WYOMISSING, Pa.- Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (NASDAQ: GLPI) ('GLPI' or the 'Company') today announced record financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.
Peter Carlino, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GLPI, commented, 'Our record third quarter financial results highlight our ability to dynamically manage our leading, diversified portfolio of regional gaming assets and support our tenants throughout the pandemic to ensure the ongoing predictability of our rental cash flows. Year-to-date, we have collected over 99% of our contractual rents as our tenants have generated impressive financial results since re-opening and, in many cases, are generating higher cash flows from their properties leased from GLPI, thus increasing the longer-term visibility of our rental receipts. In addition, third quarter results benefited from the variable rent component of certain of our leases as well as strong post-reopening results at Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge and Hollywood Casino Perryville, the gaming properties we own and operate in our taxable REIT subsidiary.
'GLPI's assets are managed by the industry's top operators and they have taken prudent steps to fortify their liquidity positions through public market capital raises. At the same time, we also proactively enhanced our financial flexibility and liquidity thereby fortifying the sector's only investment-grade balance sheet. During the third quarter, we issued an additional $200 million of 4.000% senior unsecured notes maturing in 2031 at an effective yield of 3.548% and applied the net proceeds to repay our Term Loan A-1 borrowings. As a result we have no debt maturities before May 2023. Today we announced a transaction with Twin River thereby adding another well-operated, publicly traded tenant relationship to our growing portfolio. In summary, we are confident that the consistent value and cash flows generated by our portfolio as well as our active management of all aspects of our operations and capital structure position us to consistently build value for shareholders.'
All of our tenants are current with respect to their rental obligations other than Casino Queen, from whom we are now collecting full rental payments and with whom we continue to work on a deferred rent agreement related to prior closed months. As such, to-date through October we have collected over 99% of our contractual rents.
As of October 27, 2020, 45 out of our 46 properties, (including those we own and operate in our taxable REIT subsidiaries) have reopened with safety protocols and capacity constraints.
On October 27, 2020, we entered into an Exchange Agreement with subsidiaries of Caesars Entertainment, Inc. ('Caesars') (Nasdaq: CZR) that own, respectively, the Isle Casino & Hotel, Waterloo, Iowa ('Waterloo') and the Isle Casino & Hotel, Bettendorf, Iowa ('Bettendorf'). Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, Caesars will transfer to us the real estate assets of the Waterloo and Bettendorf properties in exchange for the transfer by us to Caesars of the real property assets of Tropicana Evansville, plus a cash payment of $5.72 million. At the closing of the exchange transaction, which is expected by the end of 2020, the Waterloo and Bettendorf facilities will be added to the Caesars Amended and Restated Master Lease and the rent will increase by approximately $520,000 annually.
On October 27, 2020, the Company entered into a series of definitive agreements pursuant to which a subsidiary of Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. ('Twin River') (NYSE: TRWH) will acquire 100% of the equity interests in the Caesars subsidiary that currently operates Tropicana Evansville and the Company will reacquire the real property assets of Tropicana Evansville from Caesars for a cash purchase price of approximately $340.0 million. In addition, the Company entered into a real estate purchase agreement with Twin River pursuant to which we will purchase the real estate assets of the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, located in Dover, Delaware which is currently owned and operated by Twin River, for a cash purchase price of approximately $144.0 million. At the closing of the transactions which are expected in mid-2021, subject to regulatory approvals, the Tropicana Evansville and Dover Downs Hotel & Casino facilities will be added to a new master lease between us and Twin River (the 'Twin River Master Lease'). The Company anticipates that the Twin River Master Lease will have an initial term of 15 years, with no purchase option, followed by four five-year renewal options (exercisable by Twin River) on the same terms and conditions. Rent under the Twin River Master Lease will be $40.0 million annually and is subject to an annual escalator of up to 2% determined in relation to the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index.
Following regulatory approval late in the second quarter, on September 29, 2020 GLPI acquired Lumiere Place Casino and Hotel and entered into a new lease (the 'Lumiere Place Lease') with Caesars for this asset. The Lumiere Place Lease has an initial term that expires on October 31, 2033 and has four separate renewal options of five years each, exercisable at the tenant's option. The Lumiere Place Lease rent is $22.8 million annually and is subject to an annual escalator of up to 2% if certain rent coverage ratio thresholds are met.
Since re-opening in May and June, respectively, Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge and Hollywood Casino Perryville, the gaming properties we own and operate in our taxable REIT subsidiary, have generated strong financial results. Total third quarter net revenues and adjusted EBITDA from these properties exceeded prior year levels by $2.8 million and $3.3 million, respectively.
The Company recently received approval from the Louisiana Gaming and Control Board to move the gaming operations of Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge to a landside facility. The project, expected to cost between $21 million and $25 million, will add 38,000 square feet and include a 250-seat entertainment venue and sportsbook. The expansion and land-based facility is expected to be completed in early 2022.
Recent Initiatives to Collaborate with Tenants, Address the Pandemic and Build Future Value
On October 1, 2020, the Company completed the acquisition from Penn National Gaming, Inc. ('PENN') (Nasdaq: PENN) of the land underlying its gaming facility under construction in Morgantown, Pennsylvania in exchange for $30.0 million in rent credits. The Morgantown land is being leased back to PENN for $3.0 million of annual cash rent, subject to escalation provisions following the opening of the property.
The Company granted PENN the exclusive right until December 31, 2020 to purchase the operations of Hollywood Casino Perryville, in Perryville, Maryland, for $31.1 million. The closing of such purchase, provided PENN exercises its option, is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to occur during calendar year 2021 on a date selected by PENN with reasonable prior notice to the Company, unless otherwise agreed upon by both parties. Upon closing, the Company is expected to lease the real estate of the Perryville facility to PENN pursuant to a lease providing for initial annual rent of $7.77 million, subject to escalation provisions.
On October 1, 2020, PENN exercised the next scheduled five-year renewal option under each of its two master leases with the Company. The terms of the master lease covering PENN's Hollywood Casino at Penn National Racecourse, located in Grantville, Pennsylvania (the 'PENN Master Lease'), are expected to be amended to provide the Company with protection from any adverse impact on the lease escalation provisions resulting from decreased net revenues from such facility as a result of the openings of PENN's facilities currently in development in Pennsylvania. The Company also granted PENN the option to exercise an additional five-year renewal term at the end of the lease term for each of the two master leases, subject to certain regulatory approvals.
In light of the nationwide casino closures earlier this year, the Company does not expect any rent escalators for 2020. The Company's leases contain variable rent which is reset on varying schedules depending on the lease. In the aggregate, the portion of cash rents that are variable represented approximately 16% of GLPI's 2019 full year cash rental income. Of that 16% variable rent, approximately 27% resets every five years which is associated with the PENN Master Lease and the Casino Queen Master Lease, 42% resets every two years and 31% resets monthly which is associated with the PENN Master Lease (of which approximately 47% is subject to a floor or $22.9 million annually for Hollywood Casino Toledo). For the three-month period ended September 30, 2020, the percentage rent from the PENN Master Lease increased by $4.7 million compared to the same period last year due to strong reopening demand at Hollywood Casino Columbus and Hollywood Casino Toledo as well as the benefits experienced at Hollywood Casino Toledo as a result of the extended closures of competing casinos in Detroit, Michigan through August 5, 2020.
The variable rent resets in the Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) Master Lease and the Amended Pinnacle Master Lease reset for the two-year period ended April 30, 2020. As a result, reductions of $1.5 million and $5.0 million, respectively, will be incurred in annual variable rent on these respective leases through April 30, 2022. The Meadows Lease variable rent reset occurred in October 2020 and will result in a $2.1 million annual decline. As detailed later in this release, the Company's next variable rent reset on its portfolio of leases does not occur until May 2022.
Balance Sheet Update
On June 25, 2020, the Company completed an amendment to its credit agreement, which: (i) extended the maturity date of $224.0 million of principal amount of the outstanding Term Loan A-1s from April 28, 2021 to May 21, 2023, which term loans would thereafter be classified as Term Loan A-2s and (ii) increased the principal of the Term Loan A-2s by $200.0 million in the form of incremental term loans.
On August 18, 2020, GLPI issued an additional $200 million of 4.000% senior unsecured notes maturing on January 15, 2031 at a premium to par. The net proceeds of the borrowings were utilized to repay our Term Loan A-1 borrowings thereby increasing the duration of the Company's debt.
The aggregate dividends paid on September 25, 2020 was comprised of $26.2 million in cash and $104.7 million in common stock (2,773,450 shares at $37.7635 per share).
Three Months Ended
(in millions, except per share data) 2020 Actual 2019 Actual
Total Revenue $ 307.6$ 287.6
Income From Operations $ 200.7 187.6
Net Income $ 127.1 90.5
FFO (1) $ 182.2 145.6
AFFO (2) $ 194.6 186.5
Adjusted EBITDA (3) $ 265.2 260.5
Net income, per diluted common share $ 0.58$ 0.42
FFO, per diluted common share $ 0.83$ 0.68
AFFO, per diluted common share $ 0.89$ 0.87
(1) FFO is net income, excluding (gains) or losses from sales of property and real estate depreciation as defined by NAREIT.
(2) AFFO is FFO, excluding stock based compensation expense, the amortization of debt issuance costs, bond premiums and original issuance discounts, other depreciation, amortization of land rights, straight-line rent adjustments, losses on debt extinguishment, and loan impairment charges, reduced by capital maintenance expenditures.
(3) Adjusted EBITDA is net income, excluding interest, taxes on income, depreciation, (gains) or losses from sales of property, stock based compensation expense, straight-line rent adjustments, amortization of land rights, losses on debt extinguishment and loan impairment charges.
On August 6, 2020, the Company's Board of Directors declared a third quarter dividend of $0.60 per share on the Company's common stock, consisting of a combination of cash and shares of the Company's common stock. The dividend was paid on September 25, 2020, to shareholders of record on August 17, 2020. It is anticipated that the portion of dividends to be paid in shares in the future will be limited to periods during which non-cash rents are realized by the Company.
The Company expects the dividends to be taxable to shareholders, regardless of whether a particular shareholder received a dividend in the form of cash or shares. The Company reserves the right to pay future dividends entirely in cash, and the composition of future dividends with respect to cash and stock will be made by the Board of Directors on a quarterly basis.
GLPI's primary business consists of acquiring, financing, and owning real estate property to be leased to gaming operators in triple-net lease arrangements. As of September 30, 2020, GLPI's portfolio consisted of interests in 46 gaming and related facilities, including approximately 35 acres of real estate at Tropicana Las Vegas and the Company's wholly-owned and operated Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge and Hollywood Casino Perryville, which are referred to as the 'TRS Properties', the real property associated with 32 gaming and related facilities operated by PENN (excluding the Tropicana Las Vegas), the real property associated with 6 gaming and related facilities operated by Caesars, the real property associated with 4 gaming and related facilities operated by Boyd Gaming Corporation, and the real property associated with the Casino Queen in East St. Louis, Illinois. These facilities are geographically diversified across 16 states and contain approximately 24.1 million square feet of improvements.
Conference Call Details
The Company will hold a conference call on October 28, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) to discuss its financial results, current business trends and market conditions.
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GAMING AND LEISURE PROPERTIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Operations
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The initial term of these leases ends on April 30, 2026.
(2) Meadows yearly escalator is 5% until a breakpoint when it resets to 2%.
(3) Information with respect to our tenants' rent coverage was provided by our tenants as of June 30, 2020. GLPI has not independently verified the accuracy of the tenants' information and therefore makes no representation as to its accuracy.
(4) In the third quarter of 2020, an amendment to this Master Lease became effective which extended the initial lease term to 20 years, eliminated the variable rent component in its entirety, and established land base and building base rent at approximately $23.6 million and $62.1 million, respectively, upon the commencement of the third lease year. Upon the commencement of the fifth lease year, fixed escalations will occur on the building base rent that will total 1.25% in the fifth and sixth lease year, 1.75% in the seventh and eighth lease years and 2% in the ninth lease year and each lease year thereafter.
(5) For the first five lease years after which time the ratio increases to 1.8.
Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures
FFO, FFO per diluted common share, AFFO, AFFO per diluted common share, Adjusted EBITDA and Cash NOI, which are detailed in the reconciliation tables that accompany this release, are used by the Company as performance measures for benchmarking against the Company's peers and as internal measures of business operating performance, which is used for a bonus metric. The Company believes FFO, FFO per diluted common share, AFFO, AFFO per diluted common share, Adjusted EBITDA and Cash NOI provide a meaningful perspective of the underlying operating performance of the Company's current business. This is especially true since these measures exclude real estate depreciation and we believe that real estate values fluctuate based on market conditions rather than depreciating in value ratably on a straight-line basis over time. Cash NOI is rental and other property income, inclusive of rent credits recognized in connection with the Tropicana Las Vegas transaction, less cash property level expenses. Cash NOI excludes depreciation, the amortization of land rights, real estate general and administrative expenses, other non-routine costs and the impact of certain generally accepted accounting principles ('GAAP') adjustments to rental revenue, such as straight-line rent adjustments and non-cash ground lease income and expense. It is management's view that Cash NOI is a performance measure used to evaluate the operating performance of the Company's real estate operations and provides investors relevant and useful information because it reflects only income and operating expense items that are incurred at the property level and presents them on an unleveraged basis.
FFO, FFO per diluted common share, AFFO, AFFO per diluted common share, Adjusted EBITDA and Cash NOI are non-GAAP financial measures that are considered supplemental measures for the real estate industry and a supplement to GAAP measures. NAREIT defines FFO as net income (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding (gains) or losses from sales of property and real estate depreciation. We have defined AFFO as FFO excluding stock based compensation expense, the amortization of debt issuance costs, bond premiums and original issuance discounts, other depreciation, the amortization of land rights, straight-line rent adjustments, losses on debt extinguishment, and loan impairment charges reduced by capital maintenance expenditures. We have defined Adjusted EBITDA as net income excluding interest, taxes on income, depreciation, (gains) or losses from sales of property, stock based compensation expense, straight-line rent adjustments, the amortization of land rights, losses on debt extinguishment and loan impairment charges. For financial reporting and debt covenant purposes, the Company includes the amounts of non-cash rents earned in FFO, AFFO, and Adjusted EBITDA. Finally, we have defined Cash NOI as Adjusted EBITDA for the REIT excluding real estate general and administrative expenses and including stock based compensation expense and (gains) or losses from sales of property.
FFO, FFO per diluted common share, AFFO, AFFO per diluted common share, Adjusted EBITDA and Cash NOI are not recognized terms under GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures: (i) do not represent cash flow from operations as defined by GAAP; (ii) should not be considered as an alternative to net income as a measure of operating performance or to cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities; and (iii) are not alternatives to cash flow as a measure of liquidity. In addition, these measures should not be viewed as an indication of our ability to fund all of our cash needs, including to make cash distributions to our shareholders, to fund capital improvements, or to make interest payments on our indebtedness. Investors are also cautioned that FFO, FFO per share, AFFO, AFFO per share, Adjusted EBITDA and Cash NOI, as presented, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other real estate companies, including REITs, due to the fact that not all real estate companies use the same definitions. Our presentation of these measures does not replace the presentation of our financial results in accordance with GAAP.
About Gaming and Leisure Properties
GLPI is engaged in the business of acquiring, financing, and owning real estate property to be leased to gaming operators in triple-net lease arrangements, pursuant to which the tenant is responsible for all facility maintenance, insurance required in connection with the leased properties and the business conducted on the leased properties, taxes levied on or with respect to the leased properties and all utilities and other services necessary or appropriate for the leased properties and the business conducted on the leased properties.
This press release includes 'forward-looking statements' within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including our expectations regarding our receipt of rent payments in future periods, the impact of future transactions and expected future dividend payments. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as 'expects,' 'believes,' 'estimates,' 'intends,' 'may,' 'will,' 'should' or 'anticipates' or the negative or other variation of these or similar words, or by discussions of future events, strategies or risks and uncertainties. Such forward looking statements are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions about GLPI and its subsidiaries, including risks related to the following: the effect of pandemics such as COVID-19 on GLPI as a result of the impact of such pandemics on the business operations of GLPI's tenants and their continued ability to pay rent in a timely manner or at all; GLPI's ability to successfully consummate the announced transactions with PENN, including the ability of the parties to satisfy the various conditions to closing, including receipt of all required regulatory approvals, or other delays or impediments to completing the proposed transactions; the availability of and the ability to identify suitable and attractive acquisition and development opportunities and the ability to acquire and lease those properties on favorable terms; the ability to receive, or delays in obtaining, the regulatory approvals required to own and/or operate its properties, or other delays or impediments to completing acquisitions or projects; GLPI's ability to maintain its status as a REIT; our ability to access capital through debt and equity markets in amounts and at rates and costs acceptable to GLPI; the impact of our substantial indebtedness on our future operations; changes in the U.S. tax law and other state, federal or local laws, whether or not specific to REITs or to the gaming or lodging industries; and other factors described in GLPI's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K, each as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to GLPI or persons acting on GLPI's behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements included in this press release. GLPI undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements contained or incorporated by reference herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events discussed in this press release may not occur as presented or at all.
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