LAS VEGAS, May 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR) (“CEC,” “Caesars,” “Caesars Entertainment,” or the “Company”) today reported first quarter of 2018 results as summarized in the discussion below, which highlights certain GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures on a consolidated basis.
First Quarter Highlights
First quarter net revenue increased $1 billion, from $966 million to $1.97 billion, due to the inclusion of the results of CEOC, LLC (“CEOC”), which emerged from bankruptcy in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Net loss improved $473 million, from $507 million to $34 million, due to restructuring charges in the prior year.
Adjusted EBITDAR improved $243 million, from $275 million to $518 million, due to the inclusion of the results of CEOC.
Same-store net revenues declined 2.0% or $40 million, from $2.01 billion to $1.97 billion.
Same-store adjusted EBITDAR decreased 3.4% or $18 million to $518 million, driven primarily by unfavorable year-over-year hold and weather-related property closures.
Las Vegas RevPAR decreased $2 to $142. Las Vegas Cash ADR decreased $1 to $173.
CEC executed another $1 billion interest rate swap, increasing its fixed debt percentage to 47% excluding the convertible debt.
“Our first quarter results exceeded our expectations, despite unfavorable year-over-year hold, several weather-related property closures and a shift in the Las Vegas convention calendar compared to the first quarter of last year,” said Mark Frissora, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Strength in our core business including slot win growth and increases in operating efficiency mostly offset headwinds. Meanwhile, we now have the flexibility to return capital to shareholders under the new share repurchase authorization enabled by our healthy core business and strong projected future free cash flows.”
“Gaming and hotel results proved to be stable in April and economic indicators are favorable,” said Eric Hession, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “We remain optimistic in our earnings outlook for the full year.”
Summary Financial Data
Note that certain additional non-GAAP financial measures have been added to highlight the results of the Company including CEOC. Due to the timing of CEOC’s emergence, Caesars results do not include CEOC in the prior year. “Same-Store” results reported herein include CEOC as if its results were consolidated during all periods, but remove the deconsolidated Horseshoe Baltimore property from all periods presented. See the tables at the end of this press release for the reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP presentations. GAAP and same-store results include Caesars Acquisition Company (“CAC”) for all periods presented because CEC’s merger with CAC was accounted for as a reorganization of entities under common control. For same-store result reconciliations by region, see the historical information supplement in the Investor Relations section of www.caesars.com.
We adopted ASC 606: Revenue from Contracts with Customers, effective January 1, 2018, using the full retrospective method, which requires the Company to recast each prior reporting period presented consistent with the new standard.
Share Repurchase Program
CEC’s Board of Directors has approved the repurchase of up to $500 million of CEC’s common stock. Repurchases may be made at the Company’s discretion from time to time on the open market or in privately negotiated transactions. The repurchase program has no time limit, does not obligate the Company to make any repurchases and may be suspended for periods or discontinued at any time. Any shares acquired will be available for general corporate purposes. CEC intends to finance the share repurchase program using cash from operations.
We view each casino property as an operating segment and aggregate such casino properties into three regionally-focused reportable segments: (i) Las Vegas, (ii) Other U.S. and (iii) All Other, which is consistent with how we manage the business. The results of our reportable segments presented below are consistent with the way management assesses these results and allocates resources, which is a consolidated view that adjusts for the effect of certain transactions between reportable segments within Caesars. “All Other” includes managed, international and other properties as well as parent, consolidating, and other adjustments to reconcile to consolidated Caesars results.
In the U.S. GAAP consolidation tables below, the inclusion of CEOC’s results is the primary driver of year-over-year fluctuation. In accordance with U.S. GAAP, the results of CEOC and certain of its U.S. subsidiaries were not consolidated with Caesars from January 15, 2015 until October 6, 2017. Additionally, Caesars deconsolidated the results of its Horseshoe Baltimore property in the third quarter of 2017.
Same-store columns below include CEOC and certain of its U.S. subsidiaries as if they consolidated in all periods, and exclude the results of the Horseshoe Baltimore property in all periods. GAAP and same-store results include CAC for all periods presented because the merger was accounted for as a combination of companies under common control. The intent of the same-store information is to illustrate certain comparable results based on the current consolidation structure.
SOURCE Caesars Entertainment Corporation