23 May 2023
Strategic partnership with TAB New Zealand receives Government approval
Entain plc (LSE: ENT), the leading global sports betting, gaming, and interactive entertainment group (“Entain” or the “Group”), announces that its strategic partnership with TAB New Zealand (“TAB NZ”) has received approval from the New Zealand Minister for Racing.
As announced on 28 March 2023 (Link), the 25-year strategic partnership terms include a total consideration payable by Entain and an ongoing gross profit share arrangement.
Subject to conditions of completion, the strategic partnership is expected to commence on 1 June 2023.
Dean Shannon, CEO of Entain Australia, comments:
“We are delighted and honoured to have received Ministerial approval to finalise the strategic partnering agreement between TAB NZ and Entain Australia.
We believe this 25-year strategic partnering arrangement will be a game-changer for sports betting in New Zealand and we are pleased that it will help provide significant financial benefits to the three New Zealand racing codes and the vast array of national sporting organisations.
Entain is a business built on innovation and being customer focused and we look forward to connecting further with the great team at TAB NZ to introduce a range of new world class products, services and player safety tools to the loyal TAB NZ customer base.”
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About Entain plc
Entain plc (LSE: ENT) is a FTSE100 company and is one of the world’s largest sports betting and gaming groups, operating both online and in the retail sector. The Group owns a comprehensive portfolio of established brands; Sports brands include BetCity, bwin, Coral, Crystalbet, Eurobet, Ladbrokes, Neds, Sportingbet, Sports Interaction and SuperSport; Gaming brands include Foxy Bingo, Gala, GiocoDigitale, Ninja Casino, Optibet, Partypoker and PartyCasino. The Group owns proprietary technology across all its core product verticals and in addition to its B2C operations provides services to a number of third-party customers on a B2B basis.
The Group has a 50/50 joint venture, BetMGM, a leader in sports betting and iGaming in the US. Entain provides the technology and capabilities which power BetMGM as well as exclusive games and products, specially developed at its in-house gaming studios. The Group is tax resident in the UK and is the only global operator to exclusively operate in domestically regulated or regulating markets operating in over 40 territories.
Entain is a leader in ESG, a member of FTSE4Good, the DJSI and is AA rated by MSCI. The Group has set a science-based target, committing to be carbon net zero by 2035 and through the Entain Foundation supports a variety of initiatives, focusing on safer gambling, grassroots sport, diversity in technology and community projects. For more information see the Group’s website: www.entaingroup.com
About TAB NZ
TAB NZ is established as a body corporate under the Racing Industry Act 2020 (NZ). TAB NZ is the only regulated racing and sports betting operator in New Zealand. It conducts betting in New Zealand under the “TAB” brand, which been operating in New Zealand for over 70 years.
TAB NZ’s statutory objectives are:
- to facilitate and promote betting; and
- Subject to minimising the risk of problem gambling and underage gambling:
- maximise profits for the long-term benefit of NZ racing; and
- maximise returns under commission agreements with New Zealand national sporting organisations (NSOs).
TAB NZ operates two linear broadcasting channels under its Trackside brand and has approximately 500 retail venues.
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