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GROUPE PARTOUCHE: Turnover 2nd quarter: € 89.1 M – Good upturn in the activity at the end of the quarter

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GROUPE PARTOUCHE: Sustained growth in activity over the first 9 months of the financial year
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Groupe Partouche, one of the European gaming leaders, published today its consolidated turnover for the 2nd quarter of 2022 (February 2022 – April 2022)

As a preamble, let it be reminded that during the 2nd quarter of the previous financial year “2021” (February 2021 to April 2021), all French casinos were closed under the general measures taken by the Government to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. Abroad, the casino in Ostend (Belgium) also remained closed. The Swiss casinos of Meyrin and Crans-Montana were able to welcome again their customers with no curfew, as from 19th April 2021, but while respecting health constraints. The Djerba casino (Tunisia) remained open but constrained by a curfew starting at 10 p.m. Swiss online games, deployed on 16th November 2020, and Belgian online games and betting were active throughout the quarter.

All casinos are open during the 2nd quarter of the year under review (February 2022 to April 2022), but continue to suffer from the health constraints in place, which affect their attendance:

  • In France, the “vaccination pass”, introduced on 24th January 2022, remained in force until 13th March 2022 included, limiting customers’ access to the casinos;

While attendance is thus down (-19.7%) compared to the 2nd quarter of 2019 (February 2019 to April 2019, last period excluding the Covid crisis), the average basket increased by +20.8% to € 89 on the same period (with a French GGR down -4.0%). It should be noted that the drop in attendance has eased since the lifting of the vaccination pass (-13.7% between 14th March and 30th April 2022 compared to the same period in 2019).

  • In Switzerland, the presentation of the “vaccination pass” has been lifted as from 17th February 2022.

In addition, the 2nd quarter 2022 takes into account the scope effects especially related to:

  • the disposal on 31st January 2022 of the stake held in the Crans-Montana casino (GGR of € 3.3 M in the 2nd quarter of 2019, the casino being closed in Q2 2020 and for most of Q2 2021),
  • the cessation of the online games and betting in Belgium and of the management of the Ostend casino since 29th July 2021 (during the 2nd quarter of 2021, the GGR in Belgium amounted to € 22.8 M and to € 11.5 M in the 2nd quarter of 2020).

Turnover 2nd quarter 2022: 89.1 M

Taking into account the aforementioned items, the Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) stands at € 148.2 M during the 2nd quarter of 2022 compared to € 25.1 M in 2021. Particularly, the ramping up of the Swiss online games whose GGR amounts to € 3.3 M compared to € 1.1 M in the 2nd quarter of 2021, should be noted. After levies, the Net Gaming Revenue (NGR) triples to € 70.8 M (compared to €22.0 M in N-1).

Overall, revenue for the 2nd quarter 2022 amounts to € 89.1 M, compared to € 23.6 m in 2021 (x3.8) and € 105.3m in 2019, down -15.4 %. Off-gaming activity generates revenue of € 18.7 M compared to € 1.6 M in N-1 (x11.7) and € 22.2 M in 2019, due to the reopening of all of the Group’s activities.

Overall, at a constant scope, the turnover for the 2nd quarter 2022 records a limited decline of -6.2% compared to the comparable period of 2019 pre-Covid.

Turnover 1st half-year 2022: 187.2 M (compared to € 47.2 M in 2021)

At the end of April, the aggregate turnover for 6 months quadruples and amounts to € 187.2 M, with a tripled Net Gaming Revenue amounting to € 153.4 M, in a dynamic climate of business development initiated since the end of the constraints linked to the vaccination pass. Overall, at constant scope, revenue for the 1st half of 2022 is down -8.5% compared to the same period of 2019 pre-Covid.

End of renovation works in Hyères

After a long period of refurbishment, largely disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Hyères casino reopened in its entirety on Wednesday 15th April. The games room has been completely redesigned and now covers 1,500 m². The outdoor terrace, equipped with slot machines and an electronic roulette, contributes to the comfort of the players. Upstairs, a restaurant with a hundred seats, including private spaces, has been created. A new entrance, distinct from that of the casino, has been specifically created for the adjoining theatre hall.

Responsible gaming

In April 2022, the National Gaming Authority (ANJ – www.anj.fr) validated Groupe Partouche’s 2022 action plan “Prevention of excessive or pathological and underage gambling”, highlighting in particular the ambition and the quality of its content, associated with the innovation of specific devices.

The Group’s prevention policy, as a committed player in the fight against excessive gambling, aims to ensure that gaming remains an entertainment and that our customers today are our customers tomorrow.

This quality support is an integral part of our mission. Each of our employees contributes to its success, through its involvement, through the dedicated training courses developed internally and through the many tools made available.

Sustainability-linked loan

In February, Groupe Partouche signed its very first sustainability-linked loan with Arkéa Banque. The applicable interest rate is adjustable downwards (and upwards within the limit of the initial rate) according to an extra-financial score established by an extra-financial analysis and consulting agency, EthiFinance. The criteria are broken down into three themes: environment, social and governance. Groupe Partouche is firmly rooted in its SER (social & environmental responsibility) approach.

Upcoming events:

Income 1st quarter: Tuesday 28th June 2022, after stock market closing

3rd quarter financial information: Tuesday 13th September 2022, after stock market closing

Groupe Partouche was established in 1973 and has grown to become one of the market leaders in Europe in its business sector. Listed on the stock exchange, it operates casinos, a gaming club, hotels, restaurants, spas and golf courses. The Group operates 42 casinos and employs nearly 3,900 people. It is well known for innovating and testing the games of tomorrow, which allows it to be confident about its future, while aiming to strengthen its leading position and continue to enhance its profitability. Groupe Partouche was floated on the stock exchange in 1995, and is listed on Euronext Paris, Compartment B. ISIN: FR0012612646 – Reuters: PARP.PA – Bloomberg: PARP:FP

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1- Consolidated turnover

In €M 2022 2021 Variation 2022/2021 2019
1st quarter 98.1 23.5 x4.2 116.6
2nd quarter 89.1 23.6 x3.8 105.3
Total consolidated turnover 187.2 47.2 x4.0 221.9
Variation constant scope vs 2019 8.5%

2- Construction of consolidated turnover

2.1 – 2nd quarter

In €M 2022 2021 Variation 2022/2021 2019
Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) 148.2 25.1 x5.9 168.1
Levies -77.4 -3.1 x24.6 -84.3
Net Gaming Revenue (NGR) 70.8 22.0 x3.2 83.8
Turnover excluding NGR 18.7 1.6 x11.4 22.2
Fidelity Programme -0.5 0.0 -0.8
Total consolidated turnover 89.1 23.6 x3.8 105.3

2.2 – Aggregate 6 months

In €M 2022 2021 Variation 2022/2021 2019
Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) 290.0 50.0 x5.8 329.4
Levies -136.6 -5.8 x23.7 -150.0
Net Gaming Revenue (NGR) 153.4 44.3 x3.5 179.4
Turnover excluding NGR 35.2 2.9 x12.2 44.2
Fidelity Programme -1.4 0.0 -1.6
Total consolidated turnover 187.2 47.2 x4.0 221.9

3- Breakdown of consolidated turnover by activity

3.1 – 2nd quarter

In €M 2022 2021 Variation 2022/2021 2019
Casinos 81.6 12.4 x6.6 96.4
Hotels * 5.1 0.3 x16.4 1.6
Other 2.4 10.9 -78.0% 7.2
Total consolidated turnover 89.1 23.6 x3.8 105.3

3.2 – Aggregate 6 months

In M€ 2022 2021 Variation 2022/2021 2019
Casinos 173.5 24.5 x7.1 205.5
Hotels * 9.0 0.5 x17.4 2.8
Other 4.7 22.2 -78.7% 13.5
Total consolidated turnover 187.2 47.2 x4.0 221.9

* Since 01/10/2021, the revenues of the St Amand, Forges and Divonne hotels have been moved to the Hotels activity from the Casinos activity for the first two and from the Other activity for Divonne.

4– Glossary

The “Gross Gaming Revenue” corresponds to the sum of the various operated games, after deduction of the payment of the winnings to the players. This amount is debited of the “levies” (i.e. State tax, the city halls tax, CSG, CRDS). The «Gross Gaming Revenue» after deduction of the levies, becomes the “Net Gaming Revenue “, a component of the turnover.

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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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