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Amendments are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, including interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted. An entity will apply the amendments in this ASU through a cumulative-effect adjustment to retained earnings as of the beginning of the first reporting period in which the guidance is effective (that is, a modified-retrospective approach). A prospective transition approach is required for debt securities for which an other-than-temporary impairment had been recognized before the effective date. The effect of a prospective transition approach is to maintain the same amortized cost basis before and after the effective date of this ASU. We are currently assessing the effect the adoption of this standard will have on our financial statements.Fair Value Measurement - ASU 2018-13: Amended guidance modifies fair value measurement disclosure requirements including (i) removing certain disclosure requirements such as the amount of and reasons for transfers between Level 1 and Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy, (ii) modifying certain disclosure requirements, and (iii) adding certain disclosure requirements such as changes in unrealized gains and losses for the period included in other comprehensive income for recurring Level 3 fair value measurements held at the end of the reporting period. The amendments in this update are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted. The amendments on changes in unrealized gains and losses, the range and weighted average of significant unobservable inputs used to develop Level 3 fair value measurements, and the narrative description of measurement uncertainty should be applied prospectively for only the most recent interim or annual period presented in the initial fiscal year of adoption. All other amendments should be applied retrospectively to all periods presented upon their effective date. We are currently assessing the effect the adoption of this standard will have on our financial statements.Intangibles - Goodwill and Other - Internal-Use Software - ASU 2018-15: Amended guidance aligns the requirements for capitalizing implementation costs incurred in a hosting arrangement that is a service contract with the requirements for capitalizing implementation costs incurred to develop or obtain internal-use software. The accounting for the service element of a hosting arrangement that is a service contract is not affected. The amendments in this update are effective for public entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted. The amendments in this ASU should be applied either retrospectively or prospectively to all implementation costs incurred after the date of adoption. We are currently assessing the effect the adoption of this standard will have on our financial statements.Collaborative Arrangements - ASU 2018-18: Amended guidance makes targeted improvements to GAAP for collaborative arrangements including: (i) clarifying that certain transactions between collaborative arrangement participants should be accounted for as revenue under ASC 606 when the collaborative arrangement participant is a customer in the context of a unit of account, (ii) adding unit-of-account guidance in ASC 808 to align with the guidance in ASC 606 (that is, a distinct good or service) when an entity is assessing whether the collaborative arrangement or a part of the arrangement is within the scope of ASC 606, and (iii) requiring that in a transaction with a collaborative arrangement participant that is not directly related to sales to third parties, presenting the transaction together with revenue recognized under ASC 606 is precluded if the collaborative arrangement participant is not a customer. The amendments in this update are effective for public entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted. The amendments should be applied retrospectively to the date of initial application of ASC 606. An entity may elect to apply the amendments in this ASU retrospectively either to all contracts or only to contracts that are not completed at the date of initial application of ASC 606. An entity should disclose its election. An entity may elect to apply the practical expedient for contract modifications that is permitted for entities using the modified retrospective transition method in ASC 606. 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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
_________________________
FORM 10-Q
_________________________
(Mark One)
x
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the Quarterly Period Ended March 31, 2019
or
o
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from _________ to __________
Commission File No. 1-10410
 _________________________
CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 _________________________ 
Delaware
 
62-1411755
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
 
 
One Caesars Palace Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada
 
89109
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
(702) 407-6000
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
N/A
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)
 _________________________
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x    No  o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).    Yes  x     No  o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer
x
Accelerated filer
o
 
 
 
 
Non-accelerated filer
o
Smaller reporting company
o
 
 
 
 
 
 
Emerging growth company
o
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  o    No  x
Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.
Class
Outstanding at April 30, 2019
Common stock, $0.01 par value
672,710,410



CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
INDEX
 
 
Page
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



2


PART I—FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Unaudited Financial Statements
CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
(UNAUDITED)

(In millions)
March 31, 2019

December 31, 2018
Assets
 

 
Current assets
 

 
Cash and cash equivalents ($14 and $14 attributable to our VIEs)
$
1,395


$
1,491

Restricted cash
119

 
115

Receivables, net
449


457

Due from affiliates, net
5

 
6

Prepayments and other current assets ($4 and $6 attributable to our VIEs)
184


155

Inventories
39


41

Total current assets
2,191


2,265

Property and equipment, net ($169 and $137 attributable to our VIEs)
15,922


16,045

Goodwill
4,044


4,044

Intangible assets other than goodwill
2,961


2,977

Restricted cash
52


51

Deferred income taxes
10

 
10

Deferred charges and other assets ($32 and $35 attributable to our VIEs)
856


383

Total assets
$
26,036


$
25,775

 
 
 
 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
 

 
Current liabilities
 

 
Accounts payable ($69 and $41 attributable to our VIEs)
$
411


$
399

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities ($2 and $1 attributable to our VIEs)
1,169


1,217

Interest payable
137


56

Contract liabilities
161

 
144

Current portion of financing obligations
21

 
20

Current portion of long-term debt
64

 
164

Total current liabilities
1,963


2,000

Financing obligations
9,990

 
10,057

Long-term debt
8,789

 
8,801

Deferred income taxes
692


730

Deferred credits and other liabilities ($8 and $5 attributable to our VIEs)
1,480


849

Total liabilities
22,914


22,437

Commitments and contingencies (Note 8)


 


Stockholders’ equity
 

 
Caesars stockholders’ equity
3,039


3,250

Noncontrolling interests
83


88

Total stockholders’ equity
3,122


3,338

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
$
26,036


$
25,775


See accompanying Notes to Consolidated Condensed Financial Statements.

3



CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(UNAUDITED)


 
Three Months Ended March 31,
(In millions, except per share data)
2019
 
2018
Revenues
 
 
 
Casino
$
1,083

 
$
983

Food and beverage
398

 
383

Rooms
386

 
367

Other revenue
181

 
172

Management fees
15

 
15

Reimbursed management costs
52

 
52

Net revenues
2,115

 
1,972

Operating expenses
 
 
 
Direct
 
 
 
Casino
618

 
562

Food and beverage
269

 
264

Rooms
117

 
114

Property, general, administrative, and other
460

 
427

Reimbursable management costs
52

 
52

Depreciation and amortization
247

 
280

Corporate expense
83

 
82

Other operating costs
29

 
66

Total operating expenses
1,875

 
1,847

Income from operations
240

 
125

Interest expense
(349
)
 
(330
)
Other income/(loss)
(138
)
 
184

Loss before income taxes
(247
)
 
(21
)
Income tax benefit/(provision)
29

 
(13
)
Net loss
(218
)
 
(34
)
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests
1

 

Net loss attributable to Caesars
$
(217
)
 
$
(34
)
 
 
 
 
Loss per share - basic and diluted



 
Basic and diluted loss per share
$
(0.32
)
 
$
(0.05
)
Weighted-average common shares outstanding
670

 
697

 
 
 
 
Comprehensive loss
 
 
 
Foreign currency translation adjustments
$

 
$
3

Change in fair market value of interest rate swaps, net of tax
(17
)
 
4

Other
2

 
1

Other comprehensive income/(loss), net of income taxes
(15
)
 
8

Comprehensive loss
(233
)
 
(26
)
 
 
 
 
Amounts attributable to noncontrolling interests:
 
 
 
Foreign currency translation adjustments
2

 
(2
)
Comprehensive (income)/loss attributable to noncontrolling interests
3

 
(2
)
Comprehensive loss attributable to Caesars
$
(230
)
 
$
(28
)


See accompanying Notes to Consolidated Condensed Financial Statements.

4



CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
(UNAUDITED)



 
Caesars Stockholders’ Equity
 
 
 
 
(In millions)
Common
Stock
 
Treasury
Stock
 
Additional
Paid-in-
Capital
 

Accumulated
Deficit
 
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income/(Loss)
 
Total
Caesars
Stockholders’
Equity
 
Noncontrolling
Interests
 
Total Stockholders’ Equity
Balance as of December 31, 2017
$
7

 
$
(152
)
 
$
14,040

 
$
(10,675
)
 
$
6

 
$
3,226

 
$
71

 
$
3,297

Net loss

 

 

 
(34
)
 

 
(34
)
 

 
(34
)
Stock-based compensation

 
(12
)
 
22

 

 

 
10

 

 
10

Other comprehensive income, net of tax

 

 

 

 
9

 
9

 

 
9

Change in noncontrolling interest, net of distributions and contributions

 

 

 

 

 

 
21

 
21

Other

 
(1
)
 

 

 

 
(1
)
 

 
(1
)
Balance as of March 31, 2018
$
7

 
$
(165
)
 
$
14,062

 
$
(10,709
)
 
$
15

 
$
3,210

 
$
92

 
$
3,302

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance as of December 31, 2018
$
7

 
$
(485
)
 
$
14,124

 
$
(10,372
)
 
$
(24
)
 
$
3,250

 
$
88

 
$
3,338

Net loss

 

 

 
(217
)
 

 
(217
)
 
(1
)
 
(218
)
Stock-based compensation

 
(5
)
 
21

 

 

 
16

 

 
16

Other comprehensive loss, net of tax

 

 

 

 
(13
)
 
(13
)
 
(2
)
 
(15
)
Change in noncontrolling interest, net of distributions and contributions

 

 

 

 

 

 
(2
)
 
(2
)
Other

 
3

 

 

 

 
3

 

 
3

Balance as of March 31, 2019
$
7

 
$
(487
)
 
$
14,145

 
$
(10,589
)
 
$
(37
)
 
$
3,039

 
$
83

 
$
3,122




See accompanying Notes to Consolidated Condensed Financial Statements.

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CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(UNAUDITED)


 
Three Months Ended March 31,
(In millions)
2019
 
2018
Cash flows provided by operating activities
$
255

 
$
22

Cash flows from investing activities
 
 
 
Acquisitions of property and equipment, net of change in related payables
(218
)
 
(85
)
Proceeds from the sale and maturity of investments
5

 
16

Payments to acquire investments
(7
)
 
(14
)
Other
2

 

Cash flows used in investing activities
(218
)
 
(83
)
Cash flows from financing activities
 
 
 
Debt issuance costs and fees

 
(1
)
Repayments of long-term debt and revolving credit facilities
(116
)
 
(16
)
Proceeds from the issuance of common stock

 
3

Taxes paid related to net share settlement of equity awards
(5
)
 
(12
)
Financing obligation payments
(5
)
 
(2
)
Contributions from noncontrolling interest owners

 
20

Distributions to noncontrolling interest owners
(2
)
 

Other

 
2

Cash flows used in financing activities
(128
)
 
(6
)
Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash
(91
)
 
(67
)
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, beginning of period
1,657

 
2,709

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, end of period
$
1,566

 
$
2,642

 
 
 
 
Supplemental Cash Flow Information:
 
 
 
Cash paid for interest
$
231

 
$
247

Cash received/(paid) for income taxes
2

 
(2
)
Non-cash investing and financing activities:
 
 
 
Change in accrued capital expenditures
(7
)
 
(2
)

See accompanying Notes to Consolidated Condensed Financial Statements.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(UNAUDITED)



In this filing, the name “CEC” refers to the parent holding company, Caesars Entertainment Corporation, exclusive of its consolidated subsidiaries and variable interest entities, unless otherwise stated or the context otherwise requires. The words “Company,” “Caesars,” “Caesars Entertainment,” “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Caesars Entertainment Corporation, inclusive of its consolidated subsidiaries and variable interest entities, unless otherwise stated or the context otherwise requires.
This Form 10-Q should be read in conjunction with our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 (“2018 Annual Report”). Capitalized terms used but not defined in this Form 10-Q have the same meanings as in the 2018 Annual Report.
We also refer to (i) our Consolidated Condensed Financial Statements as our “Financial Statements,” (ii) our Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets as our “Balance Sheets,” (iii) our Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss as our “Statements of Operations,” and (iv) our Consolidated Condensed Statements of Cash Flows as our “Statements of Cash Flows.”
Note 1Description of Business
Organization
CEC is primarily a holding company with no independent operations of its own. Caesars Entertainment operates the business primarily through its wholly owned subsidiaries CEOC, LLC (“CEOC LLC”) and Caesars Resort Collection, LLC (“CRC”). Caesars Entertainment operates a total of 53 properties in 14 U.S. states and five countries outside of the U.S., including 49 casino properties. Nine casinos are in Las Vegas, which represented 45% of net revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2019.
We lease certain real property assets from VICI Properties Inc. and/or its subsidiaries (“VICI”).
Note 2Basis of Presentation and Principles of Consolidation
Basis of Presentation and Use of Estimates
The accompanying unaudited consolidated condensed financial statements of Caesars have been prepared under the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) applicable for interim periods, and therefore, do not include all information and footnotes necessary for complete financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”). The results for the interim periods reflect all adjustments (consisting primarily of normal recurring adjustments) that management considers necessary for a fair presentation of financial position, results of operations, and cash flows. The results of operations for our interim periods are not necessarily indicative of the results of operations that may be achieved for the entire 2019 fiscal year.
GAAP requires the use of estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. Management believes the accounting estimates are appropriate and reasonably determined. Actual amounts could differ from those estimates.
Reportable Segments
We view each property as an operating segment and aggregate all such properties into three regionally-focused reportable segments: (i) Las Vegas, (ii) Other U.S., and (iii) All Other, which is consistent with how we manage the business. See Note 15.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (CONTINUED)
(UNAUDITED)


Cash, Cash Equivalents, and Restricted Cash
The following table provides a reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash reported on the Balance Sheets that sum to amounts reported on the Statements of Cash Flows.
(In millions)
March 31, 2019
 
December 31, 2018
Cash and cash equivalents
$
1,395

 
$
1,491

Restricted cash, current
119

 
115

Restricted cash, non-current
52

 
51

Total cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash
$
1,566

 
$
1,657


Consolidation of Subsidiaries and Variable Interest Entities
Our consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Caesars Entertainment and its subsidiaries after elimination of all intercompany accounts and transactions.
We consolidate all subsidiaries in which we have a controlling financial interest and variable interest entities (“VIEs”) for which we or one of our consolidated subsidiaries is the primary beneficiary. Control generally equates to ownership percentage, whereby (i) affiliates that are more than 50% owned are consolidated; (ii) investments in affiliates of 50% or less but greater than 20% are generally accounted for using the equity method where we have determined that we have significant influence over the entities; and (iii) investments in affiliates of 20% or less are generally accounted for using the cost method.
We review our investments for VIE consideration if a reconsideration event occurs to determine if the investment continues to qualify as a VIE. If we determine an investment no longer qualifies as a VIE, a gain or loss may be recognized upon deconsolidation.
Consolidation of Korea Joint Venture
CEC has a joint venture to acquire, develop, own, and operate a casino resort project in Incheon, South Korea (the “Korea JV”). We determined that the Korea JV is a VIE and CEC is the primary beneficiary, and therefore, we consolidate the Korea JV into our financial statements.
Note 3Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (the “FASB”) issued the following authoritative guidance amending the FASB Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”).
In 2019, we adopted Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), and all related amendments (see Note 7).
The following ASUs were not effective as of March 31, 2019:
Previously Disclosed
Collaborative Arrangements - ASU 2018-18: Amended guidance makes targeted improvements to GAAP for collaborative arrangements including: (i) clarifying that certain transactions between collaborative arrangement participants should be accounted for as revenue under ASC 606 when the collaborative arrangement participant is a customer in the context of a unit of account, (ii) adding unit-of-account guidance in ASC 808 to align with the guidance in ASC 606 (that is, a distinct good or service) when an entity is assessing whether the collaborative arrangement or a part of the arrangement is within the scope of ASC 606, and (iii) requiring that in a transaction with a collaborative arrangement participant that is not directly related to sales to third parties, presenting the transaction together with revenue recognized under ASC 606 is precluded if the collaborative arrangement participant is not a customer. The amendments in this update are effective for public entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted. The amendments should be applied retrospectively to the date of initial application of ASC 606. An entity may elect to apply the amendments in this ASU retrospectively either to all contracts or only to contracts that are not completed at the date of initial application of ASC 606. An entity should disclose its election. An entity may elect to apply the practical expedient for contract modifications that is permitted for entities using the modified retrospective transition method in ASC 606. We are currently assessing the effect the adoption of this standard will have on our financial statements.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (CONTINUED)
(UNAUDITED)


Intangibles - Goodwill and Other - Internal-Use Software - ASU 2018-15: Amended guidance aligns the requirements for capitalizing implementation costs incurred in a hosting arrangement that is a service contract with the requirements for capitalizing implementation costs incurred to develop or obtain internal-use software. The accounting for the service element of a hosting arrangement that is a service contract is not affected. The amendments in this update are effective for public entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted. The amendments in this ASU should be applied either retrospectively or prospectively to all implementation costs incurred after the date of adoption. We are currently assessing the effect the adoption of this standard will have on our financial statements.
Fair Value Measurement - ASU 2018-13: Amended guidance modifies fair value measurement disclosure requirements including (i) removing certain disclosure requirements such as the amount of and reasons for transfers between Level 1 and Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy, (ii) modifying certain disclosure requirements, and (iii) adding certain disclosure requirements such as changes in unrealized gains and losses for the period included in other comprehensive income for recurring Level 3 fair value measurements held at the end of the reporting period. The amendments in this update are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, and interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted. The amendments on changes in unrealized gains and losses, the range and weighted average of significant unobservable inputs used to develop Level 3 fair value measurements, and the narrative description of measurement uncertainty should be applied prospectively for only the most recent interim or annual period presented in the initial fiscal year of adoption. All other amendments should be applied retrospectively to all periods presented upon their effective date. We are currently assessing the effect the adoption of this standard will have on our financial statements.
Financial Instruments - Credit Losses - ASU 2016-13 (amended through April 2019): Amended guidance replaces the incurred loss impairment methodology with a methodology that reflects expected credit losses and requires consideration of a broader range of reasonable and supportable information to inform credit loss estimates. Amendments affect entities holding financial assets and net investments in leases that are not accounted for at fair value through net income. The amendments affect loans, debt securities, trade receivables, net investments in leases, off-balance-sheet credit exposures, reinsurance receivables and any other financial assets not excluded from the scope that have the contractual right to receive cash. Amendments are effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, including interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted. An entity will apply the amendments in this ASU through a cumulative-effect adjustment to retained earnings as of the beginning of the first reporting period in which the guidance is effective (that is, a modified-retrospective approach). A prospective transition approach is required for debt securities for which an other-than-temporary impairment had been recognized before the effective date. The effect of a prospective transition approach is to maintain the same amortized cost basis before and after the effective date of this ASU. We are currently assessing the effect the adoption of this standard will have on our financial statements.
Note 4Property and Equipment
(In millions)
March 31, 2019
 
December 31, 2018
Land
$
4,774

 
$
4,871

Buildings, riverboats, and leasehold and land improvements
12,253

 
12,243

Furniture, fixtures, and equipment
1,621

 
1,563

Construction in progress
537

 
406

Total property and equipment
19,185

 
19,083

Less: accumulated depreciation
(3,263
)
 
(3,038
)
Total property and equipment, net
$
15,922

 
$
16,045



Our property and equipment is subject to various operating leases for which we are the lessor. We lease our property and equipment related to our hotel rooms, convention space and retail space through various short-term and long-term operating leases. See Note 7 for further discussion of our leases.
Depreciation Expense and Capitalized Interest
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
(In millions)
2019
 
2018
Depreciation expense
$
229

 
$
264

Capitalized interest
5

 
2



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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (CONTINUED)
(UNAUDITED)


Note 5Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets
Changes in Carrying Value of Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets
 
Amortizing Intangible Assets
 
Non-Amortizing Intangible Assets
(In millions)
 
Goodwill
 
Other
Balance as of December 31, 2018
$
342

 
$
4,044

 
$
2,635

Amortization
(18
)
 

 

Other

 

 
2

Balance as of March 31, 2019
$
324

 
$
4,044

 
$
2,637



Gross Carrying Value and Accumulated Amortization of Intangible Assets Other Than Goodwill
 
March 31, 2019
 
December 31, 2018
(Dollars in millions)
Weighted
Average
Remaining
Useful Life
(in years)
 
Gross
Carrying
Amount
 
Accumulated
Amortization
 
Net
Carrying
Amount
 
Gross
Carrying
Amount
 
Accumulated
Amortization
 
Net
Carrying
Amount
Amortizing intangible assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Trade names and trademarks
1.8
 
$
14

 
$
(4
)
 
$
10

 
$
14

 
$
(3
)
 
$
11

Customer relationships
4.2
 
1,071

 
(772
)
 
299

 
1,071

 
(756
)
 
315

Contract rights
5.8
 
3

 
(2
)
 
1

 
3

 
(2
)
 
1

Gaming rights and other
5.3
 
43

 
(29
)
 
14

 
43

 
(28
)
 
15

 
 
 
$
1,131

 
$
(807
)
 
324

 
$
1,131

 
$
(789
)
 
342

Non-amortizing intangible assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Trademarks
 
790

 
 
 
 
 
790

Gaming rights
 
1,594

 
 
 
 
 
1,592

Caesars Rewards
 
253

 
 
 
 
 
253

 
 
2,637

 
 
 
 
 
2,635

Total intangible assets other than goodwill
 
$
2,961

 
 
 
 
 
$
2,977


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CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (CONTINUED)
(UNAUDITED)


Note 6Fair Value Measurements
Items Measured at Fair Value on a Recurring Basis
The following table shows the fair value of our financial assets and financial liabilities that are required to be measured at fair value as of the date shown:
Estimated Fair Value
(In millions)
Balance 
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
March 31, 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Government bonds
$
16

 
$

 
$
16

 
$

Derivative instruments - interest rate swaps
1

 

 
1

 

Total assets at fair value
$
17

 
$

 
$
17

 
$

Liabilities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Derivative instruments - interest rate swaps
$
38

 
$

 
$
38

 
$

Derivative instruments - CEC Convertible Notes
486

 

 
486

 

Disputed claims liability
44

 

 
44

 

Total liabilities at fair value
$
568

 
$

 
$
568

 
$

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
December 31, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Government bonds
$
15

 
$

 
$
15

 
$

Derivative instruments - interest rate swaps
6

 

 
6

 

Total assets at fair value
$
21

 
$

 
$
21

 
$

Liabilities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Derivative instruments - interest rate swaps
$
22

 
$

 
$
22

 
$

Derivative instruments - CEC Convertible Notes
324

 

 
324

 

Disputed claims liability
45

 

 
45

 

Total liabilities at fair value
$
391

 
$

 
$
391

 
$


Government Bonds
Investments primarily consist of debt securities held by our captive insurance entities that are traded in active markets, have readily determined market values, and have maturity dates of greater than three months from the date of purchase. These investments primarily represent collateral for several escrow and trust agreements with third-party beneficiaries and are recorded in Deferred charges and other assets while a portion is included in Prepayments and other current assets in our Balance Sheets.
Derivative Instruments
We do not purchase or hold any derivative financial instruments for trading purposes.
CEC Convertible Notes - Derivative Liability
On October 6, 2017, CEC issued $1.1 billion aggregate principal amount of 5.00% convertible senior notes maturing in 2024 (the “CEC Convertible Notes”) pursuant to the Indenture, dated as of October 6, 2017.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (CONTINUED)
(UNAUDITED)


The CEC Convertible Notes are convertible at the option of holders into a number of shares of CEC common stock that is equal to approximately 0.139 shares of CEC common stock per $1.00 principal amount of CEC Convertible Notes, which is equal to an initial conversion price of $7.19 per share. If all the shares were issued on October 6, 2017, they would have represented approximately 17.9% of the shares of CEC common stock outstanding on a fully diluted basis. The holders of the CEC Convertible Notes can convert them at any time after issuance. CEC can convert the CEC Convertible Notes beginning in October 2020 if the last reported sale price of CEC common stock equals or exceeds 140% of the conversion price for the CEC Convertible Notes in effect on each of at least 20 trading days during any 30 consecutive trading day period. As of March 31, 2019, an immaterial amount of the CEC Convertible Notes were converted into shares of CEC common stock. An aggregate of 156 million shares of CEC common stock are issuable upon conversion of the CEC Convertible Notes, of which 151 million shares are net of amounts held by CEC. As of March 31, 2019, the remaining life of the CEC Convertible Notes is 5.5 years.
Management analyzed the conversion features for derivative accounting consideration under ASC Topic 815, Derivatives and Hedging, (“ASC 815”) and determined that the CEC Convertible Notes contain bifurcated derivative features and qualify for derivative accounting. In accordance with ASC 815, CEC has bifurcated the conversion features of the CEC Convertible Notes and recorded a derivative liability. The CEC Convertible Notes derivative features are not designated as hedging instruments. The derivative features of the CEC Convertible Notes are carried on CEC’s Balance Sheet at fair value in Deferred credits and other liabilities. The derivative liability is marked-to-market each measurement period and the changes in fair value of a loss of $162 million and income of $160 million, respectively, were recorded as components of Other income/(loss) for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018 in the Statements of Operations. The derivative liability associated with the CEC Convertible Notes will remain in effect until such time as the underlying convertible notes are exercised or terminated and the resulting derivative liability will be transitioned from a liability to equity as of such date.
Valuation Methodology
The CEC Convertible Notes have a face value of $1.1 billion, a term of 7 years, and a coupon rate of 5%.
As of March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, we estimated the fair value of the CEC Convertible Notes using a market-based approach that incorporated the value of both the straight debt and conversion features of the notes. The valuation model incorporated actively traded prices of the CEC Convertible Notes as of the reporting date, the value of CEC’s equity into which these notes could convert, and assumptions regarding the incremental cost of borrowing for CEC. Since the key assumption used in the valuation model is the actively traded price of CEC Convertible Notes but the incremental cost of borrowing is an unobservable input, the fair value for the conversion features of the CEC Convertible Notes was classified as Level 2.
Key Assumptions as of March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018:
Actively traded price of CEC Convertible Notes - $143.01 and $122.38, respectively
Incremental cost of borrowing - 6.0% and 7.0%, respectively
Interest Rate Swap Derivatives
We use interest rate swaps to manage the mix of our debt between fixed and variable rate instruments. As of March 31, 2019, we have entered into a total of ten interest rate swap agreements for notional amounts totaling $3.0 billion to fix the interest rate on variable rate debt. The interest rate swaps are designated as cash flow hedging instruments.

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CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (CONTINUED)
(UNAUDITED)


The major terms of the interest rate swap agreements as of March 31, 2019 are as follows:
Effective Date
 
Notional Amount
(In millions)
 
Fixed Rate Paid
 
Variable Rate Received as of
March 31, 2019
 
Maturity Date
12/31/2018
 
250
 
2.274%
 
2.493%
 
12/31/2022
12/31/2018
 
200
 
2.828%
 
2.493%
 
12/31/2022
12/31/2018
 
600
 
2.739%
 
2.493%
 
12/31/2022
1/1/2019
 
250
 
2.153%
 
2.493%
 
12/31/2020
1/1/2019
 
250
 
2.196%
 
2.493%
 
12/31/2021
1/1/2019
 
400
 
2.788%
 
2.493%
 
12/31/2021
1/1/2019
 
200
 
2.828%
 
2.493%
 
12/31/2022
1/2/2019
 
250
 
2.172%
 
2.493%
 
12/31/2020
1/2/2019
 
200
 
2.731%
 
2.493%
 
12/31/2020
1/2/2019
 
400
 
2.707%