News for the Hospitality Executive
Tropicana Entertainment Files for Chapter 11 Protection
Following Fallout from
Atlantic City Casino Loss; Expects to Maintain Current Staffing Levels
at Nine Casino and Resort Properties
CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. May 6, 2008 - Emphasizing that its casino and resort properties are more than adequately financed and that it will continue to serve customers on a “business as usual” basis, Tropicana Entertainment, LLC today filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code so it can work to maximize the value of the company’s assets through a comprehensive restructuring.
Nine of the 11 properties owned directly by Tropicana Entertainment are included in the petitions. While the company’s Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino and resort is not part of the filing and is unaffected by it, Tropicana Entertainment intends to coordinate its efforts with the Trustee of the Atlantic City casino to maximize value for the mutual benefit of their common creditors.
The nine business entities included in the filing are casinos and affiliates that are directly owned by Tropicana Entertainment, LLC. They are:
During the process, Tropicana Entertainment expects to maintain current
staffing levels and will fund the majority of ongoing operations from its
own cash flow. It has secured $67 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP)
financing that it can use to supplement its working capital and ensure
each property’s competitive market position. The DIP loan is being provided
by Silver Point Finance, LLC of Greenwich, Connecticut.
“Our company is going into this process from a position of financial and operational strength,” said Tropicana President Scott C. Butera, who will lead the restructuring. “We generate positive operational cash flows and, along with our DIP financing, we have more-than-adequate resources to meet our ongoing financial needs. We will continue to offer our visitors and players a full range of lodging, entertainment and gaming services.
“The period ahead is an opportunity to work with all of our constituents to address our debt issues and reorganize our business so that we can optimize the value of the company’s assets,” Butera continued. “We are confident we will emerge from this process as a stronger, more competitive brand with a solid financial structure and clearly enhanced fundamentals.”
In conjunction with the filing, Tropicana Entertainment is seeking approval for a variety of first day motions that will allow it to continue to manage operations in the ordinary course. The motions include requests to make wage and salary payments and other benefits to employees; honor customer programs and certain other pre-petition customer obligations; and pay critical vendors, suppliers, and certain other pre-petition trade claims. This relief will allow the company to operate its business without interruption while it continues restructuring in a controlled process.
The motions are typical in Chapter 11 filings, and court approval is generally granted promptly. The company intends to pay all providers of goods and services delivered post-petition in the ordinary course of business.
About Tropicana Entertainment, LLC
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