Nugget sold to a Colorado company for $195 million

On February 23, Century Casinos, Inc. ($CNTY) announced that it was purchasing the Nugget Casino Resort along with a 50% stake in Smooth Bourbon, LLC, from Marnell Gaming for $195 million. Century Casinos may also enter into a five-year option to purchase the remainder of Smooth Bourbon for $105 million.

Courtesy Photo – The Nugget Casino Hotel in Sparks. The property, now owned by Marnell Gaming, is being acquired by Century Casinos for $195 million.

Smooth Bourbon owns the land and building on which the Nugget sits, and Goldman Sachs Banks USA has issued a Letter of Commitment to Century Casinos for $350 million in secured term loan funding to support the ‘acquisition. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of this year.

“We have been considering entering the Reno market for a long time and believe the Nugget is a perfect fit for our portfolio. We look forward to welcoming the amazing team at Nugget to Century Casinos,” Century Casinos co-CEOs Erwin Haitzmann and Peter Hoetzinger said in a press release. “We believe there are many upsides to this transaction and have identified some areas of improvement to continue Nugget’s growth. We expect the Nugget to integrate seamlessly and provide additional synergies for Century Casinos’ US portfolio,” they added.

The Nugget features 1,382 hotel rooms, seven restaurants, over 100,000 square feet of convention space, an 8,555-seat outdoor amphitheater and approximately 2,400 parking spaces on its property. Its 50,200 square feet of casino space includes 859 slot machines and 29 table games. As of December 31, 2021, the Nugget had net operating income of $100.4 million and adjusted EBITDA of $32.8 million.

Marnell Gaming bought the Nugget in February 2016 and refurbished its convention center, refurbished its hotel rooms and launched development of the outdoor events amphitheater in Victorian Square. Details of this transaction were not disclosed and no one from Marnell Gaming could be reached to comment on their decision to sell the Nugget after only six years of ownership.

Century Casinos owns 11 other gaming establishments in the United States, including the Century Downs racetrack in Alberta, Canada, as well as a casino in Warsaw, Poland. At the time of the Century Casinos announcement, its stock price rose 13% on the NASDAQ. As of February 28, 2:00 p.m. PST, shares of Century Casinos were trading at $12.30 per share.

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