Churchill Downs Incorporated Obtains Rights to Operate Internet Real-Money Gaming in New York and Colorado, If Legalized
LOUISVILLE, Ky., July 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq:CHDN) today announced that it has agreed to acquire the remaining 50% ownership of the Casino at Ocean Downs and Ocean Downs Racetrack located in Berlin, Maryland (“Ocean Downs”) owned by Saratoga Casino Holdings LLC (“SCH”) in exchange for CDI’s 25% equity interest in SCH. SCH is the parent company of Saratoga Casino Hotel in Saratoga Springs, New York (“Saratoga New York”) and Saratoga Casino Black Hawk in Black Hawk, Colorado (“Saratoga Colorado”).
CDI has entered into a tax-efficient partial liquidation agreement (the “Liquidation Agreement”) with Saratoga Harness Racing, Inc. (“SHRI”) to liquidate CDI’s 25% equity stake in SCH in exchange for the remaining 50% interest in Ocean Downs held by SCH. CDI is, in effect, acquiring 37.5% of Ocean Downs because it has indirectly owned an additional 12.5% of Ocean Downs through its 25% ownership interest in SCH. Upon closing of this transaction, CDI will own 100% of Ocean Downs and will have no equity interest or management involvement in Saratoga New York or Saratoga Colorado.
SHRI has agreed to grant CDI and its affiliates exclusive rights to operate internet real-money sports betting and real-money iGaming on behalf of SHRI in New York and Colorado for a period of fifteen years from the date of the Liquidation Agreement should such states permit SHRI to engage in sports betting and iGaming, subject to payment of commercially reasonable royalties to SHRI.
The closing is subject to the satisfaction or waiver of specified closing conditions, including the approval of all applicable gaming authorities. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of this year.
About Churchill Downs Incorporated
Churchill Downs Incorporated, headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is an industry-leading racing, gaming and online entertainment company anchored by our iconic flagship event - The Kentucky Derby. We are the largest legal online account wagering platform for horseracing in the U.S., through our ownership of TwinSpires.com and have announced our plans to enter the U.S. real money online gaming and sports betting markets. We are also a leader in brick-and-mortar casino gaming with approximately 10,000 gaming positions in eight states. Additional information about CDI can be found online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.
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Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations include the following: the effect of economic conditions on our consumers' confidence and discretionary spending or our access to credit; additional or increased taxes and fees; the effect of changes in tax laws on the Company or an investment in our shares, including as a result of changes made pursuant to recently enacted U.S. tax legislation; public perceptions or lack of confidence in the integrity of our business; loss of key or highly skilled personnel; restrictions in our debt facilities limiting our flexibility to operate our business; general risks related to real estate ownership, including fluctuations in market values and environmental regulations; catastrophic events and system failures disrupting our operations, including the impact of natural and other disasters on our operations and our ability to obtain insurance recoveries in respect of such losses; inability to identify and complete acquisition, expansion or divestiture projects, on time, on budget or as planned; difficulty in integrating recent or future acquisitions into our operations; legalization of online real money gaming in the United States, and our ability to capitalize on and predict such legalization; inability to respond to rapid technological changes in a timely manner; inadvertent infringement of the intellectual property of others; inability to protect our own intellectual property rights; security breaches and other security risks related to our technology, personal information, source code and other proprietary information, including failure to comply with regulations and other legal obligations relating to receiving, processing, storing and using personal information; payment- related risks, such as chargebacks for fraudulent credit card use; compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or applicable money-laundering regulations; work stoppages and labor issues; difficulty in attracting a sufficient number of horses and trainers for full field horseraces; inability to negotiate agreements with industry constituents, including horsemen and other racetracks; personal injury litigation related to injuries occurring at our racetracks; the inability of our totalisator company, United Tote, to maintain its processes accurately, keep its technology current or maintain its significant customers; weather conditions affecting our ability to conduct live racing; increased competition in the horseracing business; changes in the regulatory environment of our racing operations; declining popularity in horseracing; seasonal fluctuations in our horseracing business due to geographic concentration of our operations; increased competition in our casino business; changes in regulatory environment of our casino business; development and expansion of casinos is costly and susceptible to delays, cost overruns and other uncertainties; concentration and evolution of slot machine manufacturing and other technology conditions that could impose additional costs; impact of further legislation prohibiting tobacco smoking; geographic concentration of our casino business; changes in regulatory environment for our advanced deposit wagering business; increase in competition in the advanced deposit wagering business; inability to retain current customers or attract new customers to our advanced deposit wagering business; uncertainty and changes in the legal landscape relating to our advanced deposit wagering business; and failure to comply with laws requiring us to block access to certain individuals could result in penalties or impairment in our ability to offer advanced deposit wagering.
Contact: Nick Zangari
Source: Churchill Downs Incorporated