MACAU, May 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited (“Melco”) today announced that on May 30, 2019, it executed a definitive purchase agreement through which a subsidiary of Melco will acquire 135.35 million shares of Crown Resorts Limited (“Crown”) from CPH Crown Holdings Pty Limited (“CPH”) for a price of AUD13.00 per Crown share. These shares represent an ownership interest of approximately 19.99% in Crown. The transaction will close in two equal tranches on June 6, 2019 and on or prior to September 30, 2019.
While the announced transaction does not require regulatory approval to be consummated, Melco, its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Lawrence Ho, and select Melco executives will promptly submit applications to the gaming regulatory authorities in each of Victoria, Western Australia, New South Wales and any other relevant jurisdictions. Following approval from these authorities, Melco intends to pursue board representation on Crown’s board of directors commensurate with its ownership position. Additionally, subject to obtaining requisite regulatory approvals, Melco welcomes the opportunity to increase its ownership in Crown.
Mr. Lawrence Ho, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Melco Resorts & Entertainment, said, “I view Melco’s investment in Crown as an incredible opportunity to purchase a strategic stake in what I believe to be Australia’s premier provider of true integrated resort experiences. Crown’s Resorts in Perth and Melbourne are world class entertainment destinations and I believe that Crown Sydney, much like Melco’s Morpheus property, will create an architectural icon for the city, the country and the world. In addition, Crown’s UK assets have qualities that are second to none. Like Melco, Crown is a leader in creating new and exciting luxury and entertainment experiences for its guests. We also both strive to be a leader in the communities in which we do business both through CSR work and helping to drive tourism and the local economy. Put simply, we share a similar core DNA with respect to how we view our businesses. In addition, I personally know the management at Crown and look forward to working with them to further enhance both Crown’s performance and development in Australia and the appeal of Crown’s properties to international patrons.”
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