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Nevada Gold & Casinos Reports Fiscal 2016 Results

LAS VEGAS, July 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc. (NYSE MKT:UWN) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended April 30, 2016. The Company will host a conference call today at 4:30 PM ET (1:30 PM PT) to discuss these results and provide a corporate update.

For the fiscal year 2016, the Company reported net revenues of $70.3 million compared to $64.3 million in fiscal year 2015. The increase was primarily due to $6.1 million in revenue from Club Fortune which was acquired on December 1, 2015. Operating expenses increased $5.9 million primarily due to the addition of Club Fortune and impairment charges of $1.2 million. Net income was $1.3 million compared to $1.8 million in the prior year. Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA increased $2.2 million, or 38%, to $7.8 million, and Adjusted Net Income was $2.7, an increase of $0.9 million, or 48%.

Adjusted Net Income reconciliation to Net Income (000):
2016 2015
Net Income$ 1,301 $1,807
Adjustments (net of tax):
Impairments 1,066 -
Acquisition expanses 423 -
Gain on asset sale (110) -
Adjusted Net Income$ 2,680 $1,807
Adjusted Earnings per share$ 0.16 $0.11

Net revenues from Washington state gaming operations increased $0.8 million, or 1% to $56.7 million, while Adjusted EBITDA increased $1.7 million to a record $9.1 million. South Dakota route operation revenues decreased $0.9 million to $7.5 million while Adjusted EBITDA decreased $0.2 million to $0.4 million. Club Fortune net revenues were $6.1 million and Adjusted EBITDA was $.8 million. Corporate expenses, excluding acquisition costs, increased $0.2 million to $2.5 million.

During fiscal year 2016, the Company sold its Golden Nugget location in Washington recording a gain of $166,000 and also entered into an agreement to sell excess land in Colorado, recording an impairment charge of $350,000. On December 1, 2015, the Company acquired Club Fortune Casino in Henderson, Nevada. In the fourth quarter the Company evaluated the carrying value of the South Dakota route operation and recorded a goodwill impairment charge of $0.8 million.

“Fiscal 2016 reflected strong operating performance from our Washington portfolio while our South Dakota operations continue to be pressured by reduced units,” said President and CEO Michael Shaunnessy. “With the addition of Club Fortune we have strengthened and diversified our cash flow stream. Our conservative financing structure, low interest rates and substantial tax free cash flow, allow us to reduce debt and return capital to shareholders.”

During fiscal year 2016 the Company borrowed $15.5 million to fund the acquisition of Club Fortune, and repaid $5.7 million. As of April 30, 2016, the outstanding bank debt was $17.2 million and unrestricted cash on hand was $11.6 million.

In July 2016, the Board of Directors authorized a share repurchase program of $2.0 million, which at current trading levels, represents approximately 6% of the outstanding shares.

Fourth Quarter Results. For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company reported net revenues of $19.9 million compared to $16.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA was $2.5 million compared to $1.6 million in the prior year period.

During the fourth quarter, net revenues from Washington increased to $14.6 million from the $14.5 million in the prior year period, while EBITDA increased to $2.6 million compared to $2.1 million in the prior year period. South Dakota route operation revenues decreased $112,000 from the prior year period, primarily due to a reduction in units and EBITDA declined from $42,000 to $27,000 for the quarter. Club Fortune net revenues were $3.7 million while EBITDA was $0.5 million. Corporate expenses were unchanged at $0.6 million in both periods.

In April of 2106, the Company entered into an agreement to sell its excess Colorado land for $750,000 and recorded an impairment charge of $350,000 related to this transaction. The Company evaluated the carrying value of the South Dakota route operation and recorded a goodwill impairment charge of $0.8 million. Excluding these impairment charges, adjusted net income for the quarter was $0.8 million, or $.05 per share compared to $0.6 million or $0.04 per share in the prior year period.

Non-GAAP Information
The term "adjusted EBITDA" is used by us in presentations, quarterly earnings calls, and other instances as appropriate. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, non-cash goodwill and other long-lived asset impairment charges, write-offs of project development costs, litigation charges, non-cash stock grants, non-cash employee stock purchase plan discounts, exclusion of net income or loss from operations held for sale, and net losses/gains from asset dispositions. Adjusted EBITDA does not take into account greater or less than expected hold percentages in the gaming operations. Adjusted EBITDA is presented because it is a required component of financial ratios reported by us to our lenders, and it is also frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties, in addition to and not in lieu of, U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") results to compare to the performance of other companies that also publicize this information. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measurement of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income as an indicator of our operating performance or any other measure of performance derived in accordance with GAAP.

Adjusted EBITDA reconciliations for the three months and fiscal years ended April 30, 2016 and April 30, 2015 are shown below.

Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation to net income (loss):
For the three months ended
April 30, 2016 April 30, 2015
Net income (loss) $ (241,290) $ 588,872
Adjustments:
Net interest expense 248,893 164,158
Income tax expense 409,271 292,688
Depreciation and amortization 869,414 524,438
(Gain) Loss on asset sales 5,291 (9,006)
Write downs and other charges 1,185,000 -
Deferred rent amortization 14,430 19,677
Club Fortune acquisition expenses 12,181 -
Stock option amortization 28,675 29,943
Employee stock purchase discount 25 1,977
Increase in swap fair value (26,282) (27,129)
Adjusted EBITDA $ 2,505,608 $ 1,585,618


Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation to net income:
For the fiscal year ended
April 30, 2016 April 30, 2015
Net income $ 1,301,046 $1,807,077
Adjustments:
Net interest expense 628,315 587,872
Income tax expense 1,221,497 885,819
Depreciation and amortization 2,608,616 2,168,003
(Gain) / Loss on asset sales (158,411) 32,694
Write downs and other charges 1,185,000 -
Deferred rent amortization 35,900 23,744
Stock option amortization 114,698 113,526
Employee stock purchase discount 4,671 7,331
Decrease in swap fair value 217,781 10,600
Write off of marketable securities - 7,539
Club Fortune acquisition expenses 641,472 -
Adjusted EBITDA $ 7,800,585 $5,644, 205

Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will host a conference call at 4:30 PM ET (1:30 PM PT) on July 28, 2016 to discuss the financial results and provide a corporate update. The call can be accessed live by dialing (888) 715-1391. International callers can access the call by dialing (913) 312-1227. A simultaneous webcast of the call will be available by visiting http://www.nevadagold.com.

A telephone replay of the conference call will be available after 7:30 PM ET and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176. International callers can access the replay by dialing (858) 384-5517; the pin number is 3492194. The replay will be available through August 4, 2016. The archived webcast will also be available on the Company's website at http://ir.nevadagold.com/events.cfm.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We use words such as "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "future," "intend," "plan," and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, our ability to increase income streams, to grow revenue and earnings, and to obtain additional gaming and other projects. These statements are only predictions and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, which are identified and described in the Company's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Nevada Gold & Casinos
Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc. (NYSE MKT:UWN) of Las Vegas, Nevada is a developer, owner and operator of 9 gaming operations in Washington (wagoldcasinos.com), a local casino in Henderson, Nevada (clubfortune.com), and a slot route operation in Deadwood, South Dakota (dakotaplayersclub.com). For more information, visit www.nevadagold.com.


Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
April 30, April 30,
2016 2015
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 11,583,107 $ 8,541,670
Restricted cash 1,433,728 1,724,439
Accounts receivable, net of allowances 665,549 297,316
Prepaid expenses 1,206,825 845,505
Notes receivable, current portion 208,294 384,464
Inventory and other current assets 416,022 377,625
Total current assets 15,513,525 12,171,019
Real estate held for sale 750,000 1,100,000
Notes receivable, net of current portion 900,775 1,314,467
Goodwill 18,025,059 16,103,583
Identifiable intangible assets, net of accumulated
amortization of $7,997,790 and $6,811,799 at April 30,
2016 and April 30, 2015, respectively 5,003,981 4,561,377
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation
of $5,641,733 and $4,451,553 at April 30, 2016 and
April 30, 2015, respectively 15,147,061 3,990,791
Deferred tax asset 2,348,299 3,569,796
Other assets 70,000 70,657
Total assets $ 57,758,700 $ 42,881,690
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$1,702,366 $1,222,139
Accrued payroll and related 2,094,250 1,581,557
Accrued player's club points and progressive jackpots 1,872,566 1,993,537
Total current liabilities 5,669,182 4,797,233
Long-term debt 16,839,148 7,088,677
Other long-term liabilities 881,426 570,717
Total liabilities 23,389,756 12,456,627
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock, $0.12 par value per share; 50,000,000
shares authorized; 18,571,693 and 17,134,928 shares issued and 17,788,856 and 16,352,091 shares outstanding at April 30, 2016, and April 30, 2015, respectively 2,228,612 2,056,200
Additional paid-in capital 27,315,517 24,845,094
Retained earnings 11,756,850 10,455,804
Treasury stock, 782,837 shares at April 30, 2016 and April 30, 2015, at cost (6,932,035) (6,932,035)
Total stockholders' equity 34,368,944 30,425,063
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$57,758,700 $42,881,690

Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
April 30, April 30, April 30, April 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Revenues:
Casino $ 17,654,842 $ 14,309,932 $ 62,232,898 $ 56,710,812
Food and beverage 3,581,609 2,623,876 11,797,939 10,225,484
Other 605,067 447,798 2,042,519 1,782,013
Gross revenues 21,841,518 17,381,606 76,073,356 68,718,309
Less promotional allowances (1,938,249) (1,117,487) (5,732,351) (4,368,756)
Net revenues 19,903,269 16,264,119 70,341,005 64,349,553
Expenses:
Casino 9,727,767 7,767,607 33,924,688 31,504,355
Food and beverage 1,235,581 1,353,049 5,451,627 5,386,699
Other 62,650 37,119 265,600 244,253
Marketing and administrative 5,266,141 4,408,183 18,412,053 17,209,760
Facility 514,894 533,493 2,025,007 2,059,730
Corporate 645,939 630,648 3,258,187 2,445,152
Depreciation and amortization 869,414 524,438 2,608,616 2,168,003
(Gain) loss on sale of assets 5,291 - (158,411) 32,694
Write downs and other charges 1,185,000 (9,006) 1,185,000 -
Total operating expenses 19,512,677 15,245,531 66,972,367 61,050,646
Operating income 390,592 1,018,588 3,368,638 3,298,907
Non-operating income (expenses):
Interest income 21,165 27,056 94,589 117,639
Interest expense and amortization of loan costs (270,058) (191,214) (722,903) (705,511)
Change in swap fair value 26,282 27,129 (217,781) (10,600)
Write-off of marketable securities - - - (7,539)
Income before income tax 167,981 881,559 2,522,543 2,692,896
Income tax expense (409,271) (292,688) (1,221,497) (885,819)
Net income (loss) $ (241,290) $ 588,871 $ 1,301,046 $ 1,807,077
Per share information:
Net income (loss) per common share - basic and diluted $ (0.01) $ 0.04 $ 0.08 $ 0.11
Basic weighted average number of shares outstanding 17,771,800 16,276,403 17,002,728 16,228,396
Diluted weighted average number of share outstanding 17,771,800 16,478,445 17,298,373 16,345,795


Contacts: Nevada Gold & Casinos, Inc. Michael P. Shaunnessy / James Meier (702) 685-1000 Casey Stegman Stonegate Capital Partners (214) 987-4121

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