Jason Ader Long Playtec: Sohn London Conference ~ market folly

Monday, December 9, 2019

Jason Ader Long Playtec: Sohn London Conference

We're posting up notes from the Sohn London investment conference.  Next up is Jason Ader of SpringOwl Asset Management who presented a long of Playtec (LON: PTEC).

Jason Ader's Sohn London Conference Presentation

Long Playtec (LON: PTEC)

Spring Owl’s active approach could be referred to as private equity in public markets. It acts as a sponsor and focuses on turnarounds. Jason Ader has been involved in turnarounds in the gaming industry for several years, including Lss Vegas Sands, Bwin Party and The Stars Group.

SpringOwl disclosed their stake in Playtec in August 2018. Early in 2019 they were successful in getting two independent directors added to the board. They view Playtec as a technology company:a provider of gambling software. It would be hard to for another software company to duplicate what they have. With the US moving forward with the legalisation of sports betting – 10 States so far– there is a huge opportunity. Playtec has the potential to double its EBITDA in the US alone. Ader has encouraged the company to focus on the more regulated markets in the US and to operate through New Jersey.

SpringOwl has made recommendations to the company on how to improve the existing core business and pushed it to divest its stake in the UK Fintech, Plus 500. They have pushed for and achieved the introduction of share buybacks. They have tied management compensation to an incentive-based scheme. There is value in the Asian business even though analysts don’t see it. Ader wants an Asian investor to come in and take a minority stake in 2020. That would demonstrate the value of the business to the rest of the market.There is less risk in Playtec since SpringOwl got involved. The share price is a bit lower than their entry price. The end game is to sell to private equity.

Be sure to check out the rest of the presentations from Sohn London conference 2019.

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