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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

(Mark One)

 

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2020

OR

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the transition period                 to                 

 

Commission File No. 

001-36629

ELDORADO RESORTS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Nevada

46-3657681

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

100 West Liberty Street, Suite 1150, Reno, Nevada 89501

(Address and zip code of principal executive offices)

(775) 328‑0100

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

N/A

(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class

Trading Symbol(s)

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, $.00001 par value

ERI

NASDAQ Stock Market

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes      No  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes      No  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non‑accelerated filer, smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b‑2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer

 

Accelerated filer

Non‑accelerated filer

 

Smaller reporting company

Emerging growth company

 

 

 

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b‑2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes      No  

The number of shares of the Registrant’s Common Stock, $0.00001 par value per share, outstanding as of May 6, 2020 was 77,816,973.

 

 

 

 


 

ELDORADO RESORTS, INC.

QUARTERLY REPORT FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED

MARCH 31, 2020

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

Page

PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

2

Item 1.

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

2

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets at March 31, 2020 (unaudited) and December 31, 2019

 

2

 

Consolidated Statements of Operations for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 (unaudited)

 

3

 

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive (Loss) Income for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 (unaudited)

 

4

 

Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 (unaudited)

 

5

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 (unaudited)

 

6

 

Condensed Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)

 

7

Item 2.

MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

29

Item 3.

QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

49

Item 4.

CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

49

PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

 

50

Item 1.

LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

50

Item 1A.

RISK FACTORS

 

51

Item 2.

UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS

 

53

Item 3.

DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES

 

53

Item 4.

MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

 

53

Item 5.

OTHER INFORMATION

 

53

Item 6.

EXHIBITS

 

54

SIGNATURES

 

55

 

1


 

PART I-FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1.  Financial Statements.

ELDORADO RESORTS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(dollars in thousands)

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

 

 

(unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

 

671,747

 

 

$

 

206,317

 

Restricted cash and investments

 

 

 

7,613

 

 

 

 

3,507

 

Marketable securities

 

 

 

31,385

 

 

 

 

34,634

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

 

 

43,693

 

 

 

 

53,899

 

Due from affiliates

 

 

 

696

 

 

 

 

3,806

 

Inventories

 

 

 

17,070

 

 

 

 

18,379

 

Prepaid expenses

 

 

 

27,741

 

 

 

 

30,966

 

Assets held for sale

 

 

 

442,461

 

 

 

 

253,135

 

Total current assets

 

 

 

1,242,406

 

 

 

 

604,643

 

Investment in and advances to unconsolidated affiliates

 

 

 

135,898

 

 

 

 

135,828

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

 

2,455,332

 

 

 

 

2,614,524

 

Gaming licenses and other intangibles, net

 

 

 

1,063,169

 

 

 

 

1,111,398

 

Goodwill

 

 

 

810,187

 

 

 

 

909,717

 

Right-of-use assets

 

 

 

129,889

 

 

 

 

188,219

 

Other assets, net

 

 

 

54,291

 

 

 

 

76,224

 

Total assets

 

$

 

5,891,172

 

 

$

 

5,640,553

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

$

 

246,109

 

 

$

 

246,175

 

Accounts payable

 

 

 

46,514

 

 

 

 

61,951

 

Accrued property, gaming and other taxes

 

 

 

29,891

 

 

 

 

43,050

 

Accrued payroll and related

 

 

 

65,246

 

 

 

 

62,337

 

Accrued interest

 

 

 

35,462

 

 

 

 

36,480

 

Income taxes payable

 

 

 

44,727

 

 

 

 

23,898

 

Short-term lease obligation

 

 

 

14,157

 

 

 

 

19,991

 

Accrued other liabilities

 

 

 

157,230

 

 

 

 

157,079

 

Liabilities related to assets held for sale

 

 

 

131,672

 

 

 

 

37,485

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

 

771,008

 

 

 

 

688,446

 

Long-term financing obligation to GLPI

 

 

 

973,122

 

 

 

 

970,519

 

Long-term debt, less current portion

 

 

 

2,780,691

 

 

 

 

2,324,541

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

 

158,134

 

 

 

 

197,266

 

Long-term lease obligation

 

 

 

99,449

 

 

 

 

176,932

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

 

 

168,559

 

 

 

 

165,592

 

Total liabilities

 

 

 

4,950,963

 

 

 

 

4,523,296

 

Commitments and contingencies (Note 13)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock, 200,000,000 shares authorized, 77,802,894

   and 77,569,117 issued and outstanding, net of treasury shares, par value

   $0.00001 as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

1

 

Paid-in capital

 

 

 

758,137

 

 

 

 

759,547

 

Retained earnings

 

 

 

190,825

 

 

 

 

366,463

 

Treasury stock at cost, 223,823 shares held at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019

 

 

 

(9,131

)

 

 

 

(9,131

)

Accumulated other comprehensive income

 

 

 

377

 

 

 

 

377

 

Total stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

940,209

 

 

 

 

1,117,257

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

 

5,891,172

 

 

$

 

5,640,553

 

 

The accompanying condensed notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

2


 

ELDORADO RESORTS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

REVENUES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casino and pari-mutuel commissions

 

$

 

339,749

 

 

$

 

470,686

 

Food and beverage

 

 

 

56,246

 

 

 

 

75,281

 

Hotel

 

 

 

48,376

 

 

 

 

64,784

 

Other

 

 

 

28,698

 

 

 

 

25,072

 

Net revenues

 

 

 

473,069

 

 

 

 

635,823

 

EXPENSES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casino and pari-mutuel commissions

 

 

 

159,156

 

 

 

 

210,306

 

Food and beverage

 

 

 

53,255

 

 

 

 

60,385

 

Hotel

 

 

 

22,268

 

 

 

 

23,650

��

Other

 

 

 

9,181

 

 

 

 

11,249

 

Marketing and promotions

 

 

 

24,953

 

 

 

 

32,301

 

General and administrative

 

 

 

91,675

 

 

 

 

119,888

 

Corporate

 

 

 

16,482

 

 

 

 

16,754

 

Impairment charges

 

 

 

160,758

 

 

 

 

958

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

 

50,433

 

 

 

 

57,757

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

 

588,161

 

 

 

 

533,248

 

Gain on sale or disposal of property and equipment

 

 

 

1,458

 

 

 

 

22,318

 

Transaction expenses

 

 

 

(9,294

)

 

 

 

(1,894

)

(Loss) income from unconsolidated affiliates

 

 

 

(252

)

 

 

 

605

 

Operating (loss) income

 

 

 

(123,180

)

 

 

 

123,604

 

OTHER EXPENSE:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

 

(66,464

)

 

 

 

(73,510

)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

 

 

 

(158

)

 

 

 

 

Unrealized loss on investments and marketable securities

 

 

 

(23,008

)

 

 

 

(1,460

)

Total other expense

 

 

 

(89,630

)

 

 

 

(74,970

)

(Loss) income before income taxes

 

 

 

(212,810

)

 

 

 

48,634

 

Benefit (provision) for income taxes

 

 

 

37,172

 

 

 

 

(10,405

)

Net (loss) income

 

$

 

(175,638

)

 

$

 

38,229

 

Net (loss) income per share of common stock:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

 

(2.25

)

 

$

 

0.49

 

Diluted

 

$

 

(2.25

)

 

$

 

0.49

 

Weighted average basic shares outstanding

 

 

 

77,954,038

 

 

 

 

77,567,147

 

Weighted average diluted shares outstanding

 

 

 

77,954,038

 

 

 

 

78,589,110

 

 

The accompanying condensed notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

3


 

ELDORADO RESORTS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME

(dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

Net (loss) income

 

$

 

(175,638

)

 

$

 

38,229

 

Other comprehensive income, net of tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax

 

$

 

(175,638

)

 

$

 

38,229

 

 

The accompanying condensed notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

 

4


 

ELDORADO RESORTS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

(dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treasury Stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares

 

 

Amount

 

 

Paid-in

Capital

 

 

Retained

Earnings

 

 

Accumulated

Other

Comprehensive

Income

 

 

Shares

 

 

Amount

 

 

Total

 

Balance, December 31, 2019

 

 

77,792,940

 

 

$

 

1

 

 

$

 

759,547

 

 

$

 

366,463

 

 

$

 

377

 

 

 

 

223,823

 

 

$

 

(9,131

)

 

$

 

1,117,257

 

Issuance of restricted stock units

 

 

356,367

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,742

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,742

 

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(175,638

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(175,638

)

Shares withheld related to net share settlement

   of stock awards

 

 

(122,590

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(7,152

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(7,152

)

Balance, March 31, 2020

 

 

78,026,717

 

 

$

 

1

 

 

$

 

758,137

 

 

$

 

190,825

 

 

$

 

377

 

 

 

 

223,823

 

 

$

 

(9,131

)

 

$

 

940,209

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance, December 31, 2018

 

 

77,438,889

 

 

$

 

1

 

 

$

 

748,076

 

 

$

 

290,206

 

 

$

 

1

 

 

 

 

223,823

 

 

$

 

(9,131

)

 

$

 

1,029,153

 

Cumulative change in accounting principle, net of tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(4,744

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(4,744

)

Issuance of restricted stock units

 

 

330,641

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,948

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,948

 

Net income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

38,229

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

38,229

 

Shares withheld related to net share settlement

   of stock awards

 

 

(106,542

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(4,322

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(4,322

)

Balance, March 31, 2019

 

 

77,662,988

 

 

$

 

1

 

 

$

 

748,702

 

 

$

 

323,691

 

 

$

 

1

 

 

 

 

223,823

 

 

$

 

(9,131

)

 

$

 

1,063,264

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying condensed notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

 

5


 

ELDORADO RESORTS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(dollars in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (loss) income

 

$

 

(175,638

)

 

$

 

38,229

 

Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided by operating

   activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

 

50,433

 

 

 

 

57,757

 

Amortization of deferred financing costs, discount and debt premium

 

 

 

4,187

 

 

 

 

4,547

 

Deferred revenue

 

 

 

(1,889

)

 

 

 

(1,397

)

Equity in loss (gain) of unconsolidated affiliates

 

 

 

252

 

 

 

 

(605

)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

 

 

 

158

 

 

 

 

 

Lease amortization

 

 

 

855

 

 

 

 

675

 

Unrealized loss on investments

 

 

 

23,008

 

 

 

 

1,460

 

Stock compensation expense

 

 

 

5,742

 

 

 

 

4,948

 

Gain on sale or disposal of property and equipment

 

 

 

(1,458

)

 

 

 

(22,318

)

Impairment charges

 

 

 

160,758

 

 

 

 

958

 

(Benefit) provision for deferred income taxes

 

 

 

(39,130

)

 

 

 

5,224

 

Other

 

 

 

360

 

 

 

 

145

 

Change in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

 

8,603

 

 

 

 

(3,933

)

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

 

 

589

 

 

 

 

14,331

 

Income taxes payable

 

 

 

20,829

 

 

 

 

(26,398

)

Accounts payable and accrued other liabilities

 

 

 

(27,135

)

 

 

 

(8,183

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

 

 

30,524

 

 

 

 

65,440

 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of property and equipment, net

 

 

 

(23,201

)

 

 

 

(38,360

)

Purchase of restricted investments

 

 

 

(82

)

 

 

 

(80

)

Deposits and proceeds from sale of businesses, property and equipment, net of cash sold

 

 

 

10,515

 

 

 

 

167,945

 

Investment in and loans to unconsolidated affiliates

 

 

 

(321

)

 

 

 

 

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

 

 

 

(13,089

)

 

 

 

129,505

 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Payments under Revolving Credit Facility

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(205,000

)

Borrowings under Revolving Credit Facility

 

 

 

465,000

 

 

 

 

 

Payments on Term Loan

 

 

 

(10,000

)

 

 

 

 

Debt issuance costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(386

)

Taxes paid related to net share settlement of equity awards

 

 

 

(7,152

)

 

 

 

(4,322

)

Payments on other long-term payables

 

 

 

(109

)

 

 

 

(118

)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

 

 

447,739

 

 

 

 

(209,826

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

 

 

465,174

 

 

 

 

(14,881

)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period

 

 

 

216,578

 

 

 

 

246,691

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

 

$

 

681,752

 

 

$

 

231,810

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECONCILIATION OF CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH TO

   AMOUNTS REPORTED WITHIN THE CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

 

671,747

 

 

$

 

216,883

 

Restricted cash

 

 

 

3,567

 

 

 

 

7,892

 

Restricted and escrow cash included in other noncurrent assets

 

 

 

6,438

 

 

 

 

7,035

 

Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

$

 

681,752

 

 

$

 

231,810

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest paid

 

$

 

63,527

 

 

$

 

62,885

 

Income taxes (refunded) paid, net

 

 

 

(16,141

)

 

 

 

38,898

 

NON-CASH FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Payables for capital expenditures

 

 

 

15,957

 

 

 

 

10,676

 

 

The accompanying condensed notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

6


 

ELDORADO RESORTS, INC.

CONDENSED NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(unaudited)

Note 1. Organization and Basis of Presentation

Organization

The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Eldorado Resorts, Inc. (“ERI” or the “Company”), a Nevada corporation formed in September 2013, and its consolidated subsidiaries.

The Company is a geographically diversified gaming and hospitality company with 23 gaming facilities in 11 states as of March 31, 2020. The Company’s properties, which are located in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey and Ohio, feature approximately 23,900 slot machines, video lottery terminals (“VLTs”) and e-tables, approximately 660 table games and approximately 11,300 hotel rooms. The Company’s primary source of revenue is generated by gaming operations, and the Company utilizes its hotels, restaurants, bars, entertainment, racing, sportsbook offerings, retail shops and other services to attract customers to its properties.

The Company was founded in 1973 by the Carano family with the opening of the Eldorado Hotel Casino in Reno, Nevada. In 1993, the Company partnered with MGM Resorts International to build Silver Legacy Resort Casino, the first mega-themed resort in Reno. In 2005, the Company acquired its first property outside of Reno when it purchased a casino in Shreveport, Louisiana, now known as Eldorado Shreveport. In September 2014, the Company merged with MTR Gaming Group, Inc. and acquired gaming and racing facilities in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The following year, in November 2015, the Company acquired Circus Circus Reno (“Circus Reno”) and the 50% membership interest in the Silver Legacy that was owned by MGM Resorts International. On May 1, 2017, the Company completed its acquisition of Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. (“Isle” or “Isle of Capri”), adding 13 gaming properties to its portfolio (the “Isle Acquisition”). On August 7, 2018, the Company acquired the Elgin Riverboat Resort – Riverboat Casino d/b/a Grand Victoria Casino (“Elgin”) (the “Elgin Acquisition”). On October 1, 2018, the Company completed its acquisition of Tropicana Entertainment, Inc. (“Tropicana”), adding 7 properties to its portfolio (the “Tropicana Acquisition”).

On January 11, 2019 and March 8, 2019, respectively, the Company completed its sales of Presque Isle Downs & Casino (“Presque”) and Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin (“Nemacolin”), which are both located in Pennsylvania. On December 6, 2019, the Company completed its sales of Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort (“Mountaineer”), Isle Casino Cape Girardeau (“Cape Girardeau”) and Lady Luck Casino Caruthersville (“Caruthersville”). Mountaineer is located in West Virginia and Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville are located in Missouri.

 

On June 24, 2019, the Company entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (as amended by Amendment No. 1 to Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of August 15, 2019, and as it may be further amended from time to time, the “Merger Agreement”) with Caesars Entertainment Corporation (“Caesars”) pursuant to which a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company will merge with and into Caesars, with Caesars surviving as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company (the “Merger”). In connection with the execution of the Merger Agreement, the Company also entered into a Master Transaction Agreement (the “MTA”) with VICI Properties L.P., a Delaware limited partnership (“VICI”), pursuant to which, among other things, the Company has agreed to consummate one or more sale and leaseback transactions with VICI and/or its affiliates with respect to certain property described in the MTA. Consummation of the Merger is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain conditions, including anti-trust and regulatory approvals. The Company expects that the Merger will be consummated in mid-2020.

 

On July 10, 2019, the Company entered into a definitive agreement to sell the equity interests of Rainbow Casino Vicksburg Partnership, L.P. and IOC-Kansas City, L.L.C., the entities that hold Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg and Isle of Capri Casino Kansas City, to Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (“Twin River”). The definitive agreement provides that the consummation of the sale is subject to satisfaction of customary conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to be consummated in the second quarter of 2020. See Note 4.

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On January 13, 2020 and March 9, 2020, respectively, the Company entered into definitive purchase agreements to sell the equity interests of Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport Joint Venture and Columbia Properties Tahoe, LLC, the entities that hold Eldorado Shreveport and MontBleu, to Maverick Gaming LLC (“Maverick”). On April 24, 2020, the agreements with Maverick were terminated and the Company entered into a definitive purchase agreement with Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. and certain of its affiliates for the sale of the equity interests of Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport Joint Venture and Columbia Properties Tahoe, LLC for aggregate consideration of $155 million, subject to a working capital adjustment.  The definitive agreement provides that the consummation of the sale is subject to satisfaction of customary conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals, and further provides that the Company’s obligation to consummate the sale is subject to the closing of the Merger with Caesars and the buyer’s obligation to consummate the sale is subject to receipt of financing sufficient to enable it to pay the consideration due at closing.  The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021.

The following table sets forth certain information regarding our properties (listed by segment in which each property is reported) as of March 31, 2020:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment

 

Property

 

Date Acquired

 

State

West

 

Eldorado Resort Casino Reno ("Eldorado Reno")

 

(a)

 

Nevada

 

 

Silver Legacy Resort Casino ("Silver Legacy")

 

(a)

 

Nevada

 

 

Circus Circus Reno ("Circus Reno")

 

(a)

 

Nevada

 

 

MontBleu Casino Resort & Spa ("MontBleu")

 

October 1, 2018 (c)

 

Nevada

 

 

Tropicana Laughlin Hotel & Casino ("Laughlin")

 

October 1, 2018

 

Nevada

 

 

Isle Casino Hotel - Blackhawk ("Isle Black Hawk")

 

May 1, 2017

 

Colorado

 

 

Lady Luck Casino - Black Hawk ("Lady Luck Black Hawk")

 

May 1, 2017

 

Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midwest (b)

 

Isle Casino Waterloo ("Waterloo")

 

May 1, 2017

 

Iowa

 

 

Isle Casino Bettendorf ("Bettendorf")

 

May 1, 2017

 

Iowa

 

 

Isle of Capri Casino Boonville ("Boonville")

 

May 1, 2017

 

Missouri

 

 

Isle of Capri Casino Kansas City ("Kansas City")

 

May 1, 2017 (c)

 

Missouri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South

 

Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park ("Pompano")

 

May 1, 2017

 

Florida

 

 

Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport ("Eldorado Shreveport")

 

(a) (c)

 

Louisiana

 

 

Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Lake Charles ("Lake Charles")

 

May 1, 2017

 

Louisiana

 

 

Belle of Baton Rouge Casino & Hotel ("Baton Rouge")

 

October 1, 2018

 

Louisiana

 

 

Isle of Capri Casino Lula ("Lula")

 

May 1, 2017

 

Mississippi

 

 

Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg ("Vicksburg")

 

May 1, 2017 (c)

 

Mississippi

 

 

Trop Casino Greenville ("Greenville")

 

October 1, 2018

 

Mississippi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

East (b)

 

Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs ("Scioto Downs")

 

(a)

 

Ohio

 

 

Tropicana Casino and Resort, Atlantic City ("Trop AC")

 

October 1, 2018

 

New Jersey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Central

 

Grand Victoria Casino ("Elgin")

 

August 7, 2018

 

Illinois

 

 

Lumière Place Casino ("Lumière")

 

October 1, 2018

 

Missouri

 

 

Tropicana Evansville ("Evansville")

 

October 1, 2018

 

Indiana

 

(a)

Property was aggregated into segment prior to January 1, 2016.

(b)

Presque was sold on January 11, 2019, Nemacolin was sold on March 8, 2019 and Mountaineer was sold on December 6, 2019. All three properties were previously reported in the East segment. Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville were sold on December 6, 2019. Both properties were previously reported in the Midwest segment.

(c)

The Company entered into agreements to sell Kansas City, Vicksburg, Eldorado Shreveport and MontBleu. The Kansas City and Vicksburg sales are expected to close in the second quarter of 2020. The Eldorado Shreveport and MontBleu sales are expected to close in the first quarter of 2021.

 

 

Reclassifications

Certain reclassifications of prior year presentations have been made to conform to the current period presentation.

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Basis of Presentation

The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements of the Company and its subsidiaries have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for interim financial information with the instructions for Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and notes required by US GAAP for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, the accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements contain all adjustments, all of which are normal and recurring, considered necessary for a fair presentation. The results of operations for these interim periods are not necessarily indicative of the operating results for other quarters, for the full year or any future period.

The executive decision maker of our Company reviews operating results, assesses performance and makes decisions on a “significant market” basis. Management views each of our casinos as an operating segment. Operating segments are aggregated based on their similar economic characteristics, types of customers, types of services and products provided, and their management and reporting structure. The Company’s principal operating activities occur in 5 geographic regions and reportable segments. The reportable segments are based on the similar characteristics of the operating segments within the regions in which they operate: West, Midwest, South, East, and Central. See the table above for a listing of properties included in each segment.

The presentation of financial information herein for periods after the Company’s sales of Presque and Nemacolin on January 11, 2019 and March 8, 2019, respectively, and the Company’s sales of Mountaineer, Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville on December 6, 2019 are not fully comparable to the periods prior to their respective sale dates. See Note 4.

These unaudited consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.

Recent Developments Related to COVID-19

In January 2020, an outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus (“COVID-19”) was identified and has since spread throughout much of the world, including the United States. All of the Company’s casino properties have been temporarily closed since March 18, 2020 due to orders issued by various state government agencies in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of these closures, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an adverse effect on the Company’s business, financial condition and results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The Company continued to pay its full-time employees through April 10, 2020, including tips and tokes. Effective April 11, 2020, the Company furloughed approximately 90% of its employees, implemented salary reductions and committed to continue to provide benefits to its employees through June 30, 2020. As a result of these payroll changes combined with other cost saving measures, the Company’s daily operating expenses reduced significantly. In an effort to maintain liquidity and provide financial flexibility as the effects of COVID-19 continue to evolve and impact global financial markets, the Company borrowed $465 million under its revolving credit facility on March 16, 2020. The extent of the ongoing and future effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s business and the casino resort industry generally is uncertain, but the Company expects that it will continue to have a significant impact on its business, results of operations and financial condition. The extent and duration of the impact of COVID-19 will ultimately depend on future developments, including but not limited to, the duration and severity of the outbreak, the length of time that the Company’s casinos remain closed, the Company’s ability to adapt to new operating procedures upon re-opening of its casinos, the impact on consumer demand and discretionary spending, the length of time it takes for demand to return and the Company’s ability to adjust its cost structures for the duration of the outbreak’s impact on its operations. Due to declines in recent performance and the expected impact on future cash flows as a result of COVID-19, the Company recognized impairment charges related to goodwill and trade names for the three months ended March 31, 2020. See Note 7 for details.

 

Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements

Pronouncements Implemented in 2020

 

In June 2016 (modified in November 2018), the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued ASU No 2016-13, Financial Instruments – Credit Losses related to the timing of recognizing impairment losses on financial assets.  The new guidance lowers the threshold on when losses are incurred, from a determination that a loss is probable to a determination that a loss is expected. The change in guidance is applicable to our evaluation of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (“CRDA”) investments. The guidance is effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2019.  Adoption of the guidance required a modified-retrospective approach and a cumulative adjustment to retained earnings to the first reporting period that the update is effective. The Company adopted the new guidance on January 1, 2020. Adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements.

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In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-15, Customer’s Accounting for Implementation Costs Incurred in a Cloud Computing Arrangement that is a Service Contract. This amendment aligns the requirements for capitalizing implementation costs incurred in a hosting arrangement that is a service contract with the requirements for capitalizing implementation costs incurred to develop or obtain internal-use software (and hosting arrangements that include an internal use software license). This generally means that an intangible asset is recognized for the software license and, to the extent that the payments attributable to the software license are made over time, a liability also is recognized. If a cloud computing arrangement does not include a software license, the entity should account for the arrangement as a service contract. This generally means that the fees associated with the hosting element (service) of the arrangement are expensed as incurred. The amendment was effective for annual and interim periods beginning after December 15, 2019. The Company adopted the new guidance on January 1, 2020. Adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements.

In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-13, Disclosure Framework-Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Fair Value Measurement. This amendment modifies the disclosure requirements for fair value measurements and was effective for annual and interim periods beginning after December 15, 2019. The Company adopted the new guidance on January 1, 2020. Adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements.

Pronouncements To Be Implemented In Future Periods

In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU No 2018-14, Compensation –Retirement Benefits – Defined Benefit Plans – General.  This amendment improves disclosures over defined benefit plans and is effective for interim and annual periods ending after December 15, 2020 with early adoption allowed.  The Company anticipates adopting this amendment during the first quarter of 2021, and currently does not expect it to have a significant impact on its Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

In December 2019, the FASB issued ASU 2019-12, Simplifying the Accounting for Income Taxes. This amendment modifies accounting guidelines for income taxes and is effective for annual and interim periods beginning after December 15, 2020 with early adoption allowed. The Company will adopt the new guidance on January 1, 2021. The Company is evaluating the qualitative and quantitative effect the new guidance will have on its Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

 

Note 2. Leases

The Company has operating and finance leases for various real estate and equipment. Certain of the Company’s lease agreements include rental payments based on a percentage of sales over specified contractual amounts, rental payments adjusted periodically for inflation and rental payments based on usage. The Company’s leases include options to extend the lease term one month to 60 years. Except for the Master Lease with GLP Capital, L.P., the operating partnership of Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (“GLPI”), (see Note 9), the Company’s lease agreements do not contain any material residual value guarantees or material restrictive covenants.

The components of lease expense are as follows (in thousands):

 

 

Classification on the

 

Three Months Ended

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

Statement of Operations

 

March 31, 2020

 

March 31, 2019

 

Operating lease expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating lease expense

Operating expense

 

$

 

4,448

 

$

 

4,052

 

Short-term and variable lease expense

Operating expense

 

 

 

8,804

 

 

 

11,814

 

Finance lease expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense on lease liabilities

Interest expense, net

 

 

 

24,821

 

 

 

24,603

 

Amortization of ROU assets

Depreciation and amortization expense

 

 

 

4,089

 

 

 

2,511

 

Total lease expense

 

 

$

 

42,162

 

$

 

42,980

 

 

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Supplemental cash flow information related to leases is as follows (in thousands):

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

March 31, 2020

 

 

March 31, 2019

 

Cash paid for amounts included in the measurement of lease liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating cash flows for operating leases

 

$

 

5,246

 

 

$

 

5,248

 

Operating cash flows for finance leases

 

$

 

22,298

 

 

$

 

22,029

 

 

In addition to the payments made for operating leases noted above, the Company paid $8.8 million and $11.8 million in short-term and variable leases for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

 

Note 3. Revenue Recognition

The Company recognizes as casino revenue the net win from gaming activities, which is the difference between gaming wins and losses, not the total amount wagered. Progressive jackpots are accrued and charged to revenue at the time the obligation to pay the jackpot is established. Gaming revenues are recognized net of certain cash and free play incentives. Pari-mutuel commissions consist of commissions earned from thoroughbred and harness racing and importing of simulcast signals from other race tracks and are recognized at the time wagers are made. Such commissions are a designated portion of the wagering handle as determined by state racing commissions and are shown net of the taxes assessed by state and local agencies, as well as purses and other contractual amounts paid to horsemen associations. The Company recognizes revenues from fees earned through the exporting of simulcast signals to other race tracks at the time wagers are made and recorded on a gross basis. Such fees are based upon a predetermined percentage of handle as contracted with the other race tracks.

The Company’s consolidated statement of operations presents net revenue disaggregated by type or nature of the good or service. A summary of net revenues disaggregated by type of revenue and reportable segment is presented below (amounts in thousands). Refer to Notes 1 and 15 for additional information on the Company’s reportable segments.

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2020

 

 

 

West

 

 

Midwest

 

 

South

 

 

East

 

 

Central

 

 

Corporate

and Other

 

 

Total

 

Casino

 

$

 

44,977

 

 

$

 

53,313

 

 

$

 

79,652

 

 

$

 

79,931

 

 

$

 

81,876

 

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

339,749

 

Food and beverage

 

 

 

23,583

 

 

 

 

3,399

 

 

 

 

10,651

 

 

 

 

9,464

 

 

 

 

9,149

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

56,246

 

Hotel

 

 

 

21,845

 

 

 

 

2,544

 

 

 

 

4,934

 

 

 

 

13,560

 

 

 

 

5,493

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

48,376

 

Other

 

 

 

15,085

 

 

 

 

1,537

 

 

 

 

1,815

 

 

 

 

5,101

 

 

 

 

3,187

 

 

 

 

1,973

 

 

 

 

28,698

 

Net revenues

 

$

 

105,490

 

 

$

 

60,793

 

 

$

 

97,052

 

 

$

 

108,056

 

 

$

 

99,705

 

 

$

 

1,973

 

 

$

 

473,069

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2019

 

 

 

West

 

 

Midwest

 

 

South

 

 

East

 

 

Central

 

 

Corporate

and Other

 

 

Total

 

Casino

 

$

 

53,406

 

 

$

 

85,169

 

 

$

 

109,350

 

 

$

 

124,951

 

 

$

 

97,810

 

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

470,686

 

Food and beverage

 

 

 

27,978

 

 

 

 

6,087

 

 

 

 

14,709

 

 

 

 

14,721

 

 

 

 

11,786

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

75,281

 

Hotel

 

 

 

27,508

 

 

 

 

3,622

 

 

 

 

6,337

 

 

 

 

19,997

 

 

 

 

7,320

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

64,784

 

Other

 

 

 

9,203

 

 

 

 

1,909

 

 

 

 

2,318

 

 

 

 

6,564

 

 

 

 

3,556

 

 

 

 

1,522

 

 

 

 

25,072

 

Net revenues

 

$

 

118,095

 

 

$

 

96,787

 

 

$

 

132,714

 

 

$

 

166,233

 

 

$

 

120,472

 

 

$

 

1,522

 

 

$

 

635,823

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contract and Contract Related Liabilities

The Company records contract or contract-related liabilities related to differences between the timing of cash receipts from the customer and the recognition of revenue. The Company generally has three types of liabilities related to contracts with customers: (1) outstanding chip liability, which represents the amounts owed in exchange for gaming chips held by a customer, (2) player loyalty program obligations, which represents the deferred allocation of revenue relating to player loyalty program incentives earned, and (3) customer deposits and other deferred revenue, which is primarily funds deposited by customers related to gaming play, advance payments on goods and services yet to be provided (such as advance ticket sales and deposits on rooms and convention space or for unpaid wagers), and deferred revenues associated with the Company’s interests in William Hill (see Note 6) and The Stars Group (“TSG”). Except for deferred revenues related to William Hill and TSG, these liabilities are generally expected to be recognized as revenue within one year of being purchased, earned, or deposited and are recorded within accrued other liabilities on the Company’s Consolidated Balance Sheets.

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The following table summarizes the activity related to contract and contract-related liabilities (in thousands):

 

 

 

Outstanding Chip Liability

 

 

Player Loyalty Liability

 

 

Customer Deposits and Other

Deferred Revenue

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

Balance at January 1

 

$

 

9,770

 

 

$

 

8,930

 

 

$

 

13,461

 

 

$

 

17,639

 

 

$

 

171,641

 

 

$

 

27,588

 

Balance at March 31

 

 

 

7,166

 

 

 

 

8,775

 

 

 

 

12,336

 

 

 

 

17,285

 

 

 

 

172,027

 

 

 

 

175,915

 

Increase / (decrease)

 

$

 

(2,604

)

 

$

 

(155

)

 

$

 

(1,125

)

 

$

 

(354

)

 

$

 

386

 

 

$

 

148,327

 

 

The March 31, 2020 balances exclude liabilities related to assets held for sale recorded in 2020 and 2019 (see Note 4).  The significant change in customer deposits and other deferred revenue during the three months ended March 31, 2019 was primarily attributed to the initial recognition of the Company’s interests in William Hill, which is recorded in other long-term liabilities on the Consolidated Balance Sheets (see Note 6).

Note 4. Assets Held for Sale

Kansas City, Vicksburg, Eldorado Shreveport and MontBleu

On July 10, 2019, the Company entered into a definitive agreement to sell the equity interests of the entities that hold Vicksburg and Kansas City to Twin River for approximately $230 million, subject to a working capital adjustment. The definitive agreements provide that the consummation of the sales are subject to satisfaction of customary conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals.

On January 13, 2020 and March 9, 2020, respectively, the Company entered into definitive purchase agreements to sell the equity interests of Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport Joint Venture and Columbia Properties Tahoe, LLC, the entities that hold Eldorado Shreveport and MontBleu, to Maverick.  On April 24, 2020, the purchase agreements with Maverick were terminated and the Company entered into a definitive purchase agreement with Twin River and certain of its affiliates for the sale of the equity interests of Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport Joint Venture and Columbia Properties Tahoe, LLC for aggregate consideration of $155 million.  The definitive agreement provides that the consummation of the sale is subject to satisfaction of customary conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals, and further provides that the Company’s obligation to consummate the sale is subject to the closing of the Merger with Caesars and the buyer’s obligation to consummate the sale is subject to receipt of financing sufficient to enable it to pay the consideration due at closing.  

Kansas City and Vicksburg met the requirements for presentation as assets held for sale under generally accepted accounting principles as of December 31, 2019 and March 31, 2020. Eldorado Shreveport and MontBleu met the requirements for presentation as assets held for sale as of March 31, 2020. However, none of the pending divestitures met the requirements for presentation as discontinued operations and are included in income from continuing operations in the periods presented.

As a result of the agreement to sell MontBleu, an impairment charge totaling $45.6 million was recorded during the three months ended March 31, 2020 due to the carrying value exceeding the estimated net sales proceeds. The impairment charges resulted in a reduction to the carrying amounts of the right-of-use assets, property and equipment, goodwill and other intangibles totaling $17.8 million (see Note 7), $23.2 million and $4.6 million, respectively.

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The assets and liabilities held for sale, accounted for at carrying value as it was lower than fair value, were as follows as of March 31, 2020 (in thousands):

 

 

 

March 31, 2020

 

 

 

Shreveport

 

 

MontBleu

 

 

 

Kansas City

 

Vicksburg

 

 

Total

 

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

$

 

1,760

 

 

$

 

882

 

 

$

 

361

 

 

 

 

$

 

174

 

 

$

 

3,177

 

Due from affiliates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

157

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(15

)

 

 

 

142

 

Inventories

 

 

 

1,016

 

 

 

 

596

 

 

 

 

43

 

 

 

 

 

 

129

 

 

 

 

1,784

 

Right-of-use assets

 

 

 

12,156

 

 

 

 

27,720

 

 

 

 

36,776

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

76,652

 

Prepaid expenses and other

 

 

 

956

 

 

 

 

1,222

 

 

 

 

334

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,186

 

 

 

 

6,698

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

 

85,010

 

 

 

 

36,317

 

 

 

 

39,148

 

 

 

 

 

 

31,493

 

 

 

 

191,968

 

Goodwill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39,623

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,806

 

 

 

 

48,429

 

Other intangibles, net

 

 

 

20,574

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

90,329

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,708

 

 

 

 

113,611

 

Assets held for sale

 

$

 

121,472

 

 

$

 

66,894

 

 

$

 

206,614

 

 

 

 

$

 

47,481

 

 

$

 

442,461

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

 

596

 

 

$

 

659

 

 

$

 

147

 

 

 

 

$

 

91

 

 

$

 

1,493

 

Accrued payroll and related

 

 

 

2,381

 

 

 

 

1,248

 

 

 

 

723

 

 

 

 

 

 

421

 

 

 

 

4,773

 

Accrued property and other taxes

 

 

 

805

 

 

 

 

200

 

 

 

 

145

 

 

 

 

 

 

216

 

 

 

 

1,366

 

Short-term lease obligation

 

 

 

1,086

 

 

 

 

5,354

 

 

 

 

1,528

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,968

 

Long-term lease obligations

 

 

 

13,228

 

 

 

 

63,017

 

 

 

 

33,721

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

109,966

 

Accrued other liabilities

 

 

 

2,397

 

 

 

 

2,284

 

 

 

 

891

 

 

 

 

 

 

252

 

 

 

 

5,824

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

 

 

60

 

 

 

 

23

 

 

 

 

168

 

 

 

 

 

 

31

 

 

 

 

282

 

Liabilities related to assets held for sale

 

$

 

20,553

 

 

$

 

72,785

 

 

$

 

37,323

 

 

 

 

$

 

1,011

 

 

$

 

131,672

 

 

The assets and liabilities held for sale, accounted for at carrying value as it was lower than fair value, were as follows as of December 31, 2019 (in thousands):

 

 

 

December 31, 2019

 

 

 

Kansas City

 

 

Vicksburg

 

 

Total

 

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

$

 

285

 

 

$

 

75

 

 

$

 

360

 

Inventories

 

 

 

52

 

 

 

 

119

 

 

 

 

171

 

Right-of-use assets

 

 

 

36,135

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

36,135

 

Prepaid expenses and other

 

 

 

216

 

 

 

 

4,168

 

 

 

 

4,384

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

 

39,126

 

 

 

 

31,493

 

 

 

 

70,619

 

Goodwill

 

 

 

39,623

 

 

 

 

8,806

 

 

 

 

48,429

 

Other intangibles, net

 

 

 

90,329

 

 

 

 

2,708

 

 

 

 

93,037

 

Assets held for sale

 

$

 

205,766

 

 

$

 

47,369

 

 

$

 

253,135

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

 

307

 

 

$

 

188

 

 

$

 

495

 

Accrued payroll and related

 

 

 

567

 

 

 

 

327

 

 

 

 

894

 

Accrued property and other taxes

 

 

 

26

 

 

 

 

891

 

 

 

 

917

 

Short-term lease obligation

 

 

 

764

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

764

 

Long-term lease obligation

 

 

 

33,080

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

33,080

 

Accrued other liabilities

 

 

 

1,055

 

 

 

 

280

 

 

 

 

1,335

 

Liabilities related to assets held for sale

 

$

 

35,799

 

 

$

 

1,686

 

 

$

 

37,485

 

 

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The following information presents the net revenues and net income (loss) for the Company’s properties that are held for sale (in thousands):

 

 

 

Three Months ended March 31, 2020

 

 

 

Shreveport

 

 

MontBleu

 

 

Kansas City

 

 

Vicksburg

 

Net revenues

 

$

 

22,550

 

 

$

 

8,617

 

 

$

 

13,748

 

 

$

 

4,530

 

Net income (loss)

 

 

 

1,679

 

 

 

 

(42,164

)

 

 

 

3,214

 

 

 

 

(473

)

 

Mountaineer, Caruthersville and Cape Girardeau Divestitures

The sales of Mountaineer, Caruthersville and Cape Girardeau were consummated on December 6, 2019. Mountaineer was previously reported in the East segment and Caruthersville and Cape Girardeau were previously reported in the Midwest segment.

Prior to the closing date, Mountaineer, Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville met the requirements for presentation as assets held for sale. However, they did not meet the requirements for presentation as discontinued operations. Mountaineer was reported in the East segment and Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville were reported in Midwest segment.

The following information presents the net revenues and net income of Mountaineer, Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville for the three months ended March 31, 2019 (in thousands):

 

 

 

Three Months ended March 31, 2019

 

 

 

Mountaineer

 

 

Cape Girardeau

 

 

Caruthersville

 

Net revenues

 

$

 

30,165

 

 

$

 

15,401

 

 

$

 

8,927

 

Net income

 

 

 

1,623

 

 

 

 

2,114

 

 

 

 

1,780

 

 

Presque and Nemacolin Divestitures

The sale of Presque closed on January 11, 2019 resulting in a gain on sale of $22.1 million, net of final working capital adjustments, for the three months ended March 31, 2019. The sale of Nemacolin closed on March 8, 2019 resulting in a gain on sale of $0.1 million, net of final working capital adjustments, for the three months ended March 31, 2019.  Presque and Nemacolin were both previously reported in the East segment.

The following information presents the net revenues and net income (loss) of Presque and Nemacolin prior to the respective divestitures (in thousands):

 

 

 

Three Months ended March 31, 2019

 

 

 

Presque

 

 

Nemacolin

 

Net revenues

 

$

 

3,235

 

 

$

 

4,836

 

Net loss

 

 

 

(42

)

 

 

 

(754

)

 

 

These amounts include historical operating results, adjusted to eliminate the internal allocation of interest expense that was not be assumed by the buyer.

 

Note 5. Stock-Based Compensation and Stockholders’ Equity

Share Repurchase Program

In November 2018, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized a $150 million common stock repurchase program (the “Share Repurchase Program”) pursuant to which the Company may, from time to time, repurchase shares of common stock on the open market (either with or without a 10b5-1 plan) or through privately negotiated transactions. The Share Repurchase Program has no time limit and may be suspended or discontinued at any time without notice. There is no minimum number of shares of common stock that the Company is required to repurchase under the Share Repurchase Program.

The Company acquired 223,823 shares of common stock at an aggregate value of $9.1 million and an average of $40.80 per share in 2018. NaN shares were repurchased in 2019 or during the three months ended March 31, 2020.

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Stock-Based Compensation

The Company accounts for stock-based compensation in accordance with ASC 718, Compensation—Stock Compensation. Total stock-based compensation expense in the accompanying Consolidated Statements of Operations totaled $5.7 million and $4.9 million during the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.  These amounts are included in corporate expenses and, in the case of certain property positions, general and administrative expenses in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations. The Company recognized an increase in income tax benefit of $2.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, related to stock-based compensation. The Company recognized a reduction in income tax expense of $2.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019 for excess tax benefits related to stock-based compensation.   

A summary of the restricted stock unit (“RSU”) activity for the three months ended March 31, 2020 is presented in the following table:

 

 

 

 

 

Restricted Stock Units

 

 

 

 

 

Units

 

 

 

Weighted-

Average Grant

Date

Fair Value

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

 

Unvested outstanding as of December 31, 2019

 

 

 

1,246,641

 

 

$

 

35.56

 

 

Granted (1)

 

 

 

293,367

 

 

 

 

57.73

 

 

Vested

 

 

 

(371,108

)

 

 

 

24.05

 

 

Forfeited

 

 

 

(8,333

)

 

 

 

42.13

 

 

Unvested outstanding as of March 31, 2020

 

 

 

1,160,567

 

 

$

 

45.10

 

 

 

(1)

Included are 20,615 RSUs granted to non-employee members of the Board of Directors during the three months ended March 31, 2020.

 

As of March 31, 2020 and 2019, the Company had $34.2 million and $28.6 million, respectively, of unrecognized compensation expense. The RSUs are expected to be recognized over a weighted-average period of 1.9 years for both periods.

 

There was no stock option activity for the three months ended March 31, 2020. Outstanding options as of March 31, 2020 totaled 135,956, of which 125,331 options were exercisable.

 

 

Note 6. Investments in and Advances to Unconsolidated Affiliates

Pompano Joint Venture

In April 2018, the Company entered into a joint venture with Cordish Companies (“Cordish”) to master plan and develop a mixed-use entertainment and hospitality destination expected to be located on unused land adjacent to the casino and racetrack at the Company’s Pompano property. As the managing member, Cordish will operate the business and manage the development, construction, financing, marketing, leasing, maintenance and day-to-day operation of the various phases of the project. Additionally, Cordish will be responsible for the development of the master plan for the project with the Company’s input and will submit it for the Company’s review and approval. The Company and Cordish have made cash contributions of $500,000 each and could be required to make additional contributions to a maximum of $2.0 million ($1.0 million per member) at the request of the managing member. The Company has agreed to contribute approximately 130 to 200 acres of land to the joint venture for the project. As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, we have contributed approximately 20 acres to the joint venture at a fair value of $6.6 million.

While the Company holds a 50% variable interest in the joint venture, it is not the primary beneficiary; as such the investment in the joint venture is accounted for using the equity method. The Company participates evenly with Cordish in the profits and losses of the joint venture, which is included in income (loss) from unconsolidated affiliates on the Consolidated Statements of Operations. As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, the Company’s investment in the joint venture is recorded in investment in and advances to unconsolidated affiliates on the Consolidated Balance Sheets.

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William Hill

In September 2018, the Company entered into a 25-year agreement, which became effective January 29, 2019, with William Hill PLC and William Hill US, its U.S. subsidiary (together, “William Hill”) pursuant to which the Company (i) granted to William Hill the right to conduct betting activities in retail channels and under the Company’s first skin and third skin for online channels with respect to the Company’s current and future properties located in the United States and the territories and possessions of the United States, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and (ii) agreed that William Hill will have the right to conduct real money online gaming activities utilizing the Company’s second skin available with respect to properties in such territories.  Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, in January 2019 the Company received a 20% ownership interest in William Hill US as well as 13.4 million ordinary shares of William Hill PLC, which carry certain time restrictions on when they can be sold. Additionally, the Company receives a profit share from the operations of betting and other gaming activities associated with the Company’s properties. “Skin” in the context of this agreement refers to the Company’s ability to grant to William Hill an online channel that allows William Hill to operate online casino and sports gaming activities in reliance on, and utilizing the benefit of, any licenses granted to the Company or its subsidiaries. As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, the Company’s receivable from William Hill totaled $0.6 and $3.5 million, respectively, and is reflected in due from affiliates on the Consolidated Balance Sheets.

The Company is accounting for its investment in William Hill US under the equity method. The fair value of the Company’s initial investment in William Hill US of $128.9 million at January 29, 2019 was determined using Level 3 inputs. As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, the carrying value of the Company’s interest in William Hill US totaled $127.2 million and $127.1 million, respectively, and is recorded in investment in and advances to unconsolidated affiliates on the Consolidated Balance Sheets.

As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, the fair value of the William Hill PLC shares totaled $10.0 and $29.3 million, respectively, net of a cumulative unrealized loss of $17.4 million and a cumulative unrealized gain of $2.1 million, respectively, and included in other assets, net on the Consolidated Balance Sheets. The Company recorded unrealized losses totaling $19.3 million and $2.9 million during the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

The Company also recorded deferred revenue associated with the William Hill US and William Hill PLC shares and is recognizing revenue on a straight-line basis over the 25-year agreement term. The Company recognized revenue of $1.5 million and $0.2 million during the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively. As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, the balance of the William Hill deferred revenue totaled $140.6 million and $142.1 million, respectively, and is recorded in other long-term liabilities on the Consolidated Balance Sheets.

 

Note 7. Intangible Assets, net

Other and intangible assets, net, include the following amounts (in thousands):

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

December 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

 

Useful Life

Goodwill

 

$

 

810,187

 

 

$

 

909,717

 

 

 

Indefinite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaming licenses

 

$

 

872,158

 

 

$

 

893,302

 

 

 

Indefinite

Trade names

 

 

 

146,279

 

 

 

 

165,479

 

 

 

Indefinite

Player loyalty programs

 

 

 

97,935

 

 

 

 

100,694

 

 

 

3 - 4 years

Subtotal

 

 

 

1,116,372

 

 

 

 

1,159,475

 

 

 

 

Accumulated amortization player loyalty programs

 

 

 

(53,203

)

 

 

 

(48,077

)

 

 

 

Total gaming licenses and other intangible assets, net

 

$

 

1,063,169

 

 

$

 

1,111,398

 

 

 

 

 

Gaming licenses represent intangible assets acquired from the purchase of a gaming entity located in a gaming jurisdiction where competition is limited, such as when only a limited number of gaming operators are allowed to operate in the jurisdiction. These gaming license rights are not subject to amortization as the Company has determined that they have indefinite useful lives.

 

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Goodwill represents the excess of the purchase prices of acquiring MTR Gaming, Isle, Elgin and Tropicana over the fair market value of the net assets acquired. The following table presents the change to goodwill for the three months ended March 31, 2020 (in thousands):

 

 

Goodwill

 

 

Accumulated Impairment

 

 

Goodwill, net

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2019

$

 

921,408

 

 

$

 

(11,691

)

 

$

 

909,717

 

Impairments

 

 

 

 

 

 

(99,530

)

 

 

 

(99,530

)

Assets held for sale (see Note 4)

 

 

(5

)

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2020

$

 

921,403

 

 

$

 

(111,216

)

 

$

 

810,187

 

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2020, the Company recognized impairment charges related to goodwill and trade names totaling $99.5 million and $15.6 million, respectively, due to declines in recent performance and the expected impact on future cash flows as a result of COVID-19.

Additionally, in conjunction with the classification of MontBleu’s operations as assets held for sale as of March 31, 2020 (see Note 4) as a result of the announced sale, an impairment charge totaling $45.6 million was recorded due to the carrying value exceeding the estimate sales proceeds. Impairment charges recorded by segment for the three months ended March 31, 2020 (in thousands) were as follows:

 

 

 

West

 

 

South

 

 

Midwest

 

 

Total

 

Goodwill

$

 

52,805

 

 

$

 

15,625

 

 

$

 

31,100

 

 

$

 

99,530

 

Trade names

 

 

8,990

 

 

 

 

5,700

 

 

 

 

5,500

 

 

 

 

20,190

 

Property, plant and equipment (see Note 4)

 

 

23,228

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23,228

 

Right of use assets (see Note 4)

 

 

17,810

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17,810

 

 

$

 

102,833

 

 

$

 

21,325

 

 

$

 

36,600

 

 

$

 

160,758

 

 

Amortization expense with respect to player loyalty programs for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 totaled $7.5 million and $7.6 million, respectively, which is included in depreciation and amortization in the Consolidated Statements of Operations. Such amortization expense is expected to be $20.6 million for the remainder of 2020 and $21.2 million and $4.2 million for the years ended December 31, 2021 and 2022, respectively.

 

Note 8. Income Taxes

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) was enacted on March 27, 2020. The CARES Act includes, among other things, refundable payroll tax credits, deferment of employer side social security payments, net operating loss carryback periods, alternative minimum tax credit refunds, modifications to the net interest deduction limitations, and technical amendments regarding the income tax depreciation of qualified improvement property placed in service after December 31, 2017. These amendments allow for retroactive accelerated income tax depreciation on certain of our leasehold improvement assets. The Company is currently assessing the financial impact of these technical amendments on our business.

The Company estimates an annual effective income tax rate based on projected results for the year and applies this rate to income before taxes to calculate income tax expense. Any refinements made due to subsequent information that affects the estimated annual effective income tax rate are reflected as adjustments in the current period.

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2020, the Company’s tax benefit was $37.2 million. For the three months ended March 31, 2019, the Company’s tax expense was $10.4 million. For the three months ended March 31, 2020, the difference between the effective rate and the statutory rate is attributed primarily to goodwill impairments, true-up of certain state tax benefits, state and local income taxes and changes in the valuation allowance. For the three months ended March 31, 2019, the difference between the effective rate and the statutory rate is attributed primarily to non-deductible expenses, excess tax benefits associated with stock compensation, and state and local income taxes.

As of March 31, 2020, there were 0 unrecognized tax benefits and the Company does not expect a significant increase or decrease to the total amounts of unrecognized tax benefits within the next twelve months. We recognize accrued interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits in income tax expense.

The Company and its subsidiaries file US federal income tax returns and various state and local income tax returns. The Company does not have tax sharing agreements with the other members within the consolidated ERI group. With few exceptions, the Company is no longer subject to US federal or state and local tax examinations by tax authorities for years before 2008.

 

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Note 9. Long-Term Financing Obligation

Under the prior lease accounting standard, the Company’s Master Lease with GLPI was accounted for as a failed sale-leaseback financing obligation equal to the fair value of the leased real estate assets and liabilities acquired in purchase accounting in conjunction with the acquisition of Tropicana in 2018. Upon adoption of ASC 842, the Company re-evaluated the Master Lease and determined this existing failed sale-leaseback transaction would continue to be accounted for as a financing obligation.

The fair value of the real estate assets and the related failed sale-leaseback financing obligations were estimated based on the present value of the estimated future lease payments over the lease term of 35 years, including renewal options, using an imputed discount rate of approximately 10.2%. The value of the failed sale-leaseback financing obligations is dependent upon assumptions regarding the amount of the lease payments and the estimated discount rate of the lease payments required by a market participant.

The Master Lease provides for the lease of land, buildings, structures and other improvements on the land (including barges and riverboats), easements and similar appurtenances to the land and improvements relating to the operation of the leased properties. The Master Lease provides for an initial term of fifteen years with no purchase option. At the Company’s option, the Master Lease may be extended for up to four five-year renewal terms beyond the initial 15-year term. If we elect to renew the term of the Master Lease, the renewal will be effective as to all, but not less than all, of the leased property then subject to the Master Lease. The Company does not have the ability to terminate its obligations under the Master Lease prior to its expiration without GLPI’s consent.

The rent payable under the Master Lease is comprised of “Base Rent” and “Percentage Rent.”  Base rent is the sum of:

 

Building Base Rent: a fixed component equal to $60.9 million during the first year of the Master Lease, and thereafter escalated annually by 2%, subject to a cap that would cause the preceding year’s adjusted revenue to rent ratio for the properties in the aggregate not to fall below 1.20:1.00 for the first five years of the Master Lease and 1.80:1.00 thereafter; plus

 

Land Base Rent: an additional fixed component equal to $13.4 million, subject to adjustment in the event of the termination of the Master Lease with respect to any of the leased properties.

The percentage rent payable under the Master Lease is adjusted every two years based on the actual net revenues of the leased properties during the two-year period then ended. The initial variable rent, which is fixed for the first two years, is $13.4 million per year. The actual percentage increase is based on actual performance and is subject to change.

The initial annual rent under the terms of the lease was approximately $87.6 million and subject to annual escalations as referenced in the table below.

Under the Master Lease, the Company is required to pay the following, among other things: lease payments to the underlying ground lessor for properties that are subject to ground leases, facility maintenance costs, all insurance premiums for insurance with respect to the leased properties and the business conducted on the leased properties, taxes levied on or with respect to the leased properties (other than taxes on the income of the lessor and all utilities and other services necessary or appropriate for the leased properties and the business conducted on the leased properties).

The estimated future lease payments include the minimum lease payments and were adjusted to reflect estimated lease payments as described in the agreements, including an annual escalator of up to 2%.

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The future minimum payments related to the Master Lease financing obligation with GLPI at March 31, 2020 were as follows (in thousands):

 

2020 (excluding the three months ended March 31, 2020)

 

 

 

66,953

 

2021

 

 

 

90,417

 

2022

 

 

 

91,691

 

2023

 

 

 

92,990

 

2024

 

 

 

94,315

 

Thereafter

 

 

 

3,412,357

 

Total future payments

 

 

 

3,848,723

 

Less: Amounts representing interest at 10.2%

 

 

 

(3,295,701

)

Plus: Residual values

 

 

 

420,100

 

Financing obligation to GLPI

 

$

 

973,122

 

 

Total cash payments and interest expense related to the Master Lease totaled $22.2 million and $24.8 million, respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2020. Total cash payments and interest expense related to the Master Lease totaled $21.9 million and $24.6 million, respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2019.  For the initial periods of the Master Lease, cash payments are less than the interest expense recognized, which causes the failed sale-leaseback obligation to increase during the initial years of the lease term.

 

The Master Lease contains certain covenants, including minimum capital improvement expenditures and a rent coverage ratio. As of March 31, 2020, we were in compliance with all of the covenants under the Master Lease.

 

Note 10. Long-Term Debt

Long‑term debt consisted of the following (in thousands):

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

Term Loan

 

$

 

488,750

 

 

$

 

498,750

 

Less: Unamortized discount and debt issuance costs

 

 

 

(7,407

)

 

 

 

(7,982

)

Net

 

 

 

481,343

 

 

 

 

490,768

 

6% Senior Notes due 2026

 

 

 

600,000

 

 

 

 

600,000

 

Less: Unamortized debt issuance costs

 

 

 

(17,420

)

 

 

 

(17,958

)

Net

 

 

 

582,580

 

 

 

 

582,042

 

6% Senior Notes due 2025

 

 

 

875,000

 

 

 

 

875,000

 

Plus: Unamortized debt premium

 

 

 

19,368

 

 

 

 

20,214

 

Less: Unamortized debt issuance costs

 

 

 

(15,296

)

 

 

 

(15,939

)

Net

 

 

 

879,072

 

 

 

 

879,275

 

7% Senior Notes due 2023

 

 

 

375,000

 

 

 

 

375,000

 

Less: Unamortized discount and debt issuance costs

 

 

 

(4,642

)

 

 

 

(4,923

)

Net

 

 

 

370,358

 

 

 

 

370,077

 

Revolving Credit Facility

 

 

 

465,000

 

 

 

 

 

Lumière Loan

 

 

 

246,000

 

 

 

 

246,000

 

Long-term notes and other payables

 

 

 

2,447

 

 

 

 

2,554

 

Less: Current portion

 

 

 

(246,109

)

 

 

 

(246,175

)

Total long-term debt

 

$

 

2,780,691

 

 

$

 

2,324,541

 

 

 

Amortization of the debt issuance costs and the discount and/or premium associated with our indebtedness totaled $1.6 million and $1.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.  Amortization of debt issuance costs is computed using the effective interest method and is included in interest expense.

 

In accordance with ASC Topic 470-50, Debt Modifications and Extinguishments (“ASC 470-50”), the Company recognized a loss on the early retirement of debt totaling $0.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020 related to a pro-rated write off of deferred financing costs associated with permanent payments on our Term Loan. The Company did not incur a similar loss during the three months ended March 31, 2019.

 

Scheduled maturities of long‑term debt are $246.0 million for the remainder of 2020, $0.2 million in 2021, $0.2 million in 2022, $840.1 million in 2023, $0.2 million in 2024, and $2.0 billion thereafter.

 

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Term Loan and Revolving Credit Facility

The Company is party to a credit agreement with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent, and the lenders party thereto dated as of April 17, 2017 (as amended the “Credit Facility”), consisting of a $1.45 billion term loan facility (the “Term Loan Facility” or “Term Loan”) and a $500.0 million revolving credit facility (the “Revolving Credit Facility”). The Company’s obligations under the Revolving Credit Facility will mature on October 1, 2023. The Company’s obligations under the Term Loan Facility will mature on April 17, 2024. The Company was required to make quarterly principal payments of $3.6 million on the Term Loan Facility on the last day of each fiscal quarter beginning on June 30, 2017 but satisfied this requirement as a result of the principal prepayment of $444.5 million on September 13, 2017 in conjunction with the issuance of the additional 6% Senior Notes due 2025. In addition, the Company is required to make mandatory payments of amounts outstanding under the Credit Facility with the proceeds of certain casualty events, debt issuances, and asset sales and, depending on its consolidated total leverage ratio, the Company may be required to apply a portion of its excess cash flow to repay amounts outstanding under the Credit Facility.

As of March 31, 2020, the Company had $488.8 million outstanding on the Term Loan and $465.0 outstanding under the Revolving Credit Facility. During the three months ended March 31, 2020, the Company elected to draw down availability under the Revolving Credit Facility as a precautionary measure to enhance its liquidity and provide financial flexibility as the effects of COVID-19 continue to evolve and impact global financial markets. The Company had $16.8 million of available borrowing capacity, after consideration of $18.2 million in outstanding letters of credit under its Revolving Credit Facility, as of March 31, 2020.

In 2019, the Company utilized $360.0 million and $150.0 million of net proceeds from the sales of Mountaineer, Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville and the sale of Presque, respectively, to repay a portion of amounts outstanding under the Term Loan.

The interest rate per annum applicable to loans under the Revolving Credit Facility are, at our option, either LIBOR plus a margin ranging from 1.75% to 2.50% or a base rate plus a margin from 0.75% to 1.50%, the margin is based on our total leverage ratio. The interest rate per annum applicable to the loans under the Term Loan Facility is, at our option, either LIBOR plus 2.25%, or a base rate plus 1.25%; provided, however, that in no event will LIBOR be less than zero or the base rate be less than 1.00%. Additionally, the Company pays a commitment fee on the unused portion of the Revolving Credit Facility of 0.50% per annum. As of March 31, 2020, the weighted average interest rate on the Term Loan and Revolving Credit Facility were 3.25% and 2.81%, respectively.  

Lumière Loan

We borrowed $246 million from GLPI to fund the purchase price of the real estate underlying Lumière. The Lumière Loan bears interest at a rate equal to (i) 9.09% until October 1, 2019 and (ii) 9.27% until October 1, 2020, and matures on October 1, 2020. The Lumière Loan was secured by a first priority mortgage on the Lumière real property that was released pursuant to its terms on October 1, 2019. In connection with the issuance of the Lumière Loan, we agreed to use our commercially reasonable efforts to transfer one or more of the Grand Victoria Casino, Isle Casino Bettendorf, Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo, Isle of Capri Lula, Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg and Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort or such other property or properties mutually acceptable to us and GLPI, provided that the aggregate value of such property, individually or collectively, is at least $246 million (the “Replacement Property”), to GLPI with a simultaneous leaseback to us of such Replacement Property. In connection with such Replacement Property sale, (i) we and GLPI will enter into an amendment to the Master Lease to revise the economic terms to include the Replacement Property, (ii) GLPI, or one of its affiliates, will assume the Lumière Loan and Tropicana St. Louis RE’s obligations under the Lumière Loan in consideration of the acquisition of the Replacement Property and our obligations under the Lumière Loan will be deemed to have been satisfied, and (iii) in the event the value of the Replacement Property is greater than the our outstanding obligations under the Lumière Loan, GLPI will pay us the difference between the value of the Replacement Property and the amount of outstanding obligations under the Lumière Loan. If such Replacement Property transaction is not consummated prior to the maturity date of the Lumière Loan, other than as a result of certain failures to perform by GLPI, then the amounts outstanding will be paid in full and the rent under the Master Lease will automatically increase, subject to certain escalations.

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Debt and Master Lease Covenant Compliance

As of March 31, 2020, the Company was in compliance with all of the covenants under the 7% Senior Notes due 2023, 6% Senior Notes due 2025, 6% Senior Notes due 2026, the Credit Facility, the Lumière Loan and the Master Lease. However, the Company’s ability to remain in compliance with the quarterly maintenance covenants under its Credit Agreement and the Master Lease may be negatively impacted if the period of casino closures is prolonged or if the COVID-19 pandemic, measures implemented to curtail its spread or changes in the economy, discretionary spending and consumer confidence have a protracted negative effect on the Company’s business.

Failure to satisfy the quarterly maintenance covenants contained in the Credit Agreement and the Master Lease would require the Company to seek waivers or amendments of the maintenance covenants. There can be no assurance that the Company will be able to obtain required waivers or amendments, as such matters depend, in part, on factors outside of its control. If the Company fails to satisfy its quarterly maintenance covenants and is unable to obtain such waivers or amendments, its creditors could exercise remedies under the applicable documents governing such indebtedness, including acceleration of such indebtedness, and the lessor under the Master Lease could terminate the Master Lease. The acceleration of indebtedness outstanding under the Credit Agreement or the termination of the Master Lease as a result of failure to satisfy the covenants applicable to such obligations would give rise to an event of default under its outstanding senior notes entitling the holders thereof to accelerate the obligations thereunder.

 

Note 11. Fair Value Measurements

Fair value is an exit price, representing the amount that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants. Accordingly, fair value is a market based measurement that is determined based on assumptions that market participants would use in pricing an asset or liability. As a basis for considering such assumptions, there is a three‑tier fair value hierarchy, which prioritizes the inputs used in measuring fair values as follows:

 

Level 1 Inputs: Quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

 

Level 2 Inputs: Observable market‑based inputs or unobservable inputs that are corroborated by market data.

 

Level 3 Inputs: Unobservable inputs that are not corroborated by market data.

The following methods and assumptions are used to estimate the fair value of each class of financial instruments for which it is practical to estimate fair value:

Cash and Cash Equivalents: Cash equivalents include cash held in money market funds and investments that can be redeemed immediately at the current net asset value per share. A money market fund is a mutual fund whose investments are primarily in short‑term debt securities designed to maximize current income with liquidity and capital preservation, usually maintaining per share net asset value at a constant amount, such as one dollar. Cash and cash equivalents also include cash maintained for gaming operations. The carrying amounts approximate the fair value because of the short maturity of those instruments (Level 1).

Restricted Cash and Investments: The estimated fair values of our restricted cash and investments are based upon quoted prices available in active markets (Level 1), or quoted prices for similar assets in active and inactive markets (Level 2), or quoted prices available in active markets adjusted for time restrictions related to the sale of the investment (Level 3) and represent the amounts we would expect to receive if we sold our restricted cash and investments. Restricted investments include shares acquired in conjunction with the Company’s sports betting agreements that contain restrictions related to the ability to liquidate shares within a specified timeframe.

Marketable Securities:  Marketable securities consist primarily of trading securities held by the Company’s captive insurance subsidiary and unrestricted shares acquired in conjunction with the Company’s sports betting agreements. The estimated fair values of the Company’s marketable securities are determined on an individual asset basis based upon quoted prices of identical assets available in active markets (Level 1), quoted prices of identical assets in inactive markets, or quoted prices for similar assets in active and inactive markets (Level 2), and represent the amounts we would expect to receive if we sold these marketable securities.

Long‑term Debt: The fair value of our long-term debt or other long-term obligations is estimated based on the quoted market price of the underlying debt issue (Level 1) or, when a quoted market price is not available, the discounted cash flow of future payments utilizing current rates available to us for the debt of similar remaining maturities (Level 2). Debt obligations with a short remaining maturity have a carrying amount that approximates fair value.

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Items Measured at Fair Value on a Recurring Basis: The following table sets forth the assets measured at fair value on a recurring basis, by input level, in the Consolidated Balance Sheets at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 (amounts in thousands):

 

 

 

March 31, 2020

 

Assets:

 

Level 1

 

 

Level 2

 

 

Level 3

 

 

Total

 

      Restricted cash and investments

 

$

 

11,036

 

 

$

 

2,115

 

 

$

 

14,011

 

 

$

 

27,162

 

Marketable securities

 

 

 

24,301

 

 

 

 

7,084

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31,385

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2019

 

Assets:

 

Level 1

 

 

Level 2

 

 

Level 3

 

 

Total

 

Restricted cash and investments

 

$

 

11,276

 

 

$

 

2,050

 

 

$

 

29,283

 

 

$

 

42,609

 

Marketable securities

 

 

 

27,103

 

 

 

 

7,531

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

34,634

 

 

The change in restricted cash and investments valued using Level 3 inputs for the three months ended March 31, 2020 is as follows:

 

 

 

Level 3 Investments

 

Fair value of investment and liabilities at December 31, 2019

 

$

 

29,283

 

Value of additional investment received

 

 

 

4,678

 

Unrealized loss

 

 

 

(19,950

)

Fair value at March 31, 2020

 

$

 

14,011

 

 

There were 0 transfers between Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 investments during the three months ended March 31, 2020.

In November 2018, the Company entered into a 20-year agreement with TSG pursuant to which it agreed to provide TSG with options to obtain access to a second skin for online sports wagering and third skin for real money online gaming and poker, in each case with respect to the Company’s properties in the United States. Under the terms of the agreement, the Company will receive a revenue share from the operation of the applicable verticals by TSG under the Company’s licenses. Pursuant to the terms of the TSG agreement, the Company received 1.1 million TSG common shares, and an additional $5.0 million in TSG common shares became payable to the Company upon TSG’s exercise of its first option; all shares are subject to a one year restriction from the date they are received. The Company may also receive additional TSG common shares in the future based on TSG net gaming revenue generated in its markets.  As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, the fair value of unrestricted shares in TSG totaled $11.0 million and $14.0 million, respectively, net of cumulative unrealized gains of $0.6 million and $3.7 million, respectively, and is included in marketable securities on the Consolidated Balance Sheet.  In addition, as of March 31, 2020, the fair value of restricted shares in TSG totaled $4.0 million, net of cumulative unrealized losses of $0.6 million, and is included in restricted cash and investments on the Consolidated Balance Sheet.  The Company recorded unrealized losses of $3.4 million during the three months ended March 31, 2020 and unrealized gains of $1.4 million during the three months ended March 31, 2019.

The estimated fair values of the Company’s financial instruments are as follows (amounts in thousands):

 

 

 

March 31, 2020

 

 

December 31, 2019

 

 

 

Carrying

 

 

Fair

 

 

Carrying

 

 

Fair

 

 

 

Amount

 

 

Value

 

 

Amount

 

 

Value

 

Financial liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7% Senior Notes due 2023

 

$

 

370,358

 

 

$

 

327,656

 

 

$

 

370,077

 

 

$

 

390,938

 

6% Senior Notes due 2025

 

 

 

879,072

 

 

 

 

765,625

 

 

 

 

879,275

 

 

 

 

922,031

 

6% Senior Notes due 2026

 

 

 

582,580

 

 

 

 

552,000

 

 

 

 

582,042

 

 

 

 

662,250

 

Term Loan

 

 

 

481,343

 

 

 

 

422,769

 

 

 

 

490,768

 

 

 

 

498,127

 

Revolving Credit Facility

 

 

 

465,000

 

 

 

 

465,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lumière Loan

 

 

 

246,000

 

 

 

 

246,000

 

 

 

 

246,000

 

 

 

 

246,000

 

Other long-term debt

 

 

 

2,447

 

 

 

 

2,447

 

 

 

 

2,553

 

 

 

 

2,553

 

 

 

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Note 12. Earnings per Share

The following table illustrates the reconciliation of the numerators and denominators of the basic and diluted net income per share computations for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019 (dollars in thousands, except per share amounts):

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

Net (loss) income available to common stockholders

 

$

 

(175,638

)

 

$

 

38,229

 

Shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding – basic

 

 

 

77,954,038

 

 

 

 

77,567,147

 

Effect of dilutive securities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stock options

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

104,382

 

RSUs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

917,581

 

Weighted average shares outstanding – diluted

 

 

 

77,954,038

 

 

 

 

78,589,110

 

Net (loss) income per common share attributable to

     common stockholders – basic:

 

$

 

(2.25

)

 

$

 

0.49

 

Net (loss) income per common share attributable to

     common stockholders – diluted:

 

$

 

(2.25

)

 

$

 

0.49

 

 

The weighted average shares outstanding-diluted calculation above excludes 107,154 stock options and 623,999 RSUs for the three months ended March 31, 2020 as the inclusion of these shares would have an anti-dilutive effect.

 

Note 13. Commitments and Contingencies

 

Litigation

 

We are parties to various legal proceedings.  Such proceedings can be costly, time consuming and unpredictable and, therefore, no assurance can be given that the final outcome of such proceedings will not materially impact our consolidated financial condition or results of operations. While we maintain insurance coverage that we believe is adequate to mitigate the risks of such proceedings, no assurance can be given that the amount or scope of existing insurance coverage will be sufficient to cover losses arising from such matters.

 

Merger Litigation  

 

In September and October of 2019, 8 putative class action lawsuits were filed against the Company and/or Caesars in connection with the Merger.  The Company was named as a party in three of such actions: Cazer v. Caesars Entertainment Corp., et al, Civil Action No. A-19-801900-C, Eighth Judicial District Court Clark County, Nevada (9/13/2019), Gershman v. Caesars Entertainment Corp., et al, Civil Action No 1:19-cv-01720-UNA, United States District Court for the District of Delaware (9/12/2019), and Palkon v. Caesars Entertainment Corp., et al, Civil Action No. 1:19-cv-01679-UNA, United States District Court for the District of Delaware (9/9/2019).  In general, those complaints asserted claims under sections 14(a), 20(a) and Rule 14a-9 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 challenging the adequacy of certain disclosures in the joint proxy statement/prospectus filed in connection with the Merger.  In addition, one of the complaints alleges state law breach of fiduciary duty claims against the Caesars directors. In March 2020, the Company and Caesars reached an agreement with the plaintiffs in those actions to settle those claims in exchange for payment of certain fees to attorneys for the plaintiffs. As a result of that settlement, in March 2020, all eight suits were dismissed. These matters are now concluded.

 

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Securities Action

 

On September 23, 2019, the Company and certain of its officers were named as defendants in a putative class action complaint filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and captioned as Elberts v. Eldorado Resorts, Inc., Case No. 2:19-cv-18230-SRC-CLW.  The complaint asserted violations of Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and SEC Rule 10b-5 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  The complaint alleged that the Company made material misstatements and/or omissions during the period from March 1, 2019 through September 2, 2019.  The allegations related to disclosure concerning the subpoenas that certain of the Company’s directors and officers received from the SEC, which have been previously disclosed in the proxy statement/prospectus filed by the Company relating to the pending transaction with Caesars.  The SEC Investigation is ongoing. In March of 2020, the lead plaintiff decided not to pursue the claims any longer. As a result, this action was voluntarily dismissed by the lead plaintiff on March 17, 2020. This matter is now concluded.

 

General

In addition, we are a party to various legal and administrative proceedings, which have arisen in the normal course of our business. Estimated losses are accrued for these proceedings when the loss is probable and can be estimated. The current liability for the estimated losses associated with these proceedings is not material to our consolidated financial condition and those estimated losses are not expected to have a material impact on our results of operations.

Note 14. Related Affiliates

REI

As of March 31, 2020, Recreational Enterprises, Inc. (“REI”) owned approximately 11.1% of outstanding common stock of the Company. The directors of REI are the Company’s Executive Chairman of the Board, Gary L. Carano, its Chief Executive Officer and Board member, Thomas R. Reeg, and its former Senior Vice President of Regional Operations, Gene Carano. In addition, Gary L. Carano also serves as the Vice President of REI and Gene Carano also serves as the Secretary and Treasurer of REI. Members of the Carano family, including Gary L. Carano and Gene Carano, own the equity interests in REI. As such, the Carano family has the ability to significantly influence the affairs of the Company. During the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, there were 0 related party transactions between the Company and the Carano family other than compensation, including salary and equity incentives, and the CSY Lease listed below.

C. S. & Y. Associates

The Company owns the entire parcel on which Eldorado Reno is located, except for approximately 30,000 square feet which is leased from C. S. & Y. Associates (“CSY”) which is an entity partially owned by REI (the “CSY Lease”). The CSY Lease expires on June 30, 2057. Rent pursuant to the CSY Lease is $0.6 million annually and paid quarterly during the year. As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, there were 0 amounts due to or from CSY. As a result of the impact of COVID-19 on Eldorado Reno’s revenues due to the closure of the casino in March 2020, an amendment was executed to defer rental payments for a portion of 2020, not to exceed three months, until 2021 and 2022.

 

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Note 15. Segment Information

The executive decision maker of our Company reviews operating results, assesses performance and makes decisions on a “significant market” basis. Management views each of our casinos as an operating segment. Operating segments are aggregated based on their similar economic characteristics, types of customers, types of services and products provided, and their management and reporting structure. The Company’s principal operating activities occur in 5 geographic regions and reportable segments. The reportable segments are based on the similar characteristics of the operating segments within the regions in which they operate. See Note 1 for a summary of these segments. Also see Notes 4 and 7 for a discussion of the impairment of intangibles and long-lived assets related to certain segments.  

The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, certain operating data for our 5 reportable segments.

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Revenues and expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net revenues

 

$

 

105,490

 

 

$

 

118,095

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

 

13,938

 

 

 

 

13,143

 

Operating (loss) income

 

 

 

(97,457

)

 

 

 

10,801

 

Midwest:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net revenues

 

 

 

60,793

 

 

 

 

96,787

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

 

4,522

 

 

 

 

8,421

 

Operating (loss) income

 

 

 

(19,354

)

 

 

 

27,833

 

South:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net revenues

 

 

 

97,052

 

 

 

 

132,714

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

 

7,120

 

 

 

 

11,015

 

Operating (loss) income

 

 

 

(11,194

)

 

 

 

27,515

 

East:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net revenues

 

 

 

108,056

 

 

 

 

166,233

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

 

11,241

 

 

 

 

12,149

 

Operating income

 

 

 

11,016

 

 

 

 

27,161

 

Central:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net revenues

 

 

 

99,705

 

 

 

 

120,472

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

 

11,763

 

 

 

 

11,210

 

Operating income

 

 

 

18,114

 

 

 

 

27,070

 

Corporate:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net revenues

 

 

 

1,973

 

 

 

 

1,522

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

 

1,849

 

 

 

 

1,819

 

Operating (loss) income

 

 

 

(24,305

)

 

 

 

3,224

 

Total Reportable Segments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net revenues

 

$

 

473,069

 

 

$

 

635,823

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

$

 

50,433

 

 

$

 

57,757

 

Operating (loss) income

 

$

 

(123,180

)

 

$

 

123,604

 

Reconciliations to consolidated net income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating (loss) income

 

$

 

(123,180

)

 

$

 

123,604

 

Unallocated (loss) income and expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

 

(66,464

)

 

 

 

(73,510

)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

 

 

 

(158

)

 

 

 

 

Unrealized loss on investments and marketable securities

 

 

 

(23,008

)

 

 

 

(1,460

)

Benefit (provision) for income taxes

 

 

 

37,172

 

 

 

 

(10,405

)

Net (loss) income

 

$

 

(175,638

)

 

$

 

38,229

 

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Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Capital Expenditures, Net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West

 

$

 

8,586

 

 

$

 

16,054

 

Midwest

 

 

 

1,636

 

 

 

 

4,123

 

South

 

 

 

3,780

 

 

 

 

3,764

 

East

 

 

 

5,597

 

 

 

 

10,574

 

Central

 

 

 

2,447

 

 

 

 

2,668

 

Corporate

 

 

 

1,155

 

 

 

 

1,177

 

Total

 

$

 

23,201

 

 

$

 

38,360

 

 

 

 

 

Balance sheet as of March 31,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Total Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West

 

$

 

1,659,542

 

 

$

 

1,816,033

 

Midwest

 

 

 

1,119,005

 

 

 

 

1,157,882

 

South

 

 

 

1,129,003

 

 

 

 

1,161,622

 

East

 

 

 

1,573,068

 

 

 

 

1,590,364

 

Central

 

 

 

1,546,207

 

 

 

 

1,539,894

 

Corporate, Other and Eliminations

 

 

 

(1,135,653

)

 

 

 

(1,625,242

)

Total

 

$

 

5,891,172

 

 

$

 

5,640,553

 

 

 

Note 16. Pending Acquisition

 

Caesars Entertainment Corporation

 

On June 24, 2019, the Company entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (as amended by Amendment No. 1 to Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of August 15, 2019, and as it may be further amended from time to time, the “Merger Agreement”) with Caesars Entertainment Corporation (“Caesars”) pursuant to which a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company will merge with and into Caesars, with Caesars surviving as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company (the “Merger”). Based on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, the aggregate consideration payable by the Company in respect of outstanding shares of common stock of Caesars will be (a) an amount of cash equal to (i) the sum of (A) $8.40 plus (B) an amount equal to $0.003333 for each day from March 25, 2020 until the closing date of the Merger (such aggregate amount, the “Per Share Cash Merger Consideration”), multiplied by (ii) a number of shares of Caesars common stock equal to (A) 682,161,838 (which includes 8,271,660 shares being held in escrow trust to satisfy unsecured claims pursuant to the Third Amended Joint Plan of Reorganization, filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago on January 13, 2017, at Docket No. 6318, which shares are not entitled to vote) plus (B) the number of shares of Caesars common stock (the “Aggregate Caesars Share Amount”) issued after June 24, 2019 and prior to the effective time of the Merger pursuant to the exercise of certain equity awards issued under Caesars stock plans or conversion of Caesars’ outstanding convertible notes and (b) a number of shares of common stock of Eldorado equal to 0.0899 multiplied by the Aggregate Caesars Share Amount (such amount per share of Caesars common stock, the “Merger Consideration”).  Based on the number of shares of ERI and Caesars outstanding as of March 31, 2020, following the consummation of the Merger (assuming that all Caesars convertible notes are converted immediately following consummation of the Merger into the Per Share Cash Merger Consideration  and 0.0899 shares of common stock of Eldorado for each share of Caesars common stock into which such Caesars convertible notes were convertible immediately prior to the Merger), Eldorado and former Caesars stockholders will hold approximately 50.2% and 49.8%, respectively, of the combined company's outstanding shares of common stock.

 

The Merger Agreement contains customary representations and warranties by each of Caesars and Eldorado, and each party has agreed to customary covenants.

 

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The Merger Agreement also contains termination rights for each of Caesars and Eldorado under certain circumstances. If the Merger Agreement is terminated in certain circumstances relating to changes in the recommendation of the board of directors of Caesars in favor of the Merger, entry by Caesars into an alternative transaction or in certain circumstances following the failure of Caesars stockholders to approve the Merger, Caesars will be required to pay Eldorado a termination fee of approximately $418.4 million. The Merger Agreement provides that if it is terminated in certain circumstances relating to changes in the recommendation of the board of directors of Eldorado in favor of the issuance of shares of Eldorado common stock in the Merger or in certain circumstances following the failure of Eldorado stockholders to approve such issuance, then Eldorado will be required to pay Caesars a termination fee of approximately $154.9 million. It also provides that each party will be obligated to reimburse the other party’s expenses for an amount not to exceed $50.0 million if the Merger Agreement is terminated because of the failure to obtain the required approval of such party’s stockholders (creditable against any termination fee that may subsequently be paid by such party). The Merger Agreement also provides that Eldorado will be obligated to pay a termination fee of approximately $836.8 million to Caesars if the Merger Agreement is terminated (i) due to a law or order relating to gaming or antitrust laws that prohibits or permanently enjoins the consummation of the transactions, (ii) because the required regulatory approvals were not obtained prior to June 24, 2020 (subject to extension to a date no later than December 24, 2020 pursuant to the Merger Agreement) or (iii) due to Eldorado willfully and materially breaching certain obligations with respect to the actions required to be taken by Eldorado to obtain required antitrust approvals.

 

Consummation of the Merger is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain conditions, including, among others, (1) the expiration or termination of any applicable waiting period under the HSR Act, and receipt of required gaming approvals, (2) the absence of any governmental order or law prohibiting the consummation of the Merger, (3) adoption of the Merger Agreement by holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Caesars common stock, (4) the approval of the issuance of shares of Eldorado common stock in the Merger, (5) the effectiveness of the registration statement for Eldorado common stock to be issued in the Merger and the authorization for listing of those shares on the Nasdaq Stock Market, (6) absence of a material adverse effect on the other party, (7) the accuracy of the other party’s representations and warranties, subject to customary materiality standards, (8) compliance of the other party with its respective covenants under the Merger Agreement in all material respects and (9) conversion or certain amendments of, or another mutually agreed arrangement with respect to, Caesars’ 5.00% convertible senior notes due 2024.  Caesars’ stockholders adopted the Merger Agreement, and the Company’s stockholders approved the issues of shares of Eldorado common stock in the Merger, at separate special meetings of stockholders on November 15, 2019.  In addition, on November 27, 2019, Caesars entered into certain amendments with respect to Caesars’ 5.00% convertible senior notes due 2024.

 

In connection with the execution of the Merger Agreement, on June 24, 2019, the Company entered into a debt financing commitment letter (the “Initial Commitment Letter”) and related fee letters with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Credit Suisse AG, Cayman Islands Branch, Credit Suisse Loan Funding LLC, Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc. and Macquarie Capital Funding LLC (the “Initial Commitment Parties”). On July 19, 2019, the Company entered into an amended and restated commitment letter (as amended, the “A&R Commitment Letter”) and related fee letters, which amended and restated the Initial Commitment Letter and related fee letters in their entirety to, among other things, add additional arrangers and lenders, including Bank of America, N.A., BofA Securities, Inc., Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Deutsche Bank AG New York Branch, Deutsche Bank AG Cayman Islands Branch, Goldman Sachs Bank USA, SunTrust Bank, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., U.S. Bank National Association, KeyBank National Association, KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., Fifth Third Bank, and Citizens Bank, National Association (together with the Initial Commitment Parties, collectively, the “Commitment Parties”). Pursuant to the A&R Commitment Letter, the Commitment Parties committed to arrange and provide (i) the Company with: (w) a $1,000.0 million senior secured revolving credit facility, (x) a $3,000.0 million senior secured term loan B facility, (y) a $3,250.0 million senior secured 364-day bridge facility and (z) a $1,800.0 million senior unsecured bridge loan facility and (ii) Caesars Resort Collection, LLC, a subsidiary of Caesars, with a $2,400.0 million senior secured incremental term loan B facility (collectively, the “Debt Financing”). The proceeds of the Debt Financing will be used (a) to pay all or a portion of the cash consideration payable in the Merger, (b) to refinance all of the Company’s existing syndicated bank credit facilities and outstanding senior notes, (c) to refinance certain of Caesars’ and its subsidiaries’ existing debt, (d) to pay transaction fees and expenses related to the Merger and related transactions and (e) for working capital and general corporate purposes. The availability of the borrowings under the Debt Financing is subject to the satisfaction of certain customary conditions including the substantially concurrent closing of the Merger.

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On July 19, 2019, the Company entered into a commitment and engagement letter (as amended, the “Increase Commitment Letter”) and related fee letters to, if elected by the Company, increase the total size of the Debt Financing, including an increase to the senior secured term loan B facility to be arranged on a commercially reasonable efforts basis by the Commitment Parties in an amount to be agreed upon by the parties and an increase to the revolving credit facility by $830.0 million, the proceeds of which, if the Company elects to incur such financing, may be used to refinance certain existing indebtedness of Caesars Resort Collection, LLC and its subsidiaries and for working capital and general corporate purposes upon consummation of the Merger. The Increase Commitment Letter and a related engagement letter also contemplate the possibility of new senior secured and/or senior unsecured notes to be issued by the Company.

 

In connection with the execution of the Merger Agreement, on June 24, 2019, the Company entered into the MTA with VICI, pursuant to which, among other things, the Company has agreed, subject to the consummation of the Merger and the other applicable conditions set forth therein and in any related documents, (i) through one or more of its subsidiaries (after giving effect to the Merger) to consummate one or more sale and leaseback transactions with VICI and/or its affiliates with respect to certain property described in the MTA, including Harrah’s New Orleans, Harrah’s Laughlin and Harrah’s Atlantic City (or, under certain circumstances, if necessary, certain replacement properties specified in the MTA), (ii) through one or more of its subsidiaries (after giving effect to the Merger) to amend the CPLV Lease, the Non-CPLV Lease and the Joliet Lease (each as defined in the MTA) in accordance with the terms of the MTA and receive certain consideration from VICI or its affiliates in respect thereof, (iii) to provide a guaranty in respect of each of the CPLV Lease, the Non-CPLV Lease and the Joliet Lease in accordance with the terms of the MTA, (iv) to enter into (or cause its applicable subsidiaries (after giving effect to the Merger) to enter into) certain right of first refusal agreements and a put-call right agreement in accordance with the terms of the MTA and (v) to undertake certain related transactions in connection with or related to the foregoing.  The Company expects to apply the proceeds of the VICI transactions to pay a portion of the cash consideration payable in the Merger and transaction expenses associated with the Merger and related transactions.

 

On September 26, 2019, the Company and VICI entered into definitive Purchase and Sale Agreements to effect the purchase and sale of Harrah’s New Orleans, Harrah’s Laughlin and Harrah’s Atlantic City in connection with the transactions described in clause (i) of the preceding paragraph.

 

The Company expects that the Merger and related transactions will be consummated in mid-2020.

 

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ITEM 2.

MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS.

You should read the following discussion together with the financial statements, including the related notes and the other financial information, contained in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

Eldorado Resorts, Inc., a Nevada corporation, is referred to as the “Company,” “ERI,” or the “Registrant,” and together with its subsidiaries may also be referred to as “we,” “us” or “our.”

Overview

We are a geographically diversified gaming and hospitality company with 23 gaming facilities in 11 states as of March 31, 2020. Our properties, which are located in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey and Ohio, feature approximately 23,900 slot machines, video lottery terminals (“VLTs”) and e-tables, approximately 660 table games and approximately 11,300 hotel rooms. Our primary source of revenue is generated by gaming operations, and we utilize our hotels, restaurants, bars, entertainment, racing, sportsbook offerings, retail shops and other services to attract customers to our properties. All of our casino properties have been temporarily closed since March 18, 2020 due to orders issued by various state government agencies as a result of the outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus (“COVID-19”) that was identified in January 2020.  See “Recent Developments and Significant Factors Impacting Financial Results.”

We were founded in 1973 by the Carano family with the opening of the Eldorado Hotel Casino in Reno, Nevada. In 1993, we partnered with MGM Resorts International to build Silver Legacy Resort Casino (“Silver Legacy”), the first mega-themed resort in Reno. In 2005, we acquired our first property outside of Reno when we purchased a casino in Shreveport, Louisiana, now known as Eldorado Shreveport. In September 2014, we merged with MTR Gaming Group, Inc. and acquired gaming and racing facilities in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The following year, in November 2015, we acquired Circus Circus Reno (“Circus Reno”) and the 50% membership interest in the Silver Legacy that was owned by MGM Resorts International. On May 1, 2017, we completed our acquisition of Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. (“Isle” or “Isle of Capri”), adding 13 gaming properties to our portfolio. On August 7, 2018, we acquired the Elgin Riverboat Resort – Riverboat Casino d/b/a Grand Victoria Casino (“Elgin”) (the “Elgin Acquisition”). On October 1, 2018, we completed our acquisition of Tropicana Entertainment, Inc. (“Tropicana”), adding seven properties to our portfolio (the “Tropicana Acquisition”).

On January 11, 2019 and March 8, 2019, respectively, we completed our sales of Presque Isle Downs & Casino (“Presque”) and Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin (“Nemacolin”), which are both located in Pennsylvania. On December 6, 2019 we closed our sales of Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort (“Mountaineer”), Isle Casino Cape Girardeau (“Cape Girardeau”) and Lady Luck Casino Caruthersville (“Caruthersville”). Mountaineer is located in West Virginia and Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville are located in Missouri.

 

On June 24, 2019, we entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (as amended by Amendment No. 1 to Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of August 15, 2019, and as it may be further amended from time to time, the “Merger Agreement”) with Caesars Entertainment Corporation (“Caesars”) pursuant to which a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company will merge with and into Caesars, with Caesars surviving as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company (the “Merger”). In connection with the execution of the Merger Agreement, the Company also entered into a Master Transaction Agreement (the “MTA”) with VICI Properties L.P., a Delaware limited partnership (“VICI”), pursuant to which, among other things, the Company has agreed to consummate one or more sale and leaseback transactions with VICI and/or its affiliates with respect to certain property described in the MTA. Consummation of the Merger is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain conditions, including anti-trust and regulatory approvals. The Company expects that the Merger will be consummated in mid-2020.

 

On July 10, 2019, we entered into a definitive agreement to sell the equity interests of Rainbow Casino Vicksburg Partnership, L.P. and IOC-Kansas City, L.L.C., the entities that hold Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg and Isle of Capri Casino Kansas City, to Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (“Twin River”). The definitive agreement provides that the consummation of the sale is subject to satisfaction of customary conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to be consummated in the second quarter of 2020. See Note 4.

On January 13, 2020 and March 9, 2020, respectively, we entered into definitive purchase agreements to sell the equity interests of Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport Joint Venture and Columbia Properties Tahoe, LLC, the entities that hold Eldorado Shreveport and MontBleu, to Maverick Gaming LLC (“Maverick”). On April 24, 2020, the agreements with Maverick were terminated and we entered into a definitive purchase agreement with Twin River and certain of its affiliates for the sale of the equity interests of Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport Joint Venture and Columbia Properties Tahoe, LLC for aggregate consideration of $155 million, subject to a working capital adjustment.  The definitive agreement provides that the consummation of the sale is subject to satisfaction of customary conditions, including receipt of required regulatory

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approvals, and further provides that our obligation to consummate the sale is subject to the closing of the Merger with Caesars and the buyer’s obligation to consummate the sale is subject to receipt of financing sufficient to enable it to pay the consideration due at closing. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021.

We own 18 of our casinos and lease five casinos that are subject to a master lease with GLP Capital, L.P., the operating partnership of Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (“GLPI”), that we entered into in connection with the Tropicana Acquisition on October 1, 2018 (the “Master Lease”). See full description under “Master Lease”.

 

Acquisition

 

Caesars Entertainment

 

On June 24, 2019, we entered into the Merger Agreement with Caesars. On the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, the aggregate consideration paid by the Company in respect of outstanding shares of common stock of Caesars will be (a) an amount of cash equal to (i) the sum of (A) $8.40 plus (B) an amount equal to $0.003333 for each day from March 25, 2020 until the closing date of the Merger (such aggregate amount, the “Per Share Cash Merger Consideration”), multiplied by (ii) a number of shares of Caesars common stock equal to (A) 682,161,838 (which includes 8,271,660 shares being held in escrow trust to satisfy unsecured claims pursuant to the Third Amended Joint Plan of Reorganization, filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago on January 13, 2017, at Docket No. 6318, which shares are not entitled to vote) plus (B) the number of shares of Caesars common stock (the “Aggregate Caesars Share Amount”) issued after June 24, 2019 and prior to the effective time of the Merger pursuant to the exercise of certain equity awards issued under Caesars stock plans or conversion of Caesars’ outstanding convertible notes and (b) a number of shares of ERI common stock equal to 0.0899 multiplied by the Aggregate Caesars Share Amount (such amount per share of Caesars common stock, the “Merger Consideration”). Based on the number of shares of ERI and Caesars outstanding as of March 31, 2020, following the consummation of the Merger (assuming that all Caesars convertible notes are converted immediately following consummation of the Merger into the Per Share Cash Merger Consideration and 0.0899 shares of common stock of Eldorado for each share of Caesars common stock into which such Caesars convertible notes were convertible immediately prior to the Merger), Eldorado stockholders and former Caesars stockholders will hold approximately 50.2% and 49.8%, respectively, of the combined company's outstanding shares of common stock.

 

The Merger Agreement contains customary representations and warranties by each of Caesars and Eldorado, and each party has agreed to customary covenants.

 

The Merger Agreement also contains termination rights for each of Caesars and Eldorado under certain circumstances. If the Merger Agreement is terminated in certain circumstances relating to changes in the recommendation of the board of directors of Caesars in favor of the Merger, entry by Caesars into an alternative transaction or in certain circumstances following the failure of Caesars stockholders to approve the Merger, Caesars will be required to pay Eldorado a termination fee of approximately $418.4 million. The Merger Agreement provides that if it is terminated in certain circumstances relating to changes in the recommendation of the board of directors of Eldorado in favor of the issuance of shares of Eldorado common stock in the Merger or in certain circumstances following the failure of Eldorado stockholders to approve such issuance, then Eldorado will be required to pay Caesars a termination fee of approximately $154.9 million. It also provides that each party will be obligated to reimburse the other party’s expenses for an amount not to exceed $50.0 million if the Merger Agreement is terminated because of the failure to obtain the required approval of such party’s stockholders (creditable against any termination fee that may subsequently be paid by such party). The Merger Agreement also provides that Eldorado will be obligated to pay a termination fee of approximately $836.8 million to Caesars if the Merger Agreement is terminated (i) due to a law or order relating to gaming or antitrust laws that prohibits or permanently enjoins the consummation of the transactions, (ii) because the required regulatory approvals were not obtained prior to June 24, 2020 (subject to extension to a date no later than December 24, 2020 pursuant to the Merger Agreement) or (iii) due to Eldorado willfully and materially breaching certain obligations with respect to the actions required to be taken by Eldorado to obtain required antitrust approvals.

 

Consummation of the Merger is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain conditions, including, among others, (1) the expiration or termination of any applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (the “HSR Act”), and receipt of required gaming approvals, (2) the absence of any governmental order or law prohibiting the consummation of the Merger, (3) adoption of the Merger Agreement by holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of Caesars common stock, (4) the approval of the issuance of shares of Eldorado common stock in the Merger, (5) the effectiveness of the registration statement for Eldorado common stock to be issued in the Merger and the authorization for listing of those shares on the Nasdaq Stock Market, (6) absence of a material adverse effect on the other party, (7) the accuracy of the other party’s representations and warranties, subject to customary materiality standards, (8) compliance of the other party with its respective covenants under the Merger Agreement in all material respects and (9) conversion or certain amendments of, or another mutually agreed arrangement with respect to, Caesars’ 5.00% convertible

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senior notes due 2024.  Caesars’ stockholders adopted the Merger Agreement, and the Company’s stockholders approved the issues of shares of Eldorado common stock in the Merger, at separate special meetings of stockholders on November 15, 2019.  In addition, on November 27, 2019, Caesars entered into certain amendments with respect to Caesars’ 5.00% convertible senior notes due 2024.

 

In connection with execution of the Merger Agreement, on June 24, 2019, we entered into a debt financing commitment letter (the “Initial Commitment Letter”) and related fee letters with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Credit Suisse AG, Cayman Islands Branch, Credit Suisse Loan Funding LLC, Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc. and Macquarie Capital Funding LLC (the “Initial Commitment Parties”). On July 19, 2019, the Company entered into an amended and restated commitment letter (as amended, the “A&R Commitment Letter”) and related fee letters, which amended and restated the Initial Commitment Letter and related fee letters in their entirety to, among other things, add additional arrangers and lenders, including Bank of America, N.A., BofA Securities, Inc., Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Deutsche Bank AG New York Branch, Deutsche Bank AG Cayman Islands Branch, Goldman Sachs Bank USA, SunTrust Bank, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., U.S. Bank National Association, KeyBank National Association, KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., Fifth Third Bank, and Citizens Bank, National Association (together with the Initial Commitment Parties, collectively, the “Commitment Parties”). Pursuant to the A&R Commitment Letter, the Commitment Parties committed to arrange and provide (i) the Company with: (w) a $1,000.0 million senior secured revolving credit facility, (x) a $3,000.0 million senior secured term loan B facility, (y) a $3,250.0 million senior secured 364-day bridge facility and (z) a $1,800.0 million senior unsecured bridge loan facility and (ii) Caesars Resort Collection, LLC, a subsidiary of Caesars, with a $2,400.0 million senior secured incremental term loan B facility (collectively, the “Debt Financing”). The proceeds of the Debt Financing will be used (a) to pay all or a portion of the cash consideration payable in the Merger, (b) to refinance all of our existing syndicated bank credit facilities and outstanding senior notes, (c) to refinance certain of Caesars’ and its subsidiaries’ existing debt, (d) to pay transaction fees and expenses related to the Merger and related transactions and (e) for working capital and general corporate purposes. The availability of the borrowings under the Debt Financing is subject to the satisfaction of certain customary conditions including the substantially concurrent closing of the Merger.

 

On July 19, 2019, the Company entered into a commitment and engagement letter (as amended, the “Increase Commitment Letter”) and related fee letters to, if elected by the Company, increase the total size of the Debt Financing, including an increase to the senior secured term loan B facility to be arranged on a commercially reasonable efforts basis by the Commitment Parties in an amount to be agreed upon by the parties and an increase to the revolving credit facility by $830.0 million, the proceeds of which, if the Company elects to incur such financing, may be used to refinance certain existing indebtedness of Caesars Resort Collection, LLC and its subsidiaries and for working capital and general corporate purposes upon consummation of the Merger. The Increase Commitment Letter and a related engagement letter also contemplate the possibility of new senior secured and/or senior unsecured notes to be issued by the Company.

 

In connection with the execution of the Merger Agreement, on June 24, 2019, we entered into the MTA with VICI, pursuant to which, among other things, we have agreed, subject to the consummation of the Merger and the other applicable conditions set forth therein and in any related documents, (i) through one or more of our subsidiaries (after giving effect to the Merger) to consummate one or more sale and leaseback transactions with VICI and/or its affiliates with respect to certain property described in the MTA, including Harrah’s New Orleans, Harrah’s Laughlin and Harrah’s Atlantic City, (ii) through one or more of our subsidiaries (after giving effect to the Merger) to amend the CPLV Lease, the Non-CPLV Lease and the Joliet Lease (each as defined in the MTA) in accordance with the terms of the MTA and receive certain consideration from VICI or its affiliates in respect thereof, (iii) to provide a guaranty in respect of each of the CPLV Lease, the Non-CPLV Lease and the Joliet Lease in accordance with the terms of the MTA, (iv) to enter into (or cause our subsidiaries (after giving effect to the Merger) to enter into) certain right of first refusal agreements and a put-call right agreement in accordance with the terms of the MTA and (v) to undertake certain related transactions in connection with or related to the foregoing.  We expect to apply the proceeds of the VICI transactions to pay a portion of the cash consideration payable in the Merger and transaction expenses associated with the Merger and related transactions.

 

On September 26, 2019, the Company and VICI entered into definitive Purchase and Sale Agreements to effect the purchase and sale of Harrah’s New Orleans, Harrah’s Laughlin and Harrah’s Atlantic City in connection with the transactions described in clause (i) of the preceding paragraph.

 

 

We expect that the Merger and related transactions will be consummated in mid-2020.

Partnerships and Development Opportunities

 

William Hill

 

In September 2018, we entered into a 25-year agreement, which became effective January 2019, with William Hill PLC and William Hill US, its U.S. subsidiary (together, “William Hill”) pursuant to which we (i) granted to William Hill the

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right to conduct betting activities in retail channels and under our first skin and third skin for online channels with respect to our current and future properties located in the United States and the territories and possessions of the United States, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and (ii) agreed that William Hill will have the right to conduct real money online gaming activities utilizing our second skin available with respect to properties in such territory.  Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, we received a 20% ownership interest in William Hill US valued at approximately $128.9 million as well as 13.4 million ordinary shares of William Hill PLC valued at approximately $27.3 million upon closing of the transaction in January 2019. The Company’s initial equity and the profit and losses attributable to William Hill US are in included in income (loss) from unconsolidated affiliates on the Consolidated Statements of Operations. The amortization of deferred revenues associated with the Company’s equity interests is included in corporate and other revenues and operating income. Additionally, we receive a profit share from the operations of betting and other gaming activities associated with the Company’s properties, which is included in other property revenues and operating income.

 

The Stars Group

 

In November 2018, we entered into a 20-year agreement with The Stars Group Inc. (“TSG”) pursuant to which we agreed to provide TSG with options to obtain access to our second skin for online sports wagering and third skin for real money online gaming and poker, in each case with respect to our properties in the United States. Under the terms of the agreement, we will receive a revenue share from the operation of the applicable verticals by TSG under our licenses. Pursuant to the terms of the TSG agreement, we received 1.1 million TSG common shares valued at approximately $18.6 million and an additional $5.0 million in TSG common shares became payable to us upon TSG’s exercise of its first option, which shares we received in the fourth quarter of 2019. In December 2019, we sold approximately 0.5 million of our TSG common shares at the request of William Hill and remitted the proceeds to them in accordance with the terms of our William Hill agreement. We may also receive additional TSG common shares in the future based on TSG net gaming revenue generated in our markets. Upon the entry into the TSG agreement, the Company also recorded deferred revenue associated with the shares received and recognizes revenue which is included in corporate and other revenues and operating income.

 

Pompano Joint Venture

 

In April 2018, we entered into a joint venture with Cordish Companies (“Cordish”) to master plan and develop a mixed-use entertainment and hospitality destination expected to be located on unused land adjacent to the casino and racetrack at our Pompano property.  As the managing member, Cordish will operate the business and manage the development, construction, financing, marketing, leasing, maintenance and day-to-day operation of the various phases of the project. Additionally, Cordish will be responsible for the development of the master plan for the project with our input and will submit it for our review and approval. We and Cordish have made cash contributions of $500,000 each and could be required to make additional contributions to a maximum of $2.0 million ($1.0 million per member) at the request of the managing member. We have agreed to contribute approximately 130 to 200 acres of land to the joint venture for the project. As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, we have contributed approximately 23 acres to the joint venture at an approximate fair value of $6.6 million. While we hold a 50% variable interest in the joint venture, we are not the primary beneficiary; as such the investment in the joint venture is accounted for using the equity method. We participate evenly with Cordish in the profits and losses of the joint venture, which is included in income (loss) from unconsolidated affiliates on the Consolidated Statements of Operations.

 

Divestitures

Presque and Nemacolin

On February 28, 2018, we entered into definitive agreements to sell substantially all of the assets and liabilities of Presque and Vicksburg to Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”). Under the terms of the agreements, CDI agreed to purchase Presque for cash consideration of approximately $178.9 million and Vicksburg for cash consideration of approximately $50.6 million, in each case subject to a customary working capital adjustment.

The definitive agreements provided that the divestitures were subject to receipt of required regulatory approvals, termination of the waiting period under the HSR Act and other customary closing conditions, including, in the case of Presque, the prior closing of the sale of Vicksburg or the entry into an agreement to acquire another asset of ours. On May 7, 2018, we and CDI each received a Request for Additional Information and Documentary Materials, often referred to as a “Second Request,” from the Federal Trade Commission in connection with its review of the Vicksburg acquisition.

On July 6, 2018, in consideration of the time and expense needed to reply to the Second Request, the Company and CDI entered into a termination agreement and release pursuant to which the parties agreed to terminate the asset purchase agreement with respect to Vicksburg and to enter into an asset purchase agreement pursuant to On August 10, 2018, we

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entered into a definitive agreement to sell substantially all of the assets and liabilities of Nemacolin to CDI.  Under the terms of the agreement, CDI agreed to purchase Nemacolin for cash consideration of approximately $0.1 million, subject to a customary working capital adjustment. We completed the sale of Presque on January 11, 2019 and the sale of Nemacolin on March 8, 2019.

Mountaineer, Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville

 

On June 17, 2019, the Company entered into definitive agreements to sell the real property relating to Mountaineer, Cape Girardeau, and Caruthersville to VICI for approximately $278 million and, immediately following the consummation of the sale such real property, sell all of the outstanding equity interests of Mountaineer, Caruthersville and Cape Girardeau to Century Casinos, Inc. for approximately $107 million, subject to a finalized working capital adjustment. The sales were consummated on December 6, 2019.

 

Prior to the closing date, the divestitures Mountaineer, Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville met the requirements for presentation as assets held for sale. However, they did not meet the requirements for presentation as discontinued operations. Mountaineer was reported in the East segment and Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville were reported in Midwest segment.

Vicksburg and Kansas City

On July 10, 2019, we entered into a definitive agreement to sell the equity interests of Rainbow Casino Vicksburg Partnership, L.P. and IOC-Kansas City, L.L.C., the entities that hold Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg and Isle of Capri Casino Kansas City, to Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (“Twin River”) for cash consideration of approximately $230 million, subject to a working capital adjustment.

 

The definitive agreement provides that the consummation of the sale is subject to satisfaction of customary conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2020.

 

Vicksburg and Kansas City met the requirements for presentation as assets held for sale as of December 31, 2019. However, they did not meet the requirements for presentation as discontinued operations and are included in income from continuing operations.

 

Eldorado Shreveport and MontBleu

 

On January 13, 2020 and March 9, 2020, respectively, we entered into definitive purchase agreements to sell the equity interests of Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport Joint Venture and Columbia Properties Tahoe, LLC, the entities that hold Eldorado Shreveport and MontBleu, to Maverick. On April 24, 2020, the agreements with Maverick were terminated and we entered into a definitive purchase agreement with Twin River and certain of its affiliates for the sale of the equity interests of Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport Joint Venture and Columbia Properties Tahoe, LLC for aggregate consideration of $155 million, subject to a working capital adjustment. The definitive agreement provides that the consummation of the sale is subject to satisfaction of customary conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals, and further provides that our obligation to consummate the sale is subject to the closing of the Merger with Caesars and the buyer’s obligation to consummate the sale is subject to receipt of financing sufficient to enable it to pay the consideration due at closing. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021.

 

Eldorado Shreveport and MontBleu met the requirements for presentation as assets held for sale under generally accepted accounting principles as of March 31, 2020. However, none of the pending divestitures met the requirements for presentation as discontinued operations and are included in income from continuing operations in the periods presented.

In conjunction with the classification of MontBleu’s operations as assets held for sale as a result of the announced sale, an impairment charge totaling $45.6 million was recorded during the three months ended March 31, 2020 due to the carrying value exceeding the estimated net sales proceeds.   

 

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Reportable Segments

The following table sets forth certain information regarding our properties (listed by segment in which each property is reported) as of March 31, 2020:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Segment

 

Property

 

Date Acquired

 

State

West

 

Eldorado Resort Casino Reno ("Eldorado Reno")

 

(a)

 

Nevada

 

 

Silver Legacy Resort Casino ("Silver Legacy")

 

(a)

 

Nevada

 

 

Circus Circus Reno ("Circus Reno")

 

(a)

 

Nevada

 

 

MontBleu Casino Resort & Spa ("MontBleu")

 

October 1, 2018 (c)

 

Nevada

 

 

Tropicana Laughlin Hotel & Casino ("Laughlin")

 

October 1, 2018

 

Nevada

 

 

Isle Casino Hotel - Blackhawk ("Isle Black Hawk")

 

May 1, 2017

 

Colorado

 

 

Lady Luck Casino - Black Hawk ("Lady Luck Black Hawk")

 

May 1, 2017

 

Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midwest (b)

 

Isle Casino Waterloo ("Waterloo")

 

May 1, 2017

 

Iowa

 

 

Isle Casino Bettendorf ("Bettendorf")

 

May 1, 2017

 

Iowa

 

 

Isle of Capri Casino Boonville ("Boonville")

 

May 1, 2017

 

Missouri

 

 

Isle of Capri Casino Kansas City ("Kansas City")

 

May 1, 2017 (c)

 

Missouri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South

 

Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park ("Pompano")

 

May 1, 2017

 

Florida

 

 

Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport ("Eldorado Shreveport")

 

(a) (c)

 

Louisiana

 

 

Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Lake Charles ("Lake Charles")

 

May 1, 2017

 

Louisiana

 

 

Belle of Baton Rouge Casino & Hotel ("Baton Rouge")

 

October 1, 2018

 

Louisiana

 

 

Isle of Capri Casino Lula ("Lula")

 

May 1, 2017

 

Mississippi

 

 

Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg ("Vicksburg")

 

May 1, 2017 (c)

 

Mississippi

 

 

Trop Casino Greenville ("Greenville")

 

October 1, 2018

 

Mississippi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

East (b)

 

Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs ("Scioto Downs")

 

(a)

 

Ohio

 

 

Tropicana Casino and Resort, Atlantic City ("Trop AC")

 

October 1, 2018

 

New Jersey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Central

 

Grand Victoria Casino ("Elgin")

 

August 7, 2018

 

Illinois

 

 

Lumière Place Casino ("Lumière")

 

October 1, 2018

 

Missouri

 

 

Tropicana Evansville ("Evansville")

 

October 1, 2018

 

Indiana

 

a)

Property was owned or acquired prior to 2017.

b)

Presque was sold on January 11, 2019, Nemacolin was sold on March 8, 2019 and Mountaineer was sold on December 6, 2019. All three properties were previously reported in the East segment. Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville were sold on December 6, 2019. Both properties were previously reported in the Midwest segment.

c)

We have entered into agreements to sell Kansas City, Vicksburg, Eldorado Shreveport and MontBleu. The Kansas City and Vicksburg sales are expected to close in the first half of 2020. The Eldorado Shreveport and MontBleu sales are expected to close in the first quarter of 2021.

The executive decision maker of our Company reviews operating results, assesses performance and makes decisions on a “significant market” basis. Management views each of our casinos as an operating segment. Operating segments are aggregated based on their similar economic characteristics, types of customers, types of services and products provided, and their management and reporting structure. Our principal operating activities occur in five geographic regions and reportable segments. The reportable segments are based on the similar characteristics of the operating segments within the regions in which they operate: West, Midwest, South, East, and Central. See the table above for a listing of properties included in each segment.

Presentation of Financial Information

The financial information included in this Item 2 for periods after our sales of Presque and Nemacolin on January 11, 2019 and March 8, 2019, respectively, and our sales of Mountaineer, Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville on December 6, 2019 are not fully comparable to the periods prior to their respective sale dates. See Note 4.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (“MD&A”) is intended to provide information to assist in better understanding and evaluating our financial condition and results of operations. Our historical operating results may not be indicative of our future results of operations because of these factors and the changing competitive landscape in each of our markets, as well as by factors discussed elsewhere herein. We recommend that you read this MD&A in conjunction with our unaudited consolidated financial statements and the notes to those statements included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

 

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Key Performance Metrics

Our primary source of revenue is generated by our gaming operations, but we use our hotels, restaurants, bars, entertainment, retail shops, racing, sportsbook offerings and other services to attract customers to our properties. Our operating results are highly dependent on the volume and quality of customers visiting and staying at our properties. Key performance metrics include volume indicators such as table games drop and slot handle, which refer to amounts wagered by our customers. The amount of volume we retain, which is not fully controllable by us, is recognized as casino revenues and is referred to as our win or hold. In addition, hotel occupancy and price per room designated by average daily rate (“ADR”) are key indicators for our hotel business. Our calculation of ADR consists of the average price of occupied rooms per day including the impact of resort fees and complimentary rooms. Complimentary room rates are determined based on an analysis of retail or cash rates for each customer segment and each type of room product to estimate complimentary rates which are consistent with retail rates. Complimentary rates are reviewed at least annually and on an interim basis if there are significant changes in market conditions. Complimentary rooms are treated as occupied rooms in our calculation of hotel occupancy.

 

Recent Developments and Significant Factors Impacting Financial Results

 

The following summary highlights recent developments and significant factors impacting our financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019.

 

 

COVID-19 Pandemic – In January 2020, an outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus was identified and has since spread throughout much of the world, including the United States. All of our casino properties have been temporarily closed since March 18, 2020 due to orders issued by various state government agencies in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.  As a result of these closures, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2020 despite a strong start to the first quarter with positive year over year results for January and February. We continued to pay our full-time employees through April 10, 2020, including tips and tokes. Effective April 11, 2020, we furloughed approximately 90% of our employees, implemented salary reductions and committed to continue to provide benefits to our employees through June 30, 2020. As a result of these payroll changes combined with other cost saving measures, our daily operating expenses reduced significantly. In an effort to maintain liquidity and provide financial flexibility as the effects of COVID-19 continue to evolve and impact global financial markets, we borrowed $465 million under our revolving credit facility on March 16, 2020. The extent of the ongoing and future effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business and the casino resort industry generally is uncertain, but we expect that it will continue to have a significant impact on our business, results of operations and financial condition. As a result of the continuation of closures for a significant portion of the second quarter of 2020 and the protective measures expected to be put into place upon re-opening, we anticipate that our results of operations for the second quarter of 2020 will be lower than those for the first quarter of 2020, and operating results may be negatively impacted for the remainder of the year and potentially thereafter.  The extent and duration of the impact of COVID-19 will ultimately depend on future developments, including but not limited to, the duration and severity of the outbreak, the length of time that our casinos remain closed, our ability to adapt to new operating procedures upon re-opening of our casinos, the impact on consumer demand and discretionary spending, the length of time it takes for demand to return and our ability to adjust our cost structures for the duration of the outbreak’s impact on our operations.

 

Caesars Acquisition – Transaction costs related to our pending acquisition of Caesars announced in June 2019 totaled $9.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. Pursuant to the MTA with VICI, we are required to reimburse VICI for 50% of any prepayment penalties in connection with VICI’s payoff related to its CPLV loan, regardless of whether the Merger closing occurs. As of December 31, 2019 and March 31, 2020, our proportionate share of VICI’s prepayment penalty paid in 2019 was accrued and totaled approximately $55.4 million.

 

Presque and Nemacolin Divestitures - The sales of Presque and Nemacolin did not meet the requirements for presentation as discontinued operations and are included in income from continuing operations for the periods prior to their respective closing dates for the three months ended March 31, 2019. We closed the sales of Presque and Nemacolin on January 11, 2019 and March 8, 2019, respectively, and recorded a net gain of $22.2 million.

 

Mountaineer, Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville Divestitures – The sales of Mountaineer, Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville did not meet the requirements for presentation as discontinued operations and are included in income from continuing operations for the periods prior to their closing date for the three months ended March 31, 2019. We closed the sales of these properties on December 6, 2019 and recorded a net gain of $28.6 million during the fourth quarter of 2019.

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The divestitures of Presque, Nemacolin and Mountaineer, Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville in January, March and December 2019, respectively, are collectively referred to as the “Divestitures.”

 

Eldorado Shreveport and MontBleu Divestitures - The sales of Eldorado Shreveport and MontBleu did not meet the requirements for presentation as discontinued operations and are included in income from continuing operations. In conjunction with the classification of MontBleu’s operations as assets held for sale as a result of the announced sale, an impairment charge totaling $45.6 million was recorded during the three months ended March 31, 2020 due to the carrying value exceeding the estimated net sales proceeds.

 

William Hill and TSG – The amortization of deferred revenues associated with the William Hill and TSG agreements totaled $1.9 million and $1.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively, and is included in corporate and other revenues and operating income. In addition, we recorded a $23.0 million unrealized loss associated with our investments in William Hill and TSG for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

 

Impairment Charges – As a result of declines in recent performance and the expected impact on future cash flows as a result of COVID-19, we recognized impairment charges related to trade names and goodwill during the three months ended March 31, 2020 totaling $15.6 million and $99.5 million, respectively.

 

Weather and Construction Disruption - All of our segments were negatively impacted by severe weather, including flooding, during the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same prior year period. Additionally, our West segment was negatively impacted by disruption to our casino floor and hotel availability associated with renovation projects at our Black Hawk property during the construction period from January to June 2019.

Results of Operations

The following table highlights the results of our operations (dollars in thousands):

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

Change

 

 

Net revenues

 

$

 

473,069

 

 

$

 

635,823

 

 

 

(25.6

)

%

Operating (loss) income

 

 

 

(123,180

)

 

 

 

123,604

 

 

 

(199.7

)

%

Net (loss) income

 

 

 

(175,638

)

 

 

 

38,229

 

 

 

(559.4

)

%

 

Operating Results.  Net revenues declined $162.9 million, or 25.6%, for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the same prior year period. Excluding the impact of the Divestitures, net revenues decreased $100.2 million, or 17.5%, for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the same prior year period primarily due to the negative impact of COVID-19 and the resulting closure of our properties in March 2020.

Operating income declined $246.8 million, or 199.7%, for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the same prior year period. Excluding the impact of the Divestitures, operating income decreased $237.5 million, or 207.7%, for the three months ended March 31, 2020 mainly due to the negative impact of COVID-19 in addition to transaction costs associated with the acquisition of Caesars and the previously discussed impairment charges totaling $160.8 million. The year-over-year decrease in operating income was also driven by a $22.2 million gain recorded for the three months ended March 31, 2019 due to the sale of Presque and Nemacolin.

 

Net income decreased $213.9 million, or 559.4%, for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the same prior year period principally due to the same factors impacting operating income offset by the benefit for income taxes totaling $37.2 million. Net income for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the same prior year period was also impacted by a $23.0 million unrealized loss associated with declines in our investments and marketable securities.  

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Net Revenues and Operating Income (Loss)

The following tables highlight our net revenues and operating income (loss) by reportable segment (dollars in thousands):

 

 

 

Net Revenues for the

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

Operating Income (Loss) for the

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

West

 

$

 

105,490

 

 

$

 

118,095

 

 

$

 

(97,457

)

 

$

 

10,801

 

Midwest

 

 

 

60,793

 

 

 

 

96,787

 

 

 

 

(19,354

)

 

 

 

27,833

 

South

 

 

 

97,052

 

 

 

 

132,714

 

 

 

 

(11,194

)

 

 

 

27,515

 

East

 

 

 

108,056

 

 

 

 

166,233

 

 

 

 

11,016

 

 

 

 

27,161

 

Central

 

 

 

99,705

 

 

 

 

120,472

 

 

 

 

18,114

 

 

 

 

27,070

 

Corporate

 

 

 

1,973

 

 

 

 

1,522

 

 

 

 

(24,305

)

 

 

 

3,224

 

Total

 

$

 

473,069

 

 

$

 

635,823

 

 

$

 

(123,180

)

 

$

 

123,604

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Three Months Ended March 31, 2020 Compared to the Three Months Ended March 31, 2019

Net revenues and operating expenses were as follows (dollars in thousands):

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Percent

 

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

Variance

 

 

Change

 

 

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaming and Pari-Mutuel Commissions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West

 

$

 

44,977

 

 

$

 

53,406

 

 

$

 

(8,429

)

 

 

(15.8

)

%

Midwest

 

 

 

53,313

 

 

 

 

85,169

 

 

 

 

(31,856

)

 

 

(37.4

)

%

South

 

 

 

79,652

 

 

 

 

109,350

 

 

 

 

(29,698

)

 

 

(27.2

)

%

East

 

 

 

79,931

 

 

 

 

124,951

 

 

 

 

(45,020

)

 

 

(36.0

)

%

Central

 

 

 

81,876

 

 

 

 

97,810

 

 

 

 

(15,934

)

 

 

(16.3

)

%

Total Gaming and Pari-Mutuel Commissions

 

 

 

339,749

 

 

 

 

470,686

 

 

 

 

(130,937

)

 

 

(27.8

)

%

Non-gaming:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West

 

 

 

60,513

 

 

 

 

64,689

 

 

 

 

(4,176

)

 

 

(6.5

)

%

Midwest

 

 

 

7,480

 

 

 

 

11,618

 

 

 

 

(4,138

)

 

 

(35.6

)

%

South

 

 

 

17,399

 

 

 

 

23,364

 

 

 

 

(5,965

)

 

 

(25.5

)

%

East

 

 

 

28,125

 

 

 

 

41,282

 

 

 

 

(13,157

)

 

 

(31.9

)

%

Central

 

 

 

17,828

 

 

 

 

22,662

 

 

 

 

(4,834

)

 

 

(21.3

)

%

Corporate

 

 

 

1,975

 

 

 

 

1,522

 

 

 

 

453

 

 

 

29.8

 

%

Total Non-gaming

 

 

 

133,320

 

 

 

 

165,137

 

 

 

 

(31,817

)

 

 

(19.3

)

%

Total Net Revenues

 

 

 

473,069

 

 

 

 

635,823

 

 

 

 

(162,754

)

 

 

(25.6

)

%

Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaming and Pari-Mutuel Commissions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West

 

 

 

20,409

 

 

 

 

21,048

 

 

 

 

(639

)

 

 

(3.0

)

%

Midwest

 

 

 

22,906

 

 

 

 

34,480

 

 

 

 

(11,574

)

 

 

(33.6

)

%

South

 

 

 

41,747

 

 

 

 

49,941

 

 

 

 

(8,194

)

 

 

(16.4

)

%

East

 

 

 

37,036

 

 

 

 

61,286

 

 

 

 

(24,250

)

 

 

(39.6

)

%

Central

 

 

 

37,058

 

 

 

 

43,551

 

 

 

 

(6,493

)

 

 

(14.9

)

%

Total Gaming and Pari-Mutuel Commissions

 

 

 

159,156

 

 

 

 

210,306

 

 

 

 

(51,150

)

 

 

(24.3

)

%

Non-gaming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West

 

 

 

37,133

 

 

 

 

39,163

 

 

 

 

(2,030

)

 

 

(5.2

)

%

Midwest

 

 

 

4,763

 

 

 

 

6,504

 

 

 

 

(1,741

)

 

 

(26.8

)

%

South

 

 

 

12,822

 

 

 

 

14,476

 

 

 

 

(1,654

)

 

 

(11.4

)

%

East

 

 

 

18,362

 

 

 

 

22,474

 

 

 

 

(4,112

)

 

 

(18.3

)

%

Central

 

 

 

11,624

 

 

 

 

12,667

 

 

 

 

(1,043

)

 

 

(8.2

)

%

Total Non-gaming

 

 

 

84,704

 

 

 

 

95,284

 

 

 

 

(10,580

)

 

 

(11.1

)

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marketing and promotions

 

 

 

24,953

 

 

 

 

32,301

 

 

 

 

(7,348

)

 

 

(22.7

)

%

General and administrative

 

 

 

91,675

 

 

 

 

119,888

 

 

 

 

(28,213

)

 

 

(23.5

)

%

Corporate

 

 

 

16,482

 

 

 

 

16,754

 

 

 

 

(272

)

 

 

(1.6

)

%

Impairment charges

 

 

 

160,758

 

 

 

 

958

 

 

 

 

159,800

 

 

 

16,680.6

 

%

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

 

50,433

 

 

 

 

57,757

 

 

 

 

(7,324

)

 

 

(12.7

)

%

Total Operating Expenses

 

$

 

588,161

 

 

$

 

533,248

 

 

$

 

54,913

 

 

 

10.3

 

%

 

Gaming Revenues and Pari-Mutuel Commissions.  For the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the same prior year period, gaming revenues and pari-mutuel commissions declined 27.8%. Excluding the impact of the Divestitures, gaming revenues and pari-mutuel commissions decreased 18.3% for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the same prior year period mainly due to reductions in casino volume associated with the impact of COVID-19 and the related closures of our properties in March 2020.

Non-gaming Revenues.  Non-gaming revenues decreased 19.3% for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the same prior year period. Excluding the impact of the Divestitures, non-gaming revenues declined 15.4% for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the same prior year periods mainly due to the impact of COVID-19 and the related closures of our properties, included hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues, in March 2020.

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Gaming Expenses and Pari-Mutuel Commissions. Gaming expenses and pari-mutuel commissions declined 24.3% for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the same prior year period. Excluding the impact of the Divestitures, gaming expenses and pari-mutuel commissions decreased 10.8% for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the same prior year period in conjunction with the previously discussed decrease in gaming revenues and pari-mutuel commissions.

Non-gaming Expenses.  Non-gaming expenses declined 11.1% for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the same prior year period. Excluding the impact of the Divestitures, non-gaming expenses decreased 6.3% for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the same prior year period in conjunction with previously discussed decrease in non-gaming expenses.

Marketing and Promotions Expenses.  Marketing and promotions expenses declined 22.7% for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the same prior year period. Excluding the impact of the Divestitures, marketing and promotions expense decreased 16.4% for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the same prior year period. This decline was primarily due to savings achieved via the termination of certain marketing contracts, reductions in direct mail costs and continued company-wide changes in marketing and promotional activity. Additionally, to the extent possible, marketing and promotions expenses were reduced or eliminated following the closure of our properties in March 2020.

General and Administrative Expenses.  General and administrative expenses declined 23.5% for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the same prior year period. Excluding the impact of the Divestitures, general and administrative expenses decreased 16.6% for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the same prior year period mainly due to the centralization of certain services provided to our properties and realized savings achieved through the continued consolidation of purchasing programs. Additionally, general and administrative expenses, including utilities, were reduced following the closure of our properties in March 2020.

Corporate Expenses.  For the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the same prior year period, corporate expenses decreased 1.6% primarily due to reductions in corporate bonus expense, captive insurance expense, certain professional fees and travel costs due to the COVID-19 impact for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the same prior year period.

Depreciation and Amortization Expense.  For the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the same prior year period, depreciation and amortization expense declined 12.7% mainly due to ceasing depreciation and amortization expense on assets held for sale. Excluding the impact of the Divestitures, depreciation and amortization expense decreased 5.8% for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to the same prior year period mainly due to many assets becoming fully depreciated in 2019.

Supplemental Unaudited Presentation of Consolidated Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (“EBITDA”) and Adjusted EBITDA for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2020 and 2019

Adjusted EBITDA (defined below), a non-GAAP financial measure, has been presented as a supplemental disclosure because it is a widely used measure of performance and basis for valuation of companies in our industry and we believe that this non-GAAP supplemental information will be helpful in understanding the Company’s ongoing operating results. Management has historically used Adjusted EBITDA when evaluating operating performance because we believe that the inclusion or exclusion of certain recurring and non-recurring items is necessary to provide a full understanding of our core operating results and as a means to evaluate period-to-period results. Adjusted EBITDA represents operating income (loss) before depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, impairment charges, transaction expenses, severance expense, selling costs associated with the divestitures of properties, equity in income (loss) of unconsolidated affiliates, (gain) loss on the sale or disposal of property and equipment, and (gain) loss related to divestitures. Adjusted EBITDA also excludes the expense associated with our Master Lease with GLPI as the transaction was accounted for as a financing obligation and the associated expense is included in interest expense. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of performance or liquidity calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“US GAAP”), is unaudited and should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income (loss) as an indicator of our operating performance. Uses of cash flows that are not reflected in Adjusted EBITDA include capital expenditures, interest payments, income taxes, debt principal repayments, payments under our Master Lease and certain regulatory gaming assessments, which can be significant. As a result, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as a measure of our liquidity. Other companies that provide EBITDA information may calculate EBITDA differently than we do. The definition of Adjusted EBITDA may not be the same as the definitions used in any of our debt agreements.

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The following table summarizes our Adjusted EBITDA for our operating segments for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, in addition to reconciling Adjusted EBITDA to operating income (loss) in accordance with US GAAP (unaudited, in thousands):

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2020

 

 

 

Operating

Income (Loss)

 

 

Depreciation and

Amortization

 

 

Stock-Based

Compensation

 

 

Transaction

Expenses (1)

 

 

Other (2)

 

 

Adjusted

EBITDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West

 

$

 

(97,457

)

 

$

 

13,938

 

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

103,144

 

 

$

 

19,625

 

Midwest

 

 

 

(19,354

)

 

 

 

4,522

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

36,617

 

 

 

 

21,787

 

South

 

 

 

(11,194

)

 

 

 

7,120

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21,776

 

 

 

 

17,704

 

East

 

 

 

11,016

 

 

 

 

11,241

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28

 

 

 

 

22,285

 

Central

 

 

 

18,114

 

 

 

 

11,763

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

 

 

 

 

29,897

 

Corporate and Other

 

 

 

(24,305

)

 

 

 

1,849

 

 

 

 

5,738

 

 

 

 

9,294

 

 

 

 

(1,327

)

 

 

 

(8,751

)

Total

 

$

 

(123,180

)

 

$

 

50,433

 

 

$

 

5,742

 

 

$

 

9,294

 

 

$

 

160,258

 

 

$

 

102,547

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2019

 

 

 

Operating

Income (Loss)

 

 

Depreciation and

Amortization

 

 

Stock-Based

Compensation

 

 

Transaction

Expenses (1)

 

 

Other (5)

 

 

Adjusted

EBITDA

 

Including Divestitures:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West

 

$

 

10,801

 

 

$

 

13,143

 

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

99

 

 

$

 

24,043

 

Midwest

 

 

 

27,833

 

 

 

 

8,421

 

 

 

 

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

55

 

 

 

 

36,324

 

South

 

 

 

27,515

 

 

 

 

11,015

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

132

 

 

 

 

38,671

 

East

 

 

 

27,161

 

 

 

 

12,149

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

187

 

 

 

 

39,504

 

Central

 

 

 

27,070

 

 

 

 

11,210

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

43

 

 

 

 

38,323

 

Corporate and Other

 

 

 

3,224

 

 

 

 

1,819

 

 

 

 

4,917

 

 

 

 

1,894

 

 

 

 

(22,067

)

 

 

 

(10,213

)

Total

 

$

 

123,604

 

 

$

 

57,757

 

 

$

 

4,948

 

 

$

 

1,894

 

 

$

 

(21,551

)

 

$

 

166,652

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divestitures:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midwest

 

$

 

6,525

 

 

$

 

2,190

 

 

$

 

7

 

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

8,722

 

East

 

 

 

2,719

 

 

 

 

2,027

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

80

 

 

 

 

4,833

 

Total Divestitures (3)

 

$

 

9,244

 

 

$

 

4,217

 

 

$

 

14

 

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

80

 

 

$

 

13,555

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excluding Divestitures:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West

 

$

 

10,801

 

 

$

 

13,143

 

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

99

 

 

$

 

24,043

 

Midwest

 

 

 

21,308

 

 

 

 

6,231

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

55

 

 

 

 

27,602

 

South

 

 

 

27,515

 

 

 

 

11,015

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

132

 

 

 

 

38,671

 

East

 

 

 

24,442

 

 

 

 

10,122

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

107

 

 

 

 

34,671

 

Central

 

 

 

27,070

 

 

 

 

11,210

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

43

 

 

 

 

38,323

 

Corporate and Other

 

 

 

3,224

 

 

 

 

1,819

 

 

 

 

4,917

 

 

 

 

1,894

 

 

 

 

(22,067

)

 

 

 

(10,213

)

Total Excluding Divestitures (4)

 

$

 

114,360

 

 

$

 

53,540

 

 

$

 

4,934

 

 

$

 

1,894

 

 

$

 

(21,631

)

 

$

 

153,097

 

 

(1)

Transaction expenses primarily represent costs related to the pending acquisition of Caesars for the three months ended March 31, 2020, and costs related to the acquisitions of Elgin and Tropicana for the three months ended March 31, 2019.

(2)

Other, for the three months ended March 31, 2020, is comprised of severance expense, (gain) loss on the sale or disposal of property and equipment, equity in income (loss) of unconsolidated affiliate, impairment charges, and selling costs associated with the pending divestitures of Kansas City, Vicksburg, Shreveport, and MontBleu.

(3)

Figures are for Presque for the period beginning January 1, 2019 and ending January 11, 2019, Nemacolin for the period beginning January 1, 2019 and ending March 8, 2019, and Mountaineer, Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville for the three months ended March 31, 2019.

(4)

Total figures for the three months ended March 31, 2019 exclude the results of operations for Presque for the period beginning January 1, 2019 and ending January 11, 2019, Nemacolin for the period beginning January 1, 2019 and ending March 8, 2019, and Mountaineer, Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville for the three months ended March 31, 2019. Such presentation does not conform to GAAP or the Securities and Exchange Commission rules for pro forma presentation; however, we believe that the additional financial information will be helpful to investors in comparing current results with results of prior periods. This is non-GAAP data and should not be considered a substitute for data prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should be viewed in addition to the results of operations reported by the Company.

(5)

Other for the three months ended March 31, 2019 is comprised of severance expense, (gain) loss related to divestitures, (gain) loss on the sale of disposal of property and equipment, equity in income (loss) of an unconsolidated affiliate, impairment charges, and selling costs associated with the divestiture of Presque and Nemacolin.

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Liquidity and Capital Resources

We are a holding company and our only significant assets are ownership interests in our subsidiaries. Our ability to fund our obligations depends on existing cash on hand, contracted asset sales and cash flow from our subsidiaries.

Our primary sources of liquidity and capital resources have been existing cash on hand, cash flow from operations, borrowings under our revolving credit facility, proceeds from the issuance of debt securities and proceeds from completed asset sales. As of March 31, 2020, we had $465.0 million outstanding and $16.8 million of available borrowing capacity, after consideration of $18.2 million in outstanding letters of credit, under our Revolving Credit Facility. We utilized $360.0 million and $150.0 million of net proceeds from the sales of Mountaineer, Cape Girardeau and Caruthersville in December 2019 and Presque in January 2019, respectively, to repay a portion of amounts outstanding under the Term Loan.

Our cash requirements can fluctuate significantly depending on our decisions with respect to business acquisitions or divestitures and strategic capital investments to maintain the quality of our properties. Our cash requirements have also been impacted by the ongoing impacts of government required closures of our casinos. We expect that our primary capital requirements going forward will relate to the re-opening and operation and maintenance of our properties, taxes, servicing our outstanding indebtedness, rent payments under our Master Lease and other leases and funding the Caesars acquisition. Pursuant to the A&R Commitment Letter, the Commitment Parties committed to arrange and provide the Company with: (w) a $1,000.0 million senior secured revolving credit facility, (x) a $3,000.0 million senior secured term loan B facility, (y) a $3,250.0 million senior secured 364-day bridge facility and (z) a $1,800.0 million senior unsecured bridge loan facility and (ii) Caesars Resort Collection, LLC, a subsidiary of Caesars, with a $2,400.0 million senior secured incremental term loan B facility (collectively, the “Debt Financing”). We expect to fund the anticipated Caesars acquisition with a combination of proceeds from the Debt Financing, the sale-leaseback transactions with VICI with respect to Harrah’s New Orleans, Harrah’s Laughlin and Harrah’s Atlantic City, the consideration received from VICI received in connection with amendments to the CPLV Lease and Non-CPLV Lease contemplated by the MTA, asset divestitures, existing cash on hand and cash flow generated by the Company and Caesars prior to the acquisition.

As a result of state government orders made in March 2020 in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, our casino properties located across the United States were ordered to temporarily close and remained shut down through the remainder of the first quarter. In an effort to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on our business and maintain liquidity and provide financial flexibility as the effects of COVID-19 continue to evolve and impact global financial markets, we borrowed $465 million under our Revolving Credit Facility on March 16, 2020 and furloughed approximately 90% of our employees beginning on April 11, 2020.  During the period that our casinos are closed, we expect that our main capital requirements, other than with respect to the Caesars acquisition, will be servicing our outstanding indebtedness, rent payments under our Master Lease and other leases, taxes and obligations with respect to fixed and variable costs that we continue to incur while our casinos are closed.  

We expect that our primary capital requirements following the re-opening of our properties, other than with respect to the Caesars acquisition, will relate to the operation and maintenance of our properties, taxes, servicing our outstanding indebtedness and rent payments under our Master Lease.  While our capital expenditure requirements for 2020 will depend on the timing of re-opening of our casinos and the timing of closing the Caesars acquisition, we plan to spend approximately $40.0 million on capital expenditures during the remainder of 2020.  We expect to use cash on hand and cash generated from operations to meet such obligations.  

We expect that borrowings incurred under our Revolving Credit Facility, cash generated from operations, borrowings under the Debt Financing and proceeds from the transactions contemplated by the MTA and the announced asset sales, net of associated taxes, will be sufficient to fund our operations and capital requirements, consummate the Caesars acquisition and service our outstanding indebtedness for the next twelve months.  However, the COVID-19 pandemic has had, and is expected to continue to have, an adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations and has caused, and may continue to cause, disruption in the financial markets. While we have undertaken efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on our business and maintain liquidity, the extent of the ongoing and future effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, results of operations and financial condition is uncertain and may adversely impact our liquidity in the future. Our ability to access additional capital may be adversely affected by the disruption in the financial markets caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions on incurring additional indebtedness contained in the agreements governing our indebtedness and the impact of the pandemic on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

At March 31, 2020, we had consolidated cash and cash equivalents of $671.7 million, excluding restricted cash. At December 31, 2019, we had consolidated cash and cash equivalents of $231.8 million, including restricted cash. This increase in cash was primarily due to borrowings under our Revolving Credit Facility, which were partially offset by cash used in operations following the closure of our properties in March 2020.

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Operating Cash Flows.  For the three months ended March 31, 2020, cash flows provided by operating activities totaled $30.5 million compared to $65.4 million for the same prior year period. Our operating cash flows generally follow trends in operating income, excluding non-cash charges. Changes in the balance sheet accounts and the timing of significant payments, including interest, rent and tax payments will impact our operating cash flows. The decrease in operating cash flows compared to the same prior year period was primarily due to cash used to continue to pay operating expenses, including rent and interest payments, following the closure of our properties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Investing Cash Flow and Capital Expenditures.  Net cash flows used in investing activities totaled $13.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020 compared to $129.5 million provided by investing activities in the same prior year period. Our investing cash flows generally fluctuate depending upon the timing of strategic and maintenance capital expenditures in addition to business acquisitions or dispositions. Net cash used in investing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was primarily due to $23.2 cash used for capital expenditures for various property enhancement and maintenance projects along with equipment purchases offset by $10.5 million in deposits associated with our agreement to sell Eldorado Shreveport and MontBleu to Maverick. Following the termination of this agreement, the deposits were refunded to Maverick in April 2020. Net cash flows provided by investing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was primarily due to $177.1 million in net proceeds from the sales of Presque and Nemacolin, partially offset by cash used totaling $38.4 million for capital expenditures.

Financing Cash Flow.  Net cash provided by financing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2020 totaled $447.7 million compared to $209.8 million used in financing activities for the same prior year period. The cash provided by financing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was principally due to $465.0 million of borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility offset by $10.0 million of payments under the Term Loan. The cash used in financing activities for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was principally due to net payments under the Revolving Credit Facility partially funded by the proceeds from the sales of Presque and Nemacolin.

Debt and Master Lease Covenant Compliance

As of March 31, 2020, we were in compliance with all of the covenants under the 7% Senior Notes due 2023, 6% Senior Notes due 2025, 6% Senior Notes due 2026, the Credit Facility, the Lumière Loan and the Master Lease. However, our ability to remain in compliance with the quarterly maintenance covenants under our Credit Agreement and the Master Lease may be negatively impacted if the period of casino closures is prolonged or if the COVID-19 pandemic, measures implemented to curtail its spread or changes in the economy, discretionary spending and consumer confidence have a protracted negative effect on our business.

Failure to satisfy the quarterly maintenance covenants contained in the Credit Agreement and Master Lease would require us to seek waivers or amendments of the maintenance covenants. There can be no assurance that we will be able to obtain required waivers or amendments, as such matters depend, in part, on factors outside of our control. If we fail to satisfy the quarterly maintenance covenants and are unable to obtain such waivers or amendments, our creditors could exercise remedies under the applicable documents governing such indebtedness, including acceleration of such indebtedness, and the lessor under the Master Lease could terminate the Master Lease. The acceleration of indebtedness outstanding under the Credit Agreement or the termination of the Master Lease as a result of failure to satisfy the covenants applicable to such obligations would give rise to an event of default under our outstanding senior notes entitling the holders thereof to accelerate the obligations thereunder.

Share Repurchase Program

On November 8, 2018, the Company issued a press release announcing that its Board of Directors has authorized a $150 million common stock repurchase program (the “Share Repurchase Program”) pursuant to which the Company may, from time to time, repurchase shares of common stock on the open market (either with or without a 10b5-1 plan) or through privately negotiated transactions. The Share Repurchase Program has no time limit and may be suspended or discontinued at any time without notice. There is no minimum number of shares of common stock that the Company is required to repurchase under the Share Repurchase Program.

The Company acquired 223,823 shares of common stock at an aggregate value of $9.1 million and an average of $40.80 per share during the year ended December 31, 2018. No shares were repurchased during 2019 or the three months ended March 31, 2020.

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Debt Obligations and Master Lease

Term Loan and Revolving Credit Facility

We are party to a credit agreement with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent, and the lenders party thereto dated as of April 17, 2017 (as amended, the “Credit Facility”), consisting of a $1.45 billion term loan facility (the “Term Loan Facility” or “Term Loan”) and a $500.0 million revolving credit facility (the “Revolving Credit Facility”). Our obligations under the Revolving Credit Facility will mature on October 1, 2023. Our obligations under the Term Loan Facility will mature on April 17, 2024. We were required to make quarterly principal payments of $3.6 million on the Term Loan Facility on the last day of each fiscal quarter beginning on June 30, 2017 but satisfied this requirement as a result of the principal prepayment of $444.5 million on September 13, 2017 in conjunction with the issuance of the additional 6% Senior Notes due 2025. In addition, we are required to make mandatory payments of amounts outstanding under the Credit Facility with the proceeds of certain casualty events, debt issuances, and asset sales and, depending on the Company’s consolidated total leverage ratio, we may be required to apply a portion of our excess cash flow to repay amounts outstanding under the Credit Facility.

As of March 31, 2020, we had $488.8 million outstanding on the Term Loan and $465.0 outstanding under the Revolving Credit Facility. During the three months ended March 31, 2020, we elected to draw down availability under the Revolving Credit Facility as a precautionary measure to enhance our liquidity and provide financial flexibility as the effects of COVID-19 continue to evolve and impact global financial markets. We had $16.8 million of available borrowing capacity, after consideration of $18.2 million in outstanding letters of credit under our Revolving Credit Facility, as of March 31, 2020.

The interest rate per annum applicable to loans under the Revolving Credit Facility are, at our option, either LIBOR plus a margin ranging from 1.75% to 2.50% or a base rate plus a margin from 0.75% to 1.50%, the margin is based on our total leverage ratio. The interest rate per annum applicable to the loans under the Term Loan Facility is, at our option, either LIBOR plus 2.25% or a base rate plus 1.25%; provided, however, that in no event will LIBOR be less than zero or the base rate be less than 1.00%. Additionally, we pay a commitment fee on the unused portion of the Revolving Credit Facility of 0.50% per annum. As of March 31, 2020, the weighted average interest rates on the Term Loan and Revolving Credit Facility were 3.25% and 2.81%, respectively.

 

Senior Notes

6% Senior Notes due 2026

On September 20, 2018, Delta Merger Sub, Inc. (“Escrow Issuer”), a Delaware corporation and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, issued $600 million aggregate principal amount of 6.0% senior notes due 2026 (the “6% Senior Notes due 2026”) pursuant to an indenture, dated as of September 20, 2018 (the “2026 Indenture”), between Escrow Issuer and U.S. Bank, National Association, as Trustee. Interest on the 6% Senior Notes due 2026 will be paid every semi-annually in arrears on March 15 and September 15.

The 6% Senior Notes due 2026 were general unsecured obligations of Escrow Issuer’s upon issuance and, upon the assumption of such obligations by the Company and the subsidiary guarantors (the “Guarantors”) upon consummation of the Tropicana Acquisition, became general unsecured obligations of the Company and the Guarantors, ranking senior in right of payment to all of the Company’s existing and future debt that is expressly subordinated in right of payment to the 6% Senior Notes due 2026 and the guarantees, ranking equally in right of payment with all of the applicable obligor’s existing and future senior liabilities, including the obligations under the Company’s existing 7% Senior Notes due 2023 and 6% Senior Notes due 2025, and are effectively subordinated to all of the applicable obligor’s existing and future secured debt, including indebtedness under the Company’s Term Loan and Revolving Credit Facility and the Lumière Note (as defined in the 2026 Indenture), in each case, to the extent of the value of the collateral securing such debt. In addition, the 6% Senior Notes due 2026 and the related guarantees are structurally subordinated to all existing and future indebtedness and other liabilities of the Company’s subsidiaries and other entities in which the Company has an equity interest that do not guarantee the 6% Senior Notes due 2026 (other than indebtedness and liabilities owed to the Company or the Guarantors).

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6% Senior Notes due 2025

On March 29, 2017, Eagle II issued at par $375.0 million aggregate principal amount of 6.0% senior notes due 2025 (the “6% Senior Notes due 2025”) pursuant to an indenture, dated as of March 29, 2017 (the “2025 Indenture”), between Eagle II and U.S. Bank, National Association, as Trustee. The 6% Senior Notes due 2025 will mature on April 1, 2025, with interest payable semi-annually in arrears on April 1 and October 1. In connection with the consummation of the Isle Acquisition on May 1, 2017, the Company assumed Eagle II’s obligations under the 6% Senior Notes due 2025 and the 2025 Indenture and certain of the Company’s subsidiaries (including Isle and certain of its subsidiaries) executed guarantees of the Company’s obligations under the 6% Senior Notes due 2025.

On September 13, 2017, the Company issued an additional $500.0 million principal amount of its 6% Senior Notes due 2025 at an issue price equal to 105.5% of the principal amount of the 6% Senior Notes due 2025. The additional notes were issued pursuant to the 2025 Indenture that governs the 6% Senior Notes due 2025. The Company used the proceeds of the offering to repay $78.0 million of outstanding borrowings under the previous revolving credit facility and used the remainder to repay $444.5 million outstanding borrowings under the previous term loan facility and related accrued interest.

 

7% Senior Notes due 2023

On July 23, 2015, the Company issued at par $375.0 million in aggregate principal amount of 7.0% senior notes due 2023 (“7% Senior Notes due 2023”) pursuant to an indenture, dated as of July 23, 2015 (the “2023 Indenture”), between the Company and U.S. Bank, National Association, as Trustee. The 7% Senior Notes due 2023 will mature on August 1, 2023, with interest payable semi-annually in arrears on February 1 and August 1 of each year.

 

Lumière Loan

We borrowed $246 million from GLPI to fund the purchase price of the real estate underlying Lumière. The Lumière Loan bears interest at a rate equal to (i) 9.09% until October 1, 2019 and (ii) 9.27% until October 1, 2020, and matures on October 1, 2020. The Lumière Loan was secured by a first priority mortgage on the Lumière real property that was released pursuant to its terms on October 1, 2019. In connection with the issuance of the Lumière Loan, we agreed to use our commercially reasonable efforts to transfer one or more of the Grand Victoria Casino, Isle Casino Bettendorf, Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo, Isle of Capri Lula, Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg and Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort or such other property or properties mutually acceptable to us and GLPI, provided that the aggregate value of such property, individually or collectively, is at least $246 million (the “Replacement Property”), to GLPI with a simultaneous leaseback to us of such Replacement Property. In connection with such Replacement Property sale, (i) we and GLPI will enter into an amendment to the Master Lease to revise the economic terms to include the Replacement Property, (ii) GLPI, or one of its affiliates, will assume the Lumière Loan and Tropicana St. Louis RE’s obligations under the Lumière Loan in consideration of the acquisition of the Replacement Property and our obligations under the Lumière Loan will be deemed to have been satisfied and (iii) in the event the value of the Replacement Property is greater than the our outstanding obligations under the Lumière Loan, GLPI will pay us the difference between the value of the Replacement Property and the amount of outstanding obligations under the Lumière Loan. If such Replacement Property transaction is not consummated prior to the maturity date of the Lumière Loan, other than as a result of certain failures to perform by GLPI, then the amounts outstanding will be paid in full and the rent under the Master Lease will automatically increase, subject to certain escalations.

Master Lease

Our Master Lease is accounted for as a financing obligation and totaled $968.0 million as of March 31, 2020. The Master Lease contains certain covenants, including minimum capital improvement expenditures and a rent coverage ratio. As of March 31, 2020, we were in compliance with all of the covenants under the Master Lease. See Note 9 to our Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information about our Master Lease and related matters.

Contractual Obligations

There have been no material changes for the three months ended March 31, 2020 to our contractual obligations as disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10‑K for the year ended December 31, 2019.

Summarized Information of Guarantors

Certain of our wholly-owned subsidiaries have fully and unconditionally guaranteed on a joint and several basis, the payment of all obligations under our 7% Senior Notes due 2023, 6% Senior Notes due 2025, 6% Senior Notes due 2026 and Credit Facility. There were no changes in the wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Company serving as guarantors, on a joint and several basis during the quarter ended March 31, 2020.

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The consolidating condensed balance sheet as of March 31, 2020 is as follows:

 

Balance Sheet

 

Obligor Group

 

 

Non-Obligors

 

 

Consolidating

and Eliminating

Entries

 

 

Eldorado

Resorts, Inc.

Consolidated

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Current assets

 

$

 

1,220,065

 

 

$

 

22,341

 

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

1,242,406

 

Intercompany receivables (payables)

 

$

 

2,933

 

 

$

 

(2,933

)

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

 

Other non-current asset

 

$

 

8,361,398

 

 

$

 

13,836

 

 

$

 

(3,726,468

)

 

$

 

4,648,766

 

Current liabilities

 

$

 

758,331

 

 

$

 

12,677

 

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

771,008

 

Non-current liabilities

 

$

 

4,181,823

 

 

$

 

(1,868

)

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

4,179,955

 

 

The consolidating condensed balance sheet as of December 31, 2019 is as follows:

 

Balance Sheet

 

Obligor Group

 

 

Non-Obligors

 

 

Consolidating

and Eliminating

Entries

 

 

Eldorado

Resorts, Inc.

Consolidated

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Current assets

 

$

 

582,918

 

 

$

 

21,725

 

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

604,643

 

Intercompany receivables (payables)

 

$

 

1,790

 

 

$

 

(1,790

)

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

 

Other non-current asset

 

$

 

8,876,547

 

 

$

 

13,768

 

 

$

 

(3,854,405

)

 

$

 

5,035,910

 

Current liabilities

 

$

 

673,403

 

 

$

 

15,043

 

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

688,446

 

Non-current liabilities

 

$

 

3,836,939

 

 

$

 

(2,089

)

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

3,834,850

 

 

The consolidating condensed statement of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2020 is as follows:

 

 

 

Obligor Group

 

 

Non-Obligors

 

 

Consolidating

and Eliminating

Entries

 

 

Eldorado

Resorts, Inc.

Consolidated

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Net revenues

 

$

 

471,859

 

 

$

 

1,210

 

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

473,069

 

Operating (loss) income

 

$

 

(124,872

)

 

$

 

1,692

 

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

(123,180

)

Interest expense, net

 

$

 

(66,674

)

 

$

 

210

 

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

(66,464

)

Net (loss) income

 

$

 

(175,638

)

 

$

 

1,683

 

 

$

 

(1,683

)

 

$

 

(175,638

)

 

The consolidating condensed statement of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2019 is as follows:

 

 

Obligor Group

 

 

Non-Obligors

 

 

Consolidating

and Eliminating

Entries

 

 

Eldorado

Resorts, Inc.

Consolidated

 

 

 

(in thousands)

 

Net revenues

 

$

 

2,015,262

 

 

$

 

40,745

 

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

2,056,007

 

Operating income

 

$

 

307,629

 

 

$

 

2,474

 

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

310,103

 

Interest expense, net

 

$

 

(169,971

)

 

$

 

(1,761

)

 

$

 

 

 

$

 

(171,732

)

Net income (loss)

 

$

 

95,235

 

 

$

 

1,285

 

 

$

 

(1,285

)

 

$

 

95,235

 

 

Other Liquidity Matters

We are faced with certain contingencies involving litigation and environmental remediation and compliance. These commitments and contingencies are discussed in “Part II, Item 1. Legal Proceedings” and Note 11 to our unaudited consolidated financial statements, both of which are included elsewhere in this report. In addition, new competition may have a material adverse effect on our revenues, and could have a similar adverse effect on our liquidity. See “Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors—Risks Related to Our Business” which is included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and “Part II, Item IA. Risk Factors” which is included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.

Critical Accounting Policies

Our critical accounting policies disclosures are included in our Annual Report on Form 10‑K for the year ended December 31, 2019. Except as described in Note 1 to the accompanying condensed notes of these consolidated financial statements, we believe there have been no material changes since December 31, 2019. We have not substantively changed the application of our policies and there have been no material changes in assumptions or estimation techniques used as compared to prior periods.

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Off‑Balance Sheet Arrangements

We do not currently have any off‑balance sheet arrangements.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward‑Looking Information

This report includes “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. Forward‑looking statements include statements regarding our strategies, objectives and plans for future development or acquisitions of properties or operations, as well as expectations, future operating results and other information that is not historical information. When used in this report, the terms or phrases such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “projects,” “plans,” “intends,” “expects,” “might,” “may,” “estimates,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “will likely continue,” and variations of such words or similar expressions are intended to identify forward‑looking statements. Specifically, forward-looking statements may include, among others, statements concerning:

 

the impact of COVID-19 on our business and financial condition;

 

projections of future results of operations or financial condition;

 

our ability to consummate the acquisition of Caesars, the related real estate transactions with VICI and the disposition of MontBleu and our properties located in Shreveport, Kansas City and Vicksburg;

 

expectations regarding our business and results of operations of our existing casino properties and prospects for future development;

 

expectations regarding trends that will affect our market and the gaming industry generally and the impact of those trends on our business and results of operations;

 

our ability to comply with the covenants in the agreements governing our outstanding indebtedness;

 

our ability to meet our projected debt service obligations, operating expenses, and maintenance capital expenditures;

 

expectations regarding availability of capital resources;

 

our intention to pursue development opportunities, including the development of a mixed-use entertainment and hospitality destination expected to be located on unused land adjacent to the Pompano casino and racetrack, and additional acquisitions and divestitures;

 

our ability to obtain financing for, and realize the anticipated benefits, of the acquisition of Caesars and future development and acquisition opportunities; and

 

the impact of regulation on our business and our ability to receive and maintain necessary approvals for our existing properties and future projects and operation of online sportsbook, poker and gaming

Any forward‑looking statements are based upon underlying assumptions, including any assumptions mentioned with the specific statements, as of the date such statements were made. Such assumptions are in turn based upon internal estimates and analyses of market conditions and trends, management plans and strategies, economic conditions and other factors. Such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, and are subject to change. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend upon future circumstances that may not occur. Actual results may differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. Forward‑looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we assume no duty to update forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should not be regarded as a representation by us or any other person that the forward‑looking statements will be achieved. Undue reliance should not be placed on any forward‑looking statements. Some of the contingencies and uncertainties to which any forward‑looking statement contained herein are subject include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

the extent and duration of the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s business, financial results and liquidity;

 

the duration of closure of our properties, which we cannot predict at this time;

 

the impact and cost of new operating procedures expected to be implemented upon re-opening of the Company’s casinos;

 

the impact of actions we have undertaken to reduce costs and improve efficiencies to mitigate losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which could negatively impact guest loyalty and our ability to attract and retain our employees;

 

the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting unemployment and changes in general economic conditions on discretionary consumer spending and customer demand;

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our substantial indebtedness and significant financial commitments, including our obligations under the Master Lease, could adversely affect our results of operations and our ability to service such obligations, react to changes in our markets and pursue development and acquisition opportunities;

 

restrictions and limitations in agreements governing our debt could significantly affect our ability to operate our business and our liquidity;

 

risks relating to payment of a significant portion of our cash flow as debt service and rent under the Master Lease;

 

financial, operational, regulatory or other potential challenges that may arise as a result of leasing of a number of our properties from a single lessor;

 

our facilities operate in very competitive environments and we face increasing competition including through legalization of online betting and gaming;

 

uncertainty regarding legalization of betting and online gaming in the jurisdictions in which we operate and conditions applicable to obtaining the licenses required to enable our betting and online gaming partners to conduct betting and gaming activities;

 

the ability to identify suitable acquisition opportunities and realize growth and cost synergies from any future acquisitions;

 

future maintenance, development or expansion projects will be subject to significant development and construction risks;

 

our gaming operations are highly regulated by governmental authorities and the cost of complying or the impact of failing to comply with such regulations;

 

changes in gaming taxes and fees in jurisdictions in which we operate;

 

risks relating to pending claims or future claims that may be brought against us;

 

changes in interest rates and capital and credit markets;

 

our ability to comply with certain covenants in our debt documents and the Master Lease;

 

the effect of disruptions to our information technology and other systems and infrastructure;

 

our ability to attract and retain customers;

 

weather or road conditions limiting access to our properties;

 

the effect of war, terrorist activity, acts of violence, natural disasters and other catastrophic events;

 

the intense competition to attract and retain management and key employees in the gaming industry; and

 

other factors described in Part II, Item 1A. “Risk Factors” contained herein and our reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In addition, the acquisition of Caesars, the related real estate transactions with VICI and the disposition of MontBleu and our properties located in Shreveport, Kansas City and Vicksburg and the provisions of the related acquisition agreements create additional risks, uncertainties and other important factors, including but not limited to:

 

the possibility that the proposed transactions are not consummated when expected or at all because required regulatory or other approvals are not received or other conditions to the consummation thereof are not satisfied on a timely basis, including as a result of delays arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, or at all;

 

the possibility that one or more of such transactions do not close on the terms described herein or that we are required to modify aspects of one or more of such transactions to obtain, or otherwise take action to satisfy conditions imposed in connection with, required regulatory approvals;

 

the risk that the financing required to fund the Merger and related transactions is not obtained on the terms anticipated or at all;

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uncertainties in the global economy and credit markets, including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the potential impact on ERI’s ability to finance the acquisition of Caesars and related transactions;

 

risks associated with increased leverage and increased lease payments as a result of the proposed transactions;

 

the possibility that the anticipated benefits of the proposed transactions, including cost savings and expected synergies, are not realized when expected, or at all, including as a result of the impact of, or issues arising from, the COVID-19 pandemic, implementation of our operating strategies and integration of our business and Caesars’ business;

 

the incurrence of significant transaction and merger-related costs and the possibility that the transactions may be more expensive to complete than expected, including as a result of delays arising as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic or other unexpected factors or events;

 

competitive responses to the proposed transactions;

 

legislative, regulatory and economic developments;

 

the possibility that our business or Caesars’ business may suffer as a result of the announcement of the acquisition;    

 

the ability to retain certain of our key employees and Caesars’ key employees;

 

the outcome of legal proceedings that may be instituted as a result of the proposed transactions;

 

the impact of the proposed transactions, or the failure to consummate the proposed transactions, on our stock price;

 

diversion of management’s attention from our ongoing operations;

 

the impact of provisions of the Merger Agreement limiting the operation of our business prior to the closing of the Merger;

 

the impact of the announcement or consummation of the proposed transactions on the Company’s relationships with third parties, which may make it more difficult to maintain business relationships; and

 

other risks and uncertainties described in Part II, Item 1A. “Risk Factors” contained herein and our reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In light of these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward‑looking events discussed in this report might not occur. These forward‑looking statements speak only as of the date on which this statement is made, even if subsequently made available on our website or otherwise, and we do not intend to update publicly any forward‑looking statement to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date on which the statement is made, except as may be required by law.

You should also be aware that while we from time to time communicate with securities analysts, we do not disclose to them any material non‑public information, internal forecasts or other confidential business information. Therefore, you should not assume that we agree with any statement or report issued by any analyst, irrespective of the content of the statement or report. To the extent that reports issued by securities analysts contain projections, forecasts or opinions, those reports are not our responsibility and are not endorsed by us.

 

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ITEM 3.

QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK.

Market risk is the risk of loss arising from adverse changes in market rates and prices, such as interest rates, foreign currency exchange rates and commodity prices. We are exposed to changes in interest rates primarily from variable rate long‑term debt arrangements. As of March 31, 2020, interest on borrowings under our Credit Facility was subject to fluctuation based on changes in short-term interest rates.

As of March 31, 2020, our long‑term variable‑rate borrowings totaled $488.8 million under the Term Loan and $465.0 million was outstanding under the Revolving Credit Facility. Long‑term variable‑rate borrowings under the Term Loan and the Revolving Credit Facility represented approximately 31% of our long‑term debt as of March 31, 2020. During the three months ended March 31, 2020, the weighted average interest rates on our variable and fixed rate debt were 3.04% and 6.56%, respectively.

 

LIBOR is expected to be discontinued after 2021. The interest rate per annum applicable to loans under our Credit Facility is, at our option, either LIBOR plus a margin or a base rate plus a margin. The Credit Facility permits the administrative agent to select, in its reasonable discretion, an alternative base rate in the event that LIBOR is discontinued, but there can be no assurances as to what alternative base rates may be and whether such base rate will be more or less favorable than LIBOR and any other unforeseen impacts of the potential discontinuation of LIBOR. We intend to continue monitoring the developments with respect to the potential phasing out of LIBOR after 2021 and work with our lenders to ensure any transition away from LIBOR will have minimal impact on our financial condition, but can provide no assurances regarding the impact of the discontinuation of LIBOR.

We evaluate our exposure to market risk by monitoring interest rates in the marketplace and has, on occasion, utilized derivative financial instruments to help manage this risk. We do not utilize derivative financial instruments for trading purposes. There were no material quantitative changes in our market risk exposure, or how such risks are managed, for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

ITEM 4.

CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES.

 

(a)

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

We have established and maintain disclosure controls and procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in our reports that we file under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), is recorded, processed, summarized, evaluated and reported within the time periods specified in the rules and forms of the SEC, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

We carried out an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of our Chief Executive Officer (principal executive officer) and Chief Financial Officer (principal financial officer), of the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a‑15(e) and 15d‑15(e)) as of the end of the period covered by this Quarterly Report on Form 10‑Q. Based on this evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this Quarterly Report on Form 10‑Q are effective to ensure that the information required to be disclosed by us in the reports that we file under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized, evaluated and reported within the time periods specified in SEC rules and forms and that such information is accumulated and communicated to management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

(b)

Changes in Internal Controls

There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the three months ended March 31, 2020 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

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PART II

OTHER INFORMATION

ITEM 1.

 

(a)

Material pending litigation, other than lawsuits arising in the normal course of our business, to which we became party during the quarter ended March 31, 2020, are summarized below:

 

Merger Litigation

 

In September and October of 2019, eight putative class action lawsuits were filed against Eldorado and/or Caesars in connection with the Merger.  The Company was named as a party in three of such actions: Cazer v. Caesars Entertainment Corp., et al, Civil Action No. A-19-801900-C, Eighth Judicial District Court Clark County, Nevada (9/13/2019), Gershman v. Caesars Entertainment Corp., et al, Civil Action No 1:19-cv-01720-UNA, United States District Court for the District of Delaware (9/12/2019), and Palkon v. Caesars Entertainment Corp., et al, Civil Action No. 1:19-cv-01679-UNA, United States District Court for the District of Delaware (9/9/2019).  In general, those complaints asserted claims under sections 14(a), 20(a) and Rule 14a-9 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 challenging the adequacy of certain disclosures in the joint proxy statement/prospectus filed in connection with the Merger.  In addition, one of the complaints alleges state law breach of fiduciary duty claims against the Caesars directors. In March 2020, the Company and Caesars reached an agreement with the plaintiffs in those actions to settle those claims in exchange for payment of certain fees to attorneys for the plaintiffs. As a result of that settlement, in March 2020, all eight suits were dismissed. These matters are now concluded.   

Securities Action

On September 23, 2019, the Company and certain of its officers were named as defendants in a putative class action complaint filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and captioned as Elberts v. Eldorado Resorts, Inc., Case No. 2:19-cv-18230-SRC-CLW.  The complaint asserted violations of Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and SEC Rule 10b-5 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  The complaint alleged that the Company made material misstatements and/or omissions during the period from March 1, 2019 through September 2, 2019.  The allegations related to disclosure concerning the subpoenas that certain of the Company’s directors and officers received from the SEC, which have been previously disclosed in the proxy statement/prospectus filed by the Company relating to the pending transaction with Caesars.  The SEC Investigation is ongoing. In March 2020, the lead plaintiff decided not to pursue the claims any longer. As a result, this action was voluntarily dismissed by the lead plaintiff on March 17, 2020. This matter is now concluded.

 

 

(a)

We are also a party to various lawsuits, which have arisen in the normal course of our business. Estimated losses are accrued for these lawsuits and claims when the loss is probable and can be estimated. The current liability for the estimated losses associated with those lawsuits is not material to our consolidated financial condition and those estimated losses are not expected to have a material impact on our results of operations.

Legal matters are discussed in greater detail in “Part I, Item 3. Legal Proceedings” and Note 17 to our Consolidated Financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10‑K for the year ended December 31, 2019.

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ITEM 1A.

RISK FACTORS

A description of our risk factors can be found in “Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors” included in our Annual Report on Form 10‑K for the year ended December 31, 2019. There have been no material changes to those risk factors during the three months ended March 31, 2020, except for the following additional risk factors related to the impact of COVID-19 and the Merger.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in the temporary closure of our casino properties and has caused an economic downturn, widespread unemployment and an adverse impact on consumer sentiment. Such negative impacts could continue for an extended period of time and may worsen.

On March 13, 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic the U.S. government declared a national state of emergency. In an effort to help control the spread of COVID-19, public health officials imposed or recommended various measures, including social distancing, quarantine and stay-at- home or shelter-in-place directives, limitations on the size of gatherings, closures of work facilities, schools, public buildings and businesses, and cancellation of events, including sporting events, concerts, conferences and meetings.  As a result of orders issued by governmental authorities in the states in which our properties, all of our properties have been temporarily closed since March 18, 2020 and we furloughed approximately 90% of our employees beginning on April 11, 2020.  

While the closure of our properties is expected to be temporary, we cannot estimate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our future financial results or cash flows, in part due to our inability to reasonably estimate the duration of the closure of our properties and the range of factors that will influence our operations once our properties are permitted to re-open. Our future operations, financial results and cash flows will be impacted by a number of factors that we cannot predict and are beyond our control, including the duration and extent of shelter-in-place and social distancing measures and the impact of such measures on our ability to re-open and operate our casinos profitably.  Government and health authorities may implement new or extend existing restrictions, impose restrictions on travel and business operations and advise or require individuals to limit time spent outside of their homes, further delaying or interrupting our business.  In addition, we anticipate that social distancing measures will result in new restrictions on our operations following the time that our casinos re-open, which may result in reduced gaming operations arising from the reconfiguration of our gaming floor, limitations on the number of customers present in our facilities, implementation of additional health and safety measures, restrictions on hotel, food and beverage outlets and limits on concerts, conventions or special events that would otherwise attract customers to our properties.  In addition, future outbreaks of COVID-19 or other public health emergencies may result in the implementation of stay-at-home or additional social distancing and mitigation measures that could cause future closures of all or a portion of our properties and disruption to our business.

COVID-19 has materially adversely affected the economy and financial markets of the United States and the world and has resulted in widespread unemployment in the United States. Consumer demand for casino hotel and racetrack properties such as ours is particularly sensitive to downturns in the economy, unemployment and the associated impact on discretionary spending on leisure activities which bring demand for casino hotel properties such as ours.  We anticipate that there may be a reduced consumer demand following the re-opening of our casinos due to reduced consumer confidence and consumer fear, which is expected to lead to lower occupancy rates, reduced visitation and additional disruptions in our casino business.  The extent of changes in customer demand resulting from the economic downturn, widespread unemployment, reduced consumer confidence and consumer fears on our properties cannot reasonably be determined, but the impact of such factors may be significant and protracted.

As a result of the foregoing, we cannot predict the ultimate scope, duration and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we expect that it will continue to have a material impact on our business, financial condition, liquidity, results of operations (including revenues and profitability) and stock price for an extended period of time.  The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may also have the effect of exacerbating many of the other risks described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.

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We have undertaken aggressive actions to reduce costs and improve efficiencies to mitigate losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which could negatively impact guest loyalty and our ability to attract and retain employees.

As a result of the closure of all of our properties and the continued uncertainty regarding the duration and severity of this pandemic, we have taken steps to reduce operating costs and improve efficiencies, including furloughing approximately 90% our employees. Such steps, and further changes we may make in the future to reduce costs, may negatively impact guest loyalty or our ability to attract and retain employees, and our reputation may suffer as a result. For example, if our furloughed employees do not return to work with us when the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, including because they find new employment during the furlough, we may experience operational challenges that may impact our ability to resume operations in full. We may also face demands or requests from labor unions that represent our employees, whether in the course of our periodic renegotiation of our collective bargaining agreements, through effects bargaining relating to the shut down and/or re-opening of our operations, or otherwise, for additional compensation, healthcare benefits or other terms as a result of COVID-19 that could increase costs, and we could experience labor disputes or disruptions as we continue to implement our COVID-19 mitigation plans.

 

Our ability to remain in compliance with our covenants contained in the agreements governing our indebtedness and Master Lease, and our liquidity, may be negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, measures implemented to curtail its spread, and changes in the economy, discretionary spending and consumer confidence.

Our casino operations are a primary source of income and operating cash flows which we rely upon to remain in compliance with covenants contained in the agreements governing our outstanding indebtedness and the Master Lease. In an effort to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on our business and provide sufficient liquidity and capital resources during the period that our casinos are closed and thereafter, on March 16, 2020 we borrowed $465 million under our revolving credit facility, constituting substantially all of our remaining borrowing capacity under our revolving credit facility. As a result, as of March 31, 2020, we had an aggregate of $953.8 million of borrowings outstanding under our credit facility and $1,850.0 million in outstanding principal amount of senior notes. While we were in compliance with the covenants under our Master Lease and the agreements governing our outstanding indebtedness as of March 31, 2020, our ability to remain in compliance with the quarterly maintenance covenants contained in such agreements would be negatively impacted by a prolonged period of closure of our properties or if the COVID-19 pandemic, measures implemented to curtail its spread or changes in the economy, discretionary spending and consumer confidence have a protracted negative effect on our business. Failure to satisfy such quarterly maintenance covenants would require us to seek waivers or amendments of such covenants. If we are unable to obtain such waivers or amendments, our creditors and the lessor under the Master Lease would be entitled to exercise remedies under the documents governing such obligations, including acceleration of the outstanding principal amount of such indebtedness or termination of the Master Lease.  In addition, while we believe that our cash on hand will be sufficient to provide liquidity to meet our obligations during the period that our properties remain closed, a protracted period of closure of our casinos could impact our ability to make required payments under our outstanding indebtedness, Master Lease or other obligations. Our ability to raise additional financing may be restricted by the covenants and restrictions contained in the agreements governing our indebtedness and could be adversely affected by disruptions in the financing markets and changes to the economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Delay in consummating the Merger has resulted in an increase in the Merger Consideration. The disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may cause further delay that increases costs associated with the Merger.

Pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, the amount of cash payable by the Company as Merger Consideration per share of Caesars common stock began to increase on by $0.003333 daily beginning on March 25, 2020 and will increase by such amount until the closing date of the Merger.  As a result, delay in consummating the Merger, including a delay in receipt of regulatory approvals resulting from disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, will increase the cash portion of the Merger Consideration. In addition, such delay may increase the costs of the transaction. In particular, the Company has incurred and will continue to incur significant costs relating to the Merger, such as debt commitment, legal, accounting and financial advisor fees, and, to the extent that the Debt Financing is incurred prior to consummation of the Merger, interest expense, in each case, that may increase in the event that the consummation of the Merger is delayed and will be payable in the event that the Merger is not consummated.

The COVID-19 pandemic may exacerbate the risks associated with the Merger.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all Caesars’ properties have been temporarily closed and a significant majority of Caesars’ employees have been furloughed.  COVID-19 has had an adverse impact on Caesars’ business and results of operations.  We cannot predict the scope, duration and impact of COVID-19 on Caesars’ business or on the ability of the Company to recognize the benefits of the Merger but we expect that impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may have the effect of exacerbating many of the risks related to the Merger described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.  The combination of two independent businesses is a complex, costly and time-consuming process and we expect that the impacts of COVID-19 will make such combination more challenging.  Further, the Company and its subsidiaries will have a significant amount of additional indebtedness outstanding following the consummation of the Merger and will have significant obligations to pay rent and make capital expenditures under its leases with GPLI and VICI. The

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Company and its subsidiaries expect to satisfy such obligations with cash flows from operations, which may be impacted by COVID-19, cash on hand, borrowings under committed credit facilities, additional financing and proceeds from asset sales.

ITEM 2.

UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS

None.

ITEM 3.

DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES.

None.

ITEM 4.

MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES.

Not applicable.

ITEM 5.

OTHER INFORMATION.

None.

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ITEM 6.

EXHIBITS.

 

Exhibit

Number

 

Description of Exhibit

 

Method of Filing

 

 

 

 

 

  31.1

 

Certification of Thomas R. Reeg pursuant to Rule 13a‑14a and Rule 15d‑14(a)

 

Filed herewith.

 

 

 

 

 

  31.2

 

Certification of Bret Yunker pursuant to Rule 13a‑14a and Rule 15d‑14(a)

 

Filed herewith.

 

 

 

 

 

  32.1

 

Certification of Thomas R. Reeg in accordance with 18 U.S.C. Section 1350

 

Filed herewith.

 

 

 

 

 

  32.2

 

Certification of Bret Yunker in accordance with 18 U.S.C. Section 1350

 

Filed herewith.

 

 

 

 

 

101.1

 

Inline XBRL Instance Document

 

Filed herewith.

 

 

 

 

 

101.2

 

Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document

 

Filed herewith.

 

 

 

 

 

101.3

 

Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document

 

Filed herewith.

 

 

 

 

 

101.4

 

Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document

 

Filed herewith.

 

 

 

 

 

101.5

 

Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document

 

Filed herewith.

 

 

 

 

 

101.6

 

Inline XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document

 

Filed herewith.

 

 

 

 

 

104

 

Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)

 

Filed herewith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

 

 

ELDORADO RESORTS, INC.

 

 

 

Date: May 11, 2020

 

/s/ Thomas R. Reeg

 

 

Thomas R. Reeg

 

 

Chief Executive Officer (Principal Executive Officer)

 

 

 

Date: May 11, 2020

 

/s/ Bret Yunker

 

 

Bret Yunker

 

 

Chief Financial Officer (Principal Financial Officer)

 

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