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September 28, 2021

To underwrite us$ 275 million of funds

Gala Coral lenders seek cash injection

(UK).- Lenders to British gaming group Gala Coral have put forward a plan to pump us$ 275 million into the troubled company, in a bid to restructure its debt, the FT newspaper reported this week, citing unnamed sources.

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ala Coral, home of bingo halls and a chain of bookmakers, is in the middle of a long-running debt restructuring that has seen lenders and private equity suitors vie for control of the gaming giant, owned by Candover, Cinven and Permira.

A group of key lenders, including Alcentra, Lloyds Banking Group and the Royal Bank of Scotland have discussed a deal with investors, who bought into the company's mezzanine debt, to underwrite us$ 275 million of funds, the paper said.

Under the terms of the deal, the creditors' us$ 848 million claims would convert into equity. In return Gala's lenders would expect to have some of their debt repaid and receive a higher rate of interest on their loans, the paper said.

Last month Apollo Management, Cerberus Capital Management and Goldman Sachs bought a stake of around 130 million pounds in Gala Coral's junior debt at a discount of around 69 % of face value. No one at Gala Coral could immediately be reached for comment.

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