Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. 10-Q 2011
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
(Amendment No. 1)
For the quarterly period ended June 30, 2011
For the transition period from to
Commission file number: 001-13641
PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
8918 Spanish Ridge Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89148
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
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(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)
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As of the close of business on August 5, 2011, the number of outstanding shares of the registrant’s common stock was 62,043,727.
This Amendment No. 1 to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (the “Amendment No. 1”) of Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (the “Company”) for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, originally filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 9, 2011 (the “Form 10-Q”), is being filed to restate the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and other financial information to properly account for the expense related to the Company's mychoice customer loyalty program (the “mychoice program”). Management determined certain financial amounts reflected in Items 1 and 2 of Part I of the Form 10-Q and Exhibit 11 to the Form 10-Q needed to be restated to reflect this adjustment. The amended items have been amended and restated in their entirety. Other than as described below, no other changes have been made to the Form 10-Q.
As more fully described in Note 11 to our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements, on October 24, 2011, management of the Company, with the concurrence of the Audit Committee, concluded that the Company's previously issued unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, respectively, incorrectly accounted for costs associated with the Company's mychoice program. During the re-launch of the mychoice program in the second quarter of 2011, the Company expensed costs associated with the mychoice program as incurred, or as benefits were enjoyed by the Company's customers. The Company's financial statements for the second quarter of 2011 reflected this accounting treatment. Upon further review of the applicable accounting guidance, it has been determined that certain loyalty awards offered to certain customers under the relaunched program were discretionary in nature and should have been expensed at the time the offer was made, or during the second quarter of 2011. The resulting adjustments increased our net loss by $10.2 million, excluding the effect of income taxes, and had no effect on our net cash provided by operating activities for the second quarter of 2011.
As a result of this restatement, we have revised Item 4, Controls and Procedures, of Part I of the Form 10-Q and Item 1A, Risk Factors of Part II of the Form 10-Q, and have included new certifications pursuant to Sections 302 and 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 as reflected in Exhibits 31.1, 31.2 and 32.
Except as set forth above, this Amendment No. 1 does not modify or update other disclosures in the Form 10-Q. While we are amending only certain portions of our Form 10-Q, for convenience and ease of reference, we are filing the entire Form 10-Q, except for certain exhibits. Accordingly, this Amendment No. 1 should be read in conjunction with our other filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission subsequent to the filing of the Form 10-Q, including any amendments made to those filings, as information in such filings may update or supersede certain information contained in those filings as well as this Amendment No. 1. As previously disclosed in our Form 8-K filed on October 27, 2011, our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements previously included in the Form 10-Q should not be relied upon.
PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Item 1. Financial Statements
PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(amounts in thousands, except per share data)
See accompanying notes to the unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(amounts in thousands, except share data)
See accompanying notes to the unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(amounts in thousands)
See accompanying notes to the unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
NOTES TO CONDENSED 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 southeastern Indiana (Belterra Casino Resort); Lake Charles, New Orleans and Bossier City, Louisiana (L’Auberge du Lac, Boomtown New Orleans and Boomtown Bossier City, respectively); Reno, Nevada (Boomtown Reno) and St. Louis, Missouri (River City Casino and Lumière Place Casino and Hotels). In addition, we own and operate a racetrack facility in southeast Cincinnati, Ohio (River Downs), which was purchased in January 2011 for approximately $45.2 million. 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. 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.
We have classified certain of our assets and liabilities as held for sale in our unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets and include the related results of operations in discontinued operations. For further information, see Note 6, Discontinued Operations.
We are also developing a casino-hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which is subject to various regulatory approvals. Management currently expects our Baton Rouge project to open in the summer of 2012. However, the ultimate opening date is dependent upon the Mississippi River water levels and obtaining regulatory approvals, among other factors.
In May 2011, we entered into an agreement to acquire a 26% equity interest in Asian Coast Development (Canada) Ltd, a British Columbia corporation (“ACDL”), for a total purchase price of $95 million. ACDL is the owner and operator of the Ho Tram Strip beachfront complex of integrated resorts and residential developments in southern Vietnam. The investment closed on August 8, 2011. In connection with the closing, we entered into a management agreement to manage the second integrated resort at the Ho Tram strip through the year 2058, with a potential 20-year extension. For further details, see Note 10, Subsequent Events.
Principles of Consolidation: The accompanying unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with the instructions of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and, therefore, do not include all information and notes necessary for complete financial statements in conformity with the instructions for generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”). The results for the periods indicated are unaudited, but reflect all adjustments that management considers necessary for a fair presentation of operating results. The unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements include the accounts of Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. and its subsidiaries. All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.
The results of operations for interim periods are not indicative of a full year of operations. These unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and notes thereto should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and notes thereto included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.
Use of Estimates: The preparation of unaudited Condensed 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 rewards 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: Effective January 1, 2008, we adopted the authoritative guidance for fair value measurements, which guidance provides companies the option to measure certain financial assets and liabilities at fair value with changes in fair value recognized in earnings each period. We have elected not to measure any financial assets and liabilities at fair value that were not previously required to be measured at fair value.
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. The guidance also establishes a framework for measuring fair value and expands disclosures about fair value measurements. The fair value framework requires the categorization of assets and liabilities into three levels based upon assumptions (inputs) used to price the assets and liabilities. Level 1 provides the most reliable measure of fair value, whereas Level 3 generally requires significant management judgment. The three levels are defined as follows:
• Level 1: Quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.
• Level 2: Observable market-based inputs or unobservable inputs that are corroborated by market data.
• Level 3: Unobservable inputs that are not corroborated by market data.
We measure our liability for deferred compensation on a recurring basis. As of June 30, 2011, our liability for deferred compensation had a balance and fair value of $1.6 million and was valued using Level 1 inputs.
During the second quarter, certain of our assets of discontinued operations held for sale were measured on a non-recurring basis in connection with our impairment analysis, which is further discussed in Note 6, Discontinued Operations. See table below for values.
Land, Buildings, Riverboats and Equipment: Land, buildings, riverboats and equipment are stated at cost. Land includes land not currently being used in our operations, which totaled $39.1 million and $44.8 million at June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively. We capitalize the costs of improvements that extend the life of the asset. Construction in progress at June 30, 2011 relates primarily to our Baton Rouge project. Interest expense is capitalized on internally constructed assets at our overall weighted average cost of borrowing.
We expense maintenance and repairs costs as incurred. Gains or losses on the dispositions of land, buildings, riverboats and equipment are included in the determination of income.
The mychoice Customer Loyalty Program: Our customer loyalty program, mychoice, offers incentives to customers who gamble at certain of our casinos. In April 2011, we officially re-launched our program to change the way in which customers are able to accumulate and redeem credits. Under the re-launched program, customers are able to accumulate reward credits that they may redeem at their discretion under the terms of the program. Reward credits are redeemable for free credit that must be replayed in the slot machine, cash back, or benefits such as shopping, dining or hotel stays. The reward credit balance will be forfeited if the customer does not earn a reward credit over the prior six-month period, a change from a 12-month period. We accrue a liability for the estimated cost associated with reward credits. To arrive at the estimated cost associated with reward credits, estimates and assumptions are made regarding incremental marginal costs of the benefits, breakage rates, and the mix of goods and services for which reward credits will be redeemed. We use historical data to assist in the determination of estimated accruals. At June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, we had accrued $5.7 million and $9.6 million, respectively, for the estimated cost of mychoice credit redemptions. Such amounts are included in "Other accrued liabilities" in our unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.
In addition, customers earn a tier status based on their level of play. As customers earn a tier status, they become eligible to receive certain benefits associated with the various tier levels. We accrue a liability for the estimated costs associated with providing benefits for these tiers by using assumptions and estimates regarding breakage rates and costs of providing the benefits. At June 30, 2011, we have accrued $4.6 million for the estimated cost of such benefits. Such amount is included in "Other accrued liabilities" in our unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets. See Note 11, Restatement.
Goodwill and Other 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. There were no impairments to goodwill during the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010. In January 2011, we acquired goodwill totaling $35.8 million related to the purchase of River Downs.
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 on our gaming revenues and are recorded as a gaming expense in the unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.
Pre-opening and Development Costs: Pre-opening and development costs are expensed as incurred. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 and 2010, they consist of the following:
Comprehensive Income: Our comprehensive income is as follows:
Earnings per Share: Diluted earnings per share assume exercise of in-the-money stock options (those options with exercise prices at or below the weighted average market price for the periods presented) outstanding at the beginning of the period or at the date of issuance. We calculate the effect of dilutive securities using the treasury stock method. As of June 30, 2011 and 2010, our share-based awards issued under our stock option plans consisted primarily of common stock option grants, restricted stock units and phantom stock units.
Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements
In April 2010, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued authoritative accounting guidance for
companies that generate revenue from gaming activities that involve base jackpots, which guidance requires companies to accrue for a liability at the time the company has the obligation to pay the jackpot and record such obligation as a reduction of gaming revenue accordingly. The guidance is effective for interim and annual reporting periods beginning on or after December 15, 2010. We adopted this guidance effective January 1, 2011 and reduced our progressive jackpot liability by approximately $4.0 million and recorded a corresponding credit to our beginning retained earnings account.
In December 2010, the FASB issued guidance to improve disclosures of supplementary pro forma information for business combinations. The guidance specifies that if an entity presents comparative financial statements, the entity should disclose revenue and earnings of the combined entity as though the business combination(s) that occurred during the current year had occurred as of the beginning of the comparable prior annual reporting period. This guidance also expands the supplemental pro forma disclosures required to include a description of the nature and amount of material nonrecurring pro forma adjustments directly attributable to the business combination included in the reported pro forma revenue and earnings. The guidance is effective prospectively for business combinations for which the acquisition date is on or after annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2010. We expect that the adoption of this guidance may have an impact on our consolidated financial statements in the event that we acquire a company significant to our operations in the future.
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 unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
Note 2—Long-Term Debt
Long-term debt at June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010 consists of the following:
Senior Secured Credit Facility: On February 5, 2010, we entered into an amended and restated credit agreement for a $375 million revolving credit facility (the “Credit Facility”), which matures on March 31, 2014. As of June 30, 2011, we had $10 million in borrowings outstanding under the Credit Facility, and had $9.8 million committed under letters of credit for various self-insurance programs. On August 2, 2011, we entered into an amended and restated credit agreement which extended the maturity date to August 2016 from March 2014 and increased the size to $410 million from $375 million. For further details, see Note 10, Subsequent Events.
Loss on Early Extinguishment of Debt: During the six months ended June 30, 2011, we had no losses on early extinguishment of debt. During the six months ended June 30, 2010, we incurred a loss on early extinguishment of debt of $1.9 million related to the write off of unamortized debt issuance costs related to the execution of our Credit Facility on February 5, 2010.
Interest expense, net of capitalized interest was as follows:
The increase in interest expense before capitalized interest for the six months ended June 30, 2011 from the same 2010 period was due to higher debt levels and the replacement of less expensive revolver borrowings with new, long-term notes. We believe the longer maturity, fixed interest rate and less-restrictive covenants of the new, long-term notes warranted the higher debt levels and interest rate. We stopped capitalizing interest on our River City Casino upon its opening in March 2010, contributing to the decrease in capitalized interest. We began capitalizing interest on our Baton Rouge project during the fourth quarter of 2010.
Fair Value of Financial Instruments: The estimated fair value of our long-term debt at June 30, 2011 was approximately $1.3 billion, with a book value of $1.2 billion. At December 31, 2010, the estimated fair value was approximately $1.3 billion, with a book value of $1.2 billion. The estimated fair value of our senior notes and senior subordinated notes was based on quoted market prices on or about June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010. The fair value of our Credit Facility was based on estimated fair values of comparable debt instruments on or about June 30, 2011.
Note 3—Income Taxes (Restated)
Our effective income tax rate for continuing operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 was an expense of $1.6 million, or 38.6%, and $1.6 million, or 254.3%, as compared to a benefit of $2.7 million, or 6.3%, and $2.1 million, or 4.9%, for the prior-year periods. For interim period reporting in the Form 10-Q filed on August 9, 2011, we measured income tax expense using an estimated annual effective tax rate. With the additional expenses reflected in this Form 10-Q/A, we believe applying the actual year-to-date effective tax rate for the six months ended June 30, 2011 is the best estimate of the annual effective tax rate. Our tax rate differs from the statutory rate of 35.0% due to the effects of permanent items and the recording of a valuation allowance against a portion of our deferred tax assets generated in the current year. It is reasonably possible that the total amount of unrecognized tax benefits may increase by approximately $0.5 million to $2.0 million during the next twelve months.
Note 4—Employee Benefit and Other Plans
Share-based Compensation: As of June 30, 2011, we had approximately 6.0 million share-based awards outstanding, 251,851 of which are restricted stock units and other share based awards, and the rest of which are common stock options. In addition, we had approximately 1.7 million share-based awards available for grant. We recorded share-based compensation expense as follows:
The unamortized compensation costs not yet expensed related to stock options totaled approximately $19.7 million at June 30, 2011 and the weighted average period over which the costs are expected to be recognized is approximately three years.
The aggregate amount of cash we received from the exercise of stock options is described below. The associated shares were newly issued common stock.
The following table summarizes information related to our common stock options under our stock option plans:
In March 2011, our Board of Directors approved an amendment to our 2005 Equity and Performance Incentive Plan ("2005 Plan") to permit a one-time, value-for-value exchange of certain outstanding employee stock options. On May 24, 2011, our stockholders approved the amendment to the 2005 Plan. This program would permit eligible employees to surrender certain outstanding underwater stock options in a value-for-value exchange for a lesser number of new stock options with a lower exercise price.
The status of our unvested shares, which include restricted stock units and other share based awards, as of June 30, 2011 was as follows:
Note 5—Write-downs, reserves and recoveries, net
Write-downs, reserves and recoveries, net consist of the following:
Loss on disposal of assets: In April 2011, we donated land with a book value of $5.7 million to the City of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and recognized a loss accordingly. The remainder of the balance for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 relates to the disposal of various slot equipment and other equipment at our properties. During the six months ended June 30, 2010, we sold our corporate jet, two seaplanes, a warehouse and slot equipment at our properties for a net loss.
Legal settlement expense (recoveries): During March 2010, we received a $6.5 million legal settlement related to the recovery of legal fees.
Note 6—Discontinued Operations
Discontinued operations as of June 30, 2011 consist of our Atlantic City operations, our former President Casino operations, our former Casino Magic Argentina operations, our former Casino Magic Biloxi operations and our former operations at The Casino at Emerald Bay in The Bahamas.
Atlantic City: In the first quarter of 2010, we made the decision to sell our Atlantic City operations. During the twelve months following, we have actively marketed our operations, however, events and circumstances beyond our control have extended the period to complete the sale of this operation beyond one year. We have continued to reflect our Atlantic City operations as discontinued operations and the related assets and liabilities as held for sale.
During the second quarter of 2011, we determined that a triggering event had occurred due to the extended time frame in which the operation has been listed for sale and the market conditions in Atlantic City. We reviewed the carrying value of both our land and our New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority ("CRDA") investments. We reviewed the carrying value of our land holdings for recoverability using a sales comparison approach, and based on the results of these tests, recorded an impairment charge of $4.9 million in the second quarter of 2011.
We reviewed the carrying value of our CRDA holdings for recoverability using a market and cost approach, and based on the results of these tests, recorded an impairment charge of $9.4 million in the second quarter of 2011. The CRDA was established in the New Jersey Department of Treasury as a means by which urban redevelopment could occur in Atlantic City. The CRDA fulfills this obligation by administering funds created by taxes imposed on casino licensees. This investment alternative tax is 2.5% of gaming gross revenues, or is limited to 1.25% of gross gaming revenues if funds are deposited directly with the CRDA to be used to purchase CRDA bonds or make direct investments in CRDA projects. While we do not currently hold a New Jersey casino license, we purchased entities in 2006 that owned a former casino site, and had deposits with the CRDA. Our net deposits with the CRDA were $5.5 million and $15.3 million as of June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively.
In addition, during the second quarter we increased our legal accruals by $6.0 million.
President Casino: We closed the President Casino on June 24, 2010, and have reflected the entity in discontinued operations and the remaining assets and liabilities as held for sale. In October 2010, we sold The Admiral Riverboat, on which the President Casino formerly operated.
Casino Magic Argentina: On April 29, 2010, we entered into an agreement to sell our Argentina operations. On June 30, 2010, we completed the sale of our Argentina operations for approximately $40.0 million.
Casino Magic Biloxi: Casino Magic Biloxi closed after significant damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In February 2010, we settled all remaining insurance claims in exchange for a final payment of approximately $23.4 million. We received payments totaling approximately $215 million from our insurers related to this asset. Prior insurance advances that exceeded the book value of destroyed assets and certain insured expenses were recorded as a deferred gain of $18.3 million. As a result of this final settlement, we recognized this deferred gain in February 2010 in addition to the gain associated with the proceeds.
The Casino at Emerald Bay: The Casino at Emerald Bay in The Bahamas was closed during the first quarter of 2009. In February 2011, we completed the sale of the final asset and we recorded a gain on sale of $0.1 million. After this sale, we should incur no further costs associated with this entity.
Revenue, expense and net income for entities and operations included in discontinued operations are summarized as follows:
Net assets for entities and operations included in discontinued operations are summarized as follows:
Note 7—Commitments and Contingencies
Guaranteed Maximum Price Agreement for L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge: On April 5, 2010, we entered into an Agreement for Guaranteed Maximum Price Construction Services with a general contractor for the construction of L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge. On May 26, 2011, we entered into an amendment to the agreement, which among other things, provides that the contractor will complete the construction of the casino for the total guaranteed maximum price of approximately $229 million and provides for a guaranteed date of substantial completion of May 31, 2012. We expect L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge to open in the summer of 2012.
Redevelopment Agreement: In connection with our Lumière Place Casino and Hotel, we have a redevelopment agreement, which, among other things, commits us to oversee the investment of $50.0 million in residential housing, retail or mixed-use developments in the City of St. Louis within five years of the opening of Lumière Place. Such investment can be made with partners and partner contributions and project debt financing, all of which count toward the $50.0 million investment commitment. We are also obligated to pay an annual fee of $1.0 million to the City of St. Louis, which obligation began after our River City Casino opened in March 2010. The redevelopment agreement also contains certain contingent payments in the event of certain defaults. If we and any development partners collectively fail to invest $50.0 million in residential housing, retail, or mixed-use developments within five years of the opening of the casino and hotels, we would be obligated to pay an additional annual service fee of $1.0 million, less applicable credits, in year six, $2.0 million in years seven and eight, and $2.0 million annually thereafter, adjusted by the change in the consumer price index.
Lease and Development Agreement for River City Casino: In connection with our River City Casino, we have a lease and development agreement with the St. Louis County Port Authority which, among other things, commits us to lease 56 acres for 99 years (subject to certain termination provisions). We have invested the minimum requirement of $375.0 million, pursuant to the agreement. We are still required to develop and construct a hatch shell on the adjoining property within eighteen months of March 4, 2010. From April 1, 2010 through the expiration of the term of the lease and development agreement, we are required to pay to St. Louis County as annual rent the greater of (a) $4.0 million, or (b) 2.5% of annual adjusted gross receipts, as that term is defined in the lease and development agreement. We are also required to invest at least an additional $75 million into a second phase that would include a hotel with a minimum of 100 guestrooms and other amenities, to be mutually agreed upon by us and St. Louis County. The second phase must be opened within three years after March 4, 2010. In each of the five subsequent years that the second phase is not opened, the amount of liquidated damages begins at $2.0 million for the first year and increases by $1.0 million each subsequent year: hence, $3.0 million in year two, $4.0 million in year three, $5.0 million in year four and $6.0 million in year five. As a result, the maximum total amount of such liquidated damages that we would have to pay if the second phase is not completed is $20.0 million.
Self-Insurance: We self-insure various levels of general liability and workers' compensation at all of our properties and medical coverage at most of our properties. Insurance reserves include accruals for estimated settlements for known claims, as well as accruals for estimates of claims not yet made, which are included in “Accrued compensation” and “Other accrued liabilities” on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.
Union Proceeding: On May 11, 2010, a former President Casino employee filed an unfair labor practice with the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") against (1) Casino One Corporation doing business as Lumière Place; (2) PNK (River City), LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pinnacle, doing business as River City; (3) President Riverboat Casino-Missouri, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pinnacle, doing business as President Casino; and (4) Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. The former employee alleged that Lumière Place, River City, President Casino and Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. are a single employer, which unlawfully refused to hire President Casino employees for River City and Lumière Place. On or about June 17, 2011, Casino One Corporation, PNK (River City), LLC, and President Riverboat Casino Missouri, Inc. settled the underlying issues with approximately 51 former President Casino employees. On June 23, 2011, the NLRB approved the settlement and the withdrawal of the underlying unfair labor practice charge, subject to the parties performing their responsibilities under the settlement. The parties have satisfied all of their responsibilities under the settlement.
Madison House Litigation: On December 23, 2008, Madison House Group, L.P. (“Madison House”) filed suit in Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Atlantic County against ACE Gaming, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company (“ACE”), and one other defendant. We acquired ACE as part of our acquisition of the entities owning the former Sands Hotel & Casino (the “Sands”) in Atlantic City, New Jersey in November 2006. The lawsuit arises out of a lease dated December 18, 2000 between Madison House as landlord and ACE as tenant for the Madison House hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The lawsuit alleges in part that ACE breached certain obligations under the lease, including, among other things, by failing to operate and maintain the hotel as required by the lease, which was alleged to have resulted in substantial damages to
the hotel. The lawsuit further alleges that the Company, as the ultimate parent entity of ACE, should be jointly and severally liable with ACE for the damages sought, and separately alleges independent actions against the Company as described more fully in the lawsuit. The lawsuit seeks specific performance of ACE's obligations under the lease, including restoration of the hotel, as well as unspecified compensatory and exemplary damages, and attorneys' fees, against the Company and ACE. ACE continues to make its payment obligations under the lease, which expires in December 2012.
On March 17, 2010, Madison House moved to dismiss its complaint and ACE's counterclaim without prejudice, which motion was heard on April 28, 2010. The court ruled that it was granting the motion to dismiss Madison House's complaint, without prejudice, but that it was denying the motion to dismiss ACE's counterclaim. The court also ruled that the case would be moved from the Chancery Division to the Law Division. On September 20, 2010, Madison House moved to dismiss ACE's counterclaim, which was heard on October 15, 2010. On January 13, 2011, the court denied Madison House's motion to dismiss the counterclaim. While we cannot predict the outcome of this litigation, we intend to purse our counterclaim vigorously.
Indiana Tax Dispute: In 2008, the Indiana Department of Revenue (“IDR”) commenced an income tax examination of the Company's Indiana income tax filings for the 2005 to 2007 period. In February 2010, the Company received a notice of proposed adjustment from the field agent in the amount of $7.3 million, excluding interest and penalties of $2.3 million, challenging the treatment of income and gain from certain asset sales, including the sale of the Hollywood Park Racetrack in 1999, and other transactions outside of Indiana, such as the Aztar merger termination fee in 2006, which we reported on our Indiana state tax returns for the years 2000 through 2007. In March 2010, the Company timely filed a protest with the IDR requesting abatement of all tax, interest and penalties. In September 2010, a hearing was held with the IDR where the Company restated significant facts and positions which the Company believed the field agent had not taken into consideration in issuing the assessment. On March 30, 2011, the IDR issued a letter of finding which denied all issues protested in the hearing but sustained the Company's request to waive penalties. On April 28, 2011, the Company timely filed a rehearing request of which the IDR promptly granted. A rehearing was conducted on June 22, 2011, with the Company presenting additional clarifying facts and technical support for our tax positions. The IDR has 60 days to review the additional data presented and will issue its supplemental findings.
Indiana State Sales Tax Dispute: In 2002, following a sales and use tax audit of Belterra Casino Resort, we received a proposed assessment for approximately $3.1 million, including interest and penalties. We filed a protest in December 2002. In March 2006, the IDR conducted an administrative hearing of our protest, and, in April 2006, the IDR denied our protest with respect to nearly the entire assessment. In May 2006, we filed an appeal of the IDR's findings with the Indiana Tax Court and conceded a portion, of which $0.8 million was paid in July 2006. In February 2009, the Indiana Tax Court issued its final determination and concluded that Belterra Casino Resort was not liable for the tax. In April 2009, the IDR filed a Petition to Review with the Indiana Supreme Court. The Indiana Supreme Court heard oral arguments on October 29, 2009. On October 5, 2010, the Indiana Supreme Court reversed the Indiana Tax Court's ruling and ruled against the Company in a 3-2 decision. Following the Indiana Supreme Court's ruling, we received a final demand in the amount of approximately $3.3 million which the Company promptly paid. On November 4, 2010, the Company filed a petition for rehearing with the Indiana Supreme Court. On February 9, 2011, we received the Indiana Supreme Court's order affirming its original decision. However, the Indiana Supreme Court granted rehearing with respect to the penalty portion, which was $246,000, and remanded that issue back to the Indiana Tax Court. On June 6, 2011, the Company reached an agreement with the IDR regarding the penalty dispute, which granted a tax credit totaling $123,000, which may be used to offset future sales and use tax liabilities.
Other: We are a party to a number of other pending legal proceedings. 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.
Note 8—Consolidating Condensed Financial Information
Our subsidiaries (excluding a subsidiary with approximately $10.5 million in cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2011; a subsidiary with approximately $66.3 million in cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2011; and certain non-material subsidiaries) have fully and unconditionally and jointly and severally guaranteed the payment of all obligations under our senior and senior subordinated notes, as well as our Credit Facility. Our Atlantic City subsidiaries do not guarantee our Credit Facility. Separate financial statements and other disclosures regarding the subsidiary guarantors are not included herein because management has determined that such information is not material to investors. In lieu thereof, we include the following: