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CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Accel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: ACEL) today announced certain financial and operating results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2022.

Highlights:

  • Revenue of $267.0 million for Q3 2022, an increase of 38% compared to Q3 2021
  • Q3 2022 Illinois revenue per location per day increased 3% when compared to Q3 2021
  • Net income of $22.4 million for Q3 2022; an increase of 108% compared to Q3 2021
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $41.1 million for Q3 2022, an increase of 9% when compared to Q3 2021
  • Q3 2022 ended with 3,517 locations; an increase of 38% compared to Q3 2021 due primarily to the acquisition of Century Gaming, Inc. (“Century”)
  • Q3 2022 ended with 22,429 gaming terminals; an increase of 68% compared to Q3 2021 due primarily to the acquisition of Century
  • Q3 2022 ended with $309 million of net debt; an increase of 109% compared to Q3 2021 due primarily to borrowings of $160 million on our credit facility in Q2 2022 to finance the Century acquisition
  • Repurchased $22.5 million of Accel Class A-1 common stock in Q3 2022
  • On August 1, 2022, Accel acquired the amusement assets of VVS, Inc., an operator in Nebraska, for $9.5 million
  • On September 9, 2022, Accel acquired River City Amusement Company, an amusement operator in Nebraska and Iowa, for $2.8 million

Guidance:

Accel is reaffirming 2022 location, gaming terminals, revenue, and Adjusted EBITDA guidance. Capital expenditures guidance increased due to Accel’s investment in the Nebraska market and the acceleration of planned 2023 capital expenditures to 2022.

2022 guidance [1]:

  • End 2022 with an estimated 3,550 – 3,600 locations
  • End 2022 with an estimated 22,700 – 23,200 gaming terminals
  • 2022 Revenue estimated to be $960 – $990 million
  • 2022 Adjusted EBITDA[*] estimated to be $160 – $165 million
  • 2022 capital expenditures estimated to be $38 – $43 million of cash

Accel CEO Andy Rubenstein commented, “We’re pleased with another strong quarter and remain focused on executing our growth strategy. Our solid performance despite the current inflationary pressures further demonstrates the strength and resilience of our locally-focused business model. We expanded our footprint in Nebraska and continue to evaluate multiple opportunities across the country while returning capital to our shareholders.”

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Other Data

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

(in thousands)

2022

 

2021

 

2022

 

2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total revenues

$

266,967

 

$

193,351

 

$

691,727

 

$

542,394

Operating income

 

23,239

 

 

18,647

 

 

71,761

 

 

53,129

Income before income tax expense

 

27,358

 

 

14,743

 

 

77,227

 

 

36,526

Net income

 

22,444

 

 

10,807

 

 

60,696

 

 

24,753

Other Financial Data:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA(1)

 

41,125

 

 

37,631

 

 

119,083

 

 

106,427

Adjusted net income (2)

 

18,932

 

 

17,317

 

 

59,053

 

 

54,106

(1)

 

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income plus amortization of intangible assets and route and customer acquisition costs; (gain) loss on change in fair value of contingent earnout shares; stock-based compensation expense; other expenses, net; tax effect of adjustments; depreciation and amortization of property and equipment; interest expense; emerging markets; and income tax expense. For additional information on Adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA, see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures—Adjusted net income and Adjusted EBITDA.”

(2)

 

Adjusted net income is defined as net income plus amortization of intangible assets and route and customer acquisition costs; (gain) loss on change in fair value of contingent earnout shares; stock-based compensation expense; other expenses, net; and tax effect of adjustments. For additional information on Adjusted net income and a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted net income, see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures— Adjusted net income and Adjusted EBITDA.”

(in thousands)

Three Months Ended

September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

 

2022

 

2021

 

2022

 

2021

Net revenues by state:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illinois

$

200,914

 

$

192,205

 

$

601,735

 

$

539,211

Nevada

 

28,439

 

 

 

 

37,359

 

 

Montana

 

33,456

 

 

 

 

44,282

 

 

Other

 

4,158

 

 

1,146

 

 

8,351

 

 

3,183

Total net revenues

$

266,967

 

$

193,351

 

$

691,727

 

$

542,394

Key Business Metrics

Locations (1)

As of September 30,

 

2022

 

2021

Illinois

2,596

 

2,549

Montana

586

 

Nevada

335

 

Total locations

3,517

 

2,549

Terminals (1)

As of September 30,

 

2022

 

2021

Illinois

14,033

 

13,384

Montana

5,782

 

Nevada

2,614

 

Total terminals

22,429

 

13,384

(1)

 

Based on a combination of third-party portal data and data from our internal systems. This metric is utilized by Accel to continually monitor growth from existing locations, organic openings, acquired locations, and competitor conversions.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows Data

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

(in thousands)

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

78,250

 

 

$

80,262

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(168,871

)

 

 

(21,220

)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

103,898

 

 

 

(13,610

)

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

(in thousands)

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

Net income

$

22,444

 

 

$

10,807

 

 

$

60,696

 

 

$

24,753

 

Adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization of intangible assets and route and customer acquisition costs (1)

 

5,156

 

 

 

6,221

 

 

 

12,278

 

 

 

18,489

 

Stock-based compensation (2)

 

1,070

 

 

 

966

 

 

 

4,956

 

 

 

4,707

 

(Gain) loss on change in fair value of contingent earnout shares (3)

 

(10,358

)

 

 

888

 

 

 

(19,497

)

 

 

6,867

 

Other expenses, net (4)

 

3,106

 

 

 

4,173

 

 

 

7,894

 

 

 

8,913

 

Tax effect of adjustments (5)

 

(2,486

)

 

 

(5,738

)

 

 

(7,274

)

 

 

(9,623

)

Adjusted net income

$

18,932

 

 

$

17,317

 

 

$

59,053

 

 

$

54,106

 

Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment

 

8,136

 

 

 

6,518

 

 

 

20,575

 

 

 

18,820

 

Interest expense, net

 

6,239

 

 

 

3,016

 

 

 

14,031

 

 

 

9,736

 

Emerging markets (6)

 

418

 

 

 

1,106

 

 

 

1,619

 

 

 

2,369

 

Income tax expense

 

7,400

 

 

 

9,674

 

 

 

23,805

 

 

 

21,396

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

41,125

 

 

$

37,631

 

 

$

119,083

 

 

$

106,427

 

(1)

 

Amortization of intangible assets and route and customer acquisition costs consist of upfront cash payments and future cash payments to third-party sales agents to acquire the location partners that are not connected with a business combination, as well as theamortization of other intangible assets. Accel amortizes the upfront cash payment over the life of the contract, including expected renewals, beginning on the date the location goes live, and recognizes non-cash amortization charges with respect to such items. Future or deferred cash payments, which may occur based on terms of the underlying contract, are generally lower in the aggregate as compared to established practice of providing higher upfront payments, and are also capitalized and amortized over the remaining life of the contract. Future cash payments do not include cash costs associated with renewing customer contracts as Accel does not generally incur significant costs as a result of extension or renewal of an existing contract. Location contracts acquired in a business combination are recorded at fair value as part of the business combination accounting and then amortized as an intangible asset on a straight-line basis over the expected useful life of the contract of 15 years. “Amortization of intangible assets and route and customer acquisition costs” aggregates the non-cash amortization charges relating to upfront route and customer acquisition cost payments and location contracts acquired, as well as the amortization of other intangible assets.

(2)

 

Stock-based compensation consists of options, restricted stock units and warrants.

(3)

 

(Gain) loss on change in fair value of contingent earnout shares represents a non-cash fair value adjustment at each reporting period end related to the value of these contingent shares. Upon achieving such contingency, shares of Class A-2 common stock convert to Class A-1 common stock resulting in a non-cash settlement of the obligation.

(4)

 

Other expenses, net consists of (i) non-cash expenses including the remeasurement of contingent consideration liabilities, (ii) non-recurring expenses relating to lobbying efforts and legal expenses in Pennsylvania and lobbying efforts in Missouri, (iii) non-recurring costs associated with COVID-19 and (iv) other non-recurring expenses.

(5)

 

Calculated by excluding the impact of the non-GAAP adjustments from the current period tax provision calculations.

(6)

 

Emerging markets consist of the results, on an Adjusted EBITDA basis, for non-core jurisdictions where our operations are developing. Markets are no longer considered emerging when Accel has installed or acquired at least 500 gaming terminals in the jurisdiction, or when 24 months have elapsed from the date Accel first installs or acquires gaming terminals in the jurisdiction, whichever occurs first. The Company currently views Nebraska, Iowa and Pennsylvania as its emerging markets. Prior to July 2022, Georgia was considered an emerging market.

Reconciliation of Debt to Net Debt

 

As of September 30,

(in thousands)

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

Debt, net of current maturities

$

497,976

 

 

$

309,717

 

Plus: Current maturities of debt

 

23,463

 

 

 

18,250

 

Less: Cash and cash equivalents

 

(212,063

)

 

 

(179,883

)

Net debt

$

309,376

 

 

$

148,084

 

Conference Call

Accel will host an investor conference call on November 8, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. Central Time (5:30 p.m. Eastern Time) to discuss these operating and financial results. Interested parties may join the live webcast by registering at https://www.netroadshow.com/events/login?show=64a275d4&confId=43706. Registering in advance of the call will provide listeners with a personalized link to view the webcast and an individual dial-in for the call. This registration link to the live webcast will also be available on Accel’s investor relations website, as well as a replay of the webcast following completion of the call: ir.accelentertainment.com.

About Accel

Accel believes it is the leading distributed gaming operator in the United States on an Adjusted EBITDA basis, and a preferred partner for local business owners in the Illinois, Montana, and Nevada markets. Accel’s business consists of the installation, maintenance and operation of gaming terminals, redemption devices that disburse winnings and contain ATM functionality, and other amusement devices in authorized non-casino locations such as restaurants, bars, taverns, convenience stores, liquor stores, truck stops, and grocery stores.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, contained in this press release are forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, any statements regarding our 2022 guidance, potential acquisitions or strategic alliances, and our estimates of number of gaming terminals, locations, revenues, Adjusted EBITDA and capital expenditures. The words “predict,” “estimated,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “plans,” “projects,” “will,” “would,” “continue,” and similar expressions or the negatives thereof are intended to identify forward looking statements. These forward looking statements represent our current reasonable expectations and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance and achievements, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the forward-looking statements, and you should be aware that results and events could differ materially and adversely from those contained in the forward looking statements due to a number of factors including, but not limited to: the existing and potential future adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Accel’s business, operations and financial condition, including as a result the suspensions of all video gaming terminal operations by the Illinois Gaming Board between November 19, 2020 and January 23, 2021, which suspensions could be reinstated; Accel’s ability to successfully integrate its business with the business of Century and realize the full benefits of the Century acquisition; Accel’s ability to operate in existing markets or expand into new jurisdictions; Accel’s ability to manage its growth effectively; Accel’s ability to offer new and innovative products and services that fulfill the needs of location partners and create strong and sustained player appeal; Accel’s dependence on relationships with key manufacturers, developers and third parties to obtain gaming terminals, amusement machines, and related supplies, programs, and technologies for its business on acceptable terms; the negative impact on Accel’s future results of operations by the slow growth in demand for gaming terminals and by the slow growth of new gaming jurisdictions; Accel’s heavy dependency on its ability to win, maintain and renew contracts with location partners; unfavorable economic conditions or decreased discretionary spending due to other factors such as increased interest rates, increased inflation, high fuel rates, recessions, epidemics or other public health issues (including COVID-19 and its variant strains), terrorist activity or threat thereof, civil unrest or other macroeconomic or political uncertainties, that could adversely affect Accel’s business, results of operations, cash flows and financial conditions and other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in documents filed or to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

Accordingly, forward-looking statements, including any projections or analysis, should not be viewed as factual and should not be relied upon as an accurate prediction of future results. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on our current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on the Accel. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control), or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those factors described in the sections entitled “Risk Factors” in the Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and in the Annual Report on Form 10-K filed by Accel with the SEC, as well as Accel’s other filings with the SEC. Except as required by law, we do not undertake publicly to update or revise these statements, even if experience or future changes make it clear that any projected results expressed in this or other press releases or future quarterly reports, or company statements will not be realized. In addition, the inclusion of any statement in this press release does not constitute an admission by us that the events or circumstances described in such statement are material. We qualify all of our forward-looking statements by these cautionary statements. In addition, the industry in which we operate is subject to a high degree of uncertainty and risk due to a variety of factors including those described in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and in the Annual Report on Form 10-K filed by Accel with the SEC, as well as Accel’s other filings with the SEC. These and other factors could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed in this press release.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

This press release includes certain financial information not prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States (“GAAP”), including Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net income, and Net Debt. Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net income, and Net Debt are non-GAAP financial measures and are key metrics used to monitor ongoing core operations. Management of Accel believes Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net income, and Net Debt enhance the understanding of Accel’s underlying drivers of profitability and trends in Accel’s business and facilitates company-to-company and period-to-period comparisons, because these non-GAAP financial measures exclude the effects of certain non-cash items, represents certain nonrecurring items that are unrelated to core performance, or excludes non-core operations. Management of Accel also believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are used by investors, analysts and other interested parties as measures of financial performance.

Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net income, and Net Debt

Although Accel excludes amortization of intangible assets and route and customer acquisition costs from Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted net income, Accel believes that it is important for investors to understand that these route, customer and other intangible assets contribute to revenue generation. Any future acquisitions may result in amortization of intangible assets and route and customer acquisition costs.

Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net income, and Net Debt are not recognized terms under GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures exclude some, but not all, items that affect net income, and these measures may vary among companies. These non-GAAP financial measures are unaudited and have important limitations as an analytical tool, should not be viewed in isolation and do not purport to be alternatives to net income as indicators of operating performance.

[1] 2022 guidance includes Century’s results as of the acquisition date and assumes the results from Georgia will not be added back to our Adjusted EBITDA during the second half of 2022 because Georgia has operated for more than 24 months and would no longer be an “Emerging Market.”

[*] Although we provide guidance for Adjusted EBITDA, we are not able to provide guidance for net income, the most directly comparable GAAP measure. Certain elements of the composition of GAAP net income, including stock-based compensation expenses, are difficult to predict and estimate, and are often dependent on future events which may be uncertain or outside of our control. These elements make it impractical for us to provide guidance on net income or to reconcile our Adjusted EBITDA guidance to net income without unreasonable efforts. For the same reason, we are unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information.

ACCEL ENTERTAINMENT, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended

September 30,

 

Nine Months Ended

September 30,

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net gaming

$

255,606

 

 

$

186,017

 

 

$

662,491

 

 

$

520,915

Amusement

 

4,860

 

 

 

4,010

 

 

 

14,543

 

 

 

12,338

Manufacturing

 

2,489

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,408

 

 

 

ATM fees and other revenue

 

4,012

 

 

 

3,324

 

 

 

11,285

 

 

 

9,141

Total net revenues

 

266,967

 

 

 

193,351

 

 

 

691,727

 

 

 

542,394

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of revenue (exclusive of depreciation and amortization expense shown below)

 

185,878

 

 

 

129,739

 

 

 

473,164

 

 

 

364,402

Cost of manufacturing good sold (exclusive of depreciation and amortization expense shown below)

 

1,656

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,421

 

 

 

General and administrative

 

39,796

 

 

 

28,053

 

 

 

103,634

 

 

 

78,641

Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment

 

8,136

 

 

 

6,518

 

 

 

20,575

 

 

 

18,820

Amortization of intangible assets and route and customer acquisition costs

 

5,156

 

 

 

6,221

 

 

 

12,278

 

 

 

18,489

Other expenses, net

 

3,106

 

 

 

4,173

 

 

 

7,894

 

 

 

8,913

Total operating expenses

 

243,728

 

 

 

174,704

 

 

 

619,966

 

 

 

489,265

Operating income

 

23,239

 

 

 

18,647

 

 

 

71,761

 

 

 

53,129

Interest expense, net

 

6,239

 

 

 

3,016

 

 

 

14,031

 

 

 

9,736

(Gain) loss on change in fair value of contingent earnout shares

 

(10,358

)

 

 

888

 

 

 

(19,497

)

 

 

6,867

Income before income tax expense

 

27,358

 

 

 

14,743

 

 

 

77,227

 

 

 

36,526

Income tax expense

 

4,914

 

 

 

3,936

 

 

 

16,531

 

 

 

11,773

Net income

$

22,444

 

 

$

10,807

 

 

$

60,696

 

 

$

24,753

Net income per common share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

0.25

 

 

$

0.11

 

 

$

0.66

 

 

$

0.26

Diluted

 

0.25

 

 

 

0.11

 

 

 

0.66

 

 

 

0.26

Weighted average number of shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

89,992

 

 

 

94,004

 

 

 

91,299

 

 

 

93,607

Diluted

 

90,528

 

 

 

94,728

 

 

 

91,945

 

 

 

94,469

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

$

22,444

 

 

$

10,807

 

 

$

60,696

 

 

$

24,753

Unrealized (loss) gain on investment in convertible notes (net of income taxes of $(126) and $2,135, respectively)

 

 

 

 

(315

)

 

 

 

 

 

5,358

Unrealized gain on interest rate caplets (net of income taxes of $2,317 and $5,011, respectively)

 

5,925

 

 

 

 

 

 

12,696

 

 

 

Comprehensive income

$

28,369

 

 

$

10,492

 

 

$

73,392

 

 

$

30,111

ACCEL ENTERTAINMENT, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

(In thousands, except par value and share amounts)

September 30,

 

December 31

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

Assets

(Unaudited)

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

212,063

 

 

$

198,786

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

8,854

 

 

 

5,121

 

Income taxes receivable

 

1,502

 

 

 

 

Inventories

 

6,873

 

 

 

 

Prepaid expenses

 

7,827

 

 

 

6,998

 

Interest rate caplets

 

6,893

 

 

 

 

Investment in convertible notes

 

32,065

 

 

 

32,065

 

Other current assets

 

7,630

 

 

 

5,025

 

Total current assets

 

283,707

 

 

 

247,995

 

Property and equipment, net

 

206,767

 

 

 

152,251

 

Other noncurrent assets:

 

 

 

Route and customer acquisition costs, net

 

17,769

 

 

 

15,913

 

Location contracts acquired, net

 

189,382

 

 

 

150,672

 

Goodwill

 

99,490

 

 

 

46,199

 

Other intangible assets

 

23,588

 

 

 

 

Interest rate caplets, net of current

 

14,048

 

 

 

 

Other assets

 

3,598

 

 

 

3,043

 

Total other noncurrent assets

 

347,875

 

 

 

215,827

 

Total assets

$

838,349

 

 

$

616,073

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Current maturities of debt

$

23,463

 

 

$

17,500

 

Current portion of route and customer acquisition costs payable

 

3,040

 

 

 

2,079

 

Accrued location gaming expense

 

5,763

 

 

 

3,969

 

Accrued state gaming expense

 

15,736

 

 

 

11,441

 

Accounts payable and other accrued expenses

 

21,596

 

 

 

14,616

 

Accrued compensation and related expenses

 

10,228

 

 

 

8,886

 

Current portion of consideration payable

 

12,854

 

 

 

13,344

 

Total current liabilities

 

92,680

 

 

 

71,835

 

Long-term liabilities:

 

 

 

Debt, net of current maturities

 

497,976

 

 

 

324,022

 

Route and customer acquisition costs payable, less current portion

 

4,285

 

 

 

3,953

 

Consideration payable, less current portion

 

4,377

 

 

 

12,706

 

Contingent earnout share liability

 

23,334

 

 

 

42,831

 

Warrant and other long-term liabilities

 

17

 

 

 

17

 

Deferred income tax liability

 

34,798

 

 

 

2,248

 

Total long-term liabilities

 

564,787

 

 

 

385,777

 

Stockholders’ equity :

 

 

 

Preferred Stock, par value of $0.0001; 1,000,000 shares authorized; 0 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Class A-1 Common Stock, par value $0.0001; 250,000,000 shares authorized; 94,434,865 shares issued and 88,569,672 shares outstanding at September 30, 2022; 94,111,868 shares issued and 93,410,563 shares outstanding at December 31, 2021

 

9

 

 

 

9

 

Treasury stock, at cost

 

(64,612

)

 

 

(8,983

)

Additional paid-in capital

 

192,314

 

 

 

187,656

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income

 

12,696

 

 

 

 

Accumulated earnings (deficit)

 

40,475

 

 

 

(20,221

)

Total stockholders’ equity

 

180,882

 

 

 

158,461

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

838,349

 

 

$

616,073

 

Contacts

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Abernathy MacGregor

212-371-5999

ejb@abmac.com

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