LAS VEGAS -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- American Gaming Systems (AGS) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire North American based gaming machine provider Cadillac Jack for total consideration of $370 million in cash plus a promissory note of $12 million, subject to certain requirements and regulatory approvals.
Owned by Amaya Gaming Group, Inc., Cadillac Jack is a leading provider of Class II gaming machines for the North American tribal gaming market, with key regions of operation including Alabama, Mexico and Wisconsin. Cadillac Jack is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with an installed base of approximately 11,000 leased machines as of the end of 2014.
"After what can only be categorized as an incredibly transformational year for AGS, the acquisition of Cadillac Jack further demonstrates that we are positioned to take the next step in establishing ourselves as a major player in the gaming industry," said David Lopez, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AGS. "In addition to elevating our leadership position in the Class II space, Cadillac Jack accelerates our Class III growth strategy by complementing our product suite and broadening our content library."
Cadillac Jack's success in the North American tribal gaming market is underpinned by a quality library of renowned game titles such as the So Hot
family of games.
Fueled by AGS's unwavering commitment to enhance its value proposition for its customers, strategic rationale for the transaction includes:
Allowing AGS to better yield manage its substantial Class II footprint
Diversifying and enhancing AGS’s product portfolio and geographic footprint
Enhancing AGS's development, marketing, sales and service capabilities
Creating broader offerings to support Class III growth
Operational opportunities from product synergies
Building quality through additional scale
Opportunities to leverage Cadillac Jack content and unlock full potential through AGS's distribution channels and growth strategy
Addition of approximately $93 million in annual revenues from Cadillac Jack bolsters AGS's profile as a major player in the supplier space
Addition of a strong recurring revenue stream; 88% of Cadillac Jack's revenues are from lease/participation, reinforced by contracts with tribal gaming operators
Cultural alignment with strong customer service and focus on innovation across both organizations
The transaction is anticipated to be completed in 2015, subject to required regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.
AGS was acquired in December 2013 by funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO).
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is serving as legal advisor to AGS in connection with the transaction.