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October 27, 2021

To generate quick returns on its owners’ investments

Gala Coral is exploring sell-off options

(UK).- The gaming company Gala Coral is exploring breaking up and selling off its operations in a bid to generate quick returns on its owners' investments.


he potential break up, which could happen within months, follows the complex refinancing it underwent last year. The process saw its private equity backers lose control of it, while 25 holders of the company's debt adopted the equity at the same time as writing off US$ 961 million of its debt. 

The sales of the 26-branch casino division and the 144-branch bingo division are thought to be simple as each division operates autonomously. An analyst said the company has never been able to make "great synergies" between its divisions, so "it's very possible that they could realize more value by splitting up the company."
One source close to the company said any sale would be comprehensive: "The jewel in the crown is the Coral bookmaking chain and the word is that everything else, including the casinos and the bingo division, is up for sale."

Insiders have said that CEO, Carl Leaver, who took on the position three months ago, is keen to make his mark on the company, but that "shareholders change their mind on a daily basis and don't agree with each other most of the time.”

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