Boyd Gaming has entered into the Illinois pub and tavern gaming market by buying Lattner Entertainment Group Illinois for $100m.
Lattner currently operates nearly 1,000 gaming units in 220 locations across the state of Illinois.
Keith Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Boyd Gaming, said: “The acquisition of Lattner is a strategic opportunity to further diversify and expand our business. Lattner will provide us a valuable new avenue to access gaming customers, and a platform to participate in the expansion of distributed gaming. We are excited to welcome the Lattner team to Boyd Gaming, and look forward to establishing ourselves as one of the leading distributed gaming operators in the country.”
The transaction is expected to close by the end of the second quarter of 2018, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and the receipt of all required regulatory approvals. The Company intends to finance the transaction through cash flow from operations and availability under its existing credit facility.