COVID-19 Hampers Eldorado Resorts’ Strong Start

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted a good start to the trading year for Eldorado Resorts, with Q1 results showing a decrease in net sales and EBITDA combined with operational losses.

For the year ended 31 March 2020, the company posted a net income of $473.1 m, a GAAP-based decrease of 25.6 percent and a 17.5 percent decrease on the same-store basis compared to the same prior-year year

Operating losses of $123.2 m were reported compared to GAAP operating income of $123.6 m compared to the equivalent prior-year period, with a net loss of $175.6 m for the GAAP. The same-store adjusted $102.5 m EBITDA fell 33 percent year-on-year.

Chief executive Tom Reeg commented:“Our first quarter operating performance through the end of February 2020 represented a very strong start to the year. For the first two months of 2020, revenues were up 6.6% and adjusted EBITDA was up 24.7%, driving strong margin growth of 390 basis points year over year.

“We were encouraged by the strength of the consumer and the pace of revenue growth for this two-month period. However, the strength in January and February was offset by COVID-19 related weakness due to the mandated closure of all our properties by March 18, 2020. As a result, Eldorado generated first quarter same-store net revenues of $473.1m and EBITDA of $102.5m, down 17.5% and 33.0% year over year, respectively.

“Our primary focus since the mandated closure of our properties has been the safety and well-being of our team members and guests. We responded quickly to reduce costs and preserve liquidity following the closures and ended the first quarter of 2020 with over $670m of cash on the balance sheet after drawing $465m on our revolver in March.

“Our full-time team members received four weeks of pay after operations were suspended and we will continue to pay team member health care benefits through June 30, 2020. Compensation for the executive team has been reduced as well.”

He concluded: “We remain actively engaged in satisfying the remaining steps to complete the Caesars transaction. Our teams also remain focused on the integration process and we remain excited about the long-term opportunity to create value for stakeholders of both companies.”