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Canterbury Park Holding Corporation Reports First Quarter Results

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SHAKOPEE, Minn., May 11, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canterbury Park Holding Corporation (“Canterbury” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: CPHC), today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023.

($ in thousands, except per share data and percentages)
  Three Months Ended March 31,
   2023    2022   Change
Net revenues $13,300   $13,638   -2.5%
           
Net income   $2,771   $1,774   56.2%
           
Adjusted EBITDA (1) $2,482   $3,547   -30.0%
           
Basic EPS $0.57   $0.37   53.8%
Diluted EPS $0.56   $0.36   54.2%

(1) Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, excludes certain items from net income, a GAAP measure. Non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be considered in isolation from, a substitute for, or superior to GAAP results. Definitions, disclosures, and reconciliations of non-GAAP financial information are included later in the release.

Management Commentary
“Canterbury Park’s first quarter results were in-line with our expectations entering 2023 and demonstrate the stability of our business as we’ve moved beyond the impact of the pandemic and emerged with a more efficient operating structure that enables us to generate attractive levels of cash flow. First quarter revenue of $13.3 million and adjusted EBITDA of $2.5 million reflect an adjusted EBITDA margin of 18.7% which, while below recent quarters, remains significantly above historical levels. During the quarter, we benefited from the continued normalization of our events and food and beverage businesses which helped mitigate lower Casino revenue compared to last year even as we generated our second highest ever first quarter Casino performance. With the start of our 2023 live racing season coming later this month, we are confident that our guests will experience the level of excitement that Canterbury live racing is known to offer. At the same time, our diligent focus on managing our cost structure and operating as efficiently as possible will help us optimize the operating results of our Racing business.

“Canterbury Commons™ continues to attract development interest, and we are quickly creating a vibrant lifestyle destination in Shakopee, including what we expect will be a world-class entertainment district anchored by Swervo Development Corporation’s (“Swervo”) 19,000-seat amphitheater. This exciting new attraction is expected to break ground later this spring following our recently completed 37-acre land sale to Swervo. In part to make way for the amphitheater and to free up additional land for development, progress continues on the first phase of our barn relocation and stable modernization efforts. ‘Live, Work, Stay, and Play’ encapsulates our approach to Canterbury Commons’ development, and we believe we are delivering on that promise, with more excitement to come as we complete agreements with additional partners that share our vision and enthusiasm for the experience Canterbury Commons can ultimately provide.

“2023 is off to a very good start, and we remain confident that we have the right operating practices and infrastructure in place to continue our solid performance over the balance of the year. We continue to have an excellent balance sheet with no long-term debt which, combined with our stable cash flow generation, positions us to return capital to shareholders through our quarterly cash dividend. At the same time, our team continues to actively evaluate potential strategic transactions that would allow us to leverage our operating expertise and strong financial position to drive long-term growth. We are also now actively pursuing gaming expansion including for sports betting initiatives in Minnesota which we believe can further support our growth. The future of Canterbury Park has never been brighter, and we look forward to driving our company and community forward.”

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Canterbury Commons Development Update
In late April 2023, the Company completed its sale of approximately 37 acres in the northeast corner of the property to Swervo which will allow Swervo to begin development of a state-of-the-art, 19,000-seat amphitheater. Swervo is expected to begin construction in Spring 2023 with an anticipated opening in 2025. Canterbury is also making progress with the first phase of its barn relocation and redevelopment plan, which among other things will free up land for the amphitheater and facilitate the creation of an entertainment district around the venue.

Construction updates related to joint ventures include:

  • Greystone Construction (“Greystone”) is expected to complete an 11,000 square-foot brewery, taproom (Badger Hill) and Mexican restaurant (Bravis Modern Street Food) in early Summer 2023.
  • Doran Companies continues its development of Phase II of the upscale Triple Crown Residences at Canterbury Park, with occupancy for some of the units anticipated in January 2024.
  • Construction on the Omry, featuring 147 units of senior market rate apartments, is underway with first occupancy expected in September 2023.

Construction updates related to prior land sales include:

  • Pulte Homes of Minnesota continues to make progress with the sale of units within the 63-unit first phase of its new row home and townhome residences, with development of the 45-unit second phase expected to begin in Fall 2023.
  • Lifestyle Communities expects to begin construction of Artessa at Canterbury Park – a cooperative community featuring a 56-unit building with over 5,000 square feet of amenity spaces – in Fall 2023.
  • Greystone broke ground on the Next Steps Learning Center preschool earlier this year, with construction expected to be complete in late 2023.

Developer and partner selection for the remaining 40 acres of Canterbury Commons continues, with additional uses potentially including offices, retail, a hotel, and restaurants.

Summary of 2023 First Quarter Operating Results
Net revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2023, decreased 2.5% to $13.3 million, compared to $13.6 million in the same period last year. The year-over-year decrease was primarily driven by decreases in Casino and Pari-mutuel revenues of 6.2% and 9.1%, respectively, due to decreased attendance attributable to inclement weather, along with lower spend per visit. Food and Beverage and Other revenues grew year-over-year by 20.7%, primarily driven by a more normalized and more strongly attended special events calendar.

Operating expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2023, were $11.7 million, an increase of $534,000, or 4.8%, compared to operating expenses of $11.2 million for the same period in 2022. The year-over-year increase in operating expenses was primarily driven by higher labor and contracted services costs as well as increased costs across the business due to the current inflationary environment.

The Company recorded a gain of $1.9 million and a loss of $240,000 from equity investments for the three months ended March 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively, primarily related to its share of depreciation, amortization, and interest expense from the Doran Canterbury joint ventures. The 2023 first quarter gain is related to insurance proceeds received related to a claim by the joint venture against a third party. The 2022 first quarter loss was partially offset by a one-time gain recorded from the Canterbury DBSV joint venture as a result of Canterbury DBSV transferring a parcel of land to another joint venture for the Omry development.

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The Company recorded income tax expense of $1.0 million and $606,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively, resulting in an effective tax rate of 27.3% and 25.5%, respectively.

The Company recorded net income of $2.8 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.56 for the three months ended March 31, 2023. The Company recorded net income of $1.8 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.36 for the three months ended March 31, 2022.

Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, decreased 30.0% year-over-year to $2.5 million in the 2023 first quarter, compared to $3.5 million in the 2022 first quarter.

Additional Financial Information
Further financial information for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023 is presented in the accompanying tables at the end of this press release. Additional information will be provided in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q that will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or about May 12, 2023.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement our financial statements, we also provide investors with information about our EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, each of which is a non-GAAP measure, and which exclude certain items from net income, a GAAP measure. We define EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. We define Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest income, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, as well as excluding gain on sale of land, depreciation and amortization related to equity investments, interest expense related to equity investments, and grant money received from the Minnesota COVID-19 relief package. Neither EBITDA nor Adjusted EBITDA is a measure of performance calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), and should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income as an indicator of our operating performance. See the table below, which presents reconciliations of these measures to the GAAP equivalent financial measures. We have presented EBITDA as a supplemental disclosure because we believe that, when considered with measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, EBITDA gives investors a more complete understanding of our operating results before the impact of investing and financing transactions and income taxes, and it is a widely used measure of performance and basis for valuation of companies in our industry. Other companies that provide EBITDA information may calculate EBITDA differently than we do. We have presented Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental disclosure because we believe it enables investors to understand and assess our core operating results excluding the effect of these items and is useful to investors in allowing greater transparency related to a significant measure used by management in its financial and operational decision-making. Adjusted EBITDA has economic substance because it is used by management as a performance measure to analyze the performance of our business and provides a perspective on the current effects of operating decisions.

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About Canterbury Park
Canterbury Park Holding Corporation (Nasdaq: CPHC) owns and operates Canterbury Park Racetrack and Casino in Shakopee, Minnesota, the only thoroughbred and quarter horse racing facility in the State. The Company generally offers live racing from May to September. The Casino hosts card games 24 hours a day, seven days a week, dealing both poker and table games. The Company also conducts year-round wagering on simulcast horse racing and hosts a variety of other entertainment and special events at its Shakopee facility. The Company is also pursuing a strategy to enhance shareholder value by the ongoing development of approximately 140 acres of underutilized land surrounding the Racetrack that was originally designated for a project known as Canterbury Commons™. The Company is pursuing several mixed-use development opportunities for the remaining underutilized land, directly and through joint ventures. For more information about the Company, please visit www.canterburypark.com.

Cautionary Statement
From time to time, in reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, in press releases, and in other communications to shareholders or the investing public, we may make forward-looking statements concerning possible or anticipated future financial performance, business activities or plans. These statements are typically preceded by the words “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends” or similar expressions. For these forward-looking statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in federal securities laws. Shareholders and the investing public should understand that these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could affect our actual results and cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. We report these risks and uncertainties in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 filed with the SEC and subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. They include, but are not limited to: sensitivity to reductions in discretionary spending as a result of downturns in the economy; the termination of the Cooperative Marketing Agreement with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and the purse enhancement payments and marketing payments made under such agreement;; the occurrence of epidemics, pandemics, outbreaks of disease, and other adverse public health developments; the inability to attract a sufficient number of horses and trainers; a lack of confidence in core operations resulting in decreasing customer retention and engagement; personal injury litigation due to the inherently dangerous nature of horse racing; material fluctuations in attendance at the Racetrack; material changes in the level of wagering by patrons; any decline in interest in horse racing or the unbanked card games offered in the Casino; competition from other venues offering racing, unbanked card games or other forms of wagering; competition from other sports and entertainment options; increases in compensation and employee benefit costs; higher than expected expense related to new marketing initiatives; the impact of wagering products and technologies introduced by competitors; the general health of the gaming sector; legislative and regulatory decisions and changes; our ability to successfully develop our real estate, including the effect of competition on our real estate development operations and our reliance on our current and future development partners; temporary disruptions or changes in access to our facilities caused by ongoing infrastructure improvements; inclement weather and other conditions affecting the ability to conduct live racing; technology and/or key system failures; cybersecurity breaches; the failure to receive reimbursement for certain public infrastructure improvements we have committed to undertake; the general effects of inflation; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; dividends that may or may not be issued at the discretion of our Board of Directors; and other factors that are beyond our ability to control or predict.

The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, Canterbury assumes no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, even if new information becomes available in the future.

Investor Contacts  
   
Randy Dehmer Richard Land, Jim Leahy
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer JCIR
Canterbury Park Holding Corporation 212-835-8500 or [email protected]
952-233-4828 or [email protected]  

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CANTERBURY PARK HOLDING CORPORATION’S
SUMMARY OF OPERATING RESULTS
(UNAUDITED)
 
  Three months ended
  March 31,
  2023   2022
Operating Revenues:      
Casino $9,714,355   $10,360,427
Pari-mutuel 1,133,334   1,246,687
Food and Beverage 1,469,831   1,088,722
Other 982,038   942,136
Total Net Revenues $13,299,558   $13,637,972
Operating Expenses 11,754,737   11,211,736
Income from Operations 1,553,821   2,426,236
Other Income (Loss), net 2,257,686   (46,682)
Income Tax Expense (1,041,000)   (605,641)
Net Income 2,770,507   1,773,913
Basic Net Income Per Common Share $0.57   $0.37
Diluted Net Income Per Common Share $0.56   $0.36

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RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO EBITDA
AND ADJUSTED EBITDA (UNAUDITED)
   
  Three months ended
  March 31,
  2023   2022
NET INCOME $2,770,507   $1,773,913
Interest income, net (399,175)   (192,840)
Income tax expense 1,041,000   605,641
Depreciation 735,261   745,949
EBITDA 4,147,593   2,932,663
Gain on insurance proceeds related to equity investments (2,528,901)  
Depreciation and amortization related to equity investments 440,764   421,323
Interest expense related to equity investments 422,261   192,813
ADJUSTED EBITDA $2,481,717   $3,546,799

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Canterbury Park Holding Corporation Reports 2023 Fourth Quarter Results

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SHAKOPEE, Minn., March 11, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canterbury Park Holding Corporation (“Canterbury” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CPHC) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2023.

 
  ($ in thousands, except per share data and percentages)
 
  Three Months Ended December 31,   Twelve Months Ended December 31,
  2023   2022   Change   2023   2022   Change
Net revenues $12,527     $13,119     -4.5 %   $61,437     $66,824     -8.1 %
                                   
Net income (2) $1,364     $1,063     28.3 %   $10,563     $7,513     40.6 %
                                   
Adjusted EBITDA (1) (2) $2,051     $2,963     -30.8 %   $10,446     $16,210     -35.6 %
                                   
Basic EPS $0.28     $0.22     27.3 %   $2.15     $1.55     38.7 %
Diluted EPS $0.27     $0.22     22.7 %   $2.13     $1.54     38.3 %

(1) Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, excludes certain items from net income, a GAAP measure. Non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be considered in isolation from, a substitute for, or superior to GAAP results. Definitions, disclosures, and reconciliations of non-GAAP financial information are included later in the release.
(2) Net income and Adjusted EBITDA in the three- and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2023, were impacted by professional fees related to long-term strategic growth initiatives totaling approximately $0.2 million and $1.2 million before income tax, respectively.
   

Management Commentary
“Our 2023 fourth quarter results, including net revenue of $12.5 million, net income of $1.4 million and adjusted EBITDA of $2.1 million, represented a solid finish to a year in which we focused on managing our operations to address the evolution of our business. We believe adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue of 16.4% and 17% for the fourth quarter and full year, respectively, are in the range of what we can anticipate going forward as we continue to optimize our operations.

“Fourth quarter Casino revenue performance reflects a weak October followed by a solid reversal over the balance of the quarter. Importantly, the positive Casino revenue trends experienced exiting 2023 have continued into the early part of this year. Pari-mutuel revenues for the quarter were down 8.4% due primarily to reduced advanced deposit wagering (“ADW”) performance while our full-year pari-mutuel and live racing performance was negatively impacted by the expiration of the cooperative marketing agreement at the end of 2022. Following this change, we have continued to re-evaluate all aspects of our racing operations, and we believe our updated operating strategies will improve the performance of this portion of our business going forward.

“Development at Canterbury Commons continues at a rapid pace with significant ongoing activity across our site. Swervo Development Corporation (“Swervo”) has its amphitheater construction in full swing and is on schedule to open in the summer of 2025. Also, our Winner’s Circle development partnership with Greystone continues to bring additional ‘Live, Work, Stay, and Play’ features to Canterbury Commons in the form of a new 10,000 square-foot building now under construction. This project is fully leased, with tenants including a BBQ restaurant, a pizza restaurant and a fitness center. In addition, our barn relocation project is well underway, and we will begin work this summer on a new road that will allow us to unlock approximately 20 acres of land adjacent to the amphitheater for an entertainment district development that would provide further opportunities for Canterbury to create value for its shareholders.

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“We continue to evaluate opportunities to enhance the return from our operations while simultaneously exploring additional ways to create value for our shareholders including seeking new wagering or gaming entertainment options that we could offer. Recently, alongside the region’s other horse racing operation, we submitted a formal request to the Minnesota Racing Commission to allow us to introduce 500 on-track ADW units that would offer our guests the ability to wager on historical horse racing outcomes similar to what is available in multiple jurisdictions. This effort, along with our continued legislative efforts on sports betting, is a clear indication that we will explore all avenues to bring additional gaming and wagering opportunities to our property to further enhance our business and support the Minnesota horse racing industry. With our solid balance sheet and operational discipline, we believe Canterbury Park remains well-positioned to deliver long-term growth, and we remain committed to building a bright future for our Company.”

Canterbury Commons Development Update
Swervo continues to make progress on the construction of its state-of-the-art amphitheater which is expected to open in 2025. The Company’s barn relocation and redevelopment plan is also underway and should be completed in 2025. Later in 2024, Canterbury expects to begin work on the road adjacent to the amphitheater which will unlock development of 20 acres of land in that portion of the site.

Residential and commercial construction updates related to joint ventures include:

  • Phase II of Doran Properties Group’s upscale Triple Crown Residences at Canterbury Park has begun initial occupancy.
  • The Omry at Canterbury, featuring 147 units of senior market rate apartments, is complete and move-ins are underway.
  • Construction has begun on a new 10,000 square-foot commercial building within the Winner’s Circle development; the building features three tenants, including a BBQ restaurant, a pizza restaurant and fitness center. The project is expected to open in late 2024.

Residential and commercial construction updates related to prior land sales include:

  • Greystone completed the Next Steps Learning Center late in 2023.
  • Pulte Homes of Minnesota continues development on the 45-unit second phase of its row home and townhome residences.

Developer and partner selection for the remaining 40 acres of Canterbury Commons, including 20 acres that will become available for development following the completion of a new road the Company will begin building later this year, continues. Additional uses could include office, retail, hotel and restaurants.

Summary of 2023 Fourth Quarter Operating Results
Net revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2023, decreased $592,000, or 4.5%, to $12.5 million, compared to $13.1 million for the same period in 2022. Casino revenue declined 3.7%, or $366,000, due to particularly weak trends in October which partially reversed over the balance of the quarter, as well as the impact from increased competition from a nearby tribal casino that reopened its poker room. Pari-mutuel, food and beverage, and other revenue declined 8.4%, 5.2%, and 6.5%, respectively. The decrease in pari-mutuel revenue was driven by continued decreases in revenues related to ADW wagering. Other revenues decreased primarily due to revenues earned during the three months ended December 31, 2022, as part of the cooperative marketing agreement that expired by its terms on December 31, 2022.

Operating expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2023, were $11.9 million, an increase of $175,000, or 1.5%, compared to operating expenses of $11.8 million for the same period in 2022. Food and beverage cost of goods sold decreased at a rate below the decline in revenues, resulting in increased costs as a percentage of sales. Marketing expenses decreased due to the expiration of the cooperative marketing agreement which resulted in fewer marketing programs in 2023. These decreases were more than offset by higher payroll expense due primarily to increases in annual wage rates, increased depreciation, and increased professional and contracted services due primarily to regulatory fees related to the Company’s racing and Casino operations.

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The Company recorded income from equity investment of $939,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2023. For the three months ended December 31, 2022, the Company recorded a loss from equity investment of $294,000. The income for the three months ended December 31, 2023, is related to a gain recognized on insurance proceeds received by Doran Canterbury I related to an outstanding claim while the loss from equity investments in the prior period was primarily related to the Company’s share of depreciation, amortization, and interest expense from the Doran Canterbury joint ventures.

The Company recorded interest income, net, of $545,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2023, an increase of $256,000, or 88.4%, compared to interest income, net, of $289,000 for the same period in 2022. The continued strength of Canterbury’s balance sheet has driven an increase in interest income through the investment of available cash in certificates of deposit and money market funds as well as from recording additional interest accrued on the TIF receivable and joint venture member loans.

The Company recorded income tax expense of $708,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2023, compared to income tax expense of $288,000 for the three months ended December 31, 2022. The Company recorded net income of $1.4 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.27, for the three months ended December 31, 2023, compared to net income and diluted earnings per share for the three months ended December 31, 2022, of $1.1 million and $0.22, respectively.

Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, for the three months ended December 31, 2023, was $2.1 million compared to adjusted EBITDA of $3.0 million for the same period in 2022.

Summary of 2023 Full-Year Operating Results
Net revenues for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023, decreased $5.4 million, or 8.1%, to $61.4 million, compared to $66.8 million for the same period in 2022. The year-over-year decrease reflects decreases in Casino, pari-mutuel, food and beverage, and other revenues of $438,000, $2.7 million, $398,000, and $1.8 million, respectively. The decrease in Casino revenue is primarily due to a decrease in live race days year-over-year. The full year decreases in pari-mutuel and other revenues were driven primarily by reduced handle on live racing and the expiration of the cooperative marketing agreement at the end of 2022. Food and beverage revenue declined due to the reduced live racing schedule and not hosting Twin Cities Summer Jam in 2023.

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Operating expenses for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023, were $56.4 million, an increase of $483,000, or 0.9%, compared to operating expenses of $55.9 million for the same period in 2022. The year-over-year increase reflects higher payroll expense and professional services expenses in the twelve months ended December 31, 2023, which more than offset lower purse and marketing expenses as compared to the twelve months ended December 31, 2022. The increase in professional service fees was primarily due to $1.2 million in costs related to growth initiatives being pursued as part of our strategic plan focused on growing Casino revenue.

The Company recorded a $6.5 million gain on the sale of land for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023, related to the sale of 37 acres to Swervo. The Company recorded a gain on the sale of land of $12,000 in the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2022.

The Company recorded income from equity investment of $1.5 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023, compared to a loss from equity investment of $1.6 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022. The income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 and the loss from equity investment in the prior period were primarily related to the reasons described above in the fourth quarter results.

The Company recorded interest income, net, of $2.0 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023, an increase of $1.1 million, or 117.4%, compared to interest income, net, of $910,000 for the same period in 2022. The continued strength of Canterbury’s balance sheet has allowed the Company to drive an increase in interest income primarily due to the reasons described above in the fourth quarter results. The Company also recognized interest related to employee retention credit funds that were received during the twelve months ended December 31, 2023.

The Company recorded income tax expense of $4.4 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023, compared to income tax expense of $2.7 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022.

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The Company recorded net income of $10.6 million, or diluted earnings per share of $2.13, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023, compared to net income and diluted earnings per share for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022, of $7.5 million and $1.54, respectively.

Adjusted EBITDA was $10.4 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023, compared to $16.2 million for the same period in 2022.

Additional Financial Information
Further financial information for the fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2023, is presented in the accompanying tables at the end of this press release. Additional information will be provided in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K that will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or about March 12, 2024.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement our financial statements, we also provide investors with information about our EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, each of which is a non-GAAP measure, and which exclude certain items from net income, a GAAP measure. We define EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. We define Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest income (net of interest expense), income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, as well as excluding stock-based compensation (which includes our 401(k) match expense as this match occurs in Company stock), gain on insurance proceeds relating to equity investments, loss on disposal of assets, gain on sale of land, depreciation and amortization related to equity investments and interest expense related to equity investments. Neither EBITDA nor Adjusted EBITDA is a measure of performance calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), and should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income as an indicator of our operating performance. See the table below, which presents reconciliations of these measures to the GAAP equivalent financial measure, which is net income. We have presented EBITDA as a supplemental disclosure because we believe that, when considered with measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, EBITDA gives investors a more complete understanding of our operating results before the impact of investing and financing transactions and income taxes, and it is a widely used measure of performance and basis for valuation of companies in our industry. Other companies that provide EBITDA information may calculate EBITDA or Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do. We have presented Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental disclosure because we believe it enables investors to understand and assess our core operating results excluding the effect of these items and is useful to investors in allowing greater transparency related to a significant measure used by management in its financial and operational decision-making. Adjusted EBITDA has economic substance because it is used by management as a performance measure to analyze the performance of our business and provides a perspective on the current effects of operating decisions.

About Canterbury Park
Canterbury Park Holding Corporation (Nasdaq: CPHC) owns and operates Canterbury Park Racetrack and Casino in Shakopee, Minnesota, the only thoroughbred and quarter horse racing facility in the State. The Company generally offers live racing from May to September. The Casino hosts card games 24 hours a day, seven days a week, dealing both poker and table games. The Company also conducts year-round wagering on simulcast horse racing and hosts a variety of other entertainment and special events at its Shakopee facility. The Company is also pursuing a strategy to enhance shareholder value by the ongoing development of approximately 140 acres of underutilized land surrounding the Racetrack that was originally designated for a project known as Canterbury Commons™. The Company is pursuing several mixed-use development opportunities for the remaining underutilized land, directly and through joint ventures. For more information about the Company, please visit www.canterburypark.com.

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Cautionary Statement
From time to time, in reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, in press releases, and in other communications to shareholders or the investing public, we may make forward-looking statements concerning possible or anticipated future financial performance, business activities or plans. These statements are typically preceded by the words “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends” or similar expressions. For these forward-looking statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in federal securities laws. Shareholders and the investing public should understand that these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could affect our actual results and cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. We report these risks and uncertainties in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2023 filed with the SEC and subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. They include, but are not limited to: we may not be successful in implementing our growth strategy, sensitivity to reductions in discretionary spending as a result of downturns in the economy; we have experienced a decrease in revenue and profitability from live racing due to the loss of purse enhancement payments and marketing payments made under the cooperative marketing agreement with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community; challenges in attracting a sufficient number of horses and trainers; a lack of confidence in core operations resulting in decreasing customer retention and engagement; personal injury litigation due to the inherently dangerous nature of horse racing; material fluctuations in attendance at the Racetrack; material changes in the level of wagering by patrons; any decline in interest in horse racing or the unbanked card games offered in the Casino; competition from other venues offering racing, unbanked card games or other forms of wagering; competition from other sports and entertainment options; increases in compensation and employee benefit costs; the impact of wagering products and technologies introduced by competitors; the general health of the gaming sector; legislative and regulatory decisions and changes; our ability to successfully develop our real estate, including the effect of competition on our real estate development operations and our reliance on our current and future development partners; temporary disruptions or changes in access to our facilities caused by ongoing infrastructure improvements; inclement weather and other conditions affecting the ability to conduct live racing; technology and/or key system failures; cybersecurity incidents; the general effects of inflation; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; dividends that may or may not be issued at the discretion of our Board of Directors; and other factors that are beyond our ability to control or predict.

The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, Canterbury assumes no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, even if new information becomes available in the future.

Investor Contacts:  
Randy Dehmer Richard Land, Jim Leahy
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer JCIR
Canterbury Park Holding Corporation 212-835-8500 or [email protected]
952-233-4828 or [email protected]  
   

– Financial tables follow –

CANTERBURY PARK HOLDING CORPORATION’S
SUMMARY OF OPERATING RESULTS
 
  Three months ended   Twelve months ended
  December 31,   December 31,
  2023   2022   2023   2022
Operating Revenues:              
Casino $9,459,017     $9,824,566     $39,781,166     $40,218,953  
Pari-mutuel   1,243,905       1,358,622       8,253,615       10,957,692  
Food and Beverage   1,020,738       1,076,390       7,828,980       8,227,105  
Other   803,403       859,654       5,573,097       7,420,131  
Total Net Revenues $12,527,063     $13,119,232     $61,436,858     $66,823,881  
Operating Expenses   (11,939,193)       (11,764,048)       (56,425,975)       (55,943,422)  
Gain on Sale of Land               6,489,976       12,151  
Income from Operations   587,870       1,355,184       11,500,859       10,892,610  
Other Gain/(Loss), net   1,484,047       (4,617)       3,479,390       (657,864)  
Income Tax Expense   (708,000)       (287,722)       (4,417,000)       (2,721,800)  
Net Income   1,363,917       1,062,845       10,563,249       7,512,946  
Basic Net Income Per Common Share $0.28     $0.22     $2.15     $1.55  
Diluted Net Income Per Common Share $0.27     $0.22     $2.13     $1.54  
                               

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA
               
  Three months ended   Twelve months ended
  December 31,   December 31,
  2023   2022   2023   2022
NET INCOME $1,363,917     $1,062,845     $10,563,249     $7,512,946  
Interest income, net   (544,769)       (289,147)       (1,978,122)       (909,958)  
Income tax expense   708,000       287,722       4,417,000       2,721,800  
Depreciation   837,100       746,378       3,145,372       2,981,168  
EBITDA   2,364,248       1,807,798       16,147,499       12,305,956  
Stock-based compensation   335,817       275,488       1,378,373       1,068,366  
Gain on insurance proceeds related to equity investments   (1,698,800)             (4,227,701)        
Loss on disposal of assets   176,425       157,435       157,160       157,435  
Gain on sale of land               (6,489,976)       (12,151)  
Depreciation and amortization related to
equity investments
  439,270       442,002       1,753,256       1,782,870  
Interest expense related to equity
investments
  434,186       279,856       1,727,192       907,099  
ADJUSTED EBITDA $2,051,146     $2,962,579     $10,445,803     $16,209,575  

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Canterbury Park Holding Corporation Reports 2023 Third Quarter Results

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SHAKOPEE, Minn., Nov. 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canterbury Park Holding Corporation (“Canterbury” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: CPHC), today reported financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023.

($ in thousands, except per share data and percentages)

  Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,
    2023     2022   Change     2023     2022   Change
Net revenues $19,269   $22,292   -13.6 %   $48,910   $53,705   -8.9 %
                       
Net income $1,136   $2,921   -61.1 %   $9,199   $6,450   42.6 %
                       
Adjusted EBITDA(1)(2) $2,850   $5,341   -46.6 %   $7,352   $12,452   -41.0 %
                       
Basic EPS $0.23   $0.60   -61.7 %   $1.87   $1.33   40.6 %
Diluted EPS $0.23   $0.60   -61.7 %   $1.86   $1.32   40.9 %

(1) Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, excludes certain items from net income, a GAAP measure. Non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be considered in isolation from, a substitute for, or superior to GAAP results. Definitions, disclosures, and reconciliations of non-GAAP financial information are included later in the release.
(2) Adjusted EBITDA in the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2023, was impacted by professional fees related to long-term strategic growth initiatives totaling approximately $0.7 million and $1.0 million, respectively.

Management Commentary
“Canterbury Park’s third quarter results represent a continuation of solid Casino segment performance offset by higher operating costs and our previously disclosed reduced racing calendar compared to the year-ago period. Third quarter net revenue of $19.3 million and adjusted EBITDA of $2.9 million resulted in adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue of 14.8%. Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue rebounded nicely from a recent low in the 2023 second quarter, and we expect our improved cost structure and operating efficiencies will stabilize this metric at an approximate mid- to high-teens percentage. Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue were also impacted by professional fees related to long-term strategic growth initiatives.

“Casino revenue rose 1.8% over the prior year as we saw relatively stable customer visitation and spend, particularly at the upper end of our database. Pari-mutuel revenue declined 28.0% year-over-year primarily due to a significant decline in out-of-state handle on Canterbury Park races as a result of decreased field sizes as well as weather impacts and cancelations that reduced the number of races during the period by 12% compared to the same period last year. In addition, food & beverage revenues were negatively impacted by the live racing cancelations as well as having fewer events this year compared to last year’s third quarter, particularly with Twin Cities Summer Jam not taking place in the third quarter of 2023 as it did during the third quarter of 2022.

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“Development activity at Canterbury Commons™ continued to expand with a broad array of partners bringing exciting amenities to our vibrant lifestyle community and exploring new opportunities. Swervo Development Corporation (“Swervo”) has begun full-scale development of its state-of-the-art amphitheater with significant activity underway on the 37-acre site. Further, the initial success of the Badger Hill Brewery and Bravis Modern Street Food restaurant are drivers of traffic to Canterbury Commons and helping us make good on our promise of ‘Live, Work, Stay, and Play’ across the broader Canterbury Commons development.

“Our Casino business continues to deliver steady financial results and the operating practices and infrastructure we’ve put in place have allowed us to adapt to the changing environment in our operations. At the same time, we continue to leverage our strong balance sheet and stable cash flow generation as we return capital to shareholders through our quarterly cash dividend. Going forward, we are actively evaluating opportunities to further optimize our return of capital while simultaneously exploring additional ways to create new value for our shareholders. As we continue to execute on our five-year strategic plan focused on growing Casino revenue, we are also actively pursuing new opportunities that would diversify and grow our business, including through potential strategic transactions and initiatives. We are committed to continue to build a bright future for Canterbury Park.”

Canterbury Commons Development Update
Swervo broke ground and construction is underway on its state-of-the-art amphitheater which is expected to open in 2025. Canterbury has also received approval for the first phase of its barn relocation and redevelopment plan which is expected to take approximately one year to complete.

Residential and commercial construction updates related to joint ventures include:

  • Greystone completed an 11,000 square-foot brewery, taproom (Badger Hill) and Mexican restaurant (Bravis Modern Street Food) in July 2023.
  • Doran Properties Group continues its development of Phase II of the upscale Triple Crown Residences at Canterbury Park, with initial occupancy anticipated in January 2024.
  • The Omry at Canterbury, featuring 147 units of senior market rate apartments, received a certificate of occupancy for approximately half of the units and initiated move-ins in September. The remaining units are anticipated to be complete by year end.
  • A new 10,000 square-foot commercial building within the Winner’s Circle development received planning and city council approval in October. The project is anticipated to have three tenants and Greystone Construction, the development sponsor, has targeted the inclusion of two restaurant groups and a fitness group within the building. Pending financing and firm commitments from one or two tenants, the project is expected to break ground in late 2023 and open in late 2024.

Residential and commercial construction updates related to prior land sales include:

  • Pulte Homes of Minnesota has begun development of the 45-unit second phase of its new row home and townhome residences.
  • Lifestyle Communities expects to break ground in spring or summer of 2024 for Artessa at Canterbury Park, a cooperative community featuring a 44-unit building and over 5,000 square feet of amenity spaces.
  • Greystone is expected to complete the Next Steps Learning Center late 2023.

Developer and partner selection for the remaining 40 acres of Canterbury Commons continues, with additional uses potentially including offices, retail, a hotel, and restaurants.

Summary of 2023 Third Quarter Operating Results
Net revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2023, decreased $3.0 million, or 13.6%, to $19.3 million, compared to $22.3 million for the same period in 2022. Casino revenue was up 1.8%, or $185,000. This slight increase was more than offset by decreases in pari-mutuel, food & beverage, and other revenue of 28.0%, 15.4%, and 35.5%, respectively. The decrease in pari-mutuel revenue was driven by a continued decrease in out-of-state handle due to smaller field sizes and less races. Food & beverage revenues declined primarily due to Twin Cities Summer Jam not taking place in the third quarter of 2023 as it did during the third quarter of 2022. Other revenues decreased primarily due to revenues earned during the three months ended September 30, 2022, as part of the cooperative marketing agreement that expired by its terms on December 31, 2022.

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Operating expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2023, were $17.5 million, a decrease of $422,000, or 2.4%, compared to operating expenses of $17.9 million for the same period in 2022. The year-over-year decrease reflects lower purse expenses related to decreased pari-mutuel revenue. Food & beverage cost of goods sold decreased with the similar decrease in food and beverage revenues. Marketing expenses decreased due to the expiration of the cooperative marketing agreement. These decreases in operating expense were somewhat offset by higher payroll expense, due primarily to annual wage increases, and increased professional expense related to the long-term strategic growth initiatives noted above.

The Company recorded a loss from equity investment of $674,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2023. For the three months ended September 30, 2022, the Company recorded a loss from equity investment of $500,000. The losses from equity investments in both periods were primarily related to the Company’s share of depreciation, amortization, and interest expense from the Doran Canterbury joint ventures.

The Company recorded interest income, net, of $537,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2023, an increase of $314,000, or 141%, compared to interest income, net, of $223,000 for the same period in 2022. With the continued strength of Canterbury’s balance sheet, the Company has increased interest income due to transferring available cash into certificates of deposit and money market funds as well as recording additional interest accrued on the TIF receivable and member loans.

The Company recorded income tax expense of $533,000 for the three months ended September 30, 2023, compared to income tax expense of $1.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022. The Company recorded net income of $1.1 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.23, for the three months ended September 30, 2023, compared to net income and diluted earnings per share for the three months ended September 30, 2022, of $2.9 million and $0.60, respectively.

Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, for the three months ended September 30, 2023, was $2.9 million compared to adjusted EBITDA of $5.3 million for the same period in 2022.

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Summary of 2023 Year-to-Date Operating Results
Net revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, decreased $4.8 million, or 8.9%, to $48.9 million, compared to $53.7 million for the same period in 2022. The year-over-year decrease reflects decreases in Casino, pari-mutuel, food & beverage, and other revenues of $72,000, $2.6 million, $342,000, and $1.8 million, respectively. Reasons for the year-to-date decreases are similar to the reasons described above in the third quarter results.

Operating expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, remained relatively flat at $44.5 million, a slight increase of $307,000, or 0.7%, compared to operating expenses of $44.2 million for the same period in 2022. The year-over-year increase reflects higher payroll expense and professional services expenses in the nine months ended September 30, 2023, which more than offset lower purse and marketing expenses as compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2022.

The gain on sale of land for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, was $6.5 million and was related to the sale of 37 acres to Swervo for the future development of an amphitheater. The Company recorded a gain on sale of land of $12,000 in the nine-month period ended September 30, 2022.

The Company recorded a gain from equity investment of $562,000 for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, compared to a loss from equity investment of $1.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2022. The net gain for the nine months ended September 30, 2023 is related to insurance proceeds received related to a claim by the joint venture against a third party while the losses from investments in the prior period were primarily related to the Company’s share of depreciation, amortization, and interest expense from the Doran Canterbury joint ventures.

The Company recorded interest income, net, of $1.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, an increase of $813,000, or 131%, compared to interest income, net, of $621,000 for the same period in 2022. With the continued strength of Canterbury’s balance sheet, the Company has increased interest income due to transferring available cash into certificates of deposit and money market funds as well as recording additional interest accrued on the TIF receivable and member loans. The Company also recognized interest related to employee retention credit funds that were received during the nine months ended September 30, 2023.

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The Company recorded income tax expense of $3.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, compared to income tax expense of $2.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2022.

The Company recorded net income of $9.2 million, or diluted earnings per share of $1.86, for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, compared to net income and diluted earnings per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2022, of $6.5 million and $1.32, respectively.

Adjusted EBITDA was $7.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2023 compared to $12.5 million for the same period in 2022.

Additional Financial Information
Further financial information for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023, is presented in the accompanying tables at the end of this press release. Additional information will be provided in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q that will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or about November 13, 2023.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement our financial statements, we also provide investors with information about our EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, each of which is a non-GAAP measure, and which exclude certain items from net income, a GAAP measure. We define EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. We define Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest income, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, as well as excluding gain on sale of land and disposal of assets, depreciation and amortization related to equity investments, interest expense related to equity investments, and gain on insurance proceeds relating to equity investments. Neither EBITDA nor Adjusted EBITDA is a measure of performance calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), and should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income as an indicator of our operating performance. See the table below, which presents reconciliations of these measures to the GAAP equivalent financial measures. We have presented EBITDA as a supplemental disclosure because we believe that, when considered with measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, EBITDA gives investors a more complete understanding of our operating results before the impact of investing and financing transactions and income taxes, and it is a widely used measure of performance and basis for valuation of companies in our industry. Other companies that provide EBITDA information may calculate EBITDA differently than we do. We have presented Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental disclosure because we believe it enables investors to understand and assess our core operating results excluding the effect of these items and is useful to investors in allowing greater transparency related to a significant measure used by management in its financial and operational decision-making. Adjusted EBITDA has economic substance because it is used by management as a performance measure to analyze the performance of our business and provides a perspective on the current effects of operating decisions.

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About Canterbury Park
Canterbury Park Holding Corporation (Nasdaq: CPHC) owns and operates Canterbury Park Racetrack and Casino in Shakopee, Minnesota, the only thoroughbred and quarter horse racing facility in the State. The Company generally offers live racing from May to September. The Casino hosts card games 24 hours a day, seven days a week, dealing both poker and table games. The Company also conducts year-round wagering on simulcast horse racing and hosts a variety of other entertainment and special events at its Shakopee facility. The Company is also pursuing a strategy to enhance shareholder value by the ongoing development of approximately 140 acres of underutilized land surrounding the Racetrack that was originally designated for a project known as Canterbury Commons™. The Company is pursuing several mixed-use development opportunities for the remaining underutilized land, directly and through joint ventures. For more information about the Company, please visit www.canterburypark.com.

Cautionary Statement

From time to time, in reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, in press releases, and in other communications to shareholders or the investing public, we may make forward-looking statements concerning possible or anticipated future financial performance, business activities or plans. These statements are typically preceded by the words “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends” or similar expressions. For these forward-looking statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in federal securities laws. Shareholders and the investing public should understand that these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could affect our actual results and cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. We report these risks and uncertainties in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 filed with the SEC and subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. They include, but are not limited to: sensitivity to reductions in discretionary spending as a result of downturns in the economy; the termination of the Cooperative Marketing Agreement with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and the purse enhancement payments and marketing payments made under such agreement; the occurrence of epidemics, pandemics, outbreaks of disease, and other adverse public health developments; the inability to attract a sufficient number of horses and trainers; a lack of confidence in core operations resulting in decreasing customer retention and engagement; personal injury litigation due to the inherently dangerous nature of horse racing; material fluctuations in attendance at the Racetrack; material changes in the level of wagering by patrons; any decline in interest in horse racing or the unbanked card games offered in the Casino; competition from other venues offering racing, unbanked card games or other forms of wagering; competition from other sports and entertainment options; increases in compensation and employee benefit costs; higher than expected expense related to new marketing initiatives; the impact of wagering products and technologies introduced by competitors; the general health of the gaming sector; legislative and regulatory decisions and changes; our ability to successfully develop our real estate, including the effect of competition on our real estate development operations and our reliance on our current and future development partners; temporary disruptions or changes in access to our facilities caused by ongoing infrastructure improvements; inclement weather and other conditions affecting the ability to conduct live racing; technology and/or key system failures; cybersecurity breaches; the failure to receive reimbursement for certain public infrastructure improvements we have committed to undertake; the general effects of inflation; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; dividends that may or may not be issued at the discretion of our Board of Directors; and other factors that are beyond our ability to control or predict.

The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, Canterbury assumes no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, even if new information becomes available in the future.

Investor Contacts:  
Randy Dehmer Richard Land, Jim Leahy
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer JCIR
Canterbury Park Holding Corporation 212-835-8500 or [email protected] 
952-233-4828 or [email protected]  

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CANTERBURY PARK HOLDING CORPORATION’S
SUMMARY OF OPERATING RESULTS
(UNAUDITED)
 
  Three months ended   Nine months ended
  September 30,   September 30,
    2023       2022       2023       2022  
Operating Revenues:              
Casino $10,224,216     $10,039,527     $30,322,149     $30,394,387  
Pari-mutuel   3,405,010       4,730,827       7,009,710       9,599,070  
Food and Beverage   3,310,759       3,913,320       6,808,242       7,150,715  
Other   2,328,564       3,608,729       4,769,694       6,560,477  
Total Net Revenues $19,268,549     $22,292,403     $48,909,795     $53,704,649  
Operating Expenses   (17,461,813)       (17,884,034)       (44,486,784)       (44,179,373)  
Gain on Sale of Land               6,489,976       12,151  
Income from Operations   1,806,736       4,408,369       10,912,987       9,537,427  
Other (Loss)/Gain, net   (137,437)       (277,472)       1,995,344       (653,247)  
Income Tax Expense   (533,000)       (1,209,777)       (3,709,000)       (2,434,078)  
Net Income   1,136,299       2,921,120       9,199,331       6,450,102  
Basic Net Income Per Common Share $0.23     $0.60     $1.87     $1.33  
Diluted Net Income Per Common Share $0.23     $0.60     $1.86     $1.32  

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA
(UNAUDITED)
               
  Three months ended   Nine months ended
  September 30,   September 30,
    2023       2022       2023       2022  
NET INCOME $1,136,299     $2,921,120     $9,199,331     $6,450,102  
Interest income, net   (536,904)       (222,671)       (1,433,353)       (620,811)  
Income tax expense   533,000       1,209,777       3,709,000       2,434,078  
Depreciation   831,379       747,267       2,308,272       2,234,790  
EBITDA   1,963,774       4,655,493       13,783,250       10,498,159  
Gain on insurance proceeds related to equity investments               (2,528,901)        
Gain on disposal of assets   (19,265)             (19,265)        
Gain on sale of land               (6,489,976)       (12,151)  
Depreciation and amortization related to equity investments   438,011       445,181       1,313,986       1,340,856  
Interest expense related to equity investments   467,571       240,418       1,292,627       625,401  
ADJUSTED EBITDA $2,850,091     $5,341,092     $7,351,721     $12,452,265  

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Canterbury Park Holding Corporation Reports 2023 Second Quarter Results

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SHAKOPEE, Minn., Aug. 10, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canterbury Park Holding Corporation (“Canterbury” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: CPHC), today reported financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023.

($ in thousands, except per share data and percentages)

  Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30,
    2023     2022   Change     2023     2022   Change
Net revenues $ 16,342   $ 17,774   -8.1 %   $ 29,641   $ 31,412   -5.6 %
                       
Net income $ 5,293   $ 1,755   201.6 %   $ 8,063   $ 3,529   128.5 %
                       
Adjusted EBITDA (1) $ 2,020   $ 3,564   -43.3 %   $ 4,502   $ 7,111   -36.7 %
                       
Basic EPS $ 1.08   $ 0.36   200.0 %   $ 1.64   $ 0.73   124.7 %
Diluted EPS $ 1.07   $ 0.36   197.2 %   $ 1.64   $ 0.73   124.7 %
                                   

(1)   Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, excludes certain items from net income, a GAAP measure. Non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be considered in isolation from, a substitute for, or superior to GAAP results. Definitions, disclosures, and reconciliations of non-GAAP financial information are included later in the release.


Management Commentary

“Canterbury Park’s second quarter results represent a continuation of the stable trends in our business as our performance exceeded pre-COVID levels and was in-line with our expectations, given the impact of higher costs and a reduced racing calendar. Second quarter net revenue of $16.3 million and adjusted EBITDA of $2.0 million resulted in adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue of 12.4%. While below recent quarters reflecting the impact of higher costs and a reduction in racing days compared to last year, we believe adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue will rebound over the balance of 2023 and continue to exceed historical pre-COVID levels due to the proactive initiatives undertaken during the pandemic to improve our cost structure and operating efficiency.

“Casino revenue rose 3.9% over the prior year as higher visitation and spending trends more than offset lower table games hold for the quarter. Our 54-day live racing meet began on May 27 and, in the quarter, we ran 15 days compared to 25 in the prior-year period. Pari-mutuel revenue declined 31.8% year-over-year primarily due to a significant decline in out-of-state handle on Canterbury Park races. This decline reflects less racing days, lower purses and reduced marketing support related to the expiration of the SMSC Cooperative Marketing Agreement. The reduction in live racing days also impacted Food & Beverage revenue, which declined 5.6% year-over-year even as admission revenues remained strong.

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“Development activity at Canterbury Commons™ remains on track as we continue to attract broad interest in our vibrant lifestyle community from diverse parties. During the second quarter of 2023, we completed the $8.8 million sale of 37 acres of land to Swervo Development Corporation (“Swervo”) which cleared the way for it to begin development of a state-of-the-art amphitheater. Canterbury Park’s development partner, Greystone Construction (“Greystone”), completed the Badger Hill Brewery and Bravis Modern Street Food restaurant in July 2023, both of which have opened to very positive customer response. We are delighted that these venues diversify the on-site options and believe they will help drive further traffic to Canterbury Commons. ‘Live, Work, Stay, and Play’ is at the heart of our development approach, and we believe there is much more excitement to come as we work with new development partners that share our vision and enthusiasm for Canterbury Commons.

“We remain on track to deliver solid financial results over the balance of 2023 as our business benefits from the operating practices and infrastructure we’ve put in place to drive continued growth. Our strong balance sheet and stable cash flow generation continues to position us to return capital to shareholders through our quarterly cash dividend while we also continue to actively evaluate potential strategic transactions that would create new value for our shareholders. We believe that the future of Canterbury Park remains bright.”

Canterbury Commons Development Update
In April 2023, the Company completed the sale of approximately 37 acres in the northeast corner of the property to Swervo for the development of a state-of-the-art amphitheater. Construction is expected to begin later this summer with an anticipated opening in 2025. Canterbury is also making initial progress with the first phase of its barn relocation and redevelopment plan, which among other things will free up land surrounding the amphitheater and facilitate the creation of an entertainment district around the venue.

Residential and commercial construction updates related to joint ventures include:

  • Greystone completed an 11,000 square-foot brewery, taproom (Badger Hill) and Mexican restaurant (Bravis Modern Street Food) in July 2023.
  • Doran Properties Group continues its development of Phase II of the upscale Triple Crown Residences at Canterbury Park, with initial occupancy anticipated in January 2024.
  • Construction on the Omry, featuring 147 units of senior market rate apartments, continues with first occupancy expected in September 2023.

Residential and commercial construction updates related to prior land sales include:

  • Pulte Homes of Minnesota continues to sell units within the 63-unit first phase of its new row home and townhome residences, with development of the 45-unit second phase expected to begin in Fall 2023.
  • Lifestyle Communities expects to begin in early 2024 construction of Artessa at Canterbury Park, a cooperative community featuring a 44-unit building and over 5,000 square feet of amenity spaces.
  • Greystone is expected to complete the Next Steps Learning Center late 2023.

Developer and partner selection for the remaining 40 acres of Canterbury Commons continues, with additional uses potentially including offices, retail, a hotel, and restaurants.

Summary of 2023 Second Quarter Operating Results
Net revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2023 decreased 8.1% to $16.3 million, compared to $17.8 million for the same period in 2022. The year-over-year decrease reflects an increase in Casino revenue of 3.9%, or $389,000, which was more than offset by decreases in Pari-mutuel and Food & Beverage revenue of 31.8% and 5.6%, respectively, due primarily to a 40% decrease in live race days compared to the same period last year.

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Operating expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2023 were $15.3 million, an increase of $196,000, or 1.3%, compared to operating expenses of $15.1 million for the same period in 2022. The year-over-year increase reflects higher payroll expense and professional services expenses, which more than offset lower purse and marketing expenses driven by the expiration of the Cooperative Marketing Agreement at the end of 2022.

Gain on sale of land for the three months ended June 30, 2023 was $6.5 million and was related to the sale of 37 acres to Swervo for the future development of an amphitheater.

The Company recorded a loss from equity investment of $622,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2023. For the three months ended June 30, 2022, the Company recorded a loss from equity investment of $534,000. The losses from equity investments in both periods were primarily related to the Company’s share of depreciation, amortization, and interest expense from the Doran Canterbury joint ventures.

The Company recorded income tax expense of $2.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2023 compared to income tax expense of $619,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2022. The Company recorded net income of $5.3 million, or diluted earnings per share of $1.07, for the three months ended June 30, 2023 compared to net income and diluted earnings per share for the three months ended June 30, 2022 of $1.8 million and $0.36, respectively.

Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, for the three months ended June 30, 2023 was $2.0 million compared to adjusted EBITDA of $3.6 million for the same period in 2022.

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Summary of 2023 Year-to-Date Operating Results
Net revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2023 decreased 5.6% to $29.6 million, compared to $31.4 million for the same period in 2022. The year-over-year decrease reflects decreases in Casino and Pari-mutuel revenues of $257,000 and $1.3 million, respectively, partially offset by an increase in Food & Beverage revenue of $260,000.

Operating expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2023 were $27.0 million, an increase of $730,000, or 2.8%, compared to operating expenses of $26.3 million for the same period in 2022. The year-over-year increase reflects higher payroll expense, utilities expense, and professional services expenses in the six months ended June 30, 2023, which more than offset lower purse and marketing expenses as compared to the six months ended June 30, 2022.

Gain on sale of land for the six months ended June 30, 2023 was $6.5 million and was related to the sale of 37 acres to Swervo for the future development of an amphitheater.

The Company recorded a gain from equity investment of $1.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023 compared to a loss from equity investment of $774,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2022. The net gain for the six months ended June 30, 2023 is related to insurance proceeds received related to a claim by the joint venture against a third party while the losses from investments in the prior period were primarily related to the Company’s share of depreciation, amortization, and interest expense from the Doran Canterbury joint ventures.

The Company recorded income tax expense of $3.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023 compared to income tax expense of $1.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2022.

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The Company recorded net income of $8.1 million, or diluted earnings per share of $1.64, for the six months ended June 30, 2023 compared to net income and diluted earnings per share for the six months ended June 30, 2022 of $3.5 million and $0.73, respectively.

Adjusted EBITDA was $4.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023. Adjusted EBITDA was $7.1 million for the same period in 2022.

Additional Financial Information
Further financial information for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023 is presented in the accompanying tables at the end of this press release. Additional information will be provided in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q that will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or about August 11, 2023.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement our financial statements, we also provide investors with information about our EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, each of which is a non-GAAP measure, and which exclude certain items from net income, a GAAP measure. We define EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. We define Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest income, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, as well as excluding gain on sale of land, depreciation and amortization related to equity investments, interest expense related to equity investments, and grant money received from the Minnesota COVID-19 relief package. Neither EBITDA nor Adjusted EBITDA is a measure of performance calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), and should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income as an indicator of our operating performance. See the table below, which presents reconciliations of these measures to the GAAP equivalent financial measures. We have presented EBITDA as a supplemental disclosure because we believe that, when considered with measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, EBITDA gives investors a more complete understanding of our operating results before the impact of investing and financing transactions and income taxes, and it is a widely used measure of performance and basis for valuation of companies in our industry. Other companies that provide EBITDA information may calculate EBITDA differently than we do. We have presented Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental disclosure because we believe it enables investors to understand and assess our core operating results excluding the effect of these items and is useful to investors in allowing greater transparency related to a significant measure used by management in its financial and operational decision-making. Adjusted EBITDA has economic substance because it is used by management as a performance measure to analyze the performance of our business and provides a perspective on the current effects of operating decisions.

About Canterbury Park
Canterbury Park Holding Corporation (Nasdaq: CPHC) owns and operates Canterbury Park Racetrack and Casino in Shakopee, Minnesota, the only thoroughbred and quarter horse racing facility in the State. The Company generally offers live racing from May to September. The Casino hosts card games 24 hours a day, seven days a week, dealing both poker and table games. The Company also conducts year-round wagering on simulcast horse racing and hosts a variety of other entertainment and special events at its Shakopee facility. The Company is also pursuing a strategy to enhance shareholder value by the ongoing development of approximately 140 acres of underutilized land surrounding the Racetrack that was originally designated for a project known as Canterbury Commons™. The Company is pursuing several mixed-use development opportunities for the remaining underutilized land, directly and through joint ventures. For more information about the Company, please visit www.canterburypark.com.

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Cautionary Statement
From time to time, in reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, in press releases, and in other communications to shareholders or the investing public, we may make forward-looking statements concerning possible or anticipated future financial performance, business activities or plans. These statements are typically preceded by the words “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends” or similar expressions. For these forward-looking statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in federal securities laws. Shareholders and the investing public should understand that these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could affect our actual results and cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. We report these risks and uncertainties in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 filed with the SEC and subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. They include, but are not limited to: sensitivity to reductions in discretionary spending as a result of downturns in the economy; the termination of the Cooperative Marketing Agreement with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and the purse enhancement payments and marketing payments made under such agreement; the occurrence of epidemics, pandemics, outbreaks of disease, and other adverse public health developments; the inability to attract a sufficient number of horses and trainers; a lack of confidence in core operations resulting in decreasing customer retention and engagement; personal injury litigation due to the inherently dangerous nature of horse racing; material fluctuations in attendance at the Racetrack; material changes in the level of wagering by patrons; any decline in interest in horse racing or the unbanked card games offered in the Casino; competition from other venues offering racing, unbanked card games or other forms of wagering; competition from other sports and entertainment options; increases in compensation and employee benefit costs; higher than expected expense related to new marketing initiatives; the impact of wagering products and technologies introduced by competitors; the general health of the gaming sector; legislative and regulatory decisions and changes; our ability to successfully develop our real estate, including the effect of competition on our real estate development operations and our reliance on our current and future development partners; temporary disruptions or changes in access to our facilities caused by ongoing infrastructure improvements; inclement weather and other conditions affecting the ability to conduct live racing; technology and/or key system failures; cybersecurity breaches; the failure to receive reimbursement for certain public infrastructure improvements we have committed to undertake; the general effects of inflation; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; dividends that may or may not be issued at the discretion of our Board of Directors; and other factors that are beyond our ability to control or predict.

The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, Canterbury assumes no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, even if new information becomes available in the future.

Investor Contacts:  
Randy Dehmer
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Canterbury Park Holding Corporation
952-233-4828 or [email protected]
Richard Land, Jim Leahy
JCIR
212-835-8500 or [email protected]
   

– Financial tables follow –

 
CANTERBURY PARK HOLDING CORPORATION’S
SUMMARY OF OPERATING RESULTS
(UNAUDITED)
 
  Three months ended   Six months ended
  June 30,   June 30,
    2023       2022       2023       2022  
Operating Revenues:              
Casino $10,383,578     $9,994,433     $20,097,933     $20,354,860  
Pari-mutuel   2,471,366       3,621,556       3,604,700       4,868,243  
Food and Beverage   2,027,652       2,148,673       3,497,483       3,237,395  
Other   1,459,092       2,009,612       2,441,130       2,951,748  
Total Net Revenues $16,341,688     $17,774,274     $29,641,246     $31,412,246  
Operating Expenses   (15,279,233 )     (15,083,603 )     (27,024,968 )     (26,295,339 )
Gain on Sale of Land   6,489,976       12,151       6,489,976       12,151  
Income from Operations   7,552,431       2,702,822       9,106,254       5,129,058  
Other (Loss)/Gain, net   (124,906 )     (329,093 )     2,132,781       (375,775 )
Income Tax Expense   (2,135,000 )     (618,660 )     (3,176,000 )     (1,224,301 )
Net Income   5,292,525       1,755,069       8,063,035       3,528,982  
Basic Net Income Per Common Share $1.08     $0.36     $1.64     $0.73  
Diluted Net Income Per Common Share $1.07     $0.36     $1.64     $0.73  

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RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA
(UNAUDITED)
               
  Three months ended   Six months ended
  June 30,   June 30,
    2023       2022       2023       2022  
NET INCOME $5,292,525     $1,775,069     $8,063,035     $3,528,982  
Interest income, net   (497,274 )     (205,300 )     (896,449 )     (398,140 )
Income tax expense   2,135,000       618,660       3,176,000       1,224,301  
Depreciation   741,632       741,574       1,476,893       1,487,523  
EBITDA   7,671,883       2,910,003       11,819,479       5,842,666  
Gain on insurance proceeds related to equity investments               (2,528,901 )      
Gain on sale of land   (6,489,976 )     (12,151 )     (6,489,976 )     (12,151 )
Depreciation and amortization related to equity investments   435,211       474,352       875,975       895,675  
Interest expense related to equity investments   402,795       192,170       825,056       384,983  
ADJUSTED EBITDA $2,019,913     $3,564,374     $4,501,633     $7,111,173  

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