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Wynn Resorts Ltd.
Public
Traded as
Industry Hospitality, Tourism
Founded 2002; 16 years ago (2002)[1]
Founder Steve Wynn
Headquarters Las Vegas Strip (Paradise), Nevada, U.S.
Area served
United States and China
Key people
Matthew Maddox (CEO)
Products Casinos, Entertainment, Gaming and Resorts
Revenue Increase $4.47 billion – 2016[2]
Increase $521.66 million – 2016[2]
Increase $302.47 million – 2016[2]
Total assets Increase $11.95 billion – 2016[2]
Total equity Increase $257.88 million – 2016[2]
Number of employees
24,500 – 2016[2]
Website wynnresorts.com
Previous Wynn Resorts logo

Wynn Resorts Ltd. is an American publicly traded corporation based on the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada that is a developer and operator of high end hotels and casinos. It was founded in 2002 by former Mirage Resorts Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn, and is now run by CEO Matthew Maddox. As of 2018, the company has developed five properties and was building a sixth.[1]

History

In 2000, Steve Wynn agreed to sell Mirage Resorts to MGM Grand, after having led Mirage and its predecessors since 1973. Wynn laid the foundation for his next venture that same year, buying the Desert Inn for $270 million.[3]

Wynn found an early partner in Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada of Universal Entertainment Corporation.[4] Wynn, together with Universal subsidiary Aruze USA, controlled almost half the stock, making it harder for outside investors to exert control, as they had done at Mirage in response to Wynn's prolific spending.[3][5]

Wynn hired investment banker Ronald Kramer as president and director in 2002 in order to help take the company public and oversee its expansion.[6]

Wynn Resorts made its initial public offering on NASDAQ on October 25, 2002.

The company's first project, Wynn Las Vegas, opened on April 28, 2005.

Wynn Macau, the company's second project started construction on June 28, 2004. It opened September 5, 2006 and is now the largest-grossing casino in the region.

Encore, an extension to Wynn Las Vegas, broke ground on April 28, 2006, the first anniversary of the opening of Wynn Las Vegas.

Encore at Wynn Macau, the company's second project on the Macau Peninsula, Macau, People's Republic of China, opened on April 21, 2010. A second resort in Macau, Wynn Palace on the Cotai Strip, opened August 22, 2016.

Wynn bought 52 acres (21 ha) of the Cotai Strip in Macau where he hoped to break ground in 2012 for Wynn Cotai for a 2013 or early 2014 opening.

The company considered opening a casino as part of the Entertainment City development in the Philippines, but decided against it because of corruption in the country's gaming industry.[5] Okada decided to proceed with the project alone, leading to the rupture of his partnership with Wynn.

The dispute went public with reciprocal accusations of corrupt practices. Wynn and his allies accused Okada of bribing Philippines gaming regulators with over $110,000 in benefits, including free nights in a luxury suite at Wynn Las Vegas, while Okada claimed that Wynn Resorts' record $135 million donation to the University of Macau constituted a bribe.[4][7] Okada resigned as vice chairman in October 2011, and the following February, after a company investigation by the Freeh Group confirmed the charges against him, the board of directors forced Aruze USA to sell back its shares at a nearly 30% discount.[4] Aruze had been the company's largest shareholder, with a 19.7% stake.

On September 17, 2014, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted to approve Wynn Resorts’ proposed $1.6 billion casino to be located in Everett, Massachusetts on the Mystic River, just north of Boston. This project will be known as Encore Boston Harbor and is scheduled to open in 2019.[8]

On February 6, 2018, Steve Wynn resigned as CEO of the company amidst sexual allegations and was replaced by Matthew Maddox.[9]

Amid sexual harassment lawsuits involving directors, Maddox announced the planned departure of two board members, Ray Irani and Alvin Shoemaker, on March 7, 2018. The departure of Irani and Shoemaker was to reassure investors that the corporate culture was changing.[10] In April 2018, the company nominated three women to the board of directors: Dee Dee Myers, Betsy Atkins, and Wendy Webb.[11]

Economic performance

The Encore in Las Vegas opened shortly after the beginning of the Great Recession. Despite the additional casino at the Encore (which added 97 tables and 857 slot machines to the original 190 tables and 2000 slots), net casino revenues for the combined resort were initially lower. Similarly, in the first quarter of 2009, net revenues of the Macau operations declined. Following the global economic recovery, performance of the Wynn properties also recovered. Wynn remained the only gaming operator to not perform mass layoffs during the recession.[12] In 2017 CNBC reported that Wynn’s stock was up 44% for the year and that Wynn’s Macau operations were the leading US-based resorts there.[13]

Properties

Image Logo Property Location Date Opened
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Wynn Las Vegas Las Vegas Strip, Nevada April 28, 2005; 13 years ago (2005-04-28)
Wynn Macau Resort.jpg
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Wynn Macau Resort Macau September 6, 2006; 11 years ago (2006-09-06)
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Encore Las Vegas logo.svg
Encore at Wynn Las Vegas Las Vegas Strip, Nevada December 22, 2008; 9 years ago (2008-12-22)
Wynn Encore Macau.jpg
Encore at Wynn Macau Macau April 21, 2010; 8 years ago (2010-04-21)
Wynn Palace 201602.jpg
Wynn Palace Cotai Strip, Macau August 22, 2016; 23 months ago (2016-08-22)
EncoreBostonHarbor.png
Encore Boston Harbor Everett, MA June 24, 2019; 9 months' time (2019-06-24)
Wynn Paradise Park Las Vegas Strip, Nevada 2019; 1 year's time (2019)
Wynn West Las Vegas Strip, Nevada 2020; 2 years' time (2020)

References

  1. ^ a b "Two of a kind", Fortune (paper), p. 22, 29 April 2013 
  2. ^ a b c d e f WYNN RESORTS, LIMITED Form 10-K, Securities and Exchange Commission, February 28, 2017
  3. ^ a b Palmeri, Christopher (26 April 2005). "The revenge of Steve Wynn". MSNBC. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Bradsher, Keith (2 March 2012). "Wynn Resorts Partners Split, and Accusations Fly". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Sieroty, Chris (21 February 2012). "Okada wants court to stop stock seizure; Wynn says game over". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Stutz, Howard (18 March 2008). "Wynn loses company president". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Louisiana Municipal Police Employees' Retirement System v. Wynn, p. 7 (9th Cir. July 18, 2016). Text
  8. ^ http://www.wbur.org/2014/09/16/wynn-everett-casino-proposal-preferred
  9. ^ Kirkham, Chris (2018-02-07). "Steve Wynn to Step Down as Wynn Resorts CEO". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-02-07. 
  10. ^ "New Wynn CEO says 2 board members leaving, Wynn brand strong". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2018-03-07. Retrieved 2018-03-19. 
  11. ^ https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-18/wynn-resorts-adds-female-board-members-in-post-scandal-makeover
  12. ^ Kiviat, Barbara (2009-04-27). "When Companies Opt for Pay Cuts Instead of Layoffs". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2018-03-19. 
  13. ^ "Steve Wynn doubles down on Macau with new $4B casino". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-03-19. 

External links

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