MGM Growth acquires Hard Rock Rocksino in billion dollar deal
MGM Growth Properties has acquired Cleveland’s Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield in a $1.06 billion deal.
Under the terms of the deal, MGM Growth will recieve a 200,000-square foot casino with 2200 video lottery slot machines, along with the Northfield Park harness racetrack, from previous owner Milstein Entertainment. The REIT, an MGM Resorts spin-off, is also in the process of finalizing the acquisition of the famous Yonkers Raceway and its accompanying Empire City Casino.
MGM Growth was formed in 2016 and launched its IPO on the New York Stock Exchange shortly afterward, raising $1.2 billion. It is 70 per cent owned by MGM Resorts International.
REITs receive special tax considerations and can trade at higher stock market prices, potentially offering investors high returns.
The Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park will be rented to its majority owner for $50 to $60 million a year, the company has said.
MGM Growth CEO James Stewart said in an official statement on Friday he was “excited” about the first official addition to the REIT’s portfolio, which he added would bring “further geographic diversification” to the MGM brand.
“[A REIT] improves the balance sheet of MGM Resorts, it provides another growth vehicle for the company and it will…provide a different investment opportunity, as [Growth Properties] goes out and can acquire assets,” MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren further explained about the spin-off.
Known as the “The Home of the Flying Turns” and for its motto “Every nineteen minutes the place goes crazy,” Northfield Park is the venue for the Battle for Lake Eerie, which has grown from its 1980s inception to become one of the premier events on the Free-For-All pacing calendar.
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