New Jersey court allows termination of Revel Casino's sale

Fri Dec 12, 2014 1:49pm EST
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By Daniel Kelley

CAMDEN, N.J. Dec 12 (Reuters) - A bankruptcy court judge approved an unopposed request to terminate the sale of the Revel casino in Atlantic City to Brookfield Asset Management at a hearing on Friday.

Brookfield, which had made a $110 million bid for the casino, backed out of the deal because it failed to reach an agreement with bondholders who owned Revel's power plant.

The company, which did not send a representative to the hearing and has not responded in court documents to notices to terminate the sale, stands to lose its $11 million deposit.

The power plant is a trouble spot for the Revel and any prospective buyer.

After the casino lost construction financing in 2012, Revel was forced to find a new contractor to build its power plant. It contracted with ACR Energy Partners, but to get the deal done was required to back ACR's financing of the project.

Even in bankruptcy, the financing and operating costs for the plant cost the company about $60,000 a day before paying for any of the electricity or power required for heating or cooling. Turning it off, however, could allow mold to grow in the casino.

A hearing will be held Jan. 5 to complete a sale to the runner-up, Florida businessman Glenn Straub and his firm, Polo North Country Club Inc. Neither Straub or his lawyer attended Friday's hearing.

Straub made an initial bid of $90 million, providing a floor against which all other bidders had to compete. He eventually bid $95 million during the auction but lost to Brookfield.   Continued...