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CIRSA stands by global portfolio despite €255 million loss

Grupo CIRSA, Spain’s largest gambling operator, has published its 2020 financial accounts, revealing group-wide operating losses of €255 million.  CIRSA, which is fully owned by US private equity fund Blackstone Group, cites that its financial performance had ‘rebounded’ during the second half of 2020 trading, as the company posted a better than anticipated full-year EBITDA of €126 million. Nevertheless, CIRSA …

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Hot pursuit is on for Tabcorp shake-up

The board of Tabcorp Holdings is reportedly reviewing a number of individual offers and options from companies looking to acquire its TAB wagering and media units. Grabbing yesterday’s business headlines, FTSE100 Entain Plc revealed its interest to acquire TAB units and merge the heritage betting brand with its active Australian market portfolio.  Despite its public announcement, Entain chose not to …

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CIRSA gains competition clearance on Sportium takeover

Spain’s Competition & Markets Authority (CNMC) will allow Grupo CIRSA to acquire bookmaker Sportium outright, permitting the Blackstone owned operator the right to purchase Ladbrokes 50% joint-venture shareholding. The CNMC had been forced to review CIRSA’s pending €70 million acquisition of Ladbrokes JV stake in Sportium, which would see CIRSA control Spain’s biggest wagering network made-up of 3,000 retail betting …

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CIRSA orders Catalan makeover to complete Giga Games acquisition

Following a review by Spain’s Competition & Markets Commission (CNMC), Grupo CIRSA has been ordered to restructure its Catalonian commercial presence in order to complete its acquisition of slot machine and arcade hall operator Giga Games. CNMC has ordered CIRSA governance to dispose of two of its Barcelona bingo halls, whilst further demanding that the Blackstone owned gambling group ‘terminate …

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Basque Kirol denies Blackstone takeover rumours

Basque Country operator Grupo Kirol operating firm of Kirolbet has moved to deny rumours that it will sell its flagship business to US private equity fund Blackstone Group. Yesterday afternoon, Spanish business news source El Confidencial reported that Blackstone had sanctioned a €100 million bid to acquire Kirolbet’s entire Basque Country gambling operations. The deal would see Blackstone expand its …

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Blackstone eyes ‘IPO on the horizon’ for CIRSA

A year following its €2 billion acquisition of Grupo CIRSA, US private equity fund Blackstone Group, is reported to be assessing ‘future options’ for the Spanish market gambling group. Spanish business news source Economia Digital, reports that Blackstone eyes an ‘IPO on the horizon’ for its CIRSA vehicle. Blackstone, which maintains one of gambling’s biggest investment portfolios, is reported to …

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CIRSA completes €390 million bond placement eyeing future investments

Spanish gambling firm Grupo CIRSA has confirmed that it has secured a €390 million bond placement with private investors. Issuing a market filing, CIRSA majority owned by US private equity firm Blackstone, confirms that 120 institutional investors have backed its bond arrangement, which maintains a 4.75% annual interest rate, with debt maturity triggered in 2025. In its update, CIRSA governance …

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SuperBet Romania secures £175 million Blackstone backing

US private equity fund Blackstone Group LLP continues to expand its European gambling investment portfolio, confirming that it has invested €175 million in Romania and CIS market bookmaker SuperBet. The transactions sees the US PE firm secure a minority stake in SuperBet, Romania’s largest sports betting operator, through its strategic vehicle ‘Blackstone Tactical Opportunities’. Founded in 2008 by industry investor …

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Blackstone continues Spanish affair acquiring Giga Games

Spanish Gambling firm Grupo CIRSA has confirmed that it has acquired slot machine distributor and gaming hall operator Giga Games, from Spanish private leisure and gambling fund Conei Corporacion. The transaction sees the Lao Hernandez family engage once more with US private equity group Blackstone, who last year acquired CIRSA from Spanish gambling tycoon Manuel Lao Hernandez for approximately €1.5 billion. …

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CIRSA states its intent on dominating ‘All Spanish Markets’ under Blackstone

Publishing its private accounts, Spanish gambling firm Grupo CIRSA has detailed solid corporate progress and growth, completing its first year under the ownership of US multi-national private equity firm Blackstone. The Spanish legacy gambling group records 2018 group revenues of €1.4 billion, combined with operating profits of €368 million, up 5% on its 2017 performance. Issuing a corporate statement, Joaquim …

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