Global investment bank GCA Altium acted as advisor to Tombola, one of the UK’s leading online bingo operators, on its £402m sale to Flutter Entertainment, the £20bn LSE-listed global leader in the gaming space.
Tombola, with its 700-strong team located primarily in Sunderland and Gibraltar, is a successful bingo-led gaming company with an emphasis on providing low staking entertainment products to a highly engaged customer base.
Tombola was the first major UK focused operator to introduce both mandatory staking and deposit limits, building a highly sustainable player base over the last 16 years. The company’s fully regulated revenue base comes mainly from the UK and has 400,000 average monthly players.
Flutter Entertainment is a global sports-betting and gaming company with a market cap of over £20bn, and the addition of Tombola to the Flutter portfolio delivers several key strategic advantages. As well as the diversification of Flutter’s products, the acquisition of Tombola also provides an addition of an engaged and sustainable player base, the enhancement of Flutter’s online gaming presence in its core UK market, as well as aligning with the company’s safer gambling strategy of expansion in their recreational customer base.
Peter Jackson, Flutter Chief Executive, said: “As the world’s leading online gambling operator, Flutter is delighted to add Tombola, the UK’s premier bingo brand to the Group. Tombola is a business we have long admired for its product expertise, highly recreational customer base and focus on sustainable play. The brand aligns closely with Flutter’s safer gambling strategy, a key area of focus for us. I am excited to combine Flutter’s digital marketing expertise with Tombola’s operational capabilities within the UK & Ireland division. As the time comes for Phil to hand over the reins, I would like to thank him for building the success story that the business is today, and I look forward to welcoming the Tombola team to Flutter and growing a sustainable business for the future together.”
Martin Larsson, Managing Director at GCA Altium, added: “This is an excellent strategic fit for both parties involved and sees the combination of two powerhouses in the UK gaming market. We see Flutter as a good home to uphold the company’s legacy and support the team as it continues to capitalise on the exciting growth opportunities that lie ahead.”
Under the terms of the transaction, Flutter will pay £402m in cash upon completion for 100 per cent of the business. The transaction is conditional on merger control clearance by the UK Competition and Markets Authority and is expected to complete in Q1 2022.
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