Share of the 7 days: Betting corporation Entain is approached for US takeover

ENTAIN will make its income from gambling – but now it is the company’s board who are staying asked to consider a punt on a £16bn takeover give.

The betting huge – which owns the Ladbrokes and Coral brands, as properly as a swathe of on line video games names these types of as Gala Bingo – discovered previous month that it had gained two strategies from US rival Draftkings, the latter pricing Entain’s shares at 2800p apiece.

Shareholders will be looking at Entain’s newest investing update on Tuesday for any indicator of what the firm plans to do. It turned down Draftkings’ original 2500p provide, and in its latest announcement in September mentioned it was ‘carefully considering’ the greater bid.

But Entain has nonetheless to present its hand, with the board basically declaring that it ‘strongly thinks in the long term prospects of the company’. When the business releases its third-quarter update future 7 days, shareholders will be looking at carefully to see if those people prospective customers are coming to fruition.

Nicholas Hyett, an equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: ‘Signs of strong progress will be welcome and may encourage administration to convert down the present on the grounds that it undervalues the business enterprise. The US joint venture with MGM in specific will be in the highlight, considering that it is most likely the gem that originally intrigued Draftkings in the small business. The division documented net gaming revenues of $357m in the initial six months of the year and, all getting properly, must do even better in the next half.’

In the meantime, Entain has not decided whether to hand again furlough money it claimed in the course of the pandemic.