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The Star and Crown announce potential merger

The potential merger was announced on the ASX

The Star Entertainment Group Limited and Crown Resorts Limited have submitted a joint proposal to merge together, an ASX announcement said.

The merge between The Star and Crown would be worth around $12 billion with the two companies combining for seven properties across NSW, Victoria, Queensland, and WA.

The announcement comes as Crown announces its new chief executive and managing director, outgoing Lendlease boss Steve McCann.

McCann had been the CEO of LendLease since 2008 but retired from the group after overseeing its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The shareholders of the new business would be made up of 59 percent of Crown shareholders and 41 percent of The Star shareholders.

The Star’s Chairman, John O’Neill has said the merger would be one of the largest and most attractive integrated resort operators in the Asia Pacific region.

“A merger of The Star and Crown would result in significant scale and diversification and unlock an estimated $2 billion in net value from synergies. With a portfolio of world-class properties across four States in Australia’s most attractive and populated catchment areas and tourism hubs, the combined group would be a compelling investment proposition,” O’Neill said.

The merger is one of a couple of bids for Crown to consider, with a takeover bid from a private company Blackstone and another bid from management firm Oaktree Capital.

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