S-1/A 1 tm2016535d3_s1a.htm FORM S-1/A

 

As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 23, 2020

Registration No. 333-237693

 

 

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

 

AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO

FORM S-1

REGISTRATION STATEMENT
UNDER

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

 

 

DEAC NV Merger Corp.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Nevada

 

6770

 

84-4052441

(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
  (Primary Standard Industrial
Classification Code Number)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 

2121 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 2300

Los Angeles, CA 90067

(310) 209-7280

 

(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of registrant’s principal executive offices)

 

 

 

Eli Baker

Secretary and Vice Chairman

2121 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 2300

Los Angeles, CA 90067

(310) 209-7280

 

(Name, address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)

 

Copies to:

 

Joel L. Rubinstein
Jonathan P. Rochwarger
Elliott M. Smith
Winston & Strawn LLP
200 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10166
Tel: (212) 294-6700

 

 

Scott D. Miller
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
125 Broad Street
New York, New York 10004
Tel: (212) 558-4000

 

 

R. Stanton Dodge

DraftKings Inc.

222 Berkeley Street, 5th Floor

Boston, Massachusetts 02116

 

Approximate date of commencement of proposed sale to the public: From time to time after this Registration Statement becomes effective.

 

 

 

If any of the securities being registered on this Form are to be offered on a delayed or continuous basis pursuant to Rule 415 under the Securities Act of 1933 check the following box: x

 

If this form is filed to register additional securities for an offering pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering. ¨

 

If this form is a post-effective amendment filed pursuant to Rule 462(c) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering. ¨

 

If this form is a post-effective amendment filed pursuant to Rule 462(d) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering. ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer ¨ Accelerated filer ¨
Non-accelerated filer x Smaller reporting company x
    Emerging growth company x

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act. x

 

The registrant hereby amends this registration statement on such date or dates as may be necessary to delay its effective date until the registrant shall file a further amendment which specifically states that this registration statement shall thereafter become effective in accordance with Section 8(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 or until this registration statement shall become effective on such date as the Commission, acting pursuant to said Section 8(a), may determine.

 

 

 

 

EXPLANATORY NOTE

 

This registration statement registers the resale of securities to be issued in a private placement in connection with the consummation of the proposed business combination (the “Business Combination”) between Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp. (“DEAC”), DEAC NV Merger Corp. (“DEAC Nevada”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of DEAC, DraftKings Inc. (“DK” or “DraftKings”) and SBTech (Global) Limited (“SBT” or “SBTech”). The shares of Class A common stock registered pursuant to this registration statement will not be entitled to vote at the special meeting of DEAC’s stockholders to be held to approve the Business Combination, and will not receive any proceeds from the trust account established in connection with DEAC’s initial public offering in the event DEAC does not consummate an initial business combination by the May 14, 2021 deadline in its amended and restated certificate of incorporation.

 

 

 

The information in this prospectus is not complete and may be changed. We may not sell these securities until the registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission is effective. This prospectus is not an offer to sell these securities and it is not soliciting an offer to buy these securities in any jurisdiction where the offer or sale is not permitted.

 

SUBJECT TO COMPLETION, DATED APRIL 23, 2020

 

PRELIMINARY PROSPECTUS

 

DEAC NV MERGER CORP.

 

44,725,831 Shares of Class A Common Stock
3,000,000 Warrants

 

 

This prospectus relates to the resale from time to time of certain securities to be issued pursuant to the terms of those certain subscription agreements and convertible notes entered into in connection with the proposed business combination (the “Business Combination”) by and among Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp. (“DEAC”), DEAC NV Merger Corp. (“we,” “us,” “our,” or “DEAC Nevada”), a wholly owned subsidiary of DEAC, DraftKings Inc. (“DK” or “DraftKings”), SBTech (Global) Limited (“SBT” or “SBTech”), DEAC Merger Sub Inc.(“Merger Sub”), the shareholders of SBT who are party thereto (the “SBT Sellers”) and the SBT Sellers’ Representative. In connection with the Business Combination, DEAC will merge with and into DEAC Nevada, with DEAC Nevada surviving the merger (the “reincorporation”). Upon consummation of the reincorporation and the Business Combination described herein, we will be renamed DraftKings Inc. (referred to, both upon the reincorporation and subsequent to such change of name, as “New DraftKings”). In connection with the closing of the Business Combination, the currently issued and outstanding shares of DEAC’s Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (“DEAC Class A common stock”), will be exchanged, on a one-for-one basis, for shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (“New DraftKings Class A common stock”). Similarly, all of DEAC’s outstanding warrants will become warrants to acquire shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock on the same terms as DEAC’s currently outstanding warrants. Accordingly, all references in this prospectus to “Class A common stock” refer to shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock, which will be issued at the closing of the Business Combination in exchange for all issued and outstanding shares of DEAC Class A common stock.

 

As described herein, the selling securityholders named in this prospectus or their permitted transferees (collectively, the “Selling Securityholders”), may sell from time to time up to (i) 30,471,352 shares of Class A common stock that will be issued to certain institutions in connection with the closing of the Business Combination (the “Private Placement”), (ii) 3,000,000 shares of Class A common stock underlying the warrants to purchase shares of Class A common stock that will be issued in the Private Placement (the “PIPE Warrants”), (iii) 11,254,479 shares of Class A common stock to be issued to the holders of the subordinated convertible promissory notes of DK (the “Convertible Notes”) and (iv) 3,000,000 PIPE Warrants.

 

We will bear all costs, expenses and fees in connection with the registration of the Class A common stock and the warrants (collectively, the “securities”) and will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the securities. The Selling Securityholders will bear all commissions and discounts, if any, attributable to their respective sales of the securities.

 

Upon the consummation of the Business Combination, the Company’s Class A common stock and warrants are expected trade on The Nasdaq Global Market (“Nasdaq”) under the proposed symbols “DKNG” and “DKNGW,” respectively.

 

Investing in our securities involves risks that are described in the “Risk Factors” section beginning on page 11 of this prospectus.

 

Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of the securities to be issued under this prospectus or determined if this prospectus is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

 

  

The date of this prospectus is                    , 2020.

 

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

SELECTED DEFINITIONS ii
CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS v
SUMMARY OF THE PROSPECTUS 1
SELECTED HISTORICAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION OF DEAC 5
SELECTED HISTORICAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION OF DRAFTKINGS 6
SELECTED HISTORICAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION OF SBT 8
SUMMARY UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED COMBINED FINANCIAL INFORMATION 9
COMPARATIVE HISTORICAL AND UNAUDITED PRO FORMA PER SHARE FINANCIAL INFORMATION 10
RISK FACTORS 11
USE OF PROCEEDS 49
UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED COMBINED FINANCIAL INFORMATION 50
NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED PRO FORMA COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 57
DEAC’s MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS 66
BUSINESS OF DRAFTKINGS AND SBTECH 70
DRAFTKINGS’ INDUSTRY 96
DRAFTKINGS’ MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS 101
SBT’S MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS 122
MANAGEMENT 130
EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION 139
DESCRIPTION OF SECURITIES 150
BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES 164
SELLING SECURITYHOLDERS 168
CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS 172
UNITED STATES FEDERAL INCOME TAX CONSIDERATIONS 177
PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION 182
LEGAL MATTERS 186
EXPERTS 186
WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION 186
INDEX TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS F-1

 

You should rely only on the information contained in this prospectus. No one has been authorized to provide you with information that is different from that contained in this prospectus. This prospectus is dated as of the date set forth on the cover hereof. You should not assume that the information contained in this prospectus is accurate as of any date other than that date.

 

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SELECTED DEFINITIONS

 

·“BCA” or “Business Combination Agreement” refers to the Business Combination Agreement, dated as of December 22, 2019, as amended on April 7, 2020, by and among DEAC, DraftKings, SBT, the SBT Sellers party thereto, the SBT Sellers’ Representative, DEAC Nevada and Merger Sub.

 

·“Board” refers to DEAC’s board of directors, DraftKings’ board of directors or New DraftKings’ board of directors, as the context suggests.

 

·“Business Combination” refers to the transactions contemplated by the BCA.

 

·“Class A common stock” refers to shares of DEAC Class A common stock or to shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock, which will be issued upon the exchange of shares of DEAC Class A common stock, as the context suggests.

 

·“Closing” refers to the closing of the Business Combination.

 

·“Closing Date” refers to the date on which the Closing actually occurs.

 

·“Continental” refers to Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, the transfer agent, warrant agent and escrow agent of DEAC.

 

·“Convertible Notes” refers to those certain subordinated convertible notes, issued by DraftKings on or after December 16, 2019 to certain investors in an aggregate principal amount of approximately $109.2 million.

 

·“DEAC” refers to Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp., a Delaware corporation.

 

·“DEAC Class A common stock” refers to the shares of Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, of DEAC.

 

·“DEAC Class B common stock” refers to the shares of Class B common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, of DEAC.

 

·“DEAC Founder Group” refers to Eagle Equity Partners, LLC, Harry E. Sloan, Jeff Sagansky and Eli Baker.

 

·“DEAC Nevada” refers to DEAC NV Merger Corp., a Nevada corporation.

 

·“DEAC Shares” refers to shares of DEAC Class A common stock and shares of DEAC Class B common stock.

 

·“DEAC Stockholders” refers to, collectively, holders of shares of DEAC Class A common stock and holders of shares of DEAC Class B common stock, but does not include the PIPE Investors or the holders of the Convertible Notes.

 

·“dollars” or “$” refers to U.S. dollars.

 

·“DraftKings” refers to DraftKings Inc., a Delaware corporation.

 

·“founder shares” refers to shares of DEAC Class B common stock initially purchased by our Sponsor and Harry Sloan in a private placement prior to DEAC’s initial public offering and the shares of Class A common stock that will be issued upon the automatic conversion of those shares in connection with the Closing.

 

·“Merger Sub” refers to DEAC Merger Sub Inc., a Delaware corporation.

 

·“New DraftKings” refers to DEAC Nevada following its name change to DraftKings Inc. New DraftKings will be a Nevada corporation and the combined company following the consummation of the Business Combination.

 

·“New DraftKings Class A common stock” refers to the shares of Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, of New DraftKings.

 

·“New DraftKings Class B common stock” refers to the shares of Class B common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, of New DraftKings.

 

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·“Nasdaq” refers to The Nasdaq Capital Market, the exchange in which DEAC’s securities are listed on, or The Nasdaq Global Market, the exchange in which New DraftKings’ securities will be listed on, as the context suggests.

 

·“PIPE Investors” refers to certain institutional and accredited investors who are party to the Subscription Agreements.

 

·“PIPE Warrants” refers to the 3.0 million redeemable warrants issued in the Private Placement, each of which is exercisable for one share of DEAC Class A common stock at an exercise price of $11.50 per share, in accordance with its terms, and will, upon the Closing, become warrants to acquire shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock on the same terms as DEAC’s currently outstanding warrants.

 

·“Private Placement” refers to the issuance of an aggregate of 30,471,352 shares of DEAC Class A common stock and the PIPE Warrants pursuant to the Subscription Agreements to the PIPE Investors immediately before the Closing, at a purchase price of $10.00 per share.

 

·“private placement warrants” refers to the 6,333,334 warrants initially issued to DEAC’s Sponsor and Harry Sloan in a private placement simultaneously with the closing of DEAC’s initial public offering, each of which is exercisable for one share of DEAC Class A common stock at an exercise price of $11.50 per share, in accordance with its terms.

 

·“Proposed Charter” refers to the proposed amended and restated articles of incorporation of New DraftKings, which will be effective upon consummation of the Business Combination.

 

·“Proxy Statement” refers to the definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC by DEAC Nevada on April 15, 2020 in connection with the Business Combination.

 

·“public shares” refers to shares of DEAC Class A common stock sold as part of the units in DEAC’s initial public offering (whether they were purchased in that offering or thereafter in the open market), which will become shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock in connection with the Closing.

 

·“public stockholders” refers to the holders of DEAC’s public shares, including DEAC’s initial stockholders and management team to the extent DEAC’s initial stockholders and/or members of DEAC’s management team purchase public shares, provided that each initial stockholder’s and member of DEAC’s management team’s status as a “public stockholder” will only exist with respect to such public shares.

 

·“public warrants” refers to the warrants to purchase shares of DEAC Class A common stock sold as part of the units in DEAC’s initial public offering, each of which is exercisable for one share of DEAC Class A common stock at an exercise price of $11.50 per share, in accordance with its terms (whether they were purchased in that offering or thereafter in the open market), and will, upon the Closing, become warrants to acquire shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock on the same terms as DEAC’s currently outstanding warrants.

 

·“reincorporation” refers to the change of DEAC’s jurisdiction of incorporation from Delaware to Nevada in connection with the Business Combination through the merger of DEAC with and into DEAC Nevada, with DEAC Nevada surviving the merger, pursuant to the terms and subject to the conditions of the Reincorporation Merger Agreement.

 

·“Reincorporation Merger Agreement” refers to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of March 12, 2020, by and between DEAC and DEAC Nevada.

 

·“SBT” or “SBTech” refers to SBTech (Global) Limited, a company limited by shares, originally incorporated in Gibraltar and continued as a company under the Isle of Man Companies Act 2006, with registration number 014119V.

 

·“SBT Sellers” refers to each of the holders of capital stock of SBT party to the BCA.

 

·“SBT Sellers’ Representative” refers to Shalom Meckenzie in his capacity as representative of the SBT Sellers under the BCA.

 

·“SBT shares” refers to the ordinary shares, par value $0.10 per share, of SBT.

 

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·“SEC” refers to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

·“Sponsor” refers to Eagle Equity Partners, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company controlled by Jeff Sagansky and Eli Baker.

 

·“Special Meeting” refers to the special meeting of DEAC Stockholders initially convened on April 9, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., New York City Time, at the offices of Winston & Strawn LLP, located at 200 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10166 and reconvened on April 23, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in virtual format via www.cstproxy.com/diamondeagleacquisitioncorp/sm2020 to vote on matters relating to the Business Combination.

 

·“Subscription Agreements” refers to the subscription agreements, dated December 22, 2019, between DEAC and the PIPE Investors, pursuant to which DEAC has agreed to issue an aggregate of 30,471,352 shares of DEAC Class A common stock plus 3.0 million PIPE Warrants to the PIPE Investors immediately before the Closing at a purchase price of $10.00 per share. In connection with the Closing of the Business Combination, the currently issued and outstanding shares of DEAC Class A common stock will be exchanged, on a one-for-one basis, for shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock and all of DEAC’s outstanding warrants will become warrants to acquire shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock on the same terms as DEAC’s currently outstanding warrants.

 

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CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

The statements contained in this prospectus that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements. Our forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our or our management team’s expectations, hopes, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future. The information included in this prospectus in relation to DraftKings has been provided by DraftKings and its management team, and the information included in this prospectus in relation to SBT has been provided by SBT and its management. Forward-looking statements include statements relating to each of DraftKings’ and SBT’s management teams’ expectations, hopes, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future. In addition, any statements that refer to projections, forecasts or other characterizations of future events or circumstances, including any underlying assumptions, are forward-looking statements. The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intends,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “possible,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “would” and similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements, but the absence of these words does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. Forward-looking statements in this prospectus may include, for example, statements about:

 

·DEAC’s ability to complete the Business Combination, or, if DEAC does not consummate the Business Combination, any other initial business combination;

 

·satisfaction of conditions to the Business Combination, including the availability of at least $400 million of cash in DEAC’s trust account (and/or from other specified sources, if necessary), after giving effect to redemptions of public shares, if any;

 

·the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the BCA;

 

·the ability to obtain and/or maintain the listing of the shares of Class A common stock on Nasdaq following the Business Combination;

 

·New DraftKings’ ability to raise financing in the future;

 

·New DraftKings’ success in retaining or recruiting, or changes required in, officers, key employees or directors following the Business Combination;

 

·DEAC’s directors and officers potentially having conflicts of interest with our business or in approving the Business Combination, as a result of which they would then receive expense reimbursements;

 

·factors relating to the business, operations and financial performance of DraftKings and SBT, including:

 

·New DraftKings’ ability to effectively compete in the global entertainment and gaming industries;

 

·New DraftKings’ ability to successfully acquire and integrate new operations;

 

·New DraftKings’ ability to obtain and maintain licenses with gaming authorities;

 

·New DraftKings’ inability to recognize deferred tax assets and tax loss carryforwards;

 

·market conditions and global and economic factors beyond DraftKings’ and SBT’s control, including the potential adverse effects of the ongoing global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic;

 

·intense competition and competitive pressures from other companies worldwide in the industries in which the combined company will operate;

 

·litigation and the ability to adequately protect New DraftKings’ intellectual property rights; and

 

·other factors detailed herein under the section entitled “Risk Factors.

 

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These forward-looking statements are based on information available as of the date of this prospectus, and current expectations, forecasts and assumptions, and involve a number of judgments, risks and uncertainties. Important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated or implied by forward-looking statements such as those contained in documents we have filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date, we do not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

 

As a result of a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties, our actual results or performance may be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. For a discussion of the risks involved in our business and investing in our common stock, see the section entitled “Risk Factors.”

 

Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of the underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary in material respects from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

 

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SUMMARY OF THE PROSPECTUS

 

This summary highlights selected information from this prospectus and does not contain all of the information that is important to you in making an investment decision. This summary is qualified in its entirety by the more detailed information included in this prospectus. Before making your investment decision with respect to our securities, you should carefully read this entire prospectus, including the information under “Risk Factors,” “DEAC’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” “DraftKings’ Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” “SBT’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” and the financial statements included elsewhere in this prospectus.

 

Unless otherwise indicated or the context otherwise requires, references in this prospectus to “we,” “our” “us” and other similar terms refer to DEAC, DEAC Nevada or New DraftKings, as the context suggests.

 

Information About the Parties to the Business Combination

 

Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp.

 

Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp., a Delaware corporation, is a blank check company whose business purpose is to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. If DEAC does not consummate the Business Combination, the shares of common stock and warrants contemplated by this prospectus will not be issued.

 

DEAC Nevada

 

DEAC Nevada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DEAC formed for the purpose of effecting the Business Combination and the reincorporation. DEAC Nevada was incorporated under the Nevada Revised Statutes (“NRS”) on December 13, 2019. DEAC Nevada owns no material assets and does not operate any business.

 

Pursuant to the terms and subject to the conditions of the Business Combination Agreement, among other things, DEAC will merge with and into DEAC Nevada with DEAC Nevada surviving the merger.

 

DraftKings Inc.

 

DraftKings Inc., a Delaware corporation, is a digital sports entertainment and gaming company. DraftKings provides users with daily fantasy sports, sports betting and iGaming opportunities.

 

SBTech (Global) Limited

 

SBTech is headquartered in the Isle of Man. Its principal business activities involve the design and development of sports betting and casino gaming platform software for online and retail sportsbook and casino gaming products.

 

Business Combination

 

In connection with the Business Combination, (i) DEAC will change its jurisdiction of incorporation to Nevada by merging with and into DEAC Nevada, with DEAC Nevada surviving the merger and changing its name to “DraftKings Inc.” (referred to in this prospectus as “New DraftKings”), (ii) following the reincorporation, DEAC Merger Sub Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of DEAC, will merge with and into DraftKings, with DraftKings surviving the merger (the “DK Merger”) and (iii) immediately following the DK Merger, New DraftKings will acquire all of the issued and outstanding share capital of SBT. Upon consummation of the foregoing transactions, DraftKings and SBT will be wholly-owned subsidiaries of New DraftKings. In connection with the closing of the Business Combination, the currently issued and outstanding shares of DEAC Class A common stock will be exchanged, on a one-for-one basis, for shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock. Similarly, all of DEAC’s outstanding warrants will become warrants to acquire shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock on the same terms as DEAC’s currently outstanding warrants.

 

The Private Placement

 

In order to satisfy the minimum proceeds condition in the BCA that DEAC has at least $400 million in cash at the Closing, DEAC entered into the Subscription Agreements with the PIPE Investors, pursuant to which, among other things, DEAC agreed to issue and sell in private placements an aggregate of 30,471,352 shares of DEAC Class A common stock to the PIPE Investors for $10.00 per share, plus the issuance by DEAC to the PIPE Investors of an aggregate of 3.0 million warrants to purchase shares of DEAC Class A common stock, which warrants are identical to DEAC’s public warrants. The Private Placement is expected to close immediately prior to the Closing. In connection with the Closing, pursuant to the Reincorporation Merger Agreement, all of the issued and outstanding shares of DEAC Class A common stock, including the shares of DEAC Class A common stock issued to the PIPE Investors, will be exchanged, on a one-for-one basis, for shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock. In addition, all of DEAC’s outstanding warrants will become warrants to acquire shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock on the same terms as DEAC’s currently outstanding warrants.

 

 

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The Convertible Notes

 

On and after December 16, 2019, DraftKings issued subordinated convertible promissory notes to certain investors in an aggregate principal amount of approximately $109.2 million (the “Convertible Notes”). Pursuant to the terms of the Convertible Notes, the outstanding principal and accrued interest on the Convertible Notes will convert immediately prior to the reincorporation into shares of DEAC Class A common stock, at a price per share equal to the price per share paid by the PIPE Investors in the Private Placement. The shares of DEAC Class A common stock issued upon conversion of the Convertible Notes will be converted into shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock upon consummation of the reincorporation and the Business Combination.

 

Corporate Information

 

DEAC Nevada’s principal executive offices are located at 2121 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 2300, Los Angeles, CA 90067, and its telephone number is (310) 209-7280.

 

Organizational Structure

 

DEAC Nevada is a Nevada corporation. The following diagrams depict DEAC Nevada’s organizational structure currently and following the Closing, respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE OFFERING

 

Issuer  

DEAC NV Merger Corp., to be renamed DraftKings Inc. upon consummation of the Business Combination

 

Securities that may be offered and sold from time to time by the Selling Securityholders named herein:

 

   
     Class A common stock  

44,725,831 (including (i) 30,471,352 shares of Class A common stock to be issued in the Private Placement, (ii) 3,000,000 shares of Class A common stock issuable upon exercise of the PIPE Warrants and (iii) 11,254,479 shares of Class A common stock to be issued upon conversion of the Convertible Notes)

 

     Warrants  

3,000,000 PIPE Warrants

 

Class A common stock issued and outstanding prior to the consummation of the Business Combination and any exercise of warrants

 

  50,000,0001

Class A common stock to be issued and outstanding after the consummation of the Business Combination (assuming no redemptions and excluding shares issuable upon exercise of outstanding warrants)2

 

  313,077,942
Use of proceeds  

All of the shares of Class A common stock and warrants (including the shares of Class A common stock underlying such warrants) offered by the Selling Securityholders pursuant to this prospectus will be sold by the Selling Securityholders for their respective accounts. We will not receive any of the proceeds from these sales. We will receive up to an aggregate of approximately $34,500,000 from the exercise of the PIPE Warrants, assuming the exercise in full of all the PIPE Warrants for cash. We expect to use the net proceeds from the exercise of the PIPE Warrants for general corporate purposes, which may include acquisitions and other business opportunities and the repayment of indebtedness. Our management will have broad discretion over the use of proceeds from the exercise of the PIPE Warrants.

 

Market for our shares of Class A common stock and warrants

 

 

Upon the Closing we expect our Class A shares and warrants will be listed on The Nasdaq Global Market. After resale, the PIPE Warrants will also trade under the same CUSIP and ticker symbol as the public warrants.

 

 

 

 

1 Represents the number of currently issued and outstanding shares of DEAC Class A common stock and DEAC Class B common stock. In connection with the reincorporation and the Closing, (i) the currently issued and outstanding shares of DEAC Class B common stock will convert on a one-for-one basis into shares of DEAC Class A common stock and (ii) the then currently issued and outstanding shares of DEAC Class A common stock will be exchanged, on a one-for-one basis, for shares of New DraftKings’ Class A common stock. As of the date of this prospectus, DEAC Nevada had one share of Class A common stock issued and outstanding.

2 Represents the number of shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock outstanding at Closing assuming that none of DEAC’s public stockholders exercise their redemption rights in connection with the Special Meeting. See “Beneficial Ownership of Securities” for more information. Excludes 6,000,000 shares of Class A common stock held in escrow, which may be released to the Sponsor and Harry E. Sloan (the “DEAC Founders”), the current equityholders of DraftKings (the “DK Equityholders”) and the SBT Sellers subject to the achievement of certain stock price targets.

 

 

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Nasdaq Ticker Symbols

 

“DEAC” and “DEACW” and, after the Business Combination, “DKNG” and “DKNGW”

 

Risk Factors Any investment in the securities offered hereby is speculative and involves a high degree of risk. You should carefully consider the information set forth under “Risk Factors” on page 11 of this prospectus.

 

 

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SELECTED HISTORICAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION OF DEAC

 

DEAC’s consolidated statement of operations data for the period from March 27, 2019 (date of inception) to December 31, 2019 and balance sheet data as of December 31, 2019 is derived from DEAC’s audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this prospectus.

 

The information is only a summary and should be read in conjunction with DEAC’s consolidated financial statements and related notes and “DEAC’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” contained elsewhere herein. The historical results included below and elsewhere in this prospectus are not indicative of the future performance of DEAC.

 

Statement of Operations Data  For the Period
from
March 27, 2019
(inception) to
December 31, 2019
 
​       (in actual dollars and shares) 
Revenue  $- 
General and administrative expenses   1,857,305 
Loss from operations   (1,857,305)
Other income - interest on Trust Account   5,111,208 
Provision for income tax   (944,494)
Net income  $2,309,409 
Weighted average Class A common stock outstanding   40,000,000 
Basic and diluted net income per share, Class A  $0.09 
Weighted average Class B common stock outstanding   10,010,045 
Basic and diluted net loss per share, Class B  $(0.15)

 

Balance Sheet Data  December 31, 2019 
  (in actual dollars) 
Total assets  $404,771,673 
Total liabilities   15,493,133 
Total shareholders’ equity and Class A common shares subject to possible redemptions   389,278,540 

 

 

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SELECTED HISTORICAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION OF DRAFTKINGS

 

The following table shows selected historical financial information of DraftKings for the periods and as of the dates indicated.

 

The selected historical financial information of DraftKings as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, and for the years ended December 31, 2019, 2018 and 2017 was derived from the audited historical consolidated financial statements of DraftKings included elsewhere in this prospectus.

 

The following selected historical financial information should be read together with the consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes and “DraftKings’ Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” appearing elsewhere in this prospectus. The selected historical financial information in this section is not intended to replace DraftKings’ consolidated financial statements and the related notes. DraftKings’ historical results are not necessarily indicative of DraftKings’ future results.

 

As explained elsewhere in this prospectus, the financial information contained in this section relates to DraftKings, prior to and without giving pro forma effect to the impact of the Business Combination and, as a result, the results reflected in this section may not be indicative of the results of New DraftKings going forward. See the section entitled “Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Financial Information” included elsewhere in this prospectus.

 

​   For the year ended December 31, 
Statement of Operations Data  2019   2018   2017 
  (in thousands) 
Revenue   323,410   $226,277   $191,844 
Total costs and expenses   469,955    303,058    265,042 
Loss from operations   (146,545)   (76,781)   (73,198)
Other income (expense):            
Interest income (expense), net   1,348    666    (1,541)
Gain on initial equity method investment   3,000    -    - 
Other expense, net   -    -    (607)
Income Tax Provision   58    105    210 
Loss from equity method investment   479    -    - 
Net Loss  $(142,734)  $(76,220)  $(75,556)
Statement of Cash Flows Data            
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   (78,880)   (45,579)   (88,437)
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   (42,271)   (26,672)   (7,715)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   79,776    140,892    118,531 

 

 

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   As of December 31, 
Balance Sheet Data  2019   2018 
  (in thousands) 
Total assets  $330,725   $299,393 
Total liabilities   380,305    223,343 
Total redeemable convertible preferred stock and stockholders’ deficit   (49,580)   76,050 

 

Key Performance Indicators

 

DraftKings’ reports the following financial and operational key performance indicators, which are used by management to assess its performance:

 

Adjusted EBITDA. DraftKings’ defines and calculates Adjusted EBITDA as net loss before the impact of interest income or expense, income tax expense and depreciation and amortization, as further adjusted for the following items: stock-based compensation, transaction-related costs, litigation, settlement and related costs and certain other non-recurring, non-cash and non-core items. See “DraftKings’ Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - Non-GAAP Information” for important information about the limitations of Adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net loss, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

 

Monthly Unique Payers (“MUPs”). We define MUPs as the number of unique paid users (“payers”) per month who had a paid engagement (i.e., participated in a real-money DFS contest, sports betting or casino game) across one or more of our product offerings via our platform. For reported periods longer than one month, we average the MUPs for the months in the reported period.

 

A “unique paid user” or “unique payer” is any person who had one or more paid engagements via our platform during the period (i.e., a user that participates in a paid engagement across each of our product offerings counts as a single unique payer for the period). This measure does not include users who have not played with funds deposited in their wallet on our platform. We exclude users who have made a deposit but have not yet had a paid engagement. Unique payers or unique paid users include users who have participated in a paid engagement with promotional incentives, which are fungible with other funds deposited in their wallets on our platform; the number of these users included in MUPs has not been material to date and a substantial majority of such users are repeat users who have had paid engagements both prior to and after receiving incentives.

 

Average Revenue per MUP (ARPMUP). We define and calculate ARPMUP as the average monthly revenue for a reporting period, divided by MUPs (i.e., the average number of unique payers) for the same period.

 

The following table presents our key performance indicators for the periods indicated:

 

 ​  Year ended December 31, 
​   2019   2018   2017 
Adjusted EBITDA (dollars in thousands)(1)  $(98,640)  $(58,850)  $(48,884)
Monthly Unique Payers (MUPs) (in thousands)(2)   684    601    574 
Average Revenue per MUP (ARPMUP) (in whole dollars)(2)  $39   $31   $28 
(1)Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. See “DraftKings’ Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - Non-GAAP Information” below for our definition of and additional information about Adjusted EBITDA and reconciliation to net loss, the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure.

 

(2)For important information about how we use our MUPs and ARPMUP, see “DraftKings’ Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - Our Business Model - Growing Our User Base.” Our business is seasonal and our results of operations and key performance indicators may not be comparable between fiscal quarters or between comparative year-over-year periods. See “DraftKings’ Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations - Quarterly Performance Trend and Seasonality.”

 

 

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SELECTED HISTORICAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION OF SBT

 

The following table shows selected historical financial information of SBTech for the periods and as of the dates indicated.

 

The selected historical financial information of SBTech as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, and for the years ended December 31, 2019, 2018 and 2017 was derived from the audited historical consolidated financial statements of SBTech included elsewhere in this prospectus.

 

The following selected historical financial information should be read together with the consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes and “SBT’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” appearing elsewhere in this prospectus. The selected historical financial information in this section is not intended to replace SBTech’s consolidated financial statements and the related notes. SBTech’s historical results are not necessarily indicative of SBTech’s future results.

 

As explained elsewhere in this prospectus, the financial information contained in this section relates to SBTech, as prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards and presented in Euros, prior to and without giving pro forma effect to the impact of the Business Combination and, as a result, the results reflected in this section may not be indicative of the results of New DraftKings going forward. See the section entitled “Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Financial Information” included elsewhere in this prospectus.

 

​   For the year ended December 31, 
Statement of Operations Data  2019   2018   2017 
  (in thousands) 
Revenue  96,857   94,147   66,087 
Total costs and expenses   90,820    66,560    49,393 
Operating income  6,037   27,587   16,694 
Other income:            
Financial income   23    97    37 
Financial expenses   846    340    177 
Income tax expense   638    565    264 
Net profit  4,576   26,779   16,290 
Statement of Cash Flows Data            
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities  19,525   30,949   18,260 
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   (18,399)   (17,384)   (14,307)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   (13,537)   (1,184)   190 

 

   As of December 31, 
Balance Sheet Data  2019   2018 
  (in thousands) 
Total assets  98,853   72,656 
Total liabilities   45,976    14,207 
Total equity   52,877    58,449 

 

 

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SUMMARY UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED COMBINED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

The following summary unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial data (the “summary pro forma data”) gives effect to the Business Combination contemplated by the Business Combination Agreement described in the section entitled “Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Financial Information.” The merger between DraftKings and Merger Sub will be accounted for as a reverse recapitalization, with no goodwill or other intangible assets recorded, in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Under this method of accounting, DEAC will be treated as the “acquired” company for financial reporting purposes. Accordingly, for accounting purposes, the Reverse Recapitalization will be treated as the equivalent of DraftKings issuing stock for the net assets of DEAC, accompanied by a recapitalization. The net assets of DEAC will be stated at historical cost, with no goodwill or other intangible assets recorded. Operations prior to the Reverse Recapitalization will be those of DraftKings. The SBTech Acquisition will be treated as a business combination under Financial Accounting Standards Board’s ASC 805, and will be accounted for using the acquisition method of accounting. DraftKings will record the fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed from SBTech. The summary unaudited pro forma condensed combined balance sheet data as of December 31, 2019 gives pro forma effect to the Business Combination as if it had occurred on December 31, 2019. The summary unaudited pro forma condensed combined statement of operations data for the year ended December 31, 2019 give pro forma effect to the Business Combination as if it had occurred on January 1, 2019.

 

The summary pro forma data have been derived from, and should be read in conjunction with, the unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information of the combined company appearing elsewhere in this prospectus and the accompanying notes. The unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information is based upon, and should be read in conjunction with, the historical consolidated financial statements of DEAC, DraftKings and SBTech and related notes included in this prospectus. The summary pro forma data have been presented for informational purposes only and are not necessarily indicative of what the combined company’s financial position or results of operations actually would have been had the Business Combination been completed as of the dates indicated. In addition, the summary pro forma data do not purport to project the future financial position or operating results of the combined company.

 

The following table presents summary pro forma data after giving effect to the Business Combination, assuming two redemption scenarios as follows:

 

·Assuming No Redemptions: This presentation assumes that no public stockholders of DEAC exercise redemption rights with respect to their public shares for a pro rata share of the funds in the trust account.

 

·Assuming Maximum Redemptions: This presentation assumes that stockholders holding 30,564,789 DEAC public shares will exercise their redemption rights for their pro rata share (approximately $10.10 per share) of the funds in DEAC’s trust account. This scenario gives effect to DEAC’s public share redemptions of 30,564,789 shares for aggregate redemption payments of $308.7 million. The Business Combination Agreement includes as a condition to closing the Business Combination that, at the Closing, DEAC will have a minimum of $400.0 million in cash comprising (i) the cash held in the trust account after giving effect to DEAC share redemptions and (ii) proceeds from the Private Placement, provided that DraftKings and SBTech are entitled to waive that condition. After giving effect to the proceeds from the Private Placement, approximately $95.3 million would be needed from the trust account in order to meet the Minimum Proceeds Condition of $400.0 million.

 

   Pro Forma
Combined
(Assuming No
Redemptions)
   Pro Forma
Combined
(Assuming
Maximum
Redemptions)
 
​   (in thousands, except share and per
share data)
 
Summary Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Statement of Operations Data Year Ended December 31, 2019      
Revenue  $431,834   $431,834 
Net loss per share - basic and diluted  $(0.42)  $(0.46)
Weighted-average Class A shares outstanding - basic and diluted   336,631,006    306,066,216 
Summary Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Balance Sheet Data as of December 31, 2019        
Total assets  $1,622,021   $1,323,346 
Total liabilities   363,770    363,770 
Total equity   1,258,251    959,576 

 

 

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COMPARATIVE HISTORICAL AND UNAUDITED PRO FORMA PER SHARE FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

The following table sets forth historical comparative share information for DEAC, DraftKings and SBT and unaudited pro forma combined share information after giving effect to the Business Combination, assuming two redemption scenarios as follows:

 

·Assuming No Redemptions: This presentation assumes that no public stockholders of DEAC exercise redemption rights with respect to their public shares for a pro rata share of the funds in the trust account.

 

·Assuming Maximum Redemptions: This presentation assumes that stockholders holding 30,564,789 DEAC public shares will exercise their redemption rights for their pro rata share (approximately $10.10 per share) of the funds in DEAC’s trust account. This scenario gives effect to DEAC’s public share redemptions of 30,564,789 shares for aggregate redemption payments of $308.7 million. The Business Combination Agreement includes as a condition to closing the Business Combination that, at the Closing, DEAC will have a minimum of $400.0 million in cash comprising (i) the cash held in the trust account after giving effect to DEAC share redemptions and (ii) proceeds from the Private Placement, provided that DraftKings and SBT are entitled to waive that condition. After giving effect to the proceeds from the Private Placement, approximately $95.3 million would be needed from the trust account in order to meet the Minimum Proceeds Condition of $400.0 million.

 

The pro forma book value information reflects the Business Combination as if it had occurred on December 31, 2019. The weighted average shares outstanding and net earnings per share information reflect the Business Combination as if it had occurred on January 1, 2019.

 

This information is only a summary and should be read together with the selected historical financial information summary included elsewhere in this prospectus, and the historical financial statements of DEAC, DraftKings, and SBT and related notes. The unaudited pro forma combined per share information of DEAC, DraftKings, and SBT is derived from, and should be read in conjunction with, the unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this prospectus.

 

The unaudited pro forma combined earnings per share information below does not purport to represent the earnings per share which would have occurred had the companies been combined during the periods presented, nor earnings per share for any future date or period.

 

​    Combined Pro Forma 
​   Diamond
Eagle
(Historical)
   Pro Forma
Combined
(Assuming No
Redemption)
   Pro Forma
Combined
(Assuming
Maximum
Redemption)
 
As of and for the Year ended December 31, 2019            
Book Value per share(1)  $0.10   $3.74   $3.14 
Weighted average shares outstanding of Class A common stock - basic and diluted   40,000,000    336,631,006    306,066,216 
Weighted average shares outstanding of Class B common stock - basic and diluted   10,010,045         
Net income per share of Class A common stock - basic and diluted  $0.09         
Net loss per share of Class B common stock - basic and diluted  $(0.15)        
Net loss per share of Class A common stock - basic and diluted      $(0.42)  $(0.46)

(1)       Book value per share = (Total equity excluding preferred shares)/shares outstanding.

 

 

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RISK FACTORS

 

An investment in our securities involves a high degree of risk. You should carefully consider the risks described below before making an investment decision. Our business, prospects, financial condition, or operating results could be harmed by any of these risks, as well as other risks not currently known to us or that we currently consider immaterial. The trading price of our securities could decline due to any of these risks, and, as a result, you may lose all or part of your investment.

 

Risk Factors Relating to the Business and Industry of New DraftKings

 

Competition within the broader entertainment industry is intense and our existing and potential users may be attracted to competing forms of entertainment such as television, movies and sporting events, as well as other entertainment and gaming options on the Internet. If our offerings do not continue to be popular, our business could be harmed.

 

New DraftKings will operate in the global entertainment and gaming industries within the broader entertainment industry with its business-to-consumer offerings such as DFS, Sportsbook and iGaming, and its business-to-business offerings through the SBT platform. Our users will face a vast array of entertainment choices. Other forms of entertainment, such as television, movies, sporting events and in-person casinos, are more well established and may be perceived by our users to offer greater variety, affordability, interactivity and enjoyment. We will compete with these other forms of entertainment for the discretionary time and income of our users. If we are unable to sustain sufficient interest in our recently launched sports betting and iGaming platforms in comparison to other forms of entertainment, including new forms of entertainment, our business model may not continue to be viable.

 

The specific industries in which New DraftKings will operate are characterized by dynamic customer demand and technological advances, and there is intense competition among online gaming and entertainment providers. A number of established, well-financed companies producing online gaming and/or interactive entertainment products and services compete with our offerings, and other well-capitalized companies may introduce competitive services. Such competitors may spend more money and time on developing and testing products and services, undertake more extensive marketing campaigns, adopt more aggressive pricing or promotional policies or otherwise develop more commercially successful products or services than ours, which could negatively impact our business. Our competitors may also develop products, features, or services that are similar to ours or that achieve greater market acceptance. Such competitors may also undertake more far-reaching and successful product development efforts or marketing campaigns, or may adopt more aggressive pricing policies. Furthermore, new competitors, whether licensed or not, may enter the iGaming industry. There has also been considerable consolidation among competitors in the entertainment and gaming industries and such consolidation and future consolidation could result in the formation of larger competitors with increased financial resources and altered cost structures, which may enable them to offer more competitive products, gain a larger market share, expand offerings and broaden their geographic scope of operations. If we are not able to maintain or improve our market share, or if our offerings do not continue to be popular, our business could suffer.

 

Economic downturns and political and market conditions beyond our control could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

Our financial performance will be subject to global and U.S. economic conditions and their impact on levels of spending by users and advertisers. Economic recessions have had, and may continue to have, far reaching adverse consequences across many industries, including the global entertainment and gaming industries, which may adversely affect our business and financial condition. In the past decade, global and U.S. economies have experienced tepid growth following the financial crisis in 2008 – 2009 and there appears to be an increasing risk of a recession due to international trade and monetary policy and other changes. If the national and international economic recovery slows or stalls, these economies experience another recession or any of the relevant regional or local economies suffers a downturn, we may experience a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.

 

In addition, changes in general market, economic and political conditions in domestic and foreign economies or financial markets, including fluctuation in stock markets resulting from, among other things, trends in the economy as a whole may reduce users’ disposable income and advertisers’ budgets. Any one of these changes could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.

 

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Reductions in discretionary consumer spending could have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

 

Our business will be particularly sensitive to reductions from time to time in discretionary consumer spending. Demand for entertainment and leisure activities, including gaming, can be affected by changes in the economy and consumer tastes, both of which are difficult to predict and beyond our control. Unfavorable changes in general economic conditions, including recessions, economic slowdowns, sustained high levels of unemployment, and rising prices or the perception by consumers of weak or weakening economic conditions, may reduce our users’ disposable income or result in fewer individuals engaging in entertainment and leisure activities, such as daily fantasy sports, sports betting and iGaming. As a result, we cannot ensure that demand for our offerings will remain constant. Adverse developments affecting economies throughout the world, including a general tightening of availability of credit, decreased liquidity in certain financial markets, increased interest rates, foreign exchange fluctuations, increased energy costs, acts of war or terrorism, transportation disruptions, natural disasters, declining consumer confidence, sustained high levels of unemployment or significant declines in stock markets, as well as concerns regarding pandemics, epidemics and the spread of contagious diseases, could lead to a further reduction in discretionary spending on leisure activities, such as daily fantasy sports and gaming.

 

For example, the recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”), a virus causing potentially deadly respiratory tract infections originating in China, has negatively affected economic conditions regionally as well as globally and has caused a reduction in consumer spending. Efforts to contain the effect of the virus have included travel restrictions and restrictions on public gatherings. Many businesses have eliminated non-essential travel and canceled in-person events to reduce instances of employees and others being exposed to large public gatherings, and governments across the United States have restricted business activities and strongly encouraged, instituted orders or otherwise restricted individuals from leaving their home. These efforts have intensified significantly in recent weeks and are likely to expand further. To date, sports seasons and sporting events in multiple countries, including in the United States, have been canceled or postponed and large public gatherings have been banned. These changes have reduced customers’ use of, and spending on, our product offerings, and have caused us to issue refunds for canceled events and retail casinos where we have a branded Sportsbook have closed. These changes have significantly impacted our business, and may materially impact our financial condition and results of operations depending on the length of time that these disruptions exist and whether the sports seasons and sporting events will ultimately be suspended, postponed, or canceled. Relatedly, if a large number of our employees and/or a subset of our key employees and executives are impacted by COVID-19, DraftKings’ ability to continue to operate effectively may be negatively impacted. The ultimate severity of the coronavirus outbreak is uncertain at this time and therefore we cannot predict the full impact it may have on our end markets and our operations; however, the effect on our results could be material and adverse. Any significant or prolonged decrease in consumer spending on entertainment or leisure activities could adversely affect the demand for our offerings, reducing our cash flows and revenues, and thereby materially harming our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

 

We may experience fluctuations in our operating results, which make our future results difficult to predict and could cause our operating results to fall below expectations.

 

DraftKings’ quarterly financial results have fluctuated in the past and we expect New DraftKings financial results to fluctuate in the future. These fluctuations may be due to a variety of factors, some of which are outside of our control and may not fully reflect the underlying performance of our business.

 

New DraftKings’ financial results in any given quarter may be influenced by numerous factors, many of which we are unable to predict or are outside of our control, including the impact of seasonality and our betting results, and the other risks and uncertainties set forth herein. In particular our betting operations will have significant exposure to, and may be materially impacted by, sporting events and seasons, which can result in short-term volatility in betting win margins and user engagement, thus impacting revenues. While DraftKings has been able to forecast revenues from its daily fantasy sports business with greater precision than for new offerings, we cannot provide assurances that consumers will engage with our DFS platform on a consistent basis. Consumer engagement in our daily fantasy sports, sports betting and iGaming services may decline or fluctuate as a result of a number of factors, including the popularity of the underlying sports, the user’s level of satisfaction with our platforms, our ability to improve and innovate, our ability to adapt our platform, outages and disruptions of online services, the services offered by our competitors, our marketing and advertising efforts or declines in consumer activity generally as a result of economic downturns, among others. Any decline or fluctuation in the recurring portion of our business may have a negative impact on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.

 

In our iGaming product offering, operator losses are limited per stake to a maximum payout. When looking at bets across a period of time, however, these losses can potentially be significant. Our quarterly financial results may also fluctuate based on whether we pay out any jackpots to our iGaming users during the relevant quarter. As part of our iGaming offering, we offer progressive jackpot games. Each time a progressive jackpot game is played, a portion of the amount wagered by the user is contributed to the jackpot for that specific game or group of games. Once a jackpot is won, the progressive jackpot is reset with a predetermined base amount. While we maintain a provision for these progressive jackpots, the cost of the progressive jackpot payout would be a cash outflow for the business in the period in which it is won with a potentially significant adverse effect on our financial condition and cash flows. Because winning is underpinned by a random mechanism, we cannot predict with absolute certainty when a jackpot will be won. In addition, DraftKings does not insure against random outcomes or jackpot wins.

 

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Our projections will be subject to significant risks, assumptions, estimates and uncertainties, including assumptions regarding future legislation and changes in regulations, both inside and outside of the United States. As a result, our projected revenues, market share, expenses and profitability may differ materially from our expectations.

 

New DraftKings will operate in rapidly changing and competitive industries and our projections will be subject to the risks and assumptions made by management with respect to our industries. Operating results are difficult to forecast because they generally depend on our assessment of the timing of adoption of future legislation and regulations by different states, which are uncertain. Furthermore, if we invest in the development of new products or distribution channels that do not achieve significant commercial success, whether because of competition or otherwise, we may not recover the often substantial “up front” costs of developing and marketing those products and distribution channels, or recover the opportunity cost of diverting management and financial resources away from other products or distribution channels.

 

Additionally, as described above under “— Reductions in discretionary consumer spending could have an adverse effect on our businessfinancial condition, results of operations and prospects,” our business may be affected by reductions in consumer spending from time to time as a result of a number of factors which may be difficult to predict. This may result in decreased revenue levels, and we may be unable to adopt measures in a timely manner to compensate for any unexpected shortfall in income. This inability could cause our operating results in a given quarter to be higher or lower than expected. If actual results differ from our estimates, analysts may negatively react and our stock price could be materially impacted.

 

We will have a new business model, which will make it difficult for us to forecast our financial results, create uncertainty as to how investors will evaluate our prospects, and increase the risk that we will not be successful.

 

DraftKings was incorporated in 2011 and began operating the DFS product offering in 2012. DraftKings expanded from its DFS product offering to include Sportsbook and iGaming product offerings in 2018. New DraftKings will have a new business model, and new offerings, including a sports betting technology platform. Accordingly, it will be difficult for us to forecast our future financial results, and it will be uncertain how our new business model will affect investors’ perceptions and expectations, which can be idiosyncratic and vary widely, with respect to our prospects. Additionally, as a result of the Business Combination, we will be the only vertically integrated U.S.-based sports betting and online gaming company and it may be difficult for investors to evaluate our business due to the lack of similarly situated competitors. Furthermore, our new business model may not be successful. Consequently, you should not rely upon DraftKings’ past quarterly financial results as indicators of our future financial performance, and our financial results and stock price may be negatively affected.

 

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DraftKings has a history of losses and we may continue to incur losses in the future.

 

Since DraftKings was incorporated in 2011, it has experienced net losses and negative cash flows from operations. DraftKings experienced net losses of $143 million, $76 million and $76 million in the years ended December 31, 2019, 2018 and 2017, respectively. We may continue to experience losses in the future, and we cannot assure you that we will achieve profitability. We may continue to incur significant losses in future periods. We expect our operating expenses to increase in the future as we expand our operations. Furthermore, as a public company, we will incur additional legal, accounting and other expenses that DraftKings did not incur as a private company. If our revenue does not grow at a greater rate than our expenses, we will not be able to achieve or maintain profitability. We may incur significant losses in the future for many reasons, including the other risks and uncertainties described in this ​prospectus. Additionally, we may encounter unforeseen expenses, operating delays, or other unknown factors that may result in losses in future periods. If our expenses exceed our revenue, our business may be negatively impacted and we may never achieve or maintain profitability.

 

Our results of operations may fluctuate due to seasonality and other factors and, therefore, our periodic operating results will not be guarantees of future performance.

 

Our DFS and Sportsbook operations may fluctuate due to seasonal trends and other factors. We believe that significant sporting events such as the playoffs and championship games, tend to impact, among other things, revenues from operations, key metrics and customer activity, and as such, DraftKings’ historical revenues generally have been highest in the fourth quarter. A majority of DraftKings’ current sports betting and DFS revenue is and will continue to be generated from bets placed on, or contests relating to, the National Football League and the National Basketball Association, each of which have their own respective off-seasons, which may cause decreases in our future revenues during such periods. New DraftKings’ revenues may also be affected by the scheduling of major sporting events that do not occur annually, such as the World Cup, or the cancellation of sporting events and races. In addition, certain individuals or teams advancing or failing to advance and their scores and other results within specific tournaments, games or events may impact New DraftKings’ financial performance.

 

The success, including win or hold rates, of existing or future sports betting and iGaming products depends on a variety of factors and is not completely controlled by us.

 

The sports betting and iGaming industries are characterized by an element of chance. Accordingly, DraftKings employs theoretical win rates to estimate what a certain type of sports bet or iGame, on average, will win or lose in the long run. Net win is impacted by variations in the hold percentage (the ratio of net win to total amount wagered), or actual outcome, on our iGames and sports betting we offer to our users. DraftKings uses the hold percentage as an indicator of an iGame’s or sports bet’s performance against its expected outcome. Although each iGame or sports bet generally performs within a defined statistical range of outcomes, actual outcomes may vary for any given period. In addition to the element of chance, win rates (hold percentages) may also (depending on the game involved) be affected by the spread of limits and factors that are beyond our control, such as a user’s skill, experience and behavior, the mix of games played, the financial resources of users, the volume of bets placed and the amount of time spent gambling. As a result of the variability in these factors, the actual win rates on our online iGames and sports bets may differ from the theoretical win rates we have estimated and could result in the winnings of our iGame’s or sports bet’s users exceeding those anticipated. The variability of win rates (hold rates) also have the potential to negatively impact our financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows.

 

Our success also depends in part on our ability to anticipate and satisfy user preferences in a timely manner. As we will operate in a dynamic environment characterized by rapidly changing industry and legal standards, our products will be subject to changing consumer preferences that cannot be predicted with certainty. We will need to continually introduce new offerings and identify future product offerings that complement our existing platforms, respond to our users’ needs and improve and enhance our existing platforms to maintain or increase our user engagement and growth of our business. We may not be able to compete effectively unless our product selection keeps up with trends in the digital sports entertainment and gaming industries in which we compete, or trends in new gaming products.

 

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We will rely on information technology and other systems and platforms, and any failures, errors, defects or disruptions in our systems or platforms could diminish our brand and reputation, subject us to liability, disrupt our business, affect our ability to scale our technical infrastructure and adversely affect our operating results and growth prospects. Our games and other software applications and systems, and the third-party platforms upon which they are made available could contain undetected errors.

 

Our technology infrastructure will be critical to the performance of our platform and offerings and to user satisfaction. We devote significant resources to network and data security to protect our systems and data. However, our systems may not be adequately designed with the necessary reliability and redundancy to avoid performance delays or outages that could be harmful to our business. We cannot assure you that the measures we take to prevent or hinder cyber-attacks and protect our systems, data and user information and to prevent outages, data or information loss, fraud and to prevent or detect security breaches, including a disaster recovery strategy for server and equipment failure and back-office systems and the use of third parties for certain cybersecurity services, will provide absolute security. DraftKings and SBT have experienced, and we may in the future experience, website disruptions, outages and other performance problems due to a variety of factors, including infrastructure changes, human or software errors and capacity constraints. Such disruptions have not had a material impact on either company, individually or in the aggregate; however, future disruptions from unauthorized access to, fraudulent manipulation of, or tampering with our computer systems and technological infrastructure, or those of third parties, could result in a wide range of negative outcomes, each of which could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

 

Additionally, our products may contain errors, bugs, flaws or corrupted data, and these defects may only become apparent after their launch. If a particular product offering is unavailable when users attempt to access it or navigation through our platforms is slower than they expect, users may be unable to place their bets or set their line-ups in time and may be less likely to return to our platforms as often, if at all. Furthermore, programming errors, defects and data corruption could disrupt our operations, adversely affect the experience of our users, harm our reputation, cause our users to stop utilizing our platforms, divert our resources and delay market acceptance of our offerings, any of which could result in legal liability to us or harm our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

 

If our user base and engagement continue to grow, and the amount and types of offerings continue to grow and evolve, we will need an increasing amount of technical infrastructure, including network capacity and computing power, to continue to satisfy our users’ needs. Such infrastructure expansion may be complex, and unanticipated delays in completing these projects or availability of components may lead to increased project costs, operational inefficiencies, or interruptions in the delivery or degradation of the quality of our offerings. In addition, there may be issues related to this infrastructure that are not identified during the testing phases of design and implementation, which may only become evident after we have started to fully use the underlying equipment or software, that could further degrade the user experience or increase our costs. As such, New DraftKings could fail to continue to effectively scale and grow our technical infrastructure to accommodate increased demands. In addition, our business may be subject to interruptions, delays or failures resulting from adverse weather conditions, other natural disasters, power loss, terrorism, cyber-attacks, public health emergencies (such as the coronavirus) or other catastrophic events.

 

We believe that if our users have a negative experience with our offerings, or if our brand or reputation is negatively affected, users may be less inclined to continue or resume utilizing our products or recommend our platform to other potential users. As such, a failure or significant interruption in our service would harm our reputation, business and operating results.

 

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Despite our security measures, our information technology and infrastructure may be vulnerable to attacks by hackers or breached due to employee error, malfeasance or other disruptions. Any such breach could compromise our networks and the information stored there could be accessed, publicly disclosed, lost or stolen. Any such access, disclosure or other loss of information could result in legal claims or proceedings, liability under laws that protect the privacy of personal information, and regulatory penalties, disruption of our operations and the services we provide to users, damage to our reputation, and a loss of confidence in our products and services, which could adversely affect our business.

 

The secure maintenance and transmission of user information is a critical element of our operations. Our information technology and other systems that maintain and transmit user information, or those of service providers, business partners or employee information may be compromised by a malicious third-party penetration of our network security, or that of a third-party service provider or business partner, or impacted by intentional or unintentional actions or inactions by our employees, or those of a third-party service provider or business partner. As a result, our users’ information may be lost, disclosed, accessed or taken without our guests’ consent. We have experienced cyber-attacks, attempts to breach our systems and other similar incidents in the past. For example, we have been and expect that we will continue to be subject to attempts to gain unauthorized access to or through our information systems or those we develop for our customers, whether by our employees or third parties, including cyber-attacks by computer programmers and hackers who may develop and deploy viruses, worms or other malicious software programs. To date these attacks have not had a material impact on our operations or financial results, but we cannot provide assurance that they will not have a material impact in the future.

 

We rely on encryption and authentication technology licensed from third parties in an effort to securely transmit confidential and sensitive information, including credit card numbers. Advances in computer capabilities, new technological discoveries or other developments may result in the whole or partial failure of this technology to protect transaction data or other confidential and sensitive information from being breached or compromised. In addition, websites are often attacked through compromised credentials, including those obtained through phishing and credential stuffing. Our security measures, and those of our third-party service providers, may not detect or prevent all attempts to breach our systems, denial-of-service attacks, viruses, malicious software, break-ins, phishing attacks, social engineering, security breaches or other attacks and similar disruptions that may jeopardize the security of information stored in or transmitted by our websites, networks and systems or that we or such third parties otherwise maintain, including payment card systems, which may subject us to fines or higher transaction fees or limit or terminate our access to certain payment methods. We and such third parties may not anticipate or prevent all types of attacks until after they have already been launched. Further, techniques used to obtain unauthorized access to or sabotage systems change frequently and may not be known until launched against us or our third-party service providers.

 

In addition, security breaches can also occur as a result of non-technical issues, including intentional or inadvertent breaches by our employees or by third parties. These risks may increase over time as the complexity and number of technical systems and applications we use also increases. Breaches of our security measures or those of our third-party service providers or cybersecurity incidents could result in unauthorized access to our sites, networks and systems; unauthorized access to and misappropriation of user information, including users’ personally identifiable information, or other confidential or proprietary information of ourselves or third parties; viruses, worms, spyware or other malware being served from our sites, networks or systems; deletion or modification of content or the display of unauthorized content on our sites; interruption, disruption or malfunction of operations; costs relating to breach remediation, deployment of additional personnel and protection technologies, response to governmental investigations and media inquiries and coverage; engagement of third-party experts and consultants; litigation, regulatory action and other potential liabilities. In the past, we have experienced social engineering, phishing, malware and similar attacks and threats of denial-of-service attacks, none of which to date has been material to our business; however, such attacks could in the future have a material adverse effect on our operations. If any of these breaches of security should occur and be material, our reputation and brand could be damaged, our business may suffer, we could be required to expend significant capital and other resources to alleviate problems caused by such breaches, and we could be exposed to a risk of loss, litigation or regulatory action and possible liability. We cannot guarantee that recovery protocols and backup systems will be sufficient to prevent data loss. Actual or anticipated attacks may cause us to incur increasing costs, including costs to deploy additional personnel and protection technologies, train employees and engage third-party experts and consultants.

 

In addition, any party who is able to illicitly obtain a user’s password could access the user’s transaction data or personal information, resulting in the perception that our systems are insecure. Any compromise or breach of our security measures, or those of our third-party service providers, could violate applicable privacy, data protection, data security, network and information systems security and other laws and cause significant legal and financial exposure, adverse publicity and a loss of confidence in our security measures, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects. We continue to devote significant resources to protect against security breaches or we may need to in the future to address problems caused by breaches, including notifying affected subscribers and responding to any resulting litigation, which in turn, diverts resources from the growth and expansion of our business.

 

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DraftKings primarily relies, and we will rely, on Amazon Web Services to deliver our offerings to users on our platform and any disruption of or interference with our use of Amazon Web Services could adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

 

DraftKings currently hosts its sports betting, iGaming and daily fantasy sports platforms and supports its operations using Amazon Web Services (“AWS”), a third-party provider of cloud infrastructure services. New DraftKings will continue to rely on AWS in addition to those service providers used by SBT. We do not, and will not, have control over the operations of the facilities or infrastructure of the third-party service providers that we use. Such third parties’ facilities are vulnerable to damage or interruption from natural disasters, cybersecurity attacks, terrorist attacks, power outages and similar events or acts of misconduct. Our platform’s continuing and uninterrupted performance will be critical to our success. DraftKings has experienced, and we expect that in the future we will experience, interruptions, delays and outages in service and availability from these third-party service providers from time to time due to a variety of factors, including infrastructure changes, human or software errors, website hosting disruptions and capacity constraints. In addition, any changes in these third parties’ service levels may adversely affect our ability to meet the requirements of our users. Since our platform’s continuing and uninterrupted performance is critical to our success, sustained or repeated system failures would reduce the attractiveness of our offerings. It may become increasingly difficult to maintain and improve our performance, especially during peak usage times, as we expand and the usage of our offerings increases. Any negative publicity arising from these disruptions could harm our reputation and brand and may adversely affect the usage of our offerings.

 

Our commercial agreement with AWS will remain in effect until terminated by AWS or us. AWS may only terminate the agreement for convenience after complying with the contractual 30 day prior notice requirement, except for extraordinary circumstances as laid out in AWS standard terms. AWS may also terminate the agreement for cause upon a breach of the agreement or for failure to pay amounts due, in each case, subject to AWS providing prior written notice and a 30-day cure period. In the event that our agreement with AWS is terminated or we add additional cloud infrastructure service providers, such as the one currently used by SBT, we may experience significant costs or downtime in connection with the transfer to, or the addition of, new cloud infrastructure service providers. Although alternative providers could host our platform on a substantially similar basis to AWS, transitioning the cloud infrastructure currently hosted by AWS to alternative providers could potentially be disruptive and we could incur significant one-time costs.

 

Any of the above circumstances or events may harm our reputation and brand, reduce the availability or usage of our platform, lead to a significant loss of revenue, increase our costs and impair our ability to attract new users, any of which could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

We rely on third-party providers to validate the identity and identify the location of our users, and if such providers fail to perform adequately, provide accurate information or we do not maintain business relationships with them, our business, financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected.

 

There is no guarantee that the third-party geolocation and identity verification systems that we rely on will perform adequately, or be effective. We rely on our geolocation and identity verification systems to ensure we are in compliance with certain laws and regulations, and any service disruption to those systems would prohibit us from operating our platform, and would adversely affect our business. Additionally, incorrect or misleading geolocation and identity verification data with respect to current or potential users received from third-party service providers may result in us inadvertently allowing access to our offerings to individuals who should not be permitted to access them, or otherwise inadvertently deny access to individuals who should be able to access our offerings, in each case based on inaccurate identity or geographic location determination. Our third-party geolocation services provider relies on its ability to obtain information necessary to determine geolocation from mobile devices, operating systems, and other sources. Changes, disruptions or temporary or permanent failure to access such sources by our third-party services providers may result in their inability to accurately determine the location of our users. Moreover, our inability to maintain our existing contracts with third-party services providers, or to replace them with equivalent third parties, may result in our inability to access geolocation and identity verification data necessary for our day-to-day operations. If any of these risks materializes, we may be subject to disciplinary action, fines, lawsuits, and our business, financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected.

 

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Our platform contains third-party open source software components, and failure to comply with the terms of the underlying open source software licenses could restrict our ability to provide our offerings.

 

Our platform contains software modules licensed to us by third-party authors under “open source” licenses. Use and distribution of open source software may entail greater risks than use of third-party commercial software, as open source licensors generally do not provide support, warranties, indemnification or other contractual protections regarding infringement claims or the quality of the code. In addition, the public availability of such software may make it easier for others to compromise our platform.

 

Some open source licenses contain requirements that we make available source code for modifications or derivative works we create based upon the type of open source software we use, or grant other licenses to our intellectual property. If we combine our proprietary software with open source software in a certain manner, we could, under certain open source licenses, be required to release the source code of our proprietary software to the public. This would allow our competitors to create similar offerings with lower development effort and time and ultimately could result in a loss of our competitive advantages. Alternatively, to avoid the public release of the affected portions of our source code, we could be required to expend substantial time and resources to re-engineer some or all of our software.

 

Although we monitor our use of open source software to avoid subjecting our platform to conditions we do not intend, the terms of many open source licenses have not been interpreted by U.S. or foreign courts, and there is a risk that these licenses could be construed in a way that could impose unanticipated conditions or restrictions on our ability to provide or distribute our platform. From time to time, there have been claims challenging the ownership of open source software against companies that incorporate open source software into their solutions. As a result, we could be subject to lawsuits by parties claiming ownership of what we believe to be open source software. Moreover, we cannot assure you that our processes for controlling our use of open source software in our platform will be effective. If we are held to have breached or failed to fully comply with all the terms and conditions of an open source software license, we could face infringement or other liability, or be required to seek costly licenses from third parties to continue providing our offerings on terms that are not economically feasible, to re-engineer our platform, to discontinue or delay the provision of our offerings if re-engineering could not be accomplished on a timely basis or to make generally available, in source code form, our proprietary code, any of which could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

We rely on third-party payment processors to process deposits and withdrawals made by our users into the platform, and if we cannot manage our relationships with such third parties and other payment-related risks, our business, financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected.

 

We rely on a limited number of third-party payment processors to process deposits and withdrawals made by our users into our platform. If any of our third-party payment processors terminates its relationship with us or refuses to renew its agreement with us on commercially reasonable terms, we would need to find an alternate payment processor, and may not be able to secure similar terms or replace such payment processor in an acceptable time frame. Further, the software and services provided by our third-party payment processors may not meet our expectations, contain errors or vulnerabilities, be compromised or experience outages. Any of these risks could cause us to lose our ability to accept online payments or other payment transactions or make timely payments to users on our platform, any of which could make our platform less trustworthy and convenient and adversely affect our ability to attract and retain our users.

 

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Nearly all of our payments are made by credit card, debit card or through other third-party payment services, which subjects us to certain regulations and to the risk of fraud. We may in the future offer new payment options to users that may be subject to additional regulations and risks. We are also subject to a number of other laws and regulations relating to the payments we accept from our users, including with respect to money laundering, money transfers, privacy and information security. If we fail to comply with applicable rules and regulations, we may be subject to civil or criminal penalties, fines and/or higher transaction fees and may lose our ability to accept online payments or other payment card transactions, which could make our offerings less convenient and attractive to our users. If any of these events were to occur, our business, financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected.

 

For example, if we are deemed to be a money transmitter as defined by applicable regulation, we could be subject to certain laws, rules and regulations enforced by multiple authorities and governing bodies in the United States and numerous state and local agencies who may define money transmitter differently. For example, certain states may have a more expansive view of who qualifies as a money transmitter. Additionally, outside of the United States, we could be subject to additional laws, rules and regulations related to the provision of payments and financial services, and if we expand into new jurisdictions, the foreign regulations and regulators governing our business that we are subject to will expand as well. If we are found to be a money transmitter under any applicable regulation and we are not in compliance with such regulations, we may be subject to fines or other penalties in one or more jurisdictions levied by federal or state or local regulators, including state Attorneys General, as well as those levied by foreign regulators. In addition to fines, penalties for failing to comply with applicable rules and regulations could include criminal and civil proceedings, forfeiture of significant assets or other enforcement actions. We could also be required to make changes to our business practices or compliance programs as a result of regulatory scrutiny.

 

Additionally, our payment processors require us to comply with payment card network operating rules, which are set and interpreted by the payment card networks. The payment card networks could adopt new operating rules or interpret or reinterpret existing rules in ways that might prohibit us from providing certain offerings to some users, be costly to implement or difficult to follow. We have agreed to reimburse our payment processors for fines they are assessed by payment card networks if we or the users on our platform violate these rules. Any of the foregoing risks could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

We rely on other third-party sports data providers for real-time and accurate data for sporting events, and if such third parties do not perform adequately or terminate their relationships with us, our costs may increase and our business, financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected.

 

DraftKings and SBT rely on third-party sports data providers such as SportRadar and BetGenius to obtain accurate information regarding schedules, results, performance and outcomes of sporting events. We rely on this data to determine when and how bets are settled or how users rank in their fantasy contests. DraftKings and SBT have experienced, and we may continue to experience, errors in this data feed which may result in us incorrectly settling bets or ranking users in their contests. If we cannot adequately resolve the issue with our users, our users may have a negative experience with our offerings, our brand or reputation may be negatively affected and our users may be less inclined to continue or resume utilizing our products or recommend our platform to other potential users. As such, a failure or significant interruption in our service would harm our reputation, business and operating results.

 

Furthermore, if any of our sports data partners terminates its relationship with us or refuses to renew its agreement with us on commercially reasonable terms, we would need to find an alternate provider, and may not be able to secure similar terms or replace such providers in an acceptable time frame. Any of these risks could increase our costs and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations. Further, any negative publicity related to any of our third-party partners, including any publicity related to regulatory concerns, could adversely affect our reputation and brand, and could potentially lead to increased regulatory or litigation exposure.

 

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We rely on other third-party service providers and if such third parties do not perform adequately or terminate their relationships with us, our costs may increase and our business, financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected.

 

Our success depends in part on our relationships with other third-party service providers. For example, we rely on third parties for content delivery, load balancing and protection against distributed denial-of-service attacks. If those providers do not perform adequately, our users may experience issues or interruptions with their experiences. Furthermore, if any of our partners terminates its relationship with us or refuses to renew its agreement with us on commercially reasonable terms, we would need to find an alternate provider, and may not be able to secure similar terms or replace such providers in an acceptable time frame. We also rely on other software and services supplied by third parties, such as communications and internal software, and our business may be adversely affected to the extent such software and services do not meet our expectations, contain errors or vulnerabilities, are compromised or experience outages. Any of these risks could increase our costs and adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations. Further, any negative publicity related to any of our third-party partners, including any publicity related to regulatory concerns, could adversely affect our reputation and brand, and could potentially lead to increased regulatory or litigation exposure.

 

We incorporate technology from third parties into our platform. We cannot be certain that our licensors are not infringing the intellectual property rights of others or that the suppliers and licensors have sufficient rights to the technology in all jurisdictions in which we may operate. Some of our license agreements may be terminated by our licensors for convenience. If we are unable to obtain or maintain rights to any of this technology because of intellectual property infringement claims brought by third parties against our suppliers and licensors or against us, or if we are unable to continue to obtain the technology or enter into new agreements on commercially reasonable terms, our ability to develop our platform containing that technology could be severely limited and our business could be harmed. Additionally, if we are unable to obtain necessary technology from third parties, we may be forced to acquire or develop alternate technology, which may require significant time and effort and may be of lower quality or performance standards. This would limit and delay our ability to provide new or competitive offerings and increase our costs. If alternate technology cannot be obtained or developed, we may not be able to offer certain functionality as part of our offerings, which could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

If we fail to detect fraud or theft, including by our users and employees, our reputation may suffer which could harm our brand and reputation and negatively impact our business, financial condition and results of operations and can subject us to investigations and litigation.

 

We have in the past incurred, and may in the future incur, losses from various types of financial fraud, including use of stolen or fraudulent credit card data, claims of unauthorized payments by a user and attempted payments by users with insufficient funds. Bad actors use increasingly sophisticated methods to engage in illegal activities involving personal information, such as unauthorized use of another person’s identity, account information or payment information and unauthorized acquisition or use of credit or debit card details, bank account information and mobile phone numbers and accounts. Under current credit card practices, we may be liable for use of funds on our platform with fraudulent credit card data, even if the associated financial institution approved the credit card transaction.

 

Acts of fraud may involve various tactics, including collusion. Successful exploitation of our systems could have negative effects on our product offerings, services and user experience and could harm our reputation. Failure to discover such acts or schemes in a timely manner could result in harm to our operations. In addition, negative publicity related to such schemes could have an adverse effect on our reputation, potentially causing a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects. In the event of the occurrence of any such issues with our existing platform or product offerings, substantial engineering and marketing resources and management attention, may be diverted from other projects to correct these issues, which may delay other projects and the achievement of our strategic objectives.

 

In addition, any misappropriation of, or access to, users’ or other proprietary information or other breach of our information security could result in legal claims or legal proceedings, including regulatory investigations and actions, or liability for failure to comply with privacy and information security laws, including for failure to protect personal information or for misusing personal information, which could disrupt our operations, force us to modify our business practices, damage our reputation and expose us to claims from our users, regulators, employees and other persons, any of which could have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

 

Despite measures we have taken to detect and reduce the occurrence of fraudulent or other malicious activity on our platform, we cannot guarantee that any of our measures will be effective or will scale efficiently with our business. Our failure to adequately detect or prevent fraudulent transactions could harm our reputation or brand, result in litigation or regulatory action and lead to expenses that could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

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If Internet and other technology-based service providers experience service interruptions, our ability to conduct our business may be impaired and our business, financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected.

 

A substantial portion of our network infrastructure is provided by third parties, including Internet service providers and other technology-based service providers. See “— DraftKings primarily relies, and we will rely, on Amazon Web Services to deliver our offerings to users on our platform and any disruption of or interference with our use of Amazon Web Services could adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.” We require technology-based service providers to implement cyber-attack-resilient systems and processes. However, if Internet service providers experience service interruptions, including because of cyber-attacks, or due to an event causing an unusually high volume of Internet use (such as a pandemic or public health emergency), communications over the Internet may be interrupted and impair our ability to conduct our business. Internet service providers and other technology-based service providers may in the future roll out upgraded or new mobile or other telecommunications services, such as 5G or 6G services, which may not be successful and thus may impact the ability of our users to access our platform or offerings in a timely fashion or at all. In addition, our ability to process e-commerce transactions depends on bank processing and credit card systems. To prepare for system problems, we continuously seek to strengthen and enhance our current facilities and the capabilities of our system infrastructure and support. Nevertheless, there can be no assurance that the Internet infrastructure or our own network systems will continue to be able to meet the demand placed on us by the continued growth of the Internet, the overall online gaming industry and our users. Any difficulties these providers face, including the potential of certain network traffic receiving priority over other traffic (i.e., lack of net neutrality), may adversely affect our business, and we exercise little control over these providers, which increases our vulnerability to problems with the services they provide. Any system failure as a result of reliance on third parties, such as network, software or hardware failure, including as a result of cyber-attacks, which causes a loss of our users’ property or personal information or a delay or interruption in our online services and products and e-commerce services, including our ability to handle existing or increased traffic, could result in a loss of anticipated revenue, interruptions to our platform and offerings, cause us to incur significant legal, remediation and notification costs, degrade the customer experience and cause users to lose confidence in our offerings, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

 

We rely on strategic relationships with casinos, tribes and horse-tracks in order to be able to offer our products in certain jurisdictions. If we cannot establish and manage such relationships with such partners, our business, financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected.

 

Under some states’ sports betting laws, online sports betting is limited to a finite number of retail operators, such as casinos, tribes or tracks, who own a “skin” or “skins” under that state’s law. A “skin” is a legally-authorized license from a state to offer online sports betting services provided by a casino. The “skin” provides a market access opportunity for mobile operators to operate in the jurisdiction pending licensure and other required approvals by the state’s regulator. The entities that control those “skins’, and the numbers of  “skins” available, are typically determined by a state’s sports betting law. In most of the jurisdictions in which we offer sports betting and iGaming, we currently rely on a casino, tribe or track in order to get a “skin.” These “skins” are what allows us to gain access to jurisdictions where online operators are required to have a retail relationship. If we cannot establish, renew or manage our relationships, our relationships could terminate and we would not be allowed to operate in those jurisdictions until we enter into new ones. As a result, our business, financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected.

 

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Our growth will depend, in part, on the success of our strategic relationships with third parties. Overreliance on certain third parties, or our inability to extend existing relationships or agree to new relationships may cause unanticipated costs for us and impact our financial performance in the future.

 

DraftKings relies, and we expect to continue to rely, on relationships with sports leagues and teams, professional athletes and athlete organizations, advertisers, casinos and other third parties in order to attract users to our platform. These relationships along with providers of online services, search engines, social media, directories and other websites and ecommerce businesses direct consumers to the DraftKings platform. In addition, many of the parties with whom we have advertising arrangements provide advertising services to other companies, including other fantasy sports and gaming platforms with whom we compete. While we believe there are other third parties that could drive users to our platform, adding or transitioning to them may disrupt our business and increase our costs. In the event that any of DraftKings’ existing relationships or our future relationships fails to provide services to us in accordance with the terms of our arrangement, or at all, and we are not able to find suitable alternatives, this could impact our ability to attract consumers cost effectively and harm our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

 

Our growth prospects may suffer if we are unable to develop successful offerings or if we fail to pursue additional offerings. In addition, if we fail to make the right investment decisions in our offerings and technology platform, we may not attract and retain key users and our revenue and results of operations may decline.

 

DraftKings was founded in 2011 with a singular focus on the DFS industry and has primarily focused its efforts in the last eight years on growing the DFS product offering. DraftKings recently expanded its product offerings to include its Sportsbook and iGaming offerings. DraftKings has rapidly expanded and we anticipate expanding further as new product offerings mature and as we pursue our growth strategies.

 

The industries in which we operate are subject to rapid and frequent changes in standards, technologies, products and service offerings, as well as in customer demands and expectations and regulations. We must continuously make decisions regarding which offerings and technology to invest in to meet customer demand in compliance with evolving industry standards and regulatory requirements and must continually introduce and successfully market new and innovative technologies, offerings and enhancements to remain competitive and effectively stimulate customer demand, acceptance and engagement. Our ability to engage, retain, and increase our user base and to increase our revenue will depend heavily on our ability to successfully create new offerings, both independently and together with third parties. We may introduce significant changes to our existing platforms and offerings or develop and introduce new and unproven products, with which we have little or no prior development or operating experience. The process of developing new offerings and systems is inherently complex and uncertain, and new offerings may not be well received by users, even if well-reviewed and of high quality. If we are unable to develop technology and products that address users’ needs or enhance and improve our existing platforms and offerings in a timely manner, that could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

 

Although we intend to continue investing in our research and development efforts, if new or enhanced offerings fail to engage our users or partners, we may fail to attract or retain users or to generate sufficient revenue, operating margin, or other value to justify our investments, any of which may seriously harm our business. In addition, management may not properly ascertain or assess the risks of new initiatives, and subsequent events may alter the risks that were evaluated at the time we decided to execute any new initiative. Creating additional offerings can also divert our management’s attention from other business issues and opportunities. Even if our new offerings attain market acceptance, those new offerings could exploit the market share of our existing product offerings or share of our users’ wallets in a manner that could negatively impact their ecosystem. Furthermore, such expansion of our business increases the complexity of our business and places a significant strain on our management, operations, technical systems and financial resources and we may not recover the often-substantial up-front costs of developing and marketing new offerings, or recover the opportunity cost of diverting management and financial resources away from other offerings. In the event of continued growth of our operations, products or in the number of third-party relationships, we may not have adequate resources, operationally, technologically or otherwise to support such growth and the quality of our platforms, offerings or our relationships with third parties could suffer. In addition, failure to effectively identify, pursue and execute new business initiatives, or to efficiently adapt our processes and infrastructure to meet the needs of our innovations, may adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

 

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Any new offerings may also require our users to utilize new skills to use our platform. This could create a lag in adoption of new offerings and new user additions related to any new offerings. To date, new offerings and enhancements on our existing platforms have not hindered our user growth or engagement, but that may be the result of a large portion of our user base being in a younger demographic and more willing to invest the time to learn to use our products most effectively. To the extent that future users, including those in older demographics, are less willing to invest the time to learn to use our products, and if we are unable to make our products easier to learn to use, our user growth or engagement could be affected, and our business could be harmed. We may develop new products that increase user engagement and costs without increasing revenue.

 

Additionally, we may make bad or unprofitable decisions regarding these investments. If new or existing competitors offer more attractive offerings, we may lose users or users may decrease their spending on our platforms. New customer demands, superior competitive offerings, new industry standards or changes in the regulatory environment could render our existing offerings unattractive, unmarketable or obsolete and require us to make substantial unanticipated changes to our platforms or business model. Our failure to adapt to a rapidly changing market or evolving customer demands could harm our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

 

Our growth will depend on our ability to attract and retain users, and the loss of our users, failure to attract new users in a cost-effective manner, or failure to effectively manage our growth could adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

 

Our ability to achieve growth in revenue in the future will depend, in large part, upon our ability to attract new users to our offerings, retain existing users of our offerings and reactivate users in a cost-effective manner. Achieving growth in our community of users may require us to increasingly engage in sophisticated and costly sales and marketing efforts, which may not make sense in terms of return on investment. We expect to use a variety of free and paid marketing channels, in combination with compelling offers and exciting games to achieve our objectives. For paid marketing, we intend to leverage a broad array of advertising channels, including television, radio, social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snap, affiliates and paid and organic search, and other digital channels, such as mobile display. If the search engines on which we rely modify their algorithms, change their terms around gaming, or if the prices at which we may purchase listings increase, then our costs could increase, and fewer users may click through to our website. If links to our website are not displayed prominently in online search results, if fewer users click through to our website, if our other digital marketing campaigns are not effective, of it the costs of attracting users using any of our current methods significantly increase, then our ability to efficiently attract new users could be reduced, our revenue could decline and our business, financial condition and results of operations could be harmed.

 

In addition, our ability to increase the number of users of our offerings will depend on continued user adoption of DFS, Sportsbook and iGaming. Growth in the DFS, Sportsbook and iGaming industries and the level of demand for and market acceptance of our product offerings will be subject to a high degree of uncertainty. We cannot assure that consumer adoption of our product offerings will continue or exceed current growth rates, or that the industry will achieve more widespread acceptance.

 

Additionally, as technological or regulatory standards change and we modify our platform to comply with those standards, we may need users to take certain actions to continue playing, such as performing age verification checks or accepting new terms and conditions. Users may stop using our product offerings at any time, including if the quality of the user experience on our platform, including our support capabilities in the event of a problem, does not meet their expectations or keep pace with the quality of the customer experience generally offered by competitive offerings.

 

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Our core values of focusing on our users first and acting for the long term may conflict with the short-term interests of our business.

 

One of our operating principles is to put our users first, which we believe is essential to our success and serves the best, long-term interests of our company and our stakeholders. Therefore, we have made in the past and we may make in the future, certain investments or changes in strategy that we think will benefit our users, even if our decision negatively impacts our operating results in the short term.

 

DraftKings’ business model depends upon the continued compatibility between the DraftKings app and the major mobile operating systems and upon third-party platforms for the distribution of the DraftKings’ product offerings. If Google Play or the Apple App Store prevent users from downloading our apps or block advertising from being delivered to our users, our ability to grow our revenue, profitability and prospects may be adversely affected.

 

The substantial majority of DraftKings’ users access its DFS, Sportsbook and iGaming product offerings primarily on mobile devices, and we believe that this will continue to be increasingly important to New DraftKings’ long-term success. DraftKings’ business model depends upon the continued compatibility between the DraftKings app and the major mobile operating systems. Third parties with whom DraftKings does not have any formal relationships control the design of mobile devices and operating systems. These parties frequently introduce new devices, and from time to time they may introduce new operating systems or modify existing ones. Network carriers may also impact the ability to download apps or access specified content on mobile devices.

 

In addition, DraftKings relies upon third-party platforms for distribution of its product offerings. The DFS product offering is delivered as a free application through both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store and is also accessible via mobile and traditional websites. The Sportsbook and iGaming product offerings are primarily distributed through the Apple App Store and a traditional website. The Google Play store and Apple App Store are global application distribution platforms and the main distribution channels for the DraftKings’ app. As such, the promotion, distribution and operation of the DraftKings’ app are subject to the respective distribution platforms’ standard terms and policies for application developers, which are very broad and subject to frequent changes and interpretation. Furthermore, the distribution platforms may not enforce their standard terms and policies for application developers consistently and uniformly across all applications and with all publishers.

 

There is no guarantee that popular mobile devices will start or continue to support or feature our product offerings, or that mobile device users will continue to use our product offerings rather than competing products. DraftKings is, and we will continue to be, dependent on the interoperability of our platforms with popular mobile operating systems, technologies, networks and standards that we do not control, such as the Android and iOS operating systems, and any changes, bugs, technical or regulatory issues in such systems, our relationships with mobile manufacturers and carriers, or in their terms of service or policies that degrade our offerings’ functionality, reduce or eliminate our ability to distribute our offerings, give preferential treatment to competitive products, limit our ability to deliver high quality offerings, or impose fees or other charges related to delivering our offerings, could adversely affect our product usage and monetization on mobile devices.

 

Moreover, DraftKings’ products require high-bandwidth data capabilities in order to place time-sensitive bets. If the growth of high-bandwidth capabilities, particularly for mobile devices, is slower than we expect, our user growth, retention, and engagement may be seriously harmed. Additionally, to deliver high-quality content over mobile cellular networks, DraftKings’ product offerings must work well with a range of mobile technologies, systems, networks, regulations, and standards that DraftKings does not control. In particular, any future changes to the iOS or Android operating systems may impact the accessibility, speed, functionality, and other performance aspects of our platforms, which issues are likely to occur in the future from time to time. In addition, the adoption of any laws or regulations that adversely affect the growth, popularity, or use of the Internet, including laws governing Internet neutrality, could decrease the demand for our products and increase our cost of doing business. Specifically, any laws that would allow mobile providers in the United States to impede access to content, or otherwise discriminate against content providers like us, such as providing for faster or better access to our competitors, over their data networks, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

 

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Furthermore, we may not successfully cultivate relationships with key industry participants or develop product offerings that operate effectively with these technologies, systems, networks, regulations, or standards. If it becomes more difficult for our users to access and use our platform on their mobile devices, if our users choose not to access or use our platform on their mobile devices, or if our users choose to use mobile products that do not offer access to our platform, our user growth, retention, and engagement could be seriously harmed.

 

In addition, if any of the third-party platforms used for distribution of our product offerings were to limit or disable advertising on their platforms, either because of technological constraints or because the owner of these distribution platforms wished to impair our ability to serve ads on them, our ability to generate revenue could be harmed. Also, technologies may be developed that can block the display of our ads. These changes could materially impact the way we do business, and if we or our advertising partners are unable to quickly and effectively adjust to those changes, there could be an adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or prospects.

 

We may require additional capital to support our growth plans, and such capital may not be available on terms acceptable to us, if at all. This could hamper our growth and adversely affect our business.

 

We intend to make significant investments to support our business growth and may require additional funds to respond to business challenges, including the need to develop new offerings and features or enhance our existing platform, improve our operating infrastructure or acquire complementary businesses, personnel and technologies. Accordingly, we may need to engage in equity or debt financings to secure additional funds. Our ability to obtain additional capital, if and when required, will depend on our business plans, investor demand, our operating performance, capital markets conditions and other factors. If we raise additional funds by issuing equity, equity-linked or debt securities, those securities may have rights, preferences or privileges senior to the rights of our currently issued and outstanding equity or debt, and our existing shareholders may experience dilution. If New DraftKings is unable to obtain additional capital when required, or on satisfactory terms, our ability to continue to support our business growth or to respond to business opportunities, challenges or unforeseen circumstances could be adversely affected, and our business may be harmed.

 

We may invest in or acquire other businesses, and our business may suffer if we are unable to successfully integrate acquired businesses into our company or otherwise manage the growth associated with multiple acquisitions.

 

As part of its business strategy, DraftKings has made, and New DraftKings intends to continue to make, acquisitions as opportunities arise to add new or complementary businesses, products, brands or technologies. In some cases, the costs of such acquisitions may be substantial, including as a result of professional fees and due diligence efforts. There is no assurance that the time and resources expended on pursuing a particular acquisition will result in a completed transaction, or that any completed transaction will ultimately be successful. In addition, we may be unable to identify suitable acquisition or strategic investment opportunities, or may be unable to obtain any required financing or regulatory approvals, and therefore may be unable to complete such acquisitions or strategic investments on favorable terms, if at all. We may decide to pursue acquisitions with which our investors may not agree and we cannot assure investors that any acquisition or investment will be successful or otherwise provide a favorable return on investment. In addition, acquisitions and the integration thereof require significant time and resources and place significant demands on our management, as well as on our operational and financial infrastructure. In addition, if we fail to successfully close transactions or integrate new teams, or integrate the products and technologies associated with these acquisitions into our company, our business could be seriously harmed. Acquisitions may expose us to operational challenges and risks, including:

 

·the ability to profitably manage acquired businesses or successfully integrate the acquired businesses’ operations, personnel, financial reporting, accounting and internal controls, technologies and products into the New DraftKings’ business;
·increased indebtedness and the expense of integrating acquired businesses, including significant administrative, operational, economic, geographic or cultural challenges in managing and integrating the expanded or combined operations;
·entry into jurisdictions or acquisition of products or technologies with which we have limited or no prior experience, and the potential of increased competition with new or existing competitors as a result of such acquisitions;
·diversion of management’s attention and the over-extension of our operating infrastructure and our management systems, information technology systems, and internal controls and procedures, which may be inadequate to support growth;
·the ability to fund our capital needs and any cash flow shortages that may occur if anticipated revenue is not realized or is delayed, whether by general economic or market conditions, or unforeseen internal difficulties; and
·the ability to retain or hire qualified personnel required for expanded operations.
·Our acquisition strategy may not succeed if we are unable to remain attractive to target companies or expeditiously close transactions. Issuing shares of Class A common stock to fund an acquisition would cause economic dilution to existing stockholders. If we develop a reputation for being a difficult acquirer or having an unfavorable work environment, or target companies view our Class A common stock unfavorably, we may be unable to consummate key acquisition transactions essential to our corporate strategy and our business may be seriously harmed.

 

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We may invest or spend the proceeds of the Business Combination in ways with which the investors may not agree or in ways which may not yield a return.

 

Our management will have considerable discretion in the application of the net proceeds of the Business Combination, and our shareholders will not have the opportunity to approve how the proceeds are being used. If the net proceeds are used for corporate purposes that do not result in an increase to the value of our business, our stock price could decline.

 

DraftKings is party to pending litigation in various jurisdictions and with various plaintiffs and we may be subject to future litigation in the operation of our business. An adverse outcome in one or more proceedings could adversely affect our business.

 

As a growing company with expanding operations, DraftKings and SBT in the past have been parties to, and New DraftKings may in the future increasingly face the risk of, claims, lawsuits, and other proceedings involving competition and antitrust, intellectual property, privacy, consumer protection, accessibility claims, securities, tax, labor and employment, commercial disputes, services and other matters. See “Business of DraftKings and SBTech — Legal Proceedings.” Litigation to defend us against claims by third parties, or to enforce any rights that we may have against third parties, may be necessary, which could result in substantial costs and diversion of our resources, causing a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

 

Any litigation to which we are a party may result in an onerous or unfavorable judgment that may not be reversed upon appeal, or in payments of substantial monetary damages or fines, the posting of bonds requiring significant collateral, letters of credit or similar instruments, or we may decide to settle lawsuits on similarly unfavorable terms. These proceedings could also result in reputational harm, criminal sanctions, consent decrees or orders preventing us from offering certain products or requiring a change in our business practices in costly ways or requiring development of non-infringing or otherwise altered products or technologies. Litigation and other claims and regulatory proceedings against us could result in unexpected disciplinary actions, expenses and liabilities, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

 

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Our business will be subject to a variety of U.S. and foreign laws, many of which are unsettled and still developing and which could subject us to claims or otherwise harm our business. Any change in existing regulations or their interpretation, or the regulatory climate applicable to our products and services, or changes in tax rules and regulations or interpretation thereof related to our products and services, could adversely impact our ability to operate our business as currently conducted or as we seek to operate in the future, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.

 

We are generally subject to laws and regulations relating to fantasy sports, sports betting and iGaming in the jurisdictions in which we conduct our business or in some circumstances, of those jurisdictions in which we offer our services or those are available, as well as the general laws and regulations that apply to all e-commerce businesses, such as those related to privacy and personal information, tax and consumer protection. These laws and regulations vary from one jurisdiction to another and future legislative and regulatory action, court decisions or other governmental action, which may be affected by, among other things, political pressures, attitudes and climates, as well as personal biases, may have a material impact on our operations and financial results. In particular, some jurisdictions have introduced regulations attempting to restrict or prohibit online gaming, while others have taken the position that online gaming should be licensed and regulated and have adopted or are in the process of considering legislation and regulations to enable that to happen. Additionally some jurisdictions in which we may operate could presently be unregulated or partially regulated and therefore more susceptible to the enactment or change of laws and regulations.

 

DraftKings offers its DFS product offering in 22 states that have adopted legislation permitting online fantasy sports. In those states that currently require a license or registration, DraftKings has either obtained the appropriate license or registration, has obtained a provisional license, or is operating pursuant to a grandfathering clause that allows operation pending the availability of licensing applications and subsequent grant of a license. DraftKings also has three foreign licenses and operates under those licenses in eight countries.

 

DraftKings operates in 21 states and one country, Canada, that do not have fantasy sports-specific laws or regulations. In those jurisdictions, our business may be subject to future legislative and regulatory action, court decisions or other governmental action that could alter or eliminate our ability to operate. On February 6, 2020, a state intermediate appellate court in New York determined in a split decision that a law specifically authorizing paid fantasy sports contests in New York violated the New York constitution. This decision is currently stayed; however, if upheld, it could jeopardize our ability to operate our DFS offering in New York. In addition, in certain states in which DraftKings operates, including Texas, Illinois and Florida, the applicable office of the Attorney General has issued an adverse legal opinion regarding DFS. In the event that one of those Attorneys General decides to take action on the opinion from their office, we may have to withdraw our operations from such state, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

In May 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (“PASPA”). This decision has the effect of lifting federal restrictions on sports betting and thus allows states to determine by themselves the legality of sports betting. Since the repeal of PASPA, several states (including Washington D.C.) have legalized online sports betting. To the extent new real money gaming or sports betting jurisdictions are established or expanded, we cannot guarantee that we will be successful in penetrating such new jurisdictions or expanding our business or user base in line with the growth of existing jurisdictions. If we are unable to effectively develop and operate directly or indirectly within these new jurisdictions or if our competitors are able to successfully penetrate geographic jurisdictions that we cannot access or where we face other restrictions, there could be a material adverse effect on our business, operating results and financial condition. Our failure to obtain or maintain the necessary regulatory approvals in jurisdictions, whether individually or collectively, would have a material adverse effect on our business. See “Business of DraftKings and SBTech — Government Regulation.” To expand into new jurisdictions, we may need to be licensed and obtain approvals of our product offerings. This is a time-consuming process that can be extremely costly. Any delays in obtaining or difficulty in maintaining regulatory approvals needed for expansion within existing jurisdictions or into new jurisdictions can negatively affect our opportunities for growth, including the growth of our customer base, or delay our ability to recognize revenue from our offerings in any such jurisdictions.

 

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Future legislative and regulatory action, and court decisions or other governmental action, may have a material impact on our operations and financial results. Governmental authorities could view us as having violated local laws, despite our efforts to obtain all applicable licenses or approvals. There is also a risk that civil and criminal proceedings, including class actions brought by or on behalf of prosecutors or public entities or incumbent monopoly providers, or private individuals, could be initiated against us, Internet service providers, credit card and other payment processors, advertisers and others involved in the DFS, sports betting and iGaming industries. Such potential proceedings could involve substantial litigation expense, penalties, fines, seizure of assets, injunctions or other restrictions being imposed upon us or our licensees or other business partners, while diverting the attention of key executives. Such proceedings could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects, as well as impact our reputation.

 

There can be no assurance that legally enforceable legislation will not be proposed and passed in jurisdictions relevant or potentially relevant to our business to prohibit, legislate or regulate various aspects of the DFS, iGaming and sports betting industries (or that existing laws in those jurisdictions will not be interpreted negatively). Compliance with any such legislation may have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations, either as a result of our determination that a jurisdiction should be blocked, or because a local license or approval may be costly for us or our business partners to obtain and/or such licenses or approvals may contain other commercially undesirable conditions.

 

Our growth prospects depend on the legal status of real-money gaming in various jurisdictions, predominantly within the United States, which is an initial area of focus, and legalization may not occur in as many states as we expect, or may occur at a slower pace than we anticipate. Additionally, even if jurisdictions legalize real money gaming, this may be accompanied by legislative or regulatory restrictions and/or taxes that make it impracticable or less attractive to operate in those jurisdictions, or the process of implementing regulations or securing the necessary licenses to operate in a particular jurisdiction may take longer than we anticipate, which could adversely affect our future results of operations and make it more difficult to meet our expectations for financial performance.

 

A number of states have legalized, or are currently considering legalizing, real money gaming, and our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects are significantly dependent upon legalization of real money gaming. Our business plan is partially based upon the legalization of real money gaming for a specific percent of the population on a yearly basis and the legalization may not occur as we have anticipated. Additionally, if a large number of additional states or the federal government enact real money gaming legislation and we are unable to obtain, or are otherwise delayed in obtaining the necessary licenses to operate online sports betting or iGaming websites in U.S. jurisdictions where such games are legalized, our future growth in online sports betting and iGaming could be materially impaired.

 

As we enter into new jurisdictions, states or the federal government may legalize real money gaming in a manner that is unfavorable to us. As a result, we may encounter legal, regulatory and political challenges that are difficult or impossible to foresee and which could result in an unforeseen adverse impact on planned revenues or costs associated with the new opportunity. For example, certain states require us to have a relationship with a land-based, licensed casino for online Sportsbook access, which tends to increase our costs of revenue. States that have established state-run monopolies may limit opportunities for private sector participants like us. States also impose substantial tax rates on online sports betting and iGaming revenue, in addition to sales taxes in certain jurisdictions and a federal excise tax of 25 basis points on the amount of each wager. As most state product taxes apply to various measures of modified gross profit, tax rates, whether federal- or state-based, that are higher than we expect will make it more costly and less desirable for us to launch in a given jurisdiction, while tax increases in any of our existing jurisdictions may adversely impact our profitability.

 

Therefore, even in cases in which a jurisdiction purports to license and regulate DFS, sports betting or iGaming, the licensing and regulatory regimes can vary considerably in terms of their business-friendliness and at times may be intended to provide incumbent operators with advantages over new licensees. Therefore, some “liberalized” regulatory regimes are considerably more commercially attractive than others.

 

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Failure to comply with regulatory requirements in a particular jurisdiction, or the failure to successfully obtain a license or permit applied for in a particular jurisdiction, could impact our ability to comply with licensing and regulatory requirements in other jurisdictions, or could cause the rejection of license applications or cancelation of existing licenses in other jurisdictions, or could cause financial institutions, online and mobile platforms, advertisers and distributors to stop providing services to us which we rely upon to receive payments from, or distribute amounts to, our users, or otherwise to deliver and promote our services.

 

Compliance with the various regulations applicable to fantasy sports and real money gaming is costly and time-consuming. Regulatory authorities at the non-U.S., U.S. federal, state and local levels have broad powers with respect to the regulation and licensing of fantasy sports and real money gaming operations and may revoke, suspend, condition or limit our fantasy sports or real money gaming licenses, impose substantial fines on us and take other actions, any one of which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects. These laws and regulations are dynamic and subject to potentially differing interpretations, and various legislative and regulatory bodies may expand current laws or regulations or enact new laws and regulations regarding these matters. We will strive to comply with all applicable laws and regulations relating to our business. It is possible, however, that these requirements may be interpreted and applied in a manner that is inconsistent from one jurisdiction to another and may conflict with other rules. Non-compliance with any such law or regulations could expose us to claims, proceedings, litigation and investigations by private parties and regulatory authorities, as well as substantial fines and negative publicity, each of which may materially and adversely affect our business.

 

Any fantasy sports or real money gaming license could be revoked, suspended or conditioned at any time. The loss of a license in one jurisdiction could trigger the loss of a license or affect our eligibility for such a license in another jurisdiction, and any of such losses, or potential for such loss, could cause us to cease offering some or all of our offerings in the impacted jurisdictions. We may be unable to obtain or maintain all necessary registrations, licenses, permits or approvals, and could incur fines or experience delays related to the licensing process, which could adversely affect our operations. Our delay or failure to obtain or maintain licenses in any jurisdiction may prevent us from distributing our offerings, increasing our customer base and/or generating revenues. We cannot assure you that we will be able to obtain and maintain the licenses and related approvals necessary to conduct our DFS, Sportsbook and iGaming operations. Any failure to maintain or renew our existing licenses, registrations, permits or approvals could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

 

Our growth prospects and market potential will depend on our ability to obtain licenses to operate in a number of jurisdictions and if we fail to obtain such licenses our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects could be impaired.

 

Our ability to grow our business will depend on our ability to obtain and maintain licenses to offer our product offerings in a large number of jurisdictions or in heavily populated jurisdictions. If we fail to obtain and maintain licenses in large jurisdictions or in a greater number of mid-market jurisdictions, this may prevent us from expanding the footprint of our product offerings, increasing our user base and/or generating revenues. We cannot be certain that we will be able to obtain and maintain licenses and related approvals necessary to conduct our DFS, Sportsbook and iGaming operations. Any failure to obtain and maintain licenses, registrations, permits or approvals could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

 

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DraftKings and SBT have been the subject of governmental investigations and inquiries with respect to the operation of their businesses and we could be subject to future governmental investigations and inquiries, legal proceedings and enforcement actions. Any such investigation, inquiry, proceeding or action, could adversely affect our business.

 

DraftKings and SBT have received formal and informal inquiries from time to time, from government authorities and regulators, including tax authorities and gaming regulators, regarding compliance with laws and other matters, and we may receive such inquiries in the future, particularly as we grow and expand our operations. Violation of existing or future regulations, regulatory orders or consent decrees could subject us to substantial monetary fines and other penalties that could negatively affect our financial condition and results of operations. In addition, it is possible that future orders issued by, or inquiries or enforcement actions initiated by, government or regulatory authorities could cause us to incur substantial costs, expose us to unanticipated liability or penalties, or require us to change our business practices in a manner materially adverse to our business.

 

Participation in the sports betting industry will expose us to trading, liability management and pricing risk. We may experience lower than expected profitability and potentially significant losses as a result of a failure to determine accurately the odds in relation to any particular event and/or any failure of its sports risk management processes.

 

DraftKings’ fixed-odds betting products involve betting where winnings are paid on the basis of the stake placed and the odds quoted. Odds are determined with the objective of providing an average return to the bookmaker over a large number of events and therefore, over the long term, our gross win percentage has remained fairly constant. However, there can be significant variation in gross win percentage event-by-event and day-by-day. DraftKings has systems and controls that seek to reduce the risk of daily losses occurring on a gross-win basis, but there can be no assurance that these will be effective in reducing our exposure, and consequently our exposure to this risk in the future. As a result, in the short term, there is less certainty of generating a positive gross win, and we may experience (and DraftKings has from time to time experienced) significant losses with respect to individual events or betting outcomes, in particular if large individual bets are placed on an event or betting outcome or series of events or betting outcomes. Odds compilers and risk managers are capable of human error, thus even allowing for the fact that a number of betting products are subject to capped pay-outs, significant volatility can occur. In addition, it is possible that there may be such a high volume of trading during any particular period that even automated systems would be unable to address and eradicate all risks. Any significant losses on a gross-win basis could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. In addition, if a jurisdiction where we hold or wish to apply for a license imposes a high turnover tax for betting (as opposed to a gross-win tax), this too would impact profitability, particularly with high value/low margin bets, and likewise have a material adverse effect on our business.

 

Palpable (obvious) errors in Sportsbook odds making occasionally occur in the normal course of business, sometimes for large liabilities. While it is a worldwide standard business practice to void bets associated with palpable errors or to correct the odds, there is no guarantee regulators will approve voiding palpable errors moving forward in every case.

 

DraftKings’ Sportsbook offers a huge spectrum of betting markets across dozens of sports, and the odds are set through a combination of algorithmic and manual odds making. Bet acceptance is also a combination of automatic and manual acceptance. In some cases, the odds offered on the website constitute an obvious error. Examples of such errors are inverted lines between teams, or odds that are significantly different from the true odds of the outcome in a way that all reasonable persons would agree is an error. It is commonplace virtually worldwide for operators to void bets associated with such palpable errors, and in most mature jurisdictions these bets can be voided without regulatory approval at operator discretion. In the U.S., it is unclear long term if state-by-state regulators will consistently approve voids or re-setting odds to correct odds on such bets. In some cases, we require regulatory approval to void palpable errors ahead of time. If regulators were to not allow voiding of bets associated with large obvious errors in odds making, New DraftKings could be subject to covering significant liabilities.

 

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DraftKings follows the industry practice of restricting and managing betting limits at the individual customer level based on individual customer profiles and risk level to the enterprise; however there is no guarantee that states will allow operators such as DraftKings to limit on the individual customer level.

 

Similar to a credit card company managing individual risk on the customer level through credit limits, it is customary for sports betting operators to manage customer betting limits at the individual level to manage enterprise risk levels. DraftKings believes this practice is beneficial overall, because if it were not possible, the betting options would be restricted globally and limits available to customers would be much lower to insulate overall risk due to the existence of a very small segment of highly sophisticated syndicates and algorithmic bettors, or bettors looking to take advantage of site errors and omissions. We believe virtually all operators balance taking reasonable action from all customers against the risk of individual customers significantly harming the business viability. We cannot assure you that all state legislation and regulators will always allow operators to execute limits at the individual customer level, or at their sole discretion.

 

Negative events or negative media coverage relating to, or a declining popularity of, daily fantasy sports, sports betting, the underlying sports or athletes, online sports betting or iGaming in particular, or other negative coverage may adversely impact our ability to retain or attract users, which could have an adverse impact on our business.

 

Public opinion can significantly influence our business. Unfavorable publicity regarding us, for example, our product changes, product quality, litigation, or regulatory activity, or regarding the actions of third parties with whom we have relationships or the underlying sports (including declining popularity of the sports or athletes) could seriously harm our reputation. In addition, a negative shift in the perception of sports betting and iGaming by the public or by politicians, lobbyists or others could affect future legislation of sports betting and iGaming, which could cause jurisdictions to abandon proposals to legalize sports betting and iGaming, thereby limiting the number of jurisdictions in which we can operate. Furthermore, illegal betting activity by athletes could result in negative publicity for our industry and could harm our brand reputation. Negative public perception could also lead to new restrictions on or to the prohibition of iGaming or sports betting in jurisdictions in which we currently operate. Such negative publicity could also adversely affect the size, demographics, engagement, and loyalty of our customer base and result in decreased revenue or slower user growth rates, which could seriously harm our business.

 

We may have difficulty accessing the service of banks, credit card issuers and payment processing services providers, which may make it difficult to sell our products and services.

 

Although financial institutions and payment processors are permitted to provide services to us and others in our industry, banks, credit card issuers and payment processing service providers may be hesitant to offer banking and payment processing services to real money gaming and fantasy sports businesses. Consequently, those businesses involved in our industry, including DraftKings, may encounter difficulties in establishing and maintaining banking and payment processing relationships with a full scope of services and generating market rate interest. If we were unable to maintain DraftKings’ bank accounts or our users were unable to use their credit cards, bank accounts or e-wallets to make deposits and withdrawals from our platforms it would make it difficult for us to operate our business, increase our operating costs, and pose additional operational, logistical and security challenges which could result in an inability to implement our business plan.

 

The requirements of being a public company may strain our resources and divert management’s attention, and the increases in legal, accounting and compliance expenses that will result from the Business Combination may be greater than we anticipate.

 

As a result of the Business Combination New DraftKings will become a public company, and as such (and particularly after we are no longer an “emerging growth company”), will incur significant legal, accounting and other expenses that DraftKings and SBT did not incur as private companies. We will be subject to the reporting requirements of the Exchange Act, and will be required to comply with the applicable requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, as well as the rules and regulations subsequently implemented by the SEC and the listing standards of The Nasdaq Stock Market, including changes in corporate governance practices and the establishment and maintenance of effective disclosure and financial controls. Compliance with these rules and regulations can be burdensome. Our management and other personnel will need to devote a substantial amount of time to these compliance initiatives. Moreover, these rules and regulations will increase DraftKings’ and SBT’s historical legal and financial compliance costs and will make some activities more time-consuming and costly. For example, we expect that these rules and regulations may make it more difficult and more expensive for us to obtain director and officer liability insurance than DraftKings and SBT obtained as private companies, and could also make it more difficult for us to attract and retain qualified members of our Board as compared to DraftKings and SBT as private companies. In particular, we expect to incur significant expenses and devote substantial management effort toward ensuring compliance with the requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which will increase when we are no longer an “emerging growth company.” We will need to hire additional accounting and financial staff, and engage outside consultants, all with appropriate public company experience and technical accounting knowledge and maintain an internal audit function, which will increase our operating expenses. Moreover, we could incur additional compensation costs in the event that we decide to pay cash compensation closer to that of other public companies, which would increase our general and administrative expenses and could materially and adversely affect our profitability. We are evaluating these rules and regulations, and cannot predict or estimate the amount of additional costs we may incur or the timing of such costs.

 

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As private companies, DraftKings and SBT have not been required to document and test their internal controls over financial reporting nor has their management been required to certify the effectiveness of their internal controls and their auditors have not been required to opine on the effectiveness of their internal control over financial reporting. Failure to maintain adequate financial, information technology and management processes and controls could result in material weaknesses which could lead to errors in our financial reporting, which could adversely affect our business.

 

DraftKings and SBT have not been required to document and test their internal controls over financial reporting nor has their management been required to certify the effectiveness of their internal controls and their auditors have not been required to opine on the effectiveness of their internal control over financial reporting. Similarly, as an “emerging growth company,” DEAC has so far been exempt from the SEC’s internal control reporting requirements. New DraftKings may lose its emerging growth company status and become subject to the SEC’s internal control over financial reporting management and auditor attestation requirements in the year in which it is deemed to be a large accelerated filer, which would occur once it is subject to Exchange Act reporting requirements for 12 months, has filed at least one SEC annual report and the market value of its common equity held by non-affiliates exceeds $700 million as of the end of the prior fiscal year’s second fiscal quarter. We expect that New DraftKings will be subject to the SEC’s internal control reporting and attestation requirements with respect to its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021. Additionally, we expect New DraftKings’ independent registered public accounting firm will be required to formally attest to the effectiveness of New DraftKings’ internal controls over financial reporting commencing with New DraftKings’ second annual report on Form 10-K (i.e. for the year ended December 31, 2021). New DraftKings may not be able to complete its evaluation, testing and any required remediation in a timely fashion. In addition, New DraftKings’ current controls and any new controls that it develops may become inadequate because of poor design and changes in its business, including increased complexity resulting from any international expansion. Any failure to implement and maintain effective internal controls over financial reporting could adversely affect the results of assessments by its independent registered public accounting firm and their attestation reports.

 

If New DraftKings is unable to certify the effectiveness of its internal controls, or if New DraftKings’ internal controls have a material weakness, New DraftKings may not detect errors timely, its consolidated financial statements could be misstated, it could be subject to regulatory scrutiny and a loss of confidence by stakeholders, which could harm New DraftKings’ business and adversely affect the market price of New DraftKings common stock.

 

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Continued growth and success will depend on the performance of the current and future employees of DraftKings and SBT, including certain key employees. Recruitment and retention of these individuals is vital to growing our business and meeting our business plans. The loss of any of our key executives or other key employees could harm our business.

 

We will depend on a limited number of key personnel to manage and operate our business, including DraftKings’ co-founders, our Chief Financial Officer and our Chief Legal Officer. The leadership of the current executive officers of DraftKings has been a critical element of DraftKings’ success and the departure, death or disability of any one of our executive officers or other extended or permanent loss of any of their services, or any negative market or industry perception with respect to any of them or their loss, could have a material adverse effect on our business. We are the beneficiary of a $2 million key man insurance policy covering our Chief Executive Officer, but we are not protected by key man or similar life insurance covering other executive officers or members of senior management.

 

In addition, certain of DraftKings and SBT’s other employees have made significant contributions to their growth and success. We believe our success and our ability to compete and grow will depend in large part on the efforts and talents of our employees and on our ability to retain highly skilled personnel. The competition for these types of personnel is intense and we compete with other potential employers for the services of our employees. As a result, we may not succeed in retaining the executives and other key employees that we need. Employees, particularly analysts and engineers, are in high demand, and we devote significant resources to identifying, hiring, training, successfully integrating and retaining these employees. We cannot provide assurance that we will be able to attract or retain such highly qualified personnel in the future. In addition, the loss of employees or the inability to hire additional skilled employees as necessary could result in significant disruptions to our business, and the integration of replacement personnel could be time-consuming and expensive and cause additional disruptions to our business.

 

All Named Executive Officers (as defined below) are employees-at-will and only one Named Executive Officer has an employment agreement with DraftKings. Prior to the completion of the Business Combination, New DraftKings may enter into employment agreements with certain of its key executive officers, including the remaining Named Executive Officers. We cannot assure you that any such agreements with New DraftKings will be executed, which may make it more difficult to retain the services of certain of the executive officers. The unexpected loss of services of one or more of these key employees could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

 

Additionally, as we grow and develop the infrastructure of a public company, we may find it difficult to maintain DraftKings’ entrepreneurial, innovative and team-based culture. Our retention and recruiting may require significant increases in compensation expense as we transition to a public company, which would adversely affect our results of operation. Moreover, there may also be disparities of wealth between those of our employees who were employees of DraftKings or SBT prior to the Business Combination and those who join us after the Closing, which may harm our culture and relations among employees.

 

If we do not succeed in attracting, hiring, and integrating excellent personnel, or retaining and motivating existing personnel, we may be unable to grow effectively and our business could be seriously harmed.

 

In some jurisdictions our key executives, certain employees or other individuals related to the business will be subject to licensing or compliance requirements. Failure by such individuals to obtain the necessary licenses or comply with individual regulatory obligations, could cause the business to be non-compliant with its obligations, or imperil its ability to obtain or maintain licenses necessary for the conduct of the business. In some cases, the remedy to such situation may require the removal of a key executive or employee and the mandatory redemption or transfer of such person’s New DraftKings equity securities.

 

As part of obtaining real money gaming licenses, the responsible gaming authority will generally determine suitability of certain directors, officers and employees and, in some instances, significant shareholders. The criteria used by gaming authorities to make determinations as to who requires a finding of suitability or the suitability of an applicant to conduct gaming operations varies among jurisdictions, but generally requires extensive and detailed application disclosures followed by a thorough investigation. Gaming authorities typically have broad discretion in determining whether an applicant should be found suitable to conduct operations within a given jurisdiction. If any gaming authority with jurisdiction over our business were to find an applicable officer, director, employee or significant shareholder of ours unsuitable for licensing or unsuitable to continue having a relationship with us, we would be required to sever our relationship with that person. Furthermore, such gaming authorities may require us to terminate the employment of any person who refuses to file required applications. Either result could have a material adverse effect on our business, operations and prospects. See “Business of DraftKings and SBTech — Government Regulation.”

 

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In addition, the Proposed Charter provides that any common stock or other equity securities of New DraftKings owned or controlled by any stockholder whom the New DraftKings board of directors determines in good faith (following consultation with reputable outside gaming regulatory counsel), pursuant to a resolution adopted by the unanimous affirmative vote of all of the disinterested members of the New DraftKings board of directors, is an unsuitable person, will be subject to mandatory sale and transfer to either New DraftKings or one or more third-party transferees.

 

Additionally, a gaming regulatory body may refuse to issue or renew a gaming license or restrict or condition the same, based on the past or present activities of DraftKings, SBT, or our current or former directors, officers, employees, shareholders or third parties with whom we have relationships, which could adversely affect our operations or financial condition. If additional gaming regulations are adopted in a jurisdiction in which we operate, such regulations could impose restrictions or costs that could have a significant adverse effect on us. From time to time, various proposals are introduced in the legislatures of some of the jurisdictions in which we have existing or planned operations that, if enacted, could adversely affect our directors, officers, key employees, or other aspects of the company’s operations. To date, we have obtained all governmental licenses, findings of suitability, registrations, permits and approvals necessary for our operations. However, we can give no assurance that any additional licenses, permits and approvals that may be required will be given or that existing ones will be renewed or will not be revoked. Renewal is subject to, among other things, continued satisfaction of suitability requirements of our directors, officers, key employees and shareholders. Any failure to renew or maintain our licenses or to receive new licenses when necessary would have a material adverse effect on us.

 

Due to the nature of our business, we are subject to taxation in a number of jurisdictions and changes in, or new interpretation of, tax laws, tax rulings or their application by tax authorities could result in additional tax liabilities and could materially affect our financial condition and results of operations. SBT’s historic operating structure afforded it a relatively low effective corporate tax rate, and we expect following the completion of the Business Combination the combined company will have a higher effective corporate tax rate.

 

Our tax obligations will be varied and include U.S. federal, state and international taxes due to the nature of the DraftKings and SBT business. The tax laws that will be applicable to our business are subject to interpretation, and significant judgment will be required in determining our worldwide provision for income taxes. In the course of our business, there will be many transactions and calculations where the ultimate tax determination is uncertain. For example, compliance with the 2017 United States Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) may require the collection of information not regularly produced within our Company, the use of estimates in our consolidated financial statements, and the exercise of significant judgment in accounting for its provisions. As regulations and guidance evolve with respect to the TCJA, and as we gather more information and perform more analysis, our results may differ from previous estimates and may materially affect our consolidated financial statements.

 

The gaming industry represents a significant source of tax revenue to the jurisdictions in which we will operate. Gaming companies and business-to-business providers in the gaming industry (directly and/or indirectly by way of their commercial relationships with operators) are currently subject to significant taxes and fees in addition to normal corporate income taxes, and such taxes and fees are subject to increase at any time. From time to time, various legislators and other government officials have proposed and adopted changes in tax laws, or in the administration or interpretation of such laws, affecting the gaming industry. In addition, any worsening of economic conditions and the large number of jurisdictions with significant current or projected budget deficits could intensify the efforts of governments to raise revenues through increases in gaming taxes and/or other taxes. It is not possible to determine with certainty the likelihood of changes in tax laws or in the administration or interpretation or enforcement of such laws. Any material increase, or the adoption of additional taxes or fees, could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.

 

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Additionally, tax authorities may impose indirect taxes on Internet-related commercial activity based on existing statutes and regulations which, in some cases, were established prior to the advent of the Internet. Tax authorities may interpret laws originally enacted for mature industries and apply it to newer industries, such as DraftKings. The application of such laws may be inconsistent from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Our in-jurisdiction activities may vary from period to period which could result in differences in nexus from period to period. As of December 31, 2019 and 2018, DraftKings’ estimated contingent liability for indirect tax liabilities was $35.9 million and $27.2 million, respectively. DraftKings’ estimated contingent liability for indirect taxes represents its best estimate of tax liability for jurisdictions in which it believes taxation is probable.

 

We are subject to periodic review and audit by domestic and foreign tax authorities. Tax authorities may disagree with certain positions DraftKings or SBT has taken or that we will take, and any adverse outcome of such a review or audit could have a negative effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. Although we believe that our tax provisions, positions and estimates are reasonable and appropriate, tax authorities may disagree with certain positions we have taken. In addition, economic and political pressures to increase tax revenue in various jurisdictions may make resolving tax disputes favorably more difficult. DraftKings is currently under Internal Revenue Service audit for prior tax years, with the primary unresolved issues relating to excise taxation of fantasy sports contests and informational reporting and withholding. The final resolution of that audit, and other audits or litigation, may differ from the amounts recorded in DraftKings’ consolidated financial statements included herein and may materially affect our consolidated financial statements in the period or periods in which that determination is made.

 

Although SBT’s corporate and tax structure resulted in relatively low effective corporate tax rate for the business, we cannot guarantee the same tax efficiency upon the completion of the Business Combination due to the change in corporate structures, as well as developments in the cross-border taxation of international businesses with particular focus on the digital economy, as contemplated under the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting project and transfer pricing legislation. Further, in light of such structure, the combined business may be exposed to a substantial tax liability if the relevant authorities raise claims with regards to SBT’s tax status in various jurisdictions, including in particular the manner in which it allocated or allocates profit amongst relevant jurisdictions for tax purposes.

 

Failure to protect or enforce our intellectual property rights or the costs involved in such enforcement could harm our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

We will rely on trademark, copyright, patent, trade secret, and domain-name-protection laws to protect our proprietary rights. In the United States and internationally, DraftKings and SBT have filed various applications to protect aspects of their intellectual property, and currently hold a number of issued patents in multiple jurisdictions. In the future we may acquire additional patents or patent portfolios, which could require significant cash expenditures. However, third parties may knowingly or unknowingly infringe our proprietary rights, third parties may challenge proprietary rights held by us, and pending and future trademark and patent applications may not be approved. In addition, effective intellectual property protection may not be available in every country in which we operate or intend to operate our business. In any of these cases, we may be required to expend significant time and expense to prevent infringement or to enforce our rights. There can be no assurance that others will not offer products or services that are substantially similar to ours and compete with our business.

 

Circumstances outside our control could pose a threat to our intellectual property rights. For example, effective intellectual property protection may not be available in the United States or other countries from which our DFS, Sportsbook and iGaming product offerings or platforms are accessible. Also, the efforts we have taken to protect our proprietary rights may not be sufficient or effective. Any significant impairment of our intellectual property rights could harm our business or our ability to compete. Also, protecting our intellectual property rights is costly and time-consuming. Any unauthorized disclosure or use of our intellectual property could make it more expensive to do business, thereby harming our operating results. Furthermore, if we are unable to protect our proprietary rights or prevent unauthorized use or appropriation by third parties, the value of our brand and other intangible assets may be diminished, and competitors may be able to more effectively mimic our offerings and service. Any of these events could seriously harm our business.

 

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We will rely on licenses to use the intellectual property rights of third parties which are incorporated into our products and services. Failure to renew or expand existing licenses may require us to modify, limit or discontinue certain offerings, which could materially affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

We will rely on products, technologies and intellectual property that we license from third parties, for use in our business-to-business and business-to-consumers offerings. Substantially all of our offerings and services use intellectual property licensed from third parties. The future success of our business may depend, in part, on our ability to obtain, retain and/or expand licenses for popular technologies and games in a competitive market. We cannot assure that these third-party licenses, or support for such licensed products and technologies, will continue to be available to us on commercially reasonable terms, if at all. In the event that we cannot renew and/or expand existing licenses, we may be required to discontinue or limit our use of the products that include or incorporate the licensed intellectual property.

 

Some of our license agreements contain minimum guaranteed royalty payments to the third party. If we are unable to generate sufficient revenue to offset the minimum guaranteed royalty payments, it could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, cash flows and financial condition. Our license agreements generally allow for assignment in the event of a strategic transaction but contain some limited termination rights post-assignment. Certain of our license agreements grant the licensor rights to audit our use of their intellectual property. Disputes with licensors over uses or terms could result in the payment of additional royalties or penalties by us, cancellation or non-renewal of the underlying license or litigation.

 

The regulatory review process and licensing requirements also may preclude us from using technologies owned or developed by third parties if those parties are unwilling to subject themselves to regulatory review or do not meet regulatory requirements. Some gaming authorities require gaming manufacturers to obtain approval before engaging in certain transactions, such as acquisitions, mergers, reorganizations, financings, stock offerings and share repurchases. Obtaining such approvals can be costly and time consuming, and we cannot assure that such approvals will be granted or that the approval process will not result in delays or disruptions to our strategic objectives.

 

Our insurance may not provide adequate levels of coverage against claims.

 

We intend to maintain insurance that we believe is customary for businesses of our size and type. However, there are types of losses we may incur that cannot be insured against or that we believe are not economically reasonable to insure. Moreover, any loss incurred could exceed policy limits and policy payments made to us may not be made on a timely basis. Such losses could adversely affect our business prospects, results of operations, cash flows and financial condition.

 

Risk Factors Relating to the Business Combination and Integration of DraftKings’ and SBTech’s Businesses

 

Each of DEAC, DraftKings and SBT have incurred and will incur substantial costs in connection with the Business Combination and related transactions, such as legal, accounting, consulting and financial advisory fees.

 

As part of the Business Combination, each of DEAC, DraftKings and SBT are utilizing professional service firms for legal, accounting and financial advisory. Although the parties have been provided with estimates of the costs for each advisory firm, the total actual costs may exceed those estimates. In addition, DraftKings is retaining consulting services to assist in the integration of the businesses, including but not limited to organizational decisions, combined company business process design, cultural integration and go-to-market integration. These consulting services may extend beyond the current estimated time frame thus resulting in higher than expected costs.

 

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While DEAC, DraftKings and SBT work to complete the Business Combination and integrate the DraftKings and SBT businesses and operations, management’s focus and resources may be diverted from operational matters and other strategic opportunities.

 

Successful integration of SBT’s operations, sports betting and gaming technology and personnel into those of DraftKings may place a significant burden on management and other internal resources. The diversion of management’s attention and any difficulties encountered in the transition and integration process could harm New DraftKings’ business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects. In addition, uncertainty about the effect of the Business Combination on DraftKings’ and SBT’s systems, employees, customers, partners, and other third parties, including regulators, may have an adverse effect on New DraftKings. These uncertainties may impair New DraftKings’ ability to attract, retain and motivate key personnel for a period of time after the Business Combination.

 

Furthermore, the overall integration of the businesses may result in material unanticipated problems, expenses, liabilities, competitive responses, and loss of customers and other relationships. The difficulties of combining the operations of the companies include, among others, difficulties in integrating operations and systems; conforming standards, controls, procedures and accounting and other policies, business cultures and compensation structures; assimilating employees, including possible culture conflicts and different opinions on technical decisions and product roadmaps; managing the expanded operations of a larger and more complex company, including coordinating a geographically dispersed organization; and keeping existing customers and obtaining new customers. Many of these factors will be outside our control and any one of them could result in increased costs, decreases in the amount of expected revenues and diversion of management’s time and energy, which could materially impact New DraftKings’ business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

DraftKings’ and SBT’s operations were restricted during the pendency of the Business Combination pursuant to terms of the BCA.

 

Prior to the consummation of the Business Combination, SBT was subject to customary interim operating covenants relating to carrying on its business in the ordinary course of business and is also subject to customary restrictions on actions that may be taken during such period. As a result, SBT may have been unable, during the pendency of the Business Combination, to make certain acquisitions and capital expenditures, borrow money and otherwise pursue other actions, even if such actions would prove beneficial.

 

DraftKings was also subject to certain interim operating covenants and restrictions relating to fundamental changes to its business and capital structure prior to the consummation of the Business Combination. DraftKings may have been unable, during the pendency of the Business Combination, to undertake certain actions in connection with making dividends or reducing share capital and otherwise pursue other actions, even if such actions would have proven to be beneficial.

 

Uncertainty about the effect of the Business Combination may affect our ability to retain key employees and integrate management structures and may materially impact the management, strategy and results of our operation as a combined company.

 

Uncertainty about the effect of the Business Combination on DraftKings’ and SBT’s business, employees, customers, third parties with whom DraftKings and SBT have relationships, and other third parties, including regulators, may have an adverse effect on New DraftKings. These uncertainties may impair New DraftKings’ ability to attract, retain and motivate key personnel for a period of time after the Business Combination. If key employees depart because of issues related to the uncertainty and difficulty of integration or a desire not to remain with New DraftKings, our business could be harmed.

 

We may incur successor liabilities due to conduct arising prior to the completion of the Business Combination.

 

New DraftKings may be subject to certain liabilities of DraftKings and SBT. DraftKings and SBT at times may each become subject to litigation claims in the operation of its business, including, but not limited to, with respect to employee matters and contract matters. From time to time, DraftKings and SBT may also face intellectual property infringement, misappropriation, or invalidity/non-infringement claims from third parties, and some of these claims may lead to litigation. DraftKings and SBT may initiate claims to assert or defend their own intellectual property against third parties. Any litigation may be expensive and time-consuming and could divert management’s attention from its business and negatively affect its operating results or financial condition. The outcome of any litigation cannot be guaranteed and adverse outcomes can affect New DraftKings, DraftKings and SBT negatively.

 

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DraftKings and SBT may also face inquiry and investigation by governmental authorities, which could in turn lead to fines, as the regulatory landscape of sport betting and iGaming changes.

 

Some of DraftKings’ or SBT’s existing agreements contain change in control or early termination rights that may be implicated by the Business Combination.

 

Parties with which DraftKings or SBT currently does business or may do business in the future, including customers and suppliers, may experience uncertainty associated with the Business Combination, including with respect to current or future business relationships with DraftKings, SBT and New DraftKings. As a result, the business relationships of DraftKings or SBT may be subject to disruptions if customers, suppliers or others attempt to negotiate changes in existing business relationships or consider entering into business relationships with parties other than DraftKings, SBT and New DraftKings. For example, certain customers, suppliers and third-party providers may have contractual consent rights or termination rights that may be triggered by a change of control or assignment of the rights and obligations of contracts that will be transferred in the Business Combination. These disruptions could harm our relationships with existing third parties with whom DraftKings and SBT have relationships and preclude us from attracting new third parties, all of which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations, cash flows, and/or share price of New DraftKings. The effect of such disruptions could be exacerbated by a delay in the consummation of the Business Combination.

 

Some of DraftKings’ or SBT’s relationships with its customers and suppliers may experience disruptions in connection with the Business Combination, which may limit New DraftKings’ business.

 

Parties with which DraftKings or SBT currently does business or may do business in the future, including customers and suppliers, may experience uncertainty associated with the Business Combination, including with respect to future business relationships with the other or with New DraftKings. As a result, the business relationships of DraftKings, SBT and New DraftKings may be subject to disruptions if customers, suppliers, or others attempt to renegotiate changes in existing business relationships or consider entering into business relationships with parties other than DraftKings, SBT or New DraftKings, in respect of DraftKings, SBT or New DraftKings. For example, certain customers and collaborators of DraftKings or SBT may exercise contractual termination rights as they arise or elect to not renew contracts with DraftKings or SBT. These disruptions could harm relationships with existing customers, suppliers or others and preclude us from attracting new users, all of which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations of DraftKings, SBT or New DraftKings. The effect of such disruptions could be exacerbated by a delay in the consummation of the Business Combination.

 

SBT’s and DraftKings’ licenses and applications for licenses in certain jurisdictions may be subject to a review procedure or an ownership change consent requirement by regulators as a result of the Business Combination (including following its consummation), which could result in a license or application being delayed, canceled, withheld, or subjected to additional requirements or conditions.

 

Both SBT and DraftKings hold certain licenses and have filed certain applications for licenses to operate iGaming and sports-betting products in various jurisdictions. The regulatory bodies that oversee and issue these licenses and review such applications regularly review corporate transactions involving ownership changes to determine whether the ownership changes have any impact on current licenses held by, or applications pending with respect to, either company. Such regulatory bodies also have broad discretion in determining whether to deny applications, cancel existing licenses, withhold new licenses or require the businesses to comply with additional conditions as a result of a business combination. We cannot assure you that we will be able to obtain regulatory review of our applications or licenses in a timely fashion or without any limitations as a result of the Business Combination.

 

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Although DraftKings management and the management of SBT expect that the Business Combination will produce substantial synergies, the integration of the two companies, incorporated in different countries, with geographically dispersed operations, and with different business cultures and compensation structures, presents significant management challenges. There can be no assurance that this integration, and the synergies expected to result from that integration, will be achieved as rapidly or to the extent currently anticipated.

 

The Business Combination involves the integration of two businesses that currently operate as independent businesses. Each of the companies will be required to devote management attention and resources to integrating their business practices and operations following the Closing, and prior to the Business Combination, management attention and resources will be required to plan for such integration. The companies may encounter potential difficulties in the integration process including the following:

 

  · the inability to successfully integrate the two businesses, including operations, technologies, products and services, in a manner that permits DraftKings, SBT or New DraftKings to achieve the cost savings and operating synergies anticipated to result from the Business Combination, which could result in the anticipated benefits of the Business Combination not being realized partly or wholly in the time frame currently anticipated or at all;
     
  · the loss of customers as a result of certain customers of either or both of the two businesses deciding not to continue to do business with DraftKings or SBT, or deciding to decrease their amount of business in order to reduce their reliance on a single company;
     
  · the necessity of coordinating geographically separated organizations, systems and facilities;
     
  · potential unknown liabilities and unforeseen expenses, delays or regulatory conditions associated with the Business Combination;
     
  · the integration of personnel with diverse business backgrounds and business cultures, while maintaining focus on providing consistent, high-quality products and services;
     
  · the consolidation and rationalization of information technology platforms and administrative infrastructures as well as accounting systems and related financial reporting activities;
     
  · the potential weakening of relationships with regulators; and
     
  · the challenge of preserving important relationships of both DraftKings and SBT and resolving potential conflicts that may arise.

  

Furthermore, it is possible that the integration process could result in the loss of talented employees or skilled workers of DraftKings and SBT. The loss of talented employees and skilled workers could adversely affect DraftKings’, SBT’s or New DraftKings’ ability to successfully conduct their respective businesses because of such employees’ experience and knowledge of the respective business. In addition, DraftKings, SBT, or New DraftKings could be adversely affected by the diversion of management’s attention and any delays or difficulties encountered in connection with the integration of DraftKings and SBT. The process of integrating operations could cause an interruption of, or loss of momentum in, the activities of the businesses. If DraftKings, SBT or New DraftKings experience difficulties with the integration process, the anticipated benefits of the Business Combination may not be realized fully or at all, or may take longer to realize than expected. These integration matters could have an adverse effect on the business, results of operations, financial condition or prospects of DraftKings, SBT, or New DraftKings during this transition period and for an undetermined period after completion of the Business Combination.

 

SBT’s business includes a B2B business model, primarily in international jurisdictions, which business depends on the underlying financial performance of its direct operators and its resellers. As a material part of SBT’s revenue is currently generated through resellers and direct sales to operators, a decline in such resellers’ or direct operators’ financial performance or a termination of some or all of the agreements with such resellers or operators could have a material adverse effect on SBT’s or New DraftKings’ business.

 

SBT offers their services directly to operators in Europe and uses a reseller model in Asia. SBT’s financial performance depends on the underlying financial performance of its direct operators and its resellers. In particular, SBT relies primarily on one reseller for its Asia revenue. This reseller accounted for approximately 46% of SBT’s revenue in the year ended December 31, 2019. An adverse decline in the underlying financial performance of key SBT operators or resellers, or a termination of some or all of the agreements with such resellers or operators, could have a material adverse effect on SBT’s or New DraftKings’ business.

 

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Given the increased number of jurisdictions in which we will operate after the Business Combination, we may experience delays in the licensing application and approval process, depending on the regulatory requirements in each relevant jurisdiction.

 

Regulated gaming license applications frequently involve an in-depth suitability review of the applicant’s business and associated individuals including certain officers, directors, key employees and significant shareholders. These applications take substantial time to prepare and submit, often requiring the production of multiple years’ worth of business and personal financial records and disclosures which take considerable time to compile, followed by the regulator’s investigatory process which may take months or even years to complete. Due to the increased number of jurisdictions in which we will operate after the Business Combination, as well as additional jurisdictions which may pass laws authorizing and requiring licensure to operate sports betting, iGaming or daily fantasy sports, we may experience delays in the licensing application and approval process due to the volume of application materials we must prepare and submit and the number of jurisdictions for which information is required. Many jurisdictions in which we are already licensed will require additional applications and disclosures as a result of the Business Combination which may also contribute to delays in the licensing application and approval process in additional jurisdictions.

 

SBT has historically relied on a less formal financial reporting system and only began integrating a group-wide consistent financial reporting system recently, which may affect our ability to report historical financial performance accurately.

 

In January 2018, SBT implemented a global enterprise resource planning system which produces periodic consolidated financial reports. Prior to January 2018, SBT relied on internally generated financial reporting which consolidated a number of financial booking systems. It is possible that historical financial information was not fully aligned from the less formal system to the new system, which could affect the accuracy of historical financial information.

 

SBT’s growth depends on its ability to develop and sell competitive products and services. As the industry matures, increased competition and price pressures may materialize.

 

SBT’s financial performance and future growth prospects are partly dependent on its ability to develop competitive products and services for license to operators and resellers. However, there is no certainty that SBT will be able to develop products and services in a timely manner that its customers will want to purchase. In addition, the global online gaming industry is becoming increasingly more characterized by competitive pressures and failure by SBT to develop and sell appropriately competitive and priced products and services could negatively impact SBT’s financial performance.

 

SBT’s business, which includes significant international operations, is likely to expose New DraftKings to foreign currency transaction and translation risks. As a result, changes in the valuation of the U.S. dollar in relation to other currencies could have positive or negative effects on New DraftKings’ profit and financial position.

 

SBT’s global operations are likely to expose New DraftKings to foreign currency transaction and translation risks. Currency transaction risk occurs in conjunction with purchases and sales of products and services that are made in currencies other than the local currency of the subsidiary involved, for example if the parent company pays, or transfers U.S. dollars to a subsidiary in order to fund its expenses in local currencies. Currency translation risks occurs when the income statement and balance sheet of a foreign subsidiary is converted into currencies other than the local currency of the company involved, for example when the results of these subsidiaries are consolidated in the results of a parent company with a different reporting currency. As a result, SBT has historically been, and New DraftKings is expected to be, exposed to adverse movements in foreign currency exchange rates, which may adversely impact New DraftKings’ financial positions and results of operations.

 

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Due to SBT’s global presence, a significant majority of its revenues, operating expenses and assets and liabilities are non-U.S. dollar denominated and therefore subject to foreign currency fluctuation once consolidated in New DraftKings, whose functional currency is expected to be the U.S. dollar. New DraftKings will face exposure to currency exchange rates as a result of the growth in its non-U.S. dollar denominated operating expense across Europe. For example, an increase in the value of non-U.S. dollar currencies against the U.S. dollar could increase costs for delivery of products, services and also increase cost of local operating expenses and procurement of materials or services that New DraftKings must purchase in foreign currencies by increasing labor and other costs that are denominated in such local currencies. These risks related to exchange rate fluctuations may increase in future periods as New DraftKings’ operations outside of the United States expand.

 

New DraftKings’ foreign currency exposure will reflect SBT’s historical operations, which have been primarily in Euro (reflecting over 90% of its revenue in all reporting periods), which is SBT’s functional and reporting currency, and the British pound (which accounted for 10.2% and 5.0% of SBT’s revenue in the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively). See “SBT’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations — Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk — Foreign Currency Exchange Rate Risk.” SBT has not historically hedged its foreign currency transaction or translation exposure, though New DraftKings may consider doing so in the future. Foreign currency exchange rate volatility, as well as the cost of any hedging arrangements entered into in the future, may negatively affect New DraftKings’ financial position and results of operations, and may adversely impact the comparability of results between periods.

 

DraftKings depends on the Kambi platform to operate its Sportsbook and, following the completion of the Business Combination, we intend to transition these operations to the SBT platform over time. As we plan and implement this transition, we may face a range of issues including the possibility that we may suffer service disruptions or impediments that make it more difficult for our customers to access our product offerings, all which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

DraftKings currently depends on Kambi and their platform to operate its Sportsbook product offering; however, following the completion of the Business Combination, we intend to transition the Sportsbook platform to that of SBT’s over time. Any transition of the Sportsbook platform currently provided by Kambi to that of SBT’s will be difficult to implement and could cause us to incur significant time and expense. We have committed to pay Kambi a percentage of contractual net gaming revenue that tiers depending on volume over the next four years with the ability to terminate early after December 2020. Given this, any significant disruption of, or interference with, our use of Kambi would negatively impact our operations and our business could be seriously harmed. If our users are not able to access Sportsbook or encounter difficulties in doing so, we may lose users, and our business, financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected.

 

In addition, Kambi may take actions beyond our control that could seriously harm our business, including discontinuing or limiting our access to their sports betting platform; increasing pricing terms; terminating or seeking to terminate our contractual relationship altogether; establishing more favorable relationships with one or more of our competitors; or modifying or interpreting its terms of service or other policies in a manner that impacts our ability to run our business and operations.

 

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Risk Factors Relating to DEAC and the Business Combination

 

Directors and officers of DEAC have potential conflicts of interest in recommending that stockholders vote in favor of approval of the Business Combination.

 

When considering DEAC’s board of directors’ recommendation that its stockholders vote in favor of the approval of the Business Combination, DEAC Stockholders should be aware that directors and officers of DEAC have interests in the Business Combination that may be different from, or in addition to, the interests of DEAC Stockholders. These interests include:

 

If DEAC is unable to complete its initial business combination by May 14, 2021, DEAC will: (i) cease all operations except for the purpose of winding up, (ii) as promptly as reasonably possible but not more than 10 business days thereafter, redeem the public shares and (iii) as promptly as reasonably possible following such redemption, subject to the approval of our remaining stockholders and DEAC’s Board, liquidate and dissolve, subject in each case to DEAC’s obligations under the DGCL to provide for claims of creditors and the requirements of other applicable law. There will be no redemption rights or liquidating distributions with respect to DEAC’s warrants, which will expire worthless if DEAC fails to complete its initial business combination by May 14, 2021. DEAC’s initial stockholders purchased the founder shares prior to DEAC’s initial public offering for an aggregate purchase price of $25,000. Upon the Closing, such founder shares will be exchanged for 10,000,000 shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock, 720,000 of which will be forfeited and 5,280,000 of which will be deposited into escrow and released in accordance with the terms of the BCA. Such securities, if unrestricted and freely tradable would be valued at approximately $142,500,000, based on the closing price of $14.25 per share of DEAC Class A common stock on The Nasdaq Capital Market on April 13, 2020.

 

Simultaneously with the closing of DEAC’s initial public offering, DEAC consummated the sale of 6,333,334 private placement warrants at a price of $1.50 per warrant in a private placement to its initial stockholders, including its independent directors. The warrants are each exercisable commencing 30 days following the Closing for one share of New DraftKings Class A common stock at $11.50 per share. If DEAC does not consummate a business combination transaction by May 14, 2021, then the proceeds from the sale of the private placement warrants will be part of the liquidating distribution to the public stockholders and the warrants held by DEAC’s initial stockholders will be worthless. The warrants held by DEAC’s initial stockholders had an aggregate market value of approximately $25,333,336 based upon the closing price of $4.00 per warrant on The Nasdaq Capital Market on April 13, 2020.

 

The Sponsor and DEAC’s officers and directors will lose their entire investment in DEAC if DEAC does not complete a business combination by May 14, 2021. Certain of them may continue to serve as officers and/or directors of New DraftKings after the Closing. As such, in the future they may receive any cash fees, stock options or stock awards that the New DraftKings board of directors determines to pay to its directors and/or officers.

 

DEAC’s initial stockholders and its officers and directors have agreed to waive their rights to liquidating distributions from the trust account with respect to their founder shares if DEAC fails to complete a business combination by May 14, 2021.

 

In order to protect the amounts held in the trust account, the Sponsor has agreed that it will be liable to DEAC if and to the extent any claims by a vendor for services rendered or products sold to DEAC, or a prospective target business with which we have entered into a transaction agreement, reduce the amount of funds in the trust account. This liability will not apply with respect to any claims by a third party who executed a waiver of any right, title, interest or claim of any kind in or to any monies held in the trust account or to any claims under DEAC’s indemnity of the underwriters of DEAC’s initial public offering against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act.

 

Following the Closing, the Sponsor would be entitled to the repayment of any working capital loan and advances that have been made to DEAC and remain outstanding. As of the date of this prospectus, the Sponsor has not made any advances to DEAC for working capital expenses. If DEAC does not complete an initial business combination within the required period, DEAC may use a portion of its working capital held outside the trust account to repay the working capital loans, but no proceeds held in the trust account would be used to repay the working capital loans.

 

Following the consummation of the Business Combination, we will continue to indemnify DEAC’s existing directors and officers and will maintain a directors’ and officers’ liability insurance policy.

 

Upon the Closing, subject to the terms and conditions of the BCA, the Sponsor and DEAC’s officers and directors and their respective affiliates may be entitled to reimbursement for any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses related to identifying, investigating and consummating an initial business combination, and repayment of any other loans, if any, and on such terms as to be determined by DEAC from time to time, made by the Sponsor or certain of DEAC’s officers and directors to finance transaction costs in connection with an intended initial business combination.

  

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These financial interests of the initial stockholders, officers and directors and entities affiliated with them may have influenced their decision to approve the Business Combination. You should consider these interests when evaluating the Business Combination.

 

DEAC’s initial stockholders have agreed to vote in favor of the Business Combination, regardless of how DEAC’s public stockholders vote.

 

DEAC’s initial stockholders have agreed to vote their shares in favor of the Business Combination. The initial stockholders own approximately 20% of our outstanding shares prior to the Business Combination. Accordingly, it is more likely that the necessary stockholder approval for the Business Combination will be received than would be the case if our initial stockholders had agreed to vote their shares in accordance with the majority of the votes cast by DEAC’s public stockholders.

 

DEAC’s initial stockholders, directors, officers, advisors and their affiliates may elect to purchase shares or public warrants from public stockholders, which may influence a vote on the Business Combination and reduce the public “float” of our common stock.

 

DEAC’s initial stockholders, directors, officers, advisors or their affiliates may purchase public shares or public warrants in privately negotiated transactions or in the open market either prior to or following the completion of the Business Combination, although they are under no obligation to do so. However, other than as expressly stated herein, they have no current commitments, plans or intentions to engage in such transactions and have not formulated any terms or conditions for any such transactions. None of the funds in the trust account will be used to purchase shares or public warrants in such transactions.

 

In the event that DEAC’s initial stockholders, directors, officers, advisors or their affiliates purchase public shares in privately negotiated transactions from public stockholders who have already elected to exercise their redemption rights, such selling stockholders would be required to revoke their prior elections to redeem their public shares. The purpose of any such purchases of public shares could be to vote such shares in favor of the Business Combination and thereby increase the likelihood of obtaining stockholder approval of the Business Combination or to satisfy a closing condition in the BCA that requires DEAC to have a certain amount of cash at the Closing, where it appears that such requirement would otherwise not be met. Any such purchases of our securities may result in the completion of the Business Combination that may not otherwise have been possible.

 

In addition, if such purchases are made, the public “float” of DEAC’s common stock and the number of beneficial holders of DEAC’s securities may be reduced, possibly making it difficult to maintain or obtain the quotation, listing or trading of DEAC’s securities on a national securities exchange.

 

Warrants will become exercisable for New DraftKings Class A common stock, which would increase the number of shares eligible for future resale in the public market and result in dilution to our stockholders.

 

Following the Business Combination, there will be 13,333,333 outstanding public warrants to purchase 13,333,333 shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock at an exercise price of $11.50 per share, which warrants will become exercisable 30 days following the Closing. In addition, there will be 6,333,332 private placement warrants outstanding exercisable for 6,333,332 shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock at an exercise price of  $11.50 per share. To the extent such warrants are exercised, additional shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock will be issued, which will result in dilution to the holders of New DraftKings Class A common stock and increase the number of shares eligible for resale in the public market. Sales of substantial numbers of such shares in the public market could adversely affect the market price of New DraftKings Class A common stock.

 

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We may redeem your unexpired warrants prior to their exercise at a time that is disadvantageous to you, thereby making your warrants worthless.

 

New DraftKings will have the ability to redeem outstanding public warrants at any time after they become exercisable and prior to their expiration, at a price of $0.01 per warrant, provided that the closing price of New DraftKings Class A common stock equals or exceeds $18.00 per share for any 20 trading days within a 30 trading-day period ending on the third trading day prior to proper notice of such redemption provided that on the date we give notice of redemption. If and when the warrants become redeemable by us, we may exercise our redemption right even if we are unable to register or qualify the underlying securities for sale under all applicable state securities laws. Redemption of the outstanding warrants could force holders (i) to exercise the warrants and pay the exercise price therefor at a time when it may be disadvantageous to do so, (ii) to sell the warrants at the then-current market price when the holder might otherwise wish to hold onto such warrants or (iii) to accept the nominal redemption price which, at the time the outstanding warrants are called for redemption, is likely to be substantially less than the market value of the warrants. None of the private placement warrants will be redeemable by us so long as they are held by their initial purchasers or their permitted transferees.

 

In addition, we may redeem your warrants after they become exercisable for a number of shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock determined based on the redemption date and the fair market value of New DraftKings Class A common stock. Any such redemption may have similar consequences to a cash redemption described above. In addition, such redemption may occur at a time when the warrants are “out-of-the-money,” in which case you would lose any potential embedded value from a subsequent increase in the value of our common stock had your warrants remained outstanding.

 

Even if we consummate the Business Combination, there can be no assurance that the warrants will be in the money at the time they become exercisable, and they may expire worthless.

 

The exercise price for the outstanding warrants is $11.50 per share of New DraftKings Class A common stock. There can be no assurance that the warrants will be in the money following the time they become exercisable and prior to their expiration, and as such, the warrants may expire worthless.

 

Our stockholders will experience immediate dilution as a consequence of the issuance of New DraftKings Class A common stock as consideration in the Business Combination. Having a minority share position may reduce the influence that our current stockholders have on the management of New DraftKings.

 

Assuming that no public stockholders exercise their redemption rights in connection with the Business Combination, immediately after the consummation of the Business Combination, DEAC’s initial stockholders and public stockholders will hold 43,659,063 shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock, or 13.9% of the outstanding Class A common stock. Assuming that our public stockholders holding 30,564,789 public shares exercise their redemption rights in connection with the Business Combination, immediately after the consummation of the Business Combination, DEAC’s initial stockholders and public stockholders will hold 13,094,274 shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock, or 4.6% of the outstanding Class A common stock.

 

There are currently outstanding an aggregate of 19,666,667 warrants to acquire New DraftKings Class A common stock, which comprise 6,333,334 private placement warrants held by DEAC’s initial stockholders at the time of DEAC’s initial public offering and 13,333,333 public warrants. Each of DEAC’s outstanding whole warrants is exercisable commencing 30 days following the Closing for one share of New DraftKings Class A common stock in accordance with its terms. Therefore, as of the date of this prospectus, if we assume that each outstanding whole warrant is exercised and one share of New DraftKings Class A common stock is issued as a result of such exercise, with payment to New DraftKings of the exercise price of $11.50 per share, our fully-diluted share capital would increase by a total of 19,666,667 shares, with approximately $226,166,670 paid to New DraftKings to exercise the warrants.

 

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Subsequent to the consummation of the Business Combination, we may be required to take write-downs or write-offs, restructuring and impairment or other charges that could have a significant negative effect on our financial condition, results of operations and stock price, which could cause you to lose some or all of your investment.

 

Although DEAC has conducted due diligence on DraftKings and SBT, DEAC cannot assure you that this diligence revealed all material issues that may be present in their respective businesses, that it would be possible to uncover all material issues through a customary amount of due diligence, or that factors outside of DEAC’s, DraftKings’ or SBT’s control will not later arise. As a result, New DraftKings may be forced to later write-down or write-off assets, restructure its operations, or incur impairment or other charges that could result in losses. Even if the due diligence successfully identifies certain risks, unexpected risks may arise and previously known risks may materialize in a manner not consistent with our preliminary risk analysis. Even though these charges may be non-cash items and not have an immediate impact on our liquidity, the fact that New DraftKings reports charges of this nature could contribute to negative market perceptions about New DraftKings or its securities. In addition, charges of this nature may cause New DraftKings to violate net worth or other covenants to which it may be subject. Accordingly, any DEAC Stockholder who chooses to remain a stockholder of New DraftKings following the Business Combination could suffer a reduction in the value of their shares. Such stockholders are unlikely to have a remedy for such reduction in value unless they are able to successfully claim that the reduction was due to the breach by DEAC’s officers or directors of a duty of care or other fiduciary duty owed to them, or if they are able to successfully bring a private claim under securities laws that the proxy solicitation relating to the Business Combination contained an actionable material misstatement or material omission.

 

If the benefits of the Business Combination do not meet the expectations of investors or securities analysts, the market price of our securities may decline.

 

If the benefits of the Business Combination do not meet the expectations of investors or securities analysts, the market price of DEAC’s securities prior to the Closing may decline. The market values of DEAC’s securities at the time of the Business Combination may vary significantly from their prices on the date the BCA was executed, the date of this prospectus, or the date on which our DEAC Stockholders vote on the Business Combination. Because the number of shares to be issued pursuant to the BCA is based on the per share value of the amount in the trust account and will not be adjusted to reflect any changes in the market price of DEAC’s Class A common stock, the market value of New DraftKings Class A common stock issued in the Business Combination may be higher or lower than the values of these shares on earlier dates.

 

In addition, following the Business Combination, fluctuations in the price of New DraftKings’ securities could contribute to the loss of all or part of your investment. Prior to the Business Combination, there has not been a public market for the stock of any of DraftKings, SBT or New DraftKings and trading in the shares of DEAC’s Class A common stock has not been active. Accordingly, the valuation ascribed to New DraftKings in the Business Combination may not be indicative of the price that will prevail in the trading market following the Business Combination. If an active market for our securities develops and continues, the trading price of our securities following the Business Combination could be volatile and subject to wide fluctuations in response to various factors, some of which are beyond our control. Any of the factors listed below could have a material adverse effect on your investment in our securities and our securities may trade at prices significantly below the price you paid for them. In such circumstances, the trading price of our securities may not recover and may experience a further decline.

 

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Factors affecting the trading price of New DraftKings’ securities may include:

 

·actual or anticipated fluctuations in our quarterly financial results or the quarterly financial results of companies perceived to be similar to us;

 

·changes in the market’s expectations about our operating results;

 

·success of competitors;

 

·lack of adjacent competitors;

 

·our operating results failing to meet the expectation of securities analysts or investors in a particular period;

 

·changes in financial estimates and recommendations by securities analysts concerning New DraftKings or the industries in which New DraftKings operates in general;

 

·operating and stock price performance of other companies that investors deem comparable to New DraftKings;

 

·our ability to market new and enhanced products and services on a timely basis;

 

·changes in laws and regulations affecting our business;

 

·commencement of, or involvement in, litigation involving New DraftKings;

 

·changes in New DraftKings’ capital structure, such as future issuances of securities or the incurrence of additional debt;
·the volume of shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock available for public sale;

 

·any major change in our board or management;

 

·sales of substantial amounts of New DraftKings Class A common stock by our directors, executive officers or significant stockholders or the perception that such sales could occur; and

 

·general economic and political conditions such as recessions, interest rates, fuel prices, international currency fluctuations and acts of war or terrorism.

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Broad market and industry factors may materially harm the market price of our securities irrespective of our operating performance. The stock market in general, and The Nasdaq Stock Market have experienced price and volume fluctuations that have often been unrelated or disproportionate to the operating performance of the particular companies affected. The trading prices and valuations of these stocks, and of our securities, may not be predictable. A loss of investor confidence in the market for the stocks of other companies which investors perceive to be similar to New DraftKings could depress our stock price regardless of our business, prospects, financial conditions or results of operations. A decline in the market price of our securities also could adversely affect our ability to issue additional securities and our ability to obtain additional financing in the future.

 

Our actual financial position and results of operations may differ materially from the unaudited pro forma financial information included in this prospectus.

 

The unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information included in this prospectus is presented for illustrative purposes only and is not necessarily indicative of what our actual financial position or results of operations would have been had the Business Combination been completed on the dates indicated. See “Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Financial Information” for more information.

  

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There can be no assurance that we will be able to comply with the continued listing standards of The Nasdaq Stock Market.

 

New DraftKings Class A common stock and warrants is expected to be listed on Nasdaq following the Business Combination. New DraftKings continued eligibility for listing may depend on the number of our shares that are redeemed. If, after the Business Combination, Nasdaq delists New DraftKings Class A common stock from trading on its exchange for failure to meet the listing standards, we and our stockholders could face significant material adverse consequences including:

 

·a limited availability of market quotations for our securities;

 

·a determination that New DraftKings Class A common stock is a “penny stock” which will require brokers trading in New DraftKings Class A common stock to adhere to more stringent rules, possibly resulting in a reduced level of trading activity in the secondary trading market for New DraftKings Class A common stock;

 

·a limited amount of analyst coverage; and

 

·a decreased ability to issue additional securities or obtain additional financing in the future.

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Because New DraftKings will be a “controlled company” under The Nasdaq Stock Market listing standards, our stockholders may not have certain corporate governance protections that are available to stockholders of companies that are not controlled companies.

 

So long as more than 50% of the voting power for the election of directors of New DraftKings is held by an individual, a group or another company, New DraftKings will qualify as a “controlled company” under The Nasdaq Stock Market listing requirements. Following the completion of the Business Combination, Mr. Robins will control a majority of the voting power of our outstanding capital stock. As a result, New DraftKings will be a “controlled company” under The Nasdaq Stock Market listing standards and will not be subject to the requirements that would otherwise require us to have: (i) a majority of independent directors; (ii) a nominating committee comprised solely of independent directors; (iii) compensation of our executive officers determined by a majority of the independent directors or a compensation committee comprised solely of independent directors; and (iv) director nominees selected, or recommended for the Board’s selection, either by a majority of the independent directors or a nominating committee comprised solely of independent directors.

 

Mr. Robins may have his interest in New DraftKings diluted due to future equity issuances or his own actions in selling shares of Class A common stock, in each case, which could result in a loss of the “controlled company” exemption under The Nasdaq Stock Market listing rules. New DraftKings would then be required to comply with those provisions of The Nasdaq Stock Market listing requirements.

 

The dual class structure of New DraftKings common stock will have the effect of concentrating voting power with New DraftKings’ Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, which will limit an investor’s ability to influence the outcome of important transactions, including a change in control.

 

Shares of New DraftKings Class B common stock will have 10 votes per share, while shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock will have one vote per share. Upon the consummation of the Business Combination, Mr. Robins, one of the founders of DraftKings, will hold all of the issued and outstanding shares of New DraftKings Class B common stock. Accordingly, upon the consummation of the Business Combination, Mr. Robins will hold approximately 90% of the voting power of New DraftKings’ capital stock on a fully-diluted basis and will be able to control matters submitted to our stockholders for approval, including the election of directors, amendments of our organizational documents and any merger, consolidation, sale of all or substantially all of our assets or other major corporate transactions. Mr. Robins may have interests that differ from yours and may vote in a way with which you disagree and which may be adverse to your interests. This concentrated control may have the effect of delaying, preventing or deterring a change in control of New DraftKings, could deprive our stockholders of an opportunity to receive a premium for their capital stock as part of a sale of New DraftKings, and might ultimately affect the market price of shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock. For information about our dual class structure, see the section titled “Description of Securities.

 

We cannot predict the impact New DraftKings’ dual class structure may have on the stock price of New DraftKings Class A common stock.

 

We cannot predict whether New DraftKings’ dual class structure will result in a lower or more volatile market price of New DraftKings Class A common stock or in adverse publicity or other adverse consequences. For example, certain index providers have announced restrictions on including companies with multiple-class share structures in certain of their indexes. In July 2017, FTSE Russell and S&P Dow Jones announced that they would cease to allow most newly public companies utilizing dual or multi-class capital structures to be included in their indices. Affected indices include the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600, which together make up the S&P Composite 1500. Beginning in 2017, MSCI, a leading stock index provider, opened public consultations on their treatment of no-vote and multi-class structures and temporarily barred new multi-class listings from certain of its indices; however, in October 2018, MSCI announced its decision to include equity securities “with unequal voting structures” in its indices and to launch a new index that specifically includes voting rights in its eligibility criteria. Under the announced policies, our dual class capital structure would make us ineligible for inclusion in certain indices, and as a result, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds and other investment vehicles that attempt to passively track those indices will not be investing in our stock. These policies are still fairly new and it is as of yet unclear what effect, if any, they will have on the valuations of publicly traded companies excluded from the indices, but it is possible that they may depress these valuations compared to those of other similar companies that are included. Because of our dual class structure, we will likely be excluded from certain of these indexes and we cannot assure you that other stock indexes will not take similar actions. Given the sustained flow of investment funds into passive strategies that seek to track certain indexes, exclusion from stock indexes would likely preclude investment by many of these funds and could make shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock less attractive to other investors. As a result, the market price of shares of New DraftKings Class A common stock could be adversely affected.

 

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Nevada law and provisions in New DraftKings’ amended and restated articles of incorporation and bylaws could make a takeover proposal more difficult.

 

If the Business Combination and reincorporation are consummated, New DraftKings’ organizational documents will be governed by Nevada law. Certain provisions of Nevada law and of New DraftKings’ amended and restated articles of incorporation and bylaws could discourage, delay, defer or prevent a merger, tender offer, proxy contest or other change of control transaction that a stockholder might consider in its best interest, including those attempts that might result in a premium over the market price for the shares of Class A common stock held by New DraftKings’ stockholders. These provisions provide for, among other things:

 

  · the ability of New DraftKings’ board of directors to issue one or more series of preferred stock;
     
  · stockholder action by written consent only until the first time when Mr. Robins ceases to beneficially own a majority of the voting power of the capital stock of New DraftKings;
     
  · certain limitations on convening special stockholder meetings;
     
  · advance notice for nominations of directors by stockholders and for stockholders to include matters to be considered at our annual meetings;
     
  · amendment of certain provisions of the organizational documents only by the affirmative vote of (i) a majority of the voting power of the capital stock of New DraftKings so long as Mr. Robins beneficially owns shares representing a majority of the voting power of the capital stock of New DraftKings and (ii) at least two-thirds of the voting power of the capital stock from and after the time that Mr. Robins ceases to beneficially own shares representing a majority of the voting power of the voting stock of New DraftKings; and
     
  · a dual class common stock structure, which provides, upon consummation of the Business Combination, Mr. Robins with the ability to control the outcome of matters requiring stockholder approval, even though Mr. Robins owns less than a majority of the outstanding shares of New DraftKings’ capital stock.

  

These anti-takeover provisions as well as certain provisions of Nevada law could make it more difficult for a third party to acquire New DraftKings, even if the third party’s offer may be considered beneficial by many of New DraftKings’ stockholders. As a result, New DraftKings’ stockholders may be limited in their ability to obtain a premium for their shares. If prospective takeovers are not consummated for any reason, New DraftKings may experience negative reactions from the financial markets, including negative impacts on the price of New DraftKings common stock. These provisions could also discourage proxy contests and make it more difficult for New DraftKings’ stockholders to elect directors of their choosing and to cause New DraftKings to take other corporate actions. See “Description of Securities.”

 

New DraftKings’ amended and restated articles of incorporation designate the Eighth Judicial District Court of Clark County, Nevada as the exclusive forum for certain types of actions and proceedings that may be initiated by New DraftKings’ stockholders, which could limit stockholders’ ability to obtain a favorable judicial forum for disputes with New DraftKings or its directors, officers, employees or agents.

 

New DraftKings’ amended and restated articles of incorporation will require that, to the fullest extent permitted by law, and unless New DraftKings otherwise consents in writing to the selection of an alternative forum, the Eighth Judicial District Court of Clark County, Nevada (or if the Eighth Judicial District Court of Clark County, Nevada does not have jurisdiction, any other state district court located in the State of Nevada, and if no state district court in the State of Nevaada has jurisdiction, any federal court located in the State of Nevada), will be the exclusive forum for each of the following:

 

·any action or proceeding brought in the name or right of New DraftKings or on its behalf;

 

·any action asserting a claim for breach of any fiduciary duty owed by any director, officer, employee or agent of New DraftKings to New DraftKings or its stockholders;

 

·any action asserting a claim arising pursuant to any provision of NRS Chapters 78 or 92A, New DraftKings’ amended and restated articles of incorporation or the New DraftKings bylaws;
   
·any action to interpret, apply, enforce or determine the validity of the New DraftKings amended and restated articles of incorporation or the New DraftKings bylaws; or
   
·any action asserting a claim governed by the internal affairs doctrine.

​ 

The exclusive forum provision will provide federal courts located in the State of Nevada as the forum for suits brought to enforce any duty or liability for which Section 27 of the Exchange Act establishes exclusive jurisdiction with the federal courts, or any other claim for which the federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction. In addition, Section 22 of the Securities Act provides that federal and state courts have concurrent jurisdiction over lawsuits brought the Securities Act or the rules and regulations thereunder. To the extent the exclusive forum provision restricts the courts in which claims arising under the Securities Act may be brought, there is uncertainty as to whether a court would enforce such a provision. We note that investors cannot waive compliance with the federal securities laws and the rules and regulations thereunder. Although we believe this provision will benefit New DraftKings by providing increased consistency in the application of Nevada law in the types of lawsuits to which it applies, the provision may have the effect of discouraging lawsuits against New DraftKings’ directors and officers.

 

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USE OF PROCEEDS

 

All of the shares of Class A common stock and the PIPE warrants (including shares of Class A common stock underlying such warrants) offered by the Selling Securityholders pursuant to this prospectus will be sold by the Selling Securityholders for their respective amounts. We will not receive any of the proceeds from these sales.

 

We will receive up to an aggregate of approximately $34,500,000 from the exercise of the PIPE warrants, assuming the exercise in full of all the warrants for cash. We expect to use the net proceeds from the exercise of the warrants for general corporate purposes, which may include acquisitions and other business opportunities and the repayment of indebtedness. Our management will have broad discretion over the use of proceeds from the exercise of the warrants.

 

There is no assurance that the holders of the warrants will elect to exercise any or all of the warrants. To the extent that the warrants are exercised on a “cashless basis,” the amount of cash we would receive from the exercise of the warrants will decrease.

 

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UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED COMBINED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Defined terms included below have the same meaning as terms defined and included elsewhere in this prospectus.

 

Introduction

 

The unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information is prepared in accordance with Article 11 of Regulation S-X. The unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information presents the pro forma effects of the following transactions (collectively the “Business Combination”):

 

·The Reverse Recapitalization between Merger Sub and DraftKings;

 

·The SBTech Acquisition;

 

·The Private Placement; and

 

·The issuance of Convertible Notes, which will convert into shares of DEAC Class A common stock immediately prior to the consummation of the Business Combination.

 

DEAC was incorporated as a Delaware corporation on March 27, 2019, and completed its initial public offering on May 14, 2019. DEAC is a blank check company whose purpose is to acquire, through a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or other similar business combination with one or more businesses. Upon the closing of the IPO, $400.0 million from the net proceeds thereof was placed in a trust account and invested in U.S. “government securities” within the meaning of Section 2(a)(16) of the Investment Company Act having a maturity of 185 days or in money market funds meeting certain conditions under Rule 2a-7 promulgated under the Investment Company Act which invest only in direct U.S. government treasury obligations. As of December 31, 2019, DEAC had approximately $404.0 million held in the trust account.

 

The following describes the two operating entities:

 

·DraftKings was organized on December 29, 2011, as a Delaware corporation. DraftKings was founded with the initial mission of leveraging unique technology, analytics and marketing capabilities to deliver a daily fantasy sports offering. Within a few years, DraftKings became one of the largest and most recognized DFS platforms in the United States.

 

·SBTech was incorporated on July 24, 2007, under the laws of Gibraltar. It was originally named Jamtech Limited, subsequently renamed Networkpot Limited and thereafter renamed SBTech (Global) Limited on August 16, 2010.

 

The following unaudited pro forma condensed combined balance sheet as of December 31, 2019 assumes that the Business Combination occurred on December 31, 2019. The unaudited pro forma condensed combined statement of operations for the year ended December 31, 2019 present the pro forma effect of the Business Combination as if it had been completed on January 1, 2019.

 

The pro forma combined financial statements do not necessarily reflect what New DraftKings’ financial condition or results of operations would have been had the Business Combination occurred on the dates indicated. The pro forma combined financial information also may not be useful in predicting the future financial condition and results of operations of the post-combination company. The actual financial position and results of operations may differ significantly from the pro forma amounts reflected herein due to a variety of factors.

 

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The historical financial information of DEAC was derived from the audited consolidated financial statements of Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp. as of December 31, 2019 and for the period between March 27, 2019 and December 31, 2019, included elsewhere in this prospectus. The historical financial information of DraftKings was derived from DraftKings’ audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019, included elsewhere in this prospectus. The historical financial information of SBTech was derived from SBTech’s audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2019, included elsewhere in this prospectus.

 

This information should be read together with DEAC’s, DraftKings’, and SBTech’s audited financial statements and related notes, the sections titled “DEAC’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” “DraftKings’ Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “SBT’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” and other financial information included elsewhere in this prospectus.

 

The Reverse Recapitalization will be accounted for as a reverse merger for which DraftKings has been determined to be the accounting acquirer in both the no redemption and maximum redemption scenarios based on the following predominate factors:

 

·DraftKings will have the largest voting interest in New DraftKings;

 

·The board of directors of New DraftKings will have 13 members, and DraftKings will have the ability to nominate ten members of the Board;

 

·DraftKings’ former management will make up the vast majority of the management of New DraftKings;

 

·DraftKings is the largest entity by revenue and net income/loss;

 

·New DraftKings Class B common stock issued to one DraftKings stockholder will allow for incremental voting rights;

 

·The post-combination company will assume DraftKings’ name.

 

Other factors were considered but they would not change the preponderance of factors indicating that DraftKings was the accounting acquirer.

 

The merger between DraftKings and Merger Sub will be accounted for as a reverse recapitalization, with no goodwill or other intangible assets recorded, in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Under this method of accounting, DEAC will be treated as the “acquired” company for financial reporting purposes. Accordingly, for accounting purposes, the Reverse Recapitalization will be treated as the equivalent of DraftKings issuing stock for the net assets of DEAC, accompanied by a recapitalization. The net assets of DEAC will be stated at historical cost, with no goodwill or other intangible assets recorded. Operations prior to the Reverse Recapitalization will be those of DraftKings. The SBTech Acquisition will be treated as a business combination under Financial Accounting Standards Board’s ASC 805, and will be accounted for using the acquisition method of accounting. DraftKings will record the fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed from SBTech.

 

The unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information has been prepared using the assumptions below with respect to the potential redemption into cash of DEAC’s Class A common stock:

 

·Assuming No Redemptions: This presentation assumes that none of the holders of shares of DEAC’s Class A common stock exercise redemption rights with respect to their public shares for a pro rata share of the funds in the trust account.

 

·

Assuming Maximum Redemptions: This presentation assumes that stockholders holding 30,564,789 DEAC public shares will exercise their redemption rights for their pro rata share (approximately $10.10 per share) of the funds in DEAC’s trust account. This scenario gives effect to DEAC’s public share redemptions of 30,564,789 shares for aggregate redemption payments of $308.7 million. The Business Combination Agreement includes as a condition to closing the Business Combination that, at the Closing, DEAC will have a minimum of $400.0 million in cash comprising (i) the cash held in the trust account after giving effect to DEAC share redemptions and (ii) proceeds from the Private Placement, provided that DraftKings and SBTech will be entitled to waive that condition. After giving effect to the proceeds from the Private Placement, approximately $95.3 million would be needed from the trust account in order to meet the Minimum Proceeds Condition of $400.0 million.

 

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Description of the Business Combination

 

Pursuant to the Business Combination Agreement, DEAC intends to acquire all of the issued and outstanding equity interests of DraftKings and SBTech in exchange for cash and equity. The initial purchase price will be based on a combined pre-money enterprise value of DraftKings and SBTech, which will consist of $196.1 million of cash being transferred to SBTech shareholders (subject to adjustments as defined in the Business Combination Agreement), and the remaining value will be in the form of shares of New DraftKings’ Class A common stock, options, restricted stock units and warrants of New DraftKings and, in the case of Mr. Robins, shares of Class B common stock of New DraftKings.

 

The following summarizes the consideration issuable in the Reverse Recapitalization and SBTech Acquisition assuming a $12.25 share price (as of April 3, 2020) in both the no redemption and maximum redemption scenarios:

 

Total Consideration (in 000s)  Amounts   Shares 
Share consideration - DraftKings(2)  $2,537,278    207,125 
Cash consideration - SBTech(1)   196,126    - 
Share consideration - SBTech(2)   540,486    44,121 
Total Merger Consideration  $3,273,890    251,246 

 

 

 

(1)Amount is subject to adjustment for the estimated Net Debt Amount and Working Capital Amount, estimated to be $13.4 million, as specified in the Business Combination Agreement. Per the Business Combination Agreement, the cash consideration amount is EUR 180.0 million. Amount was converted using the EUR to USD rate as of April 3, 2020. A 10% fluctuation in the EUR to USD foreign currency exchange rate would change the cash consideration by approximately $19.6 million.

 

(2)Represents the estimated fair value of New DraftKings common stock to be issued to DraftKings/SBTech stockholders pursuant to the Business Combination Agreement. The estimate is based on shares that are expected to be outstanding and options and warrants that are expected to vest by the Closing (assumed as April 2020). Amount is subject to adjustment based on an earnout clause included in the BCA. Per the terms of the BCA, a total of six million shares will be held in escrow, three million of which will be for the benefit of DraftKings/SBTech stockholders. The Earnout shares will be paid out in thirds upon the share price of the post-combination company reaching $12.50, $14.00 and $16.00.

 

The equity share capitalization of New DraftKings under the no redemption and maximum redemption scenarios will be as follows (including shares issuable pursuant to vested options and warrants that will be rolled over at Closing):

 

Total Capitalization (in 000s)  No
Redemptions
   %   Maximum
Redemptions
   % 
DraftKings rollover equity - New DraftKings Class A   207,125    61.5    207,125    67.7 
SBTech rollover equity   44,121    13.1    44,121    14.4 
DEAC public shareholders   40,000    11.9    9,435    3.1 
DEAC Founders Shares   3,659    1.1    3,659    1.2 
DEAC shares issued upon conversion of Convertible Notes   11,255    3.3    11,255    3.7 
DEAC shares issued in PIPE Offering   30,471    9.1    30,471    9.9 
Total Class A Shares   336,631    100.0    306,066    100.0 
New DraftKings Class B Shares*   393,955         366,446      

 

 

*New DraftKings’ Class B shares will be issued to Jason Robins; which will carry 10 votes per share, and will allow Jason Robins to have approximately 90% of the voting power of the capital stock of New DraftKings on a fully-diluted basis. As these shares have no economic or participating rights, they have been excluded from the calculation of earnings per share.

 

The following unaudited pro forma condensed combined balance sheet as of December 31, 2019 and the unaudited pro forma condensed combined statements of operations for the year ended December 31, 2019 are based on the historical financial statements of DEAC, DraftKings, and SBTech. The unaudited pro forma adjustments are based on information currently available, and assumptions and estimates underlying the unaudited pro forma adjustments are described in the accompanying notes. Actual results may differ materially from the assumptions used to present the accompanying unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information.

 

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Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp.
Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Balance Sheet
as of December 31, 2019
(Amounts in thousands)
 

 

As of December 31, 2019                       December 31, 2019           December 31, 2019 
DraftKings
(Historical)
  DEAC
(Historical)
  SBTech
(As
Adjusted)
(Note 3)
  Accounting
Policies and
Reclassification
Adjustments
(Note 2)
  Pro Forma
Adjustments
(Assuming No
Redemptions)
(Note 4 - PF)
          Purchase
Accounting
Adjustments
(Note 4 - PPA)
          Pro Forma
Combined
(Assuming No
Redemptions)
  Additional
Pro Forma
Adjustments
(Assuming
Maximum
Redemptions)
(Note 4 - PF)
         Pro Forma
Combined
(Assuming
Maximum
Redemptions)
 
ASSETS                                    
Current assets:                                    
Cash and cash equivalents $76,533   $491  $9,143  $-   $403,961    A      $(212,847)   A     $593,443   $(308,675)   K     $294,768​ 
              (14,000)   B                  10,000    L      
              (41,596)   C                            
              40,042    D                            
              304,714    E                            
              (10,000)   L                            
              (6,006)   M                            
              (1,492)   N                            
              44,500    O                            
Cash reserved for customers  144,000    -   -   -   -         -         144,000   -         144,000​​ 
Receivables reserved for customers  19,828    -   -   -   -         -         19,828   -         19,828​​ 
Trade receivables, net  -    -   27,781   -   -         -         27,781   -         27,781​​ 
Prepaid expenses  -    319   -   (319)  -         -         -   -         -​​ 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  20,787    -   -   4,045   -         -         24,832   -         24,832​​ 
Other current assets  -    -   3,726   (3,726)  -         -         -   -         -​​ 
Total current assets  261,148    810   40,650   -   720,123         (212,847)        809,884   (298,675)        511,209​​ 
Cash and investments held in Trust Account  -    403,961   -   -   (403,961)   A      -         -   -         -​​ 
Property and equipment, net  25,945    -   11,148   209   -         -         37,302   -         37,302​​ 
Intangible assets, net  33,939    -   29,296   (209)  -         240,152    B      303,178   -         303,178​​ 
Goodwill  4,738    -   -   -   -         461,100    A      465,838   -         465,838​​ 
Equity method investment  2,521    -   -   -   -         -         2,521   -         2,521​​ 
Deposits  2,434    -   -   -   -         -         2,434   -         2,434​​ 
Deferred tax assets  -    -   520   (520)  -         -         -   -         -​​ 
Other non-current assets  -    -   344   520   -         -         864   -         864​​ 
Total Assets  330,725    404,771   81,958   -   316,162         488,405         1,622,021   (298,675)        1,323,346​​ 

 

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  As of December 31, 2019                    December 31, 2019          December 31, 2019 
  DraftKings
(Historical)
   DEAC
(Historical)
   SBTech
(As Adjusted)
(Note 3)
   Accounting
Policies and
Reclassification
Adjustments
(Note 2)
   Pro Forma
Adjustments
(Assuming No
Redemptions)
(Note 4 - PF)
      Purchase
Accounting
Adjustments
(Note 4 - PPA)
        Pro Forma
Combined
(Assuming No
Redemptions)
   Additional
Pro Forma
Adjustments
(Assuming
Maximum
Redemptions)
(Note 4 - PF)
       Pro Forma
Combined
(Assuming
Maximum
Redemptions)
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY                                                
Current liabilities:                                                 
Accounts payable   -    1,492​    -​    (1,492​)   -​       -​         -    -​        ​- 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   85,295    -​    -​    ​22,364    (6,449​)   C​    ​-         99,718    -​        99,718​ 
                   (1,492)   ​N                            
Liabilities to customers   163,035    -​    -​    ​799    -​       ​-         163,834    -​        ​163,834 
Term note, current portion   6,750    -​    -​    ​-    44,500​    ​O    ​-         51,250    -​        ​51,250 
Settlement liability, current portion   -    -​    ​-    ​-    ​-       ​-         -    -​        ​- 
Trade payables   -    -​    9,124​    ​(9,124)   ​-       ​-         -    -        ​- 
Other accounts payable   -    -​    12,547    ​(12,547)   ​-       ​-         -    -​        ​- 
Total current liabilities   255,080    1,492​    21,671​    ​-    36,559​       ​-         314,802    -​        ​314,802 
Deferred underwriting commissions   -    14,000​    -​    ​-    (14,000​)   B​    ​-         -    ​-        ​- 
Other long-term liabilities   56,862    -​    -​    ​458    (11,000​)   ​P    ​2,648    C    48,968    ​-        48,968 
Convertible promissory notes   68,363    -​    -​    ​-    (68,363​)   ​D    ​-         -    ​-        ​- 
Accrued severance pay, net   -    -​    458​    ​(458)   -​       ​-         -    ​-        ​- 
Total liabilities   380,305    15,492​    ​22,129    ​-    (56,804)      ​2,648         363,770    -        ​363,770 
Class A common stock subject to possible
redemption
   -    384,279​    -​    ​-    (384,279)   ​F    ​-         -    ​-        ​- 
Series E-1 Redeemable Convertible Preferred Stock   119,752    -​    -​    ​-    (119,752​)   ​H    ​-         -    ​-        ​- 
Series F Redeemable Convertible Preferred Stock   138,619    -​    -​    ​-    (138,619​)   ​H    ​-         -    ​-        ​- 
Stockholders’ Equity:                                                     
Class A common stock   -    -​    -​    ​-    1​    ​D    ​4    A    34    ​(3)  K    ​31 
                   3​    ​E                            
                   4​    ​F                            
                   1​    ​G                            
                   -​    M                            
                   21​    ​H                            
                   -​    ​P                            
Class B common stock   -    1​    -​    ​-    (1​)   ​G    -​         39    ​(2)  Q    ​37 
                   -​    ​H                            
                   ​39    ​Q                            
Common stock   390    -​    -​    ​-    ​(390)   ​H    ​-         -    ​-        -​ 
Share capital   -    -​    3​    ​-    ​-       ​(3)   D    -    ​-        -​ 
Actuarial reserve   -    -​    ​(156)    -​    ​-       156​    D    -    ​-        -​ 

 

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  As of December 31, 2019                        December 31, 2019            December 31, 2019 
  DraftKings
(Historical)
   DEAC
(Historical)
   SBTech
(As Adjusted)
(Note 3)
   Accounting
Policies and
Reclassification
Adjustments
(Note 2)
   Pro Forma
Adjustments
(Assuming No
Redemptions)
(Note 4 - PF)
         Purchase
Accounting
Adjustments
(Note 4 - PPA)
         Pro Forma
Combined
(Assuming No
Redemptions)
   Additional
Pro Forma
Adjustments
(Assuming
Maximum
Redemptions)
(Note 4 - PF)
         Pro Forma
Combined
(Assuming
Maximum
Redemptions)
 
Additional paid-in capital   690,443    2,689    -    -    (6,000)   C    545,582    A    2,311,241    (308,672)   K    2,002,016​​ 
                   112,544    D               (553)   Q     
                   304,711    E                       
                   384,275    F                       
                   2,310    I                       
                   258,740    H                       
                   3,042    J                       
                   (6,006)   M                       
                   11,000    P                       
                   7,911    Q                       
Retained earnings   -    2,310    58,795    (61,105)   -       -       -    -       -​​ 
Accumulated deficit   (998,784)   -    -    61,105    (29,147)   C    (58,795)   D    (1,053,063)   10,000    L    (1,042,508)​​ 
                   (4,140)   D               555    Q     
                   (2,310)   I                       
                   (3,042)   J                       
                   (10,000)   L                      ​​​ 
                   (7,950)   Q                      ​​​ 
Total parent stockholders’ equity   (307,951)   5,000    58,642    -    1,015,616       486,944       1,258,251    (298,675)      959,576​​ 
Non-controlling interest   -    -    1,187    -    -       (1,187)   D    -    -       -​​ 
Total stockholders’ equity   (307,951)   5,000    59,829    -    1,015,616       485,757       1,258,251    (298,675)      959,576​​ 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   330,725    404,771    81,958    -    316,162       488,405       1,622,021    (298,675)      1,323,346​​ 

 

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Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp.
Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Statement of Operations
for the year ended December 31, 2019
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)

 

  For the Year ended
December 31, 2019
   March 27, 2019
(inception) to
December 31, 2019
   For the Year ended
December 31, 2019
                  For the Year ended
December 31, 2019
 
  DraftKings
(Historical)
   DEAC
(Historical)
   SBTech
(As Adjusted)
(Note 3)
   Accounting Policies
and Reclassification
Adjustments
(Note 2)
   Pro Forma
Adjustments
(Assuming No and
Maximum
Redemptions)
(Note 4 - PF)
      Purchase
Accounting
Adjustments
(Note 4 - PPA)
      Pro Forma
Combined
(Assuming No and
Maximum
Redemptions)
 
Revenue  $323,410   $-   $108,424   $-   $-      $-      $431,834 
Cost of revenue   103,889    -    60,649    -    -       14,692    AA    179,230 
Gross Profit   219,521    -    47,775    -    -       (14,692)      252,604 
Operating Expenses:                                  
Sales and marketing   185,269    -    7,592    -    48    DD    -       192,909 
General and administrative   124,868    1,857    13,230    -    (10,548)   AA    104    BB    131,024 
                   1,513    DD            
Product and technology   55,929    -    -    20,408    82    DD    -       76,419 
Research and development expenses           20,408    (20,408)                  
Total Operating Expenses   366,066    1,857    41,230    -    (8,905)      104       400,352 
(Loss) / Income from Operations   (146,545)   (1,857)   6,545    -    8,905       (14,796)      (147,748)
Interest income (expense)   1,348    -    -    (164)   -       -       1,184 
Other income - interest on Trust Account   -    5,111    -    -    (5,111)   BB    -       - 
Gain on initial equity method investment   3,000    -    -    -    -       -       3,000 
Financial Income   -    -    26    (26)   -       -       - 
Financial Expenses   -    -    (190)   190    -       -       - 
(Loss)/Income before Income Tax Expense   (142,197)   3,254    6,381    -    3,794       (14,796)      (143,564)
Income Tax Expense/(Benefit)   58    944    796    -    (1,864)   CC    (4,084)   CC    (4,150)
Loss from equity method investment   479    -    -    -    -       -       479 
Net (Loss)/Income   (142,734)   2,310    5,585    -    5,658       (10,712)      (139,893)
No Redemption Scenario                                  
Weighted average Class A shares outstanding                                 336,631,006 
Loss per share (Basic and Diluted) attributable to Class A common stockholders                                $(0.42)
Maximum Redemption Scenario                                  
Weighted average Class A shares outstanding                                 306,066,216 
Loss per share (Basic and Diluted) attributable to Class A common stockholders                                $(0.46)

 

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NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED PRO FORMA COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

Basis of Presentation

 

The merger between Merger Sub and DraftKings will be accounted for as a reverse recapitalization in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Under this method of accounting, DEAC will be treated as the “acquired” company for financial reporting purposes. Accordingly, for accounting purposes, the Reverse Recapitalization will be treated as the equivalent of DraftKings issuing stock for the net assets of DEAC, accompanied by a recapitalization. The net assets of DEAC will be stated at historical cost, with no goodwill or other intangible assets recorded. Operations prior to the Reverse Recapitalization will be those of DraftKings.

 

As DraftKings is determined to be the accounting acquirer in the SBTech Acquisition, the acquisition will be considered a business combination under ASC 805, and will be accounted for using the acquisition method of accounting. DraftKings will record the fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed from SBTech.

 

The unaudited pro forma condensed combined balance sheet as of December 31, 2019 assumes that the Business Combination occurred on December 31, 2019. The unaudited pro forma condensed combined statements of operations for the year ended December 31, 2019 present pro forma effect to the Business Combination as if it had been completed on January 1, 2019. These periods are presented on the basis of DraftKings being the accounting acquirer.

 

The unaudited pro forma condensed combined balance sheet as of December 31, 2019 has been prepared using, and should be read in conjunction with, the following:

 

·DEAC’s audited consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2019 and the related notes for the period ended December 31, 2019, included elsewhere in this prospectus;

 

·DraftKings’ audited consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2019 and the related notes for the period ended December 31, 2019, included elsewhere in this prospectus; and

 

·SBTech’s audited consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2019 and the related notes for the period ended December 31, 2019, included elsewhere in this prospectus.*

 

The unaudited pro forma condensed combined statement of operations for the year ended December 31, 2019 has been prepared using, and should be read in conjunction with, the following:

 

·DraftKings’ audited statement of operations for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 and the related notes, included elsewhere in this prospectus; and

 

·SBTech’s audited statement of operations for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 and the related notes, included elsewhere in this prospectus.*

 

Management has made significant estimates and assumptions in its determination of the pro forma adjustments. As the unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information has been prepared based on these preliminary estimates, the final amounts recorded may differ materially from the information presented.

 

The unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information does not give effect to any anticipated synergies, operating efficiencies, tax savings or cost savings that may be associated with the Business Combination.

 

The pro forma adjustments reflecting the completion of the Business Combination are based on certain currently available information and certain assumptions and methodologies that DEAC believes are reasonable under the circumstances. The unaudited condensed pro forma adjustments, which are described in the accompanying notes, may be revised as additional information becomes available and is evaluated.

 

 

 

*The historical financial information for SBTech was prepared under IFRS as issued by the IASB. Refer to Footnote 3 for additional details regarding impact of conversion to U.S. GAAP for unaudited pro forma financial information.

 

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Therefore, it is likely that the actual adjustments will differ from the pro forma adjustments and it is possible the difference may be material. DEAC believes that its assumptions and methodologies provide a reasonable basis for presenting all of the significant effects of the Business Combination based on information available to management at this time and that the pro forma adjustments give appropriate effect to those assumptions and are properly applied in the unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information.

 

The unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information is not necessarily indicative of what the actual results of operations and financial position would have been had the Business Combination taken place on the dates indicated, nor are they indicative of the future consolidated results of operations or financial position of the post-combination company. They should be read in conjunction with the historical financial statements and notes thereto of DEAC, DraftKings, and SBTech.

 

2.       Accounting Policies and Reclassifications 

 

As part of the preparation of these unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial statements, certain reclassifications were made to align DEAC’s, DraftKings’ and SBTech’s financial statement presentation. Upon completion of the Business Combination, management will perform a comprehensive review of DEAC’s, DraftKings’, and SBTech’s accounting policies. As a result of the review, management may identify differences between the accounting policies of the three entities which, when conformed, could have a material impact on the financial statements of the post-combination company. Based on its initial analysis, DEAC has identified differences that would have an impact on the unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information and recorded the necessary adjustments.

 

3.       Adjustments to Historical SBTech Financial Information 

 

The historical financial information of SBTech was prepared in accordance with IFRS and presented in Euros. The historical financial information was translated from Euros to U.S. dollars using the following historical exchange rates:

 

   $ / € 
Period end exchange rate as of December 31, 2019   1.12 
Average exchange rate for twelve months ended December 31, 2019   1.12 

 

In addition, adjustments were made to convert SBTech’s financial information from IFRS to U.S. GAAP, to align SBTech’s accounting policies to those applied by DraftKings. Refer to tables below for impacted line items and adjustment amounts in the pro forma condensed combined balance sheet and statements of operations.

 

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Impact on pro forma balance sheet as of December 31, 2019:

 

  As of
December 31,
2019
     As of
December 31,
2019
   As of
December 31,
2019
 
  IFRS
SBTech
(in EUR)
   Total
Adjustments
(in EUR)
  US GAAP
SBTech
(in EUR)
   US GAAP
SBTech
(in USD)
 
ASSETS                 
CURRENT ASSETS:                 
Cash and cash equivalents  8,144   -    8,144   $9,143 
Trade receivables, net   24,745    -     24,745    27,781 
Other current assets   3,258    61