MONTREAL, Jan. 9, 2017 /CNW/ - Amaya Inc. (Nasdaq: AYA;TSX: AYA) today announced its financing plan for the approximately $197.7 million balance of the deferred purchase price for its acquisition of the Rational Group in August 2014, which is due on February 1, 2017. All dollar ($) amounts are in U.S. dollars.
After evaluating the multiple non-dilutive options available to the company, Amaya has decided to pay the remaining balance of the deferred purchase price over the course of 2017 from unrestricted cash on its balance sheet and cash flow from operations. Amaya believes this is the least expensive and most flexible financing option at this time as it avoids, among other things, incurring additional term debt, amendment fees and associated costs and expenses.
"We believe that our current plan speaks to the strong cash flow generation of our business model and will allow us to continue investing in the success of our business while meeting our pre-existing contractual obligations to the former owners," said Rafi Ashkenazi, Chief Executive Officer of Amaya. "Based on our operations and performance in 2016, we are confident in our ability to repay the balance of the deferred purchase price in a timely manner."
In connection with its current plan, Amaya has entered into an agreement with the former owners of the Rational Group whereby the former owners have agreed not to enforce during 2017 their right under the original merger agreement to cause Amaya to use commercially reasonable efforts to issue equity to finance any outstanding balance of the deferred purchase price. In addition, under the original merger agreement and as previously disclosed, the former owners agreed not to enforce the payment of the deferred purchase price prior to the maturity or repayment of the acquisition financing. In exchange for the new agreement, on February 1, 2017, Amaya will pay in advance three-months of non-refundable late payment fees related to the unpaid balance of the deferred purchase price at the rates outlined in the merger agreement (monthly rate equal to 30 day LIBOR plus 85 basis points until August 1, 2017 and then 30 day LIBOR plus 135 basis points thereafter), with such fees to be credited against any late fees incurred during such three-month period. Any additional fees that may be incurred on the outstanding balance beginning on May 1, 2017 will also be calculated at the rates outlined in the merger agreement.
As previously announced, Amaya paid $200 million of the deferred purchase price in November 2016, resulting in approximately $2.3 million in savings towards the outstanding balance.
Amaya is a leading provider of technology-based products and services in the global gaming and interactive entertainment industries. Amaya ultimately owns gaming and related consumer businesses and brands, including PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, StarsDraft, and the PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival live poker tour brands (incorporating the European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour and the Asia Pacific Poker Tour). These brands together have more than 105 million registered customers globally and 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. Amaya, through certain of these brands, also offers non-poker gaming products, including casino, sportsbook and daily fantasy sports. Amaya, through certain of its subsidiaries, is licensed or approved to offer, or offers under third party licenses or approvals, its products and services in various jurisdictions throughout the world, including in Europe, both within and outside of the European Union, the Americas and elsewhere. In particular, PokerStars is the world's most licensed online gaming brand, holding licenses or related operating approvals in 16 jurisdictions.
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SOURCE Amaya Inc.