Evolution Gaming agrees £1.6bn NetEnt takeover

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Stockholm-listed Evolution Gaming has agreed a SEK19.6bn £1.6bn deal to takeover NetEnt.

The offer of 79.93 crowns per share represents a premium of 43% over NetEnt’s NETb.ST closing price on Tuesday. NetEnt’s board of directors have recommended the offer to its shareholders.

NetEnt shareholders will get 0.1306 Evolution shares for each share they own. Several large NetEnt shareholders, holding about 45% of the company, have undertaken to accept the offer.

“Evolution’s position within Live Casino combined with NetEnt’s position within online slots will create a company well positioned to take significant market shares,” NetEnt Chairman Mathias Hedlund said in a statement.

Evolution expects the deal result in annual cost savings of about 30 million euros and to have a positive effect on earnings per share in 2021.