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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.

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Lottoland responds to Gambling Commission report

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Online betting operator makes head start on addressing calls for stronger partnerships to protect children with launch of its P.A.R.E.N.T initiative

 

Lottoland has responded to a Gambling Commission report claiming stronger partnerships are needed to protect children following the launch of its own education initiative.

The online betting giant’s P.A.R.E.N.T scheme is being introduced to support parents, educators and youth representatives across the board in mitigating the risks posed to young people gaming online.

A report from the Gambling Commission published today shows that close to a million youngsters have been exposed to gambling through ‘loot boxes’ in computer games or on smartphone apps, and claims the number of problem gamblers aged 11 to 16 has reached 55,000.

Nigel Birrell, CEO at Lottoland, said: “Lottoland already felt strongly that we could and should be doing more in the countries we operate in, even before this report, and its publication coinciding with the launch of our own partnership initiative supporting all those touched by the issues involved has given us more impetus than ever to push forward with our plans.”

In its latest report, the Gambling Commission called for regulators and businesses across industries to work together, and also highlighted the important influence parents can have on children’s gambling behaviour.

Lottoland’s P.A.R.E.N.T initiative focuses on six key behaviours essential for responsible gaming, and is designed to help all those involved in youth gaming ‘stay on their game’ following initial consultation with teachers, NGOs and other stakeholders.

These six key areas are:

P – Parent

A – Awareness

R – Responsibility

E – Environment

N – Nurture

T – Trust

Research conducted by the online betting giant also shows almost half the nation’s children aged 7-16 enjoy unlimited time online each day, and 1 in 5 have access to online games without any restrictions in place at all*.

Its P.A.R.E.N.T campaign otherwise comes after Lottoland researchers also found:

 

  • Almost half the nation’s children enjoy unlimited time online each day – and 1 in 5 have access to online games without any restrictions in place at all.
  • Children’s online gaming habits cost the average UK parent £31 in charges – a third of whom are unaware of the costs due to them until it is time to pay
  • Almost one in five (18%) parents with children aged 7-16 in the UK do not know you can play games with other users live over the internet.
  • More than a quarter of UK parents with children aged 16 or younger admit to knowing ‘none’, ‘very few’ or only ‘some’ of their online friends.  
  • Half of all UK youngsters spend up to four hours a day online in the school holidays – and almost twice the amount of time on average that they do in term time.

 

Mr Birrell said: “This latest report from the gambling regulator, as well as our own research, goes to show that the need to equip parents, teachers and others involved in the education of young people today with the awareness they need to successfully navigate today’s online gaming environment is more pressing than ever.”

“The scheme already been well received after focus group discussions held at the University of Gibraltar with various stakeholders led to the launch of P.A.R.E.N.T in conjunction with Gibraltar’s Department for Education,” Mr Birrell added.

“As such, P.A.R.E.N.T scheme training sessions are now being planned for delivery in conjunction with primary and secondary teachers across countries covered by the European Lotto Betting Association (ELBA), of which Lottoland is a founding member.”

“The time to come together and provide young people today with the resources they need to ensure they are ‘switched on’ enough to enjoy all that online gaming has to offer with the self-awareness required to stay safe and sound at all times is here.”

 

* The study was conducted by OnePoll between 19th and 28th of September, 2018 and polled 2000 parents of children aged 7-16. Participants were recruited online and were paid to participate.

 

About Lottoland

Lottoland has grown rapidly to become a world leader in online lotto. Innovation, coupled with the freedom to offer players a unique and enhanced lottery experience, has been key to the company’s success. In June 2018, Lottoland paid out €90 million to one lucky winner in Germany – this win has been confirmed by Guinness World Records as the Largest online gambling payout. This is also the biggest payout for Lottoland to date.

The Gibraltar-based business is active in 13 markets, has over 350 employees, and more than 8 million customers worldwide. Lottoland is licensed and regulated by the Government of Gibraltar, the UK Gambling Commission, the Republic of Ireland National Excise License Office, the Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli in Italy and the Northern Territory’s Racing Commission in Australia.

 

 

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BOSS. Gaming solutions are visiting SiGMA 2018

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On November 28, the fifth edition of SiGMA – the world’s leading iGaming summit – will take place at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta’ Qali. The event will gather around 400 exhibitors and sponsors from 80 countries of the world.

BOSS. Gaming solutions will be on the list of 12,500 visitors of SiGMA. The company will present their products and solutions to 400 sponsors and exhibitors, 2,500 affiliates and 200 speakers.

We’ll bring our best achievements in iGaming industry,” says Catalina Lukianenko, COO from BOSS. Gaming. “We are excited to share the results of our long-standing work to those attending this important iGaming summit in Malta.”

BOSS. Gaming will exhibit our core products, such as the BOSS. Platform, SIMPLE BET, and AGames, as well as White label and Full turn-key solutions.

Join us at the stand № S57!

 

About BOSS. Gaming solutions

BOSS. is an independent software developer and provider of online and land-based gaming solutions. BOSS. develops gaming platform, sportsbook and betting services, land-based casino software, affiliate system, payment solutions, own online casino slots and White label solution.

BOSS. Gaming provides consulting services and helps to get a license, develop strategies, manage purchased online casinos, offers technical and operational support and assists clients with getting business results.

Source: Latest News at European Gaming Media

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Wazdan shortlisted for prestigious Malta Gaming Awards.

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Innovative slots-maker Wazdan has been shortlisted for the Malta Gaming Awards in the Games Vendor category.

Wazdan have gathered a lot of interest around them this year due to numerous nominations, shortlistings and awards. The company took the prestigious ‘Online Casino Innovator Award 2018’ at the Central and Eastern Europe Gaming Conference (CEEGC) held in Budapest as well as the coveted Hot Product Award at G2E Asia in the company’s first foray at that event. Wazdan won Start-up of the Year at Malta’s iGaming Excellence Awards 2018 and was recently shortlisted for ‘Best Gaming Innovation’ at the SBC Awards 2018, underlining how much progress the ambitious slots-maker has made over the course of the last 12 months

The Malta Gaming Awards has lined up a host of VIP’s to be in attendance including H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta and world-leading tenor Joseph Calleja, Malta’s first ever Cultural Ambassador. Malta Gaming Awards has built a formidable reputation in only 3 years as a leading awards show in the industry. This edition has a number of unique features: entrants must have a strong Malta connection, all proceeds go to charity and the Awards are held during Malta Gaming Week.

With all the awards that Wazdan has been scooping up this year, the demand for Wazdan games is growing, and so is the passionate brand’s portfolio. Many of Wazdan’s games are powered by their innovative suite of Unique Wazdan Features, that include the world’s first Volatility Levels™, Energy Saving Mode, Double Screen Mode and Unique Gamble Feature, providing operators with the ability to enhance customer experience and engagement, improve retention, encourage extended play and produce higher yield.

Wazdan has announced extensive partnerships on the back of this winning formula with industry leaders such as the Betsson Group, EveryMatrix, Videoslots, SlotMillions, Tipbet, Iforium, iSoftbet, Evenbet, Groove Gaming, Globalplay, Tipbet, iGP, Rabbit Entertainment, SoftGamings, Go Wild Gaming, Relax Gaming, Gaming1, Twelve40, Progressplay, 888win.bet and Bethard, amongst others.

Head of Sales at Wazdan Andrzej Hyla says: “We are thrilled to be shortlisted for the Malta Gaming Awards. What’s clear from all these nominations and shortlistings is that Wazdan is managing to disrupt the slots sector through a highly innovative approach. Wazdan hasn’t just developed world-class content, we have a collection of technologies that enable us to optimise the delivery of slots to our partners that deepen player engagement. In an increasingly competitive industry, this makes a substantial difference.”

For further information visit www.wazdan.com

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