Gamenet successfully issues €200mn in its debut bond offering
Gamenet successfully placed €200mn of its senior secured notes due 2018 in its debut bond offering through UBS and Credit Suisse as global coordinators and joint bookrunners, and UniCredit AG and Banca IMI as joint bookrunners. The 5 year bond maturing in August 2018 is B+/B1 rated, yields 7.25% and was sold at par, reflecting the conservative leverage and the strong fundamentals of Gamenet.
“Proceeds will be used to refinance debt, including shareholder loans, and for general corporate purposes. As a result of the refinancing, the company moves to an all-bond capital structure, with a robust balance sheet with approximately 1.2x net debt to EBITDA.”
Gamenet is the third largest gaming company in Italy based on total bet and distribution network, with €6.4 billion in bet collected in 2012 across a network of approximately 13,000 points of sale. In particular, Gamenet is the second largest concessionaire in the video lottery terminal (‘‘VLT’’), one of the most attractive segments of the Italian gaming market, and slot machines/amusement with prize machine (‘‘AWP’’) gaming segments, based on total bet collected and number of rights held.”
In the 12 months ended on 31 March 2013, Gamenet generated €641.6 million of revenues, €81.7 million EBITDA and €23.2 million of Net Income.
Trilantic Capital Partners ("Trilantic") controls a 91% fully diluted participation in Gamenet. Trilantic invested in Gamenet in November 2010, making a significant add-on investment in 2011 to fund the company’s growth strategy in the VLT sector. A dedicated Trilantic team managed the Company for the first 1.5 years of investment, and together with the new CEO and the rest of management brought on board, successfully converted a concession/ contract business into a fully operational leader in the Italian gaming sector.
About Trilantic Capital Partners
Trilantic Capital Partners is a private equity firm focused on control and significant minority investments in North America and Europe with primary investment focus in consumer, energy, financial and business services. Trilantic was formed in 2009 by the former principals of Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking, where they created a strong track record of investing in and building successful growth businesses. Trilantic currently manages four institutional private equity funds with an aggregate capital commitment of $5.9 billion. For more information, visit www.trilantic.com.
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