MGM Resorts Q1 Profits Up 65 Percent: Beats Wall Street Expectations

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MGM Resorts Q1 Profits Up 65 Percent: Beats Wall Street Expectations

LAS VEGAS – (Associated Press) - MGM Resorts International posted a profit of $169.9 million, or 33 cents a share, in the quarter that ended March 31. That was up 65 percent compared to the same time a year ago and easily beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 14 cents per share.

The bottom line was boosted in part by a legal settlement related to MGM Resorts’ CityCenter development and a dividend payout from the project of which it owns a 50 percent stake. The focus of the legal settlement — the never-finished Harmon tower being slowly deconstructed — sits on 2.2 acres where the nearby Crystals luxury shopping mall might expand, Murren said. He said the company’s board is eager to find a buyer for Crystals, which MGM Resorts values at more than $1 billion.

MGM Resorts reported revenue of $2.33 billion in the first quarter, down 11 percent compared to the prior year and below Wall Street’s forecast of $2.44 billion.

The company, like Las Vegas as a whole, had a tough quarter compared to 2014, when the construction-industry trade show Conexpo-Con/Agg was in town bringing more than 100,000 attendees and boosting revenue. It returns in 2017.

Revenue was also hurt by a decline at MGM China, its property in the Asian gambling enclave of Macau that has seen its gambling fortunes shrink as VIPs stay away from table games and slot machines amid a government crackdown on corruption.

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