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MGM Resorts International Reports Strong First Quarter Financial And Operating Results

Increases Wholly Owned Domestic Resorts Net Revenue and Adjusted Property EBITDA by 3% and 24%Successfully Completes Largest IPO in 2016 Year-to-Date with MGM Growth PropertiesStrengthens Financial Position with the Receipt of $1.6 Billion Cash from the MGM Growth Properties IPO and a Special Distribution from the Sale of The Shops at Crystals

LAS VEGAS, May 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- MGM Resorts International MGM, +0.14% ("MGM Resorts" or the "Company") today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2016.

Key achievements include:

  • Wholly owned domestic resorts Adjusted Property EBITDA increased by 24%;
  • Highest margins since 2007 for Adjusted Property EBITDA at wholly owned domestic resorts;
  • Las Vegas Strip REVPAR increased by 8%;
  • Profit Growth Plan contributed approximately $54 million of Adjusted Property EBITDA growth at wholly owned domestic resorts;
  • MGM Growth Properties ("MGP") completed its $1.2 billion initial public offering, successfully highlighting the significant value in the Company's premier real estate assets;
  • CityCenter sold The Shops at Crystals for $1.1 billion, resulting in a $540 million distribution to MGM Resorts; and
  • Completed the opening of The Park, an outdoor pedestrian area with dining and entertainment, and the T-Mobile Arena, a 20,000-seat theater venue, both on the Las Vegas Strip.

"MGM Resorts delivered an exceptional quarter, generating strong financial results while completing significant strategic achievements," said Jim Murren, Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts. "Our wholly owned domestic resorts reported the strongest Adjusted Property EBITDA since 2007, as well as an impressive 524 basis point increase in Adjusted Property EBITDA margins, demonstrating the strength of our operations and success of our Profit Growth Plan. Our recent landmark accomplishments, including the completion of MGP's initial public offering and its concurrent debt financings, as well as the sale of CityCenter's The Shops at Crystals, underscore our ability to deliver significant shareholder value and drive sustainable, long-term growth for our company."

Key results for the first quarter of 2016 include:

  • Net revenue at the Company's wholly owned domestic resorts increased 3% compared to the prior year quarter, or 4% excluding Circus Circus Reno, Railroad Pass, and the Company's properties in Jean Nevada, which were sold during 2015;
  • Rooms revenue at wholly owned domestic resorts increased 7%, with an 8% increase in REVPAR [(1)] at the Company's Las Vegas Strip resorts, compared to the prior year quarter;
  • The Company's wholly owned domestic resorts earned Adjusted Property EBITDA [(2)] of $485 million, a 24% increase compared to the prior year quarter;
  • Wholly owned domestic resorts Adjusted Property EBITDA margin was 30%, a 524 basis point increase compared to the prior year quarter;
  • MGM China's net revenue of $469 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $114 million, a decrease of 26% and 23%, respectively, compared to the prior year quarter; and
  • CityCenter Adjusted EBITDA related to resort operations of $92 million, a 30% increase compared to the prior year quarter.

First Quarter Consolidated Results

Diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2016 was $0.12, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.33 in the prior year quarter. Current quarter net income was impacted by an increase in the effective tax rate from a benefit of 36% in the prior year quarter to a provision of 19% in the current year quarter primarily as a result of a decrease in the amount of foreign tax credits that we expect to benefit in 2016. The prior year quarter benefited from a $0.09 per share gain related to CityCenter's final resolution of its construction litigation and remaining settlements.

The following table lists certain other items that affect the comparability of the current and prior year quarterly results (approximate EPS impact shown, net of tax, per share; negative amounts represent charges to income):

Three months ended March 31,


2016



2015


Preopening and start-up expenses


$

(0.02)



$

(0.02)


Property transactions, net



(0.01)





Income (loss) from unconsolidated affiliates:









Harmon-related property transactions, net






0.09


Crystals-related property transactions, net



(0.01)





Wholly Owned Domestic Resorts

Casino revenue related to wholly owned domestic resorts increased 4%, excluding the operations sold during 2015, compared to the prior year quarter, due primarily to an increase in table games revenue. Table games hold percentage in the first quarter of 2016 was 22.4% compared to 20.1% in the prior year quarter, while table games volume decreased 6% compared to the prior year quarter. Slots revenue increased 2%, excluding the operations sold during 2015, compared to the prior year quarter.

Rooms revenue increased 7%, with an increase in Las Vegas Strip REVPAR of 8%. The following table shows key hotel statistics for the Company's Las Vegas Strip resorts:

Three months ended March 31,


2016



2015


Occupancy %



91%




90%


Average Daily Rate (ADR)


$

162



$

152


Revenue per Available Room (REVPAR)


$

147



$

136


Wholly owned domestic resorts Adjusted Property EBITDA was $485 million in the first quarter of 2016, a 24% increase compared to the prior year quarter, and was positively affected by approximately $54 million of incremental Adjusted Property EBITDA as a result of the Company's Profit Growth Plan initiatives. Operating income for the Company's wholly owned domestic resorts increased 33% for the first quarter of 2016 compared to the prior year quarter.

Corporate Expense

Corporate expense was $71 million, an increase of $21 million compared to the prior year quarter. The current year quarter included $7 million of costs incurred to implement initiatives related to the Profit Growth Plan and $7 million of costs incurred in connection with the MGM Growth Properties transactions.

MGM China

Key first quarter results for MGM China include:

  • Net revenue of $469 million, a 26% decrease compared to the prior year quarter;
  • Main floor table games revenue decreased 8% compared to the prior year quarter;
  • VIP table games revenue decreased 41% due to a decrease in turnover of 34% compared to the prior year quarter, and hold percentage decreased to 3.0% in the current year quarter, compared to 3.3% in the prior year quarter;
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $114 million, a 23% decrease compared to the prior year quarter, including $8 million of license fee expense in the current year quarter and $11 million in the prior year quarter;
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin increased by 77 basis points compared to the prior year quarter to 24% as a result of an increase in main floor table games mix and continuous efforts to reduce costs; and
  • Operating income of $47 million, compared to operating income of $72 million in the prior year quarter.

Unconsolidated Affiliates

The following table summarizes information related to the Company's share of income (loss) from unconsolidated affiliates:

Three months ended March 31,


2016



2015




(In thousands)


CityCenter


$

(9,149)



$

101,601


Borgata



19,550




11,983


Other



4,301




3,797




$

14,702



$

117,381


On April 14, 2016, CityCenter Holdings, LLC ("CityCenter") closed the sale of The Shops at Crystals ("Crystals") for approximately $1.1 billion. CityCenter previously announced a $1.08 billion distribution consisting of a $990 million special distribution in connection with the sale and a $90 million distribution as part of its annual distribution policy. On May 4, 2016, the Company received $540 million, its 50% share of the distributions.

CityCenter's results for the first quarter of 2016 included $61 million of accelerated depreciation associated with the April 2016 closure of the Zarkana theatre, and an $18 million charge related to obligations in connection with the sale of Crystals. Results for the first quarter of 2015 included a $160 million gain related to the final resolution of its construction litigation and remaining settlements. Excluding the impact of these items, the Company's income from unconsolidated affiliates related to CityCenter was $31 million for the first quarter of 2016, compared to $22 million in the prior year quarter.

Results for CityCenter for the first quarter of 2016 include the following (see schedules accompanying this release for further detail on CityCenter's first quarter results):

  • Net revenue from resort operations of $302 million, a 6% increase compared to the prior year quarter;
  • Adjusted EBITDA from resort operations of $92 million, an increase of 30% compared to the prior year quarter; this was positively affected by approximately $10 million of incremental Adjusted EBITDA attributable to Profit Growth Plan initiatives;
  • Adjusted EBITDA at Aria of $81 million increased by 33% compared to the prior year quarter;
  • Aria's table games volume increased 5% and table games hold percentage was 23.8%, compared to 24.3% in the prior year quarter;
  • Record REVPAR at Aria of $230, a 5% increase compared to the prior year quarter; and
  • Record REVPAR at Vdara of $190, a 10% increase compared to the prior year quarter, and a 16% increase in Adjusted EBITDA compared to the prior year quarter.

CityCenter reported an operating loss of $27 million, including $61 million of accelerated depreciation as discussed above, for the first quarter of 2016, compared to operating income of $176 million in the prior year quarter, as a result of the factors described above.

The Company's income from unconsolidated affiliates related to Borgata for the first quarter of 2016 increased 63%, compared to the prior year quarter, due to higher casino revenue as well as lower property tax expense due to the application of credits from a prior tax court judgment to Borgata's first quarter property tax payment.

MGM Growth Properties

"This was an exciting quarter for MGM Resorts, in part because of the successful initial public offering of MGM Growth Properties," said Mr. Murren. "Not only did the offering price at the top of the price range, it was the largest IPO in 2016 to-date. Importantly, this transaction provided MGM Resorts' shareholders with numerous strategic and financial benefits, including enhancements to our balance sheet."

On April 25, 2016, MGP, a subsidiary of the Company, completed its initial public offering of 57,500,000 Class A shares (inclusive of the full exercise by the underwriters of their option to purchase 7,500,000 Class A shares) at a price to the public of $21.00 per share (the "IPO") for proceeds of approximately $1.1 billion, after deducting underwriting discounts and offering expenses. The proceeds of the IPO were used by MGP to purchase operating partnership units in the operating partnership that holds the real estate associated with Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, New York-New York, Luxor, Monte Carlo, Excalibur, The Park, MGM Grand Detroit, Beau Rivage and Gold Strike Tunica. A subsidiary of MGP is the general partner of the operating partnership.

The Company will continue to hold a controlling interest in MGP through its ownership of MGP's Class B share. In addition, certain of the Company's subsidiaries will directly hold a majority economic interest in, and will participate in distributions made by, the operating partnership, through their ownership of approximately 73% of the partnership units of the operating partnership.

In connection with the transactions described above, the operating partnership assumed approximately $4 billion of bridge facility indebtedness from the Company, which was repaid by the operating partnership with the proceeds of the IPO and concurrent bank and bond debt financing transactions.

Financial Position

The Company's cash balance at March 31, 2016 was $1.7 billion, which included $595 million at MGM China. At March 31, 2016, the Company had $2.7 billion of borrowings outstanding under its $3.9 billion senior secured credit facility, $1.6 billion...


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