Full House Resorts to Acquire 506-room Fitzgerald’s Casino in Tunica, Mississippi for $62 Million
March 24, 2014 9:46am
Full House intends to fund the acquisition of the Fitz Casino with a combination of proceeds obtained by refinancing its existing credit facilities with a new credit facility with a capacity of approximately $125 million and through an equity offering. The proceeds will also be used to fund certain required renovations at the property which are expected to be approximately $7 million. Full House anticipates having financings and required regulatory approvals in place to accommodate closing the acquisition during the third quarter of 2014.
The Fitz Casino has 38,000 square feet of gaming space with approximately 1,100 slot and video poker machines and 20 table games on a 53 acre site. The property includes a 506 room hotel with 68 suites, a fine dining restaurant, buffet, quick service restaurant, two casino bars and an 8,100 square foot multi-purpose event center. The property draws heavily from the Memphis, Tennessee market and benefits from approximately 14 million people living within a 250 mile radius of the property. The Fitz Casino generated unaudited Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $10.1 million for its fiscal year ending December 31, 2013.
“This property fits our acquisition strategy perfectly,” said Andre M. Hilliou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Full House. “This transaction is consistent with our long stated growth strategy and we believe it will create long-term shareholder value. The property has historically been well run and maintained under the current management team; however, we believe that we can leverage our knowledge and proven track record of managing properties catering to local customers in competitive environments to further improve the profitability of the Fitz Casino.”
Macquarie Capital served as Full House’s exclusive financial advisor on this acquisition.
Some of the statements made in this release are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon Full House’s current expectations and projections about future events and generally relate to Full House’s plans, objectives and expectations for Full House’s business. Although Full House’s management believes that the plans and objectives expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, the outcome of such plans, objectives and expectations involve risks and uncertainties including without limitation, regulatory approvals, including the ability to maintain a gaming license in Indiana, Nevada and Mississippi, financing sources and terms, integration of acquisitions, the ability to refinance indebtedness, competition and business conditions in the gaming industry, including competition from Ohio casinos and any possible authorization of gaming in Kentucky. Additional information concerning potential factors that could affect Full House’s financial condition and results of operations is included in the reports Full House files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, its Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.
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