Internet betting firm 888 Holdings has announced its full year 2013 financial results, noting an increase in revenues and profits.
Key financial indicators for the year ending December 31st, 2013 were:
Revenue increased 7 percent to US$ 401 million (2012: US$ 376 million)
B2C Revenue increased 7 percent to US$352 million (2012: US$330 million)
Adjusted EBITDA* increased 13 percent to US$ 76 million (2012: US$ 67 million)
Adjusted EBITDA* margin increased to 18.9 percent (2012: 17.8 percent)
Profit before tax increased 30 percent to US$ 53 million (2012: US$ 41 million)
Final dividend at 4.0 cents per ordinary share per policy (2012: 4.5 cents), and due to strong performance the Board is recommending an additional one-off dividend of 7.0 cents per share (2012: 2.0 cents), bringing the total dividend per share for the year to 14.0 cents per share (2012: 9.0 cents)
Adjusted EPS increased 19 percent to 16.6 cents per share (2012: 13.2 cents)
As at 31 December 2013, 888 had 15.5 million Casino, Poker and Sport real money registered customer accounts, representing an increase of 19 percent from 31 December 2012
Number of B2C Casino and Poker active customers was up 16 percent to 602 000 (2012: 520 000)
Commenting on his company's performance 888 CEO Brian Mattingley said: "2013 was a very busy but also exceptionally rewarding year for 888. I am delighted to report that we have delivered record-breaking revenue and increased our profitability, driven by our strong brands, exceptional platforms and best-in-class marketing systems."
"We delivered excellent progress in our core markets and built on momentum in Spain where we have quickly developed a market-leading position. Casino delivered another strong performance and we made further market share gains in Poker, advancing to number two in the PokerScout global rankings at the year end. We have also significantly strengthened our offering in Sport, which is delivering positive results. All of this was achieved whilst devoting significant energy and resources on preparing 888 for our successful launch in the regulated US market."
"I am delighted with 888's achievements in 2013 which were made possible by the amazing hard work, dedication and talent of our team. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of them for their fantastic efforts during the year."
"We have started 2014 well, with average daily revenue up more than 8 per cent in the year to date, and look forward to the year ahead with continued confidence."