Brightstar Capital Partners Snags PlayAGS in $1.1 Billion Privatization Move

A substantial exit from the public market is about to occur as supplier PlayAGS (AGS) is set to be acquired by Brightstar Capital Partners for an astounding $1.1 billion.

The Board of Directors unanimously approved the transaction, which comes with a tempting 41% premium for stockholders, or $12.50 per share.

AGS’ Journey Beyond the Stock Market

AGS boasts a diverse product portfolio spanning slot and table options, along with casino content, all of which will now fall under the purview of Brightstar Capital Partners. With the deal set to delist AGS from the stock market effective May 8, the company joins the ranks of those opting for privatization, a trend gaining momentum in the corporate landscape.

David Lopez, President and CEO of AGS, expressed satisfaction with the agreement, stating, “We are very pleased to reach this agreement, which we believe provides our stockholders with compelling, certain cash value.” He views the partnership with Brightstar as a transformative phase for AGS, aligning with its mission to deliver top-notch gaming solutions to operator partners.

A recent article featured in Gambling Insider delves into the underlying reasons driving the surge in companies opting for privatization. It highlights dwindling enthusiasm for IPOs, compounded by heightened bureaucratic hurdles and a desire for reduced volatility, as potential catalysts behind this strategic shift.

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Roger Bulloch, Partner at Brightstar, voiced confidence in the partnership, stating, “We trust that partnering with AGS and executing on our shared vision can accelerate the Company’s ability to create even greater value for its customers and players around the world.”


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