Las Vegas Strip casino revenues fell 6% last month, largely thanks to soft table play. Deutsche Bank analyst Carlo Santarelli characterized slot play as “encouraging
and driven primarily by volume,” as the Strip recorded its sixth consecutive month of increased coin-in, up 7%. Since Santarelli had been expecting a flattish 4Q14 he termed the results not “all that meaningful relative to our Company forecasts.” Baccarat revenue plunged 35.5% on 15% lower play. This is a change from 2013, when baccarat carried the Strip. Despite lighter play, non-baccarat table games did 4% than October previous. Over at J.P. Morgan, analyst Joseph Greff was comparably sanguine, writing, “we maintain our positive outlook for the LV Strip and believe the overall recovery will continue for the balance of the year and into 2015.”
Reno posted an 8% increase in a month in which non-Strip revenues tended to seesaw violently. Downtown Las Vegas was stable, with a 1% bump and the unclassified parts of Clark County had a 2% boost. Lake Tahoe shot up 53%. The Boulder Strip plunged 24% and North Las Vegas fell off 15%. Laughlin got off easy, with a 5% decline. Whatever else the locals customer is, he is cautious with his money these days.
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“I maintained this status for about 10 days, working about 14 hours a day. Several times during this effort, I would email my supervisor back in Kansas with the message, ‘I have fallen in Harrah’s financials and can’t get up.'” — former Kansas regulatory consultant Richard Schuetz, on the Harrah’s Entertainment leveraged buyout.
Rid of the Atlantic Club Hotel, Showboat, Trump Plaza and Revel, cash flow at Atlantic City casinos shot upward 7%, or $147.5 million. Once that unhappy quartet is removed from the year-over-year comparison, the percentage increase falls to 3% but the dollar growth goes to $152 million in gross operating profit. Of course that’s before interest, taxes, depreciation and all that good stuff — and the Caesars Entertainment properties are carrying particularly heavy interest. Mohegan Sun, meanwhile, is working wonders at Resorts Atlantic City, increasing cash flow 600%, to $5 million. Tilman Fertitta‘s people also did well at the Golden Nugget, generating 156% EBITDA growth. By contrast, the maladroit Robert Griffin administration at Trump Taj Mahal saw operating profit fall 39%. The Caesars trio of casinos also had declines, but none that severe.