Amaya Gaming Stock: CEO Offers $2 Billion

February 9, 2016 · Posted in Poker News 

Amaya Gaming Stock Gets an Upward Jolt

AMAYA GAMING STOCK’s David Baazov, the CEO of Amaya Gaming, the company that owns PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, is said to be proposing to take his company back to privately held status in a huge $2 billion USD deal.

Opportunistic investors went scurrying to buy Amaya shares before the giant deal closed. Of course, when something like this happens, it drives up the price of the stock. In this case, the value of Amaya Gaming stock gained around 27%. And that jump occurred before the first minute of trading during Monday’s trading session.

CEO Offers $2 Billion in All Cash Deal

The Financial Post reports that Baazov’s offer is an all cash deal, with the intention to buy back every Amaya Gaming stock at $21 per share. Based on last Friday’s Amaya Gaming stock valuation of $14.99 USD per share, that’s a very attractive offer of a 40% premium.

Though his $2 billion USD offer may seem like quite a steep price to pay, it’s actually a really great deal for David Baazov, considering that he already owns 18% of the outstanding shares, so he’s actually trying to grab up the remaining 22% of the shares that aren’t currently under his control.

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If Mr. Baazov pulls it off, he and his partners will be in a powerful position indeed. They will be completely free of the constraints of having to keep their shareholders happy. After all these recent years of legal problems and major setbacks, taking Amaya Gaming stock back to private sector will present the owners with some breathing room.

The Big Deal Could Go Up in Smoke

Of course, the Big Caveat is that the whole deal could fall apart at in a moment. Mr. Baazov in under no legal obligation to follow through with his plan. His offer is a non-bindng one. A recent press release by the company stressed this point. David Baazov could pull out of the deal at any time.

This fact has lead much speculation, but no one knows what the real intentions are except for David Baazov and his partners.

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A personal note: I’m always interested in interesting and potentially profitable stock opportunities. When I first heard this story, I looked into possibly purchasing some Amaya (AYA) shares. But upon deeper research, I backed out, due to my own speculations of what may be happening behind the scenes. One scenario that played out in my mind is that:

  • David Baazov may have made a non-binding offer simply to increase the value of Amaya Gaming stock.
  • Perhaps they are actually keen to sell the cmpany to another buyer, and he could command a steeper purchase price when the stock price is high.
  • Or perhaps he and his partners have some stock options that are vesting soon and they wish to cash out some of their shares at the higher price.

Of course, these types of insider shenanigans are against the law, but anyone who follows the financial news knows that very few of these types of illegal actions ever get prosecuted.
I don’t mean to imply that Mr. Baazov and his partners are up to shenanigans. I simply don’t trust the financial system.

To Buy Amaya Gaming Stock, or Not

So I backed out of making a purchase of Amaya Gaming stock.

I will follow up and report on this story as it continues to unfold.

In the meantime, you can look into the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

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