Golden Entertainment Completes Acquisition of American Casino & Entertainment Properties – Hotel Business (press release)

LAS VEGAS—Golden Entertainment Inc. has completed its previously announced acquisition of American Casino & Entertainment Properties LLC for $850 million from Whitehall Street Real Estate Partners 2007 in a cash and stock transaction.

The acquisition of American Casino & Entertainment Properties LLC brings to Golden Entertainment three properties in Las Vegas including the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower, Arizona Charlie’s Decatur and Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, as well as the Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, NV. Golden now operates 16,000 slot machines, 114 table games and 5,162 hotel rooms across eight casino properties and almost 1,000 distributed gaming locations including the largest branded tavern portfolio in Nevada.

The purchase consideration consisted of $781 million cash and approximately four million shares of Golden Entertainment common stock. Golden financed the cash portion of the transaction and refinanced its existing credit facilities with a new $800-million 1st Lien Term Loan and a $200-million second lien term loan, as well as obtained a new $100-million senior secured revolving credit facility to support the company’s future organic and strategic growth initiatives.

Blake L. Sartini, chairman and CEO of Golden Entertainment, commented, “This acquisition of four leading Southern Nevada properties significantly increases our operational scale and perfectly complements our existing operations. Our new properties and existing businesses are well positioned to grow as they benefit from Nevada’s continued economic strength, particularly in the Las Vegas market. In addition, we have the ability to develop approximately 15 acres of excess real estate surrounding the Stratosphere, which we believe has enormous long-term potential. We look forward to quickly integrating the American operations and welcoming their guests and team members to the Golden family.”

Charles Protell, CFO of Golden, added, “The addition of the American properties to our portfolio firmly establishes Golden as a leading Nevada-focused regional gaming company with

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