Flutter Entertainment, the operator of FanDuel, has made a significant strategic move as it focuses its attention on the lucrative US market. The global gambling giant will maintain its listing on the London Stock Exchange, but the move to the NYSE signifies a new era for the company and should open up significant growth opportunities.
The company confirmed that its shares will be delisted from the Irish stock exchange as it prepares for the final step required for the US exchange listing. This move has the full approval of shareholders and should be finalized by 6 am GMT on 29 January.
The decision to suspend trading on Euronext Dublin on 24 January aims to facilitate the settlement of pending trades and repositioning instructions ahead of the NYSE listing. This move also aims to minimize regulatory complexities by retaining only two listings – one on the LSE and the other on the NYSE.
Flutter Entertainment shares will remain available on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) under the FLTR ticker symbol. For its NYSE listing, the company will use the symbol FLUT. The move to dual-listing is part of Flutter’s strategy to maximize its presence in the US market, which is responsible for an ever-growing share of its profits.
Flutter’s decision to gradually shift its focus away from Europe comes amidst a series of setbacks on the Old Continent, primarily due to rising regulatory uncertainties. Meanwhile, Flutter’s preliminary Q4 2023 financial results highlighted its robust position in the US market, reporting a 43% share of the country’s sports betting market and a 26% share of the iGaming market.
Flutter Entertainment CEO Peter Jackson outlined a three-year strategy for success in the US in a recent earnings call. FanDuel, Flutter’s US-facing brand, is ranked as the number one sports betting and number two online casino operator in the US and is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the growing number of jurisdictions offering regulated online gambling.
Investors and industry observers are keenly watching Flutter’s moves as it positions itself for success in the dynamic US gaming landscape. This move to dual-listing is a strategic step to enhance Flutter’s North American profile, recruit and retain US talent, and tap into deeper capital markets, seeking growth opportunities in the expanding American market.