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GVC Holdings PLC
25 January 2012
 



 

 

 

Press Release

25 January 2012

 

GVC Holdings PLC

 

("GVC", the "Group" or the "Company")

 

Trading Update

 

GVC Holdings PLC (AIM:GVC), a leading online gaming company, today announces an update on the close of 2011 trading as well as current trading.

 

Trading Update - close of 2011

The Group now has two distinct business lines; Business to Consumer "B2C", including the brands CasinoClub, Betaland and Betboo; and Business to Business "B2B", which currently includes the service revenue from East Pioneer Corporation B.V., the independent company to whom Sportingbet plc sold its Turkish language business on 21 November 2011.

 

The Group's performance for 2011 is in line with expectations across both business lines.

 

B2C

Total B2C revenues increased by 15.3% to €63.3 million (2010: €54.9 million).  The Directors consider this a most encouraging result during a period in which wider economic markets have been challenging and without the benefit of any significant international football competitions during the year.

 

Total average daily revenues for 2011 were:

 

Sports           

€36k (2010: €24k), an increase of 50%

Gaming

€137k (2010: €126k), an increase of 8.7%

Total  

€173k (2010: €150k), an increase of 15.3%

 

Total revenues in Q4-2011 at €17.3 million were 31.0% higher than Q4-2010 (€13.2 million).


Sports

Sports wagers increased by 74.2% to €120.7 million (2010: €69.3 million).  The aggregate hold across the brands averaged 13.1% (2010: 13.3%).  This in turn generated Sports Net Gaming Revenues ("NGR") of €13.3 million (2010: €8.7 million).

 

Revenues in Q4-2011 at €4.2 million were 250% higher than Q4-2010 (€1.2 million) from a gross margin of 13.0% (Q4-2010: 7.3%).

 

Gaming

Revenues from gaming increased by 8.5% to €50.0 million (2010: €46.2 million).  Revenues in Q4-2011 at €13.1 million were 7.4% higher than Q4-2010 (€12.2 million).

 

The revenues per quarter were as shown in the table below:

 

€millions

Q4-10

Q1-11

Q2-11

Q3-11

Q4-11

Total 2011

Total 2010

 

Sports wagers

      Sports margin

Sports NGR

Gaming NGR

 

17.5

7.3%

1.2

12.2

 

21.7

15.9%

3.2

11.9

 

27.6

11.5%

2.8

12.4

 

30.5

12.6%

3.1

12.6

 

40.9

13.1%

4.2

13.1

 

120.7

13.1%

13.3

50.0

 

69.3

13.3%

8.7

46.2

Group total

13.2

15.1

15.2

15.7

17.3

63.3

54.9

Average per day

143.5

168.9

167.0

170.7

196.7

175.9

150.1

 

B2B

 

GVC receives a service fee from East Pioneer Corporation B.V. based on a minority share of Superbahis revenues, less various costs, and after allowing a series of other adjustments.  This is a complex calculation and whilst daily trading data is available, GVC reports here just on its estimate of the net resulting B2B revenue receivable by GVC.  As the acquisition completed on 21 November 2011, no comparatives are available.

 

For the 40 day period from 22 November to 31 December 2011 the resultant B2B revenue for GVC is expected to be €1 million, or around €25k per day.

 

Trading update - January 2012

 

For the 22 day period to 22 January 2011, the average revenues per day from the B2C business were as follows:

 

€'000s

January 2012

January 2011

Sports wagers

474

215

Gross sports margin

2.1%

9.5%

Sport NGR

1.5

18.6

Gaming NGR

166.5

131.8

Total NGR

168.0

150.4

 

In January 2012, there have been a large percentage of winning favourites in the major European soccer leagues suppressing the margins in the month of January to 2.1%.  Whilst this is disappointing, the Group is not unduly concerned, as margins have historically evened-out over time, particularly as betting volumes remain strong with stakes to 22 January 2012 being 56% higher than the same period last year.

 

For the 22 days to 22 January 2012 the profit share from the B2B business is estimated to have averaged €28k per day, already an increase on the previous month.  GVC is pleased with its operational performance of the take-on of this new contract with East Pioneer.

 

Directors' shareholdings

 

As announced on 25 November 2011, three Directors increased their holdings in the Company through either open market purchases or the retention of exercised options through which the Company gained exercise proceed funds of £359k.  The Directors' holdings are now:

 

Kenneth Alexander

313,333

Richard Cooper

135,000

Lee Feldman

73,700

Total held

522,033

 

These shareholdings represent 1.65% of the issued share capital of 31,469,095 ordinary shares in the Company.


Notice of Results

The Company will be releasing its preliminary financial results for the year ended 31 December 2011 as well as a Q1 trading update in the week commencing 23 April 2012.

 

The Directors remain cautiously optimistic for 2012.

 

- Ends -

 

For further information:

GVC Holdings PLC


Kenneth Alexander, Chief Executive Officer

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7398 7715

Richard Cooper, Group Finance Director

www.gamingvc.com

 

Daniel Stewart & Company Plc

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7776 6550

Paul Shackleton / David Hart / Jamie Barklem

www.danielstewart.co.uk

 

Media enquiries:

Abchurch


Henry Harrison-Topham / Mark Dixon / Oliver Hibberd

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7398 7729

mark.dixon@abchurch-group.com

www.abchurch-group.com

 

 

About GVC Holdings PLC

GVC Holdings PLC is a leading online gaming company.  The Group is headquartered in the Isle of Man and is licensed in Malta, and the Netherlands Antilles.

 

Further information on the Group is available at www.gamingvc.com.


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GVC Holdings PLC is an Isle of Man-based sports betting and gaming company. The Company has licenses in 5 countries. The Company’s offices are located in Ireland, Israel, Malta, UK and Uruguay. The Company’s brands include Sportingbet, CasinoClub and Betboo. Sportingbet is a leading provider of sports betting, casinos, games and poker on line and on mobile. Sportingbet has licences with Alderney, Denmark, Germany, South Africa, Malta and the UK. Sportingbet has play coverage, which is available across many sports and it continues to make investments into the development of the in play product. CasinoClub is an online casino website for German-speaking markets. CasinoClub is licensed by the Lotteries and Gaming Association of Malta. Betboo was established in 2005 to provide online bingo, Sportsbook, casino and poker access to South American customers. The business has its own software for bingo and Sportsbook and uses third party software for poker and casino. more »

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