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.

 UK, Leeds

Related articles:

Sky tops up its investment in Roku

sky summer_logoSky has made a further $0.7m equity investment in Internet streaming device maker Roku. This follows the total investments of $12.2m made by Sky in Roku in July 2012 and May 2013, and is to provide financing for Roku’s operations and activities.

Sky’s press release also mentioned that 21st Century Fox have also made a further equity investment in Roku,” but didn’t provide financial details.

USA, New York, NY & UK, London

News Corporation to sell its stake in SKY New Zealand

newslimitedNews Corporation‘s News Limited subsidiary is going to divest its 44% stake in New Zealand’s largest subscription based broadcasting company SKY Network Television Limited.

News Limited has appointed Deutsche Bank to underwrite and, together with Craigs Investment Partners, tosky nz manage, the sales of its SKY shares. It is expected that the shares will be sold to a broad range of institutional and retail investors. Following the sales, News Limited will no longer have any holding in SKY Network Television Limited.

Chase Carey, President and Chief Operating Officer, News Corporation said: “SKY is a world class subscription television business and has been an outstanding investment for News Corporation. We and SKY have always enjoyed an excellent, arms-length working relationship and we expect this to continue unaffected by the sale. In particular, we do not anticipate any change to current arrangements regarding access to content and collaboration on technology.”

As a result of the sale, Michael Miller, Regional Director of News Limited, will resign from the board of SKY.

Australia, Sydney & New Zealand, Auckland

Related articles: