Industry Comment & Analysis

Secondary listings in the US? Oh yes.

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that for secondary listings, US IPOs have generally fared better than their EU counterparts. The reason is not entirely binary; ie: just because of US TAM and/or state-side valuation perception, but actually due to a variety of investor-specific reasons. First off, the TAM subject. By 2030, it is estimated that the state-side gambling market will […]

Activist mindsets could boost 888’s share price

It is indeed debatable whether any areas of activist investment are currently more exciting than gambling. And this has been a gradually ongoing trend – just witness the last few years with Icahn and Caesars, Corvex/Starboard and MGM, Arviv and Bragg, and Springowl (alongside the now-disgraced Odey) and Playtech. We now have another developing activist story, this time with 888. […]

What’s happening on the gaming bond markers?

Most industries (aside from, obviously, tourism) call summer the silly season for good reason. Nothing really happens that can move markets, and if it did, nobody would be around to notice and/or make a difference anyway. That’s why the seasonal maxim ‘Sell in May and go away…’ still comically carries so much weight in a supposedly AI-dominated twenty-first century. This […]

View from the City: Why the change of heart over SPACs?

RB Capital co-founder Julian Buhagiar finds out why M&A buyers are starting to turn their backs on SPACs

Market Watch: Can the online gambling world learn from the success of premium online content platforms?

RB Capital’s Julian Buhagiar ponders a gap in the market for a regular audio/video digest of industry news to satisfy those looking for a succinct content fix

Market Watch: Could the sector be rocked by a reduction in SPAC purchasing power?

RB Capital’s Julian Buhagiar explores the effects of over-speculation in the colliding worlds of SPACs and NFTs

Following the stream

Streaming is established as a huge component of the console gaming ecosystem, and the first generation of igaming streamers is beginning to emerge. This has the potential to become far more than just another affiliate marketing channel, writes Julian Buhagiar.

View from the City: Is the online gaming boom braced for market correction?

Julian Buhagiar, co-founder of RB Capital, spots an underlying trend in the latest market movements

Market Watch: The asymmetry of US and European valuations

RB Capital co-founder Julian Buhagiar questions the longevity of the SPAC model as cash floods the American investor market

View from the City: how M&A has become a cloak-and-dagger operation during the pandemic

Julian Buhagiar, co-founder of RB Capital, on why the secrecy of deals has become more commonplace during Covid-19

When the barbarians leave the gate

While US giants remain set on snapping up European gambling assets, Julian Buhagiar warns that there may soon be an abrupt end to this cycle.

US M&A: The New Normal

RB Capital co-founder Julian Buhagiar asks how the incoming administration might impact igaming consolidation in the US