Boyd Gaming finishes sale of its half of Borgata casino

Boyd Gaming has completed the sale of its half-ownership of Atlantic City’s Borgata casino to MGM Resorts International.

Nevada-based Boyd says it received $589 million from Monday’s transaction, after deducting its share of Borgata’s currently outstanding debt.

That amount does not include Boyd Gaming’s 50 percent share of any future property tax settlement benefits.

The Borgata, Atlantic City’s top casino, estimates it is due property tax refunds totaling $160 million, including amounts due under court decisions rendered in its favor and estimates for open tax appeals.

The transaction includes the Borgata casino and hotel and its non-gambling Water Club hotel next door in the city’s Marina District.

MGM now owns all of the Borgata, which has dominated the Atlantic City market since shortly after it opened in 2003.

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