Tuesday, May 31, 2016

MGM buys Borgata - Monte Carlo Rename Next?

Boyd Gaming has agreed to sell its 50% ownership stake of The Borgata in Atlantic City to MGM Resorts International for a purchase price of $900 million. MGM was already the owner of the other 50% stake, however Boyd was the operator of the hotel and casino.

The announcement was made via separate MGM Resorts and Boyd Gaming press releases.

After the sale is complete MGM Resorts will transfer ownership of The Borgata to their real estate subsidiary MGM Growth Properties. The MGP REIT will then lease the property back to MGM, who will operate the hotel and casino. Borgata will become an M Life Rewards property.

This transaction doesn't have a direct impact on Las Vegas, but there's an interesting wrinkle. Now that MGM owns 100% of The Borgata I assume they are free to use "Borgata" as a brand name in Las Vegas.

Last year it was announced that Monte Carlo would be getting a name change. I had speculated that Borgata Las Vegas would be a great name for Monte Carlo. MGM's purchase of The Borgata today takes that unlikely scenario one step closer to reality.

Update - June 3, 2016: I guess it wasn't meant to be. The new name of Monte Carlo is Park MGM.