We recently sent a letter to Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to provide the governor with “specific examples of problems related to the approval of the Station Casinos/Red Rock Resorts IPO by the Nevada Gaming Commission on January 21, 2016 in order to illustrate the challenges Nevada faces in regulating a ‘too-big-to-regulate’ significant owner of one of the major gaming companies in Las Vegas.”
In the letter, we discuss the rushed nature of the approval of the IPO by the Gaming Control Board and Nevada Gaming Commission, Deutsche Bank’s accountability as the parent company and affiliate of a felon, federal regulators’ reactions to the bank’s misconduct, and the relationship between the bank and its designated director at Station Casinos, Mr. Robert A. Cashell, Jr. We also ask whether Nevada’s gaming regulators are too permissive toward “too-big-to-regulator” investors.
Our letter concludes with the following:
We cannot help but worry that Nevada gaming regulators appear unwilling to confront head-on the admittedly complex issues related to a “too-big-to-regulate” investor like Deutsche Bank, which is affiliated with a felon. We are fearful that this apparent unwillingness on the part of our state regulators might invite unwelcome scrutiny from federal officials, especially as federal regulators and investigators continue to work to hold Deutsche Bank accountable for its actions. Some might even begin to question whether Nevada is capable of upholding the “gold standard” of gaming industry regulation when our regulators continue to look the other way and refuse to ask hard questions about why the affiliate of a felon continues to own and profit from casinos in our state.
See more of our analysis of the Red Rock Resorts/Station Casinos IPO:
- Download our unauthorized roadshow presentation, “Red Rock Resorts: A Second-Class IPO” here.
- The insiders are cashing out at a high price compared to the company’s estimated equity.
- Growth concerns in the company’s primary Las Vegas locals market and the lack of new development agreements in the tribal gaming market.
- The tax receivable agreement could drain substantial amount of cash out of the company and affect free cash flow.
- The dual-class structure will make public investors second-class shareholders.
- The lack of disclosure regarding the regulatory problems of Deutsche Bank, a 25% current owner.