While Super Group is a promising sports betting business, the stock is hard to own until after the close of the Sports Entertainment Acquisition Corp. (SEAH) SPAC deal. The combination of the weakness in the sports betting sector and typical de-SPAC issues, the stock could easily trade far below $10. My investment thesis is now Bearish on the stock until after a post deal sell-off leads to a very attractive entry point.
The Super Group business combination is up for vote on January 26. The company first announced the deal back on April 25 last year.
The stock has traded mostly flat around $10 since announcing the SPAC deal. Some other online gambling SAPC deals have regularly traded far above $10. The most notable was DraftKings (DKNG) soaring above $70 while even Golden Nugget Online (GNOG) and Rush Street Interactive (RSI) traded easily above the $10 SPAC deal price.
All of these stocks are cratering with Golden Nugget Online breaking the key $10 price despite a merger deal with DraftKings. Rush Street is heading towards $10 quickly after trading up to $20 on M&A news in the sector while DraftKings is now just a $20 stock.
BetMGM just reported impressive revenue numbers for 2021. The company reinforced 2023 positive EBITDA forecasts, but the whole online gambling space is getting crushed for aggressive customer acquisition costs. The company owned by MGM Resorts (MGM) and Entain (OTCPK:GMVHF) saw revenues reach $850 million in 2021, but the adjusted EBITDA loss was a massive $430 million. A company producing negative 50% EBITDA margins isn't going to impress the market in a risk off environment.
BetMGM forecasts 2022 revenues surging to $1.3 billion. These growth figures are what make these online gambling stocks appealing on the weakness.
Betway, owned by Super Group, isn't immune to these crazy promotions to acquire customers. The company promises up to $5,000 in cash prizes via Free Play while offering similar large promotions to new customers.
Super Group was an appealing sports betting stock due to the company forecasting an adjusted EBITDA profit while investing in growth in the U.S. market. The company forecast 2022 NGR of $1.7 billion with EBITDA over $420 million due to strong European businesses.
The stock was appealing when these other online gambling stocks traded with forward EV/S targets of 10x. At one point, DraftKings was trading at levels closer to 20x forward sales targets.
Super Group had a target equity valuation of $4.75 billion with a similar EV. With the SPAC holding right near $10, the stock is trading at just below 3x prior sales targets.
Where the investing story would become interesting is for the de-SPAC transaction to crater the stock. The SPAC is likely to see some redemptions with the stock trading below $9.50 now and the market might sell the stock in the process.
Super Group would become very interesting at these levels. The company only forecast 2022 NGR growth in the range of 13%, but the U.S. operations are just now ramping up.
The growth is nowhere near the forecasted 50% growth rates of DraftKings or BetMGM. Now, the market might like the adjusted EBITDA profits of Super Group eliminating a massive selloff in the stock.
The company is in the process of acquiring Digital Gaming Corp. with access to 11 U.S. states including Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The company only took their first bet in March 2021 providing a long runway for growth in the U.S. Only as recently as October, Betway became operational in Iowa pushing the U.S. operations to five active states. Along with Poland in Europe, Super Group continues to have a long pipeline of new market expansion ahead.
The key investor takeaway is that Super Group is an appealing global gambling stock, if the price collapses like other sector plays. The company has an appealing EBITDA profit profile despite just entering the U.S. online gambling market. Investors should watch from the sidelines until the transaction is done and the stock settles out. If Super Group falls substantially following the de-SPAC transaction, investors should use the weakness to own this stock.
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