Betbull Announces New Share Issue


Betting firm wants to raise a million Euros to further develop Spanish operations

Betbull, which achieved control of a joint Spanish venture with the Bwin group recently has announced that it is to effect a new share issue in order to raise a million Euros to develop the Betbull Bwin Espana retail betting business in Madrid.

Betbull said in a statement that it would be placing 800 000 ordinary shares of one Euro each at a placing price of Euro 1.25 in order to raise one million Euros before expenses.

'Certain existing shareholders including members of the management team have agreed to subscribe for shares pursuant to the placing,' a company spokesman revealed this week.

Earlier this (December) month, following a share-based loan redemption, Betbull Holding became the controlling owner of the Betbull Bwin Espana SA joint venture established in 2007. Bwin agreed to the conversion of a Euro 2.5 million loan note into 1.25 million ordinary Betbull shares priced at one Euro each as part of the deal, while the Austrian firm will also receive an additional 1 101 124 shares in Betbull in exchange for setting up and funding the Spanish joint venture.

Once approved by shareholders and authorities, the agreement will result in Betbull's issued share capital increasing by over 2.35 million to 10 914 624 with Bwin owning 36.98 percent of the British firm.

Betbull is currently busy relocating its registered office from the UK to Austria and should have completed the process by the end of the first quarter of 2010. Consent is currently being sought from Her Majesty's Revenue And Customs for a change in tax residency following the relocation.

'We are happy to have reached agreement on further funding for our Spanish operations, clearly demonstrating the company's commitment and confidence in this area,' said Simon Bold, new co-managing director for Betbull.

'Relocation of the company from London to Vienna is in the final stages and we will benefit in the coming year from cost savings associated with this move.'

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