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PENN

Penn National

$19.76

-0.3 (-1.50%)

, VICI

VICI Properties

$21.47

-0.03 (-0.14%)

06:07
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06:07

Penn National to acquire Greektown Casino-Hotel in Detroit for about $300M cash

Penn National Gaming (PENN) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the operations of Greektown Casino-Hotel in Detroit, Michigan for approximately $300M in cash. Simultaneous with the closing of the transaction, Penn National will enter into a triple net lease agreement with VICI Properties (VICI) for the Greektown facility. The lease will have an initial annual rent of approximately $55.6 million and an initial term of 15 years, with four 5-year renewal options. The rent coverage ratio in the first year after closing is expected to be 1.8x. The transaction will be financed with a combination of cash on hand and debt. On a pro forma basis, and reflecting the October 15, 2018 completion of the acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment and expected late fourth quarter close of Margaritaville Resort Casino, the Company continues to forecast to be at its target debt levels within 12 -18 months. Upon closing the Greektown transaction, Penn National's portfolio of regional gaming facilities will increase to 41 properties in 19 jurisdictions. The transaction, which is expected to close in mid-2019, is subject to the approval of the Michigan Gaming Control Board and other customary closing conditions.

PENN

Penn National

$19.76

-0.3 (-1.50%)

VICI

VICI Properties

$21.47

-0.03 (-0.14%)

PENN Penn National
$19.76

-0.3 (-1.50%)

11/02/18
RHCO
11/02/18
NO CHANGE
Target $32
RHCO
Buy
Penn National price target lowered to $32 from $39 at SunTrust
SunTrust analyst Barry Jonas lowered his price target on Penn National (PENN) to $32 after its Q3 earnings miss, saying the underperformance came from competitive pressures in Illinois and Mississippi, even though its other regions were "healthy". The analyst keeps his Buy rating on Penn National longer term, with expected upside to estimate coming from the integration of Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) once it is completed.
10/11/18
STFL
10/11/18
NO CHANGE
Target $38
STFL
Buy
'Irrational selling' of Penn National presents buying opportunity, says Stifel
Stifel analyst Steven Wieczynski blames recent share weakness in regional gaming names on concerns about the economy, hedge funds exiting the gaming space and investors fleeing over-levered balance sheets given rate fears. However, Penn National has 75% of their debt fixed including lease payments and management expects rising rates to actually be a net positive given their senior-aged average customers will end up with more discretionary income in their wallets, Wieczynski tells investors after meeting with company management. He remains "steadfast" in his support of Penn National shares following his meetings and thinks the "irrational selling" of the stock has created a buying opportunity. The analyst keeps a Buy rating and $38 price target on Penn National.
10/01/18
RHCO
10/01/18
INITIATION
Target $39
RHCO
Buy
Penn National assumed with a Buy at SunTrust
SunTrust analyst Barry Jonas assumed Penn National with a Buy rating and a price target of $39 as part of his broader "U.S. Gaming" coverage transfer research report. The analyst is positive on the company's position as a "best in class regional gaming operator" and its expected transformative acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK). Jonas notes that M&A synergies could drive potential upside to Penn National estimates along with "continued margin improvements across its portfolio".
08/28/18
JEFF
08/28/18
NO CHANGE
JEFF
Buy
Penn, Boyd smoking ban weakness may be buying opportunity, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst David Katz said he views proposed smoking bans in St. Charles and St. Louis counties as potentially detrimental to Penn National (PENN) and Boyd Gaming (BYD), depending on the passing of the bills and the exemptions allowed. While the prospective process could "very modestly" temper his otherwise positive view on both stocks, he would consider any potential weakness a buying opportunity, Katz added. He keeps Buy ratings on the stocks of both casino operators.
VICI VICI Properties
$21.47

-0.03 (-0.14%)

10/24/18
BARD
10/24/18
INITIATION
Target $26
BARD
Outperform
VICI Properties initiated with an Outperform at Baird
Baird analyst RJ Milligan initiated VICI Properties with an Outperform rating, citing its attractive valuation and balance sheet, the potential for multiple expansion, and its external growth pipeline which should drive outsized earnings growth. Milligan has a $26 price target on VICI Properties shares.
10/15/18
BOFA
10/15/18
UPGRADE
Target $23
BOFA
Buy
VICI Properties upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill analyst Shaun Kelley upgraded VICI Properties (VICI) to Buy from Neutral and raised its price target to $23 from 22. Kelley believes VICI has the strongest growth profile in Gaming REITS given rising potential of real estate drop downs from Caesars Entertainment (CZR), potential sector M&A including press Jack Ohio, and $130M in rent from three call option properties.
09/26/18
NOMU
09/26/18
INITIATION
NOMU
Buy
VICI Properties initiated with a Buy at Nomura Instinet
Nomura Instinet analyst Daniel Adam initiated VICI Properties with a Buy rating and a $29 price target. Adam called VICI Properties the top pick in the gaming REITs sector, and noted "The majority of earnings growth and upside surprises for VICI will likely stem from unlocking hidden value that is built in to its lease agreements with its largest tenant."
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