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"While weather-related property closures in the Atlantic City Region impacted our overall third-quarter results, we saw strengthening fundamentals in our Nevada and international operations.  We also made significant progress on an exciting growth agenda aimed at expanding our distribution network, increasing the strength of our core brands and streamlining our organization."

Gary Loveman, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Caesars Entertainment Corporation


  • Horseshoe Cincinnati opening in 2Q13
  • MA: Last week the House and Senate voted in favor of 3 casinos in the state and slots at one racetrack
  • International: Formed CZR Global Life earlier this year to pursue international opportunities in gaming and non-gaming jurisdictions.  Expect to develop 25 resorts through China over the next 5 years.
  • Las Vegas: Group business is growing, hotel occupancy is in the mid 90's.  Expect continued growth in this region.
  • Mid-West and South were impacted by heightened competition although rated spend per visit has increased
  • They will be facing continued pressure from Des Plaines casino - especially on their retail play
  • If not for Irene, trends would have improved in AC
  • $21.4BN of face value debt at the end of the Q
  • Capex spend for 2011: $280MM and $350MM
  • VIP segment was particularly strong in Las Vegas
  • Trends for group bookings look strong for the balance of the year in Las Vegas
  • Net revenues were down just 2.3% in AC excluding August. 
  • Trips were impacted by refinements in their marketing strategy - namely, they are only focused on their higher end customer / higher value customers
  • Lake Tahoe properties had a particularly strong quarter


  • The competitive onslaught is abating slightly from Des Plaines casino.  We haven't seen it yet.
  • Their results were negatively impacted by lower hold in Las Vegas - hold impact was over $20MM. 
  • They try to have a value proposition in front of their higher value customers but otherwise they are not getting more promotional
  • Iowa and Missouri - while revenues were flat, margins improved.  MS and Chicago area: they were negatively impacted by competition and that's where their tepid demand comments were targeted.
  • Rates for Vegas in 2012 so far?
    • Looks pretty strong despite some difficult comps in 1H. 
  • Process and timing for Baltimore.  Present their qualifications on Monday November 14th to the authorities. Hope to get a favorable ruling by early 2012 at which point they can proceed.
  • Ohio horseman and transfer tax: Bid ask spread between the horseman and the tracks. Expect to reach a resolution shortly on the tax rate.
  • MA:  Gary Loveman's guess - Expect that bidders can present themselves - makes RFP submissions around Easter next year.  Think that winners would be announced towards YE in 2012.  Then the question is whether they would allow temporary facilities or just permanent ... so in theory you could have something as early as 2013. 
  • Impact from Aqueduct: 
    • Volumes at their AC haven't changed since Aqueduct opened (only 8-9 days) 
  • Why didn't they purchase any debt during the 3rd quarter?
    • Have a tremendous amount of high growth opportunities to invest in 
  • Trends that they are seeing in the beginning of the 4Q are the same as the 3rd.  Good in Vegas, stable in AC, and moderating competitive trends elsewhere.
  • Project Renewable will continue into 1Q12
  • They do not have business interruption insurance for closures in AC
  • Discussion has picked up momentum in allowing Integrated Resorts in the Asian Region given the success in Macau and more recently Singapore.  Does think that there is interest in Japan as well as in Taiwan. 
  • Baltimore: They are targeting about 1-1.5 miles from Wrigley Field- towards I-95.  There would be a number of equity participants including themselves should they win the license.
  • Mix was 17% Group in Las Vegas, 50% casino, and the remainder FIT and wholesale.  Wholesale room declined and group bookings increased in the quarter.
  • Florida opportunity?
    • Very desirable to them.  If they pursue that opportunity, it would be in partnership with someone else.  There should be other opportunities in regional Florida that are also attractive to them.
  • Feels favorably that a poker bill will pass 
  • $150MM of spending on the Octavius and Link project
  • Not sure about the impact of Revel on their AC property.  Decisions about non-union and non-smoking were aggressive by Revel.
  • Planet Hollywood is doing very well for them; they are very confident that they will hit $100MM of EBITDA there - are close on a run-rate basis now.
  • Maintenance covenant: well within compliance
  • How quickly after a legalization vote can CZR offer online poker? 
    • Thinks a year to 14 months is probably the fastest 


  • 3Q11 "revenues decreased 1.5 percent to $2,254.0 million...The decrease primarily reflects... Hurricane Irene..., which... caused temporary closures of four of our properties in the Atlantic City region during one of the final weekends of the peak summer season. The Company estimates that the closures reduced revenues by approximately $22 million to $27 million and reduced Income from operations and Property EBITDA by approximately $15 million to $20 million. New competition in July 2011 caused unfavorable comparisons in the Illinois/Indiana region. These declines were partially offset by positive fundamentals in the Las Vegas and Other Nevada regions as well as the Uruguay and London Clubs properties"
  • 3Q'11 performance stats/regional datapoints:
    • Consolidated trips: -5.1% 
      • LV: +3.0%
      • AC: -3.3% for lodgers and 7.0% for non-lodgers
      • Other markets: -6.7%
    • Spend per trip: +3.0%
      • LV: +3.1%
      • AC: -2.2% for lodgers and 1.5% for non-lodgers
      • Other markets: +4.1%
    • Cash ADR: +7.4%
      • LV: +9.5%
    • Occupancy: +1.3%
      • LV: +3.3%
    • Hotel revenues:
      • LV: +10.8%
    • [Declines in Other Markets (non-AC/LV)] "Trip declines in both periods can be attributed to more focused marketing targeted to certain customer segments."
    • LA/MS: "Net revenues in the region decreased for the 2011 third quarter due to decreased trips. However, spend per trip increased"
    • IA/MO: "Net revenues in the region decreased... due to increased competitive pressures in the region and reduced trips. However, spend per trip increased."
    • IL/IN: "Revenues in the region decreased ... due to new competition and limited direct access by customers to one of our properties caused by a bridge closure, both of which resulted in a decline in trips, although, spend per trip increased."
    • Other Nevada: "Net revenues... rose... due in part to increased trips"
    • Managed/International: "Net revenue increases ... were attributable to increases in spend per trip at the Company's Uruguay and London Clubs properties"
  • "During the quarter, our efficiency initiatives and organizational realignments not only produced $85.0 million in additional cost savings but are also expected to expedite decision-making and increase our effectiveness"
  • "We also made great strides during the third quarter on our two casino-development projects with Rock Gaming LLC in Ohio, the first of which is scheduled to open next March, and on the 662-room expansion of the Octavius Tower in Las Vegas, which is scheduled to open in early January. Caesars leads the group that is the only qualified bidder for a slot facility gaming license in Baltimore and we are closely following gaming-expansion opportunities in Massachusetts, where we've formed a partnership with Suffolk Downs"
  • "Caesars Palace Longmu Bay, a five-star luxury resort on Hainan Island -- broke ground during the third quarter. We are working with a subsidiary of Jiangsu Guoxin Investment Group Limited, one of the premier investment and development companies in China, to develop and manage the non-gaming resort. We continue to seek other opportunities in the region for both gaming and non-gaming development projects"