Retail

Sampedro Investor dispute continues to hurt Codere

The battle between Grupo Codere investors and the enterprise founding Sampedro family intensifies as former Group President and Chief Executive Jose Antonio Sampedro refuses to sign-off the firm’s 2018 accounts. The embattled Bolsa Madrid gambling group, sees itself caught in the middle of boardroom feud between the Sampedro family who maintain 19% of the company’s shareholding and Codere’s multiple US …

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Paddy Power Betfair looks to rename to reflect growing brand portfolio

Bookmaker group Paddy Power Betfair has released a proposition to rebrand the group as Flutter Entertainments in a bid to reflect the group’s growing brand portfolio. In a release of the group’s preliminary full-year 2018 results, the group outlined that its recent merger and acquisition drive meant that a rebrand would be essential in order to represent its global range. …

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Morena Mexico propositions returning gambling back to the government

Ministers of Mexico’s ‘Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (Morena)’ social democratic party have pushed forward a proposition mandate, seeking to revamp Mexican gambling laws. Morena forms part of Mexico’s social reform coalition government, sharing its legislative agenda with the PT Labour Party. Issuing a public communique, Morena has propositioned that Mexican gambling laws be withdrawn from state assemblies, with full regulatory authority transferred …

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Scientific Games pursues further $1 billion debt note

Issuing a market update, Nasdaq-listed industry technology group Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) has announced that it will move to offer (subject to market conditions) $1.1 billion in senior unsecured debt notes. SGC’s latest debt transaction will be offered to private investors through wholly owned subsidiary Scientific Games International, with the technology group detailing that the unsecured debt notes will be …

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Golden Race launches new Live Keno TV channel for Africa

The new Live Keno TV satellite channel from Golden Race is now exclusively live for the African gambling market, having replaced the firm’s existing Dog Race/Keno satellite solution. The channel is a betting solution, specially designed for African countries with limited internet connection, which airs the popular Live Keno Deluxe lottery game from Golden Race’s certified and licensed professional studio …

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Brexit upheaval sees GVC shift focus to Ireland and Malta

With negotiations between the UK and the European Union (EU) still ongoing, and only 24 days until the formal departure date, GVC Holdings (GVC) has released its Brexit contingency plans which will see the online gambling company alter its operational strategy. No deal has yet been reached between the UK and the EU, and so it is difficult to say what …

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Barry Cottle – SGC significantly advances its Euro profile with IDDAA Turkey win

As anticipated Nasdaq gambling technology group Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) has announced a major supplier win, confirming that it will takeover the management of the Turkish IDDAA sports betting concession, in partnership with Turkish media conglomerate Demirören Holdings. Servicing 5,300 Turkish retail betting points, SGC and Demirören have established new joint-venture ‘Şans Girişim’, the company which will operate the ten-year …

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Intralot confirms departure of Antonios Kerastaris as Group CEO

Issuing a short market statement, Athens-listed gambling/lottery technology group Intralot SA has confirmed the resignation of Antonios Kerastaris as Group Chief Executive and a member of the firm’s board. Updating investors, Intralot governance confirms that current Executive Chairman and enterprise founder Sokratis Kokkalis will re-take leadership of the firm’s day-to-day operations as Group CEO. Kerastaris ends his five-year tenure as …

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Intralot in need of Turkish rethink following loss of Sportoto concession

Greek business news sources have reported that Athens-listed Intralot SPA has lost its tender to continue servicing betting monopoly IDDAA. Issuing a market filing this morning, Turkish telecoms giant Turkcell, Intralot’s joint venture partner for IDDAA operations, confirmed that Turkey’s Sportoto Organisation had awarded its monopoly betting license to ’Sans Girisim’ – a joint venture formed by Nasdaq-listed Scientific Games …

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William Hill closes year of tough calls recording £700m losses

Changing UK gambling dynamics see FTSE250 bookmaker William Hill Plc report operating losses of £721 million, closing its full-year 2018 accounts. In its end-of-year statement, the betting group accounts for combined exceptional costs totalling £922 million. These include the ‘one-off’ £880 million retail impairment charge, confirmed during Q3 2018 trading, following the UK government’s ‘Triennial Review’ judgement lowering FOBTs stakes to a …

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