Red Rock Resorts (NASDAQ: RRR) announced today it’s paying a one-off dividend of $1 per share to investors.
The special payout will be paid on Dec. 9 to shareholders of record as of the close of business Nov. 30.
Prior to the payment of such dividend, Station Holdco LLC (“Station Holdco”) will make a cash distribution to all unit holders of record, including the Company, of $1.00 per unit for a total distribution of approximately $108.1 million, approximately $62.1 million of which is expected to be distributed to the Company and approximately $46.0 million of which is expected to be distributed to the other unit holders of record of Station Holdco,” according to a statement issued by the gaming company.
The special dividend is in addition to the casino operators regular annual payout of $1 a share. Red Rock yielded 2.27% as of the close of US markets today.
Red Rock Reliable Shareholder Rewards
Shareholder rewards, including both buybacks and dividends, were largely paused in the gaming industry in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. But there’s been a modest recovery since then.
Red Rock is a leader on that front. It paid a $3 a share special dividend last year and has been one of the most aggressive buyers of its own stock in the gaming industry.
Special dividends are one-off payments to investors and offer companies flexibility, because those payouts aren’t delivered quarterly, as is the case with traditional distributions by domestic companies. There is some precedent for special payouts in the gaming industry. For example, Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN) delivered such distributions earlier this century when Steve Wynn was still at the helm of the operator. Gaming and Leisure Properties (NASDAQ:GLPI) delivered a one-off distribution last year as well.
Still, dividends and payout growth are hard to come by in the gaming industry. Among casino operators, Red Rock and rival Boyd Gaming (NYSE:BYD) are among the only ones recently showing a commitment to paying and growing cash distributions.
Red Rock Has Resources to Support Dividend
It’s one thing for a company to pay a dividend. But it’s more important for the firm to have the resources to support and grow the payout. Red Rock checks those boxes.
With plans to double its Las Vegas footprint by 2030, the operator could boost earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) by 70%, according to analysts, indicating long-term dividend growth is a possibility.
In addition to its namesake venue in Summerlin and Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, Red Rock operates multiple gaming properties under the Station brand throughout the Las Vegas area. The company also runs 10 Wildfire casinos, including seven in Henderson, according to its website.
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