MONTICELLO, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 24, 2017--
Montreign Operating Company, LLC (“Montreign”), a wholly-owned indirect
subsidiary of Empire Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ-GM:NYNY) (“Empire” and,
together with its subsidiaries, the “Company”) today announced that it
has secured commitments from lenders to increase by $35 million the
aggregate principal amount of Montreign’s Term B loans, which are part
of its senior secured first lien term loan facility. Upon the closing of
the additional $35 million Term B loans, the term loan facility will
provide an aggregate of $520 million senior secured first lien term
loans, consisting of $70 million of Term A loans and $450 million of
Term B loans. The new $35 million of Term B loans will be priced at
99.75% of the principal amount and will otherwise be issued under
substantially the same terms and conditions and be fungible with the
existing Term B loans except the term loan facility requirement to
contribute additional equity to Montreign shall be reduced. The net
proceeds of the incremental Term B loans will be used by Montreign and
its subsidiaries to fund the costs relating to the development and
construction of the Resorts World Catskills casino, as well as the
entertainment village and the golf course being developed at the site of
a destination resort in Sullivan County, New York.
The transaction is expected to close on or about May 26, 2017 and
remains subject to final documentation, customary closing conditions and
approval of the New York State Gaming Commission.
This press release is for informational purposes only and is not an
offer to buy or the solicitation of an offer to sell any securities,
loans or indebtedness of the Company.
About the Company
The Company was awarded a gaming facility license by the New York State
Gaming Commission to develop and operate a resort casino to be located
at the site of a four-season destination resort being developed in the
Town of Thompson in Sullivan County, approximately 90 miles from New
York City. The Company is the sole holder of a gaming facility license
in the Hudson Valley-Catskills Area, which consists of Columbia,
Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties in New
The resort casino, which is being developed by Montreign Operating
Company, LLC, an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire, will be
named Resorts World Catskills and will include an 18-story casino, hotel
and entertainment complex with approximately 100,000 square feet of
casino floor, over 100 table games, 2,150 state of the art slot
machines, a poker room and private gaming salons. Guest amenities will
include 332 all-suite luxury rooms, which include 12 penthouse suites, 8
garden suites and 7 two-story villas, two indoor pools, a spa and
fitness center -- all designed to meet 5-star and 5-diamond standards.
Guests will be able to choose from over 10 varied bar and restaurant
experiences, including fine dining, and an Italian steakhouse created by
celebrity chef Scott Conant. Guest can also enjoy year-round live
entertainment at the over 2,000-seat event center, casino bars,
restaurants and lounges.
Expected to open in March 2018, the destination resort in which Resorts
World Catskills is located also will include an entertainment village
providing additional entertainment, food and accommodations and a Rees
Jones-redesigned golf course, both of which are being developed by
subsidiaries of Empire. In addition, the destination resort will include
an indoor waterpark lodge.
The Company also owns and operates Monticello Casino and Raceway, a
45,000-square foot video gaming machine and harness horseracing facility
located in Monticello, New York, approximately 90 miles northwest of
New York City.
Further information about the Company is available at www.empireresorts.com.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward Looking Information
This press release includes "forward-looking statements" intended to
qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include
statements about our plans, strategies, financial performance, prospects
or future events and involve known and unknown risks that are difficult
to predict. As a result, our actual results, performance or
achievements may differ materially from those expressed or implied by
these forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify
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"expect," "intend," "plan," "seek," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate,"
"predict," "potential," "continue," "likely," "will," "would" and
variations of these terms and similar expressions, or the negative of
these terms or similar expressions. Such forward-looking
statements are necessarily based upon estimates and assumptions that,
while considered reasonable by the Company and our management team, are
inherently uncertain. We caution you not to place undue reliance
on any forward-looking statements, which are made as of the date of this
press release. We undertake no obligation to update publicly any of
these forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, new
information or future events, changes in assumptions or changes in other
factors affecting forward-looking statements, except to the extent
required by applicable laws. If we update one or more forward-looking
statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional
updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements. For
a further description of these factors, see the risk factors set forth
in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission,
including the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year
ended December 31, 2016.
About Credit Ratings
Credit ratings are opinions of the relevant rating agency. They are not
facts and are opinions of neither Empire nor Montreign. They are not
recommendations to purchase, sell or hold any securities and can be
changed or withdrawn at any time.
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Source: Empire Resorts, Inc.
Empire Resorts, Inc.
Charles Degliomini, 845-807-0001