LAS VEGAS, Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SHFL entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select Market: SHFL) ("SHFL" or the "Company") announced today that a special meeting of its shareholders has been scheduled to, among other things, consider and vote on the proposal to approve and adopt the previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger by and among the Company, Bally Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: BYI), a Nevada corporation ("Bally"), and Manhattan Merger Corp., a Minnesota corporation and an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Bally ("Merger Sub"), providing for the merger of Merger Sub with and into SHFL, with SHFL surviving the merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of Bally. The special meeting will be held on November 19, 2013.
SHFL shareholders as of the close of business on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, the record date for the special meeting, will be entitled to notice of and to vote at the special meeting.
The merger, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2013, is subject to the approval of a majority of the outstanding shares of SHFL's common stock and the receipt of required gaming approvals, in addition to other customary closing conditions.
About SHFL entertainment, Inc.
SHFL entertainment, Inc. is a leading global gaming supplier committed to making gaming more fun for players and more profitable for operators through product innovation, and superior quality and service. The Company operates in legalized gaming markets across the globe and provides state-of-the-art, value-add products in five distinct categories: Utility products, which include automatic card shufflers and roulette chip sorters; Proprietary Table Games, which include live games, side bets and progressives; Electronic Table Systems, which include various e-Table game configurations; Electronic Gaming Machines, which include video slot machines; and newly introduced iGaming, which features online versions of SHFL entertainment's table games, social gaming, and mobile applications. The Company is included in the S&P SmallCap 600 Index. Information about the Company and its products can be found on the Internet at www.shfl.com, or on Facebook and Twitter.
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Additional Information and Where to Find It
SHFL has filed with the SEC on September 23, 2013 an amended preliminary proxy statement in connection with the proposed transaction with Bally. SHFL intends to file with the SEC a definitive proxy statement, which will be sent or given to the shareholders of SHFL and will contain important information about the proposed transaction and related matters. SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT CAREFULLY WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. The proxy statement and other relevant materials (when they become available), and any other documents filed by SHFL with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC's website, at www.sec.gov. The Company's shareholders will also be able to obtain, without charge, a copy of the proxy statement and other relevant documents (when available) by going to the Company's Investor Relations website page at http://ir.shfl.com or by contacting Investor Relations by mail to SHFL entertainment, Inc., Attn: Investor Relations, 6650 El Camino Road, Las Vegas, NV 89118, or by phone at (702) 897-7150.
Participants in Solicitation
The Company and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Company's shareholders with respect to the meeting of shareholders that will be held to consider the proposed merger. Information about the Company's directors and executive officers and their ownership of the Company's common stock is set forth in the proxy statement for the Company's 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on February 1, 2013. Additional information regarding these persons and their interests in the merger is included in the amended preliminary proxy statement filed with the SEC on September 23, 2013. You may obtain free copies of this document as described in the preceding paragraph.
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