UK based betting firm Sportech plc has released its first half 2015 financial results, noting lower revenues and profits for the period.
Key financial indicators for the first half of the year were:
Revenues down at GBP 51 million (Q2-2014 : GBP 52 million);
EBITDA down at GBP 11 million (Q2-2014 : GBP12 million);
Pre-tax profit down at GBP 5.4 million (Q2-2014 : GBP6.3 million);
Net debt reduced to GBP 63.3 million (Q2-2014 : GBP 66.7 million;
US strategic investments delivered value with disposal of online SNG interests in New Jersey for a pre-tax gain of GBP 8.1 million;
Statutory profit before tax up by GBP 7.1 million to GBP 7.9 million (excluding the 2014 gain from Spot the Ball VAT claim which was subsequently reversed);
US investment in technology securing new B2B customers, growing online betting in Connecticut and expanding position in professional sports raffles via Bump 50:50;
UK - Football Pools modernisation plan on track, with stabilisation of subscription revenues in H1 (now accounts for more than 85 percent of customers);
Offer to purchase received from Contagious Gaming mid-August;
The group's GBP 97 million refund of VAT appeal will be heard on November 3 this year
Commenting on the company's performance Sportech CEO Ian Penrose said, "We are now well positioned to build upon our unique position, based on our regulated racing and pools operations. Examples include the highly successful replacement of Betfred's Totepool entire hardware and software betting systems and the realisation of a significant profit on our early online initiatives in New Jersey."
"Our industry is currently experiencing a period of considerable consolidation, and we continue to explore all options to deliver strategic value for our shareholders. We remain confident in the underlying strength of the business."