COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2018
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]|
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES||
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
We are party to a number of pending legal proceedings related to matters that occurred in the normal course of business. Management does not expect that the outcome of any such proceedings, either individually or in the aggregate, will have a material effect on our financial position, results of operations and cash flows.
Options to Purchase or Lease Land and Buildings
Bronco Billy’s Expansion. During November 2017, the Company capitalized $0.2 million of costs for options to either purchase or lease various buildings and land in Cripple Creek, Colorado, near Bronco Billy’s. Within the first half of 2018, the Company exercised options to purchase land for $0.3 million, a parking lot for $1.2 million, and land improved with a hotel for $1.7 million.
The remaining option consists of a closed casino that was renovated and reopened on November 1, 2018 as the Christmas Casino (see Note 4). The Company exercised the lease option during the second quarter of 2018, with a lease commencement of August 2018. The lease includes a minimum three-year term with annual lease payments of $0.2 million, and can be extended an additional two years with annual lease payments of $0.3 million. The Company can also purchase the casino prior to lease-end at a price that increases over time, with a purchase price of $2.5 million if bought by October 31, 2019, and increasing by $0.1 million on each anniversary thereafter up to $2.8 million.
La Posada del Llano Racetrack Proposal in New Mexico. During July 2018, the Company paid $125,000 for options to purchase approximately 520 acres of adjoining land in Clovis, New Mexico as part of its racetrack casino proposal to the New Mexico Racing Commission. The proposal was in response to the New Mexico Racing Commission’s request for proposals related to the potential issuance of the state’s sixth racing license. The options include:
Due to litigation filed against the Commission by one of the applicants, it is unknown when the Commission will make a decision regarding the issuance of the racetrack license.
In addition to the following significant leases, we have operating leases for certain office and warehouse facilities, office equipment, signage and land.
Silver Slipper Casino Land Lease through April 2058 and Options to Purchase. In 2004, our subsidiary, Silver Slipper Casino Venture, LLC, entered into a land lease with Cure Land Company, LLC for approximately 31 acres of marshlands and a seven-acre parcel on which the Silver Slipper Casino and Hotel is situated. The land lease includes base monthly payments of $77,500 plus contingent rents of 3% of gross gaming revenue (as defined) in excess of $3.65 million in any given month. We recognized $1.5 million of rent expense, including $0.6 million of contingent rents, during 2018, and $1.4 million of rent expense, including $0.5 million of contingent rents, during 2017.
The land lease also includes an exclusive option to purchase the leased land (“Purchase Option”) after February 26, 2019 through October 1, 2027, for $15.5 million plus a retained interest in Silver Slipper Casino and Hotel’s operations of 3% of net income (as defined), for 10 years from the purchase date. In the event that Full House sells or transfers (i) substantially all of the assets of Silver Slipper Casino Venture, LLC, or (ii) its membership interests in Silver Slipper Casino Venture, LLC in its entirety, the purchase price will increase to $17.1 million plus the retained interest for 10 years mentioned above. In either case, we also have an option to purchase only a four-acre portion of the leased land for $2 million, which may be exercised at any time in conjunction with the development of a hotel and which accordingly reduces the purchase price of the remaining land by $2 million.
Bronco Billy’s Lease through January 2035 and Option to Purchase. Bronco Billy’s leases certain parking lots and buildings, including a portion of the hotel and casino, under a long-term lease. The lease term includes six renewal options in three-year increments to 2035. Bronco Billy’s exercised its first renewal option through January 2020, which increased the monthly rents to $25,000 for the first two years of the renewal period and $30,000 for the third year. The lease also contains a $7.6 million purchase option exercisable at any time during the lease and a right of first refusal.
Grand Lodge Casino Lease through August 2023. Our subsidiary, Gaming Entertainment (Nevada), LLC, has a lease with Hyatt Equities L.L.C. (“Hyatt”) to operate the Grand Lodge Casino. The lease is collateralized by the Company’s interests under the lease and property, as defined, and is subordinate to the liens of the Notes. Hyatt has an option, beginning January 1, 2019, to purchase our leasehold interest and related operating assets of the Grand Lodge Casino subject to assumption of applicable liabilities. The option price is an amount equal to the Grand Lodge Casino’s positive working capital, plus Grand Lodge Casino’s earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) for the twelve-month period preceding the acquisition (or pro-rated if less than twelve months remain on the lease), plus the fair market value of the Grand Lodge Casino’s personal property. Commencing January 1, 2018, the monthly rent payment increased from $145,833 to $166,667. We recognized $1.9 million of rent expense related to this lease during 2018 and 2017.
Corporate Office Lease. In June 2017, the Company began occupying 4,479 square feet of office space in Las Vegas, Nevada. The office lease terms include an expiration date in January 2025 and approximately $0.2 million of annual rents.
Rent expense for all operating leases for the years ended December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017 was $4.2 million and $4.1 million, respectively.
The Company was obligated under non-cancellable operating leases to make future minimum lease payments as follows:
The Company has entered into employment agreements with certain of its key employees. The agreements may provide the employee with a base salary, bonus, restricted stock grants, stock options and other customary benefits. Certain agreements also provide for severance in the event the employee resigns with “good reason,” or the employee is terminated without “cause” or due to a “change of control,” as defined in the agreements. The severance amounts vary with the terms of the agreements and may include the acceleration and vesting of certain unvested shares and stock-based awards upon a change of control, along with continuation of insurance costs and certain other benefits.
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 $0.3 million for each of 2018 and 2017, excluding nominal administrative expenses assumed. For 2018 and 2017, the Company’s employer contribution rate was 50% up to 4% of compensation.
Liquidity, Concentrations and Economic Risks and Uncertainties
We are economically dependent upon relatively few investments in the gaming industry. Future operations could be affected by adverse economic conditions and increased competition, particularly in those areas and their key feeder markets in neighboring states. The effects and duration of these conditions and related risks and uncertainties on our future operations and cash flows, including our access to capital or credit financing, cannot be estimated at this time, but may be significant.
The Company carries cash on deposit with financial institutions that may be in excess of federally-insured limits. The extent of any loss that might be incurred as a result of uninsured deposits in the event of a future failure of a bank or other financial institution, if any, is not subject to estimation at this time.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
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