Lakes Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: LACO) today announced results for the three and nine months ended September 29, 2013.
Third Quarter Results
Net earnings for the third quarter of 2013 were $19.6 million, compared to a net loss of $1.0 million for the third quarter of 2012. Earnings from operations were $18.8 million for the third quarter of 2013 compared to a loss from operations of $2.5 million for the third quarter of 2012. Basic and diluted earnings per share were $0.74 and $0.73, respectively, for the third quarter of 2013 compared to basic and diluted losses of $0.04 per share for the third quarter of 2012.
Lakes Entertainment reported third quarter 2013 net revenues of $15.5 million, compared to prior-year third quarter net revenues of $3.6 million. Included in these amounts were net revenues of $14.1 million and $1.7 million for the third quarters of 2013 and 2012, respectively, related to the operation of the Rocky Gap Casino Resort near Cumberland, Maryland (“Rocky Gap”), which Lakes acquired on August 3, 2012 and which commenced gaming operations on May 22, 2013. Also included in net revenues were $1.4 million in management fees earned during the third quarter of 2013 compared to $1.9 million earned during the third quarter of 2012 related to the Red Hawk Casino, owned by the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians (the “Tribe”), near Sacramento, California. The decrease in management fees earned during the third quarter of 2013 compared to the third quarter of 2012 was due to the August 29, 2013, termination of the management agreement between Lakes and the Tribe for the management of the Red Hawk Casino which resulted in only two months of management fees in the current year third quarter.
As previously announced, on July 17, 2013, Lakes entered into a debt termination agreement (the “Debt Termination Agreement”) with the Tribe relating to amounts Lakes had previously advanced to the Tribe under the development and management agreement for the Red Hawk Casino between Lakes and the Tribe (the “Shingle Springs Notes”). The Debt Termination Agreement required certain conditions to be met, including a lump sum payment by the Shingle Springs Tribe to Lakes of $57.1 million (the “Debt Payment”). The Debt Payment was made on August 29, 2013 (the “Payment Date”) and constituted full and final payment of all debt owed to Lakes as of that date. As a result of the receipt of the Debt Payment, during the third quarter of 2013, Lakes recognized approximately $17.4 million in recovery of impairment charges because the Shingle Springs Notes were valued at $39.7 million as of the Payment Date. The management agreement under which Lakes was managing the Red Hawk Casino also terminated on the Payment Date.