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MGM GROWTH PROPERTIES LLC

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MGM Growth Properties LLC : Reports Second Quarter Financial Results

08/06/2021 | 08:46am EDT

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- MGM Growth Properties LLC ("MGP" or the "Company") (NYSE: MGP) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2021. Net income attributable to MGP Class A shareholders for the quarter was $43.9 million, or $0.28 per dilutive share.

Financial highlights for the second quarter of 2021:

  • Consolidated rental revenue of $188.3 million;
  • Consolidated net income of $73.7 million, or $0.28 per diluted Operating Partnership unit;
  • Consolidated Funds From Operations(1) ("FFO") of $142.0 million, or $0.53 per diluted Operating Partnership unit;
  • Consolidated Adjusted Funds From Operations(2) ("AFFO") of $171.8 million, or $0.65 per diluted Operating Partnership unit;
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA(3) ("Adjusted EBITDA") of $244.3 million;
  • General and administrative expenses of $4.3 million; and
  • Income from unconsolidated affiliate of $25.3 million.

As of June 30, 2021, there were approximately 268.0 million Operating Partnership units outstanding in the Operating Partnership of which MGM owned approximately 111.4 million, or 41.6%, while MGP owns the remaining 58.4%.

On May 11, 2021, the Company entered into an agreement to acquire the real estate assets of MGM Springfield from MGM Resorts International ("MGM") for $400 million in cash. MGM Springfield will be added to the Company's existing master lease with MGM and the annual rent payment will increase by $30 million, $27.0 million of which will be fixed and contractually grow at 2% per year with escalators subject to the tenant meeting an adjusted net revenue to rent ratio. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021, upon receipt of interim regulatory approvals from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. 

On August 4, 2021, the Company and the Operating Partnership entered into an agreement with VICI Properties, Inc. ("VICI") and MGM whereby VICI will acquire the Company in a stock-for-stock transaction (such transaction, the "VICI Transaction"). Pursuant to the agreement, MGP Class A shareholders will have the right to receive 1.366 shares of newly issued VICI stock in exchange for each MGP Class A share outstanding and MGM will have the right to receive 1.366 units of the new VICI operating partnership ("VICI OP") in exchange for each Operating Partnership unit held by MGM. The fixed exchange ratio represents an agreed upon price of $43 per share of MGP Class A share to the five-day volume weighted average price of VICI stock as of the close of business on July 30, 2021. Subsequent to the exchange, VICI OP will redeem the majority of MGM's VICI OP units for cash consideration of $4.4 billion, with MGM retaining approximately 12.2 million VICI OP units. MGP's Class B share that is held by MGM will be cancelled. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2022, subject to customary closing conditions, regulatory approvals, and approval by VICI stockholders.

"Since our IPO in 2016, MGP completed over $7 billion of real estate transactions that grew our portfolio of premier entertainment assets, including introducing innovative transaction structures to the gaming REIT universe," said James Stewart, CEO of MGP. "As a result of our completed and announced transactions, MGP's pro rata rental revenue has nearly doubled from $550 million at IPO to approximately $1.0 billion, our annualized dividends per share increased 44%, and our total shareholder return has more than doubled. Following the announced strategic VICI Transaction, MGP shareholders will benefit from the collective strengths of both companies."

The following table provides a reconciliation of MGP's consolidated net income to FFO, AFFO and Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended June 30, 2021:


Three Months Ended June 30,


2021


Consolidated


(In thousands, except per unit amounts)

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures


Net income

$

73,697


Depreciation

57,772


Share of depreciation of unconsolidated affiliate

10,485


Property transactions, net

38


Funds From Operations

141,992


Amortization of financing costs and cash flow hedges

9,626


Share of amortization of financing costs of unconsolidated affiliate

64


Non-cash compensation expense

758


Straight-line rental revenues, excluding lease incentive asset

17,381


Share of straight-line rental revenues of unconsolidated affiliate

(12,135)


Amortization of lease incentive asset and deferred revenue on non-normal tenant improvements

4,627


Acquisition-related expenses

278


Non-cash ground lease rent, net

259


Other expenses

725


Loss on unhedged interest rate swaps, net

6,455


Provision for income taxes

1,764


Adjusted Funds From Operations

171,794


Interest income

(81)


Interest expense

68,741


Share of interest expense of unconsolidated affiliate

13,582


Amortization of financing costs and cash flow hedges

(9,626)


Share of amortization of financing costs of unconsolidated affiliate

(64)


Adjusted EBITDA

$

244,346




Weighted average Operating Partnership units outstanding


Basic

265,740


Diluted

265,920




Earnings per Operating Partnership unit


Basic

$

0.28


Diluted

$

0.28




FFO per Operating Partnership unit


Diluted

$

0.53


AFFO per Operating Partnership unit


Diluted

$

0.65


Financial Position

The Company had $298.2 million of cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2021. Cash received from rent payments under the Master Lease for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 was $210.7 million. Cash received from distributions from the unconsolidated affiliate, MGP BREIT Venture, for the quarter ended June 30, 2021 was $31.8 million.

On July 15, 2021, the Operating Partnership made a cash distribution of $138.0 million relating to the second quarter, $57.4 million of which was paid to MGM and $80.7 million of which was paid to MGP. Simultaneously, MGP paid a cash dividend of $0.5150 per share.

The Company's debt at June 30, 2021 was as follows (in thousands):


June 30, 2021

Senior secured credit facility:


Senior secured revolving credit facility

$


5.625% senior notes, due 2024

1,050,000


4.625% senior notes, due 2025

800,000


4.50% senior notes, due 2026

500,000


5.75% senior notes, due 2027

750,000


4.50% senior notes, due 2028

350,000


3.875% senior notes, due 2029

750,000


Total principal amount of debt

4,200,000


Less: Unamortized discount and debt issuance costs

(37,082)


Total debt, net of unamortized debt issuance costs

$

4,162,918


Conference Call Details

MGP will host a conference call at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time today which will include a brief discussion of these results. The call will be accessible via the Internet through http://www.mgmgrowthproperties.com/events-and-presentations or by calling 1-888-317-6003 for domestic callers and 1-412-317-6061 for international callers. The conference call access code is 3553404. A replay of the call will be available through Friday, August 13, 2021. The replay may be accessed by dialing 1-877-344-7529 or 1-412-317-0088. The replay access code is 10158492. The call will be archived at www.mgmgrowthproperties.com. In addition, MGP will post supplemental slides today on its website at http://www.mgmgrowthproperties.com/events-and-presentations, which includes a reconciliation of MGP's pro rata net leverage.

  1. Consolidated Funds From Operations ("FFO") is consolidated net income (computed in accordance with U.S. GAAP), excluding gains and losses from sales or disposals of property (presented as property transactions, net), plus depreciation, as defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts plus the Company's share of depreciation of its unconsolidated affiliate.
  2. Consolidated Adjusted Funds From Operations ("AFFO") is FFO as adjusted for amortization of financing costs and cash flow hedges; the Company's share of amortization of financing costs of its unconsolidated affiliate; non-cash compensation expense; straight-line rental revenue (which is defined as the difference between contractual rent and cash rent payments, excluding lease incentive asset amortization); the Company's share of straight-line rental revenues of its unconsolidated affiliate; amortization of lease incentive asset and deferred revenue relating to non-normal tenant improvements; acquisition-related expenses; non-cash ground lease rent, net; other expenses; (gain) loss on unhedged interest rate swaps, net; our share of provision for income taxes of unconsolidated affiliate; and provision for income taxes.
  3. Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA ("Adjusted EBITDA") is consolidated net income (computed in accordance with U.S. GAAP) as adjusted for gains and losses from sales or disposals of property (presented as property transactions, net); depreciation; the Company's share of depreciation of its unconsolidated affiliate; amortization of financing costs and cash flow hedges; the Company's share of amortization of financing costs of its unconsolidated affiliate; non-cash compensation expense; straight-line rental revenue; the Company's share of straight-line rental revenues of its unconsolidated affiliate; amortization of lease incentive asset and deferred revenue relating to non-normal tenant improvements; acquisition-related expenses; non-cash ground lease rent, net; other expenses; (gain) loss on unhedged interest rate swaps, net; our share of provision for income taxes of unconsolidated affiliate; interest income; interest expense (including amortization of financing costs and cash flow hedges); the Company's share of interest expense (including amortization of financing costs) of its unconsolidated affiliate; and provision for income taxes.

FFO, FFO per unit, AFFO, AFFO per unit and Adjusted EBITDA are supplemental performance measures that have not been prepared in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("U.S. GAAP") that management believes are useful to investors in comparing operating and financial results between periods. Management believes that this is especially true since these measures exclude real estate depreciation and amortization expense and management believes that real estate values fluctuate based on market conditions rather than depreciating in value ratably on a straight-line basis over time. The Company believes such a presentation also provides investors with a meaningful measure of the Company's operating results in comparison to the operating results of other REITs. Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors to further supplement AFFO and FFO and to provide investors a performance metric which excludes interest expense. In addition to non-cash items, the Company adjusts AFFO and Adjusted EBITDA for acquisition-related expenses. While we do not label these expenses as non-recurring, infrequent or unusual, management believes that it is helpful to adjust for these expenses when they do occur to allow for comparability of results between periods because each acquisition is (and will be) of varying size and complexity and may involve different types of expenses depending on the type of property being acquired and from whom.

FFO, FFO per unit, AFFO, AFFO per unit and Adjusted EBITDA do not represent cash flow from operations as defined by U.S. GAAP, should not be considered as an alternative to net income as defined by U.S. GAAP and are not indicative of cash available to fund all cash flow needs. Investors are also cautioned that FFO, FFO per unit, AFFO, AFFO per unit and Adjusted EBITDA as presented, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other REITs due to the fact that not all real estate companies use the same definitions.

Reconciliations of consolidated net income to FFO, AFFO and Adjusted EBITDA are included in this release.

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About MGM Growth Properties

MGM Growth Properties LLC (NYSE:MGP) is one of the leading publicly traded real estate investment trusts engaged in the acquisition, ownership and leasing of large-scale destination entertainment and leisure resorts, whose diverse amenities include casino gaming, hotel, convention, dining, entertainment and retail offerings. MGP, together with its joint venture, currently owns a portfolio of properties, consisting of 12 premier destination resorts in Las Vegas and elsewhere across the United States, MGM Northfield Park in Northfield, OH, Empire Resort Casino in Yonkers, NY, as well as a retail and entertainment district, The Park in Las Vegas. As of December 31, 2020, MGP's portfolio of destination resorts, the Park, Empire Resort Casino, and MGM Northfield Park collectively comprised approximately 32,400 hotel rooms, 1.6 million casino square footage, and 3.6 million convention square footage. As a growth-oriented public real estate entity, MGP expects its relationship with MGM Resorts and other entertainment providers to attractively position MGP for the acquisition of additional properties across the entertainment, hospitality and leisure industries. For more information about MGP, visit the Company's website at http://www.mgmgrowthproperties.com.

This release includes "forward-looking" statements and "safe harbor statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and/or uncertainties, including those described in MGP's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. MGP has based forward-looking statements on management's current expectations and assumptions and not on historical facts. Examples of these statements include, but are not limited to, MGP's expectations regarding the closing of the VICI Transaction or the MGM Springfield transaction and any benefits to be received from the transactions. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties and the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in such forward-looking statements include risks related to MGP's ability to complete the VICI Transaction and the MGM Springfield transaction on the anticipated terms or at all; MGP's ability to receive, or delays in obtaining, any regulatory approvals required to own its properties, or other delays or impediments to completing MGP's planned acquisitions or projects, including any acquisitions of properties from MGM; the ultimate timing and outcome of any planned acquisitions or projects; MGP's ability to maintain its status as a REIT; 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; MGP's ability to access capital through debt and equity markets in amounts and at rates and costs acceptable to MGP; 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 MGP's period reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In providing forward-looking statements, MGP is not undertaking any duty or obligation to update these statements publicly as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. If MGP updates one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that it will make additional updates with respect to those other forward-looking statements.

 

MGM GROWTH PROPERTIES LLC

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended June 30,


2021


2020

Revenues




Rental revenue

$

188,304



$

188,304


Ground lease

6,038



6,038


Total Revenues

194,342



194,342






Expenses




Depreciation

57,772



58,405


Property transactions, net

38



(66)


Ground lease expense

5,920



5,920


Acquisition-related expenses

278



358


General and administrative

4,306



3,731


Total Expenses

68,314



68,348






Other income (expense)




Income from unconsolidated affiliate

25,273



25,453


Interest income

81



2,279


Interest expense

(68,741)



(55,377)


Gain (loss) on unhedged interest rate swaps, net

(6,455)



1,588


Other

(725)



(413)



(50,567)



(26,470)


Income before income taxes

75,461



99,524


Provision for income taxes

(1,764)



(2,499)


Net income

73,697



97,025


Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

(29,808)



(56,009)


Net income attributable to Class A shareholders

$

43,889



$

41,016






Weighted average Class A shares outstanding




Basic

154,367



131,527


Diluted

154,547



131,637






Earnings per Class A share




Basic

$

0.28



$

0.30


Diluted

$

0.28



$

0.30


 

MGM GROWTH PROPERTIES LLC

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except share amounts)

(Unaudited)



June 30, 2021


December 31, 2020

ASSETS

Real estate investments, net

$

8,194,148



$

8,310,737


Lease incentive asset

497,151



507,161


Investment in unconsolidated affiliate

813,850



810,066


Cash and cash equivalents

298,175



626,385


Prepaid expenses and other assets

24,227



25,525


Above market lease, asset

39,080



39,867


Operating lease right-of-use assets

280,855



280,565


Total assets

$

10,147,486



$

10,600,306






LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Liabilities




Debt, net

$

4,162,918



$

4,168,959


Due to MGM Resorts International and affiliates

245



316


Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities

75,640



124,109


Accrued interest

62,577



48,505


Dividend and distribution payable

138,029



136,484


Deferred revenue

187,019



156,760


Deferred income taxes, net

33,298



33,298


Operating lease liabilities

341,643



341,133


Total liabilities

5,001,369



5,009,564


Commitments and contingencies




Shareholders' equity




Class A shares: no par value, 1,000,000,000 shares authorized, 156,645,628 and 131,459,651 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively




Additional paid-in capital

3,554,821



3,114,331


Accumulated deficit

(475,978)



(422,897)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(52,385)



(51,197)


Total Class A shareholders' equity

3,026,458



2,640,237


Noncontrolling interest

2,119,659



2,950,505


Total shareholders' equity

5,146,117



5,590,742


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

10,147,486



$

10,600,306


 

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