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bet-at-home.com releases company figures for 2019

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– Gross betting and gaming revenue of EUR 143.3 million at previous year’s level
– EBITDA in financial year 2019 at EUR 35.2 million
– Cash and short-term time deposits at EUR 54.8 million

Revenue development in the financial year 2019:
In financial year 2019, the bet-at-home.com AG group achieved the highest betting and gaming volume in the company’s history with more than 3.2 billion euros. Gross betting and gaming revenue reached EUR 143.3 million, almost exactly the same as the previous year (FY 2018: EUR 143.4 million).

Betting fees and gaming levies in the financial year 2019 were slightly below the level of the previous year at EUR 20.9 million (FY 2018: EUR 21.0 million). VAT on electronic services resulted in a burden on earnings of EUR 4.9 million in the financial year 2019 (FY 2018: EUR 7.3 million).

Accordingly, the net betting and gaming revenue increased by 2.0% to EUR 117.5 million (FY 2018: EUR 115.1 million).

Further strengthening of brand awareness and expanding the customer base:
Due to the lack of a major sporting event, bet-at-home set its marketing focus of the year on the start of the European football leagues after the summer break in 2019 and expanded its involvement in top European sport to include further cooperations in ice hockey, volleyball, beach volleyball and basketball. Overall, marketing expenses in the financial year 2019 were EUR 39.8 million, therefore higher than in the same period of the previous year (FY 2018: EUR 38.3 million).

As of December 31, 2019, the bet-at-home.com AG Group had a total of more than 5.2 million registered customers (December 31, 2018: 5.0 million).

Earnings development in the financial year 2019:
In financial year 2019, EBITDA was EUR 35.2 million, EUR 1.0 million below the reference value of the same period in the previous year (FY 2018: EUR 36.2 million). Earnings before taxes (EBT) in financial year 2019 reached EUR 33.1 million (FY 2018: EUR 35.0 million).

As a result of a fiscal tax audit, corporate tax back payments in Austria from changes in group transfer pricing and, correspondingly, corporate tax reclaims in Malta resulted in a net additional charge of EUR 13.9 million in income taxes in the financial year 2019. This burden resulted in a group tax rate of 45.7% (FY 2018: 6.8%). The group tax rate for the financial year 2019, adjusted for one-time effects from the fiscal tax audit, is 18.2%.

Overall, the consolidated profit for the period in the financial year 2019 was EUR 18.0 million (FY 2018: EUR 32.6 million).

 

About bet-at-home:
The bet-at-home.com AG Group is active in the domain of online gaming and online sports betting. With more than 5.2 million registered customers, the company (which is listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange) represents, together with its subsidiaries, one of Europe’s most successful gaming providers. The varied options offered on www.bet-at-home.com include sports betting, poker, casino, games and virtual sports. bet-at-home.com has companies in Germany, Austria, Malta and Gibraltar. The successful development of the company can be attributed to its 288 employees as at 31 December 2019. The Group holds various licenses via its Maltese companies for online sports betting and gaming. The licenses allow the company to organize and market online sports betting and online casinos. Since 2009, bet-at-home.com AG has been a part of the Betclic Everest SAS Group, which is a leading French Group in the domain of online gaming and sports betting.

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APE Supports “Earth Hour” For A Second Successive Year

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Asia Pioneer Entertainment Holdings Limited has pledged to support the largest global environmental movement event – “Earth Hour” by turning off all unnecessary power and lights at 8:30p.m. on 28th Mar, 2020. It is the second year in a row that APE has joined this meaningful event.

The “Earth Hour” event was started by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) since 2007. Until now, more than 180 countries participate on this event every year. Thousands of landmarks across the world, including the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House, Tower Bridge, etc., switch off the lights to raise the importance of protecting the nature. Ever since APE joined this symbolic “lights-out” event in Mar 2019, they have also taken a series of other measures such as decreasing the waste of paper and water. The Company is determined to take more actions in the future that will contribute to making the environment better.

“We received great support from our staff on last year’s event, besides turning off the unnecessary energy in the office, some of our team’s families also joined the event by switching off the lights at their own homes. This is the second year that APE participates at the “Earth Hour” event and we want to express APE’s commitment on providing a better environment by joining this event, and we encourage our staff and their family to join this event, like they did last year.” said Mr. Herman Ng, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of APE.

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Online Casino and Sportsbook BETZEST™ goes live with leading Casino provider Pragmatic Play

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Online Casino and Sportsbook BETZEST™ goes live with leading Casino provider Pragmatic Play
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Online Casino and Sportsbook  Betzest™ announced a new partnership with leading  casino provider Pragmatic Play.

The agreement comprises Pragmatic Play’s full collection of casino games, including highly innovative and entertaining online slots such as Wolf Gold, Da Vinci’s Treasure, Peking Luck, Extra Juicy, Madame Destiny, Dance Party, The Wild Machine, Aztec Bonanza, Golden Beauty and many more.

Online casino and sportsbook Betzest continues increasing its operations since its launch in July 2018. Betzest is quickly becoming one of world’s leading online gambling company offering high class casino games, sports betting, virtual sports, e-sports and Live casino.

Marius Filip, Founder/CMO at Betzest, said:  After the launch of MGA license, we are thrilled to conclude another partnership with leading casino provider Pragmatic Play.

We are always looking to improve the Betzest™ Casino product for our players and we trust that their highly innovative and entertaining slot games will play an important part in making Betzest™ this year’s leading casino operator. We’ve had an extremely fruitful 2020 already, with a remarkable collection of world-class casino providers and payment methods on the way, I’m certain the best is yet to come.”

Melissa Summerfield, Chief Commercial Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “We are excited to see our videoslot collection integrated with Betzest. The casino operator experienced visible growth lately, and offer expansion is the wisest move to stand out even more in this very busy market. With acclaimed titles such as Wolf Gold or Da Vinci’s Treasure, our videoslots will definitely live up to the expectations, as we always strive to provide outstanding products, growing our portfolio with 4 games each month.”

 

About Betzest

Betzest is your leading premier Online Casino and Sportsbook operator run by a team of experienced i-gaming experts.

Due to its unique product and marketing proposition, Betzest is rapidly establishing itself as one of the most trustworthy and reliable gaming company.

Betzest is offering unrivalled sports betting and casino games experience now under reputable MGA license. The company operations continue to expand in variety of markets and online gambling verticals such as Live Betting, Live Casino , Virtual Sports and e-Sports. Betzest boasts its robust and multi-functional online sports betting & Casino operating on SportingTech platform. Today Betzest has more than 60 employees across four offices all committed to delivering amazing player experiences on each of their verticals, partnering with top gaming providers.

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IDnow is certified for operation of identification solutions via remote working

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IDnow, a leading provider of Identity Verification-as-a-Service solutions with over 250 customers in Europe, has received official certification from TÜV IT for the operation of identification solutions via teleworking. This marks an important milestone for the industry to be able to operate and expand the necessary customer identification for banking and business processes even under exceptional circumstances.

The independent testing institute TÜV IT has certified the IDnow security concept for the operation of video identification and Qualified Electronic Signatures (QES) via remote working. The certification proves that the security measures carried out by IDnow in remote working achieve an equivalent security level as in the certified high-security IDnow Ident Centers. In consideration of the Corona (COVID-19) pandemic, this certification is now of particular importance, as it allows IDnow’s identification solutions for high-security processes to be used unchanged and further expanded even under the current circumstances.

“It is very important to us to be able to provide our customers with a reliable service at all times – especially in the current situation. With our certified concept, we are equipped to continue to offer our employees a safe working environment and to provide our service in a fail-safe manner. We can activate these measures at any time”, says Andreas Bodczek, CEO of IDnow. “Right now, we see an increased demand for remote identification as well as an increase in online credit transactions. We are proud that with our products we can make a contribution to ensuring smooth business and banking processes even in times of social distancing and that we can meet this demand of society”, he adds.

In addition to this remote working concept, IDnow is particularly fail-safe in comparison to the rest of the industry, with a diversification to eleven geographically distributed ID centre locations. The sites are located in various cities across Germany and Europe. A software specially developed for this purpose distributes incoming identification requests simultaneously to all ID centres. In this way, a disruption of one identification centre location can be compensated by other locations without delay.

“Over the past few years, we have invested heavily in the resilience and security of our technology and infrastructure. This is now paying off especially well for our customers. In the last few days we have received a significantly increased number of enquiries from major customers interested in our service as a highly secure identification solution”, says Armin Bauer, co-founder and CTO of IDnow.

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