David Baazov vil personligt opkøbe Amaya

Direktøren for Amaya Gaming, David Baazov, ejer 18 % af aktierne i selskabet. Nu vil han købe dem alle og pille firmaet af børsen.

David Baazov er tilsynedeladende en mand med en plan. I går kom det frem, at Amaya-direktøren, der er god for over $800.000 millioner, står i spidsen for en investergruppe, som vil opkøbe hele koncernen og herefter trække den fra amerikanske teknologibørs Nasdaq og den canadiske børs Toronto Stock Exchange.

 

Direktøren har ifølge en pressemeddelelse afgivet et købstilbud, som svarer til $3,3 milliarder. Da Amaya købte PokerStars tilbage i 2014 var det til en pris på $4,9 milliarder, men siden er selskabets aktie faldet med over 50 % i værdi på børsen. 

 

Hvem der udgør investorgruppen er endnu uvist, men da Baazov selv sidder på over 18 % af aktieandelene i selskabet, så udgør han naturligvis en stor del af den.

 

Amaya har nu nedsat en uafhængig styregruppe som skal tage et nærmere kig på tilbuddet. Du kan læse den pressemeddelelse som PokerStars udsendte i går her:

 

Amaya Confirms Non-Binding Indication from CEO of Intention to Make All-Cash Proposal to Acquire Company; Announces Formation of Independent Special Committee


Montreal, Feb. 1, 2016 – Amaya Inc. (NASDAQ: AYA; TSX: AYA) confirmed today that it has received a non-binding indication from its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, David Baazov, that he intends to make an all-cash proposal to acquire Amaya at a price currently estimated by Mr. Baazov to be C$21.00 per common share. The board of directors of Amaya has established a special committee of independent directors to review any proposal that may be forthcoming, as well as other alternatives that may become available to Amaya. Amaya’s Lead Independent Director, Dave Gadhia, will chair the special committee.


As of the time of this release, the special committee has neither received nor solicited a formal bid or offer related to a potential transaction and there can be no assurance that Mr. Baazov’s intention will result in a formal bid or offer or that any such bid or offer will ultimately result in a completed transaction.

Shareholders of Amaya do not need to take any action with respect to any potential proposal at this time. Amaya intends to provide updates if and when necessary in accordance with applicable securities laws.

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