Investor pessimism lowers stocks
Playtech Plcstock dropped 5% as investors questioned whether a £2.1 billion ($2.8 billion) buyout proposal for the British gambling software supplier would be approved.
In London trade, the company’s shares sank to 584p, down more than 14% from an offer of 680p per share from Australian slot machine developer Aristocrat Leisure Ltd.
Share Price Reflects Uncertainty
Because Aristocrat has been unable to reach a group of Asian investors who have invested in Playtech, the business is unable to assess whether the proposal is supported by stockholders who possess more than 20% of the company’s stock.
“Uncertainty is reflected in the stock price.” It’s “difficult to believe Aristocrat’s bid will be approved unless the offer price is dramatically increased,” said Roberta Ciacca, an analyst at Investec Plc.
With a 2.4 percent investment in Playtech, wealth manager Abrmdn Plc. declared last week that the offer was fair and that he wanted to vote for it.