Amaya Announces Successful Completion of Repricing and Amendment to its First Lien Term Loans
MONTREAL, Canada – March 3, 2017 – Amaya Inc. (NASDAQ: AYA; TSX: AYA) today announced that it successfully repriced and retranched its U.S. dollar and Euro denominated first lien term loans and amended the applicable credit agreement (collectively, the “Financing”). Unless otherwise noted, all references to “$” are to U.S. dollars and all references to “€” are to Euros.
The first lien term loan repricing will reduce the applicable interest rate margin by 50 basis points bringing the U.S. dollar denominated first lien term loans to LIBOR plus 350 basis points with a LIBOR floor of 100 basis points and the Euro denominated first lien term loans to Euribor plus 375 basis points with no Euribor floor. Amaya also retranched its first lien term loans by raising €100 million of incremental Euro denominated first lien debt and using those proceeds to reduce its U.S. dollar denominated first lien term loans. As a result of the repricing and retranching, Amaya currently expects to save approximately 13%, or $15.4 million, of interest expense annually.
Amaya and the lenders also amended the credit agreement for its first lien term loans to, among other things, reflect the repricing, retranching, and waive the required 2016 and 2017 excess cash flow repayments (as defined and described in the credit agreement) previously due on March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2018, respectively. Amaya will use the approximately $48 million of previously allocated 2016 excess cash flow to pay an additional amount on the remaining balance of its pre-existing contractual deferred payment obligation by May 15, 2017.
At the request of certain lenders, the amendment also modifies the change of control provision to remove the ability of a certain current shareholder to directly or indirectly acquire control of Amaya without triggering an event of default and potential acceleration of the repayment of the debt under the credit agreement for the first lien term loans.
“The successful completion of this transaction underscores the strength of our current business and operations, as well as the continued support of our existing lenders and interest of new lenders,” said Kimberly Fitzgerald, Amaya’s Vice President, Finance and Capital Markets. “The transaction will help reduce our currency risk, lower our interest expense, and accelerate the payment of the remaining amounts owed on our deferred payment obligation.”
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, Full Tilt, BetStars, StarsDraft and the PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival live poker tour brands (incorporating aspects of the European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour and the Asia Pacific Poker Tour). These brands have more than 108 million cumulative registered customers globally and collectively form the largest poker business in the world, comprising online poker games and tournaments, sponsored live poker competitions, marketing arrangements for branded poker rooms in popular casinos in major cities around the world, and poker programming and content 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 17 jurisdictions.
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