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Red Rock Resorts Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End 2019 Results




Red Rock Resorts, Inc. reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2019.

Net revenues were $460.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, an increase of 6.8%, or $29.3 million, from $431.5 million for the same period of 2018. The increase in net revenues was primarily due to an increase in Las Vegas operations, led by an increase in net revenues at the Palms Casino Resort (the “Palms”).

Net income was $6.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, a decrease of 48.1%, or $6.3 million, from $13.2 million for the same period of 2018. The decrease in net income was primarily due to a one-time charge related to Company’s purchase of its formerly leased corporate office building and the extinguishment of the lease financing obligation related thereto.

Adjusted EBITDA(1) was $137.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, an increase of 1.8%, or $2.5 million, from $135.1 million in the same period of 2018. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to an increase in Las Vegas operations other than the Palms, partially offset by a decrease in Adjusted EBITDA at the Palms.


For the full year, net revenues were $1.86 billion in 2019, an increase of 10.4%, or $175.5 million, from $1.68 billion for the same period of 2018.  The increase in net revenues was primarily due to a $170.8 million increase in Las Vegas operations, led by an increase in net revenues at the Palms.

For the full year, net loss was $6.7 million in 2019, compared to net income of $219.5 million in 2018. The decrease in net income was primarily due to (i) a decrease in the fair value of derivative instruments, (ii) an increase in write downs and other charges including the termination of certain artist performance agreements and employment arrangements at the Palms and (iii) higher depreciation and amortization relating to the Palms redevelopment project.  The change from the prior year was also impacted by a gain recognized in 2018 associated with the extinguishment of a tax receivable liability.

For the full year, Adjusted EBITDA was flat at $509.0 million in 2019 when compared to 2018. The flat year-over-year Adjusted EBITDA was primarily the result of an increase in Las Vegas operations other than the Palms, offset by a decrease in Adjusted EBITDA at the Palms.

Las Vegas Operations

Net revenues from Las Vegas operations were $437.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, an increase of 6.9%, or $28.5 million, from $409.5 million in the same period of 2018.  Adjusted EBITDA from Las Vegas operations was $125.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, an increase of 3.7%, or $4.5 million, from $121.0 million in the same period of 2018.


Native American Management

Adjusted EBITDA from Native American operations was $19.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, a 3.9% increase from $19.1 million in the same period of 2018 due to increased management fees generated under the Graton Resort management agreement.

Balance Sheet Highlights

The Company’s cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2019 were $128.8 million and total principal amount of debt outstanding at the end of the fourth quarter was $3.076 billion. The Company’s debt to Adjusted EBITDA and interest coverage ratios at December 31. 2019 were 4.96x and 4.37x, respectively.

Quarterly Dividend


The Company’s Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.10 per Class A common share for the first quarter of 2020. The dividend will be payable on March 27, 2020 to all stockholders of record as of the close of business on March 13, 2020.

Prior to the payment of such dividend, Station Holdco LLC (“Station Holdco”) will make a cash distribution to all unit holders of record, including the Company, of $0.10 per unit for a total distribution of approximately $11.7 million, approximately $7.0 million of which is expected to be distributed to the Company and approximately $4.7 million of which is expected to be distributed to the other unit holders of record of Station Holdco.


SOURCE Red Rock Resorts, Inc.


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The Cordish Companies Celebrates Major Construction Milestone During “Topping Off” Ceremony for New $270+ Million Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana Project





LRGC Gaming Investors LLC, an affiliate of The Cordish Companies, marked a significant milestone in the construction of the first land-based casino in the Shreveport-Bossier market during the “Topping Off” ceremony for the new $270+ Million Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana, a project that will serve as a regional destination for world-class gaming, dining, entertainment, and hotel amenities.

The Cordish Companies and General Contractor AnderCorp were joined by State of Louisiana, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Former Secretary of State, Kyle Ardoin; Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Chris Hebert; Louisiana State Senator Sam L. Jenkins, Jr.; Bossier City Mayor Thomas Chandler; Bossier Parish Police Jury President Philip Rodgers, along with dozens of other state and local elected officials, and regional business, community and tourism leaders, to celebrate the final commemorative beam being raised to complete the superstructure of the new world-class property.

“Today marks an incredibly special day for The Cordish Companies as we continue to expand our Live! brand in the Southeast region of the country with the development of Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana. With the first land-based casino in the market, Live! Casino & Hotel will be a transformative development that will bring a first-class gaming and entertainment experience to millions of visitors, create significant new jobs, and generate millions of dollars in economic benefits for the community for generations to come,” said Rob Norton, President of Cordish Gaming Group, the gaming division of The Cordish Companies.

Located along the scenic Red River in Bossier City, directly across from Shreveport, Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana will feature more than 47,000-square-feet of gaming space; 1000+ slots and electronic table games; 40+ live action table games; a sportsbook; an upscale 550-room hotel, resort pool and fitness center; a 25,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, multi-purpose Event Center for top name entertainment, meeting, conventions, non-profit and social gatherings; a 31-site RV park with concrete pads and full hook-ups; structured and surface parking; and 30,000-square-feet of best-in-class dining entertainment venues with new food and beverage outlets.


The project, which is scheduled to open in Q1 2025, is projected to generate more than $35 million in gaming tax revenues for Bossier City and more than $168 million for the State of Louisiana within its first five years of operation and create approximately 1500 new jobs including 750 new construction jobs and approximately 750 permanent jobs for local and regional residents.

Careers will be available in every field, including hotel operations, finance, marketing, human resources, information technologies, food and beverage, facilities, security and surveillance and casino operations. Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana will also purchase tens of millions of dollars in goods and services in the region. As recognized leaders in community outreach with unparalleled track records of supporting local and regional businesses, The Cordish Companies is committed to ensuring contract opportunities for local, MBE/WBE, and veteran-owned companies.

“I am honored to lead the board at such an exciting time for the gaming industry in Louisiana. Our team has worked so hard to establish this first land-based casino in the Bossier market, and we are ecstatic to be one step closer to realizing it with today’s topping off of Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana,” Chris Hebert, Chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, said.

“We have already seen the benefits that Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana has brought to Bossier City. As we get closer to opening this landmark property, our anticipation continues to build, and I couldn’t be happier for my community and more appreciative of Live! for its partnership and positive impact,” Thomas Chandler, Mayor of Bossier City, said.

“Bossier Parish is very excited to have Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana that will soon become a destination for many locals and visitors. We are very thankful for the investment they are making in this area and cannot wait to see it to completion,” Philip Rodgers, President of the Bossier Parish Police Jury, said.


“Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana is a spectacular one-stop destination for excitement for everyone from gaming enthusiasts, foodies, sports fans, concert goers or just locals and visitors looking for their next night out. Hundreds of men and women are working hard to make sure that this property will be unforgettable the moment it opens its doors, promising an experience that will entice visitors from near and far to return again and again. Today marks a significant milestone in this journey, and we eagerly anticipate showcasing all the incredible offerings we have planned for early 2025,” John J. Chaszar, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Live! Casino & Hotel Louisiana, said.

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Sac & Fox Casino and CasinoTrac Partner for CMS Upgrade





Table Trac Inc. announced a new agreement to replace a competitor’s system with the CasinoTrac casino management system at Sac & Fox Casino in Powhattan, KS.

Eric Wright, General Manager of Sac & Fox Casino, stated: “CasinoTrac has come a long way since I first worked with the system. It should easily accomplish what we need at our property.”

Chad Hoehne, President of Table Trac, stated: “Eric and his team really put us to the test, drilling deep into the CasinoTrac revenue audit and accounting functions for compliance with their audit standards. These exercises were diligent and necessary in earning their trust, business, and our 41st Native American tribal partnership.”

Sac & Fox Casino will deploy PlayerLINQ-CasinoTrac’s 6.2” touchscreen player tracking interface, CTLoyalty for all patron marketing, promotions, and bonusing administration and management, KioskTrac promotional games with account management, and slot accounting solutions.

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Rush Street Appoints Susan Foster as General Manager of Rivers Casino Philadelphia





Rush Street Gaming announced that international gaming executive Susan Foster has been appointed general manager of Rivers Casino Philadelphia.

“Having worked in various gaming jurisdictions in America and several other countries, I’m both an advocate for and an example of the tremendous opportunities casino gaming provides. I’m very excited to be back in Pennsylvania at such a dynamic property,” Foster said.

Foster began her casino career as a table games dealer in the UK, Nigeria, and the Bahamas. She later spent 14 years in Mississippi at Grand Casino & Resort and Bally’s Entertainment, where she led table games and poker operations. She then served as director of table games for Odawa Casino in Michigan, before accepting her first Pennsylvania job with Harrah’s Philadelphia.

While at Harrah’s, Foster received Caesars Entertainment’s highest award for excellence in leadership. Thereafter, Foster transitioned from the gaming floor to casino operations in 2015 with Hollywood Casino, where she served as vice president of operations at multiple Penn Entertainment properties for nearly a decade. Her direct responsibilities included the performance and operations of slots, table games, poker, food and beverage, environmental services, security, facilities, and various hotels.


Foster joined Rivers Casino Philadelphia in April 2024 as assistant general manager. She succeeds Eric Althaus, who recently departed the Philly property.

“Susan’s broad worldview of gaming operations has significantly benefited Rush Street since she joined last spring. Her history and familiarity with the southeastern PA gaming market has proven to be a great advantage for Rivers Philly,” Tim Drehkoff, CEO of Rush Street Gaming, said.

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