Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)


12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2013
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Operating leases
On December 1, 2012, we amended and extended our corporate office lease through May 2018. Effective December 2010, Stockman’s Casino entered into a lease agreement as lessee for its primary outdoor casino sign until November 2015. On June 28, 2011, the Grand Lodge Casino entered into a Casino Operations Lease (“Grand Lodge Lease”) with Hyatt Equities, L.L.C. for approximately 20,900 square feet of building space occupied by the Grand Lodge Casino gaming operations, as well as associated gaming office space. On April 8, 2013, the Grand Lodge Casino entered into a first amendment to the Grand Lodge Lease (the “Amendment”) with Hyatt Equities, L.L.C. amending the terms of the lease.  The Amendment extended the initial term of the Grand Lodge Lease until August 31, 2018 and makes certain other conforming changes. Except as set forth in the Amendment, all other terms of the Grand Lodge Lease remain in full force and effect.
Silver Slipper Casino entered into the Land Lease in November 2004, as amended in March 2009, September 2012 and February 2013, which includes approximately 31 acres of protected marsh land as well as a seven-acre casino parcel, on which the Silver Slipper Casino was subsequently built.  In December 2010, Silver Slipper Casino entered into a lease agreement with Cure Land Company, LLC for approximately five acres of land occupied by the Silver Slipper Casino gaming office and warehouse space through November 30, 2020. On January 31, 2012 Silver Slipper Casino entered into a lease agreement with Chelsea Company, LLC for a small parcel of land with a building which may be occupied by a proposed Silver Slipper Casino welcome center in the future, through December 31, 2019. On January 11, 2013 Silver Slipper Casino terminated a previous restaurant lease agreement with Diamondhead Country Club & Property Owners Association (“DCCPOA”) and entered into a contract to purchase services to be provided by DCCPOA related to its golf and country club through December 31, 2019.
Land Lease buyout. The Land Lease includes an exclusive option to purchase the leased land (“Purchase Option”), as well as an exclusive option to purchase a four acre portion of the leased land (“4 Acre Parcel Purchase Option”), which may be exercised at any time in conjunction with a hotel development during the term of the Land Lease for $2.0 million. On February 26, 2013, Silver Slipper Casino entered into a third amendment to the Land Lease which amended the term and Purchase Option provisions. The term of the Land Lease was extended to April 30, 2058, and the Purchase Option was extended through October 1, 2027, and may only be exercised after February 26, 2019. If there is no change in ownership, the purchase price will be $15.5 million, less $2.0 million if the 4 Acre Parcel Purchase Option has been previously exercised, plus a retained interest in Silver Slipper Casino operations of 3% of net income. In the event that we sell or transfer substantially all of the assets of our ownership in Silver Slipper Casino, then the purchase price will increase to $17.0 million.
The total rent expense for all operating leases for the years ended December 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012 was $2.9 million and $1.9 million, respectively.
Future minimum lease payments are as follows (in thousands):
  $ 2,766  
    $ 49,779  
Other Commitments
Employment agreementsWe are obligated under employment agreements with certain key employees that provide the employee with a base salary, bonus, restricted stock grants and other customary benefits and severance in the event the employee is terminated without cause or due to a “change of control,” as defined in the agreements. The severance amounts vary with the term of the agreement and can be up to two years’ base salary and an average bonus calculated as earned in the previous three years or as a percentage of base salary. If such termination occurs within two years of a change of control, as defined in the agreements, or by us without cause, the employee will receive a lump sum payment equal to no less than six months to one year’s annual base salary, a lump sum cash payment equal to the average bonus earned in the previous one to three years or calculated as a percentage of base salary, and the acceleration and vesting of all unvested shares and stock-based grants awarded upon the date of change of control in some instances, along with insurance costs, 401(k) matching contributions and certain other benefits total ranging from $1.8 million to $2.2 million, in the aggregate.
In the event the employee’s employment terminates due to illness, incapacity or death, the severance amounts vary with the term of the agreement and can be up to two years’ base salary, an amount equal to the prior year bonus on a pro-rata basis to date of termination, reimbursement of expenses incurred prior to date of termination and applicable insurance and other group benefit proceeds, with an expected cost ranging from $0.4 million to $0.7 million per employee. 
Defined Contribution Pension Plan. We sponsor a defined contribution pension plan for all eligible employees providing for voluntary contributions by eligible employees and matching contributions made by us.  Matching contributions made by us were $0.6 million for both 2013 and 2012, excluding nominal administrative expenses assumed.
Silver Slipper Casino Hotel construction. On August 26, 2013, the Silver Slipper Casino entered into an agreement with WHD Silver Slipper, LLC related to construction of the six-story, 142-room Silver Slipper Casino Hotel being built between the south side of the casino and the waterfront, with rooms facing views of the bay. We expect costs related to the construction of the Silver Slipper Casino Hotel to be approximately $17.7 million. We intend to finance $10.0 million of the construction cost with the proceeds of the term loan under the First Lien Credit Agreement as described in Note 8, with the remaining $7.7 million of the construction and related costs funded from available cash.  As of December 31, 2013, we had funded cash of $2.5 million in construction and financing costs for the Silver Slipper Casino Hotel, and we anticipate funding an additional $5.2 million in cash in 2014.  Construction of the Silver Slipper Casino Hotel is expected to be completed in late 2014 or early 2015.
Other items. We received correspondence from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding a late filing of an information return, which may result in a penalty.  We have requested a waiver of penalties and believe our request is sustainable on its merits.
Legal matters. We are party to a number of pending legal proceedings which occurred in the normal course of business.  Management does not expect that the outcome of such proceedings, either individually or in the aggregate, will have a material effect on our financial position, cash flows or results of operations.