Sun International turns attention to South African casinos with new $765m acquisition

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VENTURES AFRICA – JSE-listed operator, Sun International, is set to acquire 100 percent of Peermont Group, the privately-owned hotel and casino operator, for R9.4 billion ($765 million).

The proposed transaction is in keeping with Sun International’s plans of enhancing and leveraging its asset base and to search for growth opportunities.

The acquisition will increase Sun International’s gaming revenue because Peermont owns Emperors Palace which is based in Gauteng, South Africa’s biggest gaming spot.

Sun International has decided to pay more attention to casino and gaming, moving away from operating hotels. It also wants to focus Asia and South America market where casino and gaming are quite big.

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Peermont was launched in 1995 the name Global Resorts. It was later renamed Peermont Global in 2003 and listed on the Johannesburg bourse in 2004.

Peermont then delisted from the Johannesburg bourse in 2007 after a equity-led buyout by a consortium led by the Mineworkers Investment Company (MIC).

During April 2014, the Peermont Group finished the reformation of its debt and equity to make for a more long-lasting financial structure.

Peermont operates a number of gaming and hospitality businesses in South Africa and Botswana. It owns nine casino resorts, including its star performer, Emperors Palace casino resort, three stand-alone hotels and stand-alone casino.