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BetMakers CEO optimistic as revenue rockets after Sportech acquisition

BetMakers CEO optimistic as revenue rockets after Sportech acquisition

BetMakers chief executive Todd Buckingham said the business is now “unquestionably robust and independent of any single contract or strategy”, following rapid revenue growth in 2021-22, aided by the acquisition of Sportech’s global tote arm.

The business brought in AU$91.7m in revenue during the year ended 30 June, though its losses also increased following the deal.

Global betting services – which previously made up the vast majority of BetMakers’ revenue – brought in AU$19.5m, up by 179.3%.

However, with acquisition-driven growth in other segments, it was no longer the leading revenue generator for the business.
Instead, the global tote arm – acquired from Sportech last year – was the new leader. Tote revenue was AU$46.9m, up from just AU$1.7m a year earlier as the acquisition closed in the final weeks of 2020-21.

The BetMakers global racing network brought in AU$4.1m, up by 28%.

Costs of goods sold also increased, but more slowly, from AU$9.3m to AU$25.4m, resulting in a gross..

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Rivalry revenue grows 640% in 2021

Rivalry revenue grows 640% in 2021

Esports-focused betting operator Rivalry’s revenue grew by 640.0% to $11.1m for 2021, in what chief executive Steven Salz hailed as “a tremendous year by nearly all measures”.

The rapid growth in revenue came as betting handle grew to $78.2m, up 202.0% year-on-year.
The business’s costs of revenues also rose quickly, growing more than ten times over to $8.9m.
However, this still left a gross profit of $2.2m, which was up 216.8%.
The business then paid a further $26.9m in operating costs, though, up 258.7%.
The largest of these costs were share-based compensation expenses, at $10.5m, after these costs were only $67,111 in 2020. Other operating costs included $6.2m in general and amortisation costs, $6.1m in marketing expenses, $1.5m in bad debt expenses and $1.3m in technology and content costs.
As a result of these costs, Rivalry made an operating loss of $24.7m, compared to a $6.8m operating loss in 2020.
After minimal interest and investment costs, Rivalry’s net loss was also $24.7m..

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Betfan turns profit in third year of operation

Betfan turns profit in third year of operation

Polish bookmaker Betfan reported sales of €77m (£64.2m/$83.9m) for 2021, while its profit came to €760,000.

The business – which started taking bets in April 2019 – noted that its sales were up 90% from 2020. This, it said, was due to an 85% year-on-year increase in customers. The number of markets it offered, meanwhile, was up by 20%.
In addition, it said it achieved profitability in “record time” as no previous Polish bookmaker had made a profit within three years.
“When we started our business three years ago, we had very ambitious plans and we have been consistently pursuing our objectives ever since,” Betfan co-owner and chairman Łukasz Łazarewicz said. “We benefit from the fact that the betting market has grown by around 50% last year and this year it is expected to grow by between 15% and 20%.
“However, Betfan has been growing much faster than the industry itself and we will aim to maintain this trend in the coming years as well. At the same time, we have a strong advantage in ..

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Equipment sales help Novomatic revenue rise in 2021

Equipment sales help Novomatic revenue rise in 2021

Austrian gaming equipment supplier Novomatic has reported revenue of €1.84bn (£1.52bn/$2.02bn) for 2021, despite a dip in gaming operations revenue.

This was up by €98.7m, or 5.6%, from Covid-hit 2020, when revenue was €1.74bn.

Revenue from gaming operations was €1.03m, down slightly from €1.07bn the previous year. This was attributed to closures of gaming halls- from January to June 2021, an estimated two thirds of Novomatic’s arcades closed temporarily due to the pandemic.

Revenue from the sales of gaming technology made up the remaining €806.2m in revenue. This was up by 20.3%. The company attributed this rise to its Ainsworth business, which saw its sales rise from €67.9m in 2020 to €118.3m in 2021.

Novomatic acquired Ainsworth in 2018.

Total turnover from operators using Novomatic equipment or software in Europe came to €102.91bn. Much of this came from its lottery division, with €35.48bn. Betting operator turnover was €24.17bn, followed by casino turnover at €20.98bn.

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Spanish GGR dips despite 25.8% growth in stakes in 2021

Spanish GGR dips despite 25.8% growth in stakes in 2021

Spanish gross online gaming revenue came to €815m in 2021, down 4.2% from 2020, but stakes grew by more than 25%, suggesting the decline may be more linked to trading than the country’s marketing rules.

According to figures from regulator the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), this came despite the fact that players deposited €2.77bn during the year, which was 216% more than in 2020, while turnover rose by 25.8% to €27.17bn.

For the first time, casino was the largest driver of online GGR, bringing in €407.1m in 2021, up 16.0%. Online casino revenue has grown year-on-year in every year in which DGOJ has recorded data.

Breaking this online casino revenue down further, slots brought in €241.4m, up 23.0%, while live roulette revenue grew 18.6% to €120.6m. Blackjack revenue was €23.2m, down 5.7%, while for RNG roulette this figure dipped by 27.2% to €22.0m.

Revenue from betting, which was previously the leading vertical, was down 16.2% to €305.9m, the lowest figure since ..

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Stoixman deal helps OPAP revenue grow to €1.54bn

Stoixman deal helps OPAP revenue grow to €1.54bn

Greek operator OPAP recorded €1.53bn (£1.28bn/$1.69bn) in revenue in 2021, a 36.2% year-on-year increase, as the acquisition of the remainder of Stoiximan helped the business diversify its operations with greater focus on online betting and gaming.

Breaking down this revenue total by game type, lotteries were the largest contributor, bringing in €549.2m, which was 5.9% more than in 2020.

This was followed by retail betting, which brought in €283.0m, up 5.6%, as pandemic-related restrictions continued to have an impact.

“Our retail business demonstrated high resilience, with recovery ramping up, even though our stores had to suspend operations for several months and adjust to strict healthcare restrictions after reopening,” OPAP chief executive Jan Karas said. “Our comprehensive commercial plan and well-accepted loyalty programs played a key role to this end.”
Online betting, meanwhile, experienced a sharp increase in revenue, by nearly 500% to €238.4m. Similarly, revenue from online..

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Inspired revenue grows in Q4 but business swings to loss

Inspired revenue grows in Q4 but business swings to loss

Inspired brought in $67.0m (£51.2m/€61.0m) in revenue in Q4 of 2021 as all business segments experienced growth of more than 25%, but the supplier swung to a loss after a VAT rebate helped its 2020 bottom line.

This revenue figure was up 70.9% from 2020’s ordinary revenue from operations, but was down by 6.6% if the VAT rebate during the comparable period is included.

The gaming segment – made up of land-based slot machines – was the largest contributor to revenue, bringing in $26.8m, up 49.3%.

However, its leisure segment experienced the most rapid growth, with revenue up 183.4% to $23.5m.

Virtual sports revenue, meanwhile, was up 26.1% to $11.0m, while interactive gaming revenue grew by 35.8% to $5.7m.

During Q4 of 2020, the gaming division of the business also received a one-off $32.5m value-added tax (VAT) rebate after a court ruling determined that operators did not have to pay VAT on top of gaming taxes for machines, though this was not counted as revenue for that quarter. I..

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Scout CEO orders cost review after “unsatisfactory” Q4

Scout CEO orders cost review after “unsatisfactory” Q4

Andreas Ternström, chief executive of fantasy gaming provider Scout Gaming Group, said the business would initiate a cost review after he was “not at all satisfied” with the supplier’s slow growth and rising expenses in Q4.

Revenue ticked slightly upward to SEK17.1m, after revenue of SEK16.9m in Q4 of 2020.

Expenses, meanwhile, more than doubled to SEK51.0m.

Personnel expenses grew to SEK13.7m, but most of the growth was in other external expenses, which were up 148.5% to SEK34.3m. Ternström said the increase in other costs was mostly related to marketing, plus a one-off SEK18m cost after expenses for tournament participation tickets had been “wrongly accounted for” in prior periods.

If the errors had been attributed to these previous quarters instead, expenses would have come to SEK33.1m.

Depreciation and amortisation also grew, by 50.2% to SEK3.1m.

As a result, the business made an operating loss of SEK33.9m, which was more than five times its operating loss in 2020.

After a ..

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Bet365 revenue steady in 2020-21 despite in-play betting decline

Bet365 revenue steady in 2020-21 despite in-play betting decline

Bet365 has reported revenue of £2.81bn (€3.39bn/$3.76bn) in the full year ended March 2021, largely even with its 2020 revenue, as growth in gaming helped offset a pandemic-related drop in in-play betting volume.

This was a slight rise of 0.2% from Bet365’s full year 2019-20 results, due to the pandemic effectively ceasing live sports for at least half of the year.

Sports and gaming accounted for a grand majority of the revenue, totaling at £2.77bn.

While the operator did not mention how much revenue came from each aspect of that vertical, it said that gaming rose 8%, offsetting lower sports revenue. In-play share made up 68% of the sports revenue, falling from 75% in 2020.

Total wagers on sports were down by 13%, the second consecutive year of declining stakes.

Football club and facilities revenue, from Bet365 Group-owned Stoke City FC, came to £29.3m.

Sports and gaming also incurred all direct costs, at £489.8m. This left the total gross profit at £2.32bn, down 3% year-on-year..

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STS Holdings reports record stakes and active users in 2021

STS Holdings reports record stakes and active users in 2021

Polish operator STS Holdings has reported record highs in a number of operating stats, including stakes, in 2021.

The value of bets placed with STS was PLN4.50bn (£830.0m/€1.00bn) during the year, representing a 25.0% increase year on year.

The company recorded 693,000 active users in 2021, up from 557,000 the year before. There was also an 18.0% increase in new registrations, as 370,000 new customers signed up comapred to 314,000 in 2020.

249,000 players placed their first deposits with the company last year, which was a 21.0% increase on 2020’s figure.

CEO Mateusz Juroszek said: “As expected with previous predictions, 2021 was a record year for the group.

“We achieved high increases in key operational data, such as the amounts staked and the number of active users. This shows the dynamics of the growth phase the STS Group is currently in.

“We expect to continue to achieve our previously established medium and long-term goals in the coming reporting periods. What’s more, as w..

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