Share of the 7 days: Betting firm Entain is approached for US takeover

ENTAIN helps make its cash from gambling – but now it is the company’s board who are getting requested to consider a punt on a £16bn takeover offer.

The betting giant – which owns the Ladbrokes and Coral makes, as very well as a swathe of on line video games names this kind of as Gala Bingo – unveiled final month that it experienced obtained two strategies from US rival Draftkings, the latter pricing Entain’s shares at 2800p apiece.

Shareholders will be viewing Entain’s most up-to-date buying and selling update on Tuesday for any sign of what the firm plans to do. It turned down Draftkings’ original 2500p offer you, and in its hottest announcement in September claimed it was ‘carefully considering’ the higher bid.

But Entain has yet to clearly show its hand, with the board simply just indicating that it ‘strongly believes in the future prospective buyers of the company’. When the business releases its 3rd-quarter update next week, shareholders will be viewing intently to see if people prospective buyers are coming to fruition.

Nicholas Hyett, an fairness analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, claimed: ‘Signs of solid progress will be welcome and could possibly encourage administration to switch down the offer on the grounds that it undervalues the business enterprise. The US joint undertaking with MGM in particular will be in the highlight, because it is probably the gem that originally intrigued Draftkings in the business enterprise. The division reported web gaming revenues of $357m in the initial 6 months of the yr and, all staying effectively, need to do even better in the second half.’

Meanwhile, Entain has not determined irrespective of whether to hand again furlough cash it claimed during the pandemic.