Revised Proxy Soliciting Materials (definitive) (defr14a)

Date : 11/08/2019 @ 2:19PM
Source : Edgar (US Regulatory)
Stock : Empire Resorts Inc (NYNY)
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Revised Proxy Soliciting Materials (definitive) (defr14a)

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, DC 20549

SCHEDULE 14A

Proxy Statement Pursuant to Section 14(a) of

The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

(Amendment No. 1)

Filed by the Registrant ☒                

Filed by a Party other than the Registrant ☐

Check the appropriate box:

 

   Preliminary Proxy Statement
   Confidential, for Use of the Commission Only (as permitted by Rule 14a-6(e)(2))
   Definitive Proxy Statement
   Definitive Additional Materials
   Soliciting Material Pursuant to § 240.14a-12

EMPIRE RESORTS, INC.

(Name of Registrant as Specified In Its Charter)

 

(Name of Person(s) Filing Proxy Statement, if other than the Registrant)

Payment of Filing Fee (Check the appropriate box):

 

  No fee required.
  Fee computed on table below per Exchange Act Rules 14(a)-6(i)(1) and 0-11.
  (1)  

Title of each class of securities to which transaction applies:

 

Common stock, par value $0.01 per share, of Empire Resorts, Inc. (“Common Stock”)

Series B Preferred Stock, par value, $0.01 per share, of Empire Resorts, Inc. (“Series B Preferred Stock”)

  (2)  

Aggregate number of securities to which transaction applies:

 

5,945,634 shares of Common Stock (including 406,000 shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to a corresponding number of restricted stock units and 18,750 shares of restricted Common Stock) and 2,390 shares of Common Stock underlying 44,258 shares of Series B Preferred Stock.

  (3)  

Per unit price or other underlying value of transaction computed pursuant to Exchange Act Rule 0-11 (set forth the amount on which the filing fee is calculated and state how it was determined):

 

The proposed maximum aggregate value of transaction for purposes of calculating the filing fee is $57,933,753.76. The maximum aggregate value of the transaction was calculated based upon (i) (A) 5,945,634 shares of Common Stock (including 406,000 shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to a corresponding number of restricted stock units and 18,750 shares of restricted Common Stock) issued and outstanding plus (B) 2,390 shares of Common Stock issuable upon conversion of 44,258 shares of Series B Preferred Stock issued and outstanding, multiplied by (ii) $9.74. The filing fee equals the product of 0.0001212 multiplied by the maximum aggregate value of the transaction.

  (4)  

Proposed maximum aggregate value of transaction:

 

$57,933,753.76

  (5)  

Total fee paid:

 

$7,021.57

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EXPLANATORY NOTE

This Amendment No. 1 to the definitive proxy statement (the “Proxy Statement”) of Empire Resorts, Inc. (the “Company”) supplements and amends only those items of the Proxy Statement, which was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on October 11, 2019, contained herein. All other items of the Proxy Statement are incorporated herein by reference without changes. This Amendment No. 1 to the Proxy Statement should be read in conjunction with the Proxy Statement.


Litigation Relating to the Merger

As previously disclosed, on August 18, 2019, the Company entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”), by and among Hercules Topco LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“Parent”), Hercules Merger Subsidiary Inc., a Delaware corporation and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent (“Merger Sub”), and the Company. Parent and Merger Sub are affiliates of Kien Huat Realty III Limited (“Kien Huat”) and Genting Malaysia Berhard (“GenM”). Kien Huat, GenM and their respective affiliates are currently the holders of approximately 86% of the voting power of the Company’s outstanding capital stock. The Merger Agreement provides for, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, the merger of Merger Sub with and into the Company, with the Company surviving as a subsidiary of Parent (the “Merger”).

On October 8, 2019 and October 28, 2019, respectively, two putative class action complaints challenging the Merger were filed in New York State Supreme Court, Sullivan County. The first Sullivan County case is captioned David Mullen v. Empire Resorts, Inc. et al., Index No. E2019-2085 (the “Mullen State Court Litigation”). The second Sullivan County case is captioned Julie Milano v. Empire Resorts, Inc. et al., Index No. E2019-2207 (the “Milano Litigation,” and, collectively with the Mullen State Court Litigation, the “Sullivan County Litigations”). The Sullivan County Litigations allege that the members of the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) breached their fiduciary duties in connection with the negotiation and approval of the Merger Agreement, as well as in authorizing the disclosures made in the Company’s preliminary proxy statement filed with the SEC on September 24, 2019 (the “Preliminary Proxy”). The Sullivan County Litigations further allege that each of the Company, Parent, Merger Sub, Kien Huat, and GenM aided and abetted the Board’s alleged breaches of fiduciary duty. On October 28, 2019, the plaintiff in the Mullen State Court Litigation voluntarily dismissed the Mullen State Court Litigation.

On October 15, 2019, October 18, 2019 and October 29, 2019, respectively, three federal complaints challenging the Merger were filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The Delaware federal case is captioned Adam Franchi v. Empire Resorts, Inc. et al., Case No. 1:19-cv-01947-RGA (the “Franchi Litigation”) and the two New York federal cases are captioned David Mullen v. Empire Resorts, Inc. et al., Case No. 1:19-cv-09632-LAK (the “Mullen Federal Litigation”) and Harold Litwin v. Empire Resorts, Inc. et al., Case No. 1:19-cv-10026 (the “Litwin Litigation,” and, collectively with the Franchi Litigation, the Milano Litigation, and the Mullen Federal Litigation, the “Merger Litigations”). In the Franchi Litigation, Mullen Federal Litigation, and Litwin Litigation, each plaintiff asserts claims against the Company and certain members of the Board under Section 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) and Rule 14a-9 promulgated thereunder, as well as Section 20(a) of the Exchange Act. Each plaintiff alleges that the Company’s Proxy Statement was misleading and omitted certain information with respect to the Merger.

Each of the Merger Litigations seeks, among other things, to enjoin the Merger and recover damages, as well as an award of the plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees and costs of the litigation.

The defendants deny all such allegations and believe the Merger Litigations are without merit. Furthermore, the defendants believe that the disclosures in the Preliminary Proxy and the Proxy Statement are adequate under the law. However, to alleviate the costs, risks and uncertainties inherent in litigation and provide additional information to its stockholders, the Company has determined to voluntarily supplement the Proxy Statement as described herein. Nothing in this Amendment No. 1 to the Proxy Statement shall be deemed an admission of the legal necessity or materiality under applicable laws of any of the disclosures set forth herein. To the contrary, the Company specifically denies all allegations in the Merger Litigations that any additional disclosure was or is required. These supplemental disclosures will not affect the merger consideration to be paid to the Company’s stockholders in connection with the Merger or the timing of the special meeting of the Company’s stockholders scheduled for 9:00 a.m., Eastern Time, on November 13, 2019 at the offices of Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP, 1345 Avenue of the Americas, 11th Floor, New York, New York 10105.

Supplemental Disclosures

The following disclosures supplement the disclosures contained in the Proxy Statement and should be read in conjunction with the disclosures contained in the Proxy Statement, which should be read in its entirety. To the extent that the information set forth herein differs from or updates information contained in the Proxy Statement, the information set forth herein shall supersede or supplement the information in the Proxy Statement. All page references are to pages in the Proxy Statement, and terms used below, unless otherwise defined, have the meanings set forth in the Proxy Statement.

The carryover paragraph from pages 20 to 21 of the Proxy Statement is hereby amended by inserting the following new sentence immediately prior to the second-to-last sentence thereof:

At that time, Gregg Polle served as a director of the Company and as a Managing Director of Moelis. As previously disclosed in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on August 9, 2019, Mr. Polle refrained from participating in discussion of, and had abstained from voting on, whether to engage Moelis.


The carryover paragraph from pages 22 to 23 of the Proxy Statement is hereby amended by inserting the following new sentence at the end thereof:

In addition, as previously disclosed in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on August 9, 2019, Mr. Polle refrained from participating in discussion of, and had abstained from voting on, the Special Committee’s determination to engage Moelis.

The carryover paragraph from pages 32 to 33 of the Proxy Statement is hereby amended by inserting the following new sentence immediately after the third sentence thereof:

At no point prior to the execution and delivery of the Merger Agreement on August 18, 2019 did Party A convey to the Company or its advisors a proposal to provide liquidity to address the Company’s liquidity needs or related capital risks discussed in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on August 9, 2019.

The second-to-last sentence of the carryover paragraph from pages 35 to 36 of the Proxy Statement is hereby amended and restated to provide in its entirety as follows:

Ultimately, however, neither of these potential financing sources proposed any transactions with the Company other than supplemental financing to or replacement financing of a portion of the Company’s outstanding indebtedness.

The carryover paragraph from pages 35 to 36 of the Proxy Statement is hereby amended by inserting the following new sentence at the end thereof:

None of the 19 potential bidders contacted by Moelis, Party A or the other potential financing source mentioned in this paragraph entered into a confidentiality agreement with the Company or otherwise is bound by any agreement with the Company restricting its ability to make a takeover proposal.


The tables (inclusive of the footnotes thereto) on pages 45 to 46 of the Proxy Statement are hereby amended and restated to provide in their entirety as follows:    

Empire Resorts Inc.

Long Term Financial Model

without Online Sportsbetting

($000’s)

 

     Forecast
2019
    Forecast
2020
    Forecast
2021
    Forecast
2022
    Forecast
2023
    Forecast
2024
 

Statement of Operations

            

Revenues:

            

Gaming

   $ 208,442     $ 241,321     $ 254,362     $ 265,779     $ 275,298     $ 280,804  

Racing

   $ 5,212     $ 5,316     $ 5,422     $ 5,531     $ 5,641     $ 5,754  

Food & Beverage

   $ 31,874     $ 35,622     $ 37,403     $ 38,899     $ 40,066     $ 40,867  

Room

   $ 13,981     $ 15,949     $ 16,746     $ 17,416     $ 17,939     $ 18,298  

Other

   $ 8,153     $ 8,968     $ 9,685     $ 10,073     $ 10,375     $ 10,582  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross Revenue

   $ 267,661     $ 307,176     $ 323,619     $ 337,698     $ 349,319     $ 356,306  

Less: Promotional allowances

   ($ 30,124   ($ 33,878   ($ 35,572   ($ 36,995   ($ 38,105   ($ 38,867
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net Revenue (a)

   $ 237,538     $ 273,297     $ 288,046     $ 300,702     $ 311,214     $ 317,439  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Operating costs and expenses

   $ 249,499     $ 260,798     $ 273,457     $ 284,070     $ 292,782     $ 298,678  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net Income / Earnings

   ($ 125,151   ($ 96,801   ($ 94,670   ($ 92,526   ($ 68,816   ($ 66,809
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA (per Credit Agreement) (b)

   ($ 11,961   $ 12,499     $ 14,589     $ 16,632     $ 18,432     $ 18,760  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Unlevered Free Cash Flows (c)

   ($ 24,903   ($ 2,891   $ 3,849     $ 5,892     $ 7,692     $ 8,020  

Projections inclusive of online sports gambling beginning in 2021:

Empire Resorts Inc.

Long Term Financial Model with

Online Sportsbetting ($000’s)

     Forecast
2019
    Forecast
2020
    Forecast
2021
    Forecast
2022
    Forecast
2023
    Forecast
2024
 

Statement of Operations

            

Revenues:

            

Gaming

   $ 208,442     $ 241,321     $ 254,862     $ 280,779     $ 301,298     $ 320,804  

Racing

   $ 5,212     $ 5,316     $ 5,422     $ 5,531     $ 5,641     $ 5,754  

Food & Beverage

   $ 31,874     $ 35,622     $ 37,403     $ 38,899     $ 40,066     $ 40,867  

Room

   $ 13,981     $ 15,949     $ 16,746     $ 17,416     $ 17,939     $ 18,298  

Other

   $ 8,153     $ 8,968     $ 9,685     $ 10,073     $ 10,375     $ 10,582  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross Revenue

   $ 267,661     $ 307,176     $ 324,119     $ 352,698     $ 375,319     $ 396,306  

Less: Promotional allowances

   ($ 30,124   ($ 33,878   ($ 35,572   ($ 36,995   ($ 38,105   ($ 38,867
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net Revenue (a)

   $ 237,538     $ 273,297     $ 288,546     $ 315,702     $ 337,214     $ 357,439  
  

 

 

     

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Operating costs and expenses

   $ 249,499     $ 260,798     $ 273,457     $ 284,070     $ 292,782     $ 298,678  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net Income / Earnings

   ($ 125,151   ($ 96,801   ($ 94,170   ($ 77,526   ($ 42,816   ($ 26,809
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA (per Credit Agreement) (b)

   ($ 11,961   $ 12,499     $ 15,089     $ 31,632     $ 44,432     $ 58,760  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Unlevered Free Cash Flows (c)

   ($ 24,903   ($ 2,891   $ 4,349     $ 20,892     $ 30,652     $ 41,139  

 

(a)

Net revenues include gaming revenue, which is the aggregate of gaming wins and losses, as well as revenues from racing, food and beverage, rooms and other revenues less complimentary items provided to our patrons. The Company uses gaming revenues and net revenues as a measure of the Company’s ability to attract and retain its patrons and to measure the effectiveness of its marketing programs.

 

(b)

Adjusted EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) is a non-GAAP measurement. EBITDA is calculated using net income and adding back income tax provisions, amortization of financing related fees and expenses, interest expense, amortization of capitalized interest, and depreciation and amortization expense and reducing it by interest income. EBITDA is the primary tool used by management to measure the Company’s operating results to meet its debt service, capital expenditure requirements and working capital requirements.


(c)

Unlevered free cash flows is a non-GAAP measurement. Unlevered free cash flows, as presented above, is defined as Adjusted EBITDA, less cash taxes, less changes in net working capital, less capital expenditures.

The first paragraph on page 46 of the Proxy Statement is hereby amended and restated to provide in its entirety as follows:

The summary financial projections excluded any impacts associated with the positive effect of a potential VLT facility in Orange County due to the inherent uncertainty of any such facility’s future operations, including due to the facts that no site for the facility had yet been approved by applicable county or local authorities, that no terms for the required mitigation agreement between the Company and the VLT facility operating at the Yonkers racetrack had yet been agreed to or approved by applicable gaming authorities and that various other necessary regulatory approvals had not yet been obtained. In addition, the summary financial projections exclude any impacts associated with the negative effect of any prospective opening of potential casino(s) in downstate New York and any impact of a potential management contract with Resorts World Casino New York City.

The carryover paragraph from page 49 to 50 of the Proxy Statement is hereby amended by inserting the following new sentences immediately before the last sentence thereof:

The public companies referred to in clause (i) of the immediately preceding sentence were the same companies referred to in the selected public companies analysis described below. In performing its DCF analysis of the Company, Moelis also selected a range of terminal multiples after considering the Enterprise Values as a multiple of estimated EBITDA(R) for calendar year 2020 of the companies referred to in the selected public companies analysis described below. Moelis believed a terminal multiple range consistent with 2020 estimated EBITDA(R) multiples was appropriate in the terminal year due to relatively minimal growth in existing markets. Based on the Company Forecasts, Moelis’ selected ranges of discount rates and terminal multiples implied perpetuity growth rates of 3.6% to 6.1% in the case of Scenario A and (0.5%) to 2.8% in the case of Scenario B.

The second paragraph on page 53 of the Proxy Statement is hereby amended by inserting the following new sentence immediately after the third sentence thereof:    

In the two years prior to the date of Moelis’ opinion, Moelis had not been engaged by, and had not received any fees from, Kien Huat, GenM or their respective affiliates, other than the engagements by the Company just summarized.

The second paragraph on page 53 of the Proxy Statement is hereby further amended by inserting the following new sentence at the end thereof:    

However, Mr. Polle was not a member of the investment banking deal team at Moelis assigned to work on Moelis’ engagement by the Special Committee.

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