William Hill declares support for Scientific Games-NYX deal

William Hill declares support for Scientific Games-NYX deal

The Group's Online business (www.williamhill.com) is one of the world's leading online betting and gaming businesses, providing customers with the opportunity to access William Hill's products online, through their smartphone or tablet, by telephone and by text services.

NYX Gaming said in a November 10 press release it had filed a lawsuit in a US court against the William Hill group, alleging anti-competitive behaviour by the latter, and an attempt to block the acquisition of NYX Gaming by Scientific Games.

Scientific Games and NYX will also drop their own corporate actions against William Hill, and all parties involved have agreed to recommend to all other NYX shareholders to vote in favor of the SciGames pickup of NYX.

William Hill had threatened to put together a majority ownership bloc to torpedo the deal, unless Scientific Games and NYS sweetened the deal, paying a significant premium over the offer made for NYX a few months back.

Shares in William hill were up more than three per cent this morning. William Hill PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange. That gave the Hills threat at least the air of plausibility. The bookmaker company has agreed to give its support to the takeover of NYX by Scientific Gaming. Those acquisitions gave SciGames itself a almost 40% interest in NYX, and effectively neutered the William Hill threat. This would have resulted in a potential blocking stake amounting to 32 percent in the company, to which NYX responded with the accusation that William Hill is not working for everyone's best interest.

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In Wednesday's release, Scientific Games additionally said that "William Hill has undertaken to withdraw its previously issued notice of conversion of its convertible preference shares into NYX ordinary shares". Philip Bowcock is the Chief Executive Officer of William Hill, and he stated that the arrangements are providing security to the technology roadmap of the company as well as the future relationship with NYX.

Putting aside their differences, Scientific Games and William Hill will also expand their commercial relationship, ready for a Supreme Court ruling in 2018 which could allow USA states to regulate sports betting. The decision also received the full support of U.S. billionaire Ron Perelman and as it was confirmed, it will mean that Scientific Games will purchase William Hill's ordinary shares in NYX.

That PASPA reference is key. Among them is a cutting-edge sports-betting platform, OpenBet, which is likely to draw plenty of operator interest as a software solution if the US's almost nationwide ban on sports betting is struck down.

"Separately, we look forward to the US Supreme Court's hearing on PASPA on 4 December and its decision next year".

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