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Adventure awaits in NetEnt’s Temple of Nudges

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The nudge is king as NetEnt takes players deep into the jungle on a treasure hunt in search of ancient gold.

 

There is more than meets the eye in Temple of Nudges™. Set among the exotic flora and fauna of a lush, verdant jungle, the 5×3 video slot with 243 betways combines nudges, symbol stacks and re-spins to deliver maximum excitement.

Whenever there is a winning combination on the reels, the nudge feature is activated. After the win is counted up, the reels move one symbol down and if there is a winning combination, the win is counted up again. The nudge feature is activated for as long as there is a winning combination on the reel – and with the long symbol stacks in Temple of Nudges™ there’s a chance the reels could nudge over and over again.

During the Re-Spin feature, all matching winning symbols lock on the reels and all other symbols re-spin adding the chance of an even bigger win.

“Temple of Nudges is a carefully designed and targeted slot game. It is not highly volatile, nor has the game low volatility. It has been designed specifically to deliver strong wins regularly, for players that want a great experience in a short game session.

“Nudges are a big favourite with players around the world and with us too, so we created a game that is all about nudges delivering great wins. The feeling we created when combining nudges with the re-spins, giving a chance for even longer nudges, is a pretty powerful one. Temple of Nudges™ will be a great and specifically crafted addition to our diverse and deep portfolio,” said Bryan Upton, NetEnt Director of Games.

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NetEnt AB (publ) is a leading digital entertainment company, providing premium gaming solutions to the world’s most successful online casino operators. Visit www.games.netent.com to try our games. Since its inception in 1996, NetEnt has been a true pioneer in driving the market with thrilling games powered by their cutting-edge platform. With innovation at its core, NetEnt is committed to helping customers stay ahead of the competition. NetEnt is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (NET-B), employs 900 people and has offices in Stockholm, Malta, Kiev, Gothenburg, New Jersey, Krakow and Gibraltar.

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NetEnt awakens the Kraken in Ocean’s Treasure™

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Supplier’s new game takes players to a world of sunken treasures and action-packed slot fun 

NetEnt is submerging players in an underwater slot adventure for a chance to find hidden prizes guarded by the ominous Kraken in its latest release Ocean’s Treasure™.

Inspired by the long-lost city of Atlantis, the new 5-reel, 3-row video slot is flowing with features, including Stacked Wilds and Free Spins with an increasing Level Multiplier to amplify excitement with every spin. To unlock the Kraken’s treasures, players need to collect three Scatter Symbols and enter 5-level Free Spins. With each Wild that appears on the reels, they are awarded additional spins and advance deeper into the ocean, unlocking new levels and increasing the Level Multiplier by up to x12.

With the potential to gain up to 102 additional Free Spins and an RTP of 95.99%, Ocean’s Treasure is a dynamic title aimed at players who enjoy high-volatility gameplay.

“Ocean’s Treasure’s combination of an immersive theme, striking graphics and anticipation building features is tailored to grab the attention of experienced slot fans and those in search of a high-intensity play session. Awarding more Free Spins to lucky players than any other NetEnt game and the potential for huge prizes, this deep-sea slot will make a lucrative addition to our partners’ portfolio,” says Bryan Upton, NetEnt Director of Games.

Earlier in February NetEnt has also launched Rise of Maya, Secret of the Stones with its MAX version and before the end of the month Asian themed King of 3 Kingdoms will be launched across the operator network.

 

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NetEnt: Year-end report 2019 and quarterly report October – December 2019

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Quote from Therese Hillman, Group CEO

“Since December, we have seen all-time highs in the number of players for our Live Casino, which supports our belief in growing revenues from this segment. Since the acquisition, Red Tiger has exceeded our expectations and now forms a vital part of our ongoing improvement efforts within the NetEnt Group. We see good conditions for NetEnt to deliver growth in 2020, supported by our combined game portfolio and Live Casino.”

Fourth quarter 2019

  • Revenues for the fourth quarter amounted to 512 (465) SEKm
  • EBITDA of 261 (204) SEKm, corresponding to a margin of 51.0 (43.9)%
  • EBIT of 161 (146) SEKm, corresponding to a margin of 31.4 (31.4)%
  • Earnings after tax of 113 (137) SEKm. Earnings per share of SEK 0.47 (0.57) before and after dilution
  • Red Tiger contributed 96 SEKm to revenues and 70 SEKm to EBITDA

Full year 2019

  • Revenues for the full year amounted to 1,793 (1,782) SEKm
  • EBITDA of 855 (816) SEKm, corresponding to a margin of 47.7 (45.8)%
  • EBIT of 529 (601) SEKm, a margin of 29.5 (33.7)%
  • Earnings after tax of 429 (577) SEKm. Earnings per share of SEK 1.79 (2.40) before and after dilution
  • The results include SEK 59 million of acquisition-related transaction costs and amortization, and SEK 29 million of acquisition-related financing costs
  • Red Tiger was consolidated in September and contributed 126 SEKm to revenues and 93 SEKm to EBITDA
  • Proposed ordinary cash return to shareholders of SEK 1.00 (2.25) per share

Important events in the fourth quarter

  • NetEnt released 13 (6) slot games, of which Ozzy Osbourne was the most successful
  • Red Tiger released 9 (6) slot games, of which Dynamite Riches was the most successful
  • The platform service NetEnt Connect was introduced in December, with Red Tiger as first supplier
  • Within Live Casino, a new Auto-Roulette studio was launched

Growth through acquisition

Revenues for the last quarter of the year increased by 10.0 percent to the highest level ever, SEK 512 million (465 SEKm), of which SEK 96 million came from Red Tiger, which was acquired in September. Pro forma(1) in euro terms, our total revenues including Red Tiger decreased by 4.8 percent compared to the corresponding period of 2018. Growth was held back by continued weakness in mainly Sweden and Norway, while our revenues in the US continued to grow significantly. During the period January 1 to February 10, 2020, total gamewin proforma(1) in euro terms for the NetEnt Group including Red Tiger increased by 4.9 percent compared to the same period of the previous year.

Operating income and cash flow in the fourth quarter

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to SEK 261 (204) million in the quarter, of which SEK 70 million was contributed by Red Tiger. The EBITDA margin was 51.0 (43.9) percent. Red Tiger was acquired with the objective to create shareholder value through increased growth and profitability for the new group. The transaction was enabled by NetEnt’s strong balance sheet, which went from a net cash to net debt position, and our long-term goal is to deliver enhanced shareholder returns with a balanced capital structure. Hence, the proposed cash return to shareholders for 2019 is SEK 1.00 (2.25) per share, which supports the company’s cash flow generation and allows for debt to be reduced. This payout level is in line with the company’s dividend policy.

High level of activity and deeper integration with Red Tiger

We released more games than ever in the fourth quarter – 13 (6) from NetEnt and 9 (6) from Red Tiger – and continued to sign deals with and launch customers at a high pace. In addition, the quarter was marked by deepening integration with Red Tiger to realize both revenue- and cost synergies. Red Tiger adds complementary competence to the NetEnt group and we are running a number of common projects at full speed to deliver a significantly enhanced customer offering and player experience. Our first combined game with jackpot mechanics, Piggy Riches, was released in January and has so far been the best release ever for Red Tiger. During 2020, we will be releasing several new jointly developed games. In December, we launched our content aggregation service, NetEnt Connect, with Red Tiger as the first supplier. In 2019, we reduced the number of employees at NetEnt (excluding Red Tiger) while at the same time we stepped up our game production and efforts to develop our Live Casino offering. We continue to focus on cost control and efficiency throughout the NetEnt Group and the integration of Red Tiger forms a vital part of this process.

All-time high in player numbers for Live Casino

We continue according to plan to improve our product and organization within Live Casino, and in December we launched a new Auto-Roulette studio. Feedback on the product enhancements made during 2019 has generally been positive and since December, we have seen all-time highs in player numbers for our Live Casino. We are now expanding the studio in Malta and will soon be offering physical tables to our customers for the first time, as an alternative to our tables with blue screen technology, which should contribute to increased revenues from Live Casino in 2020.

Future outlook

We recently unveiled a number of product news at the ICE exhibition in London, such as a new jackpot concept called Starburst Power Pots, as well as branded games in collaboration with Gordon Ramsay, Street Fighter and Fashion TV – again showing our commitment to creating a world-class player experience.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my thanks to our employees, customers and shareholders for their support during 2019. Backed by our ongoing focus on efficiency and the acquisition of Red Tiger, we are entering the new year in a stronger position. Our global distribution and two strong brands give us the right basis to increase our market shares in online casino. We see good conditions for NetEnt to deliver growth in 2020, supported by our combined game portfolio and Live Casino.

(1) Comparable figures from the previous year include Red Tiger.

 

About NetEnt:

NetEnt AB (publ) is a global gaming company, providing premium gaming solutions to the world’s most successful online casino operators. In addition to the company’s NetEnt brand, our portfolio also includes Red Tiger Gaming. Since our start in 1996, we have been a true pioneer in driving the market with innovative games powered by a cutting-edge platform. NetEnt is committed to creating the future of gaming, is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm (NET–B) and employs around 1 100 people in Malta, Stockholm, Sofia, Kiev, Krakow, Gothenburg, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, London and New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.netent.com.

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Scout Gaming enters into an agreement with NetEnt

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Scout Gaming has signed a distribution agreement with NetEnt, which will enable NetEnt’s customers access to Scout Gaming’s entire product offering. Scout Gaming is currently being integrated on NetEnt’s platform and will be available to NetEnt’s customers.

NetEnt is one of the leading industry players and has over 200 integrated B2C operators on their platform.

“I am proud that we, as selected Fantasy Sports- and “Player Performance Odds” provider, can sign this agreement with NetEnt, who are expanding its business to also include distribution. It is a pioneering deal and a clear sign of NetEnt’s true innovation ability.

This means that our products reach operators and end consumers in the shortest possible time frame, since most of the integration will already be in place.

NetEnt has a global reach and many of our most prioritized customers can be found within their distribution network,” comments Scout Gaming’s CEO, Andreas Ternström.

“Scout Gaming is a great addition to NetEnt Connect. The type of content they bring to the table is real in line with our ambition to widen the Connect portfolio and adding games that neither NetEnt or Red Tiger provides. We look forward to make Scout Gaming content available to our connected operators.” comments Director of NetEnt Connect, Rob Fell.

The agreement is of strategic importance for Scout Gaming. The agreement improves the opportunities for new business and reduce time from signing to launch.

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