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Why Boyd Gaming Is Jumping 9% Today

By Rich Duprey – Jul 29, 2020 at 11:58AM

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It's a good bet the regional casino operator will snap back quickly.

What happened

Shares of Boyd Gaming (BYD -2.05%) were jumping 9% higher in morning trading on Wednesday after the regional casino operator reported earnings results that beat analyst expectations on the top and bottom lines, even though they were still down sharply from last year.

So what

Boyd reported revenue of almost $210 million, down broadly from the $846 million the casino operator recorded in the second quarter of 2019, but well ahead of Wall Street's consensus forecast of around $168 million.

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While it also posted a loss of $0.98 per share versus a profit of $0.46 per share last year, it was significantly ahead of the $1.45 per share loss analysts anticipated.

Now what

Boyd said 26 of its properties have reopened since mid-May, with the Midwest and South segment, along with the Las Vegas locals unit, delivering adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, and rent (EBITDAR) growth, and both showing significant margin improvement since reopening.

While the two reopened properties in the downtown Las Vegas segment suffered a 60% decline in revenue, adjusted EBITDAR for the reopening period was break-even. For the quarter, though, there was a loss of $7.2 million.

Because Boyd Gaming is not as dependent upon the travel and tourism industry, serving instead mostly local residents, and given the expansion of its partnership in Pennsylvania with sports-betting leader FanDuel, the regional casino operator may rebound much faster than bigger resorts.

Rich Duprey has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Boyd Gaming and recommends the following options: short September 2020 $26 calls on Boyd Gaming. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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