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NeoGames Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Results

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NeoGames S.A., a technology-driven provider of end-to-end iLottery solutions, announced today financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2021.

Moti Malul, Chief Executive Officer of NeoGames, said: “Sound commercial execution and unrivaled innovation in iLottery are continuing to drive growth for our customers. During the fourth quarter we saw growth in all of our key accounts with particular strength in our US accounts. Our combined revenues and share in NPI Revenues grew 5% sequentially, and over 40% for the full year.

“We carried our momentum into 2022 with our offer to acquire Aspire Global, which continues to be on track for closing in the first half of 2022. More and more we find our iLottery customers require a broad range of integrated gaming verticals. We firmly believe that combining NeoGames and Aspire Global will drive our strategy to be a leader in providing digital solutions to lotteries globally. We are already successfully collaborating with Aspire to launch their Pariplay content in Alberta and the early results are very encouraging. We remain focused capitalizing on an expanding market opportunity and continuing to create value for our shareholders.”

Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

  • The total of Revenues and the Company’s share in NPI revenues was $21.3 million during the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to $18.5 million during the fourth quarter of 2020, representing an increase of 15.2% year-over-year. Revenues were $12.3 million during the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to $14.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2020. In addition, the Company’s share in NPI revenues was $9.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to $4.5 million during the fourth quarter of 2020, representing an increase of over 100% year-over-year.
  • Comprehensive loss was $(3.6) million, or $(0.14) per share, during the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to comprehensive income of $2.5 million, or $0.11 per share, during the fourth quarter of 2020. Comprehensive income was impacted by several non-recurring items, including prospective acquisition related expenses of $3.8 million related to the Aspire Global prospective acquisition and $2.6 million related to share based compensation expenses.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 was $7.9 million during the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to an Adjusted EBITDA of $9.2 million during the fourth quarter of 2020 representing a decrease of 13.8% year-over-year.
  • Network Net Gaming Revenue (“NGR”) was $189 million during the fourth quarter of 2021, compared to $142 million during the fourth quarter of 2020, representing an increase of 33% year-over-year.

Full Year 2021 Financial Highlights

  • The total of Revenues and the Company’s share in NPI revenues was $84.5 million during 2021 compared to $58.7 million during the prior year, representing an increase of 43.9% year-over-year. Revenues were $50.5 million for 2021, compared to $49.2 million for the prior year. The Company’s share in NPI revenues was $34.1 million for 2021, compared to $9.5 million during the prior year.
  • Comprehensive income was $4.7 million, or $0.18 per share, during 2021, compared to comprehensive income of $6.5 million, or $0.29 per share, during the prior year. Comprehensive income was impacted by several non-recurring items, including prospective acquisition related expenses from the Aspire Global prospective acquisition, share based compensation expenses and additional costs of being a publicly listed company for all of 2021.
  • Adjusted EBITDA2 was $33.4 million during 2021, compared to an Adjusted EBITDA of $28.7 million during the prior year representing a increase of 16.5% year-over-year.
  • Network Net Gaming Revenue (“NGR”)2 was $750 million for 2021, compared to $448 million for the prior year, representing an increase of 67% year-over-year.

Recent Business Highlights

  • Launched our suite of games with Sisal Şans, the operator of Turkey’s national lottery Milli Piyango, providing them with complete access to our premium game content, further enriching our European footprint.
  • On January 17, 2022, we commenced a public offer to the shareholders of Aspire Global plc to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares for approximately $480 million. The offer is comprised of cash for 50% of Aspire Global and equity for the remaining 50% of shares. If the offer is accepted by at least 90% of Aspire shareholders, and subject to additional terms and conditions, the transaction is expected to close during the first half of 2022.
  • On January 24, 2022 NPI announced its first digital content partnership with the Atlantic Lottery Corporation (“ALC”), further extending its and the Company’s reach in Canada.
  • On January 31, 2022, in collaboration with Aspire Global’s subsidiary, Pariplay Ltd, through NPI, we integrated Pariplay gaming content in Alberta, enhancing the technology, games and services offered and further providing players a cohesive online gaming and lottery experience.

Guidance

The Company is initiating revenue guidance for the full year 2022. The Company expects Revenue and its Share in NPI Revenues from existing customer accounts to be between $90 million and $97 million, representing an approximate 11.0% increase year-over-year at the midpoint. This range is based on revenues from existing accounts, does not assume revenues from the launch of new turn-key accounts, and reflects the range of possible outcomes of the conflict in Ukraine.

Conference Call & Webcast Details

NeoGames will host a live conference call and audio webcast on Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time, during which management will discuss the Company’s fourth quarter results and provide commentary on business performance. A question and answer session will follow the prepared remarks.

The conference call may be accessed by dialing (833) 301-1152 for U.S. domestic callers or (914) 987-7393 for international callers. Once connected with the operator, please provide the conference ID of 4128509.

A live audio webcast of the earnings conference call may be accessed on the Company’s website at ir.neogames.com. The replay of the audio webcast and accompanying presentation will be available on the Company’s investor relations website shortly after the call.

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Gammix Limited slams “outrageous and unsubstantiated” €19.7m KSA penalty

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The operator vows to fight on all fronts against the Dutch regulator’s ‘unjust’ ruling.

Gammix Limited has announced its intention to contest the “outrageous and unsubstantiated” penalty handed to them by the Netherlands Gaming Authority (KSA).

In response, Gammix stated that the record €19.7m penalty imposed is based on “falsified data, extreme inaccuracy and highly suspect mathematics”.

In the ruling the regulator said that Gammix was adjudged to have allowed online gambling access for Dutch consumers, as well as not requiring age verification upon sign-up – something the company wholeheartedly disputes.

Gammix reports that accounts used to access its sites during the investigation were created in Luxembourg, with deposits made via credit card. Gammix added that such action violates the sites’ terms and conditions, specifically the provision of false information upon sign-up.

The operator asserts that the penalty, totalling €19,679,000, has been calculated using figures from a proprietary web-traffic aggregation service and a multiplier of 240 Euros per click. Gammix believes this would show turnover that doesn’t exist.

Furthermore, Gammix strongly condemns the KSA’s “mystery shopper” style of investigation, which, the operator states, is an unjust basis for this record-breaking penalty.

Phil Pearson, Director of Gammix Limited, has vowed to “fight on all fronts until it receives an apology and retraction!.

He said: “The KSA has imposed upon our company a penalty that is both outrageous and unsubstantiated. Now that we are able to talk openly about the case, we can confirm that we are fighting on all fronts as, to us, this is an extraordinary and unnecessarily heavy-handed action from a regulator that many already regarded as unapproachable.

“When we received the first notice of a possible penalty, we reached out to them to say we have blocks in place. We also asked for any information they had that was material to the investigation, to ensure we remained in compliance with all guidelines  – a request they appeared to ignore. Our lawyers also approached the regulator, in writing, to gain more information, but again no response was forthcoming.

“We had enabled a block on Cloudflare for any Dutch IP, we have no Dutch language or direct Dutch payment methods, and categorically do not target Dutch traffic. If affiliates list any of our brands on Dutch-facing sites, we cannot be held responsible for those promotions. However, once players reached the end site, they would not be able to register an account.”

Pearson concluded: “This fine is an absolute joke, and we will contest this in every possible way, at every possible turn. We will only rest once this outrageous penalty has been rescinded and we have received the apology we deserve.”

 

 

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MiFinity Recognised for Information Security Excellence with ISO 27001 Certification

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MiFinity, an award-winning eWallet provider, proudly announces the achievement of ISO 27001 certification, a testament to its unwavering commitment to safeguarding sensitive information.

The attainment of ISO 27001 marks a significant milestone in MiFinity’s journey, underscoring its dedication to maintaining the highest standards of information security management. Following months of rigorous assessment and preparation, the payment services company has successfully demonstrated its adherence to the internationally recognised criteria, ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information across all operational domains.

The Chief Executive Officer for MiFinity, Paul Kavanagh, emphasised the significance of this achievement, stating: “Attaining ISO 27001 certification underscores MiFinity’s commitment to preserving the integrity of data and maintaining robust information security protocols across our operations. By doing so, we will further strengthen our resilience and ensure the ongoing protection of our valuable assets. I extend my sincerest congratulations to our entire team for their collective efforts in realising this significant milestone, which reflects our relentless pursuit of excellence.”

The Information Security Manager for MiFinity, Alan Ludden, commented further on this achievement, stating: “ISO 27001 certification not only validates our proactive approach to managing information security risks but also reinforces our credibility and trustworthiness in the eyes of our customers, partners, merchants and stakeholders. It positions us as a reliable custodian of their confidential information, further enhancing our competitive edge in the payments market. This was a team effort and wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and collaboration from across the company.”

ISO 27001 is the internationally recognised standard for information security management. It provides a framework for organisations to establish, implement, operate, monitor, review, maintain and continually improve an information security management system (ISMS). By implementing its best practices, organisations increase their security posture protecting them from cyber threats and enhancing data protection.

Looking ahead, MiFinity will continue to uphold the principles of ISO 27001, continuously improving its information security management system and staying abreast of emerging threats and best practices.

For more information about MiFinity and its ISO 27001 certification, please visit www. MiFinity. com.

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French Publisher TapNation tops Financial Times FT1000 list of Europe’s Leaders in Tech Media

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TapNation, a Paris-based leading mobile app publisher has been identified in the FT1000’s ranking of fastest-growing companies in Europe. TapNation, known for its work in the mobile app and gaming space, has ranked in the Top 14 of companies according to FT1000’s data provider Statista. Among the Media and Entertainment categories, TapNation has secured the number 1 ranking among all companies across Europe.

This announcement falls on the heels of a recent announcement that TapNation was also the Top ranked company of the esteemed Les Echos “Champions de la Croissance 2024” French ranking, representing the fastest-growing businesses in France. These accolades underscore TapNation’s commitment to innovation, growth, and excellence in the competitive mobile app industry.

A Leader in Mobile App Entertainment

These two recognitions followed a 2023 year of enormous growth for TapNation, which began with their selection for the French Tech 120 program, a government program that scales up promising new start ups within France’s tech space.

Additionally, earlier in January of this year, TapNation acquired UAHero, a leading monetization and user acquisition platform, as a subsidiary to diversify their presence in the mobile market. And even more recently, TapNation announced a 15M€ fundraising before signing a partnership with the Web3 platform Immutable to deliver new Web3 functionality for their player base.

“We are immensely proud of the work we’ve been able to accomplish over the last year,” says TapNation Co-founder , Hervé Montoute. “We are honored to be recognized as the Top ranked French company for business growth, and how that ranking reflects in our position within the broader European market. 2024 is on track to be our best year yet, and this distinction reflects the hard work of our teams and our dedication to excellence.”

“This distinction also supports the growth of France’s domestic game and entertainment industry, as we are deeply committed to supporting growing studios both domestically and beyond.”

As of 2024, TapNation games have surpassed over a billion downloads worldwide across multiple markets and genres.

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