Okada Manila has signed a merger agreement with blank-check firm 26 Capital Acquisition Corp that will see its stock listed on the Nasdaq through an American Depository Receipt programme.
The US$2.6bn merger will provide the casino operator US$275m in cash proceeds that will be used for growth and other corporate purposes. It is expected the merger will close in the first half of next year.
“With its beautiful new facility, a desirable location in one of the fastest-growing gaming markets in the world, and potential for industry-leading margins and cash flow conversion, I believe Okada Manila is an extremely compelling investment,” Jason Ader, Chairman and CEO of 26 Capital, said.
According to local media reports, Universal Entertainment Corp will continue controlling approximately 88% of the combined company once the deal is closed. Byron Yip, current Okada President, will continue leading the company.
“We are fortunate to operate the most luxurious integrated resort in the Philippines, and excited to realise the full potential of this state-of-the-art facility for gaming, entertainment, and hospitality as a public company and in partnership with Jason Ader of 26 Capital,” Byron Yip said.
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