Thu. Sep 29th, 2022

The publicly traded racetrack and casino owner formerly known as Penn National Gaming has rebranded as PENN Entertainment.

The name change was announced during the company’s Aug. 4 release of second-quarter results that noted second-quarter adjusted earnings of $504.5 million, down from the $586.6 million in adjusted earnings for the corresponding quarter last year.

Penn Entertainment CEO Jay Snowden said the name change reflects the company’s diversification in recent years, which includes an emphasis on interactive sports betting platforms, including Barstool Sportsbook in the United States and theScore Bet in Canada.

“Today is an exciting day for us as we become PENN Entertainment,” Snowden said. “Over the past few years, PENN has transformed our business through a highly differentiated strategy focused on organic cross-sell opportunities, which is reinforced by our investments in market-leading retail casinos, sports media assets, owned technology, including a state-of-the-art, fully integrated digital sports and online casino betting platform, and an in-house iCasino content studio. 

“Our new name maintains ties to our legacy while better reflecting our evolution into North America’s leading provider of integrated entertainment, sports content, and casino gaming experiences.”

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For the first six months of 2022 the company reported earnings of $999.2 million, down from last year’s $1.034 billion for the first half. Despite the decline in adjusted earnings, Snowden noted several positive developments in the company this year.

“We are pleased with our second quarter results. PENN generated revenues of $1.6 billion and adjusted (earnings) of $504.5 million,” Snowden said. “Despite economic headwinds, we delivered consistent performance across our retail portfolio in the quarter and into July.

“In addition, last month, we successfully transitioned theScore Bet in Ontario to our own fully-integrated, proprietary tech stack—reflecting a key achievement in our strategic roadmap. Our strong operating performance and balance sheet enabled us to opportunistically repurchase $167 million of stock in the quarter under our $750 million share repurchase authorization. Based on our second quarter performance and our outlook for the remainder of the year, we are reiterating our 2022 revenue and Adjusted (earnings) guidance range of $6.15 billion to $6.55 billion and $1.875 billion to $2 billion, respectively.”

This press release has been edited for content and style by BloodHorse Staff.

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