Pension funds are in the news again… and the news isn’t very good. Many plans are underfunded, which means they don’t have enough money to pay the benefits they’ve promised.
Among those many underfunded plans are funds managed by the city of Chicago, which were recently blocked by a court ruling that prevents the fund from reducing benefits. That means the city will need to find other ways to reduce its shortfall.
But Chicago is not alone in its pension problems. Experts estimate pension funds across the country — both government-run plans and corporate plans run by large companies — are underfunded by trillions of dollars. That’s bad news for the plan participants.
It’s safe to assume the experts’ original assumptions for these plans were overly optimistic. And in order to keep the promises these funds made to the hardworking men and women who paid into the plan so many years ago, the plan managers have two choices:
Top 5 Logistics Companies To Buy Right Now: Twitter, Inc.(TWTR)
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- [By Lisa Levin]
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- [By Monica Gerson]
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Top 5 Logistics Companies To Buy Right Now: Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc.(GLPI)
Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (GLPI), incorporated on February 13, 2013, is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is engaged in the business of acquiring, financing, and owning real estate property to be leased to gaming operators in triple net lease arrangements. Triple net leases are leases, in which the lessee pays rent to the lessor, as well as all taxes, insurance, and maintenance expenses that arise from the use of the property. The Company operates in two segments: GLP Capital, L.P. (a wholly owned subsidiary of GLPI, through which GLPI owns all of its real estate assets) (GLP Capital) and the TRS Properties. The GLP Capital segment consists of the leased real property and represents the Companys business. The TRS Properties segment consists of Hollywood Casino Perryville and Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge.
As of December 31, 2014, GLPI’s portfolio consisted of 21 gaming and related facilities, incl uding the TRS Properties and the real property associated with 18 gaming and related facilities operated by Penn and the real property associated with the Casino Queen in East St. Louis, Illinois. These facilities are geographically diversified across 12 states and contain approximately 7.0 million of rentable square feet. As of December 31, 2014, all of the Company’s rental properties, with the exception of the real property associated with the Casino Queen, were leased to a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn under the Master Lease. Penn is a diversified, multi-jurisdictional owner and manager of gaming and pari-mutuel properties, and a gaming provider.
The Companys leased tenants include Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg, Hollywood Casino Aurora, Hollywood Casino Joliet, Argosy Casino Alton, Hollywood Casino Toledo, Hollywood Casino Columbus, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, M Resort, H ollywood Casino Bangor, Zia Park Casino, Hollywood Casino Gu! lf Coast, Argosy Casino Riverside, Hollywood Casino Tunica, Boomtown Biloxi, Hollywood Casino St. Louis, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course and Casino Queen. It owns approximately 74.1 acres and lease approximately 32.1 acres in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, a portion of which serves as the dockside embarkation for the gaming vessel, and includes a Hollywood-themed casino riverboat, an entertainment pavilion, a 295-room hotel, two parking garages and an adjacent surface lot, with the other portion used for remote parking. It owns a dockside barge structure and land-based pavilion in Aurora, Illinois. The Company owns the land, which is approximately 0.4 acres, on which the pavilion is located and a pedestrian walkway bridge. The property also includes a parking lot under an operating lease agreement and two parking garages under capital lease agreements, together comprising approximately 2.1 acres.
The Company owns appro ximately 276.4 acres in Joliet, Illinois, which includes a barge-based casino, land-based pavilion, a 100-room hotel, a 1,100 space parking garage, surface parking areas and a recreational vehicle park. It leases approximately 3.6 acres in Alton, Illinois, a portion of which serves as the dockside boarding for the Alton Belle II, a riverboat casino. The dockside facility includes an entertainment pavilion and office space, as well as surface parking areas with 1,341 spaces. In addition, it owns an approximately 43.8 acre site in Toledo, Ohio, where Hollywood Casino Toledo is located. The property includes the casino as well as structured and surface parking for approximately 3,300 spaces. It owns 116.2 acres of land in Columbus, Ohio, where Hollywood Casino Columbus is located. The property includes the casino, as well as structured and surface parking for 4,616 spaces. The Company owns approximately 298.6 acres on various parcels in Charles Town and Ranson, West Virginia, o f which 155 acres comprise Hollywood Casino at Charles Town ! Races. Th! e facility includes a 153-room hotel and a 3/4-mile all-weather lighted thoroughbred racetrack, a training track, two parking garages, an employee parking lot, an enclosed grandstand/clubhouse and housing facilities for over 1,300 horses.
The Company owns approximately 573.7 acres in Grantville, Pennsylvania, where Penn National Race Course is located on 181 acres. The facility includes a one-mile all-weather lighted thoroughbred racetrack and a 7/8-mile turf track, a parking garage and surface parking spaces. The property also includes approximately 393 acres surrounding the Penn National Race Course that are available for future expansion or development. It owns approximately 87.6 acres on the southeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and St. Rose Parkway in Henderson, Nevada, where the M Resort is located. The M Resort property includes a 390-room hotel, a 4,700 space parking facility and other facilities. It owns and leases the land, on which the Hollywood Cas ino Bangor facility is located in Bangor, Maine, which consists of approximately 6.7 acres, and includes a 152-room hotel and four-story parking. In addition, it leases approximately 27.6 acres located at historic Bass Park, which is adjacent to the facility, and includes a one-half mile standardbred racetrack and a grandstand with over 12,000 square feet and seating for 3,500 patrons.
The Company owns approximately 317.4 acres in Hobbs, New Mexico, where Zia Park Casino is located. The property also includes a one-mile quarter thoroughbred racetrack. It owns approximately 579.9 acres in the city of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, including a 20-slip marina. The property includes a land-based casino, 18-hole golf course, a 291-room hotel and other facilities. It owns approximately 41 acres in Riverside, Missouri, which includes a barge-based casino, a 258-room luxury hotel, an entertainment/banquet facility and a parking garage. It leases approximately 67.7 acres of land in Tunica, Mississippi. The property includes a single! -level ca! sino, a 494-room hotel, surface parking and other land-based facilities. It leases approximately 1.0 acres of land mostly used for parking and a welcome center. It owns approximately 247.8 acres along the Missouri River in Maryland Heights, Missouri, which includes a 502-room hotel and structure and surface parking for approximately 4,600 spaces.
The Company owns approximately 119.7 acres in Dayton, Ohio, where Penn opened Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway on August 28, 2014. The property includes a land-based casino, a 5/8-mile all-weather standardbred racetrack and surface parking. It owns approximately 193.4 acres in Youngstown, Ohio, where Penn opened Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course on September 17, 2014. The property includes a land-based casino, a one-mile thoroughbred racetrack and surface parking. It owns approximately 67.3 acres in East St. Louis, Illinois, which includes a 157-room hotel, a recreational vehicle park and surface parking areas.
The Companys Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge is a dockside riverboat gaming facility operating in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The riverboat features approximately 28,000 square feet of gaming space with 956 gaming machines and 12 table games. The facility also includes a two-story, 58,000 square foot dockside building featuring a variety of amenities, including a grill, a 268-seat buffet, a deli, a players’ lounge, a nightclub, a lobby bar, a public atrium, two meeting rooms and 1,490 parking spaces. Its Hollywood Casino Perryville is located directly off Interstate 95 in Cecil County, Maryland just 35 miles northeast of Baltimore and 70 miles from Washington, D.C. Hollywood Casino Perryville is a Hollywood-themed facility, which offers 34,329 square feet of gaming space with 1,158 slot machines, 12 table games and 10 poker tables. The facility also offers various food and beverage options, including a bar and grill, a gift shop a nd 1,600 parking spaces with valet and self-parking.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc (NASDAQ: GLPI) shares fell 3.25 percent to $31.90 in pre-market trading. Gaming and Leisure Properties priced offering of 10.53 million shares of common stock for gross proceeds of $333 million.