Brookfield to Acquire Scientific Lottery Business

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BROOKFIELD, NEWS, October 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Brookfield Business Partners LP (NYSE: BBU) (TSX: BBU.UN) (“Brookfield Business Partners”) as well as Institutional Partners (collectively “Brookfield”) announced today A deal to acquire the global lottery services and technology businesses of Scientific Games Corporation (“Scientific Games Lottery” or “the Company”) for approximately $ 5.8 billion.

With innovative capabilities in game design, production, distribution, systems and terminals, and turnkey technology solutions, Scientific Games Lottery has long-term relationships with approximately 130 lottery entities in more than 50 countries. The company is deeply integrated into the lottery ecosystem as a provider of essential services to global lottery programs that represent a critical and growing source of funding for governments around the world.

“We are delighted to continue to grow our business with the acquisition of a market leader and a provider of essential services to governments around the world,” said David Nowak, Managing Partner, Brookfield Business Partners. “We look forward to partnering with leadership and bringing our scale and global capabilities to support the future growth of Scientific Games Lottery. “

Investment highlights

  • Strong position in the market. Scientific Games Lottery is a market leader providing products, services and technology to major lotteries around the world. The breadth of its product offering, its scale and its differentiated service offerings contribute to long-standing partnerships with its customers.
  • Sustainable financial performance. The Company operates in a resilient industry, with favorable margins and low ongoing capital requirements. Its recurring revenue base is built on a clear value proposition, strong customer relationships and contracts with high renewal rates.
  • Favorable market dynamics. Scientific Games Lottery is well positioned to meet strict regulatory and oversight frameworks that require high standards of service and security.
  • Growth opportunities. The company has access to multiple levers to drive future revenue growth, including expanding service offerings to existing customers, participating in expected digital growth, and acquiring new customers.

Funding

Brookfield’s investment will be funded by approximately $ 2.6 billion in equity.

Brookfield Business Partners intends to fund approximately 30% of equity at closing from existing available cash and capital that will be raised from internal initiatives currently underway. Brookfield Business Partners also recently increased the availability of its credit facilities by $ 500 million in order to maintain a strong corporate liquidity position.

The balance of the equity investment should be financed by institutional partners. Before or after closing, a portion of Brookfield Business Partners’ engagement may be syndicated to other institutional investors.

Transaction process

The closing of the transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. Closing is scheduled for the second quarter of 2022.

Advisers

The financing will be led by a syndicate of banks comprising Barclays, Deutsche Bank Securities, BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Macquarie Capital and RBC Capital Markets. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is acting as legal counsel to Brookfield.

Brookfield Business Partners is a business and industrial service company focused on owning and operating high quality businesses that benefit from barriers to entry and / or low production costs.

Brookfield Business Partners is the flagship listed business and industrial services firm of Brookfield Asset Management, a leading global alternative asset manager with more than $ 625 billion in assets under management. More information is available at www.brookfield.com.

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