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Codere SA Seeks Emergency Funding Solutions

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According to reports, Codere SA is seeking emergency funding solutions that have failed to convince creditors to help their company recovery plans.

The embattled gambling group Bolsa Madrid has failed to secure an additional € 100m credit line to keep Spanish and LaTam retail units floating during lockdown.

Codere is currently sustaining its company on the verge of bankruptcy via a €130 million credit facility that is expected to run out by the close of trading in July.

Future expectations see Codere facing higher interest rates on its corporate debt of €800 million, having delayed repayments in April in order to seek new funding options.

Meanwhile, financial advisor Bank of America has failed to renegotiate terms of debt maturity with US bondholders Silver Point and Abrams Capital.

The eyes of Bolsa Madrid have turned to the next actions of Codere president Norman Sorensen to collect immediate money.

In a race against time, with a view to selling its individual South American business units (Argentina, Mexico and Uruguay), Codere could secure a further amnesty for debt paid.

However, a selling option for LaTam would be undertaken under unfavourable conditions, following currency collapses reported across its entire portfolio in South America.

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Gaming Realms Signs Licensing Agreement with Pragmatic Play

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Gaming Realms has signed a licensing agreement with Pragmatic Play to produce Pragmatic Play-themed Slingo games.

Under the terms of the agreement, Gaming Realms is to license market-leading brands from Pragmatic Play’s expansive game portfolio, including Sweet Bonanza and Wolf Gold, to create Slingo games.

Michael Buckley, executive chairman of Gaming Realms, said: “This licensing partnership with Pragmatic Play opens up a range of cross-sell benefits to both parties. The collaboration between two organisations with a key focus on content innovation in the digital space is truly exciting.

“Pragmatic Play creates engaging and immersive gaming content that fits perfectly with Slingo; we’re hoping this announcement should excite both operators and players.”

Yossi Barzely, chief business development officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “Creating memorable gaming experiences is a priority for us and Gaming Realms has an excellent reputation through its Slingo portfolio.

“We have an extremely positive feeling about the potential for Pragmatic Play-themed Slingo games and are eager to see this partnership realise its potential.”

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ZEAL Network Reports Good Start to 2021

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German online lottery products provider ZEAL Network SE has reported a good start to 2021, with the company increasing its revenue, profitability and achieving a strong gross margin.

In the first quarter of 2021, billings rose by 17% to EUR 163.31 million (2020: EUR 140.0 million), of which the Germany segment accounted for almost the entire amount at EUR 163.3 million (2020: EUR 139.7 million). Revenue increased by as much as 19% to EUR 22.6 million (2020: EUR 19.0 million), of which EUR 21.1 million was attributable to the Germany segment (2020: EUR 17.0 million). At 12.7%, the gross margin in the Germany segment was above the prior-year level (2020: 12.1%).

During the fiscal period, the Company gained 156 thousand new registered customers in the Germany segment (2020: 206 thousand). Adjusted EBITDA rose to EUR 4.6 million (2020: EUR 2.8 million) – there were no non-recurring expenses or income. The Germany segment accounted for EUR 4.1 million of this amount (2020: EUR 1.9 million). EBIT and net profit of EUR 2.4 million and EUR 2.5 million, respectively, were also well above the prior-year figures (2020: EUR 0.0 million and EUR 0.1 million, respectively).

“We are pleased that, following the LOTTO24 takeover, the business model change and the organisational adjustments, we will again be able to publish truly comparable figures in the current and previous reporting periods with the first quarter of 2021. In addition, we already demonstrated in the past year that we are capable of exploiting market opportunities, adapting to dynamic environments and continuously fine-tuning our business model. We are consistently continuing along this path,” Jonas Mattsson, CFO of ZEAL Network SE, said.

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Dutch Lottery Board Appoints Alexander Pechtold as Chairman

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The Dutch Lottery’s supervisory board has appointed retired politician Alexander Pechtold as chairman. He replaces the outgoing chairman of the board, Jan Loorbach, whose tenure has come to an end.

Pechtold is currently general director of The Netherland’s central bureau for driving licences. Before retiring from politics, he had a long career in the Democrats 66 (D66) party, including a 12-year tenure as a parliamentary leader from 2006 to 2018.

“It is an honour to be able to contribute to the future of the largest socially oriented, pre-Dutch gaming organisation. The Netherlands Lottery has proven its position in the lottery market. With just as much energy and confidence, the Netherlands Lottery will also become active in the online gambling market with a responsible offer,” Pechtold said.

“The board and the entire management of the Dutch Lottery are happy with the arrival of Alexander Pechtold. He is introduced to a healthy and future-oriented organisation, and we look forward to continuing to build on our position in the gaming market with the supervisory board,” Niels Onkenhout, CEO of Dutch Lottery, said.

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