NEW YORK (AP) — Scientific Games plans to pay about $3.3 billion to buy Bally Technologies in a deal that would combine makers of gambling equipment ranging from slot machines to instant-win lottery games.
The electronic gambling machine maker said Friday that it will pay $83.30 for each share of Bally. That amounts to a 38 percent premium to Bally's closing price of $60.17 on Thursday.
The deal value totals $5.1 billion counting about $1.8 billion in Bally debt.
The companies expect the transaction to close early next year, but it still needs approval from Bally shareholders and antitrust and gambling regulators.
The boards of both companies have already approved it.
Bally Technologies Inc. was founded during the Great Depression and started as a pinball maker. It makes reel-spinning and video slots and casino management and accounting systems.
Scientific Games Corp. sells instant-win lottery games and sports betting technology. It said the deal also will add table products like automatic shufflers and proprietary table games to its portfolio.
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