On the surface, this looks like a decent acquisition: 2x revs, not dilutive, and strengthens IGT's online positioning.



"The addition of Entraction advances IGT's position in legalized Interactive gaming markets.  It strengthens our interactive portfolio by adding poker, bingo, casino, and sports betting. This combination will drive enhanced value for our global customers and partners."

- Patti Hart, President and CEO of IGT


"This transaction represents a fantastic opportunity for our employees, customers, and shareholders alike. Entraction will be able to utilize IGT's global scale and distribution to advance our short and long term objectives in exciting, new ways and we look forward to joining the IGT team."

Peter Astrom, President and CEO of Entraction



  • IGT launched a cash tender to purchase all the outstanding shares of Entraction Holding AB for $11.11/share ($115MM)
  • The Entraction board has recommended the transaction to its shareholders
  • "Established in 2000 and based in Stockholm, Sweden, Entraction operates one of the world's largest, legal online poker networks and has quickly grown into one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products and services."
    • Over 4 million registered players
    • Partnerships with over 60 operators
    • "Provides a comprehensive suite of services needed to operate a successful gaming site such as content management, payment solutions, and fraud protection."
  • "IGT expects to fund the transaction from available cash on its balance sheet. The tender offer is projected to close within IGT's current fiscal year and is subject to conditions customary for Swedish public companies as well as certain regulatory approvals."



  • Their offer for Entraction serves to further IGT's objective of growing their international and online gaming business
  • Entraction has 40 turnkey customers and 20 poker customers that use their technology
  • Premature to estimate impact on IGT's FY11 guidance, but the acquisition will enhance IGT's online business in FY12
  • No change to guidance



  • What is the status of Entraction's remake of their poker product?
    • Too early for IGT to have input on Entraction's platform
    • According to IGT's due diligence, they believe that the platform is good base for online poker
  • This transaction is in support of an ex-US strategy. It's really about participating in existing legal markets.
  • They do generate positive cash from operations and have roughly $54MM of revenue
  • It's really important for them to have the regulatory approvals and they believe that they will be able to take this platform into markets where Entraction didn't have the size and financial ability to pursue. Also complements their existing suit of products that they already have in order package a complete online casino offering. 
  • Entraction has not pursued other takeout opportunities to IGT's knowledge. Have just north of 20% of the shareholders that have already indicated support for the transaction.

Cartoon of the Day: 'Biggest Tax Cut Ever'

President Donald Trump's economic team unveiled what he called last week, "the biggest tax cut we’ve ever had.” Before you get too excited about that hang on a sec. "Trump Tax Reform ain’t gettin’ done anytime soon," Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough wrote in today's Early Look.

read more

Neurofinance: The Psychology Behind When To Sell A Bull Market

"Most momentum investors stay invested too long, under-reacting and holding tight after truly bad news finally arrives to break the trend," writes MarketPsych's Richard Peterson.

read more

Energy Stocks: Time to Buy the Dip? | $XLE

What the heck is happening in the Energy sector (XLE)? Energy stocks have trailed the S&P 500 by a whopping 15% in 2017. Before you buy the dip, here's what you need to know.

read more

Cartoon of the Day: Hard-Headed Bears

How's this for "hard data"? So far, 107 of 497 S&P 500 companies have reported aggregate sales and earnings growth of 4.4% and 13.2% respectively.

read more

Premium insight

McCullough [Uncensored]: When People Say ‘Everyone is Bullish, That’s Bulls@#t’

“You wonder why the performance of the hedge fund indices is so horrendous,” says Hedgeye CEO Keith McCullough, “they’re all doing the same thing, after the market moves. You shouldn’t be paid for that.”

read more

SECTOR SPOTLIGHT Replay | Healthcare Analyst Tom Tobin Today at 2:30PM ET

Tune in to this edition of Sector Spotlight with Healthcare analyst Tom Tobin and Healthcare Policy analyst Emily Evans.

read more

Ouchy!! Wall Street Consensus Hit By Epic Short Squeeze

In the latest example of what not to do with your portfolio, we have Wall Street consensus positioning...

read more

Cartoon of the Day: Bulls Leading the People

Investors rejoiced as centrist Emmanuel Macron edged out far-right Marine Le Pen in France's election day voting. European equities were up as much as 4.7% on the news.

read more

McCullough: ‘This Crazy Stat Drives Stock Market Bears Nuts’

If you’re short the stock market today, and your boss asks why is the Nasdaq at an all-time high, here’s the only honest answer: So far, Nasdaq company earnings are up 46% year-over-year.

read more

Who's Right? The Stock Market or the Bond Market?

"As I see it, bonds look like they have further to fall, while stocks look tenuous at these levels," writes Peter Atwater, founder of Financial Insyghts.

read more

Poll of the Day: If You Could Have Lunch with One Fed Chair...

What do you think? Cast your vote. Let us know.

read more

Are Millennials Actually Lazy, Narcissists? An Interview with Neil Howe (Part 2)

An interview with Neil Howe on why Boomers and Xers get it all wrong.

read more