- 4:33PM Churchill Downs misses by $0.13, misses on revs (CHDN) 37.88 -0.45 : Reports Q1 (Mar) loss of $0.65 per share, $0.13 worse than the Thomson Reuters consensus of ($0.52); revenues rose 1.9% year/year to $75.1 mln vs the $79.2 mln consensus.
- Net revenues from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2010 totaled a record $75.1 million, an increase of 2 percent over net revenues from continuing operations of $73.7 million recorded during the first quarter of 2009. Net revenues from continuing operations for the quarter were positively affected by revenue from the newly opened Calder Casino and revenue growth at TwinSpires.com, offset by the non-recurrence of $4.3 million in source market fee revenue that had been received by Arlington Park in the first quarter of 2009.
- Net revenues from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2009 totaled $73.7 million, an increase of 12 percent over net revenues from continuing operations of $65.7 million recorded during the first quarter of 2008. Net revenues from continuing operations for the quarter were positively affected by the continued strong first quarter performance of the Company’s gaming operations in Louisiana, which opened its permanent facility in November 2008, as well as the continued growth of its on-line businesses, including TwinSpires.com. Additionally, we benefited from the receipt of $4.3 million in one-time source market fees paid to Arlington Park, previously held in escrow by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (“NTRA”), during the first quarter of 2009.
- Wagering on United States races was down 10.35% for the first three months of 2010 when compared with the same period a year ago, but handle in March rebounded considerably from a month earlier. According to the Thoroughbred Racing Economic Indicators released April 5 by Equibase, handle in March totaled $998,775,323, down 6.21% from $1,064,949,906 in March 2009. February 2010 handle was $869,807,865, down 13% from the same month in 2009, in part because of a reduction in race days.
Forecasting is difficult and "experts" are often wrong (please see slide 11 at this link -- we'll come back to this theme in coming months). But, wait: there's one other problem with the consensus estimate: per Yahoo Finance, it includes only one analyst estimate and, therefore, is by no means a "consensus" estimate. Nonetheless, more than a handful of investors, traders, and media sources may well base their analysis, decisions, and reporting on this number. Scary, right? Yes, but this is how the Market works -- or does not work -- often creating opportunities for diligent analysts.
In other news - also from today's release:
- [CEO] Evans continued, "CDI's Online Business revenues grew 8 percent in the quarter, primarily due to an 8 percent increase in handle recorded by TwinSpires.com. The Company's pending acquisition of Youbet.com, Inc. continues to proceed through the U.S. Department of Justice's review process, with a second quarter 2010 closing of the transaction still anticipated."
Disclosure: long UBET.
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