MGM Buying Vegas Casino and Resort Operations in $5.6B Deal

BMR Genie

BMR Genie

Jun 16, 2016

"MGM Resorts is moving aggressively into mobile sports betting, but it hasn’t forgotten its roots: It’s buying Las Vegas’ Cosmopolitan casino and resort operations as part of a $5.6 billion deal.

The Las Vegas strip destination was purchased by private equity firm Blackstone in 2014 for about $1.8 billion and will change hands when the transaction closes in 2022. The Cosmopolitan hosts a sportsbook run by Caesars Entertainment-owned William Hill.
  • MGM will pay $1.63 billion to become The Cosmopolitan’s casino and resort operator. The physical property is being sold to an investor group including a Blackstone trust, Stonepeak Partners, and the Cherng Family Trust for around $4 billion.
  • MGM will enter a 30-year lease, with three decade-long options for renewal.
  • Blackstone said it invested $500 million in the property in renovations and additions. It is turning a $4.1 billion profit on the investment, including cash flow generated by The Cosmopolitan.
MGM is looking to take full control of BetMGM, the sports betting outfit it owns 50-50 with Entain. The online sportsbook is available in 14 states, and MGM has sponsorship deals with the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL.

In July, Blackstone acquired a majority stake in Certified Collectibles Group, valuing the collectible platform at over $500 million. In April, it joined an $80 million funding round for sports media and startup basketball league Overtime. In May 2019, it took a $204.9 million minority stake in betting platform SuperBet.

It previously explored buying stakes in Serie A and Sportradar."