• Revenues increase 11.5% to quarterly record $123.8 million reflecting record Games and FinTech revenue
  • Net Income improves 28% to $5.9 million from $4.6 million; Diluted Earnings per share rise to $0.08
  • Adjusted EBITDA increases 5.7% to quarterly record $61.3 million

LAS VEGAS, May 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Everi Holdings Inc. (NYSE:EVRI) (“Everi” or the “Company”) today reported record financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.

“Our record first quarter results reflect the eleventh consecutive quarter we have achieved year over year revenue and Adjusted EBITDA growth as we again generated solid organic growth while also benefiting from initial contributions of our recent acquisition of player loyalty technology,” said Everi President and CEO, Michael Rumbolz. “First quarter revenues rose 11.5% to a record $123.8 million, net income improved 28% to $5.9 million, Adjusted EBITDA rose 5.7% to a record $61.3 million and Free Cash Flow improved 80% to $21.2 million. These results reflect ongoing improvement in both of our segments including a quarterly record for FinTech revenue and FinTech Adjusted EBITDA, and a quarterly record for Games revenue, including record gaming operations revenue. Overall 2019 is off to the solid start we anticipated and as a result, we remain on track to achieve our full year expectation for Adjusted EBITDA of between $252 million to $255 million. We also continue to expect that Free Cash Flow will approximately double compared to the nearly $25 million in Free Cash Flow generated in 2018.”

Consolidated Full Quarter Comparative Results (unaudited)

 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2019 2018
  
 (in millions, except per share amounts)
Revenues$123.8  $111.0 
    
Operating income (1)$25.9  $24.5 
    
Net income (1)$5.9  $4.6 
    
Net earnings per diluted share (1)$0.08  $0.06 
    
Diluted shares outstanding75.3  73.3 
    
Adjusted EBITDA (2)$61.3  $58.0 

(1) Operating income, net income and net earnings per diluted share for the three months ended March 31, 2019 included approximately $0.5 million of operating expense related to the acquisition of certain player loyalty assets and other non-recurring professional service fees.
(2) For a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA, see the Unaudited Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA and to Free Cash Flow provided at the end of this release.

Mr. Rumbolz added, “Our investments in new cabinets, game content and features continue to strengthen the appeal of our Games’ segment portfolio for customers and their players. We sold a record number of new units in the first quarter, with more than 80% of the 1,259 units sold on either our newer Empire MPX cabinet or our recently updated, popular Player Classic cabinet for the mechanical reel segment. Our game performance also drove a nearly 12%, or $3.36, year over year increase in the daily win per unit for our installed units - our highest ever improvement.  We are delivering higher performing games across our entire installed base, with the continued growth of premium units, and specifically our wide-area progressive (“WAP”) units representing a significant driver of this growth.  The number of WAP unit placements in our premium unit installed base has grown approximately 80% year-over year and approximately 20% since year end. Interactive revenue increased five-fold year over year to approximately $1.0 million as we continue to scale the business and benefit from the availability of over 20 game themes on our Remote Game Server that was recently approved for real-money wagering in its first domestic market.

“FinTech is delivering similar growth across all of the key business drivers, including growth in core cash access services revenue, reflecting consistent market share gains and increases in same store transactions and dollars processed. We also sold our highest number of kiosks in 14 quarters as we begin to realize the benefits of the expected uptick in our unit replacement cycle, and we continue to generate growth in information services and other revenues, including the initial benefits from the recently acquired player loyalty technology.

“Our first quarter results and our expectations for full year growth in revenue and Adjusted EBITDA as well as for continued acceleration in our Free Cash Flow provide ample proof that Everi possesses an attractive growth profile. We remain focused on leveraging this growth profile to deliver increased shareholder value.”

First Quarter 2019 Results Overview

Revenues for the first quarter of 2019 increased 11.5% to a record $123.8 million, from $111.0 million in the first quarter of 2018.  Games and FinTech segment revenues were $67.5 million and $56.3 million, respectively, for the first quarter of 2019. Operating income of $25.9 million for the first quarter of 2019 compares to $24.5 million in the first quarter of 2018.

The Company recorded income before income tax of $5.5 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $4.2 million in the first quarter of 2018.  Net income increased approximately 28.3% to $5.9 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2019 as compared to net income of $4.6 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the prior-year period.

Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2019 increased approximately 5.7%, or $3.3 million, to a record $61.3 million from $58.0 million in the first quarter of 2018.  Games and FinTech segment Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2019 were $33.1 million and $28.2 million, respectively.  Games and FinTech segment Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2018 were $31.7 million and $26.3 million, respectively.

Games Segment Full Quarter Comparative Results (unaudited)

 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2019 2018
  
 (in millions, except unit amounts and prices)
Revenues$67.5 $60.2
    
Operating income (1)$3.1 $4.4
    
Adjusted EBITDA (2)$33.1 $31.7
    
Unit sales:   
Units sold1,259 1,063
Average sales price ("ASP")$17,361 $17,745
    
Gaming operations installed base:   
Average units installed during period:   
Average units installed13,634 13,805
Approximate daily win per unit (3)$31.76 $28.40
    
Units installed at end of period:   
Class II9,218 9,497
Class III4,426 4,627
    Total installed base13,644 14,124
    
Installed base - Oklahoma6,400 6,838
Installed base - non-Oklahoma7,244 7,286
    Total installed base13,644 14,124
    
Premium units3,004 2,797

(1) Operating income for the three months ended March 31, 2019 includes the impact of approximately $0.2 million related to certain non-recurring professional fees.
(2) For a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA, see the Unaudited Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA and to Free Cash Flow provided at the end of this release.
(3) Approximate daily win per unit excludes the impact of the direct costs associated with the Company’s wide-area progressive jackpot expense.

2019 First Quarter Games Segment Highlights

Games segment revenues were $67.5 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $60.2 million in the first quarter of 2018.

  • Revenues from gaming operations increased approximately 10.5%, or $4.2 million, to a record $44.3 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $40.1 million in the prior-year period.  The year-over-year improvement reflects an approximate 12% increase in estimated daily win per unit (“DWPU”) to $31.76, which was partially offset by the anticipated year-over-year decline in the average installed base.

    º  As anticipated, the installed base at March 31, 2019 decreased by 480 units year over year and by 355 units on a quarterly sequential basis to 13,644 units, primarily reflecting the removal of approximately 330 lower performing units from a customer in Oklahoma and the sale of approximately 200 units from the installed base to a customer in Indiana.

    º  The premium portion of the installed base increased 7.4% year over year, or 207 units, to 3,004 units.  Wide-area progressive units, which are a component of premium units, rose 320 units year over year and by 119 units on a quarterly sequential basis to 723 units at March 31, 2019.

    º  DWPU in the first quarter of 2019 increased 11.8%, or $3.36, to $31.76, compared to $28.40 in the prior-year period. The increase reflects, in part, improvements in the overall unit performance following capital investments in new cabinets and games to update a portion of the installed base and an increase in premium unit placements, including wide-area progressive games.  This was the sixth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in DWPU.

    º  Interactive revenue was $1.0 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $0.2 million in the prior-year period.

    º  Revenues from the New York Lottery business were $4.7 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $4.5 million in the prior-year period.

  • Revenues generated from the sale of gaming units and other related parts and equipment totaled $23.1 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to revenues of $20.2 million in the prior-year period. Unit sales increased 18% year over year to 1,259 units in the first quarter of 2019 compared to 1,063 units in the prior-year period.

  • Other gaming revenues, which include revenues from TournEvent of Champions® qualifying events, were less than $0.1 million in both periods.

Financial Technology Solutions Segment Full Quarter Comparative Results (unaudited)

 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2019 2018
  
 (in millions, unless otherwise noted)
Revenues$56.3 $50.8
    
Operating income (1)$22.8 $20.1
    
Adjusted EBITDA (2)$28.2 $26.3
    
Aggregate dollar amount processed (in billions):   
Cash advance$1.9 $1.7
ATM$5.3 $4.8
Check warranty$0.3 $0.3
    
Number of transactions completed (in millions):   
Cash advance2.9 2.7
ATM24.8 22.9
Check warranty0.9 0.9

(1) Operating income for the three months ended March 31, 2019 includes the impact of approximately $0.3 million of non-recurring operating expenses related to the acquisition of certain player loyalty assets and other professional service fees.
(2) For a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA, see the Unaudited Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA and to Free Cash Flow at the end of this release.

2019 First Quarter Financial Technology Solutions Segment Highlights

FinTech revenues increased approximately 10.8% to $56.3 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $50.8 million in the prior-year period.

  • Revenues from cash access services, which include ATM, cash advance and check services, increased 6.8%, or $2.6 million, to $40.8 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $38.2 million in the first quarter of 2018. Core cash access revenue growth was the result of increased same store transactions and dollars processed, as well as the benefits from new customer wins from competitive bid processes and new casino openings or expansions.

  • Equipment sales revenues increased 59%, or $2.6 million, to $7.0 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $4.4 million in the first quarter of 2018. This increase is the result of higher year over year sales of fully integrated kiosks and other operator efficiency products in the first quarter of 2019.

  • Revenues from information services and other, which includes kiosk maintenance, compliance products, Central Credit, player loyalty and other revenue, increased $0.3 million, to $8.5 million, in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $8.2 million in the first quarter of 2018.

2019 Outlook

Everi reiterated its 2019 forecast initially provided on March 12, 2019.  The Company expects to generate growth in revenue, Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow in 2019. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to rise to between $252 million to $255 million, with broad-based growth across the Company’s operating segments including expectations for:

  • An increase in Gaming unit sales from the 4,513 units sold in 2018;

  • Growth in gaming operations driven by growth in both DWPU and an increase in the number of units in the year-end installed base;

  • Increasing Interactive revenue;

  • Higher cash access service revenue in the FinTech segment;

  • An increase in sales of fully integrated kiosks and other FinTech equipment; and,

  • An increase in information services and other revenue driven by expected growth in revenue related to the servicing of FinTech equipment, higher compliance revenue and software sales, maintenance and professional services from the recently acquired player loyalty technology.

The Company expects capital expenditures and placement fees for 2019 will be between $122 million and $125 million, which includes approximately $3 million to $5 million related to the player loyalty acquisition.

For a reconciliation of projected net income to projected Adjusted EBITDA, see the Reconciliation of Projected Net Income to Projected EBITDA, Projected Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow provided at the end of this release.

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host an investor conference call to discuss its 2019 first quarter results at 5:00 p.m. ET today.  The conference call may be accessed live over the phone by dialing (866) 548-4713 or for international callers by dialing (323) 794-2093.  A replay will be available beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET today and may be accessed by dialing (844) 512-2921 or (412) 317-6671 for international callers; the PIN number is 3668090.  The replay will be available until May 14, 2019. The call will be webcast live from the Company’s website at www.everi.com (select “Investors” followed by “Events & Presentations”).

Non-GAAP Financial Information

In order to enhance investor understanding of the underlying trends in our business, our cash balance and cash available for our operating needs, and to provide for better comparability between periods in different years, we are providing in this press release Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, net cash position and net cash available, which are not measures of our financial performance or position under United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”). Accordingly, Adjusted EBITDA, and Free Cash Flow should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.  These measures should be read in conjunction with, our net earnings, operating income, basic or diluted earnings per share and cash flow data prepared in accordance with GAAP. With respect to net cash position and net cash available, these measures should be read in conjunction with cash and cash equivalents prepared in accordance with GAAP.

We define Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, non-cash stock compensation expense, accretion of contract rights, and the expense related to the acquisition of certain player loyalty assets and other non-recurring professional service fees. We present Adjusted EBITDA as we use this measure to manage our business and consider this measure to be supplemental to our operating performance. We also make certain compensation decisions based, in part, on our operating performance, as measured by Adjusted EBITDA; and our current credit facility and existing senior unsecured notes require us to comply with a consolidated secured leverage ratio that includes performance metrics substantially similar to Adjusted EBITDA.

We define Free Cash Flow as Adjusted EBITDA less cash paid for interest, cash paid for capital expenditures, cash paid for placement fees, and cash paid for taxes.  We present Free Cash Flow as a measure of performance and believe it provides investors with another indicator of our operating performance. It should not be inferred that the entire Free Cash Flow amount is available for discretionary expenditures.

A reconciliation of the Company’s net income per GAAP to Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow is included in the Unaudited Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA and to Free Cash Flow provided at the end of this release. Additionally, a reconciliation of each segment’s operating income to Adjusted EBITDA is also included. On a segment level, operating income per GAAP, rather than net earnings per GAAP, is reconciled to Adjusted EBITDA as the Company does not report net earnings by segment. Management believes that this presentation is meaningful to investors in evaluating the performance of the Company’s segments.

We define (i) net cash position as cash and cash equivalents plus settlement receivables less settlement liabilities and (ii) net cash available as net cash position plus undrawn amounts available under our revolving credit facility. We present net cash position because our cash position, as measured by cash and cash equivalents, depends upon changes in settlement receivables and the timing of payments related to settlement liabilities. As such, our cash and cash equivalents can change substantially based upon the timing of our receipt of payments for settlement receivables and payments we make to customers for our settlement liabilities.  We present net cash available as management monitors this amount in connection with its forecasting of cash flows and future cash requirements.

A reconciliation of the Company’s cash and cash equivalents per GAAP to net cash position and net cash available is included in the Unaudited Reconciliation of Cash and Cash Equivalents to Net Cash Position and Net Cash Available provided at the end of this release.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In this context, forward-looking statements often address our expected future business and financial performance, and often contain words such as “goal,” “target,” “future,” “estimate,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “seek,” “project,” “may,” “should,” or “will” and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements the Company makes regarding (a) its ability to continue expanding the segments of the gaming floor the Company’s games address; execute on key initiatives and deliver ongoing improvements; accelerate Free Cash Flow generation; integrate the acquisition and achieve future growth; drive growth for the Company’s installed base and its DWPU, and create incremental value for its shareholders; and (b) its guidance related to 2019 financial and operational metrics, including Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, unit sales of Gaming units and FinTech equipment, the installed base size and placements, DWPU, revenues, the contribution from the acquisition and anticipated levels of capital expenditures and placement fees, depreciation expense, amortization expense, interest expense, and income tax benefit, including cash tax payments, cash interest payments, non-cash stock compensation expense, accretion of contract rights and net income.

The forward-looking statements in this press release are subject to additional risks and uncertainties, including those set forth under the heading “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including, without limitation, our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 , and are based on information available to us on the date hereof.

These cautionary statements qualify our forward-looking statements and you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement contained herein speaks only as of the date on which it is made, and we do not intend, and assume no obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

This press release should be read in conjunction with the Form 10-Q to which it relates, and with the information included in our other press releases, reports and other filings with the SEC. Understanding the information contained in these filings is important in order to fully understand our reported financial results and our business outlook for future periods.

About Everi

Everi is a leading supplier of technology solutions for the casino gaming industry. The Company Powers the Casino Floor® by providing casino operators with a diverse portfolio of products including innovative gaming machines and casino operational and management systems that include comprehensive, end-to-end financial technology solutions, critical intelligence offerings, and gaming operations efficiency technology. Everi also provides proven, tier one land-based game content to online social and real-money markets via its Remote Game Server and operates social play for fun casinos. Everi’s mission is to be a transformative force for casino operations by facilitating memorable player experiences, delivering reliable protection and security, and striving for customer satisfaction and operational excellence. For more information, visit www.everi.com.

Contacts

Investor Relations
Richard Land, James Leahy
JCIR
212-835-8500 or evri@jcir.com


 
EVERI HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(In thousands, except earnings per share amounts)
 
 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2019 2018
Revenues   
  Games revenues   
  Gaming operations$44,286  $40,056 
  Gaming equipment and systems23,087  20,154 
  Gaming other54  7 
  Games total revenues67,427  60,217 
    
  FinTech revenues   
  Cash access services40,832  38,218 
  Equipment7,028  4,419 
  Information services and other8,488  8,147 
  FinTech total revenues56,348  50,784 
    
  Total revenues123,775  111,001 
    
Costs and expenses   
  Games cost of revenues   
  Gaming operations4,124  4,182 
  Gaming equipment and systems12,529  10,741 
  Gaming other   
  Games total cost of revenues16,653  14,923 
    
  FinTech cost of revenues   
  Cash access services2,697  2,231 
  Equipment4,330  2,514 
  Information services and other958  1,216 
  FinTech total cost of revenues7,985  5,961 
    
  Operating expenses34,648  32,187 
  Research and development7,531  4,311 
  Depreciation14,789  12,825 
  Amortization16,297  16,303 
  Total costs and expenses97,903  86,510 
    
  Operating income25,872  24,491 
    
Other expenses   
  Interest expense, net of interest income20,400  20,307 
  Total other expenses20,400  20,307 
    
Income before income tax5,472  4,184 
       
  Income tax benefit(388)   (425)
  Net income5,860   4,609 
  Foreign currency translation504   323 
  Comprehensive income$6,364  $4,932 
Earnings per share       
  Basic$0.08  $0.07 
  Diluted$0.08  $0.06 
Weighted average common shares outstanding      
  Basic70,334   68,686 
  Diluted75,256   73,285 
       


 
EVERI HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
 
 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2019 2018
Cash flows from operating activities   
Net income$5,860  $4,609 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash (used in) provided by operating activities:   
Depreciation14,789  12,825 
Amortization16,297  16,303 
Amortization of financing costs and discounts890  905 
Loss (gain) on sale or disposal of assets513  (13)
Accretion of contract rights2,122  2,057 
Provision for bad debts2,864  2,182 
Deferred income taxes(513) (561)
Reserve for obsolescence441  305 
Stock-based compensation1,773  2,350 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:   
Settlement receivables(175,748) 73,571 
Trade and other receivables(12,385) (9,715)
Inventory57  (1,157)
Other assets(16,756) 1,251 
Settlement liabilities19,931  (74,617)
Other liabilities27,677  2,456 
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities(112,188) 32,751 
Cash flows from investing activities   
Capital expenditures(22,194) (26,339)
Acquisition(20,000)  
Proceeds from sale of fixed assets33  72 
Placement fee agreements(5,329) (4,643)
Net cash used in investing activities(47,490) (30,910)
Cash flows from financing activities   
Repayments of credit facilities(2,050) (2,050)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options4,686  4,088 
Purchase of treasury stock(15) (38)
Net cash provided by financing activities2,621  2,000 
Effect of exchange rates on cash(343) 147 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash   
Net (decrease) increase for the period(157,400) 3,988 
Balance, beginning of the period299,181  129,604 
Balance, end of the period$141,781  $133,592 
        


 
EVERI HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
TO NET CASH POSITION AND NET CASH AVAILABLE
(In thousands)
 
 At March 31, At December 31,
 2019 2018
Cash available   
Cash and cash equivalents$139,857  $297,532 
Settlement receivables259,288  82,359 
Settlement liabilities(354,402) (334,198)
Net cash position44,743 45,693
    
Undrawn revolving credit facility35,000 35,000
    
Net cash available$79,743  $80,693 
        


 
EVERI HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA AND
TO FREE CASH FLOW
(In thousands)
 
 Three Months Ended March 31, 2019 Three Months Ended March 31, 2018
 Games FinTech Total Games FinTech Total
Net income    $5,860      $4,609 
Income tax benefit    (388)     (425)
Interest expense, net of interest income    20,400      20,307 
            
Operating income$3,104  $22,768  $25,872  $4,353  $20,138  $24,491 
            
Plus: depreciation and amortization27,156  3,930  31,086  24,623  4,505  29,128 
            
EBITDA$30,260  $26,698  $56,958  $28,976  $24,643  $53,619 
            
Non-cash stock compensation expense557  1,216  1,773  627  1,723  2,350 
Accretion of contract rights2,122    2,122  2,057    2,057 
Asset acquisition expense and other non-recurring professional fees186  271  457       
            
Adjusted EBITDA$33,125  $28,185  $61,310  $31,660  $26,366  $58,026 
            
Cash paid for interest    (12,470)     (15,206)
Cash paid for capital expenditures    (22,194)     (26,339)
Cash paid for placement fees    (5,329)     (4,643)
Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds    (92)     (66)
            
Free Cash Flow    $21,225      $11,772 
                


 
EVERI HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF PROJECTED NET INCOME TO PROJECTED EBITDA
AND PROJECTED ADJUSTED EBITDA AND TO PROJECTED FREE CASH FLOW
FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2019
(In thousands)
 
 2019 Adjusted EBITDA
Guidance Range(1)
 Low High
Projected net income$16,600  $22,000 
Projected income tax benefit(1,000) (2,000)
Projected interest expense, net of interest income86,000  83,000 
    
Projected operating income$101,600  $103,000 
    
Projected depreciation and amortization132,000  136,000 
    
Projected EBITDA$233,600  $239,000 
    
Projected non-cash stock compensation expense8,000  7,000 
Projected accretion of contract rights10,000  8,000 
Projected asset acquisition expense and other non-recurring professional fees400  1,000 
    
Projected Adjusted EBITDA$252,000  $255,000 
    
Projected cash paid for interest(82,000) (80,000)
Projected cash paid for capital expenditures(105,000) (108,000)
Projected cash paid for placement fees(17,000) (17,000)
Projected cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds(1,000) (1,000)
    
Projected Free Cash Flow$47,000  $49,000 

(1)   All figures presented are projected estimates for the year ending December 31, 2019.