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Nektan Q1 Trading Update – Record Quarterly Revenues

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Nektan plc (AIM: NKTN), an international gaming technology platform and services provider, is pleased to announce another record quarter for the first three months of the financial year ending 30 June 2019 (Q1 FY19).

Nektan delivers premium and compliant gaming content to gaming sites worldwide, via its proprietary technology platforms Evolve (B2C) and E-Lite (B2B). This latest quarter has delivered stronger than expected growth leading to record quarterly revenues.

The figures stated below are all unaudited.

 

Managed Gaming Solutions (Europe)

  Q1 FY19 Q4 FY18 Change* Q1 FY18 Change*
Net Gaming Revenue (NGR) £6.4m £5.7m 12.6% £3.9m 64.6%
First Time Depositors (FTDs) 38,981 43,289 -10.0% 40,148 -2.9%
Cash Wagering £178.3m £162.9m 9.4% £126.7m 40.7%

 

*calculated using underlying, non-rounded figures

 

Highlights

  • KPIs Update:
  • In Q1 FY19 Nektan delivered record NGR and Cash Wagering figures, during the summer months, traditionally a quieter time for gaming activity, especially one that included the World Cup.
  • The Group’s strong growth in NGR has continued, growing 12.6% in Q1 FY19 versus Q4 FY18 and 64.6% versus Q1 FY18.
  • The dip in FTDs during Q1 FY19 is due to an increasing focus on maximising player life time values which will improve profitability going forward for Nektan and its partners.
  • Gaming Distribution Update:
  • Nektan launched multiple new sites and is now delivering gaming content to a record number of 143 global casino brands in Q1 FY19.
  • The Group’s pipeline of additional casino brands from both existing and new UK and international partners remains strong.
  • Gaming Content Update:
  • Nektan’s platform has over 700 games (over 500 in Q4 FY18, an increase of 40%) from a total of 27 games providers, underlining the diversified nature of Nektan’s large gaming content portfolio.
  • Nektan remains on course to become EBITDA break-even in Europe by the end of FY19.

 

B2B

  • As previously reported, via the E-Lite platform, Nektan’s B2B business is seen as an area of significant growth potential and higher margin, which in the past three quarters has provided quarter-on-quarter growth of 77%, 27% with Q1 FY19 delivering revenue of £142k, growth of 35% versus £105k in Q4 FY18.
  • Nektan now has a total of 14 deals live globally compared with 12 in Q4 FY18.
  • The first global platform deal with Tyche Digital (“Tyche”) now has 14 sites live from 10 operators and has experienced double digit month on month growth in Q1 FY19, albeit off a low base.  In addition, there is a significant pipeline of further integrations expected over the coming months, where Nektan is benefiting from its speed of integration and breadth of premium content and games offering.
  • 432 games are now live on E-Lite from a total of 13 games providers.

 

North America

  • In Q1 FY19, Nektan has completed back-end integration, regulatory approval and white label customisation with a major tier-one operator for launch in-venue in Q2 FY19.
  • Metric Gaming’s full-service Race and Sports betting platform has now been integrated into the Evolve platform, giving Nektan a wider product offering in the US.
  • Using its development team based in India, Nektan has completed the development of four third-party games for launch on Nektan’s Evolve platform in both the US, through its US brand Rapid Games, and in Europe.
  • With the recent Supreme Court Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (“PASPA”) ruling, the Board is seeing significant interest in the US market.  The Board continues to review its options in the US, which include expressions of interest to invest directly into the US business unit, with the objective of reducing the cash burden on Nektan within the next two quarters.

 

Gary Shaw, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Nektan, said:

“Q1 FY19 has been very strong and we have seen accelerating growth momentum across all business lines.  We are on course to be EBITDA positive in Europe by the end of this financial year.  Since becoming a public company in 2014, Nektan has seen only one quarter-on-quarter decline in revenue, which was during this usually quieter period of activity in the same period last year, so we are very encouraged to see such a positive quarter and expect this success to continue.

Given the past few quarters of continual expansion in content provision and our significant build-up of global partnerships, we are now within striking distance of our ambition to be the dominant provider of premium gaming content in the industry.  We will continue to build our portfolio of content which, combined with speed of content delivery into partners’ live gaming sites globally, makes Nektan’s offering a very attractive proposition.  We are adding more cutting-edge content and channelling this not only to more partners, but bigger partners too. Nektan is live in more jurisdictions and languages than ever before and, in particular, our Asia business, is scaling substantially as our technology is applied by more partners.

We are very confident that Nektan is in an excellent position to capitalise on the solid technological foundation we have built.  Our B2B division in particular is bringing a wealth of international opportunities from tier-one partners.  In addition, our North America division is making progress and is due to go live shortly with a tier-one operator.  We are positioned to take advantage of the opening up of the sector in the United States with a pipeline of upcoming opportunities.”

 

For further information on the Group, please contact:

Nektan

Gary Shaw, Interim Chief Executive Officer

Patrick Sinclair, Chief Financial Officer

+44 20 3463 8735
   
Stockdale Securities Limited (Nominated Advisor and Joint Broker)

Tom Griffiths / Ed Thomas

+44 20 7601 6100
   
Smaller Company Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

Rupert Williams / Jeremy Woodgate

+44 20 3651 2911
   
Nominis Advisory (PR Adviser)

Angus Campbell

+44 7 881 625 098

Email: angus@nominis.co

   

 

Further information on Nektan can be found on the Group’s website at www.nektan.com.

 

About Nektan:

Nektan is an international B2B and white label gaming software and services provider, operating in the regulated, interactive real money gaming (RMG) space, delivering original and innovative solutions to commercial organisations that have established online audiences.

Nektan’s full end-to-end technology platform, Evolve, simplifies and supports the route to mobile and desktop gaming revenues, managing the full customer experience and back-office operations, allowing commercial partners to focus on marketing the product to their consumers.

Nektan’s US operating subsidiary, provides US land-based casinos with in-venue mobile gaming solutions which allow operators to add mobile technology and content to their existing offerings, with products accessible to players across both cabinets and mobile devices inside the casinos. Respin has a strong intellectual property portfolio including game patents for Rapid Games™ (on-property mobile entertainment), and other captivating concepts and brands.

Nektan is headquartered in Gibraltar, regulated by the Gibraltar Licensing Authority and the UK Gambling Commission, as well as in the Irish market and maintains sales and customer support operations in Europe and North America.  The proprietary Evolve technology is developed and maintained by a talented and experienced team of employees from Nektan’s Indian office.

Nektan plc was admitted to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in November 2014.

 

Source: Latest News at European Gaming Media

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50 flavors of Endorphina at London event in 2019

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When it comes to international exhibitions there are certain exhibiting companies that immediately catch attendee´s attention with their promo. As usually, Endorphina was one of these companies during the main igaming event of the year – ICE London.

What was Endorphina´s booth all about then?

This time, Endorphina wasn´t playing any games and brought in a guest star from the US – Erik Cavanaugh, who has already won the hearts of millions with his passion for dancing and challenging stereotypes of a dancer’s body. Erik’s been viewed over 90 million times worldwide and his fame is still rising. His videos and interviews were published by major publications like People Magazine, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Forbes, and more. During each performance there was a crowd watching Erik, cheering and admiring his graceful moves. Trust us, it was an impeccable performance!

We had a chance to ask Erik about his feelings regarding the event:

“I am so excited to be performing with Endorphina at ICE London and getting to show to the attendees that Dancers Come In All Sizes! This is my first time ever performing live in Europe and I couldn’t be more excited!”

Endorphina´s stand was buzzing all the time. Many people came to try their luck in Wheel of Fortune to win a huge collection of prizes – from witty branded cans, a very own Endorphina cookbook or custom Endorphina slides and branded socks. Provider´s slides and socks with designs of successful game titles were the most popular prizes and made more than one attendee of the show come back to their stand for a second chance to win it. And the rest was exploring provider´s latest games and business opportunities.

Did you witness the guy who impressed America with his charm and talent at the show? Or did you win some of the branded goods? Let us know!

 

Learn more about Endorphina: https://endorphina.com/about

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Battle for Humanity’s Survival in Pariplay’s New Zombies Gone Wild Video Slot

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iGaming software provider pits zombie hunters against the undead in this action-packed offering

 

Pariplay Ltd., a gaming technology company serving iGaming operators, land-based casinos and lotteries, has released Zombies Gone Wild, an original online video slot inspired by pop culture’s deep-rooted fascination with the living dead. Engaging characters, an atmospheric soundtrack and an array of exciting gameplay features, will have players of all experience players feeling like they are part of humanity’s last stand for survival.

Pariplay’s Zombies Gone Wild features 50 lines that pay both ways for even bigger rewards as well as a collection of wilds, free spins and jackpots. Ratcheting up the adrenaline pumping action are the expanding Mega Wilds, which occur when one of the game’s three heroic zombie hunters are exposed to radiation and become Wild zombies. During the ensuing free spins, the hunter expands to increase the chances of winning.

The game also features three jackpots, each of which corresponds to one of the three zombie hunters. Players can contribute to the value of these respective jackpots with a winning line that includes a Wild zombie hunter symbol. The jackpot values are tracked with separate progress bars, which when full award multipliers of x25, x75 or x200 of the bet amount, respectively.

Other game highlights include the free spins feature, which awards up to 20 spins and can be retriggered up to three times with the initial number of spins awarded. Offered in over 20 languages, Zombies Gone Wild appeals to a broad audience with its thrilling combination of vile zombie hordes and formidable heroes, that latter of which wield a skateboard, katana and chainsaw as their respective weapons of choice.

Zombies Gone Wild also benefits players with an attractive 95.88% return-to-player (RTP) rate, while its development in HTML5 supports gameplay across mobile phones, desktops and other devices. The game also features a mobile portrait mode, allowing players to easily switch to one-handed gameplay.

Certified by gambling regulators in the UK, Isle of Man and Malta, the slot is the latest addition to Pariplay’s growing portfolio of over 100 online casino games. Alongside its original and branded slot titles, the company also provides a selection of online scratch cards, bingo games and instant win titles.

Richard Mintz, Commercial and Marketing Director at Pariplay, said: “When designing Zombies Gone Wild, we knew it was important to give players a game that not only looked great but was also true to the spirit of a genre that holds such an important place in modern pop culture. That combined with our commitment to maximum entertainment, engagement and unique gameplay features, ensures that players of all experience levels will be eager to return to a world packed with rewards and adventure.”

For more information about the Zombies Gone Wild slot launch, contact Pariplay.

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Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Reports January Fantasy Contests Revenue

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board posted on its web site the January Fantasy Contests Revenue Report. The report provides a breakdown on fees collected from the play of Pennsylvania participants, Fantasy Contests Operators’ adjusted revenue, and tax revenue due to the Commonwealth. The report can be found at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov.

Fantasy adjusted revenue for January was $2,116,499 compared to adjusted revenue of $2,860,503 in December 2018.

Tax revenue is derived through a 15% assessment on the adjusted revenue reported by the Fantasy Contest Operators and is deposited into the Commonwealth General Fund. This resulted in tax revenue generated during January of $317,475. Seven of the Fantasy Contest Operators reported tax revenue due.

Fantasy revenue and tax revenue for each of the providers for January 2019 is displayed in the following table:

Fantasy Contest Provider

January 2019

Fantasy Contest

Adjusted Revenue

January 2019

State Tax Due

DraftKings

$1,026,565.22

$153,984.78

FanDuel

$998,218.08

$149,732.71

Yahoo Fantasy Sports

$41,878.21

$6,281.73

DRAFT

$35,986.44

$5,397.97

Sportshub Technologies

$8,795.00

$1,319.00

Fantasy Draft

$4,201.20

$630.18

Boom Fantasy

$854.78

$128.22

Total

$2,116,498.93

$317,474.59

 

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry, including sports wagering offered currently at six locations. The oversight also includes other new gaming initiatives, expected to be launched in the coming months, which were created through Act 42 of 2017, an amendment to the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act.

The Commonwealth’s casino industry currently consists of 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ nearly 17,000 people and annually generate approximately $1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to Pennsylvania homeowners.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s gaming regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

Source: Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

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