MESQUITE, Nev.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Black Gaming, LLC (“Black Gaming” or the “Company”) today announced that it has entered into a lockup agreement with the holders of approximately 70% of the Company’s $125,000,000 Senior Secured Notes to restructure Black Gaming’s indebtedness, provide for an investment of new capital into the Company and enhance Black Gaming’s executive management team (as reorganized, Black Gaming will be referred to herein as “Reorganized Black Gaming”). Under the proposed restructuring plan (the “Plan”), all operations of the Company will continue under current management on a “business as usual” basis throughout the restructuring process, including payments to vendors under normal trade terms without interruption.
In a statement, Black Gaming’s majority owner, Robert R. “Randy” Black, Sr., noted, “Our Company is generating positive EBITDA, despite the challenging economy. Our problem is one of leverage; we have more debt than our operations can support. Our agreement with our lenders is designed to resolve this by restructuring our debt to a level our operations can sustain and to provide additional capital.
“Given the size and complexity of the Company and its debt structure, the Company and its financial advisors have determined that the most effective means to implement the plan will be through pre-negotiated Chapter 11 filings by the Company and its subsidiaries, which are expected to take place shortly. The Company expects that the Chapter 11 cases will move through the bankruptcy court system expeditiously.
“To ensure that all of our operations continue to operate normally throughout this process, the proposed restructuring anticipates that all vendors would be paid on the same current terms on which they presently are being paid for all goods and services provided to Black Gaming, including goods and services provided immediately prior to the contemplated Chapter 11 filing.”
Under the Plan when and if consummated:
Black continued: “We are extremely pleased that we could come to an agreement with our lenders. In this difficult economy, gaming has been hit hard, and our Company was no exception. We are one of the few gaming companies that has been able to reach a mutual compromise with our lenders, and it is my belief that we reached this agreement due to the strength and positioning of our properties and the experience of our management team and its employees.
“We believe this agreement will pave the way for our Company to emerge stronger, with less debt and with a team of management and employees ready to guide our hotel-casino resorts into the future. We have worked out high level plans to improve our operations and have enlisted some tremendous support.
“We want to salute and thank our loyal customers, our fabulous employees and all of those who have stuck by us and continued to support us. We know that we still have a lot of work to do, but we are confident that this Plan will provide the path to get there.”
Approval of the Plan and all principal steps related thereto, will be subject to numerous preconditions, including, but not limited to, preparation of definitive documentation, the commencement of a voluntary filing with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada, the approval of a plan of reorganization by creditors and the Bankruptcy Court, and certain approvals, granting of licenses and findings of suitability by the Nevada Gaming Commission and the City of Mesquite.
This Press Release is intended only as a summary of the agreement and is qualified in its entirety by the written agreement. The agreement may be viewed at www.gordonsilver.com under the "Public Filings" tab.
About Black Gaming
Black Gaming, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., is a holding company and is an owner and operator of three gaming entertainment properties located in Mesquite, Nev.
The information in this Press Release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws. The forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding the Company’s expectations concerning the bankruptcy process, the continuation of day-to-day operations, payments to vendors and employees in the ordinary course, the proposed restructuring Plan, or the Company’s proposed new capital structure, are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. The Company’s actual results could differ materially from those expressed in its forward-looking statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the impact of today’s announcement on the Company’s operations, failure to obtain necessary Bankruptcy Court or gaming authority approvals, loss of continued support of the Plan by the Company’s consenting lenders, delays in the confirmation or effective date of the Plan due to factors beyond the Company’s control, failure to consummate the Plan, failure to meet the Plan objectives or to execute the Plan, the Company’s ability to obtain and maintain normal terms with vendors and service providers, the Company’s ability to attract and retain customers, and other economic factors. The Company does not undertake, and specifically disclaims, any obligation to revise any forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events or circumstances after the date such forward-looking statements are made.