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Affinity Gaming posts profitable second-quarter results

Casino operator Affinity Gaming said Tuesday it reversed a second quarter net loss, due in part to a full quarter of results from the Las Vegas-based company’s three casinos in Colorado.

Affinity, which operates 12 casinos in Nevada, Colorado, Iowa and Missouri, said its net income in the quarter that ended June 30 was $1.1 million, compared with a net loss of $1.8 million in the same quarter a year ago.

The company’s total revenues declined 2.7 percent to $100.3 million.

“Continued economic weakness affected our top line results, however, through our cost control initiatives, we were able to increase our property adjusted (cash flow) from the prior-year quarter,” Affinity Chief Executive Officer David Ross said in a statement.

The company has publicly owned debt.

Affinity operates six casinos in Nevada, including the off-Strip Silver Sevens and the three Primm resorts. Overall revenues from the Nevada casinos fell 12.8 percent to almost $59.8 million, which company officials said was primarily due to reduced visitation at the Primm resorts.

Ross said Primm also experienced a $5.3 million decline in diesel fuel sales while the company completed a new travel center at Whiskey Pete’s, which opened in July.

“As we move further into 2013, we continue to improve our marketing and promotional activities, in addition to maintaining cost-savings initiatives at all of our properties,” Ross said.

Also during the quarter, Affinity completed the renovation of Terrible’s into the Silver Sevens.

Revenues fell slightly at Affinity’s Iowa and Missouri properties.

Ross said an increase in gasoline prices, higher payroll taxes and other “macro-economic factors” all played a part in reduced customer spending habits that have been experienced by casino companies operating in the regional gaming markets.

Contact reporter Howard Stutz at hstutz@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3871. Follow @howardstutz on Twitter.

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