Matt Tripp leads $75M strategic placement into BETMAKERS

Jane Morgan Management
  • Matt Tripp signs exclusive partnership with BetMakers
  • Acceleration of BetMakers’ global B2B wagering strategy
  • Top institutional funds continue their support for BetMakers
  • $25 million investment by Matt Tripp
  • CEO Todd Buckingham signs new 3-year commitment to drive next phase of growth
The Board of BetMakers Technology Group Ltd (ASX:BET) (“BetMakers” or the “Company”) is
delighted to announce that it has entered into an agreement which will see online wagering industry
leader Matt Tripp partner exclusively with BetMakers to accelerate growth of its B2B wagering
Separately, Mr Tripp has also agreed to subscribe for $25 million of new BetMakers shares.
BetMakers is currently engaged with a number of parties in relation to opportunities which leverage
BetMakers’ scalable technology and data platform and looks forward to Mr Tripp’s assistance with
these exciting initiatives. In addition to reviewing potential opportunities for BetMakers to provide
B2B services in the Australian wagering market, the Company is also looking at opportunities in the
U.S., with a particular focus on those which can leverage BetMakers’ anticipated acquisition of the tote
and digital business from Sportech PLC.
BetMakers will continue to focus on transactions which are accretive to BetMakers’ shareholders.
Subject to obtaining shareholder approval at an upcoming extraordinary general meeting under ASX
Listing Rule 7.1, Mr Tripp will invest $25 million at an issue price of $0.70 per share which represents a
1.6% discount to the 15 day VWAP, resulting in the issue of approximately 35.7 million shares (“Tripp
The Company has also received firm commitments of $50.0m cornerstoned by several existing,
supportive institutions (“Institutional Placement”). The Institutional Placement will be undertaken
pursuant to the Company’s existing placement capacity and at the same price as the proposed
placement to Mr Tripp. The Institutional Placement is expected to settle on 23 February 2021, with
shares expected to trade on ASX on 24 February 2021.
All funds raised will be used to accelerate growth, specifically in pursuing and executing strategic
opportunities. Following completion of the capital raising and the transaction with Sportech, the
Company will have approximately $110m in cash on hand.
Canaccord Genuity acted as Financial Advisor, Lead Manager and Bookrunner to the transaction.
Separately, Mr Tripp has been contracted as a strategic advisor to the Company where he will pursue
deals defined as a “strategic deal” and a “transformational deal” for BetMakers, including
opportunities in Australia and internationally (“Strategic Advisory Agreement”), and as set out below.
In respect of opportunities for B2B wagering service providers, Mr Tripp has agreed to provide his
services exclusively to BetMakers.
BetMakers Chief Executive Officer Todd Buckingham said:
“We are thrilled to have secured Matt Tripp’s backing, both in the form a significant investment
in the Company and also as a key advisor on strategic and transformational deals that he will
now pursue. Matt has a proven track record over a brilliant career in the online wagering
industry and his support for BetMakers is a great vote of confidence in our Company.”
Matt Tripp said:
“BetMakers has cemented itself with a compelling proposition in the global racing wagering
market. They have built a formidable team with a highly trusted brand and established a global
footprint with a large customer base. I am delighted to invest into the Company and take on a
role to assist in growing the business at scale globally. I see clear opportunities to support that
growth through inorganic and organic deals both in Australia and internationally.”
The Board is pleased to announce that it has entered into a new agreement with BetMakers CEO Todd
Buckingham. Under the terms of the agreement Mr Buckingham will remain the CEO of BetMakers
until 30 June 2024.
BetMakers Chairman Nick Chan said:
“Todd has delivered outstanding growth and opportunity for the Company through his
leadership and vision and the Board is delighted to have secured his commitment under
agreeable terms going forward.”
BetMakers CEO Mr Buckingham said:
“Through the support of the Board and the world-class team we have at BetMakers I am
pleased to be in a position where the next exciting phase of growth can be delivered for the
Company and its shareholders.”
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