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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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NOVOMATIC Launches XTENSION LINK Volume 2 at FIJMA

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Leading gaming technology Group NOVOMATIC was an exhibitor at the international trade fair FIJMA from May 7-9, 2024, boasting a stand full of innovative products for the Spanish market. The Group’s local subsidiary NOVOMATIC Spain launched the brand new XTENSION LINK Volume 2, which was the star of the show.

The international gaming trade show FIJMA took place from May 7 to 9 at the IFEMA exhibition centre in Madrid, bringing together a large number of industry leaders. NOVOMATIC showcased an extensive range of products perfected for the Spanish market.

This arcade game was presented in the high performing BLACK EDITION II 1.49J cabinet and attracted a lot of attention from visitors, especially with its GOLDEN SPINS feature which ultimately increases the player’s chances of winning. The XTENSION LINK Volume 2 with its ten thrilling titles, Expanding Reels Feature and Free Games takes the player experience to new heights.

“This cabinet is the result of hard and innovative work that has addressed the needs of our distributors and operators in order to offer a versatile and attractive experience for their gaming establishments,” Jordi Pedragosa, Commercial Director of NOVOMATIC Spain, said.

Other new products on display were the ROYAL LINK, “The Royal Seal for Arcades”, which offers extraordinary quality and excellence for an attractive price, and the NOVO LINE POWER LINK GOLD, which has come to Spain with a revamped and enlarged collection of games. Within this diverse offer for arcades, more powerful models were showcased, such as IMPERA LINK Series 2, CASH CONNECTION Fusion, River Queen Roulette or CLOVER LINK Xtreme, the latter from APEX.

NOVOMATIC’s local subsidiary also presented a wide range of products, exuding a level of freshness and innovation that positively captivated visitors. The section dedicated to the bar segment saw versatility resonating throughout these two new launches: NOVO LINE Supra Cash, with its fascinating games library including three roulette titles and IMPERA Cash Fusion, where Progressive Jackpot titles are combined with IMPERA classics. The second edition of NOVO LINE Power Cash was also shown with a series of new titles. All these models were showcased in the Winner HD+ cabinet, an evolution that features the NV22 bill acceptor. The nearly 1400 m2 of floor space tailored to the company stood out for the excellent way in which the company’s innovative products were staged and presented. Lighting and other decorative elements, fused with cutting-edge technology, played an important role in capturing the attention of visitors, for whom there were plenty of gifts and activities to be enjoyed. Of all the stand’s events, the one that stood out was the “Beat the Champ” event by Chris Mark, world table soccer champion, with whom guests could battle in an exciting duel.

Bernhard Teuchmann, Managing Director of the Product and Technology Division, said: “Participating once again in FIJMA has been a unique experience that has given us the opportunity to strengthen relationships with our customers and show our commitment to innovation. Our most sincere thanks go to all those who worked on preparing and attending this event with the same passion and responsibility that form the essence of who we are.”

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SiGMA Asia Awards 2024: Boomerang Partners Nominated for ‘Rising Star Affiliate Program’

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The fast-growing Boomerang Partners affiliate program continues gaining global recognition, earning a nomination for the prestigious ‘Rising Star Affiliate Program 2024’ category in the Asia region

With a rapidly growing network of over 5,200 affiliates across 70+ countries, the dynamic Boomerang Partners affiliate program has been recognized as a finalist for the ‘Rising Star’ category at the SiGMA Awards Asia 2024. While Asia is not currently the central focus for brand promotion, this prestigious recognition from SiGMA is a notable honor that inspires Boomerang to fortify its global footprint and industry-leading position.

In 2023 alone, Boomerang’s achievements included paying over €50 million to affiliates, creating 22 exclusive branded games, hosting 82 tournaments across 30 regions, and expanding into 31 new markets. This followed prestigious wins like ‘Casino of the Year’ at the SiGMA Balkans/CIS Awards, ‘Commission Offer of the Year’ at the AffPapa iGaming Awards, and ‘Best PPC Affiliate’ at the SiGMA Europe Awards.

This year, Boomerang Partners is highlighting innovations like a worldwide traffic tournament and has already been nominated at the AffPapa, MAC, and AskGamblers Awards – eagerly awaiting the results across these prestigious voting processes and final selections.

“We actively collaborate with SiGMA, having participated in their events and been honored with SiGMA awards in other regions previously,” said Vitalii Prokofev, CEO at Boomerang Partners. “SiGMA sets the standard with premier industry events and accolades worldwide. This nomination at their Asia awards is valuable recognition that fuels our ambition to raise our global profile further.”

Boomerang Partners invites all affiliate managers and industry enthusiasts to learn more about their award-winning program. Voting for the SiGMA Asia Awards runs until May 20th. Winners will be announced at the June 3rd ceremony during the June 2-5 event in Manila.

Support Boomerang in the ‘Rising Star’ category while voting for other favorites at SiGMA.

 

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CogniPlay Launches New Social Casino Platform

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CogniPlay has launched its new software product, which aims to provide a robust online sweepstakes or social gaming platform to its clients. The system is designed to be modular, allowing customers to tailor their brand and offering to what they believe will give them optimal performance.

The CogniPlay system has several key integrations which help to deliver the product, including games integrations with the likes of Pragmatic Play, BetSoft, Mascot Gaming and many more, giving them 100s of games for their clients. There are other integration options for their customers to pick from too, including affiliate programme software, CRM platforms and associated products, KYC, ID verification, Geo-IP systems, Gamification and customer support.

They also have a very long and extensive development pipeline which will see the product offering develop at pace, giving clients an extensive list of options and USPs, and of course giving players a great user experience as a result.

As well as the platform itself the CogniPlay team, due to their considerable experience, also offer a whole host of managed services, with almost a menu that clients can choose from to fill any gaps in their own skillsets or experience.

CogniPlay’s Chief Executive Officer Allan Turner said: “We are very proud to take the CogniPlay product to market and are excited that people who want to start a new social or sweeps brand can get in touch with us to see what we can do for them, or in fact established brands that are unhappy with their existing provider.

“Our underlying principles are that we want to provide the most flexible platform in the space, to enable our clients to create the product they want to have, not for us to dictate the product to them. The two other main areas of focus are that we want to be the most future-proof product on the market with plans for any regulatory or legal changes that may arise in the future, and that we have all the right safeguards in place to ensure that we look after both our clients and players with our responsible gaming setup. This of course means having the right tech and processes in the key areas of KYC, Geo-IP tech, anti-money laundering, fraud, risk assessment and ID verification.”

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