Australia’s Crown confirms $7.1bn takeover offer from Wynn Resorts

Crown resorts takeover

Australia’s entertainment group Crown Resorts has released a statement about media reports in relation to takeover proposal by Las-Vegas based Wynn Resort.

Crown Resorts said it is in talks Wynn Resorts about a A$10 billion ($7.1 billion) takeover offer by Wynn Resorts for the Australian casino operator.

Here is statement:

”Crown Resorts Limited (ASX: CWN) (Crown) notes media reports about Wynn Resorts, Limited (Wynn) putting a confidential takeover proposal to Crown.

”Crown confirms that it is in confidential discussions with Wynn regarding a potential change of control transaction following approaches to Crown by Wynn.

”The proposal contemplates an acquisition of Crown by Wynn via scheme of arrangement for a combination of cash and Wynn shares.

”The proposal currently contemplates acquisition consideration (50% cash and 50% Wynn shares) with an implied value of A$14.75 per share with the exchange ratio being fixed, using a volume weighted average price for Wynn shares, immediately prior to the announcement of an agreed transaction. At the date of the proposal, the volume weighted average price of Wynn shares implied an exchange ratio of 0.042 Wynn shares per Crown share. The terms of the consideration are yet to be agreed.

”The proposal is subject to a number of conditions including due diligence, Wynn obtaining all necessary regulatory approvals and a recommendation by the Crown Board. It is stated to be preliminary, confidential, non-binding and indicative.

”The Crown Board has not yet considered the most recent proposal from Wynn.

”The discussions between Crown and Wynn are at a preliminary stage and no agreement has been reached between the parties in relation to the structure, value or terms of a transaction. There is no certainty that these discussions will result in a transaction.

”Goldman Sachs and UBS are acting as financial advisers and Ashurst as legal adviser to Crown.

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Crown Resorts is one of Australia’s largest entertainment groups and makes a major contribution to Australian tourism, employment, training and social responsibility programs.  The group’s core businesses and investments are in the integrated resorts sector.

In Australia, Crown Resorts wholly owns and operates two of Australia’s leading integrated resorts, Crown Melbourne Entertainment Complex and Crown Perth Entertainment Complex.  Overseas, Crown Resorts also fully owns and operates Crown Aspinalls in London, one of the high-end licensed casinos in the West End entertainment district.

Crown’s development projects include the Crown Sydney Hotel Resort at Barangaroo on Sydney Harbour and the proposed One Queensbridge project in Melbourne.

Crown also has interests in various digital businesses, including Betfair Australasia (100%), DGN Games (85%) and Chill Gaming (50%), and holds equity interests in UK-based Aspers Group (50%) and Nobu (20%).