Cineplex to Acquire Dandy Amusements International Inc.
March 10, 2017
Company to Become Part of Player One Amusement Group
Third Strategic Acquisition of US-based Amusement Service and Gaming Provider in Six Months
Toronto, ON, (TSX: CGX), March 10, 2017 – Today, Cineplex announced that it is acquiring all of the assets of Dandy Amusements International, Inc. (“Dandy”). Upon completion of the transaction, which is anticipated to take place in April 2017, Dandy will become part of Cineplex’s Player One Amusement Group (“Player One”). Financial terms were not disclosed.
“With Player One, we remain focused on scaling our US operations through new and existing customer development, segment expansion and strategic mergers and acquisitions like this one,” said Ellis Jacob, President and CEO, Cineplex. “Dandy is well-known in the industry as a leading amusement gaming machine operator in the western United States and we are pleased to have them join our rapidly growing Amusement Solutions business. Today’s announcement further strengthens our ability to service customers on a truly North American scale.”
Dandy operates within the coin-operated, route operations amusement equipment segment, predominantly in the western United States, including California, Arizona, Washington and Texas. Based in Simi Valley, California, the company has a concentrated and loyal client portfolio focusing primarily on the theatrical exhibition vertical, offering a mix of equipment that is consistent with Player One’s existing product portfolio. The acquisition reinforces Player One’s already strong US market position by adding over 50 employees to the team, including John Lemieux who has been with Dandy for 25 years and who will now lead western operations for Player One.
“I am very pleased to be selling my business to a company that is so committed to the amusement gaming industry as I believe they will take it to a new level of excellence," said Ed Pellegrini, Founder and Owner, Dandy Amusements International Inc. “Under John’s leadership, Dandy’s offices and warehouse in California will act as the base of operations for our expansion in the west,” said Joe McCullagh, Vice President and General Manager, Player One Amusement Group. “The addition of Dandy to our rapidly growing business in the US better positions us for continued growth and enhances our ability to provide amusement services to a much broader and expanded market across North America.”
Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Player One Amusement Group employs over 450 people in 21 offices throughout Canada and the United States. One of North America’s leading providers of interactive video, redemption and amusement gaming equipment, it specializes in solution servicing and design for a wide range of customers in the theatrical exhibition vertical as well as community-based entertainment destinations such as bowling centres, restaurants, arcades, shopping centres and water parks.
With pro forma revenue of approximately $15.0 million USD and pro forma adjusted EBITDA of approximately $3.2 million USD, the Dandy acquisition will be financed with cash-on-hand and existing credit facilities.
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Cineplex Inc. (“Cineplex”) is one of Canada’s leading entertainment companies and operates one of the most modern and fully digitized motion picture theatre circuits in the world. A top-tier Canadian brand, Cineplex operates numerous businesses including theatrical exhibition, food service, amusement gaming, alternative programming (Cineplex Events), Cineplex Media, Cineplex Digital Media, and the online sale of home entertainment content through CineplexStore.com and on apps embedded in various electronic devices. Cineplex is also a joint venture partner in SCENE – Canada’s largest entertainment loyalty program.
Cineplex is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and operates 163 theatres with 1,667 screens from coast to coast, serving approximately 77 million guests annually through the following theatre brands: Cineplex Cinemas, Cineplex Odeon, Cineplex VIP Cinemas, Galaxy Cinemas, SilverCity Cinemas and Scotiabank Theatres. Cineplex also owns and operates the UltraAVXTM, Poptopia, and Outtakes brands. Cineplex trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CGX. More information is available at Cineplex.com.
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