LAS VEGAS—Red Rock Resorts, Inc., formerly known as Station Casinos LLC, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Palms Casino Resort, based here, for total cash consideration of $312.5 million.
“With the acquisition of the Palms we gain a leading gaming asset in Las Vegas with key strategic benefits in the Las Vegas locals market and close proximity to the Las Vegas Strip,” said Marc Falcone, EVP, chief financial officer and treasurer of Red Rock Resorts. “With its appeal to both Las Vegas residents and tourists alike, the Palms is a hybrid gaming property that is uniquely positioned to benefit from the strong economic trends in Southern Nevada and record visitation levels in Las Vegas. With our experience owning and operating other hybrid offerings in Las Vegas, it is a compelling strategic addition to our portfolio of properties and we look forward to welcoming the Palms’ team members to our company.”
“We are very proud of our team members for their hard work, dedication and commitment to guest service and the community,” said Palms CEO Todd Greenberg. “We are extremely excited for all the great opportunities our team members will have with Red Rock Resorts and Station Casinos.”
Factoring in anticipated synergies, the company estimates that the Palms will generate $35 million in EBITDA during the first full year of ownership, resulting in an implied multiple of 8.8 times EBITDA for the transaction. The company expects the acquisition to be accretive to earnings per share and free cash flow positive in first full year of operations.
Located directly across I-15 from the core of the Las Vegas Strip, Palms features a 95,000-sq.-ft. casino with approximately 1,250 slots and 48 table games, a race and sportsbook, approximately 710 hotel rooms across two towers with 85 suites and 19 penthouses, 599 condos, 15 fine dining and casual restaurants, 60,000 sq.-ft. of meeting and convention space, Ghostbar Nightclub, the 2,500 seat Pearl Theater, luxury spa, two-acre Palms Pool and year-round Palms Place Pool and a 14 screen Brenden Theatres & IMAX movieplex.
The transaction is expected to close during the third quarter of 2016, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including the receipt of all required gaming approvals and the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP served as legal advisor to Red Rock Resorts, Inc. for the transaction. Macquarie Capital served as financial advisor and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP served as legal advisor to FP Holdings L.P. dba Palms Casino Resort.