Proceeds of offering will help finance the acquisition of International Game Technology
LONDON, Feb. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- BNY Mellon, a global leader in investment management and investment services, has been appointed trustee and paying agent for the offering of senior secured notes by Cleopatra Finance Limited (CLEO), a special purpose vehicle incorporated in Jersey. The proceeds of the notes, upon the satisfaction of certain conditions, will be made available to GTECH S.p.A. (GTECH) (ISE: GTK) to finance the acquisition of International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT).
The offering consists of five tranches of euro and dollar denominated senior secured notes, aggregating approximately $5.2 billion. Upon completion of the offering, CLEO will deposit the proceeds from the offering into escrow, pending the acquisition of IGT. BNY Mellon will also act as escrow agent and provide bespoke investment and cash management solutions to CLEO.
BNY Mellon currently acts as trustee on GTECH's existing bonds. Upon the consummation of the IGT acquisition, CLEO's senior secured notes will be exchanged for permanent senior secured notes issued by Georgia Worldwide PLC, the successor of GTECH.
"Low funding costs and a pick up in mergers and acquisitions continue to drive growth in Europe's corporate bond market," said Dean Fletcher, CEO of Corporate Trust EMEA at BNY Mellon. "The European Central Bank's unprecedented bond-buying programme or quantitative easing is likely to keep down borrowing costs and boost demand for corporate bonds. Ultimately this increased demand for debt issuance raises critical investment capital, which should help generate private sector jobs and economic growth in Europe."
CLEO is not part of the GTECH group of companies. GTECH is the largest global company in the regulated gaming space with 8,600 employees and its shares are listed on the Milan Stock Exchange1. IGT is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and specializes in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution, and sales of computerized gaming equipment, software, and network systems2.
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