Sky to sell Sky Bet to CVC Capital Partners

Sky BetSky is selling a controlling stake in its online betting and gaming business, Sky Betting & Gaming , to CVC Capital Partners in a deal which values Sky Bet at £800 million.

Sky will receive cash of £600 million on completion and further deferred and contingent consideration up to the value of £120 million. The total value of £800 million represents a multiple of approximately 15x EBITDA for the 12 months ended 30 June 2014.  Sky will retain an equity stake of approximately 20 per cent in Sky Bet and ongoing board representation. As part of the transaction Sky has also entered into a long-term brand licence agreement with Sky Bet.

The Sky Bet management team, led by Managing Director Richard Flint, will remain with the business under the new ownership structure with all Sky Bet’s employees moving across into the new entity.  The business will remain headquartered in Leeds.

Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive of Sky, said: “In the last ten years, we have successfully grown Sky Bet from a start-up to one of the leading online betting and gaming companies in the UK. This transaction will allow us to focus further on the substantial growth opportunities in our core international pay TV business while realising significant value for our shareholders.”

 The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015.

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BSkyB completes acquisition of Sky Italia and 89.71 % of Sky Deutschland

sky summer_logoBSkyB has completed its acquisition of Sky Italia S.r.l and takeover offer for Sky Deutschland AG.

Previous reporting.

The Company has acquired 89.71% of the share capital of Sky Deutschland, with 87.45% acquired through the offer process and the balance acquired subsequent to the close of the offer acceptance period on 3 November 2014.

The acquisition of Sky Italia was for a total consideration of £2.45 billion, £2.07 billion paid in cash and the balance through the transfer to 21st Century Fox of BSkyB’s 21% stake in National Geographic Channel International.

The acquisition of 87.45% of Sky Deutschland through the offer process was for a total consideration of €5.50 billion (representing €6.75 per share), with a further 2.26% being acquired at an average price of €6.20 per share, amounting to €5.63 billion in aggregate.

The enlarged group will serve 20 million customers across five countries: Italy, Germany, Austria, the UK and Ireland. It will also be one of the largest employers in the sector with 31,000 staff across 30 main sites.

Group Chief Executive, Jeremy Darroch will oversee the enlarged group as well as continuing to lead the UK and Ireland business while Andrew Griffith will be Group Chief Financial Officer. Andrea Zappia will continue to lead the business in Italy as Chief Executive of Sky Italia and Brian Sullivan remains Chief Executive of Sky Deutschland AG.

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