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April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Caesars Entertainment Corporation ("Caesars") (NASDAQ: CZR) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved the material terms of a strategic transaction intended to improve the company's capital structure and provide support for new projects. As part of the transaction, Caesars will form a new growth-oriented entity, Caesars Growth Partners, LLC ("Growth Partners"), to be owned by Caesars and participating Caesars stockholders. The transaction is intended to provide capital to allow Caesars to continue to fund growth opportunities in a less levered and more flexible vehicle than its existing operating subsidiaries. In addition, the transaction will result in a cash infusion into Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, Inc. ("CEOC") from the sale of certain assets to Growth Partners, while also freeing CEOC from funding future equity contributions required for certain projects under development.
"The transaction is an important step in our ongoing efforts to improve the company's balance sheet and position ourselves to make strategic investments," said
Gary W. Loveman, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Caesars Entertainment. "Caesars Growth Partners and its simple and flexible capital structure provide us with a vehicle to pursue growth opportunities while retaining a significant portion of the financial upside associated with these assets and projects. The transaction enables us to raise equity capital at attractive valuations without diluting stockholders of Caesars and provides Caesars additional cash liquidity without incurring new debt. I am pleased that our Sponsors, TPG and Apollo, have chosen to express their confidence in our current position and future opportunities through their new investment."
The operating assets contributed or sold by Caesars will be held by Growth Partners. Participating Caesars stockholders, including the Sponsors, will own their interests in Growth Partners through Caesars Acquisition Company ("CAC"), a company created to facilitate this transaction.