MONTREAL, April 9, 2015 /CNW/ – Amaya Inc. (“Amaya“) (TSX: AYA), has entered into a share purchase agreement, dated April 9, 2015, with NYX Gaming Group Limited (“NYX“) (TSXV: NYX) pursuant to which NYX has agreed to purchase (the “Transaction“) from Amaya all of the issued and outstanding shares of Amaya’s subsidiaries, Amaya (Alberta) Inc. (formerly Chartwell Technology Inc.) (“Chartwell“) and Cryptologic Limited (“Cryptologic“) on a cash-free and debt-free basis. The total cash consideration for the Transaction is $150,000,000, subject to working capital adjustments. The Transaction is anticipated to close before the end of the third quarter of 2015 and is subject to financing and other customary closing conditions. All dollar ($) figures are in Canadian dollars unless noted otherwise.
The Transaction is consistent with Amaya’s previously announced plan to divest its various B2B assets and use the proceeds to pay down debt and/or buy back shares under its previously announced normal course issuer bid.
Amaya recently announced plans to spin off its subsidiary Diamond Game, and to sell its Cadillac Jack business to AGS, LLC, an affiliate of funds managed by Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO), for $476 million.
Amaya expects to significantly reduce its debt following the various B2B asset divestitures and estimates an Adjusted Net Leverage Ratio of 4.0 to 4.5 by December 31, 2015, as previously announced.
As part of the Transaction, a subsidiary of Amaya and NYX anticipate entering into a supplier licensing agreement (the “Licensing Agreement“) for a term of six (6) years, under which NYX will provide certain casino gaming content to Amaya’s real-money casino offering which Amaya intends to integrate into the PokerStars and Full Tilt branded casino websites. Pursuant to the Licensing Agreement, a subsidiary of Amaya will provide NYX with a minimum license commitment in the amount of $12,000,000 per year for each of the first three (3) years of the Licensing Agreement.
“We are pleased to further deepen our relationship with NYX as a strategic partner and supplier to our B2C online casino operations,” said David Baazov, CEO of Amaya. “The Transaction is consistent with our stated strategy of divesting our non-core B2B assets, while still giving us the ability to offer popular games and new and innovative titles on a regular basis from Chartwell, Cryptologic and now NYX.”
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP served as counsel to Amaya and its subsidiaries in connection with the Transaction and Wiggin LLP served as counsel to Amaya in connection with its negotiation of the Licensing Agreement. Stikeman Elliott LLP served as counsel to NYX in connection with the Transaction.
About Amaya (Alberta) Inc. and Cryptologic Limited
Amaya purchased Chartwell in July 2011 and Cryptologic in April 2012. Chartwell operates a B2B online casino gaming platform and an online casino gaming titles business. Cryptologic operates a B2B library of online casino games and an online casino software and services business.
Amaya owns gaming and related consumer businesses and brands including PokerStars, Full Tilt, the European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour and the Asia Pacific Poker Tour. These brands collectively form the largest poker business in the world, comprising online poker games and tournaments, live poker competitions, branded poker rooms in popular casinos in major cities around the world, and poker programming created for television and online audiences. PokerStars is the world’s most popular and successful online poker brand. Amaya also provides B2B interactive and physical gaming solutions to the regulated gaming industry.
Forward-Looking Statements and Non-IFRS Financial Measures
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