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Aspire Global’s Year-End Report 2018 – Concluding an Amazing Year

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Aspire Global’s Year-End Report 2018 – Concluding an Amazing Year
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FOURTH QUARTER (OCT-DEC 2018)
• Revenues increased by 71.6% to €32.9 million (19.2)
• B2B Revenues increased by 87.3% to €19.3 million (10.3)
• EBITDA increased by 71.4% to €6.6 million (3.8)
• EBITDA margin amounted to 20.0% (20.0%)
• EBIT increased to €6.0 million (3.5)
• Earnings after tax from continued operations increased to €4.6 million (1.3)
• Earnings per share after tax from continued operations increased to €0.10 (0.03)
• Cash flow from operating activities increased by 103.9% to €5.3 million (2.6)
• First time depositors (FTDs) increased by 82.1% to 123.7 thousand (67.9)

FULL YEAR (JAN-DEC 2018)
• Revenues increased by 45.5% to €104.6 million (71.9)
• B2B Revenues increased by 52.6% to €56.6 million (37.1)
• EBITDA increased by 48.6% to €21.2 million (14.3)
• EBITDA margin amounted to 20.3% (19.8%)
• EBIT increased to €19.3 million (13.0)
• Earnings after tax from continued operations increased to €16.2 million (9.8)
• Earnings per share after tax from continued operations increased to €0.36 (0.23)
• Cash flow from operating activities increased by 42.8% to €22.9 million (16.0)
• First time depositors (FTDs) increased by 50.5% to 370.4 thousand (246.1)
• The Board of Directors proposes a dividend of approximately 1.27 SEK per share, to be paid for the 2018 fiscal year

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS DURING AND AFTER THE FOURTH QUARTER
• On October 25th 2018, the sports operator BetRegal migrated to Aspire Global from another platform
• On October 22nd 2018, Aspire Global launched a bingo offering in addition to casino and sports.
• On November 28th 2018, Aspire Global was granted a sports gaming license in Ireland.
• On December 5th 2018, Aspire Global presented new financial targets for 2019-2021; revenues of €200 million and an
EBITDA of €32 million, excl. material acquisitions, and an EBITDA-margin of 16%.
• On December 21st 2018, Aspire Global was granted a Swedish gaming license. On January 1st, 2019, the re-regulation
entered into force and Aspire Global started operating under the new license.
• On January 9th 2019, Ziv Shtaeinberg was appointed as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and member of the management team at Aspire Global, leading the technology site in Kiev, Ukraine.

A WORD FROM THE CEO 
“As I conclude the fourth quarter and 2018 as a whole, I feel excited and extremely proud of our progress. December rounded off yet another record quarter in line with our seasonal pattern. We maintained strong focus on regulated markets with new licenses granted in Sweden and Ireland and finalized compliance for the Swedish re-regulation. Furthermore, we launched five new brands on the platform, two of which were migrations of established operators, all while pursuing high activity in B2B and B2C through effective CRM-campaigns. As a result, revenues in the fourth quarter increased by 71.6% from 2017, reaching €32.9 million.

CONCLUDING 2018
As for the full-year, it was an exciting journey. Aspire Global entered into 8 new partnerships and launched 13 new B2B-sites. We also launched over 240 new games, 6 of which are our own, and managed to expand our offering to bingo and sports, the latter of which is growing steadily and contributing to both segments. We received two new licenses for regulated markets, Sweden and Ireland, enabling us to create a stronger presence in northern Europe. The iGaming license for sports in Ireland expands Sportsbook to yet another regulated market, enabling partners to target new audiences through a wider offering. Moreover, we issued and listed a bond under a €80 million framework that, together with our strong cash flow, would enhance our growth potential and allow us to explore attractive investment and acquisition opportunities, in line with operational focus. Last but not least, we arranged our first capital markets day in Stockholm. The fact that we will be exceeding previous financial targets ahead of schedule is the result of an amazing progress in 2018, following our growth strategy.

ENTERING 2019
We are excited to be up and running in the re-regulated Swedish market, creating a stronger footprint in the Nordics. Aspire Global sees considerable growth potential from the modest starting point and is looking forward to initiating new partnerships under the new conditions.

Aspire Global recently announced updated financial targets for 2019-2021, aiming at revenues of €200 million and an EBITDA of €32 million, excluding material acquisitions, and an EBITDA-margin of 16%. The strategy going forward remains focused on B2B and B2C, but also on game development. Aspire Global will continue to pursue strong growth, both organically and through acquisitions, with a consistent focus on improving the offering, strengthening partnerships and seizing attractive opportunities in regulated markets. To ensure the appropriate infrastructure and flexibility for various market conditions and coming integrations, we will be initiating considerable investments in the company platform from our tech site in Ukraine, starting with the recent appointment of a group CTO and further recruitments to strengthen the tech-team going forward.
Welcome to a new and exciting year with Aspire global.” – Tsachi Maimon, CEO Aspire Global

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Tsachi Maimon, CEO, Tel: +356-79777898 or email: tsachi@aspireglobal.com
Motti Gil, CFO, Tel: +972-73 372 3154 or email: mottigi@aspireglobal.com

ABOUT THIS INFORMATION
Aspire global discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation
(MAR). The information was submitted for publication by the contact persons above at 08:15 am (CET) on February 14th 2019.

This document is the English original. In the event of any discrepancy between the original English document and the Swedish translation, the English original shall prevail.

TELECONFERENCE
Today, on February 14th 2019, at 10:00 (CET), the company CEO, Tsachi Maimon, and CFO, Motti Gil, will be presenting the report and answering questions at a teleconference (in English).
The teleconference will be webcasted live through the following link: https://financialhearings.com/event/10985 . The meeting, including the Q&A-session, is also available by dialing-in on the numbers below.
Sweden: +46 8 5664 27 03
UK: +44 3333 009 273
US: +1 6467 224 956

 

ABOUT ASPIRE GLOBAL:
Founded in 2005, Aspire Global offers a comprehensive iGaming solution for operators and white labels, including a complete suite of services for casino and sportsbook, multilingual CRM, payments and risk control, support call center, VIP management, acquisition optimization and a robust, market-leading platform. Aspire Global also holds licenses in regulated markets including the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden and Malta. Aspire Global is listed on NASDAQ First North Premier under ASPIRE. Certified Advisor: FNCA Sweden AB, info@fnca.se, +46-8-528 00 399. Please visit www.aspireglobal.com.

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Super League and Betfred Extend Their Partnership

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Super League and Betfred have extended the current three-year partnership until the end of the 2021 season. The announcement follows recent title sponsorship deals between Betfred and other major sports competition brands. As part of the new sponsorship, Super League and Betfred will continue to support the “Gamble Responsible” campaign, which is currently promoted at Super League games.

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Betfred who have become synonymous with Super League. They have been a vital part of our journey over the last three years and we look forward to working with them in what is a hugely exciting time for Super League and the sport. To have the support of someone like Fred who is so passionate about Super League and who shares our vision for its future is fantastic,” Robert Elstone, Chief Executive Super League said.

“This is a historic and ground-breaking deal for the sport and shows a huge commitment from Fred, his senior management team, and all his staff who are so passionate about Super League. It is a significant increase on previous sponsorships and reflects the growing popularity and value of the Super League brand,” Rhodri Jones, Chief Commercial Officer Super League said.

“The real passion for this game shown by the players, the media and, most importantly, the fans, is for me the main reason why this has proved to be such a great sponsorship for us. Therefore, I had no hesitation in extending the deal for a further two years and Betfred look forward to working with Super League to help grow the terrific game of rugby league,” Fred Done, the Boss of Betfred said.

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Miss FashionTV Gaming World 2019 to be Crowned this Month in Malta

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Revolutionising the online gaming industryFashionTV Gaming Group brings together the virtual world of online gaming with the high fashion and glamorous real world of FashionTV with an evening of opulence on the 30th May.

Known for always doing things differently, FashionTV Gaming Group will be hosting its first Miss FashionTV Gaming World awards on the 30th May in Malta at the iconic Fort St Elmo in Valletta.

Miss FashionTV Gaming World 2019 is being held in collaboration with Malta Fashion Week and will culminate the week-long fabulous programme of events with a one-of-a-kind FashionTV glam party.

The event will include a cocktail reception followed by the Miss FashionTV Gaming World contest, with models competing from all over the world.

There will also be a fashion show and live entertainment before announcing this year’s winner who will be crowned on the night and rewarded with a cash prize and the opportunity of becoming the face of FashionTV Gaming World for 2019.

The event is powered by FashionTV Gaming Group and its main sponsor is one of the world most successful online gaming giants, the award winning- BetConstruct who also powers VBet.

An evening of lavish FashionTV entertainment is set to follow, with an exclusive networking reception that will allow industry leaders, models, celebrities, influencers, popular designers, and fashionistas to come together within the walls of a truly magnificent venue under the stars.

Aviva Baner, Head of Media, at FashionTV Gaming Group noted: “Miss FashionTV Gaming 2019 is definitely an industry first of its kind and will  represent one of the major highlights of the global online gaming industry this year.

“We look forward to welcoming our guests and treating them in FashionTV style as we wait to crown our brand ambassador for the forthcoming year. Apart from representing FashionTV Gaming Group, this year’s winner will also gain the international exposure that comes with a mega brand like FashionTV, and we’re excited to being a part of the journey”.

Malta Fashion Week, Airmalta and VisitMalta.com are also sponsoring the event.

Following a series of successful launches across the world during 2019, in Europe, India, Africa, and more recently, Asia, backed by the Global TV Network giant with over 2 billion viewers around the world, FashionTV Gaming Group, one of the fastest growing companies  in the online gaming industry , aims to create a  new era of games through its  “FashionTV Gaming World”, by creating a world of FTV branded games and websites, across all verticals , via its unique B2B sublicensing model for this mega brand and its vision.

This concept allows operators and suppliers around the world to run FashionTV branded gaming products, as well as develop and produce their own FashionTV branded games, websites, including but not limited to Casino, Live Dealer, Sports betting and Games. Other FashionTV branded opportunities include FashionTV poker, bingo, scratch cards, fantasy sports, social games, and games of skill, all of which will become a part of the new and innovative vision of FashionTV Gaming World, with massive global exposure.

Being part of this franchise means that operators and suppliers are able to capitalise on the global reach and power of the FashionTV mega brand to significantly reduce the high marketing costs incurred when bringing a new online gaming operation or branded game to market.

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MGA Attends Annual Conference of GREF 2019

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The Malta Gaming Authority has participated in the annual conference of the Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF), held in Limassol, Cyprus.

The conference was exclusively attended by many gaming regulators. The conference has included topics relating to alternative payment methods, payment blocking measures, the parallels between gambling products and gambling-like financial products, as well as virtual currencies.

The MGA’s Chief Legal Counsel, Carl Brincat, delivered a presentation during a session entitled “Virtual currencies and gambling regulation: the Maltese case.” Carl Brincat was joined by Gerd Sapiano, Senior Analyst within the Securities and Market Supervision Unit within the Malta Financial Services Authority, as well as Nicholas Warren, a private financial services and blockchain consultant.

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