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Online gambling group Sportingbet plc has posted an increase in second quarter profits of 18%, thanks mainly to growth in the football betting sector.
Key highlights of the report showed that:
Andrew McIver, Group Chief Executive, commented: "The second quarter is a busy time in the sporting calendar and consequently a
material period in the Group's financial year. As such it is very pleasing to report results in line with our full year plan, particularly given the recessionary backdrop in many of our markets.
"The Group continues to deliver industry leading sports margins, strong growth in Net Gaming Revenue and record numbers of active customers. In play betting goes from strength to strength in Europe with our 24/7 in play World Football microsite launched in the quarter.
"The Group has also concluded a number of major strategic IT projects which allow customers a significant uplift in the number of markets on which to bet and faster bet settlement. In our Australian business we have also had a very positive uptake of our new mobile offering.
"In the new quarter, amounts wagered on sports in February has been ahead of budget, although, as can be the case in the short term, there has been some margin weakness. This was due to a higher percentage of European football favourites winning and a higher goal frequency than average.
"Casino, games and poker continue trends seen in the first half of the year. Based both on this and the Group's robust performance for the first six months, the Board continues to remain confident of the full year outcome."
McIver said the firm had yet to reach a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over a resolution regarding its previous activities in that country. "We suspect based on the resolution they had with PartyGaming that it will be some sort of financial penalty but certainly haven't discussed quantum or timing," he said.
Source: InfoPowa News