|Bid||160.90 x 284100|
|Ask||161.20 x 109300|
|Day's Range||159.30 - 165.30|
|52 Week Range||153.00 - 326.60|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.25|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||6.26|
|Earnings Date||Mar 18, 2019 - Mar 22, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.08 (4.74%)|
|1y Target Est||2.76|
Major regulatory changes on both sides of the Atlantic for the gambling sector have commanded investor attention in recent months, but Britain's GVC has been able to weather out the storm and reported strong results. The company this week, however, spooked some investors after warning that a cut to the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) would result in the closure of up to a thousand shops and impact core earnings by about 135 million pounds in 2019. Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Alexander and Chairman Lee Feldman together sold 3 million GVC shares at a discounted price of 666 pence, seen by investors as a lack of confidence in the bookmaker.
The company had cut its profit forecast in November due to tightening regulations at home, particularly on lucrative fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), and warned of more losses in the United States. William Hill said 2018 adjusted operating profit from continuing operations would be 234 million pounds, slightly higher than company-supplied analyst estimates of 232.2 million pounds. Profit was lower in its retail business due to tough high-street conditions and the offering would be remodelled in 2019 as Chief Executive Officer Philip Bowcock looks to make the firm a "digitally-led international business", the company said.
Shares in GVC's rivals William Hill (WMH.L), Paddy Power Betfair (PPB.I) and 888 (888.L) fell on Tuesday after the U.S. regulator reversed its 2011 opinion that made only online sports betting illegal under the Wire Act. "Whilst the decision a couple of days ago might affect some inter-state stuff, maybe affect poker to a degree, for sports betting we don't see it having any impact," GVC Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Alexander said on Thursday. GVC has expanded rapidly and last year set up an online betting platform in the United States with hotel and casino operator MGM Resorts International (MGM.N).
UK bookies such as William Hill Plc (WMH.L), Paddy Power Betfair Plc (PPB.I) and 888 Holdings Plc (888.L) fell between 1.5 percent to 7 percent on Tuesday after the U.S. regulator reversed its 2011 opinion that made only sports betting online illegal under the Wire Act. The 2011 reading of the federal law, which came into effect in 1961, prohibits certain types of gambling in the United States including sports betting, but the regulator now says the provisions under the act must now be considered in tandem with the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.
GVC Holdings (GVC.L) shares surged on Wednesday after a government ruling on the UK gambling sector spared the company a major cash outlay to former Ladbrokes shareholders. GVC would have been liable for a payment of about 670 million pounds to former Ladbrokes shareholders if legislation aimed at tackling problem gambling had not been introduced before the end of March next year, analysts said. GVC issued securities known as Contingent Value Rights (CVRs) as part of their takeover of Ladbrokes in March 2018.
Culture minister Jeremy Wright said a previously announced cut to the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) would now take place next April. Last month, the government announced in its budget that the cut, from 100 pounds to just two pounds, would take place in October 2019. Several lawmakers have called for curbs on FOBTs, which have been widely blamed for allowing gamblers to rack up large losses in a short space of time.
Britain will bring forward a planned cut to the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals by six months to April 2019, culture minister Jeremy Wright said in a statement to parliament on Wednesday. Earlier this month sports minister Tracey Crouch resigned, accusing the government of delaying to October the planned cut to the maximum stake from 100 pounds to just two pounds. Wright said a planned increase in Remote Gaming Duty, paid by online gaming operators, would also be brought forward to April to cover the negative impact on the public finances.
Britain's culture minister will set out further details later on Wednesday on the government's planned cut to the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), Prime Minister Theresa May said. The government is facing a defeat on its budget legislation in parliament next week after many lawmakers from May's own Conservatives backed an amendment which would force it to bring forward the timing of the cut from October to April next year.
Britain's Chancellor Philip Hammond announced on Monday plans to increase taxes paid by offshore gambling companies from next year to offset lost tax revenue from cutting the amount that can be staked on fixed-odds betting terminals. "I can confirm that we will increase Remote Gaming Duty on online games of chance, to 21 percent in order to fund the loss of revenue as we reduce FOBT stakes to 2 pounds," Hammond told parliament.
Britain's finance minister Philip Hammond announced on Monday plans to increase taxes paid by offshore gambling companies from next year to offset lost tax revenue from cutting the amount that can be staked on fixed-odds betting terminals. "I can confirm that we will increase Remote Gaming Duty on online games of chance, to 21 percent in order to fund the loss of revenue as we reduce FOBT stakes to 2 pounds," Hammond told parliament.
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Critics of the machines, often dubbed the "crack cocaine" of gambling, had also written to Prime Minister Theresa May urging the government to cut the stake to 2 pounds. The decision deals a blow to companies such as William Hill (WMH.L) and GVC (GVC.L) who had argued that the terminals were a major source of income for high-street betting shops which are struggling to stay afloat as younger gamblers move online, putting jobs at risk. Gambling companies -- most of which run internet as well as high street businesses -- face a two-way squeeze as the government plans to increase Remote Gaming Duty on online gambling to offset the loss of income from the cut in the stake.
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