Lake Charles construction project.

Dividends. During the second quarter of 2013, our Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.125 per share, which we paid on June 14, 2013.

Discontinued Financial Outlook. As a result of Ameristar's pending merger with Pinnacle, which is expected to close in August 2013, Ameristar will not provide guidance as to its expected financial performance for the third quarter of 2013 or for any period going forward during the pendency of the merger.

Forward-Looking Information This release contains certain forward-looking information that generally can be identified by the context of the statement or the use of forward-looking terminology, such as "believes," "estimates," "anticipates," "intends," "expects," "plans," "is confident that," "should," "could," "would," "will" or words of similar meaning, with reference to Ameristar or our management. Similarly, statements that describe our future plans, objectives, strategies, financial results or position, operational expectations or goals are forward-looking statements. It is possible that our expectations may not be met due to various factors, many of which are beyond our control, and we therefore cannot give any assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. For a discussion of relevant factors, risks and uncertainties that could materially affect our future results, attention is directed to "Item 1A. Risk Factors" and "Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, and "Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.

On a monthly basis, gaming regulatory authorities in certain states in which we operate publish gross gaming revenue and/or certain other financial information for the gaming facilities that operate within their respective jurisdictions. Because various factors in addition to our gross gaming revenue (including operating costs, promotional allowances and corporate and other expenses) influence our operating income, Adjusted EBITDA and diluted earnings per share, such reported information, as it relates to Ameristar, may not accurately reflect the results of our operations for such periods or for future periods.

About Ameristar Ameristar Casinos is an innovative casino gaming company featuring the newest and most popular slot machines. Our 7,400 dedicated team members pride themselves on delivering consistently friendly and appreciative service to our guests. We continuously strive to increase the loyalty of our guests through the quality of our slot machines, table games, hotel, dining and other leisure offerings. Our eight casino hotel properties primarily serve guests from Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska and Nevada. We have been a public company since 1993, and our stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market. We generate more than $1 billion in net revenues annually.

Visit Ameristar Casinos' website at www.ameristar.com (which shall not be deemed to be incorporated in or a part of this news release).

Please refer to the tables at the end of this release for the reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS reported throughout this release. Additionally, more information on these non-GAAP financial measures can be found under the caption "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" at the end of this release.


 
                                                                            
                  AMERISTAR CASINOS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES                  
                CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME                 
               (Amounts in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)                
                                (Unaudited)                                 
                                                                            
                                  Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended   
                                       June 30,              June 30,       
                                    2013       2012       2013       2012   
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
REVENUES:                                                                   
  Casino                         $ 297,723  $ 303,356  $ 601,701  $ 623,063 
  Food and beverage                 31,865     33,250     66,400     67,940 
  Rooms                             19,202     19,485     37,976     38,758 
  Other                              7,178      7,060     13,985     13,967 
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
                                   355,968    363,151    720,062    743,728 
  Less: promotional allowances     (64,680)   (66,897)  (133,695)  (135,341)
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
    Net revenues                   291,288    296,254    586,367    608,387 
                                                                            
OPERATING EXPENSES:                                                         
  Casino                           127,306    132,254    259,532    269,356 
  Food and beverage                 13,617     13,050     27,319     27,181 
  Rooms                              1,952      1,853      3,695      3,898 
  Other                              2,451      2,531      4,697      4,883 
  Selling, general and                                                      
   administrative                   59,587     59,994    121,539    121,040 
  Depreciation and amortization     25,283     26,999     50,430     53,520 
  Impairment of fixed assets             -          -         23          - 
  Net (gain) loss on disposition                                            
   of assets                           (21)       550        (30)       228 
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
    Total operating expenses       230,175    237,231    467,205    480,106 
                                                                            
      Income from operations        61,113     59,023    119,162    128,281 
                                                                            
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):                                                     
  Interest income                        3         12          5         33 
  Interest expense, net of                                                  
   capitalized interest            (28,143)   (28,821)   (56,776)   (55,706)
  Other                                  -       (112)         -        834 
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
                                                                            
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAX                     
                               
 PROVISION                          32,973     30,102     62,391     73,442 
    Income tax provision            12,998     12,480     24,438     14,454 
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
      NET INCOME                 $  19,975  $  17,622  $  37,953  $  58,988 
                                 =========  =========  =========  ========= 
                                                                            
EARNINGS PER SHARE:                                                         
  Basic                          $    0.60  $    0.53  $    1.15  $    1.79 
                                 =========  =========  =========  ========= 
  Diluted                        $    0.57  $    0.51  $    1.08  $    1.73 
                                 =========  =========  =========  ========= 
                                                                            
CASH DIVIDENDS DECLARED PER                                                 
 SHARE                           $   0.125  $   0.125  $   0.250  $   0.250 
                                 =========  =========  =========  ========= 
                                                                            
WEIGHTED-AVERAGE SHARES                                                     
 OUTSTANDING:                                                               
  Basic                             33,046     33,020     33,012     32,939 
                                 =========  =========  =========  ========= 
  Diluted                           35,125     34,255     35,004     34,138 
                                 =========  =========  =========  ========= 
                                                                            
                                                                            
                                                                            
                  AMERISTAR CASINOS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES                  
                    SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA                     
                           (Dollars in Thousands)                           
                                (Unaudited)                                 
                                                                            
                                       June 30,            December 31,     
                                         2013                  2012         
                                 --------------------  -------------------- 
Balance sheet data                                                          
  Cash and cash equivalents      $             91,560  $             89,392 
  Total assets                   $          2,157,420  $          2,074,274 
  Total debt, including net                                                 
   discount of $975 and $926     $          1,916,165  $          1,917,979 
  Stockholders' equity (deficit) $             17,523  $            (22,259)
                                                                            
                                                                            
                                  Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended   
                                       June 30,              June 30,       
                                    2013       2012       2013       2012   
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Consolidated cash flow                                                      
 information                                                                
  Net cash provided by operating                                            
   activities                    $  44,847  $  43,846  $ 120,467  $ 115,817 
  Net cash used in investing                                                
   activities                    $ (75,445) $ (19,891) $(110,812) $ (53,111)
  Net cash (used in) provided by                                            
   financing activities          $  (2,616) $  18,843  $  (7,487) $ (12,898)
                                                                            
Net revenues                                                                
  Ameristar St. Charles          $  64,763  $  66,135  $ 130,453  $ 134,344 
  Ameristar Kansas City             50,245     52,048    102,162    108,396 
  Ameristar Council Bluffs          41,463     41,132     83,487     84,839 
  Ameristar Black Hawk              40,483     39,839     78,814     79,161 
  Ameristar Vicksburg               28,973     30,545     59,244     62,822 
  Ameristar East Chicago            50,605     52,357    104,466    109,876 
  Jackpot Properties                14,756     14,198     27,741     28,949 
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
    Consolidated net revenues    $ 291,288  $ 296,254  $ 586,367  $ 608,387 
                                 =========  =========  =========  ========= 
                                                                            
Operating income (loss)                                                     
  Ameristar St. Charles          $  16,144  $  16,953  $  32,237  $  36,016 
  Ameristar Kansas City             14,625     14,988     29,779     32,907 
  Ameristar Council Bluffs          15,888     14,749     31,778     31,629 
  Ameristar Black Hawk              10,871     10,435     19,891     20,560 
  Ameristar Vicksburg               10,086     10,300     20,756     22,208 
  Ameristar East Chicago             7,234      5,089     15,099     13,577 
  Jackpot Properties                 3,415      2,700      5,689      6,023 
  Corporate and other              (17,150)   (16,191)   (36,067)   (34,639)
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
    Consolidated operating                                                  
     income                      $  61,113  $  59,023  $ 119,162  $ 128,281 
                                 =========  =========  =========  ========= 
                                                                            
Adjusted EBITDA                                                             
  Ameristar St. Charles          $  23,470  $  23,891  $  46,769  $  49,612 
  Ameristar Kansas City             18,273     18,826     37,073     40,289 
  Ameristar Council Bluffs          17,975     16,696     35,918     35,736 
  Ameristar Black Hawk              15,347     14,988     28,832     29,524 
  Ameristar Vicksburg               13,718     14,000     28,039     29,622 
  Ameristar East Chicago            10,451     10,217     21,570     23,209 
  Jackpot Properties                 4,774      4,042      8,400      8,751 
  Corporate and other              (12,145)   (12,503)   (25,090)   (24,610)
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
    Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA $  91,863  $  90,157  $ 181,511  $ 192,133 
                                 =========  =========  =========  ========= 
                                                                            
                                                                            
                                                                            
                  AMERISTAR CASINOS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES                  
              SUMMARY CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA - CONTINUED               
                           (Dollars in Thousands)                           
                                (Unaudited)                                 
                                                                            
                                     Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended  
                                          June 30,            June 30,      
                                       2013      2012      2013      2012   
                                     --------  --------  --------  -------- 
                                               
                             
Operating income margins (1)                                                
  Ameristar St. Charles                  24.9%     25.6%     24.7%     26.8%
  Ameristar Kansas City                  29.1%     28.8%     29.1%     30.4%
  Ameristar Council Bluffs               38.3%     35.9%     38.1%     37.3%
  Ameristar Black Hawk                   26.9%     26.2%     25.2%     26.0%
  Ameristar Vicksburg                    34.8%     33.7%     35.0%     35.4%
  Ameristar East Chicago                 14.3%      9.7%     14.5%     12.4%
  Jackpot Properties                     23.1%     19.0%     20.5%     20.8%
    Consolidated operating income                                           
     margin                              21.0%     19.9%     20.3%     21.1%
                                                                            
Adjusted EBITDA margins (2)                                                 
  Ameristar St. Charles                  36.2%     36.1%     35.9%     36.9%
  Ameristar Kansas City                  36.4%     36.2%     36.3%     37.2%
  Ameristar Council Bluffs               43.4%     40.6%     43.0%     42.1%
  Ameristar Black Hawk                   37.9%     37.6%     36.6%     37.3%
  Ameristar Vicksburg                    47.3%     45.8%     47.3%     47.2%
  Ameristar East Chicago                 20.7%     19.5%     20.6%     21.1%
  Jackpot Properties                     32.4%     28.5%     30.3%     30.2%
    Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA                                            
     margin                              31.5%     30.4%     31.0%     31.6%

(1) Operating income margin is operating income as a percentage of net revenues.

(2) Adjusted EBITDA margin is Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net revenues.


 
                                                                            
        RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) TO ADJUSTED EBITDA        
                   (Dollars in Thousands) (Unaudited)                       

The following tables set forth reconciliations of operating income (loss), a GAAP financial measure, to Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure.


 
                                                                            
                                    Three Months Ended June 30, 2013        
                           -------------------------------------------------
                                                                            
                           Operating  Depreciation   Gain on                
                             Income        and     Disposition   Stock-Based
                             (Loss)   Amortization  of Assets   Compensation
                           ---------  ------------ -----------  ------------
Ameristar St. Charles      $  16,144  $      7,181 $       (19) $        164
Ameristar Kansas City         14,625         3,545           -           103
Ameristar Council Bluffs      15,888         1,937           -           150
Ameristar Black Hawk          10,871         4,371           -           105
Ameristar Vicksburg           10,086         3,500           -           132
Ameristar East Chicago         7,234         3,104           -           113
Jackpot Properties             3,415         1,236          (2)          125
Corporate and other          (17,150)          409           -         2,888
                           ---------  ------------ -----------  ------------
  Consolidated             $  61,113  $     25,283 $       (21) $      3,780
                           =========  ============ ===========  ============
                                                                            
 
                                                                   
                              Three Months Ended June 30, 2013     
                         ----------------------------------------- 
                                                                   
                                            Non-                   
                                        Capitalizable              
                             Merger-    Lake Charles               
                             Related     Development     Adjusted  
                              Costs         Costs         EBITDA   
                          ------------ --------------  ----------- 
Ameristar St. Charles     $          - $            -  $    23,470 
Ameristar Kansas City                -              -       18,273 
Ameristar Council Bluffs             -              -       17,975 
Ameristar Black Hawk                 -              -       15,347 
Ameristar Vicksburg                  -              -       13,718 
Ameristar East Chicago               -              -       10,451 
Jackpot Properties                   -              -        4,774 
Corporate and other              1,274            434      (12,145)
                          ------------ --------------  ----------- 
  Consolidated            $      1,274 $          434  $    91,863 
                          ============ ==============  =========== 
                                                                   
                                                                            
                                                                            
                                    Three Months Ended June 30, 2012        
                           -------------------------------------------------
                                                                            
                                                   Loss (Gain)              
                           Operating  Depreciation      on                  
                             Income        and     Disposition   Stock-Based
                             (Loss)   Amortization  of Assets   Compensation
                           ---------  ------------ -----------  ------------
Ameristar St. Charles      $  16,953  $      6,789 $         -  $        149
Ameristar Kansas City         14,988         3,748           1            89
Ameristar Council Bluffs      14,749         2,022           -           114
Ameristar Black Hawk          10,435         4,453           -           100
Ameristar Vicksburg           10,300         3,575          (1)          126
Ameristar East Chicago         5,089         4,411         609           108
Jackpot Properties             2,700         1,289         (59)          112
Corporate and other          (16,191)          712           -         2,852
                           ---------  ------------ -----------  ------------
  Consolidated             $  59,023  $     26,999 $       550  $      3,650
                           =========  ============ ===========  ============
                                                                            
 
                                                                   
                                                                   
                              Three Months Ended June 30, 2012     
                         ----------------------------------------- 
                                                                   
                            Deferred                               
                          Compensation    Net River                
                          Plan Expense    Flooding       Adjusted  
                               (1)     Reimbursements     EBITDA   
                          ------------ --------------  ----------- 
Ameristar St. Charles     $          - $            -  $    23,891 
Ameristar Kansas City                -              -       18,826 
Ameristar Council Bluffs             -           (189)      16,696 
Ameristar Black Hawk                 -              -       14,988 
Ameristar Vicksbur
g                  -              -       14,000 
Ameristar East Chicago               -              -       10,217 
Jackpot Properties                   -              -        4,042 
Corporate and other                124              -      (12,503)
                          ------------ --------------  ----------- 
  Consolidated            $        124 $         (189) $    90,157 
                          ============ ==============  =========== 

(1) Deferred compensation plan expense represents the change in the Company's non-cash liability based on plan participant investment results. This expense is included in selling, general and administrative expenses in the Company's consolidated statements of income.


 
                                                                            
        RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) TO ADJUSTED EBITDA        
                     (Dollars in Thousands) (Unaudited)                     

The following tables set forth reconciliations of operating income (loss), a GAAP financial measure, to Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure.


 
                                                                            
                                     Six Months Ended June 30, 2013         
                           -------------------------------------------------
                                                                            
                                                    Impairment              
                                                     Loss and               
                                                   (Gain) Loss              
                           Operating  Depreciation      on                  
                             Income        and     Disposition   Stock-Based
                             (Loss)   Amortization  of Assets   Compensation
                           ---------  ------------ -----------  ------------
Ameristar St. Charles      $  32,237  $     14,223 $       (19) $        328
Ameristar Kansas City         29,779         7,066          22           206
Ameristar Council Bluffs      31,778         3,835           5           300
Ameristar Black Hawk          19,891         8,719          12           210
Ameristar Vicksburg           20,756         7,044         (25)          264
Ameristar East Chicago        15,099         6,246           -           225
Jackpot Properties             5,689         2,464          (2)          249
Corporate and other          (36,067)          833           -         5,749
                           ---------  ------------ -----------  ------------
  Consolidated             $ 119,162  $     50,430 $        (7) $      7,531
                           =========  ============ ===========  ============
                                                                            
 
                                                                    
                                Six Months Ended June 30, 2013      
                          ----------------------------------------- 
                                                                    
                                             Non-                   
                                         Capitalizable              
                              Merger-    Lake Charles               
                              Related     Development     Adjusted  
                               Costs         Costs         EBITDA   
                           ------------ --------------  ----------- 
Ameristar St. Charles      $          - $            -  $    46,769 
Ameristar Kansas City                 -              -       37,073 
Ameristar Council Bluffs              -              -       35,918 
Ameristar Black Hawk                  -              -       28,832 
Ameristar Vicksburg                   -              -       28,039 
Ameristar East Chicago                -              -       21,570 
Jackpot Properties                    -              -        8,400 
Corporate and other               3,449            946      (25,090)
                           ------------ --------------  ----------- 
  Consolidated             $      3,449 $          946  $   181,511 
                           ============ ==============  =========== 
                                                                    
                                                                            
                                                                            
                                     Six Months Ended June 30, 2012         
                           -------------------------------------------------
                                                                            
                                                   Loss (Gain)              
                           Operating  Depreciation      on                  
                             Income        and     Disposition   Stock-Based
                             (Loss)   Amortization  of Assets   Compensation
                           ---------  ------------ -----------  ------------
Ameristar St. Charles      $  36,016  $     13,448 $      (150) $        298
Ameristar Kansas City         32,907         7,298         (94)          178
Ameristar Council Bluffs      31,629         4,013           -           227
Ameristar Black Hawk          20,560         8,831         (76)          209
Ameristar Vicksburg           22,208         7,159          (1)          256
Ameristar East Chicago        13,577         8,806         608           218
Jackpot Properties             6,023         2,562         (59)          225
Corporate and other          (34,639)        1,403           -         7,399
                           ---------  ------------ -----------  ------------
  Consolidated             $ 128,281  $     53,520 $       228  $      9,010
                           =========  ============ ===========  ============
                                                                            
 
                                                                    
                                                                    
                                Six Months Ended June 30, 2012      
                          ----------------------------------------- 
                                                                    
                             Deferred                               
                           Compensation    Net River                
                           Plan Expense    Flooding       Adjusted  
                                (1)     Reimbursements     EBITDA   
                           ------------ --------------  ----------- 
Ameristar St. Charles      $          - $            -  $    49,612 
Ameristar Kansas City                 -              -       40,289 
Ameristar Council Bluffs              -           (133)      35,736 
Ameristar Black Hawk                  -              -       29,524 
Ameristar Vicksburg                   -              -       29,622 
Ameristar East Chicago                -              -       23,209 
Jackpot Properties                    -              -        8,751 
Corporate and other               1,227              -      (24,610)
                           ------------ --------------  ----------- 
  Consolidated             $      1,227 $         (133) $   192,133 
                           ============ ==============  =========== 

(1) Deferred compensation plan expense represents the change in the Company's non-cash liability based on plan participant investment results. This expense is included in selling, general and administrative expen ses in the Company's consolidated statements of income.


 
                                                                            
              RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO ADJUSTED EBITDA               
                     (Dollars in Thousands) (Unaudited)                     

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of consolidated net income, a GAAP financial measure, to consolidated Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure.


 
                                                                            
                                  Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended   
                                       June 30,              June 30,       
                                    2013       2012       2013       2012   
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Net income                       $  19,975  $  17,622  $  37,953  $  58,988 
  Income tax provision              12,998     12,480     24,438     14,454 
  Interest expense, net of                                                  
   capitalized interest             28,143     28,821     56,776     55,706 
  Interest income                       (3)       (12)        (5)       (33)
  Other                                  -        112          -       (834)
  Net (gain) loss on disposition                                            
   of assets                           (21)       550        (30)       228 
  Impairment of fixed assets             -          -         23          - 
  Depreciation and amortization     25,283     26,999     50,430     53,520 
  Stock-based compensation           3,780      3,650      7,531      9,010 
  Merger-related costs               1,274          -      3,449          - 
  Non-capitalizable Lake Charles                                            
   development costs                   434          -        946          - 
  Deferred compensation plan                                                
   expense                               -        124          -      1,227 
  Net river flooding                                                        
   reimbursements                        -       (189)         -       (133)
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Adjusted EBITDA                  $  91,863  $  90,157  $ 181,511  $ 192,133 
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           RECONCILIATION OF DILUTED EPS TO ADJUSTED DILUTED EPS            
                     (Shares in Thousands) (Unaudited)                      

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of diluted earnings per share (EPS), a GAAP financial measure, to adjusted diluted earnings per share (Adjusted EPS), a non-GAAP financial measure.


 
                                                                            
                                  Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended   
                                       June 30,              June 30,       
                                    2013       2012       2013       2012   
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Diluted earnings per share (EPS) $    0.57  $    0.51  $    1.08  $    1.73 
  Merger-related costs                0.02          -       0.06          - 
  Non-capitalizable Lake Charles                                            
   development costs                  0.01          -       0.02          - 
  Cumulative effect from income                                             
   tax elections                         -          -          -      (0.46)
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 
Adjusted diluted earnings per                                               
 share (Adjusted EPS)            $    0.60  $    0.51  $    1.16  $    1.27 
                                 =========  =========  =========  ========= 
                                                                            
Weighted-average diluted shares                                             
 outstanding used in calculating                                            
 Adjusted EPS                       35,125     34,255     35,004     34,138 
                                 ---------  ---------  ---------  --------- 

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation G, "Conditions for Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures," prescribes the conditions for use of non-GAAP financial information in public disclosures. We believe our presentation of the non-GAAP financial measures Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS are important supplemental measures of operating performance to investors. The following discussion defines these terms and explains why we believe they are useful measures of our performance.

Adjusted EBITDA is a commonly used measure of performance in the gaming industry that we believe, when considered with measures calculated in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, gives investors a more complete understanding of operating results before the impact of investing and financing transactions, income taxes and certain non-cash and non-recurring items and facilitates comparisons between us and our competitors.

Adjusted EBITDA is a significant factor in management's internal evaluation of total Company and individual property performance and in the evaluation of incentive compensation for employees. Therefore, we believe Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors because it allows greater transparency related to a significant measure used by management in its financial and operational decision-making and because it permits investors similarly to perform more meaningful analyses of past, present and future operating results and evaluations of the results of core ongoing operations. Furthermore, we believe investors would, in the absence of the Company's disclosure of Adjusted EBITDA, attempt to use equivalent or similar measures in assessment of our operating performance and the valuation of our Company. We have reported Adjusted EBITDA to our investors in the past and believe its inclusion at this time will provide consistency in our financial reporting.

Adjusted EBITDA, as used in this press release, is earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, other non-operating income and expenses, stock-based compensation, deferred compensation plan expense, merger-related costs, non-capitalizable development costs and net river flooding reimbursements. In future periods, the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA may be different than in this release. The foregoing tables reconcile Adjusted EBITDA to operating income and net income, based upon GAAP.

Adjusted EPS, as used in this press release, is diluted earnings per share, excluding the cumulative effect from tax elections, merger-related costs and non-capitalizable development costs. Management adjusts EPS, when deemed appropriate, for the evaluation of operating performance because we believe that the exclusion of certain items is necessary to provide the most accurate measure of our core operating results and as a means to compare period-to-period results. We have chosen to provide this information to investors to enable them to perform more meaningful analysis of past, present and future operating res ults and as a means to evaluate the results of our core ongoing operations. Adjusted EPS is a significant factor in the internal evaluation of total Company performance. Management believes this measure is used by investors in their assessment of our operating performance and the valuation of our Company. In future periods, the adjustments we make to EPS in order to calculate Adjusted EPS may be different than or in addition to those made in this release. The foregoing table reconciles EPS to Adjusted EPS.

Limitations on the Use of Non-GAAP Measures The use of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS has certain limitations. Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS may be different from the presentations used by other companies and therefore comparability among companies may be limited. Depreciation expense for various long-term assets, interest expense, income taxes and other items have been and will be incurred and are not reflected in the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA. Each of these items should also be considered in the overall evaluation of our results. Additionally, Adjusted EBITDA does not consider capital expenditures and other investing activities and should not be considered as a measure of our liquidity. We compensate for these limitations by providing the relevant disclosure of our depreciation, interest and income tax expense, capital expenditures and other items both in our reconciliations to the GAAP financial measures and in our consolidated financial statements, all of which should be considered when evaluating our performance.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS should be used in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income or any other operating performance measure prescribed by GAAP, nor should these measures be relied upon to the exclusion of GAAP financial measures. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS reflect additional ways of viewing our operations that we believe, when viewed with our GAAP results and the reconciliations to the corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting our business than could be obtained absent this disclosure. Management strongly encourages investors to review our financial information in its entirety and not to rely on a single financial measure.

CONTACT: Tom Steinbauer Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer Ameristar Casinos, Inc. 702-567-7000

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