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Great Canadian Gaming Announces Third Quarter 2019 Results and Acquisition of Certain Non-controlling Interests in its Ontario Partnerships

CNW Group - Mon Nov 4, 7:00PM CST

Great Canadian Gaming Corporation [TSX:GC] ("Great Canadian," or "the Company") today announced its financial results for the three month period ended September 30, 2019 (the "third quarter").

THIRD QUARTER 2019 HIGHLIGHTS

--  On November 4, 2019, the Company completed the acquisition of
        Clairvest Group Inc.'s (TSX:CVG.TO) ("Clairvest") ownership
        interests in both the Ontario Gaming West GTA Limited
        Partnership ("OGWGLP") and the Ontario Gaming GTA Limited
        Partnership (doing business as One Toronto Gaming, or "OTG").
        The total consideration of this transaction was $51.8 million.
        As a result, Great Canadian now owns 100% of OGWGLP and 50% of
        OTG.

    --  Revenues((1)) of $341.1 million in the third quarter, an
        increase of 3% when compared to the same period in the prior
        year.

    --  Adjusted EBITDA((1)(2)(3) )of $142.3 million in the third
        quarter, which included a $20.7 million positive impact from
        IFRS 16 adoption. Adjusted EBITDA of $137.9 million in the same
        prior year period.

    --  Shareholders' net earnings from continuing operations((1)(3))
        of $49.7 million or $0.85 per common share in the third
        quarter, which included a negative impact from IFRS 16 adoption
        of $1.7 million or $0.03 per common share. Shareholders' net
        earnings from continuing operations((1)) of $50.8 million or
        $0.83 per common share in the same prior year period.

    --  During the third quarter, the Company purchased for
        cancellation 1,912,856 common shares at a weighted-average
        price per share of $41.37 under the current issuer bid which
        commenced on July 3, 2019. Subsequent to September 30, 2019,
        the Company purchased for cancellation 583,256 common shares at
        a weighted-average price per share of $41.34.

    --  On September 6, 2019, the Company amended the Credit and
        Guarantee Agreement of the Non-Recourse Revolving Credit
        Facility of Ontario Gaming East Limited Partnership ("OGELP"),
        which now provides a capacity of up to $130.0 million and will
        mature on September 6, 2023.

    --  On October 11, 2019, the Company entered into an agreement to
        extend the maturity date of its Senior Secured Credit
        Facilities by one year to November 6, 2023.

"Today, we completed the buyout of Clairvest's interests in OGWGLP and OTG. We are pleased to have been able to increase our ownership interests in some of our key assets. Great Canadian thanks Clairvest for partnering with the Company in Ontario and wish them continued success," stated Rod Baker, the Company's Chief Executive Officer. "During the quarter, we continued to make progress with our Ontario developments. We introduced new food and beverage offerings at several of our properties to complement gaming and improve guest experiences. Also well underway is the greenfield development of Pickering Casino Resort, which will feature a full scope of gaming and entertainment amenities."

________________________




              (1)           Excluded results of the U.S. region, which have been
                                 presented as discontinued operations




              (2)           Adjusted EBITDA is a non-IFRS measure, as described in
                                 the disclaimer section of this press release, and
                                 excludes discontinued operations




              (3)           2019 financial results reflect the adoption of IFRS
                                 16,Leases ("IFRS 16"), as described in the Financial
                                 Review section of this press release. Comparative
                                 information has not been adjusted for IFRS 16

FINANCIAL REVIEW

Revenues increased during the third quarter of 2019, when compared to the same period in the prior year. The increase was attributable to the expansion of gaming and non-gaming amenities in the Ontario properties.

Adjusted EBITDA increased during the third quarter, when compared to the same period in the prior year, mainly due to the accounting impact of IFRS 16, the new lease accounting standard adopted on January 1, 2019. Readers are cautioned that the financial results for the comparative period in 2018 have not been adjusted for IFRS 16. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA was also attributable to the above mentioned increased revenues in the Ontario region, partially offset by increased operating costs related to expanded operations in Ontario.

Shareholders' net earnings from continuing operations of $49.7 for the three months ended September 30, 2019 decreased by $1.1, when compared to the same period in the prior year, primarily due to the net effect of adopting IFRS 16 which reduced net earnings, and increased amortization related to capital investments for the Ontario developments.

Implementation of IFRS 16:IFRS 16 specifies how to recognize, measure, present and disclose leases. The standard provides a single lessee accounting model, requiring lessees to recognize assets and liabilities for all material leases.

The following are the key changes in the third quarter, when compared to the same quarter in 2018, due to adoption of IFRS 16:

--  As at September 30, 2019, the Company had right-of-use assets
        of $979.4 and lease liabilities, including current portion, of
        $949.8, which primarily consist of the Company's property
        leases.
    --  Adjusted EBITDA was increased by $20.7 million due to certain
        lease payments, previously recognized as "property, marketing
        and administration" expense, being recorded against lease
        liabilities.
    --  Amortization expense was increased by $12.7 due to amortization
        of right-of-use assets, and interest and financing costs, net,
        was increased by $12.5 due to interest accretion on lease
        liabilities.
    --  Net earnings was decreased by $3.9 million and Shareholders'
        net earnings was decreased by $1.7 million.

See Great Canadian's Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and Management's Discussion & Analysis for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 for further information.

OUTLOOK

"We are on track to execute the remaining Ontario developments, including the construction of the Pickering Casino Resort. The casino building, with the related dining options, are expected to complete by the end of the first quarter of 2020, and the hotel and entertainment venue are expected to open by the end of 2020. As we close in on our developments, we continue to be positive on the long-term value that will be created from our investments in these properties."

"Great Canadian continues to enhance its capital structure. The Company completed the refinancing of the revolving credit facility of OGELP in September 2019 and subsequent to the third quarter, extended its Senior Secured Credit Facilities for another year. The new credit facility agreements provide improved financial flexibility that will enhance the Company's ability to achieve its strategic objectives. We continue to increase shareholder interest as demonstrated by the repurchase of 3,105,822 common shares this year under the normal course issuer bids."

"As at September 30, 2019, the Company remains in a strong financial position with cash of $309.8 million, available capacity of $397.6 million on the Senior Secured Credit Facilities, available capacity of $855.5 million on OTG's revolving and capital expenditures credit facilities, $137.5 million on the revolving credit facility of OGWGLP, and $76.1 million on the revolving credit facility of OGELP, each subject to compliance with any applicable financial covenants," concluded Mr. Baker.

CONFERENCE CALL

Great Canadian will host a conference call for investors and analysts tomorrow, November 5, 2019, at 8:30 AM Eastern Time in order to review the financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. To participate in the conference call, please dial 416-764-8688, 778-383-7413, or toll free at 1-888-390-0546. Questions will be reserved for analysts and institutional investors. Interested parties may also access the call via the Investor Relations section of the Company's website, www.gcgaming.com. Investors using the website should allow 15 minutes for the registration and installation of any necessary software. A replay of the call will also be available at www.gcgaming.com.

ABOUT GREAT CANADIAN GAMING CORPORATIONFounded in 1982, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is a B.C. based company that operates 25 gaming, entertainment and hospitality facilities in Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Fundamental to the Company's culture is its commitment to social responsibility. "PROUD of our people, our business, our community" is Great Canadian's brand that unifies the Company's community, volunteering and social responsibility efforts. Under the PROUD program, Great Canadian annually supports over 1,400 charitable and non-profit organizations across Canada. In each Canadian gaming jurisdiction, a significant portion of gross gaming revenue from gaming facilities is retained by our Crown partners on behalf of their provincial government for the purpose of supporting programs like healthcare, education and social services.

Please refer to the Condensed Interim Consolidated Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis at www.gcgaming.com or www.sedar.com (available on November 4, 2019) for detailed financial information and analysis.

GREAT CANADIAN GAMING CORPORATIONFinancial Highlights (Unaudited - Expressed in millions of Canadian dollars, except for per share information)

The financial results below are unaudited and prepared by management. Expressed in millions of Canadian dollars, except for per share information.

Three months ended
                                                      September 30,                                             Nine months ended September 30,


                                           2019(1)                    2018(2)
       % Chg                   2019(1)                             2018(2)    % Chg



                     Revenues                      $

           341.1            $
      332.7              3%                                              $

         998.3      $
      848.4  18%

    ---



        Human resources                      107.7                       95.8       12%                     321.0                               250.4      28%


        Property, marketing
         and administration                   91.9                       99.7      (8%)                     274.0                               251.9       9%


        Share of profit of
         equity
         investment(3)                       (0.8)                     (0.7)    (14%)                     (2.1)                              (2.0)    (5%)



                                             198.8                      194.8        2%                     592.9                               500.3      19%



                     Adjusted EBITDA               $

           142.3            $
      137.9              3%                                              $

         405.4      $
      348.1  16%

    ---



        Human resources as a
         % of Revenues                       31.6%                     28.8%                              32.2%                              29.5%


        Adjusted EBITDA as a
         % of Revenues                       41.7%                     41.4%                              40.6%                              41.0%




                     Less:


        Amortization                          37.6                       22.2                               111.8                                59.2


        Share-based
         compensation                          3.6                        3.0                                 8.0                                 9.9


        Interest and
         financing costs,
         net                                  19.9                       12.4                                64.7                                34.1


        Business
         acquisition,
         restructuring and
         other(3)                            (4.7)                       1.9                               (0.2)                               14.3


        Gain on sale of land                                                                              (6.6)


        Foreign exchange
         gain                                (1.5)                     (0.4)                              (1.9)                              (1.3)


        Income taxes                          18.4                       19.3                                47.0                                45.3


                     Net earnings from
                      continuing
                      operations                    $

           69.0             $
      79.5           (13%)                                              $

         182.6      $
      186.6 (2%)

    ---

        Net earnings
         attributable to
         discontinued
         operations(2)

           $                                       $
      1.8                                                               $

         50.4        $
      4.0

    ===

                     Net earnings                   $

           69.0             $
      81.3           (15%)                                              $

         233.0      $
      190.6  22%

    ---



                     Net earnings from
                      continuing
                      operations
                      attributable to:


        Shareholders of the
         company                                    $

           49.7             $
      50.8                                                              $

         128.7      $
      119.8


        Non-controlling
         interests                            19.3                       28.7                                53.9                                66.8


                                                    $

           69.0             $
      79.5           (13%)                                              $

         182.6      $
      186.6 (2%)





                     Net earnings
                      attributable to:


        Shareholders of the
         company                                    $

           49.7             $
      52.6                                                              $

         179.1      $
      123.8


        Non-controlling
         interests                            19.3                       28.7                                53.9                                66.8


                                                    $

           69.0             $
      81.3           (15%)                                              $

         233.0      $
      190.6  22%





        Shareholders' net
         earnings per common
         share from
         continuing
         operations



         Basic                                     $

           0.85             $
      0.83                                                               $

         2.19       $
      1.96



         Diluted                                   $

           0.82             $
      0.79                                                               $

         2.12       $
      1.89

    ---



        Shareholders' net
         earnings per common
         share



         Basic                                     $

           0.85             $
      0.86                                                               $

         3.05       $
      2.03



         Diluted                                   $

           0.82             $
      0.82                                                               $

         2.95       $
      1.95

    ===



        Weighted average
         number of common
         shares (in
         thousands)



         Basic                             58,578                     61,284                              58,813                              61,124



         Diluted                           60,036                     63,864                              60,585                              63,460

    ---



                                                                                                  September 30,                       December 31,


                                                                                                           2019                                2018    % Chg




       Cash                                                                                                        $

                309.8                   $
       336.8  (8%)


        Total assets                                                                                              $

                2,710.7                 $
       1,601.8   69%


        Long-term debt                                                                                              $

                670.6                   $
       631.6    6%

    ===
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                   (1) 2019 financial results reflect the adoption of IFRS
                    16, as described in the Financial Review section of
                    this press release. Comparative information has not
                    been adjusted for IFRS 16



                   (2) The results of the U.S. region, including proceeds
                    from the disposition of Great American, have been
                    presented as discontinued operations. Comparative
                    information has been re-presented to show the
                    discontinued operations separately from continuing
                    operations



                   (3)  In calculating Adjusted EBITDA for the nine months
                    ended September 30, 2018, "share of profit of equity
                    investment" does not include the loss of $1.1 relating
                    to the Company's share of Ontario Gaming West GTA
                    Limited Partnership's ("OGWGLP") transition costs
                    incurred for the West GTA Gaming Bundle prior to the
                    acquisition on May 1, 2018, in which OGWGLP was
                    accounted for as an equity method investee. The loss
                    of $1.1 has been classified under "business
                    acquisition, restructuring and other" instead

DISCLAIMER

This press release contains certain "forward-looking information" or statements within the meaning of applicable securities legislation. Forward-looking information is based on the Company's current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions that were made by the Company in light of historical trends and other factors. Forward-looking statements are frequently but not always identified by words such as "expects", "anticipates", "believes", "intends", "estimates", "potential", "targeted", "planned", "possible" or similar expressions or statements that events, conditions or results "will", "may", "could" or "should" occur or be achieved. All information or statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking information, including statements that address expectations, estimates or projections about the future, the Company's strategy for growth and objectives, expected future expenditures, costs, operating and financial results, expected impact of future commitments, the impact of conditions imposed on certain VIP players, the impact of unionization activities and labour organization, the Company's beliefs about the outcome of its notices of objection and subsequent appeals challenging the Canada Revenue Agency's reassessments and its tax position on its facility development commission prevailing, the Company's expected facility investment commission amounts and the Company's projected future investments to obtain facility investment commission, the terms and expected benefits of the normal course issuer bid, the Company's expected share of BC horse racing industry revenue in future years, the Company and its affiliates meeting threshold revenue growth amounts in the Ontario gaming industry in future years, the Company's projected timeline for future development, and expectations and implications of changes in legislation and government policies, volatile gaming holds, the effects of competition in the market and potential difficulties in employee retention and recruitment. Such forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and may involve a number of risks and uncertainties.

Although forward-looking information is based on information and assumptions that the Company believes are current, reasonable and complete, they are subject to unknown risks, uncertainties, and a number of factors that could cause actual results to vary materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such factors may include, but are not limited to: compliance with the terms of new operational services agreements with lottery corporations; changes to gaming laws and regulations that may impact the operational services agreements; pending, proposed or unanticipated regulatory or policy changes (including those related to anti-money laundering legislation or policy that may impact VIP play), volatile gaming holds, the effects of competition in the market; the development of properties in Ontario and transitioning of operations to the Company and affiliates; the Company's ability to obtain and renew required business licenses, leases, and operational services agreements; unanticipated fines, sanctions and suspensions imposed on the Company by its regulators; impact of global liquidity and credit availability; actual and possible reassessments of the Company's prior tax filings by tax authorities; the results of the Company's notices of objection and subsequent appeals challenging reassessments received by the Canada Revenue Agency; the Company's tax position on its facility development commission prevailing; adverse tourism trends and further decreases in levels of travel, leisure and consumer spending; competition from established competitors and new entrants in the gaming business; dependence on key personnel; the timing and results of collective bargaining negotiations and potential labour disruption; adverse changes in the Company's labour relations; the Company's ability to manage its capital projects and its expanding operations in jurisdictions where it operates; the risk that systems, procedures and controls may not be adequate to meet regulatory requirements or to support current and expanding operations; potential undisclosed liabilities and capital expenditures associated with acquisitions; negative connotations linked to the gaming industry; the risk associated with partnership relationships; First Nations rights with respect to some land on which the Company conducts operations; future or current legal proceedings; construction disruptions; financial covenants associated with credit facilities and long-term debt; credit, liquidity and market risks associated with our financial instruments; interest and exchange rate fluctuations; demand for new products and services; fluctuations in operating results; economic uncertainty and financial market volatility; technology dependence; privacy breaches or data theft; integration of acquired properties in Ontario; and changes to anti-money laundering procedures and protocols including additional requirements for determining source of funds. The Company cautions that this list of factors is not exhaustive. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. These factors and other risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company's continuous disclosure documents filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities from time to time, including in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Annual Information Form for fiscal 2017, and as identified in the Company's disclosure record on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

The forward-looking information in documents incorporated by reference speaks only as of the date of those documents. The Company believes that the expectations reflected in forward-looking statements are reasonable but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking information. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise forward-looking information to reflect subsequent events or circumstances except as required by law. The forward-looking information contained herein is made as of the date hereof, is subject to change after such date, and is expressly qualified in its entirety by cautionary statements in this press release.

The Company has included non-International Financial Reporting Standards ("non-IFRS") measures in this press release. Adjusted EBITDA, as defined by the Company, means earnings before interest and financing costs (net of interest income), income taxes, depreciation and amortization, share-based compensation, business acquisition, restructuring and other, gain on sale of land, and foreign exchange gain. Adjusted EBITDA is derived from the Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Earnings and Other Comprehensive Income, and can be computed as revenues less human resources expenses and property, marketing and administration expenses plus the share of profit of equity investments relating to principal operating entities. Unless otherwise noted, Adjusted EBITDA for the current and comparative periods exclude the results of discontinued operations. The Company believes Adjusted EBITDA is a useful measure because it provides information to management about the operating and financial performance of the Company and its ability to generate operating cash flow to fund future working capital needs, service outstanding debt, and fund future capital expenditures. Adjusted EBITDA is also used by investors and analysts for the purpose of valuing the Company. Items of note may vary from time to time and in this press release include pre-opening costs, restructuring severance costs, impairment reversal of long-lived assets, facility development commission revenues previously deferred at Casino Nanaimo, other and the related income taxes thereon.

Readers are cautioned that these non-IFRS definitions are not recognized measures under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), do not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS, and should not be construed to be alternatives to net earnings determined in accordance with IFRS or as indicators of performance or liquidity or cash flows. The Company's method of calculating these measures may differ from methods used by other entities and accordingly our measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other entities or in other jurisdictions. The Company uses these measures because it believes they provide useful information to both management and investors with respect to the operating and financial performance of the Company.

ON BEHALF OF

GREAT CANADIAN GAMING CORPORATION

"Original Signed By Rod N. Baker"

_____________________Rod N. BakerChief Executive Officer

GREAT CANADIAN GAMING CORPORATION [TSX:GC] 95 Schooner Street Coquitlam, BC V3K 7A8 (604) 303-1000 Website: www.gcgaming.com

SOURCE Great Canadian Gaming Corporation

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SOURCE: Great Canadian Gaming Corporation

For enquiries: ir@gcgaming.com, or Ms. Tanya Ruskowski, Executive Assistant to the
Chief Executive Officer and the President, Strategic Growth & Chief Compliance
Officer, (604) 303-1000; For media enquiries: Mr. Chuck Keeling, Vice-President,
Stakeholder Relations and Responsible, Gaming, (604) 247-4197

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