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United States

Securities and Exchange Commission

Washington, D.C. 20549

Form 10-Q

 

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2019

 

OR

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from       to      .

 

Commission File No. 0-22088

 

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MONARCH CASINO & RESORT, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

 

Nevada

 

88-0300760

(State or Other Jurisdiction of

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Incorporation or Organization)

 

Identification No.)

 

 

 

3800 S. Virginia St.

 

 

Reno, Nevada

 

89502

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

(ZIP Code)

 

(Former Name, Former Address and Former Fiscal Year, if Changed Since Last Report)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:  (775) 335-4600


Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

 

 

Title of each class

Trading Symbols

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share

MCRI

The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

(Nasdaq-GS)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes ☒    No

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).  Yes ☒  No ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

 

 

 

 

Large accelerated filer ☐

Accelerated filer ☒

Non-accelerated filer ☐

 

Smaller reporting company ☐

Emerging growth company ☐

 

 

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.     ☐

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).  Yes ☐  No ☒

 

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date: 18,082,135 shares as of November 1, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

Item

Page
Number

PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION 

 

 

 

Item 1. Financial Statements 

3

Consolidated Statements of Income for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 (unaudited) 

3

Consolidated Balance Sheets at September 30, 2019 (unaudited) and December 31, 2018 

4

Consolidated Statements of Stockholder’s Equity for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 and September 30, 2018 (unaudited) 

5

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018 (unaudited) 

6

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited) 

7

 

 

Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations 

16

 

 

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk 

23

 

 

Item 4. Controls and Procedures 

23

 

 

PART II - OTHER INFORMATION 

 

 

 

Item 1. Legal Proceedings 

23

 

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors 

24

 

 

Item 6. Exhibits 

25

 

 

Signatures 

26

 

 

 

 

 

2

PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

MONARCH CASINO & RESORT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended 

 

Nine months ended

 

 

 

September 30, 

 

September 30, 

 

 

    

2019

    

2018

    

2019

    

2018

 

Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casino

 

$

34,169

 

$

33,504

 

$

95,981

 

$

94,591

 

Food and beverage

 

 

18,341

 

 

18,472

 

 

54,026

 

 

52,951

 

Hotel

 

 

9,878

 

 

9,167

 

 

27,192

 

 

23,627

 

Other

 

 

3,197

 

 

3,216

 

 

9,887

 

 

9,367

 

Net revenues

 

 

65,585

 

 

64,359

 

 

187,086

 

 

180,536

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casino

 

 

11,674

 

 

11,455

 

 

33,831

 

 

33,007

 

Food and beverage

 

 

14,566

 

 

13,700

 

 

42,885

 

 

39,990

 

Hotel

 

 

3,437

 

 

3,315

 

 

10,014

 

 

9,870

 

Other

 

 

1,699

 

 

1,571

 

 

4,913

 

 

4,681

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

 

17,885

 

 

16,793

 

 

50,843

 

 

48,130

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

3,686

 

 

3,651

 

 

10,984

 

 

11,081

 

Pre-opening expenses

 

 

953

 

 

 —

 

 

1,577

 

 

 —

 

Construction litigation expenses

 

 

162

 

 

 —

 

 

162

 

 

 —

 

Loss on disposition of assets

 

 

 —

 

 

 8

 

 

 —

 

 

12

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

54,062

 

 

50,493

 

 

155,209

 

 

146,771

 

Income from operations

 

 

11,523

 

 

13,866

 

 

31,877

 

 

33,765

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net of amounts capitalized

 

 

 —

 

 

(55)

 

 

 —

 

 

(177)

 

Total other expense

 

 

 —

 

 

(55)

 

 

 —

 

 

(177)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

 

 

11,523

 

 

13,811

 

 

31,877

 

 

33,588

 

Provision for income taxes

 

 

(2,197)

 

 

(2,952)

 

 

(6,257)

 

 

(6,749)

 

Net income

 

$

9,326

 

$

10,859

 

$

25,620

 

$

26,839

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share of common stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

0.52

 

$

0.61

 

$

1.42

 

$

1.51

 

Diluted

 

$

0.50

 

$

0.58

 

$

1.37

 

$

1.44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of common shares and potential common shares outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

18,056

 

 

17,886

 

 

17,997

 

 

17,826

 

Diluted

 

 

18,709

 

 

18,631

 

 

18,665

 

 

18,582

 

 

 

 

The Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these statements.

3

MONARCH CASINO & RESORT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except shares)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

September 30, 2019

    

December 31, 2018

 

 

 

 

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

29,088

 

$

30,462

 

Receivables, net

 

 

6,763

 

 

6,740

 

Income taxes receivable

 

 

 —

 

 

279

 

Inventories

 

 

4,540

 

 

3,692

 

Prepaid expenses

 

 

5,588

 

 

5,508

 

Total current assets

 

 

45,979

 

 

46,681

 

Property and equipment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land

 

 

30,769

 

 

30,034

 

Land improvements

 

 

7,742

 

 

7,645

 

Buildings

 

 

193,235

 

 

193,235

 

Buildings improvements

 

 

26,291

 

 

25,995

 

Furniture and equipment

 

 

150,249

 

 

139,772

 

Construction in progress

 

 

275,120

 

 

180,518

 

Right of use assets

 

 

15,776

 

 

 —

 

Leasehold improvements

 

 

3,848

 

 

3,782

 

 

 

 

703,030

 

 

580,981

 

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization

 

 

(216,695)

 

 

(206,657)

 

Net property and equipment

 

 

486,335

 

 

374,324

 

Other assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

 

25,111

 

 

25,111

 

Intangible assets, net

 

 

1,829

 

 

2,704

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

4,027

 

 

4,027

 

Other assets, net

 

 

1,877

 

 

2,280

 

Total other assets

 

 

32,844

 

 

34,122

 

Total assets

 

$

565,158

 

$

455,127

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

11,149

 

$

11,182

 

Construction accounts payable

 

 

12,804

 

 

17,152

 

Accrued expenses

 

 

32,740

 

 

31,111

 

Income taxes payable

 

 

4,136

 

 

 —

 

Short-term lease liability

 

 

797

 

 

 —

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

61,626

 

 

59,445

 

Long-term lease liability

 

 

14,989

 

 

 —

 

Long-term debt

 

 

155,850

 

 

94,500

 

Total liabilities

 

 

232,465

 

 

153,945

 

Stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock, $.01 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized; none issued

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

Common stock, $.01 par value, 30,000,000 shares authorized; 19,096,300 shares issued; 18,082,135 outstanding at September 30, 2019; 17,919,021 outstanding at December 31, 2018

 

 

191

 

 

191

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

33,728

 

 

30,111

 

Treasury stock, 1,014,165 shares at September 30, 2019; 1,177,279 shares at December 31, 2018

 

 

(13,602)

 

 

(15,876)

 

Retained earnings

 

 

312,376

 

 

286,756

 

Total stockholders’ equity

 

 

332,693

 

 

301,182

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

565,158

 

$

455,127

 

 

The Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these statements.

4

MONARCH CASINO & RESORT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

(In thousands, except shares)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

Additional

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares

 

 

 

 

Paid-in

 

Retained

 

Treasury

 

 

 

 

 

    

Outstanding

    

Amount

    

Capital

    

Earnings

    

Stock

    

Total

 

Balance, January 1, 2019

 

17,919,021

 

$

191

 

$

30,111

 

$

286,756

 

$

(15,876)

 

$

301,182

 

Net exercise of stock options

 

57,670

 

 

 —

 

 

241

 

 

 —

 

 

804

 

 

1,045

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

915

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

915

 

Net income

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

7,015

 

 

 —

 

 

7,015

 

Balance, March 31, 2019

 

17,976,691

 

$

191

 

$

31,267

 

$

293,771

 

$

(15,072)

 

$

310,157

 

Net exercise of stock options

 

39,043

 

 

 —

 

 

141

 

 

 —

 

 

545

 

 

686

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

1,003

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

1,003

 

Net income

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

9,279

 

 

 —

 

 

9,279

 

Balance, June 30, 2019

 

18,015,734

 

$

191

 

$

32,411

 

$

303,050

 

$

(14,527)

 

$

321,125

 

Net exercise of stock options

 

66,401

 

 

 —

 

 

290

 

 

 —

 

 

925

 

 

1,215

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

1,027

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

1,027

 

Net income

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

9,326

 

 

 —

 

 

9,326

 

Balance, September 30, 2019

 

18,082,135

 

$

191

 

$

33,728

 

$

312,376

 

$

(13,602)

 

$

332,693

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

Additional

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares

 

 

 

 

Paid-in

 

Retained

 

Treasury

 

 

 

 

 

    

Outstanding

    

Amount

    

Capital

    

Earnings

    

Stock

    

Total

 

Balance, January 1, 2018

 

17,759,446

 

$

191

 

$

26,890

 

$

257,516

 

$

(18,123)

 

$

266,474

 

Net exercise of stock options

 

32,938

 

 

 —

 

 

85

 

 

 —

 

 

465

 

 

550

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

566

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

566

 

Adjustment to beginning retained earnings for accounting changes in accordance with the new revenue recognition standard

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

(4,858)

 

 

 —

 

 

(4,858)

 

Net income

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

6,741

 

 

 —

 

 

6,741

 

Balance, March 31, 2018

 

17,792,384

 

$

191

 

$

27,541

 

$

259,399

 

$

(17,658)

 

$

269,473

 

Net exercise of stock options

 

82,269

 

 

 —

 

 

(86)

 

 

 —

 

 

1,157

 

 

1,071

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

825

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

825

 

Net income

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

9,239

 

 

 —

 

 

9,239

 

Balance, June 30, 2018

 

17,874,653

 

$

191

 

$

28,280

 

$

268,638

 

$

(16,501)

 

$

280,608

 

Net exercise of stock options

 

19,404

 

 

 —

 

 

276

 

 

 —

 

 

 7

 

 

283

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

902

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

902

 

Net income

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

 —

 

 

10,859

 

 

 —

 

 

10,859

 

Balance, September 30, 2018

 

17,894,057

 

$

191

 

$

29,458

 

$

279,497

 

$

(16,494)

 

$

292,652

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these statements.

 

 

 

 

5

MONARCH CASINO & RESORT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands, Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended September 30, 

 

 

    

2019

    

2018

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

25,620

 

$

26,839

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

10,984

 

 

11,081

 

Amortization of deferred loan costs

 

 

403

 

 

403

 

Stock-based compensation

 

 

5,892

 

 

4,197

 

Provisions for bad debts

 

 

44

 

 

27

 

Loss on disposition of assets

 

 

 —

 

 

12

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Receivables

 

 

(67)

 

 

(35)

 

Income taxes

 

 

4,415

 

 

2,099

 

Inventories

 

 

(848)

 

 

11

 

Prepaid expenses

 

 

(80)

 

 

 1

 

Right of use asset, net

 

 

10

 

 

 —

 

Accounts payable

 

 

(33)

 

 

691

 

Accrued expenses

 

 

1,629

 

 

(335)

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

 

47,969

 

 

44,991

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in construction payable

 

 

(4,348)

 

 

19,178

 

Acquisition of property and equipment

 

 

(106,345)

 

 

(101,696)

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

 

(110,693)

 

 

(82,518)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt borrowings

 

 

61,350

 

 

43,070

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

 

61,350

 

 

43,070

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(1,374)

 

 

5,543

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

 

30,462

 

 

29,151

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

$

29,088

 

$

34,694

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash paid for interest, net of amounts capitalized

 

$

 —

 

$

186

 

Cash paid for income taxes

 

$

1,842

 

$

4,650

 

Accrued expenses - adjustment to beginning retained earnings for accounting changes in accordance with the new revenue recognition standard

 

 

 —

 

 

4,858

 

 

 

The Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements are an integral part of these statements.

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MONARCH CASINO & RESORT, INC.

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED)

QUARTERLY PERIOD ENDED SEPTEMBER  30, 2019

 

NOTE 1. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Basis of Presentation:

 

Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. was incorporated in 1993. Unless otherwise indicated, “Monarch”, “us”, “we” and the “Company” refer to Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Monarch owns and operates the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, a hotel and casino in Reno, Nevada (the “Atlantis”) and Monarch Casino Black Hawk, a casino in Black Hawk, Colorado. In addition, Monarch owns separate parcels of land located next to the Atlantis and a parcel of land with an industrial warehouse located between Denver, Colorado and Monarch Casino Black Hawk. Monarch also owns Chicago Dogs Eatery, Inc. and Monarch Promotional Association, both of which were formed in relation to licensure requirements for extended hours of liquor operation in Black Hawk, Colorado.

 

The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Monarch and its subsidiaries (the “Consolidated Financial Statements”). Intercompany balances and transactions are eliminated.

 

Interim Financial Statements:

 

The Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“U.S. GAAP”) for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by U.S. GAAP for complete financial statements. In the opinion of the management of the Company, all adjustments considered necessary for a fair presentation are included. Operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending December 31, 2019.

 

The balance sheet at December 31, 2018 has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements of the Company at that date, but does not include all of the information and footnotes required by U.S. GAAP for complete financial statements. For further information, refer to the consolidated financial statements and footnotes thereto included in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018.

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments:

 

The estimated fair value of the Company’s financial instruments has been determined by the Company, using available market information and valuation methodologies. However, considerable judgment is required to develop the estimates of fair value; thus, the estimates provided herein are not necessarily indicative of the amounts that the Company could realize in a current market exchange.

 

The carrying amounts of cash, receivables, accounts payable and accrued expenses approximate fair value because of the short-term nature of these instruments. Additionally, the carrying value of the Company’s debt approximates fair value due to the variable nature of applicable interest rates and relatively short-term maturity.

 

Debt Issuance Costs:

 

Costs incurred in connection with the issuance of long-term debt are capitalized and amortized to interest expense over the term of the related debt agreement. Loan issuance costs are included in “Other assets, net” on the Company’s consolidated balance sheets. As of September 30, 2019, loan issuance cost, net of amortization was $1.0 million.

 

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Segment Reporting:

 

The accounting guidance for disclosures about segments of an enterprise and related information requires separate financial information to be disclosed for all operating segments of a business. Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 280 allows individual operating segments to be aggregated for reporting purposes if certain criteria are met. The Company determined that the Company’s two operating segments, Atlantis and Monarch Casino Black Hawk, meet all of the aggregation criteria stipulated by ASC 280-10-50-11. The Company views each property as an operating segment and the two operating segments have been aggregated into one reporting segment.

 

Inventories:

 

Inventories, consisting primarily of food, beverages, and retail merchandise, are stated at the lower of cost and net realizable value. Cost is determined based on the weighted average, which approximates a first-in, first-out method.

 

Capitalized Interest:

 

The Company capitalizes interest costs associated with debt incurred in connection with major construction projects. When no debt is specifically identified as being incurred in connection with a construction project, the Company capitalizes interest on amounts expended on the project at the Company’s average borrowing cost. Interest capitalization is ceased when the project is substantially complete. The Company capitalized $1.6 million and $4.2 million, respectively, during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019.

 

Revenue Recognition:

 

The majority of the Company’s revenue is recognized when products are delivered or services are performed. For certain revenue transactions (when a patron uses a club loyalty card), in accordance with accounting standard update No. 2014-09 (“ASC 606”), a portion of the revenue is deferred until the points earned by the patron are redeemed or expire.

Casino revenue: Casino revenues represent the net win from gaming activity, which is the difference between the amounts won and lost, which represents the transaction price. Jackpots, other than the incremental amount of progressive jackpots, are recognized at the time they are won by customers. Funds deposited by customers in advance and outstanding chips and slot tickets in the customers’ possession are recognized as a liability until such amounts are redeemed or used in gaming play by the customer. Additionally, net win is reduced by the performance obligations for the players’ club program, progressive jackpots and any pre-arranged marker discounts. Progressive jackpot provisions are recognized in two components: 1) as wagers are made for the share of players’ wagers that are contributed to the progressive jackpot award, and 2) as jackpots are won for the portion of the progressive jackpot award contributed by the Company. Cash discounts and other cash incentives to guests related to gaming play are recorded as a reduction to gaming revenue.

 

Players’ Club Program: The Company operates a players’ club program under which as players perform gaming activities they earn and accumulate points, which may be redeemed for a variety of goods and services. Given the significance of the players’ club program and the ability for members to bank such points based on their past play, the Company has determined that players’ club program points granted in conjunction with gaming activity constitute a material right and, as such, represent a performance obligation associated with the gaming contracts. At the time points are earned, the Company recognizes deferred revenue at the standalone selling prices (“SSP”) of the goods and services that the points are expected to be redeemed for, with a corresponding decrease in gaming revenue. The points estimated SSP is computed as the cash redemption value of the points expected to be redeemed, which is determined through an analysis of all redemption activity over the preceding twelve-month period.

 

As of September 30,  2019, the Company had estimated the obligations related to the players’ club program at $9.3 million, which is included in Accrued Expenses in the Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity section in the Consolidated Balance Sheet.

 

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Pursuant to the new Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) guidelines, food and beverage, hotel and other complimentaries are now valued at their retail price and included as revenues within their respective categories, with a corresponding decrease in gaming revenues.  In addition, the cost of providing these complimentary goods and services are now included as expenses within their respective categories. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food and Beverage, Hotel and Other (retail) Revenues: Food and Beverage, Hotel and Other Revenues in general are recognized when products are delivered or services are performed. The Company recognizes revenue related to the products and services associated with the players points’ redemptions at the time products are delivered or services are performed, with corresponding reduction in the deferred revenue, at SSP. Other complimentaries in conjunction with the gaming and other business are also valued at SSP. Hotel revenue is presented net of non-third-party rebate and commission.

Other Revenues:  Other revenues (excluding retail) primarily consist of commissions received on ATM transactions and cash advances, which are recorded on a net basis as the Company represents the agent in its relationship with the third-party service providers, and commissions and fees received in connection with pari-mutuel wagering, which are also recorded on a net basis.

Sales and other taxes: Sales taxes and other taxes collected from customers on behalf of governmental authorities are accounted for on a net basis and are not included in revenues or operating expenses. In addition, tips and other gratuities, excluding service charges, collected from customers on behalf of the Company’s employees are also accounted for on a net basis and are not included in revenues or operating expenses.

 

NOTE 2. ACCOUNTING FOR LEASES

 

The Company adopted Accounting Standards  Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-02, “Leases (Topic 842), (“ASC 842”)” which requires leases with durations greater than twelve months to be recognized on the balance sheet. The Company adopted the standard using the modified retrospective approach with an effective date as of the beginning of its fiscal year, January 1, 2019. At January 1, 2019, the Company recorded a transition adjustment for the right of use assets of $16.4 million offset by short- and long-term lease liabilities of $0.9 million and $15.5 million, respectively, properly treated as a non-cash item in the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows. Prior year financial statements were not recast under the new standard and, therefore, those amounts are not presented below. The Company elected the package of transition provisions available for expired or existing contracts, which allowed it to carryforward its historical assessments of (1) whether contracts are or contain leases, (2) lease classification and (3) initial direct costs.

 

For leases with terms greater than 12 months, the Company records the related asset and obligation at the present value of the lease payments over the lease term. Many of the Company’s leases include rental escalation clauses, renewal options and/or termination options that are factored into its determination of lease payments when appropriate. As permitted by ASC 842, the Company elected not to separate non-lease components from their related lease components.

 

When available, the Company uses the rate implicit in the lease to discount lease payments to present value; however, most of its leases do not provide a readily determinable implicit rate. Therefore, the Company must estimate its incremental borrowing rate to discount the lease payments based on information available at lease commencement.

 

As of September 30, 2019, the Company’s right of use assets consisted of the Parking Lot Lease, the Driveway Lease (as defined and discussed in NOTE 6. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS), as well as certain billboard leases.

 

The table below presents information related to the lease costs for operating leases during 2019 (in thousands):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended 

 

Nine months ended

 

 

 

September 30, 2019

 

September 30, 2019

 

Short-term lease costs

 

$

82

 

$

258

 

Long-term lease costs

 

 

372

 

 

1,114

 

Total lease costs

 

$

454

 

$

1,372

 

 

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Upon adoption of the new lease standard, incremental borrowing rates used for existing leases were established using the rates in effect as of the lease inception or modification date. The weighted-average incremental borrowing rate of the leases presented in the lease liability as of September 30, 2019 was 4.33%.

 

The weighted-average remaining lease term of the leases presented in the lease liability as of September 30, 2019 was  21.8 years.

 

Following is the undiscounted cash flow for the remaining three months of the current year, for each of the next four years and total of the remaining years to the operating lease liabilities recorded on the balance sheet (in thousands):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating

 

 

    

Leases

 

Year ending December 31,

 

 

 

 

2019

 

$

368

 

2020

 

 

1,446

 

2021

 

 

1,432

 

2022

 

 

1,078

 

2023

 

 

1,072

 

Thereafter

 

 

19,084

 

Total minimum lease payments

 

 

24,480

 

Less: amount of lease payment representing interest

 

 

(8,694)

 

Present value of future minimum payments

 

 

15,786

 

Less: current obligations under leases

 

 

(797)

 

Long-term lease obligations

 

$

14,989

 

 

Cash paid related to the operating leases presented in the lease liability for the nine months ended September 30,  2019 was  $1.1 million.

 

NOTE 3. STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION

 

In accordance with ASU No. 2016-09, the Company records any excess tax benefits or deficiencies from its equity awards in its Consolidated Statements of Income in the reporting periods in which vesting occurs. As a result, the Company’s income tax expense and associated effective tax rate are impacted by fluctuations in stock price between the grant dates and vesting dates of equity awards.

 

For the three months ended September 30,  2019 and 2018, the effect of the adoption of ASU No. 2016-09 was a decrease of tax expense by $325 thousand and $115 thousand, respectively, resulting in an increase of basic and diluted earnings per share by approximately $0.02 and $0.01, respectively. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, the effect of the adoption of ASU No. 2016-09 was a decrease of tax expense by $745 thousand and $744 thousand, respectively, resulting in an increase of basic and diluted earnings per share by approximately $0.04 for each of the periods.

 

The Company is estimating forfeitures, rather than accounting for forfeitures as they occur.

 

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Reported stock-based compensation expense was classified as follows (in thousands):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended 

 

Nine months ended

 

 

 

September 30, 

 

September 30, 

 

 

    

2019

    

2018

    

2019

    

2018

 

Casino

 

$

51

 

$

17

 

$

152

 

$

98

 

Food and beverage

 

 

52

 

 

15

 

 

150

 

 

89

 

Hotel

 

 

28

 

 

17

 

 

71

 

 

38

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

 

896

 

 

853

 

 

2,572

 

 

2,068

 

Total stock-based compensation, before taxes

 

 

1,027

 

 

902

 

 

2,945

 

 

2,293

 

Tax benefit

 

 

(216)

 

 

(189)

 

 

(618)

 

 

(482)

 

Total stock-based compensation, net of tax

 

$

811

 

$

713

 

$

2,327

 

$

1,811

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE 4. EARNINGS PER SHARE

 

Basic earnings per share is computed by dividing reported net earnings by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding during the period. Diluted earnings per share reflect the additional dilution for all potentially dilutive securities such as stock options. The following is a reconciliation of the number of shares (denominator) used in the basic and diluted earnings per share computations (shares in thousands):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended  September 30, 

 

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

 

 

 

Per Share

 

 

 

Per Share

 

 

    

Shares

    

Amount

    

Shares

    

Amount

 

Basic

 

18,056

 

$

0.52

 

17,886

 

$

0.61

 

Effect of dilutive stock options

 

653

 

 

(0.02)

 

745

 

 

(0.03)

 

Diluted

 

18,709

 

$

0.50

 

18,631

 

$

0.58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine months ended September 30, 

 

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

 

 

 

Per Share

 

 

 

Per Share

 

 

    

Shares

    

Amount

    

Shares

    

Amount

 

Basic

 

17,997

 

$

1.42

 

17,826

 

$

1.51

 

Effect of dilutive stock options

 

668

 

 

(0.05)

 

756

 

 

(0.07)

 

Diluted

 

18,665

 

$

1.37

 

18,582

 

$

1.44

 

 

 

Excluded from the computation of diluted earnings per share are options where the exercise prices are greater than the market price as their effects would be anti-dilutive in the computation of diluted earnings per share. For the three months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018,  options for approximately 847 thousand and 473 thousand shares, respectively, were excluded from the computation. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, options for approximately 795 thousand and 367 thousand shares, respectively, were excluded from the computation.

 

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NOTE 5. NEW ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS

 

In August 2018, the FASB issued an ASU to align the requirements for capitalizing implementation costs incurred in a hosting arrangement with the requirements for capitalizing implementation costs incurred to develop or obtain internal-use software. The implementation costs incurred in a hosting arrangement that is a service contract should be presented as a prepaid asset in the balance sheet and expensed over the term of the hosting arrangement to the same line item in the statement of income as the costs related to the hosting fees. The guidance in this ASU is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, including interim periods within those fiscal years, and early adoption is permitted including adoption in any interim period. The amendments should be applied either retrospectively or prospectively to all implementation costs incurred after adoption. The Company is currently assessing the impact the adoption of this standard will have on its Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

In January 2017, the FASB issued an ASU that simplifies the accounting for goodwill impairment for all entities by eliminating the requirement to calculate the implied fair value of goodwill (i.e., Step 2 of today’s goodwill impairment test) to measure a goodwill impairment charge. Instead, entities will record an impairment charge based on the excess of a reporting unit’s carrying amount over its fair value (i.e., measure the charge based on today’s Step 1). The standard does not change the guidance on completing Step 1 of the goodwill impairment test. An entity will still be able to perform today’s optional qualitative goodwill impairment assessment before determining whether to proceed to Step 1. The standard will be applied prospectively and is effective for annual and interim impairment tests performed in periods beginning after December 15, 2019. Early adoption is allowed for all entities as of January 1, 2017, for annual and any interim impairment tests occurring after January 1, 2017.

 

In June 2016, the FASB issued amended accounting guidance for measurement of credit losses on financial instruments. The amended accounting guidance replaces the incurred loss impairment model with a forward-looking expected loss model, and is applicable to most financial assets, including trade receivables other than those arising from operating leases. The amended guidance is effective for interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2019, and early adoption is permitted for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2018. A modified retrospective transition method with a cumulative-effect adjustment to retained earnings is required to be applied at the date of adoption. The Company is currently assessing the impact the adoption of this standard will have on its Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

A variety of proposed or otherwise potential accounting standards are currently under review and study by standard-setting organizations and certain regulatory agencies. Because of the tentative and preliminary nature of such proposed standards, the Company has not yet determined the effect, if any, the implementation of any such proposed or revised standards would have on the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

NOTE 6. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

 

The shopping center adjacent to the Atlantis (the “Shopping Center”) is owned by Biggest Little Investments, L.P. (“BLI”). John Farahi and Bob Farahi, Co-Chairmen of the Board and executive officers of the Company, and Ben Farahi are the three largest stockholders (the “Farahi Family Stockholders”) of Monarch and each also beneficially owns limited partnership interests in BLI. Maxum LLC is the sole general partner of BLI, and Ben Farahi is the sole managing member of Maxum LLC. Neither John Farahi nor Bob Farahi has any management or operational control over BLI or the Shopping Center. Until May 2006, Ben Farahi held the positions of Co-Chairman of the Board, Secretary, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the Company.

 

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On August 28, 2015, Monarch, through its subsidiary Golden Road Motor Inn, Inc., entered into a 20-year lease agreement with BLI for a portion of the Shopping Center, consisting of an approximate 46,000 square-foot commercial building on approximately 4.2 acres of land adjacent to the Atlantis (the “Parking Lot Lease”). This lease gives the Atlantis the right to use a parcel, approximately 4.2 acres, comprised of a commercial building and surrounding land adjacent to the Atlantis. The primary purpose of the Parking Lot Lease is to provide additional, convenient, surface parking for the Atlantis. The Company demolished the commercial building and converted the land into approximately 300 additional surface parking spaces for the Atlantis. The minimum annual rent under the Parking Lot Lease is $695 thousand, commencing on November 17, 2015. The minimum annual rent is subject to a cost of living adjustment increase on each five-year anniversary. In addition, the Company is responsible for payment of property taxes, utilities and maintenance expenses related to the leased property. The Company has an option to renew the Parking Lot Lease for an additional 10-year term. If the Company elects not to exercise its renewal option, the Company will be obligated to pay BLI $1.6 million. For each of the three-month periods ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, the Company paid $174 thousand in rent, plus $6 thousand and $6 thousand, respectively, in operating expenses relating to this lease. For each of the nine-month periods ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, the Company paid $522 thousand in rent, plus $19 thousand and $15 thousand, respectively, in operating expenses relating to this lease. The right of use asset and lease liability balances as of September 30, 2019, recognized in the Consolidated Balance Sheet, was $10.9 million.

 

In addition, the Atlantis shares a driveway with the Shopping Center and leases approximately 37,400 square feet from BLI (the “Driveway Lease”) for an initial lease term of 15 years, which commenced on September 30, 2004, at an original annual rent of $300 thousand plus common area expenses. The annual rent of the Driveway Lease is subject to a cost of living adjustment increase on each five-year anniversary of the Driveway Lease. The total cost of the improvements was $2.0 million of which $1.35 million was paid by the Company. The cost of the driveway improvements was depreciated over the 15-year expected economic life of the asset; some components of the driveway were depreciated over a shorter period of time. Effective August 28, 2015, in connection with the Company entering into the Parking Lot Lease, the Driveway Lease was amended to: (i) make the Company solely responsible for the operation and maintenance costs of the shared driveway (including the fountains thereon); (ii) eliminate the Company’s obligation to reimburse the Shopping Center for its proportionate share of common area expenses; and (iii) exercise the three successive five-year renewal terms beyond the initial 15 year term in the existing Driveway Lease agreement. At the end of the renewal terms, the Company has the option to purchase the leased driveway section of the Shopping Center. For each of the three-month periods ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, the Company paid $94 thousand in rent, plus $7 thousand and $6 thousand, respectively, in operating expenses relating to this lease. For each of the nine-month periods ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, the Company paid $282 thousand in rent, plus $20 thousand and $15 thousand, respectively, in operating expenses relating to this lease. The right of use asset and lease liability balances as of September 30, 2019, recognized in the Consolidated Balance Sheet, was $4.2 million.

 

The Company occasionally leases billboard advertising, storage space and parking lot space from affiliates controlled by the Farahi Family Stockholders and paid $48 thousand and $42 thousand, respectively, for the three-month periods ended September 30, 2019 and 2018,  and paid $117 thousand and $109 thousand, respectively, for the nine-month periods ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, for such leases.

 

NOTE 7. LONG-TERM DEBT

 

On July 20, 2016, the Company entered into an amended and restated credit facility agreement (the “Amended Credit Facility”). Under the Amended Credit Facility, the Company’s available borrowing capacity is $250.0 million, and the maturity date is July 20, 2021.

 

As of September 30, 2019, the Company had an outstanding principal balance of $155.9 million under the Amended Credit Facility, a $0.6 million Standby Letter of Credit, and $93.5 million remaining in available borrowings of the $250.0 million maximum principal available under the Amended Credit Facility. As of September 30, 2019, there have been no withdrawals from the Standby Letter of Credit.

 

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The total revolving loan commitment under the Amended Credit Facility will be automatically and permanently reduced to $50.0 million on December 31, 2019, and all then outstanding revolving loans up to $200.0 million under the Amended Credit Facility will be converted to a term loan at such time. The Company may be required to prepay borrowings under the Amended Credit Facility no later than December 31, 2019, depending on its leverage ratio. The Company has an option to permanently reduce the maximum revolving available credit at any time so long as the amount of such reduction is at least $0.5 million and in multiples of $50 thousand.

 

Borrowings are secured by liens on substantially all of the Company’s real and personal property.

 

In addition to other customary covenants for a facility of this nature, as of September 30, 2019, the Company is required to maintain a Total Leverage Ratio (Total Funded Debt divided by EBITDA, as defined in the Amended Credit Facility) of no more than 4.75:1 and a Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio (EBITDA divided by Fixed Charges, as defined in the Amended Credit Facility) of at least 1.15:1. As of September 30, 2019, the Company’s Total Leverage Ratio and Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio were 2.6:1 and 8.0:1, respectively.

 

The interest rate under the Amended Credit Facility is LIBOR plus a margin ranging from 1.00% to 2.50%, or a base rate (as defined in the Amended Credit Facility) plus a margin ranging from 0.00% to 1.50%, or the Prime Rate. The applicable margins will vary depending on Company’s leverage ratio. Commitment fees are equal to the daily average unused revolving commitment multiplied by the commitment fee percentage, ranging from 0.175% to 0.45%, based on Company’s leverage ratio.

 

At September 30, 2019, the Company’s interest rate was based on LIBOR and its leverage ratio was such that pricing for borrowings under the Amended Credit Facility was LIBOR plus 1.50%. At September 30, 2019, the one-month LIBOR interest rate was approximately 2.06%. The carrying value of the debt outstanding under the Amended Credit Facility approximates fair value because the interest fluctuates with the lender’s prime rate or other market rates of interest.

 

The Company may prepay borrowings under the Amended Credit Facility without penalty (subject to certain charges applicable to the prepayment of LIBOR borrowings prior to the end of the applicable interest period). Amounts prepaid may be re-borrowed so long as the total borrowings outstanding do not exceed the maximum principal available.

 

The Company believes that its existing cash balances, cash flow from operations and borrowings available under the Amended Credit Facility will provide it with sufficient resources to fund its operations, meet its debt obligations, and fulfill its capital expenditure plans over the next twelve months; however, its operations are subject to financial, economic, competitive, regulatory, and other factors, many of which are beyond its control. If the Company is unable to generate sufficient cash flow or if its cash needs exceed the Company’s borrowing capacity under the Amended Credit Facility, it could be required to adopt one or more alternatives, such as reducing, delaying or eliminating planned capital expenditures, selling assets, restructuring debt or obtaining additional equity capital.

 

NOTE 8. TAXES

 

For the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, the Company’s effective tax rate was 19.6% and 20.1%, respectively.

 

No uncertain tax positions were recorded as of September 30, 2019 and 2018. No change in uncertain tax positions is anticipated over the next twelve months.

 

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NOTE 9. STOCK REPURCHASE PLAN

 

On October 22, 2014, the board of directors of Monarch authorized a stock repurchase plan (the “Repurchase Plan”). Under the Repurchase Plan, the board of directors authorized a program to repurchase up to 3,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions from time to time, in compliance with Rule 10b-18 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, subject to market conditions, applicable legal requirements and other factors. The Repurchase Plan does not obligate the Company to acquire any particular amount of common stock and the plan may be suspended at any time at the Company’s discretion, and it will continue until exhausted. The actual timing, number and value of shares repurchased under the repurchase program will be determined by management at its discretion and will depend on a number of factors, including the market price of the Company’s stock, general market economic conditions and applicable legal requirements. The Company has made no purchases under the Repurchase Plan.

 

NOTE 10. LEGAL MATTERS:

 

On August 30, 2019, PCL Construction Services, Inc. (“PCL”) filed a complaint in District Court, City and County of Denver, Colorado, against the Company and its Colorado subsidiaries, in connection with the Company’s expansion plans for Monarch Casino Black Hawk. The complaint alleges, among other things, the defendants breached the construction contract with PCL and certain implied warranties. The Company intends to vigorously defend the action and plans to file appropriate counterclaims against PCL in due course.

 

This action is in the preliminary stages and we are currently unable to determine the probability of the outcome or reasonably estimate the loss or gain, if any.

 

During the third quarter of 2019, we recognized $0.2 million in construction litigation expense relating to this lawsuit.

 

From time to time, we may be subject to other legal proceedings and claims in the ordinary course of business. Management believes that the amount of any reasonably possible or probable loss for such other known matters would not have a material adverse impact on our financial conditions, cash flows or results of operations; however, the outcome of these actions is inherently difficult to predict.

 

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ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

Unless otherwise indicated, “Monarch,” “Company,” “we,” “our” and “us” refer to Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. and its subsidiaries.

 

STATEMENT ON FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

 

This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, (the “Exchange Act”) including, but not limited to (i) our expectations and beliefs concerning the project scope, timing for completion, budget and estimated costs, pre-opening expenses, transformative potential and our continued investment in our expansion project at the Monarch Casino Black Hawk (the "Monarch Black Hawk Expansion"); (ii) our expectations regarding financing of the Monarch Black Hawk Expansion; (iii) our expectations and intentions regarding the expenses, defenses and outcomes of the lawsuit filed by the construction project general contractor against us; (iv) our expectations to have a full year of expanded operations in 2020; (v) our expectations regarding our business prospects, strategies and outlook; (vi) our expectations regarding the positioning of our properties to benefit from future macro and local economic growth; (vii) our expectations regarding future capital requirements; (viii) our anticipated sources of funds and adequacy of such funds to meet our debt obligations and capital requirements; and (ix) our expectations regarding legal and other matters. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor for forward-looking statements. We note that many factors could cause our actual results and experience to change significantly from the anticipated results or expectations expressed in our forward-looking statements. When words and expressions such as “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “plans,” “intends,” “objectives,” “goals,” “aims,” “projects,” “forecasts,” “possible,” “seeks,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “might,” “likely,” “enable,” or similar words or expressions are used in this Form 10-Q, as well as statements containing phrases such as “in our view,” “we cannot assure you,” “although no assurance can be given,” or “there is no way to anticipate with certainty,” forward-looking statements are being made.

 

Various risks and uncertainties may affect the operation, performance, development and results of our business and could cause future outcomes to change significantly from those set forth in our forward-looking statements, including the following factors:

 

·

our ability to successfully implement our business and growth strategies;

·

our ability to realize the anticipated benefits of our expansion and renovation projects, including the Monarch Black Hawk Expansion;

·

our general contractor’s ability to accurately predict the timing for completion of the Monarch Black Hawk Expansion;

·

ongoing disagreements over costs of and responsibility for delays and other construction related matters with our Monarch Casino Black Hawk general contractor, including, as previously reported, the initiation of litigation against us by such contractor;

·

our filing of affirmative defenses and extensive counterclaims against the Monarch Casino Black Hawk contractor in the above mentioned litigation;

·

risks related to development and construction activities (including disputes with and defaults by contractors and subcontractors; construction, equipment or staffing problems and delays; shortages of materials or skilled labor; environmental, health and safety issues; weather and other hazards, site access matters, and unanticipated cost increases);

·

risks related to pending litigation, which is costly and time-consuming to defend, and if decided against us, could require us to pay substantial judgments or settlements. We cannot predict with certainty the outcomes of such legal proceedings, and the costs incurred in litigation can be substantial, regardless of the outcome. Substantial unanticipated verdicts, fines and rulings do sometimes occur;

·

our ability to generate sufficient operating cash flow to service our debt obligations and working capital needs and to help finance our expansion plans;

·

our ability to effectively manage expenses to optimize our margins and operating results;

·

guest acceptance of our expanded facilities once completed and the resulting impact on our market position, growth and future financial results;

·

our ability to successfully complete potential acquisitions and investments;

·

successful integration of acquisitions;

·

access to capital and credit, including our ability to finance future business requirements and the Monarch

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Black Hawk Expansion;

·

risks related to our present indebtedness and future borrowings;

·

adverse trends in the gaming industry;

·

changes in patron demographics;

·

general market and economic conditions, including but not limited to, the effects of local and national economic, housing and energy conditions on the economy in general and on the gaming and lodging industries in particular;

·

the impact of rising interest rates and our ability to refinance debt as it matures at commercially reasonable rates or at all;

·

our ability to continue to comply with the covenants and terms of our credit instruments;

·

our dependence on two resorts;

·

ability of large stockholders to influence our affairs;

·

our dependence on key personnel;

·

the availability of adequate levels of insurance;

·

changes in federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including environmental and gaming licenses or legislation and regulations, and laws and regulations permitting expanded and other forms of gaming in our key markets;

·

ability to obtain and maintain gaming and other governmental licenses and regulatory approvals;

·

any violations by us of the anti-money laundering laws;

·

cybersecurity risks, including misappropriation of customer information or other breaches of information security;

·

impact of natural disasters, severe weather, terrorist activity and similar events;

·

our competitive environment, including increased competition in our target market areas;

·

increases in the effective rate of taxation at any of our properties or at the corporate level;

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our ability to successfully estimate the impact of accounting, tax and legal matters; and

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risks, uncertainties and other factors described in “Item 1A - Risk Factors” in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 (the “2018 Form 10-K”) and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements as a result of future developments, events or conditions, except as required by law. New risks emerge from time to time and it is not possible for us to predict all such risk factors, nor can we assess the impact of all such risk factors on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ significantly from those forecast in any forward-looking statements.

 

OVERVIEW

 

Monarch was incorporated in the state of Nevada in 1993. We own and operate the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, a hotel and casino in Reno, Nevada (the “Atlantis”) and Monarch Casino Black Hawk, a casino in Black Hawk, Colorado. In addition, we own separate parcels of land located next to the Atlantis and a parcel of land with an industrial warehouse located between Denver, Colorado and Monarch Casino Black Hawk. We also own Chicago Dogs Eatery, Inc. and Monarch Promotional Association, both of which were formed in relation to licensure requirements for extended hours of liquor operation in Black Hawk, Colorado.

 

We earn revenues, operating income and cash flow from Atlantis and Monarch Casino Black Hawk, primarily through our casino, food and beverage operations and, at Atlantis, our hotel operations. The Monarch Casino Black Hawk does not have a hotel; however, we are in the process of renovations and construction that will include a hotel. We focus on delivering exceptional service and value to our guests. Our hands-on management style focuses on exceptional customer services and cost efficiencies.

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