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Churchill Downs Incorporated Reports 2022 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

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Churchill Downs Incorporated Reports 2022 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

 

Churchill Downs Incorporated reported business results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2022.

Company Highlights

  • Record 2022 net revenue of $1,809.8 million, up 13% compared to $1,597.2 million in the prior year
  • Record 2022 net income of $439.4 million, up 76% compared to $249.1 million in the prior year
  • Record 2022 Adjusted EBITDA of $763.6 million, up 22% compared to $627.0 million in the prior year
  • We successfully ran the 148th Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May generating record Adjusted EBITDA
  • We completed the acquisition of substantially all the assets of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment LLC with a purchase price of $2.75 billion on November 1, 2022 (“P2E Transaction”)
  • We completed the acquisition of Chasers Poker Room in Salem, New Hampshire on September 2, 2022, which will enable the Company to expand its historical racing machine (“HRM”) strategy with table games to the New England market (“Chasers Transaction”)
  • We completed the acquisition of Ellis Park Racing & Gaming on September 26, 2022, which includes the rights to build a HRM entertainment venue in Owensboro, Kentucky (“Ellis Park Transaction”)
  • We closed the sale of the excess Calder land for $291.0 million on June 17, 2022
  • We closed the sale of our Arlington Heights, Illinois property to the Chicago Bears for $197.2 million on February 15, 2023

CONSOLIDATED RESULTS

Fourth Quarter Years Ended December 31,
(in millions, except per share data) 2022 2021 2022 2021
Net revenue $ 480.1 $ 364.8 $ 1,809.8 $ 1,597.2
Net income $ 1.0 $ 43.3 $ 439.4 $ 249.1
Diluted EPS $ 0.03 $ 1.11 $ 11.42 $ 6.35
Adjusted EBITDA(a) $ 180.7 $ 127.0 $ 763.6 $ 627.0
(a) This is a non-GAAP measure. See explanation of non-GAAP measures below.

SEGMENT RESULTS

During the first quarter of 2022, we updated our operating segments to include the results of our United Tote business in the TwinSpires segment. Results of our United Tote business were previously included in our All Other segment. During the fourth quarter of 2022, we also updated our operating segments to reflect the geographies in which we operate. The summaries below present net revenue from external customers and intercompany revenue from each of our reportable segments.

Live and Historical Racing

Fourth Quarter Years Ended December 31,
(in millions) 2022 2021 2022 2021
Net revenue $ 180.9 $ 93.9 $ 646.4 $ 430.6
Adjusted EBITDA 61.2 30.6 287.5 175.0

Fourth Quarter 2022

  • Net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2022 increased $87.0 million from the prior year quarter primarily due to $62.4 million in revenue attributable to the Virginia properties acquired in the P2E Transaction, $6.9 million in revenue attributable to properties acquired in the Ellis Park and Chasers Transactions, and a $17.7 million increase driven primarily by continued growth at our Oak Grove property and the opening of Turfway Park in September 2022.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2022 increased $30.6 million from the prior year quarter primarily due to a $30.1 million increase attributable to the Virginia properties acquired in the P2E Transaction and a $0.5 million increase attributable to the Chasers Transaction. Adjusted EBITDA growth from our Oak Grove property was offset by a decrease from Turfway Park associated with its first quarter of operation and from Derby City Gaming due to disruption from construction associated with the gaming floor and hotel expansion.

Total Year 2022

  • Net revenue for 2022 increased $215.8 million primarily due to $62.4 million in revenue attributable to the Virginia properties acquired in the P2E Transaction, $8.0 million in revenue attributable to properties acquired in the Ellis Park and Chasers Transactions, $77.6 million in increased revenue at Churchill Downs Racetrack primarily due to the running of the 2022 Kentucky Derby without capacity restrictions that were in place in 2021, and a $67.8 million increase driven primarily by growth at our Oak Grove property and at Derby City Gaming as well as the opening of Turfway Park in September 2022.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for 2022 increased $112.5 million due to a $30.1 million increase attributable to the Virginia properties acquired in the P2E Transaction, a $0.7 million increase attributable to properties acquired in the Ellis Park and Chasers Transactions, a $59.1 million increase at Churchill Downs Racetrack primarily due to the running of the 2022 Kentucky Derby without capacity restrictions that were in place in 2021, and a $22.6 million increase primarily due to the continued growth at our Oak Grove property and at Derby City Gaming.

TwinSpires

Fourth Quarter Years Ended December 31,
(in millions) 2022 2021 2022 2021
Net revenue $ 94.3 $ 101.2 $ 441.6 $ 457.8
Adjusted EBITDA 25.0 12.9 114.1 82.7

Fourth Quarter 2022

  • Net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2022 decreased $6.9 million from the prior year quarter primarily due to the decision to exit the direct online Sports and Casino business in the first quarter of 2022 and due to a decline in Horse Racing wagering.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2022 increased $12.1 million from the prior year quarter due to a $14.3 million increase from our Sports and Casino business primarily due to decreased marketing and promotional activities and a $2.2 million decrease attributable to lower Horse Racing net revenue.

Total Year 2022

  • Net revenue decreased $16.2 million primarily due to a decrease in pari-mutuel handle as a higher portion of our patrons returned to wagering at brick-and-mortar facilities instead of wagering online and the decision to exit the direct online Sports and Casino business in the first quarter of 2022.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for 2022 increased $31.4 million primarily due to a $40.0 million increase from our Sports and Casino business primarily due to decreased marketing and promotional activities and an $8.6 million decrease attributable to lower Horse Racing net revenue.

Gaming

Fourth Quarter Years Ended December 31,
(in millions) 2022 2021 2022 2021
Net revenue $ 212.2 $ 172.8 $ 761.8 $ 698.4
Adjusted EBITDA 112.4 99.0 421.9 411.9

Fourth Quarter 2022

  • Net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2022 increased $39.4 million from the prior year quarter primarily due to $46.5 million attributable to the New York and Iowa properties acquired in the P2E Transaction and a $7.1 million decrease from seven of our existing wholly-owned properties in five states that was partially offset by growth at our Ocean Downs property in Maryland.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2022 increased $13.4 million from the prior year quarter driven by a $17.9 million increase attributable to the New York and Iowa properties acquired as part of the P2E Transaction, a $1.2 million increase from our equity investments, and a $5.7 million decrease at our existing wholly-owned properties.

Total Year 2022

  • Net revenue increased $63.4 million primarily due to $46.5 million attributable to our New York and Iowa properties acquired in the P2E Transaction, $25.5 million in Maine, Florida, and Maryland as a result of certain capacity restrictions during the first half of 2021 and a $9.7 million increase in Louisiana as a result of the 2022 Jazz Festival that was not held in the prior year due to COVID-19 and shutdowns in 2021 due to Hurricane Ida that did not recur. Partially offsetting these increases was a decrease of $18.3 million primarily from our Mississippi and Pennsylvania properties due to the current economic conditions.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for 2022 increased $10.0 million driven by a $17.9 million increase in New York and Iowa from the properties acquired as part of the P2E Transaction, an $11.6 million increase primarily from our properties in Maine, Florida, and Louisiana as a result of capacity restrictions in 2021 that did not recur, and a $2.8 million increase from our equity investments. Partially offsetting these increases was a decrease of $22.3 million primarily from our Mississippi and Pennsylvania properties due to the current economic conditions.

All Other

Fourth Quarter Years Ended December 31,
(in millions) 2022 2021 2022 2021
Net revenue $ 1.1 $ 4.2 $ 3.3 $ 49.2
Adjusted EBITDA (17.9 ) (15.5 ) (59.9 ) (42.6 )

Fourth Quarter 2022

  • Net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2022 decreased $3.1 million from the prior year quarter primarily as a result of Arlington International Racecourse (“Arlington”) ceasing racing and simulcast operations at the end of 2021.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2022 decreased $2.4 million from the prior year quarter due to a $3.8 million increase in Corporate compensation related expenses driven by enterprise growth and increased legal fees that was partially offset by the elimination of the $1.4 million operating loss related to Arlington.

Total Year 2022

  • Net revenue for 2022 decreased $45.9 million primarily as a result of Arlington ceasing racing and simulcast operations at the end of 2021.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for 2022 decreased $17.3 million primarily due to the elimination of the $9.7 million operating income related to Arlington as a result of ceasing racing and simulcast operations at the end of 2021 and a $7.6 million increase in Corporate compensation related expenses, legal fees, and charitable donations.

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HAWKS TALON GC SET FOR THE STEAL ON APRIL 19TH FOR CHANCE TO ENTER NBA 2K LEAGUE 3V3 PLAYOFF

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Hawks Talon GC, the official NBA 2K League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, will begin play in the STEAL on Friday night against No. 14 Blazer5 Gaming at 7:30 p.m.

Talon collected 90 points over the SLAM and SWITCH, earning 60 points in the SLAM and 30 points in the SWITCH to earn the No. 3 seed heading into the STEAL.

Should Talon advance, they would play the winner of No. 6 Cavs Legion GC and No. 11 Hornets Venom GT on Saturday at 3:45 p.m., followed by the semifinals at 5:15 p.m., and the finals at 5:45 p.m. All games can be followed on the NBA 2K League’s Twitch and YouTube channels.

“The STEAL is probably the toughest tournament in the 2K League, but the guys are locked in and ready to fight for their season,” said Hawks Talon head coach Ismael ‘MAELO’ Diaz Tolentino. “We are looking forward to going out there and proving that we belong amongst the best teams in the league. We were only a game away from clinching a playoff berth and we honestly think we are one of the teams to beat in this tournament.”

Talon owns a 4-4 record in bracket play thus far during the 2024 season over the SLAM and SWITCH opens, going 3-2 over the SLAM and 1-2 over the SWITCH.

The single elimination 3v3 tournament includes all 15 NBA 2K League teams that have not clinched a spot in the 3v3 playoffs, plus one community team from an open qualifier. The final two teams in the STEAL will earn a spot in the 3v3 playoffs beginning next week, with the winner receiving a winner-take-all cash prize.

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Plaza Hotel & Casino to celebrate summer with Friday night fireworks

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The Plaza Hotel & Casino will celebrate the start of every weekend this summer with a live fireworks show Friday nights at 9:15 p.m., beginning May 24 for Memorial Day weekend through Aug. 30 for Labor Day weekend.
Inspired by the fireworks shows at Disneyland, the Plaza’s Welcome to the Weekend Summer Friday Fireworks will light up the sky above downtown Las Vegas and be part of a festive summer block party atmosphere at the property’s Carousel Bar and rooftop pool deck.
“The Plaza is known for its great fireworks on New Year’s Eve and July 4th, but who says fireworks are only for those holidays?” said Jonathan Jossel, CEO of the Plaza Hotel & Casino. “This summer, we wanted to celebrate and give a gift to everyone downtown by sharing the excitement and fun of our fireworks shows with them every Friday night.”
“Las Vegas is the world’s destination because of all the spectacular attractions that are available here,” City of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said. “The Plaza is adding a new weekly fireworks extravaganza this summer, and everyone is invited to visit downtown Las Vegas and enjoy the show!”
Derek Stevens, CEO and Owner of Circa Resort & Casino said “The weekly fireworks show will amp up Fremont Street’s high-energy atmosphere to a new level. It’s a terrific addition for the entire neighborhood, providing another exciting reason for visitors to come downtown. Huge thanks to Jonathan and the Plaza team for bringing this idea to life. We’ll definitely be enjoying the show every week from Circa’s rooftop lounge, Legacy Club.”
The fireworks shot from the Plaza’s towers will be visible to the thousands of tourists and locals in downtown Las Vegas as well as for miles beyond. Plaza hotel guests will be able to enjoy the fireworks from an exclusive viewing party on its rooftop pool deck where the fireworks will be “ignited” by a special guest pushing a detonator button on an oversized TNT box.
To attract even more people to stay downtown, the Plaza introduced the only all-inclusive hotel room package starting at $125 per person per night. The package includes bottomless drinks, breakfast and dinner, a free bingo session, waived resort fees, and more. Rooms must be booked online by June 30 for a stay June 1 through July 1.
The Friday night rooftop pool party for hotel guests will feature the Frozen Firecracker, a special red, white, and blue cocktail made with strawberry daiquiri, pina colada, and blue lemonade spiked with Don Q Rum. At Carousel Bar the summer party vibe continues every Friday night with a DJ and the specialty cocktail Watermelon Agua Fresca made with Mi Campo tequila, Jägermeister, rose aperitivo, watermelon juice, chamoy, and aloe leaves as a garnish.
“Downtown Las Vegas is already a vibrant, unique, and exciting destination. Our Summer Friday Fireworks paired with our all-inclusive room package and great summertime block party atmosphere at Carousel Bar and the rooftop pool deck will be even more reasons to come downtown this summer,” added Jossel.
The Plaza’s fireworks will be dependent on weather conditions and are subject to change or cancellation.

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Aviatrix and Vibra Solutions Agree Partnership with Focus on Latin America

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Aviatrix, the crash game that’s changing the way online casinos engage their players, has partnered with platform provider Vibra Solutions in yet another move that expands its reach in Latin America.

Aviatrix’s push into Latin America has really picked up pace over recent months and that continues with this deal.

Vibra Gaming has established itself as a major player in the region since it was founded in 2020 and later with the launch of Vibra Solutions in 2022, its platforms and content aggregation division. Now operators using its platform will be able to offer customers Aviatrix.

“We’ve long admired the fantastic work Vibra Solutions is doing in growing our industry across Latin America via innovative product development,” the Latin America Head of Business Development for Aviatrix, Gabriela Novello, said. “By working alongside it, we’re able to bring Aviatrix to more players in the region and together write a new chapter in this ongoing growth story.”

“Our commitment to our operator partners is to provide the very best portfolio of games available,” the Chief Commercial Officer for Vibra Solutions, Federico Saini, said. “Some of those we build ourselves but others we onboard via partnerships like this. Aviatrix is one of the most talked about games in the industry at the moment and we couldn’t be happier to be able to offer it to online brands via our platform.”

Aviatrix’s has enjoyed considerable success in Latin America since it was launched a little over a year ago including being named Rising Star in Casino at the SBC Awards LatinoAmerica.

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