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  • Record net revenues of $303.7 million, up 7% over second-quarter 2013
  • Record Adjusted EBITDA of $116.5 million, 12% above 2013’s second-quarter
  • Record Kentucky Oaks and Derby week Adjusted EBITDA grows $8.8 million over prior year  
  • Repurchased 691,000 shares for $61.6 million during the quarter under the approved $100 million stock buy-back plan 


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Churchill Downs Incorporated (CHDN: NASDAQ) (CDI or Company) today, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, reported business results for the second-quarter ended Jun. 30, 2014.


Robert L. Evans, Chairman and CEO: “Our second-quarter results were solid considering the soft regional gaming market with record net revenues up 7%, and record Adjusted EBITDA up 12% over second-quarter 2013.

“2014 Oaks and Derby week Adjusted EBITDA increased $8.8 million over 2013 to a new record, with broad based gains in premium tickets and admissions, pari-mutuel wagering, media rights, food & beverage, and merchandise. In addition, TwinSpires’ handle continued to outperform U.S. thoroughbred handle trends despite our 2013 departure from Texas. Finally, in late June, we completed the repurchase of 691,000 shares of stock for $61.6 million.

“We recently completed three strategic initiatives. First, we signed an agreement with The Stronach Group (TSG) to lease Calder Race Course and operate live racing through 2020 which will improve Calder’s future Adjusted EBITDA performance as well as offer a viable long-term solution to preserving racing in South Florida on a year-round basis.  Second, we submitted an application to develop and operate a casino in East Greenbush, N.Y., near Albany, with our joint venture partner Saratoga Harness Racing, Inc.  Finally, we signed a binding term sheet to manage Saratoga Casino and Raceway in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and Saratoga Casino Black Hawk in Black Hawk, Colo. As part of the agreement, we intend to acquire a 25% stake in Saratoga Harness Racing, Inc., which owns these properties along with a minority position in other assets.”


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During the second-quarter of 2014, CDI net revenues increased $20.1 million, or 7%, from the prior year, primarily due to the acquisition of Oxford Casino (Oxford) in July 2013.  The strong performance from Kentucky Oaks and Derby week was partially offset by the loss of host revenues and ten fewer live race days at Calder Race Course.  In addition, Online Business revenues improved 9%, or $4.5 million, reflecting a 20% increase in unique players. Total Adjusted EBITDA increased $12.6 million, or 12%, driven by higher gains in Kentucky Oaks and Derby week of $8.8 million, $5.6 million from the Oxford acquisition and $3.4 million from our share of the operating income of Miami Valley Gaming (MVG).  Partially offsetting these increases was a decline in Adjusted EBITDA of $1.4 million at our Mississippi and Louisiana gaming properties from continued regional economic weaknesses. Furthermore, we incurred $0.8 million of expenses for the on-going development of our Internet gaming platform and $0.5 million of costs associated with our joint bid for the New York Capital Region casino license. Finally, Calder Race Course recognized a decline in Adjusted EBITDA of $2.0 million on the lost host revenues and fewer race days. These items resulted in record net earnings per common share of $3.21, an increase 14% compared to the prior period.


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During the second-quarter of 2014, CDI Gaming revenues increased $15.1 million, or 23%, from the prior year, due to additional revenues of $19.4 million from the Oxford acquisition. Partially offsetting this increase was a decline in revenues of $2.8 million at our Mississippi properties, which we believe continued to be hindered by regional economic weakness.  In addition, our Louisiana properties experienced a decline in revenues of $1.0 million during the period, which included the impact of a three-day maintenance closure at Fair Grounds Slots.  Both regions experienced a decline in attendance and wagering which was consistent with the overall decline in the New Orleans and Mississippi markets.  Our Miami Valley Gaming (MVG) joint-venture’s second full-quarter of operations generated excellent results with $36.3  million of revenue and $10.3 million in Adjusted EBITDA. Gaming Adjusted EBITDA increased by $6.8 million and was favorably impacted by Oxford results of $5.6 million and our share of MVG operating income of $3.4 million, partially offset by regional weaknesses at our other properties.


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During the second-quarter of 2014, CDI Online Business revenues increased $4.5 million, or 9%, from net revenues recognized during the prior period.  TwinSpires’ handle increased 4.7% as it benefitted from a full period of operations from Illinois wagering, which included only twenty-four days of operation during the three months ended June 30, 2013.  Partially offsetting this improvement was the continuing loss of Texas wagering during the quarter.  Excluding Illinois and Texas from both periods, handle grew by 5.5%, exceeding total industry wagering on thoroughbred racing by 6.9 percentage points.  Online Business Adjusted EBITDA remained constant with the prior period, as organic revenue growth and the reinstatement of Illinois wagering was offset by the disruption in Texas wagering and additional taxation on online wagering in certain states.


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During the second-quarter of 2014, CDI Racing Operations revenues increased $2.0 million, or 1%, as strong Kentucky Oaks and Derby week results were partially offset by lower hosting revenues and fewer live race days at Calder.  Racing Operations Adjusted EBITDA increased $7.6 million, or 11%, as the improvement of Kentucky Oaks and Derby week Adjusted EBITDA of $8.8 million was partially offset by a decline in Calder profitability.

As a result of disruptions within the Florida thoroughbred racing industry, CDI ceased pari-mutuel operations at Calder Race Course on July 2, 2014.  The Company reached an agreement with TSG under which TSG will lease certain facilities and conduct live racing at Calder Race Course.  CDI will continue to own the racing and gaming licenses, land and property and continue to operate the Calder Casino.

A conference call regarding this news release is scheduled for Thursday, July 31, 2014, 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 77404423 at least 10 minutes before the appointed time. International callers should dial (253) 237-1169. The online replay will be available at approximately noon EDT and continue for two weeks at A copy of the Company’s news release announcing quarterly results and relevant financial and statistical information about the period will be accessible at

In addition to the results provided in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), the Company has provided a non-GAAP measurement, which presents a financial measure of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and certain other items as described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10K (“Adjusted EBITDA”). Churchill Downs Incorporated uses Adjusted EBITDA as a key performance measure of results of operations for purposes of evaluating performance internally. 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. This non-GAAP measurement is not intended to replace the presentation of the Company’s financial results in accordance with GAAP.

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) (NASDAQ: CHDN), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., owns and operates the world-renowned Churchill Downs Racetrack, home of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, as well as racetrack and casino operations in Miami Gardens, Fla.; racetrack, casino and video poker operations in New Orleans, La.; racetrack operations in Arlington Heights, Ill.; a casino resort in Greenville, Miss.; a casino hotel in Vicksburg, Miss.; a casino in Oxford, Maine; and a 50 percent owned joint venture, Miami Valley Gaming and Racing, in Lebanon, Ohio. CDI also owns the country's premier online wagering company,; the totalisator company, United Tote;, offering real-money Bingo online for a chance to win cash prizes; Bluff Media, an Atlanta-based multimedia poker company; and a collection of racing-related telecommunications and data companies. Additional information about CDI can be found online at

Information set forth in this news 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 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,” “hope,” “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 effect of global economic conditions, including any disruptions in the credit markets; a decrease in consumers’ discretionary income; the effect (including possible increases in the cost of doing business) resulting from future war and terrorist activities or political uncertainties; the overall economic environment; the impact of increasing insurance costs; the impact of interest rate fluctuations; the effect of any change in our accounting policies or practices; the financial performance of our racing operations; the impact of gaming competition (including lotteries, online gaming and riverboat, cruise ship and land-based casinos) and other sports and entertainment options in the markets in which we operate; our ability to maintain racing and gaming licenses to conduct our businesses; the impact of live racing day competition with other Florida, Illinois and Louisiana racetracks within those respective markets; the impact of higher purses and other incentives in states that compete with our racetracks; costs associated with our efforts in support of alternative gaming initiatives; costs associated with customer relationship management initiatives; a substantial change in law or regulations affecting pari-mutuel and gaming activities; a substantial change in allocation of live racing days; changes in Kentucky, Florida, Illinois or Louisiana law or regulations that impact revenues or costs of racing operations in those states; the presence of wagering and gaming operations at other states’ racetracks and casinos near our operations; our continued ability to effectively compete for the country’s horses and trainers necessary to achieve full field horse races; our continued ability to grow our share of the interstate simulcast market and obtain the consents of horsemen’s groups to interstate simulcasting; our ability to enter into agreements with other industry constituents for the purchase and sale of racing content for wagering purposes; our ability to execute our acquisition strategy and to complete or successfully operate planned expansion projects; our ability to successfully complete any divestiture transaction; market reaction to our expansion projects; the inability of our totalisator company, United Tote, to maintain its processes accurately, keep its technology current or maintain its significant customers; our accountability for environmental contamination; the ability of our online business to prevent security breaches within its online technologies; the loss of key personnel; the impact of natural and other disasters on our operations and our ability to obtain insurance recoveries in respect of such losses (including losses related to business interruption); our ability to integrate any businesses we acquire into our existing operations, including our ability to maintain revenues at historic levels and achieve anticipated cost savings; the impact of wagering laws, including changes in laws or enforcement of those laws by regulatory agencies; the outcome of pending or threatened litigation; changes in our relationships with horsemen's groups and their memberships; our ability to reach agreement with horsemen's groups on future purse and other agreements (including, without limiting, agreements on sharing of revenues from gaming and advance deposit wagering); the effect of claims of third parties to intellectual property rights; and the volatility of our stock price. You should read this discussion in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013.