888 Posts Positive Financials for First Half

Internet betting giant 888 Holdings has posted its first half 2015 financial results, noting a 9% increase in revenues.

Key financial indicators for the half ending June 30th 2015 were:

  • Revenue up by 9 percent to US$244.9 million although reported revenue declined by 2 percent to US$220 million (H1 2014: US$225.1m);

  • B2C like for like revenue increased by 11 percent to US$213.6 million, but reported B2C revenue declined by 1 percent to US$191.1m (H1 2014: US$192.8m);

  • B2B like for like revenue decreased by 3 percent to US$31.3 million, with reported B2B revenue down by 10 percent to US$28.9 million (H1 2014: US$32.3m) impacted by adverse currency movements;

  • Adjusted EBITDA fell by 17 percent to US$40.9 million (H1 2014: US$49.0m), thanks largely to the introduction of UK point of consumption and EU VAT during the period amounting to US$19.5 million;

  • Adjusted EBITDA margin decreased to 18.6 percent (H1 2014: 21.8 percent);

  • Adjusted profit before tax decreased by 10 percent to US$30.5 mllion (H1 2014: US$34.0m);

  • Profit before tax decreased by 41 percent to US$20 million (H1 2014: US$34.0m);

  • The company reported a strong balance sheet with net corporate cash of US$65 million (31 December 2014: US$95.6m).

Corporate highlights for the period were:

  • Mobile driving growth across product verticals and accounting for 43 percent of UK GGR (H1 2014: 29 percent);

  • On 30 June 2015, 888 had 19.2 million Casino, Poker and Sport real money registered customer accounts, representing an increase of 7 percent from 31 December 2014;

  • Online casino active players up 22 percent;

  • 888poker active players up 4 percent;

  • Bingo active players up 18 percent driven by strong mobile performance;

  • Sport revenue up 81 percent reflecting increasing brand traction;

  • Market share increased in Spain driven by positive response to newly introduced slots;

  • Progress in Italy driven by fresh Casino content and introduction of mobile in H2 2014;

  • Progress in regulated US market with launch of Multistate Poker Network across Nevada and Delaware;

  • Post the reporting period end, sport betting licence obtained in Ireland and casino, poker and sport betting licenses obtained in Denmark.

Commenting on his company's performance 888 CEO Brian Mattingley said, "On a like for like* basis revenue was up by 9 percent year on year driven primarily by sustained strong growth in Casino and exceptional momentum in Sport, which recorded a revenue increase of 81 percent. We have made further progress across regulated markets in Spain, following the introduction of mobile, Sport and, more recently, video slots and in Italy, driven by our mobile offering and new Casino content."

"The Board remains confident of achieving its full year expectations. We are well positioned to deliver long-term sustainable growth and look forward with confidence as we continue to develop the business."

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