LAS VEGAS, Nov. 4, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global Cash Access Holdings, Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE:GCA) announced today financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014.

Third quarter Highlights
  • Total revenues increased by 8%, excluding the $11.3 million revenue loss attributable to the Caesars Entertainment ("CET") contract
  • Total revenues, including the loss of the CET contract, decreased by less than 1%
  • Diluted earnings per share (EPS) remained unchanged at $0.09 for both the third quarter 2014 and 2013
  • Cash EPS, as defined below, increased 21% to $0.23 for the quarter
  • On September 8, 2014, the Company entered into a merger agreement to acquire all the outstanding stock of Multimedia Games Holding Company, Inc. ("MGAM") for $36.50 per share, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $1.2 billion in cash

"Our recent, major client commitments continue to demonstrate the success of our integrated solutions in the market. We look forward to carrying this momentum into our pending acquisition of Multimedia Games," said Ram V. Chary, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Third quarter 2014 Results

Revenues decreased by $0.6 million, or less than 1%, to $145.5 million for the third quarter 2014, as compared to the same period last year. Operating income decreased by $0.6 million, or 6%, to $10.8 million for the third quarter 2014, as compared to the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA (see Non-GAAP Financial Information below) increased by $2.1 million, or 12%, to $19.1 million for the third quarter 2014, as compared to the same period last year.

Income from operations before income tax provision decreased by $0.4 million, or 4%, to $8.8 million for the third quarter 2014, as compared to the same period last year. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations remained consistent at $0.09 for the third quarter 2014 (on 66.7 million diluted shares), as compared to the same period last year. Cash earnings per share ("Cash EPS"), (see Non-GAAP Financial Information below) increased by $0.04, or 21%, to $0.23 for the third quarter 2014, as compared to the same period last year.

2014 Outlook and Update on MGAM Acquisition

The Company reaffirmed its guidance estimates for Cash EPS and Adjusted EBITDA for the year ending December 31, 2014.

The Company anticipates the closing of the MGAM acquisition to occur in late December 2014 or early 2015, subject to obtaining all necessary regulatory approvals.

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host an investor conference call to discuss its third quarter 2014 results today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time ("ET"). The conference call may be accessed live over the phone by dialing (800) 289-0508 or for international callers by dialing (913) 312-0396. A replay will be available at 8:00 p.m. ET and may be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 or (858) 384-5517 for international callers; the pin number is 6907012. The replay will be available until November 11, 2014. The call will be webcast live from the Company's website at www.gcainc.com under the Investor Relations section.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

In order to enhance investor understanding of the underlying trends in our business and to provide for better comparability between periods in different years, the Company is providing EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Cash Earnings and Cash EPS on a supplemental basis. We define EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization; Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA as adjusted for non-cash compensation expense and MGAM related acquisition costs; Cash Earnings as net income as adjusted for non-cash compensation expense, deferred taxes, amortization and MGAM related acquisition costs; and Cash EPS as Cash Earnings divided by our diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding. We present Adjusted EBITDA and Cash EPS as we consider these measures 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 credit facility requires us to comply with covenants that include performance metrics substantially similar to Adjusted EBITDA. Reconciliations between GAAP measures and Non-GAAP measures and between actual results and adjusted results are provided at the end of this press release. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Cash Earnings and Cash EPS are not measures of financial performance under United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"). Accordingly, they should not be considered a substitute for net income, operating income, basic or diluted earnings per share or cash flow data prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements included in this press release, other than statements that are purely historical, are forward-looking statements. Words such as "going forward," "believes," "intends," "expects," "forecasts," "anticipate," "plan," "seek," "estimate" and similar expressions also identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, without limitation: (a) the projected closing date of the MGAM acquisition; (b) our estimates of 2014 Cash EPS and Adjusted EBITDA and the assumptions and factors upon which they are based; and (c) our belief that Cash EPS and Adjusted EBITDA are widely-referenced financial measures in the financial markets and that references to the foregoing are helpful to investors.

These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or assumed, including but not limited to the following: the overall growth of the gaming industry, if any; our ability to replace revenue associated with terminated contracts; margin degradation from contract renewals; our ability to introduce new products and services; our ability to execute on mergers, acquisitions and/or strategic alliances; our ability to integrate and operate such acquisitions consistent with our forecasts; gaming establishment and patron preferences; national and international economic conditions; changes in gaming regulatory, card association and statutory requirements; regulatory and licensing difficulties; competitive pressures; operational limitations; gaming market contraction; changes to tax laws; uncertainty of litigation outcomes; interest rate fluctuations; inaccuracies in underlying operating assumptions; unanticipated expenses or capital needs; technological obsolescence; and employee turnover. If any of these assumptions prove to be incorrect, the results contemplated by the forward-looking statements regarding our future results of operations are unlikely to be realized.

The forward-looking statements in this press release are subject to additional risks and uncertainties set forth under the heading "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, our Annual Report filed on Form 10-K on March 11, 2014, and subsequent periodic reports and are based on information available to us on the date hereof. We do not intend, and assume no obligation, to update any forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release.

About Global Cash Access Holdings, Inc.

GCA is a leading provider of fully integrated cash access solutions and related services to the gaming industry. GCA's products and services provide: (a) gaming establishment patrons access to cash through a variety of methods, including Automated Teller Machine ("ATM") cash withdrawals, credit card cash access transactions, point-of-sale ("POS") debit card transactions, check verification and warranty services and money transfers; (b) integrated cash access devices and related services, such as slot machine ticket redemption and jackpot kiosks to the gaming industry; (c) products and services that improve credit decision making, automate cashier operations and enhance patron marketing activities for gaming establishments; (d) compliance, audit and data solutions; and (e) online payment processing solutions for gaming operators in States that offer intra-state, Internet-based gaming and lottery activities. More information is available at GCA's website at www.gcainc.com.
GLOBAL CASH ACCESS HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
         
   Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30, 
  2014 2013 2014 2013
         
Revenues  $ 145,481  $ 146,101  $ 440,998  $ 441,987
         
Costs and expenses        
Cost of revenues (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)  108,568  111,106  331,181  333,928
Operating expenses  20,934  19,248  62,233  57,710
Depreciation  1,856  1,908  5,702  5,421
Amortization  3,352  2,419  8,476  6,974
Total costs and expenses  134,710  134,681  407,592  404,033
         
Operating income  10,771  11,420  33,406  37,954
         
Other expenses        
Interest expense, net of interest income  1,996  2,255  5,625  8,151
Total other expenses  1,996  2,255  5,625  8,151
         
Income from operations before tax  8,775  9,165  27,781  29,803
         
Income tax provision  3,099  3,383  9,892  11,109
         
Net income  5,676  5,782  17,889  18,694
         
Foreign currency translation  (839)  591  (457)  79
         
Comprehensive income  $ 4,837  $ 6,373  $ 17,432  $ 18,773
         
Earnings per share        
Basic  $ 0.09  $ 0.09  $ 0.27  $ 0.28
Diluted  $ 0.09  $ 0.09  $ 0.27  $ 0.28
         
Weighted average common shares outstanding        
Basic  65,589  65,525  65,853  66,108
Diluted  66,747  66,630  67,051  67,158
 
 
GLOBAL CASH ACCESS HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Amounts in thousands, except par value amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
     
  At September 30, 2014 At December 31, 2013
ASSETS    
     
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 106,499  $ 114,254
Restricted cash and cash equivalents  367  290
Settlement receivables  27,372  38,265
Other receivables, net of allowances for doubtful accounts of $2.8 million for both periods  17,223  16,962
Inventory  10,905  9,413
Prepaid expenses and other assets  28,404  26,770
Property, equipment and leasehold improvements, net  19,707  18,710
Goodwill  188,491  180,084
Other intangible assets, net  39,314  31,535
Deferred income taxes, net  79,828  91,044
Total assets  $ 518,110  $ 527,327
     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY    
     
Liabilities    
Settlement liabilities  $ 116,711  $ 145,022
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  69,005  60,701
Borrowings  95,743  103,000
Total liabilities  281,459  308,723
     
Stockholders' Equity    
Common stock, $0.001 par value, 500,000 shares authorized and 90,350 and 89,233 shares issued at September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively  90  89
Convertible preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 50,000 shares authorized and 0 shares outstanding at September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013  --  --
Additional paid-in capital  244,247  231,516
Retained earnings  165,901  148,012
Accumulated other comprehensive income  2,370  2,827
Treasury stock, at cost, 24,807 and 23,303 shares at September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively  (175,957)  (163,840)
Total stockholders' equity  236,651  218,604
     
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 518,110  $ 527,327
 
 
GLOBAL CASH ACCESS HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW
(Amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)
   
   Nine Months Ended September 30, 
  2014 2013
     
Cash flows from operating activities    
Net income  $ 17,889  $ 18,694
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:    
Depreciation  5,702  5,421
Amortization of intangibles  8,476  6,974
Amortization of financing costs  1,412  1,323
Loss on sale or disposal of assets  79  158
Provision for bad debts  6,770  5,882
Stock-based compensation  7,533  3,702
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:    
Settlement receivables  10,828  5,050
Other receivables, net  (6,547)  (8,264)
Inventory  (1,430)  (1,847)
Prepaid and other assets  (2,927)  (1,726)
Deferred income taxes  8,554  10,335
Settlement liabilities  (28,125)  (20,127)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  1,226  188
     
Net cash provided by operating activities  29,440  25,763
     
Cash flows from investing activities    
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired  (11,845)  -- 
Capital expenditures  (11,035)  (9,165)
Proceeds from sale of fixed assets  298  83
Changes in restricted cash and cash equivalents  (77)  (91)
     
Net cash used in investing activities  (22,659)  (9,173)
     
Cash flows from financing activities    
Issuance costs of amended credit facility  --   (764)
Repayments against credit facility  (7,258)  (15,000)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options  5,251  3,776
Purchase of treasury stock  (12,117)  (14,631)
     
Net cash used in financing activities  (14,124)  (26,619)
     
Effect of exchange rates on cash  (412)  (1)
     
Cash and cash equivalents    
Net decrease for the period  (7,755)  (10,030)
Balance, beginning of the period  114,254  153,020
     
Balance, end of the period  $ 106,499  $ 142,990
     
Supplemental cash flow disclosures    
Cash paid for interest  $ 5,154  $ 6,978
Cash paid for income tax, net of refunds  $ 874  $ 538
Non-cash tenant improvements paid by landlord  $ --   $ 2,930
Accrued and unpaid capital expenditures  $ 2,260  $ 2,339
Accrued and unpaid contingent liability for NEWave acquisition  $ 2,463  $ -- 
 
 
GLOBAL CASH ACCESS HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO CASH EARNINGS AND OPERATING INCOME TO EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA
(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)
         
  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine months ended September 30,
  2014 2013 2014 2013
Reconciliation of net income to cash earnings (amounts in thousands, except earnings per share amounts)        
Net income  $ 5,676  $ 5,782  $ 17,889  $ 18,694
Equity compensation expense  2,124  1,247  7,533  3,702
Deferred income tax  2,943  3,124  8,554  10,335
Amortization  3,352  2,419  8,476  6,974
MGAM acquisition related expenses  953  --   953  -- 
         
Cash earnings  $ 15,048  $ 12,572  $ 43,405  $ 39,705
         
Diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding  66,747  66,630  67,051  67,158
         
Diluted cash earnings per share ("Cash EPS")  $ 0.23  $ 0.19  $ 0.65  $ 0.59
         
Reconciliation of operating income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA        
Operating income  $ 10,771  $ 11,420  $ 33,406  $ 37,954
Plus: depreciation and amortization   5,208  4,327  14,178  12,395
         
EBITDA  $ 15,979  $ 15,747  $ 47,584  $ 50,349
         
Equity compensation expense  2,124  1,247  7,533  3,702
MGAM acquisition related expenses  953  --   953  -- 
         
Adjusted EBITDA  $ 19,056  $ 16,994  $ 56,070  $ 54,051
 
 
GLOBAL CASH ACCESS HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF PROJECTED NET INCOME TO PROJECTED CASH EARNINGS
AND PROJECTED OPERATING INCOME TO PROJECTED EBITDA
AND PROJECTED ADJUSTED EBITDA
FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2014
(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)
     
  2014 Guidance Range1
  Low High
Reconciliation of projected net income to projected cash earnings (amounts in thousands, except earnings per share amounts)    
Projected net income  $ 23,000  $ 24,800
Projected equity compensation expense  9,800  9,800
Projected deferred income tax  11,700  12,800
Projected amortization  10,600  10,600
Projected MGAM acquisition related costs2  3,000  3,000
     
Projected cash earnings  $ 58,100  $ 61,000
     
Projected diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding  67,100  67,100
     
Projected diluted cash earnings per share ("Cash EPS")  $ 0.87  $ 0.91
     
Reconciliation of projected operating income to projected EBITDA and projected Adjusted EBITDA    
Projected operating income  $ 44,200  $ 47,200
Plus: projected depreciation and projected amortization   19,000  19,000
     
Projected EBITDA  $ 63,200  $ 66,200
     
Projected equity compensation expense  9,800  9,800
Projected MGAM acquisition related costs2  3,000  3,000
     
Projected Adjusted EBITDA  $ 76,000  $ 79,000
     
Note:    
1. All figures presented are projected estimates for the year ending December 31, 2014.
2. Assumes MGAM acquisition will occur in early 2015.
 
 
GLOBAL CASH ACCESS HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
OTHER INFORMATION AND DATA
 (Amounts in thousands, unless otherwise noted)
(Unaudited)
         
         
  For the Three Months Ended September 30, For the Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2014 2013 2014 2013
         
Revenues        
Cash Advance  $ 57,544  $ 58,305  $ 177,185  $ 174,292
ATM  70,151  71,634  213,172  219,881
Check Services  5,518  5,385  16,146  16,786
Other  12,268  10,777  34,495  31,028
Total revenues  $ 145,481  $ 146,101  $ 440,998  $ 441,987
         
Operating income        
Cash Advance  $ 15,196  $ 15,190  $ 48,980  $ 46,503
ATM  6,488  6,114  18,834  19,323
Check Services  2,560  3,074  8,220  9,874
Other  6,314  4,399  14,786  14,031
Corporate  (19,787)  (17,357)  (57,414)  (51,777)
Total operating income  $ 10,771  $ 11,420  $ 33,406  $ 37,954
     
     
  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine months ended September 30,
  2014 2013 2014 2013
         
Other data        
Aggregate dollar amount processed (in billions)        
Cash advance  $ 1.23  $ 1.24  $ 3.78  $ 3.67
ATM  $ 3.17  $ 3.22  $ 9.66  $ 9.88
Check warranty  $ 0.28  $ 0.27  $ 0.83  $ 0.83
         
Number of transactions completed (in millions)        
Cash advance  2.17  2.22  6.69  6.68
ATM  16.23  16.48  49.15  50.79
Check warranty  0.91  0.93  2.71  2.87
CONTACT: Investor Relations         ir@gcamail.com

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