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Raketech: Interim report Q2 2021

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QUOTE FROM OSKAR MÜHLBACH, CEO
“The second quarter of 2021 was a record quarter for Raketech with general solid performance across most assets and regions, in particular from our Network sales and from our efforts in Japan. Total revenue amounted to an all-time high of EUR 8.8M, corresponding to a growth rate of 25% whereof 25.7% was organic. The EBITDA margin was stable at 38.7%, in line with previous quarter.”

SECOND QUARTER 2021

  • Revenues totalled EUR 8.8 million (EUR 7.0 million) representing an increase of 25.0%
  • Organic growth amounted to 25.7% (-1.2%)
  • NDCs (New Depositing Customers) amounted to 34,839 (40,847), representing a decrease of 14.7%
  • EBITDA amounted to EUR 3.4 million (EUR 2.8 million), corresponding to a margin of 38.7% (40.2%)
  • Operating profit amounted to EUR 1.6 million (EUR 1.5 million), corresponding to a margin of 18.2% (21.8%)
  • Profit for the period amounted to EUR 1.2 million (EUR 1.2 million)
  • Earnings per share amounted to EUR 0.03 (EUR 0.03)

FIRST SIX MONTHS 2021

  • Revenues totalled EUR 17.1 million (EUR 13.6 million) representing an increase of 25.8%
  • Organic growth amounted to 16.0% (-7.1%)
  • NDCs (New Depositing Customers) amounted to 74,713 (73,125), representing an increase of 2.2%
  • EBITDA amounted to EUR 6.6 million (EUR 5.5 million), corresponding to a margin of 38.7% (40.2%)
  • Operating profit amounted to EUR 3.2 million (EUR 2.9 million), corresponding to a margin of 18.5% (21.4%)
  • Profit for the period amounted to EUR 2.4 million (EUR 2.3 million)
  • Earnings per share amounted to EUR 0.06 (EUR 0.06)

EVENTS DURING SECOND QUARTER 2021

  • There were no significant events during the quarter.

SUBSEQUENT EVENTS AFTER THE END OF THE PERIOD

  • On July 7, 2021, Raketech announced the acquisition of P&P Vegas Group Inc and all assets from QM Media AB, a sports focused acquisition, delivering growth in primarily the US and Indian markets. The total purchase price amounts to EUR 16 million, payable in cash and through the issuance of new shares as at closing as per 15 September 2021.
  • On July 9, 2021, Raketech announced that the Company has signed a one-year revolving credit facility of EUR 15 million with Avida Finans AB. The credit facility includes an extension option and can thus be renewed annually from its first date of utilization subject to certain conditions.
  • On July 19, 2021, Raketech announced the acquisition of the organic casino affiliation marketing company, Infinileads S.L. Through the acquisition, Raketech takes a position in several Latin American emerging markets in addition to Spain, Italy and Portugal. The agreed purchase price amounts to EUR 4.5 million of which EUR 2.5 million was settled as per Closing (31 July 2021) and EUR 2 million will be payable as per 31 January 2022. A possible additional earnout payment will be measured over a period of 24 months post-Closing.
  • Revenues in July 2021 amounted to EUR 2.9 million (EUR 2.4 million).

CEO OSKAR MÜHLBACH COMMENTS ON THE QUARTER
“The strong numbers from outside of the Nordics made our non-Nordic revenues increase as share of total. Total non-Nordic revenues amounted to 39%, compared to 35% previous quarter and 19% previous year. The development is in line with our ambition to increase our global footprint.

In June we experienced an uplift in terms of traffic and users on our sports related assets in connection with the European Championships in Football (the Euros). In time for the Euros, it is also worth mentioning that we launched our very first Free-to-Play product with which we offered a 100,000 EUR prize pool for the championships as well as several daily game tipping competitions, embedded on our popular TV-sportsguide asset on multiple markets. Being our first, but not our last, Free-to-Play offering, this is a major milestone on our quest of adding even more user-friendly, engaging, and sticky assets to our portfolio.

Following a very strong Q1, our US sport revenues, as expected, declined slightly due to seasonality, landing the overall sports share at 15% of the group’s total compared to 17% during Q1. As highlighted before, the US is expected to be more volatile, not only due to the nature of the market but also due to the fact that the vast majority of revenues is CPA driven.

After the end of the quarter, several important milestones were passed. A key activity was that we managed to secure access to additional funding to help us continue, and to some extent also accelerate our M&A efforts, in the form of a new and increased Revolving Credit Facility (RCF) from Avida Finance. This new RCF will be replacing the existing one during the fourth quarter, but we will also continue to evaluate further long-term financing opportunities, in line with our growth strategy and M&A agenda.

And with regards to M&A, we also announced two acquisitions in July: Infinileads and QM Media. Both are ticking several strategic boxes; giving us new and increased presence on strategically important markets, as well as technical and operational competence in addition to new types of revenue streams. These acquisitions are expected to add approximately EUR 6m in revenue and increase the group’s overall margin by as much as up to 4 percentages after integration. They are furthermore expected to generate additional positive cash flow to the group from day one, including potential future performance based earn-outs.

OUTLOOK
Our focus in the short term is to integrate our latest acquisitions. This to ensure we reap all potential positive synergy effects we possibly can. Mid-term to long-term our focus is however unchanged; we will continue to deliver on our growth strategy which includes product diversification, geographical expansion, increased monetization though R&D as well as M&A, with a specific focus on the US.

In July we saw a somewhat different composition in our overall product mix between Network and traditional affiliation and marketing revenues. This due to slightly reduced Network revenues from Germany as an effect of the Interstate Treaty implemented on July 1st, and strong performance from our other high margin assets, such as Casinofeber which has regained ground again after it’s temporary setback in December of last year. With that said, July revenues amounted to EUR 2.9m with an adjusted margin of 43%, where the increased margin primarily relates to the product mix composition. And for clarity, this does not include recent acquisitions.

Lastly, I wish to highlight that our stable performance and continuous strategic delivery is the result of a true team effort. It is therefore extra rewarding to be able to announce that Raketech has been crowned the EGR Affiliate Employer of the year for 2021.”

Link to report
The full Interim Report is available on https://raketech.com/investors/

 

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N1 Partners Group takes its projects to another level together with SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator™

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N1 Partners Group establishes a strategic collaboration with SOFTSWISS to carry out the integrated organization and management of jackpots for iGaming.

N1 Partners Group becomes the first client of the multi-purpose new solution – SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator.

Solution SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator opens up unique and truly inexhaustible opportunities in the iGaming industry. And I’m glad that the first client to use this product is N1 Partners Group. In our work, we always pay special attention to the innovation of the proposed solutions and the benefits they could give to our clients. We created and devised Jackpot Aggregator on the basis of our desire to develop the industry and make it more appealing to the audience. We believe in our innovative approach to become the gamechanger in the industry, and we’re bound on ensuring that our clients’ interests are met in full. N1 Partners Group has made an excellent choice to become our first client. After all, SOFTSWISS always offers only the best solutions for the growth and development of its customers’ and partners’ projects,” – comments Ivan Montik, Founder of SOFTSWISS.

Due to the unique opportunities for organization of jackpots, their management and the ability to toggle individual settings provided by the product, N1 Partners Group has the ability to combine any groups of players from all its projects into their own global jackpots.

Connecting SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator has already increased gaming activity on N1 Partners Group projects and attracted a new audience of players.

“We believe that connection to SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator takes our projects to the next level: players can participate in jackpot draws by playing their favorite online casino games. By improving projects, we focus on the interests and needs of the audience and follow the industry trends, thus increasing the uniqueness of our projects,” – notes Yaroslav Laptev, Chief Product Officer of N1 Partners Group.

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B90 Holdings to Acquire Norwegian Sports-bet Affiliate Site Oddsen

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B90 Holdings has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Performance Media SIA to acquire certain assets, including the domain, business IP and 100% of the operations of Oddsen.nu, a Norwegian sports-bet affiliate site.

B90 also mentioned it had raised £1.24m through a subscription of 8,888,465 new ordinary shares of no-par value in the capital of the company with certain existing and new investors.

“The acquisition of Oddsen continues the transformation of our business. Coupled with the fundraise, which gives a strong indication of the support that our stakeholders have for our growth strategy, our business now has a real operational and financial platform from which to grow. This transaction adds a valuable new domain to our online real estate; increases our affiliate marketing capability; and takes our operations into Norway, which is an attractive, stable and well-established market for sports betting. We believe that the acquisition is an important step into owning proprietary software and taking control over valuable parts of the value chain in our industry. We consider it a strategic acquisition that can be used as a platform to be rolled out in other markets as well,” Paul Duffen, Executive Chairman of B90 Holdings, said.

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Spotlight Sports Group Expands Global Proposition To Include Innovative Publisher Solutions

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SSG adds Publisher Solutions products to its global proposition to meet the needs of the emerging opportunities within the media landscape

Spotlight Sports Group (SSG), a technology, content and media company specialising in sports betting and fantasy sports, has announced its expanded B2B product portfolio. The addition of Publisher Solutions reflects Spotlight Sports Group’s ongoing work with media owners and aligns with its recently launched US proposition.

The new suite of products ranges from easy-to-integrate betting widgets to fully managed affiliate solutions that are designed to deliver actionable content to drive engagement and incremental revenues. The new solutions utilise state-of-the-art modular affiliate technology and leverage Spotlight Sports Group’s unique heritage in creating industry-leading sports betting media.

The catalyst for new product development follows research from Nielson that 55% of sports fans declare an interest in sports betting. With some traditional digital revenue streams approaching maturity, media companies can use Spotlight Sports Group’s Publisher Solutions as a viable route to accelerate revenue growth.

The suite of products contains a range of services from affiliate management to content creation, to performance tracking and analysis, all of which is managed by Spotlight Sports Group. This allows media companies to simply plug in the unique solutions to their platforms in up to 70 languages.

Discussing the new-look offering and website, Spotlight Sports Group’s Head of Digital B2B Will Fyler said: “We are ready to expand our global value proposition, especially given the recent acquisition of Alarm Sports Network. As well as a global website refresh to reflect our growing proposition, we are delighted to present a range of new products such as our Turnkey Affiliate Solutions, Smart Widgets and Free-To-Play games that cater for media companies globally.”

Fyler added, “Sports fans are interested in sports betting and, given the global growth of betting, there is a significant opportunity for media publishers to provide their sports audiences with great content and products while also increasing revenues.

We also know that providing betting-related content and products effectively is labour intensive and difficult. However, as a media company operating Racing Post among other brands, we are in a fortunate position that over the last 30 years we have built up the range of skills to achieve this and so we can now offer bespoke Publisher Solutions tailored to any media company’s audience.”

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