The Sands Regent Announces Update on Rail City Expansion Plans
RENO, Nev., March 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Sands Regent (Nasdaq: SNDS) today announced an update on expansion plans for its Rail City Casino property in Sparks, NV. Initially, the property's current 650 slot machines will be increased to 850, with ultimate plans for a total of 1,000 games. Pending completion of the permit process with the city of Sparks, management plans to begin a six-month, phased construction process in mid-calendar year 2006. Included in the scope of the expansion will be an additional restaurant and bar venue. Effective March 20, 2006, Plantation Investments, Inc., a subsidiary of the Company, has contracted to purchase a half-acre site that is adjacent to the casino, for $1.3 million. Occupying the site currently is a 27-unit motel. The Company plans to demolish substantially all of the motel units to provide for additional customer parking during construction and once the expansion is completed. Closing of the transaction is scheduled to occur on or before April 3, 2006. The scope of the expansion has been increased and the budgeted project costs have been revised to approximately $13.8 million versus the previous estimate of $8.5 million. Increased construction costs, refinement of the project scope, careful sequencing of construction activity to minimize customer inconvenience and the acquisition of additional land for customer parking are the primary drivers of the increased cost estimates. Ferenc Szony, President and CEO of The Sands Regent, commented, "We are confident that by enhancing this expansion opportunity at Rail City Casino, we will ensure that the new facility will exceed customer expectations, in part by adding even more parking than originally planned, right on Victorian Avenue. The added investment will ensure that we maximize the property's profitability." About The Sands Regent The Sands Regent owns and operates Rail City Casino in Sparks, Nevada, Sands Regency Casino and Hotel in downtown Reno, Nevada, Gold Ranch Casino and RV Resort in Verdi, Nevada, and the Depot Casino and Red Hawk Sports Bar in Dayton, Nevada. Rail City Casino, located in Sparks, Nevada, currently has approximately 16,600 square feet of gaming space housing slot machines, table games, keno, a sports book, and the City Cafe family-style restaurant, with plans to expand by 23,500 square feet in 2006 to house additional slot machines and add a brew pub restaurant and bar. Located near Victorian Square at 2121 Victorian Avenue in Sparks, it is the first casino a motorist encounters when exiting Interstate 80 at the Rock Boulevard exit (Exit 16). Web site: www.railcity.com. The Sands Regency is an 833-room hotel and casino with 29,000 square feet of gaming space offering table games, a sports book, poker room, keno, bingo and slot machines. In addition to the amenities and on-site brand name restaurants, the Company's property also includes a 12,000 square foot convention and meeting center which seats close to 1,000 people. For further information, visit www.sandsregency.com. The Gold Ranch Casino and RV Resort is located in Verdi, Nevada, twelve miles west of Reno. Gold Ranch offers slot machines in an 8,000 square foot casino, a sports book, two restaurants, a 105-space RV park, a California lottery station, an ARCO gas station and a convenience store. Web site: www.goldranchrvcasino.com. The Depot Casino and the Red Hawk Sports Bar, acquired on September 1, 2005, are located in Dayton, Nevada. The Depot Casino has approximately 16,000 square feet of restaurant and casino space with 250 slots, a restaurant and two bars. The Red Hawk Sports Bar, across the street from Depot Casino, has 33 slots, a convenience store and a bar. This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are based on current expectations and entail various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the future performance of the Company's management team, general economic financial and business conditions, overall conditions in the gaming and entertainment industries, our ability to successfully integrate the operations of casinos that we acquire and realize the expected benefits of these acquisitions, the risk that the land purchase and Rail City expansion discussed in this press release may not occur in a timely manner or at all, our ability to carry out our development plans (including the development plans discussed in this press release) in a timely manner and on budget, and other factors discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended June 30, 2005, as well as Forms 10-Q and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Sands is providing this information as of the date of this release and does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this document as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Contact: Ferenc B. Szony, President and Chief Executive Officer The Sands Regent (775) 348-2210 or Sean Collins, Partner CCG Investor Relations (310) 477-9800
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