MGM Resorts International Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year Financial And Operating Results

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) reported financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2019.

Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights:

Consolidated Results

  • Consolidated net revenues increased 4% compared to the prior year quarter to $3.2 billion;
  • Consolidated operating income increased to $3.0 billion compared to $336 million in the prior year quarter. The current year quarter included a $2.7 billion gain related to the Bellagio real estate transaction;
  • Net income attributable to MGM Resorts of $2.0 billion, including the $2.7 billion gain discussed above, compared to net loss attributable to MGM Resorts of $23 million in the prior year quarter;
  • Diluted earnings per share of  $3.91 in the current quarter compared to diluted loss per share of $0.06 in the prior year quarter;
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share (“Adjusted EPS”)(1) of $0.08 in the current quarter and Adjusted EPS was a loss per share of $0.03 in the prior year quarter; and
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDAR(2) decreased 3% to $682 million in the current quarter compared to $703 million in the prior year quarter, primarily attributable to a decrease in tables games revenues driven by Far East baccarat at the Company’s domestic resorts and the inclusion of $24 million in insurance proceeds in the prior year quarter. Excluding Circus Circus Las Vegas, which was sold in December 2019, and the impact of the insurance proceeds discussed above, consolidated Adjusted EBITDAR increased 3% compared to the prior year quarter.

“We are proud of the progress we made during 2019 as we took important steps to evolve our organization,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts. “However, our fourth quarter results were below our expectations, primarily due to lower than expected hold, weakness in Far East baccarat, and certain one-time items. All other dimensions of our business in Las Vegas performed on or ahead of plan. For full year 2019, we generated strong consolidated net revenue and Adjusted EBITDAR, which increased 10% and 6%, respectively, year over year. We are also executing on our stated MGM 2020 plan, which is realizing material cost savings and revenue enhancements and transforming the way we operate to position MGM Resorts for future growth and long-term value creation. Finally, we were pleased to return more than $1.3 billion to shareholders in the form of dividends and buybacks in 2019.”

“During the year, our team made meaningful strides in implementing our asset-light strategy to optimize our portfolio, strengthen our balance sheet and enhance free cash flow. This strategy is best positioning MGM Resorts for the future by providing the flexibility to invest in higher return growth opportunities. Following the monetization of the real estate of Bellagio and the sale of Circus Circus Las Vegas, we continued our momentum into the first quarter of 2020 with our announcement to monetize the real estate of MGM Grand Las Vegas. Our previously announced transactions are expected to provide total net cash proceeds to MGM Resorts of $8.2 billion, a portion of which we used to retire $3.1 billion of debt in the fourth quarter. We remain committed to reducing our net domestic financial leverage, excluding MGP, to approximately 1 time by year end 2020. We will have one of the strongest balance sheets in our industry and also the strongest in our recent history. Furthermore, with the expected launch of a modified Dutch auction tender offer tomorrow, we expect to continue to return value to shareholders on an efficient and expedited basis.”

Mr. Murren concluded, “Looking ahead, we remain focused on monetizing our remaining owned real estate assets, which we expect will allow us to invest into high growth initiatives such as Japan and sports, as well as continue to further fortify our balance sheet and return capital to shareholders.”

Las Vegas Strip Resorts

  • Net revenues increased 4% compared to the prior year quarter to $1.4 billion. Excluding Circus Circus Las Vegas, net revenues increased 5% compared to the prior year quarter;
  • Table Games Hold Adjusted Las Vegas Strip Resorts Net Revenues(3) increased 4% compared to the prior year quarter to $1.4 billion;
  • REVPAR(4) increased 6.4% compared to the prior year quarter;
  • Adjusted Property EBITDAR of $380 million, a 5% decrease compared to $401 million in the prior year quarter. The prior year quarter included $24 million in insurance proceeds. Excluding Circus Circus Las Vegas and the impact of the insurance proceeds discussed above, Adjusted Property EBITDAR increased 5% compared to the prior year quarter;
  • Table Games Hold Adjusted Las Vegas Strip Resorts Adjusted Property EBITDAR(2) of $392 million a 6% decrease compared to the prior year quarter. Excluding Circus Circus Las Vegas and the impact of the insurance proceeds discussed above, Table Games Hold Adjusted Las Vegas Strip Resorts Adjusted Property EBITDAR increased 4% compared to the prior year quarter; and
  • Adjusted Property EBITDAR margin of  26.6%, a 256 basis point decrease compared to the prior year quarter.  Excluding Circus Circus Las Vegas and the impact of the insurance proceeds discussed above, margins were flat compared to the prior year quarter.

Regional Operations

  • Net revenues increased 15% compared to the prior year quarter to $900 million, including $50 million in net revenues from Empire City Casino, which was acquired on January 29, 2019, and $68 million in net revenues from MGM Northfield Park’s operations, which was acquired from MGP on April 1, 2019;
  • Adjusted Property EBITDAR increased 14% compared the prior year quarter to $228 million; and
  • Adjusted Property EBITDAR margin of 25.4% in the current quarter, a 28 basis point decrease compared to the prior year quarter.

MGM China

  • Net revenues increased 6% compared to the prior year quarter to $727 million;
  • VIP Table Games Hold Adjusted MGM China Net Revenues(3) increased 6% compared to the prior year quarter to $703 million;
  • Adjusted Property EBITDAR increased 10% compared to the prior year quarter to $185 million;
  • VIP Table Games Hold Adjusted MGM China Adjusted Property EBITDAR(2) increased 11% compared to the prior year quarter to $177 million; and
  • Adjusted Property EBITDAR margin of  25.5% , a 94 basis point increase compared to the prior year quarter.

2020 Financial Targets

MGM Resorts expects several headwinds in calendar year 2020, certain of which the Company believes are unpredictable within an appropriate range of accuracy. As a result of the increased volatility in our business due to coronavirus as well as the market-wide weakness in Far East baccarat in Las Vegas, MGM Resorts believes it is appropriate to withdraw its fiscal 2020 full year financial targets. Our Macau casinos are currently closed.

“We have made significant changes as a company since 2018, when we announced our financial targets. We have advanced our transition to a more asset light business model and are successfully continuing to execute on our MGM 2020 plan,” said Corey Sanders, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of MGM Resorts. “While we are encouraged with the long-term outlook in most of our key segments, and are especially pleased with our underlying domestic business performance, we believe it is appropriate to withdraw our 2020 financial targets. Notwithstanding this decision, we are committed to growing free cash flow and Adjusted EBITDAR, moderating our capital expenditures and reducing the number of shares outstanding. The repurchase announced today is evidence of our continued confidence in our overall business and strategy, and we continue to believe in the value potential of MGM Resorts as we navigate the current environment.”

Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share

The following table reconciles diluted earnings (loss) per share (“EPS”) to Adjusted EPS (approximate EPS impact shown, per share; positive adjustments represent charges to income):

Three Months Ended December 31,

2019

2018

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

$

3.91

$

(0.06)

Preopening and start-up expenses

0.03

Property transactions, net

0.02

0.03

Business interruption insurance proceeds

(0.04)

Gain on Bellagio transaction

(5.20)

Restructuring

0.01

Non-operating expense:

     Loss on retirement of long-term debt

0.27

Foreign currency gain on MGM China senior notes

(0.01)

Items from unconsolidated affiliates:

Change in fair value of CityCenter swaps

(0.01)

0.01

Income tax impact on net income adjustments (1)

1.09

Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share

$

0.08

$

(0.03)

(1)

The income tax impact includes current and deferred income tax expense based upon the nature of the adjustment and the jurisdiction in which it occurs.

The prior year quarter included a non-recurring, non-cash income tax expense of $92 million, $0.17 per share on a diluted basis, not included in the table above, primarily resulting from guidance issued on certain international provisions of the U.S. Tax Cut and Jobs Act (“Tax Act”), including the treatment of foreign tax credits resulting from Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income and other provisions impacting foreign tax credit utilization.

Full Year 2019 Financial and Strategic Highlights:

Consolidated Results

  • Consolidated net revenues increased 10%  to $12.9 billion in 2019, compared to $11.8 billion in 2018;
  • Net income attributable to MGM Resorts of $2.0 billion in 2019, including the $2.7 billion gain discussed above, compared to $467 million in 2018;
  • Diluted earnings per share of $3.88 in 2019, compared to $0.81 in 2018;
  • Adjusted EPS of $0.77 in 2019, compared to Adjusted EPS of $0.95 in 2018; and
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDAR increased 6% to $3.0 billion in 2019, compared to $2.8 billion in 2018.

Las Vegas Strip Resorts

  • Net revenues increased 2% to $5.8 billion in 2019, compared to $5.7 billion in 2018;
  • Table Games Hold Adjusted Las Vegas Strip Resorts Net Revenues increased 3% to $5.9 billion in 2019, compared to $5.7 billion in 2018;
  • Adjusted Property EBITDAR decreased 4% to $1.6 billion in 2019, compared to $1.7 billion in 2018;
  • Table Games Hold Adjusted Las Vegas Strip Resorts Adjusted Property EBITDAR decreased 2% to $1.7 billion in 2019; and
  • Adjusted Property EBITDAR margin of 28.2% in 2019, a 167 basis point decrease compared to 2018.

Regional Operations

  • Net revenues increased 21% to $3.5 billion in 2019, including $193 million in net revenues from Empire City Casino, which was acquired on January 29, 2019, $200 million in net revenues from MGM Northfield Park’s operations, which was acquired from MGP on April 1, 2019, and a full year of operations at MGM Springfield, which opened on August 24, 2018, compared to $2.9 billion in 2018;
  • Adjusted Property EBITDAR increased 24% to $970 million in 2019, compared to $782 million in 2018; and
  • Adjusted Property EBITDAR margin of 27.3% in 2019, a 68 basis point increase compared to 2018.

MGM China

  • Net revenues increased 19%  to $2.9 billion in 2019, compared to $2.4 billion in 2018;
  • VIP Table Games Hold Adjusted MGM China Net Revenues increased 17% to $2.8 billion in 2019, compared to $2.4 billion in 2018;
  • MGM China Adjusted Property EBITDAR increased 28% to $735 million in 2019, compared to $574 million in 2018;
  • VIP Table Games Hold Adjusted MGM China Adjusted Property EBITDAR increased 25% to $706 million in 2019, compared to $563 million in 2018; and
  • Adjusted Property EBITDAR margin of 25.3% in 2019, a 185 basis point increase compared to 2018.

CityCenter

  • CityCenter net revenues increased to $1.3 billion in 2019, a 1% increase compared to 2018;
  • CityCenter Adjusted EBITDA(5) from resorts operations increased to $425 million in 2019, a 1% increase compared to 2018; and
  • CityCenter paid dividends of $180 million in 2019, of which MGM Resorts received its 50% share or $90 million.

Share Repurchases and Dividend Distributions

  • Distributed $271 million to shareholders during 2019 via the Company’s quarterly dividend of $0.13 per share; and
  • Repurchased $1.0 billion of the Company’s common stock during 2019.

Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share

The following table reconciles diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) to Adjusted EPS (approximate EPS impact shown, per share; positive adjustments represent charges to income):

Three Months Ended December 31,

2019

2018

Diluted earnings per share

$

3.88

$

0.81

Preopening and start-up expenses

0.01

0.22

Property transactions, net

0.52

0.08

Business interruption insurance proceeds

(0.04)

Gain on Bellagio transaction

(5.08)

Gain on sale of Grand Victoria

(0.08)

Restructuring

0.17

Non-operating expense:

      Loss on retirement of long-term debt

0.36

 Foreign currency gain on MGM China senior notes

(0.01)

Items from unconsolidated affiliates:

CityCenter property transactions, net

(0.01)

(0.02)

Change in fair value of CityCenter swaps

0.03

0.01

Income tax impact on net income adjustments (1)

0.90

(0.03)

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$

0.77

$

0.95

(1)

The income tax impact includes current and deferred income tax expense based upon the nature of the adjustment and the jurisdiction in which it occurs.

The current year included non-cash income tax charges totaling $0.10 per share on a diluted basis, not included in the table above, resulting from remeasurement of Macau deferred taxes due to the extension of  the Company’s sub-concession agreement in Macau, the recording of deferred state taxes resulting from the Empire City Casino transaction, and adjustments to the Company’s foreign tax credit valuation allowance. The prior year included non-recurring, non-cash income tax expense of $0.04 per share on a diluted basis, not included in the table above, for Tax Act adjustments, including the impact of guidance issued on certain international provisions mentioned above.

Las Vegas Strip Resorts

Casino revenue for the fourth quarter of 2019 decreased 4% compared to the prior year quarter at the Company’s Las Vegas Strip Resorts, due primarily to an 18% decrease in table games win driven by Far East baccarat, partially offset by a 2% increase in slots win.

The following table shows key gaming statistics for the Company’s Las Vegas Strip Resorts:

Three Months Ended December 31,

2019

2018

%
change

(Dollars in millions)

Table Games Drop

$865

$1,010

(14)%

Table Games Win %

21.1%

22.0%

Slots Handle

$3,416

$3,343

2%

Slots Hold %

9.1%

9.1%

Rooms revenue increased 5% at the Company’s Las Vegas Strip Resorts due to a  6.4%  increase in Las Vegas Strip Resorts REVPAR compared to the prior year quarter.

The following table shows key hotel statistics for the Company’s Las Vegas Strip Resorts:

Three Months Ended December 31,

2019

2018

%  
change

Occupancy %

89%

89%

Average Daily Rate (ADR)

$168

$159

5.8%

Revenue per Available Room (REVPAR)

$150

$141

6.4%

Food and beverage revenue increased 9% at the Company’s Las Vegas Strip Resorts compared to the prior year quarter due primarily to ramp-up of newly opened outlets at Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas and an increase in catering and banquets revenue.

Regional Operations

Casino revenue increased 18% compared to the prior year quarter at the Company’s Regional Operations, due primarily to the acquisition of Empire City Casino and the acquisition of MGM Northfield Park’s operations from MGM Growth Properties LLC (“MGP”).

The following table shows key gaming statistics for the Company’s Regional Operations:

Three Months Ended December 31,

2019

2018

%
change

(Dollars in millions)

Table Games Drop

$1,068

$1,093

(2)%

Table Games Win %

19.3%

20.6%

Slots Handle

$6,314

$5,525

14%

Slots Hold %

9.6%

9.2%

MGM China

Key fourth quarter results for MGM China Holdings Limited (“MGM China”) include:

  • Net revenues increased 6% compared to the prior year quarter to $727 million;
  • Main floor table games win increased 31% compared to the prior year quarter due to the addition of 25 new-to-market tables at MGM Cotai in 2019 and a 499 basis point increase in win percentage;
  • VIP table games win decreased 20% compared to the prior year quarter primarily as a result of a 33% decrease in turnover at MGM Macau;
  • Adjusted Property EBITDAR increased 10% to $185 million compared to $168 million in the prior year quarter. The current quarter included $13 million of license fee expense compared to $12 million in the prior year quarter; and
  • Adjusted Property EBITDAR margin was 25.5% in the current quarter compared to 24.5% in the prior year quarter, increasing primarily as a result of continued ramp-up of operations at MGM Cotai.

The following table shows key gaming statistics for MGM China:

Three Months Ended December 31,

2019

2018

%
change

(Dollars in millions)

VIP Table Games Turnover

$8,452

$10,981

(23)%

VIP Table Games Win %

3.4%

3.3%

Main Floor Table Games Drop

$2,105

$2,034

3%

Main Floor Table Games Win %

24.0%

19.0%

Corporate Expense

Corporate expense, including normal share-based compensation for corporate employees, was $119 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to $118 million in the prior year quarter. The current quarter included $3 million in corporate initiatives costs including costs to implement the MGM 2020 Plan and finance modernization costs and $2 million in transaction costs related to the work of the Real Estate Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors. The prior year quarter included $8 million in costs incurred to implement the MGM 2020 Plan and finance modernization initiatives.

Unconsolidated Affiliates

The following table summarizes information related to the Company’s share of income from unconsolidated affiliates:

Three Months Ended December 31,

2019

2018

(In thousands)

CityCenter

$

22,749

$

31,089

Other

(5,195)

1,400

$

17,554

$

32,489

Key fourth quarter results for CityCenter Holdings, LLC (“CityCenter”) include the following (see schedule accompanying this release for further detail on CityCenter’s fourth quarter results):

  • Net revenues were $302 million, a 10% decrease compared to the prior year quarter, due to a 31% decrease in casino revenues at Aria driven by decreases in Far East baccarat;
  • REVPAR at Aria increased 1% compared to the prior year quarter to $239;
  • REVPAR at Vdara increased 7% compared to the prior year quarter to $205; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA from resort operations was $88 million, a 21% decrease compared to the prior year quarter, primarily as a result of the decrease in casino revenues discussed above.

MGM Growth Properties

During the fourth quarter of 2019, the Company made rent payments to MGM Growth Properties Operating Partnership LP (“MGP Operating Partnership”) in the amount of $237 million and received distributions of $94 million from the MGP Operating Partnership. In December 2019, the Board of Directors of MGP approved a quarterly dividend of $0.47 per Class A share (which represents a dividend of $1.88 per share on an annualized basis) totaling $53 million, which was paid on January 15, 2020 to holders of record on December 31, 2019. The Company concurrently received a $94 million distribution attributable to its ownership of MGP Operating Partnership units.

MGM Resorts Dividend and Share Repurchases

On February 12, 2020, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.15 per share. The dividend will be payable on March 16, 2020 to holders of record on March 10, 2020.

During the current quarter, MGM Resorts repurchased approximately 12 million shares of its common stock at an average price of $32.06 per share for an aggregate amount of $393 million. Approximately $357 million remained available under the $2.0 billion share repurchase program as of December 31, 2019. All shares repurchased under the Company’s program have been retired.

Financial Position

The Company’s cash balance at December 31, 2019 was $2.3 billion, which included $420 million at MGM China and $202 million at the MGP Operating Partnership. At December 31, 2019, the Company had $11.3 billion of principal amount of indebtedness outstanding, including $4.4 billion outstanding at MGP Operating Partnership and $2.2 billion outstanding at MGM China. At December 31, 2019,  no amounts were drawn under the Company’s $1.5 billion revolving facility, $1.7 billion was outstanding under the $3.1 billion MGP Operating Partnership senior secured credit facility, and $667 million was outstanding under the $1.25 billion MGM China revolving credit facility.

In November 2019, the Company formed a venture with a subsidiary of Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, which acquired the Bellagio real estate assets from the Company and entered into a lease agreement with the Company to lease the real estate assets back to the Company. The Company received total consideration of $4.25 billion for the real estate assets, which consisted of a 5% equity interest in the venture and cash of approximately $4.2 billion. The Company used a portion of the net proceeds of the transaction to pay off all $750 million outstanding on its term loan A facility and fully paid down its revolving facility, and redeemed for cash all $267 million principal amount of its outstanding 5.250% senior notes due 2020, all $361 million principal amount of its outstanding 6.750% senior notes due 2020, and all $1.25 billion principal amount of its outstanding 6.625% senior notes due 2021.

In November 2019, MGP completed a registered offering of 18 million Class A shares. The MGP Operating Partnership used the proceeds from MGP’s equity offering to make prepayments of $65 million on its term loan A facility and $476 million on its term loan B facility.

About MGM Resorts International

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 29 unique hotel and destination gaming offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. Expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, the company recently acquired the operations of Empire City Casino in New York and Hard Rock Rocksino in Ohio, which was rebranded as MGM Northfield Park. In 2018, MGM Resorts opened MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, MGM COTAI in Macau, and the first Bellagio-branded hotel in Shanghai. The over 80,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies®.