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LeoVegas AB: Quarterly report 1 april – 30 june 2019

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“LeoVegas is delivering good growth with high profitability in a difficult-to-navigate environment. Q2 2019 was our best quarter ever, and we continue to take market shares.” – Gustaf Hagman, VD och koncernchef

Second quarter 2019: 1 april–30 june 2019[1]

  •  Revenue increased organically by 8% to EUR 94.4 m (87.4).
  •  EBITDA was EUR 15.1 m (15.0), corresponding to an EBITDA margin of 16.0% (17.2%).
  •  The number of depositing customers was 334,961 (309,987), an increase of 8%.
  •  The number of returning depositing customers was 196,203 (175,500), an increase of 12%.
  •  Earnings per share were EUR 0.07 (0.07) before and after dilution.

Events during the quarter

  •  LeoVegas was granted a gaming licence in Spain. Two weeks after the licence was granted, LeoVegas was launched in Spain.
  •  LeoVegas’ technological infrastructure was migrated to Google Cloud.
  •  A number of product innovations were launched, including improved search functions, multiplay on mobile devices and exclusive games.

Events after the end of the quarter

  •  Preliminary revenue of EUR 29.7 m (27.1) in July, representing growth of 9%.
  •  LeoVegas has opted to not apply for a gaming licence in the recently re-regulated Swiss market. Switzerland accounted for EUR 2.2 m of revenue during the second quarter.
  •  Dersim Sylwan recruited as new Chief Marketing Officer and will assume his position by 1 January 2020 at the latest.
  •  Louise Nylén leaving as deputy CEO. Her role will not be replaced.
  •  Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting on August 28 regarding incentive program. The notice is posted on the company’s website.

Comment from Gustaf Hagman – Group CEO

First half of 2019
During the first half of 2019 we generated good underlying growth and profitability despite a difficult-to-navigate external environment in several of our largest markets.

Second quarter results
Revenue during the second quarter amounted to EUR 94.4 m (87.4), an increase of 8%. Organic growth in local currencies was 8%. Growth was favourable during the period in most of our markets. However, the UK continued to be challenging. Excluding the UK, organic growth was 26%. At the same time, in Sweden we have found a new base to grow from following regulation of the market, and our revenue developed in a positive direction month-on-month during the quarter.

Compared with a year ago, LeoVegas has a more balanced geographic revenue mix. This means that we are not as sensitive to challenges that may arise in a specific market, which in turn means that we have lower business risk in the Group.

EBITDA totalled EUR 15.1 m (15.0) during the second quarter, corresponding to an EBITDA margin of 16.0% (17.2%). Greater focus on efficiency and cost control has had the intended effect, and we continue to review our external agreements and optimise our own organisation. This work is helping to create necessary economies of scale and is countering the effect of that we are paying more gambling taxes. As previously communicated, our marketing investments also decreased compared with the first quarter of the year. A contributing factor to this is more restrained marketing in Sweden during the quarter. In addition, the postponement of a few campaigns from the second to the third quarter has affected costs and contributed to operating profit, which will have a reverse effect during the third quarter.

To further benefit from the expertise that has been added through acquisitions and be more efficient, we have restructured the country organisations for the UK and Italy. We have moved country-specific functions into our central teams and eliminated roles that have become redundant as a result of acquisitions. This is one of many initiatives we have taken to increase efficiency and optimisation within the Group.

Sweden
Sweden has now been a regulated market for more than six months, and the development is beginning to indicate what kind of market we will have over the long term. We are satisfied with our performance in Sweden and believe that we are taking market shares. LeoVegas is today the single largest casino brand in Sweden. Our focus on product and customer experience, our knowledge about regulated markets and our strong brand position contribute to the positive development. On top of this, the launches of GoGoCasino and Pixel.bet have been successful, and the brands are appreciated by our Swedish customers.

As a large and long-term player both in Sweden and globally, we at LeoVegas want to participate in changing the perception of the industry. There is a strong need today to educate and inform the general public, opinion-shapers and politicians about our industry, what we stand for and the work we are doing – not least in responsible gaming and sustainability. This is important for ensuring that we work together to secure that the new regulation is a success with high participation in the licence system, i.e. that there is a high level of channelization, and with extensive consumer protections.

Expansion
Only two weeks after we received our licence in Spain, we went live as the first newly licensed operator. This shows the strength and speed of LeoVegas and further demonstrates that our experience from regulated markets benefits us. Spain is a step in our continued expansion, and we have also recently carried out launches in other Spanish-speaking countries, such as Chile and Peru, as well as in Brazil.

Technology
During the quarter we migrated our technology to Google Cloud. The move will allow us to better scale our technical infrastructure environment without having to invest in hardware. Within the product innovation area, we have, among other things, launched improved search functionality, multiplay on mobile devices and new, exclusive casino games for LeoVegas customers.

Financial targets
We reiterate our ambitious financial targets to achieve EUR 600 m in revenue and EBITDA of EUR 100 m by 2021. We want to clarify that the targets are based primarily on organic growth, but also include revenue from potential future acquisitions.

Comments on the third quarter
Revenue for the month of July was EUR 29.7 m (27.1), representing growth of 9%.

LeoVegas has opted to not apply for a licence in the recently re-regulated Swiss market, and as a result we are no longer accepting business in that market. Switzerland accounted for EUR 2.2 m in revenue during the second quarter.

Our current assessment is that the Group’s marketing costs will increase during the third quarter compared with the second quarter, both in relation to revenue and in absolute figures.

Final words
We have once again presented a quarter with organic growth combined with good profitability. The investments made in 2018 and efficiency improvement work carried out thus far in 2019 are beginning to generate returns in the form of greater scalability of operations. Despite this, we are not content and are working continually to be even better. The external market environment in several key markets is currently more turbulent and difficult to predict than previously, which is creating new challenges and requirements, but at the same time it is presenting major opportunities for us to grow and take market shares. We continue to focus on becoming the global casino company number 1 – we are King of Casino!

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Metric Gaming provides Sportsbook to ManiSol Gaming

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Metric Gaming confirms sportsbook launch for InAndOutBet.com, ManiSol Gaming’s Northern European focussed Pay N Play® casino and sports betting brand.

Through a 2019 partnership with Together Gaming, InAndOutBet.com’s customers benefit from some of the best casino game and content providers in the industry with the convenience of instant, hassle-free deposits and withdrawals. Metric’s modern sportsbook proposition is an exciting addition to a brand that is looking to do things differently.

Speaking about the successful launch, Metric Gaming’s CEO Martin de Knijff said:

“We have been impressed by the whole ManiSol team from the start. We are excited about the potential of InAndOutBet and grateful for the trust ManiSol have shown in us and our product to deliver an important vertical for their growth plans.

This launch, our first full sportsbook, is a significant milestone for Metric and we are eager to showcase our unique capabilities. InAndOutBet will benefit from a best-in-class sportsbook proposition that will be fully localised in each country the brand operates, with negligible incremental costs for each new configuration.

Crucially, this includes pricing autonomy for every market, every selection on the sportsbook. This is so important for international brands these days due to the conflicting taxation rules introduced internationally. This will be a significant competitive advantage over their rivals, and we’re excited to have the opportunity to contribute to ManiSol’s success.”

Erik Gilstring, COO at ManiSol Gaming added:

“At first, we were unsure of using an untested sportsbook product. However, once we met the team at Metric and saw the capabilities of their products, we were excited to have access to this new technology.

We are confident we have secured the most modern sports betting product available on the market for our customers and are pleased to have added another high quality, innovative vertical to our growing brand.”

Metric Gaming is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission and holds a Class 4 Gaming Licence from Malta’s Gaming Authority.

For more information please visit www.metricgaming.com

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Prague Gaming Summit 2020 moderator profile: Zlatan Omerspahić (Head of Legal and Compliance, Data Protection Officer at NSoft) 

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The 4th edition of the Prague Gaming Summit will take place on 6 March 2020 and welcomes leading operators, service providers and gambling industry experts from all across Europe.

 

On the 6th of March at the Prague Gaming Summit, you have the opportunity to dive into several subjects, among which also the Gambling And Casino Games Via Social Media And Online Technologies (Large Room: Opal, Topaz, Quartz)”.

As mentioned in earlier press releases, will bring a brand new format of speeches and more trending themes as it did in the early years.

Among the leading experts that will share their latest information, you have the opportunity to hear more about the sports betting industry from Zlatan Omerspahić – NSoft, who will also be moderating the panel.

Zlatan Omerspahić has a Ph.D. in Commercial law, Corporate governance, Contract law, Regulatory issues and is currently serving the role of Data Protection Officer at NSoft.

He has graduated the Faculty of Law at the University of Zenica and has held several compliance-related roles at Sberbank and Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank.

He is responsible, loyal, dedicated and eager to learn about innovative things.

Just recently, Zlatan has been shortlisted at the Global Regulatory Awards 2019 in the category: Data Protection Officer or Team of the year.

 Do not miss this unique opportunity to learn and networking with the leaders of the industry.

Order your Delegate Pass or VIP Package (Delegate Pass +Accommodation) now!

Here is a testimonial that has been left by Tal Zamstein, one of the attending delegates of the 2019 edition of Prague Gaming Summit:

It was great to have the operators and suppliers with the presence in the CEE territories under one roof. It is always very useful to discover the challenges and see the trends of the industry in the newly regulated markets.

Tal Zamstein

Group Head of Gaming at Fortuna Group

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1xBet becomes the title partner of NAVI

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1xBet, one of the leading betting platforms in the world, became the title partner of our esports club. The cooperation agreement is expected to last for 1 year and will be valid until December 31, 2020.

If I had only recently been told that NAVI would work with 1xBet, one of the largest betting companies in the world, a partner of such an iconic club as FC Barcelona is, ​​I would not believe it. Now it has become a reality and the partnership between Natus Vincere and 1xBet inspires us incredibly. Welcome to #navination! – said, Yevhen Zolotarov, CEO Natus Vincere.

The agreement provides 1xBet support for NAVI teams in various esports disciplines. We plan to create a number of powerful marketing activities and campaigns with 1xBet for our fans.

1xBet is an international gaming betting company with over 12 years of experience in the industry and has offices in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Previously, the company entered into agreements with a number of well-known organizations, including the Spanish La Liga, the Italian Serie A, and the FC Barcelona.

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