Ongoing Strength in Recurring Revenues and Record Game Machine Sales Drive 51% Year-over-Year Increase in Quarterly Revenues

Initiates 2022 Full Year Guidance, including Adjusted EBITDA Growth of 6% - 8%

LAS VEGAS, March 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Everi Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EVRI) ("Everi" or the "Company"), a premier provider of land-based and digital casino gaming content and products, financial technology and player loyalty solutions, today announced results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2021

Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights:
- Revenues rose 51% to a quarterly record $180.4 million from $119.6 million in the 2020 fourth quarter.
- Net income grew to a record $89.4 million, or $0.88 per diluted share, compared to $1.1 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, in the 2020 fourth quarter; net income in the 2021 fourth quarter includes an improvement of 180% in operating income as well as a $63.5 million, or $0.62 per share, income tax benet related to the reversal of deferred tax asset valuation allowances.
- Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, increased 45% to a fourth quarter record of $88.8 million from $61.2 million in the 2020 fourth quarter.
- Free Cash Flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, rose 37% to $19.7 million, inclusive of $31.5 million in placement fees paid to extend an agreement with a customer and to fund incremental placements with another customer, compared to $14.4 million of Free Cash Flow in the 2020 fourth quarter.

Record Full Year 2021 Financial Highlights

- Revenues rose 72% to $660.4 million compared to $383.7 million in 2020, and exceeded the prior record year achieved in 2019 by 24%, or $127.2 million.
- Net income, inclusive of $34.4 million in pre-tax costs for the extinguishment of debt associated with the Company's refinancing of its outstanding debt in the third quarter and the income tax benefit noted above, increased to a record $152.9 million, or $1.53 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $81.7 million, or $(0.96) per diluted share, in 2020 and was $136.4 million higher than 2019.
- Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, increased 97% to $347.2 million compared to $176.5 million in 2020 and was 37%, or $94.0 million, higher than the prior record of $253.2 million generated in 2019.
- Free Cash Flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, increased to a record $158.7 million from $28.9 million in 2020 and was more than triple the $43.8 million generated in 2019.

Michael Rumbolz, Chief Executive Officer of Everi, said, "Our record fourth quarter 2021 results capped a year in which we delivered record-setting annual financial performance across our business. Driven by significant successes in both our Games and FinTech segments, we achieved new all-time full-year records for revenues, net income, Adjusted EBITDA, and Free Cash Flow.

"This performance reflects our strategic focus on growing our recurring revenues and our continued investment in the development of new and enhanced products that help our customers grow revenue and manage their business more effectively. The dedicated and collaborative efforts of our talented global workforce to execute on our operating priorities are clearly evidenced in these strong results. As we begin 2022, our core recurring-revenue businesses continue to grow and our newer initiatives – including iGaming and cashless wallet technology – have a strong foundation from which we expect to generate substantial contributions to our future financial performance.

"For 2022, we expect another year of steady growth as our operating results benet from the continued expansion of our installed base of leased gaming units, growing ship share of gaming machines sold, continued increases in same-store financial access transactions and ongoing organic growth of our Loyalty and regulatory compliance ("RegTech") solutions. Ongoing momentum in these product categories combined with our prudent management of operating and R&D expenses is expected to deliver another year of strong Free Cash Flow generation that will continue to enable Everi to allocate capital towards return-focused investments that generate further growth.

"Our capital allocation priorities will focus on increasing investment in internal product innovation and product enhancements to sustain consistent longer-term growth, as well as the continued pursuit of scalable, bolt-on acquisitions that can expand our product portfolio, boost our addressable market, geographically grow our currently served markets, and further diversify our revenue sources. Our recent announcements to acquire ecash Holdings and certain assets of Atlas Gaming in Australia provide long-term growth opportunities that complement our business strengths."

Randy Taylor, Everi's President and Chief Operating Officer, added, "Our fourth quarter financial results reflect the successful alignment and execution of our operating initiatives. Despite a year that began with substantial pandemic impacts, our Games business achieved record gaming machine unit sales and ended the year with a record-high gaming operations installed base.

Our FinTech business generated significant year-over-year quarterly growth in same-store financial access transactions and funds processed that exceeded historical growth rates and our Loyalty and RegTech software solutions recorded double-digit revenue increases.

"Our operating momentum has been driven primarily by the strength of our high-margin Games and FinTech recurring revenue operations. Momentum in our Games business is evidenced by the achievement of the 11th consecutive quarter-end increase in our installed base of gaming operations units, inclusive of higher-earning premium units that helped drive a year-over-year increase in daily win per unit. Record quarterly slot machine sales of 1,910 units, a 62% sequential increase over the strong 2021 third quarter unit sales and a 42% year-over-year improvement over the 2019 fourth quarter, reflect continued growth in our ship share of replacement units. With annual industry replacement sales expected to increase in 2022, the investments we have made to expand and extend our Games portfolio have positioned Everi to achieve consistent progress towards our longer-term target of a 15% ship share for units sold.

"Our FinTech business generated record revenue, operating profit and Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter, reflecting the benefit of our investments in the development of a comprehensive portfolio of integrated solutions that allow customers to operate more efficiently and productively. During the quarter, we facilitated more than 31 million transactions that delivered nearly $10 billion in value of funds to casino floors, a 25% increase over the then-record level of funds delivered in the pre-pandemic 2019 fourth quarter.

"Our improved earnings continue to translate into substantial Free Cash Flow, which increased more than five-fold year over year in 2021 to $158.7 million; a level that exceeds the last five years combined. We expect to continue to generate strong Free Cash Flow this year, which positions us to increase the capital we allocate towards return-focused investments in product innovation to sustain our growth and provide continued optionality to pursue accretive, scalable acquisitions that further enhance our growth prospects. We believe the Company's best years are still ahead and with a well-defined operating plan and our team's exceptional ongoing execution, we will continue to build stakeholder value."

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