The Jamul Indian Village Development Corporation (JIVDC), owner and operator of Jamul Casino®, announced that it closed a loan with a syndicate of commercial banks led by Western Alliance Bank and Nevada State Bank. The other lenders associated with the refinance were Columbia Bank and CIT Bank.
“Western Alliance Bank is dedicated to finding the financial solutions required by tribal gaming entities, and many others in the casino gaming industry,” said Ashan Perera, Managing Director of the Gaming group for Western Alliance Bank. “The successful completion of this refinancing plan offers significant benefits to JIVDC, Jamul Casino, and the Tribe as well. We are exceedingly proud to be part of their continued success.”
JIVDC and Tribal Chairwoman Erica M. Pinto stated, “This refinance will allow us to position ourselves for long-term financial success. It is extraordinary that in a short three-year period since taking over management of the casino we have been able to transform operations and establish ourselves as one of East San Diego County’s top destinations for food, fun, gaming, and entertainment.”
This deal was initiated in 2019 but was sidetracked due to the pandemic. However, due to its ability to operate safely and successfully, Jamul Casino was able to attract lenders to this transaction. Other factors contributing to this result include:
Strategic location in well-populated area with favorable demographics
Modern casino with state-of-the-art amenities
Impressive player development growth with strong trends
Best in-class management team, led by President and General Manager, Mary Cheeks
“It’s very rewarding to see Jamul Casino’s success acknowledged by the financial market. We look forward to the years ahead with these highly regarded institutions,” said Mary Cheeks.
Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP (Procopio) provided legal counsel for the JIVDC and FSA Investment Group acted as the JIVDC’s financial advisor. Procopio is an AMLaw 200 full-service business and litigation law firm, and FSA Investment Group is a financial advisory and investment firm.