DraftKings makes $20 billion offer for Entain – CNBC


FILE PHOTO: A sign hangs outside a branch of Ladbrokes in London, Britain December 22, 2017. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

September 21, 2021

(Reuters) -Sports betting firm DraftKings has made a $20 billion cash-and-stock offer for Ladbrokes owner Entain Plc, CNBC reported on Tuesday, citing sources.

The offer price is roughly 2,500 pence per share, according to CNBC’s David Faber, largely in DraftKings stock along with a cash component. (https://bit.ly/3hOgEBx)

The deal would give DraftKings, which allows users to enter daily and weekly fantasy sports-related contests, access to brands such as bwin, Coral, PartyPoker, and Sportingbet.

DraftKings’ proposal comes after MGM Resorts International in January ditched plans to buy Entain after the British company rebuffed an $11 billion takeover approach, but investors have speculated that the U.S. casino operator may return with a new bid.

Entain and DraftKings were not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru; Editing by Ramakrishnan M.)

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