MGM Resorts International Management Discusses Q1 2013 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

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MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM)

Q1 2013 Earnings Call

May 02, 2013 11:00 am ET

Executives

Daniel J. D'Arrigo - Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and Treasurer

James Joseph Murren - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Robert H. Baldwin - Chief Design & Construction Officer, Director, President of Project Citycenter and Chief Executive Officer of Project CC LLC

Grant R. Bowie - President

Corey I. Sanders - Chief Operating Officer

Analysts

Felicia R. Hendrix - Barclays Capital, Research Division

Joseph Greff - JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division

Steven E. Kent - Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Research Division

Shaun C. Kelley - BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division

Richard A. Hightower - ISI Group Inc., Research Division

Harry C. Curtis - Nomura Securities Co. Ltd., Research Division

Robin M. Farley - UBS Investment Bank, Research Division

Carlo Santarelli - Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division

Thomas Allen - Morgan Stanley, Research Division

Grant Govertsen - Union Gaming Research, LLC

Susan Berliner - JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division

Chad Beynon - Macquarie Research

Kevin Coyne - Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Research Division

Operator

Good morning, and welcome to the MGM Resorts International First Quarter 2013 Earnings Conference Call. Joining the call from the company today are Jim Murren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; Bobby Baldwin, Chief Design and Construction Officer of MGM Resorts International and President and CEO of CityCenter; Corey Sanders, Chief Operating Officer; Dan D'Arrigo, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer; Grant Bowie, Chief Executive Officer of MGM China Holdings, Limited. [Operator Instructions] Now I would like to turn the call over to Mr. Dan D'Arrigo.

Daniel J. D'Arrigo

Well, thank you, Mackenzie, and good morning, everyone, and welcome to our first quarter earnings call. Before we get started, just a few disclaimers here. The call is being broadcast live on the Internet at www.mgmresorts.com, and a replay of the call will be made available on our website. We furnished our press release on Form 8-K to the SEC this morning as well.

Before getting started, on this call we will make forward-looking statements under the Safe Harbor provisions of the federal securities laws. Actual results might differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to materially differ from those in these forward-looking statements is contained in today's press release and in our periodic filings with the SEC, including our most recent Form 10-K.

During the call, we will also discuss non-GAAP financial measures in talking about the company's performance. You can find a reconciliation of these measures to GAAP financial measures in our press release, which is available on our website. Finally, please note that this presentation is being recorded.

And with that, I'll turn it over to Jim.

James Joseph Murren

Well, thank you, Dan, and good morning, everyone. We are pleased to report our results today. This is the best first quarter we've had in 5 years. We've made broad sweeping progress on many fronts. Our marketing efforts are paying off. We are growing revenues, increasing our share and building loyalty. Our capital investments in room remodels, entertainment and F&B are generating attractive returns. We have, of course, strengthened our technology systems and have improved practices leading to the greater efficiencies that you see.

During the first quarter, MGM reported net revenues up 3%. Property cash flows grew 20%, demonstrating the operating leverage in our business. We're also very pleased to report record results from CityCenter, nearly tripling its profit. We also had record results at MGM China.

Our wholly owned domestic resorts results were driven by Las Vegas, where EBITDA grew 18% year-over-year. Visitation to Las Vegas remains strong, and macro trends are improving here, helping to drive the recovery. Growth in Las Vegas was somewhat offset by our regional properties, which faced difficult comparisons, as well as some of the early headwinds that have been well previewed in the marketplace. That being said, MGM Detroit and Beau Rivage remain market share leaders, and we are finding success in cross-marketing our Las Vegas properties to our regional customers. It appears to us that Las Vegas, the market hit hardest by the recession, is nicely recovering and that its performance will likely outstrip the existing regional markets for the foreseeable future.

We continue to be hard at work to build the future of our business through development opportunities as there are key strategic investments that we see as attractive. Since our last earnings call, we have broken ground on MGM Cotai. Our site work is advancing at an accelerated pace, and we continue to be on track for a first half of 2016 opening date.

In Maryland, we have been preparing our RFP for Prince George's County, which we will submit by the end of next week. We look forward to that progress and process and sharing more details on this exciting project to you in the future.

In Massachusetts, we are honored by Mayor Sarno's confidence in selecting MGM to bring a world-class urban resort to Springfield. This is an important milestone in the process as the project now seeks city council approval, after which a referendum is possible as early as July and then, ultimately, we will compete at the state level for the Western region license.

In Toronto, we and our partner, Cadillac Fairview, believe in our vision for an integrated resort in Toronto, and we continue to work towards that development opportunity.

And back here in Las Vegas, we recently announced plans to dramatically enhance the experience and offerings with an outdoor retail and restaurant park at 2 of our iconic resorts, Monte Carlo and New York-New York. Hershey's, sbe and Shake Shack are already signed up to be anchor tenants in this project. We expect to be announcing further details about these projects very, very soon.

We plan on integrating this outdoor park with our recently announced plans for a new world-class arena in partnership with AEG. This new 20,000-seat arena will be situated behind Monte Carlo and New York-New York and is planned to open in 2016. Our goal for the arena is to drive additional large events to Las Vegas, which further increases visitation and spend at our properties.

I am pleased with our results for the first quarter and believe that we are well positioned for 2013. This is the beginning of a new era for MGM Resorts.

And with that, I'd like to turn it over to Dan D'Arrigo to talk about our operating results.

Daniel J. D'Arrigo

Thank you, Jim. Our strong first quarter results were led by increased margins at our wholly owned domestic resorts, which increased by over 250 basis points year-over-year, driven by a 335 basis point increase at our Las Vegas Strip properties.

EBITDA on the Strip was driven by our luxury properties, which had a combined increase of 27% year-over-year, compared to a decrease of 1% at are non-luxury Strip properties. Our luxury properties continue to lead the way in the market, driven by increased convention room nights and the continued success of the high-end casino business.

In our casino business, we are seeing the benefits of all the strategic initiatives we've put in place throughout last year. Organizational changes were made to streamline the international and national marketing teams to better service our customers and drive profitability. This was reflected in the first quarter as our Strip properties, including ARIA, had a record quarter in both international table games volume and win.

M life has been focused on continuing to enhance the customer experience and driving regional play to the Strip. The more we learn about our customers, the more effective we are at marketing the right programs to them. Our Baccarat -- non-Baccarat table game win on the Strip, including ARIA, increased by 24%, and slot revenues grew by 4%.

Room revenues and ADRs increased by about 2% in the quarter. While occupancy was down slightly, occupied room nights increased by 1% at our Strip properties as the remodeled rooms at the MGM Grand are now online. Recall that for the first 3 quarters of 2012, we had approximately 70,000 room nights off-line per quarter at the MGM Grand due to the room remodel program. We are seeing strong returns on our room remodel investments, as evidenced by Bellagio and MGM Grand, where we were able to maintain high occupancy levels and drive increased room rates.

Our convention mix increased slightly, despite citywide convention attendees being down. And looking forward at the second quarter, we expect a strong convention calendar, which will drive REVPAR to be up approximately 2% year-over-year.

Shifting over to the balance sheet and to help you with some of your modeling. On April 1, we repaid $462 million in outstanding principal amounts of senior notes at their maturity. And excluding MGM China and pro forma for this paydown, we currently have approximately $1.2 billion in available liquidity, including our excess cash and capacity under our revolver. Excluding MGM China, our current debt level is approximately $12.6 billion.

At the end of the first quarter, MGM China had cash of approximately $565 million, debt of roughly $553 million and an adjusted leverage ratio of less than 1, based on their trailing 12-month EBITDA. MGM China in March paid a $500 million dividend, of which $255 million was retained by MGM Resorts and $245 million was distributed to all other shareholders. MGM China also put in place a regular dividend distribution policy for up to 35% of its annual profits to be paid semiannually. The board will also consider, going forward, special dividends from time to time.

CityCenter has approximately $1.85 billion in outstanding senior notes and excess cash of approximately $240 million. In addition, CityCenter has approximately $200 million in cash from condo proceeds, which includes the recent receipt of approximately $40 million in net proceeds from the sale of our mortgage loan notes, which occurred here in April. CityCenter's credit profile has made tremendous progress with net debt of approximately $1.5 billion and LTM EBITDA from resort operations are roughly $290 million. CityCenter's overall leverage is just above 5x. Tremendous progress in the improvement of the capital structure at that joint venture.

Our first quarter CapEx was approximately $53 million at our wholly owned domestic resorts and roughly $16 million at MGM Macau. MGM China spent an additional $28 million on MGM Cotai during the first quarter. Our wholly owned domestic CapEx guidance for the year remains at roughly $350 million, and that includes the amounts, for this year, of the recently announced projects at Monte Carlo and New York-New York.

We expect corporate expense to continue to be in the $40 million to $45 million range per quarter, and our stock compensation and depreciation expense in the second quarter is estimated to be consistent with the first quarter. We estimate that our gross interest expense for the second quarter will be approximately $220 million, which includes about $7 million in interest in MGM China and $8 million in noncash amortization expense.

With that, I'll turn it over to Bobby Baldwin to talk more about CityCenter.

Robert H. Baldwin

Thank you, David. Good morning, everyone. We're excited to report that in the first quarter of 2013, CityCenter achieved record EBITDA for the -- from the resort operations of $93 million. ARIA led the way with EBITDA of $78 million, a major improvement compared to the first quarter of 2012 where they earned $19 million EBITDA. We saw a significant increase in table games volume, led by a very strong international play associated with the Chinese New Year's.

In the first quarter, ARIA held 28% compared to 16% in the prior year period. While ARIA is still a new property and has limited operating history, if you compare ARIA's hold during the quarter to its trailing 24-month average, then ARIA's hold was positively impacted by $9 million in the quarter. Slot revenue increased 4% compared to last year's first quarter.

REVPAR at ARIA increased 5%, driven by a 2% ADR increase and an increase in occupancy. Convention room nights as a percentage of mix increased by 3 percentage points year-over-year.

We continued to see growth in the food and beverage with a very strong quarter in catering and banquets, driven by growth in the convention segment and recent dining enhancements to the property, such as Javier's Mexican restaurant. Overall, food and beverage EBITDA at ARIA increased 20% year-over-year in the quarter.

In February, we received notice from Forbes Travel Guide that ARIA's Sky Suites earned the prestigious Five-Star award, joining an elite class of resorts. ARIA's Sky Suites, along with the MGM Grand's Skylofts and Mandarin Oriental at CityCenter, are the only 3 properties in Las Vegas to earn both the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five-Star ratings. We're very proud of all the employees for achieving these amazing accomplishments.

Vdara's EBITDA continues to improve as occupancy grows and is now approximately 86%. We are also finalizing construction plans to convert the Silk Road restaurant space into approximately 5,000 square feet of additional meeting and convention space, and we expect this to drive both occupancy and rate, with completion scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year.

Crystals' EBITDA also increased 20% year-over-year, driven by high rents and new store openings. During the quarter, we signed a new lease for a Bobby Flay's Burger Palace, which will open later this year on the Las Vegas Strip as part of the Crystals complex. Additionally, we opened the Las Vegas Strip's Starbucks mid-March and also another Starbucks at the former Pods location inside Crystals in April.

And this concludes my report, and I'll turn it over to you, Grant Bowie.

Grant R. Bowie

Thanks, Bobby. And again, good morning, and for the Asian listeners, good evening. For the first quarter, MGM China had another record net revenues of some $748 million. This was up 6% year-over-year. In terms of property EBITDA, we had our best quarter ever at $193 million, excluding the branding fee of $13 million. EBITDA margin improved to 26.2% from 25.4% a year ago due to a higher contribution from our main floor business, which now represents 65% of our EBITDA.

Our overall VIP win rate for the quarter was approximately 2.8%, plus the normalized hold, with lower junket hold being offset by higher in-house VIP hold. Junket turnover was a property record with an almost 15% year-on-year growth. Volume increased notably and came mostly from our top-tiered junket operators. We're seeing success from our level 2 VIP gaming floor expansion, which opened last September, and the first quarter in-house VIP business increased volumes by 13% year-over-year.

We also had a record quarter in our main floor table games with volume up 7% and revenues up 26% year-on-year. We're encouraged to see not only our premium areas, such as our Supreme and Platinum Lounges continue to perform well, but also our general main floor product produced record results. Now slot handle increased 28% during the quarter, driven by very strong play during our Chinese New Year.

As Jim mentioned, we broke ground on MGM Cotai in February, and the pace of work continues to increase. We have completed our general contractor tender process and are finalizing the appointment of this very important partner for our project. Our Cotai project will have 1,600 rooms, 2,500 slots and up to 500 tables. The project will feature over 85% of gross floor area of non-gaming offerings, including restaurants, retail and entertainment attractions, as well as foundation work will also have been included for future expansion, and remains on schedule for opening in the first half of 2016.

With that, I'll turn it back to Jim for his closing remarks. Thank you.

James Joseph Murren

Well, thank you, Grant. Here in Las Vegas, we're off to a good start in the quarter, and we're excited about a flurry of events and openings in the coming months. The spectacular 80,000 square foot restaurant lounge and night club, Hakkasan, has just opened to big crowds at the MGM Grand, just in time for the Floyd Mayweather fight this weekend and the Rolling Stones next weekend.

Mandalay Bay is eagerly awaiting the opening of the Michael Jackson One show by Cirque du Soleil and a new nightclub, LIGHT, and a dayclub, Daylight, both opening around Memorial Day weekend. Mandalay Bay, as you may remember, has been without a show or a club for 2 years. And as history tells us, we should know what to expect when they do open for Mandalay.

Luxor will be the new home of Jabbawockeez starting this month. And out in June, we host Beyonce, Justin Bieber and Pitbull.

The economy here is improving. Housing is recovering, and our business and leisure customers are responding with higher spending. We have seen tangible benefits in cross-marketing to our select regional markets, and we are excited about our future development opportunities. We always remind ourselves that this economy is hard to predict. That, of course, always tempers our enthusiasm. But we're off to a good start, and we predict good things for the company in the future.

And with that, I'll turn it over to the operator for questions.

Question-and-Answer Session

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Your first question comes from the line of Felicia Hendrix with Barclays.

Felicia R. Hendrix - Barclays Capital, Research Division

Jim, based on your comments, it sounded like this quarter's results could be interpreted as being an inflection point for the Las Vegas Strip. Do you think that's the right way to interpret your prepared remarks?

James Joseph Murren

Well, I think that -- we knew the first quarter was going to be tough citywides here, and we talked about that on our last call. And we did a bit better than we expected in the first quarter in the convention side in the year for the year, which helped us a little bit on the REVPAR side. We always knew the second quarter would be a little bit easier comp. But I have to just caution everybody that we just -- we've had headshakes in this economy before, so we -- and the scars of the recession have not fully healed. But I could tell you that what we're doing is working. The cost containment is clear. Our FTEs are flat year-over-year. Our efficiencies are leading to good expansion in margins. Revenues are building. I think we've picked up some market share. Chinese New Year's, I think, for everyone was very strong up and down the Strip. It was for us, obviously. But I'd have to say that subject to macro trends, which we cannot control, we feel good about Las Vegas, and we know the operating leverage here is very significant if we do get a little help from the broader economy.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Joe Greff with JPMorgan.

Joseph Greff - JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division

Grant, you mentioned that, overall VIP hold was normal, lower on the junket side, higher in-house. If we were to normalize VIP hold in both of those segments, can you help us to understand what normalized EBITDA, EBITDA margin would have been?

Grant R. Bowie

I think that what we're really saying is that even the [indiscernible] basically, the result is pretty well consistent with the normalized hold.

Joseph Greff - JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division

Great. And with respect to your commentary about trends here in the 2Q on the Strip, with the 2% REVPAR growth, how do you think about that luxury versus non-luxury? Do we actually see, perhaps, a wider divergence between those 2 segments? Or do you see the lower end benefiting from convention-wise and just more activity overall? That's all for me.

Daniel J. D'Arrigo

Joe, this is Dan. I think you're still going to see that divergence between the luxury and the non-luxury. As April clearly benefits, with a stronger convention calendar, that will help from a citywide standpoint. It being up a little bit here in the second quarter as projected by the LVCVA, that will help the non-luxury properties, clearly. But the luxury properties are still driving the way, based on their ability to drive that midweek convention business.

James Joseph Murren

And I'd just to add to Dan that, I think we've said this before, it's consistent, that the convention business in Las Vegas this year will be okay. It won't be great citywide, but next year is a big year citywide. So when you have the kind of citywides we're predicting in 2014, that'll accrue to the benefit of, of course, Mandalay, but also to the properties that need Mandalay to have that business, Luxor, Excalibur, and also because of the LVCVA Circus Circus. So the cores this year are doing well, but I would expect next year, with the better convention business citywide, that they will do better.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Steven Kent with Goldman Sachs.

Steven E. Kent - Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Research Division

Just a couple of thoughts on -- maybe on the recap of CityCenter, especially as these Q1 trends show some sustainability, thoughts on how you could change the capital structure there. I know you've also talked about doing something with the mall. Is there an opportunity there? And then I know people have asked this in a couple different ways because it's striking, the difference between high end versus mid-price for your properties just on performance. What are you doing to improve the leisure side of things, Jim? It sounds like on the conference/convention, you feel that if that strengthens up, then there will be a trickle down into some of the mid-priced. But what can you do on the Friday to Sunday to improve the operating results in these mid-priced properties?

James Joseph Murren

All right, maybe I'll start on -- so first off, it's not a mall. It's too nice to be a mall.

Steven E. Kent - Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Research Division

Sorry about that. Sorry.

James Joseph Murren

The Mall in Short Hills, but this is not a mall. And that's just an opportunity. There's -- really, we love Crystals. It's -- there's obviously a great market for retail in the country, particularly very high-end luxury retail. And that's about all we can say at this point, because we really love owning it, but there is obviously a financial opportunity. And then I'll turn it over to you, Dan.

Daniel J. D'Arrigo

Yes. I think on the recap, Steve, I think there's -- I think at some point in time here in the future, there is going to be an opportunity for CityCenter to relook and recast the debt structure there. The -- there's call dates that start kicking in, in January of next year, and that's going to give us an opportunity to really look at a different capitalization of CityCenter, both in terms of the debt structure itself and a lower interest rate environment that CityCenter will find itself in as we think about that opportunity.

James Joseph Murren

And then, Corey, did you want to add?

Corey I. Sanders

Sure. On the convention side, our -- of course, our leisure properties with significant convention space and mainly sold out in peak season are -- have a much easier time at raising the rates. On the core side, the leisure business is as strong as ever. And actually, one of the third-party providers just even mentioned how strong summer looks, being up over 50%, and I think we're the main benefactor of that. So as citywide grow eventually, we could reduce some of that, but we're using that to fill a lot of those core properties. When you look at the core properties, there's 2 sets of core properties. There's -- really, there's 3. There's Circus on the north. Then you have the south side. But the ones in the middle of the Strip, they're able to drive the rate, because they're in a premium location, and we've really improved the amenities on those properties. So the leisure component is still -- it's very important for those core properties as citywides stay at the level they -- that they're at.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Shaun Kelley with Bank of America.

Shaun C. Kelley - BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division

Just wanted to ask, again, back to kind of the operating expense side in Las Vegas. It seems like there's was really good cost control in the quarter. Our mass operating expenses were down about 2% year-on-year despite the revenue growth. So is that level of kind of run rate of cost reduction actually sustainable? And we would've thought that at least with adding in a few more rooms back in for MGM Grand that there might be some natural growth in that. So what are you doing to drive that?

Daniel J. D'Arrigo

Well, Shaun, I'll start and Corey will chime in. But clearly, as Jim pointed out earlier, maintaining our FTEs, which is a little more than half of our overall operating costs, is critical to drive the leverage and the flow-through in these units. And so I think it is sustainable in terms of keeping those costs in check. There'll be some moderate increases, we believe, going forward as with everything, from time to time, in commodity prices and different pieces. But I think the teams are viewing up and down each of our properties here in Las Vegas, as well as in our regional properties, and even Grant in Macau are laser focused on containing costs. And when we do see some increases, we're finding ways to mitigate increases with more efficiencies in other areas. So I think, overall, we're comfortable with what we're seeing right now, and there are opportunities to keep expenses in check going forward.

Corey I. Sanders

And what I would add in is we're getting smarter and more intelligent with technology on scheduling, which is an opportunity to refine our scheduling. And the other area that we've gotten a lot better in is the promotional expense on table games and when we hold events, when we don't hold events. Those are, I think, permanent. Every quarter, we're incurring savings that we were incurring last year that we should be able to reduce every quarter this year.

Shaun C. Kelley - BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division

So, Corey, did those really roll out in the fourth quarter and then into the first? Is that kind of the timing behind those initiatives?

Corey I. Sanders

Yes. We started -- it's part of the realignment of how we focused on table games that Dan mentioned in his earlier comments. But yes, they started late in the fourth quarter, but really, the first quarter was our first full quarter implementing our new programs.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Rich Hightower with ISI Group.

Richard A. Hightower - ISI Group Inc., Research Division

It's actually a question for Dan. And now that you've put up a profitable quarter, I think this is a relevant question. Can you just describe, maybe in terms to help us for modeling purposes, what the tax shield from previous NOLs would be going forward, and how we should think about that?

Daniel J. D'Arrigo

It's a good question, because every time we think we have a handle on the -- on our tax situation, it's -- there's always something that changes, given the nature of Macau and the earnings coming out of there and how we treat them from that standpoint. So I think here in the U.S., we do have some NOLs, but they really start to kind of burn off. And so as we move forward from a domestic perspective, we'll be looking at more normalized kind of U.S. tax rates, but that'll be offset by the benefits of Macau. And so I think that's going to be where it gets neutralized from a tax standpoint.

Richard A. Hightower - ISI Group Inc., Research Division

Okay. So maybe no real cash impact on the tax shield there, given the strength in Macau?

Daniel J. D'Arrigo

Yes. I think that's accurate, Rich.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Harry Curtis with Nomura Securities.

Harry C. Curtis - Nomura Securities Co. Ltd., Research Division

Two quick questions. Can you give us a sense of how much in Vegas your table volumes were up and -- in the first quarter? And do you expect that level of lift to continue for the balance of the year?

James Joseph Murren

Okay, Harry, we're going to get that for you right now. Go ahead, Corey.

Corey I. Sanders

Our total table volumes were actually down a little bit, Harry.

Harry C. Curtis - Nomura Securities Co. Ltd., Research Division

Okay.

Corey I. Sanders

But there is -- and that does not include ARIA, by the way. When you include ARIA, they're actually...

Daniel J. D'Arrigo

We're -- Harry, when you look at the non-Bacc table game numbers, they were up when you include ARIA and across-the-board here in Las Vegas from that perspective.

Corey I. Sanders

But it's just those numbers.

Harry C. Curtis - Nomura Securities Co. Ltd., Research Division

All right. And then, Jim, a question for you. It's really kind of a 30,000-foot question for Vegas as a whole. As you look at load factors through McCarran, they're pretty close to historic highs. And I'm just wondering if -- what indicators, if anything, are you getting from McCarran or the airlines themselves about what's going to prompt them lifting airlift into Vegas, which is going to be an important driver of that midweek business going forward?

James Joseph Murren

All right. I'm going to -- we have some good news on the airlines front. And I'll turn it over to -- maybe, Dan?

Daniel J. D'Arrigo

Yes. I mean, I think, Harry, when you look at kind of seat capacity going forward as projected through the summer by McCarran, actual seat capacity is actually projected to be up in those forward-looking months. And just to kind of circle back to your earlier question, Harry, we were up overall, system-wide here in Las Vegas, up about 3% in table game volume.

Harry C. Curtis - Nomura Securities Co. Ltd., Research Division

And that includes ARIA?

Daniel J. D'Arrigo

Correct.

Harry C. Curtis - Nomura Securities Co. Ltd., Research Division

Okay, okay. And then going back to the airline question. The seat capacity, do you have a sense of -- can you remind me what sort of lift do you have? And do you have it -- any sense of how it looks international versus domestic?

Corey I. Sanders

Yes. Harry, the seat capacities, especially in the summer, is going be up a few percent, which is very positive for us. Anything looking beyond 2 to 3 months is really hard to look at since the airlines are constantly changing their programs. The domestic side is constrained for the obvious reasons of how they're running their business. I think the growth in the airlines will be on the international side. The U.K. keeps adding flights. We believe Copa is very successful, continuing to add flights. WestJet out of Canada is doing very well. We're seeing Mexico and a few other European countries adding flights. So I think as the business travel improves and as the convention business improves, out -- going out towards 2014, you'll start seeing the domestic airlines adding more capacity to the market also.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Robin Farley with UBS.

Robin M. Farley - UBS Investment Bank, Research Division

I know you talked about REVPAR outlook for Q2 being a little bit ahead of Q1. Do you have any thoughts on Q3 at this point? I know your comments last quarter were -- had pretty decent visibility on the 2 quarters out. So just wondering what you were seeing there. And also, I was interested in a comment that -- I think it was Corey that made it during the Q&A there, about promotional events on table games last year that, I guess, will be eliminated this year. Just to get some color on that.

James Joseph Murren

Well, I'll take the REVPAR one, Robin. There's a lot of in the year for the year. There's quite a bit of movement around when you go out beyond the quarter. I think we're best suited to do a quarter-by-quarter forecast. And obviously, as we said, we look a little bit better here in the second quarter than the first. And Corey separately said that a couple of the third-party providers have talked about a strong summer, but I don't think we're prepared to give a REVPAR guidance for the third quarter. And on the second question?

Corey I. Sanders

Yes. On the promotional expenses, Robin, what we've done is we've eliminated putting events on top of events. And we've also focused on the profitability of our -- all of our players and understanding what promotions should drive them to the market. And we've been able to eliminate some promotional chips that we were giving in the past.

James Joseph Murren

Yes, I think we announced earlier that Anton Nikodemus, who was the President of Monte Carlo, has assumed the corporate role of Casino Marketing, and he's brought together all the properties. And we have eliminated a lot of the duplicative events that properties were having on top of one another, and also events that are occurring when we don't need to drive events for people. For example, March Madness. We used to have events around March Madness. Well, we know people are going to come for March Madness. We can reduce some of the slot or Baccarat tournaments around that. So it's just being more coordinated and our marketing approach to the customers being more targeted. And we only just started that, really, at the end of last year.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Carlo Santarelli with Deutsche Bank.

Carlo Santarelli - Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division

Just quickly on the margin front. Obviously, this is the second quarter in a row you guys have showed some pretty strong Strip margins and nice healthy growth year-over-year. Just before we get ahead of ourselves, I just wanted to maybe try and quantify and bucket how those margins would look if we took the Grand out of the mix and maybe tried to adjust a little bit for the deltas in year-over-year table holds.

Daniel J. D'Arrigo

Well, Carlo, I'll try to answer that as best as we can. The Grand benefited in the quarter from hold as they were -- they were probably the biggest benefactor in the quarter within the portfolio on hold, but I don't have the number stripping out. But if you just look at normalizing hold, so to speak, over the periods, our margins here in the Strip would still be up some-80 basis points year-over-year. Remember, we played unlucky last year, and we're through a lower end of the range and better this year. So when you kind of normalize both those factors, you'd still be up some 80-odd basis points year-over-year in margin improvement.

Carlo Santarelli - Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division

That's great, Dan. That's really helpful. And then just really quickly, if I could. On ARIA, I know you guys gave a bunch of metrics. Do you provide gaming revenue year-over-year comparison just for the property?

Daniel J. D'Arrigo

Yes, we're taking a look at that.

Carlo Santarelli - Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division

Sorry. And then I'd just ask if I can sneak in one more, just on the labor front. I know some of the labor negotiations are starting up again. Is there anything in there where -- I know some of those deals were done at different times and maybe there's an opportunity here with the latest negotiations. To the extent you're willing to comment on that on a public call, if there's any opportunity there on the margin side on a go-forward basis.

James Joseph Murren

Well, I'll tackle the union negotiations, while Bobby and Chris are looking at ARIA. The -- as you know, on the union side, particularly the culinary, that comes up every 5 years. And historically, we've been very successful in negotiating constructively these contracts. Obviously, the economy is always different, and it's different today than it was last time. Our goal here is to forge an agreement that works together with the union, charting the course together, meeting their needs and the needs of the company and all the members. So we -- we're in the early innings of this game. We're working with them to construct a package that reflects the conditions of this market, the economy that we've talked about as slowly recovering but could be somewhat fragile. So we are working with them on that front. And if history is any guide, we'll come up with a constructive resolution there. Bobby, do you have anything on ARIA?

Robert H. Baldwin

The ARIA question of table games wins, we won $90 million versus $33 million in the comparable quarter in 2012.

Carlo Santarelli - Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division

Sorry. And the total gaming revenue was up how much at the property?

Daniel J. D'Arrigo

Total gaming including slots and everything, or just table games?

Carlo Santarelli - Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division

Yes. No, total gaming, including slots.

Daniel J. D'Arrigo

Hold on.

James Joseph Murren

We'll come back with that one. Chris is looking at that.

Operator

Your next question from the line of Thomas Allen with Morgan Stanley.

Thomas Allen - Morgan Stanley, Research Division

Your Macau business generates a lot of free cash flow, and leverage looks to be low, even through the Cotai development period. Do you think you have an appropriate capital structure in place? Or is there room to adjust that?

Daniel J. D'Arrigo

Well, I think -- Tom, this is Dan. We do have the appropriate capital structure in place. And that balance sheet at MGM China provides us a lot of flexibility going forward to not only carry out MGM China's development plans and growth strategies, but also to continue to look towards rewarding our shareholders back. And that's evidenced by the dividend policy we put in place. And the last 2, if it's any example, the special dividends that have been returning capital to shareholders. So I think if we're all right, that's going to continue to bear fruit for the shareholders and allow MGM China to grow going forward.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Grant Govertsen from Union Gaming.

Grant Govertsen - Union Gaming Research, LLC

Grant, question on Macau. Obviously, you've got a very premium operation and, as we saw, mass market in slots this quarter with win growing faster than drop. I suppose that's probably due to the premium segment. But, Grant, could you give us a little bit more color on what's driving the mass in slots right now? Is it more on the premium side or the NAS [ph] mass side?

Grant R. Bowie

I think the key issue is that what we've indicated last time is we -- we've had really strong growth in our premium. And I think as you've heard on the calls from most of the other concessionary companies, everyone has a focus on that. So what we've been doing is continuing to build out the mid-mass, which we know and we've actually seen to get some depth and some -- and development and growth in that area. So as we try to do all the time, we try to balance things up as effectively as we can so that we don't become overexposed to any component of the market. So for us, it's continued development of our existing programs from our premium mass business and then continued reinvestment and investment in building the depth of that marketplace in the general mass areas.

Grant Govertsen - Union Gaming Research, LLC

Great. And I know it's early, but how has the reception been on the new aquariums -- the aquarium project in LaPlata [ph]?

Grant R. Bowie

Great. It was very difficult to walk through there the last 2 days. So that's -- those attractions, as we bring into the summer, as we were able to demonstrate last year, generate higher quality traffic into the property. And that's certainly been a significant advantage for us as we continue to want to build through-traffic and, more importantly, once we get the visitors in, convert them to customers.

James Joseph Murren

Yes. And while we have a break here for a second. I think we have a number we want to give you on ARIA.

Robert H. Baldwin

Yes, the total gaming revenue was $130 million this quarter versus $71 million in 2012.

James Joseph Murren

Great. Thank you, Bobby.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Susan Berliner with JPMorgan.

Susan Berliner - JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division

I want to, I guess, focus on CityCenter. Dan, can you review with us, I think you said you monetized some of the receivables. And I just wanted to know how much did that generate. If you can give any sort of ballpark, and if we could see more monetization of those going forward.

Daniel J. D'Arrigo

Yes, that was the -- that was roughly about $40 million in net proceeds that we received in April, and that was all the mortgage notes that CityCenter had on its books. So we're officially out of the mortgage note business at CityCenter. So going forward, the opportunity really on the residential is the remaining inventory that's left pretty much at Mandarin, and there's about 10 or a dozen Veer penthouse suites that we still own. So the residential inventory has really been skinnied down to the remaining Mandarin units.

Susan Berliner - JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division

And are you seeing any pickup with the improvement in the housing market on the residential inventory?

Daniel J. D'Arrigo

No, we actually have -- I'll kick it over to Bobby. But we've actually seen in the last few months some pickup, particularly in the remaining Mandarin inventory, in terms of sales.

Robert H. Baldwin

So yes, we've seen the market strengthen here in Las Vegas, particularly at the Mandarin, since that's, as Dan pointed out, our remaining inventory. We sold and closed 5 Mandarin Oriental units in the first quarter of 2013. We did 15 in the month of April.

Susan Berliner - JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division

And just 2 other questions for me. Dan, I was wondering if you can update at all on, I guess, your license, your 50% ownership on Borgata. And if you guys can also comment on where are -- your position on online gaming.

Daniel J. D'Arrigo

Sure. I mean, as we stated previously, our first priority in New Jersey is our reapplication process, and that is underway. We still have the trust arrangement that we're governed under, the trust account. It sits at just over about $130 million in cash in that trust arrangement. So the process is underway in New Jersey, and we will keep you apprised as that continues to unfold going forward. As far as online, do you have...

James Joseph Murren

I'll tackle that, maybe --

Daniel J. D'Arrigo

As best we know.

James Joseph Murren

As best we know. We obviously would still prefer a federal solution here. We've made that point very clear on calls and with the federal government, our electeds and through the AGA and otherwise. The reason, of course, is that a federal solution would have comprehensive law-enforcement controls and consistent regulation. And we haven't completely lost hope on that. There is always a chance that, that could occur. But in the meantime, as you know, state by state by state, legislators are -- and governors are passing laws, and we will participate in that as well, whether it's in Nevada, New Jersey or elsewhere. And the opportunity will be to have states compact with one another to create the liquidity that is necessary for poker. And our partnership with bwin.party and with Boyd will be a big help to us there. So it's progressing. It's progressing at a state level. It's not the preferable approach, but we think it can be a very profitable business for the gaming industry, if done correctly, even at the state level.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Chad Beynon with Macquarie.

Chad Beynon - Macquarie Research

Given your positive comments around the summer or your summer expectations in Vegas and the recent opening of Hakkasan and the new MGM Grand rooms, I'm curious how you're thinking about pricing rates at the property with the new, strong anchor tenants, new rooms and a property that should essentially serve well in the summer months. And then secondly, any type of metrics you could highlight since the nightclub has opened would be helpful as well.

James Joseph Murren

Well, we have -- we're very, very proud of our yield management team here. I have to say that Mica [ph] and the team have done a tremendous job of being very, very intelligent on how we're yielding the whole portfolio of rooms, company-wide, including ARIA. And so I would say that in light of the fact that the third-party providers are very optimistic about the summer, we're hearing that from Expedia particularly, and the fact that we have tremendous capital improvements that are occurring this quarter or already have occurred, Hakkasan, you mentioned, but do not overlook having a Michael Jackson show, a couple nightclubs, dayclub over at Mandalay Bay, particularly for the summer, that's got to help. So I think that we've proven that we can maximize our rate. We're not going to get ahead of ourselves. This is still -- there's a lot of inventory in Las Vegas, a very robust, intense competition. But given what we have done in our properties, remodeling rooms, improving our F&B offerings, adding entertainment, we are picking up some share, and we deserve to get a premium rate in the market. I think that we do, segment by segment, and we'll continue to balance the supply and demand and certainly through the summer.

Operator

Your final question comes from the line of Kevin Coyne with Goldman Sachs.

Kevin Coyne - Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Research Division

Just a couple of housekeeping ones. Just update on the Perini litigation. Is that still scheduled for June? And then in Vietnam, I noted that you pulled out of that joint venture there. Just anything to comment there, and is it something you would consider reentering if terms were to change?

Robert H. Baldwin

This is Bobby. On the litigation front, we have a trial date for January 14 in the -- next year.

Kevin Coyne - Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Research Division

Was that pushed out, or was it originally June? I can't recall.

Robert H. Baldwin

Part of the trial was going to be -- the case was in 2 halves. Half the trial was going to be in June, and half later. The judge has combined the case again, and the entire case will be tried in January.

Daniel J. D'Arrigo

And as far as, Kevin, on the Vietnam front, we've -- we're in a transition period with ACDL. We're going to part ways here shortly, and we don't have any intentions of revisiting that decision.

Operator

And there are no further questions in queue at this time.

James Joseph Murren

Well, thank you, Mackenzie. Given that there's no further questions, we'll end the call here, and thank you all for participating.

Operator

This concludes today's conference call. You may now disconnect.

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