09/10/2013 11:00AM

MTR Gaming to merge with casino company Eldorado Resorts


MTR Gaming Inc., the owner and operator of racetrack-casinos Mountaineer Park, Presque Isle Downs, and Scioto Downs, has reached an agreement to merge with Eldorado Resorts, a private company that operates three casinos, the two companies announced on Monday.

The combined company will be called Eldorado Resorts Inc., the announcement said. Current shareholders of MTR will be given an option of selling up to 5.8 million shares for $5.15 a share, the companies said, while the owners of Eldorado will be issued 35.6 million new shares that will be initially priced at $5.15 per share. That will give the Eldorado owners a 55 percent stake in the merged company.

MTR’s stock on Monday closed at $4.17, up 60 cents.

If the merger goes through, the combined company will own and operate six casino properties in five states. Eldorado owns and operates two casinos in Reno, Nev., and a casino in Shreveport, La. One of the Reno casinos is operated in partnership with MGM Grand.

Casino companies have been under pressure over the past several years because of declining per-property revenues and profit margins due to the rapid expansion of casino gambling over the past five years and the effects of the recession on disposable income for lower-income people.


1971 Whippet More than 1 year ago
Declining profit margins. Presque Isle on-track handle for their G2 Masters last night was less than 10% of purses paid. A great deal for the horse owners, jocks, agents. For the shareholders? Nuttin'. Last nights' crowd looked like something you'll see at Turfway in February. Hope MTR shareholders enjoy that $5.15.
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
Presque Isle has got to stop reporting actual attendance in the charts like most racinos. (BTW Masters night had 791 on hand, lol)