|Bid||163.20 x 0|
|Ask||163.90 x 0|
|Day's range||163.00 - 164.00|
|52-week range||126.70 - 199.30|
|Beta (3Y monthly)||0.41|
|PE ratio (TTM)||10.19|
|Earnings date||25 Sep 2019 - 30 Sep 2019|
|Forward dividend & yield||0.07 (4.31%)|
|1y target est||2.76|
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Major regulatory changes on both sides of the Atlantic for the gambling sector have commanded investor attention in recent months, but Britain's GVC has been able to weather out the storm and reported strong results. The company this week, however, spooked some investors after warning that a cut to the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) would result in the closure of up to a thousand shops and impact core earnings by about 135 million pounds in 2019. Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Alexander and Chairman Lee Feldman together sold 3 million GVC shares at a discounted price of 666 pence, seen by investors as a lack of confidence in the bookmaker.
The company had cut its profit forecast in November due to tightening regulations at home, particularly on lucrative fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), and warned of more losses in the United States. William Hill said 2018 adjusted operating profit from continuing operations would be 234 million pounds, slightly higher than company-supplied analyst estimates of 232.2 million pounds. Profit was lower in its retail business due to tough high-street conditions and the offering would be remodelled in 2019 as Chief Executive Officer Philip Bowcock looks to make the firm a "digitally-led international business", the company said.
Shares in GVC's rivals William Hill (WMH.L), Paddy Power Betfair (PPB.I) and 888 (888.L) fell on Tuesday after the U.S. regulator reversed its 2011 opinion that made only online sports betting illegal under the Wire Act. "Whilst the decision a couple of days ago might affect some inter-state stuff, maybe affect poker to a degree, for sports betting we don't see it having any impact," GVC Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Alexander said on Thursday. GVC has expanded rapidly and last year set up an online betting platform in the United States with hotel and casino operator MGM Resorts International (MGM.N).
UK bookies such as William Hill Plc (WMH.L), Paddy Power Betfair Plc (PPB.I) and 888 Holdings Plc (888.L) fell between 1.5 percent to 7 percent on Tuesday after the U.S. regulator reversed its 2011 opinion that made only sports betting online illegal under the Wire Act. The 2011 reading of the federal law, which came into effect in 1961, prohibits certain types of gambling in the United States including sports betting, but the regulator now says the provisions under the act must now be considered in tandem with the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.