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Station Casinos Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Results

LAS VEGAS--()--Station Casinos LLC ("Station", "we" or the "Company") today announced the results of its operations for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2015.

Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Fourth quarter consolidated net revenues increased 4.3% and consolidated Adjusted EBITDAM increased 12.1% compared to the prior year period.
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDAM margin improved 260 basis points to 37.3% compared to the prior year period.
  • Eleventh consecutive quarter of year-over-year consolidated net revenue growth and nineteenth consecutive quarter of year-over-year consolidated Adjusted EBITDAM growth.
  • Fourth quarter Las Vegas net revenues increased 2.0% and Las Vegas Adjusted EBITDAM increased 6.4% compared to the prior year period.
  • Fourth quarter Native American management fees increased 57.0% compared to the prior year period.

Full Year Financial Highlights

  • Consolidated net revenues increased 4.7% and consolidated Adjusted EBITDAM increased 12.3% for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to the year ended December 31, 2014.
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDAM margin improved 235 basis points to 34.9% for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to the year ended December 31, 2014.
  • Highest full year consolidated net revenues, consolidated Adjusted EBITDAM and Adjusted EBITDAM margin since 2008.
  • Las Vegas net revenues increased 3.3% and Las Vegas Adjusted EBITDAM increased 8.0% for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to the year ended December 31, 2014.
  • Native American management fees were $66.6 million for the year, a 41.9% increase over the prior year.

"Station Casinos' financial results for the fourth quarter of 2015 represent a strong finish to another great year," said Marc Falcone, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. "Our financial results highlight our ongoing focus on driving revenue growth and continuing to improve margins, as evidenced by our double digit Adjusted EBITDAM growth every quarter in 2015."

Consolidated Results of Operations

The Company's consolidated net revenues for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015 were $348.0 million, an increase of $14.2 million, or 4.3%, compared to the prior year period. Consolidated Adjusted EBITDAM for the quarter was $129.9 million, an increase of $14.0 million, or 12.1%, and our Adjusted EBITDAM margin increased 260 basis points to 37.3%. Fourth quarter consolidated net income increased 25.0% to $41.9 million, compared to the prior year period. In Las Vegas, net revenues increased 2.0%, while Adjusted EBITDAM increased 6.4% and Adjusted EBITDAM margin improved 140 basis points to 34.2%. The Company continues to experience solid operating results from its two Native American managed properties, which drove a 57.0% increase in management fees to $21.3 million for the quarter.

"The Las Vegas economy has remained strong and we continue to experience broad-based consumer spending increases in both gaming and non-gaming areas. We believe that our high-quality assets, market-wide distribution and award-winning Boarding Pass loyalty program will allow us to continue to benefit from improving economic conditions in Las Vegas," said Falcone.

For the year ended December 31, 2015, the Company's consolidated net revenues were $1.35 billion, a 4.7% increase compared to the prior year. Adjusted EBITDAM was $472.2 million for the year, a $51.5 million, or 12.3%, increase compared to the prior year and Adjusted EBITDAM margin increased 235 basis points to 34.9%. Consolidated net income increased 52.2% to $126.7 million for the year. Las Vegas net revenues increased 3.3% for the year and Adjusted EBITDAM increased 8.0%. Native American management fees were $66.6 million for the year, an increase of $19.7 million or 41.9% compared to the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDAM is not a generally accepted accounting principle ("GAAP") measurement and is presented solely as a supplemental disclosure because the Company believes that it is a widely used measure of operating performance in the gaming industry and is a principal basis for valuation of gaming companies. Adjusted EBITDAM is further defined in footnote 1 and a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDAM to net income from continuing operations, the most comparable GAAP measure, is included in the financial information attached hereto.

Balance Sheet Highlights

As of December 31, 2015, the outstanding principal balance of the Company's long-term debt was $2.0 billion (excluding a non-recourse land loan of $114.6 million) and cash and cash equivalents were $115.1 million. As of December 31, 2015, our debt (net of excess cash) to Adjusted EBITDAM ratio was 4.3 times, excluding the non-recourse land loan.

Filing of Registration Statement

As previously announced, Red Rock Resorts, Inc., an affiliate of Station Casinos LLC, has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to the proposed initial public offering of Class A Common Stock of Red Rock Resorts, Inc. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call on February 18, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2015 financial results. The conference call will consist of prepared remarks from the Company and will include a question and answer session. Those interested in participating in the call should dial (855) 716-2688 or (440) 996-5688 for international callers, approximately 15 minutes before the call start time. A replay of the call will be available from February 18, 2016 through February 25, 2016 at https://www.sclv.com/Investor-Relations.aspx. A live audio webcast of the call will also be available at www.sclv.com.

Company Information and Forward Looking Statements

Station Casinos LLC is the leading provider of gaming and entertainment to the residents of Las Vegas, Nevada. Station's properties, which are located throughout the Las Vegas valley, are regional entertainment destinations and include various amenities, including numerous restaurants, entertainment venues, movie theaters, bowling and convention/banquet space, as well as traditional casino gaming offerings such as video poker, slot machines, table games, bingo and race and sports wagering. Station owns and operates Red Rock Casino Resort Spa, Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa Casino, Palace Station Hotel & Casino, Boulder Station Hotel & Casino, Sunset Station Hotel & Casino, Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino, Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel, Fiesta Rancho Casino Hotel, Fiesta Henderson Casino Hotel, Wildfire Rancho, Wildfire Boulder, Wild Wild West Gambling Hall & Hotel, Wildfire Sunset, Wildfire Valley View, Wildfire Anthem and Wildfire Lake Mead. Station also owns a 50% interest in Barley's Casino & Brewing Company, Wildfire Casino & Lanes and The Greens. In addition, Station is the manager of Graton Resort & Casino in northern California and owns a 50% interest in MPM Enterprises, L.L.C., which is the manager of Gun Lake Casino in southwestern Michigan.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements with respect to the Company and its subsidiaries which involve risks and uncertainties that cannot be predicted or quantified, and consequently, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied herein. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to the strength and sustainability of the recovery from the recent economic downturn, and the effects of the economy generally, and in particular in Nevada, on consumer spending and our business; the effects of intense competition that exists in the gaming industry; the risk that new gaming licenses or gaming activities, such as expansion of internet gaming, are approved and result in additional competition; our substantial outstanding indebtedness and the effect of our significant debt service requirements on our operations and ability to compete; the risk that we will not be able refinance our outstanding indebtedness or obtain necessary capital to finance any development or investment projects that we may decide to undertake in the future; the impact of extensive regulation from gaming and other government authorities on our ability to operate our business and the risk that regulatory authorities may revoke, suspend, condition or limit our gaming or other licenses, impose substantial fines or take other actions that adversely affect us; risks associated with changes to applicable gaming and tax laws that could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition; the impact of general business conditions including competitive practices, changes in customer demand and the cyclical nature of the gaming and hospitality business in general, on our business and results of operations; the impact of volatility in the capital markets, including fluctuations in interest rates, on our ability to refinance our debt, access additional capital and financial condition generally; adverse outcomes of legal proceedings and the development of, and changes in, claims or litigation reserves; risks, such as cost overruns and construction delays, associated with development, construction and management of new projects or the expansion of existing facilities; and other risks described in the filings of the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, there can be no assurances that we will be able to consummate the public offering of Class A Common Stock of Red Rock Resorts, Inc.

(1) Adjusted EBITDAM is a non-GAAP measure that is presented solely as a supplemental disclosure. We believe that Adjusted EBITDAM is a widely used measure of operating performance in our industry and is a principal basis for valuation of gaming companies. We believe that in addition to operating income, Adjusted EBITDAM is a useful financial performance measurement for assessing our operating performance because it provides information about the performance of our ongoing core operations excluding management fee expense, non-cash expenses, financing costs, and other non-operational or non-recurring items. Adjusted EBITDAM includes net income from continuing operations plus interest expense, net, depreciation and amortization, management fee expense, preopening, share-based compensation, a donation to UNLV, asset impairment, write-downs and other charges, net, loss on extinguishment of debt, and change in fair value of derivative instruments, and excludes gain on Native American development and Adjusted EBITDAM attributable to the noncontrolling interests of MPM. To evaluate Adjusted EBITDAM and the trends it depicts, the components should be considered. Each of these components can significantly affect our results of operations and should be considered in evaluating our operating performance, and the impact of these components cannot be determined from Adjusted EBITDAM. Further, Adjusted EBITDAM does not represent net income or cash flows from operating, investing or financing activities as defined by GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income as an indicator of our operating performance. Additionally, Adjusted EBITDAM does not consider capital expenditures and other investing activities and should not be considered as a measure of our liquidity. In addition, it should be noted that not all gaming companies that report EBITDAM or adjustments to this measure may calculate EBITDAM or such adjustments in the same manner as we do, and therefore, our measure of Adjusted EBITDAM may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other gaming companies.

Station Casinos LLC
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(amounts in thousands)
(unaudited)
               
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Operating revenues:
Casino $ 238,556 $ 234,969 $ 922,154 $ 897,361
Food and beverage 63,670 61,855 251,235 239,212
Room 30,577 28,185 122,888 112,664
Other 16,803 17,088 69,728 70,522
Management fees   25,156     17,276     88,859     68,782  
Gross revenues 374,762 359,373 1,454,864 1,388,541
Promotional allowances   (26,811 )   (25,637 )   (102,729 )   (96,925 )
Net revenues   347,951     333,736     1,352,135     1,291,616  
 
Operating costs and expenses:
Casino 90,240 88,363 347,509 341,490
Food and beverage 41,525 40,065 162,722 157,191
Room 11,797 11,469 46,559 45,479
Other 5,917 6,818 25,454 28,979
Selling, general and administrative 67,745 70,344 289,927 288,667
Preopening 44 354 1,165 640
Depreciation and amortization 33,684 32,319 137,474 127,766
Management fee expense 14,074 13,020 52,745 48,872
Asset impairment 4,200 - 6,301 11,739
Write-downs and other charges, net   2,068     364     7,662     20,951  
  271,294     263,116     1,077,518     1,071,774  
 
Operating income 76,657 70,620 274,617 219,842
(Losses) earnings from joint ventures   (261 )   283     809     1,037  
Operating income and (losses) earnings from joint ventures   76,396     70,903     275,426     220,879  
 
Other (expense) income:
Interest expense, net (34,687 ) (36,924 ) (142,921 ) (150,995 )
Loss on extinguishment of debt - - - (4,132 )
Gain on Native American development - - - 49,074
Change in fair value of derivative instruments   3     (88 )   (1 )   (90 )
  (34,684 )   (37,012 )   (142,922 )   (106,143 )
Net income from continuing operations 41,712 33,891 132,504 114,736
Discontinued operations   5     (441 )   (166 )   (43,410 )
Net income 41,717 33,450 132,338 71,326
Less: Net (loss) income attributable to noncontrolling interests   (136 )   (34 )   5,594     (11,955 )
Net income attributable to Station Casinos LLC $ 41,853   $ 33,484   $ 126,744   $ 83,281  
 

Station Casinos LLC
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDAM to Net Income from Continuing Operations
(amounts in thousands)
(unaudited)
           
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Adjusted EBITDAM
Las Vegas operations $ 110,037 $ 103,379 $ 410,301 $ 379,748
Native American management   21,289     13,560     66,622     46,937  
Reportable Segment Adjusted EBITDAM 131,326 116,939 476,923 426,685
Corporate and other  

(1,381

)   (1,020 )   (4,692 )   (5,996 )
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDAM

129,945

115,919 472,231 420,689
 
Other operating income (expense):

Preopening

(44 ) (354 ) (1,165 ) (640 )
Depreciation and amortization (33,684 ) (32,319 ) (137,474 ) (127,766 )
Management fee expense (14,074 ) (13,020 ) (52,745 ) (48,872 )
Share-based compensation (575 ) (522 ) (2,613 ) (2,790 )
Donation to UNLV - - (2,500 ) -
Asset impairment (4,200 ) - (6,301 ) (11,739 )
Write-downs and other charges, net (2,068 ) (364 ) (7,662 ) (20,951 )
Adjusted EBITDAM attributable to MPM noncontrolling interest 1,633 1,599 14,192 13,424
Other  

(537

)   (36 )   (537 )   (476 )
Operating income and earnings from joint ventures 76,396 70,903 275,426 220,879
Other (expense) income:
Interest expense, net (34,687 ) (36,924 ) (142,921 ) (150,995 )
Loss on extinguishment of debt - - - (4,132 )
Gain on Native American development - - - 49,074
Change in fair value of derivative instruments   3     (88 )   (1 )   (90 )
Net income from continuing operations $ 41,712   $ 33,891   $ 132,504   $ 114,736  

Contacts
Station Casinos LLC
Marc Falcone, 702-495-3600
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
or
Lori Nelson, 702-495-4248
Vice President of Corporate Communications