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Golden Entertainment to Acquire Two Laughlin, Nevada Casino Resorts

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July, 2018 – Golden Entertainment, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Marnell Gaming LLC, to acquire the Edgewater Hotel & Casino Resort and the Colorado Belle Hotel & Casino Resort in Laughlin, Nevada. The purchase price will be based on an 8.0x multiple of the combined trailing twelve months adjusted EBITDA of both properties as of November 2018, with a minimum price of $168 million and a maximum price of $190 million. Including expected cost synergies and cash acquired, the purchase price is expected to represent an implied trailing twelve months adjusted EBITDA multiple of 6.5x.

The purchase consideration will consist of $155 million of cash and the balance in restricted stock issued at a price of $28.54 per share.

The transaction will be financed with incremental debt under the Company’s credit facility and cash on hand. Pro forma for the transaction, the Company’s net leverage is expected to be below 5x at closing. The Company expects the acquisition to be cash flow positive and immediately accretive to operating results.

Blake Sartini, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Golden, said, “The acquisition of the Edgewater Hotel & Casino Resort and the Colorado Belle Hotel & Casino Resort provides us with an exciting opportunity to expand our portfolio to nine wholly-owned casino resorts in Southern Nevada, solidifying our presence in this growing and attractive gaming market. The transaction is consistent with our strategy to grow our business in an accretive manner for shareholders and Golden is uniquely positioned to benefit immediately from cost synergies related to the acquisition of these properties.”

The Edgewater Hotel & Casino Resort and the Colorado Belle Hotel & Casino Resort collectively feature over 1,400 slot machines, 40 table games and 2,150 hotel rooms. The properties also feature eleven restaurants and dedicated entertainment venues including the Laughlin Event Center. The Laughlin Event Center is an outdoor arena with 12,000 seats and hosts multiple headline concerts and other events throughout the year. The two properties are adjacent to Golden’s current Laughlin property, the Aquarius Casino Resort, which features over 1,200 slot machines, over 30 table games and almost 2,000 hotel rooms. When combined, these three properties will be situated on 55 contiguous acres along the heart of the Laughlin Riverwalk.

Mr. Sartini added, “The Marnell family has a long history in the gaming industry including, designing, building and owning some of the most iconic resorts that now define the Las Vegas resort corridor. Over the past several years, Marnell Gaming has taken their expertise and created a significant hotel, casino and entertainment presence in Laughlin, and we are excited to build on these well positioned properties. As a result of this transaction, I am pleased to welcome Anthony Marnell III as a shareholder of Golden Entertainment.”

The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions and the receipt of all required regulatory approvals.

Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal advisor to Golden Entertainment for the transaction. Holland & Hart LLP served as legal advisor to Marnell Gaming.

 

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the expected impact of the acquisition of Edgewater Hotel & Casino Resort and the Colorado Belle Hotel & Casino Resort on the Company’s operations and statements regarding the anticipated timing of closing of the acquisition. These statements can be identified by the use of forward looking terminology such as “expects,” “believes,” “estimates,” “projects,” “intends,” “plans,” “seeks,” “may,” “will,” “should” or “anticipates” or the negative or other variations of these or similar words, or by discussions of future events, strategies or risks and uncertainties. Although the Company believes that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions within the bounds of its knowledge of its business, there can be no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from our expectations. Meaningful factors that could cause actual results to differ from expectations include, but are not limited to, risks related to the acquisition of the Edgewater Hotel & Casino Resort and the Colorado Belle Hotel & Casino Resort operations by the Company and the integration of the business to be acquired; the possibility that the proposed transaction does not close when expected or at all because required regulatory or other approvals are not received or other conditions to the closing are not satisfied on a timely basis or at all; potential adverse reactions or changes to business or employee relationships, including those resulting from the announcement or completion of the transaction; potential litigation challenging the transaction; the possibility that the anticipated benefits of the transaction are not realized when expected or at all, including as a result of the impact of, or issues arising from, the integration of the companies; our ability to realize potential synergies or projected financial results; and other factors as discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K, each as filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not intend to update publicly any forward-looking statements except as required by law. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events discussed in this press release may not occur.

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the Company’s and the property’s financial information presented in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), the Company uses Adjusted EBITDA, which the Company believes is appropriate to provide meaningful comparison with, and to enhance an overall understanding of, the Company’s and the property’s financial performance. The Company believes Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to both management and investors by excluding specific expenses and gains that the Company believes are not indicative of core operating results. Further, Adjusted EBITDA is a measure of operating performance used by management, as well as industry analysts, to evaluate operations and operating performance and is widely used in the gaming industry. Other companies in the gaming industry may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently than the Company does.

The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

The Company defines “Adjusted EBITDA” as earnings before interest and other non-operating income (expense), income taxes, depreciation and amortization, acquisition expenses, loss on disposal of property and equipment and other gains and losses. The Company defines “net leverage” as total debt less cash, divided by Adjusted EBITDA for the twelve months prior to the measurement date.

 

About Golden Entertainment, Inc.

Golden Entertainment, Inc. owns and operates gaming properties across two divisions – resort casino operations and distributed gaming. The Company operates approximately 16,000 gaming devices, 116 table games, 5,168 hotel rooms, and provides jobs for over 7,000 team members. Golden Entertainment owns eight resort casinos – seven in Southern Nevada and one in Maryland. Through its distributed gaming business in Nevada and Montana, Golden Entertainment operates slot machines at over 1,000 locations and owns nearly 60 traditional taverns in Nevada. The Company is licensed in Illinois to operate video gaming terminals. Golden Entertainment is focused on maximizing the value of its portfolio by leveraging its scale, leadership position and proven management capabilities across its two divisions. For more information, visit www.goldenent.com.

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Inspired Announces Two New Board Members

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Desiree Rogers and Steve Saferin Named to Board of Directors

NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2018 – Inspired Entertainment, Inc. (“Inspired”) (NASDAQ: INSE) announces the appointment of Desiree Rogers and Steve Saferin to its Board of Directors, effective immediately.  These appointments fill two vacancies on the Board and bring the total number of Board members to seven.

“We welcome Desiree Rogers and Steve Saferin to the board as new independent directors and look forward to the value their leadership will bring,” said Lorne Weil, Executive Chairman of Inspired Entertainment.  “As we continue our focus on North American expansion, the depth of knowledge and relevant experience of both Desiree and Steve will provide valuable perspective.

“Desiree is an accomplished business leader, a former Illinois Lottery Director, and an experienced Board member in both the public and nonprofit sector.  We are confident that Inspired will benefit from her insights, business acumen and counsel.

“Steve is a renowned innovator, having been recognized by the Lottery Hall of Fame for inventing and implementing licensed games in the lottery industry.  His creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and demonstrated track record are sure to be assets for our Company.”

Desiree Rogers was the Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Publishing Company, LLC, a lifestyle company inspired by the African American experience, from August 2010 until May 2017. In 2016, Ms. Rogers sold the media assets of the company. Since May 2013, Ms. Rogers has served as the Chair of the Chicago tourism bureau, Choose Chicago.

Ms. Rogers joined Johnson Publishing Company after serving as the White House Social Secretary for President Obama from January 2009 to April 2010.  During her illustrious career, she held several leadership positions at Allstate Corporation and Peoples Energy Corporation (a public company acquired by Integrys Energy Group) and served as the Director of the Illinois Lottery from 1991 to 1997.

She currently serves on the boards of two public companies, Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. and MDC Partners Inc She also serves on the board of DonorsChoose, Northwestern Memorial Foundation, the Economic Club, the Commercial Club and World Business Chicago. She has also served on the board of Blue Cross Blue Shield, and as the Vice Chairman of the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Museum of Science and Industry. She has an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Steven Saferin founded Media Drop-In Productions (later named MDI Entertainment) in 1986, a licensed lottery games and promotions business, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer until 2003, when he sold the company to Scientific Games Corporation. Following the sale, Mr. Saferin continued to lead MDI as a division president and also assumed the position of Chief Creative Officer for Scientific Games in 2009 until his retirement in 2016.

Prior to founding MDI, Mr. Saferin was the Director of Program Acquisitions at ESPN from 1982 to 1986 and served as a vice president with Viacom Communications and an assistant vice president with Warner Amex Cable from 1978 to 1982. Mr. Saferin was an attorney for the Federal Communications Commission and for Viacom International Inc. between 1974 and 1978.

Mr. Saferin serves on the Dean’s advisory committees for the School of Communication at American University and for the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia. He has a journalism degree from American University. He holds a law degree from the University of Maryland. He has been recognized by the Lottery Hall of Fame for innovations in lottery advertising and the invention and implementation of licensed games in the lottery industry.

About Inspired Entertainment, Inc.
Inspired is a global games technology company, supplying Virtual Sports, Mobile Gaming and Server Based Gaming systems with associated terminals and digital content to regulated lottery, betting and gaming operators around the world. Inspired currently operates approximately 30,000 digital gaming terminals and supplies its Virtual Sports products through more than 40,000 retail channels and over 100 websites, in approximately 35 gaming jurisdictions worldwide. Inspired employs approximately 800 employees in the UK and elsewhere, developing and operating digital games and networks. Additional information can be found at www.inseinc.com.

Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “estimate”, “plan”, “outlook”, and “project” and other similar expressions that indicate future events or trends or are not statements of historical matters. These statements are based on our management’s current expectations and beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions concerning future events.

Such forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which are outside of our control and all of which could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Accordingly, forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date, and we do not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in forward-looking statements can be found in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual report on Form 10-K, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and our current reports on Form 8-K, which are available, free of charge, on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on our site at www.inseinc.com.

Contact:
Aimee Remey
Aimee.remey@inseinc.com
+1 646 620-6737

SOURCE Inspired Entertainment, Inc.

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AGS Announces Agreement with PokerStars Play to Provide Social White-Label Casino

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LAS VEGASAug. 21, 2018 – PlayAGS, Inc. (NYSE: AGS) (“AGS” or the “Company”), a leading designer and supplier of electronic gaming machines, table games, and interactive products and services for the gaming industry, today announced that it entered an agreement to provide AGS’s Social White-Label Casino (“Social WLC“) to PokerStars Play, the play-money and social gaming brand of The Stars Group, as part of its slot-focused social casino portfolio. The Stars Group is a leading provider of technology-based products and services in the global gaming and interactive entertainment industries.

PokerStars Play will deploy AGS’s Social WLC, a powerful, turn-key mobile and web casino solution that delivers an interactive social gaming experience which players can enjoy at home, work, and on-the-go through iOS or Android devices and via the web.

Lloyd Melnick, Director of Social Gaming at PokerStars, said, “When we had the opportunity to work with AGS to extend our social casino portfolio, we were impressed with their proven, high-performing land-based content and broad range of non-slots games.  Their offering is a good fit with what our existing customers are looking for and we are excited to offer our community of millions of registered players an incredible AGS experience.”

AGS President and Chief Executive Officer David Lopez said, “It is an honor and an important milestone in the growth of our AGS Interactive business that The Stars Group, one of the largest online gaming businesses in the world, with millions of registered players, selected us to power their first social casino focused on slot content following their incredible success in online poker. We feel confident that this is just the beginning of our relationship with The Stars Group as we deliver a large library of proven social and land-based slot content through our Social WLC.

The AGS Social WLC delivers over 40 proven land-based and social slot games along with popular in-app features like tournaments, live events, charms, progressive jackpots, and VIP status. Social WLCstrengthens player relationships through highly segmented in-app messaging and push notifications and offers more monetization opportunities through targeted promotions and live events. Deep analytics, live operations, promotions, live events, and VIP management help ensure a solid, secure and long-lasting revenue stream.

About AGS
AGS is a global company focused on creating a diverse mix of entertaining gaming experiences for every kind of player. Our roots are firmly planted in the Class II Native American gaming market, but our customer-centric culture and growth have helped us branch out to become a leading all-inclusive commercial gaming supplier. Powered by high-performing Class II and Class III slot products, an expansive table products portfolio, highly rated social casino solutions for players and operators, and best-in-class service, we offer an unmatched value proposition for our casino partners. Learn more about us at www.playags.com.

AGS Contact:

Julia BoguslawskiChief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Investor Relations
702-301-6090 Mobile
jboguslawski@PlayAGS.com

The Stars Group Contact:

press@pokerstars.com

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Eclipse Gaming’s Arcadia Select™ Multi-Game Delivers Greater Game Variety for Players Without Increasing Space on the Casino Floor

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Aug, 2018 –– Eclipse Gaming, a leading provider of innovative games and systems to the global gaming industry, announced the release of its new Arcadia SelectTM Multi-Game Series, an exciting collection of player-favorite games in a multi-game format. Arcadia Select effectively solves the operator’s challenge of how to expand the game mix for better player engagement, without the need for more gaming floor space.

The Arcadia Select series is a compilation of nine top-performing classic titles – including Big and Bad™, Ragin’ Bull™, and Lightning Strikes Twice™ – centralized on Eclipse Gaming’s premium Saros cabinet. Featuring striking high definition graphics, player-selected denominations and a quick load time, Arcadia Select allows casino operators to choose the number of games and theme types to offer players in a multi-game format on a single gaming machine.

“Eclipse’s Arcadia Select Multi-Game allows casinos with limited floor space the ability to increase the game variety for the player without adding machines to their floor,” noted Abhinay Bhagavatula, Eclipse Gaming’s Vice President of Engineering and Products. “The entire player experience is improved with more options – from two to six unique games in one cabinet. The multi-game format allows the player to select the game they want to play without having to move from one gaming machine to another.”

This series features proven titles including Fire™, a game that puts players in the hot seat with the chance to win on fifty lines; Wild Hot™, featuring a scorching Free Spin Bonus that awards up to fifty free spins; Lightning Strikes Twice™, a theme that defies elemental logic and leaves players in awe; Big and Bad™, a new twist on a treasured childhood tale; Ragin’ Bull™, where players grab the bull by the horns; and Wicked Mad Hot™ the fiery free spin game that all players love. Additional player-favorite titles in the Arcadia Select collection include Blazing Wilds™, Highway Hogs™ and Volcano Shakedown™.

Arcadia Select is the latest addition to Eclipse Gaming’s portfolio of top performing games.

 

About Eclipse Gaming:
Eclipse Gaming is a leading supplier of innovative games and systems for the global gaming industry. The company operates primarily in the Native American gaming markets in the U.S., as well as select commercial and international jurisdictions. Eclipse Gaming designs, manufactures and markets top performing games, local, mystery and multi-level progressives, and slot management systems. For more information, visit www.eclipsegamingsystems.com

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