Churchill Downs Incorporated Reports 2022 Third Quarter Results

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN) (the “Company”) today reported business results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022.

Third Quarter 2022 Highlights

  • Net revenue of $383.1 million compared to $393.0 million in third quarter 2021
  • Net income of $57.0 million compared to $61.4 million in third quarter 2021
  • Record third quarter Adjusted EBITDA of $163.2 million compared to $156.1 million in third quarter 2021
  • Completed the previously-announced purchase of Chasers Poker Room in Salem, New Hampshire (“Chasers”)
  • Announced and closed on the acquisition of Ellis Park Racing & Gaming (“Ellis Park”) in Henderson, Kentucky for total consideration of $79.0 million in cash
  • Announced a multi-year agreement with FanDuel to enable FanDuel to create a fully integrated and seamless wagering experience with a single wallet for horse racing and sports


Third Quarter
(in millions, except per share data)20222021
Net revenue$ 383.1$ 393.0
Net income $ 57.0$ 61.4
Diluted EPS$ 1.49$ 1.57
Adjusted EBITDA(a)$ 163.2$ 156.1
(a) This is a non-GAAP measure. See explanation of non-GAAP measures below.


During the first quarter of 2022, we updated our operating segments to include the results of our United Tote business in the TwinSpires segment. Results of our United Tote business were previously included in our All Other segment.

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

Live and Historical Racing

Third Quarter
(in millions)20222021
Net revenue$102.4$81.5
Adjusted EBITDA

For the third quarter of 2022, net revenue increased $20.9 million due primarily to a $6.5 million increase at Churchill Downs Racetrack as a result of increased handle from holding more live race days in the third quarter of 2022 as compared to the same quarter of 2021, a $6.2 million increase at Oak Grove Racing, Gaming and Hotel (“Oak Grove”), a $3.2 million increase at Turfway Park as a result of the opening of the historical racing facility on September 1, 2022, a $2.6 million increase at Newport Racing & Gaming (“Newport”), a $1.3 million increase at Derby City Gaming, and a $1.1 million increase related to the acquisitions of Chasers and Ellis Park in September 2022.

Adjusted EBITDA increased $6.8 million due to a $1.8 million increase at Churchill Downs Racetrack driven by increased race days in the third quarter of 2022 as compared to the same quarter of 2021 and a $5.0 million increase at our HRM properties driven primarily by a $3.1 million increase at Oak Grove and a $1.6 million increase at Newport.


Third Quarter
(in millions)20222021
Net revenue$107.4$109.0
Adjusted EBITDA31.1

For the third quarter of 2022, net revenue decreased $1.6 million from the prior year quarter primarily due to a decrease of $3.4 million from Sports and Casino and a $1.8 million increase from Horse Racing. The decrease in Sports and Casino was driven by the decision to exit the direct online Sports and Casino business in the first quarter of 2022. The increase in Horse Racing net revenue was driven by increased handle from our high wagering-volume customer base.

Adjusted EBITDA increased $9.0 million primarily due to an $11.1 million increase from our Sports and Casino business due to decreased online marketing and promotional activities in the current year quarter. This increase was offset by a $1.5 million decrease from Horse Racing due to increased content expenses and a $0.6 million decrease from United Tote.


Third Quarter
(in millions)20222021
Net revenue$185.9$185.6
Adjusted EBITDA 111.6

For the third quarter of 2022, net revenue increased $0.3 million primarily due to increases at Fair Grounds and Ocean Downs. Fair Grounds revenue increased $5.7 million as a result of closures in the prior year quarter from Hurricane Ida that did not recur and incremental historical racing revenue from machines installed at certain off-track betting facilities. Ocean Downs net revenue increased $1.6 million as a result of strong attendance during the summer months. These increases were nearly offset by decreases at our Mississippi and Pennsylvania properties as a result of current economic conditions and competitive pressures.

Adjusted EBITDA increased $0.9 million driven by a $1.4 million increase from our equity investments partially offset by a $0.5 million decrease at our wholly-owned Gaming properties. The increase in our equity investments was driven by increased revenue at Rivers Des Plaines. The decrease from our wholly-owned Gaming properties is the result of decreased revenue and increases in marketing and salaries expense. Gaming Adjusted EBITDA includes $4.1 million in proceeds received for business interruption insurance claims related to Hurricane Ida.

All Other

For the third quarter of 2022, All Other revenue and Adjusted EBITDA decreased primarily as a result of Arlington not conducting live racing in the third quarter of 2022 as we ceased racing and simulcast operations at the end of 2021. We are excluding Arlington’s operating results from Adjusted EBITDA in 2022 pending the sale of the property to the Chicago Bears.


Chasers Poker Room Acquisition:

On September 2, 2022, the Company completed its previously announced purchase of Chasers in Salem, New Hampshire. Chasers is a charitable gaming facility located approximately 30 miles from Boston, Massachusetts, that offers poker and a variety of table games. The Company plans to develop an expanded charitable gaming facility in Salem to accommodate historical racing machines and table games. As part of the acquisition, the Company made an initial payment to the sellers for rights to operate the poker room and to build a historical racing facility. Additional payments will be made once all necessary permits are obtained and the planned historical racing facility is opened. The Company expects the total investment in Salem, inclusive of the Chasers purchase price, to be approximately $150 million.

Ellis Park Acquisition:

On September 26, 2022, the Company completed the acquisition of Ellis Park in Henderson, Kentucky for total consideration of $79.0 million in cash, subject to certain working capital and other purchase price adjustments. Ellis Park is a Thoroughbred racetrack and gaming facility located north of the Ohio River and just south of Evansville, Indiana and features approximately 300 historical racing machines (“HRMs”). In acquiring Ellis Park, the Company also assumes the opportunity to construct a track extension facility with HRMs in Owensboro, Kentucky. Over the next year, the Company expects its total investment in Henderson and Daviess Counties to be approximately $75 million in addition to the purchase price.

Peninsula Pacific Entertainment LLC (“P2E”) Acquisition:

The Company has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of P2E for total consideration of $2.75 billion (the “P2E Acquisition”). The P2E Acquisition contemplates the Company acquiring the following properties: Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent, Virginia, six historical racing entertainment venues across Virginia, del Lago Resort & Casino in Waterloo, New York, and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sioux City, Iowa (“Hard Rock Sioux City”).

The P2E Acquisition also includes other development rights including the opportunity, under Virginia law, to develop up to five additional HRM entertainment venues in Virginia with collectively up to approximately 2,300 additional HRMs. These development rights include:

  • The rights to build a new HRM entertainment venue with up to 1,150 HRMs in Dumfries, Virginia with potential for expansion up to 1,800 HRMs after initial build out. The Dumfries facility will replace the existing Rosie’s Dumfries facility located in northern Virginia and the initial phase of the project is expected to open in 2023.
  • The rights to develop one of the additional HRM entertainment venues with up to 150 HRMs in Emporia, Virginia. The Emporia Project will be located along I-95 near the North Carolina border and is expected to open in 2023.

The P2E Acquisition also includes the rights to P2E’s ongoing effort in partnership with Urban One, to develop ONE Casino + Resort, a $565 million destination casino in Richmond, Virginia.

The Company has obtained the acquisition of ownership interest approval for the Virginia properties from the Virginia Racing Commission and approval for Hard Rock Sioux City from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. The P2E Transaction remains dependent on customary closing conditions, including the Company obtaining approval from the New York State Gaming Commission. The transaction is expected to close before the end of 2022.


Share Repurchase Program:

The Company repurchased 288,781 shares of its common stock at an average share price of approximately $204.04 based on trade date in conjunction with its publicly announced share repurchase program at a total cost of $59.0 million in the third quarter of 2022. We had approximately $300.2 million of repurchase authority remaining under this program as of September 30, 2022.

Annual Dividend:

On October 25, 2022, the company’s Board of Directors approved an annual cash dividend on the Company’s common stock of $0.714 per outstanding share, a 7 percent increase over the prior year. The dividend is payable on January 6, 2023, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 2, 2022, with the aggregate cash dividend paid to each shareholder rounded to the nearest whole cent. This marks the twelfth consecutive year that the Company has increased the dividend.


The Company’s third quarter of 2022 net income was $57.0 million compared to $61.4 million in the prior year quarter.

The following items impacted the comparability of the Company’s third quarter net income:

  • $2.4 million after-tax increase in expenses related to transaction, pre-opening and other expenses, net; and
  • $1.4 million after-tax reduction in the benefit related to our equity portion of the non-cash change in the fair value of Rivers Des Plaines’ interest rate swaps.

These items were partially offset by:

  • $0.3 million after-tax decrease in expenses related to our equity portion of Rivers Des Plaines’ legal reserves and transaction costs.

Excluding the items above, third quarter 2022 adjusted net income decreased $0.9 million primarily due to the following:

  • $11.5 million after-tax increase from the prior year quarter in interest expense associated with higher outstanding debt balances;
  • Partially offset by $10.6 million after-tax increase from the prior year quarter driven by proceeds from business interruption insurance from Hurricane Ida and other nonrecurring income tax benefits.

Conference Call

A conference call regarding this news release is scheduled for Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 9 a.m. ET. Investors and other interested parties may listen to the teleconference by accessing the online, real-time webcast at, or by registering in advance via teleconference here. Once registration is completed, participants will be provided with a dial-in number containing a personalized conference code to access the call. All participants are instructed to dial-in 15 minutes prior to the start time. An online replay will be available at approximately noon ET on Thursday, October 27, 2022, and will continue to be available 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 GAAP, the Company also uses non-GAAP measures, including adjusted net income, adjusted diluted EPS, EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) and Adjusted EBITDA.

The Company uses non-GAAP measures as a key performance measure of the results of operations for purposes of evaluating performance internally. These measures facilitate comparison of operating performance between periods and help investors to better understand the operating results of the Company by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of the Company’s core business or operating results. The Company believes the use of these measures enables management and investors to evaluate and compare, from period to period, the Company’s operating performance in a meaningful and consistent manner. The non-GAAP measures are a supplemental measure of our performance that is not required by, or presented in accordance with, GAAP, and should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income or diluted EPS (as determined in accordance with GAAP) as a measure of our operating results.

We use Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate segment performance, develop strategy and allocate resources. We utilize the Adjusted EBITDA metric to provide a more accurate measure of our core operating results and enable 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 GAAP. Our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA may be different from the calculation used by other companies and, therefore, comparability may be limited.

Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS exclude discontinued operations net income or loss; net income or loss attributable to noncontrolling interest; changes in fair value for interest rate swaps related to Rivers Des Plaines; Rivers Des Plaines’ legal reserves and transaction costs; transaction expense, which includes acquisition and disposition related charges, as well as legal, accounting, and other deal-related expense; pre-opening expense; and certain other gains, charges, recoveries, and expenses.

Adjusted EBITDA includes the Company’s portion of EBITDA from our equity investments.

Adjusted EBITDA excludes:

  • Transaction expense, net which includes:
    • Acquisition, disposition, and land sale related charges;
    • Direct online Sports and Casino business exit costs; and
    • Other transaction expense, including legal, accounting, and other deal-related expense;
  • Stock-based compensation expense;
  • Rivers Des Plaines’ impact on our investments in unconsolidated affiliates from:
    • The impact of changes in fair value of interest rate swaps; and
    • Legal reserves and transaction costs;
  • Asset impairments;
  • Gain on Calder land sale;
  • Legal reserves;
  • Pre-opening expense; and
  • Other charges, recoveries and expenses.

As of December 31, 2021, Arlington ceased racing and simulcast operations given the pending sale of the property to the Chicago Bears. Arlington’s operating loss in the current year quarter was treated as an adjustment to EBITDA and is included in Other expenses, net in the Reconciliation of Comprehensive Income to Adjusted EBITDA.

For 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.

About Churchill Downs Incorporated

Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”, NASDAQ: CHDN) has been creating extraordinary entertainment experiences for nearly 150 years, beginning with the company’s most iconic and enduring asset, the Kentucky Derby. Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, CDI has expanded through the development of live and historical racing entertainment venues, the growth of the TwinSpires horse racing online wagering business and the operation and development of regional casino gaming properties.

This news release contains various “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 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 or similar expressions (or negative versions of such words or expressions).

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, among others, that may materially affect actual results or outcomes include the following: the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including the emergence of variant strains, and related economic matters on our results of operations, financial conditions and prospects; the occurrence of extraordinary events, such as terrorist attacks, public health threats, civil unrest, and inclement weather; the effect of economic conditions on our consumers’ confidence and discretionary spending or our access to credit; additional or increased taxes and fees; the impact of significant competition, and the expectation the competition levels will increase; changes in consumer preferences, attendance, wagering, and sponsorships; loss of key or highly skilled personnel; lack of confidence in the integrity of our core businesses or any deterioration in our reputation; risks associated with equity investments, strategic alliances and other third-party agreements; inability to respond to rapid technological changes in a timely manner; concentration and evolution of slot machine manufacturing and other technology conditions that could impose additional costs; inability to negotiate agreements with industry constituents, including horsemen and other racetracks; inability to successfully expand our TwinSpires Sports and Casino business and effectively compete; inability to identify and complete expansion, acquisition or divestiture projects, on time, on budget or as planned; difficulty in integrating recent or future acquisitions into our operations; costs and uncertainties relating to the development of new venues and expansion of existing facilities; general risks related to real estate ownership and significant expenditures, including fluctuations in market values and environmental regulations; reliance on our technology services and catastrophic events and system failures disrupting our operations; online security risk, including cyber-security breaches, or loss or misuse of our stored information as a result of a breach, including customers’ personal information, could lead to government enforcement actions or other litigation; personal injury litigation related to injuries occurring at our racetracks; compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or applicable money-laundering regulations; payment-related risks, such as risk associated with fraudulent credit card and debit card use; work stoppages and labor issues; risks related to pending or future legal proceedings and other actions; highly regulated operations and changes in the regulatory environment could adversely affect our business; restrictions in our debt facilities limiting our flexibility to operate our business; failure to comply with the financial ratios and other covenants in our debt facilities and other indebtedness; and increase in our insurance costs, or obtain similar insurance coverage in the future, and inability to recover under our insurance policies for damages sustained at our properties in the event of inclement weather and casualty events.

We do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.