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William Hill Buying Out Playtech, Expanding Online

Monday, 04 March 2013 04:23
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William Hill will pay £424 million to acquire Playtech's stake in its global online business and take full control of the booming division.

The UK’s largest bookmaker plans to will raise about £375 million pounds in a rights issue to help fund the purchase, its second major acquisition in the last few months. The company has agreed to pay £460 million to acquire the Australian and Spanish operations of online operator Sportingbet in a deal scheduled to be finalized later this month.

The two transactions are significant steps by Hills into a leading position as an international operator, particularly through the strong growth enjoyed by its online businesses. A well-known name in British betting, running more than 2,000 betting shops in the country, the company is also maneuvering to become a player in Internet gambling in the US, where it has bought two Nevada sports books.

Playtech holds a 29% stake in the online venture, which was founded in 2008.

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