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 30, 2017
PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
|3980 Howard Hughes Parkway, Las Vegas, Nevada||89169|
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrants Telephone Number, including area code: (702) 541-7777
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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|Item 8.01||Other Events.|
On November 30, 2017, Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (the Company) issued a press release announcing that the Company is in discussions regarding a potential business combination with Penn National Gaming, Inc. (Penn National), whereby Penn National would acquire the Company in a cash and stock transaction.
These discussions may or may not lead to any transaction. Additionally, there can be no assurance that an agreement providing for a transaction will be reached, or if an agreement is reached, that a transaction will be completed. Any transaction would be subject to the approvals of the Board of Directors of the Company and Penn National, regulatory and shareholder approvals, as well as other conditions.
A copy of the press release is filed as Exhibit 99.1 to this Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.
|Item 9.01||Financial Statements and Exhibits.|
|Exhibit 99.1||Press Release dated November 30, 2017, issued by Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc.|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT, INC.|
|Date: November 30, 2017||By:|
Elliot D. Hoops
Vice President and Legal Counsel
Pinnacle Entertainment Confirms Discussions with Penn National Gaming
LAS VEGAS, November 30, 2017 Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: PNK) (Pinnacle or the Company) today confirmed that it is engaged in discussions with Penn National Gaming, Inc. (NASDAQ: PENN) (Penn National) regarding a potential business combination, whereby Penn National would acquire the Company in a cash and stock transaction.
These discussions may or may not lead to any transaction, and the Company does not intend to comment further on market speculation or disclose any developments unless and until it otherwise deems further disclosure is appropriate or required. Additionally, there can be no assurance that an agreement providing for a transaction will be reached, or if an agreement is reached, that a transaction will be completed. Any transaction would be subject to the approval of the two companies boards, regulatory and shareholder approvals, as well as other conditions.
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About Pinnacle Entertainment
Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. owns and operates 16 gaming entertainment businesses, located in Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In addition, Pinnacle holds a majority interest in the racing license owner, as well as a management contract, for Retama Park Racetrack outside of San Antonio, Texas.
All statements included in this press release, other than historical information or statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements, including statements regarding a transaction between the Company and Penn National and the terms of a transaction are based on managements current expectations and are subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that could significantly affect future results. Accordingly, the Company cautions that the forward-looking statements contained herein are qualified by important factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected by such statements. Such factors and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, (a) the Company and Penn National may not be able to come to an agreement for a transaction on any particular timeframe or at all; (b) the transaction is subject to the approvals of the Board of Directors of the Company and Penn National and there is no assurance that such approvals will be obtained; (c) the transaction would be subject to regulatory approvals and shareholder approvals, which approvals may not be obtained; and (d) other risks as may be detailed from time to time in the Companys filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). For more information on the factors that could affect the Companys financial results and business, review the Companys filings with the SEC, including, but not limited to, its Annual Report on Form 10-K, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and its Current Reports on Form 8-K.
|Vincent J. Zahn, CFA|
|Vice President &Treasurer|