Playtech warns it might sell all or part of its TradeTech unit

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Online gaming and financial trading giant Playtech PLC (LON:PTEC) has released a trading update last Friday, warning its full-year earnings will not meet analysts’ expectations. The company added that it may try to sell its underperforming spread-betting unit.

According to Playtech’s latest update, the company is reviewing options for its Casual and Social Gaming business including a possible sale of all or part of this unit.

Playtech also shared that the trading conditions in its TradeTech unit (which includes CFH, Alpha, have been highly challenging during September and October and the company expects the division’s results for 2019 to be well below management’s expectations. Playtech is evaluating all options for the business.

Financial betting companies have been experiencing difficulties following EU watchdog’s ESMA measures on CFDsIG Group and Plus500 have already released significant drops in profits this year. 

Playtech’s shares fell 3% on Friday to 400p. According to the group, TradeTech makes more than 70% of its revenues in Europe. Playtech added that Tradetech was a “high-quality business” that would benefit from being larger scale than it was.

LeapRate reminds that activist investor Jason Ader criticised CEO Mor Weizer’s pay earlier this year.

Ader made a presentation to the activist hedge funds forum Sohn Investment Conference IN London, urging the group to dispose of assets including TradeTech, suggesting that Playtech was the perfect candidate for a leveraged buyout. According to Ader, an initial equity investment in Playtech of €715m could increase to more than €4bn in the next five years.

Playtech also announced that it had teamed up with the Colombia gambling company Wplay, extending its reach in Latin America.

In the period from July 1 to October 31, gambling revenues from Playtech’s business-to-business operations in regulated countries were up 12%. The results at Snaitech, the Italian gaming business Playtech bought last year, continued to be “very strong”.

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