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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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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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Paddy Power and Betfair agree merger in principle

Paddy Power and Betfair have announced plans for a sensational merger. The betting exchange and the bookmakers have reached an agreement in principle on the key terms of a possible merger of Paddy Power and Betfair to create Paddy Power Betfair plc. The firms said that the possible merger would create one of the world’s largest public online betting and …

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888 takes lead in the battle for £898.3m bwin.party

888 Holdings has trumped rival bidder GVC Holdings by agreeing a deal to buy fellow operator bwin.party for £898.3m. The deal was announced to the stock market this morning. It’s a huge achievement for the casino operator, given that before the announcement 888 had a market capitalisation of approximately £570.8m. 888 believes that the deal will provide significantly enhanced scale, …

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William Hill on the prowl with 888 the prey

Online casino operator 888 has seen its share price jump by 18% after it revealed that William Hill has been considering making a move for the company. Shares in 888 rose 26.5 pence to 171.5 pence at the close of trading in London, valuing the company at about £608m. In a regulatory announcement, 888 told the stock market: “The Board …

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Bwin to sell its social business at a €7m loss

Bwin.Party is close to selling its social gaming business and is in continuing merger talks with other parties. In a pre-close trading update, the firm revealed that it is in ‘active discussions’ regarding the sale of Win, the group’s social gaming business, and that it expects to make a further announcement shortly. The company had announced a huge expansion into …

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