Questions about the Palms Acquisition

Red Rock Resorts announced its acquisition of the Palms on May 10. We believe investors and analysts should ask the following questions: When will Red Rock disclose the Palms purchase agreement? What will Red Rock have to do to bump Palms’ EBITDA up by 25% in one year? Will “Palms Station” cannibalize Palace Station?

How Will Red Rock Grow in a Saturated and Stagnant Market?

The flip side of Station Casinos’ saturation of the locals market means growth in its core Las Vegas business would have to come from significant increases in (1) the population of Las Vegas and/or (2) customer spending per capita. Facing low population growth and a decline in locals’ gaming behaviors, the company is unlikely to experience much, if any, upside in its core Las Vegas locals business.
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The Deutsche Bank Overhang: An Update

We sent another letter to Nevada gaming regulators on May 19, 2016 to update them on Deutsche Bank’s most recent legal and regulatory developments and to strongly urge they call the bank forward for a suitability review in order to protect the integrity of Nevada’s casino industry.

Fidelity Would Have Valued Station Casinos at $9.19 at the End of January

If Fidelity bond funds valued at Station Casinos at an estimated $9.19 per share at the end of January, what will Fidelity equity funds value the company at if they decide to participate in the upcoming Red Rock Resorts IPO? Will Fidelity ask itself, internally, how Station Casinos could have doubled in value in less than three months?

More Growth Questions about the Las Vegas Locals Gaming Market

Economic data from federal agencies and gaming data from the Gaming Control Board suggest the current recovery in the Las Vegas area is moving slower than a previous post-recession recovery. Furthermore, we identify a potential limit to the current recovery in terms of the slot win percentage. Growing casino revenue through tighter slots has its limits.

Deutsche Bank Would Have Valued Red Rock at $5.39 Per Share a Year Ago

According to a 2/17/15 Deutsche Bank analyst report, Station Casinos LLC, as of 12/31/2014, was estimated to have an enterprise value to be $2.59 billion with an implied an equity valuation of $624.6 million. Investors should ask Deutsche Bank how, in its opinion, the value of Station Casinos could have more than tripled in little over a year.