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Entain: Strong 2021 performance demonstrating strength of our diversified growth model and global platform



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Entain plc, the global sports betting, gaming and interactive entertainment Group, is pleased to announce its results for the year ended 31 December 2021. The strong performance reflects the capabilities and diversification provided by the Group’s industry leading platform in driving growth.

Operational Highlights:

  • Strong growth across the Group with NGR up 7% (8%cc) in the year
    • Online NGR up 12% (13%cc) in 2021, the ninth consecutive year of double-digit online growth
    • Growth in actives of 25% in the year as we expand our appeal to a broader audience
    • Good performance in Retail as year end volumes returned to over 90% of pre-Covid levels
  • BetMGM continues to go from strength to strength as a leader in the fast growing US market
    • Established as the number two operator for sports betting and iGaming with a 23% market share in the fourth quarter across the markets in which it operates
    • Market leader in iGaming with 29% market share in Q4 2021 in the markets in which it operates
    • Live in 21 markets, reaching over 37% of the U.S. adult population, with launches in Illinois and Ontario planned for the coming months
    • Upgraded expectations for net revenue from operations of over $1.3bn in 2022 and anticipates reaching positive EBITDA in 2023
  • Continued execution of growth strategy into new markets
    • Completed acquisitions of in Portugal and Enlabs AB in the Baltics as well as UNIKRN to drive access to the esports skill based wagering market
    • Further growth secured since the start of the new financial year with three transactions, including the acquisition of Avid Gaming to drive growth across Canada
    • Launch of the Ennovate hub to explore use of innovative technologies, products and services to further enhance the customer experience
  • Further progress under the Group’s Sustainability Charter delivering industry leading ESG
    • ARCTM (“Advanced Responsibility & Care”) programme continues to progress well, with real-time customer interaction trials underway, along with initial stages of international rollout
    • A number of initiatives launched across the year, including a commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2035, and EnTrain to benefit the lives of 1m people through access to technology
    • Named EGR Operator of the Year, as well as Socially Responsible Operator of the Year at the SBC Awards North America
    • Entain continues to be the only online-led gaming company included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, in addition to its continued inclusion in the FTSE4Good index

Financial Highlights:

  • Strong financial performance; Group Underlying EBITDA1,4 up +5% at £881.7m at the upper end of guidance
    • Online Underlying EBITDA1,4 up +12% at £899.0m reflecting the double digit growth in all key markets excluding Germany and the Netherlands (excluding Germany and the Netherlands online NGR was +21cc%)
    • Total Retail NGR -7%cc (-3%cc9) and Underlying EBITDA1,4 of £66.9m was £31.4m behind the prior year
    • Total Group Revenue of £3,830.0m up +8% (+9%cc) in 2021
    • Including 50% share of BetMGM joint venture, Group FY21 NGR was up 14% (15% cc)
  • BetMGM (the Group’s joint venture in the US) continues to perform strongly, with FY21 NGR of approximately $850m7, up nearly 5 times versus the prior year
  • To repay £44m received under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“furlough scheme”) in FY21
  • Group profit after tax1 was £275.6m, up 142% compared to 2020
  • Underlying free cashflow8, before the investment into BetMGM and acquisitions/disposals, of £537.3m
  • Year end net debt of £2,086.4m with leverage at 2.4x ensuring balance sheet flexibility to support our growth strategy

Jette Nygaard-Andersen, CEO of Entain, commented:

“Our Full Year results demonstrate yet again that Entain is a business with growth built into its business model. Our strong performance is underpinned by the Entain platform which encompasses the compelling combination of our proprietary technology, our outstanding people around the world, and our industry-leading operational capabilities.  It is this unique platform that enables us to deliver an ever-improving customer experience, to embrace emerging consumer and technological trends, and to grow into new markets and product areas.

All of our major markets have performed well.  In particular, BetMGM in the US has delivered a five times increase in net gaming revenue versus the previous year, and is ready to challenge for the number one position across the markets in which it operates.  Elsewhere, our retail business has recovered strongly and volumes have now returned to 90% of pre-Covid levels as restrictions have eased and customers have returned to our shops.

As ever, I would like to thank each and every one of our colleagues for their dedication, hard work and professionalism in helping to achieve these results. Given the quality of our people, the ongoing broad-based growth of the business, its continuing momentum, and the investments that we are making in innovation to support our future expansion, we remain confident in our financial performance for FY22 and beyond.”

Group Reported1,2
Year ended 31 December 2021 2020 Change CC3
£m £m % %
Net gaming revenue (NGR) 3,886.3 3,628.5 7% 8%
Revenue 3,830.0 3,561.6 8% 9%
Gross profit 2,435.8 2,308.6 6%
Underlying EBITDAR4 898.8 862.1 4%
Underlying EBITDA4 881.7 843.1 5%
Underlying operating profit5 484.1 529.5 (9%)
Underlying profit before tax5 527.3 350.6
Profit after tax 275.6 113.8
Diluted EPS (p) 44.7 15.6
Continuing adjusted diluted EPS(p) 53.8 62.8
Continuing adjusted diluted EPS excl US(p) 81.1 73.1
Dividend per share (p)

The Board has not proposed a final dividend for FY2021.  Recognising the importance of dividends to shareholders alongside our capital allocation priorities in supporting the Group’s growth strategy, the Board continue to keep the recommencement of the payment of dividends under on-going review.

The Group has delivered strong results in FY2021, reflecting both the diversified nature of our business model, the strength of our platform and the quality of our people.  As we start 2022 we see retail heading towards pre-Covid levels and online performing inline with expectations against tough prior year comparables.  As global economies steadily emerge from the impact of the pandemic, we continue to provide our customers with great products and experiences.  As a result, we remain confident in our financial performance for 2022 as well as our long-term prospects.


  • 2021 and 2020 reported results are audited and relate to continuing operations
  • Reported results are provided on a post IFRS 16 implementation basis
  • Growth on a constant currency basis is calculated by translating both current and prior year performance at the 2021 exchange rates
  • EBITDAR is defined as earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation, rent and associated costs, share based payments and share of JV income. EBITDA is defined as EBITDAR after charging rent and associated costs. Both EBITDAR and EBITDA are stated pre separately disclosed items
  • Stated pre separately disclosed items
  • Adjusted for the impact of separately disclosed items, foreign exchange movements on financial indebtedness and losses/gains on derivative financial instruments (see note 10 in the financial statements. EPS is also disclosed excluding BetMGM as this gives a better view of the EPS attributable to the Entain trading businesses)
  • BetMGM revenues comprise of sports (Online and Retail) and iGaming revenues
  • Underlying free cashflow is EBITDA less working capital, capital expenditure, finance lease, corporate taxes and before the investment in BetMGM and acquisitions/disposals
  • Retail numbers are quoted on a LFL basis. During 2021 there was an average of 4,540 shops in the estate, compared to an average of 4,727 in the same period last year

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Germany’s Largest State Lottery Moving Retailers to Scientific Games’ New Optical Technology



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Company’s Contour.v Terminals Will Modernize Transactions for WestLotto’s Players and Retailers

Scientific Games and Germany’s WestLotto technology teams are collaborating to bring camera-based retail technology to the Lottery’s retailers in Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia. The company’s high-performance Contour.v terminals move the retail lottery transaction to a more modern, transparent and contactless experience for both retailers and players. Scientific Games will install the Contour.v terminals across WestLotto’s network of more than 3,000 retail outlets beginning in April 2025.

2024-SG-Socials-WestLotto-1200x1200.pngAndreas Kötter, Managing Director for Westdeutsche Lotterie GmbH & Co. OHG, said, “Our work with WestLotto’s longtime technology partner Scientific Games continues to modernize our retail network. The new camera-based terminals are the next step toward digitalizing transactions in our retail environments, and we anticipate a very positive reaction from our retailers as well as our players.

Offering contactless player interactions and mobile scanning features, the Contour.v terminals represent Scientific Games’ new-era optical technology. Contour.v was innovated by the company as part of its newest line of high-performance Contour terminals to meet evolving market demand in integrated lottery retail and digital environments.

The camera-based optical terminals feature an easily viewable and accessible ticket scan area and HD screens configurable for both clerk and player view, Contour.v was designed with durability and unparalleled user experience in mind. A sleek, uni-body eliminates unnecessary parts, making the terminals extremely reliable. Unique, advanced optics technology enhances the speed of service. The Contour.v terminals also offer easy processing and a variety of options for ongoing software upgrades.

“WestLotto has always demonstrated a strong focus on technology. Moving to new optical terminals is another example of innovative vision to modernize the lottery retail experience,” said Matthias Müller, VP of Sales & Marketing for Scientific Games. “We are very pleased that WestLotto continues to trust Scientific Games’ technology and support services.”

The company has served WestLotto for more than 25 years and currently provides the Lottery with its world-leading instant games, as well as a retailer management system, retail point-of-sale technology, iLottery and sports betting

Scientific Games is a supplier to all 16 lotteries in Germany, and the largest lottery systems technology provider in Europe. The company currently supplies games, technologies, analytics and services to 150 lotteries in 50 countries.

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Aurora Gaming Crowned Champions of $350,000 Skyesports Masters 2024, Earns Spot in Skyesports Championship



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Aurora Gaming has been crowned the champions of the Skyesports Masters 2024, defeating OG 3-1 in an intense Grand Finals. With this victory, the team will take home $105,000 of the $350,000 prize pool and secure a slot in the next tournament of the 2024 Skyesports Counter-Strike 2 roadmap, the Skyesports Championship 2024.

The Skyesports Masters 2024 took place from April 8 to 14, featuring eight teams from India and Europe competing for the lion’s share of the substantial prize pool.

Coming in after a first-place finish at the Skyesports Grand Slam 2024 in Pune, India, last month, Aurora Gaming were on a hot streak and favored to win it all. The Siberian team had a dominant run throughout the upper bracket, achieving first place.

Facing Aurora in the Grand Finals was OG. The team had already lost to Aurora in their opening game of the Skyesports Masters and had to navigate through a high-stakes lower bracket, eliminating ENCE, Ninjas in Pyjamas, BIG, and BetBoom to reach the Grand Finals.

Aurora proved to be the stronger team this time as well, with a decisive 3-1 finish. The map-wise results were as follows:

● Anubis: 13-6 (Aurora Gaming)

● Mirage: 11-13 (OG)

● Ancient: 13-10 (Aurora Gaming)

● Overpass: 13-3 (Aurora Gaming)

In a post-match interview, Aurora’s Evgeniy “Norwi” Ermolin expressed gratitude to the team’s fans, stating, “I am feeling really good; we played really well today. Thank you for watching, for the support, and for everything. We will continue trying our best and look forward to playing some LAN.”

The Skyesports Masters 2024 reached a peak viewership of 41,833, a significant increase from the previous year, according to Esports Charts. Counter-Strike esports in India was given a revival through the 2023 and inaugural edition of the Skyesports Masters, the Playoffs for which happened in Bangalore, India. Skyesports has also announced that the Skyesports Masters will return for its third edition in the summer of 2025 with a six digit prize pool.

With this victory, Aurora Gaming has secured a slot in the Skyesports Championship 2024, the details of which will be announced later. It’s the next tournament in Skyesports’ 2024 Counter-Strike 2 esports roadmap, which has paved the way for international teams to look at the tournaments as viable IPs for them to participate in.

Commenting on the Skyesports Masters 2024, Shiva Nandy, Founder and CEO of Skyesports, said, “Congratulations to Aurora Gaming for winning the Skyesports Masters 2024. With more than 40,000 concurrent viewers, the tournament has made a significant impact in the global Counter-Strike 2 esports ecosystem, and I couldn’t be more excited for the future. Up next, we will bring another elite tournament, the Skyesports Championship 2024, which will be the sixth edition of this IP and the first time that Counter-Strike 2 will be a part.”

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4ThePlayer Celebrates Recognition as Top Game Provider!



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In an exciting acknowledgement from the Slots Launch Weekly Roundup, 4ThePlayer has been highlighted as one of the top 35 game providers in the iGaming industry, against competition from 457 game providers!

This recognition comes as the newsletter celebrates its first anniversary, showcasing the top achievements of game developers and the games they have released over the past year.

Slot Launch reviewed 4,270 new casino games this year and stated that 4ThePlayer stood out by having 40% of its games in the weekly top 10% of new releases, according to their expert assessment. This emphasises the company’s commitment to high-quality, engaging and player-centric games! Praising the company’s performance, Slot Launch commented about the shortlist:

“We’ve virtually played every single game that’s ever been made for real money online play and we’re confident that our ability to identify hit games is as good as it gets…..We feel [4ThePlayer] have absolutely smashed it with their games over the past 52-week period.”

Henry McLean – Co-founder, Commercial & Marketing Director at 4ThePlayer said:

“We are thrilled to be ranked among the top 35 game providers in Slot Launch’s list, especially given the competition of 457 game providers and 4,270 games! Thank you for this recognition. Both I and my team are delighted, and this motivates us even more to continue creating engaging and entertaining games for players to enjoy!”

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