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Full House Resorts to acquire Fitzgerald’s Casino in Tunica, Mississippi

24 March 2014

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Full House Resorts (FLL) (“Full House”) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with The Majestic Star Casino LLC to acquire all of the outstanding membership interests of the entity operating Fitzgerald’s Casino, (the “Fitz Casino”) in Tunica, Mississippi. The purchase price is $62 million, exclusive of working capital and other adjustments, fees and expenses as of the closing date. The agreement is subject to Full House obtaining financing for the acquisition within 90 days of its execution, obtaining regulatory approvals, and other customary closing conditions.

Full House intends to fund the acquisition of the Fitz Casino with a combination of proceeds obtained by refinancing its existing credit facilities with a new credit facility with a capacity of approximately $125 million and through an equity offering. The proceeds will also be used to fund certain required renovations at the property which are expected to be approximately $7 million. Full House anticipates having financings and required regulatory approvals in place to accommodate closing the acquisition during the third quarter of 2014.

The Fitz Casino has 38,000 square feet of gaming space with approximately 1,100 slot and video poker machines and 20 table games on a 53 acre site. The property includes a 506 room hotel with 68 suites, a fine dining restaurant, buffet, quick service restaurant, two casino bars and an 8,100 square foot multi-purpose event center. The property draws heavily from the Memphis, Tennessee market and benefits from approximately 14 million people living within a 250 mile radius of the property. The Fitz Casino generated unaudited Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $10.1 million for its fiscal year ending December 31, 2013.

“This property fits our acquisition strategy perfectly,” said Andre M. Hilliou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Full House. “This transaction is consistent with our long stated growth strategy and we believe it will create long-term shareholder value. The property has historically been well run and maintained under the current management team; however, we believe that we can leverage our knowledge and proven track record of managing properties catering to local customers in competitive environments to further improve the profitability of the Fitz Casino.”

Macquarie Capital served as Full House’s exclusive financial advisor on this acquisition.


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