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Tabcorp to Write Down its Wagering and Media Business by €605M

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Tabcorp Holdings is going to write down its wagering and media business by at least AUD 1 billion (€605m) as a result of COVID-19 shutdowns and “the possible acceleration of retail contraction.”

The business made its announcement in a filing to the ASX Exchange, announcing that it has conducted a “review of assets” under which it plans to incur a write-down of $1 billion to $1.1 billion under its financial results for the year ending 30 June 2020.

The expected write-down is based on “potential decline in consumer confidence and increased economic uncertainty” in the wake of the pandemic and “potential acceleration of retail contraction and uncertainty regarding longer-term impacts as an indirect result of the pandemic.”

The operator expects EBITDA to be in the range of $990 million to $1 billion – down from $1.12 billion in 2019, issuing its preliminary unaudited results for the year ended 30 June 2020.

Net income is estimated to range between $267 million and $273 million for the year, excluding the non-cash goodwill impairment charges. This will be a fall of at least 31% from last year’s $396 million net income.

“COVID-19 has materially impacted our Wagering & Media and Gaming Services businesses. We are facing into a challenging and uncertain environment, and the current operating conditions and those expected into the future are relevant factors in assessing the value of the goodwill in those businesses at this time,” David Attenborough, Managing Director and CEO of Tabcorp, said.

“We remain confident in the strength and resilience of Tabcorp’s diversified portfolio of assets and are pleased that integration is now substantially complete. We are focused on supporting our people and partners during these challenging times while ensuring that Tabcorp emerges strongly post COVID-19,” Attenborough added.

Last week, Attenborough stepped down from his role as chief executive after coming under growing pressure from investors over the performance of the company.

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Jumbo: Lotterywest white-label website operational

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Jumbo Interactive Limited (Jumbo) is pleased to announce that the Lotterywest white-label website www.oz.lotterywest.com is now live and fully operational, within the timeframe anticipated when Jumbo announced the Lotterywest Agreement to the ASX on 13 November 2020.

Under this Agreement, Jumbo will provide its online software platform and services to Lotterywest for up to the next 10 years, and has agreed to transition its WA customers to Lotterywest. Jumbo has also ceased sales of Tabcorp products to its WA customers from 21 December 2020, consistent with the terms of Jumbo’s 10-year agreements with Tabcorp, first announced on 29 June 2020.

“We’re very pleased to have delivered this project within the scheduled timeframe”, said Mr Mike Veverka, CEO of Jumbo.

“The successful completion was the result of the excellent working relationship between the Lotterywest and Jumbo project teams who were both focused on ensuring an uninterrupted firstclass customer experience”, he said.

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SQID Enters into Letter of Intent to Acquire 50% of ICON Esports

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SQID Technologies Limited has entered into a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire 50% of ICON Esports Pty Ltd.

SQID has agreed to invest AUD 2,250,000 for a 50% equity interest (on a fully-diluted basis) in ICON. The investment is expected to be used to expand the sales and business development activity and to support growth.

Upon completion of the transaction, SQID intends to integrate its payment platform into the ICON platform forming a single unified solution for payments and marketing campaigns. SQID has an existing solution of APIs and software plugins for mobile applications and upon completion of the transaction, expects a relatively simple integration between the two platforms.

Pursuant to the LOI, in recognition of the management time and cost commitment with respect to the transaction, ICON has granted SQID a period of exclusivity for two months from the date of the LOI. In addition, upon completion of the Transaction, it is expected that two nominees from SQID and two nominees from ICON will comprise the board of directors of ICON.

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Liquor Licence Approved for Resort at Crown’s Barangaroo Casino

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The NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority has approved an interim liquor licence for the resort at Crown’s Barangaroo casino.

ILGA chair Philip Crawford said the Authority is considering a further two liquor licences for other non-gaming areas of the casino, with a final decision expected within the week.

The licence issued today will allow Crown to serve alcohol at the Crown Sydney resort, which includes a number of bar areas. The additional licence applications still to be determined apply to two restaurants at Crown Sydney.

Last month ILGA decided against approving a range of regulatory items related to the casino’s gaming activities prior to the release of the Bergin Inquiry’s findings in February 2021.

At the time, ILGA agreed to work with Crown Resorts to enable opening this month of all non-gaming areas including accommodation, restaurants, bars and entertainment areas.

ILGA’s position on Crown Sydney’s gaming operations has not changed.

The licence issued today has been issued on an interim basis, with an end date of 30 April 2021.

This will enable ILGA to consider any suitability concerns arising from the Bergin Inquiry following the handing down of the report due early next year, before making a further decision regarding an extension to the licence.

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