NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--VICI Properties Inc. (NYSE:VICI) (together with its affiliates, “VICI Properties” or the “Company”), an experiential real estate investment trust (“REIT”), today announced that it has entered into definitive agreements pursuant to which VICI will acquire the land and real estate assets of the Margaritaville Resort Casino, located in Bossier City, Louisiana (“Margaritaville Resort Casino”), for approximately $261 million in cash, and Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ:PENN) (“Penn National” or the “Tenant”) will acquire the operating assets of the Margaritaville Resort Casino for approximately $115 million in cash. The aggregate purchase price payable in connection with the acquisition of the real property and operations of the Margaritaville Resort Casino is approximately $376 million in cash.
Simultaneous with the closing of this transaction, Penn National will enter into a triple-net lease agreement with the Company. The lease will have an initial total annual rent of approximately $23 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 1.9x and the Tenant’s obligations under the lease will be guaranteed by Penn National.
Ed Pitoniak, Chief Executive Officer of VICI Properties, said, “We are very excited to announce the addition of Margaritaville Resort Casino to our growing portfolio of market-leading gaming, hospitality and entertainment destinations at an attractive cap rate. In addition, VICI is proud to partner with Penn National to strengthen our existing footprint in the Shreveport-Bossier region, and this partnership represents the first step in our strategy to diversify our roster of best-in-class gaming operators. As the newest casino to the Bossier/Shreveport market, the property has shown exceptional performance, and is now one of the market leaders in the region. This transaction demonstrates the Company’s ability to source and execute accretive deals that bring value to our shareholders by providing alternative financing solutions to third party operators seeking to grow their business.”
Built in 2013, Margaritaville Resort Casino is the premier venue for gaming, lodging, dining and entertainment experiences in Northern Louisiana. The property comprises approximately 4 acres of fee land and nearly 30 acres of leased land. The hotel and casino built on the fee land contain approximately 26,500 square feet of casino space featuring 1,215 slots and 50 tables, 395 hotel rooms, an island-style escape theme, 6 restaurants and food and beverage outlets and a 15,000 square foot 1,000-seat theater. Approximately 1,500 parking spaces are located on the leased land.
The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the second half of 2018. Dependent on timing of closing, the Company expects to fund the purchase with cash on its balance sheet, or with a combination of cash and draws upon its credit facility.
Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is acting as financial advisor, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP is acting as legal advisor and ICR, LLC is acting as communications advisor, to VICI Properties for the transaction described herein.
About VICI Properties
VICI Properties is an experiential real estate investment trust that owns one of the largest portfolios of market-leading gaming, hospitality and entertainment destinations, including the world-renowned Caesars Palace. VICI Properties’ national, geographically diverse portfolio consists of 20 gaming facilities comprising over 36 million square feet and features approximately 14,500 hotel rooms and more than 150 restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Its properties are leased to leading brands such as Caesars, Horseshoe, Harrah’s and Bally’s, which prioritize customer loyalty and value through great service, superior products and constant innovation. VICI Properties also owns four championship golf courses and 34 acres of undeveloped land adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip. VICI Properties’ strategy is to create the nation’s highest quality and most productive experiential real estate portfolio. For additional information, please visit www.viciproperties.com.
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