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Ladbrokes buys Australian online company Betstar

Saturday, April 12th, 2014
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In the battleground that is Australian online betting, Ladbrokes has made a major move by purchasing Betstar for 12.4 million pounds.

This marks the second foray into Australia for the company, which¬†bought online company Bookmaker.com.au and launched a website in Australia last September. Ladbrokes is Britain’s second-biggest bookmaker.

Rival European bookmakers including Paddy Power and William Hill have also been expanding in Australia.

Betstar has around 40,000 registered customers and generated earnings of A$12.9 million in the year to March.

“Australia represents one of the most vibrant regulated sports betting markets in the world and today’s announcement will see us add new customers to our growing presence,” said Damian Cope, managing director of Ladbrokes’ international arm.

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Ladbrokes plc acquires Australian sportsbetting business

Monday, September 23rd, 2013
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Ladbrokes plc, one of the world’s leading betting and gaming companies, has agreed to acquire Gaming Investments Pty Ltd, a fast growing online sports betting business in Australia. Gaming Investment’s business includes Bookmaker.com.au Pty Ltd, operator of the online bookmaker Bookmaker.com.au and Panda Gaming Pty Ltd, operator of an extensive racing and sports focused affiliate network in Australia.

The acquisition sees Ladbrokes acquire Gaming Investment under its newly formed Australian arm ‘Ladbrokes Australia’ for an initial consideration of A$22.5 million, plus an earnout payable at the end of 3 years which is based on the EBITDA for Ladbrokes Australia for the year ending 30 June 2016.

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William Hill buys Australia’s biggest online gambling site

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

United Kingdom online betting giant William Hill has agreed to purchase Australian online betting firm Tom Waterhouse for at least A$34 million.

The online betting site has agreed to pay A$34 million up front and assume A$6 million in debt for tomwaterhouse.com.

It will pay up to A$70 million more on a sliding scale based on tomwaterhouse.com achieving earnings growth between A$10 million and A$30 million in 2015.

Tomwaterhouse.com was established in 2010 and is one of Australia’s fastest growing online racing and sports betting businesses.

It is a privately held company owned by managing director Tom Waterhouse and others and has around 80 employees based in Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin.

“We are pleased to have secured this acquisition,”¬†Ralph Topping, CEO of William Hill. “International expansion is a key part of our growth strategy and making Australia our second home is a priority. Acquiring tomwaterhouse.com gives us a rapidly growing business that appeals to a complementary customer base.”

Australia has the world’s biggest gambling habit per capita.

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