MGM Resorts International

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    MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world’s leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage.The Company is in the process of developing MGM National Harbor in Maryland and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts.MGM Resorts controls and holds a 76 percent economic interest in the operating partnership of MGM Growth Properties LLC (NYSE: MGP), a premier triple-net lease real estate investment trust engaged in the acquisition, ownership and leasing of large-scale destination entertainment and leisure resorts.The Company also owns 56 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited (HK: 2282), which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA Resort & Casino. MGM Resorts is named among FORTUNE Magazine’s 2016 list of World’s Most Admired Companies.

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    Aaron Fischer

    Aaron Fischer is the senior vice president of corporate development of MGM Resorts International, appointed for the role in late 2016. According to a press statement from the company, Fischer will be tasked to “assist the company and its affiliates in the development and strategic planning of integrated resorts.”Fischer recently served as the Head of Consumer and Gaming research at CLSA, a boutique brokerage and investment group based in Hong Kong. During his 17 years as an equity analyst Fischer specialized in Macau, Japan, other emerging gaming markets and the global luxury goods industry.Fischer participated in most of the gaming related IPOs in Asia and was a highly ranked analyst according to various surveys, including a Wall Street Journal rating as the Number 1 Best Hong Kong Analyst in 2012.Before moving into research, Mr. Fischer was with Arthur Andersen in Melbourne as a Chartered Accountant. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne in 1994.Fisher will work from the MGM Resorts offices in Hong Kong.

    Corey Sanders

    Corey Sanders has served as Chief Operating Officer of MGM Resorts International since June 2010. He oversees operations at the company’s wholly-owned properties, which in Nevada include Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, New York-New York, Monte Carlo, Luxor, Excalibur and Circus Circus Las Vegas. He also oversees Beau Rivage in Biloxi and Gold Strike Tunica, both in Mississippi, as well as MGM Grand Detroit.Mr. Sanders previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for the company’s Core Brand and Regional Properties. In this capacity, he worked closely with then-Chief Marketing Officer and current President Bill Hornbuckle to develop innovative ideas that helped to turn MGM Resorts International into a powerful marketing organization.In his two decades with the company, Mr. Sanders also has served as corporate Executive Vice President of Operations, developing both growth opportunities and operating efficiencies for the company. He also has held the positions of corporate Executive Vice President and CFO of MGM Grand Resorts, and Executive Vice President and CFO of MGM Grand Las Vegas.He is a trustee of the UNLV Foundation and Chairman of the Nevada Resort Association. Mr. Sanders has served on the Board of Directors of the Animal Foundation.He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA.

    Jim Murren

    Jim Murren was named Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International in December 2008. He leads a company of 68,000 employees with 13 resorts in Las Vegas, one in Detroit, two in Mississippi and one in Atlantic City, as well as resorts being developed in Maryland and Massachusetts. Mr. Murren also serves as chairman of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns MGM Macau and is developing a resort in Cotai.Mr. Murren joined MGM in 1998 after spending more than a decade on Wall Street, where he was regarded as a leading analyst in the hotel and gaming industries. His arrival at MGM coincided with a period of dramatic growth for the company, including the acquisitions of Mirage Resorts and Mandalay Resort Group.He is the visionary behind CityCenter, the unprecedented urban resort destination that opened on the Las Vegas Strip in 2009 featuring centerpiece ARIA Resort & Casino. CityCenter – a sophisticated mix of resorts, residences, conference facilities, dining and retail – is among the largest “green” developments globally. Using cutting-edge solutions, CityCenter demonstrates that sustainability enhances the guest experience. A native of Fairfield, Conn., Mr. Murren graduated from and is a Trustee of Trinity College where he majored in Art History and Urban Studies. He is Chairman of the American Gaming Association and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution. In 2013, he was appointed to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. A leader in the area of corporate responsibility, Mr. Murren is Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association, a professional society for corporate responsibility practitioners. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Leader Award by the University of Massachusetts’ Isenberg School of Management. In 2013, he was named a Responsible CEO of the Year by CR Magazine and Executive of the Year by Casino Journal. Under his leadership, MGM Resorts International was named a FORTUNE World’s Most Admired Company in 2016.With his wife, Heather, he is actively involved in assisting wounded warriors and their families through the creation of a Fisher House in southern Nevada.

    John B. Kilroy, Jr.

    John B. Kilroy, Jr. is a board member of MGM Resorts International. Mr. Kilroy is the Chairman, President and CEO of Kilroy Realty Corporation, one of the largest, vertically integrated REITs on the West Coast, whose portfolio spans some of the strongest, most desirable markets in the U.S.Mr. Kilroy serves on the Advisory Board of Governors for the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, or NAREIT, and the Policy Advisory Board for the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.

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    LVS Macau mass market share drops in Sept., Wells Fargo says

    Las Vegas Sands was the biggest loser in terms of mass market share among the U.S.-listed operators in Macau in September, according to Wells Fargo research. For the market as a whole, unadjusted mass revenue fell 33 percent year-on-year, with junket volumes down 54 percent and VIP revenue off 34 percent, the analysts said in […]

    Macau casino stocks plunge on Neptune warning, visitor concern

    Casino stocks traded in Hong Kong plunged to multi-year lows on Tuesday, with losses spilling over into U.S. trading, after junket operator Neptune Group warned it may be forced to exit the business, while concern over Golden Week tourism numbers added to the gloom. SJM Holdings fell almost 7 percent to a five-year low, Wynn […]

    MGM 15Q2 profit tumbles, but tops forecasts

    MGM Resorts International posted lower Q2 revenue and earnings, dragged down by a slump in its Macau operations, but announced a “profit growth plan” designed to boost adjusted earnings before interest, tax, amortization and depreciation by about $300 million. Despite the decline year-on-year, the results were slightly better than most analysts had expected. “We are […]

    MGM Resorts proposes $1 billion gambling complex in Atlanta

    MGM Resorts has proposed to build a $1 billion gambling complex in Downtown Atlanta as a bill moves through the Georgia State Legislature, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.  The bill proposed by Economic Development Committee Chairman Ron Stephens, has not yet passed but has increased in popularity over the past week and may appear […]

    MGM Resorts to sell 50 percent interest in Silver Legacy Casino Reno

    Eldorado Resorts and MGM Resorts International announced that they have entered into an agreement for Eldorado to acquire MGM’s 50 percent interest in the Silver Legacy Resort Casino Reno, as well as all of the assets of Circus Circus Reno, for $72.5 million cash. In addition, ERI, which owns the other 50 percent interest in […]

    MGM looks to delay opening Massachusetts casino by a Year

    MGM wants to delay the opening of its planned resort casino in western Massachusetts by a year because of a major highway project taking place nearby, the associated press reported. The Las Vegas casino giant submitted a revised project schedule last week to the state Gaming Commission that calls for construction to be completed in […]

    Kerkorian will mandates sale of MGM stake

    Kirk Kerkorian’s will states that his investment company should divest its stake in MGM Resorts International, the company he founded and in which he was the largest shareholder. In a filing to Nasdaq, MGM Resorts International said Tracinda Corp’s position in the company’s common stock has became subject to the terms of the Kerkorian Will. […]

    AGA/industry pay tribute to Las Vegas mogul Kirk Kerkorian

    The American Gaming Association and senior industry figures have paid tribute to legendary financier Kirk Kerkorian, the founder and biggest shareholder in MGM Resorts, who died in Los Angeles Monday night, aged 98. “In an industry that thrives on innovation, Kirk Kerkorian was a pioneer who set a higher standard for gaming and elevated Las […]
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    MGM puts brakes on opening new casino in Vegas

    MGM Resorts International, operator of the Bellagio and MGM Grand, will for now not be building any more hotel-casinos on the Vegas Strip, according to the Review-Journal.  Quoted by the Review Journal, Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts, said he does not see the value or need in building a new property. “I […]

    MGM China completes refinancing, boosts loan facilities to $3b

    MGM Resorts International said its MGM China unit has completed the refinancing of its Hong Kong-dollar denominated senior credit facilities, upping the size of funds available and providing the company with the flexibility to develop its MGM Cotai property. The restated accord consists of a term loan equivalent to U$1.55 billion, up from the previous […]

    Macau casino stocks gain as CS points to “green shoots”

    Shares in Macau casino operators gained Thursday following a Credit Suisse analysis of the breakdown of May gambling revenue that pointed to “some green shoots.” The investment bank said VIP gaming rose 3 percent from April, VIP rolling gained 7 percent and mass gaming was up 9 percent. “Mass revenue was quite decent, even after […]

    MGM committed to Macau, shareholder drops board bid

    MGM Resorts is fully committed to its investment in Macau and would be more inclined to increase its holdings here than divest them, William Scott, president of MGM Asia, Pacific said. Scott was speaking at the G2E Asia conference a day after activist investor Land and Buildings dropped its bid to appoint its own candidates […]

    ISS backs MGM director nominees

    MGM Resorts announced that a leading independent proxy advisory firm has issued a report recommending that MGM’s shareholders vote for the reelection of all eleven of MGM’s director nominees and not the four nominees proposed by Land & Buildings. MGM Resorts said it “is extremely pleased” that Institutional Shareholder Services has recommended in favor of […]

    Land and Buildings criticizes MGM board member

    Land and Buildings, a shareholder of MGM Resorts, detailed reasons for shareholders to replace MGM board member Robert Baldwin by voting on the Gold proxy card. The investment firm, which specializes in publicly traded real estate, said Robert Baldwin has been on the MGM Board of directors for 15 years and has been the chief […]

    MGM Resorts re-evaluating REIT following criticism from Land and Buildings

    MGM Resorts has told investors it is “throughly” re-evaluating the concept of a REIT following criticism of the casino operator’s businesses from shareholder Land and Buildings. MGM Resorts, whose Q1 adjusted earnings were well above analysts’ expectations, but revenue was weaker than expected, said it is evaluating “all avenues to unlock value” including the possibility […]

    MGM Q1 earnings beat forecasts: Cotai slipping?

    MGM Resorts International (MGM) Q1 adjusted earnings were well above analysts’ expectations, but revenue was weaker than expected, dragged down by Macau. Net income attributable to MGM rose to $169.9 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, from $102.7 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, a year earlier. The per-share comparison was skewed by a 12 […]

    Land and Buildings gives presentation on MGM’s failings

    Land and Buildings Investment Management issued an investor presentation providing a detailed analysis supporting what it views as the urgent need for change at MGM Resorts International. Land and Buildings, a 0.38 percent shareholder of MGM, says the casino operator has failed to perform in line with its peers and urged shareholders to elect a […]

    MGM closes sale of Gold Strike hotel and casino

    MGM Resorts International has closed on the sale of Gold Strike Hotel and Gambling Hall in Jean, Nevada, to JETT Gaming and Jean Ventures. The terms of the sale were not disclosed.  MGM Resorts previously announced in October that a definitive agreement had been reached with JETT Gaming LLC and Jean Ventures, LLC for the […]

    MGM National Harbor releases report on local community participation

    MGM National Harbor, a subsidiary of MGM Resorts International, has released its first quarterly report on its Maryland resort to the oversight committee monitoring the company’s efforts to meet local participation goals. The company’s president informed the Prince George’s County Community Benefits Agreement Oversight Committee that the company has done well to meet its targets […]

    MGM hits back at investment fund, appoints independent advisor

    MGM Resorts has hit back at an investment fund that is pushing for board and structural changes at the casino operator and said it has appointed Evercore Group as an independent advisor to help explore strategic alternatives. Investment firm Land and Buildings, lead by Jonathan Litt, says MGM is making the same mistakes in capital […]

    Casino stocks take a hit after visitor cap announced

    Casino stocks took a hit after the government announcement that Macau will cap the number of Mainland visitors to 21 million, with Wynn faring the worst. Wynn Resorts Limited finished Tuesday’s session as the worst performer on the S&P 500 Composite index, falling 6.13 or 4.59 percent to 127.47. Wynn has been downgraded by several […]

    MGM slams Land and Buildings board nominations

    MGM Resorts has hit back at Land and Buildings, a 0.38 percent shareholder of MGM, after the latter nominated a group of four individuals to replace four current members of the Board, MGM announced.  “Replacing experienced, licensed directors, who have overseen the Company’s progress to date, is not warranted and it is not in shareholders’ […]

    Casinos in Vegas begin to go cashless

    MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts no longer allow cash at their poker tables, a push that possibly reflects that casino operators are trying to step up their anti-money laundering efforts. Though the companies have not disclosed details around the policy, news site Vegas Inc says some experts think the change is motivated by a desire from casinos, facing pressure […]

    MGM Q4 results miss forecasts, MGM China to pay special dividend

    MGM Resorts International posted worse-than-expected Q4 results as Macau revenue fell, but said its MGM China unit will pay a special dividend. The company reported reported a loss of $342.3 million, or 70 cents a share, in the last quarter of 2014. On an adjusted basis, it had a profit of $0.01, below the $0.07 […]

    Chinese Strategic to team with Nasdaq-listed Macau operator for Tinian project

    Chinese Strategic Holdings says its Tinian Realty International unit is in talks with a Nasdaq-listed operator with operations in Macau over a hotel-casino project on the island of Tinian in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. “The parties have been in active negotiations on the key structural framework of the possible engagement,” Chinese Strategic Holdings […]

    Dividend sustainability to be a concern, Wynn at risk, CS says

    The sustainability of dividends at Macau’s casino operators is likely to become a major concern for investors as earnings deteriorate at the same time as capital spending requirements ramp up due to new projects, according to a Credit Suisse report. “In light of the risk of earnings deterioration in 2015 but ongoing capex requirement for […]
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    Yokohama bid holds promise and perils

    Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi's announcement that her government would make an IR bid reshaped the licensing race in a way that few other events have done.
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    Policy delays give late movers a fighting chance

    The Abe government's decision to drag its feet on more detailed regulations governing the IR industry and to delay the establishment of the Casino Management Board may exercise an effect on which local governments get licensed and which IR operators are selected.
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    Casino firms not hitched to social capital bandwagon

    There is a growing trend towards businesses founded on the premise of social capital, though despite their enormous profits, most casino firms have yet to sign on.

    Operators strive for a sporting chance in new jurisdictions

    Gaming companies have long recognised the lucrative potential of teaming up with sports, and as new jurisdictions open up to casinos, operators are seeking to leverage these ties to boost brand recognition, woo the public and dull the gambling edge.

    Japan IR winners emerge as framework becomes clear

    The increased clarity regarding the terms of IR regulation in Japan following the ruling coalition compromises is also throwing light on which institutions are now advantaged and which are disadvantaged in the race for licenses. Seth Sulkin, head of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan’s task force on IRs, describes the outcome to Asia Gaming Brief as “a major victory for the major casino operators and large Japanese cities.” 

    Japan the top prize, though Brazil seen a worthy contender

    Brazil and Japan are two of the most hotly anticipated casino markets, but how do they stack up against one another and which country is the most appealing for international casino operators and investors? The two nations have entwined cultural links, mainly due to mass migration throughout the 20th Century. In fact, Brazil is home to the world’s largest Japanese-descendant population outside Japan. One other thing Brazil and Japan have in common is that they both appear to be on the cusp of introducing legalized casino resorts after years of false starts and delays.
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    Will Japanese take lead in IR projects?

    In early September, MGM Resorts International CEO James Murren emphasized in a public presentation that his company was looking for a “Japanese-led” IR consortium in a major urban market. He wasn’t specific about what he meant in practical terms, but clearly MGM envisages its Japanese partners playing a major, perhaps a predominant role in a future IR. Caesars Entertainment made a similar statement, however, so far few Japanese companies have come out opening as saying they are prepared to take the lead. 

    Responsible values

    As operators around Asia vye for licenses in new markets, one corporate social responsibility expert suggests they should change their approach. Jan Jones Blackhurst, executive vice president, public policy and corporate social responsibility, at Caesars Entertainment says not enough is being done to explain what an IR is and the benefits it can bring to society. Not only can a good CSR program help to alleviate perceptions about gambling harm, it can also be a revenue driver. 

    Yokohama mayoral contender votes no casino

    Kazuyoshi Nagashima, a former mayor of a small city and one-term House of Representatives lawmaker, is at present the only openly declared candidate for the July 30 election to become Mayor of Yokohama. His main campaign slogan is a succinct two words: NO CASINO!!! He joins other regional politicians in campaigning on the bandwagon of opposition to IRs in their cities. 

    Squeezing liquidity from fixed assets

    The dramatic slump in Asia’s VIP revenue over the past two years has forced operators to trim costs and diversify income sources to plug the gap. While much of the focus has been on boosting non-gaming and tapping into the mass market, companies have also been looking at ways of unlocking shareholder value through monetizing extensive fixed assets. From real estate spinoffs, to timeshares and outright sales, many options are being considered.  

    Cotai resorts seen viable, but returns to disappoint

    The multi-billion properties opening up on Macau’s Cotai strip are still likely to be viable, despite the slump in gaming revenue in the territory, though returns will fall far short of the levels expected when the resorts were first planned, analysts say. The six operators are set to almost double their room capacity over the next two years at a time of unprecedented uncertainty for the revenue outlook. 

    2016 – what comes next for Macau and the region?

    Asia Gaming Brief asked its advisors David Green, John English, Luis Mesquita de Melo, Andrew Klebanow and Steve Gallaway, to look ahead and share with us what they believe are the underlying currents for the Asian Gaming industry in 2016. Views may differ but the one common denominator is the shifting of the sands - something will have to give…An end to the IR “arms race," by David Green The strong will survive, by Steve GallawayEnough about the Millennials, by Andrew KlebanowMacau will continue the race to reinvent, by John EnglishThe “golden” gap for emerging jurisdictions,  by Luis Mesquita de Melo 
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    Macau casinos putting cost cuts above customer care?

    As Macau’s gross gambling revenue has slumped, operators have been paring costs to the bone to protect margins, with the first casualty usually being spending on marketing and player reinvestment.However, this may be a short-sighted approach that will cost dearly in the longer term. 

    Macau needs better branding, tourism planning for successful transition

    Macau, whose meteoric success was fueled by the high-spending VIP gambler, needs to improve its branding and tourism planning if it is to transform to a majority non-gaming model and replace income from the missing high rollers. The government is determined to effect a Las Vegas-style shift to a destination resort, but experts say it will be a difficult road. 

    How will Macau treat casino gaming license renewals?

    The government’s mid-term review of Macau’s six gaming operators is now well underway, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the concessionaires and sub-concessionaires ahead of the expiry of current concessions.Against a backdrop of a year of falling gambling revenue and a crackdown on corruption by mainland China, it has added a further layer of regulatory uncertainty in the market.
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