May 10, 2012

Asia Entertainment & Resources Ltd. Announces First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

HONG KONG--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Asia Entertainment & Resources Ltd. ("AERL" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: AERL), which operates through its subsidiaries and related promoter companies as VIP room gaming promoters, today announced unaudited and unreviewed financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2012. All currency amounts are stated in United States dollars.

  • Rolling Chip Turnover for the three months ended March 31, 2012 in the Company's VIP gaming rooms was $5.4 billion, up 32% year-over-year, compared to $4.1 billion in the same period of 2011.
  • Net income, which includes a charge of $1.8 million for the change in fair value of contingent consideration related to the acquisition of King's Gaming, grew 19% to $15.3 million, or $0.36 per share (fully diluted) in the first quarter of 2012 from $12.9 million, or $0.37 per share (fully diluted) in the same period of 2011.
  • Non-GAAP income before amortization of intangible assets and the change in fair value of contingent consideration related to the acquisition of King's Gaming was $18.4 million, or $0.43 per share (fully diluted) for the three months ended March 31, 2012, an 11% increase as compared to income of $16.5 million or $0.48 per share (fully diluted) for the three months ended March 31, 2011.

The increase in net income and Non-GAAP income in the period was due primarily to higher revenue generated from increased Rolling Chip Turnover, organic growth, the reinvestment of accumulated earnings, increased lines of credit from the casino license holders, increased shareholder loans for additional cage capital and the opening of the VIP gaming room at the Galaxy Macau™ in May 2011.

Mr. Man Pou Lam (Mr. Lam), Chairman of AERL, stated, "We are pleased with our first quarter 2012 performance, which resulted from our ability to increase Rolling Chip Turnover for our VIP gaming rooms and the addition of a VIP room at the Galaxy Macau™. In the first quarter of 2012, AERL generated 31% year-over-year revenue growth, exceeding overall gross gaming revenue growth in Macau of 27% and growth in overall Macau VIP Baccarat of 24%, according to the Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau. We continue to expect additional Rolling Chip Turnover and revenue growth in 2012."

Outlook for 2012

For the first three months of 2012, AERL's monthly average Rolling Chip Turnover was $1.8 billion. The Company's Rolling Chip Turnover year-to-date through March 31, 2012 in Macau was $5.4 billion, an increase of 32% year-over-year, compared to $4.1 billion for the first three months of 2011.

Mr. Lam further stated, "We are continuing to forecast double-digit growth in Rolling Chip Turnover for 2012. For the first three months of 2012, our Rolling Chip Turnover growth of 32% exceeded our original guidance of 25% growth. We are maintaining our average monthly Rolling Chip Turnover guidance for our three existing VIP rooms in Macau of $2.08 billion per month (subject to monthly fluctuations), which equates to a total of approximately $24.96 billion for full year 2012, up from $19.93 billion in 2011."

"We believe that for remainder of 2012, all of our revenue will continue to be generated on a fixed commission basis of Rolling Chip Turnover. We remain committed to our Non-GAAP income guidance for the year ended December 31, 2012 of $88 million to $95 million based on the current and expected performance of our existing three VIP gaming rooms in Macau," concluded Chairman Lam.

Conference Call and Replay Information

AERL will conduct a conference call to discuss the financial results on Friday, May 11 at 10:00AM EDT/10:00PM Macau. To participate, please dial one of the following numbers at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call:

1-888-487-0360 (United States/Canada)

10-800-712-0046 (North China)

10-800-120-0046 (South China)

800-968-103 (Hong Kong)

800-120-3236 (Singapore)

0800-404-7656 (United Kingdom)

1-719-325-2108 (Other International)

Interested parties may also access the live call on the Internet at www.aerlf.com (select Events and Presentations). Following its completion, a replay of the call can be accessed on the Internet at the above link or for one week by calling either 1-877-870-5176 (U.S. callers) or 1-858-384-5517 (International callers) and providing conference ID 8348552.

Definition of Rolling Chip Turnover

Rolling Chip Turnover is used by casinos to measure the volume of VIP business transacted and represents the aggregate amount of bets players make. Bets are wagered with "non-negotiable chips" and winning bets are paid out by casinos in so-called "cash" chips. "Non-negotiable chips" are specifically designed for VIP players to allow casinos to calculate the commission payable to VIP room gaming promoters. Commissions are paid based on the total amount of "non-negotiable chips" purchased by each player. VIP room gaming promoters therefore require the players to "roll," from time to time, their "cash chips" into "non-negotiable" chips for further betting so that they may receive their commissions (hence the term "Rolling Chip Turnover"). Through the promoters, "non-negotiable chips" can be converted back into cash at any time. Betting using rolling chips, as opposed to using cash chips, is also used by the DICJ (Macau Gaming Control Board) to distinguish between VIP table revenue and mass market table revenue.

About Asia Entertainment & Resources Ltd.

AERL is a holding company which operates through its subsidiaries and related promoter companies as a VIP room gaming promoter, and is entitled to receive all of the profits of the VIP gaming promoters from VIP gaming rooms. AERL's VIP room gaming promoters currently participate in the promotion of three major luxury VIP gaming facilities in Macau, China, the largest gaming market in the world. One VIP gaming facility is located in the luxury 5-star hotel, the Star World Hotel & Casino in downtown Macau, which is operated by Galaxy Casino, S.A. Another VIP gaming room is located in the all new Galaxy Resort Macau in Cotai, which is operated by Galaxy Casino, S.A. The third VIP gaming room is located at the Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel in Cotai.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. Such forward-looking statements, based upon the current beliefs and expectations of AERL's management, are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements. The gaming industry is characterized by an element of chance. Theoretical win rates for AERL's VIP room gaming promoters' VIP gaming room operations depend on a variety of factors, some beyond their control. In addition to the element of chance, theoretical win rates are also affected by other factors, including gaming patrons' skill and experience, the mix of games played, the financial resources of gaming patrons, the spread of table limits, the volume of bets placed by AERL's VIP room gaming promoters' gaming patrons and the amount of time gaming patrons spend on gambling — thus VIP gaming rooms' actual win rates may differ greatly over short time periods, such as from quarter to quarter, and could cause their quarterly results to be volatile. These factors, alone or in combination, have the potential to negatively impact the VIP gaming rooms' win rates. Investors and potential investors should consult all of the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factors set forth in AERL's Annual Report on Form 20-F filed on March 16, 2012, and other reports filed or to be filed from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 
ASIA ENTERTAINMENT & RESOURCES LTD.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(Unaudited and Unreviewed)
       
For the For the
Three Months Ended Three Months Ended
March 31, 2012 March 31, 2011
Revenue from VIP Gaming Operations $ 67,318,111   $ 51,253,219  
 
Expenses
- Commission to Agents 43,528,142 31,030,955
- Selling, General and Administrative Expenses 4,843,815 3,292,285
- Special Rolling Tax 538,413 407,540
- Amortization of Intangible Assets   1,268,516     1,264,069  
Total Expenses   50,178,886     35,994,849  
 
Operating income before change in fair value of contingent consideration 17,139,225 15,258,370
Change in Fair Value of Contingent Consideration for the Acquisition of King's Gaming   (1,810,921 )   (2,371,970 )
Net Income   15,328,304     12,886,400  
 
Comprehensive Income (Loss)
Foreign Currency
- Translation Adjustment   324,841     (95,149 )
Total Comprehensive Income $ 15,653,145   $ 12,791,251  
 
Net Income Per Share
Basic $ 0.36   $ 0.37  
Diluted $ 0.36   $ 0.37  
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding
Basic   42,477,465     34,614,025  
Diluted   42,649,079     35,270,917  
 
 

ASIA ENTERTAINMENT & RESOURCES LTD.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited and Unreviewed)

       
March 31, 2012 December 31, 2011
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 14,848,738 $ 16,718,565
Accounts Receivable, Net 1,355,694 1,240,142
Markers Receivable 271,233,918 240,131,089
Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets   208,823   292,559  
Total Current Assets 287,647,173 258,382,355
 
Intangible Assets (net of accumulated amortization of $7,182,623 and $5,902,419 at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively) 53,831,548 54,983,937
Goodwill 15,023,481 14,992,009
Property and Equipment (net of accumulated depreciation of $4,413 and $1,101 at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively) 23,601 26,855
Other Assets   21,553   22,158  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 356,547,356 $ 328,407,314  
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Lines of Credit Payable $ 63,367,710 $ 46,270,563
Accrued Expenses 16,498,539 16,157,439
Declared Dividend Payable 7,530,926 -
Payable-King's Gaming Acquisition, current portion 15,544,122 12,057,600
Loan Payable, Shareholders, current   4,802,784   2,641,619  
Total Current Liabilities 107,744,081 77,127,221
 
Loan Payable, Shareholders

60,000,000

60,000,000
Long-term Payable-King's Gaming Acquisition, net of current portion   21,891,010   32,492,985  
Total Liabilities   189,635,091   169,620,206  
 
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
 
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Preferred Shares, $0.0001 par value Authorized 1,150,000 shares; none issued - -
Ordinary Shares, $0.0001 par value Authorized 200,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 38,804,064 at March 31, 2012 and at December 31, 2011 3,881 3,881
Additional Paid-in Capital 52,581,098 52,581,098
Retained Earnings 114,108,613 106,308,297
Accumulated Comprehensive (Loss)   218,673   (106,168 )
Total Shareholders' Equity   166,912,265   158,787,108  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 356,547,356 $ 328,407,314  
 
Cash Flow Information
For the Three Months Ended March 31,

(Unaudited and Unreviewed)

           
2012 2011
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 4,707,617 $ 5,669,530
Net cash (used in) investing activities $ (9,000,000) $ -
Net cash provided by financing activities $ 2,162,371         $ 103,147
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents $ (2,130,012)         $ 5,772,677
 
  • Condensed from unaudited and unreviewed financial statements

 

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measure

Our calculation of non-GAAP income (net income including pre-acquisition profit before amortization of intangible assets and the change in fair value of contingent consideration) and Non-GAAP earnings per share for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, differs from earnings per share based on net income because it does not include amortization of intangible assets and the change in fair value of contingent consideration. We use this information internally in evaluating our operations and believe this information is important to investors because it provides a complete picture of our operations for the entire period and is more accurately comparable to the prior-year period. Notwithstanding the foregoing, however, Non-GAAP income and earnings per share should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income and earnings per share as determined in accordance with GAAP. The following is a reconciliation of our unaudited and unreviewed net income to Non-GAAP income and GAAP EPS to our Non-GAAP EPS:

   

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2012

    For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2011
 
GAAP Net Income $ 15,328,304 $ 12,886,400
 
Impact of amortization of intangible assets 1,268,516 1,264,069
 
Impact of change in fair value of contingent consideration   1,810,921   2,371,970
 
Non-GAAP income (before amortization of intangible assets and change in fair value of contingent consideration) $ 18,407,741 $ 16,522,439
 
       
For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2012 For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2011
Basic     Fully Diluted Basic     Fully Diluted
 
GAAP Earnings per share attributable to ordinary shareholders $ 0.36 $ 0.36 $ 0.37 $ 0.37
 
Impact of amortization of intangible assets 0.03 0.03 0.04 0.04
 
Impact of the change in fair value of contingent consideration   0.04   0.04   0.07   0.07
 
Non-GAAP Earnings per share (before amortization of intangible assets and change in fair value of contingent consideration) $ 0.43 $ 0.43 $ 0.48 $ 0.48

Asia Entertainment & Resources Ltd.
James Preissler, +1 646-450-8808
preissj@aerlf.com
or
ICR
William Schmitt, 203-682-8294
william.schmitt@icrinc.com

Source: Asia Entertainment & Resources Ltd.

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