Penn National Gaming to spin off part of holdings into REIT

Nov 19, 2012 6:14 PM

Penn National Gaming Inc. (PENN) shocked the investment community last week with the announcement that it planned to spin off part of its holdings into a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) in order to maximize its value for shareholders.

Investors responded quickly by pushing the company’s shares up by nearly $12 per share to just under $50 per share.

The plan calls for the establishment of two separate companies. One will continue to operate the gambling facilities and pay annual rent of some $450 million to the second company, called PropCo, which would then distribute nearly all of its revenues to the shareholders in the form of a dividend.

Prior to completing the spinoff, according to Chairman and CEO Peter Carlino, the company will refinance its existing debt.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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