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Bwin 2014 Financials Fell 6%

Internet betting operator bwin.party Digital Entertainment has released its full year 2014 financial results, noting that revenues fell by 6% to €101.2 million.

Key financial indicators for the year ending December 31st, 2014 were:

  • Sports betting revenues were flat at Euro 237.1 million - a one percent improvement;

  • Casino and games revenues declined 6 percent to Euro 203.7 million;

  • Poker revenues plunged 29 percent to 81.7 million;

  • Bingo revenues were down 2 percent at Euro 51.9 million;

  • Other revenues were up 13 percent at Euro 37.5 million;

  • Average daily player numbers declined 14 percent to 1,479,000;

  • Yield per player was up 6 percent at Euro 10.4;

  • New player signups were down 11 percent at 8,151,000;

  • Total revenue of Euro 611.9 million (2013: Euro 652.4 million) reflected the full year impact of ISP blocking in Greece and further declines in poker, partially mitigated by the FIFA World Cup; nationally regulated and/or taxed markets representing 56 percent of total revenue (2013: 53 percent);

  • Gross gaming revenue through mobile grew by 99 percent to Euro 153.2 million (2013: Euro 76.9 million) with solid growth across all verticals;

  • Planned cost reductions of Euro 30 million within clean EBITDA were exceeded and a further Euro 15 million of additional savings remain on-track for 2015;

  • The company sustained a non-cash impairment charge of Euro 104.4 million (2013: Euro 9.4 million) against poker-related and other intangible assets and non-core investments resulting in a Euro 94.3 million loss after tax (2013: profit of Euro 41.1 million);

  • Management recommended a FY dividend of 1.89 pence per share - up 5 percent;

Commenting on his company's performance bwin CEO Norbert Teufelberger said, “We have made solid progress this year in growing our share of revenues from nationally regulated and/or taxed markets, increasing our mobile footprint and reducing our cost base."

"However, the full year impact of ISP blocking in Greece coupled with the structural decline of regulated poker markets in Continental Europe affected our overall financial performance for the year.

“Having announced our shift to a label-led approach in August, we are now accelerating our transformation. This programme is already improving our operational effectiveness and customer focus, both of which are key drivers of our long-term financial performance, with particular opportunities flowing from the commercialisation of our technology through our new Studios business unit.”

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