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Gaming Giant Entain May Sell Assets, Says Analyst

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Recent problems and challenges global gaming giant Entain has been facing could lead to significant changes for the company. Notably, according to one analyst, it's possible Entain could sell off its assets or look for an equitable merger.

Entain Prepares for Fundamental Changes

In the wake of the abrupt departure of Entain's CEO, Jette Nygaard-Andersen, the company's future has become a subject of intense speculation. A new report by James Wheatcroft, an analyst from Jefferies, suggests that Entain could undergo a significant transformation in the coming months, including a potential merger or sale of assets.

Wheatcroft believes that the recent management changes could have a positive impact on Entain's stock price. In fact, Jefferies has upgraded its rating for Entain from "hold" to "buy," and as of this past Monday, the company's shares rose by 5%, indicating a positive trend over the past two weeks.

Wheatcroft's report delves into several potential scenarios for Entain's future. He doesn't rule out a full or partial sale of the company, or even the sale of specific assets. He specifically mentions a potential merger with MGM Resorts International, as well as the possibility of Entain selling its 50% stake in BetMGM, a joint venture with MGM. The analyst also suggests that Entain could explore divesting other assets to streamline operations and focus on core businesses.

New Opportunities on the Horizon

According to Wheatcroft, these potential changes could be implemented alongside the search for a new CEO, adding to the company's dynamic outlook. He also notes that the recent settlement agreement reached with the Crown Prosecution Service, related to an HMRC investigation into Entain's activities in Turkey, could open up new opportunities for the company.

Meanwhile, a recent report suggests that Entain is considering appointing Ricky Sandler, the founder of Eminence Capital, to its board of directors. Sandler has been critical of Entain's recent decisions, including the acquisition of STS Holding, Poland's leading sports betting operator. His appointment could signal a shift in the company's strategic direction.

Last year, Entain had announced that it was going to focus extensively on mergers and acquisitions in support of its global growth plans. It bought several gaming companies since then to achieve that goal, but now may become an acquisition target itself.

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