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Ameristar Casinos Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 28, 2012 | About:

Ameristar Casinos Inc. (ASCA) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31.

Ameristar Casin has a market cap of $670 million; its shares were traded at around $19.932 with a P/E ratio of 12.2 and P/S ratio of 0.6. The dividend yield of Ameristar Casin stocks is 2.1%.

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swimming pool with indoor/outdoor whirlpool facilities. Ameristar Black Hawk offers destination resort amenities and services that we believe are unequaled in the Denver gaming market. As a result of these regulatory changes and the opening of the new hotel, net revenues and operating income increased year-over-year in 2010 by 47.6% and 106.6%, respectively, compared to 2009. The property also increased its 2010 annual market share on a year-over-year basis from 20.5% to 27.5%. Ameristar Black Hawk continued to show improvement in 2011, as evidenced by year-over-year growth in net revenues, operating income and operating income margin.

For the year ended December 31, 2011, consolidated promotional allowances declined $23.5 million, or 7.8%, from the same 2010 period. The decrease in promotional allowances was primarily the result of more efficient promotional spending in 2011. Also, 2010 promotional spending levels were elevated due to increased spending to counter the East Chicago bridge closure and to market the new Black Hawk hotel that opened in September 2009. 2011 promotional spending was similar to 2009 levels, taking into consideration the increase in promotional spending related to the new hotel in Black Hawk. For 2011, 2010 and 2009, promotional allowances as a percentage of casino revenues were 22.3%, 24.3% and 21.9%, respectively.

For the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, we reported net income of $6.8 million and $8.6 million, respectively. The decrease is primarily attributable to the loss on early retirement of debt of $85.3 million recognized in connection with the Debt Refinancing in April 2011. The East Chicago impairment charges adversely affected net income in 2010 by $33.2 million. Diluted earnings per share was $0.17 for 2011, compared to $0.15 in the prior year. The reduction in our weighted-average shares outstanding as a result of the Repurchase Transaction benefited 2011 diluted earnings per share by $0.54.

and unusually low table games hold percentages. The 2009 consolidated operating income and the related margin were negatively impacted by $111.7 million in impairment charges for goodwill at Ameristar East Chicago, $3.9 million of hotel pre-opening expenses, $3.8 million in impairment losses relating to discontinued expansion projects and $1.3 million relating to a one-time non-cash adjustment to property taxes at Ameristar Black Hawk. Ameristar Black Hawk s 2010 operating income increased by $17.1 million, or 106.6%, as a result of the opening of the new hotel and the beneficial regulatory reform. In 2010, operating income increased from 2009 by 1.9% at Ameristar Vicksburg and remained relatively flat at Ameristar Council Bluffs, despite slight declines in net revenues. Corporate expense increased $1.6 million, or 2.7%, in 2010 as compared to 2009 due mostly to $1.5 million of non-operational professional fees.

For the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, we reported net income of $8.6 million and a net loss of $4.7 million, respectively. The East Chicago impairment charges adversely affected net income in 2010 and 2009 by $33.2 million and $66.2 million, respectively. Diluted earnings per share was $0.15 for 2010, compared to diluted loss per share of $0.08 in the prior year. The East Chicago impairment charges adversely affected diluted earnings per share for the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 by $0.56 and $1.15, respectively.

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