Nevada gambling regulators approve Bally-SHFL deal
LAS VEGAS — Nevada gambling regulators signed off Thursday on a $1.3 billion buyout by Bally Technologies Inc. of a rival casino device company formerly known as ShuffleMaster.
The acquisition of SHFL Entertainment Inc. was approved during a joint meeting of the Nevada Gaming Control Board and Nevada Gaming Commission, commission executive Adriana Fralick said.
The deal was characterized as a friendly move after the boards of the two publicly traded companies approved it in July.
Bally Technologies President and CEO Ramesh Srinivasan cast it as a strategic expansion that would widen the range of products and services offered over a broader area including Australia and Asia.
SHFL Entertainment CEO Gavin Isaacs focused on the companies’ similar goals.
The deal needs federal regulatory approval, but Srinivasan told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he expects it will be finalized before the end of the year.
Bally promised to pay $23.25 per share and acquire $8 million in SHFL debt and $41 million in cash.
SHFL shareholders approved the deal Tuesday.
Both companies are based in Las Vegas.
Bally dates to 1932. It makes slot machines including reel-spinning and video slots, and casino management and accounting systems.
SHFL, founded in Minnesota in 1983, began with automatic card-shuffling devices and expanded into other casino systems.
SHFL stock traded Thursday at $23.19, up 3 cents.
Bally traded at $71.61, up $2.02 or 2.9 percent.