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DraftKings Is Acquiring Golden Nugget for $1.56 Billion -- Is DraftKings Stock a Buy?

By Eric Cuka – Aug 10, 2021 at 11:00AM

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Legalized gambling is an enormous secular growth trend. Is DraftKings the best way to play it?

There's big news in the M&A space after DraftKings (DKNG -0.41%) announced a $1.56 billion acquisition of Golden Nugget Online Gaming (GNOG). The all-stock agreement is expected to close in early 2022, and it seemingly unlocks tremendous value for both businesses. DraftKings, in addition to the acquisition, also announced a commercial agreement with Fertitta Entertainment, the parent company of Golden Nugget, LLC, Landry's LLC, and the Houston Rockets. 

Several synergies and strategic benefits were mentioned in the acquisition announcement this morning, which include:

  • Combined company revenues
  • Technology optimization
  • Marketing efficiencies

The total expected synergies are estimated to be worth over $300 million at maturity. I think the biggest benefit for DraftKings will be the exposure to brick-and-mortar casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and elsewhere. DraftKings, combined with Golden Nugget Online Gaming, will be able to compete directly with Penn National Gaming (PENN 1.19%), which finalized its $163 million acquisition of Barstool Sports in early 2020. Penn National Gaming owns, or has interest in, 39 gaming-related facilities across the United States, and many DraftKings bears argued that land-based operations were required for its business to reach its full potential in the long term. The announcement today creates two primary powerhouse gaming companies, which I believe will become major sports and entertainment media platforms over the long term. 

In the below video, I breakdown the acquisition announcement between DraftKings and Golden Nugget Online Gaming. Is DraftKings a long-term winner for your growth portfolio? Please watch the video for more information and my opinions. 

*Stock prices used in the below video were during the trading day of August 9, 2021. The video was published on August 9, 2021.

Eric Cuka owns shares of DraftKings Inc. and Penn National Gaming. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policyEric is an affiliate of The Motley Fool and may be compensated for promoting its services. If you choose to subscribe through his link, he will earn some extra money that supports his channel. His opinions remain his own and are unaffected by The Motley Fool.

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Stocks Mentioned

DraftKings Inc. Stock Quote
DraftKings Inc.
DKNG
$14.44 (-0.41%) $0.06
Golden Nugget Online Gaming Stock Quote
Golden Nugget Online Gaming
GNOG
Penn National Gaming Stock Quote
Penn National Gaming
PENN
$34.07 (1.19%) $0.40

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