VICI Properties to Acquire Margaritaville Resort Casino in Louisiana for $261 Million in Cash, Lease to Penn National

by Camren Skelton

Bossier City, La. — VICI Properties Inc., an experiential REIT that was recently spun off from Caesars Entertainment, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the land and real estate assets of the Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City for $261 million in cash.

VICI Properties will lease the property to Penn National Gaming Inc., a Pennsylvania-based operator of casinos and racetracks. The triple-net lease will have an initial total annual rent of roughly $23 million and an initial term of 15 years with four, five-year renewal options. In addition, Penn National will acquire the operating assets of the Margaritaville Resort Casino for approximately $115 million in cash. Constructed in 2013, the casino includes four acres of fee land and 30 acres of leased land. The hotel and casino built on the fee land include 26,500 square feet of casino space with 1,215 slots and 50 tables; 395 hotel rooms; an island-style escape theme; six restaurants and food and beverage outlets; and a 1,000-seat theater. The leased land includes 1,500 parking spaces. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of the year, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. 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.

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