32Red have always been one of the best performing casinos in the market place. They are regarded highly by players as a trustworthy brand that puts the players first.
I’m led to believe that 32Red will remain as a brand in it’s own right and perhaps this purchase will see the expansion of games across the site.
The good news for Live Casino players is both Unibet and 32Red use Evolution Live Casino software, with the former having a large dedicated table area.
It’s possible that we may see these tables made available to 32Red players like we did when Stan James were purchased by Kindred a few years ago.
23rd February 2017 Press Release – Kindred Group plc to make a GBP 175.6m recommended cash offer for 32Red plc.
The boards of Kindred Group and 32Red have reached an agreement on the terms of a recommended cash offer (“Offer”) pursuant to which Kindred Group will acquire the entire issued and to be issued share capital of 32Red.
The Offer values 32Red at GBP 175.6m. 32Red is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.
This transaction is consistent with Kindred’s multi-brand strategy and will further enhance Kindred’s position in the online casino market in the UK.
Founded in 2002, 32Red is a Gibraltar-based online gaming company, operating online casino, online poker, online bingo and online sports betting under the brands 32Red.com, 32RedPoker.com, 32RedBingo.com and 32RedSport.com.
In 2015, 32Red acquired the Roxy Palace online casino business.
32Red is licensed and regulated in Gibraltar, the UK and Italy and is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.
32Red has approximately 125 employees based in Gibraltar.
In the financial year ended 31 December 2015, 32Red generated Net Gaming Revenues of GBP 48.7 million and EBITDA of GBP 5.2 million.
On 1 February 2017, 32Red issued a Post Close Trading Update for the year ended 31 December 2016 and announced Net Gaming Revenues of GBP 62.3 million.
“The acquisition of 32Red is consistent with our multi-brand strategy and stated desire to grow our business in locally regulated and soon to be regulated markets. 32Red is a high quality, customer-focused business with a similar culture to Kindred Group’s and we are delighted to welcome 32Red and its team into the Kindred family and look forward to further developing the brand going forward,”
says Henrik Tjärnström, CEO of Kindred Group.
The Offer is intended to be effected by means of a takeover offer under relevant Gibraltar law.
Under the terms of the offer, 32Red Shareholders will be entitled to receive GBP 1.96 per share and will also be entitled to receive a second interim dividend of GBP 0.04 per share.
On this basis, the Offer values the entire issued and to be issued share capital of 32Red on a fully diluted basis at approximately GBP 175.6 million.
Accordingly, the Offer together with the Approved Dividend, represents a premium of approximately: 16.3 per cent to the closing price per 32Red share of 172.0 pence on 22 February 2017 (being the last business day before the date of this announcement) and 32.4 per cent to the volume weighted average closing price per 32Red share of 151.1 pence in the one month prior to the date of this announcement.
The cash consideration payable under the Offer will be funded by new acquisition facilities of up to GBP 178 million, specifically for the purposes of this Transaction.
Kindred Group has received irrevocable undertakings in support of the Offer in relation to an aggregate of 60,701,232 32Red shares, representing approximately 71.1 per cent of the share capital of 32Red.
Completion of the transaction is subject to certain conditions including customary regulatory approvals by the relevant gambling authorities. Further details on the offer can be found in a separate announcement by Kindred which is available to view on the London Stock Exchange website at www.londonstockexchange.com.
Press Release Ends
I have tried to be objective and consistent with all my live casino reviews. Hopefully, they will strike a chord with you, but I thought it might be helpful to explain the criteria I use to mark each of the casinos. Hopefully, the categories and explanations make sense.
Playability – What is the overall impression of the casino? Did I have a good time? are the dealers nice and chatty and is everything easy to understand? Does it have a good set of games and is there a comprehensive set of betting options? Are high stakes players taken care of?
Software – What is the software like to use and does it integrate well with the rest of the casino?. Are the images clear and is the video streaming fast? Have they taken more than the default shared tables? Is it available on mobile?
Payment Options – Does the casino have a good variety of payment options? Do they payout quickly and on time?
Security – How good is the reputation of the casino amongst other players? Do they hold a valid gaming license? Are they transparent about the security measures they have in place? Are they regularly audited? Do they publish this information?
Support – Do they have multiple methods for communication with me? Is support available 24×7? Do they have instant chat and are they quick to respond? Are they able to help me immediately? Do they have an online FAQ and self-help library? Are the support people knowledgeable about the product I’m playing?
Bonuses – Do they have bonuses?. How strict are the wagering requirements? Do they offer repeat bonuses?. Do they offer loyalty points and can they be redeemed for cash or playing credits?
After all that, would I play there regularly?