Allwyn Entertainment to Support Growth with New York Stock Exchange Listing in Partnership with Publicly-Traded Cohn Robbins Holdings Corp.
21 Jan 2022
Allwyn Entertainment, the new group-wide brand for SAZKA Entertainment AG (“Allwyn Entertainment” or “Allwyn” or the “Company”), a leading multinational lottery operator, today announced another significant step in its evolution to a global lottery-led entertainment platform: Allwyn’s intention to become a publicly- listed company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in partnership with NYSE- listed Cohn Robbins Holdings Corp. (CRHC), resulting in an expected total enterprise value for Allwyn of approximately $9.3 billion. As described below and subject to certain limitations, an innovative feature of the Transaction provides CRHC shareholders the opportunity to establish ownership stakes at a maximum enterprise value of approximately $8.7 billion. CRHC is Co-Chaired by its Co- Founders, Gary D. Cohn and Clifton S. Robbins.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Update on recent developments
01 Apr 2020
COVID-19 restrictions and operational 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.
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.
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”).
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.
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.
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.
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
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”).
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.
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.
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.