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Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc (NASDAQ:GLPI)
Q3 2019 Earnings Call
Nov 1, 2019, 9:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Greetings, and welcome to the Gaming and Leisure Properties Incorporated Third Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. A question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentation. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference over to your host, Mr. Joe Jaffoni of the JCICR [Phonetic]. Thank you, Mr. Jaffoni. You may begin.

Joseph Jaffoni -- Founder & President

Thank you, Tim. Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining Gaming and Leisure Properties' third quarter 2019 earnings call and webcast.

The press release distributed yesterday afternoon is available on the Investor Relations section of our website at www.glpropinc.com. On today's call, management's prepared remarks and answers to your questions may contain forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements address matters that are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ from those discussed today. Forward-looking statements may include those related to revenue, operating income and financial guidance, as well as non-GAAP financial measures such as FFO and AFFO.

As a reminder, forward-looking statements represent management's current estimates and the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements in the future. We encourage listeners to review the more detailed discussions related to forward-looking statements contained in the Company's filings with the SEC as well as the definitions and reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures contained in the Company's earnings release.

On this morning's call we are joined by Peter Carlino, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; and Steve Snyder, Chief Financial Officer at Gaming and Leisure Properties. Also joining today's call are Desiree Burke, Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer; Brandon Moore, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary; and Steve Ladany, Senior Vice President, Finance; and Matt Demchyk Senior Vice President of Investments.

With that, it's my pleasure to turn the call over to Peter Carlino. Peter?

Peter Carlino -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Well, thank you, Joe, and good morning to all.

I will begin with my usual few comments. Obviously, we have our entire team here today to answer any and all questions that you may have. Steve Snyder will obviously provide a lot of detail. But look, we are very pleased to present another solid quarter with very good performance out of -- from each of our major tenants.

And I'll add that those of you who have followed us for years know that we are very aggressive people. That hasn't changed, and we continue to look at a number of opportunities. But I want to highlight what we generally do each quarter. We are in no hurry to rush into any transaction that is less than optimal for our company. So it's an inevitable question, what are you guys looking at. We're looking at a number of things. But again we -- patience is I think one of our strong suits, and we're looking ahead to a strong year in 2020.

So in the meantime, we continue to protect our balance sheet with this summer's debt refinance, at the same time using our free cash flow to pay down debt and position ourselves for whatever will come next. So we are very pleased with where we find ourselves this quarter.

And with that, I'm going to turn it over to Steve Snyder, and then we'll handle your questions. Steve?

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Peter. Good morning, everybody.

As Peter said, it was a very productive quarter. During the quarter we certainly strengthened the financial foundation of the Company by executing on our refinancing. In addition to the refinancing, we did hit our revenue guidance and we were able to exceed our adjusted EBITDA guidance by 1% and exceeded our adjusted FFO guidance by over 2%.

Real quickly I'll just go through one housecleaning matter. We did file our quarterly report on Form 10-Q this morning with the SEC. So then, any detail you want to find or want to learn about you can find in it.

Highlighting the portfolio. As you know, we are and remain 100% leased. In terms of the individual leases in the portfolio, the PENN master lease, as was disclosed on their earnings call yesterday, they achieved sequential improvement in their coverage factors as a result of their continued margin initiatives. One highlight on the PENN master lease I would make is that in February of next year the Resorts Tunica property will be removed from that master lease, so you will see a reduction in the count of facilities under that master lease. But it is -- has been contemplated. We just provided the notice of determination of the ground lease effective next February.

Moving on to the amended Pinnacle master lease, also a PENN lease. We have completed our review, as the PENN folks stated on their earnings call yesterday, of the lease year rent coverage as of the end of the lease year April 30, and we mutually agreed with our tenant that the actual coverage was 1.81 times pursuant to the provisions of the lease, resulting in a realization of nearly $1 million -- actually $979,000 -- in annual run rate escalators on the amended Pinnacle master lease. We will realize the rents and a true-up payment of approximately $650,000 in quarter four of this year, the quarter that we're currently in, so those will be realized between now and year-end, reflecting the period from May 1, the lease anniversary date through year-end. We want to thank our tenant for providing their full cooperation in realizing this outcome and believe it highlights the transparency afforded both parties under the master lease.

In terms of the Eldorado master lease, the coverage of that lease was 1.98, as disclosed by our tenant, reflecting a sequential improvement of 5 basis points on a quarter-over-quarter basis and demonstrates the success of Eldorado's business model. As of October 1, we did realize the full escalator under this master lease, and we've also now, as of October 1, seen an increase in the interest rate on the Lumiere loan from 9.09% to 9.27%. Also, as of the anniversary date of the lease on October 1, we, as required by the Missouri regulators, released the deed of trust securing the Lumiere loan and our discussions with Eldorado on the substitution for this property into the master lease remain ongoing.

As it relates to the Boyd master lease, they certainly commented on their earnings call last week they are very satisfied with the performance of the Midwest assets under that master lease and they are covered at 1.9 times on a trailing 12 month basis as of September 30.

Moving on to the Casino Queen property. As you know, their coverage is still below the minimum required coverage under the lease, although it has improved sequentially to 1.33 times on a trailing 12 month basis as of September 30, and we believe that that modest improvement is indicative of the performance improvements that have been put in place now starting to take hold. Additionally, as it relates to the Casino Queen, an institutional investor, Standard General, has been approved by the regulators in both states as the new secured lender to the Queen and they've deployed some of their operational talent into the business at this point in time.

Lastly the Meadows lease. We were positively surprised to receive the full 5% escalator on the anniversary date of that lease at 9/30 as a result of the coverage being 2.06 at the 9/30 12 month -- trailing 12 months year-end.

Moving to the TRS. The taxable REIT subsidiary did significantly outperform in the quarter, achieving EBITDA of almost $7.5 million, which is an over 11% improvement -- or 11% better than our previous guidance and really reflects the discipline our management team has employed down in both Perryville and Baton Rouge and achieving stabilized revenues on a year-over-year basis in the quarter in light of the market conditions in Baton Rouge.

As far as the balance sheet update, I think everything is pretty much in front of you in the press release. I will acknowledge that we did achieve better than anticipated results in the tender offer for our 4.875% notes due in November of 2020. We did achieve 78.5% participation in that tender offer which resulted in significant savings compared to make whole call premium that was embedded in the notes.

As a result of the new financing, we were able to extend our debt maturity profile by over a year while reducing the Company's average borrowing cost by over 18 basis points and reducing the Company's exposure to variable rate indebtedness from 15% previously to under 9% as a result of the refinancing.

The outcome of the refinancing in the balance sheet statistics as of 9/30 resulted in gross leverage of 5.54 times and net leverage at 9/30 of 5.52 times. In terms of liquidity, you can see we're drawn at quarter-end on the $60 million on the revolver, leaving over $1.1 billion of available capacity under the revolver. Lastly, on the balance sheet, there was no ATM activity during the quarter.

And finally, as it relates to guidance, you will see in our press release, we have increased our guidance for the balance of the year based -- above the high end of the previous range that was provided with our last quarterly earnings release as a result of those escalator realizations, the interest rate savings from the refinancing and the TRS performance.

So with that, Tim, I would turn it over to you to make it available for questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Thank you. At this time, we will be conducting the question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] Our first question comes from the line of Carlo Santarelli of Deutsche Bank. Please proceed with your question.

Carlo Santarelli -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Hey, good morning, guys. Peter, Steve, when you think about kind of in a limited kind of acquisition environment, not saying that that's what you were saying, but in the absence of doing deals, how are you guys kind of governing your thoughts on the dividend at present? I mean, it looks like you're kind of in that 78% to 80% dividend payout range as it pertains to AFFO. Moving ahead, if we looked at 2020, in the absence of transactions, how do you kind of foresee the dividend growth?

Peter Carlino -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

That's a fair question. Look, we have targeted 80%. I'm just speaking from my point of view as a shareholder. I'm for pushing dividends as far and as aggressively as possible. But as a manager, frankly, managing our balance sheet, paying down debt, focusing on the health of the Company is goal one, two and three. That having been said, I think we have room. Obviously, that's an issue to be discussed with our Board. Steve, do you want to...

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. Carlo, Peter said it well. I mean, we've focused on an 80% payout ratio, 80% of AFFO. We have increased leverage in the Company as a result of the transactions that we completed a year ago. We've used that free cash flow after those dividend payments to de-lever, and we're well on pace to get to our goal of being between below 5.5 times and -- somewhere between 5 times and 5.5 times. So it really does provide us the flexibility to look at the dividend payout ratio, to look at deleveraging, to look at stock repurchases if we get to a point in time where we've achieved our leverage target.

So all of those three variables are kind of in the mix. But you should feel comfortable being guided by our historical practices of a payout ratio close to 80%.

Carlo Santarelli -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Great, that's helpful. And Steve, if I could, just with kind of the limited variable rate debt that you have right now and somewhat limited kind of revolver outstanding debt right now, does that 5 times to 5.5 times range feel more comfortable toward the high end when you think about 2020?

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

In the absence of any transaction in this market environment, yes. And with this market environment, I mean the macro market with interest rates trending where they are.

Carlo Santarelli -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Understood. Thank you, guys.

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Carlo.

Peter Carlino -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Carlo.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Nicholas Yulico of Scotiabank. Please proceed with your question.

Greg McGinniss -- Scotiabank -- Analyst

This is Greg on with Nick. I just have just one quick question. Trying to understand on the Resorts Tunica ground lease cancellation. I'm not sure the competitive environment necessarily support it, but could a new operator come in and reopen that Casino?

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Good morning, Greg. Look, it's a fair question. There has been capacity taken out of that market in the past. In fact, the largest facility, the old Grand facility, which became Harrah's, is still sitting there with three hotels on it and an overgrown golf course. We have issued notice of termination of the ground lease. The facility will be turned back to the ground lessor without any gaming equipment with all of the gaming pieces removed and you should assume every piece of movable equipment by our tenant PENN.

So I would suggest that given the market dynamics down there, it's highly unlikely and it's not something that we are going to keep in our portfolio as an independent lease.

Greg McGinniss -- Scotiabank -- Analyst

Right, OK. I guess that makes sense. And actually just one more quick one, Steve. So for the retroactive like lease audit with Pinnacle, how does the rent work from an accounting perspective? Is there any differences there?

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

No, there are no differences. There will be, as I mentioned, payments that will have commenced or will be commencing here in the quarter. It's a $979,000 per year divided by 12, that's the monthly amount and there'll be a catch-up payment to reflect the payments that were due, starting with the April anniversary of the lease through the quarter and then just monthly on a go-forward basis.

Peter Carlino -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, let me add that -- the issue was simply a difference in treatment of certain expenses between Pinnacle and PENN. What PENN did was logically conform the two when they bought the thing together, but it had the unintended effect of impacting our lease payments. We had a discussion about that and obviously came to a very amicable settlement. So done and over.

Greg McGinniss -- Scotiabank -- Analyst

Great. Thank you.

Peter Carlino -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Greg.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Thomas Allen of Morgan Stanley. Please proceed with your question.

Thomas Allen -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Hey, good morning. So obviously in the quarter there was a big transaction with Blackstone buying Bellagio. In general, is there a lot of more private equity interest in this space and kind of what are you seeing out there? Thank you.

Peter Carlino -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thomas. Good morning. Look, private equity has exhaustive pools of capital that they are looking to deploy. The numbers that I've heard out of the Blackstone private REIT are staggering in terms of the monthly cash that they are generating in that business. So I think private equity will continue to look at any opportunities where they see potential dislocation, to put capital to work in an accretive way. So I don't think that this is the last. I don't think it's the only experience that will see with private equity being involved in gaming or in fact in gaming real estate.

Thomas Allen -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Helpful. Thanks. And then just on the Pinnacle -- or the Pinnacle deal and the escalator that you guys figured out this quarter. How should we -- like, was the accounting agreed upon on a go-forward basis? Or do you just kind of reconcile the past -- or this escalator? And then, how should we -- like how is the structure different going forward? Thanks.

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. Thomas, the way to think about it -- and I tried to comment on it in my notes in the introduction. There are remedies that are available to the tenant. There are remedies that are available to the landlord whenever there is anything at issue. In the past we had never faced an escalator where we were going to get a zero. This was the first time that we were ever looking at an escalator of zero other than the situation with Casino Queen or catch myself.

So as a result of that we thought it prudent on behalf of our stakeholders to try and understand what went on because a lot happened with the merger of Pinnacle into PENN in October of 2018. And we worked with them. They were very cooperative. It was a very friendly effort to understand and to appreciate why the accounting for the lease and accounting for the rent coverages under the lease as had been done and conducted by Pinnacle previously was where our expectations remained. And that really gets to exactly what the difference was. We wanted to make sure and did that there were no changes in how things were accounted for as a result of that merger.

Thomas Allen -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Helpful. Thank you.

Peter Carlino -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Jordan Bender of Macquarie Group. Please proceed with your question.

Jordan Bender -- Macquarie Group -- Analyst

Good morning. Thanks for taking my question. So over the last three or six months, have you seen conversations from operators that still own all their land pick up say over the -- from the last year or two?

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Jordan, first of all, good morning and thank you to you and Chad for the work, particularly you, the work that you've put in in terms of understanding our asset class, educating yourself around GLPI and your initiation of coverage. So we welcome you joining our call.

Jordan Bender -- Macquarie Group -- Analyst

Thank you.

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

In terms of your question, they're both. If you listen to the Boyd earnings call or read the Boyd transcript, there are a number of operators. And I don't mean to single them out, but those comments are there. There are a number of operators that feel we are relatively late cycle in terms of the US macro economy and therefore feel retaining the real estate provides them a cushion if or when their instincts are correct and we go from economic growth to economic contraction.

On the other hand, there are investors -- there are entrepreneurs who are always looking to take capital off the table. So there are still folks out there that are looking to monetize as much of their real estate as possible. So there is no single template that I would be comfortable with. And do you feel differently, Peter?

Peter Carlino -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

No. I feel pretty much the same. I don't think the environment has changed for better or for worse. It kind of is what it is. We overturn a lot of rocks, looking for something of value and we remain totally focused. But look, it gets to be -- I kind of buy the late cycle idea. There seems to be a sense that people are being very cautious in what they choose to do. So, I wish we could give a better, clear answer except to say there are a few things that we're looking at and presume others are doing the same.

And we see the stars align and get the kind of accretion that we think merits action, then we'll head down that path. So I'll speak for myself as my usual vague answer because really not a whole lot of what we can say about that. We are very focused on growing, but again, I think I said in my opening comments, it's never growth at any cost. So we're, just assume [Phonetic], manage our balance sheet, keep ready for whatever is next and stay tuned.

Jordan Bender -- Macquarie Group -- Analyst

Perfect. Thanks, guys.

Peter Carlino -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Jordan.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of David Katz of Jefferies. Please proceed with your question.

David Katz -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Hi, good morning.

Peter Carlino -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning, David.

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Good morning, David.

David Katz -- Jefferies -- Analyst

And thanks for the sort of detail and color. I wanted to just go back to the Las Vegas Strip for a moment. This is -- this does seem as though it's a moment for the Las Vegas Strip. That has some rarity where things become available. And I certainly hear your commentary and I appreciate the commentary around growth not being at all cost. But how do you feel about the notion that Las Vegas real estate could have some positive effect on the inherent value of what you own and on the portfolio and ultimately in your stock?

Peter Carlino -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Well, look, quick answer is we hope that's the case, and we're kind of look at every day at the -- at my little hand held here to see what prices are doing to make some judgment about whether the market has quickly embraced that idea. Look, it isn't bad as that. Blackstone has come into this space, validated -- again, Bellagio is a very, very special irreplaceable property. But look, it doesn't hurt. And so we think it is positive, but time will tell just what effect it has on pricing.

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yes, David. If I may -- I mean, with those pools of capital looking for homes, I think it obviously will over time, have an impact. I don't want to leave anybody on the call with the impression that Las Vegas and the portfolio that we have in terms of regional gaming assets are directly comparable. In fact, we think the regional gaming assets are more secure and provide greater stability because where else do you find state governments that are actually revenue participants?

I mean, there are so many real estate investors that look for opportunities to put capital to work where the governments are paying lease payments. We're even above that. We -- our facilities are generating substantial funding for these state governments. So we're not funded by state governments. We are funding state governments in terms of the underlying operations of our business. So we think over time institutional capital will come to appreciate that.

David Katz -- Jefferies -- Analyst

All right. And I suppose the essence of my question is, does it pay to overpay just a little bit to get something that may be constructive or helpful over the long term? And that's not intended to be a preconceived or leading question.

Peter Carlino -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Fair, it's a fair question. Go ahead. Well, look, in terms of overpaying, I laugh, right, when people come to me and say, take that cell on that Excel spreadsheet and expand the decimal places out to four and then you will find the accretion on a per share basis. That's really not something that we've made a practice of. Likewise, doing something that is credit dilutive, where all of a sudden the portfolio, after the transaction, is weaker than the portfolio before the transaction and -- by the way, you had to go to that fourth decimal spot to find possible accretion -- those just aren't the kinds of transactions that we would ever be comfortable with.

And now here, as we said earlier, maybe being a little late cycle, taking on incremental risk without appropriate compensation just doesn't feel this is the time to do it. I view my -- and our requirement as managers is to protect the values that we've built in this company. That's got to be goal number one. There is no transaction we have to do, I say on the road all the time, we are not in the monument building business. We are in the cash flow generating business, and I want to keep that number moving ahead as it has every year since we've been public in this business, year after year after year and get there by means -- any means possible, but not at any cost.

Matthew Demchyk -- Senior Vice President of Investments

Yes, this is Matt. I'd also add. To the extent we do any transaction, then we match fund them. I mean, we're effectively selling a piece of our portfolio at what we think is a really attractive multiple, and to overpay really would go against getting that positive spread for our shareholders. So there is a value to diversification and there is a place for everything in the portfolio at a price, but given the current prices in the environment and the low risk premium, it doesn't line up right now to make sense.

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

And we're already the most diversified company in the gaming space.

David Katz -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Appreciate it. Thanks very much.

Peter Carlino -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, David.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Barry Jonas of SunTrust. Please proceed with your question.

Barry Jonas -- SunTrust -- Analyst

Yeah, thanks. So just to close the loop on this Bellagio transaction. Have you seen any change in seller expectations in sort of the non-high-end strip or just the regional markets around the multiple? Or is there an understanding that this is very unique and not -- maybe not applicable to the rest of the market?

Peter Carlino -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

I think you've answered it, but I'm watching Steve Ladany shaking his head. So I want to use -- get Steve and some more people involved here.

Steve Ladany -- Senior Vice President of Finance

Yeah. I mean I can't speak for what may be going on with other strip assets that are currently rumored to be in play directly. But I can tell you in the regional markets the conversations that are being had. I don't believe that sellers' expectations are currently taking the 17 times call and applying it to their marketplace.

So I do think people view Blackstone as a unique buyer. I think people view the Bellagio as a unique asset, and because of that it had -- there has not been a direct correlation to seller expectations.

Barry Jonas -- SunTrust -- Analyst

Okay, great. And then just -- curious about the international pipeline. Maybe you're looking at stuff out there and also curious where international stacks up relative to non-gaming domestic deals? Thanks.

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. Barry, this is Steve. We've talked in the past and there is a very robust commercial casino industry north of the US, in Canada, in the different provinces, and there is activity all the time out there. For us as a read, it's really a matter of making sure that we can bring back the income without any kind of tax friction, any kind of excise taxes or anything like that since REITs are a phenomena of the US tax code. And Canada and most of the EU countries are places where there are methodologies to be able to do that. So we do continue afoot in terms of looking at those opportunities.

Barry Jonas -- SunTrust -- Analyst

Yeah. And just from -- where that stacks relative to non-gaming?

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Well, in Canada, the mechanics are very similar. It's high tax, high barriers to entry, limited numbers of competitors. So that is probably a much higher priority because we just have not found non-gaming opportunities that exhibit the same resilience of the cash flows that our current portfolio generates.

Barry Jonas -- SunTrust -- Analyst

Great. Thanks, Steve. Thanks, guys.

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of John Massocca of Ladenburg Thalmann. Please proceed with your question.

John Massocca -- Ladenburg Thalmann -- Analyst

Good morning.

Peter Carlino -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Hey, John.

John Massocca -- Ladenburg Thalmann -- Analyst

So I know it doesn't really change from an accounting perspective, but given Standard has just kind of entered into -- to take a role at Casino Queen, does that change your thinking on the potential of getting some kind of value back from the loan you made there?

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Time will tell. I mean, we obviously are an unsecured lender there and we will continue to pursue any and all remedies available to us as an unsecured lender, while we do continue to collect on a timely basis the rent pursuant to the lease. Standard General, as you may know, they've been very active in gaming: Aliante, Twin River, Greektown. So they do have a track record, and they have a bench. But they are the senior -- they are the secured lender. So they will certainly be taking the lead on this. As we said on our last call, if there is any recovery under the unsecured note which we have written off, it will only be realized when the check clears.

John Massocca -- Ladenburg Thalmann -- Analyst

Okay. I understood. And then I guess, are you seeing any more -- as you -- as the expansions in kind of Pennsylvania, the many casinos kind of start to take root, are you seeing any opportunities there potentially as things getting a lot more tangible, maybe, maybe people start thinking about what their long-term plans are for those properties?

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, that's a fair question. I think what is becoming clear is that five is probably the number, not 10, because these last auctions have not resulted in anything. I mean, there were up to two or three at this point in time, of failed auctions. So it's five facilities. The five facilities are well disbursed as they were required to be since they had to be outside of the 25 mile radii restrictions around existing facilities. So we had looked at the five, we've had some conversations, but at this point in time there clearly is nothing for us to announce.

John Massocca -- Ladenburg Thalmann -- Analyst

Okay. That's it from me. Thank you very much.

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you.

Peter Carlino -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, John.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Joe Greff of JPMorgan. Please proceed with your question.

Joseph Greff -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Hi, good morning, everybody. My questions were asked and answered. Thank you.

Peter Carlino -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Joe.

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Joe.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Robin Farley of UBS. Please proceed with your question.

Arpine Kocharian -- UBS -- Analyst

Hi, thank you. Arpine for Robin. Regarding recent transactions involving JACK Entertainment by one of your competitors. I was wondering if you could talk about competition there and your interest level in those assets and whys and why nots. And while we are at it, maybe sort of your recent thoughts on transaction market in general at this point, at year-end. Thanks.

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Sure. Yeah. In addition to the comments that we made earlier on the call in terms of the transaction volume, the transaction that you're referencing, the specific circumstances were obviously an entrepreneur who is looking to take his capital off the table and did it in the form of pretty much 100% of the financing coming from a sale leaseback or from a loan from the counterparty under the sale leaseback. And quite candidly, the risk profile of a transaction like that with an owner that takes all of this capital off the table really feels like a free option on whether or not the economic cycle continues or doesn't.

And we at GLPI are really not in the business of granting free options to counterparties. So that's really the commentary I would have. Peter, is there anything else you would say about that?

Peter Carlino -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

No, I think that sets it very well. It's just not a place we wanted to be.

Arpine Kocharian -- UBS -- Analyst

Right. Thank you. And then you mentioned last quarter that you saw some early signs of pickup in Louisiana as you anniversary the smoking ban there. Any recent thoughts as to trends? Thanks.

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. You saw in the quarter the revenue at the TRS stabilized on a year-over-year basis roughly. You obviously see what the Louisiana reports are as they come out every month. Part of it has certainly been margin control -- margin improvement, but now that we've anniversaried as of June, we are still starting -- we are still seeing some green shoots of actual year-over-year growth.

If you look at Baton Rouge market, it's been the most impacted, the most depressed in the state in terms of year-over-year growth. But we are finally starting to see some signs of stabilization, and there's nothing that leads us to conclude differently than our last call.

Arpine Kocharian -- UBS -- Analyst

Thank you. That's it for us.

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you.

Peter Carlino -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Daniel Adam of Nomura. Please proceed with your question.

Daniel Adam -- Nomura -- Analyst

Hey, good morning, guys. Thanks for taking my question. Just one for me. So I'm wondering to what extent, if at all, do you think MGM's increasingly vocal strategic focus on becoming more asset light will lead to other owner-operators who maybe previously were not considering sale leaseback to maybe reconsider their strategies. Thanks.

Peter Carlino -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Daniel, that's a great question. That's obviously what is top of mind for the folks that are on the real estate committee at the board level at MGM. I think it is going to take some time to play out. And I think over time, hopefully a year, instincts are correct that others will see the merit to deploying their balance sheets in ways other than real estate as a way to facilitate growth and value creation.

Obviously, there are now two comps on the board and the two comps are PENN and now MGM although MGM still has a number of owned assets -- international assets, other things, so it's probably not as pure play an operating company as PENN. So we'll just wait and see. And believe me, all the operators are certainly paying attention to it. All the operators are weighing how far they're comfortable going in terms of monetizing real estate without having any adverse impact on their overall enterprise valuation.

Daniel Adam -- Nomura -- Analyst

Okay, great. Thanks so much, guys.

Peter Carlino -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Daniel.

Operator

At this time, there are no further questions over the audio portion of the conference. I would like to turn the conference back over to management for closing remarks.

Peter Carlino -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Well, I guess we get to thank you, all, for dialing in this morning. This is kind of quarter we'd like to report and looks like we're going to wind up a very, very strong year here at GLPI. So we are quite pleased with that and we'll look forward to talking with you at the end of next quarter. So thank you very much.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 38 minutes

Call participants:

Joseph Jaffoni -- Founder & President

Peter Carlino -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Steven Snyder -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Matthew Demchyk -- Senior Vice President of Investments

Steve Ladany -- Senior Vice President of Finance

Carlo Santarelli -- Deutsche Bank -- Analyst

Greg McGinniss -- Scotiabank -- Analyst

Thomas Allen -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Jordan Bender -- Macquarie Group -- Analyst

David Katz -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Barry Jonas -- SunTrust -- Analyst

John Massocca -- Ladenburg Thalmann -- Analyst

Joseph Greff -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Arpine Kocharian -- UBS -- Analyst

Daniel Adam -- Nomura -- Analyst

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