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Betfair finance director hints at IPO

Betfair's sparkling results released yesterday (Wednesday) have sparked further media speculation that the UK online gambling firm may be looking to go public. Company revenues soared 27% to £303 million and profits were up 29% at £72 million, whilst active user members tripled to 650,000.

CEO David Yu hailed the results as "...a progression to online betting (away from the High Street) as people want to be more selective on what they bet on and find better value."

The company has cash resources of £133 million, obviating the need to raise capital, but as finance director Stephen Morana observed on the question of an IPO: "We don't need to raise capital but we will need a liquidity event (to allow shareholders to cash in)... A float is an obvious option."

Betfair is currently part-owned by founders Bertie Black and Ed Wray (25%), 20% by Softbank of Japan and 25% is in private equity.

Source: InfoPowa News

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