Ladbrokes Coral in £4bn takeover deal with GVC

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Bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral has agreed to a takeover by online rival and Foxy Bingo owner GVC in a deal worth up to £4bn. Under the deal, GVC - which owns the Bwin, Sportingbet and Foxy Bingo brands - will hold 53.5 per cent of the combined group.

The pair had said earlier in December that they were in “detailed” discussions over a cash and shares tie-up.

GVC chief executive Kenneth Alexander described the takeover deal as “a truly exciting prospect”.

Ladbrokes Coral chairman John Kelly said the tie-up with GVC would “improve the customer experience, drive faster online growth and build a more diverse and extensive international portfolio of businesses”.

The final worth of the deal is dependent on the government’s review of gaming machines known as fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

The combination will result in cost savings of at least £100m a year, the two companies said.

Ladbrokes Coral became the UK’s biggest High Street bookmaker following last year’s merger of Ladbrokes and Coral.

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