GVC linked with reverse takeover of Ladbrokes-Coral

12 December 2016

GVC, the company behind the bwin.party and PartyPoker brands, has been linked with a potential reverse takeover of Ladbrokes Coral.

According to the Financial Times newspaper, the proposed deal would value the recently merged Ladbrokes Coral operation at £3.2 billion (€3.8 billion/$4.03 billion).

The newspaper said advisors to GVC are believed to have put together a proposal similar to last year’s successful £1.1 billion takeover of bwin.party, which was formed mostly of shares.

News of the potential takeover saw shares in Ladbrokes Coral close 5.7% higher at 130.6p on Friday, approximately twice the average daily volume, while GVC was up 0.9% at 635p.

However, while Ladbrokes Coral is yet to officially comment on reports, some individuals in the gambling sector said talks may have already collapsed.

The news comes at a time when Ladbrokes Coral, which was formed earlier this year through the merger of the existing Ladbrokes and Gala Coral brands, is also said to be considering a bid for Australian betting operator Tabcorp.

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