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Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. 10-K 2013

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  1. 10-K/A
  2. Ex-23.1
  3. Ex-31.1
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  5. Ex-32
  6. Ex-32
PNK 12.31.2012 10K /A2
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 10-K/A
(Amendment No. 2)
(Mark One)
R
 
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012
or
o
 
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from                      to                     
Commission file number 001-13641
PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
 
95-3667491
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
8918 Spanish Ridge Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada 89148
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
(702) 541-7777
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class
 
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $.10 par value per share
 
New York Stock Exchange
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. YES R NO o
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. YES o NO R
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. YES R NO o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). YES R NO o
Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant's knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a small reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” and “small reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer R
Accelerated filer o
Non-accelerated filer o 
(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
Smaller reporting company o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act). YES o NO R
The aggregate market value of the common stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant as of June 30, 2012 was $594 million based on a closing price of $9.62 per share of common stock as reported on the New York Stock Exchange.
The number of outstanding shares of the registrant's common stock as of the close of business on February 25, 2013 was 58,381,813.
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
Portions of the registrant's definitive 2013 proxy statement, anticipated to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission within 120 days after the end of the registrant's fiscal year, are incorporated by reference into Part III of this Form 10-K.



EXPLANATORY NOTE

This Amendment No. 2 to the Annual Report on Form 10-K (the “Amendment No. 2”) of Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (the “Company”) for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, amends the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012 that was originally filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on March 1, 2013 (the “Form 10-K”) and Amendment No. 1 to the Annual Report on Form 10-K (the "Amendment No. 1") that was filed with the SEC on May 31, 2013. Amendment No. 2 is being filed to provide management's conclusions as to the effectiveness of disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting, as well as the attestation report of the independent registered public accounting firm pursuant to Item 9A of Form 10-K. Amendment No. 2 is also being filed to provide a revised Note 1 (Summary of Significant Accounting Policies) and Note 12 (Consolidating Condensed Financial Information) within the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in Form 10-K and Item 15 of Part IV of the Form 10-K. The revised Note 1 provides additional disclosure regarding the Company's capitalization policies related to development projects and additional disclosure regarding promotional allowances. The revised Note 12 provides additional disclosure regarding cash used in investing and financing activities in the Consolidated Condensed Financial Information. Item 15 of Part IV of the Form 10-K has been amended to include new certifications as reflected in Exhibits 31.1, 31.2 and 32, a new consent from the Company's independent registered public accounting firm, Ernst & Young LLP, as reflected in Exhibit 23.1, and new financial statements in Exhibit 101 formated in XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language). No other changes have been made to the Form 10-K and Amendment No. 1 as originally filed.

Item 8 of Part II, Item 9A and Item 15 of Part IV of the Form 10-K are the only portions of the Form 10-K being supplemented or amended by this Amendment No. 2. Additionally, in connection with the filing of this Amendment No. 2 and pursuant to SEC rules, the Company is including new certifications in Exhibits 31.1, 31.2 and 32, a new consent from the Company's independent registered public accounting firm in Exhibit 23.1 and new financial statements in Exhibit 101 formatted in XBRL. This Amendment No. 2 does not otherwise update any exhibits as originally filed and does not otherwise reflect events occurring after the original filing date of the Form 10-K. Accordingly, this Amendment No. 2 should be read in conjunction with the Company's filings with the SEC subsequent to the filing of the Form 10-K and Amendment No. 1, including any amendments to those filings, as information in such filings may update or supersede certain information contained in those filings as well as this Amendment No. 2, the Form 10-K and Amendment No. 1.




PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 
 
 
 
 
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PART II

Item 8.
Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
The Board of Directors and Stockholders of
Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. and subsidiaries:
We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. and subsidiaries as of December 31, 2012 and 2011, and the related consolidated statements of operations, comprehensive loss, changes in stockholders' equity, and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2012. Our audits also included the financial statement schedule listed in the index at Item 15(a)2. These financial statements and schedule are the responsibility of the Company's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements and schedule based on our audits.
We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the consolidated financial position of Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. and subsidiaries at December 31, 2012 and 2011, and the consolidated results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2012, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Also, in our opinion, the related financial statement schedule referred to above, when considered in relation to the basic financial statements taken as a whole, presents fairly in all material respects the information set forth therein.
We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. and subsidiaries' internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2012, based on criteria established in Internal Control-Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission and our report dated March 1, 2013 expressed an unqualified opinion thereon.
 
/s/ Ernst & Young LLP
Las Vegas, Nevada
March 1, 2013,
except for Note 7, as to which the date is
May 31, 2013

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PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(amounts in thousands, except per share data)
 
For the year ended December 31,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2010
Revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
Gaming
$
1,042,515

 
$
997,613

 
$
932,894

Food and beverage
74,551

 
69,383

 
64,414

Lodging
39,426

 
37,993

 
36,322

Retail, entertainment and other
40,611

 
36,209

 
24,938

 Total revenues
1,197,103

 
1,141,198

 
1,058,568

Expenses and other costs:
 
 
 
 
 
Gaming
588,646

 
575,265

 
541,052

Food and beverage
64,537

 
60,748

 
57,636

Lodging
20,626

 
19,178

 
19,996

Retail, entertainment and other
22,010

 
20,847

 
10,384

General and administrative
224,918

 
219,707

 
222,094

Depreciation and amortization
115,694

 
103,863

 
109,745

Pre-opening and development costs
21,633

 
8,817

 
13,649

Impairment of indefinite-lived intangible assets

 

 
11,500

Impairment of development costs

 

 
23,662

Write-downs, reserves and recoveries, net
11,818

 
4,163

 
(3,335
)
 Total expenses and other costs
1,069,882

 
1,012,588

 
1,006,383

Operating income
127,221

 
128,610

 
52,185

Net interest expense, net of capitalized interest
(93,687
)
 
(95,308
)
 
(102,867
)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt
(20,718
)
 
(183
)
 
(1,852
)
Loss from equity method investment
(30,780
)
 
(588
)
 

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes
(17,964
)
 
32,531

 
(52,534
)
Income tax (expense) benefit
(4,675
)
 
(2,335
)
 
11,693

Income (loss) from continuing operations
(22,639
)
 
30,196

 
(40,841
)
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes
(9,166
)
 
(32,735
)
 
17,422

Net loss
$
(31,805
)
 
$
(2,539
)
 
$
(23,419
)
Net loss per common share—basic
 
 
 
 
 
Income (loss) from continuing operations
$
(0.37
)
 
$
0.49

 
$
(0.67
)
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes
(0.15
)
 
(0.53
)
 
0.29

Net loss per common share—basic
$
(0.52
)
 
$
(0.04
)
 
$
(0.38
)
Net loss per common share—diluted
 
 
 
 
 
Income (loss) from continuing operations
$
(0.37
)
 
$
0.48

 
$
(0.67
)
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes
(0.15
)
 
(0.52
)
 
0.29

Net loss per common share—diluted
$
(0.52
)
 
$
(0.04
)
 
$
(0.38
)
Number of shares—basic
61,258

 
61,989

 
60,872

Number of shares—diluted
61,258

 
62,467

 
60,872

See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements.


5



PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(amounts in thousands)

 
For the year ended December 31,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2010
Net loss
$
(31,805
)
 
$
(2,539
)
 
$
(23,419
)
Foreign currency translation gain

 

 
17,079

Post-retirement benefit obligations
73

 
(133
)
 
1,061

Comprehensive loss
$
(31,732
)
 
$
(2,672
)
 
$
(5,279
)
See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements.



6



PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(amounts in thousands, except share data)
 
December 31,
 
2012
 
2011
ASSETS
 
 
 
Current Assets:
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
101,792

 
$
78,597

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $7,526 and $4,718
21,560

 
19,565

Inventories
6,728

 
7,083

Held-to-maturity securities
4,428

 

Prepaid expenses and other assets
12,179

 
11,758

Assets of discontinued operations held for sale
38,609

 
73,871

Total current assets
185,296

 
190,874

Restricted cash
5,667

 
6,451

Land, buildings, vessels and equipment
 
 
 
Land and land improvements
291,850

 
234,574

Buildings, vessels and improvements
1,539,272

 
1,263,054

Furniture, fixtures and equipment
528,027

 
453,701

Construction in progress
47,908

 
173,303

Land, building, vessels and equipment, gross
2,407,057

 
2,124,632

Less: accumulated depreciation
(711,079
)
 
(609,603
)
Land, building, vessels and equipment, net
1,695,978

 
1,515,029

Goodwill
55,157

 
52,562

Equity method investments
91,424

 
97,795

Intangible assets, net
20,833

 
18,516

Other assets, net
54,639

 
69,392

Total assets
$
2,108,994

 
$
1,950,619

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 
 
 
Current Liabilities:
 
 
 
Accounts payable
$
33,234

 
$
46,135

Accrued interest
26,422

 
21,270

Accrued compensation
37,898

 
39,801

Accrued taxes
20,709

 
18,769

Other accrued liabilities
73,028

 
50,544

Deferred income taxes
3,210

 
2,426

Current portion of long-term debt
3,250

 
111

     Liabilities of discontinued operations held for sale

 
2,923

Total current liabilities
197,751

 
181,979

Long-term debt less current portion
1,437,251

 
1,223,874

Other long-term liabilities
23,382

 
21,944

Deferred income taxes
3,493

 
3,430

Total liabilities
1,661,877

 
1,431,227

Commitments and contingencies (Note 11)

 

Stockholders’ Equity:
 
 
 
Preferred stock—$1.00 par value, 250,000 shares authorized, none issued or outstanding

 

Common stock—$0.10 par value, 100,000,000 authorized, 58,206,813 and 62,143,572 shares outstanding, net of treasury shares
6,458

 
6,416

Additional paid-in capital
1,053,919

 
1,043,358

Retained deficit
(542,179
)
 
(510,374
)
Accumulated other comprehensive income
9

 
82

Treasury stock, at cost, 6,374,882 and 2,008,986 of treasury shares
(71,090
)
 
(20,090
)
Total stockholders’ equity
447,117

 
519,392

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity
$
2,108,994

 
$
1,950,619


See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements.

7


PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
(amounts in thousands)

 
Capital Stock
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Number of Shares
 
Common
Stock
 
Additional
Paid-In
Capital
 
Retained
Deficit
 
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
 
Treasury
Stock
 
Total
Stockholders'
Equity
Balance as of January 1, 2010
60,080

 
$
6,209

 
$
1,014,233

 
$
(488,379
)
 
$
(17,564
)
 
$
(20,090
)
 
$
494,409

Net loss

 

 

 
(23,419
)
 

 

 
(23,419
)
Foreign currency translation gain

 

 

 

 
17,079

 

 
17,079

Post-retirement benefit obligations

 

 
226

 

 
835

 

 
1,061

Comprehensive loss
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(5,279
)
Share-based compensation

 

 
6,306

 

 

 

 
6,306

Common stock issuance and option exercises
1,512

 
151

 
11,783

 

 

 

 
11,934

Balance as of December 31, 2010
61,592

 
6,360

 
1,032,548

 
(511,798
)
 
350

 
(20,090
)
 
507,370

Net loss

 

 

 
(2,539
)
 

 

 
(2,539
)
Post-retirement benefit obligations

 

 
135

 

 
(268
)
 

 
(133
)
Comprehensive loss
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(2,672
)
Adoption of jackpot liability guidance

 

 

 
3,963

 

 

 
3,963

Share-based compensation

 

 
6,700

 

 

 

 
6,700

Common stock issuance and option exercises
552

 
56

 
3,975

 

 

 

 
4,031

Balance as of December 31, 2011
62,144

 
6,416

 
1,043,358

 
(510,374
)
 
82

 
(20,090
)
 
519,392

Net loss

 

 

 
(31,805
)
 

 

 
(31,805
)
Post-retirement benefit obligations

 

 
146

 

 
(73
)
 

 
73

Comprehensive loss
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(31,732
)
Share-based compensation

 

 
8,795

 

 

 

 
8,795

Common stock issuance and option exercises
429

 
42

 
1,620

 

 

 

 
1,662

Treasury stock repurchase
(4,366
)
 

 

 

 

 
(51,000
)
 
(51,000
)
Balance as of December 31, 2012
58,207

 
$
6,458

 
$
1,053,919

 
$
(542,179
)
 
$
9

 
$
(71,090
)
 
$
447,117

See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements.

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PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(amounts in thousands)
 
For the year ended December 31,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2010
Cash flows from operating activities:
 
 
 
 
 
Net loss
$
(31,805
)
 
$
(2,539
)
 
$
(23,419
)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
115,804

 
105,499

 
114,083

Loss (gain) on disposal of assets
1,952

 
2,892

 
(992
)
Loss from equity method investment
30,780

 
588

 

Loss on early extinguishment of debt
20,718

 
183

 
1,852

Reserve on uncollectible loan receivable
1,700

 

 

Impairment of indefinite-lived intangible assets

 

 
11,500

Impairment of buildings, vessels and equipment

 
8,903

 
366

Impairment of land and development costs
6,950

 
17,853

 
23,662

Amortization of debt issuance costs and debt discounts
6,519

 
5,238

 
6,695

Share-based compensation expense
8,795

 
6,700

 
6,306

Change in income taxes
848

 
(840
)
 
(7,477
)
Other operating activities

 
446

 
5,304

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
Receivables, net
6,348

 
(8,606
)
 
(4,031
)
Prepaid expenses, inventories and other
997

 
9,276

 
(5,015
)
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other
17,300

 
(13,784
)
 
(40,151
)
Net cash provided by operating activities
186,906

 
131,809

 
88,683

Cash flows from investing activities:
 
 
 
 
 
Capital expenditures and land additions
(299,464
)
 
(153,452
)
 
(157,537
)
Equity method investment, inclusive of capitalized interest
(24,408
)
 
(98,383
)
 

Payment for business combinations
(4,300
)
 
(45,216
)
 

Purchase of held-to-maturity debt securities
(20,062
)
 

 

Proceeds from investments
12,757

 

 

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment
4,295

 
3,675

 
14,901

Refund of restricted cash
413

 

 
1,508

Purchase of intangible asset
(1,057
)
 

 

Escrow refund (deposit)
25,000

 

 
(25,000
)
Net proceeds from sale of discontinued operations
10,784

 

 
35,477

Loans receivable
(6,037
)
 

 

Net cash used in investing activities
(302,079
)
 
(293,376
)
 
(130,651
)
Cash flows from financing activities:
 
 
 
 
 
Proceeds from Credit Facility
47,500

 
99,000

 
165,379

Repayments under Credit Facility
(103,500
)
 
(43,000
)
 
(202,298
)
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt
646,750

 

 
350,000

Repayment of long-term debt
(391,500
)
 
(10,104
)
 
(200,008
)
Proceeds from common stock options exercised
1,482

 
3,717

 
10,854

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

 

 
1,080

Payments on other secured and unsecured notes payable
(653
)
 

 

Purchase of treasury stock
(51,000
)
 

 

Debt issuance and other financing costs
(12,408
)
 
(3,139
)
 
(16,849
)
Net cash provided by financing activities
136,671

 
46,474

 
108,158

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

 

 
(379
)
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
21,498

 
(115,093
)
 
65,811

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year
80,294

 
195,387

 
129,576

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year
$
101,792

 
$
80,294

 
$
195,387

 
 
 
 
 
 
Supplemental Cash Flow Information:
 
 
 
 
 
Cash paid for interest, net of amounts capitalized
$
82,831

 
$
90,513

 
$
95,876

Cash payments (refunds) related to income taxes, net
3,474

 
(1,802
)
 
7,305

Increase (decrease) in construction related deposits and liabilities
(1,340
)
 
25,757

 
(30,032
)
Non-cash consideration for business combination
(300
)
 

 

Non-cash issuance of common stock
180

 
312

 

See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements.

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PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Note 1—Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
Basis of Presentation and Organization. Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (“Pinnacle”) is an owner, operator and developer of casinos and related hospitality and entertainment facilities. We operate casinos located in Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Bossier City, Louisiana (L’Auberge Lake Charles, L'Auberge Baton Rouge, Boomtown New Orleans and Boomtown Bossier City), St. Louis, Missouri (River City Casino and Lumière Place Casino and Hotels), and southeastern Indiana (Belterra Casino Resort). L'Auberge Baton Rouge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, opened on September 1, 2012. In addition, we own and operate a racetrack facility in Cincinnati, Ohio (River Downs) and a live and televised poker tournament series (Heartland Poker Tour). We view each property as an operating segment, with the exception of our properties located in St. Louis, Missouri, which are aggregated into the “St. Louis” reporting segment. We also own a minority equity interest in Asian Coast Development (Canada), Ltd. ("ACDL"), a British Columbia corporation that is developing Vietnam's first integrated resort near Ho Chi Minh City, which is accounted for under the equity method of accounting. For further details, see Note 7, Investments and Acquisition Activities. References in these footnotes to “Pinnacle,” the “Company,” “we,” “our” or “us” refer to Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. and its subsidiaries, except where stated or the context otherwise indicates.

In December 2012, we entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Ameristar Casinos Inc. ("Ameristar") in an all cash transaction valued at $26.50 per share representing total consideration of $2.8 billion, including assumed debt. Ameristar operates the following casinos: Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles (serving the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area); Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City (serving the Kansas City metropolitan area); Ameristar Casino Hotel Council Bluffs (serving the Omaha, Nebraska metropolitan area and southwestern Iowa); Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk (serving the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area); Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg (serving Jackson, Mississippi and Monroe, Louisiana); Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago (serving the Chicagoland area); and Cactus Petes Resort Casino and The Horseshu Hotel and Casino in Jackpot, Nevada (serving Idaho and the Pacific Northwest). The transaction is expected to close by the end of the third quarter of 2013, subject to closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

We are acquiring Ameristar pursuant to an Agreement and Plan of Merger, as amended (the “Merger Agreement”), between, Pinnacle, PNK Holdings, Inc., a direct wholly-owned subsidiary of Pinnacle (“Holdco”), PNK Development 32, Inc., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Pinnacle (“Merger Sub”), and Ameristar. Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, the Merger Sub would be merged with and into Ameristar, with Ameristar surviving as a wholly-owned, indirect subsidiary of Pinnacle (the "Merger"). The Merger Agreement further provides that Pinnacle is entitled, under certain circumstances, to effect an alternative merger structure pursuant to which HoldCo would be merged with and into Ameristar with Ameristar as the surviving corporation (the “Alternative Merger”), and immediately thereafter, Ameristar would be merged with and into Pinnacle with Pinnacle as the surviving corporation. On February 1, 2013, the Parties entered into the First Amendment to the Merger Agreement, to more specifically address the effects of the Alternative Merger.

We estimate that the total amount of funds required to complete the Merger and pay related fees and expenses will be approximately $1.0 billion, not including the refinanced and assumed indebtedness. However, because the Merger would constitute an event of default under Ameristar's existing $1.4 billion senior credit facilities (the “Ameristar Credit Facilities”), requiring the Ameristar Credit Facilities to be amended or repaid in full, the Merger Agreement and Debt Financing Commitment (defined below) contemplate that Ameristar seek an amendment to the Ameristar Credit Facilities to permit the Ameristar Credit Facilities to stay in place and to increase Ameristar's borrowing capacity thereunder by $190 million (the “Ameristar Credit Amendment”). Similarly, because the Merger would trigger the right of the holders of Ameristar's 7.50% Senior Notes due 2021 (the “Ameristar Notes”) to require Ameristar to repurchase the Ameristar Notes at 101% of face value, the Merger Agreement and Debt Financing Commitment contemplate that Ameristar will commence a consent solicitation with respect to the Ameristar Notes to waive the put right and revise certain restrictive covenants in the indenture governing the Ameristar Notes (the “Note Consent”). In the event that the Ameristar Credit Amendment and/or Note Consent are not obtained, we would cause Ameristar to refinance the entirety of the Ameristar Credit Facilities and fund any put payments with respect to the Ameristar Notes. In addition, we intend to seek an amendment to our Credit Facility to increase our borrowing capacity thereunder by $405 million (the “Pinnacle Credit Amendment”). Finally, we intend to obtain an additional $315 million to fund a portion of the merger consideration and transaction costs through the issuance by HoldCo of $315 million of new senior notes.

We intend to fund the cash required in connection with the Merger largely with debt financing. In connection with the Merger, we entered into a commitment letter, dated December 20, 2012, with several financial institutions, which have agreed to provide the debt financing commitments (the “Debt Financing Commitment”) that will fund collectively the consideration to be paid pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, pay transaction fees and expenses, provide working capital and funds for general corporate purposes after the Merger and/or refinance the existing indebtedness of Pinnacle and Ameristar.

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The completion of the Merger is subject to various conditions, including, among others, (i) obtaining approval of certain gaming regulators, (ii) the termination or expiration of applicable waiting periods under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, and (iii) approval of the Merger by the stockholders of Ameristar. The Merger is not conditioned on Pinnacle obtaining the debt financing and if the Merger Agreement is terminated due to Pinnacle's inability to obtain adequate financing or obtain gaming regulatory approvals, then Pinnacle will be obligated under certain circumstances to pay Ameristar a reverse termination fee of $85.0 million.

In April 2012, we entered into agreements to execute a series of transactions that would result in us ultimately acquiring 75.5% of the equity of Retama Partners, Ltd. ("RPL"), the owner of the racing license for Retama Park Racetrack in San Antonio, Texas. In January 2013, we closed on the acquisition of 75.5% of the equity of Pinnacle Retama Partners, LLC ("PRPLLC"), which is a reorganized limited liability company formerly known as RPL, and entered into a management contract with Retama Development Corporation ("RDC") to manage the day-to-day operations of Retama Park Racetrack. For further discussion, see Note 7, Investments and Acquisition Activities.

We have classified certain of our assets and liabilities as held for sale in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets and included the related results of operations in discontinued operations, including our former Boomtown Reno property among others, in the accompanying Consolidated Statements of Operations. For further information, see Note 8, Discontinued Operations. Our Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows have not been adjusted for discontinued operations.

Principles of Consolidation. The accompanying Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") in the United States and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). The results for the periods reflect all adjustments that management considers necessary for a fair presentation of operating results. The Consolidated Financial Statements include the accounts of Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Investments in the common stock of unconsolidated affiliates in which we have the ability to exercise significant influence are accounted for under the equity method. All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

Use of Estimates. The preparation of Consolidated Financial Statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect (i) the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, (ii) the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements, and (iii) the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Estimates used by us include, among other things, the estimated useful lives for depreciable and amortizable assets, the estimated allowance for doubtful accounts receivable, estimated income tax provisions, the evaluation of the future realization of deferred tax assets, determining the adequacy of reserves for self-insured liabilities and our mychoice customer loyalty program, estimated cash flows in assessing the recoverability of long-lived assets, asset impairments, goodwill and intangible assets, contingencies and litigation, and estimates of the forfeiture rate and expected life of share-based awards and stock price volatility when computing share-based compensation expense. Actual results may differ from those estimates.

Fair Value. Fair value measurements effect our accounting and impairment assessments of our long-lived assets, investments in unconsolidated affiliates, assets acquired in an acquisition, goodwill, and other intangible assets. Fair value measurements also effect our accounting for certain financial assets and liabilities. Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date and is measured according to a hierarchy that includes: "Level 1" inputs, such as quoted prices in an active market for identical assets or liabilities; "Level 2" inputs, which are observable inputs for similar assets; or "Level 3" inputs, which are unobservable inputs.


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The following table presents a summary of fair value measurements by level for certain liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis in the Consolidated Balance Sheet as of December 31, 2012 and 2011:
 
 
 
Fair Value Measurements Using:
 
Total Fair Value
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
(in millions)
As of December 31, 2012
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Deferred compensation
$
1.0

 
$
1.0

 
$

 
$

As of December 31, 2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Deferred compensation
$
1.3

 
$
1.3

 
$

 
$


The following table presents a summary of fair value measurements by level for certain financial instruments not measured at fair value on a recurring basis in the Consolidated Balance Sheet as of December 31, 2012 and 2011 for which it is practicable to estimate fair value:
 
 
 
 
 
Fair Value Measurements Using:
 
Total Carrying Value
 
Total Fair Value
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
 
 
(in millions)
As of December 31, 2012
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Held-to-maturity securities
$
14.4

 
$
14.4

 
$

 
$
14.4

 
$

Promissory notes
$
4.0

 
$
4.0

 
$

 
$
4.0

 
$

Liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Long-term debt
$
1,440.5

 
$
1,532.1

 
$

 
$
1,532.1

 
$

As of December 31, 2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Held-to-maturity securities
$
4.6

 
$
4.6

 
$

 
$
4.6

 
$

Promissory notes
$

 
$

 
$

 
$

 
$

Liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Long-term debt
$
1,224.0

 
$
1,243.5

 
$

 
$
1,243.5

 
$


The estimated fair value of our short-term held-to-maturity securities and short-term promissory notes approximated our carrying values because of their short-term nature. The estimated fair value of our long-term held-to-maturity securities and long-term promissory notes were based on Level 2 inputs using observable market data for comparable instruments in establishing prices. Our held-to-maturity and promissory notes carrying values include amounts in "Held-to-maturity securities" and "Other Assets, net" in our Consolidated Balance Sheet.

The estimated fair value of our long-term debt includes the fair value of our senior notes, senior subordinated notes and term loan using Level 2 inputs of observable market data on comparable debt instruments on or about December 31, 2012.

Cash and Cash Equivalents. Cash and cash equivalents totaled approximately $101.8 million and $78.6 million at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Cash equivalents are highly liquid investments with an original maturity of less than three months and are stated at the lower of cost or market value and are valued using Level 1 inputs.

Accounts Receivable. Accounts receivable consist primarily of casino, hotel and other receivables. We extend casino credit to approved customers in states where it is permitted following investigations of creditworthiness. Accounts receivable are non-interest bearing and are initially recorded at cost. We have estimated an allowance for doubtful accounts of $7.5 million and $4.7 million as of December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, to reduce receivables to their carrying amount, which approximates fair value. The allowance for doubtful accounts is estimated based upon, among other things, collection experience, customer credit

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evaluations and the age of the receivables. Bad debt expense totaled $3.9 million, $2.9 million, and $1.1 million for the years ended December 31, 2012, 2011, and 2010, respectively.

Inventories. Inventories, which consist primarily of food, beverage and operating supplies, are stated at the lower of cost or market value. Costs are determined using the first-in, first-out and the weighted average methods.

Restricted Cash. Long-term restricted cash of $5.7 million and $6.5 million as of December 31, 2012 and 2011 consists primarily of an indemnification trust deposit of approximately $5.7 million, among other items.

Land, Buildings, Vessels and Equipment. Land, buildings, vessels and equipment are stated at cost. Land includes land not currently being used in our operations, which totaled $27.2 million at December 31, 2012 and $30.3 million at December 31, 2011. During the third quarter of 2012, we reclassified $4.5 million of our stock of uniforms, linens, china, glassware, silverware and gaming chips from other assets to land, buildings, vessels and equipment. Depreciation on our stock of uniforms, linens, china, glassware, silverware, and gaming chips totaling $0.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 that would have previously been included in operating expenses is included in "Depreciation and amortization" in our Consolidated Statements of Operations. During the fourth quarter of 2012, we recorded $4.7 million in accelerated depreciation expense, associated with assets at our River Downs property, due to the planned demolition of the grandstand and related facilities to make way for a new gaming entertainment center development.
 
For the year ended December 31,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2010
 
(in millions)
Depreciation expense
$
115.5

 
$
103.7

 
$
109.6

We capitalize the costs of improvements that extend the life of the asset. We expense maintenance and repairs costs as incurred. Gains or losses on the dispositions of land, buildings, vessels or equipment are included in the determination of income. We depreciate our land improvements, buildings, vessels and equipment using the straight-line method over the shorter of the estimated useful life of the asset or the related lease term, as follows:
 
Years
Land improvements
5 to 20
Buildings and improvements
15 to 35
Vessels
10 to 25
Furniture, fixtures and equipment
3 to 20

Development costs directly associated with the acquisition, development and construction of a project are capitalized as a cost of the project, during the periods in which activities necessary to get the property ready for its intended use are in progress. The costs incurred for development projects are carried at cost. Interest costs associated with development projects are capitalized as part of the cost of constructed asset. When no debt is incurred specifically for a project, interest is capitalized on amounts expended for the project using our weighted-average cost of borrowing. Capitalization of interest ceases when the project, or discernible portions of the project, is substantially complete. If substantially all of the construction activities of a project are suspended, capitalization of interest will cease until such activities are resumed. For further discussion, see Note 3, Long-term Debt.

We review the carrying value of land, buildings, vessels and equipment for impairment whenever events and circumstances indicate that the carrying value of an asset may not be recoverable from estimated future undiscounted cash flows expected to result from its use and eventual disposition. In cases where the carrying value exceeds fair value, an impairment charge is recognized equal to an amount by which the carrying value exceeds the fair value of the asset. The factors considered by management in performing this assessment include current operating results, trends and prospects, as well as the effect of obsolescence, demand, competition and other economic factors. In estimating expected future cash flows for determining whether an asset is impaired, assets are grouped at the reporting unit level, which for most of our assets is the individual casino. If a long-lived asset is to be sold, the asset is reported at the lower of carrying value or fair value. See Note 2, Land, Buildings, Vessels and Equipment, for further explanation.

Equity Method Investments: We apply equity method accounting for investments when we do not control the investee, but have the ability to exercise significant influence over its operating and finance policies. Equity method investments are recorded at cost, with the allocable portion of the investee's income or loss reported in earnings, and adjusted for capital contributions to and distributions from the investee. Distributions in excess of equity method earnings, if any, are recognized as a return of

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investment and recorded as investing cash flows in the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows. We review our equity investments for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value of our investment may have experienced an other-than-temporary decline in value. If such conditions exist, we would compare the estimated fair value of the investment to its carrying value to determine if an impairment is indicated. In addition, we would determine if the impairment is other-than-temporary based on our assessment of all relevant factors, including consideration of our intent and ability to retain the investment. To estimate fair value, we would use a discounted cash flow analysis based on estimated future results of the investee and market indicators of terminal year capitalization rates.

Goodwill and Indefinite-lived Intangible Assets. Goodwill and other indefinite-lived intangible assets are subject to an annual assessment for impairment during the fourth quarter, or more frequently if there are indications of possible impairment, by applying a fair-value-based test.
Goodwill consists of the excess of the acquisition cost over the fair value of the net assets acquired in business combinations. In July 2012, we recorded goodwill totaling $2.6 million related to the acquisition of the Heartland Poker Tour. In January 2011, we recorded goodwill totaling $35.8 million related to the purchase of River Downs. There were no impairments to goodwill in 2012, 2011 or 2010.

Indefinite-lived intangible assets consist of gaming licenses and a 50% interest in additional rights, associated with the Retama Park racing license, to operate and receive potentially expanded gaming revenue in the future. We recorded an impairment to indefinite-lived intangible assets of $11.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2010. See Note 9, Goodwill and Indefinite-Lived Intangible Assets.

Debt Issuance Costs and Debt Discounts. Debt issuance costs include costs incurred in connection with the issuance of debt and are capitalized and amortized to interest expense using the effective interest method. Unamortized debt issuance costs were $34.3 million and $31.2 million at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and are included in “Other assets, net” on our Consolidated Balance Sheets. Debt discounts incurred in connection with the issuance of debt have been capitalized and are being amortized to interest expense using the effective interest method. Amortization of debt issuance costs and debt discounts included in interest expense was $6.5 million, $5.2 million, and $6.7 million for the years ended December 31, 2012, 2011 and 2010, respectively.

Self-Insurance Accruals. We are self-insured up to certain limits for costs associated with general liability, workers’ compensation and employee health coverage. Insurance claims and reserves include accruals of estimated settlements for known claims, legal costs related to settling such claims and accruals of actuarial estimates of incurred but not reported claims. At December 31, 2012 and 2011, we had total self-insurance accruals of $16.5 million and $14.8 million, respectively, which are included in “Other accrued liabilities” in our Consolidated Balance Sheets. In estimating these accruals, we consider historical loss experience and make judgments about the expected level of costs per claim. We believe the estimates of future liability are reasonable based upon our methodology; however, changes in health care costs, accident frequency and severity could materially affect the estimate for these liabilities.

The mychoice Customer Loyalty Program. Our customer loyalty program, mychoice, offers incentives to customers who gamble at our casinos. Customers earn points based on their level of play that may be redeemed for benefits such as cash back, shopping, dining, hotel stays, or free credit that can be replayed in the slot machines or at table games. The reward credit balance will be forfeited if the customer does not earn any reward credits over the prior six-month period. In addition, based on their level of play, customers can earn additional benefits without redeeming points, such as a car lease, among other items. We accrue a liability for the estimated cost of providing these benefits as the benefits are earned. Estimates and assumptions are made regarding cost of providing the benefits, breakage rates, and the mix of goods and services customers will choose. We use historical data to assist in the determination of estimated accruals. Changes in estimates or customer redemption habits could produce significantly different results. At December 31, 2012 and 2011, we had accrued $11.5 million and $10.8 million, respectively, for the estimated cost of providing these benefits. Such amounts are included in "Other accrued liabilities" in our Consolidated Balance Sheets.

Income Taxes. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the future tax consequences attributable to differences between the financial statement carrying amounts of existing assets and liabilities and their respective tax bases. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled. The effect on deferred tax assets and liabilities of a change in tax rates is recognized in income in the period that included the enactment date. Valuation allowances are provided against deferred tax assets when it is deemed more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax asset will not be realized within a reasonable time period. We assess tax positions using a two-step process. A tax position is recognized if it meets a "more likely than not" threshold, and is measured at the largest amount of benefit that is greater than 50.0% percent of being realized.

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Uncertain tax positions are reviewed each balance sheet date. Liabilities recorded as a result of this analysis are classified as current or long-term based on the timing of expected payment. See Note 4, Income Taxes, for additional information.

Revenue Recognition. Gaming revenues consist of the net win from gaming activities, which is the difference between amounts wagered and amounts paid to winning patrons, with liabilities recognized for funds deposited by customers before gaming play occurs and for chips in the customers’ possession. Gaming revenues are reduced by the cash value of mychoice points and coin coupon offerings. Food and beverage, lodging, retail, entertainment, and other operating revenues are recognized as products are delivered or services are performed.

The retail value of food and beverage, lodging and other services furnished to guests on a complimentary basis is included in gross revenues and then deducted as promotional allowances. The estimated cost of providing such promotional allowances is primarily included in casino expenses. The amounts included in promotional allowances and the cost of providing such promotional allowances are as follows:
 
For the year ended December 31,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2010
 
(in millions)
Food and beverage
$
68.1

 
$
65.5

 
$
62.1

Lodging
31.7

 
30.7

 
29.6

Other
10.6

 
9.4

 
9.5

Total promotional allowances
$
110.4

 
$
105.6

 
$
101.2

 
 
 
 
 
 
Promotional allowance costs included in gaming expense
$
83.9

 
$
81.3

 
$
78.3


Gaming Taxes. We are subject to taxes based on gross gaming revenues in the jurisdictions in which we operate, subject to applicable jurisdictional adjustments. These gaming taxes are an assessment of our gaming revenues and are recorded as a gaming department expense in the Consolidated Statements of Operations. These taxes for the years ended December 31, 2012, 2011 and 2010 were as follows:
 
For the year ended December 31,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2010
 
(in millions)
Gaming taxes
$
308.1

 
$
297.6

 
$
281.5


Advertising Costs. We expense advertising costs the first time the advertising takes place. These costs are included in gaming expenses in the accompanying Consolidated Statements of Operations. In addition, advertising costs associated with development projects are included in pre-opening and development costs until the project is completed. These costs for the years ended December 31, 2012, 2011 and 2010 consist of the following:
 
For the year ended December 31,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2010
 
(in millions)
Advertising costs
$
26.6

 
$
23.2

 
$
24.6


Pre-opening and Development Costs. Pre-opening costs consist of payroll costs to hire, employ and train the workforce prior to opening an operating facility; marketing campaigns prior to and commensurate with the opening; legal and professional fees related to the project but not otherwise attributable to depreciable assets; lease payments; real-estate taxes and similar costs prior to the opening. Development costs include master planning, conceptual design fees and general and administrative costs related to our projects. Pre-opening and development costs are expensed as incurred and for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2012, 2011 and 2010 consist of the following:

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For the year ended December 31,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2010
 
(in millions)
L'Auberge Baton Rouge
$
16.0

 
$
4.3

 
$
1.2

River City
0.1

 
0.2

 
9.9

Other
5.5

 
4.3

 
2.5

Total pre-opening and development costs
$
21.6

 
$
8.8

 
$
13.6

        
Share-based Compensation: We measure the cost of awards of equity instruments to employees based on the grant-date fair value of the award. The grant-date fair value is determined using the Black-Scholes model. The fair value, net of estimated forfeitures, is amortized as compensation cost on a straight-line basis over the vesting period. See Note 6, Employee Benefit Plans.

Earnings per Share. Diluted earnings per share reflects the addition of potentially dilutive securities, which include in-the money stock options, restricted stock units and phantom stock units. We calculate the effect of dilutive securities using the treasury stock method. A total of 4.4 million, 4.1 million, and 4.9 million out-of-money stock options were excluded from the calculation of diluted earnings per share for the years ended December 31, 2012, 2011 and 2010, respectively, because including them would have been anti-dilutive.
For the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2010, we recorded a net loss from continuing operations. Accordingly, the potential dilution from the assumed exercise of stock options is anti-dilutive. As a result, basic earnings per share is equal to diluted earnings per share for such years and options and securities that could potentially dilute basic earnings per share in the future that were not included in the computation of diluted earnings per share were $0.5 million and $0.6 million, respectively.

Treasury stock: In July 2012, the Board of Directors authorized a share repurchase program of up to $100 million of shares of our Common Stock. The cost of the shares acquired is treated as a deduction from stockholders' equity. During the year ended December 31, 2012, we repurchased 4.4 million shares of common stock, and deducted $51.0 million from stockholders' equity. The Company suspended share repurchase activity late in 2012. The share repurchase authorization still remains in place.

Reclassifications. The Consolidated Financial Statements reflect certain reclassifications to prior year amounts to conform to classification in the current period. For the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, we reclassified $11.4 million and $10.2 million, respectively, in expenses included in "Food and beverage", "Lodging", "Retail, entertainment and other" and "General and administrative" in our Consolidated Statements of Operations to expenses included in "Gaming" in our Consolidated Statements of Operations as we believe these expenses are more closely associated with gaming activities. These reclassifications have no effect on previously reported operating income and net loss.

Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements
     
In May 2011, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued authoritative guidance related to fair value measurement and disclosure requirements. This update provides guidance on how fair value measurement should be applied where existing GAAP already requires or permits fair value measurements. In addition, the guidance requires expanded disclosures regarding fair value measurements. This guidance became effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2011. The adoption of the measurement guidance did not have a material impact on the Consolidated Financial Statements. The new disclosures have been included with our fair value disclosures in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

In July 2012, the FASB issued new accounting guidance for testing indefinite-lived assets for impairment. The new guidance states that an entity has the option first to assess qualitative factors to determine whether the existence of events and circumstances indicates that its more likely than not that the indefinite-lived intangible asset is impaired. The outcome of the assessment is used as a basis for determining whether it is necessary to determine the fair value of the indefinite-lived intangible asset and perform the quantitative impairment test by comparing the fair value with the carrying amount in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") Topic 350. The new guidance is effective for annual and interim impairment tests performed for fiscal years beginning after September 15, 2012, but early adoption is permitted. We adopted this guidance during the fourth quarter of 2012 and it did not have a significant impact on Consolidated Financial Statements.

In February 2013, the FASB issued new accounting guidance for the reporting of amounts reclassified out of accumulated other comprehensive income. The amendment requires an entity to report the effect of significant reclassifications out of

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accumulated other comprehensive income on the respective line items in net income if the amount being reclassified is required under GAAP to be reclassified in its entirety to net income. For other amounts that are not required under GAAP to be reclassified in their entirety to net income in the same reporting period, an entity is required to cross-reference other disclosures required under GAAP that provide additional detail about those amounts. This would be the case when a portion of the amount reclassified out of accumulated other comprehensive income is reclassified to a balance sheet account instead of directly to income or expense in the same reporting period. The new guidance is effective prospectively for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2012, but early adoption is permitted. We do not expect the adoption of this guidance to have a material impact on our financial statements.

A variety of proposed or otherwise potential accounting standards are currently under review and study by standard-setting organizations and certain regulatory agencies. Because of the tentative and preliminary nature of such proposed standards, we have not yet determined the effect, if any, that the implementation of any such proposed or revised standards would have on our Consolidated Financial Statements.

Note 2—Land, Buildings, Vessels and Equipment
Impairment of development costs: We review our long-term assets for impairment whenever events or circumstances indicate that the carrying value may not be recoverable. During the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, we recorded no impairment charges related to development costs in continuing operations.

During the year ended December 31, 2010, we recorded impairment charges related to our Sugarcane Bay and our Baton Rouge projects. In April 2010, we canceled our planned Sugarcane Bay project in Lake Charles, Louisiana and surrendered the related gaming license to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. In connection with this decision, we recorded impairment charges of $19.1 million, which includes all previously capitalized construction in progress and costs to terminate the construction contract with the general contractor. In September 2010, we expanded the scope and budget for L'Auberge Baton Rouge, and as a result, we incurred an impairment charge for certain of the previously capitalized design components of the project, totaling $4.6 million.

Note 3—Long-Term Debt
Long-term debt at December 31, 2012 and 2011 consisted of the following:
 
December 31,
 
2012
 
2011
 
(in millions)
Senior Secured Credit Facility
$

 
$
56.0

Term Loan
319.7

 

7.75% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2022
325.0

 

8.75% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2020
350.0

 
350.0

8.625% Senior Notes due 2017
445.8

 
445.1

7.50% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2015

 
372.2

Other secured and unsecured notes payable

 
0.7

 
1,440.5

 
1,224.0

Less current maturities
(3.3
)
 
(0.1
)
 
$
1,437.3

 
$
1,223.9

Senior Secured Credit Facility: In August 2011, we entered into the Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement ("Credit Facility") with a revolving credit commitment of $410 million which matures in August 2016. As of December 31, 2012, we had no borrowings outstanding under the Credit Facility, and had $8.6 million committed under letters of credit.

The Credit Facility does not have any debt repayment obligations prior to maturity. We are obligated to make mandatory prepayments of indebtedness under the Credit Facility from the net proceeds of certain debt offerings, certain asset sales and dispositions and certain casualty events, subject in certain cases to our right to reinvest proceeds. In addition, we will be required to prepay borrowings under the Credit Facility with a percentage of our “excess cash flow” (as defined in the Credit Facility, and reduced for cash flow applied to permitted capital spending). We have the option to prepay all or any portion of the indebtedness under the Credit Facility at any time without premium or penalty.

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The interest rate margins for revolving credit loans under the Credit Facility depend on our performance, measured by a consolidated total leverage ratio (as defined in the Credit Facility), which, in general, is the ratio of consolidated total debt (less excess cash, as defined in the Credit Facility) to annualized adjusted EBITDA, as defined in the Credit Facility. The Credit Facility bears interest, at our option, at either a LIBOR rate plus a margin ranging from 1.75% to 3.50% or at a base rate plus a margin ranging from 0.25% to 2.00%, in either case based on our consolidated total leverage ratio. The undrawn revolver facility bears a commitment fee for unborrowed amounts of 0.25% to 0.75% per annum based on our consolidated total leverage ratio.

The Credit Facility has, among other things, financial covenants and other affirmative and negative covenants. As of December 31, 2012, the Credit Facility requires compliance with the following ratios: (1) maximum consolidated total leverage ratio of 6.75 to 1.00; (2) minimum consolidated interest coverage ratio of 1.75 to 1.00; and (3) maximum consolidated senior secured debt ratio of 2.75 to 1.00. In addition, the Credit Facility has covenants that limit the amount of senior unsecured debt we may incur to $1.5 billion, unless our maximum consolidated total leverage ratio is less than 6.00 to 1.00. As of December 31, 2012, we are in compliance with each of these ratios, and compliance with these ratios does not have a material impact on our financial flexibility, including our ability to incur new indebtedness.

The obligations under the Credit Facility are secured by most of our assets and the assets of our domestic restricted subsidiaries, including a pledge of the equity interests in our domestic subsidiaries (except where such pledge is prohibited by gaming regulations) and, if and when formed or acquired, by a pledge of up to 66% of the then-outstanding equity interests of our foreign restricted subsidiaries. Our obligations under the Credit Facility are also guaranteed by our existing and future domestic restricted subsidiaries and are required to be guaranteed by our foreign restricted subsidiaries, if and when such foreign restricted subsidiaries are formed or acquired, unless such guarantee causes material adverse tax, foreign gaming or foreign law consequences. Subsidiaries that own approximately $37.8 million in cash and other assets as of December 31, 2012, a subsidiary that holds our investment in ACDL, our Atlantic City subsidiaries and each of our foreign subsidiaries are currently unrestricted subsidiaries for purposes of the Credit Facility.

The Credit Facility provides for customary events of default with corresponding grace periods, in most cases, including payment defaults, cross defaults with certain other indebtedness to third parties, breaches of covenants and bankruptcy events. In the case of a continuing default, the lenders may, among other remedies, accelerate payment of all obligations due from the borrowers to the lenders, charge the borrowers a default rate of interest on all then-outstanding or thereafter incurred obligations, and terminate the lenders' commitments to make any further loans or issue any further letters of credit. In the event of certain defaults, the commitments of the lenders will be automatically terminated and all outstanding obligations of the borrowers will automatically become due. In addition, the lenders may take possession of, and enforce the borrowers' rights with respect to, the borrowers' collateral, including selling the collateral.

Term Loan: On March 19, 2012, as contemplated under the Credit Facility, we entered into an Incremental Facility Activation Notice and New Lender Supplement (the "Incremental Facility Notice"). The Incremental Facility Notice notified the Administrative Agent of our activation of a $325 million Incremental Term Loan (the "Term Loan") under the Credit Facility. The Term Loan matures with all outstanding principal amounts due and payable March 19, 2019, provided that such maturity date shall be accelerated to May 1, 2017, if any portion of the Borrower's 8.625% Senior Notes due 2017 are outstanding on May 1, 2017. The Term Loan requires payments of $3.25 million annually, payable in equal quarterly installments, with any remaining amount of the Term Loan required to be repaid in full on the maturity date. The Term Loan bears interest, at our option, at either a LIBOR rate plus a margin of 3.00% or at a base rate plus a margin of 1.50%. The LIBOR rate carries a floor of 1.00%. As discussed below, we used a portion of the Term Loan, to redeem a portion of our then existing 7.50% senior subordinated notes due 2015 ("7.50% Notes”).

In connection with the Term Loan, we entered into the First Amendment to the Credit Facility (the “First Amendment”). The First Amendment made conforming amendments to the Credit Facility in connection with the Term Loan pursuant to the Incremental Facility Notice, including providing for a LIBOR floor of 1.0% for the Term Loan. In addition, the First Amendment provides that under the Credit Facility we will be required to maintain consolidated total leverage ratio from September 30, 2016 and thereafter of 4.50 to 1.00 and the consolidated interest coverage ratio from September 30, 2016 and thereafter of 2.00 to 1.00. The Incremental Facility Notice and First Amendment are considered loan documents under the Credit Facility and are governed by the terms and conditions set forth under the Credit Facility as described above.
 
7.75% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2022: On March 19, 2012, we issued $325 million in aggregate principal amount of 7.75% senior subordinated notes due 2022 (“7.75% Notes”). The 7.75% Notes were issued at par, with interest payable on April 1st and October 1st of each year. Net of initial purchasers’ fees and various costs and expenses, net proceeds from the offering were approximately $318 million. We used all of the net proceeds of the 7.75% Notes offering and a portion of the net proceeds

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from the Term Loan to redeem all $385 million in aggregate principal amount of our 7.50% Notes and to repay all $70.0 million in then outstanding revolving credit borrowings under the Credit Facility.

The 7.75% Notes are senior subordinated, unsecured obligations, and are subordinated in right of payment to all of our existing and future senior debt, including debt under the Credit Facility and the 8.625% senior notes due 2017, and rank equally with our existing and future senior subordinated debt, including our 8.75% senior subordinated notes due 2020. The 7.75% Notes are guaranteed on a senior subordinated basis by certain of our current and future domestic restricted subsidiaries.

8.75% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2020: In May 2010, we issued $350 million in aggregate principal amount of 8.75% senior subordinated notes due 2020 (“8.75% Notes”). The 8.75% Notes were issued at a price equal to par with interest payable on May 15th and November 15th. Net of the initial purchasers' fees and various costs and expenses, proceeds from the offering were approximately $341.5 million.

The 8.75% Notes are senior subordinated, unsecured obligation, and are subordinated in right of payment to all of our existing and future senior debt, including debt under the Credit Facility and the 8.625% senior notes due 2017, and rank equally with our existing and future senior subordinated debt, including our 7.75% Notes. The 8.75% Notes are guaranteed on a senior subordinated basis by certain of our current and future domestic restricted subsidiaries.
8.625% Senior Notes due 2017: In August 2009, we issued $450 million in aggregate principal amount of 8.625% senior unsecured notes due 2017 (“8.625% Notes”). The 8.625% Notes were issued at a price of 98.597% of par, to yield 8.875% to maturity, with interest payable on August 1st and February 1st. Net of the original issue discount, initial purchasers’ fees and various costs and expenses, net proceeds from the offering were approximately $434 million.
The 8.625% Notes are senior unsecured obligations and rank equally in right of payment with all of our existing and future senior debt, including debt under our Credit Facility. The 8.625% Notes are, however, effectively subordinated to our Credit Facility, which is secured by a first priority lien, as well as any other secured debt which may be issued in the future. The 8.625% Notes are guaranteed on a senior basis by certain of our current and future domestic restricted subsidiaries. The 8.625% Notes rank senior to our 7.75% Notes and 8.75% Notes.

Under the indenture governing the 8.625% Notes, among other debt baskets, we are permitted to incur the greater of $750 million or 3.5x Consolidated EBITDA (as defined in the indenture) in senior indebtedness and secured indebtedness, which debt basket excludes the 8.625% Notes. Under the indentures governing the 8.75% Notes and 7.75% Notes, we are permitted to incur the greater of $1.5 billion or 2.5x Consolidated EBITDA (as defined in the indentures) in senior indebtedness. Under these senior secured indebtedness baskets, we are permitted in certain circumstances to incur senior unsecured indebtedness. In addition, the indentures governing the 8.625% Notes, the 8.75% Notes and the 7.75% Notes include other debt incurrence baskets, including a permitted refinancing basket and a general debt basket, which permits the greater of $250 million or 5% of Consolidated Total Assets (as defined in the indentures). Under all three indentures, we may also incur additional indebtedness if, after giving effect to the indebtedness proposed to be incurred, our Consolidated Coverage Ratio (essentially, a ratio of adjusted EBITDA to interest as defined in the indenture) for a trailing four-quarter period on a pro forma basis (as defined in the indentures) would be at least 2.00 to 1.00. Our Consolidated Coverage Ratio (as defined in the indentures) under all three indentures was above 2.00 to 1.00 as of December 31, 2012.

The 8.625% Notes, the 8.75% Notes, and the 7.75% Notes become callable at a premium over their face amount on August 1, 2013, May 15, 2015, and April 1, 2017, respectively. Such premiums decline periodically as the notes progress towards their respective maturities. All of our notes are redeemable prior to such times at a price that reflects a yield to the first call that is equivalent to the applicable Treasury bond yield plus 0.5 percentage points.
8.625% Notes Redeemable
 
8.75% Notes Redeemable
 
7.75% Notes Redeemable
On or after
 
At a % of
 
On or after
 
At a % of
 
On or after
 
At a % of
August 1,
 
par equal to
 
May 15,
 
par equal to
 
April 1,
 
par equal to
2013
 
104.313%
 
2015
 
104.375%
 
2017
 
103.875%
2014
 
102.156%
 
2016
 
102.917%
 
2018
 
102.583%
2015 and thereafter
 
100.000%
 
2017
 
101.458%
 
2019
 
101.292%
 
 
 
 
2018 and thereafter
 
100.000%
 
2020 and thereafter
 
100.000%
Our indentures governing, our 8.75% Notes, 8.625% Notes, and 7.75% Notes and our Credit Facility limit the amount of dividends we are permitted to pay.

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7.50% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2015: In March 2012, we redeemed all $385 million in aggregate principal amount of our 7.50% Notes, of which we held $10.0 million. Holders were paid an aggregate of approximately $407 million, representing 103.75% of par, plus accrued and unpaid interest.
Interest expense, net was as follows:
 
For the year ended December 31,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2010
 
(in millions)
Interest expense
$
114.8

 
$
106.0

 
$
107.1

Interest income
(0.8
)
 
(0.4
)
 
(0.2
)
Capitalized interest
(20.3
)
 
(10.3
)
 
(4.0
)
Total interest expense, net of capitalized interest
$
93.7

 
$
95.3

 
$
102.9

     
Interest expense is capitalized on internally constructed assets at our overall weighted average cost of borrowing. Capitalized interest increased in 2012 as compared to 2011 due to L'Auberge Baton Rouge construction prior to the September 2012 opening, our River City expansion project and our investment in ACDL. We have capitalized interest on our investment in ACDL, as ACDL has not begun its principal operations, which consists of the Ho Tram Strip beachfront complex of integrated resorts and residential developments in southern Vietnam. ACDL currently has activities in progress to commence these planned operations, and is using all funds to acquire assets for the future operations. Once ACDL completes construction of phase one of this development, the investment will no longer qualify for capitalization of interest.
Loss on early extinguishment of debt was as follows:
 
For the year ended December 31,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2010
 
(in millions)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt
$
20.7

 
$
0.2

 
$
1.9

During 2012, we incurred a $20.7 million loss related to the early redemption of our 7.50% Notes. The loss included redemption premiums, write off of previously unamortized debt issuance costs and original issuance discount costs. In 2011, we recorded a loss on early extinguishment of debt related to the ratable write-off of unamortized deferred financing fees and original debt issuance costs associated with our open market purchases of our 7.50% Notes. For 2010, we incurred a loss on early extinguishment of debt related to the write off of unamortized debt issuance costs related to the modification of our then-existing credit facility and the early retirement of our 8.25% senior subordinated notes due 2012, which were redeemed with the proceeds of our 8.75% Notes.
Scheduled Maturities of Long-term debt: As of December 31, 2012, annual maturities of secured and unsecured notes payable are as follows (amounts shown in millions):
Year ending December 31:
 
2013
$
3.2

2014
3.2

2015
3.2

2016
3.2

2017
453.4

Thereafter
981.3

Total
1,447.5

Less unamortized debt discounts
(7.0
)
Long-term debt, including current portion
$
1,440.5



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Note 4—Income Taxes
The composition of our income tax (expense) benefit from continuing operations for the years ended December 31, 2012, 2011 and 2010 was as follows:
 
Current
 
Deferred
 
Total
 
(in millions)
Year ended December 31, 2012:
 
 
 
 
 
U.S. Federal
$

 
$
(0.9
)
 
$
(0.9
)
State
(4.0
)
 
0.2

 
(3.8
)
 
$
(4.0
)
 
$
(0.7
)
 
$
(4.7
)
Year ended December 31, 2011:
 
 
 
 
 
U.S. Federal
$

 
$
1.5

 
$
1.5

State
(3.5
)
 
(0.3
)
 
(3.8
)
 
$
(3.5
)
 
$
1.2

 
$
(2.3
)
Year ended December 31, 2010:
 
 
 
 
 
U.S. Federal
$
21.2

 
$
(14.9
)
 
$
6.3

State
2.3

 
3.1

 
5.4

 
$
23.5

 
$
(11.8
)
 
$
11.7

The following table reconciles our effective income tax rate from continuing operations to the federal statutory tax rate of 35%:
 
2012
 
2011
 
2010
 
Percent
 
Amount
 
Percent
 
Amount
 
Percent
 
Amount
 
(dollars in millions)
Federal income tax (expense) benefit at the statutory rate
35.0
 %
 
$
6.3

 
(35.0
)%
 
$
(11.4
)
 
35.0
 %
 
$
18.4

State income taxes, net of federal tax benefits
(24.2
)%
 
(4.3
)
 
(14.9
)%
 
(4.8
)
 
5.8
 %
 
3.0

Non-deductible expenses and other
(4.7
)%
 
(0.8
)
 
(2.7
)%
 
(0.8
)
 
(1.4
)%
 
(0.7
)
Cancellation of stock options
(11.5
)%
 
(2.1
)
 
(3.7
)%
 
(1.2
)
 
 %
 

Non-deductible donation of land
 %
 

 
(3.5
)%
 
(1.2
)
 
 %
 

Dividend income from foreign subsidiary
 %
 

 
 %
 

 
(3.5
)%
 
(1.8
)
Reserves for unrecognized tax benefits
(0.7
)%
 
(0.1
)
 
1.7
 %
 
0.5

 
4.1
 %
 
2.1

Credits
3.3
 %
 
0.5

 
3.7
 %
 
1.2

 
13.7
 %
 
7.2

Change in valuation allowance/reserve of deferred tax assets
(23.2
)%
 
(4.2
)
 
47.2
 %
 
15.4

 
(31.4
)%
 
(16.5