Gaming software firm Playtech still in takeover talks with TTB

‘The council of snails’: Gaming software firm Playtech STILL in takeover talks with TTB after almost 4 months

  • Playtech has now been locked in talks with Hong Kong based mostly TTB for 15 weeks
  • But TTB now has till the 17 June to make a proposal or stroll away
  • Playtech shares jumped 9% to 550p in morning buying and selling on Friday 

Takeover talks between Playtech and its shareholder TTB Partners are still ongoing after almost 4 months, the gaming software firm stated on Friday.

The London-listed company, which in February rejected a £2.1billion provide by Australia’s Aristocrat Leisure, has acquired curiosity from a number of companies.

Playtech has now been locked in talks with Hong Kong based mostly TTB for 15 weeks, however has reassured traders that discussions ‘are ongoing’ and ‘progress continues to be made’. 

Takeover talks: But Playtech said other options were also still on the table

Takeover talks: But Playtech stated different choices have been additionally still on the desk

A ‘put up or shut up’ deadline has now been introduced, nonetheless, with TTB given till 17 June to make a proposal or stroll away. 

Gopher Investments is Playtech’s second largest shareholder, of which TTB is an affiliate. 

‘There continues to be no certainty that a proposal will probably be made, or the phrases on which any provide could also be made,’ the firm stated. 

‘The Independent Committee is aware that TTB has been contemplating a potential provide for Playtech for 15 weeks.’

Playtech shares jumped 8.9 per cent to 550p in morning buying and selling on Friday.  

Analysts at Peel Hunt stated talks between the businesses have been progressing on the tempo of a ‘council of snails’, however remained credible.

‘After 15 weeks it’s laborious to think about the tempo of that progress, however maybe risky markets are the trigger,’ they stated.

‘However, we imagine that Playtech’s CEO continues to be concerned with the bidding consortium (absent any assertion immediately on the contrary) and this provides some credibility to the likelihood {that a} bid at an appropriate degree could but emerge.’

Options aside from a takeover are still on the desk, with the company saying that the impartial board committee was persevering with to ‘discover choices for maximising shareholder worth’.

Peel Hunt analysts imagine these might embody the sale of particular person elements of the business.

‘Entain would appear to be a reasonably apparent purchaser for the Italian B2C business, maybe with a know-how contract or quasi-equity curiosity retained by Playtech,’ they stated.

‘The TTB consortium could possibly be a purchaser for the Asia-facing business, leaving core Playtech as a uncommon B2B know-how supplier of scale ripping up the highway in Latin America in explicit, and with a transaction to extract extra worth from its pursuits in Mexico still on the playing cards.’

It comes as Playtech reiterated that its robust efficiency has continued via April and into May.


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