Churchill Downs Incorporated has entered into a definitive agreement under which CDI would acquire all of the outstanding equity interests of Exacta Systems for $250m.
The Transaction will provide CDI the opportunity to realize synergies related to the company’s recent acquisition of Colonial Downs Racetrack and the Rosie’s Gaming Emporium HRM facilities in Virginia.
Exacta, a provider of technology to support historical horse racing operations, has integrated a diverse set of leading historical racing machine gaming manufacturers into its HHR platform, including AGS, IGT, Light & Wonder, Everi, Konami and Incredible Technologies. Exacta supports HHR operations in Virginia, Kentucky, Wyoming and New Hampshire.
“For nearly a decade, Exacta has been a creative force supporting the growth of historical horse racing in the US.,” said Bill Carstanjen, Chief Executive Officer of CDI. “We look forward to expanding Exacta’s national footprint and further diversifying the game offerings available to players at HRM facilities around the country.”
For tax purposes, the acquisition will be treated as an asset purchase allowing CDI to realize incremental tax benefits, which will provide additional cash flow and will enhance the overall economics of the transaction. The Transaction will be funded with cash on hand and through the Company’s existing credit facility. The Transaction is dependent on various and customary closing conditions, including obtaining required regulatory approvals. The Transaction is expected to close in 2023.