Amid global COVID-19 disruptions, US analysts are monitoring DraftKings developments closely, as the DFS and sportsbook operator pursues its 2020 agenda of listing on the US Nasdaq exchange this April.
This morning, the firm published the following statement which read: “We are pleased that our registration statement was declared effective by the US Securities and Exchange Commission this morning, which brings us another step closer to our goal of becoming a public company in April.”
DraftKings has entered its final phase of merging with betting systems provider SBTech, forming a new $3bn enterprise backed by LA sports and entertainment private equity fund Diamond Eagle Corp.
The combination, which will form ‘DraftKings INC’, has been led by Hollywood magnates Harry E Sloan and Jeff Sagansky spearheading Diamond Eagle’s reverse takeover bid.
Finalizing its deal, Diamond Eagle, a PE fund which trades on the US Nasdaq, is scheduled to host its shareholder vote on April 23, green lighting the ambitious three-way tie-up.
Merger prospects will see DraftKings accelerate its ‘leading B2C’ profile across all regulated market states, powered by SBTech technology systems, forming ‘the first vertically integrated pure-play sports betting and online gaming company based in the United States’.
DraftKings’ aggressive masterplan will be funded by Diamond Eagle securing $500m in working capital, generating funds through a critical 2020 IPO.
Nevertheless, Sloan and Sagansky’s playbook will be tested by the dire conditions facing all market investors navigating COVID-19 headwinds, should DraftKings maintain its April IPO stance.
With all US pro leagues suspending their schedules under lockdown, analysts will likely question whether a DraftKings IPO soothes investor appetite amid dire daily economic forecasts, in which all US companies seek to recapitalize their share prices, escaping bear market conditions.