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NetEnt: Interim report January – June 2018

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Today, July 13, 2018, at 9.00 a.m. the interim report will be presented by CEO Therese Hillman live via a combined telephone conference and webcast. The presentation can be followed in real-time on NetEnt’s website, the link to the webcast is: https://tv.streamfabriken.com/netent-q2-2018

The dial-in number for the telephone conference is:

Sweden: +46 8 506 39549

UK: +44 20 30089802

Quote from Therese Hillman, Group CEO:

”During the quarter, we came up with a plan and started taking action in several areas to strengthen our customer offering, cut lead times, and free up resources for new commercial projects. These changes are necessary for us to reassert our strong market position in online casino. I look forward to a busy autumn, focused on the turnaround of NetEnt, with improved efficiency and many new products and growth initiatives that all have players and customers in focus.”

Second quarter 2018:

  • Revenues for the second quarter amounted to SEK 437 (413) million
  • EBITDA amounted to SEK 202 (187) million, a margin of 46.3 (45.2)%
  • Operating profit (EBIT) amounted to SEK 149 (147) million, a margin of 34.0
  • (35.6)%
  • Profit after tax of SEK 139 (136) million
  • Earnings per share of SEK 0.58 (0.57) before and after dilution
  • 8 (6) new customer agreements signed, and 7 (8) new customers’ casinos
  • launched

First half-year 2018:

  • Revenues for the first half-year amounted to SEK 867 (806) million
  • EBITDA amounted to SEK 384 (350) million, a margin of 44.3 (43.5)%
  • Operating profit (EBIT) amounted to SEK 283 (274) million, a margin of 32.6 (34.0)%
  • Profit after tax of SEK 285 (251) million
  • Earnings per share of SEK 1.19 (1.04) before and after dilution
  • 14 (21) new customer agreements signed, and 15 (14) new customers’ casinos launched

Important events in the second quarter:

  • The AGM elected Fredrik Erbing as new Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • The Board appointed Therese Hillman as new CEO
  • Five new slot games released, including Archangels Salvation, Lost Relics and Jumanji
  • Beta-launched slot games for Social Casino
  • Signed customer agreement with Hard Rock in New Jersey

Comments by Therese Hillman, Group CEO:

Revenues for NetEnt increased by 5.9 percent (-0.8 percent in euro) to SEK 437 million in the second quarter of 2018. The operating profit (EBIT) increased by 1.2 percent to SEK 149 million, representing a margin of 34.0 (35.6) percent. Cash flow after investments increased by 35.8 percent to SEK 178 (131) million in the quarter.

We continue to see that our core markets in the Nordics and the UK are maturing, and competition has increased. During the quarter, we came up with a plan and started taking action in several areas to strengthen our customer offering, cut lead times, and free up resources for new commercial projects. These changes are necessary for us to reassert our strong market position in online casino. At the same time, we continue to review our cost structure to improve scalability across the business, and we have started to see a lower pace of cost growth. We continue to target higher revenue growth than cost growth.

At the beginning of June, the Swedish parliament approved the new gambling law, and our preparations ahead of the Swedish market re-regulation has intensified since then. We aim to have a broad selection of our games certified when the new licensing system starts on January 1, 2019 and work closely with our customers on all fronts to ensure a successful market entry right from the start.

We released five new slot games in the quarter: Archangels Salvation, Lost Relics, Jumanji, Witchcraft Academy and Bollywood Story. The latter two titles had previously been customer-exclusive and were released to the rest of our customers in June. The innovative game Jumanji combines slots and board game features and has been well received by players. So far, three weeks since its launch, it is our best game release this year.

I also follow the development of our upcoming new games with great interest. Among other things, we will present a new game concept with the launch of BerryBurst in August, which is based on player feedback and insights. A new initiative is the beta-launch of our games in the form of Social Casino games on Facebook, which in the longer-term perspective could add new revenues and strengthen our game brands with players on many different markets. Through this initiative, we capitalize on our existing digital assets.

With regards to Live Casino, the new product called Live Beyond Live was launched on desktop for Mr Green at the end of May, and since that we have noticed a steady increase in number of players, bets and gamewin. Just in time for the FIFA World Cup, we introduced a new type of functionality for Live Casino, called Sports Betting Widget, which allows players to place bets on sports without leaving the roulette table. As a first step, the feature has been rolled out to a handful of customers. We see good demand for our bespoke, virtual multi-table solutions – Live Beyond Live being the first such product – and expect to launch new customer-exclusive tables for several customers this year.

Regionally, we saw similar developments as in the first quarter. Growth in locally regulated markets continued at a high pace, especially in Southern and Eastern Europe, while overall revenue growth was negatively impacted by a weaker development in the Nordics and in the UK. The share of revenues from locally regulated markets was 36 (32) percent in the quarter. In the US, we now see some positive signs after the Supreme Court decision in May that paves the way for sports betting to be legalized in New Jersey and other US states. Thanks to our presence in New Jersey, we are in a good position to enter other US states if and when they open for online casino.

Mobile games continued to contribute to our growth and accounted for 58 (56) percent of total gamewin in the quarter. Our ambition is to offer the best mobile games for the online casino market, and therefore we were really pleased to win the award in the category called Innovation in Mobile at the EGR B2B Awards in June.

I look forward to a busy autumn focused on the turnaround of NetEnt, with improved efficiency and many new products and growth initiatives that all have players and customers in focus. Presentation of interim report.”

 

For additional information please contact:

Therese Hillman

Group CEO

Phone: +46 8 5785 4500

therese.hillman@netent.com

This information is information that NetEnt AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation and the Securities Markets Act. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, at 7:30 CET on July 13, 2018.

 

About NetEnt

NetEnt AB (publ) is a leading digital entertainment company, providing premium gaming solutions to the world’s most successful online casino operators. Since its inception in 1996, NetEnt has been a true pioneer in driving the market with thrilling games powered by a cutting-edge platform. NetEnt is committed to helping customers stay ahead of the competition, is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (NET–B) and employs more than 1,000 people in Malta, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Gibraltar, Kiev, Krakow and New Jersey. For more information, please visit

www.netent.com.

Source: Press Release submitted to European Gaming Media

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Aristocrat Licenses Hit TV Show “Billions” for New Slot Game to Premiere at G2E 2018

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Billions™ Slot Game Showing in Booth #1141

The high stakes world of the hit SHOWTIME® TV show Billions will soon be coming to casinos, thanks to a licensing agreement between Aristocrat, CBS Consumer Products, and Showtime Networks.

Aristocrat’s new Billions™ Slot Game will make its premiere in booth #1141 at the upcoming Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas.

“Engaging and edgy shows like Billions are incredibly fun for our design teams to work with and fuel our passion to create entertaining games for our customers and their players,” said Siobhan Lane, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Gaming Operations from Aristocrat. “The CBS Consumer Products and Showtime Networks teams have been inspiring to work with, and we are very excited to present the new Billions Slot Game at G2E 2018.”

Now in production on its fourth season, Billions stars Oscar® nominee and Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Paul Giamatti as U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis as hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod. Billions is a complex, highly engaging drama that tells the timely and provocative story of these two powerful New York figures.

The Billions Slot Game is based on Season 1 and 2, which includes fans’ favorite characters such as Chuck RhoadesBobby AxelrodWendy RhoadesLara Axelrod, and Taylor Mason. Adding to the fun, the game will include the popular Mighty Cash™ feature, as well as a $500,000 multi-site progressive start-up jackpot.

The game appears on Aristocrat’s revolutionary flame55™ cabinet. The flame55 is complete with a 55″ double-curved HD monitor – the largest portrait double-curved display in the non-jumbo segment – ergonomic engineering, 4k-capable display, 2.1 stereo audio, individually controlled dynamic infinity edge LED lighting, a virtual button deck, and an exclusive beacon sign package.

About Aristocrat
Aristocrat Technologies Inc. is a subsidiary of Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL), a leading global provider of land-based and online gaming solutions. The Company is licensed by more than 200 regulators and its products and services are available in more than 90 countries around the world. Aristocrat offers a diverse range of products and services including electronic gaming machines and casino management systems. For further information, visit the company’s website at www.aristocrat-us.com.

About CBS Consumer Products
CBS Consumer Products manages worldwide licensing and merchandising for a diverse slate of television brands and series from CBS, CBS Television Studios and CBS Television Distribution, as well as from the company’s extensive library of titles, Showtime and CBS Films. Additionally, the group oversees online sales of programming merchandise. For more information, visit www.cbsconsumerproducts.com.

About SHOWTIME
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, and also offers SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND®, and the network’s authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. Showtime Digital Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNI, operates the stand-alone streaming service SHOWTIME®. SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Amazon, Apple®, Google, LG Smart TVs, Oculus Go, Roku®, Samsung and Xbox One. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, DirecTV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, Sling TV, Sony PlayStation™ Vue, and YouTube TV or on Showtime.com. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel™, and offers Smithsonian Earth™ through SN Digital LLC. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV. For more information, go to www.SHO.com.

Aristocrat Contact:
Paul Speirs-Hernandez, Steinbeck Communications
paul@steinbeckcommunications.com

Source: Latest News at European Gaming Media

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Industry Leading Race & Sports SuperBook® Set For Expansion Outside Nevada

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Nevada’s premier sports book will set the standard for legalized sports betting in the United States

The largest and most successful sports book in America – the SuperBook® at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, is set to expand its gaming platform across the United States. With its best-in-class technology, customer service, and wagering options, the SuperBook® brand will guide the industry forward as more states make sports betting part of their gaming and hospitality offerings.

The expansion comes via a partnership between SuperBook® licensor Westgate Resorts and Paragon Gaming, operator of casino and resort operations for Westgate’s 3000-room luxury casino hotel in Las Vegas that brings white label sportsbook solutions to new markets.

“The SuperBook® brand has been the leader of the sports book industry for more than 30 years,” says Diana Bennett, CEO for Paragon Gaming. “Gaming regulators across the country will now have a trusted partner as they move forward, and casino operators will be able to draw on the experience and expertise that has made SuperBook® the benchmark for sports betting.”

Famous for its 360-degree experience, highlighted by the largest indoor TV in the world – a 220-foot long 4K video wall at Westgate Las Vegas, the SuperBook® brand delivers the largest race and sports wagering menu in Nevada, and continues to lead the evolution of sports betting processes and applications. Its successful rollout of the Westgate SuperBook® App has already seamlessly delivered this wagering menu to the hands of thousands of fans.

“This is the natural next step in the evolution of our industry,” says SuperBook® Executive Vice President of Race & Sports Book Operations Jay Kornegay. “We have maintained the highest levels of technology and service in a highly-regulated industry. We have written the playbook, and now we will put it in action across the national field.”

“We are excited to know that our investment in the SuperBook® has been extremely successful and this venture is now prepared to expand nationwide,” adds David Siegel, Westgate Resorts Founder, President and CEO. “We look forward to the future success of our SuperBook® brand at locations across the nation as it continues to grow and set new standards for the sports betting landscape.”

Future SuperBook® sites, turnkey sportsbook products, and gaming partners will be announced at later dates. Fans can follow SuperBook® for updates on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Source: Latest News at European Gaming Media

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CashBet appoints Ed Brennan as Company President

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iGaming platform provider CashBet has moved to bolster its senior team by installing advisory board member Ed Brennan as company President.

Ed Brennan will lead CashBet in the next period of its development, following one of the world’s largest casino gaming ICOs, with the goal of establishing it as the leading blockchain-powered platform.

He brings a wealth of experience to the position after 25 years in the internet, software, hardware and financial services industries, working with a host of Fortune 500 companies such as Merrill Lynch, Seagate, Adobe, Microsoft and NexTag.

Commenting on his appointment, Brennan said: “I have enjoyed serving as an advisor to CashBet and am confident that my understanding of the business and its position in the iGaming market will help me step up to this new position as we look to grow even further.”

Even with the unforeseen challenges presented by the crypto bear market, CashBet has never been in a better position to achieve its full potential. I am honoured to begin serving as the company’s new President with guidance from the Board.”

Brennan’s appointment follows the Board of Director’s decision to begin search for a new CEO to replace Co-founder Mike Reaves.

Reaves co-founded CashBet in 2012 following a long career in online gambling. The platform he helped create is designed to encapsulate everything an operator needs to run a modern iGaming business.

Over the past five years, it has developed patented technologies and built the world’s first-crypto enabled iGaming platform, as well as becoming the first cryptocurrency partner in English Premier League history when it agreed to sponsor Arsenal Football Club.

 

About CashBet

CashBet is a leading mobile-first iGaming platform provider and turnkey operator. CashBet’s platform empowers real-money, social, and skill-based gaming apps and websites worldwide. By integrating CashBet’s software, game developers can legally launch online gambling games without needing to be licensed. With CashBet’s feature-rich platform, operators gain access to player segmentation, bonusing, campaign management, and other patent-pending features to enable a profitable iGaming operation from day one. CashBet is licensed by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission and the UK Gambling Commission. For more information, please visit www.cashbet.com.

Source: Latest News at European Gaming Media

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