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Bally’s Board Evaluates Standard General’s Takeover Offer: What Lies Ahead?

Bally’s (NYSE: BALY) has taken steps to evaluate the recent takeover offer made by Standard General, a hedge fund that holds roughly 23% of the casino operator's shares. The company's board of directors has formed a special committee to assess the bid, which stands at $15 per share.

Bally’s Board Evaluates Standard General’s Takeover Offer: What Lies Ahead?

The decision to form the committee comes in the wake of Standard General's proposal, led by Soo Kim, a member of Bally’s board. While the offer has sparked investor interest, Bally’s issued a statement emphasizing that the formation of the committee does not imply automatic acceptance of the proposal.

According to Bally’s statement, "There can be no assurance that any definitive offer will be made or accepted, that any agreement will be executed or that any transaction will be consummated.”

This isn't the first time Standard General has attempted to acquire Bally’s. In January 2022, the hedge fund put forward an offer of $38 per share, which was ultimately rejected. However, news of the latest offer has led to a surge in Bally’s share price, reflecting investor optimism.

Analysts have offered varying perspectives on the likelihood of Bally’s accepting the current offer. Some view the company's robust asset portfolio, including rights to operate Tropicana on the Las Vegas Strip and an upcoming Chicago casino hotel, as potential factors driving acceptance. Others question why Bally’s would consider a bid significantly lower than Standard General's previous offer.

In a letter addressed to Bally’s board, Kim highlighted the advantages of accepting Standard General's offer, including an immediate premium for shareholders and the hedge fund's familiarity with the company's operations, which could expedite the deal if accepted.

Kim's letter stated, “Based upon our experience and familiarity with the Company and extensive discussions we have had with potential financing sources, we do not anticipate any issues in securing financing for the transaction."

Despite the offer, uncertainties remain regarding Bally’s decision, particularly given the company's ongoing efforts to secure $800 million in financing for the Chicago integrated resort. However, Standard General remains confident in its ability to secure financing for the transaction and is prepared to move forward with the deal if accepted.



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