Rafal Gerszak/The Globe and Mail
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Inc. has put its Alberta casinos up for auction as it prepares to go accessible in a about-face takeover of a U.S.-based special-purpose accretion corporation, the aggregation said on Tuesday.
Gateway, which affairs to absorb with Leisure Accretion Corp., said the two Edmonton backdrop do not fit with its basic bank operations in British Columbia and Ontario. The aggregation has 25 backdrop in B.C. and Ontario. It is currently majority-owned by private-equity armamentarium Catalyst Basic Group Inc.
By amalgamation with Leisure Acquisition, Burnaby, B.C.-based Gateway gets a long-sought accessible advertisement as able-bodied as basic to abate its ample debt and to accomplish payments to its accepted owners. Gateway assassin SunTrust Bank to admonish on the abeyant auction of its two casinos in Edmonton, according to a contempo Catalyst letter to investors.
Gabriel de Alba, managing administrator at Catalyst and Gateway’s controlling chairman, said B.C. and Ontario action bigger bread-and-butter altitude and befalling for amplification than Alberta, area Gateway operates Starlight Bank Edmonton and Grand Villa Bank Edmonton.
“That’s why we appetite to focus our efforts on those two markets – focus our basic and focus the administration aggregation area we can accomplish bigger returns, and that’s why we accept a action to bankrupt the locations in Alberta,” Mr. de Alba said during an broker appointment alarm to altercate the accord with Leisure Acquisition.
The alliance and accessible advertisement will chase a alternation of attempts back 2012 by Catalyst to booty the aggregation accessible or advertise it to addition industry player. Leisure Acquisition, which went accessible in aboriginal 2018, had its eye on Gateway from the time of its offering, said Daniel Silvers, the appropriate accretion vehicle’s administrator and admission Gateway vice-chairman.
The companies said the transaction would actualize an article with an adumbrated disinterestedness amount of $576-million and debt of $939-million.
Under the deal, Leisure’s shares will be adapted one-for-one into shares in Gateway’s ancestor company, GTWY Holdings Ltd. Leisure banal awash for US$10.44 on Nasdaq Tuesday. Its warrants will be exercisable into GTWY shares for US$11.50 each. HG Vora Basic Administration LLC, a New York-based barrier armamentarium focused on the bank industry, has agreed to buy US$30-million of the shares in a clandestine placement.
The accumulated company’s banknote will abide of Leisure’s assets and the HG Vora bang – a absolute of $287-million – as able-bodied as any balance funds in Gateway’s accounts back the accord closes. It will go against repaying GTWY’s US$153-million holding-company accommodation and additionally advantageous bottomward some of Gateway’s US$438-million appellation loan. It will additionally armamentarium any banknote payments to Gateway’s accepted owners, the companies said.
The accord will advice Gateway’s acclaim picture, Moody’s Investors Service said this week. Moody’s currently ante the company’s acclaim at B3, able-bodied beneath advance grade. “GTWY’s consecutive about-face into a accessible article will additionally favor stronger accumulated babyminding and potentially added bourgeois banking policies,” the appraisement bureau said in a statement.
After the merger, Toronto-based Catalyst will own about 30 per cent of the accumulated entity, Tannenbam Basic Partners 11 per cent, accessible shareholders 41 per cent, Leisure Accretion managers and admiral 3.5 per cent, and HG Vora 15 per cent, according to the company’s broker presentation.
The accord is accepted to abutting in the additional division afterward authoritative approvals and actor votes.
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