Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. 8-K 2013
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 18, 2013
PINNACLE ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Registrants Telephone Number, including area code: (702) 541-7777
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
On December 21, 2012, Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc., a Delaware corporation (Pinnacle), filed a Current Report on Form 8-K announcing that it had entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the Merger Agreement), dated December 20, 2012, to acquire Ameristar Casinos, Inc. (Ameristar). Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, Pinnacle agreed to acquire Ameristar, in an all cash transaction valued at $2.8 billion, including debt to be assumed in the transaction (the Merger). In connection with the Merger, Ameristar commenced a consent solicitation on March 18, 2013 which seeks the consent from holders of its outstanding 7.50% Senior Notes due 2021 (the Notes) to approve the waivers of and amendments to certain provisions of the indenture governing the Notes. A copy of the Consent Solicitation Statement is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
The information in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1, is being furnished and shall not be deemed to be filed for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. The information furnished in this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, whether made before or after the date hereof, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.
Important Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This Current Report on Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on Pinnacles current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. These forward-looking statements include, among others, statements regarding the Merger, are subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements made herein. These risks and uncertainties include (a) the timing to consummate the transaction between Pinnacle and Ameristar; (b) the ability and timing to obtain required regulatory approvals (including approval from gaming regulators) and satisfy or waive other closing conditions; (c) the ability to obtain the approval of Ameristars stockholders; (d) the possibility that the merger does not close when expected or at all; or that the companies may be required to modify aspects of the merger to achieve regulatory approval; (e) Pinnacles ability to realize the synergies contemplated by a potential transaction; (f) Pinnacles ability to promptly and effectively integrate the business of Pinnacle and Ameristar; (g) the requirement to satisfy closing conditions to the merger as set forth in the merger agreement, including expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976; (h) uncertainties in the global economy and credit markets and its potential impact on Pinnacles ability to finance the transaction; (i) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted in connection with the transaction; (j) the ability to retain certain key employees of Ameristar; (k) that there may be a material adverse change of Pinnacle or Ameristar, or the respective businesses of Pinnacle or Ameristar may suffer as a result of uncertainty surrounding the transaction; (l) Pinnacles ability to fund the transaction; and (m) the risk factors disclosed in Pinnacles most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, which Pinnacle filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 1, 2013 and in all reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Pinnacle subsequent to the filing of its Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012. Forward-looking statements reflect Pinnacles managements analysis as of the date of this report. Pinnacle does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments, except as required under the federal securities laws. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any of these forward-looking statements.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
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