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Clairvest To Invest In The Big M

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Published: January 20, 2012 3:07 pm ET

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On Friday, January 20, Clairvest Group Inc., Clairvest Equity Partners IV Limited Partnership and Clairvest Equity Partners IV-A Limited Partnership announced a combined US$20-million commitment to invest in New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC. The investment will be made by way of debt. Clairvest's portion of the commitment is US$5.4 million. The commitment also grants Clairvest and CEP IV warrants as well as future co-investment rights.

The Meadowlands Racetrack is North America's premier standardbred racetrack and is located in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Opened in 1976, the track hosts harness racing and is home of the Hambletonian, the preeminent race in the standardbred racing season.

Jeff Gural, chairman of New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC, said, "I look forward to working with Clairvest as we move forward with the new Meadowlands project. They have worked closely with me over the last few months and their expertise is important to our future success."

"The Clairvest team is thrilled by the future prospects of the Meadowlands. We are in a unique position to support the transformation of an iconic racetrack and we look forward to applying our expertise in the gaming space to help Meadowlands achieve its high operating potential," said Michael Wagman, managing director of Clairvest Group Inc.

"We are also proud to have a solid partner in this venture, whose involvement is very meaningful to the positive development of the track. Jeff Gural has been a successful horse breeder and owner/operator of two racinos in northern New York State. Jeff and his team have deep industry experience, devotion to the sport and unique vision for the racetrack. We could not have asked for a better partner."

Meadowlands will be Clairvest's 37th platform investment and the fifth investment by CEP IV. The Clairvest/CEP IV co-investment pool is capitalized at $467 million and focuses on equity investments in growth companies.

(Clairvest Group Inc.)


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