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PartyGaming expands bingo business, acquires Cashcade for up to £95.9m

PartyGaming expands bingo business, acquires Cashcade for up to £95.9m

PartyGaming Plc (LSE:PRTY) announced it has acquired the entire issued share capital of Cashcade Limited, the owner of a number of UK’s major bingo and casino websites. The acquisition is worth £71.9 million, which could be followed by up to £24.0 million, hinged on Cashcade’s future profit performance.

The company is using the available cash resources to fund the deal.

Cashcade’s revenue for the past calendar year amounted to £44.9 million, a substantial increase from £28.5 million in 2007. The company’s EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) was £12.2 million for the same year.

Cashcade’s network of bingo sites includes FoxyBingo, Think Bingo, Bingo Scotland, Cheeky Bingo and Little Big Bingo.

The Gibraltar-based PartyGaming hopes this acquisition will help the company get a bigger share of the online bingo market.

“Cashcade provides us with an excellent platform to build a meaningful share of the $1.5 billion global online bingo market.  Our M&A objective is to acquire companies that can put us into a top three position in each of our four product verticals and deliver substantial revenue and cost synergies,” said PartyGaming CEO Jim Ryan.

PartyGaming has seen a year on year drop in revenue in Q1 this year, owing to the declines in consumer spending and increased competition from US online poker sites. The business reached a USD 105 million settlement with the US government in April to avoid prosecution for providing online gambling services in the US before the industry was banned in October 2006.
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