Churchill Downs Incorporated Reports 2017 SECOND QUARTER RESULTS

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 26, 2017)

- Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (CDI or Company) today reported business results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Second Quarter 2017 Highlights

Record net revenue of $451.9 million, 3% increase over the prior year

Record net income of $78.3 million, 12% increase over the prior year

Record diluted net income per share of $4.81, 17% higher than the prior year

Record Adjusted EBITDA of $173.0 million, 8% increase over the prior year


(in millions, except per share data):

Net reven ue

Net income

Diluted net income per share

(a) Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure. See explanation of non-GAAP measures below.

In the quarter, net revenue increased $13.4 million primarily from a $12.1 million increase from TwinSpires, a $9.2 million increase in Racing and a $3.9 million increase from Casinos. Partially offsetting these increases was a $12.6 million decrease from Big Fish Games.

The $8.5 million increase in net income and $0.70 increase in diluted net income per share was primarily a result of a $12.1 million increase in operating income from our segments and a $2.9 million increase in income from our equity investments, partially offset by a $5.8 million increase in taxes relating to higher operating income and $0.7 million increase primarily due to higher interest expense associated with higher outstanding debt balances.

Adjusted EBITDA increased $12.8 million primarily from a $7.4 million increase in Racing primarily as result of a strong Kentucky Derby week performance and a $4.2 million increase from Casinos due to equity investments and organic growth at certain properties.


We use Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate segment performance, develop strategy and allocate resources. We utilize the Adjusted EBITDA metric because we believe the inclusion or exclusion of certain recurring items is necessary to provide a more accurate measure of our core operating results and enables management and investors to evaluate and compare from period to period our operating performance in a meaningful and consistent manner. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to operating income as an indicator of performance, as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity, or as an alternative to any other measure provided in accordance with U.S.

Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“U.S. GAAP”). Our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA may be different from the calculation used by other companies and, therefore, comparability may be limited.

The operating segment summaries below present net revenue from external customers and intercompany revenue from each of our operating segments:

(in millions):

During the quarter, net revenue increased $11.0 million from the prior year primarily driven by a $9.0 million increase in net revenue at Churchill Downs primarily from a successful Kentucky Derby week and a $1.5 million increase at Arlington driven by increased handle and admissions during their meet.

Adjusted EBITDA increased $7.4 million from the prior year driven by a $6.5 million increase at Churchill Downs primarily from a successful Kentucky Derby week and $1.1 million increase at Arlington driven by increased handle and admissions during their meet, partially offset by a $0.2 million decrease from other sources.

During the quarter, net revenue increased $3.9 million from the prior year primarily driven by a $2.0 million increase at Oxford, a $1.3 million increase at Calder, and a $0.6 million increase at Harlow's, all of which resulted from successful marketing and promotional activities.

Adjusted EBITDA grew $4.2 million primarily driven by a:

$3.7 million increase from strong performance from the Company's equity investments, including our new equity investment in Ocean Downs in January 2017.

$0.9 million increase at Oxford driven by the increase in revenues.

Partially offsetting these increases was a decrease of $0.7 million primarily from a decrease at Fairgrounds and Riverwalk.

During the quarter, net revenue increased $12.1 million primarily due to a 34.0% increase in active players. TwinSpires handle grew 19.6%, outpacing the U.S. thoroughbred industry performance by 18.4 percentage points.

Adjusted EBITDA increased $0.5 million driven by a $2.2 million favorable impact of the increased wagering, net of costs, associated with the increase in active players and handle. This increase was partially offset by a $1.7 million 2016 Pennsylvania tax refund which did not recur.

First Quarter


Social casino

Casual and mid-core free-to-play


Total bookings

(b) Bookings is an operational metric that reflects the amount of virtual currency, virtual goods and premium games that consumers have purchased through third-party app stores or on the Big Fish Games website, as well as in-game advertising revenue and licensing agreement revenue.

On a sequential basis from first quarter 2017 to second quarter 2017, total bookings increased $1.1 million, or 1.0%.

Social casino bookings increased by $3.1 million.

Casual and mid-core free-to-play bookings declined $1.9 million as expected based on the user acquisition expense reduction.

Premium bookings declined $0.1 million.

Compared to second quarter of 2016, total bookings declined $15.8 million, or 12.4%.

Social casino bookings increased by $3.2 million.

Casual and mid-core free-to-play bookings declined $15.6 million as expected based on the significant user acquisition expense reduction.

Premium bookings declined $3.4 million primarily driven by customers continuing to shift from paid PC games to free-to-play mobile games.

Compared to second quarter of 2016, net revenue decreased $12.6 million, driven primarily by a:

$12.1 million decrease in casual and mid-core free-to-play revenue.

$3.5 million decrease in premium revenue.

Partially offsetting these decreases was a $3.0 million increase in social casino.

Compared to second quarter of 2016, Adjusted EBITDA increased $0.5 million, driven primarily by an:

$9.1 million decrease in user acquisition spending.

$4.0 million decrease in all other expenses.

Partially offsetting these decreases was a $12.6 million decline in revenues.

Capital Management

CDI repurchased 1,077,029 shares of its common stock in conjunction with its stock repurchase program at a total cost of approximately $171.7 million in the second quarter of 2017. CDI had approximately $78.3 million of repurchase authority remaining under this program as of June 30, 2017. Included in our repurchases during the second quarter of 2017 was an agreement with an affiliate of The Duchossois Group to repurchase 1,000,000 shares of the Company's common stock for $158.78 per share in a privately negotiated transaction.

Conference Call

A conference call regarding this news release is scheduled for Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 9 a.m. ET. Investors and other interested parties may listen to the teleconference by accessing the online, real-time webcast and broadcast of the call at

, or by dialing (877) 372-0878 and entering the pass code 53523063 at least 10 minutes before the appointed time. International callers should dial (253) 237-1169. An online replay will be available at approximately noon ET on Thursday, July 27, 2017 and continue for two weeks. A copy of the Company’s news release announcing quarterly results and relevant financial and statistical information about the period will be accessible at

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

In addition to the results provided in accordance with U.S. GAAP, the Company also uses non-GAAP measures, including EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) and Adjusted EBITDA as described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K (“Adjusted EBITDA”).

Adjusted EBITDA includes CDI's portion of the EBITDA from our equity investments.

Adjusted EBITDA excludes:

Acquisition expense, net which includes:

Acquisition-related charges, including fair value adjustments related to earnouts and deferred payments; and,

Transaction expense, including legal, accounting, and other deal-related expense

Stock-based compensation expense;

Gain on Calder land sale;

Calder exit costs; and

Other charges and recoveries

For purposes of segment reporting, Adjusted EBITDA includes intercompany revenue and expense totals that are eliminated in the Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income. Refer to the reconciliation of Comprehensive Income to Adjusted EBITDA included herewith for additional information.

The Company uses Adjusted EBITDA as a key performance measure of the results of operations for purposes of evaluating performance internally. The measure facilitates comparison of operating performance between periods and helps investors to better understand the operating results of CDI by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of the Company's core business or operating results. The Company believes the use of this measure enables management and investors to evaluate and compare, from period to period, the Company’s operating performance in a meaningful and consistent manner. Adjusted EBITDA is a supplemental measure of our performance that is not required by or presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income (as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP) as a measure of our operating results.

The Company updated its definition of Adjusted EBITDA to exclude changes in Big Fish Games deferred revenue during the fourth quarter of 2016. Additionally, during the first quarter of 2017, certain revenue previously included in our Corporate segment was deemed by management to be more closely aligned with our TwinSpires segment. The prior year amounts were reclassified to conform to this presentation.

About Churchill Downs Incorporated

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) (NASDAQ:CHDN), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is an industry-leading racing, gaming and online entertainment company anchored by our iconic flagship event -

The Kentucky Derby

.  We are a leader in brick-and-mortar casino gaming with approximately


gaming positions in eight states, and we are the largest legal online account wagering platform for horseracing in the U.S., through our ownership of We are also one of the world's largest producers and distributors of mobile games through Big Fish Games, Inc. Additional information about CDI can be found online at

Information set forth in this press release contains various "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act") provides certain "safe harbor" provisions for forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements made in this press release are made pursuant to the Act.

The reader is cautioned that such forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time and/or management’s good faith belief with respect to future events, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in the statements.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statement was made.  We assume no obligation to update forward-looking information to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information.  Forward-looking statements are typically identified by the use of terms such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “seek,” “should,” “will,” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently.

Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.  Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations include the following: the effect of economic conditions on our consumers' confidence and discretionary spending or our access to credit; additional or increased taxes and fees; public perceptions of integrity or other lack of confidence in our business; loss of key or highly skilled personnel; restrictions in our debt facilities limiting our flexibility to operate our business; general risks related to real estate ownership, including fluctuations in market values and environmental regulations; catastrophic events and system failures disrupting our operations, including the impact of natural and other disasters on our operations and our ability to obtain insurance recoveries in respect of such losses; inability to identify and complete acquisition, expansion or divestiture projects on time, on budget or as planned; difficulty in integrating recent or future acquisitions into our operations; legalization of online real money gaming in the United States, and our ability to capitalize on and predict such legalization; inability to respond to rapid technological changes in a timely manner; adverse infringement of the intellectual property of others; inability to protect our own intellectual property rights; security breaches and other security risks related to our technology, personal information, source code and other proprietary information, including failure to comply with regulations and other legal obligations relating to receiving, processing, storing and using personal information; payment-related risks, such as chargebacks for fraudulent credit card use; compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or applicable money-laundering regulations; work stoppages and labor issues; difficulty in attracting a sufficient number of horses and trainers for full field horseraces; inability to negotiate agreements with industry constituents, including horsemen and other racetracks; personal injury litigation related to injuries occurring at our racetracks; the inability of our totalisator company, United Tote, to maintain its processes accurately, keep its technology current or maintain its significant customers; weather conditions affecting our ability to conduct live racing; increased competition in the horseracing business; changes in the regulatory environment of our racing operations; declining popularity in horseracing; seasonal fluctuations in our horseracing business due to geographic concentration of our operations; increased competition in our casino business; changes in regulatory environment of our casino business; development and expansion of casinos is costly and susceptible to delays, cost overruns and other uncertainties; concentration and evolution of slot machine manufacturing and other technology conditions that could impose additional costs; impact of further legislation prohibiting tobacco smoking; geographic concentration of our casino business; changes in regulatory environment for our advanced deposit wagering business; increase in competition in the advanced deposit wagering business; inability to retain current customers or attract new customers to our advanced deposit wagering business; uncertainty and changes in the legal landscape relating to our advanced deposit wagering business; failure to comply with laws requiring us to block access to certain individuals could result in penalties or impairment in our ability to offer advanced deposit wagering; operating in an evolving and highly competitive market related to our Big Fish Games; inability to maintain relationships with third party mobile platforms related to our Big Fish Games; failure to develop and publish mobile games that achieve market acceptance; inability to secure new or ongoing content from third party development partners on favorable terms; programming errors or flaws or other technical difficulties, diminishing our customers’ experience; “cheating” programs, scam offers, black-markets and other actions by third parties that seek to exploit our games and players may affect our reputation and harm our operating results; slower than expected growth in use of smartphone and tablet devices to facilitate game platforms; and financial volatility quarter-to-quarter relating to our Big Fish Games.




Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

(in millions, except per common share data)

Net revenue:

Other Investments

Total net revenue

Operating expense:

Selling, general and administrative expense

Research and development

Acquisition expenses, net

Total operating expense

Operating income

Other income (expense):

Interest expense

Equity in income of unconsolidated investments

Miscellaneous, net

Total other expense

Income from operations before provision for income taxes

Income tax provision

Net income per common share data:

Basic net income

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Other comprehensive loss:

Foreign currency translation, net of tax

Other comprehensive (loss) gain

Comprehensive income


June 30, 2017

December 31, 2016


Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

Restricted cash

Accounts receivable, net

Receivable from escrow

Income taxes receivable

Game software development, net

Other current assets

Total current assets

Property and equipment, net

Investment in and advances to unconsolidated affiliates


Other intangible assets, net

Other assets

Total assets




Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

Purses payable

Account wagering deposit liabilities

Accrued expense

Income taxes payable

Deferred revenue - Big Fish Games

Deferred revenue - all other

Big Fish Games deferred payment, current

Big Fish Games earnout liability, current

Current maturities of long-term debt

Dividends payable

Total current liabilities

Long-term debt, net of current maturities and loan origination fees

Notes payable, including premium and net of debt issuance costs

Deferred income taxes

Other liabilities

Total liabilities



Commitments and contingencies

Shareholders' equity:

Preferred stock, no par value; 0.3 shares authorized; no shares issued

Common stock, no par value; 50.0 shares authorized; 15.4 shares issued at June 30, 2017 and 16.5 shares issued at December 31, 2016

Retained earnings

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

Total shareholders' equity

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity



Cash flows from operating activities:

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

Game software development amortization

Distributed earnings from equity investments

Big Fish Games earnout payment

Earnings from equity investments, net

Increase (decrease) in cash resulting from changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of business acquisitions and dispositions:

Other current assets and liabilities

Other assets and liabilities

Net cash provided by operating activities

Cash flows from investing activities:

Capital maintenance expenditures

Capital project expenditures

Receivable from escrow

Acquisition of businesses

Investment in unconsolidated affiliates

Net cash used in investing activities

Cash flows from financing activities:

Borrowings on bank line of credit

Repayments of bank line of credit




Payment of dividends

Repurchase of common stock


Net cash used in financing activities


Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash flows

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period



Net revenue from external customers:


Fair Grounds

Total Racing


Oxford Casino

Riverwalk Casino

Harlow’s Casino

Calder Casino

Fair Grounds Slots


Total Casinos

Big Fish Games:

Total Big Fish Games

Intercompany net revenue:


Adjusted EBITDA by segment is comprised of the following:

Three Months Ended June 30, 2017

Taxes & purses

Platform & development fees

Marketing & advertising

Salaries & benefits

Content expense

Selling, general & administrative expense

Research & development

Other operating expense

Three Months Ended June 30, 2016

Six Months Ended June 30, 2017


Total segment Adjusted EBITDA

Six Months Ended June 30, 2016


Reconciliation of Comprehensive Income to Adjusted EBITDA:


Adjustments to EBITDA:

Selling, general and administrative:

Other income, expense:

Interest, depreciation and amortization expense related to equity investments

Other charges and recoveries, net

Total adjustments to EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA by segment:

Corporate allocated expense:

Total Corporate allocated expense


Summarized financial information for Miami Valley Gaming, LLC is comprised of the following:

Casino revenue

Non-casino revenue

Operating and SG&A expense

Depreciation & amortization

Interest and other expense, net


Other assets, net

Liabilities and Members' Equity

Current portion of long-term debt

Long-term debt, excluding current portion

Members' equity

Total liabilities and members' equity

The above information was disclosed in a filing to the SEC. To see the filing, click here.

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