James Packer's Crown Resorts to divide off worldwide casino business

James Packer's Crown Resorts will split its worldwide business into a brand-new noted automobile and explore a potential IPO of a property trust that would include all of the company's Australian hotels, except Crown Towers in Melbourne.

Mr. Packer will no longer be used as an executive of Crown Resorts under the proposal, but will continue as the deputy chair of Macau-focused Melco Crown.

His personal business, Consolidated Press Holdings, might earn up to $8 million every year under a services contract.

"I am totally encouraging of the board's choices today," Mr. Packer said.

"Crown is one of Australia's most successful tourism and leisure company's and I am incredibly proud of exactly what we have actually accomplished with our resorts in Australia, however also throughout Asia. This new business structure, well positions Crown for the next decade as we continue to grow our company and fulfill the needs of the emerging Asian middle class."

Crown owns a 27.4 percent stake New York-listed casino group Melco Crown Entertainment, after cutting its stake in May, raising $US800 million. Melco operates 3 casinos in Macau, one in the Philippines.

Crown's stake in Melco Crown will go into the new global holding company, together with its investment in Las Vegas casino and hotel Alon which is under advancement its 20 percent holding in the Nobu restaurant chain, it's 50 per stake in British regional casino operator Aspers and its stake in Caesars Growth Partners

Crown Resorts will retain the company's casinos and hotels in Melbourne and Perth and the hotel and casino under advancement at Sydney's Barangaroo precinct. It will also maintain Betfair Australasia, a 62 percent stake in online bookmaker Crownbet and 50 percent in Ellerston resort in the Hunter Valley.

Crown will then examine the float of a property trust which would own the Australian hotels, leaving out Crown Towers in Melbourne.

Crown would own 51 percent of the trust.

Crown Resorts chair Rob Rankin would chair both companies. He said the relocation was designed to unlock value in the group.

"The board has for a long time been wanting to resolve exactly what our company believe to be a product undervaluation by the market of Crown Resorts' assets, due to a conventional consolidated (or amalgamated) structure," Mr. Rankin stated.

"In particular, we believe that Crown Resorts' incredibly high quality Australian resorts are not being fully valued and the Crown Resorts share rate has been extremely correlated to the efficiency of its investment in Macau."

Mr. Packer, who owns 53 per cent of Crown, exposed in December 2015 that his personal investment vehicle, Consolidated Press Holdings, was analyzing a privatization of the casino operator.

Mr. Packer held talks with sovereign wealth funds and other cashed-up investors to take a look at how he might money such relocation.

In the 6 months to December 31, 2015, Crown made normalized net revenue of $210.3 million in overall, which $37.2 million was its share of Melco Crown earnings.

Crown shares have fallen 11.7 per cent in the last 12 months to close at $11.26 on Wednesday.


Atlantic City officials declined the former Revel resort's plans to start resuming on Wednesday, saying inspections need to be done and crucial permits need to be released.

Dale Finch, director of the city's Licensing and Inspections department, said the city will not provide a certification of occupancy to owner Glenn Straub until Thursday at the earliest.

Elevators at the 47-story structure have to be checked, work that will begin on Wednesday, stated Chris Filiciello, chief of personnel to Mayor Don Guardian.

"We are dealing with them and doing as much as possible to open them as soon as we can," Filiciello said.

Earlier in the day, Straub firmly insisted 900 hotel spaces and several amenities would be open to the general public on Wednesday - even as he offered that he might not wish to remain there as a traveler till things are a bit more all set.

"I'm not sure I’d wish to check in till we get an opportunity to clean it up tomorrow," Straub informed press reporters Tuesday after offering a trip of the properties to Guardian and 2 City Council members. "I'm unsure I'd wish to be here on vacation if you can't get a drink."

Alcohol licenses were amongst a long list of approvals that still had not been gotten since Tuesday afternoon.

Resting on a curb amidst the weeds outside the casino's power plant he purchased after an epic legal battle in 2014, Straub seemed more confident the majority of his resort - aside from the casino, which will not open until late August - might be working by Friday.

He is outsourcing much of the operation. The 900 hotel spaces he had actually wished to have open and inhabited on Wednesday are to be run by a management company he has yet to identify because it is still obtaining a casino permit.

Straub also has not yet exposed the new name of Revel, though he did hint that it may have an Asian theme. He said he would reveal the brand-new name Thursday or Friday.

There were some small signs of progress Tuesday. A barrier obstructing the exit from the parking lot had been removed, and a booth offering browsing lessons was set up on the Boardwalk outside the building.

Revel shut down in September 2014, one of four Atlantic City casinos to do so that year. It cost $2.4 billion to build, never ever turned a profit and went bankrupt two times prior to closing. Straub bought it for $82 million out of bankruptcy court, or about 5 cents on the dollar.

Crown restructures to hone casino focus

James Packer's Crown Resorts is spinning off its struggling Macau investment as part of efforts to realize the value of its casinos in Melbourne, Perth and eventually Sydney.

The company considers demerging its international investments and developing a new property trust for its Melbourne and Perth hotels, permitting it to concentrate on its Australian gambling establishments, high-end London casino and online gambling operations.

Chairman Robert Rankin, who replaced James Packer in the function in August, stated Crown Resorts has actually long been looking to handle a substantial undervaluation of its assets by the share market.

"In particular, our company believe that Crown Resorts' extremely high quality Australian resorts are not being totally valued and the Crown Resorts share cost has been highly associated to the performance of its investment in Macau," he stated.

Crown's market value has actually fallen by more than a 3rd since the start of 2014, as difficult conditions in Macau have actually caused a sharp tumble in income for its Melco Crown Entertainment joint endeavor.

Crown recently reduced its stake in MCE to 27.4 percent, which will be the main asset in a proposed, separately listed company Crown is calling InternationalCo.

"Following the proposed demerger, investors will have the opportunity to buy Crown Resorts which will own and run Australia's pre-eminent integrated resorts, with amazing developments such as Crown Sydney," Mr. Rankin stated.

The company's non-casino possessions in Australia - Melbourne and Perth's Crown Promenade hotels and Crown Metropol hotels, and the under building Crown Towers Perth hotel - are likewise being shifted into a brand-new property trust.

The trust will be listed on the share market and hold a 49 per cent stake in those hotels, while Crown Resorts retains 51 per cent.

Modifications are likewise afoot for Crown's dividends, with 100 percent of its normalized net revenue to be paid out from October; a move that if in place in 2015 would have which resulted in a 35 per cent boost to dividends.

The restructure plans stay subject to finalization by Crown's board and approval from governments and regulators.

The company's plans to keep Mr. Packer on as a senior executive have been ditched.

The casino group remains a top priority for Mr. Packer, who holds a managing stake, and is deputy chairman at MCE, Crown Resorts stated.

Mr. Packer said in a statement he fully supported the board's choices on Wednesday.

"Crown is one of Australia's most effective tourism and leisure company's and I am incredibly proud of what we have actually accomplished with our resorts in Australia, but also throughout Asia," he stated.

"This new corporate structure well places Crown for the next years as we continue to grow our business and satisfy the needs of the emerging Asian middle class."