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Pan-European Lottery Operator SAZKA Entertainment re-brands to Allwyn

07 Dec 2021

SAZKA Entertainment (the “Company”), which operates lotteries in Austria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Cyprus, and Italy, is re-branding as Allwyn

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Pavel Turek is Allwyn's new Chief Officer of CSR & Global Brand

07 Oct 2021

One of the most experienced experts in sports marketing and business, Pavel Turek, joins Allwyn. From October 2021, he assumes the position of Chief Officer of CSR & Global Brand.

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SAZKA Entertainment AG appoints Lord Sebastian Coe CH KBE to its board

17 Sep 2021

Four time Olympic medal winner, current President of World Athletics, and a global leader in the world of sport, Lord Sebastian Coe CH KBE joins the board of Europe’s largest lottery operator, SAZKA Entertainment AG.  Lord Coe’s appointment as the board´s first Independent Non-Executive Director took effect as of September 14, 2021.  

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Robert Chvátal is re-elected as a member of the Eurojackpot Executive Committee

18 May 2021

SAZKA Group is very proud to share that our CEO, Robert Chvátal, has been re-elected as a member of the Eurojackpot Executive Committee until 2024. Robert will enter his 7th year and third term as part of this prestigious 6-person committee.

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Digital entrepreneur Brent Hoberman to support Sir Keith Mills and Sazka Group on bid to modernise The National Lottery

19 Jan 2021

SAZKA Group is pleased to announce that tech entrepreneur Brent Hoberman CBE has joined an advisory board that is providing support to Sir Keith Mills and the wider team as part of the company’s bid for the Fourth National Lottery Licence. Mr. Hoberman will advise primarily on the seamless integration and management of technology and digital innovation across Sazka’s plans for The National Lottery. The bid advisory board, which recently added Justin King as its retail advisor, will comprise of experts from a range of fields, including good causes, player protection and entertainment.

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Retail executive Justin King to team up with Sir Keith Mills and Sazka Group on bid to refresh and revitalise The National Lottery

15 Jan 2021

SAZKA Group is pleased to announce that businessman and former CEO of Sainsbury’s, Justin King CBE, will be the inaugural appointment to an advisory board that will provide counsel to bid chair Sir Keith Mills and the wider team as part of the company’s bid for the Fourth National Lottery Licence. The bid advisory board will include experts from a range of fields, including good causes, player protection, digital and innovation, and entertainment.

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KKCG and SAZKA Group announce a strategic investment by Apollo Funds to support their global expansion in the lottery and gaming sectors

10 Nov 2020

KKCG AG (“KKCG Group” or “KKCG”) and SAZKA Group a.s. (together with its subsidiaries, “SAZKA Group” or the “Company”) have announced today that funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc. (“Apollo” and such funds the “Apollo Funds”), one of the world’s leading investors in gaming and largest alternative investment managers, have agreed to invest €500 million in the Company in coordination with Karel Komárek’s KKCG Group. The investment will be effected through an investment into SAZKA Entertainment AG, a newly- established 100% wholly-owned subsidiary of KKCG, which upon closing of the investment, will be the 100% owner of SAZKA Group.

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COVID-19 update

10 Nov 2020

SAZKA Group a.s. (together with its subsidiaries, “SAZKA Group” or the “Company”) wishes to give an update to its stakeholders on the impact of the recent restrictions that have been implemented due to the COVID-19 virus, as well as certain other recent developments.

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SAZKA Group teams up with Sir Keith Mills in bid for Fourth UK National Lottery Licence

31 Oct 2020

SAZKA Group, Europe’s largest lottery operator, today announced it has appointed Sir Keith Mills as Bid Chair of the UK team for the Fourth National Lottery Licence Competition. Sir Keith Mills, a successful entrepreneur whose creative talent conceived the loyalty programmes so ubiquitous today, brings a wealth of experience from his roles across sport, charities, and business. He played a pivotal role in London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and subsequently, their successful staging. For the past six years he has chaired the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a role he hands over to Lord William Hague next month. He is also Chairman of the Invictus Games, the international adaptive multi-sport event created by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.

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Sazka Group enters the competition for UK National Lottery 4th Licence

03 Oct 2020

Sazka Group, Europe’s largest lottery operator, has announced that it has entered the Gambling Commission’s competition to select the operator of the 4th licence to run the UK National Lottery by completing its response to the Gambling Commission’s Selection Questionnaire.

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OPAP strengthens its position in online sports-betting in Greece through the acquisition of Stoiximan Group’s Greek and Cypriot business

21 Apr 2020

OPAP S.A., (“OPAP”), SAZKA Group’s Greek and Cypriot subsidiary, has today announced (i) the receipt of regulatory approvals for its previously announced acquisition of 51% of Stoiximan Group’s Greek and Cypriot business (“SMGC”) and (ii) the acquisition (subject to regulatory approvals) of a further stake in SMGC as a result of which OPAP will have a total shareholding of 85% in and sole control of SMGC.

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Update on recent developments

01 Apr 2020

COVID-19 restrictions and operational update:

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COVID-19 update

17 Mar 2020

SAZKA Group wishes to give an update to its stakeholders regarding the measures our companies and retail partners have taken with regard to the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

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SAZKA Group received the Lottery Operator of the Year award

06 Feb 2020

SAZKA Group received the prestigious “Lottery Operator of the Year” award by Gaming Intelligence.

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SAZKA Group a.s. Announces Pricing of Bond Issue

30 Jan 2020

SAZKA Group a.s. announces that it has priced €300 million in aggregate principal amount of Senior Notes due 2027 (the “Bonds”).

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Q3 2019 Auditor-reviewed updated financial statements

28 Jan 2020

Due to a potential capital markets transaction, the 3Q 2019 SAZKA Group financial statements have been updated and prepared according to IAS 34 and reviewed by the auditor. 

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Kenneth Morton appointed CFO of SAZKA Group

20 Jan 2020

SAZKA Group is pleased to announce that Kenneth Morton has been appointed Chief Financial Officer, effective on 1 February 2020.
Current CFO Peter Stohr to remain with SAZKA Group until the end of March 2020 to ensure a smooth transition.

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SAZKA Group commits to headline sponsorship at Global Regulatory Awards 2020

12 Dec 2019

Europe's largest lottery operator SAZKA Group has committed to headline sponsorship at the Gambling Compliance Global Regulatory Awards (GRAs) 2020 with the event on track for a record number of submissions and attendees.

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Novomatic AG and Sazka Group agreed on a sale of Novomatic´s shares in Casinos Austria AG

10 Dec 2019

Sazka Group invites ÖBAG to form long term strategic partnership. Best solution for CASAG

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SAZKA Group a.s. Announces Pricing of Bond Issue

12 Nov 2019

SAZKA Group a.s., a joint stock company incorporated under the laws of the Czech Republic and one of the largest pan-European lottery operators, announces that it has priced €300 million in aggregate principal amount of Senior Notes due 2024 (the “Bonds”).

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SAZKA Group’s Senior Unsecured Notes SG 5.20/2024: Results of Subscription

23 Sep 2019

SAZKA Group a.s. announces the successful end to the subscription period for the Notes.

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SAZKA Group to increase the total nominal value of the Senior Unsecured Notes SG 5.20/2024

04 Sep 2019

SAZKA Group a.s. announces that it will increase the total nominal value of the Notes to CZK 6,000,000,000 due to strong interest from both retail and institutional investors, as well as favourable market conditions for the SAZKA Group business across its markets.

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SAZKA Group to issue new mid-term Notes

07 Aug 2019

SAZKA Group a.s. (the “Company“) has mandated J&T BANKA a.s., Česká spořitelna a.s., Komerční banka a.s. and UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia a.s. to place a new 5 year senior bond issuance (the “bond”)  with a value of 5,000,000,000 CZK, and the potential increase to 6,000,000,000 CZK.

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