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Great Canadian Entertainment announces historic transcation of Casino Nanaimo

25 June 2024

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Great Canadian Entertainment, Canada's leading gaming and hospitality company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its landmark Vancouver Island property, Casino Nanaimo, to Petroglyph Development Group Ltd. in a historic transaction for both parties. Petroglyph is a wholly owned corporation of the Snuneymuxw First Nation dedicated to realizing the economic potential of the Nation.

Great Canadian's Board of Directors unanimously approved the transaction, which remains subject to customary closing conditions as well as customary approvals by the regulatory authorities. Under the terms of the definitive agreement, the Ccmpany will provide transition services to Petroglyph for up to two years post-closing.

"We are very pleased to have executed this agreement. As the operator of Casino Nanaimo since its inception in 1986, we believe that under Petroglyph's steady management, this transaction will provide Casino Nanaimo, its guests and team members with an exciting new chapter," said Matt Anfinson, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. "We look forward to the closing and then working with the Petroglyph team during the transition period to ensure an outstanding outcome for all parties."

"We celebrate our partnership with Great Canadian and our entry into B.C.'s casino industry. We are committed to bringing Snuneymuxw's local expertise to an established tradition of outstanding guest service and meaningful community contributions," said Snuneymuxw Chief Mike Wyse. "Honouring the decades of work by past Snuneymuxw Chiefs and Councils, we look forward to closing the definitive agreement and realizing our collective vision with the Great Canadian team. This collaboration promises to bring significant benefits and substantial economic growth to our Nation and the local community."

Erralyn Joseph, President of Petroglyph Development Group ("PDG"), stated, "The Snuneymuxw group of companies are profoundly honoured to support Snuneymuxw economic growth in significant and meaningful ways. In addition to our pending acquisition of the business, we are honoured to announce the return of the associated land once closing is completed, a part of the Snuneymuxw xwsol'lexwel village. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are pleased to share this news and remain committed to advancing the region's economic growth in support of all its residents."

Ian Simpson, Chief Executive Officer of PDG, also remarked, "Acquiring this significant asset will unlock unprecedented economic potential for Snuneymuxw and PDG, paving the way for transformative growth in Snuneymuxw's economy and the profits that PDG returns to our Nation."

McMillan is serving as legal counsel to Great Canadian. McCarthy T├ętrault is acting as legal counsel and KPMG Corporate Finance Inc. is acting as financial advisor to Petroglyph.

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