Full House completes bid to purchase Cripple Creek resort

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Paperwork is now completed on Full House Resorts’ acquisition of Billy’s Casino and Hotel in Cripple Creek, Colorado – as the company sets new timelines to payback its creditors.


[dropcap]N[/dropcap]evada-based casino operator Full House Resorts (FHR) has completed its acquisition of Bronco Billy’s Casino and Hotel in Cripple Creek, Colorado, having paid $30m (E26.6m). Coinciding with the acquisition, FHR has also completed its planned refinancing of its first and second lien debt.

Located in Cripple Creek, Colorado, Bronco Billy’s has 803 slot and video poker machines, 13 table games, a 24-room hotel, a steakhouse, four casual dining outlets and an outdoor amphitheater. Bronco Billy’s occupies a significant portion of the key city block of Cripple Creek’s prime “casino strip” and is believed to be one of the town’s two market leaders. Cripple Creek is the principal gaming centre for the Colorado Springs metropolitan area, which is approximately one hour east of Cripple Creek.

Colorado Springs is the second-largest metropolitan area in Colorado with a population of approximately 700,000 – a figure which continues to grow by over 3 per cent every year.

FHR funded the Bronco Billy’s acquisition through the simultaneous refinancing of its outstanding first and second lien debt and an increase in the size of its second lien credit facility. Total debt under the company’s amended and restated first and second lien credit facilities increased to $100m (E88.8m), consisting of $45m (E40m) of first lien debt and $55m (E49m) of second lien debt.

The maturity date for the company’s first lien credit facility, including its undrawn revolver, is May 13, 2019. The second lien facility matures either in May 13, 2022 or six months after the maturity date of the first lien facility, whichever is earlier.


We believe that both the market and Bronco Billy’s offer growth opportunities.


“We are excited to add Bronco Billy’s Casino and Hotel to the Full House portfolio,” said Daniel R. Lee, president and CEO of Full House Resorts. “Bronco Billy’s is well-run and well-maintained, and a consistent leader within its stable market. We believe that both the market and Bronco Billy’s offer growth opportunities. We are excited that the management team will remain at the property and we welcome them and all of the Bronco Billy’s employees to the Full House family.”

News of the acquisition follows the release of FHR’s first quarter financial results, which saw the company’s net revenue increase by 10 per cent on a like-forlike basis, with profits rocketing 67 per cent to $3.6m (E3.2m). The company cited strong performances from both its Rising Star and Northern Nevada business segments as the major drivers of growth throughout the early part of the year.

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