Consolidation under a single primary lender lowers overall cost of capital and facilitates debt reduction
LAS VEGAS, July 24, 2017 /CNW/ - NYX Gaming Group Limited (TSXV: NYX) ("NYX Gaming Group", "NYX" or the "Company"), a leading digital gaming software supplier to casino, sportsbook, lottery and bingo operators across the globe, today announced that it has closed its previously announced transaction with ARES Management Limited to refinance its existing debt. Under the transaction, NYX has amended its existing senior secured credit facilities agreement consisting of a £135.0 million term loan facility to add €74.9 million in term loan facilities and to expand its revolving credit facility from £5.0 million to £15.0 million ("Amended Facilities").
The Amended Facilities were contemporaneously used to redeem all of the Company's outstanding 11.0% Senior Secured Series A Debentures, 11.0% Senior Secured Series B Debentures and 11.0% Senior Secured Series C Debentures. In addition, the Company has repaid its CAD $10.0 million, 6% Unsecured Debentures.
"The completion of our debt refinancing improves our capital structure, better aligns our lending currencies to revenue, and provides greater flexibility and liquidity for NYX to execute as an integrated global group," said Matt Davey, Chief Executive Officer of NYX Gaming Group. "The expansion of our credit facilities agreement with ARES Management, a leading global alternative asset manager, demonstrates the confidence they have in our business."
The Amended Facilities have two components – a €43.1 million unitranche term facility, which bears interest at an annual rate of EURIBOR plus 700 basis points (EURIBOR floor of 0.5%), and a €31.8 million super senior term facility, which bears interest at an annual rate of EURIBOR plus 375 basis points (EURIBOR floor of 0.0%). The Amended Facilities have the same maturity date as the existing £135.0 million term loan facility – November 20, 2021. They are prepayable at 101% of the principal balance outstanding within the first three years and at par thereafter. The revolving credit facility matures on May 20, 2021.
Eric Matejevich, Chief Financial Officer, added, "Debt refinancing was an important step to improving our capital structure, significantly lowering overall cost of capital while extending the maturities of the instruments. With this transaction, our estimated total annual cash interest expense is down $5 million, from $28 million historically to $23 million going forward. And with simplified prepayment terms, NYX is now in a better position to deleverage through organic growth in EBITDA and free cash flow."
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About NYX Gaming Group Limited
NYX Gaming Group Limited is a leading digital gaming provider, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, with a staff of more than 1,200 employees globally. NYX delivers value by adhering to the highest standards of customer service, probity, and responsibility. It has one of the broadest distribution bases in the industry, with over 200 unique customers.
The award-winning NYX OGS™ (Open Gaming System), which allows licensees to leverage the best-of-breed, multi-vendor casino content from around the world, is acknowledged to be the industry's market-leading gaming offering. From its own studios and a broad partner network of the most innovative third party suppliers, NYX offers customers a wide portfolio of content, with access to over 2,000 game titles, via OGS™.
In addition, NYX's award winning sports betting division OpenBet is utilized and trusted by leading sports book operators, with its scale and performance world-renowned. In 2016, the OpenBet sportsbook processed more than two billion bets and broke new records at the 2017 Grand National, where it processed 68,000 bets-per-minute.
NYX Gaming Group Limited is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol NYX. For further information about the Company, including press releases, links to SEDAR filings and other financial information, please visit the Company's investor relations website at www.nyxgaminggroup.com/investors.
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