NEW YORK CITY–Recent guidance from the IRS and the passage of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 may make future REIT spin-offs less likely but are unlikely to derail REIT plans already on track, Fitch Ratings said Thursday. That being the case, the release of the ratings agency’s special report on “the state of REITization in the US” coincided with MGM Resorts International‘s announcement of key hires for the management of MGM Growth Properties—a prime example of the new path that a number of issuers are taking.

Instead of spinning off MGP as a standalone REIT, the parent company is contributing properties to a new subsidiary. The idea in this scenario is that a portion of the subsidiary would be sold or granted to third-party investors, which in theory would eventually trade the subsidiaries at real estate multiples. It’s a tack likely to also be taken by Macy’s Inc., which earlier this month reaffirmed its interest in monetizing its owned real estate.

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