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XLMedia’s new focus on US betting pays off as H1 EBITDA exceeds $10m

XLMedia’s new focus on US betting pays off as H1 EBITDA exceeds $10m

A renewed – and acquisition-powered – focus on US sports betting helped drive XLMedia’s revenue up 39.2% to $44.5m, while earnings grew beyond $10m.

Since the prior year’s results, XLMedia changed the structure of the divisions within the business, as part of a wider restructuring effort.

Rather than a single sports betting vertical, the business split revenue related to betting into US sports and European sports. It was the US sports division that generated the vast majority of XLMedia’s revenue, with $30.2m, which was more than five times the total recorded in H1 of the previous year.

Much of this came from recent acquisitions such as Sports Betting Dime and Saturday Football Inc.

“The opening of new regulated markets and the signing of new media partnership agreements has allowed the US Sports business to capitalise on the full US sports calendar, in particular the Super Bowl, and deliver strong growth in H1 2022,” the XL board said.

The European Sports division, meanwhile, br..

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STS revenue declines despite higher stakes in Q2

STS revenue declines despite higher stakes in Q2

STS – Poland’s largest bookmaker – reported a drop in net gaming revenue despite an increase in wagers in Q2.

In Q2, wagers were up 1.0% year-on-year to PLN1.11bn, despite Q2 of 2021 including the rescheduled Euro 2020. However, net gaming revenue – which includes gambling taxes as well as winnings – declined by 16.6% to PLN138m.

The business had 375,000 active users during the quarter, down from 417,000 in the same period of 2021. In addition, it reported 92,000 new registrations, down 22.7%, and 66,000 first-time depostors, down 19.2%.

Looking at the first half of 2022, net gaming revenue came to PLN296m, very slightly up from the same period of 2022.

The increase came as total wagers with the operator dipped sightly to PLN2.19bn.

“In the first half of this year, we achieved very good operating results,” STS chief executive Mateusz Juroszek said. “We have slightly improved NGR – the value of amounts staked by the customers, less the winnings paid and gambling and lottery tax – c..

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BlueBet slips to loss despite revenue growth in H1

BlueBet slips to loss despite revenue growth in H1

Australian mobile betting operator BlueBet Holdings reported a net loss of AU$761,000 (£412,752/€493,510/US$553,968) for the first half of its 2022 financial year, despite experiencing a 72.4% year-on-year increase in gross revenue.

Gross revenue for the six months to 31 December 2021 reached $33.1m, up from $19.2m in the previous year, while wagering revenue – net win from players who placed losing bets, minus winnings and promotional costs – jumped 68.8% to $26.0m.

Turnover was up 20.8% to $264.5m, with growth across all product offerings. Thoroughbred turnover hiked 59.5% to $136.9m, greyhound turnover 61.9% to $72.7m, harness racing turnover 61.1% to $24.3m and other sports turnover 63.0% to $30.6m.

BlueBet noted that 66% of all turnover came from its mobile platforms, including iPhone and Android offerings, while the remaining 44% was attributed to website and call centre activity.

The operator was also helped by a 46.5% year-on-year increase in the number of active customers,..

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Strong lottery showing helps Tabcorp revenue grow 2.2% in H1

Strong lottery showing helps Tabcorp revenue grow 2.2% in H1

Australia’s Tabcorp Holdings reported an increase in revenue for the six months ended 31 December 2021, with its lottery division the standout performer ahead of its demerger from the group.

For the first half of the operator’s financial year, revenue was up 2.2% year-on-year to AU$2.93bn (£1.55bn/€1.86bn/$2.11bn).

The largest contributor to the group total was the Lotteries and Keno division, comprising The Lott and Keno brands. It saw revenue increase 10.9% to AU$1.78bn in spite of keno venues being impacted by Covid-19 trading restrictions. While keno revenue was down 9.8% to AU$119.0m, lottery was up 12.7% to AU$1.67bn across retail and digital channels.

A highly visible retail network – comprising newsagents, petrol stations, kiosks and pharmacies – helped turnover grow 5%, while digital’s share of lottery turnover was up from 32.1% in the prior year to 36.7%.

Game development helped keep jackpot games and Saturday Lotto turnover growing. However, other titles, such as scra..

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