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bet-at-home.com AG: Group figures for the first quarter of 2020

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Group figures for the first quarter of 2020 (01.01. to 31.03.2020):

  • Gross betting and gaming revenue at EUR 32.2 million
  • EBITDA in the first quarter of 2020 at EUR 9.0 million
  • Cash and short-term time deposits at EUR 55.3 million

 

Revenue development in Q1 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the immediate stop in European sports in mid-March 2020 led to a drop in sales in the online sports betting segment, although above all the short-term expansion of eSports as well as sport events in “more exotic” leagues, contributed to keep up the betting offer within the bet-at-home.com AG Group. The online gaming segment remained nearly unaffected by any protective measures due to the purely virtual variety of entertainment offers and was responsible for 57.6% of gross betting and gaming revenue in the first quarter of 2020.

Overall, gross betting and gaming revenue in the first quarter of 2020 was EUR 32.2 million, 13.4% below the previous year’s figure (Q1 2019: EUR 37.2 million). The decline in gross betting and gaming revenue is mainly due to the loss of essential parts of the Swiss market and the significant decline in the Polish market.

The betting and gaming volume in the bet-at-home.com AG Group totaled EUR 677.8 million in this period (Q1 2019: EUR 827.3 million).

Betting fees and gaming levies were at EUR 5.6 million in the first quarter of 2020 (Q1 2019: EUR 5.3 million). In the same period, VAT on electronic services had a negative impact on earnings of EUR 1.1 million (Q1 2019: EUR 0.9 million).

Accordingly, the net betting and gaming revenue amounted to EUR 25.5 million in the first quarter of 2020 (Q1 2019: EUR 31.1 million).

 

Brand awareness increased despite the lack of sport events and postponement of Euro 2020

According to the absence of numerous sporting events from mid-March 2020, fewer bonus offers were taken up by our customers. Therefore the total marketing expenses in the first quarter of 2020 were EUR 6.6 million and thus below the comparative value of the previous year (Q1 2019: EUR 8.2 million).

With regard to the European Football Championship, which was originally scheduled for 2020, bet-at-home was able to immediately adjust its marketing strategy to the postponement by one year, so that no significant marketing agreements with a focus on the planned major event were concluded in the reporting period and beyond. As a consequence, bet-at-home will set its marketing focus on the second quarter of 2021.

As at 31 March 2020, the bet-at-home.com AG Group had 5.3 million registered customers (31.03.2019: 5.1 million).

 

Earnings development in the first quarter of 2020

In the first quarter of 2020, EBITDA amounted to EUR 9.0 million and was therefore below the very strong prior-year period (Q1 2019: EUR 12.7 million), but could outperform the previous quarter (Q4 2019: EUR 8.2 million). Earnings before taxes (EBT) were at EUR 8.5 million (Q1 2019: EUR 12.2 million).

 

Stable asset and capital structure

As a result of the contribution to earnings made in the current reporting period, Group equity increased to EUR 47.5 million as of 31 March 2020 (31.12.2019: EUR 41.6 million), resulting in a consolidated equity ratio of 48.9% (31.12.2019: 43.7%).

The bet-at-home.com AG Group also held liquid assets and short-term time deposits in the amount of EUR 55.3 million as of 31 March 2020 (31.12.2019: EUR 54.8 million).

 

Outlook for the fiscal year 2020

From the current perspective, the Management Board still expects a gross betting and gaming revenue between EUR 120 million and EUR 132 million in the financial year 2020. The decline in gross betting and gaming revenue compared to the financial year 2019 is attributable to the loss of essential parts of the Swiss market and the significant decline in the Polish market. A potential decline in revenues due to regulatory changes in Germany can currently not be estimated and is therefore not considered.

Furthermore, the Management Board still expects EBITDA to amount between EUR 23 million and EUR 27 million for the financial year 2020.

 

 

About bet-at-home:

The bet-at-home.com AG Group is active in the domain of online gaming and online sports betting. With 5.3 million registered customers, the company (which is listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange) represents, together with its subsidiaries, one of Europe’s most successful online betting and online gaming providers. The varied options offered on www.bet-at-home.com include sports betting, poker, casino, games and virtual sports. bet-at-home has companies in Germany, Austria, Malta and Gibraltar. The successful development of the company can be attributed to its 292 employees as at 31 March 2020. 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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Presentation of LeoVegas by CEO Gustaf Hagman. The first quarter, the situation today and an outlook.

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Impact of COVID-19 on Virtual Gambling Sector: ConnectPay Calls to Fortify Payment Security as Industry Fraud on Rise

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Online gambling has increased during the pandemic. Evidently, so did the illegal activity related to the industry. Scammers are abusing the vulnerability of the circumstances, which is reflected by the rise in financial fraud and exploitation schemes. ConnectPay, an online banking service provider, encourages businesses, especially the ones considered to be higher-risk, to make the security of payment transactions their top priority in order to build trust with new and existing clients, and protect them from falling victim to fraudulent payments.

Illicit activity concerning monetary transactions has been a long-standing issue for the virtual gaming industry even prior to the pandemic, with financial crime estimated to be at $2.1 trillion per annum. That said, the COVID-19 crisis has brought new challenges as new fraud schemes started to plague various markets. This has influenced some countries, fearing an increase of illicit activity in online gambling, to issue tighter measures for the vendors to protect consumers during the lockdown.

“The increased online gambling sessions correlate with the noticeable jump in payment transactions”, explained Liutauras Varanavičius, Head of Business Development at ConnectPay. “When comparing data from January with the stats from April, we have noticed a 30% increase in gambling-related transactions. Even though it’s hard to predict how prolonged will the aftermath of the pandemic be, the necessity of instating more precautionary measures to support secure payments is too apparent to be left unaddressed.”

The surge of online gambling activity has greatly increased the public’s exposure to digital risks. While others are capitalizing on the crisis, businesses have to face the conundrum on how to disassociate from the perpetrators, remain credible and retain their target audience.

“The spike in fraudulent financial activity could hit the sector even harder than others: it’s already under a magnifying glass due to the nature of acquired revenue, thus any association with financial fraud could be leveraged as a pretext to revoke acquired licenses and restrict business”, said L. Varanavičius.

As the global health crisis continues, the need for reliable security measures and prevention of illicit financial flows will only continue to grow. Implementing timely and adequately prepared safeguards to combat arising threats is paramount, as, until brick-and-mortar casinos are once again operational, gambling industry relies on digital-only vendors.

Preserving secure payment transactions could be the difference between remaining operational or having to close up shop. The pandemic has already hampered AML supervision and presented new threats that could aid criminals in avoiding customer due diligence. However, having acknowledged current obstacles enables businesses to evaluate measures that would help avoid being juxtaposed with illicit activity and choose partnerships accordingly.

To keep the scammers at bay, ConnectPay continuously invests in innovative fraud prevention solutions, latest AML safeguards and other smart tools, helping companies in underserved markets to maintain credibility and keep the associated risks to the bare minimum. Furthermore, the company places high emphasis on a thorough screening process: this prevents taking on clients involved in unethical business practices, limiting the grounds for financial fraud. In 2020, ConnectPay is planning to invest additional 750 thousand euros in Anti Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism compliance solutions.

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International Game Technology PLC Releases Notice of 2020 Annual General Meeting and 2019 Annual Report and Accounts

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International Game Technology PLC announces that it has today published its Notice of the 2020 Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) and 2019 Annual Report and Accounts for the period from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. IGT provided information for the AGM, which will be held at IGT’s Registered Office, Marble Arch House, 66 Seymour Street, Second Floor, London, W1H 5BT, on June 25, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. British Summer Time (BST).

The Notice of the AGM and the 2019 Annual Report and Accounts can be found in the Investor Relations section of www.IGT.com, along with IGT’s 2019 Annual Report on Form 20-F. These materials can be viewed online and are also available for download in PDF format. IGT’s 2019 Annual Report on Form 20-F was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on March 3, 2020 and is accessible at www.sec.gov.

2020 AGM and COVID-19  

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and in line with latest UK Government’s measures to restrict travel and public gatherings of more than two people, the AGM will be restricted to two attendees (for example, the Chairperson and one other Director), both of whom will be shareholders for the purposes of forming a quorum, in addition to the usual supporting staff, reduced to a minimum and bound to the strictest observance of the Governmental recommended precautions. The Company advises that other shareholders must not attend the AGM in person. Any other shareholder above the number necessary to form a quorum seeking to attend the AGM will be refused entry.

The AGM will be restricted to formal business only, and resolutions will be put to a vote on a poll. All shareholders are encouraged to vote using proxy voting in accordance with the instructions printed on the proxy form. Shareholders are strongly advised to appoint the Chairperson of the meeting as proxy to ensure their vote is counted. Details on how shareholders can vote via a proxy are available in the Notice of the AGM and in the accompanying proxy form. Proxy votes should be returned by 3.00 p.m. (BST) on June 23, 2020, in line with the requirements set out in the Notice of the AGM.

As usual, the results of voting on the proposed AGM resolutions will be published after the AGM and will be available on the Company’s website.

Shareholders can send any questions relating to the business of the AGM in advance of the meeting to the Company Secretary, International Game Technology Plc, Marble Arch House, 66 Seymour Street, Second Floor, London, W1H 5BT or [email protected]  Answers will be published as soon as possible in the Investor Relations section of www.IGT.com.

Further AGM updates  

Shareholders should be aware that arrangements for the AGM may change at short notice. The Board will keep the COVID-19 pandemic in consideration and recommend that shareholders continue to monitor the Company’s website and announcements for any updates in relation to the AGM.

 

About IGT :

IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We deliver entertaining and responsible gaming experiences for players across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Sports Betting and Digital. Leveraging a wealth of compelling content, substantial investment in innovation, player insights, operational expertise, and leading-edge technology, our solutions deliver unrivalled gaming experiences that engage players and drive growth. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has approximately 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.IGT.com.

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