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Everi Reports 2019 Third Quarter Results

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  • Revenues increased 12% to a quarterly record $134.6 million, reflecting growth in both Games and FinTech revenues
  • Net income improved 350% to $9.3 million from $2.1 million; diluted earnings per share more than tripled to $0.12 from $0.03 a year ago
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 11% to a quarterly record $64.7 million
  • Reiterates full-year revenues and Adjusted EBITDA guidance

Everi Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EVRI) (“Everi” or the “Company”), the gaming industry’s premier single-source provider of gaming products, financial technology and loyalty solutions, today reported record financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2019 and reiterated its financial targets for the full year.

“Our record quarterly financial results can be directly attributed to the value of our product development initiatives and the operating strategies we adopted. Together, these are driving ongoing growth across our business,” said Michael Rumbolz, President and CEO. “This was our 13th consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in revenue and Adjusted EBITDA. Our revenue rose 12% to $134.6 million. Third quarter 2019 net income was $9.3 million and diluted earnings per share more than tripled to $0.12. Adjusted EBITDA improved 11% to $64.7 million. We generated Free Cash Flow of $11.0 million in the quarter and $39.3 million year-to-date. This continuing positive progress in our financial results, includes another quarter of strong performance in both our Games and our FinTech businesses. These achievements are due to the passion and dedication of all our team members who help our customers grow their businesses by providing them with innovative solutions and world-class customer service. Given the ongoing strength of our business and growth opportunities, we remain on track to generate full-year results in line with our financial targets.”

Randy Taylor, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, said, “Our Free Cash Flow continues to accelerate and, with our continued focus on reducing leverage, we paid down $8.0 million on our term loan during the third quarter, bringing our year-to-date total debt repayment to $25.7 million. As a result, our total Net Debt Leverage Ratio improved to 4.5 times at September 30, 2019. With our enhanced performance and the ongoing benefits from the prudent capital investments we are making in both our Games and FinTech operations, we are well positioned to maintain our growth profile in the 2019 fourth quarter and into 2020, which we expect will drive further improvements in our capital structure and lower our cost of capital.”

Consolidated Full Quarter Comparative Results (unaudited)

Three Months Ended September 30,
  2019 2018
  (in millions, except per share amounts)
Revenues $ 134.6 $ 120.3
Operating income $ 27.3 $ 21.5
Net income $ 9.3 $ 2.1
Net earnings per diluted share $ 0.12 $ 0.03
Diluted shares outstanding 79.1 74.6
Adjusted EBITDA (1) (2) $ 64.7 $ 58.3

(1)  Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2018 excludes the benefit of approximately $0.6 million related to an adjustment to certain purchase accounting liabilities related to the Company’s acquisition of certain compliance assets in 2015.

(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, “Especially noteworthy for our third quarter Games’ segment performance was the combination of the significant quarterly sequential growth in our installed base, which rose 578 units primarily in our Premium units, and the year-over-year increase in daily win per unit (“DWPU”) for the quarter, which improved more than 15% to an all-time high of $33.95. These gains are a direct result of the improved performance of the products we introduced during the last several years and the expanded categories of game types we now address on the slot floor. The same innovation demonstrated in our newest premium units is also being applied to the development of our standard games, as we focus on building a deeper library of games to support our growing portfolio of cabinets. We believe this focus will enable Everi to deliver full-year unit sales growth and expand our ship share.

“Growth in our FinTech segment is attributable to our unique ability to offer a comprehensive portfolio of integrated solutions that allow customers to operate more efficiently and productively. At the same time, we also maximize funds delivered to our customers’ casino floors. We continue to generate steady organic growth, while also benefitting from the acquisition earlier this year of player loyalty and marketing products. As a complementary addition to our FinTech portfolio, this business is proving to be both strategic and highly accretive. Also driving growth is the replacement of older kiosks and other equipment, as our customers look to further improve their efficiencies with the newest enhancements and latest innovations embedded in all our products.”

Mr. Rumbolz further commented, “The favorable customer reaction to our newest Games and FinTech solutions at the recent G2E® show bolsters our confidence in our near- and long-term outlook that we can generate consistent profitable revenue growth and Free Cash Flow generation. For our Games segment, our broad offering of new products across the spectrum of premium mechanical, premium video, standard mechanical, standard video and wide-area progressive (“WAP”) games, including the extensive depth of new game content, were very favorably received by customers. New games, such as The Vault™, an innovative premium game that is a follow-on theme to our very successful Discovery Channel’s Shark Week® game, our Cash Machine™ high-denomination mechanical reel and the new Empire Flex™ for-sale video cabinet with a library of unique new titles were among the highlights for our customers at G2E.

“Our visionary CashClub® Wallet, with its compelling customer and player dynamics that link our ‘Digital Neighborhood’ of products, garnered especially favorable responses from customers at G2E. Our FinTech product portfolio has never been stronger. Our new loyalty and marketing kiosks and programs, the integrated nature of our comprehensive offering, and the growing number of solutions we offer customers are all designed to retain players with a seamless and convenient experience at our customers’ properties.  All of this further strengthens our ability to deliver consistent future growth across our Games and FinTech businesses, including opportunities to continue to gain market share.”

Third Quarter 2019 Results Overview

Revenues for the third quarter of 2019 increased 12% to a record $134.6 million, from $120.3 million in the third quarter of 2018. Games and FinTech segment revenues increased 5% to $69.3 million and 20% to $65.3 million, respectively, for the third quarter of 2019.

Operating income increased 27% to $27.3 million for the third quarter of 2019 compared to $21.5 million in the third quarter of 2018, reflecting an approximately 200 basis point improvement in operating margin to 20% from 18%. Net income increased 350% to $9.3 million and diluted earnings per share more than tripled to $0.12, compared with net income of $2.1 million and $0.03 per diluted share, in the prior-year period.

Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2019 increased 11% to a record $64.7 million from $58.3 million in the third quarter of 2018. Games and FinTech segment Adjusted EBITDA increased to $34.6 million and $30.1 million, respectively, for the three months ended September 30, 2019, compared with Games and FinTech Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter 2018 of $31.8 million and $26.5 million, respectively.

Games Segment Full Quarter Comparative Results (unaudited)

Three Months Ended September 30,
  2019 2018
  (in millions, except unit amounts and prices)
Revenues $ 69.3 $ 65.8
Operating income (loss) $ 3.1 $ (0.7 )
Adjusted EBITDA (1) $ 34.6 $ 31.8
Unit sales:
Units sold 1,040 1,165
Average sales price (“ASP”) $ 17,983 $ 17,005
Gaming operations installed base:    
Average units installed during period:    
Average units installed 13,979 14,233
Approximate daily win per unit (2) $ 33.95 $ 29.45
Units installed at end of period:
Class II 9,188 9,478
Class III 5,084 4,638
Total installed base 14,272 14,116
Installed base – Oklahoma 6,351 6,598
Installed base – non-Oklahoma 7,921 7,518
Total installed base 14,272 14,116
Premium units 4,395 2,840

(1) 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.

(2) Approximate daily win per unit excludes the impact of the direct costs associated with the Company’s wide-area progressive jackpot expense.

2019 Third Quarter Games Segment Highlights

Games segment revenues increased 5% to $69.3 million in the third quarter of 2019 compared to $65.8 million in the third quarter of 2018.

  • Revenues from gaming operations increased $5.0 million, or 11%, to a record $48.5 million in the third quarter of 2019, compared to $43.5 million in the prior-year period. The year-over-year improvement primarily reflects a 15% increase in estimated DWPU.
    ° DWPU increased 15%, or $4.50, to a record $33.95 in the third quarter of 2019, compared to $29.45 in the prior-year period. The increase reflects, in part, improvements in overall unit performance following the Company’s investments in design and development of new games and cabinets, capital investments to refresh and upgrade a significant portion of the installed base over the last several years and the growth in premium unit placements, including WAP games. This was the eighth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in DWPU.
    ° The installed base at September 30, 2019 increased by 156 units year over year to a record quarter-ending level of 14,272 units and grew by 578 units on a quarterly sequential basis, primarily reflecting the continued expansion of premium units within the installed base. With more than 30% of the installed units now being premium games and the steady demand for its newest products, the Company is favorably positioned for further gaming operations revenue growth in the fourth quarter.
    ° The premium portion of the installed base increased 55% year over year, or by 1,555 units, to 4,395 units, which was 982 units higher on a quarterly sequential basis. WAP units, a subcomponent of premium units, grew by 331 units year over year and by 66 units on a quarterly sequential basis to 866 units at September 30, 2019.
    ° Interactive revenue more than doubled to $1.2 million in the third quarter of 2019 compared to $0.5 million in the prior-year period.
    ° Revenues from the New York Lottery business were $4.8 million in the third quarter of 2019 compared to $4.7 million in the prior-year period.
  • Revenues generated from the sale of gaming units and other related parts and equipment totaled $19.6 million in the third quarter of 2019 compared to revenues of $21.1 million in the prior-year period. Unit sales decreased by 125 units to 1,040 units in the third quarter of 2019 compared to 1,165 units in the prior-year period, primarily reflecting a 60-unit decrease in sales to international customers and a 120-unit conversion from lease to sale at one customer location in the prior year. The ASP increased to $17,983 compared with $17,005 in the prior-year period.  The ASP for the third quarter 2018 reflects the lower-priced international unit sales.
  • Other gaming revenues, which primarily includes revenues from TournEvent of Champions® qualifying events at participating casinos, was $1.1 million for the third quarter of 2019 compared with $1.2 million in the prior-year period.

Financial Technology Solutions Segment Full Quarter Comparative Results (unaudited)

Three Months Ended September 30,
  2019 2018
  (in millions, unless otherwise noted)
Revenues $ 65.3 $ 54.5
Operating income $ 24.2 $ 22.2
Adjusted EBITDA (1) (2) $ 30.1 $ 26.5
Aggregate dollar amount processed (in billions):
Cash advance $ 1.9 $ 1.8
ATM $ 5.4 $ 4.9
Check warranty $ 0.4 $ 0.3
Number of transactions completed (in millions):
Cash advance 3.0 2.8
ATM 25.0 23.4
Check warranty 0.9 0.9

(1) Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2018 excludes the benefit of approximately $0.6 million related to an adjustment to certain purchase accounting liabilities related to the Company’s acquisition of certain compliance assets in 2015.

(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 Third Quarter Financial Technology Solutions Segment Highlights

FinTech revenues increased $10.8 million, or 20%, to $65.3 million in the third quarter of 2019 compared to $54.5 million in the prior-year period, reflecting 11% organic growth and $4.6 million in revenues from the player loyalty and marketing business acquired in March 2019.

  • Revenues from cash access services, which include ATM, cash advance and check services, increased 10% to $43.2 million in the third quarter of 2019 compared to $39.4 million in the third quarter of 2018. Third quarter 2019 cash access services revenues reflect the benefit from increased transactions and dollars processed, as well as the benefits from new customer wins from competitive bid processes and new casino openings and expansions. This was the 20th consecutive quarter of growth in both the number of transactions and total dollars processed on a same-store basis.
  • Equipment sales revenues rose $3.0 million, or 42%, to $10.2 million in the third quarter of 2019 compared to $7.2 million in the third quarter of 2018. This increase is primarily due to a 25% increase in year-over-year sales of fully integrated kiosks and other value-add products that improve operator efficiencies and productivity, along with $1.2 million of player loyalty and marketing kiosk sales.
  • Revenues from information services and other, which includes kiosk maintenance, compliance products, Central Credit, player loyalty and other revenue, increased $4.1 million, or 52%, to $12.0 million, in the third quarter of 2019 compared to $7.9 million in the third quarter of 2018. The increase is primarily due to $3.4 million of revenues related to recurring software license support for the player loyalty and marketing business together with an 8% increase in organic revenue.

2019 Outlook

Everi today reiterated its 2019 expectation of generating annual growth in revenue, Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow. The target for Adjusted EBITDA is reaffirmed as a range of $252 million to $255 million, reflecting the continued broad-based growth across the Company’s operating segments.

Given the significant success being achieved in the Company’s gaming operations business, evidenced by its higher DWPU and the continued strong demand for its premium gaming machines, Everi expects to further grow its installed base in the 2019 fourth quarter.  The Company believes its ending installed base at December 31, 2019 will be in the range of 14,500 to 14,700 units. The Company now expects its capital expenditures and placement fees, including the capital expenditures related to the player loyalty acquisition, for 2019 to be approximately $130 million to $133 million, exceeding the Company’s previous range of $122 million to $125 million. As a result of this increased investment in the second half of 2019 to support momentum in its high-margin gaming operations’ unit placements, which are expected to help drive growth in 2020, the Company expects 2019 Free Cash Flow will be within a range of $42 million to $45 million.

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 third quarter results at 5:00 p.m. ET today.  The conference call may be accessed live by phone by dialing +1 (323) 794-2551.  A replay of the call will be available beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET today and may be accessed by dialing +1 (412) 317-6671; the PIN number is 7029323.  A replay will be available until November 12, 2019. The call will also be webcast live and archived on 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, and Total Net Debt and Total Net Debt Leverage Ratio, 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 and 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.  Total Net Debt and Total Net Debt Leverage Ratio should be read in conjunction with principal face value of debt outstanding and cash and cash equivalents.

We define Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest, loss on extinguishment of debt, taxes, depreciation and amortization, non-cash stock compensation expense, accretion of contract rights, the write-off of inventory and fixed assets, certain purchase accounting adjustments and asset acquisition expense 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 net of refunds.  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 EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA is also included. On a segment level, operating income per GAAP, rather than net earnings per GAAP, is reconciled to EBITDA and 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.

We define Total Net Debt as total principal face value of debt outstanding, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, less cash and cash equivalents or $50 million, whichever is smaller. Total Net Debt Leverage Ratio, as used herein, represents Total Net Debt divided by Adjusted EBITDA for the trailing twelve-month period. We present Total Net Debt and Total Net Debt Leverage Ratio as management monitors these items in evaluating our overall liquidity, financial flexibility and leverage, as well as our financial position relative to our credit agreements.  Management believes that investors find these useful in evaluating the Company’s overall liquidity.

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. These statements are based upon management’s current expectations, assumptions and estimates and are not guarantees of timing, future events or performance. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated in these statements, due to risks and uncertainties. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements the Company makes regarding (a) its ability to execute on key initiatives and deliver ongoing improvements; accelerate Free Cash Flow generation and improve the Company’s capital structure; integrate acquisitions and achieve future growth; drive growth of the gaming operations installed base and DWPU; continue expanding the portions of the gaming floor the Company’s games address; and create incremental value for its shareholders; and (b) its guidance related to 2019 financial and operational metrics, including net income;  Adjusted EBITDA; Free Cash Flow; revenues; unit sales of Gaming units and FinTech equipment; gaming operations placements, size of the installed base and DWPU; the contribution from acquisitions; anticipated levels of capital expenditures and placement fees; depreciation and amortization expense; interest expense; income tax benefit, including cash tax payments; cash interest payments; non-cash stock compensation expense; and accretion of contract rights.

The forward-looking statements in this press release are subject to a variety of 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, today November 5, 2019, 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 (NYSE: EVRI) is a leading supplier of imaginative entertainment and trusted technology solutions for the casino, interactive, and gaming industry. With a focus on both customers and players, the Company develops entertaining games and gaming machines, gaming systems and services, and is the preeminent and most comprehensive provider of core financial products and services, player loyalty tools and applications, and intelligence and regulatory compliance solutions. Everi’s mission is to provide casino operators with games that facilitate memorable player experiences, offer seamless and secure financial transactions for casinos and their patrons, and deliver software tools and applications to improve casino operations efficiencies and fulfill regulatory compliance requirements. Everi provides these products and services in its effort to help make customers successful. For more information, please visit www.everi.com, which is updated regularly with financial and other information about the Company.

Contacts
Investor Relations
Everi Holdings Inc.
William Pfund
VP, Investor Relations

702-676-9513 or [email protected]

JCIR
Richard Land, James Leahy
212-835-8500 or [email protected]

EVERI HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME 
(In thousands, except earnings per share amounts)
Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
2019   2018 2019   2018
Revenues
Games revenues
Gaming operations $ 48,515 $ 43,540 $ 138,377 $ 126,618
Gaming equipment and systems 19,584 21,068 66,083 63,499
Gaming other 1,174 1,231 1,619 1,887
Games total revenues 69,273 65,839 206,079 192,004
FinTech revenues
Cash access services 43,152 39,406 123,680 117,364
Equipment 10,188 7,155 25,051 16,338
Information services and other 11,956 7,930 33,240 24,307
FinTech total revenues 65,296 54,491 181,971 158,009
Total revenues 134,569 120,330 388,050 350,013
Costs and expenses
Games cost of revenues
Gaming operations 4,942 4,607 12,792 13,000
Gaming equipment and systems 11,126 11,907 37,087 34,693
Gaming other 1,117 1,059 1,464 1,618
Games total cost of revenues 17,185 17,573 51,343 49,311
FinTech cost of revenues
Cash access services 4,112 2,234 9,777 6,910
Equipment 5,957 3,846 14,884 9,786
Information services and other 1,024 949 2,952 3,146
FinTech total cost of revenues 11,093 7,029 27,613 19,842
Operating expenses 37,631 35,419 111,446 105,176
Research and development 8,196 5,407 22,399 14,313
Depreciation 16,015 17,304 46,062 43,830
Amortization 17,156 16,088 51,143 48,943
Total costs and expenses 107,276 98,820 310,006 281,415
Operating income 27,293 21,510 78,044 68,598
Other expenses
Interest expense, net of interest income 19,297 20,160 60,130 62,589
Loss on extinguishment of debt 166
Total other expenses 19,297 20,160 60,130 62,755
Income before income tax 7,996 1,350 17,914 5,843
Income tax benefit (1,319 ) (719 ) (2,747 ) (2,310 )
Net income 9,315 2,069 20,661 8,153
Foreign currency translation (658 ) (9 ) (189 ) (744 )
Comprehensive income $ 8,657 $ 2,060 $ 20,472 $ 7,409
Earnings per share
Basic $ 0.13 $ 0.03 $ 0.29 $ 0.12
Diluted $ 0.12 $ 0.03 $ 0.27 $ 0.11
Weighted average common shares outstanding
Basic 72,251 69,750 71,361 69,217
Diluted 79,125 74,594 77,854 73,712

EVERI HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)

Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2019 2018
Cash flows from operating activities
Net income $ 20,661 $ 8,153
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation 46,062 43,830
Amortization 51,143 48,943
Amortization of financing costs and discounts 2,697 3,969
Loss on sale or disposal of assets 1,375 687
Accretion of contract rights 6,539 6,299
Provision for bad debts 10,010 8,342
Deferred income taxes (3,173 ) (2,804 )
Write-down of inventory and fixed assets 843 2,575
Reserve for obsolescence 1,830 1,386
Stock-based compensation 6,141 6,117
Loss on extinguishment of debt 166
Adjustment to certain purchase accounting liabilities (550 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Settlement receivables 26,774 1,703
Trade and other receivables (23,820 ) (23,856 )
Inventory (3,341 ) (4,824 )
Other assets (17,806 ) (1,146 )
Settlement liabilities (34,573 ) (12,889 )
Other liabilities 29,002 6,281
Net cash provided by operating activities 120,364 92,382
Cash flows from investing activities
Capital expenditures (81,642 ) (78,545 )
Acquisition (20,000 )
Proceeds from sale of fixed assets 56 83
Placement fee agreements (17,102 ) (15,300 )
Net cash used in investing activities (118,688 ) (93,762 )
Cash flows from financing activities
Repayments of credit facilities (25,700 ) (6,150 )
Debt issuance costs and discounts (1,276 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 11,288 9,529
Purchase of treasury stock (1,021 ) (57 )
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (15,433 ) 2,046
Effect of exchange rates on cash (1,314 ) (432 )
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash
Net (decrease) increase for the period (15,071 ) 234
Balance, beginning of the period 299,181 129,604
Balance, end of the period $ 284,110 $ 129,838

EVERI HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
TO NET CASH POSITION AND NET CASH AVAILABLE
(In thousands)

At September 30, At December 31,
2019 2018
Cash available
Cash and cash equivalents $ 275,706 $ 297,532
Settlement receivables 56,035 82,359
Settlement liabilities (298,490 ) (334,198 )
Net Cash Position 33,251 45,693
Undrawn revolving credit facility 35,000 35,000
Net Cash Available $ 68,251 $ 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 September 30, 2019 Three Months Ended September 30, 2018
  Games FinTech Total Games FinTech Total
Net income $ 9,315 $ 2,069
Income tax benefit (1,319 ) (719 )
Interest expense, net of interest income 19,297 20,160
Operating income (loss) $ 3,073 $ 24,220 $ 27,293 $ (746 ) $ 22,256 $ 21,510
Plus: depreciation and amortization 28,678 4,493 33,171 29,636 3,756 33,392
EBITDA $ 31,751 $ 28,713 $ 60,464 $ 28,890 $ 26,012 $ 54,902
Non-cash stock compensation expense 602 1,379 1,981 771 1,041 1,812
Accretion of contract rights 2,221 2,221 2,121 2,121
Adjustment of certain purchase accounting liabilities (550 ) (550 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ 34,574 $ 30,092 $ 64,666 $ 31,782 $ 26,503 $ 58,285
Cash paid for interest (12,528 ) (12,086 )
Cash paid for capital expenditures (35,959 ) (20,609 )
Cash paid for placement fees (5,454 ) (5,183 )
Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds 362 (124 )
Free Cash Flow $ 11,087 $ 20,283

EVERI HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA AND
TO FREE CASH FLOW
(In thousands)

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019 Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018
  Games FinTech Total Games FinTech Total
Net income $ 20,661 $ 8,153
Income tax benefit (2,747 ) (2,310 )
Loss on extinguishment of debt 166
Interest expense, net of interest income 60,130 62,589
Operating income $ 8,729 $ 69,315 $ 78,044 $ 5,914 $ 62,684 $ 68,598
Plus: depreciation and amortization 83,927 13,278 97,205 80,280 12,493 92,773
EBITDA $ 92,656 $ 82,593 $ 175,249 $ 86,194 $ 75,177 $ 161,371
Non-cash stock compensation expense 1,895 4,246 6,141 2,075 4,042 6,117
Accretion of contract rights 6,539 6,539 6,299 6,299
Adjustment of certain purchase accounting liabilities (550 ) (550 )
Write-off of inventory and fixed assets 843 843 2,575 2,575
Asset acquisition expense and other non-recurring professional fees 484 790 1,274
Adjusted EBITDA $ 102,417 $ 87,629 $ 190,046 $ 97,143 $ 78,669 $ 175,812
Cash paid for interest (52,077 ) (54,930 )
Cash paid for capital expenditures (81,642 ) (78,545 )
Cash paid for placement fees (17,102 ) (15,300 )
Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds 69 (346 )
Free Cash Flow $ 39,294 $ 26,691

EVERI HOLDINGS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CALCULATION OF TOTAL NET DEBT LEVERAGE RATIO
(In thousands, except for ratio)

Trailing Twelve Months Ended
September 30, 2019 September 30, 2018
Net income (loss) $ 24,864 $ (16,896 )
Income tax benefit (10,147 ) (26,097 )
Loss on extinguishment of debt 37,301
Interest expense, net of interest income 80,542 92,419
Operating income $ 95,259 $ 86,727
Plus: depreciation and amortization 130,902 122,709
EBITDA $ 226,161 $ 209,436
Non-cash stock compensation expense 7,274 7,404
Accretion of contract rights 8,661 8,274
Adjustment of certain purchase accounting liabilities (550 )
Write-off of inventory and fixed assets 843 2,575
Asset acquisition expense and other non-recurring professional fees 1,682
Adjusted EBITDA $ 244,621 $ 227,139
Principal face value of debt outstanding (1) $ 1,157,000 $ 1,184,750
Less: cash and cash equivalents (2) 50,000 50,000
Total Net Debt $ 1,107,000 $ 1,134,750
Total Net Debt Leverage Ratio 4.5x 5.0x

(1)  Principal face value of outstanding senior secured term loan facility, the senior secured revolving credit facility and senior unsecured notes.

(2)  The Company nets the lesser of cash and cash equivalents or $50 million against debt outstanding, as provided in the Company’s Credit Facility.

 

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 $ 25,000 $ 30,000
Projected income tax benefit (4,000 ) (5,000 )
Projected interest expense, net of interest income 80,000 79,000
Projected operating income $ 101,000 $ 104,000
Projected depreciation and amortization 130,000 133,000
Projected EBITDA $ 231,000 $ 237,000
Projected non-cash stock compensation expense 9,000 8,000
Projected accretion of contract rights 9,000 8,000
Projected asset acquisition expense and other non-recurring professional fees 3,000 2,000
Projected Adjusted EBITDA $ 252,000 $ 255,000
Projected cash paid for interest (79,000 ) (77,000 )
Projected cash paid for capital expenditures (113,000 ) (116,000 )
Projected cash paid for placement fees (17,000 ) (17,000 )
Projected cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds (1,000 )
Projected Free Cash Flow $ 42,000 $ 45,000

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

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Tips and Tricks to Mastering Online Casino Games

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As times have changed, online casinos have become increasingly popular with gamblers and it’s not surprising as these changes have included a huge rise in the use of smartphones and other technologies, leading to people becoming reliant on them for practically everything, entertainment being no exception. Not only do online casinos provide ease and convenience to players/users, but due to the games barely differing from those in a physical casino, apps, and websites are becoming the logical location for a betting fix.

Due to this boom in popularity, the industry has seen many companies invest in ensuring that their online platforms are the best they can be, from the ease of use for all ages to fighting off competitors, of which there are a lot. Online casinos are also growing their popularity as they enable users to better their skills in the comfort of their own home, without an audience, to then bring their skills to the casino tables now and then, it is a great way to get your skills up to scratch.

There are a few tips and tricks to mastering online casino games, or any casino games in fact, so here are a few of the most popular games played by gamblers and a few things to keep up your sleeve when playing, whether you’re playing online slots, or trying your luck with the roulette wheel.

Become a Roulette King

If you’re a casino newbie, roulette is one of the most played games; despite how it may look in films or if you have watched others play, it can be very simple to learn and lots of fun once you know how to. The idea of the game is straightforward, you must anticipate the number or color in which the ball will land one once it has been spun on the wheel by the croupier, if the outcomes are as you predicted then you will be a winner, your return depending on the type of bet you placed, single numbers being worth more than colours or sections.

The basics of playing the game may be simple, but there are a few tricks that you may need to know if you want to master the game or even just increase your chances at a win. Outside bets offer lower odds and so winnings will be smaller than inside bets, but the risk is considerably lower. The risk is lower because an outside bet means betting on either…

  • Black or red
  • Odd or even
  • Low or high

Much like with any form of gambling or betting, roulette can cause you to get carried away with your money and so it is important to keep yourself in check, online game can allow you to do this easily as you are provided with a constant reminder of how much you have in your bankroll, limiting the possibility for your spending to become out of control. It is always wise to ask yourself, before putting down more money, if you can afford to lose it, as opposed to letting you remember to wander with the possibility of winning.

Become a Slots Champion

Slots are yet another popular choice for both actual and online casino players as there are so many to choose from and new ones being released fairly frequently. Sots are so attractive to players as they are so simple, they offer the chance to win some money without the hassle or confusion of too many rules, they simply explain the meanings of the symbols at the start of the game and indicate what you need to win and off you go. But, despite the game being easy, there are still a few tricks that can be used to maximize your chance of winning.

When choosing a slot machine/game it is good to look out for the payout and choose the one with the highest as if you want to win big you need to be playing a game that has it up for grabs. As well as the payout, the ‘return to player’ percentage is another thing to look out for as this indicates what percentage of all money placed in the machine is given back in winnings, the higher the better; this can be found by googling the game you are looking to play and you child be able to find it.

Slots are also beloved by players as they often offer players free spins and it is important to take advantage of these, but make sure that there are no hidden terms to doing so, the wager-free bonus offers are the ones you want as there are no conditions attached to redeeming them.

Online slots games will allow you to choose the option of playing automatically or playing for yourself, meaning that the site can spin for you, or you can decide to do it for yourself if you are superstitious about light or heavy spins. But, a tip for you when playing slots it that it doesn’t make any difference, whichever option you chose, so save yourself the effort of trying to gain a favorable outcome and let it spin, by doing so you could be maximizing your chances of a win as the time spent spinning is longer.

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eSports Betting Strategy – Key factors of success and what you should avoid

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Betting on eSports is becoming more and more popular every day. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, since the market is flooded with online video games that are considered the new generation of sports, like League of Legends or Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

The eSports industry is currently valued at over 1 billion dollars, and it’s expected to grow even more in the coming years. But how can you use this information to your advantage?

Well, in recent years, bookmakers noticed the increase in demand for an eSports betting market. After understanding the potential, they quickly implemented a feature that allows gaming enthusiasts to bet on the outcome of the greatest gaming tournaments, like League of Legends World Championship or the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major Championships.

A significant advantage of eSports betting is that it works similarly to traditional sports, meaning that you will get odds based on team statistics, and you will have to decide which team will win the match. Mostly, if you’re following all the major gaming championships, you should have a good idea regarding who will be victorious and bank some serious cash while you’re at it.

If you want to be a serious bettor, having a well-defined eSports betting strategy is mandatory. Below, we’ve listed the key factors for success:

Choose a suitable bookmaker

Let’s say you want to start betting on eSports right away. Well, if that’s the case, you will want to sign up for a licensed casino operator, because otherwise you risk getting scammed by “pirate casinos” and even if you guessed the outcome correctly, you wouldn’t be able to withdraw the winnings.

Even though this advice might sound like the most basic requirement for any aspiring bettor, many beginners have no idea where to get started. After running some tests, we’ve figured out that the platforms listed on this website are trustworthy, and many of them allow you to bet on your favorite eSports tournaments.

Additionally, the betting platform you go for must have low margins, best odds, and no bet amount limit. While it might sound like a daunting task, it’s in your best interest to compare various bookmakers and choose the one that suits your needs.

Always research before planning your bets

Research is key in any betting market you’re planning to get into. If you’re an eSports fan, you surely spend hours watching professional teams battle each other on live stream or YouTube. However, you should never take that knowledge for granted.

Running in-depth research on eSports requires you to have a profound understanding of the game mechanics and how a team performs against another. Spend time getting to know the strategy used by all the teams participating in the championship, and you will begin noticing specific play patterns that could help you speculate the final outcome better.

For example, if you’re a fan of League of Legends pro team SKT T1, you will notice that Faker, their mid-laner is able to win his lane and carry even if he is against a counter pick, as long as he’s playing one of his main champions. However, if the enemy team bans Faker’s best championship, SKT will be at a huge disadvantage, because their strategy revolves around their mid laner hyper carrying them in the late game. So, you can never be sure of a team’s success, even if the odds are in their favor.

Keep track of your success

Being successful in betting requires a long-term strategy. Of course, racking up some easy wins because you got lucky might suffice, but if you’re serious about eSports betting, you will need to measure how many guesses were made right and how many were wrong. After you’ve got a clear picture of your win rate, you can go ahead and analyze your losses and try figuring out what went wrong.

Implement a staking method

If you want to optimize your bankroll, you must implement a staking method in your betting. Necessarily, you will need to prioritize the events and adjust the value of the wagers accordingly. You don’t want to bet too much on an underdog, even if your favorite player is part of that team. Still, if a team has an excellent reputation and has won a lot recently, you will surely want to wager more money on that event.

Now that you have a great idea on how to bet on eSports efficiently, it’s time to learn some of the common wagering mistakes that you should avoid at all costs:

Avoid betting on too many games

Even if you’re a complete beginner to eSports betting, you know that betting on every game is a bad idea, because you won’t always find odds that offer a positive expected value. Therefore, you should carefully select the events that you bet on, based on the odds listed on the bookmaker’s site and your general knowledge about the teams.

Never bet based on emotion

Just because you like a team or “your gut feeling” tells you that they will be victorious, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your assumption is correct. Always make your betting decisions based on facts, and you should avoid getting “tilted.” In a nutshell, being tilted means that after a losing streak, you decide to ditch your strategy and simply go with your intuition, which usually results In losing even more money.

Relying solely on the odds

New eSports bettors will see that an event has high odds, and they will instantly bet on the underdog just because they want to get a huge return fast. In reality, these odds are purely based on probability, meaning that they represent the bookmaker’s estimation on what will happen. The higher the odds, the less likely that team is going to win.

We’re not saying that an underdog will never win against a well-established team. However, you should never make bets based on the odds from the bookmaker. Instead, you should calculate the probability yourself by factoring in all the knowledge you have on the teams and by analyzing games where they go against each other (if available).

Now that you have a better understanding of how betting on eSports works, you can go ahead and start looking for opportunities. Before you go, keep in mind that patience is the key virtue of any gambler, so sometimes it’s better not to bet at all instead of making a decision based on intuition or with just partial information.

Placing bets on eSports is just like playing them – many players understand the mechanics, but only a few of them will use them successfully and make it to the top!

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Week 33/2020 slot games releases

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Here are this weeks latest slots releases!

Iron Dog Studio is taking players back in time and to the dawn of Megaways™ with its latest blockbuster release that becomes the first Megaways™ slot to offer more than one million ways to win. 1 Million Megaways™ BC takes players on a journey back to the Ice Age where the beasts, and the slots, run wild. But if they can survive this harsh and rugged environment, they are rewarded with up to 1,058,841 ways to win. In the base game, every winning tumble increases the global multiplier up to a maximum of x8. Four tumbles in a row will trigger the Free Spins Bonus and given that there are 117,649 ways to win with every spin in the base game, players can enter the bonus with a x1,500 stake win.

Iron Dog Studio Takes Players Back to the Dawn of Megaways™

 

 
OneTouch is challenging players to embrace the dark side with the launch of its ghostly new slot, Tiki Terror. The 5×4 title invites players to an amphibious world packed with humanoid-style Tiki symbols and eerily immersive sounds, as winning combinations set the terrifying Tiki masks alight. This otherworldly new game challenges customers to match symbols on its fixed 50 paylines, with sticky Wilds and free spins available for those who successfully brave its enchanted gameplay. Landing six or more Free Games symbols triggers the bonus round, with the innovative cashback feature granting players half their total bet, multiplied by the number of Free Games.

OneTouch unleashes the phantoms in Tiki Terror

 

 
Black Forest is the latest slot title of Spearhead Studios, the gaming company within EveryMatrix Group.  Inspired by the fairy tale mythology associated with this historical German woodland, Black Forest is a slot designed with the German market in mind. The dark, magical theme sets the player in a fantasy world filled with mystery. The medium-volatility slot offers Random Wilds, Free Spins, Expanding Symbols and a Card Gamble option, and the woodland creatures can bring wins of 2,200x. Available in the 96.04% RTP variant.

Spearhead Studios reveals Black Forest

 

 
iSoftBet, is inviting players to spin the reels in the lavish VIP Lounges of one of the world’s most exciting gambling destinations in new title Macau High Roller. This 3×5 slot is the latest addition to a growing portfolio, bringing all the glitz and glamour of a big-stakes table to a player’s fingertips as they search for three Free Spins symbols to trigger the bonus. When the bonus round is awarded, players are granted free spins where any chips which land are instantly cashed in, while the Macau Money Spin, which can trigger randomly on any spin in base play, will also see any chips instantly exchanged for cash payouts.

iSoftBet opens doors to the VIP Lounge in Macau High Roller

 

 
Yggdrasil, has released Football Glorya 5×4 footie-inspired slot set in a packed stadium. The new title is released just weeks before major European leagues kick off their new seasons. The game comes with a generous All Stars free spins mode where players try to score a goal when they land on the reels. If the ball hits the back of the net, symbols are transformed into a sticky wild, offering increased chances to walk away with a valuable victory. The Silver and Gold Cup symbols offer coin wins or free spins while all wins within the base game increase the Glory Bar which, once filled, triggers the Supers Stars and All Stars free spins.

Yggdrasil hits the back of the net with Football Glory

 

 
RubyPlay® has announced the general release of a new slot called Sun of Ra, having been exclusively released with GVC last week. The game invites players to bask in the power of the Egyptian sun as Ra, the Sun god and king of the Egyptian gods. Ra was revered as the creator of everything and now is your opportunity to discover the mystical secrets and treasures of ancient Egypt as you spin the reels. The Sun of Ra slot is filled with features. Any Wild symbol can open the door to impressive payouts with the Jackpot Pick feature, where matching 3 coins awards a guaranteed jackpot. The Sunlight Spins’ hold and spin feature is triggered by 6+ coins, while 3+ scatters can activate Sunlight Spins or award free games with added wilds.

RubyPlay® launches new video slot Sun of Ra

 

 
Blueprint Gaming has released its latest slot based on the iconic Deal or No Deal brand, which features the developer’s newly launched bonus concept, Lightning Spins™. Players are once again invited to take on the banker, this time with the innovative Lightning Spins™ adding a new twist to the gameplay with four in-game progressive jackpots and plenty of cash prizes to be revealed from the famous red and blue boxes. The new game is also the first to feature the exciting new Lightning Gold Spins symbols, which are fixed in position during the bonus and pay after every lightning spin, resulting in smaller wins building into significant prizes over the course of multiple free spins.

Beat the banker in Blueprint Gaming’s Deal or No Deal Lightning Spins™

 

 
Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the gaming industry, has brought back its much-loved dog characters with its latest title, The Dog House Megaways™. The 117,649 payline game is the newest in Pragmatic Play’s Megaways™ slot offering and includes all the popular elements of its predecessor along with some exciting new features. If four “Dog Paw Bonus” symbols land, then players are given a choice of Free Spins, either the “Sticky Wilds” or “Raining Wilds” modes. The “Sticky Wilds” offer less spins but higher win potential, with players able to win up to 12,305x their stake.

Pragmatic Play Brings Back the Beloved Characters With the Dog House Megaways

 

 
The latest title from Play’n GO was officially released into the market this week, the 5-reel video slot Saxon. The slot is a tribute to the carefree, freewheeling days of the eighties set to the soundtrack of one of British heavy metal’s most influential bands, Saxon, with players able to pick from several of their songs to listen to while playing. One of the era’s biggest European acts, their legacy has influenced several bands over the years, including top acts like Metallica and Megadeth. Similar to some of their earlier 2020 releases, most notably Annihilator, Saxon also brings a high level of animation into play as part of the game’s entertainment.

Play’n GO Bring The Reels of Steel with Saxon

 

 
Vibra Gaming, has launched its latest slot game, called Patagonia Wild. The game provides players with an immersive natural environment that changes based on changing seasons. There are loads of features and prizes available for players as well. Ramiro Atucha, CEO at Vibra Gaming, said: “This is one of those places in the world that truly show how beautiful our planet is and it felt great to turn it into good entertainment with prizes that can even top nature.“

Vibra Gaming Launches Patagonia Wild

 

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