Corporate By William Hill PLC

Result of scheme court hearing

Recommended Offer for Sportingbet plc by William Hill Australia Pty Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of William Hill plc, and GVC Holdings plc to be effected by means of a Scheme of Arrangement under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006 (the "Offer")

Result of Scheme Court Hearing

The Board of Sportingbet plc is pleased to announce that at the Scheme Court Hearing this morning, the Court gave its approval to the Scheme.

Next Steps

Completion of the Offer remains subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain Conditions set out in the Scheme Document published on 25 January 2013, including Court confirmation of the associated Reduction of Capital. The expected date for the Reduction Court Hearing is 14 March 2013. Subject to the Conditions as described above, it is anticipated that the Scheme will become effective on or around 19 March 2013. Further details of the expected timetable of principal events are set out below.

Capitalised terms, unless otherwise defined in this announcement, have the meaning given to them in the Scheme Document published on 25 January 2013.

A copy of this announcement will be available on the websites of Sportingbet at, William Hill at and GVC at





Andrew McIver

Jim Wilkinson

+44 (0)20 7184 1800

Lazard (Financial Adviser to Sportingbet)

Cyrus Kapadia

Aamir Khan

+44 (0)20 7187 2000

Canaccord Genuity Limited (Broker to Sportingbet)

Bruce Garrow

Adam Miller

+44 (0)20 7523 8350

Maitland (PR Adviser to Sportingbet)

George Hudson

Daniel Yea

+44 (0)20 7379 5151

William Hill

Ralph Topping, Chief Executive

Neil Cooper, Group Finance Director

Lyndsay Wright, Director of IR

+44 (0)20 8918 3614

Citi (Lead Financial Adviser and Joint Broker to William Hill)

Jan Skarbek

Andrew Seaton

Sajjad Vakilian

+44 (0)20 7986 4000

Investec (Financial Adviser and Joint Broker to William Hill)

Chris Treneman

James Rudd

+44 (0)20 7597 5970

Brunswick (PR Adviser to William Hill)

Simon Sporborg

+44 (0)20 7404 5959


Kenneth Alexander, Chief Executive Officer

Richard Cooper, Group Finance Director

+44 (0)20 7398 7702

Daniel Stewart (Financial Adviser, NOMAD and Broker to GVC)

Paul Shackleton

David Hart

+44 (0)20 7776 6550

Abchurch (PR Adviser to GVC)

Henry Harrison-Topham

+44 (0)20 7398 7702


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