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Major merger off after William Hill refuses to play ball with 888 and Rank

888 Holdings Plc and The Rank Group Plc are withdrawing their proposal for a three way merger with William Hill, citing an inability to ‘meaningfully engage’ with the bookmaker’s board on the issue. 888 CEO Itai Frieberger said: “We are disappointed that the board of William Hill did not share our vision of the combined businesses. We believe that there …

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William Hill rejects ‘risky’ Rank-888 consortium bid

The board of William Hill Plc has moved to reject the £3.3 billion takeover bid proposed by the strategic consortium of Rank Group and 888 Holdings. Quick to reject Rank and 888’s offer which was formally issued this afternoon, William Hill governance stated that the proposed deal ‘substantially undervalued’ its corporate enterprise, choosing not to forward the bid to its …

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William Hill governance questions ‘superior value’ of a Rank & 888 consortium bid

Updating the market this morning, William Hill governance has stated that it will ‘listen to and consider’ any formal takeover offer put forward by the Rank Group and 888 Holdings consortium. At present, William Hill governance has confirmed that it has received ‘a highly preliminary approach from 888 and Rank’, regarding a potential three-way merger. The operator has further informed …

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Rank & 888 merger targets £3 billion William Hill takeover

The Sunday Times has reported that the governances of Rank Group and 888 Holdings have entered ‘relatively advanced’ negotiations to form a £2 billion merger. Rank and 888 governances are expected to issue market updates on Monday outlining merger discussions, as the UK gambling industry sees further consolidation. As yet, little is known of how the merger transaction will be …

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Itai Frieberger promoted to CEO at 888

Online gaming operator 888 has promoted Chief Operating Officer Itai Frieberger to the position of CEO, a move that has seen Executive Chairman Brian Mattingley move into a non-executive role with immediate effect. Frieberger has been Chief Operating Officer of 888 since 1 April 2011 and joined the Board on 13 May 2015. Mattingley commented: “We are delighted to announce the …

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888 shuts down Lucky Ace Poker brand

888 Holdings has confirmed the closure of online poker room Lucky Ace (www.luckyacepoker.com). The brand will be terminated by 28 December, with its existing player base migrated to 888’s main poker product 888poker.com. The defunct poker brand had been in service for eight years, primarily used by 888 to target the German market. In November 888 had halted new customer …

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November Wins as NYX Gaming gains Tier 1 partnerships

NYX Gaming boosts content coverage with tier 1 operator partnerships The month of November has seen Toronto Listed online gambling software and content supplier NYX Gaming announce tier 1 games partnerships with European operators Paddy Power, 888 and Mybet. NYX Gaming will extend its industry supplier profile, by sealing games content agreements with 888 and Paddy Power, which will see …

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888 reports strong momentum in sports betting

888 Holdings has seen like for like revenue increased by 9% to US$244.9m for the first half of the year, helped in a small part by a strong performance in its fledgling sports betting business. Adjusted EBITDA at the firm decreased by 17% to US$40.9m, but the firm has billed this as an impressive result given the introduction of UK …

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Revenues drop but EBITDA up for Bwin.party’s H1

Bwin.party CEO Norbert Teufelberger has not ruled out recommended a takeover offer from GVC Holdings, but wants the firm to work on its bid. Until then, the board is continuing to support 888 Holdings’ original bid. He commented: “We have been working with GVC and their advisors to try and help them resolve certain key aspects of their proposal, something …

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Analysts believe ‘Betty Power’ won’t be the last major merger deal

The markets have responded positively to today’s announcement by Paddy Power and Betfair that they are considering a merger. Betfair shares jumped 18%, while Paddy Power’s have increased by more than 15%. In contrast, the share prices of competitors William Hill and Ladbrokes have dropped on the news. Writing in the FT’s Lombard column, Jonathan Guthrie said that the merger …

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