Red Rock Resorts Earnings Call Notes

Red Rock Resorts
Sometimes I listen to earnings calls and find useful information. Today wasn’t one of those days. I’ll share my notes since I took them. I was expecting more from Red Rock Resorts (parent company to Station Casinos) since this was their first call since going public and announcing their intent to buy Palms.

Interest seemed low from the brokerage houses. There were only 3 questions. That’s less than half of what Boyd Gaming received and maybe about 5% of what MGM Resorts receives. Anyway, enjoy.

Palms

Largest non-REIT IPO of the year.

Palms has 1250 slots and 48 table games – no mention of sports book.

Palms is in one of the lowest areas in Las Vegas for Boarding Pass members.

No plans to spend money on Palms today. Will evaluate how to best spend money in future.

View Palms on par with Red Rock and Green Valley Ranch.

Overall

Gaming and non-gaming up. Slots & tables up. No mention of sports.

 

Red Rock Resorts To Acquire Palms

Palms Casino Hotel Towers
Palms

It was a rumor yesterday and it’s confirmed today.

Red Rock Resorts Announces Agreement to Acquire Palms Casino Resort

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Red Rock Resorts, Inc. (“Red Rock Resorts”, “we” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: RRR) today announced that Station Casinos LLC has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Palms Casino Resort (the “Palms”) in Las Vegas, Nevada for total cash consideration of $312.5 million.

“With the acquisition of the Palms we gain a leading gaming asset in Las Vegas with key strategic benefits in the Las Vegas locals market and close proximity to the Las Vegas Strip,” said Marc Falcone, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Red Rock Resorts. “With its appeal to both Las Vegas residents and tourists alike, the Palms is a hybrid gaming property that is uniquely positioned to benefit from the strong economic trends in Southern Nevada and record visitation levels in Las Vegas. With our experience owning and operating other hybrid offerings in Las Vegas, it is a compelling strategic addition to our portfolio of properties and we look forward to welcoming the Palms’ team members to our Company.”

“We are very proud of our team members for their hard work, dedication and commitment to guest service and the community,” said Palms Chief Executive Officer Todd Greenberg. “We are extremely excited for all the great opportunities our team members will have with Red Rock Resorts and Station Casinos.”

Factoring in anticipated synergies, the Company estimates that the Palms will generate $35 million in EBITDA during the Company’s first full year of ownership, resulting in an implied multiple of 8.8 times EBITDA for the transaction. The Company expects the acquisition to be accretive to earnings per share and free cash flow positive in first full year of operations.

Located directly across I-15 from the core of the Las Vegas Strip, Palms features a 95,000-square-foot casino with approximately 1,250 slots and 48 table games, a race and sportsbook, approximately 710 hotel rooms across two towers with 85 suites and 19 penthouses, 599 AAA Four Diamond award-winning condos, 15 fine dining and casual restaurants (including the award-winning N9NE Steakhouse and Nova Italiano), 60,000 square-feet of meeting and convention space, Ghostbar Nightclub, the 2,500 seat Pearl Theater, luxury spa, two acre Palms Pool and year-round Palms Place Pool, and a 14 screen Brenden Theatres & IMAX movieplex.

The transaction is expected to close during the third quarter of 2016, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including the receipt of all required gaming approvals and the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP served as legal advisor to Red Rock Resorts, Inc. for the transaction. Macquarie Capital served as financial advisor and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP served as legal advisor to FP Holdings L.P. dba Palms Casino Resort.

The Company will discuss the transaction during its scheduled first quarter 2016 earnings conference call on Thursday, May 12 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Green Valley Ranch Sports Book Renovations Coming Soon

Red Rock Sports Book
Red Rock Sports Book Screens Coming To Green Valley Ranch Soon

It seems like every week there’s news about a sports book in Vegas getting an upgrade. That’s wonderful news to me! Last week Station Casinos said that they will be installing the same amazing screens from the Red Rock Resort sports book into another property.

The next Station casino to get the beautiful screen experience is none other than Green Valley Ranch.

Green Valley Ranch is the other top-tier Station property besides Red Rock so this renovation makes sense. The sports book at Green Valley Ranch is already one of the best things about that casino and this upgrade will only make it better. These new screens will probably make the Green Valley Ranch sports book the best you’ll find in the Henderson area.

Station Casinos says that installation on the new screens at the Green Valley Ranch sports book will be in the “near future.”

Each screen at Red Rock took a week to install. I’m not sure I see Green Valley Ranch potentially missing a screen during football season. I’m guessing Green Valley Ranch’s “near future” will be closer to February or March and in time for March Madness, but that’s just a guess.

Not to sound too hyperbolic but between the screen renovations at Red Rock, Green Valley Ranch and Westgate sports books there’s almost no reason to watch a game on the Vegas Strip.