Canada – Amaya sells Cadillac Jack to AGS for C$476mBy Phil - 30 March 2015
Amaya has agreed to sell Cadillac Jack to AGS, owned by Apollo Global Management, for $476m.
The transaction is anticipated to close in 2015, subject to receipt of gaming regulatory and antitrust approvals and other customary closing conditions.
Amaya CEO David Baazov said: “Cadillac Jack has grown its business significantly in new geographies and new markets under Amaya, and we are very proud of the efforts of its management and its employees. We are confident that combining Cadillac Jack with AGS presents a strong opportunity to expedite the company’s growth strategy, while at the same time crystallizing on the strong value created in the business to benefit Amaya’s shareholders.”
Net proceeds from the Transaction will be used primarily for deleveraging, including the repayment of Cadillac Jack’s existing senior secured term loan and mezzanine debt. The Transaction is a result of Amaya’s previously announced strategic review to explore alternatives for Cadillac Jack with the fundamental objective of expediting Cadillac Jack’s growth strategy and maximizing value for Amaya’s shareholders.
Macquarie Capital and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. are acting as Amaya’s co-financial advisors in connection with the Transaction, and Greenberg Traurig, P.A. is serving as legal advisor to Amaya in connection with the Transaction.
Cadillac Jack is a leading designer and supplier of electronic games and systems for the regulated global gaming industry with more than 13,000 units installed in hundreds of casinos across the United States and Mexico, the majority on a recurring revenue basis. The company is a leader in the Class II Native American and Mexican gaming markets and has recently established a growing business in Class III machines for the Native American, commercial and charity markets.