SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 29, 2017 (November 29, 2017)
CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)
(State or Other Jurisdiction
One Caesars Palace Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)(Zip Code)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
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|Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On November 29, 2017, certain subsidiaries of Caesars Entertainment Corporation (together with such subsidiaries, the Company) entered into agreements with certain subsidiaries of VICI Properties Inc. (such subsidiaries, VICI) including a purchase agreement for the sale by the Company of the real estate assets of Harrahs Las Vegas, LLC, a Nevada limited liability company (HLV and, the real estate assets of HLV, the HLV Property) to VICI (the Harrahs Purchase Agreement) and an amendment and restatement of the Right of First Refusal Agreement previously entered into between the Company and VICI Properties L.P. (the ROFR Amendment). The descriptions of the Harrahs Purchase Agreement and ROFR Amendment set forth under Item 8.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K are incorporated herein by reference.
On November 29, 2017, the Company and VICI (i) entered into a sale and leaseback transaction with respect to the HLV Property and (ii) entered into an agreement pursuant to which the Company will acquire from VICI approximately 18 acres of land adjacent to the HLV Property (the Eastside Land) which is currently intended for the development of a new convention center of approximately 300,000 square feet (the Eastside Convention Center) which is expected to be constructed on a portion of the Eastside Land and a portion of other land that is owned by the Company (such other land, together with the Eastside Land, the Designated Land). Under the terms of the Harrahs Purchase Agreement, the Company will receive approximately $1.13 billion of net proceeds, and under the purchase agreement for the Eastside Land (the Eastside Purchase Agreement), the Company will pay approximately $73,600,000. The closings of the transactions described in the Harrahs Purchase Agreement and the Eastside Purchase Agreement are subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
As part of the HLV Property sale and leaseback transaction, HLV will lease the HLV Property from VICI under a lease (the HLV Lease). The HLV Lease will have an initial 15 year term, and HLV will have four consecutive options to extend the HLV Lease for five-year renewal terms. The HLV Lease will provide for a fixed base rent for each of the first seven years of the HLV Lease term equal to $87.4 million (subject to escalation as described below). In the eighth year of the HLV Lease, rent will be split into an 80% fixed base rent component and 20% variable rent component, which will be adjusted periodically from time to time. In addition, the HLV Lease will contain a fixed annual rent escalator on the base rent equal to (i) 1% commencing in the second year of the HLV Lease and (ii) the greater of 2% and the increase in the Consumer Price Index commencing in the sixth year of the HLV Lease; provided that if the increase in clause (ii) results in an EBITDAR to Rent Ratio (as defined in the HLV Lease) of less than 1.6:1, the annual escalator will be such lower amount necessary to achieve a 1.6:1 ratio (but will in no event result in rent being lower than the prior lease years rent).
In connection with the acquisition of the Eastside Land, the Company will enter into a put-call agreement with VICI pursuant to which (i) if the Company develops the Eastside Convention Center so that the Eastside Convention Center includes at least 250,000 usable square feet and customary closing conditions are satisfied, then the Company will have the right, starting in the year 2024 and exercisable within one year, to sell to VICI and immediately lease back the real property consisting of the Eastside Convention Center (the ECC Put), (ii) if the Company exercises the ECC Put but VICI fails to close the purchase of the Eastside Convention Center and customary closing conditions are satisfied, then the Company will have the right to purchase the HLV Property from VICI, (iii) if the Company develops the Eastside Convention Center and customary closing conditions are satisfied, but the Company does not exercise the ECC Put, then VICI will have the right to exercise a call option, starting in the year 2027 and exercisable within one year, pursuant to which VICI would have the right to purchase from the Company and lease back the real property consisting of the Eastside Convention Center, and (iv) the Company will agree to certain restrictions on the Companys right to develop a convention center in a location other than the Eastside Land. However, neither the put-call agreement, the HLV Lease, the Harrahs Purchase Agreement nor the Eastside Purchase Agreement requires the Company to develop the Eastside Convention Center or any other convention center in any location.
In connection with the transactions described above, the parties will enter into the ROFR Amendment pursuant to which VICI will have a right of first refusal on certain income-producing improvements that are built on the Designated Land and, assuming the Companys proposed acquisition of Centaur Holdings, LLC (Centaur) is consummated, any sale and leaseback by the Company of the Centaur real property assets.
On November 29, 2017, the Company issued a press release announcing these transactions. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
|Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
|Dated: November 29, 2017
|Scott E. Wiegand
|Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary