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March 11, 2014
12:28 EDTISLE, BYD, DDE, PNK, MCRI, PENNCasino operators climb after hedge fund discloses Boyd Gaming stake
The shares of a number of U.S. casino operators focused on properties outside of Las Vegas are rising after a hedge fund announced a significant stake in one of the companies in the sector, Boyd Gaming (BYD). WHAT'S NEW: Hedge fund Elliott Management last night disclosed that it had obtained 4.99% of Boyd's outstanding shares and an additional 2.05% exposure to the stock through derivatives. Elliottís filing status allows the fund to seek talks with Boydís management or its board regarding a variety of strategic alternatives, but the filing said the fund has no present plan or proposal to engage management. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, research firm Janney Capital called Boyd Gaming shares expensive. The company is unlikely to be sold for much above its current share price, given the stock's high valuation, wrote the firm, which has a $9 price target and Neutral rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Companies that own U.S. casinos outside of Las Vegas have reported largely disappointing results in recent weeks, with Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) and Isle of Capri (ISLE) announcing results that missed expectations. Meanwhile, Penn National (PENN) reported lower than expected fourth quarter revenue and provided weaker than expected first quarter guidance last month. Separately, well-known investor Leon Cooperman disclosed on February 25 that he had sold his stake in Penn National last quarter. Another in the space, Monarch Casino (MCRI), reported higher than expected revenue but profits that came in below analysts' consensus estimate. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Pinnacle Entertainment jumped 5.4% to $25.60, Isle of Capri advanced 2.5% to $8.72, Dover Downs Gaming (DDE) climbed 1.9% to $1.58, and Boyd Gaming jumped 18% to $13.90. Bucking the trend, Penn National slid 0.9% to $12.77 and Monarch Casino dropped 1.5% to $18.95.
News For BYD;PENN;PNK;ISLE;MCRI;DDE From The Last 14 Days
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July 7, 2015
16:22 EDTPNKOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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10:30 EDTPNKPinnacle Entertainment receives revised proposal from Gaming and Leisure
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09:18 EDTPNKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:07 EDTPNKGaming and Leisure increases offer to acquire Pinnacle real estate assets
Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI) disclosed that it sent a letter to the board of directors of Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) conveying a "significantly" increased offer to acquire the real estate assets of Pinnacle. As previously announced, GLPI has proposed that Pinnacle's operating business would be spun off into a separately traded public company and its remaining real estate assets would be merged into GLPI. Under GLPI's revised proposal, Pinnacle shareholders would receive a fixed exchange ratio of 0.85 GLPI common shares per Pinnacle share for PropCo, which is a 54% increase over the previously announced exchange ratio of 0.5517 on March 9 and values PropCo at over $31.50 per Pinnacle share based on GLPI's closing share price yesterday. This implies a PropCo enterprise value of $5B, or approximately 13.3x the initial year's PropCo adjusted EBITDA, while maintaining a lease coverage ratio at OpCo of 1.9x property EBITDAR/lease expense. Pinnacle shareholders would also continue to receive one share of OpCo common stock for each share of Pinnacle they own, which has an assumed value of approximately $16.00 per Pinnacle share. The total implied value would be approximately $47.50 per share, which is a 73% premium to Pinnacle's unaffected stock price on March 9, and a 27% premium to the current stock price. GLPI has committed financing in place and is ready to finalize this transaction immediately, and we would expect to close our transaction within approximately six months of signing. Pro forma for the transaction, Pinnacle shareholders would own 100% of OpCo and an approximately 28% equity interest in an enlarged GLPI, which would be the third-largest triple-net REIT by enterprise value, with the scale, diversity and financial strength to deliver increased value to both companies' shareholders. Under the enhanced GLPI proposal, Pinnacle's OpCo would continue to own and operate certain other assets, including Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment, the Heartland Poker Tour, Pinnacle's interest in Retama Park, gaming licenses, gaming equipment as well as approximately 450 acres of developable land adjacent to real estate GLPI would acquire.
July 6, 2015
07:14 EDTPENNPenn National Plainridge casino has strong first week, says Janney Capital
Janney Capital noted that Penn National's new Plainridge casino generated $6.1M in revenues for its first seven days and while the firm expects a fall-off from initial levels it also believes there will be upside to consensus estimates for the property. Janney has a Buy rating and $19 fair value estimate on Penn National shares.
July 2, 2015
08:57 EDTPENNPenn National Plainridge casino expectations too high, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley believes Penn National Plainridge Park casino consensus expectations for $250M revenue and $60M EBITDA in 2016 are too high. The firm said other city property openings within proximity suggest lower win, unit and spend, and will likely face capacity issues. Morgan Stanley rates Penn National an Underweight with a $15 price target and says risk/reward is unfavorable.
June 30, 2015
09:03 EDTBYDBoyd Gaming announecs expansion of Delta Downs racetrack casino hotel
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June 26, 2015
09:32 EDTPENN, BYDNevada reports May Statewide gaming win up 3.33% to $1.0B
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June 24, 2015
09:13 EDTPENNPenn Nationalís Plainridge Park Casino debuts as Massachusettsí first casino
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