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Why DraftKings Is Down 7% Today

By Howard Smith – Oct 5, 2020 at 11:43AM

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The online sports betting company's shares are up 250% since it went public earlier this year.

What happened

Shares of online fantasy sports and sports betting company DraftKings (DKNG 1.30%) are down 7% today, as of 11:30 a.m. EDT. After a huge run following its April 2020 initial public offering (IPO), investors are taking some profits after a company announcement this morning. 

So what

DraftKings announced today it will be issuing new shares of its common stock, diluting existing shareholders after a strong performance in its first six months of trading. 

man with sports betting app open on phone and laptop

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While the common share public offering will be for 32 million shares, only half of those are being offered by the company. The other 16 million shares are being sold by existing stock holders, and proceeds for those will not go to the company.

In addition to the 16 million new shares being offered, the company said underwriters could purchase another 4.8 million shares. DraftKings said its share of the proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes. 

Now what

It's not uncommon for companies to take advantage of high valuations to raise new capital in the markets. Shares of the still-unprofitable company had advanced about 275% from its IPO to its closing price on Friday. 

With a market capitalization still over $20 billion after today's drop, the company is trading at over 50 times sales, even considering its estimated revenue growth rates. With the company raising capital at these levels, investors apparently decided to cash out some profits today, too. 

Howard Smith has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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