If you ever wondered whether being a publicly-listed company in this industry is worth it, consider the latest batch of senior secured notes sourced by Playtech. The company just announced this morning that it managed to source €350 million at a rate of 4.25 percent for its BB-rated paper.
According to the gaming and financial technology provider’s public announcement, the net proceeds of the issuance of the new bonds will be used to redeem on maturity all of the outstanding €297 million senior convertible bonds which are due for November 2019.
Shares of the company rallied on the news as any prospect for dilution this autumn is being discounted out of the market. After closing at around 422 pence yesterday, Playtech’s stock is currently trading 2.75 percent higher at 434 pence per share.
After the issue of the new debt paper which is due in 2026 and the redemption of the convertible bonds, the only material outstanding borrowings aside from today’s placement will be the €530 million 3.75 percent senior secured notes which are due in 2023.
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Playtech also maintains a €272 million revolving credit facility which is currently undrawn.
Cost of Capital Challenges
With interest rates slowly increasing globally, Playtech’s placement today highlights the advantages which publicly-traded brokers have over other industry peers. The company’s solid capital base is underpinning the potential of its financials division at a time when the industry is getting squeezed by tighter regulations.
The news comes after the firm’s financial division TradeTech, reported that its trading volumes for 2018 surpassed $2 trillion. While a business slowdown hit the industry in the latter half of last year, companies who can afford to reach clients in an environment of higher user acquisition costs are also set to gain more revenues per client, at least that is what the latest trends in the industry are.
While, as we already mentioned, interest rates are rising, the increase is nowhere near the pockets of savers across Europe. If EU regulators have to blame someone for the increasing risk appetite of retail investors across the continent, the focus should be on the ECB, which maintains rates at zero for a third straight year.