LAS VEGAS--November 2, 2010--Wynn Resorts, Limited (Nasdaq: WYNN) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010.
Net revenues for the third quarter of 2010 were $1.0 billion, compared to $773.1 million in the third quarter of 2009, driven by a 49.7% increase in net revenues at Wynn Macau. Adjusted property EBITDA (1) increased $76.3 million to $274.5 million for the third quarter of 2010, compared to $198.2 million in the 2009 quarter.
On a US GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) basis, net loss attributable to Wynn Resorts for the third quarter of 2010 was $33.5 million, or ($0.27) per diluted share, compared to a net income attributable to Wynn Resorts of $34.2 million, or $0.28 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2009. The decline was primarily attributable to a loss on extinguishment of debt of $64.2 million. Adjusted net income in the third quarter of 2010 was $48.7 million, or $0.39 per diluted share (adjusted EPS)(2) compared to an adjusted net income of $39.9 million, or $0.33 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2009.
Wynn Resorts also announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a cash dividend of $8 per share on its outstanding common stock. This dividend will be payable on December 7, 2010, to stockholders of record on November 23, 2010. The stock will begin to trade ex-dividend on November 19, 2010.
Wynn Macau Third Quarter Results
In the third quarter of 2010 net revenues were $671.4 million compared to $448.5 million in the third quarter of 2009. EBITDA in the September 2010 quarter was $198.0 million, up 54.5% from $128.2 million in the third quarter of 2009.
Table games results are segregated into two distinct reporting categories, the VIP segment and the mass market segment.
Table games turnover in the VIP segment was $21.7 billion for the 2010 quarter, a 53.9% increase from $14.1 billion in the third quarter of 2009. VIP table games win as a percentage of turnover (calculated before discounts and commissions) for the quarter was 2.88%, within the expected range of 2.7% to 3.0% and slightly higher than the 2.84% experienced in the third quarter of 2009.
Table games drop in the mass market category was $605.1 million during the period, a 20.6% increase from $501.8 million in the third quarter of 2009. Mass market table games win percentage (calculated before discounts) of 22.8% was above our expected range of 19% to 21% and above the 20.8% generated in the 2009 quarter.
Slot machine handle increased 49.0% to $1.1 billion as compared to the prior year quarter. Win per unit per day was 47.4% higher at $538, compared to $365 in the third quarter 2009.
Encore at Wynn Macau, with its intimate atmosphere and higher-limit tables, has been very well received by Wynn customers and has greatly contributed to the growth in revenues at Wynn Macau.
Wynn Macau achieved an Average Daily Rate (ADR) of $287 for the third quarter of 2010, compared to $263 in the 2009 quarter. The property’s occupancy was 87.6%, compared to 89.2% during the prior year period as we added 414 rooms and villas with the opening of Encore on April 21, 2010. Revenue per available room (REVPAR) was $251 in the 2010 quarter, 7.0% above 2009 levels of $235.
Gross non-gaming revenues at Wynn Macau increased 66.0% during the quarter to $77.5 million, driven primarily by hotel and retail revenues which were up 81.3% and 69.4%, respectively. Room revenues increased as a result of the addition of the Encore rooms and retail revenues benefited from strong same-store sales growth and the addition of three new outlets at Encore.
Including Encore, we currently have 461 tables (233 VIP tables, 217 mass market tables and 11 poker tables) and 1,130 slot machines at Wynn Macau.
On November 2 (Hong Kong time), the Wynn Macau, Limited Board of Directors approved a HK$0.76 per share dividend. This dividend will be payable on December 3, 2010, to stockholders of record on November 22, 2010. In addition, the Board of Wynn Macau, Limited determined the Company will consider paying recurring dividends, with a target yield of 1-3% annually, after a review of the then current financial results during each year and having regard to the terms of the financing documents that Wynn Macau, Limited is party to. The Board of Directors has determined that a target yield of 1-3% annually, will allow Wynn Macau, Limited to maintain ample liquidity to achieve its Cotai growth strategy.
Wynn Las Vegas Third Quarter Results
For the third quarter ended September 30, 2010, net revenues for our Las Vegas operations were $334.5 million, 3.1% higher than in the third quarter of 2009. Property EBITDA of $76.5 million (with a 22.9% EBITDA margin on net revenue) was up 9.3% versus the $70.0 million generated in the comparable period in 2009, primarily due to higher non-gaming revenues.
Net casino revenues in the third quarter of 2010 were $138.4 million, down 3.9% from the third quarter of 2009. Table games drop was $545.1 million, compared to drop of $518.1 million in the 2009 quarter and table games win percentage of 22.8% was within the property’s expected range of 21% to 24% and below the 23.7% reported in the 2009 quarter. Slot machine handle of $690.6 million was 18.8% below the comparable period of 2009, however net slot win was down only 3.4%.
Gross non-casino revenues for the quarter were $239.4 million, a 6.3% increase from the third quarter of 2009, driven primarily by higher revenues from our nightclub operations and the recently opened Encore Beach Club and Surrender nightclub.
Room revenues were down 1.7% to $75.6 million during the quarter, versus $76.9 million in the third quarter of 2009. Even though Average Daily Rate (ADR) was flat at $210 and occupancy increased from 83.9% to 87.8%, we had 6.2% fewer room nights available for sale during the quarter due to our remodel of the rooms at Wynn Las Vegas. This room remodel is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2011.
Food and beverage revenues increased 15.5% to $111.8 million in the quarter as we opened the new Encore Beach Club and Surrender nightclub in May 2010. Retail revenues were $20.7 million in the quarter, 1.8% below last year’s levels. Entertainment revenues increased 9.2% to $18.1 million from the third quarter of 2009 primarily due to the Garth Brooks performances (started in December 2009).
Other Factors Affecting Earnings
Interest expense was $60.3 million for the third quarter of 2010. Depreciation and amortization expense was $99.3 million during the quarter compared to $101.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2009. Depreciation decreased modestly even with the opening of Encore at Wynn Macau (in April 2010) and the Beach Club at Wynn Las Vegas (in May 2010) as Wynn Las Vegas’ depreciation decreased as a result of assets with a 5 year life being fully depreciated as of April 2010.
Corporate expense and other was $25.5 million (including approximately $6.8 million of stock based compensation) in the third quarter of 2010, a $9.7 million increase primarily due to higher bonus accruals and development expenses.
Property charges and other for the quarter ended September 30, 2010 were $17.5 million including a $14.9 million payment associated with a Wynn Las Vegas nightclub management contract termination payment.
In August 2010, Wynn Las Vegas issued $1.32 billion of 7 3/4% First Mortgage Notes due 2020, concurrently tendered for and redeemed all of its 2014 Notes and amended its credit facilities. In connection with this transaction, we recorded a loss on extinguishment of debt of $64.2 million including the tender consideration, the call premium and the related write offs of the unamortized debt issue costs and original issue discount. During the quarter we also extended the majority of the Wynn Las Vegas bank debt to 2015, amended the bank covenants by reducing the interest coverage test and eliminating the leverage ratio test.
Balance Sheet and Capital Expenditures
Our total cash balances at September 30, 2010 were $1.9 billion. Total debt outstanding at the end of the quarter was $3.2 billion, including approximately $2.6 billion of Wynn Las Vegas debt and $552 million of Wynn Macau debt.
The Company, after paying the $8 cash dividend, will have approximately $1.0 billion in cash and $3.4 billion in debt.
Capital expenditures during the third quarter of 2010, net of changes in construction payables and retention, totaled approximately $40 million primarily related to the Wynn Las Vegas room remodel.
Conference Call Information
The Company will hold a conference call to discuss its results on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. PT (4:30 p.m. ET). Interested parties are invited to join the call by accessing a live audio webcast at http://www.wynnresorts.com (Investor Relations).
This release contains forward-looking statements regarding operating trends and future results of operations. Such forward-looking information involves important risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect anticipated results in the future and, accordingly, such results may differ from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by us. The risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, competition in the casino/hotel and resorts industries, the Company’s dependence on existing management, levels of travel, leisure and casino spending, general economic conditions, and changes in gaming laws or regulations. Additional information concerning potential factors that could affect the Company's financial results is included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and the Company's other periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update its forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Non-GAAP financial measures
(1) “Adjusted property EBITDA” is earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, pre-opening costs, property charges and other, corporate expenses, stock-based compensation, and other non-operating income and expenses, and includes equity in income from unconsolidated affiliates. Adjusted property EBITDA is presented exclusively as a supplemental disclosure because management believes that it is widely used to measure the performance, and as a basis for valuation, of gaming companies. Management uses adjusted property EBITDA as a measure of the operating performance of its segments and to compare the operating performance of its properties with those of its competitors. The Company also presents adjusted property EBITDA because it is used by some investors as a way to measure a company’s ability to incur and service debt, make capital expenditures and meet working capital requirements. Gaming companies have historically reported EBITDA as a supplement to financial measures in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). In order to view the operations of their casinos on a more stand-alone basis, gaming companies, including Wynn Resorts, Limited, have historically excluded from their EBITDA calculations pre-opening expenses, property charges, corporate expenses and stock-based compensation, that do not relate to the management of specific casino properties. However, adjusted property EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to operating income as an indicator of the Company’s performance, as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity, or as an alternative to any other measure determined in accordance with GAAP. Unlike net income, adjusted property EBITDA does not include depreciation or interest expense and therefore does not reflect current or future capital expenditures or the cost of capital. The Company has significant uses of cash flows, including capital expenditures, interest payments, debt principal repayments, taxes and other non-recurring charges, which are not reflected in adjusted property EBITDA. Also, Wynn Resorts’ calculation of adjusted property EBITDA may be different from the calculation methods used by other companies and, therefore, comparability may be limited.
The Company has included schedules in the tables that accompany this release that reconcile (i) net income (loss) attributable to Wynn Resorts to adjusted net income attributable to Wynn Resorts, and (ii) operating income (loss) to adjusted property EBITDA and adjusted property EBITDA to net income (loss) attributable to Wynn Resorts.
(2) Adjusted net income attributable to Wynn Resorts is net income (loss) before pre-opening costs, (gain) loss on extinguishment of debt/exchange offer, change in swap fair value, property charges and other expenses. Adjusted net income attributable to Wynn Resorts and adjusted net income per share attributable to Wynn Resorts (“EPS”) are presented as supplemental disclosures because management believes that these financial measures are widely used to measure the performance, and as a principal basis for valuation, of gaming companies. These measures are used by management and/or evaluated by some investors, in addition to income and EPS computed in accordance with GAAP, as an additional basis for assessing period-to-period results of our business. Adjusted net income attributable to Wynn Resorts and adjusted net income attributable to Wynn Resorts per share may be different from the calculation methods used by other companies and, therefore, comparability may be limited.