Dubai World Welcomes MGM’s $200M CityCenter Project Payment

Dubai World Sunday welcomed a last-minute $200 million payment by MGM Mirage (MGM) for the CityCenter project in Las Vegas as a “sign of good faith”, but warned it was a temporary solution to the liquidity problems the casino operator is facing. MGM Mirage made a $200 million payment due Friday to its City Center project, including the $100 million owed by Dubai World, to keep the massive resort and casino project from halting construction and potentially falling into bankruptcy.

“Dubai World appreciates the support of MGM Mirage’s bank group and the CityCenter joint venture’s bank group in providing a waiver to its client that allows this payment,” the investment company, which is owned by the emirate’s government, said in an emailed statement. “It is as an acceptable, albeit temporary, solution to the liquidity issues that MGM Mirage is facing, which are at the heart of the lawsuit filed in Delaware earlier this week,” it said.

Last week, Infinity World – a subsidiary of Dubai World – sued MGM, alleging that the troubled casino operator breached the terms of their venture. MGM has said the suit is “completely without merit.” Dubai World has blamed MGM for massive cost overruns on City Center. Earlier this month, MGM reported it swung to a fourth-quarter net loss on a $1.2 billion write-down, and the company said it saw weakness in gaming and the economy in general in the first quarter.

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