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CZR Caesars Entertainment

Participants
Joyce Arpin Vice President of Finance and Assistant Treasurer
Mark Frissora President and CEO
Eric Hession CFO
Dan Politzer JPMorgan
Shaun Kelley Bank of America
Chad Beynon Macquarie
Harry Curtis Instinet
James Kayler Bank of America
David Katz Jefferies
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Operator

Hello, and welcome to today's webcast. My name is Sarah, and I will be your event specialist. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. Please note that today's webcast is being recorded. [Operator Instructions] It is now my pleasure to turn today's program over to Joyce Arpin, Vice President of Finance and Assistant Treasurer. Ms. yours. is floor the Arpin,

Joyce Arpin

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Mark Frissora

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Eric Hession

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Mark Frissora

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we'll line Q&A. open So for now up the Operator?

Operator

first the from Your of with Instructions] line [Operator Politzer comes question Dan JPMorgan.

Dan Politzer

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Eric Hession

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Dan Politzer

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Eric Hession

Yes.

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there in occur leisure some the to as year-over-year. performance that the particular, in on And The of third of had commented, quarter, was declining a we events lack a didn't number city side. programming due

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Mark Frissora

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to on year-over-year fourth increase anniversary on three cuts So the quarters, those great given as improvement they basis, a anticipated weren't out the in as that be were quarter. the first in

Operator

Kelley next of from Shaun with America. comes Bank line question Your of the

Your open. line is now

Shaun Kelley

running roughly for X% a on the guidance, the quarter. Eric, maybe you're less little up same for just guiding stick dig in to X% half, X% than that. zero a with And the third same, kind of so maybe to the you're the question, little but first we as then deeper

you was sounds then, question a it of kind end and you hit is again, of sort for mechanically way And around business X%? could mathematically not even here two a if you of you the visibility number? to have question what is like how low also, the quarter? even could materializing then obvious to you thought kind those really So maybe sort month you points, or in like of the on elaborate visibility what close-in or late-breaking the think a X% And you it just mark of a to acceleration So would of outlook what RevPAR get of would X% kind fourth do sort this your have need or ago? in

Eric Hession

sure. Yes,

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Mark Frissora

seeing momentum September. we And are positive in

something volume. have indicate numbers a that we we of So of on kind kind is, what that that that's obviously, both well demand as as have year-over-year rate

as as in August, we think cautious but caused us well we how July as softening, how we which, provide and about RevPAR saw So, again, obviously, be about well. guidance to some

Shaun Kelley

And mean, beginning we let's from provided you are clear, probably May, outlook? then? were, you were materially when something were looking that's you they kind the thinking your of last say, and we deteriorate did like what of July seeing be just August, I at different quite then to from about where I in mean,

Mark Frissora

Yes. That's correct.

Operator

Your Chad comes with the Macquarie. Beynon next line question from of

open. line Your is

Chad Beynon

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Eric Hession

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Chad Beynon

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Eric Hession

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Operator

from question the line next of Harry Your Curtis with comes Instinet.

open. is line Your

Harry Curtis

out you this, bag third pace about well How cat's are of now on think going confidence quarter. third deal fourth that the booked I on into What's of the great third you? had in booking quarter? the quarter, a quarter, this the that the your

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Mark Frissora

think, I we through I the No. don't like end the look the of first of year. all, bookings know think what

we so our don't concern have in And forecast.

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panic ended Vegas So being some It's reason think reason it we than why this to is explain a or weak. to is weaker anticipated. not up

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Eric Hession

are that very group No, strong in say only the bookings to QX.

quite us that the So incremental solid. is confidence that because gives business

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Harry Curtis

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Eric Hession

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Operator

James the of Bank next Your from question America. comes Kayler line with of

James Kayler

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Eric Hession

we business, the some well market to and the allocating through would re-financing's. providing deleveraging Yes. directional What as as we growth repurchase of that be done that projected looked is what then balance core provided well over capital and or capital acquisitions repurchase business, that as the We've to reinvest core a availability amount through is of available need potential our with everybody as horizon. the cash also plan. guidance the on of needed obviously we've we've amount we've in to And at think Then identified that. there the cash a debt the in

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Operator

Your next Katz of David question comes line with from Jefferies the

David Katz

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Eric Hession

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Mark Frissora

Yes.

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David Katz

the in XX Right. quarter year shows last you third referenced? I that know those were

Mark Frissora

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David Katz

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Mark Frissora

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David Katz

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Mark Frissora

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Operator

There Presenters, time. are no continue. at further please questions this

Joyce Arpin

call. We'll the next talk to Okay. for joining. on Thank everyone, you, you

Operator

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