Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc.
February 2, 2017

Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results

- Establishes 2017 First Quarter and Full Year Guidance -
- Declares 2017 First Quarter Dividend of $0.62 per Common Share -

WYOMISSING, Pa., Feb. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLPI) (the "Company"), the first gaming-focused real estate investment trust ("REIT") in North America, today announced results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.

Financial Highlights

  Three Months Ended
 December 31,
 Year Ended December 31,
(in millions, except per share data) 2016 Actual 2016 Guidance (1) 2015 Actual 2016 Actual 2016 Guidance (1) 2015 Actual
Net Revenue $238.8  $238.6  $128.7  $828.3  $828.1  $575.1 
Net Income $93.7  $91.2  $29.8  $289.3  $286.8  $128.1 
Funds From Operations (2) $118.6  $116.1  $53.7  $384.9  $382.5  $223.8 
Adjusted Funds From Operations (3) $164.9  $162.0  $80.6  $542.1  $539.2  $321.8 
Adjusted EBITDA (4) $218.2  $215.5  $109.9  $721.4  $718.7  $440.0 
             
Net income, per diluted common share $0.45  $0.44  $0.25  $1.60  $1.59  $1.08 
                         

(1)  The guidance figures in the tables above present the guidance provided on November 8, 2016, for the three months and full year ended December 31, 2016.

(2)  Funds from operations ("FFO") is net income, excluding (gains) or losses from sales of property and real estate depreciation as defined by NAREIT.

(3)  Adjusted funds from operations ("AFFO") is FFO, excluding stock based compensation expense, debt issuance costs amortization, other depreciation, amortization of land rights, straight-line rent adjustments and direct financing lease adjustments, reduced by capital maintenance expenditures.

(4)  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, direct financing lease adjustments and the amortization of land rights.

Chief Executive Officer, Peter M. Carlino, commented, "2016 was a transformative year for Gaming and Leisure Properties highlighted by the acquisition of 14 properties from Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:PNK), as well as the real property of the Meadows Racetrack and Casino ("the Meadows"), totaling over $5 billion of real estate.  The 2016 acquisitions will result in over $400 million of cash rent on a full year basis, which provides additional stability to our dividend while also diversifying our tenant base and geographic market exposure."

Mr. Carlino continued, "Our fourth quarter and full year 2016 results are representative of the stable, predictable cash flows our assets produce. Furthermore, our continued efforts to strengthen and enhance our geographically diverse, robust platform of regional gaming properties continues to contribute to our enhanced results.  Moving into 2017 and beyond, we remain focused on growth and will continue evaluating strategic opportunities in accordance with our disciplined approach to acquisitions.  We believe our deep industry knowledge, favorable gaming fundamentals, strong and diversified portfolio of best-in-class assets and leverage profile, position us well to provide a stable dividend and increase long-term shareholder value."

The Company's fourth quarter 2016 net income as compared to its guidance was primarily impacted by the following:

In addition, AFFO was impacted by $0.6 million of favorable capital maintenance expenditures for the quarter as compared to guidance.

Portfolio Update

GLPI owns over 4,300 acres of land and approximately 15 million square feet of building space, which was 100% occupied as of December 31, 2016. At the end of the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company owned the real estate associated with 36 casino facilities and leases 18 of these facilities to PENN, 15 of these facilities to PNK and one to Casino Queen in East St. Louis, Illinois. Two of the gaming facilities, located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Perryville, Maryland, are owned and operated by a subsidiary of GLPI (GLP Holdings, Inc.) (the "TRS properties").

Capital maintenance expenditures at the TRS properties were $1.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2016.

Balance Sheet Update

The Company had $36.6 million of unrestricted cash and $4.7 billion in total debt, including $1.1 billion of debt outstanding under its unsecured credit facility term loans and $165.0 million outstanding under its unsecured credit facility revolver at December 31, 2016.  The Company's debt structure as of December 31, 2016 was as follows:

  As of December 31, 2016
  Interest Rate Balance
    (in thousands)
Unsecured Term Loan A (1) 2.445% $300,000 
Unsecured Term Loan A-1 (1) 2.385% 825,000 
Unsecured $700 Million Revolver (1) 2.482% 165,000 
Senior Unsecured Notes Due 2018 4.375% 550,000 
Senior Unsecured Notes Due 2020 4.875% 1,000,000 
Senior Unsecured Notes Due 2021 4.375% 400,000 
Senior Unsecured Notes Due 2023 5.375% 500,000 
Senior Unsecured Notes Due 2026 5.375% 975,000 
Capital Lease 4.780% 1,341 
Total long-term debt   $4,716,341 
Less: unamortized debt issuance costs   (51,376)
Total long-term debt, net of unamortized debt issuance costs   $4,664,965 
       

(1)  The rate on the term loan facilities and revolver is Libor plus 1.75%. The Company's revolver and $300.0 million term loan credit facility mature on October 28, 2018 and the incremental term loan of $825.0 million matures on April 28, 2021.

Financing

Through December 31, 2016, GLPI sold approximately 1.3 million shares of its common stock at an average price of  $35.00 per share under its at the market ("ATM") program, which generated gross proceeds of approximately $46.3 million (net proceeds of approximately $45.6 million). The Company used the net proceeds from the ATM Program to partially fund its acquisition of the Meadow's real estate assets and did not issue any shares during the fourth quarter.

Dividends

On November 4, 2016, the Company's Board of Directors declared the fourth quarter dividend.  Shareholders of record on December 5, 2016 received $0.60 per common share, which was paid on December 16, 2016.  On February 1, 2017, the Company declared its first quarter 2017 dividend of $0.62 per common share, payable on March 24, 2017 to shareholders of record on March 13, 2017.

Guidance

The table below sets forth current guidance targets for financial results for the 2017 first quarter and full year, based on the following assumptions:

(in millions) First Quarter Full Year
Cash Rental Receipts    
PENN $111.9  $446.9 
PNK 99.3  402.4 
Casino Queen 3.6  14.2 
PENN non-assigned land lease (0.7) (2.9)
Total Cash Rental Receipts $214.1  $860.6 
     
Non-Cash Adjustments    
Straight-line rent $(16.2) $(65.0)
PNK direct financing lease (17.6) (73.1)
Property taxes paid by tenants 21.6  86.9 
PNK land lease paid by tenant 2.2  8.8 
Total Rent as Reported $204.1  $818.2 
 

  Three Months Ending March 31, Full Year Ending December 31,
(in millions, except per share data) 2017
Guidance
 2016
Actual
 2017
Guidance
 2016
Actual
Net Revenue $240.5  $148.8  $958.2  $828.3 
Net Income $91.6  $32.7  $371.0  $289.3 
Funds From Operations (1) $116.6  $56.4  $470.6  $384.9 
Adjusted Funds From Operations (2) $163.3  $83.6  $656.6  $542.1 
Adjusted EBITDA (3) $216.7  $113.2  $869.1  $721.4 
         
Net income, per diluted common share $0.44  $0.27  $1.75  $1.60 
                 

(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, debt issuance costs amortization, other depreciation, amortization of land rights, straight-line rent adjustments and direct financing lease adjustments, 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, direct financing lease adjustments and the amortization of land rights.

Conference Call Details

The Company will hold a conference call on February 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) to discuss its financial results, current business trends and market conditions.

Webcast

The conference call will be available in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.glpropinc.com. To listen to a live broadcast, go to the site at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time in order to register, download and install any necessary audio software. A replay of the call will also be available for 90 days on the Company's website.

To Participate in the Telephone Conference Call:

Dial in at least five minutes prior to start time.
Domestic: 1-877-407-0784
International: 1-201-689-8560

Conference Call Playback:

Domestic:  1-844-512-2921
International:  1-412-317-6671
Passcode:  13652557
The playback can be accessed through February 9, 2017.

Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Funds From Operations ("FFO"), Adjusted Funds From Operations ("AFFO") and Adjusted EBITDA, 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, AFFO, and Adjusted EBITDA 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. In addition, in order for the Company to qualify as a REIT, it must distribute 90% of its REIT taxable income annually.  The Company adjusts AFFO accordingly to provide our investors an estimate of taxable income for this distribution requirement. Direct financing lease adjustments represent the portion of cash rent we receive from tenants that is applied against our lease receivable and thus not recorded as revenue and the amortization of land rights represents the non-cash amortization of the value assigned to the Company's assumed ground leases.

FFO, AFFO and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures, that are considered a supplemental measure for the real estate industry and a supplement to GAAP measures. NAREIT defines FFO as net income (computed in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles), excluding (gains) or losses from sales of property and real estate depreciation.  We have defined AFFO as FFO excluding stock based compensation expense, debt issuance costs amortization, other depreciation, amortization of land rights, straight-line rent adjustments and direct financing lease adjustments, reduced by capital maintenance expenditures. Finally, 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, direct financing lease adjustments and the amortization of land rights.

FFO, AFFO and Adjusted EBITDA are not recognized terms under GAAP.  Because certain companies do not calculate FFO, AFFO, and Adjusted EBITDA in the same way and certain other companies may not perform such calculation, those measures as used by other companies may not be consistent with the way the Company calculates such measures and should not be considered as alternative measures of operating profit or net income. The Company's presentation of these measures does not replace the presentation of the Company's 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. GLPI expects to grow its portfolio by pursuing opportunities to acquire additional gaming facilities to lease to gaming operators. GLPI also intends to diversify its portfolio over time, including by acquiring properties outside the gaming industry to lease to third parties. GLPI elected to be taxed as a REIT for United States federal income tax purposes commencing with the 2014 taxable year and is the first gaming-focused REIT in North America.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements regarding our financial outlook for the first quarter of 2017 and the full 2017 fiscal year and our expectations regarding future acquisitions and 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 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 GLPI's planned acquisitions or projects; GLPI'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; our ability to access capital through debt and equity markets in amounts and at rates and costs acceptable to GLPI; 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, 2015, 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.

Additional Information

This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended. In connection with the establishment of its ATM Program, the Company filed with the SEC a prospectus supplement dated August 9, 2016 to the prospectus contained in its effective Registration Statement on Form S-3 (No. 333-210423), filed with the SEC on March 28, 2016.  This communication is not a substitute for the filed Registration Statement/prospectus or any other document that the Company may file with the SEC or send to its shareholders in connection with the proposed transactions. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND PROSPECTUS THAT HAVE BEEN FILED WITH THE SEC AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN, OR WILL CONTAIN, IMPORTANT INFORMATION. You may obtain free copies of the registration statement/prospectus and other relevant documents filed by the Company with the SEC at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by the Company are available free of charge on the Company's investor relations website at investors.glpropinc.com or by contacting the Company's investor relations representative at (203) 682-8211.

Contact

Investor Relations — Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc.

Kara Smith
T: 646-277-1211
Email: Kara.Smith@icrinc.com

Bill Clifford
T: 610-401-2900
Email: Bclifford@glpropinc.com

 
GAMING AND LEISURE PROPERTIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data) (unaudited)
    
 Three Months Ended
 December 31,
 Year Ended
 December 31,
 2016 2015 2016 2015
Revenues       
Rental income$164,464  $98,478  $567,444  $392,075 
Income from direct financing lease18,131    48,917   
Real estate taxes paid by tenants19,905  (5,021) 67,843  35,050 
Total rental revenue and income from direct financing lease202,500  93,457  684,204  427,125 
Gaming34,902  33,885  138,594  142,310 
Food, beverage and other2,846  2,749  11,067  11,213 
Total revenues240,248  130,091  833,865  580,648 
Less promotional allowances(1,449) (1,402) (5,610) (5,595)
Net revenues238,799  128,689  828,255  575,053 
Operating expenses       
Gaming18,114  18,544  74,233  77,188 
Food, beverage and other2,056  2,097  8,230  8,586 
Real estate taxes20,300  (4,726) 69,448  36,412 
General and administrative21,179  21,123  86,167  85,669 
Depreciation28,287  27,198  109,554  109,783 
Total operating expenses89,936  64,236  347,632  317,638 
Income from operations148,863  64,453  480,623  257,415 
        
Other income (expenses)       
Interest expense(53,679) (33,810) (185,896) (124,183)
Interest income471  571  2,123  2,332 
Total other expenses(53,208) (33,239) (183,773) (121,851)
        
Income from operations before income taxes95,655  31,214  296,850  135,564 
  Income tax expense1,963  1,441  7,545  7,442 
Net income$93,692  $29,773  $289,305  $128,122 
        
Earnings per common share:       
Basic earnings per common share$0.45  $0.26  $1.62  $1.12 
Diluted earnings per common share$0.45  $0.25  $1.60  $1.08 


GAMING AND LEISURE PROPERTIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Operations
(in thousands) (unaudited)
 
 NET REVENUES ADJUSTED EBITDA
 Three Months Ended
 December 31,
 Three Months Ended
 December 31,
 2016 2015 2016 2015
Real estate$202,500  $93,457  $208,597  $101,398 
GLP Holdings, LLC. (TRS)36,299  35,232  9,625  8,458 
Total$238,799  $128,689  $218,222  $109,856 
        
 NET REVENUES ADJUSTED EBITDA
 Year Ended
 December 31,
 Year Ended
 December 31,
 2016 2015 2016 2015
Real estate$684,204  $427,125  $684,063  $402,913 
GLP Holdings, LLC. (TRS)144,051  147,928  37,340  37,106 
Total$828,255  $575,053  $721,403  $440,019 


GAMING AND LEISURE PROPERTIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
General and Administrative Expenses
(in thousands) (unaudited)
 
 Three Months Ended
 December 31,
 Year Ended
 December 31,
 2016 2015 2016 2015
Real estate general and administrative expenses (1) (2)$15,046  $15,285  $63,439  $61,950 
GLP Holdings, LLC. (TRS) general and administrative expenses  (2)6,133  5,838  22,728  23,719 
Total$21,179  $21,123  $86,167  $85,669 
                

(1)  Includes stock based compensation of $4.7 million and $24.3 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2016, respectively, and $7.4 million and $32.0 million for the three months and year ended December 31, 2015, respectively.

(2)  General and administrative expenses include payroll related expenses, insurance, utilities, professional fees and other administrative costs.

 
Reconciliation of Net income (GAAP) to FFO, FFO to AFFO, and AFFO to Adjusted EBITDA
Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. and Subsidiaries
CONSOLIDATED
(in thousands) (unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended
 December 31,
 Year Ended
 December 31,
  2016 2015 2016 2015
Net income $93,692  $29,773  $289,305  $128,122 
(Gains) or losses from dispositions of property 5  96  (455) 185 
Real estate depreciation 24,910  23,793  96,074  95,511 
Funds from operations $118,607  $53,662  $384,924  $223,818 
Straight-line rent adjustments 16,244  13,956  58,673  55,825 
Direct financing lease adjustments 18,004    48,533   
Other depreciation (1) 3,377  3,405  13,480  14,272 
Amortization of land rights 2,311    6,163   
Debt issuance costs amortization 3,257  6,286  15,146  14,016 
Stock based compensation 4,508  4,153  18,312  16,811 
Maintenance CAPEX (2) (1,418) (845) (3,111) (2,953)
Adjusted funds from operations $164,890  $80,617  $542,120  $321,789 
Interest, net 53,208  33,239  183,773  121,851 
Income tax expense 1,963  1,441  7,545  7,442 
Maintenance CAPEX (2) 1,418  845  3,111  2,953 
Debt issuance costs amortization (3,257) (6,286) (15,146) (14,016)
Adjusted EBITDA $218,222  $109,856  $721,403  $440,019 
   

(1) Other depreciation includes both real estate and equipment depreciation from the Company's taxable REIT subsidiaries as well as equipment depreciation from the REIT subsidiaries.

(2) Capital maintenance expenditures are expenditures to replace existing fixed assets with a useful life greater than one year that are obsolete, worn out or no longer cost effective to repair.

 
Reconciliation of Net income (GAAP) to FFO, FFO to AFFO, and AFFO to Adjusted EBITDA
Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. and Subsidiaries
REAL ESTATE and CORPORATE (REIT)
(in thousands) (unaudited)
 
 Three Months Ended
 December 31,
 Year Ended
 December 31,
 2016 2015 2016 2015
Net income$91,279  $28,137  $280,295  $119,914 
(Gains) or losses from dispositions of property  96  (471) 152 
Real estate depreciation24,910  23,793  96,074  95,511 
Funds from operations$116,189  $52,026  $375,898  $215,577 
Straight-line rent adjustments16,244  13,956  58,673  55,825 
Direct financing lease adjustments18,004    48,533   
Other depreciation (1)524  508  2,097  1,913 
Amortization of land rights2,311    6,163   
Debt issuance costs amortization3,257  6,286  15,146  14,016 
Stock based compensation4,508  4,153  18,312  16,811 
Maintenance CAPEX       
Adjusted funds from operations$161,037  $76,929  $524,822  $304,142 
Interest, net (2)50,607  30,638  173,371  111,449 
Income tax expense210  117  1,016  1,338 
Maintenance CAPEX       
Debt issuance costs amortization(3,257) (6,286) (15,146) (14,016)
Adjusted EBITDA$208,597  $101,398  $684,063  $402,913 
                

(1)  Other depreciation includes equipment depreciation from the Company's REIT subsidiaries as well as equipment depreciation from the REIT subsidiaries.

(2)  Interest expense, net is net of intercompany interest eliminations of $2.6 million and $10.4 million for both the three months and years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.

 
Reconciliation of Net income (GAAP) to FFO, FFO to AFFO, and AFFO to Adjusted EBITDA
Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. and Subsidiaries
GLP HOLDINGS, LLC (TRS)
(in thousands) (unaudited)
    
 Three Months Ended
 December 31,
 Year Ended
 December 31,
 2016 2015 2016 2015
Net income$2,413  $1,636  $9,010  $8,208 
Losses from dispositions of property5    16  33 
Real estate depreciation       
Funds from operations$2,418  $1,636  $9,026  $8,241 
Straight-line rent adjustments       
Direct financing lease adjustments       
Other depreciation (1)2,853  2,897  11,383  12,359 
Amortization of land rights       
Debt issuance costs amortization       
Stock based compensation       
Maintenance CAPEX (2)(1,418) (845) (3,111) (2,953)
Adjusted funds from operations$3,853  $3,688  $17,298  $17,647 
Interest, net2,601  2,601  10,402  10,402 
Income tax expense1,753  1,324  6,529  6,104 
Maintenance CAPEX (2)1,418  845  3,111  2,953 
Debt issuance costs amortization       
Adjusted EBITDA$9,625  $8,458  $37,340  $37,106 
                

(1)  Other depreciation includes both real estate and equipment depreciation from the Company's taxable REIT subsidiaries as well as equipment depreciation from the REIT subsidiaries.

(2)  Capital maintenance expenditures are expenditures to replace existing fixed assets with a useful life greater than one year that are obsolete, worn out or no longer cost effective to repair.