Thursday 29 September 2016

William Hill rejects revised 888-Rank approach

Published 15/08/2016 | 07:34

A William Hill store in London. Online gamer 888 Holdings and The Rank Group are considering a joint offer for the UK bookmaker
A William Hill store in London. Online gamer 888 Holdings and The Rank Group are considering a joint offer for the UK bookmaker

British bookmaker William Hill said on Monday it had rejected a revised takeover proposal from rivals 888 Holdings and Rank Group, saying it continues to undervalue the group.

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The revised proposal comprises 199p in cash and 0.860 BidCo shares per William Hill share, and would result in William Hill shareholders owning 48.8pc of the combined group.

William Hill said that with the exception of William Hill shareholders' proposed ownership of the combined group, none of the other key terms of the revised proposal have changed from the consortium's original £3.16bn proposal last week.

"The Board of William Hill has unanimously rejected the revised proposal as it continues to substantially undervalue William Hill and as such the board continues to see no merit in engaging with the consortium," it said.

Reuters

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