MGM CFO Halkyard Highlights Conference Biz, Inventory Buybacks

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Posted on: September 20, 2022, 10:48h. 

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MGM Resorts Worldwide (NYSE:MGM) may consider extra acquisitions following the acquisition of LeoVegas whereas persevering with to reward buyers by way of share buybacks, famous CFO Jonathan Halkyard.

MGM CFO Jonathan Halkyard in a 2018 interview. He mentioned conference enterprise is bouncing again. (Picture: Lodge Enterprise)

He made the feedback Tuesday at Deutsche Financial institution’s 30th Annual Leveraged Finance Convention. MGM not too long ago put the ending touches on its $607 million acquisition of LeoVegas — a transfer that positions the on line casino big to broaden its web gaming and sports activities betting footprints in Europe.

Halkyard informed analysts and buyers on the convention LeoVegas had some acquisitions within the works previous to MGM floating its takeover off in Might, however the Swedish gaming firm confronted capital constraints in getting offers executed. With a powerful money place, MGM may consider among the irons LeoVegas had within the hearth, however Halkyard didn’t determine particular targets.

Echoing remark he’s made at earlier funding confabs, Halkyard informed attendees on the Deutsche Financial institution convention that MGM will stay a devoted purchaser of its personal inventory, noting the gaming firm repurchased about 30% of its market capitalization over the previous yr.

Encouraging Conference Indicators, Inventory Feedback

Attributable to its standing as the most important operator on the Las Vegas Strip, integral to the MGM funding thesis is the return of conference and assembly enterprise to the most important US on line casino heart. After a multi-year delay following induced by the coronavirus pandemic, group and assembly turnover seems to be trending in the precise route, famous Halkyard.

A yr in the past, folks had been very tentative of their planning and cancellation clauses and rebooking had been closely negotiated,” mentioned the MGM finance boss. “We’re seeing very a lot a return to normalcy and even actual enthusiasm across the group and assembly enterprise and that’s extending deep into the primary and second quarter of 2023.”

Halkyard mentioned the group and assembly enterprise accounts for 20% of MGM’s turnover and its pricing units a base for the remainder of the operator’s income administration endeavors. For MGM and rivals, conventions are very important as a result of these get-togethers increase midweek occupancy charges in Las Vegas.

In discussing the corporate’s shares, Halkyard identified the inventory trades at an implied US enterprise worth/earnings earlier than curiosity depreciation and amortization (EV/EBITDA) of simply 5.3x. That doesn’t embody the corporate’s almost 56% stake in MGM China and that estimate ascribes no worth to BetMGM. On the finish of the second quarter, MGM Resorts had $4.34 billion in money and whole liquidity of $4.34 billion.

Talking of BetMGM…

BetMGM — the web on line casino and on-line sportsbook operator wherein MGM holds a 50% curiosity — issued bullish monetary commentary in Might. Halkyard reiterated that view on the Deutsche Financial institution convention.

The MGM CFO mentioned that by the tip of this yr, the on line casino firm and accomplice Entain can have contributed $1 billion in capital to the iGaming unit. He added BetMGM ought to flip worthwhile on an EBITDA foundation by the tip of 2023.

BetMGM has about 30% of the US on-line on line casino market whereas its closest competitor hovers round 20%. Relating to on-line sports activities betting, BetMGM is a strong quantity two, although it trails chief FanDuel by a large margin.

Halkyard mentioned MGM enjoys benefits in web gaming by the use of its land-based casinos, citing Michigan, the place it runs MGM Grand Detroit, as a first-rate instance.

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