Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (CDI or Company) today reported business results for the third-quarter ended Sept. 30, 2014. 

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  • Record Adjusted EBITDA of $32.2 million, up 1% over 2013’s third-quarter
  • Net revenues of $173.7 million declined 6% compared to prior year, driven by the closure of racing operations at Calder and loss of Texas online wagering 
  • Gaming Operations Adjusted EBITDA increased $4.4 million, 22% above 2013’s third-quarter, as a result of CDI’s share of the increase in operating income from Miami Valley Gaming (MVG) and a full period of results from Oxford Casino
  • Online Business Adjusted EBITDA declined $1.9 million, 15% below the same period in 2013, as organic growth was outpaced by the loss of Texas online wagering and new online wagering taxes
  • Earnings from continuing operations dropped $5.7 million, or 62%, primarily as the result of one-time effects of leasing the pari-mutuel operations at Calder and the non-recurrence of $4.2 million in Illinois Horse Racing Equity Trust Fund income that occurred in the third-quarter of 2013

Bill Carstanjen, Chief Executive Officer of CDI commented, “We were pleased with our third-quarter results which were in line with our internal expectations. We produced record Adjusted EBITDA of $32.2 million, despite generally soft regional gaming trends and changes to the legal and tax environment affecting our online operations. We continued to make strategic investments in the development of our real-money internet gaming platform and incurred costs associated with our Capital View Casino joint venture bid for a New York gaming license.” 

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Consolidated Results Table 2014 Third Quarter

Primarily due to the leasing of pari-mutuel operations at Calder Race Course and the loss of Texas online wagering, CDI’s net revenues for the third-quarter of 2014 declined $11.8 million, or 6%. Additionally, net revenues declined as a result of generally soft regional gaming trends as well as declines in Racing Operations’ handle resulting from smaller field sizes at Arlington.  Partially offsetting the overall decline was a $2.0 million increase in Gaming revenues due to a full-quarter of net revenues from Oxford Casino, which CDI acquired on July 17, 2013.   

Earnings from continuing operations declined $5.7 million to $3.5 million during the quarter. In addition to the decline in net revenues, prior year earnings included $4.2 million of miscellaneous income recognition related to the Illinois Horse Racing Equity Trust Fund. Finally, Calder racing exit costs including severance of $2.3 million and accelerated depreciation of $1.3 million also contributed to the decreased earnings and earnings per share results.

During the third-quarter of 2014, CDI reported record Adjusted EBITDA of $32.2 million, 1% above 2013’s third-quarter, driven by a $4.4 million increase in CDI’s Gaming Adjusted EBITDA, which benefited from the addition of CDI’s two newest gaming properties, MVG and Oxford, as well as improved profitability from our two Mississippi properties – Harlow’s Casino and Riverwalk Casino. 


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2014 Third Quarter Gaming Results Table 

During the third-quarter of 2014, Gaming net revenues increased $2.0 million, or 2%, primarily due to an additional 16 days of operation at Oxford.  Partially offsetting this increase were declines in our other gaming operations primarily driven by regional gaming weakness and the exit of poker operations at Calder.

Gaming Adjusted EBITDA increased $4.4 million with the addition of a full period of results from Oxford, which increased $1.3 million for the period, CDI’s share of MVG operating income of $2.5 million, and Harlow's Adjusted EBITDA increase of $0.7 million from cost reductions and an improvement in table games. Partially offsetting these increases was a decline in our Louisiana Gaming operations’ Adjusted EBITDA of $0.2 million, which was affected by an overall decline in the New Orleans market, and a decline in Calder Casino Adjusted EBITDA of $0.2 million from heightened competition in the local market.

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2014 Third Quarter Online Business Segment Results Table 

CDI Online Business third quarter revenues decreased $2.2 million due to the loss of Texas resident wagering beginning on September 25, 2013.  Excluding Texas resident wagering from the prior year, Online Business handle increased 3.0% compared to a total industry handle decline of 4.2%, outpacing industry growth by 7.2 percentage points.

Online Business Adjusted EBITDA decreased $1.9 million due to the loss of Texas resident wagering, which resulted in a handle decline of $13.2 million and a corresponding Adjusted EBITDA decline of $1.7 million. Additionally, new online pari-mutuel taxes in New York and Pennsylvania reduced Adjusted EBITDA by $0.7 million during the quarter.

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2014 Third Quarter Racing Segment Business Results table

Primarily due to the leasing of pari-mutuel operations at Calder on July 1, 2014, Racing Operations net revenues decreased $9.6 million. Arlington revenues declined $1.6 million due to a 15% decline in handle from smaller field sizes. Finally, Fair Grounds had two fewer live quarter horse race dates, compared to 2013, and saw a 7% decline in handle.

Racing Operations Adjusted EBITDA improvements from Calder lease income were offset by lower earnings at our other tracks on lower pari-mutuel revenues which were experienced industry wide in the third quarter.

A conference call regarding this news release is scheduled for Thursday, October 30, 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 22012440 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 LLC, in Lebanon, Ohio. CDI also owns the country's premier online wagering company,; the totalisator company, United Tote; 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

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,” “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 impact of increasing insurance costs; the impact of interest rate fluctuations; 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 Kentucky, 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 or gaming activities; a substantial change in allocation of live racing days; changes in Kentucky, 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 acquisitions and planned expansion projects including the effect of required payments in the event we are unable to complete acquisitions; 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 inability 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 or anticipated 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 limitation, 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 condensed consolidated financial statements included in the Company’s  Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 for further information.