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Caesars Entertainment Announces Agreement with Carl C. Icahn

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Three New Directors Appointed to Board

 

Caesars Entertainment Corporation announced that it has entered into an agreement with Carl C. Icahn and affiliated entities regarding, among other things, the membership and composition of the Company’s Board of Directors.

Under the terms of the agreement, Keith Cozza, Courtney Mather and James Nelson are being appointed to Caesars’ Board of Directors, effective immediately.  These appointments are subject to customary regulatory approval. In connection with the director appointments, three existing directors will step down from the Board, effective immediately. The agreement also provides the Icahn Group the right to appoint a fourth representative to the Board if a new Chief Executive Officer who is acceptable to new directors is not named within 45 days of this agreement.

“Our new colleagues bring diverse and relevant experience, and we look forward to them joining our board in our ongoing efforts to further enhance value for all shareholders,” said James Hunt, Chairman of the Board. “Since the completion of Caesars’ restructuring, we have been undergoing a strategic process to create value, and we will continue that process working with our new directors.” Hunt added, “On behalf of the entire Board and Caesars’ nearly 68,000 employees, I want to thank our departing director colleagues for their distinguished and tireless service to the Company.”

Carl Icahn commented: “I believe the best path forward for Caesars requires a thorough strategic process to sell or merge the company to further develop its already strong regional presence, which will allow Caesars to continue to take advantage of the Caesars Rewards program bringing more and more players into Caesars’ Vegas market. I expect this to make Caesars the most powerful competitor in Vegas, the gaming capital of the world.  Caesars would be a great opportunity for certain investors who have already expressed interest, and I’m glad the Board will explore these opportunities.  Independent of strategic alternatives, I believe Caesars should also be focused on leadership succession, disciplined capital allocation, improving operating performance and optimizing real estate and other assets.”

Messrs. Mather and Cozza will each serve a term expiring at Caesars Entertainment’s 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “2019 Annual Meeting”), and will be nominated by the Company on its slate of nominees for election as directors at the 2019 Annual Meeting. Mr. Nelson will serve in the class of directors who will be elected at the 2020 Annual Stockholders Meeting.

Pursuant to the agreement, the Icahn Group, which beneficially owns 9.78% of Caesars’ outstanding shares, has agreed to vote all of its shares in favor of each of Caesars’ Board nominees at the Company’s 2019 Annual Meeting, which has not yet been scheduled and thereafter while its designees are board members. The Icahn Group will also be subject to certain customary standstill provisions.

Mr. Cozza will join the Governance and Corporate Responsibility Committee, Mr. Mather will be appointed to the Company’s Compensation and Management Development Committee, and Mr. Nelson will be appointed to the Company’s Audit Committee. Additionally, Messrs. Cozza and Mather will be appointed to the Strategy and Finance Committee and the Ad Hoc CEO Search Committee.

In connection with the 2019 Annual Meeting, the Board will propose further enhancements to its governance processes, asking that stockholders approve amendments to its Certificate of Incorporation to (i) permit stockholders owning at least 15% of the Company’s outstanding shares to call a special meeting of stockholders and (ii) prohibit the adoption of a stockholder rights plan with a triggering threshold below 20% of the then outstanding shares, except in limited circumstances.

 

About Caesars Entertainment:

Caesars Entertainment is the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment provider and the most geographically diverse U.S. casino-entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, in 1937, Caesars Entertainment has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions. Caesars Entertainment’s resorts operate primarily under the Caesars®, Harrah’s® and Horseshoe® brand names. Caesars Entertainment’s portfolio also includes the Caesars Entertainment UK family of casinos. Caesars Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. Caesars Entertainment is committed to environmental sustainability and energy conservation and recognizes the importance of being a responsible steward of the environment. For more information, please visit www.caesars.com

 

Source: Caesars Entertainment Corporation

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Delaware iGaming Revenue Increases in May

Niji Narayan

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Delaware Lottery has reported an increase in revenue from Delaware’s regulated igaming market ($313,648) for the month of May.

Delaware Park retained top spot in the state’s online gambling market in terms of revenue with $127,932 off $2.96m in wagers for the month. This was down from April revenue of $144,084 and $5.2m in bets.

Dover Downs was the most popular platform for punters in May, processing a total of $8.1m in bets, up from $5.5m in April. Revenue hit $123,044 for the month compared to $75,323 in April.

Harrington Raceway remains some way off the pace after taking $1.0m in online wagers during May, down from $1.2m in the previous month. However, revenue was up month-on-month from $43,775 to $62,672.

During the first five months of the year, operators generated revenue of $1.41m, with consumers spending a total of $54.7m online.

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GAN Reports Internet Gambling Growth in New Jersey for May 2019

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GAN Reports Internet Gambling Growth in New Jersey for May 2019
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GAN plc, the US based developer and supplier of Internet gambling software, has reported growth in internet gambling for the month of May 2019 in New Jersey.

The highlights include:

  • Internet Gaming Win was $38.3 million in May compared to $24.3 million in May 2018, reflecting an year-over-year increase of 57.8%.
  • Total Internet Sports Wagering Handle was approximately $263.6 million in May, compared to $254.0 million in April and $298.3 million in March.
  • Internet Sports Wagering Gross Revenue was $13.7 million in May, compared to April’s $16.6 million and March’s $24.3 million.

Internet Sports Wagering Gross Revenues may vary from month to month due to the payouts for future events occurring months after the original wager was made and unredeemed winning wagers from prior months will become deductible upon redemption in future months.

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NH Lawmakers Pass Sports Betting Bill

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The New Hampshire legislature has passed the sports betting bill and heads it to the desk of Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who has already expressed his support for the bill.

The Senate has made three amendments to the bill. The amendments made it clear that multiple online sports betting operators will be permitted in the space, but will be capped at five. It also capped the retail operators at 10.

The bill creates a subdivision of Sports Wagering within the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, which will act as the regulatory body for the industry.

The bill allows anyone over the age of 18 to wager on professional and collegiate sporting events. Gamblers will not be allowed to wager on New Hampshire colleges or collegiate sporting events in the state. It will not provide the leagues with an integrity fee and does not require operators to use official league data.

It is estimated that the industry will generate $7.5 million in tax revenue for the 2021 fiscal year and $13.5 million two years later.

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