Ardent acquires stake in Switzerland’s Casino Davos

30 May 2018

Belgium’s Ardent Group has purchased a 44% stake in Stadtcasino Baden AG’s Swiss land-based gaming venue Casino Davos.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it was confirmed in a statement that Stadtcasino Baden will remain as the majority stakeholder in the facility with a 46% share.

The Davos Tourism Organisation will also retain its 10% take of Casino Davos.

Ardent Group, previously known as Circus Group, said the deal places the firm in a strategic position ahead of expected regulation changes in Switzerland.

On June 10, Swiss gaming law is due to be voted on, with potential changes to include terrestrial casinos being able to launch an online gambling service.

All online operations will be subject to the successful application for a licence extension.

In a statement, the two companies said: “For this reason, Stadtcasino Baden Group has made the strategic decision to operate Casino Davos in the future together with a partner with many years of online casino experience.

“The choice fell on the Casino de Spa SA, which is part of the Belgian Ardent Group, and already successfully runs its own licensed online casino.”

Detlef Brose, chief executive of Stadtcasino Baden, added: “If the gambling law is passed on June 10, we will immediately and together with our new partner, develop a competitive online offer for Casino Davos to promote us as early as possible for an online license extension.”