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Why the slide in the Tabcorp share price is no reason to worry


Until today's sharp move, shares in the gaming giant had edged 7% higher over the last 12 months.

Shares in gaming giant Tabcorp (ASX: TAH) are at the top of the charts as the most traded shares on the ASX, after losing more than 80% of their value on Tuesday to $1.01 each.

But don't panic, the value of the vast gambling and entertainment empire is still relatively stable.

Why is the Tabcorp stock price crashing today?

The value of the Tabcorp stock price has dropped following the successful $11 billion demerger scheme, one of the biggest deals on the ASX, that comes into effect from Tuesday.

Under the deal, Tabcorp has hived off its lotteries and keno business, well-known lottery games such as Powerball and Oz Lotto, into a new listed entity trading as The Lottery Corporation Limited (ASX: TLC).

Tabcorp will retain its existing wagering, media and gaming services businesses, such as those trading under the banners of TAB, Sky Racing and MAX.

The deal, which followed a strategic review by the company, received a nod from shareholders followed by court approval earlier this month and is effective from Tuesday.

Existing Tabcorp shareholders have been issued 1 share in The Lottery Corporation for each share held.

The TLC business accounted for the lion's share of earnings for Tabcorp, contributing 55% of the combined company's EBITDA in fiscal 2021. The drop in the Tabcorp share price reflects the loss of these earnings, while TLC shares are now trading at $4.65 each.

The TLC shares will be part of the S&P/ASX 50, 100 and 200 indices.

Separate plans

The current demerger is effectively a reversal of Tabcorp's merger with the Tatts business 5 years ago, with the TLC business now including the old Tatts lottery business plus the Keno pubs lotteries unit.

TLC has stable, predictable cashflows from lotteries while digital channels offer further upside for growth. It aims to pursue growth through innovating its game portfolio, boosting customer experience and increasing digital penetration. It also aims to expand its retail footprint and pursue new licence and acquisition opportunities.

The remaining Tabcorp business also has significant size, with revenue of $2.5 billion and EBITDA of $464 million as per FY21 numbers and offers presence wagering, racing and sports broadcasting, and gaming services solutions.

Although partners such as Racing NSW have warned the split could result in reduced funding for racing bodies, the company believes the business is well positioned for organic growth and potential upside from likely changes in the wagering and gaming industry.

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