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Tilman Fertitta enters deal to take Golden Nugget public

1 February 2021

Fertitta Entertainment will become a publicly listed company.

Fertitta Entertainment will become a publicly listed company.

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Fertitta Entertainment, Inc., the parent company of Golden Nugget/Landry’s, a leader in the gaming, restaurant, hospitality and entertainment industry, and FAST Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, co-headed by Doug Jacob and Sandy Beall, announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement that will result in Fertitta Entertainment becoming a publicly listed company.

Tilman Fertitta, sole owner of Fertitta, will continue to lead the Golden Nugget/Landry’s empire and serve as the Chairman, President and CEO of the Company. Mr. Fertitta will also be the Company’s largest shareholder with an approximately 60% interest in the Company and stock valued upon the closing of the transaction in excess of $2 billion dollars. No other changes to management are anticipated as the existing Golden Nugget/Landry’s management team will continue to lead the Company. In addition, the transaction will include voting control and ownership by the Company of approximately 31 million shares or nearly half of all outstanding shares in Golden Nugget Online Gaming, Inc.

According to Tilman Fertitta, “I look forward to returning my Company to the public marketplace. After taking the Company private in 2010, we accomplished a lot. However, in today’s opportunistic world, I determined that in order to maximize the opportunities in the gaming, entertainment and hospitality sectors, it was preferable to take my Company public. We first began to explore going public in 2019, as we saw tremendous M & A deals hitting the market. However, the pandemic set these efforts back. FAST provided us with the perfect merger vehicle to allow us to take control of an already existing public company. FAST’s capital along with the equity investment from institutional shareholders will strengthen our balance sheet and allow us to pursue our acquisition strategy.”

Fertitta added, “After I compared the opportunities provided by a transaction with FAST, versus the traditional IPO route, it became abundantly clear that we could access the capital markets with more certainty and speed if we did a deal with FAST. Working with Doug and Sandy has been a pleasure, and I truly appreciate their time and contribution to this process. At the end of the day, the decision to do a deal with FAST was a no-brainer.”

“The hospitality industry is experiencing the greatest disruption of our lifetimes and Tilman and his team have remained the premiere gaming and restaurant operators in the country,” said Doug Jacob. “We believe this diverse portfolio made up of full-service dining and entertainment concepts combined with pent-up consumer demand, will find continued success as a public company.”

Sandy Beall added: “We are excited and honored to participate with Tilman and help to sponsor his Company’s return to being a public company.”

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