Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc.
October 26, 2017

Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2017 Results

- Establishes 2017 Fourth Quarter Guidance and Revises Full Year Guidance -
- Declares 2017 Fourth Quarter Dividend of $0.63 per Common Share -

WYOMISSING, Pa., Oct. 26, 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 ended September 30, 2017.

Financial Highlights

  Three Months Ended September 30,
   
(in millions, except per share data) 2017
Actual
 2017
Guidance (1)
 2016
Actual
Net Revenue $244.5  $243.5  $233.3 
Net Income $97.0  $95.9  $89.6 
Funds From Operations (2) $122.7  $121.2  $113.0 
Adjusted Funds From Operations (3) $170.5  $168.6  $158.6 
Adjusted EBITDA (4) $223.4  $221.8  $209.5 
       
Net income, per diluted common share    $0.45  $0.45  $0.43 

(1)   The guidance figures in the tables above present the guidance provided on July 27, 2017, for the three months ended September 30, 2017.

(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, "The Company's results in the third quarter once again demonstrate the stable and highly predictable cash flow we generate for our shareholders.  Our modest out-performance to guidance is the result of solid results at our managed TRS properties and at Penn National Gaming Inc.'s (NASDAQ: PENN) variable rent properties in Toledo and Columbus, Ohio.  Reflecting healthy regional gaming trends, our guidance for the fourth quarter now includes an annualized rent escalator from PENN of $4.0 million.  During the calendar year 2017, we earned full escalators for Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: PNK), Casino Queen and the Meadows Racetrack and Casino, while PENN is expected to earn approximately 75% of the full escalator, representing $10.6 million annually in the aggregate."

Mr. Carlino continued, "During the quarter, we made principle payments of $75 million on our long-term debt, which results in a total long-term debt to projected 2017 Adjusted EBITDA ratio of under 5.1 times.  As such, the Company is well positioned to pursue accretive growth opportunities and effectively refinance upcoming 2018 debt maturities."

The Company's third quarter net income, AFFO and Adjusted EBITDA as compared to guidance were primarily impacted by the following:

Portfolio Update

GLPI owns over 4,400 acres of land and approximately 15 million square feet of building space, which was 100% occupied as of September 30, 2017. At the end of the third quarter of 2017, the Company owned the real estate associated with 38 casino facilities and leases 20 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., (collectively, the "TRS Properties").

Capital maintenance expenditures at the TRS Properties were $0.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017.

Balance Sheet Update

The Company had $43.6 million of unrestricted cash and $4.4 billion in total debt, including $1.1 billion of debt outstanding under its unsecured credit facility term loans and no outstanding balance under its unsecured credit facility revolver at September 30, 2017.  The Company's debt structure as of September 30, 2017 was as follows:

  As of September 30, 2017
     Interest Rate   Balance
      (in thousands) 
Unsecured Term Loan A (1) 2.987% $240,000 
Unsecured Term Loan A-1 (1) 2.985% 825,000 
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% 1,258 
Total long-term debt   $4,491,258 
Less: unamortized debt issuance costs   (41,606)
Total long-term debt, net of unamortized debt issuance costs        $4,449,652 

(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.

As of September 30, 2017, the Company had 212,097,244 weighted average diluted shares outstanding. 

Dividends

On July 25, 2017, the Company's Board of Directors declared the third quarter 2017 dividend.  Shareholders of record on September 8, 2017 received $0.63 per common share, which was paid on September 22, 2017.  On October 19, 2017, the Company declared its fourth quarter 2017 dividend of $0.63 per common share, payable on December 15, 2017 to shareholders of record on December 1, 2017.

Guidance

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

                       (in millions) Fourth
   Quarter   
    Full Year   
 Cash Rental Receipts    
 PENN $114.3  $455.2 
 PNK 102.9  406.4 
 Casino Queen 3.6  14.4 
 PENN non-assigned land lease          (0.7) (2.9)
 Total Cash Rental Receipts $220.1  $873.1 
      
 Non-Cash Adjustments    
 Straight-line rent $(16.6) $(66.0)
 PNK direct financing lease (18.6) (73.1)
 Property taxes paid by tenants 21.4  85.4 
 Land leases paid by tenants 3.0  11.2 
 Total Rent as Reported $209.3  $830.6 

     
  Three Months Ended
December 31,
 Full Year Ending December 31,
(in millions, except per share data) 2017
Guidance
 2016
Actual
 Revised 2017
Guidance
 Prior 2017
Guidance
(4)
 2016
Actual
Net Revenue $242.6  $238.8  $973.2  $971.5  $828.3 
           
Net Income $96.2  $93.7  $383.6  $381.4  $289.3 
Losses or (gains) from dispositions of property        0.5  0.1  (0.5)
Real estate depreciation 25.3  24.9  100.6  100.6  96.1 
Funds From Operations (1) $121.5  $118.6  $484.7  $482.1  $384.9 
Straight-line rent adjustments 16.6  16.2  66.0  66.0  58.7 
Direct financing lease adjustments 18.6  18.0  73.1  73.1  48.5 
Other depreciation 3.0  3.4  13.0  13.0  13.5 
Amortization of land rights 2.7  2.3  10.3  10.3  6.2 
Debt issuance costs amortization 3.3  3.3  13.0  13.0  15.1 
Stock based compensation 3.7  4.5  15.6  15.6  18.3 
Maintenance CAPEX (1.4) (1.4) (3.6) (3.6) (3.1)
Adjusted Funds From Operations (2) $168.0  $164.9  $672.1  $669.5  $542.1 
Interest, net 54.0  53.2  215.7  215.6  183.8 
Income tax expense 1.5  2.0  7.9  7.9  7.5 
Maintenance CAPEX 1.4  1.4  3.6  3.6  3.1 
Debt issuance costs amortization (3.3) (3.3) (13.0) (13.0) (15.1)
Adjusted EBITDA (3) $221.6  $218.2  $886.3  $883.6  $721.4 
           
Net income, per diluted common share $0.45  $0.45  $1.80  $1.79  $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.

(4)  The guidance figures in the tables above present the guidance provided on July 27, 2017, for the year ended December 31, 2017.

Conference Call Details

The Company will hold a conference call on October 26, 2017 at 11:00 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: 13671617
The playback can be accessed through November 2, 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 fourth quarter of 2017 and the full 2017 fiscal year and our expectations regarding future acquisitions, refinancing of indebtedness 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 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 GLPI's planned 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, including through GLPI's existing ATM program; 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, 2016, 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.

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

Hayes Croushore
T: 610-378-8396
Email: Hcroushore@glpropinc.com


GAMING AND LEISURE PROPERTIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data) (unaudited)
    
 Three Months Ended
 September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
 September 30,
 2017 2016 2017 2016
Revenues       
Rental income$169,030  $160,664  $501,954  $402,980 
Income from direct financing lease19,037  18,155  55,377  30,786 
Real estate taxes paid by tenants21,422  20,438  63,982  47,938 
Total rental revenue and income from direct financing lease   209,489  199,257  621,313  481,704 
Gaming, food, beverage and other36,198  35,383  112,947  111,913 
Total revenues245,687  234,640  734,260  593,617 
Less promotional allowances(1,181) (1,365) (3,650) (4,161)
Net revenues244,506  233,275  730,610  589,456 
Operating expenses       
Gaming, food, beverage and other19,890  20,117  61,635  62,293 
Real estate taxes21,751  20,866  64,806  49,148 
General and administrative21,534  21,821  63,456  64,988 
Depreciation28,632  27,165  85,312  81,267 
Total operating expenses91,807  89,969  275,209  257,696 
Income from operations152,699  143,306  455,401  331,760 
        
Other income (expenses)       
Interest expense(54,493) (52,880) (163,099) (132,217)
Interest income492  481  1,443  1,652 
Total other expenses(54,001) (52,399) (161,656) (130,565)
        
Income from operations before income taxes98,698  90,907  293,745  201,195 
  Income tax expense1,684  1,307  6,406  5,582 
Net income$97,014  $89,600  $287,339  $195,613 
        
Earnings per common share:       
Basic earnings per common share$0.46  $0.43  $1.37  $1.15 
Diluted earnings per common share$0.45  $0.43  $1.35  $1.14 


GAMING AND LEISURE PROPERTIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Operations
(in thousands) (unaudited)
    
 NET REVENUES ADJUSTED EBITDA
    
 Three Months Ended
 September 30,
 Three Months Ended
 September 30,
 2017 2016 2017 2016
Real estate$209,489  $199,257  $214,204  $201,600 
GLP Holdings, LLC. (TRS)                                     35,017  34,018  9,201  7,899 
Total$244,506  $233,275  $223,405  $209,499 
        
 NET REVENUES ADJUSTED EBITDA
    
 Nine Months Ended
 September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
 September 30,
 2017 2016 2017 2016
Real estate$621,313  $481,704  $634,428  $475,466 
GLP Holdings, LLC. (TRS)109,297  107,752  30,192  27,715 
Total$730,610  $589,456  $664,620  $503,181 


GAMING AND LEISURE PROPERTIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
General and Administrative Expenses
(in thousands) (unaudited)
    
 Three Months Ended
 September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
 September 30,
 2017 2016 2017 2016
Real estate general and administrative expenses (1) (2)$15,498  $16,203  $46,232  $48,393 
GLP Holdings, LLC. (TRS) general and administrative expenses (2)   6,036  5,618  17,224  16,595 
Total$21,534  $21,821  $63,456  $64,988 

(1)  Includes REIT expenses such as ground rent expense and amortization of land rights of $6.4 million and $17.6 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, respectively, and $5.2 million and $9.7 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016, respectively.

(2)  General and administrative expenses include payroll related expenses, insurance, utilities, professional fees, rent expense, amortization of land rights 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
 September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
 September 30,
 2017 2016 2017 2016
Net income$97,014  $89,600  $287,339  $195,613 
Losses or (gains) from dispositions of property     421  (445) 515  (460)
Real estate depreciation25,301  23,802  75,312  71,164 
Funds from operations$122,736  $112,957  $363,166  $266,317 
Straight-line rent adjustments16,617  14,517  49,355  42,429 
Direct financing lease adjustments18,614  18,004  54,459  30,529 
Other depreciation (1)3,331  3,363  10,000  10,103 
Amortization of land rights2,727  2,311  7,627  3,852 
Debt issuance costs amortization3,257  3,257  9,770  11,889 
Stock based compensation3,695  4,641  11,951  13,804 
Maintenance CAPEX (2)(460) (496) (2,187) (1,693)
Adjusted funds from operations$170,517  $158,554  $504,141  $377,230 
Interest, net54,001  52,399  161,656  130,565 
Income tax expense1,684  1,307  6,406  5,582 
Maintenance CAPEX (2)460  496  2,187  1,693 
Debt issuance costs amortization(3,257) (3,257) (9,770) (11,889)
Adjusted EBITDA$223,405  $209,499  $664,620  $503,181 

(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
 September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
 September 30,
 2017 2016 2017 2016
Net income$95,089  $88,261  $279,458  $189,016 
Gains from dispositions of property                 (471)   (471)
Real estate depreciation25,301  23,802  75,312  71,164 
Funds from operations$120,390  $111,592  $354,770  $259,709 
Straight-line rent adjustments16,617  14,517  49,355  42,429 
Direct financing lease adjustments18,614  18,004  54,459  30,529 
Other depreciation (1)519  526  1,558  1,573 
Amortization of land rights2,727  2,311  7,627  3,852 
Debt issuance costs amortization3,257  3,257  9,770  11,889 
Stock based compensation3,695  4,641  11,951  13,804 
Maintenance CAPEX       
Adjusted funds from operations$165,819  $154,848  $489,490  $363,785 
Interest, net (2)51,400  49,799  153,854  122,764 
Income tax expense242  210  854  806 
Maintenance CAPEX       
Debt issuance costs amortization(3,257) (3,257) (9,770) (11,889)
Adjusted EBITDA$214,204  $201,600  $634,428  $475,466 

(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 $7.8 million for both the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, 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
 September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
 September 30,
 2017 2016 2017 2016
Net income$1,925  $1,339  $7,881  $6,597 
Losses from dispositions of property         421  26  515  11 
Real estate depreciation       
Funds from operations$2,346  $1,365  $8,396  $6,608 
Straight-line rent adjustments       
Direct financing lease adjustments       
Other depreciation (1)2,812  2,837  8,442  8,530 
Amortization of land rights       
Debt issuance costs amortization       
Stock based compensation       
Maintenance CAPEX (2)(460) (496) (2,187) (1,693)
Adjusted funds from operations$4,698  $3,706  $14,651  $13,445 
Interest, net2,601  2,600  7,802  7,801 
Income tax expense1,442  1,097  5,552  4,776 
Maintenance CAPEX (2)460  496  2,187  1,693 
Debt issuance costs amortization       
Adjusted EBITDA$9,201  $7,899  $30,192  $27,715 

(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.