Company Focused on Relief Effort and Unsure About Operations Timetable
LAS VEGAS, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD) today reported that upon preliminary review, its Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner, Louisiana, was not significantly damaged as a result of Hurricane Katrina. However, there is no assurance that a more detailed inspection will not identify additional damage. The Company does not know when operations at Treasure Chest may resume.
William S. Boyd, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Boyd Gaming, said, “We are deeply concerned for the health and safety of our employees, and they remain our highest priority at this point. To help them in the near-term, we will continue to pay our Treasure Chest employees for the next eight weeks, assuming we are still closed, and then we will re-evaluate the situation at that time. First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with all of those impacted by Hurricane Katrina.”
The Company has established an employee assistance hotline — the number is 800.491.0711. The Company has also set up a relief center at Sam’s Town Tunica in Mississippi, where its property has substantial special event space, as well as additional rooms. Finally, the Company has posted all of the relief information on its web site at boydgaming.com, along with additional information regarding relief assistance.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such statements include information regarding the Company’s expectations, goals or intentions regarding the future, including the resumption of operations at the Treasure Chest Casino, and the amount of damage suffered by the Treasure Chest Casino. Forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those discussed in any such statement. In particular, there can be no assurances that more detailed inspections will not discover additional damage, or even a significant amount of damage, to the Treasure Chest Casino. In addition, there can be no assurances as to when the property will be able to resume operations. All forward-looking statements in this document are made as of the date hereof, based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement. Additional risks that can affect forward-looking statements included in this press release include the availability and price of energy, weather, regulatory changes and economic conditions. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ are discussed under the heading “Investment Considerations” and in other sections of the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2004 on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in its other current and periodic reports filed with, or furnished to, the Commission from time to time. All forward-looking statements in this document are made as of the date hereof, based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement.
Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD) is a leading diversified owner and operator of 18 gaming entertainment properties, plus one under development, located in Nevada, New Jersey, Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana and Louisiana. Boyd Gaming press releases are available at www.prnewswire.com. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at www.boydgaming.com.
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