What’s driving the PointsBet (ASX:PBH) share price sharply lower?

PointsBet shareholders are in for a rude awakening after a successful capital raising.

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It’s an ugly day for the PointsBet Holdings Ltd (ASX: PBH) share price after the completion of its institutional placement and entitlement offer.

At the time of writing, shares in the sports betting company have tumbled 11.87% to an 8-month low of $9.95.

Why the PointsBet share price is getting slammed

Capital raising discount

PointsBet’s placement and entitlement offer will issue new shares at an 11.4% and 32.8% discount to its last closing price of $11.91 on Wednesday, 28 July.

The size and discount of the capital raising may negatively impact existing shareholders since it results in share dilution.

This means that existing shares reflect a smaller percentage of ownership and are, thus, less valuable.

Co-founder sell-down

Independent of the capital raising, PointsBet’s co-founders have elected to sell a portion of their holdings.

Co-founders Nick Fahey and Andrew Fahey will sell 2.0 million shares in aggregate or 15% of their holdings.

In addition, Group CEO Sam Swanell will also be selling 0.9% million shares, also 15% of his holdings.

PointsBet quarterly

Another factor impacting the PointsBet share price might be its fourth-quarter update which was announced during its trading halt.

The fourth-quarter update highlighted triple-digit growth across key operating metrics such as betting turnover, active clients and gross win.

However, PointsBet’s explosive growth comes with a hefty price tag, with the company experiencing a net cash outflow of $81.9 million in the fourth quarter.

Third capital raising in two years

PointsBet has proven itself as a cash hungry business, raising approximately $800 million in the last two years.

In October 2019, just five months after the company’s Initial Public Offering, it elected to raise $122.1 million to support marketing and client acquisition, product development and US business development.

By September 2020, PointsBet announced its second capital raising, seeking to raise $303 million to fund its deal with NBCUniversal.

PointsBet share price snapshot

PointsBet has now entered negative year-to-date territory, down 17% in 2021.

Its shares have slumped almost 50% from their all-time high of $18.13 on 16 February.

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