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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Disney Is Backing Anti-Casino Initiative in Florida

    Walt Disney (DIS) has spent about $20 million to support a Florida ballot initiative that seeks to restrict casino expansion in the state.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    High-Yield Bond Funds Saw Third-Largest YTD Inflows, Yields Ticked Up

    Yields on high-yield debt and spreads between high-yield debt and Treasuries rose over the week ended March 24, 2016.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Intelsat Jackson Issued Most Junk Bonds in the Week Ended March 24

    Continuous improvement in market conditions resulted in the highest year-to-date (or YTD) high-yield bond issuance in the primary market last week.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    High-Yield Bond Issuance Recorded Is the Highest in 2016 YTD

    High-yield bond issuance surged last week and recorded its highest level in 2016 due to improved primary market sentiment.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Outflows in High Yield Bond Funds Speed up in the Week to May 8

    Both yields on high yield debt (HYG) and spreads between high yield debt (JNK) and Treasuries (TLT) (IEF) remained unchanged over the week ended May 8.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    High Yield Debt Issuers Return to Market after a Subdued Week

    Junk bond, or high yield debt, issuers returned to the primary market after looking out for the monetary policy announcement by the Federal Reserve in the previous week.

    By David Ashworth
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    Consumer

    Cost of Equity Deteriorating Melco’s WACC

    Melco Crown Entertainment’s ROIC has been lower than its weighted average cost of capital for most of the last three years.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    A Quick Guide To The Bifurcation Of Caesars’s Operating Leases

    The initial term of each lease will be for 15 years with four five-year renewals. CZR will guarantee payments and performance of the OpCo’s obligations.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    Casino REITs Are Becoming Popular In The US

    US casino operators are considering REIT spin-offs to achieve higher valuations. Real estate is a main income source. REITs distribute at least 90% of their taxable earnings to shareholders.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    Casinos May Look To Expand Non-Gaming In 2015

    Casino operators may want to add more non-gaming amenities in 2015. This will strengthen customer spending after a year of slow casino revenues.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Institutional investors dominate at Pinnacle Entertainment

    Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) has approximately 59.2 million outstanding shares, with free float of 57 million shares. Institutional investors hold around 122% of the float.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Shorting Pinnacle’s stock could be difficult to cover

    The short-interest ratio for Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) dropped from 13 days as of October 31, 2014, to five days as of November 14, 2014.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    Pinnacle Entertainment’s use of capital

    Capital employment Casino companies fund their acquisitions with a significant amount of debt capital. ROIC (return on invested capital) is an important metric that shows how effectively a company makes use of its capital. To calculate ROIC, divide EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) by the employed capital. A higher ratio denotes that more profit […]

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Pinnacle’s leverage ratio could be a concern for investors

    Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) has a massive debt-to-equity ratio of 15.4. This indicates that PNK is very aggressive in financing its operations with debt.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Liquidity analysis for Pinnacle Entertainment

    The current ratio for Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) had declined severely to 0.7 as of September 30, 2014, from 2.9 as of December 31, 2012.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Key financials for Pinnacle Entertainment

    Wall Street analysts expect Pinnacle Entertainment’s adjusted net profit for 2015E to be about $92 million with a growth rate of 34.9%.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Pinnacle Entertainment earns its gaming revenues

    Revenues for Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) are mostly cash-based. Customers wager with cash or pay for non-gaming services with cash or credit cards.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Profitability analysis of Pinnacle Entertainment

    Pinnacle Entertainment’s compounded annual growth rate of adjusted property EBITDA over a three-year period ending on December 31, 2013, stood at 20.2%.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Pinnacle Entertainment’s cost structure

    Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) incurs direct costs in gaming, food and beverage, lodging, retail, entertainment, and other areas.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    Revenue breakdown for Pinnacle Entertainment

    Pinnacle Entertainment’s gaming revenues represented 89% of total revenues generated by the company for the trailing twelve months ending September 30, 2014.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    What is Pinnacle Entertainment’s forward valuation?

    As of November 28, 2014, Pinnacle Entertainment’s one year forward EV/EBITDA stood at 9.2x compared to its peer group average of 7.6x.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    Pinnacle Entertainment pays debt from efficient cash flow

    During 3Q14, Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) repaid ~$116 million of total debt from its cash flow from operations. It accomplished this with the help of efficient cash flow and working capital management as well as reductions in its growth capital commitments.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    How Wynn Resorts effectively employs its huge debt

    Wynn Resorts’ (WYNN) return on capital employed (or ROCE) has been greater than its weighted average cost of capital (or WACC) over the last three years.

    By Shawn Bolton
  • Consumer

    Why Penn National Gaming is an attractive investment

    A company can generate more earnings if a lot of debt is used to finance additional operations, even if it results in high debt-to-equity. If earnings are that much greater than the interest cost of the debt, shareholders win.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Why Penn National Gaming’s liquidity is strong

    Liquidity ratios determine a company’s ability to meet its short-term obligations. The liquidity position of a company can be measured by using two main liquidity ratios—current ratio and quick ratio.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Must-know: Penn National Gaming’s performance metrics

    Performance metric Penn National Gaming, Inc. (PENN) defines adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, stock compensation, debt-extinguishment charges, impairment charges, insurance recoveries and deductible charges, depreciation and amortization, gain or loss on disposal of assets, and other income or expenses. Adjusted EBITDAR is adjusted EBITDA excluding rent expenses such as those associated with PENN’s […]

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Penn National Gaming’s must-know revenue by segment

    PENN derives more than half of its revenue from the East/Midwest segment, while it derives 34% and 9% of its revenues from the Southern Plains and West segments, respectively.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    An overview of Penn National Gaming’s diverse holdings

    PENN’s operated facilities feature ~31,000 gaming machines, 760 table games, and 3,100 hotel rooms. PENN owns and operates gaming and racing facilities with a focus on slot machines.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    Why Caesars Entertainment’s stockholders’ equity is negative

    Caesars Entertainment’s (CZR) stockholders equity is negative, according to its latest balance sheet. Stockholder equity consists of capital contributed and retained earnings.

    By Shawn Bolton
  • Consumer

    Why Caesars Entertainment’s capital structure is unsustainable

    Standard & Poor’s recently downgraded Caesars Entertainment’s (CZR) bond credit rating to CCC as a result of liquidity concerns.

    By Shawn Bolton
  • Consumer

    Why Caesars Entertainment shut down its Atlantic City casino

    Recently, Caesars Entertainment (CZR) closed down its profitable Atlantic City casino Showboat, which had operated for 27 years.

    By Shawn Bolton
  • Consumer

    Must-know: Caesars’ performance since its memorable IPO

    Caesars Entertainment’s first trade day was one of the best initial public offering performances in the history of the U.S. stock market.

    By Shawn Bolton
  • Consumer

    Why a liquidity analysis is important for Las Vegas Sands

    Las Vegas Sands (LVS) maintained its ability to cover short-term obligations. It maintained its obligations despite investing in growth opportunities. Also, it wasn’t severely impacted by the economic downturn. However, its current ratio and quick ratio have declined compared to 2011.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    Must-know: A profitability analysis of Las Vegas Sands

    LVS increased its revenue and adjusted property EBITDA since 2009. It had a compound annual growth rate (or CAGR) of 31.8% and 44.7% respectively. LVS’s trailing 12 months (or TTM) revenue and adjusted property EBITDA stand at $14.86 billion and $5.28 billion, respectively. It has a margin of 35.5%.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Must-know: A business overview of Las Vegas Sands

    Sheldon Adelson established Las Vegas Sands (LVS) in 1988. It’s based in Nevada. Las Vegas Sands develops, owns, and operates integrated resorts in the U.S., Macao, and Singapore. LVS has ~2,570 table games and 13,130 slot machines worldwide. The company was listed in the New York Stock Exchange in 2004.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    Must-know: The most popular casino games

    Casinos’ popularity is growing. This suggests that people like to gamble occasionally. Unfortunately, they don’t always win. For most of the people, the real fun is playing the game—not necessarily winning.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Why new entrants haven’t been a threat for the casino industry

    The casino industry has heavy capital expenditures in gaming machines. This contributes significantly to the total output that’s generated by a casino operator. This is why the threat of new entrants to the industry has been low.

    By Shawn Bolton
  • Consumer

    Why the casino industry’s growth trend continues

    Even though casino expansion is cannibalizing existing market revenues, the growth trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down. State legislatures continue to view gaming as an easy way to earn a significant amount of taxes. In 2012, state gaming tax revenues increased by 8.5%—or $661.4 million.

    By Shawn Bolton
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    Consumer

    Singer’s Elliott Management sells its Delphi Automotive shares

    Elliott Management trimmed its position in Delphi Automotive PLC (DLPH) in 1Q 2014. The position accounted for 6.66% of the fund’s 4Q 2013 portfolio and currently stands at 0.36% of the 1Q 2014 portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Paul Singer’s Elliott Management sells its shares in Time Warner

    Elliott Management sold its position in Time Warner Inc. (TWX) in 1Q 2014. The position accounted for 1.17% of the fund’s 4Q 2013 portfolio and was initiated in the same quarter.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Singer’s Elliott Management sells its large position in NetApp

    Elliott Management disposed of a large position in NetApp Inc. (NTAP) last quarter. The position accounted for 10.03% of the fund’s 4Q 2013 portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Elliott Management buys a new stake in Hornbeck Offshore Services

    Elliott Management took a new position in Hornbeck Offshore Services (HOS) last quarter. The position accounts for 0.58% of the fund’s $5.05 billion portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Paul Singer’s Elliott Management adds a new position in SM Energy

    Elliott Management took a new position in SM Energy Co. (SM) last quarter. The position accounts for 0.67% of the fund’s $5.05 billion portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Paul Singer’s Elliott Management buys a new stake in Boyd Gaming

    Elliott took a new position in Boyd Gaming Corp. (BYD) last quarter. The position accounts for 1.41% of the fund’s $5.05 billion portfolio.

    By Samantha Nielson
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