Playtech nets £198 million from sale of its GVC shares

Online gaming and financial trading systems provider Playtech PLC (LON:PTEC) has announced that it has sold its entire stake in multinational sports betting and gaming group GVC Holdings PLC (LON:GVC), in a secondary share placement.

Playtech’s stake, representing approximately 3.4% of GVC’s issued share capital, was received by Playtech as a result of its previous holding in Ladbrokes Coral Group plc.

Via a placing conducted through Goodbody, UBS Limited and Shore Capital, Playtech has sold its entire holding of 19.6 million ordinary shares in GVC at a price of 1010 pence per ordinary share, for a grand total before broker commissions of £198 million (USD $266 million).

The proceeds from the GVC share sale will be used for general corporate purposes which may include M&A or to reduce the amount of debt to be raised as part of the acquisition of Snaitech.

The placing is expected to settle on a T+2 basis, on June 11, 2018. Following completion of the placing, Playtech said that it will no longer hold any interest in GVC’s ordinary shares.

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