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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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CT Gaming Interactive Partners with Meridianbet

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Online gaming content and solutions provider CT Gaming Interactive has entered into a deal for launching games with Meridianbet. The deal will see the online casinos under the brand host the CT Gaming Interactive’s games, which include special jackpots.

“I am very pleased and proud that Meridian has selected us as its partner. We are confident that our market-leading portfolio of games will support its strategy to deliver the ultimate player experience to its customers,” Lachezar Petrov, general manager at CT Gaming Interactive, said.

“We continue to expand our customer base and the games launches with Meridian’s well-known sites enable distribution to a new group of players,” Petrov added.

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Major European Gambling Brands Cut Advertising on IPR-infringing Sites

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A new report by the European Commission has found that an industry-led memorandum of understanding (MoU) on online advertising and intellectual property rights has led to a significant reduction in the unintentional placement of advertising from Europe’s major gambling brands on websites which infringe upon intellectual property rights.

The MoU, published in 2018, was established to limit advertising on websites, such as illegal sports streaming sites, and mobile applications that infringe copyright or disseminate counterfeit goods.

As part of its review of the effectiveness of the MoU, the Commission has presented a new report today which found that the MoU has created more awareness among brands that their advertising may end up on IPR-infringing websites. According to the report, the share of total advertising for European businesses on IPR-infringing websites was reduced by 12% since the introduction of the MoU, while gambling advertising from Europe’s major brands (including all EGBA members) decreased by 20%, from 62% to 50% during the reporting period.

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) welcomes the report’s conclusions and is pleased with the significant progress made by EGBA members and other major brands in reducing the unintentional placement of their advertising on IPR-infringing advertising channels.

“EGBA welcomes the progress made by EGBA members and other major gambling brands in significantly reducing the unintentional placement of their advertising on IPR-infringing websites and is pleased that major online gambling companies are playing a central role in EU efforts to crack down on IPR infringement. Most reputable companies do not intend to advertise on IPR-infringing websites, but it happens and is difficult to control, and EGBA acknowledges that remedial action is needed to prevent it. That is why we have been actively engaging with the European Commission and other stakeholders to take action and are pleased those efforts are beginning to bear fruit,” Maarten Haijer, Secretary-General of EGBA, said.

“EGBA is committed to promoting responsibility and driving standards in Europe’s online gambling sector and we encourage other companies to join us – and be part of the solution, not the problem – by adhering to responsibility initiatives such as the MoU. This initiative proves that greater cooperation at EU-level can benefit the sector and how it is able to respond to the challenges it faces, including on advertising,” Maarten Haijer added.

 

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Applicants for Dutch Online Gambling License Required to Show Nearly 3 Years of Good Behaviour

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Any online gambling operator applying for a license in the Netherlands must show almost three years’ worth of good behaviour before their applications will be considered by the local regulators.

Rene Jansen, the chairperson of the Kansspelautoriteit, made this known during a keynote address at a conference in Amsterdam.

Rene Jansen said that the country’s count down to the Remote Gambling Act has begun, and it is expected to take effect on March 1, next year. After this date, all licensees will, in every likelihood, start submitting applications. The regulated market will be rolled out almost six months after that.

Jansen noted that the regulator had transferred operational control of the Central Exclusion Register to the Netcompany, its managing partner. The country’s associated Data Safe, the one that each operator must connect to so that the regulator can also check their vigilance on customer activity, will notify the EC.

This coming October, the regulator will also bring in new responsible gambling measures. In November, it will issue concrete details regarding the license application process.

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