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Caesars Entertainment reports financial results for Q1 2019

1 May 2019

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Caesars Entertainment Corporation today reported first quarter of 2019 results as summarized in the discussion below, which highlights certain GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures on a consolidated basis.

First quarter highlights included:

Net revenues increased 7.3% to $2.12 billion.
Income from operations increased 92% to $240 million.
Net loss attributable to Caesars was $217 million. Basic loss per share totaled $0.32.
Non-GAAP hold adjusted net revenues increased 5.6% to $2.11 billion.
Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDAR increased 8.5% to $562 million.
Non-GAAP hold adjusted EBITDAR increased 2.8% to $558 million.

"Caesars delivered another solid quarter of revenue and EBITDAR growth, as well as margin improvement," said Eric Hession, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "We realized strong contributions from the Las Vegas gaming and hotel businesses, and Centaur, in addition to further operating and corporate efficiencies. These results were partially offset by the impact of competition in Atlantic City, and weather-related property closures. In addition, we generated strong cash flow from operations, which allowed us to pay off our $100 million revolver balance."

Additional developments
On 16 April 2019, Caesars announced that its Board of Directors had named Anthony (Tony) Rodio as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Rodio, who is currently CEO of Affinity Gaming, will transition to his new role at Caesars within the next thirty days. He will join the Company's Board of Directors and be based in Las Vegas. The Board of Directors also announced the creation of a Transaction Committee to oversee the Company's evaluation of ongoing efforts to create additional shareholder value.

On 29 April 2019, Harrah's Northern California opened for business, which represents the fourth active tribal management agreement in the Company's portfolio. Harrah's Northern California is a state-of-the art, 71,000 square-foot entertainment destination nestled in the scenic foothills of Amador County, California.

On 25 February 2019, Caesars announced that it had entered into a multi-state agreement with DraftKings, the leading sports-tech entertainment brand in the U.S., under which Caesars offers DraftKings market access for its online gaming products, subject to passage of applicable laws and the parties securing applicable gaming licenses. DraftKings' market access is exclusive to Caesars across certain states in which Caesars operates casino properties.

Basis of presentation
Certain additional non-GAAP financial measures have been added to highlight the results of the Company. On 16 July 2018, Caesars completed the acquisition of Centaur Holdings, LLC ("Centaur"). "2018 Data Excluding Centaur" removes the post-acquisition results of Centaur from Caesars' consolidated results. "Hold adjusted" results are adjusted to reflect the hold we achieved compared to the hold we expected. See the tables at the end of this press release for the reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP presentations.

Financial results
Caesars views each property as an operating segment and aggregate such properties into three regionally-focused reportable segments: (i) Las Vegas, (ii) Other U.S. and (iii) All Other, which is consistent with how Caesars manages the business. The results of each reportable segment presented below are consistent with the way management assesses these results and allocates resources, which is a consolidated view that adjusts for the effect of certain transactions between reportable segments within Caesars. We recast previously reported segment amounts to conform to the way management assesses results and allocates resources for the current year. "All Other" includes managed, international and other properties as well as parent and other adjustments to reconcile to consolidated Caesars results.
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