January 28, 2021
New York, NY and Las Vegas, NV (January 28, 2021) – EFA Partners, a boutique financial advisory firm that provides financial services for companies in the entertainment and leisure industries, today announced that it has been retained by PDS Gaming, a worldwide provider of equipment and financial solutions for the gaming industry, to source new financing opportunities with companies in the gaming sector. EFA Partners’ focus will be to expand PDS Gaming’s presence in the eastern U.S. and to provide creative financing solutions tailored to meet the needs of casino operators and other companies related to the gaming industry.
EFA’s principals have over 75 years of collective experience in providing financing solutions for leisure companies. Prior to forming EFA in 2009, they founded and led GE Capital’s entertainment finance platform in 2004 where they arranged over $3 billion of financing including over $500 million with many casino operators and transactions with PDS Gaming.
“We are very familiar with PDS from our past experience with the company and are delighted to have the opportunity to expand their platform,” said Ralph Willis, Managing Partner and a founding principal of EFA Partners. “Given our strong presence in the leisure sector and our background in the gaming sector, working with PDS is a natural extension of our expertise and relationships.”
PDS is one of the leading providers of customized financing of gaming equipment and services in the U.S. and abroad with a 32-year operating history and gaming licenses in over 40 jurisdictions. PDS offers a full suite of financing solutions to its customers, which include hotels, resort and casino operators, route operators, manufacturers, and distributors.
“We’ve known the EFA team for many years and are excited to have them expand our East Coast presence,” said Bob Woods, Chief Executive Officer of PDS Gaming. “They have an extensive background working closely with leisure companies to gain an understanding of their financial needs which will lead to PDS offering creative, tailored financing solutions.”
About EFA Partners
Founded in 2009 with offices in New York and Atlanta, EFA Partners is a boutique financial advisory firm that is focused on arranging capital, mergers and acquisitions, and financial consulting services for entertainment and leisure companies. Since its inception, EFA has been retained by over 160 clients and has arranged over $1.4 billion of capital while also advising on over $3 billion of additional financings.
About PDS Gaming
Founded in Minneapolis in 1988, PDS Gaming traces its roots to early days of vehicle lease portfolio acquisition and equipment leasing. In the early 1990's PDS transformed itself into one of the leading providers of innovative financing solutions and a lessor of slot machine equipment to the gaming industry. Headquartered in Las Vegas, PDS has deployed nearly $1.3 billion in capital. With a current roster of over 300 customers and clients, PDS has, over the years, operated in 81 regulated jurisdictions, 26 U.S. States and 15 countries.