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Malta – Betsson buys RaceBets

By - 12 December 2016

Betsson has bought horse betting operator RaceBets, a company that holds licenses in the UK, Ireland, Malta and Germany.

The acquisition of the niche operator RaceBets complements Betsson’s offering with a proprietary horse racing product and an experienced horse betting trading team. The horse betting product will be added to Betsson’s offering and will benefit all Betsson brands. RaceBets offers a highly competitive product on par with the best UK operators and customers can bet on more than 250,000 different races yearly. 75 percent of RaceBets’ revenue come from locally regulated markets, primarily Germany and the UK, making it a good strategic fit for Betsson. Horse racing is one of the most popular betting sports and the total estimated worth of the European horse betting market is €3.5bn.

Ulrik Bengtsson, CEO and President of Betsson AB, said: “Horse racing is important in many of our markets and the key rationale of the acquisition of RaceBets is to enable our subsidiaries to accelerate the launch of a world class horse racing product on all core brands. This will help fuel organic growth in strategic markets such as the UK and Germany.”

Betsson acquires RaceBets from the company’s founders and the German Thoroughbred Racing Association. The cooperation with German racing will continue. The accounting revenue of RaceBets in 2015 was €9.3m and adjusted EBIT was €3.36m. The annual growth rate 2013-2015 was 12 percent. The initial acquisition consideration for the business is €34m, payable in cash. The acquisition multiple is 10.1x 2015 EBIT. Subject to achieving certain financial and non-financial milestones, a remaining purchase consideration amounting to €6m may be paid. The total maximum consideration for the business is capped at €40m.

Betsson may also pay for additional cash in the company. Closing of the deal is expected in the beginning of 2017 and is subject to the satisfaction of relevant regulatory approvals. Restructuring effects of the acquired entity is estimated to have a temporary negative impact on revenue and EBIT of up to €750,000 in 2017. The integration of the horse racing product into Betsson’s technology platform will be finished no later than in the third quarter 2017.

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