Imperial Capital Upgrades Penn National Gaming (PENN) to Outperform on Split-Up Plan

November 16, 2012 1:14 PM EST Send to a Friend
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Price: $11.68 -9.67%

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Imperial Capital upgraded Penn National Gaming (NASDAQ: PENN) from In-Line to Outperform with a price target of $60.00 (from $47.00) following move to split company and convert to REIT.

The firm comments, "We view the company’s announcement as a positive for the PENN stock. After the spin-off of its real estate assets and the subsequent sale-lease-back, Penn National (OpCo) will be a management company with 5.5x total leverage. We think the remaining shares could be worth around $5, based on a 6.5x valuation multiple, as shown in Figure 5. We think the spun-off REIT shares (PropCo) could be worth around $55 per share based on a 3.4% dividend yield (plus 25% premium yield over the industry average). That leads to a combined value of $60 per share for the PENN common shares."

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Shares of Penn National Gaming closed at $37.61 yesterday.




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