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News For HOT;MGM;CZR;PENN;LVS;BYD;WYNN;ZNGA From The Last 14 Days
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August 28, 2015
09:34 EDTBYD, LVS, MGM, PENN, CZR, WYNNNevada reports July statewide gaming win down 0.96% to $922.89M
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06:50 EDTCZRJudge says Caesars, bondholders should prepare for trial, WSJ reports
A federal judge said that Caesars Entertainment and a group of bondholders should prepare for hearings in a suit over Caesars' guarantees of billions of dollars of debt, the Wall Street Journal reports. Judge Shira A. Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan said that there is a discrepancy as to whether a series of asset moving deals last year constituted an out-court debt reorganization that proved harmful to the holders of over $6B in bond debt issued by Caesars, the report says. Reference Link
August 27, 2015
10:57 EDTCZRCaesars bondholders denied immediate ruling by judge, Bloomberg reports
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08:06 EDTHOTStarwood enters Romania market with Sheraton Bucharest
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06:03 EDTWYNNWynn Resorts implied volatility of 63 at upper end of index
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August 24, 2015
07:38 EDTCZRCaesars to pay $20M to settle anti-money laundering lapses charges, Reuters says
Caesars Entertainment has agreed to pay $20M to settle claims of anti-money laundering lapses, Reuters reports, citing a source familiar with the matter. The company will also enter into a deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ, the report says. Reference Link
August 23, 2015
14:49 EDTCZRCaesars reaches restructuring support agreement with first lien bank lenders
Caesars Entertainment and Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. announced they have entered into a bank restructuring support agreement. The agreement, which is effective immediately, "secures the support" of CEOC's largest and most senior creditor constituencies and represents a "key milestone" in Caesars Entertainment and CEOC's efforts to implement a consensual restructuring of CEOC, according to Caesars. "CEOC's restructuring is now supported by CEOC's first lien bank lenders and first lien bondholders, which represent the most senior $12B of CEOC's capital structure," said the company. Caesars and CEOC continue to engage in discussions with junior creditors to build additional support for the previously announced second lien restructuring agreement. "However, the senior creditors' support of today's agreement paves the way toward a confirmable plan for the restructuring of CEOC," commented Caesars. The bank RSA is substantially similar to the previously announced bond RSA.
August 21, 2015
16:01 EDTLVSOptions Update; August 21, 2015
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07:17 EDTMGM, WYNN, LVSMacau developments negative, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that its checks on Macau for August indicate that the region's revenues are trending flat to down this month. According to Wells, in August the region's revenues are historically up 4% versus July. The firm adds that comments by Macau casino owner Galaxy suggest that the market has not yet bottomed. Wells believes that the market has not yet stabilized and remains neutral on Macau stocks, although it remains upbeat on their long-term outlook. Publicly traded companies in the Macau gaming space include Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Melco Crown (MPEL) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN).
August 20, 2015
15:09 EDTPENNPenn National obtains final approval for $360M Tropicana Las Vegas transaction
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August 18, 2015
19:47 EDTCZRCaesars creditors give ultimatum to Apollo Global, Bloomberg says
Earlier this month, creditors opposed to Caesars Entertainment's (CZR) bankruptcy plan demanded that Apollo Global (APO) -- one of the company's owners -- relinquish control of the bankrupt unit's parent company, reports Bloomberg, citing two people with knowledge of the matter. In exchange, the creditors offered to withdraw several lawsuits related to the bankruptcy, said the sources. Apollo rejected the ultimatum, though sources noted that talks are continuing. Reference Link
07:13 EDTMGM, LVS, WYNNMacau GGR poised to sink 37% in August, says Bernstein
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August 17, 2015
10:55 EDTHOTOptions with increasing implied volatility
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August 14, 2015
17:08 EDTHOTPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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13:03 EDTMGM, CZROmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes, discloses stake in Google
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12:29 EDTZNGAKing Digital sinks after posting weaker than expected network metrics
Shares of King Digital (KING), an interactive entertainment company for the mobile world, are sinking after the company reported weaker than expected network metrics in the second quarter. WHAT'S NEW: After the close on Thursday, King Digital reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 49c and revenue of $500M, ahead of analysts' consensus estimates of 43c and $490.03M, respectively. King reported Q2 total gross bookings of $529M, above the high end of its previously provided guidance range, but down 12% sequentially and 13% year over year. Excluding the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, King said gross bookings would have decreased by approximately 11% sequentially, and by approximately 6% y/y. King noted that 81%, or $430M, of gross bookings were derived from the mobile audience. The company said "Candy Crush Saga," "Candy Crush Soda Saga" and "Farm Heroes Saga" ranked within the top 10 grossing games in App Store and Play Store in the U.S. during Q2. King said its monthly unique users fell 1% to 340M in Q2, down from 345M last year, while monthly active users were 501M vs. 485M last year; daily active users were 142M in Q2 vs. 138M last year. The company said year-over-year increases in monthly active users and daily active users were primarily due to the introduction of new games, particularly "Candy Crush Soda Saga," partially offset by decline in "Candy Crush Saga" and other more mature games. It said increases also reflect growth in activity from mobile players, partially offset by continued decrease in activity from Facebook (FB) players. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, King Digital said it expects gross bookings in the third quarter of $460M-$485M based on the timing of game releases and recent trends. The company sees fourth quarter bookings "fairly consistent sequentially." ANALYST REACTION: This morning, JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth downgraded King Digital Entertainment to Neutral from Overweight citing an elevated risk profile following the company's Q2 results. King's network metrics were weaker than expected while a key component of the company's pipeline, the upcoming mid-core game, is pushed to 2016, Anmuth said. He cut the price target for shares to $17 from $20. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, King Digital fell $1.81, or 11.84%, to $13.40 on nearly four times its average daily trading volume. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 3% over the past year. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the mobile gaming space include Glu Mobile (GLUU), Zynga (ZNGA), Shanda Games (GAME), Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA) and Take-Two Interactive (TTWO).
10:33 EDTHOTOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:37 EDTHOTJANA reports new stakes in Allergan, TWC, sells Applied Materials
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