Nationwide Industrial Internet casino & Racino Games Earnings Analysis

A Period of time of Adjustment

Oops! That huge hissing audio is the gaming balloon that had been expanding over the years, little by little getting rid of air. But, it has not been a tide that lowered all ships nonetheless, as some rising and growing gaming jurisdictions showed powerful growth in 2008.

Overall, the professional and racetrack casino sectors (excluding Indian gaming), knowledgeable a 3.five % drop in gaming revenues for 2008, producing a whole of $36.two billion, down some $800 million from 2007. It was the Racino sector that has tempered this drop, as they showed a obtain of virtually $one billion in 2008, thereby bringing the Commercial sector market place decline to $one.8 billion, or six.7 per cent. Nevada was the most significant loser in 2008, dropping virtually $one.three billion, far more than 50 % of which stemmed from the Las Vegas Strip phase.

Hunkering Down

For the most portion, casino operators ended up caught comparatively flat-footed by the extent of the 2008 profits downturn, as it was not right up until the third and fourth quarters when it actually nosedived. Driving the crest of year more than year market place expansion throughout the region and the availability of sufficient credit history and fairness money, new construction and growth proliferated in recent years. Right now, confronted with the realities of declining, or at best stagnant demand, many of these initiatives are now considered above-leveraged and/or over-sized. As a result several gaming companies are attempting to renegotiate their debt – manufactured more tough by reduce valuations – whilst also paring down operational charges. The latter has grow to be a extremely problematic conundrum when working with the competitors, specifically in individuals jurisdictions that are now vying for market place shares with new rising casino projects in neighboring locations. A topic we talk about far more entirely in the State by Condition analysis section of this publication.

As a outcome of these conditions the gaming market landscape is now strewn with impending fatalities. Amongst troubled corporations are Station Casinos, Empire Resorts, Harrah’s Entertainment, Greektown Holdings, Legends Gaming, Tropicana Entertainment, Herbst Gaming and the listing grows each and every week.

“How lengthy will these economic problems persist, and are we at the bottom nevertheless?” are inquiries no one particular seems to be answering however. What is obvious nonetheless is that most gaming jurisdictions will have to learn how to offer with a scaled-down pie.

This analysis consists of only gaming revenues of certified casinos and pari-mutuel shops that offer you casino online games, and not Indian gaming functions, card rooms, or modest non-on line casino kind slot areas. The total report, such as revenue tables is available on our net page.

Enter/Output Model

A essential facet that appears to have arisen from the ashes of this recent pattern is that several casino initiatives ended up just also big to help by themselves. The enter, in phrases of expenditure dollars, was not proportional to the output, in phrases of web revenue soon after credit card debt service, in contrast to earlier accomplished results. More and/or even bigger is not often far better. Observing the increase in non-gaming revenue at the Las Vegas Strip resorts, gave impetus to the improvement of much more extensive features in several other jurisdictions. The flaw in this method nonetheless is that the charges linked with widening market penetration and occasioned-use, are drastically increased than individuals incurred to appeal to the base industry.

As daytripper markets grow to be a lot more aggressive, casino venues will have to rely much more and much more on their in-house hotel patrons, and dimension their qualities (and anticipations) accordingly. Even though Steve Wynn commenced a key craze in generating up-market place mega-places, there just was not enough desire on the Strip to warrant the a lot of other related initiatives that followed that aimed at the same market.

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Other Gaming Actions

Even though there are no released comprehensive info of American Indian gaming revenues, anecdotal evidence appears to recommend that this section has been as challenging hit as the Business sector. The two Connecticut Indian gaming installations report slot revenue of $one.six billion in 2008, representing a drop of about 7 %, or almost $114 million, a lot more than doubling the 3.5 p.c fall from the year just before. This marketplace is seemingly even now reeling from the ripple-effect of a casino expansion in Rhode Island, and the opening of slot operations in New York and Pennsylvania.

The Arizona Division of Gaming reviews that contributions dependent on a gaming earnings method from the state’s 23 Indian gaming casinos, have been declining every single quarter in 2008 in contrast to the previous 12 months lowering .eight % in the 1st quarter, seven.5 % in the next quarter, nine.five percent in the 3rd quarter, and sixteen.1 % in the fourth quarter.

Some SEC reporting Indian gaming homes report comparable decreases. Seneca Gaming, which operates three Course III casinos in upstate New York, reports that although calendar calendar year 2008 confirmed an practically two per cent progress rate in gaming revenues, there was an 8.7 percent drop in the third quarter and an almost ten p.c drop in the fourth quarter of 2008, when compared with 2007. Gaming income tendencies at nearby Niagara Falls, Ontario were down one.five% in 2008 when compared with 2007.

It really is been a mixed-bag for state lotteries throughout the place. The North American Association of State & Provincial Lotteries reviews that U.S. lotteries generated a complete of $60.six billion in sales in fiscal 2008, up about three p.c from the previous yr but some jurisdictions documented decreases, most notably California, which confirmed an 8 % drop. Inasmuch as some of these states are on different fiscal year finishes, it would seem to be that the data does not mirror the impact of 3rd and/or fourth quarter results.

In accordance to knowledge provided by Equibase, horse racing pari-mutuel revenues continue their downward spiral, falling 7 % to $ billion in 2008, vs . $14.7 billion in 2007.

Planned & Proposed New Expansions

As beforehand observed, it has been new gaming jurisdictions that have spawned much of the progress in annual casino/racino revenues in excess of the several years, and their influence is apt to proceed into the near long term.

Miami Dade voters approved a ballot situation that enables every single of a few pari-mutuels to have a casino facility of up to two,000 slot machines. The Flagler Pet Observe and Miami Jai-Alai are reportedly planning opening in late 2009 or early 2010, whilst the Calder installation in Miami Gardens has however to announced its plans. There are numerous other proposals becoming deemed that would more grow on line casino improvement through the point out.

The point out ultimately obtained close to to reissuing its tenth license, late in December, 2008 awarding it to Midwest Gaming & Entertainment, LLC for a 1,two hundred+ game on line casino situated in Des Plaines just east of O’Hare. The new facility is not most likely to open right up until 2010. There has also been some dialogue about making it possible for an improve in per place gaming positions and slots at racetracks, despite the fact that neither initiative seems to have any traction at this time.

The state’s expanded lottery system that allows for the improvement of four casino gaming zones and slots at present horse and pet tracks appears mired, as only 1 facility is presently underneath building, although three other proposals ended up rescinded. The only bidder on the Cherokee County deal, claimed it could not compete with the new Quapaw tribal on line casino in Oklahoma, which is found so close to the state line that its parking whole lot is in Kansas. The Boot Hill On line casino Resort in Dodge Town is planing a December 2009 opening with 575 slots and ten table video games, together with a second section due to open up in 2011 with 875 slots and twenty table games. The condition has prolonged the software method for the other three zones till April, 2009.

There is nevertheless a lot of ‘jockeying’ heading on, but the prospect of as numerous as eight slot parlors and racinos appears to be back on the entrance-burner, but likely not settled during the present legislative session.

Las Vegas
There are about 14,000 rooms scheduled to appear on line in 2009, with the most recent getting the 390 room M Vacation resort in Henderson. There are expansions underway at both Caesars Palace and Tough Rock and new accommodations include two components of the Town Centre venture, and the Fountainebleau.

Pinnacle Entertainment’s new casino growth initiatives in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, although delayed, are described to nevertheless be on-observe for opening this 12 months and/or early 2010.

There is a invoice underneath thing to consider that could much more than double Penn National’s slot equipment to three,000, as nicely as a proposal that would get rid of the restriction that slots be positioned within 5 miles of the track. Scarborough Downs, which has been unsuccessful in convincing neighborhood people to let slots, may possibly be taking into consideration transferring to a a lot more hospitable city.

A referendum was accepted in November, 2008 that permits for the advancement of 5 casinos with a complete of fifteen,000 slots, and now the bidding war is afoot though it is not as extreme as the state had expected.

Grand Soleil On line casino Resort in Natchez experienced been slated to open up in 2008, but has operate into different funding problems and although the lodge part is open up, the riverboat is noted to open in the Spring of ’09. Harrah’s Margaritaville On line casino in Biloxi, even though scaled back fairly, is nonetheless on keep track of to open up this year.

New England
Massachusetts, a sleeping-huge in phrases of marketplace likely, is nonetheless maneuvering to open up casinos/racinos, and/or a Class III Indian gaming facility, but can’t look to muster the political assist. A latest study concluded by Dartmouth University estimates that Massachusetts resident put in much more than $920 million very last yr at Connecticut casinos and slot equipment parlors in Rhode Island and Maine. The New Hampshire legislature just lately declined an selection to create casinos, even so the subject is very likely to be revisited, especially if Massachusetts decides to go ahead. There are also makes an attempt in Maine to reconsider its alternatives.

New Jersey
Atlantic City’s casinos have imposed their political will on staving off the addition of slot equipment at racetracks by not too long ago agreeing to keep on augmenting purses with an added tax. The governor however, has appointed a new panel to review the state’s sagging racing program which ironically, can only be preserved by permitting the tracks to have slot machines specifically at the Meadowlands. (See The Nor’easter Squeeze area)

New York
Just when it seemed as if Aqueduct’s four,500 VLT facility would lastly be created, the profitable bidder indicated an incapacity to make the essential $370 million payment, citing the present lending weather, and throwing the venture back into the lap of the governor. Even though the market place demand in the area could be deemed very robust, the prospect of further opposition from nearby Belmont could have an impact on Aqueduct’s underlining economic feasibility, especially thinking about that a bit considerably less than 30% of the internet acquire is retained by the operator.

Strategies to relocate Monticello Raceway into a vacation resort sophisticated are being reconsidered probably owing to both the possible opening of at minimum a single or maybe two racino functions in the NY metro spot, and the resurfacing of initiatives to development a Course III Indian gaming facility in the Catskills.

But an additional gaming proposal is being put forth in Ohio, following final year’s model was turned down by the voters. This strategy calls for one on line casino every in the state’s biggest cities: Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo. There would be a minimal expense required of $250 million, as properly as an original licensing fee of $50 million, and a 33 p.c tax on gaming profits.

The Sands in Bethlehem is owing to open in the Spring of ’09, and the new Rivers undertaking in Pittsburgh is expected to be operational in August, ’09 whilst Philadelphia’s two slot services nevertheless wallow in a political mire, but are anticipated to start design this 12 months.

South Dakota
The Lodge at Deadwood is slated to open in the Fall of 2009, and consist of three hundred video games, one hundred forty rooms and a broad selection of features.

Legislators are proposing a voter referendum that would amend the point out constitution to permit on line casino gambling in selected locations, as properly as permit gambling on American Indian lands in Texas and at present racetracks.

West Virginia
The Greenbriar, the state’s venerable resort facility has submitted for individual bankruptcy, but has a new suitor in Marriott Resorts, who have reportedly tendered an provide. State federal government has proffered the notion of permitting the vacation resort to supply casino online games, but this hard work is in also early a stage to have any traction 1 way or an additional.

Indian Gaming
A modern Supreme Court docket ruling that restricts the getting of lands into believe in on behalf of federally acknowledged American Indian tribes has additional stymied some new Class III gaming projects across the region. Furthermore, there ended up eleven Indian on line casino assignments rejected by the DOI previous year because of its new rule that casinos need to be close to adequate to a reservation that tribal members can work at them. It has been proposed that the new Obama administration may well be a lot more sympathetic to the development of Indian gaming assignments, but this problem has yet to be addressed.

In the meantime, there are other Course III initiatives in the numerous levels of growth. The Seneca on line casino task in Buffalo, NY, while running a modest short-term facility, has delayed an presently beneath design everlasting facility until finally the market place rebounds. They have also expressed an fascination in building a casino in the Catskills. The condition gaming compact with Seminoles in Florida is getting challenged, and could affect their plans for bigger assignments. There are new Indian gaming initiatives established to open in Michigan and Oklahoma this yr, and others are in the preparing phase. Texas may allow the reopening of Indian gaming services and permit other location and there are strategies afoot by the Navajos in Arizona to assemble extra casinos. California is poised to open up two to three new Class III casinos in 2009/10.

The Nor’easter Squeeze

Overall gaming revenue in Atlantic Town has declined seven.six per cent, from $4.nine billion in 2007 to $four.five billion in 2008 with decreases continuing into 2009, as the metropolis is locating by itself in an intensive comp-war with the Pennsylvania venues. At a single time the only casinos in the Northeast had been found in Atlantic City, where it appeared as if it may well in fact even eclipse the Las Vegas Strip’s yearly gaming revenues.

Slowly and gradually nevertheless its marketplace share was being encroached on, very first by the development of a large Course III gaming procedure in Connecticut, and then yet another slots functions in Rhode Island, and then online video lottery terminals at New York racetracks, racinos in West Virginia and Delaware, and most recently Pennsylvania.

Now, with the prepared opening of slot functions in Maryland, the impending opening of a new casino in Bethlehem, PA, and ultimately two functions in Philadelphia, the noose is tightening all around Atlantic City’s foreseeable future prospective customers. It’s reliance on working day-trippers lulled it into a fake feeling of protection, and it now finds by itself having to redefine its mission assertion to “vacation spot vacation resort.”

The only issue with this strategy nevertheless is that it is unwell-geared up to pull it off. For all intents and purposes, Atlantic Town is underneath-roomed and/or above-gamed. There is merely not sufficient working day-tripper marketplace to go about, and their powerful buying and selling area is tightening, as the peripheral populations northward now/will have more ready entry to a widened supply in New York (Yonkers, and quickly at Aqueduct and perhaps Belmont), westward in Pennsylvania and southward in Delaware, West Virginia and Maryland.

Other than the ocean obtain, the city’s only genuine aggressive rewards are its lodge capability and the availability of desk online games, even though the latter is most likely to eventuate in Pennsylvania, and probably Delaware. In order to adequately contend as a spot resort the city requirements to develop extra guest rooms and not automatically gaming ability. By comparison, the Las Vegas Strip properties – correct gaming locations, in that they do not have considerably of a working day-trip market place, besides for the ‘locals’ – have an regular of .87 gaming positions for every visitor area even though Atlantic City’s average is two.74 positions for every guest space.

It is not a coincidence that Atlantic City’s two largest hotels, the Borgata and Harrah’s Marina, each of which included new rooms in 2008, have been the least impacted by the latest downturn. The Borgata seasoned a gaming earnings fall of 1.6 percent, although Harrah’s Marina noted a four.9 per cent boost in comparison to 2007. In addition, the toughest hit venues, namely the AC Hilton, Resorts and the Trump Marina, also have the smallest quantity of rooms. In the meantime some of the venues are teetering on viability, like the the Trump homes and Resorts with the hoped for sale of the Tropicana has been more delayed, and dropping valuation.

With a constant increase in gaming revenues by way of 2006, the metropolis appeared primary for additional growth, which precipitated organizing for four new resort tasks, each of which have now been indefinitely delayed. Revel Enjoyment Group’s $two.5 billion task continues to be an iron skeleton, Pinnacle Entertainment has introduced it may look for to sell its razed Sands internet site, MGM Mirage has shelved its on line casino plans, and Penn Countrywide seems to have stopped its pursuit of the Bader Area airport website.

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