ATLANTIC CITY — Caesars Entertainment Corp. and VICI Properties announced the sale of Bally’s Atlantic City to Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. for $25 million Friday morning.
The Wild Wild West Casino and The Book sports wagering facility will be shifted over to Caesars Atlantic City, according to the company.
VICI will receive approximately $19 million from the sale, while Caesars will receive approximately $6 million.
“We look forward to the reopening of Bally’s Atlantic City as soon as appropriate once the public health emergency related to COVID-19 has passed,” said Tony Rodio, CEO of Caesars Entertainment. “We appreciate Twin River’s commitment to this property, which has a great future ahead under its stewardship.”
The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other closing conditions. Bally’s Atlantic City will continue to be part of the Caesars Rewards network until closing.
“The sale of Bally’s Atlantic City demonstrates our ongoing commitment to work collaboratively with our tenants to optimize our individual businesses, even during these unprecedented times,” said John Payne, president and chief operating offier of VICI Properties. “This transaction allows us to maintain the existing financial terms of our master lease with Caesars and helps balance our geographic diversification as we work to complete the acquisition of Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City.”
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Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. owns and manages seven casinos, two casinos in Rhode Island, one in Mississippi, one in Delaware, and three casinos as well as a horse racetrack that has 13 authorized OTB licenses in Colorado. Properties include Twin River Casino Hotel (Lincoln, RI), Tiverton Casino Hotel (Tiverton, RI), Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Biloxi, MS), Dover Downs Hotel & Casino (Dover, DE), Golden Gates Casino (Black Hawk, CO), Golden Gulch Casino (Black Hawk, CO), Mardi Gras Casino (Black Hawk, CO) and Arapahoe Park racetrack (Aurora, CO). Its casinos range in size from 695 slots and 17 table games combined for Colorado facilities to properties with over 4,100 slots, 125 table games and 48 stadium gaming positions, along with hotel and resort amenities. Its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “TRWH.”
Twin River Worldwide Holdings to Acquire Three Casinos from Eldorado and Caesars
Transactions Expected to be Immediately Accretive to Earnings
Significantly Advances Ongoing Portfolio Diversification Strategy
PROVIDENCE, R.I., April 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: TRWH) (“Twin River” or the “Company”) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Eldorado Resorts, Inc. (“Eldorado”) to acquire Eldorado Shreveport Resort and Casino (“Shreveport”) in Shreveport, Louisiana and the Mont Bleu Resort Casino & Spa (“Mont Bleu”) in Lake Tahoe, Nevada for an aggregate purchase price of $155 million. Separately, the Company has entered into an agreement with Caesars Entertainment Corporation (“Caesars”) and Vici Properties Inc. (“Vici”) to acquire Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino (“Bally’s”) for $25 million in cash. The transactions are expected to be immediately accretive to earnings. The agreed upon purchase prices are subject to customary post-closing adjustments.
Together, these acquisitions significantly expand Twin River’s footprint into three additional U.S. states. The three properties combined contain 3,318 slots, 2,092 hotel rooms and 176 tables, in addition to 6,000 square feet of convention space at the Eldorado Shreveport Resort and Casino.
“These acquisitions represent a unique opportunity to continue executing on our expansion and diversification strategy at attractive valuation multiples,” commented George Papanier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Twin River. “We see significant opportunities to create cross marketing connections for customers at multiple Twin River locations, and we look forward to applying our proven operating and integration approach to drive incremental revenues and cash flows.”
Soo Kim, Chairman of the Twin River Board of Directors, stated, “This is a great deal for Twin River, and diversifies our business across eight states. It reaffirms our commitment to employees, customers and the communities in which we operate that Twin River will be stronger than ever.”
The Company is acquiring Shreveport’s operations and real estate and Mont Bleu’s operations. It has entered into an amended agreement with Mont Bleu’s landlord, including extension of the lease term to the end of 2035.
The Company’s proposed acquisition of these properties is subject to FTC approval and is conditioned upon consummation of the merger of Eldorado and Caesars.
The purchase price for these two properties on a combined basis represents an implied trailing twelve-month proforma earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) multiple of approximately 4.1x, excluding any potential impact from cost and revenue synergies.
Twin River’s agreement with Caesars and Vici is structured as an asset purchase, covering certain assets of Bally’s and the property on which they are operated. The Company will also acquire the license to build out a sports book and launch online sports betting and I-Gaming.
The Bally’s purchase price represents an implied trailing twelve-month EBITDA multiple of approximately 2.1x, excluding any potential impact from cost and revenue synergies.
- Shreveport is located in Shreveport, Louisiana. The property consists of approximately 1,400 slots, 54 tables, 403 hotel rooms and 6,000 sf of convention space.
- Mont Bleu is located in Lake Tahoe, Nevada and features approximately 418 slots, 17 tables and 438 hotel rooms.
- Bally’s is located in Atlantic City, New Jersey, with a prominent location in the center of the Atlantic City boardwalk. The property includes 1,500 slots, 105 tables and 1,251 hotel rooms.
“Despite the uncertainties presented by the current health crisis, we continue to execute our strategy to position Twin River for long-term growth and profitability,” Papanier added. “Completion of these transactions will meaningfully enhance our financial profile, while strengthening our presence in a number of key geographic markets.”
The Company plans to fund the transactions with a combination of cash on hand and the expected upsizing of the Company’s existing credit facility.
The Shreveport and Mont Bleu transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2021 and the Bally’s transaction is expected to close in late 2020 or early 2021, subject to receipt of FTC and gaming regulatory approvals, financing and other customary closing conditions.
About Twin River
Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. owns and manages seven casinos, two in Rhode Island, one in Mississippi, one in Delaware, and three casinos as well as a horse racetrack that has 13 authorized OTB licenses in Colorado. Properties include Twin River Casino Hotel (Lincoln, RI), Tiverton Casino Hotel (Tiverton, RI), Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Biloxi, MS), Dover Downs Hotel & Casino (Dover, DE), Golden Gates Casino (Black Hawk, CO), Golden Gulch Casino (Black Hawk, CO), Mardi Gras Casino (Black Hawk, CO), and Arapahoe Park racetrack (Aurora, CO). Its casinos range in size from 695 slots and 17 table games combined for its Colorado facilities to properties with over 4,100 slots, approximately 125 table games, and 48 stadium gaming positions, along with hotel and resort amenities. Its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “TRWH.”
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