Fund manager’s share tip: Ladbrokes

Each and every week we search at a promising share listed in the FTSE 250. This week: Ladbrokes, the bookmaker

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The gambling sector has not proved a excellent bet this year as the two Ladbrokes and William Hill have posted steep share price tag losses because the Government transformed the taxation of betting terminals in March.

But Alex Wright, who manages the Fidelity Special Values investment trust, stated despite the fact that the Government has altered the odds he sees value in Ladbrokes’ “depressed price tag” and appealing dividend yield of close to 6pc.

Mr Wright stated the firm’s tie-up with Playtech, which provides gaming application for Ladbrokes’ on the web casino companies, will pay off in the coming years.

“Ladbrokes has invested the last couple of years taking part in catch up with regard to its all-important on-line providing. This has led to a protracted period of weak efficiency, which has been compounded by poor investor sentiment in excess of the gambling sector in the wake of government intervention,” stated Mr Wright.

“But the company’s collaboration with gambling engineering powerhouse Playtech will increase its on-line and mobile giving. Ought to this technique prove effective, the shares will look extremely cheap at today’s prices.”

Mr Wright is further reassured by the firm’s betting retailers. “The dividend is supported by the comparatively secure functionality of the company’s outlets, offering traders a decent return even in the absence of earnings development.”

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