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September 24, 2020

In exchange for common stock

Empire Resorts to get us$ 55 million investment

(US).- Gaming company Empire Resorts said this week that it will receive us$ 55 million in new capital from investment company Kien Huat Realty III Ltd. in exchange for stock representing just under 50 % of Empire's voting power.

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he funds will come in two rounds. Empire already issued on Wednesday to Kien Huat around 6.8 million shares, or 19.9 % of outstanding shares, for a total of us$ 11 million. And subject to shareholder approval, the company will issue Kien Huat around 27.7 million shares for an additional us$ 44 million.

Once this is completed, Kien Huat will own around 34.5 million shares for a total investment of us$ 55 million and give Empire Resorts us$ 10 million in a credit facility. Proceeds will be used for working capital and to pay down debt.

Under the terms of the agreement, Kien Huat can appoint three representatives to the company's board of directors, including a non-executive chairman. G. Michael Brown and Colin Au have been designated to serve as directors, with Brown designated as chairman. Kien Huat will designate a third director upon closing of the second tranche.

Kien Huat has interests in companies that are involved in gaming, leisure and hospitality industries, among others. Shares of the company rose 81 cents, or 41.1 %, to finish at us$ 2.78.

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